GPUs

Over the years, the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's SPECviewperf benchmark has become the industry standard for workstation GPU benchmarking. Owing to the fact that, unlike video games, there's little concept of a "standard" workload for CAD, content creation, and visual data analysis tools, as well as the sheer complexity of these applications, there is an ongoing need for a standardized multi-application benchmark. This is both to offer a wider, holistic view of GPU performance under workstation applications, and even more fundamental than that, to provide a proper apples-to-apples testing environment. With the previous release of SPECviewperf dating back to 2013, the benchmark has been due for a refresh – and that has finally arrived this week with the release of SPECviewperf 2020. An incremental update...

Microsoft Now Offers Azure NVv4 Virtual Machines with AMD EPYC & Radeon Instinct

AMD’s 2nd Generation EPYC processors have gained a strong recognition among cloud computing companies, and today numerous instances are powered by AMD’s latest server CPUs. By contrast, however, the...

19 by Anton Shilov on 3/18/2020

Update: NVIDIA GTC 2020 Announcements Postponed Entirely

Update (03/16/2020): What a difference a week makes. Citing the latest developments in the now coronavirus pandemic, NVIDIA has altered its GTC plans once again. The company is now...

26 by Ryan Smith on 3/16/2020

AMD Officially Launches the Radeon RX 590 GME For China: RX 580 Rides Again

While AMD’s Polaris family of GPUs have surprised us in a few different ways, perhaps the most impressive aspect has been their sheer longevity. First introduced in 2016 as...

15 by Ryan Smith on 3/11/2020

NVIDIA Acquires SwiftStack, an Object Storage Company

NVIDIA and SwiftStack have signed an agreement under which the former will aqcuire the latter. SwiftStack develops object storage software that is used for AI, HPC, and accelerated computing...

5 by Anton Shilov on 3/10/2020

AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020 Round-Up: Laying A Path For Bigger & Better Things

AMD’s first Financial Analyst Day since 2017 has just wrapped up. In the last three years AMD has undergone a dramatic change, launching its Zen CPU architecture, and greatly...

54 by Ryan Smith on 3/5/2020

AMD Clarifies Comments on 7nm / 7nm+ for Future Products: EUV Not Specified

As part of AMD’s Financial Analyst Day 2020, the company gave the latest updates for its CPU and GPU roadmap. A lot of this we have seen before, with...

37 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/5/2020

AMD's RDNA 2 Gets A Codename: “Navi 2X” Comes This Year With 50% Improved Perf-Per-Watt

While AMD’s Financial Analyst Day is first and foremost focused on the company’s financial performance – it’s right there in the title – this doesn’t stop the company from...

46 by Ryan Smith on 3/5/2020

AMD's 2020-2022 Client GPU Roadmap: RDNA 3 & Navi 3X On the Horizon With More Perf & Efficiency

As has become something of a tradition for AMD, this year’s Financial Analyst Day included a high level update to the company’s GPU roadmap. The last roadmap we saw...

5 by Ryan Smith on 3/5/2020

AMD Unveils CDNA GPU Architecture: A Dedicated GPU Architecture for Data Centers

Over the last decade, the industry has seen a boom in demand for GPUs for the data center. Driven in large part by rapid progress in neural networking, deep...

26 by Ryan Smith on 3/5/2020

AMD Moves From Infinity Fabric to Infinity Architecture: Connecting Everything to Everything

Another element to AMD’s Financial Analyst Day 2020 was the disclosure of how the company intends to evolve its interconnect strategy with its Infinity Fabric (IF). The plan over...

18 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/5/2020

AMD Discusses ‘X3D’ Die Stacking and Packaging for Future Products: Hybrid 2.5D and 3D

One of AMD’s key messages at its Financial Analyst Day 2020 is that the company wants to remain on the leading edge when it comes to process node technology...

12 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/5/2020

El Capitan Supercomputer Detailed: AMD CPUs & GPUs To Drive 2 Exaflops of Compute

Back in August, the United States Department of Energy and Cray announced plans for a third United States exascale supercomputer, El Capitan. Scheduled to be installed in Lawrence Livermore...

54 by Ryan Smith on 3/4/2020

Intel CFO: Our 10nm Will Be Less Profitable than 22nm [Morgan Stanley Transcription]

This week at Morgan Stanley’s Analyst Conference, Intel’s CFO, George Davis, sat down to discuss the future of where Intel’s profitability lies. No stranger to the odd comments relating...

92 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/4/2020

NVIDIA's 2020 GTC Becomes Latest Coronavirus Event Casualty: Now Digital-Only

Following the ongoing saga of technology event cancelations into March and beyond, NVIDIA has now become the latest event host to cancel or substantially alter a planned event due...

16 by Ryan Smith on 3/2/2020

AMD Posts Radeon Software 20.2.2 Drivers: Focusing on Bug Fixes and Stability

Finding themselves under some fire as of late for driver quality, AMD has released their second Radeon driver update for February. Focused on improving driver stability, today's release, 20.2.2...

29 by Ryan Smith on 2/28/2020

NVIDIA Quietly Reveals GeForce MX350 & MX330: 2020's Entry-Level Laptop GeForce

For the better part of the past 5 years, NVIDIA has held an extremely solid grip on the market for discrete laptop GPUs. From the top to bottom, unless...

16 by Ryan Smith on 2/14/2020

NVIDIA Releases Q4 FY2020 Earnings: A Strong Quarter Closes Out A Weaker Year

Always punctual but moving at their own pace, NVIDIA this afternoon wrapped up their 2020 fiscal year with the release of their earnings for both Q4 and the year...

29 by Ryan Smith on 2/14/2020

A Passively-Cooled GeForce GTX 1650: KalmX by Palit

Passively-cooled video cards are rather rare these days, as the bulk of the market has made peace with today's dual fan actively cooled cards. Luckily, there are a still...

34 by Anton Shilov on 2/7/2020

AMD Launches Updated “Raise the Game” Game Bundle for Radeon RX 5500 & RX 5700 Series

Following last month’s launch of the new Radeon RX 5600 series of video cards, AMD is not done tweaking their product stacks quite yet. Today the company is launching...

16 by Ryan Smith on 2/4/2020

GeForce NOW Leaves Beta, Game Streaming Service Launches With New RTX Servers

For the last several years, NVIDIA has been dabbling in offering game streaming services. Starting out as GeForce GRID for the controller-shaped SHIELD Portable, the service has morphed over...

36 by Ryan Smith on 2/4/2020

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