Crimson ReLive 16.12.1 - Several Games Benchmarked @ 4K

 

 

 

 

Crimson ReLive 16.12.1 - Several Games Benchmarked @ 4K

 Radeon Software

 

  Initially I was planning on releasing several games running max settings, or the highest preset at 3840x2160 [4K] during the beginning of 2017, however AMD recently released their “Crimson ReLive” 16.12.1 drivers and I’ve sped up the process. The new drivers and features have plenty of AMD users excited. AMD has been stepping up their driver support since 2014-2015. In 2015 AMD went into overdrive mode with their driver support and ensured gamers that they would get up to date drivers more rapidly than in the past.

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Battlefield 1 Fury X DX12 Benchmarks

Battlefield 1 Fury X DX12 Benchmarks

BF1

 

  EA is once again releasing another Battlefield title. Over the past few years Call of Duty has been the game to beat, but it seems as if that is an impossible task. BF1 has a lot of hype surrounding it and DICE has some of the best developers on the planet. At the moment Battlefield is winning the public opinion over its rival Call of Duty. This is mostly due to Call of Duty yearly rehashes, buggy gameplay and forcing fans to purchase Infinity Warfare in order to play CoD: MW2. That’s not to say that Battlefield titles don’t have their fair share of bugs and glitches, but Battlefield seems to get plenty of patches far longer than CoD titles.

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How Serious Is The AMD RX 480 Controversy?

How Serious Is The AMD RX 480 Controversy?

RX 480 

 

  So AMD has released their mainstream RX 480 recently and as usual there has been some sort controversy. Not only has there been controversy, but name calling, marketing and unnecessary exaggeration. Obviously some people want AMD's RX 480 launch to crash and burn, that will never change, but some of the things I've seen and read across the net is nothing less than toxic. I'm currently on vacation with my fiancée for Independence Day. I have been checking up on various discussions about the RX 480 and waiting for info about the GTX 1060 across the net. I decided to use some of my free time to address the issues surrounding the RX 480. Of course all of this controversy wouldn't be complete without Nvidia attempting to "leak" some marketing for their upcoming GTX 1060, but I will address that shortly.

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Analyzing AMD Mainstream Strategy

Analyzing AMD Mainstream Strategy

RX 480

  With the recent release of the GTX 1080 and AMD revealing the RX 480 at Computex 2016, there has been a ton of hype for both companies. Unlike Nvidia, AMD has many different competitors to deal with so their presentations usually never revolve around gaming and graphics cards only. AMD can’t put all of their talent into their GPU division. AMD revealed their highly anticipated “Zen” CPU as well. Zen is a big deal for AMD after previous desktop disasters. Price wise, AMD has always been a solid choice for gamers, even more now than ever with the DX12 increases for older CPUs. Intel still basically wiped the floor with AMD CPUs over the past few years across the board in the high end desktop market; which leads to Intel increasing their prices to this day. You’ll have to pay $1700+ for Intel latest 2016 flagship. Hopefully Zen can compete and give desktop users another choice at a competitive price.

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Analyzing Futuremark Time Spy

Analyzing Futuremark Time Spy Benchmark

Time Spy

DirectX 12 has been the talk across the web for years and a lot of people have been waiting for Futuremark to update 3Dmark with a DX12 API. Last year we got a glimpse of the benchmark running and now we can finally get our hands on it and benchmark for countless hours. Time Spy is basically the same as older benchmarks from Futuremark except there is no “Combined Score” test. DX12 is the future and the future is here. There have been some issues surrounding the Time Spy benchmark.

There has also been a lot of misinformation passed around the net as usual. This time it is regarding DX12, preemption, concurrency and Asynchronous Compute. There are some people who know what they are talking about, but at the end of the day we all make mistakes and live & learn. Regarding DX12 and AMD Asynchronous Compute, it’s pretty straight forward or so we think. Just know that DX12 & Vulkan allows developers to get more out the hardware using concurrency. There are many forms of concurrency. This isn’t a tutorial so I won’t be preaching and teaching programming, although I know a few languages, and I also won’t go deep in the software that I use either. Over the next couple of years we will see which developers can adapt to modern APIs and who cannot.

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