More consumers are opting to keep their current systems as newer generation CPUs and their platforms are no longer offering enough performance gains to justify a new purchase. Consumers looking for high-performance computing are instead turning to upgrading other components such as graphics or storage for a speed boost.
In graphics, a report by JPR has revealed that total AIB graphics shipments in 4Q2016 increased by 5.6% quarter-to-quarter and 21.1% year-to-year. In contrast, overall desktop PC shipments fell by 10.9% over the year.
Over the course of 2016, graphics has seen some major performance improvements as both Nvidia and AMD released their next [...]
A new post from AnandTech forums appears to contain a full list of the upcoming Ryzen CPU SKU sheet which seemingly details all the upcoming Ryzen SKUs, their core count, TDP, the thermal infrastructure group each belongs to and the OPN (Ordering Part Number).
According to the chart, it appears that all the Ryzen 7 series CPUs will feature 8 cores and 16 threads. This will be followed by the Ryzen 5 series CPUs which will be split between 6 cores and 12 threads for the Ryzen 5 PRO 1500 and up, and 4 cores and 8 threads for the Ryzen 5 1400X and below. Finally, there will be the Ryzen 3 series CPUs which will feature 4 cores and 4 threads.
Kicking off the Solidworks World conference currently being held in Los Angeles, California, Nvidia recently announced that the supergrandaddy GP100 GPU has finally trickled its way into a Quadro workstation card.
Known by its street name, “The Big Pascal”, the GP100 GPU is the massive GPU powering the Tesla P100 which features 16.5 billion transistors spread across a 610mm² die. In comparison, the GP102 GPU used in the flagship consumer Titan X has just 12 billion transistors and a 471mm² die.
The new card, known as the Quadro GP100 is so powerful and in a class of its own, Nvidia didn’t even bother changing the name of the card to line [...]
AMD’s latest earnings call was a mixed bag as revenues declined over 3Q2016 and are expected to continue to decline heading into 1Q2017. However, despite the quarterly setbacks, AMD had a positive 2016 overall with increased revenues and lower debt over the previous year.
What’s even more exciting for AMD however, is the amount of high profile product launches coming this year. During AMD’s earnings call, AMD CEO, Dr. Lisa Su confirmed that Ryzen will launch with “…widespread system and channel availability expected on day one” in early March. This confirms a previous leak that AMD will launch Ryzen during or before GDC. This is no [...]
According to SK Hynix 1Q2017 Databook for graphics, it’s confirmed that SK Hynix’s 4GB HBM2 memory modules are getting ready for production in 1Q2017.
One of the hottest consumer products that is expected to take advantage of HBM2 is AMD’s highly anticipated Vega graphics cards. Among the memory lineup, the 5mKGSD SKU is the most likely candidate to be featured on the Vega GPU. The 5mKGSD configuration is 4 stacks tall and features a memory density of 4GB/ stack. At CES 2017, we saw a glimpse of an engineering sample of Vega carrying 2 stacks of HBM2 on its interposer. It was rumored to have 8GB of VRAM, which helps confirm our [...]
Out with the old, and in with the new. That is a mantra that has been echoed throughout history. Of course, before releasing a new product, you need to clear out inventory of the older product it will be replacing. As such, a variety of retailers have begun heavily discounting AMD’s Radeon Pro Duo.AMD Radeon Pro Duo Heavily Discounted – $799 on Newegg
AMD’s Radeon Pro Duo is a dual-GPU graphics solution aimed at “prosumers” that is, gamers who create content and content creators who game. The board packs two of AMD’s previous flagship Fiji GPUs, which are also found on the company’s Fury X graphics card. It was released back [...]
AMD’s upcoming Vega architecture graphics cards aren’t even out yet, but AMD is already organizing a giveaway for two lucky AMD fans.
Why do I say AMD fans? Because in order to win, you have to jump through a few hoops which include answering three questions about AMD’s Vega teaser. The questions include:What is Vega named after? What is the Somnum Industries symbol? Where can you see the word ‘Zen’?
Once you answer the three questions correctly, you will then get a chance to enter the giveaway. Are you ready? Enter here.
Nvidia recently published a high-level abstraction layer for the Vulkan API. Dubbed VkHLF (Vulkan High-Level Framework), this new framework aims to simplify the task of creating content for game developers.
VkHLF is an experimental high level abstraction library on top of Vulkan. It adds features like transparent suballocation, resource tracking on the CPU & GPU and simplified resource creation while staying as close as possible to the original Vulkan API.
VkHLF adds several useful functions on top of the Vulkan API including reference counting, device suballocator, and GPU resource tracking. In contrast to the Vulkan-Hpp, VkHLF is designed to operate at a [...]
At CES 2017 we had the chance to stop by EVGA, which had a huge lineup of new products including the all-new iCX cooled GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards, Intel Z270 motherboards, a brand new lineup of budget-minded B3 power supplies, and the finished version of the quick disconnect CLC coolers we saw back at Computex last year.
EVGA Shows off all-new iCX Cooled GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 FTW2 and SC2
Starting off our tour we had the chance to take a look EVGA’s brand new “iCX” cooled graphics cards which are set to replace the ACX 3.0 cooled cards which make up the majority of their current GeForce 10-series lineup. The new [...]
Alongside Ryzen, the Vega GPU is considered by many as AMD’s spearhead product for 2017. As it’s is slowly being finalized for mass production, we had the pleasure of meeting up with Scott Wasson and discuss the details of what Vega can bring to the table.
Scott started off the meeting by pointing out a major problem floating in the graphics industry today: graphics memory could no longer keep up with the demand of the processing power. In addition, conventional GPU architectures can’t adequately scale to handle big data. The media creation industry is using petabytes of working data, and the deep learning sector is extending into the [...]