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AMD FX-8350 powering GTX 780 SLI vs GTX 980 SLI at 2560x1440 Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:05 Tweaktown has compared AMD's 8350 versus Intel's 4930K with 780 and 980 SLI. So, the AMD setup is $319 and the Intel setup is $1052 - this makes the Intel setup 329% more expensive. Yes, over 300% more expensive. For 300% more cost, we're not getting more than around 10-20% more performance. This is where you really have to think about the money you're spending. Sure, you might not have gone for two GeForce GTX 980s in SLI, and opted for the Intel processor, spending an additional $600+ on the Intel setup. But why? Read more at This sort of sums up why I'm using FX 6300s at Game Republik until I have reason to spend cash elsewhere.
AMD GPU 14 Livestream Information Page Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:38 We will update this page with articles, links, photos, and anything else interesting related to AMD's GPU 14 livestream of their new R7 and R9 Radeons as well as TrueAudio, and the Mantle API. AMD GPU 14 Livestream Coverage AMDZone
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GPU 14 Product Showcase Coverage Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:16 And at 2:59 Central time we start the GPU 14 livestream from AMD out in Hawaii!      This is not a launch day, but a look at what is to come in the weeks ahead for AMD's R9 and R7 GPU 14 line up live from Hawaii.  
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.

Well today at about noon Central Time someone tried to buy several unlocked Iphone 5s on my Newegg account, and have them shipped to Grand Cross Lane in Houston.  I started a call to Newegg, and while that happened my email address was changed, and I could no longer get into my account.  Newegg call times are a hour.  Chat time was 45 minutes.  Luckily after 2 disconnections, I have finally gotten someone on the line.  Apparently they have to submit accounts to be blocked.  They can not do so right away.  There is no priority queue for hacked accounts.  They recommend you make a new account.  I'm not using my decade plus old account.  

I have rebates to process, I have no doubt warranties to deal with, and Newegg's current policy is to box your account.  They are punishing the customer.  I'll update as I have more info.

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AMD has released Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.5 drivers with the following updates.

 

Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.5 Driver for Windows
Includes all Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.4 Driver
Resolves the issue of AMD Overdrive missing in the AMD Catalyst Control Center for the AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series graphics cards
Resolves intermittent flickering seen on some AMD Radeon R9 270x graphics cards
Resolves graphics corruption seen in Starcraft®
Improves frame pacing r​esults in AMD Quad CrossFire™ configurations for the following: Hitman: Absolution, and Total War™​: Rome 2

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Anandtech has a mini review of the Xbox One.

 

When I first saw the PS4’s idle numbers I was shocked. 80 watts is what our IVB-E GPU testbed idles at, and that’s with a massive 6-core CPU and a Titan GPU. Similarly, my Haswell + Titan CPU testbed has a lower idle power than that. The Xbox One’s numbers are a little better at 69W, but still 50 - 80% higher than I was otherwise expecting.

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Tech Report looks into Mantle, even deeper. Yes, hardy har har.

 

In Mantle's case, according to Riguer, AMD has lowered the abstraction level in some areas but "not across the board." DICE's Johan Andersson described the traditional approach as "middle-ground abstraction," where a compromise is struck between performance and usability. Mantle, by comparison, offers "thin low-level abstraction" that exposes how the underlying hardware works. Riguer boiled it down further by comparing Mantle to driving a car with a manual transmission—more responsibility, but also more fun.

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AMD has released Beta9.4 of the Catalyst 13.11 drivers.  They do the following.

 

Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.4 Driver for Windows
Includes all Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.2 Driver
May resolve intermittent black screens or display loss observed on some AMD Radeon™ R9 290X and AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics cards
Improves AMD CrossFire™ scaling in the multi-player portion of Call of Duty®: Ghosts
AMD Enduro Technology Profile updates:
​XCOM:​ Enemy Unknown
Need for Speed Rivals

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Legit Reviews has tested the press sample R9 290X versus a retail part they bought online. It appears there is a difference in the BIOS.

 

 

After much testing we were able to find the performance difference between the press sample and the retail AMD Radeon R9 290X video cards that so many people have been talking about. The performance on both the retail and press card was found to decrease as the ambient case temperature increased, thus confirming that temperature plays a huge roll on these cards when it comes to benchmarking.We then noticed that the BIOS versions were different on the press and retail cards. Many sites have done similar reviews to this, but none that we have seen have mentioned this difference or tried flashing the cards with the same BIOS and testing the cards again.  We used ATIWinflash to backup and re-program the cards BIOS and discovered that the BIOS has something to do with this. With the ‘quiet’ mode press cards BIOS on the retail graphics card we found that the performance was nearly identical and it appears that maybe it wasn’t the card or GPU that was cherry picked, but rather the BIOS was tweaked.

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AMD, Intel, Nvidia, Oculus, and Unity to Present at January Event

November 18, 2013 - Five industry-leading companies are set to speak at the upcoming Steam Developer Days, to be held in Seattle, WA on January 15th and 16th, 2014. The five companies confirmed so far are AMD, Intel, Nvidia Oculus, and Unity.

In addition to these presentations, representatives from Valve will be giving presentations on the upcoming Steam Machines, developing for the Steam Controller, and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out a variety of Steam Machines from different third party manufacturers.

Steam Dev Days is a two-day conference for all developers and publishers working with Steam and/or the upcoming Steam Machines. Steam Dev Days will be held in Seattle, WA on Jan 15th and 16th, 2014. Information on the event schedule, accommodations, and more is located here:http://www.steamdevdays.com/

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While the other graphics card vendors are a bit awol, XFX has Battlefield 4 bundled with their R9 270X, R9 280X, and R9 290.  Sapphire also has it with the R9 290.  MSI and Powercolor join them with BF4 for their 290X models.

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Tech Report details that AMD's Mantle will be supported in 15 EA Frostbite powered games.  Star Wars Battlefront, Mirror's Edge, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age are titles I have my eye on.   It is also revealed that other OSs and Nvidia could be part of Mantle.

 

But the "pink elephant in the room," as he called it, is multi-vendor support. Andersson made it clear that, while it only supports GCN-based GPUs right now, Mantle provides enough abstraction to support other hardware—i.e. future AMD GPUs and competing offerings. In fact, Andersson said that most Mantle functionality can work on most modern GPUs out today. I presume he meant Nvidia ones, though Nvidia's name wasn't explicitly mentioned. In any event, he repeated multiple times that he'd like to see Mantle become a cross-vendor API supported on "all modern GPUs."

News - Video Cards

Anandtech-The AMD Radeon R9 270X & R9 270 Review: Feat. Asus & HIS

Guru3D-AMD Radeon R9 270 review

Hardware Canucks-AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB Review

Tech Report-AMD's Radeon R9 270 graphics card reviewed

Pureoverclock-HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X2 and R9 270X iCooler IceQ X2 Turbo

Hardware Heaven-Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 Graphics Card Review

Eteknix-Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 280X Toxic Edition 3GB Graphics Card Review

Ultimate Hardware-SAPPHIRE RADEON R9 290X

Madshrimps-HIS R7 260X iPower IceQ X2 2GB GDDR5 Video Card Review

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