AMD is ready for the latest games with their new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.2 drivers, which include support for Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Civilization VI, Serious Sam VR Early Access and Eagle Flight VR. Grab the new drivers right here.
Not only that, but we have a new CrossFire profile for Civilization VI, fan issues on the Radeon RX 400 series graphics cards have been fixed, updates for the CF profile for BF1 have been provided, and some crashes in Gears of War 4 have been fixed - especially when using high resolution and quality configurations in specific maps. Here's the full changelog for RSCE 16.10.2:
Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.2 Highlights
- Battlefield 1™
- Sid Meier's Civilization® VI
- Titanfall 2™
- Serious Sam™ VR Early Access
- Eagle Flight VR™
NVIDIA is looking to really secure the mid-range graphics card market with the impending release of its GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, priced at $109 and $139, respectively... but AMD isn't taking the mid-range battle sitting down.
AMD is reportedly preparing a most cost effective Polaris 10 GPU that will handle the fight against the GTX 1050 Ti, but with the Radeon RX 470 priced at $179... what will the price of the new card be?
VideoCardz is reporting that AMD is readying a Radeon RX 470D, which will rock 1792 stream processors. The first AIB partner to tease their RX 470D is XFX, with their new RX 470D Black Wolf graphics card, which looks pretty slick. XFX's website teased: "Brand new Polaris graphics Radeon RX470D non-public version, take you into the VR new horizons!"
AMD is reportedly preparing a monster graphics card for 2017, with WCCFTech reporting that the company is working on a $10,000 graphics card - yes, you read that right, a $10K graphics card.
The new $10K graphics card is reportedly called Dracarys, which translates to "dragon fire" in High Valyrian, a language used in HBO's mega-hit TV show 'Game of Thrones'. The new graphics card is reportedly already in prototyping stages and is expected to be unveiled at the Supercomputing 2016 event next month. As for what's inside, it is shaping up to instantly make its mark in history with some beefy specs.
AMD will reportedly have over 1TB of on-board graphics memory, similar to how its high-end professional Radeon Pro SSG works, but Dracarys is "far more integrated" and a lot "closer to the metal" compared to the Radeon Pro SSG. There is 20TFLOPS+ of FP16 performance thanks to the Vega 10 GPU on Dracarys, providing twice the GPU horsepower than the Radeon Pro SSG.
PowerColor's new Devil Box eGPU desktop graphics enclosure is now available, allowing users to supercharge their laptops with full desktop-grade video cards.
The Devil Box is very similar to the Razer Core eGPU in terms of functionality, and is built on AMD's XConnect technology utilizing a zippy 40Mbps Thunderbolt 3 connection. Using the Devil Box, users can hook up a powerful desktop video card to their laptop in order to boost graphics and game performance.
PowerColor's Devil Box can house any modern video card as long as its dimensions are 310 x 140 x 50mm and pulls up to 375W power draw. Supported video cards include AMD's new RX 480 and NVIDIA's entire GTX 10-series graphics cards, as well as most air-cooled variants of AMD's Radeon R9 300 and Fury series GPUs. Even the Radeon R9 200 series is compatible, and NVIDIA GPU support goes back as far as the GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti.
NVIDIA has unveiled its new mid-range Pascal offerings with the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, with both cards based on the GP107 GPU, and both priced at under $150 each.
The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will cost $139, featuring 768 CUDA cores, 4GB of GDDR5 RAM and a 75W TDP while the GTX 1050 will cost $30 less at $109, but knock the CUDA core count to 640, the VRAM down to 2GB, and still include the 75W TDP - both cards will be available on October 25, according to VideoCardz.
There will be a bunch of GTX 1050 Ti cards unveiled from AIB partners, with:
- ASUS GTX 1050 (Ti) Mini
- EVGA GTX 1050 (Ti) SuperClocked
- GALAX GTX 1050 (Ti)
- GIGABYTE GTX 1050 (Ti)
- COLORFUL iGame GTX 1050 (Ti)
- INNO3D GTX 1050 (Ti) Compact
- MSI GeForce GTX 1050 (Ti)
- PALIT GeForce GTX 1050 (Ti)
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 (Ti) Mini
I've just a single Titan X and absolutely love it, it's freakin' ridiculously fast - but four of them in tandem? Be still my beating heart.
Legendary overclocker Vince "K|ngp|n" Lucido has set a new 3DMark FireStrike Extreme record, with 40,115 points - making K|ngp|n the first person in the world to reach over 40,000 points. It wasn't an easy task, but K|ngp|n had some of the fastest hardware on the planet helping him, and the same stuff that ended up damaging the T-1000 in Terminator 2: liquid nitrogen.
K|ngp|n used four of NVIDIA's new Pascal-based Titan X graphics cards, with the GPUs clocked at 2.2GHz, with them installed into an EVGA X99 FTW K motherboard and an Intel Core i7-6950X processor at a huge 5227MHz, all cooled with LN2. 32GB of G.Skill DDR4 RAM was used, with EVGA's SuperNova NEX 1600W power supply keeping everything running.
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.