It looks like AMD could have a big surprise moving into the holiday season with a new Radeon drivers teased for December that will include over a dozen new features that will include gameplay capture and so much more.
AMD seems to be calling the new drivers Crimson ReLive Redux with the codename used in full "Crimson ReLive Redux I'm Still CatalystMaker v 2.4" which would be awesome. AMD, please call it that, just to troll everyone - I'm looking at you, Terry.
The new Crimson ReLive Redux drivers will reportedly rock a built-in on-screen display that shows you everything that's going on performance wise. AMD will provide you with a bunch of tools to get the most out of your system, which is perfect for those - like me - who want to know exactly what's going on and be able to record it all for... well, all of you in the world!
We haven't seen any factory overclocked custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards yet, but with SAPPHIRE and PowerColor close to the launch of some new custom RX Vega graphics cards, we might see PowerColor beat SAPPHIRE to the punch with overclocked RX Vega.
PowerColor's upcoming Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil graphics card is rumored to ship with a Vega GPU that clocks at 1607MHz, up from the 1546MHz or so that the reference RX Vega 64 and some third-party cards ship with. This is a 3.9% increase over the reference boost, and 1417MHz at base sees a 13.6% increase over base reference GPU clocks.
There is a better triple-fan cooler on a huge triple-slot graphics card, so we should hopefully expect the coolest Radeon RX Vega 64 yet. ASUS couldn't keep Radeon RX Vega 64 that much cooler with their own ROG Strix Vega 64.
We barely have more than a couple of custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, but on the other side of things we can't get enough of the custom Team Green card with EVGA unveiling its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti KINGPIN Hydro Copper graphics card.
EVGA guarantees that the GPU boost clocks on the GTX 1080 Ti KINGPIN Hydro Copper at 2025MHz, which isn't hard for most custom GTX 1080 Ti cards from EVGA. We have the same 9 thermal sensors, voltage measurement points, and a full cover backplate. Power-wise we have 10+3 phase and 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors - side mounted, which is awesome.
Best of all, EVGA has engineered its ass off with a custom single-slot I/O bracket, making this one of the first - if not the world's only single-slot GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Even with it being a small single-slot card EVGA has included 3 x mini-DP connectors, HDMI, and even DVI.
AMD used up an entire year of marketing hype with Radeon RX Vega, and still I don't know anyone who has purchased one - NVIDIA on the other hand has probably barely kept up with production to meet the demand of the GeForce GTX 10 series.
GPU shipment numbers are now in from JPR, showing that GPU shipments as a whole increased 9.3% compared to the previous quarter, with a huge drive of sales coming in from cryptocurrency mining. GPU shipments from both NVIDIA and AMD are at an all-time high because of cryptocurrency mining, but PC gamers are also scooping up the latest graphics cards for games like Battlegrounds, Destiny 2, Wolfenstein II, Call of Duty: WWII, and many other games that have been released in the last few months.
NVIDIA has experienced a huge 34.7% increase in desktop discrete GPU shipments, and a nice 22.4% increase in notebook GPU shipments for Q3 2017. AMD on the other hand has noticed a much smaller increase of 7.6%, even with Radeon dominance in cryptomining. Over the last three months since, even with the introduction of AMD's next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, AMD noticed a 0.2% decrease in GPU market share over the quarter.
PowerColor is working on a new custom Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card, with the fully-custom PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil featuring a huge triple-fan cooler and massive heat sink array that covers the entire PCB.
As you can see, the fan is quite chunky with the RX Vega 64 Red Devil being a 2.5-slot card, featuring two DIP switches that give you access to changing BIOSes and controlling the LED lighting on the 'Red Devil' branding at the top.
PCB wise it's not much different to the reference Radeon RX Vega 64 from AMD, with the same number of V-Core phases, but the PCB is wider to handle the beefed up cooler. We can expect 2 x DP and 2 x HDMI ports on the card, shifting away from the 3 x DP and 1 x HDMI on the reference card.
AMD has released their new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.11.2 beta drivers, which include day-one optimizations for the newly-released Star Wars: Battlefront II, and mo re.
There's also some bug fixes that help out with issues in regards to Radeon ReLive, where chroma artifacts would be displayed, and an issues that saw game recording failing when users switched between borderless fullscreen and fullscreen modes.
AMD's new Radeon Software 17.11.2 beta drivers also fix some WattMan problems that would see undervolted values not applying to some Radeon RX 400 and RX 500 series graphics cards. The underclocked GPU memory values would also not show correctly in the UI.
You can grab the new drivers right here.
Futuremark has announced their new DirectX 12 benchmark for VR, with VRMark Cyan Room built to show how using an API with less overhead can provide improved VR experiences, even on systems that aren't beefed up with GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.
VRMark's Experience Mode lets you walk through the awesomely-styled world that Futuremark has built for its Cyan Room, where you can adjust the rendering resolution and see the changes in VR. VR headsets are capable of using methods that compensate for the missed frames, which can ruin VR experiences in the worst times. This way, developers and hardware makers can do testing and run it through benchmarks like Cyan Room, especially in DX12.
Cyan Room is a pure DX12 benchmark that runs on an in-house DX12 VR engine, with the options to change you resolution and customize the settings, as well as run it on your desktop monitor or VR headset.
NVIDIA is preparing for the impending release of Star Wars Battlefront II, which is right around the corner by the way, while providing Destiny 2 gamers with a massive performance increase courtesy of the just-released GeForce 388.31 WHQL drivers.
The new GeForce 388.31 drivers are also optimized for Injustice II, but NVIDIA is offering a freaking game-changing 53% performance boost in Destiny 2 with the new drivers. The second big deal here is the Game Ready drivers prepare GeForce gamers for Star Wars Battlefront II, with a GTX 1060 running the game on High detail at 1080p with an average of 72FPS. Not bad at all.
Destiny 2 sees a huge improvement in performance, even with GeForce GTX 1080s in SLI with 99FPS average at 4K on Max settings when coupled with an Intel Core i7-7820X. This is a huge improvement over the 70FPS from the previous 388.13 drivers. The GTX 1080 Ti sees the biggest improvement, increasing 53% from 48FPS to a huge 73.3FPS with the new drivers.
SAPPHIRE is getting closer to the release of their first custom Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card, with HardwareBattle getting some eyes-on time with the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 64 NITRO graphics card.
The first thing you'll notice is the RX Vega 64 NITRO is a massive card, with not just a triple-fan cooler, but 3 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors that will provide the card with a total of 525W of power (150+150+150+75W). We don't know what performance the super-powered Radeon RX Vega 64 NITRO will be capable of, as the sample HB received was using reference GPU and HBM2 clocks.
SAPPHIRE should be able to squeeze everything AMD has inside of the Radeon RX Vega 64, especially with all of the power on tap with the custom NITRO offering.
SAPPHIRE has made some of the best custom Radeon graphics cards over the years, so when you infuse AMD's latest Vega GPU architecture, the Radeon RX Vega 64 NITRO should offer the best of what Vega is capable of. It has more power available to it than any custom RX Vega 64 card, offering the same 3 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors that even the most enthusiast level custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards from MSI with the GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTING Z and the GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF.
GDDR6 will be the successor to GDDR5, which already rips up the memory bandwidth game, even in the face of HBM2. But now news has us excited, teasing that Samsung had expected 14Gbps of bandwidth from GDDR6 but will instead reach 16Gbps.
Samsung announced the news as part of their 36 products that have been recognized as Innovation Awards, ahead of CES 2018 in January. Samsung's new 16Gb GDDR6 memory is joined by their Galaxy smartphones and new 8TB NGSFF NVMe SSD.
As for GDDR6, Samsung teases: "It processes images and video at 16Gbps with 64GB/s data I/O bandwidth, which is equivalent to transferring approximately 12 full-HD DVDs (5GB equivalent) per second". Yeah, you got that right - it can handle 64GB/sec of bandwidth, enough for future 4K/8K gaming.
Comparing GDDR6 against GDDR5 will impress, as GDDR5 can be pushed up to 9Gbps on the GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1070 Ti. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 shipped with 8GB of GDDR5 @ 10Gbps, while the GTX 1080 Ti and TITAN Xp rock GDDR5X @ a until-now-at-least blistering 11Gbps. GDDR6 will also use less power, drawing just 1.35V compared to 1.5V for GDDR5 @ 8Gbps.
We should expect NVIDIA's upcoming GPU release to feature GDDR6, which could come in the form of a new Volta-based TITAN graphics card, or a new Ampere-based GeForce graphics card. GDDR6 on a 256-bit memory bus will pack a 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth, while GDDR6 on a 384-bit memory bus could take things to the next level with a mind-blowing 768GB/sec of memory bandwidth.