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Anyone who owns a graphics card based on AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture may want to seek comfort in Willie Nelson singing, "Turn out the lights, the party's over." Why is that? Starting with the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin release (version 21.6.1), a wide range of GCN cards are officially classified as legacy GPUs and no longer supported by AMD. Hey, it was good long run for GCN, but as the Red Headed Stranger also sang, "All good things must end." The last supported driver release for affected GCN models is the previous Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.5.2 package, which AMD pushed out a little over a month ago. "This change enables AMD to dedicate valuable engineering resources... Read more...
When AMD unveiled "Big Navi", now known as the Radeon RX 6000 series, the new GPU family brought with it support for Microsoft's nascent DirectX Ray Tracing. DXR adds photorealistic lighting, reflections and more visual effects to make games that support the technologies look more true to life. However, real-time ray tracing is an intensive task, and high resolution, complex effects can drag frame rates down into unplayable territory even on the most powerful of today's GPUs. AMD said not to fear though, as it had an upscaling solution in the works that would boost performance, while maintaining high image quality, and now FidelityFX Super Resolution is here.  Super Resolution for Super... Read more...
Today, Google announced a new family of virtual machines called Tau VMs, “optimized for cost-effective performance of scale-out workloads.” Furthermore, the Mountain View-based company has partnered with AMD to create the first VM in the line, the T2D, which is powered by 3rd Gen EPYC processors. In a blog post today, Google Cloud Infrastructure SVP Urs Hölzle and VP and GM of Compute at Google Cloud June Yang explained that this partnership between AMD and Google is important for both performance and pricing reasons. They state that the new virtual machine in the lineup driven by Zen 3 “leapfrogs the VMs for scale-out workloads of any leading public cloud provider available... Read more...
This global chip shortage has been problematic for all of us in the enthusiast community, with this most acute impact being with the availability of graphics cards. However, the shortages have also extended to certain processors, particularly in AMD's Zen 3 family. Fortunately, for those that want a potent Zen 3 series processor that won't break the bank, Amazon is currently selling the Ryzen 7 5800X at a $50 discount. The processor has an MSRP of $449 but is now available for just $399. Considering that processors of this ilk were in incredibly short supply just a few months ago, swinging in the complete opposite direction with a discount to boot is definitely great news. The supply of Ryzen... Read more...
The second half of this year and especially 2022 are going to be exciting times, with all kinds of product launches on tap. Intel will be releasing its first discrete graphics card for gaming (Xe-HPG DG2), and both AMD and Intel are readying new platforms, with eventual support for next-gen technologies like DDR5 memory and PCI Express 5.0. But when is it all coming? A fresh leak may shed some light. We already know that Intel is planning to debut its Alder Lake lineup later this year, which will be accompanied by a new LGA 1700 socket. Alder Lake will kick off the era of heterogeneous computing in the x86 space by mixing high performance cores with power efficient cores in the same package,... Read more...
We've heard rumors and even seen images of AMD's liquid-cooled Radeon RX 6900 XT, but now the card appears to be at least [semi] official. Product listings for the new graphics card have appeared on U.K. and Japanese retailer websites, where it is labeled as "Coming Soon." The clean design features a single radiator, with AMD claiming that it "enables the best of 4K gaming with ultra-high frame rates at max settings, with the noise and temperature benefits of liquid cooling designs." Compared to the standard, air-cooled version, the Radeon RX 6900 XT will deliver even more performance, which means that we should expect a considerable price premium. While the Radeon RX 6900 XT still features 16GB... Read more...
AMD is looking to make a splash in the mobile gaming market with its recently introduced Radeon RX 6000M lineup for laptops. Based on the same second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) architecture as its desktops Radeon RX 6000 series, the mobile GPUs look promising on paper. How do they perform in the real world, though? Some leaked benchmarks of a supposed Radeon RX 6600M may give us an idea. That is one of three mobile GPUs that comprise the Radeon RX 6000M series at the moment, the other two being the Radeon RX 6700M and Radeon RX 6800M. Here's a quick and dirty specification comparison of the three... Radeon RX 6800M: 40 CUs, 2,300MHz game clock, 12GB GDDR6, 192-bit bus, 96MB Infinity Cache... Read more...
It's no secret that Razer has been working on an AMD Ryzen-powered Blade laptop, as we're seen multiple leaks over the past few months. Razer confirmed everyone's suspicions this week at E3 2021 with the launch of the Blade 14, which it bills as the world's most powerful 14-inch-class gaming laptop. As noted in our earlier reporting, the Blade 14 is powered by an 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 9 5900HX processor based on AMD's latest Zen 3 architecture. While the Ryzen 9 5900HX (which can boost up to 4.6GHz) has its own integrated Radeon Vega 8-based GPU, gamers don't give a hoot about that; they're more interested in potent discrete graphics solutions. To that end, Razer is giving customers the choice... Read more...
AMD has been on a hot streak in the processor market since it introduced its first-generation Zen architecture in 2017. Its most recent iteration, Zen 3, is available across consumer (Ryzen), workstation (Threadripper), and enterprise (EPYC) product families, topping out at 64 cores for the latter two. AMD has delivered the goods on performance with its Zen families, but it has also offered more cores than Intel's competing Core and Xeon counterparts. Now, new rumors allege that AMD is on track to deliver another big performance boost with Zen 4, along with a leap in core counts. It's now alleged that at least one variant of the Zen 4 architecture will feature a stunning 128 cores, which would... Read more...
Fueling rumors that AMD is at least mulling, if not outright planning a hybrid future for Zen is a newly published patent outlining a "method of task transition between heterogeneous processors." AMD filed the patent in December 2019. It gets into some of the nitty-gritty details, but the general takeaways is that both AMD and Intel are going to utilize hybrid architectures in the not-too-distant future. We already know Intel is headed down that path with Alder Lake, which will be out before the end of the year (a launch event will likely take place in late October around the same time Microsoft releases Windows 11, or perhaps in November). AMD has announced any similar plans of its own, but... Read more...
In this latest episode of our 2.5 Geeks webcast, we chat about the new AMD Radeon Pro W6800, yesterday’s launch of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, and a bunch of the hottest topics from our news feed this past week, including Windows 11 and some interesting game consoles. You can watch it right here, but don't forget to hit our YouTube channel to like and subscribe as well... Show Notes: 04:07 - Playdate Portable Gaming Console Hits Preorder Crank Up In July For $179 09:16 - Atari VCS Game Console Finally Launches June 15 With Eye-Popping Price Tag 13:01 - Windows 11 Is Coming, So What New Features Would You Like To See Microsoft Deliver? 21:05 - Intel Alder Lake Desktop CPUs Could Launch... Read more...
AMD is expanding its line-up of RDNA 2-based GPUs today, with a trio of new Radeon Pro graphics cards targeting the professional workstation market. These new Radeon Pro cards leverage the same GPU architecture as their consumer-class Radeon RX-branded counterparts, but Radeon Pros feature completely different designs, go through additional qualification and are certified for a myriad of pro-vis applications. The new line-up is spearheaded by the Radeon Pro W6800. The Radeon Pro W6800 is packing AMD’s current top-end Navi 21 GPU and a beefy 32GB of GDDR6 RAM with ECC support. Though the Radeon Pro W6800 is AMD’s newest flagship professional GPU, the card’s configuration foreshadows... Read more...
Discrete graphics cards are hard to find on the retail market, as current-generation NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards are perennially out of stock. However, new analysis from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) shows that despite the supply shortfalls that infuriate gaming enthusiasts, shipments are up year-over-year. According to the firm, overall GPU shipments ballooned by nearly 35 percent during Q1 2021 compared to Q1 2020. However, while the growth compared to the same quarter was quite remarkable, overall GPU unit shipments decreased slightly (0.3 percent) compared to Q4 2020, according to the report (which is the usual seasonal shift). Overall GPU market share according to JPR. When... Read more...
As computer components get better, so too do the visuals in games like Fortnite. When the new consoles from both Microsoft and Sony came out late last year, Epic Games introduced new visual effects and features to improve the player experience. Now, those upgraded visuals are finally making their way to PC on June 8th with the Fortnite v17.0.0 update. Beginning with Chapter 2, Season 7, players on the Epic quality preset will notice "improved Storm and cloud effects, as well as enhanced simulations for smoke and liquid." Moreover, these players will also see improvements in post-processing and lens flare effects. All of this should culminate in better overall graphics in-game and a better experience,... Read more...
In just a few weeks, AMD will flip the switch on its highly anticipated FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling technology, and we will find out if the real-world results match the company's claims and what it showed off during Computex 2021. It's not just headed to PC, either. At some point, Microsoft will enable FSR on its Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S game consoles, the company confirmed. What's at play here is a "spatial upscaling technique" that is used to create a "super resolution" image from game engine input frames. Similar to NVIDIA's proprietary Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology, the idea is to render images at a lower resolution and then upscale them, to improve... Read more...
AMD and Samsung made a big splash in 2019 when the pair announced that future Samsung SoCs would leverage Radeon IP. The possibilities were endless, with the prospects of bringing PC-caliber graphics to smartphones and other mobile devices. Earlier this week, AMD confirmed that Samsung's next-generation custom mobile SoCs would feature RDNA 2 IP complete with variable-rate shading and ray-tracing capabilities baked in. Understandably, with AMD dabbling in the mobile SoC arena with RDNA 2, many have wondered about NVIDIA's stance on this practice. For example, could we see NVIDIA partner with other SoC makers to incorporate GeForce RTX technology (well, outside of its own custom Tegra processors)?... Read more...
AMD is teasing another graphics card launch, presumably based on one of its latest generation Navi GPUs, only this time it is not meant for home consumers. On YouTube, there is an unlisted video posted by AMD that is titled "Something BIG is coming (Short)" and it appears to show a workstation graphics card. Based on other leaks, we have a pretty good idea what we're looking at. The short video clip is only 13 seconds long and does not reveal a whole lot of details. However, the still shot you see above is clearly in the mold of a Radeon Pro graphics card aimed at workstations, with a blower-style cooler. We can see the blue shroud with a gray strip accent, which is very similar to how AMD's... Read more...
For those of you who are clinging to an older generation AMD Radeon graphics card, good news—support for the company's fancy new FidelityFX Super Resolution upscaling technology is being expanded to include the Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 470, both of which launched around five years go. Kudos to AMD for the decision to support the older cards. If you have not been following the graphics scene, FidelityFX Super Resolution is AMD's answer to NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology. Both aim to improve performance at higher resolutions by upscaling images. It takes less GPU horsepower to render a scene at a lower resolution and then upscale it, but what about image quality?... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks, we'll be digging in to the many happenings of Computex 2021, from the AMD Radeon RX 6000M announcement, to the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), the 3D V-Cache demonstration, Zen 4, and Intel Xe-HPG tease and more... Show Notes: 04:52 - AMD Confirms RDNA 2-Infused Samsung Mobile Chip Coming This Year With Ray Tracing 07:28 - AMD's RDNA 2 Architecture Powers 10 TFLOP Gaming PC Inside Tesla Model S, Model X 10:40 - AMD Radeon RX 6800M Rips Benchmarks In Powerful All-AMD ASUS Gaming Laptop 24:37 - AMD Talks Zen 4, Demos Killer Stacked 3D V-Cache For 15% Performance Boost 34:01 - A Closer Look At AMD’s FidelityFX... Read more...
Over the weekend, AMD made several big announcements at Computex 2021, including information about upcoming Ryzen 5000G Zen 3 APUs and new Radeon RX 6000M mobile GPUs for AMD Advantage gaming laptops. The company also announced its impressive answer to NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology. AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution is a new, open-source technology for upscaling game content from lower resolutions, to produce higher resolution frames, with similar fidelity to the higher native resolution. And because a lower resolution input is being rendered by the GPU, FSR can also improve frame rate performance dramatically. What is FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR)? FidelityFX... Read more...
Our Spring gaming PC giveaway promotion has come to an end, and we're ready to announce a VERY lucky winner! This giveaway was made possible by the fine folks from three companies that are complete heavyweights in the gaming community: Falcon Northwest, AMD, and Bungie. Thank you sponsors! You rock! With these big 3 working behind the scenes, you knew that this beastly PC gaming rig was going to be a battle station fit for a Guardian. Falcon Northwest built the Talon PC, of course, and it's an all-AMD affair with a potent Ryzen 7 5800X processor and a Radeon RX 6800 graphics card. The rig itself is decked out with elaborate Destiny 2 artwork, which is sure to impress those that follow the... Read more...
Slowly but surely, AMD has been expanding the reach of its second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) graphics architecture. It is what powers both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, as well as the Radeon RX 6000 series on the desktop and Radeon RX 6000M series in laptops, and soon it will also hitch a ride with two of Tesla's electric vehicles. That's right, RDNA 2 has called shotgun on the refreshed Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X. This comes by way of an embedded Ryzen APU tasked with powering the infotainment system in both cars, with a discrete graphics chip based on RDNA 2 that fires up when running triple A games. From inside the car. What a time to be alive, eh folks? AMD CEO Dr. Su made... Read more...
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