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September 21, 2016

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2 Drivers for Forza Horizon 3

Earlier today, we reported on NVIDIA releasing their Game Ready drivers for GeForce graphics cards in time for the release of Forza Horizon 3: Ultimate Edition, which launches tomorrow (pre-loads available now). AMD has answered back with their own driver updates in the form of the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 19.9.2 which are tailored for Forza Horizon 3.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2

Along with support for the new title, the latest drivers also include a number of fixes for issues which users may have faced with previous version, these include the following:

Fixed Issues

Intermittent mouse cursor corruption may be experienced on some Radeon RX [...]
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August 31, 2016

AMD, GlobalFoundries Amend Multi-Year Wafer Supply Agreement

AMD recently announced that they’ve entered into an agreement with GlobalFoundries to amend some terms of their current Wafer Supply Agreement.

According to AMD, the WSA amendment will take effect between calendar year 2016 to 2019. It’ll establish a framework of collaboration between AMD and GlobalFoundries for the 7nm mode. AMD will now gain the option of manufacturing certain products with another foundry. It also sets annual wafer purchase targets and prices from 2016 through 2020.

In exchange for these new terms, AMD will make a $100 million cash payment to GlobalFoundries paid in installments beginning 4Q2016 through 3Q2017. AMD [...]

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August 29, 2016

AMD Vega GPU Confirmed 1H2017, Summit Ridge CPU 1Q2017

Ever since AMD’s launch of their Polaris GPUs back in June, there have been rumors that the launch of AMD’s high end GPU, codename Vega, would be pushed up for a 4Q2016 launch to better compete with Nvidia’s offerings. This was further fueled by a recent picture which was leaked by AMD’s own marketing director who described the location as Vega’s launch venue.

However, recent slides from AMD’s latest investor presentation suggests that a Vega launch before the end of the year may not be possible. According to the slide, AMD “Will launch ‘Vega’ for the enthusiast market in 1H 2017”. While this is [...]

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August 25, 2016

AMD Announces New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Building in Santa Clara

It’s no secret that AMD is doing a lot better than they were for many years. They recently launched several great new graphics cards, their upcoming Zen CPUs are looking quite promising, they’ve won custom design contracts for both Playstation and Xbox, and their stock has practically tripled since last year.

With all this success, it’s only natural that a new headquarters is needed to house the new and improved AMD, and that’s exactly what they did.

According to a recent announcement, AMD entered into a long-term lease agreement with The Irvine Company for the new Santa Clara Square building which will be the site for [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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