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Posted: June 20, 2016 04:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga
At the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, NVIDIA decided to unveil its plans to bring the Tesla P100 GPU to the PCIe platform. The card was first announced in April with the initial model utilizing the new mezzanine connector from NVIDIA. The cards are powered by the Pascal architecture GP100 GPU, built using the 16nm process with 3584 stream processors. Two configurations of PCIe cards will be available, with memory being the primary differentiator. The high end model has 16GB of HBM2 on a 4096-bit bus and the other has 12GB of HBM2 on a 3072-bit bus. The PCIe versions of the P100 are seen as a good option for users looking to upgrade from existing Tesla GPUs or those that don't need the use of NVLINK. The cards have an expected availability of the fourth quarter of this year at a currently unannounced price.
Posted: June 13, 2016 03:10PM
At the beginning of the month, AMD officially announced the Radeon RX 480 GPU, which is meant to bring the performance needed for VR to the masses at just $199. That was at Computex and today at E3 the company revealed the RX 470 and RX 460 GPUs. The RX 470 is meant to provide power-efficient HD gaming, so while the RX 480 is targeted at providing a smooth 1440p experience, the RX 470 might be aimed more at 1080p. The RX 460 is supposed to a cool and efficient GPU for e-sports.
As all three of these GPUs are based on the Polaris architecture, they support DirectX 12 and Vulkan, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.3 and 1.4, HDR, and have an h.265 codec built-in for accelerated encoding and decoding. That codec could potentially enable 10-bit 4K 60FPS streaming with little effort.
Posted: June 10, 2016 02:12PM
Much like we saw with the GeForce GTX 1080 cards, MSI is giving the same treatment to the GTX 1070 lineup. NVIDIA's more affordable yet still crazy powerful option, the GeForce GTX 1070 is available today in the Founders Edition model, or soon in other options from the various board partners. MSI is offering four different versions of the GTX 1070 based on what you're after, just like the GTX 1080 line. The top model is the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G, which utilizes the Twin Frozr VI cooler for some serious overclocking potential without setting anything on fire. The Twin Frozr VI is the company's latest iteration of its thermal design, featuring high performance and good looks that are further enhanced with some RGB LEDs in the dragon logo. The card sports a 10-phase PCB design and Military Class IV components, as well as an 8+6-pin PCIe connector design to deliver plenty of power. Toss in the matte black solid metal backplate and you have one card that should last a long time.
Moving down the product stack brings us to the GeForce GTX 1070 SEA HAWK X, sporting a liquid cooler already attached. This cooler is the result of a partnership between MSI and Corsair, giving us all a chance to push the GTX 1070 to the absolute limit without worrying about an air cooler hitting a wall. It already has a factory overclock, but that Corsair Hydro Series liquid cooler should mean there is plenty left to discover on the core.
The third card in the GTX 1070 lineup is the ARMOR 8G OC. This card has a black and white Twin Frozr V cooler and Advanced Airflow Control for enhanced cooling performance, along with a striking design that should match up nicely in any number of builds. The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 ARMOR 8G OC also has Zero Frozr technology to stop the fans in low-load situations, so when you're just browsing the Web, you won't hear a thing.
MSI's finaly GTX 1070 is the GeForce GTX 1070 AERO 8G OC, featuring a thermal solution most similar to GeForce cards of old. It has a radial blower fan to push the air directly out of the case, while the black and white color scheme just makes it all look good.
Each MSI GeForce GTX 1070 video card is VR Ready thanks to the VR Gaming App, which gives one-click optimization for the best virtual reality experience. You can even pick up the VR Boost Kit, a 5.25" bay accessory that puts an HDMI connector and two USB 3.0 connections on the front panel to give you easy access for a VR headset.
No pricing for the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 lineup was announced at this time, but expect it to start at $379. Both the ARMOR 8G and AERO 8G cards have a non-OC version, too, which should be a bit cheaper than the OC model. All the cards should be on (r)etail shelves soon, so keep an eye out if you're in need of a new video card.
Source: Press Release
Posted: June 9, 2016 10:52AM
While the NDA is still in place for reviews of the AMD RX 480, it looks like some 3DMark 11 scores have leaked for the 8 GB version. The score was spotted at the 3DMark database and reaches to a P score of 14,461. According to the database, that means it is better than 91% off all results, and is enough for VR. It is apparently not enough for 4K gaming though, at least not as a single card.
The date on the test is May 20, and as the driver status is marked as "Not FM Approved" it is possible the scores of the card at release will be different, and hopefully even higher. While it was the 8 GB version tested, this score should be representative of the 4GB version as well.
Posted: June 1, 2016 09:03AM
At Computex last night, AMD finally revealed it first GPU using the Polaris architecture, the RX 480. This GPU will be available with 4 GB and 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM and launch on June 29, starting at just $199. As the rumors and official statements have been indicating for months, this GPU is meant to bring the level of performance needed for VR to mainstream consumers, who tend to spend less than $300 on a graphics card. The Radeon RX Series is meant as a disruptive technology to propel VR forward.
As the leaked slide yesterday indicated, the GPU is able to surpass 5 TFLOPS of computing power, has a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a single 6-pin power connector, so it comes in at 150 W. It also has full support for HEVC and supports HDR and DisplayPort 1.3 and 1.4. I watched the livestream of the event and actually never saw that specific slide used, but its information was accurate.
Something else that was shown for the RX 480 was that its performance-to-watt ratio is 2.8 times that of the previous generation. Using FinFET 14 accounts for a 1.7 times improvement, while AMD technologies and optimizations bring the rest. Another slide compared the performance of the GTX 1080 against two RX 480s in Ashes of the Singularity. Both setups came in around 60 FPS, with the GTX 1080 just under and the RX 480s just above, but two points were made about this comparison. One is that the two RX 480s cost less than $500 while the GTX 1080 is a $600-$700 solution. Second was that the GTX 1080 was at nearly full utilization, while the 480s were only at 51% utilization, which suggests further optimization of the game and drivers could widen the performance difference substantially.
Less than a month before we see these become available, but the AMD's Computex livestream can be watched right now. It covers the RX 480, 7th generation APUs, new products from hardware partners, and showed off the upcoming Summit Ridge CPU, which uses the Zen architecture.
Posted: May 31, 2016 10:13AM
Obviously this should be treated as a rumor, but it looks like the specifications for AMD's upcoming RX 480 graphics card has been leaked. The leak is up on Videocards and comes from the image of a slide, marked for AMD internal use only and with a May 2016 label on it. The slide shows the GPU being put up against the GTX 970 and GTX 980, comparing the power requirement, DX12 and Async Compute support, DisplayPort 1.4 support, full HEVC support, and HDR support. Naturally the RX 480 wins in each of these categories. Opposite the comparison is some more specific data, stating it has up to 5.5 TFLOPS of computing power, will use 8 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus, and is capable of "Premium AAA and VR Gaming."
Until anything official has been released, all of this information should be taken with a grain of salt. Luckily, that official release might come soon as AMD will be holding a press conference and live webcast during Computex 2016 on June 1 at 10:00 AM CST/ 10:00 PM EDT.
Source: Videocardz (image also from Videocardz)
Posted: May 30, 2016 07:41AM
Author: Nick Harezga
Users that have small form factor or notebook systems often find themselves lacking when it comes to graphical horsepower. PowerColor is hoping to address this issue with the release of the DEVIL BOX, an external graphics card chassis powered by AMD XConnect Technology. XConnect was created with the help of the Thunderbolt group at Intel, utilizing the high throughput interface connection to provide external access to PCIe x16 graphics cards. The DEVIL BOX supports both AMD and NVIDIA cards with maximum GPU power of 375 watts and additional connections for four USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 TypeC, Gigabit Ethernet, and a single 2.5" SATA III drive.
Source: Press Release
Posted: May 27, 2016 04:19PM
Over the weekend, AMD is going to show off its upcoming Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 cards ahead of a public debut on May 31. AMD hasn't invited certain sites to the weekend event, such as OCC and HardOCP, which could show it's extremely selective in its choices, much like withholding R9 Nano cards from sites at launch. The new Polaris 10/11 cards are expected to use the 14nm FinFET process, slightly smaller than NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 cards on the 16nm FinFET process, but there are some early rumors about an issue with the performance levels. It seems the new AMD cards run both hotter and slower than NVIDIA's Pascal line, with AMD blindsided by what NVIDIA has up its sleeve. If the performance really is below the GTX 1080 and 1070, and maybe around the same level as the current R300 cards, AMD has a big issue to deal with. Pricing the Polaris 10/11 cards far below NVIDIA's will help solve some of it, but not all if the performance increase is marginal for the cost.
However, the potentially poor performance of the Polaris 10/11 cards is only one part of the problems AMD is facing. There is some rumbling inside and outside of AMD that Raja Koduri, head of the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), wants to split off from AMD and become ATI once again. Koduri managed to take over RTG during the last transitional changes at AMD after he threatened to leave and go to Intel. Lisa Su, the new CEO taking over from Rory Read, agreed to let Koduri lead RTG and stay with the company. Their relationship still seems strained, with Koduri now apparently wanting to splinter RTG away from AMD, turn itself back into ATI (in essence if not in name), and directly compete with NVIDIA. Once that's done, Koduri could then sell RTG over to another company, such as Intel. RTG is already supplying Apple with the parts for the new Macbook, with the main goal to become the GPU tech supplier for Intel.
Intel is going through a shakeup of its own, with a massive round of layoffs expected to hit this year. Some of these positions will likely be graphics engineers and similar jobs, which would seem fitting if RTG wants to eventually join with Intel. If this happens, I don't think Intel will get a massive GPU boost since RTG isn't what it was when it was ATI. Ten years ago, sure, this would be a massive coup for Intel, but right now it just seems like folly. RTG could be withholding tech from AMD and its APUs, if there really is a disconnect between Koduri and Su, and then really knock things out of the park with Intel. Or it could just be hoping to splinter off, back some big bucks from a buyout, and then screw over Intel.
Time will tell what happens and just what kind of performance we get out of the Polaris 10/11 cards.
Posted: May 27, 2016 11:13AM
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 video card is launching today, with the Founders Edition model arriving on doorsteps, and the board partners getting their models out. MSI has four different GTX 1080 models it is preparing, so you're covered for anything you can think of. The MSI GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G is its flagship card, boasting the company's new Twin Frozr VI cooler to give the card higher clock speeds at lower temperatures. There is an RGB LED strip on the card in MSI's dragon logo that can be customized to any one of 16.8 million colors for a unique look in your case. The video card itself sports a 10-phase PCB design with Military Class IV components, while the 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe connectors deliver more than enough power to handle whatever overclocks you attempt. A matte black solid metal backplate helps give the GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G rigidity to put an end to any flexing over the life of the card.
That new Twin Frozr VI cooler features the Torx Fan 2.0, an improved version of the previous Torx fan to deliver 22% more air pressure for enhanced cooling at lower noise levels. The fans feature Double Ball Bearings for smooth and silent operation that lasts. The cooler has 8mm cooper heat pipes that have a squared shape at the bottom for maximum contact and heat transfer from the Pascal GPU, with the nickel-plated cooper baseplate soaking up the heat.
As I said, MSI has four different GTX 1080 cards it is unveiling today, with the second one the GTX 1080 SEA HAWK. This model comes with a Corsair Hydro H55 liquid cooler already attached, presenting a great partnership between the two companies to help push what the GTX 1080 can do. Corsair has been quite pleased with the collaboration, letting the two companies create the "fastest, coolest, quietest" card around.It should make for some high overclocks when you push the card and cooler to its limit.
MSI's third card is the GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G OC, which features the ARMOR 2X cooler. It has a black and white aesthetic throughout, giving it a sweet look to go with the performance. A pair of Torx fans keep it cool, while the Advanced Airflow Control help get the most airflow to the components that need it most. Add on Zero Frozr technology to stop the fans in low load situations, and you have one quiet card that also runs cool.
Last, but not least, is the MSI GTX 1080 AERO 8G OC video card. This model sports a black and silver color scheme and a radial cooler to exhaust all the air out the back of the PC case. It most resembles reference cards in the past, just with a snazzy look and MSI technology powering it. Oh, and that GTX 1080 GPU, too.
All MSI GeForce GTX 1080 models are VR Ready, with the MSI Gaming App featuring one-click optimization to deliver the ultimate VR experience. You can also grab the VR Boost Kit, which fits in a 5.25" bay and provides a user-friendly way to optimize for VR if an app isn't your thing. Pricing for these MSI GTX 1080 models was not announced, but they should start at $599 and go up from there. Expect to see these on (r)etail shelves soon.
Source: Press Release
Posted: May 24, 2016 04:09PM
A new game is now out, which means a new driver revision to support it. That's right, Blizzard's Overwatch is now available, bringing the multiplayer FPS and its many heroes to systems everywhere. To help give you the best experience on your NVIDIA card, the GeForce Game Ready 368.22 WHQL drivers are now available. The new drivers also support the upcoming updates to War Thunder and World of Tanks, so whether you prefer FPS or World War II action for your gaming, this driver has you covered. No new SLI or 3D Vision profiles were added in this driver, as it's all about Overwatch, War Thunder, and World of Tanks. However, it does fix a stuttering encountered in Tom Clancy's The Division on Windows 10.
In regards to Total War: WARHAMMER, the other big release for today, NVIDIA is working with Creative Assembly on a fix for the issues discovered during recent testing. If you're waiting on that, hopefully it arrives soon. We'll update once there is a fix.
You can download the GeForce Game Ready 368.22 WHQL drivers through GeForce Experience or from the GeForce website.
Source: Press Release
Posted: May 18, 2016 09:38AM
NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 video card is nearly here, with reviews pouring in to show off what this Pascal-powered beast can do. However, it was not the only card NVIDIA unveiled at its special event, as the GeForce GTX 1070 was formally introduced. The GTX 1070 did not have many of its specifications announced at the time, but now we have that information. It is a little bit slimmed down from the GTX 1080, yet that shouldn't hamper its performance much, especially with NVIDIA saying it can outperform the TITAN X. So, what does the GTX 1070 have? Well, for starters it has the same GP104 core as the 1080, but with 1920 CUDA cores. Its core clock speed is 1506MHz, with a boost clock speed of 1683MHz. It has 8GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8Gbps on a 256-bit bus, delivering 256GB/s of bandwidth.
The Founders Edition card features the same cooler as the GTX 1080, which should help keep things cool when you're overclocking to the next level. Power to the GTX 1070 is delivered with just a single 8-pin connector, much like the GTX 1080, with the card taking just 150W of power. That 8-pin connector should help out nicely when overclocked, especially since it delivers more power than the card itself needs. Other items of note are the DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, and Dual Link DVI display connections, SLI support, VR Ready, Multi-Projection, DirectX 12 support, and the full NVIDIA GeForce ecosystem.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 should be one fantastic performer when it arrives on June 10 for $379. The Founders Edition cards come in at $449 if you want to go the reference router and get that snazzy new vapor chamber cooler.
Source: Press Release and GeForce
Posted: May 9, 2016 07:10AM
Author: Brentt Moore
According to a Thai technology site known as Zolkorn, AMD will be launching some of its first Polaris graphics processing units at the end of this month. The news comes after the company supposedly sent out a very limited number of invites to media outlets for a launch event in Macau, China that is occurring in late May. The event is slated to take place just days before Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. If AMD does indeed utilize the event later this month to launch its Polaris cards, which would be based on the 14nm Ellesmere and Baffin chips, technology enthusiasts and consumers alike should expect some AIB-branded products on display at this year's Computex.
Posted: May 6, 2016 07:23PM
Earlier today, NVIDIA made mention of its Special Event on Twitch, where it had something to show us. Maybe a new video card, maybe a new game (Battlefield 5), or something else. Well, Battlefield 5 was shown off not too long ago as Battlefield 1 (try to make sense of that one, but maybe since it's set in World War 1?), so that just leaves one thing, right? Right. I guess it could still be something else, but no, NVIDIA has a new series of video cards: the GeForce GTX 10 Series, featuring the GTX 1080. It also has a new 3D in-game camera system called Ansel that can help provide even better looking screengrabs than ever before. Ansel is a free floating camera and offers a resolution far above what your monitor can display. It should make for some truly stunning shots, especially when you factor in the different visual effects and 360° range of motion. You can share these shots in VR, including on your Android phone and Google Cardboard.
An in-game camera is pretty sweet, but the main thing we're interested in are the new cards. The GTX 1080 runs on Pascal (GP104), the company's largest GPU endeavor yet, with several billion dollars worth of R&D. Pascal is NVIDIA's most efficient (120mV peak-to-peak compared to 209mV on the GTX 980) and sophisticated GPU yet, with it being the world's first 16nm FinFET GPU. It runs GDDR5X memory, like the rumors suggested, although it has a cool new name: G5X. The GTX 1080 is faster than two GTX 980s in SLI, even faster than a TITAN X, meaning NVIDIA is bringing us a ton of horsepower in this card without using an excessive amount of energy. Twice the performance of a TITAN X and three times the efficiency on the GTX 1080, all good things.
Epic Games' Tim Sweeney showed off Paragon running on the GTX 1080, with real-time rendering of the characters in this MOBA. It might be a MOBA, but it's certainly the best looking one so far. The GeForce GTX 1080 was running at 2.1GHz with a 67 °C temperature on air. That is just mind boggling impressive, both at the speed and the temperature on air. The 1080 should be one impressive overclocker, considering its core clock speed is 1607MHz, with boost at 1733Mhz. As for the numbers, well, the GTX 1080 has 8GB of G5X memory running at 10Gbps on a 256-bit bus, 9 Tflops of processing power, 2560 CUDA cores on the GP104 GPU, and a new vapor chamber cooler.
Some new monitor tech was shown off as well, with this simultaneous multi-projection system that uses 16 different view ports to create a 3D image. So instead of turning a 3D image into 2D, like on a monitor, it treats it more like how you actually view the world. Items on the edges of a surround display are no longer warped, but instead appear in proper detail like they do with your own eyes. No more weird bends in the floor or fish-eye effect on the world. Thanks to Pascal, it can make three separate passes at once to create the surround display on just one card. Oh, and without a drop in performance. This tech also works in VR, so it isn't limited to just a surround setup. The VR multi-projection is done in just one pass, something the GTX 1080 can do with ease.
NVIDIA is also modifying its VRWorks by adding in PhysX to it, so your haptic controller reflects this new world. Now you can feel the things going on instead of just seeing it in VR. Audio processing is getting a boost in VRWorks, too, with it computed in real-time to accurately reflect whatever environment you're in. If you're in a hallway, it sounds like a hallway, or a stadium sounding like a stadium. It's pretty neat, especially to help give VR even more of an immersive boost.
So, when does all of this come out? Well, Ansel and the VRWorks stuff is on its way soon, while the GeForce GTX 1080 isn't until May 27. It's going to set you back $599, but $699 gets you the Founders Edition card with some exclusive NVIDIA goodies, such as a fancier cooler design. Oh, and there's a GTX 1070 card (only 6.5 Tflops of power and 8GB of GDDR5, but the same GP104 core minus some CUDA cores) for $379 or $449 in the Founders Edition that hits on June 10. The 1070 is also faster than a TITAN X, and for a fraction of the cost, just like the 1080.
Posted: May 6, 2016 01:15PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Rumors began to swirl in early March that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, based on the Pascal GPU, would launch on May 27. As we continue to close in on that date and with the special event on the NVIDIA Twitch stream tonight, VideoCardz has obtained what it claims are the first benchmarks of the new card. In addition to speculation that the card will have 8GB of GDDR5X memory running at 5GHz with an unknown number of CUDA cores, we now have scores from 3DMark Firestrike Extreme. The test results show a card with a clock speed of 1860MHz running at 2560x1440 obtaining a test score of 8,959. This score measures higher than GTX 980 Ti cards, and with the expectation that the GTX 1080 will cost less than the GTX 980 Ti, the GTX 1080 becomes an even more attractive option for those looking to upgrade in the near future.
Posted: May 2, 2016 03:17PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Details surrounding the next generation of NVIDIA graphics cards, rumored to use the 10X0 naming convention, have been trickling out over the past few months. In March, rumors began to spread that the card would be available near the end of this month with the high end GTX 1070 and 1080 mentioned specifically. Images leaked last month showed a cooling shroud with GTX 1080 clearly visible. We have now got our hands on some details about the mid range card, known as the GTX 1060, with the expectation that it will utilize 6GB of GDDR5 video RAM. Also included in the details is that the "GTX 1060 (or Ti) will be using the GP104-150-A1 GPU while the GTX 1080 uses the GP104-400-A1 and the GTX 1070 with its GP104-200-A1 GPU."
Source: Tweak Town
Posted: April 25, 2016 03:12PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Earlier this month it was revealed that tomorrow was the expected release of the AMD Radeon Pro Duo, a card that packs two Fiji GPUs onto a single PCB. Now that we are just a day away, the first benchmarks comparing the card to the Radeon R9 Fury X and NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti have been leaked. The card was tested using several of the latest, graphically intensive games such as GTA V, The Witcher 3, and The Division and synthetic benchmarks such as 3DMark Firestrike. The Pro Duo offered significant improvements over both cards, but this should be expected from a dual card solution. Average performance across all tests at 1080p offered an increase of 50% compared to the R9 Fury X and 32% over the GTX 980 Ti. The Pro Duo really shined at tests running at 4K resolution, with a performance increase of 60% over both comparison cards. It is clear that for a single card solution the Pro Duo offers an enticing choice for users looking for 4K performance, but the $1500 price tag may not be worth it for 1080p usage. The Pro Duo offered comparable temperature readings to the Fury X, and managed to beat the GTX 980 Ti under load, but was slightly warmer when idle. Total system power consumption was within 100W for all cards, with different cards performing better at different tests.
Posted: April 19, 2016 03:11PM
Author: Nick Harezga
An image that appears to depict the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 has surfaced, showing a rather large silver cooler with the name of the card on it. There is no heatsink or PCB visible through the acrylic window, indicating that this is likely just a preview of the cooler shroud. This follows an earlier image with GTX 1070 visible with speculation that it could simply be "the creation of a modder that designed these shrouds for his own personal amusement." It remains unclear at this point if the next generation of cards will even be referred to as the GTX 1070 and 1080 as there has been no confirmation from NVIDIA. The one thing that does appear to be certain at this point is that the new cards will be available sometime this summer, with a potential official reveal at Computex.
Source: WCCF Tech
Posted: April 15, 2016 10:49AM
Author: Nick Harezga
AMD has long released graphics cards targeted at professional workstations under the Fire lineup, and the FirePro W9100 is the latest card to bear that name. The previous iteration of the FirePro W9100 featured 16GB of GDDR5 memory while the just announced upgrade boasts a whopping 32GB. Other aspects of the card remain the same with 2816 stream processors, 176 texture units, and a GPU speed of 930MHz. Doubling the memory of the card comes with a bump in price from $3999 to $4999. The 32GB version of the FirePro W9100 is expected to be available sometime this quarter.
Posted: April 12, 2016 12:38PM
As we approach the announcements and releases of the next generation of GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA, more and more rumors have been coming out. This rumor is that the consumer versions of NVIDIA's upcoming Pascal GPUs will use both GDDR5 and GDDR5X. For those hoping to see HBM 1 or 2, this rumor might be a disappointment, but it also makes sense because of the limited availability of these memory chips and their cost. Plus GDDR5X represents and significant improvement over GDDR5, doubling the current standard's performance and density, without increasing memory usage.
The rumor says that the top-of-the-line Pascal consumer card, referred to as the GTX 1080, will use GDDR5X, while the step-down GTX 1070 will use GDDR5 memory instead. This is somewhat interesting, if it turns out to be true, because GDDR5 and GDDR5X chips use different pin arrays, making different PCBs necessary for the two versions of the GP104 GPU die.
Posted: April 11, 2016 03:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga
At its Capsaicin Event at the most recent Game Developers Conference, AMD showed off its upcoming beast of a card, the Radeon Pro Duo. The card packs two Fiji GPUs, 8GB of first generation High Bandwidth Memory, and four DisplayPort outputs into a single offering. The card boasts 16 teraflops of computing power and a premium price tag of $1500. The card will be available starting April 26 and could be an attractive choice for users looking to get into VR. It is worth noting that Fiji is the last generation of AMD GPU and the second generation of High Bandwidth Memory is already on the way. It will be interesting to see how this stacks up against single GPU offerings or systems that utilize multiple GPUs in an SLI or CrossFire setup.
Source: Tweak Town
Posted: April 7, 2016 09:23AM
For anyone waiting for the release of AMD's next series of GPUs, the latest rumor puts the release in June. Supposedly, the R9 490 and R9 490X will have their paper-release at Computex, which runs from May 31 to June 4, with the official launch later that month. Given the naming, these are likely meant to be the replacements for the Hawaii based R9 390 cards, so where exactly the Fury cards will be relative to these is hard to guess, before we get some performance numbers and definite specs.
The R9 490 and R9 490X GPUs should be based on the Polaris 10 core, which is the higher end Polaris core we saw demonstrated at the Capsaicin event. It was the lower powered Polaris 11 core showing off its power efficiency off at CES earlier this year. Polaris cores are based on the GCN 4.0 architecture and are going to be manufactured using 14 nm FinFET processes. Current GPUs use 28 nm processes and this reduction in size and change in transistor design will bring with it significant power savings and performance improvements.
Posted: March 29, 2016 04:22AM
Author: Brentt Moore
GIGABYTE, a pioneer in the motherboard industry that also excels in delivering a wealth of information technology and gaming products, has introduced the GV-N960XTREME-4GD, the latest card within its Xtreme Gaming graphics card product line. The latest GPU offers gamers with a custom-design PCB, 4GB of GDDR5 memory, and customizable RBG lighting on the two 90mm fans as well as the top decal. The GeForce GTX 960 4GB Xtreme GPU from GIGABYTE offers excellent performance, with its factory-overclocked speeds of 1304MHz core and 1367MHz GPU Boost, along with astounding cooling through the utilization of the new-generation WindForce 2X cooling solution. The card also offers a strong VRM that draws power from 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and comes with a backplate that boasts both rigidity and a pleasing design.
Posted: March 11, 2016 10:49AM
Some time has passed since the last NVIDIA Pascal rumor, so that means things are right for a new one, and this is a rather large rumor. Apparently, the consumer flagship Pascal video card, the GeForce GTX 1080, will launch on May 27, 2016, and include the full GP104 core. Pascal uses the 16nm FinFET process, and will feature both consumer and enterprise variants in the form of GeForce, Quadro, and Tesla cards. The Quadro and Tesla cards will have the GP100 core, with GeForce getting the GP104. Now, this is where things get a little different compared to past rumors, as the GP100 cards are expected to have up to 32GB of HBM2 memory, while the GP104 cards will have up to 8GB of GDDR5 or GDDR5X, once that arrives from Micron. The naming scheme of GTX 1080 or 1070 is also up in the air, as NVIDIA hasn't stated one way or the other what these cards will be called and GTX 1080 is just something added by the rumor creator.
The GP104 cards are expected to compete with AMD's current Fury cards and upcoming mid-range Polaris cards, while a consumer version of the GP100 (a Titan) will compete against the high-end Polaris. The new Titan will have up to 16GB of HBM2, with all NVIDIA cards featuring HBM2 from Samsung, while AMD has HBM2 from SK Hynix. Pascal cards are expected to need just a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, yet deliver twice the performance per watt of current Maxwell cards. Remember, everything so far is just rumor, so the memory, the name, and even the launch date are all to be taken with a grain of salt. We should know something definitive when the GPU Technology Conference kicks off at the start of April. Maybe we'll hear something from GDC next week, but I would think GTC or even Computex 2016 are the likely spots.
Posted: March 10, 2016 04:17AM
Author: Brentt Moore
Hightech Information System Limited, an internationally acclaimed graphics cards company, has officially introduced its R7 360 Green iCooler OC graphics card. The new product is geared toward maximum energy efficiency, as it comes with a TDP of just 50W compared to the usual 100W TDP that AMD recommends for the Tobago based card. The R7 360 Green iCooler OC uses high-grade VRM components that are more energy efficient than ones used on traditional R7 360 GPUs and relies entirely on power delivery from the PCIe bus. While the card does feature 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6.0GHz effective, HIS has included a slight 20MHz core clock speed increase from the R7 360's reference 1050MHz.
Posted: March 9, 2016 05:33PM
Hot on the heels of Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 comes 16.3, the latest version of AMD's new graphics driver initiative. Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 provides support for the upcoming Hitman game, which arrives this Friday in the first of its episodic adventures. If you're planning to pick up the newest way to step into the shoes of Agent 47 and own an AMD card, Crimson Editon 16.3 is the driver for you. It also has an updated CrossFire profile for Hitman and The Park, a first-person horror game released late last year. AMD also has some better performance figures in Rise of the Tomb Raider and Gears of War Ultimate Edition compared to Crimson Edition 16.2/16.2.1, with Rise of the Tomb Raider seeing a 16% bump on Fury X hardware and Gears of War 60% on Fury X and 44% on R9 380 cards.
Along with the gaming side of things, Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 adds support for the new Vulkan API, much like NVIDIA's latest GeForce drivers; Eyefinity with just two displays instead of three; a status indicator for CrossFire that provides a visual indicator on the desktop when running CrossFire; per-game display scaling; and more. Various issues are also fixed in the new driver, while some other issues are highlighted so users can be aware if they happen. You can check out the full release notes and download Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 at the source below.
Posted: March 1, 2016 10:10AM
Tuesdays typically bring new game releases, but today they also bring new NVIDIA GeForce drivers to get your games running their best. The GeForce Game Ready 362.00 WHQL drivers are now available to download, offering game ready support for Far Cry Primal, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition. Far Cry Primal arrived last week for console, but it's available today for PC, bringing with it higher fidelity visuals to soak in the world better. The new drivers bring performance optimizations and an SLI profile, giving you the best experience from the start. Launched late last year on Xbox One and now available today for PC, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition features remasters of the first three games and some new multiplayer features. The PC releases also has higher quality graphics, NVIDIA HBAO+ shadows, and the ability to bump the resolution to 4K. It's also the first Windows 10, DirectX 12-exclusive title, with the drivers offering a smooth gameplay experience. Recently launched is Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition, which not only gets the boost from PCSS, but driver optimizations to give you an even better zombie killing time.
The GeForce Game Ready 362.00 WHQL drivers can be downloaded from within GeForce Experience or on GeForce.com.
Posted: February 16, 2016 08:26PM
Author: Brentt Moore
GIGABYTE has officially unveiled the Radeon R9 380X WindForce 2X GPU, which joins the R9 380X G1.Gaming within the company's R9 380X graphics card lineup. The WindForce 2X edition of the Radeon R9 380X features reference core clock and memory speeds of 970MHz and 5.7GHz, respectively, but comes with a custom PCB designed by GIGABYTE as well as the company's WindForce 2X cooling solution. This cooling solution ensures that the GPU remains entirely quite when idle and that heat is dissipated quickly and efficiently when under load, thanks to the two 90mm fans combined with the aluminum fin-stack heatsink that makes use of three copper heat pipes. The card offers a total of 4GB of GDDR5 memory and receives power from a single 8-pin PCIe connector. Display options include two dual-link DVI, one DisplayPort 1.2a, and one HDMI 1.4a connectors.
GIGABYTE plans to retail the Radeon R9 380X WindForce 2X to consumers for $230.
Posted: February 10, 2016 08:51PM
Author: Brentt Moore
EVGA has officially released the GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition, the company's latest video card aimed at gamers and those who want a stellar virtual reality experience. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition is available with the reference NVIDIA cooler, as well as EVGA's ACX 2.0+ cooler that provides improved cooling, reduced fan noise, and better overclocking potential. Both cards come with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, 2,816 NVIDIA CUDA cores, as well as an internal HDMI connector that works with the included 5.25-inch drive way. The drive bay is really what makes the GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition from EVGA shine, as it allows gamers to connect their VR device to front facing HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. All cords that provide connectivity to the 5.25-inch drive bay are routed internally, so cabling remains clean and worry free.
Posted: February 8, 2016 01:23PM
With both AMD and NVIDIA making major shifts to 14 nm production nodes this year, there has been a great deal of interest in any bit of information about the upcoming GPU series. This latest data point comes from Zauba's shipping database where it lists a C99 graphics card, with a per unit value of roughly $1700. It is not clear what this is exactly, but with such a high value, it is likely meant for a very high-end Polaris-based graphics card, and perhaps even a dual GPU card. The Polaris series of GPUs have a release target of mid-2016.
Other Polaris GPUs have been spotted in this shipping database before and appear to form an interesting timeline. Previously C91, C92, and C98 GPUs have been found in the database, with the C98 appearing in December 2015 and the C91 and C92 chips going as far back as January 2015. In August 2015 the C91 and C92 chips gained their FOC designations, which was just months before Polaris GPUs were first shown off to the press. Potentially those demonstrated GPUs are these C91 and C92 graphics cards, which would also mean that AMD has had them in their labs for over a full year now. The C98 is likely one of the high-end chips, based on its having a per-unit value one third greater than AMD's Hawaii chips.
Posted: January 27, 2016 05:04AM
Author: Brentt Moore
EVGA has officially announced its latest GeForce GT 710 lineup, which is aimed at builders looking to get better performance than integrated graphics and who need a small video card for specific builds. The lineup consists of cards that feature active and passive cooling, 1GB and 2GB of video memory, and single slot and dual slot configurations. A major selling point of the latest cards from EVGA is that they offer the ability to drive up to three high-definition displays at once. The lineup of GeForce GT 710 video cards provides 80 perfect faster performance than integrated graphics, according to EVGA, and also offer excellent speed, stability, and industry-leading drivers from NVIDIA.