24 April 2021

Analyse This: The Relative Efficiency of Nvidia Architectures...

 

For the last year, I've been looking at the predicted performance and efficiency of the RDNA architecture(s) as those were what I was most familiar with and most interested in due to their presence in the now current gen consoles. I determined early on that there was no IPC improvement between RDNA 1 and 2 and that it was merely* a clockspeed bump that was dictating any performance increase per compute unit (CU). However, in the back of my mind I was asking myself how Nvidia's architectures stack up against one another in a similar comparison but I knew that you can't normally directly compare between architectural designs except when the comparison is abstracted via different metrics. 
*I say "merely" but I still think it's impressive how far AMD were able to push the working frequency of their chips.
Luckily for me, this is exactly what I did for the final RDNA analysis - I used real world benchmarks  in games and actively used frequency (performed by TechPowerUp) to inform the relationship between performance and architectural aspects. While I wasn't able to pull as much information due to the differences in architecture, I was still able to compare and contrast between AMD's and Nvidia's respective approaches to graphics card design and I'll try and take a look into the future to see what we might expect next, as I always do...

21 April 2021

DirectStorage and its impact on PC gaming...


At the beginning of the year, I railed against the focus on standardising game API features across PC and console, specifically with regards to designing systems around the limitations of the console hardware. Well, today we got some updated information on how DirectStorage will work and it's basically as bad as I said it would be...

19 March 2021

Analyse This: Post Mortem of the RX 6700 XT release...

 

So the reviews for the RX 6700 XT are finally online and it's time for me to take a quick look back at my predictions and see how they panned out...

18 March 2021

Analyse This: The Potential Performance of Xe (DG-2)...

 

After my relatively successful look at RDNA 2-based systems (consoles and the RX 6000 series) I've been thinking of turning my analytical eye towards both Nvidia's and Intel's architectures. While I'm working towards getting my Geforce ducks in a row, I figured that I'd strike whilst the iron is hot on DG-2 rumours before more information is released...

3 March 2021

RX 6700 XT announced... but is it really this good?

 


Today, AMD announced the RX 6700 XT - the card that a majority of people have been looking forward to. While the numbers provided by AMD look really good, I feel like we all need a good dose of skepticism until the proper reviews land. You'll see why in a moment...