AMD had a low-key press event announce the first new graphics cards that are part of the Radeon 300 series. These are both desktop and mobile versions, but as you can guess these cards are simply rebrands of current cards rather than actual new graphics cards.
At its Investor Day presentation AMD took a good part of it to talk about GPUs. They announced that they will continue to make GPUs for every segment of the market. The company plans to continue to improve on its Graphics CoreNext architecture, but is really betting on the huge performance / watt increase with its GPUs in 2016. The reason for this increase will be its move to the 14nm FinFET process.
Yesterday was AMD’s Investor Day presentation, led by CEO Lisa Su and CTO Mark Papermaster. One thing AMD really emphasized during the presentation was getting the CPU core design right. They announced that their “Zen” CPU core will offer a massive 40 percent increase in IPC (instructions per clock) or performance / clock over the existing “Excavator” CPU core.
HP has just sent out a press release highlighting their back to school PC systems. This in itself was not all that exciting, but what was, was that the AMD R9 380 was listed as an option with the HP ENVY Phoenix Tower.
AMD has gone ahead and cut the price of their Radeon R9 285 graphics card as the Spring PC upgrade season heats up. This is in a hope to get gamers to choose the R9 285 over NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 960. The card first launched with a MSRP of $249, which has not been brought down to $200 officially.
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about all of the AMD APU and CPU leaks this week, how eSports is getting huge, a new eSports betting website, two new PC cases that came out, some NVIDIA tips, and more!
There have been quite a lot of AMD leaks recently, this week we had the Zen CPU block diagram come out, then just yesterday the quad core design slide was leaked. Either AMD is trying to create some hype, or they just can’t keep their secrets safe. Now the roadmaps for both the desktop side and mobile side have been leaked.
Another AMD slide has been leaked showing how their upcoming “Zen” cores will work together in a quad core unit. When the Zen CPU core block diagram was leaked we talked about how it is a monolithic core design and what sets it apart from its predecessor.
We have been talking a lot about AMD’s upcoming Zen CPU core micro-architecture. We know that AMD is working on a 16-core APU and a 32-core Opteron processor using this architecture. This new core design will be a departure from its Bulldozer multicore module design and will be a monolithic core design. Zen will be much like “Stars”, which was the core design that AMD used in its Phenom series, except Zen will have a lot more horsepower!
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we have information on AMD’s Greenland CPU and their upcoming 32-core Opteron processor, some Intel Skylake leaks, some pretty crazy tech stories & much more!
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