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It may seem hard to fathom, but it has already been over a year since NVIDIA began shipping its GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards based on Ampere. Supply shortages have dampened things a bit, but even so, technology marches on. And to that end, there is talk of NVIDIA refreshing its GeForce RTX series with Super SKUs early next year. Regardless of the timing, it's a safe bet that it will happen at some point. NVIDIA's strategy these days is to bolster its lineup with "Ti" and "Super" variants. It's just anyone's guess when new cards will arrive, and that decision likely depends in large part on how the competition is faring. Which as it stands, boils down to AMD (Intel will assert itself into... Read more...
Late last year, when we first heard about the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, it was rumored that the card would debut with 20GB of GDDR6X memory. However, at launch, the card instead featured 12GB of GDDR6X compared to 10GB for the standard GeForce RTX 3080. Apparently, there was some truth to those early rumors, as someone in Russia obtained a Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC 20G that somehow made it onto the retail market. The card came from a retailer in St. Petersburg, Russia, with a price tag of 225,000 rubles (around $3,100) versus a $1,199 asking price for the standard GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. There are some interesting differences between the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti that officially... Read more...
As if NVIDIA doesn't already have enough trouble trying to get its purchase of Arm to pass muster through numerous regulatory hurdles, a new challenge has emerged in China. Allen Wu, who serves as the CEO of Arm China, has quite literally "gone rogue." Using his position of power at Arm China, Wu attempted to launch his own company called Alphatecture. In the lead-up to this incredibly troubling turn of events, Wu offered existing Arm China customers discounts if they would invest in Alphatecture. Not surprisingly, Arm China's board members found this behavior egregious and voted 7-1 to remove him. But as SemiAnalysis aptly points out, Wu owns the seal to the company which, in China, pretty much... Read more...
You may have struck out trying to buy a graphics card over the past several weeks, months, or even year, but don't shed a tear over AMD or NVIDIA on the assumption either one is hurting for GPU revenue. They're not. Quite the opposite, discrete add-in board (AIB) sales in the last quarter alone reached a whopping $11.8 billion. Another name for a discrete AIB is simply graphics card. These are the cards that actually go into a PCI Express slot (we're assuming hardly anyone is buying AGP card these days), as opposed to integrated graphics that are packaged together with certain CPUs. Those integrated GPUs are why Intel technically owns the largest share of the graphics market. in a new report,... Read more...
There is a lot of blame to go around for the current dearth of graphics cards available in the retail channel. Despite companies like NVIDIA and AMD pumping out record numbers of GPUs, incredible demand still results in shortages that NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang says will continue through 2022. There's also a lot of activity in the cryptomining world, as Ethereum miners have flocked to GeForce RTX 30 Series Ampere cards due to their favorable hash rate performance. With this in mind, an allegedly new -- and previously unannounced -- NVIDIA CMP HX dedicated Ethereum mining card has been spotted in the wild. The new CMP 170HX is reportedly based on the potent A100 accelerator. According to hardware... Read more...
Do you ever feel like the universe just has it in for you? Adding to the theory that some entity is pulling the strings from behind the scenes and having a good chuckle at our expense, not only are graphics cards frustratingly almost always out of stock (and overpriced), but if you do manage to procure one, you may have to worry about it being infected with malware. It doesn't even matter if you opt for an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card. Or use integrated Intel graphics, for that matter. Sure, things could certainly be worse, and this falls under the purview of another first-world problem, but that's part of what we cover around these parts. And much to our chagrin, someone on a dedicated forum... Read more...
Quick, someone remind us what it was like to buy a graphics card at or near MSRP, with ample stock! What, you don't remember either? Such memories are beginning to fade as GPUs continue to almost always be sold out, leaving buyers having to pay premium prices from marketplace sellers and at places like eBay. And unfortunately, pricing is once again trending in the wrong direction. Granted, buying a graphics card at MSRP requires a bit of luck and strategy—Best Buy restocks its shelves on occasion, as it did last week, giving gamers another chance to purchase a GPU without an insanely high markup. That said, in terms of the average price that cards have actually been selling for, the GeForce... Read more...
As difficult as it might be to believe at this point in time, the graphics card shortage will not last forever. Honestly. Or...hopefully? No seriously, this can't be a forever situation, right? We sure hope not. Unfortunately, though, things might get even worse before they get better, at least as it pertains to a couple of GeForce RTX 30 series models. The two models in particular also happen to be the least expensive ones within NVIDIA's desktop Ampere lineup—GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and GeForce RTX 3060. That's not to say they are cheap, especially by street pricing standards. But in terms of the MSRPs, the Ti variant is supposed to start at $399, and the regular model is supposed to start... Read more...
While it may still be hard to purchase a discrete graphics card on the retail market, that doesn't mean that production or shipments of GPUs have stagnated. It's actually quite the contrary, as the latest figures from Jon Peddie Research show that the overall GPUs shipments rose during Q2 2021. During Q2, the overall global shipments of GPUs reached 123 million units, which grew 3.4 percent compared to Q1 2021 and 37 percent year-over-year. However, JPR noted that this quarter-over-quarter increase is out of character, as Q2 shipments typically trend down compared to Q1. Interestingly, AMD has consistently lost share in the overall GPU market going from 17.65 percent in Q2 2020 to 16.48 percent... Read more...
The GeForce RTX 3090 currently sits at the top of NVIDIA's stack for enthusiast-level Ampere graphics cards, with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti not too far behind. However, a new report claims that NVIDIA wants to send Ampere off with a bang by releasing a GeForce RTX 3090 Super next year. According to rumors from Greymon55, the GeForce RTX 3090 Super will have a full-fat GA102 GPU with 10,752 CUDA cores. For those keeping score, the "regular" GeForce RTX 3090 has 10,496 CUDA cores, while the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti isn't far behind with 10,240 CUDA cores. NVIDIA could ramp clock speeds to eke out even more performance, but it's reported that NVIDIA will boost the TDP from an already heady 350 watts to... Read more...
Most people would be happy just to get their mitts on a single GPU, in the current landscape. The US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is much more fortunate, having procured a whopping 2,240 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs (based on Ampere) for its Polaris supercomputer to "supercharge researcher and discovery." As such, Polaris qualifies as the largest GPU-based supercomputer on the planet, with thousands of A100s working in tandem with hundreds of second-generation and, sometime later, third-generation AMD EPYC server processors. More precisely, there are 560 nodes spread out over 40 racks, each with four A100 GPUs. As currently constructed, each node features a 32-core/64-thread... Read more...
A month ago, Best Buy allowed enthusiastic gamers to purchase current-generation NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards at local stores... at MSRP. This was a big deal considering that most modern graphics cards are hard to buy at MSRP due to component shortages, which have pushed street prices into the stratosphere. Well, it appears that Best Buy’s July outing was successful, as it is giving shoppers another opportunity to score a GeForce RTX 30 card tomorrow. Like before, this is an in-store-only event that will be available at select Best Buy locations. Here are the Best Buy Stock Numbers & Store List for the Founders Edition 3000 Series In-Store Restock About 17,000 units total... Read more...
Game Science, the developer behind Black Myth: Wukong, announced it is enhancing the visual fidelity of the upcoming game by upgrading from Unreal Engine 4 to Unreal Engine 5, and a trailer showing off some of the new visuals looks absolutely spectacular. It also happens to be the first look at an Unreal Engine 5 game enhanced with NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling technology. There's no mention of the settings or other finer grain details, but at its core, DLSS is a fancy-pants upscaling algorithm that taps into the wonders of artificial intelligence (AI). NVIDIA really hit its stride with the latest implementation—see our are DLSS 2.0 quality and performance evaluation for more thoughts... Read more...
NVIDIA just posted another monster quarter, this time raking in a record $6.51 billion in revenue during Q2, representing a massive 68 percent increase from the same three-month period last year. A significant chunk of that is profit—NVIDIA reported net income of $2.37 billion, up 24 percent sequentially and a mind-boggling 282 percent year-over-year. Clearly the graphics card shortage is not holding NVIDIA down, in terms of revenue and profit. This is despite seeing lower than expected sales of CMP graphics cards specifically built for cryptocurrency mining, which still earned the company $266 million during NVIDIA's second quarter of its fiscal 2022, but fell short of the $400 million... Read more...
Nobody has been able to fully get around the hash rate limiter NVIDIA implemented on its GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards, though the developer of NBMiner has figured out a way to restore some of the performance. And with the latest NBMiner update, the developer is claiming their software can restore up to 70 percent of the maximum unlocked hash rate. This is good news for miners, and obviously bad news for gamers who are frustrated at the lack of GPUs that are available for anywhere close to MSRP. To be fair, the shortage is not entirely the fault of GPU mining, though it has definitely contributed to some extent. Things could ease in the coming months too, though, between China's crackdown... Read more...
In recent years, NVIDIA has been on a rapid ascent and has seen its market cap balloon to nearly $500 billion. It expanded its previous bread and butter gaming graphics GPU focus to the cloud, data center, AI/research, and embedded system (i.e., autonomous driving) markets. Much of that growth can be attributed to the leadership of NVIDIA's CEO and Founder, Jensen Huang, who is being honored this week for his achievements. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has announced that Huang has been selected to receive the Robert N. Noyce Award, the highest honor bestowed upon people who have made significant contributions to the semiconductor industry. "Jensen Huang's extraordinary vision and... Read more...
It looks as though the AMD Radeon Pro W6600 isn't the only workstation graphics card vying for your attention today. NVIDIA just announced its RTX A2000, which is the company's newest entry-level professional graphics card. When we typically think of NVIDIA's RTX A-Series professional-oriented graphics cards, we imagine beefy cards that are thick and/or long. The RTX A2000, on the other hand, is a relatively small card that can fit into small-form-factor (SFF) workstations. As a result, NVIDIA equipped the GA106 with a low-profile cooler while adhering to a 2-slot card layout. Given its entry-level status, the RTX A2000 is down considerably on power compared to the RTX A4000, the next step up... Read more...
Watch out, Boston Dynamics; you're not the only one out there with an impressive yet creepy-looking robot dog. The folks at Xiaomi today unveiled the CyberDog, and it looks similar to Boston Dynamics' Spot. According to Xiaomi, it will offer 1,000 units of the "bio-inspired" CyberDog "Fans, engineers, and robotic enthusiasts to jointly explore the immense possibility of CyberDog." Xiaomi goes on to add that it will "set up the 'Xiaomi Open Source Community' to constantly share progress and results with developers around the world, and promises to establish a robotics laboratory to provide a platform for engineers to continue the pursuit of future innovations." The brains behind the operation... Read more...
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that 3dfx has been making headlines for the past week. Although it seems likely that the whole exercise is one big publicity stunt, we have even more enticing 3dfx news for you today that is definitely more in the realm of reality. Earlier this year, we brought you a faithfully re-engineered Voodoo 5 6000 graphics card constructed with a custom PCB and four functional original 3dfx VSA-100 chips. Today, Its creator, who goes by the name Anthony, is at again with a follow-up to his original design, and it looks simply gorgeous. This latest example features a redesigned PCB that is now colored in a Stormtrooper-esque white. According to... Read more...
Believe it or not, the 3dfx Interactive account on Twitter that has created some buzz over a supposed comeback made its promised announcement today, and we have not been Rick Rolled! However, we might as well have been. The punchline to what we're 99.999 percent sure is a joke (who are we kidding, let's make it 100 percent) fell flat with what looks to be a fake a presentation. It appears whoever is behind this account wants to keep the gag going, rather than offer up one final tip of the hat to the iconic company that helped pioneer 3D graphics acceleration. My first ever dedicated graphics card was a Voodoo product, and like many old school geeks, I have a fond appreciation of the 3dfx brand.... Read more...
Will they or won't they? That's the big question surrounding 3dfx, which over that past week burst back onto the scene via a suspect Twitter account. Interest first sparked via a tweet over the weekend, which claimed that 3dfx would make a return this Thursday after a 20-year absence. Yesterday, Falcon Northwest got in on the action, showing one of its PC gaming rigs with a power brick from a 3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 in the foreground. Today, the "official" 3dfx Interactive Twitter account is whetting our appetites again with a statement on its return. "Jansen Products is proud to announce that 3dfx is returning after 20 years," the statement reads. "[Jansen Products] acquired the assets of 3dfx Interactive... Read more...
Following NVIDIA’s announcement of its intent to acquire Arm, global antitrust concerns were almost immediately raised. However, it seemed that things had settled down until now, as the United Kingdom is considering blocking the deal, citing national security concerns. In late 2020, NVIDIA announced that it sought to acquire Arm from Japanese SoftBank Group for approximately $40 billion. Such a merger for NVIDIA could make sense for growth and future vertical integration, but it is not surprising that there have been antitrust concerns as NVIDIA competes with companies who rely on Arm architecture. However, it seems that governments have moved past this with the new national... Read more...
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