AMD launched its latest graphics card, Radeon RX 480 that is designed to deliver enthusiast-level of gaming performance and features. In a statement, the company claims the new graphic card is powered by the world’s most advanced graphics technology and offers an extraordinary value proposition to fans and gamers around the world.
These cards will be the first to feature the Polaris GPUs, using the new 14 nm FinFET manufacturing process. The Polaris family will initially include two new chips in the Graphics Core Next (GCN) family (Polaris 10 and Polaris 11). Polaris implements the 4th generation of the Graphics Core Next instruction set, and shares commonalities with the previous GCN microarchitectures.
“Our message to gamers everywhere is that the Radeon RX 480 is every bit as much your card as it is ours,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. “We designed this technology by listening intently to you, the gamers who have bought and played on our graphics technology for years. We’ve worked tirelessly to produce something that satisfies the most discerning gamer, and delivers the ideal product at an impeccable price. We couldn’t be more grateful for the reception we’ve received from gamers, customers, and technology partners who see what our engineering team has accomplished, and agree that with the Radeon RX Series, gaming and VR is truly #BetterRed.”
Professional and casual gamers alike are also celebrating the launch, with AMD-sponsored eSports teams such as Fnatic and Evil Geniuses hailing the Radeon RX 480 as a triumph for PC gamers everywhere, and prominent video reviewers worldwide affirming the exceptional value of the graphics card across a wide range of games.
‘Overwatch 2: Invasion’ Ultimate GeForce RTX 40 Series Bundle Now Available
NVIDIA has announced a new bundle today. For a limited period of time, if one buys a participating GeForce RTX 40 Series graphics card, desktop PC or laptop, they will also receive the Overwatch 2: Invasion Ultimate GeForce RTX 40 Series bundle.
The bundle includes:
- Overwatch 2:Invasion Story Missions
- Vigilante Sojourn Legendary Skin (*Earned)
- Sojourn Hero Unlock (*Earned)
- Premium Battle Pass
- 20 Battle Pass Tier Skips
- The C-455 Sharpshooter Cassidy Legendary Skin
- The K-2000 Blademaster Kiriko Legendary Skin
- 3,000 Overwatch Coins
Overwatch 2: Invasion Ultimate GeForce RTX 40 Series bundle is available with the purchase of a qualifying GeForce RTX 4090, 4080, 4070 Ti, 4070, 4060 Ti, 4060 desktop or GPU, or a laptop with a GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, or RTX 4060 Laptop GPU at numerous system builders and retailers worldwide.
To unlock the ultimate graphics experience in each battle, upgrade to a select GeForce RTX 40 Series graphics card, desktop PC, or laptop for class-leading performance, and unbeatable responsiveness courtesy of NVIDIA Reflex. NVIDIA Reflex reduces system latency by up to 60% in Overwatch 2, and the raw power of GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs, which can run at over 360 FPS at 1440p.
NVIDIA Expands DLSS Support With Two New Game Releases
NVIDIA today announced the availability of Portal: Prelude RTX as a free download on Steam for anyone who owns the original version of the critically-acclaimed game Portal. Portal: Prelude is an unofficial Portal prequel first released in 2008 and features an extremely challenging 8-10 hour campaign. It is the highest-rated Portal mod, the 2008 Portal ModDB winner, and #3 overall Player’s Choice mod of 2008.
Portal: Prelude RTX is a community remaster of this classic Portal mod, created with NVIDIA RTX Remix and featuring full ray tracing, NVIDIA DLSS 3, NVIDIA Reflex and NVIDIA RTX IO to deliver the ultimate Portal Prelude experience for GeForce RTX gamers. It is the first remaster created entirely by modders with the RTX Remix creator toolkit.
To bring Portal: Prelude RTX to life, NVIDIA collaborated with Nicolas “NykO18” Grevet, the original creator of Portal Prelude, and famous modder David “Kralich” Driver-Gomm to modernize Portal: Prelude’s assets and relight the game with stunning full ray tracing.
Portal: Prelude RTX is the latest showcase title for NVIDIA RTX Remix, a free, upcoming modding platform built on NVIDIA Omniverse, which enables modders to quickly create and share RTX mods for classic games, with enhanced materials, full ray tracing, NVIDIA DLSS 3, and NVIDIA Reflex.
Also releasing on PC is Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the highly anticipated action-adventure-platformer from Insomniac Games. The game is loaded with technology including real-time ray tracing, NVIDIA DLSS 3, NVIDIA DLAA, NVIDIA Reflex, and NVIDIA RTX IO for a superb PC gaming experience. It joins a growing list of games that support NVIDIA DLSS including Remnant II, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT, SYNCED, and Wuthering Waves.
To support the release of Portal: Prelude RTX, NVIDIA released a new GeForce Game Ready Driver which is optimized for Portal: Prelude RTX, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and other games, and gives you the highest levels of performance when using NVIDIA RTX IO and DirectStorage for Windows in the two titles.
Review of the MSI GeForce RTX 4060 VENTUS 2X BLACK 8G OC GPU in the UAE
Over a month ago, NVIDIA introduced its latest GeForce RTX 4060 GPU line-up, aimed at gamers who are looking for affordable and capable graphics cards with the Ada Lovelace architecture. We at Gadget Voize received the MSI GeForce RTX 4060 VENTUS 2X BLACK 8G OC to review its performance and capability.
The VENTUS series graphics cards are known for their small-sized chassis and the new RTX 4060 VENTUS 2X BLACK 8GB OC has a dimension of 199 x 120 x 41 mm. Unlike other graphic card designs, this low-profile GPU only takes over a single slot and is better suited for small-sized PC cabinets.
While the card has a power consumption requirement of 115W, MSI recommends users use a 550W PSU on their gaming systems. You will only require one 8-pin power connector for the card. For its cooling performance, the RTX 4060 VENTUS 2X BLACK holds dual TROX FAN 4. And with MSI Afterburner, you will be able to customize the fan speeds and other features of the card.
During idle conditions, the temperature of the graphic card remained at 49 degrees and the fans were at a zero RPM state. We also ran a stress test using the FurMark application and the temperatures kicked to 66 degrees during a 1080p benchmark with automatic fan speeds optimization. The card ran at similar temperatures while I ran the FurMark benchmark at 4K resolution.
For those with multi-monitor setups, the MSI GeForce RTX 4060 VENTUS 2X BLACK 8G OC comes with three DisplayPort (ver. 1.4a) ports and one HDMI 2.1 port. The HDMI 2.1 port has support for 4K@120Hz video output with HDR and 8K@60Hz HDR, along with support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). By using multiple ports for different monitors, MSI mentions that the card can support a maximum resolution of 7680 x 4320.
The graphic card is based on the PCIe 4.0 configuration and features NVIDIA’s latest Ada Lovelace architecture GPU with 3072 CUDA cores. The base clocks run at 1.83 GHz and the boost clocks are factory overclocked to 2.46GHz speeds. With the MSI Center app, you will be able to unlock an Extreme Performance mode that pushes the clock speeds to 2.5 GHz speeds. The graphic card also comes with 8GB GDDR6 video memory, along with a 128-bit memory bus and 17 Gbps memory speeds.
To test the GPU, we used a testbed that consist of an AMD Ryzen 3800XT. Memory and storage include 16GB Corsair DDR4 and a 1TB Kingston KC3000 PCIe 4.0 SSD. The NVIDIA driver used was the 536.67 on Windows 11 OS. We first ran the 3DMark graphic benchmark suite and our scores are the following: FireStrike- 24370, FireStrike Extreme-12490, FireStrike Ultra-6051, TimeSpy-10530, and Port Royal-6012.
For gaming performance, we focused on Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Doom Eternal. For our SOTR test, we ran the benchmarks on both Full HD and 4K resolutions with High graphic presets. With 1080p selected, the game ran at 147 fps on average. And with ray-tracing enabled, the average performance is 104 fps. With the help of DLSS Balanced enabled with ray-tracing, the performance improves to 138fps.
We repeated the test for SOTR using 4K resolution and the game performed 47 fps on average for high settings, 31 fps on average with ray-tracing enabled, and 61 fps with DLSS Balanced enabled.
And for DOOM Eternal at 4K resolution and ultra-setting presets selected, the game performed at 99 fps on average, and 63 fps avg. with 4K and raytracing enabled, and a 90 fps avg. with 4K, RT and DLSS Balanced enabled.
We were impressed with the performance of the card, and we recommend the MSI GeForce RTX 4060 VENTUS 2X BLACK 8G OC GPU for those looking for a capable 1080p card that can also deliver good 4K gaming performances. Despite being a mid-tier card, the GPU is capable of uplifting the performance with excellent DLSS implementation and also offers support for 4K 120Hz and 8K 60Hz resolutions.
MSI GeForce RTX 4060 VENTUS 2X BLACK 8G OC GPU $299
While the card has a power consumption requirement of 115W, MSI recommends users use a 550W PSU on their gaming systems. You will only require one 8-pin power connector for the card. For its cooling performance, the RTX 4060 VENTUS 2X BLACK holds dual TROX FAN 4.
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