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Club 3D HD5550 Noiseless Edition drops

Posted in AMD,ATI by Shane McGlaun on April 23rd, 2010

I have a high-end ATI video card in my work PC that I sometimes play video games on. The fan on the video card is very loud and some days it drives me crazy. I have been considering a passively cooled video card for a while now.

Club 3D has unveiled a new passively cooled video card called the ATI Radeon HD5550 Noiseless Edition. The card uses a massive heat sink and dual heat pipes for cooling. The video card has 512MB of GDDR3 RAM clocked at 800MHz.

AMD posts record Q1 revenue

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on April 16th, 2010

Q1 2010 has come and gone and financials for many tech companies are starting to come out. So far, Intel and Google have both posted strong financials for the quarter.

AMD has now offered up its financials and the company reports that it has had record Q1 revenue. Revenue for the quarter was $1.57 billion with net income of $257 million. Operating income was $182 million with a gross margin of $130 million.

AMD launches Opteron 6000 12 Core Processors

Posted in AMD by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2010

AMD has launched their latest counter attack against Intel with the Opteron 6000 8 & 12 core chips. This comes just a day before Intel unveils its 8 core Nehalem EX Xeon processors that are designed for four-socket servers.

Manufacturers like Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Cray, SGI and Appro are just a few of the companies that are unveiling new or upgraded systems using AMD’s new Opteron 6000 8 & 12 core chips. The Opteron 6000 processor series perform at up to two times the level of AMD’s previous generation of 6 core processors, with an 88% increase in integer performance and a 119% increase in floating point performance.

AMD unveils Opteron 6000 8 and 12-core CPUs

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on March 29th, 2010

AMD has been offering Opteron processor for a while now that have six cores inside. The company has now announced that it has new Opteron 6000 series processors available that have 8-cores and 12-cores.

The new processors are aimed at the server environment and will be offered in servers from HP, Dell, Acer, Cray, and SGI. AMD says that the new processors offer twice the performance of the previous generation 6-core processors.

AMD Phenom II X6 CPU prices surface

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on March 22nd, 2010

Intel released its new 6-core Gulftown CPUs earlier this month with high-end versions going for over $1000. AMD is set to launch its own 6-core processors with the code name Thuban.

The Thuban parts will be officially called the AMD Phenom II X6 processors. Pricing on a couple of the CPUs has been revealed today. The Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition will sell for $295. The processor operates at 3.2GHz and has a 9MB cache.

Radeon HD 5830 video card may debut next week

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on February 18th, 2010

Another rumor has popped up online that has AMD set to launch a new video card soon. The card in question is the Radeon HD 5830, which was said to be delayed not long ago. The new card is reportedly set to debut on February 25.

The card will have 1280 stream processors, 750MHz core, and 1GB of GDDR5 RAM clocked at 4000MHz according to reports. Pricing is unknown for the 5830. AMD is also supposedly going to unveil a new version of the HD5870 called the Eyefinity 6 edition after CeBIT.

ATI unveils new embedded E4690 MXM GPU

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2010

The embedded computing market covers a huge variety of products and applications. Embedded systems can be found in vehicles, industry, and all sorts of other gear you might not think has computing power.

ATI has unveiled a new GPU for the embedded market called the E4690 MXM. The GPU is aimed at digital signage, casino games, arcade games, and other GPU intensive applications. The card uses a Mobile PCI Express interface and promises three times the processing power of previous embedded GPUs.


AMD officially unveils the ATI HD 5970 video card

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on November 18th, 2009

atihd5970-sg1After weeks of leaked pictures, specs, and pricing AMD went official today with the new HD 5970 video card. The card is the dual GPU beast that we have been hearing about for weeks now and we finally have the full specs list.

The card has dual GPUs with 3200 total stream processing units, 160 total texture units, and a GDDR5 memory interface. The card has 2GB of RAM clocked at 1GHz and the core clock for the card is 725MHz. the total number of transistors inside the card is 4.3 billion.

Radeon HD 5970 video card price leaks

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on November 16th, 2009

atihd5970priceAbout a week ago, the first specifications for the HD 5970 video card from AMD tipped up. The full specs weren’t leaked but we did get a few general specifications of the card. We found out that it will have dual GPUs and will have 2GB of RAM.

Today the price of the video card leaked online when it was published early by ZipZoomFly. The card will reportedly sell for $599.99. That is no surprise I figured the card would be at least $500.

CPU upgrade puts Jaguar supercomputer at the top performance wise

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on November 16th, 2009

jaguarsupercomputer-sgThe Jaguar supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory was recently upgraded with new AMD processors that gave it enough performance to move up the top 5 supercomputers list. The Jaguar is a Cray XT5 supercomputer and is now the fastest machine in the world.

Jaguar previously used quad-core AMD processors and was upgraded to 6-core processors. The new upgrade gives the supercomputer a theoretical peak performance of 2.3 petaflops/s. The performance on the Linpack benchmark was 1.75 petaflops/second.

AMD and Intel settle all antitrust and IP disputes for $1.25 billion

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on November 13th, 2009

amd-logo1I have been looking out the windows trying to spot flying pigs since I read this. After years of fighting in courts, Intel and AMD have settled all antitrust and IP disputes. Intel got out of the thing paying only $1.25 billion to AMD.

That is a lot of money, but it’s not that much considering how bad things could have been. The two companies have also agreed to a 5-year cross-licensing agreement and Intel has agreed to abide by a set of business practice provisions.


AMD Radeon HD 5970 specs hit the web

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on November 11th, 2009

amd-logoOver the last several months most all of the new video cards that have been introduced by AMD and NVIDIA have been cheaper low to mid range parts. That is apparently about to change after some specifications have hit the web for the Radeon HD 5970.

The video card will have dual GPUs crammed onto one video card. The GPUs are codenamed Cypress and according to the leaked info, each GPU will have 1600 stream processors. The GPUs are built on the 40nm process.

ATI HD 5970 images leaked

Posted in AMD,ATI by Shane McGlaun on November 2nd, 2009

atihd5970-sgATI and NVIDIA are duking it out and over the last year with the economy in the toilet, most of the cards the pair has introduced have been lower priced mid-range cards rather than high-end parts. Those high-end parts often cost upwards of $500 or more each. Today images of a new high-end video card from ATI have leaked online.

The new card is called the ATI HD 5790 and it sports dual GPUs on one PCB. The specifications for the card are unknown. Performance data was reportedly available but AMD forced the information to be taken down, and surprisingly allowed the photos to remain.

AMD goes official with ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 video cards

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on October 19th, 2009

atiradeonhd4550We already know all there really was to know about the ATI HD 5770 and 5750 video cards ahead of their official launch. The cards turned up online in benchmarks a few weeks back showing decent performance for the price.

Today AMD went official with the new video cards and the specs we heard in the leaks turned out to be accurate. Namely, the 5770 has 800 stream processors and a core clock of 850MHz. The card has a memory clock of 1.2GHZ and will come in 512MB and 1GB versions using GDDR5 RAM.

AMD gets HD 4000 series video cards inside Mac computers

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2009

new-apple-imacApple has been increasingly getting into bed with NVIDIA when it comes to GPUs for its line of notebooks. The problem is that many of the 9400 series NVIDIA GPUs that the company put inside Apple machines failed.

This opened the door for AMD and the company has announced that its video cards are now found inside the new iMac and Mac Pro computer systems. AMD reports that the new video cards support Snow Leopard’s OpenCL 1.0 implementation.