AMD will be taping out its 7nm Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU products later this year, CEO Dr Lisa Su has confirmed. Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology Conference yesterday evening, Su highlighted AMD’s long term roadmap and its plans for what comes after its Ryzen processors and Radeon RX Vega graphics cards.
All the work AMD has done on the first generation Ryzen CPUs will form the basis on Zen 2; a die shrink allowing for a potentially dramatic performance increase and greater efficiency. Zen 2 will be followed, appropriately enough, by Zen 3, a further 7nm refinement of the Zen microarchitecture.
Waiting patiently for the latest and greatest gaming hardware can be a tough ask. When AMD announced the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition last week, an extremely high-end workstation graphics card, AMD’s own advice for gaming fans was to hold fire - gaming-focused Radeon RX Vega GPUs would be along shortly. If you needed any more convincing though, Radeon Technologies Group senior VP and chief architect, Raja Koduri, has confirmed the gaming Radeon RX Vega GPUs will in fact be faster than the Radeon Frontier Edition.
Replying to fans on Reddit, Koduri said “RX will be fully optimised gaming drivers, as well as a few other goodies that I can't tell you about just yet....But you will like Frontier Edition too, if you can't wait :)” He also said, “Consumer RX will be much better optimised for all the top gaming titles and flavours of RX Vega will actually be faster than Frontier version!”
As ideas go, dropping the well worn Saints Row name and just embracing the superhero craziness for Agents of Mayhem may have been a good one for Volition. Set in loosely the same universe as Saints Row, Agents of Mayhem has the player leading a band of super agents against a villainous organisation known a Legion. Agents of Mayhem features a huge open-world rendition of Seoul to explore, taking down Legion by any means possible. Before you suit up and leave the Batcave though, here are the official Agents of Mayhem PC system requirements.
As often happens, these system requirements are labelled as provisional, so are subject to change between now and Agents of Mayhem's launch on August 15th. However, they do give us a pretty decent idea of where Volition is headed with Agents of Mayhem. The biggest takeaway is that these PC system requirements for Agents of Mayhem are multitudes higher than for Volition's last rodeo, Saints Row IV. Visually Agents of Mayhem doesn't look all that special, sporting a cartoonish look which you'd expect to be undemanding. Quite why the system requirements are so much higher isn't clear, but Agents of Mayhem is at least the first title with which Volition has been able to leave the previous generation behind. I suspect with its action focus and multiple playable characters, there could be a lot more going on in Agents of Mayhem at any one time than in Saints Row IV.
When the current crop of consoles came out we witnessed what was probably the largest single leap in average system requirements of all time. Within a matter of months, the trusty GTX 8800 was obsolete and the reliable GeForce GTX 660 slid into the pile marked ‘crap’. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not consoles that hold PC games back, it’s the pure economic cost of advancing technologies. What a console generation does serve to do, however, is accelerate the bottom end upwards in one fell swoop. Where once we were comfortably playing games, now we were dropping settings like crazy in order to achieve a decent frame rate.
Now we stand on the cusp of a new generation, or at least what Microsoft would have us believe is a new generation. Project Scorpio is touted as a generational leap, rather than the mere stop-gap that was Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. Packing 6 teraflops of compute performance, 12GB GDDR5 memory and capable of native 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, Project Scorpio will comfortably be the most powerful console on Earth when it launches later in 2017. Its GPU alone is 4.6 times more powerful than the Xbox One.
AMD Radeon CEO Raja Koduri has confirmed the live Computex Radeon RX Vega event will be a soft launch only for its next enthusiast tier graphics cards. Earlier this week we saw the unveiling of the Radeon Vega Frontier Editions, the first such Radeon Vega graphics cards. These particular chips are aimed at the professional market rather than for gaming, and as such are going to be attached to a sky-high price tag.
Gamers are going to have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the gaming Vega RX GPUs, with Koduri yesterday urging patience for waiting fans.
When AMD revealed the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition earlier this week there was a palpable sense of disappointment. This wasn’t the gaming monster we’d been waiting well over a year for. This was a card designed to crunch numbers, drive cars and discover cures, but it wasn’t the graphics card we were hoping could tear apart Destiny 2 at 4K. Now though, AMD Radeon CEO Raja Koduri has urged patience, promising gaming optimized Radeon RX Vega are just around the corner and “you’ll be glad you [waited]”.
Writing in a Vega Frontier Edition blog after the event on Tuesday night, Koduri said “The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card is going to empower the pioneers creating the next generation of gaming experiences, but it does beg one question: Can you game on a Radeon Vega Frontier Edition? The answer is yes, absolutely. But because this graphics card is optimized for professional use cases (and priced accordingly), if gaming is your primary reason for buying a GPU, I’d suggest waiting just a little while longer for the lower-priced, gaming-optimized Radeon RX Vega graphics card. You’ll be glad you did.”
Another year, another opportunity to race multi-million dollar cars around race tracks at death-defying speeds. Only you need not defy death at all, you can do it all from the comfort of your chair in F1 2017. Sporting the upgraded graphics engine which made its debut in F1 2016, F1 2017 packs the latest Formula 1 World Champions and includes some of the most iconic cars from the last 30 years. It's out on August 25th, Codemasters has confirmed, and here are the official F1 2017 PC system requirements.
You've probably already noticed that the recommended specs for F1 2017 say predicted. That's because the minimum specs for F1 2017 are the only official ones provided, but they are identical to F1 2016's minimum system requirements. While we're awaiting confirmation, it stands to reason the recommended specs are also going to be pretty much the same between F1 2016 and F1 2017. For Formula 1 aficionados, this means that if you could play last year's edition, you're going to be able to play F1 2017 on PC just fine.
There’s been a few conflicting reports of late regarding Intel’s rumoured deal with AMD to use AMD graphics chips in its processors. First of all Fudzilla reported two days ago that it had confirmation the deal had been done, rocketing AMD’s share value up 12%. Now, however, AMD’s investors meeting has been and gone without a whisper of a deal. AMD licensing graphics chips for Intel would be a huge earner, and it’s not the sort of thing you gloss over mentioning to investors. An Intel spokesperson confirmed as much, saying “The recent rumors that Intel has licensed AMD's graphics technology are untrue." This sent AMD’s share value plummeting back down 12%.
In amongst all the GPU goodness on offer during AMD’s financials briefing yesterday, AMD also blew open its plans for the oft-rumoured Ryzen ThreadRipper, its budget Ryzen 3 line, and its monstrous 32-core server CPUs.
"Our upcoming AMD Ryzen processor lineup builds on the foundation we have set to drive our further expansion into the high-performance desktop, premium consumer notebook, and commercial markets."
AMD has outlined its GPU roadmap through to 2020, teasing its Navi architecture which will be manufactured on the 7nm fabrication process.
AMD’s plan is to have 7nm FinFET Navi graphics cards on store shelves before 2020, the chart possibly even suggesting we could see the first offerings in late 2018. Team Red is being pretty cautious about just what memory technology is going to be used for Navi, however, it could be HBM3, GDDR6, or something else entirely.