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  1. The AMD RX Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards launched today. Most of the online retailers in the US who had them in stock are already sold out. All the initial reviews seem to show they are good competition for the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. The game benchmark results show that some games they do better than the GCX 1070 and GTX 1080 while in other games they do worse than the GXT 1070 and GTX 1080. Overall they seem to equally well when you look at the popular games from the past 2 years. However, the RX Vega cards use significantly more power and they have a locked BIOS that doesn't allow the max power levels to be increased even though the VRM can handle more power. Also some reviews state the RX Vega runs significantly hotter than the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 FOunders edition cards, which have some of the worst cooling for their series. Anandtech's review said: "The Vega 10 is a large, power-hungry GPU. Much larger and much more power hungry than NVIDIA’s competing GP104 GPU. And while this isn’t an immediate consumer concern – we pay what the market will bear, not what it costs AMD to make a chip with a nice gross margin on the side – from a technology and architectural perspective it indicates that AMD has moved farther away from NVIDIA in the last couple of years. Whereas the Radeon R9 Fury X was almost a win that AMD didn’t get, the RX Vega 64 doesn’t appear to be fighting in the weight class it was even designed for. Instead the power efficiency gap between AMD and NVIDIA has grown since 2015, and apparently by quite a bit." Overall, I'm happy to see AMD making a competitive GPU again. Maybe some of the custom PCB cards form other manufacturers will allow a custom BIOS or have a BIOS with a higher power level to have room for better overclocking.
  2. I posted this on the NA forums a few days ago and forgot to post it here also. http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index.php?/topic/470166-actual-video-memory-required-for-playing-world-of-tanks/ I was curious about how much video memory was actually required to run World of Tanks. So, I fired up MSI afterburner, enabled logging, and ran a pair of replays through multiple video settings. What I found is that a GPU with 2 GB of video memory should be adequate for playing World of Tanks at 1920x1080 resolution. The maximum memory used by the GPU was about 1.5 GB. Some notes: Maximum in the pre set settings isn't actually maximum. You can still turn up one slider higher and also enable TSSAA-HQ under AA settings to get a "true maximum" setting. My custom settings are the settings that work best for me on my computer as a mix of FPS and image quality. The Cromwell replay was a tier 6 stronghold replay. The Type 59 replay was a tier 8 battle. Both replays were on different maps(Serene Coast and Windstorm). I ran the replays multiple times and got the same results for the MB of GPU memory used. The system used for this was a gaming laptop with an Intel i7 CPU and a GTX 680M GPU I used the latest WHQL driver from Nvidia. I didn't have an AMD GPU to test. I'd expect similar results based on tests of other games with Nvidia and AMD GPUs. The results are below: Replay Setting Resolution AA Max Memory MB Mods Cromwell My Custom 1920x1080 OFF 1042 No Type 59 My Custom 1920x1080 OFF 1350 No Cromwell Maximum 1920x1080 OFF 1106 No Type 59 Maximum 1920x1080 OFF 1432 No Cromwell True Maximum 1920x1080 TSSAA-HQ 1205 No Type 59 True Maximum 1920x1080 TSSAA-HQ 1534 No Cromwell High 1920x1080 OFF 787 No Type 59 High 1920x1080 OFF 923 No Cromwell Medium 1920x1080 OFF 752 No Type 59 Medium 1920x1080 OFF 879 No Cromwell My Custom 1920x1080 OFF 1042 No Apparently copying and pasting from Excel doesn't work as well as it use to. Here is a screenshot from the spreadsheet. What does this mean? If you play mostly World of Tanks and don't play above 1920x1080 resolution, you probably don't need more than 2 GB of video memory since the game doesn't use much more than 1.5 GB of video memory with all of the detail settings turned up. Other more modern games do use more than 2GB of video memory at 1920x1080. You have to consider that if you are getting a new GPU and play other games.
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