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Video Cards News (714)

ASRock GPU Roadmap Shown and Lacks New GPU Series

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 9, 2018 06:53PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Earlier this year ASRock entered the video card market by launching its Phantom Gaming series. All of the original cards are based on AMD's RX 500 series of GPUs, but now there are Vega-based Phantom Gaming cards too. A roadmap for future ASRock graphics cards has appeared and it demonstrates a continued commitment to staying in the market with a MK2 series launching apparently in August. Unfortunately what are not shown on the roadmap are MK2 versions of the Vega cards or any mention of a new GPU series from AMD, such as a potential RX 600 series.

The roadmap does stretch to around February or March, so this might be an indication that AMD is not launching anything new until then, or it might be the roadmap is not complete. There is also no mention of any MK2 Vega cards, but then these cards only just launched, so it may be premature to tease second versions. It may also be premature for a newcomer to the graphics card market to reveal a GPU manufacturer's unannounced products, so it is a little hard to interpret the significance of this information.

Source: Videocardz



Potential Prototype NVIDIA GeForce PCB Appears in Pictures

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 26, 2018 06:16PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In the ongoing series of rumors and speculation concerning the next series of GeForce GPUs from NVIDIA, we now have what looks like a prototype PCB for an NVIDIA graphics card. This prototype has a number of interesting features on it that might be present because it is a prototype or are indicative of what we can expect in a release product. On the list of likely to be indicative is the 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, and according to WCCFtech the Micron spec sheet indicates these will enable 14 GB/s over a 384-bit memory bus. Making the list as potentially just a prototype feature is the three 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Each 8-pin connector is specified to provide up to 150 W, so that is a potential 450 W for the GPU, memory, and board itself before going out of the spec (which is quite possible). It is possible this much power is only available to open up overclocking headroom, to see what the card will be capable of and is not how a final product will ship.

A curious feature present on the prototype board is the inclusion of NVLINK 2.0 connector. Thus far this connector has not been used on a consumer part, though it does offer more bandwidth than SLI connectors. Also, with both DirectX 12 and Vulkan supporting explicit multi-adapter for allowing multiple GPUs to work together without relying on SLI or AMD Crossfire (and even allowing both NVIDIA and AMD GPUs to work together) it would seem the future of SLI could be in question. It is possible the connector is there just because it is present on NVIDIA prototype PCBs and means nothing more than that. The image also shows four fans covering the VRMs so at least this design expects them to be handling a lot of power, but again, that might tell us more about the prototype than any future product.

Unfortunately the GPU itself is not installed, so we do not get a look at that. It will probably be in the next few months before the next GeForce series is released and by then many of our questions will likely be answered.

Source: WCCFtech



Industry Watchers Suggest NVIDIA May Launch New GeForce Series Late Q3

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 22, 2018 09:10AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In a Digitimes article covering the gaming notebook sector, the news outlet cites industry watches expecting NVIDIA to launch its next GPU series late in the third quarter. There have been a lot of rumors and speculation concerning when these highly expected GPUs will finally launch, with a number of suggested launch and announcement dates already behind us. This new expectation is based on the belief there will be significant increase in demand for gaming notebooks in H2 from gamers wanting to upgrade their systems following the release of the new GeForce cards.

Technically this is still a rumor and WCCFtech does point out one scenario that is probably not what any gamer would want to see; a staggered launch. It is possible, if highly unlikely, for NVIDIA to launch these expected mobile GPUs first with the desktop parts following later. Also something to consider is the reporting that NVIDIA has an oversupply issue, with one Taiwan OEM actually sending back 300,000 GPUs. NVIDIA would likely not want to diminish the interest in these unsold parts with a new series launching, but with demand too low to sell them and significant interest in the next series, that might be exactly what it needs to do.

Source: Digitimes and WCCFtech



NVIDIA Apparently Having Over-Supply Issue

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 20, 2018 08:54AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With the launch of the next series of GeForce GPUs still not on any public calendar, a lot of people have been asking questions as to why. According to some sources, it looks like a reason has to do with the current supply of graphics cards from NVIDIA, specifically the company made too many. With demand for GPUs being so high of late, from both gamers and cryptocurrency miners, NVIDIA apparently decided to increase manufacturing to satisfy the market. The problem is that demand from miners has been dropping recently, so fewer units are moving. While this has allowed pricing for a number of graphics cards to come closer to MSRP lately, it means there are storage facilities having to hold these unsold GPUs, and NVIDIA does not want to launch something new while sitting on product.

To give you an idea of just how severe this issue is, Seeking Alpha points out NVIDIA typically has significant influence over its partners, but one of the top three Taiwan OEMs still sent back 300,000 GPUs to the company. Additionally, this is the result of demand decreasing, and not the used-parts market being flooded with parts. NVIDIA has been buying up GDDR5 lately, too, which could be used to assemble boards with the unsold GPUs.

While there are still reasons to believe NVIDIA will launch its next GeForce series at least before the end of the year, if not in the coming months, this news does demonstrate how complicated launching a product can be. Something more to consider is how this might impact NVIDIA in the future, with how it deals with supply at times of potentially unstable demand.

Source: Seeking Alpha



Cooling Fan Manufacturer Expects Shipments to Increase in H2 2018

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 19, 2018 01:46PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking to upgrade your GPU but want to wait for the next series from AMD or NVIDIA before making a purchase, Power Logic just shared some information you might be interested in. Even if you are not familiar with Power Logic's name, you might know their products as they make cooling fans for computers, including those for graphics cards. The company is expecting a significant increase in orders in the second half of this year, which would be fed by people purchasing newly released GPUs.

Unfortunately H2 2018 is not very specific so we still do not know when we can expect new graphics cards, except by the end of the year. Still, this indicates something is coming in the months ahead.

Source: DigiTimes



AMD RTG Senior Vice President of Engineering Pledges New Graphics Products Yearly

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 9, 2018 08:34AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Computex 2018 has ended now and neither AMD nor NVIDIA provided any specific information on whatever their next consumer-targeting GPU will be. NVIDIA even said it will be a "long time" before its next series and while AMD did show off a new GPU, it was the 7 nm Vega 20 going to Radeon Instinct compute cards. AMD President and CEO Lisa Su did state though that 7 nm gaming GPUs are coming, but did not say when or if she was referring to Vega or potentially Navi, the following architecture.

None of that is exactly good news if you are looking forward to an upgrade over what is currently available, but David Wang, the Senior Vice President of Engineering at AMD's Radeon Technology Group made a pledge that is encouraging. The promise is that AMD will be releasing new graphics products yearly, with these products representing a new architecture, process change, or "maybe incremental architecture changes." This plan is to provide some kind of consistency and continuing to stimulate the excitement for something new coming.

Wang also stated that he feels "AMD had lost momentum" in the consumer markets as effort was put into chasing after AI. Perhaps ironically, the Vega 20 Radeon Instinct GPU shown off at Computex 2018 is actually targeting AI workloads. Still, this statement shows an interest in returning focus to the gaming-side of GPUs we all enjoy.

Source: PCWorld



Many NVIDIA GPUs May Need Firmware to Support Latest DisplayPort 1.3/1.4 Displays

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 8, 2018 06:35PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking at a new monitor that uses either DisplayPort 1.3 or 1.4 and are using an NVIDIA GPU, you might need to update its firmware. Apparently many NVIDIA GPUs need the update to address issues of blank screens on boot, or a hang on booting up the system. The company is providing a firmware update tool that will detect if the update is needed and allow the user to install it, which you can find at the source link below. If you are experiencing the issues mentioned, NVIDIA also has some possible workarounds to try until you get the update installed. First, try using a DVI or HDMI connection, then try a different monitor if you have one. After that NVIDIA recommends changing the boot mode from UEFI to Legacy, or the reverse, and finally trying a different graphics device, like a secondary or integrated GPU so you can get Windows and install the firmware.

The GPUs supported by this firmware update include the Titan X (Maxwell), Titan X (Pascal), and Titan XP, the GeForce GT 1030 up through the GTX 1080 Ti, the GTX 950 through the GTX 980 Ti, and the GTX 745, GTX 750, and GTX 750 Ti.

Source: NVIDIA



NVIDIA CEO States Next GeForce Series Not Coming Soon

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 4, 2018 02:46PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This is probably not the news some of you were hoping to hear coming out of Computex, but Jensen Huang, NVIDIA's CEO, stated the next series of GeForce GPUs will not be coming soon. In fact he says it's a long time from now, but made no definite statement. It looks like we will be with the GeForce 1000 series for a good bit longer, but at least it appears we will be hearing about what comes next in August. These statements were made at an invite-only event.

Source: VideoCardz



NVIDIA Will Discuss Its Next Mainstream GPU at HotChips

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 1, 2018 10:03AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This year's HotChips symposium on high-performance chips will be held from August 19 to August 21, and now we know on August 20 NVIDIA will be discussing its next generation mainstream GPU. While this does not necessarily tell us anything about when the highly anticipated GeForce GTX 1100 series will launch, at least we know we will learn more about its architecture and capabilities on that day. Currently, the dominant speculation is it will be based on the Turing architecture and be manufactured on the same 12 nm process as Volta. Beyond that everything is rumor and thus not necessarily reliable. On the bright side, it is entirely possible the GTX 1100 series will launch before HotChips 2018, but only time will tell.

Source: Phoronix



PowerColor to Launch RX Vega 56 Nano Edition at Computex

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 15, 2018 07:34AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For anyone looking forward to a Vega Nano graphics card, it looks like PowerColor has heard you. Last month an image appeared showing what appeared to be such a graphics cards card from PowerColor, and now PowerColor has apparently confirmed it will be bringing out an RX Vega 56 Nano Edition graphics card for those wanting a powerful GPU in a short package.

As the name of the product suggests, this is a special version of the RX Vega 56 graphics cards already available, featuring a shorter PCB and single-fan cooling system. It is not the RX Vega Nano AMD had shown off at SIGGRAPH 2017, sadly, but then this will apparently be launching at Computex 2018 next month. There has been no official word on an AMD RX Vega Nano product since it was first shown off last year, but perhaps if PowerColor is successful with this product, other companies will start making similar units.

Source: VideoCardz



GTX 1170 Specs Possibly Leaked

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 14, 2018 09:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last week an entry for the GTX 1180 appeared in the TechPowerUp GPU database and now we have some rumored specs for the GTX 1170. According to WCCFtech, it will feature 2688 CUDA cores with a 256-bit GDDR6 bus connected to 8 GB or 16 GB of the memory. This memory might come in slower than the GTX 1180, at only 12 Gbps. The core clock is supposed to be around 1.5 GHz but boosts up to 1.8 GHz with what is expected to be a TDP of 140 W to 160 W. Potentially this combination of specifications would have it come in just behind the GTX 1080 Ti, though with a much lower TDP. The MSRP might be around $499, which would put it above the price of the GTX 1070.

WCCFtech also states the GPU in the GTX 1170 is a GT104, which suggested it is the 104 class GPU on the Turing architecture. (The current GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 use the GP104 GPU.) While this is in line with previous rumors concerning the Turing and Ampere architectures, it does differ from the TechPowerUp entry for the GTX 1180, which claims it will be using a GV104, meaning Volta. Supposedly we can expect to see these two GTX 1100 series cards launching in July, so should have all of that cleared up in the coming months, if at least that part of the rumor is accurate.

Source: WCCFtech



GeForce GTX 1180 Appears in TechPowerUp GPU Database

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 7, 2018 12:48PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There has been much speculation about the next series of graphics cards from NVIDIA for quite some time, and now one of them seems to have appeared in the TechPowerUp GPU database, along with some specifications. It is the GeForce GTX 1180 now listed, and according to TPU it uses a GV104 GPU, which means it is derived from the Volta architecture, and was manufactured on a 12 nm process. While the step from the 16 nm process of the current Pascal-based GPUs found in the GTX 1000 series to 12 nm is not as sizeable as going from 28 nm to 16 nm (the leap from Maxwell, the GTX 900 series to Pascal), this will likely still result in improved performance and/or efficiency. The GPU has 3584 shading units, 224 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and an SM count of 28. The GPU is matched with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory through a 256 bit memory bus, so we have a bandwidth of 384 GB/s.

It is worth noting this would be an engineering sample, so some of the specifications may change, including the clock speeds. According to the database the base clock is 1405 MHz with a boost clock of 1582 MHz. The graphics card has 1 HDMI and 3 DisplayPort outputs and will use one 6 pin and one 8 pin PCIe power connector. While that would add up to a potential 300 W of power (the PCIe slot specification allows it to provide 75 W, as does the 6 pin connector, and the 8 pin specification is for 150 W) the TDP is only 200 W. This should provide plenty of room for overclocking, and for comparison the GTX 1080 has a TDP of 180 W, which is 20 W lower with only a single 8 pin connector is limited to 225 W of power, without going past the slot and power connector specifications (which many modern, quality components can safely, as they are overdesigned).

Source: TechPowerUp



ASRock Decided to Restrict European Graphics Card Sales, Not Banned by AMD

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 7, 2018 09:34AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It looks like the news from last week about ASRock's Phantom Gaming graphics cards not being for sale in Europe was not entirely accurate. That news came from the German Tom's Hardware review of one of the cards, when a company representative inquired as to how the review unit was gotten, and then saying it was AMD that told ASRock to not sell the cards in Europe. Since then there has been a lot of speculation as to why, but Jason Evangelho, a contributor at Forbes, decided to reach out to ASRock and got a different statement.

According to this other source, which only discussed intentions for Europe, so this does not necessarily have any bearing on the North America or Asian markets, ASRock decided to not sell its new Phantom Gaming graphics cards in Europe in a way that would get them to normal consumers. They will not appear in retail shops, online or physical. The reason is because ASRock originally wanted to enter the graphics card market to take advantage of the cryptocurrency mining boom, and so in Europe the company is intending to only sell them to miners and for industrial use. The minimum order quantity is 500 units.

This new statement contradicts those from the Tom's Hardware Germany site, but the Forbes contributor says he confirmed it twice over the phone and once over email. Perhaps if interest in cryptocurrency declines enough, or if the supply of cards is enough we will see Phantom Gaming cards appear in European retailers, but for now it appears that is not going to be the case, and not because of AMD's influence.

Source: Forbes



ASRock Blocked from Selling Phantom Gaming Graphics Cards in Europe By AMD

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 4, 2018 05:30PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At the end of March, ASRock entered the graphics card market with its Phantom Gaming cards, which use AMD's Polaris GPU. Unfortunately if you live in the European market, the company is not allowed to sell them there because AMD has not agreed to allow them to, according to an ASRock Sales Manager. This was discovered after ASRock reached out to Tom's Hardware to learn how it acquired its review sample for the review posted on the German Tom's Hardware site. If the product cannot be sold in Europe, the company has no interest in marketing it there either.

It appears what is going on is an example of regional sales bans, which are not uncommon. As VideoCardz points out, Colorful or Colorfire graphics cards are also not found in Europe because of such bans that are to avoid an oversaturation of board partners in a region. Of course someone in Europe could still choose to import ASRock graphics cards, but would need to pay the additional taxes and shipping costs associated with doing so.

It is a potentially important bit of context here that ASRock is a relative late comer to the graphics card market. Perhaps with the next series of AMD GPUs ASRock will be able to negotiate and enter Europe, assuming it wishes to continue a presence in the graphics card market and is involved when that series launches.

Source: VideoCardz



AMD Vega 20 Results Appear for 3DMark11

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 30, 2018 08:06AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last week AMD shared it had a 7 nm Radeon Instinct card in its lab, and apparently someone there decided to run 3DMark11 with it. Compared to the 14 nm Vega Frontier Edition, it does lose with a graphics score of 26,323, compared to 28,938, but it is also an engineering sample with early drivers, so if/when we see new results, the scores will most likely increase. The clock speed of the GPU is likely incorrect in the 3DMark11 results, but the 32 GB of memory aligns with rumors and expectations for the GPU.

The Radeon Instinct GPU is targeting machine learning applications with its Vega 20 core, so it is currently unlikely we will see it deployed in a gaming graphics card. Being a 7 nm part as well, it will only be manufactured in limited quantities this year, and by the time next year it could be ready for mass production, AMD might move on to the Navi GPU architecture.

Source: VideoCardz



PowerColor Prototype RX Vega Nano Spotted

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 23, 2018 09:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At SIGGRAPH 2017 AMD showed off many things, but one that has not materialized yet has been holding the interest of at least some people. The RX Vega Nano is the apparent successor of the R9 Fury Nano and would feature a Vega GPU with HBM2 in a small graphics card, but after being held up for the world to see, there has been nothing. Recently someone was able to snap pictures of prototype RX Vega Nano made by PowerColor at a launch event for the Ryzen 2000 series of CPUs in Munich. There is no word on if this will ever become a consumer product, but it is still interesting to see the short shroud handing just past the length of the PCB with a single fan for cooling. One of the changes from what was seen at SIGGRAPH was the addition of a 6 pin PCIe power connector alongside an 8 pin.

Source: Tech Power Up



NVIDIA Also Ending 32-Bit OS Drivers

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 9, 2018 10:47AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Almost forgot this was announced along with the ending of Fermi-GPU driver support; NVIDIA will cease releasing drivers for 32-bit operating system this month, though like with Fermi-GPUs, critical security updates will be delivered through January 2019. This will impact Windows 7, 8/8.1, 10, Linux, and FreeBSD, so if you are running any of these systems and are still using the 32-bit version, your NVIDIA driver support will be ending soon. Many modern games already require 64-bit operating systems though, and you should be installing the 64-bit drivers if that is what you are running, so the number of impacted gamers should hopefully be small. Still, if you are running a 32-bit system with a GTX 400 or 500 series GPU, you might need to look into upgrading if you want to continue receiving driver upgrades.

Source: NVIDIA



Fermi-Based NVIDIA GPUs Game Ready Driver Support Ending in April 2018

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 9, 2018 10:05AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are still using a Fermi-based NVIDIA GPU (GeForce GTX 400 and 500 series) they are losing Game Ready Driver support this month. This means there will no longer be performance enhancement, new features, or bug fixes deployed them. Only the Kepler, Maxwell, and Pascal based GPUs will be seeing these benefits in the future, except for critical security updates. Fermi GPUs will continue to receive critical security updates through January 2019.

Source: NVIDIA



GeForce Academy of Gaming Launched

Category: Video Cards, Gaming, OCC News, Software, Science & Technology
Posted: March 30, 2018 10:49PM
Author: Grilka8050


The NVIDIA Academic Program has announced its expansion! It has added the Academy of Gaming. There are three majors, including Hardware Studies, eSports Management, and Gameosophy. These will help future developers and students create games that will change the industry. 

This starts next month, with 15 courses available at the release, and more are planned to launch throughout this year. These free courses are also transferable to nationally recognized colleges and universities. 

If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend watching the official announcement on YouTube. If you are interested in viewing the course catalog, visit http://www.geforce.com/academy



ASRock Launches Phantom Gaming RX 500 Series Graphics Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 28, 2018 08:40AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

After releasing a teaser a couple weeks ago, ASRock has officially entered the video card market with its Phantom Gaming series based on AMD's Radeon RX 500 GPUs. The cards based on the RX 580 and RX 570 both come with 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM while the RX 560 and RX 550 cards have just 2 GB (though the "4G/2G" labels in the press release would seem to suggest 4 GB versions will exist).

While the specific GPU and memory configuration differ between the video cards, there are several features shared between them. Double ball bearings fans, a copper base heatsink with nano thermal paste for more efficient heat transfer, a large anodize aluminum heatsink, and composite heat pipes for better performance are common across them, though only the RX 680 and RX 570 have a dual-fan design. Along with these cards is the Phantom Gaming Tweak software for controlling fan speed and clock speed. The cards also have an OC mode and Silent mode, in addition the default mode. Naturally the suite and AMD technologies, like FreeSync, Enhanced Sync, WattMan, Chill, ReLive, and AMD Link are also supported.

 

 

Source: ASRock



PowerColor Launching Red Dragon RX Vega Graphics Card

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 22, 2018 06:51AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


The graphics card is among the most important components of any gaming computer, and PowerColor has a new offering to consider. The Red Dragon RX Vega 56 features the same GPU and 8 GB of HBM2 of other Vega 56 cards, but has an aggressive cooler on it to keep things cool and quiet with its three fans, smart heat pipes, and fin design. The BIOS switch on the card also allows the user to go between an overclocking mode to a silent mode, for those times you want the card to be nearly inaudible while still providing gaming performance.

The Vega 56 GPU has 3584 stream processors and can clock up to 1478 MHz while the HBM2 goes to 800 MHz. For connectors it offers two HDMI ports and two DisplayPort plugs and takes one eight pin and one six pin PCIe power connector. The minimum system power requirement is marked as 450 W.

The Red Dragon Vega 56 will be available at select re- and etailers on March 28.

Source: PowerColor




Vega 12 Patches Appear for AMD Open-Source Linux Driver

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 21, 2018 10:03AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

AMD has been working hard for quite some time now on its open source Linux drivers, ensuring the proper code is there when products launch, but as it is open source, the patches are visible to the public. Recently some 42 patches, totaling sixty thousands lines of kernel code, appeared within the AMD GPU Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) kernel driver, bringing initial support for Vega 12. A lot of the code is auto-generated header files and even the new code is largely copied from that for Vega 10 and the Raven Ridge APUs, but it is still there so it appears Vega 12 is coming.

Exactly what this GPU is can only be guessed at currently, but it being the previously seen and announced discrete mobile version of the architecture would make sense. The code does have five PCI IDs in it, but this does not mean there will be five SKUs of the GPU as manufacturers often reserve more of these than they need. This covers the potential release of additional SKUs in the future as well as engineering variants that never come to consumers.

Source: Phoronix



ASRock Phantom Gaming Teaser Shows Off Future Graphics Card

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 16, 2018 09:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was earlier this month rumors about ASRock entering the graphics card market were going around and now they no longer appear to be rumors. The company has put a teaser video up on its YouTube channel carefully showing limited views of a Phantom Gaming branded graphics card. The expectation is these will be based on an AMD GPU, as that is what the original rumors suggested, but the teaser itself does not provide any confirmation. Beside it showing the card to be a dual-slot size with two cooling fans, the only other informative shot I could find was that it appears to have a single eight-pin PCIe power connector. Hopefully it will not be long before the products are officially announced and we can see what ASRock is up to.

 

 

I have attached some frames I pulled from the video, including the one showing the power connector.

Source: ASRock




ASRock May Enter Graphics Card Market

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 7, 2018 09:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This might be an interesting rumor to anyone looking to get a new GPU in the next few months as some market watchers are claiming ASRock might try to enter the graphics card market next month. This rumor comes from Digitimes and also says ASRock would focus on AMD GPUs for its cards.

Currently ASRock makes motherboards for a number of markets, including high end motherboards for consumers but also boards for servers and other products. Last year was a good year for it, in part because Gigabyte Technology went through reorganization, creating an opportunity for ASRock to ship more motherboards, and there is high demand for its cryptocurrency mining motherboards as well.

If this turns out to be true, ASRock entering the graphics card market could disrupt others already in it as the supply of GPUs to add-in board partners is not unlimited and cannot just grow to provide for another company. April is not that far away so we will see what happens.

Source: Digitimes



NVIDIA Supposedly Not Announcing New GPUs at GDC or GTC

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 1, 2018 01:33PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Rumor, rumor everyone, and not an official source to confirm… Recently there have been a number of rumors about the next GeForce GTX series NVIDIA will be releasing, including that its launch will come at GTC. Now we have another rumor, this one coming from Tom's Hardware that states multiple independent sources have told the site NVIDIA will not be launching new GPUs at GTC or GDC, which are both later this month. Instead, the earliest we might see a launch is July as some of its sources have stated mass-production will not being until June.

Something still present in this information though is both the Ampere and Turing GPU architectures, which is interpreted to mean NVIDIA will have two architectures to target the very different gaming and compute market segments. According to Tom's, Turing will be the gaming and Ampere the compute, succeeding Volta.

As to why NVIDIA may be waiting until the second half of the year to release a Pascal replacement, Tom's speculates it is because AMD is not providing enough competition with Vega. Neither GPU manufacturer is fully able to satiate current demand either, which I could see also impacting the decision.

Source: Tom's Hardware



Reportedly GPU Prices Not Expected to Stabilize Until Q3

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 27, 2018 08:25AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you have tried to purchase a graphics card recently, and were not very lucky, chances are you paid well above the MSRP. This has been the case for a long time and no one is quite sure when this will change, but supposedly NVIDIA shared with the buying manager of Massdrop its expectations.

Massdrop's model is to offer time-limited and sometimes also quantity limited drops of various products, and if enough people join the drop, it will be available at a price often lower than MSRP. In the discussion section for an Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a buying manager for the retailer addressed two of the reasons GPUs are so hard to find and expensive now: cryptocurrency mining and smartphones taking considerable amounts of DRAM, squeezing out production for other memories like those graphics cards use. Supposedly this information comes after he was able to speak with NVIDIA, along with the expectation it will not be until Q3 of this year, at the earliest, that we might start to see relief in graphics card pricing.

Also out recently are the data on GPU sales from Jon Peddie Research, and in the report, it says over three million add-in boards were sold to cryptocurrency miners, which accounts for $776 million in 2017. The report also says AMD benefited the most from those sales and shows the company's market share rose by 8.1% Q4 2017, from 13.0% to 14.2%, while NVIDIA lost 6% (19.3% to 18.4%) and Intel lost 2% (67.8% to 67.4%).

Source: WCCFtech, Massdrop (requires login), and Jon Peddie Research



Next GeForce GTX Series Might Launch at GTC 2018

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 26, 2018 09:09AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At the end of March, NVIDIA will be holding its GPU Technology Conference (GTC) and there are rumors this is when the company will launch its next GeForce GTX series of graphics cards. Whether the naming scheme will be the GTX 2080 and GTX 2070 or GTX 1180 and GTX 1170 is not completely known, but the new GPUs will be using the Ampere architecture. Ampere is expected to provide greater performance than Pascal but also be more efficient.

There is also speculation the successor to Volta will be discussed, but this would not be Ampere, as it is being identified as a refresh. Instead, the successor may be the Turing architecture and it will target compute and machine learning tasks. As with all rumors, only time will tell, but at least we only have a month to wait as GTC starts March 26, and there might even be some leaks before then.

Source: Tweak Town



Rumor Claims NVIDIA Launching GA104 in April and GP102 at End of Life

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 9, 2018 10:42AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This is completely a rumor and should only be considered a rumor, but it is still interesting. Supposedly, NVIDIA has brought its GP102 die to end of life (EOL), meaning the GPU inside the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will no longer be produced, but the GA104 die has begun production. The GA104 die would potentially be what goes in the next GTX 2080/2070 GPUs (or maybe GTX 1180/1170 since previously NVIDIA was incrementing by one hundred) and be based on the Ampere architecture, not Volta. We have seen rumors about the Ampere architecture before suggesting it will be in the consumer-targeting GPU while Volta would be for the professional-targeting GPUs.

Going back to the current rumor, the GTX 1080 Ti will eventually go out of stock while the GA104 GPUs will launch in April, which would be two years after GP104 was revealed. If it is true then maybe we will start seeing leaks about its performance soon, so we can learn how it compares to the current crop of Pascal-based NVIDIA GPUs. Until then, we will need to wait and see if any of this is accurate and hope whatever GPUs come next will be available at MSRP.

Source: WCCFtech



Navi Might Be Final GCN GPU from AMD

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 6, 2018 02:03PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was back in 2011 when AMD announced its first GPU using the new Graphics Core Next (GCN) macro-architecture, which the company has been using ever since, though with several micro-architecture enhancements and refinements. It was a significant departure from the TeraScale architecture before it and brought with it significant performance improvements, especially for GPGPU applications. According to WCCFtech, the Navi GPUs will be the final GCN-based GPUs, with the "Next-Gen" GPU sporting a new macro-architecture. Officially all we know about this next GPU is what appeared in a slide from AMD's CES Tech Day; that it will be fabricated on a 7 nm+ process.

According to WCCFtech's sources, development for this next architecture began prior to Raja Koduri's departure from the Radeon Technologies Group, but development has been increasing enough to produce more chatter under RTG's new leadership. Everything is speculation currently, but it seems AMD's intent is to make the leap to the new macro architecture as significant a performance jump as it was from TeraScale to GCN, or greater. Navi-based GPUs are expected to launch in 2019, likely early in the year, putting this GCN-successor in 2020 or 2021, assuming everything goes as planned and hoped.

Source: WCCFtech




To Aid Gamers, Microcenter Offering Discounts on GPUs Purchased in Bundles

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 29, 2018 11:19AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last week there was news of NVIDIA making a suggestion to retailers to limit the sales of GPUs to two per customer, in an effort to deal with cryptocurrency miners purchasing GPUs as fast as possible. Miners buying up GPUs as quickly as they can find them not only reduces the supply available for gamers but also drives up prices, making some graphics cards hundreds of dollars more expensive than their suggested prices. In an effort to help gamers get the GPUs they want without breaking the bank, Micro Center has initiated a new policy. If you visit one of these stores and purchase multiple components for building a computer, the manager can grant a discount to a more reasonable price.

Hopefully more and better solutions to the high GPU prices and limited stock will come about soon, as cryptocurrency mining does not show signs of slowing yet.

Source: Polygon and Micro Center



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