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The release of AMD's next-gen Radeon RX 480 isn't too far away, but we have no real performance data on the Polaris-based video card, until now. According to benchmarks on the 3DMark database, the RX 480 has achieved a 3DMark 11 Performance Score of 14,461 - not bad for a card worth $199.
At this performance level, AMD will have no issues with the RX 480 meeting the minimum VR spec, but it'll also handle 1080p and 1440p gaming like a champion. Again, for $199 to $229, depending on whether you want the 4GB or 8GB model. With VR headset sales set to expand over the coming years, AMD is positioning itself incredibly well for consumers. Sure, the GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 kick some serious ass, but not everyone has $400-$699 to spend on a video card - but $199? That's a huge market.
We have Radeon RX 480 samples coming soon, but we can't tell you when our review will be up - but stay tuned to TweakTown for more information on Polaris very soon.
Colorful impressed us so much at Computex 2016 with their range of GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 video cards, but now the company has made their GTX 1070 video cards official, with a few different variants.
The company has launched three GTX 1070 cards, with the iGameGTX1070 X-TOP-8G, followed by the iGameGTX1070 U-TOP-8G (guys, you need to use a space bar...) and of course, the Colorful GTX 1070-8G Founders Edition. All three cards don't vary from the 16nm FinFET-powered Pascal GPU, with its 1920 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR5 clocked at 8GHz on a 256-bit memory bus.
Colorful hasn't provided clock speeds just yet, but we should expect something special from the iGame-branded cards. We do know that both of the cards are based on the i-MSD from Colorful, which is the iGame-Modular Structure Design. The iGame-based cards have a 'new cooling base' and 8+2-phase power, with a newly designed cooling fan which is sure to keep the GP104-powered card nice and cool, even when hitting those huge overclocks.
Computex 2016 - Ugh, there were so many GeForce GTX 1080 cards at Computex 2016, that I literally had a nerd overload. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition is a beautiful card on its own, but the custom design cards are... well... just so freakin' beautiful. We have a small roundup video below that you can check out.
We caught a glimpse of what MSI were showing off, some of the cards from GIGABYTE, as well as the monster GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme Edition from ZOTAC. One of the new members on the block is Colorful, which most of you have probably never heard of. Colorful is a gigantic Chinese video card maker that should be sampling us in the very near future as the first media in the world outside of China to receive a Colorful video card. I even introduced Luke from Linus Tech Tips to Colorful, as I love his work on video (and he's a super-cool guy as well), so expect some major exposure from Colorful in the future.
MSI's cards impressed me, as I have their GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G in the house right now and have been benchmarking it for days. I also have the G1 GAMING edition of GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 1080 which will be benchmarked next week. So expect a flood of GTX 1080 reviews before AMD flings their Polaris-based offerings led by the Radeon RX 480 into the wild later this month.
AMD released new drivers for the just launched Mirror's Edge: Catalyst today, and NVIDIA is hot on their heels.
Apart from preparing you for DICE's parkour game, the GeForce 368.39 set contains optimizations for the GTX 1070 releasing on Friday and Edge of Nowhere performance improvements for you Oculus Rift owners.
Mirror's Edge has seen performance complaints from some early players across the web, so hopefully between the two sets of drivers, the game is now in good shape.
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.