Welcome to our first Podcast! We have decided to do a Weekly Tech Podcast were we go over the reviews we have done for the week, tech news for the week and anything else that is going on in the current week.
It looks like NVIDIA is dominating the GPU market. According to the latest report from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) in Q3 of 2014 NVIDIA secured 76% of the GPU market share leaving AMD with just 24%. Both Matrox and S3 are now out of the game with Matrox losing its small 0.10% market share to NVIDIA.
According to a report from vBulletin Solutions it has not been more or less confirmed that AMD plans to do the exact same thing with the upcoming Radeon R300 series. The flagship cards will be equipped with the new GPU “Fiji” while everything else will be a rebrand. So we will see everything from Hawaii to Tonga down to Bonaire.
Late last year we reported that AMD had cut ties with TSMC and would be manufacturing their GPU and APU products at Global Foundries. NVIDIA still uses TSMC to manufacture their chips, but recently they have moved to Samsung for 14 nm production. TSMC has just announced that they will not make any 20 nm GPUs at all, if anything 20 nm comes out of TSMC it will be low power ASICs.
We have some more news on AMD’s upcoming R300 series. The Radeon R9 380X and R9 380 which will be set to compete with NVIDIA’s GTX 980 and GTX 970 will be based on a new silicon called “Grenada”. This silicon is built on the 28 nm process and will be a refined version of “Hawaii” much like “Curacao” was to “Pitcarin” in the previous generation.
It looks like we could see an AMD Radeon 300 Series launch very soon! In response to a question asked on its Facebook whether their next-generation Radeon R300 series will come out before the GTA V PC launch (March), AMD actually responded saying, “We’re still putting finishing touches to the 300 series, to make sure they live up to expectation. Can’t wait to reveal them though. We’re pretty excited.”
AMD’s Gaming Evovled Raptr app, which is much like NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience but with the Raptr gamer-community extension looks to be compromised recently. Dennis Fong, Raptr’s CEO sent an e-mail out to members and reported that the Raptr service has been hacked and that the attackers may have stolen usernames, first and last names, e-mail addresses and Raptr password hashes (without salt).
AMD’s upcoming Godavari APU lineup has been leaked by the guys over at VR-Zone ahead of its summer launch. These new APUs will be part of the Kaveri-refresh platform, which is aimed to refresh current Kaveri APUs with the new 8000 series branding. AMD is planning 12 new APUs that utilize the x86 Steamroller core and GCN graphics architecture.
AMD of course has been following the GeForce GTX 970 memory controversy, which we have covered extensively. It looks like they are going to try and cash in on this by making all of their add-in board (AIB) partners lower their prices on their R9 290X, which does offer comparable performance to the GTX 970 down to as low as $299.
AMD has just published a new video in their “Fixer” series that pokes fun at NVIDIA. The latest video really does not show that much, but an interesting thing about it is that it is called “FIX3R” giving a hint that the Radeon R300 series is coming very soon.
Feb 26, 2015 0