AMD launched its Polaris line of video cards early last year that mainly competed with the budget segment of Nvidia. The new Vega architecture should change that and that those Vega cards will compete strongly with Nvidia is evident from a recent leaked benchmark, in which a Vega card knocks a GTX 1080 Ti out of the field. That – and more news – in this week’s Hardware hits!

In this new section we will go through the latest hardware news with you every week. This way you can stay informed of all developments in the field of video cards, chips and other technology for in and around your system cabinet.

Leaked Radeon Vega 3DMark score indicates better performance than GTX 1080 Ti

A leaked benchmark of an unknown Vega video card appeared on the Guru3D forum today. In the 3DMark TimeSpy benchmark program, this card gives a score of 9753 points, about four hundred points more than an average GTX 1080 Ti. If the results are reliable (and that is still the question), then the Vega cards would significantly outperform the best (reasonably priced) card Nvidia has at the moment.

The benchmark also shows that the card has 8GB of graphics memory. Probably it is HBM2 and not GDDR5X which is used on the GTX 1080 Ti for example. HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) is faster than GDDR5X, but significantly more expensive to produce. AMD has now announced that they will announce more about the Vega architecture on Computex on May 31, including a possible launch date.

Vive will receive an eye-tracking kit for 250 euros

One of the startups in HTC’s Vive X program is going to release a piece of hardware that will allow users of the HTC Vive to add eye tracking to their VR glasses. 7invensun, as the startup is called, hopes to have the so-called aGlass lenses on the market in the third quarter for around $ 220.

The eye tracking add-on makes it possible for the Vive to apply a (until now rarely used) technique called foveated rendering. If the player is not looking at an area on a screen, the resolution in that area can be lowered, while the image quality around the viewing point can be turned up. In this way, cheaper PCs can also control virtual reality glasses.

NZXT launches airflow optimized fans

The line of NZXT Aer case fans will soon be complemented by an airflow optimized fan, the Aer F. Until now only the Aer P model, which was optimized for static pressure, was available. Static pressure makes it easier for a fan to push air through small spaces, such as a radiator used for water cooling. An airflow-optimized fan provides a higher volume of air, which in theory improves cooling, but has less static pressure as a result. Like the Aer P, the Aer F will have an interchangeable ring in three colors, allowing the user to match the fan’s color with that of the rest of the components.

Zotac makes GTX 1080 Ti with cool water block

Now that the GTX 1080 Ti has been on the market for a while and all the cut-and-paste coolers have been launched, the more daring models are coming out, such as the GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm from Zotac. The two-slot card is provided by Zotac with a full cover water block with two G1 / 4 fittings, RGB LEDs and extra powerful power supply, which in combination with the water cooling should ensure an overclocking beast. The price is not yet known, but count on nine hundred euros or more.

Another Special Edition of the Dominator Platinum RAM

Corsair’s Dominator Platinum memory kits are the cream of the crop when it comes to internal memory, with an insane price tag to match. To add an extra touch of exclusivity to these slats, Corsair has made a very limited limited edition in the past, in both black and chrome. These sticks, with an edition of 500, were sold out within days. That success can now be repeated with the Torque edition. These are also available on a limited basis and cost 449.99 euros for a set of twice 16 GB or 499.99 euros for the set of four times 8 GB. The slats have a clock speed of 3200 MHz and timings of 14-16-16-36 – in other words: they are super fast.

In two weeks there will be a new Hardware Hitjes, live from Computex in Taiwan! Expect announcements about new graphics cards, motherboards, all-in-ones, and more!

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