Items tagged with Hawaii

Loot boxes are common occurrence these days in gaming, and an incredibly annoying one for many. Three months after Hawaiian representative Rep. Chris Lee invoked Stars Wars to declare that "It's a trap" with regards to Star Wars Battlefront II microtransactions and loot boxes, state lawmakers have introduced four bills that would enact additional regulations on the controversial practice. There are two bills that are currently coursing through the Hawaii state House (Bill 2686) and Senate (Bill 3024); both aim to ban the sale of loot boxes to gamers under the age of 21. Yes, you heard that right -- loot box sales would carry the same age-based restrictions as purchasing alcohol. The bills state... Read more...
Going back all the way to the Rage Fury MAXX, ATI/AMD has had a long history of releasing dual-GPU powered graphics cards. During the previous generation, AMD so much as said the Radeon HD 7990 was coming well before the single-GPU powered Radeon HD 7970 even launched, but a number of things delayed the arrival of the 7990, and towards the end of its development cycle we got the sense AMD was sick of answering questions about it and regretted unveiling its plan so early. This time around, there wasn’t so much as a peep (at least officially) out of AMD about a dual Hawaii GPU-based graphics card. Some folks--including yours truly--even wondered if AMD would attempt a dual Hawaii GPU-based... Read more...
For the past few weeks, AMD has been strategically dropping hints about the product we’ll be showing you here today—the ultra, powerful Radeon R9 295X2. If you’ve spent any time on our home page recently, or on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen the “two is better than one” tag-line bandied about on a couple of occasions. AMD was initially coy about whether or not the company was involved in the campaign, but it eventually became clear that not only was AMD involved, but that it was teasing a new flagship, dual-GPU powered graphics card. How did we (and virtually everyone else) know? It’s not terribly hard to put two-and-two together... Read more...
After AMD launched its Hawaii-based R9 290 and R9 290X last fall, it was only a matter of time before the company followed up with a new set of workstation cards. Today, it's rolling out the FirePro W9100 -- a new, R9 290X-based workstation GPU that slots in just above the older W9000. Matt Skynner, VP and GM of AMD's graphics business, introduced the new product offering along with discussion from David Cummings, AMD Senior Director of Pro Graphics and Raja Koduri, Corporate Vice President of Visual Computing.  This new FirePro supports up to six monitors via DisplayPort, 44 compute units (2816 shader cores), and whopping 16GB of 5GHz GDDR5 memory. The W9100 is being positioned as a simultaneous... Read more...
Last week I was sent a rather bizarre picture of my likeness, doubled over as if I was being reflected in a mirror.  The message read "wouldn't you agree that two is better than one?"  This week, two cans of potato chips, a bottle of Hawaiian Volcanic water and specific details of a mission assignment were sent to me.  All of this originating from AMD's PR firm of record. Hmm... PR firms are full of creative types.  It's there job.  Create a little mystery, generate a little buzz - I get it. In all my years at this gig, this has to be one of the more creative and dare I say cryptic efforts I've seen so far.  But alas, we're a bit smarter than the average bear around... Read more...
This has been an exciting few weeks in the GPU space, to say the least. AMD has released a new line-up of cards that cover the entire spectrum, from entry-level, affordable products, to ultra-powerful, high-end solutions, targeted at hardcore gamers. We’ve also seen NVIDIA react to AMD’s recent releases with significant price cuts on the GeForce GTX 770 and GTX 780, new game bundles, and the announcement of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which will be available very soon. In less than a month, the entire GPU landscape has changed, and the metamorphosis isn’t quite complete just yet. Today AMD is officially releasing the Radeon R9 290. This card was originally slated to do battle with... Read more...
This has been an exciting few weeks in the GPU space, to say the least. AMD has released a new line-up of cards that cover the entire spectrum, from entry-level, affordable products, to ultra-powerful, high-end solutions, targeted at hardcore gamers. We’ve also seen NVIDIA react to AMD’s recent releases with significant price cuts on the GeForce GTX 770 and GTX 780, new game bundles, and the announcement of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which will be available very soon. In less than a month, the entire GPU landscape has changed, and the metamorphosis isn’t quite complete just yet. Today AMD is officially releasing the Radeon R9 290. This card was originally slated... Read more...
AMD has launched their new top-end Radeon R9 290X graphics card today. The new flagship wasn't ready in time for AMD's recent October 8th launch of midrange product, but the new top of the line model, based on the GPU codenamed Hawaii, is ready now. The R9 290 series GPU (Hawaii) is comprised of up to 44 compute units with a total of 2,816 IEEE-2008 compliant shaders. The GPU has four geometry processors (2x the Radeon HD 7970) and can output 64 pixels per clock. The card's 4GB of GDDR5 memory is accessed by the GPU via a wide 512-bit interface and the R290X requires a pair of supplemental PCIe power connectors-one 6-pin and one 8-pin. Save for some minimum frame rate and frame latency issues,... Read more...
AMD has been making quite a bit of news the last few weeks, thanks in part to a multi-day event the company held in Honolulu, Hawaii to announce its next-gen graphics products and a few new related technologies. Of course, the recent release of its Radeon R7 and R9 series of products on October 8 generated plenty of buzz as well. In case you missed it, the event in Hawaii was broken up into a few segments, some of which were broadcast publicly and a few that were kept under embargo until new products were ready for prime time. We covered all of the public announcements in these recent articles, should you want to a quick refresher: AMD and DICE Bring Low-Level, High-Performance Graphics API To... Read more...
A few months back, AMD announced that it had lured Raja Koduri back from Apple and installed him as the new Corporate Vice President of its Visual Computing division. Koduri was a long time AMD employee who left for Apple, but came back to AMD at a relatively tumultuous time. Why someone as prominent as Mr. Koduri would leave the most valuable company in the world for a struggling AMD had many people scratching their heads. But at AMD’s GPU Tech event currently taking place Hawaii, Raja explained why he came back and also hinted at some upcoming technology, which should be revealed soon. AMD's Chris Hook Introducing Raja Koduri At Diamond Head Raja claimed he came back to AMD... Read more...
AMD's next-generation Radeon is set to debut later this fall and rumors about the upcoming chip have begun to leak out into the wild. While unconfirmed, the specs are in line with our expectations and what AMD has previously said about the chip. Hawaii won't be a fundamentally new architecture, but a refined approach to the technology already baked into Graphics Core Next (GCN). Specifically, the new chip is supposedly built to GCN 2.0 standards with support for DX 11.2 (this may already be present in current Radeon hardware), four raster engines (up from two), a maximum of 2,816 shader cores, a 900MHz clock speed, temperature-based Turbo modes rather than a current-based model, and a 430mm sq.... Read more...
For the majority of Americans, when a fabulously wealthy person buys a private island, the eye-rolling is so severe that is causes widespread migraines. Thus, one’s knee jerk reaction to hearing via the Wall Street Journal that Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison just dropped $300 million to acquire 98% ownership of Hawaii’s Lanai island is more of the same. However, there’s more to the story. Image credit: WSJ According to the report, Ellison has more in mind for the 141 square mile island than luxurious vacationing. True, he’s planning an “ultraluxury” hotel, but he’s also planning to bring back commercial agriculture, build a sustainability laboratory,... Read more...
Well, we've determined that Sony can make at least one Playstation3. So we've got that going for us: Thousands of lucky gamers tested the PS3 over the weekend at the 2007 Sony Expo in Honolulu, two weeks before the debut. Almost all were males - from boys with braces and baggy jeans to gray-haired baby boomers. They crowded around two gaming booths with the sleek, lean, black machine behind a plastic case. "The graphics are crazy, way better than the second one," said Doug Morrison, a 20-year-old University of Hawaii student. "It's more realistic. It's smoother. It doesn't have any glitches." The article is slightly sketchy on details, but contains all the items Sony is hoping for,... Read more...