Items tagged with Radeon

Over the last few years, integrated graphics in modern processors have seen something of a revival, particularly from AMD's camp. Raven Ridge's Vega-based (Ryzen 3000 series) integrated GPU provides a surprisingly capable IGP solution that lets folks play some of the latest games, albeit with the resolution and detail levels turned down. Intel's Gen 11 Iris graphics in Ice Lake has also shown promise in some of the current crop of laptops. Obviously, there's still plenty of room to grow though, which is why AMD and NVIDIA have spent years releasing a whole new top-to-bottom lineups of discrete graphics cards. All those desktop systems with integrated graphics are ripe for an upgrade, however,... Read more...
Two weeks ago, we alerted you to some alarming “black screen” issues affecting gamers with Radeon Navi-based graphics cards. Navi is AMD’s newest 7nm based RDNA architecture, and underpins everything from the Radeon RX 5500 to the Radeon RX 5700 XT. Fortunately for gamers (and AMD), the black screen problems don’t appear to be hardware related, but are instead rooted in software. When AMD released its Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.2.1 drivers, it spoke to the issue, writing, "Some Radeon RX 5700 series graphics users may intermittently experience a black screen while gaming or on desktop. A potential temporary workaround is disabling hardware acceleration in applications... Read more...
It doesn't matter if you're playing Call of Duty, Counterstrike, Fortnite, or StarCraft, there's usually a benefit to having the highest frame rates possible when playing games competitively. That requires a couple of things, namely a very fast PC and a 120 - 144Hz or other high-refresh rate gaming monitor. Today, we'll look at the PC components end of that equation and identify graphics cards and GPUs that will help you get the highest possible frame rate out of your rig. However, it goes without saying you'll also need a pretty speedy CPU to drive that card as hard as possible as well. This article could be as simple as telling you to get a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and be done with it. The reality... Read more...
AMD announced its Q4 2019 earnings yesterday and its performance was quite strong. Compared to Q4 2018, AMD saw its overall revenue for Q4 2019 jump 50 percent to $2.13 billion. For the entire year, AMD booked total revenue of $6.73, which was up 4 percent compared to 2018's figures. The highlight for AMD was its Computing and Graphics division, which encompasses both its Ryzen processors and Radeon GPUs. Revenue increased nearly 70 percent year-over-year to $1.66 billion, easily outpacing the street consensus of $1.5 billion. AMD can chalk up these huge numbers to its successful transition to the 7nm process node for its Ryzen and Radeon products. In fact, roughly 50 percent of... Read more...
At long last, AMD CEO Dr. Lisu Su has outright confirmed plans to launch graphics cards for PCs based on a next-generation version of Navi in 2020. Up to this point, she has hinted at new Navi cards being inbound, though careful wording in past statements left it ambiguous as to whether next-generation Navi parts would be inbound on the PC this year or just on upcoming game consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X). Now there is no question as to where new Navi parts will poke their heads. Following the release of AMD's fourth quarter earnings report, the company hosted a conference call and fielded various questions, one of which asked straight up what new GPUs AMD plans to launch through the... Read more...
After numerous leaks, AMD officially announced its Radeon RX 5600 series of GPUs during its press conference at CES 2020 a couple of weeks back. Although most of the early leaks were technically accurate at the time they hit the web, a series of events since then has changed the landscape somewhat, and what you thought would be launching today, could be a somewhat different beast. We’ve got one of Sapphire’s Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT cards on-hand for testing to show you all what a retail-ready version of AMD's Radeon 5600 XT from Sapphire can do relative to its competition. AMD’s announcement at CES 2020 outlined a certain set of specifications for the Radeon RX 5600 XT, which... Read more...
There's no doubt that "Big Navi" is on the way from AMD. In fact, CEO Lisa Su confirmed as much during a roundtable interview at CES 2020. However, there has been no clear-cut timetable on when this flagship graphics card will arrive on the scene. With that being said, it appears that AMD OEM board partner AFOX may be jumping the gun a bit with listings for a number of unannounced and unreleased graphics cards. First spotted on the EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission) website by VideoCardz, AFOX provides the following SKUs that could be coming in the future: Radeon RX 5950XT Radeon RX 5950 Radeon RX 5900 Radeon RX 5800 XT Now there is no guarantee that either of these names could be applied... Read more...
Back in October, AMD released its Radeon RX 5500 series GPUs for OEM desktop and mobile systems. The Radeon RX 5500 featured the same RDNA-infused Navi GPU architecture as the more powerful Radeon RX 5700 XT, but scaled things back for lower-power applications and more affordable price points. The cards weren’t destined for the channel or traditional retail availability, but rather pre-built systems and laptops. Soon thereafter, rumors began swirling that a somewhat more powerful, Navi-based mainstream solution was in the works, however – known as the Radeon RX 5500 XT. Well, it turns out the rumors were true. Today AMD is officially launching the Radeon RX 5500 XT, in two flavors.... Read more...
Over the last several years, AMD has released major new driver features and enhancements at the end of the calendar year, and as 2019 draws to a close, it is no different. The just-released Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition overhauls the driver suite's installation and interface to surface what's important, adds new features (and enhances several others), and promises performance improvements in a variety of games. This new driver suite supports any GCN-based Radeon going back to the December 2011 release of the Radeon HD 7970 all the way up to the latest Navi architecture and the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and works with both Windows 7 and Windows 10.  Revamped Installer Normally we wouldn't... Read more...
Welcome to HotHardware's PC Component Buyer's Guide, where we help prospective system builders pick out just the right collection of components to build the rigs of their dreams -- or at least the rig which makes the best use of your budget. We've picked out the best bang for the buck in processors, graphics cards, storage, and more in an effort to assemble some truly drool-worthy gaming PCs at a variety of price points. From top to bottom, rest assured that we've done the hard work of balancing price and performance in a way that gets the most performance possible from a given budget. Because budgets tend to be moving targets, we've also found what we think is the best way to utilize any amount... Read more...
Update: 11/22/19 - Today is the last day for entry into the giveaway. Get your entries in below ASAP!  This is a special time for us here at HotHardware. We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year; the first version of HotHardware went live in 1999 and we have been partying like it ever since! This year also happens to be the 20th Anniversary of Falcon Northwest’s Talon systems and it’s AMD’s 50th Anniversary as well. Update: 11/9/19 - Check out our full Falcon Northwest Talon review HERE! With all of these major milestones happening – made possible by all of you, the dedicated PC enthusiasts and gamers out there – we thought it would be great to give... Read more...
If you're looking to purchase an AMD Radeon graphics card, we've got some good news for you. AMD is upgrading its Raise the Game promotion, which means that you'll be able to score some enticing freebies once you make your hardware purchase. When you buy an eligible Radeon graphics card, you will get your choice of a free digital copy of the smash hit Borderlands 3 or Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. AMD notes that both games come with an "in-game item". In the case of the former, you'll get an AMD Echo Device Communicator, while the latter will net you an AMD Ryzen/Radeon t-shirt and an AMD Clan Emblem. In addition to the free game, you'll also get a complimentary three months of Xbox... Read more...
While it might not exactly be the case right now, AMD is expecting to expand its Navi graphics architecture into a whole family of products from the low-end to the high-end. At the moment, we currently only have three SKUs that are firmly entrenched in the mid-range sector of the market: Radeon RX 5700, Radeon RX 5700 XT, and Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition. However, there are reportedly two separate "factions" of Navi chips that are on the horizon to join the existing Navi 10 cards. Navi 14 allegedly references a cutdown version of the chip that will be used in entry-level cards, while Navi 12 refers to an even bigger chip that would go up against NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080... Read more...
We recently had the chance to spend some time with the folks at Maingear HQ and built a beautiful, water-cooled AMD Rzyen 3000-based rig. That system was destined for Dave’s lab and has become his daily workhorse – in fact, that rig produced the video you’ll see below. Not long after we took that trip to Maingear though, my personal rig started acting up. I have been rocking an Ivy Bridge-based system for about 7 years now that has made it through multiple OS upgrades and served me quite well. I had been planning to build a new rig for many months, but my current rig had been so reliable, and my personal and professional workloads so intense, I just couldn’t pull the trigger.... Read more...
Custom Radeon RX 5700 series boards have been arriving at a steady clip over the last few weeks. Some of the most commonly voiced concerns regarding AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 reference designs were the noise output and relatively high junction temperatures offered by the stock, blower-style cooler. Partner boards promised quieter, more robust cooling solutions, however, designed to address exactly those concerns. We took a look at the PowerColor Red Devil RX 5700 XT a couple of weeks back, and save for its wider footprint and slightly higher price, we found it to be an across-the-board upgrade over the reference design. Today, we bring you the second, all-custom Radeon RX 5700 XT to hit the... Read more...
AMD launched its 7nm Navi-based graphics card on July 7th, kicking off with the Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT. Since that time, we've seen leaked information that suggests AMD will also bring budget GPUs, slotting in below these high-end gaming cards and some even higher-performing entries that should flesh out the family above the RX 5700 series. With that in mind, AMD plans to unleash an entire army of Navi RDNA graphics products -- and we're not just talking about GPUs that go inside our desktop and laptop systems. To that end, AMD just published a new whitepaper entitled "RDNA Architecture" that discusses everything from the underlying building blocks that make up Navi,... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Marco and Dave discuss our AMD vs Intel Architecture IPC Shootout evaluation, PowerColor's custom Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil Navi graphics card we have here on review, Intel 10nm Ice Lake Benchmarks, BEAST 64-core AMD EPYC processors, Toshiba's tiny BG4 SSD, GIVEAWAY hints at the end and more! Join us!  Show Notes:  03:12 - Building An AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Liquid-Cooled Performance Desktop PC With Maingear 12:27 - AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Vs Intel Core i9-9900K IPC Shootout: Did AMD Close The Gap? 20:57 - AMD EPYC 7002 Series Zen 2 Architecture Doubles Data Center Performance And Density 31:00 - Intel 10nm Ice Lake... Read more...
A little over a month ago, AMD launched the Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 series to mostly good reviews. The cards offered competitive performance at their respective price points, with power efficiency that was vastly superior to AMD’s previous-generation Vega-based Radeons. One of the things some folks took issue with in regard to AMD’s reference Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT cards, however, was their cooling. As we (and many others) mentioned in our initial reviews, the cards were noisier than their NVIDIA-made counterparts, and although temperatures were within spec, peak junction temps were relatively high, which could be a cause for concern in a poorly ventilated chassis. The general... Read more...
in this episode of HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks Marco and Dave chat about AMD's HOT new Ryzen 3000 series processors and Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards. We also dive into the performance of NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2070 and 2060 Super cards and check out a great, new high-end SoundBlaster card from Creative Labs, the SoundBlaster AE-9... Show Notes: 04:55 - AMD Ryzen 9 3900X And Ryzen 7 3700X Review: Zen 2 Impresses 19:29 - AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT And RX 5700 Review: 7nm Navi Debuts 32:05 - GeForce RTX 2070 Super And RTX 2060 Super Review: Tricked-Out NVIDIA Turing 42:27 - Sound Blaster AE-9 Review: Pristine High Def PC Gaming Audio... Read more...
AMD has been talking about its next-generation Navi GPU architecture for ages. It was over 3 years ago that we first mentioned Navi here on the HotHardware, and since then there has been a slow, steady stream of information disseminated to the public, leading up the last month’s big architecture disclosure at E3 and the official unveiling of the initial Radeon RX 5700 series line-up, which we will be showing you here. If you missed our coverage of AMD's  Navi GPU architecture and its newly-designed RDNA-infused microarchitecture and instruction set, you can find it right here. We strongly suggest checking that article out, because we cover a number of deep technical details, including... Read more...
Sony took the unprecedented step of spilling the beans on quite a bit about of information regarding its upcoming PlayStation 5 console more than a year ahead of its official release. In an April interview, Sony revealed that the PS5 will be powered by a 7nm AMD Ryzen 3000 processor along with a 7nm Radeon Navi GPU. We were also made privy to the fact that an ultra-fast SSD will be used for game storage. Now, a fresh leak claims to have more specific information on the hardware that will be going inside the PS5. We'll have to take all of this information with a healthy dose of salt, but it's not too far outside the realm of possibility. For starters, it's claimed that there will... Read more...
If you're looking to purchase a new Ryzen processor or a Radeon graphics cards, we've got some good news for you today. AMD has partnered up with Microsoft to gift customers 3 months of Xbox Game Pass for PC with the purchase of qualified hardware. Xbox Game Pass has been available for quite some time for the Xbox One, but only recently at E3 did Microsoft announce that the service would be available for Windows 10 PCs. Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over 100 games that you can play on your PC, including popular titles like Gears 5. Currently, the following AMD Ryzen processor are eligible for the promotion: Ryzen 7 2700X Ryzen 7 2700 Ryzen 5 2600X Ryzen 5 2600 Ryzen 5 2600E Ryzen... Read more...
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