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CoolerMaster CM Spawn Saturday, 22 January 2011 18:13   Earlier this year we took a look at CoolerMaster's Inferno MMORPG mouse and now we're looking at CoolerMaster's new product, Spawn, geared towards first-person shooters.
Cooler Master CM Inferno Review Saturday, 01 January 2011 17:36   The mouse is the bread and butter and ultimate tool for anyone who plays games on the PC. Over the past dozen years there's been an explosion in shapes and sizes of it and for all different utilities. It's evolved quite nicely from a few buttons and a mouse ball to lasers, lights, and more buttons than most people would ever know what to do with. That, however, is not the case for gamers. Cooler Master has a new mouse out specifically built for MMORPGs that are so popular, the Cooler Master Inferno.

 

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Q1 2014 Results

  • Revenue of $1.40 billion, decreased 12 percent sequentially and increased 28 percent year-over-year
  • Gross margin of 35 percent
  • Operating income of $49 million and non-GAAP1 operating income of $66 million
  • Net loss of $20 million, loss per share of $0.03 and non-GAAP1 net income of $12 million, earnings per share of $0.02
SUNNYVALE, Calif. 4/17/2014

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2014 of $1.40 billion, operating income of $49 million and net loss of $20 million, or $0.03 per share. The company reported non-GAAP operating income of $66 million and non-GAAP net income of $12 million, or $0.02 per share.

"AMD continued our momentum by building on the solid foundation we set in the second half of 2013, further transforming the company," said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO. "Backed by our powerful x86 processor cores and hands-down best graphics experiences, we achieved 28 percent revenue growth from the year-ago quarter.  We are well positioned to continue to grow profitably as we diversify our business and enable our customers to drive change and win."GAAP Financial Results Table

Non-GAAP Financial Results Table 

Quarterly Financial Summary

  • Gross margin was 35 percent in Q1 2014.
    • Gross margin was flat sequentially. 
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, including long-term marketable securities, were $982 million at the end of the quarter, close to the optimal balance of $1 billion and well above the target minimum of $600 million.
    • In Q1 2014, AMD made the final $200 million cash payment to GLOBALFOUNDRIES related to the reduction of the "take or pay" wafer obligation commitments for 2012. 
  • Total debt, long-term and short-term, at the end of the quarter was $2.14 billion, up from $2.06 billion in Q4 2013. 
    • During Q1 2014, AMD focused on re-profiling its near-term debt maturities.  The company issued $600 million in aggregate principal value of 6.75% Senior Notes due 2019, utilizing proceeds to repurchase approximately $423 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2015 and approximately $48 million aggregate principal amount of its 8.125% Senior Notes due 2017 during the quarter. 
    • Additionally, AMD repurchased approximately $64 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2015 in the open market utilizing cash balances in Q1 2014.
  • Computing Solutions segment revenue decreased 8 percent sequentially and 12 percent year-over-year. The sequential and year-over-year declines were due to decreased client unit shipments.
    • Operating loss was $3 million, an improvement from an operating loss of $7 million in Q4 2013 and $39 million in Q1 2013 driven by lower operating expenses. 
    • Microprocessor average selling price (ASP) was flat sequentially and decreased slightly year-over-year.
  • Graphics and Visual Solutions segment revenue decreased 15 percent sequentially and increased 118 percent year-over-year driven largely by semi-custom SoCs.  GPU revenue increased sequentially and year-over-year due to strong demand for the AMD Radeon™ R7 and R9 family of products.
    • Operating income was $91 million compared with $121 million in Q4 2013 and $16 million in Q1 2013.  The sequential decline was primarily due to decreased revenue from semi-custom SoCs while the year-over-year increase was driven by higher sales of semi-custom SoCs.
    • GPU ASP increased sequentially and year-over-year driven by the Radeon™ R7 and R9 family of products.

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​“Murdered: Soul Suspect” and titles from independent developers added to the roster of games
SUNNYVALE, Calif. 4/21/2014
​AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a refresh of “Never Settle Forever”, the popular game bundle program for AMD Radeon™ products. Starting today, the “Never Settle Forever” promotion will be available to a wider range of AMD Radeon™ graphics cards, spanning the R7 Series graphics to the ultra-enthusiast AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2 graphics card. For the first time ever, the “Never Settle Forever” program will be rolled out to AMD’s entry-level graphics products: the AMD Radeon™ R7 250X, R7 250 and R7 240 GPUs.
AMD’s “Never Settle Forever” is dedicated to letting gamers select from a strong line-up of in-demand games as a reward for choosing AMD Radeon™ graphics. Users will receive up to three choices of free games when they redeem their AMD Radeon™ Reward coupon. The actual number of available choices will vary by Rewards tier: Gold, Silver or Bronze.
“We’re happy to introduce this next chapter for our highly successful ‘Never Settle Forever’ program, delivering on the promise we made a year ago with our Unified Gaming Strategy,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. “AMD’s unrivaled graphics technology, combined with our ever-growing game developer partnerships, demonstrates that we are leading and shaping the gaming industry.”
Square Enix’s upcoming title, “Murdered: Soul Suspect™”, will be available in the Radeon Gold and Silver Rewards of “Never Settle Forever” for the first time. Optimized for the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, gamers can secure an early code for the game that may be redeemed when the title launches in June 2014.
“With ‘Murdered: Soul Suspect’, we’re looking forward to continuing the tradition of collaboration between Square Enix and AMD,” said Naoto Sugiyama, executive producer, “Murdered: Soul Suspect”. “We’re dedicated to bringing world-class experiences for PC gamers and look forward to the launch of our game in AMD’s ‘Never Settle Forever’ program.”
For the first time ever, AMD is also pleased to announce the inclusion of PC titles from independent game developers to the “Never Settle Forever” program as one of the redemption options. Bundled in sets as an “indie pack,” gamers may choose one indie pack consisting of two indie titles as one of their game selection choices. The roster of titles includes:
“The Banner Saga”, developed by Stoic Studio and published by Versus Evil
“Dyad”, developed and published by ][, (Right Square Bracket Left Square Bracket)
“Guacamelee!”, developed and published by Drinkbox Studios
“Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack”, developed and published by Drinkbox Studios
“We’re excited to have ‘The Banner Saga’ as one of the first ever titles from an independent game developer to be offered through AMD’s ‘Never Settle Forever’ program,” said Steve Escalante, GM, Versus Evil. “We’re looking forward to the new audiences that our game can reach with Radeon™ users across the globe.”
“Our acclaimed titles are gaining serious momentum among gamers of all ages,” said Graham Smith, co-founder, Drinkbox Studios. “The introduction of indie packs to ‘Never Settle Forever’ is a great collaboration for AMD and Drinkbox Studios as entry-level AMD Radeon graphics cards can provide solid performance in both of our popular games.”
The new Radeon Reward levels, benefits and eligible products for “Never Settle Forever” are as follows:

 

RADEON™ REWARD LEVELRADEON™ GOLD REWARDRADEON™ SILVER REWARDRADEON™ BRONZE REWARD
ELIGIBLE 
RADEON™ GRAPHICS 
CARDS

AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2

AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series

AMD Radeon™ R9 280 Series

AMD Radeon™ R9 270 Series

AMD Radeon™ R7 260 Series

AMD Radeon™ R7 250 Series

AMD Radeon™ R7 240

BENEFITS 3 Choices 2 Choices 1 Choice
SELECTION OPTIONS

1 Choice = either an AAA game, AA game or an Indie Pack

Press Releases - AMD

Guru3D-AMD Athlon 5350 APU and AM1 Platform Review

Tweaktown-AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB and R9 290X 4GB Video Cards in CrossFireX

Phoronix-Gigabyte AM1M-S2H

Modders Inc-MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Motherboard Review

Techpowerup-MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning 4 GB

Ocinside-Asrock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer

LanOC-AMD A10-7850K Kaveri

Eteknix-Sapphire AMD Radeon R7 265 Dual-X 2GB Graphics Card Review

Legit Reviews-XFX Radeon R9 290 CrossFire Video Card Review at 4K Ultra HD

Phoronix-Are AMD Athlon/Sempron APUs Fast Enough For Steam On Linux, Steam Machines?

Future Looks-ASRock FM2 A85X-ITX Motherboard Review

Benchmark Reviews-ASUS A88X-Pro AMD Motherboard Review

Hardware Secrets-XFX Radeon R7 240

Legit Reviews-AMD Athlon 5350 APU and AM1 Platform Review

Eteknix-Powercolor AMD Radeon R7 250X 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review

PureOC-ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Eteknix-Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate Passive 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review

Bjorn3D-Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review

Tweaktown-XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double D Black Edition OC Video Card Review

News - Review Roundup

AMD has released the 14.4 Catalyst release candidate.  Details are below.

 

 

Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Windows Driver

Support for the AMD Radeon R9 295X
CrossFire fixes enhancements:
Crysis 3 – frame pacing improvements
Far Cry 3 – 3 and 4 GPU performance improvements at high quality settings, high resolution settings
Anno 2070 – Improved CrossFire scaling up to 34%
Titanfall – Resolved in game flickering with CrossFire enabled
Metro Last Light – Improved Crossfire scaling up to 10%
Eyefinity 3x1 (with three 4K panels) no longer cuts off portions of the application
Stuttering has been improved in certain applications when selecting mid-Eyefinity resolutions with V-sync Enabled
Full support for OpenGL 4.4
OpenGL 4.4 supports the following extensions:
ARB_buffer_storage
ARB_enhanced_layouts
ARB_query_buffer_object
ARB_clear_texture
ARB_texture_mirror_clamp_to_edge
ARB_texture_stencil8
ARB_vertex_type_10f_11f_11f_rev
ARB_multi_bind
ARB_bindless_texture
ARB_spare_texture
ARB_seamless_cubemap_per_texture
ARB_indirect_parameters
ARB_compute_variable_group_size
ARB_shader_draw_parameters
ARB_shader_group_vote
Mantle beta driver improvements:
BattleField 4: Performance slowdown is no longer seen when performing a task switch/Alt-tab
BattleField 4: Fuzzy images when playing in rotated SLS resolution with an A10 Kaveri system
Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 14.1 Linux Driver

Support for the AMD Radeon R9 295X
Ubuntu 12.04.4 support
Full support for OpenGL 4.4
OpenGL 4.4 supports the following extensions:
ARB_buffer_storage
ARB_enhanced_layouts
ARB_query_buffer_object
ARB_clear_texture
ARB_texture_mirror_clamp_to_edge
ARB_texture_stencil8
ARB_vertex_type_10f_11f_11f_rev
ARB_multi_bind
ARB_bindless_texture
ARB_spare_texture
ARB_seamless_cubemap_per_texture
ARB_indirect_parameters
ARB_compute_variable_group_size
ARB_shader_draw_parameters
ARB_shader_group_vote
Resolved Issue highlights:
Corruption and system hang observed while running Sanctuary BM with Tear Free Desktop enabled
Memory leak about hardware context
EGL create context error for glesx
GPU hand in CrossFire Mode
[Piglit] Test "spec/arb_vertex_array_object" failed
[Piglit] Test "glx/GLX_EXT_import_context/free context" failed
[Piglit] Test "spec/ARB_seamless_cube_map" failed
Piglit] Test "texture swizzle with border color" failed
Glxtest failures observed in log file
Blank screen observed while running steam games with Big picture
4ms delay observed in the glxSwapBuffers when vsync is enabled
RBDoom3BFG the game auto quit when use the security camera terminal
ETQW segmentation fault

News - Drivers

 

SUNNYVALE, Calif. 4/9/2014
​AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced global availability of its new AM1 platform featuring quad-core and dual-core variants of the AMD APU codenamed “Kabini” into the component channel for system builders. The AM1 platform, branded with the AMD Athlon™ and AMD Sempron™ APU brands will deliver award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and “Jaguar” CPU cores on motherboards from the leading manufacturers. AMD Athlon™ 5150/5350 and AMD Sempron ™ 2650/3850 APUs provide consumers a balanced computing experience on a socketed upgradable platform.

“AMD consistently builds on its industry leading technology by continuing to offer a diversified product stack which is proven today with the availability of the AM1 platform with ‘socketed’ AMD Sempron and AMD Athlon APUs designed for the mainstream market,” said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD. “With quad-core performance and AMD Radeon™ graphics the AM1 platform is an affordable solution that provides great flexibility due to an infrastructure built to deliver a multitude of options to our end users and system builders.”

AMD Athlon and AMD Sempron APUs deliver a quad-core solution to consumers that includes two SATA 6 Gbps ports, two USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, PCIe 2.0 lanes for graphic card upgrades, and a trio of video outputs (DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA) starting at under $40 USD1. The AMD AM1 platform provides up to 3x more compute performance than its competitors, as well as balanced computing with DirectX® 11.2 and Windows 8.1 support to mainstream markets2.

“The new ‘socketed’ Sempron and Athlon products from AMD provide our customers outstanding value and performance at low power that was previously unavailable for buyers in emerging markets looking to build systems at home,” said Patrick Choy, Director of CPU Product Management, Newegg. “We’re thrilled to see the large number of motherboard manufacturers supporting the platform using the FS1b socket and the flexibility it provides with microATX and MiniITX motherboards for sleek and power-efficient small form factor PCs.”

Availability and Technical Details
APU Model TDP CPU Cores CPU Frequency Radeon™ Cores GPU Frequency Memory Frequency Total Cache
Price 3
(USD)
AMD Athlon™ 5350 25W 4 2.05 GHz 128 600 MHz 1600 MHz 2 MB $59
AMD Athlon™ 5150 25W 4 1.6 GHz 128 600 MHz 1600 MHz 2 MB $49
AMD Sempron™ 3850 25W 4 1.3 GHz 128 450 MHz 1600 MHz 2 MB $39
AMD Sempron™ 2650 25W 2 1.45 GHz 128 400 MHz 1333 MHz 1 MB $34

The new AMD AM1 platform will be available from the following e-tail and retails outlets in North America:
Amazon
NCIX
Newegg
TigerDirect


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Engage with us on Twitter @AMDAPU

About AMD
AMD (NYSE: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

Press Releases - AMD

 

— AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card, engineered for ultimate speed and performance, enables 4K gaming at max settings for extreme PC gaming —
SUNNYVALE, Calif. 4/8/2014
​AMD (NYSE: AMD) today launched the world’s fastest and most powerful graphics card1, AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2, designed for ultra-enthusiasts at the apex of PC gaming. Joining two AMD Radeon™ R9 Series GPUs in one card design, AMD Radeon R9 295X2 manhandles today’s and tomorrow’s games in maximum settings at 4K resolution2.
“AMD is thrilled to launch the AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2 graphics card, built on the same award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture that powers the gaming industry,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. “This record-shattering dual-GPU card will enable industry-leading audio and visually stunning 4K gaming, proving once again that Radeon™ is gaming.”
Heralding an industry first, the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card comes equipped with an advanced closed-loop, pre-assembled and maintenance-free liquid cooling system. Developed jointly with Asetek, a leading provider and designer of PC liquid cooling solutions, users can expect cool temperatures, quiet operation and consistent performance from the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card right out of the box.
“Asetek is proud to collaborate with AMD to provide an outstanding cooling solution for a truly cutting-edge and groundbreaking graphics card,” said Andre Eriksen, CEO and founder, Asetek. “With our custom fitted liquid cooling technology, the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card delivers quiet powerful performance.”
Thanks to its Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card offers the ultimate opportunity to experience high-performance gaming with Mantle3. With Mantle, gamers have access to the world’s only currently available and proven low-overhead API.
A new level of audio immersion is made possible by AMD TrueAudio technology4, which brings surround sound to any stereo headset. With a dedicated audio processor on the GPUs, the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card delivers a richer and deeply immersive soundscape for an unparalleled PC gaming experience.
Along with sound, the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card sets the bar for visual experiences on current and upcoming PC titles, effortlessly handling high-resolution, multi-monitor configurations with AMD Eyefinity technology5.
The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card will be available later this month at a starting price of $1499 USD and €1099 (excluding VAT)6.
Supporting Resources
Learn more about the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card

Read blog post: Hail to the King: Introducing the AMD Radeon R9 295X2

Learn more about Mantle, AMD’s acclaimed and groundbreaking API

Become a fan of AMD Gaming on Facebook

Engage with us on Twitter @AMDRadeon

Become a fan of AMD on Facebook
About AMD
AMD (NYSE: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

Press Releases - AMD

PureOC-Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

Eteknix-AMD XFX Radeon R7 250 Core Edition Passive 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review

Eteknix-HIS Radeon R7 250 iCooler Boost Clock 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review

Ocaholic-ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC Review

Legit Reviews-XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation Video Card Review

Ocaholic-GeForce GTX Titan vs Radeon R9 290X - Should I upgrade?

Anandtech-The Desktop Kabini Review Part 1: AMD Athlon 5350 (AM1) Tested

eTeknix-AMD “Kabini” AM1 Athlon 5350 APU (FS1b) Review – Winning at sub-$60?

Modders Inc-AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini AM1 APU Review

Bjorn3D-Sapphire R9 280X VaporX Graphics Card

eTeknix-XFX R9 280 Double Dissipation Black Edition OC 3GB Graphics Card Review

Anandtech-MSI A88XM-E35 Motherboard Review: Micro-A88X for $68

News - Review Roundup

What happens when you take two R9 290X and put it on one board?  You get the watercooled Radeon R9 295 X2.  Reviews are below.

Tech Report

Legit Reviews

Anandtech

Eurogamer

Guru3D

Hardware Heaven

Legion Hardware

Techpowerup

Techspot

Tweaktown

News - Video Cards

Coin mining will pay dividends for AMD says Seeking Alpha.

 

It is sad that AMD failed to take into consideration the altcoin mining customers when they made their production runs for R9 Radeon cards last year. The shortage and bloated prices of the R9 series could have been prevented. AMD would have profited more if the company produced double the number of the R9 Radeon cards that miners covet.

News - Video Cards

Legit Review-XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation Video Card Review

Eteknix-AMD XFX Radeon R7 240 Core Edition Passive 2GB DDR3 Graphics Card Review

Bjorn3D-Sapphire R7 240 Dual HDMI Graphics Card

Tweaktown-Sapphire Radeon R9 270 Dual-X 2GB OC Overclocked Video Card Review

PCGameware-MSI Radeon R9 270X GAMING (OC Edition) Graphics Card Review

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