AMD announced the new Combat Crate to help with the cost of graphics cards. The included Ryzen 1600 CPU, MSI Motherboard, and RX 580 seems like a decent deal. After adding up the individual components though, there isn't a ton of savings happening. Especially since the crypto mining craze seems to be dying down.
CLCs are overwhelming used for CPUs, but what if they are better suited for GPUs? The Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 proves it has excellent ability to keep temperatures low during intensive gaming sessions, at minimal noise as well. What it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for by far in price.
Multi-GPU is the future and I don't just mean CrossFireX and SLI. We need mGPU on a hardware level to handle where gaming is headed. Ubisoft is helping to pave the way with Far Cry 5 by having excellent multi graphics card support. The R9 290Xs didn't do too bad either!
Asrock is joining the graphics card battle with the RX 500 Phantom Gaming Series. Their claims to overclocking may not be as strong as what we were led to believe, but the possibilities of adding solid budget contenders to the competition is a great thing for consumers. More AMD GPUs FTW!
The Nvidia GeForce Partner Program makes a good point about fair branding for companies that work hard on designing products, in this case, their GPUs. On the flip side, it can really lock down manufacturers from having freedom to choose AMD GPUs for gaming brands, limiting consumer choice.
If you already have a compatible closed loop cooler, buying an NZXT Kraken G12 is an easy choice for cooling your GPU. However, some builder look for the right CLC to purchase with the bracket. Here's a guide of compatible units, as well as one of the best choices to balance cost and performance.
Most gamers, and even developers, avoid CrossfireX or SLI like the plague. That's why it's a huge surprise to see a game even adopt multi-GPU configurations, let alone recommend them. Far Cry 5 will like shape up to be an intensive game at 4K resolution.
With all the anticipation for AMD and Radeon's Vega architecture, the performance did not live up to the expectation. Then Raja left to work for Intel and the graphics division looked like it was in serious limbo. The new hires to run the division however, look like they can turn things around.
With great performance gains yet again and the adoption of HBM2, the Titan V is set to be the fastest GPU in the graphics industry. Nvidia continues their longstanding history of great gaming and compute performance, as well as amazing energy efficiency.
AMD is getting into the teaser trailer business, though the wait time is admittedly less than your typical Star Wars movie in terms of the release date. Keeping to their promise of major software releases every year, Radeon is about to unveil the Adrenalin Edition of it’s video drivers and while there have been some rumors floating around, the official details are likely coming next week. Stay posted and check out the video below. It has some pretty cool music! Named after the vibrant Adrenalin Rose, Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition continues AMD’s commitment to releasing major driver updates annually. The fully redesigned and supercharged Radeon Software Crimson Edition in 2015 received the highest user satisfaction rating of any AMD software ever, while Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition continued the 90 percent user satisfaction for 12 straight months in a row. As a reminder, over the past three years, Radeon Software has delivered to users 70 software releases, launch day support for more than 75 games and over 50 new or enhanced features, with more than 250 million downloads across the globe. Radeon Software continues to lead the way in elevating high-performance gaming and VR experience for gamers, professionals and game developers.
Ah, Thanksgiving! Families getting together, eating way too much, turkeys everywhere, and sales!!! AMD has a pretty sweet promotion going on through the rest of December. If you were thinking of getting a Vega card and wanted to get a good deal as well, two free games added to the purchase always sweetens the deal quite a bit. Bonus Round: You have an option for punching Nazis as well. Check out the details below and have a happy holiday! Gamers looking for the best enthusiast-class gaming experience possible can get TWO FREE Games when they buy any Radeon RX Vega GPU, starting Black Friday until the end of December. Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 are the most advanced consumer graphics cards on the market, built on the forward-looking “Vega” GPU architecture. Previously reserved for high-end graphics products, RX Vega graphics cards use pioneering graphics technology in High Bandwidth Cache composed of 8GB of leading-edge HBM2 memory. Radeon RX Vega GPUs continue to see performance gains with the full realization of Vega’s robust feature set, including Rapid Packed Math, High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC) and new Geometry and Pixel Engines, which better harness low-level APIs and excel in the latest DirectX 12 and Vulkan games. Offer varies by region. Available games include: Prey (Excludes China) Wolfenstein II: The Next Colossus (Excludes the DACH Region & China) Sniper Elite 4 (DACH Region only) The promotional period begins on November 24, and ex...
BIOStar has really upped the quality of their products in recent years. Known for motherboards, they recently presented a new Intel Z370GT6 board to add to the Racing lineup. What's really new is the entry into the graphics card arena. The Vega 64 GPU will be first, but no fancy custom designs yet.
Right on schedule, AMD has released a new driver version for November. This one peaks my interest a lot because it has a lot of crashing fixes this time around. I’ve had some interesting issues with APUs in that, some workstations become unresponsive after just the monitor has been in hibernate mode for random amounts of times. Check out the full release notes below! Article Number: RN-WIN-RADEONCRIMSONRELIVE-17.11.1 Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition is AMD’s advanced graphics software for enabling high-performance gaming and engaging VR experiences. Create, capture, and share your remarkable moments. Effortlessly boost performance and efficiency. Experience Radeon Software with industry-leading user satisfaction, rigorously-tested stability, comprehensive certification, and more. Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.11.1 Highlights Support For Call of Duty®: WWII Up to 5% faster performance on Radeon™ RX Vega64 (8GB) graphics than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.3 at 2560×1440. (1) AMD XConnect™ Technology Now supported on Radeon RX Vega56 series graphics products for select eGPU enclosures. Fixed Issues Radeon Software may intermittently cause an application crash on limited numbers of DirectX®11 or OpenGL applications on their first run. Some gaming or productivity applications may experience a random hang or application crash when performing task switching. Radeon WattMan reset and restore factory default options...
PureOC will always recommend building your own computer, but we understand that isn't for everyone. iBuyPower does an excellent job selling pre-built custom PCs and we really enjoyed getting a chance to review the Element. Besides, we couldn't say no to the chance to try an Intel i7-7900X and Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti!
Most driver releases are copy and paste ordeals, but this one is a bit bigger than that. Radeon continues to take feedback and make it reality, which is why their driver landscape is better than it’s ever been. With one great new feature and one huge throwback setting added in this update, you should definitely download this driver if you own compatible AMD GPUs. The new feature I want to point out is Enhanced Sync. This allows you to exceed your monitors refresh rate, but not have the tearing that typically comes with that. V-Sync is also supposed to help, but the input lag can be extremely noticeable, except with the possibility of Triple-Buffering, but not all games have that feature. This is similar to Nvidia’s Fast Sync, but the ability to decrease stutter below the refresh rate is something unique to Radeon. The throwback feature that I’m super glad is back is Color Saturation. All my life, I’ve used a tiny saturation boost to make the colors pop on all of my screens and remember discovering that I couldn’t find the setting anymore. Not only is it back, but all of the additional settings are completely incorporated into Radeon settings now. It turns out that AMD can bring in the new and the nostalgic feelings in one, simple driver update. It’s a bit surprising that it releases as a second driver version this month, but hey, I’m not complaining. Check out the release notes below because there is far more going on than the two...