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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.
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.

Its been almost a year since AMD and Crystal Dynamics showed off TressFX Laura Croft locks.  Now they have a video talking about the next gen console version of the game and finally console gamers will see the effect.  

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AMD's Kaveri is here, and it is what we thought it was.  Great GPU performance with slightly better CPU performance than Richland in the new FM2+ socket.

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Anandtech also mentions the Mantle 45% increase for Battlefield 4 although we don't know if this was from Kaveri integrated video, or if its from an add in GCN card.  I hope to find someone confirming those details.

 

The success of APUs was another point AMD stressed yet again, and they moved from there into a focus on their HSA initiative. TrueAudio was also mentioned along with Mantle, and AMD notes that there are currently three game engines in development with support for Mantle (Frostbite 3, Nitrous, and Asura), with five developers using Mantle in over twenty upcoming games. Battlefield 4 is the closest to release, and AMD demonstrated the Mantle version running on AMD hardware tonight, noting that the Mantle version is running 45% faster than the non-Mantle version on the same system. Other demonstrations included HSA/TrueAudio being used by Nuance to clean up audio streams to the point where they could do speech/voice recognition even in noisy environments. Libre Office noted a speedup of up to 8X with HSA acceleration enabled on a Kaveri A10-7850K vs. the same APU without HSA acceleration, though this was apparently with a huge spreadsheet.

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In what seems a bit of a slap in the face, AMD graphics support is coming third, after Nvidia, and Intel.  Polygon has more details.

 

Valve's Linux-based operating system, SteamOS, now supports Intel graphics hardware out of the box, according to an update on the Steam Community by Valve employee Pierre-Loup A. Griffais, adding that support for AMD hardware is still being worked on.

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I know DisplayPort best as all of the fun getting a 6 way eyefinity setup working.  Well now it might make your monitor a laptop dock thanks to AMD and Texas Instruments DockPort.  Yep, I like this idea.  Anandtech reports that it has been adopted officially as a DisplayPort extension. 

 

With DockPort the VESA is initially targeting a slightly different series of use cases than what Intel and Apple have done with Thunderbolt, both for technical and pragmatic reasons. Whereas Thunderbolt is being used to supersede USB 3.0 in some cases, as DockPort is based on USB 3.0 there’s little need to supersede USB 3.0 as far as data connectivity is concerned. Rather DockPort will be focused on single-cable connectivity – and as implied by the DockPort name – as a docking interface for tablets and laptops. The latter in particular owing to the fact that DockPort carries power alongside its data and display components.

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The Verge discusses AMD being a supporter of Android on the PC.  AMD has long worked with Bluestacks to run Android apps in Windows, but AMD will integrated an ARM chip into an upcoming design which is their secret weapon.

 

But according to BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma, AMD has a secret weapon that could make its combined Android and Windows devices more efficient. AMD's latest processors will include an ARM chip inside — the same CPU architecture that Android apps normally use. While earlier downloadable versions of BlueStacks would run Android apps on Windows by virtualizing their ARM code to run on x86 processors, the version that will ship with some new AMD computers could run code natively on the ARM components. "AMD is in a very unique position that they can do hybrid designs which are x86 and ARM, which I think unlocks the space completely and puts them in a leadership position," Sharma says.

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Tech Report talked to AMD's now unnamed AMD engineering executive about a demo of two Radeon powered laptops. One used vsync and the other dynamic refresh rates and triple buffering which AMD started as a power saving features 3 generations ago.  Now the obvious question becomes are there any monitors that have built in support of dynamic refresh rates that are already on the market?  I have 23 Asus monitors I'd love to test on if there was a way to enable it.

 

In AMD's assessment, it's possible to achieve a G-Sync-like animation smoothness with a combination of two techniques: dynamic refresh rates and triple buffering. The exec initially expressed puzzlement over why Nvidia chose to implement them in expensive, external hardware. After all, triple-buffering can be implemented by a game developer in software or even enabled via a software switch in a graphics driver control panel. He said AMD used to have an option to force the use of triple buffering in its driver control panel, in fact, and would be willing to consider bringing it back.

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AMD has acknowledged cryptocurrency in their CES 2014 slides which would make it the biggest tech company to give credence to the burgeoning field.  You can check out slides here.  They talk GCN being great for coin mining.

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Red Gaming Tech looks at the upcoming TressFX 2.0 which is set to improve upon what we saw in the Tomb Raider reboot.  Grass and fur are going to get support, and performance improvements are also coming.

 

If we’re pointing out faults, another of the original TressFX (other than it being hard to code for, but we’ll get to that) was that it had limited use. This AMD are fixing for the next version, TressFX 2.0 With it, AMD are hoping to better animate Grass and Fur. Grass and foliage in general is another very difficult thing for games developers to create and animate in a realistic way. Much like hair, they require a lot of detail which is hard to emulate in real time using a game’s engine. Recently, AMD have held their APU2013 conference and issued the following statement:

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Bloomberg reports that AMD, Global Foundries, and TSMC are all benfiting from a bitcoin equipment boom.   Radeon prices are through the roof, but that is likely due to litecoin much  more than bitcoin now that asics often time fabbed at Global Foundries have hit the scene.  Bitcoins have hit a high today of just under 1,100 according to MTGox. 

 

Bitcoins currently trade for about $875 each on the Mt.Gox exchange, up from about $13 a year ago. As their value surged, digital prospectors have rushed to create more of the digital money, boosting the market for high-powered machines, some of which cost more than $20,000 apiece. Taiwan Semiconductor, AMD and GlobalFoundries make many of the chips in these machines, according to Gil Luria, an analyst at Wedbush in Los Angeles.

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