AMD Raises The Curtains and Reveals The RX Vega Graphics Card, Starting At $399

Topic: High End GPUs

With all the bits of information and leaks that's been thrown around these past couple of months, the full unveiling of the RX Vega graphics card by AMD which took place a couple days ago should not come as a surprise, we all knew it would eventually come to full fruition, it's just a matter of when. Well the time is now, AMD gives us hardware pundits the full details on the graphics card specs, features and  accurate pricing.


The  launching of the Ryzen processor has certainly  brought respectability back to the company in the gaming PC platform. With RX Vega, it'll now  definitely compete with NVIDIA  high end GPU's.  As you well know, Nvidia have been the dominant players in the PC gaming market for the past couple of years, launching some of the most powerful graphics cards in the business, the GTX 980 Ti and The GTX 1080 series certainly comes to mind. The Fury X, which was launched in 2015, two years since AMD launched a graphics card that was buzzworthy. 

With that said, for now, AMD's RX Vega is the star of the  show sporting some pretty interesting  features and specs. 

From all the information I've gathered, AMD will be releasing  three different  RX Vega graphics cards all based on the same GPU, those with eyes and ears to the industry should be familiar with Vega 10 as it powers the current Vega Frontier graphics card, having similar features and specs. AMD presents you the Radeon RX Vega 56 standalone edition, the Vega 64 air cooled and the top tier liquid cooled edition. As a bonus, in purchasing these graphics cards, AMD is throwing together a bundled package, it'll include  two video games,  Prey and Wolfstein II,  $200 discount on a Samsung 34-inch curved ultrawide display with AMD's own FreesSync technology, $100 discount on the Ryzen 7 1800X processor and 370X motherboard combo. You get all this impressive bundle package just forn purchasing a AMD RX Vega graphics card, not a bad way to entice consumer spending. 

 Anyway, bundled package and all, what matters most with any piece of hardware is specs, features and of course performance. Heres the main core specs that is of importance,  it goes as follows: RX Vega 64 liquid cool edition which packs some serious components inside its metallic shell boasts 1407MHz base clock, a 1677 boost clock, 8GB VRAM, 14nm process, 256 texture units. Now a graphics card of this magnitude will require immense power,  which in the case of this particular variant has 345W TDP. This explains the need for a liquid cooler unit.

Like with Nvidia's CUDA core technology, AMD have a pretty unique technology of their own call HBM which is acronym for High bandwidth Memory. Without going into the whole Wikipedia details, the technology achieves much higher bandwidth all while consuming less power. Its different  from VRAM and GDDR5 in terms with how the memory is constructed, HBM is much smaller stacked in 8 DRAM dies. The data travels within memory cells are fast, in the case of the RX Vega, the HBM2 memory is clocked at 1.89Gbps.

The other RX Vega 64 graphics card, though its rocking the same Vega 10 GPU is considered to be somewhat a watered down version as it minuses the liquid cooler with good reason, it has a slightly lower clock speed with a 1247MHz base clock and 1546 boost clock speed. The reduction in the GPU's frequencies is about the only thing that differs from the Vega 64 pairing as it retains the same VRAM 8GB capacity, still running a 1.89Gbps memory bandwidth. The card have a much lower TDP than the liquid cooled card at 295W,  down by 50W.

Then there's  the third member of the RX Vega series, the Vega 56,  the low end variant of the three. The overall GPU clock speed is reduced running at 1156MHz base and 1471MHz boost, the HBM2 memory bandwidth is also reduced at 1.6Gbps. With spec numbers being lower, there's less power consumption, making it most power efficient card of the trio as the wattage is well below the Vega 64 with a 210W TDP.  On the memory front, nothing changes as the  graphics card retains 8GB capacity. 

As for the design, the Vega RX Vega graphic cards mirrors the The Vega Frontier Edition with it minimalist brush metal structure,  solid black, space gray and silver gray as the main color schemes. With the Vega emblem place directly on the middle of the graphics card. Even the cooling setup is the same as the Vega Frontier. 

 

Good news, there is price options, it goes as follows:

  •  Radeon Red Pack RX Vega air cooled-$499
  • Radeon Black Pack RX Vega air cooled-$599
  • Radeon Aqua Pack RX Vega liquid cooled edition-$699

For the Standalone Graphics cards:

  • Radeon RX Vega 64 Air Cooled-$499
  • Radeon RX Vega 56-$399

                                                                                                                         

As best as I can, I've given you all the information on the new Radeon RX Vega series graphics cards and from my vantage point like with the Ryzen processor, AMD is once again winning over the masses with what appears to be a very impressive piece of hardware, on paper that is. How the graphics performs remains to be seen. 

What we're witnessing here  from  AMD is rise from the doldrums of mediocrity in the graphics card arena, bringing about stiff competition into the PC gaming market.  There will be an expected clap back from Nvidia once they launch their much anticipated Volt series GPU in 2018, which by have their own version high bandwidth memory. I mean isn't that how it always works in the graphics card industry? The proverbial anything you can do, I can make it better.

Anyway, you won't be waiting long to get your hands on AMD's latest creation as the launch date is set to take  place on Aug 14th, which is a mere week away.


 

 

 

 

 

The Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200 Quad Cores Processors: Here's What You Need To Know

Topic: AMD CPU's

Its official,  AMD has just officially launched their new Ryzen 3 series quad core processor. This particular processor is priced under $150. The consumer target is the PC builder who want a processor that performs well,  that can multitask and can be overclocked right out of the box without breaking the bank.


The Ryzen 3 series lineup full branding name is the 1300X and 1200, both processors will feature four cores with four processing threads. Missing from these processors are SMT technology (simultaneous threading), deploying a 2+2 CCX (CPU complex) configuration instead.

The main theme with the Ryzen 3 processor is its price friendly delivering decent application and gaming performance. The Ryzen 3 processor is on par with Intel's  Core i3 lineup which also features four cores and  falls in the price friendly category.

Lets examine the important meaningful spec numbers shall we? First up we have the Ryzen 3 1300X, it have a base clock frequency measuring in at 3.5GHz, a 3.7GHz boost clock frequency.  A 3.6GHz all-core-frequency, a 8MB L3 cache, a AM4 socket, 14nm process and a 65W TDP.

Onto the Ryzen 3 1200, it have a base clock frequency that measures at 3.1GHz  a 3.4 boost frequency,  3.1GHz all-core-frequency,  8MB L3 cache, a 14nm process and a 65W TDP.

Now interesting enough, both processors will come with a stock Wraith Stealth CPU cooler which a pretty decent cooler. I myself prefer after market cooler as there are plenty that can be outfitted for the AM4 socket. Plus after market coolers do a better job at lowering temperature and noise level.

First time PC builders who don't want to expend a great deal of currency on a processor or you're an experienced builder looking to put together a low budget gaming system, then the Ryzen 3 processor should be the ideal purchase. The Ryzen 3 1300 X retails for just $129.99, while the 1200 retails for $109.99. Both processors can be purchase at respective vendors, Amazon and NewEggg.


Asus XG-100C 10 Gigabit Ethernet-Yes The NIC Still Exist

Topic: Networking technology

In reference to the title of this post NIC, better known as network interface controllers do still exist. Before we talk about the hardware of topic, the Asus XG-C1000 Gigabit Ethernet, here's a brief history of NIC. Back in the early days of desktop computers, circa early 2000's, you included NIC cards as part of your PC build mainly because networking interface controllers or Ethernet ports weren't included on the motherboard at that time. So in order gain access to the broadband Internet via Ethernet, you had purchase and install a NIC card and hope the drivers you installed actually work because they were sort of a bitch trying to connect the NIC to the Internet.


To speed things up and bring it all into present day 2017, installing a NIC card is not a necessary option anymore as motherboards today come outfitted with a Ethernet ports or NIC controller that's embedded onto the motherboard in a form of a chip. Today, one would feel the need use a NIC card for two reasons, add more Ethernet ports or add a high end NIC so you can  increase bandwidth speed, this brings us to the Asus XG-1000 Gigabit, if you want to add bandwidth power then you should certainly purchase this piece of hardware.

 Speed is definitely the name of game with the Asus XG-1000 Gigabit Nic as its part of the 10GbE ecosystem capable of delivering over 1,000MBps. The main priority with this particular NICis queuing enhancing gaming support. 

Though the XG-1000 does support 10GbE and the latest 2.5 and 5GbE standard, and a much lower bandwidth standard, there seems to be no presence of a consumer branded switch that's used basically in homes and small businesses. When they are readily available, it will allow consumers to use the legacy CAT5e cabling which will avoid any expense of running any type of new wiring in the home. A battery of test performed by various published websites have discovered 10GbE speeds can be achieved in shorter distances when using CAT5e cable.

For me the standout feature on the Asus XG-C100C network card is its support of Priority Queing. This feature will give users full access of QoS, better known as Quality-of Service technology. This technology allows any user to prioritize gaming packets. This is will enable a much smoother gaming experience during heavy networking traffic.

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For the casual PC user Asus XG-1000C is definitely not it, with it outputting 1,000MBps is a bit overkill for even the most experienced hardware enthusiast, but there are certainly advantages of having the extra bandwidth power, one of them we already mentioned, a smoother gaming experience. The other advantage is streaming media content such as movies will be made easy without any type of throttled bottle necking.

Networking hardware such as the Asus XG-1000C usually don't come cheap, price is usually range between $200- $400. Good news, Asus won't have consumers dive deep into the pocket for cash as the network interface card retails for just $100.

Vendors  such as New Egg and Amazon currently have the Asus XG 1000C 10 Gigabit NIC up for sell if you are interested in purchasing such hardware.


The New iPad Pro Outperforms The Mac Pro In Recent Benchmark Tests

Topic:Tablet Benchmarks

Barefeats is a website that mainly covers Apple products recently conducted benchmark test on the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and to the surprise of many and myself included, compared to the  2016 13-inch MacBook Pro benchmark numbers the slate outperformed Apple's flagship notebook.


Impressive benchmark numbers from the iPad Pro is made possible by its beefed up hardware that sports very powerful 2.39GHz A10X fusion chipset, 4GB of RAM, and a quad-core GPU. 

In the Geek bench 4 Multi core CPU we see a 9332 score,  while the 13-inch MacBook Pro using the same benchmark application posted a 8509 score.  In the Geekbench 4-Metal GPU Compute Score test, the iPad Pro posted a 27814 score,  27631 score for the MacBook Pro. Moving on to the GFXBench-Metal Manhattan FPS test, the 10-inch iPad Pro scored a 42 FPS and for the MacBook Pro it scored a 36 FPS. Finally we have the GFXBench-Metal T-Rex FPS test, once again the iPad Pro outperforms the MacBook Pro posting a 215 score to 199.

This proves one thing, obviously the new iPad Pro is a powerful tablet, but  the iOS software optimizes perfectly with its hardware. The same can be said about the current gen iPhone (iPhone 7 and Plus),  it to have software that seems to run smoothly over hardware resulting in impressive benchmark scores.

Now the iPad Pro is very limited in terms of functionality, in the end MacBook Pro will always be the laptop of choice for the power user. The iPad  in particularly the iPad Pro will always be regarded as the best tablet on the market.

 

Source: Barefeats


The Samsung New 49-inch QLED UltraWide Monitor Unveiled

Topic: Curved displays

 Samsung, the company that manufactures all things tech shocked the world this past Friday by unveiling the monstrous CHG90 ultra wide 49-inch QLED curved monitor,  just imagine gaming, watching 4K video or even running spreadsheet software on this visual beast.


Aesthetically pleasing to the visuals is not the monitor only attributes, there's some serious features and specs going on here. The CHG90 features a 32:9 aspect ratio an HD ready display that packs 3840 x 1080 resolution. The monitor is capable of supporting 125 percent sRGB color space, 95 percent DCI-P3 color space and can literally output 1.07 billion colors. Viewing angles are at 178-degrees, there is a insane amount of 1ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate.

The CHG90 is the first gaming monitor on the market that's implemented with AMD FreeSync technology for smoother game play without screen tearing or stuttering. This kind of technology is similar to what NVIDIA is running on most high end gaming monitors you have on the market.

Lets face it, Samsung main consumer target are gamer's, the CHG90 is perfect for first person shooters flight simulation, and sports games such as Madden and 2K basketball.

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The CHG90 monitor is flooded with some impressive features, and lets not forget the 49-inch ultra-wideness that curves, the price though is rather costly at $1,499. You can right now pre order from Amazon, there is no conformation from Samsung on an actual release date, so stay tune.