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AMD wants you to beta test with its Radeon Software Vanguard driver program July 26, 2017 - 23:01
AMD Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 enables Enhanced Sync July 26, 2017 - 22:57
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Majority stake in Corsair sold for $525 million July 26, 2017 - 22:39
Intel makes Gemini Lake more powerful with wider instruction decode unit July 26, 2017 - 22:33
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Posted on Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 23:01:25 CEST by
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AMD is pulling a page from Microsoft's book by introducing the Radeon Software Vanguard Beta Program. By subscribing over here, Radeon video card users will be able to beta test drivers that aren't available to the general public.

This looks a bit similar to Microsoft's Windows Insiders program, although it seems like AMD's program will be more closed. More details should be available on the Radeon Software Vanguard later today, it's not online yet.
The Radeon Software Vanguard Beta Tester program aims at opening a channel for selected participants to work directly with AMD, giving a voice and platform to share their passion for Radeon Software.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 22:57:15 CEST by
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AMD uploaded the Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 drivers, you can grab them over here. This release adds quite a lot of new features, AMD updated the Radeon Chill technology, added new Radeon WattMan features, updated Radeon ReLive with support for up to 100Mbps recording or capturing, and introduced Enhanced Sync.

The latter is AMD's version of NVIDIA's Fast Sync technology. You can find more details in the changelog below:
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 Highlights

New Features and Improvements:

Radeon Settings
  • Radeon Additional Settings has been retired and its previously supported controls for Switchable Graphics, Color Depth and Pixel Format have all been moved into Radeon Settings.

    Radeon ReLive (1)
  • Now supports bitrates up to 100Mbps for recording or capturing.
  • Added new controls for camera transparency.
  • Optimized memory usage for lower overhead while recording or capturing.
  • Added new notifications for Instant Replay Saving, Recording Timers in Overlay Toolbar and Network Connectivity Issues when streaming.
  • Enhanced Audio Controls: Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition now has support for customizable microphone volume controls, audio boost for captured replays and push to talk (mouse + keyboard) support for microphone.

    Radeon Chill(2)
  • Now supports DirectX®12 and Vulkan™. For more details on new and supported games visit http://www.radeon.com/chill.
  • Now supports Multi-GPU.
  • Now supports Hybrid Graphics system configurations.
  • Now supports Radeon XConnect™ Technology system configurations.

    Enhanced Sync(3)
  • Enhanced Sync is a display technology which helps minimize screen tearing while decreasing latency and stuttering at an unlocked frame rate. Enhanced Sync is available in Radeon Settings Game Manager under the "Wait for Vertical Refresh" drop down menu.

    > Per-Display Color Controls(4)
  • Per-Display Color Controls are now available in the display tab of Radeon Settings allowing users to configure Brightness, Hue, Contrast and Saturation.

    Game Responsiveness(5)
  • Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 features optimizations for improved gaming responsiveness in DirectX®9 and select DirectX®11 gaming titles.

    Radeon WattMan(6)
  • Now supports memory underclocking.
  • Now supports power state controls.

    Frame Rate Target Control(7)
  • Now supports DirectX®12 and Multi-GPU.

    Shader Cache(8)
  • Shader Cache is now supported for select DirectX®9 titles

    Radeon Software Vanguard Beta Program
  • The Radeon Software Vanguard Beta Tester program aims at opening a channel for selected participants to work directly with AMD, giving a voice and platform to share their passion for Radeon Software. For more information about Radeon Software Vanguard visit www.Radeon.com/Vanguard.

    Radeon.com Feedback and Feature Voting
  • Radeon Software feedback and feature voting has been updated. Visit www.radeon.com/feedback to provide Radeon Software feedback and vote on future Radeon Software features.

    Fixed Issues
  • Mass Effect™: Andromeda may experience incorrect colors when using an HDR display and a secondary SDR display connected in extended mode.
  • Fan speeds when using Radeon WattMan may remain elevated and not drop back to idle states after 3D workloads.
  • Some video playback applications may experience stutter in fullscreen with AMD FreeSync™ technology enabled.
  • Radeon ReLive may exhibit corruption in recordings when capturing Microsoft Office applications.
  • Radeon ReLive may experience recording or streaming issues when task switching using ALT+TAB.

    Known Issues
  • Radeon WattMan fan settings may reset to defaults on Radeon Software upgrade to 17.7.2.
  • Tekken™ 7 may experience a crash (Chapter 13) on some Radeon RX 380 Series graphics products.
  • GPU Scaling may fail to work on some DirectX®11 applications.
  • 4x Multi-GPU system configurations may fail to enable AMD CrossFire technology mode due to a missing toggle in Radeon Settings.
  • Some protected content applications may experience an HDCP error code while playing BluRay content. A workaround is to unplug and re-plug the connected display or turn the display off and then back on.

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    Posted on Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 22:47:09 CEST by
    The USB 3.0 Promoter Group revealed the draft specifications of the upcoming USB 3.2 standard. This new version enables two-lane operation, this will require a new host controller and new devices but you will be able to continue using existing USB Type-C cables. This will result in bandwidth of up to 20Gbps and should enable over 2GB/s data transfers. The final spec is expected in September 2017.
    The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced the pending release of the USB 3.2 specification, an incremental update that defines multi-lane operation for new USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Developer Days 2017 will include detailed technical training covering USB 3.2, fast charging advancements in USB Power Delivery, and other exciting topics.

    While USB hosts and devices were originally designed as single-lane solutions, USB Type-C™ cables were designed to support multi-lane operation to ensure a path for scalable performance. New USB 3.2 hosts and devices can now be designed as multi-lane solutions, allowing for up to two lanes of 5 Gbps or two lanes of 10 Gbps operation. This enables platform developers to continue advancing USB products to fit their customers’ needs by effectively doubling the performance across existing cables. For example, a USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device will now be capable of realizing over 2 GB/sec data transfer performance over an existing USB Type-C™ cable that is certified for SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps.

    “When we introduced USB Type-C to the market, we intended to assure that USB Type-C cables and connectors certified for SuperSpeed USB or SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps would, as produced, support higher performance USB as newer generations of USB 3.0 were developed,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The USB 3.2 update delivers the next level of performance.”

    “With increased performance and seamless compatibility, the new USB 3.2 specification brings even more speed and bandwidth benefits to new USB 3.2 devices, while remaining compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier devices,” said Roanne Sones, General Manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices, Microsoft. “We’re excited to work with our partners in the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to help showcase these benefits to users around the world.”

    Key characteristics of the USB 3.2 solution include:

  • Two-lane operation using existing USB Type-C™ cables
  • Continued use of existing SuperSpeed USB physical layer data rates and encoding techniques
  • Minor update to hub specification to address increased performance and assure seamless transitions between single and two-lane operation

    For users to obtain the full benefit of this performance increase, a new USB 3.2 host must be used with a new USB 3.2 device and the appropriate certified USB Type-C™ cable. This update is part of the USB performance roadmap and is specifically targeted to developers at this time. Branding and marketing guidelines will be established after the final specification is published. The USB 3.2 specification is now in a final draft review phase with a planned formal release in time for the USB Developer Days North America event in September 2017.

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    Posted on Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 22:39:38 CEST by
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    Rumors about a deal involving Corsair were true. A press release hit the web today that EagleTree Capital, IMCO (Investment Management Corporation of Ontario) and the Honeywell pension have purchased Francisco Partners' majority stake in computer hardware and peripheral maker Corsair. The deal is valued at $525 million.
    CORSAIR®, a world leader in high-performance PC components, gaming peripherals, and enthusiast memory, announced today that EagleTree Capital (“EagleTree”), formerly Wasserstein Partners, has reached a definitive agreement in partnership with current management to acquire a majority stake in CORSAIR from Francisco Partners and several minority shareholders. As part of the transaction, CORSAIR founder and Chief Executive Officer Andy Paul will maintain a sizable equity stake in the company and continue in his role as CEO. IMCO (Investment Management Corporation of Ontario) and the Honeywell pension are also co-investing alongside EagleTree, which is acting on behalf of its private equity fund EagleTree Partners IV.

    Founded in 1994, CORSAIR has grown from a single performance memory product line into a leading global provider of high performance branded computer products, including memory, components, peripherals, and complete systems. The company’s diverse portfolio of premium PC gaming products serves the high-growth PC gamer market, and the products are available through distributors and retailers in over sixty countries worldwide.

    “We are excited about the opportunity to partner with EagleTree and leverage the team’s consumer products expertise to further accelerate our progress,” said Andy Paul, Founder and CEO of CORSAIR. “We are very fortunate to have attracted such experienced investment partners. EagleTree’s backing will allow us to continue to focus first and foremost on our loyal and passionate customers and accelerate our investment in innovation and new technology and products to enhance the quality experience that enthusiasts and gamers have come to expect from us.”

    “This is a transformative time in the PC gaming industry. A rapidly growing global gamer population, together with the rise of eSports and streaming, has made PC gaming one of the world’s most dynamic industries,” said George Majoros, Jr., Co-Managing Partner of EagleTree. “CORSAIR is the undisputed leader in PC gaming hardware and has built a strong brand on a foundation of quality, innovation and an unwavering commitment to its passionate fans. We look forward to working with Andy and CORSAIR’s talented management team to maintain the company’s focus on innovative products, to expand into new markets, and to pursue selective transactions.”

    “It has been our pleasure to partner with Andy and the team at CORSAIR. They have built an incredible company and are well positioned for continued success,” said Andrew Kowal, Partner at Francisco Partners. “We wish the company and EagleTree all the best in their next chapter of growth.”

    “Francisco Partners was a great partner to CORSAIR over the last several years,” added Andy Paul. “Their counsel helped us accelerate our strategic objectives to diversify and deepen our product portfolio, realize an expanded global footprint, reinforce and focus our brand, and strengthen our financial position.”

    Barclays Capital Inc. served as financial advisor and Paul Hastings LLP served as legal advisor to CORSAIR.

    Macquarie Capital and BNP Paribas provided financing and acted as financial advisors to EagleTree on the transaction. Jones Day served as legal advisor to EagleTree.

    The transaction is expected to close in the next several months, subject to customary closing conditions.
    If you want to learn more about the deal, Hexus secured an exclusive interview with Corsair CEO Andy Paul. You can read it over here, the snippet below explains what the deal means for consumers:
    How does this purchase benefit Corsair’s loyal customers, if at all?

    The overall growth of our business over the last 4-5 years as well as the renewed financial resources of the investment from EagleTree provides Corsair the scale to invest more deeply into new technologies and customer experience throughout the product life cycle. This foundation will help us provide more innovative products such as the recent launch of Corsair One and better service to our customers, which is one of the most important goals for the company. I can say that Corsair is stepping up its game.

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    Posted on Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 22:33:00 CEST by
    INTC logo
    TechPowerUp reports Intel's low-end Gemini Lake will get a wider 4-way decode unit. The current Goldmont chip has a 3-wide decode and Braswell had just two-way.

    Gemini Lake will be used for the upcoming "Goldmont Plus" Celeron and Pentium processors. These chips will be used for low-end desktops, convertible laptops and tablets.

    The origin of this news is an Intel kernel patch.
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    Posted on Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 22:18:10 CEST by
    AMD logo
    Nordic Hardware published a story today about the Swedish retail pricing of AMD's Radeon RX Vega. The site received confirmation from several sources at retailers that the pricing is higher than expected.

    Take this info with a grain of salt but if it's true the reference RX Vega may sell for around 7,000SEK ($856) excluding VAT. Adding in VAT and retailer margins, this implies a final retail price of 9,000SEK ($1,101).

    For comparison, a GeForce GTX 1080 costs 5,600 SEK ($685) incl. VAT, while a GTX 1080 Ti sells for 8,000 SEK ($979). Nordic Hardware suggests the pricing 'feels wrong':
    However, Nordic Hardware quotes their sources as saying these prices are setting a boundary for "real and final", and that the sentiment among Swedish retailers is that the pricing "Feels wrong".
    Guess we'll now more by the end of the week. In the meantime, expect more rumors the coming days.

    Via: TPU
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    Posted on Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 22:00:06 CEST by
    AMD logo
    A week ago there were rumors about AMD potentially shipping a liquid cooling solution with its upcoming Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. It seems these rumors were wrong, but not entirely off the bat, either.

    GamersNexus received word from a manufacturer (who wishes to remain anonymous) that AMD's Threadripper processors will ship with an Asetek liquid cooler retention kit.

    This means there will be no watercooling bundled with Threadripper, but you do get mounting tools that enable you to fit existing Asetek-made AiO watercooling kits. This includes the NZXT Kraken series, the EVGA CLC series, and Corsair's H100iV2 and H115i.

    These coolers will cover the Threadripper die area but will not cover the entire integrated heatspreader (IHS). It won't look pretty but Threadripper's huge IHS means there are no coolers on the market yet that can fully accommodate it:
    As discussed in our past coverage, the copper coldplate is sufficiently large to cover the Threadripper die area, though will not make full contact with the IHS. We won't be sure how much this matters until we have the CPU in hand, but Threadripper's spacing between the dies does imply that they will be outside of the central mass of the microfins. We'll test this once we have a CPU. Asetek's copper coldplates are the same size on all of its Gen 4, Gen 4.5, and Gen 5 pumps.

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    Posted on Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 21:51:35 CEST by
    AMD logo
    FUD Zilla picked up a scoop that AMD is selling GPUs directly to miners. The site claims AMD cooked up special MXM cards, these are usually for laptops but it seems they're also a good fit for miners. FUD Zilla claims the MXM cards from AMD are cheaper than anything that's currently available from add-in board partners (if you can even find something).
    Our industry sources confirmed that AMD is selling MXM cards directly to miners. Usually the MXM Mobile PCI Express Module is reserved for laptops, but apparently it can to go miners too.

    The MXM-B has 82mm width and 105mm length, supports 256-bit memory as well as 200W TDP. In other words, it can accommodate almost anything.

    Miners can plug a bunch of these MXM GPUs in a board and have an efficient mining platform. The MXM GPU from AMD has to be cheaper than anything you can get from Add in board partners or distributors.

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    Posted on Tuesday, July 25 2017 @ 23:27:56 CEST by
    Adobe Flash logo
    Adobe announces its Flash technology will reach end-of-life status at the end of 2020. Starting on January 1, 2021, Adobe will no longer support the plug-in. The company will stop distribution of Flash and will stop providing security updates to existing installations.

    All major browser makers, including Google, Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple, announced they will phase out support for Flash over the next couple of years. After the end of 2020, support for Flash will be removed from browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Edge.

    Adobe's official statement can be found over here:
    But as open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web. Over time, we’ve seen helper apps evolve to become plugins, and more recently, have seen many of these plugin capabilities get incorporated into open web standards. Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins.

    Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.
    Originally distributed by Macromedia, Flash revolutionized the Internet around the turn of the millennium by making the web interactive. But Flash has overstayed its welcome, not only has it been superseded by more modern alternatives but the plug-in suffers from endless security vulnerabilities. Websites or companies that are still using Flash, and unfortunately there are lots of them, will need to transition to newer standards by 2021.
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    Posted on Tuesday, July 25 2017 @ 22:42:14 CEST by
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    AMD's second quarter financial results just hit the wire and the company beat Wall Street expectations by a small margin. Starting with the GAAP numbers, AMD achieved quarterly revenue of $1.22 billion and a net loss of $16 million, or 2 cents per share. On an adjusted basis, AMD pulled in net income of $19 million, or 2 cents per share.

    The adjusted figures are typically higher then the GAAP figures as this is where the financial magic happens to filter out so-called one-time expenses and other special items. The profit of 2 cents per share compares favorable to the Wall Street expectations of a break-even. AMD's revenue was also about $60 million higher than anticipated.

    Compared with the same period in 2016, AMD's sales increased from $1.03 billion to $1.22 billion. The company does not provide a lot of granularity so it's not possible to figure out how much growth the CPU or graphics business saw individually.

    The overall Computing and Graphics segment pulled in revenue of $659 million, an increase of 51 percent year-over-year. AMD attributes the rise to strong demand for GPUs and Ryzen desktop processors. The other main business unit is Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom. That segment of AMD's business posted a 5 percent decline year-over-year to $563 million due to lower semi-custom SoC sales.
    “Our second quarter results demonstrate strong growth driven by leadership products and focused execution," said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. "Our Ryzen desktop processors, Vega GPUs, and EPYC datacenter products have received tremendous industry recognition. We are very pleased with our improved financial performance, including double digit revenue growth and year-over-year gross margin expansion on the strength of our new products.”
    For the next quarter, AMD expect revenue to soar by about 23 percent sequentially, plus or minus 3 percent. The midpoint of the guidance implies a Q3 2017 revenue increase of roughly 15 percent year-over-year. At the same time, AMD is also more optimistic about its full-year revenue. The company now provides guidance of a mid to high-teens annual revenue increase, compared with earlier guidance of low double-digit percentage revenue growth.

    AMD investors sheer and send the company's stock price 6.38 percent higher in after-hour trading, to a level of $15.01.
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