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ASUS tease ROG Strix RX Vega 56 OC Edition graphics card

By: Anthony Garreffa | TweakTown | Posted: Aug 23, 2017 @ 20:41 CDT

It seems ASUS is working with AMD closely on the new Radeon RX Vega series of graphics cards, with ASUS being the first with a custom RX Vega 64 graphics card, and now again with RX Vega 56.


The new ASUS ROG Strix Vega 56 OC Edition 8GB features Aura Sync RGB technology, a triple-fan cooler and 2.5-slot design.


The card requires dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and rocks a DVI connector if you're still running an older LCD.


We should expect ASUS to launch their new ROG Strix Vega 56 OC Edition 8GB graphics card sometime in September.

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EVGA announces $999 price on GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N

By: Anthony Garreffa | TweakTown | Posted: Jul 25, 2017 @ 22:26 CDT

EVGA has finally announced its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N graphics card, which is the company's latest flagship GTX 1080 Ti that is better than the already great GTX 1080 Ti SC2 and GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 graphics cards.


EVGA has included its impressive iCX cooling technology, and then unleashed professional overclocker K|NGP|N and given him GP102 and I'm sure countless hours of working and tweaking to make the GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N. EVGA sets the GPU base and boost clocks at a respectful 1582/1695MHz, but I'm sure you're going to hit the same 2.2GHz ceiling that GP102 is known for.


The company is providing a guaranteed 2025MHz GPU overclock with the GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N, a sleek dual-slot profile and single-slot capable with the Hydro Copper Waterblock. EVGA has placed the 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors on the end of the card, which is such a great move - as it keeps the annoying PCIe power cables tucked away and out of sight.

All I know is that I want two of these, and at $999 they're some of the most expensive cards on the market - bar the TITAN Xp at $1199.

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier: GTX 1070 level gaming perf

By: Anthony Garreffa | TweakTown | Posted: Jun 30, 2017 @ 21:00 CDT

AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is now available, with some reviewers getting their hands-on the card and putting it through its paces. Radeon Vega Frontier is a professional card and not a gaming card, with AMD preparing the Radeon RX Vega for gamers and consumers, due out in around a month from now.


Until then, PC Perspective has reviewed and thrown the Radeon Vega FE into some light, heavy, and gaming tests - but how did it perform? Early leaks of performance teased GeForce GTX 1070 levels of performance, and while most people called them out as fake... it appears they were right. Vega FE is around GTX 1070/1080 performance, even with its super-fast 16GB HBM2 memory, but this isn't the gaming variant, so more performance could be squeezed from RX Vega before it arrives.


PCPer reports that Vega FE is around 25-45% faster than the Radeon R9 Fury X, which is saying something. Fury X is still a good card for 4K gaming, but starts to show its age with newer games that push the lowly 4GB of HBM1 on the card to its limits.

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AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition unboxed, it's BEAUTIFUL

By: Anthony Garreffa | TweakTown | Posted: Jun 29, 2017 @ 2:27 CDT

AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card is now here, with some consumers getting their cards a little early - and making me feel like I'm missing out on one of the most exciting technology product releases of 2017... boo. YouTuber 'JERICO JERICO' has received his Radeon Vega Frontier from SaberPC on 6/27 with overnight shipping... receiving it, and unboxing it - as you can see in the embedded video below.

As you can see in the video, the card comes as a pretty barebones package, but once it's out of the packaging the true beauty is shown. The beautiful blue and yellow mix is absolutely vibrant, with the 'R' logo in the upper corner next to some GPU tach LEDs that light up blue. The 'Vega' logo is on the front of the card, looking like a cow being stamped with its branding - and I really dig it.

I can't wait to get an AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition in my hands, but it's next to impossible right now.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini is super-small, powerful

By: Anthony Garreffa | TweakTown | Posted: May 25, 2017 @ 10:34 CDT

ZOTAC is preparing for Computex 2017 by announcing its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini graphics card, which comes in at just 8.2 inches (21cm) long.


The company is releasing the new GTX 1080 Ti Mini in two flavors: air-cooled, and watercooled.


The watercooled version features ZOTAC's ArcticStorm full cover water block, while the air-cooled version features a dual-fan cooling solution. Both versions are dual-slot, which is great to see in something so compact.

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AMD will show off Radeon RX Vega on May 31 at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | TweakTown | Posted: May 18, 2017 @ 19:16 CDT

We are so close, so very close - 12 more days until we get the skinny on Radeon RX Vega. AMD confirmed the news through Raja Koduri's Reddit AMA on Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, that AMD will be showcasing Radeon RX Vega at Computex on May 31.


During the AMA, Koduri said: "We'll be showing Radeon RX Vega off at Computex, but it won't be on store shelves that week. We know how eager you are to get your hands-on Radeon RX Vega, and we're working extremely hard to bring you a graphics card that you'll be incredibly proud to own. Developing products with billions of transistors and forward-thinking architecture is extremely difficult - but extremely rewarding - work. [...] We're working as hard as we can to bring you Radeon RX Vega".

Koduri added: "On HBM2, we're effectively putting a technology that's been limited to super expensive, out-of-reach GPUs into a consumer product. Right now only insanely priced graphics cards from our competitors that aren't within reach of any gamer or consumer make use of it. We want to bring all of that goodness to you. And that's not easy! It's not like you can run down to the corner store to get HBM2. The good news is that unlike HBM1, HBM2 is offered from multiple memory vendors - including Samsung and Hynix - and production is ramping to meet the level of demand that we believe Radeon Vega products will see in the market".

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AMD Radeon Vega Frontier 'Watercooled' Edition announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | TweakTown | Posted: May 16, 2017 @ 18:23 CDT

AMD just announced its new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card, with 4096 stream processors, 16GB of HBM2 and 480GB/sec of memory bandwidth with an estimated 12.5 TFLOPs of single precision compute performance - enough to beat the new NVIDIA TITAN Xp graphics card and its 12 TFLOPs.


AMD also announced a watercooled version of its professional Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, and its goooooold in color, too. AMD requires 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors, but other than that, we have no idea what to expect in terms of performance/clock differences between the air-cooled and watercooled Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards. More to come as it happens.

AMD Radeon RX Vega Nova: $599, beats GTX 1080 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | TweakTown | Posted: May 15, 2017 @ 4:57 CDT

This is the hottest rumor that I've read about AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics card, so I'll preface it with a this is a hot rumor and could be totally #fakenews so take it with a salt factory in your possession.


The latest rumor names the three different Radeon RX Vega graphics cards: RX Vega Nova, RX Vega Eclipse, and RX Vega Core. Radeon RX Vega Nova will be the GTX 1080 Ti competitor priced at $599, while the RX Vega Eclipse will handle the GTX 1080 at $499. AMD will reportedly price its Radeon RX Vega Core at $399, and will be capable of GTX 1070/1080 performance.

Remember that this is just a rumor, from a site that is providing its own sources from "very reliable sources within AMD's headquarters", which I'm very doubtful of. Anyway, the naming scheme is what I'm looking at - and if Nova, Eclipse and Core are what AMD use for their Radeon RX Vega family - I'm happy with that.

Our world exclusive last week was that AMD will only have 16,000 or so Radeon RX Vega graphics cards at launch, because HBM2 is still hard and expensive to make, which will limit supply for the first few months post-launch.

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NVIDIA Tesla V100: single-slot 150W, dual-slot 300W

By: Anthony Garreffa | TweakTown | Posted: May 10, 2017 @ 21:17 CDT

GTC 2017 - NVIDIA removed the wraps off of their next-gen Volta GPU architecture today at GTC 2017, with the new Tesla V100 graphics card and DGX-1 with Tesla V100 system that costs $149,000.


We know that there are over 21 billion transistors on the GV100 GPU, offering 15 TFLOPs of single precision compute performance backed up by 7.5 TFLOPs of double precision compute. But there are two variations of Tesla V100 graphics cards: single-slot, and dual-slot. The single-slot Tesla V100 has a 150W TDP, while the dual-slot Tesla V100 ramps up the TDP to 300W.

NVIDIA hasn't confirmed what the different in performance is going to be for the 150W variant of Tesla V100, and that's a very interesting question. Performance wise, we're expecting a pretty huge 40% performance per watt advantage over the previous Pascal-based Tesla P100, on the new 12nm FinFET process.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega custom cards could be at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | TweakTown | Posted: May 8, 2017 @ 19:09 CDT

We've been reporting on AMD's next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics card family like mad, with our exclusive report that AMD will have less than 16,000 units available in the months post-launch. Now we're hearing rumbles of what Computex will hold for AMD's return to the high-end graphics card market.


Computex 2017 kicks off on May 30, which is only a couple of weeks away - and we'll be there. VideoCardz is reporting that PowerColor have been sending out invitations to the media for meetings during Computex, where they will be showing off "new technologies and other latest products", which could be a tease towards Radeon RX Vega.

I've personally heard from my own industry sources that Radeon RX Vega might show up, depending on whether AMD releases it before Computex - if they do, I've heard that AIB partners will indeed have custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards on show. Computex 2017 is only a few more weeks away, so we'll have to wait and see what happens.

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