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[Originally posted on 10/24/17.]

 

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

 

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Recommended System Requirements:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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[Originally posted on 07/26/17.]

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Improved Game Responsiveness

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Per-Display Color Controls: Reintroducing refined color controls

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

 

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

 

Faster game load times

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

  1. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs as of July 15, 2017 using an Intel Core i7 7700K (@4.2GHz), 2x4GB DDR4-3000 MHz memory and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. When running the game Tom Clancy’s The Division™ at 1920x1080 using the high preset, the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) system with Radeon Software 17.7.2 saw an average of 112.2ms input latency and the system with Radeon Software 17.7.1 saw an average of 162.3ms input latency. This results in an 31% decrease in input latency with Radeon Software 17.7.2. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-162
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700K CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 on a BenQ Xl2730-B monitor using the game Overwatch on the epic preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Enhanced Sync ON had a 84.7ms response time, VSync ON had a 128.8ms response time and VSync OFF had a 72.7ms response time. Compared to VSync, Enhanced Sync had 34% lower latency. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-150
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700K CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Overwatch on the epic preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 3840X2160, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Enhanced Sync ON had a 4.2ms2 variance and VSync ON had a 50.4ms2 variance, which is 92% lower variance. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-151
  4. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 using a HP® Omen laptop with an intel i7 7700HQ (@2.8GHz), Radeon Software 17.7.2, and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. When running the game League of Legends® at 1080p using the Very High Preset, the Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) system with Radeon™ Chill disabled saw an average of 122.8W total system power. The Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) system with Radeon™ Chill enabled saw an average of 94.8W total system power. This results in a 30% increase in battery life when Radeon Chill is enabled. Assume that Radeon Chill ON is 100% of battery life and Radeon Chill OFF has a lower battery life, power consumption is considered to be inversely linear with battery life, and the wattage is mapped out based on this assumption. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. RS-154
  5. Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability. GD-106
  6. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 and Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.1, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 5960X CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Call of Duty Infinite Warfare on the high preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 2560x1440, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.1 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 had a 6.3 FPS Radeon ReLive overhead (80.4 FPS with Radeon ReLive OFF and 74.1 FPS with Radeon ReLive ON), and Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 had a 4.2 FPS Radeon ReLive overhead (80.7 FPS with Radeon ReLive OFF and 76.5 FPS with Radeon ReLive ON), which is 33% lower overhead. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-148
  7. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 5960X CPU (3.0 GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Battlefield™ 1 DirectX® 12 on the ultra preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 with frame rate target control OFF consumed 202.7 watts and frame rate target control ON consumed 149.5 watts, which is 26% lower GPU power consumption. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-149
  8. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 10, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, on a test system comprising of Intel i5 6500 CPU (3.2GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game StarCraft® 2 DirectX® 9 on the max preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 17.7.2 and 8GB Radeon RX 580 had a load time of 15.5 seconds using Shader Cache enabled and Radeon Software 17.7.1 had a load time of 17.19 seconds with Shader Cache disabled. All times an average of 3 test runs. Results are estimates and may vary. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-152

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[Originally posted on 12/13/17.]

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Bringing the community to you, the gamer.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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[Originally posted on 01/13/17.]

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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[Originally posted on 07/30/17.]

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Radeon RX Vega 64: Premium Performance, Premium Industrial Design

 

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

 

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

 

PC Gaming: It All Starts with the Glass

 

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

 

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

 

AMD Ryzen 7: Shatter Performance Barriers for Less Cash

 

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

 

Two of 2017’s Best Games: On the House

 

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

 

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

 

Radeon Red Pack: $499 USD

 

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

 

Radeon Black Pack: $599 USD

 

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

 

Radeon Aqua Pack: $699

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Radeon™ Vega Graphics

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

 

Reliability and Security

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

 

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

 

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

 

Get AMD Athlon™ Today

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

 

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

 

Learn more at amd.com/athlon

 


 

Robert Hallock is a senior technical marketing guy for AMD's Processor division. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

Footnotes:

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

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

Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) is a powerful new feature of the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ CPUs.1 Much like traditional overclocking, PBO is designed to improve multithreaded performance. But unlike traditional overclocking, Precision Boost Overdrive preserves all the automated intelligence built into a smart CPU like Ryzen: Precision Boost 2 remains enabled for on-demand performance, XFR 2 still enables higher performance with better cooling, and the CPU still lowers clocks and voltages to save power at idle. As you can see, Precision Boost Overdrive is sort of a “best of all worlds” approach to overclocking that manual mode usually doesn’t offer. But how does PBO work? Let’s find out in three easy steps.

 

Step 1: What Controls Boost

All 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen-branded Processors use Precision Boost 2, which intelligently leverages a large network of sensors built into the CPU to determine whether it’s okay to boost. These sensors measure and react in a very fast loop: up to 1000 times per second. Though there are many data points being measured, the most important are:

 

  • SoC Power (“PPT Limit”): measured in watts, the amount of power the CPU can draw before boost levels off
  • VRM Current (“TDC Limit”): measured in amps, the amount of current we let the motherboard deliver to the CPU before boost levels off
  • Temp (°C): measured in degrees Celsius, the temperature the CPU can reach before boost levels off

 

If the sensors detect that the CPU isn’t close to one of these limits, Precision Boost 2 sees opportunity to raise clockspeeds on as many cores as it can.

 

It is useful to imagine these three thresholds (“platform limits”) as a triangle, shown below, where the labeled corners are something like the RPM redline on your car. Inside of that, a safer and more reliable triangle that represents the factory configuration of your CPU.

 

Figure 1: Precision Boost 2 leverages extra thermal and electrical capacity to enable higher performance. The CPU’s factory configuration is aggressive, without pushing the CPU to the red line in power or temperatures.

 

 

Step 2: More Room to Play

If the size of the imaginary triangle largely determines whether or not the CPU can boost, what if the triangle were simply larger? In the previous diagram, you may have noticed that there’s some empty space between the factory CPU configuration and the platform limits. That empty space is what users are filling up when they overclock their CPU, and it’s the same space the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU consumes when PBO is enabled. Let’s see how that new triangle might look!

 

Figure 2: Precision Boost Overdrive gives Precision Boost 2 more "room to play" before pulling back on boost. More cores, more frequency, more often!

 

 

As you can see, the PPT and TDC Limits have been embiggened to let the platform draw more power. That extra power is directly converted into higher average clockspeeds on more cores for a longer period of time. PBO even communicates with your motherboard to understand how much extra VRM current capacity (TDC) it can provide!

 

Step 3: The Benefits of Precision Boost Overdrive

By now we know that Precision Boost Overdrive unleashes a more aggressive version of Precision Boost 2 that preserves the smart frequency and voltage management that users like. The performance upside for PBO can be significant: up to 13% more multithread performance!2 That’s not dissimilar to what a user might gain with manual overclocking, but PBO can accomplish it at the touch of a button in the latest version of AMD Ryzen™ Master.

 

 

Precision Boost Overdrive: A Smarter Way to Overclock

Taking your feedback seriously is a critical objective for us, as is using the Ryzen CPU's intelligence in new and beneficial ways. We knew we could bring those two goals together with Precision Boost Overdrive! The result is awesome: a new type of overclocking that combines smart boost control, idle power savings, factory max boost clock, and higher nT performance. We hope you enjoy!

 


Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

Footnotes:

1. Precision Boost Overdrive requires a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper processor with AMD X399 chipset motherboard. Because Precision Boost Overdrive enables operation of the processor outside of specifications and in excess of factory settings, use of the feature invalidates the AMD product warranty and may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. GD-128

2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/16/2018. “Multithread performance” defined as Cinebench R15 nT. Results presented in order of Precision Boost Overdrive OFF vs. ON: 5096 vs. 5795 (%13 faster). AMD System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2990WX, Enermax 360 CLC @ 20°C ambient temperature, 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), Asus Zenith X399 Extreme (BIOS 0008), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Windows® 10 x64 1803, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Western Digital Black 2TB HDD. Results may vary with system configuration. Precision Boost Overdrive requires a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper processor with AMD X399 chipset motherboard. Because Precision Boost Overdrive enables operation of the processor outside of specifications and in excess of factory settings, use of the feature invalidates the AMD product warranty and may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. 

From the beginning, the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processor was designed for the world’s fastest and most premium desktop systems. But it also started small: a small skunkworks team of enthusiasts at AMD believed that the users of such systems needed and wanted more than an 8-core AMD Ryzen CPU. The rest is legend. The pace of progress for AMD—and the HEDT market—since that little idea has been breathtaking.

 

Where 10 cores once cost $1723 USD (Core i7-6950X), the 1st Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU delivered 16 cores at half the cost (a 2.5X price/perf leap in one generation).1  It was also the world’s first 16-core HEDT processor, and we challenged our competitor to step it up. Where PCIe® lanes once pointlessly varied with the CPU in the socket, Threadripper made an always-on 64 lanes table stakes. All of that fed into phenomenal acclaim: Ryzen and Threadripper collected 550+ industry awards and accolades.

 

Now it’s time for the best HEDT CPU to have a sequel: the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor. It’s the biggest, heaviest, fastest desktop processor 2018 technology can build.2,3,4  And today you can learn about two exciting new models:

 

 

Threadripper X Series Processors & Customers

Dovetailing off last year’s success in the 16-core market, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is the crucial “missing link” for customers who create by day and game by night. With 16 cores and 32 threads, plus new technologies like Precision Boost 2 and AMD StoreMI technology, Threadripper X Series CPUs stand strong in gaming while flying through creative workloads up to 41% faster than the competition.5

 

Threadripper WX Series Processors & Customers

New for 2018: Some customers want to double down on their content creation performance to tear through their work as quickly as state-of-the-art technology will allow. Time is money, after all. Those users are Threadripper WX Series customers. Whether it’s 3D rendering, media encoding, or cinema mastering, the first-of-its-kind 64-thread architecture of the Threadripper WX Series is a specialized weapon that makes even the biggest projects seem smaller than ever. In fact, it’s up to 51% faster than its more expensive competitor!6

 

Together, the 2018 Ryzen Threadripper X and WX Series CPUs set the standard for performance, flexibility, features, and value for gamers and creators shopping in the HEDT market. And lest I forget: they’re drop-in compatible with any AMD X399 motherboard, tapping into an awesome ecosystem of great hardware. That’s HEDT done right!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

TDP180W250W
Core Count16 Cores, 32 Threads32 Cores, 64 Threads
Topology8 Cores ea. in Dies 0,18 Cores ea. in Dies 0,1,2,3
L2 Cache512K Per Core (8MB Total)512K Per Core (16MB Total)
L3 Cache16MB Per Die (32MB Total)16MB Per Die (64MB Total)
Base Frequency3.5GHz3.0GHz
Boost Frequency4.4GHz4.2GHz
PCIe Gen3 Lanes64 (4x reserved for chipset)64 (4x reserved for chipset)
Memory ChannelsQuadQuad
Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2)EnabledEnabled
Precision Boost 2EnabledEnabled
Precision Boost Overdrive (OC)7AvailableAvailable
Transistor Count~9.6 Billion~19.2 Billion
Die Size(s)2x 213mm24x 213mm2
AMD Suggested Online Price$899 USD$1799 USD

 

Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

Footnotes:

1. Testing by AMD performance labs as of June 27, 2018. Performance per dollar evaluated by dividing the Cinebench R15 nT multithread score by the $USD SEP of the processor. I7-6950X: 2061/$1723 = 1.2 per $ (100% baseline). 1950X: 3042/$999 =  3.0 per $ (150% or 2.5X faster). Intel pricing via ark.intel.com as of 7/24/2018. Intel results obtained from official Cinebench R15 benchmark database on 7/24/2018, results not verified by AMD: https://us.rebusfarm.net/en/tempbench?view=benchmark / https://us.rebusfarm.net/images/benchmarks/1466540143_438.jpg. AMD System Configuration: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, Asus ROG Zenith X399, 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Samsung 960 EVO SSD, Windows 10 x64 RS3. Results may vary with system configuration and drivers. RPM-24

2. AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are AMD’s largest desktop processors, with external dimensions of 3.1”x 2.2” x 0.25”. Intel’s largest desktop processors, the Core i9 series, have external dimensions of 2.1” x 1.8” x 0.2”, smaller than the AMD Ryzen Threadripper in every dimension. FP2-4

3. Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 6/26/2018 on the following system. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used. Test configuration: AMD ‘Whitehaven’ X399 Socket sTR4 Motherboard + AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2990WX + Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gasming9 + Core i9-7980XE. Both systems feature GeForce GTX 1080 (driver 24.21.13.9793), 4x8GB DDR4-3200, Windows 10 x64 Pro (RS3), Samsung 850 Pro SSD. "Power” defined as computational processing power as represented by the Cinebench R15 processor benchmark The Core i9-7980XE achieved an average of 3335.2 points in the benchmark, while the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX achieved an average of 5099.3, or (5099.3/3335.2=153%) 53% faster than the Intel Core i9-7980XE. RP2-1.

4. AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are AMD’s heaviest desktop processors, with a weight of 136 grams. Intel’s heaviest desktop processors, the Core i9 series, weigh 52 grams., which is lighter than the AMD Ryzen Threadripper. FP2-5

5. Performance testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/16/2018. “Multithread” performance defined as Cinebench R15 nT. “Single thread” performance defined as Cinebench R15 1T. Cinebench R15 nT Results: 7900X vs. 2950X: 2183 vs. 3092 (+41% faster); 7900X vs. 1950X: 2183 vs. 3022 (38% faster); 1950X vs. 2950X: 3022 vs. 3092 (1.6% faster). Cinebench R15 1T results: 7900X vs. 2950X: 188 vs. 177 (5.8% slower); 7900X vs. 1950X: 188 vs. 167 (11% slower); 1950X vs. 2950X: 167 vs. 177 (6% faster). AMD System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2950X and 1950X, Corsair H100i CLC, 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), Asus Zenith X399 Extreme (BIOS 0008), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Windows® 10 x64 1803, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Western Digital Black 2TB HDD. Intel System Configuration: Core i9-7900X, Asus PRIME X299-Deluxe (BIOS 1401), 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Windows® 10 x64 1803, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Western Digital Black 2TB HDD. Results may vary with system configuration and drivers. RP2-6

6. Performance testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/16/2018. “Multithread” performance defined as Cinebench R15 nT. “Single thread” performance defined as Cinebench R15 1T. Cinebench R15 nT Results: 7980XE vs. 2990WX: 3365 vs. 5089 (51% faster). Cinebench R15 1T results: 7980XE vs. 2990WX: 183 vs. 175 (4.3% slower). AMD System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2990WX, Corsair H100i CLC, 4x16GB DDR4-2667 (16-18-18), Asus Zenith X399 Extreme (BIOS 0008), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Windows® 10 x64 1803, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Western Digital Black 2TB HDD.  =Intel System Configuration: Core i9-7980XE, Asus PRIME X299-Deluxe (BIOS 1401), 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Windows® 10 x64 1803, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Western Digital Black 2TB HDD. Results may vary with system configuration and drivers. RP2-9

7. Precision Boost Overdrive requires a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper processor with AMD X399 chipset motherboard. Because Precision Boost Overdrive enables operation of the processor outside of specifications and in excess of factory settings, use of the feature invalidates the AMD product warranty and may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. GD-128

Whatever your digital creation is, be it a 3D model, 4K video or animation, we all know that impatient feeling waiting to see the results of your creative design. The 2nd Gen Ryzen™ Threadripper processors enable blazing fast renders, exports and encodes. With up to 32 cores and 64 threads, the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper is a beast for digital content creators that saves you time.

 

The 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors improve upon the 1st generation counterparts with higher clocks speeds (thanks to the new 12nm process and “Zen+” architecture) and improved boost technologies (with XFR2 and Precision Boost 2 technology) for better performance with your favorite content creation applications.

 

Looking at the 1st Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X CPU (16-core) vs. the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X CPU (16-core) you’ll see performance gains across a variety of 3D rendering, video editing and graphic design applications.

 

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See footnote #1 for complete test configuration

 

For even more performance the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor pushes HEDT systems to the next level with 32 cores and 64 threads of processing power. That’s an extra 14 cores over the comparable Intel i9 7980XE CPU, which helps you complete your work faster and still have processing power left over to multi-task on the same machine.

 

Slide2.JPGSee footnote #2 for complete test configuration

 

 

And there you have it. Whether you’re editing videos, creating animations, or designing 3D models, the new 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are here to help save you time and get your work done faster.

 

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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

 

“Zen” is a codename only and not an AMD product name.

1. Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 07/15/2018. Workstation PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on different driver versions used. System Configurations:  All systems equipped with 64 GB quad-channel DDR4 2666 MHz (4x16), Samsung M.2 NVME 960PRO 500GB SSD, Windows 10 RS4 operating system and Radeon Pro WX7100 graphics adapters with driver version 24.20.11001.1 AMD Threadripper 2950X: MSI MEG Motherboard; AMD Threadripper 1950X- Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 7.; Results ordered in AMD Threadripper 2950X vs. AMD Threadripper 1950X: ChaosGroup VRay benchmark v3.57 (V-Ray rendering): 43 sec vs. 47.6 for (1/43) / (1/47.6) =  1.10 or 10% faster; Adobe Dimension design software: 199 sec vs. 218.7 for (1/173) / (1/199) =  1.098 or 10% faster; Adobe Premiere encoding time exporting: 368 sec vs. 461 for (1/368) / (1/461) = 1.25 or 25% faster; BlackMagic Design Davinci Resolve 15.0b5: 43.3 sec vs. 46.3 for (1/43.3) / (1/46.3) = 1.069 or 7% faster; SPECwpc™ V2.1 benchmark under official run settings; subtest estimate score for Maya used to show performance of Autodesk® Maya® computer animation software. Score: 14.6 vs. 12.2 for 14.6/12.2 = 1.195 or 20% more; SPECwpc™V2.1 is a trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg

 

2. Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 07/15/2018. Workstation PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on different driver versions used. System Configurations:  All systems equipped with 64 GB quad-channel DDR4 2666 MHz (4x16), Samsung M.2 NVME 960PRO 500GB SSD, Windows 10 RS4 operating system and Radeon Pro WX7100 graphics adapters with driver version 24.20.11001.1 AMD Threadripper 2990WX: MSI MEG Motherboard; Intel Core i7-7980XE, MSI Raider X299 motherboard; Results ordered in Intel Core i9-7980XE vs. AMD Threadripper 2990WX: ChaosGroup VRay benchmark v3.57 (V-Ray rendering): 38 sec vs. 26 sec for (1/26) / (1/38) =  1.46 or 46% faster; Adobe Dimension design software: 206 sec vs. 173 sec for (1/173) / (1/206) =  1.19 or 19% faster; Adobe Premiere encoding time exporting: 438 sec vs. 434 sec for (1/434) / (1/438) = 1.01 or 1% faster; BlackMagic Design Davinci Resolve 15.0b5: 43.7 sec vs. 34.0 sec for (1/34) / (1/43.7) =  1.28 or 28% faster; SPECwpc™ V2.1 benchmark under official run settings; subtest estimate score for Maya used to show performance of Autodesk® Maya® computer animation software. Score: 16.2 vs. 16.0 for 16.0/16.2 = .99 or -1% more; SPECwpc™V2.1 is a trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg

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*UPDATE 8/3/18 to clarify it is the GDDR5 memory controller that is on the chip.

 

As the #1 supplier of high-end processors and graphics to the gaming market, we are focused on how we can deliver products that power the ultimate gaming experiences. Today, we are excited to detail how we are bringing Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics to even more gamers through our work with Zhongshan Subor to create a new gaming PC and upcoming console for the China market. The PC and console are powered by a semi-custom “Zen” and “Vega”-based AMD SOC. The high-performance AMD chip combines an AMD Ryzen™ CPU (4 core/8 thread running at 3Ghz) with AMD Radeon™ Vega Graphics (24CUs running at 1.3Ghzs), and 256-bit GDDR5 interface onto a single chip and 8GB of GDDR5 on the motherboard.

 

The new gaming SOC is the latest example of how only AMD can combine high-performance CPU and GPU technologies to give gamers the most immersive experiences possible. Whether it is our Radeon FreeSync technology, which is the industry’s broadest adopted technology for tear-free, smooth and open gameplay or our feature-packed Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition software, AMD puts gamers at the heart of our technology development. We are also committed  to working across the developer community and with leading publishers such as Ubisoft to drive adoption of next-generation technologies like Rapid Packed Math that can deliver more realistic and immersive experiences. Not to mention our work as we equip the world’s most competitive eSports teams like Fnatic with powerful AMD Ryzen and AMD Vega gaming processors. 

 

The new gaming PC was demonstrated in the Subor booth at ChinaJoy, the largest gaming and digital entertainment exhibition in China and Asia. Subor plans to launch their new game PC in late-August. The SUBOR gaming console, featuring the same hardware as the gaming PC but with a customized operating system, is expected to launch by the end of 2018. 

 

Designing a semi-custom gaming SOC for Subor represents an exciting opportunity for AMD to make our high-performance technologies even more accessible to gamers in China. The new SOC is also a great example of our semi-custom strategy, where we take our differentiated IP and tailor to meet the specific needs of a customer to create a product only AMD can deliver.

 

We look forward to continuing to push the boundaries in game graphics and compute performance

PDXLAN has been around since July 2003, thriving with a tightly-knit community that’s enthusiastic as ever about getting together in the age of everything-is-online. Enthusiasts know the name very well—the event’s become synonymous with fostering a positive gaming environment, kickass competitions for prizes and its generosity in hosting charity events.

 

A few weeks ago, AMD participated in PDXLAN to celebrate its 15 years of LAN parties.

 

Maybe some of you attend LAN parties or continue with your own, or maybe you prefer gaming online with friends. Either way, you can’t deny the comradery of a LAN party—hooking up your computer, gaming together, helping each other out—that’s what old-school gaming was! PDXLAN keeps that spirit very much alive, and shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

 

We provided PDXLAN with Combat Crates, Ryzen CPUs and Radeon RX GPUs as prizes for the numerous tournaments and competitions the event holds for attendees. With prizes like these on the line, you have no idea how creative people can get…

 

Check out what we were up to at the event, from a hilarious toilet paper cosplay for a chance to win a Radeon RX GPU to seeing up-close some impressive AMD builds we spotted at PDXLAN:

 

 

 

 

If you want to get in on the fun, the next PDXLAN event will be November 9 to 12. Having grown through the years, this event is moving to a more spacious venue with up to 800 participants, making it the largest sole BYOC event in the United States.

 

There are a few seats left since the last time I checked, so if you want to check it out, do so quickly!

 

Annie Lee is a Product & Content 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.

About three months ago I had the honor and privilege to be on the first episode of the rebooted Inside Xbox show with @majornelson, announcing that Radeon FreeSync technology[i] is coming to Xbox One consoles[ii]. It was a pivotal moment for AMD because for the very first time, a source device outside the PC ecosystem adopted a PC gaming feature from AMD.

 

 

 

Users frequently ask us: when are the TVs going to support FreeSync? And our answer has always been, with more or less words – game consoles would be a big driver for the decision.

I’m once again in the fortunate position to have worked closely together with our good friends at Samsung on our next step on the FreeSync journey: as of today, there are over 20 already shipping Samsung televisions that support Radeon FreeSync technology through a firmware update. If you’ve purchased one of the models below, check for a firmware update in your TV menu, and a FreeSync setting will appear as an option.

 

Global Samsung TV Model NumberResolutionCurvedScreen Size
NU8000UHDN55"
NU8000UHDN65"
NU8000UHDN75"
NU8000UHDN82"
NU8500UHDY55"
NU8500UHDY65"
Q6FQUHDN55"
Q6FQUHDN65"
Q6FQUHDN75"
Q6FQUHDN82"
Q7FQUHDN55"
Q7FQUHDN65"
Q7FQUHDN75"
Q8CQUHDY55"
Q8CQUHDY65"
Q8FQUHDN55"
Q8FQUHDN65"
Q8FQUHDN75"
Q9FQUHDN65"
Q9FQUHDN75"

Model numbers may vary by region, please check www.samsung.com for confirmation of local model numbers and SEP.

 

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What does this all mean? It means whether you’re in front of your PC, or in the living room playing a game on your Xbox One console with a TV connected, FreeSync will elevate your gameplay one step closer to pixel perfection.

 

We’re incredibly proud of the wide and rapid adoption of FreeSync and can’t wait to see what other partners may come up with next for FreeSync support.

 

 

 

[1] Radeon FreeSync technology 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-127

[2] To enable variable refresh on Xbox One family consoles, a compatible display with FreeSync™ over HDMI and a bottom variable refresh rate below 60Hz is required. GD-129

Ubisoft’s latest blockbuster multi-platform game is highly praised by reviewers, and is a solid hit amongst gamers. Far Cry 5’s performance and visual fidelity combo is the result of a masterful engineering collaboration between Ubisoft’s Montreal and Kiev studios and AMD’s developer engineering teams.

 

We spent some time with the lead producers, writers and programmers from Ubisoft to get their perspectives on the game as well as the technical partnership with AMD.

 

 

 

 

 

And of course Larry is still convinced there are alien technologies EVERYWHERE! Is he right?

 

 

If you’re already playing “Far Cry 5” on AMD Ryzen™ and Radeon™ processors, be sure to check out our recommended settings for this game to get the most out of your gaming experience. If you’re still waiting to get your hands on “Far Cry 5” and are in need of a new graphics card, you can get this game for FREE when you purchase an eligible computer with an AMD Radeon™ RX Vega or AMD Radeon™ RX 580 graphics card. (Terms and conditions apply, you can learn more at www.amdrewards.com/amdrewards)

 

 

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© 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.

For the past three years, AMD’s Radeon FreeSync™ technology[i] has been on an incredible ride. We started off with a handful of OEMs making  FreeSync-capable monitors at a narrow refresh range, but through our constant efforts to bring FreeSync to the masses,  we’ve seen  a solid and the affordable variable refresh display ecosystem established based on FreeSync[ii]. To date, 353 monitors with FreeSync support have hit the market —and we’re not even close to being done.

 

A big milestone for the tech was the introduction of HDMI™ support two years ago. Since then, the functionality works on both DisplayPort and HDMI, which our competition can’t claim. We’ve also introduced Low Framerate Compensation that eases the pain of tearing and stuttering at very low frame rates below the monitor’s bottom refresh rate.

 

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FreeSync™ 2

Last year, we raised the bar significantly for panel vendors with our FreeSync 2 program[iii], a certification that passes only the most technologically advanced and most premium panels. Mandatory to possess the FreeSync 2 badge are wide color gamut support, high peak brightness and contrast, low latency, and a wide refresh rate range, and the first displays AMD certified were Samsung’s CHG70 and CHG90 monitors. With their beautiful curved panels, these monitors can run modern games at up to 144Hz and with High Dynamic Range (HDR)[iv].

 

We’re extremely proud to welcome a new member to the FreeSync 2 family: the BenQ EX3203RThis new display is a premium 32” curved gaming monitor with all the bells and whistles FreeSync 2 certification mandates: 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, support for HDR content and a wide refresh rate range going up to 144Hz at 2560x1440p resolution. It’ll be available for purchase worldwide soon, and you can expect it to be below $900 USD, a bargain considering it’s boasting the most advanced features a gamer monitor can have today that will help make your gaming rig future ready for years to come.

 

 

Affordable

One of the myths around new gaming displays is that they’re expensive, but they don’t have to be. FreeSync-capable displays can be found as low as $140 USD on Amazon. Currently, this 144Hz FreeSync-capable monitor from AOC is less than $200 USD, and if you’ve been gaming on 60Hz, high refresh combined with Radeon FreeSync technology will bring you a huge step closer to gaming nirvana. If you want a more premium display without breaking the bank, variable refresh rate with HDR can be affordable (unlike the competition): Samsung’s outstanding CHG series of monitors start around $500 USD.

 

Watch what gamers had to say about Radeon FreeSync™ technology when asked by our Leslie Pirritano:

 

 

Now on Xbox One™

These are exciting times for variable refresh technologies. Those of you who follow AMD or Xbox® news know FreeSync technology is now available on the entire Xbox One™ lineup[v], with FreeSync 2 support on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X devices. Many of you have also asked about TV support—and while we can’t pre-announce anything for our partners, TVs supporting FreeSync are much closer than you’d think. Watch this space: after getting comfortable in your gaming room, FreeSync will slowly but surely take over your living room as well!

Remember to use www.amd.com/freesync as a resource: under the monitors tab, we continuously update new models as they pass certification and are available on the market.

 


[i] Requires a monitor and AMD Radeon™ graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

[ii] "As of 02/02/2018, Radeon FreeSync™ displays are less expensive than comparable G-Sync displays.

1080p: Radeon FreeSync™ – Viewsonic VX2257, $119 on Amazon

GSync – Acer Predator XB241H. $339 on Amazon

1440p:

Radeon FreeSync™  - G-STORY 27, $379 on Amazon

GSync - Dell Gaming S2417DG, $399 on Amazon

1440p Ultra-wide:

Radeon FreeSync™  – ASUS ROG Strix XG35, $799 on Amazon

GSync – ASUS ROG Swift PG34, $1200 on Amazon

4K:

Radeon FreeSync™  – LG 27UD58, $350 on Amazon

GSync - AGON AG271UG, $560 on Amazon

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[iii] 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

[iv] 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

[v] To enable variable refresh on Xbox One family consoles, a compatible display with FreeSync™ over HDMI and a bottom variable refresh rate below 60Hz is required. GD-129

As an enthusiast, I keep a shortlist of must-haves when it’s time to buy a new processor.

 

  • I want exceptional gaming performance with my 1440p monitors
  • I don’t want a processor that’s only good at gaming: video encoding, streaming, and number crunching (SimC, for example) are important to me
  • And I want a fully-featured platform that feels thoughtfully designed for people like me

 

The list is short and sweet, but few processors in PC history have risen to the occasion. I upgrade to the ones that do! As I sit here and consider my next upgrade, I’m lucky to have an inside scoop: the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors—especially the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X—easily ticks all the boxes.

 

I’ve seen that with my own eyes over the last few months, and I want to share my experiences with you.

 

Gaming Performance

 

At home, I have two rigs:

 

  • A Radeon™ Vega64 GPU with a Nixeus NX-EDG27 (2560x1440 + 144Hz Radeon FreeSync™)
  • A GeForce GTX 1080 with an Alienware AW3418DW (3440x1440 + 120Hz G-SYNC)

 

That kind of hardware shows you that gaming performance is what matters most to me. So, when I objectively consider the results from an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X versus the Core i7-8700K on a system like mine, the performance is virtually identical. In fact, across the 12 games you see below, the average difference is only 1%.1 I play Overwatch regularly, and I just (finally!) started Rise of the Tomb Raider, so I know the Ryzen 7 2700X will enable the gaming performance I want on the high-end hardware that I already have.

 

Click to enlarge image. Results may vary with system configuration.

 

Non-Gaming Performance

 

However, gaming is not the only type of performance that matters to me. I occasionally (and badly) try my hand at 3D rendering, I do some streaming for Sea of Thieves and Rocket League, and I run gear combo simulations for World of Warcraft with the Simulationcraft tool. These tasks benefit from cores and threads, and oftentimes they take a long time to run, so every second saved can really add up over the course of a week.

 

The Ryzen 7 2700X shines with this kind of work, dominating the 8700K by an average of 21%.2  That adds up to a lot of seconds.

 

Click to enlarge image. Results may vary with system configuration.

 

A Thoughtful Platform

 

A PC is so much more than the processor, though! The drivers, the motherboard, the chipset, overclocking, and cooling all play a hugely influential role in my overall satisfaction with the PC. Here are a few of the things that make me especially happy about the 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs:

 

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  • Every 2nd Gen Ryzen processor comes with a nice cooler in the box, and the Ryzen 7 2700X includes with the new Wraith Prism. The Prism is quiet, has three different RGB lighting areas, and has healthy overclocking headroom. The 8700K doesn’t come with a cooler at all.

  • The heatspreader is soldered to the processor die with an indium alloy. This reduces CPU temps by 10-15°C, which enables a cooler and quieter PC, if not more overclocking headroom—great for an enthusiast chip.  The 8700K still uses an inferior thermal paste.

  • Socket AM4, used by Ryzen CPUs, is now compatible with four entirely different AMD processor families, plus a plan for forward compatibility until 2020! That gives me a clear and confident upgrade path that doesn’t include being forced to buy a new motherboard if I don’t want to. That makes my life easier: I’ll upgrade one of my PCs to a new mobo based on the new AMD X470 chipset, and the other PC will re-use the fantastic ASUS ROG Crosshair VI HERO I bought last year—there’s already a BIOS for 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs! There’s zero evidence right now that Socket 1151 for the Core i7-8700K will be so upgradeable.

  • Every Ryzen processor is unlocked for overclocking.3 Though the 8700K is unlocked as well, most of the 8th Gen Core processors are not, and that’s not a business practice I want to reward with my hard-earned money.

  • I have a large Steam®/Origin™ library that, due to its size, must be stored on a hard drive. With AMD StoreMI technology, I can fuse that hard drive to a 256GB SSD to get my HDD’s capacity running at SSD-like speed. Very large SSDs are still expensive, so now I can get capacity and performance at a much more reasonable price.

 

The Ultimate Processor for Enthusiasts Like Me

 

As I said at the beginning of this blog, I am an enthusiast with three simple criteria: great gaming performance, great everything-else performance, and a helpful platform. My time with the Ryzen 7 2700X processor made it crystal clear that it’s the enthusiast processor in the market that checks every box.

 

And for the surprising price of $329 US SEP, the deal is sealed. The Ryzen 7 2700X is the next CPU for my PCs. Will you join me?

 

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Footnotes:

  1. As measured by AMD Performance Labs on 03/14/2018. All games tested at 2560x1440 resolution with the in-game “High” image quality presets. Results ordered in AMD vs. Intel (Relative%):  Grand Theft Auto™ V: 98 vs. 104 (-5%); Metro: Last Light™ Redux: 161 vs. 142 (+13%); Ashes of the Singularity™: 87 vs. 89 (-2%); Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™: 72 vs. 72 (Tie); Sid Meier's Civilization® VI: 89 vs. 98 (-9%); F1® 2017: 127 vs. 137 (-7%); Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™: 84 vs. 85 (-1%); HITMAN® (2016): 89 vs. 90 (-2%); Overwatch™: 130 vs. 134 (-3%); The Witcher™ 3: 83 vs. 85 (-2%); Tom Clancy's The Division™: 95.5 vs. 95 (Tie); Rise of the Tomb Raider™: 113 vs. 113 (Tie); Average of all percentages: -1%. Test configuration: Reference Motherboard + AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X, Gigabyte AORUS Z370 + Core i7-8700K, GeForce GTX 1080 (driver 390.77), 2x8 GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-36), Windows 10 x64 Pro (RS3), Samsung 850 Pro SSD.  Performance may vary with different drivers and system configurations. RZ2-8
  2. As measured by AMD Performance Labs on 03/12/2018. Application Scores (AMD vs. Intel): Cinebench R15 (“video editing”): 1373 v. 1020 or 26% faster; Blender 2.79 (“3D rendering”): 29.40 seconds vs. 35.28 seconds or 17% faster; Handbrake 1.0.7 (“video encoding”): 662 seconds vs. 785 seconds or 16% faster; TrueCrypt 1GB AES (“file encryption”): 8.3 vs. 5.5 or 34% faster; POVRay 3.7 nT (“raytracing”): 2799 vs. 2506 or 10% faster. Average of all percentages (“content creation”): 20% more for AMD Ryzen™ 5 2600X. Test configuration: Reference Motherboard + AMD Ryzen™ 5 2600X, Gigabyte AORUS Z370 + Core i5-8600K, GeForce GTX 1080 (driver 390.77), 2x8 GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-36), Windows 10 x64 Pro (RS3), Samsung 850 Pro SSD.  Performance may vary with different drivers and system configurations. RZ2-5
  3. AMD product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware. Overclocking requires motherboard support.