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Video Cards News (704)

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



AMD Offers Small Teaser for Upcoming Vega GPU

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 15, 2016 03:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A small teaser has been posted by AMD Senior Director of Global Marketing and Public Relations Chris Hook in the form of a Facebook photo of the venue where the company will launch the Vega GPU. The venue is a "large industrial space that’s in desperate need of 'renovations'," though it is unclear if the need for "renovations" is related to the launch. Vega is said to be AMD's challenger to the NVIDIA GTX 1080, built using 14nm FinFET technology and utilizing second generation High Bandwidth Memory. Vega was initially slated for a release in 2017, though some rumors are now pointing to a possible October 2016 release. For now it looks like we will just have to wait and see what AMD reveals at the launch event.

Source: WCCF Tech



Corsair and MSI Team Up to Create Hydro GFX GTX 1080

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 12, 2016 10:39AM
Author: Nick Harezga


Corsair has teamed up with MSI to create a new version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, the Hydro GFX GTX 1080. The new card combines the graphics experience of MSI with the cooling prowess of Corsair to create "a graphics card with the overclocked power to push the limits of 4K and VR gaming performance, while running not just cooler, but also significantly quieter than a stock GeForce GTX 1080." The improved cooling helps the Hydro GFX to run up to 50% cooler than stock cards despite bumping performance by up to 10%. The cooling is provided by a Hydro Series H55 all-in-one solution that features a 120mm radiator and low-noise LED fan. The card has three pre-overclocked profiles that can boost the GPU speed to 1847MHz or lower it to 1733MHz in Silent Mode.

Source: Press Release



AMD's Newest Drivers Feature Improved Performance and Several Bug Fixes

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 4, 2016 10:22AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Recently AMD released the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.3 drivers that features support for the RX 470, several bug fixes, and a rather significant performance increase for Rise of the Tomb Raider. This improvement is up to 10% for RX 480 GPUs and compared to the 16.7.2 drivers. Some highlights from the bug fixes are an Overwatch crash for Crossfired RX 480s, incorrect version information for Vulkan, flickering when launching or exiting a game if Freesync is enabled, and Radeon WattMan retaining overclock settings after a failed overclock.

There are also a number of known issues, including some with hybrid graphics configurations, a crash with the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay, which can be gotten around by disabling the overlay, and some issues with Crossfire for various games. You can check out the complete release notes at the link below.

Source: AMD



NVIDIA Might Bring GeForce GTX 1000 Series Mobile Versions to Gamescom

Category: Video Cards
Posted: August 2, 2016 02:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has released a number of models for its GeForce GTX 1000 series, and the latest rumors suggest that the company will continue the trend of releasing versions for the mobile market. According to Digitimes, a number of manufacturers including Asus and Gigabyte will reveal laptops using the new GPUs at Gamescom in Germany later this month. These new cards will abandon the "M" designation of past mobile versions, perhaps not surprising as the cards have similar specifications to the desktop models. The report points to the increasing player base in Europe as the reason that the reveal will occur at Gamescom.

Source: Digitimes via Digital Trends



NVIDIA Unveils the New TITAN X; Releases August 2 for $1,200

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 21, 2016 09:01PM
Author: bp9801

NVIDIA likes to go big whenever it can. We've had previous TITAN video cards before, but now they're outclassed by the GeForce GTX 1080. However, that wasn't going to last long, as NVIDIA took the wraps off its brand new TITAN X. Yes, we already have a TITAN X powered by Maxwell, but this is the new TITAN X powered by Pascal. NVIDIA calls this its biggest card ever with performance that is probably kind of really reckless. It features an insane 3584 CUDA cores, 12 billion transistors, and 11 TFLOPS of 32-bit floating point performance. It also has 44 TOPS of INT8, a new deep learning inferencing instruction that should appeal to the non-gaming enthusiast crowd.

So, this new TITAN X features 3584 CUDA cores, a nice bump over the 3072 CUDA cores on the previous TITAN X. It also runs at 1.53GHz instead of 1.08GHz. There's still 12GB of VRAM, but now it's the new GDDR5X instead of GDDR5, enabling 480GB/s of memory bandwidth on its 384-bit interface. This card is just staggering fast, over 60% faster than the previous TITAN X, and you can even pair it with a second in SLI. However, it does cost $1,200 when it launches on August 2 in North America and Europe. An Asian launch is coming later. You can only get the new TITAN X from the NVIDIA website, so break out those piggy banks!

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA's Order of 10 Challenge Returns, Chance to Win More GTX 10 Series Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 21, 2016 10:10AM
Author: bp9801

Everyone loves the chance to win something, especially when it's a new video card or just computer gear in general. NVIDIA launched its Order of 10 Contest back in May to give gamers the chance to win a GeForce GTX 10 Series video card. After the two week contest ended, we all thought that was it. Well, NVIDIA had some other ideas and went back to work on crafting some new puzzles for us to solve. The result is the new Order of 10 Challenge, which starts today and features a new challenge on July 28, August 5, and August 11. Weekly prizes include game codes for AAA titles and a GTX 10 Series video card, while a Grand Prize includes a full system packed with two GTX 1080s in SLI, an Intel i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM, and the HTC Vive for some VR fun. There's even a "refer a friend" option to get your pals taking on the challenges and increasing your odds of winning the Grand Prize.

If you want to test your brainpower and maybe win a new video card, head on over to the Order of 10 website and see what today's first challenge offers. Who knows, maybe you'll get a new video card out of the whole thing.

Source: Order of 10



Inno3D Announces GeForce GTX 1060 Based Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 20, 2016 04:16PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Inno3D has announced a pair of new graphics cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, the GTX 1060 Gaming OC and GTX 1060 iChiLL. The Gaming OC model will utilize two 10cm fans with aluminum fans and heatpipes that cover the GPU core, memory, and power components. The fans have a triangular design to improve airflow and have intelligent fan technology to turn the fans off in idle mode to save power and reduce noise. The iChiLL steps up the cooling with the Power Direct Cooling System utilizing three Scythe blade fans to blow cold air over an aluminum heatsink. The iChiLL features the same intelligent fan technology as the Gaming OC. Both cards have a clock speed of 1784MHz, 6GB of GDDR5 192-bit memory, and 8.2Gbps of memory bandwidth.

Source: Press Release




MSI Announces Two Custom GeForce GTX 1060 Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 19, 2016 05:09PM
Author: Nick Harezga


MSI has announced a pair of new cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 video card, the GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G and GeForce GTX 1060 ARMOR. The 6G is cooled by a TWIN FROZR VI cooler, allowing for "higher core and memory clock speeds for increased performance in games." The black cooler shroud features red accents as well as red LED lighting. The card uses TORX Fan 2.0 technology to generate "22% more air pressure" blowing over 8mm copper heatpipes. The ARMOR uses the ARMOR 2X cooling system with a black and white color scheme. The ARMOR 2X system utilizes TORX Fan technology and MSI Zero Frozr technology to turn the fans completely off during low intensity applications such as web browsing. MSI is also making entry level single and dual fan models for users that don't want the size or price tag of the higher performance cards.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Could Have Two Versions

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 18, 2016 03:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The GeForce GTX 1060 is the "budget" model in the latest round of cards from NVIDIA, with a 6GB model already confirmed. Rumors are now pointing to a second card that will have 3GB of RAM, a move that NVIDIA partners appear to be confirming. The 3GB model will use a slightly less powerful GPU core, with 1152 CUDA cores compared to the 1280 found on the 6GB model. A separate rumor also seems to confirm the existence of the 3GB model, but indicates that it will be known as the GTX 1050. The same rumor indicates that the GTX 1050 would be available in December, with the 6GB GTX 1060 available tomorrow.

Source: Tech Frag and Tweak Town



More Evidence Suggests an RX 490 GPU is Coming From AMD

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 13, 2016 10:37AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When the intended performance target for the RX 480 was first revealed by AMD, many people were left wondering about a higher-end option, because while a mainstream GPU may be able to target most computer users, plenty of us want something more. Some are waiting for Vega-based GPUs, which should release next year, but there have been occasional leaks of an RX 490 card, and now we have another that also provides some technical information and the explanation for the RX nomenclature.

Previously the RX 490 has been spotted on AMD's website, as eligible for certain promotional offers, and on a list at Sapphire's website, AMD's strongest AIB partner. This latest leak comes as what appears to be a leaked slide explaining what the RADEON RX 4XX naming scheme means. Obviously RADEON is company branding, but it turns out RX does have a specific technical meaning as well. For a GPU to earn the RX prefix it needs to surpass 1.5 TFLOPS of compute power and 100 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The 4 marks the generation, while the tens digits is for Tier and ones digits is for Revision, which we may or may not see used this generation. The tier for 7 and 8 has a 256-bit memory interface and is targeted for 1440p resolutions, while the tier for 5 and 6 has a 128-bit interface. The 5 and 6 tier apparently spans the RX requirement as it is also listed for non-RX GPUs, along with a Tier 4 with a 64-bit interface.

The leak concerning the possible RX 490 is that a Tier 9 is also listed and shows it as having a memory bus greater than 256-bit and is targeted at 4K gaming. While it is always possible this could be fake or just meant to describe how the naming would work for such a GPU, this combined with the other leaks seems to support the eventual existence of this GPU and what it will be capable of. Also, because of the AMD website leak of the RX 490, we can expect it to be available this year, while the promotional campaign is still ongoing, which means it will be based on Polaris and not Vega.

(Image is from the WCCFtech source article.)

Source: WCCFtech




Zotac Announces GeForce GTX 1060 Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 11, 2016 03:53PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Zotac is adding a pair of GeForce GTX 1060 cards to its offerings with the Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Mini and AMP Edition. Both cards are designed as "super compact short length cards," with the Mini putting some extra emphasis in this area. It utilizes a single 90mm fan with an aluminum heatsink to provide thermal dissipation without significant noise in a 6.85" form factor. The AMP Edition measures 8.27" and uses two 90mm wide blade fans as part of the IceStorm thermal system with 8mm vertical heatpipes and a copper cold plate. Both cards take up two PCIe slots and are VR Ready.

Source: Press Release



AMD 480 4GB Models Gain Extra Memory with BIOS Update

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 7, 2016 03:34PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Some retail versions of the AMD RX 480 4GB card are reportedly able to double their memory to 8GB with a BIOS update. The card tested was obtained from Newegg with some reviewers indicating that they received two BIOS profiles with their review cards to test both the 4GB and 8GB models. It is unknown if the cards were shipped in error or if AMD was attempting to meet its promise of a $199 card on launch. In the latter case, the company may have decided to flash the 8GB cards with the 4GB BIOS while "supply of the lower density memory chips for the 4GB variant were still ramping." Selling the 8GB model with a flashed 4GB BIOS means AMD is taking a $30 loss on each sale, and some early adopters have a shot at getting a great deal on a better card.

Source: WCCF Tech



3DMark Numbers Leak for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 6, 2016 11:10AM
Author: bp9801

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 might not be officially announced or anything, but that hasn't stopped the spread of news on it. Today we have a new piece of information and it concerns benchmarks. Rather the 3DMark performance results for the GTX 1060 have leaked out and man is this thing looking good. At the stock clocks, 1506MHz on the core with a 1708MHz boost clock, the GTX 1060 is faster than AMD's new RX 480. The RX 480 scored between 2600 and 2800 in 3DMark FireStrike Ultra, while the GTX 1060 reached 3014. In FireStrike Performance, the GTX 1060 hit 11225 and the RX 480 between 10500 and 10600. These are without official NVIDIA drivers, but even so, it's a good start for the card. Granted, these are synthetic benchmarks and in no way guarantee faster real world performance, but it's nice to see things nonetheless.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is expected to be announced tomorrow, July 7, with reviews hopefully around the same time. It is expected to have 1280 CUDA cores and 80 TMUs on the GP106 core, with a pixel fill rate of 72.3GPixel/s and a texture fill rate of 159.6GPixel/s. We'll just have to see what it all means in other benchmarks and, of course, some actual gaming when the card hits.

Source: WCCFtech



Next NVIDIA Titan Rumored to be 50% Faster than GTX 1080

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 5, 2016 03:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga

For the past several generations of NVIDIA GPUs, the company has released a series of mainstream graphics cards before releasing its most powerful card of the series, commonly carrying the TITAN designation. The latest cards from NVIDIA utilize the Pascal architecture with GP100 and GP102 cores on the GTX 1060, 1070, and 1080. While we already know quite a bit about these cards, details on the Pascal based TITAN have not been easy to come by. VR World has obtained some initial performance numbers that claim the upcoming TITAN is "at least 50% higher performance than GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition," adding that the performance is "now bound by the CPU." The sources did indicate that the Intel Core i7-6700K performed better than the i7-6950X. VR World believes that Gamescom, which runs from August 17-21, could be a good time for the official announcement.

Source: VR World



Newly Released RX 480 Appears to Have Power Draw Issues

Category: Video Cards
Posted: July 1, 2016 01:38PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Just days ago, AMD released the long-awaited RX 480 graphics card, containing the new Polaris 10 GPU. One of the features of the new GPU is supposed to be significantly increased efficiency, thanks to the new 14 nm FinFET node it uses and several Radeon technologies, but some reviewers have found the card, at least in the currently available reference design, may have significant power issues.

The card has a TDP of 150 W and a 6-pin power connector, which is meant to provide 75 W, leaving the other 75 W to come from the PCIe slot itself, which is the maximum the slot is supposed to provide. What some reviewers have found, including those at PC Perspective who have done a careful analysis of the card's power draw, is that the RX 480 is pulling above 150 W, at stock (overclocking will naturally draw even more power). On its own, pulling more power than the stated TDP is not necessarily an issue, especially if it draws it from the PSU connector, but the PCPer reviewer found it was also drawing more than 75 W from the PCIe slot. Depending on the tolerances of the motherboard, continuous power draw above the spec could cause damage to the slot. Obviously, this is not a good.

As some comments for the original PCPer article suggested examining the ASUS GTX 960 Strix, which was supposedly caught also drawing more from the PCIe slot in the past, the review pulled out his testing rig again and got to work. He found that this 960 does not in fact exceed that limit, at least not continuously. The reviewer used a second order low pass filter specifically to remove some of the spiking that can occur with phase switches of any DC switching power supply. This makes the data easier to read and the reviewers focus was on continuous power draw, not instantaneous.

It is also worth noting that there has not been any official response from AMD concerning this issue yet. The most I have seen has been an Reddit AMA response by Raja Koduri himself stating the RX 480 passed testing and that the engineering team is fully engaged on this matter. So for now, the exact nature, cause, and extent of this issue are not known, at least not publicly, and neither is if a potential fix would be software or hardware based.

Source: PC Perspective



NVIDIA Bringing Tesla P100 to PCI Express

Category: Video Cards
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.

Source: Anandtech



AMD Revealed RX 470 and RX 460 GPUs at E3

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 13, 2016 03:10PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

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.

Source: AMD



MSI Reveals Its GeForce GTX 1070 Lineup, Headlined by the GAMING X 8G

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 10, 2016 02:12PM
Author: bp9801

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



3DMark 11 Results Spotted for AMD RX 480

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 9, 2016 10:52AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

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.

Source: WCCftech



AMD Announces Radeon RX 480 at $199, Launches June 29

Category: Video Cards
Posted: June 1, 2016 09:03AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

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.

 

 

Source: AMD



Possible AMD RX 480 Specs Leaked

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 31, 2016 10:13AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

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)




PowerColor Announces DEVIL BOX External GPU Solution

Category: Video Cards
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



AMD Possibly Facing Issues with Polaris 10/11 and Radeon Technologies Group?

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 27, 2016 04:19PM
Author: bp9801

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.

Source: HardOCP



MSI Unveils Its GeForce GTX 1080 Models, Including the GAMING X 8G

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 27, 2016 11:13AM
Author: bp9801

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




GeForce Game Ready 368.22 WHQL Driver for Overwatch, War Thunder, and World of Tanks Now Available

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 24, 2016 04:09PM
Author: bp9801

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



NVIDIA Brings Us the Specifications for the GeForce GTX 1070

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 18, 2016 09:38AM
Author: bp9801


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




First Polaris GPUs From AMD May Launch Late This Month

Category: Video Cards
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.

Source: TechPowerUp



NVIDIA Formally Unveils the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 Video Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: May 6, 2016 07:23PM
Author: bp9801


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.

Source: Livestream, GeForce, and WCCFtech [1] & [2]




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