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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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July 30, 2016

XFX Radeon RX 470 Double Dissipation Leaked Ahead of Launch

It hasn’t been long since AMD launched the RX 460 and the RX 470 and early images of custom designed cards are already showing up online.

Thanks to Chinese tech site EXPreview, we have an early look at XFX’s RX 470 Double Dissipation custom designed graphics card. Measuring in at 24cm, or just under 10 inches, the card is fairly small as expected.

At the top, the card uses XFX’s Double Dissipation cooler which houses an aluminum fin block, what appears to be three heatpipes, and dual 80mm fans that may be removed for cleaning. At the bottom is a very nice looking backplate with the XFX logo that stretches across the length of the [...]

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June 29, 2016

Review: AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB – Polaris Finally Arrives!

… Polaris 10 out of 10.

It would be a fair assumption that AMD named its new GPU after one of the brightest stars in the night sky because to them, that’s exactly what this new GPU is. Huge strides have been made in its engineering, including a brand new architecture based on the new Samsung/GlobalFoundries 14nm FinFET process.

Over the past few years, AMD has been making aggressive pushes into the mainstream PC gaming market. With an all-new ad campaign entitled “The Uprising”, which encourages gamers to join the “Radeon Rebellion” – this Rebellion, of course refers to the fact that AMD has decided that instead of debuting an all-new [...]

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June 13, 2016

AMD Unveils Radeon RX 470, RX 460 Graphics Cards At PC Gaming Show

Ever since AMD showed off its Radeon RX 480 at Computex 2016, gamers have been eagerly waiting to see the rest of its lineup. And what better place to show off the whole family than the gaming event dedicated to PC gamers?

At the AMD sponsored PC Gaming show, AMD CEO Lisa Su unveiled some additional members of the RX 400 series graphics cards. Newly joining the RX 480 is the RX 470 and the RX 460.

Nothing was said about the RX 470 besides that it would target 1080p gaming at 60Hz. Based on that bit of info alone, it’s a good guess that it will be powered by the Polaris 10 GPU. Since the RX 460 was announced to carry a TDP of >75W, we can also [...]

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May 31, 2016

Computex 2016: AMD Officially Announces Radeon RX 480 GPU – $199, VR Gaming Ready

During AMD’s press conference at Computex 2016 in Taipai, the company unveiled their first GPU to utilize the company’s all new Polaris graphics architecture. Dubbed the RX 480, the new card is targeted at the mainstream graphics segment and priced at just $199.

AMD Announces RX 480 VR Ready Graphics Card

With the new Radeon RX 480, AMD aims to bring VR gaming to the masses with an under $200 price point. The company even demoed the two of the new GPUs running in CrossFireX playing Stardock’s Ashes of Singularity, in DX12. The cards were compared against NVIDIA’s recently released flagship GTX 1080, and managed to deliver better performance [...]

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May 13, 2016

AMD Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 Radeon 400 Series Specifications Possibly Leaked

TechPowerUp has reported that an unnamed “industry source” has have revealed to them some detailed specifications of AMD’s two upcoming GPUs, based on next generation GCN 4.0 (Graphics CoreNext) architecture, which is codenamed Polaris. The two GPUs, which AMD codenamed Polaris 10 and Polaris 11, are reportedly targeting both the performance and mainstream segments, respectively.

Starting with the performance segment chip, which has been commonly referred to as “Ellsmere,” this GPU is reported to feature up to 32 compute units or CUs.  If this is correct, and each CU consists of 64 stream processors (SPs) as previous generation [...]

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May 3, 2016

Review: XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB – Bringing Reference Style Back

… Blast from the past

In 2013, the largest iPhone you could buy was  just 4 inches, the average price for a gallon of gas was $3.50, and VR gaming was a thing of the future. Kind of hard to believe how much has changed in just three years, huh? Well, one thing that fans and critics of AMD alike will no doubt also remember from that year was the release of AMD’s flagship Radeon R9 290 series of GPUs, along with their now infamous reference cooler. AMD’s reference cooler for many at the time was just too loud and was also unable to cool down their beastly graphics cards for long gaming sessions. It is likely because of this that when AMD launched the refreshed Radeon [...]

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January 21, 2016

AMD Reportedly Plans to Cut Prices of Radeon R9 Fury Graphics Cards

Recently, we reported that AMD had cut prices of its Radeon R9 Nano graphics card in order to better position it in the market. It seems that AMD may be doing the same thing with the Nano’s more powerful sibling, the air-cooled Radeon R9 Fury, which is the firm’s second most powerful single GPU graphics card, after their flagship, water-cooled R9 Fury X.

Sources Say AMD To Cut Prices Of R9 Fury GPUs

The news comes courtesy of KitGuru, which claims to have a source with information on the upcoming price cut. It also says that while the cuts are due to hit immediately, AMD is still mulling over exactly how much to drop the card in price. With the Fury’s closet [...]

 
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January 4, 2016

AMD Reveals Next Gen GCN 4.0 Architecture, aka Polaris

Today, AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group is finally revealing their 4th generation GCN GPU architecture, aka Polaris.

AMD’s Polaris architecture will include a number of new improvements to the previous generation GCN architecture including a primitive discard accelerator, hardware scheduler, instruction pre-fetch, improved shader efficiency and improved memory compression algorithm. Along with that is also support for HDMI 2.0a as well as DisplayPort 1.3. 4K/60FPS H.265 hardware encode/decode will also be built into the chip.

The biggest improvement to the Polaris architecture however is power efficiency, which [...]

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November 24, 2015

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition Drivers

Today, AMD has released one of its most anticipated software releases in recent years and possibly the most significant graphics driver release in the company’s history. The Radeon Software Crimson Edition features an all-new design, performance optimizations and a slew of new features for Radeon users. You can download the software here.

The new software replaces the aging Catalyst Control Center and gives users access to all the features they’d expect from CCC, as well as a few additions from Raptr’s Gaming Evolved software, including Game Optimization Profiles. It also promises to load up 10x faster than the aforementioned Catalyst Control Center, [...]

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November 5, 2015

Review: EVGA GTX 950 FTW – Best Budget 1080p Gaming GPU?

Premium Build Quality for Under $200

Back in August, NVIDIA launched their GeForce GTX 950, which is the first of their 900 series cards to be priced in the budget market. Before its release, users shopping for an NVIDIA graphics card would either have to shell out at least $200 for the GTX 960, or make due with the aging GTX 750 and 750 Ti. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of the more premium GTX 950 models available on the market, the EVGA GTX 950 FTW.

With the GTX 950, NVIDIA finally rounds out their GTX 900 series lineup, leaving only a gap in pricing between the GTX 970 and the GTX 960. This would likely be filled with either a possible GTX 960 Ti, or a price [...]

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November 5, 2015

Rumor: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition To Launch on November 24th

Recently, we detailed the announcement of AMD’s upcoming Radeon Crimson edition graphics software, which is set to replace their aging Catalyst Control Center. The new software will have features similar to that of NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience, with driver updates, and game management and optimization features. A recent leak from Zolkorn has reported that the company will officially release the software to the public on the 24th of November, which is much earlier than some had anticipated. Of course, this has not yet been confirmed by AMD.

While it is expected to be accompanied by a driver which features only minor performance improvements compared to [...]

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