Company has high expectations for Kaveri APU, HSA, and their unified gaming strategy
At AMD’s press conference during CES 2014, senior vice-president Lisa Su talked about the company’s future growth and expectations. In 2011 through 2012 she revealed that there was an estimated AMD APU install base of 80 million users. Suwent on to show that future growth in 2014 is expected to increase to 150 million with that number doubling in 2015 and beyond for combined PCs and non PC devices.
This is going to be a big year for PC gaming. Our sister site PC Gamer compiled a list of "The Best PC Games of 2014," and if browsing through the titles motivates you to upgrade you're gaming rig, you've come to the right place. Gamers and virtual coin miners alike will appreciate today's top deal for an XFX R9290AENFC Radeon R9 290 Graphics Card for $500 with free shipping (normally $530; use coupon code: [EMCWVTJ26]). This is a fast card with 2560 stream processors, 4GB of GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit bus, and all the modern day amenities of AMD's 28nm Hawaii architecture.
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Another year is in the books, and that means another year of digital memories (photos, videos), game sales (hello, Steam!), and more. The question is, where are you going to store it all? You could thrust your data into the cloud and hope against hackers and server outages, or pick up a burly hard drive. If you're opting for the latter, check out today's top deal for Western Digital Red 4TB IntelliPower 3.5-inch NAS Hard Drive for $175 with free shipping (normally $220; use coupon code: [EMCWVTJ22]). It's plenty capacious, has 64MB of cache, is equipped with NASware 2.0 technology, and comes backed by a 3-year warranty.
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A Mantle patch is coming, but bug stomping takes top priority
AMD anticipated Battlefield 4 (BF4) being the first PC title to support its new Mantle API via a patch that was supposed to be made available before the end of the month. As it stands, BF4 will still be the first Mantle-optimized title, but the promised patch won't debut until sometime next month. Word from those in the trenches is that fixing various bugs in BF4 is taking a bit longer than expected.
Old school tech ballers, sing it loud with us - "You down with 802.11ac, yeah you know me! You down with 802.11ac, yeah you know me!" For those of you who are not yet down with 802.11ac, here's yet another chance to upgrade your home network at a discount. Today's top deal is for a Linksys EA6200 Dual Band AC900 Smart Wi-Fi Router for $70 with free shipping (normally $150; use coupon code [EMCWVVN47]). Not only does this router get your up to speed (literally), it also features a USB 3.0 port, built-in 4-port gigabit switch (pretty standard, though we've seen some cheap-o routers forgo gigabit speeds for cost savings), DLNA certification, and a few other tricks.
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Picking out a power supply is not something that should be taken lightly. In a literal sense, weight is one way to determine if a PSU is up to snuff or not, but you also need to factor in how much wattage you need and how it's distributed -- today's systems rely heavily on the +12V rail(s). The easy way to figure out how much power you need so you don't overspend is to use eXtreme Outer Vision's recently updated online PSU calculator.
AMD has proven itself to be quite the resilient company over the years. No matter how bad the financial situation looks at times, the Sunnyvale chip designer always manages to find a way to stay afloat, and it's not always through desktop and/or laptop processors. AMD's graphics division has been a saving grace of sorts, and by landing a lucrative contract to supply Apple's new Mac Pro systems with FirePro parts, it could end up with a significant share of the professional graphics market.
It's starting to get a little bit easier to find AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics cards in stock, but before you pounce on one, you may want to hold off and see what XFX is cooking up. The enthusiast brand is supposedly working on a custom cooled Radeon R9 290X that's both quieter and much chillier than AMD's reference design, the latter of which means there's less chance of the card throttling down its clockspeed.
Official support for AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards
It's time to retire that beta driver you've been running your AMD Radeon R9 or R7 Series graphics card on and step up to AMD's newly minted Catalyst 13.12 WHQL-certified driver. The new Catalyst software is available now and in addition to official support for the Sunnyvale chip designer's latest graphics cards, it also resolves over a dozen issues, adds new Enduro Technology profiles, and more.
This month, we build an affordable AMD-based gaming rig to find out just how good (or bad) a CPU/GPU combo can be
The Mission We've put together some spendy systems recently. Hey, there’s a reason this mag is called Maximum PC. However, it’s caused a few readers to wonder if we drive gold-plated Humvees to work. As if! We have chauffeurs for that kind of thing. The fact is, we like the challenge of building to a rig’s optimum potential, at any price. So this month, we turn the tables and go full-on budget build.
Note: This article was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.