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New DirectX 11 vs. DirectX 12 comparison shows uneven results, limited improvements

Posted on 03/23 13:06 in Shows | 0

For the last few years, there’s been an ongoing debate about the benefits and advantages (or lack thereof) surrounding DirectX 12.The answer to whether DirectX 12 was better or worse than DirectX 11 boils down to “It depends.

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AMD Ryzen 7 Series Processors Show Significant Performance Gains With New Software Optimizations

Posted on 03/31 18:10 in Deals | 0

Two things happened when AMD launched its highly-anticipated Ryzen 7 series processors last month.But amongst the myriad of performance data, were lower-resolution game benchmarks that cast Ryzen in a poor light.

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Intel CEO admits to industry-wide conspiracy to slow CPU advances, kill frequency boosts

Posted on 04/01 14:05 in Shows | 0

“We actually got the idea from Craig Barrett,” said Krzanich, referring to Intel’s CEO from 1998 – 2005.“Back in the late 1990s, the Pentium 4 was controversial because it dramatically increased clock speeds without delivering a corresponding performance improvement.

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AMD announces low-power processor for tablet, smartphone markets

Posted on 04/01 15:54 in Shows | 0

When AMD announced Ryzen, it made it clear that the chip would hit the desktop market first, followed by server and mobile APUs.Analysts and reviewers have broadly praised the architecture, but some fans have asked why AMD hasn’t moved into the tablet and smartphone space?

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Apple finally upgrades the Mac Pro, admits the trash can design sucks

Posted on 04/04 20:47 in Shows | 0

Just over four years ago, Apple unveiled a new Mac Pro that it swore would reinvent the concept of a workstation.Today, the company finally took a small step towards upgrading the current Mac Pro design, but it also acknowledged what we’ve all known for years — the trash can aesthetic of the 2013 Mac Pro make it a serious pain to work with.

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Total War: Warhammer's Bretonnia patch boosts performance on AMD Ryzen CPUs

Posted on 04/05 16:08 in Shows | 0

Last week, the Total War: Warhammer team released a new patch, codenamed Bretonnia.While they didn’t specifically discuss any kind of new features in the patch notes, testing shows that the update significantly improved performance on AMD’s new Ryzen microprocessors.

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Google's dedicated TensorFlow processor, or TPU, crushes Intel, Nvidia in inference workloads

Posted on 04/06 16:13 in Shows | 0

Several years ago, Google began working on its own custom software for machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads, dubbed TensorFlow.Now, Google has released some performance data for their TPU and how it compares to Intel’s Haswell CPUs and Nvidia’s K80 (Kepler-based) data center dual GPU.

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AMD Acquires IP And Acquihires Nitero Team, Maker Of 60 Ghz Wireless Chips For VR/AR

Posted on 04/10 15:01 in Deals | 0

Today AMD announced the company acquired the IP and acquihired all the employees of Austin-based Nitero.Austin-based Nitero is one of the few companies in the world capable of supplying 60 GHz mmWave radio technologies for something like wireless VR.

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Nvidia claims Pascal GPUs would challenge Google's TensorFlow TPU in updated benchmarks

Posted on 04/10 21:17 in Shows | 0

Last week, we covered Google’s internal benchmarks of its own TPU, or tensor processing unit.Here’s Nvidia: Nvidia’s claim that the TPU has 13x the performance of K80 is provisionally true, but there’s a snag.

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AMD buys into wireless VR: Is it the start of something bigger?

Posted on 04/11 13:47 in Shows | 0

Now, it has acquired Nitero, maker of chips for wireless streaming of VR content to further bulwark its position.There are a number of competitors working on wireless VR — we’ve covered both Vive partner TPCAST and MIT’s MoVR research project.

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AMD's Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X reviewed: Taking the fight against Intel to the midrange market

Posted on 04/11 15:36 in Shows | 0

We have two of the new parts on-tap today — the Ryzen 5 1500X, with an MSRP of $189, and the Ryzen 5 1600X, with an MSRP of $249.Like Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 is aggressively targeting Intel’s price points and market position.

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Microsoft's Project Scorpio picks up FreeSync, but VR support remains hazy

Posted on 04/17 13:33 in Shows | 0

Last week we discussed the new Project Scorpio Xbox refresh, and what the enhanced gaming capabilities can do in terms of 4K and VR support.The original Xbox One isn’t thought to have put as much emphasis on HSA as the PS4 did, but Xbox Scorpio could change that, too.

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AMD's RX 580 reviewed: AMD takes the fight to the GTX 1060, with mixed results

Posted on 04/18 15:26 in Shows | 0

We’ll cover the other announcements, like the RX 550, RX 560, and RX 570 in a separate post.In this review, we’re diving into the RX 580 and how it performs relative to 2016’s RX 480 and the GTX 1060.

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AMD refreshes its budget, midrange cards with the RX 560 and RX 570, launches new Polaris 12-based RX 550

Posted on 04/18 23:02 in Shows | 0

While our review focuses on the RX 580, AMD is also shipping new SKUs for the RX 460 and 470, as well as a new part, the RX 550.The RX 560 and RX 570 are both iterative improvements of the RX 460 and RX 470 GPUs AMD launched nearly a year ago.

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Flashing your RX 480 GPU to an RX 580 BIOS is a really bad idea

Posted on 04/20 16:22 in Shows | 0

According to Overclock3D, some users are flashing their older RX 480s with an updated RX 580 BIOS and discovering that this can work as well.There are two major problems with flashing an RX 480 to behave like an RX 580.

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Unofficial Patch Unblocks Windows 7 and 8.1 Updates for Kaby Lake and Ryzen

Posted on 04/20 20:50 in Shows | 0

It should be hard for Microsoft to make any more mistakes with its Windows 10 push, but it keeps finding new ways.After nagging everyone incessantly about upgrading, updating computers without asking, and making Windows 10 patches mandatory, Microsoft has started disallowing Windows 7 and 8.

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Rumor: Intel Will Launch Coffee Lake, Basin Falls Earlier Than Expected

Posted on 04/20 23:33 in Shows | 0

Meanwhile, Intel will reportedly launch its Coffee Lake refresh in August of this year rather than waiting until January 2018.The current 6xxx HEDT chips are built on Broadwell and support the older X99 chipset, which first debuted in 2014.

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SK Hynix Will Launch GDDR6 in 2018, But What About HBM2?

Posted on 04/25 19:18 in Shows | 0

” This is an interesting statement, given that HBM2, not GDDR5X/6 has been broadly positioned as the future of next-generation memory.Instead, we’ve had two extremely high-end products from Nvidia that both use HBM2, and nothing from AMD to date.

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AMD's New Radeon Pro Duo is Slower, Cheaper Than Its Predecessor

Posted on 04/25 22:44 in Shows | 0

When AMD launched its Radeon Pro Duo a year ago, it was clearly an attempt to simultaneously drive VR development and carve out a niche for a high-end Radeon solution that could drive each eye from a separate GPU.At the same time, however, the $1,500 price tag and limited VRAM (just 4GB per GPU) were less than ideal for a four-digit development board.

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AMD Updates Ryzen's Windows Power Plan, Boosts Performance With New Chipset Driver

Posted on 04/27 15:56 in Shows | 0

The problem initially occurred because of a mismatch in how AMD’s SenseMI technology operates compared with Windows’ native power management.SenseMI is AMD’s brand name for a set of technologies related to power management, fine-grained clock speeds, and prefetch behaviors.

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