This week started with a milestone announcement of Japanese SoftBank moving in to acquire ARM Holdings for a record $32 billion. Many analysts lamented that the takeover was a result of Brexit, even though everyone in their right minds should know that negotiations of this magnitude take years and typically are made in complete silence for 6-18 months (due dilligence and all that jazz). However, this might not be the only acquisition in the modest pool of British semiconductor players. As we reported on multiple occasions, Intel is reorganizing, i.e. restructuring the company. As a part of that reorganization, the company performed no less than three rounds
When Raja Koduri, Chief Architect at Radeon Technologies Group and Senior VP at AMD unveiled the $199 Radeon RX 480 during Computex Taipei 2016 conference, a lot of eyebrows were raised at how AMD was able to obtain the price that low. The reasoning is simple – there will be two RX 480 boards – 4GB and 8GB. Four gigs are 199, while eight will set you back for $30 more ($229). The $199 price point might result in amazing sales results in China, given the markets RX Series is targeting. All these prices are valid for reference design boards, while the custom boards might reach
At the inaugural edition of North American Dreamhack conference, Electronic Arts and DICE launched Battlefield 1, while Nvidia unveiled their first Pascal-based consumer cards, the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070. Both cards set to offer record-breaking performance per watt, and that performance enabled Nvidia to price the parts above its predecessors. In this article, we will analyze the key elements that make second Pascal chip (GP104) even more efficient than the GP100 (Tesla P100). While the performance results are under NDA until the May 17th (expect a tidal wave of reviews from usual suspects), we are now digging into the architecture that makes GeForce GTX 1080 ‘a screamer’. Pascal GPU architecture
EA today launched a landing page for the World Premiere of next generation of Battlefield. On May 6th, 2016 at 1 PM Pacific, 4PM Eastern and 9PM British Summer Time, Electronic Arts will hold a live stream announcing the Battlefield 5. This will be the 11th title since this franchise launched in 2002, and probably the most expected one. Star Wars: Battlefront was quite a disappointment and not a single Battlefield title managed to beat Call of Duty from the throne of annual-to-bi-annual franchises that storm the bestselling charts. At the same time, Nvidia is hosting its secretive meeting where the selected invitees will be introduced to GP104 and GP106,
AMD announced their impressive roster of state-of-the-art DirectX 12 games and engines, each with extensive tuning for the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture at the heart of modern Radeon GPUs. This marks another milestone in the quest to adhere to newer game/application requests, creating a great showcase of performance and visual appeal. This also provides owners of the newest AMD Radeon graphic cards a chance to fully utilize all the advancements of DirectX 12 games, engines and design. This news comes in mid of recent talk and rumors about potential developments by AMD in the field of processors and graphics, giving the fans of the brand
AMD announced on Monday that it has teamed up with game developer studio Crytek to provide colleges and universities with hardware and software for dedicated virtual reality (VR) labs. AMD said it will fork over new Radeon Pro Duo graphics cards to these labs as well as the LiquidVR SDK, which will be provided for free thanks to the GPUOpen initiative. AMD’s hardware and software offering is part of Crytek’s “VR First” initiative, which was established to provide educational institutions a “ready-made” VR solution for researchers, developers, and students. The studio, famous for its CRYENGINE solution and games such as Crysis 3 and Far Cry,
When AMD introduced its Fiji GPU family, the company said that the innovations put into the GPU will give solid performance in applications of today, but that they will ‘kick ass’ as soon as future applications begin to appear. Precisely, two high ranked AMD executives we talked to openly discussed their focus on DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality. As Fiji approached the launch date, NVIDIA countered by launching GeForce GTX 980 Ti, i.e. a $1000 Titan X card with half the memory – for 35% less. Overall winners were gamers, who got an incredible choice, high performing parts for (more) affordable prices. Depending on who you like, you could build
Update March 17th, 2016 16:52 GMT – The AMD R9 Nano x2 was the performance achieved by Radeon Pro Duo. We have discussed the SteamVR benchmark with Valve and they are working on expanding the benchmark score to incorporate more frames. The Fidelity test will stay just that (“Crank it up to 11”), but the benchmark will be enhanced to factor in the developments of graphics hardware. We will follow up as more developments around SteamVR happen. Original Article: Over the past three weeks, we saw two VR vendors releasing their tests to check can your machine deliver an optimal VR experience or not. As it goes, one vendor (Oculus) did
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
Just like in the world of sports, there is a lot of personal and below-the-belt attacks on companies we report about, and quite often the heated exchanges happen about Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo consoles, or if we go down to the chip level – discussions about Intel, AMD or Nvidia (interestingly though, we don’t see Qualcomm receiving a lot of flak). Recently, we saw a lot of heated media coverage and comments criticizing the company’s decision to rebrand some of its silicon again, now into the Radeon 300 Series moniker. As a part of its 2015 line-up, some Radeon 300 Series parts are based on silicon
While VR World is currently working on a detailed series of analysis into how AMD is changing its future by unveiling a completely new product line-up, we were informed by the company’s representatives that the company decided to lift the embargo on performance data for the AMD Radeon Fury X earlier than expected. Thus, while you wait for the architectural analysis of the part (this article will be updated in due course), we are pleased to bring you details from the AMD Radeon Fury X Review Guide, which contains internal performance data of this new, $649 graphic card. This price pitches liquid cooled Radeon Fury X
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
AMD wants to make Catalyst lighter on the CPU side.
AMD has been sending mixed signals about whether or not they are actually cutting the prices of its high-end GPUs for consumers as a response to Nvidia.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 is Nvidia’s latest and greatest graphics card featuring the company’s new Maxwell GPU architecture. Nvidia claims that Maxwell is able to maintain performance while delivering better power efficiency. Sure, the Kepler architecture brought some amazing improvements when compared to the infamous Fermi architecture, but it was less revolutionary than the Maxwell architecture which debuted last year in the GTX 750 Ti. Below, you can see a single SMM block diagram of the Maxwell architecture, followed by the full GM-204 architecture. Keep in mind that this is not the full-blown version of Maxwell. The GeForce GTX 980 is based upon Nvidia’s GM-204 GPU
In a live event streamed from AMD’s office in Austin hosted by Richard Huddy, AMD announced the Radeon R9 285 and giving the company’s most recent Hawaii architecture a modified and more affordable version. This card is clearly AMD’s attempt to attack Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 760. The card is intended to replace the R9 280 (Tahiti Pro) card in AMD’s lineup. According to specs released by AMD, the card will have 1,792 Stream Processors, a 918 MHz clock, 2GB of memory clocked at 5.5 GHz on a 256-bit wide memory interface, 32 ROPs and 112 texture units. The card is said to offer 3.29 TFLOPS
Later this week AMD will hold a birthday celebration, in honor of 30 years of innovation in graphics and gaming at both AMD and its GPU predecessor ATI. The event, hosted by the company’s Chief Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy, looks back at what the company — and its predecessor in the GPU world ATI — have done with gaming, graphics and GPUs evolving from the VGA Wonder and Mach8 to the Radeon 290X and APU. But the days of the perpetual graphics card arms race, the drive to push performance from these boards, may soon be coming to a close. A recent report by JPR
After Intel reported their earnings for the first quarter of 2014, many people expected AMD’s earnings to mirror that of Intel’s or to do worse. Well, by the looks of it, AMD’s earnings have mirrored that of Intel’s in terms of remaining fairly stable and ensuring that their core business is strong. AMD reported a net loss of $20 million (or a non-GAAP profit of $12 million) on $1.4 billion in revenue which translates to a loss per share of about $0.02 or a non-GAAP profit per share of about $0.02. Wall Street’s estimates for AMD’s non-GAAP earnings were at an EPS of $0.00 and
Point a finger at your brain and ask yourself, when was the last time you heard about a review of a Matrox graphics card? Yep, my thoughts exactly… see, telepathy works. 🙂 Courtesy of legendary German site 3DCenter.Org, we can see what Matrox is actually… manufacturing these days. Fellow journalists spent some time with Matrox M9125 graphics card, and compared it to graphics cards from ATi, Nvidia, Intel and S3. Five-vendor GPU test… when was the last time you saw something like this? Agree, trip down the memory lane… Anyways, the boards that this card tested against were Radeon 3450, X4500, GeForce 7300GT and 8400GS
Like a clockwork, Steam released its hardware survey for December 2008. A lot of interesting gains with the biggest winners being Intel processors, ATI graphics cards and Windows Vista operating system.