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Intel Working on Discrete GPUs Sounds Good, but Might be Bad

At the end of last year, news came out that Raja Koduri was leaving AMD and moving over to Intel. I guess I can’t gauge what the general response was from the enthusiast community, but I personally felt like that was a bit of a slap in the face for those hoping for a Radeon turn around. Vega sounded interesting, but the end results were no where near what expectations were building it up to be. Now, it looks like a leak is showing that Intel is developing two discrete GPU solutions and while more competition is typically a good thing, the move could be a net negative to the industry instead. The most obvious ramification of this news is that we could end up with a more competitive environment to combat Nvidia. While the Green Giant has certainly fared well in the graphics division, they also have a price tag to match. I’m not saying they don’t deserve it, but it’s always nice when tough competition gives builders more value for their money. On the other hand, there’s a couple of things here that really bother me. First, this adds a third driver to the arena that developers will have to take seriously. Sure, Intel iGPUs pose a similar issue, but the low level performance of the hardware indicates it might not be as huge of a concern to AAA. This may be a concern that’s completely non-legitimate, but the concern of Intel hiring Raja may be of more concern. As much as I hate to say it, Vega is a failed launch in terms of gaming and Raja pro...



Nvidia’s CES 2018 isn’t Super Exciting, but still Relevant

For the most part, the only real news we want to hear from Nvidia is what’s coming down the pipes for graphics card releases. This makes sense because we’re a hardware site, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t other important announcements to keep an eye out for. Many of us get into PC hardware because of gaming and Nvidia just made two very important steps in the gaming arena. For starters, we have the announcement of the BFGDs, or Big Format Game Displays. Sure, a 65″ display would be fun to play on, but most of us live in the real world and even if we could afford such a monstrosity, would still have no where we could put it. No, what’s really important is the specs behind these displays. We’re talking full 4k support AND 120 Hz refresh rate. While it will take hefty hardware to support this, the ability for more than 60 Hz on a 4k display is a great step in the right direction. In light of this, Nvidia also announced the free beta for the Geforce Now app. Does your computer suck? Geforce now let’s you play games remotely using Nvidia’s top notch hardware, while streaming it back to your display at a much higher quality than what the computer could normally handle. These announcements could really change PC gaming for the masses. A consumer could invest in a high-end 4k display, hook it up to even a laptop that has just enough power to support it, and enjoy high quality gaming without spending thousands of dollars on m...



AMD’s Ryzen APUs are Finally Revealed, and they Look Great!

I’m a huge, HUGE fan of AMD APUs. Intel may have had a huge performance lead in processing, but my experience with their integrated graphics has been just slightly above awful. Even in just a desktop office computer environment, the Intel integrated graphics are barely passable to keep programs running. Switching to FM2+ APUs smoothed out user experiences across our environment, but I had to custom build systems in order to get us set up that way (and cheaper). I’ll probably continue to build systems where I work, but the introduction of very cost efficient Ryzen APUs should be a great addition to laptops and workstations across the board. The Ryzen 5 2400G is the flagship model currently. It has 4 CPU cores, but one of the huge upgrades from the old families of APUs is the 2 threads per core. The graphics core has 11 GCUs, which theoretically adds up to a total of 15 cores in the package and a total of 19 available threads. In essence, this little chip is adding up to a heck of a deal considering the announcement of a $169 price tag. The Ryzen 3 2200G might be even more impressive though in that, while it does lose a bit of frequency and some GCUs/CPU threads, it comes at a very attractive $99 price tag. Oh, and if those prices weren’t interesting enough, AMD is officially cutting the prices on their entire Ryzen lineup. I’ve already seen some of these prices from sales, so there’s a good chance that sale prices will drop even further down. A...



It’s Dogs and Cats Living Together! Intel has Radeon Vega Graphics

I’ve checked my calendar as many times as I possibly can and I’m pretty sure we have 3 months to go before April hits. The other possible explanation is that we are the alternate reality, because I can’t figure out the real reason between AMD and Intel working together on anything. In fact, the real reality must be the one where they are still bitter rivals and we exist outside of that. On the flip side, Intel is using Vega graphics in their latest release and this is really great news. Intel’s new 8th gen processors, geared towards mobility, are adding the Vega graphics core with HBM2 memory. The huge benefit from this is saving space and power consumption, all while increasing computing and gaming performance. However, there’s another big reason why this is such big news. Nvidia may dominate the GPU market, but something that’s easy to forget is how many gamers use integrated graphics to play titles on a laptop. This could begin changing how AMD performs in gaming since developers may begin taking the Red side of things a lot more seriously. Forums have stated that AMD could perform much better based on their hardware level, but poor optimization hurts that. If Vega starts taking large market shares as an integrated graphic product, we may see a lot more attention given to AMD when games are developed. This merger is great news for a competitive market, but only time will tell on if we see some significant performance improvements as a...





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