- We have got some numbers on Fury X performance from internal AMD testing lab. While you should take them with grain of salt (because AMD cherry-picks tests and settings to look better) we can say that numbers are impressive. AMD Fury X can match GTX 980 Ti performance in majority of games and tests, including 4K resolutions. It’s like a tie mostly, price is the same as well. That bodes well with us, its a healthy competition that will drive prices down eventually.
- First tests of AMD Radeon R9 390X are out - we can see Nvidia GTX 980 performance levels here. On a plus side - price is lower, on negative - 390X is very hot and consumes a lot of power. Also its a 18 month old card now (rebrand of 290X with more memory). Still - it will fill in mid-high end spots in AMD lineup just below AMD Fury and Fury X/Nano.
- We have finally got Broadwell processors to test. We know a lot of people waited for them to have their Haswell machines upgraded, but Broadwell does not offer much to desktop users at all. It has a bit lower stock clocks than Haswell with a bit higher price. Synthetic performance is better on Haswell due to higher clocks, gaming performance with discrete card is the same roughly. Broadwell has about twice better onboard GPU, but that does not interest us much, its more of a mobile user news (for laptops it’s great). Also Broadwell is around 20% more power efficient, but again - it’s good for laptops and HTPC, while on our gaming desktops we'd prefer to see higher clocks with higher TDP because we need that speed, not power savings.
So, was the wait worth it? We say no, at least for desktop parts. With Skylake coming out soon with much more of an improvement on all sides Broadwell is just late to the party.
- Have you seen that white Windows logo in bottom-right corner of your desktop screen? Its an invitation to free upgrade to Windows 10. It will stay there for year after launch, then you will loose that free option. At this point we can recommend Windows 10 upgrade over both 7 and 8.1, as we believe Microsoft did really good job at listening to customers and improving all aspects of OS experience. With DirectX 12, Cortana, new awesome Start Menu, absence of dreaded Start screen for desktops, new clean Edge browser, redesigned Windows Store - we can say that Windows 10 should be fantastic, at least we hope so. And consider it again - its a free upgrade, we would you want to skip it if no negatives surfaced yet?