Is this a new feature for AMD cards? I haven't used an AMD card in about 15 years or so... but I know that Nvidia cards have been doing this for a few generations already. It's a nice feature to have if you want a silent PC .Interesting, Nitro RX 480 uses passive cooling during lower load: http://sapphirenitro.sapphiretech.com/en/480-8.html
It's not a feature of NV or AMD cards, but something the NV's and AMD's board partners implement since ~2 generations of cards. None of the reference designs by NV or AMD do that.Is this a new feature for AMD cards? I haven't used an AMD card in about 15 years or so... but I know that Nvidia cards have been doing this for a few generations already. It's a nice feature to have if you want a silent PC .
I wasn't trying to turn it into a pissing contest between AMD and Nvidia, I was just curious if past AMD cards also had this feature (regardless of whether or not they were reference or aftermarket designs) due to not using one in over a decade. Thanks for the info .It's not a feature of NV or AMD cards, but something the NV's and AMD's board partners implement since ~2 generations of cards. None of the reference designs by NV or AMD do that.
I'm not sure if the software is available for Linux but I know there are utilities in Windows such as EVGA Precision (only works with Nvidia cards) or MSI Afterburner (works with both Nvidia and AMD) that allow you to set custom fan profiles. Using those you can set custom fan curves which allow the fan to be as loud or as quiet as you'd like at any temps.My latest card is GTX 680, so I'm not familiar with this feature. Just pointing out that it's neat.
That's a bit misleading, apparently:
Source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/10518/amd-announces-radeon-pro-ssg-polaris-with-m2-ssds-onboardthe card utilizes a Polaris 10 GPU and includes 2 PCIe 3.0 M.2 slots for adding flash drives to the card. These slots are then attached to the GPU (...) which the GPU can then use as an additional tier of storage.
In CUDA applications (and probably other GPGPU API's) the latency of memory operations is hidden by properly scheduling reads and writes to and from device memory. Noone (maybe students?) writes on device memory, reads back and then loads files from slow storage such as hard drives. Worst case scenario, if data doesn't fit in RAM, it should be preloaded while the device is busy. I can't imagine an SSD being preferred over RAM, specially now that it is cheap and proper workstations and HPC nodes have hundreds of GB's. SSD's fall a step above mechanical hard drives in memory hierarchy but still below RAM. So if slow, permanent storage is still necessary why not just load every rendering node with a few massive SSD's, a few massive HDD's and the fastest Infiniband connection available to a humongous storage server? We're talking about multi million dollar investments here, not garage operations. Unless that's AMD's target audience since Nvidia is all over the place in industry, research labs and universities.The transfer rate between GPU and SSD is no faster than for other M.2 SSDs. Still, by using it as some sort of additional cache of RAM, latency for accessing this storage pool is a lot lower than going the normal route to your system drives. I think you can compare the situation to a hybrid HDD with some gigabytes of flash memory for reduced access times.
The three fans run rather slowly, therefore it's a quiet card - Sapphire's Nitro models are considerably louder according to tests. It also comes with a 'silent' BIOS which reduces power, noise, and clocks - making it a bit slower but also still cooler and quieter.Does it really need 3 fans, or it's overclocked and needs more cooling?