Nvidia has said that its Turing GPU architecture “remains the most power efficient GPU on the planet at 12nm”, asserting that its architecture is still superior to AMD’s in performance per watt. That’s despite the red team’s jump to the latest and greatest 7nm process node from TSMC with AMD RX 5700 GPUs – a move that net the RDNA architecture greater power efficiency.
Nvidia’s RTX 2060 Super will be given a full 8GB of GDDR6 and a GPU upgrade to give it a better chance of taking on the new AMD RX 5700 in a proper head-to-head battle. That’s the noise coming out of E3 via everyone’s favourite leaky website, WCCFTech.
Something Super this way comes… Yes, it’s incoming Nvidia GPU speculation time as the Eurasian Economic Commission’s product notification page is once more offering up a few little tidbits about some imminent graphics card hardware. The registration notification for a new Nvidia graphics processor came in on May 23, but has recently surfaced via the usual Twitter sources.
Over at an E3 Nvidia wanted to remind journalists, fans, and gamers that it has game image sharpening tools and latency reduction functionality available within the GeForce settings, which it believes offer some parity with AMD’s latest technologies.
Cyberpunk 2077 has been confirmed with real-time ray tracing support at launch. Powered by Nvidia’s RTX 20-series graphics cards, the futuristic RPG’s stunning neon world will utilise the Turing architecture’s dedicated RT and Tensor Cores to deliver real-time accurate, more realistic lighting, joining other major upcoming titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Wolfenstein Youngblood, and Watchdogs Legion in the RTX club.
Nvidia’s “something super” is looking ever more like it is going to be new RTX hardware, as UL has just dropped an update for its ray tracing specific Port Royal benchmark “to improve compatibility with upcoming hardware.” Now we know that AMD’s Navi is coming soon, and will get an airing at E3 next week, but team Radeon is only just gearing up to talk about its ray tracing strategy, not to launch one.
Quake II RTX is now available to download for free from Steam or the Nvidia website. The old school classic, which initially launched in 1997, has been given the full RTX makeover courtesy of Nvidia’s own in-house dev team, LightSpeed Studios, introducing cutting-edge path tracing, some new and improved textures, and even a new gun.
Nvidia’s status as one of Samsung’s 7nm EUV launch partners has once more been reaffirmed by a new report from Taipei, via ‘market sources’. The report also claims the first Nvidia chips to get the 7nm treatment will come from the Ampere GPU architecture generation in 2020.
A security exploit was discovered in Nvidia’s GeForce Experience application in April and you need to make sure that, if you’re running the software, it’s updated to version 3.19 as soon as possible. Otherwise the haxxorz will get you. Or might get you. Admittedly, like a lot of the recent PC security panics, you’re unlikely to suffer at the binary hands of this code injection exploit, but it’s still always worth closing off an issue before it becomes one.
Chinese GPU manufacturer, Colorful, has been showing off the only Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti I now want to stick in my PC. At the Computex show in Taipei last week the company showed off a plain black-shrouded beauty of a graphics card. It’s a single-slot GPU in the same mold as the super-sexy looking RTX Quadro 4000 workstation cards, and harkens back to the heady days of one of my favourite gaming GPUs of all time: the Nvidia GeForce 8800GT.