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.
AMD has released developer documentation for an upcoming processor they are working on. The way that it is described in the documentation it is a chip with 8 modules, working out to 16 cores on a single piece of silicon. It is being referred to as the Family 15h Models 30h – 3fh.
Baidu Chinese forums have given some pretty interesting performance leaks on the APU where apparently one of the users managed to get hands on the final retail sample of chip which was compared against the A10-6800K and the result was some pretty interesting numbers.
AMD is now going to be presenting what would so far be its best effort in the Mobile Graphics Department and it is ready to roll out the AMD R9 M290X Mobility Flagship which was spotted in MSI’s AG2712A All in One PC. The list of the specs mentioned alongside the details talks about the new product as AMD R9 M290X / 8970M and this might have triggered a thought process because we can recall that the 8970M is actually a rebrand of the 7970M with only a few tweaks here and there with clock speeds and soft upgrades.
The decision to delay the Mantle patch for Battlefield 4 was arrived at after much consideration. DICE on the public introduction of Mantle has received continuous support from AMD and the release of the Battlefield 4 has already been stirring a lot of excitement. This was stated by a public representative of AMD who also confirmed that a January release is what AMD is looking forward to now.
But the inside truth was revealed by a slide posted by DG’s Nerdy Story which says that the Hawaii chip has so much more to offer than just this. The chip inside the Radeon R9 290X has 4 Compute Units disabled and this clearly shows that the full fledged chip is yet to be launched and we just haven’t seen it in full form as yet.
Feb 26, 2015 0