Pictures from AMD's Epic GPU14 Tech Day Event in Hawaii

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Ninjawithagun

Sorry, but I've been to Hawaii on several occassions. Too many negatives to overcome the positives. Overcrowded, tourist trap, majority of the off-mainland natives HATE most Americans (who can blame them!), local pollution/environment getting worse every year, horribly humid weather, cost of living is crazy expensive, auto and home owners insurance rates are through the roof, etc, etc. You get the idea. Great place to visit for a VERY SHORT TIME. Would NEVER want to live there thank you very much :P

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Obsidian

Hater ...

I had a two week trip to Hawaii, Oahu and Maui in May. It was the most incredible vacation I've ever experienced. Yeah, there are tourist traps (Dole plantation), sure, summer is hot there, but far less constantly hot AND humid than any given Minnesota summer. Of course cost of living is insane - it's an island paradise with limited resources.

I'd live there in a heartbeat if I could afford a place within walking distance of a public access beach. If you don't have a decent amount of money to stay at a nice place, or enjoy some locally caught fresh fish and fruit, then I can understand why the level of enjoyment wasn't high.

Hawaii is a place that can't even be appreciated if you don't spend at least a week there. It's a pretty long and expensive flight from the majority of the United States to just spend a few days.

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mattman059

I agree with Ninjawithagun's assesment. I lived there for 3 years...beautiful place to visit..but don't stay too long.

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Ghost XFX

Nice, can't wait for their "Epic" CPUs to be launched...

They have better be Epic, or these GPUs will be strapped to Intel CPUs, as usual.

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Ninjawithagun

Agreed! Just last night I was in game playing BF4 beta. I'm using an Intel Core i7 3930K with two NVidia GTX780s and the game was smooth as silk playing it at 2560 x 1440 with all settings set to "Ultra". My friend was using an AMD Phenom CPU with a single AMD 7990 and was having a ton of issues with the game being choppy and he was playing the game at 1920 x 1080 at "High" settings. Told him it was time for him to upgrade his rig...lmao.

The bottom line is that I think AMD is on their last leg. They will most likely exit the mainstream PC market within the next 18 months and devote their entire resources to the mobile market. The R280 and and R290 GPUs coming out next month are great hardware, but ultimately it will be the drivers that kill these products before they are available for sale to the consumers... Sad indeed. A long time ago, AMD used to be a great company. Now, they are just a great disappointment.

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AFDozerman

Your friend married a phenom and 7990? That'd be like me dropping the motor from my wife's carolla in my tundra. As much as an AMD fanboy as I am, anything over about the 7800 series needs an Intel CPU. A dual GPU beast like the 7990? That needs something with some serious data moving capacities to not choke down the GPU. Add this to the fact that BF4 is still in beta and he was no doubt using beta drivers along with it, honestly, I'm not surprised that he had issues.

Also, having used a mixture of cards over the years, I have honestly never had any legitimate driver related issues with AMD to include my old crossfire setup. I get so tired of people FUDding AMD with these terrible driver horror stories that almost always end up being terrible hardware choices or beta software stacked upon beta software that is stacked on beta software; albeit I don't review hardware for a living. The only driver issues I have ever had that pissed me off was trying to get Cuda on my 650tiwoorking under linux.

Edit: go look at the most recent post on the MPC page as of this writing.

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Engelsstaub

That looks like it was a lot of fun. Never been to Hawaii before so I'm a little jelly.

The fact that you were among only a little over a hundred invited must feel great. You should periodically rub it in the faces of your colleagues :D

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TheMissingPiece

Damn, Jimmy should almost be paying to work at Maximum PC (sorry if this results in a pay dock, Jimmy). Did you get to talk to your predecessor, Alex Castle?

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jimmthang

I did get a chance to meet and have lunch with Alex. Nice guy.

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AFDozerman

All of this for a GPU?

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jimmthang

There was more to it: multiple video cards, mantel API, trueaudio demos, but essentially yes.

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LatiosXT

This is what you call buying out favors.

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jimmthang

Companies can try to "buy out favors" all they want (I really didn't get that vibe from AMD at all during this event), but even if they did, benchmark numbers don't lie and we would never recommend a product we didn't like ourselves. 

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AFDozerman

...which is one major reason I like MPC.

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Nixon

I own 4 homes in Hawaii with their garages filled with exotic cars! :D
(in Test Drive Unlimited 2... *sigh*)