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[Originally posted on 10/02/17.]

 

With Forza Motorsport® 7, Turn 10 Studios brings the thunder. With more than 700 cars, 30+ circuits, dynamic race conditions, more than 300 race suits to customize your driver, and even trucks, Forza Motorsport® 7 is the most beautiful and comprehensive Forza game yet. Add breathtaking visuals with Forza Motorsport’s emphasis on awe inspiring 4K 60FPS gameplay and Forza Motorsport® 7 redefines the iconic Forza series.

 

Here is our performance at a glance with Radeon™ Software 17.9.3:

 

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  • Game at beautiful 4K with up to 60FPS using Radeon™ RX 580 and up to 90FPS using Radeon™ RX Vega56 with Radeon Software 17.9.31

 

For gamers who are looking for a crisp 1080p experience, Radeon™ RX 570 and RX 560 have got you covered. Here’s our performance at 1080p:

 

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  • Game at 1080p with up to 95.3FPS using Radeon™ RX 570 and up to 62.7FPS using Radeon™ RX 560 with Radeon Software 17.9.32

 

Download Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.3 today and experience the awe of 4K 60FPS gaming with Forza Motorsport® 7.

 

 

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

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 28, 2017 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 and the 8GB Radeon RX Vega56 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.3, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Forza Motorsport 7 on the ultra preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 3840x2160, 8GB Radeon RX 580 scored 59.8 FPS, and Radeon RX Vega56 scored 89.7 FPS. Results are an average. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-182
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of September 28, 2017 on the 4GB Radeon RX 560 and the 4GB Radeon RX 570 with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.3, on a test system comprising of Intel i7 7700X CPU (4.2 GHz), 16GB DDR4-3000 Mhz system memory, and Windows 10 x64 using the game Forza Motorsport 7 on the ultra preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. At 1920x1080, 4GB Radeon RX 570 scored 95.3 FPS, and Radeon RX 560 scored 62.7 FPS. Results are an average. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RS-183

You might’ve already heard this from other places, but this iteration of Forza Horizon is absolutely the most stunning in the series so far. Playground Games and Microsoft Studio raised the bar significantly with Forza Horizon 4, bringing their cars alive with an endless number of customizations, spectacular roads and an intriguing open world with other wandering players.

 

The maps are gorgeous down to the tiniest of details, and sure, you might be driving by so quickly you may not notice what’s on the road. But all of these add up to a create an incredible atmosphere, from the surface glint of your McLaren Senna to the raindrops splattering on your screen—the attention-to-detail game is strong here. The adrenaline immerses you so deeply in this world, at times you wonder if the in-game screenshots aren’t real-life snapshots.

 

Using our Ryzen™ 7 2700X processor, we looked at the performance of our Radeon™ RX graphics cards—here are our recommended settings to play for an average of 60 FPS:

 

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If you’re playing with a Radeon™ RX 560, I recommend you set your baseline setting at High from a 1080p resolution. If you’d like, you can turn off dynamic optimization and go into the advanced settings to tweak a few of the features. The “High” baseline setting will get you an average of 60 FPS, but you can customize the settings below to get a few extra frames.

 

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Forza Horizon 4 also features a handy benchmark mode, one I’ve used several times testing down the stack. You should run it a few times at different settings before starting up your game and see what setting you’re most satisfied with. The mode runs through a few dynamic scenes to check your hardware’s performance, and its final report is highly detailed. Makes me wish all benchmark modes were like this:

 

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To keep those frames smooth throughout, every Radeon™ RX graphics card should be paired with a FreeSync-capable monitor. Take advantage of what your GPU and your display can do together, and make sure FreeSync is enabled under your driver settings and your monitor setting itself—certainly an advantage for a fast-paced game like Forza Horizon 4.

 

When you’ve got all that settled, do a quick check for latest Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver downloaded on your system to make sure you’re playing with the latest optimizations.

 

Forza Horizon 4 is available now for PC on the Windows Store. It’s a Forza title that’ll keep you occupied for a while, so share some of your best shots or clips with us using Radeon ReLive on social on @AMDGaming.

 

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

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[Originally posted on 02/14/17.]

 

As someone who is not usually a stealth gamer, I do have a soft spot in my heart for the Sniper Elite series.  Rebellion has honed their craft perfectly for the fourth installment of the series which places you in Italy circa 1943.

 

This version offers a DirectX™ 12 mode and leverages async compute for owners of Radeon graphics cards.  In a few cases I tried out, it ended up providing some really nice frame rate boosts, the difference of playing below 60 fps, to playing nicely above 60 fps.

 

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To play this game at decent settings, the requirements are:

  • OS: Windows 7 64bit / 8.1 64bit / 10 64bit
  • Processor: AMD FX4300 or Intel Core i3 or greater
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Video card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB) or greater

 

There are a lot of options in the graphics menu, and they are nicely contained in 4 presets, Low, Medium, High, and Ultra.

 

For my testing I played through the opening sequence of Sniper Elite 4, until I subdued the first 3 enemies, and made it up into a clearing.  The result was smooth gameplay on Radeon RX graphics cards, with high details and high resolutions PC gaming is known for.

 

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If you are like me, this game has a certain enjoyable factor with every slow motion achievement you complete, and makes it highly entertaining guessing where your next shot ends up.  I’d also note that I am a single player type of gamer, so these results were all done in the campaign mode.

 

As always, update to the latest Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver HERE and save the world yet again.

 

 

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 01/03/17.]

 

Radeon FreeSync™ technology has tremendous momentum in the market today. With over 100 FreeSync-enabled monitors to choose from currently, gamers love the smooth, tear-, and stutter-free PC gaming they enable. I’m a proud owner of a FreeSync display myself, and quite frankly whenever I sit down in front of a rig that doesn’t support variable refresh rate, I immediately notice that something is off.

 

I can’t go back to non-FreeSync gaming. It’s one of those events that changed my experience so fundamentally that I can’t go back to the way it was, like discovering DVD quality after years of VHS or seeing 1080p for the first time.

 

 

Another such revolution is upon us in content quality. You’ve probably heard the term HDR, or High Dynamic Range many times before. There are two definitions of HDR* formats today that are most popular (HDR10 and Dolby Vision), and both use similar specifications. They represent a gigantic leap forward in image quality, defined by brightness, contrast and color volume.

 

HDR today is primarily driven by TV manufacturers, first and foremost for movies. Today’s televisions are shipping with crazy-high luminance, contrast ratio, and fairly good color gamut support. They are very well suited to display movie content in HDR. The HDR movie-playback pipeline is pretty simple: the content is encoded in an HDR10 or Dolby Vision container, and the TVs process it. Why is this important?

 

The mentioned formats follow strict specifications for luminance, contrast ratio and color space. Though today’s HDR TVs are very capable, they’re nowhere near the theoretical maximum of HDR10/Dolby Vision. These TVs are also not all the same; some may have higher or lower capabilities for brightness, contrast and color than others, and the content can’t account for all these variations. Some conversion has to be done by the TV’s system-on-chip, where it maps the content to the TV’s actual capabilities. This process is called tone mapping.

 

So what’s the situation with HDR gaming? It’s not anything new for game developers. Their engines are already capable of increasing brightness, contrast, and to some degree, widen the color space as well to some of the new specifications defined by the SMPTE. There are games, in fact, available for today’s game consoles that support HDR.

 

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What about PC gaming, then? With Radeon FreeSync™ 2 technology, we want smooth gaming and HDR content to go hand-in-hand. So why not use the already existing methods to do so?

 

One key criterion for PC gamers is to have low latency. We can’t tolerate lag while gaming. Unfortunately, the mentioned tone mapping process in displays can cause a delay —sometimes as high as 100 miliseconds. This is not acceptable for PC gaming. FreeSync™ 2 technology circumvents this issue by taking the burden of tone mapping off the display and moving it to our powerful GPUs. This allows the game engine to map content directly to the display’s target brightness, contrast and color values.

 

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HDR10 vs FreeSync 2 pipeline

 

FreeSync™ 2 technology will enable an ecosystem of games and displays that bring smooth and brilliant gaming to life. We’re working with game developers to take advantage of our FreeSync™ 2 extension into their games which render in HDR. We’re also collaborating with most major PC display vendors to bring this capability to their products. And, we’re defining a high bar for monitors to qualify for FreeSync™ 2—they will have to have a certain minimum in brightness, contrast and colorspace, and all this at very low latency.

 

HDR games are the next frontier for PC gamers. FreeSync™ 2 technology is an excellent foundation for an ecosystem of HDR content—and the path to pixel perfect smooth gaming.

 

 

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

 

 

*: 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.

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[Originally posted on 11/30/17.]

 

EA is back with an excellent follow up to 2015’s Star Wars: Battlefront, that adds a single player campaign (thank-you), to an already strong multi-player masterpiece.  Powered by the brilliant Frostbite engine, the visuals are nothing short of gorgeous.  Add to that the capability of DirectX™ 12 and the addition of HDR, and you’ve got one of the best games to show off the hardware of your PC.

 

Performance looks great on Radeon™ RX Series graphics, and and my AMD Ryzen 5 1600X system was able to push framerates well into typical Radeon FreeSync ranges and averaged above 60 FPS quite easily (that means silky smooth gameplay).

 

Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: AMD FX8350 or Intel Core i7-6700
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Video Card: Radeon™ RX 480 or higher

 

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

 

 

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

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[Originally posted on 10/13/17.]

 

It’s Friday the 13th and The Evil Within® 2 is now available. Created by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks, this third-person thriller comes right before Halloween and is sure to give you an early scare.

 

The Evil Within 2 is a graphically stunning game that brings monsters and supernatural events to life on your quest to save your daughter. Jump into a twisted, alternate reality where nothing is as it seems while facing horrifying creatures, witnessing murders and possibly losing some limbs along the way.

 

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I ran The Evil Within 2 on the latest 17.10.1 Radeon driver on an AMD Ryzen™ 1600X system targeting 60 fps with our Radeon RX graphics cards.

 

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If you get scared easily, I highly recommend you play with the lights on.

 

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Don’t forget to download the latest driver (17.10.1) HERE which adds Radeon Chill support.

 

 

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

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[Originally posted on 06/09/17.]

 

The iconic DiRT® Series returns with the 4th installment on June 9th. DiRT 4, developed by Codemasters, is an off-road racing game that puts you behind the wheel of over 50 amazing rally cars, rallycross vehicles, buggys and trucks. Show off your driving skills and pull off e-brake turns on beautiful stages and circuits around the world.

 

The game is extremely well optimized and ran great across all Radeon™ RX 500 series graphics cards paired with my RYZEN™ 1700X. I started off with a couple of training runs and before long I was ready to start my own Radeon RX racing team in career mode.

 

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The recommended system requirements for DIRT 4 are:

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • Processor: AMD FX 8320 or Intel Core i5 4690 or greater
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video card: Radeon™ R9 390 or greater

 

I tested each of the cards on the Liske Forest course with my red and black Ford Fiesta. The Radeon™ RX 580 and 570 cards ran at maximum settings (Ultra) at 1440p and 1080p respectively. No tweaks to the advanced settings were necessary. The outstanding optimizations in DIRT 4 provided enough headroom for me to maintain 60+ fps on ultrawide displays, 3440×1440 on the Radeon RX 580 and 2560×1080 for the Radeon RX 570 running on the same Ultra settings.

 

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Despite a couple barrel roll crashes, I had a lot of fun testing this game. DiRT 4 has got me back into the racing genre and I’ll be playing more this weekend. There’s something very satisfying about executing an extended drift around a corner at high speeds. I highly recommend playing the game with a racing wheel or a gamepad controller for the best experience.

 

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For the best performance possible, make sure you grab the latest copy of the Radeon™ Software Crimson Edition driver.

 

 

Bryan Kong, Product Marketing Specialist 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.

Call of Duty® is back, and there’s been high anticipation around this one since its announcement—so we’ve been eager to jump into this one.

 

The beloved franchise returns with its familiar multiplayer and zombie modes, but also with a new addition: the battle royale Blackout mode. It brings with it the largest map featured in any Call of Duty game and features characters across the Black Ops series, not to mention excitement among all of us to throw ourselves into a battle royale set in the Call of Duty universe.

 

Treyarch and Activision’s latest title is optimized very well for PC. I tested the Radeon™ RX stack with a Ryzen 7 2700X, and here are our recommended settings to hit an average of 60 FPS at each resolution:

 

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Maintaining a 60 FPS average with your Radeon™ RX graphics card won’t be an issue. Mainstream users with a Radeon™ RX 560 will be able to play this title very well at 1080p, hitting just over 60 FPS at High settings.

 

There are plenty to toy around with under the Graphics setting if you want to extract more frames, as you may lose a few in the more action-heavy scenes. Lowering a few of the texture qualities or post processing effects will help you keep a steady 60 FPS average, depending on which ones you’re okay with decreasing.

 

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Either way, the differences are subtle and lowering some of the features to Medium on a Radeon™ RX 560 isn’t anything dramatic. You’ll hardly notice, as it plays incredibly well overall.

 

You should have your Radeon™ RX graphics card paired with a FreeSync™ capable monitor to keep your images smooth even when your frames dip, so make sure FreeSync is enabled on your driver (or your monitor). Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 also comes ready with support for FreeSync 2 HDR, so if you have a FreeSync 2 HDR monitor you can experience the game with its vivid, brilliant colors through various scenes.

 

 

For Radeon™ RX 570 owners or above, you’ll have no problem hitting a 60+ FPS average at 1080p or 1440p. If you have a Radeon™ RX Vega 56 or 64, you can crank it up to 4K.

 

Whichever Radeon™ RX graphics card you’re equipped with, Activision and Treyarch did a phenomenal job of optimizing the latest Call of Duty iteration on PC. You should also make sure you have our latest driver downloaded, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.10.1, which includes optimizations for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available now on the Blizzard shop in Standard, Deluxe and Deluxe Enhanced editions.

 

Don’t forget to tag us in a post or two of some of coolest moments at @AMDGaming. We’re keen to see some of those battle royale victories.

 

Annie Lee is Sr. Product 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.

Not long ago, AMD unveiled the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper WX Series processors with record-setting performance for serious content creation applications that generally scale across many CPU cores. The AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 2970WX and 2990WX achieved such breakneck performance with 24 or 32 cores spread across four processor dies: two with direct access to local memory, and two with access to memory via the Infinity Fabric. This smart design enabled backwards compatibility with existing AMD X399-based motherboards, too!

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2990WX have four dies containing 6 or 8 cores each, respectively. Two of the dies have direct memory access (blue), and two access memory over the Infinity Fabric (red).

 

What about apps that weren’t designed to be so scalable? There are instances where the entire application (“process”), or specific workloads spawned by that process (“threads”), can achieve the best performance when they’re executed on the two CPU dies with local/direct memory access. We’ve been working hard to extend a helping hand to these applications, and we looked to our past for inspiration.

 

Thinking back to the 1st Generation AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper processor, AMD Ryzen™ Master was updated to add a toggle for Local Mode or Distributed Mode. These modes tuned the performance of applications that preferred lower memory latency or higher memory bandwidth, respectively. This capability required a system reboot but, according to reviewers like TechSpot, there was a clear performance upside when an application was paired with its most favored mode.

 

With the “favored modes” in mind, that brings us to today. What if Ryzen™ Threadripper WX Series CPUs could have some sort of “favored mode” to ensure the best performance for both heavy and lightly-threaded apps? What if it could be switched on the fly without a reboot? All of this is possible with a new feature we’re calling Dynamic Local Mode.

 

What is Dynamic Local Mode?

Dynamic Local Mode is a new piece of software that automatically migrates the system’s most demanding application threads onto the Threadripper™ 2990WX and 2970WX CPU cores with local memory access. In other words: the apps that prefer local DRAM access will automatically receive it, and apps that scale to many cores will be free to do so.

 

What is the Benefit of Dynamic Local Mode?

In the applications we have tested to date, AMD has observed performance improvements of up to 47% with Dynamic Local Mode enabled.1 The below diagram shows a variety of games and applications aided by the new feature, and AMD expects other applications that we have not yet analyzed may also benefit. But we also want to be clear about the fact that not every application will see a benefit, as not every application demonstrates the threading behaviors that Dynamic Local Mode is designed to assist. Even so, it's clear that some processes really take a liking to Dynamic Local Mode and it's quite satisfying to see such a speedup from a new and free feature for your platform.

 

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See footnotes at the end of this blog for system configuration and raw data. Please note that your results may vary with system configuration and drivers.

 

How is Dynamic Local Mode implemented?

Dynamic Local Mode is implemented as a Windows® 10 background service that measures how much CPU time each thread on the system is consuming. These threads are then ranked from most to least demanding, and the top threads are automatically pushed to the CPU cores that contain direct memory access. Once these cores are consumed by work, additional threads are scheduled and executed on the next available CPU core. This process is continuous while the service is running, ensuring the most demanding threads always get preferential time on cores with local memory. (As a corollary, insignificant threads are pushed to other dies.)

 

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How is Dynamic Local Mode different from Local Mode?

A bit of background is required to answer this question. For AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ X Series CPUs, every processor die has directly-connected memory. Local Mode and Distributed Mode change how the operating system sees these CPUs:

  • In Local Mode, the OS sees two partitions called “NUMA nodes,” each with one die’s worth of CPU cores and RAM. Local Mode sends hints to the OS that threads and their memory contents should be kept within the same node (if possible) to minimize memory latency.
  • In Distributed Mode, the OS sees a single large pool (“UMA node”) with all available dies and memory grouped together.

But, in a system where not every die has direct memory access, the system must necessarily be configured with four NUMA nodes: two with CPU cores plus local RAM, two with CPU cores and no local RAM. Threads will always fill the nodes with local memory first, but this is a first-come, first-served affair in Windows® that sometimes results in threads being executed remotely from their memory footprint.

 

In such a system, some other mechanism is needed to preferentially execute threads on cores with local memory. Dynamic Local Mode is spiritually like Local Mode in that it also endeavors to keep threads and their memory contents together. However, unlike traditional Local Mode, Dynamic Local Mode:

  1. Operates on-the-fly without a reboot to toggle between modes
  2. Ensures that demanding threads are executed on dies with local memory
  3. Does not fundamentally change how the operating system sees the processor’s resources

 

What if I want to disable Dynamic Local Mode?

Dynamic Local Mode is configured as a Windows service. You may simply stop and disable the service to prevent Dynamic Local Mode from running, or you can toggle the feature on and off within AMD Ryzen™ Master.

 

What processors is Dynamic Local Mode for?

Just to be clear, Dynamic Local Mode is a new feature for the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2990WX and 2970WX processors. Only these AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors have a mixed memory access design wherein some dies have direct memory access, while others access memory across the Infinity Fabric.

 

Dynamic Local Mode available starting October 29th

Beginning October 29th, Dynamic Local Mode will be a new package included with the latest version of AMD Ryzen™ Master. Downloading AMD Ryzen™ Master on or after the afternoon of 10/29 will automatically configure Dynamic Local Mode on your system if it contains an AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 2990WX or 2970WX processor (also available starting 10/29). Looking further ahead, AMD also plans to open the feature up to even more users by including Dynamic Local Mode as a default package in the AMD Chipset Drivers.

 

Let the countdown begin! We’re looking forward to your feedback.

 

 


 

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 10/4/2018. Results presented in order of Dynamic Local Mode OFF vs. ON (% difference). All games tested at 1920x1080 with the graphics API and in-game graphics preset noted. Far Cry 5 (DirectX 11/Ultra): 48 FPS vs. 53 FPS (10% faster); PUBG (DirectX 11/Ultra): 99 FPS vs. 111 FPS (12% faster); Battlefield 1 (DirectX 12/Ultra): 136 FPS vs. 200 FPS (47% faster); Alien: Isolation (DirectX® 11/Ultra): 199 FPS vs. 234 FPS (18% faster); Unreal Engine Compile Time: 954 seconds vs. 810 seconds (15% faster); SPECwpc® V2.1 Rodinia euler3d_cpu: 4.25 vs. 3.36 (21% faster). Average of results less Battlefield 1 outlier: 15.2% faster. System configuration: AMD Ryzen Threadripper Reference Motherboard, AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX, 4x8GB DDR4-3200, GeForce GTX 1080 (driver 399.24), Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows 10 Pro x64 (RS4). Results may vary with drivers and system configuration. SPECwpc® V2.1 is the latest version of SPECwpc® as of 9 October, 2018. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RP2-36

The Assassin’s Creed series returns in an ancient Greece setting this year, just after the Peloponnesian War—and it’s shaping up to be a fantastic addition to the franchise. Featuring more RPG elements than before, this iteration has you pausing between dialogue choices, customizing your skills through the skill tree, immersing in well-written side quests and delightfully, indulging in a bit of romance.

 

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Starting off with your initial protagonist choice between Alexios or Kassandra, you start building upon their sassy base personality immediately (I chose Kassandra, and simply put, she’s witty, badass and hilarious).

 

There are numerous RPG elements to discover as you dive further into the game, making Assassin’s Creed Odyssey the most unique and dynamic adventure in the series yet. By the time I left my home island sailing for adventure, I had plenty of choices to make: which side do I choose in this overarching war? Which mercenary do I hunt down before they get to me first? Do I kill the soldiers who attacked me or let them go?

 

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And then there are the choices you make that will have heavy repercussions later, even when you think you’ve made the morally correct choice. There is no right or wrong: you shape your own path in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and no doubt you’ll pause at several moments torn between one choice or another.

 

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If you want to get started with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the ancient Greece setting is breathtaking when you pair your Radeon™ RX graphics card with a FreeSync-capable monitor. We highly recommend you take advantage of Radeon FreeSync™, as this technology will make sure your frames are kept smooth and stutter-free during action-heavy scenes.

 

Here’s what Ubisoft recommends for PC specs targeting 30 FPS:

 

 

Minimum

Recommended

Recommended 4K

CPU

AMD FX 6300 @ 3.8 GHz

Ryzen 3 – 1200

AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz

Ryzen 5 - 1400

AMD Ryzen™ 1700X @ 3.8 GHz

GPU

AMD Radeon™ R9 285

AMD Radeon™ R9 290

AMD Radeon™ Vega 64

 

This setup offers a smooth experience while you venture through Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s ancient Greek world, whether you’re hunting down mercenaries or sailing through the warring seas. The open-world sea combat, which returns to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in full naval scale, feels awesome in this title—especially when FreeSync™’s stutter-free tech kicks in for your glorious ship Adrestia glide through the waters like cutting through butter.

 

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This is an Assassin’s Creed title you’ll be spending countless hours on, with so much to explore outside the main story.

 

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is available now, or you can pick it up as part of our Raise the Game bundle; when you buy a Radeon™ RX Vega, RX 580 or RX 570 graphics card, you’ll also pick up the title for free (plus two other games, Strange Brigade and Star Control: Origins).

 

 

Before starting, make sure you download the latest AMD driver. You’ll have plenty of moments where you’re in awe of the beautiful ancient Greek scenery, so share your screenshots or clips with us using Radeon ReLive—and don’t forget to tag us on @AMDGaming/@Radeon on Twitter or @AMD on Instagram.

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

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[Originally posted on 09/20/17.]

 

It’s been seven years since the last Quake game and id Software is back in a big way with Quake Champions. Paying homage to the original Quake games, Quake Champions is a fast-paced arena style FPS that keep you on your toes at all times.

 

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The game has a current roster of eleven  unique champions and it continues to grow. Each champion has a unique ability and characteristics for competitors of all playstyles. If you prefer agility in the arena, try out Slash or Nyx. If you prefer a beefy enforcer, Scalebearer or Clutch may be the champion for you.

 

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Performance looks great on the Radeon™ RX Series products. I was able to push above 100 FPS at various resolutions and quality settings with all of our gaming graphics cards paired with my AMD Ryzen 7 1700X system.

 

Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: AMD A10-7870K or Intel i5-2400
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: Windows 7 and later
  • Video Card: Radeon™ R9 390X or higher

 

I tested the game in live team Deathmatch battles as Nyx with our exclusive Radeon Ruby skin.

 

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One thing to note are the minimum framerates I saw when testing each of the cards. Even in the chaotic arena with eight people, minimum framerates stayed above 60 fps. I didn’t run into any stuttering or graphical hitches. Quake Champions is the fastest and most responsive shooter I’ve played. It is a true test of your FPS ability and there is no room for error or graphical glitches. A fraction of a second determines if you frag your opponent or get fragged.

 

For serious gamers, I highly recommend a 144Hz display with Radeon™ FreeSync technology to help ensure you have a competitive edge over your opponents by having a smoother and responsive experience.

 

Settings below are what I used to achieve 100+ fps on my AMD Ryzen 7 1700X based system. Auto Detect Settings changes the resolution scaling which has a significant impact to fps. If you’re looking to tweak performance be sure to experiment with both the resolution scale and graphics quality.

 

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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 12/04/17.]

 

If you’re looking for a reliable GPU upgrade, look no further than the Radeon RX™ 550.

 

Whether you’re playing a round of Overwatch or gearing up for a Dota 2 match, the Radeon RX 550 is the card that can transform your PC into a solid eSports gaming machine.

 

Behind the screen, here’s the only thing you should worry about: set your strategies, clear obstacles, attain victory. Inside your machine, the Radeon RX 550 will take care of the rest: pump out stutter-free frames with its FreeSync™-ready capabilities1, boost you through intense moments with Radeon Software and push performance to its limit so you can make every moment of your game count.

 

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I know how crucial every second is when you’re playing a match. The moment the countdown is at 0 and you run to your point to prepare the defense, the worst thing that could happen is losing time—which effectively hands the advantage over to your competition. And that lost split-second could be the deciding factor in your loss.

 

Well, we like to look at life half-full. eSports enthusiasts can’t afford this risk, especially when you’re playing in a tournament with so much at stake. Instead of worrying about a split-second that could tank your game, rely on the Radeon RX 550 graphics card to power your real-time instincts and be a deciding factor in your victory.

 

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To show off the Radeon RX 550’s effortless capabilities, I took the MSI Radeon RX 550 for a spin on some of today’s most popular eSports games. I played all these titles on my AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600X processor powered rig at 1080p.

 

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GameSettingAverage FPS
StarCraft IIUltra70
Quake ChampionsHigh (50% resolution)87
OverwatchHigh60
CS:GOHigh114
Rocket LeagueHigh89
League of LegendsVery High157

 

The Radeon RX 550 is more than capable of delivering the frames needed in these games, so set up that next match: the Radeon RX 550 graphics card’s got you covered.

 

Shop the Radeon RX 550:

NEWEGG

AMAZON

BEST BUY

 

Keep a close eye on more Radeon news and deals on our Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 

  1. 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

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[Originally posted on 10/05/17.]

 

Turn 10 is back with Forza Motorsport 7, now available for Windows® 10 and Xbox One systems.

 

I fired up the game on our AMD Ryzen 5 1600X to get a handle of just which video card worked best to give me a consistent 60fps.

 

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I just ran the benchmark to see which settings made sense, and also decided to also give the game a try to see how well my numbers correlated.  To my surprise performance generally stayed the same and the recommended settings didn’t change.

 

The good news is that even a Radeon RX 550 is going to play this game well at 1080p medium settings.  Higher cards are going to be able to go up to Ultra at their respective resolutions, making this a very system friendly title to add to your PC collection.

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As always, download our latest Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition drivers to get the best experience (17.9.3 or later).

 

Now back to perfecting my full speed crashing technique…

 

 

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 11/29/17.]

 

The legendary Call of Duty® series is back with its latest installment set in World War II. Published by Activision and developed by SledgeHammer games, travel back in time and relive some of the most significant battles in history in Call of Duty: World War II. Join your brothers in arms and fight against the Axis powers.

 

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Recommended System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit or later
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600X (or Intel® Core™ i5 2400)
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon™ RX 580 or better

 

Visually this game is incredible. Sprint up the battlefield and infiltrate enemy strongholds. Explosions happen all around you, realistic clouds form and shrapnel cuts through the air with a stunning amount of detail. This game feels like a live action movie, effects, shadows and textures are realistic and require a significant amount of graphics horsepower to drive an immersive experience.

 

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Radeon™ RX graphics are ready to place you in the center of legendary battles. Tested on my AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700X processor powered rig with 16GB ram, here are my recommended settings targeting 60+ fps.

 

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For the best experience in Call of Duty: WWII, grab the latest Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition Driver: HERE

 

 

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

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[Originally posted on 08/14/17.]

 

You’ve heard us talk about Radeon RX Vega: the next-generation architecture, new geometry engine, high bandwidth cache, 4K gaming, next-level VR and a fantastic ecosystem with Radeon™ FreeSync technology.

 

But now, after unveiling our next high-end generation of Radeon graphics cards at SIGGRAPH 2017, Radeon RX Vega hits shelves today and are now available for enthusiast gamers everywhere.

 

We’ve uncovered the coming extreme gaming era two weeks ago. We showed off the bundles you can get, to enter into a great gaming ecosystem. We’ve shown how others are rallying around Radeon RX Vega. Now, it’s time for you to experience it for yourself.

 

The Choice is Yours

 

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Check the following etailers for the Radeon RX Vega 64  graphics card:

 

Newegg (USA)

 

Amazon (USA)

 

Be sure to check back on this blog for more links.

 

Read up on our available bundles—Radeon Red Pack ($499 USD), Radeon Black Pack ($599 USD) and Radeon Aqua Pack ($699)—if you’re interested in grabbing a full gaming ecosystem along with your Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. See the full details on the bundles here.

 

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Show Off Your Station

 

Once you claim a Radeon RX Vega graphics card as your own, you’ll want to show off your rig… and we want to see it.

 

Tag us with your rig on Twitter or Instagram with #RXVega—we’ve entered into this era together, and we want to be a part of this chorus for the next-generation, powerhouse battle stations in the PC gaming space.

 

 

Gear up for tomorrow’s games—learn more about why Radeon RX Vega is the graphics card for you and how it’ll prepare you for this extreme era of PC gaming.

 

Follow Radeon on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for everything Radeon RX Vega-related.

 

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.