In the quest for GPU dominance, we'll see both NVIDIA and AMD shifting away from increasingly larger GPU dies, to many smaller GPU dies. NVIDIA has recently talked about building a MCM package (Multi-Chip-Module package) that is a collection of chips (GPU/CPU/memory/controllers) onto the same chip interposer (similar to GPU/HBM on the interposer of Fiji/Fury X and Vega/RX Vega) that are interconnected through ridiculously fast I/O lanes.
This has already been done, but not on the consumer side of NVIDIA's GeForce graphics cards. AMD is ahead of the game here, as they're using their next-gen Infinity Fabric link between EPYC CPU dies, with 8 cores per die that are interconnected through Infinity Fabric. AMD will be using this same method for their next-gen Navi GPU architecture, which should debut sometime later this year or in 2018.
NVIDIA is proposing that their MCM design might be very different to the traditional design of massive GPU and a couple of DRAM dies on the package, changing it over to MCM and using smaller versions of their GPUs - but just many more of them, as well as much more DRAM dies. The GPU and DRAM dies would be connected through I/O and the controller chipset on-die, versus on-chip.
With the Ethereum mining boom exploding and creating a black hole for all Radeon RX 470/480 and RX 570/580 graphics cards, AMD has a massive inventory of Radeon RX 460 graphics cards that the company will be upgrading to the purported Radeon RX 560D.
The news is coming from MyDrivers, which is reporting that the Radeon RX 560D will have 896 stream processors, meaning the RX 560D is a simple rebrand of the RX 460. MyDrivers says that the new Radeon RX 560D will use up to 50% less power than the RX 560, which could make it perfect for mining. If you had 6 x RX 560Ds per machine and had many of those machines... well... that could be a cheap little power efficient beast for ETH mining.
NVIDIA has made quite the strange move overnight, where the company has enabled DX12 support for their older Fermi GPU architecture, enabling DX12 for the GeForce GTX 400 and GTX 500 series graphics cards.
If you've got an older GTX 400 or GTX 500 series card, you'll need their latest GeForce 384.76 drivers, which will enable DX12 support. WCCFTech re-benchmarked their older GeForce GTX 580 with DX12 and thrown it into 3DMark and Battlefield 1, but there is a performance drop with DX12 enabled in BF1. WCCFTech's benchmarks show BF1 hitting 43FPS average or so with the High preset @ 1080p, while the GTX 580 with DX12 enabled drops to just 34FPS average.
Still, DX12 enabled on Fermi is an interesting move for NVIDIA... very interesting.
I'm sure that most of you how just how addicted I am to technology, so when I find a YouTuber streaming 8K gaming at 60FPS, it begins to have weird effects on my body.
YouTuber 'ThirtyIR' runs an absolute beast of a gaming PC, powered by Dell's new UP3218K display with its native 8K resolution - a huge 7680x4320, the only 8K monitor on the market. Inside, ThirtyIR runs a huge 4 x TITAN Xp graphics cards, all powered by an Intel Core i7-6950X processor, ASUS Rampage V Extreme, and 64GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR-3200 RAM. It's all run with a Corsair AX1500i PSU, plenty of power to handle the 4-way GPUs.
His latest stream was of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, running it at 8K on his 4-way TITAN Xp graphics cards, and it looked beautiful. You can playback 8K content on YouTube, which takes a damn lot of CPU horsepower to run on Opera and Chrome, but Microsoft's own Edge browser in Windows 10 has better GPU scaling in the browser, making it a useful switch - at least for when you're watching 8K video on YouTube
AMD has finally confirmed it will be indeed launching Radeon RX Vega at SIGGRAPH 2017, which takes place in LA between July 30 and August 3. I will be on the ground at SIGGRAPH, covering the event itself, and everything AMD will be announcing - including Radeon RX Vega - at the show.
The official Radeon Twitter account tweeted: "We can't wait to announce our new Vega products, including RX at this year's #SIGGRAPH - make sure to follow us for more details". Boom. Radeon RX Vega confirmed for an early August reveal, but I'm confident we'll hear much more from AMD between then and now, and I'm sure some NDAs will be thrown onto the table, too.
AMD launched its new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition recently, with some so-so gaming performance that rivals a GeForce GTX 1070, but even some of the largest people in the tech industry - including influential tech YouTubers, are comparing its gaming performance against gaming-focused cards. It's not a gaming-orientated card, but a professional card that can game if the owner wants to, instead of switching between graphics cards for professional, and then personal/gaming use.
Radeon RX Vega will be tuned for gaming, so expect improved gaming performance over the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. We'll know more about it soon, and I'm sure with the amount of content you see me writing every day - you can count on the latest on Radeon RX Vega as it happens here at TweakTown.
Now that AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is out in the wild, a few people in the industry have their grubby mits on the card - with our friends over at PC Perspective doing a massive live benchmarking session on AMD's new professional grade card.
PCPer stripped down the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card, and now we know the die/package sizes of the card featuring HBM2. Vega 10 is a much bigger card GPU than GP102, which has a die size of 471mm2. GP102 is a more power efficient card, and performs better as well.
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition die/package sizes:
- Die size: 27.85mm x 20.25mm
- Area: 564mm2
- Package size: 47.3mm x 47.3mm
- Area: 2,237mm2
AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards are slowly getting into consumers' hands, with one user showing us everything: the box, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition itself in the beyond gorgeous blue/yellow design, and some very early benchmarks.
WCCFTech commentor 'Klaudius' has the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition card, running it on his Core i7-4790K processor, ASUS Maximus VII Impact motherboard, 16GB DDR3, and Samsung 850 EVO SSD with Windows 10 installed. He installed the new Radeon Vega Frontier optimized drivers from AMD, which allow Radeon Vega Frontier owners to switch between Pro and Gaming Modes.
Benchmarks were run, with 3DMark Performance/Extreme/Ultra benchmarks run. The new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition loses to the GTX 1080 overclocked, with a 4K benchmark score in 3DMark FireStrike Ultra of 5216 - compared to around 5000 that the GTX 1080 is capable of. This is at 4K, where HBM2 and HBCC should shine, but I'm sure AMD are still weeks away from final release drivers which should have plenty of optimizations included.
I would wait for polished drivers from AMD before we put final judgement on the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, and while I say that I'm still trying to get my hands-on one, anywhere.
SAPPHIRE has announced its new cryptocurrency mining specific GPUs, which are coming in a new 'Mining Edition' set of cards with both 4GB and 8GB versions of AMD's Radeon RX 400 and 500 series cards. Ethereum mining is blowing up right now, and I have been all over it building a 41 GPU setup on 10 systems mining 1GH/s.
SAPPHIRE has announced 5 new Mining Edition cards, with British pound pricing from pre-orders on OverclockersUK:
- Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 8GB (Samsung)-£300 ($385)
- Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 8GB-£290 ($372)
- Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 4GB (Samsung)-£260 ($333)
- Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 4GB-£249 ($319)
- Sapphire Radeon RX 560 Mining Edition 4GB-£170 ($218)
All of the Radeon RX 470 versions of SAPPHIRE's new Mining Edition cards don't have any display outputs, but the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 560 Mining Edition 4GB does feature 1 x DVI port. SAPPHIRE is offering two of its Mining Edition cards with Samsung-made GDDR5 with options for either 4GB or 8GB with Samsung DRAM.
On the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition with 8GB of Samsung GDDR5, you should be mining Ethereum at 25-28MH/s versus 24-27MH/s on the Elpida chips. I'm sure you could also manually overclock the GDDR5 on the cards as well, on top of dropping the power draw and GPU clocks for optimum mining.
SAPPHIRE provides a 1-year warranty on the Mining Edition cards, which is something I'd point to the Furmark level stress on the card 24/7. Another thing to consider is that with no display outputs, these cards are useful only for mining. So the second hand market will be next to nothing on used mining cards, compared to graphics cards that can be used for both, and include much longer warranty than 1-year.
AMD has been going on a Vega rampage recently, and while there are no Vega-based graphics cards in anyone's hands just yet, we're hearing about yet another Vega-based graphics card: the Radeon Pro WX 9100.
The new Radeon Pro WX 9100 was reported on by VideoCardz, with 4096 stream processors, 16GB of HBM2 on a 2048-bit memory bus. The new WX 9100 card will feature a Vega GPU, and will surely be one of the fastest graphics cards on the market, succeeding the Polaris 10-based Radeon Pro WX 7100. The new Radeon Pro WX 9100 and its 4096 stream processors would be 1792 cores more than the WX 7100, making it quite the beast. Not only that, but the Radeon Pro WX 9100 will utilize HBM2, compared to the GDDR5 on the WX 7100.
With the release of the new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, it looks like AMD will be aiming the Vega Frontier Edition at game developers (including Gaming Mode) and the new Radeon Pro WX 9100 at professionals in the design and manufacturing industries.
AMD has launched its new Radeon Vega Frontier graphics cards in paper launch fashion with no samples going out to any media, not just outlets like TweakTown, but did you know it has something called 'Gaming Mode'?! Neither did we.
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition rocks Gaming Mode for those times between your professional and gaming lives, where you want to squeeze in some Prey, DOOM, or Battlegrounds goodness. Content creators can switch to "gaming mode" in Radeon Settings, which will change the card from "Radeon Pro Mode" into "Gaming Mode".