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— The high performance ray-tracing RTX 2080 Super follows the recent release of the 2060 Super and 2070 Super, from NVIDIA’s latest range of refreshed Turing RTX GPUs. The 2080 Super is a higher binned version of the original RTX 2080 which it replaces at the same price of $700 USD. In terms of specification changes between the two, the 2080 has 2944 CUDA cores, compared to 3072 in the 2080 Super, core and boost clocks have increased from 1515 MHz and 1710 MHz to 1650 MHz and 1815 MHz, respectively, memory bandwidth has increased from 14 Gbps to 15.5 Gbps and the TDP has increased from 215 W to 250 W. This translates to a roughly 10% effective speed advantage over the original 2080. Competition in this price bracket is in the form of the AMD’s Radeon VII, over which, early benchmarks suggest, the 2080 Super commands a 15% effective speed advantage. The RTX 2080 Super however, is not a value champion and those seeking more bang for their buck may do well to consider Nvidia’s own $500 USD RTX 2070 Super (which has 17% lower effective speed).

1 month ago.

— The RTX 2070 Super replaces the RTX 2070 in Nvidia’s line-up of ray-tracing high performance GPUs, yielding around a 10% performance improvement at the same $500 USD price point. The 2070 Super has been upgraded to use the same GPU die as in the RTX 2080, and now has 2560 CUDA cores, up from 2304 in the 2070. It has a base and boost clock speed of 1605 and 1770 MHz respectively and a 215 W power draw compared to the 185 W per the original 2070. The launch of the RTX 2070 Super comes at an exciting time for those in the market for a new graphics card, who can also choose from AMD’s latest first generation RDNA RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT. Some swift maneuvering on price by AMD prior to launch date means that the RX 5700 XT is currently $100 USD cheaper than the 2070 Super. An RTX 2060 Super has also been launched. Also, an RTX 2080 Super is set for launch in the near future which will replace the 2080 offering at the $700 price point.

2 months ago.

— Nvidia’s high performance RTX 2060 Super GPU is a refreshed version of their RTX 2060 launched just 10 months prior. With this iteration, NVIDIA are hoping to contest AMD’s recent RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT with a better value proposition than compared to the 2060. The RTX 2060 Super uses the same GPU die as in the 2060, but has extra CUDA cores (increasing from 1920 to 2176) and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory (up from 6 GB), capable of delivering 448 GB/s of memory bandwidth. It has a base and boost frequency of 1470 and 1650 MHz respectively, and has a TDP of 175 W, compared to 160 W in the 2060. Overall, there is a 15-20% increase in effective speed from the 2060 to 2060 Super, for around a $50 USD premium on reference price tags. For now Nvidia will retain the "not-Super" RTX 2060 as the most affordable GPU in the ray-tracing 2000 series at $350 USD.

2 months ago.

— The RX 5700 XT is AMD’s latest flagship 1440p gaming graphics card which has been released alongside their 7nm Zen 2 processors. The 5000 series of GPUs feature the first iteration of AMD’s new RDNA 7nm microarchitecture, also known as Navi. Specifically the 5700 XT has 40 compute units (compared to 36 in the RX 5700 - a cut down version) and a game frequency (comparable to Nvidia’s boost frequency) of 1.76 GHz (versus 1.63 GHz in the RX 5700). AMD have limited the frequency to a max boost clock of 1.9 GHz. Like the 5700, the 5700 XT has 8 GB of GDDR6 high-speed memory, capable of delivering 448 GB/s of memory bandwidth and features PCIe 4.0 support. The 5700 XT has slightly more power consumption with a 225 Watt TDP compared to 180 Watts for the 5700. The first benchmarks suggest that these differences in specifications result in the 5700 XT having around a 15% faster effective speed than the 5700 for a 13% price premium. Nvidia have announced refresh versions of their recent RTX models in the form of the RTX 2060 Super, 2070 Super and 2080 Super, which are poised to offer better performance and value than the previous generations. The RTX Super cards are also due for release now (July 2019) so shop prices will determine where the best value for money lies.

2 months ago.

— AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 is a mid-range, first generation Navi 10 gaming GPU. Navi (aka Radeon DNA or RDNA) is built on a 7nm process and includes new anti-lag and image sharpening technology. The 5700 is a high performance 1440p card with 36 compute units (compared to 40 in the 5700 XT), a game frequency (comparable to Nvidia’s boost frequency) of 1.63 GHz (versus 1.76 GHz in the 5700 XT) and 8 GB of GDDR6 high-speed memory, delivering 448 GB/s of memory bandwidth. At $349 USD, the 5700 is more affordable than the $399 USD 5700 XT, its approximately 15% faster and more power hungry sister card (225 W for the 5700 XT, versus 180 W for the 5700). However, initial benchmarks suggest the 5700 offers comparable value for money. Not to be outplayed, Nvidia have swiftly responded by announcing new Super (refresh) versions of the RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080, for sale by the end of July 2019. Benchmarks and prices are necessary to confirm which graphics card offers the best bang for buck. What is certain is that there is a lot more choice in the upper end of the GPU market.

2 months ago.

— The GTX 1650 supersedes NVIDIA’s two year old 1050, outperforming it by around 52%. It features a TU117 processor based on the latest Turing architecture, which is a reduced version of the TU116 in the GTX 1660. The 1650 has 896 NVIDIA CUDA Cores, a base/boost clock of 1485/1665 MHz and 4GB of GDDR5 memory running at up to 8Gbps. The reference version has a low (75W) power consumption and higher power variants are available with greater overclocking headroom. At a list price of USD $150, this card is the cheapest Turing based graphics card available, however, in the budget market where “value for money” reigns supreme, AMD’s two year old RX 570 8GB outperforms the 1650 by around 15%, has double the memory (therefore is more future proof) and can often be found cheaper. NVIDIA will have to discount prices significantly in order to draw budget gamers to the GTX 1650.

4 months ago.

— NVIDIA's GTX 1660 follows hot on the heels of last month's release of the GTX 1660 Ti. As the name would suggest, the 1660 is a slightly scaled back version of the 1660 Ti. Both feature NVIDIAs's new TU116 Turing based die, have 6GB of VRAM, are without RTX cores and have a power draw (TDP) of 120W. The main differences arise from the number of CUDA cores: the 1660 has 1408 whilst the 1660 Ti has 1536, and memory bandwidth: the 1660 can deliver 8 Gpbs using ubiquitous GDDR5 (as featured in the GTX 1060 3GB and 6GB) versus the 1660 Ti which can deliver 12 Gpbs using newer, faster and dearer GDDR6. Early benchmarks show that the GTX 1660 has about a 20% lower effective speed than the 1660 Ti, but with an entry price of $219 USD, the 1660 is also about 20% cheaper. Further, the 1660 has a 12% effective speed advantage over the ~$230 USD 6GB 1060 and a similar real world effective speed to AMD's $265 USD RX 590. NVIDIAs strategy of offering great value Turing products at all price tiers can only be good for competition and consumers.

6 months ago.

— The GTX 1660 Ti the latest mid-range and mid-priced graphics card for gamers, succeeding the now two year old GTX 1060 6GB. As NVIDIA have tried to imply with their naming convention, performance of this 16 series GPU lies somewhere between their 10 series and 20 series but the 16 does not contain any of the recent RTX cores, which given the lack of RTX ready games, by itself is no hindrance at all. The 1660 Ti features a new TU116 Turing based die, 6GB of VRAM, 1536 CUDA cores and has a 120W TDP which is a remarkably low power draw for its performance. The reference GPU clock speeds are 1500MHz and 1770MHz for base and boost respectively, and manufacturer overclocked speeds will be higher. Early benchmarks show that the 1660 Ti has a clear 33% effective speed advantage over its $60 cheaper 1060 6GB predecessor and that it performs just 4% slower than the $80 more expensive GTX 1070 in terms of effective speed. As well as crowding out the direct competition from NVIDIA’s own 1070, at an opening price of $280, the GTX 1660 Ti competes squarely with AMD’s RX 590 ($260) which has an 18% lower effective speed. Perhaps this will be an impetus for AMD to adjust pricing for the RX 590 and offer something more value-led in the mid-range.

7 months ago.

— The widely anticipated (albeit currently not widely available) prosumer AMD Radeon VII is finally available. It features a next generation Vega 20 GPU which is based on a 7nm manufacturing process, compared to 14nm in the first generation flagship: the RX Vega 64. The Radeon VII has a massive 16GB of expensive high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) which offers a decent degree of future proofing and also makes it a good choice for memory hungry applications, however most current games do not require more than the 8GB that comes with both NVIDIA's RTX 2080 and AMD’s RX Vega 64. The Radeon VII has fewer cores than the RX Vega 64 (3840 vs 4096) but clock speeds have been boosted up to 1800 MHz compared to 1546 MHz in the RX Vega 64, the net result is 13.8 TFLOPS single precision computations (versus 13.4 TFLOPS for the RX Vega 64). On the negative side, the Radeon VII is designed with three cooling fans which can get noisy and early software drivers are reported to be buggy. Whilst there is a modest 16% performance advantage over the RX Vega 64, initial benchmarks indicate that the Radeon VII has an effective speed which is 6% short of the similarly priced RTX 2080.

7 months ago.
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