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ASRock Reveals Their Hand – A Bunch of AMD GPUs For Your Perusal

Recently, rumours started appearing that industry veteran ASRock was considering a foray into the world of graphics cards. In the last couple of days, all was revealed, with ASRock’s Phantom Gaming GPU lineup hitting headlines. With RX550, 560, 570 and 580 product lines, it seems ASRock is working closely with AMD on the new lineup. (We won’t get into the NVIDIA GPP shenanigans here). Unfortunately, there are no signs of an ASRock MXM GPU to support their DeskMini line of barebones systems, however, the lineup is pretty complete for a first launch – it seems ASRock has put some thought …
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More Vega Nano News!

With Drew and Tim’s exclusive photo-op earlier, our appetite was whetted for more news on the Vega Nano. Drew and Tim are very persistent reporters though, and managed to track down more exclusive information and pictures for Small Form Factor Network. What have we learnt? The card has a typical board power of 150 watts (GPU, vRAM, but excluding cooling solution), and uses an 8 pin plug for power. The card features a single fan, and single slot rear IO, much like the previous Radeon Nano. The brushed shroud is rather attractive, and includes the cube corner that we have come …
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AMD’s WX7100 Reviewed by Tom’s Hardware

Without a doubt, the AMD WX7100 GPU has been the most second most intriguing product from the Radeon workstation division in some time. (We reserve the top spot here for the SSD-enhanced Radeon Pro SSG) We covered the reveal a few months back, noting that this card is based on the Polaris 10 architecture, the same generation architecture found in the RX 480. It takes time to validate workstation grade hardware, and Tom’s Hardware has finally gotten their hands on a review unit. Featuring 144 texture units and 32 ROPs, the card is similar to the RX 480 in pure specs. …
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AMD Announces the Radeon RX 480: 5 TFLOPS and 4GB for $199

AMD’s event may have been thin on details for some of their upcoming technologies (as the author gives some longing side-eye to Zen), but there was at least one segment that had some tangible information, and some welcome brashness and boldness to boot: the announcement of the Radeon RX 480, a graphics card set to launch on June 29th that utilizes the first Polaris-based high-performance GPU. Throughout AMD’s Computex presentation, the various speakers seemed to endlessly repeat the value proposition AMD’s various CPU and GPU technologies meant to the lower price segments of the graphics and portable industries – segments, they’d mention, that are …
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AMD drops the Radeon Nano to $499

AnandTech has the details via an AMD press release, but basically it’s just like the title says. AMD has officially dropped the MSRP of the Radeon Nano from $649 to $499. This is very welcome news for us SFF builders because the Nano is an extremely interesting product for compact builds, especially in cases that require the use of short GPUs. Formerly the Nano commanded a hefty premium relative to its performance but was perhaps justified by the very short length and high power efficiency (though there’s some odd stuff happening with the power management that trips up external AC-DC adapters). The …
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AMD reveals some details of Polaris, their next GPU architecture

AMD is getting some pre-CES buzz going with light details of their upcoming GPU architecture, Polaris. Please head on over to AnandTech for the full story where Ryan Smith talks about the information AMD released. There’s not much in the way of hard info but there were a few tidbits of interest to SFF. The reporters at the event were not allowed to take pictures or even see it but RTG (Radeon Technologies Group) demonstrated a working Polaris card and had it installed in an Intel i7 system alongside an identical system with a GTX 950 installed. With Star Wars Battlefront running on both machines at …
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AMD announces the Radeon R9 Nano video card

AMD is betting big on SFF with today’s announcement of the Radeon R9 Nano. Contrary to earlier rumors, the Nano is not a cut-down Fury X but instead features the same full complement of stream processors, ROPs, and RAM, but at a lower clockspeed and thus TDP, all wrapped up in a air-cooled SFF package. HardOCP has a great run-down of AMD’s press release, the main highlights are the 6″ (150mm) length, 175W TDP, and 1000MHz clockspeed (“up to”). The 175W TDP is a whopping 100W reduction from the Fury X but getting there ties in closely with the disclaimer on the …