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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.
Special effects for movies are becoming increasingly realistic when done correctly and when in the right hands.
An expose by Ars Technica about the history of VFX companies and how London has been the surprising center of that industry has also revealed some other surprising information. We consumers might think that it would be natural to use GPUs when rendering those graphics we see on screen, but it actually isn't true at all. In fact, it was discovered that GPUs, and primarily NVIDIA for the purposes of driver stability, are used on local workstations for lighting previews and not much else. Render farms, while they have GPUs in them, utilize CPU power because of the RAM available to them.
Some scenes these days require as much as 128GB of RAM per scene in order to be rendered, which isn't possible at all on any consumer or professional GPU. So in most cases, the 24GB Quadro M6000 and AMD's FirePro S9170 with 32GB of VRAM just isn't enough. Pascal and the GP100's 16GB if VRAM, no matter how fast HBM2 happens to be, just isn't large enough to contain the kinds of complex scenes that are being created by these companies. So for the time being, until shared memory is implemented, CPU's will rule the day, with some 24,000 cores being used in some cases. One of Pixar's software engineers, Jeremy Cowles, said that the industry tells NVIDIA, as they question them every year, that they need more memory to actually use them on a large scale.
AMD is positioning itself for a huge battle with NVIDIA this year, in more ways than one. First we have their next-gen Polaris architecture, the new GPU division being spun into Radeon Technologies Group, and an all-in approach when it comes to VR.
The first step for now is the release of Polaris-based video cards, with the expected Radeon 400 series to be unveiled next month and even more so at Computex in the first week of June. We should expect new cards that will beat the Radeon R9 380 and R9 390X, and thanks to the 14nm FinFET process, lower power consumption but much faster cards performance per watt wise.
During an interview with Ars Technica, AMD's main man Roy Taylor said: "I don't think NVIDIA is going to do anything to increase the TAM, because according to everything we've seen around Pascal, it's a high-end part. I don't know what the price is gonna be, but let's say it's as low as £500/$600 and as high as £800/$1000. That price range is not going to expand the TAM for VR. We're going on the record right now to say Polaris will expand the TAM. Full stop".
The AMD Radeon Pro Duo is quite the beast, rocking 2 x Fiji XT GPUs, a total of 8GB of HBM1, and some truly insane horsepower. According to leaked benchmarks, the Radeon Pro Duo is 1.3x faster than the R9 295X2 and 1.5x faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
The results are courtesy of Expreview, which ran a slew of benchmarks on the Radeon Pro Duo, comparing it against the Radeon R9 Fury X at 4K. Check out the benchmarks, below.
The Radeon Pro Duo versus the Radeon R9 Fury X.