Earlier this month at GDC, AMD introduced their VR technology toolkit, LiquidVR. LiquidVR offers game developers a collection of useful tools and technologies for adding high performance VR to games, including features to make better utilization of multiple GPUs, features to reduce display chain latency, and finally features to reduce rendering latency. Key among the latter features set is support for asynchronous shaders, which is the ability to execute certain shader operations concurrently with other rendering operations, rather than in a traditional serial fashion.
It’s this last item that ended up kicking up a surprisingly deep conversation between myself, AMD’s “Chief Gaming Scientist” Richard Huddy, and other members of AMD’s GDC staff. AMD was keen to show off the performance potential of async shaders, but...
Over the last few years we have seen both AMD and NVIDIA become increasingly interested in developing and nurturing software ecosystems around their products. Born out of a desire...
Ryan Smith on 6/27/2014
AMD has posted a new version of their Catalyst 14.6 drivers this afternoon, bringing their latest driver set up to Release Candidate 2.
As a further refinement of the 14.6...
Ryan Smith on 6/24/2014
We’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry recap, this time for May of 2014.
All things considered, the month of May has...
Ryan Smith on 5/29/2014
As part of a larger Mantle promotion, AMD has posted a number of blogs on their site detailing their low level API. The blog posts themselves are unabashedly closer...
Ryan Smith on 5/29/2014
For our second video card driver update of the week we have AMD, who is releasing their Catalyst 14.6 beta drivers today.
Like NVIDIA’s driver release, this is first and...
Ryan Smith on 5/27/2014
AMD sends word this afternoon that they’re instituting an official price cut for one of their more recently launched video cards, the Radeon R9 280. The 280, AMD’s lower...
Ryan Smith on 5/13/2014
As April comes to a close we’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards.
Compared to the February/March time period and the flurry of activity coinciding with...
Ryan Smith on 4/30/2014
Coinciding with this week’s launch of the Radeon R9 295X2, AMD has posted their latest Catalyst drivers, now at version 14.4. Catalyst 14.4 is the first driver set for...
Ryan Smith on 4/21/2014
After letting their Never Settle Forever gaming bundle program slowly lapse over the past few months, AMD sends word this morning that they’re going to be significantly refreshing the...
Ryan Smith on 4/21/2014
Launching today is AMD's Radeon R9 295X2. After much consumer speculation and more than a few teasers, AMD is releasing their long-awaited Hawaii-powered entry to their dual-GPU series of...
Ryan Smith on 4/8/2014
After taking a week off, AMD is back once more with another teaser for their forthcoming dual-GPU product. This should, we assume, be the final such teaser, meaning we’re...
Ryan Smith on 4/2/2014
We’re back once again with our regular guide to desktop video cards, this time for March of 2014.
Since our last update in January 2014, we’ve seen some significant shifts...
Ryan Smith on 3/24/2014
Following last week’s dual-GPU teaser, AMD’s marketing department is back with another teaser for their forthcoming product.
This time they’ve sent along a bottle of water and two cans of...
Ryan Smith on 3/19/2014
Scheduled for release today is the 1.3/AMD patch for Thief, Square Enix’s recently released stealth action game. Following last month’s Battlefield 4 patch, Thief is the second big push...
Ryan Smith on 3/18/2014
It looks like AMD is starting up another one of their tongue-in-cheek video card marketing campaigns, if the latest package to arrive on my doorstep is any indication.
Ryan Smith on 3/13/2014
After initially missing their planned availability window of late February, AMD sends word this evening that the first Radeon R7 265 SKUs have finally reached North American retailers.
Ryan Smith on 3/5/2014
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...
Ryan Smith on 3/4/2014
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...
Ryan Smith on 2/25/2014
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...
Ryan Smith on 2/19/2014
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...
Ryan Smith on 2/14/2014