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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is out now on game consoles and PC, and if you aim to play on the latter with a GeForce graphic card, note that NVIDIA has a 'Game Ready' driver update on tap. NVIDIA's latest GPU driver—version 496.49 WHQL—is prepped and primed for Square Enix's just-released game, as well as a handful of other titles. It also squashes a few bugs, one of which will make owners of LG's C1-series OLED TVs happy as a clam (assuming clams are actually happy). One advantage PC players have over their console brethren is they can play Guardians of the Galaxy at up to an 8K resolution in HDR. Theoretically, anyway—you'll need a monster PC to support 8K gaming. However,... Read more...
Cryptocurrency mining is not going to fall by the wayside anytime soon, not when Bitcoin is setting new highs in value, and Ethereum holding the line at around $4,000. As it applies to the latter, and other forms of cryptocurrency that are still mined with GPUs, NVIDIA's CMP (Crypto Mining Processor) HX series of headless cards swing a mighty big pickax to potentially turn a profit. And so it goes with the CMP 170HX, which is not listed for sale. We wrote about this card last month—it caught our eye because its high hash rate performance. We still can find neither hide nor hair of this SKU on NVIDIA's website, which lists just four CMP models: 30HX with a 26 MH/s hash rate, 40HX at 36 MH/s,... Read more...
Those who are currently using either an NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti or a GeForce RTX 3060 may be having a hard time upgrading to Windows 11. This could be because if you are using a DisplayPort on your monitor these GPUs will only turn on the display once Windows loads. Some people using those NVIDIA GPUs affected by the DisplayPort issue have probably been a bit upset if they were attempting to upgrade to Windows 11. For many Windows users, they had to turn on TPM 2.0 before being able to upgrade. In some cases, you also must enable Secure Boot as well. Both can only be changed within the system's BIOS, which in turn can pose a problem for the user. Well, today NVIDIA released a firmware update to address... Read more...
NVIDIA is quite literally taking its cloud game streaming service, GeForce NOW, to the next level by adding vastly upgraded game servers to the mix—or as NVIDIA calls them, GeForce NOW SuperPODs. These SuperPODs purportedly deliver "GeForce RTX 3080-class gaming" on the company's cloud service, and are being made available exclusively to a new, high-performance membership tier with additional perks. For anyone unfamiliar, GeForce NOW is a cloud service that enables gaming on a wide range of devices, including ones that would otherwise be ill-equipped to play triple-A titles. Be it a low-powered Windows laptop with integrated graphics, a Chromebook, a Mac, or even a mobile device like an... Read more...
Last week, we told you about NVIDIA offering the EU antitrust commission concessions to try and hurry along its acquisition of Arm. If you missed that story, here's the quick and dirty to get you up to speed: NVIDIA wants to buy Arm, and regulators around the world are scrutinizing the deal, due to its possible wide-sweeping effects in the semiconductor industry.  It's not clear what NVIDIA offered to the EU's antitrust review board last week, but had the terms been accepted, the EU would have then gone around to NVIDIA and Arm's rivals and customers to seek feedback on the proceedings. According to "three people familiar with the matter," speaking to Reuters, that hasn't happened,... Read more...
Graphics card pricing can't actually trend upward forever, right? Right!? Please tell me I'm right. Unfortunately, that is the disheartening reality we live in at the moment, where for the past several months, the cost of buying a graphics card has consistently gone up. This has been the case since earlier July, and even a little before, depending on the exact model. By now, the reasons are clear, or at least the apparent reasons are in focus. It is a combination of factors—a global shortage of silicon, the latest generation graphics cards from both AMD and NVIDIA being in high demand, cryptocurrency mining eating into the market for GPUs, and of course the newest game consoles (PlayStation... Read more...
The only things guaranteed in life are death, taxes, and that cryptocurrency miners will figure out a way to bypass restrictions that limit their efforts in the blockchain. To the latter point, even NVIDIA's Lite Hash Rate (LHR) technology is proving no match for resourceful miners. Following up on a previous workaround to partially bypass the hash rate limiter that's cooked into LHR GeForce cards, miners have now seemingly figured out how to tap a card's full potential for mining. Let's back up for a moment. In an effort towards "getting GeForce cards into the hands of gamers," NVIDIA in February toyed with a hash rate limiter on its GeForce RTX 3060. It then took additional steps in May to... Read more...
It may seem hard to believe, but NVIDIA's flagship GeForce RTX 3090 is already over a year old. The GPU shortage has definitely messed with our sense of time, as it relates to how long certain products have been on the market. Be that as it may, the top card on the Ampere totem pole is nowhere close to being long in the tooth, but it might be getting a refresh anyway. Rumors have swirled about the addition of more "Ti" models to the GeForce RTX 30 series, as well as upgraded "Super" cards. Earlier this week, for example, there was chatter of a GeForce RTX 3090 Super and a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with 16GB of memory being in the pipeline. Things can change in a hurry in the leaks and rumors scene,... Read more...
NVIDIA might be getting ready to release a new flagship graphics card based on its current generation Ampere GPU architecture. That distinction currently belongs to the GeForce RTX 3090 we reviewed last year, which is essentially this generation's Titan card. However, rumors have been swirling of a Super refresh to the GeForce RTX 30 series, including the 3090. The latest unofficial chatter is that it will manifest in January 2022. This is not the first we've heard about an upgraded GeForce RTX 3090. Based on past rumors, the Super variant would see a bump to a full-fat GA102 GPU with 10,752 CUDA cores, compared to 10,496 CUDA cores on the existing regular model. It has also been reported that... Read more...
Cloud gaming has become an avenue for many gamers to play titles that typically couldn't run on their current hardware, and one of the more popular cloud services is NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW. Today NVIDIA announced they it has partnered with Electronic Arts to expand on an already impressive list of supported game titles. With GeForce NOW’s membership more than doubling in the past year, this will certainly make its members happy. GeForce NOW will add Battlefield 1 Revolution, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Unravel Two, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Apex Legends from the EA library. This will enable subscribers to play these games on not only their PC, but also on their smartphones,... Read more...
In August, there were several reports that Amazon's New World MMO, which was in beta at the time, had a penchant for killing EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards. Considering that the cards retail for $1,499 and can sell for nearly $3,000 due to shortages, that's a lot of money going up in smoke. While the first fingers were pointed at the game itself, EVGA eventually raised its hand to admit that "poor workmanship" with some solder points surrounding the MOSFET circuits were responsible cooking GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs. New World is now out of beta and drawing large queues as gamers clamor to experience the game. Unfortunately, it appears that the game isn't done with killing GPUs, according to... Read more...
Earlier this week, we first received word that Best Buy was gearing up for another big NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series restock. The @GPURestock Twitter account was tipped off to Best Buy’s event and, through a series of tweets, gave gamers hope that they might finally be able to get their hands on a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti or even possibly a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Today, Best Buy confirmed that the event would kick off at participating retail store locations starting at 7:30 am local time tomorrow (October 1st). As with previous in-store events, Best Buy employees will hand one ticket per person for those standing in line until all tickets are exhausted. If you have a ticket in hand, you’re... Read more...
In case you haven't heard, China is trying to puzzle out its pollution problem, and one way it's doing that is by rationing power. The Chinese government has started selectively requiring energy producers to cool off in an effort to reduce emissions, although those organizations are also dealing with rising coal and natural gas prices, too—all amid ever-increasing energy demands. Unsurprisingly, this has had an effect on the semiconductor industry. Reports from Reuters, AP, and Nikkei Asia all indicate that factories in no less than five provinces have had to shut down due to exceeding local energy use quotas. These quotas were put in place by the Chinese government to stifle smog and preserve... Read more...
Have you tried to buy a graphics card recently? Attempting such a thing is a fast track to frustration, because the damn things are never in stock. Not by first-party sellers and at anywhere close to MSRP, anyway. That's what makes Best Buy's occasional restocks so delightful, and if you're wondering when the next one will occur, you're going to like the answer. Maybe. That answer is, this week, if the Twitter account @GPURestock is passing along reliable information. This is how shopping for gaming hardware is accomplished these days—whether you're in the market for a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, or a fancy new graphics card, Twitter accounts with a constant pulse on the situation are... Read more...
NVIDIA is thumping its chest over a round of impressive benchmark runs that highlight the potency of mixing its A100 accelerators with either Arm or x86 hardware. Regardless of the CPU platform, NVIDIA contends that its accelerators enable the "best results in AI inference," and it has another batch of benchmarks to support its claim. The GPU maker is especially interested in highlighting results obtained with A100 and Arm hardware. Traditionally, data centers have turned to x86 silicon, which is well-suited for the kinds of demanding workloads they're constantly being hammered with, for a variety of applications. But Arm has been gaining ground. "The Arm architecture is making headway into data... Read more...
Nobody can go out and actually buy a graphics card at anywhere close to MSRP right now (not without being lucky—GPU street prices are rising again), and that probably will not change in the coming weeks or even months. It stinks, plain and simple. If it comes as any consolation, though, at least the GPU scene is not stagnant. Next-gen GPUs will launch next year, and it also appears as though NVIDIA might refresh its current-generation Ampere lineup with Super models. This would not be unexpected, if it comes to be, given NVIDIA's history. At present, the GeForce RTX 30 series consists of regular models and upgraded "Ti" variants. Super models would likely fill in the gaps between those... Read more...
Technology marches to the beat of its own drum and is typically unfazed by whatever events might be going on at the time. Like a silicon shortage and street prices for GPUs continuing to rise. So it should come as no surprise that leaks and rumors pointing to NVIDIA's next-generation Ada Lovelace GPUs have permeated the landscape. We've actually been hearing about Ada Lovelace for quite some time now—since last year, when it was said the next generation GPU would be built on a 5-nanometer manufacturing process and possibly debut in late 2021 (not going to happen) or sometime in 2022 (probably will happen). At the time, we pointed out that Ada Lovelace is likely a reference to the British... Read more...
You may have struck out trying to buy a graphics card from a first-party seller, but on the bright side, that also means you did not pay way over MSRP for one, either. Yeah, it is not much of a silver lining. The supply of graphics cards continues to fall way short of demand, and price tracking data shows that they are still commanding increasingly higher prices. It has been an interesting summer in that regard. As we headed into the summer months, prices had ballooned to all-time highs on NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series and AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards, both based on each one's latest generation GPU architecture (Ampere and RDNA 2, respectively). As summer marched along, GPU prices... Read more...
With the global chip shortage putting the entire consumer electronics and PC industry on edge, tech companies are looking for additional ways to get more product into the hands of consumers. One sector that has faced incredible demand and lagging supply for the past year is PC GPUs, but NVIDIA is switching gears to supply its entry-level GeForce RTX 3060 Ampere card to more consumers. According to a new report, NVIDIA is finding further use for GA104 GPUs that can't cut it in higher-end GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. Matthew Smith (aka @T4CFantasy) claims that these defective GA104 GPUs are now destined for China, where they will have 3,584 CUDA cores and 12GB GDDR6 memory using a... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang is adding another honor to his portfolio this week, as he was named one of the world's most influential people by TIME Magazine. Of course, we in the computing industry know all about Huang and his company's contributions to AI, PC gaming, and autonomous vehicles (among other sectors), and TIME is now recognizing those achievements. Andrew Ng, the founder of DeepLearning.AI and Landing AI, penned TIME's piece on Huang, writing that "he has helped enable a revolution that allows phones to answer questions out loud, farms to spray weeds but not crops, doctors to predict the properties of new drugs—with more wonders to come. "With still emerging AI technologies creating... Read more...
Is the PlayStation exclusive God of War definitely headed to PC? For a brief moment, it seemed as though a GeForce NOW database leak essentially confirmed it would be headed to another platform, but not so fast—according to NVIDIA, yes, the leak is legitimate, but no, the games listed are not necessarily bound for the PC after all. The intrigue began when developer Ighor July posted an article on Medium explaining how he "accidentally" stumbled upon a confidential list of games in the GeForce NOW database. "About a half year ago, NVIDIA GeForceNOW service worked differently. You could launch Steam directly and after that select a game of your choice. Most of the games are locked since GFN... Read more...
Have you ever wished NVIDIA would re-release its previous generation GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card, but with more memory this time around? Neither have we, and not because it's a bad card or anything like that, but because the GeForce RTX 30 lineup is more compelling. Nevertheless, in the absence of a magic wand to magically make more Ampere GPUs appear out of thin air, NVIDIA may turn to a mid-range Turing card to fill an insatiable market for gaming GPUs. This is a rumor we have heard before . Back in January of this year, it was said NVIDIA had planned to resupply its add-in board (AIB) partners with both the GeForce RTX 2060 and GeForce RTX 2060 Super. And who knows, perhaps more of those... Read more...
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