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Rumor surrounding AMD's next high-end GPU, tentatively called the Radeon RX 490, have been floating around for a while. Admittedly, it's been extremely difficult to get a real gauge on what to expect. Some say that the RX 490 won't even match NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070, but now, we have a benchmark that shows us that it might be just as fast as the GTX 1080. Stardock's Ashes of the Singularity became a de facto benchmark out-of-the-gate due to its use of DirectX 12, and not to mention its built-in benchmark. At the start of the month, a user named Ceaj uploaded a rather peculiar result, featuring... Read more...
It’s nearly time for AMD to shine and finally steal some headlines away from Intel in the CPU segment. As 2016 comes to close, AMD has marked December 13th on its calendar as the date to reveal some concrete details on its next generation Zen CPU architecture. The event will be hosted by Geoff Keighley, who will “put Zen through its paces” during the live stream. However, one thing that hasn’t been talked about much leading up to Zen’s official unveil is what the processor family will be called. No hints have been dropped thus far from AMD, but one observant redditor noticed (and was subsequently... Read more...
There are a lot of questions surrounding Zen, the new and potentially game changing CPU architecture that AMD has been working on. The biggest one on everyone's mind is will it live up to the hype and offer competitive performance with Intel's top end parts, or are we destined to be disappointed? We'll have our answer in the first quarter of next year, but in the meantime, AMD is planning to livestream a preview of Zen in a couple of weeks. The livestream event is called New Horizon. It will take place on December 13 starting at 3 PM Central (1 PM Pacific, 4 PM Eastern) with Canadian video game... Read more...
AMD needs a win in the high-end processor category as badly as the Cleveland Browns could use one in football. The only difference is AMD is more likely to get one (sorry Cleveland, at least you have the Cavaliers). If the latest leak turns out to be accurate, AMD could get its much needed victory when its unreleased Zen SR7 processor takes the field with eight cores in tow.The 8-core Zen part is said to perform better than Intel's muscular Core i7-5960X, a Haswell-E chip with eight cores clocked at 3GHz to 3.5GHz, 16 threads, and 20MB of cache. Not for the faint of wallet, the Core i7-5960X tops... Read more...
The biggest barrier to VR gaming right now is cost. High end VR headsets run a pretty penny and building a PC that meets the recommended requirements can be an expensive proposition, too. That is what makes this pre-Black Friday bundle on Amazon such a smoking good deal For less than a grand, Amazon is bundling an Oculus Rift with a CyberPowerPC gaming desktop built around AMD's Radeon RX 480 graphics card! Until midnight (Pacific) the exact cost is $999 with free shipping for Prime members. Considering the Rift alone normally runs $599 and the Radeon RX 480 streets for around $200, this is a really... Read more...
For those of you that have been keeping up with AMD’s Boltzmann Initiative, the company has been moving at a rapid clip to overhaul its HPC software stack for use with its GPUs. AMD's solution not only compares favorably with NVIDIA's CUDA, but developers can also reuse much of its code base (up to 90 percent according to AMD). When AMD initially launched the Boltzmann Initiative late last year, it had these three goals in mind: New Linux Driver and Runtime Stack optimized for HPC & Ultra-scale class computing, Heterogeneous C and C++ compiler which best address the whole system not just... Read more...
Over the summer, AMD announced that it was extending Polaris architecture into the professional market, for those who require CAD and 3D modeling workhorses, with the Radeon Pro WX Series. Today, AMD has revealed finalized specifications for the Radeon Pro WX Series along with pricing and availability. When the professional graphics cards were first announced in late July, AMD was targeting performance of greater than 2 TFLOPs, 4 TFLOPs, and 5 TFLOPs for the Radeon Pro WX 4100, WX 5100, and WX 7100 respectively. Now that the official specs are out, we’re seeing that AMD was able to hit its mark... Read more...
It has been an interesting week in tech. Both Microsoft and Apple held big keynote addresses announcing new products. On the Microsoft side, the 28-inch Surface Studio was revealed, while Apple announced a much-need refresh to its 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks. However, by most accounts, it was Microsoft that stole the show this week with the Surface Studio, with some even wondering if Microsoft out-Apple’d Apple. On the surface, the new MacBook Pros seems like a steady evolution of its predecessors, and continues Apple’s penchant for making its devices thinner and lighter. Apple shaved... Read more...
AMD chose to partner up with Apple on the launch of its power-efficient Radeon Pro 400 Series GPUs, which came shortly after the unveiling of new MacBook Pro laptops. It is the 15-inch MacBook Pro that has Polaris inside (Radeon Pro 450 or 455, depending on the model), a point AMD drives home multiple times in its press release the new Polaris parts. "We couldn’t be more proud to have Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics launching in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, a notebook designed for performance and creativity," said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group,... Read more...
It has been widely expected for the past two months that NVIDIA would be releasing a new lower-end graphics card based on its Pascal architecture, and after a few leaks and a lot of rumors, the company finally coughed up the confirmation last week. This release will be a bit of a one-two punch for NVIDIA, as it'll be tackling AMD's Radeon RX 460 and 470 series head-on with its GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and it also fills an even lower tier with its GTX 1050. The GTX 1050 Ti should prove to be a great 1080p gaming card, with some potential for 1440p gaming in certain titles (most likely MOBA-esque). With... Read more...
Advanced Micro Device's tally for its fiscal third quarter reached just $1.3 billion. That represents a jump of 23 percent from the same quarter a year prior on strong demand for its semiconductors used in game consoles, and it beat out what analysts were expecting. That's the good news. The bad news is that it wasn't enough for AMD to pull a profit. Just the opposite, AMD's loss for the quarter climbed to $406 million, or $0.50 per share, more than doubling the $197 million loss, or $0.25 per share, it posted in the third quarter for 2015. It's also a big swing from the $69 million profit ($0.08... Read more...
We're not the only ones who read the rumors, you can bet that hardware companies do as well. One of the rumors swirling right now is that NVIDIA's getting ready to release a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, which will bring the awesome power of Pascal to gamers on a tighter budget. It appears AMD wants to steal some thunder from that launch by marking down its Radeon RX 470 graphics card.The Radeon RX 470 debuted at $179, a reasonable price for a reasonably fast graphics card. However, it's about to get cheaper—the folks at TweakTown believe they have it on good authority that AMD will cut $10... Read more...
If you're a fan of having multiple graphics cards powering your gaming PC, you should be looking forward to what's possible with DirectX 12 and its intrinsic multi-GPU features. In essence, multi-GPU should work beautifully, without any of the caveats we've seen with certain configurations in the past. To give us some insight on what to expect from DX12's implementation of multi-GPU, AMD's Scott Wasson, Senior Manager, Product Marketing at AMD, offers a video walk-through of the technology, putting it in simple terms we can all understand. It's well worth a watch if you are able to afford... Read more...
Rumor has it AMD is planning a dual-GPU graphics card based on its forthcoming Vega 10 architecture that's due out next year. The card will be aimed at the professional market (initially, at least) where it will serve up an impressive amount of power for professional level content creation and things such as deep neural learning and artificial intelligence.In a previous leak that laid out AMD's GPU architecture roadmap, Vega was pegged for a 2017 launch. It's said to feature 64 Compute Units, 24 TFLOPs of 16-bit computing power, and a 225W TDP. Assuming AMD sticks with 64 compute cores per compute... Read more...
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