NVIDIA hasn't been able to keep up with the non-stop demand of their GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards, thanks to cryptocurrency miners across the world gobbling them up for mining.
We reported earlier this month that GTX 10 series pricing was on its way up, with an average of 25% higher pricing according to Mizuho's chief semiconductor analyst. Mizuho reports: "Our checks with the leading GPU and motherboard OEMs indicate SepQ GPU card trends are very strong, with card shipments coming in ~30-50% ahead of flat q/q expectations on strength from cryptocurrency mining. Cryptocurrency demand is driving strength in NVDA's GTX 1060/1070 cards. The GPU/motherboard OEMs also noted GPU pricing was up ~25% in the last six months".
It's not just miners either, but DRAM shortages are going to push us to see a purported decline of GTX 10 series for miners, with China banning cryptocurrencies being a massive driving factor. Mizuho continued: "The OEMs also noted zero inventory of GPUs in the channel and constrained short DRAM supply and pricing also affecting GPU shipments. Coming off a very strong SepQ, there are also expectations in the supply chain that DecQ GPU sales could be muted in pricing and demand on recent cryptocurrency bans and DRAM shortages".
AMD just unleashed their new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2 drivers which add 2-way multi-GPU support to Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, but now the latest rumor has the company preparing 13 new graphics card on their Vega 11 GPU.
The Vega 11-based graphics cards should replace AMD's current-gen Radeon RX 400 and Radeon RX 500 series cards, which are based on the Polaris 10 and Polaris 20 GPUs. The naming system that AMD is reportedly going to use makes sense, as it continues the way that they launched RX Vega: using the compute unit count (in this case 32 and 28 CUs) to name the card.
This is where Radeon RX Vega 32 and Radeon RX Vega 28 nomenclatures come from, with the Vega 11 XT expected to rock 2048 stream processors, with 4GB of HBM2 and a 1024-bit memory bus. Vega 11 Pro should feature 1792 stream processors, with the same 4GB HBM2 on a 1024-bit memory bus.
Radeon RX Vega 32 and RX Vega 28 should fight NVIDIA's mid-range GeForce GTX 1060, and I'm sure the GTX 1060 9Gbps.
AMD has released their latest Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2 drivers, with a surprise feature: 2-way multi-GPU support for Radeon RX Vega graphics card.
CrossFire support isn't center focus for AMD, something that the company has been very forward with for a while now. They will be pushing out multi-GPU support for their Radeon graphics cards in the future, but they're definitely pulling out of sheer beasty multi-GPU gaming PC rigs.
However, the new 17.9.2 drivers only support 2-way CF setups, with 3- and 4-way RX Vega setups simply not possible right now. I'm just installing the new drivers on my Ryzen Threadripper 1950X machine, with my 2 x RX Vega graphics cards and 8K display... we'll have results of RX Vega 64 CF over the weekend.
Download AMD's new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2 drivers right here.
EVGA just announced their new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE graphics card with its 11GB of GDDR5X clocked at 12Gbps, but now MSI has outed its upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO graphics card.
What's the difference between the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X and the new TRIO variant? It rocks a triple-fan cooler over the dual-fan cooler on the normal GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X, coming in as a 2.5-slot graphic card with an RGB LED bar on the backplate.
MSI has the clocks on the GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO at 1569MHz base, 1683MHz boost, and the 11GB of GDDR5X clocked at 11124MHz. MSI requires 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, but we don't have any solid photos of the PCB just yet.
EVGA has just announced their latest and greatest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE graphics card, which rocks highly overclocked GDDR5X memory.
EVGA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE will have its 11GB of GDDR5X clocked at 12Gbps, offering up 528GB/sec of memory bandwidth, up from the 484GB/sec of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps.
EVGA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE will offer massive memory bandwidth that will be great for 4K gamers, and those chasing overclocking world records.
We now have more details to share on NVIDIA's purported GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, which should arrive with 2304 CUDA cores teased on the original rumor.
The latest news comes from MyDrivers, which reports that the purported GTX 1070 Ti would feature 2432 CUDA cores, just 128 CUDA cores less than the more expensive GTX 1080. The GTX 1070 Ti will fall between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, with the GTX 1070 to ship with GDDR5, and not GDDR5X memory like the GTX 1080.
NVIDIA is expected to launch the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti sometime in late October, for $429.
It looks like AMD might have scored a seriously large contract through electric car maker Tesla Motors, with the companies collaborating on a new AI accelerator for self-driving cars.
Jim Keller, the legendary engineer in AMD's ranks is reportedly involved in the deal, along with 50 engineers at Tesla. Keller has been involved with Apple's A4 and A5 processors, the original Athlon 64 processors, and AMD's latest Zen architecture.
AMD has reportedly already sent Tesla early samples of the new semi-custom chip, with testing already underway. For Tesla, this is the firs ttime they've opted for a purpose built AI processor, which will be using both AMD and Tesla IP.
It was only 24 hours ago that we reported about the delayed custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, but now Hardwareluxx has talked with four manufacturers that have provided very similar answers.
I reached out to some of my AIB contacts and can also personally confirm AMD hasn't shipped any Vega GPUs yet, and that they should turn up sometime next month. VideoCardz has also reached out to their contacts, with the same news, as it seems AMD is in trouble with Vega production.
As for the four manufacturers that Hardwareluxx talked to, this is what they said (in a rough translation):
- Manufacturer A: Custom RX Vega models are already developed and ready to be launched, company is waiting for GPUs from AMD. They can't estimate when more variants of RX Vega 56 will be available.
- Manufacturer B: AMD is always focusing on reference models first, however the availability is a major issue and causes delays of custom models. They have no date for custom designs to be available.
- Manufacturer C: Manufacturer has no final specs nor launch date for their custom design. They waiting for GPUs to be delivered, they assume no cards will be ready by mid-October.
- Manufacturer D: They are waiting for GPUs, no comment on their custom designs.
AMD can't get enough Radeon RX Vega cards into gamers' hands, or any Vega 10 GPUs into AIB partner hands at all, but we're already looking to the future with Vega 20 and the upcoming shift to the 12nm FinFET process.
AMD has confirmed it will be moving to the 12nm FinFET process for both Ryzen and Vega parts, withi the upcoming Zen+ parts to launch in the second half of 2018. We should expect naming systems like Ryzen 7 1850X (up from 1800X), and changes to Threadripper.
But for the new Vega 20 GPU, we should see it pushed onto 12nm FinFET with "more than 10% improvement in performance over industry 16nm FinFET solutions", with "up to 15% improvement in circuit density".
All I can say is that we're going to need it if AMD wants to push into a single GPU product that is capable of 4K 60FPS, let alone the GPU horsepower required for 8K 60FPS.
It looks like we won't be seeing any custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards until at least the end of October, and probably more into November.
According to Hardware.fr who reached out to AIB partners making custom Radeon graphics cards, and said that no manufacturers are ready apart from one unnamed manufacturer who said that they're waiting for Vega GPUs to arrive.
If AIB partners are still waiting for Vega GPUs, then the custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards are still many months away, with a November launch making sense. Remember that I posted a world exclusive scoop on there only being less than 16,000 x Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in the months post-launch... and here we are.
We have no official sales numbers on Radeon RX Vega from AMD just yet, only that it has been a great launch (like AMD would come out and say a launch has been bad, no company would).