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AMD Unveils World’s First 7nm Gaming GPU

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AMD today unveiled AMD Radeon VII, the world’s first 7nm gaming graphics card. It was designed to deliver exceptional performance and amazing experiences for the latest AAA, esports and Virtual Reality (VR) titles, demanding 3D rendering and video editing applications, and next-generation compute workloads.

Built on the enhanced second-generation AMD ‘Vega’ architecture, AMD Radeon VII provides 2X the memory, 2.1X the memory bandwidth, up to 29 percent higher gaming performance on average, and up to 36 percent higher performance on average in content creation applications compared to the current top-of-the-line AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. For gamers, AMD Radeon VII enables maximum settings for extreme framerates at the highest resolutions. It also provides seamless, high-refresh HDR gaming at 1080p, ultrawide 1440p and 4K, and enables next-generation photo and visual creation applications on razor-sharp, vibrant 8K monitors.

“AMD Radeon VII is the highest-performance gaming graphics card we ever created,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. “It is designed for gamers, creators and enthusiasts who demand ultra-high quality visuals, uncompromising performance and immersive gaming experiences.”

Leading game developers and partners are already embracing the incredible features, performance and experiences that the AMDRadeon VII graphics card provides. The Alienware Area 51 2nd Generation Threadripper Edition will now combine the new AMD Radeon VII graphics cards with 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors to deliver powerhouse performance for superior gaming experiences in 4K. Also, the professional esports gaming team, Fnatic, will use AMD Radeon VII graphics cards in its high-performance gaming PCs for training and online competitions.

In addition, Ubisoft plans to bring AMD Radeon technologies to its upcoming AAA blockbuster, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. The Division 2 will support the advanced features gamers demand including DirectX 12 and support for AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR technology, as well as technologies such as shader intrinsics, rapid packed math, and asynchronous compute that help deliver superior gaming experiences.

“We’ve worked closely with AMD to take advantage of the latest next-generation AMD Radeon graphics features in the newest instalment of The Division series,” said David Polfedt, managing director at Massive Entertainment. “The Division 2 will leverage the performance and capabilities of the Radeon VII graphics card to deliver smooth and awe-inspiring visuals at 4K resolution, while letting players experience game-changing performance as they race to rescue Washington D.C. from the brink of collapse.”

Built to unleash performance, enable extreme gaming, and drive the most demanding 3D rendering, video editing and compute applications, key features of the AMD Radeon VII graphics card include:

  • Exceptional capabilities: The Radeon VII graphics card is built upon 7nm process technology, delivering higher gaming performance than the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. Equipped with 60 compute units/3840 stream processors running at up to 1.8GHz and 16GB of ultra-fast HBM2 memory (second-generation High-Bandwidth Memory), the Radeon VII graphics card enables high-performance gaming and ultra-high quality visuals. Ground-breaking 1 TB/s memory bandwidth and a 4,096-bit memory interface paves the way for ultra-high resolution textures, hyper-realistic settings and life-like characters.
  • Enabling real-time 3D and compute applications: The RadeonVII graphics card delivers the performance required for demanding 3D rendering and video editing applications, and next-generation compute workloads. It provides up to 27 percent higher performance in the popular open source 3D creation application Blender, up to 27 percent higher performance in the professional video editing, colour correction and visual effects application DaVinci Resolve 15, and up to 62 percent higher performance in the OpenCL LuxMark compute benchmark compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card.
  • Extreme gaming performance: The AMD Radeon VII graphics card delivers exceptional performance in DirectX 12- and Vulkan-based games, including up to 35 percent higher performance in Battlefield V, and up to 42 percent higher performance in Strange Brigade, compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. It also delivers up to 25 percent higher performance in the widely popular esports title, Fortnite.
  • Smooth gaming with Radeon FreeSync: With the high speeds of today’s graphics cards, framerates often exceed the monitor refresh rate, causing stuttering and tearing. With AMD Radeon FreeSync technology, the popular, standards-based adaptive sync technology supported by more than 550 gaming monitors, gamers can experience smooth gameplay at every level. In addition, AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR technology offers more than 2X better brightness and colour volume compared to sRGB.
  • Unparalleled experiences with AMD Radeon software: AMD Radeon Software features Day-0 game driver support and up-to-the-minute game optimizations for performance enhancements. Gamers can effortlessly capture, stream and share their memorable moments and clutch victories with Radeon ReLive; monitor performance and PC system info, and socialize with the AMD Link application, and fine-tune a range of settings to fit their needs with Radeon WattMan technology.

With AMD’s ‘Raise the Game Fully Loaded’ bundle, AMD plans to offer gamers complimentary PC versions of the highly anticipated Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5 and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 with the purchase of an eligible AMD Radeon VII graphics card or Radeon VII powered PC, as well as with the purchase of other eligible Radeon graphics cards and Radeon powered PCs.

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CORSAIR Adds Two New Products to its VENGEANCE RGB DDR4 Memory Lineup

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CORSAIR has today announced two new high-performance additions to its famed VENGEANCE DDR4 lineup: CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB RT and CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB RS. Initially available in frequencies up to 4,600MHz and kits up to 256GB for VENGEANCE RGB RT, and frequencies up to 3,600MHz and kits up to 128GB for VENGEANCE RGB RS, both ranges feature a striking new design, showcasing dynamic, panoramic RGB lighting atop reimagined modern heat spreader profiles, for eye-catching modules that befit bold PC builds. Beneath the stylish exteriors, VENGEANCE RGB RT and VENGEANCE RGB RS continue the CORSAIR legacy for performance and quality, with tightly screened memory chips optimized for peak performance and overclocking potential, all backed by a lifetime warranty.

Specially optimized for AMD DDR4 motherboards, VENGEANCE RGB RT ensures lightning-fast response times and maximum bandwidth, with the looks to match. Ten individually addressable RGB LEDs are encased in a panoramic light bar that provides unobstructed wraparound illumination, for fantastic RGB lighting from any viewing angle.

Available in gunmetal and white color variations, the module’s distinctive dual-tone solid aluminum heat spreader efficiently conducts heat away from your system. When fitted to compatible AMD motherboards, VENGEANCE RGB RT automatically configures to the maximum supported speed of your system, delivering faster load times, multitasking, and more, all without any tinkering in BIOS. Whether you’re an experienced PC builder or a first-timer, VENGEANCE RGB RT combines stunning looks and great performance, with simple AMD-friendly compatibility.

VENGEANCE RGB RS features an impressive performance on both Intel and AMD DDR4 motherboards. Six individually addressable RGB LEDs are incorporated in their own panoramic light bar, smoothly diffusing RGB lighting for vivid preset or custom lighting effects. An aluminum heat spreader efficiently disperses heat during even the most strenuous tasks, so you can push your memory to the limits without breaking a sweat. VENGEANCE RGB RS also supports Intel XMP 2.0, activating higher frequencies and performance with simple one-setting installation and setup.

Both VENGEANCE RGB RT and RS continue the legacy of high-frequency performance and reliability for which CORSAIR memory is world-renowned. Utilizing a custom PCB for high signal quality and stability, each memory chip is carefully screened and selected for performance and overclocking potential. Both modules’ RGB lighting is massively customizable through CORSAIR iCUE software and can be synchronized with all iCUE-compatible devices throughout your setup for stunning lighting effects across the iCUE ecosystem. For remarkable DDR4 performance in a striking new design, VENGEANCE RGB RT and VENGEANCE RGB RS will visualize, synchronize, and mesmerize.

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Intel Intros New High-Performance Graphics Brand Called Intel Arc

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Intel has revealed the brand for its upcoming consumer high-performance graphics products: Intel Arc. The Arc brand will cover hardware, software and services, and will span multiple hardware generations, with the first generation, based on the Xe HPG microarchitecture, code-named Alchemist (formerly known as DG2).

Intel also revealed the code names of future generations under the Arc brand: Battlemage, Celestial and Druid. “Today marks a key moment in the graphics journey we started just a few years ago. The launch of the Intel Arc brand and the reveal of future hardware generations signifies Intel’s deep and continued commitment to gamers and creators everywhere. We have teams doing incredible work to ensure we deliver first-class and frictionless experiences when these products are available early next year,” said Roger Chandler, Intel vice president and general manager of Client Graphics Products and Solutions.

Intel Xe is a scalable graphics and compute architecture designed to deliver exceptional performance and functionality spanning integrated to discrete and data centers to supercomputers. Upcoming Intel Arc Graphics products are based on the Xe HPG microarchitecture, a convergence of Intel’s Xe LP, HP and HPC microarchitectures, that will deliver scalability and compute efficiency with advanced graphics features.

The first generation of Intel Arc products, code-named Alchemist, will feature hardware-based ray tracing and artificial intelligence-driven super sampling, and offer full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate. Intel’s long-term vision is to bring frictionless gaming and content creation experiences to gamers and creators worldwide, giving them innovation and choice in hardware coupled with open and accessible software tools. Alchemist products will arrive in the first quarter of 2022.

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Kingston’s FURY Range of Memory Products Start Shipping

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Kingston FURY, a division of Kingston Technology Europe Co LLP, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., announced today it has begun shipping its high-performance memory: Kingston FURY Renegade, Kingston FURY Beast, and Kingston FURY Impact. Enthusiasts and gamers can give their systems the upgrade they need and want with modules in DDR4 RGB, DDR4 non-RGB, and DDR3.

Perfect for the gamer who wants cutting-edge performance, Kingston FURY Renegade DDR4 RGB allows you to crank up your frame rate, keep your streams broadcasting smoothly, and plough through your highlight reel editing. Offering speeds up to 4600MHz2 paired with quick CL15-CL19 latencies. The dynamic RGB lighting utilises Kingston FURY’s patented Infrared Sync Technology to provide smooth, synchronised lighting effects. With its own aggressive, stylish black heat spreader and matching black PCB Kingston FURY Renegade DDR4 also provides ultra-fast speeds up to 5333MHz, paired with quick CL13-CL20 timings.

Both are Intel XMP certified with profiles that are optimised for Intel’s latest chipsets – just select the hand-tuned profile in your BIOS and you’re ready to strike fear in the hearts of your foes. Available in single module capacities of 8GB – 32GB and kits of 2, 4, and 8 with capacities up to 256GB. Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB and Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 provide powerful performance boost for gaming, video editing, and rendering with speeds up to 3733MHz and CL15–19 latencies.

Those looking for a cost-efficient upgrade will have the option of the smooth and stunning lighting effects of Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB. Available in single module capacities of 8GB–32GB and kit capacities of 16GB–128GB. Or the stylish low-profile heat spreader design of Kingston FURY Beast DDR4, available in single module capacities of 4GB–32GB, and kit capacities of 8GB–128GB. Both feature Plug n Play automatic overclocking at 2666MHz and are Intel XMP ready and ready for AMD Ryzen DDR3 kits also available.

Fully equip your notebook or small form factor machine with Kingston FURY Impact SODIMM to minimise system lag and open up a world of detail. Intel XMP ready and ready for AMD Ryzen in capacities up to 64GB, Plug N Play Kingston FURY Impact DDR4 auto overclocks to the highest frequency published, up to 3200MHz, to support Intel and AMD’s latest CPU technologies. Install the sleek black PCB for a hassle-free boost, no need to tinker with the BIOS and still run cool, quiet, and efficiently, thanks to Kingston FURY Impact DDR4’s low 1.2 voltage. DDR3 also available at speeds up to 1866MHz.

“We’re happy to continue to provide the same great high-performance memory and customer service that gaming and PC enthusiasts have come to expect from us, now through Kingston FURY,” said Iwona Zalewska, DRAM business manager, Kingston EMEA. “Whether you’re contemplating a simple budget-friendly upgrade or ready to max out your system’s capabilities for the ultimate gaming experience Kingston FURY has the products for you.”

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