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DirectX 12 a Big Deal for AMD CPUs?

Back in 2011, AMD made a bold statement with the release of the FX-8150. Their premise was that single core performance was holding the industry back and that it was time to start trading in single core performance for the more advanced multi-threading performamce. That totally blew up in their face. The end result was a CPU that only out performed the previous gen chip (the Phenom II X6 1100T) in multi-threading benchmarks while suffering a hit in the single-threaded arena. Meanwhile, gaming as well as a vast amount of common applications continued to predominantly use single threads and INTEL garnered the massive lead they have today. But what if AMD was right all along and only jumped the gun a few years too soon? PC & Tech Authority had an interview with Crytek, a major game developer, and the resulting discussion shed some very interesting details on what DirectX 12 could mean for the future of multi-threaded performance. The most interesting statement from Crytek was the fact that Microsoft has been “really keen on listening to developers.” The reason why is that developers are the ones who want to utilize more resources from the CPU by having more multi-threaded support. According to Crytek, the main concern not only to them, but also other developers, is improving throughput from the CPU. They explain that for many years now, the best way to move forward is to go massively parallel. There’s more to the picture than just this one piece, but it ...



The System Snicker of the Day: Nokia Cheats on Microsoft

As a hardware enthusiast, news can have many effects on me. I can get excited, become sad, laugh out loud and other times mildly snicker. This time I mildly snickered as I read that Nokia was releasing new Android phones. It wasn’t too long ago that they decided to go all in with Microsoft and release only Windows Phones, but the excitement of the new relationship has all but worn off, and Nokia found a new partner in Android. [Editor’s Note: For now at least. Android Nokia phones will likely be a short lived venture once Microsoft actually takes the reigns of Nokia later this year.] Today the Mobile World Congress 2014 began and this announcement is just one of many that has the mobile market ecstatic, while leaving system builders in a slight lull. Don’t get me wrong, phones can be exciting, but this isn’t the huge announcement I’ve been waiting for. While I really could stand to upgrade my old Samsung Galaxy S (yes, the original one), the opportunity I saw in this announcement was a chance to talk about what I would like to see from Windows in the future. Windows 8, while not quite the disaster that was Vista, is still a major disappointment. Microsoft tried to make one OS that could span the bridges from phones, to laptops, to professional environments, and what they ended with was an overall failure in everything except maybe tablets. So what should Microsoft do next? Well, this is just one man’s opinion, but no matter how inconceiv...





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