Subject: Graphics Cards | December 7, 2017 - 11:44 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: Volta, titan, nvidia, graphics card, gpu
NVIDIA made a surprising move late Thursday with the simultaneous announcement and launch of the Titan V, the first consumer/prosumer graphics card based on the Volta architecture.
Like recent flagship Titan-branded cards, the Titan V will be available exclusively from NVIDIA for $2,999. Labeled "the most powerful graphics card ever created for the PC," Titan V sports 12GB of HBM2 memory, 5120 CUDA cores, and a 1455MHz boost clock, giving the card 110 teraflops of maximum compute performance. Check out the full specs below:
6 Graphics Processing Clusters
80 Streaming Multiprocessors
5120 CUDA Cores (single precision)
320 Texture Units
640 Tensor Cores
1200 MHz Base Clock (MHz)
1455 MHz Boost Clock (MHz)
850 MHz Memory Clock
1.7 Gbps Memory Data Rate
4608K L2 Cache Size
12288 MB HBM2 Total Video Memory
3072-bit Memory Interface
652.8 GB/s Total Memory Bandwidth
384 GigaTexels/sec Texture Rate (Bilinear)
12 nm Fabrication Process (TSMC 12nm FFN High Performance)
21.1 Billion Transistor Count
3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI Connectors
Dual Slot Form Factor
One 6-pin, One 8-pin Power Connectors
600 Watts Recommended Power Supply
250 Watts Thermal Design Power (TDP)
The NVIDIA Titan V's 110 teraflops of compute performance compares to a maximum of about 12 teraflops on the Titan Xp, a greater than 9X increase in a single generation. Note that this is a very specific claim though, and references the AI compute capability of the Tensor cores rather than we traditionally measure for GPUs (single precision FLOPS). In that metric, the Titan V only truly offers a jump to 14 TFLOPS. The addition of expensive HBM2 memory also adds to the high price compared to its predecessor.
The Titan V is available now from NVIDIA.com for $2,999, with a limit of 2 per customer. And hey, there's free shipping too.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 30, 2017 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: GeForce 388.43, nvidia, whql, DOOM VFR, NV Tray
It might sound like an experimental Nazi weapon from WWII, the DOOM VFR has little to do with Wolfenstein and is instead a DOOM virtual reality game for the HTC Vive (pre-purchasing is bad, m'kay). NVIDIA's new game ready driver, the GeForce 388.43 WHQL release is made to improve the performance of your GTX in this game.
This release also marks the return of the NVTray, much to the delight of the hoards of users who mourned the loss of the utility. You can grab the drivers here, or through the GeForce Experience app if you have it installed.
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2017 - 04:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: aida64, Core i9-8950HK, Intel, leak, amd, nvidia
An update to AIDA's suite of tools was announced today, with several major update to the Extreme software as well as Engineer, Business and Network auditing products as well. Some of the changes are minor, such as support for Win10 Creators Edition but there are also updates to support Threadripper, the new Tesla V100 series and all three new chipsets from AMD and Intel. You may have noticed Scott's post below, which details the surprise contained in the release notes; the Core i9-8950HK, i7-8850H, i7-8750H, i5-8400H and i3-8300H are all new processors, based on Coffee Lake.
"FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme 5.95 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; the immediate availability of AIDA64 Engineer 5.95 software, a professional diagnostic and benchmarking solution for corporate IT technicians and engineers; the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business 5.95 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Network Audit 5.95 software, a dedicated network audit toolset to collect and manage corporate network inventories."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- A TEMPEST in a Dongle @ Hack a Day
- Samsung boffins build better battery tech by grappling with graphene @ The Inquirer
- Ubuntu 17.10: Return of the GNOME @ Ars Technica
- The New Features Of Linux 4.15: AMDGPU DC, RISC-V, EPYC Benefits, VR Improvements @ Phoronix
- A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel @ The Register
- How app developers and designers feel about the iPhone X—and the notch @ Ars Technica
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 23, 2017 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: watercooler, gtx 1080 ti, nvidia, XSPC, Razer Neo
It seems a shame to hide the XSPC Razor Neo watercooler for the GTX 1080 Ti as you will not easily see the polished nickel plated copper waterblock and tempered glass window XSPC used. [H]ard|OCP found the design to be very scratch resistant and it allows you to completely avoid the cracks which acrylic inevitably develops as it ages. This waterblock is not just decorative, [H] found the card would hit and remain at 2100.5MHz in game, with temperatures never exceeding 33C, with or without the Frag Harder Disco Lights going.
"If you are thinking about delving in water cooling your high end NVIDIA GTX 1080 or 1080 Ti video card, the XSPC Razor Neo is certainly worthy of being on your short list. Outside of its incredibly good looks, Frag Harder Disco Lights, and easy install process, does it work well when it comes to overclocking and cooling your GTX 1080 Ti?"
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- MSI GTX 1070 Ti Titanium 8G Review @ OCC
- XSPC Razor Neo Waterblock for GTX 1080 Ti Build @ [H]ard|OCP
- NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Breakdown @ [H]ard|OCP
- The Star Wars TITAN Xp arrives – first benchmarks vs. the GTX 1080 Ti @ BabelTechReviews
- NVIDIA Star Wars TITAN Xp Jedi Order Collector Edition @ Guru of 3D
- Hands-on With NVIDIA’s TITAN Xp Star Wars ‘Galactic Edition’ Graphics Card @ Techgage
- NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 Ti vs. Radeon RX Vega 56 & GTX 1070, 1080 @ Techgage
- ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti STRIX Gaming @ Guru of 3D
- Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini Is A Powerful Yet Small Graphics Card @ Phoronix
Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2017 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, need for speed payback, nvidia, amd
The new Need for Speed Payback uses the familiar Frostbite 3 game engine, so we have some general idea how various cards will perform. There is a feature used in the game that changes how AMD cards perform however, this game makes use of the AMD GPU Services (AGS) library which should make their cards more effective. [H]ard|OCP's testing did show a close race, apart from the unmatched GTX 1080Ti AMD's cards offer competitive performance and even offering taking the lead at some resolutions. Drop by to take a look at the details.
"Need for Speed Payback is out, we’ll look at feature performance and video card performance comparisons in today’s latest video cards. We’ll find what’s playable, and examine graphics quality setting performance among eight video cards. We will also find out VRAM and CPU usage of this new game so you pick the right video card for gaming. "
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Star Wars: Battlefront II review: Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope @ Ars Technica
- Wot I Think – Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Humble’s Fall Sale
- Steam Fall Sale
- How Total War: Warhammer’s Mortal Empires engineers a world of unending war @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Brütal Legend FREE for a limited time! @ Humble Store
- Wot I Think: Total War: Rome 2 – Empire Divided @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition Announced for PC @ [H]ard|OCP
- Valve’s Steam Link costs a mere $5 this Black Friday @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Pandemic Legacy: Season 2—The world’s “best board game” gets better @ Ars Technica
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2017 - 02:15 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, mental ray, iray
Back in SIGGRAPH 2016, NVIDIA announced that they would take control of Mental Ray’s licensing and development. The new product was in beta at the time, boasting a new global illumination solver that was 4x faster on CPUs than the previous method, and 25.9x faster when you add a pair of Quadro M6000s into the mix. Access to the beta was free until it launched, which happened in Autumn 2016.
We’re now in Autumn 2017, and NVIDIA is discontinuing the product.
NVIDIA is not leaving the rendering market, though. The graphics vendor has several products in that space, including the very-similar Iray. In fact, it was kind-of odd to see NVIDIA maintain both products with some weird cross-overs, like how they’re bundled on 3D Studio Max for the same price as either product purchased individually in Maya. They also maintain the OptiX and IndeX APIs, which is used all over the place, even for non-graphics workloads. (VRWorks Audio, for instance, uses OptiX to ray-trace video game audio for environmental effects, which is a fairly good model of high-frequency sounds.)
Current users of the Mental Ray plug-in, or those who purchase a license before the 20th of November, will receive “maintenance releases” through 2018 (presumably while they plan their transition elsewhere). These updates will be “bug fix” updates, although NVIDIA does state that one of them will introduce compatibility for Volta-based GPUs.
If you already own a license to Mental Ray, and you will need it for longer than the time left on your subscription, then you will need to contact NVIDIA for an extension. They’re not going to just throw you out if your license expires in December, but you have obligations through February (or something).
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2017 - 02:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: titan xp, Star Wars, nvidia, jedi order, jedi, geforce, galactic empire, empire
NVIDIA has a coup on its hands this holiday. With the release of Battlefront II today and The Last Jedi next month, a new series of Titan Xp cards is available that will make Star Wars fans giggle with excitement! This is the same Titan Xp performance we expect but with a completely new external design and style, available in both a red-themed Galactic Empire version and a green-themed Jedi Order option.
Check out the video above for the unboxing and my thoughts as I swoon over them...
If you want some more pictures of the goods, I have them here as well.
Do note - though it's hard to recommend a $1200 graphics card to many people, these cards almost seem like a steal considering they are priced at the same cost as the standard Titan Xp models. I know that the price for these custom shrouds in short runs was not cheap, so its almost like NVIDIA is giving Star Wars that double as PC enthusiasts a little gift for the holidays.
Okay, that might be a stretch... But come on, look how awesome these graphics cards look!!
We are working up a full system build (time for my personal upgrade!) with these two GPUs and will have a build log of that up before Christmas. Don't worry, we plan on properly presenting this hardware through an all-glass chassis!
Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2017 - 01:41 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: video, youtube, wolfenstein, vesa, scythe, phanteks, nvidia shield, nvidia, NVDIMM, micron, matebook, Huawei, fsp, ea, podcast
PC Perspective Podcast #476 - 11/16/17
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Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2017 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, Wolfenstein 2, vulkan, amd, nvidia
[H]ard|OCP took a close look at the new Wolfenstein game, covering the new graphics options which appear in the menus as well as the bugs that could be caused by then, not to mention the benchmarking. For this Vulkan game they chose three AMD cards and four NVIDIA cards to test with a variety of thsoe options enabled as well as looking at the effect resolution has on your performance. As we have seen in other recent games, AMD's Vega 64 is a strong contender at 4K resolutions, surpassing the GTX 1080 but not quite matching its 1080 Ti brother. It is also worth noting this game loves VRAM, in fact 8GB is not enough for Uber settings. Read through the full review for performance numbers as well as insight into the best graphics settings to chose.
"Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is out; this new game uses the id Tech 6 game engine and Vulkan API to give you a great gaming experience on the PC with today’s latest GPUs. We will compare performance features, see what settings work best, find what is playable in the game and compare performance among several video cards."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Battletech’s campaign mode is a robot Dark Ages @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Doom definitely works on the Switch, but it looks noticeably worse @ Ars Technica
- Need For Speed Payback is really very terrible indeed @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Star Wars Battlefront II PC graphics performance analysis @ Guru of 3D
- Wolfenstein 2 story DLC dated, detailed, silly-named @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Assassin's Creed Origins: How Heavy Is It on Your CPU? @ Techspot
- Fresh cyber-hell awaits in new System Shock remake vid @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2017 - 10:35 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, data center, Volta, tesla v100
There have been a few NVIDIA datacenter stories popping up over the last couple of months. A month or so after Google started integrating Pascal-based Tesla P100s into their cloud, Amazon announced Telsa V100s for their rent-a-server service. They have also announced Volta-based solutions available or coming from Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, IBM, Lenovo, Alibaba Cloud, Baidu Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, and Tencent Cloud.
This apparently translates to boatloads of money. Eyeball-estimating from their graph, it looks as though NVIDIA has already made about 50% more from datacenter sales in their first three quarters (fiscal year 2018) than all last year.
They are also seeing super-computer design wins, too. Earlier this year, Japan announced that it would get back into supercomputing, having lost ground to other nations in recent years, with a giant, AI-focused offering. Turns out that this design will use 4352 Tesla V100 GPUs to crank out 0.55 ExaFLOPs of (tensor mixed-precision) performance.
As for product announcements, this one isn’t too exciting for our readers, but should be very important for enterprise software developers. NVIDIA is creating optimized containers for various programming environments, such as TensorFlow and GAMESS, with their recommended blend of driver version, runtime libraries, and so forth, for various generations of GPUs (Pascal and higher). Moreover, NVIDIA claims that they will support it “for as long as they live”. Getting the right container for your hardware is just filling out a simple form and downloading the blob.
NVIDIA’s keynote is available on UStream, but they claim it will also be uploaded to their YouTube soon.