Nvidia has just released its latest Game Ready driver, 461.72 to the public. The new driver brings support for the new RTX 3060 graphics card, adds Nvidia Reflex support for Rainbow Six Seige, DLSS support for Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition and Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord among other fixes and updates.
Colorful launched a new line of RTX 3060Ti graphics cards on December 1st. There are a total of four cards in this series for Colorful with the iGame GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti Vulcan OC 10G-V being its flagship. The other three consist of the iGame GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti Advanced OC 10G-V, iGame GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti Ultra OC 10G-V, and GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti Ultra W OC 10G-V. They share the same 4864 CUDA cores, 1410 Mhz base clock, and 8GB of GDDR6 memory. Boasting boost clocks of up to 1815 Mhz is what will separate the Vulcan from the others, each achieving a slightly different boost. Naturally, aesthetics are another major variation. A complete list of specifications and pricing are listed below.
3DMark has upgraded its benchmarking software to include a DirectX Raytracing feature test. With the upcoming November 18th launch of AMD’s RX 6000 Series GPU’s, ray tracing will no longer be an Nvidia only feature. This latest benchmark will measure and compare the performance of dedicated ray-tracing hardware giving 3DMark the ability to compare these features on the latest graphics cards. Here is the press release from 3DMark.
With NVIDIA’s Ampere announcement yesterday, card partners are rushing to get their SKUs in order for the impending release. MSI is releasing two graphic card series based on NVIDIA Ampere, the Gaming and Ventus lines. Below is the press release from MSI, including a link to a live stream later tonight (9/2).
Today Nvidia is unveiling additional “Super” cards extending the Super line into their GTX models. Available today is the GTX 1660 Super and the GTX 1650 Super will be launching on November 22nd. These new cards also introduce a new price point which is lower than their predecessors and we expect some price adjustments on those models as well.
On our test bench today we have the RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC from GIGABYTE. The “Super” line of GPUs was introduced by Nvidia in late June of this year which, coincidently coincided with AMD’s launch of their new Navi-based RX 5700 line of video cards. Speculation at the time was that this move was intended to counter AMD’s perceived price/performance staging of their soon to be launched RX GPUs. AMD’s performance levels were mostly speculation at the time but rumored to be at or near the RTX 2070 levels with a similar price point. Whether or not these rumors were true the RTX Super graphics cards were released intending to slide in between their base model (RTX 2070) and the next tier (RTX 2080). These cards were sporting an increased CUDA core count much like the “Ti” versions of the past but these new Super cards also have increased RT and Tensor core counts.
It’s not often that we see new products developed and marketed exclusively for the subzero extreme overclocking world. There are only a handful of well-established brands that cater to the extreme overclocking community, so the overall market share is quite small. Today. we are excited to evaluate a new retail product from Bitspower, which has been designed to be used exclusively with extreme cooling solutions such as liquid nitrogen or dry ice.
EVGA has a strong foothold in the custom PC market with products ranging from hardware to accessories. They are a well-known, respected, and trusted manufacturer that any enthusiast should be familiar with. EVGA has been kind enough to allow us to test their top RTX 2060 offering, the XC Ultra Gaming.
Under the microscope today is the AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme. It not only sports a custom PCB and beefy power delivery but also includes one of the coolest RGB LED implementations we’ve seen. The Xtreme uses the Windforce 3 Stack cooling including three fans with each fan integrating a single RGB LED on one fan blade. This location for the LED with the fan spinning makes it look like a continuous circle of light around each of the fans and is highly customizable. We’ll dig down and see how it performs as well as look at the lighting and its seemingly endless options for tweaking.