AMD's new Radeon Software 17.7.2 drivers are nearly here, with the company including their Enhanced Sync technology - an alternative to Vsync. This will result in no more tearing and lag, with all of the goodies that Vsync provides without the latency.
ReLive will also be capable of pushing 100MB/sec, something that will let Radeon owners recording gaming footage at a higher bitrate. The new ReLive in 17.7.2 will also be capable of driving a webcam on the stream, and boosting the volume on the microphone all from the Radeon panel.
Radeon Chill also receives some love, where it can now be enabled on mobile graphics cards, multi-GPU setups, and even external graphics cards. We will have a link to Radeon Software 17.7.2.
We've had so many custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards released this year, but Colorful isn't stopping, with the announcement of their new iGame GTX 1080 Ti Kudan graphics card.
Colorful has carefully selected each GP102 chip from 100 chips to ensure it has maximum OC out of the box, with the company including their own iGame Pure Power and Silver Plating Technology. We have GPU clocks of 1657/1784MHz for base and boost GPU clocks, respectively - while the 11GB of GDDR5X sticks to its 11Gbps frequency. But that's not all.
Where this card takes a hard spike to the right, is that Colorful ships the iGame GTX 1080 Ti Kudan with a new cooler: Waterspout Cooler II. It's a massive integrated pump, water block and cooling fins, with Coloful using customized high air pressure fans to keep the card nice and cool. The radiator isn't as big as some out there, so you don't need to worry too much about fitting it in your case - and let's face it, anyone buying Colorful's new iGame GTX 1080 Ti Kudan would be making sure it'll fit before purchasing it.
AMD is so, so close to launching its new Radeon RX Vega graphics card and now we have an 'official' shot of the consumer RX Vega offering courtesy of a sample received by Kyle at HardOCP.
AMD asked Kyle to compare Radeon RX Vega against the GeForce GTX 1080 and not the GTX 1080 Ti, with Kyle saying: "Just a little tease here as to what is coming this week. RX Vega FreeSync vs. GTX 1080 Ti G-Sync Blind Gaming test video being edited now. All done at my house, with gamers with a couple hundred years of twitch gaming experience. All system UEFI and OS set up by me personally. AMD wanted me to use a 1080".
Kyle continued: "ASUS hand delivered this card to my house on Saturday morning, and took it with them Saturday evening. That all said, this card was an engineering sample but I was specifically told that it was representative of retail product. So basically a "reference" card built outside of mass production".
We can see from this photo that it looks identical to the Radeon RX 480 reference card, which looked great - for a mid-range card in 2015, but it's 2017 and this is the best graphics card AMD is making for gamers. Remember it's only a reference card, with AIB partner cards to look much better, and I'm sure run faster and cooler, too.
NVIDIA's new Tesla V100 compute accelerators are total computing beasts, with systems available for north of $50,000 with 4 of them inside. NVIDIA has now given out a bunch of the first production Tesla V100 accelerators to AI researchers.
NVIDIA CEO and founder Jen-Hsun Huang hand delivered the Tesla V100 cards at their NVAIL (NVIDIA AI Labs) meet up, where Huang reiterated on NVIDIA's support of AI. He said: "AI is the most powerful technology force that we have ever known. I've seen everything. I've seen the coming and going of the client-server revolution. I've seen the coming and going of the PC revolution. Absolutely nothing compares".
The official page for Radeon Technologies Group on Facebook has posted some new images from their new Radeon RX Vega roadshow, something that's just kicked off in Budapest.
RTG has shown off their new Radeon RX Vega artwork, which is looking incredibly awesome. It features a mean take on the already great looking 'V' logo, but throws in some crystal-like features and much darker reds and blacks blending through each other.
There are plenty of stars also used in the new Vega logo, continuing the space theme from Polaris and Vega marketing. AMD is expected to launch Radeon RX Vega at SIGGRAPH, which is just over a week away from now.
Samsung has just announced that it is increasing the production of its 8GB HBM2 chips, in order for the company to "address rapidly growing market demand". Remember, that Samsung isn't providing HBM2 to AMD for their new Vega GPU architecture, but NVIDIA is tapping Samsung's own HBM2 chips.
The increased HBM2 production is to ensure that important and emerging markets like AI, HPC, advanced graphics, network systems, and enterprise servers are flooded with 8GB HBM2 chips.
Jaesoo Han, Executive VP of Memory Sales and Marketing for Samsung Electronics said: "By increasing production of the industry's only 8GB HBM2 solution now available, we are aiming to ensure that global IT system manufacturers have sufficient supply for timely development of new and upgraded systems. We will continue to deliver more advanced HBM2 line-ups, while closely cooperating with our global IT customers".
Now, before you get all excited and think this means that there will be a million Radeon RX Vega graphics cards released in the coming months because Samsung is ramping up 8GB HBM2 production... remember that Samsung is the main provider of HBM2 to NVIDIA.
NVIDIA uses HBM2 on their high-end Volta GPU architecture, including the new Tesla V100 graphics card. I'm sure NVIDIA will release a new HBM2-based consumer GeForce graphics card next year alongside GDDR6-based cards... but this is something to look forward to in 2018, and beyond.
Now that people are getting AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition into their hands, we've arrived at the release of the Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition, which provides more stable GPU clocks - and a higher TDP that consumes much more power than NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
Our friends over at PC Perspective have tested the new Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition, rocking its 375W TDP (the air-cooled Radeon Vega Frontier has a 300W TDP). AMD dropped the price of its Radeon Vega Frontier Edition just before release to $999, down from $1200 - while the liquid cooled version was $1800 (!!!) and dropped to $1200 at the last minute.
PCPer's testing shows us some interesting numbers, with the most interesting being power consumption. The performance of AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition is comparable to the GTX 1080, but the power consumption is off the charts - double GTX 1080s even in SLI.
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition uses around 300W, while Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition uses 440W when overclocked. At its lower setting, Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid uses 350W - which is still insane compared to the GTX 1080 which uses 180W.
AMD now has its new Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition graphics card available, with SabrePC selling the new card for $1489.99, and it's currently in-stock and ships within 24 hours.
Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition rocks the same impressive specs as the air-cooled Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, except it draws up to 375W, up from the 300W TDP on the air-cooled Radeon Vega Frontier. The watercooling and 375W TDP allow Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition to get closer to the 1.6GHz GPU clock.
AMD will be launching their consumer Radeon RX Vega in early August, and we'll be there for the launch at SIGGRAPH 2017 in LA later this month.
If you're playing EVE: Valkyrie on your VR headset with your PC, you might want to know that NVIDIA has just annoucned its VRWorks Ultra graphics setting for EVE: Valkyrie.
The new VRWorks Ultra setting improves the quality of the cockpit lighting in EVE: Valkyrie, increases the quality of lighting and shadowing in every single area and level of the game, increases the fidelity of reflections and shadows, and even projectiles receive dynamic lights.
NVIDIA's press release says: "A lighting model developed by NVIDIA and incorporated by CCP for EVE: Valkyrie uses high-quality, physically-based lighting effects from NVIDIA Volumetric Lighting to add immersive, awe-inspiring shafts of bright light (God rays) to many scenes and levels, transforming their appearance. EVE: Valkyrie also includes a new anti-aliasing technique developed by NVIDIA called Multi-Sample G-Buffer Anti-Aliasing which improves anti-aliasing by further reducing visible aliasing of geometry edges and specular highlights, giving players a superior visual experience".
Colorful has just announced their latest graphics card family, the new Neptune series of card will be led by the flagship liquid-cooled iGame GTX 1080 Ti Neptune W.
The new Colorful iGame GTX 1080 Ti Neptune W is a beast, offering everything the GTX 1080 Ti has to offer with its GP102 GPU, 11GB of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps, but changes the game offering a liquid-cooler with a huge 240mm radiator. Colorful's new iGame GTX 1080 Ti Neptune W sports the company's Vultune Shield, which offers up RGB lights that can be controlled through Colorful's own iGame-Zone II software.
Cooling wise, the new iGame GTX 1080 Ti Neptune W rocks a waterblock base and copper pipes that are built with red copper that has "extreme thermal conductivity" that will push teh heat into the liquid cooler, and out through to the radiator. Colorful uses an integrated die cast aluminum plate on the card, while the two 120mm fans on the radiator will keep the card nice and cool - and virtually silent while running.