SK Hynix has just teased the world saying that they're pushing out their new GDDR6 RAM, with up to 16Gbps of bandwidth - a massive increase from the already huge 11Gbps available on the GDDR5X that NVIDIA has on its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and its refreshed GTX 1080 with 11Gbps.
In the PR statement, SK Hynix said: "SK Hynix Inc.today introduced the world's fastest 2Znm 8Gb(Gigabit) GDDR6(Graphics DDR6) DRAM. The product operates with an I/O data rate of 16Gbps(Gigabits per second) per pin, which is the industry's fastest. With a forthcoming high-end graphics card of 384-bit I/Os, this DRAM processes up to 768GB(Gigabytes) of graphics data per second. SK Hynix has been planning to mass produce the product for a client to release high-end graphics card by early 2018 equipped with high performance GDDR6 DRAMs".
GDDR6 will be a replacement for GDDR5 and GDDR5X, with SK Hynix "collaborating with a core graphics chipset client to timely mass produce the GDDR6 for the upcoming market demands". I'd say that the core graphics chipset client is NVIDIA, and that their new GDDR6-based graphics cards that I talked about in this report on the purported GeForce GTX 20 series, led by the GTX 2080.
Now, for the tech nuts - you'll notice that SK Hynix has the "world's fastest 2Znm 8Gb(Gigabit)" GDDR6 DRAM, and as you can see on the chart above, we've come a long way in 10 years.
NVIDIA could name the new cards as the GTX 11 series, but I think the large jump in performance will see them replacing the '1' of the GTX 10 series, with '2', and then '3', and so on. This would result in the Volta-based GDDR6/HBM2-based graphics cards as GTX 20 series, then GTX 30 series, and so on. Nothing is confirmed so far, but it would make sense. What do you think NVIDIA will call their new cards?
AMD has launched their new Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards, led by the Radeon RX 580 and RX 570, and now it's time for HIS to unleash their new RX 500 series cards.
HIS leads their new cards with the Radeon RX 580 XTR IceQX2 Roaring Turbo, which is virtually identical to its RX 480-based predecessor - except that the refreshed RX 580 requires even more power. HIS has used a 6+8-pin PCIe power setup, thanks to the Polaris 20 XTR GPU sucking up so much power - something we went over in our review of the SAPPHIRE RX 580 Nitro+ and its high power consumption.
HIS has 4 different Radeon RX 580 graphics cards:
- HIS RX 580 8GB XTR IceQX2 Roaring Turbo (1256/1430MHz)
- HIS RX 580 8GB IceQX2 Turbo (1256/1405MHz)
- HIS RX 580 8GB IceQX2 OC (1256/1366MHz)
- HIS RX 580 4GB IceQX2 OC (1256/1366MHz)
- HIS RX 570 4GB IceQX2 OC (1168/1264MHz)
Out of the 4 different RX 580 models, one of them has 4GB of RAM - and its clocked at 7GHz, compared to 8GHz on the RX 580 8GB models. The one and only RX 570 model has 4GB of GDDR5, also clocked at 7GHz.
The mountain of custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards continues to grow, with GALAX unveiling their GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF - joining their expanding Hall of Fame family of graphics cards.
GALAX provides a fully custom PCB and massive power delivery system with 16+3-phase VRM, but the power requirements are huge: 8+8+8-pin... yes, triple 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Insanity. GALAX will be eyeing down ZOTAC's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition graphics card, which is the best GTX 1080 Ti out so far.
GALAX has opted for a 2.5-slot design with a triple-fan cooler, with its signature white colored PCB and white colored fans.
The PCB on the GALAX GTX 1080 Ti HOF looks amazing, with the 16+3-phase power delivery, while the VRMs are cooled by low profile aluminum heat sinks.
AMD launched its not-so-impressive Radeon RX 500 series with our review on the flagship SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ already up, MSI has launched a RX 500 series offensive, with 15 different graphics cards available.
MSI has 11 different Radeon RX 580s alone, while there are also 4 different RX 570 models. The flagship MSI RX 580 Gaming X Plus rocks a 7.5% overclock on its Polaris 20 XTX GPU at 1441MHz, while the 8GB of GDDR5 is overclocked by 1.3% to 8.1GHz. There's also the non-X version, the MSI RX 580 Gaming Plus which has a 6.8% overclock at 1431MHz, while the 8GB of GDDR5 is at its stock 8GHz frequency.
The rest of the cards roll out with nearly identical Twin Frozr VI coolers, while the RX 580 4GB models have their GDDR5 clocked at 7GHz. The RX 580 8GB and 4GB 'Armor' and 'Armor OC' models include a different style cooler, while the RX 570 repeats the Gaming X range, down to the Armor/Armor OC models.
AMD launched its rebranded Radeon RX 500 series led by the Radeon RX 580, and it is exactly what it didn't need to be - a rebrand of the RX 480, with some slight tweaking. Well, it looks like RX 480 owners can even flash their RX 480 to the RX 580, as it is the same hardware.
TPU forum user 'TonybonJoby' flashed his XFX RX 480, with a BIOS from the SAPPHIRE RX 580 Limited Edition, and even took the new 1411MHz boost clocks. This is huge, and surprising news - as 1411MHz is faster than most overclocks on a Radeon RX 480... yet it's just the BIOS of a RX 580, flashed onto the hardware of the RX 480.
If you've got an RX 480 and have hit OC limitations of 1400MHz or so, then you might want to flash to the RX 580 for some additional OC goodness, or just for fun. Of course, be careful with the process - but if you want to, then you can grab the SAPPHIRE BIOS here from TPU.
There have been countless custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, but nothing with a four-fan cooler like Palit's upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GameRock Premium graphics card.
Palit is calling their new four-fan cooler 'GameRock TurboJET4', with the thermal design and cooler designed for the factory OC on the card. Palit have placed 1594/1708MHz on base/boost GPU clocks, respectively, while leading the 11GB of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps.
GPU temperatures are down by 12C, and up to 6dB quieter during gaming loads compared to traditional coolers.
Palit's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GameRock Premium is 3-slot card with 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors.
NVIDIA is dominating the high-end and enthusiast markets with so many graphics cards that AMD will have trouble fighting them off with Radeon RX Vega, but the GTX 1070, GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti, and TITAN X(P). Oh, and don't forget about the new GTX 1060 9Gbps, GTX 1080 11Gbps, and the new TITAN Xp.
We've reported last October that NVIDIA were preparing their next-gen GeForce GTX 2080 flagship graphics card, with a full GTX 2080 line up expected in 2018. It seems NVIDIA has "changed plans" and will launch a new series of graphics card later this year. Now we have rumors flying at us from MyDrivers, with the Chinese website teasing:
- Pascal lineup is complete now that NVIDIA launched Titan Xp and is about to launch GeForce GTX 1030
- Based on their traditional upgrade cycle we should expect Volta by the end of the year or early 2018, but NVIDIA changed plans
- Market situation in Q1-2017 was bad, graphics and other hardware sales in decline, price war, meager profits, sales not increasing the way they want to (vicious circle)
- According to the latest news, NVIDIA plans to release GeForce 20 series in advance, it is now expected to be released in the third quarter of this year
- GeForce 20 series product prices, market positioning will be replanned
- By launching sooner than expected they will be able to increase prices of single cards and increase profits
Although it's strange, as the rumor states NVIDIA is preparing to launch the GTX 1030 - and until now, we haven't heard a peep about the GTX 1030. The next part tackles what we're all here for; Volta. According to this rumor, NVIDIA has "changed plans" and will launch a Volta-based graphics card this year, instead of the previously reported early 2018 window.
I've been ogling over the Colorful GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and its LCD display on top of the card, with the company making it official and announcing their new GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC graphics card.
The new Colorful iGame GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC features an LCD display that hasn't been detailed yet, but I'm sure that's coming - strange that Colorful would make their new graphics card formal, but don't detail what makes it stand out from the pack. Eh?!
Colorful states that their iGame GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC features the "most advanced cooling on a graphics card for the best overclocking experience", with out of the box GPU boost clocks of 2GHz. Colorful has slapped 3 x 92mm fans and a 6-heat pipe copper plating-equipped cooling system that is up to 20% better than normal air cooling, according to Colorful.
I thought I had covered most of the custom GeForce GTX 1080 11Gbps graphics cards coming out, but there have been a few that have slipped through my otherwise strategic GPU detecting radar.
Enter the brand Kuroutoshikou, from Japan - with their upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 8GB 11Gbps OC Gaming graphics card. Kuroutoshikou clocks their custom GTX 1080 8GB 11Gbps card at 1657/1797MHz for base/boost, respectively. The 11GB of GDDR5X is at its stock 11Gbps on the same 256-bit memory bus, resulting in 352.3GB/sec of memory bandwidth.
Kuroutoshikou uses a dual-fan design, requiring a single 8-pin PCIe power connector and 180W TDP.
AMD is launching their Radeon RX 580 graphics card soon, alongside the RX 570/560/550, with the entire RX 500 series being a rebranded and tweaked RX 400 series. The flagship Radeon RX 580 has already been overclocked, hitting 1.5GHz on the GPU under water.
The overclocked RX 580 in question is from XFX, with it rocking a single 8-pin PCIe connector and stock GPU clocks of 1360MHz. This means the results from this card should line up with the RX 480 clocked at the same GPU speeds, but the thing that concerns me the most is that the XFX Radeon RX 580 needed to be cooled with water cooling to hit 1.5GHz?