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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.

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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Legit Reviews-CES 2014: AMD Shows off Systems with new Kaveri APU’s

Tech Report-AMD sheds more light on Kaveri, announces new mobile Radeons

Anandtech-AMD Press Conference Hilights

Anandtech-AMD's Kaveri: Pre Launch Information

PC World-AMD's Kaveri chips bring computing, graphics closer in function and name

Fudzilla-AMD formally unveils Kaveri

Digitimes-CES 2014: AMD showcasing APU, GPU and software solutions

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Tweaktown-Radeon R9 290X overclocked and benchmarked at 4K

Tweaktown ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer's Native PCIe SSD Performance Preview

 PCGameWare-HIS Radeon R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost Clock Graphics Card Review

 Legit Reviews-ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II and Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X Video Card Reviews

Tweaktown-Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB TOXIC Video Cards in CrossFire

LanOC-PowerColor PCS+ R9 270X

Tweaktown-ASUS Radeon R9 270X DirectCU II TOP 2GB Video Card Review

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NeoGAF has a forum post with what appears to be a legit slide showing Mantle performance on Kaveri whichi shows Battlefield 4 and Mantle being up to 45% faster than DirectX.    An actual benchmark shows Starswarm being about 9 frames per second on Kaveri with DirectX, and about 31 on Mantle.  That is closer to a 350% improvement in performance.  

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Coindesk reports on Radeon graphics card demand spiking thanks to coin mining.  I recently picked up a Powercolor 7950 for $159.99 after rebate, and now prices are at $450.  I'd like to thank the coining community for screwing gamers just in time for Mantle to about to be released for Battlefield 4.

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