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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare now bundled with NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 5 days, 4 hours ago

NVIDIA continues its huge winning streak of offering the hottest games on the planet with its GeForce RTX series graphics cards, with games like Remedy's kick-ass Control and Wolfenstein: Young Blood.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is now added to that list with NVIDIA and Activision announcing the new GeForce RTX Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Bundle, where anyone who purchases an eligible GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 SUPER, 2080, 2070 SUPER, 2070, 2060 SUPER or 2060 GPU-equipped graphics card, laptop or desktop will receive a copy of the game.

Given that the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the "one of the most anticipated first-person shooters in history" according to NVIDIA (and I tend to agree, it looks awesome and RTX is going to make it pop) -- this is a great deal. It means anyone buying an RTX-enabled card, laptop, or PC will receive one of the best-looking and most-fun games of the year.

Don't forget that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare open beta kicks off on September 19.

AMD's next-gen high-end Radeon: HBM2E memory and ray tracing support?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

AMD is preparing its next-gen RDNA 2 architecture for a slew of new graphics cards next year, with the company using the newer 7nm+ node with new cards launching in 2H 2020.

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We know to expect these cards to feature ray tracing support, as well as an industry source of mine telling me they'll be much higher-end cards than the RDNA-based RX 5700 series.

This move will see AMD on equal footing with NVIDIA's current GeForce RTX series in the RTX 2080 SUPER and flagship RTX 2080 Ti, but what about NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere GPUs expected in 2020? AMD will need RDNA 2 to be something quite special if it doesn't want to be an entire generation behind of NVIDIA's next-gen flagship.

Quick Takeaway:

  • New Radeon card on the way
  • RDNA 2 architecture
  • Navi 10 successor (probably Navi 20)
  • Ray tracing support
  • Not GDDR6, possibly HBM2E
  • HBM2E = revised standard, 8-Hi stack
  • 8-Hi stack offers 920GB/sec up to insane 1.64TB/sec memory bandwidth
  • Memory bandwidth = GOOD
  • Crazy high-end will be server/HPC
  • But new high-end Radeon could be a BEAST
  • ETA = 2H 2020

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ASRock launches its gorgeous Radeon RX 5700 XT Taichi X graphics card

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

ASRock has just launched its first-ever Taichi X series graphics card in the new Radeon RX 5700 XT Taichi X 8G OC+, the latest and greatest flagship custom Navi graphics card from ASRock. Check it out:

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It's a stunning card, with ASRock walking that line between elegance and quality with the Taichi family of motherboards and graphics cards. The new RX 5700 XT Taichi X OC+ comes in as a 2.5-slot card with a triple-fan cooler and gorgeous ARGB lighting.

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ASRock's new Radeon RX 5700 XT Taichi X 8G OC+will boost up to 2025-2040MHz making it one of the fastest custom RX 5700 XT graphics cards, with its base clocks sitting at 1810-1885MHz and game clocks at 1935-2000MHz.

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AMD's next-gen RDNA2-based GPUs and Zen 3 on 7nm+ teased in roadmap

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

AMD is expected to launch its new Radeon graphics card in 2020, with Guru3D reporting that the next-gen RDNA2 architecture will launch in 2020 according to a new roadmap.

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The new roadmap shows Zen 3 as well as Zen 4, with AMD notinc that the Zen 3 artchitecture design is complete and will ship on 7nm+, while the Zen 4 is "in design" and will arrive in 2021.

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As for RDNA2 we should expect it in 2020 with AMD currently still designing it, with RDNA2-based Radeon graphics cards launching on the 7nm+ node as well. The current flock of Ryzen 3000 series CPU and Radeon RX 5700 series GPUs are on 7nm.

NVIDIA's new GeForce drivers optimized for COD: Modern Warfare beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

NVIDIA has just released its latest GeForce Game Ready drivers that include support and optimizations for huge new releases like Gears 5 and Borderlands 3, as well as the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare PC open beta.

The new GeForce 463.30 WHQL drivers are optimized for day-1 experiences in Gears 5 and Borderlands 3, but there are also other big games in The Surge 2, FIFA 20, and Code Vein all optimized in the new drivers. NVIDIA has also included support for 6 new G-SYNC Compatible displays, with the new displays including:

  • ACER VG252Q
  • ACER XV273 X
  • GIGABYTE AORUS FI27Q
  • GIGABYTE FI27Q-P
  • LG 27GL650
  • LG 27GL63T

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Gears 5 developer says Xbox Scarlett has dedicated ray tracing cores

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

I've been expecting the flagship next-gen Xbox to be a beefier console than the PlayStation 5, but according to the latest on Xbox Scarlett it'll do one better -- it'll have dedicated ray tracing cores.

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The news is coming directly from an interview between Gears 5 developer The Coalition, and GameSpot which interviewed technical art director Colin Penty about what's next for the Gears franchise. He talked about exciting new hardware the team will get to play with, especially the grunt under the hood of Scarlett.

Penty said: "We don't have anything to announce right now in terms of Gears with the new hardware--but I'm definitely super excited about what the new hardware could do. Having dedicated ray tracing cores is huge".

NVIDIA's rumored GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER would battle cut down Navi

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

NVIDIA is preparing two more GeForce GTX 16 series graphics cards according to the new rumors: first, the GTX 1650 Ti and now the new rumored GTX 1660 SUPER.

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According to a new rumor from MyDrivers, NVIDIA is preparing the new GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER that would use the TU116-300, the same GPU found in the GTX 1660. We're looking at 1408 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs, and 48 ROPs - and what should turn out to be 6GB of GDDR6 memory.

The current price being thrown around for the GTX 1660 SUPER is $249, making it $20 cheaper than the GTX 1660. We should expect NVIDIA's new mid-range GTX 1660 SUPER to battle the Navi 14-based Radeon RX 5600 series in the coming months leading into the holiday season.

GeForce GTX 1650 Ti coming, should battle new Navi for $150 or so

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

It was just over a week ago the first rumors of the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, something that would be based on the TU117 GPU (the same GPU that powers the GTX 1650 Ti) except the full TU117 this time versus the slightly cut down chip in the GTX 1650.

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NVIDIA's purported GeForce GTX 1650 Ti would launch in October, and would feature up to 1024 CUDA cores (up from teh 896 in the GTX 1650 and 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

We should expect the TU117 to feature up to 1024 CUDA cores joined by 64 texture units, and 32 ROPs while the TU117 has unannounced clocks. As a reminder, the GTX 1650 had its TU117 at 1485MHz base GPU clock and 1665MHz boost GPU clock. We should expect the same 75W TDP, too.

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AMD's new Radeon 19.9.1 drivers optimized for Gears 5

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Sep 5, 2019 @ 22:51 CDT

AMD has released its new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.1 drivers, which are optimized for -- and including more performance in Gears 5.

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Gears 5 will receive up to 8% more performance when in DX12 mode with the new Radeon 19.9.1 drivers, as well as other improvements and support in other areas. One of those is Vulkan, which receives improvements with the new 19.9.1 drivers.

Some other improvmeents include Radeon FreeSync being enabled on 240Hz displays on the Radeon RX 5700 series cards, and higher VRAM clocks at idle or on the desktop on the Radeon VII.

You can get the new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.1 drivers here.

Control is the new Crysis: requires 18GB of VRAM at 8K and $2500 card

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Sep 3, 2019 @ 8:42 CDT

I've been spending my time diving into the performance, visuals and technological side behind Remedy's latest masterpiece; Control, and I have to say -- it's one of, if not the best-looking game of all time thanks to RTX.

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Control is powered by Remedy's latest in-house Northlight engine, a finely-tuned sandbox engine used in Quantum Break but with a totally new coat of paint thanks to RTX. Powering the game with a GeForce RTX 20 or RTX SUPER series graphics card unleashes almost an entirely new game (at least visually) but cranking it to 4K and beyond really begins to pull on every last transistor of that Turing GPU.

8K monitors aren't a mainstream thing yet, but they're on the market -- with the Dell UP3218K monitor. Dell's UP3218K is a true 8K monitor offering 7680x4320 natively, 4x the pixels of a 4K monitor at 3840x2160.

But how does Control run at 7680 x 4320? Well, it won't run on your normal GeForce or Radeon graphics card... you'll need something special.

Check out my full article on Control at 8K using 18GB of VRAM on the NVIDIA TITAN RTX, a graphics card worth $2500.