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So something amazing is about to happen, with Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED using its official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account to ask about making a limited edition Cyberpunk 2077 GPU... to which NVIDIA replied "stay tuned...".
I don't think this tease is about NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere GPU architecture that is right around the corner, something that should be detailed at its own GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2020 that takes place between March 22-26. If it is, I'm all booked and ready to go and will deliver you guys the news from the show floor and GTC key note with NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang.
What we are probably looking at is a GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card themed like Cyberpunk 2077, as NVIDIA is the technology partner for CD Projekt RED and its recently-delayed Cyberpunk 2077. NVIDIA is no stranger to themed graphics cards, where just a couple of years ago it released the TITAN Xp Star Wars Collectors Edition graphics cards in both Galactic Empire and Jedi Order goodness.
The coronavirus outbreak and fears globally have also pushed NVIDIA to reduce its revenue outlook for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 by $100 million over the disease outbreak. NVIDIA's earnings reports for fiscal year 2020 were stellar, with revenues of $10.92 billion -- down 7% from the previous year.
Still, NVIDIA's recent Q4 2019 revenue ended on January 26, 2020 saw them pull in $3.11 billion -- up a huge 41% from the previous year with its $2.1 billion. This is all thanks to its gaming technologies like GeForce graphics cards and NVIDIA's big push into AI.
It looks like NVIDIA is up to something a little sneaky here, with a new listing submitted to the Eurasian Economic Commission which teases what looks like a new GeForce GTX 1650 model.
The new listing is by MSI and teases the GeForce GTX 1650 which right now, packs GDDR5 memory, while the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is faster GDDR6 memory. The new models would see the GeForce GTX 1650 packing GDDR6 memory, but they wouldn't be a cluster f**k like the recent jebaiting to themselves that AMD did with the Radeon RX 5600 XT and last-minute BIOS changes.
We could see NVIDIA seeing AIB partners phasing out the older GDDR5-based GeForce GTX 1650 graphics cards with the newer GDDR6-based ones, but that's something we'll have to wait and see about over the coming weeks.
Intel is hard at work on its Xe GPU architecture, but a new rumor teases a tile-based architecture approach will be an interesting path as a new report suggests the datacenter variant of Xe could ramp up to 500W of power.
We now have more of an idea on the power consumption across the tile-design approach, where the 1-tile 'DG1' would come in with 96 execution units, 768 cores, and up to 75W TDP -- this is the entry-level Xe GPU. Up from there is the 128 execution unit / 1024 core version with up to 150W of power in the mid-range Xe.
The 2-tile GPU will have the same 128 EUs per title but since there are two tiles we have 256 total EUs and up to 2048 cores with a TDP of 300W. This will be the high-end gaming card that we should see in 2021 or so, while the 4-tile 'Arctic Sound' is the beast with 4 tiles adding up to a huge 512 EUs, up to 4096 cores, and a huge 400-500W of power -- this is for the datacenter, and not gamers.
Raijintek has just unveiled its Samos AD5700 RBW, which is a new full-cover water block for AMD's Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards. Check it out:
Raijintek designed the new Samos AD5700 RBW to fit onto AMD's own reference Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics cards, packing a nickel-copper thermal plate, and translucent acrylic top cover. The full-cover cold plate will provide water cooling goodness to the most important parts of your Navi-powered graphics card: the GPU itself, GDDR6 modules, and the VRM power delivery MOSFET.
We have a 12mm thick clear acrylic top cover that features built-in G1/4" inlets/outlets, RGB lighting (which looks awesome) and is completely customization through motherboard manufacturer RGB lighting apps through a 4-pin 5V ARGB header. On the back, Raijintek offers up a black-themed aluminum backplate with passive cooling to the VRMs on the back of the card.
AMD is set to unleash its 'Big Navi' GPU this year, something AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su herself has teased and confirmed, but a new rumor could see it unveiled as soon as March 5 at AMD's upcoming Financial Analyst Day. AMD wants to disrupt 4K gaming with Big Navi like it did to the CPU market with Intel.
This is where you should have an entire container of salt and not just a pinch, because I really don't think that's going to happen -- but, if AMD were to surprise unveil Big Navi, it would make serious waves. Maybe AMD will come out of nowhere and detail Big Navi at a financial event, but given it's a gaming card that would be a very left field move to make. But at this point of the game, AMD needs to do just that.
Big Navi should have performance that will equal, and in some games/resolutions beat NVIDIA's flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. AMD's upcoming Big Navi will utilize the newer 7nm+ node but according to my personal sources they weren't able to squeeze as much from 7nm+ as they thought, and on top of that NVIDIA is close to launching its new Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 which Big Navi will not be able to come close to.
ASUS has just joined GALAX in the white graphics card market with its new GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER ROG STRIX White OC, with a super slick style that you just need to feast your eyes on below:
As you can see the entire graphics card and its cooling shroud is white, while underneath the PCB is black. So ASUS isn't going full-white here but it's pretty damn close. ASUS straps on its triple-fan cooler while keeping its thick 2.7-slot design, while the black PCB underneath is a full-custom job that requires dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors.
ASUS will be clocking the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER ROG STRIX White OC at up to 1890MHz Boost, while the 8GB of GDDR6 will be clocked at 15.5Gbps. There's no clue on pricing just yet, but expect it to be a little more expensive than a traditional ROG STRIX member of the RTX 2080 SUPER family from ASUS.
NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere GPU is shaping up to be a monster, and could be NVIDIA's craziest GPU yet -- with new rumors suggesting it will be up to 75% more powerful than the current-gen GPUs. We've already heard that Ampere would offer 50% more performance at half the power of Turing, which sent the hairs on my neck standing up. Better yet, you can read about the leaked specs on the purported Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 right here.
The new tease is coming from the new Big Red 200 supercomputer, which will reportedly pack NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere GPUs. The new Big Red 200 supercomputer will pack an insane 672 dual-socket nodes thanks to AMD's kick ass EPYC 7742 processors (each with 64 cores and 128 threads) for a total of a mind-bending 86,016 cores and 172,032 threads -- will also be powered by NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere GPUs.
The new Big Red 200 supercomputer is being made in two phases with the first phase operational, but Indiana University was originally going to use NVIDIA's current-gen Tesla V100 GPUs but thought they'd wait for NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere GPUs. The new Big Red 200 supercomputer will use less GPUs but thanks to Ampere it will be more powerful -- where it has "also mentioned that Big Red 200 gained an additional 2 petaflops of performance even though it uses a smaller number of GPUs than the Volta V100 based design. The reason for going with a smaller number of next-generation GPUs is simply because they offer 70-75% better performance than existing parts".
NVIDIA seems to be positioning themselves to kick ass on the cloud gaming front this year, with VideoCardz teasing a new GeForce NOW Founders tier that would offer some amazing cloud gaming at just $4.99 per month.
The tweet was mysterious, but detailed -- teasing that GeForce NOW would offer standard access for FREE, giving gamers an hour of gaming for free. But if you wanted more than that, the new GeForce NOW Founders tier is just $4.99 per month and offers you priority access, 'extended session length', RTX ON (big surprise), a free 90-day introductory period, and would be a limited time offer.
NVIDIA's free tier offering a 1-hour gaming session makes sense if you wanted to jump into a quick game, but if you wanted to play through a single player game or multiple back-to-back matches of Apex Legends, Fortnite, or Overwatch for example -- well that's when the GeForce NOW Founders tier would come in handy at just $4.99 per month.
AMD hosted their FY2019 earnings call today, with some new information provided by AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su on the GPU side of things. We are now learning there will be a Navi refresh this year, as well as the next-gen RDNA architecture.
Our friends at AnandTech have transcribed the call, where Lisa Su said: "In 2019, we launched our new architecture in GPUs, it's the RDNA architecture, and that was the Navi based products. You should expect that those will be refreshed in 2020 - and we'll have a next generation RDNA architecture that will be part of our 2020 lineup".
She continued: "So we're pretty excited about that, and we'll talk more about that at our financial analyst day. On the data centre GPU side, you should also expect that we'll have some new products in the second half of this year"