For nearly a decade, common sense has dictated that most people don't need a standalone graphics card in their computer. Gamers need them to make rich titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider hum, and some professionals, like video editors and 3D designers, need them to take the pain out of rendering huge multimedia files. For everyone else, a video card has been treated more like a luxury item than a necessary computer component. But AMD's $130 Radeon RX 550, a graphics card that costs a little more than the brand new games you'll render on it, is such a good value that it might make you rethink the notion that a graphics card is a splurge you should skip.
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It's a big year if you're a PC gaming enthusiast. Alongside Intel's new Extreme Edition CPUs, both Nvidia and AMD have released new graphics cards. All price points from $300 to $1200 have been overhauled with new GPUs offering much-increased performance, more efficient power consumption and new VR-friendly feature-sets — so here's how they all perform relative to each other.
Looking to upgrade your computer with a graphics card that can handle VR, or you're looking to build a PC on the cheap for gaming at 1080p with a bit of dabbling at 1440p resolutions? That's the crowd AMD is trying to hit with their new Radeon RX 480, and it manages to do so admirably.
But just like games, you'll want to make sure you get the best possible deal. So to help you out, here's a list of some of the cheapest RX 480's in the country.
"250 Servers in a box." That's how Nvidia describes the DGX-1 — the world's first commercially available supercomputer specifically built for deep learning. Packing in eight Tesla P100 GPUs that are capable of delivering up to 170 teraflops at peak performance, it is hands-down the most powerful system Nvidia has ever brought to market. We took some snapshots of this AI behemoth on the GTC showroom floor. Feast yer eyes!
Attention graphics card fanatics: at approximately 2AM AEST, Nvidia will be kicking off its keynote address for GTC 2016 — one of the premiere events for GPU developers. This year, the focus is on artificial intelligence, virtual reality and self driving cars along with some big hardware announcements that we're not allowed to talk about (yet). Once again, Gizmodo will be blogging from the event live. Get your cat naps in and we'll see you at 2am sharp!
AMD's Radeon R9 Nano was the most interesting card in the company's most recent graphics refresh — not because it was the most powerful (that'd be the watercooled R9 Fury X), but because it was the most efficient, and used its power in a tiny footprint that would fit a Mini ITX motherboard. Now, it's had a pretty significant price cut in Australia.
In the latest announcement for their Crimson drivers, AMD took steps to show how they've listened to the community and improved the user experience for gamers. "The community feedback gave us a clear list of issues," the company said.
As it turns out, performance in games is a bit of a priority for AMD's customers. And being able to play GTA 5 and Diablo 3 without crashing: surprisingly high on the list.
I've been using Nvidia graphics in my gaming PCs for quite a while — at least a couple of generations. Short dalliances with water-cooled monsters like AMD's R9 295X2 and R9 Fury X haven't been enough to tear me away. Maybe it's time to change, though; after some time away from AMD cards, I gave MSI's R9 390X Gaming 8GB GPU a bit of a test drive, and came away impressed.
You might say 2015 hasn't been the most exciting year for graphics cards, though in many ways it was more eventful than 2014. The only big highlight last year was the arrival high-end Maxwell GPUs in the form of the GeForce GTX 980 and 970. Then this year Maxwell did what many thought was impossible: becoming considerably faster.
Six weeks ago, AMD formed the Radeon Technologies Group, a subset of the company focused on cutting-edge graphics and exploring the potential of virtual reality and DirectX 12. As part of that shift, AMD is ridding itself of Catalyst, the driver brand that has been around since 2002 — and the future is all about Radeon Software.
For years, top-of-the-line graphics cards have become more and more powerful, but that has been accompanied by a shift towards more heat and more bulk — larger, hotter graphics cards like the R9 295X2 and the GeForce GTX Titan. That's changed, though; AMD's new R9 Nano graphics card is small and cool but still powerful, and it's a compromise that we think is a great one.
Technology is getting smaller. We see it in our smartphones and tablets getting thinner, our laptops getting longer battery life. The same is true in the world of graphics cards. AMD's new Radeon R9 Nano is almost half the size of last generation's flagship graphics cards, but it has significantly more computing power — it's made for 4K gaming.
This year, I bought myself an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card. It was time to upgrade. And I was pleasantly surprised to find I could buy a mini version of one of the best cards ever made. Now, I can potentially fit my beefy gaming PC into a console-sized case. But a new card from AMD is about to do small and powerful even better.
If you don't have the cash to splash on Nvidia's eyeball-melting Titan X, then this is the GTX 980 Ti — the next GeForce flagship, designed for smooth frame rates at 1080p, 1440p and even 4K gaming of brand new AAA titles like The Witcher 3, GTA V and Project CARS. It's the newest and most powerful 9-series graphics card from Nvidia, and overtakes even the regular GTX 980 by a fair margin.
Deep structured learning is one of computer science's most intriguing disciplines. Essentially, it involves the creation of computer systems that can make reasoned decisions based on prior experience with learning data sets — in short, a computer that can "think" for itself. But how do you build a machine learning system that actually works? This PowerPoint presentation attempts to map out the entire process in a single slide.
Nvidia has been kicking a lot of goals recently. It released the GTX 980, the world's most powerful single-GPU graphics card in November last year, and did the same with its laptop chips. Now there's a new king of desktop graphics, the Titan X — and this is one really really ridiculously powerful card.