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To remain competitive with Intel, AMD needs its upcoming Zen architecture to impress on both the performance and power side of things. If Zen is impressive, then it could mean great things for AMD. For the first time in recent memory, it'd actually be able to compete with Intel in key segments. It's always hard to guess just how impressive a new launch is going to be; we can take the promises of companies, but all too often those fall flat. The latest rumors surrounding Zen, though, put the architecture in a great light. New reports are showing that AMD could launch a Zen APU in 2019 that... Read more...
The real battle for GPU supremacy will take place when AMD ships its Vega GPUs starting sometime next year. Yes, AMD only recently announced Polaris, but that's not the architecture that's supposed to compete with NVIDIA's Pascal GPUs, at least not at the high end. That's where Vega comes into play, and a new leak shines light on some specific details about AMD's next big GPU architecture.Previous leaks suggested Vega was inbound for a release sometime in the first half of 2017, and probably earlier than later. Those supposed roadmaps also showed Vega using second generation high bandwidth memory... Read more...
Just over a year ago, AMD doubled down on its fight against a dominant NVIDIA in the graphics card market. AMD has always been a formidable competitor in desktop and mobile graphics, but more often than not, NVIDIA has come out with the upper hand (especially with respect to discrete graphics market share). In order to refocus its energies, AMD created the Radeon Technologies Group to push an “immersive computing” agenda across its vast portfolio of graphic products including APUs, discrete GPUs and custom GPUs. Leading the charge at the Radeon Technologies Group is Raja Koduri, who serves as both... Read more...
Sometimes, it's best to accept the fact that you can't do everything yourself, and where microprocessors are concerned, that can be critical. Sometimes there's just no sense in reinventing the wheel. However, Samsung has been driving to build in-house graphics IP for its Exynos mobile chipsets for quite some time. According to new rumors, though, the Korean company has put that idea on hold, and is instead considering licensing GPU IP from other major players like AMD and / or NVIDIA. According to industry sources at SamMobile, Samsung is in talks with both AMD... Read more...
There has been quite a bit of noise and plenty of confusion online lately, since news broke that Microsoft would only be fully supporting Intel’s and AMD’s next-generation processor microarchitectures – codenamed Kaby Lake and Zen, respectively – with Windows 10. Some publications and scores of readers pegged the decision as a pure marketing move by Microsoft and derided the company for forcing users to upgrade to Windows 10.On the surface, we understand why such a statement would make some people cringe. Not supporting Windows 7, which remains the second most popular desktop OS with enthusiasts,... Read more...
AMD has begun shipping its newly minted 7th Generation APUs known as "Bristol Ridge" to its hardware partners, the company announced this week. The new APUs will be integrated into systems built by several different OEM vendors, with HP and Lenovo getting first dibs, followed by others that will pair the processors with AMD's new AM4 platform. Bristol Ridge brings faster compute and graphics performance than previous generation APUs, with AMD claiming up to a 99 percent advantage in gaming graphics compared to Intel's Skylake chips. Graphics performance has traditionally been a strong suit of Intel's... Read more...
Like everyone else, we're anxious to see for ourselves how AMD's forthcoming Zen architecture performs. Little by little we're getting glimpses of what to expect from Zen. AMD recently revealed more details about Zen and showed a demo of its 8-core, 16-thread "Summit Ridge" desktop processor outpacing a similarly configured 8-core, 16-thread Intel "Broadwell-E" setup with both chips clocked at 3GHz, and on the server side, AMD's 32-core "Naples" SoC just made an appearance on Geekbench.What appears in Geekbench's database are single-core and multi-core scores for a dual socket platform labeled... Read more...
Over the past few months, AMD has been preoccupied with shoving its Polaris-based GPUs (GCN 4.0) out the door. Offering a 2x advantage in performance-per-watt compared to its predecessors, the Radeon RX 480, RX 470 and RX 460 offer great performance at reasonable prices. But what about the follow-up to Polaris? Well, according to a leaked AMD slide deck, Vega GPU architecture (GCN 5.0) is due out during the first half of 2017. The parts will still be manufactured on a 14nm process tech, however, whereas Polaris is aimed at the low-end to mainstream sector of the graphics market, Vega is aimed squarely... Read more...
AMD President And CEO Dr. Lisa Su AMD has been slowly releasing information about its next-generation Zen processor core architecture since mid-last year. Complete specifications haven’t been officially released, but we do know that initial Zen-based processors will be manufactured using a 14nm FinFET process, and that a Zen core-based family of products will eventually scale all the way from mobile devices on up to big-iron, enterprise servers. News of a 32-core / 64-thread Zen-based server processor codenamed “Naples” broke a few months back, and AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su recently showed off an... Read more...
The first release candidate of the 4.8 Linux kernel has just been unleashed, which means its stable release is not too far behind. This particular version packs a serious wallop, so let's dive right in. For starters, there's some serious graphics love in 4.8, which includes initial NVIDIA Pascal support. That support relates to the open-source Nouveau driver, and is quite minimal at this point: it just adds mode-setting support. For users of Pascal-based graphics cards in Linux, NVIDIA has been offering proprietary drivers since each card's respective launch (including the new GeForce GTX 1060).... Read more...
AMD and NVIDIA have been launching graphics cards at a rapid clip this summer. In the last three months or so, about ten new desktop GPUs have been launched or announced, targeting virtually all market segments. Thanks to new architectures and more advanced manufacturing processes, this latest generation of GPUs offer far better performance and efficiency than the previous-gen, with much smaller die sizes too. So it makes sense that the big two discrete GPU makers wanted their latest wares on store shelves ASAP. Today, AMD is ready with an entry-level graphics card featuring its Polaris architecture,... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast. This week Dave, Marco, and Chris discuss the monstrous NVIDIA TITAN X, AMD's just-launched Radeon RX 470, the Alienware Aurora R5 gaming system, Samsung's Galaxy Note7, the Moto Z and its companion Moto Mods and More! Show Notes: 01:45 - NVIDIA TITAN X Review: The Pascal Beast Unleashed17:35 - Alienware Aurora R5 Review: Small Stature, Big Performance27:44 - Moto Z And Moto Z Force With Moto Mods Review: Excellent Execution36:02 - Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Unveiled With Double Curved Screen And Sci-Fi Inspired Iris Scanner37:30... Read more...
AMD has released virtually all of the Radeon RX 470's pertinent details over the last few weeks. If you've been paying attention to the graphics space lately, there's a good chance you're already familiar with the Radeon RX 470's GPU configuration, specifications, pricing, and expected performance levels. Today though, we're able put the final pieces of the puzzle together and reveal what AMD's board partners have in store for the Radeon RX 470 and we've got an array of benchmarks and other related data to share as well. To quickly reiterate what has been disclosed up to this point, take a look... Read more...
As we detailed late last week, AMD has two brand-new Radeon graphics cards due to hit the market soon: the Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 460. The former is going to come out on the 4th of August (aka: this Thursday), while the RX 460 will arrive four days later, on August 8th. While anything lower-end than AMD's Radeon RX 480 might not seem that interesting, this card promises to pack in a surprise or two. In fact, it's been rumored that it could be even more overclockable than the RX 480, which could help users effectively catch up to the stock speeds of AMD's mainstream card. It'd be nice, at least!... Read more...
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