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AMD on Thursday introduced the world to its A10-7870K APU, otherwise known as Godavari, though it's actually a light refresh of the existing Kaveri core. Codenames aside, the A10-7870K APU is a compelling option with a slight speed bump in clock frequency over the A10-7850K (3.9GHz to 4.1GHz versus 3.7GHz to 4.0GHz) and a big bump in the graphics core clock speed (866MHz versus 720MHz). If you're thinking about picking up the chip when it becomes available in June but don't know if it will work in your in your Gigabyte-brand FM2+ motherboard, you can put your mind to rest -- it will.... Read more...
AMD has just announced a new processor that will sit atop the leaderboard when it comes to FM2+ processors. The new processor, the A10-7870K APU, is priced at a respectable $137 and will be available beginning June 2. Before we start getting into the meat of this announcement, we must clear up a bit of confusion that is surrounding this release. AMD has given the A10-7870K the codename of Godavari, however, it is actually a light refresh of the existing Kaveri core meaning that it’s still using that microarchitecture along with a 28nm manufacturing process. With that out the way, let’s look at... Read more...
Over the past few months, a number of details regarding AMD’s next-generation Radeon 300-series graphics cards has trickled out, even though the cards aren’t due to launch for quite some time. While official details of the actual GPUs that will be used to power the cards are still scarce (though rumors abound), AMD has publicly disclosed details regarding the revolutionary High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) interface that will be used on some Radeon 300-series products, and potentially future APUs as well.High Bandwidth Memory is designed to address a number of limitations of current GDDR5 memory... Read more...
AMD this afternoon kicked off is first Financial Analyst Day in three years. During the hiatus, AMD has had a change of leadership (former CEO Rory Reed parted ways and was replaced by Dr. Lisa Su) and the company has seen its market share erode in the processor and GPU markets — the downturn in the PC market has been especially tough for AMD. On the x86 side, AMD is pushing forward with the 2016 launch of processors based on its new Zen core. We briefly touched on Zen last week when slides leaked to the Internet, but AMD’s Mark Papermaster was on hand to give us some more juicy details on what... Read more...
Holy 14nm, Batman! If the slides that have been appearing online are real, it looks like AMD will soon announce a new lineup of CPUs based on 14nm technology. The leaked roadmap slides appear to show AMD’s plans for both mobile and desktop processors in 2016.On the mobility side of things, AMD appears to have three new 14nm SoCs planned: Bristol Ridge, Basilisk, and Styx. The Bristol Ridge line will feature as many as four Zen CPU cores and will be the go-to for mainstream/performance devices. Basilisk and Styx, on the other hand, will be low- and ultra-low power units, respectively. Styx will... Read more...
CyberPower has been in overdrive this Spring, pumping out the Syber Vapor, which we reviewed earlier this month, and now the Trinity, a system that puts a new spin on the traditional gaming PC design. It’s one of the most eye-catching computers we’ve seen in a long time, and it’s loaded with high-end gaming hardware.The Trinity is made up of three blades, each of which contains components. One blade, dubbed the “CPU Blade,” houses a mini ITX motherboard and as much as 16GB of memory. The “Performance Blade” handles graphics (including full-size graphics cards) and has room for SSDs. The “Storage... Read more...
Sometimes, you just have to wonder if accidental leaks are not so "accidental", as they can drum up a lot of attention. Take, for example, AMD's Lisa Su, who let it loose during a financial call last week that Windows 10 is expected to release at the end of the July. Her exact words were: "What we also are factoring in is, you know, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July". If you're interested in reading through a transcript of the entire call, you can head here. If Su is correct, and at this point there seems to be no reason not to believe it given we had summer as a launch target anyway,... Read more...
Thanks to Kenny Rogers, every gambler now knows, 'You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run'. Heeding that advice, AMD is exiting the dense server systems business, effectively folding its hand on SeaMicro, which it acquired three years ago for $334 million.AMD made the news public on Thursday when delivering its fiscal first quarter financial results. The Sunnyvale chip designer posted a net loss of $180 million on revenue of $1.03 billion, the latter of which is down 17 percent sequentially and 26 percent compared to the same quarter... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Dave and Marco welcome Austin Evans into the mix and discuss AMD’s FreeSync technology and the LG 34UM67 widescreen display, NVIDIA’s powerful new GeForce GTX Titan X, the just-released Intel SSD 750 NVMe drive, the OCZ Vector 180 SSD, the sleek Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015) and a whole lot more... Show Notes: 01:34 - AMD FreeSync And LG 34UM67 Widescreen Monitor Review 09:30 - Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015) Review: Back To Basics With Broadwell 20:09 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Review: Efficient, Powerful 28:59 - Intel SSD 750... Read more...
AMD has just announced a capability that’s already been baked into its GCN-based GPUs, that enables something called Asynchronous Shaders. Asynchronous Shaders are a feature of new or next-gen APIs like DirectX 12, Vulkan, and AMD’s own Mantle that allows certain tasks, which have previous been run synchronously and in a single stream on current GPUs, to run in parallel.As the name suggests, Asynchronous Shaders alludes to a GPU’s ability to execute shader instructions independently and out of sync. The technology leverages a trio of workload queues, to effectively handle multiple streams of work... Read more...
There's an old adage that says you have to spend money to make money, and if that's truly the case, AMD better think long and hard about its investments, or lack thereof. According to a Chinese-language report, the Sunnyvale chip designer's quarterly R&D spending has declined since 2012 and is at the lowest level since 2004. Prior to that, AMD's spending was flat through 2011 before dipping down to $238 million, which is how much it spent on R&D last quarter. Meanwhile, rival NVIDIA has switched places with AMD over the past several years and has increased R&D spending... Read more...
Soon after NVIDIA unveiled its G-SYNC technology, AMD announced that it would pursue an open standard, dubbed FreeSync, leveraging technologies already available in the DisplayPort specification to offer adaptive refresh rates to users of some discrete Radeon GPUs and AMD APUs. AMD’s goal with FreeSync was to introduce a technology that offered similar end-user benefits to NVIDIA’s G-SYNC, that didn’t require monitor manufacturers to employ any proprietary add-ons (like NVIDIA’s G-Sync module), and that could be adopted by any GPU maker.Though there were some technologies already available within... Read more...
The Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation is making waves this week with the announcement of the HSA Specification v1.0. The HSA 1.0 spec is aimed at ushering in a new wave of heterogeneous computing devices that efficiently harness the power of both CPUs and GPUs. HSA is not only destined to impact high-performance computing (HPC) and desktop platforms — as one would expect — it will also impact mobile devices including smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. HSA will make it easier for programmers to “efficiently apply the hardware resources in today’s complex systems-on-chip (SOCs),”... Read more...
AMD's next Radeon graphics card series has been the victim of much speculation, and predictions of when the first card comes out have been all over the board - you might as well throw a dart at a 12-month calendar and your guess will be as good as any. That said, the folks over at VideoCardz have a source that says the first card will arrive next month. This information came about because one of the site's readers (supposedly) works at XFX, and provided paper proof that the Radeon R9 370 is in the system, ready to launch next month. Up to this point, I think this is the best hint we've seen. It's... Read more...
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