Wednesday, September 25th 2013

AMD GPU'14 Event Detailed, Announces Radeon R9 290X

AMD announced the new Radeon R9 290X, its next-generation flagship graphics card. Based on the second-generation Graphics CoreNext micro-architecture, the card is designed to outperform everything NVIDIA has at the moment, including a hypothetical GK110-based graphics card with 2,880 CUDA cores. It's based on the new "Hawaii" silicon, with four independent tessellation units, close to 2,800 stream processors, and 4 GB of memory. The card supports DirectX 11.2, and could offer an inherent performance advantage over NVIDIA's GPUs at games such as "Battlefield 4". Battlefield 4 will also be included in an exclusive preorder bundle. The card will be competitively priced against NVIDIA's offerings. We're awaiting more details.

LiveBlog
"Join the Red Team" AMD SVP client products to the press
"The hair in Tomb Raider changed that game (TressFX)" Riiight.
"We are changing the gaming industry"
AMD is gunning for Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) (R9 290X supports UHD @ 60 Hz)
"New consoles raise the bar with gaming"
"It's been a great two years with the HD 7000 series"
AMD announced the R9 series for enthusiasts and gamers ; R7 for price-conscious buyers
AMD lists out a new product stack
R7 250 and R7 260 under $150, R9 270X under $200, R9 280X $299, and R9 290X
R9 290X Battlefield 4 Edition
"Three pillars of the R9 series: GCN 2.0, 4K, TrueAudio, etc
- DirectX 11.2 and improved energy efficiency
- >5 TFLOP/s compute power
- >300 GB/s memory bandwidth
- >4 billion trig/sec
- >6 billion transistors

4X more pixels
- everyday Ultra HD possible
- AMD first to officially support 4K
- Auto-configure 4K resolutions
True Audio Technology
- Revolutionizes game audio, and provides artistic freedom
- Hundreds of more audio channels
- Working with new audio CODEC developers
- Positional audio

Not sold on PureAudio. Nothing Dolby didn't try in the 80s, or Yamaha/Creative in the 90s.
Most game engines already have positional-audio
PureAudio based on "25 years of brain research"
WWYSE and FMOD game audio engines support TrueAudio
the industry dumped the idea of buying $100 sound cards for exclusive EAX5.0 years ago
PureAudio reduces CPU Load: AudioKinetics (WYSE creators)

And finally, the good parts:
"Ruby in that video looks like an older Linda Hamilton" - W1zzard

AMD's Press-release for Radeon R9 and R7 series:
AMD today unveiled the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X and R7 250 graphics cards, AMD's first GPUs in a new era of gaming defined by UltraHD displays, renewed vigor in game engine development, and a new generation of gamers that expect a more immersive entertainment experience. AMD also introduced the world to Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology, the latest innovations that redefine the GPU by enabling both gamers and game developers with unprecedented audio and performance enhancements for compatible games.

"The AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are new GPUs for a new era in gaming," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. "This era is shaped by ultra-resolution gaming and an exciting new generation of highly-anticipated games like 'Battlefield™ 4.' But it's also an era shaped in a very powerful way by our own Unified Gaming Strategy; we've teamed up with the world's top game developers to establish a comprehensive portfolio of games that you can maximize to their full potential only with AMD Radeon™ graphics."

Mantle and Graphics Core Next: Simplifying Cross-Platform Game Development
The award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture in the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards continues to serve as a driving force behind the Unified Gaming Strategy, AMD's approach to providing a consistent gaming experience on the PC, in the living room or over the cloud -- all powered by AMD Radeon graphics found in AMD graphics cards and accelerated processing units (APUs). The four pillars of the Unified Gaming Strategy -- console, cloud, content and client -- come together with the introduction of Mantle.

With Mantle, games like DICE's "Battlefield 4" will be empowered with the ability to speak the native language of the Graphics Core Next architecture, presenting a deeper level of hardware optimization no other graphics card manufacturer can match. Mantle also assists game developers in bringing games to life on multiple platforms by leveraging the commonalities between GCN-powered PCs and consoles for a simple game development process.
With the introduction of Mantle, AMD solidifies its position as the leading provider of fast and efficient game development platforms. Mantle will be detailed further at the AMD Developer Summit, APU13, taking place Nov. 11-13 in San Jose, Calif.

AMD TrueAudio Technology: World's First Programmable Audio Pipeline
AMD TrueAudio technology marks a new frontier in realism for PC gamers. AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU, inviting them to put their unique artistic fingerprint on in-game audio in the same way that the programmable graphics pipeline brought unfettered artistic vision to PC graphics. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio and more.

AMD TrueAudio technology enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain's perception of real-world sound, working in concert with the user's existing audio hardware to recreate a lifelike experience in upcoming games like "THIEF™" by Square Enix or "Lichdom" by Xaviant Games.

AMD Multi-Display Technology: Redesigned for Ultra-resolution Gaming
The arrival of the next-generation AMD Radeon graphics cards also marks a new chapter in AMD's historic support for stunning display configurations. AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are made for gaming on UltraHD (3840x2160) displays, including support for non-tiled 2160p60 displays with a future AMD Catalyst driver release. In addition, gamers more accustomed to AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology will be freed to use virtually any combination of display outputs when connecting matching monitors to the DVI or HDMI outputs on their system.

AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards will be available for purchase in the near future.
- AMD announced its alternative to GeForce Experience, the Gaming Evolved app, built in partnership with Raptr.
DirectX 11.1 optimization and 64-bit binaries for BF4 confirmed by DICE, can take advantage of 8-core CPUs.
AMD Developing its own low-level 3D API in partnership with DICE, called MANTLE
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186 Comments on AMD GPU'14 Event Detailed, Announces Radeon R9 290X

#2
Akrian
by: theoneandonlymrk
who dya want tom cruise ,ok so no ultimate nerd to worship buy apple oh:slap:
Too low bro, too low ( Apple that is).

Well, a speaker should be able to hold your interest, not stutter all the time.
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#3
theoneandonlymrk
by: Akrian
Too low bro, too low ( Apple that is).

Well, a speaker should be able to hold your interest, not stutter all the time.
:D its the content not the nerd waffle:p plus im doing three no four things now two vids one net and a guitar happy days
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#5
Casecutter
by: GC_PaNzerFIN
Sorry, I rather trust my source in that event rather than some random internet leak.
I'm sorry I didn't say anything being trusted or fact. Just pointed to a source who's posting information. Notice I never call it Data, while when did some random TPU poster, trump a internet site with an article? BTW… that’s 2 months old, can't keep anything straight, clicking throughout the craziness.


This slide sure looks like a close to almost full-another bar above 7000, let's wait for data!
http://www.techpowerup.com/img/13-09-25/23.jpg
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#6
Delta6326
One click to optimize... Sure sounds familiar.
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#7
GC_PaNzerFIN
by: Casecutter
while when did some random TPU poster, trump a internet site with an article?
http://muropaketti.com/live-amd-gpu14-tech-day-havaiji

Yeah? It is now on internet site too. I am sure you can find the numbers there with google translate or something. I would trust AMD too, why would they downplay their own card :)
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#8
AsRock
TPU addict
WOW, they surly got the wrong guy for that stream lol.. in about 5 minutes he just lost around 600 viewers and boring the crap out of me too.

O well back to my game i'll read up on this later
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#9
Crap Daddy
by: Casecutter
I'm sorry I didn't say anything being trusted or fact. Just pointed to a source who's posting information. Notice I never call it Data, while when did some random TPU poster, trump a internet site with an article? BTW… that’s 2 months old, can't keep anything straight, clicking throughout the craziness.


This slide sure looks like a close to almost full-another bar above 7000, let's wait for data!
http://www.techpowerup.com/img/13-09-25/23.jpg
Gtx 780 stock does 8500
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#10
andresgriego
512bit bus .. woohoo, finally!

AMD should never make the mistake again of not having an uber card with every launch.

Almost want to sell my 680 lightning. ...
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#11
theoneandonlymrk
by: AsRock
WOW, they surly got the wrong guy for that stream lol.. in about 5 minutes he just lost around 600 viewers and boring the crap out of me too.

O well back to my game i'll read up on this later
he did and its a shame,,, you missed some exciting Bf4 news (still on)and amd bare metal driver APi news , roll on Mantle and who was it wafflin bare metal api a while ago too:D
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#12
Delta6326
He sucks at BF4...
Should have put it on hardcore mode.
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#13
theoneandonlymrk
by: Delta6326
He sucks at BF4...
Should have put it on hardcore mode.
koduri is quite the guru and mantle(more specificaly 9x draw calls per sec) might just have stomped nvidia out:eek::shadedshu:shadedshu
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#14
GC_PaNzerFIN
by: theoneandonlymrk
koduri is quite the guru and mantle(more specificaly 9x draw calls per sec) might just have stomped nvidia out:eek::shadedshu:shadedshu
Just what we need. More vendor specific DSP audio and rendering API. :o
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#15
theoneandonlymrk
by: GC_PaNzerFIN
Just what we need. More vendor specific DSP audio and rendering API. :o
thats what i said when phsyx came out but fairs fair eh i just got a physx card;)

and thats all console and one pc vendor specific ,devs are going to love that one api for all, nvidia probably have something similar in the works, well hopefully.
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#16
Delta6326
...I missed the end, did they announce more specs and $$$??
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#17
The Von Matrices
Just to note because AMD never directly said it - the R9 290 series has the only new core. All the other cards are rebrands of existing cores, although the clock speeds may be changed. This would mean the R9 280 is Tahiti, R9 270 is Pitcairn, R7 260 is Bonnaire, and R7 250 is Cape Verde.

The good news about this is that it almost surely means that all these "new" features will be enabled through driver updates rather than some fundamental hardware change in the 2xx series, and thus us 7xxx owners can enjoy the benefits (maybe with the exception of the audio DSP).

What I can't understand is how AMD can promote the anachronism that is the R7 250. This is their 2014 lineup and they're still selling cards with 1GB of memory?! For all this talk about high resolution and detailed effects they certainly don't support it throughout their entire lineup.
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#18
Ralfies

This makes it seem like R7 260X is new silicon. If not, why wouldn't they add "True Audio" to the other re-brands as well?
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#20
Roph
Eh, so AMD's "Mantle" thing is basically like 3DFX's Glide?

Even as an AMD user I'm not sure I like the sound of a proprietary API like that. I'd much rather see advancements in their drivers / DirectX to get performance closer to the metal instead.
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#21
PopcornMachine
I was expecting reviews tonight, but I guess it's not to be.

When will NDA be lifted?
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#22
GC_PaNzerFIN
by: PopcornMachine
I was expecting reviews tonight, but I guess it's not to be.

When will NDA be lifted?
This info is also under NDA. :mad:
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#23
Slomo4shO
That was a disappointing 3 hours... Still no confirmation on specs and no pricing on the top tier cards...

There better be some reviews available prior to the 3rd of October. I for one am not going to blindly preorder something without knowing how it performs...
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#24
PopcornMachine
by: GC_PaNzerFIN
This info is also under NDA. :mad:
Dammmmit! :shadedshu
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