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Video Cards News (712)

RX Vega Custom Cards Might Not Be Coming Until October

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 19, 2017 11:37AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last month AMD launched the gamer-targeting RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 GPUs, which are currently only available as reference cards, when you can find them in stock. With various reports of the Vega 64 especially running hot, many are recommending and waiting for custom from various AIB manufacturers. To date though, only Asus has announced a custom Vega GPU, the STRIX Vega, and while initially available was said to be early-September, there is still no sign of it.

As reported by VideoCardz, Hardware.fr has been asking hardware partners about when we might see custom cards launched or even announced, and they were not able to get a solid answer. Apparently one of the manufacturers said it is waiting on the chips for a custom card to arrive yet. If you are hoping to pick up a custom card, the estimation is you might have to wait until mid-October or later.

On the bright side though, the manufacturers had engineering boards as early as June, so there has been time to prepare the custom designs.

Source: VideoCardz



AMD Places Packaging Order for Vega 11 GPUs and Vega 20 Rumors

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 8, 2017 12:27PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

AMD just recently released its RX Vega GPUs, the RX Vega 64 and Vega 56, and both of these along with the Vega Frontier Edition are all based on the Vega 10 architecture. This would be the larger Vega chip with Vega 11 being the smaller, more mainstream-targeting design and it appears AMD has placed the order for packaging these. According to Digitimes, semiconductor packaging specialist Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), which already is a packager for the Vega 10-based GPUs will get the order for packaging the Vega 11-based GPUs. Being the mainstream component, the Vega 11 GPUs will likely replace the RX 500 series, which uses the Polaris architecture, when the cards become available.

Globalfoundries is expected to be the fabricator for the Vega 11 dies, but Digitimes is suggesting this might change for the Vega 20 GPUs. The next-generation Vega 20 chips might be produced by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) with its 7 nm FinFET process, and they might be heading to supercomputers next year, when the process reaches volume production. Of course these are rumors, and there is plenty of time for these to change, but time will tell what the future for these architectures will be.

Source: Digitimes



AMD RX Vega GPUs Finally Launched with Release Date and Pricing Info

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 31, 2017 05:46PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For some of us, this news has been a long time coming, but at last AMD has launched its RX Vega GPUs, targeting gamers instead of the professional market the Vega Frontier Edition aims for. There are three RX Vegas being offered: the RX Vega56; RX Vega64; and RX Vega64 Liquid Cooled Edition. They will be available on August 14 with the RX Vega56 having a suggested price of $399 while the air-cooled RX Vega64 will have a price of $499. For a limited time these GPUs will come with Prey and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, but if you want even more there are also the Radeon Packs. These packs include discounts on select Ryzen 7 and motherboard combos ($100 off) and on a 34 in Ultra WQHD curved Samsung monitor with Freesync ($200 off).

The RX Vega GPUs have several new features, including 8 GB of HBM2, the High Bandwidth Cache Controller, a new geometry engine for significantly greater throughput-per-clock, an improved pixel engine, and Rapid Packed Math for improved compute performance. In fact RX Vega can reach up to 13.7 TFLOPs of peak compute performance.

Hopefully we will not have to wait long before seeing reviews for RX Vega.

Source: AMD



AMD Releases Radeon 17.7.2 Drivers With New and Returning Features

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 26, 2017 06:23PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today AMD released a new GPU driver, Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, that has a number of improvements but also some nice new features targeting gamers and developers. Starting with the improvements, optimizations and reduced overhead for DirectX 9 and select DirectX 11 titles should improve responsiveness and some games should be loading faster as well. The Radeon ReLive recorder has also gotten some attention bitrates up to 100 Mbps being supported, lower overhead from optimizing memory usage, new controls for camera transparency, new notifications, and enhanced audio controls allowing you to customize microphone volume, audio boost for captured replays, and push to talk support for the microphone. Radeon Chill, which will intelligently lower framerate to reduce GPU workload, now supports games using DX12 and Vulkan, and multi-GPU systems, hybrid graphics configurations, and Radeon XConnect systems can all use the feature. Frame rate target control also now supports DirectX 12 and multi-GPU systems.

On the returning features front, Radeon Additional Settings has been retired with the controls it supported coming to Radeon Settings, including switchable graphics, color depth, and pixel format. Also there are per-display color controls now, allowing brightness, hue, contrast, and saturation all to be set in the display tab. WattMan has also gotten some additions with support for memory underclocking and power state controls.

For new features, we have Enhanced Sync targeting gamers and Radeon GPU Profiler aiming for developers. Enhanced Sync is a new VSync option meant to prevent screen-tearing while keeping latency low. The information specifically states it achieves at an unlocked frame rate, and looking at one of the graphs on the Enhanced Sync page, it appears this solution does not require reaching multiples of your refresh rate, though testing may be needed to confirm this. It also tries to avoid issues at low frame rate without introducing lag as well. Radeon GPU Profiler is a tool to allow developers to capture and analyze low level, built-in hardware thread tracing for DirectX 12 and Vulkan on Fiji and Polaris GPUs. Basically it will allow developers to precisely see what is happening within a GPU to identify bottlenecks and stalls, as well as to analyze async compute usage.

 

 

Source: Radeon.com and AMD



NVIDIA Investigated Multi-Chip-Module GPUs in Research Paper

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 5, 2017 11:00AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Necessity is the mother of invention, and the semiconductor industry is quickly approaching a limit to current technologies. This is because consumers and professionals keep demanding more and more performance but there are physical limitations we are approaching. A solution needs to be found for this demand to be met and NVIDIA, Arizona State University, University of Texas at Austin, and Barcelona Supercomputer Center recently worked together to research one of these approaches: multi-chip-modules.

To continue increasing the amount of computing power, more transistors are needed and traditionally this has been achieved by improving monolithic designs or, in the case of GPUs using a multi-GPU system. The monolithic approach has worked for a long time now, but is approaching the limits of silicon feature size and the aperture size of the lithography systems used to create the processors. A multi-GPU system removes the size concern but presents latency issues because of how long it takes to transmit information between two different processors as well as load-balancing concerns. By going with a multi-chip-module GPU though, which stitches together multiple processors onto a single substrate, the size limitations are worked around with far less latency than a multi-GPU system.

According to the research paper, an MCM-GPU appears to very much be a desirable solution, based on the simulations run as part of the work. With an optimized design to address bandwidth, latency, and load-imbalance concerns between GPU modules, an MCM-GPU with 256 streaming multiprocessors (SMs) was 45.5% faster than the largest possible monolithic GPU with 128 SMs and 26.8% better than a multi-GPU system using two such GPUs. When compared to a hypothetical 256 SM monolithic GPU, the MCM-GPU came within 10% of its performance, so while it is not perfect, it is very close.

AMD is also working on MCM designs, with the recently released EPYC CPUs being MCM processors using Infinity Fabric to connect four Zeppelin dies, and Navi GPU architecture likely to use Infinity Fabric in a similar manner. When NVIDIA might actually create an MCM-GPU is hard to guess, but with both companies at least considering this direction, it will be interesting to see what comes.

Source: NVIDIA



ASUS Targeting Miners With Upcoming GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 28, 2017 02:51PM
Author: Nick Harezga


A recent uptick in the popularity of the Ethereum mining project has led to some scarcity in new and used video cards, and now manufacturers and planning to offer cards targeted specifically at miners. Video cards had previously lost their appeal to the mining community as ASICs designed for mining provided more return on investment and lower operating costs. ASUS has announced an offering based on both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, the MINING RX 470 and MINING P106, respectively. The RX 470 has a base speed of 926MHz and boost speed of 1206MHz with 4GB of GDDR5 and was designed for "delivering maximum hash-rate production at minimum cost." The P106 is based on a GeForce GTX 1060 and has a base clock of 1506MHz and boost clock of 1708MHz with 6GB of GDDR5. The RX 470 has a single DVI port while the P106 has none. According to ASUS, these optimized cards will offer up to "36% uplift in its megahash rate compared to non-optimized gaming cards."

Source: Hot Hardware




NVIDIA Announces the Tesla V100 GPU Architecture

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 21, 2017 10:24PM
Author: scr4wl

NVIDIA has announced a new addition to the Tesla product line featuring the Volta V100 GPU architecture. The Volta V100 has been dubbed the "World’s Most Advanced Data Center GPU." At the heart of Volta's GV100 GPU lies 21.1 billion transistors crammed into an 815 mm2 die. Not only does the new Volta architecture offer considerably more power than previous generations, it incorporates many new features, ultimately simplifying GPU programming. Below are some of the features included in the Tesla V100 architecture to give you an idea of just what's inside each card.

  • New Streaming Multiprocessor (SM) Architecture Optimized for Deep Learning
  • Second-Generation NVIDIA NVLink™
  • HBM2 Memory: Faster, Higher Efficiency
  • Volta Multi-Process Service
  • Enhanced Unified Memory and Address Translation Services
  • Maximum Performance and Maximum Efficiency Modes
  • Cooperative Groups and New Cooperative Launch APIs
  • Volta Optimized Software

According to NVIDIA, the Volta architecture offers a leap forward in "deep learning performance" thanks to the new Tensor cores. The GV100 GPU reportedly offers up to 7.5 teraflops of double precision performance and 15 teraflops of single precision performance. The Volta GPU accomplishes this performance by utilizing a total of 640 Tensor cores. According to NVIDIA, these Tensor cores offer six times higher peak TFLOPS over the standard FP16 operations on the older P100 line. For more information on the Volta architecture, hit up the source below to check out the entire white paper!

Source: NVIDIA



NVIDIA GeForce MX150 Revealed Through HP Envy 13

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 25, 2017 03:17PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The NVIDIA MX150 is the latest mobile GPU from the company, released without much fanfare as part of the new HP Envy 13 ultrabook, with more devices expected at Computex. The MX150 "is a discrete graphics card for multimedia-oriented ultrabooks to ensure low power requirements," but it "was never officially introduced by NVIDIA." There aren't many concrete details known about the card, but it is believed to be a mobile version of the GeForce GT 1030 with 2GB of GDDR5.

Source: Videocardz



Leak for AMD RX Vega Lineup Names and Pricing

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 15, 2017 10:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As with any rumors, this information may turn out to not be true, but at least we are quickly approaching the actual announcement. According to Digiworthy, sources within AMD's Headquarters have indicated AMD will be announcing three RX Vega GPUs on May 31 at Computex, with the actual release following on June 5. Yes, three GPUs and they will supposedly be named the RX Vega Core, RX Vega Eclipse, and RX Vega Nova. The Core is supposed to have a $399 price on it and is meant to target or surpass GTX 1070 performance. The Eclipse will be at $499 and targets the GTX 1080, while the Nova at $599 would be against the GTX 1080 Ti.

All of this information is rumor, of course, so only time will tell exactly how AMD re-enters the high-end GPU market.

Source: Digiworthy



New Budget Card from NVIDIA on the Horizon

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 27, 2017 02:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A new budget level graphics card, the GeForce GT 1030, is on the way from NVIDIA to target the sub-$100 market. The card appears to be an answer to the latest from AMD, the Radeon RX 550, and as a successor to the GT 930 and GT 730. NVIDIA is hoping to offer the card near the $80 price point with a rumored release date of May 8. The card will be powered with the Pascal based GP108 core that features 512 CUDA cores, 2 or 4GB GDDR5, and a TDP of 30W. If you are in the market for something better than integrated graphics without breaking the bank, keep your eye out for the GT 1030.

Source: WCCF Tech



AMD Announces Dual Polaris Radeon Pro Duo Video Card

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 24, 2017 03:28PM
Author: Nick Harezga


AMD has announced the Radeon Pro Duo video card, packing two Polaris 10 cores onto a single card. The card is aimed at professionals that could use the card for tasks "such as broadcast, entertainment, media, design and manufacturing workloads." Each core has 2304 stream processors and 36 compute units with a clock speed of 1243MHz, offering compute power up to 11.5 TFLOPS. The card has enough processing power to handle four 4K monitors at 60Hz or a single 8K monitor at 60Hz. Also included is 32GB of GDDR5 memory with total bandwidth of 448GB/s. The latest Pro Duo falls short of the performance of last years model with dual Fiji XT cores with 4096 stream processors, 64 compute units, up to 16.38 TFLOPS of computer power, 8GB HBM2, and 1 TB/s memory bandwidth. The new Pro Duo has an MSRP of $999 while the previous iteration has an MSRP of $1500. General manager of the professional graphics division at AMD Ogi Brkic described the new card stating, "Today’s professional workflows continue to increase in complexity, often demanding that creators switch between a wide variety of applications to progress their work, pausing efforts in one application while computing resources are focused on another. We designed the Radeon Pro Duo to eliminate those constraints, empowering professionals to multi-task without compromise, dedicating GPU resources where and how they need them. It’s a continuation of our promise for Radeon Pro: to provide greater choice in how professionals practice their craft, enabling superior multi-tasking, accelerated applications, and powerful solutions for advanced workloads like VR."

Source: WCCF Tech



Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti Launched by Corsair

Category: Video Cards
Posted: April 20, 2017 10:48AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Heat is the bane of high performance components, which is why for some particularly dedicated people turn to liquid cooling, but making a custom loop can be more challenging and intimidating than many may be willing to accept. For those people, all-in-one coolers exist and now Corsair has launched the Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti from MSI combined with Corsair's Hydro Series liquid cooling.

The Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti uses a Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler with a micro-fin copper base and 120 mm radiator, which Corsair says can result in up to 50% lower temperatures. Lower temperatures can result in better performance as the GPU will be able to stay at its boost clocks when you need it most. The cooling fan is one of Corsair's ML120 LED, which uses a magnetic levitation bearing that suspends the fan rotor away from the motor, reducing friction and noise. With a range of 400 – 2400 RPM, it can be tuned to your needs.

The Hydro GFX GTX 1080 Ti is available immediately from the Corsair official webstore for those in the US, UK, and Germany.

Source: Corsair




NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 With Faster Memory on the Way

Category: Video Cards
Posted: March 30, 2017 04:05PM
Author: Nick Harezga


ASUS and MSI have shown off their iterations of the coming updates to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1060, featuring 11Gbps GDDR5X and 9Gbps GDD5, respectively. The new memory is expected to offer some improvement to performance, with the added benefit of better overclocking potential. The GTX 1060 will be available at the same price it currently sells for while the GTX 1080 will see a price drop to $499.

Source: WCCF Tech




NVIDIA Officially Announces the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti; $699 on March 10

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 28, 2017 10:28PM
Author: bp9801


There's a new king on the block, and it's one that has long been rumored. NVIDIA officially took the wraps off its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and man does it sound impressive as can be. It packs 3,584 CUDA cores and 11GB of GDDR5X VRAM, offering performance that's 35% faster than the GTX 1080. Oh, and it's even faster than the Pascal-based TITAN X video card. The G5X memory runs at 11Gbps, which makes it faster than the memory on both the 1080 and TITAN X. To help keep all this performance cool, NVIDIA has equipped the 1080 Ti with a new high-airflow cooler to keep the components comfortable, while also running quieter than before. Strap in a new 7-phase power design with 14 high-efficiency dualFETs, and you have a powerful card that delivers better power efficiency while you're neck deep in the newest game.

NVIDIA does plan to bring the faster G5X memory to the GTX 1080, with equipped models featuring a sticker on the box to highlight the 11Gbps speed. Oh, and the GTX 1080 is seeing its price lowered to $499 since it's no longer the king. The GTX 1060 isn't being left in the cold, either, as it will get 9Gbps GDDR5 VRAM to give it and prospective owners a nice boost to gaming potential.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti arrives worldwide on March 10 for $699. Pre-orders for the Founders Edition card goes live on March 2 at 8am PST. If you're so inclined, NVIDIA is giving away 108 GTX 1080 Ti's through GeForce Experience. Just download, log in, and sign up for the NVIDIA newsletter to be eligible.

Sources: GeForce.com [1] & [2]




Benchmarks Leak for AMD Radeon RX 580

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 23, 2017 04:27PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A series of benchmarks from Ashes of the Singularity for the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 580 paired with an eight core Intel i7 5820k running at 3.3GHz have leaked. In a single card configuration running the 1080p version of the benchmark, the RX 580 managed to hit 72.3 fps. This marks a significant improvement over the card it will be replacing, the RX 480, and puts in on par with the GeForce GTX 1070. In another test, an engineering sample of the upcoming eight core Ryzen CPU was paired with two RX 580 in CrossFire in the 4K resolution test, and the Ryzen managed to hold its own against its Intel counterpart with an average frame rate of 82.5 fps. These numbers are a great sign for users looking to get high end performance while minimizin the damage to their wallets. The RX 560 was also tested in the 1080p benchmark, where it managed an average of 34.3 fps.

Source: WCCF Tech



NVIDIA Volta Rumored to Release This Year

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 23, 2017 05:07PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest rumors are pointing to a 2017 release for the next generation of NVIDIA GPUs, Volta, built by Taiwan Semiconductor using the 12nm FinFET manufacturing process. The new GPUs are seen as a replacement for Pascal in the "GPGPU supercomputing, machine learning and artificial intelligence spaces." It is believed that it will take until 2018 for consumers to get their hands on Volta for applications like gaming. NVIDIA is expected to release a refresh of the GTX 20 Pascal GPUs at some point this year to hold users over until it brings Volta to consumers.

Source: WCCF Tech



NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Expected Early March

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 9, 2017 04:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga

According to an NVIDIA board partner, the next iteration of the GeForce GTX 1080, the GTX 1080 Ti, will be officially revealed around the time of PAX East, which occurs from March 10-12. The delay in the announcement appears to be related to the expected June reveal of AMD Vega, as NVIDIA has no reason to further upgrade its offerings with no real competition. It is also expected that all NVIDIA AIB partners will have an offering from the get go, giving users the chance to pick from their favorite manufacturer. Rumored specifications for the GTX 1080 Ti include a GP102 GPU core, 10GB GDDR5X, and a power draw of 250W. It will boast more transistors and CUDA cores than the GTX 1080, but will likely fall short of the GTX TITAN-X.

Source: WCCF Tech



AMD Shows Off Some Aspects of Vega GPUs at CES 2017

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 6, 2017 10:40AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Yesterday AMD showed off some more information about its upcoming Vega GPU architecture. While many were hoping for a paper launch or something telling us when we will get our hands on it, there was still some interesting information presented. Some of the information was already known from previous announcements, such as the use of HBM2 and its speeds, and from leaks, like the improvements to the compute engines, but there is feature one I at least do not recall coming up before and it has to do with the cache.

I am not an expert in how graphics cards work but part of their operation involves loading the various graphical assets of a game into the local VRAM, so the GPU can rapidly call on it for one purpose or another. The results of this processing, such as the finished frame, will then be stored in the VRAM. Vega will change this up some by apparently abstracting this cache system using the High-Bandwidth Controller, as AMD calls it. This controller can use the local High Bandwidth Cache, like HBM2 or possibly GDDR5 if that is present, but it can also use system RAM, non-volatile RAM such as SSDs, and based on what it shows in the video, even network storage. That last location I am guessing is more for professional compute applications than gamers, but it is still stated that Vega will have the capability to work with assets that are streamed in directly from these other caches, without having to wait for it to be placed in the local cache. In total the controller can build a 512 TB virtual address space it can pull from, which is a lot to manage, especially with different memory technologies having different speeds and latencies. Selecting where information is stored, in the local cache or in another location, can also be decided automatically instead of putting on the developers to decide. We will have to wait for reviews to see how well this performs.

Along with this new approach to the cache/memory system, Vega will also use a new geometry pipeline, enabling more than double throughput per clock, and a new computer engine that supports higher clock speeds and has a better IPC than previous AMD GPUs. Vega is still expected to launch H1 2017.

 

 

Source: Ve.ga



AMD to Have Complete Vega Line-up From High to Low End GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 22, 2016 02:14PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Next year we are expecting to see a number of new products coming from AMD, starting with the Ryzen CPUs based on the Zen architecture in Q1. The hope for these processors is to bring AMD back into competition with Intel in the high-end consumer market, an area Intel has been dominating for years. Sometime in the H1, AMD is also set to launch new GPUs using its Vega architecture. While the Polaris architecture found in the RX 480, 470, and 460 graphics cards have proven successful in the mid-range GPU market, it is these Vega GPUs that are expected to challenge NVIDIA at the high end, where the GTX 1080, 1070, and Pascal-based Titan X currently lead. The latest rumor concerning Vega comes from Fudzilla and says that Vega will be available in a complete line-up of graphics cards, extending from the high-end to the low-end market.

This is actually not too surprising a rumor, but it does specifically state the Vega line will be arriving soon, so it suggests we will not see the release strategy AMD is planning to use for the Zen CPUs, with high-end chips first and the less expensive, less powerful chips following. Along with this rumor is that Vega will not just be partnered with HBM 2 memory, which would almost be necessary for low-end cards. While HBM 2 offers significantly improved performance and efficiency it is more expensive to use than GDDR5, the current standard for VRAM. It is not part of the rumor, and I have not seen any rumor suggesting it, but perhaps we could even see some Vega GPUs using GDDR5X, which occupies a place between GDDR5 and HBM 2 for price and performance, and NVIDIA is already using it in some of its GPUs.

Source: Fudzilla



Intel Plans to License AMD GPU Technology

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 6, 2016 04:29PM
Author: Nick Harezga

AMD has seen some hard times in recent memory, including more layoffs and a record low market share in the GPU market in the first quarter of 2016. A rumor posted earlier this year at HardOCP indicated that there was growing tension between AMD CEO Lisa Su and the leader of the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), Raja Koduri. As a result of this, the RTG was reported to be exploring a licensing deal with Intel to provide the GPU component for the Intel iGPU. HardOCP MasterChef Editor Kyle Bennett has now provided an update on the rumor, stating that "The licensing deal between AMD and Intel is signed and done for putting AMD GPU tech into Intel's iGPU." We will have to wait and see what this will mean going forward for the two companies and Intel CPUs with integrated graphics.

Source: HardOCP



Benchmarks for Upcoming AMD Radeon RX 490 Leaked

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 2, 2016 01:31PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Radeon RX 490 is the next high end entry into the Radeon RX 400 series from AMD, and is described as "an enthusiast aimed graphics card that will be able to power AAA experiences at up to 4K resolutions and also run VR titles smoothly." The card was listed on a Norwegian retail site with an expected availability in the second half of 2017, but no pricing information. Benchmarks listed at WCCF Tech for the Radeon Pro 490 indicate that the card outperforms the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 in three different 3DMark FS benchmarks by a fair margin, which points to even better performance from the RX 490.

Source: WCCF Tech



NVIDIA Gains GPU Market Share

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 16, 2016 05:16PM
Author: Nick Harezga

According to a report by Jon Peddie Research, the GPU market is on an upswing with NVIDIA reaping the most rewards. Total GPU shipments in the third quarter of 2016 were up 20.4% from the second quarter of 2016, but were just 0.3% higher than the third quarter of 2015. GPU sales were up for all of the major players with NVIDIA increasing by 39%, AMD increasing by 20%, and Intel increasing by 18%. Despite the improved sales for AMD and Intel, NVIDIA was still able to increase its total market share by 2.2%. PC graphics cards were responsible for about two-thirds of all sales, with the remaining percentage attributed to console graphics cards.

Source: WCCF Tech



AMD Drops Prices of Two 400 Series Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: October 24, 2016 04:15PM
Author: Nick Harezga

AMD is looking to get a head start on the holiday shopping season with the announcement of a small price cut on two cards in the 400 series of GPUs. AMD has updated the suggested pricing for the Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470 to $100 and $170, respectively. The new prices represent a decrease of just $10 from the launch price, but AMD is likely hoping that it will make the cards more attractive in the face of the upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 series from NVIDIA. Several models of the RX 460 have already hit the new pricing on Newegg, while at the time of writing PC World was only able to find a single RX 470 at the new price.

Source: PC World



NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti Get Official Prices

Category: Video Cards
Posted: October 17, 2016 03:52PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Earlier this month, performance information about the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was revealed, including a suspected price tag of $150. A leaked slide now indicates that the price will be slightly less at $139 while the price of the GTX 1050 will be $109. Both cards use the GP107 GPU at 75W TDP with the GTX 1050 Ti boasting 768 CUDA cores and 4GB GDDR5 compared to the 640 CUDA cores and 2GB GDDR5 of the GTX 1050. The cards will be available on October 25 with models expected to be available from third parties including ASUS, EVGA, and MSI.

Source: Videocardz



RX 470 May See a Price Drop to Combat GTX 1050 Ti Launch

Category: Video Cards
Posted: October 12, 2016 12:18PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

According to industry sources for Tweak Town (which classifies this as a rumor) AMD will be dropping the price of the RX 470 to $169 to combat the upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti NVIDIA is expected to launch at $159. As the RX 470 is expected to be a better performing card than the GTX 1050 Ti, this could be a significant win for AMD in the 1080p market both companies are targeting with these cards. Of course, as this price drop and performance numbers for the GTX 1050 Ti are all technically rumor at this point, we cannot know what will happen until it actually does.

Source: Tweak Town



Rumored Performance Leaks for GTX 1050 Ti

Category: Video Cards
Posted: October 10, 2016 11:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Not everyone can afford or even want the most powerful GPUs you can find today. To target that market segment, NVIDIA is expected to launch its GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti GPUs later this month, so naturally we are seeing some performance numbers leak out. Obviously until actual reviews start appearing, these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, or several.

Today what we have are performance numbers for the GTX 1050 Ti, which is expected to have 768 CUDA cores, a 1318 MHz base clock and 1392 MHz boost, but the leaker supposedly hit 1797 MHz without touching the GPU's voltage. This particular card also had a dual-slot cooling solution and came with a factory overclock of 1354 MHz base and 1468 MHz. The GPU is connected to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with a 128-bit bus. The card also has a TDP of 75 W and a 6-pin power connector.

The GTX 1050 Ti was also benchmarked using 3DMark Time Spy and Firestrike Ultra. In the latter the card reached 1895 while it achieved 2513 in the former. The expected MSRP is around $150.

Source: WCCFtech



Specifications for AMD Vega 10 and 20 Cards Leaked

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 20, 2016 04:14PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A "very good" source with access to an internal server roadmap has revealed some early details on the upcoming AMD Vega 10 and Vega 20 graphics cards. The Vega 10 is built on the 14nm GFX9 architecture with 16GB of HBM2 and 64 Compute Units. It is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017 with a dual Vega 10 available in the second quarter. The Vega 20 will use the 7nm GFX9 architecture with 32GB of HBM2 and 64 Compute Units. It will support PCI-Express 4.0, but no information on expected availability was given. AMD will also be replacing the Polaris 10 chips with the Vega 11, though no further information was made available.

Source: Videocardz



Leaked Specs Appear for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 15, 2016 01:04PM
Author: bp9801

Back when NVIDIA unleashed the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070, there were some wondering if a GTX 1080 Ti would be on the horizon eventually. We've had it with both Kepler and Maxwell, so Pascal should follow suit, right? Well, we got word on the GTX 1060 (plus the reduced core version) and the new TITAN X running on Pascal, but a 1080 Ti was still missing. However, there might be some news on it soon, as some leaks indicate the card is real and is potentially coming soon. The specifications for the 1080 Ti have appeared, and boy is it impressive. It apparently has 52 SMUs on its Pascal core, which is just four fewer than the new TITAN X. The CUDA core count comes in at 3328, fewer than the 3584 on the TITAN X, but much more than the 2560 on the 1080.

It has 12GB of memory on a 384-bit bus, however the leaks put the memory as GDDR5 instead of GDDR5X on the TITAN X and 1080. Why the drop down, I don't rightly know, but the memory bandwidth comes in at 384GB/s. It's less than the 480GB/s on the TITAN X, which could be why it has GDDR5 instead of GDDR5X, so that people still have a reason to get that new monster. Considering the 1080 has only 320GB/s of memory bandwidth, the 1080 Ti is still far and above it. Single-point performance comes in at 10.8 Tflops instead of 11 Tflops on the TITAN X, so just a bit of a reduction there, and is again above the 9 Tflops on the 1080. Base clock speed comes in at 1503MHz, with a boost clock of 1623MHz, so it's faster than the TITAN X, but not as fast as the 1080. The TDP is 250W, with power supplied by 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe connectors, just like the TITAN X.

The card sounds impressive, although I still think if it goes with GDDR5 over GDDR5X it isn't the best idea. It is a leak, and until we get confirmation one way or another from NVIDIA, take everything here with a dose of salt. We might hear something on the 1080 Ti soon, maybe once AMD shows off its high-end flagship, and could see the 1080 Ti on shelves later this year or early next. Really, we don't know when the 1080 Ti is going to hit, just like we don't really know if all these leaked specifications are true or not. Once we hear something definitive, you can be sure to find it here.

Source: OC3D via Neoseeker



MSI Announces Five GeForce GTX 3GB Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 18, 2016 02:08PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA recently confirmed the existence of a 3GB version of the GeForce GTX 1060, and MSI has now added five cards based on this design to its lineup. The main differentiator between the cards is the cooling system used, which also has an impact on the base and boosted clock speeds. The GTX 1060 Gaming X 3G and GTX 1060 Gaming 3G use the Twin Frozr VI cooler with base clocks of 1594MHz and 1531MHz and boost clocks of 1809MHz and 1746MHz, respectively. The Twin Frozr VI is made up of large heatsink, 8mm copper heatpipes, and MSI TORX Fan 2.0. The GTX 1060 ARMOR 3G OCV1 and GTX 1060 ARMOR 3GV1 use the ARMOR 2X cooling system with base clocks of 1544MHz and 1506MHz and boost clocks of 1759MHz and 1708MHz, respectively. The ARMOR 2X uses TORX Fan technology, Advanced Airflow Control, and Zero Frozr technology to minimize noise while under low loads. The GTX 1060 3GT OC has a dual fan cooler with base clock of 1544MHz and boost clock of 1759MHz.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Video Card; Fewer Cores for $199

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 18, 2016 12:10PM
Author: bp9801

NVIDIA recently released its GeForce GTX 1060 card, which contains 6GB of GDDR5 and 1280 CUDA cores. It's a great budget gaming card, especially with the amount of performance it offers. However, it's soon to be joined by another GTX 1060, as NVIDIA is taking the wraps off the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. This card, as the name suggests, has 3GB of GDDR5 instead of the typical 6GB, and it only features 1152 CUDA cores. The base clock and boost clock are still the same, 1506MHz and 1708MHz, respectively, while the memory speed is still 8Gbps through a 192-bit interface. Just it has less memory and a reduced core count, kind of like how the GTX 260 came with a two separate core counts. Only this time the memory helps distinguish the two apart. Interestingly, this confirms a rumor from a month ago saying the GTX 1060 would have two versions, so it's good to see that become reality.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB carries with it a $199 base price, bringing it down even further than the 6GB model, and making it ideal for those on a budget. Performance difference between the two is 5%, according to NVIDIA, while the 3GB model is still 10% faster than the AMD RX 480 8GB, again according to NVIDIA. The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is expected to launch in the next couple of weeks, with a new driver update bringing support for it.

Source: Press Release



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