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AMD is working on a driver fix that will address the power draw of the Radeon RX 480, its first Polaris part and a graphics card we determined is easily the best value in its price segment (see our full review for more in-depth coverage). The driver, Radeon Software 16.7.1, is in the final testing stage and will release to the public within the next 48 hours, AMD said in the wee hours of the morning. The Radeon RX 480 was designed to give gamers a potent and affordable option for VR gaming. Pricing starts at $199 for the 4GB model and $239 for the 8GB variant, both of which represent excellent price-to-performance ratios. However, it was recently discovered that the Radeon RX 480 was pulling... Read more...
It's been discovered that some Radeon RX 480 graphics cards are pulling more power from the PCI-Express slot than what is allowed by spec, which is 75W. In theory, going over spec could damage lower end motherboards and there have already been some claims of that happening. As a result, AMD is working on an updated driver to fix affected cards. We don't have the tools to check for PCIe power draw, but we've been putting the Radeon RX 480 through its paces with two different BIOS revisions, both at stock speeds and overclocked. After hours of benchmarking, we've yet to run into any stability issues or wonky behavior. That makes us confident that this is something AMD can indeed fix via software.... Read more...
Remember that scene when Al Pacino playing the part of Scarface famously said, "Say hello to my little friend!"? Well now NVIDIA is bringing out the big gun in PCI Express form in what it considers the "most advanced data center GPU ever built," the Tesla P100, a crazy fast GPU accelerator based on NVIDIA's powerful Pascal architecture built on a 16nm FinFET manufacturing process. This is the second iteration of the Tesla P100, the first of which NVIDIA unveiled during GTX 2016 a couple of months ago. Though it's built on a fancy 16nm FinFET process, the GP100 GPU inside the Tesla P100 is quite large with a 600mm2 die, roughly the size of previous generation high-end Maxwell GPUs. However, it's... Read more...
It's shaping up to be an exciting summer for PC gamers. First NVIDIA threw down the gauntlet with its Pascal cards, the muscular GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070, both of which are faster than a Titan X, and then AMD launched Polaris in mid-range form with the Radeon RX 480. Normally a mid-range part wouldn't be all that exciting, especially when the competition is wielding a couple of high-end solutions, but the Radeon RX 480 is making waves because of its price-to-performance ratio. It's based on a pretty remarkable GPU, one that's smaller than what you might have been expecting. Same goes for other Polaris parts AMD is planning to release in the near future. Polaris is being built using... Read more...
Building your own computer can be an extremely satisfying experience, but that doesn't mean that anyone has to shrug off potential improvements that would make that experience even smoother, right? Have you ever wanted to, for example, make the motherboard and graphics card into a single unit? If you didn't, the folks at Colorful did, and the result is one of the least colorful motherboards out there, the B150-GP104: To accommodate such a powerful graphics card into a motherboard design, Colorful had to make some obvious tweaks to the overall design. Gone are full-sized PCIe slots, for example. Instead, it looks like there are dual M.2 slots instead, which could be used for SSDs or Wi-Fi modules.... Read more...
AMD launched its very first Polaris-based graphics card yesterday, the Radeon RX 480, and it has the potential to open up VR gaming to a wider audience. That's because it's priced at just $199, making it accessible to a mainstream audience while bringing enthusiast class performance to the VR party. It was an exciting announcement, but one that lacked product shots. That is, until now.Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we thought we'd give our keyboard a break and share a handful of press photos showing off the new card. Feel free to click on any/all of them to enlarge for a higher resolution vantage point.AMD is calling Polaris an "historic leap in performance per watt for Radeon GPUs."... Read more...
We're all lusting over NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card and dreaming of having two of those beasts configured in SLI, but for the more frugal enthusiast, the GeForce GTX 1070 can't be ignored. It's the other graphics card NVIDIA introduced as part of its impressive Pascal launch, and to followup with that, we now have specifications to share. The more affordable GeForce GTX 1070 is a monster card in its own right, one that wields a 16nm GP104 GPU with 7.2 billion transistors. It also boasts 1,920 CUDA cores with base and boost clockspeeds of 1,506MHz and 1,683MHz, respectively, along with a heaping 8GB of GDDR5 memory. The large memory buffer should help tremendously with VR gaming and... Read more...
Could there be a better way to end the work week than being introduced to a new generation of graphics cards? It appears that's what NVIDIA has in store—the GPU maker sent out a Twitter message inviting the public to tune into a special event that it plans to stream live on Twitch tomorrow. If you work a typical 9-5 shift, you won't have to worry about missing the event live. It kicks off at 6 PM Pacific (9 PM Eastern), so as long as your commute is under an hour long, you should be home in time to see what NVIDiA has up its sleeve. In the meantime, we have some guesses, all of which start with a "P" and end with an "L." Tune in to an NVIDIA Special Event livestream May 6th at 6pm PST, exclusively... Read more...
Beyond the occasional nugget from AMD, concrete details about its forthcoming Polaris GPU architecture are hard to come by. We've mostly had to rely on leaked information and rumors, and if the latest leaked roadmap is to believed, Polaris will replace both the Radeon Fury and Radeon 300 series of graphics cards.The slide shows Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 in place of the Radeon Fury and Radeon 300 series, with Polaris 10 overlapping both. While nothing is yet official, the leaked roadmap, which at least looks legitimate, hints at the possibility of AMD not releasing any rebranded graphics cards as part of its Polaris-based Radeon 400 series.Of course this is all speculation, but while it looks... Read more...
There's really no such thing as a 'one-size-fits-all' solution when it comes to computing, and that's especially true for professionals who need varying degrees of graphics performance. For that reason, NVIDIA is now offering a version of its Quadro M6000 graphics card with 24GB of GDDR5 memory, twice as much memory as much as the original model.What does doubling the memory on NVIDIA's flagship workstation graphics card accomplish? Plain and simple, it makes working with the most demanding rendering and simulation intense workloads easier and faster. According to NVIDIA, customers rendering datasets larger than 12GB can experience up to 5X faster performance compared to the previous Quadro M6000.Check... Read more...
We'd all love to wield dual Titan X graphics cards in our gaming systems, but pesky things like mortgages, college funds for the kids, and food bills tend to prevent us from such willy-nilly spending habits. Luckily manufacturers take these things into account and release more pedestrian level graphics cards, as ASUS has done with its new GeForce GTX 950 part.No, you're not going to game at 4K Ultra HD with all the eye candy cranked to the max with this thing, but for Full HD 1080p gaming, there's sufficient power here to push pixels around the screen. The card consists of 768 CUDA cores and 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6,610MHz on a 128-bit memory bus.There are two different modes you can... Read more...
AMD had lots of great stuff to show off in its suite at this year's CES, but one thing that stood out was a simple box that sat next to a thin notebook: an external graphics card enclosure. Now, we've been seeing this kind of product for many years - including from AMD itself - and not one of them has ever stuck. AMD promises that this one is different, though, because its design is more standardized. If you like the idea of using a desktop GPU to power gaming on a notebook, you might not have to wait too long before you can get your hands on an enclosure. Robert Hallock, who's part of AMD's technical marketing team, posted a teaser on Facebook yesterday (seen below) which shows a Radeon R9 Nano... Read more...
In advance of what's sure to be a barrage of VR-related product hitting the market over the next couple of months, a VR-focused conference took place last week in Los Angeles. Appropriately called VRLA, this conference covered all things current and up-and-coming revolving around VR. It also included presentations from notable people in the industry, including AMD's Roy Taylor. AMD had lots to talk about at VRLA, with the overall theme being that the company is ready to take this market head-on. It already offers graphics cards that are capable of delivering a compelling VR experience, and on the design side, it's playing a big role, too. In one part of Taylor's presentation, he talks about how... Read more...
Well here's some fantastic news, many of you reading this need not bother with paying a premium for discrete graphics in your next build!  Do you believe it? That's the exaggerated takeaway from Intel's claim that its integrated Iris and Iris Pro graphics can hang with and overpower 80 percent of the graphics chips on the market."We have improved graphics 30 times what they were five years ago," Gregory Bryant, Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Desktop Clients Platform, said during a speech at a J.P. Morgan forum at the Consumer Electronics Show.As far as Bryant is concerned, it's not a matter of performance that's holding integrated graphics back, but an issue of communicating... Read more...
Big things are happening in graphics over at Advanced Micro Devices. That first became clear when AMD elevated Raja Koduri to head up its newly formed Radeon Technologies Group earlier this year, and in the two months since then, he's been busy planning out the future, which he recently discussed with industry analysts, according to Patrick Moorhead, an analyst who writes about disruptive companies, technologies, and usage models.Koduri expanded on what AMD's planning with its graphics driver software and how it will play a key role in growing the new RTG's business over the next couple of years. Part of that entails a new software architecture called Radeon Software Crimson Edition, which will... Read more...
Do you plan on building a new gaming PC this holiday season? If so, you may want to hold off on picking up a graphics card until you see how AMD's Radeon R9 380X performs. You won't have to wait long -- it's rumored that the mid-range graphics card will launch on November 15, 2015, or just over a week from now.There's a spattering of reports about the 380X on the web and all seem to point to the same source, a Korean-language website called Hardware Battle. According to the site, the card will feature a 28nm Antigua XT GPU with 2,048 Stream Processors and 4GB of GDDR5 memory pushing data through a 256-bit bus.Other rumored specs include 128 Texture Mapping Units (TMUs) and 32 Render Out Units... Read more...
When it comes to new graphics cards, we're used to talking about things like frame rates and gaming performance at different resolutions. You might think a new dual GPU offering from NVIDIA would elicit similar commentary, but that isn't the case with the NVS 810, a Maxwell-based graphics card with an impressive feature-set for a totally different market. NVIDIA's taking aim at the digital signage market, and while that might sound like a snoozer on the surface, there's some impressive technology here. This thing is rocking two GM107 GPUs, each with 512 CUDA cores and 2GB of RAM (for a total of 4GB). But one of the biggest selling points is that it has eight mini DisplayPort 1.2 connectors, each... Read more...
With all the hype surrounding AMD's use of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) for its Fury line of graphics card, you would be excused for thinking GDDR5 memory had died and become a footnote. You'd also be wrong. There's still more bandwidth to be squeezed out of GDDR5 memory, and that's what Micron has done. The Boise, Idaho-based memory maker announced today that the 8Gb (gigabit, not gigabyte) GDDR5 memory it was previously sampling to customers is now widely available. Compared to the current crop of 4Gb GDDR5 memory, the newly available 8Gb chips push the bandwidth ceiling from 7Gbps up to 8Gbps. The advancement also makes it possible to increase the frame buffer on graphics cards without jacking... Read more...
AMD today added a third card to its Fury line that's arguably the most intriguing of the bunch, the Radeon R9 Nano. True to its name, the Nano is an incredibly compact card, though don't be fooled by its diminutive stature. Lurking inside this 6-inch graphics card is a Fiji GPU core built on a 28nm manufacturing process paired with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). Did you catch that we said this is a 6-inch card? It's a full 1.5 inches shorter than the Fury X, and unlike its liquid cooled sibling, there's no radiator and fan assembly to mount. This is important because AMD is pitching the Radeon R9 Nano as the fastest mini ITX graphics card on the block, and when you're dealing with mini ITX... Read more...
You may have noticed that the bigger the graphics card, the better the performance. It's not a hard and fast rule, though it often applies, or at least it used to. AMD is taking a big step towards reversing this trend of increasingly large graphics cards with the forthcoming release of its Radeon R9 Nano.The Radeon R9 Nano is based on AMD's Fiji GPU, same as found in the Radeon R9 Fury X and the "most complex and highest performance GPU" AMD has ever built, according to AMD CEO Lisa Su. It also uses AMD's fancy High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) architecture, which is a new type of memory chip with low power consumption, ultra-wide communication lanes, and a new vertically stacked configuration that... Read more...
For a number of reasons, the launch of AMD's latest high-end graphics card, the Radeon Fury X, didn't go quite as smoothly as the company (or any company, for that matter) would have liked. As we discovered in our review, the card is largely comparable to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti, and happens to include a built-in liquid cooler -- either a pro or con depending on your taste (and the amount of effort you might want to put in). Well, it's that liquid cooler that's become a bit of a thorn in AMD's side, as some of the launch units have some serious pump whine -- a whine that might not be high in volume, but is still frustrating to listen to. A benchmarker friend... Read more...
Hot on the heels of the reveal of AMD's Radeon 300 series comes ASUS with four brand-new models that fall into its STRIX series. First seen on the AMD side with the R9 285, STRIX is touted as being ASUS' most effective cooling solution to date, and as someone who's used a STRIX model before, I can attest that the cooler is quite good. Speaking of "hot", there might be a hint to the fact that the 390 and 390X could run quite warm, as these become the first STRIX models to feature three fans - the GTX 980 STRIX has just two. One thing's for certain though; these cards look great. You might have noticed that each of these cards tout 0dB gaming, and yes, that's just as it sounds. If a game doesn't... Read more...
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