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Could this be the year that AMD finally offers up a competitive solution in the high-end graphics space? I'm talking about the very top, where NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti occupies the throne without much threat to its crown. Interestingly enough, a leaked benchmark might possibly point to an unreleased Navi GPU that is faster than NVIDIA's top consumer card. Mayyyyyybe. Forgetting about NVIDIA's Titan RTX and professional Quadro lineup, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is quite simply the best performing graphics card for gaming, with dedicated hardware for real-time ray tracing to boot. It's also expensive, and perhaps not the kind of generational leap in performance some people were expecting, compared... Read more...
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already knew that AMD was set to launch the Radeon RX 5600 XT this week at CES. We’ve seen leaked specs, board shots, and retail boxes, and today AMD has officially launched the Radeon RX 5600 XT. The official specs are largely in line with the previous leaks, with the RDNA/Navi-based Radeon RX 5600 XT featuring 36 compute units and 2304 stream processors to deliver 7.19 TFLOPs compute performance. Cards will come equipped with 6GB GDDR6 memory (192-bit bus) and total board power is listed at 150 watts. At this time, AMD is quoting game and boost clocks of 1375MHz and 1560MHz respectively. Compared to the elderly Radeon RX... Read more...
One of the worst kept secrets of next week’s Consumer Electronics Show is the release of AMD’s Radeon RX 5600 XT. The graphics card had been rumored for months, but in recent weeks we’ve run across leaked specs and even actual board and box shots for unreleased graphics cards (thanks, ASRock). That gravy train of leaks continues today with the reveal of Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards from both MSI and XFX. On the MSI front, we have the Radeon RX 5600 XT MECH and Radeon RX 5600 XT MECH OC. According to the specs provided by VideoCardz, the standard card has base, game, and boost clocks of 1130MHz, 1375MHz, and 1560MHz respectively. The OC variant, however, ramps... Read more...
AMD introduced its first Navi 10-based GPUs over the summer starting with the Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT. While these are excellent mainstream GPUs based on 7nm process tech, they by no means offer flagship-caliber performance. However, if these latest rumors are accurate, AMD will have a true Radeon VII successor on its hands with the alleged Navi 21 GPU. Navi 21 will be based one second-generation RDNA architecture, and will take advantage of refined 7nm+ process tech.  Based on comments posted to the Taiwanese forum PTT, Navi 21 will roughly be twice the size of Navi 10, coming at a 505mm2 versus 251mm2. To put in perspective how big this GPU is, the Radeon VII (Vega 20)... Read more...
Microsoft and Sony are both already hyping up their next-generation game consoles, the Xbox Series X (previously known as Project Scarlett) and PlayStation 5, respectively. More recently, Microsoft uploaded a preview video showcasing the Xbox Series X's design (it looks like a small PC tower). Microsoft's also talked a bit about the hardware inside, though for the time being, it is leaving the detective work up to the gaming community at large. That is not unexpected—the Xbox Series X's launch is still a year away, as it will arrive in holiday 2020. In the meantime, Microsoft is dropping small pieces of the hardware puzzle, and is tasking curious folks to fill in the blanks until official... Read more...
Back in October, AMD released its Radeon RX 5500 series GPUs for OEM desktop and mobile systems. The Radeon RX 5500 featured the same RDNA-infused Navi GPU architecture as the more powerful Radeon RX 5700 XT, but scaled things back for lower-power applications and more affordable price points. The cards weren’t destined for the channel or traditional retail availability, but rather pre-built systems and laptops. Soon thereafter, rumors began swirling that a somewhat more powerful, Navi-based mainstream solution was in the works, however – known as the Radeon RX 5500 XT. Well, it turns out the rumors were true. Today AMD is officially launching the Radeon RX 5500 XT, in two flavors.... Read more...
While Sony has had some pretty loose lips regarding its upcoming PlayStation 5, Microsoft has held things pretty close to the vest with regards to its next-generation Xbox, codenamed Project Scarlett. What we do know, however, is that like the PlayStation 5, Project Scarlett will be powered by an 8-core/16-thread AMD Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 processor. Today, the folks over at Windows Central claim to have some inside information on performance targets for Project Scarlett, and the console is going to be an absolute beast. Anaconda is the alleged high-end version of Project Scarlett, akin more to the Xbox One X, while Lockhart will be positioned like the current Xbox One S. Anaconda... Read more...
At this point, we can pretty assume AMD will in fact launch a Radeon RX 5600 graphics card at some point. Falling into the 'where's there's smoke, there's fire' category, we have seen several leaks pointing to a Radeon RX 5600, dating back to at least July of this year. The most recent, however, is a pair of new listings in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) registry. This is a common stepping stone for new products, before they are officially announced. We have seen this play out many times in the past. This time, both ASUS and ASRock have made pit stops at the EEC, both with references to multiple custom Radeon RX 5600 SKUs. Click To Enlarge (Source: EEC) Starting with ASUS, I count no... Read more...
Over the last several years, AMD has released major new driver features and enhancements at the end of the calendar year, and as 2019 draws to a close, it is no different. The just-released Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition overhauls the driver suite's installation and interface to surface what's important, adds new features (and enhances several others), and promises performance improvements in a variety of games. This new driver suite supports any GCN-based Radeon going back to the December 2011 release of the Radeon HD 7970 all the way up to the latest Navi architecture and the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and works with both Windows 7 and Windows 10.  Revamped Installer Normally we wouldn't... Read more...
AMD is on the cusp of expanding its Navi-based graphics card lineup with the Radeon RX 5500 series, which it announced back in October of this year, and perhaps a Radeon RX 5600 series as well. Time will tell, but the latest scuttlebutt is that a Radeon RX 5500 XT model will launch very soon, possibly as early as next week. So far, AMD has not actually referenced a Radeon RX 5500 XT. However, it did say the Radeon RX 5500 series will be available with up to 8GB of GDDR6 memory. The assumption is the 4GB model will be the regular the Radeon RX 5500, while the 8GB model will be the Radeon RX 5500 XT. That has not been confirmed by AMD, though, and there is an alternate theory (more on that in a... Read more...
AMD launched its Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 series GPUs for gamers a few months back and customized, higher-clocked boards from its partners quickly followed soon thereafter. Navi, and its newly-designed RDNA-infused microarchitecture and instruction set, will be the foundation of an entire family of GPUs from AMD moving forward, that will span multiple market segments. The first products based on Navi targeted enthusiast gamers, but now AMD is ready to inject its leading-edge GPU architecture into the pro-graphics space with the brand-new Radeon Pro W5700, which we’ll be showing you here. In addition to using its latest GPU design with the Radeon Pro W5700, AMD is using the opportunity... Read more...
Just days after NVIDIA released its latest GeForce Game Ready driver for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it's AMD's turn to flex its software muscle with the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.10.2. For those that are hip to installing the latest drivers for their hardware as soon as it's released, this latest driver update comes with some big upsides. For starters, AMD is advertising up to an 18 percent gain in performance in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with these drivers. However, AMD stipulates that this performance uplift is with the enthusiast-class Radeon RX 5700 XT. Not be left out, like the NVIDIA Game Ready driver released earlier this week, the new AMD driver... Read more...
If you've had your eye on an AMD Navi-based card, but haven't quite had the motivation to pull the trigger, then we have a very compelling deal for you that's going on over at Newegg. The retailer currently is selling the XFX Radeon RX 5700 for $289.99. For those not in the know, the XFX Radeon RX 5700 pretty much sticks to AMD's reference design, so there are absolutely no surprises here. That means that you'll find 36 compute units, 2304 stream processors, and 8GB of GDDR6 memory onboard. Base, Game, And Boost clocks are listed at 1465MHz, 1625MHz, and 1725MHz respectively for both the reference card and the XFX Radeon RX 5700, while AMD pegs the card at delivering 7.95 TFLOPS FP32 compute... Read more...
A newly leaked batch of press renders is making the rounds, and the speculation is they show XFX's upcoming Radeon RX 5500 THICC II graphics card. That has not been confirmed, but this batch of renders looks different than recently leaked ones that showed XFX's also upcoming Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC III model. The Radeon RX 5500 is the newest member of AMD's growing Navi family of graphics cards. AMD launched the new SKU last week. alongside a mobile variant—Radeon RX 5500M—that will land in shipping laptops before the desktop cards arrive. The Radeon RX 5500 boasts a Navi GPU with 6.4 billion transistors. It features 22 compute units, 1,408 stream processors, and 4GB or 8GB of GDDR6... Read more...
It seems XFX is adding another "THICC" graphics card to its lineup. This latest entry, the Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC III Ultra, ups the ante with an even larger frame than the other THICC models, to make room for three cooling fans instead of two. It will also be one of the fastest Radeon RX 5700 XT cards out there, assuming the leaked specs are correct. This will be the fourth THICC entry in XFX's Radeon RX 5700 XT lineup. Ones that have already launched include the following... XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC II (RX-57XT826D6) XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra (RX-57XT828D6) XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra (RX-57XT8DBD6) I'm not clear on why there are two separate SKUs for the Radeon RX 5700... Read more...
Earlier today, AMD launched desktop and mobile versions of its new mainstream 7nm Navi-based Radeon RX 5500 Series. In our initial story, we briefly touched on the MSI Alpha 15, which will be the first gaming laptop to ship with the Radeon RX 5500M graphics cards. Now, MSI is officially announcing the Alpha 15, and is giving us all of the pertinent specs on its new 15-inch gaming monster. The Radeon RX 5500M inside the laptop has 6.4 billion transistors, 22 compute units, 1408 stream processors, a 1448MHz game clock, 1645MHz boost clock and 4.6 TFLOPs compete performance. Given that this a mainstream GPUs, it’s limited to just 4GB of GDDR6 in this mobile configuration. The Radeon RX... Read more...
Not long after recent rumors of incoming entry-level Navi-based Radeon graphics cards started making the rounds, AMD has made an official announcement of its new Radeon RX 5500 family. As its naming implies, these new graphics cards will slot in beneath the existing Radeon RX 5700 family. AMD is making available two version of the Radeon RX 5500: the Radeon RX 5500 Series for desktops and the Radeon RX 5500M, which is the first 7nm Navi-based GPU for laptops. Both variants feature a total of 22 compute units, 1408 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface. The main differences between the two come down to the amount of GDDR6 memory onboard and clock speeds. The Radeon RX 5500... Read more...
It appears as though AMD is getting ready flesh out its Navi lineup with another SKU, the Radeon RX 5500 XT. According to leaked information, AMD will soon announce both desktop and mobile variants of the new part, which will primarily compete against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1650 in the mid-range graphics card market. Bearing in mind that none of this is official, it is said the Radeon RX 5500 XT will feature a Navi 14 GPU. If the leaked information is accurate, it will have 1,408 stream processors paired with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, albeit on a 128-bit bus. This would essentially make it a replacement to the Radeon RX 560 in the mid-range segment. Here's how the two compare... Radeon RX 5500 XT: 1,408... Read more...
While it might not exactly be the case right now, AMD is expecting to expand its Navi graphics architecture into a whole family of products from the low-end to the high-end. At the moment, we currently only have three SKUs that are firmly entrenched in the mid-range sector of the market: Radeon RX 5700, Radeon RX 5700 XT, and Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition. However, there are reportedly two separate "factions" of Navi chips that are on the horizon to join the existing Navi 10 cards. Navi 14 allegedly references a cutdown version of the chip that will be used in entry-level cards, while Navi 12 refers to an even bigger chip that would go up against NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080... Read more...
AMD is rumored to be bringing its Navi GPU architecture over to mid-range gaming laptops by way of a pair of two new GPUs, the Radeon RX 5500M and Radeon RX 5300M. If the leaked specifications and benchmarks are legit, these could end up being compelling GPU options in the mobile space, offering gamers somewhat powerful alternatives to NVIDIA's mobile product stack. These types of things should always be taken with a pinch of salt, though it does make sense for AMD to port its Radeon DNA (RDNA) architecture to the mobile side of the tracks. As things currently stand, Navi is available in exactly three consumer desktop products—Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition, Radeon RX 5700 XT,... Read more...
We recently had the chance to spend some time with the folks at Maingear HQ and built a beautiful, water-cooled AMD Rzyen 3000-based rig. That system was destined for Dave’s lab and has become his daily workhorse – in fact, that rig produced the video you’ll see below. Not long after we took that trip to Maingear though, my personal rig started acting up. I have been rocking an Ivy Bridge-based system for about 7 years now that has made it through multiple OS upgrades and served me quite well. I had been planning to build a new rig for many months, but my current rig had been so reliable, and my personal and professional workloads so intense, I just couldn’t pull the trigger.... Read more...
Custom Radeon RX 5700 series boards have been arriving at a steady clip over the last few weeks. Some of the most commonly voiced concerns regarding AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 reference designs were the noise output and relatively high junction temperatures offered by the stock, blower-style cooler. Partner boards promised quieter, more robust cooling solutions, however, designed to address exactly those concerns. We took a look at the PowerColor Red Devil RX 5700 XT a couple of weeks back, and save for its wider footprint and slightly higher price, we found it to be an across-the-board upgrade over the reference design. Today, we bring you the second, all-custom Radeon RX 5700 XT to hit the... Read more...
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