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AMD focuses on software; enter Radeon Software: Crimson
November 2nd, 2015 in Graphics Technology
AMD has a very important announcement concerning its drivers - the Catalyst suite is history. What will take its place?
We put Resident Evil Revelations 2 through its paces and see how it stacks up performance-wise. Get the skinny on framerate, scaling, frame time latency, and more.
Dying Light PC Performance Review
March 5th, 2015 in PC Gaming
We put Dying Light through its paces and see how it stacks up performance-wise. Get the skinny on framerate, scaling, frame time latency, and more.
Dying Light PC Technical Review
January 28th, 2015 in PC Gaming
Developer Techland strikes out on its own with a spiritual successor to Dead Island they like to call Dying Light. Read our PC review to find out how it fares in terms of PC features and performance.
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UK Police Arrest 17-Year-Old Hacker in Connection with GTA VI Leaks
Sep 23, 2022 at 11:16 AM by Android1
Lapsus$ strikes again?

UK police have arrested a 17-year-old in Oxfordshire as part of an ongoing police hacking investigation. According to sources spoken to by ex-Reuters journalist Matt Keys, the arrest is directly related to the recent hack on Rockstar Games and subsequent historic leak of GTA 6 materials, and possibly last week's intrusion on Uber, too.

The news comes a few days after Uber revealed that the hack on its systems—which the Rockstar hacker also took credit for—was being investigated by the FBI (opens in new tab). Keys reports that the 17-year-old's arrest by the City of London Police was "done in concert with an investigation conducted by the FBI". He adds that the police are expected to release more information on the arrest later today, and that a statement from the FBI is also possible.

Earlier this week, Uber said (opens in new tab) it believed the hack on its systems was carried out by an individual or group "affiliated with a hacking group called Lapsus$," which has also been tied to attacks on companies as big as Microsoft (opens in new tab), Samsung, and Cisco. Those suspicions may have been well-founded: Keys' source says that the suspect in custody is "believed to be connected to a group identifying itself as 'Lapsus$'".

Source: PC Gamer

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NVIDIA AD103 and AD104 Chips Powering RTX 4080 Series Detailed
Sep 23, 2022 at 11:06 AM by Android1
AD102’s little brothers.

Here's our first look at the "AD103" and "AD104" chips powering the GeForce RTX 4080 16 GB and RTX 4080 12 GB, respectively, thanks to Ryan Smith from Anandtech. These are the second- and third-largest implementations of the GeForce "Ada" graphics architecture, with the "AD102" powering the RTX 4090 being the largest. Both chips are built on the same TSMC 4N (4 nm EUV) silicon fabrication process as the AD102, but are significantly distant from it in specifications. For example, the AD102 has a staggering 80 percent more number-crunching machinery than the AD103, and a 50 percent wider memory interface. The sheer numbers at play here, enable NVIDIA to carve out dozens of SKUs based on the three chips alone, before we're shown the mid-range "AD106" in the future.

The AD103 die measures 378.6 mm², significantly smaller than the 608 mm² of the AD102, and it reflects in a much lower transistor count of 45.9 billion. The chip physically features 80 streaming multiprocessors (SM), which work out to 10,240 CUDA cores, 320 Tensor cores, 80 RT cores, and 320 TMUs. The chip is endowed with a healthy ROP count of 112, and has a 256-bit wide GDDR6X memory interface. The AD104 is smaller still, with a die-size of 294.5 mm², a transistor count of 35.8 billion, 60 SM, 7,680 CUDA cores, 240 Tensor cores, 60 RT cores, 240 TMUs, and 80 ROPs. Ryan Smith says that the RTX 4080 12 GB maxes out the AD104, which means its memory interface is physically just 192-bit wide.

Sources: techPowerUp!, Ryan Smith (Twitter), VideoCardz.com

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NVIDIA RTX 4090 Boosts Up to 2.8 GHz at Stock Playing Cyberpunk 2077
Sep 23, 2022 at 10:57 AM by Android1
At a temperature of about 50 to 55 °C.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 is turning out to be a cool operator, with the GPU reportedly boosting up to 2.8 GHz (2810 to 2850 MHz) at stock settings, when playing Cyberpunk 2077 at 1440p, in its "psycho" settings preset. with DLSS and Reflex disabled. At native resolution, the RTX 4090 scores 59 FPS (49 FPS at 1% lows), with a frame-time of 72 to 75 ms. With 100% GPU utilization, the card barely breaks a sweat, with GPU temperatures reported in the region of 50 to 55 °C. With DLSS 3 enabled, the game nearly doubles in frame-rate, to 119 FPS (1% lows), and an average latency of 53 ms. This is a net 2X gain in frame-rate with latency reduced by a third. The power-draw is also said to be significantly reduced. The card pulls up to 461 W when rendering at native-resolution, but this drops down to 348 W with DLSS 3 "quality," a 25% reduction.

Sources: techPowerUp, Wccftech

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NVIDIA Adds AI Frame Generation Capability to Video Encoding and Decoding
Sep 22, 2022 at 02:43 PM by Android1
This functionality will only be supported by the GeForce RTX 40 Series.

The defining feature of DLSS 3 is AI frame-generation, the ability of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40-series "Ada" GPUs to predict the next frame to one that's rendered by the GPU, and generate the frame without any involvement of the graphics rendering pipeline. NVIDIA is taking this concept to video encoding, too, letting you increase the frame-rate of your videos through the "magic" of frame generation. NVIDIA Ada GPUs' Optical Flow Accelerator (NVOFA) component can apply the same Optical Flow logic for videos as it does for graphics rendering, predict the next frame, and increase frame-rate through AI generation of that frame. NVIDIA refers to this as Engine-assisted Frame-rate Up Conversion (FRUC).

There's more to FRUC than the "smooth motion" features your TV comes with; NVENC compares two real frames from a video, determines motion vectors, and sets up an optical flow stage, so the generated frames that are interpolated with real frames are accurate. NVIDIA will be releasing FRUC as a library, so it can be integrated with popular content-creation and media-consumption applications on NVIDIA Ada GPUs. It allows people with Ada to create higher frame-rate videos; as well as those with Ada GPUs to consume media at higher frame-rates.

Sources: techPowerUp, NVIDIA

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AMD Ryzen 9 7950X Hits 7.2 GHz on One Core, 6.5 GHz on All Cores Using LN2 Cooling
Sep 22, 2022 at 02:34 PM by Android1
The Ryzen 7000 Series will be available on September 27.

In CPU-z screenshots shared by TUM_APISAK, we can see that AMD's Ryzen 9 7950X has been doing the rounds in the hands of various overclockers. The next-gen flagship was recently pushed to 5.5G by AMD's own XOC team and now we are looking at some seriously high overclocks.

As you can see in the pictures below, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X was pushed to 7.247 GHz across 1 Zen 4 cores with a voltage of 1.506V under LN2 cooling. The CPU also achieved 6.5 GHz across all 16 Zen 4 cores with 1.465V voltage. Now, this is definitely a huge overclock and we can't wait to see what kind of performance the chip offers under LN2 cooling. For comparison, Intel's Raptor Lake flagship, the Core i9-13900K, can achieve up to 6.2-6.3 GHz with a high-end liquid cooling setup & no liquid cooling. The CPU has also been able to hit frequencies north of 8 GHz as reported here.

Source: Wccftech

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AMD Cuts MSRPs of Radeon RX 6000 Series Graphics Cards
Sep 22, 2022 at 02:06 PM by Android1
Lower prices across the board.

AMD has come up with new MSRPs for its Radeon RX 6000 series RDNA2 graphics cards, in a bid to better compete against NVIDIA's RTX 30-series high-end cards, as the product lifecycles of both companies draw to a close. The new price list was finalized on September 15, and is beginning to take effect in popular online retailers. The latest prices see the top Radeon RX 6950 XT at $949, and the RX 6900 XT $699. The latter offers better value, as it's within 5% of the RX 6950 XT, while being $250 cheaper. The RX 6800 XT drops to $599, which makes it $100 cheaper still than the RX 6900 XT, while being within 5% relative performance. If you can find an RX 6800 (non-XT), its MSRP is set at $549.

MSRP cuts also take effect on performance-segment and mid-range SKUs. The RX 6750 XT is now a $419 SKU, and the RX 6700 XT is just $379. Both cards perform in the league of the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070, making them interesting SKUs to consider. The RX 6650 XT, which replaces the RX 6600 XT from the product stack, is priced at $299. If you can find an RX 6600 XT, it should start around the $239-mark. The entry-level RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 are finally under the $200-mark where they belong, with the RX 6500 XT going for $169, and the RX 6400 at $149. NVIDIA already debuted its RTX 40-series "Ada" graphics cards, but only at the very high-end, with the RTX 4090 expected to go on sale mid-October, at $1,600. AMD's next generation will be unveiled on November 3.

Source: techPowerUp!

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Developers Share Work-in-Progress Footage of Their Games Following GTA VI Leak
Sep 21, 2022 at 02:51 PM by Android1
Gamers are being given a glimpse of how their favorite sausage is made.

Over the weekend, Rockstar faced a massive leak that saw numerous screenshots and videos taken from GTA 6's development show up online with missing assets and features.

On seeing this leaked footage, some corners of the internet decided to use it as ammunition to criticise Rockstar's unfinished work.

"If you knew how game development goes, you'd know that visuals are one of the first things done. This game is four years into planning and development. What you see is almost exactly what you will get. The next year is mission coding and debugging. All backend stuff. It does look ass," claimed one Twitter user.

This is not the case. In fact, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart 3D character artist Xavier Coelho-Kostolny dubbed this "the greatest extremely-confident-but-has-no-idea-what-they're-talking-about take [they've] ever seen."

Now, many developers and members of the games industry are sharing their own work in progress clips, affirming that what the leaked GTA 6 footage showed us was no indication of the final product's quality.

Source: Eurogamer

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NVIDIA RTX 4090 Doesn't Max Out AD102, Ample Room Left for Future RTX 4090 Ti
Sep 21, 2022 at 02:41 PM by Android1
Gotta leave them wanting more.

The AD102 physically features 18,176 CUDA cores, 568 fourth-generation Tensor cores, and 142 third-generation RT cores. The streaming multiprocessors (SM) come with special components that enable the Shader Execution Reordering optimization, which has a significant performance impact on both raster- and ray traced graphics rendering performance. The silicon supports up to 24 GB of GDDR6X or up to 48 GB of GDDR6+ECC memory (the latter will be seen in the RTX Ada professional-visualization card), across a 384-bit wide memory bus. There are 568 TMUs, and a mammoth 192 ROPs on the silicon.

The RTX 4090 is carved out of this silicon by enabling 16,384 out of 18,176 CUDA cores. 512 out of 568 Tensor cores, 512 out of 568 TMUs, 128 out of 142 RT cores, and unless NVIDIA has touched the ROP count, it could remain at 192. The memory bus is maxed out, with 24 GB of 21 Gbps GDDR6X memory across the 384-bit bus-width. In creating the RTX 4090, NVIDIA has given itself a 10% headroom in the number-crunching machinery, from which to carve out future SKUs such as the possible RTX 4090 Ti. Until that SKU is needed in the product-stack, NVIDIA will use this 10% margin toward harvesting the AD102 silicon.

Source: techPowerUp!

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Jensen Huang: NVLink Support in "Ada Lovelace" Is Gone
Sep 21, 2022 at 02:33 PM by Android1
This means that, for the first time since 2004, a flagship GeForce product will not support a multi-GPU bridge connector.

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang in a call with the press today confirmed that Ada loses the NVLink connector. This marks the end of any possibility of explicit multi-GPU, and marks the complete demise of SLI (over a separate physical interface). Jensen stated that the reason behind removing the NVLink connector was because they needed the I/O for "something else," and decided against spending the resources to wire out an NVLink interface. NVIDIA's engineers also wanted to make the most out of the silicon area at their disposal to "cram in as much AI processing as we could". Jen-Hsun continued with "and also, because Ada is based on Gen 5, PCIe Gen 5, we now have the ability to do peer-to-peer cross-Gen 5 that's sufficiently fast that it was a better tradeoff". We reached out to NVIDIA to confirm and their answer is:

"Ada does not support PCIe Gen 5, but the Gen 5 power connector is included.

"PCIe Gen 4 provides plenty of bandwidth for graphics usages today, so we felt it wasn't necessary to implement Gen 5 for this generation of graphics cards. The large framebuffers and large L2 caches of Ada GPUs also reduce utilization of the PCIe interface."

Source: techPowerUp!

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AMD to Launch Radeon RX 7000 Series on November 3rd
Sep 20, 2022 at 01:04 PM by Android1
RDNA3 will make its debut very soon.

Scott Herkelman, Senior Vice President and General Manager at AMD Radeon, today confirmed the launch date for Radeon RX 7000 series. The new GPU series based on RDNA3 architecture will launch on November 3rd, so exactly 6 six weeks from now.

The announcement of RX 7000 launch happens just 2 hours before NVIDIA announces its GeForce RTX 40 series, which is an interesting marketing stunt and clear sign that the competitor is ready.

AMD has already confirmed they are on track to deliver at least 50% better performance per watt efficiency with RDNA3. The new GPU series will also be the first to feature advanced packaging technology and multi-chip-module design with graphics and memory chiplets.

The Radeon RX 7000 GPUs codenamed Navi 3X are designed with 5nm process technology and will feature next-generation Infinity Cache, the company confirmed. At least three RDNA3 are to be expected, including Navi 31 with 12288 Stream Processors, more than twice than current RDNA2 flagship GPU known as Navi 21.

Sources: VideoCardz.com, Scott Herkelman (Twitter)

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NVIDIA Announces DLSS 3 (Press Release)
Sep 20, 2022 at 12:50 PM by Android1
DLSS 3 will be supported exclusively by NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs.

NVIDIA today announced NVIDIA DLSS 3, an AI-powered performance multiplier that kicks off a new era of NVIDIA RTX neural rendering for games and applications. DLSS 3 builds on the company's lead in AI-accelerated super-resolution techniques to deliver outstanding image quality and up to 4x the performance of brute-force rendering, plus the quick responsiveness that defines a comprehensive gaming experience.

The technology debuted today during the GeForce Beyond: Special Broadcast at GTC, which also introduced GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs based on the new NVIDIA Ada Lovelace architecture. "DLSS is one of our best inventions and has made real-time ray tracing possible. DLSS 3 is another quantum leap for gamers and creators," said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. "Our pioneering work in RTX neural rendering has opened a new universe of possibilities where AI plays a central role in the creation of virtual worlds."

DLSS 3 is already receiving widespread support from the gaming ecosystem, with over 35 games and applications integrating the technology.

Source: techPowerUp!

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NVIDIA Announces GeForce RTX 40 Series of GPUs (Press Release)
Sep 20, 2022 at 12:22 PM by Android1
Ada Lovelace has arrived at the party.

The GeForce RTX 4090 and 4080:

The New Ultimate GPUs The RTX 4090 is the world's fastest gaming GPU with astonishing power, acoustics and temperature characteristics. In full ray-traced games, the RTX 4090 with DLSS 3 is up to 4x faster compared to last generation's RTX 3090 Ti with DLSS 2. It is also up to 2x faster in today's games while maintaining the same 450 W power consumption. It features 76 billion transistors, 16,384 CUDA cores and 24 GB of high-speed Micron GDDR6X memory, and consistently delivers over 100 frames per second at 4K-resolution gaming. The RTX 4090 will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 12, starting at $1,599.

The company also announced the RTX 4080, launching in two configurations. The RTX 4080 16 GB has 9,728 CUDA cores and 16 GB of high-speed Micron GDDR6X memory, and with DLSS 3 is 2x as fast in today's games as the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and more powerful than the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti at lower power. The RTX 4080 12 GB has 7,680 CUDA cores and 12 GB of Micron GDDR6X memory, and with DLSS 3 is faster than the RTX 3090 Ti, the previous-generation flagship GPU.

Both RTX 4080 configurations will be available in November, with prices starting at $1,199 and $899, respectively.

Source: techPowerUp!

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Rockstar Acknowledges Gargantuan Grand Theft Auto VI Leak
Sep 19, 2022 at 03:59 PM by Android1
Eurogamer’s original story about the leak, which occurred on Sunday, can be found here.

Rockstar has acknowledged the enormous Grand Theft Auto 6 leak of work-in-progress development materials that took place over the weekend.

In a statement published this afternoon on Twitter, as the company returned to work, Rockstar admitted it had suffered a "network intrusion" - a hack - from which the early development footage of GTA 6 had been taken.

Rockstar said it hoped the hack would have no impact on its live services - such as GTA Online - and insisted the leak would not impact the development of the game long-term. Still, Rockstar acknowleged it was "extremely disappointed" at what had happened.

Source: Eurogamer

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Return to Monkey Island Review @ Eurogamer
Sep 19, 2022 at 03:47 PM by Android1
The final game in the Monkey Island series has received a positive review from Eurogamerís Christian Donlan.

I appreciate I have made the pivot to the new game rather late here - even by my wonky standards. The thing is, though, I could probably argue that this is thematic, even harmonious. Because Return to Monkey Island is deeply, deeply in love with the first Monkey Island, The Secret of Monkey Island. In love with it, in thrall to it, in step with its famous beats and itinerary. It deviates, sure, and adds its own glorious new additions to the series, including at least one great new character and a handful of glittering new islands, none of which I will spoil. But from the off it feels like a succession of cherished trinkets dropped into the kind of magical voodoo cooking pot that turns up so often in these games. A spell is being worked. Spiritual successor? The spirit part is right. This is almost an attempt to summon the bright ghosts of the past.

I will honestly try to spoil nothing but the basics. Guybrush Threepwood, the Judge Rheinhold pirate wannabe, is back and eager to really crack the secret of Monkey Island this time. He returns to Melee Island, the series' best location. It's night. The lookout is still blind. Guybrush is still after a ship and a crew and - to be honest - a bit of a plan. He knows what he wants: treasure. But he doesn't know how to get it. And so you set off.

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EVGA Cancels NVIDIA Next-Gen Graphics Cards Plans, Terminates NVIDIA Partnership
Sep 19, 2022 at 03:35 PM by Android1
It is truly the end of an era.

Towards the latter half of August, multiple EVGA employees involved in technical marketing and engineering had let us know privately that they were leaving the company for other ventures. When pushed further, several hinted towards some decisions being made by EVGA's management, including CEO Andrew Han, that would jeopardize their future. Some even went far enough to say they would share more in a few weeks time about how they felt exactly about their time there, the various issues that kept them from doing their best, and also that at least a couple of ex-employees were let go. TechPowerUp was doing due diligence in collecting the facts while keeping emotions aside from contacts who were understandably not in the best of moods, and one thing common across the board was there was something major coming up dealing with the EVGA GPU product line.

Today EVGA decided to throw a massive curve ball by formally announcing the company is canceling its plans to carry the next generation of graphics cards. Given EVGA's revenue sheets point to nearly 80% contribution from being an NVIDIA add-in card partner, this effectively also means an end to a long partnership with NVIDIA. The company's CEO confirmed as much to a few media channels citing poor margins and a challenging, stressful relationship that was no longer fruitful. There are no plans for EVGA to partner with AMD or Intel at this time when it comes to graphics cards and the company stressed they will continue to sell and support current-gen GPUs having retained enough units for RMA purposes too.

Source: techPowerUp!, EVGA, Gamers Nexus, Jon Peddie Research, Tae Kim (Twitter)

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