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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...
AMD and Samsung first announced a partnership involving future mobile SoCs back in 2019, and early this morning at Computex 2021, AMD confirmed that this arrangement would bear fruit later this year. We knew that this moment was coming, but the timeline for release was previously unclear. When the custom Exynos 2100 SoC was announced earlier this year, Samsung's Dr. Inyup Kang only stated that its "next flagship product" would feature AMD's "next-generation mobile GPU." By adopting RDNA 2, SoC will have one of the most powerful GPUs available for smartphones, tablets, and even Windows PCs if Samsung chooses to go that route. GPU performance hasn't always been a strong suit with Samsung's [previous]... Read more...
AMD made quite the splash during its keynote at Computex 2021. In addition to launching a new Radeon RX 6000M mobile series based on its RDNA 2 graphics architecture, the biggest surprise came in regards to its processors, and not just what it had to say about Zen 4. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su revealed a new stacked 3D vertical cache design that promises to deliver big gains in gaming performance, starting with Zen 3. What this essentially boils down to is a combination of chiplet packaging, which AMD introduced to its Zen lineup in 2019, and 3D stacking, in collaboration with manufacturing partner TSMC. Dr. Su says 3D chip stacking will drive the future of high performance computing, though more immediately,... Read more...
During her Computex 2021 keynote this evening, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, along with compatriots Frank Azor and Scott Herkleman, revealed a number of the company’s new products an initiatives, targeting the server, desktop and mobile markets. For gamers, perhaps the most enticing announcement was the revelation of AMD's Radeon RX 6000M series of mobile GPUs. Though Dr. Su had mentioned that mobile RDNA 2-based Radeons were inbound back at CES earlier this year, it wasn’t until today that the actual line-up with specs, speeds and feeds was announced. The flagship product in the Radeon RX 6000M series is the Radeon RX 6800M. Although it is not quite as powerful as its desktop namesake, and... Read more...
AMD has officially returned to the modern generation discrete mobile graphics arena, where its newly minted Radeon RX 6000M series will soon duke it out with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series. Announced at Computex 2021, AMD's latest mobile GPUs are powered by its second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) graphics architecture, just like its Radeon RX 6000 series of desktop graphics cards. Make no mistake, AMD has it sights set on high-end gaming. According to the company, the Radeon RX 6000M series delivers up to 1.5x higher performance than the previous generation solutions, or the same performance at up to 43 percent lower power. If true—and you can bet we will put the claims to the test—that... Read more...
Back in mid-April, AMD announced its Ryzen 5000G "Cezanne" APUs that are part of the company's Zen 3 family. However, unlike Zen 3 "Vermeer" desktop processors -- a la the Ryzen 9 5900X -- Ryzen 5000G APUs have integrated Radeon Vega graphics. During the initial announcement, AMD clarified that the first round of Ryzen 5000G processors would only be available for OEMs until later this year. Now, AMD is giving us a timetable for when the first retail chips will land for enthusiasts. Unfortunately, it's still going to be a bit of a wait for both the two consumer-oriented chips: the Ryzen 7 5700G and the Ryzen 5 5600G. According to AMD, both will launch on August 5th, priced at $359 and $259, respectively.... Read more...
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