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Real-time ray tracing will be too tough for graphics cards by 2027

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

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Thus, a so-called threshold or benchmark has been established for what it would take to get real-time hybrid ray tracing (RT RT) on a consumer desktop machine. 

The top gaming PC today with the GTX 1080 Ti has about 11 TFLOPS (SP32). So, assuming that Moore's law keeps gaining momentum, and we get a doubling of performance every three years, then top-end 62 TFLOPS graphics cards capable of processing real-time ray tracing will not come out until 2027 at the earliest.

AMD's gaming GPU market share is 53%

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


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

However, according to analysts, for AMD it could drop to 51% due to the incredible popularity of the Nintendo Switch, which uses the Nvidia Tegra GPU.

AMD G-Series Embedded Processors Powered by 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 necessary functionality at the right price for small businesses and fast-growing retail companies. Through power efficiency, multi-display connectivity, and scalability, AMD G-series embedded processors can optimize power consumption as well as support innovative small form factors, lowering the overall development cost of devices like the Toshiba D10. The Toshiba D10 POS allows retailers to achieve brilliant results with a small platform that delivers high performance and is 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 needs for functionality, style and versatility of modern retailers.


“Starting a new business or making a strategic investment to support a fast-growing business is a decision any retailer must make very carefully. That is why Toshiba decided to bring the D10 system to the market,” said Dr. Stefan K. Markham, Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Product Portfolio, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. “Using experience working with major retailers around the world, we have been able to identify the most important characteristics to help emerging retailers execute their business plans and make technology investment decisions that fit their budgets and growth aspirations. And thanks to our partnership with AMD, we were able to do just that. The future looks very bright!”

MMD introduces Philips Momentum monitor range for consoles

The first model in the Philips Momentum line to debut 436M6VBPAB with a huge 43" 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 an indicator of 1,07 billion colors. The novelty is also the first monitor in the world that complies with the VESA DisplayHDR 10001 standard. It also supports Quantum Dot technology, which replaces traditional LED backlight options. This innovative solid-state technology delivers vibrant, dynamic colors: Quantum Dot narrow-wavelength sources for red, green, and blue deliver richer, more accurate primary colors. That being said, the 436M6VBPAB is a true high-end gaming monitor that it lives up to with Low Input Lag and SmartResponse modes for faster visual feedback, and AdaptiveSync for smoother gameplay.

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

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

The 436M6VBPAB is a stylish, oversized monitor with ultra-thin bezels and a futuristic slim aluminum stand. It is equipped with Ambiglow backlighting, which enhances the effect of the image on the screen, illuminating the area around the panel. A fast built-in processor analyzes the picture 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, as well as in games.

The debut 436M6VBPAB features a fast 43-inch VA panel with UHD CrystalClear 4K resolution (3840x2160 pixels) with an excellent GtG response time of just 4ms and support for SmartResponse and Adaptive Sync. Philips-exclusive SmartResponse technology avoids ghosting in fast-paced games and movies and minimizes lag. The latest versions of current generation consoles are capable of delivering 4K and HDR (High Dynamic Range) resolutions in select games, in which case the 436M6VBPAB is the perfect choice. With Adaptive Sync support for AMD 436M6VBPAB GPUs, it is also very well suited for everyday entertainment such as watching movies, TV series or playing games. Adaptive Sync adjusts the frame rate when rendering images to match the refresh rate of the display. This helps to avoid tearing due to framerate inconsistencies in games. To speed up the response, the 436M6VBPAB also uses the Low Input Lag mode, in which the signal bypasses most of the internal processing in the display and the total input delay is halved.

At the same time, the 436M6VBPAB is a truly versatile and practical model, like the rest of Philips monitors. The MultiView function allows you to display two sources simultaneously in Picture-in-Picture or Picture-by-Picture modes, providing multitasking. Pleasing variety and connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 ports, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0 and USB-C. The latter provides not only the transmission of a video signal, but also allows you to charge devices and transfer data using a single cable. The built-in USB 3.0 hub further expands versatility with the ability to connect peripherals.

The 436M6VBPAB is equipped with two high-quality 7W speakers with DTS Sound™ support, which ensures not only visual but also sonic 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 on sale in May 2018 at a recommended price of UAH 26.

PowerColor unveils Radeon RX Vega Nano prototype

PowerColor showed off its prototype compact Radeon RX Vega Nano graphics card.

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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), unlike one (8 pin).

XNUMXnd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors deliver the highest level of computing performance now available on store 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 optimized for gamers, content creators and enthusiasts will be available: Ryze™ 7 2700XRyze™ 7 2700, Ryze™ 5 2600X и Ryze™ 5 2600 Processors Ryze 15nd gen processors can deliver up to XNUMX% better gaming performance than XNUMXst gen processors Ryze, while delivering the highest multi-threaded performance, as well as support for advanced features, including Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2).

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

All processors AMD RyzenXNUMXnd generation supported on socket motherboards AM4 per chipset AMD X470, as well as free downloads of new software AMD StoreMI. The novelty combines high-speed SSD and roomy HDD into one easy-to-manage drive for faster, smarter and easier storage.


eX Core - external video card without additional power

Canadian firm Exklim 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 without additional power and USB 3.0 Type-C / Thunderbolt 3 is enough for it.

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

AMD's Choice of Champions with New High-Performance Graphics from Partners

Yesterday ASUS announced its AREZ-branded video cards based on AMD Radeon RX. And over the coming weeks, you can expect even more new brands from our partners powered by AMD Radeon chips.

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AMD promises to return to gamers the freedom of choice when buying AMD Radeon RX graphics cards. These brands will continue to live up to the same values ​​of openness, innovation, and inclusion that most gamers hold dear, as well as the 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 to make 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 Chronos on Vulcan, and our collaboration with the GPUOpen initiative for which we provide access to a visual effects library, performance tools and other content at no charge, we create benefits for gamers.
  • Commitment to true transparency based on industry standards - By implementing industry standards such as FreeSync technology, AMD provides the PC maker ecosystem with technology to dramatically improve the gaming experience at no cost to consumers without imposing a “tax” on proprietary technology or restricting gamers in their choice of displays. 
  • Real partnership with real support “AMD works closely with partners and works as equals to ensure our customers get the best, highest 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 have enabled FreeSync to be implemented on Xbox One S or X TVs, integrating Vega's forward-looking features and technologies into Far Cry 5 without stifling the competition, and to add AMD's open source Vulcan API innovations, which 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 by operating transparently and without restrictions. As a result, gamers have access to the best immersive technology, the latest APIs, and cutting-edge gaming experiences.

Estimated specifications and release date GeForce GTX 1180

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


This video card will be based on the NVIDIA Turing architecture, will receive 3 CUDA cores, 584 texture fetch units and 224 ROP 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.


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.

Press Release: AOC Introduces First AGON Monitor to Support AMD Radeon™ FreeSync™ and VESA DisplayHDR™ 400

AOC expands the AGON premium gaming family. New model AOC AGON AG322QC4 Equipped with a 31,5" VA panel, 400-sided borderless and VESA DisplayHDR™ 2560 compatible. The curved display provides Quad HD resolution (1440 x 16 pixels) with a 9:2000 aspect ratio and a 1:144 static contrast ratio. A 4Hz refresh rate and 2ms response time, coupled with Radeon™ FreeSync™ XNUMX support, ensures smooth gaming even during the most intense moments. 

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The AG322QC4 monitor supports the latest technologies for realistic images and smooth gameplay - VESA DisplayHDR 400 and AMD's Radeon FreeSync 2.. VESA HDR400 delivers brightness up to 400 cd/m², improved blacks, a wider color gamut, and greater color depth for high dynamic range (HDR) images. Like its predecessor, AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 technology delivers a seamless, fluid gaming experience with variable refresh rates (the monitor's refresh rate matches the frame rate of the GPU). FreeSync 2 uses more stringent limits (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" curved VA panel. Due to the radius of curvature of 1800 mm, the monitor surrounds the user, and the image is 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, it will reduce the likelihood of image distortion, contrast and color distortion.

Unparalleled fluidity of gameplay

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

Passionate gamers will appreciate the performance of the AG322QC4. The 144Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time (GtG) will eliminate motion blur and provide much better visual response in fast-paced games. And branded mode AOC Low Input Lag further reduces response time. In this mode, post-processing of the image at the hardware level is disabled, which speeds up the transmission of commands from the mouse, keyboard or joystick.

Optimal setting

AOC knows the little things gamers appreciate. The Game Mode package contains presets for games of various genres - first-person shooters, racing simulators, real-time strategy games, and more. By using these presets, the player will be able to better perceive information and respond 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. Shadow function Control allows you to adjust the shadow level in the OSD menu, brighten dark areas or darken bright/blurred areas, which greatly improves the image.

Stand AOC Ergo Base allows you to adjust the height, tilt and swivel of the screen and helps you find the optimal position. Gamers can also connect the headset directly to the monitor thanks to the audio output and microphone input, and when they are not needed, hang them on a special retractable holder. Add practicality and two USB 3.0 ports, a built-in cable management solution and a carrying handle for the monitor. The backlight is placed on the bottom and back of the monitor, and when set up, gamers can choose between red, green or blue colors and three levels of intensity.

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