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Last time, we tested the new AMD Radeon RX5700 to see how it holds up on a variety of titles, and we were generally quite satisfied with the results. Now, we have its more beefed-up sibling, the 5700XT. A direct match to the RTX 2070 or 2060 Super, this card also uses the RDNA architecture (Navi) which employs features such as Intelligent Sharpening, Fidelity FX, and is able to take advantage of monitors with high refresh rates to deliver smooth and fluid visuals. Compared to the RX 5700, the XT boasts more compute units (40 vs 36), and a higher game frequency (1.76GHz vs 1.63GHz). On the flipside, it’s more power hungry compared to the 5700 (225W TDP vs 180W TDP). Of course, more performance doesn’t always come free. The 5700XT is around PhP4,000 more pricey than the 5700. The big question is, is it worth it? Design Since we’re…

Yesterday, AMD Philippines held an exclusive event, not only for the local launch of the 3rd Generation Ryzen processors along with the Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards, but also for creating an avenue where a number of partner OEMs can showcase their newest motherboards and own version of the products. Held at CORE Nightclub in Quezon City, the first floor served as the main event area where the program took place, while up in the second floor is the experiential zone, where attendees can check out booths from AMD’s partner OEMs like ASUS, ASRock, MSI, XFX, Gigabyte, and more. Mr. Sonny Sy, AMD Philippines’ National Sales Manager for Components also gave a talk about the new Ryzen 3000 processors and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards, along with some comparative data. 3rd Generation Ryzen Processors are built on a 7nm process to deliver improved performance and power efficiency. Using the…

Today, we’re going to take a look at the AMD Radeon RX 5700 graphics card. In essence, the more affordable version of the RX 5700 XT, which has received quite a lot of positive feedback. The second of AMD’s Navi 10 GPUs the RX 5700 is a direct competition of the RTX 2060. Following the trend, it’s basically the XT with less compute units, less GPU cores, a slower boost clock, and costs $50 cheaper. Here in the Philippines, the 5700 XT retails for around PhP24,000, while the 5700 is priced at around PhP20,000. Hopefully with our tests, we’ll be able to answer the question, is it worth getting this one over the XT? or is it better to just hold your purchase, save up, and just buy its more powerful sibling? Design The reference model of the RX 5700 uses a single blower-type cooler, with all of its component…

NVIDIA’s Ray Tracing Dilemma Perhaps, you read in some of our articles that there aren’t enough games in the market that feature real time ray tracing. If you bought an RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti, it’s either you’re really into getting performance video cards or you’re too hopeful that more games will become available that will let you accept that you did the right purchase decision. Proponent to the graphics cards that support ray tracing is NVIDIA. They paved the way of this new plane that is set to be the new standard of current and next gen graphics. Today, while NVIDIA enjoys this pride of being first in the market to release graphics cards that support hardware ray tracing, they suffer a rare case of first-mover disadvantage due to low adoption rate.  This is evidenced by NVIDIA’s revenue in the Gaming segment, and disappointing sales of both RTX…

In celebration of AMD’s 50 years of innovation in the semiconductor industry, the company has recently announced the Gold Edition Ryzen 7 2700X processor and Radeon VII Graphics Card! The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Gold Edition has captured the hearts and minds of enthusiasts worldwide, and includes AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su’s own signature imprinted on the processor cover and gold AMD50 packaging. On the other hand, the AMD Radeon VII Gold Edition  delivers exceptional performance and next-gen gaming experience for the latest AAA, eSports and VR games, demanding 3D rendering and video editing applications, and next-generation compute workloads. The Gold Edition features a red shroud and gold AMD50 packaging. Customers who purchase these products from April 29 to June 8, 2019 will also receive the following: AMD50 Game Bundle – Gamers who will purchase Gold Edition products – as well as other eligible Ryzen processors, Radeon Graphics Cards, or…

ASUS Philippines has recently launched its newest gaming laptop under the TUF Gaming series, powered by AMD’s Ryzen processor, and designed to deliver stellar performance and reliability, at a very competitive price. The TUF Gaming FX505DY, also known as “The Game Changer,” has undergone a series of rigorous tests, and has passed the MIL-STD810G standard for durability. It sports a 15.6-inch IPS-Level NanoEdge display with 120Hz refresh rate for smooth and fluid visuals, along with an RGB backlit keyboard for that added visual zing. The trapezoid-cut design on its lid combined with a powerful dual fan design and an anti-dust cooling system all contribute to a longer lifespan for the device. Under the hood is a AMD Ryzen 5 3550H Processor, backed with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 5400rpm FireCuda SSHD, which offers better performance than a traditional HDD. Handling the graphics-work, is a Radeon RX560X with 4GB of…

A few weeks back, we were invited by AMD for a briefing on the newest version of its Radeon Software. Named Adrenalin 2019 Edition, this new iteration brings numerous enhancements, improvements, and an array of new and exciting features geared for both gamers, tech reviewers, and content creators. Performance Improvements AMD is continuously putting its best efforts to improve the experience for its users. Radeon Software Adrenaline 2019 delivers up to 15% average improvement in performance across numerous titles including Battlefield 5, Call of Duty: World War II, and Monster Hunter World. Project ReSX, which focuses on specific eSports titles also demonstrate substantial improvements across multiple parameters, including FPS, frame time, and responsiveness. Not Sure What to Do to Improve Performance? Let Radeon Advisors Help You Out Don’t know which in-game settings is best for you? Radeon Game Advisor measures game performance and can even generate a detailed report along…

These days, the on-the-go lifestyle demands machines that are as compact as possible, without compromising performance. As such, HP and AMD have partnered to create a machine that’s both powerful, while being highly mobile at the same time. Here’s the new HP ENVY x360. The HP ENVY x360 is powered by AMD’s Ryzen Processors coupled with VEGA Graphics, and can be used in four modes to fit whatever task you’re doing. With a 13.3 IPS micro-edge display with up to a 4K UHD resolution combined with a Gorilla Glass NBT Touchscreen, every bit of content you’ll work on looks sharp, clear, and stunningly detailed. The backlit keyboard ensures that you can keep working even when there’s no light, its IR camera allows for quick logins, and the included Pen lets you use Windows Ink for your notes and creative works. Worried about longevity? don’t be, as its 4-cell battery can…

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…