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When we’re old and sitting in our rocking chairs on the porch we’ll look back fondly on the years 2016 and 2017, wipe a tear from our eye, and regale our grandkids about the move to 14nm and 16nm FinFET GPUs. “Your granddad had 100fps at 1440p,” we’ll tell our grandkids as they ignore us while ensconced in their 32k VR simulations. They won’t understand, of course, how amazing the year 2016 was in terms of GPU advancements, but it can’t be understated. Not only did we finally move from 28nm planar transistors all the way down to 14/16nm 3D FinFET, but the accompanying performance boost from one generation to the next was one of the largest ever recorded in modern times. Instead of the typical 10 to 20 percent boosts we experience going from one generation of silicon to the next, we saw a 60 to 80 percent boost. Frame rates skyrocketed, 4k gaming became viable with a single GPU, and laptops were able to sport desktop-class graphics for the first time due to improvements in efficiency as well. It was (and still is) a great time to be alive, indeed.

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Posted on Jul 15, 2017

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