For those waiting for a dual Hawaii-based graphics card you might not have to wait that much longer. ASUS is planning to launch their custom built ARES III Hawaii-based card at Computex 2014. The ARES brand is ASUS’s custom built dual-chip graphics lineup based on AMD GPUs.
The guys over at VideoCardz have published a list of upcoming games to support AMD’s Mantle API. Mantle is currently only supported on a single title right now, which is Battlefield 4. Thief was released last week and while it does not have Mantle yet, it will very soon.
Today AMD has launched the R9 280 graphics card. It looks like they are chasing that $279 pricetag that NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 760 holds. The R9 280 is basically a rebrand of the HD 7950, more specifically the HD 7950 Boost with a 8 MHz difference.
Sapphire is working a new upcoming Radeon R9 290X in their Vapor-X series. What is interesting about this card is that Sapphire will be doubling the memory over AMD’s reference design, giving you a total of 8GB of VRAM! This will make the Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X the first consumer-based graphics card with 8GB of VRAM.
Today AMD is officially launching their Radeon R7 250X Graphics Card. This will be more of an entry-level card and will retail for only $99. The R7 250X will bridge the gap between the R7 250 and R7 260 and will serve as a PR counter for NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750.
AMD’s upcoming low power APU “Kabini” lineup has been detailed in a leaked HP spec sheet. The series will launch with no less than five models and chips could be built in both the AM1 and BGA packages. The series will start with the dual core E1-2100 and E1-2150. These will feature clock speeds of 1.0 GHz and 1.05 GHz respectively, 1 MB of L2 cache and Radeon HD 8210 graphics. The CPUs are based on the “Jaguar” micro-architecture. The HD 8210 has 128 stream processors and is based on the Graphics CoreNext architecture.
While both AMD and EA released their own benchmarks using the Mantle API, we have been waiting for an independent test and now we have one. The test configurations used by both EA and AMD were a little odd so the guys over at Computerbase.de conducted their own test and the results do not disappoint.
It looks like AMD’s Catalyst 13.35 beta driver has been leaked by Toshiba. This is the first Catalyst driver to include AMD’s Mantle API and TrueAudio. Toshiba actually has listed the driver package on their support site. AMD’s Radeon R2xx series of graphics cards and their new Kaveri APUs will make the most of this driver.
We spotted at few of AMD socket FS1b motherboards at CES 2014. These motherboards are meant to support AMD’s “Kabini” APUs which have the chipset integrated into the SoC. So these motherboard have CPU sockets, memory slots, PCI-Express, display, SATA, power, and other legacy I/O interfaces. AMD has decided to rebrand this socket as AM1.
AMD officially released their first round of Kaveri APUs on January 5th and they shipped on the 14th. Three APUs made up AMD’s first round and they included the A10-7850K, A10-7700K and A8-7600. It has been reported that the second wave of AMD Kaveri APUs will debut in the second quarter of 2014.