AMD rolls out eSports ready gaming PCs with 7th generation A-series processors

7th generation AMD A series processors

AMD has announced the launch of new mainstream and eSports ready gaming PCs powered by the 7th generation AMD A-series desktop processors. Equipped with the new AMD AM4 platform, the new gaming PCs provide support for DDR4 memory including the next generation I/O and standards.

Commenting on the release, Kevin Lensing, Corporate VP and general manager of Client Computing at AMD disclosed that the consumer release of new HP and Lenovo designs is an important milestone for AMD. It not only marks a major increase in productivity performance but also empowers it to be ready for the upcoming high-performance Summit Ridge desktop processors featuring Zen cores.

Moreover, the launch of new gaming PCs with the new 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop processors will bring new dimensions to the streaming video and eSports gaming experiences.

HP and Lenovo to ship with 7th gen AMD A-series processors

Initially available under HP and Lenovo brand, the new gaming PCs is capable of delivering high-speed processing, smooth eSports gaming in addition to enhanced HD and USH streaming capabilities. The new gaming PCs integrated with AMD AM4 processors will be the highest memory bandwidth ever developed for an AMD desktop platform.

7th Generation AMD A processors are energy efficient

The PCs powered by the 7th Generation AMD A-Series processors are dubbed to be productive, immersive and energy efficient with up to four Excavator CPU cores. The processors consist of 65-watt and 35-watt versions with superior power efficiency. The new processors also enable flexible solutions in a wide variety of form factors.

7th Generation AMD A processor offers improved graphics performance

According to sources, the new 7th Generation 65-watt A-Series processor is capable of delivering performance, which could be achieved only at 95-watts with the previous generation. Moreover, the new 65-watt processors are capable of offering equivalent performance similar to that of the Intel Core i5 6500. It also offers up to 99 percent enhanced graphics performance.

Previously codenamed as Bristol Ridge, the 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop processors provides improved graphics performance. It also supports key video playback features up to 4K Ultra HD in both the popular H.264 and new-and-improved H.265 formats.

The new gaming PCs with new AMD processors will also be equipped with AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next graphics, with full support for Microsoft DirectX 12.

The AMD AM4 processor socket comes with a new unified socket system, which provides compatibility between 7th Generation AMD A-Series processors and the forthcoming “Summit Ridge” AMD desktop CPU. In addition to DDR4 memory, the new AMD AM4 processors provide support for PCIe Gen 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2, NVMe, and SATA Express.

AMD Radeon RX 470, RX 460 gaming cards price and availability details

Advanced Micro Devices has unveiled two brand new graphics cards in the Radeon 400 series. The latest graphics cards named as RX 470 and RX 460 are trimmed down versions of the highly acclaimed RX 480.

The RX 470 will be available for purchase from 4th August and the RX 460 will be sold from 8th August. While the AMD hasn’t disclosed the pricing, the more powerful RX 470 is expected to be priced around 150 USD and the lower variant RX 460 may cost about 110 USD.

AMD Radeon RX 470

The Radeon RX 470 is based on the Polaris 10 GPU architecture and developed using 14nm FinFET process. The card contains 2048 steam processors. The core clock speed of RX 470 is 926 MHz, which can be boosted up to 1206 MHz. This GPU comes with 4 GB GDDR5 memory with a speed of 6.6 Gb/s. The memory bus of this card is 256 bit.

Radeon RX 470

The GPU draws a total of 120 watts from the board. The RX 470 is presumed to come with three display ports and one HDMI port, which is identical to the RX 480. This card is capable running almost every game fluently in Full HD or 1080P.

AMD Radeon RX 460

The Radeon 460 is based on AMD’s Polaris 11 GPU. This is also manufactured using the 14nm FinFET process. This requires the lowest power to run among all the cards in the Radeon 400 series. The RX 460 is aimed to be used mostly in low laptops and powered desktops.

There are 896 steam processors in the card running at 1090 MHz which can be boosted to 1200 MHz. The GPU has two variants, one with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory and another with 4 GB of DDR5 graphics memory. The memory runs at 7 Gb/s. This is a 128-bit card which is half of the 256-bit memory bus of the RX 470. The RX 460 has a total memory bandwidth of 112 GB/s.

The power consumption of this card is below 75 watts. This enables the card to run independently without an external PCle power supply. As a result, the RX 460 is compatible with laptops and low to mid power desktops lacking the PCle port external power connector. This indicates that the laptop market is important to AMD.

There is one Display Port, an HDMI port, and one DL-DVI-I port. The DVI port will help in connecting CRT monitors and old LCDs. The Radeon RX 460 is a low budget graphics card offering very respectable performance.

AMD Radeon Pro SSG with 1TB NAND flash memory price and availability details

AMD Radeon Pro SSG

AMD Radeon Pro SSG graphics card has been released with an integrated SSD for the first time at $9999. The new Radeon Pro SSG features two PCIs 3.0 M.2 slots, which enables you to add up to 1TB of NAND flash memory directly to the graphics card.

The main advantage of integrating SSD storage in graphics card is that it enables you to work with large datasets locally without having to make use of the system memory. You will be able to experience faster performance during heavy rendering work such as Virtual Reality, medical, scientific computations including oil and gas exploration communities.

AMD Radeon Pro SSG Features

Recently demonstrated at the Siggraph computer graphics conference, the Radeon Pro SSG is capable of rendering raw 8K video smoothly without sacrificing performance at 30 frames per second. Meanwhile, AMD has claimed that it can even run at 90 fps.

AMD has manufactured Radeon Pro SSG to target users who perform heavy duty graphics and rendering work. If you are a normal user, the graphics card will not be worth for you considering the massive cost. The beta developer kits of the AMD Radeon Pro SSG will be available for sale within the next few days.

It’s highly unlikely that AMD will slash the pricing of the graphics card since the current product is mainly used for commercial purposes. The beta developer kits will be available for sale from $9999.

AMD Radeon Pro SSG: Polaris Processor

Even though we don’t have any specifications about the new graphics card, AMD has disclosed that the Pro SSG is based on a Polaris 10 chipset. This processor is integrated with the mainstream RX 480 graphics card, which provides an average performance. However, AMD has clarified that the integration of SSD will dramatically improve the rendering speed of high-end computations and workloads.

AMD Radeon Pro SSG Specs and Price

On the specifications front, the Radeon Pro WX7100 features 32 compute units (CUs), 8GB RAM, and a 256-bit bus. Talking about WX5100, it offers 28 CUs/four teraflops, 8GB RAM, 256-bit bus. However, WX4100 ships with 16CUs/2 teraflops, 4GB RAM paired with a 128-bit bus.

To demonstrate the effectiveness of the Radeon Pro SSG, AMD rendered an 8K video at 17 FPS without using the graphics card and at 30 FPS with the new graphics card.

In addition to the Radeon Pro SSG, AMD also launched new Radeon Pro WX line-up, which is a new range of workstation based graphics card based on Polaris. The Radeon Pro WX 7100 costing $1000 enables you to create professional VR content. The Radeon Pro WX 4100 offers a new design, which is small enough to fit into the pockets of an AMD executive.

The newly released Radeon Pro SSG will be available in a reference design for quality purposes with 10 years warranty.

AMD launches Radeon RX 480 VR graphics card starting at Rs.22990

AMD

AMD has launched its first graphics card based on the new Polaris XT GPU architecture and 14nm FinFET manufacturing process – the Radeon RX 480. Instead of the going all guns blazing and build a high-end video card, AMD is targeting the mid-range market with the Radeon RX 480. It’s a VR ready graphics card which will be available in 4GB and 8GB variants.

The company has confirmed that the 4GB variant gets a price tag of Rs. 22,990, a reduction of Rs. 2,000 from the previously stated Rs. 24990. While the 8GB variant has been priced at Rs. 26,990, a reduction of Rs. 2,000 from the previously stated Rs. 28,990.  

(Please note that the prices mentioned above are before taxes and duties) 

The Radeon RX 480 comes with 36 Compute Units (CUs), 144 TMUs, 32 ROPs and 2M of L2 cache. The GPU is clocked at 1120MHz with boost speed up to 1266MHz. AMD’s new Polaris architecture allows Radeon RX 480 to be more power efficient, as it’s much smaller than the cards we’ve seen in the past that used AMD’s earlier 28nm design.

amd-Radeon-RX480

“Our message to gamers everywhere is that the Radeon RX 480 is every bit as much your card as it is ours,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “We designed this technology by listening intently to you, the gamers who have bought and played on our graphics technology for years. We’ve worked tirelessly to produce something that satisfies the most discerning gamer and delivers the ideal product at an impeccable price. We couldn’t be more grateful for the reception we’ve received from gamers”.

AMD is expected to launch the rest of its Polaris lineup later next month which is bound to have a significant impact on the mid-range and entry-level market.

EX-NASA chief DAN Goldin AI Startup to compete with other big companies developing AI

KnuEdge founder Dan Goldin

Dan Goldin, who served as one of the longest administrators of NASA from 1992 to 2001, was the man behind overseeing some of the most successful projects like the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavor. He also played a significant role in redesigning the International Space Station.

Once his tenure got over in NASA, he started looking for other opportunities like in between he studied Robotics and later on in 2003, he accepted the offer of becoming president of Boston University. Even though he never held the office officially as his contract got terminated a day before he took on this new role but Dan Goldin still got $1.8 million.

After this for ten years, the 75-year-old man vanished from the public eye and came back again to announce that he has been working on a startup KnuEdge. It will be releasing its first product for the technology market KnuVerse, an Al-assisted tool that will help in identifying voices in the most noisiest of places. The new startup based in San Diego is build to give a huge competition to the establishment like Google, AMD, and Intel.

Talking to Business Insider, he stated –

I am not an incrementalist, I was just waiting for the right time. Also, I believe that KnuEdge will change the face of technology and be a forebearer for neutral network-powered artificial brains for the future.

Companies like Google, Intel, AMD are spending a lot to optimize existing processors so that better graphics processors help in the better running of neutral networks. But with this new startup, Goldin is sure that it will not only change the entire landscapes of technology but also outgrow the already established brands.

In the ten years, KnuEdge has raised up to $100 million from investors and $20 million in lifetime revenues from customers who would prefer to remain unnamed. Goldin has targeted people who come from the world of the military, defense, and aerospace.

With this startup, Goldin knew that it would take time, and so he brought on researchers who were not in a rush and invested time on this new project. It was also the reason behind him not going in the Silicon Valley. The voice recognition app KnePath’s has already been tested in battlefield condition and as he believes it has the potential to build best-sounding voice app ever seen or can be used for police department forensics division.

HP Envy x360 with AMD 7th-gen Bristol Ridge Mobile Processor announced

HP Envy x360

HP’s upcoming Envy x360 laptop is expected to ship with a new seventh-generation Bristol Ridge AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), which offers 10% performance boost over Carrizo. Even though AMD has announced the processor details, it will not be available until Computex 2016, which is expected to be held between May 31 and June 1 in Taiwan.

Designed for the purpose of use in ultrathin laptops, convertible tablets-come-notebooks, and all-in-one desktops, the latest Bristol Ridge processor is touted to offer advanced video, high-end graphics, and security features including outstanding energy efficiency.

While HP Envy x360 will be the first laptop to integrate the new processor, the company is planning to introduce additional models later this year.

7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors

Commenting on the development, Jim Anderson, Senior Vice-president and General Manager at AMD disclosed that consumers demand sharper graphics, faster performance, longer battery life and the latest Bristol Ridge processor packs in all the new features in addition to additional performance enhancements.

Anderson, further, added that the company is in talks with other laptop manufacturers and consumers can expect powerful systems by the end of 2016.

To be available in both Quad and Dual-core configurations, the seventh-generation Bristol Ridge AMD processor is optimized for use in mobile devices. Moreover, by combining the internals with AMD’s Radeon R7 or R5 graphics chips, consumers can expect smooth online gaming and high definition streaming.

With the help of AMD’s Virtual Super Resolution feature, users will be able to experience an image quality of up to 4K in gaming even if the end-user systems consist of only Full-HD display. Moreover, the processor also comes equipped with AMD’s FreeSync technology, which eliminates frame stuttering and tearing in 3D games.

In addition to the above-mentioned features, the seventh-generation Bristol Ridge AMD processor also provide support for Graphics Core Next architecture, DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs to handle modern graphics intensive applications.

AMD A-series 6th Generation Processors: All you need to know!

AMD A-series 6th Generation Processors

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices), few months ago, released the AMD A series, which are their 6th generation processors. This release was made right at the time when Intel had released their Haswell processors in the market. There are in total five processors in this series.

The Chips are named A10, A8 and A6. All of these are meant to be competitions for the i3 and i5 series. The high market, however, was conceded by AMD to the Intel i7.

Here is a small table of specs for the A series of processors by AMD.

A10-6800K A8-6700 A8-6600K A8-6500 A6-6400k
Radeon Brand HD 8670D HD 8670D HD 8570D HD 8570D HD 8470D
TDP (W) 100 65 100 65 65
Radeon Cores 384 384 256 256 192
GPU Clock Speed (MHz) 844 844 844 800 800
CPU Cores 4 4 4 4 2
CPU Clock (Max Turbo/Base) (GHz) 4.4/4.1 4.3/3.7 4.2/3.9 4.1/3.5 4.1/3.9
Total Cache (MB) 4 4 4 4 1
Max DDR3 2133 1866 1866 1866 1866
AMD Turbo Core Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unlock Yes No Yes No Yes
Price (USD) $149 $149 $119 $119 $77

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AMD is not doing well as far as the processor market is concerned. Intel Still holds about 80% markets when we talk about processor sale and distribution.

AMD has gone through lots of cost and manpower cuts to make ends meet. These processors are still not in the league when we compare them to the Haswell series. With the new Skylake series in the market, there is no chance for these processors.

Recently Microsoft and Samsung has showed keen interest in buying AMD, this may be because both Microsoft and Samsung is looking to power up their devices with their homegrown CPU design just like Apple.

For people looking for decent performance at low cost, these processors are good options, though.