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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.
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AMD's Clarice Simmmons has blogged about how Windows 8.1 has improved performance on AMD's APUs.  You will need Catalyst 13.11 beta drivers for the improvements.

 

Of course AMD's fast CPU and GPU cores contribute to high performance, but having software that is optimized to take advantage of the AMD hardware architecture is a significant advantage. Tuning our device drivers to simultaneously suit AMD hardware, software applications, and Windows 8.1 makes systems more streamlined. Take a look at some of the results that are available from day one with Windows 8.1 on AMD-based PCs versus our competition2:

 

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Q3 2013 Results
AMD revenue $1.46 billion, increased 26 percent sequentially and 15 percent year-over-year
Gross margin 36 percent
Operating income of $95 million and non-GAAP1 operating income of $78 million
Net income of $48 million, earnings per share of $0.06 and non-GAAP1 net income of $31 million, earnings per share of $0.04

SUNNYVALE, Calif. —10/17/2013
AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2013 of $1.46 billion, operating income of $95 million and net income of $48 million, or $0.06 per share. The company reported non-GAAP operating income of $78 million and non-GAAP net income of $31 million, or $0.04 per share.

“AMD returned to profitability and generated free cash flow in the third quarter as we continued to successfully execute the strategic transformation plan we outlined a year ago,” said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO. “We achieved 26 percent sequential revenue growth driven by our semi-custom business and remain committed to generating approximately 50 percent of revenue from high-growth markets over the next two years. Developing industry-leading technology remains at our core, and we are in the middle of a multi-year journey to redefine AMD as a leader across a more diverse set of growth markets.”

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Question.  Which country is the only one that did not want me in?  Answer.  Cananada.  I got in anyways when I told them to just send me back and I'd go to Mexico instead.  Nvidia is having a shindig in Montreal, and that's ATI territory my friends.  Well the new AMD ATI set up shop nearbye, and Nvidia has threatened the journos that they can't go in.  Digitially however Legit Reviews got the details on the R9 290X versus the GTX 780.  

 

These legit benchmark numbers should help shed light on a number of things.  For one the AMD Radeon R9 290X appears to perform better than an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 at 4K resolutions, but pretty much everyone assumed or hoped that would be the case. It should be noted that these results are also on beta drivers and as time goes on we expect AMD to get some more performance from the brand new 28nm Hawaii GPU as time goes on.

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Wired talks the future of servers and the AMD aquisition of Sea Micro.

 

As Feldman explains, the fabric insures that any processor can talk directly to any disk in the system, and if different users are running software on the same processor, data traffic for one user can move in and out of the chip independently of traffic for the other. “That lets you honor a performance guarantee to the user,” he says. “It lets you control the traffic so that performance is high — and perfectly predictable.”

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Forbes has gotten word from Valve's Doug Lombardi that AMD will be involved in Steam Box.  Since you can roll your own Steam Box that was not in question.  What is in question is how will AMD's drivers stack up.

 

“Last week, we posted some technical specs of our first wave of Steam Machine prototypes. Although the graphics hardware that we’ve selected for the first wave of prototypes is a variety of Nvidia NVDA -1.56% cards, that is not an indication that Steam Machines are Nvidia-only. In 2014, there will be Steam Machines commercially available with graphics hardware made by AMD, Nvidia, and Intel. Valve has worked closely together with all three of these companies on optimizing their hardware for SteamOS, and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.”

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The first bit of reviews are out for AMD's R9 and R7s.  The middle 3 cards are tested so we are looking at the R9 280X, R9 270X, and R7 260X but no R9 290X or R7 250 yet.

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Well Battlefield 4 performance could be better on 6 cores.  AMD and Intel hexa cores are having issues according to this post.    Also all reports are that Windows 8 is much better than 7.  Considering the numbers on Windows 7 I hope they get this sorted quickly unless this is some secret plan to increase Windows 8 sales.  Only 16% of gamers according to Valve are running Windows 8 with a whopping 64% on Windows 7.  Maybe DICE should have looked at those numbers before pushing this out not ready for open beta.

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Valve is shipping 300 protoypes to Steam users of their Steam Machines. They are not going to have any AMD components.

 

The 300 prototype units will ship with the following components:
GPU: some units with NVidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660
CPU: some boxes with Intel : i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3
RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB DDR5 (GPU)
Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high

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We have been testing out Battlefield 4 beta performance here at Game Republik.  Using our 2GB Radeon 7850s and 6 core Vishera class FX-6300s at stock 3.5GHz performance with the auto settings at 1080P struggles to reach 20 frames per second with the 13.10V2 drivers released yesterday.  Dropping quality or resolution sometimes even makes performance worse.  With 13.8 or 13.10V1 on much older Athlon II X4 650s at just 3.2GHz performance is at about 25 frames per second, but smoothness makes it feel like a much larger frame rate difference.  It appears we have microstuttering issues introduced at least with the 7850.  We are trying 6850s next.  CPU cores are maxed with either the 6 core or 4 core no matter which driver is used.  Mantle can't come soon enough it appears.

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Our own Vitalik is playing on the Athlon II X4 at 3.2GHz with a Radeon HD 7850 2GB model, 8GB DDR1600, and Catalyst version 13.8.  At time of the picture he was 6 kills 1 death so I would call that playable.  This is in Windows 7 64 bit.  From reports we are seeing online Windows 8 is working better which is not so great outside of E3 since the bulk of gamers are running Windows 7.  

And tonight performance continues to frustrate, but I did find this post in the BF4 forums.  A user with the same CPU as us, the 6300, and a 7950 set BF4.exe to low priority and this boosted him to 40 to 80 frames per second in ultra with Vsync on.  Could this be a CPU related issue?

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AMD has released new Catalyst 13.10 Beta V2 for Windows and Linux.  Unsurprisingly Battlefield 4 gets a profile.

 

Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.10 Beta2 Driver for Windows

AMD Catalyst 13.10 Beta2 includes all of the features/fixes found in AMD Catalyst 13.10 Beta
Includes a 32-bit single GPU, and a AMD Crossfire™ game profile for Battlefield 4™
Total War™: Rome 2 AMD CrossFire profile update
AMD CrossFire frame pacing improvements for CPU-bound applications
Resolves image corruption seen in Autodesk® Inventor® 2014
Resolves intermittent black screen when resuming from a S3/S4 sleep-state if the display is unplugged during the sleep-state on systems supporting AMD Enduro™ technology
Updated AMD Enduro technology application profiles for AMD Radeon HD notebook users
Profile Highlights:
Total War: Rome 2
Battlefield 4
Saints Row 4
Splinter Cell® Blacklist™
FIFA 14

 

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