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NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: 5120 CUDA cores, 16GB HBM2, 300W

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

NVIDIA has already released its Volta-based Tesla V100 graphics card, but they've now detailed their new Volta V100 GPU based on the PCIe standard. This rides the news of AMD announcing its new Radeon Instinct MI25 graphics card, with 16GB of HBM2.




The new NVIDIA Volta V100 is built on the new 12nm FFN (FinFET NVIDIA) node from TSMC, and is custom built for NVIDIA's Volta GPUs. Inside, there's an amazing 21 billion transistors, 5120 CUDA cores, 80 SMs, 40 TPCs, and GPU clocks of 1370/1455MHz for base and boost, respectively. NVIDIA has tapped 16GB of HBM2 with a 4096-bit memory bus that provides a huge 900GB/sec of bandwidth.


NVIDIA's new PCIe-based Volta V100 doesn't support NVLINK of course, but it sports a dual-slot cooler with black/gold color scheme that looks slick as hell. But, how does it compare to the new Radeon Instinct MI25 graphics card? Let's take a look.


  • Radeon Instinct MI25: FP16 @ 24.6 TFLOPs
  • NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: FP16 @ 28 TFLOPs


  • Radeon Instinct MI25: FP32 @ 12.3 TFLOPs
  • NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: FP32 @ 14 TFLOPs

AMD details its Radeon Instinct MI25 with 16GB HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

AMD has detailed its upcoming Radeon Instinct graphics cards, with their flagship Radeon Instinct MI25 which has 16GB of HBM2 - and 64 next-gen compute units (4096 stream processors) all based on the Vega GPU architecture.




AMD's upcoming Radeon Instinct MI25 features 4096 stream processors, 12.3 TFLOPs of FP32 compute performance (24.6 TFLOPs of FP16 compute perf.), 16GB of HBM2 that provides 484GB/sec of memory bandwidth. All of this fits on a dual-slot card at 10.5 inches long, with a 300W TDP.




Performance wise, Radeon Instinct MI25 beats out NVIDIA's Tesla P100-16 with 1.3x more FP16 and FP32 performance, and far better performance per watt.

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MSI details its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

After our world exclusive first look of MSI's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z at Computex 2017 in late-May, MSI has finally detailed its upcoming custom GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z graphics card.





We are looking at amazing piece of engineering and craftsmanship, with the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z rocking a massive 8+8+8 pin PCIe power connector set up for the serious overclockers. MSI has used their new and improved Tri-Frozr cooling technology, that packs 2 x 10cm and 1 x 9cm TORX 2.0 fans. This combines the best of both worlds with a traditional fan blade and dispersion fan blade, that provides great cooling but it won't be loud.




As for clocks, MSI is conservative by saying the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z will have three GPU clocks:


  • 1721MHz / 1607MHz / 11124MHz (Lightning Mode)
  • 1695MHz / 1582MHz / 11124MHz (Gaming Mode)
  • 1582MHz / 1480MHz / 11016MHz (Silent Mode)

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Blizzard and Twitch team up for major eSports initiative

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Blizzard and Twitch today signed an agreement that's set to earn massive engagement and spectatorship for Blizzard's billion-dollar franchises like Overwatch.




Twitch today announced that it has partnered with Blizzard in a two-year deal to stream more than 20 major eSports events based around Blizzard IPs, including the Overwatch APEX League and the Hearthstone Championship Tour. Twitch will have third-party rights to stream key Blizzard eSports events through 2018 that range across the company's games catalog including Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Overwatch.


Perhaps the most impressive part of the deal is how Twitch Prime subscribers in over 200 countries and territories will receive free loot for Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes of Storm. Blizzard will give away a premium Overwatch golden lootbox to all Twitch Prime subscribers from now until August 10. More free Overwatch loot boxes and in-game rewards for Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm will continue flowing to Twitch Prime subscribers in the coming months.


Essentially this is an incredibly smart move on both party's behalf. Since Twitch Prime is free with Amazon Prime, this partnership has a multiple benefits that naturally pull more viewers and shoppers into the ecosystem. Blizzard handing out free loot to players is a great way to reward existing gamers and attract new ones. eSports spectatorship is proven to be a major engagement builder that organically feeds any video game community, however since Blizzard is handing out the content free regardless of viewership, that gives everyday non-eSports fans to get pulled into Blizzard's IP as well.

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Browser games to make up 15% of PC gaming 2017 revenues

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

PC gaming owes a portion of its yearly global revenues to browser-based games like Runescape and Drakensang Online.




The PC gaming segment isn't just about high-end 4K visuals, thread-ripping CPUs and the most powerful video cards--it has an accessible side to it where anyone can jump in and play even with older laptops and hardware. The PC browser market is filled with free-to-play games with freemium-style microtransactions that earn quite a bit of revenue every year. According to Newzoo's latest 2017 global games market report, browser-based gaming will rake in $4.5 billion in 2017, down 9.3% year-over-year. Since PC gaming is forecasted to make $29.4 billion in total revenues, PC browser games will be responsible of 15.3% of the segment's total earnings.


Traditional digital and boxed PC games are to make $29.4 billion in 2017, down 1.3% year-over-year, compared to console gaming's $33.5 billion, which is up 3.6% year-over-year. Console gaming is expected to make up 31% of total game sales revenues in 2017, versus PC gaming's 27%. This is likely attributed to the influx of new titles to be released throughout 2017 including Call of Duty WWII, Destiny 2, Star Wars: Battlefront II, and Assassin's Creed: Origins onto the console market's massive install base. Sony recently confirmed that it's sold more than 60 million PlayStation 4 consoles, and reports indicate Microsoft may have sold as many as 39 million Xbox One units to date.

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 new prototype images leak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

Another prototype image of the upcoming Galaxy Note8 has leaked, confirming the dual rear camera setup.




The image shows a curved display, as rumored, and a dual rear camera setup positioned vertically on the back of the device.


Another interesting detail is the lack of a fingerprint sensor on the front and the back of the device. The latest rumors claim that the company is still having problems with embedding the fingerprint scanner under the glass, but since this is just a prototype, we can't confirm one or the other.

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Note8 to feature 8GB of RAM; Note9 12GB of RAM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

Samsung's Galaxy Note8 should be announced in the second half of August, and the first rumors are already out there.




The phone is rumored to be powered by Qualcomm's yet to be announced Snapdragon 836 and come with dual rear camera setup.


Now, a new rumor has appeared from a source close to the company who claims that the device should come with 8GB of RAM, which is double from 4GB of RAM what the Galaxy S8 has.

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Nintendo Switch supply to 'remain constrained' for 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Nintendo isn't just competing against major console-makers like Sony and Microsoft to win over each console's respective userbase, but also competing against smartphone-makers like Apple and facing a very real issue in its own supply chain. Due to shortages the Japanese console-maker's new transforming Switch handheld-hybrid is in high demand, and analysts predict that the supply situation will be tight throughout the year.




As we reported earlier this month, the Nintendo Switch is facing a supply shortage due to rapidly evaporating components such as flash memory and LPDDR4 RAM needed to make the device work. Key OEMs like Apple and Samsung have laid claim to a portion of these chips, leaving Nintendo in a tight spot. According to IHS Markit's Piers Harding-Rolls, the Nintendo Switch's supply constraints should stretch throughout the remainder of the year. But even still, Nintendo is expected to meet its conservative goal of 10 million unit sales worldwide in the fiscal year ending March 2018.


"With this improving pipeline of content, it is now clear that the major challenge to potential sales of the Switch in 2017 is product availability, with pricing being a secondary consideration during the early adopter phase," Mr. Rolls wrote in a recent highlight article. "Supply remains constrained and we expect it to remain constrained on a regular basis during the rest of 2017. Switch sold through 2.3 million units to consumers in its opening month of March. In the following two months of April and May we estimate that Switch has added a further 1.3 million in sales to consumers for a total of 3.6 million at the end of May. It has regularly been in and out of stock in major sales territories."

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AMD reveals EPYC 7000 server CPUs, up to 32 'Zen' cores

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 1 week ago

AMD's EPYC lineup of processors is here and ready to compete with Intel's next generation of server-ready products.



The AMD EPYC 7000 series processors will offer up to 32 "Zen" cores, which were designed to fit into this space. Each processor will have eight DDR4 channels, support for a whopping 2TB of memory, 128 PCI-E lanes, a dedicated security subsystem, and there will be no chipset outside of the CPU. The motherboard socket will also be compatible with the next generation of EPYC processors, in the hope that more vendors will jump on board.



There are going to be nine dual-socket SKUs that go all the way from 8 cores and 16 threads to 32 cores and 64 threads at 3.2GHz. TDPs will range up to 180W (that includes chipset too), and all processors will feature eight memory channels and 128 PCI-E lanes, so there is no compromise. The way AMD can scale EPYC is through their Infinity Fabric, which helps them scale past Moore's Law.

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The Galaxy Note8 launch date leaks

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

Although it was rumored that Samsung might unveil the Galaxy Note8 in September, possibly at IFA, last weeks' report revealed that the company plans to launch the device in August.




Now, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters that the Galaxy Note8 would feature a curved screen that is marginally larger than the 6.2-inch version of the Galaxy S8 smartphone. The source also confirmed that the device would sport a dual rear camera setup.


Korean sources mention August 26th as the possible launch date, which is a couple of days before IFA in Berlin starts.

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