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August 22, 2016

AMD GPU Market Share Increases First Time in 4 Years Despite Lower GPU Shipments in 2Q2016

Mercury Research recently released their analysis of 2Q2016 market report for the GPU market and it contains quite possibly the best news we’ve heard for AMD in a very long time.

According to the report, AMD’s average total market share increased for the first time in 4 years for both desktop and mobile segments. The last time an uptick in AMD’s GPU market share happened was during the GPU cryptocurrency mining craze back in 2012. As discrete desktop GPUs drove most of this growth in market share, this is likely due in large part to AMD’s strategic launch of mainstream Polaris GPUs which has seen unwavering demand since its launch [...]

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August 15, 2016

VisionTek Launches Custom Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 GPUs

Today, VisionTek, a company known for making Radeon GPUs, has announced their new lineup of Radeon RX 400 series GPUs based on the RX 470 and RX 460 models.

VisionTek Announces RX 470 and RX 460 GPUs

The company did not reveal much beyond basic specifications for both GPUs, while they did have retail packing to offer, we still do not have any photos of the graphics cards themselves.

VisionTek RX 470 4GB OVERCLOCKED EDITION

Starting with the RX 470, we have a factory overclock with a GPU Clock of 1226 MHz, which is 20 MHz over reference specifications. The card features the usual 3x DisplayPort 1.4 ports, 1x HDMI 2.0 and 1x dual-link [...]

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August 15, 2016

AMD Marketing Director Leaks Vega GPU Launch Venue Image

For those of you eagerly awaiting information about AMD’s upcoming high end, HBM2 equipped Vega GPU based graphics cards, here’s a bit of interesting news that’s been circulating over the web over the past few hours.

Chris Hook, AMD’s Senior Director of Global Marketing, recently posted up an image of what appears to be some sort of abandoned warehouse or factory on his Facebook page. Cool, but not too interesting. However, he later also posted a comment saying “This is the Vega launch venue. Shh, don’t tell the press…..:)“. Hmm… Now that just got a whole lot more interesting.

While the image itself [...]

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August 11, 2016

AMD Polaris 10 Die Shot Confirms Radeon RX 480 Utilizes the Full GPU

For those of you still holding out for an even higher end AMD graphics card based on AMD’s new Polaris 10 GPU, I’m sorry to say but this unfortunately isn’t likely.

Photos from a Flickr page belonging to Flickr user “Fritzchens Fritz” recently surfaced on the AMD subreddit with highly detailed images of AMD’s Polaris 10 GPU die. On the images, it appears that there’s just 36 GCN Compute Units in total, each of which feature 64 stream processors. Since the AMD Radeon RX480 features 36 GCN Compute Units and 2,304 stream processors, this means that it already takes advantage of the full Polaris 10 GPU and a higher end single GPU [...]

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August 11, 2016

AMD Summit Ridge Zen ES CPU Benchmarks Leaked, Faster Than Intel Core i5-4670K in AotS

Up until this point, AMD has been all talk about their upcoming “Summit Ridge” Zen architecture based CPUs, but a recently leaked benchmark of two AMD Zen Engineering Sample CPUs in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database may have just confirmed some of AMD’s claims.

In the database, two Zen ES CPU unique identifiers popped up – 1D2801A2M88E4_32/28_N and 2D2801A2M88E4_32/28_N. Based on the unique identifiers it appears that the CPUs are both clocked at 2.8GHz base and 3.2GHz turbo, but the 1D variant significantly outperformed the 2D variant.

Although the full results of the leaked benchmarks have been pulled from the database at [...]

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August 6, 2016

PowerColor Launches Radeon RX 470 Red Devil

This week, PowerColor has launched the latest in their new lineup of Red Devil graphics cards which are based on AMD’s latest Polaris technology. The RX 470 Red Devil is based on the newly launched Radeon RX 470, which aims to bring excellent 1080p gaming performance to the mainstream markets.

PowerColor RX 470 Red Devil

The RX 470 Red Devil offers a dual-fan cooling solution, which utilizes a pair of 90mm dual ball bearing fans which feature PowerColor’s DoubleBlade III fan design for increased airflow and reduced dust accumulation. What’s most intriguing about the RX 470 Red Devil, is it seems to offer the highest factory overclock of any of the RX [...]

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July 29, 2016

AMD Launches RX 470 and RX 460 – Starting at $149 and $99

Today, AMD has officially detailed the specifications, pricing, and expected launch dates for their all-new Polaris based RX 470 and RX 460 GPUs which aim to cater to the mainstream gaming markets in the sub-$100-$200 price range. These new GPUs will complete their Polaris family of GPUs which also includes their higher-end RX 480 which was recently last month to rave reviews. We even got to take a look at it ourselves and came away very impressed.

RX 470 and RX 460 Officially Detailed

The RX 470 and RX 460 will be available on August 4th, and August 8th, respectively and priced starting at $149 for the RX 470 4GB, and $99 for the 2GB variant of the RX 460. Both models [...]

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July 23, 2016

Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Models Pictured

If you’re on a fairly tight budget and have been waiting for the cheaper Polaris cards to hit the market it looks like you may not have to wait too much longer. The Saphire branded RX 470 cards have been pictured below which reveal some additional details about the new cards.

Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Platinum and Nitro

Firstly, we have the Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Platinum Edition, which appears to be a mostly reference blower-style cooler, which looks nearly identical to that of the one found on the reference RX 480. However, the major difference here is the color scheme, Sapphire has opted for a fully black a silver design for this card, which matches their other [...]

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July 21, 2016

GIGABYTE Announces Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming Graphics Cards

Earlier this week, Gigabyte took the wraps off their Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming graphics cards, which both feature a fully non-reference design. The cards are available in both 4GB and 8GB models, meaning Gigabyte aims to accommodate multiple price segments.

GIGABYTE RX 480 G1 GAMING

Both the 4GB and 8GB models include Gigabyte’s well-known WINDFORXE 2X cooling system, which features a dual two 90 mm fans which are paired with three copper heat pipes which have direct contact with the GPU for increased heat dissipation. Airflow is enhanced by a unique fan blade design which Gigabyte claims will increase cooling capacity by as much as 23% while keeping noise to a [...]

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July 21, 2016

PowerColor Announces RX 480 RED DEVIL – Available July 29th for $269

Today, PowerColor has finally officially launched their fully custom Radeon RX 480 RED DEVIL, after a slew of leaks and rumors revealed many details about the card, including the design.

PowerColor RX 480 RED DEVIL 8GB

The PowwerColor RX 480 RED DEVIL features 8GB of GDDR5 memory with a memory clock speed of  2000MHz, which is the same as the reference RX 480 8GB, we recently reviewed.What is different from the reference model, however, is the GPU core clock which ships with a factory overclock of 1330MHz, which is up from 1266MHz for the reference card. While this isn’t as high of a factory OC as some of the rumors suggested, it is at least 30MHz higher than we are [...]

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July 7, 2016

AMD Releases Radeon Crimson 16.7.1 Driver – Addresses Power Issues with RX 480

As promised earlier this week, AMD has released a new driver for its brand new RX 480 graphics card which addresses the power concerns users were having with the card. The new driver comes just in time for the unveiling of NVIDIA’s GTX 1060, which is set to release on the 19th of July and go head-to-head with AMD’s value king.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.1 Highlights The Radeon™ RX 480’s power distribution has been improved for AMD reference boards, lowering the current drawn from the PCIe bus. A new “compatibility mode” UI toggle has been made available in the Global Settings menu of Radeon Settings. This option is designed to reduce total power [...]
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July 6, 2016

AMD Aims to Reduce RX480 Power Consumption With Upcoming Graphics Driver

AMD will be releasing a new driver that addresses “power gate” plaguing its Radeon RX 480 graphics card.

The AMD RX 480 made headlines not only with its leap in performance but also with its notoriety in excessive power consumption. According to several review sites, the RX 480 consumes more power than its rated Thermal Design Power (TDP). Concerns also stirred when testing showed that the reference card needed an 8-pin power connector instead of a 6-pin and that the card was drawing more power from the PCIe slot than the standard 75W it’s designed to supply.

AMD has claimed several times that it can be fixed with a driver update. Following [...]

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