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AMD Radeon™ R9 series GPUs feature award-winning GCN Architecture for unrivalled performance and efficiency. Packed with groundbreaking features like AMD PowerTune technology and AMD CrossFire™ technology, gamers need never settle for anything less.1,2

AMD GPU Lineup Announced: R9 and R7 Series !

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The next generation of AMD graphics processors !

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When you can, you will have five products to choose from:

  • R7 250
  • R7 260X
  • R9 270X
  • R9 280X
  • R9 290X

AMD only provides 3D Mark Fire Strike scores for performance. I assume they are using the final score, and not the “graphics score” although they were unclear.

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The R7 250 is the low end card of the group with 1GB of GDDR5. Performance, according to 3DMark scores (>2000 on Fire Strike), is expected to be about two-thirds of what an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti can deliver. Then again, that card retails for about ~$130 USD. The R7 250 has an expected retail value of less than < $89 USD. This is a pretty decent offering which can probably play Battlefield 3 at 1080p if you play with the graphics quality settings somewhere around “medium”. This is just my estimate, of course.

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The R7 260X is the next level up. The RAM has been double over the R7 250 to 2GB of GDDR5 and its 3DMark score almost doubled, too (> 3700 on Fire Strike). This puts it almost smack dab atop the Radeon HD 6970. The R7 260X is about $20-30 USD cheaper than the HD 6970. The R7 is expected to retail for $139. Good price cut while keeping up to date on architecture.

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The R9 270X is the low end of the high end parts. With 2GB of GDDR5 and a 3DMark Fire Strike score of >5500, this is aimed at the GeForce 670. The R7 270X will retail for around ~$199 which is about $120 USD cheaper than NVIDIA’s offering.

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The R9 280X should be pretty close to the 7970 GHz Edition. It will be about ~$90 cheaper with an expected retail value of $299. It also has a bump in frame buffer over the lower-tier R9 270X, containing 3GB of GDDR5.

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Not a lot is known about the top end, R9 290X, except that it will be the first gaming GPU to cross 5 TeraFLOPs of compute performance. To put that into comparison, the GeForce Titan has a theoretical maximum of 4.5 TeraFLOPs.

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If you are interested in the R9 290X and Battlefield 4, you will be able to pre-order a limited edition package containing both products. Pre-orders open “from select partners” October 3rd. For how much? Who knows.

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AMD Catalyst 12.8 WHQL Download !

Download AMD Catalyst Display Driverfor Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 32 and 64-bit


  • AMD’s first official unified and logo certified driver for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista
    Target-Independent Rasterization (TIR): TIR is a new rendering path that enables superior anti-aliasing in Direct3D driver applications
  • Native Stereo 3D Support: Windows 8 natively supports stereoscopic 3D gaming and videos via compatible applications
  • Unified Video API: Video playback has been integrated into the DirectX® 11 API, enabling simultaneous video and gaming content. Transcoding performance may also be improved for supporting applications.
  • Optimized screen rotation for rotation aware devices
    Improved sleep/resume performance
  • Optimized GPU power consumption
    Major technologies / features also supported under Windows 8:
  • AMD Eyefinity technology
  • OpenCL™
  • OpenGL
  • Unified Video Decoder (UVD)
  • AMD Dual Graphics
  • AMD CrossFire technology
  • AMD Overdrive
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Vision Engine Control Center

AMD Catalyst™ Application Profiles 12.7 CAP1

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AMD Catalyst Application Profiles 0.5 MB 12.7 CAP1 6/28/2012 

This release of AMD Catalyst™ delivers support for the latest AMD CrossFireX™ profiles. A separate executable file ensures users have access to the latest set of profiles installed on their PC.
                                              New profiles added to this release:
                                                       – Diablo 3:  Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing and Super Sample Anti-Aliasing can now be enabled for this title through the Catalyst Control Center for single and multi-GPU configurations
                                                       – Call of Duty: World at War:  Resolve corruption when enabling Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center on single GPU configurations
                                                       – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – further improvements to CrossFire performance
                                                       – Myths and Heroes 3:  Improves CrossFire performance
                                                       – XCOM: Enemy Unknown :   Improves CrossFire performance
                                                       – Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Future Soldier:  Improves CrossFire performance and resolves flickering seen when running in CrossFire mode
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AMD Catalyst 12.3 RC Driver
On this page you can download AMD Catalyst 12.3 RC Driver.


Version: 12.3 RC
Publisher: AMD / ATI
Date added: 2012-02-17 08:42:45
File Size: 178 MB
OS Support: Windows 7 and Vista 32/64-bit
License: Freeware
Downloads: 2328 downloads
Software type: Videocards – ATI Catalyst Vista – Win 7



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Download AMD Catalyst 12.3 Release Candidate driver Windows 7 and Vista 32/64-bit



AMD has today issued another graphics driver, a preview version of the Catalyst 12.3 RC which is set to come in WHQL-tagged form next month.Build Info:
DriverVer=02/14/2012, 8.950.0.0000
Catalyst: 12.3
CCC: 2012.0214.2218.39913

Recommended for ‘gamers’, this preview release includes all the updates of Catalyst 12.1 as well as the following:


  • AMD Eyefinity 2.1 technology enhancements
  • Additional resolution support: Users can now choose from a larger set of resolutions when running AMD Eyefinity
  • Dynamic Configuration Changes: Switching between different display configurations will occur automatically when physically plugging/un-plugging displays
  • HydraVision enhancements: The Windows Task bar can now be moved and resized based on users preference
  • Profile Manager improvements: Increased support for Display Groups (including 5×1) and Extended configurations within the Profile Manager

They have a discussion thread open over here.


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Radeon HD 7970 Launch Review [ Introduction ]

Product: AMD Radeon HD 7970 Video Card
Company: AMD
Author: James Prior
Date: December 24th, 2011


At the inaugural AMD Fusion Developer Summit in June, 2011, Eric Demers and Rick Bergman looked Rage3D in the eye and promised the next generation of Radeon GPUs would launch at the end of 2011. Two of those three are with us as we move deep into the Yuletide season, with Rick Bergman now CEO of Synaptics, Inc. Before his watch ended, AMD’s graphics group put the final touches to their third generation DirectX 11 architecture, which is also one of many firsts – first to DirectX 11.1; first to 28nm process technology; first to over 4Bn transistors; first to feature some genuinely good power saving technology; and the first AMD single GPU product to return to the huge, monolithic expensive die price point of over $500USD – well over, in fact, at $549USD, but still at a die size smaller than the HD 6970 Cayman or HD 5870 Cypress chips.

Under the Southern Islands codename, the GPU core is known as Tahiti XT. The board sold by AMD’s Add-in Board (AIB) partners like ASUS, Sapphire, MSI et al, is known as the AMD Radeon HD 7970.

AMD Radeon HD 7970 Specifications:

  • 28nm Graphics Core Next architecture using 4.31Bn transistors
  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • 925Mhz Engine Clock
  • 1375MHz (5.5Gbps) 3GB GDDR5
  • 384-bit Memory Bus
  • 264GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 128 Texture Units
  • 32 ROPS
  • 3.79 TFLOPS (Single Precision)
  • DVI-DL + HDMI 1.4 & 2 mini-DisplayPort outputs (active mDP-DVI adapter included)
  • Supports Fast HDMI and Positional Audio
  • DirectX 11.1 / OpenCL 1.2 / OpenGL 4.2 / C++ AMP
  • 250W Board Power limited by PowerTune
  • <3W Idle power under ZeroCore Power
  • $549USD SEP
  • FINSH THE REVEIW BELOW : : AMD Radeon HD 7970 Launch Review [ Introduction ].

AMD Dual-GPU HD 7990 could Arrive March 2012

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First January, but now its March. It’s pretty save to state that the Radeon HD 7900 series cards will be released early 2012, maybe even January. However we have not even crossed that point yet already we are seeing rumors that the dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990 would be launched in March, which would be CeBIT time.


The 7990 is based on the Tahiti GPU which would be two Radeon HD 7970 or HD 7950 cores.


The Radeon HD 7990 will most probably also use the new liquid chamber cooling solution that AMD said previously that it will be included in the HD 7970 and HD 7950 reference designs.


According to the Sunnyvale-based chip maker, this brings a series of improvements over the old vapor chamber technology, while also being easier to manufacture. Radeon HD 7900-series cards use AMD’s Next Generation Core (NGC) architecture that was designed to offer improved performance and functionality in GPGPU environment.


Before coming out with the dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990, AMD will release not just the HD 7970 and HD 7950, but also a series of mid-range models manufactured using TSMC’s 28nm production node.


These will feature the VLIW4 (very-long instruction word) architecture introduced with the Radeon HD 6900-series GPUs.


Nvidia’s next-generation graphics cores, code-name Kepler, which are built using the same 28nm TSMC fabrication node, will also arrive in 2012 and will be officially announced in December of this year, according to a recent report.


AMD 28nm Radeon HD 7000 GPUs Mass Production ImageAMD is slowly but steadily to release of its next-generation Radeon HD 7000 graphics cards as reports suggest the company has already started mass production of these GPUs which are fabricated using TSMC advanced 28nm technology.


The official launch of these chips is expected to happen in the first quarter of 2012, according to DigiTimes, the same source that revealed the graphics cores have entered mass production.


If this report turns out to be true, then AMD won’t be able to deliver on its promise of releasing the first Southern Islands parts by the end of this year.


The main problem faced by the Sunnyvale-based chip maker seems to be TSMC’s inability to improve the yields of its 28nm fabrication process.


Furthermore, the foundry just started volume production of chips based on the 28nm node at the start of this week.


From the leaks that made it to the Web in the last couple of months, we know that AMD’s upcoming Radeon HD 7000 graphics card series will be comprised of low- and mid-range solutions based on the VLIW4 architecture introduced with the Radeon HD 6900 GPU series as well as from high-end solutions in the HD 7900 range.


The latter series will use the Next Generation Core (NGC) architecture that we have covered in a series of previous articles. The key aspect of this architecture is that it will improve the performance and functionality of GPGPU computing.


In addition to the new architecture, AMD has reveled a couple of weeks ago, that Tahiti GPUs will use a new cooling system that replaces the usual vapor chambers with a more advanced technology based on a liquid chamber design.



HIS Launches new 6970 EyeFinity RTS (Ready-to-See)


HIS today launched new 6970 EyeFinity Ready-to-See graphics cards, the perfect solution to enable AMD‘s EyeFinity game play on up to three screens. The HIS 6970 RTS uses innovative technology to enable AMDs EyeFinity via HDMI. Gamers no longer have to connect the DisplayPort output or use the active DisplayPort adapter in order to perform EyeFinity and can easily set up EyeFinity with three outputs via HDMI.


Core Clock 880 MHz – Memory Clock 5500 MHz – Memory Size 2048 MB.


Product Features & Benefits:


Ready-to-See EyeFinity – Inexpensively enabbles AMD’s EyeFinity through HDMI without the need for display port monitor and active adapters to support up to 3 displays.


  • IceQ Technology – Cool air is drawn from both sides of the fan to enhance the cooling efficiency and directly exhausts hot air out of the PC’s case.
  • -23°C Cooler – HIS 6970 IceQ Series is over 23°C cooler than the Reference Cooler.
  • Quieter – HIS 6970 IceQ Series is quieter tthan the Reference Cooler, significantly reducing noise levels.
  • 4 Heatpipes – Optimise cooling performance by removing heat from the core area, providing the ultimate solution for professional gamers and HTCP users.
  • Black Hole Impeller – Cool air is drawn from both sides of the fan to enhance the cooling efficiency


Haha, Black Hole Impeller


AMD Radeon E6460 entry-level embedded GPU launches

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Today at Embedded Systems Conference East, AMD introduced the AMD Radeon E6460 discrete graphics processor as AMD’s next generation entry-level embedded graphics processor, complementing the previously announced AMD Radeon E6760. With support for up to four simultaneous displays and more than double the 3D graphics performance of the ATI Radeon E2400 GPU1, the AMD Radeon E6460 GPU sets a new bar for features and performance in an entry-level embedded GPU. With five years of planned supply availability and with the graphics memory included in the same package, the AMD Radeon E6460 GPU delivers the longevity, small footprint, and ease of design demanded by embedded system designers.


“The AMD Radeon E6460 GPU provides the high value, small footprint, and long supply demanded by embedded customers,” said Richard Jaenicke, director of Embedded Client Business for AMD. “With a footprint-compatible subset of the high-performance AMD E6760 GPU, the new AMD Radeon E6460 GPU enables broadly scalable graphics and multimedia performance in a single board design.”


The AMD Radeon E6460 GPU enables an immersive experience with desktop-level 3D graphics and multimedia features:


  • An advanced 3D graphics engine and programmable shader architecture supports Microsoft DirectX 11 technology for superior graphics rendering.
  • The third generation unified video decoder enables dual HD decode of H.264, VC-1, MPEG4 and MPEG2 compressed video streams.
  • The 512 MB GDDR5 frame buffer included in the BGA package provides high memory bandwidth while reducing the total footprint of the platform solution and the effort needed to design and maintain the system over time.
  • Targeted at casino gaming, digital signage, instrumentation and industrial control systems, the AMD Radeon E6460 GPU enables system designers to deliver products with a value-conscious mindset.
  • One system design, multiple customer product categories. The BGA ballout of the AMD Radeon E6460 GPU is a subset of the higher performing AMD Radeon E6760 GPU enabling system designers to develop one system for both GPUs.
  • Featuring multi-display support with AMD Eyefinity technology, the AMD Radeon E6460 GPU supports up to four independent output displays2, HDMI 1.4 stereoscopic video and DisplayPort 1.2 for higher link speeds and simplified display connectivity.
  • The AMD Radeon E6460 GPU comes with five years of planned supply availability. Technical support is provided by a dedicated team of application engineering experts.


AMD Radeon E6460 GPU can be paired with select models of AMD’s next generation high-performance Accelerated Processing Units (APU) to offer additional graphics capability and additional parallel computing power.


AMD’s full portfolio of Embedded Products, including the award-winning AMD Embedded G-Series platform, will be on display in booth 801 at the Embedded Systems Conference East in Boston, Massachusetts.



AMD not savvy with GlobalFoundry yields

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 Even though GlobalFoundries has shouted out time and time again that its 32nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) fabrication process doesn’t face any sort of problems, an AMD official recently refuted these claims as it stated that GloFo’s advanced fabrication node isn’t actually where it would need to be in terms of performance, reports softpedia.


“We have been pretty open in that we see room for improvement on the GlobalFoundries side, I think that is very much true,” said Thomas Seifert, CFO and former interim CEO of AMD during the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.


“Performance is not where it needs to be and we are driving them very hard to where we need them to be in order to continue to grow this partnership,” concluded the company’s rep.


Some of the problems with 32nm production face right now by GlobalFoundries are due to the manufacturing tools issues caused by the former management at AMD, but the foundry is also to blame as is facing a brain drain after losing five leaders of the Dresden Campus in a the span of just 18 months.


As a result of all these production issues, in early April, AMD has revised its deal with GlobalFoundries to go from wafer based pricing to a good chip approach. What this means is that AMD will only pay for the working chips manufactured by the foundry and not for all the wafers (containing working or non-working chips) that come out of production.


Seifert went on to explain that such an arrangement is only natural as their relationship with GlobalFoundries moves to a standard foundry relationship.


He also added that AMD has a similar deal in place with TSMC, which has worked out extremely well.


AMD is GlobalFoundries’ largest customer and uses the foundry’s production facilities to manufacture CPUs as well as the first generation of Fusion APUs.


AMD FX 8150 close to Core i7-980X and Core i7 2600K ?

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New slides from AMD leaked by way of Donim haber.


In a press deck of AMD FX Processor series leaked AMD claims huge performance leads over Intel. AMD claims its AMD FX 8150 processor is looking Intel’s Core i7-980X in the eye in game tests, even edging past it in some DirectX 11 titles.


It is performing on par with the Core i7-2600K in several popular CPU benchmarks such as WinRAR 4, X.264 pass 2, Handbrake, 7Zip, POV Ray 3.7, ABBYY OCR, wPrime 32M, and Bibble 5.0. AMD FX 8150 is claimed to be genuinely benefiting from the FMA4 instruction set that Sandy Bridge lacks, in the OCL Performance Mandelbrot test, the FX 8150 outperforms the i7-2600K by as much as 70%. Lastly, the pricing of the FX 8150 is confirmed to be around the $250 mark. Given this, and the fact that the Core i7-2600K is priced about $70 higher.


Check out the slides here:




AMD FX series to be cheaper than anticipated

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Turkish site Donanim Haber reveals the launch date and pricing of AMD‘s upcoming Bulldozer-based FX-series processors. The site claims three chips will be launched on October 12th: the FX-8150 for $245, the FX-8120 for $205 and the FX-6100 for $175.


The FX-8150 is the top model, it offers eight cores, a frequency of 3.6GHz and a 4.2GHz Turbo. The low price reveals Bulldozer is unlikely to bulldoze Intel away, but the chip should be nice for overclockers as the site heard the FX-8150 can be clocked beyond 5GHz.


The FX-8120 is another eight-core model, this one has a 3.1GHz frequency and 4GHz Turbo, while the six-core FX-6100 offers a 3.3GHz clockspeed and 3.6GHz Turbo.


I’m a little afraid that the prices reflect performance versus position.