PC Perspective Podcast #528 - RTX 2060, EVGA Nu Audio, and our CES Roundup

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2019 - 12:02 PM |
Tagged: video, sound card, ryzen 3, RTX 2060, radeon vii, podcast, evga, ces 2019

PC Perspective Podcast #528 - 1/11/2019

We're a little bit delayed this week due to CES, but we're back in action and ready to talk about the GeForce RTX 2060 review, some new Corsair gaming mice, AMD's big Ryzen and Radeon announcements, an awesome new sound card from EVGA, G-SYNC compatibility with FreeSync monitors, and more!

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Today's Podcast Hosts
Sebastian Peak
Josh Walrath
Jim Tanous

Show Topics
00:00:35 - Review: GeForce RTX 2060
00:16:35 - Review: New Corsair Gaming Mice & Slipstream
00:21:20 - News: AMD CES Announcements
00:38:38 - News: AMD 2019 GPU Refresh
00:42:31 - News: GeForce RTX Mobile
00:49:21 - News: ASUS TUF AMD Gaming Laptops
00:52:50 - News: EVGA Nu Audio Sound Card
01:00:43 - News: Killer E3000 2.5Gbps NIC
01:10:26 - News: ASUS ProArt 1,000-Zone Backlight Display
01:16:04 - News: HyperX Cloud Orbit S & QuadCast
01:25:01 - News: Phison PCIe Gen4 NVMe Controller
01:28:52 - News: be quiet! White Cases & Slim CPU Coolers
01:32:33 - News: NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible Displays
01:42:24 - Picks of the Week
01:49:04 - Outro

Picks of the Week
Josh - Acer Predator X34 Ultrawide Monitor
Jim - DockCase Adapter for MacBook Pro
Sebastian - Star Trek: Phase II

Video News

January 12, 2019 | 05:41 PM - Posted by delcolux (not verified)

Thank you Jim for the lovely outro sequence.

January 12, 2019 | 09:09 PM - Posted by BigWigsQueryAvalancheForReleaseDay (not verified)

OK let's get this started! What are your projections for Radeon VII's FineWine(TM) on that 7nm TSMC process node?

Also I can see a lower Binned variant of that Vega 20 Die coming in the form of something closer to Vega 56's complement of shaders:TMUs:ROPs(64). So what price range for that and what will be its main Nvidia RTX competition?

Vega 20's new set of AI based ISA ententions on Radeon VII/And Any Lower consumer Vega Die 20 Bins! Will AMD be working up some form of AI based upscaling similar to Nvidia's DLSS and how will those Vega 20 only AI ISA extantions help with that.

Continuing on, for AMD's xGMI(Infinity Fabric) IP, will there be the possibility of some xGMI capabilities for Consumer/Vega 20 variants and how will that compare to Nvidia's Consumer NVLink that probably will have some features disabled on Nvidia's non Quadro/Professional GPU SKUs.

AMD's Infinity Fabric on the 2p Epyc/CPUs makes use of PCIe's PHY(Physical Hardware layer) that switches out the PCIe protocal/siginaling with the Infinity Fabric protocal/siginaling on Epyc/Naples and Epyc/Rome. Is it possible that on the 500 series AM4 motherboards that some MB makers could certify that method between Vega 20 Consumer variants for select x16 MB slots on any high end AM4 motherboards for any sort of alternative xGMI/Bridge Chip Hardware usage between some cosnumer Vega 20 variants.

What method do you think will be available for consumer Vega 20, the more attractive xGMI bridge or the PCIe PHY method on select 500 series AM4 MBs. It's possible that AMD will not make any use of xGMI on Consumer Vega 20 and just stick with PCIe 3.0 or 4.0(500 series AM4 MBs) what do you think is more likely.

I'd like to see some consumer/prosumer Vega 20 variants that offer xGMI(Infinity Fabric) bridge chip IP to interfave 2 Vega 20 GPU variants vai the Infinity Fabric's Cache Coherency/Single VRAM Memory Address space adressing, interface for 2/More Vega 20 based Consumer/Prosumer Variants more tightly Infinity Fabric linked to act more like one single larger logical GPU.

Also, how long after there is a Vega 20 based lower binned DIE variant with closer to Vega 56's complement of Shaders:TMUs:ROPs before AMD specs out some Dual Vega 20 DIEs/Single PCIe card variant. Will AMD do this and will AMD make use of xGMI(Infinity Fabric) Protocols instead of simply PCIe lanes between the Dual Vega 20 DIEs(Binned to each have similar to Vega 56's complement of Shaders:TMUs:ROPs)!

AMD currently has a dual Vega 10 DIEs(Each Vega 56 Like)/single PCIe card V340 cloud gaming variant that also has that new hardware based GPU virtulization management ASIC. I'll bet that AMD will be replacing the Vega 10 based V340 variant with a Vega 20 based variant.

These are some question that will probably have to wait for the NDAs to totally lift but it's good to be ready with as many questions as possible to ask the Big Wigs on launch day!

January 15, 2019 | 01:57 PM - Posted by CarryTrainer.Editor (not verified)

Well done outro. I digged it.

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