AMD is slashing prices for the RX Vega 56 ahead of Nvidia’s rumoured 1660 Ti launch tomorrow. Not only does the RX Vega 56’s shiny $300 (£249) price tag show the red team’s hopeful intention of swaying gamers to Radeon, it also ostensibly confirms the GTX 1660 Ti launch and performance rumours are true. Thanks AMD.
Noctua is now offering AM4 support as standard with its popular lineup of CPU coolers due to Ryzen’s increasing popularity. The company, which specialises in top-grade cooling components in various shades of brown, has announced that its popular NH-D15, NH-U14S, and NH-U12S will all come equipped for AMD Ryzen CPUs right out of the box.
Korean media is suggesting “the most potential candidates” to pick up AMD’s one-time manufacturing wing, Global Foundries, will be local legends Samsung and SK Hynix. The reports of the company’s largest shareholder trying to offload its stake in the third largest semiconductor foundry in the world came out last week, and the rumours are gaining momentum of control shifting to South Korea.
TSMC is looking to take its 7nm EUV process node on the road in March. The company’s current 7nm process recently made its gaming debut with the Radeon VII, the “world’s first 7nm gaming GPU” from AMD, showing off what a difference a process node can make. But to keep Moore’s momentum up, the fab has now announced an EUV-augmented 7nm process will be ready to roll out in March.
Around the launch of the AMD Radeon VII there was a bit of talk, and a lot of confusion, about the red team’s GPUs being capable of matching Nvidia’s DLSS technology. But in a pre-launch briefing AMD representatives dismissed the effectiveness of the GeForce-only post-processing effect, suggesting non-proprietary SMAA and TAA could “offer superior combinations of image quality and performance.”
AMD Navi will reportedly be ‘delayed’ until Q4, 2019. According to unnamed sources close to French PC hardware site, Cowcotland, the launch of the (assumed) mainstream 7nm graphics card generation has been pushed from Q2 all the way back to October at the very earliest.
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There may be less than 100 AMD Radeon VII GPUs in the UK ahead of the graphics card’s February 7 launch – or so says an employee at a major UK PC hardware retailer. Over at the OverclockersUK forum, one member of staff posted that the company has been allocated just 44 units of the “world’s first 7nm gaming GPU”.
On the back of its recent earnings call and bold 2019 predictions, AMD’s stock has had its best day in around three years. But Dr. Lisa Su is positive it’s not setting itself up for a fall by being so ambitious. The announcement that its 2018 full year revenue had grown 23% year-on-year, and represented a second year of double digit revenue growth, has seen AMD’s share price go up by 20% in a single day.
AMD is now officially weapons-free to build future CPU and GPUs on 7nm and denser process nodes as GlobalFoundries steps down. The company has concluded discussions with foundry partner and former subsidiary GlobalFoundries, and while the fab will still be providing 12nm and above wafers, from here on out AMD won’t have to pay to jump ship to competing foundries.