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How is Intel Arc GPU game compatibility now? Extensive testing reveals a pleasant surprise

Darren Allan | Jul 12, 2024 1:41 PM CDT

Been wondering how Intel Arc GPUs are faring these days in terms of game compatibility? Well, you're in good company, as Hardware Unboxed on YouTube certainly has, and they've tested every game they own with an Arc A770 graphics card, in fact.

How is Intel Arc GPU game compatibility now? Extensive testing reveals a pleasant surprise

So, how did this experiment (flagged up by VideoCardz) go? The good news is that Intel's Alchemist flagship GPU managed to run the vast majority of PC games in Hardware Unboxed's library (using that latest graphics driver, of course).

This was an extensive test of 250 games, and only 2% of them failed to work at all, while a further 5% weren't playable (due to performance issues or other wonkiness). 93% were found to be playable, which means running with at least 40 frames per second and no glitches or artefacts and the like.

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New Intel Arc graphics driver brings massive improvements to Diablo 4 performance

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 11, 2024 2:59 AM CDT

Intel has released a new Non-WHQL driver for discrete Intel Arc GPUs and built-in Arc Graphics for its Intel Core Ultra CPUs. Intel Arc Game On Graphics Driver version 32.0.101.5762 adds support for a couple of new PC game releases, Once Human and Zenless Zone Zero. The latest Beta driver also significantly increases the performance of Blizzard's Diablo IV.

New Intel Arc graphics driver brings massive improvements to Diablo 4 performance

Intel Arc graphics card owners can expect up to 30% faster performance at 1080p and up to 35% faster performance at 1440p when playing the game using the Ray Tracing Ultra preset. Diablo IV featured ray-traced shadows and reflections, so there's a performance hit when enabling them, which makes this new driver a game changer for Diablo fans with Intel Arc graphics cards.

The new driver release fixes a few lingering issues; however, there's still a long list of known issues for both Intel Arc GPUs and the Arc Control software. Here are the full release notes.

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NVIDIA GPUs worth $1 million are needed to run the Las Vegas Sphere's massive LED display

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 10, 2024 11:02 PM CDT

The Sphere, located in Las Vegas, is an impressive feat of engineering-a massive circular dome that is also the world's largest display. The Sphere's LCDs cover 750,000 square feet inside and outside the entertainment venue. Not only that but with a resolution of 16,000 × 16,000 pixels for the interior display, it's the highest-resolution screen in the world. So then, what sort of hardware do you need just to 'press play' on a video with that resolution?

NVIDIA GPUs worth $1 million are needed to run the Las Vegas Sphere's massive LED display

According to NVIDIA, the 16K x 16K 60 frames per second display for the Sphere's interior is powered by 150 NVIDIA RTX A6000 GPUs - valued at around $1 million. The NVIDIA RTX A6000 is a powerful workstation card with 48GB of GDDR6 memory, 10,752 CUDA Cores, 336 Tensor Cores, and 84 RT Cores. Put 150 of these together, and you've got some serious GPU horsepower, enough that they also power the 1.2 million programmable LED pucks on the Shere's exterior.

In addition to the hardware, the Sphere also uses NVIDIA's network connectivity technology to ensure that all GPUs work together with minimal latency, plus the NVIDIA Rivermax SDK framework for media streaming. However, with this level of hardware and 7.2 TB of VRAM, we'd love to see some PC games running on the Sphere.

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AMD's new tech can reduce Call of Duty's massive 150GB install size by up to 70%

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 10, 2024 9:29 PM CDT

AMD has revealed detailed information on its new technology, designed to decrease the storage space that games require. AMD Neural Texture Block Compression, or NTBC for short, compresses high-quality textures without impacting overall performance and maintaining 'reasonable quality.' AMD claims that NTBC can reduce a game's storage footprint by up to 70%, which would shrink the installation size of Call of Duty from 150GB to just 45 GB.

AMD's new tech can reduce Call of Duty's massive 150GB install size by up to 70%

Game sizes are increasing as fidelity increases, and even though 'block compression' is used to reduce the overall size of textures, the fixed compression ratio can only do so much when dealing with hundreds or even thousands of high-quality 4K textures. As the name suggests, AMD Neural Texture Block Compression adds neural network-based image compression into the mix.

AMD's Shin Fujieda and Takahiro Harada have released the full technical paper on Neural Texture Block Compression and how it works.

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Black Myth: Wukong GeForce RTX 40 Series GPU bundle announced, but it excludes the RTX 4060

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 9, 2024 8:58 PM CDT

Black Myth: Wukong is one of the most anticipated game releases of 2024, and it's right around the corner - launching on August 20. Today, NVIDIA has announced a new Black Myth: Wukong GeForce RTX 40 Series Bundle, offering PC gamers a steam copy of the game with eligible GPU and Laptop products.

Black Myth: Wukong GeForce RTX 40 Series GPU bundle announced, but it excludes the RTX 4060

On the desktop GPU side, the bundle covers everything from the GeForce RTX 4070 and higher: so the RTX 4070, RTX 4070 SUPER, RTX 4070 Ti, RTX 4070 Ti SUPER, RTX 4080, RTX 4080 SUPER, and RTX 4090. Anything that isn't a GeForce RTX 4060 or RTX 4060 Ti - two of the most popular graphics cards for the current generation.

The laptop side of the bundle is the same. Eligible systems are those with an RTX 4070 Laptop GPU or higher. So, what gives? Well, it looks like Black Myth: Wukong's impressive ray-tracing visuals will require at least a GeForce RTX 4070 to hit a playable frame rate.

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NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce RTX 5090 rumored to have base GPU clock near 2.9GHz

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 9, 2024 7:53 PM CDT

NVIDIA's next-generation ultra-enthusiast GeForce RTX 5090 graphics card is rumored to have a base clock that will be near 2.9GHz, meaning it will trounce every other graphics card on the market when it arrives later this year.

NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce RTX 5090 rumored to have base GPU clock near 2.9GHz

The new rumor is coming from Chiphell forum user "Panzerlied," who has previously provided leaks on the GeForce RTX 50 series "Blackwell" GPUs. In the post, the user said that the "base frequency of 5090 is almost 2.9G" which has everyone excited.

NVIDIA's current-gen flagship GeForce RTX 4090 has a base GPU clock of 2235MHz, so if the RTX 5090 rolls out with a 2.9GHz+ base clock, we're looking at a 30% improvement in base GPU clocks alone. Add on that NVIDIA will be using next-generation GDDR7 memory that Micron has teased will provide 30% gains in gaming in both rasterization and ray tracing, we're in for quite the performance leap with the RTX 5090.

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AMD's flagship Radeon RDNA 4 GPU to debut in early 2025, here's everything we know so far

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 8, 2024 9:58 PM CDT

AMD hasn't officially revealed any information about its next-generation Radeon graphics cards for PC gaming and desktop computers. However, we've heard rumors and rumblings about what to expect for over a year. The most recent gives us a time frame for when to expect the first Radeon RX 8000 Series product to debut - CES 2025 in January, where AMD will formally lift the lid on the flagship Navi 48 GPU.

AMD's flagship Radeon RDNA 4 GPU to debut in early 2025, here's everything we know so far

Navi 48 is the codename for the upcoming flagship RDNA 4 GPU, much like how the Navi 31 GPU was the flagship RDNA 3 chip found inside the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT. Based on how discrete GPUs are created, Navi 48 will power at least one or two different products - the upcoming Radeon RX 8800 XT and Radeon RX 8700 XT (product naming hasn't been confirmed or leaked).

Yes, this means there won't be a flagship Radeon RX 8900 XT or 8900 XTX equivalent this time - with AMD skipping a high-end enthusiast flagship model for its next-gen Radeon line-up. So what sort of performance can we expect, what kind of hardware configuration, and when will the mainstream RTX 3060 or RTX 4060 competitor arrive? Let's dig in.

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ZOTAC's new GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER SOLID Series uses cut-down RTX 4090 GPU

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 8, 2024 2:34 AM CDT

Recently, we reported on GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER GPUs from MSI and Colorful (and a few others) starting to appear with the AD102 silicon, the same GPU chip found in the flagship GeForce RTX 4090. Of course, there's a massive difference between the 18,432 CUDA Core count in the GeForce RTX 4090 and the 8,448 in the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER.

ZOTAC's new GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER SOLID Series uses cut-down RTX 4090 GPU

For these new GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER graphics cards using the AD102 chip, nearly half of the GPU is disabled to meet the spec requirement, pointing to this being NVIDIA using stock that wasn't ready for the RTX 4090 and RTX 4090D. This is just a formality for the everyday consumer, with the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER using a non-standard AD102 GPU instead of AD103. Performance remains the same, albeit with a higher 10W power rating.

It turns out there might be quite a few of these variants coming as ZOTAC GAMING has announced a new GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER SOLID GPU available in OC and non-OC variants with the cutdown AD102 GPU.

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ASRock debuts new Intel Arc A750 and A770 GPUs, 'Challenger SE' or Special Edition

Kosta Andreadis | Jul 8, 2024 12:28 AM CDT

ASRock has launched new Intel Arc graphics cards, the Intel Arc A770 Challenger SE 16GB OC and Intel Arc A750 Challenger SE 8GB OC, sporting updated cooling designs and a slightly smaller form factor. These SE or Second Edition GPUs build on the existing Challenger models released by ASRock last year, with the main changes revolving around the cooler and physical build, so performance is expected to remain the same.

ASRock debuts new Intel Arc A750 and A770 GPUs, 'Challenger SE' or Special Edition

Both are compact dual-fan GPUs, and the new dimensions (267mm x 130mm x 48mm) make them roughly 2-3% smaller than the previous variants. The overall look is in line with previous models; however, now, it has added RGB lighting. And much like it does with its Phantom Gaming cards, ASRock includes a physical switch so you can turn the lighting on or off directly from the GPU.

Additional changes include more vents on the metal backplate for better heat dissipation and improved cooling. Elsewhere, specs like clock speeds remain unchanged, though the new display configuration across both is now 3 x DisplayPort 2.0 and 1 x HDMI 2.0b.

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Intel's next-gen Arc Battlemage 'Xe2' discrete GPUs rumored to be on TSMC's 4nm process node

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 7, 2024 8:04 AM CDT

Intel's next-generation Arc Battlemage "Xe2" discrete GPUs will reportedly be made on TSMC's newer 4nm process node, according to new leaks.

Intel's next-gen Arc Battlemage 'Xe2' discrete GPUs rumored to be on TSMC's 4nm process node

In a new post from DigiTimes, the outlet reports that TSMC's 4nm process node will be used for Intel's upcoming Arc Battlemage "Xe2" discrete GPUs, graphics cards to compete against AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 8000 series "RDNA 4" graphics cards and NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce RTX 50 series "Blackwell" graphics cards.

The current-gen Arc Alchemist "Xe" GPUs are made on the 6nm process node at TSMC, so when Intel is promising up to 50% more performance, we should expect some good efficiency out Battlemage "Xe2" GPUs, but they won't be competing with the GeForce RTX 5090 or RTX 5080, or even AMD's new higher-end RDNA 4 GPU offerings.

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