Video Cards & GPUs News - Page 8
Recently, the U.S. government updated its list of graphics hardware that is effectively banned from being exported or sold to China without a government license, including many of NVIDIA's most popular AI GPUs like the A100, A800, H100, and H800.
A new filing from NVIDIA outlines that the new ban is "effective immediately," meaning that sales and exports for these GPUs have been shown a bright red light.
Bad news for AI in the region, but good news for PC gamers? As previously reported, the ban was about restricting hardware sales for GPUs and hardware exceeding a certain performance threshold - which, in a testament to its raw power, included the GeForce RTX 4090. The most powerful gaming GPU on the planet was on the cusp of being banned in one of the biggest PC gaming markets in the world.
Intel Game On Drivers for the Intel Arc range of graphics cards (including the new Intel Arc A580 we recently reviewed) have been released at a steady clip - offering support for new games in addition to delivering massive performance improvements to older titles that didn't play nice with the architecture when it debuted last year.
The latest driver release, 'Intel Graphics Driver 126.96.36.19900 for Intel Arc,' focuses squarely on new titles: Ghostrunner 2, Alan Wake 2, Cities: Skylines 2, and WRC. However, two of these games have been making headlines of late due to just how demanding they are on PC hardware, which raises the question of how they'd run on the entry-level and mainstream Intel Arc lineup of GPUs.
Cities: Skylines II is launching in a state on PC that the developer has called out as unfinished, so much so that some players are struggling to maintain higher than 10 FPS with high-end hardware. So when Intel writes, "Up to 34% average FPS uplift at 1080p with High settings," in the release notes - without context or specific figures, it could be misleading.
ASL has just revealed a graphics card the world simply doesn't need: a new GeForce RTX 4060 with a built-in spirit level.
The new ASL GeForce RTX 4060 graphics card isn't the first with a built-in spirit level, as the 51RISC GeForce RTX 4090 had one, as well as Sycom's custom GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 cards with AIO cooling and a built-in spirit level. This is a much thinner card and a much more basic design.
ASL's new custom GeForce RTX 4060 has a dual-fan cooler, a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, and a silver-themed design. But the spirit level... it's on the end of the card, on the front next to the two fans. Once the ASL GeForce RTX 4060 is installed into a system, it will not even be visible. So the spirit level on the card itself serves zero purpose, zero use... and then once it's installed, you can't even look at it. If you had a vertical mount for the GPU, then sure... but why.
NVIDIA's mainstream GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB has appeared in a new form: a single-slot, blower-style fan for your new SFF gaming PC.
The new GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB single-slot graphics card was teased by MEGASizeGPU, which will be a release from COLORFUL, but we don't know if it's an iGame GPU yet or not. The new single-slot GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB arrives in a super-tight, single-slot design that measures 267mm long and just 20mm thick.
A blower-style fan is used for cooling, with not many air cutouts at all above the I/O ports -- which are standard here on the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 16GB single-slot GPU: 1 x HDMI 2.1 and 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 connectors. A single 8-pin PCIe power connector is at the rear, making the card look very neat and tidy all around.
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER refresh GPU is currently in the development oven at Team Green, with some new ponderings about its specifications -- and how it can get around the new US sanctions against China -- which have seen the AD102-based GeForce RTX 4090 banned, and the price of the GPU skyrocketing in China.
The upcoming refreshed GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER has been rumored with 20GB of GDDR6X, but a new video from Moore's Law is Dead suggests that we'll see some changes to the refreshed SUPER card that will skirt around the US sanctions in China... and it totally makes sense for NVIDIA to do this.
The Biden administration pushed in new sanctions on China that have outright banned the GeForce RTX 4090 from being sold in the country, with prices jumping within hours. Moore's Law is Dead is reporting from his sources that NVIDIA will not be moving any GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card stock out of Asia and into any other country in any big numbers because shipping containers are so expensive as we head into the holiday season.
NVIDIA's next moves in the GPU space have been under scrutiny lately, with a whole bunch of recent rumors about possible refreshes of the RTX 4070 and 4080 - and now we're hearing speculation on where Team Green could go with pricing.
This comes from Moore's Law is Dead (MLID), who reasons his way through a theory - and it is just that, theorizing, albeit based on commentary from multiple trusted sources - as to what NVIDIA's pricing strategy might be going forward this year into next.
We've already been hearing about the effects of the US ban on the RTX 4090 GPU in China - well, technically the AD102 chip, we should clarify - and MLID reckons this is going to have, shall we say, interesting ramifications for the graphics card world.
Recently, we reported on the ban on the GeForce RTX 4090 GPU in China, which shocked several people because it's the first time the US-imposed export ban on technology to the country included a piece of hardware designed for PC gaming. This has led to RTX 4090 models being sold for double the price in China, ahead of the restrictions kicking in next month.
According to sources, it's all about restricting and slowing China regarding AI. With the new restrictions looking to limit the sale of NVIDIA's A800 and H800 workstation cards in the region, the ban, which doesn't restrict specific models but hardware with certain transistor numbers, now includes the GeForce RTX 4090.
No GeForce RTX 4090s for China might not sound like a big deal, but with the AI boom and new reports from outlets like TechSpot, it seems that when it comes to high-end NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs, we're on the cusp of another situation where prices are about to go through the roof.
The rumor mill is spinning up for NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 40 SUPER series of graphics cards, with some new information suggesting the RTX 4080 SUPER will have 20GB of VRAM on a wider memory bus, which should position the card smack bang in the middle of the performance of the RTX 4090 and the RTX 4080.
Benchlife is now reporting new information from their AIB sources, which points to NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER graphics card featuring 20GB of GDDR6X memory. The AIB partner didn't say it would definitely be the "RTX 4080 SUPER," but it could be another RTX 4080 with 20GB of VRAM. I think that would be graphics card naming suicide, especially after the "unlaunched" GeForce RTX 4080 12GB.
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER would make sense, especially with 20GB of GDDR6X memory on a wider 320-bit memory bus, up against the RTX 4080 and its 16GB GDDR6X on a 256-bit memory bus. The flagship GeForce RTX 4090 has 24GB of GDDR6X on an even larger 384-bit memory bus.
MaxSun has officially confirmed the price of its upcoming flagship GeForce RTX 4090 MegaGamer graphics card, the top-of-the-mountain version of the new MGG series the company launched earlier this year.
It is unfortunate that MaxSun doesn't have its graphics cards in more countries across the planet, as its GeForce RTX 4090 MegaGamer looks like an interesting RTX 4090 to enter the ring. It'll mostly be available to China and select Asian countries, while the rest of the world has to skip this one.
MaxSun has announced an official MSRP of $1999 on its new GeForce RTX 4090 MegaGamer, a $400 premium over teh reference price of the RTX 4090, which is $1599. MaxSun's new GeForce RTX 4090 MegaGamer is unique in the fact that it doesn't just have a couple of fans; there are FIVE cooling fans on this card. There's a pretty nice-looking two-piece aluminum body shell and a customizable RGB light bar. It does look cool, I'll give it that.
Samsung formally announced its next-gen GDDR7 memory back in October 2022, so we're about a year away from the announcement now, with the South Korean giant hosting its annual Memory Tech Day in San Jose on October 20.
At the event, Samsung announced its next-gen Shinebolt HBM3E memory, which is destined for AI GPUs and HPC. But the company also provided some small but important updates on its new GDDR7 memory. Samsung said that it's not just improving the active power consumption of GDDR7 over GDDR6, but its new GDDR7 memory will use 50% less standby power than GDDR6 does, which is thanks to additional clock controls.
We already know that Samsung will have 16Gbit (2GB) modules of GDDR6 at up to 32Gbps of projected speed, which represents a 33% improvement in bandwidth per pin over GDDR6. This means on a 256-bit memory interface, we should see a hefty 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth... while on a much wider 512-bit memory interface, that bandwidth skyrockets to 2TB/sec of memory bandwidth.