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AMD's liquid-cooled Radeon R9 295X2 promises more power than GTX Titan Z--at half the cost

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AMD's liquid-cooled Radeon R9 295X2 promises more power than GTX Titan Z--at half the cost

Ah, the PC GPU wars are strong once again. Just two weeks after NVIDIA revealed their GeForce GTX Titan Z, AMD has countered with their own solution. The Radeon R9 295X2 is similar to the Titan Z, joining two of the company's fastest cards into a single design. However, AMD says it has one-upped the competition in terms of raw power and price.

The R9 295X2 comes equipped with a pre-assembled "maintenance-free" liquid cooling system co-developed with Asetek, promising "quiet operation and consistent performance" from the card.

Read more: 11.5 TFLOPs of power »

"Nope, max 60hz at 1200p, which means it could go higher at lower resolutions, but it's still not ..."
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AMD expects 'performance advantage' on PC due to console partnerships

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AMD expects 'performance advantage' on PC due to console partnerships

AMD has managed to become the chips supplier for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Because of this unique position, AMD VP Matt Skynner believes his company will have the edge when it comes to PC gaming. "Because it's our architecture there, it's easier to port the games. And because they're first developed on our hardware, there should be a performance advantage," he said. "They should run better on our hardware."

Read more: Consoles offer 'leverage' »

"They reserve the memory yes, but that is not the same as unified memory access from multiple ..."
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AMD: Frostbite 3 partnership won't 'prevent our competition from optimizing' pre-release

AMD: Frostbite 3 partnership won't 'prevent our competition from optimizing' pre-release

Following a report that Frostbite 3 games would be "optimized exclusively" for AMD cards, both EA and AMD have clarified the details of their partnership.

"It makes sense that game developers would focus on AMD hardware with AMD hardware being the backbone of the next console generation," a representative for AMD said. As previously noted, AMD has chips in both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. However, AMD points out that their deal does not affect all forthcoming Frostbite games. "At this time, though, our relationship with DICE and EA is exclusively focused on Battlefield 4 and its performance optimizations for AMD CPUs, GPUs and APUs.

Read more: 'Does not exclude DICE from working with other partners' »

"This seemed obvious from the beginning, Electroly was bang on, this just means they'll double ..."
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Report: Frostbite 3 games to be 'optimized exclusively' for AMD cards

Report: Frostbite 3 games to be 'optimized exclusively' for AMD cards

Starting with Battlefield 4, all games using Frostbite 3 will be "optimized exclusively" for AMD cards, IGN reports. Given that Frostbite 3 has become EA's engine of choice for its upcoming slate of games, this could be a significant blow to rival graphics card manufacturer Nvidia.

According to their report, "while Nvidia-based systems will be supported, the company won't be able to develop and distribute updated drivers until after each game is released."

Read more: 'Very true to the original game and very modern' »

"How is this good for the publisher/developer when it will only cause launch issues. Unless they ..."
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Report: Orbis (PS4) to use eight-core AMD CPU, Radeon GPU

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Report: Orbis (PS4) to use eight-core AMD CPU, Radeon GPU

Details surrounding the next PlayStation, codenamed Orbis, have reportedly leaked. The technically minded and reputable Digital Foundry claims that the "PS4" will have an eight-core AMD CPU, running at 1.6GHz, and a custom Radeon GPU, with 18 compute units at 800MHz. This matches with earlier rumors that Sony was partnering with AMD for its next-gen system, thereby losing backwards-compatibility with PS3.

Read more: 'Built to last with a huge amount of potential' »

"i dont know of any 7 year old games that wouldnt be considered obsolete and somehow games come ..."
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AMD launches 'Never Settle' promo, offers Far Cry 3 and Hitman for free

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AMD launches 'Never Settle' promo, offers Far Cry 3 and Hitman for free

NVIDIA offered quite an attractive bundle to move PC gamers onto its Kepler architecture. $299 nets you a GTX 660 Ti with a free copy of Borderlands 2. Not to be outdone, rival graphics card manufacturer AMD announced its own "Never Settle" holiday promo.

So long as you pick up an AMD HD 7770 GHz Edition card or better, you'll get a free copy of Far Cry 3, along with a 20% discount coupon for Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Shelling out more dough will unlock more games.

Read more: Sleeping Dogs, Firefall also included »

"Off topic: FYI, the 12.11's are out and I've heard they've done wonders for the 7k series cards."
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Battlefield 3-tuned graphics drivers launched

Battlefield 3-tuned graphics drivers launched

The PC edition of Battlefield 3 certainly seems the version to play, so, to prepare for its launch on Tuesday, you may well want to install the beta graphics card drivers Nvidia and AMD have tuned for DICE's war game.

Both of these drivers are also recommended for Rage, if you fancy a little boost there too.

Read more: Performance boosts all around! »

"Grabbed the nvidia beta drivers for the BF3 beta, they ran smoothly (other than the game ..."
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Report: 1.7M Steam keys for Dirt 3 compromised

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Report: 1.7M Steam keys for Dirt 3 compromised

A Codemasters/AMD promotion which awarded new video card purchases with a free code for Dirt 3 was compromised over the weekend. Although this sort of promotion isn't unusual, the promotional codes were apparently stored on an unsecured webserver, meaning that for the past few days, anyone who found the address could view (and pilfer) them.

Read more: Dirt 3 Steam codes stolen »

"Yeah the wife and I thought we were special until we found out we were just 2 out of 1.7 million."
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AMD and Valve Partner for Driver Updates via Steam

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Having just complained about this very issue two nights ago, I'm happy to see that AMD and Valve have partnered to deliver ATI Catalyst driver updates for Radeon graphics cards directly through Steam.

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"I have to go through that, even for newer games. 10.5 is the only driver that works for me ..."
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AMD Axing More Jobs, Cutting Pay

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Computer hardware manufacturer AMD will eliminate 1,100 jobs and temporarily reduce pay for all remaining employees, reports the Associated Press.

It's the third round of layoffs for AMD in under a year, as it cut 600 jobs in December and an additional 1,600 positions earlier in 2008. The company is also in the process of spinning off its manufacturing operations, which will relocate 3,000 workers. Read more »

"AMD bought ATI for $5.4 Billion. Today, AMD+ATI is worth $1.4 Billion. Whoops."
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AMD Reveals Cloud Supercomputer, Plans to Stream 'Next-Gen' Video Games via Server-side Rendering

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During a presentation at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, computer hardware manufacturer AMD and middleware developer OTOY unveiled plans for a new supercomputer they believe will revolutionize entertainment.

By calculating all relevant data sever-side and then streaming the results to online devices, AMD claims the platform can bring video games and other "graphically-intensive applications" to "virtually any type of mobile device with a web browser without making the device rapidly deplete battery life or struggle to process the content." Read more »

"That's bandwidth though, he's talking about latency. At the end of the day the best you can hope ..."
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AMD Lists DirectX 10.1 Compatible PC Games: Stormrise, BattleForge, Cloud 9

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The Creative Assembly's futuristic military RTS game Stormrise, EA Phenomic's RTS-CCG hybrid BattleForge and NHN's RPG Cloud 9 will all support DirectX 10.1 upon their release on the PC platform, hardware maker AMD announced today.

According to AMD, only its ATI Radeon HD 3000 and ATI Radeon HD 4800 cards currently support the DirectX 10.1 technology. Read more »

"^^^ i can vouch for halo 2 being dx9 only. none (of the very limited graphical options) mention ..."
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AMD Unveils Cinema 2.0 Rendering Technology, Photo-realistic Humans Run in Real-time

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During a recent press event, AMD introduced a new rendering technology capable of producing photo-realistic humans, as a handful of game developers lined up behind the hardware manufacturer.

Dubbed Cinema 2.0, the technology is capable of producing photo-realistic characters (pictured left) by capturing human facial data using a rig that consists of a "globe-shaped room" ringed with high-definition cameras, according to Joystiq. The digital character was then shown running in real-time, with realistic lighting and special effects. Read more »

"They already do. This technology was used to capture faces and relight them in Spiderman 3. The ..."
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AMD, Intel Team to Improve Game Physics

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Hardware maker AMD and physics technology provider Havok, a subsidiary of AMD competitor Intel, have begun working together to optimize the performance of Havok technology on AMD machines.

The comes months after Intel and AMD competitor Nvidia bought physics powerhouse AGEIA, and marks the latest game-oriented move from AMD, which recently introduced AMD Game!, a console-esque PC hardware brand. Read more »

"Powerhouse AGEIA? seriously? maybe if they had 50 million units sold in a year with products ..."
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Interview: AMD Talks 'Console-like' PC Brand

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Earlier today, hardware manufacturer AMD pulled back the curtain on AMD Game!, a new branding program meant to help mainstream consumers identify and purchase gaming-capable PCs.

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"I agree. This is the kind of thing that i've been screaming that PC hardware and software ..."
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