Thief Mantle API Support Delayed Until First Patch In March, Brings TrueAudio as Well

There have been rumors about Thief getting Mantle support, and it appears that Edios Montreal has finally made it official. However, players are not to expect AMD’s Mantle API at launch. Edios Montreal has confirmed that Thief will be launched only with DirectX support.

However, a match stipulated to be released in March will bring Mantle support, as well as TrueAudio. This will make Thief the first game to use dedicated DSP found on GNC 1.1-based graphics cards like the Radeon R9 290, R9 290X, R7 260 and R7 260X. The TrueAudio technology is designed to shift advanced audio processing from the CPU to the GPU’s DSP, giving both better performance and more immersive audio experiences.

“We confident this patch will ensure the best and fastest Thief experience for AMD Radeon customers”. Edios Montreal stated. “We’re sorry we couldn’t bring this to you sooner – although we will use this time to bring you the very best experience possible and will let you know when the patch is ready.”

Edios was known to become partners with AMD to make Thief a Mantle-supported title back in November. Other games announcing support for Mantle API consist of Star Citizen and Sniper Elite 3, while EA’s Battlefield 4 already received the update a while ago.

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MSI Announces Its Radeon R9 290 GAMING 4G and Radeon R9 290X GAMING 4G

The long expected MSI R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G are now available. Packed with all of the power and features to drive UltraHD gaming resolutions the MSI Twin Frozr IV Advanced now ensures your card runs cool so you can enjoy maximum performance because AMD’s PowerTune technology enables the R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G to run at their highest clock speeds. With support for the latest industry standards and exciting new technology such as Mantle support in Battlefield 4.

Thanks to the bundled MSI GAMING App gamers can quickly switch between three pre-sets including a silent mode optimized for power efficiency and an overclocking and OC Mode to get the most power out of your graphics card, without worrying about learning how to overclock. The R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G have been designed to give you a gaming experience that delivers you true next-gen performance for ultra HD resolutions without sacrificing on thermals to kick-start your gaming rig for 2014.

MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming 4G
MSI Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G

Stay cool in combat
The MSI Twin Frozr IV Advanced has been completely customized for the R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G to deliver the best thermal experience. The design uses a larger copper base for heat absorption and the heat pipes are in contact with a bigger part of the heat sink and exposed to more airflow to ensure the highest performance of the GPU because of optimal temperatures. Combined with the dual form-in-one heat sinks that add both cooling ability and structural reinforcement the R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G stay cool and safe.

Optimized for Gamers
The new R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G are packed with features that benefit every gamer. AMD TrueAudio technology allows far more realistic positional audio and the added benefit of surround sound over connected displays. Mantle allows game developers to directly speak to the GPU optimizing GPU performance. This can all be displayed in a glorious UltraHD / 4K resolution as the new R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G is leading in performance at 4K resolutions. This can be easily connected through the DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors. Up to six dedicated displays can be connected to the R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G for an amazing Eyefinity experience.

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Radeon R9 290 OC Announced By PowerColor

TUL Corporation (Technology Unlimited) announced another PowerColor choice of the R9 series for hardcore gamers, the PowerColor R9 290 OC. Based on the brand new “Hawaii” GPU, the R9 290 offers gamers latest DirectX 11.2 support, delivering fierce performance and revolutionary intelligence. Meanwhile, users are available to experience 4K ultra resolution gaming now without sacrificing a single detail.

The PowerColor R9 290 OC is built with AMD “Hawaii” GPU, which utilizes the latest GCN architecture, and has 2560 stream processors, providing the best performance without compromise. Also, The R9 290 OC use the highest standard memory with 4 GB of GDDR5, clocked at 975 MHz core, 30 MHz above reference board, together with 1200 MHz memory clocks, offering gamers an immediate framerate gain. Furthermore, sharing the same memory interface, 512-bit, with R9 290X, successfully tackles demanding games titles without effort.

The AMD TrueAudio technology and Mantle play an important roles with the release of R9 290 OC. The AMD TrueAudio technology is the first discrete GPU featuring programmable audio pipeline, delivering a unique audio user experience on PCs. With Mantle support, game developers can get the unparalleled access to the GPU core, and bring a brand new way of looking at the world of digital gaming. To enable higher performance and more power efficiency, the PowerColor R9 290 OC supports AMD PowerTune technology, performing intelligent assessment of the GPU’s real-time power draw.

PowerColor R9 290 OC technical details:

  • Core Speed: 975 MHz
  • Memory Speed: 1250 MHz (5.0 Gbps)
  • Memory: 4 GB GDDR5
  • Memory Interface: 512 bit
  • Eyefinity: Yes
  • DirectX: 11.2
  • CrossFire: Yes
  • Output: DL DVI-D / DL DVI-D / HDMI / DP

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New Radeon R9 and R7 Series Of Graphics Cards Unveiled By XFX

XFX has unveiled Friday, the 11th of October, the XFX Radeon R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X and R7 250 graphics cards. They are XFX’s first series of AMD GPUs with AMD’s 2nd Generation GCN Architecture and PowerTune Technology designed for super optimized gaming performance. XFX’s new GPUs also feature AMD’s Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology, the latest innovations that redefine the GPU by enabling both gamers and game developers with unprecedented audio and performance enhancements for compatible games.

XFX Ghost 2.0 Thermal Technology
The XFX Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are also the first introduction of the all-new XFX Ghost 2.0 thermal design, which is a substantial design evolution from the original Ghost thermal design introduced in 2012. XFX’s new Ghost 2.0 features the same open airflow design for maximum cooling as well as a new lightweight poly carbonate construction for super high durability and heat resistance. A new two-piece design which protects PCB components from damage and dust and created a beautiful modern design unlike any other graphics card in history.

Unlocked Voltage
XFX graphics cards now feature higher voltage caps giving gamers the power to customize and truly push their graphics cards to the limit.

2nd Generation PowerTune Technology

The XFX R-Series of graphics cards will feature the second generation of AMD’s PowerTune technology, which offers a substantial improvement over the previous generation. PowerTune features real-time voltage and clock speed optimization enables intelligent power monitoring to enable higher clock speeds and better performance in your favorite games. Tuning the card’s settings allows you to hit its peak clock rate more often.

Mantle and Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture
The award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture in the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards continues to serve as a driving force behind the Unified Gaming Strategy, now comes together with the introduction of Mantle. Mantle empowers games like DICE’s “Battlefield 4” to speak the natively with the Graphics Core Next architecture for a deeper level of hardware multi-platform compatibility.

TrueAudio Technology: World’s First Programmable Audio Pipeline
XFX R-Series GPUs featuring AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU through a built-in audio signal processor which supports 150 sound sources vs the previous limitation of only 50 sounds. TrueAudio enables 7.1 surround through headphones and zero CPU overhead. This enables game to utilize more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio and more.

Multi-Display Technology: Redesigned for Ultra-resolution Gaming
XFX Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are made for gaming on UltraHD (3840×2160) displays. Additionally, with AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, gamers are free to use virtually any combination of display outputs when connecting matching monitors to the DVI or HDMI outputs on their system.

XFX Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards will be available for purchase in the near future. For more information about the XFX cards you can visit XFX’s official website here.

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AMD Announce New Additions To Gaming Evolved Program – BF4, Thief And More

At its GPU 14 press event in Hawaii AMD announced the expansion of its Gaming Evolved program to include a variety of brand new titles. As we told you earlier on today Battlefield 4 is now a new member of AMD’s Gaming Evolved program.

The upcoming title Thief is also going to be an AMD Gaming Evolved title; optimised for the GCN architecture, able to take advantage of AMD’s strong compute performance and the new AMD TrueAudio technology.

Murdered Soul Suspect, from Square Enix and Airtight Games, is another AMD Gaming Evolved title that will take advantage of AMD TrueAudio technology.

Lichdom, a CryEngine 3 optimised game, will also join AMD’s Gaming Evolved program and has support for the new AMD TrueAudio technology.

The latest Volition title Saints Row IV is also part of Gaming Evolved.

It isn’t just all about first person shooters and blockbuster action or thriller titles because AMD also revealed that Sonic All Stars Racing Transformer would be part of the AMD Gaming Evolved program – optimised for TrueAudio and Eyefinity technology.

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AMD Reveals AudioKinetic Optimisations Which Reduce CPU Strain From HQ Audio

As part of AMD’s new TrueAudio technology (which was revealed earlier – check details on that here) AMD have revealed AudioKinetic optimisations that will help to improve the way audio is delivered. The optimisations build on what we’ve already seen from AstoundSurround (check that here) and AudioKinetic offers ways to reduce the CPU load of the audio experience and increase the overall quality of the audio experience further.

AMD’s TrueAudio technology really steps up the hardware demand required to operate this new level of HQ audio. Therefore it’s important that AMD finds ways to offload the CPU demand of the audio experience in innovative ways and that’s what the new AudioKinetic technologies apparently do.

One of the main new developments for improving audio quality is Convolution Reverb which allows game audio to use impulse responses. These are based on actual recordings of real sound or on “audio photos”.

However, this ultra realistic high quality audio comes at a price and the longer the audio clip is, the higher the CPU usage becomes.

The AudioKinetic optimisations have ways of averting these bottlenecks by using two runtime FFTs and introducing more memory and shared data caches to speed up the transfer processes.

In AMD’s opinion the AudioKinetic optimisations combined with the AMD TrueAudio package will allow developers to create better in-game audio which should create happier gamers!

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AMD Announce Collaboration With AstoundSurround For Advanced Locational Audio

Part of AMD’s new TrueAudio implementation includes increasing the location accuracy of the audio experience. By working with AstoundSurround AMD is trying to create pin point accurate audio that takes 24 channel audio and down-mixes that to 7.1 (think of it like graphical down-sampling).

What AstoundSurround offer AMD in the audio space is the ability to create a 3D spatial audio implementation.

AstoundSurround claim the audio technology is based on 25 years of research of the human brain. The AstoundSurround True3D audio DSP algorithms offer support for mono in stereo out, stereo in stereo out and multi-channel in stereo out technologies.

The end result should be a better gaming audio experience based on locational audio with “more dimensions”. Some may liken this to the new ASUS ROG “Sonic Radar” technology except there’s no need for a visual representation because the audio is already accurate. The new combination of advanced audio features should be available to game developers with simple plugin integration.

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AMD Reveals TrueAudio Technology To Improve Gaming Audio

AMD revealed a new technology at its GPU 14 press event which it will be launching for three of its new GPUs. The AMD R9-290X, R9-290 and R7-260X GPUs will all support AMD’s new TrueAudio technology.

AMD claims that its programmable audio engine will revolutionise gaming audio by giving game developers more flexibility to tweak and tune their audio to a new level.

AMD’s TrueAudio offers up more audio channels than conventional audio engines with increased accuracy.

The TrueAudio technology enables directional audio over any output….5.1/7.1/Stereo and so on.

Only three graphics cards support the new AMD TrueAudio technology – presumably these are the GPUs based on AMD’s new GCN 2.0 architecture while the cards that do not support it are presumably the rebranded cards from the HD 7000 series.

AMD will be working with a wide range of companies in the audio and game industries to maximise the success of the new TrueAudio technology.

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