AMD has now finished the launch of its entire desktop GPU stack of its Polaris-based graphics cards, with the new Radeon RX 480, RX 470 and RX 460 now released and in gamers' hands. The next thing for AMD is the next-gen Vega architecture, but before that - we'll see another release from AMD with the Polaris architecture.
Chris Hook, the Senior Director, Global Marketing and PR for Radeon Technologies Group has teased on his personal Facebook wall that the above image is from the "Vega launch venue", adding "Shh, don't tell the press...". AMD first teased the next-gen Vega architecture during the Capsaicin event at the Game Developers Conference earlier this year, and then again when RTG boss Raja Koduri celebrated a Vega development milestone in June.
Now, how close are we to the reveal of Vega? Well, I think we're a little further off than you might think. In the next couple of months, AMD will follow the release of its Radeon RX 480 with a faster version, and I don't think it'll be the Radeon RX 490 - but maybe the Radeon RX 480X. An improved graphics card after the power draw issues that plagued its launch, with a revamped PCB and cooler, alongside a more finely tuned Polaris 10 GPU. But Vega? AMD has said that Vega will use HBM2, and I can't see AMD diving into HBM2 head first anytime this year as their GPU roadmap has Vega coming in early 2017.
Maybe we'll see a launch event for Vega later this year, and then a retail launch in early-2017? For now, I'm enjoying the tease from Hook and hope that Vega can compete against NVIDIA's utterly relentless next-gen graphics card launches.
NVIDIA flew a bunch of tech press and YouTubers out to London for the announcement of its Pascal-based GeForce graphics cards making their way into gaming notebooks. During the event, NVIDIA announced that the GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 would be finding their way into various gaming notebooks in all different shapes and sizes.
First, the specs: the top of the line GeForce GTX 1080 will feature 2560 CUDA cores and a 1733MHz boost clock with 8GB of GDDR5X at 10GHz. This is the identical CUDA core count and VRAM on the desktop GTX 1080, while the GPU boost speeds are down from the ~2GHz or so on the desktop GTX 1080.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070 has been slightly bumped up from its desktop counterpart, with 2048 CUDA cores, 1645MHz boost clock, and the same 8GB of GDDR5 at 8GHz that is found on the desktop part. The mid-range GTX 1060 has the same specs as its desktop version, with 1280 CUDA cores and 1670MHz boost, with 6GB of GDDR5 at 8GHz.
NVIDIA has been absolutely dominating the high-end graphics card market for a while now, and even more so with the release of the Pascal architecture and the GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 - and then the monster that is the new Titan X.
Well, according to the latest rumors from Baidu user USH Ishimura, NVIDIA's next generation Volta architecture is going to be an absolute powerhouse. The user said that the successor to the GP104 (which is the GPU that powers the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070) will offer "really strong" performance.
The rumor continues, adding that there will be three high-end gaming graphics cards unveiled with the next-gen Volta architecture. Right now under the Pascal architecture, we have the GP102 which powers the Titan X, GP104 which powers the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, while the GP106 powers the mid-range GTX 1060.
NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards are made on the 16nm FinFET process, with NVIDIA contracting long term partner TSMC to manufacture the Pascal-based GPUs.
According to South Korean newspaper Chosun Biz, Samsung has secured a contract manufacturing order to make NVIDIA's next-gen GPUs. Chosun Biz said that Samsung will make the next-gen GPUs using its 14nm process before the end of the year, based on the Pascal architecture.
This is interesting news for a few different reasons; firstly, NVIDIA shifting to the 14nm node is an interesting move since it seems to have nailed the 16nm node with its GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 graphics cards. Secondly, does this mean Volta has been delayed and we're going to see a 14nm-based Pascal refresh in early/mid-2017?
Radeon drivers are out now for new RX 470 and RX 460 owners. Whether you have the card or not though, there are some other relevant bits in store.
Apart from the new card support, you get a CrossFire profile for Codemasters' F1 2016 (nearly two weeks ahead of launch), plus a variety of issue fixes (most notably for the subpar CrossFire performance in DOTA 2 and low framerate or stutter in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood on the RX 480).
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NIVDIA is on the eve of launching its mobile GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards, with VideoCardz providing some new details on what the mobile versions of Pascal will deliver.
According to the site, Clevo is already teasing its GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 powered gaming notebooks, which can be configured up to the desktop Core i7-6700K processor. Clevo's new P870DM3-G gaming laptop will arrive with a 17.3-inch display that can be optioned as a 1080p or 4K panel, both with NVIDIA G-Sync technology. There will be support for up to 64GB RAM, but we're all here to know how fast the mobile GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 is, right?
We know that the mobile GeForce GTX 1070 will feature more CUDA cores than its desktop counterpart, as they would be trying to reach the same performance in a notebook, as we have on a desktop. This would be an interesting move, as it means NVIDIA is not cutting down the GTX 1070, but beefing it up in CUDA cores. As for the VRAM, we're expecting the full 8GB of GDDR5 clocked at 8GHz, with a 256-bit memory bus and 256GB/sec memory bandwidth - not too damn bad for a gaming notebook, huh?
NVIDIA is preparing some pretty delicious mobile GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, and according to the latest rumors it could offer similar performance to the desktop GeForce GTX 1070, and nearly as fast as the desktop GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
This means the upcoming mobile GTX 1070 would be faster than the current GTX 980 that's for notebooks, but to be nearly as fast as the desktop GTX 980 Ti, which is considerably faster than the GTX 980? Impressive stuff. The report has the GPU clock on the mobile GeForce GTX 1070 reaching 1822MHz, while the typical boost sits at 1645MHz.
We should hear more information on the mobile GeForce GTX 10 series soon, but if this rumor turns out to be true, we could be in for some seriously fast gaming notebooks that could also be thinner and more power efficient.
AMD has officially launched its new Radeon RX 470, the second graphics card powered by the new Polaris architecture and made on the 14nm FinFET process. AMD's new Radeon RX 470 starts at $179 and is capable of 1080p 60FPS gaming on a 120W TDP. I have received a few Radeon RX 470 models, with the SAPPHIRE Nitro RX 470 4GB review going up very soon - but I thought I'd brief you on what to expect from the new $179 graphics card from AMD.
Inside, we have 2048 stream processors with up to 4.9 TFLOPs of performance and 32 compute units, this is joined by 4GB or 8GB of GDDR5 RAM at up to 7Gbps on a 256-bit memory bus, providing 211GB/sec memory bandwidth.
The Polaris architecture is about as future-proof as you can get, including DisplayPort 1.4 which supports up to 8K 30Hz displays as well as 4K 120Hz which isn't far away. HDMI 2.0 is finally here, after the Fiji architecture being let down without 4K 60FPS support through HDMI 1.4 at the time. We also have HDR display, which will allow High Dynamic Range monitors to provide Polaris-based graphics cards like the Radeon RX 470 with an experience that really is like no other. The Radeon RX 470 has FreeSync support, with over 80 monitors powered by FreeSync now on the market.
My review of NVIDIA's new Titan X graphics card will be up in the next couple of hours, and it's completely glowing - due to the fact that the Pascal-based $1200 graphics card has amazing performance.
But, I like the push the boundaries of everything that I test, so I set up my triple 4K monitor rig and cranked the resolution up to 11,520 x 2160 and tested out the new Titan X to see if it would have the same ~20% or so performance benefit over the GP104-based GeForce GTX 1080. Well, I was wrong - it's faster than that, with a huge 51.4% lead in Heaven so far.
I'm currently testing a few other games at 11,520 x 2160 and will write a full article up once it's done - but for now, a 51.4% increase in Heaven at this mammoth resolution is making me weak at the knees.
NVIDIA's new Titan X was launched in the last few hours, and while it's priced at a wallet-busting $1200 - it has already sold out on NVIDIA's website.
NVIDIA's GeForce.com website is the only place in the world where you can buy the Titan X graphics card on its own, and I've just checked the site to get some detailed specifications for my own review (which is coming as fast as my fingers can type) - and it is listed as "Out of stock".
The new Titan X is a monster of a graphics card, with 12GB of GDDR5X (up from the 8GB on the GTX 1080) and a nice bump in performance over the impressive GTX 1080. We'll have some content on it flowing in the next few days, but considering they're already sold out - I'm blown away with the response so far.