The never ending battle between the red and the green team is still going strong. New reports have come in revealing that both companies are preparing 8GB variants of their flagship GPUs. NVIDIA is working on GeForce GTX 980 with 8 GB VRAM while AMD is about to give the go ahead to AIB manufacturers to launch Radeon R9 290X 8 GB models. The world is preparing for UHD gaming and it seems like we will finally have single GPUs to play games at 4K resolution.
AMD & NVIDIA preparing 8 GB variants of R9 290X and GTX 980 for UHD Gaming
Presently, Sapphire is the only manufacturer which has Radeon R9 290X GPUs on sale with 8 GB memory. There are only two models available, one is the R9 290X Vapor-X and the other is the limited edition R9 290X Toxic. Although, Vapor-X is still available at many retailers with a price cut but Toxic was produced in very limited quantities and quite hard to find now.
On the other hand, the way things are going it seems like AMD will win the race in this one since MSI’s Radeon R9 290X Gaming with 8 GB VRAM has been pictured already. AMD is yet to announce new R9 3xx series GPUs while NVIDIA is already winning the game with the new Maxwell graphics cards.
NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 have been threatening ever since their launch forcing AMD in to insane price cuts on its GPUs. Its rival has slashed more than $100 on its flagship GPU to compete against GTX 980 but the performance gap is too much. This time around, NVIDIA priced its GPUs quite competitively aswell which has attracted alot of users and resulted in a shortage of stock.
Reportedly, NVIDIA is also preparing for UHD gaming with 8 GB models for GeForce GTX 980 next month. The only downside of GTX 980 at the moment is the 256-bit memory interface which needs to be improved to at least 512-bit in order to fully utilize that 8 GB VRAM. UHD gaming requires a lot of VRAM with some games requiring a minimum of 6 GB graphics memory in order to play at 4K resolution on Ultra.