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Re: Upcoming new hardware.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:01 am
by pam
Gtx 760 hits retail a supposedly rebadged gtx 670.
But at a price of $ 250 !! :shock:

Beats a stock radeon 7970.
With AMD peddling their hardware with ps4, this is the First time in Nvidia's history where the performance
is more than the price. So what if installing their drivers on linux sucks! :lol:
WIth AMD cards outperforming Nvidia persistently and having 3GB of vram, Nvidia's strategy is beginning to make
sense. ... ,3542.html ... -review/13

In the future(sooner than you think) there will be no entry or mid-range cards. :mrgreen:

Re: Upcoming new hardware.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:30 am
by ryanvade
Yes, but I still want a TITAN. ;)

Re: Upcoming new hardware.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:30 am
by pam
ryanvade wrote:Yes, but I still want a TITAN. ;)

Why ?
9-11 months from now, it wont matter....considering a full tick(20nm) is in the works...and then FullHD will be history.

Re: Upcoming new hardware.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:19 am
by pam
AMD Kaveri releasing on January 14 2014.
4 cores at base clock 3.7 and turbo 4.0ghz. Thats significantly less than what AMD rolls out usually.
Kaveri uses SteamrollerB cores on a 28nm tick.
Integrated radeon GPU is gcn based with HSA capabilities.
The chip is hUMA capable. Meaning not only does it depend and use high speed RAM(2400Mhz+), the CPU and GPU share the same memory(cache+RAM). That being said it should provide a significant jump over richland even at a low speed of 1600mhz ddr3.
CPU+GPU have upto 30%(max) performance over richland. HSA is nowhere to be seen and neither is mantle. Both should provide double the performance once inducted into consumer computing apps and games; and that performance benefit is the least to say.

BF4 is shown to run at 39 fps on medium settings....the configuration of underlying hardware is not known.

Nvidia Maxwell -- the next GPU from NVIDIA is based on its own Project Denver(PD).
PD is the use of a 64-bit ARM CPU assisting the main GPU, thereby offloading more CPU dependent resources from CPU to the GPU. A license to use x86 instructions to Nvidia has been rejected by intel. Maxwell will release early next quarter.

AMD plans to exit from the 'Big Cores' business of brute force x86 compute. It too in the near future will add ARM IP into its product line.

An x86 to ARM crossover and vice versa is a territory both AMD and Nvidia plan to commandeer.

Re: Upcoming new hardware.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:31 am
by pam
Seagate enters the consumer SSD market worldwide. Products available at newegg.
Toshiba acquires OCZ for entry into SSD market. ... x-460-ssd/

AMD Kabini 25 Watt chips detailed. This succeeds the e350 and e450 parts that have served NAS and low power HTPC systems. ... processors

The e350 and e450 have served the majority of the mass market with low cost computing for quite some time.
The kabini chips are 4 cores with above average CPU and GPU compute. This will not only allow for HTPC/NAS in a single system but with mantle(if it really materializes) and HSA it will actually become a cheap Steambox or gaming system.

AMD 7850k overclocked to 4.7 ghz from 3.7 stock on air. GPU overclocked to 1020Mhz from 720Mhz. ... enchmarks/
With mantle and HSA, yet again the story changes.

The overclocks and temps of early overclockers were impressive. My take would be: the tock of the 32nm piledriver did bring in some improvements as far as temps were concerned, but overclocking on air required some experience. The 28nm tick of the steamroller cores coupled with GCN cores have yielded better results than 32nm, thereby allowing further overclocking.
The A8-7600 has been targeted as a mainstream APU. The 7850k is for the 'enthusiast'.

Re: Upcoming new hardware.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:35 pm
by ryanvade
I just had the displeasure of working with an AMD E1-2500 APU. Not impressed...

Ubuntu 13.10, Fedora 20, Ultimate Edition 4.1, and OpenSUSE don't have an appropriate AMD driver. I resorted to Arch Linux...

Re: Upcoming new hardware.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:56 pm
by pam
AMD uses older tools to build the newest drivers. Unfortunately it does not work with bleeding edge kernels and hardware both.
Install nonfree firmware from here(arch linux): ... -firmware/

For ubuntu debian try:
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sudo apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree

If the above dont work enter the repo in /etc/apt/sources.list ....
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deb wheezy main contrib non-free

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sudo apt-get update
...then install nonfree firmware.

For 3d acceleration install:
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sudo apt-get install libgl1-mesa-dri
....this should be installed by default but if not then install it.

The nonfree firmware works with gallium but contains proprietary .bin files to fire up the circuit. All your temps should drop and battery life should increase.

Ubuntu-debian-arch have the nonfree firmware files in the repos. AFAIK fedora does not support nonfree firmware(not sure now) but Opensuse does support it.

Re: Upcoming new hardware.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:03 am
by pam
AMD enters the ARM chip segment.

The AMD Opteron 1100-series uses 64 bit ARM cortex A57 cores in a microATX form factor with 16GB DDR3/4 RAM running Fedora.
The entire kit costs a whopping $2999.
Non of this is intended for the consumer market.,2817,2461669,00.asp

In other news...

AMD announces "Project Skybridge".
It adds ARM IP onto the CPU along with x86 cores. Intial implementations will tackle peripheral nuances but eventually a full implementation of low powered ARM cores with x86 and HSA GCN cores will be its primary consumer processor roadmap.

It wont be surprising if AMD migrates wholly to ARM and makes its own optimized iteration like Qualcomm's Krait cores and Samsungs's Exynos chips. ... d-arm.html

Given the fact that ARM has been championed in the linux space and many repositories exist, its just evolution.

Re: Upcoming new hardware.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:18 pm
by pam
SSD prices dropping by the day.
64 GB SSD will no longer be available in a few months time. 128GB is now the base standard. Memory manufacturers are now using smaller nodes for manufacturing the next batch of consumer wafers. Wont be long before 512GB SSD's enter the sub $200 bracket. All HDD companies have an SSD in their pipeline. 2 years tops, HDD's will be heading for absolute obsolescence like CRT's.

Now AMD enters the SSD market with their Radeon branding...and then, nothing great about that. These SSD's are for the consumer and not server markets.
What is unique to the SSD's are:
An MTBF of 2300000 hours,
A 4 year warranty. ... 000032403/

Re: Upcoming new hardware.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:04 am
by pam
Intel Haswell-E parts are ready to ship. The flagship Haswell-E chip; i7 5960X has 8 cores and 16 threads and uses the x99 platform with quad channel 2133MHz+ DDR4 memory, only. The chip can be overclocked above 4 ghz for everyday usage.
How well will DDR4 be, is yet to be seen. Today DDR3 2400MHz is mainstream and costs nothing more over 1600MHz parts. Given the fact that DDR4 will run at 1.2 volts is not exactly a USP but how well can that memory feed the CPU and its cores is yet to be seen.

Almost all motherboards for this platform come with Wireless AC and all usb 3.0 ports.

The Haswell-E 5960x(22nm) is an extreme level platform and probably a full replacement to the 32nm i7 990x(6core/12thread) manufactured a few years ago.