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NVIDIA's big reveal of its next-gen GeForce video cards is just days away, with the company teasing select members of the press with its 'Order of 10' mystery. What is the 'Order of 10' mystery you ask? Well, it's a teaser and countdown to the GeForce 1000 series reveal.
First off, some tech press received a mystery box that led them to the site orderof10.com, with a hexagon image with each side the equivalent of a piece puzzle. The site could be accessed by entering a code from the triangle that is found inside of the box, which was also sent to tech sites. The box has a '10' logo embedded on the front, with a single triangle with the code found inside.
GamersNexus found another link that led to a reveal countdown that ends on Friday, May 6. This is the day that NVIDIA will reportedly unveil its next-gen cards, but the puzzle is an interesting piece of marketing. The six pages on the site were: Collision, Structure, Circles, Compute, Vision, and Astronomy. Each puzzle leads to the next, solving the entire mystery.
Polaris might be the brightest point in the sky, but what about the GPU?
There's a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding the upcoming Polaris P10 and P11 GPUs, as there rightfully should be. This marks a sort of subtle change in direction for AMD for some time. If rumors are true about the size and relative expected raw power of these two chips, then neither represent a true successor to Fiji, but will instead be a faster an far more power efficient Hawaii, which still continues to grow its performance with additional driver releases.
But that doesn't necessarily mean an end to the "Big" Polaris debate, nor does it mean we won't be seeing the all-out performance infused chip that holds back nothing. It just means that AMD has found an underserved market at, perhaps, lower price-points that don't quite have the stuff to power good VR experiences and that might also be power hungry beasts. So what did they do? From the reports that we've been hearing, it seems like they aim to take on that mainstream market from the bottom up, potentially having completely new Polaris based cards in all segments.
That's a good thing because it adds a tremendous amount of choice and also pave the way for a much faster "Big" Polaris, or Vega, in the future. It's true that the mid-range and mainstream are probably the most sold cards out there. Not everyone can, or wants to, buy the top-end at $599 and above. It's not always the most sensible option. P11, though it may not be the Fiji and Titan X killer we want, most certainly can be faster, at a similar price point to the R9 390X and while using far less power.
NVIDIA's new 365.10 drivers are juicy, featuring performance enhancements for some big titles as well as some fresh SLI profiles.
The optimizations are for Battleborn and the Forza Motorsport 6: APEX, Overwatch, and Paragon betas. It's encouraging to see the games getting performance love this early; between this, another likely driver at launch, and more developer-side work, you probably don't have to worry about framerate or frame pacing.
As for SLI, new profiles are for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, and Overwatch.
As ever, download the drivers through GeForce Experience.
With both AMD and NVIDIA set to unveil their next-gen consumer video cards in the next month, AMD's position on VR is being solidified.
According to AMD's Corporate Vice President, Alliances, Content & VR, Roy Taylor, said that Polaris is being aimed at VR gaming PCs. With the minimum PC specs for VR kicking off with the Radeon R9 290, AMD has a great position in front of itself to nail VR gaming with Polaris.
AMD is trying to offer a great card for VR, and the upcoming Radeon R9 490X (which it should arrive as) will be a hugely popular card. We should expect 30-50% more performance over the R9 390X thanks to the new 14nm FinFET process, the new Polaris architecture and the possible use of GDDR5X.
I'm definitely not getting tired writing all of this video card news, as it's incredibly exciting times for technology enthusiasts - another one of the reports surfacing in the last 24 hours is that AMD's upcoming Radeon R9 M480 mobile video card will be powered by the Polaris 11 GPU.
VideoCardz is reporting that the new Radeon R9 M480 GPU has a Device ID of 67E0, which is Baffin - or Polaris 11. The Radeon R9 M480 will sport 4GB of GDDR5 clocked at 1250MHz, while the GPU will be clocked at 1GHz - but this will change depending on the supplier.
Both the R9 M480 and the R9 M490 will rock Polaris 11 GPUs, but we don't know how many stream processors will be included. The current Bonaire PRO-based Radeon R9 M380 has 768 stream processors, so we should see around the same, if not closer to the 1000 SP mark for the next-gen Radeon R9 M480 when it arrives later this year.
PNY has just taken off the seal on its new GeForce GTX 960 XLR8 OC Gaming and GeForce GTX 950 XLR8 OC Gaming video cards, launching alongside the newly-developed website.
The two new video cards feature dual-fan cooler, so when a game is cranking along, the dual-fan system will keep the GTX 950 or GTX 960 nice and cool. The two new video cards are made using a high-quality 8-layer PCB, so you should have a long-lasting product that will be good for years of gaming.
As for the detailed specs on the GTX 960 2GB/4GB XLR8 OC Gaming, here's what to expect:
- Base Clock : 1203 MHz (vs 1127)
- Boost Clock : 1266 MHz (vs 1178)
- Memory Clock (Gbps) : 7,2 GBps (vs 7 GBPs)
- Memory Amount : 2 GB / 4 GB GDDR5
- Outputs : 2x Dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2
- Power withdraw : 120 Watts
While NVIDIA's mid-range GeForce GTX 1060 might arrive in a 6GB variant known as the GTX 1060 or GTX 1060 Ti, AMD's mid-range offerings will arrive as the Polaris 11 and Polaris 10.
Well, the Polaris 11 SKY 67EB has arrived on GFXBench, with it being faster than the Polaris 11 67FF that's on the same chart. We don't know much from this, but we do know that the Polaris 11 and Polaris 10 are being tested right now, using an OpenGL benchmark courtesy of GFXBench.
AMD will be unveiling its next-gen Polaris-based video cards later this month.
The upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 will be monster video cards based on the 16nm FinFET process and the new Pascal architecture while the GTX 1080 might rock GDDR5X, the GTX 1070 will reportedly include GDDR5. But what about the mid-range?
Well, according to the latest reports, the GTX 1060 will arrive as the possible GTX 1060 Ti - rocking a huge 6GB of GDDR5. The GTX 960 for comparisons sake, rolled out with 2GB and 4GB versions at the beginning of 2015. The upcoming GTX 1060 (or Ti) will be using the GP104-150-A1 GPU while the GTX 1080 uses the GP104-400-A1 and the GTX 1070 with its GP104-200-A1 GPU.
The huge 6GB framebuffer will be great to see, as NVIDIA better positions itself in the mid-range market - which is what AMD is looking to stomp down on with its huge Polaris push starting later this month.
Can you believe how exciting the next month is going to be? First, we've heard that NVIDIA will be unveiling its next-gen GeForce video cards in the next week, and on the same day - EA will unveil the next generation Battlefield 5. Yes, it's happening on the same day. We only reported a few hours ago that NVIDIA will have partner cards on retail shelves in June, too.
EA will be unveiling Battlefield 5 at its world premiere event this week on May 6, while NVIDIA is reportedly inviting select press from around the world to unveil its new next-gen Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080, and GTX 1070 video cards.
When it comes to the next-gen GPUs from NVIDIA, the GTX 1080 should be quite the beast - with it being much more powerful than the GTX 980 (think Titan X speeds), with it being built on the 16nm FinFET process, the new Pascal architecture and GDDR5X. The upcoming GeForce GTX 1070 will be slightly slower - think less CUDA cores, and the use of GDDR5, not GDDR5X.
NVIDIA is expected to have a press conference for its next-gen GeForce video cards next week, with a bigger unveiling and launch at Computex in a month. Better yet, consumers will be able to buy NVIDIA's next-gen video cards in June.
According to NordicHardware, NVIDIA will be providing samples of its next-gen hardware to the media (like TweakTown) very soon, so that they can test it before Computex. From there, the partner cards from the likes of ASUS, MSI and ZOTAC will be launched during Computex and thrown onto shelves in June.
There are two different models to expect, replacing the GM204-based parts in the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. These two cards will be Pascal-based, 16nm designs which will arrive as the new GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 - but I'm still not sold on that naming system.