PC Perspective is one of the few websites that managed to get their hands on an AMD Radeon Pro Duo card, you can check out their review over here. While the dual-GPU Fiji was initially aimed at gamers, AMD later changed its story and positioned the card as something for game developers and VR content creators. Looking at the performance figures, there seems to be good reason for this as the card performs rather poorly, which is undoubtedly the reason why so few tech sites got the opportunity to test it.
For professionals looking to get an AMD multi-GPU configuration in their machine for development and offline rendering, the Radeon Pro Duo is an ideal solution. It takes up less space but also offers the same performance capability, and it might be easier to talk your CTO into a single expensive GPU than a pair of less expensive ones! With no similarly high-performance option from NVIDIA on the market, as there was never a dual-Maxwell solution sold, AMD has this market all to itself (for now). I do hope that developers find a way to integrate this card or any multi-GPU combination into their boxes; that is what it will take to get multi-GPU into DX12 and VR games. Experience with multiple graphics cards will undoubtedly equate to better solutions for gamers in the future.
AMD send out word that it finalized its joint-venture transaction with Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics (NFME). Under this deal, AMD transfers its assembly, test, mark, and pack (ATMP) capabilities to the joint-venture, thereby completing its transition to a fabless business model.
The joint-venture will offer its services to a broader range of customers but NFME will be the controlling partner as it paid AMD approximately $371 million to obtain a 85 percent stake in the venture. After deducting taxes and other expenses, the transaction results in net cash proceeds of $320 million for AMD, while also lowering the chip designer's future capital expenditures.
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (NFME) (SZSE: TFWD) today announced that they have closed the transaction to create a joint venture offering differentiated assembly, test, mark, and pack (ATMP) capabilities to both AMD and a broader range of customers.
“Combining AMD’s world-class teams and facilities in Penang and Suzhou with NFME’s expertise in the growing assembly and test market will create a new outsource assembly and test leader with the scale and capabilities to help us deliver our upcoming high-performance technologies and products that can re-shape the industry,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “The creation of this joint venture marks another step in building a more focused AMD as we complete our transition to a fabless business model, enhance our supply chain operations, and further strengthen our financial position.”
“AMD is a world class semiconductor provider with advanced flip chip packaging and test technologies. These capabilities are complementary with NFME’s advanced packaging and test technologies, such as its flip chip and bump technology for the computing, communication and consumer market. The establishment of this joint venture will elevate the competitiveness of NFME’s flip chip packaging and test technologies to a world-class level. With this joint venture, NFME’s advanced packaging and test capabilities will account for 70 percent of its total revenue, leading the entire industry and ranking among the top packaging and test companies in the world,” said Chairman of Nantong Fujitsu Mr. Shi Mingda.
Key highlights of the deal include:
NFME’s affiliates have purchased an 85 percent share of AMD’s Penang, Malaysia and Suzhou, China ATMP operations and act as controlling partner for the new joint venture business.
AMD received from NFME approximately $371 million, excluding purchase price adjustments, with net cash proceeds of approximately $320 million after payment of taxes and other customary expenses. AMD retains a 15 percent ownership of the Penang and Suzhou operations.
The transaction is expected to be cost neutral to AMD’s P&L while significantly reducing AMD’s capital expenditures. AMD will account for its 15 percent ownership stake in the joint venture and its results of operations under the equity method of accounting.
Approximately 1,700 AMD employees transitioned to the joint venture.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to AMD, and provided a fairness opinion to the board of directors of AMD.
ARS Technica UK has written an interesting article about the history of of London-based visual effect companies. The piece is very long but there are some interesting observations, the VFX studios are powered by Linux-based systems with Intel processors and use NVIDIA graphics cards. The studios say they prefer NVIDIA for reasons of driver stability.
But while GPUs are used for quick and dirty previews, the actual rendering work is done primarily on CPUs, with movies like Monsters University requiring a whopping 24,000 cores and even as much as 40,000 for Avatar. The reason why the VFX firms don't use GPUs is because they lack the required memory capacity. The production of Avatar required a massive 104TB of RAM.
Each frame in a final render requires 64GB or even as much as 128GB of system memory, whereas NVIDIA's Quadro M6000 tops out at 24GB. And that's for rendering at around a 2K resolution, a switch to 4K further exacerbates the issue.
"Nvidia has this yearly question that they pose to their customers, and 'more memory' is what they hear across the board," says Pixar software engineer Jeremy Cowles. "The way we're using GPUs right now is we use a lot for textures, for frame buffers. Everything is MSAA [multisample antialiasing], so that eats up more memory too. If we could really show the whole scene, like every object previewed with the true limit surface, that would chew up an enormous amount of memory.
"The other thing that we do is that we do this kind of image caching in Presto [Pixar's proprietary animation system], so every frame of animation is saved as a temporary image. Animators can then scrub through them quickly without having to re-render. Right now that's all stored on the CPU [i.e. main system memory], but we would love to be able to store that on the GPU [i.e. video RAM]."
ASRock teamed up with Intel to design the DeskMini, one of the smallest PCs in the world. The whole system looks about the size of a regular power supply, it features a Mini-STX form factor motherboard, an Intel Core i3-6100 processor and up to two 2.5" SSDs. Not a lot of other details are known, ASRock is expected to reveal the device at Computex.
Aside from appreciating a delicate compact design, most people barely recognize the artisanship and technology breakthrough it takes to shrink gizmos by even merely an inch. That said, it took two great minds, both Intel® and ASRock working side by side to build one of the world's smallest mini PCs – ASRock DeskMini.
"We are excited to be working with ASRock as an ecosystem partner on innovative products", said Steve R. Peterson, Client Marketing and Enabling Director at Intel® Corp. "The Mini Socket Technology Extended (Mini-STX) form factor adds the flexibility to support Intel® LGA 1151 socket-based Intel® processors in the mini PC segment. Ultimately, the Mini-STX component stack provides valuable configurability options for the channel, by extending the DT tower building block model into some of the smallest mini PCs available today."
ASRock DeskMini is based on the latest Mini Socket Technology Extended form factor, otherwise known as Mini-STX. Contrary to other run-of-the-mill small form factor systems, not only does DeskMini allow users to swap the CPU according to their own choice, it also packs enough headroom for a standard Intel® box fan plus two 2.5 inch disk drives, all into the 1.92 liter chassis.
ASRock DeskMini hitting 392 cb CPU score on Cinebench R15 with an Intel® Core i3-6100 processor, while other systems don't even come close with a Core i7-6500U processor.
Moreover, while the whole setup is much smaller and power efficient than traditional desktop systems, it is also way more powerful than the current NUCs in the market. After conducting a series of tests, it was evident that ASRock DeskMini rocked the Cinebench R15, Sandra and 3DMark scores with an Intel® Core i3-6100, compared to other mini PCs that sported a Core i7-6500U.
Variety reports Swedish actress Alicia Vikander will be playing Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider movie reboot. You may know her from Ex Machina or The Danish Girl.
While other actresses had met for the role, including Daisy Ridley, source indicate that Vikander had always been the first choice. The reason for the delay of announcement was that the studio was waiting for a new draft of the script, sources say.
Vikander won an Oscar for her performance in “The Danish Girl,” and also garnered attention for her performance in “Ex Machina.” Coming up, the actress has the next movie in the Jason Bourne franchise and “The Light Between Oceans” opposite Michael Fassbender.
Word is going around that NVIDIA is hosting an Editor's Day next week, this is a secret event for members of the press where the graphics giant shows its latest products and technologies. VideoCardz writes one of the main briefings at the event will be about NVIDIA's upcoming Pascal-based video cards.
Our sources claim that two graphics cards will be unveiled. So this should probably mean GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 showcase.
We are avoiding the term ‘announcement’ as it remains unclear if the event will be live streamed for public audience or its content will be disclosed later when NDA lifts. Normally NVIDIA tends to call public events as ‘press conferences’, so it is unlikely we will be seeing official confirmation of this Pascal event.
In 2014, the Editor's Day was held one week before the official GM204 "Maxwell" launch.
If you missed the beta or if you just want to take a quick look at how the new DOOM game looks like, here's your chance as Bethesda just uploaded a one-hour gameplay trailer. DOOM releases on Friday, May 13th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Join id Software's Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin as they provide an exclusive look at DOOM's single-player campaign -- highlighting never-before-seen content.
Phanteks introduces the classy Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass. As the name suggests, this is a new spin on the Enthoo Evolv ATX with full tempered glass panels and it also features Phanteks RGB LED lighting controls. The case will ship in satin black, galaxy silver and anthracite grey color options, with a suggested retail price of $189.99.
Phanteks today announced the new Enthoo Evolv
ATX Tempered Glass Edition which features full tempered glass panels and Phanteks RGB
LED lighting controls. The Evolv ATX Tempered Glass with come in three colors - Satin Black,
Galaxy Silver and Anthracite Grey.
Designed based on the EVOLV line, the Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass Edition combines
sandblasted aluminum with tempered glass panels. System builders and watercooling
enthusiasts can now present their build with a premium touch. The EVOLV ATX Tempered
Glass Edition is equipped with innovative features, amazing (water)cooling potential, and
The new Evolv ATX Tempered Glass now supports 10 colors RGB LED lighting with illumination
effects that includes static, breathing and color cycle. You can also upgrade the lighting with
Phanteks’ PH-LEDKT_M1/M2 and create your own personal color schemes.
The Evolv ATX Tempered Glass will come equipped with 3x Phanteks PH-F140SP fans, 2x SSD
brackets, 3x 3.5” modular HDD brackets, retractable radiator bracket, and removable dust
BIOSTAR announces the availability of the H110MD PRO D4 motherboard.
BIOSTAR proudly announces its latest PRO Series motherboard addition: the BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4. This motherboard allows system builders to utilize DDR4 memory modules with their builds to accommodate the transition from DDR3 to DDR4 and gain the benefits of the newer standard including lower operating voltages and higher speeds at lower latencies.
The BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4 supports the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors and uses the H110 chip supports DDR4-2133 and DDR4-1866 memory modules of up to 32GB capacity. The board integrates the core features of the BIOSTAR PRO series notably the Tough Power Enhanced power design for improved stability and AudioArt capacitors that deliver an incredible listening experience versus similar motherboards.
The BIOSTAR H110MD PRO D4 strikes a perfect balance of price and features. Allowing support for modern technology, users now gain the benefit of modern standard to help them setup a robust and reliability system for their daily needs for both work and entertainment.
BIOSTAR PRO Series Features
Audio Art Capacitors – high-end Japanese Nichicon audio capacitors bring audio to life to offer a whole new artistic dimension and clarity to your listening experience.
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BIOSTAR 6+ Experience
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