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When The Coalition’s Gears 5 was released back on September 10, it launched to roaring reception and received several callouts to its superb technical elements. For the PC version, AMD worked with The Coalition and Xbox to optimize Gears 5 for AMD hardware, adding several PC optimizations to make it a stellar experience:

 

 

Check out how you can get ~60 FPS* on AMD hardware using Gears 5’s highest settings and take advantage of the optimizations:

 

*Results may vary

 

Optimized with AMD FidelityFX

 

Gears 5’s latest update includes implementation of AMD’s key current-generation feature: AMD FidelityFX.

 

AMD FidelityFX is our open-source image quality toolkit, used by developers in games to deliver sharp, fantastic visuals. It combines the Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) algorithm with Luma Preserving Mapping (LPM), automatically collapsing multiple effects into fewer shader passes to reduce overhead. This, in return, frees up your graphics card to experience sharper visuals at virtually no performance loss.

 

Gears 5 looked gorgeous before, but AMD FidelityFX adds a touch of subtlety that will add to an overall fantastic experience.

 

 

Get Gears 5 with the AMD Bundle

 

With AMD FidelityFX, now is the perfect time to jump into Gears 5 if you haven’t yet.

 

Get Gears 5 with the Xbox Game Pass for PC in our current Raise the Game bundle with the purchase of a select Radeon graphics card* or Equipped to Win bundle with the purchase of a select Ryzen graphics card*.

 

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Annie Lee is Sr. GTM Specialist for AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

*Radeon FreeSync technology requires a monitor and AMD Radeon graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

 

*Testing done by AMD performance labs 9/3/2019 on i9-9900K, 16GB DDR4 3200MHz, AMD Driver 19.9.1, and Windows 10. Using Gears 5 Ultra Settings DX12: At 1440p, Radeon VII scored 77.7 fps, Radeon RX 5700 XT scored 74.5 fps, Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 66.2 fps and Radeon RX 5700 scored 65.3 fps. At 1080p, Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 79.9 fps, Radeon RX 590 scored 65 fps and Radeon RX 580 scored 59.9 fps. Using Gears 5 High Settings DX12: At 1440p, Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 69.8 fps. At 1080p, Radeon RX 570 scored 71.3 fps. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary. RX-369

 

*For full terms and conditions see https://www.amdrewards.com/terms.

 

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Gears 5 © Microsoft 2019

 

© 2019 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.  All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Ryzen, Radeon, and FreeSync and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the next tactical co-op shooter in Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon franchise, has finally arrived.

 

Ghost Recon Breakpoint takes you, an elite special operations group of “Ghosts”, to a remote South Pacific island called Auroa. The Ghosts have a mission to investigate Skell Technology, a tech company based on the island, after all communication is lost with Auroa. Upon arrival, you discover former Ghost Cole D. Walker has gone rogue leading the “Wolves” for an unknown mission.

 

It’s up to you to face your former brothers in arms who betrayed their country and find out what the Wolves are plotting, and if you’re playing on PC you’ll do so with gorgeous visuals and superb performance.

 

AMD and Ubisoft worked together to integrate AMD technologies in the PC version of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, featuring:

 

  • Optimizations for RDNA
  • Support for Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR*
  • AMD FidelityFX

 

AMD FidelityFX (FFX) is AMD’s open source image quality toolkit which can be implemented by developers into their games. In working closely with Ubisoft, FidelityFX has been applied in Ghost Recon Breakpoint.  

 

FidelityFX incorporates our contrast adaptive sharpening algorithm that helps bring out details in images without impacting performance, for the visceral experience you demand. Don’t miss any key tactical details in Ghost Recon with crisp and immersive FFX visuals.

 

With these incredible optimizations, you’re going to want to play at the best possible settings on your Radeon graphics card. Check out how you can play at up to 60 FPS maxing out your settings:

 

 

Take advantage of the AMD technologies in the game with our Raise the Game* bundle, featuring Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Get the game now with the Raise the Game bundle, with the purchase of a select Radeon graphics card!

 

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Annie Lee is Sr. GTM Specialist for AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5.

 

*FreeSync 2 HDR does not require HDR capable monitors: driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 HDR supported HDR content is detected. Otherwise, HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-105

 

* 18+ only. Following purchase, product must be installed on system where coupon code will be redeemed. Void where prohibited. Residency and additional limitations apply. Full offer terms at www.amdrewards.com/terms. Game Pass for PC Offer:  Participating retailers only for eligible purchases made July 1, 2019 through March 10, 2020 or when supply of coupon codes is exhausted. Over 100 PC Games available starting August 2019. Gears 5 available fall 2019.  Game Pass code must be redeemed by June 30, 2020.  Limit one promotional 3-month subscription per Microsoft account over a 12-month period.  Requires the Xbox (beta) app and Windows 10 (with updates).  Age restrictions and system requirements apply. Game catalog varies over time.  Learn more at Xbox.com/gamepass. Choice of Game Offer: Participating retailers only for eligible purchases made September 30, 2019 through December 31, 2019 or when supply of coupon codes is exhausted. Coupon code must be redeemed by January 30, 2020.

 

2019 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.  All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, Ryzen and FreeSync and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. DirectX is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and/or other countries. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

 

2019 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Tom Clancy’s, Ghost Recon, the Soldier Icon, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are registered or unregistered trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries.

Hello, everyone! We’re delighted by your support and the strong momentum of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors in the marketplace, and we continue to watch your feedback closely. Today we have some important updates for you concerning processor boost behavior, desktop idle behavior, and a new monitoring SDK. The first two changes will be arriving in BIOSes based on AGESA 1003ABBA, and we are planning to make the SDK public on developer.amd.com with a target release date of September 30.

 

Boost Changes

Starting with our commitment to provide you an update on processor boost, our analysis indicates that the processor boost algorithm was affected by an issue that could cause target frequencies to be lower than expected. This has been resolved. We’ve also been exploring other opportunities to optimize performance, which can further enhance the frequency. These changes are now being implemented in flashable BIOSes from our motherboard partners. Across the stack of 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors, our internal testing shows that these changes can add approximately 25-50MHz to the current boost frequencies under various workloads.


Our estimation of the benefit is broadly based on workloads like PCMark 10 and Kraken JavaScript Benchmark. The actual improvement may be lower or higher depending on the workload, system configuration, and thermal/cooling solution implemented in the PC. We used the following test system in our analysis:

 

  • AMD Reference Motherboard (AGESA 1003ABBA beta BIOS)
  • 2x8GB DDR4-3600C16
  • AMD Wraith Prism and Noctua NH-D15S coolers
  • Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • 22°C ambient test lab
  • Streacom BC1 Open Benchtable
  • AMD Chipset Driver 1.8.19.xxx
  • AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan
  • BIOS defaults (except memory OC)


These improvements will be available in final BIOSes starting in about three weeks’ time, depending on the testing and implementation schedule of your motherboard manufacturer. Additional information on boost frequency in the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors can also be obtained from this separate blog update.


Going forward, it’s important to understand how our boost technology operates. Our processors perform intelligent real-time analysis of the CPU temperature, motherboard voltage regulator current (amps), socket power (watts), loaded cores, and workload intensity to maximize performance from millisecond to millisecond. Ensuring your system has adequate thermal paste; reliable system cooling; the latest motherboard BIOS; reliable BIOS settings/configuration; the latest AMD chipset driver; and the latest operating system can enhance your experience.


Following the installation of the latest BIOS update, a consumer running a bursty, single threaded application on a PC with the latest software updates and adequate voltage and thermal headroom should see the maximum boost frequency of their processor. PCMark 10 is a good proxy for a user to test the maximum boost frequency of the processor in their system. It is fully expected that if users run a workload like Cinebench, which runs for an extended period of time, the operating frequencies may be lower than maximum throughout the run.


In addition, we do want to address recent questions about reliability. We perform extensive engineering analysis to develop reliability models and to model the lifetime of our processors before entering mass production. While AGESA 1003AB contained changes to improve system stability and performance for users, changes were not made for product longevity reasons. We do not expect that the improvements that have been made in boost frequency for AGESA 1003ABBA will have any impact on the lifetime of your Ryzen processor.

 

Revisiting Calmer Idle

In late July, we implemented a series of software changes that would help the processor ignore requests for voltage/frequency boost from lightweight applications. The goal was to make the processor more relaxed at the desktop, but poised to react for serious workloads. While many of you were happy with the effect of the software changes, some of you were still grappling with cases where the CPU was a bit overzealous with boost. We wanted to smooth those out, too.


Today we’re announcing that AGESA 1003ABBA carries firmware-level changes designed to do just that. The changes primarily arrive in the form of an “activity filter” that empowers the CPU boost algorithm itself to disregard intermittent OS and application background noise. Example test cases might include: video playback, game launchers, monitoring utilities, and peripheral utilities. These cases tend to make regular requests for a higher boost state, but their intermittent nature would fall below the threshold of the activity filter.


Net-net, we expect you’ll see lower desktop voltages, around 1.2V, for the core(s) actively handling such tasks. We believe this solution will be even more effective than the July changes for an even wider range of applications.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X peak/average CPU core voltages running Steam and AMD Ryzen Master (version 2.0.2.1271). Similar voltages, around 1.09V, were observed while running Corsair iCUE software.

 

Please keep in mind, however, that this firmware change is not a cap. The processor must still be free to boost if active workload(s) seriously require it, so you should still expect occasions where the processor will explore its designed and tested voltage range of 0.2V to 1.5V.

 

New Monitoring SDK

Obtaining reliable data about the operating behavior of a processor is important to enthusiasts such as myself. There are many monitoring utilities on the market, and we work with many of them to ensure they’re accessing telemetry data in a sensible manner. Regardless of the utility, however, it’s common sense that all the tools should roughly correlate when you ask a simple question like “what’s my CPU temperature?”


Enabling a consistent experience across monitoring utilities is important to us. That’s why we’re announcing the September 30 release of the AMD Ryzen Master Monitoring SDK that will allow anyone to build a public monitoring utility that can reliably report a range of key processor metrics in a consistent manner. Altogether, there are 30+ API calls within the first SDK release, but we’ve highlighted a few of the more important or interesting ones below:

 

  • Current Operating Temperature: Reports the average temperature of the CPU cores over a short sample period. By design, this metric filters transient spikes that can skew temperature reporting.
  • Peak Core(s) Voltage (PCV): Reports the Voltage Identification (VID) requested by the CPU package of the motherboard voltage regulators. This voltage is set to service the needs of the cores under active load, but isn’t necessarily the final voltage experienced by all of the CPU cores.
  • Average Core Voltage (ACV): Reports the average voltages experienced by all processor cores over a short sample period, factoring in active power management, sleep states, Vdroop, and idle time.
  • EDC (A), TDC (A), PPT (W): The current and power limits for your motherboard VRMs and processor socket.
  • Peak Speed: The maximum frequency of the fastest core during the sample period.
  • Effective Frequency: The frequency of the processor cores after factoring in time spent in sleep states (e.g. cc6 core sleep or pc6 package sleep). Example: One processor core is running at 4GHz while awake, but in cc6 core sleep for 50% of the sample period. The effective frequency of this core would be 2GHz. This value can give you a feel for how often the cores are using aggressive power management capabilities that aren’t immediately obvious (e.g. clock or voltage changes).
  • Various voltages and clocks, including: SoC voltage, DRAM voltage, fabric clock, memory clock, etc.

 

A Preview in Action

This SDK will be available for public download on developer.amd.com on September 30. As a preview of what the new SDK can enable, AMD Ryzen Master (version 2.0.2.1271) has already been updated with the new Average Core Voltage API for 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors. It's ready for download today!


As noted above, Average Core Voltage shows you average voltages that all CPU cores are experiencing over a short sample period after you factor in sleep states, idle states, active power management, and Vdroop. Depending on the load on the processor, this value might be quite different from Peak Core(s) Voltage.


For example: if the processor is lightly loaded on a few cores, the overall activity level of all the CPU cores will be relatively low and, therefore, the Average Core Voltage will be low as well. But the active cores still need intermittently higher voltages to power boost frequencies, which will be reflected in the Peak Core Voltage. As the CPU comes under full load, these two values will eventually converge representing that all cores are active at approximately the same intensity. The overall goal of these two values is to show you what’s happening moment-to-moment the most loaded cores (Peak), and what’s happening more generally to the CPU cores over time (Average).


We hope new APIs like Average Core Voltage give you a better understanding of how our processors behave, and we can’t wait to see more tools make use of the new monitoring SDK. Visit amd.com on September 30 for the first public release!

 

What to Expect Next

AGESA 1003ABBA has now been released to our motherboard partners. Now they will perform additional testing, QA, and implementation work on their specific hardware (versus our reference motherboard). Final BIOSes based on AGESA 1003ABBA will begin to arrive in approximately three weeks, depending on the testing time of your vendor and motherboard.

 

Going forward, we’ll continue providing updates in this format as the updates are being prepped for release. In the interim, please don’t hesitate to reach out our support page if you have questions or need help.

A few weeks ago, we made our biggest GPU product launch to date with the introduction of the new AMD RadeonTM RX 5700 series graphics cards. And I believe we’ve struck a positive chord with the community and AMD fans as I read the many responses from you in the forums and on social media.

 

Many of you have commented on the great 1440p gaming experiences enabled by the all-new RDNA gaming architecture and new software features like RadeonTM  Image Sharpening and RadeonTM Anti-Lag. I’m also thrilled to see feedback that these products provide incredible value and bring much-needed competition back to the market.

 

And this is just the beginning. Just as AMD transformed the CPU market with the launch of RyzenTM processors in 2017, we’re reinvigorating the GPU market with a renewed spirit of innovation and competition that will power amazing gaming experiences for years to come.

 

To this end, we’re dedicated to fueling the great experiences gamers have come to expect from their PC hardware, which continues to evolve with the introduction of new games, form factors and use cases, such as esports, game streaming and more. With the GPU playing such a pivotal role in these experiences, the AMD team has worked tirelessly to introduce new features and capabilities with the AMD RadeonTM RX 5700 series graphics cards that deliver the best balance of performance and efficiency.

 

With an all-new architecture (and associated software stack) comes questions and educational opportunities to help users get the most out of these new GPUs. With that in mind, I wanted to provide more information on some of the key product features and capabilities, and address questions that have arisen in community discussions. Read on to see how we’ve evolved our approach with the latest RadeonTM graphics cards to supercharge your experience.

 

More Control Over GPU Power and Performance

Up until the AMD RadeonTM RX Vega and the RX 500 series GPUs, the clock speed (and associated voltage) of the GPUs was dictated by a small number of fixed, discrete DPM states. Depending on the workload, and available thermal and electrical headroom, the GPU would alternate between one of these fixed DPM states. As a result, the GPU had a lot less flexibility in finding and residing at the most optimum state since it had to be one of these valid DPM states, and nothing in between. Often, this meant leaving performance on the table if the ideal voltage-frequency (Vf) state happened to be in between two of the fixed DPM states.

 

In addition, for every single GPU within a SKU family (for example, reference RadeonTM RX Vega 64 GPUs), the DPM states or Vf points were identical. Given that there is always a die-to-die variance in performance even between two pieces of otherwise identical silicon, once again this meant giving up performance while catering to the lowest common denominator within the wafer population.

 

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Discrete, fixed DPM states on Radeon RX Vega 64

 

Starting with the AMD RadeonTM VII, and further optimized and refined with the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs, AMD has implemented a much more granular ‘fine grain DPM’ mechanism vs. the fixed, discrete DPM states on previous RadeonTM RX GPUs. Instead of the small number of fixed DPM states, the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPU have hundreds of Vf ‘states’ between the bookends of the idle clock and the theoretical ‘Fmax’ frequency defined for each GPU SKU. This more granular and responsive approach to managing GPU Vf states is further paired with a more sophisticated Adaptive Voltage Frequency Scaling (AVFS) architecture on the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs.

 

Fine-grained DPM on Radeon<img src='https://community.amd.com/images/emojis/2122.png' class='jive_emoji'/> RX 5700 GPU, with optimized Vf curve

Fine-grained DPM on RadeonTM RX 5700 GPU, with optimized Vf curve

 

As a result, each AMD RadeonTM RX 5700 GPU can find and run at the most optimum frequency, tailored to the specific workload, electrical, thermal and acoustic conditions – down to the last MHz. Paired with a Vf curve that is optimized for each individual RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPU, RadeonTM Adrenalin software and the RadeonTM WattMan tool provide much more granular control over the power and performance of the GPU.

 

Junction Temperature: Enhanced Thermal Monitoring

In the past, the GPU core temperature was read by a single sensor that was placed in the vicinity of the legacy thermal diode. This singular sensor was used to make all power-performance optimization decisions across the entire GPU. However, depending on the game being run, the type of GPU cooling and other related metrics, different parts of the GPU might have been at different levels of utilization. As a result, ramping up or throttling down the entire GPU based on this single measurement was inefficient, often leaving significant thermal headroom – and resulting performance – on the table.

 

With the AMD RadeonTM VII GPU we introduced enhanced thermal monitoring to further optimize GPU performance. We built upon that foundation with the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs, and now utilize an extensive network of thermal sensors distributed across the entire GPU die to intelligently monitor and tune performance in response to granular GPU activity in real time.

 

Paired with this array of sensors is the ability to identify the ‘hotspot’ across the GPU die. Instead of setting a conservative, ‘worst case’ throttling temperature for the entire die, the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs will continue to opportunistically and aggressively ramp clocks until any one of the many available sensors hits the ‘hotspot’ or ‘Junction’ temperature of 110 degrees Celsius. Operating at up to 110C Junction Temperature during typical gaming usage is expected and within spec. This enables the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs to offer much higher performance and clocks out of the box, while maintaining acoustic and reliability targets.

 

We provide users with both measurements – the average GPU Temperature and Junction Temperature – so that they have the best and most complete visibility into the operation of their RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs.

 

Maximized Performance, Right Out of the Box

Under typical gaming workloads the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs will have their clock speeds at or above the published Game Clock frequencies. Leveraging the RDNA architecture and advanced 7nm process technology, completely out of the box, the GPUs will automatically and opportunistically utilize all available electrical, acoustic and thermal headroom in real time to ramp clock speed and deliver improved performance.

 

Since all of this is done in real time, on a per die basis, some AMD RadeonTM RX 5700 GPUs may exceed published Boost frequencies regularly, and with no input whatsoever from the end user. Of course, using the RadeonTM WattMan1 tool built into RadeonTM software, gamers and enthusiasts alike have additional control and insight to adjust the frequency, voltage, and acoustic/power limits as they see fit for their unique setup and environment – and to enable the best possible gaming experience.

 

At the end of the day, we know that gamers have different preferences. Some prioritize acoustics while others want to crank out every last bit of performance from their GPUs. This is why we provide them with the flexibility to tweak and customize settings as they see fit.

 

We’re thrilled to see so many of you embrace the new AMD RadeonTM RX 5700 series graphics cards to push the boundaries of high-performance mainstream gaming, and we’re just getting started.

 

Happy Gaming!

 

Mithun Chandrasekhar is senior manager, product management, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

2019 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, Ryzen, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

 

  1. Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability. GD-106
  2. Game clock is the expected GPU clock when running typical gaming applications, set to typical TGP (Total Graphics Power). Actual individual game clock results may vary. GD-147

Hello! Thank you for all of the interest and excitement around 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors. We have some important updates today on our voltages, clockspeeds, and Destiny 2!   

 

We diagnosed and resolved the issue causing software monitoring tools to report high voltages and clockspeeds at the desktop with 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors and the Windows® 10 May 2019 Update. Our analysis indicates that certain pieces of popular software, which are widely considered to be “low CPU load” applications, frequently make indirect requests for the highest performance and power state from the processor.Third Gen Ryzen is designed to be extremely responsive to requests for higher performance, and this has led to some of the anomalous behavior observed with high voltages and clockspeeds in monitoring utilities.  Our solution is to adjust the AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan to address these cases under light loads, without changing the processor’s ability to respond to sustained workloads like games and content creation.


The solution is immediately available for download in a new chipset driver (version 1.07.29), including an updated AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan that delivers the fix. Users of previous generation AMD Ryzen™ Products do not need this plan, and the chipset driver installer will not provide it.


So you can see these changes in action, AMD Ryzen Master is also updated with new voltage and temperature reporting methodologies that more realistically demonstrate CPU behavior. Version 2.0.1.1233 (or later) reflects these changes and is now available for download as well.


Chipset Driver 1.07.29 also contains a beta workaround that resolves Destiny 2 application launch issues. This will ensure Destiny 2 players can immediately get back into the game.

 

A more comprehensive solution in the upcoming AGESA 1003ABB is still required for other affected software affected by the same underlying issue. AGESA 1003ABB will appear in production BIOSes when your manufacturer has completed QA testing to ensure stability and reliability. This process typically takes a few weeks.


Finally, AGESA 1003ABB-based BIOSes will also resolve the “Event 17, WHEA-Logger” warnings appearing in the Windows Event Log.

 

We genuinely appreciate the time, reports, and collaboration from the enthusiast community on the topics in this blog.  If you are interested in further details, please see the Detailed Brief that can be downloaded from the link below.  We love the feedback and look forward to providing more updates in this format as the Ryzen community continues to grow.


DOWNLOAD: Chipset Driver 1.07.29.xxx
DOWNLOAD: AMD Ryzen™ Master 2.0.1.1233

DOWNLOAD: Community Update #5 Detailed Brief

 

Please note that it may take time additional throughout the day of July 30 for these downloads to be available in your region as local edge servers populate.

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AMD Gaming PC Build Guide

Posted by brian.jang Jul 22, 2019

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Check out the latest AMD build guide for the latest in PC Gaming.  AMD has teamed up with some of the industry’s best hardware component manufacturers to deliver a purpose-built PC designed for an exceptional gaming experience with smooth streaming capabilities and tons of horsepower to produce premium content.  These build guides are great for anyone looking to play the latest games, stream to your fans, and create epic content.

 

 

At the heart of our latest AMD gaming PC, we start with an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor with 12 cores and 24 threads, ready for elite performance in gaming, streaming, content creation, and intensive multitasking.

 

 

We chose to mount the Ryzen 9 3900X on the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard, powered by an AMD X570 chipset. This full ATX board is equipped with ASUS Aura RGB lighting, SupremeFX 8 channel audio, and rock-solid performance.

 

 

AMD went with G.SKILL 16GB Trident Z Royal high-speed memory, running at 3600 MHz and RGB lighting.

 

 

For storage, AMD chose the Corsair MP600 2TB NVME SSD for our primary drive.  The MP600 utilizes next-gen PCI Express 4.0, capable of up to 5GB/s read and 4GB/s write speeds.  For expanded storage, we utilize Seagate’s 4TB Barracuda hard drive to store loads of games and video content. 

 

 

AMD geared up our gaming PC with an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with 8GB of video memory.  Powered by the all-new RDNA architecture, the Radeon 5700 series delivers high-performance gaming with next-gen PCI Express 4.0 for 1440p Gamers.  RDNA architecture was engineered to greatly enhance features like Radeon Image Sharpening and FidelityFX.  The 5700 XT series dramatically reduced input lag with Radeon Anti-Lag and offered stutter-free, tear-free gaming with AMD Radeon FreeSync technology

 

 

To power this PC, we went with an ASUS ROG Thor power supply, rated at 850W, with a built-in OLED screen that shows just how much power you’re drawing and more RGB lighting. We dressed up our cables with custom sleeves from Mainframe Customs with any color and pattern to our liking. 

 

 

All this hardware was built inside the RAIJINTEK PAEAN case featuring an open-frame chassis and a tempered front glass panel. We mounted our graphics card with the RAIJINTEK PAXX-S vertical mount GPU Riser bracket.  Once we got it all in there, we fitted the CPU with EKWB’s AM4 Velocity water block, Coolstream radiator, EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 pump, hardline tubing, and Cryofuel coolants with a range of colors to choose from.  

 

Complement your rig with the ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ.  This 32inch curved gaming display is running at 1440p, 144hz, and AMD FreeSync technology for a tear and stutter-free gaming experience.  

 

 

Brian Jang, GTM Manager at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

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Today we are releasing our mid-year update to AMD’s Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, bringing with it a number of cutting-edge features to improve your experience, enhance gameplay and deliver support for the new Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards.  

 

 

Improving Game Image Quality: AMD Radeon Image Sharpening 

We all know how new and upcoming AAA titles can put a strain on graphics, especially those running at 4K resolutions and above. Gamers often reduce  their resolution  to improve the overall performance on some demanding titles.  Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) is a new quality enhancement feature designed to provide gamers with stunning looking visuals even at those lower resolutions. This new technique, available initially on the new Radeon RX 5700 series graphics, takes an image and applies an intelligent algorithm to sharpen and upsample it, delivering a crisp image with virtually no performance penalty1. Gamers can now have the best of both worlds – amazing visuals they crave, and performance they need.  

 

 

Learn More about Radeon Image Sharpening

 

Improve Gaming Response Time: AMD Radeon Anti-Lag 

In ideal conditions, when a gamer clicks on a key and the CPU registers the work, the GPU will render out the corresponding frame to the monitor at almost the exact same time. However, when the GPU is pushed to its limits, the CPU work gets queued up while it waits for the GPU to finish, which results in the gamer experiencing lag.  We’ve developed Radeon Anti-Lag to better handle those requests coming in from the user so that they don’t get queued up as often waiting for the GPU to complete its task. The result is a 31% average reduction in click-to-response times2, vastly improving the fluidity of gaming in these types of GPU bound scenarios.  

 

 

Learn More about Radeon Anti-Lag

 

Radeon Chill  

We introduced this innovative feature a few years ago to reduce power consumption and noise while limiting the effect on performance, so users won’t perceive any difference.  Today’s latest release takes it another step further by refining Radeon Chill to have display-aware tuning.  Chill can now automatically set frame-rate caps to match your monitor’s refresh rate, whether it’s a static or adaptive FreeSync panel. By working within this range, gamers will get smooth gaming and power savings to boot, with up to 2.45x more savings than before.3 

 

 

Learn More about Radeon Chill

 

AMD Link/Radeon ReLive 

Back in December of last year, we introduced a cool feature in Adrenalin 2019 Edition, where users could play PC games on virtually any mobile device connected to their home wifi using AMD Link, a free app that is available for download on Apple and Android devices.  Today we are expanding that support further by including Apple TV and Android TV connectivity.  Now you can stream your PC games directly to your TV and play on the big screen or watch any of the videos you may have captured on your PC using Radeon ReLive.  

 

 

Learn More about AMD Link

 

AMD FidelityFX 

AMD FidelityFX is our open source image quality toolkit that is now available for developers to implement into their game. FidelityFX combines Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) along with Luma Preserving Mapping (LPM) technologies to deliver great looking visuals while gaming.  FidelityFX automatically collapses multiple effects into fewer shader passes to reduce overhead and free up your GPU for the visceral experience you demand. 

 


Learn More about AMD FidelityFX

 

We’re constantly striving to make the gaming experience better than ever before, and we look forward to your feedback on the new features and on any other things you’d like to see integrated in to our software package.  

 

Tell us what you'd like to see

Learn More about Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition

Download the latest driver here

 

Jay Marsden is Manager, Radeon Software Marketing for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.  GD-5

 

 

Footnotes: 

  1. RS-296 AMD Radeon Image Sharpening Performance - Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 4th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 5700, using a test system comprising of Intel i7 9700K CPU (3.6 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With Radeon Image Sharpening OFF at 2560x1440p, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (high preset, DX12), Rage 2 (ultra-preset, Vulkan), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (highest preset, DX12) Sid Meier’s Civilization 6: Gathering Storm (ultra preset, DX12), and Total War: Warhammer 2 (DX12) scored 84.5FPS, 78.7FPS, 78.6FPS, 97.4FPS and 56.7FPS, respectively, whereas with Radeon Image Sharpening ON scored 83.4FPS, 78.1FPS, 77.7FPS, 96.0FPS, 56.4FPS, respectively, leading to a 1.30%, 0.76%, 1.15%, 1.41%, and 0.53% reduction in performance, respectively, or an average of 1% total average performance impact. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  
  2. RS-295 - AMD Radeon Anti-Lag Performance -  Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 4th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 5700, using a test system comprising of Intel i7 9700K CPU (3.6 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With Anti-Lag OFF at 3840x2160p using DX11, Apex Legends (ultra-high preset), Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (high preset), Dota 2 (maximum preset), Fortnite (high preset), Overwatch (epic preset), PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (ultra preset), and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege had an average input to display latency of 54.6ms, 44.8ms, 22.4ms, 54.4ms, 29.7ms, 48.3ms, 34.1ms, respectively, versus a 36.8ms, 30.2ms, 17.3ms, 35.5ms, 20.5ms, 33.0ms, and 23.6ms latency with Anti-Lag ON, respectively, leading to a 33%, 33%, 23%, 35%, 31%, 32%, and 31% reduction in latency with Anti-Lag ON, respectively. Comparing Anti-Lag ON vs OFF, Anti-Lag reduces average latency by 31%. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  
  3. RS-294 - AMD Radeon Chill Improvement - Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of May 28th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 5700, using a test system comprising of Intel i7 9700K CPU (3.6 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With Radeon™ Chill OFF at 2560x1440p, Dota 2 (Ultra preset, DX11), Overwatch (Epic preset, DX11), World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (Level 10 preset, DX12), and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Very High preset, DX11) consumed 201.6W,   217.7W, 217.3W, and 216.8W, respectively. With the Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.6.3 default Radeon™ Chill framerate range (70-144FPS) on a 60Hz monitor, Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 consumed 77.4W, 177.2W, 130.0W, and 178.2W, respectively. With the Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1 default Radeon™ Chill framerate range (30-60FPS) on a 60Hz monitor, Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 consumed 54.5W, 71.6W, 63.6W, and 91.5W, respectively. Comparing default power consumption with the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.6.3 Radeon Chill FPS range, Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 consumed 62%, 19%, 40%, and 18% lower power, respectively, whereas Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1 Radeon Chill versus default consumed 73%, 67%, 71%, and 58% lower power, respectively. Comparing Radeon™ Chill’s power reduction on a 60Hz monitor in Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Radeon Chill now saves 1.18x, 3.61x, 1.76x, and 3.24x more power with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1 vs 19.6.3, or 2.45x more average power savings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  

In 2018, AMD launched 2000 series Ryzen processors with Radeon graphics to critical acclaim. With the most powerful graphics performance on a desktop processor[i], the Ryzen 5 2400G delivers on the promise of both highly responsive processing and discrete-class gaming without the added expense of a separate graphics card. And at a $99 launch price, the Ryzen 3 2200G makes smooth, best-in-class esports gaming available at an even more accessible price point.

 

On July 7th, AMD will make the most powerful graphics on a desktop processor even better. Introducing the new Ryzen 5 3400G and the Ryzen 3 3200G processors with Radeon Graphics.  

 

ProcessorCores / ThreadsBoost/Base Clock

Graphics

(Graphics Clock)

Total Cache

(L2 + L3)

TDPCooler

Suggested

Price

Ryzen 5 3400G4 / 84.2 / 3.7 GHz

Radeon RX Vega 11

(1400 MHz)

6MB65WWraith Spire$149
Ryzen 3 3200G4 / 44.0 / 3.6 GHz

Radeon Vega 8

(1250 MHz)

6MB65WWraith Stealth$99


Armed with higher clock speeds, super-fast graphics, and new driver features, these new processors set a new benchmark for what users can expect from a desktop processor. The Ryzen 5 3400G earns the title of the world’s most powerful graphics on a desktop processori, a title previously held by its predecessor the Ryzen 5 2400G.iii With 4 cores, and 8 processing threads, an impressive 4.2 GHz Max Boost clock speed, and a 1400 MHz graphics core speed, the Ryzen 5 3400G is armed with strong processing hardware, able to provide smooth gaming performance at high -definition 1080p resolution while its competition - the Core i5-9400 - stutters and fails to deliver a playable experience in many popular titlesiv:

 

 

Similarly, with 4 processing cores, a max boost clock of 4.0 GHz, and a 1250 MHz graphics clock speed, the new Ryzen 3 3200G is quite capable of playing the most popular eSports games online at 1080p.


Of course, there’s more to the Ryzen 5 3400G than just strong gaming chops. With powerful Radeon graphics on tap, your Windows computing experience can be truly enhanced and unleashed. From watching video and surfing the internet, to serious design and production work, this CPU is surprisingly capable, reliable, and efficient compared to the competition:


Ryzen 3400G Productivity Performance


In addition to raw performance, 3000 series Ryzen processors with Radeon graphics boast some of the most stable graphics drivers in the business, with exciting new features included at launch that include new Radeon Anti-Lag technology - a feature that can give you a competitive edge when playing the most popular eSports games online.


Radeon Anti-Lag


And AMD didn't stop there. We have looked for even more ways to add value to the Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G:

 

 

As touched on in the slide above:

 

- The Ryzen 5 3400G includes the robust Wraith Spire cooler, which has a higher cooling capacity than the Wraith Stealth cooler


- The Ryzen 5 3400G is also equipped with premium soldered thermal interface material, which helps keep the processor cooler and quieter during normal operation, and also when overclockingv


- The Ryzen 5 3400G can use the new PBO Automatic Overclockingvi feature to enable up to 200 MHz of easy overclocking at the touch of a button.


The new 3000-series Ryzen with Radeon graphics processors will be on shelf on July 7th, 2019. The Ryzen 3 3200G has a suggested etail price of $99 USD, while the Ryzen 5 3400G has a suggested etail price of $149 USD. AMD looks forward to pushing the boundaries of what you expect from a desktop processor with these new, powerful processing products.

 

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Don Woligroski is the Desktop Technical Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

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Testing as of 05/14/2019 by AMD Performance Labs using an AMD Ryzen™ 5 3400G Processor and Intel Core i5-9400 in 3DMark Time Spy. Results may vary with configuration. PCO-001

 ii Testing as of 05/14/2019 by AMD Performance Labs using an AMD Ryzen™ 5 3400G Processor and Intel Core i5-9400 in PCMark 10, Adobe Premiere, Speedometer, and SPECviewperf. Results may vary with configuration. The class defined as graphics on a desktop processor. SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See www.spec.org. PCO-002

iii  Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 12/08/2017 for the Ryzen 5 2400G, and 09/04/2015 for the Core i7-5775c on the following systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used. System Configs:  All systems equipped with Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows 10 RS2 operating system. Socket AM4 System: Ryzen 52400G processor, 16B (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2667 RAM, Graphics Driver 1710181048-17.40-171018a-319170E 23.20.768.0 :: 12/08/2017. Socket LGA1150 System: Core i7-5775c processor, 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1867 MHz RAM, graphics driver 10.18.15.4256:: 09/04/2015. 3DMark 11 Performance benchmark used to represent graphics power. The following processors achieved the following scores in 3DMark 11 ‘performance’ benchmark v1.0.132.0: The Ryzen 5 2400G: 5042. Also, in v1.0.132.0, The Core i7-5775c, the Intel desktop processor with the highest Intel desktop graphics performance, achieved 3094. RZG-01

iv Testing as of 05/14/2019 by AMD Performance Labs using an AMD Ryzen™ 5 3400G Processor and Intel Core i5-9400 in 9 game titles. Results may vary with configuration. PCO-003

V Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage,  to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software.  This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer.  Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability.  GD-106

vi GD-135 - Precision Boost Overdrive requires an AMD Ryzen Threadripper, AMD Ryzen 5 3000, AMD Ryzen 7 3000, or AMD Ryzen 9 3000 Series processor and a motherboard compatible with one or more of these processors. Because Precision Boost Overdrive enables operation of the processor outside of specifications and in excess of factory settings, use of the feature invalidates the AMD product warranty and may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. GD-135

 

For a limited time starting on July 1, when you purchase an eligible AMD Radeon™ graphics card or Ryzen™ processor, you’ll get a 3 month subscription to Xbox Game Pass*. This fall, Xbox Game Pass is coming to PCs and gamers will have unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play at full fidelity. You can check the list of eligible AMD products and read the rules here.

 

More titles will be continuously added to the library on the day of release, including Gears 5, set to drop September 10, 2019. From one of gaming’s most acclaimed sagas, Gears is bigger than ever, with five thrilling modes and the deepest campaign yet. With all-out war descending, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself. Who’s excited to delve into Gears 5 on release day? We’re counting down the days.

 

Already a Game Pass subscriber? That’s totally cool – you can redeem our offer to add 3 months to your existing subscription*.

 

Get the ultimate PC gaming experience with the power of Ryzen™ processors and the performance of Radeon™ graphics. With the best-in-class gaming hardware, now your biggest challenge will be figuring out which game to tackle next. Happy gaming!

 

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*Offer available through participating retailers for eligible purchases made July 1, 2019 through March 10, 2020 or when supply of coupon codes is exhausted, whichever occurs first. Void where prohibited.  Full offer terms at www.amdrewards.com/terms. Game Pass for PC:  Over 100 PC Games available starting August 2019. Gears 5 available fall 2019.  Game Pass code must be redeemed by June 30, 2020.  Limit one promotional 3-month subscription per Microsoft account over a 12-month period.  Requires the Xbox (beta) app and Windows 10 (with updates).  Age restrictions and system requirements apply. Game catalog varies over time. 

Gears 5 is rated ESRB “M” for Mature and PEGI is not yet rated. May contain content inappropriate for children. Please consult with ESRB.org, PEGI.info, or your regional game ratings organization.

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Today we are honored to announce the latest amazing chapter in our long-term custom development partnership with Microsoft focused on pushing the limits of gaming.

 

AMD and Microsoft have co-designed and co-engineered a custom, high performance AMD SoC to power Project Scarlett to deliver an incredible gaming experience, including the next-generation of performance, graphics, lighting, visuals, and audio immersion. This processor builds upon the significant innovation of the AMD Ryzen™ "Zen 2" CPU core and a "Navi" GPU based on next-generation Radeon™ RDNA gaming architecture including hardware-accelerated raytracing.

 

Microsoft Executive Vice President of Gaming Phil Spencer revealed new details about Project Scarlett, which is expected to deliver the most powerful and immersive Xbox experience ever. Project Scarlett is a significant step forward in gaming and will provide developers with the power they require to bring their future creative visions to life with up to 120 frames per second, variable refresh rate, a next-gen solid state drive, and almost non-existent load times. Thousands of games across four generations will look and play best on Project Scarlett which will arrive in Holiday 2020.

 

AMD has teamed with Microsoft for over a decade, starting with the Xbox 360 and the first GPU designed for Unified Shading. In 2013, Microsoft introduced the Xbox One powered by a custom CPU and GPU on AMD SoC with high bandwidth eSRAM. In 2016 Microsoft introduced Xbox One S, the first model capable of HDR rendering. Then, the following year, Microsoft and AMD co-engineered a custom processor for the Xbox One X, introduced as the world’s most powerful console at the time, offering true 4k game rendering.

 

Our relationship with Microsoft is based on silicon design deeply rooted in tight collaboration. Our engineering organizations work together as one design team to continually innovate and significantly advance the overall gaming experience.

 

As the #1 supplier of high-end processors and graphics for the game console market, AMD is committed to being the trusted partner for delivering the absolute best immersive experiences based on our unique silicon, platform and software expertise. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Microsoft and pushing the boundaries of technology and gaming. We can’t wait for you to experience this upcoming AMD-based product from Microsoft!

 

You can find more information from Microsoft on Xbox Wire. And, be sure to check out the AMD Next Horizon Gaming livestream from E3 with our President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su on Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 3 p.m. Pacific for more on AMD gaming technology.

 

 

Jack Huynh, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Semi-Custom Business Unit, AMD

With the launch of the AM4 platform in 2016, we at AMD made a commitment to maintain and support socket AM4 through 2020. During that time, we have continued to evolve the platform to offer new features, more performance, and greater functionality. With a single socket ranging from entry level to enthusiast class motherboards, consumers have the flexibility to start with the hardware that meets their needs today, and upgrade to their growing performance demands tomorrow.  

 

 

So, how do you know whether youll be able to upgrade your existing processor with a new motherboard or a new processor with existing motherboard? With the new AMD X570 chipset and AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors, we’re launching Ryzen 3000 Ready. If a new X570, X470 or B450 motherboard is calling your name, just look for the "AMD Ryzen Desktop 3000 Ready" badge (shown above) on the box to ensure processor drop-in compatibility 

 

For those looking to update their existing PCs with a new processor, motherboard manufacturers have BIOS updates rolling out now. Check out your motherboard vendors website for a list of supported processors so that you can easily identify which motherboard will support your Ryzen processor of choice. 

 

 

AMD’s Socket AM4 has historic forwards and backwards compatibility. Where else can you upgrade your processor and be able to use your current motherboard? Even better, many current customers will see a BIOS update to support the Ryzen 3000 series processors. That’s the beauty of the stable, flexible AM4 ecosystem.  

 

Erin Maiorino, Ryzen Desktop Product Marketing Manager at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. 

 

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With the new AMD X570 chipset for socket AM4, we are bringing industry leading technology for enthusiasts, gamers and creators alike.

 

PCI Express® 4.0

Modern PC platforms use the PCI Express® 3.0 interface, which can transfer data up to 1GB/s per lane, or 16GB/s on a x16 slot. With the continuously increasing performance demands of games and applications, the devices that are being built to meet those demands require equally increasing bandwidth. The new PCIe 4.0 standard DOUBLES the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0 to up to 2GB/s per lane, or up to 32 GB/s on a x16 slot, enabling new generations of high-performance graphics cards, networking devices, NVMe drives, ethernet cards and more.

 

 

What can PCIe 4.0 do for you? Increased bandwidth can remove bottlenecks to performance and accelerate your workflow. That means the promise of faster file storage, faster application loading, and even faster graphics performance is tied to adoption of the PCIe 4.0 standard.

 

 

The future of PCIe 4.0 bandwidth starts in 2019 with the launch of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors and AMD X570-based motherboards. We’ve been working closely with leading technology partners like Phison to enable the first PCIe 4.0 ×4 NVMe controllers for consumer storage devices, as well as SSD vendors like Corsair, Galaxy and Gigabyte to help bring PCIe 4.0 drives to market.

 

AMD X570-based Flagship Motherboards

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors will be supported by all major motherboard manufacturers. With over 100 AM4 motherboards currently in market, our partners will be introducing an additional 50+ models with the new AMD X570 chipset,  the world’s first consumer PC platform with support for PCIe 4.0 devices.

 

    

 

 

Thanks to AMD and our next-gen platform technology leadership, PC enthusiasts can take advantage of this bleeding-edge hardware advancement in the second half of 2019. Only with 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors and AMD X570 you can count on beautiful, powerful elite motherboards with PCIe 4.0 technology. 

 

Erin MaiorinoRyzen Desktop Product Marketing Manager at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. 

©2019 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Ryzen and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc  PCIe and PCI Express are registered trademarks of PCI-SIG Corporation.

1 Testing as of 05/20/2019 by AMD Performance Labs using a 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processor and Phison PS5016-E16 PCIE4.0 NVME 2TB in Crystal DiskMark 6.0.2 Results may vary with configuration. RZ3-12

Founded in 1969 as a Silicon Valley start-up, the AMD journey began with dozens of employees focused on leading-edge semiconductor products. From those modest beginnings, AMD has grown into a global company of 10,000 people, achieving many important industry firsts along the way as well as building a strong following of global fans!

 

Kicking off its 50th anniversary celebration, today AMD unveiled ‘Gold Edition’ versions of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor and AMD Radeon VII graphics card. To celebrate AMD’s rich history of innovation in gaming and high-performance computing, AMD is providing customers and fans with a unique opportunity to obtain commemorative versions of its top-tier gaming products, free games, and other one-of-a-kind keepsake items. Here are your options to participate in some great deals and celebrations:

 

AMD Radeon™ VII Gold Edition

 

Get the AMD Radeon™ VII Gold Edition graphics card with a red shroud, as well as 2 FREE* games, a Lisa Su signature sticker, and a free** AMD 50th Anniversary T-Shirt. Offer available for a limited time.

 

AMD RYZEN™ 7 2700X Gold Edition

 

Get the AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X Gold Edition processor, signed by Lisa Su, as well as 2 FREE* games, a Lisa Su signature sticker, and a free** AMD 50th Anniversary T-Shirt. Offer available for a limited time.

 

Get 2 Games Free* with an AMD Powered PC!

 

Get 2 games FREE* with the purchase of a PC computer powered by an eligible AMD Radeon™ graphics card and/or an eligible AMD Ryzen™ processor. Offer available through participating retailers only for a limited time.

 

Get The Division® 2 Gold Edition and World War Z® FREE*!

 

With the Purchase of These Products from Participating Retailers*.

 

AMD Radeon™ Graphics CardsAMD Ryzen™ Processors
AMD Radeon™ VII graphics cardAMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X processor
AMD Radeon™ RX Vega Series graphics cardAMD Ryzen™ 7 2700 processor
AMD Radeon™ RX 590 graphics cardAMD Ryzen™ 5 2600X processor
AMD Radeon™ RX 580 graphics cardAMD Ryzen™ 5 2600 processor
AMD Radeon™ RX 570 graphics cardAMD Ryzen™ 5 2400G processor

 

AMD 50th Anniversary VLAN Party

 

On May 4th, join the AMD Red Team on Twitch for a day of community, games, and prizes, including a bundle featuring Ryzen™ 7 2700X Gold Edition and Sapphire Radeon™ RX 590 50th Anniversary Edition. Visit the AMD blog for rules and eligibility: bit.ly/2ZBTrrt

 

#AMD50 Stories

 

From May 1st to May 17th AMD’s asking you, our dedicated community of Red Team members, to share your favorite AMD memories using the hashtag #AMD50. We’re also giving away several AMD Radeon VII Gold Editions and AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Gold Editions to users who participate in our #AMD50 story sweepstakes on Twitter.  See links below for full rules and how to enter for a chance to win:

 

Learn More at www.amd.com/AMD50.

 

Thank you for being a part of our 50-year journey!

 

*Limit one game title per customer. Eligible products include AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Gold Edition, Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, Ryzen 5 2600, Ryzen 5 2400G, Radeon VII Gold Edition, Radeon VII, RX Vega series, RX 590, RX 580, or RX 570. Combination with any other promotion is prohibited. Offer available through participating retailers only. 18+ only. Following purchase, product must be installed on system where coupon code will be redeemed. Residency and additional limitations apply. For full Terms & Conditions: www.amdrewards.com/terms.

 

**Offer not available in all countries. Coupon code is valid for one (1) AMD 50th Anniversary Long Sleeve T-Shirt at https://www.amdrewards.com/amd50. Limit one code per person, per household, per email. Offer good for one-time use online. Discount applies to merchandise only, not the value of gift cards, packaging, applicable taxes or shipping & handling charges.  Cannot be combined with any other offers.  Offer is not transferable or valid for resale. Offer is not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Offer subject to change. No adjustments on previous purchases.  Not responsible for lost or stolen codes. Customer is responsible for any duties (or taxes) imposed by their country of origin.

 

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Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Gold Edition is rated ESRB “M” for Mature and PEGI 18. World War Z is rated ESRB “M” for Mature and PEGI 18. May contain content inappropriate for children. Please consult with ESRB.org, PEGI.info, or your regional game ratings organization.

 

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Users know how frustrating it can be to play a game, see something they want to adjust, and be forced to alt-tab or exit out to change their settings in the control panel.  Radeon™ Overlay provides gamers the choice to rapidly make graphics changes on-the-fly without leaving the game, so they can quickly get back to playing their favorite title.

 

Radeon™ Overlay can easily be opened inside their game by using the hotkey, Alt-R, to bring up the overlay panel.  This non-intrusive panel that appears on the right of the screen provides gamers with one-click access to a multitude of settings for their Radeon graphics card. Features like Radeon™ ReLive, Radeon™ Chill, Radeon™ WattMan, and Radeon™ Game Advisor can easily be adjusted from within this overlay panel.

 

We’ve put together a few simple how-to videos to show you how easy it is to access, adjust and continue gaming with Radeon Overlay.

 

Monitor your graphics and system performance with Radeon Overlay

 

Customize and change the location of the Overlay performance metrics

 

Access Radeon ReLive via Radeon Overlay to capture and share your content with friends or the online community

 

Log your performance using Overlay so you can analyze the data afterwards

 

Change your color settings using Overlay

 

For more information, check out our Radeon Overlay page on amd.com! 

 

 

 

Warren Eng is the Product Marketing Manager for Radeon Software at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.  GD-5

 

 

 

Disclaimer:

Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability. GD-106

Every advance in gaming, whether on consoles, PCs, or the cloud, is only as good as the games delivered on it. That is why you’ll find AMD’s strong commitment to game developers reflected in every move we make in the gaming world. It’s also why our Radeon™ Software team gets so excited for the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC). It's a one-of-a-kind opportunity to share our latest and greatest tools, tech, and support resources directly with the passionate developer community.

"The Game Developer Conference is first and foremost about supporting the development community with everything it needs to make the next wave of incredible gaming experiences possible. At this GDC, AMD is doubling down on its commitment to open standards-driven games development by providing developers with the tools they need to bring their AAA visions to life. Gaming is moving in exciting new directions, both on consoles and PCs, as well as in gaming driven from the cloud. AMD is out in front of these developments, and ready with the support developers need to make the most of these opportunities."

Andrej Zdravkovic, Corporate Vice President for Software

AMD has long distinguished itself by maintaining a strong commitment to open standards. We continue to believe that the freedom and flexibility made possible by open standards fosters gaming innovation in ways that proprietary solutions cannot. We are very proud to support developers who share that vision with GPUOpen, our website for developers stocked with valuable software and tools based on open standards that they can use to help maximize the performance of their games. For example, dedicated tools like the Radeon™ GPU Profiler help accelerate development cycles and optimize games for next-gen APIs such as DirectX® 12 and Vulkan®.

 

There’s a lot more to share this GDC, with the following updates to our Radeon Software for Developers tools being released on GPUOpen and presented during the AMD-sponsored sessions at the conference tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20.

 

 

Radeon™ GPU Profiler 1.5

GDC 2019 Session: “AMD GPU Performance Revealed”, Room 3001, West Hall, Moscone Center
The Radeon™ GPU Profiler (RGP) is our low-level optimization tool for DirectX 12, Vulkan, and OpenCL™ that runs on Windows® and Linux® and provides detailed graphics and compute timing and occupancy information on AMD Radeon™ GPUs.

 

 

With RGP, developers can easily visualize precisely how their game or application is utilizing the GPU so they can fully optimize it for Radeon™ graphics cards, helping deliver a better experience to end-users using AMD.

 

At GDC we’ll be showing three new features that we are adding in the RGP 1.5 update. Instruction timing, available for all shader stages, lets you see instruction durations to find out what part of your program is “hot.” Shader ISA lets you see shader code in the pipeline state and user market display helps you better understand what the GPU is working on.

 

The Radeon GPU Profiler 1.5 update is coming soon with planned availability in April 2019.

 

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Radeon™ GPU Analyzer 2.1

GDC 2019 Session: “AMD GPU Performance Revealed”, Room 3001, West Hall, Moscone Center
The Radeon™ GPU Analyzer (RGA) is our offline compiler and shader performance analysis tool for DirectX®, Vulkan, OpenGL®, and OpenCL that runs on Windows and Linux which also integrates into popular third-party developer tools like RenderDoc, Shader Playground, CodeXL, and Pyramid.

 

 

RGA improves developer efficiency by providing an integrated shader code editing, compilation, and analysis environment outside of a game engine that helps quickly validate different optimization strategies. As with the Radeon GPU Profiler, the optimizations RGA helps achieve can deliver better end-user experiences on Radeon graphics.

 

The updated 2.1 version of RGA being presented at GDC has a new GUI interface for Vulkan and OpenCL analysis and the ability to use the shader compiler directly from the installed Radeon Software driver – rather than the one included with the tool.

 

Radeon GPU Analyzer 2.1 will be available on March 20, 2019.

 

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Microsoft® PIX AMD-specific GPU Data Support

GDC 2019 Session: “AMD GPU Performance Revealed”, Room 3001, West Hall, Moscone Center
Microsoft® PIX is the premier tool for debugging and analyzing DirectX 12 game performance on Windows® 10, and it has been updated for GDC 2019 to enable developers who primarily use PIX to debug and analyze their DX12 performance to better optimize their games for Radeon graphics.

 

 

The updated version of Microsoft PIX, 1903.12, in addition to providing AMD GPU-specific per command performance data and DirectX 12 stage wave occupancy data, now includes AMD GPU-specific high frequency counter data.

 

The high frequency counter data is based on AMD streaming performance metrics (SPM) which are heavily relied upon by console developers to understand the precise performance impact of overlapping command execution on the GPU.

 

Microsoft PIX 1903.12 is available now.

 

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OCAT (Open Capture and Analytics Tool) 1.4

GDC 2019 Session: “AMD GPU Performance Revealed”, Room 3001, West Hall, Moscone Center

OCAT is our lightweight open source capture and performance analytics tool with support for DirectX® 11, DirectX 12, and Vulkan. It runs in parallel with your game, sampling available DXGI presentation metrics to provide an accurate view of frame timing, pacing, and delivery.

 

 

OCAT can be used by developers to help discover and fix issues in frame pacing, and by end-users for detailed benchmarking of their system’s performance in DX12 and Vulkan games.

 

For the OCAT 1.4 update, we’ve added an audible indicator that capturing is taking place when you don’t want to use the in-game overlay or there are compatibility issues with certain titles prevent its use. We’ve also updated the in-game overlay to include a rolling frame time graph and to display what graphics API is currently being used. Lastly, there is a bar can be added to the overlay that changes color with each frame to aid with post-process video analysis of the capture.

 

OCAT 1.4 will be available on March 20, 2019.

 

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AMD Radeon FreeSync
™ 2 HDR samples

GDC 2019 Session: “A Blend of GCN Optimisation and Color Processing”, Room 3001, West Hall, Moscone Center

AMD Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR 1,2 technology raises the bar to the next level for gaming displays, enabling an exceptional user experience when playing HDR games, movies, and other content.

 

 

To help game developers properly set up their games to work with Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR, starting at GDC 2019 AMD is going to post a series of in-depth technical blogs along with sample code that show how to set up, activate and render with Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR enabled on AMD Radeon GPUs with the required Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR display attached.

 

The first blog planned is an introduction to the series and covers color spaces, with follow up blogs in the series covering tone mapping, gamut mapping, and ending with how to use the provided sample code to enable Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR in your application.

 

The Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Color Spaces blog will be posted on March 20, 2019.

 

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AMD TrueAudio Next (TAN)

GDC 2019 Session: “Powering Spatial Audio on GPUs Through Hardware, Software and Tools”, Room 3001, West Hall, Moscone Center

AMD TrueAudio Next (TAN) is our SDK for GPU-accelerated high-performance audio signal processing for realistic spatial audio, now supported in Steam® Audio. At GDC 2019, we are presenting with Valve to show how the latest Steam Audio Beta 17 released in February now supports dual real-time dedicated compute queues (RTQs) using TAN for accelerated audio convolution, and AMD Radeon™ Rays for accelerated real-time audio ray tracing.

 

 

This update to Steam Audio using GPU-accelerated TAN and Radeon Rays enables higher-order ambisonics spatialized audio for immersive and realistic audio environments with a low impact on the application’s Radeon graphics performance 3. This means developers can incorporate amazing GPU-accelerated spatial audio into their experiences without having worry about compromising its visual fidelity.

 

Steam Audio Beta 17 with dual RTQ TrueAudio Next and Radeon Rays support is available now.

 

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Alexander Blake-Davies is a Software Product Marketing Specialist for Radeon™ Software for Developers at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

Footnotes

  1. FreeSync 2 HDR does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 HDR supported HDR content is detected. Otherwise, HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including graphics card, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-105
  2. Requires a monitor and AMD Radeon™ graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127
  3. For more information about AMD TrueAudio Next’s impact on Radeon graphics performance please see https://steamcommunity.com/games/596420/announcements/detail/1743360777226556930