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[Originally posted on 09/26/18.]

 

Delivering on our promise for game day-0 updates, Radeon™ Software 18.9.2 delivers excellent features, performance, and stability with Star Control™: Origins.

 

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  • Up to 17% faster performance in Star Control: Origins using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 at 3840×2160 (4K).1

 

Additionally, we’ve worked towards performance gains in some of your favorite titles, such as Fortnite, Shadow of the Tomb Raider™, and F1™ 2018.

 

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  • Up to 3% faster performance in F1 2018 using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 at 2560×1440 (1440p).2
  • Up to 5% faster performance in Fortnite using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 at 1920×1080 (1080p).3
  • Up to 4% faster performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 at 2560×1440 (1440p).4
  • Up to 3% faster performance in Forza Horizon 4 demo using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 at 3840×2160 (4K).5

 

Upgrade your software to Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 today and push performance in your favorite titles.

 

Download Radeon™ Software Today.

 

 

Anna Fieger, Software Product Marketing for the Radeon Technologies Group 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. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 18th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700k CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With great preset setting on Star Control: Origins at 3840x2160, Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 50.7 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 59.5 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2. Comparing software versions, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 has 17% faster performance in Star Control: Origins . Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-252
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 18th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700K CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With ultra high preset settings on F1 2018 at 2560x1440, Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 87.0 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 90.0 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2. Comparing software versions, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 has 3% faster performance in F1 2018. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-249
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 18th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700k CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With epic preset settings on Fortnite at 1920x1080, Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 111.4 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 116.5 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2. Comparing software versions, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 has 5% faster performance in Fortnite. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-250
  4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 18th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700k CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With highest preset settings on Shadow of the Tomb Raider using DirectX®12 at 2560x1440, Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 64.7 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 67.2 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2. Comparing software versions, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 has 4% faster performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-251
  5. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 18th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700k CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With 3840x2160 (4K) Ultra preset settings on Forza Horizon 4 demo at 1920x1080, Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 67 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 69 FPS with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2. Comparing software versions, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 has 3% faster performance in Forza Horizon 4 demo. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-253

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[Originally posted on 08/28/18.]

 

Playing through a period piece is always fun. Playing through a period piece with quirky narration and a defiant sense of adventure through ancient civilizations is even better.

 

Rebellion Developments’ latest title Strange Brigade packs an enormous amount of entertainment, in which you play as one of the daring heroes fighting against the risen Seteki the Witch Queen and her army of mummified monstrosities. You can play solo or with a group in online co-op (1-4 players), but as their YouTube description says, “it’s not all tickety-boo and afternoon tea!”

 

 

With an endless array of puzzles, ruins and treasures to explore, Strange Brigade offers a gripping journey through Egypt in the 1930s. Think Indiana Jones, if Indiana Jones had a charming British narrator commenting on your actions throughout the game (even when you pause—what a sass).

 

Strange Brigade supports both Vulkan and DX12, and we looked at the performance on DX12 to determine what offers a smooth 60 FPS experience:

 

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If you’re using an AMD Radeon™ RX 570 graphics card or above, you’ll get a 60+ FPS average without needing to scale or tweak any of the additional features.

 

If you’re playing on a Radeon RX 560, we recommend keeping it at Medium settings and scaling the extra features as necessary. I paired the Radeon RX 560 with the AMD Ryzen 5™ 2600X and got an average of 66 FPS at Medium, but if you want a few extra frames you can customize the graphics details as you like:

 

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As for processors, we tested the 1080p resolution with a Ryzen 5 2600X and 1440p with Ryzen 7 2700X. We then tested Ryzen across the stack paired with a Radeon RX Vega 64, and they all gave us an average of over 100 FPS on High and over 80 FPS on Ultra – Ryzen 5 2600 and above.

 

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The Ryzen 5 2400G with Vega graphics also offer great playability. If you’re gaming without discrete graphics, you can play at 1080p at Medium and the processor can give you the mid-30s FPS. If you play at a higher memory, you could get close to 40 FPS:

 

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If you ever want to be sure of what your settings will give you, Strange Brigade includes a useful Benchmark mode that you can use prior to entering the game. The mode’s camera pans through a variety of scenes, so that your average framerate will be based on a mix of light and action-oriented scenes.

 

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Happy with your benchmark average? You’re ready to dive in. Strange Brigade is available now, so pick it up on Steam, grab a friend and embark through the treacherous traps and rip-roaring journey.

 

As always, be sure to capture some shots or clips with Radeon ReLive and tag us on @AMDGaming or @Radeon.

 

 

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 07/12/18.]

 

Whether you’re getting in a practice match or playing for high stakes, you can’t afford to lose any seconds in League of Legends. In our efforts to bring more performance to the players, we took a took at how you can extract the most out of your AMD hardware when playing League of Legends.

 

We paired AMD’s new Ryzen™ 7 2700X with Radeon GPUs down the stack. Rushing around as Ahri, I threw myself into action-heavy scenes to see how far the Ryzen + Radeon™ RX combo could go.

 

Even as I switched out the graphics cards, I kept the maxed-out settings unchanged at Very High playing on a 1440p resolution. Steady and impressive framerates, no matter which GPU I used with the Ryzen 7 2700X!

 

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I had no trouble getting 140+ FPS on any of the graphics cards I used at 1440p. When you’re playing with a Radeon RX 550 or 560, you can get impressive framerates playing at 1080p—but our Ryzen 7 2700X worked diligently so we didn’t lose any crucial frames even when you crank up the resolution.

 

 

Playing with Radeon Software features makes it even better. With the Radeon RX 550 on 1080p at Very High settings, Radeon Chill saves up to 25% of power consumption1 while Enhanced Sync gives you up to 46% faster response time2. By the time you get to the frenzied part of a match, these are features that can help push you past the victory line.

 

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While it’s nice and dandy to play with the remarkable Ryzen 7 2700X with our Radeon RX graphics cards, check that you’re playing with the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition for the latest updates and optimizations.

 

 

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. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 28th, 2018 on the 2GB Radeon™ RX 550, 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. With the very high preset on League of Legends® at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX 550 consumed 28.279 watts with Radeon™ Chill enabled whereas the Radeon™ RX 550 scored 37.559 watts with Radeon™ Chill disabled, lowering power consumption by 25% in League of Legends®. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-235
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 28th, 2018 on the 2GB Radeon™ RX 550, 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. With the very high preset on League of Legends® at 1920x1080, with Enhanced Sync ON the Radeon™ RX 550 scored 65.0 milliseconds from click to response with Radeon™ Software 18.4.1 whereas the Radeon™ RX 550 scored 120 milliseconds from click to response, with VSync, creating a 46% faster response time in League of Legends®. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-234

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[Originally posted on 08/29/18.]

 

Looking for adventure? To fight against the supernatural? Look no further than the action-packed Strange Brigade. Strange Brigade challenges players to survive mystical foes, set in 1930’s Egypt. Loaded with traps, monsters, puzzles and surprises, Strange Brigade does not disappoint.

 

Here’s how AMD Radeon™ Software helps you survive Egypt in the 1930’s:

 

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  • Up to 6% faster performance in Strange Brigade using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 56 (8GB) graphics card with Async Compute Enabled than with Async Compute Disabled at 3840×2160 (4K).1

 

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  • Up to 1.9x faster performance in Strange Brigade using Vulkan with Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 on two Radeon™ RX Vega 56 (8GB) graphics card with mGPU enabled than with mGPU disabled at 3840×2160 (4K).2

 

Driving incredible performance, AMD collaborated with Rebellion to drive next gen API support with Vulkan® and DirectX® 123.

 

The Vulkan™ API substantially reduces “API overhead”, the background work a CPU does to interpret what a game asks of the hardware. Enabling meaningful features, performance, and image quality, Vulkan® exposes GPU hardware features that wouldn’t ordinarily be accessible through OpenGL.

 

DirectX® 12 highlights several features supported in Strange Brigade, enhancing the experience from DirectX® 11. Asynchronous Compute Engines in AMD’s GCN, Polaris, and Vega architectures enable unique commands to be submitted simultaneously, better utilizing the API. The result is improved GPU efficiency, performance, reduced latency, and consistent frame rates.

 

On Day-0, AMD Radeon™ Graphics offers multi-GPU scaling in DirectX® 12 and Vulkan®. Strange Brigade is the first game in which Vulkan® supports multi-GPU capabilities.

 

Download Radeon™ Software 18.8.2 today, and release your inner adventurer.4

 

 

Anna Fieger, Software Product Marketing for the Radeon Technologies Group 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. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 17th, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 56, with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 installed, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700K CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With ultra preset settings on Strange Brigade using the DirectX12 API, at 3840x2160, the Radeon™ RX Vega 56 scored 50.8 FPS with async compute disabled, whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 56 scored 53.9 FPS with async compute enabled. Comparing FPS between setting changes, async compute enabled has 6% faster performance in Strange Brigade. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-245
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 22nd, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 56, with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.2 installed, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700KCPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With ultra preset settings on Strange Brigade using the Vulkan API, at 3840x2160, the Radeon™ RX Vega 56 scored 53.8 FPS whereas two Radeon™ RX Vega 56 scored 102.3 FPS. Comparing FPS between GPU configurations, mGPU has 1.9x faster performance in Strange Brigade. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-246
  3. DirectX® 12 enablement requires an x86 processor and a Radeon™ graphics chip based on the Graphics Core Next architecture and Windows® 10. GD-99
  4. ©2018 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Vulkan and the Vulkan logo are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

©2018 Rebellion. The Rebellion name and logo and the Strange Brigade name and logo are trademarks of Rebellion and may be registered trademarks in certain countries. All rights reserved.

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[Originally posted on 04/25/18.]

 

Four days of games, prizes and panels—thousands descended upon Boston for PAX East on April 4 to 8, which meant each day was filled to the brim of passionate fans hopping from booth to booth inside the gigantic Boston Convention Centre.

 

Throughout the four days, we ran the FreeSync™ Challenge where attendees tried the setup for a chance to win the ultrawide Samsung CHG90, a beastly 49” FreeSync-capable monitor.

 

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We had 666 total attendees try the Challenge (yes, we counted and double-checked—it’s 666), which was set up with two identical systems—except one monitor had FreeSync™ enabled, while the other didn’t. An overwhelming majority of attendees (585/666 or 88%) said they preferred playing on the system with the FreeSync-capable monitor1.

 

After tallying all attendees who tried the Challenge, we’re excited to announce the randomly chosen winner to walk away with a brand new monitor:

 

Robb Armstrong from Massachusetts

 

Congratulations on your gorgeous, new monitor!

 

We asked him for a comment on his new prize, and he sent over his thoughts: “I’m honestly in awe in regards to the monitor. Going from a dual monitor setup to this widest of ultrawides will take some getting used to, but games playing in its native resolution look out of this world.”

 

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A huge thank you to all who participated!

 

Take a look at our gallery below from our four days at PAX East. Thank you to all who came by the booth and talked with us—we look forward to meeting up with other AMD fans at future events!

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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.

 

 

  1. In an informal total random sample of 666 people conducted by AMD between 4/5-4/8, 2018 at PAX East in Boston MA. A blind test was conducted with two identical systems running Far Cry 5 Ultra settings @ 1440p: AMD Ryzen™ 5 1400, 8GB DDR4 memory, Radeon™ RX 580, Radeon Software 18.3.4 and Windows 10 (64bit). Radeon Freesync Monitor: AOC AGON AG271QX. 2560x1440. Each test ran 2 minutes. 585 people preferred the Radeon FreeSync™ enabled system, while 81 people preferred the Non-Radeon FreeSync system. In percentages, 88% preferred the Radeon FreeSync system, 12% preferred the Non-Radeon FreeSync system. All participants received AMD promotional material. GRT-14

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[Originally posted on 07/17/18.]

 

If you felt like your summer was lacking in post apocalyptic gameplay, look no further than Earthfall. Earthfall challenges players to survive swarms of alien combatants after a massive meteor strike by building defenses and using super futuristic weapons to vie for survival; providing heart pounding action.

 

Here’s how Radeon Software 18.7.1 helps you survive the chaos:

 

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  • Up to 27% faster performance in Earthfall using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.7.1 on the Radeon™ RX 560 (4GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.6.1 at 1920×1080 (1080p).1

 

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  • Up to 28% faster performance in Earthfall using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.7.1 on the Radeon™ RX Vega 56 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.6.1 at 2560×1440 (1440p).2

 

  • Up to 22% faster performance in Earthfall using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.7.1 on the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.6.1 at 2560×1440 (1440p).3

 

Download Radeon™ Software 18.7.1 today and experience the thrill of Earthfall.

 

 

Anna Fieger, Software Product Marketing for the Radeon Technologies Group 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. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 11, 2018 on the Radeon RX 560 (4GB), 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. With medium preset settings on Earthfall, at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 560 (4GB) scored 48.3 FPS with Radeon Software 18.6.1, whereas the Radeon RX 560 (4GB) scored 61.3 FPS with Radeon Software 18.7.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.7.1 has 27% faster performance in Earthfall. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-242
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 11, 2018 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. With medium preset settings on Earthfall, at 2560x1440, the Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 86.9 FPS with Radeon Software 18.6.1, whereas the Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 111.1 FPS with Radeon Software 18.7.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.7.1 has 28% faster performance in Earthfall. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-240
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 11, 2018 on the Radeon RX 580 (8GB), 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. With medium preset settings on Earthfall, at 2560x1440, the Radeon RX 580 (8GB) scored 61.4 FPS with Radeon Software 18.6.1, whereas the Radeon RX 580 (8GB) scored 75.1 FPS with Radeon Software 18.7.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.7.1 has 22% faster performance in Earthfall. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-241

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[Originally posted on 03/05/18.]

 

This month, we’re spotlighting a build we found while browsing Reddit. Pieced together by Phil John, the Radeon™ RX 560-powered PC played a special role in a learning process: a collaborative project with his son learning to build PCs for the first time.

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Specs:

  • CPU: Ryzen™ 3 1200
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-AB350-M Gaming 3
  • Case: Bitfenix Nova
  • GPU: Sapphire Radeon RX 560 Pulse OC 4096MB
  • PSU: Corsair TX-650M
  • SSD: Crucial MX300 275GB
  • HDD: Toshiba P300 1TB 7200RPM
  • RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 MHz PC RAM – 4 GB x 2

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What inspired you to put this build together?

 

I’ve built many PCs over the years, starting off with a Cyrix 386, and later using some classic chips such as the Athlon™ XP 1800+ and the Athlon™ 64. My son has been an avid computer gamer for several years and is starting to show an interest in programming, so he asked for the parts to build a computer for Christmas.

 

We approached it as a father-son project and spent all of Christmas day building it, first outside the case, and then installing it all. It was a fantastic learning experience for him as I could impart all the little things you often get wrong when doing your first build.

 

I never considered buying a pre-built machine for him as I feel that learning how a computer is put together, and what all the different parts do, is an important piece of knowledge, rather than just seeing them as a black box with mysterious components.

 

What was the most difficult part of the process?

 

The most difficult part of the experience was getting it to POST! It turns out the motherboard had a very early BIOS on board that didn’t fully support the memory we had originally – it’s a real credit to AMD that BIOS updates have been so frequent, as once we knew what the problem was, a quick flash from a USB stick got everything working perfectly.

 

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Rather than being a problem though, it was another great educational process – we ran through troubleshooting steps to find out what the problem was.

 

Apart from that, the whole process was very simple – building a computer shouldn’t be some scary process that only experts can do, with some research and patience anyone can do it, and often get a better deal than buying a pre-built system.

 

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

 

Vividly! When I was younger we had a Sinclair ZX-80 and then Commodore 128 – which is what I started programming on. Eventually I outgrew that and PCs were coming into their own, so components were purchased (including a very fetching beige case) and everything put together.

 

It was a Cyrix 386 running at a whopping 33Mhz with a 40MB HDD (which I double-spaced to roughly 80). It also had the feature where you could slow it down to 4Mhz to support old games without proper timing in the main loop so they were playable. I seem to remember it having 4MB of memory, but it’s so long ago that might not be correct any more!

 

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The first proper gaming PC I built was an Athlon XP 1800+ paired with an ATI 9000 series GPU. Back then, it was all about Grand Theft Auto 3 and America’s Army for me, which both ran very well on that setup.

 

Inspiration wise, it was always about being able to customise what went into the computer, not being stuck with the components that Gateway or similar decided to put in there. There’s also a great sense of accomplishment when you press that power button for the first time and see it booting!

 

Why did you choose Ryzen and Radeon?

 

I’ve always been an AMD fan and have always looked to them first when putting a new build together. Once Ryzen was released, especially the lower end 3 series, it really was a no-brainer when it came to deciding on parts. The value offered and all the great features in the B350 chipset, such as unlocked overclocking, are so builder and enthusiast-friendly that it’s hard to choose anything else, certainly not in the same price bracket.

 

The quality of drivers is also a strong point for AMD. I’ve got a Radeon™ RX 480 in my main rig and the performance improvements I’ve enjoyed thanks to AMD “FineWine” have been very noticeable. For this build, the choice was between the Radeon™ RX 560 and the competition’s comparable card. If my son starts looking at GPGPU I’d also want him to look first to OpenCL® rather than the proprietary alternatives.

 

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I wanted something dependable and every Radeon card I’ve had has always been that – it’s so important for lots of things from Windows to gaming that putting something in there that won’t have problems down the line is important.

 

What will this build be used for / what games?

 

It’s a multi-purpose computer – my son enjoys gaming, but it’s also used for homework, music production (with my old Korg synthesiser linked up through a MIDI interface) and learning to program, so lots of competing factors, some favouring the GPU, others the CPU – it has to be able to handle them all.

 

My son is mad about rollercoasters, so his primary game at the moment is Planet Coaster; it’s amazing seeing all the wonderful coasters he’s designed, even if some of them would make me quite sick in real life! He also enjoys some indie titles like Mini Metro, Bridge Builder and Terraria. Finally, Minecraft … which I think most 10 year old boys are mad about.

 

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

 

I’ve got a somewhat varied taste in games, from FPS shooters like Wolfenstein: New Colossus to DOOM (which both run fantastically on Radeon GPUs) to driving sims like Dirt Rally, Assetto Corsa and Project Cars 2 – none of which make my Radeon RX 480 even break a sweat at 1080p high settings. Finally, open world third-person games … who doesn’t like a bit of mindless mischief in the GTA universe?

 

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As for upcoming games, the one I’m most looking forward to is Far Cry 5 – the setting and atmosphere look amazing, and looks like it’s going to be a great example of the immersive experience that typifies a really good long-form story-based PC game.

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[Originally posted on 03/28/18.]

 

I’ve been waiting for a game like Far Cry 5: it’s thoughtful, chaotic and fun, and for the life of me, I cannot stop playing it.

 

You’d think a game that centers around a cult and its intimidating leader would be dark, and it does have its serious moments (given that the cult’s looming threat follows you wherever you go). But there are also plenty of light characters and hilarious moments that made me think: is this really happening?!

 

After rescuing Boomer (which you can see in our Let’s Play video), I had an intense urge to go back into Hope County. Here are my five most memorable moments from playing the first few hours.

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5. Face-to-Face with Joseph Seed

 

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Joseph Seed is intimidating. I can’t place exactly what it is: the shades? The man bun? The seven deadly sins carved everywhere on his chest? Ubisoft did a fantastic job building up his character before we even meet him in-game, and there’s a culminating dread by the time you meet him face-to-face.

 

What’s frightening about the Father is that when you first meet him and arrest him, he goes along with it: he doesn’t struggle, he doesn’t yell, he doesn’t fight. His calm and collected demeanor speaks to an incredible yet frightening confidence that things will go his way.

 

Although you explore Hope County building up the Resistance against the cult, you can feel his hold across the entire county. Even when he’s not around, his presence is omniscient—and that’s what makes Joseph Seed terrifying and that first meeting with him unforgettable.

 

4. Rescuing Boomer

 

 

Boomer is very much America’s good boy! If you’re a dog person, the moment you rescue Boomer is going to fill you with joy and love as it did for me. Not only is having a four-legged companion awesome, but Boomer is extremely valuable: he steals enemies’ weapons and revives you when you’re down.

 

You can watch our mission to rescue Boomer here, where you can see my shamelessly-fangirl reaction to recruiting our dog.

 

The best thing about Boomer as your companion is that he wants your love as any man’s best friend would, so make sure to give him a pat on the head every once in a while and remind him what a good boy he is for fighting the Resistance.

 

3. Flying Planes, Driving “Widowmaker” and Anything Vehicle-Related

 

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I can’t choose one, here. Driving anything in Far Cry 5 is hella fun (maybe it has something to do with the fact that I don’t drive in real life—my license expired, okay?), but this game takes driving to a whole other level.

 

You want to do a barrel roll? Done. Drive a huge truck with machine guns named Widowmaker? Do it. Chase a green-and-purple machine gun jeep called Death Wish? Mandatory. Forget gunning down the cult members in a sedan—do it in style. Sometimes, your Guns for Hire will even hop in with you and take care of passing-by cult members so you can focus on the road.

 

Hope County is huge. Sure, you can go from region to region on foot if you want, but Far Cry 5 makes it fun to cover vast distances by allowing you to pretty much drive anything.

 

2. Traveling through Montana

 

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I’ve never visited Montana, but I sure want to now. Creative director Dan Hay and lead writer Drew Holmes spoke extensively about the inspiration they drew from real-life Montana to create a realistic Hope County. You can see it in the details: lush grass, clear skies and luminous mountains in the background trail you everywhere you go.

 

Hope County really is a beautiful place, and at times I’d lose myself in thought while driving down the roads. You may be kept busy rescuing civilians and destroying cult properties as you venture, but don’t forget to take in the picturesque sights and appreciate how far graphics have come!

 

1. Rescuing Cheeseburger

 

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Cheeseburger, the diabetic bear whose diet consists mostly of salmon—the quest to grab him as a Fang for Hire opens after you liberate F.A.N.G Center, the animal center where the cult’s been training wolves to help do their dirty deeds.

 

Recruiting Cheeseburger begins with a fishing trip. He likes salmon. So you have to go and catch salmon. Then you have to give him said salmon. After stopping the cult from taking him, Cheeseburger joins your roster to fight the cult—and he might just come close to Boomer as the best companion. I can’t choose! He’s fierce, terrifying and loveable: the perfect combination for a Resistance partner.

 

A+ for his adorable cheeseburger-patterned collar.

 

Bonus: The Testy Festy

 

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The “Testy Festy” is quite possibly the best side-quest I’ve ever played in any video game, period. It is exactly what it sounds like: a testicle festival, a joyous occasion in Hope County that’s unfortunately been stalled due to cult activities in the region, and it’s up to you to start it back up and bring the party back after you liberate Fall’s End.

 

I won’t spoil too much here, but you should go for this mission as soon as it becomes available. Let’s just say it starts off with delivering an amusing “Testicle Festival”-branded trailer to hunting down some crucial items set to a sexy, mood-setting song.

 

And yes, you get to partake in the festival.

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There you have it. I’m nowhere near done this game, so by no means is this a complete list—I’m sure I’ll find plenty of things that’ll expand this list to a top 10, top 20.

 

If you’ve played Far Cry 5, what are your favorite moments in the game? If you haven’t, be sure to pick up the game and start your Resistance against the cult!

 

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[Originally posted on 03/22/18.]

 

We’ve been waiting for this cinematic co-op game for a few months now with anticipation, and Hazelight Studios delivers in a big way with: A Way Out for the PC. I’ve been searching for a good co-op game, and was glad to finally get a chance to play this one. A Way Out is a couch or online co-op only game where you play the role of one of two prisoners in a daring escape from a maximum-security penitentiary and continue beyond into each character’s lives. Play A Way Out with your friends for free using the Friends Pass free-trial.

 

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Firing up our newest Ryzen™ 5 2400G processor driven system with 16GB of DDR4-3000 RAM, we went through the latest graphics cards to come up with settings that performed within our typical Radeon™ target of +50 fps. I played through the first few prison scenes to get an idea of both outdoor and indoor performance. The following are my recommended settings.

 

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I did notice that resolution has a much greater effect on performance than most of the settings themselves. For the Radeon™ RX 560 – the difference between Medium and Max settings was a few frames per second, but the difference of 1080p vs 900p gave us a much better cushion of minimum frame rates. The combination of resolution and medium settings gave that particular card enough headroom to enable framerates that kept us in our monitor’s FreeSync range for smooth, tear-free gaming.

 

As always head to amd.com to grab the latest Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition to get your Day 0 performance enhancements LINK.

 

 

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 02/20/18.]

 

Warhorse Studios has launched one of the first big titles of 2018, Kingdom Come Deliverance. It’s an open world RPG set during the 1400s with quite a bit of story and combat all rolled up into one big adventure. For those of you firing up this title, you’ll notice just how beautiful this game looks when you max out your settings.

 

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Firing up our new Ryzen 7 1800X processor-based system with 16GB of DDR4-3000 RAM, we went through the latest graphics cards to come up with settings that consistently gave above 50fps. I used the opening section of the game, where you are really just fulfilling item quests, but there didn’t seem to be a big shift in performance when more characters ended up filling the scene.

 

The following are the recommended settings:

 

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The only case where I struggled to find a good balance was with the Radeon RX 560 where I flipped between 720p->1080p, and 900p-1080p. This upscaling method is generally used for consoles, where the UI gets rendered at 1080p, while the game itself is upscaled from 900p. It is a good compromise for performance vs image quality, and with additional tweaks with the graphics settings I think we found a real good option for Radeon RX 560 owners.

 

Make sure you are using the latest Radeon Settings Driver (in my case Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2), to get the latest Day 0 performance enhancements from AMD here.

 

 

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 03/07/18.]

 

BEST FOR:

  • Digital content creation and multimedia playback
  • Well-rounded user experience

 

Summary

 

THE LENOVO IDEAPAD 720 IS A VERSATILE PLATFORM THAT IS READY TO DELIVER A POWERFUL AND FLEXIBLE EXPERIENCE, FROM PLAYING GAMES TO VIDEO CONFERENCING.

 

Lenovo recently brought the IdeaPad 720 to the table, featuring Radeon™ RX 560 graphics. Making a statement with its minimalist chassis design, impressive matte Full HD display, and integrated Harman speakers, the IdeaPad 720 is a machine capable of tackling a variety of tasks. The discrete graphics chip accelerates many applications to bring the power needed in modern digital life. This laptop also boasts fantastic gaming performance, as it is able to effortlessly deliver fluid 60+ fps experiences across a variety of today’s most popular titles.

 

Key Hardware Specs:

  • 15 Inch, 1920×1080 LED Display
  • Up to 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7500U
  • Radeon™ RX 560 Graphics (Driver: 17.12.1)
  • 4GB DDR4 Memory onboard, can be configured up to 16GB DDR4
  • 1TB HDD with up to 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs)

 

Build & Physical Features

 

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Unboxing the IdeaPad 720 reveals premium materials and metal surfaces, giving the laptop a clean appearance. With the polished and mirrored edges along with the angular sides and slim profile, the laptop looks very modern. The notebook feels robust when held and seems rugged enough to withstand a few accidental drops.

 

KEYBOARD

 

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Under the lid, this laptop features a black and white chiclet keyboard surrounded by a matte aluminum surface – great for warding away fingerprints. The F-Keys are programmed with useful macros that can be handy for video conferencing, such as toggle camera and toggle mic. The keys also have a controllable backlight with two brightness settings, making this laptop perfect for finishing late-night work in a dark environment, such as on an airplane.

 

SOUND

 

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The notebook has integrated Harman speakers on the front corners on the bottom of the chassis. The speaker system provided crisp sound, and at around 80% volume, music could be clearly heard on the other side of a small room, making the notebook great for showing friends a neat playlist.

 

DISPLAY

 

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The IdeaPad 720 also features a 15.6” 1920×1080 LED display attached to the chassis with a robust single hinge. The display has good color depth, and washout is minimal as viewing angle increases. The thin bezels make the screen look fantastic. The high saturation of the display makes photo editing a breeze with a strong distinction of nuanced hues. With the excellent viewing angles, there are no problems with watching movies with friends.

 

INSIDES

 

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Removing the back plate of the IdeaPad 720, we can get a good look inside the notebook. The first thing to notice about this laptop is that the memory and HDD are wrapped with anti-static sheets to protect against accidental static damage to sensitive parts. Since most of the components in this laptop are connected to the motherboard by cable rather than solder, there is a lot of potential for upgradability – the SSD slot (protected by electrical tape) looks particularly inviting. The unit we tested was not populated with an SSD, but Lenovo does offer this platform with up to 512GB PCIe SSD options. Adding an SSD can allow this laptop to achieve lightning fast boot times, so you can get back to your work sooner. The asymmetric exhaust fans spread the fan noise over a greater range of frequencies, making the fans sound quieter. While playing games on this laptop, the fans can barely be heard. The fans connect to the CPU and GPU via a dual heat-pipe design to provide ample cooling.

 

PORTS

 

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For the ports suite, the IdeaPad 720 has exactly what you would expect to find on a premium laptop. The IdeaPad 720 supports the latest in connectivity with 1x USB-C port. Lenovo included an interesting 4-in-1 card reader, which will support SD, SDHC, SDXC, and MMC cards. The Ethernet port has a hinge mechanism that swings out when you plug a cable in and collapses when you take it out which keeps the profile of the notebook slim when detached.

 

Ports:

  • Power Connector
  • 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • Network Port
  • 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • USB-C
  • Headphone and Microphone Combo Jack
  • HDMI

 

BOOT TIME

 

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To determine the speed of this system, the boot time was measured from power up to the time my cursor no longer showed the spinning icon. 33 seconds is quite fast for an HDD. Many older laptops may take much longer to boot.

 

DISK

 

CrystalDisk Mark was used to measure Hard Drive Performance. Two tests were conducted for both read and write:

  • Sequential. Data is interpreted in a continuous order. This would be similar to how a new, unused disk would behave.
  • 4 Kib Random. Data is interpreted in randomly placed 4 Kib chunks across the disk. This would be similar to how a heavily used, fragmented disk would behave.

 

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The included HDD is a Seagate ST1000LM035, which is a 1 TB 5400 RPM drive with SATA connection. This allows plenty of room to host photos, movies, and games with fast load times due to the 100+MB/s sequential read and write speeds. The 4KiB random read/write speed scores are a good reminder to periodically defrag your HDD for optimal performance. With the option to upgrade disk space with an SSD, there is the potential for even better loading times and faster bootups.

 

PERFORMANCE

 

For all new laptops, it is recommended to update to the latest driver for the best performance.

 

With the help of the included Radeon™ RX 560, the IdeaPad 720 is able to demonstrate some impressive performance in the tested benchmarks. The Radeon™ RX 560 with IGP shows up to a 5.4X performance improvement with running a Photoshop script in comparison to the IGP alone. The discrete graphics card gives the laptop a significant performance boost in the PCMark 10 and 3DMark benchmarks across the board, and allows the laptop to reach frame-rates of over 60fps for many popular game titles. When the IdeaPad 720 is used with just the integrated HD 620, gaming performance drops well below the 60-fps threshold of fluid graphics. Paired with the Radeon™ RX 560, the IdeaPad 720 becomes a laptop that is a great choice for just about any task.

 

Productivity

 

The test compares the amount of time it takes to run a sequence of filters and effects 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.

 

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Synthetic

 

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Benchmarks

 

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Gaming

 

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CONCLUSION

 

Boosted by the Radeon™ RX 560, the Lenovo IdeaPad 720 gives a little bit of everything. Not only is it a great productivity tool, but the discrete graphics card also really helps drive the laptop to be an all-purpose star. When running a Photoshop script, the Radeon™ RX 560 could complete the task by up to 5.4X compared to the IGP doing the same task. The Radeon™ RX 560 also made the laptop a gaming-capable machine – e-sports ready straight out of the box vs. the sub-60 fps experience from just an IGP. The GPU drives the IdeaPad 720 to deliver a fluid gaming experience across a variety of today’s most popular titles. If the Radeon™ RX 560 is a little excessive for your needs, Lenovo also offers the IdeaPad 720 with the Radeon™ RX 550 instead – saving you a few dollars should you choose to sacrifice some performance. Taking into account the great speakers and brilliant LED display, it doesn’t matter whether you are video conferencing or playing games; the IdeaPad 720 is a great, well-rounded choice for all your activities.

 

Buy Now:

 

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GALLERY

 

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Detailed Specs

Radeon RX 560 Graphics
Core Clock1202 MHz
Memory clock1500 MHz
Peak Performance2.6 TFLOPs
Memory Size4 GB GDDR5
Memory width128 bit
Effective Memory Speed6 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth96 GB/s

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[Originally posted on 01/18/18.]

 

We’re always curious to hear from gamers, especially on your superb gaming experiences powered by Radeon™ RX graphics cards. We sent a handful of gamers and streamers some Radeon RX GPUs last year to see what games they were playing—they have thriving communities of their own, so browse through their comments and follow them to see what they’re up to.

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MissesMae

 

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My name is Mae. I’m a 30 year old nurse turned full time gamer/broadcaster. I’ve been a content creator on YouTube for 6 years and have been a partnered broadcaster on Twitch for 4 years.

 

What MissesMae is Playing

 

I’m really into FPS and shooters in general. The current games I’m playing are Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege1, Call of Duty: World War II2 and Fortnite Battle Royale3.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Since I started using the Radeon RX Vega4, there were less screen tearing on the games that I play.

 

Follow MissesMae

 

You can find me on Twitch nearly everyday or catch my live stream highlights on my YouYube.

 

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SydSoGood

 

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I’ve played games for as long as I can remember, whether it was Kirby on N64 or Pokemon, but my dad sat me down and taught me how to play Halo:CE. So it was very fitting that my first stream was playing the original Destiny on release day in September 2014.

 

Video games has had such a positive impact on my life and source of meeting wonderful people. My goal since I started is to create a safe, supportive community that happens to be full of super rad people who enjoy playing games and watching me play games.

 

What SydSoGood is Playing

 

I definitely lean towards first person shooters, but I’m currently playing Call of Duty: WWII, Fortnite, PUBG5, occasionally League of Legends6, and just finished up Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus7 for my YouTube channel.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Radeon RX 570 made THE BIGGEST difference for sure. My computer went from running at a 4 to a 10 just by swapping that in. I also have the AMD Ryzen8, which makes a load of difference.

 

Previously, I was only able to stream console games because my PC couldn’t handle me playing and streaming from it, but now that’s never an issue so it’s nice to be able to pull up a game and not have to think about how I’m gonna stream it because my PC can take anything that I throw at it.

 

When Destiny 29 came out on PC that was such a game changer. I don’t usually play shooters on PC (mainly because I’m so incompetent trying to aim with a mouse and keyboard), but couldn’t help myself because of how great it ran on my computer.

 

Follow SydSoGood

 

I stream Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 6:30p PT // 9:30p ET on Twitch and upload Let’s Plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays and vlogs on Saturdays!

 

Here’s where you can find me on the internet:

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Cowsep

 

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I’ve always wanted to stream – but back at my rural Indiana home the best we could get was dial-up internet. Then when I moved to Korea in 2012 as an English teacher, I was finally able to start streaming thanks to the Korean internet.

 

I’ve been a full-time streamer since 2014, streaming mostly League of Legends and producing YouTube content with highlights from my stream, as well as some occasional guides and goofs.

 

What Cowsep is Playing

 

Playing mostly League of Legends, but I do occasionally dive into other games after the main stream or between LoL queues.

 

Last year I started playing Summoners War on my phone due to a sponsorship, and I have actually been addicted to the game since.

 

I do also very much enjoy playing around in VR with my Oculus Rift, but I have been unable to fully stream this before getting the Radeon RX Vega4.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Playing League with the Radeon RX Vega has been flawless. It has actually drastically impacted my streaming too.

 

I run a bunch of custom OBS plugins and overlays on my stream that utilizes a lot of onscreen sprites and particle effects for various events (subscriptions, donations, etc.) and these have been drastically improved on the Radeon RX Vega.

 

I can now run my custom overlay setup, play League and still work on my own game in Unity and Blender at the same time without dropping a single frame.

 

I also tried out the Radeon RX Vega for my VR setup and it has been great. With my previous cards, I was not able to stream VR in 1080p 60fps without dropping a lot of frames. Now I can stream my VR experience too.

 

Follow Cowsep

 

I’m streaming every single day on Twitch: https://twitch.tv/cowsep

 

We release videos regularly throughout the week: https://youtube.com/cowsep

 

Earlier this year I started learning game development with Unity – and I have been very much into it. I am currently working on my own game named Pathtale!

 

I visit pretty much all local gaming events in Korea and I can always be found at TwitchCon and the occasional PAX in the US!

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Becky Taylor

 

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I’m a successful Marketing Manager within the video game industry. I currently work at Riot Games as the Influencer Relations Manager. In the past, I’ve worked with Reboot Game Developer Conferences, Innervate (Gamesight), 3D Realms, Tencent Boston, and Signal Studios. My history with video games started at a young age when I started building computers with my father in 1994. I grew up kicking *** on games such as Doom, Heretic, Half-Life, and Quake.

 

What Becky is Playing

 

Currently playing PUBG, of course. Also a lot of Warframe10 and Civ 611.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

The Radeon RX Vega means that I can play my games on max graphics and still have high frame rates. Games are sexy and smooth!

 

Follow Becky

 

People can mainly find me on Twitter at @omglazerkittens.

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SeltzerPlease

 

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I’ve been a fan of Twitch and Justin.tv since the early days of eSports broadcasting on the platform, and I’m a frequent sight hosting and interviewing at competitive gaming events. Most recently this summer, I’ve covered the Overwatch World Cup in Beijing and Los Angeles, Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, the Hearthstone Championship Tour at Gamescom in Germany, Tokyo Game Show in Japan, the BlizzCon All Access Channel, Hulu’s show Player vs Player, and E3, PAX East, PAX West, New York Comic Con, and TwitchCon on behalf of Twitch.

 

Playing on Radeon

 

When I’m not traveling to cover the wide world of eSports, I enjoy multiplayer shooters like Overwatch12. In my recent years, I’ve discovered the joy of strategy games like Civilization and Divinity13, and relaxing single-player adventures like Stardew Valley14 – all of which make great use of the Vega and massive curved FreeSync monitor in both detail and refresh-rate.

 

Follow Rachel

 

You can catch me covering CS:GO15 this January in Stockholm and lots of other video gaming and eSports events all year long! The best way to keep up with me is Twitter.com/SeltzerPlease!

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Elisa Melendez

 

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I’ve been gaming since I was old enough to hold a controller (shout-out to Pinball Quest and Anticipation on the NES!), but I got inspired to stream a few years ago as part of promo work I was doing for the original Rocksmith16. I fell in love with the game, and Rocksmith streams happen every Monday night to this day!

 

What Elisa’s Playing

 

Right now, I’m working my way through Super Mario Odyssey17 and am looking forward to taking The Sims 4’s Cats & Dogs18 expansion for a whirl. Of course, I’m still playing and streaming Rocksmith 2014 Remastered every week!

 

Playing on Radeon

 

Having the “Vega” in my life and learning PC building as part of our Streaming PC Building panel at this past TwitchCon was an eye-opening experience. Building your PC is more accessible than ever—and it’s not as intimidating as it might seem. I highly recommend building your own.

 

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Follow Elisa

 

If you’re interested in learning more about music, playing guitar or bass, or just want to listen to a couple of musicians being goofballs, you can check out our Rocksmith and music streams over at twitch.tv/elisarockdoc Monday and Tuesday nights at 6 PM PT/9 PM PT.

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  8. AMD Ryzen 5 1400. For more information, go to https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-5-1400
  9. © 2018 Bungie, Inc. All rights reserved. Destiny, the Destiny Logo, Bungie and the Bungie Logo are among the trademarks of Bungie, Inc. Published and distributed by Activision. Activision is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision makes no guarantee regarding the availability of online play or features, and may modify or discontinue online services at its discretion without notice at any time. Using the software constitutes acceptance of the Destiny Software License Agreement available at http://support.activision.com/license and the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy available at http://www.bungie.net/eula. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.
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[Originally posted on 08/10/18.]

 

Capcom’s highly anticipated Monster Hunter: World is finally out on PC, much to the rejoice of keyboard-and-mouse hunters around the world. Hunting, looting, crafting—what’s not to love about taking down some monumental beasts while beefing up your own armor?

 

For AMD users, diving into this world means being prepared with our latest 18.8.1 driver which is optimized for Monster Hunter: World.

 

Here are Capcom’s recommended AMD settings to run the game at 1080p/30FPS:

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Minimum, Low settingAMD FX 6300Radeon™ R7 260x (VRAM 2GB)
Recommended, High settingAMD Ryzen™ 5 1500XRadeon™ RX 570 (VRAM 4GB)

 

If you want to push beyond 30FPS for a close or steady 60FPS on your AMD graphics card, here are our recommended settings (system specs1):

 

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Radeon RX 560 owners, fret not. You’ll have to scale down the resolution and settings, but I was still able to get a nice FPS average of mid-50s, hitting 60 and slightly over at times, running around with my kickass Long Sword. Make sure you go into Advanced Graphics settings and set Resolution Scaling to “Mid”, as well as scaling down the other features to “Mid”. Add a Radeon FreeSync™ monitor to your setup for smooth frames, and you’re set.

 

If you want to play at a higher resolution at 1440p, you should play on a Radeon RX Vega graphics cardfor the best experience:

 

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If you have a monitor capable of pushing 144hz, max out that refresh rate. Bonus points if you have a Radeon FreeSync monitor, which will give you an extra boost for that buttery smooth gameplay while hunting down that evasive Kulu-Ya-Ku.

 

Want to play around a bit for some extra frames? You’ll have to change your resolution and main graphics setting in the main menu, with the option to tweak features like anti-aliasing in-game. You can only change these settings in the main menu, so check these out before you enter the game:

 

  • Texture quality
  • Ambient occlusion
  • LOD bias
  • Subsurface scattering
  • Screen space reflection
  • Dynamic range

 

If you want to squeeze out a few more frames from your base settings, you can scale down features like texture, volume rendering, anti-aliasing and/or anisotropic filtering.

 

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You can also shut off foliage sway, subsurface scattering, screen space reflection and water reflection completely or a mixture of them if these details don’t matter as much to you. Personally, I like the immersion of these little details.

 

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As for your processor, we took a quick look with the Ryzen 6 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X2 paired with a Radeon RX Vega 64. Monster Hunter: World runs well on both at 1080p, High setting – roaming around the first mission, the Ryzen 5 2600X gave us a nice average of 87 FPS and the Ryzen 7 2700X ran at an average of 95 FPS. At the Highest setting, we got an average of 71 and 78 FPS respectively.

 

If you’re sporting our feisty Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon RX Vega graphics, there’s some ways for you to play around with the settings as well. As long as you’re willing to compromise on a few minor tweaks, you’ll get a nice playable experience on this processor that’s no less immersive in the New World:

 

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Once your settings are good to go, you’re good to start questing. Don’t forget to download the latest driver if you haven’t done so: 18.8.1 is packed with optimizations for Monster Hunter: World.

 

Be sure to take some screenshots or recorded gameplay of your hunt in action with Radeon ReLive, and tag us at @Radeon or @AMDGaming.

 

Happy hunting!

 

 

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. System specs: Windows 10 Enterprise, AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (3.70GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1
  2. System specs: Windows 10 Enterprise, Radeon RX Vega 64, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, Radeon Pro Software Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1
dtjong

Far Cry 5: Recommended Settings

Posted by dtjong Employee Nov 19, 2018

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[Originally posted on 03/27/18.]

 

Far Cry comes to America in the latest installment of the award-winning franchise.

 

So, are you ready to lead the resistance against the fanatical cult, Eden’s Gate? Stand up to cult leader Joseph Seed, and his siblings, the Heralds, to spark the fires of resistance and liberate the besieged community.

 

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Before you start up a new game let’s setup your game resolution and quality settings to get the best possible performance and image quality based on the Radeon™ RX Series graphics card inside your system.

 

In the video settings for Far Cry 5, you’ll have the typical settings such as display resolution and refresh rate, V-sync settings and quality settings. On the Video Quality tab, any changes are reflected on the image to the right, so you can immediately see the changes it will make to your game quality. You can also modify individual graphics settings such as textures, shadows and anti-aliasing or simply use the graphics quality preset.

 

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Based on my testing with my AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600X system with 16 GB of memory, I’d recommend starting off with the listed resolutions and settings below for your Radeon RX Series Graphics card.

 

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For example, on my system with a Radeon RX 570 I can achieve an average 64 frames per second (FPS) using the built-in benchmark. I found targeting about 60 FPS average using the built-in benchmark gave me the best balance of image quality and responsive feel during my testing in the actual gameplay. There are some dips below 60 FPS during more graphically intense scenes but if you’re using Radeon™ FreeSync, gameplay will still be silky smooth.

 

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If you prefer to play Far Cry 5 at a higher resolution, such as 1440p or an ultrawide display, to get to best possible experience you should be running a system with a Radeon RX VEGA class graphics card. With my system and a Radeon RX VEGA, I’m able to achieve 72 FPS average at 1440p resolution and ultra settings.

 

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While playing games at a high resolution is an amazing way to enjoy Far Cry 5, you can still enjoy the game even with our mainstream graphics cards such as the Radeon RX 560 and Radeon RX 550. I’d recommend dropping the game resolution to 900p or 768p if you’re using these graphics cards, and lowering the quality settings to normal. But at these settings, gameplay will still be perfectly smooth on the Radeon RX 560 hitting around 58 FPS on average, and while at these settings the Radeon RX 550 was only averaging about 46 FPS, the experience is still very playable and enjoyable.

 

But those are just my recommendations on getting the best gaming experience on your AMD and Radeon hardware. Now go out there and lead the resistance against Eden’s Gate in Far Cry 5.

 

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As always, head to AMD.com and make sure you are using the latest driver with the latest optimizations HERE

 

 

David Tjong, 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 are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

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Introducing Project ReSX

Posted by gurman.singh Employee Nov 19, 2018

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[Originally posted on 03/06/18.]

 

In recent months, we kicked off a special project inside of the Radeon™ Software group known as Project ReSX (Radeon™ eSports Experience). The goal of this project was to optimize the performance of some of the most popular PC games in the world on Radeon™ GPUs, to ensure the best possible eSports experience for Radeon graphics card owners.

 

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 incorporates a host of changes made possible by Project ReSX. It delivers some notable performance improvements over the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition version released late last year. With a focus on overall gaming experience, Project ReSX focused on improving FPS performance, 99th percentile frame times and click-to-response to deliver a better eSports experience. Here are some of the gains:

 

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The positive results shown above are the product of many hours of hard work from our software and engineering teams in cooperation with some of the world’s top game developers. Download Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.1 and experience faster, fluid and more responsive gaming for yourself!

 

 

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. 1-8. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of March 1st, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700K CPU (4.2GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results.

 

1. With Ultra settings on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 69.6 FPS with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 62.9 FPS with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 11% faster performance in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS.RS-216

 

2. With Ultra settings on Overwatch at 2560x1440, the Radeon RX 580 scored 117.9 FPS with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 114.7 FPS with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 3% faster performance in Overwatch.RS-217

 

3. With Ultra settings on Dota 2 at 3840x2160, the Radeon RX 580 scored 95.9 FPS with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 90.8 FPS with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing FPS between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 6% faster performance in Dota 2. RS-218

 

4. With Ultra settings on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 19.2 ms 99th percentile frame times with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 21.1 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing 99th percentile frame times between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 9% lower 99th percentile frame times in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. RS-219

 

5. With Ultra settings on Overwatch at 2560x1440, the Radeon RX 580 scored 11.7 ms 99th percentile frame times with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 11.9 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing 99th percentile frame times between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 2% lower 99th percentile frame times in Overwatch. RS-220

 

6. With Ultra settings on Dota 2 at 3840x2160, the Radeon RX 580 scored 12.3 ms 99th percentile frame times with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 13.2 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing 99th percentile frame times between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 7% lower 99th percentile frame times in Dota 2.RS-221

 

7. With High settings on Overwatch at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 39.5 ms click-to-response with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 41.2 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing click-to-response between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 4% faster click-to-response in Overwatch. RS-222

 

8. With Ultra settings on Dota 2 at 1920x1080, the Radeon RX 580 scored 47.2 ms click-to-response with Radeon Software 18.3.1 whereas the Radeon RX 580 scored 51.2 ms with Radeon Software 17.12.1. Comparing click-to-response between software versions, Radeon Software 18.3.1 has 8% faster click-to-response in Dota 2. RS-223

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[Originally posted on 03/26/18.]

 

In a classic good versus evil plot line, Far Cry 51,2 takes you into the heart of Montana where it’s your responsibility to stop doomsday cult leader, and local bad guy, Joseph Seed. You won’t be able to do it alone. You’ll need to work to gain allies and build up a resistance members, all in an attempt to try and save Hope County.

 

Luckily, from the beginning, Radeon Software’s got your back. Let’s see how different software features can help you traverse Montana.

 

 

Radeon™ ReLive: Capture. Stream. Share.

 

Far Cry 5: Arcade allows you to build your own sandbox and share your creative maps with the community. With near infinite possibilities, you’ll never want to miss a moment. Use Radeon ReLive to capture, stream and share your gameplay whether you’re saving Hope County alone, with a friend, or in 12 player PvP. Here are some cool features you may want to try out while playing Far Cry 5.

 

For streamers

 

  • Chat Overlay: To stay connected with your community, Radeon Software has a real-time chat overlay which displays viewer comments from sites like Twitch, Facebook, Mixer, and YouTube, all while streaming.

 

Here is how to enable the chat overlay while streaming:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon™ Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click “Streaming”
  4. Select a streaming platform
  5. Click “Show Chat”

 

  • Chroma Key Support: If you’ve ever wanted to get closer with your game and add effects to your stream, you can easily start by putting up a green screen and remove your webcam’s background.

 

Here is how to enable Chroma Key:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click “Overlay”
  4. Enable “Show Camera”
  5. Click “Use Chroma Key”

 

  • Archive stream: To create custom content and edit your stream, the archive stream button allows you to easily back up your stream to your PC. As an added benefit, all of your content will be accessible offline so you’ll always be able to relive your favorite gaming moments.

 

Here is how to Archive Your Stream:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click “Streaming”
  4. Click “Archive Stream”

 

For recorders

 

  • Gallery: To make organizing and uploading your videos convenient, all your Radeon ReLive videos are kept in the gallery. The gallery will help you upload to various social platforms by allowing to queue up multiple videos to several different sites. It also allows you to trim your videos so that you can post only the perfect shot.

 

 

Here is how to share a video:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Radeon™ Connect” Tab
  3. Click on the video you would like to share
  4. Choose a social media platform
  5. Upload your video

 

Here is how to trim a video:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click on the video you would like to trim
  3. Click “Trim Video”
  4. Drag the toggle to select the trimmed section
  5. Save your edited video

 

  • Screenshot: Far Cry 5 is absolutely beautiful. Despite the mayhem, the forests are extremely serene. To capture those picture perfect memories. By default, you can easily press CTRL+SHIFT+E to take a quick snapshot, or use Radeon Overlay to bring up your Radeon ReLive options.

 

Here is how to enable Radeon ReLive from Radeon Overlay:

 

 

  1. Open Far Cry 5
  2. Press Alt+R
  3. Click Radeon ReLive

 

  • Instant replay: Far Cry 5 is action-packed and you’ll never want to miss a moment. I would suggest enabling instant replay through Radeon Overlay. If you ever want to change duration or quality of your replays, you can do so in Radeon Settings.

 

Here is how to enable instant replay:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click the “Recording” tab
  4. Enable “Instant Replay”

 

  • Separate microphone tracks: Perfecting microphone and game audio while recording is difficult. To make it easier, you can separate your audio tracks so that you can edit microphone or game audio whenever you want to take a break from Montana.

 

Here is how to enable separate microphone tracks:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the Radeon “ReLive” tab
  3. Click the “Recording” tab
  4. Enable “Separate Microphone Track”

 

Enhanced Sync: Liquid-Smooth Gameplay on Any Monitor

 

All first-person shooters require ultra-fast responsiveness for precise aim, and quick reactions. Far Cry 5 is no exception. For the best, low-latency tear-free gaming experience, I would recommend enabling Radeon™ FreeSync and Enhanced Sync. Here’s a quick overview of how these features will help you game.

 

  • Radeon™ FreeSync: Removes tears and choppy gameplay within your Radeon™ FreeSync range for effortlessly smooth gameplay. If you have a Radeon™ FreeSync monitor, it will be enabled by default but just in-case you wanted to double check, below are instructions on how you can enable Radeon FreeSync:

 

Here’s how to enable Radeon FreeSync from Radeon™ Settings:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Display” tab
  3. Enable “AMD FreeSync”
  • Radeon FreeSync can be tailored per game in app profiles

 

Here’s how to enable Radeon FreeSync from Radeon™ Overlay:

 

  1. Open Far Cry 5
  2. Press Radeon Overlay Hot key (Default Radeon Overlay hotkey is ALT+R)
  3. Click “Radeon FreeSync”
  4. Enable “FreeSync”

 

  • Enhanced Sync: With a focus on ultra-fast responsiveness, Enhanced Sync enables you to have the best experience possible at any framerate. When framerate exceed your display’s refresh rate, Enhanced Sync unlocks your framerate and will only display your newest, tear-free frame. If your framerate ever drops below your displays refresh rate, Enhanced Sync delivers every frame rendered so that you never miss a beat.

 

Here’s how to enable Enhanced Sync:

 

  1. Open Radeon Settings
  2. Click the “Gaming” tab
  3. Click “Global Settings”
  4. Click “Wait for Vertical Refresh”
  5. Select “Enhanced Sync”
  • Enhanced Sync can also be enabled per game in app profiles

 

Enhanced Sync enables a great, ultra-responsive gaming experience. Here’s how Enhanced Sync will reduce latency in Far Cry 5:

 

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Radeon™ Chill: Cool and Quiet Frames on Countless Number of Games

 

With compelling characters and gorgeous gameplay, you’ll want to be immersed in Far Cry 5. With Radeon Chill, leave distractions like fan noises in the past. By enabling the feature, you’ll be able to lower temperatures allowing cool and quiet gameplay.

 

 

Here is how to enable Radeon Chill:

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Gaming” tab
  3. Click on “Global Settings”
  4. Enable “Radeon Chill”
  • Radeon Chill can be tailored per game in app profiles

 

Here’s how to enable Radeon™ Chill from Radeon™ Overlay:

 

  1. Open Far Cry 5
  2. Press Radeon Overlay Hokey (default is ALT+R)
  3. Click “Radeon Chill”
  4. Enable “Chill” under “Global Settings”
  5. Enable “Chill” under “Game Settings”

 

Here is how Radeon Chill lowers power consumption in Far Cry 5:

 

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Radeon™ WattMan” Personalized Gameplay

 

Radeon Chill is an amazing feature for cool, quiet and responsive gaming. To create an even better experience on Radeon™ RX Vega 56 and Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics cards, try the power save mode in Radeon™ WattMan. This one-click power save mode can increase your performance per watt, giving you a better overall experience.

 

Here’s how to enable the power save mode:

 

 

  1. Open “Radeon Settings”
  2. Click the “Gaming” tab
  3. Click on “Global Settings”
  4. Click on “Global WattMan”
  5. Enable “Power Save” mode
  6. Click “Apply”

 

Here’s how Radeon WattMan’s power save mode increases efficiency in Far Cry 5:

 

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The compelling plot, fascinating characters, beautiful scenery and everything in-between supports Far Cry 5 as an amazing addition to the iconic franchise. To try any of the features listed above, download Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.4, and begin your journey soon, Far Cry 5 releases on March 27th.

 

 

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. Far Cry 5 is rated M for Mature +17. Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol.
  2. Far Cry 5 and logos © 2018 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Far Cry, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Based on Crytek’s original Far Cry directed by Cevat Yerli. Powered by Crytek’s technology “CryEngine”.
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 23rd, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, 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. With the ultra preset on Far Cry 5 1920x1080, with Enhanced Sync ON the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 44.8 milliseconds of responsiveness with Radeon Software 18.2.3 whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 47.5 milliseconds of responsiveness, with Enhanced Sync ON, creating a 6% faster response time in Far Cry 5 (94% of VSync ON). Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-227
  4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 23rd, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 with Radeon™ Software 18.3.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the ultra preset on Far Cry 5 at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 consumed 244.9 watts with Radeon™ Chill enabled whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 58 with Radeon™ Chill disabled, lowering power consumption by 11% (89% of default) in Far Cry 5. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-229
  5. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 23rd, 2018 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX Vega 64, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 with Radeon Software 18.3.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With the ultra preset on Far Cry 5 at 1920x1080, the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 0.571308 FPS per watt with the power save profile enabled whereas the Radeon™ RX Vega 64 scored 0.4322521 FPS per watt, with balanced power profile disabled, increasing efficiency by 32% in Far Cry 5. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-225

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[Originally posted on 04/17/18.]

 

Our proud pastime of PC gaming has been built on the idea of freedom. Freedom to choose. How to play the game. What to do and when to do it. And specifically, what to play it on. PC gaming has a long, proud tradition of choice. Whether you build and upgrade your own PCs, or order pre-built rigs after you’ve customized every detail online, you know that what you’re playing on is of your own making, based on your freedom to choose the components that you want. Freedom of choice is a staple of PC gaming.

 

Over the coming weeks, you can expect to see our add-in board partners launch new brands that carry an AMD Radeon product. AMD is pledging to reignite this freedom of choice when gamers choose an AMD Radeon RX graphics card. These brands will share the same values of openness, innovation, and inclusivity that most gamers take to heart. The freedom to tell others in the industry that they won’t be boxed in to choosing proprietary solutions that come bundled with “gamer taxes” just to enjoy great experiences they should rightfully have access to. The freedom to support a brand that actively works to advance the art and science of PC gaming while expanding its reach.

 

The key values that brands sporting AMD Radeon products will offer are:

 

  • A dedication to open innovation – AMD works tirelessly to advance PC gaming through close collaboration with hardware standards bodies, API and game developers, making our technologies available to all to help further the industry. Through our collaboration with JEDEC on memory standards like HBM and HBM2, Microsoft on DirectX and Khronos on Vulkan, and through the GPUOpen initiative where we provide access to a comprehensive collection of visual effects, productivity tools, and other content at no cost, we’re enabling the industry to the benefit of gamers.
  • A commitment to true transparency through industry standards – Through industry standards like AMD FreeSync technology, we’re providing the PC ecosystem with technologies that significantly enhance gamers’ experiences, enabling partners to adopt them at no cost to consumers, rather than penalizing gamers with proprietary technology “taxes” and limiting their choice in displays.
  • Real partnerships with real consistency – We work closely with all our AIB partners, so that our customers are empowered with the best, high-performance, high quality gaming products and technologies available from AMD. No anti-gamer / anti-competitive strings attached.
  • Expanding the PC gaming ecosystem – We create open and free game development technologies that enable the next generation of immersive gaming experiences across PC and console ecosystems. These efforts have resulted in advancements such as AMD FreeSync adoption on TVs for Xbox One S or X, integration of forward looking “Vega” architecture features and technologies into Far Cry 5 without penalizing the competition, and inclusion of open sourced AMD innovations into the Vulkan API which game developers can adopt freely.

 

We pledge to put premium, high-performance graphics cards in the hands of as many gamers as possible and give our partners the support they need without anti-competitive conditions. Through the support of our add-in-board partners that carry forward the AMD Radeon RX brand, we’re continuing to push the industry openly, transparently and without restrictions so that gamers have access to the best immersive technologies, APIs and experiences.

 

We believe that freedom of choice in PC gaming isn’t a privilege. It’s a right.

 

 

Scott Herkelman, Corporate Vice President & General Manager of Radeon Gaming 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 04/07/17.]

 

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:

 

 

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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:

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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.
  5. Far Cry® images and logos © 2017 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Far Cry, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Based on Crytek’s original Far Cry directed by Cevat Yerli. Powered by Crytek’s technology “CryEngine”.
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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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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 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.