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Today, AMD is holding its “Capsaicin” webcast in which it is talking about all of its latest initiatives in the graphics realm, including virtual reality (VR) and a powerful graphics card that we’ve been talking about for months. On the topic of VR, we all know that it has a huge potential to make waves in the gaming space. High-end VR headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, both of which are due out shortly, will change the way we interact with media content and the way we play current and future games. But what about the potential for VR outside the gaming space?... Read more...
AMD is making it easier than ever to hookup an external graphics card to your ultraportable notebook or 2-in-1 PC thanks to new technology introduced in the new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.2. AMD has unleashed its XConnect technology, which makes it a trivial affair to add an external Radeon graphics card via Thunderbolt 3. Using AMD XConnect, you could pair, for example, an AMD Radeon R9 290X series graphics card with an external enclosure using Thunderbolt 3. The connection is completely plug-and-play and is automatically configured using AMD XConnect technology. You can connect or disconnect... Read more...
As promised, AMD participated in a lengthy seven-hour Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on reddit in which people were able to ask the Sunnyvale chip designer anything and everything on a variety of topics, which they did. Robert Hallock, part of AMD's Technical Marketing team, never went into great detail about hot topics like Polaris, and he wasn't allowed to talk much at all about Zen, but there were some interesting tidbits all the same.Right off the bat, Hallock addressed a question about when we can expect to see Vulkan support in a Linux driver. According to Hallock, it's something AMD will... Read more...
It's beginning to feel like AMD is finally starting to understand this whole "social" thing by teasing just the right amount of information to get fans salivating. Yesterday, we talked about a teaser of an upcoming graphics card enclosure posted to Facebook by Robert Hallock, who is part of AMD's Technical Marketing team. Now, Hallock has decided to open the floodgates for questions by conducting an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit tomorrow. Most AMAs at reddit last just a couple of hours, but AMD is pulling no punches here: it's doing one for seven hours. It starts at 10AM and ends 5PM, central... Read more...
AMD had lots of great stuff to show off in its suite at this year's CES, but one thing that stood out was a simple box that sat next to a thin notebook: an external graphics card enclosure. Now, we've been seeing this kind of product for many years - including from AMD itself - and not one of them has ever stuck. AMD promises that this one is different, though, because its design is more standardized. If you like the idea of using a desktop GPU to power gaming on a notebook, you might not have to wait too long before you can get your hands on an enclosure. Robert Hallock, who's part of AMD's technical... Read more...
AMD has just released the latest version of its Radeon Crimson graphics driver, 16.2. If you plan on playing either Ashes of the Singularity or Rise of the Tomb Raider, this driver is going to be worth the time it takes to download. For everyone else, if time and bandwidth isn't an issue, you may still want to grab the update as there is a long list of fixes. At the forefront, AOTS is the highlight here. Earlier this week, AMD worked with Stardock to deliver an improved DirectX 12 benchmark. This enabled asynchronous compute, multi-GPU support, and multi-threaded command buffer re-ordering. There's... Read more...
Join us today for another episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks in which Dave, Marco and Paul chat about the just-released OCZ Trion 150 SSD, Dell's Precision 15  mobile workstation with carbon fiber and Infinity Edge display, the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser, an awesome mini-PC from Minix -- the NGC-1 -- and news of Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant, that won't tolerate sexual harassment! We also talk about an AMD 32-Core Zen-based processor that was recently outed at CERN and drop some hints about an upcoming gaming PC giveaway... Show Notes: 02:33 - OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review: Affordable,... Read more...
AMD is long overdue for a major architecture update, though one is coming later this year. Featuring the codename "Zen," AMD's already provided a few details, such as that it will be built using a 14nm FinFET process technology and will have high core counts. In time, AMD will reveal all there is to know but Zen, but in the meantime, we now have a few additional details to share thanks to a computer engineer at CERN.CERN engineer Liviu Valsan recently gave a presentation on technology and market trends for the data center. At around 2 minutes into the discussion, he brought up AMD's Zen architecture... Read more...
Following a rash of user complaints over various video issues, Apple is launching a Repair Extension Program for late 2013 Mac Pro systems manufactured between February 8, 2015, and April 11, 2015. The issue with 2013 Mac Pro models manufactured between those dates is that some of them are running defective GPUs.Apple isn't making much noise about the program—the folks at MacRumors caught wind of it through an internal memo it obtained, and according to that memo, Apple's investigation of the reported problems led them to conclude that faulty GPUs are to blame. Affected systems can see a variety... Read more...
AMD made a number of platform and processor related announcements a few weeks back at the Consumer Electronics Show, but we already have some additional updates from the team to share with you today. At CES, the company revealed the upcoming A10-7890K APU, as well as its plans to move all next-gen processors to a single socket, dubbed socket AM4, and the new Wraith cooler. You can check out our initial coverage of the announcements right here.As it turns out, AMD wasn’t done making announcements just yet. Today we’ve got news of some more new APUs, processors, fansink coolers, motherboard... Read more...
In advance of what's sure to be a barrage of VR-related product hitting the market over the next couple of months, a VR-focused conference took place last week in Los Angeles. Appropriately called VRLA, this conference covered all things current and up-and-coming revolving around VR. It also included presentations from notable people in the industry, including AMD's Roy Taylor. AMD had lots to talk about at VRLA, with the overall theme being that the company is ready to take this market head-on. It already offers graphics cards that are capable of delivering a compelling VR experience, and on the... Read more...
We knew that Jim Keller would eventually return to the tech scene after a brief hiatus. Back in mid-September, Keller left his post at AMD, where he served as AMD’s chief architect for CPU cores. He has now moved on to the “green” pastures of Tesla Motors, where he will be instrumental in advancing the electric carmaker’s self-driving routines. Tesla issued the following statement after news first broke of Keller’s new position: Jim Keller is joining Tesla as Vice President of Autopilot Hardware Engineering. Jim will bring together the best internal and external hardware technologies to develop... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two And A Half Geeks, Dave, Paul and Marco talk about some of the best technology we saw at CES, including OLED-equipped notebooks from Lenovo, HP, and Alienware, the latest VR experiences, Self-Driving Cars, Killer PCs and more... Show Notes: 02:35 – VR Experience With NVIDIA and HTC Vive 13:05 – NVIDIA Announced Drive PX 2 Autonomous Driving Computer 16:54 – Intel’s Next-Gen Compute Stick Bulks Up With Core m3 and Core m5 Processors 22:00 – Hands On With Intel’s Skylake Powered NUC Mini-PCs 27:50 – AMD Reveals... Read more...
AMD is making a stink about SYSmark, a popular benchmarking program that's been around for many years, and one the chip designer says is not reliable. Rather than provide meaningful results and information, AMD claims SYSmark unfairly favors Intel products and puts too much emphasis on strict CPU performance above all else. John Hampton, director of AMD's client computing products, explained in a four-and-a-half-minute video posted to YouTube why SYSmark itself is an unreliable metric of performance. He even brought up the "recent debacle" involving Volkswagen as proof that "information provided... Read more...
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