NVIDIA revealed its new GeForce RTX SUPER graphics cards during E3 2019, revealing the full stack of SUPER cards in the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER, and RTX 2080 SUPER. But what did this mean for the current cards? They are all replaced apart from the RTX 2080 Ti, and many have wondered if there will be an RTX 2080 Ti SUPER -- the answer is simple: no.
During the SUPER reveal event senior vice president of NVIDIA's PC business Jeff Fisher took to the stage, and during his presentation he asked if any of the press had questions. Well, I did - after being introduced to the RTX 2060/2070/2080 SUPER cards I wanted to know if we'd see a SUPER successor to the RTX 2080 Ti. I asked "will there be a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER" to which Fisher said there "would not be" an RTX 2080 Ti SUPER.
I've got a slew of content on the new RTX SUPER graphics cards, check it out here:
EK Water Blocks has unveiled its new EK-Vector Radeon RX 5700 +XT water blocks which are made for the new Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT reference graphics cards.
The new EKWB water blocks for the RX 5700 series cards use a cold-plate that spans across the entire surface of the board, cooling the Navi 10 GPU, 8GB of GDDR6, and multi-phase VRM. There will be a base model of the EK-Vector water blocks with a copper waterblock, while the other option is the nickel-plated copper varirant, while the higher-end variant is made of high-quality acrylic material or black POM Acetal material (depending on the variant). The plexi-based water block rocks RGB LEDs and can be configured through software on most major motherboard brands.
EK will also provide a single-slot I/O bracket for those who want some of that super-slim watercooled Radeon RX 5700 XT life, which would look truly awesome. I really want to get a set and test Navi on it... email is being crafted now, EKWB.
AMD just launched its new Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards (my review on those here) and in between we've had teases of the other SKUs in the Radeon 5900/5800/5700/5600 series graphics cards which use different Navi GPUs along the family.
The latest rumor is about Navi 14 that will go into the Radeon RX 5600 series graphics cards, based on the same 7nm RDNA architecture but knocked down from the Navi 10 GPU on the RX 5700 series. The new Navi 14 GPU should include 24 RDNA compute units (with 64 stream processors), for 1536 stream processors in total compared to the 2560 SPs inside of the Navi 10 GPU with Navi 14 taking up to 1900MHz GPU clocks, max.
We don't know what else the Radeon RX 5600 will feature, and whether it would still have 8GB of GDDR6 -- although, I think it will. NVIDIA launched its new GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (my review here) with 8GB of GDDR6, up from the 6GB of GDDR6 on the regular RTX 2060. AMD would need to keep 8GB of GDDR6 on its Radeon RX 5600 series, while chopping down performance from the RX 5700 series.
AMD released the world's first 7nm GPU earlier this year with the Radeon VII (my review on that here) with it packing Vega 20 on 7nm, with a huge 16GB of super-fast HBM2 memory. I exclusively reported that AMD was only making 5000 units of its Radeon VII and trhere would be no custom boards, ever.
Well, fast forward 6 months and we have no custom boards and now the Radeon VII is reportedly end of life (EOL) just as the new Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards (my reviews on those cards here) are released. Cowcotland has confirmed with their sources that the Radeon VII is no longer in production and that the cards that are on shelves and etailers' warehouses are the only cards left.
The move makes sense with my reports from 6 months ago, and underlined now that Navi is here and doing better numbers in games with lower power consumption, heat, and noise. AMD would be chewing up 7nm node fab time as well as HBM2 memory.
GIGABYTE has just unveiled its new Radeon RX 5700 XT 8G and Radeon RX 5700 8G graphics cards, with both sticking to the reference design from AMD -- no custom cards yet folks.
AMD's new Radeon RX 5700 series cards usher in the first 7nm Navi 10 GPU to the market mixed with 8GB of high-speed GDDR6 memory and a laundry list of new features from its RDNA architecture. We have the world's first PCIe 4.0 graphics cards in the RX 5700 series, with our reviews on those two cards right here.
The new GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 XT 8G and RX 5700 8G are not custom cards, and this is more for system builders. We should wait for the custom AORUS branded graphics cards in the new Radeon RX 5700 series, as I'm sure they can't be too far away. Hopefully not anyway, given that I've already got custom SUPER graphics cards in my hands.
MSI released its new GeForce RTX SUPER graphcis cards in the last 24 hours with two new Turing-based offerings: the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GAMING X TRIO and the RTX 2060 SUPER GAMING X. I have both cards here in my lab with my review on the MSI RTX 2070 SUPER GAMING X TRIO already out and the RTX 2060 SUPER GAMING X being benched as I type.
If you didn't see my review check it out here, as well as the review of the RTX 2070 SUPER Founders Edition from NVIDIA. Both cards are kick ass, but the new MSI card is a custom variant with a higher-end TRI-FROZR cooler that keeps the entire card wicked cool at 66C under load. Even when heavily overclocked, the TRI-FROZR cooler keeps the MSI RTX 2070 SUPER GAMING X TRIO at between 66-68C.
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX SUPER graphics cards are here (my review on the RTX 2060 SUPER, and my review on the RTX 2070 SUPER, oh and the MSI RTX 2070 SUPER GAMING X TRIO) we need some new drivers, right? Until now I've been using the press drivers NVIDIA supplies reviewers with, but now official GeForce 431.36 WHQL drivers are here.
The new GeForce 431.36 WHQL drivers add support for the new GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER and GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER graphics cards as both of them go on sale the day of the driver drop: July 9. The new drivers also include optimizations, SLI profiles, and fixes to games like The Division 2, F1 2019, and Metro Exodus. F1 2019 recieves an SLI profile -- something I'll be testing out in 8K and NVLink and SLI as I did with my RTX 2070 SUPER NVLink benchmark article).
There is also support for 3 new G-Sync compatible monitors, as well as some fixes for the FPS counter issues when upgrading to Windows 10 May 2019 Update and a bunch of other fixes resolved in the new GeForce 431.36 drivers.
Grab the new GeForce 431.36 WHQL drivers here.
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER and RTX 2070 SUPER graphics cards are now here with my reviews (so far, plenty more coming) of the RTX 2060 SUPER and RTX 2070 SUPER cards:
In the wake of all of this Colorful has now debuted its new RTX SUPER graphics cards with a tease of its RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER, and RTX 2080 SUPER cards in the pipeline. COLORFUL has teased its new iGame RTX 2070 SUPER VULCAN X OC and iGame RTX 2060 SUPER Neptune Lite OC, with the latter being a custom liquid-cooled RTX 2060 SUPER -- an interesting flex for COLORFUL.
The higher-end iGame RTX 2070 SUPER cards come in two variants: VULCAN X OC and ADVANCED OC, with the VULCAN X OC shipping with the VULCAN cooler design, and 1905MHz boost GPU clocks. The iGame RTX 2070 SUPER VULCAN X OC features the LCD 2.0 display for some slick real-time stats showing up on the card. The iGame RTX 2070 SUPER VULCAN X OC also packs 16+3 VRM design which should make this card a higher overclocker.
AMD has just launched its new Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 graphics cards (my review here) and then I happened to stumble upon news that the Steam Hardware & Software Survey for June 2019 with some interesting numbers.
In terms of graphics cards used by gamers on Steam, we have a dominating 75.53% owned to NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards while its main competitor in AMD has 14.75% and the integrated GPU competitor (and soon to be discrete GPU competitor) in Intel has 9.58%. When it comes to the most popular graphics card used by Steam gamers we have the GeForce GTX 1060 as #1 with 16% of gamers using the GTX 1060 while the GTX 1050 Ti is owned by 10.6% and GTX 1050 with 6.22%.
AMD's first card on the most-used graphics cards by gamers on Steam is the Radeon RX 580 which comes in at #11 with 1.32% sitting in between the GTX 960M with 1.41% and the GTX 1070 Ti with 1.28%. We won't see these numbers change with Navi in the coming months, but it'll be interesting to see where these numbers will be in 18-24 months from now.
It started off as a rumor and now it has been officially confirmed online, and by my own sources at AMD -- they have indeed reduced the price of the Radeon RX 5700 series cards. NVIDIA increased the competition right before luanch with its new GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER and RTX 2070 SUPER, forcing AMD to drop its prices.
AMD says it dropped the prices because it "embraces competition, which drives innovation to the benefit of gamers. In that spirit, we are updating the pricing of our Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics cards, launching July 7". The new prices on the Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 series are as follows:
- 50th Anniversary Edition AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT -- $449 USD SEP
- AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card -- $399 USD SEP
- AMD Radeon RX 5700 graphics card -- $349 USD SEP
AMD continues: "We know that gamers will be thrilled once they have the opportunity to experience the amazing performance, stunning visual fidelity and highly responsive gameplay these new graphics cards provide. Making history on 7/7 as the first company to launch gaming CPUs and GPUs together - the first in 7nm and PCIe 4.0 - is all about pushing the ultimate gaming experience forward for as many gamers as possible".