After a 10 month journey, the Capsaicin board is (finally) among us. The birth of Radeon Pro Duo was a long one, and we detailed the journey from a product that was supposed to come to market as an R9 Fury X2 to one that AMD launched at the Capsaicin event on the first day of Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. In a way, this is one of first product launches created by the Radeon Technologies Group. Following up on the excellent Wraith heatsink, Radeon Pro Duo shows AMD / RTG will leave no stone unturned to revamp their product line-up and offer more to their customers.
AMD Drops Radeon R9 Nano price by 23%
When AMD announced the Radeon R9 Fury family, a lot of attention was given to R9 Nano, a brilliantly small and compact card targeting a rising market of HTPC and Compact Gaming PC’s – high performance, small size cases, utilizing feature-packed ITX motherboards. While R9 Nano received a lot of positive press, the actual product launch went down in flames with a lot of media outlets ‘going to the matresses’ with certain AMD PR and Executives who made a ‘selective reviews’ criteria and openly criticized members of the press. Even though we were not selected by AMD, as we are probably seen as publication you cannot ‘steer to’ send the message
AMD Radeon Fury X: Potential Supercomputing Monster?
When AMD launched its Fiji-based graphics cards, all eyes were focused on its performance in consumer applications such as computer games. And while the first results forced Nvidia to launch “Titan Lite” in the form of GeForce GTX 980 Ti, DirectX 12 benchmarks are starting to show different, brighter outlook for AMD, starting with Ashes of the Singularity. The focus of this article however, is its potential and usage in applications where Fiji GPU will be branded as Fire Pro, and Fire Pro S (Server) – where AMD can take an ASIC and upsell it to commercial clients, with full-speed enabled for Double Precision floating point
SK Hynix Invests $39 Billion in Three Mega Fabs
Consolidation is inevitable in every industry, yet today saw the announcement that trumps numerous hyped or just rumored acquisitions made to pump up the stock in western media. SK Hynix just made recent moves by industry giants such as Intel ($16.6 billion acquisition of Altera), TSMC, or Micron (rumored sub-23 billion acquisition by the Chinese) – look small. The company announced it will invest no less than 38.9 billion US dollars in a bid to become the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, a crown currently held by Taiwanese TSMC for logic chips and Samsung for DRAM/NAND memory chips. This investment is split into two parts, $26.9 billion to build two
AMD Launches More Affordable, Air Cooled R9 Fury
During E3 2015, AMD launched two lines of graphics cards: Radeon 300 Series and Fiji Series. Radeon 300 Series is mostly based on renaming the 200 Series, with boosted hardware (double the memory, increase the clocks) and software (say hello to Frame Rate Target Control and Virtual Super Resolution) capabilities. Fiji GPU is a completely different beast, with no less than five different products: Few weeks ago, AMD launched R9 Fury X, a liquid cooled version. Sadly, the card was only available in very limited volume and we were unable to obtain one for a review. Now, AMD launched the R9 Fury, an air-cooled version which is available through AMD partner network,
AMD to Go Private, Split into AMD and ATI Again?
Friday evening in the U.S. is typically the ideal time for a media outlet to break a story that could wreak havoc on Wall Street on Monday morning, leaving just the enough time to gather traction and positioning on search engines. Thomson Reuters probably did just that. Hot on the heels of successful APU and GPU announcements, with the launch of its “Carrizo” APU and Radeon 300 graphics cards, as well as breakthrough Fiji graphics processor; AMD’s stock finally started to post healthy gains. After being ‘in the wild’, losing 40% of its value over the past 12 months, falling to levels last seen in
AMD Next-Gen Cards Pictured: Meet Radeon R9 390, Fury X
As the official unveil is being prepared for June 16 at 9AM Pacific time, we are seeing more and more leaks of the next-gen parts. It is now obvious that the Radeon 300 series will be nothing more but an enhanced, ‘refreshed’ version of Radeon R9 200 series, while Radeon Fury and Fury X will make for completely new parts, heavily optimized for AR/VR world – and incredible performance in almost all applications. According to several forums and websites, this is what AMD will unveil in a day or so – still, take this with a grain of salt. AMD Radeon R9 390 Series: Can
AMD Fiji XT GPU Teaser
There is no doubt that AMD and NVIDIA will launch their ‘latest and greatest’ graphics cards in June 2015. While the exact schedule is lacking details, it is rumored that both companies will split their unveilings between Computex Taipei 2015 (June 2-5) and E3 2015 (June 16-18). AMD recently fired the first salvo, with a teaser trailer for its upcoming Fiji XT graphics card, high end model for the otherwise rebranded number of GPUs belonging to the ‘300’ series. As you can see on a leaked image from TechPowerUp, this board is going to be quite smaller than the previous high-end cards, even though it is
HP Outs AMD’s R9 380 in Promotional Materials
AMD is about to unveil its next-generation video cards.