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Real-time ray tracing will be tough for video cards only by 2027

At GDC 2016, NVIDIA demonstrated a tech demo of ray tracing performed in real time on the DGX supercomputer via the DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API. This system provides a theoretical computing capacity of over 63 TFLOPS for the total system, of which approximately 62 TFLOPS were used for ray tracing.

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Thus, a so-called threshold or benchmark was established for what would be required to achieve hybrid real-time ray tracing (RT RT) on a consumer desktop machine. 

A top-end gaming PC today with a GTX 1080 Ti has around 11 TFLOPS (SP32). So, assuming that Moore's law continues to gain momentum and we get a doubling of performance every three years, then top-end video cards with 62 TFLOPS, capable of processing ray tracing in real time, will not be released until 2027.

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AMD's share of the gaming GPU market is 53%

According to the latest Jon Peddie Research report, AMD's market share in gaming GPUs is around 53%.

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However, it is worth noting that AMD sales are limited not only to the PC market, but also to the console market, since most current generation consoles use AMD graphics for their needs (Xbox One and PS4).

However, according to analysts, AMD could drop to 51% thanks to the incredible popularity of the Nintendo Switch, which uses Nvidia Tegra GPUs.

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AMD G-Series Embedded Processors Power New Toshiba D10 POS Systems

AMD G-Series Embedded Processors used in new systems Toshiba D10 POS. These are stylish and compact solutions that provide the functionality they need at the right price for small businesses and fast-growing retailers. With energy efficiency, multi-display connectivity, and scalability, AMD G-Series embedded processors can optimize power consumption and support innovative small form factors, reducing overall development costs for devices like the Toshiba D10. The Toshiba D10 POS terminal allows retailers to achieve brilliant results with a small platform that is powerful and easy to install and maintain. The solution is designed for Asia, EMEA and Latin America and is an open platform with a wide range of supported operating systems (OS). It meets the functionality, style and versatility needs of today's retailers.

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“Launching a new business or making a strategic investment to support a rapidly growing business is a decision that any retailer must make very carefully. That's why Toshiba decided to introduce the D10 system to the market,” said Dr. Stefan K. Markham, Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Product Portfolio, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. “Leveraging our experience working with some of the world's largest retailers, we have been able to identify the most important characteristics to help growing retailers execute their business plans and make technology investment decisions that fit their budgets and growth ambitions. And thanks to our partnership with AMD, we were able to do this. The future looks very bright!”

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MMD unveils Philips Momentum line of monitors for consoles

The first model in the Philips Momentum line to debut 436M6VBPAB with a huge 43-inch VA panel and 4K UHD resolution. The maximum brightness of the 436M6VBPAB is 1000 cd/m², the color gamut complies with the BT.709 standard by 100% and the DCI-P3 standard by 97,6%, and thanks to the color depth of 8 bits + 2 bits FRC (Frame Rate Control) provides a figure of 1,07 billion colors. The new product also became the world's first monitor that complies with the VESA DisplayHDR 10001 standard. It also supports Quantum Dot technology, which replaces traditional LED backlight options. This innovative semiconductor technology produces vibrant, dynamic colors: Quantum Dot narrow-wavelength sources for red, green and blue provide greater saturation, accuracy of primary colors. The 436M6VBPAB is a true high-end gaming monitor, which it lives up to with Low Input Lag and SmartResponse modes for faster visual feedback, as well as AdaptiveSync for smooth gameplay display.

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Some gamers prefer desktop computers, special gaming chairs and use mainly monitors with a diagonal of 24-32 inches, which are placed at a short distance from themselves (less than 1 m). Others choose a game console connected to a large TV, and sit comfortably on a sofa or chair at a greater distance from the display. Console game sales in 2017 ranked second in volume in the global gaming market at 29%, according to NewZoo. Unfortunately, most TVs were not designed for gaming and are therefore not very suitable for displaying fast-paced interactive images. As a result, halos appear around the characters, the picture is blurred, and other artifacts appear that irritate players.

The Momentum series is designed to correct this situation and fill a niche in the Philips monitor product line. The reason for its creation was the desire to shift the focus to console games and other entertainment that are designed for large screens, providing the end user with the best innovations in this area. The Momentum series meets all entertainment monitor requirements and guarantees exceptional picture quality, especially when it comes to small spaces.

Model 436M6VBPAB is a stylish large monitor with very thin bezels and a futuristic slim aluminum stand. It is equipped with Ambiglow backlighting, which enhances the effect of the image on the screen by illuminating the area around the panel. The fast built-in processor analyzes the image on the screen and adapts the color and brightness of the backlight to complement the image. This technology will be especially in demand when watching movies and sports competitions, as well as playing games.

The debut 436M6VBPAB features a fast 43-inch VA panel with UHD CrystalClear 4K resolution (3840x2160 pixels) with an excellent 4ms GtG response time and support for SmartResponse and Adaptive Sync. Exclusive Philips SmartResponse technology eliminates ghosting during fast-moving images in games and movies and minimizes latency. The latest versions of the current generation of consoles are capable of delivering 4K resolution and HDR (High Dynamic Range) in select games, and in this case the 436M6VBPAB is the ideal choice. With Adaptive Sync support for AMD GPUs, the 436M6VBPAB is also very well suited for all-day entertainment such as watching movies and TV series or playing games. Adaptive Sync matches the frame rate when rendering images to the display's refresh rate. This helps avoid tearing due to frame rate inconsistencies in games. To speed up response times, the 436M6VBPAB also uses Low Input Lag mode, which bypasses most of the display's internal processing and reduces overall input lag by half.

At the same time, the 436M6VBPAB is a truly versatile and practical model, like other Philips monitors. The MultiView function allows you to display two sources simultaneously in Picture-in-Picture or Picture-by-Picture modes, allowing for multitasking. The connectivity options are also pleasing: DisplayPort 1.2, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0 and USB-C ports. The latter provides not only video signal transmission, but also allows you to charge devices and transfer data using a single cable. The built-in USB 3.0 hub further enhances versatility with peripheral connectivity.

The 436M6VBPAB is equipped with two high-quality 7W speakers with DTS Sound™ support, which guarantees not only visual but also audio immersion.
The Momentum series is designed for situations where the monitor has to be placed at a considerable distance from the user. For convenience, the 436M6VBPAB comes with a remote control that works with other HDMI-connected monitors/devices thanks to Philips EasyLink technology.

First monitor Philips MomentumModel 436M6VBPAB, will be available for sale in May 2018 at a recommended price of UAH 26.
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PowerColor showed a prototype of the Radeon RX Vega Nano

PowerColor company showed its prototype of compact video cards Radeon RX Vega Nano.

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So far, nothing is known about the characteristics of this new product, but unlike the Radeon RX Fury Nano, this video card has two additional power connectors (8+6 pin), as opposed to one (8 pin).

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2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors deliver industry-leading computing performance and are now on shelves worldwide

Today AMD announces the start of sales of hotly anticipated processors Ryze™ for second generation desktop PCs. In the first phase, four models will be available, optimized for gamers, content creators and enthusiasts: Ryze™ 7 2700XRyze™ 7 2700, Ryze™ 5 2600X и Ryze™ 5 2600. Processors Ryze second generation processors can demonstrate up to 15% higher gaming performance compared to first generation processors Ryze, while providing superior multi-threaded performance, as well as support for advanced features, including Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2).

Each processor from the line Ryze the second generation is equipped with a cooler AMD Wraith. In addition to this, the flagship AMD Ryzen 7 2700comes with cooler Wraith Prism, which provides premium levels of heat dissipation, an improved fan profile, and the ability to control backlighting RGB-LEDs.

All processors AMD Ryzensecond generation are supported on motherboards with socket AM4 on chipset AMD X470, and also allow you to download new software for free AMD StoreMI. The new product combines high-speed SSD and roomy HDD into one easy-to-manage drive for faster, smarter, and easier storage.

 
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eX Core - external video card without additional power

Canadian company Exklim on Kickstarter presented a compact external video card eX Core with dimensions of 150 × 104 × 20 mm and a weight of 0,7 kg.

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The graphics accelerator is GEFORCE GTX 1050 with 4 gigabytes of video memory on board.

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The device does not require additional power and USB 3.0 Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 is sufficient for it.


The price of the device is $400, and the first deliveries will begin in July.

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AMD's Choice for Champions with New High-Performance Partner Graphics Cards

Yesterday, ASUS announced its video cards under the AREZ brand based on AMD Radeon RX. And over the coming weeks, you can expect to see even more new brands from our partners that will be powered by AMD Radeon chips.

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AMD promises to return freedom of choice to gamers when purchasing AMD Radeon RX graphics cards. These brands will align with the same values ​​of openness, innovation and inclusivity that most gamers share, as well as four core values ​​that are important to AMD Radeon:

  • Commitment to open innovation “AMD works tirelessly to improve PC gaming, working closely with hardware standards, APIs and game developers, making its technology available to everyone to help further advance the industry. Through our collaboration with JEDEC on memory standards such as HBM and HBM2, our work with Microsoft on DirectX support and with Chronos on Vulcan, and our collaboration with the GPUOpen initiative, for which we provide access to a library of visual effects, productivity tools, and other content at no cost, we create benefits for gamers.
  • Commitment to true transparency based on industry standards “By incorporating industry standards like FreeSync technology, AMD is bringing technology to the PC ecosystem to dramatically improve the gaming experience at no cost to consumers, without taxing gamers on proprietary technology or limiting their display choices.” 
  • Real partnership with real support “AMD works closely with our partners and works as equals to ensure our customers receive the best, high-performance gaming products and technologies from AMD. No conditions against gamers or competition.
  • Expanding the PC Ecosystem “We create open and free game development technologies that enable the next generation of immersive gaming experiences on PC and consoles. These efforts brought FreeSync to Xbox One S or X TVs, integrating promising Vega features and technologies into Far Cry 5 without crowding out the competition, while also adding AMD's open-source Vulcan API innovations that developers can now use for free.

Together with AMD partners who use the AMD Radeon RX brand, the company continues to drive the open development of the industry, operating transparently and without restrictions. As a result, gamers have access to the best immersive technologies, the latest APIs and cutting-edge gaming experiences.

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Estimated characteristics and release date of GeForce GTX 1180

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Journalists from the resource Wccftech from their knowledgeable sources shared alleged information about the GeForce GTX 1180 video card as an imminent replacement for the current GeForce GTX 1080.

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This video card will be based on the NVIDIA Turing architecture, will have 3 CUDA cores, 584 texture sampling units and 224 rasterization units. The frequency will reach 64 GHz. The video card will also receive 1,8 or 8 gigabytes of new GDDR16 video memory with a bandwidth of 6 GB/s.

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Presumably, the new product will be ~15% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and ~50% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080. The video card will appear on store shelves in July at a price of $699.

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Press Release: AOC Unveils First AGON Series Monitor with AMD Radeon™ FreeSync™ and VESA DisplayHDR™ 400

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AOC expands the premium gaming family AGON. New model AOC AGON AG322QC4 features a 31,5-inch VA panel, bezel-less on three sides and supports VESA DisplayHDR™ 400. The curved display offers Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a static contrast ratio of 2000:1. A 144Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time, combined with Radeon™ FreeSync™ 2 support, ensure smooth gameplay even in the most intense moments. 


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The AG322QC4 monitor supports the latest technologies that guarantee realistic images and smooth gameplay - VESA DisplayHDR 400 and AMD's Radeon FreeSync 2.. VESA HDR400 delivers up to 400 cd/m² brightness, improved blacks, wider color gamut and greater color depth for high dynamic range (HDR) images. AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 technology, like its predecessor, delivers uninterrupted, smooth gameplay with a variable refresh rate (the monitor's refresh rate matches the frame rate output of the GPU). FreeSync 2 uses stricter restrictions (such as forced low frame rate compensation and a larger color space) and can implement HDR with lower latency than conventional HDR monitors.

Impressive design and presence

The AG322QC4 features a glossy black finish and a 31,5-inch curved VA panel. Thanks to the radius of curvature of 1800 mm, the monitor surrounds the user, and the image appears not only in the field of direct but also peripheral vision. This creates a feeling of complete immersion in the game. The curvature of the display ensures that the distance from the eyes to each segment of the panel is almost the same, and the viewing angle is always straight. In addition, this will reduce the likelihood of image distortion, contrast and color rendition.

Uniquely smooth gameplay

The AG322QC4 monitor boasts a QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) that will be relevant to gamers for many years to come. As the best mid-range resolution today, QHD delivers four times the image detail of 720p. For most games, modern mid-to-high performance GPUs can easily produce high frame rates comparable to 4K in QHD. The AG322QC4 VA panel also guarantees wide viewing angles comparable to IPS panels.

Keen gamers will appreciate the AG322QC4's performance. The 144Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time (GtG) eliminate blurriness and provide much better visual response in fast-paced games. A proprietary mode AOC Low Input Lag further reduces response time. This mode disables image post-processing at the hardware level, which speeds up the transmission of commands from a mouse, keyboard or joystick.

Optimal setting

AOC knows what little things gamers value. The Game Mode package contains presets for games of different genres - first-person shooters, car racing simulators, real-time strategies, etc. By using these presets, the player will be able to better perceive information and react more quickly to what is happening in the game. In addition, the user can create and save their own presets and switch between them using the QuickSwitch remote control. Shadow function Control Allows you to adjust the shadow level in the OSD, brighten dark areas or darken bright/blurred areas, which greatly improves the image.

AOC Ergo stand Base Provides height, tilt and swivel adjustments for the screen and helps you choose its optimal location. Gamers can also connect the headset directly to the monitor thanks to the audio output and microphone input, and when the headphones are not needed, hang them on a special retractable holder. Two USB 3.0 ports, a built-in cable management solution and a handle for transporting the monitor will also add practicality. The backlight is located on the bottom and back panels of the monitor, when setting it, gamers can choose between red, green or blue colors and three intensity levels.

Sales of AOC AGON AG322QC4 will begin in June 2018 at an estimated price of 19 hryvnia.
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