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AMD will be taping out its 7nm Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU products later this year, CEO Dr Lisa Su has confirmed. Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology Conference yesterday evening, Su highlighted AMD’s long term roadmap and its plans for what comes after its Ryzen processors and Radeon RX Vega graphics cards.
Waiting patiently for the latest and greatest gaming hardware can be a tough ask. When AMD announced the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition last week, an extremely high-end workstation graphics card, AMD’s own advice for gaming fans was to hold fire - gaming-focused Radeon RX Vega GPUs would be along shortly. If you needed any more convincing though, Radeon Technologies Group senior VP and chief architect, Raja Koduri, has confirmed the gaming Radeon RX Vega GPUs will in fact be faster than the Radeon Frontier Edition.
As ideas go, dropping the well worn Saints Row name and just embracing the superhero craziness for Agents of Mayhem may have been a good one for Volition. Set in loosely the same universe as Saints Row, Agents of Mayhem has the player leading a band of super agents against a villainous organisation known a Legion. Agents of Mayhem features a huge open-world rendition of Seoul to explore, taking down Legion by any means possible. Before you suit up and leave the Batcave though, here are the official Agents of Mayhem PC system requirements.
With the case chosen last time, the real nitty gritty of our PC Build 2017 is now out of the way. The most popular choice was the Riotoro Gaming Case with a Clear Window Panel, a snip at $49. Now it's time to get to the real meat of an PC build - the graphics card. When polled you said the GPU is the single most important aspect of any PC build, and for gaming it very much is.
When the current crop of consoles came out we witnessed what was probably the largest single leap in average system requirements of all time. Within a matter of months, the trusty GTX 8800 was obsolete and the reliable GeForce GTX 660 slid into the pile marked ‘crap’. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not consoles that hold PC games back, it’s the pure economic cost of advancing technologies. What a console generation does serve to do, however, is accelerate the bottom end upwards in one fell swoop. Where once we were comfortably playing games, now we were dropping settings like crazy in order to achieve a decent frame rate.
AMD Radeon CEO Raja Koduri has confirmed the live Computex Radeon RX Vega event will be a soft launch only for its next enthusiast tier graphics cards. Earlier this week we saw the unveiling of the Radeon Vega Frontier Editions, the first such Radeon Vega graphics cards. These particular chips are aimed at the professional market rather than for gaming, and as such are going to be attached to a sky-high price tag.
Another year, another opportunity to race multi-million dollar cars around race tracks at death-defying speeds. Only you need not defy death at all, you can do it all from the comfort of your chair in F1 2017. Sporting the upgraded graphics engine which made its debut in F1 2016, F1 2017 packs the latest Formula 1 World Champions and includes some of the most iconic cars from the last 30 years. It's out on August 25th, Codemasters has confirmed, and here are the official F1 2017 PC system requirements.
There’s been a few conflicting reports of late regarding Intel’s rumoured deal with AMD to use AMD graphics chips in its processors. First of all Fudzilla reported two days ago that it had confirmation the deal had been done, rocketing AMD’s share value up 12%. Now, however, AMD’s investors meeting has been and gone without a whisper of a deal. AMD licensing graphics chips for Intel would be a huge earner, and it’s not the sort of thing you gloss over mentioning to investors. An Intel spokesperson confirmed as much, saying “The recent rumors that Intel has licensed AMD's graphics technology are untrue." This sent AMD’s share value plummeting back down 12%.
In amongst all the GPU goodness on offer during AMD’s financials briefing yesterday, AMD also blew open its plans for the oft-rumoured Ryzen ThreadRipper, its budget Ryzen 3 line, and its monstrous 32-core server CPUs.
AMD has outlined its GPU roadmap through to 2020, teasing its Navi architecture which will be manufactured on the 7nm fabrication process.
Last night AMD finally officially announced its first Radeon Vega graphics card. Well, sort of. The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is part of the Radeon Pro family of GPUs, rather than a consumer gaming graphics card.