Are you in the market of a new pre-built gaming computer? With the current Black Friday deals, it would be hard to ignore how good some are and system builders Vibox have jumped on the band-wagon with an incredible deal.
Buy one of the appropriate computers from them and checkout with the code “LEVELUP” to upgrade your graphics card to the next model up in the range. So buy a GTX 970 will be bumped to a GTX 980 or R9 380 will be bumped to the R9 390. This excludes the AMD R9 Fury range and the NVIDIA Titan X.
This is an incredible offer meaning you could potentially save yourself hundreds. An example of an incredible saving would be to buy the WARPATH gaming computer, which currently comes in at £1659.59 with a GTX 980 graphics card. This would be bumped up to a GTX 980Ti for free.
If you are on a bit of a budget, the Element PRO at £629.94 would be a logical choice. Currently equipped with an R7 370, this deal allows you to upgrade to a much better R9 380 graphics card.
If I was in the market for a new computer, I know where I would be looking this holiday season. Be quick, limited to just 100 codes!
We all like free stuff and MSI seem to agree to that, at least they have bundled a free copy of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India with the MSI Radeon R9 380 GAMING or MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING graphics cards.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China brings you to China in 1526 where you play Shao Jun. Shao Jun is the last remaining Assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood and was he trained by the legendary Ezio Auditore, my personal favourite Assassin in the series. Your job is it to restore the fallen Brotherhood, but not without taking your revenge.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India takes you to the middle of a conflict between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company in 1841. You are taking on the role of Arbaaz Mir and the mission is to return a mysterious item, but that’s likely not going to be as easy as it sounds.
The MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING and MSI Radeon R9 380 GAMING graphics cards are equipped with MSI’s highly awarded TWIN FROZR V cooling solution that allow them to stay cool and quite throughout your battles.
The promotion and thereby free games started on September 21st and will run until October 31st, 2015, or while supplies last. Game codes that haven’t been redeemed by July 31st, 2016 will expire, so better activate it before the code gets lost in your mail folder somewhere.
ASUS and SplitmedaLabs have announced a new partnership where they will be bundling the popular streaming software XSplit Gamecaster V2 along with most of their graphics cards. However, not all types of cards will get an equal amount of free time with the software that requires yearly subscriptions.
Pretty much anyone with a AMD Radeon R7, R9 or Fury based graphics card as well as GeForce GTX 600, 700, 900, and Titan series will get the basic 14-days trial with premium features while those with the best of the best cards get even more. After all, those are the likely ones to be streaming. If you got an NVIDIA GeForce 900 or Titan series, or an AMD based R9 or Fury series, then you can sign up for the full year of free premium features.
XSplit Gamecaster V2 is a live streaming and recording application created by SplitmediaLabs that also features a special ASUS GPU Tweak integration. It allows users that are running the ASUS GPU Tweak utility to be able to set custom profiles and view GPU statistics all from within the XSplit Gamecaster overlay. XSplit Gamecaster uses a discreet and unobtrusive in-game overlay, and allows users to add a webcam, activate a green screen transparency effect and share their broadcast to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ all without leaving the game.
Both ASUS and SplitmediaLabs have their own dedicated mini-page for this, where you can read more on the terms or get started with your free XSplit Gamecaster V2 streaming.
The AMD Radeon R7 and R9 300 series if officially live and we get to have a look at the market prices, the only thing that really matters to anyone. Manufacturers suggested retail prices are just that, suggested, and they rarely stay that way for long thanks to competition.
The R7 360 and R7 370 cards are the starter models and they come quite cheap. Almost all the current R7 360 models come at the same price and that is £89.99. You can pick between Sapphire’s OC card, HIS iCooler, XFX DD Dual Fan, MSI Gaming, or Powercolor’s R7 360. The only one that costs a little more is Asus Strix version that will set you back £99.99.
The R7 370 costs a little more and also variates a bit more in price depending on what model you pick. The cheapest 2GB model is MSI’s R7 370 Gaming for £114.95 and that is followed by HIS, Powercolor, Sapphire, and lastly ASUS that will set you back £137.99. Looking at the 4GB models it starts at £139.99 for the Sapphire’s Nitro, XFX DD, and MSI Gaming cards and again ends with Asus Strix model that will cost you £155.99.
Looking at the 4GB models it starts at £139.99 for the Sapphire’s Nitro, XFX DD, and MSI Gaming cards and again ends with Asus Strix model that will cost you £155.99.
Moving on to the R9 series, we first find the R9 380 that also comes in two different versions. The 2GB model starts at £149.99 for HIS’ IceQ X2 card and tops at MSI’s Gaming card for £158.99. The 4GB models all costs £179.99 and come from XFX, Sapphire, Gigabyte, Powercolor, and MSI.
The 4GB models all cost £179.99 and come from XFX, Sapphire, Gigabyte, Powercolor, and MSI.
The last two cards in the series are the R9 390 and 390x graphics cards and both come with 8GB VRAM. The R9 390 starts at £259.99 for the HIS IceQ X2 and tops out at £289.99 for Gigabyte’s G1 Gaming card. The R9 390X follows a similar way with HIS being the cheapest for just £339.95 and Asus being the top of the list with £379.99.
All prices were taken from Overclockers UK current listings and you can head right on over to them if you want to order one or just have a closer look. The complete R7 listing is here and the R9 listing is here.
AMD are really showing off the full range of graphics cards at the dedicated E3 presentation. They are showcasing the lower models, such as the R7 360. This will ship with 2GB VRAM and a mere $109 MRSP makes this a good competition for the low end, budget market.
With the launch of AMD’s Radeon 300 series GPU imminent, some pricing and specification details have leaked out. Sweclockers was able to find a leak detailing the pricing for a large number of 300 series GPU. Somewhat unexpectedly, the prices quoted by Sweclockers are a bit higher than the prices the original chips launched at. However, once we take away the VAT which is 25% in Sweden, the prices are much more reasonable, especially once you consider the current street price. The table below is after conversion from SEK to USD and with VAT subtracted.
At $480 the 390X is about $65 cheaper than the 290X was at launch a few years. It’s still about $100 more than the current street price for some 290X models, but once you consider the 8GB of VRAM, it’s about right for 290X 8GB. The same is true of the 390 as it’s nearly $100 more than the 290, but it does come with an extra 4GB of VRAM. Moving onto Tonga, the two R9 380 variants are priced competitively considering their VRAM endowment. The R9 370 4GB is interesting as it’ll be rare that it can make use of that extra 2GB of VRAM though the 2GB model is priced decently. Bonaire is pretty much where we expect to be.
Overall, pricing isn’t all that novel, with AMD preferring to slot in their new series into the current pricing market. Deal hunters will be disappointed as it’s unveiled that there won’t be any revolutionary changes in card pricing this generation. With only a short period till the real launch of the cards, those looking to buy soon are well advised to wait, either to pick up cheap last gen cards or snag a new one. Whether or not this will be enough to help AMD start growing market share remains to be seen. As this is an unconfirmed leak, it’s best to take the pricing with a grain of salt but the data largely checks in.
A few people have apparently taking a closer look into AMD’s latest Catalyst driver, the 15.3 beta. They apparently have found a few new entries leading to the upcoming Rx 300 series of graphics cards.
Some information here reveals some bad news for gamers who wanted a new chip in the latest Rx 300. The information points that the new cards are just some respin products, meaning that older GPUs will be used on new PCBs and BIOS, often polished with a subtle clock frequency increase.
Comparing the device ID’s found in the Catalyst driver to previous generations reveals that older GPUs are in use for the upcoming cards up to the R9 370.
AMD665F.1 = “AMD Radeon R9 360″
AMD6610.2 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R7 350X”
AMD6610.3 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 340X”
AMD6611.10 = “AMD Radeon R7 340″
AMD665F.1 = “AMD Radeon R9 360″
AMD6660.1 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330″
AMD6660.2 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330″
AMD6660.3 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330″
AMD6778.8 = “AMD Radeon R5 310″
AMD6811.1 = “AMD Radeon R9 370″
The above reveals that the Radeon R9 370 would be Trinidad, also found in HD 7870 and 265/270/270X products. The Radeon R9 360 Tobago would use Bonaire with 896 shader processors and Radeon R7 350X, R7 340 and R5 340X would use the Oland with 384 stream processors.
The R9 380 and R9 390 have yet to show up, but taking into account the respin mentioned above, a logical speculation would be that they will feature the Hawaii found in 290 and 290X graphics cards. However, this is just a speculation, so take it with a pinch of salt.
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It looks like AMD have launched a card, but neglected to tell anyone about it. The new Radeon R7 250XE may not be the most exciting card in AMDs range, actually it’s pretty much destined to be one of the least exciting, but it’s still important none the less. The new card appears to have been launched to counter the Nvidia GeForce GT 730/740 range.
The entry-level card features a low-profile, single slot design, so it may be a tempting option for compact HTPC and office style system, or just those who need a to upgrade from an on-board GPU solution. The card is said to be based around a 28nm Cape Verde refresh, features 640 stream processors, a 128 bit wide GDDR5 memory interface and is equipped with 1GB of memory. Core clock is 860 MHz and 4.5GHz for memory. The card is priced around $60-70 and we’re uncertain if it’ll be launching to a wider market, since AMD haven’t even told anyone about the original launch.
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AMD is most known for the CPU’s and Graphics cards, more recently also their APU’s and the AMD branded memory. Now the company is taking the next step towards a complete AMD system with the custom branded AMD Radeon R7 Solid State Drives. An OCZ rebrand featuring the Barefoot 3 controller and Toshiba A19nm MLC Flash, but with a twist.
Like it already was with the memory, the solid state drives aren’t built by AMD themselves but rather just AMD branded. In this case it is OCZ that makes these drives and AMD has slammed a sticker on top. But that is not all AMD has done, far from. Not only is this drive packed with the sweetest of OCZ treasure chest, it also has a special tuned firmware optimised for gaming systems.
AMD has created this SSD based on feedback from their customers, asking to be able to build an all AMD system. They realise this isn’t for everyone, but a lot will like it. Having an all AMD system will allow for quick and easy assembly, it’s a simplified purchase procedure and the parts know how to work together. For anyone else, the AMD Radeon R7 SSD is still a fast and economical solution.
Both OCZ and AMD have a reputation for performance and fast PC’s for the consumers, and combining OCZ new Barefoot 3 controller and the Toshiba high speed A19nm NAND chips will guarantee a great drive.
Three main things set this drive apart from any other SSD on the market. It is the first gaming class drive to use the new and faster A19m MLC NAND that also gives improved reliability. It uses the Barefoot 3 controller that we’ve already seen perform great, but this time it comes with a custom AMD firmware. The controller also has a higher clock-speed and said to have an even better reliability then the standard firmware. It’s capable of writing 30GB a day for 4 years with sustained performance and without any degradation.
Adding to the value, the Radeon R7 SSD comes bundled with a 3½” adapter and Acronis cloning software. It will be available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB models, so most needs should be covered.
The Radeon R7 series is designed for gamers that are looking for a fast reliable solution when it comes to storage and as an easy inexpensive upgrade for anyone else. AMD has put a lot of effort into the development of this drive and out has come an unique offering. A performance class drive at consumer class price.
It’s been a while since AMD expanded their product range, the last we saw was the Radeon branded memory. Now they are at it again, and this time it’s gaming SSDs. The Radeon R7 Gaming SSD will come in the usual sizes of 120, 240 and 480 GB.
The disks will be build upon the A19nm Toshiba Multi Level Cell (MLC) Flash design and the Barefoot 3 controller. Encryption will be supported in the form of 256-bit AES and the disk is rated for 30GB/day and come with a 4 year warranty.
The drives are rated for 550 MB/s read speed at 100k random IOPS and 530 MB/s write speed with 90k IOPS. Having those great figures, AMD has lined up a comparison with the competition in form of a graph.
At the time of writing there are no news on pricing yet. Considering both the R7 name and AMDs overall business model one could assume them to be very affordable.
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The Never Settle Forever Bundle has been a big attraction for gamers, having big AAA, AA and even Indie titles up for grabs to any user purchasing a select AMD graphics cards or gamers using the AMD Gaming Evolved app, through which they can exchange points for sweepstake tickets in order to win games and other products offered.
This time, AMD has added one of the most awaited AAA titles, Sniper Elite III, to its Silver and Gold tiers. For those who are unaware of how the tiers work, AMD has three types of tiers available. The Gold tier, having the ability to choose up to 3 games, is given to owners of the Radeon R9 295X2 / 290 and 280 models, while Radeon R7 260 and R9 270 owners will receive a Silver tier, granting them access to two game titles. Even owners of the Radon R5 250 and R7 240 will be grated access to a Bronze tier, however this will not include the Sniper Elite III title in the game selection menu.
Alternatively, AMD Gaming Evolved users can purchase up to 15 sweepstake entry tickets per draw, having the Gold tier priced at 200 Points per entry and the Silver tier tagged at 100 Points per entry. To be noted is that the bundles change from time to time, with even more great game titles being added to them. This time, Sniper Elite III enters the stage in the Gold and Silver tiers.
The title is said to take advantage of AMD’s Mantle API, dropping a lot of CPU load, ending in making the game playable even on entry-level AMD Radeon graphics solutions such as the ones found on the A-series Kaveri APUs. Sniper Elite III is said to have up to 12 player slots in terms of multiplayer sessions,where gamers can enjoy a tense adversarial multiplayer experience having up to five unique multiplayer modes, and 2 player co-op campaign modes, having an additional two collaborative co-op modes named Overwatch and Survival.
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While we love taking a look at the ultra-high performance ranges of graphics cards, it’s often easy to forget that their the play things of a small part of the market as your average consumer typically buys into the low and mid ranges. On Display are three mid range cards, the AMD Radeon 280X which has been treated to a new cooler, the R9 270 which now features the popular Coolstream cooler, great for reducing noise and temperatures when compared with the stock AMD offerings and the HD7800 series, which also features Coolstream and is still a popular choice for those wanting to power three displays via Eyefinity.
Further down the range we also have the entry-level cards and while they may not be power houses suitable for modern games, the HD 6450 series cards are perfect for HTPC users as they can operate multiple displays at high-resolution while operating completely silent, this also makes them perfect for professional or business computers. The Radeon R7 250 offers a little more power and features a semi-passive cooler while also being suitable for lower end systems, HTPC / Media centre builds and business use.
Also on display you’ll notice a wide range of adaptor cables, while they may not be the most exciting products on earth they’re still very important. Club 3D have been earning a solid reputation for their connectivity devices, especially their MST hubs while we discussed earlier today in an interview with Club 3D and having devices such as their DisplayPort hubs, as well as a range of connectors means you should have no issue hooking almost any display type or configuration into your Club 3D graphics card or similar compatible device.
Finally we have two of their new power supplies which come in semi-modular and non-modular formats, offering great value for money for the mid range markets and high end gaming markets. Club 3D were kind enough to spare us some extra time to talk about all of these products and their uses in yet another great video interview which you can check out below.
Sapphire has just revealed a new addition to its new R7 series. The Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate is the first silent (passive cooling) card to contain all the features of this new generation of products based on the highly successful graphics GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD.
It looks like the Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate is the first card in this generation to use a passive heatpipe and heatsink cooler with no fan to deliver totally silent cooling, and increased reliability as it has no mechanical moving parts. It shares all the features of the R7 series and the highly acclaimed GCN graphics processing architecture making it ideal for HTPCs and any general purpose PC where operational noise needs to be kept to a minimum. Casual and online gamers will find its silent operation attractive, as the GCN architecture supports gaming at 1080p with moderate settings.
People tend to use at least two monitors nowadays, therefore the Sapphire R7 series supports this with AMD Eyefinity, now in its second generation. The Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate supports three monitors in AMD Eyefinity. In addition, the SAPPHIRE R7 series cards can simultaneously output multiple, independent audio streams allowing the correct audio content to be associated with different applications on different screens.
In terms of spec, the Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate has its core clocks of 800 MHz and 1 GB of DDR5 memory clocked at 1125 MHz (4.5 GHz effective). It is believed to be the fastest passively cooled 128-bit graphics card on the market. It also comes with Displayport 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a outputs outputting a resolutions of 4096 x 2160, or Quad HD also known as latest 4K display. AMD 3D technology supports the latest Stereoscopic content over HDMI at 60 Hz per eye, 120 Hz total. The Dual-Link DVI-I output supports DVI monitors with resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 and provides analogue support for legacy VGA monitors.
Along with the fourth generation of DirectX 11 compatible solutions from the graphics division of AMD, the new Sapphire R7 series supports DirectX 11.1 and the Windows 8 operating system as well as delivering all the features of DirectX 11 such as DirectCompute11 and multi-threaded communications with the CPU. It comes with the latest high speed PCI-Express Gen3.0 interface, and multiple cards can be used to further enhance performance in CrossFireX mode on a suitably specified mainboard.
The Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate should now be available in-stores at a price tag of around £60 or £70.
AMD has related its financial situation today at the Q4 2013 Earnings Conference, where they have detailed their milestones, earnings and overview of their company’s financial situation. They have stated that they were successful in executing their “3 step strategic turnaround”, which ultimately lead to “transform” AMD.
According to AMD’s officials, they have accelerated their business growth during the 2013 year, leading to profit growth in the second half of 2013 by diversifying their product range from semi-custom SoCs, ARM and all the way to the PC component market.
In Q4, AMD reported a $1.59 billion revenue, a 9% sequential increase and 38% annual increase since 2012. They have also exceeded the goal for the semi-customed and embedded market with a 20% revenue growth in this sphere for the Q4 2013, ultimately leading to their expectations of reaching a 50% increase in revenue by 2015.
The embedded and semi-customed market propelled the business in Q4, where the demand for Sony and Microsoft had been met and both companies combined sold and estimate of 7 million next-gen consoles in less than 2 months (double than the previous number of consoles sold in their first quarter).
In terms of graphics solutions, AMD pointed to an excellent year in growth revenue, pointing to the dual FirePro graphics solution inside Apple’s Mac Pro. Though, the R7 and R9 chips have also been brought up, where they related a sequential increase in revenue from the chip demands, which they are expected to see in 2014 as well.
APUs and FX CPUs have also seen a steady increase during the third and all the way to the fourth quarter of 2013, having the launch of the Kaveri chipset market as a turning point and an exponential increase in revenue. AMD is aiming to provide a performance oriented solution at a reasonable price, having mentioned the A8 and A10 series of Kaveri CPUs as the best alternative to other competitors, which we mainly think is Intel’s Haswell.
The hardest part comes last, where AMD is aware of the 2013 decrease in the PC market, which they felt as well, and are continuing to cautiously approach it during 2014. They have predicted a slight decrease in 2014 as well and have stated to tackle the decrease quarter by quarter, while managing their expansion into other areas where AMD is not strongly represented to compensate their estimated loss in the PC sphere this year.
All in all, AMD has been keeping in on the green last year, and are going to do the same in 2014 by getting more involved in the semi-customed SoC, embedded and ARM markets.
AMD Kaveri APUs are expected to launch early next year housing SteamrollerB CPU cores and GCN 2.0 graphics. 3DMark scores have also been leaked of the flagship AMD A10-7850K APU, making it 40% faster than Haswell Core i5-4570K. The latest leak comes form a Japanese website leaked Cinebench R15 CPU benchmarks of A10-7850K as well.
It is said that AMD A10-7850K Kaveri APU will feature four SteamrollerB CPUs cores and GCN 2.0 Radeon graphics with DirectX 11.1 and AMD Mantle support. The CPU is expected to be 20% faster compared to Richland while the GPU will have a 30% performance gain over Richland. Kaveri APUs have a major advantage over Intel CPUs in terms of graphics since they come with discrete Radeon graphics iGPUs.
We can see that AMD A10-7850K will be compatible with Socket FM2+ (906) and will come with 4 MB L2 cache. It will also house GCN 2.0 Radeon R7 graphics with 512 Stream processors and the new Turbo Core 3.0 technology. AMD A10-7850K is manufactured using the 28 nm process, other than that not much is revealed. However, the screenshot tells us that the software failed to recognize the AMD A10-7850K’s iGPU, therefore any accurate information cannot be provided. The A10-7850K is reported to be 40% faster than Intel Core i5-4570K in 3DMark and 8% in PCMark 8. The disappoint comes in terms of CPU performance which is measured through Cinebnech R15.
AMD A10-7850K managed to score only 88 points in Cinebench R15 which is even slower than Intle Core i5-3317U (Low Voltage) SoC. Intel’s Core i7 4770K scores nearly double compared to A10-7850K. As long as the SteamrollerB cores do not bottleneck the GPU and compromise the performance in games, I think its good to go. Lets just wait for real world performance numbers.
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.
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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