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AMD has been disseminating information about its Polaris architecture and the Radeon RX 480 for months now. If you’re a regular reader of HotHardware, you should already know that Polaris is AMD’s next-gen GPU architecture, designed for FinFET transistor technology. Polaris also ushers in the 4th generation of AMD’s GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. Some of the Radeon RX 480’s specifications were also revealed, along with the expected price point, and a number of the RX 480’s new features and capabilities, including support for the latest DisplayPort and HDMI standards. It seems AMD and its Radeon Technologies Group have been more vocal about this architecture and GPU prior to its launch... Read more...
Futuremark is working on an update to its popular 3DMark benchmarking suite that will test the DirectX 12 capabilities of your gaming system. Called Time Spy, the new benchmark sports a "pure DirectX 12 engine" that was built  from scratch to support the new features of DX12, including asynchronous compute, explicit mulit-adapater, and of course multi-threading. In anticipation of the new benchmark, Futuremark released a teaser trailer that's just over a minute long. Futuremark says it provides a "glimpse of gaming's future while revisiting classic 3DMark scenes from the past" and challenges viewers to see how many of them they can spot. There's been a lot of hype surrounding the DX12, an... Read more...
For gaming enthusiasts, and most definitely for those of the AMD persuasion, the upcoming Zen microarchitecture is seen as a much-needed adrenaline boost for the company. Built on an advanced GlobalFoundries-sourced 14nm FinFET process, AMD is hoping that Zen will be able to go toe-to-toe with the best that Intel has to offer, while offering attractive pricing that the company has always been known for. AMD is reportedly working on a high-end server variant of Zen, codenamed Naples. Naples would have a total of 32 cores, with a cluster of Zen cores sharing an 8MB pool of L3 cache. Total L3 shared cache is pegged at a stout 64MB and Naples will be capable of executing 64 threads while operating... Read more...
Raja Koduri, SVP of AMD RTG Shows Off World's First 14nm GPU- Radeon RX 480When AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) first disclosed details of its upcoming Polaris GPU architecture, it called it a “historic leap in performance per watt for Radeon GPUs”. If you don’t follow the GPU scene closely, Polaris is AMD RTG’s next-gen graphics architecture that will be produced using both TSMC’s 16nm and Global Foundries 14nm FinFET manufacturing processes.The goal with Polaris is to help drive Radeon GPUs down to lower overall power envelopes and enable better performance per watt. Polaris-based GPUs manufactured using the latest process technologies will also enable next gen Radeons to be used in new... Read more...
Intel is making headlines at Computex this week with its outrageous Core i7-6950X deca-core processor, which comes with an equally outrageous price tag. However, AMD also came to Taipei with new processors in-hand, but they’re not nearly as outlandish or expensive as Intel’s latest and greatest enthusiast chips. The company this morning announced its 7th generation A-Series lineup and is looking to deliver high performance and efficiency at unbeatable price points. The new 7th generation APUs are still built using a 28nm manufacturing process and include Excavator cores throughout the lineup. Despite the fact that we aren’t seeing a die shrink with these APUs, AMD is touting some pretty significant... Read more...
Update - 10/27/16: AMD Radeon Technologies Group recently announced their new Radeon Pro series graphics cards based on the company's Polaris GPU architecture. This is the same technology in the Apple's new MacBook Pro 13 and 15-inch notebooks that were announced today. The following coverage here on the pages ahead is of AMD's Radeon Pro Duo, a high performance desktop and workstation class graphics card...  AMD's Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) has been teasing the product we will be presenting performance metrics for in the pages ahead, for almost year now. A dual-Fiji powered Radeon card was brought out on display by AMD's CEO Lisa Hsu last June, though at the time,... Read more...
After almost a year of sneak peeks and strategic demos, AMD has finally begun shipping its dual-Fiji GPU powered graphics card, the Radeon Pro Duo. AMD is positioning the Radeon Pro Duo as a card for “gamers who create, and creators who game” and for budding VR developers in need of some monstrous compute performance, though the simple fact that it is packing a pair of AMD's current top-end GPUs will make it interesting to hardcore gamers with big budgets as well.If you would like a refresher on the underlying technologies at work on the Radeon Pro Duo, we have a few articles we'd recommend perusing. Our Radeon R9 Fury X review covers many of specific features and capabilities of the Fuji GPU... Read more...
We first got a glimpse of AMD’s new Wraith coolers back in early January at CES. As a replacement for AMD’s long-serving PIB coolers, Wraith promised a greater surface area to dissipate heat, a copper base, aluminum fins, and a low-noise fan to keep the ruckus down. The cooler made its official debut the following month with the FX-8370 and A10-7890K processors. Today, AMD announced that the Wraith cooler — which we found to indeed be both extremely quiet and with respectable cooling performance in our own testing — is now available on the FX-8350 and FX-6350 processors. Considering that the Wraith has already proved its worth on two higher-end processors, offering 24 percent more surface area... Read more...
AMD reported its first quarter financial results for 2016 earlier today, which continued to show losses and increased expenses in multiple areas. The company showed a net loss of $109 million, a loss per share of $0.14, and a non-GAAP net loss of $96 million, or $0.12 per share. Revenue was $832 million, which was down 13 percent sequentially, and down 19 percent year-over-year. According to the company, the losses and increased expenses were primarily due to lower sales of semi-custom SoCs and client notebook processors, and increased R&D expenses related to new and upcoming products.But slipped into the release was a very interesting blurb about a new licensing deal AMD has struck in a... Read more...
With such a big emphasis being placed on virtual reality and the development platforms backing the VR movement, it should come as no surprise that hardware companies are quickly embracing the need for more computational power and the need to work with larger datasets. To the end, AMD has announced that new member is joining its FirePro W9100 family, and this one is coming to the dinner table with 32GB of VRAM in tow (8Gb x 32). AMD says that the FirePro W9100 32GB, which doubles up the amount of memory that was previously available, was specifically designed for content creators. This release also allows AMD to once again leapfrog NVIDIA, which last month introduced the Quadro M6000 with 24GB... Read more...
Today, AMD is holding its “Capsaicin” webcast in which it is talking about all of its latest initiatives in the graphics realm, including virtual reality (VR) and a powerful graphics card that we’ve been talking about for months. On the topic of VR, we all know that it has a huge potential to make waves in the gaming space. High-end VR headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, both of which are due out shortly, will change the way we interact with media content and the way we play current and future games. But what about the potential for VR outside the gaming space? One potential is in the education sector, so AMD has partnered up with powerhouse developer Crytek.... Read more...
AMD is making it easier than ever to hookup an external graphics card to your ultraportable notebook or 2-in-1 PC thanks to new technology introduced in the new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.2. AMD has unleashed its XConnect technology, which makes it a trivial affair to add an external Radeon graphics card via Thunderbolt 3. Using AMD XConnect, you could pair, for example, an AMD Radeon R9 290X series graphics card with an external enclosure using Thunderbolt 3. The connection is completely plug-and-play and is automatically configured using AMD XConnect technology. You can connect or disconnect the external graphics at any time without worrying about system crashes or graphics glitches.... Read more...
If you’ve had your eye on AMD’s Radeon R9 Nano for the past few months, but were hesitant to push the button due to the card’s lofty price tag, we’ve got some excellent news for you this morning. The R9 Nano debuted in September at $649, but AMD’s official price cut brings the pricing closer to reality at $499. The $499 price is effective immediately, and makes AMD’s mini-ITX-compliant, Fiji-powered graphics card a much more intriguing proposition for gamers that want to cram as much graphics power into a pint-sized form-factor. At the $649 price, the R9 Nano just wasn’t really an attractive proposition for many gamers, as its tangible power and heat savings were hard to justify at a $150 price... Read more...
If you thought that news of Windows 10 downloading in the background without your knowledge was the biggest bombshell to come out of Redmond, Washington today, then you’re sorely mistaken. A very interesting rumor is making the rounds that has the possibility to send shockwaves through the entire computing industry. Microsoft is reportedly in talks to acquire AMD, which would make things quite interesting not only in the CPU sector (where AMD has played second fiddle to Intel for years), but also in the graphics sector (where AMD dukes it out with NVIDIA). For all its efforts to stand up to Intel recently, AMD just hasn’t had much luck in making a noticeable dent in the company’s massive share... Read more...
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