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If there’s one constant in the tech industry, it’s change. Well-rounded and highly sought after executives come and go, either moving from between tech firms or departing the industry altogether to pursue other interests (ahem, Steve Ballmer). Even tech companies themselves go through a metamorphosis of sorts, as we’ve seen a once powerhouse in the graphics industry, 3Dfx, become swallowed up by its fiercest rival, NVIDIA. Chipmaker AMD would later go on to acquire ATI — a pairing at the time that seemed a bit odd to many industry observers. AMD has once again come to a crossroads with respect to its graphics division, and instead of throwing in the towel in the face of stiff competition from... Read more...
Lenovo is beefing up its reliable ThinkPad E Series notebooks with a late summer/early fall refresh. The ThinkPad E Series is aimed at the bread and butter of the business notebook sector and is available in both 14-inch and 15.6-inch form-factors. This time around, Lenovo has four base configurations for the E-Series, with the E460 (14-inch) and E560 (15.6-inch) models both featuring Intel power. Base configurations start with a Celeron 3855U processor, but businesses that have enough coin can spring for a speedy Core i7 6500U processor. There are also numerous graphics options to appease every budget from Intel HD Graphics to an AMD Radeon R5 M330 with 2GB of memory to a Radeon R7 M370 with... Read more...
We gave you a detailed introduction to AMD’s sixth generation A-Series (Carrizo) APU back in early June. Carrizo is taking direct aim at Intel in the notebook market, specifically targeting the mid-range ultrabook market and Intel’s bread and butter mobile Core i5 processors. Under the surface, the 28nm Carrizo-based APUs feature four Excavator cores and eight third-generation GCN graphics cores (which of course are DX12 compatible). The new GCN cores promise a 65 percent graphics performance boost over the previous generation Kaveri APU, all while operating within a 15W TDP. Now, notebooks featuring AMD’s sixth generation A-Series processors are shipping — more specifically, all of the products... Read more...
Back in late May, AMD launch its A10-7870K Godvari APU, which was refresh of the existing Kaveri core (28nm). A10-7870K, which carries an MSRP of $137, features four CPU cores, eight GPU cores, and a base clock of 3.9GHz (the Max Turbo frequency rose to 4.1GHz). Today, AMD has introduced another Kaveri refresh in the form of the A8-7670K. The A8-7670K takes the place of the A8-7650K as the top dog in the A8 product family. Compared to the A8-7650K, the A8-7670K offers some modest CPU clock speed improvements with the base clock seeing an uptick from 3.3GHz to 3.6GHz, while Max Turbo has slightly improved from 3.8GHz to 3.9GHz. The GPU has also seen a clock speed increase from 720MHz to 757MHz.... Read more...
The latest update of AMD’s Catalyst drivers has arrived, bringing with it support for Windows 10 and FreeSync support for AMD’s multi-GPU CrossFire technology. That’s great news for gamers who ploughed serious cash into their multi-GPU systems, but this driver update has something for everyone. AMD’s Windows 10 support is arriving well ahead of the July 29th release date for Microsoft’s fresh new OS and DirectX 12. If you’re testing out Windows 10 via the Technical Preview, AMD recommends updating the OS preview before updating your graphics driver to Catalyst 15.7.LG 34UM67 AMD FreeSync MonitorThe FreeSync fix means that you can now enjoy FreeSync even if your system has multiple GPUs connected... Read more...
As if AMD’s Q1 financial performance wasn’t bad enough, the company’s revised Q2 guidance is actually worse than expected. The company originally forecast a 3 percent sequential drop in quarterly revenue (the company added a +/- 3 percent margin or error indicating a 6 percent decline as worst case scenario), but now has revised that figure to a more troubling 8 percent. AMD’s Q1 2015 revenue came in at $1.03 billion, so an 8 percent dip in Q2 revenue would put the company at roughly $948 million (analysts were expecting revenue of around $999.6 million). Compared to Q2 2014, when AMD pulled in $1.44 billion, this would represent a 26 percent decline year-over-year. Non-GAAP gross margin will... Read more...
AMD announced new Radeon R9 300 series and R7 300 series graphics cards earlier this week, and while those graphics cards are interesting, there are nowhere as titillating as the Mack Daddy of AMD GPUs: Fiji. Fiji will find its way into three distinct products this summer: Radeon R9 Nano, Radeon R9 Fury, and the range-topping (and water-cooled) Radeon R9 Fury X. And we can’t forget other upcoming variants like this dual-Fiji board or the scrumptious Project Quantum. As we indicated previously, the water-cooled Radeon R9 Fury X will debut June 24 for $649, while the air-cooled Radeon R9 Fury will land on July 14 for $549.AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Although we can’t yet bring you our full review on Fiji... Read more...
AMD hosted an event today for the tech press to announce new graphics solutions ranging from the bottom to the top ($99 on up to $649). AMD says that it has a graphics solution that will fit the budget of just about any gamer, and from the looks of it, NVIDIA is going to have some pretty stiff competition this summer. First up is the new range of R7 300 Series cards that is aimed squarely at the eSports audience — gamers that AMD says are typically running at 1080p. All of AMD’s new eSports-minded cards are based on Graphics Core Next Technology, and include: Radeon R7 360: $99, 2GB memory, 1080p gaming resolutionRadeon R7 370: $149, 4GB GDDR5 memory, 1080p gaming resolution For gamers that want... Read more...
AMD previously only teased bits of detail regarding their forthcoming 6th Generation A-Series APU, code named "Carrizo." We heard from AMD about this next generation, highly integrated mobile architecture as far back as CES 2015 in January and then again in February and more recently with AMD's HSA (Heterogenous System Architecture) 1.0 spec roll-out in March. It's safe to say AMD has been beating the drum on Carrizo with a regular cadence for the better part of 6 months now and today the company is finally going to full kimono on all details of their upcoming processor silicon and its platform. Carrizo takes the fight to AMD's primary competitor in the lucrative premium notebook space, targeting... Read more...
Over the past few months, a number of details regarding AMD’s next-generation Radeon 300-series graphics cards has trickled out, even though the cards aren’t due to launch for quite some time. While official details of the actual GPUs that will be used to power the cards are still scarce (though rumors abound), AMD has publicly disclosed details regarding the revolutionary High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) interface that will be used on some Radeon 300-series products, and potentially future APUs as well.High Bandwidth Memory is designed to address a number of limitations of current GDDR5 memory implementations. With many of today’s graphics cards, a relatively large number of GDDR5 chips... Read more...
It's not too often that we get a preview of the performance from an upcoming processor from SiSoftware's Sandra database, but this becomes one of the rare exceptions. The victim is a 'Gardenia Carrizo' processor from AMD, one that represents the final Excavator-based models. At CES, we learned that Carrizo will be a minor evolution of previous architectures, with a major emphasis on low-power. That's not the only change, though, as the chip could be bringing with it 256-bit AVX registers. That might not matter in the grand scheme for most people, but it's an improvement nonetheless. For full performance details, I'd recommend hitting up the URL at the bottom of the post. We'll discuss a couple... Read more...
Big changes are occurring at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), the Sunnyvale chip designer that suddenly finds itself in a bit of an accelerated restructuring mode. Having been appointed president and CEO of AMD in October 2014, Lisa Su is wasting no time putting into motion her vision for the company's future, which in the short terms involves three high level executives leaving the company. Revealed in an 8-K filing and through a company spokesman today, the three executives jumping ship include John Byrne, general manager of AMD's computing and graphics business; chief marketing officer Colette LaForce; and chief strategy officer Raj Naik. Their pending departures follow last year's reorganization... Read more...
There's going to be a lot of nifty products shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, and you can bank on HotHardware being there to cover the better bits. If there's a major theme we're expecting to see, it would be displays -- between the 4K (and above!) movement and curved panels, companies will have plenty to show off. Some are so giddy that they aren't even waiting for the convention. Enter LG Electronics, which is already giving media the heads up that it plans to debut the world's first 21:9 UltraWide gaming monitor with AMD FreeSync technology in Vegas. The monitor in question is the LG 34UM67. As the model number implies, it's rocking a 34-inch UltraWide... Read more...
AMD this week delivered its Catalyst Omega drivers that are the culmination of six months of development work. AMD Catalyst Omega brings over 20 new features, a wealth of bug fixes to the table along with performance increases both on AMD Radeon GPUs and integrated AMD APUs. Some of the new functionality brought with the Catalyst Omega driver includes Virtual Super Resolution, or VSR. VSR is essentially AMD's answer to NVIDIA's DSR, or Dynamic Super Resolution. VSR is “game- and engine-agnostic” and renders content at up to 4K resolution, then displays it at a resolution your monitor actually supports. The very nature of VSR allows it to be used across a wide spectrum of applications including... Read more...
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