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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.

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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Tech Report has news that AMD is now offering a bundle of Battlefield 4 with any Radeon R9 card.  

 

Starting today, all Radeon R9-series cards from select retailers will come with a free copy of Battlefield 4. The game was already included with special BF4 editions of the R9 290X. Now, everything from the newly released R9 270 on up is in on the action.

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Tech Report and Anandtech both cover details from AMD's APU13 on the upcoming Kaveri core.  It appears the APU will get some serious performance improvements.

 

Even more interesting was the news that Kaveri will support both Mantle and TrueAudio, just like AMD's latest discrete Radeons. Mantle support should allow Kaveri to benefit from the same close-to-the-metal game optimizations as high-end Radeons and console APUs. TrueAudio, meanwhile, will serve up hardware-accelerated positional audio and reverb effects. I presume this means Kaveri will feature a TrueAudio DSP block on the die.

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AMD has redesigned their website.  It is not black and white predominiately. No green to be seen on the front page.  AMD's Game.AMD.com remains Battlefield 4 branded. 

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AMD has released Catalyst 13.11 beta 9.2 for Call of Duty Ghosts.  You can grab it here.

 

Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.2 Driver for Windows
​​Call of Duty®: Ghost - Improves anti-aliasing performance, and updates the AMD CrossFire™ profile
AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series - PowerTune update to reduce variance of fan speed / RPM
Resolves intermittent crashes seen in legacy DirectX®​ 9 applications
DirectX 11.2 - Tier 1 Tiled Resources now supported on the following products:
​AMD Radeon R9 280X
AMD Rad​eon R9 270X
AMD Radeon R7 250
AMD Radeon R7 240
AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

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