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AMD Taking the “Zen” Approach to Radeon with New Graphics Architecture, 2020-2021

Ryzen is one of the biggest, and most exciting releases in a long time. We not only got a huge performance leap from FX, but AMD opened the access to more cores and threads for everyone. This came about by a drastic decision to completely abandon the old and start over from the ground up. The GPU side of AMD has struggled as of late, but it seems like Radeon is about to follow in Zen’s footsteps. GCN was introduced in 2011. AMD had some strong offerings based on the architecture, but Vega is starting a trend that sees Radeon struggle to keep up with the competition. Unless Navi does a miracle of performance increase, it’s unlikely to close the performance deficits Nvidia keeps creating in gaming. It was sounding like it might be time for a complete rework and rumor has it that Radeon’s new leadership is going to helm the way. There’s no word on what the name will be, but sometime around 2020, a brand new macro architecture is expected to succeed GCN. The performance jump is supposedly going to be reminiscent of the jump from TeraScale to GCN. While only time will tell how successful this new architecture will be, I’m excited to hear that Radeon is starting from scratch in a similar manner to Zen. It gives me hope that in a couple years, AMD can make up for lost time and bring back the serious competition on all levels. Of course Vega was a similar hope, so take this with a grain of salt as well. Check out the link from WCCF for more info and c...

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...

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...

Starting Black Friday, get 2 FREE games with the purchase of any Radeon RX Vega GPU

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...

Swiftech has Blocks for Ryzen and Vega

Some news just can’t be covered because the real-life schedule won’t allow it. Other news is so important that it just gets delayed for a while. Swiftech ended up in the delayed boat not because I wanted them to, but because life just caught up with me for the last few weeks. On the flip side, they have some great looking blocks coming down the pipes for all of the AMD releases. Check out the full PRs for AM4 and Vega and stay posted for more news and reviews! Swiftech Introduces New Apogee SKF-TR4 Heirloom Series PICO RIVERA, CA, August 31, 2017 – Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech® (OTC Pink Current: RCHN), today announced the release of their Apogee SKF-TR4 Heirloom Series. Swiftech is proud to announce that they’ve just finished a Threadripper customized Apogee SKF that features a larger cooling engine (with 30% more surface area) that is optimized for the multi-dies design of the new Ryzen Threadripper CPU’s. With a larger copper base plate, the entire surface is covered on the HIS. The Swiftech Apogee™ SKF-TR4 is a highly innovative CPU waterblock featuring a revolutionary cooling engine and customization options that allows users to go beyond their limits. The Apogee SKF-TR4 features an entirely new cooling engine made of 125 micron (< 5 thousandth’s of an inch!) thick slotted fins. This new technology is at the very least one generation ahead of the competition and will be the foundation of Swiftech’s next generation CPU waterblocks. ...

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...

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!

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/

CES 2017 Best of Show

CES may have their own awards, but we had our own ideas of who deserved the best of show from our trip. As always, let us know what your favorite picks were in the forums and stay tuned for more news and reviews coming in 2017!

CES 2017: Geil, Deepcool, MSI, AMD Ryzen and Vega

CES 2017 coverage marches right along with another great set of show floors from some great companies. Geil showed off some excellent peripherals, Deepcool blew our minds with awesome looking cases and fans, and MSI continues to deliver great motherboards. However, we finally got to catch up with AMD and get a solid look at what to expect with the Ryzen and Vega releases. We have a little bit longer to wait before full specs arrive, but confidence is certainly rising in what team Red is trying to deliver. As always, check out the video below for the full details and don’t forget to leave some comments in the forums!

September News Round Up: Zen, Kaby Lake, GTX 1050 and More

How does a freelance writer keep up with everything happening in the industry when he has a full time job, a family, reviews to keep up with and a puppy in training? It’s worth pointing out that a lot has happened in the month of September this year. AMD has been making announcements about Zen, INTEL has had some details about Kaby Lake and NVIDIA is talking about the GTX 1050. Rather than try to keep up with every piece of news as it releases, we’re going to try something new by having a once a month update to catch you up on the things that are happening in the industry. Welcome to the PureOC Monthly News! On the last Friday of each month, we’ll pull together all the news that feels relevant and give a one stop location to get your info from. So without further ado, let’s get into what’s happened this month. CPUs, Motherboards and Chipsets  AMD Zen, Grey Hawk, X370 Chipset and A12-9800 We’ll start with AMD this time around since much of the anticipation of what will happen in the CPU sector relies on them. We got some more detailed shots of the new Zen chip and the 1331 pin design is confirmed. As far as new info is concerned though, we didn’t get much this month for that. The A12-9800 on the other hand had some very interesting leaks. Some performance scores showed up and even though the new AM4 chip is still using Steamroller cores, it has some reasonable improvements. What was really interesting was an overclocking result. So...

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