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GeForce NOW Founders: $4.99 a month, ready to kick Google Stadia's ass

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 30, 2020 08:48 pm CST

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 promises Navi refresh, next-gen RDNA2 graphics cards in 2020

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 28, 2020 11:39 pm CST

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.

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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"

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AMD: Big Navi GPU to disrupt 4K gaming like Ryzen CPUs did to Intel

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 28, 2020 08:04 pm CST

AMD will be making big waves in 2020 with its 'Big Navi' GPU, something that is rumored to have more power than NVIDIA's flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card and add hardware ray tracing support, too.

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But now AMD has provided some more details on Big Navi, where during the Radeon RX 5600 XT press briefing, AMD's Radeon Product Management Lead, Mithun Chandrasekhar talked about Big Navi. Chandrasekhar said: "With the Radeon 5000-series we are essentially covering 90-something-percent of the total PC gamers today".

He added: "And so that's the reason why no 4K right now, it's because the vast majority of them are at 1440p and 1080p. That doesn't mean a 4K-capable GPU isn't coming, it is coming, but for here and now we want to focus on the vast majority of gamers. Similar to Ryzen. All of us need a thriving Radeon GPU ecosystem. So, are we going after 4K, and going to similarly disrupt 4K? Absolutely, you can count on that. But that's all I can say right now".

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AMD TressFX 4.1 tech can now be integrated into Unreal Engine 4.22

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 27, 2020 11:50 pm CST

AMD has released its new TressFX 4.1 software library, which brings the next level of hair and fur simulation and rendering -- but there's a new surprise: Unreal Engine 4 integration.

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TressFX 4.1 can now be inserted into Unreal Engine which means we could see an uptick in TressFX-capable games, providing us with more realistic-looking games when it comes to hair and fur simulation and rendering. We've seen TressFX in big AAA games before, with Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided... but since then it has really fallen off the radar completely.

But now that Unreal Engine 4 integration is up and on offer, we could see more game developers deciding to use it. Especially given that the next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles are both once again powered by semi-custom AMD designs, TressFX might have a more secure home in the future of games -- and given that Unreal Engine powers countless games on the market, we could be in for an exciting time.

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AMD Radeon 20.1.4 drivers are optimized for Warcraft III: Reforged

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 27, 2020 09:13 pm CST

AMD has just released their latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.4 beta drivers, a new set of drivers that add support for Warcraft III: Reforged, and more.

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The new AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.4 beta drivers offer 11% more performance in Warcraft III: Reforged on the High preset powered by a Radeon RX 5700 XT, fix a bunch of issues with the Vulkan-based version of Red Dead Redemption 2, and issues with Grand Theft Auto 5 when using Radeon Overlay while in a game, or after switching tasks while in-game.

AMD is aware of a bunch of issues in the new drivers that should be fixed with subsequent driver releases, too. You can download the new AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.4 beta drivers right here.

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NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 now passively cooled, costs $6000

By Anthony Garreffa | Jan 26, 2020 07:32 pm CST

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 | Jan 23, 2020 09:01 pm CST

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 | Jan 22, 2020 09:41 pm CST

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 | Jan 22, 2020 08:08 pm CST

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 | Jan 20, 2020 02:32 am CST

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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