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    • (PR) AMD Announces the FirePro S7100X Hardware-Virtualized GPU for Blade Servers
      AMD today announced AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers, AMD FirePro S7100X GPU. AMD MxGPU is the industry's first and only hardware-virtualized GPU compliant with the SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) PCIe virtualization standard. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a simple, secure solution for graphics virtualization providing workstation-class experience for up to 16 users that is practically indistinguishable from a native desktop experience.  Using AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology, the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU harnesses silicon expressly designed for graphics virtualization and conforming with the virtualization industry standard, SR-IOV to allow easy integration into existing hypervisor ecosystems. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is the newest addition to the AMD line of graphics virtualization products, designed in an ultra-compact form factor with a TGP of just 100W that makes it ideal for blade server deployments. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is the first to offer the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU in HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blades available now. The industry's first hardware-virtualized GPU for blade servers
      Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offers a number of benefits associated with security, manageability, and remote access while helping to lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Users who require GPUs for 3D and GPU compute applications need a thoughtful solution such as VDI to realize these benefits. Competing GPU virtualization technologies adapt a standard GPU architecture to virtualize via software in the hypervisor, which can result in inconsistent performance. Rather than repurposing existing GPUs and adding a software layer to accommodate virtualization requirements, AMD MxGPU harnesses an entirely new class of GPU architecture designed with virtualization capabilities built into the silicon. Compliant with the well-established PCIe virtualization standard SR-IOV specification, AMD MxGPU unburdens the hypervisor from proprietary and complex software implementations, leveraging the existing PCIe device management logic in the hypervisor to manage GPU virtualization. Each virtualized GPU instance appears as a full-featured, native graphical device to the virtual machine's guest operating system, allowing it to be used with certified professional graphics applications and for GPU compute with effectively the same experience as an application run on a native device. Benefits of the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU Predictable performance - The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU supports up to 16 users per GPU across a range of virtualization solutions including VMware, SOLIDWORKS, and Siemens NX and Solid Edge. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU enables hardware-controlled scheduling cycles to provide predictable quality of service (QoS). Deterministic QoS results in smooth transitions from proof-of-concept pilots to organization-wide deployments. Additionally, AMD MxGPU technology provides users with close-to-the-metal functionality, helping to deliver a virtualization experience that is remarkably close to that of a native desktop. Greater simplicity - AMD MxGPU technology is the only graphics virtualization solution in the industry that exposes the graphics functionality of the GPU to the virtual instance allowing full support for graphics APIs like DirectX and OpenGL, and GPU compute APIs like OpenCL, enabling applications to be run in virtual environments without altering the code. Configuration and management is simple using native AMD FirePro graphics drivers rather than proprietary software found in competing offerings, and no profiles are needed so administrators can flexibly add and remove virtual machines as they see fit. Increased security - One of the key benefits of VDI is the ability to centralize and secure data and resources. AMD MxGPU technology preserves the data integrity of virtualized desktops and their application data using hardware-enforced memory isolation logic, rather than a software virtualization overlay found in competing offerings, to separate one virtual machine from being able to access another virtual machine's data. Exceptional value - The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU exposes the full-functionality of the GPU, and optimizes GPU resources across users. Unlike other offerings on the market, AMD MxGPU technology also has no hardware user license fees. "The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a compelling addition to the AMD MxGPU product line on the market, marking the only hardware-virtualized, purpose-built GPU solution for blade servers that we're proud to join with HPE to bring to market," said Ogi Brkic, senior director, product management, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. "The pairing of HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blades and AMD FirePro S7100X GPUs is exactly what customers have been asking for as they look to address their virtualization challenges."

      "Today's workforce is demanding to go mobile and wants a superior user experience. In addition, new use cases are emerging that require dedicated performance for demanding graphics applications," said Paul Miller, HPE VP of Marketing for Converged Data Center Infrastructure. "The new AMD FirePro S7100X GPU for the HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blade enables our customers with powerful graphics performance and virtualization capabilities for business power users and designers. This new solution helps improve end-user experience, deliver graphics-accelerated VDI and drive high performance access to applications they use daily on virtually any device, from anywhere on the network."
    • [xDevs] Extreme OC modifications for EVGA GeForce GTX 1080
      The most interesting part for me is where they show how to remove the power limit: However this single modification is useless, unless we follow all instruction and add another power board, because 8pin power connector will not magically deliver more power.
    • [Inno3D] Two 8pin power connectors are waste of power!
      Just saw this and I'm not quite sure what Inno3D was trying to tells. They were adding dual 8pin power connectors to their cards for ages, and now it's a waste of power?      
    • AMD Crimson Edition 16.5.3 Hotfix
      AMD Crimson Edition The AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3 Driver contains the following: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3 Driver Version 16.20.1013.   Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3 Highlights
      Support for: Total War: Warhammer Overwatch Dota2 (with Vulkan API) New AMD Crossfire profile available for: Total War: Warhammer Overwatch Fixed Issues: Spoiler Fallout 4 may experience minor stuttering in AMD Crossfire technology mode Radeon Settings may be removed from the system if the Radeon Software installer is launched while Radeon Settings is open Radeon Settings "Additional Settings" option may intermittently fail to launch Users in Quad AMD Crossfire technology configurations may be unable to re-enable AMD Crossfire mode when using the global AMD Crossfire option in the "Gaming" tab and toggling it from on to off Some game textures in The Division™ exhibit flickering in AMD Crossfire mode Intermittent stability issues with Intel Skull Canyon NUC (NUC6i7KYK) using AMD XConnect Technology are no longer observed Safe unplugging for AMD XConnect Technology no longer results in a random BSOD Known Issues: Spoiler A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay". Total War: Warhammer may experience stuttering in AMD Crossfire technology mode if the AMD Gaming Evolved App or Plays.Tv is running in the background. A workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved and Plays.Tv applications. The Division may hang when using Quad AMD Crossfire technology. As a workaround users are recommended to disable AMD Crossfire technology mode. Heroes of the Storm may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire technology mode. The AMD Crossfire technology mode options in Radeon Settings may not take effect on Origin or Uplay applications. Forza Motorsport 6: Apex may exhibit brightness flickering when using AMD FreeSync technology. Frame Rate Target Control gaming profiles may fail to enable for some games. Catalyst Install Manager unable to detect the display driver while uninstallation. AMD Product Compatibility Spoiler Desktop AMD Radeon Pro Duo AMD Radeon R9 Fury Series AMD Radeon R9 Nano Series AMD Radeon R9 300 Series AMD Radeon R7 300 Series AMD Radeon R9 200 Series AMD Radeon R7 200 Series AMD Radeon HD 8500 - HD 8900 Series AMD Radeon HD 7700 - HD 7900 Series     Notebook AMD Radeon R9 M300 Series AMD Radeon R7 M200 Series AMD Radeon R7 M300 Series AMD Radeon R5 M200 Series AMD Radeon R5 M300 Series AMD Radeon HD 8500M - HD 8900M Series AMD Radeon R9 M200 Series AMD Radeon HD 7700M - HD 7900M Series Compatible Operating Systems Windows® 10 (32 & 64-bit version) Windows 8.1 (32 & 64-bit version) Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit version with SP1 or higher)    Crimson 16.5.3 Hotfix Win7/8.1/10  Crimson 16.5.3 Hotfix Win7/8.1/10
    • Nvidia Geforce 368.22 WHQL
      Version: 368.22 WHQL
      Release Date: 2016.05.23
      Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
      Language: English (US)
      Release notes: »PDF link«
      Control Panel User's Guide: »PDF link« (not available at the moment!) Software Modules: NView - version 147.00 HD Audio Driver - version NVIDIA PhysX System Software - version 9.16.0318 GeForce Experience - version CUDA - version 8.0   Game Ready Learn more about how to get the optimal experience for Overwatch, World of Tanks, and War Thunder. Windows 10 fixed issues: Tom Clancy's The Division exhibits stuttering after 20–30 minutes More info:  
      Supported Products: Desktop: Spoiler GeForce 900 Series: GeForce GTX TITAN X, GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GeForce GTX 980, GeForce GTX 970, GeForce GTX 960, GeForce GTX 950
      GeForce 700 Series: GeForce GTX TITAN Z, GeForce GTX TITAN Black, GeForce GTX TITAN, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GTX 770, GeForce GTX 760, GeForce GTX 760 Ti (OEM), GeForce GTX 750 Ti, GeForce GTX 750, GeForce GTX 745, GeForce GT 740, GeForce GT 730, GeForce GT 720, GeForce GT 710, GeForce GT 705
      GeForce 600 Series: GeForce GTX 690, GeForce GTX 680, GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST, GeForce GTX 650 Ti, GeForce GTX 650, GeForce GTX 645, GeForce GT 645, GeForce GT 640, GeForce GT 630, GeForce GT 620, GeForce GT 610, GeForce 605
      GeForce 500 Series: GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 580, GeForce GTX 570, GeForce GTX 560 Ti, GeForce GTX 560 SE, GeForce GTX 560, GeForce GTX 555, GeForce GTX 550 Ti, GeForce GT 545, GeForce GT 530, GeForce GT 520, GeForce 510
      GeForce 400 Series: GeForce GTX 480, GeForce GTX 470, GeForce GTX 465, GeForce GTX 460 SE v2, GeForce GTX 460 SE, GeForce GTX 460, GeForce GTS 450, GeForce GT 440, GeForce GT 430, GeForce GT 420 Notebook: Spoiler GeForce 900M Series (Notebooks): GeForce GTX 980, GeForce GTX 980M, GeForce GTX 970M, GeForce GTX 965M, GeForce GTX 960M, GeForce GTX 950M, GeForce 940M, GeForce 930M, GeForce 920M, GeForce 910M
      GeForce 800M Series (Notebooks): GeForce GTX 880M, GeForce GTX 870M, GeForce GTX 860M, GeForce GTX 850M, GeForce 840M, GeForce 830M, GeForce 820M
      GeForce 700M Series (Notebooks): GeForce GTX 780M, GeForce GTX 770M, GeForce GTX 765M, GeForce GTX 760M, GeForce GT 755M, GeForce GT 750M, GeForce GT 745M, GeForce GT 740M, GeForce GT 735M, GeForce GT 730M, GeForce GT 720M, GeForce 710M, GeForce 705M
      GeForce 600M Series (Notebooks): GeForce GTX 680MX, GeForce GTX 680M, GeForce GTX 675MX, GeForce GTX 675M, GeForce GTX 670MX, GeForce GTX 670M, GeForce GTX 660M, GeForce GT 650M, GeForce GT 645M, GeForce GT 640M, GeForce GT 640M LE, GeForce GT 635M, GeForce GT 630M, GeForce GT 625M, GeForce GT 620M, GeForce 610M
      GeForce 500M Series (Notebooks): GeForce GTX 580M, GeForce GTX 570M, GeForce GTX 560M, GeForce GT 555M, GeForce GT 550M, GeForce GT 540M, GeForce GT 525M, GeForce GT 520M, GeForce GT 520MX
      GeForce 400M Series (Notebooks): GeForce GTX 485M, GeForce GTX 480M, GeForce GTX 470M, GeForce GTX 460M, GeForce GT 445M, GeForce GT 435M, GeForce GT 425M, GeForce GT 420M, GeForce GT 415M, GeForce 410M   Desktop:  Windows Vista/7/8/8.1  Windows Vista/7/8/8.1  Windows 10  Windows 10   Notebook:  Windows Vista/7/8/8.1  Windows Vista/7/8/8.1  Windows 10  Windows 10
    • [TechSpot] DDR4 4000MHz RAM Worth It?
      [TechSpot] DDR4 4000MHz RAM Worth It? Interesting, after I posted the new G.Skill DDR4 4266MHz RAM I had been wondering as we passed the 4GHz plato, the effect this would have for gaming and software in general. Usually we see bandwidth constrained software benefit the most while in gaming there was either already plenty of bandwidth or GPU wasn't pushing the IPC hard enough. This was more noticeable for those with 2+ GPUs. Test was run on a kit of 2x4GB G.Skill F4-4000C19D-8GTZ (product page) ran at 4000MHz with timings of 19-21-21-41 CL19 at 1.35V thanks to the Z170 and 6700 @4.5GHz. The 4266MHz RAM kit (not tested by TechSpot) had looser timings at 19-23-23-43 CL 19 at 1.35. Difference in timings is small but remember it's not all about frequency, timings plays a big part when wrestling with efficiency per IC. Chosen to highlight Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as it's a hugely popular RPG that stresses current and likely next-gen architectures, tests are reproducible and used by a variety of reviewers.
      ( click for original image size ) I'd encourage you to read the full article by Steve Walton here - EDIT An addition to this since I just remembered this test, the guys over at Digital Foundry (EuroGamer) ran their own suites of tests of differing RAM frequencies to showcase the framerate gains back on 5th January 2016. Screengrab below of The Witcher 3 (not Wild Hunt) showing realtime FPS and took at no particular point. Since you can view the video in full I would advise that. And do note that TechSpot ran an i7 and Digital Foundry ran an i5, games like Witcher 3 heavily utilise a CPU.  
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