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
Author:
Manufacturer: XFX

Overview

While 2018 so far has contained lots of talk about graphics cards, and new GPU architectures, little of this talk has been revolving around AMD. After having launched their long-awaited Vega GPUs in late 2017, AMD has remained mostly quiet on the graphics front.

As we headed into summer 2018, the talk around graphics started to turn to NVIDIA's next generation Turing architecture, the RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti, and the subsequent price creeps of graphics cards in their given product segment.

However, there has been one segment in particular that has been lacking any excitement in 2018—mid-range GPUs for gamers on a budget.

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AMD is aiming to change that today with the release of the RX 590. Join us as we discuss the current state of affordable graphics cards.

  RX 590 RX 580 GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1060 3GB
GPU Polaris 30 Polaris 20 GP106 GP106
GPU Cores 2304 2304 1280 1152
Rated Clock 1469 MHz Base
1545 MHz Boost

1257 MHz Base
1340 MHz Boost

1506 MHz Base
1708 MHz Boost
1506 MHz Base
1708 MHz Boost
Texture Units 144 144 80 80
ROP Units 32 32 48 48
Memory 8GB 8GB 6GB 6GB
Memory Clock 8000 MHz 8000 MHz 8000 MHz 8000 MHz
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth 256 GB/s 256 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s
TDP 225 watts 185 watts 120 watts 120 watts
Peak Compute 7.1 TFLOPS 6.17 TFLOPS 3.85 TFLOPS (Base) 2.4 TFLOPS (Base)
Process Tech 12nm 14nm 16nm 16nm
MSRP (of retail cards) $239 $219 $249 $209

Click here to continue reading our review of the AMD RX 590!