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Rumor surrounding AMD's next high-end GPU, tentatively called the Radeon RX 490, have been floating around for a while. Admittedly, it's been extremely difficult to get a real gauge on what to expect. Some say that the RX 490 won't even match NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070, but now, we have a benchmark that shows us that it might be just as fast as the GTX 1080. Stardock's Ashes of the Singularity became a de facto benchmark out-of-the-gate due to its use of DirectX 12, and not to mention its built-in benchmark. At the start of the month, a user named Ceaj uploaded a rather peculiar result, featuring a GPU ID'd 687F:C1. AotS can ID released graphics cards, so the fact that this comes up without a... Read more...
It has been widely expected for the past two months that NVIDIA would be releasing a new lower-end graphics card based on its Pascal architecture, and after a few leaks and a lot of rumors, the company finally coughed up the confirmation last week. This release will be a bit of a one-two punch for NVIDIA, as it'll be tackling AMD's Radeon RX 460 and 470 series head-on with its GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and it also fills an even lower tier with its GTX 1050. The GTX 1050 Ti should prove to be a great 1080p gaming card, with some potential for 1440p gaming in certain titles (most likely MOBA-esque). With its 4GB framebuffer, the 1050 Ti shouldn't have a bottleneck at this target resolution, but the... Read more...
If you're a fan of having multiple graphics cards powering your gaming PC, you should be looking forward to what's possible with DirectX 12 and its intrinsic multi-GPU features. In essence, multi-GPU should work beautifully, without any of the caveats we've seen with certain configurations in the past. To give us some insight on what to expect from DX12's implementation of multi-GPU, AMD's Scott Wasson, Senior Manager, Product Marketing at AMD, offers a video walk-through of the technology, putting it in simple terms we can all understand. It's well worth a watch if you are able to afford five minutes of aural and visual distraction. Frame pacing comes to DirectX 12 for AMD through... Read more...
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 would contain 4 cores and 8 threads - and offer a power rating as low as 10W. Compound that with the... 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). What's a little unexpected in this kernel is the addition of AMD GPU overclocking, which like the... 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! To prove that the RX 470 is no slouch, look no further than a new leak from Chinese website Expreview,... Read more...
AMD's latest graphics card, the Radeon RX 480, is a great release for a bunch of reasons. At the forefront, the amount of performance offered at the card's $199 price-point ($239 for the 8GB model) is fantastic. When a brand-new $200 card can almost match last year's $500 one, there's good reason to be excited. As we saw in our review, the card also offers great DirectX 12 performance - something the company takes extremely seriously. If there are real caveats to mention about the card, though, it's that it draws more power than the competition, and thus can run a bit hotter. For that reason, the "reference" model of the card really isn't what we'd recommend opting for. Instead, aftermarket models... Read more...
It's been quite an eventful week since AMD took the veil off of its latest graphics card, the Radeon RX 480. Right out of the gate, murmurs of issues began to surface around the internet, largely focusing on the amount of power that gets pulled through a motherboard's PCIe slot. While AMD acknowledges that this is happening, it has continued to reassure us all that there's no actual problem. As we reported just the other day, a fix is en route, in the form of an updated driver. That should have been here by now, but AMD is taking its time on this one, and now promises that we'll see it within the next couple of days. But excess PCIe power draw isn't the only thing that makes this latest AMD launch... Read more...
At the risk of not wanting to count chickens before they hatch, it's pretty hard to not be excited for AMD right now. For so many years, the company has struggled to increase its share value due to a lack of truly competitive products. However, this week, we've heard of two examples of how AMD could turn itself around, and the benefits are already materializing. A couple of days ago, we reported that AMD struck a deal to license its processor and SoC technologies so that Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co., can create its own processors based on AMD's technologies. The deal is reported as being worth $239 million. That might sound like a drop in the bucket for a company as large... Read more...
It has been suggested for quite some time that Intel could/should take advantage of AMD's struggling situation to make an acquisition, or at least take advantage of licensing some of its technologies. The latter thought has ramped-up again in the rumor mill, and while there's no clear path that Intel might take, it's being said that the Santa Clara company is heavily weighing its options. A decade ago, it would have been quite a historic event to see Intel work with AMD in any major way, but the landscape has shifted, and with AMD in need of more revenue streams, it now makes more sense perhaps that the companies could work together. Does that mean Intel's looking to craft its own graphics... Read more...
It's 2016, and it feels like we've been waiting forever for AMD to launch a strong attack against Intel with a fresh group of desktop processors that compete in the high-end. With Intel dominating the CPU scene for so long, three user groups have emerged: those who still buy AMD chips because the value proposition is still quite good, those who want to buy AMD to support the company but can't resist the allure of higher-performing competitive CPUs, and those who are completely indifferent to a brand and just buy whatever suits them. With Zen, AMD is hoping that the latter two groups will be swayed. That might sound like a lofty goal and a pipe dream at this point, but AMD is having... Read more...
It's beginning to feel like AMD is finally starting to understand this whole "social" thing by teasing just the right amount of information to get fans salivating. Yesterday, we talked about a teaser of an upcoming graphics card enclosure posted to Facebook by Robert Hallock, who is part of AMD's Technical Marketing team. Now, Hallock has decided to open the floodgates for questions by conducting an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit tomorrow. Most AMAs at reddit last just a couple of hours, but AMD is pulling no punches here: it's doing one for seven hours. It starts at 10AM and ends 5PM, central time. That's 11AM - 6PM for those on the east coast (EST), and 8AM - 3PM for those on the west (PST).... Read more...
AMD had lots of great stuff to show off in its suite at this year's CES, but one thing that stood out was a simple box that sat next to a thin notebook: an external graphics card enclosure. Now, we've been seeing this kind of product for many years - including from AMD itself - and not one of them has ever stuck. AMD promises that this one is different, though, because its design is more standardized. If you like the idea of using a desktop GPU to power gaming on a notebook, you might not have to wait too long before you can get your hands on an enclosure. Robert Hallock, who's part of AMD's technical marketing team, posted a teaser on Facebook yesterday (seen below) which shows a Radeon R9 Nano... Read more...
When AMD announced its Radeon Fury series of graphics cards this past summer, the company talked about its dual-GPU R9 Fury X2 in such a way that it seemed like we'd see it in the fall, or at least before the end of the year. As we can now see, the release is still pending, despite 2016 being right around the corner. According to a new report, AMD has decided to hold off on the release of this card until the new year, so as to better align itself with the explosion that will be virtual reality. Based on this wording, it looks like AMD could release it now if it wanted to, but is deliberately holding off simply to make more of an impact in a few months. This is an interesting, but straight-forward,... Read more...
Isn't it great when a bit of extra performance can be snared from a piece of PC hardware for free? It's the reason overclocking is so popular, whether it's to boost a CPU to cut down on render/encode times, or a GPU to give us a few extra frames-per-second. What's even better, though, is when a little trickery can be used to turn one product completely into another. On the GPU side of things, this has been possible a few times in the past, and according to a proud ASUS STRIX owner, it's also apparently possible with one of the current top-end models from AMD. In a rather subtle post made to XtremeSystems, user 2good4you shows that they managed to unlock the cores and texture fill rate on an ASUS... Read more...
AMD has some great news for both Microsoft and Sony as well as the legion of developers that produce content for their respective consoles: record sales can be expected in 2016. That also bodes well for AMD itself, since it produces the CPU and graphics chip (APU) that grace both consoles. The company is also intent on being the sole CPU/GPU vendor in the next generation of consoles, which it says we could see in 2019. While the next generation of consoles is still quite a ways off, one thing to look forward to is the fact that AMD claims the units will offer 5x the performance-per-watt of current generation systems. That doesn't necessarily mean that the consoles will have 5x the performance,... Read more...
With its Radeon Fury X, AMD delivers a card that offers top-rate performance along with cool temperatures even under immense stress. And in ideal scenarios, it's also pretty quiet. As we noted in our review though, some Fury X cards originally suffered from pump whine, and that was a problem that would plague AMD for the following months. We're at a point now where you can feel confident that a Fury X you purchase today isn't going to exhibit that issue, but that incident still managed to put a damper on AMD's otherwise impressive launch. Well, just as things were beginning to smooth out, GamersNexus reports that another speed bump has come along, presenting itself in the form of cooler-maker... Read more...
Just in time for the kickoff of Autodesk University in Las Vegas, AMD has lifted the veil on a new FirePro workstation card catered to the CAD market. Called the FirePro W4300, this card is effectively a replacement for the W5100 released last year, and starts at a lower price point ($379 vs. $549). It's also the first current FirePro to introduce a new naming scheme (X3XX), so this could be a hint to things that further lineup updates are soon in store. Like the FirePro W5100, the W4300 is based on AMD's Bonaire GPU core. It packs 768 cores under its hood, and with its 930MHz clock speed, it can peak at 1.4 TFLOPs single-precision. There's 4GB of GDDR5 onboard, with effective throughput of 96GB/s.... Read more...
If you're using an AMD Radeon graphics card that's older than three-years-old and you've been looking for an excuse to upgrade, this might be it. AMD has just updated its support page to inform us that all non-GCN (Graphics Core Next) Radeons will immediately cease to be supported. Affected products include all models in the HD 5000 and HD 6000 series, and models below the HD 8400 and HD 7600 in their respective lineups. This ultimately means that the oldest supported Radeon card going forward will be the HD 7970, released the second week of January, 2012. It's not much of a comparison given AMD's move is understandable thanks to the major architecture shift that was GCN, but NVIDIA's currently... Read more...
After being poked at for having such staggered driver releases, it appears that AMD is done messing around. A mere two weeks after the company released its 15.9 Catalyst driver, it's hitting us with 15.10. As with the previous driver, this one is also considered a beta. Given the short period of time between these latest driver releases, 15.10 doesn't bring too much to the table. The lone performance enhancement hits Ashes of the Singularity, a game in which AMD has been shown to offer superior performance over NVIDIA. Given that, it's no surprise that the company's continuing to refine things further. Beyond that, there are some important bug fixes. If you're trying to play Star Wars Battlefront... Read more...
In case it hasn't been noticeable enough, within the next few months, virtual reality is going to hit the market hard. The most anticipated headsets, such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, are set to come out in early 2016, and it's expected that a bevy of content will stream out to the market at the same time. While there's still much up in the air with regards to pricing and availability, we'll no doubt be learning a lot more about that before the end of the year. To have a good gaming experience in general, a good gaming PC is needed. But when VR is concerned, that reality is amplified. You need beefy hardware in order to power two images at once, and preferably at 120Hz per eye. It's for that... Read more...
AMD has today announced a brand-new series of APUs that it targets at business use. Called AMD PRO, these A-series chips are designed to offer great performance and the dependability business environments require. A major focus of AMD PRO is rock-solid Windows 10 support. While overall, Windows 10 support is going to be expected, AMD is making a major commitment to make sure that when businesses roll out a new fleet of laptops with Microsoft's latest OS, it's going to be as stable as can be, and also offer important features businesses want, such as refined control over their company-issued machines. For small and medium-sized businesses that don't have their own system management tools, AMD... Read more...
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