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.
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.
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 Radeon 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
Wired has video, and pictures of Sony tearing down the Playstation 4. Again Sony makes the noob move of having an internal power supply on what amounts to a laptop which will lead to more issues than it is worth. In typical noob gamer reporting Wired doesn't have a close up shot of any of the components. You can see the APU from afar here. How will the BGA AMD chip adhere to the board over time? We will see. Why is Wired the exclusive on this? We may never know.
AMD is holding a fan day in San Jose November 13th. It includes a Battlefield 4 tourney sort of. Its deathmatch. Groan.
AMD would like to invite you to AMD FAN DAY in San Jose, California November 13, 2013. Come join us for a day of tournaments, contests and raffles. We’ve teamed up with a number of partners to bring our fans more than $50,000 in prizes!
Provides Foundation to Leverage OpenStack Compute for Large Networks of Virtualized and Bare Metal Servers
SUNNYVALE, CA and HONG KONG, CHINA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/04/13 -- OpenStack Summit -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that the SeaMicro SM15000™ server supports bare metal features in OpenStack® Compute. AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 server is ideally suited for massive OpenStack deployments by integrating compute, storage and networking into a 10 rack unit system. The system is built around the Freedom™ fabric, the industry's premier supercomputing fabric for scale out data center applications. The Freedom fabric disaggregates compute, storage and network I/O to provide the most flexible, saleable and resilient data center infrastructure in the industry. This allows customers to match the compute performance, storage capacity and networking I/O to their application needs. The result is an adaptive data center where any server can be mapped to any hard disk/SSD or network I/O to expand capacity or recover from a component failure.
"OpenStack Compute's bare metal capabilities provide the scalability and flexibility to build and manage large-scale public and private clouds with virtualized and dedicated servers," said Dhiraj Mallick, corporate vice president and general manager, Data Center Server Solutions, at AMD. "The SeaMicro SM15000 server's bare metal provisioning capabilities should simplify enterprise adoption of OpenStack and accelerate mass deployments since not all work loads are optimized for virtualized environments."
Bare metal computing provides more predictable performance than a shared server environment using virtual servers. In a bare metal environment there are no delays caused by different virtual machines contending for shared resources, since the entire server's resources are dedicated to a single user instance. In addition, in a bare metal environment the performance penalty imposed by the hypervisor is eliminated, allowing the application software to make full use of the processor's capabilities.
In addition to leading in bare metal provisioning, AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 server provides the ability to boot and install a base server image from a central server for massive OpenStack deployments. A cloud image containing the KVM, the OpenStack Compute image and other applications can be configured by the central server. The coordination and scheduling of this workflow can be managed by Heat, the orchestration application that manages the entire lifecycle of an OpenStack cloud for bare metal and virtual machines.
AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 Server
AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 system is the highest-density, most energy-efficient server in the market. In 10 rack units, it links 512 compute cores, 160 gigabits of I/O networking, more than five petabytes of storage with a 1.28 terabyte high-performance supercompute fabric, called Freedom™ fabric. The SM15000 server eliminates top-of-rack switches, terminal servers, hundreds of cables and thousands of unnecessary components for a more efficient and simple operational environment.
AMD's SeaMicro server product family currently supports the next-generation AMD Opteron™ ("Piledriver" core) processor, Intel® Xeon® E3-1260L ("Sandy Bridge"), E3-1265Lv2 ("Ivy Bridge"), E3-1265Lv3 ("Haswell") and Intel® Atom™ N570 processors. The AMD SeaMicro SM15000 also supports the Freedom Fabric Storage products, enabling a single system to connect with more than five petabytes of storage capacity in two racks. This approach delivers the benefits of expensive and complex solutions such as network attached storage (NAS) and storage area networking (SAN) with the simplicity and low cost of direct attached storage.
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Pushing the Limits of Visual and Audio Realism, AMD Radeon(TM) R9 290 GPU Brings Class-Leading Features and Smooth Frame Rates to Enthusiast Gamers and Shatters the 4K Gaming Graphics Price Barrier
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/05/13 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today launched the AMD Radeon™ R9 290 graphics card, the latest addition to the award-winning AMD Radeon™ R9 Series GPUs, a powerful roster of ultimate-class GPUs from AMD. The AMD Radeon™ R9 290 joins the recently introduced AMD Radeon™ R9 270X, R9 280X and R9 290X graphics cards that deliver next-generation performance and features for gamers who demand the very best.
"With the AMD Radeon R9 290 GPU, AMD cements its position as the provider of ultimate gaming experiences," said Matt Skynner, general manager and corporate vice president, AMD Graphics Business Unit. "We deliver on the promise of world-class performance and features with the R9 Series graphics cards. With new innovations like Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology, AMD brings an exceptional gaming experience for enthusiasts while defying the limits of audio and visual realism."
Built on AMD's award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics cards boast a truly unique advantage with Mantle, an industry-changing technology developed by AMD. With Mantle, top game developers can empower their games to speak the native language of GCN architecture, enabling an incomparable level of hardware optimization that yields revolutionary performance.1
Armed with the new AMD TrueAudio technology and made to perform for ultra-resolution gaming, the AMD Radeon™ R9 290 GPU enables today's most immersive PC gaming experience for enthusiasts.2
AMD TrueAudio technology brings a new level of audio immersion, surrounding gamers with realistic audio environments through stereo headsets and speakers. With a dedicated audio processor built into the GPU core, the AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card enables a richer and deeply immersive soundscape, including true-to-life acoustic environments, simultaneous sound effects and fully positional sounds.
Designed for UltraHD (4K) and AMD Eyefinity technology, the AMD Radeon R9 290 GPU joins the AMD Radeon R9 290X GPU as definitive leaders in the high-resolution content experience, boasting hardware-level optimization for gaming on next-generation display configurations.3
Features of the AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics cards include:
2,560 stream processing units
Up to 947MHz engine clock
4GB GDDR5 memory
Up to 5.0Gbps memory clock speed
320GB/s memory bandwidth (maximum)
4.85 TFLOPS Single Precision compute power
API support for DirectX® 11.2, OpenGL 4.3 and Mantle
The AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics cards will be available on Nov. 5, 2013 at a starting price of $399 USD and EUR 289 (excluding VAT)4.
New Developers Join AMD to Advance PC Game Performance Improvements and Simplify PC Game Development With Close-to-the-Metal API for AMD Radeon(TM) GPUs and APUs
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/04/13 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced three new game developer partnerships for Mantle, its highly acclaimed, groundbreaking graphics API. Cloud Imperium Games, Eidos-Montréal™, a part of the Square Enix® Group, and Oxide Games are the latest game developers to join AMD in optimizing the way PC games are developed to extract maximum performance from a modern graphics architecture that spans desktop PCs, notebooks and consumer devices like tablets.
"AMD is proud to play an instrumental role in transforming the world of game development with Mantle," said Ritche Corpus, director of ISV gaming and alliances, AMD. "With the support and close collaboration between AMD and industry-leading game developers like Cloud Imperium, Eidos-Montréal and Oxide, Mantle can maximize optimization for highly anticipated PC titles, bringing an unparalleled gaming experience for players."
Cloud Imperium Games is currently developing "Star Citizen," the highly anticipated, crowd-funded PC space simulator from legendary game designer Chris Roberts.
"AMD's Mantle will allow us to extract more performance from an AMD Radeon GPU than any other graphics API," said Chris Roberts, CEO, Cloud Imperium Games. "Mantle is vitally important for a game like Star Citizen, which is being designed with the need for massive GPU horsepower. With Mantle, our team can spend more time achieving our perfect artistic vision, and less time worrying about whether or not today's gaming hardware will be ready to deliver it."
Eidos-Montréal is the studio behind "THIEF™," an upcoming first-person stealth adventure set for release in February 2014. Eidos-Montréal also developed "DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION®," an AMD Gaming Evolved title.
"Mantle lets you use AMD Radeon GPUs the way they are meant to be used, unlocking many new opportunities and increased CPU and GPU performance," said David Anfossi, studio head, Eidos-Montréal. "Because of this, Mantle is one of the most important changes to PC graphics in many years."
Helmed by industry veterans, Oxide Games is designing the new "Nitrous" engine for 64-bit, multi-core processors.
"AMD's Mantle technology lets us get more out of the hardware than any other solution available," said Dan Baker, co-founder, Oxide Games. "Adding Mantle support to our multi-platform, 64-bit Nitrous engine realizes significant gains in performance on Mantle-enabled hardware without adding enormous development overhead."
Cloud Imperium Games, Eidos-Montréal and Oxide Games will join AMD and DICE in speaking about Mantle architecture and implementation at the AMD Developer Summit (APU 13), running Nov. 11-14 in San Jose, Calif. In addition, Oxide Games will be showing a public sneak preview of Mantle performance at the event.
For those interested, complimentary access to all APU 13 keynote sessions is available by registering online, in limited numbers while quantities last. Notable keynote speakers include: Dr. Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager, Global Business Units, AMD; Johan Andersson, technical director, DICE; Dominic Mallinson, vice president, research and development, Sony; and Mark Papermaster, chief technology officer, AMD.
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