GPUs

This morning Micron is announcing that they’ve kicked off production of their next-generation GDDR6 memory. This next step in production comes on the heels of their internal qualification, which was completed in late 2017, and arrives just in time to reach their H1’2018 mass production goal. With this announcement Micron has become the third memory and final vendor among the industry’s Big 3 to produce GDDR6, as the pieces continue to fall into place for GDDR6 to become the true successor to the now decade-old GDDR5. For Micron’s product lineup they’re launching with 8Gbit chips at a few different speeds. For the graphics market – where the bulk of consumer interest in GDDR6 certainly lies – Micron is releasing chips rated for 12Gbps and 14Gbps...

Phantom Gaming: ASRock Unveils as an AMD GPU Partner

ASRock has officially introduced its first graphics cards. The Phantom Gaming family will initially include four GPU models based on the Radeon RX 500-series GPUs and are aimed at...

12 by Anton Shilov on 3/29/2018

NVIDIA Pauses Self-Driving Vehicle Testing; Confirms DRIVE Wasn’t In Last Week’s Uber Collision

While not announced as part of this week’s GTC keynote, during the keynote itself word got out via Reuters that the company had suspended their active testing of their...

14 by Ryan Smith on 3/29/2018

NVIDIA’s DGX-2: Sixteen Tesla V100s, 30 TB of NVMe, only $400K

Ever wondered why the consumer GPU market is not getting much love from NVIDIA’s Volta architecture yet? This is a minefield of a question, nuanced by many different viewpoints...

28 by Ian Cutress on 3/27/2018

Big Volta Comes to Quadro: NVIDIA Announces Quadro GV100

Along with today’s memory capacity bump for the existing Tesla V100 cards, NVIDIA is also rolling out a new Volta-based card for the Quadro family. Aptly named the Quadro...

22 by Ryan Smith on 3/27/2018

NVIDIA Develops NVLink Switch: NVSwitch, 18 Ports For DGX-2 & More

Back in 2016 when NVIDIA launched the Pascal GP100 GPU and associated Tesla cards, one of the consequences of their increased server focus for Pascal was that interconnect bandwidth...

22 by Ryan Smith on 3/27/2018

NVIDIA Bumps All Tesla V100 Models to 32GB, Effective Immediately

Update 05/24: NVIDIA has since reached out to us, informing us that their previous statement about 32GB cards replacing 16GB cards was in error, and that the 16GB V100...

7 by Ryan Smith on 3/27/2018

The NVIDIA GTC 2018 Keynote Live Blog

We're here at the San Jose Convention Center for NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference. Kicking off this first full day of events is of course NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's keynote...

27 by Ryan Smith & Nate Oh on 3/27/2018

NVIDIA Silently Rolls Out Slower, Lower TDP GeForce MX150 for Ultrabooks

This week, Notebookcheck reported their findings of a second version of the GeForce MX150 – the newest version sporting lower base, boost, and memory clockspeeds versus the original SKU...

40 by Nate Oh on 3/23/2018

NVIDIA Releases 391.24 WHQL Game Ready Driver: Updates for NVIDIA Highlights

As GDC 2018 rolls on this week, NVIDIA has released driver version 391.24 WHQL, featuring Game Ready support for the recently released Sea of Thieves, as well as a...

12 by Nate Oh on 3/21/2018

AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.3: Unified Vulkan 1.1 Driver

Today, AMD released Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.3, a general update pulling in Vulkan 1.1 support for the main driver branch, as well as bringing support for Sea of...

6 by Nate Oh on 3/20/2018

AMD Announces Real-time Ray Tracing Support for ProRender and Radeon GPU Profiler 1.2

First disclosed this evening with teaser videos related to a GDC presentation on Unity, today AMD is announcing two developer-oriented features: real-time ray tracing support for the company's ProRender...

15 by Nate Oh on 3/19/2018

Expanding DirectX 12: Microsoft Announces DirectX Raytracing

To many out there it may seem like DirectX 12 is still a brand-new technology – and in some ways it still is – but in fact we’ve now...

34 by Ryan Smith on 3/19/2018

NVIDIA Announces RTX Technology: Real Time Ray Tracing Acceleration for Volta GPUs and Later

In conjunction with Microsoft’s new DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API announcement, today NVIDIA is unveiling their RTX technology, providing ray tracing acceleration for Volta and later GPUs. Intended to enable...

19 by Nate Oh on 3/19/2018

Microsoft Details Windows Machine Learning for Gaming

In a day filled with all sorts of game development-related API and framework news, Microsoft also has an AI-related announcement for the day. Parallel to today’s DirectX Raytracing announcement...

4 by Ryan Smith on 3/19/2018

ASRock Teases ‘Phantom Gaming’ Graphics Cards

ASRock has uploaded a video to its YouTube channel that promotes its upcoming Phantom Gaming brand. While the footage does not say anything directly, some of the elements shown...

18 by Anton Shilov on 3/19/2018

Microsoft and AMD to Bring FreeSync 2 Support to Xbox One S and Xbox One X This Spring

Over the weekend, Microsoft and AMD made a somewhat unexpected announcement on the debut of their new Inside Xbox show: AMD FreeSync 2 support will be coming to the...

27 by Nate Oh on 3/12/2018

Vulkan 1.1 Specification Released: Open-source Tools, SDKs, and Launch Driver Support

Since the release of Vulkan 1.0 in February 2016, the successor to OpenGL slowly but surely made its way into applications and game engines. Today, roughly two years later...

33 by Nate Oh on 3/7/2018

AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1: eSports Optimizations with Project ReSX

Yesterday, AMD released Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 and introduced AMD’s Project ReSX (“Radeon eSports Experience”), largely responsible for 18.3.1’s specific performance optimizations to Dota 2, Overwatch, and PlayerUnknown’s...

5 by Nate Oh on 3/6/2018

AMD Launches Far Cry 5 Bundle for Pre-Builts with Radeon RX Vega or RX 580

This week, AMD launched a Far Cry 5 Standard Edition bundle for select pre-built PCs with a Radeon RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, or RX 580, active now...

17 by Nate Oh on 3/1/2018

Cryptomining Inflated Prices Affect Q4 2017 Discrete Graphics Card Shipments, AMD Climbs to 33.7% Market Share

This week, Jon Peddie Research (JPR) released their much anticipated quarterly discrete video card sales report for Q4 2017. Overall, the research firm is reporting a 4.6% decrease in graphics...

56 by Nate Oh on 3/1/2018

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