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SRock Enters GPU Market With Phantom Gaming Series!

ASRock Enters GPU Market With Phantom Gaming Series!

TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 28, 2018 – ASRock just announced that they’re moving into the graphics card market with the Phantom Gaming range – a strong line up of AMD Radeon RX500 series cards, including the Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G, Radeon RX570 8G, the Phantom Gaming Radeon RX560 4G/2G and Radeon RX550 4G/2G.

“ASRock finally expand into the graphics card field,” said Mr. LL Shiu, ASRock Chief Executive Officer. “We are happy and proud to team up with AMD, our strong and reliable partner, and of course we look forward to bringing out more interesting and competitive products in future.”

 

The ASRock Phantom Gaming Series

ASRock Phantom Gaming series promises elegant design, flexibility for power users combined with user friendly control, and of course, outstanding performance. ASRock never compromises on product quality and performance, so these new products are packed with amazing features as well as the best components to ensure they meet everyone’s expectations.

Graphics cards from this range offer features such as dual ball-bearing fans and are built around a sophisticated extra-large copper-base aluminum alloy composite heat pipe-equipped heatsink design for optimal cooling. Together, these technologies provide enhanced system performance, higher frame rates and long-term product reliability.

These new cards will be based on the Radeon RX 500 series, which features a powerful combination of exceptional game performance, high clock speeds, and AMD’s refined 2nd generation “Polaris” architecture. The Radeon RX 500 series was designed specifically for system upgrades, catering to gamers who are hindered by outdated technology and aren’t able to enjoy optimal experiences in modern games or the latest display technologies.

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CES 2018 : The Acer Nitro 5 2018 Gaming Laptop Revealed!

LAS VEGAS (January 6, 2018) – Acer today announced its new Acer Nitro 5 2018 gaming laptop, designed for casual gamers seeking great performance in an attractive laser-textured design. Powered by Windows 10, the new 15-inch laptop is targeted towards mainstream users who enjoy the thrill of gaming with friends, and building their own network of like-minded players.

 

The Acer Nitro 5 2018 Gaming Laptop Revealed!

The Acer Nitro 5 2018 packs in the latest-generation AMD Radeon RX 560 graphics for faster rendering, improved lighting and texture details so users can immerse themselves in on-screen excitement. Gamers will also benefit from the latest AMD Ryzen Mobile processors for amazing performance, whether it be for gaming, content creation or multi-tasking applications.

The Nitro 5’s internal solid-state drive is available up to 512 GB, plenty of storage for the latest gaming titles, music and movies. The lightning-fast speeds of DDR4 RAM of up to 32 GB combined with the SSD means fast booting, loading and restarting in mere seconds so players can get to the action immediately.

Once in the throes of battle, Acer’s NitroSense utility allows the monitoring of the CPU/GPU, and adjustment of cooling fan speeds via Acer CoolBoost to keep them in optimal operation.

Designed for Visual Seduction

The Nitro 5’s chassis features a top cover with elegant laser texturing that brings bold refinement to the gaming laptop. A matte, crimson red hinge is a gorgeous yet understated accent that beautifully matches the futuristic design of the backlit keyboard.

The 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display produces brilliant imagery with crisp details, letting users track with precision the bloodshed that reigns down on their enemies. For better online collaboration, a front-facing HD web camera lets users strategize face-to-face, and then celebrate together as they bask in their post-match glory

Users can also easily broadcast games live with Mixer, directly from the Game bar on Windows 10 simply by pressing the Windows key plus G.

Immersive Excitement and Connections

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To round out the gaming experience, Acer’s Nitro 5 2018 features finely-tuned, high-quality speakers with Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony technology. This equips gamers with the necessary gear to hone in on the faintest sound of tip-toeing attackers, and then relish in the reverberating boom of a carefully-placed landmine.

The Nitro 5 2018 features all of the supporting technologies and connections the casual gamer needs: fast and reliable dual-stream 802.11ac wireless technology, a plethora of ports, including hyper-fast USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, and Gigabit Ethernet to enable users to enter any arena prepared to execute every mission at the highest level.

 

The Acer Nitro 2018 Pricing and Availability

The Acer Nitro 5 2018 will be available in North America in April with prices starting at US$799; and in EMEA in April with prices starting at €1,099.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability may vary by region

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AMD Quietly Introduces Radeon RX 560 With 14 CUs!

The AMD Radeon Technologies Group have gotten ensnared in a little bit of controversy recently. They quietly introduced a “lite” version of the Radeon RX 560 with just 14 Compute Units about six months ago. That quiet addition of a cut-down version with no clear differentiation in name did not go unnoticed, and AMD was forced to quickly address the issue.

 

The AMD Radeon RX 560 With 14 Compute Units

When AMD introduced the Radeon RX 560, it was not just a rebranded Radeon RX 460. The RX 560 touted two additional Compute Units over the Rx 460. That gives the RX 560 a total of 1,024 stream processors128 more than the RX 460, with just 896 stream processors.

However, AMD later quietly introduced a “lite” version of the Radeon RX 560, with just 14 Compute Units. This would essentially be a rebranded Radeon RX 460, with 896 stream processors.

The only change AMD made was in the specifications section of the Radeon RX 560 product page. Even the banner still quotes the original 16 CU specification!

So it would be easy for anyone to continue believing that all Radeon RX 560 graphics cards were created equal – with 1,024 stream processors.

 

AMD On The Radeon RX 560 With 14 Compute Units

Tom’s Hardware pressed AMD on this issue, and received this statement from a company representative :

There are two variants of AMD Radeon RX 560. End users will definitely need to double check specs on variants.

Typically the RX560 14 CU version will sell lower than 16 CU version, [and the] 14 CU version will have lower power consumption.

This allows our GPU partners to offer differentiation between different SKUs for different power and pricing segments.

AMD also clarified that they will be leaving it to their AIB partners to disclose the number of CUs in their Radeon RX 560 product (or not), it is truly caveat emptor to anyone buying one of these cards. That naturally resulted in an online uproar.

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A day later, AMD backtracked on leaving it to their AIB partners for disclosure. They issued a new statement :

It’s correct that 14 Compute Unit (896 stream processors) and 16 Compute Unit (1024 stream processor) versions of the Radeon RX 560 are available. We introduced the 14 CU version this summer to provide AIBs and the market with more RX 500 series options.

It’s come to our attention that on certain AIB and e-tail websites there’s no clear delineation between the two variants.

We’re taking immediate steps to remedy this: we’re working with all AIB and channel partners to make sure the product descriptions and names clarify the CU count, so that gamers and consumers know exactly what they’re buying.

We apologize for the confusion this may have caused.

While that is a relief for potential buyers of the Radeon RX 560 going forward, those who purchased their RX 560 cards in the last 6 months will be wondering if they have the “full” or “lite” version of the Radeon RX 560.

 

How Many CUs Does My Radeon RX 560 Have?

If you purchased a Radeon RX 560 in the last 6 months, it may come with 14 CUs instead of 16 CUs. How do you check?

Simple – download and run GPU-Z. It will tell you how many Compute Units your Radeon RX 560 has.

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The AMD Ryzen 5 & Radeon RX 500 Series Tech Briefing

The year 2017 is definitely The Year Of AMD Rising, with the launch of the AMD Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors and the forthcoming launch of AMD Radeon Vega. Even before the Radeon Vega arrives, AMD introduced the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards.

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But in case you are not in the mood for so much reading, James Prior and Korhan Erenben from AMD are here to explain it all to you.

 

The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Briefing

In this video, James Prior, Product Manager for AMD Client Desktop, reveals the key features and benefits of the new AMD Ryzen 5 processors, as well as the AMD AM4 motherboard chipsets.

Here are the key takeaway points :

  • The new AMD Zen core delivers 52% more instructions per clock than the previous generation Excavator core.
  • The AMD Ryzen 7 processors took on the Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processors, delivering better performance at much lower price points.
  • The AMD Ryzen 5 processors, similarly, deliver better performance at lower price points, than their Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake rivals.
  • Unlike Intel Core processors, every AMD Ryzen processor is multiplier-unlocked for overclocking flexibility.
  • All desktop (non-SFF) AMD AM4 chipsets and motherboards feature native USB 3.1 Gen 2 support.
  • The AMD Ryzen 3 series will arrive in 2H 2017.
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The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Tech Briefing

In this video, Korhan Erenben, Channel Business Development Manager for AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group, explains the value proposition of the new Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards.

Here are the key takeaway points :

  • Dubbed Polaris Evolved, the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series is targeted at gamers with older (pre-2016) graphics cards.
  • The Radeon RX 500 Series offers the latest 14 nm FinFET process technology, higher clock speeds, hardware H.265 encoding and decoding capability, as well as enhanced idle and multi-monitor efficiency through Radeon Chill and Radeon FreeSync.
  • Radeon Chill improves response times while reducing power consumption and thermal output of AMD Radeon graphics cards.
  • Radeon ReLive, that was introduced recently, is an end-to-end recording and streaming software supports all of the top streaming codecs.
  • Radeon ReLive is GPU-optimised and allows for smooth game streaming without stuttering.

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The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Tech Report

Last week, Adam Kozak, Radeon Product Marketing Manager, flew in to brief us on the Polaris Refined graphics cards. In this tech report, we will share with you the details of the new AMD Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards, as well as Adam’s full briefing. Enjoy!

If you are wondering why Joe Macri (in white) is here as well, check out his presentation on The Disruptive Nature of AMD Ryzen! 😀

Updated at 2017-04-19 : Added the SEP Pricing section.

Originally posted @ 2017-04-18

Be sure to also check out the 27 new AMD Radeon RX 500 graphics cards that is now available for sale!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Tech Briefing

The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series is based on the same AMD Polaris architecture as the AMD Radeon RX 480. Here is Adam’s full presentation.

Here are the key takeaway points :

  • There will be four models – the Radeon RX 580, Radeon RX 570, Radeon RX 560 and the Radeon RX 550.

  • The Radeon RX 580 is a faster version of the Radeon RX 480, with a 137 MHz (12%) higher base clock, and a 74 MHz (6%) higher boost clock.
  • The Radeon RX 580 will be able to offer 60+ fps in most games running at 1440p, and 90+ fps in VR games.
  • The Radeon RX 570 is a faster version of the Radeon RX 470, with a 242 MHz (26%) higher base clock, and a 38 MHz (3%) higher boost clock.
  • The Radeon RX 570 will be able to offer 60+ fps in most games running at 1080p.
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  • The Radeon RX 560 has 2 additional Compute Units than the Radeon RX 460, a faster version of the Radeon RX 470, with a 85 MHz (8%) higher base clock, and a 75 MHz (6%) higher boost clock.
  • The Radeon RX 560 will be able to offer 60+ fps in most games running at 1080p.
  • The Radeon RX 550 will offer a new lower price point in the Radeon RX family.
  • The Radeon RX 550 will have up to 8 Compute Units, with a boost clock of up to 1183 MHz, and a 128-bit memory interface with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.
  • All Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards will support Radeon Chill, which saves power and reduces heat while improving response time.

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The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Presentation Slides

 

SEP Pricing

Here are the official SEP pricing by AMD. The prices of the actual cards, however, is dependent on the card brand :

  • AMD Radeon RX 580 – US$ 199
  • AMD Radeon RX 570 – US$ 169
  • AMD Radeon RX 560 – US$ 99
  • AMD Radeon RX 550 – US$ 79

 

What Happened To AMD Vega?

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We all know that the AMD Vega is coming in 2017. AMD briefed us on its GPU architecture, as well as its memory architecture. They also showed off an AMD Vega prototype running DOOM in 4K. So where the heck is it?

We gently prodded Adam who would only say that it’s “coming later” in 2017. With AMD introducing the Polaris Refined graphics cards in this new series, we think that they will most likely introduce the Vega-based graphics cards in late Q3, or early Q4 2017 to make it for 2017 Christmas sales.

In case you are wondering if AMD may have hit a snag with the Vega GPU, AMD is already using it in the AMD Radeon Instinct MI25 Vega accelerator. You can check out some Radeon Instinct servers using the Vega GPU.

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