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AMD recently celebrated the opening of its first ever official store in the Asia Pacific and Japan region. Located at SM North EDSA Annex in Quezon City, it sells a wide selection of AMD-Powered desktop machines and laptops from popular brands such as ASUS, Acer, Lenovo, and HP.You’ll also find routers, external hard drives, and gaming peripherals. Sadly, there are no motherboards, graphics cards, or other components here, but the brand plans to expand its lineup of retail offerings in the future.

At this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, AMD announced its newest partnership with game developer Ubisoft to deliver blazingly fast and optimized performance, higher frame rates and reduced latency in DX12 for Radeon gamers in the company’s latest title Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. This collaboration follow’s AMD’s work on Far Cry 5 to ensure that gamers only experience exceptional image quality and high frame rates, all thanks to Vega’s features such as Rapid Packed Math and Shader Intrinsics. AMD also showcased new ready-to-game partner systems, such as the newly announced Acer Predator Helios 500 notebook, highlighting AMD’s growing portfolio of systems taking over the global gaming market. At the PC Gaming Show and on the E3 show floor, fans were able to check out Acer Nitro 50 desktops equipped with 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs and Radeon RX580 GPU’s running Star Control®: Origins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-onUQ6zgHiw The company also highlighted a number of…

At this year’s Computex in Taiwan, AMD demonstrated its next generation of CPUs and GPUs via a live press conference, and gave a first glance at the upcoming 7nm AMD Radeon Vega GPUs, which are scheduled for launch in 2018, as well as the 12nm 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs with up to 32 cores, also coming this 2018. There’s also the unprecedented customer adoption of Ryzen and Radeon products in premium OEM devices, and new milestones for EPYC processors. Client Compute Updates The first public demonstration of 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors—the second AMD 12nm product family— with up to 32 cores and 64 threads. 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors are scheduled to launch in Q3 2018 with outstanding performance expected in rendering, post production, and encoding workloads. A broad portfolio of premium notebook and desktop systems from global OEM partners powered by Ryzen APUs, 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors,…

ASUS has recently announced the local pricing and availability of its X470 motherboards, built for AMD’s Next Generation Ryzen 2000 series processors. codenamed Pinnacle Ridge, while maintaining backward compatibility with current Ryzen processors. The new X470 series features 6 motherboards, each with a unique identity that caters to a different type of user. The ROG Crosshair VII Hero and its Wi-Fi equipped counterpart are the leaders of the lineup, featuring a stealthy design for serious overclockers, savvy enthusiasts and gamers. The Strix X470-F on the other hand delivers easy tuning and next-level customization while remaining affordable. The Strix X470-I shrinks everything down to mini-ITX size for that powerhouse but compact build. The TUF X470 Plus Gaming utilizes military-grade components and is conceptualized by an alliance of industry partners with a focus on features that go beyond just cosmetic matching. The PRIME X470-PRO on the other hand, provides an alternative for…

ASUS has recently announced its AREZ branding for Radeon RX graphics cards. Derived from Ares, the Greek god of war, AREZ-branded cards are built to provide gamers with superior cooling technology and a robust software ecosystem. Extreme durability AREZ graphics cards are built using Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-exclusive, 100% automated production process that makes use of premium materials to set a new standard of quality, performance and longevity. Since its introduction to ASUS graphics cards, there has been a 30% increase in reliability. This process is also environment-friendly. The use of super alloy components deliver increased efficiency, reduced power loss and component buzzing by 50% when in full load, in addition to thermal levels that are 50% cooler than previous designs. Hi-tech cooling MaxContact is a GPU cooling technology – featuring an enhanced copper heat spreader that’s in direct contact with the GPU. Utilizing precision machining, it provides a flatter…

AMD has recently rolled out Radeon Software version 18.3.1, as the latest update to Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition. The update supposedly brings major performance improvements along with optimizations for eSports titles that include PUBG, Dota 2 and Overwatch. These gains can be credited to Project ReSX  (Radeon eSports Experience), a special project within the Radeon Software Group that involves closely working with developers for in-game optimizations built directly into Radeon Software, fine-tuning these popular games for Radeon GPUs. With the new update, PUBG, Overwatch and Dota 2 are now faster, even more fluid and responsive than before. To download Radeon Software 18.3.1, click here. Chart Photo Source

In a new collaboration, AMD and Valve are working together to bring support for AMD’s TrueAudio Next (TAN) in Steam Audio, with a target of delivering increased acoustic complexity and improved details for VR content, while at the same time, speeding up audio processing and contributing to improved overall performance. TAN has two high-level features to maximize audio performance on systems: AMD Resource Reservation: Lets developers reserve 20 to 25% of the GPU’s compute units exclusively for audio processing, which can be enabled or disabled depending on the circumstances. GPU compute Convolution Algorithms: Allows developers to increase the acoustic complexity and detail in VR games and applications using Time-variation convolution reverb. These features offer a number of advantages to developers for enabling better performance and more immersive experiences including: Greater auditory complexity: Developers can increase the number of audio sources, ambisonics order for indirect sound, and impulse response time among other options. Frees up…

AMD has announced that it will be supplying Cyzone’s newest I-cafe in Vietnam with Ryzen CPUs, giving Cyzone best price/performance and long term platform stability, and further strengthening Cyzone’s position as one of the leaders in the Vietnam I-Café market. Cyzone has a long history in the PC market in Vietnam with the company being set up in 2004. They have 2 i-cafes with over 800 PCs currently, including the Dang Van Ngu branch and the brand new Vo Thi Sau branch which is being equipped with AMD’s latest Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 CPUs that were launched to great success in 2017. Cyzone are actively involved in the gaming community and were recently crowned Vietnam champions at the Overwatch SEA Tournament and went on to represent their country at the group stage of the World Cup 2017 Overwatch tournament in Sydney, Australia. AMD Ryzen CPUs were launched in 2017 and saw the…

Intel has announced a new series of 8th generation Core processors with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics. This is a collaboration between Intel’s CPU division and AMD’s graphics division. This new series of processors are designed for use within integrated systems, such as AIOs, notebooks, and NUCs. The processor consists of three parts, the Intel Core Kaby Lake-G series CPU, the AMD GPU and 4GB HBM2 VRAM. The GPU and VRAM communicate over something called Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge or EMIB, a high-speed interface designed specifically for this processor. The GPU and VRAM then communicate with the CPU over an x8 PCIe 3.0 interface within the processor. All of this is packed into a 1.7mm thick chip and that is less than the width of a credit card. This results in a motherboard design that can be much smaller as no longer the CPU, GPU, and VRAM need to…

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), AMD unveiled its plans for 2018, following the success and momentum of Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics technology in 2017. Apart from the first Desktop Ryzen processors with built-in Vega Radeon graphics, AMD also announced the full lineup of Ryzen Mobile APUs, including the new Ryzen 3 and Ryzen PRO models, and even gave a glimpse of the 12nm 2nd generation Ryzen desktop CPU’s that are expected to launch this April. Then there’s Radeon Vega Mobile, and its first 7nm GPU built specifically machine learning. “We successfully accomplished the ambitious goals we set for ourselves in 2017, reestablishing AMD as a high-performance computing leader with the introduction and ramp of 10 different product families. We are building on this momentum in 2018 as we make our strongest product portfolio of the last decade even stronger with new CPUs and GPUs that bring more features…

AMD has won twice at the prestigious Trusted Reviews Awards 2017, including the reader’s choice of “Best Tech 2017 Brand of the Year” and “PC Component of the Year” for AMD and for the AMD Ryzen™ processors, respectively. Trusted Reviews, a highly respected news and media website in London, UK, is a comprehensive source of independent expert reviews, user reviews and news about consumer electronics, and holds their annual awards celebrating the very best products launched in the tech world each year. “AMD redefined what gamers could expect from their PCs this year, which is a major factor in winning the reader-voted award. In doing so, it beat Samsung, Apple, and Intel,” said Evan Kypreos, Editor of Trusted Reviews, at its 10th annual Trusted Reviews Awards. “The award tops off a sterling year for the company, which boasted a 300% profits increase in its most recent earnings report thanks to…

VR technology has immense potential fro gaming and other applications, but requires quite a bit of investment in fast and powerful GPUs and CPUs. One of the best ways to meet this demand is with DirectX 12, a programming interface that gives developers more direct access to the GPU and CPU hardware. Knowing this, the folks at Futuremark have recently updated their popular software VRMark benchmark with a new test environment called Cyan Room. It runs exclusively in DirectX 12, and showcases the potential of next-gen tools that make VR more compelling. Cyan Room also highlight’s AMD’s unmatched performance on this front. From the data, you can see that Radeon GPUs show a clear lead against the competition, meeting the demands for today’s VR headsets by delivering 90 frames per second in the test. The VRMark Cyan Room test shows a future wherein VR developers can use the potential of…

It’s another achievement unlocked for the folks at AMD as their enthusiast level processor, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X was recently given the CES 2018 Best of Innovation award for the Computer Hardware and Components Category. The decision was made by a panel of judges composed of independent industrial designers, engineers, and members of the trade media to give recognition for products that showcase outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics across 28 categories. The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor supports 16 cores and 32 threads, catering to the needs of developers, prosumers, creators and enthusiasts. It’s built around AMD’s “Zen” architecture, and delivers unprecedented processing power, unrestrained potential, and superior performance for the most demanding tasks and workloads. “The overwhelmingly positive response from enthusiasts and expert reviewers that greeted the release of AMD Ryzen Threadripper already served as a huge reward for the AMD whole engineering team who built this ground-breaking product.…

AMD announced the introduction of the AMD Ryzen™ mobile processor, previously codenamed the “Raven Ridge” mobile APU, providing leadership performance and a complete entertainment experience with optimal efficiency for premium 2-in-1s, convertibles and ultrathin notebook computers. With a configurable 15-watt TDP, the AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U and AMD Ryzen™ 5 2500U processors combine the architecture of award-winning “Zen” x86 cores featuring AMD SenseMI Technology processor-level intelligence with revolutionary Radeon “Vega” graphics in a System-on-Chip design to achieve unprecedented ultrathin notebook performance. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700U is the fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks, with up to 44% more multi-threaded CPU performance as well as up to 161% more graphics performance than the competition. Powerful Performer Consisting of up to 4 cores and 8 threads, Ryzen™ mobile processors include AMD SenseMI Technology and are designed for leadership performance in a sleek form factor. The AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U processor is the…

Three months after its launch, the Radeon RX Vega 56 has positioned itself as a very strong contender in both the gaming and productivity segment, as developers are now taking full advantage of its new architecture and advanced features such as Rapid Packed Math. Strong performance in the latest titles The RX Vega 56 outperforms other GPUs in its class with astonishing performance in AAA titles, including Forza 7, Destiny 2 and Wolfenstein II. Professionals are also able to make the most out of the architecture, as Vega continues to dominate the content creation and blockchain applications. The newest GPU architecture, built for the future The Performance of RX Vega GPUs continue to improve with the full utilization of features such as Rapid Packed Math, HBCC, and a Next Gen Geometry engine. RX Vega GPUs and the Radeon software are designed around low level APIs, which makes them more suited for DX12 and…

The RX 550 is AMD’s entry-level GPU, designed to deliver decent performance for eSports titles and general productivity, at a very affordable price point. Built on the 14nm process, it features 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and offers an extremely compact design that doesn’t require any additional power connectors. We took Gigabyte’s version of this card to the test, and here are our findings. Design The Gigabyte RX 550 sports a compact form factor, and is an ideal solution for those who are using pre-built systems looking for a boost in graphics performance, as well as those rigs with small cases that would not fit larger cards. As mentioned before, another great thing about its design is that it doesn’t need additional power connectors, all you have to do is connect it to your motherboard, and you’re good to go. It’s cooled by a custom designed 90mm fan, which does a…

Today marked another incredible day for the Republic of Gamers with the launch of the ROG Strix GL702ZC, the world’s first gaming laptop to be powered by AMD’s powerful Ryzen processors. https://youtu.be/pdwcF8h_AA4 Ryzen processors are built on AMD’s Zen architecture and also features AMD SenseMI technology along with superb multi-tasking capability, catering to the needs of consumers with competitive responsiveness and performance. The GL702ZC sports the familiar ROG design with its brushed metal finish, measuring 415 x 280 x 34 mm (WxDxH). Equipped with a 17.3-inch Full HD IPS Display with up to 120Hz refresh rate, you are assured of smooth and fluid gameplay every single time. In terms of ports, the GL702ZC has got all the bases covered. There are three high-speed USB ports, a USB Type-C port, a headphone jack, a card reader, a dedicated LAN port, an HDMI port, a Mini Display Port, and a Kensington lock slot. The GL702ZC…

The Strix GL702ZC is one of the very first gaming notebooks in the ROG lineup to be powered by AMD’s Ryzen processors. And they made sure to put one of the most powerful in their own list, the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 1700. Combine that with a 17.3-inch Full HD display, 24GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM, and AMD’s RX 580 GPU, and you have a machine that should blast through any game you throw at it, but will also be excellent in multi-threaded tasks such as rendering, etc. We were able to have a look at the machine and give our initial thoughts. However, do not that the unit we had was an engineering sample, so we weren’t able to do the usual tests such as PCMark and 3DMark. This will mainly focus on ergonomics, design, build quality, the display, and a tidbit of what it can do in terms…