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AMD cuts Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 pricing by $10 October 22, 2016 - 23:15
GAMDIAS presents three Hermes mechanical keyboards October 21, 2016 - 15:49
AMD preps cut-down Radeon RX 470 with 1792 stream processors October 21, 2016 - 15:36
NVIDIA GeForce 375.57 WHQL arrives for Battlefield 1 October 21, 2016 - 14:12
AMD confirms it is using TSMC 16nm FinFET for some future chips October 21, 2016 - 13:52
AMD believes Summit Ridge will be competitive with Core i5/i7 October 21, 2016 - 13:35
AMD confirms Vega coming in first half of 2017 October 21, 2016 - 13:30
AMD Zen desktop CPUs launch in Q1 2017, server parts in Q2 October 21, 2016 - 13:26
AMD Dracarys: a $10,000 Vega 10 with 1TB memory? October 21, 2016 - 13:15
Private equity firm buys mechanical keyboard switch maker Cherry October 21, 2016 - 13:03
GlobalFoundries lost $1.3 billion in 1H 2016, Chinese fab deal falls through October 21, 2016 - 12:51
Razer Blade Pro uber-expensive laptop has GTX 1080 and low-profile mechanical keyboard October 20, 2016 - 23:55
AMD posts a tiny third-quarter profit, semi-custom SoCs save the day October 20, 2016 - 23:31
GeForce GTX 1070 cards with Micron memory need a BIOS update October 20, 2016 - 22:30
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.2 arrives for Battlefield 1 October 20, 2016 - 20:50
Nintendo teases next-gen Switch console with custom NVIDIA Tegra SoC October 20, 2016 - 16:47
Tesla now making cars with full self-driving hardware (but software still in development) October 20, 2016 - 16:07
PowerColor Devil Box offers external graphics for $379 without the card October 20, 2016 - 15:07
Samsung makes first LPDDR4 memory with 8GB capacity October 20, 2016 - 14:55
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Posted on Saturday, October 22 2016 @ 23:15:11 CEST by
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AMD is fighting the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 series with price cuts on its Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470 video cards. Both models receive a $10 price cut, which will take effect on October 23rd.

VideoCardz writes AMD send a message to some websites but notes the price cut doesn't seem to affect the Radeon RX 460 with 4GB memory.
AMD sent us an email today that indicated a price reduction for the new-ish RX 460 2GB card and RX 470 4GB card, which we’ve reviewed here (RX 460) and here (RX 470). (…)

AMD’s price reduction drops the RX 460 2GB to a $100 MSRP (from ~$110), with the RX 470 dropped down to ~$170 MSRP (from $180).


Posted on Friday, October 21 2016 @ 15:49:08 CEST by
GAMDIAS added three "floating design" mechanical keyboards to its lineup:
Designed for gamers of all level, HERMES P1, M1 and E1 exhibit GAMDIAS’s solid and advanced features: sleek design, ultra-accurate components, and aluminum construction combining for minimalist looks, pinpoint accuracy, and long lasting performance. These new keyboards will be available with GAMDIAS certified switches, all of which have unique contoured keycaps, quick – attach wrist rest for your comfort during gaming sessions and good lighting effects can be directly controlled by the users using the GAMDIAS HERA software or using the keyboards built in controls.

HERMES P1 Gaming Keyboard
GAMDIAS brings 16.8 million color lighting to the new HERMES P1 RGB keyboard, brilliant RGB LED backlighting immerses you in the game with virtually unlimited adjustability. By tapping into our free HERA software, you can set up your customizable RGB lighting or simply use 13 kind of preset lighting effects for all your games and beautiful animations.

The HERMES P1 also features 6 dedicated media keys allow you to play, pause, skip and adjust the volume of your music with a touch of a button, without having to switch out of the game. Additionally, HERMES P1 comes with 100% anti-ghosted matrix, full key rollover and a 1000Hz reporting rate for fast, accurate input for gaming. You can go from zero to awesome in less than five minutes. The Hermes P1 has everything you need to make it yours. HERMES M1 Gaming Keyboard

HERMES M1 offers dynamic 7 color backlights with 4 lighting effects by using HERA software to match your style, and 2 dedicated, programmable G-keys with onboard storage let you quickly access your favorite macros, presets, and key combinations. HERMES M1 features 21 - Key rollover on USB for fast, accurate gameplay and same 6 dedicated media key and 1000Hz reporting rate found in HERMES P1.

HERMES E1 Combo contains HERMES E1 mechanical keyboard, DEMETER E2 Optical mouse and NYX E1 mouse pad which packs a whole lot of features at a budget friendly price. GAMDIAS backlit keyboard and gaming lighting mice brings color to your life.

HERMES E1 - HERMES E1 gives you responsive lighting upon key presses, same programmable G-keys with onboard storage, multimedia controls, and anti-ghosting with 21-key rollover on USB for fast, accurate gameplay found in HERMES M1.

DEMETER E2 Optical Mouse - The DEMETER E2 Optical Mouse features an advanced gaming optical sensor, with up to 3200 DPI, and responsive breathing blue and red lighting accents. It offers good stability and accuracy via great tracking precision and a high max speed.

On-the-fly DPI tuning-Instantly adapt your mouse speed to the situation for total command of any environment. DEMETER E2 has an ergonomic, ambidextrous shape, making it great for both left and right handed users.

NYX E1 Mouse Pad - Built from a high-quality, long-lifespan polymer material, the NYX E1 is optimized for gaming sensors, giving you better glide without sacrificing control or accuracy.

HERMES E1 Combo is definitely a perfect addition to your gaming desk if you are looking for whole pack of gaming gear with affordability and functionality!

Shipments start in November. Here's an overview of the specifications and the pricing of each model:

HERMES P1: $119.9
  • GAMDIAS Certified Mechanical switches for ultimate performance
  • 16.8 million color per-key backlighting for virtually unlimited game customization
  • Aircraft-grade black anodized brushed aluminum for superior rigidity
  • Quick – Attach Wrist Rest – provides comfort for prolonged gaming
  • 32bit ARM® CortexTM-M3 microprocessor: Delivering higher performance and storage of up to 6 profiles on your keyboard."
  • 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover on USB
  • 72 KB Onboard memory stores performance and lighting settings
  • Play Macro via FN+G1/G2
  • GAMDIAS HERA Software – Customize your gaming experience

    HERMES M1: $89.9
  • GAMDIAS Certified Mechanical switches for ultimate performance
  • 7 Color backlight and 4 lighting effects
  • 21 – Key rollover on USB
  • Quick – Attach Wrist Rest – provides comfort for prolonged gaming
  • 32 KB Onboard memory stores performance and lighting settings
  • Play Macro via FN+G1/G2
  • Aircraft-grade black anodized brushed aluminum for superior rigidity
  • GAMDIAS HERA Software – Customize your gaming experience

    HERMES: E1 $79.9
  • GAMDIAS Certified Mechanical switches for ultimate performance
  • Responsive lighting and 4 lighting effects
  • 21 – Key rollover on USB
  • Quick – Attach Wrist Rest – provides comfort for prolonged gaming
  • 32 KB Onboard memory stores performance and lighting settings
  • Play Macro via FN+G1/G2
  • Aircraft-grade black anodized brushed aluminum for superior rigidity
  • GAMDIAS HERA Software – Customize your gaming experience
  • Gamdias Hermes P1 M1 E1

    Posted on Friday, October 21 2016 @ 15:36:18 CEST by
    XFX uploaded details about a "Radeon RX 470D", which appears to be a cut-down version of AMD's Radeon RX 470 series. VideoCardz offers some insight and writes that while the RX 470D may not be the card's official name, there's enough concrete information to make it clear that a new product from AMD is on the way.

    Other rumors claim this card may be launched as the Radeon RX 470 SE or Radeon RX 465, and each site offers different specifications. VideoCardz speculates the new mystery card is likely a cut-down version of the RX 470 with 1792 stream processors.

    Performance-wise this card would compete with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Guess we'll find out more in the coming weeks:
    So we have three sources clearly suggesting that something is coming.

    Radeon RX 470D/SE is likely a new model that will fill the gap between RX 470 and RX 460, which as you know is quite big. So I’m guessing this card will probably compete with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti performance and price wise, while RX 460 will have to fight against GTX 1050.

    According to PCOnline, we should expect Radeon RX 470D/SE few days after GTX 1050 becomes available, so probably early November. Of course, we will keep you informed if we learn more.
    XFX RX 470D

    Posted on Friday, October 21 2016 @ 14:12:51 CEST by
    NVIDIA logo
    NVIDIA released the GeForce 375.57 WHQL drivers, you can grab them via this webpage. This is the Game Ready release for Battlefield 1, Civilization VI, and Titanfall 2, as well as the Game Ready VR edition for Eagle Flight and Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope.

    You also get a new feature and some bug fixes:
    New Features:
  • Enhanced the performance and quality of the motion vectors provided by the Motion- Estimation-Only mode of the video encoder, specifically in stereo VR use cases.

    Windows 10 Fixed Issues:
  • [SLI, Geforce GTX 980M] Mirror's Edge Catalyst flickers on Ansel UI when image moved with mouse pointer. [1805007]

    Windows 8.1/Windows 8/Windows 7 Fixed Issues:
  • [GeForce GTX 650] Dots on all the characters in Grand Theft Auto 5. [1810923]

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    Posted on Friday, October 21 2016 @ 13:52:48 CEST by
    AMD logo
    Over a month ago AMD made some costly changes to the Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) with GlobalFoundries to give itself more flexibility. Among other things, the new framework makes it possible for AMD to have certain products made with another foundry.

    Not a lot of specifics were given but some questions about the WSA amendment came up during yesterday's earnings call with financial analysts. Overall, AMD CEO Lisa Su answered rather evasively but she did mention that over the last six months, AMD ramped five new FinFET products and that it's going really well thanks to having two sources ramping at the same time.

    Furthermore, Su explicitly mentioned AMD is sourcing multiple products at 14nm and 16nm nodes across foundries. A month ago, we didn't know for sure whether AMD would pick Samsung or TSMC but this comment from Su settles the discussion. The 16nm FinFET is only offered by TSMC so now we know for sure that some of AMD's future products will be fabbed by TSMC.

    Here's the full conversation:
    Stacy Rasgon
    Hi guys, thanks for taking my questions. I first wanted to ask about the second sourcing ability embedded in the new Wafer Supply Agreement. So you’ve said that you’re going to be doing some second sourcing, starting in 2017. I wonder, did that push to actually seek out that supply diversification come from you, or was it from specific requests from your customers? And given that, how do you guys make the decision on which products to manufacture at GLOBALFOUNDRIES versus manufacture somewhere else?

    Lisa Su
    Sure, Stacy. Let me start with that. I think, relative to our second sourcing or our supply sourcing flexibility, I think we make it on a product-by-product basis, based on where we are in the business. So we will have multiple products in 14-nanometer and 16-nanometer that will be sourced across foundries, and similarly when we talked about the Wafer Supply Agreement, we mentioned 7-nanometer as being a key target node for that. Relative to how we make the decisions, I think it’s a combination of factors. It includes the complexity of the product. It includes the timing, customers, all kinds of things. So I think that’s part of our product planning process.

    Stacy Rasgon
    Got it. But did the customers themselves have a hand in driving you to make that push to second source?

    Lisa Su
    I think that’s one element, but frankly, I think what’s more important to me is, I need to commit a strong, five-year product road map to the customers, and so we want to make sure that we have all the flexibility to ensure nothing happens. I’ll give you just a little bit of context, Stacy, because I think you know our business well. In this past six months, we’ve ramped five new FinFET products. I mean it’s the fastest transition we have ever made in a process node, and it’s gone really, really well. And I think what’s helped us with that is the fact that we’ve had two sources ramping at the same time.


    Posted on Friday, October 21 2016 @ 13:35:29 CEST by
    AMD logo
    Another snippet from AMD's Q3 earnings call. While answering a question about how she sees the ramp of Summit Ridge, AMD CEO Lisa Su remarked they believe the first Zen-based desktop processor will certainly be competitive with Intel's Core i5 and Core i7 counterparts:
    Chris Hemmelgarn
    Thanks very much. And this is Chris Hemmelgarn on for Blayne. With Summit Ridge launching in Q1 of 2017, how would you expect the channel to ramp that? Do you see it ramping pretty fully in the first couple of quarters of the year, or are you looking for more normal PC seasonality?

    Lisa Su
    No, I would expect that there will be a relatively good initial demand for Summit Ridge that may be not quite at the seasonal patterns. From where we see, Summit Ridge is playing in a space in the high-end desktop, that we currently aren’t offering a product. So we believe we’ll be competitive certainly with Core I5 as well as Core I7, and we will be launching in those areas.


    Posted on Friday, October 21 2016 @ 13:30:35 CEST by
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    Speaking to a financial analyst about the server GPU plans during AMD's quarterly earnings call, CEO Lisa Su confirmed the Vega GPUs are scheduled for the first half of 2017:
    Lisa Su Yes. So let’s talk overall about our graphics business. So when you look at our graphics business, certainly we’re very pleased with the progress that we’ve made on the consumer side, with Polaris. But we’ve also mentioned that we’ve made good progress on the professional graphics side, including both workstations, as well as server GPUs. I think the market is certainly very receptive to growth in the server GPU area. I was just at the Alibaba Cloud computing conference last week, where we announced our collaboration with them. They’re actually using parts that are pre-Polaris and pre-Vega.

    So we were demoing a GPU-based cloud server based on some of our FirePro technology, using hardware-based virtualization. And I think the main feedback that we’ve gotten from them, as well as multiple other cloud engagements, is the hardware looks very good. We’re working with them on the overall infrastructure and software to bring that up, and we believe that the products are very competitive in this market. And the market is nice because it’s certainly margin accretive, to the consumer side of the business.

    So we do expect as we bring out Vega in the first half of 2017 that will certainly strengthen the product portfolio. But there’s a lot of interest in the cloud space around what we’re doing with Radeon PRO and on the server GPU side.


    Posted on Friday, October 21 2016 @ 13:26:08 CEST by
    AMD logo
    Speaking to investors during the company's quarterly earnings call, AMD CEO Lisa Su said Zen remains on track for an early 2017 launch. The desktop processors will be the first to arrive, these will ship in Q1 2017, whereas the first Zen-based server chips follow in Q2 2017.

    Furthermore, she remarked customer and partner excitement about Summit Ridge is growing:
    Su: Customer and partner excitement for our Zen based desktop product Summit Ridge is growing as we successfully passed several key engineering and design win milestones in the quarter. We provided our first competitive performance preview of Summit Ridge in the quarter and believe we will have a very competitive offering for the $4 billion high performance desktop processor market.

    We are working closely with our infrastructure partners and customers in preparation for the launch in early 2017. In graphics, we had a very strong quarter with discrete GPU revenue and unit shipments growing by double-digit percentages sequentially and year-over-year.
    Later in the earnings call, Su remarked there may be some production samples this quarter, but the volume launch is definitely Q1 2017. This implies we may start seeing some good performance leaks towards the end of the year!

    Posted on Friday, October 21 2016 @ 13:15:27 CEST by
    AMD logo
    Rumor website WCCF Tech claims AMD is working on a pretty wicked video card for the supercomputer market. Codenamed Dracarys, this is reportedly a $10,000 video card based on the Vega10 GPU and equipped with over 1TB of memory! Early prototypes are said to be up an running and the site's sources claim AMD will tease the card at next month's Supercomputing 2016 conference.

    If you watch Game of Thrones, you probably know "Dracarys" is a High Valyrian word for "dragon fire". The first development kits are expected next year for around $10,000, with an official Dracarys launch in the second half of 2017 at a lower price point.

    There is a caveat though, the card doesn't feature 1TB memory in the traditional sense, it's reportedly a lot like the Radeon Pro SSG, with 16GB HBM2 plus an onboard solid state disk:
    However, the storage solution in Dracarys is far more integrated and a lot “closer to the metal” so to speak compared to the Radeon Pro SSG. Which is more like a graphics card and a PCIe SSD integrated into one expansion card. Where there are a few hoops that have to be jumped over for the Fiji GPU to access all of the available storage space on the SSD, rather than having it as a direct pool of memory. In that respect alone, the new Vega 10 powered Dracarys board is very different. Another key difference is the new 20+ FP16 teraflops VEGA 10 graphics engine which has more than double the graphics horsepower of Fiji In the Radeon Pro SSG. Suffice to say, Dracarys is dramatically more potent.


    Posted on Friday, October 21 2016 @ 13:03:18 CEST by
    German computer peripheral maker Cherry, best known for its keyboards and its MX mechanical switches, has been acquired by German private investment firm GENUI. The transaction is expected to close in November and requires no regulatory approvals. Financial details aren't disclosed but the announcement mentions Cherry sold roughly 80 million EUR worth of products in 2015.

    Overall the announcement remains rather vague, with the usual statements about how this deal will create "excellent growth prospects" for Cherry, but it also stresses that GENUI intends to be a long-term partner.
    German private investment company GENUI and the Cherry management has announced the acquisition of the international Cherry Group from ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Excellent growth prospects for the computer input device manufacturer and its employees will result from the investment.

    "It was very important to us to find a new owner for Cherry that would offer the company and its employees a solid future with good prospects," explains Michael Hankel, ZF member of the Board of Management responsible for Cherry. "GENUI offers precisely such a future and is therefore an outstanding partner for Cherry." ZF will sell its 100-percent share in the subsidiary as it concentrates investment in its core business. The Cherry Group posted sales of roughly €80 million in 2015. It has 380 employees worldwide, 280 of whom work at the company's headquarters in Auerbach, situated between Nuremberg and Bayreuth.

    Hartmut Jenner and Joachim Coers are experienced entrepreneurs who will advise Cherry's management on a consultancy basis. Thanks to this commitment, outstanding developmental opportunities exist for the company and its workforce, creating excellent growth prospects for Cherry.

    "Input device manufacturer, Cherry, is among the world's leading mechanical keyboard switch producers and is perfectly positioned within the growing PC gaming market", explains Dr. Sumeet Gulati, partner of GENUI. "GENUI is convinced that the experience and networks of both advising entrepreneurs constitutes a valuable partnership. Cherry will benefit from the planned investments, structure and strategy which have been set out for long-term growth."

    Sonja Hahn, chairwoman of the ZF and Cherry works council at the Auerbach location, was very positive about the new owner: "GENUI presented itself to the works council as a reliable and long-term partner. We placed particular value on the commitment to current collective agreements, co-determination and to the Auerbach location."

    Cherry Managing Director Manfred Schöttner adds: "Cherry's management and workforce are convinced that the Cherry Group is facing excellent development opportunities within the new ownership structure. It gives us the opportunity to leverage the existing market potential of the Cherry brand, worldwide. We are looking forward to working with both experienced consultants and GENUI."

    The takeover which requires no regulatory approvals is planned for conclusion in November this year. Details of the financial agreement will remain undisclosed.
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