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Congratulations to those of you who've spent the weekend playing Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth -- it sure beats raking leaves or any other chores that are typically reserved for the end of the work week. Want to make your gaming experience even better? If you own an AMD graphics card with the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, there's a beta driver available to enable the Mantle API in Beyond Earth. AMD Catalyst 14.9.2 is now available to download, and in addition to bringing Mantle to Beyond Earth, it also includes dual graphics optimizations for KritiKa an SheDiaoZeroe, and a Project... Read more...
While there’s no guarantee for traction in the market, lowering the price to a point where consumers can’t help but notice is surely a step in the right direction. AMD’s doing just that with its A-series APUs this week, which is hopes will enable more mainstream PC builders to snag a twelve compute core (4CPU + 8GPU) A-series APU without completely breaking the bank. It’s also suggesting that these products will support DX12, OpenCL 2.0, and Project FreeSync in the future, which should ease any concerns about their ability to handle what’s just around the bend. The... Read more...
Surprise! AMD has a new chief and her name is Dr. Lisa Su. She replaces Rory Read, 52, who has stepped down as president and CEO as part of a transition plan that will have him support the new boss in an advisory role. Read will remain with AMD through the end of the year, at which point Dr. Su will be flying solo. Bruce Claflin, chairman of AMD's board of directors, dispelled any notions that there might exist some animosity between AMD and Read, at least publicly. To the contrary, Claflin says that Read and the board have been working on a leadership succession plan together and felt that now... Read more...
Intel and Microsoft have been working with laptop makers to release low-cost models capable of competing in price with Google's Chromebook movement, hence why we're starting to see Windows-based laptops selling for as little as $199. In order to get down to that range, however, certain sacrifices must be made, such as eliminating discrete GPUs from the equation. For this reason, it's expected that AMD and NVIDIA will see a decline in overall GPU demand during the last quarter of this year. According to Digitimes and its sources within the supply chain over in Taiwan, AMD and NVIDIA are savvy to... Read more...
If you thought it was a good time to be a gamer, well guess what? It just got even better. AMD used its 30 Years of Graphics and Gaming celebration to announce a new Radeon R9 200 Series graphics card, the Radeon R9 285. Spec-wise, the card is similar to AMD's Radeon R9 280, but with a newer GPU and a few enhancements that make it a more robust card (we'll have to wait and see if it's faster, too). It's also worth noting that AMD is no longer pimping the Radeon R9 280, and while the Sunnyvale chip designer didn't come right out and say it, reading between the lines seems to reveal that the Radeon... Read more...
It looks like AMD has a reason to smile while NVIDIA doesn't. Industry research and consulting firm Jon Peddie Research has released a report which states that AMD’s GPU shipments rose around 11 percent in Q2 2014 on a quarter-to-quarter basis while NVIDIA’s GPU shipments saw a slump of about 8.3 percent and Intel saw a 4 percent increase in its total shipments. To break it all down, AMD’s shipments increased 16.7 percent in Q2 for desktop heterogeneous GPUs and CPUs and increased 10.3 percent for notebooks. Discrete desktop shipments for AMD decreased 10.7 percent while notebooks... Read more...
We're getting awfully close to the point where, if you wanted to, you could build an entire PC using only AMD branded parts. One area that's missing is storage, though not for long --AMD is said to be expanding its product portfolio with a line of high performance solid state drives boasting the company's Radeon label. What look to be official slides from AMD detailing the drives have started making the rounds on the web. Based on those slides, it looks like AMD will launch a trio of Radeon R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. These will be labeled as Radeon R7 120G, Radeon R7... Read more...
Tablets might not kill off the PC after all. Growth in the PC market is expected to remain sluggish (IDC even lowered its forecast by 0.1% for 2014 to 6% worldwide), but if the channel is any indication, builders and component manufacturers are feeling confident. A report by DigiTimes today suggests that suppliers in Taiwan are gearing up in anticipation of successful gaming systems and notebooks. Intel expects business PCs to show strong sales this year. Shown here is a Lenovo M58e Desktop Tower. Component manufacturers are looking to the likes of Lenovo to drive those sales. Lenovo has been enjoying... Read more...
According to AMD, there are 3 billion personal computers worldwide and some 30 million servers, and they consume approximately 1% and 1.5% of all energy consumed annually. The cost for all that juice is between $14-$18 billion, and the company believes it can do better--25 times better, actually. AMD is planning to increase the efficiency of its APUs by a factor of 25 by the year 2020. “Through APU architectural enhancements and intelligent power efficient techniques, our customers can expect to see us dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our processors during the next several years,”... Read more...
Turn out the lights, the party's over. Graphics card vendors enjoyed a boost in sales thanks in large part to the Bitcoin mining craze (along with other forms of virtual currency, like Litecoin) that everyone seemed to get caught up in, but the thing about these cryptocurriences is that they're exceedingly difficult to mine and profit from as time goes on. Now that virtual coin mining has cooled off a bit, so too has the demand for GPUs. Citing sources from "graphics card players," Digitimes says worldwide videocard shipments are about to fall off a cliff -- more specifically, shipments are expected... Read more...
Nothing really pauses for long in the technology industry, and when it comes to microprocessors, that pace of change is typically even more rapid. AMD's keeping things fresh by announcing a few key managerial changes this week, all wrapped up under its "multi-year strategic transformation." In essence, the company is working to better combine business units that were previously separate, while also creating a single market-focused organization that will be responsible for all aspects of product strategy, product execution, sales and operations. As part of the change, Dr. Lisa Su has been named... Read more...
The EU does not fool around when it comes to handing out fines, and it also apparently does not second-guess itself. The European Commission levied a hefty fine of 1.06 billion euro (or roughly $1.44 billion USD) at Intel for anti-competitive practices back in 2009, and after years of legal supplication, the decision has been upheld according to Reuters. Intel was found to have unacceptably fought rival AMD in the processor market by giving rebates to PC makers in exchange for those companies using primarily CPUs made by Intel--and concealing it. European Commission building "The General Court... Read more...
Ubisoft’s “Watch Dogs” has been a hotly anticipated title--a franchise, even--and both AMD and NVIDIA are releasing graphics drivers for the game’s release. This game is a demanding one, to be sure. NVIDIA says that minimum requirements include an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 (2.66 GHz) or AMD Phenom II X4 940 (3.0 GHz), 6GB of RAM, and GeForce GTX 460 graphics. In order to run the title at “ultra”, you’ll need the one-two punch of an Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5GHz) and a GeForce GTX 780. Ubisoft Montreal developed its own scalable Disrupt engine just for “Watch... Read more...
Over the past nine months, we've seen the beginnings of a revolution in how video games are displayed. First, Nvidia demoed G-Sync, its proprietary technology for ensuring smooth frame delivery. Then AMD demoed its own free standard, dubbed FreeSync, that showed a similar technology. Now, VESA (Video Electronics Standard Association) has announced support for "Adaptive Sync," as an addition to DisplayPort. The new capability will debut with DisplayPort 1.2a -- we're going to walk you through what this means, and how it relates to both Nvidia's and AMD's plans for the market. G-Sync, FreeSync, and... Read more...
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