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This afternoon at 4PM (16:00) AMD will be hosting a live stream from Twitch to celebrate their 30th year in the tech industry making graphics cards. The company will be showcasing new products and technologies, AMD’s Richard Huddy will be interviewing key people from the company on the show and there may be a giveaway or two to anyone who watches the live stream on Twitch itself. If you can’t make it, I’ll have a summary up later detailing all the things that went down.

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A new rumor is doing the rounds courtesy of Xbit Labs, who reported that AMD would be announcing a processor price drop on 1 September  as well as introducing a few new chips to the market, namely the FX-8370, FX-8370E and FX-8320E. These will join the recently re-launched FX-9590 which now comes bundled with a water cooler and the FX-8300, which was previously a OEM-only part. The E-variants of these chips will boost to their original clock speeds, but within the new 95W TDP that AMD is putting these chips under. AMD has a big issue with energy efficiency at the moment and underclocking these processors is the only way they can achieve lower heat levels and power use. Keep that salt near you.

Source: Xbit Labs

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It’s been a long time coming and AMD is pretty much ready to step away from the first generation graphics architecture that set them on their current course. Graphics Core Next debuted with the launch of the Radeon HD7970 on 9 January 2012.  It morphed into the HD7970 GHz edition before being cut down slightly and re-sold as the Radeon R9 280X. This is the first time that a GPU from AMD has lasted this long and it’s high time that a fresh set of hardware is launched. The next step on the way to GCN 2.0 is the R9 285 belonging to the Tonga GPU family and according to recent rumors and leaks, it’s going to be quite unlike the Tahiti-based R9 280/280X we’re normally used to.

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Discussing the future of AMD has almost become a global sport, with everyone chiming in with their ideas of how things will play out or how they should be run. I’m guilty of that at times as much as anyone else – ideally I’d like to see AMD succeed and return to the days when the Phenom II and K10 and K10.5 architectures were still competitive with the Core 2 and Core families from Intel, but it isn’t a realistic possibility. The landscape has changed so drastically that those golden years of the late 90’s and 2006 specifically (when Intel couldn’t make enough Core 2 Duo processors to satisfy demand) are long gone. Intel had their struggling time with the Pentium 4 and they walked out of that one relatively intact.

It’s AMD’s turn now to close the book on Bulldozer and all its derivatives and look to the future, to a fresh start.

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AMD seems to be working really hard to maintain a positive public image and one of the things it’s been doing recently is touting the advantages of an all-AMD system (yes, there are a few). But for the brand-obsessed, particularly if you like matching up hardware from the same vendor that’s supposed to gel well together, AMD has another piece of the PC puzzle under the Radeon brand – solid state drives made by OCZ.

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AMD’s in a bit of a lull this time of year and there isn’t much interesting happening. To fill in the gaps between whenever they launch new GPUs in the months of September/October and their recent launch of the rest of the Kaveri APUs, they are pushing out another two chips, this time for socket FM2+ and socket AM3+. The Athlon X4 860K is a replacement for the outgoing Athlon X4 760K and the FX-8300 bridges in the price gap between the FX-6350 and the FX-8320.

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Although AMD’s Kaveri family has been available to the public for some time now, that’s only been in the form of the A10-7850K and the A10-7700K, two unlocked quad-core chips that pack a lot of processing power, but locally don’t have the kind of price-competitiveness that is required to make any inroads against Intel. Internationally it’s a different story, as AMD’s APUs with or without discrete graphics do very well in the budget markets, with the FX CPU lineup doing particularly well as budget workhorses and tweakable rigs. Today AMD finally announced the launch of the A10-7800, A8-7600 and the A6-7400K. Hit the jump to see what the fuss is about.

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There’s a rumor doing the rounds on the internet that Rockstar’s epic Grand Theft Auto V will land on PC with support for AMD’s Mantle API, among other unreleased or unannounced titles currently in development. Although this seems a bit odd to have a developer which hasn’t been PC-centric of late to adopt something as technically challenging as Mantle, some of the games listed in this rumor do make sense to see Mantle support. Get buckets of salt for this one, though, you’re going to need it after the jump.

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One of AMD’s tenets to their evolution in the hardware is that adoption of HSA, or heterogeneous software acceleration needs to be pushed more into the public sphere. HSA is a collection of software and hardware technologies that work together to accelerate software that can take advantage of both CPU and GPU resources. HSA has many applications in a lot of different industries, from gaming to CAD work and even things like weather prediction. The goal here is to get the CPU and GPU working together in the most efficient way with all available system resources, pushing much of the multi-threaded code onto the graphics hardware while single-threaded portions of code get chewed up by the CPU.

To help this movement, the HSA Foundation works with manufacturers and software vendors to help their developments along and recently AMD published a brand new HSA driver for the Linux kernel.

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Whilst Nvidia’s Maxwell family only applies to the GTX750 Ti and the GTX750, it’s not going to be the only one. Later in the year we can expect a complete rollout of GPUs based on the 28-nanometer process, with further tweaks to Maxwell’s architecture to make it even more efficient on larger dies. AMD is set to hit back sooner with Tonga, a revamped version of the Tahiti family that makes up the Radeon HD7870XT, HD7950, HD7970, R9 280 and R9 280X.

Tonga will be a more efficient version of the GCN silicon, with VR-Zone China expecting it to pack in as much power as the R9 280X in the same power envelope as the Radeon R9 270X. VR-Zone reports that the card may have up to 2048 GCN-based stream processors, 128 texture units, 32 ROPs, a 256-bit memory bus and between 2-4GB of GDDR5 memory. With those specs, it’s closer to the Geforce GTX760, which is a cut-down, more efficient version of the GTX680.

Source: VR-Zone China


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