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Well, Christmas is ruined -- NVIDIA has just admitted that it will be many months before we see more GeForce RTX 30 series stock across the world.
The news that creates tears worldwide came during a recent earnings call with investors, where NVIDIA Chief Financial Officer Colette Kress said: "Given industry-wide capacity constraints and long cycle times, it may take a few more months for product availability to catch up with demand".
I wrote an exclusive story back in very early September 2020 that "no stock will be available till the end of the year". I added that the first wave of GeForce RTX 30 stock would be "small, very, very small -- possibly the smallest launch in many years".
PowerColor has just unveiled its flagship, and devlishly handsome Radeon RX 6800 XT Red Devil graphics card. Check it out:
We have a gigantic triple-slot, triple-fan cooler with 7 heat pipes and as PowerColor teases "insane performance - cool, quiet, relentless". We have 9 fan blades which direct the air into the heat sink, with a totally new look and style with some mean AF looking LED bars at the end of the card. I love that!
PowerColor provdes the Radeon RX 6800 XT Red Devil graphics card with enough power for the Devil himself to crank it up to maximum everything.
MSI has just unveiled a duo of new Big Navi graphics cards, with the Radeon RX 6800 XT GAMING X TRIO and Radeon RX 6800 GAMING X TRIO announced. We have the flagship Radeon RX 6800 XT GAMING X TRIO below:
We are looking at a chunky 2.5-slot design, triple-fan TRI-FROZR 2 cooler, and dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors. For all intents and purposes this is identical to the reference Radeon RX 6800 XT but MSI is overclocking the Navi 21 GPU by a further 35MHz for a GPU boost of up to 2285MHz.
There's also the Radeon RX 6800 GAMING X that is nearly identical to the higher-end RX 6800 XT GAMING X TRIO brother, but has its GPU boost clock higher than AMD's own reference Radeon RX 6800 by 50MHz -- a nice bump before you can try some manual OC.
AMD has just released its new Radeon Adrenalin 2020 20.11.2 drivers, which pack support for the new RDNA 2-based Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6800 graphics cards.
AMD of course fixes some issues as they do with any driver release, but the big news here is support for Big Navi and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. As for the fixes, we're looking at custom fan settings after waking from sleep fixed on the Radeon RX 5000 series, Far Cry Primal and Serious Sam 4 fixes, and more.
AMD has now unleashed its new RDNA 2 architecture, powering the new Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6800 graphics cards -- and world records are now being broken.
Overclocker 'Lucky_n00b' used his Radeon RX 6800 XT sample to topple the previous HWBOT 3DMark FireStrike record, beating out the previous champion in the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090. The Radeon RX 6800 XT was overclocked to 2650MHz, powered with a new Zen 3-based Ryzen 9 5950X processor.
The Ryzen 9 5950X processor was overclocked to 5.4GHz and cooled by LN2 cooling, but to be clear just the CPU was chilled with LN2 -- not the Radeon RX 6800 XT, which was using its stock reference cooler. Lucky_n00b was able to achieve a huge 47932 graphics score, beating out the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3090 OC by (just) 225 points.
NVIDIA has just announced its new second-gen DGX Station A100 server, which is powered by the new Ampere A100 Tensor Core GPUs. Check out the awesome video on it below:
The newly-upgraded NVIDIA DGX Station A100 is for those working with AI, machine learning and data science workloads. It is the fastest server in a box dedicated to AI research. Inside, were looking at up to 4 x A100 Tensor Core GPUs with 80GB of HBM2e each -- so 320GB of HBM2e memory in total.
We also have a 64-core, 128-thread AMD EPYC CPU, up to 512GB of system memory, up to 7.68TB of NVMe M.2 SSDs for storage. You'll also have 3rd-gen NVLink, 200GB/sec bi-directional bandwidth between any GPU pair, and a kick ass new maintenance-free refrigerant cooling system.
AMD has just announced its next-gen CDNA GPU-based Instinct MI100 accelerator, which packs 7680 stream processors, and 32GB of HBM2 with an ultra-fast 1.23TB/sec of memory bandwidth. Check it out:
Inside, the new Instinct MI100 accelerator is a 7nm CDNA GPU with 120 Compute Units, or 7680 stream processors. We've heard of this GPU before as it is codenamed Arcturus, powering the new Instinct MI100 accerlator. The GPU itself is clocked at around 1500MHz with 11.5 TFLOPs of FP64 performance, 23.1 TFLOPs of FP32 performance, and a huge 185 TFLOPs of FP16 performance.
AMD has used 32GB of HBM2 memory, where systems with 4 or 8 GPUs will use the new Infinity Fabric X16 interconnect with bandwidth of 276GB/sec. The HBM2 memory is capable of hitting up to 1.23TB/sec of memory bandwidth which is huge -- it doesn't quite compete with the 1.53TB/sec pumping away from NVIDIA's new A100 which uses HBM2e memory.
AMD allowed reviewers and YouTubers with their new RDNA 2-based Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6000 samples to write, or film unboxing articles and videos. Paul's Hardware had something exclusive to show off, with EK Water Blocks' new EKWB Radeon 6000 Water Cooling Kit unboxed on video. Check it out:
Paul unboxes the huge package that EKWB sent over, with the EKWB Radeon 6000 Water Cooling Kit for what AMD calls (and once you see benchmarks, you'll understand) the "Ultimate Gaming Platform". This is when you join forces between a Radeon RX 6000 series and Ryzen 5000 series GPU and CPU together.
In the kit, you'll get a waterblock that will fit onto the Radeon RX 6800 XT or Radeon RX 6800 graphics card with a backplate, too -- joining that is a custom waterblock for an AM4-based Ryzen 5000 series CPU. You'll also get an EK D5 pump attached to a reservoir with an acrylic plate with an AMD logo.
NVIDIA is preparing to launch its new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card, something that should be launched at under $400 and offer performance that beats the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.
The new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti has been detailed in new leaks from our friends at VideoCardz, which is reportedly a slide that was sent to the press. There weren't any performance numbers apart from relative performance comparisons between the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 2060 SUPER and RTX 2080 SUPER -- VideoCardz measured the bars and has provided some rough performance numbers from the charts.
NVIDIA's desk compares rasterizing performance, ray tracing performance, and rendering performance -- of which the RTX 3060 Ti kicks some ass across the board -- but really dominating in rendering performance thanks to the advancements under Ampere and the GDDR6X memory.
AMD's new Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6800 graphics cards are nearly here, with my unboxing of Big Navi right here -- but the bigger question is will you actually be able to buy one at launch?
NVIDIA has had a horrible launch with its GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards, selling out worldwide with stock trickling in at times. But it appears AMD will be going through the same thing which isn't a shocker, where Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards will be hard, if not impossible to find this year.
Now Australian YouTubers HardwareUnboxed have said: "(Availability) of these cards will be a hot topic when they release. So technically they are being released on the 18th (that's when you are going to see our review) [...] but I'm not really expecting you to buy one. I have spoken with quite a few retailers and stock seems pretty terrible, like RTX 3080 terrible. It will differ from region to region (I have only spoken to Australian retailers)".