Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2018 - 06:12 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: turing, RTX 2080, nvidia, gigabyte, aorus
It was only a matter of time before launches of custom Turing cards started rolling out, and Gigabyte’s Aorus brand is readying a custom RTX 2080 Xtreme 8G graphics card that pairs the Turing GPU with improved power delivery, the company’s WindForce Stack 3X cooler, and seven display outputs.
The Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme 8G features a 12+2 power phase (versus the reference design’s 8+2) that is fed by two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors. The WindForce Stack 3X cooler includes a hefty fin stack with multiple heat pipes that make direct contact with the GPU as well as a metal plate that make contact with the memory chips and MOSFETs. The three 100mm fans are wrapped in a rather angular and aggressive fan shroud that includes an Aorus logo on the side of the card as well as on the metal backplate. There are LEDs on the power connectors that indicate state and error codes along with the usual fare of RGB LEDs around the fans and Aorus logo with 12 preset lighting patterns. Measuring 59.9x290x134.31mm, the card is a bit over two slots and appears to offer quite a bit of cooling potential.
Display outputs include three DisplayPort, three HDMI, and one VirtualLink USB Type-C connection. Enthusiasts can use up to four traditional DisplayPort or HDMI ouptuts (any combination) along with the VirtualLink output simultaneously.
Gigabyte has not yet released clockspeed information for the TU-104 GPU and its 2944 CUDA cores or its 8GB of GDDR6 memory which sits on a 256-bit bus (448 GB/s). Unfortunately, the company is also not yet talking pricing on this beast, though you can expect it to come in at a premium versus the company’s current cards that are based around the NVIDIA reference design. I am interested to see how this and other custom PCB cards overclock and how that stacked fan cooler performs with regards to noise and the claims of increased airflow.
- The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Review
- The Architecture of NVIDIA's RTX GPUs - Turing Explored
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2018 - 08:06 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, pc gaming, graphics drivers
Another major version bump has occurred in NVIDIA’s Game Ready Drivers over the span of around two weeks. Typically, although there has been a couple of exceptions, NVIDIA has branches that contain major new features once every two-or-so major version numbers. They then push maintenance releases along the number line, which are probably cherry-picked into various branches. In this case, the 410-series branch, which was embodied in 411.63 and 411.60, brought in support for the RTX 20-series of cards.
This has been superseded by the 415-series branch with 416.16. (Oddly enough, the root branch has an odd version number. This is the first time I remember seeing that, although I have not been paying too much attention.)
What has changed? Even though it is a Game Ready driver, it is not associated with a game launch per se. Instead, it is for Windows 10 version 1809, which includes support for DirectX Raytracing (DXR). It also adds a handful of fixes, such as removing black-square glitches from Quake HD Remix mod and improving the performance of TXAA in Rainbow 6: Siege. So basically, the main advantage of this driver will be for those who are using the RTX 20-series cards when games such as Battlefield V launch, which should have been two weeks from now but has, instead, been pushed back to November 20th. (I don’t know if they said that raytracing would be supported at launch, though.)
As always, feel free to refresh GeForce Experience and update your drivers.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2018 - 07:44 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, windows 10
My opinions about curated app stores has not really changed. Do not give up platforms, such as Win32, that allow you to publish without the approval of one or more organized bodies. Even if the company doesn’t use it to suppress content that they don’t like now, they might in the future and governments might even force them to.
I’m not exactly sure when this happened, but NVIDIA has a version of their Control Panel software on the Windows Store. The screenshots show that they are running the 397.64 Game Ready drivers on a pair of 1080 Tis, which would suggest sometime after May 9th. It is the typical control panel that we’ve known and used for probably around fifteen-plus years now. The app does not include GeForce Experience or anything like that. Beyond helping devices that cannot run Win32 software, needing to rely upon Windows Store and Windows Update, it demonstrates two things. First, it is another example of a Win32 app that was packaged into a Windows Store app. Second, it shows that apps can still have access to drivers and other low-level things.
One last funny note: the system requirements do not specify that your GPU needs to be from NVIDIA.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2018 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: windows, update, october update, nvidia, microsoft, Intel
If you are one of those wise souls who held of on installing to the new Windows 10 Update, so that others can act as the canaries in the coal mine we now have some advice. If you are running an NVIDIA GPU, ensure you have plenty of space on your OS drive. There have been reports of users losing files from their drives if there is not enough space for the entire 10GB update to download to; if there isn't enough space then the update deletes all non-system files. The Inqurier is quick to point out that the tool you would use to resolve this problem, Disk Cleanup, no longer exists once you perform this update.
There have also been reports that systems with certain versions of Intel Display Audio drivers have seen greatly increased CPU usage after the update and this has been draining batteries quickly. According to The Register, Microsoft is no longer pushing the update to machines that would be affected. You can check out the driver version here.
"Usually though, we'd expect it to affect a small number of users. This time however, the problems seem to come from anyone with an Nvidia GPU and anyone… erm… with files."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update reviewed @ The Tech Report
- Ways to Free Up Storage Space on Windows @ Techspots
- Apple's New Proprietary Software Locks Kill Independent Repair On New MacBook Pros @ Slashdot
- That Yahoo group messaging app you didn't ask for is ready @ The Inquirer
- Crazzie Pro Gear GTR-1 @ Modders-Inc
- Gamdias Achilles RGB Gaming Chair @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Mobile | October 4, 2018 - 03:00 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: nvidia, m15, Intel, gtx 1070 max-q, gtx 1060, dell, alienware
Dell today unveiled their latest gaming notebook, the Alienware m15. Weighing in at just under 5 lbs, the Alienware m15 is Dell's smallest 15-in gaming notebook ever.
Buyers have the choice of either the quad-core Intel Core i5-8500H or the six-core i7-8750H. On the graphics side, the Alienware m15 will be offered with an "overclocked" GTX 1060, as well as with the GTX 1070 Max-Q.
Display options on the Alienware m15 include two 1080p options, a 60Hz TN and a 144Hz IPS, as well as a 4K 60Hz IPS panel. Despite the availability for a high-refresh display, none of these displays seem to support G-SYNC variable refresh technology.
Considering the relatively small size for a gaming notebook, the Alienware m15 still features an impressive array of ports including Ethernet, 3 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI 2.0 as well as Mini DisplayPort 1.3.
The Alienware m15 continues support for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, which utilizes a proprietary PCI-Express cable to connect external graphics to a given notebook. While the m15 also features a Thunderbolt 3 port, it remains unclear if Thunderbolt 3 graphics will also be supported.
The Alienware m15 will become available on October 25th, at a starting price of $1,299.99.
With the release of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti just last week, the graphics card vendors have awakened with a flurry of new products based on the Turing GPUs.
Today, we're taking a look at ASUS's flagship option, the ASUS Republic of Gamers STRIX 2080 Ti.
|ASUS ROG STRIX 2080 Ti|
|Base Clock Speed||1350 MHz|
|Boost Clock Speed||1665 MHz|
|Memory Clock Speed||14000 MHz GDDR6|
|Outputs||DisplayPort x 2 (v1.4) / HDMI 2.0b x 2 / USB Type-C x1 (VirtualLink)|
12 x 5.13 x 2.13 inches (30.47 x 13.04 x 5.41 cm)
For those of you familiar with the most recent STRIX video cards, the GTX 1080 Ti, and the RX Vega 64, the design of the RTX 2080 Ti will be immediately familiar. The same symmetric triple fan setup is present, contrasted against some of the recent triple fan designs we've seen from other manufacturers with different size fans.
Just as with the STRIX GTX 1080 Ti, the RTX 2080 Ti version features RGB lighting along the fan shroud of the card.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 25, 2018 - 02:19 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: turing, tensor cores, rtx, ray tracing, nvidia, 2080 Ti, 2080, 2070
Earlier today, via a surprise message on Twitter, NVIDIA has officially announced the availability date for the RTX 2070—October 17th.
Beautiful any way you look at it.
The GeForce RTX 2070 will be available on October 17th. #GraphicsReinvented
Shop starting at $499 ($599 Founders Edition) → https://t.co/ammFWibyFy pic.twitter.com/IsScoXm5rZ
— NVIDIA GeForce (@NVIDIAGeForce) September 25, 2018
Based on the Turing microarchitecture, the RTX 2070 will include the same RT cores for Ray Tracing and Tensor Cores for deep learning as the RTX and 2080 Ti, albeit in different quantities.
|RTX 2080 Ti||RTX 2080||RTX 2070|
|Base Clock||1350 MHz||1515 MHz||1410 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1545 MHz/
1635 MHz (FE)
|1710 MHz/ 1800 MHz (FE)||1620 MHz / 1710 MHz (FE)|
|Ray Tracing Speed||10 GRays/s||8 GRays/s||6 GRays/s|
|Memory Clock||14000 MHz||14000 MHz||14000 MHz|
|Memory Interface||352-bit G6||256-bit G6||256-bit G6|
|Memory Bandwidth||616GB/s||448 GB/s||448 GB/s|
|TDP||250 W /
260 W (FE)
|215W / 225W (FE)||175 W / 185 W (FE)|
|Peak Compute (FP32)||13.4 TFLOPS / 14.2 TFLOP (FE)||10 TFLOPS / 10.6 TFLOPS (FE)||?|
|Transistor Count||18.6 B||13.6 B||?|
|MSRP (current)||$1200 (FE)/
|$800 (FE) / $700||$599 (FE) / $499|
While we don't have a full looks at the specifications yet, NVIDIA has posted some technical aspects on the RTX 2070 product page.
The RTX 2070 Founders Edition will be available for $599, with partners cards "starting" at $499.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2018 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, overclocking, RTX 2080, turing
We don't know how many sales the new Turing-based GPUs NVIDIA has made but it certainly has generated a lot of reviews. [H]ard|OCP have been working hard on overclocking the Founders Edition RTX 2080 and recently published their findings. They tried three different methods; simply setting the fan to 100%, running NVIDIA's new scanner tool, which does not void your warranty, as well as a manual overclock. They ran into some issues with the scanner tool and limited success with only increasing the fan speed, unsurprisingly the manual OC provided the best results. That manual overclock managed to hit and maintain 2055MHz on the core, which some noticeable improvements.
"We finally got in the RTX 2080 video cards we purchased, and we have been putting those to good use. While Brent is banging out a real-world gameplay preview, I have been seeing just where our RTX 2080 Founders Edition ends up in terms of overclocking. We finally got a solid handle on what our particular Turing GPU and memory are capable of."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Weighing the trade-offs of Nvidia DLSS for image quality and performance @ The Tech Report
- ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 1440p Preview @ [H]ard|OCP
- ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G @ Guru of 3D
- Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super Jetstream 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Overclocking Guide @ Techspot
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 Review @ Neoseeker
- Ethereum Crypto Mining Performance Benchmarks On The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti @ Phoronix
Our First Look
Over the years, the general trend for new GPU launches, especially GPUs from new graphics architecture is to launch only with the "reference" graphics card designs, developed by AMD or NVIDIA. While the idea of a "reference" design has changed over the years, with the introduction of NVIDIA's Founders Edition cards, and different special edition designs at launch from AMD like we saw with Vega 56 and Vega 64, generally there aren't any custom designs from partners available at launch.
However with the launch of NVIDIA's Turing architecture, in the form of the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, we've been presented with an embarrassment of riches in the form of plenty of custom cooler and custom PCB designs found from Add-in Board (AIB) Manufacturers.
Today, we're taking a look at our first custom RTX 2080 design, the MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio.
|MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio|
|Base Clock Speed||1515 MHz|
|Boost Clock Speed||1835 MHz|
|Memory Clock Speed||7000 MHz GDDR6|
|Outputs||DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4) / HDMI 2.0b x 1 / USB Type-C x1 (VirtualLink)|
12.9-in x 5.5-in x 2.1-in (327 x 140 x 55.6 mm)
|Weight||3.42 lbs (1553 g)|
Introduced with the GTX 1080 Ti, the Gaming X Trio is as you might expect, a triple fan design, that makes up MSI's highest performance graphics card offering.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 21, 2018 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RTX 2080, nvidia, TU104
The Tech Report takes a look at the less of the two new Turing cards, the RTX 2080. It has not been as well received as the 2080 Ti as it is very similar in performance to the GTX 1080 Ti. One possible area which the new card might hold an advantage is in frametimes, with the new card providing smoother performance, as opposed to raw frames per second. As their review shows, this is true in some cases but not all; see if your preferred games might benefit from the new RTX while we await releases which support the new features present on the RTX series.
"Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 brings Turing to a price point that's more accessible than the flagship RTX 2080 Ti. At $800, however, the Founders Edition card we're testing still has to contend with the GTX 1080 Ti in today's games. We see whether the RTX 2080 can establish a foothold as gamers await its future potential."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- GeForce RTX 2080 Overclocking Preview with Scanner @ [H]ard|OCP
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Shows Very Strong Compute Performance Potential @ Phoronix
- MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti DUKE @ Guru of 3D
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 To RTX 2080 Ti Graphics/Compute Performance @ Phoronix
- Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING OC 8G @ Guru of 3D
- GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & 2080 Mega Benchmark @ Techspot
- Initial NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Linux Benchmarks @ Phoronix
- Asus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti RoG Strix @ Guru of 3D
- AMD GPU Generational Performance Part 2 @ [H]ard|OCP