Fortunately for us, the presentation that AMD will offer during the ISSCC of 2015, in which it’ll show very interesting information about its Carrizo APU’s and its performance at CPU and GPU level has been leaked.
As we know, this new CPU+GPU generation by AMD is based on the Excavator architecture in its x86 face, while the graphic side uses GCN third generation’s architecture.
This jump from Steamroller to Excavator will suppose an increase of 5% of the IPC as we anticipated in the title, offering a consumption 40% lower.
Jumping to its integrated GPU, the 512 top-of-the-range graphic processors that we could see in Kaveri would maintain, except those were based on the second generation of GCN.
The process of fabrication will remain at 28nm and the TDP will go from 15W to 35W, depending on the concrete model, to which we have to unite the support of DDR3 memories at 2.133 MHz.
If nothing happens, we’ll have more official information throughout next week.
Matrox is a brand that has been focusing for a while on professional multiscreen solutions, broadcasting, etc. Its products are now appreciated in various professional markets, but so far they still used homemade graphics chips. There are two new products that introduce multiscreen high quality advantages, now integrate AMD graphics processors.
When we see a HD Video Wall or multi-monitor systems, they may be powered by Matrox technology. Its multiple screens management applications and its specific hardware have become a benchmark in the industry. Now they add two new products aimed at 4K resolutions and multiple screens. Two new models also incorporate AMD Cabo Verde GPUs, which are what home users know as Radeon HD 7700.
The two new cards are the C420 and C680. The first is of low profile, passive, and can power up to four screens with 1440p resolution at 60Hz. All thanks to its Displayport 1.2 miniDP size quad connection. The C680 is a conventional size model, with active dissipation and six MiniDP connectors that allow you to power up to six 4k displays to 30Hz, or three screens up to 60Hz.
The prices of these new models range from $760 of the C420 model and $930 for the C680 model. Remember that Matrox offers much more than hardware solutions for multiple screens. I say this because surely you may know cheaper alternatives, also with AMD graphic chips in the domestic market, or even in the AMD FirePro range.
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Let’s continue with the second entry of our guide to laptop graphics cards. In this entry, we’ll talk abou tthe options AMD offers within this sector, keeping in mind that, unfortunately, the Sunnyvale company’s presence on the market is not as prominent as NVIDIA’s and that it’s not easy to find mid-range laptop graphics cards from AMD.
This means that looking for a laptop with an AMD graphics card will take more work than usual, or that we may not find one at all, a reality that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.
Despite all that we can find very interesting, brilliant solutions from the red giant in this sector (for example on the low end) that give life to very economical laptops. So if we’re thinking of getting a laptop for gaming on a very small budget, laptops with AMD APUs are an option we should really consider.
The arrival of the new NVIDIA graphics and the lack of response from AMD in the form of another model have forced the latter to lower the prices of two of its most powerful GPUs. The GTX 980, but especially the GTX 970 comes with a great value in terms of where performance/price is concerned, leaving the R9 290 and R9 290x in a precarious situation, they are direct competitors of these cards.
While AMD does not respond with a new generation of graphics cards, they have decided to lower the price of R9 290 and R9 290x up to 289 and 359 dollars respectively, improving their relationship price/performance.
We will have to wait and see what happens when NVIDIA completes all of its more modest 900 series models, but there is no doubt that this price cut is good news for consumers, who see that the competition begins to mean lower prices.
Launched on the market on April 8 of this year, AMD Radeon R9 295X2 cost a whopping $ 1,499.99. Yes, it is true that they are the most powerful graphics cards from AMD but the price still seemed a bit inflated. Now AMD has decided to make the first price cut to the monstrous prices and at nothing less than 33%, keeping their recommended price at $ 999.99.
With this price cut, we can say that the Radeon R9 295X2 are priced more in line with the usual AMD pricing, which in turn is more consistent than the current price of the Radeon R9 290X (the R9 295X2 now costs less that two R9 290x). Some famous online stores like Newegg have already made this price cut and from this moment, they are available at their lowered price.
Since the R9 295X2 now costs less than two R9 290X, it does seem a better option for users looking for a high quality desktop system, at a more reasonable price as it does pay off. This will certainly mean an increase in sales for AMD. Due to a sudden price reduction of $500 to its flagship computer, that is no joke.
The new AMD Catalyst 14.8 WHL drivers are now available (14.201.1008-140812a-175109C) are now available for download, although sadly there aren’t available patch notes yet since AMD hasn’t put them on their webpage. These new drivers are signed and approved by Microsoft to work with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
There is an interesting conversation over these drivers on the Guru3D forum (where these drivers have been posted for the first time) given that there aren’t any patch notes. In the beginning we thought these we drivers only for APUs (since AMD announced this), but it has been determined that they affect desktop graphic cards (besides confirming that it works well on Linux). We have to mention that all users have commented that it works well.
AMD Faraway Islands will be the new GPU generation of the brand, with a jump – finally – to technological manufacturing processes of 20nm, which will result in a smaller size and a smaller consumption of the chip, maintaining and/or increasing power level.
Both AMD and NVIDIA are still marketing “rehash”. With an overrun performance for the actual market, the necessity of lessening consumption, noise and temperature of the graphic cards is evident, and with these 20nm developments it will be possible once both of the world’s largest “foundries” (TSMC and GLOBALFOUNDIRES) have taken the jump to these new technological processes.
AMD wants to reach everywhere when the user buys a complete PC with its brand as a flag. They were only missing, apart from the RAM, storage systems. Well, they have arrived:
OCZ is the specialist that accompanies AMD in this adventure and both have used the Vertex 460, one of their most powerful discs, as base to start adding the newest generation memories and the adequate adjustments to get a performance superior to this model, which is one of the most powerful discs of the market, with a higher durability and a first class warranty.
At the time the Quadro from Nvidia was announced, AMD presented an important upgrade to its professional graphic cards the AMD FirePro, completing the renovation of their catalog that began with their spectacular FirePro W9100 and the second best in performance W8100.
The newest announced models are the FirePro W7100, W5100, W4100 and the W2100. Like the new Quadro the improvements over previous generations go by an increase in power and bandwidth memory and it along with supporting 4K monitors in all the series.
After launching three new APUs for the FM2+ socket, AMD continues to broaden its processors offer for their two main platforms. Keeping the same FM2+ socket, the company has announced the Athlon IIX4 860K, a chip based on the Kaveri platform, but that has the integrated GPU deactivated. Basically, we are before a conventional processor with 4 Steamroller cores at 28nm.
Its operating speed is of 3.7 GHz and has 2 MB of shared cache L2. As a point worth highlighting, these Athlon 860K offer an unblocked multiplier for easy overlocking.
On the other hand we have the FX-8399, which is basically the same FX-8300 that we saw at the end of 2012, available for the OEM market and that now every consumer can acquire. Let’s not forget that it is an 8 AMD core processor for the AM3+ socket with a 3.2 GHz speed (3.5 GHz in turbo mode) and a Piledriver architecture. Its TDP reaches the 95W, while the cache L2 memory is of 2MB for each couple of cores.
For the moment there are no details on the price but both models should be placed on an affordable enough range inside the processors family of the company.