Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2019 - 09:03 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: vulkan, RX Vega 56, rtx, ray tracing, radeon, nvidia, Neon Noir, dx12, demo, crytek, CRYENGINE, amd
Crytek has released video of a new demo called Neon Noir, showcasing real-time ray tracing with a new version of CRYENGINE Total Illumination, slated for release in 2019. The big story here is that this is platform agnostic, meaning both AMD and NVIDIA (including non-RTX) graphics cards can produce the real-time lighting effects. The video was rendered in real time using an AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (!) at 4K30, with Crytek's choice in GPU seeming to assuage fears of any meaningful performance penalty with this feature enabled (video embedded below):
“Neon Noir follows the journey of a police drone investigating a crime scene. As the drone descends into the streets of a futuristic city, illuminated by neon lights, we see its reflection accurately displayed in the windows it passes by, or scattered across the shards of a broken mirror while it emits a red and blue lighting routine that will bounce off the different surfaces utilizing CRYENGINE's advanced Total Illumination feature. Demonstrating further how ray tracing can deliver a lifelike environment, neon lights are reflected in the puddles below them, street lights flicker on wet surfaces, and windows reflect the scene opposite them accurately.”
Crytek is calling the new ray tracing features “experimental” at this time, but the implications of ray tracing tech beyond proprietary hardware and even graphics API (it works with both DirectX 12 and Vulcan) are obviously a very big deal.
“Neon Noir was developed on a bespoke version of CRYENGINE 5.5., and the experimental ray tracing feature based on CRYENGINE’s Total Illumination used to create the demo is both API and hardware agnostic, enabling ray tracing to run on most mainstream, contemporary AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. However, the future integration of this new CRYENGINE technology will be optimized to benefit from performance enhancements delivered by the latest generation of graphics cards and supported APIs like Vulkan and DX12.”
You can read the full announcement from Crytek here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2019 - 07:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, RX Vega 56 Air Boost 8G OC, RX Vega 56, amd
The news is a bit late as NewEgg is currently out of stock, but it is worth keeping your eyes peeled for the Vega 56; a mid-range card at a mid-range price is somewhat rare at the moment.
MSI are selling their Vega 56 Air Boost 8G OC card for $279 USD, though keep away from the Canadian site as the price drop has yet to spread northwards. While not availble at the time of this posting you should pay attention as not only is the card likely to come back in the not too distant future but this may prompt a drop in price for other cards.
This particular model sports a Core Clock of 1181 MHz which can hit 1520 MHz on Boost and the 8GB of HBM2 runs at 1600 MHz on a 2048-bit interface giving it an impressive amount of bandwidth. It is admittedly not a new card, you can see how it was received when it initially launched right here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 8, 2018 - 08:22 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Vega Nano, SFF, RX Vega 56, powercolor, mini ITX, computex 2018, computex, amd
PowerColor’s new small form factor RX Vega 56 based graphics card was shown off at Computex 2018 and finally made the card official with more information provided on it following the rumors and official teaser last month. The PowerColor RX Vega 56 Nano Edition is the spiritual successor to AMD’s Fiji XT-based R9 Nano from 2015 and features an AMD RX Vega 56 GPU with 8GB HBM2 memory in a short dual slot graphics card measuring 170mm x 95mm x 38mm. In fact, PowerColor’s RX Vega 56 Nano Edition has a PCB that is only 5mm longer (according to TechPowerUp) than AMD’s previous Nano card and including the cooler is less than 2 cm longer.
PowerColor’s new SFF graphics card is a dual slot design with a single 80mm fan and dense aluminum heatsink covered by a black plastic shroud providing cooling. The card is powered by 8-pin and 6-pin power connectors and the card offers three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b display outputs.
The RX Vega 56 GPU features 56 CUs (compute units) with 3,584 shader processors and 224 texture units. PowerColor has kept the GPU at reference clockspeeds of 1,156 MHz base and up to 1,471 MHz boost. The 8GB of HBM2 memory is stock clocked at 800 MHz and connects to the GPU via a 2048-bit bus.
The PowerColor RX Vega 56 Nano Edition will reportedly be available shortly with a $449 MSRP. The new small form factor Nano Edition card offers an interesting proposition for gamers wanting to build in Mini ITX systems. So long as PowerColor can get the card out at close to MSRP and performance is still there without too much thermal limitations I think there is a definite niche market for it. (Note that the R9 Nano debuted at $650 MSRP!)
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2018 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, ROG Strix, RX Vega 56, RX VEGA 64, amd, factory overclocked, O8G Gaming
[H]ard|OCP have posted their review of both of ASUS ROG STRIX RX O8G GAMING cards, one the Vega 56 the other the Vega 64. The Vega 56 model comes with an overclock of 1297MHz core, 1573MHz boost and the Vega 64 is similar with a core of 1298MHz and boost of 1590MHz; both cards memory clocks are at stock speed. [H]ard|OCP pushed them further with the Vega 64 set to 1700MHz and memory at 1050MHz in the driver while the Vega 56 managed 1720MHz and 850MHz memory, though it is worth noting neither card hit those speeds during use.
In the end the Vega 56 model happily surpassed the GTX 1070 Ti, even without the manual overclock and while the Vega 64 did struggle to match the GTX 1080 in some games, it was the winner in DX12 and Vulkan games. Check out [H]'s full review of the Vega 56 and Vega 64 to learn more about these two strong AMD cards..
"We have our first custom retail AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 GPU video card on the test bench in the form of the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 56 O8G GAMING video card. ASUS has created a robust ROG STRIX version of RX Vega 56 with a factory overclock and overclocking ability. Let’s see what it can do. "
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- AMD Vega 8 Graphics Performance On Linux With The Ryzen 3 2200G @ Phoronix
- Radeon Linux OpenGL Driver Continues Giving Its Best Against Windows 10 @ Phoronix
- AMD Raven Ridge Graphics On Linux vs. Lower-End NVIDIA / AMD GPUs @ Phoronix
- External GPU Testing: GTX 1080 in a Box + Core i7-8550U Ultraportable @ Techgage
- Galax/KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EXOC @ Guru of 3D
Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2018 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, Vega, farcry 5, ubisoft, RX 580, RX VEGA 64, RX Vega 56, gaming
If you purchase a custom built system with an RX 580 or either of the Vega cards, you will receive a coupon code which you can redeem for a copy of Far Cry 5 Standard edition. Considering purchasing a full system is the only way to get a GPU for a marginally reasonable cost, it makes sense not to tie it to a GPU sale as has been tradition in the past. UbiSoft have worked with AMD to ensure the game can take advantage of the various new features Vega offers such as FreeSync 2, Rapid Packed Math and Shader Intrinsics. You can get more info on Vega here, or visit your favourite retailer for a look at qualifying systems.
"Gamers looking for smooth, more immersive gameplay as they join The Resistance and help bring down the cult, can get Far Cry 5 FREE when they buy select pre-built systems featuring Radeon RX Vega 64, Radeon RX Vega 56 or Radeon RX 580 graphics cards starting today February 27th 2018."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft Updates Guideline on Windows Driver Security @ Slashdot
- Apple: Er, yes. Your iCloud stuff is now on Google's servers, too @ The Register
- DXRacer Racing Pro R131-NR Gaming Chair @ TechPowerUp
- Guru3D Rig of the Month - February 2018
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2018 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sapphire, NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega 56 Limited Edition 8GB HBM2, RX Vega 56, amd
The Sapphire NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega 56 Limited Edition 8GB HBM2 with Tri-X dual ball bearing fans and Vapor Chamber cooling bears a name almost as long as the card itself. There are some interesting physical features, such as easily removable Tri-X dual ball bearing fans for cleaning and the ability to connect case fans to your card. The improved cooler design is not able to defeat the overclocking limits which both Vega cards seem to have, however it does ensure very quiet operation which may be a more attractive benefit to some users. Drop by Overclockers Club for performance details.
"To make sure that this card performs well under a load, Sapphire slapped a massive Vapor Chamber-based cooling solution on the card. The combination of Sapphire's Tri-X dual ball bearing fans and Vapor Chamber cooling solution make this card one of the coolest running cards I have tested, both stock and overclocked. What makes this cooling performance that much more impressive is that the power consumed by the card is in excess of 300 watts stock and overclocked. Impressive indeed."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- PowerColor Red Devil Vega 64 @ BabelTechReview
- PowerColor Red Devil RX VEGA 56 8GB HBM2 Review @ OCC
- The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition @ TechARP
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2017 - 02:48 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: xfx, vega 10, Vega, RX VEGA 64, RX Vega 56, double edition, amd
Not content to let Asus have all the fun with X shaped products, graphics card manufacturer XFX is prepping two new Vega graphics cards that feature a cut-out backplate and cooler shroud that resembles a stretched-out X. XFX has, so far, only released a few pictures of the card but they do show off most of the card including the top edge, cooler, and backplate.
XFX has opted for a short PCB that extends slightly past the first cooling fan. The card is a dual slot design with a large heatsink and two large red fans and a bit less than half of the cooler extends past the PCB as a result. Cooling is not an issue thanks to liberal use of heat pipes (I think there are five main copper heat pipes), but the cooler hanging so far past the PCB has resulted in the two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors ending up in the middle of the cooler (the middle of the X shape) which is not ideal for cable management (still waiting for someone to put the PCI-E power connectors on the back edge closest to the motherboard!) but with a bit of modding maybe it would be possible to hid the wires under the shroud and route them around the card as one of the photos it looks like there is a bit of a gap between the heatsink and the shroud/backplate heh).
The design is sure to be divisive with some people loving it and other hating it, but XFX has put quite a bit of work into it. The red fans are surrounded by a stylized black shroud with a carbon fiber texture while the top edge holds the red XFX logo. The backplate specifically looks great with a black and grey design with red accent that features numerous cutouts for extra ventilation.
Display outputs are standard with three DisplayPort and one HDMI out.
TechPowerUp along with Videocardz are reporting that the card will come in both RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 variants. Unfortunately, while XFX has gone all out in the custom cooling and backplate, they are not pushing any of the clockspeeds past factory settings with the RX Vega 56 Double Edition clocking in at 1156 MHz base and 1471 MHz boost on the GPU and 1600 MHz on the 8GB of HBM2 memory. The XFX RX Vega 64 Double Edition is also stock clocked at 1247 MHz base, 1546 MHz boost, and 1890 MHz memory. It is not all bad news though, because with such a beefy cooler, enthusiasts should be able to overclock the chips themselves at least a bit (depending on how lucky they are in the silicon lottery) but it does mean that XFX isn’t guaranteeing anything. Also, overclocking might be more top-end overclock limited on the Vega 64 version versus other custom cards due to it only including two 8-pin power connectors (which does make me wonder what they have done as far as the VRMs versus reference if anything).
XFX has not yet revealed pricing or availability for their custom RX Vega cards.
What are your thoughts on the X design?
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2017 - 10:59 AM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: podcast, ZenBook Flip S UX370, Switch 7, Seasonic PRIME, RX Vega 56, mining, logitech, Koolance, Intel Xeon Workstation, IFA 2017, hero, fsp, Fanatec, dell xps 13, CSL Elite Wheel P1 Alcantara, BeQuiet, b250, asus, acer, video
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