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At APU13 today, AMD announced a full suite of new products and development tools as part of its push to improve HSA development. One of the most significant announcements to come out the sessions today-- albeit in a tacit, indirect fashion, is that Kaveri is going to pack a full 512 GPU cores. There's not much new to see on the CPU side of things -- like Richland/Trinity, Steamroller is a pair of CPU modules with two cores per module. AMD also isn't talking about clock speeds yet, but the estimated 862 GFLOPS that the company is claiming for Kaveri points to GPU clock speeds between 700 - 800MHz depending on whether or not the CPU's performance is considered within that 862 GFLOP figure.... Read more...
AMD came out swinging when it launched its R9 Series of graphics cards, including the Radeon R9 290, which goes toe-to-toe with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 card. In our review of the Radeon R9 290 part, we recorded solid performance throughout our batch of benchmarks, and we couldn't help but be impressed by its aggressive price point ($399). Unfortunately for AMD, users began reporting throttling issues with the card causing performance to dip by over 15 percent. We were able to replicate the throttling issue, which ultimately forced us to pull our recommendation. That's the bad the news. And the good news? It appears AMD has found the culprit and issued a fix. According to AMD, the culprit lies... Read more...
It's not too often that we advocate playing the waiting game -- something newer, bigger, faster, shinier, etc. is always around the corner -- but if you're contemplating a graphics card upgrade, this is one of the rare times where it makes sense to wait just a little bit. Why is that? On November 7th, NVIDIA will release its GeForce GTX 780 Ti to retail, and in preparation for the new card, the GPU maker is rolling out some big time price cuts for its existing GTX 780 and 770 parts ahead of time. With the GeForce GTX 780 Ti joining the lineup, NVIDIA says the new suggested e-tail price for the non-Ti model will be $499. The GeForce GTX 780 sells today for around $650 and up, and by dropping the... Read more...
AMD ended the work week by making available the same Catalyst 13.11 beta drivers that reviewers were allowed to use when evaluating the Radeon R9 290X graphics card (be sure to check out our in-depth review). The beta release adds support for both that card and the regular Radeon R9 290, along with the rest of the recently announced R9 and R7 Series, though that's not all it brings to the table. Performance improvements abound after installing Catalyst 13.11 beta. One of the biggest gains to be had is in Batman: Arkham Origins. When enabling MSAA at 8x, AMD claims framerates are bolstered by as much as 35 percent. Other performance gains aren't quite as dramatic, though a few creep up into double-digit... Read more...
Microservers may not be for everyone, but when computing requirements are low, such as with a cloud server, they could be perfect. Such proof of that comes from Verizon today, which has just announced its plans to adopt thousands of microservers to back its 'Verizon Cloud' network. Perhaps better still, the purchases are going to AMD, which has been in rather bad need of good news lately. The purchases will go through SeaMicro, which AMD acquired early last year for $334 million. The acquisition was questionable at first, given AMD's financial situation, but if this Verizon involvement is the beginning of things, it could be an acquisition that pays off handsomely over time. While Verizon will... Read more...
At a press event today, AMD announced a full suite of new GPUs based on a new, evolved version of its Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. The Radeon R7 and R9 families are the new product lines aimed at mainstream, performance, and high-end gaming, respectively. Specs on the new cards are still limited, but we know that the highest-end Radeon R9 290X is a six-billion transistor GPU with more than 300GB/s of memory bandwidth and prominent support for 4K gaming. GCN 2.0 has been widely rumored as a next-gen feature of the card, but AMD appears to be avoiding that term. They refer to multiple power efficiency enhancements in the GPU, but nothing regarding a GCN 2.0. That implies that the... Read more...
The annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco isn't typically a launching-pad for a graphics card, but it's clear that AMD is excited about what it has in store. As Marco tackled in his detailed AMD round-up yesterday, the company is set to launch its Radeon HD 7990 in the very near-future, with more solid details hopefully to trickle out soon. What we do know is that the brilliant Battlefield 4 demo shown-off at the event was powered by AMD's future flagship, as mentioned in a tweet by the company's @AMDGaming handle. One would think that with such a powerful GPU, AMD wouldn't mind divulging some important details, but not so. It had no qualm in touting the HD 7990 as the "world's fastest... Read more...
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