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SK Hynix's GDDR6 at 14Gbps offers up to 672GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 17, 2017 1:50 am

We've been reporting about GDDR6 technology for a while now, but SK Hynix detailed its upcoming memory technology in their recent memory catalog, with GDDR6 scheduled for Q4 2017.




SK Hynix confirms two different variants of GDDR6, with both offerings being 8Gb (1GB) modules with different frequencies: 12Gbps and 14Gbps. Both modules will use 1.35V.


I've got some details on what memory bandwidth numbers to expect, which is exciting:


  • GDDR6 @ 12Gbps on 256-bit: 384GB/sec
  • GDDR6 @ 14Gbps on 256-bit: 448GB/sec
  • GDDR6 @ 12Gbps on 384-bit: 576GB/sec
  • GDDR6 @ 14Gbps on 384-bit: 672GB/sec

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AMD releases its Radeon RX 560, priced at just $99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 17, 2017 12:55 am

AMD has just made its Radeon RX 560 graphics card official, powered by the Polaris 21 GPU and its 1024 stream processors, 64 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and 2GB/4GB configurations.




AMD has the base/boost GPU clocks at 1175/1275MHz, respectively, while the 2GB or 4GB of GDDR5 is clocked at 7Gbps on a 128-bit memory bus, and 80W TDP. Comparing this to the Polaris 11-based Radeon RX 460, with its 896 stream processors, 48 TMUs, and same 16 ROPs.


The Radeon RX 460 had its GPU clocks at 1090/1200MHz, and the same 7Gbps GDDR5 on the 128-bit memory bus and 75W TDP.

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The new 'Emoji Movie' trailer is a horrifying spectacle

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 17, 2017 12:00 am

If you thought Sony Pictures couldn't stoop any lower than last years crap-fest 'Ghostbusters' reboot, well you were wrong. So very, very wrong.



Featuring the voice talents of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden and Sir Patrick 'they drove a dump truck full of money to my house' Stewart, 'The Emoji Movie' is based on the messaging emoticons that infuriate web users everywhere. The film is directed by veteran animation artist Tony Leondis.


Whether you're up for it or not, 'The Emoji Movie' will hit cinemas in 3D and 2D on August 4th.

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AMD teases Navi on 7nm, next-gen GPU on 7nm in 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 16, 2017 11:43 pm

AMD has unleashed a bunch of new products today at their Financial Analyst Day, with a tease of ThreadRipper with 16C/32T, their new Naples platform and the Epyc CPU with 32C/64T, and the exciting new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card.




AMD also detailed their GPU roadmap through to 2020, with Vega arriving on 14nm - but a 14nm+ respin that I think we'll see in early 2018. The bigger tease is Navi on 7nm for 2018-2019, and a brief glimpse of 'Next Gen' sometime in 2019-2020.

AMD ThreadRipper: 16C/32T coming at Computex in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 16, 2017 11:31 pm

AMD is really kicking Intel in the shins with its Ryzen CPU family, teasing that it's next-gen ThreadRipper processor will be launching in Summer 2017 - and will be officially detailed at Computex.




ThreadRipper will feature up to 16C/32T of CPU performance, with AMD "targeting the world's fastest ultra-premium desktop systems in an all-new HEDT platform".


I reached out to Founder & Principal Analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy, Patrick Moorhead, where he told us: "AMD's Threadripper willl be unique in the market and could easily garner over $1,000. I don't expect Intel to follow tit for tat, thread to thread, but rather on other merits like single core performance".


I totally agree, especially with Patrick's comments for AMD hitting the $1000+ price point with ThreadRipper. It will push Intel to react, which is probably why we're hearing about Intel's upcoming Core i9 range with up to 12C/24T of performance at up to a blistering 4.5GHz with their purported Turbo Boost 3.0 technology. It's an exciting time to be a technology enthusiast, that's for sure.

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier 'Watercooled' Edition announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: May 16, 2017 11:23 pm

AMD just announced its new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card, with 4096 stream processors, 16GB of HBM2 and 480GB/sec of memory bandwidth with an estimated 12.5 TFLOPs of single precision compute performance - enough to beat the new NVIDIA TITAN Xp graphics card and its 12 TFLOPs.






AMD also announced a watercooled version of its professional Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, and its goooooold in color, too. AMD requires 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors, but other than that, we have no idea what to expect in terms of performance/clock differences between the air-cooled and watercooled Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards. More to come as it happens.

AMD announces Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 16, 2017 11:15 pm

AMD has announced its new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card, which isn't part of the consumer graphics card family, but instead the Radeon Pro line.




Radeon Vega Frontier Edition rocks 16GB of next-gen HBM2 memory, 13 TFLOPs of performance (NVIDIA's new TITAN Xp has 12 TFLOPs) of single precision compute performance, while we have the Vega GPU clocked at 1586MHz.


AMD detailed its Radeon Vega Frontier Edition specs with 64 next-gen compute units (nCU - 4096 stream processors), 12.5 TFLOPs of single precision compute performance (FP32), 25 TFLOPs of single precision compute (FP16), 16GB of HBM2 alongside HBC, and 8K display support.

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New Thief not in development, says Eidos Montreal

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2017 11:14 pm

Eidos Montreal confirms our skeptical predictions: a new Thief game isn't in development.




Just days ago Straight Up Films, the production company who's making a feature film adaptation of the Thief franchise, said that Eidos Montreal is currently developing Thief game to release alongside the movie. Now Eidos Montreal boss David Anfossi confirms the game isn't happening.


"Apparently we're developing Thief 5 game! So now we have a title... We just have to build a team, a budget... Forget it!" Anfossi said on Twitter, poking fun at the production company. Due to the widespread coverage (and Anfossi's word's no doubt), Straight Up Films has updated their website by scrubbing all mention of a new Thief game.

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Square Enix to dramatically accelerate mobile games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2017 9:18 pm

Square Enix plans to accelerate its Mobile / PC Browser gaming segment to counterbalance low full-game sales, and we should see more mobile titles this year than ever before.




In our latest Square Enix financials report we dissected the company's latest Fiscal Year 2017 earnings, and also highlighted where the publisher will go in 2018 and beyond.


While most gamers are itching for news on Final Fantasy VII: Remake and Kingdom Hearts III, this year will be a low-point for big-name Square Enix games, especially after the flurry of AAA releases in FY2017 (Final Fantasy XV, Nier: Automata, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided). Instead of belting out new juggernauts, I predict Square Enix will use the strength of its mobile IPs to buoy revenue streams and carry momentum into the next fiscal year, who's pipeline likely includes the aforementioned anticipated RPGs.


But why do I think this? There's quite a few clues in the company's Fiscal Year 2018 forecasts. The publisher forecasts a massive 55% decrease in full game sales during FY2018: full-game sales are projected to hit 15.56 million, versus the rock-solid 34.76 million games sold in FY2017. Square Enix's FY2018 games pipeline is quite conservative and consists of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, an unannounced game, and MMO expansions for Final Fantasy XIV (Stormblood) and Dragon Quest X. But despite selling 55% less games, Square Enix expects to make quite a bit of revenue.

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