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Watch Dogs 2 is being released this week, and with that we receiving a new driver update from AMD bundled in with a couple of fixes. As a result, the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.5 with Display Driver Version 16.40.3211.1101 is a minor update, but continues AMD's 2016 strategy of releasing drivers in accordance with game release schedules. We only have two fixes this time around. When playing games with CrossFire enabled, both The Division and Battlefield 1 were experiencing flickering during gameplay. AMD also only lists two new known issues in the release notes for this update: while a DirectX 11 Crossfire profile has been added for Dishonored 2, CrossFire is currently disabled for Windows 7 systems, a reason for this is not given...

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...

38 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...

16 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

Vulkan 1.0 Specification Released: Drivers & Games Inbound

Back in August of 2014, Khronos announced the Next Generation OpenGL Initiative. The industry consortium, responsible for overseeing a number of major cross-platform GPU standards such as OpenGL and...

40 by Ryan Smith on 2/16/2016

HP’s New Laptops to Feature AMD FreeSync Technology

AMD has announced that the new versions HP’s Envy 15z laptops - powered by the company’s latest-generation A-series APUs - will feature the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. In...

19 by Anton Shilov on 2/12/2016

Alpenföhn Unveils Olymp: A Giant Air Cooler Rated for 340W TDP

As the market for PC CPU coolers has matured over the last half-decade or so and closed loop liquid coolers have encroached in the space, we haven't seen very...

46 by Anton Shilov on 2/4/2016

Who Controls the User Experience? AMD’s Carrizo Thoroughly Tested

In Q2 of 2015, AMD officially launched Carrizo, their new APU aimed at mobile devices such as laptops and portable all-in-ones that normally accommodate 15W-35W processors. Quoted in the...

173 by Ian Cutress on 2/4/2016

ASUS Launches 970 Pro Gaming/Aura Motherboard: USB 3.1 and M.2 to AMD FX Platform

ASUS has introduced its latest motherboard for AMD FX microprocessors that brings up-to-date features to the platform. The ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura belongs to a new class of AMD...

23 by Anton Shilov on 2/2/2016

AMD Launches Excavator on Desktop: The 65W Athlon X4 845 for $70

As part of today’s launch AMD released two new Kaveri based APUs as part of the FM2+ platform, the A10-7860K and the A6-7470K, as well as clarifying the way...

43 by Ian Cutress on 2/2/2016

AMD Launches new Coolers and 65W Kaveri APUs: the A10-7860K and A6-7470K

Over the past two years we’ve reviewed almost every AMD Kaveri desktop processor to have been released – the A10-7850K, the A8-7600, the A10-7800, the A8-7650K, the A4-7400K, the...

18 by Ian Cutress on 2/2/2016

GDDR5X Standard Finalized by JEDEC: New Graphics Memory up to 14 Gbps

In Q4 2015, JEDEC (a major semiconductor engineering trade organization that sets standards for dynamic random access memory, or DRAM) finalized the GDDR5X specification, with accompianing white papers. This...

70 by Anton Shilov on 1/22/2016

JEDEC Publishes HBM2 Specification as Samsung Begins Mass Production of Chips

The high-bandwidth memory (HBM) technology solves two key problems related to modern DRAM: it substantially increases bandwidth available to computing devices (e.g., GPUs) and reduces power consumption. The first-generation...

42 by Anton Shilov on 1/20/2016

AMD Reports Q4 2015 Results And FY 2015 Earnings

Today AMD released their quarterly earnings for Q4 of Fiscal Year 2015. AMD continues to struggle financially, and for Q4 they had revenues of $958 million, down 10% from...

69 by Brett Howse on 1/19/2016

The Silver Lining of the Late AMD Opteron A1100 Arrival

AMD announced their ARM server SoC plans at the end of 2012. At the beginning of 2014, AMD was ready "to accelerate the ARM Server Ecosystem with the first...

37 by Johan De Gelas on 1/14/2016

AMD Releases Crimson 16.1 Hotfix Drivers

This week AMD has pushed out their first video driver release of the year, Crimson 16.1 Hotfix. Between this latest hotfix and their previous Crimson update, AMD is making...

35 by Daniel Williams on 1/12/2016

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