Tag Archives: NVIDIA Pascal

NVIDIA : Now Everyone Can Use NVIDIA GPU Cloud!

NVIDIA : Now Everyone Can Use NVIDIA GPU Cloud!

On 4 December 2017, NVIDIA announced that AI researchers using NVIDIA desktop GPUs can now tap into NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC). By extending NVIDIA GPU Cloud support to NVIDIA TITAN, they have opened up NGC to hundreds of thousands of new users.

 

Now Everyone Can Use NVIDIA GPU Cloud!

The expanded NGC capabilities add new software and other key updates to the NGC container registry, providing AI researchers with a broader and more powerful set of tools.

Anyone using the NVIDIA-powered TITAN graphics cards can sign up immediately for a no-charge NGC account and gain full access to a comprehensive catalog of GPU-optimized deep learning and HPC software and tools. Other supported computing platforms include NVIDIA DGX-1, DGX Station and NVIDIA Volta-enabled instances on Amazon EC2.

Software available through NGC’s rapidly expanding container registry includes NVIDIA-optimized deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow and PyTorch, third-party managed HPC applications, NVIDIA HPC visualization tools, and NVIDIA’s programmable inference accelerator, TensorRT 3.0.

 

New NGC Container, Updates & Features

In addition to making NVIDIA TensorRT available on NGC’s container registry, NVIDIA announced the following NGC updates:

[adrotate group=”2″]
  • Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) support for TensorRT.
  • Immediate support and availability for the first release of MXNet 1.0
  • Availability of Baidu’s PaddlePaddle AI framework

ONNX is an open format originally created by Facebook and Microsoft through which developers can exchange models across different frameworks. In the TensorRT development container, NVIDIA created a converter to deploy ONNX models to the TensorRT inference engine. This makes it easier for application developers to deploy low-latency, high-throughput models to TensorRT.

Together, these additions give developers a one-stop shop for software that supports a full spectrum of AI computing needs — from research and application development to training and deployment.

Go Back To > News | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Details Revealed! Rev. 5

Ever since AMD launched the Radeon RX Vega family of graphics cards, NVIDIA was expected to respond with a new graphics card (or two), or a price cut. As we revealed last month, NVIDIA decided to introduce the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti to take on the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check).

Now get the full details on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti here – from the initial leaks to the final specifications, and launch price.

Updated @ 2017-10-31 : Added nine additional GeForce GTX 1070 Ti models and their prices [7].

Updated @ 2017-10-28 : Added the final details and pictures of the Founders Edition [6], and updated the launch prices. Also added some purchase links [7].

Updated @ 2017-10-23 : Added the ASUS ROG teaser puzzle [5].

Updated @ 2017-10-22 : Added a new page with pictures and specifications of the leaked GALAX [3] and KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti [4] graphics cards.

Updated @ 2017-10-07 : Added the confirmed launch and availability dates, as well as additional specifications [1]. Updated the specification comparison [2].

Originally posted @ 2017-09-23

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is targeted at the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56. It is designed to comfortably beat the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), with a 12.5% price premium. NVIDIA has made available the photos of the Founders Edition :

Here is a summary of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti’s key features:

[adrotate group=”2″]
  • It uses the same NVIDIA GP104 GPU used in the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070.
  • It has 2432 CUDA cores, with 152 TMUs (Texture Mapping Units), and 64 ROPs.
  • It has a base clock speed of 1607 MHz and a boost clock of 1683 MHz.
  • It has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 2002 MHz (8008 MHz QDR).
  • It has the same TDP of 180 W as the GeForce GTX 1080, 30 W higher than the GeForce GTX 1070.
  • The Founders Edition has a recommended retail price of US$ 449, US$50 more than the Radeon RX Vega 56.
  • It was revealed on 26 October 2017, with availability on 2 November 2017.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Specifications

Here is a comparison table to show how the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti compares against other GeForce 10 Series graphics cards.

Models GPU
Cores
GPU Clock Texture
Fill Rate
Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory Memory
Bandwidth
GeForce GTX
1080 Ti
3584 1480 MHz
1582 MHz
331.5 GT/s
354.4 GT/s
130.2 GP/s
139.2 GP/s
11 GB
GDDR5X
484 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1080
2560 1607 MHz
1733 MHz
257.1 GT/s
277.3 GT/s
102.8 GP/s
110.9 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5X
320 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1070 Ti
2432 1607 MHz
1683 MHz
244.3 GT/s
255.8 GT/s
102.8 GP/s
107.7 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
256 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1070
1920 1506 MHz
1683 MHz
180.7 GT/s
202.0 GT/s
96.4 GP/s
107.7 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
256 GB/s

And how does it compares against the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check) and Vega 64 (Price Check) graphics cards? Take a look :

Models GPU
Cores
GPU Clock Texture
Fill Rate
Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory Memory
Bandwidth
Radeon RX
Vega 64
4096 1247 MHz
1546 MHz
319.2 GT/s
395.8 GT/s
79.8 GP/s
98.9 GP/s
8 GB
HBM2
483.8 GB/s
GeForce GTX
1070 Ti
2432 1607 MHz
1683 MHz
244.3 GT/s
255.8 GT/s
102.8 GP/s
107.7 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
256.0 GB/s
Radeon RX
Vega 56
3584 1156 MHz
1471 MHz
258.9 GT/s
329.5 GT/s
74.0 GP/s
94.1 GP/s
8 GB
GDDR5
409.6 GB/s

For more specifications, take a look at The Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Price & Availability

Earlier, we were told that the launch price would be US$ 429. However, NVIDIA decided in the end to introduce the premium Founders Edition at US$ 449 – the same launch price as the GeForce GTX 1070 (Price Check).

This makes the Founders Edition about US$ 50 more expensive than the Radeon RX Vega 56 (Price Check), but the “regular” version should be priced around US$ 379. Of course, the actual street prices will be somewhat higher, and there will be different overclocked versions offered at higher prices.

This lower price point means a price cut for the GeForce GTX 1070 (Price Check), which despite rumours to the contrary, is still listed and sold on NVIDIA’s website.

As we leaked earlier, NVIDIA officially revealed the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti on 26 October 2017, with the cards only shipping from 2 November 2017 onwards.

Read more about the GeForce GTX 1070 price cut!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Purchase Links

If you are looking to buy one, here are some purchase links to get you started. Technically, these are currently pre-order links, because the cards will only ship on 2 November.

[adrotate group=”2″]
  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti : $499.99
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti SC Gaming ACX : $469.99
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 Gaming : $499.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming : $489.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Duke : $469.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming : $489.99
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium : $489.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini : $449.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP Edition : $469.99
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme Edition : $499.99

We will add more as we find them, so do check back later.

Next Page > The Earlier GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Leaks

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The Halloween Leak

Our availability leak was somewhat confirmed by a GIGABYTE leak (caught by Hexus) that hinted at a launch around Halloween (31 October).

Screenshot credit : Hexus.net

The now-removed teaser image showed an AORUS graphics card with the word Ti (the title of the horror movie It flipped) scrawled in red. There was even a red balloon lifting a $100 bill from a wallet, alluding to the money you will save with this card…

[adrotate group=”1″]

 

ASUS ROG Teased The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti!

The ASUS ROG team decided to get in on the action by releasing this puzzle on Twitter as a teaser (thanks, Cedric Samonte!). Obviously, the answer is 1070 Ti.

 

Two GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Cards Leaked!

The specifications and pictures of the GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX and GALAXY GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX-SNPR White graphics cards have just been leaked.

Both GALAX cards will have a 1607 MHz base clock, a 1683 MHz boost clock and come with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory over a 256-bit interface and a memory bandwidth of 256 GB/s. Curiously, their specifications list a maximum TDP of 150 W, which is most likely a typo.

 

 

Next Page > The KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX Pictures & Details Leaked!

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX Pictures & Details Leaked!

Just a week before the official announcement, KFA2 leaked the details and pictures of the upcoming KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX graphics card. Take a look!

The KFA2 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti EX specifications confirm what we revealed earlier. It will have a 1607 MHz base clock, a 1683 MHz boost clock and come with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory over a 256-bit interface and a memory bandwidth of 256 GB/s.

The pictures also confirm that the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti will have both 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors, which further proves that the TDP is 180W, not 150W as listed in the GALAX cards’ specifications.

[adrotate group=”1″]

Here are additional photos that KFA2 “accidentally” released of the card. Unfortunately, the page has now been taken down…

Go Back To > First Page | Articles | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The NVIDIA Quadro vDWS Virtualisation Software Revealed!

SINGAPORE, 18 August 2017 — NVIDIA today introduced the new Quadro vDWS virtualisation software that turns NVIDIA Tesla-accelerated serversinto powerful workstations and provide IT departments the resources they need to address the demands of an enterprise-wide virtual workspace. Certified with hundreds of professional workstation applications, NVIDIA Quadro has long been the industry standard for professional visualisation in the enterprise.

 

The NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation Software (Quadro vDWS)

Now, NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation Software (Quadro vDWS) delivers an unparalleled experience running both virtualised graphics and compute workloads on any virtual workstation or laptop from NVIDIA Tesla-accelerated data centres.

Available for over 120 systems from 33 system vendors, Quadro vDWS provides high-end performance to multiple enterprise users from the same GPU for lower cost of ownership. Quadro vDWS enables greater mobility and collaboration among globally dispersed teams.

It also addresses the increasingly compute-intensive workflows –with their exponential growth in data size and complexity –associated with new technologies for 3D, photo realistic rendering, virtual reality and deep learning. These are particularly common in such fields as engineering and science, where, for example, simulations are conducted during the design process to accurately predict final products.

When powered by NVIDIA Pascal architecture-based Tesla GPU accelerators, Quadro vDWS provides:

  • The ability to create complex 3D and photo real designs – Up to 24GB of GPU memory for working with large, immersive models.
  • Increased productivity – Up to double the graphics performance of the previous NVIDIA GPU architecture lets users make better, faster decisions.
  • Unified graphics and compute workloads – Supports accelerated graphics and compute (CUDA and OpenCL) workflows to streamline design and computer-aided engineering simulation.
  • Better performance for Linux users – NVIDIA NVENC delivers better performance and user density by off-loading H.264 video encoding, a compute-intensive task, from the CPU for Linux virtual workstation users.“The enterprise is transforming.

Workflows are evolving to incorporate AI, photorealism, VR, and greater collaboration among employees. The Quadro visualisation platform is evolving with the enterprise to provide the performance required,” said Bob Pette, Vice President of Professional Visualization at NVIDIA. “With Quadro vDWS on Tesla-powered servers, businesses can tackle larger datasets, power the most demanding applications and meet the need for greater mobility.”

 

NVIDIA GRID vPC Powers the Modern Virtual Workspace

At the same time as manufacturing and design workloads are growing more complex, everyday programs like Windows 10, Office 365 and streaming applications like YouTube now require graphics acceleration to deliver features, functionality and a great virtual PC user experience for the digital workplace. To address the growing demand for graphics-accelerated VDI, NVIDIA announced improvements to its NVIDIA GRID vPC product.

[adrotate group=”1″]

By leveraging new enhancements in the NVIDIA GRID August 2017 Release and Pascal-based NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators, GRID vPC provides:

  • Improved user density and scalability – The Tesla P40 supports up to 24 instances of 1GB virtual desktop profiles, which is a 50 percent increase when compared to the Tesla M60. Taking advantage of this market-leading graphics virtualisation density, IT departments can optimise their infrastructure investment and deliver graphics-accelerated virtualized desktops and applications across the enterprise.
  • Greater vGPU insight – End-to-end management and monitoring tools provide vGPU visibility at the host or guest level. Application-level monitoring capabilities allow IT to intelligently design, manage and support their end users’ experience. New integrations with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps), Citrix Director and XenCenter enable flexibility and control from a single, unified view.
  • Better service – A new GPU resource scheduler helps IT departments enable seamless, consistent allocation of vGPU resources to the user, preventing latency and a degraded user experience caused by a “noisy neighbour.”

Tesla-Powered Virtual GPU Solutions Deliver More Power for More Users NVIDIA Quadro vDWS and NVIDIA GRID vPC solutions are designed for optimal performance with Pascal-based Tesla GPU accelerators. Joining the NVIDIA Tesla P4, P40 and P100 is the new Tesla P6. It is designed entirely for blade servers and delivers 16GB of memory and supports up to 16 instances of 1GB virtual desktop profiles.

Pascal-based Tesla accelerators provide IT departments the graphics and compute virtualization resources needed to meet demands and scale across the enterprise. Availability Quadro vDWS and NVIDIA GRID vPC solutions are available today in over 100 server systems worldwide, including those from Cisco, Citrix, Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, VMware and others, with support for new Pascal-based features and functionality starting September 1.

Go Back To > Enterprise | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA Introduces GeForce GT 1030 For Entry-Level Gaming

17 May 2017NVIDIA today introduced the NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030, which is based on the award-winning NVIDIA Pascal architecture and comes with a powerful graphics engine and state-of-the-art technologies. The fast and powerful GPU gives home and business PC users the performance upgrade needed to drive today’s most demanding PC applications.

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030

Step Up to Brilliant PC Graphics

[adrotate banner=”4″]

Whether it’s to power creativity or get ready for PC gaming, The GeForce GT 1030 is the card for PC users with exciting features. Packed with 2GB GDDR5, it delivers brilliant PC graphics with support for 4K Ultra HD and HDMI/DP.

It is also the gateway to great PC gaming, giving you easy driver updates and one-click game optimization with GeForce Experience.

Do it all, faster–Starting at US$69

The GeForce GT 1030 does everything faster, out shining integrated graphics by 3x in image editing, 6x in gaming and an amazing 11x in video editing.

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA Introduces The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti!

March 1, 2017 — Crowning its award-winning lineup of Pascal architecture-based GPUs, NVIDIA today unveiled its fastest gaming GPU ever — the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Packed with extreme gaming horsepower, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti delivers up to 35 percent more performance than the GTX 1080 and comes with 11GB of next-generation GDDR5X memory, running at a staggering 11Gbps, for the ultimate in memory bandwidth and gaming prowess.

GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, including the NVIDIA Founders Edition, will be available worldwide from NVIDIA GeForce partners beginning March 10, and starting at US$699.

 

The Ultimate GeForce, with the Ultimate Specs

NVIDIA designed the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to handle the graphical demands of 4K and 5K gaming, DX12, HDR and immersive VR. It incorporates:

  •  Massive Features for Massive Performance: The GTX 1080 Ti includes 3,584 NVIDIA CUDA cores and a massive 11GB frame buffer running at an unheard of 11Gbps. It delivers up to 35 percent faster performance than the GeForce GTX 1080 and up to 78 percent faster performance than the GTX 1070. The GTX 1080 Ti is even faster than the NVIDIA TITAN X Pascal, its US$1,200 big brother that was designed for deep learning and artificial intelligence.
  • Next-Gen Memory Architecture: GTX 1080 Ti is the world’s first GPU to feature Micron’s next-gen G5X memory. 11GB of G5X memory running a blazing 11Gbps quad data rate delivers the most effective memory bandwidth of any modern gaming GPU. And it still has plenty of headroom for overclocking.
  •  Advanced FinFET Process: The GTX 1080 Ti is manufactured on the industry’s cutting-edge FinFET process. Its 12 billion transistors deliver a dramatic increase in performance and efficiency over previous-generation products.
  • Meticulous Craftsmanship: The GTX 1080 Ti runs as cool as it looks due to superior heat dissipation from a new high-airflow thermal solution with vapor chamber cooling, 2x the airflow area and a power architecture featuring a seven-phase power design with 14 high-efficiency dual FETs.
  • Support for Advanced Graphics Technologies: 4K, VR, NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR and NVIDIA GameWorks offer interactive, cinematic experiences accompanied by incredibly smooth gameplay.
[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Preorders Details

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti-based graphics cards, including the NVIDIA Founders Edition, will be available worldwide — across 238 countries and territories — from the NVIDIA GeForce Partner Network, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac, starting March 10. Pre-orders on nvidia.com will go live on March 2 at 8 a.m. PT.

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The NVIDIA Quadro Pascal GPUs Launched

6 February 2017NVIDIA today introduced a range of NVIDIA Quadro products, all based on its Pascal architecture, that transform desktop workstations into supercomputers with breakthrough capabilities for professional workflows across many industries.

Workflows in design, engineering and other areas are evolving rapidly to meet the exponential growth in data size and complexity that comes with photorealism, virtual reality and deep learning technologies. To tap into these opportunities, the new NVIDIA Quadro Pascal-based lineup provides an enterprise-grade visual computing platform that streamlines design and simulation workflows with up to twice the performance of the previous generation, and ultra-fast memory.

“Professional workflows are now infused with artificial intelligence, virtual reality and photorealism, creating new challenges for our most demanding users,” said Bob Pette, vice president of Professional Visualisation at NVIDIA. “Our new Quadro lineup provides the graphics and compute performance required to address these challenges. And, by unifying compute and design, the Quadro GP100 transforms the average desktop workstation with the power of a supercomputer.”

Benefits of Quadro Pascal Visual Computing Platform

The new generation of Quadro Pascal-based GPUs –the GP100, P4000, P2000, P1000, P600 and P400 –enables millions of engineers, designers, researchers and artists to:

  • Unify simulation, HPC, rendering and design – The GP100 combines unprecedented double precision performance with 16GB of high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) so users can conduct simulations during the design process and gather realistic multiphysics simulations faster than ever before. Customers can combine two GP100 GPUs with NVLink technology and scale to 32GB of HBM2 to create a massive visual computing solution on a single workstation.
  • Explore deep learning – The GP100 provides more than 20 TFLOPS of 16-bit floating point precision computing–making it an ideal development platform to enable deep learning in Windows and Linux environments.
  • Incorporate VR into design and simulation workflows – The “VR Ready” Quadro GP100 and P4000 have the power to create detailed, lifelike, immersive environments. Larger, more complex designs can be experienced at scale.
  • Reap the benefits of photorealistic design – Pascal-based Quadro GPUs can render photorealistic images more than 18 times faster than a CPU.
  • Create expansive visual workspaces – Visualise data in high resolution and HDR color on up to four 5K displays.
  • Build massive digital signage configurations cost effectively – Up to 32 4K displays can be configured through a single chassis by combining up to eight P4000 GPUs and two Quadro Sync II cards.5

The new cards complete the entire NVIDIA Quadro Pascal lineup including the previously announced P6000, P5000 and mobile GPUs. The entire NVIDIA Quadro Pascal lineup supports the latest NVIDIA CUDA 8compute platform providing developers access to powerful new Pascal features in developer tools, performance enhancements and new libraries including nvGraph.

NVIDIA Quadro at SOLIDWORKS World

[adrotate group=”2″]

The entire NVIDIA Quadro family of desktop GPUs will be on display at SOLIDWORKS World, starting today at the Los Angeles Convention Center, NVIDIA booth 628. NVIDIA Quadro will be powering the most demanding CAD workflows from physically based rendering to virtual reality. Visit our partners’ booths to try the latest mobile workstations powered by our new QuadromobileGPUs.

NVIDIA Quadro Pascal Supercomputers Availability

The new NVIDIA Quadro products will be available starting in March from leading workstation OEMs, including Dell, HP, Lenovo and Fujitsu, and authorized distribution partners, including PNY Technologies in North America and Europe, ELSA/Ryoyo in Japan and Leadtek in Asia Pacific.

Go Back To > Enterprise | Home

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA Pascal-Based Quadro Mobile Workstations Launched

Singapore, 12 January 2017NVIDIA today announced that Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI and Fujitsu are all introducing advanced mobile workstations using the new mobile lineup of NVIDIA Pascal-based Quadro GPUs.

 

New Pascal-Based Quadro Mobile Workstations

Offering up to three times the graphics performance, twice the memory and nearly twice the compute power of previous generations, the new NVIDIA Pascal-based Quadro lineup redefines mobile visual computing.

“Our customers are not in the business of ordinary – they use technology every day to create innovations that are revolutionising their industries and the world,” said Rob Herman, general manager and executive director of Lenovo’s Workstation Business Unit.

“Lenovo’s powerful, industry-leading workstations, with the help of NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, help customers bring their designs to life, anywhere, without distraction.”“When it comes to powerful computing on the go, HP ZBook Mobile Workstations are in a class of their own –providing a spectrum of performance, reliability, and expandability that extends well beyond the capabilities of standard mobile computers,” said Josh Peterson, vice president.

New Quadro-Powered Mobile Workstations Provide Ultimate Creative Freedom worldwide product management for HP Workstations, HP Inc. “Leading-edge professional graphics, such as NVIDIA Quadro Pascal-based GPUs will be tested by HP –simulating real-world customer workloads and stress tests that translate into higher quality drivers that customers trust.”

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Announced

Taipeh, 22 December 2016BIOSTAR announced its latest addition to its line of gaming products with its new VGA for gamers looking for the perfect balance of price and performance with the new BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

With an MSRP of US$159, this card will be the perfect upgrade gift for yourself or a gamer friend. Enjoy gaming to the next level with its new dual-fan cooling for the best performance the GTX 1050 Ti can bring.

[adrotate banner=”4″]

A special bonus is included with the new BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti: users will receive invite code content bonus pack which includes the following premium gifts for World of Tanks gamers in Asia server:

  • German T-15 tank
  • 7 days premium access
  • 500 gold
  • 1 garage slot
  • 5x chocolates
  • 5x +50% Exp boosters 1 hour duration

World of Tanks is one of the most immersive games out right now and superb graphics give the game a realistic feel and experiencing it with the new BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti makes the game more fluid so you get immersed in the true World of Tanks experience.

World of Tanks is the premium MMO game dedicated to armored warfare. Players get to select a vehicle on their own and win the match by sabotaging rivals¡¦ or occupying the opponents’ base. Experience intense tank-on-tank combat in a unique battlefield experience that’s a mix of multiple genres. Combined with top-notch graphics, a complex physics system, and stunning sound effects all help to provide endless excitement and entertainment.

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti series (Lowest price on Amazon) is based on NVIDIA’s 16nm FinFET Pascal structure and comes with 768 CUDA cores. This is supported by 4GB of GDDR5 video memory running with an effective boost clock rate of 1392MHz on a 128-bit bus.

Designed for the latest generation of games and gaming experiences, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti takes gaming to the next level with performance and efficiency that beats everything before it featuring the all-new Pascal GPU architecture fabricatedon the 16nm FinFET process technology.

The new BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is cooled by the unique BIOSTAR Tank Dual Fan cooler inspired and design in cooperation with World of Tanks to keep the card running at optimal temperatures while keeping noise levels to a minimum. The new dual-fan cooler features a gaming tank-shaped stylish design exuding an aggressive feel to the card while keeping it cool.

NVIDIA leverages new technologies for this generation of graphics card and allows players to fully immerse themselves while providing higher performance for existing games and serving as a launch pad for new ones. Technology like Simultaneous Multi-Projection, ANSEL and Fast Sync allow gamers to fully maximize their gaming experience but also enjoy a whole new level of realism with VR.

 

BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Specifications

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Dawn of Domination With 2016 Alienware & Dell Computers

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Alienware just revealed their new line of Alienware gaming notebooks powered by the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series GPUs, as well as the Alienware Aurora gaming desktop. During their Dawn of Domination launch event, Dell also revealed the new 2016 Dell XPS and Dell Inspiron models. Check out the details, pictures and videos from the event!

 

2016 Alienware Gaming Notebooks Launched

The event kicked off with the launch gambit, where two models hovered in with the 2016 Alienware 17 and Alienware 15 gaming laptops.

Then Ray Wah, Senior VP of Dell Consumer Product Marketing, introduced the 2016 Alienware 13, 15 and 17 gaming notebooks.

The product presentation of the 2016 Alienware gaming laptops and the Aurora desktop was conducted by Charlie Cheah, Consumer Business Brand Manager of Dell Malaysia. She also revealed the key features of the 2016 Dell XPS Tower and Dell Inspiron 15 gaming laptop.

Finally, Behzaad Habibi, Field Marketing Lead for the Client Solutions Group, Dell South Asia and Korea, showed off the 2016 Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15 laptops, as well as the new Inspiron 2-in-1 laptops.

 [adrotate banner=”5″]

2016 Alienware & Dell Computer Price & Availability

In the next page, we will list the key features of the 2016 Alienware and Dell computers that were just announced. But here is a quick summary of the 2016 Alienware and Dell computers and their prices and availability.

Model Starting Price (Inclusive of 6% GST) Availability
Alienware 17 RM 8,299 / ~US$ 2,075 Available
Alienware 15 RM 6,999 / ~US$ 1,750 Available
Alienware 13 Pricing to be announced later End of November 2016
Alienware Aurora (6th Gen Core i3) RM 3,999 / ~US$ 1,000 Available
Dell S2417DG 24″ Gaming Monitor RM 2,339 / ~US$ 585 Available
Dell SE2717H 27″ Monitor RM 1,269 / ~US$ 317 Available
Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (7566) RM 3,499 / ~US$ 875 November 2016
Inspiron 15 5000 (5567) with 7th Gen Core i3 RM 1,999 / ~US$ 500 Available
XPS Tower (8910) with 6th Gen Core i5 RM 3,699 / ~US$ 925 Available

Next Page > The Key Features Of The 2016 Alienware & Dell Computers

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

2016 Alienware 17

The new Alienware 17 gains more power with overclocked Intel Core i7 k-series processors and DDR4 memory running up to 2667 MHz. There is also the option for IR Tobii eye-tracking technology, with a new Overwolf app to help gamers to learn from their mistakes.

Tobii partnered with Alienware to add exclusive features including enhanced presence detection tied to their AlienFX lighting zones – the full LED system illuminates and changes based on where you look. The Tobii camera can also sense your presence and attention, or lock your system when you walk away.

 

2016 Alienware 15

The new mid-size Alienware 15 balances gaming performance with portability. With more power in a thinner frame, it comes with graphics options from AMD and NVIDIA, including the VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060.

Coming standard with a 15.6” FHD, IPS Anti-Glare, 300-nits display, additional options include FHD 120Hz display with NVIDIA G-Sync technology and UHD IGZO for 4K resolutions. It also boasts a 68 watt-hour lithium ion battery and an optional 99 watt-hour battery for extended gameplay on-the-go.

 

2016 Alienware 13

The new Alienware 13 is configurable with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics, making it one of the most compact VR-ready notebooks ever. It also boasts eight programmable lighting zones with up to 20 distinct colors that allow for trillions of LED lighting combinations.

 

2016 Alienware Aurora Desktop

Launched in June, the 2016 Alienware Aurora has a smaller footprint than the previous Aurora. However, it boasts up to two NVIDIA GeForce cards for 4K gaming. Performance improvements also include the latest Intel CPUs, available with liquid cooling, and overclockable Kingston Fury X memory running at 2400 MHz.

The 2016 Aurora is also Alienware’s first chassis with tool-less access for easy swapping of GPUs and as many as 3 of the 5 potential storage drives. Naturally, it supports custom lighting with AlienFX and total control with Alienware Command Center.

 

Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming

This new gaming notebook features dedicated forward and rearward thermal outlets concealing heat exchangers connected to dual cooling fans with high-efficiency blades. All engineered to handle the 6th Gen Intel H-series quad core mobile CPUs and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. And all that is powered by a 74 watt-hour battery for a longer battery life.

 

2016 Inspiron 15 5000

[adrotate banner=”4″]

The new Inspiron 15 5000 offers a thinner design with the latest Intel 7th Generation Core i7 processors. It will come with an array of fun colours like Sparkling White, Midnight Blue, Bali Blue, Tango Red and Cosmic Purple. Options include a Full HD display with TrueColor and an infrared camera for Windows Hello, and a Blu-ray writer.

 

2016 XPS Tower

The XPS Tower and XPS Tower Special Edition desktops will come with the 6th Generation Intel Core processors and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory. You can opt for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, and cached hard disk drive storage. Impressively, the new redesigned chassis are 27% smaller than its previous desktop tower.

The XPS Tower Special Edition configurations will meet the recommended specifications to power an ideal VR experience with either the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. The Oculus Ready configurations have been tested and approved by Oculus to work well with the Oculus Rift headset.

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition Review

In conjunction with the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, NVIDIA also introduced the Founder’s Edition graphics cards. These are not the reference design cards of yesteryears, but premium editions designed and built by NVIDIA. Hence, they are priced at a premium over regular GeForce cards.

Today, we are really excited to reveal our review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition graphics card. Discover what’s so special about the Founder’s Edition, and find out how the GeForce GTX 1070 performs against the GeForce GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 480!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Specification Comparison

This specification comparison will show you how the GeForce GTX 1070 compares against the flagship GeForce GTX 1080, and the lower-end GeForce GTX 1060.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
GPUNVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP106
CUDA Cores256019201280
Textures Per Clock16012080
Pixels Per Clock646448
Base Clock Speed1607 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1733 MHz1683 MHz1708 MHz
Texture Fillrate257.1~277.3 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s120.5~136.6 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate102.8~110.9 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s72.3~82.0 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit192-bit
Graphics Memory Bandwidth320 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s
TDP180 W150 W120 W
Launch Prices$599
$699 (Founder's Edition)
$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)
$249
$299 (Founder's Edition)

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

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition Hands-On Overview

In this video, we are going to take a quick look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition graphics card, and its faceted die-cast aluminium cooler.

Next Page > Up Close, Founder’s Edition Advantage, Thermal Output

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition Up Close

Here are close-up pictures of the various aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition graphics card.

Gamers with older monitors will be glad to note that the GeForce GTX 1070 will come with a dual-link DVI port, in addition to 3 DisplayPorts and a HDMI 2.0B port.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 has a TDP of just 150 W, so it only comes with a 8-pin PCI Express power connector. It also has SLI connectors, in case you want to pair two GeForce GTX 1070 cards in SLI mode.

 

Founder’s Edition Advantage

[adrotate banner=”4″]

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition 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 Founder’s Edition comes with an improved cooler built around a radial fan and an improved aluminium heatsink. The new heatsink features two copper heat pipes and over 50% more surface area than the GeForce GTX 960.

It also comes with dual FETs for both GPU and memory power supplies, coupled with a low-impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators for better power efficiency. All these Founder’s Edition features provide greater overclocking headroom, allowing these cards to hit clock speeds of 2 GHz!

 

GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition Thermal Output

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 uses the new NVIDIA GP104 GPU, which is fabricated on the 16 nm FinFET process. The smaller process technology allowed NVIDIA to stuff almost 50% more transistors into a die that is almost 12% smaller than the previous-generation GPU.

Thanks to the more efficient FinFET process, and the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture which is designed for power efficiency, the GeForce GTX 1070 has a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of just 150 W. We tested this out by recording the peak exhaust temperature of the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition, and compared it to the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 graphics cards, as well as the previous-generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 380 graphics cards.

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

As you can see, it is a surprisingly cool-running card, producing significantly (6.2°C and 4°C respectively) cooler exhaust air than the previous-generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 380 graphics cards.

However, the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition produced 4°C hotter exhaust air than the Radeon RX 480, which is also a 150W graphics card.

Next Page > Benchmarking Notes, 3DMark Benchmark Results

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

 

Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : Intel Core i7 6700K processor running at 4.0 GHz

Motherboard : ASRock Z170 Extreme4

Memory : 8 GB DDR4-2133 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver version 372.54 for all three NVIDIA graphics cards used in our tests.

We used the Radeon Software 16.8.2 driver for both AMD graphics cards used in our tests. In addition, we enabled the Compatibility Mode for the Radeon RX 480 to ensure that it keeps to its rated 150 W TDP.

 

3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark that was released just days ago, just in time for this review. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition did very well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 33% to 40% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 graphics cards. Amazingly, it was 15% to 18% faster than the previous generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which is a higher-end card!

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

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

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition only had a slim 4%-5% performance advantage over the previous generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti. This shows that the NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture is more optimised for DirectX 12, than the Maxwell microarchitecture.

It was also 34% to 53% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 42% to 67% faster than the Radeon RX 480. Very impressive!

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

3DMark (2560 x 1440)

Then we took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition maintained its slim 3%-5% performance advantage over the previous generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Its performance advantage over the GeForce GTX 1060 dropped to 34% to 39%, but improved over the Radeon RX 480 to a range of 51% to 64%.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the GeForce GTX 1070!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition actually improved its performance advantage over the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, probably because it has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory, instead of just 6 GB. It was now 38% to 40% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 56% to 68% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

Note that the Radeon RX 480 also has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory. So it takes more than just more memory to power through a Ultra HD game.

Next Page > Ashes of the Singularity & Warhammer Benchmark Results

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

 

Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

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

The GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition proved to be significantly faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, beating it by 11-16%. Astoundingly, it was more than twice as fast as the Radeon R9 380 graphics card.

 

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…

The performance advantage the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition had over the the GeForce GTX 980 Ti dropped slightly to a range of 6% to 13%. But it maintained its lead over the other cards.

 

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.

Only the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti delivered playable frame rates. We can see the performance edge the extra memory from the Radeon RX 480 (8GB) gave over the GeForce GTX 1060.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

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.

In this DirectX 12 benchmark, the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition did well, delivering about 101 frames per second. This makes it slightly (4%) faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which is an impressive feat.

 

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 GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition extended its performance lead over the Radeon RX 480 (8GB), from 27% to 33%. It also improved its performance lead over the GeForce GTX 1060, albeit slightly – from 37% to 38%.

 

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.

The Ultra HD resolution proved too much for most cards. Only the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti delivered playable frame rates. Their performance gap was virtually non-existent, but they were both 40% to 44% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

Next Page > The Witcher 3 & Fallout 4 Benchmark Results

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

 

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 GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition was really fast in this test, with an average frame rate of almost 100 fps. That’s about 3.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 42% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 52% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

 

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.

All the cards took a massive hit in frame rate with the resolution boost to 1440p. Only the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti delivered average frame rates above 60 fps.

The GeForce GTX 1070 was 2.7% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti42% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 51% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

 

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.

Higher resolutions in The Witcher 3 are really tough on graphics cards, virtually halving their frame rates. At the Ultra HD resolution, only the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti delivered playable frame rates.

The GeForce GTX 1070 was 2.3% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti40% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 51% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Fallout 4 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

Fallout 4 is a relatively “easy” for most graphics cards at the resolution of 1920 x 1080. The GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition did well in this test, of course. But it was just 1.4% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 8% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 26% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

 

Fallout 4 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

When we took the resolution to the next level though, the extra performance started to count. The frame rate of the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition only dropped by 9%, even with the much higher resolution.

The GeForce GTX 1070 was now 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti34% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 53% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

 

Fallout 4 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

Boosting the resolution all the way to 4K really taxed the cards. Even the GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition could not deliver an average frame rate of 60 fps.

The GeForce GTX 1070 was now 7.4% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti42% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 60% faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8GB).

Next Page > Our Verdict & Award, Additional Information

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

 

Our Verdict & Award

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition is really beautiful, boasting the same faceted aluminium-framed shrouds of the higher-end GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition and the flagship GeForce GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition.

No doubt, the GeForce GTX 1070 is not the gaming graphics card for the masses, which is what the GeForce GTX 1060 aims to be. It costs a whopping US$150 more than its GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition brother, after all.

But make no mistake – you get what you pay for.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition is, on average, about 40% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition. That makes it perfect for 1440p gaming, with average frame rates of 60 fps. It can deliver playable frame rates at the 4K resolution, but you should disable some image quality features for smoother gameplay. 4K gaming is really best handled by the GeForce GTX 1080.

The new NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture, coupled with the 16 nm FinFET process technology, really helped NVIDIA deliver a significantly better graphics card.

[adrotate banner=”4″]

The GeForce GTX 1070 is, in most cases, about 3%-5% faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti in DirectX 11 games, and up to 15-18% faster in DirectX 12 games. This is astounding because the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is a much more expensive higher-end card in the previous generation line-up. And it draws a lot more power too.

What the GeForce GTX 1070 now delivers is GeForce GTX 980 Ti-class performance at a fraction of the cost, and power consumption. Believe it or not, it only has a TDP of 150 W and uses a single 8-pin power connector! Thanks to Kudos on that, NVIDIA!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition is a guarantee of quality, with a great design. There is no doubt you are buying the best graphics card NVIDIA can produce. But if you don’t need a nice-looking graphics card, you can always opt for the regular GeForce GTX 1070, and save US$70.

For its amazing performance and value, we think it deserves nothing less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, NVIDIA!

 

More GeForce GTX 1070 Information

For more information on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, or the NVIDIA Pascal architecture, please take a look at our previous articles :

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

ROG G752 With NVIDIA Pascal GPU Now Available

In conjunction with the NVIDIA Pascal launch, ASUS is excited to announce that ROG notebooks with NVIDIA Pascal GPUs in the local Malaysian market. The below 2 updated models for ROG G752 are equipped with the latest NVIDIA Pascal GPUs and will be with our distributor from this week onwards.

ROG G752 With NVIDIA Pascal GPU Specifications & Pricing

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Tech Armory Commandos Laptops Updated With GeForce GTX 10

Tech Armory Malaysia, a tech enthusiast company who celebrating their 10th Anniversary, located at Subang Jaya SS15 is a company who emphasize in design and provide high performance gaming and heavy duty workstation laptop and desktop.

We are the only one home grown tech company in Malaysia as capable to the international companies to introduce highest and newest technology in the Malaysia market, thanks to the strong support from NVIDIA and our affiliate partners.

 

Tech Armory Commandos Gaming Laptops

The rumored and long waited new generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics gaming notebook by Tech Armory Commandos has finally arrived and landed in Malaysia. The Tech Armory Commandos is the first Malaysian gaming laptops to introduce NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series gaming laptop in the country.

Thanks to the latest 6th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor, the slim yet powerful Tech Armory Commandos S15EX and S17EX Series fuelled with the newest NVIDIA Pascal architecture, in the choices of range of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 1070.

The heavy duty class Tech Armory Commandos W15EX and U17EXII equipped with the highest in-the-line GTX1080 not only won’t compromise in the powerful gaming performance, but yet gives heavy punch in the heavy resource taking VR games titles or VR Visual performances.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M to be replaced by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060; meanwhile NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M is replacing by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Upgraded Tech Armory Commandos Availability

The newest Tech Armory Commandos equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series GPUs are ready for purchase from 17th August 2016 onwards.

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Tech ARP Exclusive : NVIDIA Pascal Mobile GPU Specifications & Details!

The new NVIDIA Pascal architecture is very impressive. Optimised for performance per watt, Pascal is 3X more power-efficient than the earlier Maxwell architecture. On top of that, it boasts new features like Simultaneous Multi-Projection, and VR optimisations like Lens Matched Shading and Single Pass Stereo.

That’s why gamers who want to play on-the-go are eagerly waiting for NVIDIA to introduce the next-generation GeForce mobile GPUs based on the Pascal architecture. They will not only be faster, but also offer reduced power consumption. All that translates into a better and longer gaming experience.

Well, we have good news! We can now confirm the following details on the forthcoming NVIDIA Pascal mobile GPUs…

Originally posted @ 2016-06-07

Updated @ 2016-08-03 : Added a section about an upcoming media briefing.

Updated @ 2016-08-11 : Added several new sections with verified details of the NVIDIA Pascal mobile GPUs.

Updated @ 2016-08-16 : Added new verified details and specifications of the NVIDIA Pascal mobile GPUs.

 

 

There Is No Mobile Pascal!

Believe it or not, NVIDIA will NOT be releasing any mobile Pascal GPU. Yes, you read that correctly. There will be NO MOBILE GPU based on the new NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture.

[adrotate banner=”4″]

Instead, NVIDIA will start using the DESKTOP GPUs based on the NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture in laptops! Yes, they will have lower clock speeds, but they will be the same GPUs used in desktop graphics cards.

This is possible because the new Pascal GPUs are 3X more power-efficient than the previous-generation Maxwell GPUs. So it makes perfect sense to just use the desktop-grade GPUs. It is not only good for marketing purposes, it also allows NVIDIA to leverage more on the economies of scale.

But for brevity, we will continue to use the term “Pascal mobile GPU” to refer to Pascal GPUs used in mobile devices.

 

Series Name Updated!

The M moniker is dead. The new Pascal mobile GPUs will NOT be called the GeForce GTX 1080M or GeForce GTX 1070M.

Today, NVIDIA will announce three Pascal mobile GPUs – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. Yes, exactly the same names as their desktop counterparts.

 

Specifications New!

Here is a specification comparison of the new Pascal mobile GPU models :

SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1080 (Mobile)GeForce GTX 1070 (Mobile)GeForce GTX 1060 (Mobile)
GPU CoreGP104GP104GP106
Fabrication Technology16 nm FinFET16 nm FinFET16 nm FinFET
Transistors7.2 Billion7.2 Billion4.4 Billion
CUDA Cores256020481280
Texture Units16012880
ROPs646448
Clock Speeds1556 MHz
1733 MHz (boost)
1442 MHz
1645 MHz (boost)
1405 MHz
1670 MHz (boost)
Texture Fill Rate249.0 GT/s
277.3 GT/s (boost)
184.6 GT/s
210.6 GT/s (boost)
112.4 GT/s
133.7 GT/s (boost)
Pixel Fill Rate99.6 GP/s
110.9 GP/s (boost)
92.3 GP/s
105.3 GP/s (boost)
67.4 GP/s
80.2 GP/s (boost)
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
Memory Clock Speed1250 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit192-bit
Memory Bandwidth320 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s
TDP150 W120 W80 W
[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

NVIDIA Pascal Mobile GPU Launch Date Updated!

As of the end of May, NVIDIA Pascal mobile GPUs have already been tested and certified for deployment in a number of gaming laptops. However, they will not be revealed for quite some time yet, because NVIDIA will only launch their Pascal-based mobile GPUs on…

August 16, 2016

Yes, NVIDIA apparently brought up the launch date 3 days earlier to August 16, 2016. Today, MSI and other brands like GIGABYTE, ASUS, etc. will reveal gaming laptops powered by the NVIDIA Pascal mobile GPUs.

So, all of you can stop hounding the notebook brand reps or your favourite NVIDIA rep about when the Pascal mobile GPUs are coming. 😀

 

Price Performance Advantage

Although our sources, who shall remain unnamed, refused to divulge exact benchmark results, we were told that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is about 50% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, and about 30% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 used in certain gaming laptops.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is said to add about US$50 to the cost of the laptop paid by the customer. That is cheap if the huge performance advantage pans out.

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA TITAN X Graphic Card Unveiled

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang chose to light up a meetup of deep learning experts on a glorious mid-summer evening at Stanford University to unveil NVIDIA TITAN X, NVIDIA latest top-end GPU, by presenting it to Ng.

The audience of more than 500 academics, researchers, and students — gathered in an open, airy hall at Stanford’s faculty club — quickly dropped their canapes and picked up their smartphones to snap pictures of the moment.

“When I get excited, crazy stuff happens,” Jen-Hsun, clad in one of his trademark leather jackets, told the audience. “We wanted to bring supercomputing power into the GeForce channel, so everyone in academia can benefit.”

 

TITAN X

Jen-Hsun then presented the first TITAN X to Ng, reading an inscription on the TITAN X describing Ng as “a pioneer, an amazing scientist, and a hero to us all.”

GPUs — along with the torrents of data unleashed by the Internet — have played a key role in the deep learning boom led by researchers like Ng that is shaking the world to its foundations.

Back in 2012, Ng helped jumpstart the artificial intelligence field by using GPUs to help build a deep network of artificial neurons — then running 10 million YouTube videos through the system to train one of the first deep learning systems. Since then, the speed of deep learning systems has increased fifty times.

The results of breakthroughs made by researchers such as Ng are set to upend entire industries. So it’s fitting that Ng, who now leads Baidu’s efforts to put deep learning to work for everything from voice recognition to image search, will be among the first to receive a TITAN X.

 

A Transformative Moment

“Just as electricity 100 years ago transformed industry after industry after industry, I think AI powered by deep learning will now do the same,” said Ng , who is also an associate professor at Stanford, speaking to the standing room only crowd. “It’s hard to think of an industry that will not be transformed by AI in the next decade. ”

It’s a field where access to cutting-edge infrastructure is critical. “If you’re a machine learning researcher having access to a machine that is 2x as fast means that you are 2x as productive as a researcher,” Ng said.

Rarefied company indeed, one in which the TITAN X fits right in. The TITAN X is the ultimate graphics card. Whatever you’re doing, this groundbreaking NVIDIA Pascal-powered GPU gives you the power to accomplish things you never thought possible.

“One of the things I admire about NVIDIA is it’s breaking new ground, and not just chasing profits,” Ng said.

NVIDIA packed the most raw horsepower we possibly could into this GPU. Driven by 3,584 NVIDIA CUDA cores running at 1.5GHz, TITAN X packs 11 TFLOPs of brute force. Plus it’s armed with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory—one of the fastest memory technologies in the world.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Researchers Gasp

Audience members at the gathering gasped and hooted as Jen-Hsun detailed the TITAN X’s capabilities. The excitement only built as Jen-Hsun read out seat numbers to give away TITAN Xs to people in the crowd.

 

“This is the first product launch I’ve ever done where I’m standing next to guys in t-shirts,” Jen-Hsun said.

“This is insane, I’m actually speechless, I didn’t expect something like that,” one of the event’s organizers stammered after the TITAN X was unveiled. “This is one of the craziest product launches ever in the history of technology.”

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Models Revealed

Taipei, 19 July 2016GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today introduced 4 models for its GeForce GTX 1060 lineup powered by the latest Pascal GP106 GPU.

With the GTX 1060 G1 GAMING (GV-N1060G1GAMING-6GD) leading the charge, GIGABYTE also offers the GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC edition (GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD) and the single-fan GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC edition (GV-N1060IXOC-6GD) at launch, as well as the GTX 1060 D5 edition (GV-N1060D5-6GD) aimed for value-seeking gamers, to provide maximized performance at each respective budget ranges and for each PC build requirements.

 

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 G1 GAMING

The GTX 1060 G1 GAMING raises the game with Super Overclocked GPU, the signature WINDFORCE technology, and RGB Illumination for gamers who crave superior cooling and overclocking performances for next-gen gaming with style.

Through GIGABYTE’s GPU Gauntlet Sorting technology, the top-notch GPU cores built in G1 GAMING cards push overclocking capability to the limit without compromising the system reliability. The highest-grade components augmented with 6+1 phase design make the MOSFET working at a lower temperature to provide more stable voltage output for superior overclocking.

To keep this beast running cool, the WINDFORCE 2X cooling system incorporates dual 90mm alternate-spinning fans with the unique blade design and 2 composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to the GPU, together keeping the card cool and quiet even when heavily overclocked. Fans are also regulated when the system is running at low load or idle. An LED fan indicator provides a user-friendly, instant display of the fan status.

The card brings vividness to PC builds with its full-spectrum RGB and lighting effects using the newly developed XTREME Engine utility software. At rear, a sleek-looking metal back plate adds rigidity and protection to the card. The smart power LED indicator helps to ensure the system stability at all times in case of any power abnormality.

 

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC

Fitted with a solid back plate, the GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC edition runs sufficiently cool and quiet with the help of WINDFORCE 2X cooling system, featuring two semi-passive 90mm fans, a pure copper composite heat pipe with direct touch to GPU, and unique blade fan design.

Alternate spinning fans further reduce turbulence to a minimum. Via the intuitive interface of XTREME Engine utility, gamers can enjoy smooth gaming right away with a simple click of the button to overclock the card without the hassle of any manual adjustment.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC

Measuring 17cm in length, the small form factor GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC edition is perfect for building compact gaming rigs or HTPC. Equipped with 2 composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to GPU and a single 90mm unique-blade fan with semi-passive cooling, the custom-designed cooler can dissipate heat effectively, while running remarkably quiet even under loads. The card is built using Ultra Durable chokes and capacitors, making the MOSFET working at a lower temperature for more stable voltage output.

 

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 D5

The GTX 1060 D5 edition features the dual-fan WINDFORCE 2X cooler with counter-rotating fans and auto fan stop under light loads, as well as RGB lighting with virtually unlimited color options, making it a smart choice for those looking to build a GP106-powered gaming rig on a budget.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition Review

In conjunction with the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, NVIDIA also introduced the Founder’s Edition graphics cards. These are not the reference design cards of yesteryears, but premium editions designed and built by NVIDIA. Hence, they are priced at a premium over regular GeForce cards.

Today, we are really excited to reveal our review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card. Discover what’s so special about the Founder’s Edition, and find out how the GeForce GTX 1060 performs against the Radeon RX 480!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Specification Comparison

This specification comparison will show you how the GeForce GTX 1060 compares against the higher-end GeForce GTX 1070 and the flagship GeForce GTX 1080.

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
GPUNVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP106
CUDA Cores256019201280
Textures Per Clock16012080
Pixels Per Clock646448
Base Clock Speed1607 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1733 MHz1683 MHz1708 MHz
Texture Fillrate257.1~277.3 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s120.5~136.6 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate102.8~110.9 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s72.3~82.0 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit192-bit
Graphics Memory Bandwidth320 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s
TDP180 W150 W120 W
Launch Prices$599
$699 (Founder's Edition)
$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)
$249
$299 (Founder's Edition)

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

 

Unboxing The GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition

This is our video showing the unboxing of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card. This is exactly what you can expect if you purchase the Founder’s Edition card from NVIDIA.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition 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!

There is nothing else in the box. Just the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card in an anti-static bag.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition Hands-On Overview

In this video, we are going to take a quick look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card, and its faceted die-cast aluminium cooler.

Next Page > GeForce GTX 1060 Up Close, Founder’s Edition Advantage, Size

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition Up Close

Here are close-up pictures of the various aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card.

Gamers with older monitors will be glad to note that the GeForce GTX 1060 will come with a dual-linked DVI port, in addition to 3 DisplayPorts and a HDMI 2.0B port.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 has a TDP of just 120 W, so it only comes with a 6-pin PCI Express power connector. However, it does not support SLI, so there is no SLI connector.

 

Founder’s Edition Advantage

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition 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 1060 Founder’s Edition comes with an improved cooler built around a radial fan and an improved aluminium heatsink. The new heatsink features two copper heat pipes and over 50% more surface area than the GeForce GTX 960.

It also comes with dual FETs for both GPU and memory power supplies, coupled with a low-impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators for better power efficiency. All these Founder’s Edition features provide greater overclocking headroom, allowing these cards to hit clock speeds of 2 GHz!

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition Size

For those already measuring their cases to see if the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition will fit, we measured the card and added the measurements for your convenience.

As you can see, the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition is “technically” a 7″ long card, but its cooler extends 7.5 cm or 2.95″ beyond the PCB.

Next Page > GeForce GTX 1060 Benchmarking, Thermal Output, Noise Level

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : Intel Core i7 6700K processor running at 4.0 GHz

Motherboard : ASRock Z170 Extreme4

Memory : 8 GB DDR4-2133 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : BenQ XR3501 Gaming Monitor

We used the GeForce driver version 368.64 for all three NVIDIA graphics cards used in our tests. NVIDIA released a newer GeForce driver 368.81 several days ago but it does not support the GeForce GTX 1060.

We used the latest Radeon Software 16.7.1 driver for both AMD graphics cards used in our tests. In addition, we enabled the Compatibility Mode for the Radeon RX 480 to ensure that it keeps to its rated 150 W TDP.

 

GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition Thermal Output

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 uses the new NVIDIA GP106 GPU, which is fabricated on the 16 nm FinFET process. The smaller process technology allowed NVIDIA to stuff almost 50% more transistors into a die that is almost 12% smaller than the previous-generation GeForce GTX 960.

Thanks to the more efficient FinFET process, and the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture which is designed for power efficiency, the GeForce GTX 1060 has a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of just 120 W. We tested this out by recording the peak exhaust temperature of the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition, and compared it to the new GeForce GTX 1070 and Radeon RX 480 graphics cards, as well as the previous-generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 380 graphics cards.

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

As you can see, it is a really cool-running card, producing significantly (6.4 °C) cooler exhaust air than the Radeon RX 480 graphics card. However, this is partly because the GeForce GTX 1060 exhausts both ends of the card, while the Radeon RX 480 only exhausts its heat out one end.

 

GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition 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 1060 Founder’s Edition fan really is…


In the video above, the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition was recorded while it was running the 3D Mark Fire Strike Ultra benchmark. As you can hear, it is very quiet even in our open testbed. It will be virtually silent inside an actual PC chassis.

Okay, now let’s take a look at some benchmarks!

Next Page > 3DMark DirectX 12 & Direct 11 Benchmark Results

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark that was released just days ago, just in time for this review. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

In Time Spy, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition was slightly (about 4%) faster than the Radeon RX 480. They would actually tie if the Compatibility Mode was not enabled for the Radeon RX 480.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

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

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition did very well in this full HD test. It was 49% to 57% faster than the Radeon R9 380, and 5% to 10% faster than the new Radeon RX 480.

 

3DMark (2560 x 1440)

Then we took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look!

Despite having 2 GB less memory than the Radeon RX 480, the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition did even better at this higher resolution. It was now 12% to 16% faster than the new Radeon RX 480, and 57% to 66% faster than the Radeon R9 380.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the new GeForce GTX 1070!

In Graphics Test 1GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition pulled further away from the Radeon RX 480, with a 23% performance advantage.

However, in Graphics Test 2, it was just 3.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, probably limited by its smaller 6 GB memory size.

Overall, the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition was 11% to 21% faster than the Radeon RX 480, and 46% to 74% faster than the Radeon R9 380.

Next Page > Full HD Gaming, Warhammer, The Witcher 3 & Fallout 4 Benchmark Results

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Full HD Gaming

We had some problems with the BenQ XR3501 gaming monitor, which prevented us from using virtual resolution to test the four graphics cards. So we benchmarked Total War : Warhammer, The Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt and Fallout 4 in full HD resolution – 1920 x 1080. Here are their average frame rates :

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition is perfect for full HD gaming. It delivers frame rates well in excess of 60 fps, even in The Witcher 3, which was the most arduous game for it. In Fallout 4, it actually averaged 94 frames per second!

Surprisingly, the GeForce GTX 1060 was slightly (1%) slower than the Radeon RX 480 in the DirectX 12 (beta) benchmark of Total War : Warhammer. In the DirectX 11 test, it was actually 25% faster. This shows that the Radeon RX 480 has real potential to improve its standing as more DirectX 12 games are released.

Of course, these are average frame rates. Let’s take a closer look at those games!

 

Warhammer (1920 x 1080) – DirectX 12

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.

In this DirectX 12 benchmark, the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition did well, delivering an average  of 80 frames per second. This makes it just a tad (1%) slower than the Radeon RX 480, but 42% faster than the Radeon R9 380.

 

Warhammer (1920 x 1080) – DirectX 11

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 11 benchmark.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition did better in the DirectX 11 test, where it was 25% faster than the Radeon RX 480, but a whooping 83% faster than the Radeon R9 380!

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Fallout 4 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition actually showed a higher frame rate range than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, but its average frame rate was 7% slower. Still, this is very impressive performance for a graphics card that costs only US$299. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti cost US$649 at launch.

 

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 1060 Founder’s Edition did well in The Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt, delivering an average frame rate of almost 70 frames per second. This makes it 8% faster than the Radeon RX 480, and 59% faster than the Radeon R9 380!

Next Page > Our Verdict, Award, More GeForce GTX 1060 Information

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Our Verdict

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition is really beautiful, boasting the same faceted aluminium-framed shrouds of the higher-end GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition and the flagship GeForce GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition.

Of course, it is nowhere as fast as its two bigger brothers, but make no mistake – this is the gaming graphics card for the masses. Priced at just US$299 (US$249 for regular versions), it is far more affordable. Yet, it is no performance slouch, delivering 42% to 83% better performance than the Radeon R9 380.

The GeForce GTX 1060 was also 8% to 25% better performance than the new Radeon RX 480 (8 GB) in DirectX 11, and its equal match in DirectX 12.

The GeForce GTX 1060 actually held up quite well against the GeForce GTX 1070. When it comes to 1080p gaming, it was just 9% to 29% slower. Since the GeForce GTX 1070 costs 50% more, the GeForce GTX 1060 definitely offers better value for your money.

If you are gaming at 1080p, the GeForce GTX 1060 will virtually guarantee you average frame rates in excess of 60 fps. It is powerful enough to tackle 1440p gaming if you are not fussy about achieving 60 fps.

More impressively though is its low power consumption and silent operation. The new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, coupled with the 16 nm FinFET process technology, really helped NVIDIA deliver a really cool-running graphics card for the masses. It only has a TDP of 120 W and uses a single 6-pin power connector.

Do note though that the GeForce GTX 1060 does NOT support SLI. Otherwise, two GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards in SLI would be a cheap alternative to a GeForce GTX 1080. 😀

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition is a guarantee of quality, with a great design. There is no doubt you are buying the best graphics card NVIDIA can produce. We love it so much, we are giving it our Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations, NVIDIA!

But if you don’t need a nice-looking graphics card, you can always opt for the regular GeForce GTX 1060, and save US$50. That puts it in the same price range as the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB). Since it is significantly faster than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB) in DirectX 11, and equally fast in DirectX 12, the regular GeForce GTX 1060 is an RX 480 killer.

 

[adrotate banner=”4″]

More GeForce GTX 1060 Information

For more information on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, or the NVIDIA Pascal architecture, please take a look at our previous articles :

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Unboxing & Hands-On Preview

We recently received a surprise delivery – the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card! This is definitely one of the first few GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics cards in the country! W00t!

Our non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with NVIDIA forbids us from revealing any benchmark results or performance indications, other than it will be faster than the GeForce GTX 980. However, we are allowed to show off the yet-to-be-released graphics card publicly.

So this is our unboxing and hands-on preview of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card. Something for you to drool over until the launch day on July 19, 2016. 😀

 

Unboxing The GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition

This is our video showing the unboxing of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card. This is exactly what you can expect if you purchase the Founder’s Edition card from NVIDIA when it’s launched on July 19, 2016.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition 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!

There is nothing else in the box. Just the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card in an anti-static bag.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition Hands-On Preview

In this video, we are going to take a quick look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card, and its faceted die-cast aluminium cooler.

Next Page > GeForce GTX 1060 Up Close, Size, Specification Comparison

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition Up Close

Here are close-up pictures of the various aspects of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition graphics card.

Gamers with older monitors will be glad to note that the GeForce GTX 1060 will come with a dual-linked DVI port, in addition to 3 DisplayPorts and a HDMI 2.0B port.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 has a TDP of just 120 W, so it only comes with a 6-pin PCI Express power connector. However, it does not support SLI, so there is no SLI connector.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition Size

For those already measuring their cases to see if the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition will fit, we measured the card and added the measurements for your convenience.

As you can see, the GeForce GTX 1060 is “technically” a 7″ long card, but its cooler extends 7.5 cm or 2.95″ beyond the PCB.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Specification Comparison

SpecificationsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
GPUNVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP104NVIDIA GP106
CUDA Cores256019201280
Textures Per Clock16012080
Pixels Per Clock646448
Base Clock Speed1607 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed1733 MHz1683 MHz1708 MHz
Texture Fillrate257.1~277.3 GT/s180.7~202.0 GT/s120.5~136.6 GT/s
Pixel Fillrate102.8~110.9 GP/s96.4~107.7 GP/s72.3~82.0 GP/s
Graphics Memory8 GB GDDR5X8 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
Graphics Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit192-bit
Graphics Memory Bandwidth320 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s
TDP180 W150 W120 W
Launch Prices$599
$699 (Founder's Edition)
$379
$449 (Founder's Edition)
$249
$299 (Founder's Edition)

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

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Revealed

When NVIDIA first revealed the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, we examined the key features of the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture :

Today, NVIDIA extends the NVIDIA Pascal family with a new addition – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card!

Be sure to also check out our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Unboxing & Hands-On Preview!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Video Presentation

NVIDIA invited us to an exclusive media conference call recently. We recorded it for you and compiled it into a video presentation so you can better understand what the new GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card offers gamers. You will also get updates on NVIDIA VR Funhouse and NVIDIA Ansel. Check it out!

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Key Takeaways

  • The GeForce GTX 1060 is based on the new GP106 GPU manufactured on the 16 nm FinFET process.
  • The GeForce GTX 1060 has 1280 CUDA cores and with a boost clock of 1.7 GHz.
  • NVIDIA claims the GeForce GTX 1060 can be overclocked to 2.0 GHz.
  • The GeForce GTX 1060 has 6 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 2.0 GHz.
  • The GeForce GTX 1060 will be faster than the GeForce GTX 980.
  • The GeForce GTX 1060 will only consume 120 watts of power.
  • The GeForce GTX 1060 will have a 6-pin PCI Express power connector but no SLI connector.
  • GeForce GTX 1060 custom boards will be available starting July 19, priced at US$249 and above.
  • NVIDIA will offer the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition board on July 19 as well, priced at US$299.
[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Presentation Slides

For those who prefer to check out the slides, there are 18 of them. So we have to divide them into 3 pages for your convenience. Enjoy!

This presentation will not only cover the new GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, but also updates on NVIDIA VR Fun House and NVIDIA Ansel. But first, a quick trip down memory lane to when the GeForce GTX 980 was launched two years ago.

The new GeForce GTX 1060 promises to change all that, thanks to the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, which is optimised for both speed and performance per watt.

Next Page > More NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Presentation Slides

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Remember how fast the GeForce GTX 980 was two years ago? Well, the new GeForce GTX 1060 promises to deliver GTX 980-level performance with twice the energy efficiency in VR.

The GeForce GTX 1060 supports the NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection technology, which allows it to seamlessly project a single image simultaneously to both eyes, yielding a 3X VR graphics performance improvement over previous generation GPUs.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

This allows GeForce GTX 1060 users to play VR games with higher levels of detail, without sacrificing performance or quality, for a more realistic, immersive experience.

Simultaneous Multi-Projection is being integrated into the world’s biggest game engines, Unreal Engine and Unity. More than 30 games are already in development, including Unreal Tournament, Poolnation VR, Everest VR, Obduction, Adr1ft and Raw Data.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 also supports NVIDIA VRWorks, a software developer kit that allows developers to intertwine what users see, hear and touch with the physical behaviour of the environment –convincing them that their virtual experience is real.

Next Page > Even More GeForce GTX 1060 Presentation Slides

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA VR Funhouse will be available for free later this month from Valve’s Steam digital distribution service. Developed on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, VR Funhouse will work on the GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 GPUs and HTC Vive VR headsets. It will also be open sourced to developers and artists so they can create their own VR Funhouse attractions.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 also supports the NVIDIA Ansel technology, a powerful game-capture tool that allows gamers to explore, capture and share the artistry of gaming in ways never before possible. With Ansel, users can compose the gameplay shots they want, pointing the camera in any direction, from any vantage point within a gaming world, and then capture 360-degree stereo photospheres for viewing with a VR headset or Google Cardboard.

Gamers will be able to experience Ansel for themselves with Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst next week, and Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, later this month. Many more Ansel-enabled games are in development, including Epic Games’ Fortnite, Paragon and Unreal Tournament; Cyan Worlds’ Obduction; Thekla’s The Witness; Boss Key Productions’ Lawbreakers; Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division; and the highly anticipated No Man’s Sky from Hello Games.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 features 1,280 CUDA cores, 6 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8 Gbps and a boost clock of 1.7 GHz, which NVIDIA claims can be easily overclocked to 2 GHz for additional performance.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

Across the top gaming titles, GeForce GTX 1060 is on average 15% faster and over 75 percent more power efficient than the closest competitive product (the Radeon RX 480?) at stock speeds.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 custom boards will be available starting July 19 from NVIDIA GeForce partners, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. The MSRP will start at US$249.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition board – designed and built by NVIDIA – will be available starting July 19 for US$299. The GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition is crafted with premium materials and components, including a faceted die-cast aluminum body machine finished for strength and rigidity and a thermal solution designed to run cool and quiet.

 

Like the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition boards, a dual-FETs power supply is used to improve power efficiency, along with a low impedance power delivery network and custom voltage regulators.

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA Tesla P100 For PCIe-Based Servers Overview

On June 20, 2016, NVIDIA officially unveiled their Tesla P100 accelerator for PCIe-based servers. This is a long-expected PCI Express variant of the Tesla P100 accelerator that was launched in April using the NVIDIA NVLink interconnect. Let’s check out what’s new!

 

NVIDIA Tesla P100

The NVIDIA Tesla P100 was originally unveiled at the GPU Technology Conference on April 5, 2016. Touted as the world’s most advanced hyperscale data center accelerator, it was built around the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture and the proprietary NVIDIA NVLink high-speed GPU interconnect.

Like all other Pascal-based GPUs, the NVIDIA Tesla P100 is fabricated on the 16 nm FinFET process technology. Even with the much smaller process technology, the Tesla P100 is the largest FinFET chip ever built.

Unlike the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GPUs designed for desktop gaming though, the Tesla P100 uses HBM2 memory. In fact, the P100  is actually built on top of the HBM2 memory chips in a single package. This new package technology, Chip on Wafer on Substrate (CoWoS), allows for a 3X boost in memory bandwidth to 720 GB/s.

The NVIDIA NVLink interconnect allows up to eight Tesla P100 accelerators to be linked in a single node. This allows a single Tesla P100-based server node to outperform 48 dual-socket CPU server nodes.

 

Now Available With PCIe Interface

To make Tesla P100 available for HPC (High Performance Computing) applications, NVIDIA has just introduced the Tesla P100 with a PCI Express interface. This is basically the PCI Express version of the original Tesla P100.

 

Massive Leap In Performance

Such High Performance Computing servers can already make use of the NVIDIA Tesla K80 accelerators, that are based on the previous-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture. The new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, coupled with much faster HBM2 memory, allow for a massive leap in performance. Check out these results that NVIDIA provided :

Ultimately, the NVIDIA Tesla P100 for PCIe-based servers promises to deliver “dramatically more” performance for your money. As a bonus, the energy cost of running Tesla P100-based servers is much lower than CPU-based servers, and those savings accrue over time.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Two Configurations

The NVIDIA Tesla P100 for PCIe-based servers will be slightly (~11-12%) slower than the NVLink version, turning out up to 4.7 teraflops of double-precision performance, 9.3 teraflops of single-precision performance, and 18.7 teraflops of half-precision performance.

The Tesla P100 will be offered in two configurations. The high-end configuration will have 16 GB of HBM2 memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 720 GB/s. The lower-end configuration will have 12 GB of HBM2 memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 540 GB/s.

 

Complete NVIDIA Slides

For those who are interested in more details, here are the NVIDIA Tesla P100 for PCIe-based Servers slides.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Odd Radeon RX 480 AOTS Benchmark Results Explained

When we posted about the revelation of the AMD Radeon RX 480, RX 470 and RX 460 graphics cards, we pointed out the odd Radeon RX 480 AOTS benchmark results that were presented by Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group.

The good news is we now understand how AMD derived those results. The bad news is it casts AMD in a rather bad light, and detracts from the great value proposition that the Radeon RX 480 brings to the table. But first, a quick recap of the Radeon RX 480 AOTS benchmark controversy…

 

Odd Radeon RX 480 AOTS Benchmark Results

In the final minutes of his presentation, Raja Koduri showed how two Radeon RX 480 graphics cards can beat the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 [Amazon] graphics card for far less money. Based on the sub-$500 price, the results are based on the 8 GB variant of the Radeon RX 480. Check it out in this short video clip :

What’s really odd is that Raja Koduri explicitly pointed out that the two Radeon RX 480 graphics cards were only utilised to 51% to slightly best the GeForce GTX 1080. Those are frankly, really odd numbers.

If it’s true that the two Radeon RX 480 graphics cards have a 49% headroom after beating the GeForce GTX 1080, then a single Radeon RX 480 would actually beat the GeForce GTX 1080 [Amazon]!

In fact, if we extrapolate the results so that both cards have the same 98.7% GPU utilisation, the Radeon RX 480 would deliver a frame rate of 60.5 fps. That would make the Radeon RX 480 about 3% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 [Amazon], which we know is just not possible…

 

How The AOTS Benchmark Was Conducted

Robert Hallock, Head of Global Technical Marketing, AMD, helped to clarify the controversial Radeon RX 480 AOTS results. First, let’s start with the technical details of the benchmark setup :

Testbed System Specifications

CPU : Intel Core i7-5930K
Motherboard : ASRock X99M Killer
RAM : 32 GB DDR4-2400
Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

AMD GPU Configuration : 2 x Radeon RX 480 @ PCIe 3.0 x 16 for each GPU
AMD Driver : 16.30-160525n-230356E

NVIDIA GPU Configuration : GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
NVIDIA Driver : 368.19

Ashes of the Singularity Version v1.12.19928
Ashes of the Singularity Game Settings : Crazy Settings | 1080P | 8x MSAA | VSYNC OFF

Robert then revealed the actual AOTS benchmark results and his take on them, which we will post verbatim :

Benchmark results:

2 x Radeon RX 480 – 62.5 fps | Single Batch GPU Util: 51% | Med Batch GPU Util: 71.9 | Heavy Batch GPU Util: 92.3%

GTX 1080 – 58.7 fps | Single Batch GPU Util: 98.7%| Med Batch GPU Util: 97.9% | Heavy Batch GPU Util: 98.7%

The elephant in the room:

Ashes uses procedural generation based on a randomized seed at launch. The benchmark does look slightly different every time it is run. But that, many have noted, does not fully explain the quality difference people noticed.

At present the GTX 1080 is incorrectly executing the terrain shaders responsible for populating the environment with the appropriate amount of snow. The GTX 1080 is doing less work to render AOTS than it otherwise would if the shader were being run properly. Snow is somewhat flat and boring in color compared to shiny rocks, which gives the illusion that less is being rendered, but this is an incorrect interpretation of how the terrain shaders are functioning in this title.

The content being rendered by the RX 480 — the one with greater snow coverage in the side-by-side (the left in these images) — is the correct execution of the terrain shaders.

So, even with fudgy image quality on the GTX 1080 that could improve their performance a few percent, dual RX 480 still came out ahead.

As a parting note, I will mention we ran this test 10x prior to going on-stage to confirm the performance delta was accurate. Moving up to 1440p at the same settings maintains the same performance delta within +/-1%.

* Credit for this find goes to Acid 에이스. Thanks, mate!

Next Page > The Odd Results Explained, Summary Of Key Points, What Does This Mean?

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The Odd Radeon RX 480 AOTS Results Explained…

Robert Hallock was then asked about the odd 51% GPU utilisation result. He clarified that it was based on the single-batch (normal batch) data set, which was CPU-limited.

The single-batch or normal batch data set is about 60 seconds of scenes with lower (typically under 10,000) draw call counts. The medium batch data set consists of another 60 seconds of scenes with typical draw call counts between 10,000 and 20,000. The final heavy batch data set tests scenes with draw call counts in excess of 20,000.

To clarify this, the scaling from 1->2 GPUs in the dual RX 480 test we assembled is 1.83x. The OP was looking only at the lowest draw call rates when asking about the 51%. The single batch GPU utilization is 51% (CPU-bound), medium is 71.9% utilization (less CPU-bound) and heavy batch utilization is 92.3% (not CPU-bound). All together for the entire test, there is 1.83X the performance of a single GPU in what users saw on YouTube. The mGPU subsystem of AOTS is very robust.

 

Let Us Summarise The Points…

Based on his explanation, we can derive the following conclusions :

  • AMD claims that the GeForce GTX 1080 is performing a few percent better than it really should because it was improperly rendering the terrain in AOTS.
  • Two Radeon RX 480 graphics cards will deliver 83% better performance than a single Radeon RX 480 graphics card.
  • The benchmark scores are the average for the entire AOTS benchmark, which consists of the Normal Batch, Medium Batch and Heavy Batch data sets.
  • The 51% GPU utilisation was cherry-picked from the Normal Batch / Single Batch results.
  • The frame rate for Normal Batch / Single Batch data set was not revealed, but it would have been much, much lower than the 62.5 fps average frame rate.
  • The average GPU utilisation for the two AMD Radeon RX 480 cards was 71.7%, while the average GPU utilisation for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 [Amazon] was 98.4%.

In short, the controversy was created by AMD cherry-picking the GPU utilisation of the most CPU-limited portion of the AOTS benchmark, while comparing the average frame rate achieved in the entire AOTS benchmark.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

What Does This Mean?

Despite what Raja Koduri said in the video clip, there isn’t “much, much more headroom” for developers to squeeze out of the Radeon RX 480. That 49% headroom was only seen because the test was CPU-limited.

The two Radeon RX 480 cards were literally “chilling” 49% of the time, because they were waiting for the CPU to finish processing the AI and physics, before rendering a new frame. In fact, they most likely delivered a much lower frame rate as a result of being CPU-limited.

AMD inaccurately compared the average frame rate of the entire Ashes of the Singularity benchmark with the GPU utilisation of the Single Batch / Normal Batch portion of the benchmark (which is CPU-limited). Here is our rough correction of their comparison, based on the average GPU utilisation for the entire benchmark :

The adjusted results are still impressive, because it shows that there is still some headroom. Just not as much as was presented. We have no idea why they needed to cherry-pick that result, since the Radeon RX 480 will still impress gamers from the performance/cost point of view.

Based on our extrapolation of their comments, we can guesstimate that a single AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card will deliver an average frame rate of 34 fps in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark. That means the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition [Amazon] is about 72.6% faster than the Radeon RX 480.

That sounds about right, and is hardly surprising since the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition [Amazon] costs US$699 while the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB) will only cost US$229. There is nothing for AMD to be ashamed of achieving “only 58%” of the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition’s performance. After all, it costs less than 1/3 of the price!

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection Explained

On May 6, NVIDIA revealed the first gaming GPU based on their new Pascal architecture – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. The GeForce GTX 1080 not only boasts the latest Pascal architecture, it is also fabricated on the new 16 nm FinFET process technology and uses the new GDDR5X memory.

Although we were not in Austin, Texas for the official launch, NVIDIA invited us to an exclusive tech briefing in Bangkok on May 20th. While these hardware specifications are well-known by now, this was a technical briefing that would give us greater insights into the other new technologies that are being introduced with the GeForce GTX 1080.

NVIDIA brought in the big guns for the tech briefing and demonstration – Nick Stam (NVIDIA Senior Technical Marketing Director), Jeff Yen (NVIDIA Senior Technical Marketing Manager) and John Gillooly (NVIDIA Technical Marketing Manager). We will be posting a series of videos of their presentations, divided into topic-specific chunks. Today, we are going to look at the new NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection Technology works.

 

NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection Explained

In this 19 minute-long video, Nick and Jeff explains how the new NVIDIA Simultaneous Multi-Projection technology will make a huge difference for gamers with multi-monitor setups, or virtual reality headsets. Both multi-monitor and virtual reality gamers will enjoy a much wider, and more realistic field of view.

On top of that, Simultaneous Multi-Projection can deliver up to 1.5X better pixel throughput, and 2X better geometry throughput for virtual reality displays! To find out how they do it, watch this video, or read the explainer below.

 

How Simultaneous Multi-Projection Delivers Better Performance

The new Simultaneous Multi-Projection architecture of the NVIDIA Pascal-based GPUs will be able to tackle two unique performance challenges that virtual reality creates – Lens Matched Shading and Single Pass Stereo.

Lens Matched Shading improves pixel shading performance by rendering closely to the warped dimensions of VR display output. This avoids rendering many pixels that would otherwise be discarded before the image is output to the VR headset.

Single Pass Stereo turbocharges geometry performance by drawing geometry only once, and then simultaneously projecting both right-eye and left-eye views of the geometry. This effectively halves the workload of traditional VR rendering, which requires the GPU to draw geometry twice — once for the left eye and once for the right eye.

Both techniques allow developers to increase performance and visual detail of their VR applications. Combined with the performance of GTX 1080 GPUs, Simultaneous Multi-Projection delivers a dramatic 2x VR performance improvement over the GeForce GTX TITAN X.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA VRWorks 2016 Technology Updates Explained

On May 6, NVIDIA revealed the first gaming GPU based on their new Pascal architecture – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. The GeForce GTX 1080 not only boasts the latest Pascal architecture, it is also fabricated on the new 16 nm FinFET process technology and uses the new GDDR5X memory.

Although we were not in Austin, Texas for the official launch, NVIDIA invited us to an exclusive tech briefing in Bangkok on May 20th. While these hardware specifications are well-known by now, this was a technical briefing that would give us greater insights into the other new technologies that are being introduced with the GeForce GTX 1080.

NVIDIA brought in the big guns for the tech briefing and demonstration – Nick Stam (NVIDIA Senior Technical Marketing Director), Jeff Yen (NVIDIA Senior Technical Marketing Manager) and John Gillooly (NVIDIA Technical Marketing Manager). We will be posting a series of videos of their presentations, divided into topic-specific chunks. Today, we are going to look at the new NVIDIA VRWorks 2016 technology updates.

 

NVIDIA VRWorks 2016 Explained

In this 11 minute video, Nick Stam talks about the higher requirements for VR gaming and the new path-traced audio capabilities being introduced as NVIDIA VRWorks Audio. Then Jeff Yen steps in with the NVIDIA VR Funhouse demo. Check it out!

 

NVIDIA Pascal-Specific VRWorks Features

The new Simultaneous Multi-Projection architecture of the NVIDIA Pascal-based GPUs will be able to tackle two unique performance challenges that virtual reality creates – Lens Matched Shading and Single Pass Stereo.

Lens Matched Shading improves pixel shading performance by rendering more natively to the unique dimensions of VR display output. This avoids rendering many pixels that would otherwise be discarded before the image is output to the VR headset.

Single Pass Stereo turbocharges geometry performance by allowing the head-mounted display’s left and right displays to share a single geometry pass. We’re effectively halving the workload of traditional VR rendering, which requires the GPU to draw geometry twice — once for the left eye and once for the right eye.

Both techniques allow developers to increase performance and visual detail of their VR applications. Combined with the performance of GTX 1080 GPUs, Simultaneous Multi-Projection delivers a dramatic 2x VR performance improvement over the GeForce GTX TITAN X.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA Ansel In-Game Screenshot Technology Explained

On May 6, NVIDIA revealed the first gaming GPU based on their new Pascal architecture – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. The GeForce GTX 1080 not only boasts the latest Pascal architecture, it is also fabricated on the new 16 nm FinFET process technology and uses the new GDDR5X memory.

Although we were not in Austin, Texas for the official launch, NVIDIA invited us to an exclusive tech briefing in Bangkok on May 20th. While these hardware specifications are well-known by now, this was a technical briefing that would give us greater insights into the other new technologies that are being introduced with the GeForce GTX 1080.

NVIDIA brought in the big guns for the tech briefing and demonstration – Nick Stam (NVIDIA Senior Technical Marketing Director), Jeff Yen (NVIDIA Senior Technical Marketing Manager) and John Gillooly (NVIDIA Technical Marketing Manager). We will be posting a series of videos of their presentations, divided into topic-specific chunks. Today, we are going to look at the new NVIDIA Ansel in-game screenshot technology.

 

NVIDIA Ansel Explained

NVIDIA Ansel not just an in-game screenshot utility. It actually detaches you, the player, from the in-game limitations so you can capture your in-game shots in ways not possible before. You can also adjust the screenshots with a variety of post-process filters, or capture HDR images in super high resolution. You can even create 360-degree screenshots to display on your VR headset!

Here is a summary of NVIDIA Ansel’s key features :

 

Free Camera – Activating NVIDIA Ansel pauses the game and enables the Free Camera capability. This allows you to escape the first- or third-person perspective and compose your scene in any position, alignment or range, before taking unlimited high-resolution screenshots.

Super Resolution – Selecting the High Resolution option allows you to capture screenshots that are tens of thousands of pixels in size. This allows you to downsample the screenshot later, or zoom in to capture detail cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Post-Process Filters – NVIDIA Ansel comes with brightness, vignette, sketch, colour enhancer and special FX filters for added creativity. Users can even create and share their own special FX filters.

OpenEXR Capture – You can export Ansel screenshots in Industrial Light & Magic’s OpenEXR format so you can adjust the exposure, colour and levels in post-processing without creating artifacts.

360 Capture – This option allows you to create and share 360 degree screenshots for VR headsets.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

4,500 NVIDIA Tesla GPU Upgrade For Piz Daint Supercomputer

Singapore, April 6, 2016—NVIDIA today announced that Pascal architecture-based NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators will power an upgraded version of Europe’s fastest supercomputer, the Piz Daint system at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland. The upgrade is expected to more than double Piz Daint’s speed, with most of the system’s performance expected to come from its Tesla GPUs.

Piz Daint, named after a mountain in the Swiss Alps, currently delivers 7.8 petaflops of compute performance, or 7.8 quadrillion mathematical calculations per second. That puts it at No. 7 in the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. CSCS plans to upgrade the system later this year with 4,500 Pascal-based GPUs.

 

Piz Daint Supercomputer Upgrade

Pascal is the most advanced GPU architecture ever built, delivering unmatched performance and efficiency to power the most computationally demanding applications. Pascal-based Tesla GPUs will allow researchers to solve larger, more complex problems that are currently out of reach in cosmology, materials science, seismology, climatology and a host of other fields.

Pascal GPUs feature a number of breakthrough technologies, including second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) that delivers three times higher bandwidth than the previous generation architecture, and 16nm FinFET technology for unprecedented energy efficiency. For scientists with near infinite computing needs, Pascal GPUs deliver a giant leap in application performance and time to discovery for their scientific research.

The upgrade will enable CSCS scientists to do simulations, data analysis and visualisations faster and more efficiently. Piz Daint will be used to analyse data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the world’s largest particle accelerator. The upgrade will also accelerate research on the

Human Brain Project’s High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform, which currently uses Piz Daint. The project’s goal is to build neuromorphic computing systems that use the same principles of computation and cognitive architectures as the brain. The upgrade will also facilitate CSCS research in geophysics, cosmology and materials science.

[adrotate banner=”5″]

“We are taking advantage of NVIDIA GPUs to significantly accelerate simulations in such diverse areas as cosmology, materials science, seismology and climatology,” said Thomas Schulthess, professor of computational physics at ETH Zurich and director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Center. “Tesla accelerators represent a leap forward in computing, allowing our researchers to solve larger, more complex problems that are currently out of reach in a host of fields.”

“CSCS scientists are using Piz Daint to tackle some of the most important computational challenges of our day, like modeling the human brain and uncovering new insights into the origins of the universe,” said Ian Buck, vice president of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. “Tesla GPUs deliver a massive leap in application performance, allowing CSCS to push the limits of scientific discovery.”

 

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU Launched

SINGAPORE, April 6, 2016—NVIDIA today introduced the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU, the most advanced accelerator ever built. The latest addition to the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, the Tesla P100 enables a new class of servers that can deliver the performance of hundreds of CPU server nodes.

Today’s data centres — vast network infrastructures with numerous interconnected commodity CPU servers — process large numbers of transactional workloads, such as web services. But they are inefficient at next-generation artificial intelligence and scientific applications, which require ultra-efficient, lightning-fast server nodes.

Based on the new NVIDIA Pascal GPU architecture with five breakthrough technologies, the Tesla P100 delivers unmatched performance and efficiency to power the most computationally demanding applications.

“Our greatest scientific and technical challenges — finding cures for cancer, understanding climate change, building intelligent machines — require a near-infinite amount of computing performance,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and co-founder, NVIDIA. “We designed the Pascal GPU architecture from the ground up with innovation at every level. It represents a massive leap forward in computing performance and efficiency, and will help some of the smartest minds drive tomorrow’s advances.”

Dr. John Kelly III, senior vice president, Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research, said: “As we enter this new era of computing, entirely new approaches to the underlying technologies will be required to fully realise the benefits of AI and cognitive. The combination of NVIDIA GPUs and OpenPOWER technology is already accelerating Watson’s learning of new skills. Together, IBM’s Power architecture and NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture with NVLink will further accelerate cognitive workload performance and advance the artificial intelligence industry.”

Five Architectural Breakthroughs

The Tesla P100 delivers its unprecedented performance, scalability and programming efficiency based on five breakthroughs:

  • NVIDIA Pascal architecture for exponential performance leap – A Pascal-based Tesla P100 solution delivers over a 12x increase in neural network training performance compared with a previous-generation NVIDIA Maxwell-based solution.
  • NVIDIA NVLink for maximum application scalability – The NVIDIA NVLink high-speed GPU interconnect scales applications across multiple GPUs, delivering a 5x acceleration in bandwidth compared to today’s best-in-class solution. Up to eight Tesla P100 GPUs can be interconnected with NVLink to maximise application performance in a single node, and IBM has implemented NVLink on its POWER8 CPUs for fast CPU-to-GPU communication.
  • 16nm FinFET for unprecedented energy efficiency – With 15.3 billion transistors built on 16 nanometer FinFET fabrication technology, the Pascal GPU is the world’s largest FinFET chip ever built.2 It is engineered to deliver the fastest performance and best energy efficiency for workloads with near-infinite computing needs.
  • CoWoS with HBM2 for big data workloads – The Pascal architecture unifies processor and data into a single package to deliver unprecedented compute efficiency. An innovative approach to memory design, Chip on Wafer on Substrate (CoWoS) with HBM2, provides a 3x boost in memory bandwidth performance, or 720GB/sec, compared to the Maxwell architecture.
  • New AI algorithms for peak performance – New half-precision instructions deliver more than 21 teraflops of peak performance for deep learning.
[adrotate banner=”5″]

The Tesla P100 GPU accelerator delivers a new level of performance for a range of HPC and deep learning applications, including the AMBER molecular dynamics code, which runs faster on a single server node with Tesla P100 GPUs than on 48 dual-socket CPU server nodes.

Training the popular AlexNet deep neural network would take 250 dual-socket CPU server nodes to match the performance of eight Tesla P100 GPUs.4 And the widely used weather forecasting application, COSMO, runs faster on eight Tesla P100 GPUs than on 27 dual-socket CPU servers.

The first accelerator to deliver more than 5 and 10 teraflops of double-precision and singleprecision performance, respectively, the Tesla P100 provides a giant leap in processing capabilities and time-to-discovery for research across a broad spectrum of domains.

Tesla P100 Specifications

Specifications of the Tesla P100 GPU accelerator include:

  • 5.3 teraflops double-precision performance, 10.6 teraflops single-precision performance and 21.2 teraflops half-precision performance with NVIDIA GPU BOOST technology
  • 160GB/sec bi-directional interconnect bandwidth with NVIDIA NVLink
  • 16GB of CoWoS HBM2 stacked memory
  • 720GB/sec memory bandwidth with CoWoS HBM2 stacked memory
  • Enhanced programmability with page migration engine and unified memory
  • ECC protection for increased reliability
  • Server-optimised for highest data centre throughput and reliability

Availability

General availability for the Pascal-based NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator in the new NVIDIA DGX-1 deep learning system is in June. It is also expected to be available beginning in early 2017 from leading server manufacturers.

Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!