The battle for the long-awaited next generation of graphics cards is about to get real.After Nvidia came out swinging with the Titan-slaying GeForce GTX 1080, a badass graphics card built around the company s cutting-edge 16nm Pascal GPUs, all signs point to AMD preparing its Radeon counterpunch.The brief announcement doesn t indicate in detail what will be on show in the livestream which are typically reserved for large product launches , but Radeon graphics guru Raja Koduri will host alongside AMD CEO Lisa Su.That being said, the release only promises Polaris updates, so AMD might not necessarily reveal hard information about Polaris-based graphics cards, much less initiate a hard launch.The story behind the story: It ll be interesting to see what, exactly, AMD unveils at Computex if it indeed launches new Radeon graphics cards.Take note, chip geeks: Bristol Ridge s CPUs will be built using the same 28nm technology as 2015 s Carrizo APUs, rather than moving to the new high-performance Zen architecture AMD s rolling out later this year.
Second spoiler alert: Radeon graphics cards come out on top against their GeForce opposites, as expected in an AMD Gaming Evolved title, but we ll get into that more later.The benchmark provided, dubbed Empire vs. Greenskins, runs through a brief scene showing Total War: Warhammer s Empire and Greenskin factions locked in battle.When it s done, it spits out a results screen showing the average frame rate as well as a graph of frame rate fluctuations.This is based on unfinished code.As a strategy title featuring dozens if not hundreds of on-screen units to keep track of, Total War: Warhammer—much like Stardock s superb Ashes of the Singularity—relies heavily on CPU utilization to process everything.In our tests, its AoTS DirectX 12 performance skyrocketed despite the async hooks ostensibly being disabled.
Sony's PS4 can now run Valve's Steam platform - providing you don't mind poor performance and various unofficial hacks, of course.In an inevitable move, a developer has succeeded in getting Valve's Steam gaming platform running on Sony's otherwise locked-down PlayStation 4 console - but it's worth reading the full story before you get too excited.Building on work done by the fail0verflow team in getting Linux to boot on the PC-like PlayStation 4 console, complete with 3D accelerated video courtesy of the Radeon graphics hardware built into the console's accelerated processing unit APU , a developer calling himself OsirisX has posted a video demonstrating running Steam and Steam games directly on the PS4.The catches, of course, are plentiful: only games compatible with SteamOS or other Linux distributions work, as the method involves the installation of Arch Linux onto the PS4 first; the performance is far from optimal, with most titles requiring the user to set the graphical quality to medium or below in order to get playable framerates; and to use the same code execution exploit, to get the Linux bootloader to run in the first place, requires that the target PS4 is running on firmware 1.76 or below.Nevertheless, the hack shows promise for turning the PS4 into a low-cost Steam Machine.It also hearkens back to the popularity of the machine's predecessors, the PlayStation 3 and 2, for general-purpose computing tasks: both devices could run official ports of Linux, at least early in their lives, and found their way into numerous cluster computing projects thanks to their high performance for a relatively low cost.
And now that the PlayStation 4 is on the market and ditches that crazy PowerPC-based cell processor for x86-based hardware, owners are still itching to run anything they can on it, including games designed for the PC.That said, one PlayStation 4 modder named OsirisX managed to get Valve Software s Steam client up and running on the console by using firmware version 1.76 and a jailbreak, and installing Arch Linux.The individual also compiled and installed both 64-bit and 32-bit patched Radeon libraries provided by homebrew group fail0verflow over on Github so that Linux games could run flawlessly.About two and a half minutes into a video shown above , you ll see OsirisX log into Arch Linux on the PlayStation 4 console.The Steam login via Big Picture Mode appears four minutes into the video, and OsirisX progresses to show that users can access their settings and update the client, jump into their library and manage their titles, and launch Linux-based games on the platform.Anyway, the game seems to run just fine.
AMD has also released a new driver update for their Radeon graphics cards that's performance optimized for Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment's latest and highly anticipated multiplayer first-person shooter.Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3 includes optimizations for Overwatch along with two other games: Total War: Warhammer, and Dota 2 with the Vulkan API update.Interestingly, AMD has managed to optimize their driver for Total War: Warhammer ahead of Nvidia, who mentioned there were some issues with the game while using the GeForce 368.22 driver.This new driver also includes Crossfire profiles for Overwatch and Total War: Warhammer, and addresses a number of bugs with games like Fallout 4 and The Division.As always, you can let Radeon Settings perform an automatic update to grab these new drivers, or you can get a manual installer from our driver download section.
The difference is that these ports are all the latest standard — the HDMI, for example, is HDMI 2.0b and supports all the newest gizmos like High Dynamic Range video output and 4K at 60 frames per second.It s a similarly powerful choice for 1440p; with the GTX 1080 being the first in a new generation of graphics cards and also the first of the year alongside AMD s imminent Radeon refresh — code-named Polaris and Vega — we re also moving to only running graphics tests both at 1440p and 2160p 4K Ultra HD, 3840 2160 resolution .Nvidia has sold its first-run Founder s Edition cards to its potential buyers on the strength of its craftsmanship and design, and it absolutely is a beautiful piece of technology — as much as a graphics card can be.The GTX 1080 is partial to a bit of overclocking, too.Nvidia s claims about performance have, for this particular card and this particular generation of cards, been significantly massaged to make it sound more powerful than it is — which is a pity because it s already so powerful that it doesn t need any superfluous marketing on top of that excellent hardware performance.But then there s the price tag to consider.
The difference is that these ports are all the latest standard — the HDMI, for example, is HDMI 2.0b and supports all the newest gizmos like High Dynamic Range video output and 4K at 60 frames per second.It s a similarly powerful choice for 1440p; with the GTX 1080 being the first in a new generation of graphics cards and also the first of the year alongside AMD s imminent Radeon refresh — code-named Polaris and Vega — we re also moving to only running graphics tests both at 1440p and 2160p 4K Ultra HD, 3840 2160 resolution .Nvidia has sold its first-run Founder s Edition cards to its potential buyers on the strength of its craftsmanship and design, and it absolutely is a beautiful piece of technology — as much as a graphics card can be.The GTX 1080 is partial to a bit of overclocking, too.Nvidia s claims about performance have, for this particular card and this particular generation of cards, been significantly massaged to make it sound more powerful than it is — which is a pity because it s already so powerful that it doesn t need any superfluous marketing on top of that excellent hardware performance.But then there s the price tag to consider.
The difference is that these ports are all the latest standard — the HDMI, for example, is HDMI 2.0b and supports all the newest gizmos like High Dynamic Range video output and 4K at 60 frames per second.It s a similarly powerful choice for 1440p; with the GTX 1080 being the first in a new generation of graphics cards and also the first of the year alongside AMD s imminent Radeon refresh — code-named Polaris and Vega — we re also moving to only running graphics tests both at 1440p and 2160p 4K Ultra HD, 3840 2160 resolution .Nvidia has sold its first-run Founder s Edition cards to its potential buyers on the strength of its craftsmanship and design, and it absolutely is a beautiful piece of technology — as much as a graphics card can be.The GTX 1080 is partial to a bit of overclocking, too.Nvidia s claims about performance have, for this particular card and this particular generation of cards, been significantly massaged to make it sound more powerful than it is — which is a pity because it s already so powerful that it doesn t need any superfluous marketing on top of that excellent hardware performance.But then there s the price tag to consider.
Valve has added a Vulkan mode to its popular MOBA Dota 2, as it seeks feedback on performance and stability.Valve has released an update for its popular multiplayer online battle arena MOBA title Dota 2 which brings support for the Vulkan application programming interface API , potentially improving its performance.Sadly, support is currently thin on the ground: with the beta release this week, Dota 2 becomes only the second mainstream game to add Vulkan support.Available through Steam's downloadable content DLC feature as a free beta for anyone who owns Dota 2, the update doesn't use Vulkan by default: to enable the functionality, players must ensure that the game is set to launch with the flag '-vulkan', removing any existing render mode flags if present.The Vulkan renderer also requires Windows 7, 8, or 10 64-bit or a Linux 64-bit operating system, 2GB of GPU memory, and an Nvidia 600 series or AMD Radeon 7700 or better graphics card.Valve is actively seeking feedback on the performance and stability of the Vulkan version of the game, and has warned that there is at least one known issue: the first time the Vulkan version is launched, the game is likely to stutter as shaders are cached to disk.
17.3" HP Omen laptopMuch of the time at Ars we look at laptops that tend towards the thinner and lighter end of the spectrum.We don't mean that as a knock, either; while some of the more outlandish and more obviously styled gamer systems have their appeal, we're glad to see systems that are capable of gaming, but which don't draw too much attention to themselves at the airport or in a coffee shop.One particular aspect of their gaming design is more widely welcome.While we only had the briefest of hands-on time, they did appear to remain cool on the bottom even when working hard.There's no price or other information available about this just yet, but specs should be pretty solid: up to a Core i7-6700K, with overclocking enabled in the firmware, up to an Nvidia GTX 1080 Founder Edition or AMD Radeon R9 390X, as much as 32GB RAM and 512GB SSD, and with optional liquid cooling.The Omen desktop is a little more overtly gamerish: the front is lit up with LEDs, and while it defaults to red, it can show a whole rainbow of colors, should you choose.
And if HP is attempting to leave things open to interpretation, it s not doing itself any particular favors with the whole glowing red eye aesthetic handed from its VooDoo acquisition some years back.Today s announcement portends the coming of a number of devices, chief among them two configurations of the Omen Laptop, which is now available in both 15.6- and 17.3-inch varieties with weights starting at 4.6- and 6.28 pounds, respectively .The laptops sport NVIDIA GTX graphics and can be configured with sixth-gen quad-core i7 processors and up to 4TB of HDD or 128GB of SSHD storage.There s also a 4K display option and, as with most of HP s computer s these days, the Omen features Bang & Olufsen branded speaker grilles.Customers will also be able to chose between NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founder Edition and AMD Radeon R9 390X graphics.The company had an HTC Vive demo on display when it showed the systems off the really drive the virtual reality certification home.
Powerful Omen built exclusively with the player in mind. The company has namely announced a series of new gaming computers and accessories in its Omen series - which is said to be designed specifically to meet the players' needs. Omen computers will be available in both desktop version and laptop. Specifications for Omen - desktop version: I7-6700k Intel Core processor, some models can be overclocked Up to 32 GB memory Up to 512 GB SSD or 3TB HDD Choose from Nvidia Gtx 1080 Founder Edition or AMD Radeon R9 390X graphics card Ready for vr HTC Vive certified Laptop variant offers in turn a 4K display and is available in two sizes: 15, 6 inches and 17.3 inches. Other specifications: Up to 16 GB memory Up to 512 GB SSD or 2TB HDD, some models offer dual storage options HP Fast Charge uploading your battery to 90 percent capacity in 90 minutes Up to ten hours of battery life on select models The Omen portable computers launched June 10 and will cost $ 899.99 and $ 979.99, which teaches end up at around 10 000 to just over it once they reach the Swedish shops. The desktop variants and Omen display released until August.
Quality, not quantityMay is traditionally a pretty slow month for PC hardware, and for a fine reason: Everybody in the industry saves their big guns for Computex, the Taiwan tradeshow that kicks off at the very beginning of June.PC Perspective managed to snag one and found that, well, it basically performs as well as a pair of Radeon Nanos in SLI, but costs $500 more.Slapping a hardcover book next to you on the couch for a mouse surface sucks, and you might not want to wrap your head around Valve s radical Steam Controller.See larger imageIf you utter the words VoodooPC to long-time PC gamers, expect a smile to blossom; the company s systems caused a stir around the stir around the turn of the century due to an enticing blend of sleek looks and potent firepower.Sadly, its vaunted Omen brand languished on the vine shortly after HP acquired the company in 2006 and co-founder Rahul Sood moved on to Microsoft and Unikrn, since .The lack of Thunderbolt 3 support in a laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 controller is a bit of a head-scratcher, as is the inclusion of DDR3 rather than DDR4 memory, but this notebook shines for its price-to-performance ratio.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fstory%2fthumbnail%2f5014%2ftwo-machinesIf you've tried the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets, you know that their high-end VR is in another class above mobile VR experiences like the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard.Certainly, building a PC isn't for everyone, but these days it's a lot easier than you might think, and if you're looking for the most inexpensive path to VR, it's definitely the way to go.This will bring up a list of your system's hardware, and once you figure out what you need to upgrade, or if you just want to build a system from scratch, the rest is pretty easy.For our VR-ready build, we looked at processors with four or more cores Intel over 3.3GHz, AMD over 3.9GHz , 8GB of RAM, and video cards with 4GB of memory or more and a core clock close to or over 1GHz.Of course, don't forget the cost of the headsets themselves.Dollar for dollar, you ll also save a lot by going for AMD video cards over Nvidia unless you want to go super high-end, but be prepared to pay.
Although Apple computers sometimes seem like they steal the show when it comes to style, the big advantage of a non-Apple PC, is that you can do what you like with it.When it comes to the looks of your system you can do just about anything and now that includes making it look like a Mac Pro.Cryorig has now announced its new, cylindrical, brushed aluminium chassis, known as the Ola.Cryorig assures us that it can take a single, full size graphics card, though with a mini-ITX form factor, other hardware may be limited.However not having much cooling potential means that we are likely limited by the thermal design power of hardware that can be safely placed in this chassis.Fortunately there s plenty of time to consider, as the Ola isn t slated for release until sometime in early 2017.
Credit: Robert HallockThis weekend, AMD held a Polaris Tech Day for press and analysts in Macau, judging by the Twitter feeds of top AMD executives.The timing makes sense with the annual Computex tradeshow scheduled to begin early next week, complete with an AMD livestream event that promises updates on Polaris, the cutting-edge 14nm FinFET graphics processors slated to power forthcoming Radeon graphics cards.In a tweet late Saturday evening, Radeon technical marketing manager Robert Hallock may have given us a glimpse of what s in store.The post ostensibly shows off the Lenovo Y27F, a 27-inch 1080p FreeSync display pumped out 144Hz.But the system sheet next to the monitor reveals a more interesting tidbit: The Doom demo running on the display is powered by no other than the Radeon 480, a GPU that hasn t officially been announced yet.Seeing Doom running on a Radeon 480 and a 144Hz monitor suggests two things: First, that as rumored, AMD may indeed plan to attack the long-awaited new graphics generation from a more mainstream price point rather than taking Nvidia s fearsome GTX 1080 on head-to-head out of the gate, as the Radeon x80 line has typically hovered around the $200 to $250 price point.
And he explained how that vision drives the company to focus on making useful, competent software that complements its chips.But Wuebbling explains that Nvidia knows that the things that are getting those people excited to spend their money will fade, and the company wants to replace that anticipation with contentment.Nvidia reaches out to studios and will often help publishers market games for developers that use GameWorks — that s why you see the Nvidia splash screen on so many PC games.Nvidia has denied that GameWorks is meant to hurt the competition, but that hasn t stopped Radeon owners from blaming Nvidia for the occasional game that doesn t run as well on AMD chips.And that s because the company isn t a collection of engineers banging away at silicon in a workshop — more than half of its engineers work primarily on software.When you think about what we re delivering to people as a product, we re not just hardware.An example is streaming HDR high-dynamic range visuals, which enables a wider spectrum of colors and gamma settings, from a GeForce 1080 to the Shield.
If Nvidia had released the GeForce GTX 1070 starting at $380 MSRP, $450 Nvidia Founders Edition reviewed just last week it would ve been the most powerful single-GPU graphics card to ever grace the earth, edging out the awe-inspiring—and $1,000—GTX Titan X.Graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD have been stuck on the same underlying 28nm technology for four long years, but Pascal—and forthcoming Radeon cards based on AMD s Polaris GPUs—finally break the appalling trend, leaping forward two full process generations, shrinking down to 16nm transistors and integrating 3D FinFET technology as well.For all the nitty-gritty details, check out the first page of our GTX 1080 review, but in a nutshell, Pascal GPUs represent a huge step forward in performance and power efficiency.Don t be disappointed by the lack of GDDR5X or the high-bandwith memory found in AMD s Radeon Fury cards, though: The GTX 1070 s 8GB of memory is more than enough for today s games, even at 4K resolution, and the Pascal GPU s new lossless delta color compression tricks which again, we covered in the GTX 1080 write-up makes it even more effective.Pascal GPUs support a hardware feature dubbed dynamic load balancing that lets it utilize idle resources to complete other tasks faster.Here, Nvidia s claims hold true.
When you installed your Linux distribution of choice, you got the default Radeon driver.This driver was completely open-source so it could easily be distributed and developers could help improve it and keep it compatible with the latest software.It effectively plugs into the underlying open-source driver.It may be for a variety of reasons—the source code may include code licensed from other companies that can t be open-sourced, for example.At the moment, only Ubuntu 16.04 is supported.This driver also enables Vulkan support for supported AMD GPUs on Linux, which is a big deal for SteamOS.
The battle to bring desktop-class graphics performance to your laptop is starting to heat up in earnest.It delivers desktop graphics to your laptop over a speedy Thunderbolt 3 connection with help from AMD s new XConnect technology, which was developed in conjunction with Intel.Asus ROG Station X2 demands a pair of Thunderbolt 3 connections, by comparison, while Acer s external graphics dock is powered by a mobile graphics chip that can t be swapped out.Ironically, while that means Nvidia s entire GTX 900- and 10-series graphics cards are compatible with the enclosure, along with most air-cooled versions of the Radeon R300-series and the Fury lineup, PowerColor s own hulking Devil-branded Radeon 390 and 390X graphics cards aren t. AMD s XConnect technology allows Radeon graphics cards to be plugged into supported laptops on the fly, while you ll need to shut down your system before swapping in a GeForce card.In practice, laptop manufacturers need to update their system firmware to support Intel graphics switching for these external Thunderbolt docks to work properly—at least with the Core.Currently, Razer s own Blade laptops and Intel s Skull Canyon NUC support the Core, and presumably the PowerColor Devil Box as well.
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