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NVIDIA has 70.5% GPU market share, AMD has 29.5%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 10 hours ago

GPU market share numbers change every couple of months, with Jon Peddie Research releasing their latest numbers for Q4 2016 - showing that AIB shipments increased quarter-to-quarter.

 

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JPR notes that AMD's market share dropped to 29.5% in Q4, 0.3% down from its 29.8% in Q3 - but comparing it to Q4 2015 with 21.6% - AMD has come a long way. NVIDIA has increased with AMD's missing 0.3% to 70.5% this quarter, but they have dropped significantly from 78.3% in the Q4 2015.

 

Jon Peddie Research has been collecting AIB shipment numbers quarterly backing all the way through to 1987, where they noticed that the AIB market increased 5.6% this quarter - while the desktop PC market also increased by 19.4%.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 VR dev kit program

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 1 hour ago

MWC 2017 - Qualcomm recently launched into the stratosphere with its push for 5G technology leadership, but now the company has announced its Snapdragon 835 Virtual Reality Development Kit.

 

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 processor is the heart and soul of the new VRDK, providing developers with early access to VR HMDs powered by the Snapdragon 835, something that includes an upgraded VR SDK that works with the headset. Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President for Qualcomm Technologies., and President of QT, said: "With this new VRDK, we're providing virtual reality application developers with advanced tools and technologies to accelerate a new generation of VR games, 360-degree VR videos and a variety of interactive education, healthcare and entertainment applications".

 

He continued: "We see great potential for the exciting new experiences made possible by truly mobile, untethered virtual reality that's always connected to the internet, and we're excited to help mobile VR developers more efficiently deliver compelling and high-quality experiences on upcoming Snapdragon 835 VR-capable products".

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The latest photos and details on AMD Radeon Vega

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

AMD launched its new Ryzen CPUs with a brief tease of Radeon Vega, in the form of the new Radeon Vega logo being shown on the year to come for AMD.

 

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The company had some of its new Radeon Vega graphics cards on show at its Ryzen Tech Day event, with some great photos taken by ComputerBase.

 

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The company had a Radeon Vega graphics card in plain sight, rocking an 8+6-pin PCIe power setup.

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NVIDIA to reveal GeForce GTX 1080 Ti on February 28

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 13 hours ago

Anyone who loves GPU technology, graphics cards, or gaming will mark February 28 on their calendars as the day everything changes. AMD is hosting their second annual Capsaicin event during GDC 2017 where we're going to see "exciting new details" on Radeon Vega, with NVIDIA choosing the same day to host their own Editor's Day to unveil the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

 

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NVIDIA is now teasing the GTX 1080 Ti on their official GeForce.com website, teasing a video that runs in the background saying "It's Almost Time #UltimateGeForce" with the 'Ti' in 'Time' being highlighted. Ti = GTX 1080 Ti for the uninitiated.

 

VideoCardz.com checked out the HTML code of the website, and noticed that it was actually called "GTX 1080 Ti Countdown"... so, there you have it. GTX 1080 Ti will be unveiled in a few days time, as well as more details on Radeon Vega. I seriously, can barely contain my excitement.

AMD Radeon Vega details coming on February 28

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

AMD held their Ryzen Tech Day in San Francisco a few days ago, unveiling 3 new Ryzen CPUs in the form of the Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X, and the Ryzen 7 1700. It looks like we'll be introduced to more details on Radeon Vega, AMD's next-gen GPU architecture that uses HBM2 and the exciting HBC (High Bandwidth Cache) - as well as the Vega GPU architecture itself.

 

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The company has now confirmed the second annual "Capsaicin Live" event in San Francisco during GDC 2017, which kicks off on February 28 at 10:30AM PT. In the press release, AMD teases: "Hosted by Radeon Technologies Group's Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Raja Koduri, the show will be a celebration of PC gaming, the technology steering its future, and the developers who work tirelessly to transform their imaginations into tomorrow's blockbuster games".

 

AMD continues: "The one-hour live event will offer PC gaming enthusiasts and developers around the world a preview of AMD's latest graphics and processor technologies, reveal exciting new details surrounding Vega, and showcase the summer's most anticipated PC and VR games from visionary game developers. Named after the legendary component in chili peppers that adds an addictive kick to spicy foods, "Capsaicin Live" explores the essence and creative power of the graphics processing unit (GPU), evoking the magic that game and VR developers create every day when they turn raw code into exciting, memorable, and addicting experiences".

Radeon Vega logo teased during AMD Ryzen press event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 23 hours ago

AMD has officially unveiled the best bang for buck CPUs in a decade with its new Ryzen processors, but during the unveiling event in San Francisco - the company teased its plans for 2017.

 

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AMD's plans for 2017 include the new Ryzen processors, Radeon Vega graphics cards, Naples CPU platform, Ryzen Mobile CPUs, and then Radeon Instinct in the professional side. Well, the Radeon Vega logo is new for me - I haven't seen that before, so it looks like we know what the Radeon Vega marketing is going to be like... and I really like what I'm seeing.

 

The Radeon Vega logo looks MEAN, with a very distinct 'V' that I can't wait to see on a Vega 10 graphics card very soon.

NVIDIA's next-gen Volta GPU turns up in latest drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

NVIDIA is expected to unveil its Volta GPU architecture in detail during its GPU Technology Conference in May, but between now and then we're looking at some fresh rumors of the GV100 GPU.

 

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GV100 is the 'full fat' Volta GPU that will most likely power the Volta-based Titan X graphics card, featuring HBM2 technology - this is 'Big Volta'. The new tease of GV100 was in AIDA64's latest update, where the developers found a PCI device ID belonging to 1D81 = Graphics Device [GV100]. Interesting way of finding out about it, huh?

 

Now bring on GTC 2017, where we should hopefully learn everything about Volta.

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in production, launch March 20-23

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

It looks like NVIDIA is finally, after months and months of rumors, preparing its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for launch - with new rumors stating the card would launch between March 20-23.

 

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NVIDIA is hosting its own event during GDC 2017, where we should hopefully see the GTX 1080 Ti unveiled - but what should we expect in terms of raw horsepower and specs? Well, it should be a Titan X at the end of the day, with some reduction in SMs, with 52 SMs, compared to 60 SMs found on the Titan X.

 

This means we are to expect around 10.8 TFLOPs of performance, barely down from the 11 TFLOPs on Titan X. We should see AIB partners with tweaked and overclocked GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, with Titan X beating performance - which is going to be a very, very big deal.

 

The current rumored specs on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti see NVIDIA using the same 12GB of GDDR5X at 10Gbps, on a 384-bit memory bus that would provide 480GB/sec of memory bandwidth - the same configuration and specs of the Titan X, which costs $1199.

 

NVIDIA's GP102 will power the GTX 1080 Ti, with 3328 CUDA cores, 1.6GHz GPU boost clock, and a modest 250W TDP. The biggest thing is going to be the price, and I think we should see something like $899 from the GTX 1080 Ti, with partner cards hitting $999 or so. Expensive, but you pay to have the best, right?

AMD Radeon 500 series will feature Vega, Polaris GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

AMD has teased that it is hosting its hopefully yearly tradition of Capsaicin at GDC 2017 in just two weeks time, but now the rumor mill is churning with WCCFTech reporting that the Radeon RX 500 series will feature both Vega and Polaris GPUs.

 

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We still don't know much about Vega, where we should hopefully see the high-end Vega 10 GPU featuring 4096 stream processors, and up to 12.5 TFLOPs of performance with 8GB of HBM2. This part will be the enthusiast card that we've all been dreaming of from AMD, but the company will also fill out the Radeon RX 500 series with Polaris GPUs, according to the site.

 

This makes sense, but I'd rather see Vega pushed on its own - similar to how they pushed Fiji on its own brand with Radeon R9 Fury X. AMD could name the Vega cards Radeon RX Vega 10, Radeon RX Vega 11 - and then the Polaris-powered parts Radeon RX 580, RX 570, and so on.

 

Vega is powered by HBM2, so expect it to be much more expensive than the GDDR5-based parts. I'm expecting a launch price of $699 for the Vega 10 graphics card - that I so desperately want to be called Radeon RX Vega 10. The technology enthusiast inside of me wants AMD to also release a dual-GPU based on Vega with 16GB of HBM2, and I'd like it to be called the Radeon RX Vega 10 X2... mmmm.

AMD to host Capsaicin event during GDC 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

This is an event I've been dying to tell you all about: AMD will be hosting their new Capsaicin event during the Game Developers Conference on February 28.

 

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During GDC 2016, AMD hosted their first Capsaicin event where we got to see the Radeon Pro Duo and a bigger tease of Polaris 10 before its release a few months later. But what should we expect from Capsaicin this year? Well, I expect a larger tease of Vega - in fact, I'd really enjoy a massive unveiling of Vega at Capsaicin.

 

You'll be able to tune into the Capsaicin livestream, which will begin at 10:30AM on February 28, which AMD teases as a "feature-packed show highlighting the hottest new graphics and VR technologies propelling the games industry forward".

 

Where: Ruby Skye (420 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94109)

When: February 28, 2017

 

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Doors open

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: AMD Capsaicin & Cream Livestream

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Cream developer sessions

7:30 PM - Midnight: Capsaicin & Cream after party featuring a special guest DJ (Make sure to wear your badge from the events earlier in the day)

 

I will be there for the entire thing, so be sure to tune into our social media pages - especially our Facebook page.

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