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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER In-Depth Review!

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Founders Edition Review!

NVIDIA spiked the AMD Radeon RX 5700 launch party by first teasing, and then launching the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER.

A cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2070, it comes with 2176 stream processors and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, at a $100 lower price point!

How will it match up against the new Radeon RX 5700, and its predecessor, the RTX 2060? Let’s find out!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Primer

Designed to extend NVIDIA’s performance lead against the new AMD Navi-based graphics cards, the NVIDIA RTX SUPER graphics cards are based on cut-down versions of existing GeForce RTX models.

The GeForce RTX 2060 survives to remain the cheapest RTX card you can buy, while the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti remains the most powerful RTX graphics card that money can buy.

This is how the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series compares to the older NVIDIA GeForce RTX series.

Specifications RTX
2080 Ti
RTX
2080
SUPER
RTX
2080
RTX
2070
SUPER
RTX
2070
RTX
2060
SUPER
RTX
2060
GPU TU102
-300
TU104
-450
TU104
-400
TU104
-410
TU106
-400
TU106
-410
TU106
-200
CUDA Cores 4352 3072 2944 2560 2304 2176 1920
Base Clock 1350 MHz 1650 MHz 1515 MHz 1605 MHz 1410 MHz 1470 MHz 1365 MHz
Boost Clock 1545 MHz 1815 MHz 1710 MHz 1770 MHz 1620 MHz 1650 MHz 1680 MHz
TMUs 272 192 184 160 144 136 120
Min. Texture Fill Rate 367.2 GT/s 316.8 GT/s 278.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 203.0 GT/s 199.9 GT/s 163.8 GT/s
Max. Texture Fill Rate 420.2 GT/s 348.5 GT/s 314.6 GT/s 283.2 GT/s 233.3 GT/s 224.4 GT/s 201.6 GT/s
ROPs 88 64 64 64 64 64 48
Min. Pixel Fill Rate 118.8 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 97.0 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 90.2 GP/s 94.1 GP/s 65.5 GP/s
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 136.0 GP/s 116.2 GP/s 109.4 GP/s 113.3 GP/s 103.7 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 80.6 GP/s
Tensor Cores 544 384 368 320 288 272 240
RTX-OPS 76 T 63 T 57 T 52 T 42 T 41 T 37 T
Giga Rays/s 10 8 8 7 6 6 5
Memory Size 11 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 15.5 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Bus Width 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Bandwidth 616 GB/s 496 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 336 GB/s
TGP 250 watts 250 watts 215 watts 215 watts 175 watts 175 watts 160 watts
Launch Price $999 $699 $699 $499 $499 $399 $349

Recommended : How & Why NVIDIA Calculates RTX-OPS For GeForce RTX!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Price + Availability

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has a launch price that starts at $399 / ~£314 / ~€351 / ~RM 1,649, just $50 more than the GeForce RTX 2060.

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO
$419.99 £423.74 NA NA
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC
$429.99 £439.99 NA RM 2,050
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060 SUPER OC
$469.99 £473.88 $869.37 RM 2,200
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060S Advanced
$464.99 £479.99 $847.98 NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Gaming
$439.99 £439.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming
$449.99 £449.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER SC Ultra Gaming
$409.00 £389.99 NA NA
GALAX RTX 2060 SUPER EX
NA NA $689.00 RM 1,888
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2060 SUPER
$449.99 £449.98 $845.99 RM 2,299
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC
$419.99 £428.85 $749.00 RM 2,179
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPERS OC
$445.00 £421.19 $749.00 RM 2,089
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Ventus OC
$409.99 £411.59 $756.33 RM 1,890
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming X
$429.99 £424.99 $785.23 RM 1,989
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Armor OC
$419.99 £451.28 NA RM 1,889
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER AERO ITX NA NA $738.18 NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER Dual Fan
NA £409.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER XLR8 OC Dual Fan
NA £454.74 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP Extreme
$439.99 £438.99 $989.98 RM 2,089
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP
$574.99 £419.00 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Mini
$399.99 £389.94 NA RM 1,849
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Twin Fan NA NA NA RM 1,899
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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) comes in a large cardboard box that doubles as a stand. Let’s take a quick look around, and see what we find inside!

As you can see, it basically comes with just a Quick Start Guide, and a Support Guide. Nothing else.

Next Page > NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER : Hands On + Key Features

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Hands On!

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has an NVIDIA TU106 GPU with 2176 stream processors.

This gives it 136 TMUs and 64 ROPS, delivering a peak output of 224 GT/s and 106 GP/s, thanks to its higher clock speeds.

Its 8 GB of GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz, giving it a peak memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s.

Even though the TU106 GPU is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology, the card only needs 175 watts of power.

 

NVIDIA Turing

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series continues to use the NVIDIA Turing microarchitecture, the first to introduce real-time ray tracing capabilities and new Tensor Cores.

It also continues to benefit from NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling), which can be used to deliver better than TAA quality with a significantly lower performance penalty, or much better image quality – equivalent to 64X super sampling.

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RTX 2060 SUPER Power Requirements

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is a cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2070, so it comes to no surprise that it would require 175 watts of power as well.

Like the GeForce RTX 2070, you will need a power supply with an 8-pin PCI Express power cable.

 

RTX 2060 SUPER Display Ports

Surprisingly, it comes with a wide variety of display options. It has two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, that allows it to support up to 8K HDR resolution at 60 Hz, or 4K HDR at 120 Hz or more.

There is also a tiny USB-C VirtualLink port, which allows you to connect a VR headset. But guess what – it works like a standard USB-C port, so you can also connect any USB-C device to it!

For compatibility with older displays, it also comes with a HDMI 2.0b port, which supports up to 4K HDR displays at up to 60 Hz… as well as a dual-linked DVI port.

Next Page > RTX 2060 SUPER : Thermal Output, Noise Level + 3DMark Results

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance, in comparison to 7 other graphics cards :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory
Size + Type
Memory
Bandwidth
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 331.5 GT/s 130.2 GP/s 11 GB GDDR5X 484 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 64 319.2 GT/s 81.5 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 56 258.9 GT/s 74 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 410 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1070 180.7 GT/s 96.4 GP/s 8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 163.8 GT/s 65.5 GP/s 6 GB GDDR6 336 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1060 120.5 GT/s 72.3 GP/s 6 GB GDDR5 192 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage Western Digital Black²
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperatures of those cards, to see how much heat they throw out. Take a look…

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Noise Level

In case you are wondering how loud the cooler is, we recorded it running Time Spy Extreme benchmark at the 4K resolution.

Listen to how quiet its dual-fan cooler is, even when the fans are spinning at maximum speed!

It is definitely much quieter than the new AMD Radeon RX 5700.

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Synthetic Game Test – 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

Wow! In the Time Spy test, the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 16% faster than the RTX 2060, 13% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and just 6.5% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti!

Let’s see how much of an effect they have on the overall gaming score…

Amazingly, it came within 2% of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and was 11% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 14% faster than the RTX 2060.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was just 6.2% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

It was now 17% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 20% faster than the RTX 2060.

And here are their overall gaming scores at 4K…

Again, its performance gap closed against the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in the overall score – it was now just 5% slower.

It was also 14% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 17% faster than the RTX 2060.

Next Page > RTX 2060 SUPER : F1 2019 + World War Z Performance

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F1 2019

F1 2019 is a really new racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was slightly (less than 2%) faster than the Radeon RX 5700 and Vega 56 graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it tied with the Radeon RX 5700, and they were both about 12.5% faster than the RTX 2060, Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped up the resolution to 4K, it continued to tie with the Radeon RX 5700, and they were both 13% faster than the RTX 2060 and Vega 64 graphics cards.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively new third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

Note : This game is known to be highly optimised for AMD Radeon cards.

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, World War Z was CPU-limited even with the new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor.

So take these results with a big pinch of salt. The top 5 cards – Vega 56, Vega 64, RX 5700, RTX 2060S and GTX 1080 Ti – were producing roughly the same frame rates.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we kicked up the resolution, it was 21% faster than the RTX 2060, but was now 10% slower than the RX 5700 and Vega 64 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Switching to 4K shook things up again. It now tied with the RX 5700, and they were both 6% slower than the Vega 56, 12% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 16% slower than the Vega 64.

Next Page > RTX 2060 SUPER : The Division 2 + Strange Brigade Performance

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The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a new third-person shooter game released in March 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 20% faster than the RTX 2060, and 11.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution to 1440p, it was 14.5% faster than the RTX 2060, and 9% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it was 18% faster than the RTX 2060, and 10% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

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Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is also a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 14.6% faster than the RTX 2060, and 7.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it was 16% faster than the RTX 2060, and 6.5% faster than the new Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it basically tied with the new Radeon RX 5700, and was 18% faster than the the RTX 2060.

Next Page > RTX 2060 SUPER : Metro Exodus + AOTS Performance

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a relatively new first-person shooter game, released in February 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was slightly faster than the Vega 64, and tied with the new RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it now tied with the Vega 64, and was now 8% slower than the RX 5700, and 16% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it tied with the Vega 64, and they were both 14% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 7% faster than the new RX 5700.

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Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, AOTS is CPU-limited. The GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 3% slower than the RX 5700 and GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

Even at 1440p, it was still a little CPU limited. The RTX 2060 SUPER was now 7% slower than the the RX 5700, and 8.5% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 9% faster than the Vega 64, and 16% faster than the RTX 2060.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, we could finally see the performance difference between the eight cards.

It was now 9% slower than the the RX 5700, and 17% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 8% faster than the Vega 64, and 18% faster than the RTX 2060 and Vega 56.

Next Page > RTX 2060 SUPER : Game Bundle, Verdict + Award, Price + Availability

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Summary

Coming up with the RTX SUPER cards was easy for NVIDIA. They are basically cut-down versions of existing and faster graphics cards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is essentially a GeForce RTX 2070 with 128 CUDA Cores disabled, but higher clock speeds to compensate.

This allows it to be almost as fast as a regular RTX 2070, just a whole lot cheaper! In fact, that was precisely why it replaced the RTX 2070, which was $100 more expensive.

But did it do the job of killing the AMD Radeon RX 5700?

In the synthetic 3DMark benchmark, the RTX 2060 SUPER is, without a doubt, far superior to the RX 5700. But in the six real world we put them through, here is a summary of the results :

  • F1 2019 : Tie
  • World War Z : Tie
  • The Division 2 : RTX 2060 SUPER is 12% faster on average.
  • Strange Brigade : RTX 2060 SUPER is 7% faster at 1080p and 1440p
  • Metro Exodus : Tie at 1080p, RX 5700 is 8% faster at 1440p, RTX 2060 SUPER is 7% faster at 2160p
  • AOTS : RX 5700 is 3-10% faster

In other words, its real world gaming performance vis-à-vis the AMD Radeon RX 5700 really depends on the game you are playing or testing.

Generally, we would say that GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is equivalent to the Radeon RX 5700.

Recommended : The NVIDIA RTX Super vs AMD RX 5700 Comparison!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Game Bundle

To fight off the challenge, AMD immediately cut the launch price of the RX 5700 to $349, which makes it $50 cheaper and therefore a better buy than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

However, NVIDIA is bundling TWO GAMES – Wolfenstein : Youngblood and Control – with each RTX SUPER card. They are worth at least $50, so there goes the AMD price advantage.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Our Verdict & Award!

You can’t go wrong with either card, but what we feel will tilt many buyers to choose this card over the Radeon RX 5700 would be :

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  • The ability to support NVIDIA RTX in certain games for a more realistic gaming experience
  • The ability to use NVIDIA DLSS in certain games to improve image quality with minimal performance penalty
  • It has a much quieter two-fan cooler
  • It uses 10 watt less power
  • It only requires a single 8-pin power connector
  • It has a USB-C port and a dual-linked DVI port

Now, there is nothing “super” about what’s really a cut-down version of the existing GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. What will really sell the RTX 2060 SUPER is the fact it offers a much better value proposition than the RTX 2070.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is basically a slightly slower GeForce RTX 2070 with a $100 discount. It will deliver 16%-20% better performance than the regular RTX 2060 at just $399.

On that note, we believe it makes our grade for a Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, NVIDIA!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER – Where To Buy

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO
$419.99 £423.74 NA NA
ASUS DUAL RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC
$429.99 £439.99 NA RM 2,050
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060 SUPER OC
$469.99 £473.88 $869.37 RM 2,200
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060S Advanced
$464.99 £479.99 $847.98 NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Gaming
$439.99 £439.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming
$449.99 £449.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER SC Ultra Gaming
$409.00 £389.99 NA NA
GALAX RTX 2060 SUPER EX
NA NA $689.00 RM 1,888
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2060 SUPER
$449.99 £449.98 $845.99 RM 2,299
GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC
$419.99 £428.85 $749.00 RM 2,179
GIGABYTE RTX 2060S Windforce OC
$445.00 £421.19 $749.00 RM 2,089
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Ventus OC
$409.99 £411.59 $756.33 RM 1,890
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming X
$429.99 £424.99 $785.23 RM 1,989
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Armor OC
$419.99 £451.28 NA RM 1,889
MSI RTX 2060 SUPER AERO ITX NA NA $738.18 NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER Dual Fan
NA £409.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2060 SUPER XLR8 OC Dual Fan
NA £454.74 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP Extreme
$439.99 £438.99 $989.98 RM 2,089
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER AMP
$574.99 £419.00 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Mini
$399.99 £389.94 NA RM 1,849
ZOTAC RTX 2060 SUPER Twin Fan NA NA NA RM 1,899

 

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The MSI GE75 Raider, P65 Creator, PS42 + WS65 Revealed!

MSI today revealed four different laptops, each catering to different users and market segments. They include the MSI GE75 Raider gaming laptop, the MSI P65 Creator laptop, the MSI PS42 business laptop, and the MSI WS65 mobile workstation. Check them out below!

 

The MSI GE75 Raider Gaming Laptop

The MSI GE75 Raider boasts a 17-inch IPS display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, and 3 ms overclockable response time. Its slim bezel design allows the large display to fit a smaller chassis, making the GE75 Raider a lighter and more portable gaming laptop.

The MSI GE75 Raider is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics, both kept cool by its Cooler Boost 5 technology. It comes with a SteelSeries gaming keyboard with per-key RGB backlight.

 

The MSI P65 Creator Laptop

The MSI P65 Creator has a thin and light design, with a weight of just 1.88 kg, and a thin bezel display. Thanks to MSI True Colour technology, its display offers close to 100% sRGB colours giving the creative user a more accurate colour representation of their work.

The MSI P65 Creator is powered by up to the 8th Gen Intel Core ii7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics, and kept cool by the exclusive MSI Cooler Boost Trinity cooling system. You can also work up to 9 hours on it, thanks to its large battery.

 

The MSI PS42 Business Laptop

The MSI PS42 is a slim and elegant laptop with a full metal chassis, weighing just 1.19 kg. Thanks to its ultra-slim bezels, it fits a 14-inch Full HD display in a 13-inch chassis, boasting a screen-to-body ratio of 81%.

Powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 or Core i5 processor, the MSI PS42 also comes with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete graphics for better gaming and graphics performance. They are both kept cool by the MSI Cooling Boost 3 technology, which has two fans and three heat pipes.

 

The MSI WS65 Mobile Workstation

The MSI WS65 mobile workstation has a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display, with thin bezels and 72% NSTC colour gamut. With an Intel 8th Generation Core i9 processor and NVIDIA Quadro P4200 graphics, the WS65 is up to 40% faster than its previous generation model.

Designed for portable computing in mind, the MSI WS65 features an 82Whr battery that gives it up to eight hours of battery life, and it comes with three USB 3.1 Type-A, one USB 3.1 Type-C, one HDMI 2.0, one mDP 1.4, one mic-in and a headphone out.

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The MSI GE75 Raider, P65 Creator, PS42 + WS65 Prices Revealed!

MSI GE75 Raider

MSI P65 Creator

MSI PS42

MSI WS65

 

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2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 Gaming Laptop Up Close!

Acer just launched the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop, which boasts an Intel Core i9 processor, and an overclockable GeForce GTX 1070! Get the price, specifications and video tour here!

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Gaming Laptops

Acer introduced three new Acer Predator gaming laptops – the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500, the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300, and the 2018 Acer Nitro 5. They also introduced the Acer Predator Aethon 500 gaming keyboard and the Acer Predator RGB Mousepad.

You can read more about these and other new 2018 Acer products in our article – 2018 Acer Predator Laptops, Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 Gaming Laptop

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 is designed for graphics-intensive AAA titles with its overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, and its large 17.3″ G-SYNC display with a 144 Hz refresh rate.

It features the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 or Core i9 processor, with up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory. Keeping everything cool is the job of a dual-fan system featuring the proprietary Acer AeroBlade 3D metal fans, and five heat pipes.

Dual Storage Drives

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 comes with up to two PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0, and up to 2 TB of HDD storage.

Easy Upgrades

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It is very simple to upgrade the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 with more memory or storage. Just remove the bottom cover!

2.1 Speaker System

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 comes with two speakers and a subwoofer, and a Waves MaxxAudio processor for a more immersive experience.

Killer Networking

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 connects wirelessly with Killer Doubleshot Pro Gigabit Internet connection, and Bluetooth 5.0. It also comes with a Gigabit LAN port.

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 Specifications

Acer is offering two variants to cater to different price points. Here are their specifications.

Specifications2018 Acer Predator Helios 500
(Mid Spec)
2018 Acer Predator Helios 500
(High Spec)
Model NumberPH517-51-70HHPH517-51-98WL
Display17.3" Full HD IPS Display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 300 nits max. brightness
- NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology
- 144 Hz refresh rate
17.3" Full HD IPS Display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 300 nits max. brightness
- NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology
- 144 Hz refresh rate
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 HomeMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750H
- 6 cores, 12 threads
- 2.2 GHz base clock
- 4.1 GHz boost clock
- 6 MB L3 cache
Intel Core i9-8950HK
- 6 cores, 12 threads
- 2.9 GHz base clock
- 4.8 GHz boost clock
- 9 MB L3 cache
ChipsetIntel HM370Intel HM370
Memory16 GB DDR4 SDRAM32 GB DDR4 SDRAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5 memory)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5 memory)
Storage256 GB NVMe SSD
1 TB Hard Disk Drive
512 GB NVMe SSD (RAID 0)
1 TB Hard Disk Drive
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n/ac
LAN : Gigabit LAN
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n/ac
LAN : Gigabit LAN
Audio1 x microphone
2 x speakers
1 x subwoofer
1 x microphone
2 x speakers
1 x subwoofer
Ports2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
3 x USB 3.0
Gigabit LAN
HDMI
2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
3 x USB 3.0
Gigabit LAN
Gigabit LAN
HDMI
KeyboardBlue backlit keyboardBlue backlit keyboard
Battery4-call, 4810 mAh lithium-ion battery4-call, 4810 mAh lithium-ion battery
Power Adaptor230 W230 W
Dimensions428 mm wide
298 mm deep
38.7 mm tall
428 mm wide
298 mm deep
38.7 mm tall
Weight4.0 kg4.0 kg
PriceRM 8,999 / ~US$ 2,249RM 12,999 / ~US$ 3,249

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 Price + Availability

These new gaming laptops are available nationwide from 1 July 2018 onwards, at the following prices :

  • PH517-51-70HH : RM 8,999 / ~US$ 2,249
    – Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
    Price Check : RM 8,999 onwards (Shopee) RM 9,999 onwards (Lazada)
  • PH517-51-98WL : RM 12,999 / ~US$ 3,249
    Intel Core i9-8750HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 32 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD
    Price Check : RM 11,699 onwards (Shopee) RM 12,899 onwards (Lazada)

 

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The MSI Coffee Lake Gaming Laptops Revealed!

The three new MSI Coffee Lake gaming laptops – MSI GS65 Stealth Thin, MSI GT75 Titan with Intel Core i9 processor and MSI GE Raider RGB Edition – are all based on the new 8th Gen Intel Core (Coffee Lake) processors. Check them out below!

 

The MSI Coffee Lake Gaming Laptops Revealed!

Introducing the new MSI Coffee Lake gaming laptops is Pia Huang, MSI Malaysia Notebook Channel Marketing Manager.

Don’t forget to check out our previews of these new MSI Coffee Lake gaming laptops :

 

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin is the first gaming laptop to feature a 144 Hz 7 ms IPS display with 4.9 mm bezels – achieving a stunning 82% screen-to-body ratio. While the bezels are extremely thin, MSI left just enough room in the top bezel for the webcam, as opposed to being awkwardly placed within the bottom bezel.

To power the 144 Hz panel, the GS65 Stealth Thin is equipped with up to a GeForce GTX 1070 with NVIDIA Max-Q technology and the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, with up to 40% boost in performance over the previous generation.

Weighing just 1.8 kg, the GS65 Stealth Thin packs 8+ hours of battery life into the slim chassis, providing real portability not traditionally found in powerful gaming laptops. Its 82 Whr battery is one of the largest batteries available in a laptop this size.

The GS65 Stealth Thin also features a new per-key RGB keyboard designed by SteelSeries. Users can customize each key and receive real-time game status through keyboard lighting. MSI is also rolling out a massive update for Dragon Center 2.0 that comes with an exclusive gaming mode. The gaming mode now optimizes system performance and game-specific keyboard lighting for a list of supported new titles.

More info @ MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Gaming Laptop Preview

 

The MSI GE Raider RGB Edition

First announced at CES, the MSI GE63/73 Raider RGB Edition is inspired by sports cars and the love for RGB. It was crafted for ultra-illumination with RGB lighting on the top cover, keyboard and USB ports. The top cover features 24 separate zones of RGB lighting with more than 16.8 million colors available.

The GE Raider RGB Edition is configurable with up to the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. It is kept cooled by MSI Cooler Boost 5, a cooling design with dual fans and seven copper heats pipes offering the most stable experience on a laptop.

The GE Raider RGB Edition also boasts Nahimic 3 audio, Killer networking, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. Additionally, the Raider can be equipped with up to a 120 Hz 3 ms display.

More info @ MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF Gaming Laptop Preview

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The MSI GT75 Titan with Core i9 CPU

With the introduction of the latest 8th Generation Intel processors, the GT series is taking one step further by featuring the world’s first Intel Core i9 overclocked processors in a gaming laptop. MSI coupled it with NVIDIA graphics and mechanical keyboards.

The MSI GT75 Titan is the first gaming laptop to ever feature Intel Core i9 processors. Combined with MSI’s Cooler Boost Titan cooling design, the six-core 12-thread configuration results in up to a 70% performance leap over the previous Core i7. The extra cores are especially beneficial for gamers who stream their gameplay, or for advanced multitasking workloads.

More info @ MSI GT75 Titan 8RG (Core i9) Gaming Laptop Preview

 

Price & Availability

Here are some purchase links of the new MSI Coffee Lake gaming laptops :

  • GE75 Raider (GTX 1070, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB + 2 GB) : US$ 2,625
  • GE75 Raider (GTX 1070, 32 GB RAM, 512 GB + 1 GB) : US$ 2,375
  • GE75 Raider (GTX 1070, 32 GB RAM, 256 GB + 1 GB) : US$ 2,145
  • GE63 Raider RGB (GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB + 1 TB) : $1,999
  • GE63 Raider RGB (GTX 1060, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB + 1 TB) : $1,699
  • GE63 Raider RGB (GTX 1060, 16 GB RAM, 128 GB + 1 TB) : $1,599
  • GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1070, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD) : US$ 2,999
  • GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1070, 32 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) : US$ 2,499
  • GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) : US$ 2,099
  • GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1060, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) : US$ 1,799
  • GT75 Titan (i9-8950HK, GTX 1080, 32 GB, 1 TB + 1 TB) : US$ 4,499
  • GT75 Titan (i9-8950HK, GTX 1080, 32 GB, 512 GB + 1 TB) : US$ 3,999
  • GT75 Titan (i9-8950HK, GTX 1080, 16 GB, 1 TB HDD) : US$ 3,299
  • GT75 Titan (i7-8850H, GTX 1080, 16 GB, 1 TB HDD) : US$ 2,799
  • GT75 Titan (i7-8850H, GTX 1070, 16 GB, 1 TB HDD) : US$ 2,399

 

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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Gaming Laptop Preview

MSI just revealed the world’s first gaming laptop with a 144 Hz display – the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin! It is not only thin and light (as gaming laptops go), it has an astounding 8 hours of battery life! Find out more in our hands-on preview of this powerful gaming laptop!

 

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Gaming Laptop

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin (Price Check) is the first gaming laptop to feature a 144 Hz 7 ms IPS display with 4.9 mm bezels – achieving a stunning 82% screen-to-body ratio. While the bezels are extremely thin, MSI left just enough room in the top bezel for the webcam, as opposed to being awkwardly placed within the bottom bezel.

To power the 144 Hz panel, it is equipped with up to a GeForce GTX 1070 with NVIDIA Max-Q technology and the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, with up to 40% boost in performance over the previous generation.

Weighing just 1.88 kg, the GS65 Stealth Thin (Price Check) packs 8+ hours of battery life into the slim chassis, providing real portability not traditionally found in powerful gaming laptops. Its 82 Whr battery is one of the largest batteries available in a laptop this size.

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin (Price Check) also features a new per-key RGB keyboard designed by SteelSeries. Users can customize each key and receive real-time game status through keyboard lighting.

  • Latest 8th Gen. Intel Core i7 processor
  • Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro
  • 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080), 144Hz 7ms, IPS-Level gaming display panel (Optional)
  • [adrotate group=”2″]NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
  • World’s first 144Hz thin bezel gaming laptop
  • All new Dragon Center with exclusive gaming mode
  • Per-Key RGB gaming keyboard by Steelseries
  • Productivity 8+ hours battery life
  • Sound by Dynaudio and High-Resolution Audio ready
  • 360° virtual surround sound powered by Nahimic 3
  • Ultra thin 17.9mm, ultra light 1.88 kg
  • Xsplit Gamecaster free premium license for 1 year
  • WTFast free premium license for 2 months

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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Specifications

SpecificationsMSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RFOptional
Display15.6" Full HD IPS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 144 Hz refresh rate
- 7 ms response time
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 HomeMicrosoft Windows 10 Professional
CPUIntel Core i7-8750H
ChipsetIntel HM370
Memory8 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM16 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
32 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
Storage512 GB NVMe SSD
ConnectivityLAN : Killer DoubleShot PRO Gbps LAN
WiFi : Killer 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
AudioNahimic 3 Audio Technology
- 2 x 2 W speakers
WebcamHD webcam
- 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
IO Ports1 x Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2 / DP / Thunderbolt 3)
3 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x RJ45
1 x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI
1 x Mini-DisplayPort
KeyboardSteelSeries Keyboard
- per-key RGB backlight
Battery4-cell 82 Whr lithium-ion battery
AC Adaptpr180 W slim power adaptor
Dimensions357.7 mm wide
247.7 mm deep
17.9 mm thick
Weight1.88 kg

 

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Price & Availability

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin (Price Check) gaming laptop is priced at RM 10,688 (including 6% GST) / ~US$ 2,740. If you are in the US, here are some purchase options :

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  • GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1070, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD) : US$ 2,999
  • GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1070, 32 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) : US$ 2,499
  • GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) : US$ 2,099
  • GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1060, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) : US$ 1,799

 

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MSI GT75 Titan 8RG (Core i9) Gaming Laptop Preview

MSI just introduced the world’s first gaming laptop with an overclocked Intel Core i9 processor – the MSI GT75 Titan! Check out our preview of this gaming behemoth, and its key features!

 

The MSI GT75 Titan 8RG Gaming Laptop

The MSI GT75 Titan (Price Check) is the first gaming laptop to ever feature Intel Core i9 processors. Combined with MSI’s Cooler Boost Titan cooling design, the six-core 12-thread configuration results in up to a 70% performance leap. The extra cores are especially beneficial for gamers who stream their gameplay, or for advanced multitasking workloads.

The MSI GT75 Titan (Price Check) also boasts a SteelSeries mechanical keyboard with RGB backlighting. It has a 3 mm key travel distance, with only 1.5 mm for actuation. The SteelSeries Engine 3 utility offers per-key control of the RGB backlighting.

For your gaming enjoyment, you get the choice of a Full HD display with 120 Hz refresh rate, and 3 ms response time, with 94% NTSC colour gamut… or a ultra high-resolution 4K UHD display. If that’s not enough, you can hook the GT75 Titan (Price Check) with up to 3 external 4K displays!

  • Latest 8th Gen. Intel Core i9 processor (optional)
  • Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro
  • Latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X with desktop level performance
  • Rapid Mechanical RGB Keyboard by SteelSeries with faster than ever reaction
  • Per-Key RGB Backlight customization with SteelSeries Engine 3
  • World’s 1st Killer enabled Aquantia Multi-Gig for perfect gaming internet solution
  • 17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) display with 120 Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time (optional)
  • 17.3″ 4K (3840×2160) display with 100% Adobe RGB (optional)
  • [adrotate group=”2″]Exclusive Cooler Boost TITAN cooling technology
  • Thunderbolt 3 supporting 40Gbps ultra speed data transfer rate, 4K@60Hz monitor output, and portable charging power up to 5V/3A with USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C universal plug
  • Dragon Center 2.0
  • Easy Overclocking with MSI SHIFT Technology (optional)
  • Exclusive ESS SABRE HiFi DAC for lossless, high-quality audio
  • Nahimic 3 Audio Technology delivering 360⁰ immersive audio experience
  • Sound by Dynaudio system
  • True Color 2.0 Technology for increased color contrast and greater image detail
  • Matrix Display supporting surround mode and 4K output up to 3 external monitors
  • MSI X Boost technology supports faster storage access speed
  • Ultimate sci-fi inspired gaming aesthetics
  • XSplit Gamecaster free premium license for 1 year
  • WTFast free premium license for 2 months

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The MSI GT75 Titan 8RG Specifications

SpecificationsMSI GT75 Titan 8RGOptional
Display17.3" Full HD IPS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 120 Hz refresh rate
- 3 ms response time
17.3" Ultra HD IPS display
- 3840 x 2160 pixels
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 HomeMicrosoft Windows 10 Professional
CPUIntel Core i9-8950HK
ChipsetIntel CM246
Memory16 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM32 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
64 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (8 GB GDDR5X)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5X)
Storage256 GB NVMe SSD
1 TB SATA HDD (7200 RPM)
512 GB NVMe SSD
1 TB SATA HDD (7200 RPM)
ConnectivityLAN : Killer MultiGIG 10 Gbps LAN
WiFi : Killer 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
AudioNahimic 3 Audio Technology
- 2 x 3 W speakers
- 1 x 5 W woofer
WebcamFull HD webcam
- 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
IO Ports1 x Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2 / DP / Thunderbolt 3)
5 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 2
1 x RJ45
1 x SD (XC/HC)
1 x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI
1 x Mini-DisplayPort
KeyboardSteelSeries Mechanical Keyboard
- per-key RGB backlight
Battery8-cell 80 Whr lithium-ion battery
AC Adaptpr2 x 230 W power adaptor
Dimensions428 mm wide
314 mm deep
58 mm thick
Weight4.56 kg

MSI GT75 Titan Price & Availability

Here are the recommended prices in Malaysia :

  • GT75 Titan 8RF (GTX 1070 SLI, 32 GB RAM, 512 GB + 1 TB) : RM 21,999 / ~US$ 5,640
  • GT75 Titan 8RG (GTX 1080, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB + 1 TB) : RM 15,999 / ~US$ 4,102
  • GT75 Titan 8RF (GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB + 1 TB) : RM 12,099 / ~US$ 3,102

Here are some purchase options for those in the US :

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  • GT75 Titan (i9-8950HK, GTX 1080, 32 GB, 1 TB + 1 TB) : US$ 4,499
  • GT75 Titan (i9-8950HK, GTX 1080, 32 GB, 512 GB + 1 TB) : US$ 3,999
  • GT75 Titan (i9-8950HK, GTX 1080, 16 GB, 1 TB HDD) : US$ 3,299
  • GT75 Titan (i7-8850H, GTX 1080, 16 GB, 1 TB HDD) : US$ 2,799
  • GT75 Titan (i7-8850H, GTX 1070, 16 GB, 1 TB HDD) : US$ 2,399

 

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MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF Gaming Laptop Preview

The MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition gaming laptop was first revealed at CES 2018, featuring a sports car-inspired design and RGB lighting. We had some time with it at the launch event, so check out our hands-on video of the Raider RGB Edition and its key specifications!

 

The MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF Gaming Laptop

First announced at CES, the MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition (Price Check) is inspired by sports cars and the love for RGB lighting. It was crafted for ultra-illumination with RGB lighting on the top cover, keyboard and USB ports. The top cover features 24 separate zones of RGB lighting with more than 16.8 million colours to choose from!

The MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition (Price Check) comes with the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. It is kept cooled by MSI Cooler Boost 5, a cooling design with dual fans and seven copper heats pipes offering the most stable experience on a laptop.

The MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition (Price Check) also boasts Nahimic 3 audio, Killer networking, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. Additionally, the Raider can be equipped with a 120 Hz 3 ms display, or a 4K UHD display.

  • Up to latest 8th Gen. Intel Core i7 processor
  • Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro
  • Latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
  • 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080), 120Hz Refresh Rate and 3ms response time panel (Optional)
  • [adrotate group=”2″]15.6″ UHD (3840×2160), IPS level panel (Optional)
  • Mystic Light customizable RGB lighting system
  • Per-Key RGB gaming keyboard by Steelseries
  • All New Dragon Center with exclusive Gaming Mode
  • 5X bigger Upgraded Giant Speakers and sound by Dynaudio
  • Exclusive MSI Cooler Boost 5 cooling with dedicated 2 fans 7 copper heat pipes
  • Nahimic 3 Sound Technology delivering 360⁰ immersive audio experience
  • Xsplit Gamecaster 1 year free premium license for broadcasting, recording and sharing
  • WTFast free premium license for 2-month

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The MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF Specifications

The configuration may vary depending on the region, but here are the specifications of the base model, with optional upgrades.

SpecificationsMSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RFOptional
Display15.6" Full HD IPS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 120 Hz refresh rate
- 3 ms response time
15.6" Ultra HD IPS display
- 3840 x 2160 pixels
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 HomeMicrosoft Windows 10 Professional
CPUIntel Core i7-8750H
ChipsetIntel HD370
Memory16 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM16 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
32 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
Storage256 GB M.2 SATA SSD
1 TB SATA HDD (7200 RPM)
M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 SSD
ConnectivityLAN : Killer Gb LAN
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
AudioNahimic 3 Audio Technology
- 2 x 3 W speakers
- 2 x 3 W woofer
WebcamHD webcam
- 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
IO Ports1x Type-C USB3.1 Gen2
2x Type-A USB3.1 Gen1
1x Type-A USB3.1 Gen2
1x RJ45
1x SD (XC/HC)
1x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI
1x Mini-DisplayPort
KeyboardSteelSeries Keyboard
- per-key RGB backlight
Battery6-cell 51 Whr lithium-ion battery
AC Adaptpr230 W power adaptor
Dimensions383 mm wide
260 mm deep
29.5 mm thick
Weight2.49 kg

 

MSI GE63 Raider RGB Price & Availability

The MSI GE63 Raider RGB Edition (Price Check) is available with immediate effect, with the recommended price of RM 8,999 (~US$ 2,307). Here are some purchase options for those in the US :

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  • GE63 Raider RGB (GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB + 1 TB) : $1,999
  • GE63 Raider RGB (GTX 1060, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB + 1 TB) : $1,699
  • GE63 Raider RGB (GTX 1060, 16 GB RAM, 128 GB + 1 TB) : $1,599

 

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M Gaming Laptop Revealed!

April 3, 2018 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that its latest gaming system – the ROG Zephyrus M (GM501) gaming laptop. They also announced the refreshed ROG Zephyrus (GX501GI), ROG G703, ROG Strix SCAR Edition, and ROG Strix Hero Edition gaming laptops – all powered by the new 8th Generation Intel Core processors.

 

ROG Zephyrus M (GM501)

ROG Zephyrus M is the world’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by an 8th Generation Intel Core CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Max-P) graphics. It is also the first such laptop to feature an IPS-level display with a 144 Hz refresh rate and ultra-responsive 3 ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response time.

The patented ROG Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) and 12-volt anti-dust fans ensure its high-performance CPU and GPU stay cool during marathon gaming sessions. The ROG Zephyrus M also features exclusive software that allows users to switch GPU modes according to the task at hand.

 

2018 Refreshed ROG Gaming Laptops

ROG Zephyrus (GX501GI)

ROG Zephyrus is the world’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Max-Q) graphics. The 15.6-inch Zephyrus features an ultraslim profile and incorporates the ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) — a specially designed cooling system that also includes Anti-Dust Cooling and Fan Overboost technologies. It has an IPS-level panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time, 100% sRGB color gamut and
NVIDIA G-SYNC support.

ROG G703

ROG G703 is powered by a factory-overclocked 8th Generation Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics for unrivaled gaming prowess. It has a 17.3-inch FHD IPS-level display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms GTG response time, NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, and anti-glare coating. Its HyperDrive Extreme storage uses RAID 0 SSDs to achieve speeds of up to 8700 MB/s.

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ROG Strix GL703 SCAR Edition

ROG Strix SCAR Edition is powered by up to the latest 8th Generation Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce 10-Series graphics, and features an IPS-level display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC support.

Strix SCAR Edition also has a desktop-style keyboard with Aura Sync, N-key rollover, and fast-actuating keys. It features the patented Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system that expels harmful dust particles and dirt from the system to improve stability and durability. 

ROG Strix GL503 Hero Edition

ROG Strix Hero Edition is powered by up to the latest 8th Generation Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce 10-Series graphics, and features a 120 Hz display with wide-view technology and a 130% sRGB color gamut.

Strix SCAR Edition also has a desktop-style keyboard with Aura Sync, N-key rollover, and a 20-million-key-press lifespan. It features the patented Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system that expels harmful dust particles and dirt from the system to improve stability and durability.

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The 2018 ASUS ROG Gaming Laptops Revealed!

If you are looking for a gaming laptop, some of the most popular options will be from the ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) stable. ASUS recently gave us a quick tour of the new 2018 ASUS ROG gaming laptops. Check them out!

 

The 2018 ASUS ROG Gaming Laptops

This is the first slew of 2018 ASUS ROG gaming laptops, with more being introduced at Computex 2018. They are :

  • ASUS ROG G703
  • ASUS ROG GX501 Zephyrus
  • ASUS ROG Strix GL503 SCAR Edition
  • ASUS ROG Strix GL503 Hero Edition
  • ASUS FX503
  • ASUS ROG Strix GL703ZC (Ryzen 7)

Here is a quick tour of the 6 new ROG gaming laptops that was just launched.

 

ASUS ROG G703

Triple Overclocking

  • Intel Core i7-7820HK factory-overclocked to 4.3 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 overclocked to 1,974 MHz core, and 10.3 GHz memory
  • DDR4 memory overclocked to 2,800 MHz
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UHD G-SYNC Display

  • The ROG G703 features a 17.3″ UHD display with 3840 x 2160 pixels, and anti-glare coating
  • The display supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology

Gaming Experience

  • The built-in Xbox Wireless connectivity allows you to connect up to eight Xbox One controllers.
  • Xbox hotkey fires up the Xbox Game bar, ready to record and broadcast your gameplay
  • Keyboard comes with Aura RGB individual key lighting, with N-key rollover capability

Price & Availability

 

ASUS Zephyrus GX501

The ASUS Zephyrus GX501 is not a new model, but ASUS introduced a more affordable model (GX501V-SGZ037T) with a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, less DDR4 memory and half the SSD storage.

Price & Availability

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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR Edition (GL503)

  • Thin and light – only 2.3 cm thick, and weighs just 2.5 kg
  • 144 Hz IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 or GeForce GTX 1060
  • SSD + FireCuda dual drive
  • 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with N-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

ASUS ROG Strix Hero Edition (GL503)

  • Thin and light – only 2.4 cm thick, and weighs just 2.5 kg
  • 120 Hz IPS display with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
  • SSD + FireCuda dual drive
  • 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with N-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

ASUS FX503

  • Thin and light – only 2.4 cm thick, and weighs just 2.5 kg
  • No CPU or GPU throttling – CPU power at 42 W, CPU frequency at 3066 MHz, and GPU overclocked by 100 MHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or GeForce GTX 1050.
  • Red-backlit keyboard with N-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 7)

  • Powerful – 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, with AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU!
  • 17.3″ FHD IPS display with AMD FreeSync support
  • Red-backlit keyboard with 30-key rollover

Price & Availability

 

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The Battle Arena eSports Gaming Club Kicks Off!

On 3 February 2018, Gen Arena Sdn Bhd officially launched Battle Arena eSports gaming club. Located at the 5th floor of the Jaya Shopping Mall, it boasts 17,000 square feet of premium gaming experience.

 

The Battle Arena eSports Gaming Club

The Battle Arena is equipped with 114 gaming PCs, with most of them placed in private rooms. Larger rooms have sofas and large TVs for an even more enjoyable gaming experience.

They even have two Premium VIP rooms designed for competitive gaming in mind. These two rooms have large touch-screen TVs for in-depth game analysis and discussion. They can also be used as live coaching or sharing sessions.

In the center is a futuristic gaming arena, with a dedicated broadcasting area and production equipment. Everything you need to host world-class eSports events. There is even room for up to 400 spectators.

For gamers who love to stream their gameplay, Battle Arena offers 10 exclusive single-user streamers’ pods. They’re fully equipped with a high-end gaming PC and gaming peripherals, a streaming webcam, external microphone and dual monitors.

 

Key Takeaway Points About Battle Arena

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  • Every gaming PC in Battle Arena will feature at least an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card (with 6 GB of memory), or better.
  • The main arena stage has 2 soundproof capsules for 5 gamers each, a dedicated broadcasting area, and production equipment – everything you need to host eSports events.
  • The Streamers’ Pods are designed to deliver the ultimate streaming performance of your gameplay.
  • The two coaching rooms have 5 gaming PCs, and a touchscreen TV with Fingerworks software – perfect for planning and visualising strategies.

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The Thunderobot DINO, 911GT, 911SE + ST Plus Revealed!

Thunderobot is a new gaming laptop brand from China, that has just launched their first overseas expansion right here in Malaysia. They unveiled the first slew of gaming laptops – the Thunderobot DINO, the Thunderobot 911GT and 911SE, as well as the Thunderobot ST Plus.

 

The Thunderobot DINO, 911GT, 911SE + SE Plus

To explain what Thunderobot is all about, and their current gaming laptops is Darya Wang, Thunderobot Overseas Marketing Director.

The Thunderobot DINO Gaming Laptop

The Thunderobot DINO is their flagship gaming laptop with a spaceship-like design. It features a space-grey metal chassis with a breathing blue logo. The DINO is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, with a 15.6″ full HD IPS display.

To ensure optimal gaming performance, the DINO features an enhanced thermal design with dual fans and 4 copper heat pipes. The RGB backlit keyboard features surface carved keycaps, allowing the user to game in dimly-lit or dark environments.

The Thunderobot 911GT Gaming Laptop

The Thunderobot 911GT has a 17.3″ IPS display, and an integrated subwoofer, for a more immersive gaming experience. It is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU.

Like the DINO, the 911GT also comes with an enhanced thermal design with dual fans and 4 copper heat pipes. It comes with a white backlit keyboard for gaming in dark environments.

The Thunderobot 911SE Gaming Laptop

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The Thunderobot 911SE features a unique polygon-edge design, and a white backlit keyboard with surface-carved keycap. It is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU.

The Thunderobot ST Plus Gaming Laptop

The Thunderobot ST Plus is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU. It features an RGB backlit keyboard, with surface-carved keycaps. Despite its power and 15″ display, it weighs only 2.3 kg and has a 27 mm slim profile.

 

Price & Availability

These Thunderobot gaming laptops are distributed through ECS Astar Sdn Bhd in Malaysia, with Lazada as the online store dealer. They are available right now at the following price points :

  • Thunderobot DINO : RM 8,899 / ~US$ 2,225
  • Thunderobot 911GT : RM 7,099 / ~US$ 1,775
  • Thunderobot 911SE : RM 4,499 / ~US$ 1,125
  • Thunderobot ST Plus : RM 4,899 / ~US$ 1,225

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Review

After AMD launched the Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics cards, everyone expected a response from NVIDIA. That came in the form of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti just 6 weeks later.

Based on the NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti slides in between the GeForce GTX 1080 and the GeForce GTX 1070, which saw a price cut. The Pascal microarchitecture is more than 1.5 years old, but don’t knock it – it still packs a potent punch!

In fact, we end up giving the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition our Editor’s Choice Award! Read our review and find out why!

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Specifications Comparison

This table compares the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) against the other two cards based on the GP104 GPU – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and the GeForce GTX 1070.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
GPUNVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP104
CUDA Cores256024321920
Textures Per Clock160152120
Pixels Per Clock646464
Base Clock Speed1607 MHz1607 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1733 MHz1683 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fillrate257.1~277.3 GT/s244.3~255.8 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate102.8~110.9 GP/s102.8~107.7 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit256-bit
Graphics Memory Bandwidth320 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s
TDP180 W180 W150 W
Launch Prices$599
$699 (Founder's Edition)
$449$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)

For more specifications, please take a look at our Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide.

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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) comes in a really nice cardboard box that doubles as a display stand. Not that anyone would actually leave the card there just for display!

Inside the box, you will find the following items :

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Quick Start Guide
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Support Guide
  • Limited Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX case badge

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Up Close

Let’s take a quick close-up look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check), and its faceted die-cast aluminium cooler.

Here are close-up pictures of the various aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition graphics card (Price Check).

Like the GeForce GTX 1070, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti comes with a dual-linked DVI port, in addition to the usual suspects – three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b ports.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) has a TDP of 180 W, and requires a single 8-pin PCI Express power cable. It also supports the SLI HB (High Bandwidth) bridge for two-way SLI pairing.

 

Founder’s Edition Advantage

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) was designed to be the ultimate expression of NVIDIA’s gaming vision. Hence, they crafted it with premium materials and components, including a faceted die-cast aluminium-framed shroud for strength, rigidity and looks.

Aesthetics aside, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition comes with an improved cooler built around a radial fan and an improved aluminium heatsink. The new heatsink features vapour chamber cooling and has 2x the surface area.

It also boasts a 7-phase power design with 14 high-efficiency dual FETs for both GPU and memory power supplies. Coupled with a low-impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators, they deliver better power efficiency and overclocking headroom.

 

The Thermal Output

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) uses the NVIDIA GP104 GPU, which is fabricated on the 16 nm FinFET process. Thanks to the more efficient FinFET process, and the power-efficient Pascal architecture, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of just 180 W.

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition, and compared it to the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics cards, as well as the older GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 580 graphics cards.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

With a TDP lower than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics cards, it’s not surprising to see the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti producing a lower exhaust temperature.

 

The Noise Level

Of course, the lower exhaust temperature might be due to a more powerful, and therefore, noisier, fan. Let’s see how noisy the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition fan really is…

In the video above, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) was recorded while it was running the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark. At the very beginning, you can hear it spool up as the benchmark begins.

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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 388.31 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.3 for the AMD graphics cards.

 

3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition (Price Check) did very well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It came in between the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and the Vega 56 (Price Check), and was 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and the GeForce GTX 1070 were both roughly between the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and the Radeon Vega 56 Price Check) in performance.

 

3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) pulled away with the higher resolution. At 1440p, it was 11% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, matching the Radeon RX Vega 56 in performance. It was just 12% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check).

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for flagship graphics cards.

At this resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was 11% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, matching the Radeon RX Vega 56 in performance. It was now 13% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check).

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was just 1.6% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and 2.7% slower than the Vega 64 (Price Check). The two AMD Vega cards have a big advantage in AOTS, thanks to its support for Asynchronous Compute.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At 1440p, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was virtually equal to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and the Vega 56 in performance. It was 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 at this resolution.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

At the 4K resolution, the Radeon RX Vega 64‘s higher memory bandwidth allowed it to pull away from the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti by 4%. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, in turn, was now 7% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 19% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070!

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

All six graphics cards were so fast, they were CPU-limited at this resolution. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was just 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and the Vega 56 has a big advantage here due to their support for Asynchronous Compute.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the 1440p resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) matched the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) in performance. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was faster by 7%.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this 4K resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) pulled ahead of the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), beating it by 6.4%. and the GeForce GTX 1070 by 10%. The Radeon RX Vega 64 remained faster, with the performance gap dropping slightly to 6.5%.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was really fast in this test, delivering average frame rates in excess of 110 fps! This made it practically as fast as the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), 11% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1440p, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) and the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) were the only cards capable of delivering an average frame rate in excess of 75 fps. In fact, their minimum frame rates were higher than the average frame rates of the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 580 graphics cards!

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was practically as fast as the Radeon RX Vega 64, 10% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 14% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The 4K resolution in The Witcher 3 is really tough on graphics cards, practically halving their frame rates. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) and the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) were the only cards to deliver an average frame rate in excess of 40 fps at this resolution.

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti continued to keep up with the Radeon RX Vega 64, and was 11% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and 14% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 at this resolution.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) actually edge out the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) by 2%. It was also 16% faster than both Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and GeForce GTX 1070.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) continued to edge out the Radeon RX Vega 64 by about 2%. It was now 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 20% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The 4K resolution in For Honor is a real frame rate killer. Even the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti could not deliver an average frame rate of 40 fps.

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) was 4% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 22% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this entry-level gaming resolution, all six cards did well, delivering average frame rates far in excess of 60 fps. Notably, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check), GeForce GTX 1070, Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), and Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) were so fast, their frame rates never dropped below 60 fps.

Thanks to Asynchronous Compute and the CPU limit at this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 was 8% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. But the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti managed to beat the Radeon RX Vega 56 by 4%, which makes it about 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

With the jump in resolution, every graphics card took a massive hit in their frame rates. But the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) was now the fastest card in this comparison.

At this resolution, it was 8% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 24% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

When the resolution was increased to 4K, even the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) took a large hit in its frame rate. Even so, it managed to deliver an average frame rate in excess of 40 fps.

At this extremely high resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti was 6% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 64, 16% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, and 23% faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56.

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Our Verdict & Award

Many critics of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) say that it is a pointless addition to the GeForce 10 Series family. We beg to disagree.

Built on the same NVIDIA GP104 GPU as the GeForce GTX 1080 and the GeForce GTX 1070, it is not meant to beat the AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check) continues to maintain a comfortable performance lead.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is really designed to challenge the AMD Vega cards from a price-performance POV. Take a look at this comparison :

Models Texture Fill Rate Pixel Fill Rate Memory Memory Bandwidth TDP Current SRP
Radeon RX Vega 64 319 GT/s
396 GT/s
80 GP/s
99 GP/s
8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s 295 W $499
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 244 GT/s
256 GT/s
122 GP/s
128 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s 180 W $449
$449 (FE)
Radeon RX Vega 56 259 GT/s
330 GT/s
74 GP/s
94 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 410 GB/s 210 W $399
GeForce GTX 1070 181 GT/s
202 GT/s
96 GP/s
108 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s 150 W $379
$399 (FE)

As our Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 reviews have shown, they are both best used for 1440p gaming. The Radeon RX Vega 64 is faster, no doubt, but it is not fast enough for 2160p gaming.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti slides right in between them in price and performance. It offers Vega 64-level (or better) performance in DirectX 11 games, and Vega 56-level (or better) performance in DirectX 12 games.

But what most people miss is that the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti offers the same performance with much lower power consumption. It uses 14% less power than the Radeon RX Vega 56, and a whooping 39% less power than the Radeon RX Vega 64.

With minimal effort, NVIDIA just introduced a graphics card for 1440p gaming that is significantly cheaper than the Radeon RX Vega 64, with comparable performance, and significantly lower power consumption… and thermal output.

Instead of being a pointless model, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti offers one of the most compelling upgrade options for gamers who are looking for a good graphics card for 1440p gaming.

That’s why we think the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Price Check) deserves our Editor’s Choice Award.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Price Check

In addition to the Founders Edition, there is a wide variety of third-party models. You can check their prices and availability here :

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The Battlefront II Optimised NVIDIA Driver Performance Revealed!

NVIDIA just announced the availability of the new GeForce Game Ready 388.31 WHQL drivers that are optimised for Star Wars Battlefront II, as well as Injustice 2. It also greatly increases performance in Destiny 2! Check out the details!

 

Game Ready For Star Wars Battlefront II

Available on or before launch day of Star Wars Battlefront II, NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers provide the best experience for GeForce gamers in these titles because NVIDIA engineers work up until the last possible minute to optimise performance and perfect gameplay. And as an additional verification of quality, every Game Ready Driver is WHQL-certified by Microsoft.

For optimal experience, here are the recommended NVIDIA graphics cards, that will guarantee a frame rate in excess of 60 fps in NVIDIA’s tests.

Display Resolution Detail Level Recommended Graphics Card
3840 x 2160 High GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Price Check)
2560 x 1440 High GeForce GTX 1070 (Price Check)
1920 x 1080 High GeForce GTX 1060 (Price Check)

 

Double Digit Improvements In Destiny 2

Destiny 2 players are going to get a free performance upgrade by loading up this new Game Ready Driver, with big double-digit jumps in the highest resolutions. These results are in comparison to the older 388.13 WHQL driver.

Graphics Card 2560 x 1440 Improvement 3840 x 2160 Improvement
GeForce GTX 1060 (3 GB) + 39%
GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB) + 37%
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti + 30% + 46%
GeForce GTX 1080 + 40% + 47%
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti + 45% + 53%
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI + 28% + 41%
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Game Ready For Injustice 2

The NVIDIA Game Ready 388.31 driver is also the best driver for Injustice 2. To achieve a minimum frame rate of 60 fps, NVIDIA, WB Games, NetherRealm Studios and QLOC recommend the following specifications :

Specifications Minimum Recommended
Operating System 64-bit Windows 7 or later 64-bit Windows 7 or later
Processor Intel Core i5-750 / AMD Ryz4en 3 1200 Intel Core i3-2100 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
Storage 30 GB 52 GB
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

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The ASUS ROG GeForce Price Cuts Revealed!

November 2, 2017 – ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced new price cuts on their NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. Get the full details on their GeForce price cuts here!

You may notice that we just confirmed with Bryan Del Rizzo that NVIDIA was not dropping the price of any GeForce graphics cards to make way for the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. These GeForce price cuts by ROG are just a coincidence. A happy coincidence, but a coincidence nonetheless.

 

The ASUS ROG GeForce Price Cuts

ASUS ROG announced that six GeForce 10 series graphics cards are getting their prices adjusted. They are the ROG Poseidon GTX1080Ti-P11-Gaming, the ROG Strix GTX1080Ti-O11G-Gaming, the Strix GTX1070-O8G-Gaming, the Dual-GTX 1070-O8G, the Strix GTX 1060-O6G-Gaming and the Strix GTX1060 DC2O6G.

For your convenience, we created this table that summarises their key features and new prices. You can also check for the current US prices.

ASUS ROG GeForce 10 Series Models Key Features New Price
(Malaysia)
US Price
ROG-POSEIDON-GTX1080TI-P11G-GAMING 1733 MHz boost clock
DirectCU hybrid water cooler
ASUS Aura Sync
RM 4,799
~US$ 1,140
Price Check
ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING 1708 MHz boost clock
MaxContact cooler
ASUS Aura Sync
RM 4,399
~US$ 1,045
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1070-O8G-GAMING 1860 MHz boost clock
DirectCU III cooler
ASUS Aura
RM 2,299
~US$ 545
Price Check
DUAL-GTX1070-O8G 1797 MHz boost clock
Dual fan cooler
RM 1,999
~US$ 475
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1060-O6G-GAMING 1873 MHz boost clock
Direct CU III cooler
ASUS Aura
RM 1,699
~US$ 405
Price Check
STRIX-GTX1060-DC2O6G 1809 MHz boost clock
Direct CU II cooler
RM 1,499
~US$ 355
None

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No, There Was No GeForce GTX 1070 Price Cut!

With the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, rumours have been swirling around the GeForce GTX 1070. Some say NVIDIA is dropping it from the market. Others say that there is a GeForce GTX 1070 price cut. However, the rumours are all false. It is very much alive, and NVIDIA has no plans to cut its price.

Yes, you read that correctly – there was no GeForce GTX 1070 price cut. Not now, not even back in March. NVIDIA never announced any price adjustments of the GeForce GTX 1070.

In this article, we will clarify the history and price cuts of the NVIDIA GeForce 10 Series graphics cards. Please share this out so people won’t get confused by the earlier reports of a GeForce GTX 1070 price cut.

Updated @ 2017-11-02 : Added The History of GeForce 10 Series Prices. Clarified the GeForce GTX 1070 price cut rumours.

Updated @ 2017-10-31 : Added a clarification by NVIDIA on the GeForce GTX 1070 price cut. Updated the article with the new details, and some corrections.

Originally posted @ 2017-10-29

 

Was There A GeForce GTX 1070 Price Cut? Updated!

When NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti on 28 February 2017, they also announced price cuts for the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition and GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition. At that time, it was mentioned in many articles that NVIDIA also cut the prices of the regular GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 cards.

Those articles are only partly true. The fact is only the regular GeForce GTX 1080 received a price cut. There was no GeForce GTX 1070 price cut, even back in March 2017.

Coming to the present, and the release of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, there is no accompanying GeForce GTX 1070 price cut either. The GeForce GTX 1070 remains priced at $399 (Founders Edition) with a base price of $379.

Factoid : $499 was the original price of the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, when NVIDIA launched it on 10 June 2016. The base price for the GeForce GTX 1070 was $379, and has remained so until today.

Even without a price adjustment, the GeForce GTX 1070 and the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti brackets the Radeon RX Vega 56, which is priced at $399. Here’s a quick comparison of their key specifications and prices.

Models GPU Cores GPU Clock Texture Fill Rate Pixel Fill Rate Memory Memory
Bandwidth
Current
MSRP
Radeon RX
Vega 64
4096 1247 MHz
1546 MHz
319 GT/s
396 GT/s
80 GP/s
99 GP/s
8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s $499
GeForce
GTX 1070 Ti
2432 1607 MHz
1683 MHz
244 GT/s
256 GT/s
122 GP/s
128 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s $449 (F Ed.)
$449
Radeon RX
Vega 56
3584 1156 MHz
1471 MHz
259 GT/s
330 GT/s
74 GP/s
94 GP/s
8 GB HBM2 410 GB/s $399
GeForce
GTX 1070
1920 1506 MHz
1683 MHz
181 GT/s
202 GT/s
96 GP/s
108 GP/s
8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s $399 (F Ed.)
$379

As always, take a look at The Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide for more specifications!

 

The History Of GeForce 10 Series Prices New!

With help from Bryan Del Rizzo, Global PR Manager, NVIDIA GeForce, here is a table that summarises the history of the GeForce 10 Series prices.

Models Launch Date Launch Price Price Cut Date Current Price Difference
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Founders Edition
10 March 2017 $699 Never $699
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 10 March 2017 $699 Never $699
GeForce GTX 1080
Founders Edition
27 May 2016 $699 28 February 2017 $549 $150
GeForce GTX 1080 27 May 2016 $599 28 February 2017 $499 $100
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
Founders Edition
2 November 2017 $449 Never $449
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 2 November 2017 $449 Never $449
GeForce GTX 1070
Founders Edition
10 June 2016 $449 28 February 2017 $399 $50
GeForce GTX 1070 10 June 2016 $379 Never $379
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Founders Edition
19 July 2016 $299 Never $299
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 19 July 2016 $249 Never $249
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 18 August 2016 $199 Never $199
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 25 October 2016 $139 Never $139
GeForce GTX 1050 25 October 2016 $109 Never $109
GeForce GT 1030 17 May 2017 $80 Never $80

As you can now see, only three GeForce 10 series graphics cards were ever discounted – the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, the regular GeForce GTX 1080, and the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition. They saw price cuts from $50 to $150.

 

Bracketing The Vega 56

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Although many critics say that the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is pointless or stupid, it actually makes a lot of sense for NVIDIA. With the GeForce GTX 1070 price cut, gamers now face these options :

This puts the Vega 56 in the unenviable position of losing to the GTX 1070 Ti in performance, and losing to the GTX 1070 in price.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 – Future-Proofed 1440p Gaming!

The road to Vega has been a rather long one. We first saw the AMD Vega prototype running DOOM in December 2016. Not unlike a baby, it took AMD nine months to give birth to the AMD Radeon RX Vega. Today, we are going to take a close look at the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) graphics card. Let’s see how it performs!

 

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Specifications Compared

This table compares the specifications of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) against those of the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080AMD Radeon RX Vega 64AMD Radeon RX Vega 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
GPUNVIDIA GP104Vega 10Vega 10NVIDIA GP104
Stream Processors2560409635841920
Textures Per Clock160256224120
Pixels Per Clock64646464
Base Clock Speed1607 MHz1247 MHz1156 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1733 MHz1546 MHz1471 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fillrate257~277.GT/s319~396 GT/s259~330 GT/s181~202 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate102.8~110.9 GP/s79.8~98.9 GP/s74.0~94.1 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB HBM28 GB HBM28 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width320-bits2048-bits2048-bits256-bits
Graphics Memory Speed1250 MHz945 MHz800 MHz2000 MHz
Graphics Memory Bandwidth320.0 GB/s483.8 GB/s409.6 GB/s256.0 GB/s
TDP180 W295 W210 W150 W
Retail Prices$499
($599 at launch)
$499$399$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)

 

Unboxing The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) comes in a massive and heavy cardboard box. Let’s unbox it and see what is inside this giant box!

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When you unbox it, you will find the following items :

  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) graphics card.
  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega booklet
  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega holocube
  • One AMD Vega GPU sample
  • One AMD Radeon RX Vega wrist band
  • Two large AMD Radeon RX Vega case stickers
  • Two small AMD Radeon RX Vega case stickers

AMD clearly had their fans in mind when they created this package. The AMD Vega GPU sample, in particular, was a very nice touch.

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The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Up Close

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) looks exactly like Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check). In fact, the only way to tell them apart is a small label at the back of the card. Let’s take a quick tour of the Vega 64 up close!

AMD dumped the dual-linked DVI port starting with the Radeon RX 480. So it’s no surprise to see that the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) lacks a dual-linked DVI port. It has three DisplayPorts and a single HDMI 2.0b port instead.

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The Vega 64 Power Consumption

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) uses the Vega 10 GPU with 12.5 billion transistors fabricated using the 14 nm FinFET process technology. That’s 500 million transistors more than the NVIDIA GP102 GPU powering the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Even though it’s using a finer process technology than NVIDIA, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) has a significantly higher TDP of 295 W45 W (18%) more than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

AMD equipped the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) with two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors for a peak power draw of 375 W. This will come in handy if you intend to overclock, although keeping the GPU cool will be a challenge.

 

GPUTach

There is a GPUTach LED light strip right next to the two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors, which tells you the GPU load at a glance. There are two switches nearby that allows you to turn it on or off, and switch between the red and blue LED colours.

 

The Vega 64 Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) and compared it to the GeForce GTX 1080 TiGeForce GTX 1070, Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), the GeForce GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 580 graphics cards. Take a look.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

With its higher TDP, it’s no surprise that the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) has the highest exhaust temperature in this comparison – 2.8 °C higher than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and 5.4 °C higher than Vega 56 (Price Check).

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The Vega 64 Noise Level

Needless to say, you will be wondering about the noise level of the more powerful cooler used to keep the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) cool. In this video, we recorded the Radeon RX Vega 64 running the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark at the 4K resolution.

 

Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 385.41 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) did well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 14% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check), and 22% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070. But it was outclassed by the phenomenal GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 35%.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards.

While the GeForce GTX 1070 beat the Vega 56 (Price Check) by 10%, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) had a comfortable 13.6% lead over the GTX 1070. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 26% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

At 1440p, the Vega 56 overtook the GTX 1070 by 10.5%, while the Vega 64 (Price Check) extended its performance lead to 26% over the GTX 1070, and 14% over the Vega 56 (Price Check). The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 30% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for high-end graphics cards.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) held its place at this extremely high resolution, maintaining its 14% lead over the Vega 56 (Price Check), and slightly extending its performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070 to 27.5%. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 28% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

Thanks to its support for Asynchronous Compute, both the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) beat even the vaunted GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 4.7% and 3.5% respectively. They were also faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 by 10% and 9% respectively.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At this higher resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti‘s pixel fill rate advantage allowed it to creep past the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check). The two AMD Vega cards were now 9% and 7.4% faster than the GTX 1070 respectively.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

At this ultra-high resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti gained a small 4% performance advantage over the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check), and 16% over the Vega 56 (Price Check). The two AMD Vega cards were 24% and 11% faster than the GTX 1070 respectively.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

Total War : Warhammer is another game that supports Asynchronous Compute. This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, most fast graphics cards are CPU-limited. Thanks to Asynchronous Compute, both the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) were able to beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 8% and 6.5% respectively, and the GTX 1070 by 10% and 9%.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this higher resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was now right in between the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) in performance, with a small 3% gap either way. The two AMD Vega cards were now 8% and 1.5% faster than the GTX 1070 respectively.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

This ultra-high resolution proved too much for the AMD Vega cards, with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti the only card capable of delivering an average frame rate above 60 fps. The GTX 1080 Ti was now 41% faster than the Vega 64, and 60% faster than the Vega 56.

On the other hand, the Vega 64 (Price Check) and Vega 56 (Price Check) cards were 17% and 3% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, but 27% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1440p, the Vega 64’s performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070 dropped slightly to 15%. It was now 32% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At this Ultra HD resolution. the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) maintained its 15% performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070. It was now 35% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, which was the only card to maintain an average frame rate in excess of 60 fps.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, the Vega 64 (Price Check) was 14% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check) and GTX 1070. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 39% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the higher 1440p resolution, the Vega 64 (Price Check) was 14% faster than the GTX 1070, and 17% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check). The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was 43% faster than the Vega 64 at this resolution.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this Ultra HD resolution, even the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti could not maintain an average frame rate above 60 fps. But it was now 43% faster than the Vega 64. The Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was now 12% faster than the GTX 1070, and 17% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check).

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

Mass Effect: Andromeda is another game that supports Asynchronous Compute. This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

All six cards did well, delivering average frame rates in excess of 70 fps. In fact, the higher-end cards – the GeForce GTX 1070 onwards – were obviously CPU-limited at this resolution.

Thanks to Asynchronous Compute, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was able to beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 7%, albeit at this low resolution. It was also 11% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check), and 12% faster than the GTX 1070.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

With the jump in resolution, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti barely registered a drop in its average frame rate, allowing it to leapfrog over the Radeon RX Vega 64 and beat it by 26%. The Vega 64 (Price Check) was now 7% faster than the GTX 1070, and 14% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check).

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Increasing the resolution to 4K UHD greatly sapped the average frame rate of all six cards. Only GeForce GTX 1080 Ti managed to achieve an average frame rate of about 60 fps. It was now 48% faster than the Vega 64 (Price Check).

The Vega 64, on the other hand, was 10% faster than the GTX 1070, and 16% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check).

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Our Verdict

Ever since we saw AMD Vega running DOOM, we had such high hopes for it. The success of the AMD Ryzen family of processors only buoyed that optimism. However, the AMD Vega turned out not to be the Pascal-killer we thought it would be.

On paper, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) has considerable advantages over even the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. It has a 34% advantage in texture fill rate, and a 51% advantage in memory bandwidth. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti only beats it in pixel fill rate by 20%.

In real life though, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) was significantly slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti… unless the game supports Asynchronous Compute. In those DirectX 12 games, the Vega 64 actually beats the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, albeit at lower resolutions.

Of course, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti costs more than the Vega 64, but it bears reminding that numbers on paper do not always translate into real world performance. It also showcases how important certain software features are in delivering better performance.

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At $499, the Vega 64 (Price Check) is frankly a bit overpriced, because it is, on average, 13% faster than the Vega 56 (Price Check), which is $100 (20%) cheaper! The price would become even harder to justify when NVIDIA launches the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for just $429.

The Radeon RX Vega 64 also has the disadvantage of a significantly higher power consumption at 295 watts. It also requires at least a 750W power supply with two 8-pin PCI Express power cables.

That said, the Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) is a step in the right direction. It is about 51% faster (on average) than the Radeon RX 580, which is based on the last generation AMD Polaris architecture. It may not have met our overly high expectations, but it is still a big improvement.

If you want a graphics card for 1440p gaming today, the Vega 56 (Price Check) or GTX 1070 offer better value. But if you want a graphics card for 1440p gaming with more headroom for future games, then the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Price Check) makes sense.

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The Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower & Y520 Tower Revealed!

Lenovo just unveiled three new additions to the Lenovo Legion gaming line-up – the new Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower and Y520 Tower that promise to offer new levels of gaming performance. Let’s take a look at these new Lenovo Legion gaming systems!

 

The Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower & Y520 Tower

Let’s start with a presentation on the new Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower and Y520 Tower by Gavin Wong, Consumer Notebook Distribution Manager of Lenovo Malaysia.

 

The Lenovo Legion Y920

The Lenovo Legion Y920 Laptop is their 17.3″ top-of-the-line gaming laptop with a G-SYNC display. It is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 unlocked processor (the Core i7-7820HQ) and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. It has extremely fast storage, in the form of two PCIe x4 NVMe SSDs in RAID 0.

In addition, the Lenovo Legion Y920 boasts a mechanical keyboard with 2 mm key travel, and an optional multicolour backlight. It also has a JBL sound system with two speakers and a subwoofer that supports Dolby Home Theater.

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The Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower

The VR-ready Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower is loaded with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory. This gaming desktop also features a tool-less design for effortless self-upgrading of its graphics card, storage drives, and memory.

 

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower can be equipped with up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. It is also designed to allow its user to easily swap the optical drive, storage drives or memory modules.

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The ROG Strix GD30 Gaming Desktop Revealed!

Together with the ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop, and the ROG GT51 gaming desktop, ASUS also launched the first ever ROG Strix desktop – the new ROG Strix GD30 gaming desktop. What’s new or special about the ROG Strix GD30? Let’s find out!

 

The ROG Strix GD30 Gaming Desktop Revealed!

Let’s start with a presentation on the new ROG Strix GD30 by Louis Lu (ASUS Product Manager).

And here is a quick look at the new ROG Strix GD30 gaming desktop up close.

Easy Customisation

The ROG Strix GD30 has a black and white sci-fi and cyberpunk-inspired design that Star Wars fans will appreciate. But what it offers over other gaming desktops is the ability to detach the two front panels, and rearrange them to create 6 different styles.

A matching white LED strip bisects the two panels, while the transparent side panel has an iron honeycomb screen. That’s not just aesthetically pleasing, it also reduces EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) from the system.

The detachable panels can be painted, of course, and ASUS provides a 2D layout so you can design and plan your decals. If that’s not enough, ASUS even offers a 3D source file for a miniature GD30 that you can build using a 3D printer.

Powerful Gaming Options

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The ROG Strix GD30 comes in multiple configurations, with the top model featuring a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700 CPU, 32 GB of DDR4 memory, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with 8 GB of memory.

Great Connectivity Options

Connect all the peripherals you want with four USB 2.0 ports and seven USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. One of the USB 3.1 ports has a reversible Type-C connector that provides up to 15W of power for fast-charging devices.

For easy access, there are two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.1 ports, a memory card reader, and both microphone and headphone jacks located at the top of the front panel alongside the power and reset buttons.

 

Price & Availability

The ROG Strix GD30 (GD30CI) gaming desktop is now available with the following specifications for a launch price of RM 7,499 / ~US$ 1,789, inclusive of the 6% GST.

  • Intel Core i7-7700
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB GDDR5 memory
  • 16 GB DDR4-2400 memory
  • 256 GB M.2 PCIe SSD + 1 TB HDD

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Review – 1440p Gaming FTW!

The road to Vega has been a rather long one. We first saw the AMD Vega prototype running DOOM in December 2016. Not unlike a baby, it took AMD nine months to give birth to the AMD Radeon RX Vega. Today, we are going to take a close look at the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) graphics card that is designed to take on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. Let’s see how it performs!

 

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Specification Comparison

This table compares the specifications of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 against those of its rival, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.

SpecificationsAMD Radeon RX Vega 64AMD Radeon RX Vega 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
GPUVega 10Vega 10NVIDIA GP104
Stream Processors409635841920
Textures Per Clock256224120
Pixels Per Clock646464
Base Clock Speed1247 MHz1156 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1546 MHz1471 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fillrate319.2~395.8 GT/s258.9~329.5 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate79.8~98.9 GP/s74.0~94.1 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB HBM28 GB HBM28 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width2048-bits2048-bits256-bits
Graphics Memory Speed945 MHz800 MHz2000 MHz
Graphics Memory Bandwidth483.8 GB/s409.6 GB/s256.0 GB/s
TDP295 W210 W150 W
Retail Prices$499$399$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)

 

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Up Close

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) looks exactly like the AMD Radeon RX 480, just longer. It has the same black shroud design that debuted with that Polaris-based card.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 still offers a dual-linked DVI port, but the AMD Radeon RX Vega skips that for three DisplayPorts and a single HDMI 2.0b port.

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Power Consumption

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) uses the Vega 10 GPU with 12.5 billion transistors fabricated using the 14 nm FinFET process technology. Even though it’s using a finer process technology than NVIDIA, the extra 5.3 billion transistors need more power.

Hence, the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) has a TDP of 210 W60 W (40%) more than the GeForce GTX 1070. On a watt per transistor basis, this makes the Radeon RX Vega 56 is 24% more efficient than the GeForce GTX 1070. Of course, what matters more is power efficiency on a watt / performance basis.

Curiously, AMD equipped the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) with not one, but two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors for a peak power draw of 375 W.

Incidentally, there is a GPUTach LED light strip right next to the two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors, which tells you the GPU load at a glance. There are two switches nearby that allows you to turn it on or off, and switch between the red and blue LED colours.

 

The Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperature of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and compared it to the GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 graphics cards. Take a look.

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

Despite its much higher TDP, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56’s exhaust temperature is just slightly higher than that of the GeForce GTX 1070. That is likely because it uses a more powerful fan with a larger heatsink.

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The Noise Level

Needless to say, you will be wondering about the noise level of the more powerful cooler used to keep the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) cool. In this video, we recorded the Radeon RX Vega 56 running the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark at the 4K resolution.

 

Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 385.41 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.9.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 6.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, 51% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 57% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

Due to the relatively low resolution, this is a CPU-limited test for many high-end graphics cards.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well in the two graphics tests, beating the GeForce GTX 1070 by 8-12%. Curiously, it ended up slower than the GeForce GTX 1070 in the combined test results.

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was about 10% faster in the graphics tests, and matched it in the overall score.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for high-end graphics cards.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did even better, beating the GeForce GTX 1070 in the graphics tests. It still tied with the GeForce GTX 1070 in the overall scores though.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 107028% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 34% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At this higher resolution, the performance gap between the Radeon RX Vega 56 and the GeForce GTX 1070 narrowed to 7.5%.

On the other hand, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was now 39% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 45% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

At this ultra high resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) did well, pulling away from the GeForce GTX 1070, with an 11% performance advantage. It was also 50% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 52% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, most fast graphics cards are CPU-limited. Even so, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) is able to beat the GeForce GTX 1070 by 9%. Not bad.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The 1440p resolution appears to be the sweet spot for the GeForce GTX 1070, where it almost matches the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) in performance. Both graphics cards are about 33% faster than the other three cards.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the Ultra HD resolution, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) widened its performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070 to 3.4%. Both cards are now about 40% faster than the remaining three cards.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was about 4% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070. Both graphics cards were about 40% faster than the other three cards.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) maintained its 4% performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1070. Again, both graphics cards cards were about 40% faster than the remaining three cards in this comparison.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At this Ultra HD resolution, both the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and the GeForce GTX 1070 were more or less equal in performance. They were also both about 42% faster than the remaining three cards.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

Both the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and the GeForce GTX 1070 tied for the top spot, and they were both 37-46% faster than the other three cards.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the higher 1440p resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 was slightly (3.2%) faster than the Radeon RX Vega 56. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was 35% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 41% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At the Ultra HD resolution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 extended its performance lead over the Radeon RX Vega 56 to 4.4%. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was 34% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 48% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this entry-level gaming resolution, all five cards did well, delivering average frame rates in excess of 60 fps. Both the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and the GeForce GTX 1070 tied for the top spot, and they were both 24-40% faster than the other three cards.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 endured the jump in resolution better than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), with a 6.7% advantage. Still, the Radeon RX Vega 56 maintain an average frame rate in excess of 60 fps, and was 28% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 42% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The resolution increase to 4K slightly levelled the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070‘s performance advantage over the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 to 6%. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was now 33% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 47% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

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Our Verdict

Ever since we saw AMD Vega running DOOM, we had such high hopes for it. The success of the AMD Ryzen family of processors only buoyed that optimism. However, the AMD Vega turned out not to be the Pascal-killer we thought it would be.

On paper, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) has considerable advantages over the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. It has a 53% advantage in texture fill rate, and a 60% advantage in memory bandwidth. The GeForce GTX 1070 only beats it in pixel fill rate by 22%.

In real life though, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) was virtually equal in performance to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. In some games, the Radeon RX Vega 56 was slightly faster. In other games, the GeForce GTX 1070 was slightly faster.

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Hence, it’s no wonder AMD priced it at $399 – just $20 more than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. It would be hard to justify a higher price, especially since the GeForce GTX 1070 is already a year old!

Even though the AMD Vega GPU was built using the smaller 14 nm process technology, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) uses considerably more power because it has significantly more transistors. It has a maximum TDP of 210 W – 60 W (40%) higher than the GeForce GTX 1070.

Earlier, we pointed out that the Radeon RX Vega 56 is 24% more efficient than the GeForce GTX 1070 on a watt per transistor basis. However, the GeForce GTX 1070 is ultimately about 40% more efficient in terms of watt / performance, which is ultimately what really matters.

That said, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) is a step in the right direction. It is almost 50% faster (on average) than the Radeon RX 480, which used the last generation AMD Polaris architecture. It may not have met our overly high expectations, but it is still a big improvement.

After all, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check finally offers AMD fans 1440p gaming at 60 fps at a sweet price point!

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The NVIDIA Max-Q Design + WhisperMode Tech Briefing

On the first day of Computex 2017, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announced the NVIDIA Max-Q Design for GeForce GTX in his keynote.

It is a new design approach that allows gaming laptops to be thinner, quieter and yet, faster. How is this possible? Let’s find out!

 

The NVIDIA Max-Q Design Tech Briefing

Max Q is actually a NASA term which refers to “the point at which aerodynamic stress on a vehicle in atmospheric flight is maximized“. NVIDIA Max-Q uses a similar philosophy to design gaming laptops that are 3X thinner, with up to 3X more performance (compared to the previous-generation NVIDIA Maxwell GPUs).

So what exactly is the NVIDIA Max-Q design, and how does it work? Gaurav Agarwal, NVIDIA Product Marketing Manager, explains it all in this tech briefing.

Here is a summary of the NVIDIA Max-Q design’s key features :

  • NVIDIA Max-Q is built around NVIDIA Pascal, specifically the GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 GPUs.
  • The key design philosophy is a new focus on peak efficiency, instead of peak performance.
  • Instead of running at maximum frequency, the GPU will run at a lower frequency that has been determined to achieve peak efficiency.
  • This greatly reduces the GPU’s power consumption and thermal output, at the expense of some performance.
  • In the case of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the Max-Q version will run 60 W cooler (90 W, instead of 150 W) while suffering only a 10% reduction in performance.
  • The massive reduction in the TGP (Total Graphics Power) allows a more powerful GPU like the GeForce GTX 1080 in a thinner laptop.
  • The lower TGP also allows for the use of thinner, lighter and quieter cooling solutions, and a longer battery life.

From what we understand, the Max-Q and non Max-Q GPUs are the same. The Max-Q version just uses firmware that has been tuned for efficiency, instead of performance.

 

The NVIDIA WhisperMode Technology

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NVIDIA also introduced the new NVIDIA WhisperMode technology, which will be available by the end of June 2017.

Although not technically part of NVIDIA Max-Q, it helps to make the laptop run much quieter while you’re gaming.

WhisperMode intelligently paces the game’s frame rate while automatically adjusting the graphics setting for optimal power efficiency. This reduces reduces the laptop’s acoustic level during games.

NVIDIA WhisperMode is completely user-adjustable via GeForce Experience, and will be available for all NVIDIA Pascal-based laptops.

 

Availability Of NVIDIA Max-Q Gaming Laptops

Gaming laptops featuring GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 GPUs using the new NVIDIA Max-Q design will be available starting June 27, 2017 from brands like Acer, Aftershock, Alienware, ASUS, Clevo, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, and MSI.

The first three gaming laptops to feature NVIDIA Max-Q are the ASUS Zephyrus, MSI GS63 and the Clevo P950.

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AMD Radeon RX 580 Performance Comparison

The gaming enthusiast community may be eagerly waiting for AMD Vega to arrive, but AMD breathed life into the AMD Polaris microarchitecture with a refreshed line-up, which they called the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series. Headlined by the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon), the Polaris Refined series is basically an overclocked version of the Radeon RX 400 series.

AMD is pitching the Radeon RX 500 Series as a great upgrade option for gamers with 3 years or older systems, with the introduction of 27 new graphics cards. But just how much faster is the new Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) compared to its predecessor, the Radeon RX 480, and the NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards? Let’s find out in this performance comparison!

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Radeon RX 580 Specification Comparison

Here are the specifications of the five graphics cards in this performance comparison :

SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1050 TiRadeon RX 480Radeon RX 580GeForce GTX 1060GeForce GTX 1070
Texture Units4814414480120
ROPs3232324864
Core Speed1290 MHz1120 MHz1257 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Speed1392 MHz1266 MHz1340 MHz1708 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (Max)61.9 GT/s182.3 GT/s193.0 GT/s136.6 GT/s202.0 GT/s
Pixel Fill Rate (Max)44.5 GP/s40.5 GP/s42.9 GP/s82.0 GP/s107.7 GP/s
Memory Bus Width128-bits256-bits256-bits192-bits256-bits
Graphics Memory4 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5
Memory Speed1752 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s224 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s256 GB/s
TDP75 W150 W185 W120 W150 W

 

Further Reading On The Radeon RX 500 Series

 

Further Reading On AMD Vega

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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 382.05 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.5.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

Note that we do not actually have any Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) graphics card. We simulated the Radeon RX 580 by overclocking the Radeon RX 480 graphics card according to AMD’s specifications for the Radeon RX 580.

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1% faster than the Radeon RX 480 in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 69% to 76% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and just 3% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was virtually neck-to-neck with the GeForce GTX 1060. It was 62% to 69% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was about 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480. With its much higher pixel fillrate, the GeForce GTX 1060 pulled away with a 6% average performance advantage.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the GeForce GTX 1070!

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1060 was still 5% to 7% faster than the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon), which was itself 61% to 65% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1% faster than the Radeon RX 480, and 3.7% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, and 2.3% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060. It was also 63% to 70% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was virtually tied with the Radeon RX 480 and GeForce GTX 1060 at this resolution. They were all about 67% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and 26% slower than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, 6.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, 13% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 80% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

When the resolution increased to 1440p though, the GeForce GTX 1070 pulled away and was 24% faster than the Radeon RX 580. The average frame rate of the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, but it also delivered a significantly higher minimum frame rate.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this ultra high resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was now 3% faster than the Radeon RX 480. It was also 5% and 82% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti respectively.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 4% faster than the Radeon RX 480 at this resolution, putting it neck-to-neck with the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was essentially between the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance, with a 4% difference either way. It was also 78% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, but 27% slower than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.