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[Originally posted on 04/07/17.]

 

For the past few months, we’ve been putting the spotlight on our fans for their Radeon-powered rigs—but what’s in our own?

 

We wanted to throw the spotlight on a few of our own, so rounded up some staff members at AMD to share what they have inside their PCs.

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Luís Peralta

Graphics and Web Designer

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Almost YInMn Blue RIG:

  • Monitor: ASUS PB287Q 4K
  • Case: NZXT H440 Black/Blue
  • CPU: i7-4790K
  • Board: ASRock z97 Extreme6
  • GPU: Sapphire R9 Fury X
  • SSD: Samsung SM951 AHCI m.2 256Gb
  • HDD: 2x Western Digital Black 1TB (raid0)
  • Cables: Black/Blue Sleeved Cables (power, board and pcie)
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance PRO 2x8Gb 1833Mhz CL9
  • PSU: Corsair HX850i
  • Cooler: Corsair H110i GTX
  • Temperature manager: Corsair Link Commander Mini
  • RGB light: Corsair Link RGB LED Kit
  • Internal USB adapter: NZXT IU01
  • Keyboard: Ozone Blade
  • Headset: Ozone RAGE 7HX
  • Mouse: Razer Mamba 2012
  • Pad: Belkin n52te with Razer Synapse (very old, but still working)

 

My rig story is simple: Needed to update my work PC to keep following Star Citizen development. Having windows booting from a M.2 Gen3 PCIe x4 SSD was mandatory, that alone required board, cpu and ram update. Fury X was the chosen card to display the 4K beauty from Star Citizen. 1TB SSDs were not viable ($$$) back then, so for media storage I’ve gone with the best HDDs on market and installed them in raid0 config for twice the speed. Last, but not least, to do some minor OC on the CPU, I’ve got the Corsair Commander Mini, that alone monitors temperature (in both components and thermometers inside the case), controls all the case, psu and cpu cooler fans, and even controls the RGB light stripes. All that in a blue/black setup.

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Phil Park,

SMTS Design Engineer

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Paw-Power RIG:

  • CPU: Ryzen 7 1700X
  • MB: Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming 3
  • RAM: 16 GB (2×8 GB) G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 14-14-14-34
  • Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX mid tower
  • GPU: XFX Radeon 480 8 GB
  • Power: EVGA 80+ Gold 650W ATX
  • Storage: Crucial MX300 1TB SSD M.2 2280 (SATA)
  • Cooler: Corsair Hydro H60

 

Even though I’ve worked on nearly every AMD CPU, this is the system I’ve been most excited about building (like I mentioned online, I’ve waited years for this day to come). When I received the parts, I told my wife that I’d wait until the weekend to finish building the system. That only lasted for 30 minutes…

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Simon Ng,
Product Manager

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Oldie But A Goodie RIG:

  • CPU: Phenom II X6 1060T
  • Motherboard: A3
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Case: Antec 900
  • GPU: Radeon R9 290X
  • PSU: Antec 850W
  • Storage: WS Black 1TB

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Gilbert Leung,

Technical Marketing Specialist

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All RIG:

  • CPU: Intel 3930k @ 5.0 GHz
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 32 GB Quad Channel @ 2400 MHz CL11
  • Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
  • GPU: Radeon Fury X (Secret Overclock)
  • Case: Modified TJ07 (ColdZero/MurderMod)
  • Cooling: Swiftech eXtremePerformance Quad 120mm Radiator + Swiftech MCP35X Pump + EK Supreme LT CPU Block + Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-29 (3000 RPM) fans in Pull
  • PSU: Corsair AX1200

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Jake Francis
Software Engineering Technician

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Industrial Power Bill RIG:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 1700 OC 3.9GHz 1.35v
  • Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 AM4
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X370-GAMING 5
  • RAM: Corsair 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU: 2x R9 FuryX CF 1100/575
  • Storage: Samsung EVO 1TB SSD x2
  • Storage: Radeon R7 480GB SSD
  • PSU: Corsair AX860i Platinum
  • Case: NZXT H440
  • Keyboard: Corsair K70 RapidFire
  • Mouse: Logitech G430 Wireless
  • Mousepad: Nixeus Type-R
  • Headphones: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus
  • DAC: Danon USB300
  • Mic: AudioTechnica ATR2500
  • BenQ XL2730z 1440p 144Hz FreeSync
  • 2x Nixeus Vue-24 1080p 144Hz FreeSync

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Liam Gallagher
Software Product Marketing

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I Haz Purring Effectz RIG:

  • CPU: i5-4590
  • GPU: MSI Twin Frozr RX 480 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3 @ 2133MHz
  • Boot Drive: 256GB OCZ ARC 100
  • Storage Drive: 256GB OCZ ARC 100 & Toshiba 2TB HDD
  • Monitor: Acer 1440p 144Hz FreeSync (XG270H)
  • Headset: Philips SHP9500S
  • Mic: AudioTechnica AT2035
  • Interface: M.AUDIO Mobile Pre
  • Keyboard: Azio MGK1
  • Mouse: Mad Catz R.A.T 9

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Jason Evangelho
Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist

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LOGO. RIG:

  • Intel Core i7 5960x
  • MSI Gaming X99 AC motherboard
  • 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 2400MHz
  • AMD Radeon Fury X
  • NZXT Kraken X61 CPU Cooler
  • NZXT Noctis 450 Case
  • Samsung Evo 840 1TB SSD
  • WD 2TB Caviar Black
  • Corsair RM 850W PSU

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Dmitry Shatrov

ASIC/Layout Design Engineer

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Red-Eyed Beast. RIG:

  • CPU: Intel core i5 4690K
  • Motherboard: Asus Z97-AR
  • RAM: Patriot Viper 8GB (2 x 4gb) 1866mhz CL9
  • GPU: XFX R9 290X (crossfire secondary)
  • GPU: AMD R9 290X (crossfire primary)
  • SSD: Plextor 256Gb pci-e (M.2 key)
  • HDD 1: Seagate 1TB SSHD
  • HDD 2: Seagate 1TB SSHD
  • PSU: Corsair Ax860

 

Cooling:

  • GPU blocks are aquacomputer Hawaii full cover with an active backplate, nickel-plated
  • CPU block is an XPSC Raystorm
  • Top radiator is an XPSC EX280
  • Front radiator is a Darkside EX360
  • Pump is an MCP355
  • All tubing is 3/8 5/8 EK ZMT neoprene
  • All fittings are monsoon 3/8 5/8 compression black chrome
  • Antibacterial is a pure silver plated plug

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For Radeon-related news, announcements, events and giveaways, follow us on our social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing 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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[Originally posted on 07/30/17.]

 

The launch of our Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics cards are imminent! Sure, we’re thrilled about the potential of our forward-looking Vega architecture and the horsepower it brings to enthusiast gamers, but our partners are equally excited. Here’s what just a few of them are saying:

 

Alienware:

“We are excited to offer AMD’s new Radeon™ RX Vega graphics technology in select Alienware desktop systems over the coming months. Alienware is committed to offering the best gaming experience at any level and we expect the new ‘Vega’ architecture with its new High-Bandwidth Cache and Cache Controller to bring gamers incredible performance thanks to its remarkably fast access to a larger virtual memory space.” – Frank Azor, VP and GM, Alienware, Dell Gaming and XPS

 

Bethesda:

“For a gamer, stepping up to a ‘Vega’ card is like having terrible vision and putting on a pair of glasses for the first time. You thought you were seeing before, but you weren’t. The level of fidelity and performance you’re going to get out of a ‘Vega’ card will make you feel like you’re playing video games again for the very first time.” – Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing, Bethesda Softworks

 

NetEase:

“Using AMD’s open source TressFX tool we were able to create beautiful and realistic hair with very smooth frame-rates. We also created stunningly beautiful volumetric fog which leveraged Vega’s new FP16 technology to achieve real-time rendering. AMD’s GPUOpen tools have helped us develop a better product and faster; a better experience for us and a better experience for gamers.” – Hu Zhi Peng, Producer on Ni Shui Han, NetEase

 

Samsung:

“AMD’s new Radeon™ RX Vega graphics cards paired with Samsung’s stunning FreeSync™-enabled monitors provide gamers with the highest fidelity and lowest latency in their favorite games. Samsung has embraced Radeon FreeSync™ technology from the very beginning, which is why we partnered with AMD on Radeon Packs, a new initiative which brings the best of Radeon™ and Samsung together at a terrific value.” – Andrew Sivori, Vice President, Consumer IT Marketing at Samsung Electronics America

 

SK Hynix:

“We’re thrilled to be playing an integral role in AMD’s return to the high-end graphics market. ‘Vega’s’ revolutionary memory architecture takes advantage of leading-edge HBM2 technology, which transfers terabytes of data every second, doubling the bandwidth-per-pin over the previous generation HBM technology. We can’t wait for gamers and professional content creators to get their hands on ‘Vega’ products. AMD has a history of bringing advanced new technologies to the mainstream, and Radeon™ RX Vega carries on that tradition.” – Kevin Widmer, VP of technical marketing, SK Hynix.

 

Sujoy Roy:

“Any gamer knows how excruciating it is when a screen tear or stutter interrupts your flow: it jolts you out of the game and, if you’re in a tournament, can be the difference between victory or defeat. I play on a 240Hz FreeSync™ monitor and I love it – I feel like I’m in the game again. It’s quite a nostalgic feeling, taking me back to the smooth silkiness of the classic CRT monitor. eSports professionals and enthusiast gamers alike demand the best performance from their GPUs to get what they need out of every frame; with a FreeSync™ monitor lit up by a Radeon™ RX Vega, you’re set.” – Sujoy Roy, the UK’s first professional gamer

 

Ubisoft:

“We’re super excited to announce that Far Cry 5 is collaborating with AMD. On Far Cry, we want to be pushing what we can do graphically. We know this brand started on PC, and we know it’s really important to the people who have been with Far Cry from the beginning. When we think about what we want to do in the future and what we want to be able to build, we want a collaborative partner that’s going to ask us where we want to go and how we want to push it. AMD gives us that.” – Dan Hay, executive producer of Far Cry 5, Ubisoft

 

RADEON RX VEGA PRODUCT SERIES

Today, a new member of the Radeon™ RX 500 Series family joins us: the Radeon™ RX 590, with higher clock speed1 in enhanced 12nm technology.

 

 

1080p Gaming and Beyond

 

Joining the Radeon™ RX 500 Series stack of graphics cards, the Radeon™ RX 590 comes with a refresh in performance for today’s games. It brings up to a 27% boost in performance over the Radeon™ RX 4802, our previous generation “Polaris” architecture-based graphics card:

 

 

Radeon RX 590Radeon RX 480
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4125102
Civilization 68976
Destiny 29275
F1 20188368
Forza Horizon 49080
Kingdom Come Deliverance6248
Rainbow Six Siege193158
Strange Brigade9276

 

 

From these handful of games, we see a sizeable jump in performance when comparing the Radeon™ RX 590 to the Radeon™ RX 480—Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 sees a 22% jump in performance, Kingdom Come Deliverance sees 27%, Rainbow Six Siege sees 22%, etc.

 

It’s a viable upgrade for anyone with a 2+ years old GPU.

 

The Radeon™ RX 590 is Radeon VR Ready Premium and FreeSync™ technology-capable. If you own a FreeSync technology-capable monitor, our stutter-free technology will work with the GPU to keep those frames smooth. If you don’t own one yet—what are you waiting for?

 

Looking at the upgrade with our exceptional Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition updates and our Radeon™ FreeSync technology, our ecosystem’s got you covered for 1080p gaming and beyond.

 

Get Three Kickass Games with the Radeon™ RX 590 GPU

 

If you want to pepper in an even sweeter deal with the release of the Radeon™ RX 590, you can grab it in a bundle that includes three kickass games—Ubisoft’s The Division® 2 and Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5. Our Raise the Game Fully Loaded bundle is now available.

 

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These are three of the hottest games coming next year, and buying a Radeon™ RX 590 graphics card3 gets you a key to these games that’ll unlock on their respective release dates:

 

  • Resident Evil™ 2 – January 25, 2019
  • Devil May Cry™ 5 – March 8, 2019
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 – March 15, 2019

 

Pick up the bundle at a participating retailer - check here for more details.

 

Share Your Radeon™ RX 590 Shots

 

We want to see your awesome gaming highlights on the Radeon™ RX 590! Tag us in your clips of fantastic, hilarious or any moments you want to show off using Radeon ReLive—we’ll share the best ones on @Radeon.

 

Happy gaming.

 

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1. Based on AMD internal analysis in October 2018, comparing the clock speed of the Radeon™ RX 590 (1469 MHz Base/1545 MHz Boost) to the Radeon™ RX 580 (1257MHz Base/1340MHz Boost).

 

2. Testing done by AMD performance labs November 6, 2018 using an Intel i7 7700K 4.2GHz, 16GB DDR4-3000, Radeon Driver 18.11.1, Windows 10. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Using Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Very High settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 125.4 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 102.7 fps. Using Civilization VI, Ultra settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 89 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 76.4 fps. Using FI 2018, Ultra High settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 83 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 68 fps. Using Forza Horizon 4, Ultra settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 90.2 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 80.8 fps. Using Kingdom Come Deliverance, Ultra High settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 62 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 48.7 fps. Using Strange Brigade, Ultra settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 92.3 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 76.1 fps. Using Destiny 2, Highest settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 92.6 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 75.4 fps. Using Rainbow Six Siege, Ultra settings at 1080p, Radeon RX 590 scored 193.6 fps and Radeon RX 480 scored 158.4 fps. RX-258

 

3. Offer available through participating retailers only. 18+ only. Following purchase, Coupon Code must be redeemed by April 6, 2019, after which coupon is void. Residency and additional limitations apply. For full Terms & Conditions, visit www.amdrewards.com.

 

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Annie Lee is Sr. Game Marketing Specialist 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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[Originally posted on 11/07/17.]

 

This month, we’re highlighting a PC featuring the Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition graphics card. We found Richard Parker’s post on /r/amd and reached out to highlight this impeccably built PC. Take a look at the photos below and hear about what inspired his snowy, sophisticated build:

 

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What inspired you to start building PCs? Do you remember the first PC you built?

 

I can comfortably say AMD inspired me to start building my own PCs, because it was just in March of this year when the Ryzen platform was released that I built my first system for personal use from the ground-up.

 

That particular machine is a very “budget home VM lab”, powered by a mildly overclocked R7 1700 and the performance has completely blown me away. I’ve been using computers since Windows 3.1 and only now did I feel like parts were cheap and powerful enough to allow me to comfortably attack projects like this on my own.

 

What’s the story behind this particular build?

 

This build let me fulfill a dream I’ve had my entire adult life dating back to when I got a taste of 3d Studio Max, AutoCAD, and Rhino in high school years ago: to own a 3D design, animation, and rendering machine that could produce results that live up to the original vision.

 

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I’ve never been able to afford a comparable system for personal use (dual Xeons, pro GPUs, etc.) and the Vega FE’s capabilities and price easily justified the decision to include it in the build alongside the Threadripper 1950x.

 

I knew I was going to tax both the CPU and GPU significantly, so I decided water cooling was a must. The price of most workstation-class GPUs and the lack of available water blocks for them made the Vega FE a no-brainer in this regard (I go into more detail on my YouTube channel and the build page on PCPartPicker for anyone who is interested).

 

Any difficult parts you were stuck on during the process?

 

I did an incredible amount of (nocturnal) research ahead of time and even went so far as to completely design the computer in 3D before anything was purchased to make sure the physical design would work at the most basic level. Specifically, the massive 480mm radiator is not listed as being officially supported by the case manufacturer.

 

I saw one (bad cell phone) picture on a lonely forum post on overclock.net of someone attempting a similar config and succeeding only in a very questionable capacity. That single image was enough for me to commit to the design and project.

 

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The water loop’s reservoir mounts and spacing required custom-length screws, which was new territory for me and thankfully turned out to be a fun little project in the garage with a hacksaw after a trip to the local hardware store.

 

I also lacked the detailed specs I needed from the case manufacturer ahead of time. The GPU tray needed to be modified on the fly (more surgical use of a hacksaw) to move the GPU as far forward/away from the CPU as possible, to comfortably allow the related tubing run between those two components.

 

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I went ahead and edited down, and posted my entire build with commentary on my YouTube channel in a single playlist showing the issues I ran into along the way. This included the CPU water block nearly ending the project long before flipping the power switch on for the first time. Disassembling, painting, and reassembling the Vardar fans was a very sincere “effort,” as well.

 

What help or resources did you use?

 

I completely devoured several YouTube channels with water-cooling content over the course of a short few weeks, while designing the build in 3D (Rhino).

 

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I also leaned heavily on Reddit’s water-cooling community, which was both unbelievably patient and enormously generous with their time and knowledge. PCPartPicker was also an invaluable resource.

 

The excitement surrounding the idea of building the computer I’d always wanted kept me very, very motivated. Sitting here at my desk now, enjoying the final product, and reflecting on the entire build effort—it’s still really hard for me to put into words what this computer means to me.

 

Why did you go with Radeon?

 

I haven’t taken gaming seriously in recent years because the related components have, in my opinion, been inflated on the price side. I’ve been perfectly happy to wait for the games’ prices to drop significantly before playing them on last year’s hardware. Before this project, I simply hadn’t ever bought a new desktop computer.

 

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I did, however, get a 5770 in a second-hand machine a few years ago and it ran the original Skyrim like a dream. That same GPU is now singing very happily in the VM lab build from earlier this year, alongside the R7 1700. My experience gaming with that GPU, along with the reasons I already mentioned, supported the decision to go with Radeon for this computer. I expect the Vega Frontier Edition to be able to hold its own for several years to come.

 

What games got you into PC gaming?

 

The King’s Quest series and Wing Commander. Past that, games that come to mind are the original Command & Conquer games, the original Warcraft series, and I had thousands of hours with my friends on the original Half-Life multiplayer and the early versions of Counter Strike before Steam ever existed.

 

What games are you currently playing? Which upcoming ones are you most excited for?

 

Recently, I’ve been enjoying the absolute chaos available in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with friends. But I have to play that game in moderation, because playing in 4K is both new and different to me. Ghost Recon Wildlands is generally just a beautiful experience. I am really excited to play back through many games from my past like, the Far Cry series, Skyrim with new textures, Dying Light, several Wolfenstein titles, and so many others. For upcoming games, the sky is the limit. I’m really excited about the new Wolfenstein release.

 

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I intend to spend a lot of time in games that I can create myself now, using various design platforms and dumping everything into my own environments in Unreal Engine.

 

I describe these projects/current ideas to others right now as a vacation that won’t require a plane ticket. My introduction to VR will likely be a part of those projects in the coming months. I’m especially looking forward to recreating some favorite locations from my childhood and building my own virtual movie theater, possibly situated very high up in a very large tree and with very large dinosaurs walking around on the ground below me :]

 

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What do you think of Richard’s build? To find out more about the PC, you can follow him on Twitter, YouTube or check out his PCPartPicker build page here.

 

We’re also looking for more builds to highlight, so tag us on social media with your photos and you might be our next Featured Radeon Rig:

RADEON ON TWITTER

RADEON ON FACEBOOK

RADEON ON INSTAGRAM

 

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing 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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[Originally posted on 07/30/17.]

 

Written by Annie Lee and Jason Evangelho

 

Radeon is back in the high-end gaming space with Radeon RX Vega, and we can’t wait to dig in and start playing!

 

At Radeon Technologies Group we’re invested in making the overall gaming experience better, because we live and breathe gaming too! We’re obsessed with our rigs. We share tips and tweaks. We count down the minutes until our most anticipated titles are released. Like you, we’re constantly striving to extract the best performance from our systems, and proudly show off our unique rigs to the world.

 

For enthusiasts, the hardware we use to game can be an equally important aspect of our gamer identity. Now new hardware is within reach.

 

What Radeon RX Vega Means for You

 

Gamers are passionate about the industry and know exactly what they want: mind-blowing visuals, maximum framerates, and high resolutions. As enthusiasts, we’re always trying to push our settings and systems to the limit. Those limits, of course, are usually enforced by your hardware.

 

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Battlefield 1 screenshot officially released by EA/DICE

 

The arrival of our next-gen enthusiast graphics cards means we can go a little bit farther than before, with the “Vega” architecture opening new doors for game developers to push the limits of their imaginations.

 

At the heart of Radeon RX Vega GPUs is the revolutionary High-Bandwidth Cache Controller. This new feature allows for larger memory capacities, making Radeon RX Vega GPUs smart, fast and designed to break through traditional GPU memory limitations.

 

 

And together with its next-generation geometry path and enhanced pixel engine, the focus is on speed and precision in demanding games, capable of effortlessly carrying you into high-performance bliss.

 

With game engines shifting to the latest generation APIs, DirectX® 12 and Vulkan®, Radeon RX Vega graphics are poised to deliver outstanding performance for future-ready gaming.

 

Take a closer look at the complete list of Radeon RX Vega’s new technologies.

 

The Essential Trichotomy of Gaming

 

Even though Radeon RX Vega brings thrilling possibilities to how far we can push our visuals, there are several other factors shaping the ultimate gaming experience. Radeon has a solution for all of them.

 

It’s simple: hardware + software + displays = the essential trichotomy of gaming.

 

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A powerful graphics card can do incredible things on its own, but add to it an ecosystem of equally powerful partners and you have a technologically harmonic, incredible gaming machine.

 

With the power of Radeon FreeSync Technology and advanced Radeon Software, the possibilities with Vega graphics are endless:

  • Bask in the brilliance of high fidelity gaming at ultrawide, 1440p and 4K with Radeon™ FreeSync displays. You’ll minimize tearing, latency, and stutter.1
  • Witness supercharged performance with leading-edge Radeon Software features like Radeon Chill enabling quiet, responsive gaming.
  • Experience premium VR immersion with cinematic capabilities, powered by AMD LiquidVR™ technology2

 

 

Our FreeSync technology is continuing to reward gamers with stutter-free, fluid gameplay without its competitor’s steeper prices. Radeon FreeSync 23 delivers smooth gameplay with stunning HDR pixel quality, and keeps gameplay at low latency without sacrificing framerates. Beginning with Samsung CHG70 and the ultrawide, curved CHG90, gamers will have greater options than ever to achieve a visually incredible experience.

 

Radeon Software 17.7.2’s release last week was our biggest this year and unleashed more features than ever. Ongoing driver support is one of our top priorities, ensuring gamers will have the most up-to-date tools for Radeon RX Vega—consistently.

 

 

The Radeon Ecosystem: Making the Games Shine

 

With Radeon RX Vega, our foray into today’s most graphically-intense games is one of discovery—what we see, how fast we can go, and ultimately how we play. That’s what this all comes down to: the games themselves.

 

With highly anticipated titles like Bethesda’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus4 and Ubisoft’s Far Cry 55 around the corner, Radeon RX Vega’s synergy with FreeSync and Radeon Software is more exciting than ever.

 

 

 

Equip your rig with a Radeon RX Vega graphics card and you’re more than prepared. Journey into your favorite worlds with striking detail, whether you’re exploring Talos I in Prey6, collecting conquests in Civilization VI7 or preparing to save Hope County (with a canine companion, maybe) in Far Cry 5

 

The experience is yours to take. Defy convention. Choose the future. Choose Radeon RX Vega.

 

For more on Radeon RX Vega, make sure you’re following our social channels:

Twitter: @Radeon

Facebook: @Radeon

Instagram: @WeAreRadeon

 

 

Cautionary Statement

This blog contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including, but not limited to, the timing, features, functionality, availability, expectations, performance, and benefits of AMD’s Radeon RX Vega graphics products, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as “would,” “may,” “expects,” “believes,” “plans,” “intends,” “projects” and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this blog are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this blog and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD’s control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 1, 2017.

 

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing 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.

 

 

  1. Compatible with Radeon™ consumer graphics products in supported DirectX®9, DirectX®11, DirectX®12 and Vulcan games for Windows®7/10. For more details and whitelist of supported games, see www.radeon.com/chill. GD-121
  2. AMD LiquidVR available on Radeon VR Ready Premium Products, which are select Radeon GPUs that meet or exceed the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive recommended specifications for video cards/GPUs. Other hardware (including CPU) and system requirements recommended by Oculus Rift or HTC Vive should also be met in order to operate the applicable HMDs as intended. As VR technology, HMDs and other VR hardware and software evolve and/or become available, these criteria may change without notice. PC/System manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different VR results/performance. Check with your PC or system manufacturer to confirm VR capabilities. GD-102
  3. 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
  4. Wolfenstein® images and logos © 2017 Bethesda Softworks® LLC, a ZeniMax® Media company. Developed in association with MachineGames®. Wolfenstein and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of id Software LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. MachineGames, 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.
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  6. 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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[Originally posted on 03/06/17.]

 

Recently, Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios hosted a series of worldwide events to preview their upcoming game Prey. Since the project was first announced at E3 2016, fans have been excited to see how the mad-genius developers at Arkane would reimagine the Prey universe. Fans of the Dishonored series of games will be particularly well versed on Arkane’s attention to excellent storytelling and interactivity along with their ability to integrate RPG elements into a strong first-person combat experience.

 

The Radeon team was lucky enough to be asked to participate in these events. Not only did all of the demonstration systems run on AMD Radeon graphics, but two select AMD employees were also given the opportunity to preview the game at both the West Coast and East Coast legs of the Prey preview tour. Check out our thoughts below.

 

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Jason Megit, NYC event:

 

Multiple snowstorms and the resulting flight delays could not stop me from making my way to Manhattan to get a special sneak preview of Prey. I was not only intrigued by Arkane Studios’ take on Prey, but I am also a fan of a lot of their previous work!

 

I entered the venue and was instantly greeted by a team of Bethesda employees. There were 15 identically configured AMD Radeon-equipped rigs set up throughout the room, all sitting on the title screen for Prey. Pleasantries were exchanged, but it did not take me long to take a seat and give Prey a try!

 

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The playable demonstration showcased the first hour of the game and I was immediately enthralled by the experience. I have tested many early-builds of games over the years, and it is quite rare to witness a game so well optimized and polished months out from its release.

 

After spending just under an hour with the game, I can tell you that I am most excited for the following:

  • The story: this game is story-driven and there are clearly going to be some twists and turns to the plot. If you are the type of gamer (like me) who likes to read every document and comb through every computer terminal to learn more about the game’s universe, you will likewise be thrilled.
  • Combat: There are some really interesting guns in this game. I won’t give any more away – but the games developers clearly had a lot of fun coming up with some truly unique and creative gun choices.
  • Graphics: You start the game in a training facility. All things appear normal, until it suddenly becomes clear that what you thought was real is instead more like a holodeck-type experience. And once you realize you’re aboard Talos I, you’re treated to a unique vision of a futuristic space station. It’s awe-inspiring to see the work put into creating a futuristic San Francisco skyline too!
  • Performance: As I said earlier, the game is already really well optimized. Framerates were smooth and consistent. The gameplay experience was likely assisted by Bethesda’s use of AMD FreeSync displays to ensure that there was zero frame tearing and consistently smooth framerates!

 

Liam Gallagher, San Francisco and L.A. events:

 

Since Prey’s reveal trailer released at E3 2016, I’ve been ever-enthralled by its groundhog-day like concept and unique game dynamics. Zero gravity, aliens that turn into environmental objects and a glue gun to fight them with – what else could I ask for on a futuristic space station!

 

Having the opportunity to fly down to S.F and L.A as an AMD rep at the first Prey influencer showcasing brought back the giddy feeling of playing my first-ever game as a kid, Pokemon Gold on Game Boy Color. Oh, what pure excitement that gave me! And if that wasn’t enough already, I had the humbling opportunity of meeting Raphael Colantonio, Creative Director of Prey, and Ricardo Bare, Lead Designer of Prey. Quite a unique opportunity this became – one I’ll be sure to remember for the rest of my life!

 

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Now for those of you who are serious fanboys/fangirls of Arkane Studios’ previous games, I know you can attest to the fact that they’re ridiculously immersive. Prey surpassed my expectations. It lets you decide how you would like to play the game: Are you a run-n-gun player? A stealthy character who hides in the shadows? Or, are you going to take advantage of the futuristic weapons and devise some entirely new strategy? The beauty of Prey is that ALL of these character types work – there’s no wrong way to play the game! This so intrigued me that I had to get myself back on one of the AMD PC’s to play through a second and, of course… a third time. Each experience was different; I found new rooms, new weapons and new side-stories that I missed in an earlier play-through.

 

As you’re reading this on Radeon.com, I’m sure you’ve come here for more than our opinion and take on the game! How was the performance? Will my rig be enough? How many sweet, sweet frames can I pump out of my shiny new Radeon graphics card? Well, you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for that news – but be sure to come back, as we will have more details for you in the near future.

 

My inside take as an AMD rep playing on the same hardware as the press/media influencers was twofold: 1) The game ran unbelievably smooth on the AMD FreeSync display and 2) For an early build of the game, I experienced no FPS spikes!

 

But hey, don’t take only my word for it, check out what some of the media has been saying:

 

See the official trailer below:

 

 

Jason Megit is Technical Marketing Manager 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.

 

Liam Gallagher is Software Marketing Coordinator 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 05/05/17.]

 

Prey®’s gameplay is ingenious. The sheer fact that Mimics, a type of alien in the Typhon family, are able to take on the form of everyday objects makes me look twice before entering any room or examining any object. Add mimicry to being on a giant space station, to weapon and ability customizations and a free-to-roam open world environment, it makes me wonder what is there not to like about Prey®? If Annie’s blog is any indication of what Prey® has in store, Prey® is shaping up to be a classic. As Prey® takes the action-adventure genre to new heights on Talos I, Radeon™ Software takes Radeon Graphics to new levels. Here is Radeon™ graphics cards performance for Prey® gameplay at a glance:

 

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  • Up to 5% faster performance using Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.1 driver Prey® DirectX®11 at 1920×1080 (1080p) on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 580 graphics card than on Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.4 driver1.

 

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  • Up to 38% faster performance using Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.1 driver Prey® DirectX®11 at 1920×1080 (1080p) on the 4GB Radeon™ RX 570 graphics card than with 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX1050TI graphics card on NV 382.05 driver2.

 

Download Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.1 for an amazing experience on Talos I with Radeon.

 

 

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. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of May 2, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 580 graphics card, 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 Prey® DirectX®11 on the Very High preset at 2560x1440. The Radeon™ test system used Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.4 driver and Radeon™ Software Crimson Edition 17.5.1 driver. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 2560x1440, the Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.4 driver scored 59.7 frames per second, and the Radeon™ Software Crimson Edition 17.5.1 driver scored 62.5 frames per second using the 8GB Radeon™ RX 580 graphics card, which is a 4.7% impact to average Frames Per Second. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-134
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of May 2, 2017 on the 4GB Radeon™ RX 570 graphics card and the 4GB NVidia GTX1050TI graphics card, 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 Prey® DirectX®11 on the Very High preset at 1920x1080 (1080p). The Radeon™ test system used Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.1 driver. The NVidia test system used NV 382.05 driver. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, the Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.1 driver and the 4GB Radeon™ RX570 graphics card running Prey® scored 94.4 frames per second. At 1920x1080, the NV 382.05 driver and the 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX1050TI graphics card scored 68.2 frames per second, which is a 38% impact to average Frames Per Second. Performance may vary based on use of final driver. RS-135

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[Originally posted on 06/14/17.]

 

E3 is here, and so far it’s been pure gaming overload! I joined Annie Lee from Radeon Technologies Group to attend the major press conferences and now we’re hitting the show floor to capture the sights and sounds of the annual gaming convention.

 

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Come on down to Bethesdaland!

 

It all kicked off with the Bethesdaland showcase, a carnival split into themed areas modeled after Bethesda franchises like DOOM, Prey, and Quake Champions. We checked out flaming drinks, watched intricate balloon Vault Boys get created before our eyes, had caricature artists put our likeness into the world of Dishonored, and witnessed some intense after-dark Quake Champions matches.

 

The icing on the cake were reveals of The Evil Within 2, DOOM VFR, and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus on a massive outdoor screen.

 

Ubisoft Makes Us Cry

 

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The Ubisoft booth is absolutely massive.

 

The pre-E3 excitement ramped up at the Ubisoft conference, where we literally wept tears of happiness at the announcement of Beyond Good and Evil 2, saw some intense live gameplay from Far Cry 5, and even cheered on the legend himself – Shigeru Miyamoto – as he took the stage in a surprise appearance.

 

Alienware Lights Up The Warehouse District

 

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Later that night we headed to the Warehouse District and partied with Alienware at Alienware Live. Between the DJ, Radeon GPU giveaways, AMD-themed drinks, VR demos, a livestream of Square Enix Collective’s Oh My Godheads, 360 photos, and a customizable backpack creation station, it was an awesome way to spend the evening.

 

Hitting the E3 Show Floor

 

On Tuesday we loaded up on hand sanitizer, caffeine, and an iron will to survive the crowds, and navigated through the colossal billboards and unreleased games. You’ll see blogs featuring the sights and sounds from the show floor, so stay tuned because we have a lot more E3 goodies to show you.

 

Make sure you follow Radeon on our social media channels to get all the updates firsthand.

 

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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 08/30/17.]

 

We were at QuakeCon last week and something caught our eye walking through the BYOC area: a wooden box, carved meticulously to let an orange glow seep into the dark convention center. A few people were standing around it and admiring the rig.

 

The PC belonged to John Lahtinen, a Red Team member. We asked him some questions about the build—check out the PC in more detail below and admire the stunning craftsmanship!

 

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Specs:

  • CPU: Ryzen™ 5 1500X
  • GPU: XFX Radeon™ RX 570
  • Motherboard: ASRock AB350 Gaming-ITX/AC
  • RAM: 16 GB GeIL EVO X RGB DDR4
  • Storage: 480 GB Radeon R7 SSD
  • Power supply: Corsair SF600
  • Fans: APEVIA CF12SL-SOG 120mm Orange (x3)

 

What inspired you to create this build?

 

When Ryzen 7 launched back in March, AMD Red Team Plus members received a sample kit packaged inside a wood box with the Ryzen logo etched on the door. The dimensions, hardware, and logo were almost begging to be converted into an ITX build. Once the AM4 ITX motherboards arrived at retailers, I knew what I wanted to take with me to Quakecon.

 

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What was the most difficult part of the process?

 

Motherboard and GPU mounting were a challenge. Motherboard mounting hole dimensions are just too precise for me to be comfortable with attaching them directly to relatively soft wood. After some determined Google searching, I managed to find what seemed to be a rather ideal solution on the SFF Network forums (https://smallformfactor.net/). An enterprising fellow out of Finland had fabricated a brilliant little modular aluminum ITX frame. I’ll be reviewing this frame (called the NATi Tray) soon, and will be using it again with future wood builds.

 

Unfortunately, it wasn’t smooth-sailing from there. The thickness of the wood in the rear of the case obstructed video cable connection, so out came the dremel! Which was a bit painful when you think you’re so close to completion. And then you discover it isn’t just the wood causing the obstruction, but the thickness of the metal GPU bracket frame as well. Out came the GPU frame.

 

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Where did you get help or what resources did you use?

 

The local Techshop was a fantastic resource for this project. I didn’t have access to or experience with a laser cutter, so I enlisted help from one of the many craftsmen there. I found some truly remarkable projects in the works over there that have spawned ideas for future builds.

 

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Do you remember your first rig? What made you want to put it together?

 

The first rig I built? That was a loooong time ago. It used an AMD K6-2 400 MHz and lasted me many years until I upgraded and passed it along to my sister. It was part desire to have a deeper understanding of the computer and part pragmatism (not wanting to pay someone to fix/upgrade it) that prompted me to go the DIY route. I’ve done DIY builds ever since.

 

What games are you playing on the rig right now? What games/franchises got you into PC gaming?

 

I’m a big FPS guy. The original Doom was the catalyst for my interest in PC gaming. Naturally my gaming last weekend at Quakecon was dominated by id Software games: Quake Champions, Doom, and even some good old Quake II. My obsessions have varied over time- Starcraft, Skyrim, Battlefield 4, and Fallout 4. But these days I typically play a lot of Overwatch and PUBG.

 

Why Radeon?

 

I’ve used so many Radeon GPUs over the years: HD 5770, HD 6950, R9 270X, R9 290, RX 480, and RX 570 – all of them have been outstanding. Supporting inclusive technologies like OpenCL, FreeSync, and Vulkan is important to me. They all equate to better experiences – playing Vulkan Doom on a Freesync monitor all last weekend is absolute proof of that. And of course top-notch Crimson Software with ReLive, which I use frequently for game recording/streaming.

 

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What upcoming PC games are you most excited for?

 

I’m really looking forward to a few that were showcased during this year’s E3: Wolfenstein II, Beyond Good and Evil 2 (for its impressive engine with real-time scaling of multiple galaxies), and Sea of Thieves (how can shooting yourself out of a cannon not be fun?).

 

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Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing 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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[Originally posted on 04/27/17.]

 

Real time strategy (RTS) games have a long and amazing history with PC gaming. Very few RTS titles have the depth and longevity of “Dawn of War™” games. The new sequel to the critically acclaimed “Dawn of War” titles, “Warhammer® 40,000™: Dawn of War® III”, pits Orks, Eldar and Blood Raven Space marines against each other in on the war-torn battlegrounds of the 41st millennium. Radeon™ graphics kicks up this fast paced gameplay to new levels. Here is our performance at a glance:

 

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  • Up to 7% more performance using Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.4 and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III on Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics than Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.31.

 

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  • Up to 75% more performance using Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.4 with Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III on the Radeon™ RX 570 (8GB) graphics card than with Nvidia GeForce GTX1050TI (4GB) on NV 381.89 with DirectX®11 at 1920×1080 (1080p)2.

 

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  • Up to 24% more performance using Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.4 with Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 (6GB) on NV 381.89 with DirectX®11 at 2560×1440 (1440p)3.

 

Download Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.4 today and experience “Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III” like no other.

 

 

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. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 24, 2017 on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card, on a test system comprising Intel i7 5960X CPU, 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver 17.4.3 and Radeon Software Crimson Edition 17.4.4 and Windows 10 x64 using the game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III™ At 2560x1440, Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.3 scored on average 58.1 frames per second and Radeon Software Crimson Edition 17.4.4 scored on average 61.9 frames per second using the Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card, which is 7% faster performance. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-131
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 25, 2017 on the Radeon™ RX 570 8GB and the NVidia GTX1050TI 4GB graphics card, on a test system comprising of Intel 5960k CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III on maximum graphics preset with DirectX®11. The Radeon test system used Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.4. The NVidia test system used NV 381.89. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080 with the Radeon Software driver 17.4.4, the 8GB Radeon RX570 running Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III had 83.4 frames per second and the NV 381.65 and the 4GB 1050TI had 47.7 frames per second which is 75% more average frames per second on the 8GB Radeon RX 570 when comparing the 8GB Radeon RX570 to the 4GB NVidia GTX1050TI. Performance may vary based on use of final driver. RS-133
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 25, 2017 on the Radeon™ RX 580 8GB and the NVidia GTX1060 6GB graphics card, on a test system comprising of Intel 5960k CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III on maximum graphics preset with DirectX®11. The Radeon test system used Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.4. The NVidia test system used NV 381.89. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 2560x1440 with the Radeon Software driver 17.4.4, the 8GB Radeon RX580 running Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III had 63.2 frames per second and the NV 381.89 and the 6GB 1060 had 51.1 frames per second which is 24% more average frames per second on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 when comparing the 8GB Radeon RX580 to the 6GB NVidia GTX1060. Performance may vary based on use of final driver. RS-132

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[Originally posted on 01/24/17.]

 

With the release of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, gamers are certainly in for a treat.

 

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard gameplay is completely refreshed to take the survival horror genre to the next level. To match this experience, Radeon™ graphics cards are certainly up to the challenge. Here is our competitive performance at a glance:

 

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Up to 22% faster performance using Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.1 and Resident Evil® 7: Biohazard on the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card than with NVidia GTX1060 on NV 378.49 with DirectX®11 at 2560×1440 (1440p).1

 

Download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition today and experience gameplay like no other!

 

 

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. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 24th, 2016 on the Radeon™ RX 480 8GB, Radeon™ RX 470 4GB, NVidia GTX1060 3GB and the NVidia GTX 1060 6GB and the NVidia GTX1050TI graphics card, on a test system comprising of Intel 5960k CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Resident Evil 7: Biohazard on graphics preset ultra with DirectX®11. The Radeon test system used Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.1. The NVidia test system used NV 378.49. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 2560x1440 with the Radeon Software driver 17.1.1, the 8GB Radeon RX 480 and 4GB Radeon RX470 running Resident Evil 7: Biohazard had 73.5 and 59.0 frames per second, respectively, and the NV 378.49 and 6GB NVidia GTX1060 and the 4GB 1050TI running Resident Evil 7: Biohazard had 60.2 and 39.8 frames per second, respectively, which is 22% lower average frames per second when comparing the 8GB Radeon RX480 to the 6GB NVidia GTX1060. Performance may vary based on use of final driver. RS-111

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[Originally posted on 07/18/17.]

 

Throughout my years as a GPU reviewer, I’ve enjoyed having a front row seat to some great advancements in 3D graphics.

 

Some of them were extremely complex. You could tell it took years for talented engineering teams to refine the foundations leading to these leaps forward in rendering and performance. Understanding and explaining in simpler terms the inner workings of those technologies often proved quite challenging, but most of the time revealing the benefits was straightforward: “Here’s your performance increase” or “Here’s your higher quality screenshot.”

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LG 34UC79G

 

Then came adaptive/variable refresh rate (A/VRR). For once, the theory behind it was simple. Traditional synchronization controlled by the monitor at a fixed rate causes well-known issues such as screen tearing and stuttering because it doesn’t match the GPU’s “rhythm”. So why not let the GPU run the show? Though it’s a simple and elegant technique, it still requires advanced display engines, smarter drivers, and an extensive validation effort.

 

The results, however, were remarkable. After two hours gaming with ARR, I realized this was a true leap forward. Going back to a traditional monitor was painful.

 

The concept of ARR is easy enough to explain and understand, but showing the tangible benefits isn’t so easy. No illustration can show you the real thing. No words can describe the buttery smooth experience. You just have to try it.

 

If you’re gaming on a traditional 60 Hz monitor, to reach the ideal stutter-free and tearing-free experience you’ll want your system to be able to run well over 60 fps (65? 70? 75 fps on average?) and set it up with vertical synchronization (V-Sync). With ARR you could get a similar experience at 50 fps. Too good to be true? Can Radeon™ FreeSync technology give you the same experience as a faster graphic card? Yes it can.

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Giving away such a feature for free is not an easy decision to make. ARR breathes new life into a mid-range graphics card, which could mean you could upgrade your monitor now and upgrade your GPU later and get noticeable results. And while we’d love you buy a new graphics card, we also we believe in strongly in Radeon FreeSync.

 

I’m glad the Radeon FreeSync architects saw things through this lens. In the long run, what’s beneficial for PC gaming is good for the industry surrounding it. That’s why early on we decided to develop Radeon FreeSync in such a way that ARR could be implemented in as many monitors as possible – we don’t charge a license fee, so there’s no any extra hardware cost to manufacturers or consumers. We want every PC gamer to enjoy stutter-free and tear-free displays.

 

Radeon FreeSync is arguably one of the fastest growing visual technologies for gaming today, and we’re proud to have planted this seed that received tremendous support from the display industry. From entry-level 1080p monitors, to the gorgeous high-resolution curved ultrawides, there is a Radeon FreeSync monitor for every gamer.

 

Today there are over 200 Radeon FreeSync, Radeon FreeSync with LFC and Radeon™ FreeSync 2 monitors covering a wide range of prices, sizes, resolutions and features. This list grows weekly, and only a Radeon graphics card can provide the best gaming experience on these monitors.

 

 

If you aren’t convinced yet, I can only encourage you to try a Radeon FreeSync system yourself. At your friends’, at your retailer, during LAN parties. You won’t be disappointed. We also have a lot of work to do on our side to put this goodness in front of you. That’s why we’ve organized community events this month where you can experience what’s possible with the combination of Radeon FreeSync, an AMD Ryzen™ CPU, and the new Radeon™ RX Vega graphics card:

  • Budapest
  • Portland

It’s a great combo of the most amazing technologies available this summer. Come check it out if you are in the area!

 

We know that a lot of gamers upgrade their systems one component at a time. Graphics cards enjoy premium treatment as they traditionally offer the most direct benefit to gaming performance, but Radeon FreeSync changes this. Sometimes the best choice for you may be to upgrade your monitor first, and enjoy the Radeon FreeSync goodness on your current Radeon graphics card.

 

And that’s fine with us, because from now on your journey to smooth high quality gaming starts with the glass.

 

 

Damien Triolet, Technical Marketing Manager 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 08/24/17.]

 

Gamescom 2017 opened up to the public yesterday in Cologne, Germany and it’s been nothing short of amazing. Thousands of gamers from across the world are already flooding the halls to experience the latest and greatest in gaming.

 

AMD and HTC’s dazzling booth stands at the entrance of Hall 10.1. The booth is stocked full of beautiful hardware and unique PC builds that have you doing a double-take every time you pass. The In Win X-Frame stocked with the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 and the BIRD Customs casemod equipped with the Radeon™ RX 580 caught the eyes of many Gamescom attendees.

 

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We also showcased Quake Champions Special Edition PCs from Overclockers UK, Alza, Fierce PC, Caseking, ONE.de and Chillblast.

 

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Attendees were able to run benchmarks, play games and have some fun on AMD’s stage with League of Legends face-offs for prizes and free swag. On the HTC VIVE side of the booth is the opportunity to jump into some immersive VR, including Fallout 4 VR.

 

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Gamescom 2017 has only just begun and we can’t wait for it to get crazier with everything we love about gaming. We look forward to exploring the rest of the event and sharing it with you. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter for show floor updates!

 

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Daniel Skrba, Marketing and Communications 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 06/09/17.]

 

There are very few racing games as iconic as Dirt®. Fast-paced rally-car racing with sharp turns and split-second wins is always sure to get the adrenaline going. Add in nearly infinite race tracks due to procedurally generated stages, brand new sounds to immerse you in the audio and amazing visuals to make you feel like you’re in the driver’s seat, Dirt® 4™ is shaping up to be a classic. Radeon™ Software 17.6.1 pushes these visuals into high gear. Here is our performance at a glance:

 

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  • Up to 18% faster performance using Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.1 with Dirt 4 on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.2 with DirectX®11 at 1920×1080 (1080p)1.

 

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  • Up to 94% faster performance using Radeon Software 17.6.1 using Dirt 4 DirectX®11 on 8GB Radeon RX 580 multi-GPU than with 8GB Radeon RX 580 single-GPU at 2560×1440 (1440p) 2.

 

Download Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.1 today and experience the thrill of Dirt® 4™.

 

 

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. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 8, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.1 and Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.2, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Dirt 4 on the ultra settings at 8X MSAA. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.5.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 running Dirt 4 scored 52.6 FPS, and Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.6.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 scored 61.9 FPS, which is 18% faster performance. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-144
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 8, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 in multi-GPU or 8GB Radeon RX 580 in single-GPU, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.6.1 and Windows 10 x64 using the game Dirt 4 on the ultra settings at 8X MSAA. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 2560x1440, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.6.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 single-GPU running Prey scored 40.6 FPS, and Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.6.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 multi-GPU scored 78.5 FPS, which is 94% faster performance. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-145

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[Originally posted on 07/13/17.]

 

SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is the highest grossing Indian film of all time, but it also had a monumental global impact. Consider this: the film’s initial trailer is currently the 15th most viewed online trailer in history during its initial 24 hours, raking in 59.8 million views. By comparison, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens pulled in 55 million views.

 

Once Baahubali 2: The Conclusion arrived in the United States, it landed at #3 in domestic box office totals. It actually surpassed The Circle, which boasted immense star power in the form of Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

 

The Sword of Baahubali

 

When we first announced The Sword of Baahubali VR experience alongside our talented collaborators Arka Media Works, our ambition was — and is — to create the most exciting and photo-realistic virtual reality experience possible. To create an indelible adventure using the finest technology we can get our hands on. When the film it’s inspired by turned out to be a critically-acclaimed global phenomenon, we were overjoyed. And we are driven to expand the scope of our original vision to reflect the surging interest in this franchise.

 

Beyond just expanding our original vision, our team remains resolute in our desire to make The Sword of Baahubali VR experience one of the most compelling and captivating VR experiences to date.

 

This means pushing back the release of The Sword of Baahubali VR experience to Fall 2017, but we’re going to have some very exciting updates for you along the way. So stay tuned and thanks for joining us on this adventure!

 

 

James Knight is Visual Effects Director for AMD, based in Los Angeles, CA. James was Performance Capture Supervisor on Columbia Pictures’ The Amazing Spiderman. Additionally, he spent four years managing the motion capture for James Cameron’s Avatar. He has done Performance Capture and Virtual Production for films including I Am Legend, 2012, Hulk and Prince Caspian and various video games including, Batman Arkham City, Scene It, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Project Gotham Racing. He is an active member of the Visual Effects Society (VES), and on the Board of Directors at the British Academy’s Los Angeles chapter (BAFTA-LA). James is also an Executive Member on the BAFTA VR Advisory Group.

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[Originally posted on 08/28/17.]

 

Gamescom 2017 is already over and we had an absolute blast being able to share it with gamers across the world. AMD’s booth was stocked with the latest systems powered by Radeon RX and AMD Ryzen. Outside of AMD’s booth was a whole world of upcoming gaming titles and immersive experiences.

 

We can’t wait for next year’s Gamescom 2018, but until then we have a photo gallery of this year’s event. For those that missed our event recaps, check them out below!

 

GAMESCOM 2017: DAY ONE

GAMESCOM 2017: DAY TWO

 

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[Originally posted on 09/01/17.]

 

They’re Radeon™ fans, they’re hardcore gamers and they’re enthusiast builders—and they’re the few lucky gamers who won a Radeon RX Vega and had one in their hands before anyone else.

 

From the massive Vega giveaway back in January and our RX Community Tour, four gamers opened their prize packages to see the glimmer of the silver-plated, liquid-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64.

 

We asked them how they felt about winning the Radeon RX Vega before the cards arrived at their doorstep, and they were eager to share their thoughts on the high-end graphics cards.

 

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“The possibilities are endless. Thanks to Vega I can play smoothly in 4K but that’s the obvious part. Then I can choose a 4K monitor much easier because of the FreeSync support. Another thing that I would never try without a proper card is VR but now I have a reason to do that. There are just so many things I could write about and more after I try it with my new build.” –Yan Buyko, Hungary

 

 

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“The most exciting thing about receiving a Radeon RX Vega card is being able to be a part of the technology wave that AMD has unleashed over the past few months. The disruption AMD is bringing to the video and computing arena brings much needed competition in both technology and pricing, it’s a great time to be an AMD fan.” –Breck Anderson, USA

 

 

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“I am extremely excited about not only FINALLY building a computer of my own, but also building one with incredible VR capabilities! We will have a fantastic GPU that will be viable for many years to come and I will never have to borrow a computer again for PDX LAN!” –Ashley Bocaniciu, USA

 

 

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“This is an amazing gift. I’m excited to new Radeon RX Vega graphics technology and performance. I can’t wait to unpack it. :)” –Mateusz Pokrywka, Poland

 

We love seeing gamers so thrilled. If you want to show off your rig, be sure to follow us on our social channels and tag us—we want to see your build!

 

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[Originally posted on 10/10/17.]

 

Summary

 

THE HP OMEN 15 IS A PORTABLE GAMING MACHINE READY TO DELIVER SMOOTH E-SPORTS AND AAA GAMING STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX.

 

HP OMEN is back with the 2017 OMEN 15 gaming notebook featuring Radeon™ RX 550 graphics. With a beautiful aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, fully lit chiclet keyboard, and integrated Bang & Olufsen speakers, the OMEN 15 lets you bring a fantastic gaming experience anywhere you go.

 

Key Hardware Specs:

  • 15 Inch, 1080p Radeon FreeSync™ Display
  • Intel-i7 processor (7700HQ)
  • Radeon RX550 Graphics
  • 8GB of DDR4 Memory
  • 1TB HDD
  • 2.58 kg (5.68 lbs)

 

Build & Physical Features

 

The first thing I noticed when taking my OMEN 15 out of it’s box is the signature OMEN dual texture design and red accents. The lid is plated with brushed aluminum and carbon fiber panels, which are great for attracting a few head turns. With an absence of plastic parts, the build quality feels nice and solid. The dual fan exhausts at the back accentuate the OMEN 15’s aggressive look, making the notebook feel ready to take on anything that you throw in its way.

 

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Lifting up the lid of the laptop reveals a black and red chiclet keyboard with a full num pad surrounded by a black brushed aluminum surface. The WASD keys are highlighted in bright red. The keyboard has red backlit keys for all the keys except for WASD which have white backlights. I find this keyboard helpful when playing shooters, as I never have to fumble around much to get my fingers in the right position. I especially like the fact that the backlight on the keys also lights up the text on each individual key face instead of surrounding the square so that I have no problem distiguishing the letters in dimly lit environments.

 

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The notebook features a powerful set of Bang & Olufsen notebook speakers found on the front right and left corners of the notebook. The angular design of the notebook help direct more of the sound outwards as opposed to downwards like many other notebooks do. I was able to fill a small room with crisp and consistent sound at around 80% volume.

 

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Attached to the chassis with a large single hinge design is the 15.6’’ Full HD FreeSync display of the OMEN 15. This well-lit display shows great saturation, and it’s anti-glare finish allows it to be viewed at a wide variety of angles without washing out the colors. Screen tearing was non-existent during my gaming tests.

 

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In a bright indoor office environment, I used 80% brightness which still left additional headroom to push the display brighter when watching dark videos.

 

Using the laptop outside on a sunny day, I noticed that although the anti-glare screen works well, it isn’t perfect. I still felt that the display was losing some color consistency within the darker color palette, even after maxing out the brightness settings. Bright and colorful games like Overwatch and League of Legends are fine, but this display struggles a bit if you are planning on watching dark movies under the sun.

 

Cracking open the OMEN 15 was a little difficult, which gives some credit to the solid construction of the notebook. Once I removed the back plate, I immediately noticed a dual heat pipe design and 2 rear exhaust fans which provide sufficient cooling for the CPU and GPU. Although the fans are large, they are quiet enough to be inaudible most of the time. Taking up a large chunk of the laptops interior space is a hefty 70Wh battery, giving the OMEN 15 enough juice to handle those on-the-go gaming sessions.

 

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As for the ports offered by this notebook, OMEN 15 has you covered with all the essentials integrated into the sides. The USB-C port on the left side of the laptop is always nice to see in the ports suite. The Ethernet interface allows me to hook up a wired connection, which is vital for games where every millisecond of ping counts.

 

While we’re on the topic of internet connectivity, I’ll quickly mention the inclusion of the 802.11ac WiFi standard on the OMEN 15, allowing me to connect onto those 5 GHz internet bands that are becoming ever more popular. I never have to fight for WiFi bandwidth at the 2.4 GHz frequency, which is so important for reducing ping.

 

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Ports:

  • Power Connector
  • 3x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • Network Port
  • SD Slot
  • USB-C
  • Headphone and Microphone input
  • HDMI
  • Mini-DisplayPort

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Benchmarks and Gaming

 

All tests were done on the latest driver and plugged into the wall. I saw a 15-20% drop in gaming performance if the laptop was not plugged in. For all new laptops, I recommended updating to the latest driver for the best performance.

 

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The gaming experience is very smooth on the OMEN, consistently staying above 60 FPS for all the tested titles. It looks like this notebook is ready to play all of your AAA titles straight out of the box without a problem.

 

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Pretty decent gaming score, as expected of a dedicated gaming laptop like the OMEN 15. I’m pleasantly surprised to find that the Digital Content Creation score is higher than I thought it would be.

 

Boot Time

 

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To measure the speed of this system I measured boot time from power up to the time my cursor no longer showed the spinning icon. Admittedly, the boot time is on the slow side, and a lot of the blame can be pointed to the fact that this particular notebook I tested used a hard-drive as its storage device. If you want those lightning fast boot times, you should definitely consider getting an SSD.

 

Hard Drive

 

CrystalDisk Mark was used to measure Hard Drive Performance:

 

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Unsurprisingly, the long boot times are reflected in the poor disk read/write scores. Get. An. SSD.

 

Productivity

 

Discrete Radeon 550 graphics provided a significant performance uplift in Adobe Photoshop and Premiere.

 

I tested this by comparing the amount of time it takes to run a sequence of filters and effect in Adobe Photoshop (2017). A 4K image (300 dpi) was rotated 180 degrees, crystallized by a factor of 10, blurred using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix, sharpened using the Smart Sharpen tool and rotated again by 180 degrees.

 

On Adobe Premiere, I tested with a 30 second 1080p mp4 video. The clip was flipped vertically, lens distortion was applied, and then a blur using the Gaussian Blur tool by a factor of 1 pix.

 

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The battery life on the OMEN 15 was decent. The 70Wh battery powered the PCMark 8 Mainstream gaming test for 2 hours and 17 minutes. Idling with the screen on at 80% a comfortable indoor brightness resulted in a little more than 4 hours before auto shutdown.

 

Charge time was quick on the laptop. I fully drained the battery, plugged it in and within 1 hour and 40 minutes the battery was back to 100%.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Powered by the Radeon RX 550, the OMEN 15 is a laptop that is designed with the gamer in mind. The sleek red chiclet keyboard and the beautiful aluminum and carbon fiber paneling makes the OMEN 15 feel like a proper gaming laptop. Although the read/write speeds could be improved, the Radeon™ Freesync display paired with the Radeon RX 550 delivers smooth gameplay across a variety of E-Sports and AAA titles. OMEN 15 is a laptop balances portability and performance, allowing me to bring my games with me anywhere I go.

 

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Detailed Specs

Radeon RX 550 Graphics
Boost Clock1287 MHz
Peak Performance1.65 TFLOPs
Memory Size2 GB GDDR5
Memory width128 bit
Effective Memory Speed6 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth96 GB/s

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[Originally posted on 02/03/17.]

 

We’ve talked a lot about the RX 460 lately, concentrating on using it as the building block for a surprisingly affordable AAA gaming PC. What’s not to love about a ~$100 graphics card that can handle everything from eSports to AAA shooters? Well, sometimes choice is great. But sometimes it’s paralyzing! So today we wanted to steer you toward an awesome feature at Hexus.net that guides you to the RX 460 variant that’s just right for you.

 

 

In their comparison, Hexus takes a deep dive into the following heavy-hitters:

 

Hexus does a terrific job rounding up crucial specs for each card — PCB length, build quality, cooling style, power requirements, notable extra features — and then puts each one through a battery of tests measuring gaming performance, temperature, noise, overclocking potential, and power consumption.

 

I also appreciate that their test bench reflects the kind of system most gamers interested in buying a Radeon RX 460 would own, versus using absurd amounts of RAM and a $1000 CPU.

 

So if you’re in the market for an affordable 1080p graphics card, check out their feature here, and let us know which one is your favorite!

 

 

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.