We are living and breathing for everything we can handle on Radeon RX Vega, but now the latest tease is that AMD will have "excellent" pricing on Radeon RX Vega.
According to the Bits And Chips Twitter account, which tweeted: "Forget about VEGA in Enterprise market. Next AMD game changer will be NAVI (EPYC:CPU=NAVI:GPU). However, VEGA price will be excellent". I have personally heard that Navi will be a game changer from my own sources, but haven't heard anything about cheap pricing on Radeon RX Vega. This is because HBM2 isn't cheap, especially compared to GDDR5 that's used on the Radeon RX 500 series.
If AMD could price the GTX 1080 Ti competitor in the new Radeon RX Vega family at $499, this is a game changer. $599 and it better beat the GTX 1080 Ti and have a large amount of stock to sell against the $699+ on GTX 1080 Ti... but if there's only a few thousand, NVIDIA will continue to win because it has massive numbers of AIB partners with multiple GTX 1080 Ti models on the market already. $699 is the price of the GTX 1080 Ti, so AMD really can't price Radeon RX Vega here without shooting themselves in the foot.
I think most people have known for a while that AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega will use a lot of power, with the new Radeon Instinct MI25 accelerator delivered with a 300W TDP.
Now we have an MSI marketing director saying: "I've seen the specs of Vega RX. It needs a damn lot of power. We're working on it, which is a start so launch is coming closer :)". We should expect the air-cooled version of Radeon RX Vega to use up to 300W, while a watercooled version could use a little more - but hopefully offer some more OC headroom. Still, I'd rather have a card that uses maximum power, if the performance is warranted, versus GPU Boost 3.0 restricting Pascal-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series cards.
What do you think?
NVIDIA has already released its Volta-based Tesla V100 graphics card, but they've now detailed their new Volta V100 GPU based on the PCIe standard. This rides the news of AMD announcing its new Radeon Instinct MI25 graphics card, with 16GB of HBM2.
The new NVIDIA Volta V100 is built on the new 12nm FFN (FinFET NVIDIA) node from TSMC, and is custom built for NVIDIA's Volta GPUs. Inside, there's an amazing 21 billion transistors, 5120 CUDA cores, 80 SMs, 40 TPCs, and GPU clocks of 1370/1455MHz for base and boost, respectively. NVIDIA has tapped 16GB of HBM2 with a 4096-bit memory bus that provides a huge 900GB/sec of bandwidth.
NVIDIA's new PCIe-based Volta V100 doesn't support NVLINK of course, but it sports a dual-slot cooler with black/gold color scheme that looks slick as hell. But, how does it compare to the new Radeon Instinct MI25 graphics card? Let's take a look.
- Radeon Instinct MI25: FP16 @ 24.6 TFLOPs
- NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: FP16 @ 28 TFLOPs
- Radeon Instinct MI25: FP32 @ 12.3 TFLOPs
- NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: FP32 @ 14 TFLOPs
AMD has detailed its upcoming Radeon Instinct graphics cards, with their flagship Radeon Instinct MI25 which has 16GB of HBM2 - and 64 next-gen compute units (4096 stream processors) all based on the Vega GPU architecture.
AMD's upcoming Radeon Instinct MI25 features 4096 stream processors, 12.3 TFLOPs of FP32 compute performance (24.6 TFLOPs of FP16 compute perf.), 16GB of HBM2 that provides 484GB/sec of memory bandwidth. All of this fits on a dual-slot card at 10.5 inches long, with a 300W TDP.
Performance wise, Radeon Instinct MI25 beats out NVIDIA's Tesla P100-16 with 1.3x more FP16 and FP32 performance, and far better performance per watt.
After our world exclusive first look of MSI's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z at Computex 2017 in late-May, MSI has finally detailed its upcoming custom GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z graphics card.
We are looking at amazing piece of engineering and craftsmanship, with the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z rocking a massive 8+8+8 pin PCIe power connector set up for the serious overclockers. MSI has used their new and improved Tri-Frozr cooling technology, that packs 2 x 10cm and 1 x 9cm TORX 2.0 fans. This combines the best of both worlds with a traditional fan blade and dispersion fan blade, that provides great cooling but it won't be loud.
As for clocks, MSI is conservative by saying the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z will have three GPU clocks:
- 1721MHz / 1607MHz / 11124MHz (Lightning Mode)
- 1695MHz / 1582MHz / 11124MHz (Gaming Mode)
- 1582MHz / 1480MHz / 11016MHz (Silent Mode)
AMD is poised to unleash its next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in the consumer market in early August, but now we're hearing some more news on what the AIB partners will be doing.
The new rumors point to AIB partners shipping custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in early August, with AMD set to launch at least two RX Vega graphics cards at first. We should expect a high-end Vega 10 XT part which should compete against the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and possibly the TITAN Xp, while the cut down Vega 10 Pro will compete against the GTX 1080 and new GTX 1080 with 11Gbps GDDR5X.
There's not much else to report on about the Radeon RX Vega just yet, but I do have some stories that I'll be writing over the next few days that will be world exclusive pieces. Radeon RX Vega is coming soon, and the ramp up towards it over the next 6 weeks is going to be an amazing journey.
GIGABYTE is preparing its own GeForce GTX 1080 Ti beast, with the upcoming GTX 1080 Ti WaterForce Xtreme Edition, with a fully custom PCB, and custom AIO watercooling.
VideoCardz has the report, which shows us it should have VR Link, and a huge four years of warranty. GIGABYTE's purported GeForce GTX 1080 Ti WaterForce Xtreme Edition could be one of the most premium GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards released, and you can be sure we'll have hands-on with one as soon as we can.
Sony is pretty happy with the performance and sales of its PlayStation VR, so much so that they don't have any plans to make a next-gen PSVR headset.
Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida said during an interview at E3 2017 with Jagat Play that the PSVR was made, and is perfectly optimized for the PS4 - so there's no plans for a next-gen PSVR 2.0 headset just yet. But during Computex 2017, I met with someone who had some news on PS5 and said that it would have a discrete GPU... so maybe the PS5 will see the release of the PSVR 2.0 headset.
AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards have been spotted on both Scan UK and Sabre PC websites, in both the air-cooled and liquid cooled versions. Both of the cards have identical specifications, including the super-awesome 16GB of HBM2.
Both the Radeon Vega Frontier AIR and Radeon Vega Frontier LIQUID have 16GB of HBM2, 13.1 TFLOPS of FP32 compute performance, and its Vega GPU clocked at 1600MHz. Both of them rock the new Vega 10 GPU, and have 3 x DP and 1 x HDMI for display connectivity.
As for the pricing, it looks like AMD will have the Radeon Vega Frontier AIR at $1199 while the Radeon Vega Frontier LIQUID will cost $1799... a little crazy, but these are next-gen cards. So now... the speculation begins on pricing of the Radeon RX Vega for consumers. Anything higher than $699 and it's DOA if it can't beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but if we see a dual GPU version of the card - my expectations of $1199 are blown out of the water if Radeon Vega Frontier AIR is $1199. Interesting. Another interesting note, is that AMD says Radeon Frontier Vega comes with "16GB HBC" and not "16GB HBM2". Hmm.
Globalfoundries has announced that it will have its next-gen 7nm FinFET technology begin hitting the production line in 1H 2018, providing up to 40% more performance to 7nm-based products, and more.
The company said that its new 7nm FinFET design kits are available right now, with "volume production" expected in 2H 2018, an exciting next 12 months ahead of us. The step down to 7nm will provide improvements at the transistor and process levels, with the 7LP tech beating expectations for performance, with over 40% more processing power and twice the area scaling than the current-gen 14nm FinFET node.
Globalfoundries is taking design orders from customers for its 7nm technology, in Saratoga County, N.Y. Senior VP of Globalfoundries, Gregg Bartlett, explains: "Our 7nm FinFET technology development is on track and we are seeing strong customer traction, with multiple product tapeouts planned in the next twelve months. And, while driving to commercialize 7-nm in 2018, we are actively developing next-generation technologies at 5-nm and beyond to ensure our customers have access to a world-class roadmap at the leading edge".
Now, this has quite a lot to do with AMD's next-gen Navi GPU architecture, as they will be tapping Globalfoundries' new 7nm node - and with the manufacturing giant saying that their 7LP technology is "exceeding initial performance targets and is expected to deliver greater than 40 percent more processing power" over the current-gen 14nm process, we should expect quite a lot from Navi.
Navi is posed for a 2H 2018 release, and depending on how Radeon RX Vega performs, AMD might need it - especially with whatever NVIDIA counter punches Vega with. Although a few comments have been passed through me from my industry sources who have said that Vega "could be very promising", if AMD can take Vega by the hand and perform a perfect 10/10 in front of the judges - you, me, and the rest of the gamers and enthusiasts out there - Navi is going to take things to the stars, hopefully.