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AMD "Fiji" Silicon Lacks HDMI 2.0 Support

It turns out that AMD's new "Fiji" silicon lacks HDMI 2.0 support, after all. Commenting on OCUK Forums, an AMD representative confirmed that the chip lacks support for the connector standard, implying that it's limited to HDMI 1.4a. HDMI 2.0 offers sufficient bandwidth for 4K Ultra HD resolution at 60 Hz. While the chip's other connectivity option, DisplayPort 1.2a supports 4K at 60 Hz - as do every 4K Ultra HD monitor ever launched - the lack of HDMI 2.0 support hurts the chip's living room ambitions, particularly with products such as the Radeon R9 Nano, which AMD CEO Lisa Su, stated that is being designed for the living room. You wouldn't need a GPU this powerful for 1080p TVs (a GTX 960 or R9 270X ITX card will do just fine), and if it's being designed for 4K UHD TVs, then its HDMI interface will cap visuals at a console-rivaling 30 Hz.

Source: OCUK Forums

AMD Embedded G-Series SoC Powers New Line of Samsung All-in-One Thin Client

AMD today announced that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. selected the AMD Embedded G-Series SoC (system on chip) for a new line of all-in-one cloud monitors featuring integrated thin client technology. The Samsung 21.5-inch TC222W and 23.6-inch TC242W are powered by AMD Embedded G-Series SoCs that couple high-performance compute and graphics capability in a highly integrated, low power design. The AMD SoC improves data transfer rates and saves space on the motherboard, which makes it a perfect fit for the compact form factors required by thin clients.

"Thin client is a key market for AMD Embedded Solutions and we're thrilled that Samsung has chosen to partner with us for their newest line of products," said Scott Aylor, vice president and general manager, Embedded Solutions, AMD. "The collaboration with Samsung builds on the number one position AMD holds in a market that continues to grow, becoming more and more prevalent in commercial installations that serve a broad range of markets."

Planned availability starting in Q3 2015, the Windows-supported Samsung cloud monitors will provide customers with expanded choice, capability and configuration flexibility. Complete with Samsung's professional-grade display panel, the cloud monitors will create a superior user experience through easy connectivity and high-quality reliability. As a superior option for effective desktop virtualization, Samsung's thin-client monitors will also enable improved productivity and optimized end-to-end performance.

AMD Radeon R9 Nano to Feature a Single PCIe Power Connector

AMD's Radeon R9 Nano is shaping up to be a more important card for AMD, than even its flaghsip, the R9 Fury X. Some of the first pictures of the Fury X led us to believe that it could stay compact only because it's liquid cooled. AMD disproved that notion, unveiling the Radeon R9 Nano, an extremely compact air-cooled graphics cards, with some stunning chops.

The Radeon R9 Nano is a feat similar to the NUC by Intel - to engineer a product that's surprisingly powerful for its size. The card is 6-inches long, 2-slot thick, and doesn't lug along any external radiator. AMD CEO Lisa Su, speaking at the company's E3 conference, stated that the R9 Nano will be faster than the Radeon R9 290X. That shouldn't surprise us, since it's a bigger chip; but it's the electrical specs, that make this product exciting - a single 8-pin PCIe power input, with a typical board power rated at 175W (Radeon R9 290X was rated at 275W). The card itself is as compact as some of the "ITX-friendly" custom design boards launched in recent times. It uses a vapor-chamber based air-cooling solution, with a single fan. The Radeon R9 Nano will launch later this Summer. It could compete with the GeForce GTX 970 in both performance and price.

Source: VideoCardz

AMD Also Announces Radeon R7 300 and R9 300 Series GPUs

In all the buzz surrounding the five products based on its Fiji silicon, AMD also announced five other mid-thru-performance segment graphics cards, the Radeon R7 360, the Radeon R7 370, the Radeon R9 380, the Radeon R9 390, and Radeon R9 390X. Aimed at competitive online MOBA gaming the Radeon R7 360 is good enough to play MOBAs such as "League of Legends," at 1080p, and most other modern games at 900p and 720p.

Based on the "Bonaire" silicon, the Radeon R7 360 features 768 stream processors, 48 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory. The core is clocked at 1050 MHz, and the memory at 6.50 GHz (GDDR5-effective), translating into 104 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The card draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector, and has a typical board power rating of 100W.

The Radeon R7 370 is designed for MOBA, FPS, and MMORPGs at 1080p resolution. It is expected to feature 1,024 stream processors, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB or 4 GB of memory. The core is clocked at 975 MHz, and the memory at 5.40 GHz (GDDR5-effective), belting out 179 GB/s of memory bandwidth. AMD has given this chip some energy optimizations, which lends it a typical board power of just 110W. The card draws power from a single 6-pin power connector.

AMD Dual-GPU "Fiji" Graphics Card PCB Pictured

Here is the first reasonably detailed PCB shot of the dual-GPU graphics card based on "Fiji," which AMD announced at its E3 conference. The card is an inch taller than standard, but surprisingly short, for a dual-GPU board. This is thanks to the memory being relocated to the GPU package. All that's left on the PCB, besides the two GPUs, are the PLX PEX8747 PCI-Express gen 3.0 x48 bridge chip, and the 12-phase VRM, which draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Display outputs include one HDMI 2.0, and three DisplayPort 1.2a connectors.

AMD announced significant energy efficiency gains for "Fiji" over "Hawaii," and so this card could have a much lower than expected power-draw. The reference board could come with AIO liquid-cooling, much like the single-GPU Radeon R9 Fury X, some AIBs could even release cards with air-cooling solutions. The yet unnamed dual-GPU "Fiji" based graphics card could be available in Autumn 2015.
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AMD Announces Five New Products Based on the Fiji Silicon

AMD announced no less than five new products based on its swanky new 28 nm "Fiji" silicon, the company's most powerful GPU, packing over 8 TFLOP/s of raw compute power, and the first GPU to feature stacked HBM (high-bandwidth memory), moved to the GPU package, and communicating with the GPU die over a special silicon substrate called the interposer. The "Fiji" silicon will enable AMD to target NVIDIA's entire high-end GPU lineup.

The first product is Project Quantum. This is a console-sized SFF gaming desktop designed by AMD, which will be sold by the company's add-in board partners. Despite its diminutive size, the desktop packs two "Fiji" GPUs in AMD CrossFireX, and an AMD 64-bit x86 machine driving the rest. All main components (the CPU, the chipset, and the two GPUs), are liquid-cooled. This desktop will enable smooth 4K/5K gaming in the living room.

AMD Unveils Fiji Based Dual-GPU Graphics Card

AMD unveiled the fastest graphics card money will be able to buy, a dual-GPU graphics card based on its swanky new "Fiji" silicon. This card will feature 8 GB of memory, and packs two "Fiji" cores in an internal multi-GPU configuration. The card will offer smooth 5K (four times 1440p resolution) gaming. Fiji introduces 50% improvements in performance-per-Watt over the previous-generation "Hawaii" silicon, while staying at 28 nm.

AMD Unveils the Radeon R9 Fury X, Ready for 5K Gaming

AMD CEO Lisa Su announced the company's latest super high-end graphics card, the Radeon R9 Fury X. The company claims this graphics card will be your gateway to 5K (that's four times 1440p) gaming. The card leverages AMD's new "Fiji" silicon, featuring stacked HBM (high-bandwidth memory), which offers significant performance and performance-per-Watt improvements over the previous generation. The company also announced the Radeon R9 Fury, the company's second-best card based on "Fiji," and the R9 Nano, the third-best product. The R9 Nano is about the size of an ASUS DirectCU Mini, is air-cooled, with performance significantly higher than the R9 290X, and half its power draw.

The Radeon R9 Fury X could be priced around the $650 mark, and will be available in mid-July. The Radeon R9 Fury, on the other hand, could be priced around the $550 mark, and come out a little sooner. The R9 Nano is the dark horse here, and could be AMD's most important product among the three, since it could go head on against the GeForce GTX 970 in both pricing and performance. Its biggest feature over the GTX 970 is 4096 MB of usable memory at half-a-terabyte per second speeds. The R9 Fury could seat itself in an interesting price-performance position between the GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti; while the R9 Fury X could go head on against the GTX 980 Ti, and GTX Titan X. There's a dual-GPU product based on the "Fiji" silicon, which AMD is trying to launch very soon. There's nothing from NVIDIA's current product lineup that can match that.

AMD Announces Project Quantum

AMD announced Project Quantum, what it claims to be the most powerful small form-factor gaming PC. About the size of a gaming console, and designed entirely by AMD, using AMD components, this machine packs two AMD "Fiji" graphics processors, with 8 GB of graphics memory, set in CrossFire, and an AMD 64-bit x86 machine. All hot components are liquid-cooled. The desktop will be marketed by AMD AIB partners, and will offer 60 FPS on any game at 4K resolution. Leveraging Windows 10 and DirectX 12, the machine will ship out a little later this year. More details soon.

Radeon R9 390X and R9 390 to Feature Faster Memory, Core Over Predecessors

AMD's upcoming Radeon R9 390X and R9 390 performance-segment graphics cards reportedly feature higher GPU and memory clocks over the products they are a re-branding of, the R9 290X and R9 290, respectively. The 28 nm "Grenada" silicon they are based on, is identical to "Hawaii," down to the last transistor. This has been confirmed by leaked GPU-Z screenshots, which reveal the device-IDs of the two cards to be identical to those of the R9 290X and R9 290. Since the Device-IDs are the same, GPU-Z is reading the chip as "Hawaii." The code-name "Grenada" appears in the BIOS version string.

Unlike older, more blatant re-brands, such as GeForce 8800 GT to 9800 GT, AMD did drop in a few changes. To begin with, the memory amount has been doubled on both cards, to 8 GB. The memory clock has been increased from 1250 MHz (5.00 GHz GDDR5-effective), to 1500 MHz (6.00 GDDR5-effective), resulting in memory bandwidth increase to 384 GB/s, up from 320 GB/s. The core clock speed on the R9 390X is 1050 MHz (up from 1000 MHz on R9 290X); and 1000 MHz on the R9 390 (up from 947 MHz on the R9 290).

Source: VideoCardz
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