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In case you've been living under a rock, you know that 2020 was a wild year for computer hardware complicated further by the COVID-19 pandemic. PC sales soared, driven primarily by laptops as more people work and learn from home. One sector that saw a massive increase in sales is GPUs. According to a new research report, overall PC GPU shipments ballooned by 20 percent in Q4 2020 compared to Q3 2020. Even more impressive was the fact that overall GPU shipments increased 29.1 percent year-over-year during Q4 2020 (that includes Intel and AMD CPUs with integrated GPUs). The second half of 2020 was a hot period for GPUs, given that AMD and NVIDIA launched next-generation Radeon RX 6000 and... Read more...
Over the past few months, we've heard many rumors surrounding the alleged GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. This is NVIDIA's next high-end graphics card that will reportedly fit in between the existing GeForce RTX 3080 and the GeForce RTX 3090. When we last visited GeForce RTX 3080 Ti rumors, it was alleged that the card would have 20GB of GDDR6x memory and 10,496 CUDA cores with base/boost clocks of 1396MHz and 1695MHz, respectively. Hardware leaker kopite7kimi is now claiming that the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will instead have just 10,240 CUDA cores (compared to 8,704 CUDA cores for the standard GeForce RTX 3080). kopite7kimi is also alleging that the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will feature 12GB of 19Gbps... Read more...
Earlier this month, NVIDIA announced its CMP HX family of Crypto Mining Processors, which are intended for professional miners looking to make some big bucks. This week, we found out that the entry-level CMP 30HX and 40HX feature the Turing TU116 and TU106 GPUs, respectively.  Today, VideoCardz revealed that the next step up in the family -- the CMP 50HX -- is also based on Turing, specifically the TU102. The CMP 50HX is thus closely related to the previous generation flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.  GeForce RTX 3080 But more interesting is the fact that the top-of-the-line CMP 90HX features the GA102, which means that it's most closely aligned with the current... Read more...
Using a graphics processor or GPU for tasks beyond just rendering 3D graphics is how NVIDIA has made billions in the datacenter space. Of course, NVIDIA's proprietary CUDA language and API have been exclusive to the company's GPUs since the beginning. There have been tools to port CUDA apps to widely-supported languages like OpenCL, but even semi-automated tools like HIPCL require developer intervention. The latest library on the block, however, promises to run CUDA apps directly on Intel GPUs without any modifications. Sounds interesting, right? The developers behind ZLUDA describe it as a drop-in replacement for CUDA on systems with Intel GPUs from the Skylake family and later. The newest release... Read more...
In this episode of the HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks livestream, Dave, Marco and Chris will be running down our review of NVIDIA's newest GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, we'll dig deeper into the odd behavior of Apple M1 Macs seemingly eating their soldered SSDs alive, and we'll hit some of the recent big headlines in too... Show Notes: 07:14 - Legendary 3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 Gets Modern Revamp In Amazing Reverse Engineering Effort 09:32 - Surge In Carjackings Has A Chicago Politician Calling For A Grand Theft Auto Game Ban 13:31 - AMD Investigates USB Flakiness With PCIe 4 And 500 Series Chipsets, Here Are Possible Fixes 15:00 - AMD Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 Phoenix Rumors Run Wild... Read more...
One week ago, NVIDIA announced a dedicated lineup of mining GPUs called the Crypto Mining Processor (CMP HX) Series. The company said that the "headless" cards are targeted at the "professional mining" market and that "they don't meet the specifications required of a GeForce GPU and, thus, don't impact the availability of GeForce GPUs to gamers." However, what was unknown was what GPU architecture NVIDIA decided to use for the CMP HX cards. Some code sleuthing through NVIDIA's most recent 461.72 drivers shed some light on at least two members of the CMP HX family. Based on the power consumption figures, the 6GB of memory, and 26 MH/s hash rate, it appears that the CMP 30HX is based on the... Read more...
You might not be able to find a current generation graphics card in stock and/priced anywhere close to MSRP, but be that as it may, NVIDIA still managed to rake in $5 billion in revenue during the fourth quarter, its most ever for the last quarter of the year. Not only did NVIDIA set a record, it increased its Q4 revenue by a staggering 61 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. That's a big time gain. "Q4 was another record quarter, capping a breakout year for NVIDIA’s computing platforms," said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. "Our pioneering work in accelerated computing has led to gaming becoming the world’s most popular entertainment, to supercomputing being... Read more...
NVIDIA is launching its latest Ampere-based GPU today, targeting the sweet-spot of the PC gaming market, the GeForce RTX 3060. The GeForce RTX 3060 was announced post-CES 2021, all the way back in mid-January, but cards are going on sale today. In addition to the relatively early initial reveal, NVIDIA is doing a few other things a bit differently with this launch. For one, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention last week’s announcements regarding specialized CMP HX mining GPUs and the GeForce RTX 3060’s intentionally gimped mining hash rash rate, when it comes to the Ethereum algo at least. On top of those two things, which have been the source of much debate, NVIDIA has... Read more...
In just a few more days, NVIDIA will release its most affordable graphics card based on Ampere yet, that being the GeForce RTX 3060 (not to be confused with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti). And as you might expect, retailers are ready to go. Or at least one of them is, with pictures showing multiple retail boxes from various different brands stuffed onto metal racks. These are all custom models from NVIDIA's add-in board (AIB) partners, including ASUS, MSI, and Zotac. The pictures highlight five different models in all, with what appears to be dozens of retail cards ready to be sold to the public when the launch date—Wednesday, February 25—rolls around. The folks at Coreteks posted several... Read more...
On Thursday morning, NVIDIA made two big announcements regarding GPUs. The company revealed that it will be launching the Crypto Mining Processor (CMP) HX GPU Series specifically for the mining community. According to NVIDIA, the GPUs used in these cards "don’t meet the specifications required of a GeForce GPU and, thus, don’t impact the availability of GeForce GPUs to gamers.” The second big announcement, and one that was a bit more concerning to those that like to mine for cryptocurrency on the side, was that the incoming GeForce RTX 3060 is going to be handicapped with respect to mining performance. NVIDIA can "detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency... Read more...
The launch of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 is just around the corner, which means that budget gamers are probably eagerly anticipating an upgrade. NVIDIA first announced its newest mainstream graphics cards in early January, and it will officially launch on February 25th. However, one thing that many people have wondered is just how hard will it be to obtain a GeForce RTX 3060. After all, given its $329 price tag, it's sure to be a hot ticket item. Well, NVIDIA is trying to alleviate at least some demand to make sure that the GeForce RTX 3060 gets into the hands of enthusiasts and not cryptocurrency miners looking to make big bucks on the side. In this case, NVIDIA is altering... Read more...
It has been around five months since NVIDIA announced its intentions to acquire Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion, including $12 billion in cash. For the deal to be finalized, however, NVIDIA will need to pass regulatory scrutiny in several territories, and some of the industry's biggest tech giants are urging antitrust officials to nix the deal as constructed. NVIDIA designs graphics processing units (GPUs) for a variety of market segments, gaming and professional graphics cards. It also develops system-on-chip (SoC) solutions, and in more recent years, has focused heavily on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies, with various solutions for high performance... Read more...
Late last week, NVIDIA confirmed the GeForce RTX 3060 will launch on February 25th. However, at the time, the company didn't provide us with any additional concrete details on specifications for the new entry-level GPU.  The company only let us know that the GeForce RTX 3060 would be capable of 13 shader TFLOPs, 25 RT-TFLOPS, 101 Tensor-TFLOPs and that it would have 12GB of GDDR6. NVIDIA is now ready to spill the beans on more specs for the GeForce RTX 3060, so we have a better idea of how it stacks up to the more expensive GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. We now know that the GeForce RTX 3060 will have just 3584 CUDA Cores compared to 4864 for its Ti counterpart. The GeForce RTX 3060 has... Read more...
Earlier this week, we got wind of a rumor that NVIDIA's entry-level GeForce RTX 3060 would be launching on February 25th. Yesterday, however, NVIDIA confirmed the February 25th launch date in a statement to AnandTech, which means that cards will likely go on sale at 9am EST that morning. NVIDIA first announced the GeForce RTX 3060 last month at CES 2021, and it will slot in under the already launched GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. While the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is priced at $399, the new GeForce RTX 3060 comes in at a more affordable $329 price point. Looking at NVIDIA's complete GeForce RTX 30 desktop Ampere lineup, here's how the pricing situation stacks up: GeForce RTX 3090:... Read more...
Late last year, NVIDIA announced its intentions to acquire Arm for a staggering $40 billion, making it one of the biggest chip deals in history. The acquisition plan has recently hit some roadblocks with antitrust regulators worldwide, which could require months of additional maneuvering by NVIDIA. Now, individual companies who are customers of Arm and competitors to NVIDIA, such as Qualcomm, have also objected to NVIDIA’s bid to buy Arm. According to anonymous sources, the San Diego-based mobile chipset company has reached out to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), European Commission, the U.K Competition and Markets Authority, and China’s State Administration for Market Regulation.... Read more...
There are certain things you can count on in this world. Like death, taxes, and Tom Brady winning a Super Bowl. It is a short list of certainties, but one more to toss on the pile is more affordable graphics cards based on the latest generation GPU architectures (Ampere and RDNA 2) being in the works. One of those cards is a regular version of the GeForce RTX 3060 (read: non-Ti), announced at CES 2021, and the part is scheduled to launch later this month. Interestingly enough, NVIDIA released the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti before the non-TI variant this round, whereas in the past the more powerful Ti models came out later. NVIDIA is also known for being a bit unpredictable, though, and each generation... Read more...
In this episode of Two And A Half Geeks we'll discuss the dizzying array of GeForce RTX 30 laptop GPU SKUs, how to sift through them, and our experience with the new Alienware m15 R4 with GeForce RTX 3070. We'll also share key Ryzen 5000 desktop CPU performance optimization tips and discuss AMD's new Ryzen 5000 Mobile CPU platforms as well... Show Notes: 06:34 - AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile Explored: The Future Of Zen 3 Laptops 17:47 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop Performance: What To Expect 27:31 - Alienware m15 R4 Review: A GeForce RTX 30 Series Invasion 33:12 - NVIDIA's Dizzying Array Of GeForce RTX 30 Mobile GPU Configs Detailed By ASUS 46:08 - Maximizing Ryzen 5000 Performance With AMD Curve... Read more...
NVIDIA's GeForce NOW cloud gaming service first went into beta way back in September 2015, but it wasn't until February 4th, 2020 that it was finally ready for its official public launch. So that means that today is GeForce NOW's first birthday and NVIDIA is celebrating with a few announcements for this week's GFN Thursday. The company was quick to point out some highlights for GeForce NOW's first "official" year in service: over 175 million hours of gaming have been streamed by subscribers, including 100 million hours for multiplayer games and 16 million hours for indie games. Currently, over 800 games are supported, including 80 free-to-play titles (Fortnite was understandably the most popular... Read more...
Are you in the market for a gaming laptop? If so, ASUS has just done you and other potential laptop buyers a solid by specifying the parameters of the GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs employed in more than two dozen laptop models. This kind of information is important to have, because NVIDIA's hardware partners have a bit of flexibility in how to configure the various Ampere SKUs at their disposal. For example, the mobile variant of the GeForce RTX 3080 sports 6,144 CUDA cores, but the power range can be anywhere from 80W to 150W and even beyond. These directly affect the clockspeed. At the lower end of the TGP scale, the GeForce RTX 3080 runs at 1,245MHz, while higher powered configurations run at... Read more...
When GeForce NOW launched, NVIDIA's cutting-edge gaming service supported streaming games that were rendered in cloud data centers to devices running a dedicated app. Over the course of 2020, the company opened up its cloud gaming service to browsers, starting with Chrome on ChromeOS. Adding GeForce NOW support to Safari on iOS devices also allowed NVIDIA to skirt Apple's apparent ban on game streaming subscription services that might compete with Apple Arcade subscription services. NVIDIA seems to be getting the hint that more users is always better, as the company has now opened up support for Google's Chrome browser on Windows and macOS.  Providing browser-based solutions for traditional... Read more...
As we have said before, where there is smoke there is usually fire, right? And there has been a fair amount of smoke related to a rumored graphics card joining NVIDIA's latest generation lineup, based on Ampere. That would be the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, essentially a beefed up version of the GeForce RTX 3080, with twice the amount of GDDR6X memory (20GB). Adding to the smoke are some leaked benchmark runs purportedly showcasing the unannounced GPU. It seems like an inevitability that NVIDIA will launch Ti variants of its higher end cards. Oddly enough, in the GeForce RTX 3060 tier, NVIDIA released the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti first, followed by a GeForce RTX 3060 (non-Ti) later, with the regular version... Read more...
Today is a pretty big day for gamers on the go—it marks the launch of GeForce RTX 30 series laptops sporting the company's latest generation Ampere GPUs, in mobile form. And right on cue, NVIDIA has released a driver update and a bolstered version of its GeForce Experience utility, the latter of which brings support for WhisperMode 2.0. There is a bit to unpack there. Let's start with the laptop GPUs, of which there are three main versions: GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3070, and GeForce RTX 3060. Each one can be configured to different power profiles and clockspeeds by the OEMs. And if you are curious what to expect, have a look at our GeForce RTX 3080 laptop performance preview, as well... Read more...
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