ASUS has just unveiled their latest in their line of Phoenix branded graphics card with the new GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Phoenix, coming in with a compact design.
The new ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Phoenix is short, at just 18.3 inches long on a custom-made PCB. ASUS cools the new card with a simple aluminum heat sink, spiral-looking fans, and an 80mm cooler.
ASUS ships the GTX 1060 6GB Phoenix with NVIDIA's reference clocks, so we have 1506/1708MHz for base/boost GPU clocks, respectively. There's 6GB of GDDR5 memory on-board at its stock 8Gbps frequency.
BITNAND sent out an email overnight letting everyone know they have their new stock of NVIDIA P106-090 6GB Mining Cards about to drop, where they will begin shipping later this month.
The new NVIDIA P106-090 Mining Card can be purchased directly from BITNAND for $389, with individual card performance varying from batch to batch. BITNAND notes that the "overclocked performance is not a guarantee and will depend on individual card's performance". This is what BITNAND are promising, but these results will vary from card to card slightly:
- 22MH/s ETH ±5%
- 500H/s XMR ±5%
- 70W ±5% Power Consumption
As for the technical specifications of BITNAND's new NVIDIA P106-090 Mining Card:
- Graphics Processing NVIDIA P106-090
- Core Clock Boost 1531MHz / Base 1354MHz
- CUDA Cores 640
- Process Technology 16 nm
- Memory Clock 8008MHz
- Memory Size 6 GB
- Memory Type GDDR5
- Memory Bus 192 bit
- Card Bus PCI-E 1.1 x4
- PCB Form ATX
- Power Connectors 8pin ATX (12V)
- TGP 75W
- No DVI or HDMI output
AMD have just released their latest Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2 drivers that are optimized for some of the latest, and biggest games on the market.
The new RSAE 18.2.2 drivers are optimized for the just-released Kingdom Come: Deliverance, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Epic Games' runaway hit Fortnite. There are performance gains for the Radeon RX 580 and RX Vega 56 in Kingdom Come: Deliverance of 4% and 3%, respectively.
The new drivers improve Fortnite performance on the RX Vega 56 by 5%, while PUBG enjoys an additional 7% on the RX 580.
You can grab the new Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2 drivers here.
NVIDIA kicks off its GPU Technology Conference late next month and now we're hearing that the company will be launching its new Turing GPU architecture during GTC 2018.
Reuters is the source behind the news so we have some credit behind it, but the site says that Turing will be NVIDIA's new 'gaming GPU' which leads me to believe that my world exclusive story from a couple of days ago is right: NVIDIA will launch two new GPU series, with one focused on gamers and one for miners.
Turing is an interesting choice as the codename is a nod to Alan Turing who was "highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalization of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine" according to Wikipedia. Since Turing has roots in cryptography, it would make sense that the Turing-based card will be for miners, while Ampere will be aimed at gamers.
Another thing to consider is that NVIDIA could've changed paths as the new ARM-based CPU company, Ampere, has been unveiled in the last week. Maybe I was right on the money and NVIDIA will block crypto mining on its Ampere-based GeForce products, and instead have mining-focused cards with the Turing-based GPUs.
It's no surprise that COLORFUL has dived right into the world of Battlegrounds, as it is one of the biggest AIB partners of NVIDIA, and the biggest GeForce GTX 10 seller in China - one of the largest markets for gaming in the world.
COLORFUL has double downed on the entire PUBG frenzy, with the company releasing a performance chart that tallies up all of COLORFUL's custom GeForce GTX 10 series cards, starting from the GTX 1050 Ti right through to the GTX 1080 Ti.
As you can see, starting with the GTX 1060 3GB you can safely play PUBG at 1080p 60FPS on Ultra settings, which is not too damn bad at all. If you're after 120FPS or higher, that is GTX 1080 Ti territory, while the middle of the road GTX 1070 Ti pushes 103FPS average.
COLORFUL won't stop producing graphics cards any time soon, so I'm excited to see what they can do with the GTX 20 series when it debuts in a couple of months time.
NVIDIA is poised to release its new GeForce GTX 20 series in the next couple of months, with sources telling me it'll happen in March and then other sources saying April. Whatever the release is, it's comign in the next couple of months and it's going to be big. I recently wrote one of our biggest stories of the last 12 months with 'Could NVIDIA block GeForce 20 series cards from mining' and have been thinking about it ever since.
We should see the revised Ampere GPU architecture with it being a refreshed Pascal GPU, but made by Samsung on their 14nm FinFET node, versus Pascal's entire GP10x lineup that is on 16nm by TSMC. On top of the refreshed Ampere GPU we'll see the introduction of GDDR6 which is really going to change things at the high-end side of memory bandwidth.
The perfect card for NVIDIA's new Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGDs), as driving the 65-inch 4K 120FPS with G-Sync and HDR isn't going to be easy, even with the current flock of GTX 10 series cards. But with all of this purported brute speed and bandwidth, the GTX 20 series cards will be even better in miners' eyes as they'll have what should be some amazing hashing rate for cryptocurrency miners.
But after 24 hours of thinking about this, I have a sneaking suspicion that NVIDIA will be gimping the GTX 20 series cards at a hardware level, so that the consumer GTX 2070/2080 cards can't mine crypto, but a mining-specific SKU will be released with a slightly changed GPU.
NVIDIA is preparing a new GTX 20 series of graphics cards that should debut with the purported GeForce GTX 2080 in April under the new Ampere GPU family, a refresh of the industry-leading Pascal GPU family released in 2016.
This reveal would see the new GeForce GTX 2080 revealed, which would have to pack more performance than the GTX 1080 from nearly two years ago. But how much faster can it be before it beats the GTX 1080 Ti? What if the new GTX 2080 could beat the GTX 1080 Ti at a price point of $599 but it is not capable of cryptocurrency mining?
NVIDIA will be shooting themselves in the foot with a refreshed GA104-based GeForce GTX 2080 that even comes close to the performance of the GTX 1080 Ti, because at that point gamers won't want to buy a graphics card from March 2017 when the new GTX 20 series is here. So NVIDIA has to find a way to make its GTX 1080 Ti relevant in a market where the GTX 2080 is out, and that could be from a GPU-level ban of crypto mining on the GTX 20 series cards.
I don't think this purported ban on crypto mining on the GTX 20 series would last long, but 6-12 months would be enough time for NVIDIA to deplete its entire GTX 10 stock worldwide. NVIDIA has a considerable supply of cards on the market, with many more coming, and they're selling all of them. With a GPU-level crypto mining ban on the GTX 20 series, this would allow the GTX 10 series cards to cater to gamers who want to mine and game, or to miners who just want those important hashes.
After 6-12 months of the release of the new GeForce GTX 2080, NVIDIA would need to announce and release the GTX 2080 Ti. At this time, NVIDIA would have enough GTX 10 series cards sold, and enough GTX 20 series inventory to announce at the GTX 2080 Ti reveal event that they are unlocking mining on the GTX 20 series.
This is purely my opinion, but it'll be enough to start an online comment fest between you guys and girls - our readers, and the companies and my sources involved. This would be an interesting step to take, and an easy way for NVIDIA to keep GTX 20 series stock under control in a mining-obsessed market. NVIDIA's mining block would eventually be hacked, or the company could provide a pay-to-unlock service and keep the price of the GTX 20 series cheap at launch.
Also remember that NVIDIA has recently said that GeForce graphics cards are for gamers, and not miners, with the company already making retailers aware of this.
The latest rumor for NVIDIA's refreshed GeForce GTX 20 series is that the company will be unveiling the new Ampere-based series in April, close to two years after the reveal of the GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 in Austin, Texas.
The new rumors are coming from readers that were posting on German site 3DCenter, teasing that TSMC has stopped production of GP102, the GPU that powers the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. This would mean that current-gen GTX 1080 Ti and TITAN X graphics cards would stop, or at least heavily slow down throughout the rest of 2018 for the unraveling of the GTX 20 series from NVIDIA.
I've been talking about the GeForce GTX 2080 since October 2016... if you can believe it... and it seems we should expect big things from the GTX 20 series. Now that GDDR6 is ready, we'll see NVIDIA use the super-fast new VRAM technology on a smaller bus than the GTX 1080 Ti (and soon GTX 2080 Ti).
NVIDIA has since signed an agreement with Samsung that would see the company making its new 14nm GPUs, which later manifested into the purported Ampere GPU.
Back in that post, I said that I expected a "10-30% gain over the performance of the GTX 10 series parts", but GDDR6 wasn't in the picture then so I have since revised what to expect:
Revised speculated specifications on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 20 series graphics cards:
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 Ti - GA102/3384/384-bit/GDDR6
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 - GA104/2560/256-bit/GDDR6
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2070 - GA104/2048/256-bit/GDDR6
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060 Ti 6GB - GA106/1280/192-bit/GDDR5
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060 6GB - GA106/1024/192-bit/GDDR5
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2050 - GA107/768/128-bit/GDDR5
We all know there is a massive graphics card shortage that is being blamed on the rise of cryptocurrency mining, but now we're seeing companies sell 6 packs of graphics cards in a bundle on both Amazon and Newegg.
The 6 x GPU bundles arrive in both Team Green and Team Red combos, with 6 x GTX 1060 Founders Edition cards from EVGA costing $3780, while 6 x MSI Aero ITX OC GTX 1060s (which are great for mining) cost $3465. There's also the higher-end 6 x GTX 1080s for $6300, which is quite insane.
AMD isn't left out of the 6-card bundles, with a 6 x RX 580 4GB pack for $3600, the higher-end MSI Armor RX 580 8GB cards cost $3990 in a 6-pack.
Buying the 6 packs aren't necessarily cheaper, but with retailers setting purchasing limits of 1 or 2 graphics cards right now, this is an easy way for serious crypto miners to just jump right into the game with 6-card bundles.
NVIDIA has just posted their Q4 2017 earnings report, where company shares rose 10% in after-hours trading.
NVIDIA reported EPS of $1.78 on revenue of $2.91 billion, beating out analysts' expectations of $1.17 per share on $2.69 billion of revenue. NVIDIA stock has risen by an incredible 83% in the last 12 months, with just their gaming and data center businesses increasing revenue by a huge 24% year-over-year.
The company wasn't clear on how much money it made from the massive boom of cryptocurrency mining, but NVIDIA's CFO said that the demand for its GPUs for crypto mining had "accounted for a higher percentage of revenue than the previous quarter" and that it had "exceeded expectations".