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Microsoft Introduces us to DX12: My Thoughts on the Industry Moving Forward
     Wed, Apr 16 2014 | 11:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
DirectX 12 is a much needed improvement to the line. It has been four years since DX11 was released with two minor iterations in that time. We have seen the rise of extreme programmability and parallelism that requires new thinking on the software side in order to harness that type of horsepower. My guess is that DirectX 12 will improve general computing in GPUs and APUs to a great degree as compared to what we have seen with DX11 and DirectCompute. The ball has been rolling for some time, but now that the industry has seen the advances that DX12 brings to the table, I am sure it will lead to some interesting developments on both the hardware and software sides. Good times await enthusiasts of this industry."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

AMD Radeon: Windows 8.1 Catalyst vs. Linux Gallium3D
     Wed, Apr 16 2014 | 9:02A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Summary: "Our latest Windows vs. Linux benchmarks on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS are of three different AMD Radeon graphics cards from three different generations as we test the performance of Microsoft Windows 8.1 against Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, when using both the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver and the open-source R600/RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

AMD Is Exploring A Very Interesting, More-Open Linux Driver
     Tue, Apr 15 2014 | 3:50P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This week I was out at the Game Developer's Conference not with a focus on games but to learn about some changes they AMD currently pursuing for their Linux driver model. If this new Linux driver model goes through, the Catalyst Linux driver will be more open, but it's not without some risk. Read more in this Phoronix exclusive story."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Radeon Gallium3D Performance Gets Close To Catalyst On Ubuntu 14.04
     Fri, Apr 11 2014 | 3:50P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the open-source graphics driver stack found in the forthcoming release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Mesa 10.1 + Linux 3.13), the performance of the community-developed Radeon Gallium3D driver is now close to that of the official AMD Catalyst driver for recent generations of Radeon graphics cards. In several OpenGL tests the RadeonSI driver can even run 80% the speed of AMD`s official Catalyst Linux driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

DirectX 12 amid the GDC frenzy
     Tue, Apr 01 2014 | 6:10P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We already covered the basics of DirectX 12 amid the GDC frenzy. Now that we've had time to study our notes from the show, we can delve into a little more detail about the new API's inception, the key ways in which it differs from DirectX 11, and what AMD and Nvidia think about it.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

A10-7850K Performance Optimized Catalyst 14.2 Driver
     Tue, Mar 18 2014 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QUOTE: With the release of AMD’s Kaveri APU and the realization of their heterogeneous compute vision, the A10-7850K has the potential to make a lot of changes in the way we use the processing power available to us. The A10-7850K can harness the full power of both its CPU and GPU cores equally, something that can benefit us, the end users, greatly. The problem is, that vision doesn’t fully come to life until developers start writing for it
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

AMD's Mantle graphics API
     Fri, Feb 14 2014 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Does AMD's Mantle graphics API deliver on its promise of smoother gaming with lower-spec CPUs? We take an early look at its performance in Battlefield 4.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

 
With Catalyst 14.1 AMD Unleashes Mantle @ Hardware Canucks
     Sun, Feb 09 2014 | 5:50A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the release of the Catalyst 14.1 Beta, we`re about to see big things go sideways."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Is Still Sour For Some GPUs
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 11:36A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nouveau, the reverse-engineered open-source NVIDIA Linux graphics driver that`s been in development now for the better part of a decade, is working brilliantly for some NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards while for other NVIDIA GPUs the experience is a sloppy mess. Using the Linux 3.13 kernel and Mesa 10.1-devel Gallium3D driver code installed on top of Ubuntu 13.10, here`s what the experience is like when trying a number of GeForce graphics cards with this latest open-source driver code."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Mantle Performance Explored
     Fri, Feb 07 2014 | 9:46A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,It has been a long time coming but we take a look at early and initial Mantle performance. The upcoming 14.1 Beta driver will receive many improvements. At the simplest level, Mantle is an Application Programming Interface (API), or a language that game developers can use to write code that creates the beautiful graphics on your screen. In its current iteration, the Mantle API uniquely leverages the hardware in the Graphics Core Next architecture (GCN) of modern AMD Radeon."
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

AMD Mantle BF4 and StarSwarm Testing Part 2 @ Legit Reviews
     Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 9:36A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On February 1, 2014 AMD released the first public beta of the Catalyst 14.1 drivers as Beta 1.6 with Mantle support.  Previously we tested Beta 1.5 drivers, and found it increased the performance of Battlefield 4 by 15.8% on a Sapphire Radeon R7 260X video card.  As this is a new build, we wanted to do some additional testing, focusing on how well Mantle works with both video card and processor overclocking. The percent performance increase from DirectX to Mantle varies greatly and depends on the video card that you are using. AMD provided us with a slide that shows performance of four discrete graphics cards on teh AMD A10-7700K processor and the performance gains ranged from just around 6% on the AMD Radeon R9 270X to over 40% on the AMD Radeon R9 290X. We`ve been testing with an AMD Radeon R7 260X due to the affordability of the card and the fact that many gamers are using it since it supports both AMD Mantle and TrueAudio technologies. Read on to find out what happens with overclocking."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

AMD Mantle API Benchmark Performance On Catalyst 14.1 @ Legit Reviews
     Wed, Feb 05 2014 | 9:25A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has been talking about the potential performance increase that their new Mantle technology is going to provide, we have all seen the numbers that AMD and EA-DICE has been releasing.  AMD has finally released CATALYST 14.1 beta drivers, so now we can do our own independent testing to check out performance with and without Mantle enabled. Read on to see what happens to performance!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

AMD Mantle API Benchmark Performance On Catalyst 14.1 @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Feb 04 2014 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has been talking about the potential performance increase that their new Mantle technology is going to provide, we have all seen the numbers that AMD and EA-DICE has been releasing. AMD has finally released CATALYST 14.1 beta drivers, so now we can do our own independent testing to check out performance with and without Mantle enabled. Read on to see what happens to performance!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband Review
     Tue, Feb 04 2014 | 3:59A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Fitbit`s Flex fitness tracker is the first wearable device to get slapped onto my body, and I`m loving every minute of it. Read Anthony`s thoughts."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta Driver Brings Mantle Support Frame Pacing Phase 2 HSA
     Fri, Jan 31 2014 | 11:10A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The potential for Mantle is still there and some of the impressive numbers that AMD is quoting with 40% performance improvements will at least keep me interested until the company can get the project wrapped up with bow on it for consumers. I WANT to believe in what AMD is showing us and I WANT it to succeed because I think PC gaming deserves a chance to showcase its capability and advantages over consoles. It is pretty obvious as this point that AMD should likely have waited a bit longer and worked a bit more with DICE to get Mantle ready."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

The Linux 3.13 Kernel Is A Must-Have For AMD RadeonSI Users
     Wed, Jan 29 2014 | 3:26P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Linux 3.13 kernel that will be released in the very near future is very worth the upgrade if you are a RadeonSI user -- in particular, the Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs and newer on the Gallium3D Linux graphics driver -- but other open-source graphics driver users as well may also see nice improvements in the new kernel release. Here`s some benchmarks showing off the gains found with the Linux 3.13 kernel for Radeon HD and R9 graphics cards."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

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