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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
According to unnamed sources for TweakTown, AMD is rumored to drop pricing on their Radeon RX 470 graphics card to better compete with the incoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Currently, the AMD Radeon RX 470 retails for $179, but AMD is expected to drop prices by $10 bringing it down to just $169. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is expected to launch at $149 when it launches October 25.
For comparison, the Radeon RX 470 is based on the 14nm Polaris 10 Pro GPU featuring 2,048 stream processors and 4GB of GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus. The rumored upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will be based on the 14nm GP107 Pascal GPU featuring 768 CUDA cores and 4GB of GDDR5 running on [...]
Gigabyte has just popped the lid off of its newest creation, the GeForce GTX1080 Turbo OC Edition Graphics card (GV-N1080TTOC-8GD).
Unlike your typical AIB custom designed card, this hot new card comes with a custom built blower-style cooler that sucks air in from inside your case and pushes it out the back. Under the shroud sits a matrix of aluminum cooling fins and 3 direct touch heat pipes which Gigabyte claims will improve cooling performance by 8%. The new pattern design on the custom shroud also adds a splash of color to the typically boring looking blower cooler style shrouds as well.
Specifications align with what you’d expect from a [...]
Several days ago, GPUz specifications and 3D Mark benchmarks for the Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti were leaked in the Baidu forums and today, images of the PCB have leaked online as well.
Images of the PCB confirm a number of rumored details and specifications of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. As we see in the above image, the GPU powering the upcoming graphics card will be the GP107 GPU which will sport 768 CUDA cores as we’ve seen in previous rumors. The GPU is most likely being produced by Samsung’s 14nm process which was reported earlier this year.
The same GPU is also expected to be used in the GeForce GTX 1050, except it will be cut [...]
For Nvidia’s most recent launches of high end Pascal based graphics cards such as the GeForce GTX 1080, Nvidia made an unusual move to launch their own Founders Edition graphics cards before their partners were allowed to begin selling their own branded graphics cards. Given that recently launched high end graphics cards tend to be the most profitable, Nvidia partners weren’t exactly thrilled as it raised concerns that Nvidia was trying to take over the high end graphics market for themselves.
However, according to a recent article by Taiwanese tech publication DigiTimes, Nvidia CEO Jen-hsun Huang claims this is not the case. Huang claims that the reason [...]
Nvidia recently surprised the tech world by revealing their brand new Pascal architecture based Titan X graphics card not at a Nvidia press event or a technology tradeshow, but rather at an AI meetup at Stanford University. After a presentation by Baidu Chief Scientist Andrew Ng, Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang unexpectedly presented Ng with the new Titan X carrying an inscription that described Ng as “a pioneer, an amazing scientist, and a hero to us all.”
Despite the launch of the Pascal Titan X being quite unexpected, the beast-like specs of the Pascal Titan X is almost exactly as you’d expect. It’s insane.
While the Pascal Titan X [...]
AMD will be releasing a new driver that addresses “power gate” plaguing its Radeon RX 480 graphics card.
The AMD RX 480 made headlines not only with its leap in performance but also with its notoriety in excessive power consumption. According to several review sites, the RX 480 consumes more power than its rated Thermal Design Power (TDP). Concerns also stirred when testing showed that the reference card needed an 8-pin power connector instead of a 6-pin and that the card was drawing more power from the PCIe slot than the standard 75W it’s designed to supply.
AMD has claimed several times that it can be fixed with a driver update. Following [...]
Some early adopters of AMD’s Radeon RX 480 graphics card have reported that their 4GB model actually comes with 8GB of physical memory installed. This raised the question of whether the additional memory can be accessed via a software hack. AMD addressed this in an AMA on Reddit, stating that some press samples can be unlocked by flashing the card’s BIOS.
Turns out that wasn’t the case. The gurus at TechPowerUp managed to unlock a retail card using the BIOS. They first extracted the BIOS of the 8GB model using the ATIFlash, then flashed it onto the 4GB model. The BIOS image can be found here.
If you purchased an AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB, you can [...]