AMD has said previously that it will be launching its next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in Q2 2017, with just over 6 weeks to go - we're cutting it close. AMD has said that it will be unveiling new information on its next-gen GPU architecture, and not just Vega - but Navi, which is destined for 2018/2019.
RTG boss Raja Koduri and Computing & Graphics boss Jim Anderson will join AMD CEO Lisa Su on stage at AMD's HQ in Sunnyvale to talk about the company's long-term vision, including Vega, Navi, and even Zen+.
As for what to expect on May 16, we should receive a few more details on Vega - but this isn't a launch, so we might just receive another few drips of info. We might see a revised GPU roadmap for Navi, with a tease of the 'next-gen' memory that AMD will be using on it, while Zen+ could be better detailed now that Ryzen is finally here.
MSI is continuing to add to its roster of custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards with the announcement of the GTX 1080 Ti Sea Hawk EK X, the first custom GTX 1080 Ti with a full-cover water block.
MSI's upcoming GTX 1080 Ti Sea Hawk EK X features a custom PCB, 8+2-phase power design, and 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors.
EK Water Blocks designed the water block, which features a gorgeous MSI dragon and logo, as well as NVIDIA's now-required GeForce GTX logo on the front. There's also a nickel-plated base cover on the GPU, memory, and VRMs.
As for the clock speeds, we're looking at the same overclocks as the Gaming X and Sea Hawk X cards - 1569/1683MHz for base/boost, respectively - while the 11GB of GDDR5X is clocked up to 11120MHz, an increase of 1%.
Manli has just unveiled their first custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, with the new GTX 1080 Ti Gallardo graphics card - with Gallardo in Italian meaning "elegant" and "bravery".
From the get go, Manli provides an interesting box for their GTX 1080 Ti Gallardo with gold and silver elements that match the "elegant" and "bravery" side of the card. The card itself features a slight overclock on the GPU, with clocks of 1531/1645MHz for GPU base/boost, respectively.
Manli has used a triple-fan cooling solution on their GTX 1080 Ti Gallardo, and from the images, it looks quite long, too.
AMD is preparing Radeon gamers for Prey with the release of the new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.5.1 beta drivers, which even include some performance optimizations for the just-released Radeon RX 580 graphics card.
The new drivers feature a decent 4.7% performance boost for the RX 580 in Prey, but they also provide multi-GPU support for CrossFire owners who want to see additional performance from their RX 580 CF rig. There are the usual bug fixes and improvements in these new drivers as well, and AMD has also patched their auto updater so it no longer fails.
You can grab the new 17.5.1 drivers right here.
Colorful has one of the most interesting, and what will surely be one of the best GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards on its hands with the iGame GTX1080Ti Vulcan X OC.
The iGame GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC has GPU clocks of 1620/1733MHz, and the usual 11GB of GDDR5X at stock 11Gbps on the 352-bit memory bus. Colorful deploys its impressive ROG-like SWORIZER cooler, but it's the inclusion of the built-in iGame Status Monitor, the LCD display, that has us excited.
Owners of the Colorful iGame GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC will be able to see their GPU clocks and temps, as well as the fan speed and memory used on the LCD display - as well as a load level indicator.
There was a new Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) update for Linux pushed out yesterday, with AMD sliding in some major Vega feature support into the open source OS.
We now know that AMD have some interesting things planned for Vega, including GPU sensors, partial resident textures, network visualization, non-contiguous VRAM mapping, and more. But it's the internal specs of Vega 10 that we're all here for, so without getting your excitement meter up too much - please, take some of this salt and throw it over your shoulder.
Vega 10 will supposedly rock 64 next-gen compute units, each with 64 GCN stream processors - with a total of 4096 next-gen GCN stream processors in 4 divisions, each with a single shader engine. Every 1024 stream processor shader engine has two Asynchronous Compute Units, one render back end and 4 texture blocks.
Inside of each texture block are 16 texture mapping units, providing a total of 256 TMUs - while Vega 10 has the ability of supporting 8 independent work threads simultaneously. With Vega 10 clocked at 1.5GHz, we could expect a monstrous 12.5 TFLOPs of FP32 compute performance, and the high-speed 8GB of HBM2 with what I think will be the start of the show in High Bandwidth Cache (HBC), AMD could have one of the fastest graphics cards on the market with its Radeon RX Vega.
We've been hearing more and more about AMD's first truly next-gen GPU architecture in years, Vega - but now the company is getting official in PR statements for the Q1 2017 results.
In AMD's recent Q1 2017 highlights release, the company said: "AMD's "Vega" GPU architecture is on track to launch in Q2, and has been designed from scratch to address the most data- and visually-intensive next-generation workloads with key architecture advancements including: a differentiated memory subsystem, next-generation geometry pipeline, new compute engine, and a new pixel engine".
Exciting stuff, that's for sure. I'm sure we're going to see something unveiled just before, or during Computex - with a physical launch in the weeks after, sometime in late June.
In order to playback 4K content on Netflix, you need a few things: Windows 10, an Intel Kaby Lake-based CPU, and you have to use Microsoft's oh-so-meh Edge browser. If you don't, Netflix will load up to 1080p and that's it.
But, things are changing - slowly, and in not such a good way with NVIDIA preparing Netflix 4K support in the near future. In order for the Netflix 4K content support, you'll need:
- NVIDIA Driver version exclusively provided via Microsoft Windows Insider Program (currently 381.74).
- NVIDIA Pascal based GPU, GeForce GTX 1050 or greater with minimum 3GB memory
- HDCP 2.2 capable monitor(s). Please see the additional section below if you are using multiple monitors and/or multiple GPUs.
- Microsoft Edge browser or Netflix app from the Windows Store
- 25Mbps (or faster) internet connection.
NVIDIA seems to be providing very access to Netflix 4K content, as there are some large caveats right now: you need a GTX 10 series card with over 3GB of RAM, and now you can use the Netflix app from the Windows Store (instead of requiring Edge only), and you won't be able to use SLI at all.
It's not just SLI users that get the elbow, but multi-monitor users on a single GPU or multi-GPU system where the GPUs will need to not be linked together (SLI), for 4K content to flow. Secondly, all of the active monitors need to be HDCP 2.2 compliant, and if they're not (or even one of them isn't) then the Netflix quality will be locked to 1080p.
This shift is showing NVIDIA is committed to 4K content, and has officially shown AMD up with their new Radeon RX 500 series which can't run Netflix content in 4K... for now. Let's hope Vega gets some built-in Netflix 4K love.
Things aren't looking good for AMD with all of these lukewarm rumors on Radeon RX Vega, with the latest purported results of the HBM2-based graphics card barely edging out NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070 in 3DMark TimeSpy.
The leaked result on Radeon RX Vega was powered by AMD's own Ryzen 7 1800X processor, with the system scoring 5950. If we compare this to our results, the GTX 1070 scores 5703, while the GTX 1080 pushes 6709, and the GTX 1080 Ti leaps ahead with 8312.
AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega seems to have its GPU clocked at 1GHz base, and 1.2GHz boost - at least in reference form. There's 8GB of HBM2 with 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth, and a TDP of 225W. If these results are true, Vega isn't exactly a GTX 1080 killer, let alone a GTX 1080 Ti killer. But then remember that AMD could be under delivering with performance right now, and things will change with tuned drivers and final hardware.
We're beginning to hear more on AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics card, with the TechPowerUp GPU database being updated, and the upcoming Radeon RX Vega is now listed with 'relative performance' results at 1080p against various graphics cards.
TPU's relative performance chart shows the RX Vega being 5% slower than NVIDIA's stock GeForce GTX 1080, and 27% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti, at 1080p. Radeon RX Vega beats the Radeon R9 Fury X by 31%, and is just 11% faster than the GTX 1070 at 1080p. These results should be taken with massive handfuls of salt, and real-world testing will need to happen to ensure we're not being fooled.
The listing shows that AMD has 8GB of HBM2 on a 2048-bit memory bus, with the Vega GPU clocked at 1GHz stock, while it can be boosted up to 1.2GHz in reference form. The 8GB of HBM2 is clocked at 1GHz, and shouldn't be confused with the 11GHz+ on the GDDR5X on the new GTX 1080 11Gbps and GTX 1080 Ti cards because they use GDDR5X compared to the HBM2 tech on AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega.