Business, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

Is AMD or Isn't AMD Cutting Prices?

AMD Restructuring

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.

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Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Reviews

GeForce GTX 980 Review: More Performance at Lower Power

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

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

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Graphics, Hardware, VR World

AMD Announces Radeon R9 285 During Live Stream

AMD Restructuring

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

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Graphics, Hardware, VR World

After 30 Years of Graphics and Gaming, Radeon is at a Crossroads

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

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Analysis, Business, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

AMD Reports Expected Improvement in Q1 2014 Earnings

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

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3D, Business, Hardware

Germans test latest Matrox hardware

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

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Gaming, Graphics, Intel, Internet, Microsoft, Software Programs, VR World

STEAM: Intel, ATI gain users, AMD+Nvidia continue the negative trend

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.

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3D, Graphics, Hardware

Leaked GTX295 scores are genuine

Far Eastern site leaked first performance results of Nvidia’s answer to the awesome 4870X2. The name is GTX295, and it is based upon two 55nm GT206 chips and odd-numbered 1.79 GB of video memory.

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics, Hardware

UPDATED: Nvidia’s “deadly” flaw and how to fix it – no more squealing!

It is no secret that I am huge fan of Folding@Home project, or that I love to play computer games (when I find time :-(. Both of these activities put high amounts of strain on components inside the computer, and any weakness in product design can be easily discovered. This tale speaks of a company that makes great chips, but also has a serious design flaw: PCB design. As long as story about “Built by Nvidia” components was told, there were isolated cases of “squealing”. This squealing is caused by vibration of copper coils, and is not present on products designed by people that take

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, Memory & Storage Space

ANALYSIS: Why will GDDR5 rule the world?

This memory standard will become a pervasive memory during next four years in much more fields than “just” graphics. Just like GDDR3 ended up in all three consoles, network switches, cellphones and even cars and planes, GDDR5 brings a lot of new features that are bound to win more customers from different markets. Background The reason for development of radical ideas inside GDDR5 lies in the fact that ATI was looking at future GPU architectures, and concluded that the DRAM industry has to take a radical step in design and offer interface more flexible than any other memory standard. Then, ATI experienced huge issues with

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AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics

ATI vs. Nvidia: Payback is a beach

Following newly introduced Saturday Light Special, I’ve received an e-mail from anonymous source (yes, I know who you are 😉 ), linking to a YouTube video which portrays the fall of a cute little dinosaur named “G4saurus Defectus”. Pun is definitely intended, and personally, the world would be a better place if the author didn’t mention some of the things which ATI copied badly (anyone remembers the historical SNAFU patchwork called Crossfire pass-through cable… ah, right. Never existed), but the video is a laugh. Over the past several years, it looks like we haven’t seen anything but bashing of the red team, and now the

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics, Hardware

UPDATE: 55nm GT206 GPU powers both GTX290 and Quadro FX 5800

The honor of being the first product powered by 55nm G200-302 chip (a.k.a. GT206/212) went to Quadro FX 4800/5800, products that launched with a lot of fanfare earlier today. Besides Quadro FX 4800 and 5800, the new 55nm GPU will also power GeForce GTX 270 and 290. Essentially, we’re talking about the same parts. Quadro FX 4800 is nothing more but GTX270 with double the amount of video memory, while Quadro FX 5800 is equal to GTX290, but with four times the video memory. ATI is not sleeping, as the company is preparing an RV790 part , beefed-up version of already existing RV770 chip. G200-302

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Hardware

Power Color brings the “cool” to 4870 series with LCS model

I’ve just got word from Andre Santos, PR rep for most of EMEA region that his company finally entered the world of water-cooling products with style. TUL introduced LCS4870, or ATI Radeon 4870 with water-cooling block slapped on top of it. Engineers went at it, since the core clock is upped to 800 MHz, and memory is set at 950 MHz (3.8 GT/s or “GHz”). Of course, if you decide to void your warranty and install ATI Tool for massive overclocking, this water-block should help you into 1GHz GPU range, and memory should go to 1.1 GHz QDR (4.4 GT/s) and have bandwidth of 138

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3D, Graphics, Hardware

Nvidia relaunches 9600GSO, buyers beware

During previous conference call, Nvidia let analysts know that the company is in the middle of the transition to 55nm and that the future will bring only 55nm GPUs with a transition to 40nm at the end of Q1’09. First victim of this transition is GeForce 9600GSO. As you probably know, 9600GSO is without any doubt, best bang for buck – for as low as 50 bucks after rebate (where available), you can get a renamed 8800GT card with 112 or 96 shaders, and with a bit of cut-down memory controller (192-bits). These cards can overclock as hell, but just like previous GeForce4 Ti4200 and

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs

AMD’s Folding performance explained, future development revealed

Following the article about Top graphics cards for Folding@Home, it seems that I managed to get some doors opened and receive answers  from the people closely involved with the project. I had that luck of being contacted by people who were or still are involved with the project, and thus their answers were quite interesting. Names will remain unrevealed, of course.;-) In order to keep the clarity of the article, I’ve dumbed down some items that came up in discussions  – I will try to keep it both technical and simple. Impossible task, I know. Onto the matter then – the reason for ATI’s problems

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3D, AMD, Companies, Graphics, Intel

Some Radeon 5870 rumours are BS… some aren’t ;)

I’ve received word from a reader that some Germans wrote a story  containing details about RV870, e.g. Radeon “5870”. Neoseeker brought the translation forward , and while some parts make a lot of sense, some really don’t. First of all, the RV870 is supposed to be a 40nm part, but that’s not something that we didn’t know already. Both Nvidia and AMD are going to bring 40nm half-node parts first, followed by 32 and 28nm full-nodes. According to the story, the GPU is supposed to contain 25% more shaders than Radeon 4800 series, bringing the theoretical computational power to 1.5 TFLOPS. Well, you don’t need

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AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, Memory & Storage Space

Intel Core i7 965 Gallery – from Silicon to Benchmarks!

Following my yesterday’s article, I received news that GTX280 kicked the bucket so my friend decided to install the ATI Radeon HD 4870X2 as a replacement, and the machine is now working like a clockwork. I won’t go into fashion decisions, as I am not a big fan of acrylic cases, but I wish my friend all the best when it comes to cleaning up. When it comes to the CPU itself, Intel Core i7 965 (codename: Bloomfield) works at 1.6 GHz in SpeedStep mode, and works at 3.4 GHz by default. E.g. it works in ASUS motherboard at 3.4 GHz by default, since the

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Hardware, Intel

Sapphire’s 4850X2 shows some promise…

Time for custom-designed X2 boards has come. Sapphire Technologies is getting close to release of its own 4850X2, featuring no less than four DVI ports for connection to four possible displays. My colleagues from VR-Zone got a hand on a review sample and published first scores. The board scored a index of P12741 and X5728 in 3DMark Vantage, but bear in mind that the test system was Intel Core i7, so naturally the scores are a bit higher than current Core 2 setups. All in all, another interesting product arrives. But unlike Sapphire Atlantis 2600X2, which featured quite similar layout, this time AMD/ATI is standing

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, Software Programs

Nvidia’s $50 card destroys ATI’s $500 one or “Why ATI sucks in Folding?”

As you might already know, I am a bit enthusiastic when it comes to distributed computing. I’ve been looking for aliens through SETI@home, later with BOINC… but then, Folding@Home showed up and I became an enthusiast for this valuable project from Stanford University. My family had some share of dealings with Alzheimer’s (aka AD) and Parkinson’s diseases (aka PD) and I won’t go here into what psychological and ultimately financial stress that families around the world, including my own – have to endure. Folding@Home is also a project that pioneered the use of GPUs for distributed computing (if I am wrong on this one, feel

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3D, Hardware, Software Programs, VR World

Folding@Home team update, new stats page ;)

I’ve been a fan of distributed computing since late 1990s, with SETI@Home running on every computer that I ever had. However, the real attractive proposition to me was running distributed computing applications on graphics cards. GPUs are much more efficient in stream computing than any CPU you could find, and I’ve tried DC apps on computers with DEC Alpha, Intel Pentium onwards, AMD K6-II onwards etc etc., but biggest jump in performance was Folding@Home on ATI Radeon X1800XTX graphics card. With the launch of this blog and the new website, I’ve decided to launch a new group, number 69864. Current name is the name of

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