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Micron updates GDDR5X progression, volume production this summer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

Micron has updated us on the status of GDDR5X, with the company receiving their first samples back from their fabrication plant, earlier than expected.

 

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These samples are 100% operational at data rates passing 13Gbps, with the company still testing its GDDR5X production line, with GDDR5X samples being sent to partners in the spring (over the next few months). Right now, the 13Gbps-capable GDDR5X chips don't consume any more power than the current GDDR5 chips, so in certain scenarios, GDDR5X-based cards will actually use less power, when maximum VRAM bandwidth isn't required.

 

GDDR5 has an 8Gbps data rate, so the huge 13Gbps that GDDR5X has hit before it's even in volume production is a huge achievement by Micron. The company is hoping to reach 14Gbps, but hasn't said when this will happen. Micron explained on their blog: "Compared to GDDR5, these ultra-high data rates were achieved at an improved power consumption per transmitted bit due to VDD/VDDQ of 1.35V, while not gating maximum speed of the device. We also added features to improve system signal integrity: a new package with reduced ball pitch enables shorter PCB traces, which improves electrical performance".

AMD's enthusiast Polaris GPU teased, could be priced at $1700

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 12 hours ago

While the Super Bowl 50 continues, we're seeing that AMD has been pushing its next-gen Polaris GPUs around - with a new Polaris-based flagship GPU, and the successor to the Fury X making an appearance.

 

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The new C99 "FOC" (Full Operational Capacity) has been spotted on Zauba, with the C99 part being priced at $1700. This is an insane jump from the price of the previous Polaris-based C98 and C91/C92 chips. The C98 should be the successor to the R9 390 series, which will arrive as the new Polaris-based R9 490/490X. The C99 on the other hand could be the huge enthusiast Polaris, the successor to the Fury X, or some crazy dual-GPU beast.

 

The C98 board turned up on Zauba last month, and it holds a per unit value that is more than AMD's current Hawaii-based chips. The C91/C92 chips started shipping in January of last year, but the FOC designation was only attached in August 2015. The C91/C92 should be the lower-end Polaris-bases GPUs, which would most likely be the cards we were greeted to in Sonoma in December, and officially unveiled early January.

Updated AMD 16.1.1 driver released with Fallout 4 Crossfire fix

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

As promised, and a little quicker than expected perhaps, AMD's updated 16.1.1 driver has been released. This one includes all the fixes from yesterday, as well as a new one for flickering in Fallout 4, as seen post-version 1.3 and with Crossfire enabled.

 

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If you missed the news yesterday, the driver includes Crossfire profiles for Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4, plus resolved issues for Radeon Settings and three high profile games (Battlefront, Assasin's Creed Syndicate, Battlefield Hardline). For all the details and the download, click here.

AMD hotfix driver coming today, fixes Fallout 4 Crossfire issue

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

AMD's 16.1.1 hotfix driver brought Crossfire improvements to Fallout 4 when it arrived yesterday. Then Bethesda released a patch for the game which introduced a Crossfire compatibility issue, and so AMD is releasing a second hotfix driver.

 

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The company's software strategy manager Terry Makedon says it will arrive sometime today. Naturally, we'll let you know when it's available.

Rise of the Tomb Raider's SLI fix provides 95% scaling with SLI

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

Now that Rise of the Tomb Raider is out, people are finding out just how useless their second GPUs are - except now, someone has found a fix for SLI users with multiple NVIDIA GeForce video cards.

 

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3D Center's "Blaire" found some things to play around with in the NVIDIA Inspector Tool for SLI, which enables awesome SLI results. In order to do it, you'll need to search for Rise of the Tomb Raider's profile, and then change the SLI bits (DX11) to 0x080002F5. After that, click the magnifier icon that will reveal NVIDIA's Undefined options, and search for 0x00A0694B and change it to 0x00000001.

 

After you've done this, you've enabled full SLI support for Rise of the Tomb Raider, with DSO Gaming reporting that they've noticed 95% scaling on their GeForce GTX 690 - a damn good result for SLI scaling.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X2 should see 12 TFLOPS of compute performance

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

AMD was all systems go at VRLA last week, but during the VRLA Winter Expo keynote, the company teased its dual-GPU... the Radeon R9 Fury X2.

 

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AMD's Roy Taylor said that the Radeon R9 Fury X2 has around 12 TFLOPS of SP, compared to the Radeon R9 295X2 which has 11.5 TFLOPS of SP compute performance. The big difference between the Fiji-based R9 Fury X2 and the Hawaii-based R9 295X2 is that the Fury X2 uses only 375W of power, compared to the R9 295X2 which would chew 500W. This means that the Fury X2 is around 40% more power efficient than the R9 295X2.

 

During his speech, Taylor said: "Last time I was here I also promised you that we would make the world's most powerful small computer for developers. We promised you we would take two of our highest end GPUs and put it inside that tiny box and if you go downstairs we actually have a demonstration of a dual GPU, 12 TeraFlops, fastest GPU solution in the world, inside of Tiki. It's a feat of engineering we are delighted with".

AMD working on Rise of the Tomb Raider driver optimizations

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 10:27 pm

PC port specialist Nixxes Software has posted a tech support guide to Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Steam forums, just a few hours ahead of the game's launch. In the process, they've made it known AMD will be releasing a 16.1.1 driver "shortly", which they (Nixxes) recommends installing for the game.

 

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It's possible 16.1.1 will include optimizations specifically for the game as is usually the case for big launches; NVIDIA did just this yesterday.

 

Asked for comment, AMD said, "We're working towards a hotfix that will have improvements for TR, but it's a work in progress. We can't comment on the timing or the details, but we'll keep you posted!"

GeForce 361.75 drivers prepare you for Tomb Raider, The Division

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 9:06 pm

NVIDIA has released its 361.75 WHQL certified driver today. You'll want it if you're planning on playing Rise of the Tomb Raider or getting on Ubisoft's The Division beta, as it contains optimizations and SLI profiles for both. In the case of the former, both 2-way and 3-way SLI profiles are included.

 

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Tomb Raider launches tomorrow, January 28; the beta starts this Friday, January 29 at 12 PM GMT.

 

Grab the driver at the source or via GeForce Experience.

NVIDIA's new $40 video card is '10x better than integrated graphics'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 8:33 pm

NVIDIA has just launched its new GeForce GT 710 video card, a cheap $40 GPU that the company claims can deliver "up to 10x the performance of integrated graphics", and gaming up to "80% faster" than traditional iGPUs.

 

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While the GeForce GT 710 gets beaten by Intel HD 530 integrated graphics found in Skylake chips, the card is an excellent option for budget gamers who have older rigs and want a cheap DirectX 12 card. As far as specs go, NVIDIA's inexpensive card uses DDR3 memory on a 64-bit bus with 14.4GB/s bandwidth, has a base clock of 954 MHz with 192 CUDA cores, and a memory clock speed of 1.8 Gbps.

 

The GeForce 710 supports a host of features including G-Sync adaptive sync, multi-monitor support for up to 3 displays, 3D Vision, NVIDIA's PhysX tech, and is OpenGL 4.5 and DirectX 12-ready out of the box. The card has a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 via HDMI and 2048x1536 on VGA, and features 1x Dual-Link DVI-D port, 1x HDMI and 1x VGA. It requires a minimum 300W power supply to function.

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NVIDIA to launch HBM2-powered GeForce GTX Titan X successor in April

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 12:47 am

If you have been reading our GPU-related content, you should know that we are set for the biggest year in GPU history this year, from both sides: AMD and NVIDIA.

 

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Well, at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in April, we should see NVIDIA unveil the biggest GPU they've ever made - the successor to the GeForce GTX Titan X. The next-gen card could be called the GTX Titan X2, which would pull some of the wind out of AMD's sails with the dual-GPU Radeon R9 Fury X2, and we should see it featuring HBM2 - scaling up to 16-32GB with 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth. Insanity.

 

Back in September, we exclusively said that NVIDIA would release both a HBM2 and GDDR5X range of cards - something that will kick off with the HBM2-based Titan X successor. Towards June, we should see NVIDIA unveil a new GP104-based GeForce GTX 980 successor, based on GDDR5X - which offers 448GB/sec of memory bandwidth.

 

Then we have the elusive GeForce GTX 980 Ti successor, which will also be powered by HBM2. I think this card will most likely arrive sometime later in the year, depending on AMD's movement in the enthusiast GPU sector. The Titan X successor will be incredibly fast (I would say 1.5-1.8x the Titan X) and so will the GDDR5X-powered GTX 980 successor (again, most likely 1.5x the GTX 980). These two cards will fill the most important parts of the market, while keeping its secret weapon (the GTX 980 Ti successor) waiting in the darkness.

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