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For the launch of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors, one of the features being advertised was Game Mode. This was a special profile under the updated Ryzen Master software that was designed to give the Threadripper CPU more performance in gaming, at the expense of peak performance in hard CPU tasks. AMD’s goal, as described to us, was to enable the user to have a choice: a CPU that can be fit for both CPU tasks and for gaming at the flick of a switch (and a reboot) by disabling half of the chip. Initially we interpreted this via one of AMD’s slides as half of the threads (simultaneous multi-threading off), as per the exact wording. However, in other places AMD had stated that it actually...

AMD Announces Radeon R9 280: Radeon HD 7950 w/Boost Returns

With the launch of the Radeon R9 series back in October of 2013, AMD began the process of releasing a number of their existing GCN 1.0 7000 cards as...

43 by Ryan Smith on 3/4/2014

AMD updates driver and programming tools roadmap for supporting HSA features in Kaveri

In our Kaveri review, we discussed HSA and that Kaveri brings many exciting hardware features such as true CPU/GPU shared memory (hUMA) and others such as heterogeneous queueing (hQ)...

22 by Rahul Garg on 3/3/2014

AMD Catalyst 14.2 Beta Drivers Now Available

Just a bit over 3 weeks since the release of AMD’s Catalyst 14.1 beta drivers, AMD is back again with their first update to the Catalyst 14 series with...

15 by Ryan Smith on 2/25/2014

AMD Announces Embedded Radeon E8860 GPU

For the integrated market, there are several levels of capability that manufacturers need to consider. This is a market driven by sales, thus OEMs that require specific resources...

7 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2014

Sapphire Combines the R7 250X with a Vapor-X Cooler

In order to differentiate yourself in the GPU market, a GPU vendor has to be creative and provide a feature that no-one else does. On the high end...

8 by Ian Cutress on 2/23/2014

MSI Launches the A88XI AC, a mini-ITX FM2+ 802.11ac Motherboard

Everyone likes the small and the powerful. If I could get the power of a GTX Titan or R9 290X in a smartphone, we should all want one...

10 by Ian Cutress on 2/23/2014

AMD Center Giveaway: ASUS Radeon R7 250

Lately there's been a lot of excitement around value video cards. Part of it is due to the simple fact that for low resolution gaming, you can generally approximate...

1570 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2014

AMD Announces "AMD Rewards" Program for the Gaming Evolved Application

We normally don’t cover contests and giveaways, but this one is just a bit different than the others and sheds some light on the inner workings of AMD, so...

25 by Ryan Smith on 2/19/2014

Radeon R9 290X Retail Prices Hit $900

Though we keep track of video card pricing regularly on an internal basis, it’s not something we normally publish outside of our semi-regular buyer’s guides. More often than not...

134 by Ryan Smith on 2/14/2014

The AMD Radeon R7 265 & R7 260 Review: Feat Sapphire & Asus

The launch of the Radeon R7 250X earlier this week and today the Radeon R7 265 are part of a larger refactoring of AMD’s mainstream desktop product family. AMD...

52 by Ryan Smith on 2/13/2014

AMD’s DockPort Given Virtual Overview

Flying somewhat under the radar, DockPort from AMD is designed to be a low-cost all-in-one solution for external connectivity for a PC or tablet. Sound familiar? Like...

52 by Ian Cutress on 2/13/2014

AMD Announces Radeon R7 250X; Shipping Today

As it turns out, February is going to be a busy month for GPUs. Normally February is something of a quiet month, surrounded by CES on one side and...

27 by Ryan Smith on 2/10/2014

AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta Drivers Now Available: Mantle, Frame Pacing, & More

Picking up from where we left off yesterday afternoon, word comes from AMD that they have finally squashed the installation bug on their Catalyst 14.1 beta drivers, resolving the...

48 by Ryan Smith on 2/2/2014

Battlefield 4 Mantle Performance Preview

After a false start or two, AMD is finally getting the first beta of Mantle out the door. With EA DICE having shipped their Mantle patch for Battlefield 4...

135 by Ryan Smith on 2/1/2014

Socketed Kabini Processors Rumored For March

We saw some socketed Kabini motherboards at CES this year from MSI, and Chinese VR-Zone has published some interesting numbers regarding processors that are predicted to be on sale...

7 by Ian Cutress on 1/29/2014

It Begins: AMD Announces Its First ARM Based Server SoC, 64-bit/8-core Opteron A1100

Around 15 months ago, AMD announced that it would be building 64-bit ARM based SoCs for servers in 2014. Less than a month into 2014, AMD made good on...

124 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/28/2014

GIGABYTE Launches BRIX Gaming: AMD A8-5557M and R9 M275X

GIGABYTE’s push on the BRIX has been with so much gusto it is hard to keep up with all the possible models coming to market and ones they are...

22 by Ian Cutress on 1/28/2014

Floating point peak performance of Kaveri and other recent AMD and Intel chips

With the launch of Kaveri, some people have been wondering if the platform is suitable for HPC applications. Floating point peak performance of the CPU and GPU ...

102 by Rahul Garg on 1/22/2014

AMD Kaveri Docs Reference Quad-Channel Memory Interface, GDDR5 Option

Our own Ryan Smith pointed me at an excellent thread on Beyond3D where forum member yuri ran across a reference to additional memory controllers in AMD's recently released Kaveri...

127 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/16/2014

AMD Kaveri Review: A8-7600 and A10-7850K Tested

The first major component launch of 2014 falls at the feet of AMD and the next iteration of its APU platform, Kaveri. Kaveri has been the aim for AMD...

380 by Ian Cutress & Rahul Garg on 1/14/2014

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