What about a Vega refresh?

AMD has had two amazing years and the current 2017 is even better due to the big success of Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper processors. With this two platforms, AMD is now catching up on Intel especially in the retail market. While on the CPU side AMD is becoming stronger, what about their GPUs?


Added support and fixed issues

It seems like we are spending more time updating drivers than playing new games lately. During the past month we have received three new AMD drivers and it's more or less the same with NVIDIA. AMD has released the latest update to their Radeon GPU drivers, the Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1. This version should offer better support for The Evil Within 2.


Comes with AMD RAIDXpert package

One of the most interesting features about AMD's X399 platform is the fact that there are 64 PCIe lanes. While 4 lanes are dedicated to the chipset, the other 60 lanes are for PCIe devices such as graphics cards, a sound card and apparently NVMe SSDs. When AMD launched Ryzen Threadripper, support for NVMe RAID was missing on this platform. Nevertheless it looks like AMD did it’s homework and meanwhile the X399 platform is capable of handling NVMe RAID.


Up to 28 GB/s

It looks like Roman "der8auer" has done another one of his “insane” tests. A few weeks ago AMD announced that their X399 platform now supports NVMe M.2 RAID. In that context Roman must have thought it would be a fun idea to see how much throughput can be achieve using as many M.2 NVMe SSDs as possible creating one massive RAID.



Added support and issues fixed

AMD has released the latest update to their Radeon GPU drivers, the Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.3. Just a few days after the last WHQL driver has been launched, this new version goes online. As always support for new games has been added and issues have been fixed.


Available in two years

TechPowerUp has come across a few interesting slides on the Spanish website Informatica Cero. One of them actually shows a CPU roadmap for AMD's next generation of Zen processors. Pinnacle Ridge, which is the successor's code name, is supposed to be manufactured using 12nm technology instead of the current 14nm node.



Added support and issues fixed

AMD has released the latest update to their Radeon GPU drivers, the Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.2. Just a few days after the last WHQL driver has been launched, this new version goes online. As always support for new games has been added and issues have been fixed.


With Vega graphics

Back in May, AMD mentioned the Ryzen Mobile APUs, which were previously known by the codename Raven Ridge. The launch of these chips is expected to take place somewhen in the second half of this year and more details are finally starting to surface including benchmarks scores. According to this first scores, the performance of the upcoming APUs is pretty impressive.


No dummy dies

It looks like Roman "der8auer" is in love with delidding CPUs. Bringing out the razor blades and soldering heat gun he's very carefully removed the heatspreader from a Rzyen Threadripper CPU and what's underneath is interesting to see. According to his pictures, Ryzen Threadripper is based on four actual dies and there are no dummy dies or just spacers underneath the heatspreader.


Added support and issues fixed

AMD has released the latest update to their Radeon GPU drivers, the Crimson ReLive Edition 17.9.1. Just a few days after the last WHQL driver has been launched, this new version goes online. As always support for new games has been added and issues have been fixed.



More optimised in game

During the PAX West event AMD has showcased its Ryzen Threadripper and Vega goodies. During the past few months, the company has had great success with its Ryzen platform. During the event, AMD has discussed about Zen 2 and Zen 3 based processors. These future AMD chips should focus on better overclocking and higher IPC.



Our overview to it

With the new socket TR4, AMD is going to change the position of the mounting holes. Quite a few manufacturers have already updated their own CPU cooler-series with TR4 retention kits. The delivery of the Ryzen Threadripper CPUs will contain mounting brackets, which are compatible with the following 18 all-in-one water coolers. On top of that all those vendors are soon going to release specific coolers for this new platform.



Up to 43MH/s @ 130W

There are quite a few reports available attesting the Vega 64 excellent efficiency when it comes to mining. According to some reddit users, RX Vega graphics cards can be more efficient than their Polaris counterparts. In other words, Vega handles compute workloads much better than traditional gaming ones.



Thanks to a software update

One of the most interesting features about AMD’s X399 platform is the fact that there are 64 PCIe lanes. While 4 lanes are dedicated to the chipset, the other 60 lanes are for PCIe devices such as graphics cards, a sound card and apparently NVMe SSDs. When AMD Ryzen Threadripper launched, the NVMe RAID support was missing. Although for some this feature might be important, we didn't think it was a big loss since a NVMe RAID setup is quite uncommon.


In for a performance boost?

AMD's RX Vega 56 hit the market earlier this week, bringing Vega to a more affordable price while still offering solid performance. The RX Vega 56 is as quick as a NVIDIA GTX 1070. According to a post on the Chiphell forums, it seems to be possible to unlock even more performance. A user has successfully managed to flash the RX Vega 56 with the Vega 64’s BIOS, achieving a decent performance boost.


New models from AIB partners

AMD has officially launched the Radeon RX Vega 56 and it shouldn't be a surprise that AIB partners around the globe are releasing cards based on this new GPU. The RX Vega 56 features a Vega 10 GPU with 56 compute units, 3'584 stream processors and 8GB of HBM2 memory. Frequency wise, the core clock speed is set to 1'156MHz with a boost clock speed of 1'471MHz.



Spotted in Indian PC hardware store

A few weeks ago, AMD has officially announced their Ryzen Threadripper processors. These new CPUs come with more cores and threads than the already available Ryzen 7 parts and on top of that Threadripper requires AMD’s X399 HEDT platform. In the meantime an Indian online shop has started selling the first units, ahead of the actual availability date, which was supposed to be August 31st.


Added support and issues fixed

AMD today released the latest update to their Radeon GPU drivers, the Crimson ReLive Edition 17.8.2. Just a few days after the last WHQL driver has been launch this new version goes online. As always support for new games has been added and issues have been fixed.



What happens in case of massive undersupply

The launch reviews of AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 and 56 have shown that at suggested retail prices of $499 US and $399 US, respectively, those cards do feature a decent price/performance level. The only problem so far: the cards don’t sell at these prices - yet. Instead they are massively more expensive.


Added support and issues fixed

AMD today released the latest update to their Radeon GPU drivers, the Crimson ReLive Edition 17.8.1. This is the first driver supporting Vega 56 and 64 that comes with a WHQL signature. As usual these drivers are supposed to help increase performance and efficiency of AMD cards.
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