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AMD is fleshing out its RDNA 2 lineup at the lower end of the performance spectrum with the Radeon RX 6600 XT (Navi 23). The company first announced the new GPU last week, and the cards will go on sale next week (August 11th) starting from $379. With this in mind, we were able to get our hands on a PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 6600 XT early to give you an extensive hands-on preview. Unfortunately, we can't give you any information on detailed clock speeds or performance -- that will have to wait until next week's review -- but we can give you a complete walk-around of the card. As you can see, this is a twin axial fan design with RGB lighting, a beefy aluminum heatsink, heat pipes, and a metal... Read more...
A new UserBenchmark database entry has us all kinds of intrigued because it seemingly references an AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card that has not yet been released yet. There are multiple possibilities at play, including an early prototype that was ultimately scrapped. However, if this is indicative of a product that will ultimately get released, then AMD may have something especially interesting in the works. Let's start with the actual leak. An entry dated August 4, 2021 highlights a desktop system built around an MSI X470 Gaming Plus motherboard, a Ryzen 7 2700X processor, 32GB of memory, and both a 1TB Samsung 970 Pro NVMe SSD and 500GB WD Blue 3D SATA SSD. Have a look... Click to... Read more...
This week we'll be kicking around AMD's new Ryzen 5000G Series desktop processors and the solid value they over, along with the unveiling of AMD's Radeon RX 6600XT. We'll also be sharing details of our latest big gaming PC giveaway promotion that's happening NOW... Show Notes: 06:34 - Sony PS5 Benchmarked With Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4 SSD 11:30 - Nubia Red Magic 6R Review: Affordable, Powerful Gaming Phone 15:45 - 3dfx Claims Its Comeback Is Real With A Portfolio Of Products, Raising More Questions 18:01 - Power Users Dislike The Lack Of microSD On Today's Phones 20:45 - AMD Launches Radeon RX 6600 XT With 8GB GDDR6 For 1080p Gaming Domination 27:39 - AMD Ryzen 5000G Series Review: Zen 3 APUs Deliver... Read more...
AMD is officially taking the wraps off of its latest APUs, the Ryzen 7 5700G and the Ryzen 5 5600G. As their branding suggests, these new products are based on the same technology as Ryzen 5000 series processors, namely AMD’s excellent Zen 3 core architecture, but with integrated graphics capabilities as well, hence the “G” designation. These particular processors, however, mark somewhat of a departure from similar, previous-gen AMD products. While Ryzen 3000G series APUs were relegated to entry-level systems with a maximum of 4 cores and somewhat tame CPU and GPU clock speeds, Ryzen 5000G APUs crank things up a few notches by offering up to 8 cores, with max CPU boost clocks... Read more...
Everything is fine and dandy when it comes to performance in the current-generation discrete GPU market -- that is if you can get your hands on a GeForce RTX 30 or Radeon RX 6000 card. However, there are always people looking towards the next big thing, which is undoubtedly the case for next-generation enthusiast-class graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD. This week, a new report claims that if you're already a bit concerned with the current state of GPU power consumption, things are only going up from here. 3DCenter alleges that GeForce RTX 40 "Ada Lovelace" GPUs would feature TDPs in the 420- to 450-watt range. Mathematician Ada Lovelace Has Already Appeared On NVIDIA Heroes T-Shirt For comparison,... Read more...
Late last night, under the cover of darkness, AMD announced its latest flagship offering for 1080p gaming fanatics: the Radeon RX 6600 XT. Of course, the card wasn't a surprise to the enthusiast community, as it has been rumored for months. The Radeon RX 6600 XT is based on AMD's RDNA 2 architecture and features 32 compute units, which is good for 2,048 stream processors. In addition, the GPU features a 2,359MHz Game clock, 32MB of onboard Infinity Cache, 8GB of GDDR6 on a 128-bit memory bus (256GB/sec of bandwidth), and a 160-watt TDP. During its announcement, AMD made it clear that it would not produce its own-branded Radeon RX 6600 XT graphics cards and would leave them to its board partners.... Read more...
The end of the road for AMD's current AM4 socket is finally afoot, with an AM5 socket being prepped for the eventual release of Zen 4. Kudos to AMD for sticking with AM4 for so long. As Zen 4 comes into view, however, more attention will be paid to the upcoming socket, and as such, some nifty AM5 renders are making the rounds on the web. These are not official renders from AMD, but they could be accurate all the same (time will tell). They were published on Twitter by @ExecuFix (ExecutableFix), one of a handful of prominent leakers that we follow. He posted three renders in all, two of which show the socket's lid clamped down on a CPU, and one with it opened and the retention arm stretched out.... Read more...
AMD just did what we all knew was coming—it went and unveiled the newest member of its second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) stack, the Radeon RX 6600 XT, thereby confirming specifications that have been muttered in the wild for some time now. Armed with 32 compute units and 8GB of GDDR6 memory, the Radeon RX 6600 XT has 1080p gaming squarely in its sights. That works out to 2,048 stream processors, which is precisely the number that has been floated about in the latest crop of rumors. Now that the card is official, we can finally say the specs are 100 percent confirmed. This also gives us an idea of where the performance will land. Plus for good measure, AMD supplied some of its own internally... Read more...
Most people would agree that AMD has done a fantastic job under the guidance of Dr. Lisa Su, who navigated the company into Zen and RDNA waters, the two major architectures that underpin its modern CPUs and GPUs. Having once again established itself as a relevant force in the high-end space, AMD is looking to keep the pedal firmly pushed to the metal, and is on track to launch Zen 4 and RDNA 3 next year. Next year is going to be interesting indeed. Bear in mind that rival Intel is getting ready to release its Alder Lake lineup this year, with supporting platforms (like the 600 series chipset) supporting DDR5 memory and PCI Express 5.0. Some of the early leaks surrounding Alder Lake suggest it... Read more...
Ever since AMD launched its Ryzen family of processors in 2017, the company has been on an upward trend in CPU market share versus Intel and regarding its financial health. That winning streak continues today, as AMD just announced its Q2 2021 results, and they are nothing short of amazing for the company. AMD booked revenue of $3.85 billion for the quarter, making it the fourth quarter in a row that the company broke a record for this metric. But, more importantly, this represented a sizable 12 percent gain of the prior quarter and a staggering 99 percent gain compared to the same quarter last year. Gross margin ticked up by 4 percentage points year-over-year (2 percentage points quarter-over-quarter)... Read more...
We know AMD will soon be fleshing out its Radeon RX 6000 series with the Radeon RX 6600 XT and Radeon RX 6600 (add-in board partner PowerColor can hardly contain its excitement), but rumors are starting to surface about next-generation products, too. More specifically, the latest chatter suggests Navi 31 will burst onto the scene like the Kool-Aid man going through a brick wall, with a whopping 15,360 cores in tow. Before we get into the meat of the rumor, let's offer up a reference point, that being the Radeon RX 6900 XT. That is AMD's current generation flagship graphics card for gamers. It's powered by a Navi 21 XTX graphic chip with 80 compute units, 5,120 stream processors (or cores), and... Read more...
AMD is on the cusp of expanding its Radeon RX 6000 series with the Radeon RX 6600 XT and Radeon RX 6600, both of which have been the subject of multiple leaks and rumors over the past several weeks. One of the big question marks is pricing. It seems there is some good news on that front—if the latest gossip is to be believed, the cards will land a little cheaper than originally anticipated. Some context here is needed. Earlier this month, multiple respected leakers suggested AMD was on the fence about pricing, and thinking about positioning the Radeon RX 6600 XT as a $399 part. That is not egregious, given the expected performance (reported to be around 5 percent of a Radeon RX 5700 XT... Read more...
It was always a given that AMD would expand its family of Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards to include lower end models at more affordable price points, and that day is apparently coming soon. As in, just a few weeks from now. If the latest rumor is accurate, we can expect AMD to launch the Radeon RX 6600 XT and Radeon RX 6600 on August 11. That is just over three weeks from now. Even if the date is off by a few days (or more), there is still reason to believe the new cards are right around the corner. Case in point, PowerColor recently referenced the Radeon RX 6600 series (and specifically mentioned the Radeon RX 6700 XT) on its website. Though the references have since been removed, a trip... Read more...
For about a New York minute (not very long), it seemed as though graphics card prices would be trending back towards normal, or at least not obscenely above the various MSRPs for different models. Eventually that will happen. However, a price tracking analysis indicates it won't be occurring today, tomorrow, and probably not next week or next month. Maybe next year? Who really knows for sure. There are a variety of factors at play, none bigger than the global shortage of silicon that has companies struggling to keep up with demand. This is affecting desktop GPUs for PC gaming, as well as dedicated game consoles like the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, as well as other products. Cryptocurrency... Read more...
We are still waiting for AMD to unveil its next generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors for enthusiasts, which raises the question, has the company given up on the high end desktop (HEDT) segment? There is no indication that it has, so no worries there. As for when Threadripper CPUs based on Zen 3 will arrive, rumor has it we will see them in November. You may recall that back in April, it was rumored AMD would launch its Threadripper 5000 "Chagall" CPUs in August. That could still happen, in terms of an introduction, with actual availability being slated for a couple of months later. Regardless of the exact time frame, however, it seems new Threadripper silicon is right around the bend.... Read more...
Earlier this year, rumors of a Valve hardware console started to float around, but there were concerns about the ongoing chip shortage. Despite this, it seems Valve is plowing forward with its plans as the Bellevue, Washington-based company has announced the Steam Deck starting at $399, with reservations opening on July 16th at 1 PM EST. The Steam Deck is powered by a custom 4-core/8-thread 3.4GHz AMD Zen 2 CPU with RDNA 2 GPU alongside 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of PCIe SSD storage. It also features a 7” 60Hz 1280x800 LCD, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual-band WiFi, and stereo speakers, along with the illustrious headphone jack that seems to be missing from most mobile consoles or devices. Another... Read more...
AMD officially launched FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) last month, and the company has already announced a big update for gamers. For those that aren't familiar with FSR, it's a spatial upscaling technology that allows game engines to, for example, 4K-worthy levels of detail and image quality using a fraction of a GPU's resources. The result is improved image quality and a performance boost for gamers, which is a win-win scenario. Today's update sees the arrival of four additional games with native FSR support. Those games include Arcadegeddon and Necromunda: Hired Gun, which will receive FSR updates tomorrow (July 16th). In addition, Edge Of Eternity and Resident Evil Village will jump on... Read more...
Although the situation is improving, it is still extremely difficult to score some of the latest graphics cards at prices even approaching their MSRPs. With that in mind, we’ve held off on covering some of the hottest GPUs to come through the lab for a while, because the coverage was inevitably (and understandably) met with groans and frustration by some of you. We get it, but the beat goes on, and GPUs are some of our favorite things to cover around here, especially models like the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 6800 XT we’ll be showing you today. We’re going to go ahead and spoil this review right out of the gate and say the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 6800 XT is one of the best... Read more...
AMD has been somewhat aggressive in pushing more cores and threads into the consumer segment. As it stands, the technically 'mainstream' Ryzen 9 5950X serves up a generous 16 cores and 32 threads, which not too long ago was the exclusive domain of high end desktop (HEDT) silicon like Threadripper and server silicon. Will Zen 4 see even higher core and thread counts? Probably not. We're not looking to burst anyone's bubble, but leaks from historically reliable sources suggest that Zen 4 will top out at 16 cores and 32 threads, just like Zen 3. That was not necessarily a given, since we are not talking about a refresh, but an actual new architecture with some big changes coming, like support for... Read more...
Like many enthusiasts, we are excited to see what kind of performance EVGA can squeeze out of AMD's latest generation Zen 3 processors when its X570 Dark motherboard arrives. There is still no official announcement or release date, just a couple of teasers. It is coming, though, and some early benchmarks have even found their way to the web. The pending launch is notable because it has been a very long time since EVGA offered up a motherboard for AMD's processors—the last time was back in the Athlon 64 era, and that board was based on an NVIDIA nForce chipset. EVGA's X570 Dark, however, is based on AMD's X570 chipset, and is the company's first motherboard for Ryzen (EVGA sat out Zen, Zen+,... Read more...
EVGA isn't a company that we typically think of when it comes to AMD hardware. The company has ardently stuck with Intel and NVIDIA for its motherboards and graphics cards, respectively. However, as we first learned a few weeks ago, EVGA is ready to move to the "Dark" side with AMD... at least when it comes to motherboards. Vince "Kingpin" Lucido took to Facebook today to tease EVGA's upcoming X570 Dark motherboard. Lucido posted just a single image of the motherboard from the bottom, where we can see EVGA's standard "Dark" logo, which is joined by AMD's Ryzen logo. From what we can tell about the board layout (by looking at the solder points), there are only two DIMM slots (just like its Z590... Read more...
A modder has managed to unofficially leverage AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) technology over to SteamVR titles, and while we have not tested it ourselves (not yet, anyway), the early impressions from those who have tried it out generally say it works pretty well. This follows in the footsteps of the Grand Theft Auto V mod, to demonstrate how potentially easy it is to implement AMD's open source upscaling wizardry. To quickly recap, FSR has the same objective as NVIDIA's proprietary Deep Learning Super Sample (DLSS) technology, in that the goal is to render a game at a lower resolution and then upscale it. The upshot of this approach is faster frame rates—your GPU does not have... Read more...
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