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Over the past year, AMD has been on a journey of exploration and discovery. We’ve spoken to and listened to many of our biggest fans, as well as those who support other products.  Through those discussions and feedback, we’ve been able to fine-tune our software and build new features to support the needs of gamers like you.  In 2019 we have introduced groundbreaking new features like Radeon Image Sharpening and Radeon Anti-Lag to help you feel more immersed and connected to your game, we released 43 day-0 game drivers to ensure you’ve got the best driver possible for your new game, and we’ve improved performance by up to 12% over the course of this year1; at the same time continuously looking for other ways to improve, overcome, and remove barriers.

 

Today we’re excited to release the all NEW Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition. Completely rearchitected from the ground up, this latest version of Radeon Software introduces a redesigned and reimagined interface that places hot, in-demand features at your fingertips.

 

Modern. Accessible. Powerful.

 

 

The new Radeon Software experience is second to none. Our app has been completely reworked to provide you with a clean, modern and easy-to-use interface where you can quickly check your game stats, performance reports, driver updates, and much more - all from one convenient location. Access all your games directly from Radeon Software rather than trying to figure out which game store to start whenever you want to play your game. Get full functionality of our software directly in game by using the hotkey ALT+R.  Adjust your graphics settings from the full screen interface, stream content to the social media platform of your choice, or even browse the web for walkthroughs and tutorials using our new built-in browser. Once you enter your game, you don’t have to leave it.

 

Our Radeon Software App also has the ability to adapt to what you’re doing.  For example, if you’re on your desktop, the home screen that you see will be different from the one you’d see if you were in game.  Functions will appear that are appropriate for each scenario so you can easily take advantage of all the powerful features we have to offer.

 

Integer Scaling is Now Available

We like to involve our community as much as possible, and one of our most user requested features over the course of this year was to implement integer scaling into Radeon Software. Integer scaling scales on-screen images from one pixel to four pixels (or more). With Adrenalin 2020 Edition, you now have access to this feature that delivers sharp, retro visuals so you can play your favorite classic games on today’s modern displays.

 

 

Turbocharge Your Game with Radeon Boost

The last thing you want to be, is bogged down when an enemy is firing at you. You need a system that is super responsive and fast so you can easily find and track down your target. Radeon Boost delivers that extra bit of performance and fluidity when fast motion via mouse input is detected. Radeon Boost dynamically lowers the resolution of the entire frame to allow for an average 23% increase in the performance of select titles, with little impact to quality2.

 

 

Play Your PC Games Anywhere in the Connected World with Your Mobile Device

Last year, we unshackled desktop PC gaming by allowing you to stream your games from your PC to your mobile devices via your wi-fi connection so you could play your game almost anywhere at home. Starting with this release, you can now take your device on the road and as long as you have a connection to the internet, you can keep playing that same game while on a road trip or at the beach.  Available for free to download to your Android devices today and Apple devices on December 23rd.

 

A Few More Updates

Radeon Image Sharpening and Radeon Anti-Lag have also received some new updates for this new release, with expanded support across more products, (GCN-based Radeon discrete graphics and Ryzen 2000 series APUs and newer), as well as adding the option to enable these features globally across all titles, or on a case-by-case basis. For Radeon Image Sharpening, we’ve added support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games, along with the ability to control the degree of sharpness so you can tweak the setting to your desired levels, and for Radeon Anti-Lag, we’ve added support for Microsoft DirectX 9 games on pre-RX 5000 series graphics.

 

This blog barely scratches the surface of what Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition is truly capable of doing. Be sure to check out our companion blogs to this release that take you through the new performance tuning section, the new streaming capabilities and the ability to play PC games virtually anywhere in the world.

 

Download Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition today and change the way you game.

 

 

 

Warren Eng is the Product Marketing Manager of Radeon Software 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

 

 

Endnotes:

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November, 2019 8GB Radeon RX Vega 64, using a test system comprising of AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition than with last year's Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 edition launch driver (19.30.01.46) PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. While playing the following games: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (DX12, High Settings, 1080p) , Assassin's Creed Odyssey (DX11, High Settings 1440p), Battlefield 5 (DX12, Medium Settings, 1080p), Borderlands 3 (DX12, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Control (DX12, High Settings, 1440p), The Division 2, (DX12, High Settings, 1440p), Final Fantasy 15 (DX11, High Settings, 1080p), Forza Horizon 4 (DX12, High Settings, 1080p), Strange Brigade (DX12, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Total War: THREE KINGDOMS (DX 11, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Total War: Warhammer 2 (DX11, Ultra Settings, 1080p), Wolfenstein: Young Blood (Vulkan, High Settings, 1440p), World War Z (Vulkan, Medium, 1440p), Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition scored 87.01,68,176.5,76.68,40.6,89.05, 6341,174.3,144.9,75.8,81.9,117.9,199 FPS Respectively. Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Scored: 68.13,65,167.8,66.68,37.2,83.22,5782,130.2, 130.5,69.6,75.8,111.5,186.5 FPS respectively. Resulting in the following percentage uplifts driver over driver: 28%,5%,5%,15%,9%,7%,10%,34% , 11%,9%,8%,6%,7% respectively. Resulting in an average uplift of 12% when comparing these two drivers. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-327

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 14th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon RX 590 on Overwatch, Player Unknown’s Battleground, Rise of the Tomb Raider @ 1440p, resulted in a average increase of 23% in performance when quick user input via mouse detected with Radeon Boost enabled. Performance may vary. RS-326

 

Disclaimers

AMD Link & Game Streaming

 Game streaming requires phone or tablet which supports Android 5.0 and greater or iOS 11 and greater. For TV support, Apple TV 4th and 5th generation running tvOS 12.x and greater, or Android TV 5.1 and greater are required. Streaming at 4K requires 4K capable streaming hardware and is compatible with: AMD Radeon GCN-based discrete graphics and newer. Supports Windows 7 and 10. Game Streaming available anywhere there is a high speed internet connection. For local profiles, all devices must be on the same local network. For internet streaming to work, your router must allow port forwarding and your PC must not be behind a network configuration that hinders connectivity. Controllers must be compatible with selected game and headset, please consult vendor for compatibility information.

 

 Radeon Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 APIs, Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

 

Radeon Image Sharpening is compatible with DirectX 11, 12, & Vulkan APIs and DirectX 9 for RX 5000 Series only, and Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

 

Integer Scaling is compatible with Windows 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations.

 

Radeon Boost compatibility includes Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes RX 400  and newer consumer dGPUs, Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support.

 

AMD Link is a revolutionary app. Since its first release back in 2017, it has added value and features to all Radeon users. 2019 was a big year for AMD Link, with the introduction of game streaming, and brand-new versions for Android TV and tvOS, bringing Radeon Gaming to the living room, and beyond.

So here are some things that you can do with AMD Link:

 

Play Games Anywhere!

AMD Link’s ability to stream your games to your favourite devices just got better this year. With version 3.0, you can now stream your favourite games to your device, regardless of whether you are inside your house connected to your WIFI, or outside by using an internet connection.

Let’s make sure you can get started. First, connect to your Radeon PC locally, as you normally do. This means enable the AMD Link server from Settings -> Devices. A good tip is to also enable Record Desktop in Settings -> General, in order to enable features like taking screenshots, recording videos etc. When you first connect to your Radeon PC, a profile will be created for easy access. After you disconnect go to the brand-new Radeon Software, in Settings -> Devices. Make sure the profile you just created is there, and right click on it. You will see a menu; select “Make Internet-Enabled”. You will see a globe icon replacing the home icon; this means the profile is now able to connect via an Internet connection; not just locally.

Then its as easy as selecting AMD Link and launching it. The profile icon in the app will be updated and will show a globe in front of it – this means that when you tap on it, it will give you the choice to either connect via the Internet, or via a local connection. Choose the one you want and happy gaming!

Use Your Mobile Device as Secondary Screen

AMD Link has been a very good tool to see your performance metrics, and this functionality continues to be popular with our users. This means that you can have your phone charging beside your gaming monitor, launch AMD Link, connect to your PC (go to Performance -> Metrics) and monitor live. With the Performance Monitoring function there you see various useful metrics for your PC like RAM utilization, CPU utilization, GPU clocks and others. You can customize which metrics you want to see from Settings -> Performance. Choose the ones you want to see (if you are playing a game, you will also see the FPS your game is getting at any given time) and play your game without any distracting overlays in front of your screen.

 Easy Voice Commands to  Control your Radeon GPU

AMD Link can listen to your commands, and it will give you both visual and audible feedback. To get started, tap on the microphone icon on the top left of AMD Link’s user interface and give the command you want to the app, prefacing it with “Radeon”. If for example you want to know your GPU utilization, just say “Radeon tell me my GPU utilization” and AMD Link will oblige. You can have AMD Link listening and give various commands when you need them. For a full list of commands supported, visit our FAQ at https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-software-amdlink-faq

 

Apart from these cool features though, here are some of the things AMD Link can do that you probably never thought of:

Watch a Movie on your Device

AMD Link supports phones, tablets and of course TVs – so why not take advantage of that? If you want to watch a movie on your PC, but you’d prefer to do it from the comfort of your own bed, its easy. You can simply load AMD Link, go to the Gaming tab and tap on the Start Streaming icon at the top. This will immediately start streaming your Windows desktop. Which means you can simply load the movie full screen in your favourite media player and watch it on your device. Easy! If you want to watch the movie on your smart TV instead, load up AMD Link for TV and do the exact same thing to see your favourite movie on the big screen.

Benchmark your Games

Benchmarking your game to see what kind of performance you’re getting is something all gamers have done at some point or another. Did you know that you can do that with AMD Link ? When you are in the point you want to benchmark, load AMD Link on your phone and connect to your Radeon PC. After that, go to Performance -> FPS. You can tap on “Start Capturing”, and the app will start keeping tabs of your FPS while playing the game. To stop, tap on “Stop Capturing”. When you do that, you will see your average FPS for that session, plus your minimum and maximum FPS. You can repeat that as many times as you want, which is very useful if you are using Radeon Software to experiment with the various cool features Radeon users are enjoying.

 

Fully Customize your On-Screen Controls

On-screen controls are a very convenient way to play games, and more and more people are using them instead of traditional controllers. AMD Link has full support for on-screen controls, but did you know you can customize them? In the AMD Link Settings, there’s a dedicated menu to controllers. Tap, and you will see all the controllers in your AMD Link app. By tapping on the plus icon, you can create a new on-screen controller. This is extremely useful because different games have different HUDs, which means on-screen controls can be in the way. You can of course customize, not only the placement of buttons, but their size, their opacity and of course you can add or remove as many buttons as you want.

 

 

Disclaimers 

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

 

Game streaming requires phone or tablet which supports Android 5.0 and greater or iOS 11 and greater. For TV support, Apple TV 4th and 5th generation running tvOS 12.x and greater, or Android TV 5.1 and greater are required. Streaming at 4K requires 4K capable streaming hardware and is compatible with: AMD Radeon GCN-based discrete graphics and newer. Supports Windows 7 and 10. Game Streaming available anywhere there is a high speed internet connection. For local profiles, all devices must be on the same local network. For internet streaming to work, your router must allow port forwarding and your PC must not be behind a network configuration that hinders connectivity. Controllers must be compatible with selected game and headset, please consult vendor for compatibility information.

 

Anna Fieger is a Product Marketing Coordinator for AMD. His/her postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. GD-5

Up until now, performance tuning was one of those things that was best left up to the experts. Pushing the limits of your graphics card can be intimidating to a lot of people.  With the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition, we’ve taken away some of that complexity by adding simplified controls and automatic presets for novice users, while also providing advanced tools for experts who want full control of their GPU.

 

Let’s begin with the new user experience for performance metrics, where gamers can view vital system and performance information at a glance.

 

Metrics

 

Performance Metrics Screen

 

1. Metrics Overview: Allows users to view multiple different system metrics at once. Users can click different metrics here to view more detailed metrics on each of these items. Users can also show/hide specific items for the Performance Metrics Overlay.

 

2. Metrics Details:  Once a user has chosen a metric from the overview column, they can view more detailed statistics for each of those metrics in this window.

 

Performance Tuning

Performance Tuning now has a fully automatic view. The automatic view allows more entry level or novice users access to features that allow them to automatically configure their performance tuning using Radeon Software features without having to learn how to overclock*. Some of these features include Auto Undervolt GPU, Auto Overclock GPU and Auto Overclock VRAM. Feature availability is dependent on the system hardware and some Radeon graphics products may not have all features listed.

 

Simplified Performance Tuning Screen

 

 Auto Tuning Features

The auto tuning features step through an algorithm that runs a workload on your graphics process while it fine tunes your overclock to determine stable settings based on your chosen tuning option. Once instability is detected on your GPU in the algorithm, we dial back to the best previous stable values and apply those. This is done on a per system basis so users can expect to get a good stable overclock that suits their own personal system.  The overall process only takes about a minute to complete and should be done without any applications open for the best experience possible.

 

  • Undervolt GPU: Attempts to perform an undervolt while maintaining close to stock performance for your graphics product. This can potentially increase performance per watt and save power.
  • Overclock GPU: Attempts to perform an overclock of your graphics engine frequency. This can potentially increase performance in games that are GPU bound.
  • Overclock VRAM: Attempts to perform an overclock of your video memory. This can potentially increase performance in games that are memory bound.

 

 

 

Tuning Control (Manual): Performance Tuning also has a new manual view. The manual view allows for much deeper customization of your graphics product and overclocking. The manual view contains detailed controls for GPU Tuning, Fan Tuning, VRAM Tuning and Power Tuning. Each of these views can be expanded to customize or tune each individual part of your graphics product and some can be expanded to provided more advanced and fine grain controls.

  

Once you’ve chosen a specific category you’d like to tune you can expand the options to see all the controls available to tune. From there you can control or modify any items you’d like, hit apply to save your settings and you’re good to go with your overclock!

 

Breakdown of the functions below:

 

  • GPU Tuning: Allows you to access controls for voltage and frequency. For newer AMD graphics products this advanced view includes controlling a voltage/frequency curve to help define how your graphics product behaves at any given engine clock.
  • Fan Tuning: Allows you to access controls for fan speed tuning and fan curve. At the basic level this includes controls for max fan speed and at a more advanced level controls fan curve for customization of fan behavior at certain temperature thresholds.
  • VRAM Tuning: Allows you to access controls for memory frequency tuning.
  • Power Tuning: Allows you to access controls for power graphics power limit.

 

 

Get the most out of your Radeon graphics card and take advantage of all the things Radeon Software has to offer.  Be sure to check out our other blogs in the links below and find out how you can stream content to your favorite social media site or play games on your mobile device anywhere in the world.

 

Download Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition today and change the way you game!

 

 

Warren Eng is the Product Marketing Manager for Radeon Software at 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

 

* Overclocking any AMD processor, 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.

It’s been an ambitious year for us in the processor biz at AMD, and our team sincerely hopes you’ve had a chance to enjoy one of the new high-performance chips we’ve introduced along the way. But as good as the year has been, today is extra special because some of our most interesting and powerful processors are available for sale starting right… now!

 

AMD Ryzen™ 9 3950X

The AMD Ryzen 3000 Series processors have been stand-out stars in 2019, and today marks the introduction of our final and fastest model: the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor. The 3950X is so profoundly swift that Legit Reviews described it as “the most impressive mainstream desktop processor launch of the decade.” With the decade rapidly drawing to a close, that’s high praise indeed.

 

But Legit Reviews is not alone. A chorus of the world’s foremost independent reviewers were practically unanimous in their view that the 3950X is a uniquely fast and special processor. Give their hard work a read if you get a chance, and we think you’ll be equally impressed.


Independent AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Reviews

 

As quick as the Ryzen 9 3950X is, the benchmarks just go up from there when you dig into the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. A pair of these unrivaled chips—the 24-core 3960X, and 32-core 3970X—also go on sale today with performance that seemed unimaginable just last year.

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™Threadripper™

Professional creators will especially want to take note, because the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X offer obscene time-savings for anyone whose life often waits for a progress bar. Code compiling, raytracing, video encoding, simulation, CAD, photogrammetry, and video mastering are only some of the tasks Threadripper just flies right through, leaving these talented folks with more time to experiment—or time to actually go home early. But you don’t have to take it from us, because the independent reviews agree!

 

Full Speed Ahead to 64 Cores

And we would be remiss if we did not give brief mention the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, debuting in 2020 for Hollywood creators with a whopping 64 cores and 128 threads. More details still to come, of course, but it’s not difficult to imagine how outrageously fast the 3990X will be for the highly scalable workloads of a VFX pro.

 

Independent AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X & 3970X Reviews

 

AMD Athlon™ 3000G

Finally, three cheers for the versatile AMD Athlon 3000G. It recently went on sale starting at just $49, offering DIYers a 2-core/4-thread processor with three quick and efficient Radeon™ Vega graphics cores.1 This handy little chip is a great option for budget builds, everyday computing needs, a basic home theater PC, and more. It can even get you into PC gaming at 720p, with highly playable performance in popular games like Rocket League™, Fortnite™ and CS:GO™.2 Gamers have to start somewhere, and the 3000G is an easy way to get into the wonderful world of PC gaming! On top of all that: the CPU and GPU cores are unlocked for overclocking, too. Pair it with an inexpensive AMD B450-based motherboard and you’re off!3


Reviewers like TechPowerUP gave the Athlon 3000G their Highly Recommended and Great Value awards, saying: “For $49 you get a capable CPU that can handle typical consumer tasks just fine—perfect for an entry-level system that doesn't break the bank.” That’s what we built it to do, and that’s what it does with gusto.


Independent AMD Athlon 3000G Coverage

 

As we said: it’s been an ambitious 2019 for us. But with the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, and Athlon 3000G now available, we are pretty delighted to say that we’ve wrapped up the 2019 roadmap with some historically fast and impressive processors.


But, above all, we wanted to take this little sliver of peace to reflect and give thanks. As November, the year, and the decade come to an end, we are deeply grateful for the support you—our loyal customers and fans—give us. Your passion, encouragement, love, belief, and enthusiasm absolutely helped bring AMD to where it is today: the top of the CPU game.

 

There’s more exciting stuff to come in 2020. You know it. We know it. See you soon, PC lovers.

 


Footnotes:

[1] Price is suggested online retail price in US dollars as of 11/19/2019.

[2] Testing done by AMD performance labs on 9/15/2019.  Game performance as represented by the following games tested using Windows 10 at 720p and low settings:  Fortnite, Rocket League, Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Application performance as represented by the following applications tested using Windows 10:  Cinebench R20, PCMark 10, Lame MP3 encoder, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe Photoshop. Results may vary with configuration. Results may vary with configuration. All Intel Pentium G5000 series processors have locked multipliers, but the Athlon 3000G which competes in the same entry-level segment has an unlocked multiplier. ATG-11

[3] AMD’s product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. GD-26.

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This AMD PC build was commissioned for Gina Darling.  Working with AMD and some of the industry’s best hardware component manufacturers to deliver a purpose-built PC designed for an exceptional gaming experience with smooth streaming capabilities and tons of horsepower to produce premium content.  This build guide is great for anyone looking for a similar setup to Gina’s PC to play the latest games, live stream, and create epic content.

 

At the heart of our latest AMD gaming PC, we start with an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor with 12 cores and 24 threads, ready for elite performance in gaming, streaming, content creation, and intensive multitasking.

 

We chose to mount the Ryzen 9 3900X on the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard, powered by an AMD X570 chipset. This full ATX board is equipped with ASUS Aura RGB lighting, SupremeFX 8 channel audio, and rock-solid performance.


 

AMD went with G.SKILL 16GB Trident Z Royal high-speed memory, running at 3600 MHz and RGB lighting.


 

For storage, AMD chose the Corsair MP600 2TB NVME SSD for our primary drive.  The MP600 utilizes next-gen PCI Express 4.0, capable of up to 5GB/s read and 4GB/s write speeds.  For expanded storage, we utilize Seagate’s 4TB Barracuda hard drive to store loads of games and video content. 

 

 

AMD geared up our gaming PC with an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with 8GB of video memory.  Powered by the all-new RDNA architecture, the Radeon 5700 series delivers high-performance gaming with next-gen PCI Express 4.0 for 1440p Gamers.  RDNA architecture was engineered to greatly enhance features like Radeon Image Sharpening and FidelityFX.  The 5700 XT series dramatically reduced input lag with Radeon Anti-Lag and offered stutter-free, tear-free gaming with AMD Radeon FreeSync technology

 

 

To power this PC, we went with an ASUS ROG Thor power supply, rated at 850W, with a built-in OLED screen that shows just how much power you’re drawing and more RGB lighting. We dressed up our cables with custom sleeves from Mainframe Customs with any color and pattern to our liking. 

 

 

All this hardware was built inside the RAIJINTEK PAEAN case featuring an open-frame chassis and a tempered front glass panel. We mounted our graphics card with the RAIJINTEK PAXX-S vertical mount GPU Riser bracket.  Once we got it all in there, we fitted the CPU with EKWB’s AM4 Velocity water blockCoolstream radiatorEK-XRES 140 Revo D5 pumphardline tubing, and Cryofuel coolants with a range of colors to choose from.  

 

 

To complement Gina’s rig with the ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ.  This 32inch curved gaming display is running at 1440p, 144hz, and AMD FreeSync technology for a tear and stutter-free gaming experience.  

 

 

Be sure to check out Gina’s channel on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube

 

 

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When The Coalition’s Gears 5 was released back on September 10, it launched to roaring reception and received several callouts to its superb technical elements. For the PC version, AMD worked with The Coalition and Xbox to optimize Gears 5 for AMD hardware, adding several PC optimizations to make it a stellar experience:

 

 

Check out how you can get ~60 FPS* on AMD hardware using Gears 5’s highest settings and take advantage of the optimizations:

 

*Results may vary

 

Optimized with AMD FidelityFX

 

Gears 5’s latest update includes implementation of AMD’s key current-generation feature: AMD FidelityFX.

 

AMD FidelityFX is our open-source image quality toolkit, used by developers in games to deliver sharp, fantastic visuals. It combines the Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) algorithm with Luma Preserving Mapping (LPM), automatically collapsing multiple effects into fewer shader passes to reduce overhead. This, in return, frees up your graphics card to experience sharper visuals at virtually no performance loss.

 

Gears 5 looked gorgeous before, but AMD FidelityFX adds a touch of subtlety that will add to an overall fantastic experience.

 

 

Get Gears 5 with the AMD Bundle

 

With AMD FidelityFX, now is the perfect time to jump into Gears 5 if you haven’t yet.

 

Get Gears 5 with the Xbox Game Pass for PC in our current Raise the Game bundle with the purchase of a select Radeon graphics card* or Equipped to Win bundle with the purchase of a select Ryzen graphics card*.

 

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Annie Lee is Sr. GTM Specialist for AMD. Her postings are her 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.

 

*Radeon FreeSync technology 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

 

*Testing done by AMD performance labs 9/3/2019 on i9-9900K, 16GB DDR4 3200MHz, AMD Driver 19.9.1, and Windows 10. Using Gears 5 Ultra Settings DX12: At 1440p, Radeon VII scored 77.7 fps, Radeon RX 5700 XT scored 74.5 fps, Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 66.2 fps and Radeon RX 5700 scored 65.3 fps. At 1080p, Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 79.9 fps, Radeon RX 590 scored 65 fps and Radeon RX 580 scored 59.9 fps. Using Gears 5 High Settings DX12: At 1440p, Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 69.8 fps. At 1080p, Radeon RX 570 scored 71.3 fps. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary. RX-369

 

*For full terms and conditions see https://www.amdrewards.com/terms.

 

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Gears 5 © Microsoft 2019

 

© 2019 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.  All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Ryzen, Radeon, and FreeSync and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the next tactical co-op shooter in Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon franchise, has finally arrived.

 

Ghost Recon Breakpoint takes you, an elite special operations group of “Ghosts”, to a remote South Pacific island called Auroa. The Ghosts have a mission to investigate Skell Technology, a tech company based on the island, after all communication is lost with Auroa. Upon arrival, you discover former Ghost Cole D. Walker has gone rogue leading the “Wolves” for an unknown mission.

 

It’s up to you to face your former brothers in arms who betrayed their country and find out what the Wolves are plotting, and if you’re playing on PC you’ll do so with gorgeous visuals and superb performance.

 

AMD and Ubisoft worked together to integrate AMD technologies in the PC version of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, featuring:

 

  • Optimizations for RDNA
  • Support for Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR*
  • AMD FidelityFX

 

AMD FidelityFX (FFX) is AMD’s open source image quality toolkit which can be implemented by developers into their games. In working closely with Ubisoft, FidelityFX has been applied in Ghost Recon Breakpoint.  

 

FidelityFX incorporates our contrast adaptive sharpening algorithm that helps bring out details in images without impacting performance, for the visceral experience you demand. Don’t miss any key tactical details in Ghost Recon with crisp and immersive FFX visuals.

 

With these incredible optimizations, you’re going to want to play at the best possible settings on your Radeon graphics card. Check out how you can play at up to 60 FPS maxing out your settings:

 

 

Take advantage of the AMD technologies in the game with our Raise the Game* bundle, featuring Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Get the game now with the Raise the Game bundle, with the purchase of a select Radeon graphics card!

 

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Hello, everyone! We’re delighted by your support and the strong momentum of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors in the marketplace, and we continue to watch your feedback closely. Today we have some important updates for you concerning processor boost behavior, desktop idle behavior, and a new monitoring SDK. The first two changes will be arriving in BIOSes based on AGESA 1003ABBA, and we are planning to make the SDK public on developer.amd.com with a target release date of September 30.

 

Boost Changes

Starting with our commitment to provide you an update on processor boost, our analysis indicates that the processor boost algorithm was affected by an issue that could cause target frequencies to be lower than expected. This has been resolved. We’ve also been exploring other opportunities to optimize performance, which can further enhance the frequency. These changes are now being implemented in flashable BIOSes from our motherboard partners. Across the stack of 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors, our internal testing shows that these changes can add approximately 25-50MHz to the current boost frequencies under various workloads.


Our estimation of the benefit is broadly based on workloads like PCMark 10 and Kraken JavaScript Benchmark. The actual improvement may be lower or higher depending on the workload, system configuration, and thermal/cooling solution implemented in the PC. We used the following test system in our analysis:

 

  • AMD Reference Motherboard (AGESA 1003ABBA beta BIOS)
  • 2x8GB DDR4-3600C16
  • AMD Wraith Prism and Noctua NH-D15S coolers
  • Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • 22°C ambient test lab
  • Streacom BC1 Open Benchtable
  • AMD Chipset Driver 1.8.19.xxx
  • AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan
  • BIOS defaults (except memory OC)


These improvements will be available in final BIOSes starting in about three weeks’ time, depending on the testing and implementation schedule of your motherboard manufacturer. Additional information on boost frequency in the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors can also be obtained from this separate blog update.


Going forward, it’s important to understand how our boost technology operates. Our processors perform intelligent real-time analysis of the CPU temperature, motherboard voltage regulator current (amps), socket power (watts), loaded cores, and workload intensity to maximize performance from millisecond to millisecond. Ensuring your system has adequate thermal paste; reliable system cooling; the latest motherboard BIOS; reliable BIOS settings/configuration; the latest AMD chipset driver; and the latest operating system can enhance your experience.


Following the installation of the latest BIOS update, a consumer running a bursty, single threaded application on a PC with the latest software updates and adequate voltage and thermal headroom should see the maximum boost frequency of their processor. PCMark 10 is a good proxy for a user to test the maximum boost frequency of the processor in their system. It is fully expected that if users run a workload like Cinebench, which runs for an extended period of time, the operating frequencies may be lower than maximum throughout the run.


In addition, we do want to address recent questions about reliability. We perform extensive engineering analysis to develop reliability models and to model the lifetime of our processors before entering mass production. While AGESA 1003AB contained changes to improve system stability and performance for users, changes were not made for product longevity reasons. We do not expect that the improvements that have been made in boost frequency for AGESA 1003ABBA will have any impact on the lifetime of your Ryzen processor.

 

Revisiting Calmer Idle

In late July, we implemented a series of software changes that would help the processor ignore requests for voltage/frequency boost from lightweight applications. The goal was to make the processor more relaxed at the desktop, but poised to react for serious workloads. While many of you were happy with the effect of the software changes, some of you were still grappling with cases where the CPU was a bit overzealous with boost. We wanted to smooth those out, too.


Today we’re announcing that AGESA 1003ABBA carries firmware-level changes designed to do just that. The changes primarily arrive in the form of an “activity filter” that empowers the CPU boost algorithm itself to disregard intermittent OS and application background noise. Example test cases might include: video playback, game launchers, monitoring utilities, and peripheral utilities. These cases tend to make regular requests for a higher boost state, but their intermittent nature would fall below the threshold of the activity filter.


Net-net, we expect you’ll see lower desktop voltages, around 1.2V, for the core(s) actively handling such tasks. We believe this solution will be even more effective than the July changes for an even wider range of applications.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X peak/average CPU core voltages running Steam and AMD Ryzen Master (version 2.0.2.1271). Similar voltages, around 1.09V, were observed while running Corsair iCUE software.

 

Please keep in mind, however, that this firmware change is not a cap. The processor must still be free to boost if active workload(s) seriously require it, so you should still expect occasions where the processor will explore its designed and tested voltage range of 0.2V to 1.5V.

 

New Monitoring SDK

Obtaining reliable data about the operating behavior of a processor is important to enthusiasts such as myself. There are many monitoring utilities on the market, and we work with many of them to ensure they’re accessing telemetry data in a sensible manner. Regardless of the utility, however, it’s common sense that all the tools should roughly correlate when you ask a simple question like “what’s my CPU temperature?”


Enabling a consistent experience across monitoring utilities is important to us. That’s why we’re announcing the September 30 release of the AMD Ryzen Master Monitoring SDK that will allow anyone to build a public monitoring utility that can reliably report a range of key processor metrics in a consistent manner. Altogether, there are 30+ API calls within the first SDK release, but we’ve highlighted a few of the more important or interesting ones below:

 

  • Current Operating Temperature: Reports the average temperature of the CPU cores over a short sample period. By design, this metric filters transient spikes that can skew temperature reporting.
  • Peak Core(s) Voltage (PCV): Reports the Voltage Identification (VID) requested by the CPU package of the motherboard voltage regulators. This voltage is set to service the needs of the cores under active load, but isn’t necessarily the final voltage experienced by all of the CPU cores.
  • Average Core Voltage (ACV): Reports the average voltages experienced by all processor cores over a short sample period, factoring in active power management, sleep states, Vdroop, and idle time.
  • EDC (A), TDC (A), PPT (W): The current and power limits for your motherboard VRMs and processor socket.
  • Peak Speed: The maximum frequency of the fastest core during the sample period.
  • Effective Frequency: The frequency of the processor cores after factoring in time spent in sleep states (e.g. cc6 core sleep or pc6 package sleep). Example: One processor core is running at 4GHz while awake, but in cc6 core sleep for 50% of the sample period. The effective frequency of this core would be 2GHz. This value can give you a feel for how often the cores are using aggressive power management capabilities that aren’t immediately obvious (e.g. clock or voltage changes).
  • Various voltages and clocks, including: SoC voltage, DRAM voltage, fabric clock, memory clock, etc.

 

A Preview in Action

This SDK will be available for public download on developer.amd.com on September 30. As a preview of what the new SDK can enable, AMD Ryzen Master (version 2.0.2.1271) has already been updated with the new Average Core Voltage API for 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors. It's ready for download today!


As noted above, Average Core Voltage shows you average voltages that all CPU cores are experiencing over a short sample period after you factor in sleep states, idle states, active power management, and Vdroop. Depending on the load on the processor, this value might be quite different from Peak Core(s) Voltage.


For example: if the processor is lightly loaded on a few cores, the overall activity level of all the CPU cores will be relatively low and, therefore, the Average Core Voltage will be low as well. But the active cores still need intermittently higher voltages to power boost frequencies, which will be reflected in the Peak Core Voltage. As the CPU comes under full load, these two values will eventually converge representing that all cores are active at approximately the same intensity. The overall goal of these two values is to show you what’s happening moment-to-moment the most loaded cores (Peak), and what’s happening more generally to the CPU cores over time (Average).


We hope new APIs like Average Core Voltage give you a better understanding of how our processors behave, and we can’t wait to see more tools make use of the new monitoring SDK. Visit amd.com on September 30 for the first public release!

 

What to Expect Next

AGESA 1003ABBA has now been released to our motherboard partners. Now they will perform additional testing, QA, and implementation work on their specific hardware (versus our reference motherboard). Final BIOSes based on AGESA 1003ABBA will begin to arrive in approximately three weeks, depending on the testing time of your vendor and motherboard.

 

Going forward, we’ll continue providing updates in this format as the updates are being prepped for release. In the interim, please don’t hesitate to reach out our support page if you have questions or need help.

A few weeks ago, we made our biggest GPU product launch to date with the introduction of the new AMD RadeonTM RX 5700 series graphics cards. And I believe we’ve struck a positive chord with the community and AMD fans as I read the many responses from you in the forums and on social media.

 

Many of you have commented on the great 1440p gaming experiences enabled by the all-new RDNA gaming architecture and new software features like RadeonTM  Image Sharpening and RadeonTM Anti-Lag. I’m also thrilled to see feedback that these products provide incredible value and bring much-needed competition back to the market.

 

And this is just the beginning. Just as AMD transformed the CPU market with the launch of RyzenTM processors in 2017, we’re reinvigorating the GPU market with a renewed spirit of innovation and competition that will power amazing gaming experiences for years to come.

 

To this end, we’re dedicated to fueling the great experiences gamers have come to expect from their PC hardware, which continues to evolve with the introduction of new games, form factors and use cases, such as esports, game streaming and more. With the GPU playing such a pivotal role in these experiences, the AMD team has worked tirelessly to introduce new features and capabilities with the AMD RadeonTM RX 5700 series graphics cards that deliver the best balance of performance and efficiency.

 

With an all-new architecture (and associated software stack) comes questions and educational opportunities to help users get the most out of these new GPUs. With that in mind, I wanted to provide more information on some of the key product features and capabilities, and address questions that have arisen in community discussions. Read on to see how we’ve evolved our approach with the latest RadeonTM graphics cards to supercharge your experience.

 

More Control Over GPU Power and Performance

Up until the AMD RadeonTM RX Vega and the RX 500 series GPUs, the clock speed (and associated voltage) of the GPUs was dictated by a small number of fixed, discrete DPM states. Depending on the workload, and available thermal and electrical headroom, the GPU would alternate between one of these fixed DPM states. As a result, the GPU had a lot less flexibility in finding and residing at the most optimum state since it had to be one of these valid DPM states, and nothing in between. Often, this meant leaving performance on the table if the ideal voltage-frequency (Vf) state happened to be in between two of the fixed DPM states.

 

In addition, for every single GPU within a SKU family (for example, reference RadeonTM RX Vega 64 GPUs), the DPM states or Vf points were identical. Given that there is always a die-to-die variance in performance even between two pieces of otherwise identical silicon, once again this meant giving up performance while catering to the lowest common denominator within the wafer population.

 

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Discrete, fixed DPM states on Radeon RX Vega 64

 

Starting with the AMD RadeonTM VII, and further optimized and refined with the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs, AMD has implemented a much more granular ‘fine grain DPM’ mechanism vs. the fixed, discrete DPM states on previous RadeonTM RX GPUs. Instead of the small number of fixed DPM states, the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPU have hundreds of Vf ‘states’ between the bookends of the idle clock and the theoretical ‘Fmax’ frequency defined for each GPU SKU. This more granular and responsive approach to managing GPU Vf states is further paired with a more sophisticated Adaptive Voltage Frequency Scaling (AVFS) architecture on the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs.

 

Fine-grained DPM on Radeon<img src='https://community.amd.com/images/emojis/2122.png' class='jive_emoji'/> RX 5700 GPU, with optimized Vf curve

Fine-grained DPM on RadeonTM RX 5700 GPU, with optimized Vf curve

 

As a result, each AMD RadeonTM RX 5700 GPU can find and run at the most optimum frequency, tailored to the specific workload, electrical, thermal and acoustic conditions – down to the last MHz. Paired with a Vf curve that is optimized for each individual RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPU, RadeonTM Adrenalin software and the RadeonTM WattMan tool provide much more granular control over the power and performance of the GPU.

 

Junction Temperature: Enhanced Thermal Monitoring

In the past, the GPU core temperature was read by a single sensor that was placed in the vicinity of the legacy thermal diode. This singular sensor was used to make all power-performance optimization decisions across the entire GPU. However, depending on the game being run, the type of GPU cooling and other related metrics, different parts of the GPU might have been at different levels of utilization. As a result, ramping up or throttling down the entire GPU based on this single measurement was inefficient, often leaving significant thermal headroom – and resulting performance – on the table.

 

With the AMD RadeonTM VII GPU we introduced enhanced thermal monitoring to further optimize GPU performance. We built upon that foundation with the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs, and now utilize an extensive network of thermal sensors distributed across the entire GPU die to intelligently monitor and tune performance in response to granular GPU activity in real time.

 

Paired with this array of sensors is the ability to identify the ‘hotspot’ across the GPU die. Instead of setting a conservative, ‘worst case’ throttling temperature for the entire die, the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs will continue to opportunistically and aggressively ramp clocks until any one of the many available sensors hits the ‘hotspot’ or ‘Junction’ temperature of 110 degrees Celsius. Operating at up to 110C Junction Temperature during typical gaming usage is expected and within spec. This enables the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs to offer much higher performance and clocks out of the box, while maintaining acoustic and reliability targets.

 

We provide users with both measurements – the average GPU Temperature and Junction Temperature – so that they have the best and most complete visibility into the operation of their RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs.

 

Maximized Performance, Right Out of the Box

Under typical gaming workloads the RadeonTM RX 5700 series GPUs will have their clock speeds at or above the published Game Clock frequencies. Leveraging the RDNA architecture and advanced 7nm process technology, completely out of the box, the GPUs will automatically and opportunistically utilize all available electrical, acoustic and thermal headroom in real time to ramp clock speed and deliver improved performance.

 

Since all of this is done in real time, on a per die basis, some AMD RadeonTM RX 5700 GPUs may exceed published Boost frequencies regularly, and with no input whatsoever from the end user. Of course, using the RadeonTM WattMan1 tool built into RadeonTM software, gamers and enthusiasts alike have additional control and insight to adjust the frequency, voltage, and acoustic/power limits as they see fit for their unique setup and environment – and to enable the best possible gaming experience.

 

At the end of the day, we know that gamers have different preferences. Some prioritize acoustics while others want to crank out every last bit of performance from their GPUs. This is why we provide them with the flexibility to tweak and customize settings as they see fit.

 

We’re thrilled to see so many of you embrace the new AMD RadeonTM RX 5700 series graphics cards to push the boundaries of high-performance mainstream gaming, and we’re just getting started.

 

Happy Gaming!

 

Mithun Chandrasekhar is senior manager, product management, 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 are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

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  1. Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability. GD-106
  2. Game clock is the expected GPU clock when running typical gaming applications, set to typical TGP (Total Graphics Power). Actual individual game clock results may vary. GD-147

Hello! Thank you for all of the interest and excitement around 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors. We have some important updates today on our voltages, clockspeeds, and Destiny 2!   

 

We diagnosed and resolved the issue causing software monitoring tools to report high voltages and clockspeeds at the desktop with 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors and the Windows® 10 May 2019 Update. Our analysis indicates that certain pieces of popular software, which are widely considered to be “low CPU load” applications, frequently make indirect requests for the highest performance and power state from the processor.Third Gen Ryzen is designed to be extremely responsive to requests for higher performance, and this has led to some of the anomalous behavior observed with high voltages and clockspeeds in monitoring utilities.  Our solution is to adjust the AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan to address these cases under light loads, without changing the processor’s ability to respond to sustained workloads like games and content creation.


The solution is immediately available for download in a new chipset driver (version 1.07.29), including an updated AMD Ryzen Balanced power plan that delivers the fix. Users of previous generation AMD Ryzen™ Products do not need this plan, and the chipset driver installer will not provide it.


So you can see these changes in action, AMD Ryzen Master is also updated with new voltage and temperature reporting methodologies that more realistically demonstrate CPU behavior. Version 2.0.1.1233 (or later) reflects these changes and is now available for download as well.


Chipset Driver 1.07.29 also contains a beta workaround that resolves Destiny 2 application launch issues. This will ensure Destiny 2 players can immediately get back into the game.

 

A more comprehensive solution in the upcoming AGESA 1003ABB is still required for other affected software affected by the same underlying issue. AGESA 1003ABB will appear in production BIOSes when your manufacturer has completed QA testing to ensure stability and reliability. This process typically takes a few weeks.


Finally, AGESA 1003ABB-based BIOSes will also resolve the “Event 17, WHEA-Logger” warnings appearing in the Windows Event Log.

 

We genuinely appreciate the time, reports, and collaboration from the enthusiast community on the topics in this blog.  If you are interested in further details, please see the Detailed Brief that can be downloaded from the link below.  We love the feedback and look forward to providing more updates in this format as the Ryzen community continues to grow.


DOWNLOAD: Chipset Driver 1.07.29.xxx
DOWNLOAD: AMD Ryzen™ Master 2.0.1.1233

DOWNLOAD: Community Update #5 Detailed Brief

 

Please note that it may take time additional throughout the day of July 30 for these downloads to be available in your region as local edge servers populate.

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AMD Gaming PC Build Guide

Posted by brian.jang Jul 22, 2019

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Check out the latest AMD build guide for the latest in PC Gaming.  AMD has teamed up with some of the industry’s best hardware component manufacturers to deliver a purpose-built PC designed for an exceptional gaming experience with smooth streaming capabilities and tons of horsepower to produce premium content.  These build guides are great for anyone looking to play the latest games, stream to your fans, and create epic content.

 

 

At the heart of our latest AMD gaming PC, we start with an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor with 12 cores and 24 threads, ready for elite performance in gaming, streaming, content creation, and intensive multitasking.

 

 

We chose to mount the Ryzen 9 3900X on the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard, powered by an AMD X570 chipset. This full ATX board is equipped with ASUS Aura RGB lighting, SupremeFX 8 channel audio, and rock-solid performance.

 

 

AMD went with G.SKILL 16GB Trident Z Royal high-speed memory, running at 3600 MHz and RGB lighting.

 

 

For storage, AMD chose the Corsair MP600 2TB NVME SSD for our primary drive.  The MP600 utilizes next-gen PCI Express 4.0, capable of up to 5GB/s read and 4GB/s write speeds.  For expanded storage, we utilize Seagate’s 4TB Barracuda hard drive to store loads of games and video content. 

 

 

AMD geared up our gaming PC with an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with 8GB of video memory.  Powered by the all-new RDNA architecture, the Radeon 5700 series delivers high-performance gaming with next-gen PCI Express 4.0 for 1440p Gamers.  RDNA architecture was engineered to greatly enhance features like Radeon Image Sharpening and FidelityFX.  The 5700 XT series dramatically reduced input lag with Radeon Anti-Lag and offered stutter-free, tear-free gaming with AMD Radeon FreeSync technology

 

 

To power this PC, we went with an ASUS ROG Thor power supply, rated at 850W, with a built-in OLED screen that shows just how much power you’re drawing and more RGB lighting. We dressed up our cables with custom sleeves from Mainframe Customs with any color and pattern to our liking. 

 

 

All this hardware was built inside the RAIJINTEK PAEAN case featuring an open-frame chassis and a tempered front glass panel. We mounted our graphics card with the RAIJINTEK PAXX-S vertical mount GPU Riser bracket.  Once we got it all in there, we fitted the CPU with EKWB’s AM4 Velocity water block, Coolstream radiator, EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 pump, hardline tubing, and Cryofuel coolants with a range of colors to choose from.  

 

Complement your rig with the ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ.  This 32inch curved gaming display is running at 1440p, 144hz, and AMD FreeSync technology for a tear and stutter-free gaming experience.  

 

 

Brian Jang, GTM Manager at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

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Today we are releasing our mid-year update to AMD’s Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, bringing with it a number of cutting-edge features to improve your experience, enhance gameplay and deliver support for the new Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards.  

 

 

Improving Game Image Quality: AMD Radeon Image Sharpening 

We all know how new and upcoming AAA titles can put a strain on graphics, especially those running at 4K resolutions and above. Gamers often reduce  their resolution  to improve the overall performance on some demanding titles.  Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) is a new quality enhancement feature designed to provide gamers with stunning looking visuals even at those lower resolutions. This new technique, available initially on the new Radeon RX 5700 series graphics, takes an image and applies an intelligent algorithm to sharpen and upsample it, delivering a crisp image with virtually no performance penalty1. Gamers can now have the best of both worlds – amazing visuals they crave, and performance they need.  

 

 

Learn More about Radeon Image Sharpening

 

Improve Gaming Response Time: AMD Radeon Anti-Lag 

In ideal conditions, when a gamer clicks on a key and the CPU registers the work, the GPU will render out the corresponding frame to the monitor at almost the exact same time. However, when the GPU is pushed to its limits, the CPU work gets queued up while it waits for the GPU to finish, which results in the gamer experiencing lag.  We’ve developed Radeon Anti-Lag to better handle those requests coming in from the user so that they don’t get queued up as often waiting for the GPU to complete its task. The result is a 31% average reduction in click-to-response times2, vastly improving the fluidity of gaming in these types of GPU bound scenarios.  

 

 

Learn More about Radeon Anti-Lag

 

Radeon Chill  

We introduced this innovative feature a few years ago to reduce power consumption and noise while limiting the effect on performance, so users won’t perceive any difference.  Today’s latest release takes it another step further by refining Radeon Chill to have display-aware tuning.  Chill can now automatically set frame-rate caps to match your monitor’s refresh rate, whether it’s a static or adaptive FreeSync panel. By working within this range, gamers will get smooth gaming and power savings to boot, with up to 2.45x more savings than before.3 

 

 

Learn More about Radeon Chill

 

AMD Link/Radeon ReLive 

Back in December of last year, we introduced a cool feature in Adrenalin 2019 Edition, where users could play PC games on virtually any mobile device connected to their home wifi using AMD Link, a free app that is available for download on Apple and Android devices.  Today we are expanding that support further by including Apple TV and Android TV connectivity.  Now you can stream your PC games directly to your TV and play on the big screen or watch any of the videos you may have captured on your PC using Radeon ReLive.  

 

 

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AMD FidelityFX 

AMD FidelityFX is our open source image quality toolkit that is now available for developers to implement into their game. FidelityFX combines Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) along with Luma Preserving Mapping (LPM) technologies to deliver great looking visuals while gaming.  FidelityFX automatically collapses multiple effects into fewer shader passes to reduce overhead and free up your GPU for the visceral experience you demand. 

 


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We’re constantly striving to make the gaming experience better than ever before, and we look forward to your feedback on the new features and on any other things you’d like to see integrated in to our software package.  

 

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Jay Marsden is Manager, Radeon Software Marketing 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

 

 

Footnotes: 

  1. RS-296 AMD Radeon Image Sharpening Performance - Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 4th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 5700, using a test system comprising of Intel i7 9700K CPU (3.6 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With Radeon Image Sharpening OFF at 2560x1440p, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (high preset, DX12), Rage 2 (ultra-preset, Vulkan), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (highest preset, DX12) Sid Meier’s Civilization 6: Gathering Storm (ultra preset, DX12), and Total War: Warhammer 2 (DX12) scored 84.5FPS, 78.7FPS, 78.6FPS, 97.4FPS and 56.7FPS, respectively, whereas with Radeon Image Sharpening ON scored 83.4FPS, 78.1FPS, 77.7FPS, 96.0FPS, 56.4FPS, respectively, leading to a 1.30%, 0.76%, 1.15%, 1.41%, and 0.53% reduction in performance, respectively, or an average of 1% total average performance impact. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  
  2. RS-295 - AMD Radeon Anti-Lag Performance -  Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 4th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 5700, using a test system comprising of Intel i7 9700K CPU (3.6 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With Anti-Lag OFF at 3840x2160p using DX11, Apex Legends (ultra-high preset), Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (high preset), Dota 2 (maximum preset), Fortnite (high preset), Overwatch (epic preset), PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (ultra preset), and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege had an average input to display latency of 54.6ms, 44.8ms, 22.4ms, 54.4ms, 29.7ms, 48.3ms, 34.1ms, respectively, versus a 36.8ms, 30.2ms, 17.3ms, 35.5ms, 20.5ms, 33.0ms, and 23.6ms latency with Anti-Lag ON, respectively, leading to a 33%, 33%, 23%, 35%, 31%, 32%, and 31% reduction in latency with Anti-Lag ON, respectively. Comparing Anti-Lag ON vs OFF, Anti-Lag reduces average latency by 31%. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  
  3. RS-294 - AMD Radeon Chill Improvement - Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of May 28th, 2019 on the 8GB Radeon™ RX 5700, using a test system comprising of Intel i7 9700K CPU (3.6 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Windows 10x64 with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. With Radeon™ Chill OFF at 2560x1440p, Dota 2 (Ultra preset, DX11), Overwatch (Epic preset, DX11), World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (Level 10 preset, DX12), and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Very High preset, DX11) consumed 201.6W,   217.7W, 217.3W, and 216.8W, respectively. With the Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.6.3 default Radeon™ Chill framerate range (70-144FPS) on a 60Hz monitor, Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 consumed 77.4W, 177.2W, 130.0W, and 178.2W, respectively. With the Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1 default Radeon™ Chill framerate range (30-60FPS) on a 60Hz monitor, Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 consumed 54.5W, 71.6W, 63.6W, and 91.5W, respectively. Comparing default power consumption with the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.6.3 Radeon Chill FPS range, Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 consumed 62%, 19%, 40%, and 18% lower power, respectively, whereas Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1 Radeon Chill versus default consumed 73%, 67%, 71%, and 58% lower power, respectively. Comparing Radeon™ Chill’s power reduction on a 60Hz monitor in Dota 2, Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Radeon Chill now saves 1.18x, 3.61x, 1.76x, and 3.24x more power with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.1 vs 19.6.3, or 2.45x more average power savings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.  

In 2018, AMD launched 2000 series Ryzen processors with Radeon graphics to critical acclaim. With the most powerful graphics performance on a desktop processor[i], the Ryzen 5 2400G delivers on the promise of both highly responsive processing and discrete-class gaming without the added expense of a separate graphics card. And at a $99 launch price, the Ryzen 3 2200G makes smooth, best-in-class esports gaming available at an even more accessible price point.

 

On July 7th, AMD will make the most powerful graphics on a desktop processor even better. Introducing the new Ryzen 5 3400G and the Ryzen 3 3200G processors with Radeon Graphics.  

 

ProcessorCores / ThreadsBoost/Base Clock

Graphics

(Graphics Clock)

Total Cache

(L2 + L3)

TDPCooler

Suggested

Price

Ryzen 5 3400G4 / 84.2 / 3.7 GHz

Radeon RX Vega 11

(1400 MHz)

6MB65WWraith Spire$149
Ryzen 3 3200G4 / 44.0 / 3.6 GHz

Radeon Vega 8

(1250 MHz)

6MB65WWraith Stealth$99


Armed with higher clock speeds, super-fast graphics, and new driver features, these new processors set a new benchmark for what users can expect from a desktop processor. The Ryzen 5 3400G earns the title of the world’s most powerful graphics on a desktop processori, a title previously held by its predecessor the Ryzen 5 2400G.iii With 4 cores, and 8 processing threads, an impressive 4.2 GHz Max Boost clock speed, and a 1400 MHz graphics core speed, the Ryzen 5 3400G is armed with strong processing hardware, able to provide smooth gaming performance at high -definition 1080p resolution while its competition - the Core i5-9400 - stutters and fails to deliver a playable experience in many popular titlesiv:

 

 

Similarly, with 4 processing cores, a max boost clock of 4.0 GHz, and a 1250 MHz graphics clock speed, the new Ryzen 3 3200G is quite capable of playing the most popular eSports games online at 1080p.


Of course, there’s more to the Ryzen 5 3400G than just strong gaming chops. With powerful Radeon graphics on tap, your Windows computing experience can be truly enhanced and unleashed. From watching video and surfing the internet, to serious design and production work, this CPU is surprisingly capable, reliable, and efficient compared to the competition:


Ryzen 3400G Productivity Performance


In addition to raw performance, 3000 series Ryzen processors with Radeon graphics boast some of the most stable graphics drivers in the business, with exciting new features included at launch that include new Radeon Anti-Lag technology - a feature that can give you a competitive edge when playing the most popular eSports games online.


Radeon Anti-Lag


And AMD didn't stop there. We have looked for even more ways to add value to the Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G:

 

 

As touched on in the slide above:

 

- The Ryzen 5 3400G includes the robust Wraith Spire cooler, which has a higher cooling capacity than the Wraith Stealth cooler


- The Ryzen 5 3400G is also equipped with premium soldered thermal interface material, which helps keep the processor cooler and quieter during normal operation, and also when overclockingv


- The Ryzen 5 3400G can use the new PBO Automatic Overclockingvi feature to enable up to 200 MHz of easy overclocking at the touch of a button.


The new 3000-series Ryzen with Radeon graphics processors will be on shelf on July 7th, 2019. The Ryzen 3 3200G has a suggested etail price of $99 USD, while the Ryzen 5 3400G has a suggested etail price of $149 USD. AMD looks forward to pushing the boundaries of what you expect from a desktop processor with these new, powerful processing products.

 

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Don Woligroski is the Desktop Technical Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

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Testing as of 05/14/2019 by AMD Performance Labs using an AMD Ryzen™ 5 3400G Processor and Intel Core i5-9400 in 3DMark Time Spy. Results may vary with configuration. PCO-001

 ii Testing as of 05/14/2019 by AMD Performance Labs using an AMD Ryzen™ 5 3400G Processor and Intel Core i5-9400 in PCMark 10, Adobe Premiere, Speedometer, and SPECviewperf. Results may vary with configuration. The class defined as graphics on a desktop processor. SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See www.spec.org. PCO-002

iii  Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 12/08/2017 for the Ryzen 5 2400G, and 09/04/2015 for the Core i7-5775c on the following systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used. System Configs:  All systems equipped with Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows 10 RS2 operating system. Socket AM4 System: Ryzen 52400G processor, 16B (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2667 RAM, Graphics Driver 1710181048-17.40-171018a-319170E 23.20.768.0 :: 12/08/2017. Socket LGA1150 System: Core i7-5775c processor, 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1867 MHz RAM, graphics driver 10.18.15.4256:: 09/04/2015. 3DMark 11 Performance benchmark used to represent graphics power. The following processors achieved the following scores in 3DMark 11 ‘performance’ benchmark v1.0.132.0: The Ryzen 5 2400G: 5042. Also, in v1.0.132.0, The Core i7-5775c, the Intel desktop processor with the highest Intel desktop graphics performance, achieved 3094. RZG-01

iv Testing as of 05/14/2019 by AMD Performance Labs using an AMD Ryzen™ 5 3400G Processor and Intel Core i5-9400 in 9 game titles. Results may vary with configuration. PCO-003

V 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

vi GD-135 - Precision Boost Overdrive requires an AMD Ryzen Threadripper, AMD Ryzen 5 3000, AMD Ryzen 7 3000, or AMD Ryzen 9 3000 Series processor and a motherboard compatible with one or more of these processors. 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-135

 

For a limited time starting on July 1, when you purchase an eligible AMD Radeon™ graphics card or Ryzen™ processor, you’ll get a 3 month subscription to Xbox Game Pass*. This fall, Xbox Game Pass is coming to PCs and gamers will have unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play at full fidelity. You can check the list of eligible AMD products and read the rules here.

 

More titles will be continuously added to the library on the day of release, including Gears 5, set to drop September 10, 2019. From one of gaming’s most acclaimed sagas, Gears is bigger than ever, with five thrilling modes and the deepest campaign yet. With all-out war descending, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself. Who’s excited to delve into Gears 5 on release day? We’re counting down the days.

 

Already a Game Pass subscriber? That’s totally cool – you can redeem our offer to add 3 months to your existing subscription*.

 

Get the ultimate PC gaming experience with the power of Ryzen™ processors and the performance of Radeon™ graphics. With the best-in-class gaming hardware, now your biggest challenge will be figuring out which game to tackle next. Happy gaming!

 

Stella Lee is GTM Manager, Gaming Segment Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her 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

 

*Offer available through participating retailers for eligible purchases made July 1, 2019 through March 10, 2020 or when supply of coupon codes is exhausted, whichever occurs first. Void where prohibited.  Full offer terms at www.amdrewards.com/terms. Game Pass for PC:  Over 100 PC Games available starting August 2019. Gears 5 available fall 2019.  Game Pass code must be redeemed by June 30, 2020.  Limit one promotional 3-month subscription per Microsoft account over a 12-month period.  Requires the Xbox (beta) app and Windows 10 (with updates).  Age restrictions and system requirements apply. Game catalog varies over time. 

Gears 5 is rated ESRB “M” for Mature and PEGI is not yet rated. May contain content inappropriate for children. Please consult with ESRB.org, PEGI.info, or your regional game ratings organization.

© 2019 Microsoft.  Microsoft, Gears of War and Xbox are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

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Today we are honored to announce the latest amazing chapter in our long-term custom development partnership with Microsoft focused on pushing the limits of gaming.

 

AMD and Microsoft have co-designed and co-engineered a custom, high performance AMD SoC to power Project Scarlett to deliver an incredible gaming experience, including the next-generation of performance, graphics, lighting, visuals, and audio immersion. This processor builds upon the significant innovation of the AMD Ryzen™ "Zen 2" CPU core and a "Navi" GPU based on next-generation Radeon™ RDNA gaming architecture including hardware-accelerated raytracing.

 

Microsoft Executive Vice President of Gaming Phil Spencer revealed new details about Project Scarlett, which is expected to deliver the most powerful and immersive Xbox experience ever. Project Scarlett is a significant step forward in gaming and will provide developers with the power they require to bring their future creative visions to life with up to 120 frames per second, variable refresh rate, a next-gen solid state drive, and almost non-existent load times. Thousands of games across four generations will look and play best on Project Scarlett which will arrive in Holiday 2020.

 

AMD has teamed with Microsoft for over a decade, starting with the Xbox 360 and the first GPU designed for Unified Shading. In 2013, Microsoft introduced the Xbox One powered by a custom CPU and GPU on AMD SoC with high bandwidth eSRAM. In 2016 Microsoft introduced Xbox One S, the first model capable of HDR rendering. Then, the following year, Microsoft and AMD co-engineered a custom processor for the Xbox One X, introduced as the world’s most powerful console at the time, offering true 4k game rendering.

 

Our relationship with Microsoft is based on silicon design deeply rooted in tight collaboration. Our engineering organizations work together as one design team to continually innovate and significantly advance the overall gaming experience.

 

As the #1 supplier of high-end processors and graphics for the game console market, AMD is committed to being the trusted partner for delivering the absolute best immersive experiences based on our unique silicon, platform and software expertise. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Microsoft and pushing the boundaries of technology and gaming. We can’t wait for you to experience this upcoming AMD-based product from Microsoft!

 

You can find more information from Microsoft on Xbox Wire. And, be sure to check out the AMD Next Horizon Gaming livestream from E3 with our President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su on Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 3 p.m. Pacific for more on AMD gaming technology.

 

 

Jack Huynh, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Semi-Custom Business Unit, AMD

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