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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