AMD has unleashed a bunch of new products today at their Financial Analyst Day, with a tease of ThreadRipper with 16C/32T, their new Naples platform and the Epyc CPU with 32C/64T, and the exciting new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card.
AMD also detailed their GPU roadmap through to 2020, with Vega arriving on 14nm - but a 14nm+ respin that I think we'll see in early 2018. The bigger tease is Navi on 7nm for 2018-2019, and a brief glimpse of 'Next Gen' sometime in 2019-2020.
AMD has announced its new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card, which isn't part of the consumer graphics card family, but instead the Radeon Pro line.
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition rocks 16GB of next-gen HBM2 memory, 13 TFLOPs of performance (NVIDIA's new TITAN Xp has 12 TFLOPs) of single precision compute performance, while we have the Vega GPU clocked at 1586MHz.
AMD detailed its Radeon Vega Frontier Edition specs with 64 next-gen compute units (nCU - 4096 stream processors), 12.5 TFLOPs of single precision compute performance (FP32), 25 TFLOPs of single precision compute (FP16), 16GB of HBM2 alongside HBC, and 8K display support.
Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri has posted something a little cryptic on his Twitter account, where he tweeted a tease on Radeon RX Vega just over 20 minutes ago.
Koduri tweeted: "Ok..complete the sentence..we stand today on the edge of a ...... (first 10 people who get this right will get something special) @radeon". I was the first to answer, saying "new frontier" by JFK, and plenty of others followed with the same answer.
He had a follow up tweet that read "Bonus points to those who can cite the author and my favorite science and space section", so I don't know if that's another tease of the space-themed Vega architecture.
It looks like the release of Radeon RX Vega is much closer than we think, and the tease of a new frontier is incredibly exciting. Bring it on, AMD!
SK Hynix has released its new Q2 2017 product databook, and inside we get some more details on their current and next-gen graphics memory products, with the company listing 12Gbps and 14Gbps modules of GDDR6, as well as 1.6Gbps HBM2 memory.
AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega is powered by HBM2 memory provided by SK Hynix, while NVIDIA is tapping Samsung made HBM2 memory. Radeon RX Vega should rock SK Hynix's current 1.6Gbps HBM2 that would provide up to 409.6GB/sec of memory, unless AMD were to use more HBM2 stacks, then the bandwidth and HBM2 would double. The memory bandwidth would reach a pretty damn high peak of 817GB/sec, easily beating out any graphics card in its path - and getting close to NVIDIA's new HBM2-based Tesla V100 and its memory bandwidth numbers of 900GB/sec.
Remember that AMD also has its HBCC (High Bandwidth Cache Controller) working alongside the Vega NCU, which will be able to greatly improve minimum FPS performance, and has up to 512TB of virtual address space - insanity.
AAMD will most likely release their new Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in 4GB and 8GB capacities, something that has been recently teased as the Radeon RX Vega Nova, RX Vega Eclipse, and RX Vega Core. Our world exclusive report also states that AMD will have just 16,000 or so Radeon RX Vega graphics cards to launch in the first few months, because of the scarcity of HBM2 right now.
UploadVR is in some serious trouble with the SF-based VR startup being sued by a former employee who alleges the company engaged in sexual discrimination and sex/gender harassment.
TechCrunch reports that the lawsuit was filed today with the Superior Court of California, claiming that UploadVR is plagued by "rampant sexual behavior and focus, creating an unbearable environment for Plaintiff and other female employees". The suit continues, adding: "Defendants purposefully and expressly created a 'boy's club' environment at work, focused on sex and degrading women, including female employees".
UploadVR co-founders Will Mason and Taylor Freeman "would frequently talk about much sex they were going to have at each party and how many girls they were going to have sex with". It gets worse, as the VR startup reportedly has a "kink room" that has a bed in its office, where people can have sex during parties - and I guess, whenever the hell they feel like it.
The suit adds that there is more brewing under the surface at UploadVR, as the company has "created a hostile and toxic working environment" reports The Verge. The allegations include employees that hired strippers and prostitutes, where male employees would kick out female employees so they could "use the spaces for sexual intercourse with party attendees". The suit continues, alleging widespread discrimination that saw male staff compensated more than female staff, and female staff not being reimbursed for business expenses.
Some more information on next-gen graphics cards has arrived thanks to a press release from SK Hynix about their new HBM2 tech, with SK Hynix also shipping GDDR6 memory in Q1 2018.
SK Hynix was also at NVIDIA's recent GPU Technology Conference showing off their 8Gb GDDR6 module with 16Gbps of bandwidth, up from the 11Gbps of bandwidth available on the fastest GDDR5X on GTX 1080 Ti. GDDR6 is listed as a Q4 2017 product, meaning it will enter mass production in Q4 2017 for a huge Volta launch in Q1 2018 - at least according to WCCFTech.
I think we'll see a Pascal refresh based on GDDR6 at first, and then a full Volta line up with a blend of GDDR6 and HBM2 technologies - GDDR6 for the GTX 2080/2070, and HBM2 for the Volta-based TITAN Xv, and what I'm hoping for: a dual-GPU Volta graphics card.
NVIDIA will most likely launch a GeForce GTX 2080 (or GTX 1180) with 8GB+ of GDDR6 @ 14Gbps on a 256-bit memory bus, getting close to GTX 1080 Ti performance. The full monster Volta card will probably launch with a 384-bit memory bus and 12-16GB of GDDR6 @ 16Gbps, while a TITAN Xv could unleash a full 512-bit memory bus, or shift over to HBM2 depending on the cost/scarcity of HBM2 from Samsung.
AMD is in the headlines all over the place right now, with our tease of the Radeon RX Vega Nova/Eclipse/Core graphics card, and now a new report on Vega with 16GB of HBM2 and a 1600MHz GPU clock.
VideoCardz does note that they don't know if this part of the Radeon RX Vega family, as it could be a new dual-GPU graphics card in the Radeon Pro or Radeon Pro Duo series. AMD has confirmed it will have two stack HBM2 for Radeon RX Vega, but it could be in 8GB form (2 x 4GB) or a 16GB card (2 x 8GB).
Inside of the new CompuBench result, we have the maximum GPU clock of 1600MHz with 64 compute units (CUs), and what should hopefully be 4096 stream processors.
What I want to see: I'm hoping this is a dual-GPU graphics card on the RX Vega family, offering 8GB of HBM2 per GPU for 16GB HBM2 total. If AMD were to surprise us with near perfect scaling of the GPUs and HBM2, this card could be a monster. It would destroy everything NVIDIA has in single-GPU form, but it would come down to the power efficiency of the Vega GPU architecture. It would need the single card version to max out at 180W, so that AMD could cut Vega CPU cores and get it down to 300W total (150W per GPU/HBM2).
NVIDIA CEO and founder Jen-Hsun Huang has compared GeForce graphics cards to consoles in a recent post-earnings investor Q&A, when he was probed on a question regarding NVIDIA seeing the numbers of gamers and GeForce products growing, and whether they could continue to push out premium products.
Huang replied with: "The average selling price of the NVIDIA GeForce is about a third of a game console. That's the way to think about it. That's the simple math. People are willing to spend $200, $300, $400, $500 for a new game console, and the NVIDIA GeForce GPU PC gaming card is on average far less".
He continued: "There are people who just absolutely demand the best. And the reason for that is because they're driving a monitor or they're driving multiple monitors at a refresh rate well beyond a TV. So if you have a 4K or you want 120 hertz or some people are even driving it to 200 hertz, those kind of displays demand a lot more horsepower to drive than an average television, whether it's 1080p or 4K at 60 frames a second or 30 frames a second. And so the amount of horsepower they need is great. But that's just because they just really love their rig, and they're surrounded in it, and they just want the best. But the way to think about that is ultimately that's the opportunity for us. I think GeForce is a game console. And the right way to think about that is at an equivalent ASP of some $200 - $300, that's probably potentially an opportunity ahead for GeForce".
Before the company has released a product, or even shown the general public details on what they'll eventually release in what should be the most amazing leap forward in mixed reality HMD technology, Magic Leap is worth up to $8 billion.
The news is coming from an upcoming D round of financing that will see the Florida-based mixed reality company valued at $6-8 billion. Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba will lead the D round of financing, with some of the largest companies in the world leaping into the mixed reality investment of Magic Leap. It was only 15 months ago that the company raised $793.5 million on a $4.5 billion valuation, adding to the $592 million it had raised earlier.
There have only been a few people outside of the company and its investors and closest partners that have tried the mixed reality tech from Magic Leap, and if you look into the nitty gritty of the next level technology the company is working on, you'll understand why Magic Leap is so secretive. They're wanting to be "the Apple of AR" and with what they're working on, and the billions of dollars they're raising and the talent and help they've got behind them, Magic Leap could very well be a household name in a few years time.
Magic Leap is working on something it calls Dynamic Digitised Lightfield Signal technology, which is able to "generate images indistinguishable from real objects and then being able to place those images seamlessly into the real-world". The secretive mixed reality giant is also now inviting developers to try out its headset, which hopefully means it's much closer to launch than something that is still five years away.
ZOTAC has unveiled its upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm graphics card, with a fairly stock 1506/1620MHz GPU clocks and 11Gbps GDDR5X with 16+2 phase power, and 8+8 pin PCIe power connectors. But, it's all in the cooling.
ZOTAC's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm rocks a water block with LEDs with something ZOTAC likes to call Spectra, which will surely result in one of the best-looking watercooled graphics cards you can buy.