Long story short -- free performance. Okay, so when AMD announced
its new line-up of Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards last year it touted a new feature called Smart Access Memory -- which would leverage the latest PCI Express 4.0 tech and its own Ryzen CPUs to boost game performance. One of those flick of a switch to add frames deals, so naturally the question was posed to NVIDIA. Will we see something like this come to GeForce?
The answer is yes with Resizable BAR Support, which means things like texture streaming to and from VRAM can be done concurrently and in full, coming to the GeForce RTX 30 Series. Starting with the upcoming release of the newly announced GeForce RTX 3060
With its version though, NVIDIA plans to support both Intel and AMD CPUs. Plus, this technology will also make its way to new GeForce RTX 30 Series laptops set to release in the coming weeks. With AMD's implementation limited to the latest 5000 series of Ryzen processors we were unable to test the potential gains in our review of the Radeon RX 6800 XT
-- even with a Ryzen 3800X. According to reports though the benefits of Resizable BAR Support vary, with the consensus being that the noticeable improvement comes at the lower resolution of 1080p -- which makes its GeForce debut perfect for the upcoming 1080p-minded RTX 3060.
In addition to a driver update, NVIDIA does note that the tech will need to be supported by motherboards (it's working with several partners to make this happen) in addition to VBIOS updates set to arrive for existing GeForce RTX 30 Series in March. Which would include the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070.
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