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EVGA's VRM thermals isn't the cause of cards dying

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

EVGA has been in the headlines over the last couple of weeks over their GeForce GTX 1080 FTW catching fire, and one user even caught it on video - but there were obviously questions surrounding this issue.

 

 

Our friends over at GamesNexus, and Steve with his glorious lock of unicorn-quality hair™ has investigated the EVGA VRM thermal issues, concluding that it's not the killer of the cards. GamersNexus did state that EVGA isn't shining perfectly here, adding that "Overlooking thermal pads was silly, if only because their performance is measurably worse in at least one aspect when compared to competition".

 

They spoke with EVGA, with the company saying they're getting about 200 DPPM (Defective Products Per Million), which means for every 1 million cards shipped to consumers, 200 are defective. GamersNexus are still strict on EVGA, wrapping up: "To restate: This isn't saying EVGA is in the right. The card could have been designed better, and there are still failures, it's just not the reason everyone seemed to think. Maybe bad caps, maybe the usual mix of workmanship / supply-side quality control, but not the VRM temperatures".

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AMD is gaining back GPU market share in a big way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

This time last year, NVIDIA had over 80% of the GPU market - but things have changed in the last 12 months. AMD launched their successful Radeon RX 400 series graphics cards, powered by Polaris - while NVIDIA launched an onslaught of GTX 10 series cards.

 

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AMD was sitting with just 18.8% of the GPU market share last year, but now they've climbed up to 29.1% - while NVIDIA has fallen from 81.1%, down to 70.9%. GFXSpeak reported from Jon Peddie's data: "New market data from Jon Peddie Research shows that graphics add-in board (AIB) sales are on an upward trend. Shipments during the third quarter of 2016 (ending September 30) increased from the second quarter of 2016 by 38.2%; this is considerably above the ten-year average of 14.3%. On a year-over-year basis, JPR found total AIB shipments rose 9.2%. By comparison, total shipments of desktop PCs fell 17.1% in the same period".

 

There were also some quick highlights that are worth looking at:

 

  • AMD's overall unit shipments increased 15.38% quarter-to-quarter, Intel's total shipments increased 17.70% from last quarter, and NVIDIA's increased 39.31%.
  • The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated and discrete GPUs) to PCs for the quarter was 146% which was up 14.96% from last quarter.
  • Discrete GPUs were in 34.84% of PCs, which is up 7.06%.
  • The overall PC market increased 8.09% quarter-to-quarter, and decreased -5.37% year-to-year.
  • Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs increased 38.16% from last quarter.
  • Q3'16 saw a decrease in tablet shipments from last quarter and saw notebook sales out sell tablets for the first time in three years.

AMD high-end 4K/VR-ready Radeon RX 490 teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

It looks like AMD is preparing to launch a next-gen graphics card, where the company should unveil its new Vega architecture soon - it's looking like we can expect the Radeon RX 490 to be unveiled soon.

 

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The new Radeon RX 490 will be AMD's new 4K-ready flagship graphics card that will fight against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080, and hopefully at a lower price point. AMD has said that we aren't to expect a faster Polaris graphics card than the RX 480, so I don't see why they would announce an RX 490 when they should jump to the RX 590 with a card that can beat NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 (which will only be replaced with a GTX 1080 Ti soon enough).

 

But, there's some exciting things to expect, according to WCCFTech:

 

  • It will target the 4K resolution and be the go-to graphics card for VR.
  • It will have a bus width greater than 256 bits.
  • It will be based on either a dual-GPU Polaris 10 design or Vega 10.
  • Its going to be close to the price point of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.

 

Will the Radeon RX 490 rock the Polaris or Vega architecture? Well, the RX 490 could be a dual-GPU with 2 x Polaris 10 GPU cores, and 16GB of GDDR5 in total. This would provide the performance of a GTX 1080 (or so), at a lower price point (hopefully), and easily be 4K and VR-ready.

AMD reaffirms HDR abilities, HDMI 2.0 is the limitation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 19, 2016 4:18 am

Just as I was laying down to hopefully fall asleep after a massive 18-hour work day, I read a story over at TechPowerUp sourced from German tech site Heise.de, that AMD Radeon graphics cards were limited in their HDR abilities... well, click bait can be bad sometimes, and we now know the truth.

 

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The original story can be read here, which claimed that Radeon graphics cards were reducing the color depth to 8 bits per cell (16.7 million colors) or 32-bit, if the display was connected to HDMI 2.0, and not DisplayPort 1.2 - something that spiked my interest.

 

10 bits per cell (1.07 billion colors) is a much more desired height to reach for HDR TVs, but the original article made it out to seem like this was a limitation of AMD, and not that of HDMI 2.0 and its inherent limitations. Heise.de said that AMD GPUs reduce output sampling from the "desired Full YCrBr 4: 4: 4 color scanning to 4: 2: 2 or 4: 2: 0 (color-sub-sampling / chroma sub-sampling), when the display is connected over HDMI 2.0. The publication also suspects that the limitation is prevalent on all AMD 'Polaris' GPUs, including the ones that drive game consoles such as the PS4 Pro," reports TPU.

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AMD RSCE 16.11.4 drivers released, fix issues, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 4:40 am

AMD has released their new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.4 drivers, a new set of drivers that add support for Civilization VI, and fix some problems with graphical corruption on the R9 Fury graphics cards in Titanfall 2. Grab them here.

 

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Here's a full list of what the RSCE 16.11.4 includes and fixes:

 

Support For:

 

  • Sid Meier's Civilization® VI

 

Fixed Issues

 

  • 264 content playback may experience playback issues on internet browsers with hardware acceleration when also running gaming applications or content.
  • Radeon R9 Fury Series products may experience minor graphical corruption in Titanfall™2 when inside a titan.

 

Known Issues

 

  • A few game titles may fail to launch, experience performance issues or crash if the third party application "Raptr" has its game overlay enabled. A workaround is to disable the overlay if this is experienced.
  • DOOM™ may experience a crash when launched using the Vulkan™ API on some Graphics Core Next products.
  • DOTA™2 may experience a crash when launched using the Vulkan™ API on some Graphics Core Next products.
  • Flickering may be experience while playing Overwatch™ in the main menu or viewing character models using AMD CrossFire mode.
  • FIFA 17™ may experience an application hang or black screen on launch for some select Hybrid Graphics or AMD PowerXpress mobile configurations.
  • 264 content may experience blocky corruption when streaming using P2P content players on some Radeon RX 400 series graphics products.

NVIDIA's new drivers kill VRAM speed on Pascal cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 7:57 am

NVIDIA released their new GeForce 375.86 drivers, and as usual millions of gamers will manually update or have GeForce Experience update for them - but this time around, NVIDIA is seeing some pretty serious issues in their new Game Ready drivers.

 

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NVIDIA has posted to their own forums advising GeForce owners of Pascal-based GeForce graphics cards in the GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 having issues with the new GeForce 375.86 drivers, where the memory speed is capped at 810MHz. NeoGAF forum users have posted t hat Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare are also experiencing issues with the new drivers.

 

We'd recommend not updating your GeForce graphics card (at least if you've got a GTX 10 series card) to the latest drivers just yet, and if GeForce Experience has automatically downloaded the drivers, don't install them.

GPU shipments up 20.4% from last quarter, PC is strong

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 5:50 am

NVIDIA has launched a massive offensive onto gamers with their GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards, while AMD has been hitting the lower/mainstream markets with their Radeon RX 400 series cards - so how are the numbers for Q3 2016? Really good, actually.

 

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Jon Peddie Research has broken down the numbers, reporting that NVIDIA's market share increased 2.2% from the previous quarter, while AMD's overall market share dropped 0.6%. JPR notes: "NVIDIA did particularly well in Q3'16, fueled by their Pascal-based product line and the rash of new AAA graphics-demanding titles". JPR also noticed a 0.3% increase in year-to-year total GPU shipments of GPUs, while GPU shipments increased 20% from the previous quarter.

 

They also had some highlights that are worth noting:

 

  • AMD's overall unit shipments increased 15.38% quarter-to-quarter, Intel's total shipments increased 17.70% from last quarter, and NVIDIA's increased 39.31%.
  • The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated and discrete GPUs) to PCs for the quarter was 146% which was up 14.96% from last quarter.
  • Discrete GPUs were in 34.84% of PCs, which is up 7.06%.
  • The overall PC market increased 8.09% quarter-to-quarter, and decreased -5.37% year-to-year.
  • Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs) that use discrete GPUs increased 38.16% from last quarter.
  • Q3'16 saw a decrease in tablet shipments from last quarter and saw notebook sales out sell tablets for the first time in three years.

GeForce 375.86 driver optimized for Civ VI, BF1

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 8:29 pm

NVIDIA has released its 375.86 WHQL-certified drivers, complete with optimizations for some big name games (and a lesser known one).

 

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Apart from improvements for Battlefield 1, Civilization VI, The Division Survival DLC, and the beta for winter sports game Steep, it includes a temporal SLI profile for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and fixes various issues like ghosting, smearing, flickering, and so on in select environments.

 

As always, click here or boot GeForce Experience to download.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti spotted with 10GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 12, 2016 10:37 pm

We know it's coming, but we don't know when or what the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will end up as - but now we have a report that teases the GTX 1080 Ti with 10GB of RAM.

 

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10GB of RAM you ask? Weird, isn't it? Not when you consider the GTX 1080 has 8GB of RAM, and the Titan X features 12GB of RAM - the GTX 1080 Ti will sit in the middle with 10GB of RAM, so that it doesn't take many customers away from Titan X, and it doesn't lure gamers into spending more on the GTX 1080 Ti over the GTX 1080.

 

We should expect the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to use the GP102 GPU, the same used on the Titan X - but a 384-bit memory interface is interesting, and it's needed for multi-monitor and 4K gaming. We've done testing between the GTX 1080 and Titan X and that wider memory bus comes into play in a very, very big way.

 

Why release the GTX 1080 Ti when the GTX 1080 kicks enough ass, and the Titan X is there for those who want more performance and are willing to pay nearly double? Well, the GTX 1080 should arrive for $999-$1150 or so, and will see all AIB partners releasing custom boards - something we don't see with Titan X graphics cards. Once NVIDIA drops the GTX 1080 Ti, it'll be a big deal as so many have waited for it.

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AMD launches Polaris-based Radeon Pro workstation cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 8, 2016 3:35 am

AMD announced their new Radeon Pro range of workstation graphics cards during SIGGRAPH 2016 earlier this year, but now the Polaris-based cards have launched.

 

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The new Radeon Pro WX 7100, WX 5100, and WX 4100 workstation graphics cards are now shipping. The higher-end WX 7100 and WX 5100 are powered by the Polaris 10 GPU on the 14nm LPP process, both with 8GB of RAM on a 256-bit memory bus. The WX 7100 has 2304 stream processors at 1.24GHz, while the WX 5100 has 1792 stream processors at 1.09GHz.

 

AMD's lower-end Radeon Pro WX 4100 uses the Polaris 11 GPU with 1024 stream processors at 1.17GHz, with 4GB of RAM on a 128-bit memory bus. The power consumption on these new Polaris-based workstation cards is also low, with the WX 7100 using up to 130W, the WX 5100 hits 75W and the WX 4100 with 50W.

 

Pricing:

 

  • Radeon Pro WX 7100 - $799
  • Radeon Pro WX 5100 - $499
  • Radeon Pro WX 4100 - $399

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