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January 19, 2017

AMD Radeon Pro Duo Discounted Heavily as Vega Nears Closer

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 [...]

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January 18, 2017

AMD Launches Vega Graphics Card Giveaway

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.

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January 13, 2017

Nvidia Releases High-Level Abstraction Layer For Vulkan

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 [...]

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January 13, 2017

CES 2017: EVGA Shows Off New iCX GPUs, B3 PSUs, Z270 Motherboards, Quick Disconnect Coolers

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 [...]

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January 18, 2017

CES 2017: AMD Vega Architecture Partially Detailed, Launching 1H2017

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 [...]

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January 6, 2017

CES 2017: NVIDIA Announces G-Sync HDR, First Displays Available 2Q2017

Following AMD’s recent FreeSync 2 announcement, Nvidia countered with G-Sync HDR, which is an evolution of the existing G-Sync technology with the addition of HDR (High Dynamic Range) support.

 

First Two G-SYNC HDR Displays from ASUS and Acer

In conjunction with the launch, Nvidia announced that two of its partners, Acer and ASUS, will launch the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator XB272-HDR which will support G-Sync HDR at launch. According to Nvidia, these new displays were created in conjunction with AU Optronics designed specifically for gaming, which means it’ll feature very little to no input latency and a 144Hz [...]

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January 5, 2017

CES 2017: Zotac Shows Off Mini PCs, ZBOX Graphics Dock, GTX 1080 Mini

Continuing our coverage of CES 2017, we arrive at Zotac, a company best known for manufacturing NVIDIA graphics cards. While the company did have the full range of GTX 10 series cards on display, including their recently announced GTX 1080 Mini, it was clear that Zotac has another passion: making powerful miniature PCs.

Zotac at CES 2017

Starting with the slew of mini PCs, the first of which was the ZBOX C1549 Nano, a small fanless design which features a 7th generation Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics. This passively-cooled powerhouse is specifically tailored to HTPC usage with its completely silent operation. However, we did see a demo [...]

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January 4, 2017

NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti Mobile

Earlier this week, Nvidia has finally announced the specifications for the 1050 and 1050Ti mobile graphics chips.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti Mobile

Just like with the rest of the Pascal mobile solutions, as opposed to appending “M” to indicate that it’s a mobile component, Nvidia has decided to keep the same name for both mobile and desktop versions of the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, indicating that these chips will offer similar if not identical performance as their desktop counterparts.

The GTX 1050 Ti features the same 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface found on the desktop version. [...]

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January 3, 2017

AMD Announces FreeSync 2 – Reduces HDR Input Lag, Adds Automatic Mode Switching

Although Nvidia was the first to launch their G-Sync variable refresh rate technology, there’s no question that AMD’s FreeSync technology has caught on significantly faster. In the past  few years, AMD’s FreeSync technology has attracted over 20 display partners who have launched over 121 displays over the years, significantly outpacing Nvidia who has only attracted 8 display partners with G-Sync.

Today, AMD announced their next generation FreeSync technology, creatively named FreeSync 2 which will now feature better HDR support. The new feature follows several new major developments to FreeSync such as support for borderless [...]

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January 2, 2017

New AMD Radeon VEGA Leak Surfaces – 2x Peak Throughput per Clock, 4x Power Efficiency, 8x Capacity Per Stack

AMD recently launched a teaser website at ve.ga for their upcoming high end VEGA architecture based graphics cards announcement which shows a Radeon VEGA teaser video along with a countdown timer to its launch at CES 2017.

While AMD is waiting until CES to officially launch their VEGA architecture based GPUs, some keen eyed members of the 3D Center forums recently discovered a wordcloud image saved on the ve.ga website which shows a number of VEGA’s upcoming features.

While most of these features have been previously rumored, this is the first time it’s been confirmed by materials directly from AMD. From the top down, the features [...]

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