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Multi-GPU is the future and I don't just mean CrossFireX and SLI. We need mGPU on a hardware level to handle where gaming is headed. Ubisoft is helping to pave the way with Far Cry 5 by having excellent multi graphics card support. The R9 290Xs didn't do too bad either!
Asrock is joining the graphics card battle with the RX 500 Phantom Gaming Series. Their claims to overclocking may not be as strong as what we were led to believe, but the possibilities of adding solid budget contenders to the competition is a great thing for consumers. More AMD GPUs FTW!
The Nvidia GeForce Partner Program makes a good point about fair branding for companies that work hard on designing products, in this case, their GPUs. On the flip side, it can really lock down manufacturers from having freedom to choose AMD GPUs for gaming brands, limiting consumer choice.
Ryzen CPUs were a hugely successful release, but it took completely redesigning the architecture from the ground up. It looks like AMD will take the same approach with their Radeon division to introduce a new graphics architecture in 2020-2021.
Most gamers, and even developers, avoid CrossfireX or SLI like the plague. That's why it's a huge surprise to see a game even adopt multi-GPU configurations, let alone recommend them. Far Cry 5 will like shape up to be an intensive game at 4K resolution.
With all the anticipation for AMD and Radeon's Vega architecture, the performance did not live up to the expectation. Then Raja left to work for Intel and the graphics division looked like it was in serious limbo. The new hires to run the division however, look like they can turn things around.
With Raja starting to work with Intel, it may sound like the company is going to improve their graphics exponentially. On the other hand, iGPUs and dGPUs can add more work to game development, driver integration and component compatibility. Time will tell on what benefit this has on the industry.
We all want to see a new graphics card, but the announcements Nvidia made should not be overlooked. The BFGDs, or Big Format Gaming Displays support 120 Hz at 4k, a big new step. The other huge new is being able to play games at high settings on low end computers using GeForce now.
AMD just revealed their Ryzen APUs with Vega graphics and the specs look great. The cores and multi-theading will hand many tasks, while the Vega graphics will give a budget friendly gaming experience. The integrated GPU market just got interesting again.
If I didn't believe in an alternate reality before, I certainly do now...and we're living in it! The real world would never allow Intel and AMD Radeon to join forces and develop a CPU and dGPU solution. Yet here we are. The good news is that this is a great step for low power gaming.