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[Originally posted on 11/01/17.]

 

BJ is back. Developed by MachineGame and published by Bethesda Softworks, Wolfenstein® II: The New Colossus™ is the sequel to Wolfenstein®: The New Order™. It’s 1961, you’re Blazkowicz and your mission is to liberate America from the Nazi empire with the help of your fellow resistance fighters.

 

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Processor: Ryzen™ 5 1600X (or Intel Core i7-4770)
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 64-Bit
  • Graphics: Radeon™ RX 470 4GB or better

 

I had an outstanding time testing this first-person shooter. There is no shortage of weapon choices to annihilate Nazis with. Take on hordes of enemies at a time and if one gun isn’t enough, take it to the next level by dual-wielding and upgrading your arsenal for maximum fire power.

 

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“When we started development of Wolfenstein II, the choice of graphics API for PC was a simple one. DOOM had already set the stage for what could be done with Vulkan and we wanted to take it to the next level. Using Vulkan when developing has allowed us to utilize the power of AMD’s VEGA graphics chips in ways that were not possible before, giving us fine grained control over the performance and feature set of the GPU without having to sacrifice artistic intent. Combined with the flexibility of AMD’s hardware, Vulkan gives us the artistic freedom to deliver Wolfenstein without compromise.”

-MACHINEGAMES

 

Wolfenstein® II took full advantage of the Vulkan™ API and latest features found on Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. By using the advanced features on the “Vega” GPU such as rapid packed math, multi-threaded command buffer recording, asynchronous compute and shader intrinsics, I averaged 60+ fps at 3440×1440 with Radeon™ RX Vega 56 and at 4K with Radeon™ RX Vega 64.

 

Here are my recommended settings for Wolfenstein® II: The New Colossus™ from testing conducted on my AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700X powered system with 16 GB of DDR4 memory.

 

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For the latest performance optimizations for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Driver 17.10.3: HERE

 

Bryan Kong, Product Marketing Specialist at AMD. His postings are his 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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[Originally posted on 02/28/17.]

 

Compromise. It’s something many VR developers today deal with in their ongoing quest to nail the right mix of technical features and computational power for the best balance of performance and visual fidelity. Many of today’s big game engines use a technique called deferred rendering. Deferred rendering does all of the geometry work first and then shades pixels.That worked well on the last generation of consoles, but it’s not a great fit for VR.

 

With the forward rendering path in Unreal Engine 4, developed by the amazingly talented engineers at Epic, developers have more choice in how they render for VR, helping to achieve a stunning-looking game while delivering the high frame rates necessary for a good experience.

 

Discussed on stage at AMD’s “Capsaicin” webcast and press event at the 2017 Game Developers Conference, the forward rendering path provides a strong alternative to the popular deferred rendering method, allowing developers to hit the demanding frame rates necessary for smooth VR experiences with improved image quality. Forward rendering has been showcased in games such as Epic Games’ Robo Recall, and is planned in upcoming VR titles from awesome developers like First Contact Entertainment, Limitless Studios, and Survios.

 

Technically Speaking: Deferred vs Forward Rendering

 

Let’s dig in and talk about this a bit. Deferred rendering has a performance cost for each frame, in addition to higher GPU memory and bandwidth requirements compared to forward rendering . While deferred rendering does support some nice features like screen-space reflections, those features are generally too costly to use given VR’s ~90FPS   requirement.

 

Current head mounted display (HMD) resolutions being what they are, VR also really benefits from high-quality edge smoothing. Deferred rendering unfortunately doesn’t mix well with multi-sampled anti-aliasing (MSAA) because there are performance and image quality issues. But MSAA is arguably the best AA technique for VR. Post-process AA methods like FXAA don’t work terribly well with stereo views in VR. If you’ve tried a game that uses it, you know it doesn’t look good.

 

All told, AMD feels that deferred rendering exacts a toll in terms of time, memory, and image quality in VR, and the payoff just isn’t there.

 

The alternative here is to adopt a form of forward rendering. Interestingly, it’s not a new technique; in fact it’s how GPU rendering started. It’s lighter weight, simpler, and faster. Also, forward rendering works nicely with MSAA, letting us improve edge quality very efficiently. So we think forward rendering is often a better fit for VR applications.

 

We’ve worked diligently to test and optimize the forward rendering path in Unreal Engine 4.15 for the best performance on AMD hardware. A number of VR development partners are using Unreal Engine, and we showed the performance benefits during our Capsaicin event at GDC.

 

“AMD has been on a continuous mission to make VR accessible to as many people as possible, and Epic’s forward rendering path in Unreal Engine 4 is a big step in that journey,” said Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “Anyone who has experienced Epic’s Robo Recall will immediately attest to the benefit of forward rendering in VR. We are working with VR developers to explore the benefits of forward rendering, which can result in beautiful, high-performing games on Radeon graphics.”

 

AMD is working with leading game developers to explore the benefits of forward rendering in VR games, including:

 

  • First Contact Entertainment: First Contact Entertainment’s breakout game, “ROM: Extraction” is one of the most visually appealing and exciting VR releases, debuting this past December to rave reviews. Available today, First Contact Entertainment is releasing “Overrun,” a new content expansion to ROM: Extraction that makes use of forward rendering for unprecedented performance.
  • Limitless Studios: Directed by Matthew Ward and built in virtual reality using the Limitless VR Creative Environment, “Reaping Rewards” is an interactive VR experience exploring the emotional choices of a young Grim Reaper as you learn about life and death from your mentor. This interactive character-driven story harnesses forward rendering to bring the experience to life.
  • Survios: Since its Early Access release last year, Survios’ critically-acclaimed and award-winning game “Raw Data” has become a must-have title for all VR gamers. At AMD Capsaicin, Survios unveiled their highly-anticipated new title: “Sprint Vector,” which makes use of Unreal Engine 4.15 and forward rendering. An intense adrenaline platformer, Sprint Vector uses a unique intelligent fluid locomotion system to propel players through high-speed head-to-head races through challenging interdimensional obstacle courses.

 

 

Scott Wasson, Sr. Manager, Technical Marketing for the 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 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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[Originally posted on 04/11/17.]

 

It is no surprise that Windows 10 has been huge success with gamers. Over 40% of all gamers who use Steam have Windows 10 installed and over 70% have a DirectX®121 compatible GPU2. DirectX®12, which is available in Windows 10, allows developers an opportunity for low level optimizations, letting gamers get the most amount of performance out of their Radeon graphics card. Sniper Elite 4 is one of the newest games which show the benefits of this modern API, delivering up to 24% faster performance when using DirectX®123.

 

Today, Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Creators Update and AMD is ready with Radeon Software 17.4.2. Let’s look at a few key features which are bound to make gaming on Windows even better.

 

Windows Game Mode

 

Windows Game Mode is designed to give the best performance and gaming consistency while using Windows 10. Game Mode works by allocating more CPU and GPU resources specifically to the application which is in the foreground. Specific titles within the Windows Store have already been whitelisted for use although any game within the foreground can benefit from the Game Mode by enabling it within the Game Bar’s settings. Because the game only has to be in the foreground to see the benefits of Windows Game Mode, games are still compatible when in fullscreen, borderless fullscreen or windowed mode. Microsoft predicts about a 2 to 5 percent increase4 in performance which is perfect if you are just on the edge of a solid 60 FPS and need that additional push.

 

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

 

With new games that support HDR, such as Mass Effect™: Andromeda, and the future release of Radeon FreeSync™ 25 monitors, HDR is becoming a standard. For those who do not know what HDR is, HDR is a new visualization technique that allows for lifelike gaming. HDR delivers lifelike gaming with vibrant colors, to show more detail with increased saturation, deeper contrasts, to display more gradients between differences in lighting, and increased brightness, to show realistic lighting effects without compromising shadows. With Windows 10 Creators Edition, HDR can now be enabled within all applications. If a game now supports HDR, the game will now benefit from these enhanced visuals, even in fullscreen, borderless fullscreen and windowed mode.

 

To push gaming further, Radeon Graphics can take advantage of both Windows Game Mode and HDR with the release of Windows 10 Creators Update, starting today.

 

Download Radeon Software 17.4.2 for your Windows 10 Creators Update ready driver and try out some of these features for yourself.6

 

 

Gurman Singh, Software Product Marketing for the 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 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.

 

 

  1. DirectX, Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other jurisdictions.
  2. According to the February 2017 Steam Hardware Survey obtained on March 31st, 2017 http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 8th, 2016 on the 8GB Radeon RX 480, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 5960X CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.2.1 and Windows 10 x64 using the game Sniper Elite 4 on the ultra settings PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 2560x1440, Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver 17.2.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 480 running Sniper Elite 4 DirectX®11 scored 48.5 FPS and Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.2.1 running Sniper Elite 4 DirectX®12 scored 60.0 FPS, which is 24% faster performance. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-110
  4. According to an interview with Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/01/windows-10-game-mode-a-free-fps-boost-of-a-few-percent-with-more-to-come/
  5. Radeon™ FreeSync 2 does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 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
  6. © 2017 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. DirectX is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other jurisdictions. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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[Originally posted on 11/22/17.]

 

If you’ve been lucky enough to try out virtual reality using the most popular PC-connected headsets, you know that they have an astounding ability to offer a sense of “presence”—to convince your brain you’re in another place. VR technology has incredible potential for gaming and other applications, but it’s also rather demanding. If your PC fails to send the next frame of the animation to your headset on time, you can lose that sense of presence. Worse yet, if your system really can’t keep up, repeated dropped frames can make the person wearing the headset feel awfully uncomfortable.

 

To avoid such problems, VR-ready PCs need a good, fast CPU and graphics processor—and the right software to drive it.

 

One of the best ways to meet the challenges of VR is by driving the CPU and GPU quickly and efficiently using DirectX® 12 and Vulkan®, two members of a new class of programming interfaces that give developers more direct access to the hardware. AMD has been a pioneer in next-gen programming interfaces, and we continue to work on building the drivers and software tools needed to enable great experiences.

 

So far, most VR applications on the PC have relied on the older DirectX® 11 infrastructure, but that’s beginning to change. Today, the folks at Futuremark are releasing an update to their popular VRMark® benchmark that adds a new test environment known as the Cyan Room. The Cyan Room benchmark runs exclusively in DirectX® 12, and it’s a nice demonstration of the potential for next-generation tools to make VR more compelling.

 

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VRMark Cyan Room

 

The Cyan Room also highlights AMD’s continued performance leadership on this front. Here are some initial results from VRMark® Cyan Room, fresh from our performance lab.1

 

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As you can see, the Radeon™ GPUs we tested have clear leads over their direct competition. What’s more, all the Radeon™ GPUs are meeting the key requirement for today’s VR headsets by delivering at least 90 frames per second in this test.1

 

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VRMark® Cyan Room combines this solid performance with rich visuals thanks in part to the efficiency of DirectX® 12.

 

Because DirectX® 12 offers more direct control over the hardware, the developers at Futuremark could schedule work and arrange resources more optimally to make sure each frame of animation is rendered quickly. Meanwhile, asynchronous compute shaders allow multiple types of work to run on the GPU in overlapping fashion, keeping the graphics processor more fully utilized. That’s especially important for Radeon GPUs, which tend to have big, powerful shader arrays and robust support for asynchronous compute.

 

Next-gen tools have benefits on the CPU front, as well. The excellent results above come from a system based on a Ryzen™ 7 1800X processor. DirectX® 12’s more efficient model allowed the Cyan Room’s developers to eliminate unnecessary CPU overhead. At the same time, DirectX® 12’s improved threading allows the application to distribute work more effectively across a Ryzen processor’s multiple CPU cores and hardware threads.

 

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VRMark Cyan Room

 

The VRMark® Cyan Room test points to a future where VR developers use next-generation programming interfaces like DirectX® 12 and Vulkan® to harness the full capacity of Radeon™ and Ryzen™ processors. With that sort of power at their fingertips, game developers should be able to create even more compelling VR experiences going forward.2 Futuremark’s ‘VR benchmark’ can be found here.

 

 

Scott Wasson, Sr. Manager, Technical Marketing for the 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 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.

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 18, 2017 on the Radeon RX 580 8GB, Radeon RX Vega 56, Radeon RX Vega 64, GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition, and GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition on a test system comprising of Ryzen 7 1800X CPU, 16GB DDR4-2933 system memory, and Windows 10 x64. The Radeon graphics cards were tested with Radeon Software 17.11.2 The GeForce cards were tested with the 388.81 driver. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. In VRMark Cyan Room using the no-headset option, the Radeon RX 580 scored 4721. The Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 7437. The Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 7776. The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB scored 3764. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition scored 5950. The GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition scored 6437. In VRMark Cyan Room using the no-headset option, the Radeon RX 580 scored 103 FPS. The Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 162 FPS. The Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 170 FPS. The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB scored 82 FPS. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition scored 130 FPS. The GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition scored 140 FPS. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-169
  2. ©2017 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, LiquidVR, Radeon, Ryzen, Threadripper, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. DirectX and Microsoft are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. Vulkan and the Vulkan logo are registered trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc. VRMark is a trademark of Futuremark Ltd. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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[Originally posted on 12/12/17.]

 

Today marks the fourth consecutive time that we are releasing big annual software, I am thrilled to let you know that I genuinely believe that this is AMD’s best and most sophisticated release yet.

 

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition has been artfully designed and meticulously crafted to unleash the powerful performance and innovation built into Radeon™ Graphics through an incredibly intuitive and utterly beautiful user interface for both PCs and mobile devices.

 

 

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition introduces an interface that is modern, humanized and can be conveniently tailored to a user’s device and personal preferences. The result is a supercharged, forward-thinking and highly-intuitive experience that lets gamers tailor their gameplay to their unique preferences.

 

  • On the PC side, Radeon™ Settings is enhanced with Radeon™ Overlay, a seamless, natural way to take control of GPU settings directly within the game for the more personalized gaming experience.
  • On the mobile side, AMD Link is a mobile app designed to enable users to track their PC game performance from their smartphone or tablet, monitor their PC’s system info and stay connected to the latest AMD headlines, driver updates, and more with its news feed.

 

Radeon Software core technologies —Radeon™ Chill, Radeon™ WattMan1, Enhanced Sync and Radeon™ ReLive — deliver efficient, smooth, powerful and fun capabilities to fundamentally enrich PC gaming.

 

Let me dive into some most exciting features:

 

Radeon Overlay

 

 

The all-new Radeon Overlay lets gamers take performance to the next level with the ability to monitor, record and fine tune their gameplay without ever leaving the game. The Radeon Overlay provides one-click access to Radeon ReLive, Performance Monitoring, Radeon Chill, Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC), Radeon™ FreeSync technology2, Color Settings:

 

  • Performance Monitoring enables monitoring and recording of frames per second as well as PC system info
  • Radeon ReLive allows convenient recording and streaming of in-game action, so your greatest victories can live on
  • Radeon Chill lets Radeon GPU-powered systems work smarter, not harder. Gamers can now enable/disable Radeon Chill per game with a left-to-right slider allowing for instant framerate adjustments
  • FRTC: Limit uncapped framerates, keeping gamers’ GPUs cool and quiet
  • Radeon FreeSync: minimize tearing on a whim
  • Color Settings lets users redefine their visual experience

 

AMD Link App

 

 

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition introduces a first-of-its-kind mobile app called AMD Link. Designed with today’s socially-connected, mobile-first world in mind—and with the gamer at its center—the groundbreaking AMD Link app allows users to conveniently access their PC gameplay performance metrics and PC system info on their smartphone and tablet.

 

The app dashboard includes four main sections:

 

  • Performance Monitoring: Users can monitor and track gaming performance on their PC through easy-to-grasp visuals like bar graphs and charts. Users can also easily record performance with the touch of a button.
  • Radeon ReLive: Users can control Radeon ReLive on their PC with a smartphone or tablet. This enables control of Radeon ReLive features, including one-touch capture, streaming and instant replay features, and an easy-to-use gallery feature where users can conveniently view and share screenshots through their own social media accounts.
  • News Feed: Stay connected with the AMD News Feed, which keeps gamers up to date on all the latest AMD news. Users can receive info about AMD products, customize their AMD social feeds, as well as have the option to share opinions, tips and feedback across various social channels.
  • Notifications: Receive the latest and greatest updates related to AMD Link, including real-time notifications each time a new driver is released.

 

Radeon Chill

 

As one of the most popular core technologies of Radeon Software, Radeon Chill has redefined the way users save power while gaming.

 

With Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, Radeon Chill extends support to countless number of games, allowing you to take advantage of quiet, cool and responsive gaming in your favorite titles.

 

Radeon WattMan

 

With Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, custom profiles can be saved on your PC, reloaded at a later point and shared with the Radeon user community. A user can also download others’ profiles from the community and enable them on the user’s PC to create a gaming experience that’s uniquely tailored to enhance that machine’s performance.

 

Radeon ReLive

 

Reliving the excitement of top gaming moments just got a lot simpler, seamless, and more engaging. Great new features include chat integration, transparent backgrounds, windowed mode capture, separate audio track capabilities and more.

 

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Enhanced Sync

 

Now available for games based on DirectX® 9, 11, 12 and Vulkan® APIs as well as on all Radeon GCN-based GPUs, GCN-based GPU combinations and AMD Eyefinity Technology3 display combinations.

 

So download Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition here— and experience heart-pounding action with Radeon graphics.

 

Sasa Marinkovic, Head of VR and Software Marketing for the 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 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.

 

 

  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. 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. AMD Eyefinity technology supports up to six DisplayPort monitors on an enabled graphics card. Supported display quantity, type and resolution vary by model and board design; confirm specifications with manufacturer before purchase. To enable more than two displays, or multiple displays from a single output, additional hardware such as DisplayPort-ready monitors or DisplayPort 1.2 MST-enabled hubs may be required. A maximum of two active adapters is recommended for consumer systems. See amd.com/eyefinityfaq for full details.

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[Originally posted on 10/24/17.]

 

PC owners finally get the chance to try out the first person masterpiece from Bungie, Destiny 2, after watching the original launch on consoles in 2014.  Destiny 2 builds on the success of the original, and incorporates role-playing elements within a sci-fi shared world shooter.  Activision and Bungie have made the PC version worth waiting for, by adding 4k capabilities, HDR, and uncapped frame-rates to show off the incredible power of PC Gaming.

 

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Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600X (or Intel Core i5-7400)
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Video Card: Radeon™ R9 390 or higher

 

Performance looks great on the Radeon™ RX Series products, and with a capable Radeon™ FreeSync capable monitor, you’ll get a much better experience with the PC version of Destiny 2.

 

With an AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600X processor, and a Radeon™ RX graphics card, I was able to get well over 60fps using some really impressive settings.

 

For Destiny 2 it all came down to deciding whether to run at the ultimate resolution, or moving down one notch on the settings scale.  If you don’t mind moving down the resolution scale, then you’ll be able to move settings up a level to those posted below (ie: running a Radeon RX 580 at 1080p and Highest settings).

 

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Make sure you are using the latest Radeon™ Software driver with the latest optimizations HERE (trust me on this one – the software team did some great work for Destiny 2).

 

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Adam Kozak, Sr. Product 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 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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[Originally posted on 07/26/17.]

 

Radeon™ Software is AMD’s advanced graphics software for enabling high-performance gaming and engaging VR experiences on VR capable graphics cards.

 

Our focus on delivering the gameplay that feels more intuitive, more responsive, more immersive is resonating strongly with gamers. For 6 straight months since the initial release of Crimson ReLive Edition we have earned an impressive 90% user satisfaction. But we are not resting on our laurels. We are taking these results as an inspiration to push even harder to meticulously craft the gameplay that is even smoother, sharper and faster.

 

Today we have announced Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, a major software upgrade that delivers on our promise of industry-leading features, supercharged performance and rock-solid stability with the following:

 

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Improved Game Responsiveness

 

  • Up to 31%1 (50ms) quicker response time using Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 with Tom Clancy’s The Division™ on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 580 graphics card than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.1.

 

Enhanced Sync, a display technology above and below VSync. It helps increase gameplay responsiveness by removing the high latency barriers of VSync at an unlocked frame rate, and enables smooth, responsive gaming even at a low frame rate.

 

 

  • Up to 34%2 lower latency (lag) using Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 and Overwatch on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card with Enhanced Sync ON than with the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with VSync ON at 1920×1080 (1080p).
  • Up to 92%3 lower frame variance using Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 and Overwatch on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card with Enhanced Sync ON than with the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with VSync ON at 3840×2160 (4K).

 

Advanced Radeon™ Chill, a power-saving feature for Radeon™ graphics that interactively regulates framerate and now supports close to 40 of the world’s greatest games, available for desktops, laptops, multi-GPUs and Radeon XConnect™ external graphics.

 

 

  • Extend battery life in the HP® Omen with a Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) by up to 30%4 by using Radeon™ Chill at 1080p on the very high settings with the game League of Legends®.

 

Radeon™ WattMan5 Comprehensive control over engine clock5, voltage, power, temperature and acoustics. To take user customization to a whole new level, Radeon™ WattMan has been advanced with power state controls and memory under clocking for increased performance or improved power savings.

 

Radeon™ ReLive enabling gamers to record and stream gameplay with better video and audio controls and real-time notifications with virtually no performance loss with optimized memory usage.

 

  • Up to 33%6 lower Radeon ReLive recording overhead using Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.1 with DirectX®11 at 2560×1440 (1440p).

 

But this is not all. Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 comes packed with even more features, most notably the ones requested by gamers like you.

 

Radeon™ Settings: AMD’s revolutionary graphics software has been advanced by redesigning most of the features found within Catalyst™ Control Center

Per-Display Color Controls: Reintroducing refined color controls

Frame Rate Targeting Control (FRTC): Limit frame rate and save power with DirectX® 12 and multi-GPU support.

 

  • Up to 26%7 lower GPU power consumption in watts using Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 and Battlefield™ 1 DirectX®12 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 580 graphics card with frame rate target control ON than with 8GB Radeon™ RX 580 with frame rate target control OFF at 1920×1080 (1080p).

 

Faster game load times

 

  • Up to 10%8 faster load times using Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 and StarCraft® 2 DirectX® 9 on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 at 1920×1080 (1080p).

 

We have also delivered some incredible new things for Game Designers:

 

Radeon™ GPU Profiler, the first PC graphics tool which allows for low level, built-in hardware thread tracing. Take performance beyond expectations. As much as Mantle aimed to inspire the next generation of APIs, Radeon GPU Profiler aims at taking the next step in helping PC game developers enabling Vulkan® and DirectX 12. Radeon GPU Profiler is a ground-breaking hardware event visualization tool that provides detailed timing information on Radeon graphics through custom, built-in hardware thread-tracing. Unlike the black box approach of the past, PC game developers now have unprecedented, console-like in-depth access to a GPU and can easily analyze Async Compute usage, event timing, pipeline stalls, bottlenecks and other performance inefficiencies. Here is what some developers who tried it have to say about the tool:

 

  • “RGP very quickly became an indispensable tool in my optimization workflow. I’m sure that other graphics programmers will fall in love with it, just like I did!” Yuriy O’Donnell, Rendering Engineer, DICE
  • “With Radeon GPU Profiler, AMD has produced a high quality tool that fills a much-needed role of providing deep performance introspection and analysis of modern GPUs beyond simple hardware counters.” Baldur Karlsson, Senior Technical Architect, RenderDoc™
  • “AMD Radeon GPU Profiler is nothing short of a revelation in GPU performance analysis for Vulkan on Windows and Linux. I was able to gain insights into Source 2 Vulkan in VR that I had previously never known. We are able to figure out exactly where the work is happening in the frame. It just works for every Vulkan workload we have thrown at it. RGP has now become my go-to tool for GPU performance analysis.” Dan Ginsburg, VR Developer, Valve

 

 

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AMD LiquidVR™ 360 SDK allowing for the first end-to-end GPU-accelerated HEVC 4K-by-4K VR video playback on VR capable graphics cards. It also supports Immersive Ambisonic Audio.

 

Download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 now — and discover the true power of your Radeon graphics.

 

 

Sasa Marinkovic, Head of VR and Software Marketing for the 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 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.

 

 

  1. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs as of July 15, 2017 using an Intel Core i7 7700K (@4.2GHz), 2x4GB DDR4-3000 MHz memory and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. When running the game Tom Clancy’s The Division™ at 1920x1080 using the high preset, the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) system with Radeon Software 17.7.2 saw an average of 112.2ms input latency and the system with Radeon Software 17.7.1 saw an average of 162.3ms input latency. This results in an 31% decrease in input latency with Radeon Software 17.7.2. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-162
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700K CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 on a BenQ Xl2730-B monitor using the game Overwatch on the epic preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Enhanced Sync ON had a 84.7ms response time, VSync ON had a 128.8ms response time and VSync OFF had a 72.7ms response time. Compared to VSync, Enhanced Sync had 34% lower latency. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-150
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700K CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Overwatch on the epic preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 3840X2160, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Enhanced Sync ON had a 4.2ms2 variance and VSync ON had a 50.4ms2 variance, which is 92% lower variance. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-151
  4. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 using a HP® Omen laptop with an intel i7 7700HQ (@2.8GHz), Radeon Software 17.7.2, and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. When running the game League of Legends® at 1080p using the Very High Preset, the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) system with Radeon™ Chill disabled saw an average of 122.8W total system power. The Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) system with Radeon™ Chill enabled saw an average of 94.8W total system power. This results in a 30% increase in battery life when Radeon Chill is enabled. Assume that Radeon Chill ON is 100% of battery life and Radeon Chill OFF has a lower battery life, power consumption is considered to be inversely linear with battery life, and the wattage is mapped out based on this assumption. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. RS-154
  5. 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
  6. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 and Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.1, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 5960X CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Call of Duty Infinite Warfare on the high preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 2560x1440, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 had a 6.3 FPS Radeon ReLive overhead (80.4 FPS with Radeon ReLive OFF and 74.1 FPS with Radeon ReLive ON), and Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 had a 4.2 FPS Radeon ReLive overhead (80.7 FPS with Radeon ReLive OFF and 76.5 FPS with Radeon ReLive ON), which is 33% lower overhead. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-148
  7. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 5960X CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Battlefield™ 1 DirectX® 12 on the ultra preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 with frame rate target control OFF consumed 202.7 watts and frame rate target control ON consumed 149.5 watts, which is 26% lower GPU power consumption. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-149
  8. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, on a test system comprising of Intel i5 6500 CPU (3.2GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game StarCraft® 2 DirectX® 9 on the max preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 had a load time of 15.5 seconds using Shader Cache enabled and Radeon Software 17.7.1 had a load time of 17.19 seconds with Shader Cache disabled. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-152

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[Originally posted on 12/13/17.]

 

The gaming landscape is continuously evolving, but one thing that has remained the same over the years is a quest to be a part of the gaming community. Though PC gaming was mostly a solitary activity, physical communities began to form in an attempt to bring like-minded enthusiasts together. Gamers have been coming together even before the rise of social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. They gathered in a dimly lit room to engage in a battle for supremacy with in person LAN parties and forged lifelong relationships simply because there was a shared love for one thing – unadulterated passion for gaming.

 

Largely thanks to the rise of social media, gaming has continued to evolve to be an activity where gamers are a part of the community and part of a fan base – and the need to be connected, to share greatest moments, to discuss game strategies and communicate with each other.

 

In order to connect gamers seamlessly, performance impact to the game play while recording and streaming needs to be negligible, access to the tools need to be simple, convenient and non-intrusive, and community engagement needs to be natural and intuitive.

 

Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition was engineered to facilitate a community oriented gaming experience, with these principles as a guide.

 

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Radeon™ Overlay, with its seamless presence, provides the ability to record, stream and share gameplay without leaving the game in a more immersive and communal experience.

 

Radeon™ ReLive screen capture has been optimized for even faster gameplay.

 

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  • At 1080p on highest preset, Radeon™ ReLive gameplay capture gets up to 84% lower FPS impact when compared to Nvidia Shadowplay™ in Rocket® League

 

With separate microphone audio track recording capabilities, streamers can easily amplify the audio experience of their recorded gameplay before sharing with the community, to ensure they are heard.

 

To further empower gamers to engage with the community, Radeon™ ReLive’s Chat Integration feature allows users to chat with viewers while streaming, allowing your gameplay to become an interactive space.

 

The mobile app – AMD Link – is a powerful complement to Radeon Software. AMD Link serves as a ‘second screen’ for monitoring Radeon GPU performance and PC system info, enabling gamers to monitor performance and easily share their gameplay moments from their mobile devices.

 

 

Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition delivers an immersive, integrated experience for connected gaming communities, allowing gamers to stream, record, share and chat seamlessly.

 

Bringing the community to you, the gamer.

 

Download Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition – and experience heart-pounding action with Radeon graphics. 2,3

 

 

Sasa Marinkovic, Head of VR and Software Marketing for the 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 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.

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 8th, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX Vega 56, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Testing was carried out at the highest preset on Rocket League at 1920x1080. Using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, the Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 160.2 FPS and while recording using Radeon ReLive, the Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 159.1 FPS creating a 0.7% FPS overhead. Using GeForce Experience 3.10.0.95, a Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 scored 136.2 FPS and while recording using Nvidia Shadowplay, the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 scored 130.4 FPS, creating a 4.3% recording overhead. With Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition’s Radeon ReLive gameplay capture overhead when compared with Geforce Experience 3.10.0.95’s Nvidia Shadowplay gameplay capture overhead, Radeon ReLive has up to 84% (1-(0.7/4.3)) lower FPS overhead while recording Rocket League. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-199
  2. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only, and is subject to change without notice. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this document, it may contain technical inaccuracies, omissions and typographical errors, and AMD is under no obligation to update or otherwise correct this information. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. makes no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this document, and assumes no liability of any kind, including the implied warranties of noninfringement, merchantability or fitness for particular purposes, with respect to the operation or use of AMD hardware, software or other products described herein. No license, including implied or arising by estoppel, to any intellectual property rights is granted by this document. Terms and limitations applicable to the purchase or use of AMD’s products are as set forth in a signed agreement between the parties or in AMD's Standard Terms and Conditions of Sale. GD-18
  3. © 2017 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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[Originally posted on 01/13/17.]

 

One of my favorite activities during my former life as a technology journalist at Forbes was building midrange gaming PCs. Not just the build process itself (though fellow builders will agree it’s ridiculously cathartic), but researching and rounding up the ideal blend of components to deliver surprisingly strong performance, without breaking the bank. The most rewarding part of that? The smiles on people’s faces when they saw the results and  realized how truly affordable PC gaming can be.

 

Real talk though: when covering and reviewing GPUs is the bulk of your day job, it’s easy to get whisked away by the allure of higher-end offerings. Those 1TB SSDs, 4K FreeSync panels, RGB-laden liquid CPU coolers, and Radeon Fury X cards certainly aren’t terrible to have around! But as we’ve discussed since our Polaris lineup launched, the majority of PC gamers are picking up lower-priced graphics cards and other PC parts.

 

“The prices of the parts in these budget builds kind of astounds me.” ~Ryan Shrout | PC Perspective

 

That’s why I got excited when Ryan at PC Perspective decided he wanted to focus on a budget PC build using the Radeon RX 460, not just as a fun experiment but also as a way of more closely identifying with that segment of enthusiastic DIY builders and gamers.

 

Part 1 of Ryan’s build adventure finds him unboxing each component, and discussing exactly why each one was chosen for the build. If you’ve ever been curious about building your own PC or just want to see how surprisingly far $549 can carry you, give the article a thorough read and check out the companion video above.

 

By the way, PC Perspective plans to give away the finished system to one lucky member of their community, so keep your eyes on their site!

 

UPDATE: Part 2 of PC Perspective’s RX 460 build — and giveaway — is now live!

 

Jason Evangelho, Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist for the 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 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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[Originally posted on 07/30/17.]

 

Professional gamers know that enjoying the best possible experience requires four things: Superior performance, high resolutions, smooth frame rates, and dazzling image quality. This demands a synergistic setup that delivers more than the sum of its PC parts.

 

The right blend of components can open the door to unforgettable gaming experiences for pro and enthusiast gamers alike. And since we expect Radeon RX Vega GPUs to be in extremely high demand, we wanted to do something special for our dedicated community of gamers – especially those in need of upgrades across their entire ecosystem.

 

At SIGGRAPH, we announced three Radeon Packs — featuring Radeon RX Vega graphics cards — that supply the perfect path to maximizing your gaming experience. Each pack includes the following:

 

  • Radeon™ RX Vega64 or Radeon™ RX Vega56 — the world’s most advanced, forward-looking GPUs*
  • A steep discount on Samsung’s stunning CF791-Series 1440p Curved Ultrawide FreeSync™ monitor for smooth, tear-free gaming*
  • An exclusive discount on select groundbreaking Ryzen™ 7 CPU + AM4 motherboard combos*
  • Copies of both Wolfenstein® II: The New Colossus™ and Prey®*.

 

These special offers are highlighted by the Radeon RX Vega 64, the most advanced GPU in the world, with redesigned geometry and pixel engines, and revolutionary features like our High Bandwidth Cache Controller and Rapid Packed Math.

 

Radeon RX Vega 64: Premium Performance, Premium Industrial Design

 

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Radeon RX Vega 64 was architected for the incoming wave of visually and computationally demanding titles like FarCry 5. The Radeon RX Vega 64 also utilizes technology that experts insisted would never be within a gamer’s reach. Stuff like second-generation High Bandwidth Memory, plucked from industrial graphics solutions that cost several thousand dollars.

 

Equally impressive is the proud sense of ownership you’ll feel when you hold Radeon RX Vega 64 in your hands. Designed by a team of world renowned industrial designers, the iconic shroud in our limited edition version features solid metal construction with a premium 240 grit brushed finish. Then it’s burnished with an eye-catching symbol of refined gaming: an illuminated pixel.

 

PC Gaming: It All Starts with the Glass

 

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But we didn’t stop there, because we want you to have the smoothest experience possible. Exceptional PC gaming starts with the glass, so we’re offering Radeon RX Vega 64 buyers $200 off Samsung’s jaw-dropping, 34” Curved Ultrawide FreeSync monitor.*

 

During informal blind experience testing with a FreeSync-capable monitor and Radeon RX Vega 64, the majority of gamers chose it over similarly priced and similarly performant hardware ecosystems (Nvidia G-Sync with GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti).

 

AMD Ryzen 7: Shatter Performance Barriers for Less Cash

 

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It’s been years since the world has seen a truly new CPU architecture. AMD Ryzen was built for advanced multithreaded applications and the most demanding resolutions, delivering blistering performance at extremely competitive prices. We’re offering select Ryzen 7 processors + X370 motherboard combos as part of the Radeon Packs — at an exclusive $100 discount.

 

Two of 2017’s Best Games: On the House

 

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Once you have the ultimate gaming setup, you need the ultimate games to enjoy the experience. Our friends at Bethesda Softworks are sweetening the deal with copies of Wolfenstein® II: The New Colossus™ and Prey®*, two of the most highly anticipated games this year. Our engineers have spent thousands of hours working with developers to deliver the most optimized gaming experience with the Radeon RX Vega64 ecosystem.

 

Not all gamers are alike. Some of you have already have a stunning FreeSync monitor or a high-end CPU, so we’re offering three Radeon RX Vega Radeon Packs to ensure you get an experience tailored for your individual needs:

 

Radeon Red Pack: $499 USD

 

Radeon RX Vega56 Air Cooled edition + $200 discount on Samsung XX FreeSync monitor + Wolfenstein® II: The New Colossus™ and Prey® ($120 value) + $100 discount on Ryzen 7 1800x processor + x370 motherboard combo*

 

Radeon Black Pack: $599 USD

 

Radeon RX Vega64 Air Cooled edition (Black shroud or Limited Edition Silver shroud) + $200 discount on Samsung XX FreeSync monitor + Wolfenstein® II: The New Colossus™ and Prey® ($120 value) + $100 discount on Ryzen 7 1800x processor + x370 motherboard combo*

 

Radeon Aqua Pack: $699

 

Radeon RX Vega64 (Liquid Cooled edition) + $200 discount on Samsung XX FreeSync monitor + Wolfenstein® II: The New Colossus™ and Prey® ($120 value) + $100 discount on Ryzen 7 1800x processor + x370 motherboard combo*

 

If you’re already a proud AMD Ryzen or Radeon FreeSync monitor owner, you can buy a Radeon RX Vega56 or Radeon RX Vega64 air cooled edition  at standalone prices of $399 and $499 SEP USD respectively.

 

Don’t limit the potential of your pixels. Secure the ultimate gaming experience with Radeon Packs this August.

 

Jason Evangelho, Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist for the 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 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.

 

 

*Terms and conditions apply and will be available soon on www.amdrewards.com. Monitor offer may vary or be unavailable depending on region. Game offer may vary  by region. Void where prohibited.

 

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Prey® images and logos © 2017 Bethesda Softworks® LLC, a ZeniMax® Media company. Developed in association with Arkane® Studios. Prey, Arkane, Bethesda, Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All rights reserved. All other trade- marks or trade names are the property of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.

 

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From the size of a credit card to the size of a small refrigerator, today’s PCs come in all shapes and sizes. Some of those PCs just do homework, while others help us understand the mysteries of the cosmos. And it goes without saying that you can buy a PC for practically any price, too. The point is: there’s a lot of choice out there. Which one is right for you?

 

Digging through all those choices to find the right one can be a hassle. But it doesn’t have to be. A computer powered by the reimagined AMD Athlon™ Processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics can be the perfect all ‘rounder: snappy, quiet, reliable, and ready to handle work or play.

 

AMD Athlon processors have been trusted for nearly 20 years to enable a satisfying experience in computers used by families, offices, and anyone else who just needs an affordable and uncomplicated PC that gets things done. This year, we redesigned Athlon with 2018 technologies to make it better than ever, and you can experience it for yourself starting September 18th with the AMD Athlon 200GE CPU.

 

So, what makes the AMD Athlon 200GE so great? Let's take a look.

 

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Every automobile has a motor that was thoughtfully designed over many years by hundreds of engineers, and every processor has an architecture. Ours is called “Zen.” The AMD Athlon processor with the “Zen” architecture was built according to high-performance design principles that will help you avoid unwanted lag, slowdowns, freezes, or sluggishness in the latest applications.

 

Radeon™ Vega Graphics

Smooth scrolling in a browser, quick editing of photos, a responsive user interface in Windows®, and fluid video playback are just some of the graphically rich things we expect our PCs to do these days. Such tasks require a strong graphics processor, and AMD Athlon has one inside: the Radeon Vega graphics processor. Athlon’s Radeon Vega graphics naturally breeze through the tasks you expect, but it truly shines when asked for more: like playing modern PC games enjoyed by 150,000,000 other gamers!1 The AMD Athlon 200GE processor represents an affordable and performant way to start with top games like DOTA® 2, League of Legends™, Overwatch™, or CS: GO™.

 

Reliability and Security

Current market research suggests that the average consumer will own a PC for about 4.5 years before considering an upgrade. Consumers need a PC filled with trusted components ready for the years ahead. At AMD, we’re doing our part with the Athlon™ processor.

 

Cool and Quiet: The 2018 AMD Athlon processor is five years in the making, with an eco-focused design that enables responsive performance with very little energy usage. That low energy usage can help your PC run cooler and quieter, giving you a reliability edge.

 

Security Features: AMD Athlon™ Processors support security-first technologies like AMD Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP), Windows® Defender Antivirus, and Windows® Secure Boot to shrink your PC’s exposure to viruses and malicious applications. These “peace of mind” capabilities block certain types of harmful programs at the source to transparently enable a more secure operating environment from the moment you start your system.

 

Get AMD Athlon™ Today

If you need an affordable and modern PC for your kid, the family, a home theater, or a small office, you can a get a leg up on that build starting September 18th with the AMD Athlon™ 200GE Processor and an AMD A320-based motherboard for around $100 USD at your favorite PC parts retailer.2  But if you’re not comfortable building your own PC, that’s okay: affordable pre-built systems with the AMD Athlon 200GE are on the way, too.

 

Regardless of what you choose, the AMD Athlon Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics will bring 2018’s best technologies to your PC with plenty of performance to handle work or play.

 

Learn more at amd.com/athlon

 


 

Robert Hallock is a senior technical marketing guy for AMD's Processor division. 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:

1. 12.6 million players for DOTA® 2, 100 million players for League of Legends™ via SUPERDATA “Market Brief – 2017 Digital Games & Interactive Media Year In Review”. Rocket League™ player count of 40 million users via official Rocket League Twitter account.

2. AMD Athlon 200GE SEP of $55 USD, plus AMD A320 motherboard starting at $49.99 on Newegg.com and Amazon.com, as of 8/23/2018.