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NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 now passively cooled, costs $6000

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 51 mins ago

NVIDIA's monster Quadro RTX 8000 graphics card has now been crammed into a small passively cooled version by PNY, with the company unveiling a new Quadro RTX 8000 and Quadro RTX 6000 which are both passively cooled.

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The two new cards are both maxed out at 250W TDP, but have reduced base and boost GPU clocks as well as their GDDR6 memory clocks reduced to lower the TDP and have it passively cooled. The cards both arrive in a dual-slot design, with boost clocks reduced by 8% down to 1620MHz (down from 1770MHz) while the base clocks are reduced to 1230MHz (down from 1395MHz) which is a 12% reduction.

NVIDIA crams an insane 48GB of GDDR6 memory on its Quadro RTX 8000 graphics card, with PNY clocking it down to 13Gbps from 14Gbps which reduces memory bandwidth to 624GB/sec down from 672GB/sec on the regular air-cooled Quadro RTX 8000.

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ASUS Radeon RX 5600 XT ROG STRIX TOP packs 14Gbps GDDR6 memory

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 23 hours ago

The hoopla of the Radeon RX 5600 XT is all here with it leading into me writing an article about how much of a mess the launch itself was, but now AIB partners are unleashing faster Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards which benefits us all.

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The latest with a new custom Radeon RX 5600 XT is ASUS, introducing its new Radeon RX 5600 XT ROG STRIX TOP graphics card. ASUS has 3 different custom Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards, starting with the TUF X3, and then the already-introduced ROG STRIX OC model and now joined by the new ROG STRIX TOP model.

ASUS will have 1660/1670MHz game clock on the GPU, while the boost GPU clocks will hit 1750/1770MHz -- identical GPU clocks between the ROG STRIX OC and ROG STRIX TOP models. The difference? The 6GB of GDDR6 memory boosted up to 14Gbps for the ROG STRIX TOP model, an increase from the 12Gbps frequency on the ROG STRIX OC and TUF X3 models.

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MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT GAMING Z has 14Gbps memory out of the box

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

If you haven't read about how much of a mess AMD's launch of the Radeon RX 5600 XT was, well... I have an entire article dedicated to the issues here. But now, MSI is leading the pack by teasing its new Radeon RX 5600 XT GAMING Z graphics card.

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MSI's new Radeon RX 5600 XT GAMING Z graphics card has been announced, something that will have higher GPU clocks and its 6GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at the higher 14Gbps by default. The original Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card, pre-NVIDIA-double-jebait and the VBIOS debacle we'll all remember and laugh about for years to come, was meant to have its GDDR6 clocked at 12Gbps.

MSI is now effectively saying "yeah, we know that the card now has 14Gbps so how about we just throw everything up to 11 and make it the GAMING Z variant'. That is cool with me, and it'll be a hell of a lot easier on consumers, as they'll just get what should amount to the fastest custom Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card on the market.

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AMD Big Navi GPU: RTX 2080 Ti killer, but will lose to RTX 3080

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 4 days ago

The last few days have been pretty big for graphics cards, with leaked specs on the purported Ampere-based NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards but now there's some juicy leaks on AMD's upcoming Big Navi GPU.

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We should expect to see AMD's new 'Big Navi' arrive as the flagship Radeon RX 5950 XT, with rumors stating it'll rock 80 compute units, 5120 stream processors, and up to 17.5 TFLOPs of compute performance. The new RDNA2 architecture will also provide AMD with the ability of hardware-based real-time ray tracing technology, just like NVIDIA's Turing (and future Ampere/Hopper GPU architectures).

But what about performance? 80 compute units is double the 40 compute units found in the Radeon RX 5700 XT, but would that translate to double the performance? Probably not. The Radeon RX 5700 XT has a TDP of 225W, so AMD would have to be careful with GPU clocks and most-likely reduce GPU clock speeds down to somewhere around 1500-1700MHz to keep the card from chewing through too much power.

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PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil, Red Dragon detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 17 hours ago

PowerColor has just announced that the first batch of its new Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards will not have the improved BIOS out of the box, but have cranked the GDDR6 speeds up on their cards.

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We will see two different custom Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards from PowerColor, the first is the new Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil with higher GPU clocks, and the new Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Dragon graphics card. Both of these cards feature 6GB of GDDR6 memory at 14Gbps on a192-bit memory bus for 336GB/sec of memory bandwidth.

PowerColor will have the GPU clocks on its faster Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Devil graphics card at up to 1660/1750MHz for game and boost clocks, respectively. The Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Dragon GPU clocks will be up to 1560/1620MHz for game and boost clocks, respectively.

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ASUS Radeon RX 5600 XT: ROG Strix, TUF Gaming variants teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 18 hours ago

AMD is about to unleash their Radeon RX 5600 XT onto the world, with AIB partner ASUS unleashing two of its custom Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards in the ROG Strix and TUF Gaming variants.

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Starting with the flagship ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5600 XT O6G, which comes in a large triple-slot design with DirectCU III cooling and 3 x Axial-Tech fans. ASUS has idle fan stop that disables the fans when the card isn't being stressed, RGB lighting (of course), and 8+6-pin PCIe power connectors.

ASUS also has the TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5600 XT EVO graphics card, which maintains the why-the-hell-is-it-a-triple-slot design, but with the TUF X3 cooler.

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Analyst: NVIDIA's next-gen GPU will boost gaming revenue, big time

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

NVIDIA will be launching its next-gen Ampere GPU architecture this year, where we should see the new GPU introduced at NVIDIA's own GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in March 2020. But what about the gaming side of things? I've also got some rumored specs on NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card here.

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Well, according to analysts at Citibank, the semiconductor market is going to be strong throughout 2020. Harsh Kumar from Citibank writes: "In our view, 2020 appears to be a major recovery year for the semiconductor market. Inventory levels are low across the board, and with a soothing trade narrative, we expect a strong pick-up in demand".

After the cryptocurrency mining boom and subsequent bust, NVIDIA was left with a ton of graphics cards on the market just as they ramped into the launch of the Turing GPU architecture and GeForce RTX 2000 series graphics cards. Sales were not too strong, and while they did sell well -- it was not as well-received with gamers as the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 leaked specs: up to 20GB GDDR6 RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

NVIDIA will be launching its next-generation Ampere GPU architecture and new GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards later this year, but it now appears as have some juicy new specs to devour from the latest rumors.

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MyDrivers is reporting on two new GPUs in the Ampere family of GPUs: GA103 and GA104. Long-time nerds and enthusiasts will note that the GA103 is an interesting entry, as we would've expected GA102 and GA104, but GA103 is reportedly powering the upcoming GeForce RTX 3080 and has some beast specs with it.

GA103 will reportedly pack 3840 stream processors, 60 SMs, and 10/20GB of GDDR6 on a 320-bit memory bus. The 10/20GB VRAM option there is an interesting one, as we haven't had a card with 20GB of VRAM before. Moving onto the GA104, we have 3072 stream processors, 48 SMs, and 8/16GB GDDR6 on a 256-bit memory bus -- this will take form in the GeForce RTX 3070.

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Intel's next-gen DG2: 7nm node by TSMC, not Intel's in-house 7nm

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

Intel is still a while away from entering the discrete GPU battle with its DG1 graphics card, with the first-gen Xe GPU architecture demoed back at CES 2020 earlier this month with the Xe Low Power 'DG1 GPU'. I've also got some rumored specs on NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card here.

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The first Intel Xe based discrete graphics card was always going to be a low-end part, but the second one is going to pack a much more powerful GPU punch. Intel's high-end DG2 GPU is now rumored to be packing the second-gen Xe GPU architecture, but interestingly be made on TSMC's own 7nm node -- not Intel's in-house 7nm.

Intel's new DG2 GPU would arrive in 2022, with the company using TSMC's 7nm process node over Intel's in-house 7nm EUV tech. This would be a move made after the continuous tripping over Intel has experienced with its troubled 10nm node, and Intel does not need a repeat of that mess as it's just getting on its feet in the GPU market.

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AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su confirms we'll see 'Big Navi' in 2020

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

AMD has 100% confirmed that Big Navi is coming in 2020, with CEO Dr. Lisa Su herself confirming the news during a special CES 2020 edition of The Bring Up AMD show. Check her out saying it below:

In the video, Su says: "My main message to our fans is this is just a beginning for us in 2020. I've heard a little bit through Twitter and Reddit that people are wondering about, you know, Big Navi. I can say you gonna see Big Navi in 2020. There might be few people wondering about Zen 3 as well and I can tell you that Zen 3 is doing really well, we are excited about it. I look forward talking about that later in 2020".

Interestingly, Su refers to AMD's return to the enthusiast graphics card market with 'Big Navi'. It's not the first time that Su has talked about a new high-end Radeon GPU, with Su talking about a high-end Navi graphics card at CES 2020 and something I covered in more detail here.

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