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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...
Well, what do we have here? It seems AMD is getting close to refreshing its line of professional graphics cards, and a couple of pictures of an upcoming card design have surfaced on the web. On the outside, they show a slightly different design to the cooling shroud that will be featured on AMD's next Radeon Pro graphics card, albeit with the same color scheme as the Radeon Pro VII (Vega 20). Once again, AMD is opting for a blower-style cooler, unless something changes between now and whenever the next-gen workstation part actually arrives. The design is only a little bit different, with the new part sporting a thicker gray stripe running down the middle, with an angled indentation into and around... Read more...
Earlier this month, AMD took the wraps off the latest addition to its RDNA 2-based family of Radeons, the Radeon RX 6700 XT. During the livestreamed event, AMD disclosed that it was targeting high-framerate 1440p gaming with the Radeon RX 6700 XT, and that it would employ a new release strategy in an effort to get as many cards into gamers’ hands as possible at launch. Instead of releasing AMD-built reference cards first and following up sometime later with custom partner boards, AMD and its partners will be launching all flavors of Radeon RX 6700 XT today, across an array of on-line retailers and on AMD’s own website as well. The current supply chain issues and insatiable demand... Read more...
Give it some time and both AMD and NVIDIA will inevitably flesh out their latest generation graphics card lineups with more SKUs. NVIDIA so far has been a bit more aggressive than AMD, having followed up its initial launch of three cards with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and GeForce RTX 3060. However, there is more evidence to suggest that AMD will soon announce a Radeon RX 6700 XT. AMD also debuted its second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) graphics architecture with three initial SKUs, those being the Radeon RX 6900 XT, Radeon RX 6800 XT, and Radeon RX 6800. All three came out of the gate with 16GB of GDDR6 memory. Rumor has it the Radeon RX 6700 XT will sport 12GB of GDDR6 memory, to duke it out... Read more...
AMD stuck with the script when launching a new generation of graphics cards, by focusing on higher end models first. So right out of the gate, we had the Radeon RX 6900 XT ($999 MSRP), Radeon RX 6800 XT ($649 MSRP), and Radeon RX 6800 ($579 MSRP). The real money, however, is made in selling more affordable options. To that end, AMD could find itself in very good shape if the latest rumors regarding its upcoming Radeon RX 6700 XT prove true. As things stand, AMD is going up against a stout lineup from rival NVIDIA, which has so far launched its GeForce RTX 3090 ($1,499), GeForce RTX 3080 ($699 MSRP), GeForce RTX 3070 ($499), GeForce RTX 3060 Ti ($399 MSRP), and GeForce RTX 3060 ($329 MSRP). It... Read more...
The bulk of the anticipation over AMD's upcoming graphics card launch is centered on Big Navi, and how whatever ends up being its flagship part from the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series (assuming it's called that) will compare to the best NVIDIA has to offer. We will find out in due time. However, the enthusiast sector will not be the only next-gen GPU battleground. More affordable options will eventually emerge, and some leaked data from a Linux driver provides some potential specs of AMD's lower end Navy Flounder GPU. Navy Flounder is the presumed codename for Navi 22. Based on past leaks mixed in with a bit of speculation, Navi 22 will end up replacing the Navi 12 GPU that sits inside the current-generation... Read more...
AMD's Navi family of graphics cards falls into a pretty tight price range currently, from the $170 Radeon RX 5500 XT 4 GB to the $400 Radeon RX 5700 XT, where AMD's Navi-based GPU ambitions max out (for now). Anything priced lower than that relied on the older cut down GCN Radeon RX 500 parts. While NVIDIA counts down to an expected Ampere launch on September 1 and we know that AMD's own Big Navi isn't in the too-distant future (with real-time ray tracing features in tow), the red team did announce a new GPU: the Radeon RX 5300.  If that number sounds familiar, it's because a variant of this GPU has been shipping in Apple's 16" MacBook Pro for months now. This, however, marks the first time... Read more...
By now, AMD's Radeon RX 5700 family of GPUs is a pretty well-known quantity. The Navi architecture that makes up the current crop of AMD-based graphics cards offers pretty good bang for the buck from the mainstream Radeon RX 5500 XT up to the biggest and baddest Radeon RX 5700 XT, thanks to aggressive pricing and the economics of TSMC's latest 7-nanometer manufacturing process. We were pretty impressed with Navi when it initially launched, and partner cards sweetened the deal with higher clocks and better acoustic performance.  Unfortunately, ASUS's earliest Radeon RX 5700 designs from the ROG Strix brand came under scrutiny because they ran hot under load. The company itself issued a bulletin... Read more...
The second half of 2020 is going to be interesting, as it pertains to graphics products. AMD, NVIDIA, and even Intel are all planning to come out with new discrete GPU solutions. For AMD, that includes its Big Navi launch, based on its forthcoming second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) graphics architecture. While we wait, some leaked slides purportedly showcase what AMD has up its sleeve for the datacenter market. That would be its upcoming Radeon Instinct MI100 accelerated. If past leaks prove true, it will rock an Arcturus GPU based on AMD's Radeon CDNA graphics architecture, which is optimized for compute workloads (whereas RDNA is aimed at gaming), including machine learning and high performance... Read more...
The GPU we have been waiting for from AMD is coming sometime later this year. Our collective hope is that AMD's so-called Big Navi GPU based on its second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) architecture will at least bring parity at the top end with the best NVIDIA has to offer, but we will have to wait and see. As for how long, recent comments by AMD suggest Big Navi could arrive around the end of summer, before the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launch in holiday 2020 (November or December). In other words, PC graphics cards based on RDNA 2 could land on retail shelves before both next-generation game consoles arrive. While this has not been officially confirmed, AMD chief financial officer Devinder... Read more...
All eyes are on AMD to see what its next-generation GPU will bring to the table when it arrives later this year, both in consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X) and on PCs. Perhaps as a sign that a release on the latter is getting close, AMD pushed out more than 200 Linux patches to support a new GPU codenamed Sienna Cichlid. This is the first time we have seen Sienna Cichlid mentioned. What does it mean? Well, if we break it down literally, "sienna" is an earthy substance that is brownish-yellow when raw, and orange-red or reddish-brown when burnt, that is used as a pigment (thanks, Merriam-Webster). And a "cichlid" is a spiny-finned fish usually found in freshwater environments. A brownish-yellow... Read more...
The Coronavirus pandemic has been depressing on multiple levels (not the least of which is the loss of life), and who knows if we will still be collectively cooped up this summer. Even if so, there is something look forward to—the potential launch of next generation GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA, at the tail end of summer anyway. Nothing is official, but according to a new Digitimes report, next generation GPUs are headed for a September launch. There is no word on pricing or which models will be available (assuming the report is true), but the site also anticipates new graphics cards being the catalyst for vendors to lower prices on current generation graphics cards, thereby "stimulating... Read more...
AMD is further fleshing out its professional workstation graphics cards line-up, with an additional Navi-based offering that targets a more affordable price point. The Radeon Pro W5500 we will be showing you here offers essentially the same feature set as its more powerful cousin, the Radeon Pro W5700, but it's outfitted with a scaled down GPU, with commensurately lower compute performance. The scaled down GPU, however, also allows for somewhat smaller form factor and lower-power consumption, though the card has a similar amount of on-board graphics memory and higher GPU clocks than the Radeon Pro W5700. A breakdown of where the Radeon Pro W5500 currently fits in AMD’s pro-GPU line-up shows... Read more...
Last week, a semi-anonymous hacker made headlines when they brazenly posted supposed source code to GitHub outlining chunks of AMD's next-generation Radeon DNA 2 (RDNA 2) GPU architecture, as found in the upcoming Xbox Series X game console. The hacker valued the stolen data at $100 million, but can it really be classified as source code? And is it truly that valuable? Maybe not. The hacker claimed to have gotten their mitts on various source files pertaining to different versions of AMD's graphics technology, the most interesting of which is Arden, the codename of the GPU inside the Xbox Series X. AMD managed to get the code removed from GitHub by filing a DMCA take down request. The hacker... Read more...
In this latest episode of our 2.5 Geek podcast, the team talk AMD's Zen 4-based EPYC super-computer design win, NVIDIA's Ampere next-gen GPU citings, Ray Tracing in the Xbox Series X and AMD's "Big Navi" Radeon, Samsung's T7 Touch snappy external SSD, and how you could get in on our giveaway to win a killer Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition Gaming PC and 34-Inch curved Alienware monitor, sponsored by Asetek! Show Notes: 04:03 - AMD 5nm Zen 4 EPYC CPUs And Radeon Instinct GPUs To Power El Capitan Supercomputer 13:07 - Xbox Series X Ray Tracing Demos, Big Navi Radeon Unveil Rumored For AMD Analyst Day 24:33 - Samsung T7 Touch SSD Review: Fast, Secure Portable Storage 33:18 - Fresh NVIDIA Ampere GPU... Read more...
Two weeks ago, we alerted you to some alarming “black screen” issues affecting gamers with Radeon Navi-based graphics cards. Navi is AMD’s newest 7nm based RDNA architecture, and underpins everything from the Radeon RX 5500 to the Radeon RX 5700 XT. Fortunately for gamers (and AMD), the black screen problems don’t appear to be hardware related, but are instead rooted in software. When AMD released its Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.2.1 drivers, it spoke to the issue, writing, "Some Radeon RX 5700 series graphics users may intermittently experience a black screen while gaming or on desktop. A potential temporary workaround is disabling hardware acceleration in applications... Read more...
A new report from Jon Peddie Research is giving us some insight into GPU shipment for Q4 2019, and it shows that AMD had a big quarter. According to the firm, overall GPU shipments were up 3.4 percent compared to Q3 2019. Intel saw its shipments fall by a scant 0.2 percent, while NVIDIA’s shipments decreased by 1.9 percent. AMD shipments of GPUs, however, surged by 22.6 percent for Q4 2019 compared to Q3 2019. Looking at overall GPU market share, Intel is still far and away the leader with 63 percent of the market, a decrease of 2 percent compared to Q3 2019. NVIDIA’s overall share decreased by 0.9 percent to 18 percent. AMD’s overall share, however increased from... Read more...
Anticipation is running high for AMD's second-generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) graphics architecture, the one that will underpin the so called 'Big Navi' GPU. Will it dethrone NVIDIA's competing Turing lineup, or be competitive with upcoming Ampere parts? Those questions will be answered at a later date. In the meantime, a fresh leak on Twitter outlines potential specifications for a Big Navi card, and they're a doozy. Before we get to that, let's talk about the evolution of Navi. The current versions (Navi 10 and Navi 14) are what power AMD's Radeon 5000 series. They are based on RDNA 1.0 and leverage a 7-nanometer manufacturing process. The boldest iteration so far is the Radeon RX 5700 XT with... Read more...
AMD has gone all-in with 7-nanometer manufacturing, with both its Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU architectures being built on a 7nm node. And for the most part, the move to 7nm has served the company well. There is just one hiccup—a growing chorus of Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT owners are complaining of black screen issues. This does not appear to be an issue with the node itself or any kind of faulty hardware, and instead is very likely tied to sloppy driver code. AMD has even acknowledged the issue in some of its Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver releases. "Some Radeon RX 5700 series graphics users may intermittently experience a black screen while gaming or on desktop. A... Read more...
AMD is fleshing out its Navi family of GPUs with two new entries in the desktop and mobile workstation segments. According to the company, it is targeting Design & Manufacturing, and Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) professionals with this new lineup. AMD is indicating that in the case of the Radeon Pro W5500, it offers a 25 percent uplift in performance-per-clock compared to its GCN-based Radeon Pro predecessors. The company is also touting up to 32 percent lower power consumption figures versus the competition from NVIDIA. If that wasn't enough, it's also being claimed that the Radeon Pro W5500 delivers a 10x improvement in application workstation performance compared... Read more...
AMD announced its Q4 2019 earnings yesterday and its performance was quite strong. Compared to Q4 2018, AMD saw its overall revenue for Q4 2019 jump 50 percent to $2.13 billion. For the entire year, AMD booked total revenue of $6.73, which was up 4 percent compared to 2018's figures. The highlight for AMD was its Computing and Graphics division, which encompasses both its Ryzen processors and Radeon GPUs. Revenue increased nearly 70 percent year-over-year to $1.66 billion, easily outpacing the street consensus of $1.5 billion. AMD can chalk up these huge numbers to its successful transition to the 7nm process node for its Ryzen and Radeon products. In fact, roughly 50 percent of... Read more...
At long last, AMD CEO Dr. Lisu Su has outright confirmed plans to launch graphics cards for PCs based on a next-generation version of Navi in 2020. Up to this point, she has hinted at new Navi cards being inbound, though careful wording in past statements left it ambiguous as to whether next-generation Navi parts would be inbound on the PC this year or just on upcoming game consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X). Now there is no question as to where new Navi parts will poke their heads. Following the release of AMD's fourth quarter earnings report, the company hosted a conference call and fielded various questions, one of which asked straight up what new GPUs AMD plans to launch through the... Read more...
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