NVIDIA is reportedly less than two weeks away from releasing their new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, a new graphics card that is going to literally be like a bomb being dropped on AMD, and more specifically against their still fresh Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card.
AMD's new Radeon RX Vega 56 is the more compelling Vega-based graphics card out of the three launched (RX Vega 56/64/64 LCE), but NVIDIA is prepared to completely demolish Vega 56 with the new GTX 1070 Ti. Now we have some leaked benchmarks to share, with numbers coming out of Ashes of the Singularity.
The benchmarks show that the GTX 1070 Ti will compete with the GTX 1080 in some games and resolutions, powered by the GP104-300 GPU. We have 19 SMs, compared to the full GP104 with 20 SMs. We have 7.2 billion transistors, 2432 CUDA cores, 152 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and 8GB of GDDR5 memory. The big difference between the GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080 is that the latter has GDDR5X RAM, which will make a big difference to performance.
NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti will reportedly not overclock at all, with no dynamic boost over the stock specs. This is something that NVIDIA has built into the GTX 1070 Ti so that it doesn't completely gobble up the GTX 1080 and make it a useless graphics card for gamers. AMD on the other hand, will see their Radeon RX Vega 56 disappear into the night.
NVIDIA has just announced its next-gen Drive PX Pegasus board, a major successor to the Drive PX 2 board that is found in some Tesla vehicles. The new Drive PX Pegasus board has a freakin' performance jump of nearly 10x, which is absolutely incredible.
The new Drive PX Pegasus board features 320 DL TOPs, up from the 24 DL TOPs found on the Pascal-based Drive PX 2 board. We have 2 x next-gen discrete GPUs inside (that are NOT Volta...), two Volta iGPUs, and 2 x Xavier system-on-a-chips (SoCs). There's also 16 x NVIDIA ARM-based CPU cores, 2 x Volta iGPU cores, and up to 500W of power consumption (up from 250W on the previous-gen board).
NVIDIA co-founder and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang said during GTC Europe 2017: "Creating a fully self-driving car is one of society's most important endeavors - and one of the most challenging to deliver. The breakthrough AI computing performance and efficiency of Pegasus is crucial for the industry to realize this vision. Driverless cars will enable new ride- and car-sharing services. New types of cars will be invented, resembling offices, living rooms or hotel rooms on wheels. Travelers will simply order up the type of vehicle they want based on their destination and activities planned along the way. The future of society will be reshaped".
Until now, you've had to use AMD's own Radeon Software and its pretty damn impressive Wattman overclocking utility, or SAPPHIRE TRIXX, and lastly ASUS' GPU Tweak in order to overclock Vega. We can now add MSI to that list.
MSI's latest Afterburner 4.4.0 Beta 19 has support for low-level access to the SMC microcontroller, providing full voltage control over Vega. This means you can adjust the voltage on Vega up and down, if you want to get into some undervolting action, too. You can't make any per P-state control adjustments, with a slider provided instead.
MSI states in its own changelog: "Added low-level AMD Vega 10 graphics processors family support. This means that now MSI AB can access this GPU directly without AMD ADL API, so more powerful voltage control (no longer limited by AMD ADL API) and extended and more efficient low-level hardware monitoring are available for Vega now. Core voltage control for reference design AMD Vega series cards is now performed via low-level access to on-die SMC microcontroller. Voltage is adjusted in offset form now, applied to all P-states (just like it was on Fiji/Polaris) and full -100..+100 range is available. Added GPU power draw graph to hardware monitoring module for AMD Vega series graphics cards. Added HBM memory temperature graph to hardware monitoring module for AMD Vega series graphics cards".
AMD has had an amazing couple of years, and an even better 2017 with the mega success of Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper knocking Intel down from its uber-throne. But what about the GPU division?
AMD launched their next-gen Vega GPU architecture, the first consumer graphics cards to feature HBM2 technology. It was back in May this year where I exclusively revealed there would be less than 16,000 Vega graphics cards available in the months post-launch... and here we are, with shortages and only a single custom RX Vega graphics card in the wild. But what about Navi?
Once again I have an exclusive story that AMD will have Navi ready to go sometime in July-August 2018, with a Navi-based professional card being launched at SIGGRAPH 2018. We're still waiting for AMD to launch Radeon Pro SSG, something they unveiled during SIGGRAPH 2017 that hasn't yet materialized. In the meantime, Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri has taken a sabbatical from the company until early-2018.
I awoke to an email this morning from Futuremark that announced they have a new entry into the 3DMark family of benchmarks, with Time Spy Extreme launching on October 11. What is Time Spy Extreme?
Futuremark's new 3DMark Time Spy Extreme benchmark run is a 4K DX12 benchmark run of the current Time Spy benchmark that will stress multi-core processors, countless GPU combinations, and more. Futuremark explains: "A decade or so ago, hardware sites were asking, "Will dual-core processors enhance your gaming experience?" Today, we're looking at new processors from AMD and Intel that can have up to 18 cores in some cases".
The company continues: "The CPU test has been redesigned to let processors with 8 or more cores perform to their full potential. Compared with Time Spy, the Extreme CPU test is three times more demanding. It also lets processors use more advanced instructions sets up to AVX2 when supported".
It was reported last week that GIGABYTE and MSI weren't working on custom AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, but that rumor was wrong. I quickly reached out to my contacts at GIGABYTE which confirmed they were indeed working on custom RX Vega.
Now we have some photos to show courtesy of our friends at VideoCardz, with the GIGABYTE Radeon RX Vega 64 GAMING OC graphics card. We can see that it rocks what will surely be an updated Windforce 2X cooler, but it is pretty damn massive compared to AMD's sleek Radeon RX Vega 64 reference board.
GIGABYTE will be throwing DVI away (yay) and using just 1 x HDMI 2.0 and 3 x DP ports, while GIGABYTE seems to be using a custom PCB on their RX Vega 64 GAMING OC variant.
AMD's new Radeon RX Vega 64 can beat NVIDIA's best GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in some scenarios, where in multi-GPU configurations the RX Vega 64 begins competing against the GTX 1080 Ti in 8K... and now the same can be said for DX12 and Forza 7.
The lead that RX Vega 64 has is short lived, as it only beats the GTX 1080 Ti in Forza 7 in DX12 at 1080p and 1440p... because at 4K the GTX 1080 Ti reigns supreme once again. ComputerBase.de used an Intel Core i7-6850K overclocked to 4.3GHz, 16GB of DDR4-3000, and Forza 7 in DX12. As for drivers, the site used Crimson ReLive 17.9.3 and the GeForce 385.69 drivers.
Forza 7 was run in DX12 mode with 8x MSAA enabled, which really stresses out the cards - so it's interesting to see Radeon RX Vega 56 beating the GTX 1070/1080 and even the GTX 1080 Ti at 1080p. Even at 1440p, the RX Vega 56 competes against the GTX 1080 and beats it, while it's just 3FPS from the GTX 1080 Ti.
AMD doesn't have enough Radeon RX Vega graphics cards available to fight the good fight against NVIDIA's onslaught of GTX 10 series graphics cards as it is... and the pain will only get worse with the purported GeForce GTX 1070 Ti release that's meant to happen on October 26.
NVIDIA will reportedly be launching a new mid-range GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card that will be a little faster than the GTX 1070, but a little slower than the GTX 1080, and will fight the Radeon RX Vega 56. GTX 1070 Ti will rock 8GB of GDDR5 memory, and higher GPU clock speeds than the GTX 1070. We should expect the GTX 1070 Ti to be a great cryptocurrency mining card thanks to the superior GDDR5 on-board, too.
AIB partners will be rolling out custom GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards next month, so expect a launch on October 26 and a release on November 2.
AMD has just released its new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.3 drivers, something that includes multi-GPU support for Total War: WARHAMMER II, and more.
The new 17.9.3 drivers also include support for Forza Motorsport 7, as well as some bug fixes that fix issues like bad multi-GPU scaling in F1 2017 on Radeon RX 580 series graphics cards. ReLive pushing GPU clocks higher on a second RX Vega graphics card in multi-GPU configurations on certain AMD Ryzen systems has also been fixed.
- The drop-down option to enable Enhanced Sync may be missing in Radeon Settings on Radeon RX Vega Series Graphics Products.
- ReLive may cause higher idle clocks on the secondary Radeon RX Vega Series Graphics Product in a multi-GPU configuration on certain AMD Ryzen based systems.
- Negative scaling in F1™ 2017 may be observed on Radeon RX 580 Series Graphics products in multi-GPU system configurations.
There are a bunch of known issues, including:
- Unstable Radeon WattMan profiles may not be restored to default after a system hang. A workaround is to launch Radeon WattMan after reboot and restore settings to default.
- Wattman may fail to apply user adjusted voltage values on certain configurations.
- Radeon Settings may not populate game profiles after Radeon Software's initial install.
- Overwatch™ may experience a random or intermittent hang on some system configurations.
- GPU Scaling may fail to work on some DirectX®11 applications.
- Secondary displays may show corruption or green screen when the display/system enters sleep or hibernate with content playing.
- Bezel compensation in mixed mode Eyefinity cannot be applied.
- When recording with Radeon ReLive on Radeon RX Vega Series graphics products GPU usage and clocks may remain in high states.
Update: I've reached out to GIGABYTE/AORUS which have confirmed with TweakTown that they are indeed making custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, there's just "no news on the horizon" yet.
If you've been waiting on GIGABYTE or MSI's custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, you won't have to wait any longer - or wait at all, because the companies aren't working on them according to fresh rumors.
AMD has been reportedly having troubles getting Vega GPU production in large numbers, which is something I exclusively reported earlier this year when I said AMD would have less than 16,000 available post-launch. Here we are, post-launch, with no official sales numbers to go by.
ASUS is the only one with a custom STRIX Vega 64, something that is on its way to me as we speak. VideoCardz reports that the "competition believes that ASUS card was just a PR stunt with questionable value as it provides minimal improvements over the reference design". We'll see when it arrives.
As for what GIGABYTE and MSI are doing, the two companies are working on custom GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards which should arrive late next month.