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Just in time for Halloween, HotHardware, AMD and Gigabyte have teamed up to put together one heck of a spook-tacular giveaway! This time around we're giving two of you incredibly intelligent, and dare we say, immensely awesome HotHardware fans a chance to win an eight-core AMD FX-9590 Liqid-Cooled Edition processor and a slick Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard to go along with it. If you're an AMD fan and were thinking of upgrading or building a new system, this is one heck of a great foundation. The breakdown of prize packages is as follows: AMD FX-9590 Liquid Cooled Edition and a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Motherboard! Two (2) prize packages up for grabs! To be entered, please follow... Read more...
Congratulations to those of you who've spent the weekend playing Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth -- it sure beats raking leaves or any other chores that are typically reserved for the end of the work week. Want to make your gaming experience even better? If you own an AMD graphics card with the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, there's a beta driver available to enable the Mantle API in Beyond Earth. AMD Catalyst 14.9.2 is now available to download, and in addition to bringing Mantle to Beyond Earth, it also includes dual graphics optimizations for KritiKa an SheDiaoZeroe, and a Project Cars profile update. The rest of what's included in the driver package are a bunch of fixes for... Read more...
While there’s no guarantee for traction in the market, lowering the price to a point where consumers can’t help but notice is surely a step in the right direction. AMD’s doing just that with its A-series APUs this week, which is hopes will enable more mainstream PC builders to snag a twelve compute core (4CPU + 8GPU) A-series APU without completely breaking the bank. It’s also suggesting that these products will support DX12, OpenCL 2.0, and Project FreeSync in the future, which should ease any concerns about their ability to handle what’s just around the bend. The A10-7850K will see its suggested e-tail pricing his $143, while the lower-end A6-7400K can be found... Read more...
Surprise! AMD has a new chief and her name is Dr. Lisa Su. She replaces Rory Read, 52, who has stepped down as president and CEO as part of a transition plan that will have him support the new boss in an advisory role. Read will remain with AMD through the end of the year, at which point Dr. Su will be flying solo. Bruce Claflin, chairman of AMD's board of directors, dispelled any notions that there might exist some animosity between AMD and Read, at least publicly. To the contrary, Claflin says that Read and the board have been working on a leadership succession plan together and felt that now was the time for Dr. Su to take over the role as president and CEO. "I am deeply honored to have this... Read more...
Intel and Microsoft have been working with laptop makers to release low-cost models capable of competing in price with Google's Chromebook movement, hence why we're starting to see Windows-based laptops selling for as little as $199. In order to get down to that range, however, certain sacrifices must be made, such as eliminating discrete GPUs from the equation. For this reason, it's expected that AMD and NVIDIA will see a decline in overall GPU demand during the last quarter of this year. According to Digitimes and its sources within the supply chain over in Taiwan, AMD and NVIDIA are savvy to this trend towards ultra low-cost laptops and have decided to focus their respective efforts on mid-range... Read more...
If you thought it was a good time to be a gamer, well guess what? It just got even better. AMD used its 30 Years of Graphics and Gaming celebration to announce a new Radeon R9 200 Series graphics card, the Radeon R9 285. Spec-wise, the card is similar to AMD's Radeon R9 280, but with a newer GPU and a few enhancements that make it a more robust card (we'll have to wait and see if it's faster, too). It's also worth noting that AMD is no longer pimping the Radeon R9 280, and while the Sunnyvale chip designer didn't come right out and say it, reading between the lines seems to reveal that the Radeon R9 285 is intended to be a replacement, with speculation that it's based on AMD's new Tonga GPU.... Read more...
It looks like AMD has a reason to smile while NVIDIA doesn't. Industry research and consulting firm Jon Peddie Research has released a report which states that AMD’s GPU shipments rose around 11 percent in Q2 2014 on a quarter-to-quarter basis while NVIDIA’s GPU shipments saw a slump of about 8.3 percent and Intel saw a 4 percent increase in its total shipments. To break it all down, AMD’s shipments increased 16.7 percent in Q2 for desktop heterogeneous GPUs and CPUs and increased 10.3 percent for notebooks. Discrete desktop shipments for AMD decreased 10.7 percent while notebooks discrete shipments increased 30.6 percent (increased 11 percent overall). NVIDIA saw a 21 percent... Read more...
We're getting awfully close to the point where, if you wanted to, you could build an entire PC using only AMD branded parts. One area that's missing is storage, though not for long --AMD is said to be expanding its product portfolio with a line of high performance solid state drives boasting the company's Radeon label. What look to be official slides from AMD detailing the drives have started making the rounds on the web. Based on those slides, it looks like AMD will launch a trio of Radeon R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. These will be labeled as Radeon R7 120G, Radeon R7 240G, and Radeon R7 480G. The runt of the litter is the 120GB model, though it will hold its own in... Read more...
Tablets might not kill off the PC after all. Growth in the PC market is expected to remain sluggish (IDC even lowered its forecast by 0.1% for 2014 to 6% worldwide), but if the channel is any indication, builders and component manufacturers are feeling confident. A report by DigiTimes today suggests that suppliers in Taiwan are gearing up in anticipation of successful gaming systems and notebooks. Intel expects business PCs to show strong sales this year. Shown here is a Lenovo M58e Desktop Tower. Component manufacturers are looking to the likes of Lenovo to drive those sales. Lenovo has been enjoying steady growth while other players in the market struggle, rocking 55 million computer shipments... Read more...
According to AMD, there are 3 billion personal computers worldwide and some 30 million servers, and they consume approximately 1% and 1.5% of all energy consumed annually. The cost for all that juice is between $14-$18 billion, and the company believes it can do better--25 times better, actually. AMD is planning to increase the efficiency of its APUs by a factor of 25 by the year 2020. “Through APU architectural enhancements and intelligent power efficient techniques, our customers can expect to see us dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our processors during the next several years,” said AMD CTO Mark Papermaster. AMD Kaveri notebook Although generally speaking any increase... Read more...
Turn out the lights, the party's over. Graphics card vendors enjoyed a boost in sales thanks in large part to the Bitcoin mining craze (along with other forms of virtual currency, like Litecoin) that everyone seemed to get caught up in, but the thing about these cryptocurriences is that they're exceedingly difficult to mine and profit from as time goes on. Now that virtual coin mining has cooled off a bit, so too has the demand for GPUs. Citing sources from "graphics card players," Digitimes says worldwide videocard shipments are about to fall off a cliff -- more specifically, shipments are expected to decline anywhere from 30 percent to 40 percent this quarter compared to the previous one. The... Read more...
Nothing really pauses for long in the technology industry, and when it comes to microprocessors, that pace of change is typically even more rapid. AMD's keeping things fresh by announcing a few key managerial changes this week, all wrapped up under its "multi-year strategic transformation." In essence, the company is working to better combine business units that were previously separate, while also creating a single market-focused organization that will be responsible for all aspects of product strategy, product execution, sales and operations. As part of the change, Dr. Lisa Su has been named Chief Operating Officer, and the company will create two business groups focused on bolstering "traditional... Read more...
The EU does not fool around when it comes to handing out fines, and it also apparently does not second-guess itself. The European Commission levied a hefty fine of 1.06 billion euro (or roughly $1.44 billion USD) at Intel for anti-competitive practices back in 2009, and after years of legal supplication, the decision has been upheld according to Reuters. Intel was found to have unacceptably fought rival AMD in the processor market by giving rebates to PC makers in exchange for those companies using primarily CPUs made by Intel--and concealing it. European Commission building "The General Court considers that none of the arguments raised by Intel supports the conclusion that the fine imposed is... Read more...
Ubisoft’s “Watch Dogs” has been a hotly anticipated title--a franchise, even--and both AMD and NVIDIA are releasing graphics drivers for the game’s release. This game is a demanding one, to be sure. NVIDIA says that minimum requirements include an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 (2.66 GHz) or AMD Phenom II X4 940 (3.0 GHz), 6GB of RAM, and GeForce GTX 460 graphics. In order to run the title at “ultra”, you’ll need the one-two punch of an Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5GHz) and a GeForce GTX 780. Ubisoft Montreal developed its own scalable Disrupt engine just for “Watch Dogs” and promises better multiplayer action, more engaging AI elements, and more detail... Read more...
Over the past nine months, we've seen the beginnings of a revolution in how video games are displayed. First, Nvidia demoed G-Sync, its proprietary technology for ensuring smooth frame delivery. Then AMD demoed its own free standard, dubbed FreeSync, that showed a similar technology. Now, VESA (Video Electronics Standard Association) has announced support for "Adaptive Sync," as an addition to DisplayPort. The new capability will debut with DisplayPort 1.2a -- we're going to walk you through what this means, and how it relates to both Nvidia's and AMD's plans for the market. G-Sync, FreeSync, and Adaptive Sync: How The Pieces Fit Together In order to understand how these technologies fit together... Read more...
Ever since AMD announced it would build an ARM processor, there've been questions about how the company would balance its x86 and ARM obligations and product lines. Today, the company gave a major update to how it sees the future of these products. This year, AMD will debut its first Cortex-A57 based server (codenamed Seattle). In 2015, AMD will launch a 20nm SoC family around the new Puma+ core and a second-gen Cortex-A57 chip -- and those two CPUs will be drop-in compatible with each other (codenamed Project Skybridge). In 2016, AMD will follow up with its own custom ARM architecture implementation. One of the major changes coming next year is that both the ARM and x86 chips will apparently... Read more...
If you've been wanting to upgrade your setup to run the fastest consumer level graphics card on the planet, today's the day you've been waiting for. AMD's insanely powerful Radeon R9 295X2 card is now starting to pop up online for purchase. The card isn't for everyone -- many gamers will find it cost prohibitive -- but if you have the disposable income and a beefy enough power supply, then we tip our hats to you, good sir or madam. Amazon has a few of these cards listed. Stock comes and goes, though one to keep an eye on is the XFX brand card. It's currently priced at $1,649.99 with free shipping, which is $150 above AMD's MSRP, but also the least expensive around at this early stage. The two... Read more...
You have to love these financials reports; they treat every bit of data with roughly equal weight, even though there are parts that are uninteresting and parts that make you do a double-take. Case in point, buried halfway down the page on AMD’s press release about its Q1 results is the tidbit that its Graphics and Visual Solutions revenue jumped a whopping 118% year-over-year. Unsurprisingly, that’s largely due to the company’s semi-custom APUs which are found in, for example, both the Xbox One and the PS4. That number was also nudged upward a bit by sales of AMD’s Radeon R7 and R9 GPUs (check out our reviews here and here). Sony PS4 All told, AMD had an operating loss... Read more...
Zotac has a new lineup of mini PCs that alternately rock Intel Core CPUs and AMD A8 APUs, and some of them are aimed at mainstream gamers. The Zotac Zbox E-Series offer Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics with 128GB of EDRAM and Intel Pixel Sync technology and have quad-core Intel Core i7-4770R (3.2GHz) or Intel Core i5-4570R (2.7GHZ), both with Turbo Boost. Zotac ZBOX E-Series The four E-Series models also feature up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM (2 DIMMs) and a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD. The “Plus” configuration offers 8GB of RAM and a 1TB (5400 RPM) HDD via SATA 6Gbps. Ports include two DisplayPort, two DVI-O, a 4-in-1 card reader, dual 10/100/1000 LAN, four USB 3.0, and 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth... Read more...
AMD is determined to offer gamers a modern generation graphics card at nearly every price point, and having completed its Radeon R7 stack, the Sunnyvale chip designer just launched the Radeon R9 280, a mid-range part that slips in neatly below the R9 280X. It's built for gaming at resolutions exceeding Full HD 1080p and according to AMD, the R9 280 offers 20 percent better performance compared to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 760 graphics card. The Radeon R9 280 is essentially a tweaked and reborn (not rebadged) Radeon HD 7950 but with faster clocks, higher watt tolerance, and a lower price tag at launch. Like the older card, the newer R9 280 is built around AMD's 28nm Tahiti GPU. It has 1,729 stream... Read more...
It's taken some time for hardware to gain an edge over software, and now that it's happened (for the most part, anyway), we're seeing a shift in the market place towards smaller computing devices. The mini PC movement has already begun, and whereas it may not have been possible to build a handheld-sized system capable of running all your programs smoothly, such a luxury has become a reality, which in turn is leading to unique form factors and configurations. One example is the Tango PC, billed as the "world's smallest most powerful PC." Tango PC's crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo has already been successful, with the project raising more than its $100,000 goal with 14 days still remaining.... Read more...
Rumors continue to spill out into the Internet ahead of AMD's next-generation Kaveri launch regarding the CPU's overall performance, capabilities, and architecture. It appears AMD is upping the ante with this CPU in several ways, including a gaming bundle that will include Battlefield 4 with the highest-end A10 APUs. This deal, however, may come with a higher price tag. The new leaked prices on AMD's A10-7850K and A10-7700K point to a $189 - $167 debut price. The current top-end core from AMD is the A10-6800K, which runs $139 retail. AMD is comparing its new APUs against Intel's Core i5-4670K, which currently retails for $239. The 4670K is a quad-core chip without Hyper-Threading, and its integrated... Read more...
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