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SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX VEGA 56 Limited Edition 8G HBM2  Review

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX VEGA 56 Limited Edition 8G HBM2 Review

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PowerColor Red Devil RX VEGA 56 8GB HBM2 Review

PowerColor Red Devil RX VEGA 56 8GB HBM2 Review

» January 10, 2018 04:00PM

MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Review

MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Review

» November 30, 2017 04:00PM

MSI GTX 1070 Ti Titanium 8G Review

MSI GTX 1070 Ti Titanium 8G Review

» November 19, 2017 04:00PM

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Review

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Video Cards News (713)

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

Category: Video Cards
Posted: February 9, 2018 09:42AM
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 01:03PM
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 10:19AM
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



NVIDIA Reportedly Asking Retailers to Limit Per Customer Sales to Focus on Gamers

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 22, 2018 10:30AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you have looked at the prices of graphics cards recently, you might have been shocked at the high prices. This is because cryptocurrency miners are buying them up as fast as they can and as many as they can. This has hit the supplies and therefore the cost of AMD GPUs especially hard, as they typically have a better return on investment than NVIDIA GPUs, but miners are turning to GeForce cards when that is what is available, so both sides are being impacted.

In an effort to hopefully get more GPUs to gamers than miners, NVIDIA has supposedly requested retailers to limit GPU sales to two per customer, something NVIDIA is doing on its own webstore. Of course NVIDIA cannot force a retailer to adopt this policy, but there is still hope it will help gamers get the hardware they want by preventing miners from emptying out entire stocks in a few clicks. With miners still willing to pay well above MSRP though, it is hard to see when or how prices will drop.

Source: WCCFtech



PowerColor Reveals Gaming Station External Graphics Card Chassis

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 9, 2018 10:38AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Back in 2016 the PowerColor Devil Box was released, an external graphics card chassis to bring the power of discrete GPUs to smaller computers and laptops with Thunderbolt 3. Now the company has announced a new version called the Gaming Station. This new eGPU chassis uses AMD XConnect Technology to connect a GPU to a system over Thunderbolt 3. It also has a variety of ports on it, including five USB 3.0 Type-A ports (two on the front and three on the back), a Gigabit ethernet port, and the Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) port to actually connect it to a computer. The internal power supply can provide 550 W for the GPU and 87 W can be sent over the Thunderbolt 3 port to power compatible laptops.

Source: PowerColor [1] and [2]




AMD Reveals and Announces New Products Before CES 2018: GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 8, 2018 12:14PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Now that the CPU and APU news from AMD has been covered, we can move on to the GPU news, which includes two product announcements.

The Vega GPU architecture is already in discrete packages for consumer desktops in the form of the RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 graphics cards, but announced at CES 2018 is Radeon Vega Mobile. The Vega Mobile discrete GPU is just 1.7 mm high and will use HBM2 with its targets being ultrathin performance gaming and ultrathin workstations. Unfortunately I have not seen any detailed information to determine how this mobile dGPU compares to the Intel semi-custom chip, though one slide describes the semi-custom as "new ultrathin form factory gaming" while the Vega Mobile is "high frame rate AA gaming in compact form factors."

Also announced was AMD's first 7 nm product, which will be a Vega-based GPU built for machine learning. I did not spot any mention of a 7 nm Vega consumer product, but the architecture roadmap does show Navi, the company's next GPU architecture, will be on 7 nm as well, so perhaps that will be the next consumer product. After Navi a "Next-Gen" architecture is shown and will use a 7 nm+ process. Sampling of the 7 nm Vega Radeon Instinct product will begin sometimes this year.

Also shown were slides focusing on the software powering Radeon products for machine learning tasks. These show off what the Radeon GPUs support, the ease of supporting them, and compare AMD's open source ROCm solutions to NVIDIA's proprietary CUDA solutions.

Source: AMD and Slide Decks




AMD Releases Alpha Adrenalin Drivers Addressing DX9 Issues

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 5, 2018 12:16PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Along with the various features the new Adrenalin drivers AMD released last month came at least one serious bug that would cause some DirectX 9 games to crash. After this was discovered there was some miscommunication from AMD about if it would be fixed, but thankfully that was cleared up a shortly after with the company investigating it and then actually finding the cause. Of course knowing a bug and its cause has been found does not mean we will see a fix released soon, and technically that is still the case, but if you want to try it out in its current form, download and install Adrenalin Edition 1.8.1.1 Alpha. AMD has released an alpha driver, so it is not recommended for general use, but it should address the DX9 issue at least partially. There may still be some kinks to work out for the fix and then some time before the release version is ready, but if the alpha driver is there now if you want to test it.

Source: AMD



Clarification on AMD Adrenalin DX9 Issue Provided

Category: Video Cards
Posted: January 3, 2018 02:34PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Some of you may have seen a story come up recently on the Internet regarding a bug with the recently released AMD Adrenalin drivers preventing some DirectX 9 games from launching. The list of games impacted include The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, multiple Command & Conquer titles, and Crysis when run in DX9 mode. Some games would simply fail to launch and others would be unstable. With so many games using DirectX 9, this is a fairly serious issue and initially there was an AMD response that this issue would not be fixed, due to the age of the titles affected.

Fortunately, this original response is inaccurate, as Terry Makedon, Director of AMD software strategy and user experience, stated yesterday on Twitter (@CatalystMaker) the issue would be investigated and today he updated the cause has been identified. With this cause found, the driver team will be able to develop a proper fix to the problem.

Until this fix is released, if you want to play these older games and are having trouble, some users are returning to the previous Radeon Crimson Relive drivers. A temporary work-around until the fix comes.

Source: Twitter (@CatalystMaker) [1] and [2]



NVIDIA Reveals End of 32-Bit OS Driver Support

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 26, 2017 06:37AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are running an NVIDIA GPU and a 32-bit operating system, the time is coming when you will not be able to update your drivers any more. After Release 390, NVIDIA has revealed on its Support Knowledgebase, drivers will no longer operate or install on these OSes. Enhancements, optimizations, and other features will not be backported to Release 390 going forward either, though critical driver security features will still be supported until January 2019.

Source: NVIDIA



AMD Adrenalin Edition Drivers Launched with AMD Link Mobile App, Many New Features

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 12, 2017 06:57AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A couple weeks ago AMD teased Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, this year's significant driver update, similar to the Crimson ReLive Edition drivers released a year ago. Along with Adrenalin came the AMD Link app, which allows you to monitor various performance statistics from your mobile device and record and share ReLive captures. The drivers also have a performance overlay, so this information can be put up on your screen.

While the performance monitoring capabilities are definitely cool, the Adrenalin brings a lot for than that with it. Radeon ReLive has been optimized to reduce its overhead, added Chroma Key for removing backgrounds in webcam video, separate audio tracks for microphone and game audio, expanded social platforms, and support for Vulkan, Eyefinity, borderless window region capture, and mouse button hotkeys. Enhanced Sync, essentially driver-side triple buffering, is now supported by all GCN-based GPUs, supports Vulkan, Multi-GPU systems, and Eyefinity. Radeon Chill, the feature that will lower framerate when there is less action to reduce power consumption, has also been expanded to support "most game titles." The built-in overclocking feature, Radeon WattMan can now save and load profiles to the storage disk. Frame Rate Target Control now supports Vulkan and FreeSync has been support for HDR10 titles on FreeSync2 displays along with per-application FreeSync support.

There have also been a number of fixed issues, including an OverWatch hang that has been frustrating a number of people for months.

While the list of additions and fixes are pretty long and impressive, none of the special RX Vega features appear to be among them. Still, there is a lot to be happy about (personally I like Radeon Chill being available in every game I have tried launching so far, especially when I can see clocks reduce in the AMD Link app).

Source: AMD



NVIDIA Announces TITAN V GPU with Volta and 12 GB HBM2

Category: Video Cards
Posted: December 8, 2017 10:16AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


NVIDIA has announced a new GPU based on its Volta architecture targeting those working in AI, deep learning, and high performance computing; the TITAN V. The TITAN V can reach 110 Tflops, nine times that of the its predecessor, and part of that is thanks to the its new Tensor Cores. The GPU also features independent paths for integer and floating-point data, improving efficiency when the workload involves a mix of computation and addressing calculations. A combined L1 data cache and shared memory unit also boost performance while simplifying programming. The GPU is fabricated on TSMC's new 12 nm FFN process and is fed by 12 GB of HBM2 memory with a tuned memory subsystem for improved bandwidth utilization.

If you need this kind of power for the work you do, the TITAN V is available now for $2999 in the NVIDIA, in participating countries.

 

 

Source: NVIDIA




AMD Teases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Releasing in December

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 30, 2017 09:42AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For some years now, AMD has been releasing in December a significant to its drivers, often adding new features, such as ReLive which came in 2016. Because of this annual release schedule, many have been looking forward to this update, and now AMD has revealed its name in a video, embedded below. Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, named for the Adrenalin Rose, is coming in December, and there is a lot of speculation of what it will bring with it.

Among the hopes and hype for this driver package is the activation of various features the RX Vega GPUs possess, but have been deactivated since release. I seem to recall seeing something indicating a performance statistics overlay would be among the features, but am not able to find the information now. With Adrenalin releasing in just weeks though, we will find out what it has to offer soon enough, and if the 'from great to greatness' claim on the Radeon RX Twitter account holds up.

 

 

Source: AMD



PowerColor Launches Red Devil RX Vega GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 29, 2017 09:29AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


It was back in August when AMD launched its RX Vega GPUs, the Vega 64 and Vega 56, and since then it has mostly been the reference models on the market. Versions with aftermarket cooling were going to come eventually, and now PowerColor has launched its Red Devil versions with a hefty looking cooler and three 90 mm fans attached. To keep the PCB from bending, a metal back plate with an additional cross bracket is used.

The Red Devil RX Vega 64 features 4096 stream processors, an engine clock of 1607 MHz and a memory clock of 945 MHz while the Red Devil RX Vega 56 has just 3584 stream processors, a 1526 MHz engine clock, and 800 MHz memory clock. Both graphics cards feature the same 8 GB of HMB2 memory on a 2048-bit interface and take two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. If you want to push performance a bit, these cards have a BIOS switch to go between an Ultra Overclocking and Silent Overclocking mode, depending on what you are going for. Unlike the reference versions of RX Vega, these cards have two HDMI and two DisplayPort ports on them, so if you need two HDMI ports, this has it for you. All RX Vega GPUs though do support DirectX 12, Vulkan, and AMD technologies such as FreeSync for stutter and tear-free gaming experiences.

Source: PowerColor




Win a $11.38 Voucher From NVIDIA for Star Wars TITAN Xp

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 24, 2017 07:47AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Earlier this month NVIDIA revealed its Star Wars themed GTX TITAN Xp and set its price at $1200, the same as the normal TITAN Xp. If that is a bit more than you are able or willing to spend on a graphics card currently, then you might want to try for one of the $11.38 vouchers for the GPU. Yes, NVIDIA is giving away vouchers to purchase one of these GPUs for less than twelve dollars. To get a voucher you need to share on the NVIDIA GeForce Twitter or Facebook a moment in any Star Wars media (films, games, comics, or books) where 1138 is used, and tag the post with #StarWarsGPU1138. If NVIDIA likes the post, you may get a private message today or Monday with the voucher code that you can then apply in the NVIDIA Store before December 2 to order the GPU.

These vouchers are only eligible in the countries the Star Wars TITAN Xp Collector's Edition is currently available in: United States; United Kingdom; France; and Germany.

In keeping with the 1138 spirit though, NVIDIA has also dropped the price of the Star Wars GPUs to $1138, and this price drop is permanent. (This does mean the collector's edition graphics cards are now cheaper than the original TITAN Xp in NVIDIA's store.)

Source: NVIDIA



GPU Shipment Data for Q3 2017 In with AMD up 8% and NVIDIA up 30% from Q2

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 21, 2017 12:10PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The data on GPU shipments for Q3 2017 is out now from Jon Peddie Research, with overall shipments increasing 9.3% from last quarter. This is a good sign as GPUs are "traditionally a leading indicator of the market" since every computer needs them. Looking deeper into the data, Jon Peddie Research found AMD's unit shipments increased 7.63% from the previous quarter, Intel increased by 5.01%, and NVIDIA far surpassed both with a 29.53% increase in shipments. The gain in shipments is being attributed to gaming and cryptocurrency.

The market share numbers are a bit different from the shipment numbers, with AMD losing 0.2% from the previous quarter, Intel losing 2.8%, and NVIDIA picking up 3.0%. Comparing market share against last year's data, AMD saw no change, Intel lost 3.2%, and NVIDIA picked up 3.3%. For both sets of data, NVIDIA is almost exclusively pulling share away from Intel, and as Intel is not making discrete GPUs currently, though that may change, it looks like more people are upgrading from Intel integrated graphics to NVIDIA discrete.

The source includes a fair bit more data than this, including desktop-discrete and notebook-discrete GPU shipment changes. If you find such numbers interesting, click the link and take a look.

Source: Jon Peddie Research



Star Wars Themed GTX Titan Xp Has Reviews Going Up

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 21, 2017 11:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Remember the Star Wars themed GTX Titan Xp graphics cards NVIDIA showed off earlier this month? If you were curious enough to see a review of one of them, it looks like The Inquirer got one and has been working with it.

These GTX Titan Xp GPUs are technically no different than the normal cards, and even have the same $1200 MSRP, which means the performance should be the same between them. It is just aesthetics that distinguish the Jedi Order and Galactic Empire versions from the original graphics card, but being the same price, it would seem if you want a Titan Xp and enjoy Star Wars, there is no reason to not pick one of these up. As The Inquirer points out as well, when it comes time to replace the GPU, you can always clean it off and put it on display as a collectible.

Source: The Inquirer



NVIDIA Announces Star Wars Themed GTX Titan Xp GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: November 7, 2017 11:20AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today NVIDIA has revealed a pair of GTX Titan Xp GPUs with Jedi Order and Galactic Empire themes, based on the Star Wars universe. These collector's edition cards feature windowed areas to show off the internals and the green or red lighting. The Jedi Order version has green lighting and simulated wear and tear from battle, as it is meant to resemble Luke Skywalker's lightsaber. The Galactic Empire card instead has red lighting and panels meant to invoke the appearance of the Death Star while also showing the order and resources of the Empire.

Being GTX Titan Xp graphics cards, they feature the GP102 GPU, with 3840 CUDA cores at 1.6 GHz, combined with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory at 11.4 Gbps. If you want to pick one up, it will cost you $1200 and you may want to make sure you are a GeForce Experience user, as they get exclusive pre-order access prior to November 17, when they become broadly available.

 

 

Source: NVIDIA




RX Vega Custom Cards Might Not Be Coming Until October

Category: Video Cards
Posted: September 19, 2017 10:37AM
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 11:27AM
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 04:46PM
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 05:23PM
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 10:00AM
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 01:51PM
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 09:24PM
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 02:17PM
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 09:56AM
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 01:57PM
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 02:28PM
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 09:48AM
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 03:05PM
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




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