After our world exclusive first look of MSI's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z at Computex 2017 in late-May, MSI has finally detailed its upcoming custom GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z graphics card.
We are looking at amazing piece of engineering and craftsmanship, with the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z rocking a massive 8+8+8 pin PCIe power connector set up for the serious overclockers. MSI has used their new and improved Tri-Frozr cooling technology, that packs 2 x 10cm and 1 x 9cm TORX 2.0 fans. This combines the best of both worlds with a traditional fan blade and dispersion fan blade, that provides great cooling but it won't be loud.
As for clocks, MSI is conservative by saying the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z will have three GPU clocks:
- 1721MHz / 1607MHz / 11124MHz (Lightning Mode)
- 1695MHz / 1582MHz / 11124MHz (Gaming Mode)
- 1582MHz / 1480MHz / 11016MHz (Silent Mode)
AMD is poised to unleash its next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in the consumer market in early August, but now we're hearing some more news on what the AIB partners will be doing.
The new rumors point to AIB partners shipping custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in early August, with AMD set to launch at least two RX Vega graphics cards at first. We should expect a high-end Vega 10 XT part which should compete against the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and possibly the TITAN Xp, while the cut down Vega 10 Pro will compete against the GTX 1080 and new GTX 1080 with 11Gbps GDDR5X.
There's not much else to report on about the Radeon RX Vega just yet, but I do have some stories that I'll be writing over the next few days that will be world exclusive pieces. Radeon RX Vega is coming soon, and the ramp up towards it over the next 6 weeks is going to be an amazing journey.
GIGABYTE is preparing its own GeForce GTX 1080 Ti beast, with the upcoming GTX 1080 Ti WaterForce Xtreme Edition, with a fully custom PCB, and custom AIO watercooling.
VideoCardz has the report, which shows us it should have VR Link, and a huge four years of warranty. GIGABYTE's purported GeForce GTX 1080 Ti WaterForce Xtreme Edition could be one of the most premium GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards released, and you can be sure we'll have hands-on with one as soon as we can.
Sony is pretty happy with the performance and sales of its PlayStation VR, so much so that they don't have any plans to make a next-gen PSVR headset.
Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida said during an interview at E3 2017 with Jagat Play that the PSVR was made, and is perfectly optimized for the PS4 - so there's no plans for a next-gen PSVR 2.0 headset just yet. But during Computex 2017, I met with someone who had some news on PS5 and said that it would have a discrete GPU... so maybe the PS5 will see the release of the PSVR 2.0 headset.
AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards have been spotted on both Scan UK and Sabre PC websites, in both the air-cooled and liquid cooled versions. Both of the cards have identical specifications, including the super-awesome 16GB of HBM2.
Both the Radeon Vega Frontier AIR and Radeon Vega Frontier LIQUID have 16GB of HBM2, 13.1 TFLOPS of FP32 compute performance, and its Vega GPU clocked at 1600MHz. Both of them rock the new Vega 10 GPU, and have 3 x DP and 1 x HDMI for display connectivity.
As for the pricing, it looks like AMD will have the Radeon Vega Frontier AIR at $1199 while the Radeon Vega Frontier LIQUID will cost $1799... a little crazy, but these are next-gen cards. So now... the speculation begins on pricing of the Radeon RX Vega for consumers. Anything higher than $699 and it's DOA if it can't beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but if we see a dual GPU version of the card - my expectations of $1199 are blown out of the water if Radeon Vega Frontier AIR is $1199. Interesting. Another interesting note, is that AMD says Radeon Frontier Vega comes with "16GB HBC" and not "16GB HBM2". Hmm.
Globalfoundries has announced that it will have its next-gen 7nm FinFET technology begin hitting the production line in 1H 2018, providing up to 40% more performance to 7nm-based products, and more.
The company said that its new 7nm FinFET design kits are available right now, with "volume production" expected in 2H 2018, an exciting next 12 months ahead of us. The step down to 7nm will provide improvements at the transistor and process levels, with the 7LP tech beating expectations for performance, with over 40% more processing power and twice the area scaling than the current-gen 14nm FinFET node.
Globalfoundries is taking design orders from customers for its 7nm technology, in Saratoga County, N.Y. Senior VP of Globalfoundries, Gregg Bartlett, explains: "Our 7nm FinFET technology development is on track and we are seeing strong customer traction, with multiple product tapeouts planned in the next twelve months. And, while driving to commercialize 7-nm in 2018, we are actively developing next-generation technologies at 5-nm and beyond to ensure our customers have access to a world-class roadmap at the leading edge".
Now, this has quite a lot to do with AMD's next-gen Navi GPU architecture, as they will be tapping Globalfoundries' new 7nm node - and with the manufacturing giant saying that their 7LP technology is "exceeding initial performance targets and is expected to deliver greater than 40 percent more processing power" over the current-gen 14nm process, we should expect quite a lot from Navi.
Navi is posed for a 2H 2018 release, and depending on how Radeon RX Vega performs, AMD might need it - especially with whatever NVIDIA counter punches Vega with. Although a few comments have been passed through me from my industry sources who have said that Vega "could be very promising", if AMD can take Vega by the hand and perform a perfect 10/10 in front of the judges - you, me, and the rest of the gamers and enthusiasts out there - Navi is going to take things to the stars, hopefully.
NVIDIA is working on some new crypto-focused graphics cards, with a new GP104-100 and GP106-100 cards that will be offered by NVIDIA's AIB partners, with variations. Note: all of these cards do NOT come with display outputs, so they cannot be used as traditional graphics cards - hence the concentration on cryptomining.
GTX 1080 @ $350: 60MH/s mining
The new GP104-100 card will be a GeForce GTX 1080 for all intents and purposes with 8GB of GDDR5X, with higher efficiency and they're fine tuned for the crazy cryptocurrency phase we're going through. They will ship with different GPU clock speeds with the base model hitting 1607/1733MHz for base/boost, respectively, with 8GB of GDDR5X @ 10Gbps on a 256-bit memory bus.
The upcoming GP104-100 card will have the same single 8-pin PCIe connector and TDP @ 180W, with a price of just $350 - compared to the average price of $470 or so for a GTX 1080. The best bit? These GTX 1080 variants will push a huge 60MH/s, up from the 23MH/s or so that my GTX 1080 is pushing in Ethereum mining right now.
NVIDIA has released their new GeForce 382.56 WHQL drivers, which include support for two new game releases: Dirt 4 and Nex Machina, which both drop later this month. Download the new GeForce 382.56 drivers right here.
There are also some fixes for various games and technical issues, with V-Sync issues alongside NVIDIA's Fast Sync being fixed, so now you shouldn't get any nasty tearing from a FPS limit. NVIDIA also notes that GeForce GTX 1060 owners will have no issues running Dirt 4 at 1080p, while GTX 1070 easily runs 1440p, and the GTX 1080 Ti is reserved to hitting 60FPS at 4K. NVIDIA adds that the GTX 1080 can also run Dirt 4 at 4K 60FPS, if you drop MSAA.
Next up is Nex Machina, which requires the same GTX 1060 for 1080p, GTX 1070 for 1440p, and GTX 1080 Ti for 4K. Added to the new GeForce 352.56 WHQL drivers are updated SLI profiles for Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, Little Nightmares, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Transformers Online.
The latest on AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega is that there are indeed 4 different versions, 3 with 8GB of HBM2 and a higher-end model with 16GB of HBM2.
VideoCardz is reporting that the latest Vega GPU engineering samples have varying clock speeds, starting with the first RX Vega with 8GB of HBM2 having a GPU clock of 1000MHz, an unknown HBM2 clocks. The second model has its Vega CPU clocked at 1.2GHz and its 8GB of HBM2 @ 700MHz, while the highest end 8GB model has its Vega GPU @ 1.5GHz and its 8GB of HBM2 at 925MHz. I think this one will be the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti competitor, while the 8GB @ 700MHz model will be the GTX 1080 11Gbps competitor, while the 8GB @ unknown will be the GTX 1070/1080 competitor.
But it's the 6861:00 card and its 16GB of HBM2 that has me intrigued, with the mysterious piece of technology having its Vega GPU @ 1GHz, while its 16GB of HBM2 are clocked at 700MHz. If I'm right and the 8GB HBM2 @ 700MHz model is the GTX 1080/1080 11Gbps competitor, a dual-GPU with 16GB of HBM2 and both of those cards clocked at 1.2GHz on the GPU and 700MHz on each 8GB cluster of HBM2, we could be in for a very wild ride.
PCI-SIG, the organization that defines the PCIe standard and its specifications with 730+ members across the world in the biggest countries on Earth including Qualcomm, NVIDIA, AMD, Dell, Intel, and many others - has announced the specifications for the PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 5.0 standards.
PCI Express 4.0 is expected to hit 16GT/s, with all of its features locked in, and rocking new performance enhancements over current PCIe 3.0, and will be positioned for the storage market, and cloud computing systems. PCIe 4.0 is capable of determining just how close to "the edge" each lane is operating at, all in real-time with PCIe 4.0's new Lane Margining at the Receiver feature. There are multiple companies already committed to PCIe 4.0, with "major vendors" offering 16GT/s controllers.
This new high-end interconnect technology isn't something we'll see on consumer motherboards anytime soon, even with Intel's newly gimped X299 chipset, or even AMD's beastly ThreadRipper-capable X399 chipset and its 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes. It's an underlined fact for the PCIe 5.0 standard which rocks 32GT/s of bandwidth, and is squarely aimed at the top of the IT market.