We are so close, so very close - 12 more days until we get the skinny on Radeon RX Vega. AMD confirmed the news through Raja Koduri's Reddit AMA on Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, that AMD will be showcasing Radeon RX Vega at Computex on May 31.
During the AMA, Koduri said: "We'll be showing Radeon RX Vega off at Computex, but it won't be on store shelves that week. We know how eager you are to get your hands-on Radeon RX Vega, and we're working extremely hard to bring you a graphics card that you'll be incredibly proud to own. Developing products with billions of transistors and forward-thinking architecture is extremely difficult - but extremely rewarding - work. [...] We're working as hard as we can to bring you Radeon RX Vega".
Koduri added: "On HBM2, we're effectively putting a technology that's been limited to super expensive, out-of-reach GPUs into a consumer product. Right now only insanely priced graphics cards from our competitors that aren't within reach of any gamer or consumer make use of it. We want to bring all of that goodness to you. And that's not easy! It's not like you can run down to the corner store to get HBM2. The good news is that unlike HBM1, HBM2 is offered from multiple memory vendors - including Samsung and Hynix - and production is ramping to meet the level of demand that we believe Radeon Vega products will see in the market".
AMD just announced its new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card, with 4096 stream processors, 16GB of HBM2 and 480GB/sec of memory bandwidth with an estimated 12.5 TFLOPs of single precision compute performance - enough to beat the new NVIDIA TITAN Xp graphics card and its 12 TFLOPs.
AMD also announced a watercooled version of its professional Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, and its goooooold in color, too. AMD requires 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors, but other than that, we have no idea what to expect in terms of performance/clock differences between the air-cooled and watercooled Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards. More to come as it happens.
This is the hottest rumor that I've read about AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics card, so I'll preface it with a this is a hot rumor and could be totally #fakenews so take it with a salt factory in your possession.
The latest rumor names the three different Radeon RX Vega graphics cards: RX Vega Nova, RX Vega Eclipse, and RX Vega Core. Radeon RX Vega Nova will be the GTX 1080 Ti competitor priced at $599, while the RX Vega Eclipse will handle the GTX 1080 at $499. AMD will reportedly price its Radeon RX Vega Core at $399, and will be capable of GTX 1070/1080 performance.
Remember that this is just a rumor, from a site that is providing its own sources from "very reliable sources within AMD's headquarters", which I'm very doubtful of. Anyway, the naming scheme is what I'm looking at - and if Nova, Eclipse and Core are what AMD use for their Radeon RX Vega family - I'm happy with that.
Our world exclusive last week was that AMD will only have 16,000 or so Radeon RX Vega graphics cards at launch, because HBM2 is still hard and expensive to make, which will limit supply for the first few months post-launch.
GTC 2017 - NVIDIA removed the wraps off of their next-gen Volta GPU architecture today at GTC 2017, with the new Tesla V100 graphics card and DGX-1 with Tesla V100 system that costs $149,000.
We know that there are over 21 billion transistors on the GV100 GPU, offering 15 TFLOPs of single precision compute performance backed up by 7.5 TFLOPs of double precision compute. But there are two variations of Tesla V100 graphics cards: single-slot, and dual-slot. The single-slot Tesla V100 has a 150W TDP, while the dual-slot Tesla V100 ramps up the TDP to 300W.
NVIDIA hasn't confirmed what the different in performance is going to be for the 150W variant of Tesla V100, and that's a very interesting question. Performance wise, we're expecting a pretty huge 40% performance per watt advantage over the previous Pascal-based Tesla P100, on the new 12nm FinFET process.
We've been reporting on AMD's next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics card family like mad, with our exclusive report that AMD will have less than 16,000 units available in the months post-launch. Now we're hearing rumbles of what Computex will hold for AMD's return to the high-end graphics card market.
Computex 2017 kicks off on May 30, which is only a couple of weeks away - and we'll be there. VideoCardz is reporting that PowerColor have been sending out invitations to the media for meetings during Computex, where they will be showing off "new technologies and other latest products", which could be a tease towards Radeon RX Vega.
I've personally heard from my own industry sources that Radeon RX Vega might show up, depending on whether AMD releases it before Computex - if they do, I've heard that AIB partners will indeed have custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards on show. Computex 2017 is only a few more weeks away, so we'll have to wait and see what happens.
I've just read the technical deep dive article that the amazing writers at Eurogamer tackled on Project Scorpio, and noticed some very interesting news: AMD's next-gen Vega GPU architecture is making an appearance in Project Scorpio.
Project Scorpio rocks a mostly Polaris-based GPU, with technical features from the Polaris GPU architecture making up most of the soul of the new Xbox, but there are features like delta color compression that boosts bandwidth for 4K rendering and 4K textures. Microsoft took some of the improvements that AMD made in the Polaris architecture in Project Scorpio.
According to Andrew Goossen, Technical Fellow, Graphics told Eurogamer that performance optimizations from the next-gen Vega GPU architecture made it into the Scorpio Engine's design.
ZOTAC is teasing its upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti PGF Edition, with a very slick look - paired with RGB lighting. There's also 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, for some overclocking headroom.
We don't know much about the ZOTAC GTX 1080 Ti PGF Edition, but it will sport the same 3584 CUDA cores and 11GB of GDDR5X clocked at 11Gbps, and rock a triple-fan cooler that will surely keep the crazy-bandwidth GDDR5X and suped-up GPU running cool.
ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI will be increasing retail pricing for its motherboards and graphics cards in China starting next month, right after the 2017 Lunar New Year holidays, according to sources of DigiTimes.
They reported: "The sources expect the motherboard players to raise their product prices by around 5%. Since demand for motherboards has not been strong for the past few years, maintaining sales with the price increases will be a major task for the players".
The same sources said that Intel's new Kaby Lake-capable 200 series motherboards and NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards will be increased in price in China. DigiTimes continued: "Currently, NVIDIA's GTX 1080 and 1070 GPUs are in shortage due to issues at an upstream foundry partner. Although NVIDIA tried to shift its orders to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), TSMC's fully loaded capacity is expected to prolong the shortages. As a result, NVIDIA has been adjusting its GPU supply to graphics card vendors recently and this has caused graphics card prices to rise".
China will have a very weakened market throughout the year in response to the increased price of new components, on top of analysts already expecting a 10% on-year drop in 2017 shipments.
CES 2017 - This year, the Consumer Electronics Show was a massive overload of technology unveilings, announcements, teases, and more. There has been so much unveiled that it would take weeks to disassemble and dissect all of it - but this is why we have our 'Best of CES 2017' awards, and this article. Below we list the products and tech that were lucky enough to get our award.
Let's kick things off with the CPU and GPU side of things:
CPU: AMD has impressed not just us, but gamers and consumers throughout the world with their next generation Ryzen CPUs. We're looking at 16-threaded CPUs that should hopefully come in at half the price of Intel's competing processors, offering new technologies like SenseMI - a self-overclocking, self-adjusting processor that learns how you use your system and predicts your next movement. Expect much more from us here at TweakTown on Ryzen in the coming weeks and months.
GPU: You have to hand it to Radeon Technologies Group, the upcoming Vega GPU architecture is beyond exciting. High Bandwidth Cache. HBM2 technology. The Vega GPU architecture itself. We're looking at 4K 60FPS performance in games like DOOM with all the graphical bells and whistles turned on. AMD is returning to the high-end in a very, very big way.
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