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If Intel thought that it could coast along when it comes to processor development and its release schedules, AMD’s Ryzen processors have been a rather jolting wakeup call. While not able to topple Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake Core processors in every single benchmark, the Ryzen 7 family in particular provides blistering multi-core performance at extremely attractive price points. Intel has been able to charge premium prices for years because quite frankly, AMD didn’t put up much of a fight for the performance crown. The new Zen architecture changes all of that, so Intel is responding in... Read more...
AMD does not really have a competitive solution to NVIDIA's fastest Pascal parts, namely the GeForce GTX 1070 and up. That will change once AMD launches Vega, its next generation GPU architecture, but in the meantime the Sunnyvale outfit just finished refreshing Polaris with what are essentially faster clocked versions of its Radeon RX 400 series (see our review of the Radeon RX 570 and 580). While AMD isn't yet competing at the top end of the spectrum, over on the other side is a compelling sub-$100 upgrade, the new Radeon RX 550. The Radeon RX 550 is not going to break any benchmark records,... Read more...
Who doesn't love getting a little bit more than what they paid for? If you're a Radeon RX 480 owner, you might just be able to experience such a gift, as it's been discovered that a simple BIOS flash is all it takes to turn that card into a brand-new RX 580.  A user over at techPowerUp tried his hand at flashing a BIOS pulled from a Sapphire RX 580 Limited Edition and applying it to his own card. Lo and behold, it worked without a hassle. Now this user gets to enjoy a performance boost of about ~5%. As with all things of this nature, your mileage is going to vary. If you don't mind trying... Read more...
In preparation for the impending launch of AMD's next-generation Vega GPU architecture, which will eventually reside at the top of the company's graphics product stack, AMD is refreshing its mainstream graphics card line-up with some more-powerful Polaris-based offerings. In time, the new Radeon RX 580, RX 570, RX 560, and RX 550 cards launching today will supplant all of the current-generation Radeon RX 400-series cards, though these new cards are not radically different from their predecessors. Their clocks, shader counts, and memory configurations have been tweaked, but they’re still based on... Read more...
There was once a pretty wide divide between dedicated game consoles and PCs. That is no longer the case. Today's consoles are increasingly PC-like in their makeup. That will be more true than ever when Microsoft starts shipping Project Scorpio, which is essentially an upgraded Xbox One designed for 4K gaming. In addition to faster hardware on the inside, Project Scorpio will support AMD's FreeSync technology (otherwise known as Adaptive Refresh).The addition of FreeSync support is not something that was divulged during Digital Foundry's recent hardware reveal of Project Scorpio. Instead, much of... Read more...
It's no secret that AMD loves virtual reality, with many folks at the company exhibiting real passion about its possibilities in the future. The sky's the limit, as they say -- or it at least it could be once we figure out what we can do about those pesky cables! If a survey was conducted among HTC Vive and Oculus Rift owners, we'd no doubt hear back that most people would rather get rid of their cables more so than they'd like to see other upgrades. When you're worried about tripping over cables, or worse, need a dedicated cable handler, it can begin to suck the fun out of VR immersion. Current... Read more...
Although it seems like it has been longer, AMD launched its Ryzen 7 family of processors based on the all-new Zen microarchitecture just a little over a month ago. Based on the level of engagement virtually all of our Ryzen-related articles have received, we have to assume all of you regulars have already seen our launched coverage of Ryzen 7. However, if you somehow missed it, it is available right here. In our Ryzen 7 coverage, we were able to disclose a few details regarding the more mainstream targeted Ryzen 5 series of processors, but save for a few AMD provided data points, performance... Read more...
As if we needed more examples to demonstrate how outdated Apple’s current Mac Pro line is, a $1500 USD AMD Ryzen R7 1700 powered PC recently smoked a loaded $5500 Mac Pro in a Photoshop benchmark. Tech Guy posted the showdown to his YouTube channel recently as part of a series for content creators to understand the differences between different systems. Mac Pros have maintained a strong reputation among creative professionals despite lacking any revisions since 2013. The two computers tested have more or less analogous CPUs on the surface, each housing 8-cores clocked at 3.0GHz. Both systems are... Read more...
AMD's new Ryzen processors offer a plethora of performance and efficiency benefits over the company's previous generation chip architecture, and even compare favorably against its well-prepared competition -- namely Intel. However, Ryzen's launch wasn't exactly flawless, as the platform was in need of some refinement. Today, the situation is a lot better, but there is always room for improvement. AMD agrees, and since the minute Ryzen launched, it's been hard at work making sure the platform as a whole is running at its best. At launch, it was found that Ryzen didn't perform favorably in 1080p... Read more...
At some point in the not-too-distant future, AMD will launch its Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards based on its current generation Polaris GPU architecture (Vega shouldn't be too far behind). In preparation of the impending launch, at least one European online retailer has updated its web store with several listings of both cards, including an ASUS ROG Strix RX 580 Gaming model. The ASUS ROG Strix RX 580 Gaming (ROG-STRIX-RX580-O8G-GAMING) card is listed on Lambda Tek as having 8GB of what we presume to be GDDR5 memory. And if the listing is accurate, it will have a DVI port, two HDMI ports,... Read more...
If you have an AMD Ryzen processor and complementing AM4 motherboard in your possession, optimizations are already incoming to improve your gaming performance. Just yesterday, we brought you news of an Ashes of the Singularity update which shows up to a 20 percent performance uplift for the Ryzen 7 1800X. As developers begin optimizing their games around AMD’s new Zen architecture, we’ll hopefully see continued improvements to Ryzen gaming performance across the board. But that doesn’t mean that AMD is completely off the hook with regards to performance improvement and bug fixes. AMD’s Generic... Read more...
AMD captured the attention of PC gamers and performance enthusiasts everywhere with the launch of its Ryzen 7 series processors. The trio of 8-core chips take on Intel's venerable Core i7 series at the high-end of its product stack and forthcoming Ryzen 5 Series CPUs from AMD are expected to compete with Intel's Core i mid-range products. However, with the extra attention and lime light AMD garnered, came significant scrutiny as well. And with any entirely new platform architecture, there are bound to be "corner cases" and a few performance anomalies -- as was the case with the now infamous "1080p... Read more...
At an AMD 'Tech Summit' held in Beijing this past week, plenty was revealed about the company's upcoming Radeon RX Vega. It's not clear whether anything at this summit was meant to leak out almost immediately, but it included some information AMD hasn't yet mentioned on these shores. Nonetheless, there is a lot of good information to glean from what was presented. The folks over at Videocardz somehow managed to track down a recording of the presentation without a Mandarin dub, so if you're wanting to watch the entire thing for yourself, hit up the video below. First and foremost, perhaps the... Read more...
AMD is getting ready to flesh out its Ryzen lineup with its new Ryzen 5 series consisting of 4-core and 6-core processor options. These reasonably priced additions to the Ryzen family will arrive on April 11, or at least that is the official launch date that AMD announced last week. However, it appears that some opportunistic buyers were able to make a Ryzen 5 series purchase several weeks early. Over at Reddit, a user who goes by "marcosmcc" posted a couple pictures of a retail boxed Ryzen 5 1600 processor. He claims that "a fellow Brazilian" shared the pics with him, adding that his friend "recently... Read more...
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