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Nvidia Wants to Use AI to Enhance Games, Improve Ray Tracing

At SIGGRAPH this week, both AMD and Nvidia are announcing various hardware and software technologies. SIGGRAPH is an annual show that focuses on computer graphics and advances in rendering techniques. At the show this year, Nvidia showcased the ways AI could be used to improve gaming or to create extremely realistic images, without the enormous computational horsepower that would be required to brute force certain visual standards. This last bit is of more than incidental concern. The problem is simple: If you compare a top-shelf character animation from 2017 versus the…

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AMD’s Vega Takes on Nvidia: Pricing, Features Revealed

After months of waiting and speculation, AMD has finally taken the lid off its RX Vega series, its clock speeds, capabilities, and pricing. All of these characteristics have been hotly debated of late, with readers asking for (and making predictions about) how it would compare with Nvidia’s year-old Pascal GPUs like the 1070 and 1080. We now have some preliminary answers to some of those questions, but by no means the entire picture. So here’s how this is going to work: If you want a “regular” GPU, you’ll be able…

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Nvidia Considers Multi-Chip GPUs for Future Designs

Historically, GPUs have been designed as monolithic dies with all of their functionality under one ‘roof.’ This hasn’t always been the case — the earliest GPUs sometimes used separate chips for specific functionality. Both AMD and Nvidia have, at various times, used different cores to provide support for additional monitors or to bridge connections between PCI Express and AGP. As far as the core components of the GPU itself, however, those have been single-die affairs for a long time. That’s why it’s a tad surprising to see Nvidia is now…

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Nvidia debuts new Titan Xp top-end GPU, now with Mac support

When Nvidia launched the GTX 1080 Ti at the end of February, it short-circuited its own highest-end product, the 6-month old Nvidia Titan X, thanks to higher clocks and a much lower price tag ($ 700, compared with $ 1,200). Now, Nvidia is rectifying that issue with a full-fat GP102 part — the Titan Xp. The Titan Xp sports 3840 cores, 240 texture units, and 96 ROPS, compared with the 1080 Ti’s 3584:224:88 configuration. We don’t know the card’s base clock yet, but Nvidia’s press release claims 3840 CUDA cores…

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The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti can hit 2.1GHz with water cooling

Now that Nvidia’s top-end GTX 1080 Ti is in-market, enthusiasts have begun testing, to see just how much performance they can wring out of the core. So far, the GPU has proven to top out around 1.9GHz in best-case scenarios, with a typical boost clock of around 1.6GHz. But how far can that be pushed? That’s what the folks at Tom’s Hardware wanted to know, so they built a custom water cooling loop to see how far the GTX 1080 Ti can be pushed. Well, that, and because they weren’t…

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Nvidia turns everything to 11 with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1080 price cuts

SAN FRANCISCO — At GDC 2017, Nvidia announced its long-expected GTX 1080 Ti. The GPU, which has been rumored since at least the Nvidia Titan X’s unveil, is a potent upgrade compared with Nvidia’s previous top-end consumer card, the GTX 1080. The gap between the GTX 1080 Ti and the 1080 is one of the smallest we’ve seen Nvidia field. Like Titan X, the 1080 Ti is a GP102 design that relies on GDDR5X memory to hit its bandwidth targets. It’s a 12 billion transistor part, with 3584 cores, 224 texture…

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Russian man sentenced for killing friend in AMD vs. Nvidia GPU dispute

It’s common, in tech enthusiast circles, to conceptualize conflict between companies as a battle or war. This isn’t solely a conceit of journalists — read the comments on any GPU review or game performance debate, and it quickly becomes clear that plenty of enthusiasts themselves view Teams Red and Green locked in an existential conflict. Intel would be Team Blue in this example, though it doesn’t really enter the fray. There is, however, such a thing as taking a friendly (or unfriendly) debate too far. Last year, two Russian men…

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