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We've been hearing about NVIDIA's next-generation Ampere for the past two years, but the company is finally ready to talk about its next-generation GPU architecture. Though you won't hear any info today about GeForce RTX 30 Series of consumer gaming graphics cards, NVIDIA is discussing details about Ampere for machine learning data center and HPC markets. In short, this version of Ampere is the biggest most powerful GPU NVIDIA has ever made, and the company offers that it's also the world's biggest 7nm chip. There's no doubt, it's massive.   According to NVIDIA, its Ampere-based A100 GPU is already in full production and shipping to customers, and it is claiming that the A100... Read more...
We’ve been getting “amped” for NVIDIA’s next-generation Ampere technology for quite some time, and it appears that the wait is nearly over for us to starting receiving some official information on the new GPU architecture. NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang is even getting in on the action by giving us just a tiny taste of Ampere prior to his Thursday GTC 2020 virtual keynote. In a humorous video posted to NVIDIA’s official YouTube video, Jensen is just chilling in his kitchen – sans his iconic leather jacket – waiting for a delicious entrée to come out of the oven. But rather than a succulent turkey or a homemade lasagna, Jensen pulls out what looks... Read more...
The month of March is cruising right along, and as more time passes, we get increasingly closer to NVIDIA's next-gen GPU launch. Otherwise known as Ampere (unless NVIDIA announces a different name for the consumer variant), the bulk of information out there right now is all related to leaks and rumors, and here is another one for the growing pile. According to YouTube channel Moore's Law Is Dead, an engineering sample of a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti sports a cooling shroud that is similar to the Founders Edition models of the GeForce RTX 20 series, but with three cooling fans and less screws on the back of the card. Assuming the YouTuber is now blowing smoke up our rear ends (and we're not ruling that... Read more...
The goal of the GeForce NOW cloud gaming service is to give gamers what NVIDIA calls a world-class GeForce PC gaming experience with low latency and ray-traced graphics on nearly any device. The streaming game service supports Mac, Android, Shield TV, and even low-specification PCs. NVIDIA remains committed to rolling out new instantly accessible games every week and has announced new games coming to the service this week with 19 new titles in all. All 19 Game Ready on GeForce NOW games have been optimized for cloud gaming and include Game Ready Driver performance improvements. NVIDIA manages all game updates and patches on Game Ready titles, and if a game supports RTX, ray-traced graphics are... Read more...
Microsoft today pulled the wraps off the Surface Go 2 and the Surface Book 3; and it looks as though the leaks were right on the money with these two new computing products. As expected, both bring newer Intel processors to the table, and in the case of the Surface Book 3, optional NVIDIA Turing-based discrete GPUs. Starting off with Microsoft's entry-level PC, the Surface Go 2 is getting a bump in screen size from 10 inches to 10.5 inches. It's a small increase that also comes with a boost in resolution to 1920x1080 while maintaining Microsoft's reliance on a 3:2 aspect ratio for its Surface devices. The increased screen dimensions mean that the bezels have been reduced ever so... Read more...
Unless all of the leaks and rumors have it wrong, NVIDIA will eventually roll out Ampere, it's next-generation GPU architecture for high-performance computing (HPC) workloads and presumably consumer applications as well (GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, anyone?). As it pertains to the former, an interesting trademark application for a "DGX A100" product has been spotted. NVIDIA's DGX products are high powered workstations built around cutting edge GPU hardware. The DGX-2, for example, features up to 16 interconnected Tesla V100 GPUs based on the company's Volta architecture. NVIDIA bills it as "the world's most powerful AI system for the most complex AI challenges," with up to 2 petaFLOPS of performance... Read more...
Bill Dally joined NVIDIA over a decade ago as the company's chief scientist, after spending 12 years at Stanford University as chairman of the computer science department. He's an incredibly smart individual who has published more than 250 papers and holds over 120 patents. Now he can add a low cost ventilator design to his long and growing list of achievements. The ventilator design he came up with only costs $400 and can be assembled rather quickly. To put that into perspective, traditional ventilators can cost upwards of $20,000, and that's during normal times—at the moment, we find ourselves with a shortage of ventilators as COVID-19 continues to spread. "I hope that we don’t... Read more...
NVIDIA's next-generation Ampere graphics architecture is right around the corner after over a year and a half of gaming domination by the GeForce RTX (Turing) family. According to a new report from China Times, NVIDIA is already ramping production of Ampere GPUs that will be used in first-party and third-party graphics cards. That should mean that good things are on the way for those looking to score a deal on the current-generation GeForce RTX 20 series. The report indicates that Ampere will debut during the third quarter of 2020, and alleges that some AIBs are already reducing spot prices to clear out excess inventory of Turing-based GeForce RTX graphics cards. ASUS is reportedly... Read more...
NVIDIA's driver team is pushing out a hotfix for users who are experiencing unusual levels of brightness in games when HDR is enabled, with the latest GeForce 'Game Ready' 445.87 driver release. The hotfix bumps up the driver version to 445.98, and also addresses a few other niggling issues, like instability in Overwatch. Hotfix releases are entirely optional, but can also be a boon if experiencing issues they are designed to address. All of the fixes in the 445.98 hotfix will be rolled into the next Game Ready driver release anyway, and while you can sit back and wait if you wish, having access to the hotfix driver means you can benefit from certain bug fixes right away. Here are the ones the... Read more...
Lots of folks are working from home these days, and that means endless WebEx, Zoom, Skype, or other online meeting sessions. When you're not optimally equipped to work from home, especially if you don't have a dedicated workspace, that can be a bit of a mess with lots of background noise happening while you're in a session. It's not all bad, though, because Team Work From Home can clean up captured audio in real time with the help of NVIDIA's new RTX Voice application. Video Conference Call Noise Cancellation For GeForce Owners Basically, RTX Voice works as a software layer between an audio source (a microphone) and its destination (your Zoom call, for instance). Install the app from NVIDIA's... Read more...
There was plenty of disappointment to go around when NVIDIA announced last month that it would have to cancel its in-person GPU Technology Conference (GTC). The company then announced that the event would shift to digital-only in the wake of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, only to later reveal that new product announcements would be not be made. Well, today, NVIDIA is getting things back on track with the announcement that the official GTC 2020 keynote will take place on May 14th, with none other than CEO Jensen Huang commanding the microphone. The event will be streamed live via YouTube beginning at 9am EST. There will be plenty of topics to discuss during the... Read more...
There is plenty of bad news surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, from the rising death toll to malware authors spreading their nefarious files under the guise of helpful COVID-19 information. In a refreshing change of pace, however, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang's recent letter to employees or a ray of much needed light during these trying times. In his two and half page letter, Huang outlines the situation we are all facing and how NVIDIA is handling the situation. He also directly addresses the topics of layoffs. Simply put, they're not happening at NVIDIA. "Immediately I received questions about whether we are also planning a layoff. NO—precisely the opposite. We are accelerating your raise... Read more...
Sometimes it feels like the 17.3-inch laptop form factor is dying out, but fortunately for those who (like myself) prefer a bigger notebook, they can still be found. Proof of this exists with the larger of the two ASUS ROG Strix Hero III options. Offered in both 15.6-inch (G531GW, G531GV, and G531GU) and 17.3-inch (G731GW, G731GV, and G731GU) builds, buyers can go big if they want to, and not at the expense of portability—surprisingly, the 17.3-inch models are not very cumbersome at all. We can confidently state as much after spending several weeks with the ASUS ROG Strix Hero III, model G731GV-DB74. Compared to the ASUS ROG G751JY that this editor has been using for the past several... Read more...
Razer has announced the latest update to its Blade Stealth 13 gaming laptop, and there’s a lot to like here. The company claims that this is the first 13.3-inch ultrabook display with a 120Hz refresh option. This 120Hz display tops out at a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution, which is perfect for the Turing-based graphics card that is included in the system: the discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q (with 4GB GDDR6). That’s quite an impressive feat in a device that is just 15.3mm thick and weighs only 3.13 pounds. If content creation is more important to you than gaming, Razer will also offer a 4K touch display that is covered in Gorilla Glass. Performance should be strong with the... Read more...
A growing number of game publishers are having a hard time wrapping their heads around GeForce NOW, though NVIDIA remains undeterred in fleshing out its cloud game streaming service with more title additions on a regular basis. You win some and you lose some, in other words. Fortunately, it appears NVIDIA is amassing more wins than losses, as it pertains to publisher support. Unfortunately, the losses are still significant, and piling up. NVIDIA posted an update on the situation and confirmed that several more publishers are pulling their games out, including Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Xbox Game Studios, Codemasters, and Klei Entertainment. Games from those publishers will no longer... Read more...
For the time being, NVIDIA's GeForce RTX graphics cards are the only viable options for playing supported games with real-time ray tracing (there are a few exceptions), with the combination of RT cores and Tensor cores giving them the muscle and smarts required for such a task. As it turns out, however, there is another benefit, and it is being realized by NVIDIA's RTX Voice application. Now you can ray-trace your audio! Just kidding—the RTX Voice app does not actually ray-trace anything, but it does leverage the AI capabilities of Turing to suppress background noise from your broadcasts. "NVIDIA RTX Voice is a new plugin that leverages NVIDIA RTX GPUs and their AI capabilities to remove... Read more...
In case you missed the news, the Minecraft with RTX beta is here, and with it comes a beautifully repainted world with path-traced rendering, physically-based materials, and NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 support to bolster performance. This is essentially Minecraft with ray tracing. To run it, you will need a relatively well-equipped PC. Specifically, the minimum requirements call for the following hardware... CPU: Intel Core i5 or equivalent, or better GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or better RAM: 8GB or more Storage: 2GB (game, plus all worlds and resource packs) Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit The GeForce RTX 2060 is the most affordable graphics card with dedicated hardware (RT cores) for real-time ray... Read more...
It was seven months ago that NVIDIA announced it was working to give Minecraft a makeover, thanks to the ray tracing hardware acceleration hardware built into its GeForce RTX line of graphics cards. Well, unless you've been living under a rock -- or haven't been spending as much time on our news page as you should -- you know that Minecraft publisher Microsoft will make a beta of this new techology available to the public at 1 PM Eastern time today. We've been playing Minecraft RTX with its new graphics features the last few days, and now we can show you what it's all about.  While real-time ray tracing with DXR has been the headlining feature, NVIDIA and development studio Mojang... Read more...
NVIDIA has been talking up Minecraft with RTX for nearly a year now, but we're getting very close to the first public beta for the game. As its name implies, this enhancement to Minecraft brings everything that you know and love about the popular game with the inclusion of GeForce RTX effects. According to NVIDIA, the Minecraft with RTX Windows 10 Edition Beta will go live on April 16th. With RTX enabled, Minecraft adds ray-traced reflections, global illumination, emissive lighting, volumetric fog effects and more, which brings a bit of added realism to the still blocky environments. The effects can be quite dramatic; especially with the reflections and atmospheric lighting. In addition,... Read more...
Earlier this month, NVIDIA made one of the worst kept secrets in the tech industry official: the arrival of new "Super" variants of its existing GeForce RTX mobile GPUs. In this case, the company announced the GeForce RTX 2070 Super and GeForce RTX 2080 Super for gaming laptops. Apparently, those aren't the only changes that NVIDIA is making to its mobile GPU lineup, as a representative for German OEM Schenker spilled the beans on "refreshed" versions of the GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 mobile GPUs. Rather than relying on additional CUDA cores to increase raw processing power, this hardware refresh takes a more measured approach. In this case, NVIDIA is pairing the GPUs with low-voltage GDDR6... Read more...
EVGA is no stranger to NVIDIA GPU hardware, and the company is expanding its graphics card lineup with the addition to two new entries: the GeForce RTX 2070 Super KO and the GeForce RTX 2080 Super KO. These two models follow the introduction of the GeForce RTX 2060 Super KO that launched back at CES 2020 (which seems like ages now). EVGA is aiming for a nice balance of performance and value with the KO series, and the company thankfully sticks with the basics (which to many is a good thing). You'll find a dual-fan cooling setup and a simple black design theme on both cards. In addition, you won't find any RGB LED lighting flourishes throughout, which allows EVGA to further hold the... Read more...
This may come as a surprise, but there is actually something more valuable than a box of toilet paper and hand sanitizer right now. Over on eBay, NVIDIA's "extremely rare" GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition graphics card is fetching prices in the range of $5,000. One that sold yesterday reached $5,200, and that did not even include shipping. The buyer had to pay an extra $29.20 to have it shipped, though at least the seller was offering expedited shipping. Still, it is not exactly a value purchase—the MSRP for a regular GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is $999, and the overclocked GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition model runs $1,199 on NVIDIA's website. So, what gives? In collaboration with... Read more...
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