AMD's Radeon 7 is the first high-end video card from the company in years, using a 7nm process to deliver improved performance and power efficiency. AMD are positioning it against Nvidia's second-tier card, the RTX 2080, with the same price of £649/$699. That should allow it to perform well at 1080p and 1440p, with a solid 4K/60 possible in some titles as well. So how does the Radeon 7 compare to Nvidia's best consumer card, the £999/$999 RTX 2080 Ti? Obviously the Nvidia card has an advantage here in terms of overall horsepower, but can the Radeon 7 make it close or even win out in any games?That's the question this article is intended to answer. We'll look at how the two cards compare in a range of modern games from 1080p to 4K, to see exactly how much extra performance you can expect by going with Nvidia's top-tier option over AMD's and whether the upgrade is actually worthwhile.Thinking about upgrading to a new graphics card? Take a look at our recommendations for the … [Read more...] about Radeon 7 vs RTX 2080 Ti: Which flagship GPU should you buy?
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The Radeon 7 is AMD's first high-end graphics card for several years, making it an eagerly anticipated proposition - both for users looking to upgrade their systems and those that want competition between AMD and Nvidia to drive GPU prices down. While the card is the first to be built on a 7nm process, bringing both performance and efficiency advantages, its Vega architecture doesn't include any major feature additions. Instead, we are looking at a card that is significantly more powerful than the outgoing Vega 64, yet promises better thermal performance at similar levels of power draw.AMD has pitched the Radeon 7 as a competitor to the second-place card in Nvidia's lineup, the RTX 2080, with both cards being available for around $700/£650. While the Nvidia card seems to have a feature advantage, including the ability to perform real-time ray tracing and boost frame-rates using deep learning, the extremely short list of games that actually support these new technologies means that … [Read more...] about Radeon 7 vs RTX 2080: Which high-end GPU should you buy?
Maxon has released Cinebench R20, a photorealistic update to its popular CPU benchmarking software. CPU silicon has come a long way in recent years, especially since AMD fired the starting pistol in a processing core arms race with Intel, and the latest Cinebench release is designed to harness all of that modern computing power now available far and wide. Cinebench has long been one of the benchmarks of choice for hardware reviewers and overclockers, ideal for evaluating a CPU’s relative performance or even as a quick test for stability. With release 20, Maxon has opted for a far more complex scene that its predecessor, leveraging the 3D engine from Cinema 4D release 20. It also incorporates Intel Embree, an open source collection of high-performance ray tracing kernels that Intel has been developing since 2012, and “advanced features on modern CPUs from AMD and Intel that allow users to render the same scene on the same hardware twice as fast as … [Read more...] about Cinebench updated to tackle core-happy AMD and Intel CPUs
The 3DMark Port Royal ray tracing benchmark is available to the public and we can start testing our new Nvidia graphics cards. Since the Nvidia RTX 20-series cards were introduced late last year, we’ve been relying on Battlefield V, the only game capable of DXR at the moment, to test the Turing architecture’s specialised silicon. But no longer! Finally free from the yoke of the Origin launcher, we now have access to UL’s 3DMark Port Royal benchmark: a run consisting of a whole bunch of alien critters, fancy robots, space goop, and more reflections than you can shake a ray at. It’s a rather intensive piece of software, and the highly-reflective, suitably sci-fi scene is proving tough going for even Nvidia’s $1,200 ray tracing Turing flagship, the RTX 2080 Ti. If you don’t know, real-time ray tracing is a rendering technique that traces rays of light as they are blasted every which way in any given scene. This negates … [Read more...] about Nvidia’s RTX Turing GPUs benchmarked in 3DMark’s new ray tracing test
After years of development, Nvidia's new Turing graphics cards have arrived - RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. While the RTX 2080 Ti offers a clear performance advantage over the best of the last-gen Pascal cards (plus a ton of new features) the RTX 2080's broadly similar performance to the GTX 1080 Ti makes it a less obvious choice. Given that the top-end GTX 10-series card is cheaper, does it make sense to get the RTX 2080 at all? As usual, the answer is complicated, but this article is intended to give you the information you need to make a decision one way or the other. First of all, we'll take a look at the new features provided by the Turing architecture to see if any of these are potentially game-changers. For example, DLSS - deep learning super-sampling - may provide a significant performance boost in supported titles, while the real-time ray tracing that gives the new RTX cards their name might justify the added premium for a high-end RTX card. There are other considerations too, … [Read more...] about GTX 1080 Ti vs RTX 2080: benchmark performance and feature comparison