SAPPHIRE has announced its new cryptocurrency mining specific GPUs, which are coming in a new 'Mining Edition' set of cards with both 4GB and 8GB versions of AMD's Radeon RX 400 and 500 series cards. Ethereum mining is blowing up right now, and I have been all over it building a 41 GPU setup on 10 systems mining 1GH/s.
SAPPHIRE has announced 5 new Mining Edition cards, with British pound pricing from pre-orders on OverclockersUK:
- Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 8GB (Samsung)-£300 ($385)
- Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 8GB-£290 ($372)
- Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 4GB (Samsung)-£260 ($333)
- Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition 4GB-£249 ($319)
- Sapphire Radeon RX 560 Mining Edition 4GB-£170 ($218)
All of the Radeon RX 470 versions of SAPPHIRE's new Mining Edition cards don't have any display outputs, but the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 560 Mining Edition 4GB does feature 1 x DVI port. SAPPHIRE is offering two of its Mining Edition cards with Samsung-made GDDR5 with options for either 4GB or 8GB with Samsung DRAM.
On the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 470 Mining Edition with 8GB of Samsung GDDR5, you should be mining Ethereum at 25-28MH/s versus 24-27MH/s on the Elpida chips. I'm sure you could also manually overclock the GDDR5 on the cards as well, on top of dropping the power draw and GPU clocks for optimum mining.
SAPPHIRE provides a 1-year warranty on the Mining Edition cards, which is something I'd point to the Furmark level stress on the card 24/7. Another thing to consider is that with no display outputs, these cards are useful only for mining. So the second hand market will be next to nothing on used mining cards, compared to graphics cards that can be used for both, and include much longer warranty than 1-year.
AMD has been going on a Vega rampage recently, and while there are no Vega-based graphics cards in anyone's hands just yet, we're hearing about yet another Vega-based graphics card: the Radeon Pro WX 9100.
The new Radeon Pro WX 9100 was reported on by VideoCardz, with 4096 stream processors, 16GB of HBM2 on a 2048-bit memory bus. The new WX 9100 card will feature a Vega GPU, and will surely be one of the fastest graphics cards on the market, succeeding the Polaris 10-based Radeon Pro WX 7100. The new Radeon Pro WX 9100 and its 4096 stream processors would be 1792 cores more than the WX 7100, making it quite the beast. Not only that, but the Radeon Pro WX 9100 will utilize HBM2, compared to the GDDR5 on the WX 7100.
With the release of the new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, it looks like AMD will be aiming the Vega Frontier Edition at game developers (including Gaming Mode) and the new Radeon Pro WX 9100 at professionals in the design and manufacturing industries.
AMD has launched its new Radeon Vega Frontier graphics cards in paper launch fashion with no samples going out to any media, not just outlets like TweakTown, but did you know it has something called 'Gaming Mode'?! Neither did we.
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition rocks Gaming Mode for those times between your professional and gaming lives, where you want to squeeze in some Prey, DOOM, or Battlegrounds goodness. Content creators can switch to "gaming mode" in Radeon Settings, which will change the card from "Radeon Pro Mode" into "Gaming Mode".
AMD launched their next-gen Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card yesterday, but you know what? There are absolutely no performance information on Radeon Vega Frontier at all, nothing apart from what AMD has released themselves, or collaborated on with the likes of PCWorld.
VideoCardz wrote something on Radeon Vega Frontier, and said: Vega is quite possibly one of the most anticipated GPU launches in AMD's history. There are many reasons why this launch is so important. The early adopters of 4K monitors are left with no options other than GeForce GTX 1080 and above. AMD has been teasing demos of 4K gaming on Vega for a while, although no one was able to buy Vega card till today. AMD promised that Vega will launch in the first half of 2017, and that promise was fulfilled. What we didn't know is that only Radeon Pro card will be "available".
This triggered me to think about it, and respond. VC are right, it's not something I haven't been saying myself - but the last straw was AMD launching Radeon Vega Frontier Edition without any reviews. I personally reached out to AMD asking for one of these cards, even at my expense ($2000+) so that I could test it with whatever software I have here (and whatever software AMD would want me to test it with) and I would also do some exclusive cryptocurrency testing. Nothing. I've heard nothing in return about any sampling, or even AMD finding a card at retail and letting me take it.
The huge Ethereum mining rush is still going and while difficulty is dropping and the price of ETH itself is falling rapidly, NVIDIA has finally dumped out its new mining-specific graphics cards. Up first, MSI and GALAX models.
YouTuber 'Cryptomined' got his hands-on the new cards, with his video available above.
The new mining GPUs aren't much better than the consumer gaming graphics cards, with 20MH/s of Ethereum mining @ stock clocks, while we have 24MH/s when overclocked. This is what I'm seeing in all of my testing with stock GTX 1060s. MSI however, didn't even remove the label on the box that says 'the most powerful graphics card'... yeah, somehow I don't think so, MSI.
AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition launches today, with PCWorld being one of the first outlets with the Vega-based graphics card in their hands.
The new AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition has been confirmed at $1200, with 16GB of HBM2 memory, and is air-cooled. The liquid-cooled Radeon Vega graphics card will cost $1800, quite a chunk more. The air-cooled version has a 300W TDP, while the liquid-cooled version has a 375W TDP.
Now remember, Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is not a consumer graphics card for gaming... with AMD aiming it at "data scientists, immersion engineers, and product designers". This pushes it into the same sphere as NVIDIA's Quadro and Tesla cards, and not the TITAN Xp so much. PCWorld had the TITAN Xp in their hands for testing, so why not? AMD set up two identical PCs for PCWorld, rocking Ryzen 7 1800X processors, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, SSDs, 4K displays, and Windows 10 Enterprise Edition.
One of the machines rocked NVIDIA's new TITAN Xp, while the other featured the most exciting graphics card of 2017 (at least so far): Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. PCWorld notes that the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition had its blue anodized heat shroud made in the US, as well as the Radeon logo, and the absolutely beautiful and I-must-have-it-now glowing yellow 'R' also #MadeinAmerica. There were some serious tests thrown at it, including an 8K display.
MSI Afterburner is a super useful piece of software for PC hardware enthusiasts, gamers, and reviewers like myself - but now the latest v4.4.0 Beta 11 release makes it damn near perfect.
Afterburner is now capable of plotting graphics with a bunch of metrics that are supported in the software, including GPU temperatures, CPU clocks, and frame times. If there are sudden, or frequent drops in frame rates, or GPU temperatures start getting out of control - you'll know, and can plot them. Again, perfect for reviewers!
If you want to enable the new plot graphs, go into the "Monitoring" tab and then choose "text+graph" or "graph" under the "Show in On-Screen Display". You can grab the new MSI Afterburner v4.4.0 Beta 11 here, as well as provide MSI with feedback.
We are living and breathing for everything we can handle on Radeon RX Vega, but now the latest tease is that AMD will have "excellent" pricing on Radeon RX Vega.
According to the Bits And Chips Twitter account, which tweeted: "Forget about VEGA in Enterprise market. Next AMD game changer will be NAVI (EPYC:CPU=NAVI:GPU). However, VEGA price will be excellent". I have personally heard that Navi will be a game changer from my own sources, but haven't heard anything about cheap pricing on Radeon RX Vega. This is because HBM2 isn't cheap, especially compared to GDDR5 that's used on the Radeon RX 500 series.
If AMD could price the GTX 1080 Ti competitor in the new Radeon RX Vega family at $499, this is a game changer. $599 and it better beat the GTX 1080 Ti and have a large amount of stock to sell against the $699+ on GTX 1080 Ti... but if there's only a few thousand, NVIDIA will continue to win because it has massive numbers of AIB partners with multiple GTX 1080 Ti models on the market already. $699 is the price of the GTX 1080 Ti, so AMD really can't price Radeon RX Vega here without shooting themselves in the foot.
I think most people have known for a while that AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega will use a lot of power, with the new Radeon Instinct MI25 accelerator delivered with a 300W TDP.
Now we have an MSI marketing director saying: "I've seen the specs of Vega RX. It needs a damn lot of power. We're working on it, which is a start so launch is coming closer :)". We should expect the air-cooled version of Radeon RX Vega to use up to 300W, while a watercooled version could use a little more - but hopefully offer some more OC headroom. Still, I'd rather have a card that uses maximum power, if the performance is warranted, versus GPU Boost 3.0 restricting Pascal-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series cards.
What do you think?
NVIDIA has already released its Volta-based Tesla V100 graphics card, but they've now detailed their new Volta V100 GPU based on the PCIe standard. This rides the news of AMD announcing its new Radeon Instinct MI25 graphics card, with 16GB of HBM2.
The new NVIDIA Volta V100 is built on the new 12nm FFN (FinFET NVIDIA) node from TSMC, and is custom built for NVIDIA's Volta GPUs. Inside, there's an amazing 21 billion transistors, 5120 CUDA cores, 80 SMs, 40 TPCs, and GPU clocks of 1370/1455MHz for base and boost, respectively. NVIDIA has tapped 16GB of HBM2 with a 4096-bit memory bus that provides a huge 900GB/sec of bandwidth.
NVIDIA's new PCIe-based Volta V100 doesn't support NVLINK of course, but it sports a dual-slot cooler with black/gold color scheme that looks slick as hell. But, how does it compare to the new Radeon Instinct MI25 graphics card? Let's take a look.
- Radeon Instinct MI25: FP16 @ 24.6 TFLOPs
- NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: FP16 @ 28 TFLOPs
- Radeon Instinct MI25: FP32 @ 12.3 TFLOPs
- NVIDIA Volta V100 PCIe: FP32 @ 14 TFLOPs