The Second Generation of Polaris: Introduction to the Radeon RX 570 Using the ASUS ROG Strix Video Card as an Example

Currently, the situation with the total dominance of NVIDIA in the segment of top-end graphics solutions has developed. AMD is unlikely to present its progressive Vega accelerators shortly. But a series of mid-level video cards based on GPU Polaris has already been developed. Their second generation is presented, so let’s start studying the new products.


Polaris 20 Based Video Cards

The updated line of video cards includes four models: Radeon RX 580, Radeon RX 570, Radeon RX 560 and Radeon RX 550. They are direct successors of similar models of the RX400 series; in particular, the Radeon RX 580/570 replaces the Radeon RX 480/470. So, let’s consider the changes in the new video cards in this review.


The Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 are based on the Polaris 20 graphics processor which has no major changes with respect to Polaris 10. This is the development of the AMD GCN architecture and its fourth implementation. The GPU counts 36 Compute Unit (CU) computational …

High-Contrast Monitor BenQ BL2711U Review

There are plenty of good monitors nowadays. Nonetheless, not all of them offer a comprehensive list of much-thought facilities. BenQ decided to fill up the gap by introducing BL2711U display. The model boasts not only a remarkable image presentation but also an improved functionality. Let’s review BenQ BL2711U in more details.



Highlights


BenQ BL2711U features the following specifications:

— panel type: IPS with W-LED backlight;

— dimensions: 639x411(551)x240 mm with the stand, 27-inch diagonal;

— aspect ratio: 16:9;

— resolution: 3840x2160 pixels;

— viewing angles: 178/178 degrees h/v;

— maximal brightness: 300 cd/m2;

— contract index: static — 1000:1, dynamic – 20M:1;

— response time: 12 ms, 4 ms in GtG environment;

— amount of displayed colors: 1.07 billion;

— power consumption: maximal – 42 W, idle/standby mode – 0.5 W;

— audio: onboard speakers, 3 W each;

— interfaces: video – DisplayPort 1.2, DL …

AMD releases new video accelerators and FirePro first APU for workstations

The debut of a new line of graphics cards AMD FirePro Wx000 on base of graphics processors family Southern Islands (28 nm) is also known as the basis for gaming decisions Radeon HD 7000.



Single-chip FirePro W9000 includes a GPU Taxiti XT 4 teraflops of performance when dealing with numbers and a single-precision teraflops in operations with double precision. The volume of on-board video memory is 6 GB of GDDR5, the recommended price — $ 4000. Scope of the discrete graphics FirePro / Southern Islands is traditional: CAD-applications that work with the media content, and system digital signage.


One position lower is FirePro W8000. It uses the kernel Tahiti Pro or XT, characterized by Tflops/806 3.23 Gflops of performance, memory capacity of 4 GB and a price tag of $ 1,600. Even lower in the hierarchy is the FirePro W7000. The card is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 RAM and the chip Pitcairn XT (Radeon HD 7870). Performance, according to AMD, is 2.4 Gflops Tflops/152 when …
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