AMD has topped off its OEM-only Radeon HD 8000M series with the Radeon HD 8970M chip intended for gaming laptops.
AMD's Radeon HD 8000M broke cover at CES with the firm opting to rebrand its successful Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU architecture for laptops. Now the firm has completed its mobile product range with the Radeon HD 8970M that will debut in MSI's GX70 laptop.
AMD wants to talk about HSA, Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA), its vision for the future of system architectures. To that end, it held a press conference last week to discuss what it's calling "heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access" (hUMA). The company outlined what it was doing, and why, both confirming and reaffirming the things it has been saying for the last couple of years.
We've seen plenty of the Radeon HD 7990 in action with Battlefield 4, but it's taken AMD a little while to furnish us with full specs and pricing. Now that all the info is here, in the run-up to commercial availability in two week's time, it's finally possible to judge the pros and cons of what is arguably a very niche product. Read on past the break and we'll do just that.
On June 10, 2000, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) wanted to party—and party big. The company’s CEO, Jerry Sanders, arranged to rent out the entire San Jose Arena (now called the HP Pavilion) and then paid big bucks to bring in Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, the husband-and-wife country music superstars.
It used to be that a PC hardware enthusiast could buy the most powerful processor for his or her rig just by getting the one with the highest clock speed. That's no longer the case as new PC chips are more about additional cores and threads. This weekend, a new rumor claims that AMD might decide to enter the clock speed wars again.