AMD

Along with this week’s teaser of the forthcoming Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 at E3, AMD also held a short press briefing about Polaris. The bulk of AMD’s presentation is going to be familiar to our readers who keep close tabs on AMD’s market strategy (in a word, VR), but this latest presentation also brought to light a few more details on the company’s two Polaris GPUs that I want to quickly touch upon. First and foremost, AMD’s presentation included a slide with pictures of the two chips, and confirmation on their full configurations. The larger Polaris 10 is a 36 CU (2304 SP) chip, meaning that the forthcoming Radeon RX 480 video card is using a fully enabled chip. Meanwhile the smaller Polaris...

AMD Announces FirePro S9300 X2: Dual Fiji for HPC

One of the more interesting consequences of GPUs being built on TSMC’s 28nm process for an extended period of time is that it has forced both vendors to compensate...

18 by Ryan Smith on 3/31/2016

Micron Begins to Sample GDDR5X Memory, Unveils Specs of Chips

This past week Micron has quietly added its GDDR5X memory chips to its product catalogue and revealed that the DRAM devices are currently sampling to partners. The company also...

37 by Anton Shilov on 3/29/2016

Oculus Rift Launch Day News: New AMD & NVIDIA Drivers; Async Timewarp & Platform Restrictions Added To SDK

After just over three and a half years and a Facebook acquisition in between, Oculus’s first-generation Rift headset is launching today. We took a hands-on preview of the headset...

11 by Ryan Smith on 3/28/2016

Best CPUs: Q1 2016

When building a custom PC, especially on the consumer side, the processor is typically second or third down the list of priorities, behind graphics, storage or specific motherboard features...

26 by Ian Cutress on 3/24/2016

AMD Updates Gaming Evolved Client

Game streaming and recording has continued to be both a growing hobby and profession for many in recent years. Anytime there is growing interest in anything from society there...

5 by Daniel Williams on 3/18/2016

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3.1 Hotfix

Following last week's release of Radeon Software 16.3 Hotfix, AMD is back again with a quick update to their driver set, bringing it to 16.3.1 Hotfix. The list of resolved...

7 by Daniel Williams on 3/18/2016

AMD Unveils GPU Architecture Roadmap: After Polaris Comes Vega

Although AMD’s GDC 2016 “Capsaicin” event was primarily focused on game development – it is the Game Developers Conference, after all – AMD did spend a brief moment discussing...

54 by Ryan Smith on 3/15/2016

AMD Announces Radeon Pro Duo: Dual GPU Fiji Video Card For VR Content Creation

At AMD’s GDC 2016 “Capsaicin” event, the company has announced their long-awaited dual Fiji video card. Being released under the name Radeon Pro Duo, the new card is a...

56 by Ryan Smith on 3/14/2016

More on AMD’s XConnect Tech: Thunderbolt 3 for External Radeons

Last night AMD issued a driver update that brought support for a new technology, XConnect. In a nutshell, XConnect is AMD’s trade name for running external video cards via...

64 by Ryan Smith on 3/10/2016

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 Hotfix: Support for Vulkan and TB3 Enclosures

With the driver update floodgates not closing yet, we are given a massive update from AMD that brings Radeon Software Crimson Edition to version 16.3 (driver version 16.15). Incoming...

18 by Daniel Williams on 3/10/2016

AMD To Showcase Latest Innovations at “Capsaicin” Press Event & Webcast

Capsaicin, whether you call it the essence of flavor or the distillation of pain (ed: it's the latter), at its core capsaicin is what drives everything we call spicy...

47 by Daniel Williams on 3/8/2016

AMD Launches the A10-7890K and Athlon X4 880K

In what seems to be a common theme every month, AMD’s recent APU release schedule has been to introduce one or two models each news cycle. For the most...

63 by Ian Cutress on 3/1/2016

FreeSync-over-HDMI: Samsung Launches 1800R Curved FHD Monitors in the CF591 and CF390

One of the big things to come out of Computex last year was our exclusive preview of a new project by AMD: being able to bring variable refresh rate...

35 by Ian Cutress on 2/29/2016

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson 16.2 Drivers

It didn't take long at all, but AMD has come in with another driver update full of performance enhancements, compatibility fixes, and bug fixes. With continued efforts on their...

16 by Daniel Williams on 2/25/2016

Ashes of the Singularity Revisited: A Beta Look at DirectX 12 & Asynchronous Shading

We’ve been following DirectX 12 for about 2 years now, watching Microsoft’s next-generation low-level graphics API go from an internal development project to a public release. Though harder to...

153 by Daniel Williams & Ryan Smith on 2/24/2016

AMD Expands G-Series Embedded SoCs with Excavator Microarchitecture

Back in October 2015, AMD’s embedded business unit announced the first SoCs from AMD using DDR4, combining AMD’s Excavator cores found in the Carrizo notebook platform but fully...

6 by Ian Cutress on 2/23/2016

GIGABYTE Unveils New 990FX and 970-Gaming Motherboards for AMD FX

In the past week, GIGABYTE has introduced two new high-end motherboards for AMD FX microprocessors. The new platforms belong to GIGABYTE’s premium Gaming G1 product lineup and include the...

15 by Anton Shilov on 2/18/2016

AMD and the Associated Press Team Up for Experimental 360° Video & VR News Channel

This week AMD and Associated Press have announced a new collaborative project designed to fuel virtual reality journalism. Under the agreement, AP has created a special channel with 360°...

24 by Anton Shilov on 2/18/2016

AMD to Bundle New Hitman Game with Select FX CPUs and Radeon 390 Series Video Cards

AMD announced this week that it will bundle the full version of the new Hitman game with its Radeon R9 390-series graphics cards as well as FX 6000- and...

23 by Anton Shilov on 2/17/2016

Quick Look: Vulkan Performance on The Talos Principle

Following yesterday’s hard launch of Vulkan 1.0 – drivers, development tools, and the rest of the works – also released alongside Vulkan was the first game with Vulkan rendering...

43 by Daniel Williams & Ryan Smith on 2/17/2016

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