AMD Radeon Vega 64
Interestingly, the new Radeon RX Vega 64 (cool name, AMD) is based on the reference design of the Radeon RX 400 and RX 500 series, with 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, 3 x DP and 1 x HDMI output. I'm loving that tweaked 'R' logo on the fan.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited Edition
This card looks ridiculously awesome, with a different style cooler - but it's still the same card underneath. I'm loving the Vega logo on the front and red/black 'R' in the corner, just like the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition.
AMD might be on the precipice of releasing Radeon RX Vega, but we're now hearing about a slew of Radeon Vega products - from Vega 10 through to Vega 20. We've heard about some of these cards before, but now we have much more details on them.
The Euroasian Economic Commission (EEC) is a regulatory body that is like the FCC in the US, with any and all products needing to be certified before they can be released into the market. Our friends at VideoCardz were alerted to these new details which have emerged on Reddit.
Vega 20 with up to 32GB HBM2
This is a beast... Vega 20 with a whopping 32GB of HBM2, now imagine a few of those alongside Ryzen ThreadRipper 1950X. Vega 20 rocks four HBM2 stacks, providing up to 32GB of HBM2. This won't be a consumer card, with EEC noting that this is a GL variant, so expect a Radeon Pro or new Radeon Instinct accelerator.
AMD is inches away from launching their next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, with new details on pricing that teases AMD might launch at least one Radeon RX Vega card at up to $850.
The news is coming from Nordic Hardware, reporting that a retailer has listed the AMD Radeon RX Vega at 7000 SEK excluding VAT - which works out to be around $850 when converted. If we're looking at GTX 1070/1080 level performance, $850 is a ridiculously high price - but I don't think we'll see $850 for this variant.
We might see a watercooled variant and higher clocks than the stock RX Vega at $850, or a Radeon RX Vega Mini (please, AMD?!) priced at $850. We will find out very, very soon.
AMD's new Radeon Software 17.7.2 drivers are nearly here, with the company including their Enhanced Sync technology - an alternative to Vsync. This will result in no more tearing and lag, with all of the goodies that Vsync provides without the latency.
ReLive will also be capable of pushing 100MB/sec, something that will let Radeon owners recording gaming footage at a higher bitrate. The new ReLive in 17.7.2 will also be capable of driving a webcam on the stream, and boosting the volume on the microphone all from the Radeon panel.
Radeon Chill also receives some love, where it can now be enabled on mobile graphics cards, multi-GPU setups, and even external graphics cards. We will have a link to Radeon Software 17.7.2.
We've had so many custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards released this year, but Colorful isn't stopping, with the announcement of their new iGame GTX 1080 Ti Kudan graphics card.
Colorful has carefully selected each GP102 chip from 100 chips to ensure it has maximum OC out of the box, with the company including their own iGame Pure Power and Silver Plating Technology. We have GPU clocks of 1657/1784MHz for base and boost GPU clocks, respectively - while the 11GB of GDDR5X sticks to its 11Gbps frequency. But that's not all.
Where this card takes a hard spike to the right, is that Colorful ships the iGame GTX 1080 Ti Kudan with a new cooler: Waterspout Cooler II. It's a massive integrated pump, water block and cooling fins, with Coloful using customized high air pressure fans to keep the card nice and cool. The radiator isn't as big as some out there, so you don't need to worry too much about fitting it in your case - and let's face it, anyone buying Colorful's new iGame GTX 1080 Ti Kudan would be making sure it'll fit before purchasing it.
AMD is so, so close to launching its new Radeon RX Vega graphics card and now we have an 'official' shot of the consumer RX Vega offering courtesy of a sample received by Kyle at HardOCP.
AMD asked Kyle to compare Radeon RX Vega against the GeForce GTX 1080 and not the GTX 1080 Ti, with Kyle saying: "Just a little tease here as to what is coming this week. RX Vega FreeSync vs. GTX 1080 Ti G-Sync Blind Gaming test video being edited now. All done at my house, with gamers with a couple hundred years of twitch gaming experience. All system UEFI and OS set up by me personally. AMD wanted me to use a 1080".
Kyle continued: "ASUS hand delivered this card to my house on Saturday morning, and took it with them Saturday evening. That all said, this card was an engineering sample but I was specifically told that it was representative of retail product. So basically a "reference" card built outside of mass production".
We can see from this photo that it looks identical to the Radeon RX 480 reference card, which looked great - for a mid-range card in 2015, but it's 2017 and this is the best graphics card AMD is making for gamers. Remember it's only a reference card, with AIB partner cards to look much better, and I'm sure run faster and cooler, too.
NVIDIA's new Tesla V100 compute accelerators are total computing beasts, with systems available for north of $50,000 with 4 of them inside. NVIDIA has now given out a bunch of the first production Tesla V100 accelerators to AI researchers.
NVIDIA CEO and founder Jen-Hsun Huang hand delivered the Tesla V100 cards at their NVAIL (NVIDIA AI Labs) meet up, where Huang reiterated on NVIDIA's support of AI. He said: "AI is the most powerful technology force that we have ever known. I've seen everything. I've seen the coming and going of the client-server revolution. I've seen the coming and going of the PC revolution. Absolutely nothing compares".
The official page for Radeon Technologies Group on Facebook has posted some new images from their new Radeon RX Vega roadshow, something that's just kicked off in Budapest.
RTG has shown off their new Radeon RX Vega artwork, which is looking incredibly awesome. It features a mean take on the already great looking 'V' logo, but throws in some crystal-like features and much darker reds and blacks blending through each other.
There are plenty of stars also used in the new Vega logo, continuing the space theme from Polaris and Vega marketing. AMD is expected to launch Radeon RX Vega at SIGGRAPH, which is just over a week away from now.
Samsung has just announced that it is increasing the production of its 8GB HBM2 chips, in order for the company to "address rapidly growing market demand". Remember, that Samsung isn't providing HBM2 to AMD for their new Vega GPU architecture, but NVIDIA is tapping Samsung's own HBM2 chips.
The increased HBM2 production is to ensure that important and emerging markets like AI, HPC, advanced graphics, network systems, and enterprise servers are flooded with 8GB HBM2 chips.
Jaesoo Han, Executive VP of Memory Sales and Marketing for Samsung Electronics said: "By increasing production of the industry's only 8GB HBM2 solution now available, we are aiming to ensure that global IT system manufacturers have sufficient supply for timely development of new and upgraded systems. We will continue to deliver more advanced HBM2 line-ups, while closely cooperating with our global IT customers".
Now, before you get all excited and think this means that there will be a million Radeon RX Vega graphics cards released in the coming months because Samsung is ramping up 8GB HBM2 production... remember that Samsung is the main provider of HBM2 to NVIDIA.
NVIDIA uses HBM2 on their high-end Volta GPU architecture, including the new Tesla V100 graphics card. I'm sure NVIDIA will release a new HBM2-based consumer GeForce graphics card next year alongside GDDR6-based cards... but this is something to look forward to in 2018, and beyond.
Now that people are getting AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition into their hands, we've arrived at the release of the Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition, which provides more stable GPU clocks - and a higher TDP that consumes much more power than NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
Our friends over at PC Perspective have tested the new Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition, rocking its 375W TDP (the air-cooled Radeon Vega Frontier has a 300W TDP). AMD dropped the price of its Radeon Vega Frontier Edition just before release to $999, down from $1200 - while the liquid cooled version was $1800 (!!!) and dropped to $1200 at the last minute.
PCPer's testing shows us some interesting numbers, with the most interesting being power consumption. The performance of AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition is comparable to the GTX 1080, but the power consumption is off the charts - double GTX 1080s even in SLI.
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition uses around 300W, while Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition uses 440W when overclocked. At its lower setting, Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid uses 350W - which is still insane compared to the GTX 1080 which uses 180W.