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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.

 

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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 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.

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[Originally posted on 04/19/17.]

 

Today we took the esteemed “Polaris” architecture into faster, more refined territory with the launch of our Radeon RX 500 Series, serving up the most compelling reasons yet to upgrade your graphics card.

 

Believe it or not, 9 out of 10 PC gamers are still playing on outdated graphics cards1. Take a minute to really let that sink in. It means not being able to maintain smooth framerates in the newest games. It means being unable to power smooth VR experiences. It means missing out on awesome display tech like HDR2 and Radeon FreeSync3, and on innovative features like Radeon Chill4  that lets users adjust frame rates and save power during gaming.

 

Stepping up from a graphics card like the Radeon RX 380 to the new Radeon RX 580 literally means the difference between ~40 frames per second to a solid 60+ frames per second at 1440p in games like Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Resident Evil 7, For Honor, and DOOM5. To me, that’s a game changer.

 

But hey, I’m a marketing guy. I’d rather have you read the overwhelming praise being served up by the global tech press. So, here’s a comprehensive snapshot of what tech journalists are saying about our Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 graphics cards.

 

 

“Despite many things pointing to the contrary, this is much more than a rebrand since these cards are being offered with higher clock speeds and some notable updates to their power consumption profiles. Some may argue that a 1340MHz speed bin for Polaris was already widely available on board partners’ overclocked SKUs but now AMD is making those higher clocks the new norm […] Conclusion: One of the best just got better.” – Michael Hoenig, HardwareCanucks

 

“The MSI Radeon RX 570 Gaming X consistently outran the Radeon RX 470 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cards” – Marco Chiappetta, HotHardware

 

“[…]both PowerColor’s Red Devil RX 580 and Sapphire’s Nitro+ RX 570 left me impressed. Their hulking size feels a bit out of place, but I can’t argue with the build quality. Both cards are very well built, and both cards are nearly whisper silent while gaming, even with their full factory overclocks in place.” – Ryan Smith, Anandtech

 

“If you’re still using a Radeon HD 7850 or GeForce GTX 660, for example, the RX 580 would be a tremendous step up…In the context of its modern contemporaries, though, Radeon RX 580 helps make up some of GCN’s lost ground against GeForce GTX 1060 6GB in the DirectX 11-based apps where it trailed previously, and extends AMD’s lead in a growing list of DX12 titles. That means you get playable performance at 2560×1440 using the highest quality settings.” – Igor Wallosek, Tom’s Hardware

 

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XFX Radeon RX 580 8GB GTR-S | Photo by Jason Evangelho

 

“The MSI Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 Gaming X cards we tested performed well in our tests. The MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X clearly outpaced the Radeon RX 480, and was faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition more often than not.” – Marco Chiappetta, HotHardware

 

“I think the RX 580 is the best possible drop-in upgrade solution that money can buy provided your PSU is up to the task of powering it…Not only can this card offer superlative 1080P performance but it has the chops to power through high detail level 1440P content as well. NVIDIA’s GTX 1060 6GB can’t even come close, even when EVGA’s Superclocked edition is thrown into the mix.” – Michael Hoenig, HardwareCanucks

 

“[…]AMD does have a small lead in the bang-per-buck table with the RX 580.” – Antony Leather, Forbes

 

 

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.

 

 

  1. PC gamer segmentation based on Steam Hardware Survey Feb 2017. Gamer upgrade estimate based on Steam peak daily users. 88% of users (approximately 9 out of 10 gamers), are gaming on Radeon R9 380X class GPUs or lower resulting in not being able to keep up in the latest games at 2560x1440 resolution including Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, For Honor, Doom, and Resident Evil resulting in tearing or being forced to move to lower settings; are unable to drive VR experiences by scoring higher than 6.0 on the SteamVR test; and are missing out on the latest display technologies including 160 FreeSync™ monitors, HDR, DisplayPort and HDMI advances, and game streaming in real-time at 4K resolution.
  2. HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, monitor/TV, 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-96
  3. FreeSync disclaimer to use is: Requires a monitor and AMD Radeon™ graphics, both with FreeSync support. Seewww.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-117
  4. Compatible with Radeon™ consumer graphics products in supported DirectX®9 and DirectX®11 games for Windows®7/8.1/10. For more details and a whitelist of supported games, see http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/radeon-software/gaming/radeon-chill. GD-115
  5. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs March 9 2017 using an Intel Core i7 5960X (@3.0GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, AMD display driver 17.10 and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The following games were tested at 1440p: Battlefield 1 (Ultra Presets, DX12), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (High Quality, DX11), For Honor (High Preset, DX11), DOOM (Ultra Presets, Vulkan), and Resident Evil 7 (Ultra Presets, DX11). The Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) scored 65.0, 66.9, 69.5, 73.3 and 74.2 respectively. The Radeon™ R9 380 (4GB) scored 43.5, 43.2, 40.3, 45.3, and 42.1 respectively. All scores in average FPS and are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-92

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[Originally posted on 07/17/17.]

 

HP recently released their newest Omen 17 gaming laptop, and it’s packing the power of Radeon RX 580 graphics for maxed-out 1080p visuals and memorable VR experiences. Radeon FreeSync is also on board for smooth, tear-free gaming. Let’s take a closer look!

 

BEST FOR:

  • Smooth, High Quality 1080p/60Hz Gaming
  • VR Premium Gaming & Experiences on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
  • HD Media Consumption
  • Desktop replacement

 

KEY HARDWARE SPECS

  • Radeon RX 580 8GB GPU
  • 17.3” 1080p IPS display
  • Intel Core-i7 7700HQ Processor
  • 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
  • 12GB DDR4 RAM
  • Bang & Olufsen Speaker System
  • Weight: 8.3 pounds

 

BUILD AND PHYSICAL FEATURES

 

The HP Omen 17 makes an attractive first impression with its red and black Omen logo etched onto the brushed aluminum lid (we may be a little biased about that color choice). It’s just the right aesthetic to suggest a hint of luxury beneath its enthusiast gaming exterior.

 

Opening the lid reveals a full-size keyboard with both red accents and red backlighting, along with WASD keys that have a splash of white to immediately draw your fingers to the right place, even in low-lit environments. It’s a keyboard that’s great to look at, with satisfying travel and responsiveness.

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Moving to the sides of the laptop, you realize HP isn’t skimping on connectivity. With USB C, USB 3.0, SD card slot, miniDP + HDMI out, and Ethernet, it has enough ports to double as a suitable desktop replacement.

 

DISPLAY

 

The 1080p IPS display is bright and crisp, and it brings FreeSync along for the ride, giving you smooth framerates, no screen tearing, and reduced input lag compared to screens without variable refresh rates enabled. It’s a transformative technology and a real value-add for any Radeon-based system, so it’s great to see it on a flagship HP system like this. Bonus points for the anti-glare screen, which means you can use the Omen 17 outside without any nasty interference from the pesky summer sun.

 

GAMING PERFORMANCE

 

But let’s get to the big question: what about gaming performance? Since the Omen 17 rides the line between portable and desktop replacement, a 1080p/60fps experience is a must. Good news, then, that it handles the most visually demanding AAA games effortlessly.

 

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The Radeon RX 580 spits out an average 66FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Very High setting and an astounding 73FPS average on HITMAN’s Ultra quality setting with AFx8. Dirt Rally turns in more than 80FPS on the racer’s Ultra setting.1

 

DOOM fans will be thrilled to know that thanks to Vulkan® optimizations, iD’s latest shooter kicks out a blistering 120+ FPS. And that’s running on Ultra, the highest quality setting available.1

 

Overall, it’s an attractive package for gamers looking for a desktop replacement or a reasonably priced notebook that can handle anything you throw at it.

 

 

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.

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/03/2017 on the 2017 HP Omen 17 Laptop, i7-7700HQ, Radeon™ RX 580, Windows 10, Radeon Driver 17.4.4. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Using DOOM, Dirt Rally, HITMAN on Ultra quality settings at 1080p. Using Rise of the Tomb Raider on Very High quality settings at 1080p. The HP Omen 17 Laptop scored 120, 80, 73, and 66 fps respectively. RX-139

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[Originally posted on 01/13/17.]

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jason Evangelho, Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 07/30/17.]

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Radeon RX Vega 64: Premium Performance, Premium Industrial Design

 

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

 

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

 

PC Gaming: It All Starts with the Glass

 

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

 

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

 

AMD Ryzen 7: Shatter Performance Barriers for Less Cash

 

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

 

Two of 2017’s Best Games: On the House

 

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

 

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

 

Radeon Red Pack: $499 USD

 

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

 

Radeon Black Pack: $599 USD

 

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

 

Radeon Aqua Pack: $699

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jason Evangelho, Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

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

 

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