amd http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/162/ en AMD Radeon R9 290 Benchmarks http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_radeon_r9_290_benchmarks <!--paging_filter--><h3>AMD's Radeon R9 290: A Mid-range Monster</h3> <p><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u302/amdrad_r9_290_flatangle_rgb_24in_small.png" alt="Radeon R9 290" title="Radeon R9 290" width="250" height="167" style="float: right;" />Today <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/amd">AMD</a> is launching the <strong>Radeon R9 290</strong>, which is the second card in its all-new Hawaii series of GPUs designed to take on <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/nvidia">Nvidia's</a> GK110-based super GPUs. This particular card is extremely similar to its big brother, the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_radeon_r9_290x_benchmarks">R9 290X</a>, but has slightly lower clock speeds and fewer stream processors, allowing it to come in at a slightly lower price point of <strong>$400</strong>. Though it was originally designed to take on the formerly $400 GTX 770, AMD is now positioning it to compete with the GTX 780 due to Nvidia's recent price drops on both cards to $500 and $329, respectively. Read on to see how it handles the heat, both literally and figuratively.</p> <h3>Little Hawaii</h3> <p>As the second, lower-priced Hawaii board you might assume this card has been neutered more than a made-for-TV version of The Big Lebowski, but you would be wrong. Thankfully, AMD has left almost everything from the R9 290X intact, choosing to only reduce its texture units from 176 to 160, its Stream Processors from 2,816 to 2,560, and its maximum clock speed from 1,000MHz to 947MHz. It still has the same 4GB of memory, the same 512-bit memory bus, and is otherwise the exact same GPU. It also has the same PowerTune hardware and software that lets you dictate maximum fan speeds and core temps. Before we jump in, let's take a look at the specs for the Hawaii cards along with their Nvidia counterparts:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u302/specs_take_2_0.jpg" alt="Radeon Specs" title="Radeon Specs" width="462" height="472" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>*We are putting an asterick next to the AMD cards' TDP because it's not a quoted spec but "standard board power."</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">As the spec chart shows, this card is almost exactly the same as the R9 290X, just like the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/geforce_gtx_780_benchmarks">GTX 780</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/nvidia_geforce_titan_%E2%80%93_benchmarks2013">GTX Titan</a> in that you have two cards with the same die but one is a bit less powerful. The two cards are the same physical size at 11 inches, both require a six-pin and an eight-pin power connector, and both cards draw a bit over 300 watts too. AMD listed the TDP for the 290X as 250w, but it hedged that answer and never gave it as an official number, but rather an estimate. It didn't reply to our emails asking for the TDP of the R9 290, so we'll just put 250w there with an asterick.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="/files/u302/amdrad_r9_290_flatangle_rgb_24in_small_1.png" alt="R9 290" title="R9 290" width="600" height="401" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The R9 290 is exactly the same size as the R9 290X at 11 inches, and it also features the same 250w-ish TDP. </strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="text-align: left;">PowerTune, TrueAudio, and XDMA</h3> <p style="text-align: left;">Like it's larger, more-powerful sibling, the R9 290 comes with all the baked in features that define the top-tier of this generation of GPUs, namely revamped PowerTune controls, TrueAudio technology, and XDNA Crossfire. TrueAudio and XDMA Crossfire are exclusive to the R9 290/X series of cards, though the current iteration of PowerTune is found on all Rx based cards, and TrueAudio is also found on the $140 R7 260X board.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u302/powertune_1.jpg" alt="PowerTune" title="PowerTune" width="600" height="701" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The new PowerTune controls let you set maximum limits for fan speeds and temperature. We preferred the sliders though, as we found that moving the reticle in the map caused unpredictable results. </strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Briefly, AMD has changed the PowerTune interface found in the Catalyst Control Center to give you an easier way to control clock, memory, and fan speeds. It also now has a slider that lets you dictate the maximum fan speed and maximum temperature, just like Nvidia is doing with its GPU Boost 2.0 technology found in its 700-series GPUs. You can tell the software to force the card to run at 90C, for example, and it'll throttle the clock speeds in order to maintain those temperatures. Additionally, if you're sensitive to acoustics, you can also set a limit on the fan speed while letting the other settings run at maximum value as well. It's also provided a "2-dimensional heat map" which we found confusing. We also found in testing that moving some of the sliders too far would cause the entire system to hard lock and then experience trouble rebooting, so tread carefully here.<strong> By default the fan on the R9 290 runs at a maximum speed of 47%</strong>.<strong><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>TrueAudio</strong> is also found on the R9 290, and whether or not it'll make a big difference in the life of an average gamer remains to be seen as no games that use it have been released yet. Gordon wrote an extremely in-depth article about it however, so <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/everything_you_wanted_know_about_amd%E2%80%99s_new_trueaudio_technology_2013">head on over</a> to it and you'll have all your questions answered.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Finally, <strong>XDMA </strong>is a new technology appearing for the first time in the Radeon R9 290 series of cards. It eschews the ribbon cable we've grown so un-fond of over all these years and instead uses hardware built into the GPUs and also lets the cards communicate over the PCI-Express bus. Though AMD had seemingly wrangled its frame pacing issues with its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_delivers_frame_pacing_fix_driver_update135">recent fix</a>, it's software-based and still available for R9 280X cards and lower. For the R9 290 series though, those changes are built into the drivers and handled through XDMA. The previous GPUs based on Tahiti and lower will still have to use the ribbon cable as there's no exclusive hardware built into the GPUs to handle that transaction, but this is not surprising. It is also reasonable to assume that going forward all new GPUs will use XDMA.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The main reason for XDMA is to handle the increased traffic resulting from the proliferation of multiple displays as well as 4k panels. If AMD continued using the old ribbon cable there simply wouldn't be enough bandwidth to drive the displays at 60Hz, so XDMA was both a necessity to prepare for the future as well as a great way to allow for smoother CrossFire at super-high resolutions. AMD claims there is no performance penalty at all to this configuration, but unfortunatley there's not really any way to run Apples to Apples testing since the Crossfire connectors are removed on the cards (though the electrical contacts are still intact). We also don't have a second R9 290X or R9 290 card to test Crossfire currently, but we hope to get a second card in soon.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u302/xdma.jpg" alt="XDMA" title="XDMA" width="650" height="362" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Only the R9 and R9 290X get the built-in XDMA engine for CrossFire over the PCIe bus. Hopefully it'll come to all of AMD's new cards in the future.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Hit the next page for what really matters - benchmarks, power, heat, and overclocking, and our final thoughts.</em></p> <h3 style="text-align: left;"> <hr /></h3> <h3 style="text-align: left;">Testing the R9 290</h3> <p style="text-align: left;">Testing the R9 290 was a straight-forward affair as we had already tested the R9 290X, and this new card doesn't have any new features though it does have one semi-notable feature removed, which is the Uber and Quiet modes. The physical switch is still there on the edge of the PCB, and it still lets you toggle between two BIOSes, but it has no effect on fan speed. On the R9 290X the switch would adjust the maximum fan speed from 40 percent in Quiet mode to 55 percent in Uber mode. The R9 290 still has dual BIOSes, and one is write-protected while the other isn't.&nbsp; Otherwise there's nothing new that needs testing on this card that doesn't exist on the R9 290X, so let's get it on.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">To start off, let’s have a look at how things compare at 2560x1600:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>2560x1600 Benchmarks</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u302/r9290_2560_1.jpg" alt="2560 Benchmarks" title="2560 Benchmarks" width="321" height="492" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF /> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> 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Our test bed is a 3.33GHz Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition in an Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard with 16GB of DDR3/1600 and a Thermaltake ToughPower 1,050W PSU. The OS is 64-bit Windows 8. All games are run at 2560x1600 with 4X AA except for the 3DMark tests.</span></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">At 2560x1600 the R9 290 trades blows with the more-expensive GTX 780, making it the better alternative considering it costs $100 less. The two cards were more or less equal throughout testing, though the GTX 780 was noticeably faster in Far Cry 3, which is odd considering this is an AMD title. The GTX 780 also held the upper hand in Unigine Valley, Metro, 3DMark, and Battlefield 3, with the other tests going to the R9 290. Of course, one area where the GTX 780 is a clear winner is in watts consumed and overall noise, as it was much quieter and also sucked less juice from the wall socket as well. This is nothing new, as the R9 cards run ridiculously hot, and though the R9 290 isn't annoyingly loud, it's certainly louder than the GTX 780. It also ran about 10C hotter than the GTX 780 as well. If the cards were evenly priced, we'd say the Nvidia card gets the nod due to its acoustics and power consumption, but given the $100 price disparity between the two we have to say the AMD card is the better value. Heat and power consumption don't matter that much on the desktop, and the R9 290 card is rock stable, so given its price advantage it takes the win in this category.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Now, let's look at how the R9 290 stacks up to all the cards in this class at 2560x1600.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>2560x1600 Benchmarks</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u302/r9_group_bench.jpg" alt="R9 Group Benchmarks" title="R9 Group Benchmarks" width="524" height="492" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color: black; border: none windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: none windowtext 0in; padding: 0in; background: white;">Best scores are bolded. Our test bed is a 3.33GHz Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition in an Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard with 16GB of DDR3/1600 and a Thermaltake ToughPower 1,050W PSU. The OS is 64-bit Windows 8. All games are run at 2560x1600 with 4X AA except for the 3DMark tests.</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">As you can see from this chart the R9 290X is faster than the R9 290 by quite a bit in many tests, and also beats the GTX Titan in several tests as well. None of this is new information, but when we ran the R9 290X tests before we didn't have enough time to test with Nvidia's latest 331.65 driver, so this chart represents the current leader board in the GPU world. It's all the fastest cards, tested with the latest drivers. You can see the R9 290X and Titan trading blows, which is a situation Nvidia hopes to correct with its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_announces_gtx_780_ti_launch_date_price_shield_update_and_780770_price_cuts_2013">GTX 780 Ti</a> launch later this week.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">We also received some requests for a few benchmarks showing what this card can do at <strong>1080p</strong> going up against the less expensive GeForce GTX 770, so here they are:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>1080p Benchmarks</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u302/1080p_benchmarks_0.jpg" alt="1080p Benchmarks" title="1080p Benchmarks" width="326" height="428" /></p> <address style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color: black; border: none windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: none windowtext 0in; padding: 0in; background: white;">Best scores are bolded. Our test bed is a 3.33GHz Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition in an Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard with 16GB of DDR3/1600 and a Thermaltake ToughPower 1,050W PSU. The OS is 64-bit Windows 8. All games are run at 1920x1080 with 4X AA.</span></em></address> <p style="text-align: left;">Not much explanation is needed here as this card is the clear winner over the GTX 770 at 1080p. It is absolutly perfect at this resolution as it hits that silky-smooth 60fps target in most of the games we use for testing. Metro: Last Light barely runs at 30fps, but that's not too surprising as it can punish even the burliest GPU, and it's heavy use of PhysX favors Nvidia cards. Overall though, this card crushes it at 1080p, but costs $70 more than the GTX 770 so it's a trade-off for sure.</p> <h3 style="text-align: left;">4k Benchmarks</h3> <p style="text-align: left;">Both Nvidia and AMD are pushing 4k big time with their latest GPUs, so naturally we've run some tests at this resolution. Games at 4K look absolutely amazing, but boy oh boy do you need some serious firepower to run any of the latest games at full detail. In fact, they are so demanding at this 3840x2160 resolution that we have to disable AA otherwise it is simply unplayable, even on these premium GPUs. As an aside, it's interesting to see what they can do at 4K but it's also not terribly relevant right now due to the cost of the panels. The panel we used in the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/dream_machine_2013">Dream Machine</a> cost $3,500, and the Sharp panel we used for these tests (which we believe is the exact same unit) costs $5,300, so we seriously doubt even hardcore gamers are running these bad boys yet. It is simply too bleeding edge, unless you can run dual or three-way Titans or R9 290X cards. We never though we'd say it, but that's even too rich for our blood. Regardless, here are the numbers:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>4K Benchmarks</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u302/4k_r9_290.jpg" alt="R9 290 4K" title="R9 290 4K" width="333" height="428" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; color: black; border: none windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: none windowtext 0in; padding: 0in; background: white;">Best scores are bolded. Our test bed is a 3.33GHz Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition in an Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard with 16GB of DDR3/1600 and a Thermaltake ToughPower 1,050W PSU. The OS is 64-bit Windows 8. All games are run at 3840x2160 with AA disabled.</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">In our 4k tests there is not a clear winner as it's five wins for AMD, and four wins for Nvidia, though, once again, the fact that the R9 290 costs $100 less than the GTX 780 gives it an advantage considering their performance parity. The R9 290 is the clear winner is Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider (all AMD games, by the way), Battlefield 3, and Hitman, whereas the GTX 780 is only significantly faster in Metro: Last Light, which is an Nvidia title with physics that are not friendly to AMD's cards at all. All in all though, it's an impressive showing for a $400 GPU.</p> <h3>Power, Heat, and Overclocking</h3> <p style="text-align: left;">Just like its big brother R9 290X the R9 290 ran hot, made a little bit of noise, and wasn’t able to be overclocked beyond its base "max" clock of 947MHz. AMD lists its clock speed as “up to 947MHz” and in testing that is how it goes, spinning up to 947MHz when it can, then backing off that clock a bit when temperatures get too extreme. Once it has achieved that delicate balance, it continues to throttle clock speeds up and down by 50Mhz or so under load always staying around 93 or 94C the entire time. Yes, it’s very hot, especially compared to Nvidia’s cards, which typically never get hotter than 83C or so overclocked, but the R9 290 was totally, 100 percent stable throughout testing. Once again we looped Heaven 4.0 over the weekend, and our test bed had no issues whatsoever. The R9 290 sat there at about 94C the entire weekend, and never crashed. Overclocking though, is out of the question. The card already runs hot enough to make the GPU throttle in stock trim, so it's not possible to push the card any further at its stock settings. We could have pushed the fan beyond 47 percent, sure, but it gets very loud very quickly, even at 50 percent, so we don't imagine most users will want to run this GPU at that noise level.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The stock cooling mechanism AMD built for this card does a good job of exhausting heat however, even though it looks a bit plain, especially in comparison to the sleek coolers on the GTX 780/Titan. When the card is hovering over 90C you can still put your hand one half-inch away from it and feel almost no heat whatsoever, so it seems to exhaust well and run totally fine despite its sky-high temperatures. We know it's weird seeing a card run at 94C, and it takes some getting used to. AMD has assured us that is how the card is designed, so it should be able to run at those temps for its entire life without issues. We certainly had no issues in testing, and it was always stable, so we have to give it a passing grade. Just like with the super-hot R9 290X we cannot wait to see what aftermarket cooling mechanisms do for this card's heat output and overclocking potential. Just like how you can overclock a GTX 780 to match a Titan, we're sure the R9 290 could be pumped up to match the 290X with enough cooling. We will have to wait and see if those cards from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire, XFX, and others ever materialize, but we believe they will, and we're excited to check them out when they do arrive, hopefully before the holidays.</p> <h3 style="text-align: left;"><strong>Final Thoughts</strong></h3> <p style="text-align: left;">When AMD launched the R9 290X last week it was an assault on Nvidia's single-GPU dominance in the premium video card space, and it was a shot that certainly hit its target. The R9 290X exceeded the GTX 780's performance while costing $100 less, so that is a clear-cut victory for AMD. Undaunted, Nvidia responded by dropping the GTX 780's price down to $500, essentially wiping out the R9 290X's advantage in that matchup. The Titan is still threatened by the R9 290X though, but Nvidia doesn't seem to bothered by it, so for now it's leaving the Titan alone. Now that we have the R9 290 though, the GTX 780 is once again under some serious pressure from AMD because the 290 is just as fast, and once again, costs $100 less. If you have $400 burning a hole in your pocket, the R9 290 is clearly the fastest GPU at that price point. We didn't test it against the GTX 770 simply because that is a card we test at 1080p, and the R9 290 is a 2560x1600 card, but it would certainly be faster than the GTX 770 as well since it can beat a GTX 780 in many tests.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Overall, the R9 290 is another excellent GPU from AMD with a tremendous price-to-performance ratio that Nvidia simlply cannot match at this time. It definitely runs hotter and makes a bit more noise than it's next of kin on the green team, but for $100 we would bet most consumers would be willing to put on some headphones. Plus it's almost winter, so the heat will probably come in handy for a lot of folks. On a serious note though, we did not find the heat or noise created by this card to be a problem, so don't let it scare you off.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">From here we wait for two events to occur - the GTX 780 Ti launch later this week, which Nvidia is hoping will allow it to once again wrest control of the trophy for "fastest single GPU" since the R9 290X has muddied the waters a bit and put its Titan in peril, at least when it comes to gaming. Also, it's possible that the R9 290 launch will cause Nvidia to lower the price on the GTX 780 even further to be more competitive. As always we will have to wait and see what happens.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Finally, there are still unknowns in both camps at this time. AMD has its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_r9_290x_will_be_much_faster_titan_battlefield_4">Mantle</a> API and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/everything_you_wanted_know_about_amd%E2%80%99s_new_trueaudio_technology_2013">TrueAudio</a>, both of which are untested at this time. Nvidia has <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_announces_nvidia_g-sync_gamestream_and_much_more">G-Sync monitors</a>, ShadowPlay, its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidias_geforce_gtx_holiday_bundles_feature_free_games_and_shield_discounts2013">Holiday Game Bundle</a>, GameStream/Shield, and of course, better acoustics and lower overall temps due to Kepler's efficiency. We've yet to test frame pacing using AMD's new XDMA setup, but reports indicate it's finally as good if not better than Nvidia's SLI at this time. Regardless, both AMD and Nvidia have very unique and exclusive features at this time, making the choice between one camp or the other more difficult than it's ever been.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">All in all, we can't remember a time when competition has been as white hot and fierce between AMD and Nvidia as it is right now. AMD has really come out swinging for the fences with its Hawaii GPUs, which have already resulted in both price drops and a new GPU on the way in the form of the GTX 780 Ti. Whether or not today's launch of the R9 290 results in even more price cuts or GPU offspring remains to be seen, but one thing is certain -- it's an awesome time to be in the GPU market.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_radeon_r9_290_benchmarks#comments amd r9 290 radeon Video cards Reviews Videocards Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:17:58 +0000 Josh Norem 26610 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Uncages A10-7800 and A8-7600 Kaveri APUs http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_uncages_a10-7800_and_a8-7600_kaveri_apus <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kaveri_0.jpg" alt="AMD Kaveri" title="AMD Kaveri" width="228" style="float: right;" />New APUs solve the Twitter teaser picture mystery</h3> <p>We now have our answer to a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014" target="_blank">Twitter picture</a> 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. <strong>AMD's updated Kaveri parts released today include the A10-7800 and A6-7600 APUs</strong>, the former with 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU and 8 GPU) and the latter with 10 Compute Cores (4 CPU and 6 GPU).</p> <p>In a more traditional sense, the higher-end A10-7800 is a quad-core chip clocked at 3.5GHz (up to 3.9GHz via Turbo), while the A6-7600 is also a quad-core part, but clocked at 3.1GHz (up to 3.8GHz via Turbo). They both feature AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) that allows the CPU and GPU to tag team tasks, TrueAudio technology, Mantle support, and configurable TDPs.</p> <p>"The AMD A-Series APUs bring a superior level of gaming and compute experiences to the desktop PC," <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/apus-system-builder-2014jul31.aspx" target="_blank">said Bernd Lienhard</a>, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD. "With support for AMD’s acclaimed Mantle API that simplifies game optimizations for programmers and developers to unlock unprecedented levels of gaming performance transforming the world of game development to help bring better, faster games to the PC."</p> <p>AMD's A10-7800 and A6-7600 are available now for $158 and $104, respectively (MSRPs).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_uncages_a10-7800_and_a8-7600_kaveri_apus#comments a10-7800 A8-7600 amd apu Build a PC cpu kaveri processor News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:17:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28274 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-Bit (Full Version), PNY XLR8 240GB SSD, and More! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_microsoft_windows_8_professional_64-bit_full_version_pny_xlr8_240gb_ssd_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/intel_core_i5_4670k.jpg" alt="Intel Core i5 4670K" title="Intel Core i5 4670K" width="300" height="262" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154082/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="newegg logo" title="newegg logo" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>Young or old, there are multiple examples of where going pro works out for the best. 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It's eligible for a free update to Windows 8.1 and comes with features like Remote Desktop, Data BitLocker, Network Domain Join, and Client Hyper-V.</p> <p><strong>Other Deals:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113364&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819113364-_-0729&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini Quad-Core 2.05GHz Socket AM1 25W Desktop Processor AMD Radeon HD 8400</a> for <strong>$58</strong> with free shipping (normally $65 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCHE25</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178456&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-SSD-N82E16820178456-_-0729&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">PNY XLR8 2.5-inch 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)</a> for <strong>$100</strong> with free shipping (normally $110; additional $10 Mail-in Rebate)</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231429&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-RAM-N82E16820231429-_-0729&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory</a> for <strong>$149</strong> with free shipping (normally $165 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCHE34</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352038&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CASE-N82E16811352038-_-0729&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout Silent ATX Mid Tower Computer Case</a> for <strong>$80</strong> with free shipping (normally $95 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCHE42</strong>])</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_microsoft_windows_8_professional_64-bit_full_version_pny_xlr8_240gb_ssd_and_more#comments amd Daily Deals daily deals fractal design g.skill microsoft pny Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:02:56 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28257 at http://www.maximumpc.com Latest Update Lets Raptr Users Record and Stream Games http://www.maximumpc.com/latest_update_lets_raptr_users_record_and_stream_games_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/raptr_logo.jpg" alt="Raptr Logo" title="Raptr Logo" width="200" height="201" style="float: right;" />Record gameplay and your own reactions simultaneously</h3> <p>Last month AMD introduced the <a title="MPC Game DVR" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_adds_game_dvr_beta_raptr_software_new_update_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Game DVR beta</span></a> to its <a title="Raptr website" href="http://raptr.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Raptr</span></a> service. Today, a new update has been released so <strong>Raptr users can record or stream gameplay videos now</strong>. The update also adds a solution that facilitates seamless uploading and sharing of videos.&nbsp;</p> <p>The new video capture solution is called the Game Video Recorder and provides users with the ability to stream or record gameplay videos. Instead of recording just 10 minutes of footage, like the Game DVR beta, GVR will let users record 20 minutes of gameplay even after events have transpired. Users will also be able to automatically upload and share recorded gameplay with an online destination that is shared amongst the Raptr community.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both AMD and Nvidia GPU users will be able to take advantage of the service that, according to Raptr, will have virtually no affect on system performance.</p> <p>“Watching recorded and live-streamed PC gameplay footage has quietly become a massive trend involving tens of millions of viewers and billions of hours spent watching,” said Raptr co-founder and CEO Dennis Fong. “But to date, only a modest fraction of gamers actually record and stream some of their gaming exploits, because the tools haven’t been easy, accessible or resource-efficient enough. We’re excited to be improving the process and experience in all of those areas, and at the same time offering nearly universal support for all the latest GPUs regardless of manufacturer. This marks another big step forward in our ongoing effort to help make PC gaming consistently awesome.”</p> <p>Raptr is claiming that both GVR and live-streaming features are supported by over 5,000 games. A significant amount compared to the 169 titles, according to Raptr, that Nvidia’s GeForce Experience supports. In addition, users will also have the option to include their own real-time reactions in the recording sessions through the use of a webcam and microphone to create a picture-in-picture effect.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/latest_update_lets_raptr_users_record_and_stream_games_2014#comments amd Game Video Recorder GVR Raptr Raptr Game Video Recorder Raptr GVR video game streaming Gaming News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:08:34 +0000 Sean D Knight 28256 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: Intel Core i5 4670K Haswell, AMD FX-4300 Vishera, and More! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_intel_core_i5_4670k_haswell_amd_fx-4300_vishera_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/intel_core_i5_4670k.jpg" alt="Intel Core i5 4670K" title="Intel Core i5 4670K" width="300" height="262" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154082/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="newegg logo" title="newegg logo" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>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 <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819116899-_-0728&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Intel Core i5 4670K Haswell CPU</a> for <strong>$220</strong> with free shippiong (normally $235 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCHE23</strong>]). This quad-core chip runs at 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz, has 6MB of L3 cache, and sports an unlocked multiplier.</p> <p><strong>Other Deals:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236497&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-INT-HDD-N82E16822236497-_-0728&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">WD Blue 750GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5-inch Internal Notebook Hard Drive</a> for <strong>$50</strong> with free shipping (normally $55 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCHE27</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113287&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819113287-_-0728&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">AMD FX-4300 Vishera Quad-Core 3.8GHz (4.0GHz) Socket AM3+ 95W Desktop Processor</a> for <strong>$100</strong> with free shipping (normally $110 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCHE24</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-RAM-N82E16820145345-_-0728&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory</a> for <strong>$81</strong> with free shipping (normally $90 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCHE32</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014300&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-DISPLAY-N82E16824014300-_-0728&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">BenQ GW2750HM Glossy Black 27-inch 4ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor</a> for <strong>$180</strong> with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCHE58</strong>])</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_intel_core_i5_4670k_haswell_amd_fx-4300_vishera_and_more#comments amd BenQ corsair Daily Deals daily deals intel Newegg wd Western Digital Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:31:37 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28255 at http://www.maximumpc.com First AMD Mullins-powered Laptop Now Available, Costs $250 http://www.maximumpc.com/first_amd_mullins-powered_laptop_now_available_costs_250 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/pavilion-10z-mullins.jpg" alt="HP Pavilion 10z" title="HP Pavilion 10z" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>HP Pavilion 10z runs Windows 8.1 with Bing</h3> <p>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 <strong>Mullins-powered device from a top vendor has finally hit the market.</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/G7V60AV?HP-Pavilion-10z-Touch-Laptop" target="_blank">HP Pavilion 10z</a> is a no-frills 10-inch netbook that comes pre-loaded with Windows 8.1with Bing (64-bit) and sports a 1,366x768 touchscreen. Some of the other specs include: AMD dual-core E1 Micro-6200T APU with AMD Radeon R2 graphics, 2GB DDR3L memory, 540GB hard drive (5,400 rpm), VGA webcam, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port,&nbsp; RJ-45, headphone/microphone combo and an SD card reader.</p> <p>But in what is truly a big letdown, it’s tiny 3-cell, 24WHr battery can only keep the 10z powered on for up to four hours on a single charge.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/first_amd_mullins-powered_laptop_now_available_costs_250#comments amd apu Mullins netbook windows 8.1 with bing News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:50:19 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28249 at http://www.maximumpc.com No BS Podcast #229: Nvidia Responds to AMD's Allegations (and Shows off Shield Tablet) http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_229_nvidia_responds_amds_allegations_and_shows_shield_tablet <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160416/gameworks.jpg" width="339" height="104" class="img-float-right" /></h3> <h3>Nvidia defends themselves against AMD's cheating allegations</h3> <p>A few weeks back in <a title="Maximum PC No BS Podcast #226" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_226_-depth_interview_amd_graphics_guru_richard_huddy">the Maximum PC No BS Podcast #226</a>, 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.&nbsp;Nvidia's Distinguished Engineer Tom Petersen and Senior Director of Engineering Rev Lebaradian&nbsp;came on to <a title="no bs podcast 229" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_229_20140724.mp3 " target="_blank">podcast 229</a> to tell Nvidia's side of the story (<strong>Spoilers:</strong>&nbsp;They deny the cheating allegations). Also,they bring in the newly launched <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_shield_tablet_revealed_2014">Shield Tablet</a> and talk about it for a bit. 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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, <strong>the image appears to hint that a 12-core AMD A-Series APU is around the corner</strong>.</p> <p>News and rumor site <em>WCCFTEch </em>offered up <a href="http://wccftech.com/amd-12-core-aseries-apu-inbound/" target="_blank">some analysis</a> on the picture, which apparently was posted by an AMD PR person with an #AMDEvolved tag. What the picture shows is a truck with a dozen AMD robots on the side and AMD's A-Series logo on the back. At a glance, that would seem to suggest a chip with 12 Steamroller cores, right? Possibly.</p> <p>The thing is, AMD can be funny about labeling its chips. For example, AMD advertises Kaveri as having 12 compute cores, but only four of those are CPU cores; the remaining eight are GPU cores. On the flip side, all the robots in the pic are the same color, so in theory, they'd all be CPU cores, right?</p> <p>Then again, it could just be much ado about nothing -- we'll have to wait and see.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014#comments 12-core a-series amd apu Build a PC cpu Hardware processor steamroller News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:14:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28241 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 290X Review http://www.maximumpc.com/sapphire_tri-x_radeon_r9_290x_review <!--paging_filter--><h3>A real gem of a GPU</h3> <p>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.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/sapphire_13650_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/sapphire_13650_small.jpg" alt="The Tri-X throws off AMD’s meh cooler." title="Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 290X" width="620" height="413" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Tri-X throws off AMD’s meh cooler.</strong></p> <p>Therefore, we all eagerly awaited the arrival of cards with aftermarket coolers, and this month we received the first aftermarket Radeon R9 290X—the massive triple-fan Tri-X model from Sapphire; and we must say, all of our Radeon prayers have been answered by this card.</p> <p>Not only does it run totally cool and quiet at all times, but because it runs so chilly it has plenty of room to overclock, making it a card that addresses every single one of our complaints about the reference design from AMD. There is one caveat: price. The Sapphire card is $50 more expensive than the reference card at $600, but you are obviously getting quite a bit of additional horsepower for your ducats.</p> <p>When we first fired it up, we were amazed to see it hit 1,040MHz under load, and stay there throughout testing. Even more surprising were the temps we were seeing. Since the reference card hits 94 C all day long, this is obviously a really hot GPU, but the Sapphire Tri-X cooler was holding it down at a chilly 75 C. The card was whisper-quiet too, which was also a pleasant surprise given the noise level of the reference cooler. We were also able to overclock it to 1,113MHz, which is a turnaround in that we could not overclock the reference board at all since it throttles at stock settings.</p> <p><strong>$600,</strong> <a href="http://www.sapphiretech.com/landing.aspx?lid=1">www.sapphiretech.com</a></p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Note: This review was originally featured in the March 2014 issue of the&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="maximum pc mag" href="https://w1.buysub.com/pubs/IM/MAX/MAX-subscribe.jsp?cds_page_id=63027&amp;cds_mag_code=MAX&amp;id=1366314265949&amp;lsid=31081444255021801&amp;vid=1&amp;cds_response_key=IHTH31ANN" target="_blank">magazine</a><span style="font-style: italic;">.</span></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sapphire_tri-x_radeon_r9_290x_review#comments Air Cooling amd gpu graphics card Hardware March issues 2014 maximun pc Review Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 290X Reviews Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:09:13 +0000 Josh Norem 28024 at http://www.maximumpc.com Investors Hammer AMD Stock After Posting $36 Million Loss in Second Quarter http://www.maximumpc.com/investors_hammer_amd_stock_after_posting_36_million_loss_second_quarter_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_0.jpg" alt="AMD Campus" title="AMD Campus" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />AMD's stock price is down around 18 percent since the chip maker posted Q2 financial results</h3> <p>Sometimes it seems like AMD can't catch a break. That's certainly true of its second quarter performance -- the <strong>Sunnyvale chip maker announced Q2 revenue of $1.44 billion</strong>, 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.</p> <p>Total debt for the end of the quarter was $2.21 billion, up from $2.14 billion at the end of the previous quarter. Otherwise, AMD did well for itself, most notably in its Graphics and Visual Solutions segment, which saw revenue jump 5 percent sequentially and 141 percent year-over-year driven largely by its semi-custom SoC shipments for game consoles.</p> <p>"The second quarter capped off a solid first half of the year for AMD with strong revenue growth and improved financial performance," <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/press-release-2014jul17.aspx" target="_blank">said Rory Read</a>, AMD president and CEO. "Our transformation strategy is on track and we expect to deliver full year non-GAAP profitability and year-over-year revenue growth. We continue to strengthen our business model and shape AMD into a more agile company offering differentiated solutions for a diverse set of markets."</p> <p>Read's optimism isn't being shared by investors. Following AMD's Q2 earnings report, the company's stock price slid around 18 percent (at the time of this writing).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/investors_hammer_amd_stock_after_posting_36_million_loss_second_quarter_2014#comments amd business revenue stock News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:09:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28191 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: AMD FX-8320 Vishera, Intel Core i5 4460 Haswell, and More! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_amd_fx-8320_vishera_intel_core_i5_4460_haswell_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/amd_fx_chip_0.jpg" alt="AMD FX" title="AMD FX" width="300" height="217" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154082/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="newegg logo" title="newegg logo" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>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 <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113285&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819113285-_-0714&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core Processor</a> for <strong>$150</strong> with free shipping (normally $160 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCWP26</strong>]). We don't recommend tossing it out the window, but it sure would go nicely with a socket AM3+ motherboard.</p> <p><strong>Other Deals:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117302&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819117302-_-0714&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Intel Core i5-4460 Haswell Quad-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor</a> for <strong>$180</strong> with free shipping (normally $190 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCWP97</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147158&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CASE-N82E16811147158-_-0714&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Rosewill THOR V2-White Edition, THOR V2-W Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case</a> for <strong>$100</strong> with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCWP44</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236102&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-DISPLAY-N82E16820231503-_-0714&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Asus 24-inch 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor</a> for <strong>$145</strong> with free shipping (normally $180 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCWP59</strong>]; additional $20 Mail-in rebate)</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231503&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-RAM--_-0714&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory</a> for <strong>$153</strong> with free shipping (normally $170 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCWP36</strong>])</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_amd_fx-8320_vishera_intel_core_i5_4460_haswell_and_more#comments amd asus Daily Deals daily deals g.skill intel Newegg rosewill Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:14:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 28158 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Catalyst 14.7 Release Candidate Drivers Now Available http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_catalyst_147_release_candidate_drivers_now_available <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_graphics_card.jpg" alt="AMD Graphics Card" title="AMD Graphics Card" width="228" height="184" style="float: right;" />Starting with AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta, AMD is no longer support Windows 8</h3> <p><strong>AMD has made available to download its new Catalyst 14.7 drivers in Release Candidate form</strong>. Be advised that if you're rocking Windows 8.0 instead of Windows 8.1, you can't use these drivers -- AMD stopped supporting Windows 8 as of its Catalyst 14.6 Beta release. For everyone else, you're good to go with this latest release, provided you're interested in RC drivers.</p> <p>The Catalyst 14.7 RC includes everything in the 14.6 RC plus a few extra goodies. There's an update to AMD CrossFire and Radeon Dual Graphics profile for Plants vs. Zombies. You can also expect up to a massive 93 percent boost in CrossFire scaling in Assassin's Creed IV at 3840x2160 with High settings.</p> <p>In addition to performance boosts, AMD said it worked with AOC to address an issue affecting its U2868PQU panel on certain Radeon graphics card that would cause 60Hz SST flickering. The new drivers contain a software workaround.</p> <p>You can read more <a href="http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/latest-catalyst-windows-beta.aspx" target="_blank">here</a> and download the drivers <a href="http://www2.ati.com/drivers/beta/amd-catalyst-14.7-rc1-windows-july9.exe" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_catalyst_147_release_candidate_drivers_now_available#comments amd catalyst 14.7 Drivers RC Release Candidate Software News Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:12:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 28150 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Survey Shows Laptops Vastly Outnumber Smartphones and Tablets on College Campuses http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_survey_shows_laptops_vastly_outnumber_smartphones_and_tablets_college_campuses_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/laptops_0.jpg" alt="Laptops" title="Laptops" width="228" height="109" style="float: right;" />College students cherish laptops more than any other electronic device</h3> <p>Within the next year or so, there's a good chance that tablet shipments will outnumber traditional PC sales. Be that as it may, tablets are still relegated to being mostly content consumption devices, and if you want to get some real work done, you'll need a real PC. That sentiment is underscored by a <strong>new AMD survey that reveals the laptop as the most important electronic device among college students</strong>.</p> <p>Harris Poll conducted the Back-to-School Technology Usage Survey on behalf of AMD. The poll revealed that even though more than half of today's college students carry at least two devices at all times, the laptop is the most cherished piece of technology and the one that's used most often.</p> <p>Some 85 percent of those polled said they own a laptop, which outnumbered smartphone owners and was more than double the number of tablet owners. The poll asked students to rank their devices in order of importance, to which 41 percent ranked their laptop as number one, followed by their car, tablet, bicycle, and television.</p> <p>"Students expect more from their computers than ever before – they want them to be equally as good at streaming their favorite TV show as they are at crunching numbers in a math class," <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/laptops-move-2014jul10.aspx" target="_blank">said Gabe Gravning</a>, director of product marketing, Client Business Unit, AMD. "The processor is a pivotal part of enabling these experiences and AMD APUs are a versatile solution that offer an ideal combination of productivity and entertainment performance to handle virtually all the things today’s students need and want from their technology – including long battery life, industry-leading AMD Radeon graphics, and a smooth, sharp streaming video experience."</p> <p>Over a quarter of respondents said they'd purchase a new PC if they won $1,000, and more than two-thirds said one of their biggest fears is having their technology stop working.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_survey_shows_laptops_vastly_outnumber_smartphones_and_tablets_college_campuses_2014#comments amd college Hardware laptop mobile notebook survey News Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:46:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28145 at http://www.maximumpc.com PC Component Suppliers Hopeful of Strong Demand in Second Half of 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/pc_component_suppliers_hopeful_strong_demand_second_half_201 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u138055/chinese_pc.jpg" alt="PC Shipments" title="PC Shipments" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Demand for notebooks and enterprise desktops expected to pick up</h3> <p>Currently in the throes of an unrelenting downward spiral, the global PC market is desperately overdue for some good news, but turning the corner after eight straight quarters of global shipment decline is not going to be easy. Nevertheless, a number of <strong>key players in the PC market remain hopeful of encountering some solid demand in the second half of 2014.</strong></p> <p>According to a <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140702PD212.html?mod=0" target="_blank">Digitimes report</a> based on input from unnamed sources from upstream component suppliers, the general outlook among key market players is gradually turning positive, “with Intel, AMD as well as Taiwan-based upstream component suppliers aggressively preparing for potential demand in the second half of 2014.”</p> <p>This newfound optimism is category agnostic, with these companies expecting demand for both notebooks and desktops (particularly in the enterprise segment) to pick up during the second half. </p> <p>Intel, which recently <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB20001424052702304292904579626390289899288" target="_blank">revised its Q2 2014 revenue forecast upward citing an increase in enterprise PC sales</a>, is said to have diverted more resources toward the enterprise market. At the same time, it is also cooperating with first-tier laptop vendors to help bring a number of affordable 2-in-1 designs to the market in the second half.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/pc_component_suppliers_hopeful_strong_demand_second_half_201#comments amd demand enterprise desktops intel notebooks pc shipments News Mon, 07 Jul 2014 01:07:34 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28118 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: Rosewill Thor V2 Gaming Case, AMD FX-8350 Vishera, and More! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_rosewill_thor_v2_gaming_case_amd_fx-8350_vishera_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/rosewill_thor.jpg" alt="Rosewill Thor V2 Gaming Case" title="Rosewill Thor V2 Gaming Case" width="300" height="260" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154082/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="newegg logo" title="newegg logo" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>If you want to make a statement that your PC is the big dog in your neighborhood, you'll need an intimidating enclosure that's as large as it's attitude. It also helps if you find one that's universally liked, which is what's so cool about today's top deal -- it's for a <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CASE-N82E16811147053-_-0702&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Rosewill Thor 2 Gaming Full Tower Computer Case </a>for <strong>$90</strong> with free shipping (normally $130 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCPW37</strong>]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Large and in charge, this chassis supports up to E-ATX/XL-ATX motherboards. And while user reviews should always be taken with a pinch of salt, this sucker's sporting a 5/5 star rating out 705 votes -- not too shabby!</p> <p><strong>Other Deals:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005617&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-DISPLAY-N82E16824005617-_-0702&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">LG 24-inch 5ms HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor</a> for <strong>$110</strong> with free shipping (normally $120 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCPW87</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819113284-_-0702&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor</a> for <strong>$170</strong> with free shipping (normally $180 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCPW22</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231628&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-RAM-N82E16820231628-_-0702&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model</a> for <strong>$155</strong> with free shipping (normally $165 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCPCPW27</strong>])</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236517&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-EXT-HDD-N82E16822236517-_-0702&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive</a> for <strong>$60</strong> with free shipping</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_rosewill_thor_v2_gaming_case_amd_fx-8350_vishera_and_more#comments amd Daily Deals daily deals g.skill LG Newegg rosewill wd Western Digital Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:12:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28108 at http://www.maximumpc.com