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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
EVGA had some issues with its original GTX 1080 graphics card, but the company is looking to announce new ICX-based GTX 1080 graphics cards in both the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 parts.
EVGA is expected to refresh its GTX 10 series cards with improved thermals, with the "optional" thermal pads now the norm, with a new and improved PCB on the upcoming SuperClocked 2 and FTW2 models.
Jacob Freeman took to Twitter to tease: "I C something eXciting announcing this week", and I don't think he could've been any more clear.
AMD is gearing up for the betas of both Conan Exiles and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, with the release of the new Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 WHQL drivers. Get the new Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 drivers right here.
The new drivers also have some fixes included, where "Changing memory clocks with Radeon WattMan with more than one display connected may cause memory clocks to intermittently become stuck at their minimum setting or switch between min and max ranges intermittently causing display flickering" is fixed.
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2 WHQL Highlights
- Conan Exiles Beta
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Beta
- Changing memory clocks with Radeon WattMan with more than one display connected may cause memory clocks to intermittently become stuck at their minimum setting or switch between min and max ranges intermittently causing display flickering
- Diablo III may experience smoke or lighting effects may appear corrupted when using DirectX 9 API
- Some applications may experience an intermittent or random runtime crash in atidxx64.dll
- FIFA 17 may experience a black screen on launch when using Hybrid Graphics or AMD PowerXpress system configurations
- Watch_Dogs 2 may experience an intermittent game crash after extended periods of play on some Radeon RX 300 series products
- Paragon may experience flickering in profile or store preview pages after changing graphics settings when using Multi GPU
- Forza Horizon 3 may experience a crash or application hang with the Blizzard Mountain DLC on some select Radeon GCN products
AMD will be launching the first consumer graphics card with HBM2 in a few months with its next-gen Vega GPU architecture, but later this year Micron will be launching its new GDDR6 technology.
GDDR6 will eventually replace GDDR5, but not the faster GDDR5X, by 2020 according to some reports. GDDR6 is capable of 16Gbps bandwidth, up from the 10Gbps on GDDR5X, and up significantly from the 7-8Gbps from GDDR5.
Micron is bringing up the release of GDDR6 because people are upgrading their graphics cards every 3 years, rather than 5 years or so.
NVIDIA has released its new GP100-based Quadro product, joining the Tesla P100 in the full-fat Pascal goodness for professional graphics. The new Quadro GP100 features 16GB of super-fast HBM2, and some huge performance numbers to match.
We're looking at FP64 calculations of 5.3TFLOPs, while FP32 performance hits 10.6TFLOPs, and FP16 with 20.7TFLOPs. The GP100 itself features 16GB of HBM2, 4 x DP 1.4 and a single DVI-D. NVLink makes an appearance, with the flashy new interconnect powering two of NVIDIA's new Quadro GP100 graphics cards.
Throwing two Quadro GP100s together over NVLink offers 32GB of HBM2 pooled, for serious workstation power. NVIDIA will be pushing out their Quadro GP100 graphics cards to HP and Dell customers for workstation configurations next month.
I've just written about SK Hynix's new dates for HBM2 deployment, which will affect AMD's Vega GPU roll out a little, but we're still getting Vega graphics cards in Q2 2017.
AMD confirmed the news during their latest financial report, where they said: "AMD introduced preliminary details of its forthcoming Vega GPU architecture designed to address the most data- and visually-intensive next-generation workloads. Key architecture advancements include a differentiated memory subsystem, next-generation geometry pipeline, new compute engine, and a new pixel engine. GPU products based on the Vega architecture are expected to ship in the second quarter of 2017".
As for the new Vega graphics cards with HBM2, we should expect 8GB of HBM2 with just under 410GB/sec bandwidth - and a release later in the year with the faster 512GB/sec HBM2.