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AMD is making a self-driving AI processor for Tesla

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 15 hours, 50 mins ago

It looks like AMD might have scored a seriously large contract through electric car maker Tesla Motors, with the companies collaborating on a new AI accelerator for self-driving cars.

 

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Jim Keller, the legendary engineer in AMD's ranks is reportedly involved in the deal, along with 50 engineers at Tesla. Keller has been involved with Apple's A4 and A5 processors, the original Athlon 64 processors, and AMD's latest Zen architecture.

 

AMD has reportedly already sent Tesla early samples of the new semi-custom chip, with testing already underway. For Tesla, this is the firs ttime they've opted for a purpose built AI processor, which will be using both AMD and Tesla IP.

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AMD partners still don't have Vega GPUs for custom cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 17 hours, 59 mins ago

It was only 24 hours ago that we reported about the delayed custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, but now Hardwareluxx has talked with four manufacturers that have provided very similar answers.

 

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I reached out to some of my AIB contacts and can also personally confirm AMD hasn't shipped any Vega GPUs yet, and that they should turn up sometime next month. VideoCardz has also reached out to their contacts, with the same news, as it seems AMD is in trouble with Vega production.

 

As for the four manufacturers that Hardwareluxx talked to, this is what they said (in a rough translation):

 

  • Manufacturer A: Custom RX Vega models are already developed and ready to be launched, company is waiting for GPUs from AMD. They can't estimate when more variants of RX Vega 56 will be available.
  • Manufacturer B: AMD is always focusing on reference models first, however the availability is a major issue and causes delays of custom models. They have no date for custom designs to be available.
  • Manufacturer C: Manufacturer has no final specs nor launch date for their custom design. They waiting for GPUs to be delivered, they assume no cards will be ready by mid-October.
  • Manufacturer D: They are waiting for GPUs, no comment on their custom designs.

AMD's next-gen Vega: made on 12nm FinFET, coming in 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 19 hours, 36 mins ago

AMD can't get enough Radeon RX Vega cards into gamers' hands, or any Vega 10 GPUs into AIB partner hands at all, but we're already looking to the future with Vega 20 and the upcoming shift to the 12nm FinFET process.

 

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AMD has confirmed it will be moving to the 12nm FinFET process for both Ryzen and Vega parts, withi the upcoming Zen+ parts to launch in the second half of 2018. We should expect naming systems like Ryzen 7 1850X (up from 1800X), and changes to Threadripper.

 

But for the new Vega 20 GPU, we should see it pushed onto 12nm FinFET with "more than 10% improvement in performance over industry 16nm FinFET solutions", with "up to 15% improvement in circuit density".

 

All I can say is that we're going to need it if AMD wants to push into a single GPU product that is capable of 4K 60FPS, let alone the GPU horsepower required for 8K 60FPS.

Custom Radeon RX Vega cards not coming until November

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

It looks like we won't be seeing any custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards until at least the end of October, and probably more into November.

 

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According to Hardware.fr who reached out to AIB partners making custom Radeon graphics cards, and said that no manufacturers are ready apart from one unnamed manufacturer who said that they're waiting for Vega GPUs to arrive.

 

If AIB partners are still waiting for Vega GPUs, then the custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards are still many months away, with a November launch making sense. Remember that I posted a world exclusive scoop on there only being less than 16,000 x Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in the months post-launch... and here we are.

 

We have no official sales numbers on Radeon RX Vega from AMD just yet, only that it has been a great launch (like AMD would come out and say a launch has been bad, no company would).

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EVGA releases VRM board: tweak GPU/MB voltage on-the-fly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 15 hours ago

EVGA continues to lead the pack with overclocking products, and underlines that fact with the release of their new EPOWER V card. EVGA's new standalone VRM board provides additional power to graphics cards and motherboards, allowing you to break out of the voltage shackles on even the best graphics cards and motherboards on the market.

 

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The EPOWER V board features two fully-independent voltage outputs, as well as a built-in EVBot MKII, which lets you adjust voltage control on-the-fly. The EPOWER V board is powered by 3 x 6-pin PCIe power connectors, while input is provided through a 12+2 phase design that provides a massive injection of VCORE and VMEM into your graphics card, letting it break through those ridiciulously low voltages, and into an entire new level.

 

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EVGA even provides USB 3.1 Type-C and softwre controls, which lets you connect the USB cable up to your PC and use software to control the EPOWER V board. A fully detailed rundown on the amazing new EPOWER V board can be found here.

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NVIDIA Tesla V100 tested: near unbelievable GPU power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 16 hours ago

AMD might have just launched their new Vega GPU architecture with a slew of Vega-based products (Radeon Vega, Radeon RX Vega, Radeon Pro WX, and Radeon Instinct) but the real king is NVIDIA's now months-old Volta GPU architecture.

 

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We don't hear much about NVIDIA's Volta GPU architecture because it's still a while out from finding its way into consumer GeForce graphics cards, but the supercomputer/AI/deep learning markets are now receiving their new Volta-based Tesla V100 accelerators which means... BENCHMARK TIME!

 

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First off, let's look at the difference between the previous-gen Pascal-based Tesla P100 and the new Volta-based Tesla V100. Starting off with 12x more deep learning training performance, with 10 TFLOPs on P100 up to a freakin' is-it-real 120 TFLOPs of 'DL training' on V100.

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GeForce GTX 1070 Ti rumors begin, would hurt RX Vega

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week ago

AMD could be in trouble with RTG boss Raja Koduri going on a sabbatical as of yesterday, but the news of NVIDIA working on a new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card is even bigger news.

 

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NVIDIA already has a great mid-range borderline high-end card with the current GeForce GTX 1070, but a Ti variant in the GTX 1070 Ti could really rock AMD's world. NVIDIA will reportedly be using 2304 CUDA cores on the new GTX 1070 Ti

 

  • GTX 1070: 1920 CUDA cores
  • GTX 1070 Ti: 2304 CUDA cores
  • GTX 1080: 2560 CUDA cores
  • GTX 1080 Ti: 3584 CUDA cores
  • TITAN Xp: 3840 CUDA cores

 

As VideoCardz says this could just be a typo as it shows the ASUS GTX 1070 Ti STRIX O8G, but if it's real it could get very thick for AMD, very fast. We will report more as it breaks.

RTG boss takes 'sabbatical', Lisa Su takes over RTG

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Update: I've since confirmed this with AMD and they will be providing me with a response shortly.

 

AMD launched their next-gen Vega GPU architecture just a few weeks ago and it has been a sea of controversy ever since, but now we're hearing that Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri is going on a break until the start of 2018, with AMD CEO Lisa Su stepping into Koduri's shoes for the next few months.

 

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Radeon RX Vega launched in two varieties: Radeon RX Vega 56 and Radeon RX Vega 64, offering GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 levels of performance. Both cards were meant to represent a return to form for Radeon, especially as the GPU division split off into RTG in the end of 2015.

 

AMD was hitting quite a few home runs with the Radeon RX 400 series, their politically-charged 'VR isn't just for the 1%' marketing, and Polaris in general. The Radeon RX 500 series really wasn't that great and more of a rebrand and tweak of the RX 400 series, but Vega was meant to be a CHAMPION. AMD had planned Radeon RX Vega for earlier this year, but ran into multiple problems with HBM2 yields, and then Vega itself is hot, power hungry, and performs like NVIDIA's cards from 18 months ago. There's not much to work with there.

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Vega 20 coming in 2018: 7nm, 1TB/sec+ HBM2, so much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

AMD might have tripped over releasing Radeon RX Vega in its current form, but the upcoming Vega 20 chip should be a monster. According to Digitimes, orders have already been placed for Vega 11 (the cut down version of the current flock of Vega cards), while Vega 20 is right around the corner.

 

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Digitimes reports: "Packaging specialist SPIL, which has already obtained orders for AMD's Vega 10-series chips, will continue to hold the majority of backend orders for the Vega 11 series, the sources noted". Globalfoundries will make AMD's new Vega 11 chips on the 14nm LPP process, while SPIL will take care of the packaging and integration of the GPU and HBM2 dies.

 

But we're not here for Vega 11 news now, are we? Vega 20 is AMD's next-gen high-end GPU that will be built to handle all tasks between 4K and beyond gaming, AI and supercomputing. The big news here is that AMD will reportedly be tapping TSMC for their new Vega 20 creation, as it will be baked onto TSMC's surely impressive 7nm process.

 

Vega 20 will be thrown into volume production in 2018, and should feature up to 32GB of HBM2 with up to 1TB/sec+ of memory bandwidth on the full, proper 4096-bit memory bus (Vega 10 is on a gimped 2048-bit memory bus with the 8GB of HBM2 held back at 484GB/sec).

NVIDIA's new DGX-1V system ships, costs $149,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

NVIDIA unleashed its next-gen DGX-1V system earlier this year, promising a Q3 2017 launch, and have followed through with that launch now shipping the first Volta-based DGX-1V systems.

 

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The first Volta-based DGX-1V system was shipped to MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS), which is a "Massachusetts-based research group focusing on AI and machine learning applications in healthcare", reports AnandTech. This means CCDS is one of the first research institutes with the new Volta-based AI supercomputer, an upgrade from their Pascal-based DGX Station.

 

CCDS will be using the AI supercomputers in training deep neural networks that will be evaluating medical images and scans, with AnandTech adding that they'll be "using Massachusetts General Hospital's collection of phenotypic, genetics, and imaging data. In turn, this can assist doctors and medical practitioners in making faster and more accurate diagnoses and treatment plans".

 

NVIDIA's new DGX-1V features 8 x Tesla V100 accelerators, with 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2698 v4 processors (20C/40T), 512GB DDR4-2133 LRDIMM, and a total of 128GB of HBM2 (8 x 16GB HBM2 per Tesla V100).

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