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Grand Theft Auto V Not Part of AMD Gaming Evolved After All

Yesterday, 02:55 PM

Soon after Grand Theft Auto V arrived, NVIDIA made it known that two of its GameWorks technologies were showcased in Rockstar's title. Both Percentage Closer Soft Shadows (PCSS) and TXAA are utilized and help give the game a boost. AMD wanted to announce that its Contact Hardening Shadows (CHS) were also used, and that GTA V is part of its Gaming Evolved initiative. However, that last part isn't entirely accurate, as GTA V is not a part of Gaming Evolved, but it still uses CHS. So, AMD basically lied about its involvement with GTA V, which probably wasn't the smartest move on its part. Having CHS included is a good thing, but lying about the game being part of Gaming Evolved is not.

Source: The Tech Report (updated)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Could Launch End of May

Yesterday, 12:44 PM

It is time for another rumor concerning the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti video card, with some new information about when it will debut. The 980 Ti is said to use the GM200 core like the TITAN X and Quadro M6600, but a cheaper variant with higher clock speeds, only 6GB of VRAM, and a price in the $600-700 range. A past rumor put the 980 Ti as arriving in September, but now it may be much sooner, with the card launching towards the end of May. Something like the third week of May or so. NVIDIA and its partners apparently plan to showcase the card during Computex in June, with custom variants and more on display. But if the 980 Ti launches a week or two before Computex, it may be reviews arrive in May, and then the card proper once Computex rolls around. Or the 980 Ti really will arrive near the end of May, NVIDIA shows it and more off at Computex (possibly "Metal Enhanced"  and water-cooled versions), and then AMD launches its R9 390/390X later in June.

Whatever NVIDIA may be planning, we should all hear something by Computex at the very latest. Computex runs that first week of June, so hopefully things are a lot clearer then.

Source: Anandtech via WCCFtech

AMD Posts $180 Million First Quarter Loss

Yesterday, 08:31 AM

Things are not looking good for AMD right now, as the company recently posted a first quarter loss of $180 million. That boils down to $73 million once adjusted, and when compared to last year's first quarter when AMD had $35 million in adjusted earnings, it could be better for the red team. Revenue fell 26% percent to $1.03 billion in the first quarter, compared to $1.4 billion the same time last year. It has $906 million of cash and equivalents in hand, which is $134 million less than it had the fourth quarter of 2014. Divisions across the company all reported losses, with the Computing and Graphics segment seeing a revenue drop to $532 million from $861 million; and the Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom division having revenues drop to $498 million from $536 million, which could be another reason why it's now focusing on traditional servers. As well, AMD is expecting a 3% revenue drop in the second quarter.

AMD is hoping that the upcoming release of Windows 10 gives it a boost, which may come by the end of July. The 2015 to 2020 roadmap may also help out, but those dividends may not be coming as quick as they can be.

Source: VRWorld

Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Yesterday, 08:06 AM

A new week is here and we have a couple of items to help get it started right. There is a review of the BitFenix Aegis micro-ATX computer case, a uniquely designed case that has a big window and plenty of room for water cooling. Plus it can come in a yellow and black color scheme that looks really good together. Our other item for the day is the Samsung SM951 512GB PCIe SSD, which offers read speeds of 2150MB/s and write speeds of 1500MB/s, all without the support of NVMe.

BitFenix Aegis @ ThinkComputers

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Samsung SM951 512GB PCIe SSD @ TechSpot

AMD Earnings Call Reveals Possible Windows 10 Launch Month

Yesterday, 12:01 AM

During AMD's recent earnings call, an interesting piece of information slipped out concerning Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10. According to AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, Windows 10 is expected to arrive by the end of July, which is something the company believes may delay back-to-school deals/bundles/promotions. This is the first time anything definitive has been associated with the release of Windows 10, as so far Microsoft has only said a summer release is likely. The end of July would certainly put it within that time frame, and would mean the arrival of DirectX 12, Project Spartan, and an overall unified OS, plus hopefully one more friendly to gamers. We'll just have to see if this proves to be true and how soon Microsoft will come out with some kind of statement concerning the release, but either way, we shouldn't have too much more to go to get our hands on Windows 10.

Source: WCCFtech