Saturday, January 21st 2012

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.5.8 Released

TechPowerUp today released the latest version of GPU-Z, our popular video subsystem information and diagnostic utility that provides you with accurate information about the graphics hardware installed, and lets you monitor their clock speeds, fan speeds, voltages, VRAM consumption, etc., in real-time. Version 0.5.8 introduces two new features. The first one is a render test that applies sufficient load (not stress) on the GPU to pull it out of PCI-Express link-state power-management, to ensure the Bus information is accurate. If you find the PCI-Express bus link speed or PCIe version displayed incorrectly, simply click on the "?" button next to the field to launch the load test.

The next new feature is ASIC quality, designed for NVIDIA Fermi (GF10x and GF11x GPUs) and AMD Southern Islands (HD 7800 series and above), aimed at advanced users, hardware manufacturers, and the likes. We've found the ways in which AMD and NVIDIA segregate their freshly-made GPU ASICs based on the electrical leakages the chips produce (to increase yield by allotting them in different SKUs and performance bins), and we've found ways in which ASIC quality can be quantified and displayed. Find this feature in the context menu of GPU-Z. We're working on implementing this feature on older AMD Radeon GPUs.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.5.8, TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.5.8 ASUS ROG Themed

The full change-log follows.

  • Added explanation about PCI-Express power savings and 3D render test to accurately measure bus config under load
  • Added function to display ASIC quality for Fermi and Southern Islands. (Located in the GPU-Z system menu)
  • Fixed crash on older ATI cards
  • Added voltage monitoring for HD 7970
  • Improved real-time clock monitoring for HD 7970
  • Fixed OpenCL detection for AMD Antilles, Whistler, Seymour, Blackcomb
  • Improved default clock reading for AMD HD 7970 and Fusion
  • Added support for AMD FirePro V7900, HD 6930, HD 7690M, HD 6410D
  • Fixed Intel Sandy Bridge IGP to be DirectX 10.1, 32 nm
  • Added support for NVIDIA Tesla C2075, GeForce GT 630M
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135 Comments on TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.5.8 Released

#1
Derek12
I got only 47.1% on ASIC quality is my video card defective? a lower % means more likey to die? or less OC? or less reliability?????????

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#2
TomasH
I've an ASIC quality of 102,6%. Can it be higher than 100% or is this an error?
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#3
GSquadron
Nice job. Again you forgot to put the names of those who translated gpu-z
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#4
DAOWAce
Not sure whether this is accurate or not..

The ASIC quality of my MSI GTX 460 Hawk is 87.4% whereas the quality of my Talon Attack version is 64.6%. If one isn't familiar with MSI cards, see here.

Surely the card with nearly 23% higher quality would qualify for a higher spec SKU.

Maybe it's reading the cards wrong when in SLI..
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#5
okidna
Here's mine. 84.3%.

GALAXY GTX 560Ti GC.
VDDC stock is 1.012 V.

Thanks for the update.
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#6
20mmrain
I think we should all calm down on the ASIC thing here for a minute and realize it is a new feature and things might either need to be ironed out first..... or that we all don't fully understand everything. I am seeing a lot of questions by people almost panicking saying "my one stock reference video card is 93% while my other high end non reference card is 43%". Just calm down....I think it is just a great little new tool we all can use and it shouldn't be made into more then that. And it defiantly shouldn't be made into to the new metric on which we sell second hand video cards. Because as we all can see from this thread.... some people with 63% ASIC can bump up their voltage and get a killer overclock. Sometimes higher then people who have a ASIC of 80% or more.

For example.... I have a ASIC of 84% on one card and 82.7 on my other HD7970. I can overclock these cards very nicely without voltage increase. So I think it would be pointless to us it as the new metric for everything second hand. People might be screwing themselves over!
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#7
cadaveca
My name is Dave
Wafer quality refers to leakage. A low-leakage part is going to be the most efficient, but is more likely to either coldbug or not overclock very far(pseaking in terms of many samples form the same process)

Higher leakage parts(with lower quality), when cooled properly, should clock better when temps are decreased.

A part with zero leakage is NOT what an overclocker wants...it's what a person who wants to save on power consumption wants.


Basically, if a silicon part does not leak, it doesn't give off as much excess power as heat.

20mmrain, is the lower "quality card" slightly hotter? I'd like to see how each clocks under water or LN2. finding the sweetspot for each process would be interesting.
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#8
Bo$$
Lab Extraordinaire
Crap Daddy said:
Relax man. I think we are the only ones here with the GTX570 until now and my ASIC is 67,7%. An oveclocked EVGA model 797MHz core.
My gigabyte windforce OC is only 66.6% im guessing these GTX570s are mostly bad leakage. I haven't tried any OC but im sure it wont be too bad
780 core is stock on this





just a quick question
If you card is producing artifacts can this been read from these ASIC scores? as in a bad core will have <20% or something?
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#9
someone
Nice!
The next logical step seems to check for correlations between ASIC, power consumption and overclockability, in-between a fixed model (say GTX 560Ti), of course.

Then, we may see, if this is going to be the "next big thing", whilst the last one was the CPU batch...
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#10
KainXS
my GTX460 TOP that runs all day 870mhz gets rated for 40%
my GTX560 gets 71%

wtf

edit just noticed, the pixel fill rate for my 460 is wrong.
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#11
overclocking101
my 560 ssc 2gb asic quality is 103% is that good or.....
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#12
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
theonedub said:
My 580 Lightning has an ASIC of 80.6% and my OE GT530 has an ASIC of 87.4%

For those who may not know, you open the context menu by pressing Alt then pressing your down arrow :D

Nice little update, W1z :cool:
Well this just sucks ass . Yet another old ass card of mine that is not supported ! So I have no clue what mine is or even would be !
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#13
Jstn7477
Sparkle Calibre GTX 550 Ti 1GB: 71.1% (only OCs about 50MHz to 1GHz core)
ECS GT 440 512MB GDDR5: 80.6% (OCs about 80MHz to 890 core.)
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#16
Jstn7477
claylomax said:
How long does the test take?
Which one? The ASIC percentage is simply read off the chip.
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#17
Delta6326
Derek12 said:
I got only 47.1% on ASIC quality is my video card defective? a lower % means more likey to die? or less OC? or less reliability?????????

http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/2199/43794070.png
If I understand this all correctly, Higher the % just means more likely to have a higher OC, It's doesn't mean your card is going to die.

Great job as always W1zzard, I'm starting to think your a mad scientist of GPU's.

Also I know my 4850 isn't currently supported (which is perfectly ok because I already know my card can't be upped by 20mhz), but just for reference where do you click to do this test?
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#18
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Neat, nice set of improvements. :toast:
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#19
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
qubit said:
Neat, nice set of improvements. :toast:
Only if you can use them all . Mine is so OLD it can not take advantage of them . GOD it sucks being POOR ! :cry:
Every thing I own is so old it all belongs in a museum !
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#20
erocker
Senior Moderator
trickson said:
Only if you can use them all . Mine is so OLD it can not take advantage of them . GOD it sucks being POOR ! :cry:
Every thing I own is so old it all belongs in a museum !
Whoa there. Your stuff looks pretty damn good to me. Appreciate what you have, life is easier that way. :)
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#21
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
trickson said:
Only if you can use them all . Mine is so OLD it can not take advantage of them . GOD it sucks being POOR ! :cry:
Every thing I own is so old it all belongs in a museum !
Awe man, I've just checked your specs, it's not that old. That Q9650 at 4GHz is still very respectable. :toast:

I don't blame you for wanting the latest though and I hope you're in a position to get some new hardware soon.

EDIT: Dammit erocker, you beat me to it. :laugh:
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#22
Delta6326
trickson said:
Only if you can use them all . Mine is so OLD it can not take advantage of them . GOD it sucks being POOR ! :cry:
Every thing I own is so old it all belongs in a museum !
<---- Not as crappy as my stuff, but then again I can still play all my games at descent quality. I just want to have new stuff!!

I could buy a New Intel 2011 a couple 7970 and stuff, but I'm super tight with my money I always find a reason to not buy something.:banghead:
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#23
Jstn7477
trickson said:
Only if you can use them all . Mine is so OLD it can not take advantage of them . GOD it sucks being POOR ! :cry:
Every thing I own is so old it all belongs in a museum !
erocker said:
Whoa there. Your stuff looks pretty damn good to me. Appreciate what you have, life is easier that way. :)
I just built a Pentium E6600 (Wolfdale 2MB) system with an ASRock G41M-S3 and overclocked it to 3.8GHz and was mighty surprised how well that system runs. It was actually able to hold 50-60FPS in TF2 with a GTX 550 Ti installed (CPU was maxed out though) but I give it credit for running TF2 much better than my laptop's quad core Phenom II 2.1GHz which goes down to 30 and less all the time. This setup is just another folder/cruncher now (I needed another place to put the GTX 550) and it does excellent. Your Q9650 is probably better than many of the Phenom IIs out there, and people still use them everywhere. :)
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#24
pokazene_maslo
Hmm. On my notebook with ATI Mobility FireGL V5000 (mobility x700) it always shows PCI-E 1.1 x16@x16 1.1 no matter if I have powerplay set to optimal performance or optimal battery life.

According to my knowledge M26 (mobility x700) supports dynamic lane count switching that should be adjusting number of PCI-E lines that are used.
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#25
Steven B
higher leakage = higher temps but higher OC
Lower leakage=lower temps but usually low OC.

Bad leakage? that is not even a type of leakage. Every transistor has some type of leakage, that is why ES CPUs in previous gens to SB OC so much higher, because usually they had unlock TDPs. I woudl actually expect the higher binned cards for the same type to have lower ASIC if the leakage is what they say is quality of the silicon.

My ref gigabyte GTX 570 is 89.7%

i don't think ASIC refers to just leakage.
overclockers should want higher as higher leakage transistors usually can work faster, that is why they use them in very critical parts of teh GPU.
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