We now have our answer to a Twitter picture teasing a new AMD A-Series APU launch that made the rounds last week. The picture showed a dozen robots on the side of a semi-truck, leading to speculation that AMD might release a 12-core APU. In a sense, that's what AMD launched today, though not in the way you might think. AMD's updated Kaveri parts released today include the A10-7800 and A6-7600 APUs, the former with 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU and 8 GPU) and the latter with 10 Compute Cores (4 CPU and 6 GPU).
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Record gameplay and your own reactions simultaneously
Last month AMD introduced the Game DVR beta to its Raptr service. Today, a new update has been released so Raptr users can record or stream gameplay videos now. The update also adds a solution that facilitates seamless uploading and sharing of videos.
We're approaching the home stretch of summer and nearing the beginning of the back-to-school shopping season. If one of your goals was to build a new PC this summer, it's time to get hopping! It starts with a solid foundation, and if you need ideas, check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 4670K Haswell CPU for $220 with free shippiong (normally $235 - use coupon code: [EMCPCHE23]). This quad-core chip runs at 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz, has 6MB of L3 cache, and sports an unlocked multiplier.
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Things have been almost sepulchrally quiet ever since AMD officially launched its new Mullins APU nearly three months ago, with no sign of actual devices. Well, the wait is now over as a Mullins-powered device from a top vendor has finally hit the market.
Nvidia defends themselves against AMD's cheating allegations
A few weeks back in the Maximum PC No BS Podcast #226, AMD's newly arrived Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy made some bold accusations about Nvidia's developer relations, such as accusing the company of handing out "black box" files designed to make Radeon cards look bad, and using sketchy contract clauses. Nvidia's Distinguished Engineer Tom Petersen and Senior Director of Engineering Rev Lebaradian came on to podcast 229 to tell Nvidia's side of the story (Spoilers: They deny the cheating allegations). Also,they bring in the newly launched Shield Tablet and talk about it for a bit. They also answer several reader questions.
A picture making the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere has AMD fans crossing their fingers that it means what it looks like it means. And just what would that be? A 12-core chip! Bear in mind that nothing has been confirmed, and furthermore, there are some alternate explanations as to what the picture actually depicts. Disclaimer aside, the image appears to hint that a 12-core AMD A-Series APU is around the corner.
For those who haven’t kept up with current events: Late last year AMD launched its all-new Hawaii GPUs, starting with its flagship Radeon R9 290X that featured a blower-type cooler designed by AMD. In testing, it ran hotter than any GPU we’ve ever tested, hitting 94 C at full load, which is about 20 C higher than normal. AMD assured everyone this was no problemo, and that the board was designed to run those temps until the meerkats came home. It was stable at 94 C, but the GPU throttled performance at those temps. The stock fan was also a bit loud at max revs, so though the card offered kick-ass performance, it was clearly being held back by the reference cooler.
AMD's stock price is down around 18 percent since the chip maker posted Q2 financial results
Sometimes it seems like AMD can't catch a break. That's certainly true of its second quarter performance -- the Sunnyvale chip maker announced Q2 revenue of $1.44 billion, representative of a 3 percent sequential bump and a year-over-year jump of 24 percent. Not too shabby, though at the end of the day, AMD's debt burden dragged the company down by contributing to a net loss of $36 million.
Imagine if Jack had traded his mother's cow for a chip instead of three magical beans. Not just any chip, mind you, but an 8-core chip carefully crafted on a 32nm manufacturing process. Had it been thrown out the window, it might have grown into a towering AMD system, and who knows where the story would have gone from there. Want to find out? Then consider today's top deal for an AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core Processor for $150 with free shipping (normally $160 - use coupon code: [EMCPCWP26]). We don't recommend tossing it out the window, but it sure would go nicely with a socket AM3+ motherboard.
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