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    Samsung Unveils CH711 Curved Quantum-dot Monitor

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but it's a really, really bad product. I have one. Nothing to do with purple overshoot - that's not really an issue on my later production date model. 1) Strobing backlight is not optional, but enforced on Faster and Fastest response time settings (which are...
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    AMD Vega 10, Vega 20, and Vega 11 GPUs Detailed

    Much of this 'news' is made up. At least the detail of it is. NAVI is still expected for early 2018, a year after Vega. Vega 20 (if it is to be called Vega) is a real part and is indeed 2019 ... but it won't be HBM2 32GB. Would make no sense whatsoever to have that much VRAM with that many...
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    SMT and Power Management Behind "Kaby Lake" and "ZEN" Windows 10 Restrictions

    Microsoft can try to scare people on to Windows 10 all they want, but a lot will never move. 7 is the end of the line as far as Windows is concerned, for me, as it is with many individuals and businesses. Loss of control, lack of security and foisting of tablet like UI and Windows Store are...
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    NVIDIA "GP104" Silicon to Feature GDDR5X Memory Interface

    GDDR5(X) has a minute advantage in tRC and a disadvantage in tccd. Both aren't really enough to matter. However a 256bit GDDR5X 8GB card will only have 448GB/s of bandwidth. An HBM2 8GB card will have 1024GB/s of bandwidth. It'll also likely have well under half the power consumption and...
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    NVIDIA "GP104" Silicon to Feature GDDR5X Memory Interface

    That would likely mean a paper launch 4 or even 5 months before any real availability ... they may be late and AMD earlier, but showing nothing at all would be far less damaging to their brand than that kind of paper launch.
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    AMD Announces the XConnect External Graphics Technology with Razer and Intel

    They have to. Apple will have this, and Intel don't want to lose their Apple contract(s) yet. There is zero chance of Apple going back to NVIDIA, so Intel have to work with AMD here. They'll probably lose iMacs and laptops in '17 to AMD's APUs anyway, but they can hope.
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    NVIDIA "GP104" Silicon to Feature GDDR5X Memory Interface

    Um, NVIDIA's first cards are expected in very low volume at either the beginning of Q4 or end of Q3, no earlier. There's no way there'll be a Titan until late Q1 '17 at the very earliest. This whole report is completely made up. GDD5RX won't be in volume production until end of Q3. So how...
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    Samsung Announces Mass Production of 2nd Gen. 14-Nanometer FinFET Logic Process

    Zen is on Samsung 14nmFF LPP. Probably exclusively initially (no GF).
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    Samsung to Fab AMD "Zen" and "Arctic Islands" on its 14 nm FinFET Node

    You were and are wrong. Intel and TSMC were never involved in any kind of agreement or development ... perhaps they had representatives on a round table, but they were never ever involved beyond that, if they even went that far. There were 4 major partners, and a host of minor parties. IBM...
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    Samsung to Fab AMD "Zen" and "Arctic Islands" on its 14 nm FinFET Node

    Still have to tape out two different chips, and as tests have proved, they don't share the same electrical properties (the A9 chips). I don't think there's anything easy or cheap about it ..... Previous poster was also wrong. IBM and GF licensed Samsung 14nm FF ... but IBM never implemented...
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    Samsung to Fab AMD "Zen" and "Arctic Islands" on its 14 nm FinFET Node

    UMC produce the interposers and mount the chips on them for Fiji. They will do so for NVIDIA with Pascal, too. Possibility AMD may switch to Samsung for Arctic Islands though.
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    Samsung to Fab AMD "Zen" and "Arctic Islands" on its 14 nm FinFET Node

    Difficult to tell, especially as Samsung (and GF's copy not quite exact) 14nm FF LPP process is a low power process and TSMC's 16nm FF+ is a high power process. But we do know that Samsung's LPE and LPP had vastly lower capacitance and leakage than Intel's (physically smaller) 14nm FF versions...
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    DirectX 12 Mixed Multi-GPU: It Works, For Now

    On mature drivers, Tahiti did much better. It did however have appalling frame times compared with NV, which were brought to par and then leapt ahead. Obviously there were quite a few cards between Tahiti and Fiji, too. I dunno what it is. Probably a mixture of a lot of things. Perhaps part...
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    DirectX 12 Mixed Multi-GPU: It Works, For Now

    Even if NVIDIA don't block it at a driver or firmware level, I'd eat my hat if they didn't block it with the GW middleware in games that use it. The reason they blocked it years ago was that many people wanted to buy a high end AMD card and then have a slave $50 NV card for Phys-X.
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    DirectX 12 Mixed Multi-GPU: It Works, For Now

    Probably something to do with the Fury being the master and the 980Ti card being the slave. It's been the case for a very long time that CF outperforms SLI. The gap appears to have widened rather than closed, particularly vis-a-vis frame times .... which were NVIDIA's one prior advantage, but...
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    DirectX 12 Mixed Multi-GPU: It Works, For Now

    If you mean AMD, I very much doubt they'll block it. If you mean NVIDIA, it would seem abundantly obvious that they will, given their long history of anti-competitive practice and the fact that the mixed setups make it even more clear that AMD scales much better in multi-gpu scenarios, whether...
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    AMD Could Name "Fiji" Based Dual-GPU Graphics Card Radeon R9 Gemini

    http://ir.amd.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=74093&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=2094239 NVIDIA ain't getting ANY deals for pre-built VR ready PCs any time soon. Any such things will be AMD and AMD only. Hence this Dell / AMD / Occulus deal.
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    AMD Could Name "Fiji" Based Dual-GPU Graphics Card Radeon R9 Gemini

    It isn't HBM supply. It's been interposer supply. Always has been. May now be at a stage where HBM is the bottleneck, but until now there have been practically no interposers available at all.
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    AMD Could Name "Fiji" Based Dual-GPU Graphics Card Radeon R9 Gemini

    Speculation has been that the Fury X2 will cost $1100. As far as I'm concerned that would not just be good, but very generous. It's clearly aimed at VR, and AMD have no competition (at all) in the VR space. So they could pretty much price it at what they wanted and still sell. Pascal will...
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    AMD Radeon R9 Nano Review by TPU...Not

    Prints a load of pro NVIDIA FUD - that ridiculous drivers 'editorial' is an example - then cries when the site doesn't get a review sample. LOL. Wow, well deduced Einstein. There aren't FX ITX boards.
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    PowerColor Launches Radeon R9 390 X2 Devil13 Dual-GPU Graphics Card

    Looks like it'll be a great option for VR builds if you can't afford Fury X2, especially as the 295X2 has been discontinued, and as NVIDIA have nothing to compete in the VR space.
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    Intel Skylake De-lidded, Reveals Tiny Die

    I don't know how crap the TIM they use now for Haswell / Broadwell / Skylake is, but the stuff they used for Ivy Bridge (when they stopped using solder) was only marginally more effective than toothpaste, but significantly better than a slice of processed cheese at load ... that's how bad it...
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    AMD Revises Pump-block Design for Radeon R9 Fury X

    Frame times for CF are often half that of SLI, or even less. That's why NVIDIA withdrew permission for sites to do comparative FCAT tests for SLI / CF for the sites they sent the FCAT equipment / software to. Last major test of it was early this year by SweClockers, since then nothing - said...
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    AMD Revises Pump-block Design for Radeon R9 Fury X

    #1 - can a mod please purge all the troll posts. Particularly the half a dozen or so that start the thread. #2 - If ROPs are such a huge bottleneck as you claim, then why is scaling so ridiculously good in CF? It's better than any previous AMD card, and miles ahead of any SLI setup. Even...
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    GFXBench Validation Confirms Stream Processor Count of Radeon Fury

    Some of the GFXBench tests benefit enormously from driver optimisation (as has been confirmed a few times by Kishonti), other tests don't. NVIDIA have done quite a bit of work on drivers for GFXBench in the past ... AMD supposedly little to nothing. That probably explains why Fiji annihalates...