Ask GN 69: Mining on Radeon SSG? Ampere, GDDR6, & Boost

By Published February 10, 2018 at 11:14 pm

Our latest Ask GN episode talks methodology and benchmarking challenges with GPU boost, GDDR6 availability, "mining" on AMD's Radeon SSG, and more. This is also our first episode that comes with a new accompaniment, released in the form of a Patreon-only Ask GN. The separate video is  visible to Patreon backers, and answers a couple extra questions that were submitted via the Patreon Discord.

As usual, timestamps are provided below the embedded video. The major focus is on some quick GDDR6 news, then some discussion on GPU benchmarking approaches.

Find out more below:



00:54 GDDR6 Now Available

02:27 - Ben Grogan: "Open fan GPU heatsinks run their fin arrays transverse on the card. Is there a reason why this is the case beyond longer heatpipe runs? Would there be any benefit to longitudinal fins which would allow case front fans to encourage front-to-back airflow?"

06:50 - 10 TFLOP APU barrier: “#askgn-questions @GN Staff Sorry if this has been said or asked before. When benching the performance baseline of a GPU boost 3.0 enabled card, is it fair / should these cards have their boost clocks locked to the manufacturer specified boost clock? Maybe I'm misunderstanding something (or just tired) but it would seem that you could see exaggerated performance gains as now a stock card is effectively being thrown against an overclocked one.”

11:48 - David Watson: “Steve , this has been driving me insane , why the hell are manufacturers still using toothpaste compound for their cpu's when we all know that by using liquid metal you are dropping the temperatures from anywhere between 8-20 degrees ! why the hell havent they cottoned on to this obvious and glaring fact by now ? surely they realize that such a temperature drop will only significantly enhance the lifespan of their cpu's and make it a superior product ! its insanity”

16:20 – Salad: “In your recent delidding and liquid metal video, your recommendation for preventing liquid metal overflow/spillage from getting on the CPU contacts was to use nail polish. In Optimum Tech's recent delidding and liquid metal video, he recommends using silicone sealant, the same sealant you would use to seal the IHS back on, in this video: Is there any reason you would not recommend simply using the silicone sealant to protect the contacts? Why didn't you just use your silicone sealant you had on hand instead of nail polish? Thanks!”

18:10 – “#askgn-questions @GN Staff Nvidia Ampere & Ampere Computing; Unfortunate naming coincidence?”

18:44 – smwebhead: “Stupid question. I finally received new 1080 FTW, if installed in the top (16) pcie it’s a bit close to the cpu cooler. I watched the vid that @Steve Burke did regarding performance in 16 vs 8 lane. Would it be stupid to use the 8 lane to gain distance from GPU and the air cooler? This is on my oldie and moldy but still rock solid gigabyte z77x-ud5h. Appreciate any and all input.”

20:00 - Vegan64: “#askgn-questions @GN Staff With all your research,How much Data did you produce in 2017 (In Gigabytes)?”

21:25 – Streetguru: “I finally remembered, @Steve Burke whatever happened to the Radeon SSG? Could the effective 1TB of VRAM be good for miners? Did they realize the 10 people with RED wasn't a big enough customer base?”

23:16 – Notwist: “Hi @Steve Burke , an EVGA tech suggested I should remove the cooler off my 1070ti, remove all the thermal pads, and replace them all with actual thermal compound. Is this a bad idea?”

Host: Steve Burke
Video: Andrew Coleman

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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