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From time to time companies bundle the latest games with their hardware in a bid to attract attention of gamers and to make their products more competitive. Such promotions are mutually beneficial: for gamers, it is a good way to upgrade and save some money on titles, while for companies it is an efficient way to increase sales. Recently AMD and Samsung have launched campaigns that add a free digital copy of various digital games with their products, including Civilization VI, Doom and Watch_Dogs 2. Update 11/22: NVIDIA has launched its own promotion, which will add Watch_Dogs 2 to select GeForce GTX 1070/1080 graphics cards and notebooks featuring these GPUs. AMD: Get Civilization VI and Doom for Free Running from October 27 to January 27 (or when...

AMD: Flexible Around ISA

The slide above gives an example of the new agile/flexible AMD as it applies to the datacenter. Again, we're not seeing ARM, but we are seeing that AMD is...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/2/2012

AMD's Financial Analyst Day 2012 - Mark Papermaster, SVP & CTO Presentation

If you want to follow the CTO presentation we've been quoting from a lot today, check it out in the gallery below.

0 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/2/2012

AMD is Open to Integrating 3rd Party IP in Future SoCs

Don't expect AMD to go into much detail on this here at the Financial Analyst Day, but the slide above shows a definite step towards becoming a modern SoC...

1 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/2/2012

AMD Outlines HSA Roadmap: Unified Memory for CPU/GPU in 2013, HSA GPUs in 2014

AMD's CTO Mark Papermaster just put up this slide that shows its HSA (Heterogeneous Systems Architecture) roadmap through 2014. This year we got Graphics Core Next, but next year...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/2/2012

AMD's Rory Read Outlines AMD's Future Strategy

AMD's Financial Analyst Day is under way and we're currently hearing from Rory Read about the future of the company. Specifics and roadmaps will follow, but the fundamental shift...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/2/2012

Intel Releases Seven Sandy Bridge CPUs

Today, Intel has released seven new Sandy Bridge based CPUs: three Core i5 and four Celeron models. All the i5 SKUs are desktop models, whereas the Celeron SKUs are...

44 by Kristian Vättö on 1/30/2012

The AMD FX (Bulldozer) Scheduling Hotfixes Tested

The basic building block of Bulldozer is the dual-core module, pictured below. AMD wanted better performance than simple SMT (ala Hyper Threading) would allow but without resorting to full...

90 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/27/2012

Intel's Performance Tuning Protection Plan: Warranty for Overclockers

I had heard this might be coming, but today Intel made it official. The Performance Tuning Protection Plan is a $20 - $35 plan that you'll be able to...

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/18/2012

AMD's Lightning Bolt: Low Cost Thunderbolt Alternative for USB 3.0/DP

One of the things I love the most about AMD is the balance it provides to Intel. While I've spent much of CES looking for Thunderbolt products and lamenting...

69 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/12/2012

AMD's Trinity APU at CES, Shipping in Mid-2012

AMD has a bunch of cool stuff to show off at this year's CES. The first is the most expected: a demo of its upcoming Trinity APU. The demo...

48 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/12/2012

Intel's DX11 Demo, Now on an Ultrabook

Two days ago Intel made the mistake of playing a video of a DX11 game (F1 2011) instead of running the game itself on an Ivy Bridge Ultrabook. We...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/11/2012

Intel's Medfield & Atom Z2460 Arrive for Smartphones: It's Finally Here

It's here. Intel's first smartphone SoC that you'll actually be able to buy in a device before the end of the year. The platform is called Medfield and Paul...

164 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2012

Intel Confirms Working DX11 on Ivy Bridge

Yesterday we reported Intel ran a video of a DX11 title instead of running the actual game itself on a live Ivy Bridge notebook during Mooly Eden's press conference...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2012

Quanta Sues AMD For Faulty Laptop Chips

Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese company that manufactures laptops for HP, Dell, Acer, and others, is suing AMD for an alleged breach of contract, claiming that AMD chips used in...

12 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/4/2012

Intel Core i7 3820 Review: $285 Quad-Core Sandy Bridge E

If you are a normal desktop user or even a power user with plans to run at over 4GHz, the vanilla LGA-1155 Sandy Bridge platform is good enough. You...

85 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/29/2011

Intel's Atom N2600, N2800 & D2700: Cedar Trail, The Heart of the 2012 Netbook

Netbooks aren't dead, but they're not quite the hip topic of discussion they were a few years ago. The focus on cost conscious computing hasn't changed since the introduction...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/28/2011

Sandy Bridge E & X79 PCIe 3.0: It Works

At the launch of Intel's LGA-2011 based Sandy Bridge E CPU we finally had a platform capable of supporting PCI Express 3.0, but we lacked GPUs to test it...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/22/2011

Intel Shows Off Competitive Medfield x86 Android Power & Performance

You may have seen some Medfield related news today - I thought I'd chime in with some of my thoughts on the topic. As a recap, in 2008 Intel...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/21/2011

AMD Intros New Unlocked K-Series Llano APUs: A8-3870K & A8-3670K

When we first reviewed Llano we thought it was a fairly competent desktop part if you needed a solution that didn't rely on discrete graphics. My biggest issue with...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/20/2011

Microsoft Releases Hotfix to Improve Bulldozer Performance UPDATE: Pulled

The launch of Bulldozer in October wasn't exactly a success for AMD. In our review, Anand ended up recommending the Intel i5-2500K over AMD FX-8150. One of the reasons...

76 by Kristian Vättö on 12/16/2011

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