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Remember the Radeon R7 SSD launch we told you about a few days back? Well, the official launch happened earlier today. The Radeon R7 SSDs are basically an initiative of AMD and OCZ to sell OCZ based Solid State Drives under the AMD brand name, therefore reaching more customers and targeting a specific market (gaming). I have the entire slide deck with me, but I am afraid I still don’t have word on what the pricing will be and how it will compare to the rest of the SSDs.

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AMD Officially Announces OCZ Based Radeon R7 SSDs – 120G, 240G and 480G

The Radeon R7 SSDs slot in between the ‘Mainstream’ Vertex 460 Series and the ‘Workstation’ Vector 150 SSDs. The R7 SSDs use the same controller as the Vector 150 and the only difference lies with the flash. Where the Vector 150 uses the 19nm MLC (Toshiba Multi Level Cell) node, rated for 50GB of write per day for 5 years, the R7 uses A19nm MLC (notice the added A) rated for 30GB of write for 4 years. The interface is ofcourse SATA III 6GB/s and the form factor is 2.5 Inches with an ultra slim 7mm width. The disk is 256 Bit AES path compliant and contains the usual features such as SMART and has an expected life span of 4 Years (30GB per day) or 42.7 Terabytes of write. It consumes a marginal 2.7W of power and can operate from 0c to 70c. The Radeon R7 SSDs can withstand shocks of upto 1500Gs and an operational vibration of 7-800Hz. Here are the specs and the complete slide set of the Radeon R7 SSDs.

WCCFTech
Radeon R7 120G SSD
Radeon R7 240G SSD
Radeon R7 480G SSD
Capacity120GB240GB480GB
Max Read 550MB/s550MB/s550MB/s
Max Write470MB/s530MB/s530MB/s
Max Random Read IOPs85,00095,000100,000
Max Random Write IOPs90,00090,00090,000
Steady State Random Write IOPs12,00020,00023,000

Update: The E suffix stands for ‘Expert’ as can be seen on this Amazon listing here. This seems to be shaping up to a professional card.

AMD is planing a grand reveal on the 23rd of August and while this is probably where the Tonga GPU will be launched, some more interesting information is beginning to crop up on Hermitage Akihabara. A new AMD GPU was spotted codenamed the Radeon R7 250X-E 1GB. Now the R7 250X is based on the Cape Vede XT Core with a TDP of 95W so I find it very interesting that they have added an ‘E’ suffix at the end.Radeon_R7_250X_1

AMD Radeon R7 250XE 1GB Variant Spotted – New Core or Lowered TDP?

Now the R7 250X has a clock speed of exactly 1 Ghz and a memory clock of 4500 Mhz, the same specs that the Radeon R7 250XE boasts. Now before we delve into this matter further, I want to point something out. Some very similarly named products are available on the internet, namely the “VTX 3D R7 250 X-Edition” and the “VTX3D R7250X X-Edition”.  The SKU codes are VXR7 250 1GBD5-HXE and VXR7 250 1GBD5-HE respectively but these are not the same thing as this GPU. Where the VTX counterpart is named” R7 250X X-Edition” this GPU is named “R7250X-E”. Slightly confusing, I know, but if you take a moment to look at it, it should become clear.

AMD’s FreeSync technology was one of the widely discussed techs at the time of its unveiling. The question that everyone seemed to be asking (and debating) was whether AMD could truly provide the capability of the G-Sync Monitors with no apparent additional cost. Well, so far the only samples that had been available were on AMD demos but it looks like the release date of AMD FreeSync Compliant Monitors is finally in sight.AMD VESA DisplayPort 1.2a Standard

AMD Free Sync Monitors Shipping in 2015 – Debuting in DisplayPort 1.2a Standard

All this is happening over at the SIGGRAPH conference and it was revealed there that the monitors will start sending out samples by next month so they can be tested in third party labs. Basically the ‘engineering samples’ of these displays will ship by September while the official release happens sometime in 2015. Since there were no samples of FreeSync available to the press or public before (booths excepted) this should more or less put an end to the FreeSync vs. G-Sync debate once the jury comes in.

AMD FreeSync, unlike Nvidia G-Sync is completely and utterly royalty free, however, that does not automatically mean you will get Free-Sync without charge because the choice of adding premium lies with the manufacturers. And somehow I sincerely doubt manufacturers would go through the trouble of making models FreeSync compliant and not introduce any premium to the MSRP. The cost of making a monitor FreeSync compliant is quite marginal though, somewhere in the range of $10-20, so that should give you an idea of how much Premium a brand is charging on any “FreeSync compatible” monitor. The refresh rate of these monitors is going to range from 24Hz to 144Hz. Needless to say there is a very huge verdict coming and one side of the Red-Green war is going to be disappointed. I for one can’t wait to see how these two products fare against each other.

[Rumor] Before we begin, a short reminder that this post is tagged as rumor, so take it with that famous pinch of salt. The aptly named SemiAccurate.com has published something that sounds quite interesting. The article hints at some unique feature in Fiji GPU and then just states that it wont be arriving for a while. Because I didn’t cough up a thousand bucks, I can literally see only 3 lines of text and I am not sure what to make of it.AMD Pirate Islands GPUs Bermuda Fiji Treasure Island

AMD Will Probably Feature HBM Stacked Memory in Fiji GPU – Not Coming Soon

I will attempt to deduce anything and everything from these lines, so this article is mostly pure educated speculation. If this isn’t your cup of tea, you might want to skip this write up. Basically the article hints that: “AMD’s upcoming Fiji has something fun, something that will provide some very interesting numbers”. Now depending on when Fiji launches, it might be based on the 20nm node but that isn’t really something unique or ‘fun’ as Charlie puts it. Its just standard lithographic progression so I very much doubt he is referring to that. No, in my opinion there is only one feature that fits the bill and that is HBM or stacked dRAM if you may. There is a very very huge amount of evidence on AMD working on stacked dram for graphical uses and this seems like the ideal fit to “something fun”. An alternative would be an ARM core on the GPU but somehow I think thats too much of a long shot.

AMD Tonga Radeon R9 285X
Hardware

According to a report published by Fudzilla, AMD’s Radeon R9 285X graphics card which features the fully enabled Tonga XT GPU will launch in September. The Radeon R9 285X will be powered by the Tonga GPU featured in AMD’s upcoming FirePro W7100 and Radeon R9 285 graphics cards featuring lower power draw compared to previous generation Tahiti core while being faster in terms of performance.AMD Tonga Radeon R9 285X

AMD Radeon R9 285X “Tonga XT” Graphics Card Reportedly Features 2048 SPs, 384-Bit Bus

When I saw the AIB made Radeon R9 285 that leaked lasat week, I mentioned that the cards featured a lower tier heatsinks compared to the Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R9 280X graphics cards which made me doubt their overall performance but from the recent FirePro W7100 launch, it seems like AMD has indeed made some gains in process design optimization which is the reason why the Tonga GPU ends up consuming way lesser power than the Tahiti Pro and Tahiti XT variants we have seen over the last two years. For comparison, the recently released FirePro W7100 has a sub-150W TDP while Tahiti Pro featured on the FirePro W8000 has a 225W TDP with the Radeon R9 280 “Tahiti Pro” featuring a TDP of 250W due to higher clock speeds. I am not comparing the W7100 with the W7000 since that was based off the Pitcairn core which isn’t a direct comparison to the specifications reported for the Tonga GPU.

The specifications of the Tonga GPU have been confirmed and we have already seen block diagram of the Pro variant just a few hours ago which confirm that the Radeon R9 285 will feature 1792 stream processors configured in 28 compute units. Based on the GCN 1.1 die, the Tonga GPU has 32 Compute Units in total but we are looking at a toned down version which has four CUs disabled resulting in the 1792 SPs variant. The Tonga GPU has 4 triangles per clock cycle, 32 ROPs, 112 TMUs, L2 cache of 512/1024 KB and a 256-bit memory controller. The Radeon R9 285 features a 4 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 256-bit bus pumping out a cumulative bandwidth of 176 GB/s since its clocked at 1375 MHz . The Tonga GPU was always meant to be highly efficient and AMD has toned down its TDP to sub-150W so we can say a TDP of 150W is what’s to expect from the consumer Radeon R9 285 variant which goes on sale this month.

AMD, today launches their new FirePro professional graphics lineup which includes the new FirePro W7100, FirePro W5100, FirePro W4100 and FirePro W2100 graphics cards. The latest FirePro W7100 graphics card features the latest Tonga GPU core architecture which runs at a sub-150W TDP and features 1792 stream processors which identifies that this is a Tonga Pro variant.AMD FirePro W7100 W5100 W4100 W2100

AMD Launches Tonga Powered FirePro W7100 Professional GPU

While AMD has already launched their flagship offerings in the FirePro lineup which include the $2500 US Firepro W8100 based on Hawaii GL-Pro and $4000 US FirePro W9100 based on the full Hawaii GL-XT variant. The latest of the FirePro lineup is based on new and rebranded cores which include Tonga, Bonaire, Cape Verde and Oland. It should be noted that the Tonga GPU is a completely new chip which features 4 triangles/clock geometery boost and is a replacement for the current Tahiti based chips. The consumer variant of the Tonga GPU codenamed the Radeon R9 285 and Radeon R9 285X will arrive in August and Q4 2014 respectively.

The AMD FirePro W7100 Tonga GPU based graphics card features 1792 stream processors configured in 28 compute units. Based on the GCN 1.1 die, the Tonga GPU has 32 Compute Units in total but we are looking at a toned down version which has four CUs disabled resulting in the 1792 SPs variant. The FirePro W7100 like I said has 4 triangles per clock cycle, 32 ROPs, 112 TMUs, L2 cache of 512/1024 KB and a 256-bit memory controller. The W7100 features a 8 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 256-bit bus pumping out a cumulative bandwidth of 160 GB/s and has 12 times the encode performance of W7000 while display outputs include the ability to drive four 4K monitors with Display Port 1.2. The Tonga GPU was always meant to be highly efficient and AMD has toned down its TDP to sub-150W so we can say a TDP of 150W is what’s to expect from the consumer Radeon R9 285 variant which goes on sale this month.

[Rumor] The Italian publication BitsandChips.it has recently posted a report claiming that AMD might roll out Opteron and FX processors with as much as 20 cores in 2016/2017. Needless to say, the nature of the report demands that you exercise due caution when digesting this.  But at the rate things are going, a 16 – 20 core FX processor by 2016/2017 is not really that far fetched when you think about it.FX-8350

AMD FX 8350

Upto 20 Cores, 16nm FX and Opteron AMD x86 Processors by 2017 – Alleges Italian Source

AMD LGA PatentThe report starts by saying the FX and Opteron x86 processors are returning in 2016 or 2017 and are preparing to make quite an entrance when they do so. The processors in question will apparently be built on the 16nm or the 14nm fabrication process. The node will go to Samsung/GloFo/ TSMC depending on some variables. The architecture itself will be highly customizable and though they fail to mention so, this is probably the time when AMD introduces a non-Bulldozer architecture. This is also the same time AMD is supposed to shift from CMT to SMT. They finally go on to state that the processor will land on the LGA Socket (No, that does not mean AMD processors will be compatible on Intel Chipset Mobos). Patent No. US 20140043768 A1 also lends credence to the these claims if you ignore the fact that the report does make sense.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Hardware

Videocardz has popped the lid on AMD’s upcoming Radeon R9 285 graphics card and leaked a couple of them from various AIBs. It was reported previously that AMD’s Radeon R9 285, which features the latest Tonga GPU architecture will be arriving in August 2014 and could now be confirmed since AIBs already have retail models ready to be shipped to the market.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Graphics Cards From Various AIBs Pictured

AMD’s Tonga GPU is codenamed the Radeon R9 285 and features the Tonga GPU. It cannot be said whether this is the full core or a skimmed up core “Tonga Pro” since there’s a possibility that the fully enabled core could have the Radeon R9 285X codename. Regardless, we are looking at performance on the levels of Radeon R9 280 while keeping the thermal specs and power consumption at R9 270X levels. This suggests that the Tonga GPU is highly efficient and AMD took this approach due to NVIDIA’s recent Kepler launches which turned out to deliver great performance at absolute low TDPs of 65W (GeForce GTX 750 series).

For specifications, the card will feature a 2 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 256-bit bus interface and the clock speeds are maintained at 918 MHz core and 1375 MHz memory which result in a cumulative bandwidth of 176 GB/s. The power is provided through dual 6-Pin connectors and display outputs include Dual-DVI, HDMI and a display port for all three cards. We don’t have any specifics regarding the core count and the number of raster operation units but we should focus on the details we now have whilst looking at the Radeon R9 285 cards. The bandwidth is major decline over the R9 280X which features a 288.0 GB/s cumulative bandwidth so maybe the card is less dependent on it and there’s some secret sauce inside the GPU which we don’t know about yet.

[Rumor] The new entry in our source list has sent us a pretty interesting report on AMD’s plans. Since the source is as yet unauthenticated by us, I am going to tag this one as a rumor, though the report does make sense and seems quite probable. Bitandchips.it claims that the Kaveri Update is coming in 2015 and there won’t be a Carrizo APU for desktops for quite some time.AMD Mobility Kaveri APU Features

Kaveri Refresh and Mobile Carrizo in 2015 – Italian Report

You might remember the last few leaks concerning the FM3+ platform.  These leaks were from the same source and stated that Carrizo will be FM3+ and we wont be seeing the FM3+ desktop socket till 2016. Since we have already seen leaks of Notebook Carrizo, we know it very much exists. So what is to happen to the desktop spectrum during this time? Well, the answer appears to be a Kaveri Refresh, following right in the footsteps of its blue counterpart. Now what exactly will the Kaveri Refresh entail? Well, you are not looking at a higher core count on the CPU or GPU side. Since its a Refresh it naturally means a more refined version of Kaveri with higher clocks at the most. So better revision and upped clocks equal Kaveri Refresh and it lands in 2015. However, on the notebook side we should be seeing some very decent gains with Mobile Carrizo that could possibly feature Stacked DRAM. So summarizing:

AMD is expanding its product offerings in a very imaginative way, something that is a very healthy habit for companies to adopt. It has just recently unveiled its Solid State Drive (SSD) lineup labelled Radeon SSDs. The lineup revealed so far consists of 3 SSDs of the Radeon R7 SSD Family and consists of 120 GB, 240GB and 480GB respectively. As usual our Chinese friends over at EXPReview.com came through with details about the lineup.

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AMD Radeon R7 120G, 240G and 480G SSDs Revealed – Competitive Solutions for Gamers

It would appear that AMD has plans to become an all-in-one company for the needs of PC Gamers. They are already supplying CPUs, GPUs, APUs, RAM and now they will be churning out SSDs too.  I have a feeling that in a few years we are going to be looking at PC builds consisting entirely of AMD parts. Now as you may have noticed, these SSDs are coming in three variants. The maximum capacity of these SSDs is almost half a Terabyte while the minimum is 120 GB. Which makes sense, because anything less than 120GB is really not feasible for installing an operating system on. Less than 120 GB SSDs can be used as scratch disks for professional programs but that isn’t really AMD’s target audience. Anyways, without further ado, the specs of the lineup:

An interesting update on AMD’s Tornoto Platform has appeared. It would seem that AMD is going to allow DDR3 and DDR4 support simaltenously on this particular platform. The leak source is Bitsandchips.it and they detail AMD’s decision about including dual IMC support on Toronto APU.AMD Opteron APU Roadmap

AMD Toronto APU and CPUs will Include Dual IMCs for DDR3 and DDR4 Support

The Toronto APU and CPU are part of the AMD Opteron platform and are going to feature Excavator cores. A previously leaked roadmap showed that the Toronto SoCs will either support DDR3 or DDR4 memory, but now it would appear that they are going to support both thanks to Dual IMCs (Integrated Memory Controller). AMD has previously steered clear of DDR4 memory partly because the Industry hasn’t grown accustomed to it and partly because it costs an arm and a leg. However, they seemed to have reversed that decision. The Opteron platform currently houses the Berlin APU and Toronto is the successor of the same with the next revision of Bulldozer architecture. Both the APU and CPUs will have 4 x86 Excavator cores.

Carrizo was supposed to have DDR4 Memory but this was abandoned (according to latest reports) due to the high cost of the memory in question. So why has AMD decided to give Toronto processors this benefit? Well the reasoning is simple. Even though DDR4 is expensive, the expense only applies to consumer markets. Server markets exist on a very strict cost and value model and only the relative expense per performance increase matters to them. Simply put, the Server Market would be indifferent to the expense that DDR4 entails. Another factor is the fact that DDR4 memory can support higher memory densities while having lower power consumption than DDR3. These two factors are once again something very important for the server markets that operate on a Performance-Per-Watt model. Finally, this would make the Toronto APUs and CPUs future proof for when DDR4 does become cheaper than DDR3 (around 2016). The source is also hopeful that we will be seeing stacked DRAM on the Mobility platform of Carrizo APU as well, something which should have very positive effects on the performance of the next gen APU.

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AMD has announced the Athlon X4 860K and FX-8300 processors on their booth at Chinajoy 2014. The event held in mainland China gives opportunities to several PC hardware companies to showcase their upcoming and latest products. The Athlon X4 860K is the flagship Athlon processor replacing the Athlon X4 760K while the FX-8300 for the Chinese market since it was already available.AMD Athlon X4 860K FX 8300 Processors

AMD Announces Steamroller Based Athlon X4 860K and Piledriver Based FX-8300 CPUs

The new processors are aimed at the FM2+ and AM3+ platforms, the Athlon chip will be the fastest Athlon series processor in AMD’s lineup while the FX-8300 is a 95W chip with a sub-$150 price. Just yesterday, we also revealed that AMD has two other Athlon processors which have been listed are the Athlon X4 840 and Athlon X2 450.The Athlon X4 840 is a quad core processor featuring a 3.4 GHz clock speed, 2 MB L2 cache, 95W TDP while the Athlon X2 450 is a dual core steamroller based processor of which details are not known at the moment.

The AMD Athlon X4 860K processor codenamed as the Athlon X4 860K “AD860KXBI44JAA” will be the flagship part replacing the Athlon X4 760K from last year. The steamroller based Quad Core chip features four threads, 3.7 GHz clock speed, 2 MB L2 cache and a 95W TDP. The boost clock is not known but considering the A10-7850K which is also a 3.7 GHz clocked chip jumps to 4.0 GHz in boost mode, we can see a similar boost clock for the Athlon X4 860K.

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AMD is preparing their next generation Tonga GPU for launch and Sweclockers has just revealed a bunch of information regarding the naming scheme of the card itself. The new Tonga GPU based card will be known as Radeon R9 285 and will replace the aged Tahiti core which has almost spanned a good three years lifetime.AMD Tonga Radeon R9 285

AMD Tonga Based Radeon R9 285 Graphics Card Scheduled For Q3 ’14

We have known Tonga for a while as it was one of the names which appeared in Catalyst files dating back to AMD’s GPU ’14 press event. The GPU which was actually supposed to be a part of AMD’s current Volcanic Islands R9 200 series line was pushed back in AMD’s GPU roadmap since AMD preferred rebranding almost half of their products for the new lineup. AMD went ahead to rebrand the Pitcairn, Cape Verde and Tahiti chips into the R9 200 series cards we know today that come at amazing value but feature the exact same specifications from two years ago. Well, the time for their retirement is coming close as AMD is one the verge of launching their successors.

While Tahiti is generally replaced by its successor Hawaii, it is still a part of the current R9 200 series line as a performance part rather than the high-end product. AMD’s Tonga GPU which will feature the Radeon R9 285 branding will replace the Tahiti core but Tahiti will cease to exist until the launch of AMD’s next generation graphics lineup “R9 300″ series since two cards, the Radeon R9 280X and Radeon R9 280 are based on Tahiti XT and Tahiti Pro GPUs and AMD has no plans to launch a product in this price market.

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Reports from several manufacturers have revealed that AMD is readying a new series of processors for their existing platforms. These new processors will include FX-8370 for the AM3+ platform and Steamroller based Athlon X4 860K, Athlon X4 840 and Athlon X2 450 for the FM2+ platform.AMD FX Processor SteamrollerAMD Steamroller

AMD Readies FX-8370 For AM3+ and A4-7300, Athlon X4 860K / 840, Athlon X2 450 CPUs

A few weeks ago, AMD teased a new “Core is Back” trailer for an upcoming CPU announcement which we soon came to know was related to the A-Series family. Now AMD has been using the A-Series branding for their APUs but the branding is also featured on the Athlon processors which are simply accelerated processing units with the GPU chip disabled. This means that the core feature for the Athlon processors is to deliver high-performance out put for CPU specific tasks and clocking in at higher frequencies.

The ASUS motherboard support page has listed one specific steamroller based Athlon processor codenamed as the Athlon X4 860K “AD860KXBI44JAA” which will be the flagship part replacing the Athlon X4 760K from last year. The steamroller based Quad Core chip features four threads, 3.7 GHz clock speed, 2 MB L2 cache and a 95W TDP. The boost clock is not known but considering the A10-7850K which is also a 3.7 GHz clocked chip jumps to 4.0 GHz in boost mode, we can see a similar boost clock for the Athlon X4 860K.

[Rumor][Debunked: Fake] [See comment below for more information] The first CPUZ shot of the much awaited next generation APU has finally leaked out. The source is someone I have never used before but the site in question is of very high ranking. However, I am still going to tag this as rumor because of a single inconsistency mentioned below. The website is Guru3D .

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AMD’s Flagship 20nm Carrizo APU A10-8890K – 95W TDP, Hexa Core and 4.4 Ghz Clock

Now a CPUZ from a reliable source is pretty much what any news house worth their salt hopes for. And this appears to be just that. The first thing I noticed is that AMD is continuing the standard APU nomenclature and the new Carrizo APU will be called the A10-8890K. The A10 prefix indicates its part in the A-10 Elite series and K suffix indicates that this particular APU will have an unlocked multiplier. Now if you take a look at the logo you will notice that it says “Elite Hexa Core”, which means that Carrizo APU has 6 cores and considering the TDP (95W) and core clock of 4.4 Ghz thats pretty damn impressive. Take a look at the CPUZ yourself:



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