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Coolchip close to launching a low-profile kinetic cooler July 01, 2016 - 09:31
AMD explains how its Radeon 4xx naming scheme works, hints at second-gen cards June 30, 2016 - 23:24
Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro gets pictured June 30, 2016 - 14:07
Phanteks debuts RGB LED strips June 30, 2016 - 13:57
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1060 on the way for laptops? June 30, 2016 - 13:41
Seagate cuts 3 percent of its workforce June 30, 2016 - 13:27
Why AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB launch cards have 8GB onboard June 30, 2016 - 00:00
Yikes, AMD Radeon RX 480 draws up to 150W spikes from the 75W PCIe slot June 29, 2016 - 22:29
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.6.2 is out with RX 480 support and Radeon WattMan June 29, 2016 - 19:46
ASUS showcases the upcoming ROG Strix RX 480 June 29, 2016 - 17:22
AMD buys software maker HiAlgo to improve its Radeon cards June 29, 2016 - 17:20
Can a Radeon RX 480 4GB be converted into 8GB with a BIOS update? June 29, 2016 - 17:17
MSI teases its Radeon RX 480 Gaming X 8GB June 29, 2016 - 16:46
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB arrives for $239: good performance but poor cooling June 29, 2016 - 15:31
Microsoft confirms Windows 10 Anniversary Update launch date is August 2 June 29, 2016 - 15:00
Windows 10 Anniversary Update to arrive on August 2 June 29, 2016 - 13:20
EduCrypt ransomware teaches victims a lesson June 29, 2016 - 13:10
AMD Radeon RX 490 coming before year-end or just a typo? June 29, 2016 - 12:57
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 rumored to be available on July 14th June 29, 2016 - 12:37
Be Quiet! Dark Base 900 looks stunning and fits up to 15 SSDs June 28, 2016 - 15:07

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Posted on Friday, July 01 2016 @ 09:31:58 CEST by
The Tech Report writes Coolchip is bringing out a low-profile "kinetic cooler". This type of cooler uses an air bearing heat exchanger, instead of coming with a fan it rotates the heatsink itself. This cooling concept promises to reduce the amount of energy required to cool the heatsink, while also lowering noise volumes.

The cooler is really small but is designed for Intel CPUs with a TDP of maximum 70W. Pricing and availability is unknown.
The teaser image was posted on the company's Facebook page, and it apparently depicts a "low-profile kinetic cooler" for Intel processors with TDPs up to 70W. While that dissipation figure isn't especially impressive, this thing is smaller than even the Intel stock cooler, and it should be very quiet.
Coolchip Kinetic cooler

Posted on Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 23:24:57 CEST by
AMD issued a new slide that reveals how its new desktop graphics card naming scheme works. It appears there are two main classes in the naming scheme; the Radeon RX 4XX cards and the Radeon 4XX cards.

Do note that this is just an explanation of how the naming scheme was designed, AMD explicitly said this is not a confirmation of upcoming products. The most interesting thing perhaps is that the naming scheme is designed to incorporate second-generation cards, these would end with the number "5". If these parts like perhaps Radeon RX 485 are on the horizon, they could offer things like higher clockspeeds and lower power consumption than the first generation.

The RX parts
The RX naming will be used for three groups, the top tier being the 49x which should have a memory bus greather than 256-bit and 4K gaming support. As mentioned before, this is not confirmation of upcoming products, but perhaps this slot will be occupied by the future Vega GPU.

Moving down a notch we have the 48x and 47x, these have a 256-bit memory bus and 1440p gaming support, and next we have the 46x and 45x with 128-bit memory bus and Full HD gaming support.

To quality for RX branding, a card needs raw computing performance in excess of 1.5 teraflops and a memory bandwidth of at least 100GB/s. Furthermore, they should be capable of playing popular games like DOTA 2 and LoL at 1080p with 60fps.

Non-RX cards
There may be non-RX versions of the 46x and 45x, these would also have a 128-bit memory bus and 1080p gaming support. The lower tier is the 44x, these cards would have a 64-bit memory bus.

AMD RX 400 naming scheme

Source: VideoCardz and Tweakers

Posted on Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 14:07:18 CEST by
Sapphire revealed its upcoming Radeon RX 480 Nitro card during a session with Joker Productions.

The card has a dual-fan cooling solution, a black shroud, some fancy LEDs along the side of the card, a DVI display output, and a highly needed 8-pin PCIe power connector.

Sapphire RX 480 Nitro card

Posted on Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 13:57:24 CEST by
Phanteks announces the availability of its new 400mm LED strip products. These can be plugged into motherboards with a 4-pin RGB LED header, like the ASUS Aura series motherboards. The starter kit is priced at $19.99 and an extension strip costs $5.99.
Phanteks announced the immediate releases of the RGB LED Strip Combo Set and RGB LED Strip (400mm). The high performance RGB LED strip features ultra high brightness LEDs and incorporate a number of unique features that ensure long-lasting, bright and even illumination. Phanteks RGB LED Strip Combo Set, the perfect starter kit for your case lighting solution.

Phanteks RGB LED Strip Combo Set includes 2x 400mm magnetic RGB LED strips, RGB LED adapter for motherboards with 4pin RGB LED header, 1x Extension cable and 3M adhesive tape. With the RGB LED adapter included in the Combo Set, you can plug in the RGB LED adapter to motherboards’ 4pin RGB header and install it to any case on the market or plug it directly to Phanteks cases that has the LED connectors.

Phanteks RGB LED Strip 400MM is an expansion kit for the RGB LED Strip Combo Set. This kit allows you to add more lighting solution to your starter kit if needed. The expansion kit includes 1x 400mm magnetic LED strip and 3M adhesive tape. These kits allow you to customize your lighting solution in your build.
Phanteks RGB led strips

Posted on Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 13:41:59 CEST by
According to a new leak, NVIDIA plans to replace its GeForce GTX 950M and GeForce GTX 960M with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1060 video cards. Last year NVIDIA dropped the "M" postfix with the launch of the GeForce GTX 980 for laptops and now the company seems to be planning to expand this to the mid-range and entry-level cards. The reasoning here is that the difference between the performance of the laptop and desktop parts is so small that there's no need for the "M" postfix.

These two cards are expected in August, together with the mobile GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070.
So right we are aware of four mobile GeForce 10 parts:

  • GeForce GTX 1080 for notebooks, GP104, 8GB GDDR5 256-bit
  • GeForce GTX 1070 for notebooks, GP104, 8GB GDDR5 256-bit
  • GeForce GTX 1060 for notebooks, GP106, 6GB GDDR5 192-bit
  • GeForce GTX 1050 Ti for notebooks, GP10?, 4GB GDDR5 128-bit

    All these cards would launch somewhere around early August.

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    Posted on Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 13:27:41 CEST by
    HDD maker Seagate announced it's cutting 1600 jobs, about 3 percent of its global workforce of 52,000 employees. The job cuts are expected to be completed by the end of this year's September quarter and should result in cost savigns of about $100 million per year.

    It's the second round of restructuring in less than a year, in September 2015 the storage firm announced it would cut over 1,000 jobs. The weak PC market and the shift towards solid state storage are to blame for Seagate's woes.

    Via: Bloomberg

    Posted on Thursday, June 30 2016 @ 00:00:30 CEST by
    AMD logo
    As I wrote a couple of posts ago, the review samples of the AMD Radeon RX 480 all feature 8GB GDDR5 memory and the reviewers got a custom BIOS that can switch the cards to 4GB mode. Where it gets really interesting is that all RX 480 cards that are shipping right now reportedly feature 8GB of memory because AMD had trouble sourcing enough memory.

    Not enough memory supply
    PC Perspective broke the news and now Legit Reviews backs it up with more details. AMD had trouble sourcing enough GDDR5 memory with a frequency of 8Gbps so they decided to equip all launch cards with 8GB of 8Gbps GDDR5 memory. If I'm interpreting this correctly, AMD couldn't secure a large enough supply of 0.5Gb GDDR5 memory chips with a frequency of 8Gbps, hence all cards today feature 1Gb memory chips. This means that if you can find a 4GB card today, and they really seem rare, there's a very good chance you'll be able to mod it into a 8GB model. At the moment, nobody has dared to upload the custom BIOS but it's probably only a matter of time until it leaks or someone creates it himself.

    RX 480 custom cards to have 7Gbps to 8Gbps memory chips
    The article also mentions that due to the limited availability of 8Gbps memory, AMD decided to drop the Radeon RX 480 memory specification to "at least 7Gbps". The reference cards feature 8Gbps memory chips but AMD's add-in board (AIB) partners will be free to use the cheaper 7Gbps memory chips. Legit Reviews claims a fair number of custom cards will use the 7Gbps variety as it's more readily available.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29 2016 @ 22:29:14 CEST by
    Several of the more detailed reviews of AMD's Radeon RX 480 reveal the card definitely needed an eight-pin PCIe power connector as its power consumption isn't what AMD claimed it would be. It seems this is one of the areas where AMD cut corners to make the card cheaper, not just in price but also in terms of quality.

    Tom's Hardware investigated the card's power draw in great detail and learned that despite the 150W TDP, the card has an average gaming load power consumption of 164W!

    Due to the load distribution, this works out to 86W drawn through the motherboard's PCIe slot, despite the latter being designed to handle a maximum of just 75W. And it gets worse, the site found that the maximum power draw includes spikes of up to 155W - more than twice as much as the PCIe slot is designed to handle!
    With peaks of up to 155W, we have to be thankful they're brief, and not putting the motherboard in any immediate danger. However, the audio subsystems on cheaper platforms will have a hard time dealing with them. This means that the "you can hear what you see" effect will be in full force during load changes; activities like scrolling may very well result in audible artifacts.
    RX 480 mobo power draw

    As Tom's Hardware points out, this doesn't bode well for a Radeon RX 480 in CrossFire.
    We’re also left to wonder what we'd see from a CrossFire configuration. Two graphics cards would draw 160W via the motherboard’s 24-pin connector; that's a tall order. Switching from the bars back to a more detailed curve makes this even more evident.
    RX 480 mobo power draw

    Hopefully AMD can resolve this via a software-based update but any fix for this may hurt performance. How this will play out over time will be interesting, to say the least. As it stands right now, the RX 480 reference design poses a risk to the lifetime of your computer, especially in combination with a budget motherboard and budget power supply (and that's the intended target market of this card).

    Once you start overclocking things get pretty dangerous, Tom's Hardware explicitly mentions they cancelled their long-term overclocking and overvolting tests as they didn't want to torture their test platform. The brief data they gathered showed that the overclocked RX 480 pulled a whopping 100W through the PCIe slot, with massive 200W peaks! Best to wait a bit longer for the custom design cards as it looks like AMD messed up pretty big.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29 2016 @ 19:46:18 CEST by
    AMD logo
    AMD has released the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.6.2 driver, you can download it over here. This release adds support for the Radeon RX 480, includes the new Radeon WattMan utility, has several new features and fixes some bugs.
    Crimson Edition 16.6.2 Highlights:
  • Support for: Radeon™ RX 480
  • New AMD Crossfire profile available for: World of Tanks™
  • Radeon WattMan: A brand new utility for Radeon Software that allows users more complete control over their graphics processor. More information on Radeon WattMan and its supported products can be found here.
  • AMD Crossfire Toggle: A new option has been introduced into Radeon Settings under the "Gaming -> Global Settings" tab. This allows users to toggle AMD Crossfire support globally "on" for supported games or "off" for all gaming profiles.
  • HDMI® Scaling: Radeon Settings now provides the option for the user to adjust their display image scaling on HDMI® connected displays. This option is available under the "Display" tab in Radeon Settings for supported configurations.?
  • Display Color Temperature: Radeon Settings now allows a user to set display color temperature based on either the displays predefined settings or manually via a slider configured to support the displays supported range. This option is available under the "Display" tab in Radeon Settings for supported configurations.
  • Desktop Color: Radeon Settings has added the option to launch the operating systems color page via the new "Desktop Color" button which is available in the "Display" tab in Radeon Settings for supported configurations.
  • Vulkan™ Version: Currently installed Vulkan™ version information has now been made available through the Radeon Settings "System -> Software" tab.

    Fixed Issues
  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations while playing Hitman™ in select gameplay missions.
  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations while playing Heroes of the Storm™.
  • Intermittent or minor white flashing may occur on some web browsers when using Netflix™ and hovering over the UI or icons.
  • Minor stuttering may occur in AMD Crossfire mode configurations when playing Elite Dangerous™.
  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations while using the inventory and character pages in The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt.
  • Flickering may be observed in AMD Crossfire mode configurations during the battle and tutorial loading screens in Star Wars™ Battlefront.

    Known Issues
  • A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay".
  • Radeon Pro Duo may experience a black screen in Total War™: Warhammer with the games API set to DirectX®12 and V-Sync enabled.
  • DiRT™ Rally may experience flickering terrain in some races when the advanced blending option is enabled in the games settings page.
  • Some Overdrive settings may not appear in Radeon Settings for Radeon Fury X when in AMD Crossfire mode.
  • Display may exhibit a minor flicker on Radeon RX 480 when Freesync is enabled on a games launch or exit.
  • Dota™2 may crash when using the Vulkan™ API and the user changes resolutions or quality settings.
  • Battlefield™ 4 may experience crashes when using Mantle. As a work around users are suggested to switch to DirectX®11.
  • Need for Speed™ may experience flickering on some light sources in AMD Crossfire mode.
  • Hitman™ may experience graphical corruption when the game is set to use DirectX®12 API and using zoom with weapons.
  • Frame Rate Target Control gaming profiles may fail to enable for some games.
  • Radeon Wattman may retain settings of an overclock after it has failed. If you have failed an overclock with a system hang or reboot make sure to use the "Reset" option in the Radeon WattMan settings page when the system has rebooted.
  • Low frame rate or stutter may be experienced Wolfenstein®: The Old Blood™ on Radeon™ RX 480.
  • Assassin's Creed® Syndicate may experience a game crash or hang when in game settings are set to high or greater.
  • Disabling AMD Crossfire mode on Radeon™ RX 480 may disable the device in Windows Device Manager. A workaround is to reboot the system to re-enable the device.

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    Posted on Wednesday, June 29 2016 @ 17:22:48 CEST by
    ASUS revealed a glimpse of its ROG Strix RX 480, this card features DirectCU III cooling and has Aura GB lighting. No details were shared about availability but our best guess is around mid-July at the earliest.
    The next-generation graphics card from AMD Radeon starts with the RX 480. You can certainly expect ROG Strix to join the party. ROG Strix RX 480 will be featuring the new Polaris 10 XT at the core based on a new 14nm FinFET fabrication node (previously 28nm) to bring you a new level of performance with less heat. The GPU (grahics processing unit) is paired with 8GB of GDDR5 video memory operating at 8GHz on the 256-bit memory bus.

    The new GPU armed with DirectCU III cooling will result in a faster and quieter graphics card. The black metal shroud and backplate with new Aura RGB lighting can surely match almost any system. GPU Tweak II will provide eay one-click overclocking while a professional mode is still available for advanced users, with XSplit Gamecaster to stream or record gameplay.
    ROG Strix RX 480

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