AMD & Nvidia never ceased when it comes to the race of the fastest GFX cards, but both companies are looking to battle  it out once again on a different turf. Well, it’s not that all too difference, since we’re going back to the year mid 2000 VRAM battlefield.

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AMD, on the red corner, is reported that they are going to re-launch the R9 290X flagship single GPU GFX cards in 8GB version. Initially, this is only available to Sapphire Technologies’ 290X, specifically the Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X OC 8GB. That’s a pretty hot hardware, and we are expecting that AMD along with their AIB partners are going to release an optimized one. After all, it’s been a year. It is reported that TUL & Sapphire are the only AIB partners up for the task.

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Nvidia, on the green corner, is going safe with the GTX 970; one of their latest GeForce cards and is actually the most popular one among system builders because of its excellent balance of price, performance, and power consumption. Since it’s a new card, and high resolution gaming is the thing today, we are expecting that Nvidia and its major AIB partners are going to create a special 8GB version of the card.

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8GB seems to be the next pit spot for GFX cards, but assuming that even at 4K resolution, a single card is still enough and you might need an SLI or CrossFire configuration of the two aforementioned cards. Anyway, I still don’t get the idea with 4K gaming, since 2K is my maximum for 16:9 displays for work and for play. I’d rather have Three 1080P or Two WQHD 1440P monitors instead of a single 4K one.

Both AMD and Nvidia are planning to release the 8GB cards before 2014 ends, and it’s safe to assume that it’s going to take a while for both companies to release a “new” card.