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Want to build a high-performance gaming PC for the newest, demanding game titles like Star Wars™ Battlefront™?   A gaming rig that delivers smooth, stutter-free graphics and overclocking doesn’t have to cost a fortune. All users deserve an exceptional gaming experience regardless of budget. So whether you’re looking to upgrade your current AMD build or start a new one, AMD has got you covered with this cost-effective combination for smooth, high-performance gaming for 1080p and beyond.

 

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AMD RADEON™ R9 380X GRAPICS CARD

The AMD Radeon R9 380X card is an ideal choice for smooth, high-performance gaming at 1080P and above, and is ideal for the games of today and tomorrow, with full support for DirectX® 12.   

 

Advanced features allow you to maximize performance, including:

 

AMD FX™ 8370 CPU

Want to take your PC’s performance capabilities up a notch? Try upgrading to an AMD FX processor! With the AMD FX 8370 CPU, you get higher clocks than the Intel i54. And it is the only Unlocked Clock Multiplier processor at its price point for configurable power and performance5. The AMD FX 8370 CPU is the ideal option for those who like to push their PC’s performance.

And with eight CPU cores, it is ready to take full advantage of DirectX 126.

 

AMD 990FX Chipset

With support for up to four AMD Radeon™ GPUs with AMD CrossFire™ technology, an AMD 990FX enabled motherboard is an excellent fit for your AMD FX processor, and the ultimate PC build. The chipset also supports USB 3.1 Type A for improved bandwidth, and AMD OverDrive™ for full performance and optimization tuning controls for your platform.

 

AMD FreeSync Monitors

With a FreeSync enabled display, you’ll never have to worry about image-tearing or choppy game play getting in your way. And the availability of new entry-level monitors for 1080p gaming and beyond like the 24” AOC G2460PF mean that FreeSync just got even more accessible!

 

Whether you’re an aspiring AAA game champion, eSports legend or more of a casual gamer, AMD offers a full spectrum of hardware delivering exceptional value to help improve immersion, and allow you to reach your full gaming potential in today’s most demanding titles.

 

All of these components are available for to buy right now on Newegg:

 

Jay Marsden is a Communications Manager at AMD. 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.

 

Additional Information:

 

Additional hardware (e.g. Blu-ray drive, 4K monitor, TV tuner, wirelessly enabled HDTV) and/or software (e.g. multimedia applications) are required for the full enablement of some features. HD Video display requires an HD video source. Not all features may be supported on all components or systems - check with your component or system manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies.

 

  1. AMD’s Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) feature is offered by the AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X, R9 390 Series, R9 380, R7 370 , R7 360, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series and R9 285 graphics cards and is designed to automatically re-render games at higher resolutions and dynamically rescale them for HD displays at higher quality and visual details. Check with your system manufacturer for specific capabilities.
  2. Frame rate targeting is offered by select AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series, AMD Radeon™ R9 and R7 300 Series graphics and is designed to reduce heat, noise and power consumption by letting users set a target frame rate for their games and applications.  Confirm supported technologies with your component or system manufacturer for specific capabilities before purchase.
  3. AMD FreeSync™ technology is designed to eliminate stuttering and/or tearing in games and videos by locking a display’s refresh rate to the framerate of the graphics card. Check with your component or system manufacturer for specific capabilities. AMD FreeSync™ technology compatible monitor, AMD Radeon™ Graphics and/or AMD A-Series APU compliant with DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync required. AMD Catalyst™ 15.2 Beta (or newer) required. Adaptive refresh rates vary by display; check with your monitor manufacturer for specific capabilities. A list of supported hardware and compatible monitors is available at www.amd.com/freesync.
  4. As of November 12, 2015, Intel’s fastest Core i5 processor is the Core i5-6600K with a maximum turbo clock rate of 3.9 GHz, while AMD’s FX 8370 has a maximum turbo clock rate of 4.2 GHz. DTV-62
  5. As of November 12, 2015, the AMD FX 8370 ($200 on Newegg) is the only unlocked processor between the AMD FX 8350 ($170 on Newegg) and the Intel Core i5-4690K ($240). DTV-63
  6. DirectX 12, Vulkan or Mantle application support required

  Star Wars © & ™ 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Underlying technology and game design © EA. All rights reserved.

Radeon™ R9 Series GPUs have rapidly proven to be the definitive choice for gaming with the advent of DirectX® 12. If blistering performance isn’t enough, AMD Radeon™ R9 Series GPUs also support an incredible selection of technologies to push seriously beautiful pixels. When you need all of that in the ultimate graphics card money can buy, look no further than our fastest and most advanced DirectX® 12-ready GPU: the Radeon™ R9 Fury X. And starting today, we’ve teamed up with Dell to make it a new option on the otherworldly Alienware™ Area- 51™!

 

 

 

SUPREME DIRECTX® 12 PERFORMANCE

The Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU is built on AMD’s advanced Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. GCN is the scalable blueprint for all of AMD’s current GPUs, but the Radeon R9 Fury X is the best and brightest. Graphics Core Next is currently the only architecture in the world that supports DirectX® 12 asynchronous shading.

 

Asynchronous shading allows GPUs to process lighting, physics, or reflections at the same time they’re also rendering 3D objects like characters, cars or buildings. Game developers say that this can boost overall performance by up to 30%, and only Radeon™ GPUs like the R9 Fury X can do it!

 

As a recent example, Fable Legends™ from Lionhead Studios is the latest DirectX® 12-based game. The Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU with asynchronous shading slashed the processing time of this game’s complex lighting and reflections by 50% and 69%, respectively, in AMD internal testing.

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The Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU is also a powerhouse in Ashes of the Singularity™, the world’s first public DirectX® 12 game, and an incredibly demanding title at that. Nevertheless, our exclusive support for asynchronous shading played a crucial role in delivering performance gains of more than 25% when enabling DirectX® 12.

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AMD Internal Testing. System configuration: AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X, Core i7-5960X, 16GB DDR4-2666, Windows® 10 Professional x64, AMD Catalyst™ driver 15.20.1061.

 

PUSHING MORE PIXELS

Everyone’s talking about 4K resolution, and it’s easy to see why: 4K monitors pack four times greater detail onto the screen than a normal “1080p” monitor most people have on their desk. Gaming in 4K just looks sharper, clearer and more detailed than gaming at lesser resolutions. Seeing is believing!

 

But the Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU has many ways to bring a high-resolution gaming experience to your desk.

 

  • 4K-Ready: The Alienware™ Area-51™ gives you the option of configuring your new rig with a 4K monitor, and the Radeon™ Fury X GPU is more than capable of delivering an outstanding 4K/high settings experience in the latest games like Star Wars™: Battlefront™!
  • 12K Gaming: 4K not enough? How about 12? For the truly insane, the Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU supports multiple 4K monitors with AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology for gloriously panoramic 12K gaming.
  • Virtual Super Resolution: It’s okay if you’ll choose a smaller Dell UltraSharp display, because the Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU can still render all of your games at glorious quality rivalling 4K resolution with a technology we call Virtual Super Resolution (VSR). VSR renders any game at up to 4K resolution, then downsizes those images on the fly to fit the monitor you have for a beautifully smooth supersample anti-aliasing effect.

 

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AMD Internal Testing. System configuration: Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU, Core i7-5960X, 16GB DDR4-2666, Windows® 10 Professional x64, AMD Catalyst™ 15.20.1061.

 

READY FOR VIRTUAL REALITY WITH AMD LIQUIDVR™ TECHNOLOGY

The era of serious virtual reality is upon us with engrossing games like EVE: Valkyrie and crazy fun games like Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Thanks to AMD LiquidVR™ technology, the Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU in the Alienware™ Area-51™ is ready to roll. And because a picture is worth 1000 words, we have a handy infographic ready to explain all the reasons why AMD LiquidVR™ is critical for a superb VR experience.

 

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NOW AVAILABLE FROM DELL

Whether you care about DirectX® 12 performance,  gigantic resolutions, or virtual reality, the Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU can do it all at serious speed. Interested? Configure your own Alienware™ Area-51™ with AMD’s mightiest GPU today, then sit back and rest easy knowing that some of the world’s most veteran PC builders are expertly handling every little detail. All you’ll have to do is unbox, plug in, and game on!

REDESIGNED. REFINED. SUPERCHARGED.

 

The recent formation of the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) represents AMD’s commitment to graphics leadership. RTG’s mandate is to drive relentless innovation in pushing graphics technology to new paradigms of performance and immersive experiences. RTG is focused on harnessing our graphics talent across the company to establish initiatives for leadership in emerging immersive computing opportunities, and it all starts with software.

 

For more than a decade, AMD Catalyst™ graphics drivers and software have been boosting visual performance, adding new features and capabilities, and enhancing the reliability of your AMD-based PC —at no additional charge.

 

AMD Catalyst™ Omega, a special edition driver delivered double-digit performance increases and was packed with more than 20 new features, improvements, and fixes based on user feedback. Millions downloaded the AMD Catalyst™ Omega driver, and customer satisfaction surged by almost 20% — one of the most successful AMD Catalyst driver releases in history.

 

We are putting great focus on software. We have been delivering graphics drivers for the past 20+ years, and during this time the graphics driver evolved way beyond the graphics device driver.  Now we have user interfaces, libraries, tools, applications, packaged as what we call drivers. These so-called drivers have evolved into a “mini graphics Operating System”. With the formation of Radeon Technologies Group, we have decided to call this mini graphics Operating System “Radeon Software”. For the last 12 months, our software engineers have been hard at work on many exciting features and innovations.

 

This year’s software release marks a new era for AMD. That's why we decided to give it a new name.

 

On November 2, we announced Radeon Software Crimson Edition to the world. Redesigned. Refined. Supercharged. We've been humbled by the end user interest and response.

 

Introducing Radeon Software Crimson Edition.

 

Radeon Software Crimson Edition is AMD’s revolutionary new graphics software that delivers redesigned functionality, supercharged graphics performance, remarkable new features, and innovation that redefines the overall user experience.

 

Radeon Settings. The art of simplicity. Powerful new user interface

 

The new streamlined user interface has been named Radeon Settings. Engineered to bring out the best of AMD graphics hardware, user-friendly and feature-rich Radeon Settings is lightning fast, looks sharp, works smoothly, and delivers intuitive functionality. Radeon Settings has been built ground up in Qt (Qt is a software development framework with modular cross-platform libraries and tools) resulting in 10x faster start up1, and 3X Faster6 initialization of the display than with the AMD Catalyst™ driver. It also has new and more intuitive navigation, a new game manager, new overdrive, and new video, display and AMD Eyefinity technology sections.

 

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Remarkable Features. Full blown experience:

Radeon Software Crimson Edition ventures far beyond the realm of a traditional graphics driver software and showcases the latest AMD technologies and advances:

  • We're entering an age of immersive computing where we'll be surrounded by billions of brilliant pixels that enhance our daily lives. AMD LiquidVR™ technology is our initiative dedicated to making VR as comfortable and realistic as possible by helping reduce the motion-to-photon latency, thereby creating and maintaining what’s known as “presence”
    1. Asynchronous Shaders break complex serial workloads into many parallel tasks, resulting in more parallelism, lower latency and more responsive VR. This feature is currently not available on competitive graphics products
  • Shader Cache to help improve game load speed and less stutter
  • AMD FreeSync™ Technology enhancements
    1. Support for AMD Crossfire™ in DirectX® 9 games
    2. Low framerate compensation
    3. Working with monitor vendors to enable AMD FreeSync™ technology through HDMI®
  • Custom Resolution support for Displays
  • Up to 56% more screen real estate with Windows® 10 through Virtual support resolution (Requires Windows® 10 with 150+ DPI capable monitor) 
  • Frame Pacing 3.0 for smooth game play
  • Frame Rate Target Control Support for DirectX® 9
    1. Support for DirectX 9, DirectX® 10 and DirectX® 11
    2. More control over the range of frame rate target, allowing from 30 – 200 FPS
  • Directional Scaling helps improve smoothness of edges when displaying 1080p video on 4k displays
  • Improved Video Features for 6th generation AMD A-Series APUs

 

Powerful Performance. Game changing efficiency.

We know how important the software experience is to gamers, game developers, and for everyone who use our products every day. Today’s gamers are more sophisticated than ever, requiring more than just raw frames per second. They want the best of the both worlds: better performance and improved power efficiency.

 

Radeon Software Crimson Edition showcases the latest AMD technologies and advances:

  • up to 33% faster4 game load times in Star Wars™ Battlefront
  • up to 20% more gaming performance in Fable Legends 2
  • improved cursor and keyboard responsiveness
  • up to 1.8x GPU power5 savings with Frame Rate Target Control
  • Increased power savings of up to 23%3

 

Seamless Stability. Effortlessly.

Technology is at its best when it’s invisible, undetectable and unnoticeable. In one word, seamless. We at AMD work very hard to constantly improve the user experience so that PC users can enjoy playing games, watching videos and being productive. Compared to AMD Catalyst Omega driver, we had

 

  • 2x more Automated Test Cases
  • 25% more Manual Test Cases
  • 15% more Various System Configurations

 

Last year AMD asked PC communities to share their feedback on what driver fixes were important to them. This year with Radeon Software Crimson Edition, we did it again! Using this feedback we created a top-10 list of fixes for the community. We had a dedicated team working on reproducing, debugging and fixing these issues.

 

Enabling the incredible. Empowering the developers.

 

Consumers experience what developers imagine. Turning the developer’s vision into reality is one of our greatest priorities, and with the Radeon Software Crimson Edition software we are delivering a number of tools to help developers code, analyze, and debug the next great applications such as OpenCL™ 2.0 optional features and AMD CODEXL 1.9.

 

So that’s Radeon Software Crimson Edition in a nutshell. Our goal is to deliver amazing experiences relying on performance-driven designs and user-oriented functionality that is lightning-fast, looks sharp and works smoothly.  For the last 12 months, our software engineers have been hard at work on many exciting features and innovations. We invite everyone to download the new Radeon Software Crimson Edition and experience the benefits, and see for themselves what difference a year makes.

 

Download Radeon Software Crimson Edition.

 

Sasa Marinkovic is Head of Software Marketing for AMD. 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.

 

OpenCL is a trademark of Apple Inc. used by permission by Khronos.

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on October 26, 2015 using a HP Pavilion DM1 with AMD E-350 with AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics, 3GB (1GB+2GB) DDR3, Windows 10 64bit.  With AMD Catalyst 15.8, the system took 8 seconds on average to load the control panel (AMD Catalyst Control Center). With Radeon Software Crimson Edition, the system took 0.6 seconds on average to load the control panel (Radeon Settings). RS-1
  2. AMD Internal Lab testing as of Oct 22, 2015 with an Intel Core i7 5960X with 2x8GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, Gigabyte X99-UD4PC, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X, Windows 10 64bit.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Fable Legends @ 1080p scored 63.99 fps with AMD Catalyst™ 15.7.1 Driver and 76.88 fps with Radeon Software Crimson Edition. RS-2
  3. AMD Internal Lab testing as of Oct 23, 2015 with an Intel Core i7 5960X with 2x8GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, Gigabyte X99-UD4PC, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X, Windows 10 64bit.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) enables users to set a target maximum frame rate when playing an application in full screen mode, thereby reducing GPU power consumption, heat generation and fan speeds/noise. FRTC caps performance not only in 3D rendered in-game scenes, but also in splash screens, loading screens and menus. See http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/technologies-gaming/frtc for full details on FRTC.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens full screen trailer run in Windows 10 @ 1080p consumed 123W with AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Driver and 102W with Radeon Software Crimson Edition for power savings of 21%. Bioshock Infinite benchmark at 4K Ultra consumed 262W with FRTC=60 with Radeon Software Crimson Edition and 322W with AMD Catalyst™ 15.7.1 Driver for power savings of 23%. RS-3
  4. AMD Internal Lab testing as of Nov 2, 2015 with an Intel Core i7 5960X with 2x8GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, Gigabyte X99-UD4, AMD Radeon™ R9 380, Windows 10 64bit.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Star Wars Battlefront took an average of 16.9 seconds to load the Endor Survival level with AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Driver and 11.2 seconds with Radeon Software Crimson Edition. RS-6
  5. AMD Internal Lab testing as of Nov 2, 2015 with an Intel Core i7 5960X with 2x8GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, Gigabyte X99-UD4, AMD Radeon™ R9 380, Windows 10 64bit.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) enables users to set a target maximum frame rate when playing an application in full screen mode, thereby reducing GPU power consumption, heat generation and fan speeds/noise. FRTC caps performance not only in 3D rendered in-game scenes, but also in splash screens, loading screens and menus. See http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/technologies-gaming/frtc for full details on FRTC.  Rocket League at 1080p Max quality consumed 180W using AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Driver, 175W with Radeon Software Crimson Edition, and 61W when using FRTC=55fps in Radeon Software Crimson Edition. RS-7
  6. AMD Internal Lab testing as of Nov 2, 2015 with an AMD Phenom X4 1090T with 2x4GB DDR3-1066 MHz memory, AMD Radeon™ R9 280X, Windows 8.1 64bit.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Display monitors took 11 seconds to initialize with AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Driver and 3 seconds with Radeon Software Crimson Edition. RS-8

Today, we are introducing the newest member of the Radeon™ family: the AMD Radeon™ R9 380X GPU, conceived to play the most demanding games at high details at 1080p and 1440p, for gamers who demand the best.

 

If you want to be ready for the latest DirectX® 12 games[i], you’ll want to upgrade to this one. With a 256-bit interface and 4GB of high-performance GDDR5 memory, the AMD Radeon R9 380X GPU has the DNA for beyond 1080p gaming.

 

With the AMD Radeon™ R9 380X GPU, you’ll get the smooth gameplay you deserve, with no tears or stutters. Enabled with the AMD FreeSync™ technology, you’ll experience fluid, artifact-free performance at virtually any frame rate, which means unbelievably smooth, ultra-responsive gaming at peak performance.

 

Finally, you can step up to quality that rivals 4K – even on 1080p displays – with upscaling via Virtual Super Resolution (VSR)[ii] or prepare for enhanced gaming realism with AMD LiquidVR™ technology and help sustain an ultra-immersive VR presence.

 

Check out how the AMD Radeon R9 380X GPU stacks up against the competition in EA’s highly anticipated title, Star Wars™ Battlefront™[iii]:

 

 

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Last but not least, the AMD Radeon R9 380X GPU is also ready for Radeon Software Crimson Edition, the latest revolutionary software update from AMD, which means continued advancements in performance, remarkable new features, and seamless stability with future updates.

 

 

The SEP of the AMD Radeon™ R9 380X graphics card will start at $229 USD and overclocked versions will start at $239 USD[iv].

 

Today, on November 19th at 5 pm CT, the AMD Twitch stream will be playing Star Wars™ Battlefront™, powered by none other than the AMD Radeon R9 380X GPU, so you can see our latest graphics card in action!

 

As well, be sure to continue the discussion on the AMD Radeon R9 380X GPU on our Red Team Forum, @AMDRadeon on Twitter, or AMD Gaming on Facebook.

 

Evan Groenke is Senior Product Manager, Radeon Technology Group for AMD. 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.

 

STAR WARS © & TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved. Underlying technology and game design © EA. All rights reserved.

 


[i] DirectX® 12 enablement requires an x86 processor and an AMD Radeon™ graphics chip based on the Graphics Core Next architecture. Windows® 10 Technical Preview 2 (or later) and AMD Catalyst™ driver 15.20 (or later) from Windows Update required. GRT-9

[ii] AMD’s Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) feature is offered by the AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X, R9 390 Series, R9 380 Series, R7 370, R7 360, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series and R9 285 graphics cards and is designed to automatically re-render games at higher resolutions and dynamically rescale them for HD displays at higher quality and visual details. Check with your system manufacturer for specific capabilities. GRT-8

[iii] AMD Internal Lab testing as of Oct 15, 2015 with an Intel Core i7 5960X with 2x8GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, Windows 10 64bit, Gigabyte X99-UD4, AMD Catalyst Driver 15.8 for AMD products and 385.50 for NVIDA Boards. Board manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Star Wars Battlefront Beta was tested at 2560x1440 with a High Preset enabled. AMD Radeon™ R9 380X scored 55 fps, AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 scored 33 fps, NVIDIA GTX 660 scored 28 fps, and NVIDIA GTX 960 scored 43 fps GRDT-86

[iv] As of 11/19/2015

Benjamin Franklin once said that there were only two certain things in life: death and taxes. Given his era, I suppose we can forgive him for not knowing about the third thing: Radeon™ graphics crushin’ it in Star Wars™ Battlefront™.

Yes, my friends, it wasn’t that long ago when the Internet exploded with joy as the Star Wars™ Battlefront™ trailer hit at E3 2013. Over the past 18 months, gamers and Star Wars fans have (im)patiently waited for the day they could finally visit worlds like Sullust. But here at AMD, we had a different job during that time: we worked shoulder-to-shoulder with our friends at EA and DICE to ensure that the Battlefront experience is unrivalled when you sit down this week to play on a Radeon™ GPU.

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Radeon™ graphics exclusively powered the PC reveal of Star Wars™ Battlefront™ at San Diego Comic Con 2015.

 

RADEON™ GRAPHICS PERFORMANCE IN STAR WARS™ BATTLEFRONT™

Over the past two weeks we’ve been doing the shakedown cruise on that collaboration, and the results couldn’t be any clearer: if you want the highest framerates in Star Wars™ Battlefront™, you want a Radeon™ GPU.1

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And if you’re the sort of person that doesn’t have an AMD FreeSync™-enabled monitor, then you might want to sustain even higher framerates. The below table shows the combinations of GPUs, resolutions and in-game quality presets that can keep average performance around 60 FPS.

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WHY IS STAR WARS™ BATTLEFRONT™ SO GORGEOUS?

Many gamers have wondered how Star Wars™ Battlefront™ runs so well all the way up to 4K, especially considering how beautiful the graphics really are. “Overwhelming effort to optimize the PC experience” is the simplest explanation, but there are three specific technologies that play the largest role in the final product.

 

PHYSICALLY BASED RENDERING

Physically based rendering is a term that encompasses all the important aspects of correctly modeling and simulating how light interacts with the surfaces and materials seen in the game.

 

In order to achieve such a high level of realism, artists from DICE travelled to many real-world locations that best approximate the planets in the Star Wars galaxy. Surfaces from those location were photoscanned to accurately gather the exact diffuse and reflective properties of materials like basalt and snow. This real-world data is fed straight into the Frostbite™ Engine and lit according real-world parameters for light sources.

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DICE Senior Level Artist Pontus Ryman traversing the barren landscapes of Iceland for inspiration on Sullust.

 

For example, the sun produces about 1.6 billion candela per square meter of luminance (or “brightness”) at noon, while a TV might produce around 400 candela per square meter—quite the difference!  But up until now, this enormous difference hasn’t been correctly represented in most games. The lighting calculations in Star Wars™ Battlefront™ are significantly more involved than previous lighting models, but the simulations are free of fudge factors and approximations, as everything is accurately based on the real world. The Frostbite™ renderer uses a powerful combination of complex compute shaders and pixel shaders to achieve this.


DISPLACEMENT MAPPED TESSELLATED TERRAIN

The terrains in Star Wars™ Battlefront™ are highly detailed, using a combination of high resolution textures and geometry that is hardware tessellated and then displacement-mapped. The degree of tessellation executed by a Radeon™ GPU is intelligently determined based on the roughness of the terrain and the distance to the camera. This adaptive detail scaling helps keep the cost of the scene within a sensible performance budget while still delivering spectacular visuals.

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GPU COMPUTE AMBIENT OCCLUSION

Screen space ambient occlusion is a technique that analyzes the scene for areas that should receive less ambient light. It searches for areas where there are corners, cracks and crevices in the geometry and effectively dials back the quantity of light being project into that space. The ambient occlusion technique used in previous Frostbite™ games has now been improved, optimized and moved from the graphics pipeline to the compute pipeline, which will run particularly well on the powerful compute hardware of the GCN architecture.

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SEE YOU ON THE BATTLEFRONT

Over the past 18 months, I’ve had the privilege to play one small role amongst thousands at EA, DICE, LucasArts, Disney and AMD—and so many more—working to usher in a new era of Star Wars on the PC. As both a lifelong Star Wars fan and a PC gamer, it’s been the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Now comes the best part of all: staying up way later than I should playing Star Wars™ Battlefront™ in 4K on my Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU from the comfort of my own gaming rig!

 

Robert Hallock is the Head of Global Technical Marketing 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.

 

FOOTNOTES:

Testing conducted by AMD performance labs as of November 11, 2015 on Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU vs. GTX 980 Ti vs. Radeon™ R9 390X GPU at 4K resolution with average scores of FPS 57.2 vs 52.03 vs. 46.3. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. System configuration:  Core i7-5960X, Gigabyte X99-UD4, 16GB DDR4-2666, Windows 10 Pro x64, AMD Catalyst™ 15.11.1, ForceWare 358.91. Endor Survival stage. [GRDT-93]