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AMD has just unleashed a new set of Radeon Software Crimson Edition drivers, with the new 16.6.1 set of drivers including some optimizations for both Mirror's Edge Catalyst and Paragon. Not only that, but we have a new CrossFire driver for Dark Souls 3, too. You can download the new RSCE 16.6.1 drivers here.
As for the release notes, here's what to expect from Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.6.1:
- Mirror's Edge Catalyst™
New AMD Crossfire profile available for:
- Dark Souls III™
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is already a super-fast video card, but what happens when you crank the GP104 GPU to 2.5GHz on liquid nitrogen? Yeah, well GALAX has been the first to do so, using their overclocking skills on their own GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 HOF OC video card, as reported by Nordic Hardware.
GALAX drove the GPU right up to a huge 2.5GHz using LN2 cooling, matched up with the new Intel Core i7-6950X processor, but even at 2.5GHz, it couldn't beat the GTX 980 Ti and Titan X at 2.2GHz. But remember, we're in the early days of the GTX 1080, so we should expect much more in the future.
The GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 HOF OC rocks 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, but now I have to wonder... when will we see 3GHz on a GTX 1080?
With NVIDIA already dominating with two next-gen video cards in the form of the GP104-based GeForce GTX 1080 and the newer, and far better value for money card in the GeForce GTX 1070... what's next? The GeForce GTX Titan X successor, that's what.
The GP102-400 GPU has been spotted, with the 'full fat' core that we all know and love. This is the GPU that should find its way onto the Titan X successor, and even the GTX 1080 Ti. Considering the $999 price on the Titan X when it launched, we can expect the Pascal-based successor to be priced at a similar level, or higher. At the similar $999 price, I don't see NVIDIA being able to use HBM2 for multiple reasons. First, the yields aren't great, and second; NVIDIA is using all of its HBM2 for the Tesla P100.
NVIDIA will most likely use GDDR5X on the Titan X, as there is - at least to me, no performance benefit of HBM2 right now. It would increase the cost of the card by at least 50%, and that's not what NVIDIA needs, or wants. But, with the full-fat GP102-400 GPU behind it, we should expect up to 50% more performance compared to the GTX 1080, which would be incredible. It would be a 4K 60FPS gaming card without a problem, but now we need to know - will it be offered in two variants? 8GB and 16GB? I think so.
Computex 2016 - With EVGA debuting its stylish RGB-illuminated SLI bridges for NVIDIA's new Pascal-based video cards, MSI has followed suit with its own 2-way HB SLI bridge.
Unlike its 4-way SLI bridges, MSI's new Pascal-based 2-way high-bandwith SLI bridges don't have fans on them, and are designed to accommodate multi-GPU setups by 2-way SLI-ing NVIDIA's new GeForce Series-10 video cards.
At MSI's booth, the 2-way SLI bridge is seen attached to two high-end MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming Z 8G video cards, sporting an LED-lit dragon logo and a brushed chrome-and-silver style. High-bandwidth SLI bridges are encouraged for multi-GPU builds in order to hit optimum 4k 60Hz/120Hz and beyond.
AMD revealed its next-gen Radeon RX 480 during Computex 2016, with one of the demos displaying during the reveal being Oxide Games' Ashes of the Singularity. The demo saw AMD comparing the Radeon RX 480 in CrossFire against NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080.
During the demo, there were a lot of people - myself included, that noticed the image quality between the two were not identical at all. Well, Robert Hallock, AMD's Technical Marketing boss, took to Reddit to provide some answers. He provided the full system specs and drivers used for the demo, which included an Intel Core i7-5930K, 32GB of DDR4, Windows 10, and for the drivers: AMD Driver: 16.30-160525n-230356E, and the NVIDIA Driver: 368.19.
Both GPUs were running the 'crazy' settings at 1080p with 8x MSAA and V-Sync disabled. Hallock went into great detail, explaining: "Ashes uses procedural generation based on a randomized seed at launch. The benchmark does look slightly different every time it is run. But that, many have noted, does not fully explain the quality difference people noticed".
UPDATE: EVGA's Jacob Freeman says that the RGB high-bandwidth SLI bridges are "2-way only" and are expected to release in mid-June. Here's another shot of the lineup.
HB Bridge Lineup pic.twitter.com/bCwAJ0XnOd— Jacob Freeman (@EVGA_JacobF) June 2, 2016
Computex 2016 - EVGA revealed three new RGB high-bandwidth SLI bridges for NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 10-series video cards, allowing users to add a bit pizzazz and style to their new EVGA-branded GTX 1080 cards.
EVGA's new 2-way HB SLI bridges sport full RGB illumination that can sync up with the RGB colors on EVGA's new GeForce GTX 1080 FTW and EVGA GTX 1080 Classified video cards, adding quite a bit of stylish flair to any enthusiast build. The new high-bandwidth SLI bridges come in three different sizes for various configurations: 1U (small size with no gap between the cards), 2U (medium-sized with a one-slot gap between the cards), and 3U (longer with a two-slot gap between the cards).
It appears EVGA only showed 2-way SLI bridges at Computex, as NVIDIA is prioritizing 2-way SLI with the Pascal line. The new GeForce GTX 10-Series HB SLI bridges will likely be sold separately.
Computex 2016 -- TweakTown has learned that MSI's cylindrical Vortex G65 gaming PC is about to get a refresh that rocks a pair of NVIDIA's mobile Pascal video cards in SLI, suggesting that the 1080m and 1070m reveals are right around the corner.
When MSI debuted the Mac Pro-inspired Vortex G65 earlier this year, its high-end model rocked a powerful GTX 980 SLI configuration. Not 980m, but desktop class 980 MXM format GPUs. But as I perused MSI's booth at Computex today, I noticed something curious. When MSI first announced the system, the info card obviously said something to the effect of "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series." This info card said "NVIDIA latest generation video card (SLI)."
Computex 2016 - While I'm sitting in the Westin hotel for the AMD press conference where we're expecting the price of their next-gen GPU to be revealed, The Wall Street Journal has published an article claiming that the new Polaris-based card will be priced at $199.
The new Radeon RX 480 is built on the 14nm node, with all Polaris-based products ready for VR gaming in a big way, with HTC and Oculus confirming these new cards will be a great deal for VR gamers who don't want to spend an insane amount of money.
There's so much more I want to say, but we're under NDA from AMD for everything else for a little while yet - so you'll have to wait for more information on the Radeon RX 480... for now.
Computex 2016 - We had our entire first day of Computex at the Grand Hyatt with a million and one meetings, where we got some hands-on time with some custom GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 video cards from EVGA.
EVGA had a bunch of cards on display, including the huge GeForce GTX 1080 Classified, which is sure to have gamers drooling all over their keyboards. We've got photos of them all above, and below, so we have to ask - which one do you like best? We have the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SuperClocked, EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW, and the GTX 1080 Classified.
All of them looked great, but I definitely have a soft spot for EVGA's new GP104-based cards... and I simply can't wait to get them into my lab.
Computex 2016 - Following up the GIGABYTE GTX 1080 G1 card from last week is the GIGABYTE GTX 1080 XTREME, as seen at Computex. Whereas the former appears to interested in striking a balance between temperature and performance, the XTREME seems to go all out.
For starters, GIGABYTE's second offering sports extra HDMI connectors, primarily for VR purposes. Then it "guarantees [...] higher overclocking capability." So it's safe to say it's not holding back, at least not much.
Other features include Windforce stack fans with alternate spinning design, 16.8M customizable colour lighting, aerospace-grade PCB coating, and four-year warranty with online registration.