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
springs113
by: the54thvoid
Just ran Firestrike for giggles at 876Mhz core (modded bios removed boost) on a Titan with cpu @ 4.4GHz.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/1283922?
I get higher with a 4770k @4.5 and my hydro copper on stock
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#3
theoneandonlymrk
by: springs113
I get higher with a 4770k @4.5 and my hydro copper on stock
get a room will ya's:shadedshu
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#4
PopcornMachine
by: theoneandonlymrk
clearly been on holiday the last two weeks and didnt see mantle at all, no crossfire dongle is required or useable at UHD resolutions so it works over pciex
Where'd you pull this out of?

So no one running UHD (whichever definition of that you use) will need or be able to use multiple cards????

Another site clearly said this is an early engineering sample as the crossfire connects were not complete.
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#5
theoneandonlymrk
by: PopcornMachine
Where'd you pull this out of?

So no one running UHD (whichever definition of that you use) will need or be able to use multiple cards????

Another site clearly said this is an early engineering sample as the crossfire connects were not complete.
sorry mate ive already read all of most of these threads once im not looking again(no time) but its stated by others as the reason frame pacing is not working on multi monitor eyefinity setups also, and it makes sense as you can force dongle less crossfire now so it does work even on my 5's
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#6
james888
by: PopcornMachine
Where'd you pull this out of?

So no one running UHD (whichever definition of that you use) will need or be able to use multiple cards????

Another site clearly said this is an early engineering sample as the crossfire connects were not complete.
Searched the thread with the term "crossfire" and found it really quick.

http://www.techradar.com/news/computing-components/graphics-cards/amd-showcases-their-next-generation-gpu-the-radeon-r9-290x-1183950?src=rss&attr=all
Notably, the Crossfire connectors are gone. Crossfire will now be handled via PCI Express. Additionally, the Radeon R9 290X will sport two DVI outputs, a DisplayPort output, and an HDMI output.
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#7
the54thvoid
by: springs113
I get higher with a 4770k @4.5 and my hydro copper on stock
Screen shot of Afterburner or Precision? Unless you're running a boost disabled bios, you'll find your card is running far higher boost clocks. This isn't a pissing contest - it was posted to show that a Titan at it's basic advertised boost of 876Mhz (held there via Svl7's V3 boost disabled bios) still gets about 8500 on Firestrike compared to what the PR slides for R9 290X show (<8000).

My Titan at 1202/7000 gets 11101 on Firestrike.
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#8
theoneandonlymrk
by: the54thvoid
Screen shot of Afterburner or Precision? Unless you're running a boost disabled bios, you'll find your card is running far higher boost clocks. This isn't a pissing contest - it was posted to show that a Titan at it's basic advertised boost of 876Mhz (held there via Svl7's V3 boost disabled bios) still gets about 8500 on Firestrike compared to what the PR slides for R9 290X show (<8000).

My Titan at 1202/7000 gets 11101 on Firestrike.
The pr slides mearly indicate but you run with it.
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#9
springs113
by: the54thvoid
Screen shot of Afterburner or Precision? Unless you're running a boost disabled bios, you'll find your card is running far higher boost clocks. This isn't a pissing contest - it was posted to show that a Titan at it's basic advertised boost of 876Mhz (held there via Svl7's V3 boost disabled bios) still gets about 8500 on Firestrike compared to what the PR slides for R9 290X show (<8000).

My Titan at 1202/7000 gets 11101 on Firestrike.
I'm running my card stock...when I go home I will, I fell into the top bar in 3dmark the last time I check not the second tier that you are in.
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#10
Horrux
by: 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.
No, it's a very GOOD thing. Games will be developed using that API, and then possibly also ported to DX 11? But AMD card users will be able to run it natively, because all the consoles use x86 and GCN.
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#11
NeoXF
by: BiggieShady
Bloatware for those that don't like to (or worse, that don't know how to) configure their games themselves. There's my comment.
Again, I ask myself, why do I even remotely expect an objective answer from a forum packed full of so-called "enthusiasts". Being an enthusiast and loving to configure every little nut and bolt of your system and it's software/games doesn't mean that the world revolves around you or anything related to you, much less, the things you have/"own". I know a ton of people who either don't know how, don't have the time... or just want TO GAME, nothing less, nothing more, instead of messing about with every little non-actual-gameplay aspect of their games on a PC... and trust me, they outnumber us by a lot.

So please, you people, spare me these comments of how useless this or that is, what is bloatware or not how this and that is a data mining conspiracy (which might very well be true, but seriously now, just unplug your internet and be done with it if you're that desperate). I'd like to read more valid opinions than that on what is supposed to be a very decent forum...
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#12
Xzibit
I wouldn't get to hung up on that PR slide of the R9 290X.



If you move your eyes a little to the left you can see all cards have 8 semi-transparent bars to fill across the board.

If you look at the bottom of the graph it says.
"APPROVED FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION"


I put it up to a cleaver play with Photoshop with a hint of mystery to keep you guys talking and speculation.
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#13
Fluffmeister
I think you're giving AMD too much credit. :P
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#14
Xzibit
by: Fluffmeister
I think you're giving AMD too much credit. :P
If I wanted to give them credit I'd go on and on in several forums talking about how accurate a PR slide was.

:laugh:

Never mind the devoted few who despise anything non-green and always reference information as a PR stunt and now are doing a 180 and singling this sol PR slide as the only accurate slide AMD has released in there lifetime.

Its amusing to see the blatant hypocrisy that comes from convenience to advance ones own viewpoint.

;)

/morepopcornoncounch
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#15
Fluffmeister
Hehe indeed, you should read what you just typed, take a long hard look in the mirror and say this three times:

nVidia didn't steal my first born....
nVidia didn't steal my first born....
...

Just messing, I have to ask though, if AMD don't know the performance of their own cards, who truly does? They do seem to suck at PR, I'll give you that.

Let's hope you're right, for your own sanity at least.

/morepopcorn
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#16
HumanSmoke
by: Xzibit
I wouldn't get to hung up on that PR slide of the R9 290X...[snip]...I put it up to a cleaver play with Photoshop with a hint of mystery to keep you guys talking and speculation.
So, the AMD slide might be bullshit ?
Quite possibly....which leaves open the obvious possibility that that slide isn't the only one. Maybe a batch of slides- or the whole presentation- was a snow job? Smoke and mirrors aided by carefully picked speakers specifically chosen to render the audience into stupor as misdirection.

You maybe on to something. :toast:

As cleaver play though it leaves a lot to be desired. This is cleaver play
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#17
Xzibit
by: HumanSmoke
So, the AMD slide might be bullshit ?
Quite possibly....which leaves open the obvious possibility that that slide isn't the only one. Maybe a batch of slides- or the whole presentation- was a snow job? Smoke and mirrors aided by carefully picked speakers specifically chosen to render the audience into stupor as misdirection.

You maybe on to something. :toast:

As cleaver play though it leaves a lot to be desired. This is cleaver play
http://i.istockimg.com/file_thumbview_approve/23343847/2/stock-photo-23343847-maddened-victorian-maiden-smiles-and-brandishes-bloodstained-cleaver-horror-movie.jpg
Didn't say it was BS. I just mock it up for what it is a PR slide. If there is no other information to collaborate it its not that informative to me other then that's what they want to show.

I'm not going to jump to the conclusion that its a definitive answer. Far too many un-known variables.

I'll keep my speculation to a minimal.

I think it was somewhat clever. Don't you think ?
Sure seamed clever the way it had you talking about it. :laugh:
For a person that hates anything AMD you sure talk about it a lot so kudos to them for making a Nvidia die-hard talk about it.
I'll await your thesis on it.

/patientlyawaitsforndatolift
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#18
Fluffmeister
It's a shame we don't have more info to go on, maybe they should hold some sort of PR event on I dunno.... Hawaii.
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#19
Xenturion
by: The Von Matrices
Where did you see this information about the removal of the active displayport adapter requirement? I didn't see it anywhere in the presentation.
by: btarunr
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.
I also looked through the slides, but I couldn't find it there either. It's nice that they've followed Nvidia's lead because removing the requirement of DP definitely reduces the entry price of multi-display setups.
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#20
The Von Matrices
by: Xenturion
I also looked through the slides, but I couldn't find it there either. It's nice that they've followed Nvidia's lead because removing the requirement of DP definitely reduces the entry price of multi-display setups.
If this is true, I don't see the price as being the major advantage. Single link active displayport adapters are now less than $20. However, the third TMDS link would eliminate tearing on the 3rd screen as is present with the active displayport adapter.
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#21
HumanSmoke
by: Fluffmeister
It's a shame we don't have more info to go on, maybe they should hold some sort of PR event on I dunno.... Hawaii.
LOL. Well played.
I'd come to much the same conclusion some time before the event, so I wasn't unduly surprised. AMD's modus operandi hasn't changed for years.
by: Xzibit
For a person that hates anything AMD you sure talk about it a lot so kudos to them for making a Nvidia die-hard talk about it.
I'll await your thesis on it.
Sure no problem. Already published almost a year ago.

Makes a change from being labelled an AMD fanboy
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#22
Xzibit
by: HumanSmoke
Sure no problem. Already published almost a year ago.

Makes a change from being labelled an AMD fanboy
Still pandering your collage I see.

Hope that wasn't your highlight since it contains nothing about the R9 290X

They are some interesting post on that slide I posted above that you made though :laugh:

Maybe follow this guys advice.
by: Fluffmeister
Sucks to live in middle earth then, move closer to civilization.
/waitingfordnatolift
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#23
HumanSmoke
Didn't take you long to revert to type with the personal shit I see.
by: Xzibit
Still pandering your collage (?) I see.
Hope that wasn't your highlight since it contains nothing about the R9 290X [what part of "Already published almost a year ago" was so difficult to understand?]
They are some interesting post on that slide I posted above that you made though[Interpreter required]
Oooh, sick burn coming from the guy that uses sentence structure such as " They are some interesting post on that slide I posted above that you made though" and can't complete a simple post without mangling the grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.:shadedshu

Colour me abashed.
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#24
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Alright you two. Enough of the bickering. Move along please.
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#25
Prima.Vera
Forgive the ignorance, but WHEN will the cards be available for testing and benching? I mean in the office before public release.
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