Subject: Graphics Cards | February 3, 2018 - 05:00 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: RX 580, msi, GDDR5, factory overclocked, amd, 8gb
MSI is updating its Radeon RX 580 Armor series with a new MK2 variant (in both standard and OC editions) that features an updated cooler with red and black color scheme and a metal backplate along with Torx 2.0 fans.
The graphics card is powered by a single 8-pin PCI-E power connection and has two DisplayPort, two HDMI, and one DVI display output. MSI claims the MK2 cards use its Military Class 4 hardware including high end solid capacitors. The large heatsink features three copper heatpipes and a large aluminum fin stack. It appears that the cards are using the same PCB as the original Armor series but it is not clear from MSI’s site if they have dome anything different to the power delivery.
The RX 580 Polaris GPU is running at a slight factory overclock out of the box with a boost clock of up to 1353 MHz (reference is 1340) for the standard edition and at up to 1366 MHz for the RX 580 Armor MK2 OC Edition. The OC edition can further clock up to 1380 MHz when run in OC mode using the company’s software utility (enthusiasts can attempt to go beyond that but MSi makes no guarantees). Both cards come with 8GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at the reference 8GHz.
MSI did not release pricing or availability but expect them to be difficult to find and for well above MSRP when they are in stock If you have a physical Microcenter near you, it might be worth watching for one of these cards there to have a chance of getting one closer to MSRP.
Subject: Graphics Cards, Memory | January 24, 2018 - 11:04 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: SK Hynix, graphics memory, gddr6, 8gb, 14Gbps
SK Hynix recently updated its product catalog and announced the availability of its eight gigabit (8 Gb) GDDR6 graphics memory. The new chips come in two SKUs and three speed grades with the H56C8H24MJR-S2C parts operating at 14 Gbps and 12 Gbps and the H56C8H24MJR-S0C operating at 12 Gbps (but at higher voltage than the -S2C SKU) and 10 Gbps. Voltages range from 1.25V for 10 Gbps and either 1.25V or 1.35V for 12 Gbps to 1.35V for 14 Gbps. Each 8 Gb GDDR6 memory chip holds 1 GB of memory and can provide up to 56 GB/s of per-chip bandwidth.
While SK Hynix has a long way to go before competing with Samsung’s 18 Gbps GDDR6, its new chips are significantly faster than even its latest GDDR5 chips with the company working on bringing 9 Gbps and 10 Gbps GDDR5 to market. As a point of comparison, its fastest 10 Gbps GDDR5 would have a per chip bandwidth of 40 GB/s versus its 14 Gbps GDDR6 at 56 GB/s. A theoretical 8GB graphics card with eight 8 Gb chips running at 10 Gbps on a 256-bit memory bus would have maximum bandwidth of 320 GB/s. Replacing the GDDR5 with 14 Gbps GDDR6 in the same eight chip 256-bit bus configuration, the graphics card would hit 448 GB/s of bandwidth. In the Samsung story I noted that the Titan XP runs 12 8 Gb GDDR5X memory chips at 11.4 Gbps on a 384-bit bus for bandwidth of 547 GB/s. Replacing the G5X with GDDR6 would ramp up the bandwidth to 672 GB/s if running the chips at 14 Gbps.
|Chip Pin Speed||Per Chip Bandwidth||256-bit bus||384-bit bus||1024-bit (one package)||4096-bit (4 packages)|
|10 Gbps||40 GB/s||320 GB/s||480 GB/s|
|48 GB/s||384 GB/s||576 GB/s|
|14 Gbps||56 GB/s||448 GB/s||672 GB/s|
|16 Gbps||64 GB/s||512 GB/s||768 GB/s|
|18 Gbps||72 GB/s||576 GB/s||864 GB/s|
|HBM2 2 Gbps||256 GB/s||256 GB/s||1 TB/s|
GDDR6 is still a far cry from High Bandwidth Memory levels of performance, but it is much cheaper and easier to produce. With SK Hynix ramping up production and Samsung besting the fastest 16 Gbps G5X, it is likely that the G5X stop-gap will be wholly replaced with GDDR6 and things like the upgraded 10 Gbps GDDR5 from SK Hynix will pick up the low end. As more competition enters the GDDR6 space, prices should continue to come down and adoption should ramp up for the new standard with the next generation GPUs, game consoles, network devices, ect. using GDDR6 for all but the highest tier prosumer and enterprise HPC markets.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 29, 2016 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: rx 480, radeon, Polaris, amd, 8gb
Having already read through Ryan's review of the RX 480 while listening to Raja on the live stream you might be curious what others thought of the card. Perhaps there was one of your preferred configurations or games we did not cover or maybe you just love to read. Do not worry as there are plenty of reviews to test out. You could start over at [H]ard|OCP, who test power usage and performance with a different technique, before moving on to other hardware sites.
"AMD's next generation GCN GPU is here! We review the AMD Radeon RX 480 and find out what kind of gaming experience it provides at 1080p and 1440p. We compare apples-to-apples with four other video cards to find out how it compares at both resolutions. We even find out how high it will overclock! Waited for benchmarks, right?"
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- AMD's Radeon RX 480 @ Tech Report
- Radeon R9 RX 480 8GB @ Guru of 3D
- AMD’s Polaris Has Landed: A Look At The $200 Radeon RX 480 @ Techgage
- AMD RX 480 review: The best budget graphics card—but for how long? @ Ars Technica
- AMD Radeon RX 480 @ TechARP
- AMD Radeon RX 480 @ Hardwareheaven
- AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB @ techPowerUp
- AMD Radeon RX 480 CrossFire @ techPowerUp
- The Radeon RX480 8GB Performance Review @ Hardware Canucks
- AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB – Polaris Finally Arrives! @ Custom PC Review
- AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB @ Kitguru
- AMD Radeon RX 480 On Linux @ Phoronix
Polaris 10 Specifications
It would be hard at this point to NOT know about the Radeon RX 480 graphics card. AMD and the Radeon Technologies Group has been talking publicly about the Polaris architecture since December of 2015 with lofty ambitions. In the precarious position that the company rests, being well behind in market share and struggling to compete with the dominant player in the market (NVIDIA), the team was willing to sacrifice sales of current generation parts (300-series) in order to excite the user base for the upcoming move to Polaris. It is a risky bet and one that will play out over the next few months in the market.
Since then AMD continued to release bits of information at a time. First there were details on the new display support, then information about the 14nm process technology advantages. We then saw demos of working silicon at CES with targeted form factors and then at events in Macau, showed press the full details and architecture. At Computex they announced rough performance metrics and a price point. Finally, at E3, AMD discussed the RX 460 and RX 470 cousins and the release date of…today. It’s been quite a whirlwind.
Today the rubber meets the road: is the Radeon RX 480 the groundbreaking and stunning graphics card that we have been promised? Or does it struggle again to keep up with the behemoth that is NVIDIA’s GeForce product line? AMD’s marketing team would have you believe that the RX 480 is the start of some kind of graphics revolution – but will the coup be successful?
Join us for our second major graphics architecture release of the summer and learn for yourself if the Radeon RX 480 is your next GPU.
The new Radeon R9 300-series
The new AMD Radeon R9 and R7 300-series of graphics cards are coming into the world with a rocky start. We have seen rumors and speculation about what GPUs are going to be included, what changes would be made and what prices these would be shipping at for what seems like months, and in truth it has been months. AMD's Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X based on the new Hawaii GPU launched nearly 2 years ago, while the rest of the 200-series lineup was mostly a transition of existing products in the HD 7000-family. The lone exception was the Radeon R9 285, a card based on a mysterious new GPU called Tonga that showed up late to the game to fill a gap in the performance and pricing window for AMD.
AMD's R9 300-series, and the R7 300-series in particular, follows a very similar path. The R9 390 and R9 390X are still based on the Hawaii architecture. Tahiti is finally retired and put to pasture, though Tonga lives on as the Radeon R9 380. Below that you have the Radeon R7 370 and 360, the former based on the aging GCN 1.0 Curacao GPU and the latter based on Bonaire. On the surface its easy to refer to these cards with the dreaded "R-word"...rebrands. And though that seems to be the case there are some interesting performance changes, at least at the high end of this stack, that warrant discussion.
And of course, AMD partners like Sapphire are using this opportunity of familiarity with the GPU and its properties to release newer product stacks. In this case Sapphire is launching the new Nitro brand for a series of cards that it is aimed at what it considers the most common type of gamer: one that is cost conscious and craves performance over everything else.
The result is a stack of GPUs with prices ranging from about $110 up to ~$400 that target the "gamer" group of GPU buyers without the added price tag that some other lines include. Obviously it seems a little crazy to be talking about a line of graphics cards that is built for gamers (aren't they all??) but the emphasis is to build a fast card that is cool and quiet without the additional cost of overly glamorous coolers, LEDs or dip switches.
Today I am taking a look at the new Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8GB card, but before we dive head first into that card and its performance, let's first go over the changes to the R9-level of AMD's product stack.
Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2014 - 02:26 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: video, Samsung, R9 290X, podcast, nvidia, mx cherry brown, msi titan, msi, hawaii, gtx 760 itx, assassin's creed, amd, 8gb, 850 PRO
PC Perspective Podcast #325 - 11/06/2014
Join us this week as we discuss our Samsung 850 Pro Roundup, MSI's GTX 760 ITX, 8GB R9 290X and more!
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Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 5, 2014 - 12:56 PM | Andre DeCoste
Tagged: radeon, R9 290X, R9, amd, 8gb
With the current range of AMD’s R9 290X cards sitting at 4 GB of memory, listings for an 8 GB version have appeared on an online retailer. As far back as March, Sapphire was rumored to be building an 8 GB variety. Those rumours were supposedly quashed last month by AMD and Sapphire. However, AMD has since confirmed the existence of the new additions to the series. Pre-orders have appeared online and are said to be shipping out this month.
Image Credit: Overclockers UK
With 8 GB of GDDR5 memory and price tags between $480 and $520, these new additions, expectedly, do not come cheap. Compared to the 4 GB versions of the R9 290X line, which run about $160 less according to the online retailer, is it worth upgrading at this stage? For the people using a single 1080p monitor, the answer is likely no. For those with multi-screen setups, or those with deep enough pockets to own a 4K display, however, the benefits may begin to justify the premium. At 4K though, just a single 8 GB R9 290X may not provide the best experience; a Crossfire setup would benefit more from the 8 GB bump, being less reliant on GPU speed.
Subject: Memory | January 24, 2013 - 01:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: patriot, PC3-12800, 8gb, LoVo, sodimm, 1.35V, ultrabook
Over at Tweaktown is a review of an upgrade for Ultrabooks, Patriot's 1.35V, 8GB DDR3-1600MHz at $45 for a single SODIMM. The idea is that not only do you get a decent sized pool of RAM but because it sips 10% less power than a standard SODIMM you might just get a bit more battery life. They tested out the memory on a Lenovo ThinkPad W530 with a 6-cell battery, not the longest lasting of setups and saw about a 10% increase in battery life as you might have expected. That did only translate to an extra 17 minutes but as the laptop in question was only good for 4.5 hours of life, you can expect better return from an Ultrabook with a longer battery life.
"The big push in 2013 for mobile performance will be fought in battery life. Like every other market, if you want to get the best available you have to go to the aftermarket for premium components. The Patriot Memory for Ultrabooks will increase your notebook or ultrabook battery life, but just like everything premium, you have to pay a bit more."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Corsair Dominator Platinum Dual-Channel DDR3 Memory Kits @ X-bit Labs
- Patriot Extreme Performance Viper 3 1600MHz 8GB Kit @ Pro-Clockers
- Kingston HyperX Beast PC3-19200 16GB Dual Channel @ Tweaktown
- G.Skill TridentX DDR3-2400 CL9 @ Funky Kit
- Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP 1600MHz 16GB Kit Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3 1600MHz 16GB @ eTeknix
Subject: Memory | October 16, 2012 - 08:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: patriot, Intel Extreme Masters Edition, ddr3-2133, 8gb, dual channel
It looks like there is a new memory rating on the market from Patriot, Intel Extreme Masters which purports to be hand tested for perfect XMP compatibility as well as sporting a new heatsink design. Timings of 11-11-11-27 for DDR3-2133 are rather impressive as is 9-9-9-24 at DDR3-1600 and Bjorn 3D managed to overclock it to 2300MHz. They did question the default 3T setting of the DIMMs as they ran fine at 2T though trying for 1T at those speeds is not only pushing it but questionably useful for anything but an heavily overclocked i7 CPU.
"Nowadays, memory tends to be more of a battle over who can bin the tightest, as all IC’s shipping for the most part are pretty much the same. In the memory market it all comes down to how you can differentiate yourself from the same old stuff that we may see every day. Patriot has the new Viper 3 series which is what this kit is part of, and carrying the “Intel Extreme Masters” means it went through extensive testing to prove utmost compatibility with new DDR3 motherboards and XMP easy tuning."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Avexir Core Series DDR3 2400MHz 16GB Memory Kit Review @ eTeknix
- G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2666MHz 8GB Memory Kit Review @ eTeknix
- GeIL EVO VELOCE 16GB Dual Channel 2133MHz C10 Memory Kit Review @ Madshrimps
- Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133Mhz Quad Channel Memory Review @ Ninjalane
- Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-17066 16GB @ Tweaktown
- Kingston HyperX T1 PC3-22400 4GB Dual Channel @ Tweaktown
- Ten DDR3 memory kits reviewed: optimised for Ivy Bridge @ Hardware.info
- ADATA XPG Xtreme Series PC3-17000 8GB @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133Mhz 16GB Review @ OCC
- Kingston Hyper X Predator Dual Channel 8GB 2400C11 Kit Review @ Madshrimps
- Kingston HyperX Predator 2666MHz 8GB @ Bjorn3D
- Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-21300 16GB @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Viper 3 Intel Extreme Masters Memory Limited Edition PC3-15000 16GB @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Dominator Platinum PC3-21300 16GB @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz 8GB Kit Review @ Pro-Clockers
- ADATA XPG Xtreme Series 8GB DDR3-2133X Memory Kit @ Hi Tech Legion
- GeIL EVO Leggera 8GB DDR3 1866MHz Dual Channel @ Kitguru
- Topower Black-X Series DDR3 1333MHz 8GB Memory Kit Review @ eTeknix
- Mushkin Blackline Ridgeback 1600 MHz 16 GB @ Kitguru
Subject: Memory | May 25, 2012 - 04:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 8gb, G.Skill Trident X, DDR3-2400
At $100 G.Skill's 8GB Trident X DDR3-2400 carries a higher price than slightly slower kits which made Neoseeker curious as to why it comes at such a premium. The kit is certainly attractive looking with its tall red heatspreaders but looks are not everything when it comes to RAM, though the ability to remove the heatspreaders could be quite valuable to those with large heatsinks. Timings of 10-12-12-31 @2T are not awe inspiring but are comparable to other 2400MHz kits and it seems that the DIMMs cannot provide much more as the overclocking Neoseeker managed was not much of an improvement. Read on to see if the high speed of the DIMMs can overcome the relatively loose timings in the full review.
"G.Skill's 8GB Trident X DDR3-2400 memory kit has blazing fast speeds and a modular heatsink design, all in a $99 USD package. The Trident X series was designed from the ground up to be XMP Ready for Intel's 3rd Generation Core processors and Z77 platform (Ivy Bridge), which is where the higher clock speeds come in. It's also practically double the price of other DDR3-2400 dual channel kits, so hit our review to see what level of performance Trident X has to offer for its price premium."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- G.Skill Ares 16GB 1866Mhz DDR3 Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
- G.Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3 2133 8GB Quad Kit @ Pro-Clockers
- Crucial BallistiX Elite 16GB 1600MHz Quad Channel Kit Review @ NikKTech
- Samsung Green DDR3 8GB 1600mhz @ Kitguru
- atriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 PC3-19200 8GB @ Tweaktown
- Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR3 1866 16GB Quad Kit @ Pro-Clockers
- G.Skill TridentX PC3-21300 8GB @ Tweaktown
- Samsung Green DDR3 1600MHz 8GB 30nm Memory Kit Review @ eTeknix
- Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 2133mhz @ Kitguru
- Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 1866 16GB Quad Kit @ Pro-Clockers