The line between PCs and game consoles is slowly blurring, with Xbox taking the biggest steps forward to a more PC-equivalent experience. Now AMD brought even more PC features to the console ecosystem, by officially bringing their FidelityFX tools available on the latest Xbox developer kit.
“Since the start, we always intended for FidelityFX to not only be cross-platform on PC but also allow for integration of our technologies in games available on both console and PC,” AMD said in a recent statement. The current-gen Xbox consoles are powered by AMD’s RDNA2 architecture found in their RX 6000 series graphics cards, as well as their Zen 2 processors.
Last year, Nvidia made the announcement that they will be acquiring ARM Limited for a whopping $40 billion, the company’s biggest acquisition to date. That deal has come under a lot of scrutiny, and despite Nvidia’s own confidence the deal will be settled by 2022, it has yet to be approved by any official governing bodies. Now the deal is apparently being investigated by the UK government for national security reasons.
The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, has posted a public interest intervention notice on the UK Government site detailing the potential risks to national security and urging the UK government to look into the deal more thoroughly.
EA recently revealed their first F1 game after their official acquisition of Codemasters last year, and is launching on July 16th. Codemasters have now announced the official PC system requirements for F1 2021, and they're pretty beefy, along with the reveal that the new installment will include ray traced graphics.
This year's ¬¬g_id:38066[F1 2021]¬¬ will include ray tracing support, as confirmed by the PC system requirements outlined below. It appears that the requirements have increased for the minimum specs this year, but largely remain the same for the recommended specs.
Of all the rumors surrounding new and upcoming graphics cards from Nvidia, the RTX 3080 Ti is one of the most anticipated. After multiple rumors concerning specs and release dates, it looks like the 3080 Ti has been officially spotted in transit whilst shipping to the US, and also confirms the official memory configuration.
The shipping labels on the boxes read: “GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Ventus 3X 12G OC” which is a model by MSI. Previous rumors put the ¬¬gc_id:5004[RTX 3080 Ti]¬¬ at either 12GB, 16GB, or 20GB of video memory, so now the definitive answer is 12GB thanks to these leaks. Since the RTX 3080 features the GDDR6X memory type, the 3080 Ti will most likely feature the same.
Despite the ongoing global chip shortage, which is now expected to last all the way until 2023, Nvidia’s recent investor presentation revealed that the latest RTX 30 series graphics card lineup has been the company’s most successful launch ever, with more gamers buying top-end GPUs this generation.
In fact, taking a look at the numbers and charts, the Ampere generation has been an overwhelming success compared to the previous 2 generations. Looking at the information provided, the RTX 30 series (Ampere) has sold over twice as much as the previous-gen RTX 20 series (Turing), and the previous-previous-gen GTX 10 series (Pascal).
Earlier this year it was revealed that we’re currently going through a global chip shortage that has seen chipmakers struggling to keep up with demand, leaving a limited amount of silicon to other manufacturers downstream. This has affected almost every electronics manufacturer including graphics cards, automotive vehicles, general electronics etc. Now TSMC and Intel say they won’t get a handle on things until 2023.
Speaking to investors recently, TSMC’s CEO, C.C. Wei, said that they hope to “offer more capacity” for meeting demand from retailers and manufacturers “in 2023.” So whilst the situation may get better before then, that’s when the company predicts they’ll finally be able to meet demand (it has previously been reported that semiconductor manufacturers are currently 10-30% behind demand).
Nvidia’s recent launch of their RTX 3060 graphics card was highly anticipated due to the fact that it was the first GeForce GPU to include a crypto mining limiter, potentially getting more cards into the hands of actual gamers. But long story short, things didn’t go too well, and it looks like Nvidia may be relaunching the cards with crypto mining limiters again.
Back when the ¬¬gc_id:5015[RTX 3060]¬¬ launched, Nvidia introduced a crypto mining limiter that would halve the hash rate of the GPU when it came to mining Ethereum. Since Ethereum was one of the most popular cryptocurrencies to mine at the time (and still is), it looked like a big win for PC gamers who have been struggling to get a new GPU thanks to scalpers and miners buying up all the already-limited stock.
Nvidia recently unveiled their first ever data center CPU thanks to their recent acquisition of ARM last year. At this point you may think that Intel would be quaking in their boots, but as it turns out the company is not phased at all, or so it seems.
Nvidia has long focused on Artificial Intelligence with their business, not just when it comes to data centers and CPUs, and as the AI industry gets more and more popular among big businesses (and even using AI as part of their infrastructure), Intel has faced pressure to implement AI into their technology as well.
Nvidia’s latest annual Investor Day shared some interesting bits of information, including their estimates for when the graphics card shortages will ease up by, as well as their projected revenue for the crypto mining market. But Nvidia also hosted the annual GTC event yesterday, and confirmed their next-gen Ampere successor will be coming in 2022.
Nvidia’s founder and CEO, Jensen Huang, confirmed that the company will focus on updating their architecture in “a 2-year rhythm, with likely a kicker in-between,” essentially saying that they will be on a 2 year-cycle for each generation of GPU architecture. They also revealed the roadmap for other architectures and markets up to the year 2025:
Nvidia recently held an Investor Day conference for shareholders, where they revealed their estimates for when they think the global graphics card shortage will ease up by. But the Green Team also revealed they are expecting crypto mining revenue to triple by the end of the first quarter.
More specifically, their revenue estimate for their new Cryptocurrency Mining Processor (CMP) lineup for “industrial-scale cryptocurrency mining” has been increased from $50 million to $150 million by the end of the first quarter of 2021 (May 2nd).