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April 28, 2017

New AMD Radeon Software Boosts Performance By Up to 7% in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

The newly released AMD Radeon Software Beta 17.4.4 brings performance optimizations for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, boosting the performance of the RX 580 by up to 7% at 1440p, compared to the previous version 17.4.3 that was released alongside the RX 500 series. This substantial increase allows performance to push past the 60 FPS threshold, which is crucial to delivering a smooth gameplay experience.

Other fixes include:

Some displays may experience corruption when using HDMI® scaling. Battlefield™1 may experience stuttering in Multi GPU mode with 4K display resolutions when using DirectX®11. HDR colors may appear incorrect in Mass Effect™: [...]
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April 27, 2017

AMD Integrates Ryzen Power Patch in Latest v17.10 Chipset Drivers

AMD is continuing to deliver on their promise to improve Ryzen’s performance. The newest chipset drivers (v17.10) now integrate AMD’s Ryzen Balanced Power Plan.

The new power plan will reduce the latency for the CPU to transition between p-states (power states) for those who want to use a balanced power plan. Previously, when using the Windows balanced power profile, the transition can take up to 30ms depending on the situation and the only fix available was to set Windows to utilize the high-performance power profile. The reason for this is because Windows did not properly support Ryzen’s power management features and by setting the power profile to [...]

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April 19, 2017

PowerColor Launches Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 Red Devil and Red Dragon GPUs

With the release of the Radeon RX 500 series, PowerColor has just launched a variety of new graphics cards based on the Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 GPUs. Keeping in line with the theme of their RX 400 series graphics cards, the new cards will be dubbed Red Devil and Red Dragon, with the former offering higher factory overclocks and superior cooling solutions at a bit of a price premium.

PowerColor Radeon RX 580 Red Devil and Red Dragon

Starting with the RX 580 Red Devil Golden Sample (pictured above), which is the top of the company’s top of the line, heavily factory-overclocked model featuring a three-slot cooling solution with dual fans. It features a [...]

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April 7, 2017

AMD Releases Ryzen Balanced Power Plan to Improve Performance, Reduce Power Consumption in Ryzen CPUs

Although AMD’s Ryzen CPUs launched to a rocky start, AMD has shown that they’re fiercely working on improving the platform, releasing three community updates within just a few weeks of the initial Ryzen 7 launch.

One of the issues that had been plaguing early Ryzen adopters is that the Windows 10 default “Balanced” power profile isn’t optimized to properly utilize Ryzen’s power saving capabilities which resulted in reduced performance with the Balanced power profile engaged. The reason for this is because with the Windows Balanced Power Plan, Windows sets higher thresholds and longer timers for transitions across P-states, and [...]

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April 6, 2017

AMD Radeon RX 580, RX 570, RX 550 Early 3D Mark Scores Leaked, Appears to be Rebranded RX 400 Series Graphics Cards

New leaks have surfaced regarding several of AMD’s upcoming RX 500 series graphics cards. According to the latest information, there are expected to be three SKUs in the lineup: the Radeon RX 580, the Radeon RX 570, and the Radeon RX 550.

The Radeon RX 580 is likely a rebrand of the Radeon RX 480 with additional power improvements. Like the RX 480, the RX 580 will use a Polaris 10 GPU clocked at 1,340MHz paired with either 4GB or 8GB of GDDR5 memory. The card is expected to feature 2,304 SMPs, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The leaked 3DMark Firestrike bench shows that the GPU is running at 1,500MHz, a higher frequency than the RX 480.

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April 3, 2017

Nvidia Driver May Cause Inconsistent Benchmark Results in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Youtube channel AdoredTV recently uncovered a potential shortcoming in Nvidia’s drivers which can cause performance dips when a Nvidia graphics card is paired with a Ryzen CPU.

When paired with a Nvidia graphics card, AMD’s Ryzen 1800X falls short – sometimes by as much as 40% – when compared to an Intel Core i7-7700K running Rise of the Tomb Raider. GPU statistics collected during benchmark runs reveal that the Ryzen-based system wasn’t pushing the GPU to 100%, causing it to lag behind the Intel-based system. This was consistent in both DX 11 and DX 12 benchmarks. Normally, this would indicate a bottleneck on the CPU, which was strange [...]

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March 28, 2017

AMD Ryzen 16-Core CPU, 12-Core CPU in the Works: Features Using Multiple Dies on MCM

Recently, the rumormill has been spinning after it was revealed that AMD may be introducing an even higher end desktop CPU with 12 and 16-cores based on AMD’s new Zen based architecture. A recent article posted by Turkish technology site, DonanimHaber, provided some new details regarding the upcoming processors.

According to the article, AMD will be releasing a 16-core, 32-thread and a 12-core, 24-thread Zen based CPU by combining multiple AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” CPUs in what’s called a MCM, or Multi-Chip Module. In the 16-core, 32-thread CPU, two full Ryzen 8-core dies are combined while the 12-core, 24-thread CPU will combine two Ryzen 6-core [...]

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March 16, 2017

AMD Releases ReLive 17.3.2 Beta Drivers, Boosts Radeon RX480 Performance by up to 12%

AMD recently released the beta version of the latest Radeon Software Crimson 17.3.2.

Among other improvements, the new driver update claims to improve performance of the AMD Radeon RX 480 by as much as 12% compared to the previous driver release, Radeon Software Crimson 17.3.1. Other improvements include support for Mass Effect: Andromeda as well as fixes for The Division and For Honor.

Those interested in trying out Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.3.2 can download it from AMD’s website here. However, be warned. As they’re beta drivers, they also come with quite an extensive list of known issues as well.

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March 15, 2017

AMD Ryzen 5 Details Leaked: 4-Core, 6-Core CPUs Starting at $169, Launching April 11

In a recent article that appears to have been recently pulled, hardware site Guru3D leaked the entire lineup of AMD Ryzen 5 series processors ahead of its April 11 launch.

According to the article, AMD will launch four new models under the Ryzen 5 series lineup including the Ryzen 5 1600X, Ryzen 5 1600, Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1400.

 

Ryzen 5 CPU Lineup

The Ryzen 5 1600X will be the flagship Ryzen 5 SKU. It’ll sport 6 cores and 12 threads, feature a base clock of 3.6GHz with a turbo up to 4.0GHz and XFR up to 4.1GHz. TDP is expected to be 95W. Pricing is expected to be $249.

The Ryzen 5 1600 will be similar to the Ryzen 5 1600X [...]

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March 13, 2017

AMD Issues Update on Ryzen Addressing Thread Scheduling, Temperature Reporting, Power Plans, and SMT

In a recent blog post, AMD’s Robert Hallock recently posted an update on some of the big issues currently surrounding the new Ryzen processor including thread scheduling, temperature reporting, power plans, and SMT.

 

Thread Scheduling

Previously some media outlets reported that there may be an issue with the Windows 10 thread scheduler and Ryzen, but it appears that the thread scheduler is actually working properly in Windows 10. This has been verified Sysinternals Coreinfo v3.31 topology logs and the only reason an issue was believed to have existed is because an older version of Sysinternals Coreinfo was used.

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