AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Adds Mobile & VR Game Streaming, Performance Tuning

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 13, 2018 - 09:01 AM |
Tagged: Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, radeon software, radeon, gpu, drivers, amd, Adrenalin Edition

AMD today released the latest major update to its Radeon software and driver suite. Building on the groundwork laid last year, AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition brings a number of new features and performance improvements.

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With this year’s software update, AMD continues to make significant gains in game performance compared to last year’s driver release, with an average gain of up to 15 percent in across a range of popular titles. Examples include Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (11%), Battlefield V (39%), and Shadow of the Tomb Raider (15%).

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New Features

Beyond performance, Adrenalin 2019 Edition introduces a number of new and improved features. Highlights include:

Game Streaming: Radeon gamers can now stream any game or application from their PCs to their mobile devices via the AMD Link app at up to 4K 60fps. The feature supports both on-screen controls as well as Bluetooth controllers. ReLive streaming is also expanding to VR, with users able to stream games and videos from their PCs to standalone VR headsets via new AMD VR store apps. This includes Steam VR titles, allowing users to play high-quality PC-based VR games on select standalone headsets. AMD claims that its streaming technology offers “up to 44% faster responsiveness” than other game streaming solutions.

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ReLive Streaming and Sharing: Gamers more interested in streaming their games to other people will find several new features in AMD’s ReLive feature, including adjustable picture-in-picture instant replays from 5 to 30 seconds, automatic GIF creation, and a new scene editor with more stream overlay options and hotkey-based scene transition control.

Radeon Game Advisor: A new overlay available in-game that helps users designate their target experience (performance vs. quality) and then recommends game-specific settings to achieve that target. Since the tool is running live alongside the game, it can respond to changes as they occur and dynamically recommend updated settings and options.

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Radeon Settings Advisor: A new tool in the Radeon Software interface that scans system configuration and settings and recommends changes (e.g., enabling or disabling Radeon Chill, changing the display refresh rate, enabling HDR) to achieve an optimal gaming experience.

WattMan One-Click Tuning Improvements: Radeon WattMan now supports automatic tuning of memory overclocking, GPU undervolting, expanded fan control options, and unlocked DPM states for RX Vega series cards.

Display Improvements: FreeSync 2 can now tone-map HDR content to look better on displays that don’t support the full color and contrast of the HDR spec, and AMD’s Virtual Super Resolution feature is now supported on ultra-wide displays.

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Radeon Overlay: AMD’s Overlay feature which allows gamers to access certain Radeon features without leaving their game has been updated to display system performance metrics, WattMan configuration options, Radeon Enhanced Sync controls, and the aforementioned Game Advisor.

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AMD Link: AMD’s mobile companion app now offers easier setup via QR code scanning, voice control of various Radeon and ReLive settings (e.g., start/stop streaming, save replay, take screenshot), WattMan controls, enhanced performance metrics, and the ability to initiate a Radeon Software update.

Availability

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition is available now from AMD’s support website for all supported AMD GPUs.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA Rumored To Launch RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 Max-Q Mobile GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards, Mobile | December 12, 2018 - 10:04 PM |
Tagged: turing, rumor, RTX 2070, RTX 2060, nvidia

Rumors have appeared online that suggest NVIDIA may be launching mobile versions of its RTX 2070 and RTX 2060 GPUs based on its new Turing architecture. The new RTX 2070 and RTX 2060 with Max-Q designs were leaked by Twitter user TUM_APISAK who posted cropped screenshots of Geekbench 4.3.1 and 3DMark 11 Performance results.

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Allegedly handling the graphics duties in a Lenovo 81HE, the GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design (8GB VRAM) combined with a Core i7-8750H Coffee Lake six core CPU and 32 GB system memory managed a Geekbench 4.3.1 score of 223,753. The GPU supposedly has 36 Compute Units (CUs) and a core clockspeed of 1,300 MHz. The desktop RTX 2070 GPU which is already available also has 36 CUs with 2,304 CUDA cores, 144 texture units, 64 ROPS, 288 Tensor cores, and 36 RT (ray tracing) cores. The desktop GPU has a 175W reference (non FE) TDP and clocks of 1410 MHz base and 1680 MHz boost (1710 MHz for Founder's Edition). Assuming that 36 CU number is accurate, the mobile (RTX 2070M) may well have the same core counts, just running at lower clocks which would be nice to see but would require a beefy mobile cooling solution. 

As far as the RTX 2060 Max-Q Design graphics processor, not as much information was leaked as far as specifications as the leak was limited to two screenshots allegedly from Final Fantasy XV's benchmark results page comparing a desktop RTX 2060 with a Max-Q RTX 2060. The number of CUs (and other numbers like CUDA/Tensor/RT cores, TMUs, and ROPs) was not revealed in those screenshots, for example. The comparison does lend further credence to the rumors of the RTX 2060 utilizing 6 GB of GDDR6 memory though. Tom's Hardware does have a screenshot that shows the RTX 2060 with 30 CUs which suggest 1,920 CUDA cores, 240 Tensor cores, and 30 RT cores though with clocks up to 1.2 GHz (which does mesh well with previous rumors of the desktop part).

Graphics Card Generic VGA Generic VGA
Memory 6144 MB 6144 MB
Core clock 960 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Clock 1750 MHz 1500 MHz
Driver name NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with Maz-Q Design
Driver version 25.21.14.1690 25.21.14.1693

Also, the TU106 RTX 2060 with Max-Q Design reportedly has a 975 MHz core clock and a 1500 MHz (6 GHz) memory clock. Note that the 960 MHz core clock and 1750 MHz (7 GHz) memory clocks don't match previous RTX 2060 rumors which suggested higher GPU clocks in particular (up to 1.2 GHz). To be fair, it could just be the software reporting incorrect numbers due to the GPUs not being official yet. One final bit of leaked information included a note about 3DMark 11 performance with the RTX 2060 Max Q Design GPU hitting at least 19,000 in the benchmark's Performance preset which allegedly puts it in between the scores of the mobile GTX 1070 and the mobile GTX 1070 Max-Q. (A graphics score between nineteen and twenty thousand would put it a bit above a desktop GTX 1060 but far below the desktop 1070).

As usual, take these rumors and leaked screenshots with a healthy heaping of salt, but they are interesting nonetheless. Combined with the news about NVIDIA possibly announcing new mid-range GPUs at CES 2019, we may well see new laptops and other mobile graphics solutions shown off at CES and available within the first half of 2019 which would be quite the coup.

What are your thoughts on the rumored RTX 2060 for desktops and its mobile RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 Max-Q siblings?

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Source: GND-Tech

Report: New AMD Trademark Shows Possible 7nm Vega Logo

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 10, 2018 - 03:28 PM |
Tagged: Vega, trademark, rumor, report, radeon, graphics, gpu, amd, 7nm

News of a new logo trademark from AMD is making the rounds, with VideoCardz.com spotting the image via Twitter user "BoMbY". Time to speculate!

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AMD trademark image posted by Twitter user BoMbY (via VideoCardz.com)

The logo, with the familiar "V" joined by a couple of new stripes on the right side, could mean a couple of things; with a possible reference to Vega II (2), or perhaps the VII suggests the Roman numeral 7 for 7nm, instead? VideoCardz.com thinks the latter may be the case:

"AMD has registered a new trademark just 2 weeks ago. Despite many rumors floating around about Navi architecture and its possible early reveal or announcement in January, it seems that AMD is not yet done with Vega. The Radeon Vega logo, which features the distinctive V lettering, has now received 2 stripes, to indicate the 7nm die shrink."

Whatever the case may be it's interesting to consider the possibility of a 7nm Vega GPU before we see Navi. We really don't know, though it does seem a bit presumptuous to consider a new product as early as CES, as Tech Radar speculates:

"We know full well that the next generation of AMD graphics will be built upon a 7nm architecture going by the roadmaps the company released at CES 2018. At the same time, it seems to all sync up with AMD's plans to announce new 7nm GPUs at CES 2019, so it almost seems certain that we’ll see Vega II graphics cards soon."

The prospect of new graphics cards is always tantalizing, but we'll need more than a logo before things really get interesting.

Source: VideoCardz

3DMark Port Royal Ray Tracing Benchmark Launches January 8th

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 10, 2018 - 10:36 AM |
Tagged: 3dmark, ray tracing, directx raytracing, raytracing, rtx, benchmarking, benchmarks

After first announcing it last month, UL this weekend provided new information on its upcoming ray tracing-focused addition to the 3DMark benchmarking suite. Port Royal, what UL calls the "world's first dedicated real-time ray tracing benchmark for gamers," will launch Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

For those eager for a glimpse of the new ray-traced visual spectacle, or for the majority of gamers without a ray tracing-capable GPU, the company has released a video preview of the complete Port Royal demo scene.

Access to the new Port Royal benchmark will be limited to the Advanced and Professional editions of 3DMark. Existing 3DMark users can upgrade to the benchmark for $2.99, and it will become part of the base $29.99 Advanced Edition package for new purchasers starting January 8th.

Real-time ray tracing promises to bring new levels of realism to in-game graphics. Port Royal uses DirectX Raytracing to enhance reflections, shadows, and other effects that are difficult to achieve with traditional rendering techniques.

As well as benchmarking performance, 3DMark Port Royal is a realistic and practical example of what to expect from ray tracing in upcoming games— ray tracing effects running in real-time at reasonable frame rates at 2560 × 1440 resolution.

3DMark Port Royal was developed with input from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and other leading technology companies. We worked especially closely with Microsoft to create a first-class implementation of the DirectX Raytracing API.

Port Royal will run on any graphics card with drivers that support DirectX Raytracing. As with any new technology, there are limited options for early adopters, but more cards are expected to get DirectX Raytracing support in 2019.

3DMark can be acquired via Steam or directly from UL's online store. The Advanced Edition, which includes access to all benchmarks, is priced at $29.99.

MSI Launches GTX 1060 6GB Armor 6GD5X OC Graphics Card Using GDDR5X Memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 9, 2018 - 05:40 PM |
Tagged: pascal, msi, GP104, GeForce GTX 1060, armor

MSI is launching a refreshed GTX 1060 graphics card that uses GDDR5X for its 6GB of video memory rather than GDDR5. The aptly named GTX 1060 Armor 6GD5X OC graphics card shares many features of the existing Armor 6G OC (and OCV1) that the new card is a refresh of including the dual TORX fan Armor 2X cooler and maximum 4 display outputs among three DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b, and one DVI-D.

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The new Pascal-based GPU in the upcoming graphics card is reportedly a cut-down variant of NVIDIA's larger GP104 chip rather than the GP106-400 used for previous GTX 1060s, but the core count and other compute resources remain the same at 1,280 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs, 48 ROPs, and a 192-bit memory bus. Clock speeds have been increased slightly versus reference specifications however at 1544 MHz base and up to 1759 MHz boost. The GPU is paired with 6 GB of GDDR5X that is curiously clocked at 8 GHz. The memory more than likely has quite a bit of overclocking headroom vs GTX 1060 6GB cards using GDDR5 but it appears MSI is leaving those pursuits for enthusiasts to explore on their own.

MSI is equipping its GTX 1060 Armor 6GD5X OC graphics cards with a 8+6 pin PCI-E power connection setup which should help overclockers push the cards as far as they can (previous GTX 1060 Armor OC cards had only a single 8-pin). Looking at the specification page the new card will be slightly shorter but with a thicker cooler at 276mm x 140mm x 41mm than the GDDR5-based card. As part of the Armor series the card has a white and black design like its predecessors.

MSI has not yet released pricing or availability information but with the GDDR5-based graphics cards priced at around $275 I would suspect the MSI GTX 1060 Armor 6GD5X OC to sit around $290 at launch.

I am curious how well new GTX 1060 graphics cards will perform when paired with faster GDDR5X memory and how the refreshed cards stack up against AMD's refreshed Polaris 30 based RX 590 graphics cards.

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Source: MSI

PowerVR Series3NX Neural Network Accelerator Announced

Subject: Graphics Cards, Mobile | December 4, 2018 - 03:00 AM |
Tagged: series3nx-f, series3nx, PowerVR, neural network, Imagination Technologies, imagination

Imagination Technologies has just announced the Series3NX line of Neural Network Accelerator (NNA) architectures. These products are designs that can be licensed by system-on-a-chip (SoC) manufacturers to include in their designs. The previous design, Series2NX, has seen some design wins, which Imagination claims is “predominantly focused in the mobile and automotive markets”.

Actually, there are two announcements today: Series3NX and Series3NX-F.

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The base NNA core is the Series3NX. Their press kit mentions six SKUs: AX3125 with 0.6 trillion operations per second (TOPS), AX3145 with 1.2 TOPS, AX3165 with 2.4 TOPS, AX3185 with 5 TOPS, and AX3195 with 10 TOPs. Multiple of these cores can be integrated at the same time, which allows products with over 160 TOPS of performance. These designs are available now for licensing.

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This brings us to the Series3NX-F. This product combines a Series3NX core with a programmable, floating-point processor (based on the latest PowerVR Rogue architecture) and some RAM. This will be available to license in Q1 2019.

PowerVR 9XEP, 9XMP, and 9XTP GPUs Launched

Subject: Graphics Cards, Mobile | December 4, 2018 - 03:00 AM |
Tagged: PowerVR, Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies has just launched three new GPUs: the PowerVR 9XEP, the PowerVR 9XMP, and the PowerVR 9XTP. The 9XEP is designed for casual gaming and UI, the 9XMP is designed for mid-level mobile gaming, and the 9XTP is for high-end mobile-and-up.

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The press release notes that, with the release of Fortnite and PUBG on mobile platforms, gaming is pushing devices toward larger GPUs. As a result, they have worked on gaming-centric features like anisotropic filtering to improve performance an image quality. They specifically mention a 2x performance boost in anisotropic filtering and a 4x increase in shadow sample performance on the  9XMP.

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There’s a lot of segments that these designs cover; check out Imagination’s slides above.

All three of these designs are available now for licensing.

Which is the most exciting Radeon RX 590?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 3, 2018 - 04:48 PM |
Tagged: rx 590, amd, xfx, powercolor, sapphire, RX 590 Fatboy, RX 590 Special Edition, Red Devil AXRX 590

There are some who were completely unimpressed with the launch of the RX 590, but for those gaming at 1080p with about $300 in the bank, this is a decent upgrade path from a previous generation.  Legit Reviews put together a look at three different implementations of this card, from XFX, PowerColor and Sapphire.  Upgrading to one of these cards will allow you decent performance up to 1440p, if you have dreams up upgrading your display as well.

Which offers the best value for your money?  Read on to find out.

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"The Radeon RX 590 is the latest and greatest mainstream graphics card from AMD and is targeted at targeted to 1080P gamers that want to play every game on the market today at respectable frame rates for under $300. You also get three PC games for free when you purchase the RX 590 (Devil May Cry 5, The Division 2, and Resident Evil 2) to help sweeten the deal. In our launch day review we looked at the XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy and have since gotten in the PowerColor Red Devil AXRX 590 as well as the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 Special Edition."

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The other RTX feature, Content Adaptive Shading by Terror Billy

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2018 - 03:24 PM |
Tagged: wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, turing, nvidia, content adaptive shading, CAS

Ray tracing gets most of the attention when one of NVIDIA's RTX cards is reviewed, and rightfully so but it is not the only new feature these cards bring to the table.  Content Adaptive Shading is one type of Variable Rate Shading, or VRS, which allows a Turing card to divide a screen into groups of pixels and then focus the application of shading to those groups which require it the most, spending processing time on shading areas which do not. 

The Tech Report delves into this topic in more depth, as well as showing off what it does to one of the few games which currently support it.  See just how The New Colossus is improved by CAS in this article.

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"While Nvidia's RTX ray-tracing stack may be getting all the press, the Turing architecture has plenty of other tricks up its sleeve. One of these is called variable-rate shading, and its capabilities lay the foundation for a technique called content-adaptive shading. We tested what this tech can do for the performance of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus."

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NVIDIA's fuzzy with the days of the week ... Black Friday deals have already kicked off

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | November 19, 2018 - 04:44 PM |
Tagged: geforce, rtx, gtx, deals, nvidia

NVIDIA sent over a list of their current deals, which are somewhat related to the coming weekend; apart from many being available already.   The US deals are significantly better than the Canadian ones, but even so there are a few good ones. 

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NVIDA broke them up into categories to make it a bit easier to find the product you are looking for so take a scroll and see if there is something your machine could use installed, or if it is time to replace it altogether.

GeForce RTX Graphics Cards

  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC, $529.99 -- $50 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/27: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING OC 8G Video Card, $749.99 -- $150 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/21 – 11/30: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 DUKE 8G OC, $526 -- $20 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg

GeForce GTX Graphics Cards

  • 11/23 -11/26: ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix, $149.99 -- $40 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Ultra, $349.99 -- $220 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Blower/Ref, $349.99 -- $180 off regular price Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SC ACX copper HP single, $209.00 -- $110 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB SC, $139.99 -- $80 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/23 – 11/26: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB SC, $99.99 -- $70 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, $239 – $20 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/21 – 11/30: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 ARMOR 6G OCV1, $258 -- $30 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/9 – 11/29: PNY GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Card, $249.00 -- $149 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/9 – 11/29: PNY GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 Video Card, $139.99 -- $59 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/30: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini 8GB GDDR5, $349.99 -- $190 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/30: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini 8GB GDDR5X, $439.99 -- $60 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg

GTX Laptops

  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5, $1,999.00 -- $300 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5, $1,749.00 -- $250 off regular price at Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/22 – 11/26: Razer Blade 15, $2,599.99 -- $200 off regular price at Best Buy, Amazon
  • 11/22 – 11/26: Razer Blade Stealth, $1,499.99 -- $200 off regular price at Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg
  • 11/22 – 12/22: Razer Blade Pro, $4,399.99 -- $500 off regular price at Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg, Microsoft
  • 11/23 until supplies last: MSI GV62 8RD-200 15.6" Full HD Performance Gaming Laptop PC + NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Ti, $699 -- $200 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: MSI GV62 8RD-034 15.6" Thin and Light Gaming Laptop + NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Ti, $799 -- $200 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: ASUS FX504GE-ES72 Thin & Light TUF Gaming Laptop (FX504) Full HD, 8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB, $799 -- $150 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: ASUS TUF Thin & Light Gaming Laptop PC (FX504) 15.6” Full HD, 8th-Gen Intel Core i5-8300H (up to 3.9GHz), GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, $599 -- $100 off regular price at Amazon

RTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/23 until supplies last: iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Desktop Trace 9220 Liquid Cooled Overclockable i7-8700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, $1,349.00 -- $250 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA1394A Gaming PC (Liquid Cooled AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2GHz, 16GB DDR4, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, $1,199 -- $300 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/23 until supplies last: Dell Alienware Aurora Gaming PC Desktop, Liquid Cooled i7-8700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB, $1799.99 -- $450 off regular price at Amazon

GTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/23 until supplies last: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR PC Desktop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, $649 -- $150 off regular price at Amazon
  • 11/19 – 11/30: Gaming RDY TRIIRR201, $649 -- $150 off regular price at iBUYPOWER
  • 11/15 – 12/15: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA2088W w/ AMD Ryzen 7 2700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, 8GB Memory, 240GB SSD, 1TB HD, WiFi and Windows 10 Home 64-bit Gaming PC, $799 -- $100 off regular price at Walmart / WM.ca
  • 11/15 – 12/15: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR3800WST w/ Intel i7-8700, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, 16GB Memory, 240GB SSD, 1TB HD and Windows 10 Home 64-bit Gaming PC, $999.99 -- $250 off regular price at Walmart / WM.ca

G-Sync Monitors

  • 11/19 – 11/25: Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27" WQHD (2560x1440) NVIDIA G-SYNC IPS Display, $549.99 -- $150 off regular price at Newegg
  • 11/19 – 11/26: 34" Predator X34 UltraWide QHD Curved Monitor, $849.99 -- $250 off regular price at Newegg

CANADA

GTX Laptops

  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5, CAD $2,199 -- $400 off regular price at Canada Computers
  • 11/19 – 11/26: GIGABYTE Aero NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q Design GDDR5 6 GB, CAD $2,399 -- $500 off regular price at Memory Express

RTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/19 – 11/26: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8080A3 Gaming PC, $1769.99 -- $130 off regular price at Amazon CA
  • 11/19 – 11/26: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA1394A Gaming PC, $1,249.99 -- $250 off regular price at Amazon CA

GTX Desktop PCs

  • 11/22 – 11/26: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA6400CPG Gaming PC, $1,099.99 -- $300 off regular price at Best Buy CA
  • 11/15 – 12/15: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Master GMA2088W Intel Core i7 Gaming Computer, $799.99 -- $100 off regular price at WM.ca

 

Source: NVIDIA

One EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC Allegedly Catches Fire

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2018 - 03:04 PM |
Tagged: RTX 2080 Ti, rtx, nvidia, geforce, fire, evga, 2080 Ti

On HardForums, there was a report (with several photos) of an EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti that abruptly caught fire and, as you might expect, stopped working. It turns out that the damage is reasonably localized, so Allyn and I compared those photos with ones from an xDevs teardown in hopes to pinpoint the most likely component. We did not have that specific card in the office.

Again, this is just our best guess from images over the course of about a half hour.

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Image Credit: shansoft at HardForums

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Image Credit: xDevs

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Image Credit: xDevs

We marked the center of carnage with a red X on both images, which correspond to opposite sides of the PCB. As you can tell… there’s not much there. On the one side, there is an R005 resistor and what looks like two small capacitors. Capacitors, which store energy like batteries, can explode, but they look to be too small to have caused that damage. On the other side, there are a pair of 1R0 1818 inductors, another component that appears to be a capacitor, and four metal solder pads.

Our current best guess, and it’s just a guess, is that something overloaded the card (such as a shorted power phase elsewhere on the card) and that section just happened to be the part that lit up like a fuse. It wasn’t as cut and dry as we were hoping from the start (such as if we saw a giant capacitor with nothing around it) but it doesn’t look like, as some sites are saying, that the VRAM overheated or that the GPU die was defective.

Source: HardForums

Hey Fatboy, way to take on that GTX 1060!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2018 - 01:37 PM |
Tagged: amd, gtx 1060, nvidia, Polaris, rx 590

AMD released an interesting update to the RX 580 today, the aptly named RX 590.  It sports the same internals as the current card, with one significant difference which are the clocks.  The new RX 590 sports frequencies of 1469 MHz Base, 1545 MHz Boost which is a hair over 200MHz higher than the 580 and [H]ard|OCP were able to push it up to 1670MHz with a bit of extra juice.  Their findings matched Ken's, in that this new card makes NVIDIA's GTX 1060 obsolete as it outperforms it and at a better price point.  The only drawback to the XFX Fatboy model reviewed is given away in the name; the card is a wee bit over 2 slots in height.

[H]'s suite of games incorporates different titles than ours so make sure you do pay them a visit.

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"AMD is launching the new Radeon RX 590 GPU today, and we have a custom XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy OC+ video card to evaluate. With a high factory overclock, and potential for overclocking, we will compare this video card with the EVGA GTX 1060 SSC overclocked and test at 1080p and 1440p gaming."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Introducing the Quadro RTX 4000

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2018 - 02:14 PM |
Tagged: turing, RTX 4000, nvidia, HPC, autodesk

NVIDIA's newest Turing based HPC card the RTX 4000 has arrived, with 2304 CUDA cores, 288 Tensor Cores, 36 RT Cores, and 8GB of GDDR6 on-board GPU memory.   They haven't released any benchmarks as of yet but do state the new memory will offer a 40% increase in bandwidth compared to the previous P4000 and that the card can produce up to 57 TFLOPs of performance, one assumes this refers to INT8 performance.

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They are showing the card off at Autodesk, if you visit they have set up a demo which uses the Enscape3D plugin to let you put on a VR headset to step inside a full-scale Autodesk Revit model and make changes in real time, which would be an interesting way to work.  The card will sell for ~$900 which puts in reach of quite a few possible users and might encourage AMD to sell it's Instinct MI60 and MI50 cards for a price in that ballpark.

Check it out on NVIDIA's page here.

 

Source: NVI

A preliminary look at BFV performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 9, 2018 - 02:24 PM |
Tagged: gaming, graphics, battlefield V

Battlefield V has just dropped and we are starting to see performance results, however they will be a while in coming as EA's wonderful policy of only allowing five hardware changes before locking you out of your purchased game for 24 hours is somewhat of a hurdle.  Guru of 3D is slowly filling in benchmarks as they are able, but with the hard limit on hardware changes it will take them a while.  AMD's RX series is easily capable of 60+ fps at 1080p on Ultra settings, however for 1440p you will want at least a GTX 1070 but if you are looking for 4K you will either need to drop your quality or plug in a 1080 Ti at the very least.  They also take a look at memory usage on the last page, if you are concerned that may be a bottleneck for you.

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"In this article, we'll check out graphics cards with Battlefield V. We'll be brutally honest - the game looks great, and has been shaping up to be something pretty good in gameplay as well. We've spent a day now on the Prerelease to check out what the game offers. Battlefield V really doesn't need an introduction, it's really much like the 2016 Battlefield 1 in gameplay."

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Source: Guru of 3D

Can you fit the power of the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti into your system?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 1, 2018 - 02:51 PM |
Tagged: RTX 2080 Ti, asus, ROG Strix

It was September when we last looked at the rather expensive and powerful ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti and since then there has been a new driver so taking a peek at [H]ard|OCP's recent review is worth your time.  They had a bit more success with overclocking, hitting a GPU Boost of +120, or 1770MHz and a memory speed of 15.5GHz, with the memory being the limitation as it would raise the temperatures enough to cause the core to downclock when pushed further.  More exotic cooling solutions than ASUS' proprietary triple cooler might mitigate that, as well as slimming it down from it's current 2.7 slot design.  You will pay a large sum for the card, but the new 2080 Ti is the best on the market.

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"We’ve put the new ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti video card to the test, pushing the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU at 4K in twelve games default and overclocked against an MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO also default, and overclocked to find the real value. All real-world gaming, no canned benchmarks."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

EVGA lists new RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition Gaming GPU at $999

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2018 - 02:13 PM |
Tagged: TU104, RTX 2080 Ti, evga, black edition

Despite the somewhat disappointing launch of the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti, things seem to be getting a bit more interesting. Mainly, NVIDIA's "starting at $999" price point seems to be one step closer to reality with a listing for the RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition Gaming card on EVGA's website today.

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With a rated boost clock speed of 1525 MHz, it appears the RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition isn't overclocked from the factory, leading some credence to the rumors that NVIDIA isn't allowing lower cost RTX cards to be factory overclocked.

Still, there should be no difference in overclocking by the end user, including the use of NVIDIA Scanner to automatically overclock the GPU.

The EVGA website lists no availability information for the RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition, but there is an "auto-notify" option for interested buyers.

At $999, the EVGA RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition is still quite an expensive GPU, but a 20% discount is not something to scoff at for what is the most powerful gaming GPU. We look forward to being able to test this card for ourselves in the coming weeks!

Source: EVGA

Roundup at the GeForce corral

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM |
Tagged: RTX 2070, RTX 2080, gtx 1080 ti, gtx 1070

[H]ard|OCP is pitting the newly arrived RTX gang against the incumbent GTX crew in their latest GPU review.  They were specifically looking at how the RTX 2070 fares against its brethren, but took a look at the whole pack as well.  Their findings bore a resemblance to Ken's, the performance trends between an overclocked GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti but the asking price for the Founders Edition is too high. 

The RTX 2080 did not fare as well, as you can read about in the full review.

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"We took our world exclusive non-NDA RTX 2070 review and compared that card directly to the GTX 1080 Ti and GTX 1070 cards, both overclocked. Thrown into the mix is the RTX 2080. Our real world gameplay will fully expose the landscape of rasterized gaming and what you should be considering purchasing, if anything for your gaming needs."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Announces RTX in Adobe Dimension CC

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2018 - 08:57 PM |
Tagged: Adobe, nvidia

The Adobe MAX conference took place earlier this week. It consisted of several keynotes, live streams, workshops, breakout sessions, announcements, and it aligned with an update to several Creative Cloud applications.

One such announcement is that NVIDIA RTX is coming to Adobe Dimension CC.

While the application has not exactly taken off yet, it is interesting to see Adobe and/or NVIDIA put the engineering into bringing their ray-tracing units to it. First, for its audience, the speed boost (and thus increased preview size) should make the experience much better. Second, if NVIDIA helped with the engineering effort, which I suspect they did, then it suggests that they are hoping to bring RTX basically everywhere. I’m curious to see who else gets RTX support. Fingers crossed for an announcement at BlenderCon next week. I shouldn’t hold my breath, but I am.

So, for gamers, RTX content is still pretty-much MIA, as is constantly reported. The same is mostly true for professionals… but that might change soon. We’ll need to see.

Meet the highly anticipated RTX 2070!

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2018 - 02:37 PM |
Tagged: tu106, TU104, RTX 2080, RTX 2070, GTX 1080, gtx 1070, msi, Gaming Z

Some of the RTX 2070 reviews have arrived though you can expect a slew more TU106 based GPU models arriving in the near future.  The MSRP of this card is similar to the GTX 1080, so the burning question is; can it match the performance and not just mimic a slower card with the addition of Tensor Cores? 

Start out with Ken's review, and then head off to [H]ard|OCP to check out the RTX 2070 GAMING Z from MSI.  Does it make sense to pick up the RTX 2070 right now, or grab a highly overclocked GTX 1080?  Only one way to find out

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"We have an exclusive first look at performance of the new MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z video cards sporting the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU. We will be comparing performance to a MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X and ASUS ROG STRIX Vega 64 OC video cards in eight games at 1440p and 4K."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Radeon Adrenaline COD liver oil edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 11, 2018 - 07:15 PM |
Tagged: amd, radeon, adrenaline 18.10.1

If you love you some CODBLOPS and run a GPU named after a solar body you should head on over to AMD and update to Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.10.1.  The new driver will give your VEGA 64 or RX 580 a bit of a performance boost when you head out into the black. 

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There are a few other benefits, including smoother upgrading as well as fixes in Fortnight and Sea of Thieves, as well as some tweaks to Vulcan.  You know where to get it, or you can just click here.

 

Source: AMD