Category Archive: GPU

ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 UEFI VBIOS

After much digging around we finally found a UEFI updater for the Asus HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 video card. Unfortunately Asus has configured the software to only work with Asus branded UEFI capable motherboards, even though the VBIOS is for a video card. That is called compulsory tied selling and it’s illegal in Canada and many other countries. Restrictive …

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AMD RADEON INSTINCT

AMD has introduced some new GPU produced based on the Polaris 10 under the Radeon Instinct. The new GPUs are equipped with 16GB of VRAM which is needed for running larger shader based programs. Intel, Nvidia and IBM has been more visible in the market with AI based products. Deep learning and AI are long …

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EVGA GTX 1070 & GTX 1080 VRM OVERHEATING

We have noticed some reports of EVGA GTX 1070 and EVGA GTX 1080 cards with dual fans that are overheating. The problem is the cooler does not cover the regulators which tend to run hot. This can lead to overheating. The issue affects ACX dual fan cards, blower fan cards are not affected. About 1 …

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64-BIT WINDOWS: DX12 & DUAL VIDEO CARDS

Ashes of the Singularity is the first game to support Windows 10 and DX12. While the game will run with 8192MB RAM, the developer recommends 16384 MB or more. This is another reason we recommend a RAM upgrade. Now that 14nm video cards are widely available we expect a flood of DX12 games now that there …

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GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti

The GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 I have been launched to replace the older GTX 950 and GTX 750 Ti cards. AMD has responded with a price cut to pressure NVIDIA card vendors. NVIDIA’s Pascal cards have much fast base clock speeds. We expect immediate retail price cuts for the older GTX 750 Ti and …

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AMD REDUCES RX 460 & RX 470 BY $10

AMD has cut prices on their MSRP for the RX 460 and RX 470 video cards. AMD says that it is positioning the RX 470 directly against the GTX 1050 Ti and previous gen GTX 960 cards. It doesn’t just beat the opponent cards on speeds, the Polaris card also surpasses the competition on technology; …

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4K UHD BLU-RAY

The fall we expect to see the first crop of new 4K UHD Blu-ray movies to become available. We have long used the gaming box with a Blu-Ray drive to watch DVD and BD moves. The drive we use now is BDXL which is capable of 128GB disks maximum. The real change is with the …

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NVIDIA GTX 1050

GP107 1316 MHz 1380 boost 768 CUDA 48 TMUs 32 ROPs 128-bit memory interface 2048MB & 4096MB GDDR5 1752 MHz 75-90W The GTX 1050 will launch for maybe $150 to compete with the Polaris 11 from AMD. The GPU has 6 pascal SMM modules which provides 768 CUDA cores. This is the same as the …

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HBM2

Main memory on a PC is designed for field replaceable slots. Video cards have their memory soldered to the logic board. Both have limitations for bandwidth. High Bandwidth Memory was proposed as an industry standard by AMD and Hynix, started in 2010 and adopted by JEDEC as JESD235 in October 2013. High Bandwidth Memory is targeted for high-performance graphics accelerators …

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SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RADEON RX 480

The Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 is an enthusiast video card for high performance gaming. The new Polaris 10 is the first generation of new 14nm FinFet video cards from AMD. The 8GB version of this card launched at $269, 14nm FinFet Polaris 10 GCN 4th gen 2304 stream processors 1342 MHz 8GB GDDR5 2000 MHz …

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AMD RADEON R5 435

The AMD R5 435 is an OEM graphics solution for entry level machines. This card is not sold in retail channels. AMD  Oland PCI Express 3.0 x8 28nm 320 cores 5 GCN cores 20 TMUs 8 ROPs 2048MB GDDR3 or GDDR5 64-bit memory 1030 MHz GPU clock 659.2 GFLOPS DX12 OpenGL 4.4 Mantle 1.0 Vulcan …

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GTX 1070 AND GTX 1080 VRAM

We have seen many forum posts over the VRAM as found on NVIDIA GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards. It seems that cards with Micron memory have some issues with switching from idle to higher speeds. Overclocking enthusiasts report that overvolting the memory and locking it stabilizes the card. Almost all vendors sell cards …

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ZOTAC GT 710

Zotac GT 710

The Zotac GT 710 (ZT-71304-20L) will not top the benchmark charts but it does have some interesting features. The Kepler GK208 processor is clocked at 954 MHz and has compute performance of around 366 GFLOPS. The low cost of the GT 710 is below the price of even as single popular game., First off the one …

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EVGA GTX 950 LINEUP

The EVGA GeForce GTX 950 is a true gaming GPU designed for every PC gamer. It’s built to the exact specifications of the GeForce GTX family and powered by NVIDIA Maxwell – the most advanced GPU architecture ever created – to deliver 3x the performance of previous-generation cards. The GTX 950 competes with the R7 …

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WINDOWS 10 AND DUAL NVIDIA VIDEO CARDS

Generally dual video cards are envisioned by most consumers as 2 identical cards for NVIDIA SLI or AMD CFX. Windows 10 and DX12 however have changed the way video cards can be used. For older games a high end card can handle games through DX11 easily at 1920×1080. Dual cards are only needed with 3820×2160 …

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HDCP 2.2

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) has been used (most commonly, over HDMI links) to protect the path between the player and display from unauthorized access. Unfortunately, the version of HDCP used to protect HD Blu-Ray content was compromised quite some time back. Content owners decided that 4K content would require an updated protection mechanism, and …

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ZOTAC GT 720

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The Zotac GT 720 (ZT-71204-10L) will not top the benchmark charts but it does have some interesting features. The Kepler GK208 processor is clocked at 797 MHz and has compute performance of around 366 GFLOPS (well below that of modern integrated graphics). First off the card using a PCI Express x16 slot which means it can be …

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NVIDIA GTX 970 BUG

There has been a lot of media over the problems with the GTX 970 and the 4096MB VRAM it ships with. This page will make it clear why you should return the card as defective. First we use MSI Afterburner and the OSD so we can see immediately how much VRAM is being used ay …

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ZOTAC GT 730

The Zotac GT 730 (ZT-71101-10L) is a big step up from the GT 710 and GT 720. The Kepler GK208 processor is clocked at 902 MHz and has compute performance of around 720 GFLOPS First off the card using a PCI Express x16 slot which means it can be installed in any available slot. Many machines …

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VAMERY COUNTERFEIT NVIDIA CARDS

Avoid the Vamery brand of NVIDIA cards. They are counterfeit. They are older cards or counterfeits with a hacked BIOS to make them appear to be a more recent model such as a GTX 650 or GTX 760. Cards like the old GT 440 were being sold as GTX 660 cards etc. These are made …

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