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Isn't it great when a bit of extra performance can be snared from a piece of PC hardware for free? It's the reason overclocking is so popular, whether it's to boost a CPU to cut down on render/encode times, or a GPU to give us a few extra frames-per-second. What's even better, though, is when a little trickery can be used to turn one product completely into another. On the GPU side of things, this has been possible a few times in the past, and according to a proud ASUS STRIX owner, it's also apparently possible with one of the current top-end models from AMD. In a rather subtle post made to XtremeSystems,... Read more...
AMD has some great news for both Microsoft and Sony as well as the legion of developers that produce content for their respective consoles: record sales can be expected in 2016. That also bodes well for AMD itself, since it produces the CPU and graphics chip (APU) that grace both consoles. The company is also intent on being the sole CPU/GPU vendor in the next generation of consoles, which it says we could see in 2019. While the next generation of consoles is still quite a ways off, one thing to look forward to is the fact that AMD claims the units will offer 5x the performance-per-watt of current... Read more...
We recently had the chance to attend a summit with the Radeon Technologies Group leadership to discuss the group’s plans for the upcoming year. There will be a series of announcements made in the coming weeks, but today we can share some FreeSync-related updates as well as some news regarding HDR displays and new display-related technologies.On the FreeSync front, the Radeon Technologies Group announced a few things: FreeSync support over HDMI, the first FreeSync compatible notebook, and a slew of new FreeSync displays.FreeSync over HDMI support will be coming to all Radeons that currently support... Read more...
Just in time for the kickoff of Autodesk University in Las Vegas, AMD has lifted the veil on a new FirePro workstation card catered to the CAD market. Called the FirePro W4300, this card is effectively a replacement for the W5100 released last year, and starts at a lower price point ($379 vs. $549). It's also the first current FirePro to introduce a new naming scheme (X3XX), so this could be a hint to things that further lineup updates are soon in store. Like the FirePro W5100, the W4300 is based on AMD's Bonaire GPU core. It packs 768 cores under its hood, and with its 930MHz clock speed, it can... Read more...
You have to tip your hat to early adopters of new technology, both on the hardware side and when it comes to software. They're the ones living on the bleeding edge and discovering flaws that will be fixed in time for everyone else to jump on board. Case in point, some AMD graphics card owners are reporting fan issues after installing the company's new Radeon Software Crimson Edition, and a hotfix is on the way. Radeon Software is the newfangled replacement for AMD's Catalyst Control Center. It kicks off with Crimson Edition, which introduces a revamped interface with lots of goodies, but apparently... Read more...
If you're using an AMD Radeon graphics card that's older than three-years-old and you've been looking for an excuse to upgrade, this might be it. AMD has just updated its support page to inform us that all non-GCN (Graphics Core Next) Radeons will immediately cease to be supported. Affected products include all models in the HD 5000 and HD 6000 series, and models below the HD 8400 and HD 7600 in their respective lineups. This ultimately means that the oldest supported Radeon card going forward will be the HD 7970, released the second week of January, 2012. It's not much of a comparison given AMD's... Read more...
AMD has gone through significant changes as a company over the last few months. Recently, we’ve seen them enter into a joint venture with Nantong Fujitsu for final assembly and test operations and form the new Radeon Technologies Group, led by longtime graphics guru Raja Koduri. Today, AMD is announcing another big change, and this one affects a piece of software that many of you reading this have running on your systems right now—assuming there’s a Radeon in that rig of yours. AMD is ditching Catalyst Control Center in favor of newly architected solutions dubbed Radeon Settings, which is a critical... Read more...
AMD is poised to make a lot of noise as we head into the holiday shopping season. The Radeon Technology Group has already announced its Radeon Software Crimson Edition, which completely revamps the company’s GPU software suite, and promises improved stability and performance. And that insane, dual-Fiji powered graphics card we had the opportunity to show you back during E3 in June, probably isn’t too far off either. Today though, it’s the mid-range GPU market that’s getting a shot of adrenaline. As much as we all love uber-powerful, high-end graphics cards around these here parts, it’s in... Read more...
The PC graphics market is struggling a bit overall compared to last year, but all three major players -- AMD, NVIDIA, and Intel -- saw a sequential uptick in GPU shipments in the third quarter of 2015, according to the latest data from Jon Peddie Research. All three combined, GPU shipments jumped 9 percent in Q3 from the last quarter, with NVIDIA seeing the biggest individual rise in overall shipments.If you're scratching your head wondering why Intel is the mix, it's because JPR takes into account both discrete and integrated graphics solutions. Most of Intel's CPUs feature integrated GPU cores,... Read more...
AMD's working on a brand new software suite called Radeon Software Crimson Edition to replace its Catalyst Control Center, but in the meantime, the show must go on, as they say. And in the latest act, AMD has made available its Catalyst 15.11.1 drivers in beta form to boost performance in some of the newest games just released. To be more specific, Catalyst 15.11.1 beta includes "quality and performance optimizations" for Star Wars: Battlefront, Fallout 4 (check out our gameplay and performance review), Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate. If you're planning to play any... Read more...
Big things are happening in graphics over at Advanced Micro Devices. That first became clear when AMD elevated Raja Koduri to head up its newly formed Radeon Technologies Group earlier this year, and in the two months since then, he's been busy planning out the future, which he recently discussed with industry analysts, according to Patrick Moorhead, an analyst who writes about disruptive companies, technologies, and usage models.Koduri expanded on what AMD's planning with its graphics driver software and how it will play a key role in growing the new RTG's business over the next couple of years.... Read more...
Do you plan on building a new gaming PC this holiday season? If so, you may want to hold off on picking up a graphics card until you see how AMD's Radeon R9 380X performs. You won't have to wait long -- it's rumored that the mid-range graphics card will launch on November 15, 2015, or just over a week from now.There's a spattering of reports about the 380X on the web and all seem to point to the same source, a Korean-language website called Hardware Battle. According to the site, the card will feature a 28nm Antigua XT GPU with 2,048 Stream Processors and 4GB of GDDR5 memory pushing data through... Read more...
When Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) introduced its Bulldozer architecture, it talked about the design being a "third-way" approach between symmetric multithreading (SMT), like Intel's Hyper Threading, and true multi-core processing where multiple discrete cores reside on a single die. Now AMD will have to defend its design and the way it was marketed because of a class-action lawsuit.The lawsuit, filed by Tom Dickey in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, alleges that AMD deceived customers by overstating the number of cores on its Bulldozer processors.... Read more...
Today's a good day for for AMD. GlobalFoundries, the former manufacturing arm of AMD that became fully independent in 2012, announced today that it achieved "silicon success" with the first AMD products using a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process. Going forward, multiple AMD products will benefit from this. The 14nm FinFET process was developed by Samsung and licensed to GlobalFoundries last year as part of a strategic collaboration the two firms entered into. It was always the intention of GlobalFoundries to integrate 14nm FinFET technology into products for AMD, the latter of which is currently... Read more...
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