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Today is the day AMD's Radeon Technologies Group has been working towards for a long time. The official launch of the Radeon RX Vega is here, and it's now time for AMD RTG's moment in the spotlight. Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) has been on a tear as of late; the desktop and server processor group executed successful launches of its Ryzen desktop processor, EPYC server platform, and finally the big bang last week with its Ryzen Threadripper enthusiast 12- and 16-core processors, which were met with high praise. Ryzen, EPYC and Threadripper are tough acts to follow, just ask Intel. So too... 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...
At this point, if you’re an avid follower of PC and gaming tech, we’ll assume that you’ve heard about NVIDIA’s Maxwell GPU architecture and the full line-up of graphics cards it powers. We most recently took a look at the mainstream GeForce GTX 960, but Maxwell is at the heart of the entry-level GeForce GTX 750 / 750 Ti and the flagship GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 as well.In all of its iterations, Maxwell has proven to be a good performing, power-efficient architecture. But it’s at the high-end of the market where some of the most exciting products reside. Typically, when NVIDIA launches a new... Read more...
id Software's long-awaited FPS Rage is set to ship in October. When it launches, it'll be the first game to feature id's newest graphics engine, dubbed id Tech 5. With expectations running high in the wake of the latest game trailer shown at QuakeCon last week, we've put together an article to examine the merits of both the game and the technology behind it. Note:  Some of the big images in this article are quite large. This was done to make certain texture detail and rendering quality weren't adversely affected by JPEG compression. The Game     Vehicular combat is a major... Read more...
Just last week, we posted an evaluation of a Radeon HD 3650 card by Diamond Multimedia, where said manufacturer decided to one-up ATI's reference specifications by raising the amount of on-board memory to a full one gigabyte.  The results, unfortunately, were not overly favorable as the memory happened to be of the inexpensive, low-speed DDR2 variety.Today, however, we take a look at two more HD 3650s, one each from ASUS and HIS, where the emphasis was placed more on clock speeds than on memory buffer size.  While the default speeds set forth by... Read more...
A few short weeks ago, AMD unleashed the dual-GPU powered ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2, which marked the company’s re-entry into the ultra high-end desktop graphics card space that had been dominated by NVIDIA since the introduction of the GeForce 8800 series.   As we mentioned in our launch coverage, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 utilizes a pair of R670 graphics processors working together on a single PCB, for what is essentially a single-card CrossFire configuration. AMD’s reference design called for two R670 GPUs clocked at 825MHz with 1GB (512MB per GPU) of 900MHz frame buffer memory.  ... Read more...
When AMD released the Radeon HD 2900 XT in May of last year, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths.  Not because the product was all that bad, but because it seemed AMD was content to leave NVIDIA uncontested at the high-end of the 3D graphics card market.  If you remember, when the Radeon HD 2900 XT launched AMD had targeted the mid-range GeForce 8800 GTS, and not NVIDIA’s high-end 8800 GTX or Ultra.  It seemed as if AMD just didn’t want to be in the fight for 3D graphics supremacy any longer and enthusiasts like yourselves, who seek nothing but the highest performing products,... Read more...
  On March 15th, ATI announced news of their new value-class HyperMemory X300 SE series PCI Express Graphics Cards.  In direct answer to NVIDIA's TurboCache product line, the HyperMemory line was targeted to offer better overall performance at a lower price point.  At that time however, the cards themselves were not ready for testing, leaving our coverage more of an overview of the new technology, with little tangible performance data. Now, as we move into Q2 2005, we've been provided an X300 SE Hypermemory 128 card direct from ATI.  This card allowed us to take a direct look... Read more...
The Gigabyte Maya II R9500 Pro vs. The Sapphire Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro Premium Performance, Mainstream Price By - Tom Laverriere & Marco Chiappetta February 3, 2003     It's game 7 of the World Series, bottom of the 9th and the winning run is standing just 90 feet away.  Who do you want in the batters box?  You want the best hitter in the league standing in the batters box ready to rip the cover off the ball.  In video cards these days, that equates to "Built by ATI" or "Powered by ATI" Radeon 9700 Pro boards.  No other consumer video... Read more...
The Gigabyte Maya II R9700 Pro Vs. The Tyan Tachyon G9700 Pro Two Full Featured Radeon 9700 Pros Go Head to Head... By - Marco Chiappetta January 5, 2003     It has been about 5 months since the first round of "Built by ATi" RADEON 9700 Pro boards found their way onto store shelves.  Immediately after the first set of benchmarks and image quality comparisons hit the web, it was clear that ATi had a winner on their hands.  Performance was second to none, and image quality with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering enabled was top notch.  OEMs were itching... Read more...
ATI RADEON 9700 Relative Performance Update Performance Analysis With The GeForce4 Ti 4600 As The Yardstick By -Chris Angelini July 20th, 2002 On Wednesday, July 17th, we attended the launch event for ATI?s latest high-end graphics processor, the R300.  ATI has hosted similar events in the past, but without fail, NVIDIA would release a driver update within days and spoil the celebration.  This time was different though ? ATI representatives knew beforehand that R300 wasn?t going to be bested by any software enhancement. We covered the technology behind the RADEON 9700 (the first card... Read more...