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.
NVIDIA shouldn't be showing off any new GPU technology during CES 2018, which is only 6 weeks away now, but now rumors are swirling that NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce graphics cards will use the 'Ampere' architecture.
Heise.de reports NVIDIA's next-gen GPU architecture is called Ampere and it will be unveiled during GTC 2018. NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference is not an event that GeForce graphics cards get unveiled at, so it would be a strange move - but remember, this is just a rumor.
We could see NVIDIA use its Volta GPU architecture for the datacenter/AI/cloud computing markets while the new Ampere GPU architecture will succeed Pascal on the consumer GeForce side of things. But a GTC 2018 unveiling? I don't think so. I think we'll see NVIDIA host another Editor's Day in March-May, leading into Computex in June with its next-gen GeForce GTX series, and I can't wait.
NVIDIA first unveiled its mysterious TITAN Xp Collector's Edition just a few days ago, but in the meantime we've seen RTG boss Raja Koduri depart the company in full, and now NVIDIA has hit again with a full unveiling of the best looking graphics cards the company has ever made.
The new TITAN Xp Collector's Edition cards will be sold in two Star Wars themed variants: Jedi Order and Galactic Empire editions. They will be available exclusively on the NVIDIA store, with pre-orders opening up tomorrow. The price is $1200, just like the current non-Star Wars themed TITAN Xp graphics card.
This means we have the GP102 GPU with 3840 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDR5X overclocked to 11.4Gbps.
NVIDIA's new Jedi Order edition will feature green lighting, while red lighting runs through the Galactic Empire edition. Both cards rock premium packaging with translucent windows, which look absolutely amazing. The card will be officially launching on November 17, so you don't have long to wait.
So I'm sitting at my PC playing some Battlegrounds, and I get an email from NVIDIA's PR agency with the heading 'It's Coming' and a link to a YouTube video. It's a 13-second clip of a new graphics card, days after NVIDIA launched their GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, and it's a new TITAN X.
NVIDIA's new graphics card is teased at the 11 second mark as 'TITAN X Collectors Edition' and that's all we know. At the time of viewing the video had just 440 views, so this is fresh as hell. Now I want to know what it is. TITAN Xp isn't that old and is the 'full-fat' Pascal GPU, so what the hell is this new card?
It looks like NVIDIA is bringing some major styling to the TITAN X range with this shot, with some clear RGB LEDs on show - in both green and red. A nice touch to AMD/NVIDIA and the Red/Green battle. BRING IT ON.
Will you look at that: XFX has teased their upcoming custom Radeon RX Vega graphics card with one of the most unique placements of PCIe power connectors I think I've ever, ever seen.
You can see from the leaked photo that the PCIe power connectors are in the middle of the card, between the two fans. I don't think I've ever seen a set up like this before, and I'm kinda digging it, XFX. By the looks of the 8+6-pin PCIe power connectors, we should have a custom RX Vega 56 on out hands.
I've got to say, the backplate on XFX's upcoming mystery Radeon RX Vega graphics card looks HOT AS HELL. I love that 'V' logo for Vega, I just need this - heck, two, in my life. Now to see if it runs just as hot as the custom ROG Strix RX Vega 64.