AMD has released the Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.1 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. This driver provides a range of bug fixes.
Nvidia has released the 385.28 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It is the recommended driver for Agents of Mayhem and Killing Floor: Incursion. The driver also contains PhysX version 9.17.0524 and updates GeForce Experience version 3.8.0.
Flagship GTX 1080 Ti with 2025MHz+ overclock
After a couple of teaser pictures posted earlier last week, EVGA has now officially unveiled its fastest and flagship graphics card based on GTX 1080 Ti GP102 Pascal GPU, the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti .
Featuring a full copper version of EVGA’s patented iCX Technology dual-slot cooler, the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N graphics card combines the best possible components, including the highly-efficient digital VRM, edge-plated PCB and more, and most-likely hand-picked GP102 GPUs in order to provide the best possible overclocking potential, with a guaranteed 2025MHz+ overclock.
The VRM draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, providing enough power to push the GTX 1080 Ti to its overclocking limits, which is probably why the same graphics card holds several single-GPU world records.
In its out-of-the-box state, the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N works at 1582MHz GPU base and 1695MHz GPU Boost clocks with 11GB of 352-bit GDDR5X memory clocked at 11016MHz. Since it comes with EVGA’s iCX Technology cooling, it also features nine additional sensors embedded on the PCB, die-cast baseplate and backplate, airflow chambers and full control with EVGA Precision XOC software.
As you can see from the pictures below, the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N uses a dual-slot, triple-fan cooler which is similar to what we have seen on earlier high-end graphics cards, except for a couple of K|NGP|N tags and the fact that it is made entirely of copper. EVGA was also keen to note that the cooler can be made into a single-slot design with an optional Hydro Copper waterblock.
As always, high-end components and premium design come at a price so the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N will sell at a rather high US $999/€1.099,99 when it becomes available.
AMD is launching a new series of Ryzen processors today, the affordably priced Ryzen 3.
Ryzen 3 will complement the previously launched Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 series of desktop processors, but will target entry-level price points. It has the same die as its higher-end Ryzen 7 and 5 siblings, but has fewer active cores and symmetrical multi-threading (SMT) has been disabled.
Ryzen 3 processors feature quad-core configurations, leverage the same socket and chip packaging and are also fully unlocked for easy overclocking.
The Ryzen 3 1300X has a base clock of 3.5GHz, with a 3.6GHz all-core boost clock, a 3.7GHz two-core boost, and a max XFR boost clock of 3.9GHz. The Ryzen 3 1200’s default clocks are decidedly lower. Its base and all-boost clocks are both only 3.1GHz, and its two-core boost tops out at 3.4GHz. XFR pushes its max single-core clock up to 3.45GHz.
In the benchmarks, with multi-threaded workloads, the Ryzen 3’s quad-core configuration generally gives it an edge over the dual-core / quad-thread Intel Core i3 and in some cases allows it to compete with more expensive Intel Core i5 chips.
With single or lightly threaded workloads, however, Kaby Lake-based Core i3s are likely to pull ahead due to their increased IPC and typically higher clocks. Ryzen 3 1300X will retail for $129, while Ryzen 3 1200 will list for $109. Retail chips should be available today in the channel so it will be a while before the great unwashed get their paws on them,.