At AMD, data security and the protection of our intellectual property are a priority. In December 2019, we were contacted by someone who claimed to have test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products, some of which were recently posted online, but have since been taken down.
While we are aware the perpetrator has additional files that have not been made public, we believe the stolen graphics IP is not core to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products. We are not aware of the perpetrator possessing any other AMD IP.
We are working closely with law enforcement officials and other experts as a part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
AMD GPU Source Code Hack : What Was Leaked So Far?
According to WCCFTech who spoke to people who have vast experience with Verilog, and viewed those source codes, this was what was leaked so far :
Partial Verilog files that are typically used in the construction of processors.
The Verilog files in question represent a single and isolated function(s) on the GPU – NOT the whole/actual GPU blueprint.
Based on the leaker’s screenshots, the files not yet leaked are more of the same and also nowhere close to being a complete “source code”.
These Verilog files are built on a proprietary schematic that is only compatible with AMD’s internal design language (in other words, these are going to be close to useless to a third party).
AMD GPU Source Code Hack : The Implications
From what those experts told WCCFTech, the leaked source codes :
cannot be used to design or reverse engineer any of the three GPUs.
cannot be used to easily determine product specifications
cannot be used to bypass security features on AMD GPUs, although they may reveal vulnerabilities that can be exploited
does not contain any “crown jewel” IP
That said, their opinions are based on what was leaked so far. It is possible that Palesa may have at lot more that she has not revealed.
But considering the fact that she took the step of leaking some source code, they are likely not useful or important enough to be worth the trouble, especially now that a criminal investigation is underway.
What this leak has likely achieved is put a target on Palesa’s back, cause some embarrassment to AMD, and force them to relook at their cybersecurity measures and protocols.
The SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT is one of the first Radeon RX 5600 XT cards to ship, and a highly-overclocked one at that too!
Here is our in-depth review of the SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT graphics card, including noise and performance comparison of its two BIOS modes!
Find out why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT : A Quick Primer!
The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT uses the same Navi GPU as the Radeon RX 5700, with 10.3 billion transistors fabricated on the 7 nm process
The Radeon RX 5600 XT is essentially a Radeon RX 5700 with a 192-bit memory bus, instead of a 256-bit memory bus.
It launched with a TGP of 150 watts, 6 GB of GDDR6 memory, and have a PCI Express 4.0 x16 interface. But less than a week before it was made available for sale, AMD gave it a big boost in these respects :
Up to 20.7% higher game clock
Up to 12% higher boost clock
Up to 16.7% higher memory clock
Up to 10W higher TGP
All that makes the Radeon RX 5600 XT quite a different beast from what was initially announced, and better positions it against the discounted NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 cards.
The SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT (US|UK|AU|SG|MY) is a gamer’s card. By that, we mean – it has a no-frills focus on what’s important : gaming performance, and absolutely no fluff.
It is a highly-overclocked variant, with a 17.5% faster game clock, 12% faster boost clock and 16.7% faster memory clock – giving it a substantial boost over the Radeon RX 5500 XT.
To keep things cool, it has a large aluminium cooler with four heat pipes, and two large fans. It’s important to note that even though it has excellent cooling performance – the fans are really quiet.
All that overclocking and cooling actually puts the SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT (US|UK|AU|SG|MY) at roughly the same performance level as the Radeon RX 5700, and certainly far ahead of its chief competitor – the GeForce RTX 2060.
This is definitely thanks to AMD’s last-minute RX 5600 XT power-up, which is basically gives everyone a free performance boost on day one.
AMD may have intended the Radeon RX 5600 XT to serve as a premium 1080p gaming card, but the SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT (US|UK|AU|SG|MY)) is so fast, it will do quite well as a budget 1440p gaming card!
We are so impressed with the SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT, we gladly award it our Reviewer’s Choice Award! Great job, SAPPHIRE and AMD!
SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT : Where To Buy?
The SAPPHIRE PULSE RX 5600 XT is available for sale, starting 21 January 2020.
Here are some online purchase options (prices accurate as of 31 January 2020) :
AMD just announced the Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card – an AIB-only model targeted at 1080p and esports gamers!
Here is our quick primer on the two AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT variants, including their reference specifications and suggested retail prices!
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT : The Official Tech Briefing
Let’s start with the official tech briefing by Mithun Chandrasekhar, AMD Senior Product Manager and Brian Kong, AMD Product Manager at Radeon Technologies Group.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT : A Quick Primer
The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT is basically the desktop version of the Radeon RX 5500M, using the same GPU with 6.4 billion transistors fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.
This Navi GPU has 22 Compute Units with 1408 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface. The only difference is the Radeon RX 5500 XT has higher clock speeds and TDP, with up to 8 GB of GDDR6 memory.
These cards are designed to deliver 1080p gaming at 60+ fps for AAA titles, and 90+ fps for esport games.
To reduce costs, AMD opted to use a PCI Express 4.0 x8 interface, instead of the PCIe 4.0 x16 interface. But if paired with a PCIe 4.0 chipset, it will deliver the same bandwidth as PCIe 3.0 x16.
Updated @ 2019-07-19 – Added a new Real World Performance section
– Added the real world results of the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER against the Radeon RX 5700
Updated @ 2019-07-06 – Added specifications of the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition – Updated the Price-Performance Value table and analysis – Updated the Performance Per Watt table and analysis
The RX 5700 XT has 5.6% higher minimum and 10.7% higher peak texture fill rates.
The RX 5700 XT has a 4.5% higher peak pixel fill rate.
The RX 5700 XT uses 10 watts (5.7%) more power.
However, these are only paper specifications. NVIDIA also took pains in their RTX SUPER tech briefing to point out (starting at 9:20) that the boost speed of Radeon RX 5700 cards kicks in only occasionally, while GeForce RTX cards will boost whenever thermal limits allow.
With the $30 price cut, it is now $50 cheaper than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and a whopping $150 cheaper than the RTX 2070 SUPER!
As our benchmark results show, the Radeon RX 5700 (US | UK | MY) is the virtual twin of the RTX 2060 Super, as far as gaming performance goes. Here is a summary of the six games we tested them on :
F1 2019 : Tie
World War Z : Tie
The Division 2 : RTX 2060 SUPER is 12% faster on average.
Strange Brigade : RTX 2060 SUPER is 7% faster at 1080p and 1440p
Metro Exodus : Tie at 1080p, RX 5700 is 8% faster at 1440p, RTX 2060 SUPER is 7% faster at 2160p
AOTS : RX 5700 is 3% faster at 1080p, 9% faster at 1440p, and 10% faster at 2160p
You can’t go wrong with either card for 1440p gaming, but these factors will tilt buyers to choose the Radeon RX 5700 (US | UK | MY) over the GeForce RTX 2060 Super :
It is significantly cheaper, by $50 / ~RM 205 / ~£40 / €44!
It has a small performance advantage at 1440p, the ideal gaming resolution for both cards
It has the most potential for performance improvements with newer drivers
Now, NVIDIA is providing two free games with every RTX SUPER purchase, but should they count towards the value of the card?
In our opinion, no, because these are supposed to be “free”, and are only available for a limited time. For those who did not intend to buy Wolfenstein : Youngblood and Control, it would be like being forced to purchase those games.
Ultimately, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 (US | UK | MY) is an excellent graphics card for 1440p gaming, with a price tag that’s $50 (12.5%) cheaper than the RTX 2060 SUPER.
For those reasons, we believe the AMD Radeon RX 5700 (US | UK | MY) deserves our Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations, AMD, on a job well done!
This is what competition is all about! Thanks to the impending release of NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards, AMD has officially announced a substantial price cut to their Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 cards!
Let’s take a look at those price cuts, and find out how it affects their price-performance value compared to the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards!
The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price Cut
Just a day before their official release, AMD is cutting $50 off both the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition, and the Radeon RX 5700 XT. They are also cutting $30 off the Radeon RX 5700.
Original Launch Price
NEW Launch Price
This substantial price cut will make the Radeon RX 5700 cards more competitive against the NVIDIA RTX SUPER cards.
Good move, AMD! And how about a counter, NVIDIA? 😉
We have also prepared a number of local price analyses, before and after the Radeon RX 5700 price cut announcement :
Console gamers rejoice! Sony has just given us some details of the PlayStation 5! Here is a sneak peek of its key specifications… and what’s powering Sony’s next-generation console!
The Sony PlayStation 5
As the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) nears the end of its lifecycle since its release back in 2013, gamers the world over have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of its successor.
Sony was obviously working on a new gaming console to replace the PS4, but they have just confirmed that it will be coming soon.
Although it has yet to be officially named, gamers are already calling it the PlayStation 5… which makes sense unless Sony wants to skip a number (or a couple) like Apple, and call it the PlayStation X!
Sony Lead Architect Mark Cerny shared this exciting news with Wired magazine during a meeting which included a practical demo of the internal components of the Sony PlayStation 5, or officially … the next-generation Sony gaming console.
He emphasised how the next-generation Sony PlayStation will be a leap forward in Sony’s gaming technology, and not just a variant of the PS4 and PS4 Pro.
Could this mean Sony is planning to actually skip a few numbers and call it the PlayStation X, instead of the PlayStation 5?
The Sony PlayStation 5 Specifications + Features
Here is what we know about the next-gen Sony gaming console, the erstwhile Sony PlayStation 5 :
High-Speed Solid State Drive (SSD)
The PlayStation 5 will use a high-speed SSD that Sony claims is 19X faster than a traditional SSD.
This is big news! Sony will use a customised GPU based on the upcoming AMD Navi architecture.
This next-generation AMD Radeon GPU will support for real-time ray tracing, so watch out for really awesome graphics!
8 Core AMD Ryzen Gen 3 CPU!
Powering the PlayStation 5 will be the upcoming AMD Ryzen Gen 3 CPU, with 8 cores based on the new AMD Zen 2 architecture.
Fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, it will offer greatly improved performance with lower power consumption.
The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processor will also deliver virtual 3D audio without the need for a separate audio chip or extra speakers!
PlayStation 5 Compatibility With PS4 + PSVR
Another bit of welcomed news. The PlayStation 5 will be able to support and play PS4 and PSVR (PlayStation VR) games.
On top of that, it will not just support download only PS4 and PSVR games. It will support physical media as well.
8K TV Support
The Sony PlayStation 5 will support 8K TVs, so that when you upgrade your TV, it is ready to deliver 8K content right away!
Sony PlayStation 5 Price And Release Date
With such advanced features, it is expected that the suggested retail price will be in the region of US$ 500, or about £385 / €445 / RM 2,000.
Now the bad news – while they have already confirmed much of its hardware specifications, the PlayStation 5 will NOT be making its arrival this year.
Sony declined to give an indicative launch date, but industry experts predict that Sony will launch it either in 2020 or 2021, most probably before their rival, Microsoft, releases the next Xbox gaming console.
But if you are itching for something new, Atari will soon be unveiling the Atari VCS, which is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen R1000 APU!