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Radeon 16.5.2.1 drivers have huge performance improvements for Doom

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Last week's Radeon 16.5.2 drivers included some optimizations for Doom, although no specific numbers were included. Now AMD has released a beta driver in 16.5.2.1 with yet more performance improvements, and this time with numbers in hand.

 

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The company claims up to 35% better performance on the R9 390 over the previous drivers. Anyone on the 290 series should absolutely download these as well given the similar GPU architecture; it doesn't hurt to try for older cards either.

 

In my personal testing with a 290X, Ultra settings were giving me anywhere from about 40 to 110 FPS with frequent stuttering and a general feeling of input lag with 16.5.2; updating the drivers sees Ultra run smooth as butter, rarely if ever dipping below 60 FPS and often staying over 100, with little or no stuttering and no feeling of input lag. I'll go so far as to say this is likely the biggest performance improvement I've ever seen from a driver update.

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AMD launching next-gen Polaris 10-based Radeon 400 series at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

We've been hearing a fair bit about AMD's next-gen Polaris architecture and its unveiling during Computex 2016, especially the rumor that AIB partners won't be showing off Polaris-based video cards during the show... boo.

 

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Well, according to the latest rumors, press from around the world are being invited to an event on June 1 where AMD will unveil the new Radeon 400 series based on the Polaris architecture. Polaris 10 will be powering the Radeon 400 series while Polaris 11 will be baked into the lower/mid-range parts. The Polaris 11 GPU is what we saw last year in Sonoma, which was compared against the GTX 950 using less than 85W of power.

 

Some of the rumors have AMD using Polaris 10 to power the Radeon 400 and have it hit the mid-range segment, priced at less than $299.

NVIDIA's new GeForce 365.19 drivers are ready for DOOM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

id Software has unleashed DOOM onto the world, with AMD pushing out its new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.2 drivers, and now NVIDIA with its GeForce Game Ready 365.19 drivers.

 

 

The new GeForce 365.19 drivers are also Game Ready for Homefront: The Revolution, which drops on May 17. There's also support provided for Master of Orion, which has just hit Early Access on Steam. You can grab the new GeForce 365.19 drivers here, or grab them through GeForce Experience.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 detailed specs leaked through GPU-Z image

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

NVIDIA revealed most of the details of its next-gen GeForce GTX 1080 during the launch event, but now we know absolutely everything that makes the GP104-powered card tick thanks to a leaked GPU-Z screenshot.

 

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The leaked GPU-Z screenshot of the detailed specifications of the GTX 1080 tell us that it has 64 ROPs and 160 TMUs, alongside the 2560 CUDA cores, which we already knew. It has 8GB of GDDR5X RAM clocked at 10GHz, with 320GB/sec memory bandwidth over its 256-bit memory bus.

BYKSI waterblock for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

NVIDIA has officially unveiled its next-gen GeForce GTX 1080, but what will enthusiasts do without waterblocks? Never fear, BYKSI is here, with their new waterblock ready for the GP104-powered video card.

 

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The new BYKSI N-GX1080-X waterblock isn't for sale just yet, but it'll be priced at less than $100. The company isn't known much outside of China, but they specialize in waterblocks for CPUs, GPUs and even motherboards. The official launch of the GEForce GTX 1080 kicks off on May 27, with BYKSI getting in quick so that it can be the first to market with a waterblock for NVIDIA's latest and greatest video card.

AMD will provide an 'inside look at Polaris' on May 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

It looks like the Polaris 10 will be hitting Radeon R9 390X levels of performance at half the TDP and under $299, but we don't know much about the Polaris architecture itself... for now.

 

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AAMD will be hosting its Meet the Experts webinar on May 18th with David Nalasco, and during the webcast we're promised that AMD will give "an inside look at Polaris". Nalasco is the Senior Technology Manager at Radeon Technologies Group, so we should expect some seriously good stuff on May 18. The NDA runs up on the GeForce GTX 1080 on May 17 reports VideoCardz, so AMD is really sticking itself into a good position with the Polaris reveal 24 hours after.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 to arrive in liquid cooled version at 2.5GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

When NVIDIA revealed the GeForce GTX 1080, they used the Founders Edition card which sells for $699 and overclocked its GP104 GPU to 2.1GHz on the vapor chamber-cooled video card. We all suspected the AIB partners would have some insane models, and we were right.

 

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There will reportedly be four versions of the GeForce GTX 1080: the Founder's Edition (reference edition), the normal AIB card (air cooled), the custom AIB card (air cooled) and then the custom AIB cards (watercooled). ZOTAC, Colorful, ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE and countless others will have some super-powered GTX 1080 video cards to show off, with the rumor that GIGABYTE's upcoming Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080 should reach 2.4GHz on the GPU, all in air - and if that's true, get ready to have your mind blown.

 

The tease of a liquid cooled GeForce GTX 1080 with its GPU clocked at 2.5GHz should be enough for anyone to be impressed, as it'll allow for 4K 60FPS gaming without a problem. We should expect a few AIB partners to have some insane designs, shown off at Computex 2016 in two weeks time.

AMD's next-gen Polaris 10 GPU will offer 390X performance, under $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 14, 2016 2:03 am

We heard whispers just before the GeForce GTX 1080 unveiling that AMD would be pricing its Polaris 10-based Radeon video card at around $299, while providing 390X performance - and thanks to the spiffy 14nm FinFET process, it'll do so at half the TDP.

 

 

Considering that the Radeon R9 290X is a 290W card, we should expect the Polaris 10-based Radeon cards to do the same performance but at just 150W. We should expect the cards to fall somewhere between 110-135W depending on the GPU itself, and how many stream processors are enabled. It's similar to what we saw during the RTG event last December, but the bigger surprise is that it'll rock 'up to 8GB GDDR5(X)'. Will AMD use GDDR5X? We'll find out soon enough.

 

We should also expect the Polaris 10 cards to have 256-bit wide memory buses, which should see Polaris 10-based Radeon video cards competing directly against the GeForce GTX 1070 - and that's great. I was talking with AMD's Roy Taylor at their Capsaicin event during the Game Developers Conference, and he asked what I think they should do - and I said do exactly this. Hit the mainstream, and hit it hard. AMD can't compete against the discrete GPU market share with NVIDIA as they only have 20% of the market - but the mainstream market is more elusive, there are more units sold and more profits to be made. It's the bread and butter of video cards, and it looks like AMD is hitting that exact sweet spot.

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Colorful announces one of the first GeForce GTX 1080 video cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 13, 2016 4:22 am

Colorful has just announced one of the first GeForce GTX 1080 video cards, based on the reference (or is that now Founder's Edition) model.

 

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Colorful's first GeForce GTX 1080 is based on the GP104 GPU with the usual 2560 CUDA cores, 1607MHz GPU clock (Boost of 1733MHz). We have 8GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 10GHz on the 256-bit memory bus. We should expect some serious speed from it, with some great overclocking headroom. But, Colorful has teased its custom design GeForce GTX 1080 for Computex, which has me beyond excited.

 

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Colorful's GeForce GTX 980 Ti iGame video card - beautiful!

 

What has me excited is the higher-end iGame series from Colorful, like the GeForce GTX 980 Ti iGame the company released earlier this year. It was a beast of a product, and sadly while we didn't get one to review, we're working closely with Colorful now to ensure we get the new GTX 1080-based iGame series cards.

Leaked GeForce GTX 1080 benchmarks show it dominating Titan X, Fury X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 13, 2016 12:32 am

While my GeForce GTX 1080 sits on my shelf about to be installed into my Core i7-5960X system for my review (now that I'm about to download the drivers) there are now some leaked benchmark numbers, courtesy of VideoCardz. Remember these are leaked benchmarks, we're just reporting on them. But, this is about what we expect to see from our results, too.

 

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The GTX 1080 destroys everything else, including the Titan X, GTX 980 Ti and everything AMD has to throw at it - the Radeon R9 Fury X, R9 Fury and R9 390X. The GeForce GTX 1080 had its GP104-powered GPU sitting between 1860-1886MHz, thanks to GPU Boost 3.0. That chart though, wow - AMD must be looking at every single number now.

 

Not too long now, guys!

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