AMD Pre-Announces Bristol Ridge APUs – Claims 50% x86 Improvement

After launching Excavator with Carrizo last year, we’re getting the next iteration based on the same architecture. Dubbed Bristol Ridge, the new lineup features an improved DDR4 memory controller among other things. Today, we’re only getting the notebook side of the launch, with the desktop chips and platform to launch later in the year. AMD is touting some major gains over their Kaveri Steamroller APUs launched in 2014. The reason for the pre-announcement is HP outing Bristol Ridge with their new  Envy x360 notebook at GTC.

According to AMD, Bristol Ridge improves x86 performance by nearly 50% over Kaveri/Steamroller. This is pretty good given that Excavator actually features less L2 cache. Even compared to Carrizo, Bristol Ridge manages to post a 10% improvement due to the DDR4 memory controller. AMD’s IMC performance has generally been good but not amazing and hopefully, there will be even more improvements for Zen’s DDR4 controller.

On the graphics side, there are significant gains up to 18% in some cases. This is even with the iGPU portion staying constant. This is all probably due to the use of DDR4 which is a god improvement over DDR3. As we all know, AMD’s APUs are highly reliant on good memory bandwidth in order to feed the iGPU and CPU portions at the same time. With good memory, the APUs can see massive gains in gaming performance. Hopefully, we’ll get more benchmarks that aren’t dubious leaks.

NVIDIA Unveil Tesla P100 GPU

GTC 2016: As part of NVIDIA’s GPU Tech Conference, Jen-Hsun unveiled the latest product in the Tesla family with the P100. Branded as the most advanced hyperscale datacentre GPU, it features 150 billion transistors and is based on the latest Pascal architecture.

Built on a 16nm FinFET process and featuring HBM2, this product is the latest in a whole host of new technologies from NVIDIA and should be the start of what we’re going to see across other NVIDIA products.

With AI and deep learning now at the forefront of NVIDIA’s thinking, the Tesla P100 GPU has been created to assist with making AI and deep learning among other tasks as fast as physically possible.

Steve Wozniak Experience Mars Through VR

GTC 2016: As a special guest experience, NVIDIA enlisted Apple co-creator Steve Wozniak to take the helm in the Mars Rover.

As an person who has made it clear in the past of wanting to sign up for the one-way ticket to Mars, NVIDIA have made it possible to experience the same thing without leaving the comfort of your own couch. ‘Woz’ as part of the experience chucked a VR headset on and showed us how real the overall feel of being on Mars was.

Jen-Hsun and Wozniak joke about finally finding Matt Damon but you straight away get the feel as to how immersive the experience of Mars can be.

This was made possible from utilising the GeForce GTX Titan to give the best possible quality taking into consideration how realism is of the keypoint and this leads to IRAY VR technology.

IRAY VR utilises a pre-rendered source of light probes that is then rasterized and reconstructs the image based on what the eye expects to see as a completed composition.

NVIDIA Show Off Everest – VR Goes Further

GTC 2016: NVIDIA have started their keynote for GTC 2016 by explaining the benefits of VR outside of gaming. They did this by showing what was done when they took one of the world’s most valued treasures and attempted to recreate it; Mount Everest.

The geometry used reflects every aspect of the mountain through the ice and snow to the way that each individual flake separates and swirls around in the wind. This amounts to over 108 billion pixels being used to supply the very best experience for the user and this is just the start of VR outside of gaming to give the user an experience that is unparalleled.

Looking forward to other areas allows NVIDIA to focus on some of the worlds wonders and bringing it to the user as an experience that they would generally not be able to see in an average lifetime.

To see what the fuss is about, check out the video below.

What Can We Expect From NVIDIA GTC 2016

With NVIDIA’s GPU Tech Conference due to start in 2 days time, we give our thoughts as to what to expect.

Do you think we will see a new graphics card launching from NVIDIA at the event?

Check the video below for our thoughts and opinions.

Do you think a new Pascal based card is likely to be announced?

GTC 2015 NVIDIA Powered Cars On Show

GTC 2015: Normally I’d write something insightful but for this article, it’s a really simple one that involves some heavily induced eye-candy for you. As a member of GTC, the first step for me was to check into my hotel and I was even greeted with a special key card for the hotel room, branded in event gloryness.

After checking in, I made my way to the exhibition centre, to pick up my pass and straight away could see people from all walks of life. This included fellow journalists, analysts, manufacturers and much more all queuing up.

In the entrance of the hall was a nice little showcase of cars that utilise NVIDIA technology or are sponsored in some shape or form by NVIDIA. This included the epic Renovo Coupe which is an all American, all electric sports car which simply looks like a vintage car that would be basic inside, but it’s anything but that with the NVIDIA Tegra X1 at the heart of it. This gives the car the NVIDIA Drive Studio which features an 11.6″ touchscreen and all-digital cluster.

Giving a whopping 500 horsepower and a 0-60 MPH time of 3.4 seconds, it’s not exactly sluggish. We managed to get a bit more information from Renovo including OTA updates and cloud access, but details on delivery is still a bit sketchy, but should be very soon indeed.

Also featured was the Lamborghini Aventador which once again is powered by NVIDIA. It’s not an all-electric car, but the instrument clusters and infotainment system are all courtesy of NVIDIA’s mobile processor.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be an NVIDIA event featuring electric cars and the like without the Tesla Model S P85D so without further ado, here is the 600BHP monster in all it’s glory and every time I see one, I still contemplate buying one, so I’m going to stop talking there before I talk myself into it.

Baidu Show Speech Recognition at GTC 2015

NVIDIA GTC 15: Baidu gave a keynote based around the speech recognition technology that they are working on and showed us some examples of how successful their process is, especially in comparison to a third party API that is currently available from other sources.

Below is a video showing exactly how they have developed their algorithm to not only focus on speech recognition, but also how the process can cope when extra noise is added, which is a real stumbling block for most speec recognition services on the market.

It is worth noting that the presentation examples were being operated real-time through the use of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card.

Lenovo Showcase A GRID server at GTC 2015


GTC 2015: After walking around the exhibition show floor at this years NVIDIA GTC event, a few things caught our eye and the main thing was a huge standing rack blade enclosure from Lenovo.

As we know with blade racks, they can support a whole host of hardware including storage modules, video cards and of course, the networking infrastructure and processing power that you’d come to expect from a system of this calibre.

Inside the Lenovo N1200 server, we can see everything needed for a highly spectacular NVIDIA GRID server. If you want to find out more about GRID, we invite you to check it out here.

We have a lot more coverage coming from NVIDIA GTC, so keep your eyes peeled.

Jen-Hsun Huang Interviews Elon Musk of Tesla

GTC 2015: As part of the keynote at GTC 2015 after talking about some amazing feats with the new TITAN X and some of the deep learning technology on offer, we were greeted with a special interview between Jen-Hsun Huang and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Upon talking about autonomous vehicles, a big discussion as part of that revolved around Artificial Intelligence. Skynet anyone?

For now, you can find all of the juicy information in the video below:

NVIDIA Show The Future of Gaming on TITAN X

GTC 2015: While Jen-Hsun Huang was talking about how powerful the new TITAN X graphics card is, numbers and figures are sometimes not enough for most consumers, and instead they need to see something to tug on their emotions and Jen-Hsun didn’t disappoint one bit.

We all know that EPIC is a huge partner for NVIDIA and to show how they have been working together, a brief real-time video was shown running on the new TITAN X graphics card and we have to admit, it looks pretty damn impressive.

The complete video is below, but if you scroll through to around just before 4 minutes, you’ll see what we’re talking about. Enjoy!

NVIDIA Discuss the Rise of Deep Learning

GTC 2015: For the most part, GTC has already been a huge event for NVIDIA with the unveiling of the new TITAN X graphics card to the market but while this is great for the average consumer, NVIDIA have a lot more to offer than just their GeForce segment and one aspect of this is deep learning, and actually is a segment from within their company that crosses over into GeForce and other more industrial sectors that NVIDIA have to offer.

Jen-Hsun Huang (CEO and co-founder of NVIDIA) took to the stage at NVIDIA GTC 2015 to talk through the theme of the event this year and deep learning was at the core.

You can see part 1 of the video here:

As you can see from the video, Jen-Hsun went through the various milestones of the company last year including GeForce, Shield, Tegra, enterprise graphics and of course what NVIDIA are doing from within the car industry.

A big highlight was what the new TITAN X GPU can do in comparison to other offerings on the market. A comparison of a 16-core Xeon CPU, original TITAN, TITAN Black and the newest TITAN X were shown training AlexNet and while the TITAN and TITAN Black managed to improve on what the Xeon CPU could do by cutting down the time it takes to train AlexNet, the new TITAN X dramatically improved even on that. This sees the AlexNet training take just 3 days opposed to the 43 days that the Xeon takes showing that NVIDIA are focussing on more than just gaming.

NVIDIA GTX Titan X Review Roundup

Here we are at NVIDIA’s GTC event in San Jose, California and with the buzz surrounding Titan X in the air, we thought that even though we haven’t got our review sample in our hands as of yet, it would be a good idea to bring you a collective list of reviews from some of our friends from within the industry.

This is a comprehensive list of sites that we know and trust the writers from within our small industry, so we invite you to check out their reviews and in the mean time, we will keep you up-to-date with our sample on our social media pages, so expect us to have a full review in the coming week ahead.

Remember to check back when we will have our very own review of the new NVIDIA Titan X 12GB graphics card soon!

NVIDIA’s Next-Gen GeForce GTX Titan II Teased, GM200 is Coming

It’s coming folks – NVIDIA’s next-generation GPU is already being teased, weeks after the Maxwell cards have reached consumers’ PCs. The news is coming from WCCF Tech, who is reporting that the next-gen GPU from NVIDIA will be baked onto the 16nm FinFET process from TSMC. During NVIDIA’s recent earnings call, CEO and co-founder of the company, Jen Hsun-Huang teased that he is “excited about our next generation GPU”. Huang added that “right now we’re enjoying ramping Maxwell. And so Maxwell is unquestionably at this point a home run and we’re just savoring the moment and ramping the living daylights out of it”.

This could see NVIDIA unveil its GM200-based product soon, most likely the second AMD announces its next-gen Radeon R9 390X GPU. If not, we could see the GeForce GTX Titan II unveiled at GTC 2015 in March next year. NVIDIA is skipping over the 20nm node, with the GeForce GTX 900 series built on the ageing, but still very capable 28nm process. The shift to 16nm process is going to really let NVIDIA stretch its legs in terms of performance and power consumption on the new GPUs.

Begin saving up folks, this GPU is going to be a monster.

Source: WCCF Tech.

NVIDIA Show Unreal Engine 4 and its Lighting Effects

At GTC 2014, Nvidia wanted to show the true capabilities of their recently announced Titan Z GPU by showing off Unreal Engine 4 and what it has to offer in terms of lighting effects. After showing a short piece of rendered gameplay and stripping it down, you can see how lighting plays a very big factor in building the complete picture. Without the lighting effects included in Unreal Engine 4, it looks like a half-finished product. Adding the lighting back in, will give you the finished product as you see above, opposed to the picture below.

We also have a video below showing off Unreal Engine 4 where you can see the potential of the engine 4 for yourself.

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Nvidia Announce Titan Z GPU at GTC 2014

Jen Hsun Huang has just unveiled the latest GPU from the green team that pushes them beyond what Titan has to offer. It was made clear that Titan was and still is the most extreme graphics card on the planet, which makes it hard for a company to move forward. Nvidia have managed to do just that and the Titan Z has been born.

The card as you can see follows on the same sexy styling that the Titan brought to us.

Jen Hsun Huang holds the card in his hand and explains what the specifications of the card are.

A closer look of the card shows off that fantastic design and cooling solution.

With 5,760 CUDA cores, 12GB of memory, 8 TeraFLOPS and a price point of $2999.

Hopefully we can grab some more information on the Titan Z very soon, but be warned; it’s not for the faint hearted.

Nvidia Announce its Next-Generation “Pascal” GPU

Today at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference, they have unveiled their latest next-generation GPU; Pascal. The announcement gives a very brief amount of information on what’s on offer, but we can see that some of the new Nvidia technologies open up the features within.

These include NVLINK offering 5 to 12X PCIe 3.0, 3D Memory which helps to increase bandwidth and with the module itself being 1/3 of the size of a PCIe card.

We are at GTC all week, so be sure to keep checking our coverage while we find out what Nvidia have to offer in the market.

Nvidia GPU Technology Conference Keynote Live Update

eTeknix are currently in San Jose at the 2014 Nvidia GPU Technology Conference with Jen Hsun Huang; Co-founder and CEO of the company. In typical Nvidia style, this event has generally opened up the pathway for the latest products from the green team including Kepler. Could today be another moment in history for Nvidia with a big announcement of the latest next-generation Maxwell cards to join the current GTX 750 Ti model that is currently in the market?

We will be updating this page as the conference goes on so please feel free to keep refreshing to get the very latest information from eTeknix while we bring coverage from the 2014 GPU Technology Conference.

10:05am: Unreal Engine 4 is shown

9:50am: Jen Hsun unveils the Titan Z

9:33am: Google Brain consists of 1000 CPU servers, 2000 CPUs, 16000 cores and used 600 kWatts of power

9:28am: Machine learning is a hot topic at GTC 2014

9:25am: Nvidia unveil Pascal introducing Unified memory, 3D memory and NVLINK

9:23am: Will call the new technology after Blaise Pascal

9:20am: The second technology to be announced is 3D Chip-on-Wafer integration to open up more bandwidth on GPU’s

9:16am: Nvidia announce NVLINK for Multi-GPU scaling

9:12am: The Ecosystem is important to Nvidia in many applications

9:10am: Jen Hsun talks through GTC as an event and what it means for the company and how it has grown in terms of supercomputing, CUDA and machine learning

9:08am PST: Jen Hsun Huang has taken to the stage to introduce GTC and its history

9:00am PST: The hall is filling up as we all eagerly await the start of the keynote