After rumors that NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards were imminent, we can now see this as virtually confirmed - as there are now AIB partners with cards in the wild.
GIGABYTE has teased its got 'something for everyone' and that it's 'coming soon...' without teasing too much - we know it's the GTX 1050 Ti. GIGABYTE's purported GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Xtreme should feature a factory overclock and by the looks of things, the same cooling solution found on their GTX 950 graphics card.
ASUS and GIGABYTE branded GTX 1050 Ti cards have been spotted, with the ASUS Expedition GeForce GTX 1050 Ti rocking a dual-fan cooler, with it looking like a more basic ROG style cooler. The new card features 4GB of GDDR5, but ASUS will also reportedly be launching a GTX 1050 Ti Strix card as well, with an overclocked GPU and higher-end cooler. It seems as though the new Expedition series could be the new mainstream products from ASUS, while Strix continues soldiering on as their premium label.
GIGABYTE has been nailing its GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, with my review on their GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming leaving me very impressed, but now they've gone and gotten me interested in their beasty new GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Waterforce WB graphics card. Their new card rocks a fully custom waterblock, which should allow for some serious overclocks.
The new watercooled GTX 1080 from GIGABYTE rocks base and boost GPU clocks of 1759MHz and 1898MHz, respectively - but there is an OC mode as well which bumps the GPU clocks up to 1784MHz and 1936MHz for base and boost, respectively. GIGABYTE has a custom GTX 1080 capable of 2000MHz+ on the GPU, packing a 12+2 phase power design, with GIGABYTE using the same capacitors and chokes that NVIDIA used on its new Titan X.
It's a great looking card as well, with GIGABYTE outfitting it with LEDs that will look great once water is pumping at the top of it, and 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors.
A few months ago some of my industry sources said that AMD were working on making its Polaris GPU more efficient, with some magic found in the PCB and power delivery systems - something that was broken when AMD launched the card, with Radeon RX 480s using more power than they should have.
AMD is supposedly tweaking their latest revisions to Polaris 10 and Polaris 11, with over 50% more performance per watt, which would really help the Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 470 stand out more than they do now.
We recently tested AMD's Radeon RX 480 in Gears of War 4 running on DX12 at a crazy 8K (7860 x 4320) resolution, and it still offers half the performance of the Titan X which costs $1199, while the RX 480 sits at $279. The Titan X is 91% more powerful, but costs 344% more money - this comes down to AMD's excellent DX12 capabilities and efficiency with Asynchronous Compute on the Polaris architecture.
The power savings should be significant, with the 150W TDP on the RX 480 dropping to just 95W, while the RX 460 would drop from 75W to under 50W, as well as improve clock speeds and increase compute performance from 2.1 TFLOPS to 2.5 TFLOPS.
Exclusive: AMD is preparing for a big fight against NVIDIA's purported GeForce GTX 1050 Ti which is expected to be unveiled and released soon, by dropping the price of their mid-range champion graphics card, the Radeon RX 470.
AMD launched the Radeon RX 470 at around $179, but will be dropping the price of the RX 470 by $10, with a fresh new price of $169, according to my industry sources. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti won't match the speed of the Polaris-based Radeon RX 470, which will be 30% faster - and fully VR-ready (with more performance on the Oculus Rift, thanks to the latest updates unveiled from Oculus during their developer conference, Oculus Connect 3 last week).
NVIDIA is expected to price the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at around $149, but it won't match the performance of AMD's Radeon RX 470 - and that's going to be a huge win for AMD in the mid-range market where 1080p monitors are dominant. 1080p 60FPS gaming at $159 with VR-ready goodness, and cheaper FreeSync monitors for AMD Radeon owners is a great thing for the 80% of the market AMD is targeting with Polaris.
It looks like NVIDIA could be preparing quite the cheap graphics card monster in the upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which according to the new leaks, could be an overclocking pro.
NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will reportedly feature 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, and 32ROPs with the GP107 GPU at 1318/1392MHz on the base/boost clocks, respectively. The GTX 1050 Ti should rock 4GB of GDDR5 on a 128-bit memory bus, which will push 112GB/sec memory bandwidth - all for a price of around $149.
There will be custom models available of the GTX 1050 Ti that will feature dual-slot cooling and a 6-pin PCIe power connector, with a 75W TDP. This means AIB partners can customize their cards to not use a PCIe power connector, or ramp the card up for overclocking and provide a 6-pin PCIe power connector for a total of 150W available to the card. This is where we'll see the 1354/1468MHz base/boost clock speeds on custom cards.
There have been leaked 3DMark results, with someone running FireStrike Ultra (4K run).
Here, I have the same 4K run of FireStrike Ultra on various graphics cards for comparison.
I wasn't going to write up anything on the purported GeForce GTX 20 series from NVIDIA expected to be unveiled sometime in 2017, but 3DCenter has posted up some speculation on what we could expect from NVIDIA's hopefully generation leaping GTX 20 series of cards.
The new GeForce GTX 20 series would the 14nm FinFET refresh of the Pascal architecture, led by the GeForce GTX 2080 Ti which would use the refreshed GP102 core with 3384 CUDA cores, and GDDR5X on a 384-bit memory bus. Under that, we'll find the GTX 2080 which would replace the current GTX 1080, and then the GTX 2070 that could be the new price/performance champion.
NVIDIA could use the faster GDDR5X standard on the GeForce GTX 2070, with the faster VRAM exclusive to the current-gen GTX 1080 and Titan X. The use of GDDR5X on the more mid-range GeForce GTX 2070 could be a big win for the price/performance market once again.
Speculated specifications on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 20 series graphics cards:
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 Ti - GP102/3384/384-bit/GDDR5X
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 - GP104/2560/256-bit/GDDR5X
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2070 - GP104/2048/256-bit/GDDR5X
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060 Ti 6GB - GP106/1280/192-bit/GDDR5
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060 6GB - GP106/1024/192-bit/GDDR5
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2050 - GP107/768/128-bit/GDDR5
Speculated price on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 20 series graphics cards:
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 Ti - $799
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 - $499
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2070 - $349
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060 Ti 6GB - $229
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060 6GB - $179
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2050 - $139
We're finally starting to see the performance of NVIDIA's purported GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, with the leaked information teasing that we're to expect GTX 960 like performance, without a PCIe power connector.
NVIDIA is expected to pack its GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. We should see the GP107 GPU clocked at 1318/1380MHz for base/boost, respectively - a 250MHz increase over the GM107 GPU that powers the GeForce GTX 960. The texture fill rate on the GTX 1050 Ti is nearly doubled over the GTX 960, hitting 84 GTexel/s, while 4GB of GDDR5 at 7Gbps will be placed on a 128-bit memory interface providing around 112GB/sec memory bandwidth.
A post on Chiphell teases GTX 960 performance in 3DMark 11, but it'll be the price that determines if the GTX 1050 Ti is a winner. If it's priced at $149, it could be a great card for mid-range gamers, especially with a TDP of just 75W and no PCIe power connector required.
With all of the teases of NVIDIA's upcoming Volta architecture and Pascal 2.0 refresh aiming for 2017, we now have news of Team Red and their upcoming Vega GPU architecture. Our friends at Fudzilla have said that their "well-informed sources have confirmed that Vega 10, AMD's first HBM 2 card will by announced before the end of this year, at least for the professional market".
Now, the professional market launch arriving before the consumer Vega graphics cards makes sense, especially with HBM2 in tow. NVIDIA did the same thing with the Tesla P100 earlier this year, their first Pascal-based graphics card powered by HBM2, except it launched for the professional market first. Consumer graphics cards with HBM2 are still a while away, so expect them sometime in 2017.
AMD's upcoming high-end Vega 10 graphics card would feature 16GB of HBM2, the same type and amount of HBM2 used on NVIDIA's Tesla P100 professional graphics card.
It looks like the launch of AMD's new Polaris GPU architecture is doing wonders for the company, with Wells Fargo's David Wong taking a detailed look at Mercury Research's latest numbers on the discrete GPU market.
After reviewing the data on GPU market share from Mercury Research, Wong noted that AMD has already made significant gains. He said that the data proves AMD is stabilizing, where he said: "According to Mercury Research, AMD's unit share of the discrete GPU market increased from 26.2% in the December 2015 quarter to 29.4% in the March 2016 quarter. AMD's discrete GPU market unit share increased 4.8pp sequentially to 34.2% in the June 2016 quarter".
When it comes to the high-end graphics cards, AMD still isn't competing against NVIDIA yet, at least not with the Polaris architecture. AMD's new Vega architecture is the one that will compete with NVIDIA's enthusiast graphics cards, but won't hit consumers until 2017. Wong added: "Despite having apparently reached a plateau in unit graphics market share some quarters ago, NVIDIA's gaming GPU continued to demonstrate good revenue growth, in the 17-25% year/year range in each of the last 4 quarters (Oct 2015 through July 2016). AMD began to regain unit share in the graphics card market in 1H2016".
If the massive array of Volta GPU architecture leaks weren't enough yesterday, we had teases of the purported Pascal 2.0 refresh coming in 2017, as well as the massively fast graphics cards from NVIDIA sometime in 2018, and beyond - well, now we're hearing more concrete information about the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti... the card everyone has been waiting for.
The new report has NVIDIA releasing the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in January 2017 (most likely at CES 2017 in early January), with very similar specs to the blazingly fast Pascal-based Titan X. NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will reportedly rock most of the same specifications as the Titan X, so we have 12GB of GDDR5X being used at 10Gbps on a 384-bit memory bus that will provide 480GB/sec of memory bandwidth.
NVIDIA's purported GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will have some CUDA cores shaved away, down to 3328 CUDA cores from the 3584 CUDA cores on Titan X. The GP102 GPU used will be clocked at 1503/1623 for Base/Boost clocks, respectively - providing 10.8 TFLOPs of compute performance, all with a 250W TDP. So we're looking at a very close competitor to Titan X, but cheaper.
What about price? I'm expecting NVIDIA to launch the new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at around $899, but I'm expecting them to drop the price of the Titan X by then, as well as the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 to put the squeeze on AMD for when it launches Vega a few months later.