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OpenCL’s roadmap would be merging into Vulkan
     Wed, May 31 2017 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For now, the OpenCL working group is focused on how to make this change happen in a way that serves their users. They will need to implement OpenCL 2.x-class compute features into Vulkan, and they will need to add support for other devices, like FPGAs, DSPs, and so forth. They also intend to create a compatibility layer to support existing OpenCL 1.2 and OpenCL 2.x software. There is a lot of existing code that relies upon OpenCL, and bringing it forward is a high priority."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

NVIDIA Vulkan Driver Shows Impressive Mad Max Performance
     Thu, May 18 2017 | 9:00A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Hours ago I posted some RADV vs. RadeonSI results on Mad Max which showed much progress for this first Feral Interactive Vulkan Linux game while the NVIDIA results do show much more impressive performance capabilities with this new graphics API. Here are some of my initial NVIDIA GeForce results for OpenGL vs. Vulkan with Mad Max on Linux while additional tests are on the way. It was just today that Linux game porter Feral Interactive rolled out a public beta of a Vulkan renderer for this originally DX11 Windows game."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance With NVIDIA
     Tue, Feb 28 2017 | 9:02A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It's been a while since last testing Windows 10 vs. Linux on different, newer Linux game ports with a variety of GPUs, but that changed this week. As mentioned this weekend, I've been working on a large, fresh Windows vs. Linux gaming performance comparison. The results available today are for NVIDIA with testing a GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 on Windows 10 Pro x64 and Ubuntu 16.10 x86_64 with the latest drivers and using a variety of newer Direct3D 11/12 / OpenGL / Vulkan games."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Report
     Tue, Jan 31 2017 | 9:00A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we are finally allowed to reveal the third major technology update from the AMD Tech Summit – Radeon FreeSync 2. AMD also revealed a major feature upgrade to the current FreeSync technology. Get the full details here!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

AMD Crimson 16.12.2 on RX 480 comparison
     Sun, Jan 29 2017 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HardwareOverclock.com has just posted another article. Last week we have tested the latest AMD Crimson driver, the version 16.12.2 and compared it between the 6 Month older version. Whats happened in the last month in Radeon RX 480 performance and benchmarks.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREOVERCLOCK

AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Report
     Mon, Jan 23 2017 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we are finally allowed to reveal the third major technology update from the AMD Tech Summit – Radeon FreeSync 2. AMD also revealed a major feature upgrade to the current FreeSync technology. Get the full details here!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

AMD brought FreeSync to HDMI connections
     Thu, Jan 05 2017 | 12:03P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since the initial FreeSync launch in March of 2015, AMD has quickly expanded the role and impact that the display technology has had on the market. Technologically, AMD added low frame rate compensation (LFC) to mimic the experience of G-Sync displays, effectively removing the bottom limit to the variable refresh rate. LFC is an optional feature that requires a large enough gap between the displays minimum and maximum refresh rates to be enabled, but the monitors that do integrate it work well. Last year AMD brought FreeSync to HDMI connections too by overlaying the standard as an extension. This helped to expand the quantity and lower the price of available FreeSync options. Most recently, AMD announced that borderless windowed mode was being added as well, another feature-match to what NVIDIA can do with G-Sync.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

 
FreeSync 2
     Wed, Jan 04 2017 | 4:17P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has pulled back the curtain on FreeSync 2, the new version of the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Editon Technology Report
     Sun, Dec 25 2016 | 4:01P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the 2nd of November, 2015, AMD announced the replacement of the AMD Catalyst driver with a new "mini graphics operation system" they call the AMD Radeon Software. The first version will be called Radeon Software : Crimson Edition Now, let's hear it from Team AMD on the new Radeon Software Crimson Edition, and find out why they are replacing the AMD Catalyst drivers with it, and what it brings to the table...
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

MD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Revealed
     Sun, Dec 18 2016 | 12:00P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we are finally allowed to reveal the improvements and new features in the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver. Get your full briefing here!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition
     Sat, Dec 17 2016 | 12:02P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition is AMD's latest major annual driver release. Though its headline feature, ReLive, promises to be a boon for Radeon owners who capture and stream gameplay, that's just one of its many features. We dug in to see everything this update has to offer.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

AMD Radeon Crimson ReLive Drivers
     Fri, Dec 16 2016 | 12:03P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today AMD released their big annual driver update called Radeon Crimson ReLive Edition. The highlights of the new driver are game recording, an improved installer with clean install and Radeon Chill, which promises to reduce power consumption and heat output during gaming.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

AMD To Attack Performance Desktop Market With RYZEN
     Thu, Dec 15 2016 | 3:23P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We’ve been hearing about AMD’s next-generation Zen-based processors for quite a while now, though the company has just officially unveiled that desktop variants will now be branded RYZEN. Over the past few months, we’ve seen Zen in action in both high-performance desktop and server applications and have been able to disclose a handful of features, specifications, and performance details. Today however, with AMD poised to host its “New Horizon” webcast, we have some more information to share related to the RYZEN branding, along with the ZEN architecture and AM4 platform as a whole. First and foremost is the actual branding for its Zen-based processors for desktops, formerly codenamed “Summit Ridge”. AMD will be branding its Zen-architecture based desktop processors RYZEN -- pronounced Rye-Zen (like horizon, without the “ho”). We’ve also got some new details regarding RYZEN’s speeds and feeds, and some additional performance-related data to share...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Radeon Crimson Driver December 2016 Performance Analysis
     Thu, Dec 15 2016 | 3:22P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article we'll take the AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.6.2 - 16.7.3 - 16.10.3 - 16.12.1 drivers and test them with a Radeon RX 480.As such we'll have a quick peek at driver performance compared to several other AMD Catalyst drivers. In this article we'll fire off the multiple games from the Guru3D benchmark suite at multiple drivers with the Radeon RX 480 to see how much performance you will really gain (or not).
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

AMD Radeon Technologies Group’s First Year Achievements.
     Wed, Sep 21 2016 | 9:02A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has now been a year since Raja Koduri took the helm of the newly-formed Radeon Technologies Group. Find out what they achieved in the past 12 months, and catch the rare Q&A session with Raja Koduri himself!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

AMD Radeon RX 480 – the new driver should fix all
     Thu, Jul 21 2016 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
we just released our new messures on Radeon RX 480. We renew all performance-benchmarks, but too all our tests about the power consumption, to check, if the new driver of AMD brings now the RX 480 into the PCI-Express-Specifications.
  FULL STORY @ HT4U

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