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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...
Welcome to HotHardware's PC Component Buyer's Guide, where we help prospective system builders pick out just the right collection of components to build the rigs of their dreams -- or at least the rig which makes the best use of your budget. We've picked out the best bang for the buck in processors, graphics cards, storage, and more in an effort to assemble some truly drool-worthy gaming PCs at a variety of price points. From top to bottom, rest assured that we've done the hard work of balancing price and performance in a way that gets the most performance possible from a given budget. Because budgets tend to be moving targets, we've also found what we think is the best way to utilize any amount... Read more...
Update: 11/22/19 - Today is the last day for entry into the giveaway. Get your entries in below ASAP!  This is a special time for us here at HotHardware. We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year; the first version of HotHardware went live in 1999 and we have been partying like it ever since! This year also happens to be the 20th Anniversary of Falcon Northwest’s Talon systems and it’s AMD’s 50th Anniversary as well. Update: 11/9/19 - Check out our full Falcon Northwest Talon review HERE! With all of these major milestones happening – made possible by all of you, the dedicated PC enthusiasts and gamers out there – we thought it would be great to give... Read more...
If you're looking to purchase an AMD Radeon graphics card, we've got some good news for you. AMD is upgrading its Raise the Game promotion, which means that you'll be able to score some enticing freebies once you make your hardware purchase. When you buy an eligible Radeon graphics card, you will get your choice of a free digital copy of the smash hit Borderlands 3 or Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. AMD notes that both games come with an "in-game item". In the case of the former, you'll get an AMD Echo Device Communicator, while the latter will net you an AMD Ryzen/Radeon t-shirt and an AMD Clan Emblem. In addition to the free game, you'll also get a complimentary three months of Xbox... 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...
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...
AMD launched its 7nm Navi-based graphics card on July 7th, kicking off with the Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT. Since that time, we've seen leaked information that suggests AMD will also bring budget GPUs, slotting in below these high-end gaming cards and some even higher-performing entries that should flesh out the family above the RX 5700 series. With that in mind, AMD plans to unleash an entire army of Navi RDNA graphics products -- and we're not just talking about GPUs that go inside our desktop and laptop systems. To that end, AMD just published a new whitepaper entitled "RDNA Architecture" that discusses everything from the underlying building blocks that make up Navi,... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Marco and Dave discuss our AMD vs Intel Architecture IPC Shootout evaluation, PowerColor's custom Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil Navi graphics card we have here on review, Intel 10nm Ice Lake Benchmarks, BEAST 64-core AMD EPYC processors, Toshiba's tiny BG4 SSD, GIVEAWAY hints at the end and more! Join us!  Show Notes:  03:12 - Building An AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Liquid-Cooled Performance Desktop PC With Maingear 12:27 - AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Vs Intel Core i9-9900K IPC Shootout: Did AMD Close The Gap? 20:57 - AMD EPYC 7002 Series Zen 2 Architecture Doubles Data Center Performance And Density 31:00 - Intel 10nm Ice Lake... Read more...
A little over a month ago, AMD launched the Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 series to mostly good reviews. The cards offered competitive performance at their respective price points, with power efficiency that was vastly superior to AMD’s previous-generation Vega-based Radeons. One of the things some folks took issue with in regard to AMD’s reference Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT cards, however, was their cooling. As we (and many others) mentioned in our initial reviews, the cards were noisier than their NVIDIA-made counterparts, and although temperatures were within spec, peak junction temps were relatively high, which could be a cause for concern in a poorly ventilated chassis. The general... Read more...
in this episode of HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks Marco and Dave chat about AMD's HOT new Ryzen 3000 series processors and Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards. We also dive into the performance of NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2070 and 2060 Super cards and check out a great, new high-end SoundBlaster card from Creative Labs, the SoundBlaster AE-9... Show Notes: 04:55 - AMD Ryzen 9 3900X And Ryzen 7 3700X Review: Zen 2 Impresses 19:29 - AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT And RX 5700 Review: 7nm Navi Debuts 32:05 - GeForce RTX 2070 Super And RTX 2060 Super Review: Tricked-Out NVIDIA Turing 42:27 - Sound Blaster AE-9 Review: Pristine High Def PC Gaming Audio... Read more...
AMD has been talking about its next-generation Navi GPU architecture for ages. It was over 3 years ago that we first mentioned Navi here on the HotHardware, and since then there has been a slow, steady stream of information disseminated to the public, leading up the last month’s big architecture disclosure at E3 and the official unveiling of the initial Radeon RX 5700 series line-up, which we will be showing you here. If you missed our coverage of AMD's  Navi GPU architecture and its newly-designed RDNA-infused microarchitecture and instruction set, you can find it right here. We strongly suggest checking that article out, because we cover a number of deep technical details, including... Read more...
Sony took the unprecedented step of spilling the beans on quite a bit about of information regarding its upcoming PlayStation 5 console more than a year ahead of its official release. In an April interview, Sony revealed that the PS5 will be powered by a 7nm AMD Ryzen 3000 processor along with a 7nm Radeon Navi GPU. We were also made privy to the fact that an ultra-fast SSD will be used for game storage. Now, a fresh leak claims to have more specific information on the hardware that will be going inside the PS5. We'll have to take all of this information with a healthy dose of salt, but it's not too far outside the realm of possibility. For starters, it's claimed that there will... Read more...
If you're looking to purchase a new Ryzen processor or a Radeon graphics cards, we've got some good news for you today. AMD has partnered up with Microsoft to gift customers 3 months of Xbox Game Pass for PC with the purchase of qualified hardware. Xbox Game Pass has been available for quite some time for the Xbox One, but only recently at E3 did Microsoft announce that the service would be available for Windows 10 PCs. Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over 100 games that you can play on your PC, including popular titles like Gears 5. Currently, the following AMD Ryzen processor are eligible for the promotion: Ryzen 7 2700X Ryzen 7 2700 Ryzen 5 2600X Ryzen 5 2600 Ryzen 5 2600E Ryzen... Read more...
It is fair to say that AMD is firing on all cylinders these days, and companies are taking notice. Following the recent launch of its third-generation Ryzen processors based on Zen 2 and an unveiling of Navi, AMD has now partnered with Samsung to license its Radeon graphics IP, which will now find its way into mobile devices. That includes smartphones, as Samsung looks for "disruptive changes in technology," and "new opportunities." Partnering with AMD to license its Radeon graphics IP fits those agendas, and in a potentially big way. "Our partnership with AMD will allow us to bring groundbreaking graphics products and solutions to market for tomorrow’s mobile applications," said Inyup... Read more...
AMD is having some specials that gamers and enthusiasts looking to build up a new PC might want to partake in. There are two weeks left to take advantage of the AMD 50th anniversary gifts to gamers with the AMD50 Game Bundle that offers Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Gold Edition and World War Z for free with the purchase of certain Radeon graphics cards. The cards include the Radeon VII, Radeon RX 590, Radeon RX 580, Radeon RX 570, or Radeon RX Vega Series.  You can also get the free games if you purchase a Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, Ryzen 5 2600, or Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs. Fans of The Divison 2 not only get the game in the anniversary deals, but they also get a Year 1 pass that... Read more...
It's going to be an exciting 30 days or so for those that are firmly in the AMD camp with respect to gaming hardware. Later this month at Computex 2019, AMD is expected to launch its 7nm Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 family of processors. Today, AMD confirmed that it will be hosting a "Next Horizon Gaming" at E3 2019 next month. The event is scheduled to take place on June 10th at 6pm EST and will be live streamed for those that won't be in attendance at the show. AMD is being rather tight-lipped about the announcements that will be made during the event, but all signs are pointing towards us learning some significant details on the upcoming 7nm Navi architecture that will be... Read more...
AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su took the wraps off the company’s first 7nm GPU based on its Vega architecture at CES 2019 in Las Vegas last month. Dr. Su’s keynote underscored the company’s lead against its rivals with respect to silicon process technology, and AMD’s new Radeon VII is one of multiple new products in its graphics and processors portfolios that’s built on a cutting-edge 7nm manufacturing node. And while AMD’s Radeon VII is essentially a process shrink of the company's Radeon Vega architecture with a few tweaks and fixes, along with that process geometry optimization should come optimizations for power consumption, clock speed, performance and other fine... Read more...
One of the pleasant surprises at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week was AMD's unveiling of its Radeon VII graphics card. Based on a refresh of its Vega GPU architecture, it is the first consumer graphics card for gaming to feature silicon that is built from a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, though it definitely will not be the last. Bear in mind that we are talking about consumer cards for gaming, and not graphics cards in general. AMD actually has another 7nm GPU product, the Radeon Instinct MI60, which it launched last November. That was the first implementation of a 7nm GPU, but it's a professional accelerator for high performance computing (HPC) and deep learning applications.... Read more...
AMD this week launched the first consumer graphics card for gaming to feature a GPU built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, and in doing so it may have achieved performance parity with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080. That parity will likely go out the window when enabling real-time ray tracing, a feature the Radeon VII is not equipped to handle. Be that as it may, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su says a card that supports ray tracing is "deep in development." Real-time ray tracing is the standout feature of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX series, which is enabled through the inclusion of dedicated RT cores. There's still a performance penalty when enabling real-time ray tracing via Microsoft's DirectX Raytracing (DXR)... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco and Dave have a discussion with AMD Sr. Manager, Product Management Scott Wasson about AMD's new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, its performance enhancements and some cool new features... In addition to the video coverage above, you can read more about the major features in the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition right here.... Read more...
If you are running an AMD Radeon graphics card and want a high-resolution monitor that supports FreeSync, LG has a new offering that won't break the bank called the 32QK500-W. This is a 32-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) LED IPS monitor with a 75Hz refresh rate. It covers 72% of the NTSC color gamut (approximately 100% sRGB coverage) and supports 1.07 billion colors. The monitor offers a 16:9 aspect ratio and has a brightness rating of 250cd/m2 minimum and 300cd/m2 typical. The contrast ratio is 700:1 minimum and 1000:1 typical with viewing angles of 178-degrees in all directions. LG lists the GtG response time at 8ms and pixel pitch is 0.2727 x 0.2727mm. LG fitted the display with a pair of HDMI... Read more...
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