NVIDIA is reportedly preparing two more mid-range graphics cards, with the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti reportedly on their way, with the GTX 1050 rocking 2GB of RAM while the GTX 1050 Ti will run 4GB of VRAM.
The new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will reportedly rock 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, and 32 ROPs - while the GTX 1050 has less of each, with 640 CUDA cores, 40 TMUs and as for the ROP count, we don't know that just yet. We do know that the GTX 1050 Ti will have 4GB of VRAM while the GTX 1050 has 2GB of VRAM, both on a 128-bit memory bus and a 75W TDP.
The rumors on NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 will have them announced and launched next month.
Following the release of NVIDIA's new GeForce 372.90 drivers tuned for Forza Horizon 3, AMD has released their new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2 drivers that also have support for Forza Horizon 3.
There are a bunch of fixed issues as well, as well as known issues that AMD are aware of. The new RSCE 16.9.2 drivers fix a "small amount of corruption" in the lower right hand corner of the display on Radeon HD 7000 series cards in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and some stuttering issues with CrossFire mode in DX11 in Mankind Divided.
Here's the full list of fixed issues on RSCE 16.9.2, which you can grab here:
We've just heard some juicy details on AMD's next-gen Vega 10 and Vega 20 graphics cards - with 16GB of HBM2 and 32GB of HBM2, respectively. But it's the news on Navi that has me even more excited, and simultaneously disappointed.
VideoCardz.com's source says that Navi 10 and Navi 11 are "currently planned for 2019", meaning that AMD has delayed Navi by 12 months from its original 2018 release, and now into 2019. We haven't confirmed this yet, but I've sent some emails and will update this post when we hear back from someone at AMD.
We just reported on the first details of AMD's next-gen Vega 10 graphics card, but it seems as though that's the mid-range model, while the higher-end Vega 20 is shaping up to be a damn monster.
AMD's upcoming Vega 20 graphics card will feature 32GB of HBM2 memory with 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth, up from the 16GB of HBM2 with 512GB/sec bandwidth offered on Vega 10. Not only that, but the Vega 20 chip will reportedly support the upcoming PCI-Express 4.0 standard.
As Batman said in Batman v Superman: "well... here I am", and now here we are with details on Vega, teasing us by saying "well... here I am", with the same sly smile Batman had when he first talked to Superman.
Vega 10 will arrive in Q1 2017, with a reported 16GB of HBM2 and 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth. Power wise, the Vega 10-based card should see a 225W TDP, while the dual-GPU based on the Vega architecture will be released in Q2 2017, with a purported TDP of around 300W.
We all know NVIDIA is preparing a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but we don't know when the company will announce, or release it. New rumors have emerged, from an enthusiast who spotted the specifications of the GTX 1080 Ti on NVIDIA's own website.
NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti's leaked specifications teased the GP102 GPU, the same chip that powers the new Titan X, with 3328 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. The big thing to note here is that the purported GTX 1080 Ti wouldn't be using the faster GDDR5X that the new Titan X and GTX 1080 use, but it'll rock the 384-bit memory bus that the Titan X uses.
Equipped with the 384-bit memory bus, the purported GTX 1080 Ti would have 384GB/sec of memory bandwidth - sitting in between the Titan X and its 480GB/sec, and the GTX 1080 with its 320GB/sec - the GTX 1080 uses a 256-bit memory bus, while the Titan X uses a 384-bit memory bus. The GPU would be clocked at 1503/1623MHz for base and boost clocks, respectively - with a 250W TDP.
Now, for the price - this isn't confirmed and just an estimate from me, but I think we'll see it priced at $899. At this price, it's $200 more than the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, and it's $300 cheaper than the Titan X. It puts it right in the middle, and it should be cheaper thanks to its use of GDDR5 over GDDR5X - which will save costs for NVIDIA, but the 384-bit memory bus puts it closer to Titan X performance territory, and that's something NVIDIA has to tack onto the end of the price.
Can you believe it has been an entire year since AMD announced it was forming Radeon Technologies Group, a newly-focused team that had a hungry new thirst for the GPU market.
AMD formed the Radeon Technologies Group with a bang late last year in Sonoma, California, where it announced the new Polaris architecture and a tease of a new card that was capable of 1080p 60FPS using less than 100W of power. In that time, AMD has launched the exciting new Radeon RX 480 and landing new semi-custom designs with Microsoft and Sony for the Xbox One S that just launched, the new PS4 Pro coming soon, and the upcoming 4K-capable Xbox Scorpio console in 2017.
Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri (which on a personal note, I'm going to add is a super chill guy in real life who I've enjoyed a few ice creams with in the last 12 months after our random 3am icecream with the RTG guys and girls at CES earlier this year in the freezing night of Las Vegas) said: "We managed to bring the focus back to graphics and turned around the erosion that happened over the last few years".
MSI is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the announcement of an exclusive limited edition graphics card, featuring a unique custom-designed EK waterblock and the GeForce GTX 1080 at its core.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 30th Anniversary graphics card features an exclusive closed loop liquid cooler from EK Water Blocks, with the newly designed EK-XLC Predator 120 All-In-On, with EK Water Blocks' R&D boss Niko Tivar explaining: "EK Water Blocks is very proud to be part of MSI 30 th Anniversary celebration and exclusively for this project, we engineered and designed EK-XLC Predator 120 All-In-On liquid cooler, that is not available anywhere else".
As you can expect, MSI has tweaked the GTX 1080 Anniversary graphics card, with the GPU clocked at 1721/1860MHz for base/boost clocks, respectively. The same 8GB of GDDR5X is found on the card, and cooled by the full cover EK Predator liquid cooler.
The style of the card definitely makes an impression, and the cooler looks like quite unique. We have a sample on the way, so expect a closer look at it in the very near future.
NVIDIA is positioning themselves for a huge show at CES 2017, teasing that it will have major announcements on gaming and VR products, as well as the usual development updates in AI and autonomous car technology.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang will be on stage for a keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, with NVIDIA teasing: "When Huang takes the stage, you can be sure he'll break news in some of the areas we're focused on: artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, virtual reality, and gaming".
What could NVIDIA unveil? We could expect a big reveal of their next-gen Volta architecture, but I think this is something we'll see at NVIDIA's own GPU Technology Conference later a few months after CES 2017, but what about VR and gaming? NVIDIA could unveil the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a new Shield, or the Shield VR - which I've been saying for years that NVIDIA is working on a Shield-branded VR headset.
Samsung has been using various Qualcomm processors in its Galaxy-branded smartphones over the years, slowly shifting its reliance to the Exynos processor, a chip that Samsung created, and manufactures itself.
There are now reports surfacing from SamMobile that tease a possible future where Samsung could be using GPU technology from either AMD or NVIDIA, which could make for an interesting upcoming change in the smartphone industry. NVIDIA has its impressive Pascal architecture on the 16nm FinFET process made by TSMC, but it has also just signed a deal for Samsung to manufacturer its second wave of Pascal GPUs on their 14nm FinFET process.
AMD has launched its new Polaris architecture made on the 14nm FinFET process over at GlobalFoundries, and have just had major semi-contract wins with the new Xbox One S and upcoming Xbox Scorpio consoles from Microsoft, as well as the new PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro consoles for Sony.