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AMD Updates their Driver with 17.6.1 and the iMac with 500 Series Graphics

We have a couple of updates from AMD that seemed like a good idea to post. For starters, AMD released yet another driver update with improvements and fixes, living up to the promises of more releases. I’ve been really happy with the driver game over the last year or two. The other thing that might effect some of you is that Apple now has Radeon Pro 500 Series Graphics in the updated iMac to help with content creators. Check out the press releases below for full details! Radeon Pro 500 Series for iMac: Powerful Performance for Breathtaking 5K Computing — Brisk creative applications, smooth and responsive high-end gaming, and exquisite VR experiences all made possible by Radeon Pro 500 series graphics, available in Apple’s updated iMac— SUNNYVALE, Calif. — June 05, 2017 — Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) unveiled the high-performance, power-efficient Radeon™ Pro 500 series graphics, fueling beyond-UHD creativity in All-In-One computing. Available in the updated 21.5- and 27-inch iMac, Radeon Pro 500 series graphics enable extraordinary computing experiences, including stunning gaming, immersive VR on select models*, and fluid content creation with exceptional performance and support for GPU acceleration across a range of creative applications on the Mac platform, such as Adobe Premiere® Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop® and the Foundry Nuke, Mari and Modo. Moreover, Radeon Pro 500 series provides accelerated performance for the Radeon™ ProRender photorealistic ...



Threadripper is AMD Responding to Intel Responding to AMD

That title is fun right? Yesterday AMD had it’s Financial Analyst Day which turned out to be quite the product announcement. Zen was a pretty disruptive release and it seamed to prompt Intel to add more core options to their X299 platform releasing sometime this year. It looks like AMD doesn’t want to be outdone though, so they’re releasing a monstrous 16 core, 32 thread chip that will thoroughly compete with Intel’s enthusiast offerings, but there might be some slightly disappointing news from yesterday as well. Technical details are pretty scarce right now, but PCWorld as an excellent slide showing the major highlights of yesterdays event. We only know the core and thread count of Threadripper for the time being, but seeing as how it’s based on Zen architecture, it will most likely have super competitive TDP and multi-threading performance numbers. AMD also announced Epyc, which looks like it will have 32 cores and 64 threads. This is completely designed for the enterprise market though, since it appears to have lower clockspeeds as well. The other fun announcements were related to Vega, but gaming seems like a minor focus in comparison to the professional uses mentioned during the FAD. This where things get a bit murky. It’s looking more and more like AMD isn’t releasing a card that directly tackles the GTX 1080 Ti initially. While Vega, labeled Frontier Edition, has high levels of compute power, Raja had a straightforward menti...



Corsair One Shakes Up PC Gaming

Corsair is releasing a fully built gaming PC? Let me go over to Newegg and see how much cheaper it would be if I built it my….. Huh. Normally, we don’t cover pre-built systems because we believe in the rewarding experience of building our own. While that never changes, there are times that a fully built system can catch our eyes though. Let’s face it, occasions arrive where we need to recommend a good pre-built system, or even want something compact to use in place of carrying our main rigs to things like LAN parties. What really surprised me was the fact that I could MAYBE match the price of this Corsair One system if I built it myself. While I’ll list the full details in the press release below, I mainly want to cover the specs of the base system. The MSRP starts at $1,799.99 and here’s what you end up with. The processor is the locked version of the 7700, but it still has a 240mm Corsair cooler on it. Of course you can expect Corsair Vengeance for the RAM and a Corsair PSU, but they also include one of their Force 240 GB SSDs. There’s also a terabyte HDD for additional storage. The big bonus is the fact that this system includes a solid gaming graphics card in the form of a GTX 1070. When the marketing claims VR ready, they mean that in a solid way. At this point, when I was mirroring these components on a Newegg list, I was having a hard time matching the MSRP that Corsair is offering in the One series. When you top off the final pr...



Should you use all AMD for your Next Build?

The debate of AMD vs Intel vs Nvidia is an age old one that will probably never cease. As long as there’s innovation in the PC market, there’s bound to be a new top dog in the fight. Intel still has the IPC lead in processing and Nvidia is killing it in performance and energy efficiency with their GPUs. So why, when given a sizeable budget and asked by my friend to build a PC, would I go all out with an AMD base? Check out the video for the full answer because the Red side seems to be offering one of the best, non-compromised experiences we’ve ever seen from them. As always, remember that experiences vary and feel free to add your thoughts to the equation by heading over to the PureOC forums!



Radeon Graphics Take Gameplay to New Heights on Talos I with Day 0 Support for ‘Prey’

AMD has released driver 17.5.1 with performance improvements for “Prey.” Check out below for more about the driver, a link to the download page, and performance graphs. Radeon Graphics is the ultimate weapon in the fight for survival from day 0 in Bethesda’s new sci-fi thriller, ‘Prey’, with the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.5.1 driver. Players gaming on Radeon will benefit from smooth gameplay as they shape the future of humanity on a Talos I space station overrun with alien mimics in a complex, lifelike environment. Here is our latest competitive performance at a glance: Up to 5% faster performance using Radeon Software 17.5.1 with Prey DirectX 11 on the 8GB Radeon RX 580 than with Radeon Software 17.4.4 Up to 78% faster performance using Radeon Software 17.5.1 with Prey DirectX 11 on 4GB Radeon RX 570 multi-GPU than with 4GB Radeon RX 570 single-GPU Up to 42% faster performance using Radeon Software 17.5.1 with Prey on the Radeon RX 570 (4GB) with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti (4GB) on NV 381.89 with DirectX 11 at 1920×1080 (1080p) For more details, please check out the performance charts below. You can download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.1 here for the best experience on Talos I with Radeon.



16 Phase VRM!?!?!?! Galax Unveils Geforce GTX 1080 Ti HoF Edition

I don’t publish on many individual GPUs much these days. It’s not because I don’t want to, it’s just there’s a ton of them and my time is pretty limited. That doesn’t mean I won’t speak up about something that blows my mind a bit. Galax just unveiled the Hall of Fame Edition of their GTX 1080 Ti design and the beast has a 16 phase VRM! That doesn’t include the additional 3 for the memory. It takes a lot of power to keep up with 19 phases, so it should come as no surprise that the card has three 8-pin power connectors. While the bracket only looks to take two slots, the fans stick out far enough to make it a 3 slot card. On the other hand, can you imagine what kind of overclock you could get if you put the GPU under a water block? As long as you don’t hit the silicon ceiling first, I imagine liquid cooling would give you a lot of headroom. Check out the article link for more details, as well as the gallery for a bit of a closer look. I didn’t see a retail price for this beast, but I’m pretty sure it will cost your next unborn child if you want to purchase one. Still, Galax looks like they’re doing a great job here and it’s nice to cover a name that we don’t see in the headlines all the time! http://wccftech.com/galax-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-hof-unveiled/ (Caution: Galax has creepy clown faces on their site. Wha….Hu….WHY!?!) http://www.galax.com/en/



AMD Radeon Releases the 500 Series Graphics Cards and Relive 17.4.3 Driver

It looks like the GPU wars are about to heat up again! I know the big reveal we’re waiting for is Vega, but those of you wanting to see Polaris refined before jumping in have good news with the Release of the 500 Series. Based on a quick look at reviews, it looks like the Polaris refresh has boosted clockspeeds and smoothed out performance, but it does use a bit more power and still doesn’t have a ton of overclocking headroom. On the other hand, Radeon is doing a great job of showing off other beneficial features. In the slide presentation, Radeon Relive, Chill and FreeSync are all pointed out. Having used Relive to do some video capture myself, I can say it worked really well in helping me grab a section of gameplay for one of my videos. Chill definitely helped idle down my R9 290s and FreeSync is so affordable, it’s really hard for me not to recommend an AMD GPU based on the monitor pairings alone. There are a ton of details so check out the press release info below, not only for the 500 series but also the new driver, as well a gallery of the slide presentation. RadeonTM RX 500 Series: The Most Compelling Graphics Card Upgrade Yet Designed with the perfect balance of performance and features for the 9 out of 10 gamers that play on outdated graphics cards SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 18, 2017 — Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) introduced the RadeonTM RX 500 series, a new line of graphics cards featuring a powerful combination of improved game performance, high...



Liquid GPU Cooling for the Masses? NZXT Releases the Kraken G12

CLCs (Closed-Loop-Coolers) are all the rage today and quite honestly, I’m a pretty big fan of them. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the performance and quality in a custom cooling loop, but CLCs make liquid cooling extremely easy for a wide range of builders out there. GPUs can also benefit immensely from liquid, but installing loops on video cards can be a bit trickier. It looks like NZXT is trying to help with the release of their Kraken G12 mounting kit. Not only does it look pretty simple, but the concept of turning a CPU cooler into a GPU one is a great idea, especially when it’s compatible with multiple products. The idea behind the G12 is genius when you think about it. NZXT simply designed a bracket that clicks on to the pump head, just like the one that typically comes with units like the Kraken. When you realize that many CLCs share the same OEM in Asetek or CoolIT, it makes sense that NZXT could pull this off. Top the unit off with a fan to help keep the rest of the video card components cooled down and you have a pretty simple way to put a high end graphics card under liquid. I’d still recommend using a Kraken unit with that awesome RGB mirror design, but you might be able to re-purpose an older CLC you have lying around. If you still want more details on the Kraken G12, check below for features, images and a link to NZXT’s site. The asking price of $29.99 seems like a pretty great deal as well. Let us know what you think in the...



UNIGINE Superposition Benchmark is released!

We have a new GPU benchmark to test the merit of our latest graphics cards. Unigine is kn0wn for Heaven and Valley, but I imagine Superposition will be the next face of the developer. Check out the press release and image gallery below! APRIL IS WHEN THINGS HEAT UP FOR YOUR GPU! Overclockers all over the world are stocking up on liquid nitrogen. Suppliers are limiting shipments to one liter per customer. Why? Because it’s official: the new Superposition benchmark has been released! A long awaited next-gen benchmark to replace Heaven and Valley. You think, you’ve maxed out on hardware? Want to see your brand new GPU heat up into a ball of blue plasma? Go ahead, try it — launch Superposition. See what real GPU stress looks like. Find out what your rig is really capable of. Download the Superposition benchmark now! Superposition benchmark continues the line of GPU benchmarks by UNIGINE used by tens of millions people around the world. Superposition is a new-generation benchmark tailored for testing reliability and performance of the latest GPUs. Top-notch visuals, support for VR-devices and an interactive mode with mini-games — the list of features built into Superposition could go on and on. A GPU-benchmark is a program designed to test the performance of a computer’s GPU. You can use it to determine the power of your GPU or to compare the performance characteristics of several different GPUs. Superposition also comes packed with other features and functionalities....



Radeon Software Powers Gamers & Creators with Day Zero Support for Windows 10 Creators Update

AMD published its latest drivers, Radeon Software Driver 17.4.2 and Radeon Pro Software Driver 17.4.2, designed specifically for the release of Windows 10 Creators Update by Microsoft. Windows 10 empowers the creator in all of us to dream big. The Creators Update not only spurs creativity in 3D and mixed reality, letting professionals add upcoming Windows Mixed Reality apps to their workflows – but also enables every gamer to be a broadcaster while getting the most amount of performance out of their Radeon graphics card. The Creators Update has new features for gamers and professional alike, including: Gamers: Improved High Dynamic Range (HDR) Support: With new games supporting HDR and the future release of Radeon FreeSync 2 monitors, HDR is becoming a standard. Delivering lifelike gaming with vibrant colors, HDR shows more detail and realistic lighting effects without compromising shadows. With Windows 10 Creators Edition, HDR can now be enabled within all applications. Windows Game Mode: Designed to give the best performance and gaming consistency while using Windows 10, Game Mode allocates more CPU and GPU resources to the application in the foreground, leading to a 2 to 5 percent increase in performance. Games will also still be compatible when in full screen, borderless full screen or windowed mode. Professionals: More Robust Security: The Windows 10 creator update adds new tools designed to keep sensitive IP secure on your workstation, including the new Windows De...



I Got Hit Hard by this April Fool’s Joke

MAN! They got me good!!! This could very well be one of the best implemented April Fool’s jokes I’ve been taken by, ever! I’ve been planning this article for five days!!!! Hats off to WCCFTech for a great joke, kinda mad at myself for getting had, and we’ll catch ya later. =D (Here’s an excerpt of what I had begun writing…) “A few days back, some slides for AMD’s upcoming Vega architecture leaked, pointing to a few interesting details about what to expect. Needless to say, a lot of this looks really exciting, especially considering that Nvidia has offered strong competition on their end. The slide deck is posted below, but I want to point out a few details on what I’m expecting from the info that was presented. The first informational slide points to 2x faster performance than the competition. That is one heck of a bold claim and one that can easily over-hype what’s actually going on. If I was to guess based on the game titles presented, this is probably performance related specifically to the Vulkan API……” http://wccftech.com/vega-teaser-slides-leak-nda/



Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.4.1 Release

This release adds new product support for the Oculus’ Asynchronous Spacewarp (ASW) feature as well as the SteamVR Asynchronous Reprojection feature. This release will also add support for new display connection technologies for Radeon products as well as stability/quality fixes for end user issues. For more information on RSCRE 17.4.1 and the above highlights please see the release notes below. http://support.amd.com/en-us/download



Nvidia Does it Again! GTX 1080 Ti for Ultimate Gaming Performance

People at this site might think I’m a fanboy of a certain company if they follow me long enough. While I understand that entirely, you have to realize I have a huge sense of awe in what Nvidia has done over the years. They have graphics cards that cost a bit more, but they also have performance and quality that merits it. Even the 4 GB GTX 970 controversy seemed more like one of those occasional oversights to me than a company trying to pull one over on consumers. The GTX 1080 Ti is the pinnacle of Pascal technology and if I had $700 free and clear, you know I’d own one! By now, we understand the basic concepts of Pascal. We have excellent power efficiency, great gaming power, and the same type of overclocking potential Maxwell had. A couple of standout features the 1080 Ti has is a total of 11 GB GDDR5X memory, 3584 CUDA cores and a 7 phase VRM design that I’m sure some OEMs will improve upon. It’s a beast of a card and what’s becoming a usual trend for Nvidia now, is the fact that it offers some really good value compared to its Titan predecessor. Check out Nvidia’s site at the link below for more details and remember, I’m a fanboy of great hardware first and foremost! https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/10series/geforce-gtx-1080-ti/?nvid=nv-int-g7-8270



RTG Releasing ReLive 17.1.1 Driver Today

As promised a long time ago, AMD is keeping up with it’s continuous release of updated drivers and consistent bug fixes. Check out the notes below to see if you have a specific issue being addressed. You can download it at amd.com as soon as it’s available.



CES 2017: RBT, Samsung, Nvidia, Intel

This is it, the last bit of our coverage of CES 2017. We’ll have one more piece that will go through our top picks, but this is the last of the show floors we were able to get to. We had a mouse that’s trying to put an end to carpal tunnel, some great storage and monitor solutions from Samsung, the HDR display I’ve been dreaming of and some better explanations of what is going on with the architecture in Kaby Lake. CES 2017 was a great show and it sets us up for a great looking year for PC hardware. As always, feel free to leave your comments about what you loved in the forums and keep checking PureOC for more upcoming news and reviews!






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