AMD’s upcoming CPU socket is AM4 and the company has quite a lot riding on it. We’ve already known that AMD’s Zen architecture will make use of this new socket, but it looks like Excavator will use it as well. Excavator is an incremental upgrade to AMD’s Bulldozer architecture, while Zen is the next major architecture. We could see the first products based on the AM4 socket as early as March in the form of the “Bristol Ridge” APUs.
AMD is currently working on a bunch of new feature-set additions to its Radeon GPUs that focus on display technology. AMD will first be redesigning FreeSync to work over HDMI. Currently the technology requires a DisplayPort 1.2a connection to work. Now it is not as if every current HDMI display will support this version of FreeSync, the display will have to have support for FreeSync over HDMI. AMD has provided a partial list of upcoming displays that support FreeSync over HDMI.
If you missed it yesterday Asetek sent out cease-and-desist notices to both AMD and Gigabyte targeting their R9 Fury X and GTX 980 Waterforce. Asetek, the OEM who we know for Corsair and NZXT’s AiO liquid cooling systems alleges that both products infringe on its patents as they include a Cooler Master build liquid cooling system.
Liquid cooling giant Asetek has reportedly issued a “cease-and-desist” notice to AMD over the sale of AMD’s R9 Fury X graphics card. A similar notice was also sent to Gigabyte to stop sales of its GeForce GTX 980 Water Force graphics card. Both cards feature a closed-loop liquid cooling solution by Cooler Master. Cooler Master is already currently locked in a patent infringement lawsuit with Asetek over Asetek’s pump-block and movable fittings designs.
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of Zalman’s ZM-K700M gaming keyboard, D-Link’s DCS-2630L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera, AMD’s latest drivers killing GPUs, the new Thunderbolt 3 connectors on Dell’s XPS laptops & more!
It was once reported about a year ago that AMD’s Tonga GPU had a 384-bit memory interface, not the 256-bit interface it was using. We did not hear much about it until today where it has actually been confirmed that the chip does indeed have a 384-bit memory interface.
Today at Autodesk University 2015, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) unveiled the AMD FirePro W4300 for the best Computer-Aided Design (CAD) performance that fits both small form factor (SFF) and tower workstations. The AMD FirePro W4300 card expertly integrates a powerful GPU and 4GB of GDDR5 memory within a low-profile design for installation in SFF as well as full-sized systems.
As promised AMD has released a hot fix to their Radeon Software Crimson. This comes as the Crimson edition 15.11.1 update. The update addresses the major driver-level issue with VGA fan speed control, which we told you about yesterday.
Last week AMD released their new Crimson Driver software suite. This was supposed to be a big thing for AMD, but it looks like it has already been met with some controversy. Over the weekend many users reported that once they had installed the Crimson software the fan on their GPU remained locked at 20%. This change happened without the user knowing and it was discovered when the system would reboot.
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of Thermatake’s Riing Fans, the possibility of NVIDIA releasing a GTX 960 Ti, AMD’s release of their new Radeon Crimson Software, Black Friday deals, and much more!
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