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AMD made quite an impact in the mainstream graphics card market with its Polaris-based Radeon RX 480 GPU. Based on AMD’s fourth generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the RX 480 features 36 compute units, 2304 stream processors and has a base clock of 1120 MHz. Peak compute performance is rated at 5.8 TFLOPs, and the RX 480 is available in 4GB or 8GB memory configurations. While the RX 480 may be good enough for gamers looking to get their fix with a few rounds of DOOM or Rise of the Tomb Raider, graphics professionals are a more discerning group that wants hardware with drivers... Read more...
AMD Announces Radeon Solid State Graphics Technology At AMD's latest Capsaicin event, happening right now at the Hilton Anaheim, adjacent to SIGGRAPH, the company just made a handful of major announcements. AMD just revealed a brand-new line-up of Polaris-based Radeon Pro WX series professional graphics cards and that it was not only launching Radeon ProRender (formerly previewed as AMD FireRender), but also making it open source, as part of the GPUOpen initiative. The unveiling of its upcoming AMD Radeon Solid State Graphics Technology and the Radeon Pro SSG, however, could have a major... Read more...
NVIDIA has historically taken a somewhat different approach when announcing its newest Titan-branded graphics cards, that differs from the measured, methodical launches of its more mainstream consumer products. Tonight’s announcement, however, takes the cake. We just received details from NVIDIA regarding an upcoming ultra-powerful, Pascal-based Titan X, featuring a 12 billion transistor GPU, codenamed GP102. The email’s subject began with “SURPRISE” and the body started with, “It began with a bet”. NVIDIA Ceo Jen-Hsun Huang With Pascal-Powered GeForce GTX Titan X NVIDIA is obviously having a little... Read more...
Doing virtually reality (VR) well is very hard. It requires significant compute resources to render immersive VR worlds with the kind of fidelity, latency, and framerates necessary for users to feel truly connected. Whereas a typical PC game may feel smooth and immersive at a paltry 1080p resolution at 30 or 60 frames per second, VR headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have displays with a 2160 x 1200 combined resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate, and ideally, the systems they're connected to need to sustain framerates of 90 frames per second. As VR continues to evolve, and resolutions... Read more...
A couple of weeks back, just in time to rain on AMD’s Radeon RX 480 parade, NVIDIA revealed a few details about the GeForce GTX 1060. We didn’t have actual performance numbers to share, but NVIDIA revealed GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition’s pricing, core count, clocks, memory configuration, TDP, and physical characteristics. They also claimed the card would offer performance in the same class as the GeForce GTX 980. Considering the fact that the GP106 GPU at the heart of the GeForce GTX 1060 has roughly half of the resources of NVIDIA’s current flagship GeForce GTX 1080, and NVIDIA put the 1080 up against... Read more...
Gigabyte, Corsair and Intel held a press event in California on June 30th to show off some of their new hardware. Though Intel just talked broadly about its thoughts on the PC gaming market (it's growing, and they are committed to it, basically), Gigabyte and Corsair both demo'd high-end gear it first unveiled at Computex. We were on-hand to check everything out, and have the details lined up for you here. First up, we have some video of many of the products... IntelIntel didn't have anything new to show, but wanted to reiterate its commitment to the PC gaming and high-end desktop spaces, as evidenced... Read more...
AMD just made available the Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver v16.7.1 with fixes for the Radeon RX 480’s power consumption issues. The driver is available for download on AMD’s website now, and includes a long list of fixes and known issues. The listings that the majority of you are probably most interested in are these, however...The Radeon RX 480’s power distribution has been improved for AMD reference boards, lowering the current drawn from the PCIe bus.A new “compatibility mode” UI toggle has been made available in the Global Settings menu of Radeon Settings. This option is designed to... Read more...
Samsung hopes to bring curved displays to the masses with its 27-inch CF591. The monitor has an MSRP of $349.99 and is discounted in Samsung’s online store (and others), dropping the price to just under the $300 mark. Even without the discount though, the CF591 is one of the more affordable high-end curved displays, though it’s not the cheapest one currently available. But Samsung hopes that it hit the sweet spot here by combining tempting features with a low-ish price. Curved monitors certainly look cool, but display makers have had a tough time making convincing arguments that they’re necessary.... Read more...
AMD has been disseminating information about its Polaris architecture and the Radeon RX 480 for months now. If you’re a regular reader of HotHardware, you should already know that Polaris is AMD’s next-gen GPU architecture, designed for FinFET transistor technology. Polaris also ushers in the 4th generation of AMD’s GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. Some of the Radeon RX 480’s specifications were also revealed, along with the expected price point, and a number of the RX 480’s new features and capabilities, including support for the latest DisplayPort and HDMI standards. It seems AMD and its... Read more...
For many users, one monitor just isn’t enough. Sometimes, two displays won’t cut it either. If your latest project has you searching for multiple, high-end monitors, you’re likely going to be looking at professional workhorses like NEC’s MultiSync EA305WMi. The venerable display maker designed this 30-inch monitor specifically for multi-monitor configurations and added something it calls ControlSync technology, so you can manage multiple displays from a single interface. The MultiSync EA305WMi is a 30-inch (29.8-inch viewable area) monitor with a 2560x1600 resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio. Although... Read more...
You’ve been hearing about AMD’s next-gen Polaris GPU architecture and the first card to feature it, the Radeon RX 480, for months now. We’ve already covered a number of Polaris’ new features and architectural enhancements, and have even shown you a few renders of the Radeon RX 480 itself, but now we’ve got a card in hand and are ready to get down to some in-house testing. Feast your eyes on this...The AMD Radeon RX 480 Has ArrivedAs you can see, the AMD Radeon RX 480 has a design language that’s reminiscent of the previous-gen Radeons, with an understated, rectangular fan shroud and dimpled faceplate.... Read more...
Raja Koduri, SVP of AMD RTG Shows Off World's First 14nm GPU- Radeon RX 480When AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) first disclosed details of its upcoming Polaris GPU architecture, it called it a “historic leap in performance per watt for Radeon GPUs”. If you don’t follow the GPU scene closely, Polaris is AMD RTG’s next-gen graphics architecture that will be produced using both TSMC’s 16nm and Global Foundries 14nm FinFET manufacturing processes.The goal with Polaris is to help drive Radeon GPUs down to lower overall power envelopes and enable better performance per watt. Polaris-based GPUs... Read more...
The powerful GeForce GTX 1080 got the lion’s share of media attention immediately following NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang’s official unveiling at an event in Austin, Texas a couple of weeks back. But its little brother, the GeForce GTX 1070, was also mentioned along with its expected price point, which just happened to be far more attainable for most PC enthusiasts. Better yet, the GeForce GTX 1070 would reportedly offer “Titan X class performance”, which is particularly impressive, given the 1070’s sub-$400 asking price of partner-built boards. Like the 1080, the GTX 1070 Founder's Edition... Read more...
As much as we’d love to drop everything we're doing and dive in head first with this absolutely HOT piece of hardware that just landed in the lab, there is just too much happening over the next few days with Computex starting, and a handful of high-profile launches to go along with it. In any event, an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Superclocked Edition card with ACX 3.0 cooling just arrived and we had to give you a little taste of what this beast has in store. Prepare to eat your heart out...  The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Superclocked is probably the most aggressive-looking card we’ve seen out of... Read more...
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