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Volta May Dominate the GPU World: Nvidia Unveils the Titan V

I’m guessing HBM2 is the real deal since we’re finally getting the opportunity to see it in an Nvidia card. Also, I’m seriously doubting Nvidia will lose the highest performing GPU crown for quite some years to come. One thing’s for certain, this company has done an impressive job with each new architecture release and the new Titan V is just the latest to raise what already was a very high bar. It’s easy to dismiss marketing jargon in this day and age of hardware releases, yet the 9x performance increase in deep learning is still a pretty solid accomplishment. Deep learning won’t help the average user directly, but looking at the normal performance numbers indicates around a 25% performance leap from the Titan XP. Considering the increase in transistors and performance, it’s very impressive that the TDP is still at 250W. Just when we thought Maxwell and Pascal were enough to curb our enthusiast appetites, Volta shows that too much performance is never a problem in the computer world. The Titan V reminds me of what hardware releases used to be about. We may not get a release every 6 months, but we do get a sizeable performance increase and it turns out for most of us, getting two years to let the budget recover is much better for purchasing an upgrade. We’ll have to wait a bit longer for the gaming card releases, but Volta is something worth looking forward to. Check out Nvidia’s site for the rest of the details! https:...



Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition is Coming December 2017

AMD is getting into the teaser trailer business, though the wait time is admittedly less than your typical Star Wars movie in terms of the release date. Keeping to their promise of major software releases every year, Radeon is about to unveil the Adrenalin Edition of it’s video drivers and while there have been some rumors floating around, the official details are likely coming next week. Stay posted and check out the video below. It has some pretty cool music! Named after the vibrant Adrenalin Rose, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition continues AMD’s commitment to releasing major driver updates annually. The fully redesigned and supercharged Radeon Software Crimson Edition in 2015 received the highest user satisfaction rating of any AMD software ever, while Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition continued the 90 percent user satisfaction for 12 straight months in a row. As a reminder, over the past three years, Radeon Software has delivered to users 70 software releases, launch day support for more than 75 games and over 50 new or enhanced features, with more than 250 million downloads across the globe. Radeon Software continues to lead the way in elevating high-performance gaming and VR experience for gamers, professionals and game developers.



Starting Black Friday, get 2 FREE games with the purchase of any Radeon RX Vega GPU

Ah, Thanksgiving! Families getting together, eating way too much, turkeys everywhere, and sales!!! AMD has a pretty sweet promotion going on through the rest of December. If you were thinking of getting a Vega card and wanted to get a good deal as well, two free games added to the purchase always sweetens the deal quite a bit. Bonus Round: You have an option for punching Nazis as well. Check out the details below and have a happy holiday! Gamers looking for the best enthusiast-class gaming experience possible can get TWO FREE Games when they buy any Radeon RX Vega GPU, starting Black Friday until the end of December. Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 are the most advanced consumer graphics cards on the market, built on the forward-looking “Vega” GPU architecture. Previously reserved for high-end graphics products, RX Vega graphics cards use pioneering graphics technology in High Bandwidth Cache composed of 8GB of leading-edge HBM2 memory. Radeon RX Vega GPUs continue to see performance gains with the full realization of Vega’s robust feature set, including Rapid Packed Math, High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC) and new Geometry and Pixel Engines, which better harness low-level APIs and excel in the latest DirectX 12 and Vulkan games. Offer varies by region. Available games include: Prey (Excludes China) Wolfenstein II: The Next Colossus (Excludes the DACH Region & China) Sniper Elite 4 (DACH Region only) The promotional period begins on November 24, and ex...



BIOSTAR Vega 64 and RACING Z370GT6

BIOSTAR Vega 64 and RACING Z370GT6: Ultimate PC for Gaming, Mining, Overclocking and Professional Use October 26th, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR announces the availability of its Radeon RX Vega 64 VAVAT5VM88 graphics card in selected regions. The BIOSTAR RX Vega 64 epitomizes the best in high-end graphics with high resolutions, high frame rates and exceptional power efficiency with the all new Vega architecture. Building the ultimate gaming system with the recently introduced BIOSTAR RACING Z370GT6 motherboard for the new 8th generation Intel Core processors, makes these the perfect compliment. BIOSTAR RADEON RX VEGA 64 (Air Cooling) The Vega 64 is one of AMD’s newest and most powerful graphics cards today featuring 8GB HBM2, the latest in graphics memory technology, with a 2048-bit memory interface and 4096 stream processors. It delivers smooth extreme gaming performance in the newest DirectX 12 and Vulkan games making it perfect for gaming and also for professional content creation. The Vega 64 also offers some of the highest hash rates in crypto mining, thanks to its powerful yet power efficient usage. BIOSTAR RACING Z370GT6 The BIOSTAR RACING Z370GT6 motherboard which supports the new 8th generation Intel Core processors, is the company’s first 3rd generation RACING motherboard that features new luxurious golden theme ‘tattoo’ design, revamped user-friendly BIOS and driver utilities for full control cooling of A.I. FAN, full control of RGB lighting with th...



Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.11.1 Available Now

Right on schedule, AMD has released a new driver version for November. This one peaks my interest a lot because it has a lot of crashing fixes this time around. I’ve had some interesting issues with APUs in that, some workstations become unresponsive after just the monitor has been in hibernate mode for random amounts of times. Check out the full release notes below! Article Number: RN-WIN-RADEONCRIMSONRELIVE-17.11.1 ​Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition is AMD’s advanced graphics software for enabling high-performance gaming and engaging VR experiences. Create, capture, and share your remarkable moments. Effortlessly boost performance and efficiency. Experience Radeon Software with industry-leading user satisfaction, rigorously-tested stability, comprehensive certification, and more. Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.11.1 Highlights Support For Call of Duty®: WWII Up to 5% faster performance on Radeon™ RX Vega64 (8GB) graphics than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.3 at 2560×1440. (1) AMD XConnect™ Technology Now supported on Radeon RX Vega56 series graphics products for select eGPU enclosures. Fixed Issues Radeon Software may intermittently cause an application crash on limited numbers of DirectX®11 or OpenGL applications on their first run. Some gaming or productivity applications may experience a random hang or application crash when performing task switching. Radeon WattMan reset and restore factory default options...



iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Introduction Most of the readers that will frequent a hardware review site will swear by the experience of building their own custom PC. Price, performance and customization are all highlights we love to point out, but sometimes we like to overlook the problems like compatibility, DOAs, and tons of troubleshooting. If you’re a troubleshooter by nature, then building a PC is the perfect way to appeal to that need for figuring out problems. If you aren’t then the idea of building your own gaming PC is probably a nightmare! So what are gamers supposed to do if they want performance on a custom built level, but are afraid to dive into putting their own components together? The answer that you shouldn’t go to is to buy a Dell. Perhaps the real answer is to look at a company like iBuyPower. They have custom built PCs that are pre-assembled and pre-configured so that a buyer has little to worry about on their end. The only question is if the company is offering a worthwhile system to spend your hard-earned cash on. We’ll find out soon how this variant of the iBuyPower Element stacks up, but first let’s look at a statement from the company on their values. iBUYPOWER symbolizes several key beliefs: unity, strength, ambition, and perseverance. These are fundamental attributes of life inside and outside of gaming. You need them all to win. Leading the pack, iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined.Since 1999, iBUYPOWER has been delivering on its promise to build the...



AMD Radeon Software Releases Crimson 17.7.2 with Enhanced Sync and Color Saturation

Most driver releases are copy and paste ordeals, but this one is a bit bigger than that. Radeon continues to take feedback and make it reality, which is why their driver landscape is better than it’s ever been. With one great new feature and one huge throwback setting added in this update, you should definitely download this driver if you own compatible AMD GPUs. The new feature I want to point out is Enhanced Sync. This allows you to exceed your monitors refresh rate, but not have the tearing that typically comes with that. V-Sync is also supposed to help, but the input lag can be extremely noticeable, except with the possibility of Triple-Buffering, but not all games have that feature. This is similar to Nvidia’s Fast Sync, but the ability to decrease stutter below the refresh rate is something unique to Radeon. The throwback feature that I’m super glad is back is Color Saturation. All my life, I’ve used a tiny saturation boost to make the colors pop on all of my screens and remember discovering that I couldn’t find the setting anymore. Not only is it back, but all of the additional settings are completely incorporated into Radeon settings now. It turns out that AMD can bring in the new and the nostalgic feelings in one, simple driver update. It’s a bit surprising that it releases as a second driver version this month, but hey, I’m not complaining. Check out the release notes below because there is far more going on than the two...



MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X Video Card Review

Introduction Wow! It feels like the hardware landscape is full of yin and yang. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a light or dark side, but there seems to be several instances of competitive battles being fought by only two sides. I’ll let you decide if Nvidia is yin or yang in this case, but we’re bringing that big green logo into the spotlight for a review of their GTX 1060. Once again, this is a card targeting mid-range budgets, but the effort to bring high quality gameplay to the masses feels a bit stronger in recent years than it has in the past. We’ll have to see how Nvidia stacks up here soon. Nvidia may be targeting the mid range budget, but you wouldn’t know based on what MSI is doing with their design of the GTX 1060. The Gaming X looks like it takes the card to almost top-tier levels of design and quality before we even get to turn a PC on. I suppose that it could all be flare and the actual build quality could be less than it appears, but I seriously doubt that will be the case. I’ve owned a couple of MSI cards in the past that I really enjoyed so it will be great to see if MSI lives up to their reputation of the past and the internet. As a world leading gaming brand, MSI keeps raising the bar in design and innovation of its GAMING Series products and has been a long-term sponsor of global eSports teams. Outstanding teamwork of MSI’s senior R&D staff and professional gamers culminates in the creation of every MSI GAMIN...



Aorus Radeon RX 580 & 570 Review

Introduction It’s time to get back into the graphics foray and we have the perfect head-to-head match up to start it. While top-of-the-line cards are great to drool over, the vast majority of users are squarely in a budget realm when shopping for a GPU upgrade (more on that in the conclusion, however). AMD decided to focus more on this sector of buyers when they released Polaris, the GPU found in their flagship RX 400 and 500 series cards. Needless to say, we need to see how they measure up in gaming performance to see if Radeon is succeeding in this bracket. We also have to point out another new thing that’s happened with Polaris. Gigabyte has been doing graphics cards for a while, but they recently switched a lot of their gaming components to their Aorus branding. It started with motherboards and Nvidia based GPUs, but now they’ve include the RX 500 series with the Aorus line as well. I’ve been a huge fan of the new designs under Aorus so let’s find out if their GPUs hold up just as well. GIGABYTE shares the same passion for gaming as all gamers. Therefore we have extended the premium gaming brand – AORUS, the pinnacle of our hardware excellence, to provide a full spectrum of innovative gaming products that deliver the ultimate performance and exemplify PC’s capability of bringing gamers unprecedented delights. We continue to participate in global gaming events, connect with the community and actively listening to gamers’ desires in ...



AMD Updates their Driver with 17.6.1 and the iMac with 500 Series Graphics

We have a couple of updates from AMD that seemed like a good idea to post. For starters, AMD released yet another driver update with improvements and fixes, living up to the promises of more releases. I’ve been really happy with the driver game over the last year or two. The other thing that might effect some of you is that Apple now has Radeon Pro 500 Series Graphics in the updated iMac to help with content creators. Check out the press releases below for full details! Radeon Pro 500 Series for iMac: Powerful Performance for Breathtaking 5K Computing — Brisk creative applications, smooth and responsive high-end gaming, and exquisite VR experiences all made possible by Radeon Pro 500 series graphics, available in Apple’s updated iMac— SUNNYVALE, Calif. — June 05, 2017 — Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) unveiled the high-performance, power-efficient Radeon™ Pro 500 series graphics, fueling beyond-UHD creativity in All-In-One computing. Available in the updated 21.5- and 27-inch iMac, Radeon Pro 500 series graphics enable extraordinary computing experiences, including stunning gaming, immersive VR on select models*, and fluid content creation with exceptional performance and support for GPU acceleration across a range of creative applications on the Mac platform, such as Adobe Premiere® Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop® and the Foundry Nuke, Mari and Modo. Moreover, Radeon Pro 500 series provides accelerated performance for the Radeon™ ProRender photorealistic ...



Threadripper is AMD Responding to Intel Responding to AMD

That title is fun right? Yesterday AMD had it’s Financial Analyst Day which turned out to be quite the product announcement. Zen was a pretty disruptive release and it seamed to prompt Intel to add more core options to their X299 platform releasing sometime this year. It looks like AMD doesn’t want to be outdone though, so they’re releasing a monstrous 16 core, 32 thread chip that will thoroughly compete with Intel’s enthusiast offerings, but there might be some slightly disappointing news from yesterday as well. Technical details are pretty scarce right now, but PCWorld as an excellent slide showing the major highlights of yesterdays event. We only know the core and thread count of Threadripper for the time being, but seeing as how it’s based on Zen architecture, it will most likely have super competitive TDP and multi-threading performance numbers. AMD also announced Epyc, which looks like it will have 32 cores and 64 threads. This is completely designed for the enterprise market though, since it appears to have lower clockspeeds as well. The other fun announcements were related to Vega, but gaming seems like a minor focus in comparison to the professional uses mentioned during the FAD. This where things get a bit murky. It’s looking more and more like AMD isn’t releasing a card that directly tackles the GTX 1080 Ti initially. While Vega, labeled Frontier Edition, has high levels of compute power, Raja had a straightforward menti...



Corsair One Shakes Up PC Gaming

Corsair is releasing a fully built gaming PC? Let me go over to Newegg and see how much cheaper it would be if I built it my….. Huh. Normally, we don’t cover pre-built systems because we believe in the rewarding experience of building our own. While that never changes, there are times that a fully built system can catch our eyes though. Let’s face it, occasions arrive where we need to recommend a good pre-built system, or even want something compact to use in place of carrying our main rigs to things like LAN parties. What really surprised me was the fact that I could MAYBE match the price of this Corsair One system if I built it myself. While I’ll list the full details in the press release below, I mainly want to cover the specs of the base system. The MSRP starts at $1,799.99 and here’s what you end up with. The processor is the locked version of the 7700, but it still has a 240mm Corsair cooler on it. Of course you can expect Corsair Vengeance for the RAM and a Corsair PSU, but they also include one of their Force 240 GB SSDs. There’s also a terabyte HDD for additional storage. The big bonus is the fact that this system includes a solid gaming graphics card in the form of a GTX 1070. When the marketing claims VR ready, they mean that in a solid way. At this point, when I was mirroring these components on a Newegg list, I was having a hard time matching the MSRP that Corsair is offering in the One series. When you top off the final pr...



Should you use all AMD for your Next Build?

The debate of AMD vs Intel vs Nvidia is an age old one that will probably never cease. As long as there’s innovation in the PC market, there’s bound to be a new top dog in the fight. Intel still has the IPC lead in processing and Nvidia is killing it in performance and energy efficiency with their GPUs. So why, when given a sizeable budget and asked by my friend to build a PC, would I go all out with an AMD base? Check out the video for the full answer because the Red side seems to be offering one of the best, non-compromised experiences we’ve ever seen from them. As always, remember that experiences vary and feel free to add your thoughts to the equation by heading over to the PureOC forums!



Radeon Graphics Take Gameplay to New Heights on Talos I with Day 0 Support for ‘Prey’

AMD has released driver 17.5.1 with performance improvements for “Prey.” Check out below for more about the driver, a link to the download page, and performance graphs. Radeon Graphics is the ultimate weapon in the fight for survival from day 0 in Bethesda’s new sci-fi thriller, ‘Prey’, with the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.5.1 driver. Players gaming on Radeon will benefit from smooth gameplay as they shape the future of humanity on a Talos I space station overrun with alien mimics in a complex, lifelike environment. Here is our latest competitive performance at a glance: Up to 5% faster performance using Radeon Software 17.5.1 with Prey DirectX 11 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 than with Radeon Software 17.4.4 Up to 78% faster performance using Radeon Software 17.5.1 with Prey DirectX 11 on 4GB Radeon RX 570 multi-GPU than with 4GB Radeon RX 570 single-GPU Up to 42% faster performance using Radeon Software 17.5.1 with Prey on the Radeon RX 570 (4GB) with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti (4GB) on NV 381.89 with DirectX 11 at 1920×1080 (1080p) For more details, please check out the performance charts below. You can download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.1 here for the best experience on Talos I with Radeon.



16 Phase VRM!?!?!?! Galax Unveils Geforce GTX 1080 Ti HoF Edition

I don’t publish on many individual GPUs much these days. It’s not because I don’t want to, it’s just there’s a ton of them and my time is pretty limited. That doesn’t mean I won’t speak up about something that blows my mind a bit. Galax just unveiled the Hall of Fame Edition of their GTX 1080 Ti design and the beast has a 16 phase VRM! That doesn’t include the additional 3 for the memory. It takes a lot of power to keep up with 19 phases, so it should come as no surprise that the card has three 8-pin power connectors. While the bracket only looks to take two slots, the fans stick out far enough to make it a 3 slot card. On the other hand, can you imagine what kind of overclock you could get if you put the GPU under a water block? As long as you don’t hit the silicon ceiling first, I imagine liquid cooling would give you a lot of headroom. Check out the article link for more details, as well as the gallery for a bit of a closer look. I didn’t see a retail price for this beast, but I’m pretty sure it will cost your next unborn child if you want to purchase one. Still, Galax looks like they’re doing a great job here and it’s nice to cover a name that we don’t see in the headlines all the time! http://wccftech.com/galax-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-hof-unveiled/ (Caution: Galax has creepy clown faces on their site. Wha….Hu….WHY!?!) http://www.galax.com/en/






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