Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2011 - 09:22 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: synergy, sony vaio, podcast, nvidia, gtx 460, asus, asrock, amd
PC Perspective Podcast #152 - 4/28/2011
This week we talk about the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Motherboard, EVGA GTX460 2Win, NVIDIA Synergy, AMD quarterly earnings, Viewer questions and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano
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Program length: 1:09:40
- 0:00:45 Introduction
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- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 0:01:50 We have a new site!
- Call for writers!
- 0:04:14 Sony Vaio Y Series Review: Proving Fusion's Potential
- 0:06:46 ASUS Eee PC 1215N Review: Atom and Ion, Back Together Again
- 0:08:11 AMD Fusion Speculation for Ontario/Zacate
- 0:11:52 ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional LGA 1155 Motherboard Review
- 0:16:29 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!
- 0:17:20 EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2WIN 2GB dual-GPU Graphics Card Review
- 0:24:01 Just Delivered: Thermaltake Headphones
- 0:25:54 Next gen SSD controllers pushing for TLC flash
- 0:31:45 The year is looking bright for AMD
- AMD's been having a very busy start to the year
- 1Q Results generally positive, showed some good growth, and no loss
- 0:40:03 OCZ Technology Announces Vertex 3 Max IOPS Solid State Drives
- 0:43:07 NVIDIA Synergy will offer discrete and integrated GPU support on Sandy Bridge
- 0:48:40 Email from Bavarian Barbarian
- 0:53:30 Email from Josh
- 0:56:33 Email from Arkanic
- 0:59:15 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
- Ryan: 16 cores and 24GB of memory OR Quiet computers (next to me this whole time!)
- Jeremy: Better Privacy Firefox has been killing LSOs (SupaCookies!) for over a year ... HackerTyper is amusing too but overloaded
- Josh: 2TB for $109
- Allyn: 2TB 5400 RPM (or cool 7200 RPM) / iPhone GPS tracking cache thing...
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 1:08:20 Closing
Subject: Processors | April 28, 2011 - 08:41 AM | Joe Kelly
Tagged: arm, amd
"AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a distinguished line-up of keynote speakers as well as technical session topics for the inaugural AMD Fusion Developer Summit (AFDS), which will be held June 13-16, 2011 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.
Industry keynote presentations will be delivered by esteemed industry experts from AMD, ARM and Microsoft. In his keynote “Heterogeneous Parallelism at Microsoft” Herb Sutter, Microsoft principal architect of Native Languages, will showcase upcoming innovations to bring access to increasingly heterogeneous compute resources directly into the world’s most popular native languages.
Jem Davies, ARM fellow and vice president of Technology, Media Processing Division, will deliver a keynote about ARM’s long history of heterogeneous computing, its future strategy, and ARM’s support of standards, including OpenCL™."
Could AMD be developing ARM based products for tablets, netbooks, servers and smartphones? There will be a version of Windows 8 that is ARM compatible. AMD may be working on a version of Fusion that uses ARM instead of x86.
It would make sense for AMD to license the ARM architecture if they could compete with Nvidia’s Tegra and Qualcomm’s snapdragon processors. AMD has a proven track record in creating graphics cards and so does NVidia. Will that give AMD an advantage from the start? Can AMD produce a better product or a product that is used in different types of applications that Tegra or future Tegra products were not designed for?
For several years now AMD has always been playing catch-up with Intel’s x86 processors and there in no end in sight. Will Bulldozer give AMD the performance catch-up needed to be faster the Intel? I doubt it or at least not when Sandy Bridge-EX comes out in Q4 of 2011.
We will have more information after the AMD Fusion Developer Summit.
Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Chipsets | April 28, 2011 - 06:45 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: sli, nvidia, amd, 990x, 990fx, 970
In a move that is long overdue, NVIDIA's Tom Peteresen announced on a blog post that SLI multi-GPU support was finally going to be offered on AMD platforms with the upcoming launch of the AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets. On previous AMD platforms users have not been able to use multiple NVIDIA graphics cards in SLI because NVIDIA simply did not allow licensing of the technology on them. As of this month, that policy is changing.
According to the post, NVIDIA has had a change of heart and wants to "make sure gamers can benefit from the new CPU competitive landscape and ensure they have NVIDIA SLI – the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution - to game on!" The lack of SLI on previous chipsets was the result of Intel being the dominate CPU platform of choice for gamers in recent years.
ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI are going to be the first out of the block with motherboard based on the AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets with SLI support according to NVIDIA's Petersen.
This doesn't change NVIDIA's stance on the whole licensing and charging motherboard vendors to integrate SLI thing, however. In an ideal world, NVIDIA would have announced that they were opening up SLI to work on ANY motherboard, future or present, that has enough PCI Express slots on them, just like we see today with AMD's own CrossFire technology. Despite pressure to do that, NVIDIA is standing by its current formula and expanding into the realm of AMD chipsets.
Regardless, today is a good day for AMD fans and gamers alike that want more choice and more variety in their system build options for the future. The AMD Llano and Bulldozer-based processors just got a little more gaming friendly.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 27, 2011 - 09:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: radeon, amd, 6770, 6750, 5770, 5750
After the release of the AMD Radeon HD 6790 graphics card earlier this month that brought the Barts GPU architecture down to the sub-$150 graphics market, we expected to see something in a similar vein from the updated HD 6770 and HD 6750 cards. But it was not to be: the Radeon HD 6770 and HD 6750 will continue in nearly an identical fashion to that of the Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750 as we know them today.
When released back in October of 2009, the Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750 were based on the Juniper 40nm GPU, ran at clock speeds of 850 MHz and 700 MHz respectively and included 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at either 1200 MHz or 1150 MHz. Today, as the Radeon HD 6770 and HD 6750 see light, we are greeted with basically identical specs:
Read on for more information!
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2011 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: driver, catalyst, amd
Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 11.4 Windows release include:
Enhancements to the AMD VISION Engine Control Center / AMD Catalyst Control Center
- New task based Display Management controls
- Simplifies the configuration of displays and display settings ·
- New Eyefinity setup group
- Setting up an Eyefinity group has never been easier
- AMD Catalyst update notification (found within the Information Center)
- This feature notifies users that new AMD Catalyst software packages are available
GPU Compute enhancements:
The OpenCL runtime (included in AMD Catalyst 11.4) includes performance enhancements supporting zero-copy on APUs and increased performance for PCIe transfers between a CPU and discrete GPU.
The AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series of products will see the following performance gains:
- Call of Duty Black Ops – gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single GPU configurations
- Battleforge – gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations
- Batman Arkham Asylum – gains of up to 20% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations
- Aliens vs. Predator – gains of up to 8% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations
- Civilization 5 – gains of up to 15% on single and multiple GPU configurations
- Far Cry 2 – gains of up to 6% on single and multiple GPU configurations
- Just Cause 2 – gains of up to 9% on single and multiple GPU configurations
- Lost Planet 2 – gains of up to 10% on single and multiple GPU configurations
Resolved issue highlights
- The GPU no longer shows high GPU usage after when running Firefox 4 with hardware acceleration enabled.
Bioshock no longer displays random tearing and screen corruption with Vsync and MLAA enabled.
- Water textures no longer flicker in Two Worlds II in Crossfire mode.
- Bulletstorm lightshafts no longer appear broken when running on a HD 6970 series product.
- Bulletstorm no longer displays random texture corruption when running in Crossfire mode.
- FI 2010 no longer slows down intermittently when in Crossfire mode.
- PowerDVD no longer crashes if Crossfire is enabled / disabled during playback of a BD title.
- Running the Heaven benchmark no longer displays graphics corruption during DirectX 11 tests.
Highlights of the Linux AMD Catalyst™ 11.4 release include:
This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems
Ubuntu 11.04 support (early look) SLED/SLES 10 SP4 support (early look) RHEL 5.6 support (production)
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2011 - 09:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: southern islands, wichita, krishna, llano, amd
If DigiTimes sources are right and they usually are, you should have no trouble securing a Llano part when they are released in June/July. With an expected 3,000,000 parts headed out the door there will be plenty of APUs for everybody. Even better news is that the 28nm Southern Island parts have been taped out which indicates very good things for that process technology and the chips it will produce.
"AMD is ready to start selling its new Llano-based APUs as soon as June or July and has set a goal of shipping three million units in the third quarter of 2011, accounting for 40% of AMD's total CPU shipments in the quarter, according to sources from motherboard makers.
AMD responded by stating it does not comment on unannounced products.
AMD's better-than-expected APU shipments helped the company to achieve on-year growth of 98% and on-quarter growth of 36% for its first-quarter net profit, which reached US$510 million.
The sources pointed out that the AMD's APU platform's low price has helped it receive supports from many of AMD's partners and the company in the first quarter already shipped about three million Brazos-based CPUs with 50% of the shipments being used for notebook platform.
The sources pointed out that AMD's new Llano APU will have a great chance to raise AMD's share in CPU market from around 20% in 2010 to 30%.
Taiwan-based Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI) have all already prepared several different motherboard models designed specifically for Llano. Since AMD's APU offers a better price, but has a similar performance as Intel's same-grade products, the competition may trigger Intel to consider a price cut to counter, the sources noted.
In addition to Llano, AMD's 28nm products including Krishna- and Wichita-based APUs and Southern Island GPU are already under tape-out."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- TrendNET TEW-691GR Wireless-N Gigabit Router and TEW-687GA Wireless-N Gaming Adapter @ X-Bit Labs
- Another Major Linux Power Regression Spotted @ Phoronix
- Canon Pixma MG6120 Review @ TechReviewSource
- DemoCamp Dubai April 2011 @ t-break
Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2011 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, income, billion, ATIC, quarter
It might not seem like good news that AMD's entire sales for this quarter don't match Intel's profits but that just exemplifies the size discrepancy between the two companies. It most certainly is good news, showing an improvement from this time last year partly thanks to ATIC, a partner with AMD in GlobalFoundries, purchasing Chartered Semiconducter and improving AMD's income on the books, if not through actual exchange of cash. The Register's report tells of improvements on sales of APU/CPUs but not so much from GPUs.
"Advanced Micro Devices is no longer a fabricator of chips, but it is still benefitting from spinning out its wafer-baking unit to GlobalFoundries.
In the first quarter ending April 2, AMD's sales were up a modest 2 per cent, to $1.61bn, but all of its costs were on the rise, and its operating income fell by 70 per cent, to $54m."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Creating Bootable Linux Thumb Drives with Universal USB Installer @ Techgage
- Western Digital Comments on Caviar Green Critical Design Flaw Article @ NGOHQ
- Mobile Users Beware: Linux Has Major Power Regression @ Phoronix
- Intel, Micron open US$3 billion NAND flash facility in Singapore @ DigiTimes
- Make: Projects – Cable Dyeing @ MAKE:Blog
- Everything You Need to Know About NFC @ Techspot
- Android phones keep location cache, too, but it's harder to access @ Ars Technica
- How to Recycle Your Technology @ TechReviewSource
- Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death @ Slashdot
- Epson WorkForce 840 Inkjet Printer @ TechwareLabs
Introduction and the new Turks GPU
It seems that the graphics card wars have really heated up recently. With the release of the Radeon HD 6990 4GB and the GeForce GTX 590 3GB card it might seem that EVERYONE was spending $600 on their next GPU purchase. Obviously that isn't the case and the world of the sub-$100 card, while way less sexy, is just as important.
This week AMD has announced a slew of new options to address this market including the Radeon HD 6670, HD 6570 and even the HD 6450. Topping out at $99, the Radeon HD 6670 offers good performance, strong HTPC features and low power consumption. NVIDIA's competition is still reasonable though as we compare how the now price-dropped GeForce GTS 450 sits into the stack.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 19, 2011 - 10:08 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: turks, northern islands, gpu, amd
The new Turk based Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 are intended to replace the Redwood-based HD 5670 and HD 5570 at a price of $99 and $79 respectively. The cards are very similar to the cards they replace so you should not expect miracles from them. They do have reduced power draw and are both low profile cards making them a good choice for HTPCs and AnandTech is quick to point out that these are the fastest cards not requiring an external power supply on the market right now.
"Two weeks ago we saw the paper launch of the Radeon HD 6450, the low-end member of AMD’s Northern Islands family of GPUs. It was a solid product for HTPC use and a very notable improvement over the 5450 it replaced, but it was an uncharacteristically delayed launch for AMD. At the same time we noted that the Northern Islands family had one more GPU we had not seen: Turks."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Sapphire Radeon HD6570 @ Techware Labs
- HIS IceQ X HD 6850 Review @ t-break
- AMD's Sub-$100 Line-up: Radeon HD 6450, 6570 & 6670 Review @ Techgage
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 @ Tweaktown
- AMD Radeon HD 6670 & HD 6570 Review @ Neoseeker
- AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB & HD 6570 512MB Review @ Hardware Canucks
- AMD Radeon HD 6670 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- AMD Radeon HD 6450 & 6570: The Line-up is Complete @ InsideHW
- AMD Radeon HD 6450 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- XFX's Radeon HD 6950 1GB takes on Zotac's GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP @ The Tech Report
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 18, 2011 - 10:24 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, gpu, asus, amd
ASUS has released two new cards with their DirectCU II custom cooling solution and accompanying overclock. The are very different as one is a NVIDIA GTX570 and the other an AMD HD6950. [H]ard|OCP was less than impressed with the out of the box overclock of 10MHz on the GPU and simply reference speeds for the GDDR5, so they overclocked the cards to speeds much higher.
"ASUS has released two enthusiast friendly overclocking video cards: the EAH6950 DirectCU II and the ENGTX570 DirectCU II. The question is which one is better, and does overclocking these change the victor. We test each out of the box and overclocked in Lost Planet 2, F1 2010, Civilization V, and Battlefield Bad Company 2."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- PowerColor HD6850 1GB GDDR5 and PCS+ HD6870 1GB GDDR5 @ iXBT Labs
- ASUS HD 6970 Direct CUII Review @ t-break
- Sapphire HD 5830 Xtreme @ TechwareLabs
- Radeon 6950 fleX, 6870 fleX, 5850 Xtreme, 5830 Xtreme and X58 Pure Black @ HardwareHeaven
- Sapphire HD 6950 FleX 2GB @ TechwareLabs
- Sapphire HD 5830 Xtreme 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers
- Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB Review @ Techgage
- Where The Open- Source AMD Driver Is At For Modern GPUs @ Phoronix
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 22.4 @ TechARP
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti OC Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition and Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti SLI Tandem Performance @ X-bit Labs
- EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Quad-SLI Performance Review @Hi Tech Legion
- ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Overclocked @ Tweaktown
- MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II Graphics Card @ Bjorn3D
- MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II Golden Edition @ Funky Kit
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