NVIDIA has just unleashed their new GeForce RTX series graphics cards led by the flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (our review here) as well as the new GeForce 411.63 drivers (that you can get here) and now it's AMD's turn for some Radeon news.
AMD has just released their updated Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 drivers (download them here), which include or add support for games like F1 2018 with up to 3% more performance on the Radeon RX Vega 64 at 1440p. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one of the latest games out, with the new RSAE 18.9.2 drivers being up to 4% faster on the RX Vega 64 at 1440p.
Even Fortnite receives some optimization under the new drivers, with up to 5% more performance at 1080p on the Vega 64 while Star Control: Origins is up to 14% fastrer on the Vega 64 when on native 4K.
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX series graphics cards are finally here and it did NOT take overclockers very long to get into them and start pushing the new Turing GPU and super-fast GDDR6 memory technology to their (current) limits. I'm sure we'll see more records broken as time goes on, and as more custom cards with custom PCBs and power delivery systems arrive.
Legendary overclocker KINGPIN has used the new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition with EVGA's Precision X1 overclocking software and pushed the cards to limits that I thought we wouldn't be at for a while. The new Turing TU102 GPU was pushed up to 2415MHz (I could only do 2100MHz on stock cooling) while the 11GB of GDDR6 was ramped up from its already fast stock clocks of 14Gbps up to 17Gbps (I could reach 15-16Gbps stable, depending on the bench). All of this was done with LN2 cooling, so the Turing GPU and GDDR6 is being kept as cool as humanly possible.
KINGPIN volt modded the card himself, passing the voltage limits that NVIDIA put in place, so that he could overclock the hell out of the RTX 2080 Ti. Using LN2, KINGPIN was able to take the #1 spots in all 3DMark benchmarks: TimeSpy Extreme, TimeSpy, FireStrike Ultra, FireStrike Extreme, and FireStrike. The system packed an Intel Core i9-7980XE processor cooled with LN2 and overclocked to 5.5GHz on all 18C/36T, an EVGA X299 Dark motherboard, and 32GB of G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-3800 RAM.
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX graphics cards are here and while tech reviewers have been using internal early drivers, the company has now officially unveiled the new GeForce Game Ready 411.63 WHQL drivers which you can download right here.
The new GeForce 411.63 WHQL drivers weigh in at a hefty 517MB but offer support for the new GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards, as well as providing the best optimizations for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, and FIFA 19. There are some added/update SLI profiles thrown into the new 411.63 drivers, as well as some of the usual bug fixes.
If you haven't read my review on the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition, you should check it out - it's choc-full of of benchmarks, breakdowns of the various new Turing technologies, and more. Spoiler alert: it's hella fast, offering beyond 4K 60FPS performance.
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards are nearly here, with MSI updating its OC software with the release of Afterburner v4.6.0 beta 9 (built 13319) that adds support for Turing GPUs. It also features MSI Overclocking Scanner, which is powered by the new NVIDIA Scanner that auto overclocks your GeForce RTX series graphics card.
The changelog for the new version of Afterburner includes:
- Added voltage control for reference design NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20x0 series graphics cards
- Advanced GPU Boost control for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20x0 series graphics cards. Extended voltage/frequency curve editor on GeForce RTX 20x0 family graphics cards allows you to tune additional piecewise power/frequency floor and temperature/frequency floor curves. Control points on those new curves allow you to control GPU Boost power and thermal throttling algorithms more precisely than traditional power limit and thermal limit sliders
- Hardware abstraction layer has been revamped to provide support for multiple independent fans per GPU due to introducing dual fan design on reference design NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20x0 series graphics cards and due to introducing native dual fan control in NVAPI. Both fans of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20x0 can be monitored independently in hardware monitoring module now and can be controlled synchronically in manual mode
- Added NVIDIA Scanner technology support
The new Afterburner v4.6.0 beta 9 sees a bundled MSI Overclocking Scanner application which works on RTX 20 series graphics cards on 64-bit OS only. MSI says that the "MSI Overclocking Scanner is powered by NVIDIA Scanner technology, which is using proprietary algorithms to quickly and reliably test manually overclocked GPU stability or find the maximum stable GPU overclocking in automatic mode with a single click. The scanner is using embedded NVIDIA test load to stress GPU. The scanner provides you two functional modes".
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards are right around the corner, with TechPowerUp updating GPU-Z to v2.11.0 and with it, support for the new Turing-based GeForce RTX family of graphics cards.
GPU-Z v2.11.0 now supports the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and RTX 2070 as well as AMD's upcoming Vega 20 GPU that is being made on the 7nm node, an industry first. There's also support for GDDR6 memory, 16Gbps memory chips, and support for BIOS parser to USB-C output.
The updated software also adds the option to minimize GPU-Z on close, adds a system RAM memory usage sensor, and temperature monitoring offset for AMD's new second-gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs.
GPU-Z v2.11.0 Full Update Log:
- Added NVIDIA GeForce RTX Turing support
- Added option to minimize GPU-Z on close
- Added system RAM memory usage sensor
- Added temperature monitoring offset for Threadripper 2nd gen
- Fixed typo in NVIDIA Perf Cap Reason tooltip
- GPU-Z will no longer use AMD ADL memory sensors because they are buggy, WDDM monitoring used again
- GPU Lookup feature improved by taking boost clock into account
- Added ability to clean up old QueryExternal files in temp directory
- Added support to BIOS parser for USB-C output, GDDR6 memory, 16 Gbit memory chips
- Added support for NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, RTX 2070, GTX 750 Ti (GM107-A), GTX 1050 Ti Mobile 4 GB, Quadro P1000, Tesla P100 DGXS, GeForce 9200
- Added support for AMD Vega 20, Fenghuang, Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U, 5 Pro 2400G, 3 Pro 2200G, 3 Pro 2300U, 3 2200GE, Athlon 200GE, Embedded V1807B
- Added support for Intel UHD 610, UHD P630 (Xeon), Coffee Lake GT3e (i5-8259U)
Download GPU-Z v2.11.0 right here.
ASUS has just unveiled a bunch of graphics cards that will fill out its GeForce RTX 2070 family, with ROG STRIX, DUAL, and TURBO branded cards all unveiled. There's no GPU clocks just yet, but we'll know that in the coming days anyway.
ASUS has seven GeForce RTX 2070 graphics cards in total across the three brands, with three SKUs each of the ROG STRIX and DUAL cards while there's a single RTX 2070 TURBO. We are looking at triple-fan coolers on the ROG STRIX cards, dual-fan coolers on the DUAL series and a single blower-style fan on the new TURBO graphics card from ASUS.
The new RTX 2070 ROG STRIX cards
The new RTX 2070 ROG STRIX cards all look virtually identical with a change in clock speeds, arriving as a 2.5-slot card and its triple-fan cooler. They differ from the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti style cards, with 6+8-pin PCIe power connectors.
- ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 8GB ROG STRIX GAMING OC (ROG-STRIX-RTX2070-O8G-GAMING
- ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 8GB ROG STRIX GAMING Advanced (ROG-STRIX-RTX2070-A8G-GAMING)
- ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 8GB ROG STRIX GAMING (ROG-STRIX-RTX2070-A8G-GAMING)
EVGA until now has only revealed two of its custom GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards, but that has all changed with the company adding another three custom RTX 20 series cards that brings their family of cards to five members.
We already have the XC and FTW3 series announced, but EVGA has just taken the wraps off of their new Hydro Copper FTW3 and Hydro Copper XC, both of which rock EVGA's custom water blocks.
The Hydro Copper FTW3 has a wider water block while the Hydro Copper XC has a smaller PCB, hence smaller water block.
EVGA has also revealed their new Hybrid series that makes use of the company's new in-house AIO cooler that looks damn delicious on the GeForce RTX 2080/2080 Ti.
Metro Exodus was one of the RTX showcase games during NVIDIA's huge reveal of the next-gen GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards, and while we knew that the demo 4A Games showed off during the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti ran at 1080p 40FPS, we are finding out more details on included NVIDIA technologies.
In an article by PCGamesHardware, the site talks about Metro Exodus and its technical prowess with and without NVIDIA's new RTX technologies. Metro Exodus will be an RTX-powered game, but it'll also include other NVIDIA technologies such as HairWorks and Advanced PhysX. HairWorks hasn't been used in too many games, with the latest one being Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, and before that it was COD: Ghosts (2013), Far Cry 4 (2014) and The Witcher 3 (2015).
HairWorks puts a large strain on any graphics card, so it'll be interesting to see how the new Turing-based GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards handle it. Maybe the new RT cores and deep learning technology can help out with performance and not bring it down so much when HairWorks is enabled. Because if gamers are turning on RTX, HairWorks and Advanced PhysX... it could bring the frames down below 30FPS, and that wouldn't be good at all, not on a new $1199 graphics card.
Mega Rumor and Trigger Warning: This is all rumor territory, and I'm just reporting from various sources who are providing the relative performance of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti against the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
Yesterday I reported about the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti being 35% faster in the 3DMark Time Spy run over the GTX 1080 Ti, but now new information has surfaced which drives the tease-o-meter up to 11/10. 3DCenter.org has compiled a list of relative performance gains over the GTX 1080 Ti from the it-still-doesn't-have-drivers GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.
Some of the results are freaking impressive with games like Far Cry 5 expected to receive a huge 55% performance upgrade at 4K, while PUBG will see a large 45% increase. The list includes Call of Duty: WW2, For Honor, GTA V, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Rainbow Six: Victories, The Crew 2, and The Witcher 3.
All of the games have a large upgrade in performance, but this is why I have the huge warning at the top. No one outside of NVIDIA has drivers for the RTX 20 series right now, so take these performance numbers with a grain of salt, a really large collection of salt in fact.
Personally, I do expect a minimum of 30% additional performance in most games from the RTX 2080 Ti so these results are very close to my expectations. I'd love to see a huge 45% increase in PUBG performance, and a huge 38% increase in Battlefield V.
We should expect even more performance when DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) is enabled in DLSS-supported games, driving this performance even higher. NVIDIA's next-gen Turing GPU architecture introduces some truly exciting new features and possibilities, and I think we're only scratching the surface.
AMD has itself teased its upcoming next generation CPU and GPU architectures on the new 7nm node, with a press release teasing that AMD's "next major milestone is the introduction of our upcoming 7nm product portfolio, including the initial products with our second generation "Zen 2" CPU core and our new "Navi" GPU architecture".
We already know that AMD worked closely with Sony on the Navi GPU architecture for the next-gen PlayStation 5 console, but now AMD is officially talking about the Navi architecture filling out its 7nm portfolio and making a point that its one of their next major milestones in the family. AMD is a little cryptic and throwing some people off by saying that their first 7nm GPU will launch "later this year" with some thinking it'll be Navi, but this will be their Vega 20 GPU.
Interestingly, we see AMD has "already taped out multiple 7nm products at TSMC" which include not just the 7nm GPU, but their first 7nm server CPU that will be launched in 2019. AMD adds: "Our work with TSMC on their 7nm node has gone very well and we have seen excellent results from early silicon. To streamline our development and align our investments closely with each of our foundry partner's investments, today we are announcing we intend to focus the breadth of our 7nm product portfolio on TSMC's industry-leading 7nm process".
AMD continues: "We also continue to have a broad partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES spanning multiple process nodes and technologies. We will leverage the additional investments GLOBALFOUNDRIES is making in their robust 14nm and 12nm technologies at their New York fab to support the ongoing ramp of our AMD Ryzen, AMD Radeon and AMD EPYC processors. We do not expect any changes to our product roadmaps as a result of these changes".
This will see AMD overtake NVIDIA as the node leader with NVIDIA currently making GPUs on both the 16nm and 12nm processes, while AMD will reach 7nm later this year. The current-gen Vega GPU architecture might not have been impressive on 14nm, but the shift to 7nm with fixes that AMD has made along the way should prove worthy as a competitor in the workstation GPU market. AMD might not have the foothold that its competitor does, but if we do see something close to a 20TLOPs compute product, eyebrows will be raised.