Recent content by Activate: AMD

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    Nvidia fell for an orchestrated pricing trap says AMD exec

    Yes, I agree. My point was that the narrative of AMD "baiting" nvidia with some pre-planned gotcha move is stupid and all PR fluff. Did AMD have this price in their back pocket? Yea, almost definitely. Would they have liked to launch at $50 higher? Absolutely. The game of cat and mouse isn't...
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    Nvidia fell for an orchestrated pricing trap says AMD exec

    An AMD marketing slide had a price, Nvidia drops their price to play spoiler followed by AMD marketing saying "ha we got you, we actually meant $50 less than we said this whole time!" and you're demanding that the skeptic provide proof that they DIDN'T mean to do this the whole time? Sorry but...
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    Ryzen 3600X Tested Tight Ram Timings 2133/2400/2933/3200/3733/4000/4200

    So I've been a little out of the loop on the nitty gritty details for AMD stuff for the last decade or so, but I've gotten the impression that a lot of hand-wringing and stuff was going on with ryzen and ram timings/speeds etc. I've been looking at Ryzen 2 as a possible upgrade and it seems like...
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    Are you happy with your Pascal investment?

    bought a sucker's edition vanilla 1080 because stock was so pathetic early on. Water cooled it and replaced 2x290X's. Wasn't expecting it to be as huge of an upgrade as it was, even in games that made halfway decent use of CF. Room has been much cooler as well, which is an underrated bonus.
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    AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Video Card Review @ [H]

    Yup, but current cycle has been going since 2011 (7970 vs 680)... pretty much an eternity in GPU time. AMD has been trailing on power efficiency ever since then.
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    AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Video Card Review @ [H]

    That card is called the 1070 and its been out for well over a year. Yea, the 56 beats it in a few games, loses to it in a couple others, but the 1070 has been out for a whole damn year and uses like, half the power. Why is the 56 anything to get excited about? If you're telling me they're going...
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    AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Video Card Review @ [H]

    Over a year late and 200 watts short of a winner. I'm with the guy who said he's glad he didn't wait for this because I've been enjoying my 1080 for over a year and would probably buy it again today if I was in the market. Its nice to see that AMD does at least have a competitive card in terms...
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    AMD Ryzen 5 Reviewer's Kit Giveaway

    Seems like a lot of people took the "post ONCE" thing quite literally
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    AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Retail CPU Overclocking X 2 @ [H]

    Yea, I mean... I guess the consistency is reassuring in the sense that it means AMD did a good job of getting pretty much everything they could out of it in its current form. Still, The old days of overclocking come to mind. I remember buying my AXP 1700+ and being stoked it had a DLT3C stepping...
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    AMD Ryzen 1700X CPU Review @ [H]

    Bulldozer was a turd and the bang for buck really wasn't as great as the AMD fanboys wanted to make it out to be because the performance was so bad and the thermals were so much worse than Intel that they couldn't sell it cheap enough to make it a good value. That was my assessment as a long...
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    AMD Ryzen 1700X CPU Review @ [H]

    A very nice upgrade for all those who bought into the gaming revolution and are still sitting on their FX8350's. For the rest of us who value actual gaming performance, theres nothing much to see here Snarky responses aside, I think its a nice result, just not a grand slam. Its a massive boon...
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    GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Evaluation Thoughts

    I think in terms of GPU's being compared the 1080 is an obvious choice. I would say Titan X-P would be interesting, if only because I'd like to see where it differs practically speaking from the 1080Ti.... but they might be too close to justify the time. Fury X? Why even bother? Just to see how...
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    Ryzen 1800X @ 3.6GHz With Turbo Disabled – Outperforms Intel’s 8-Cores In 6/8 Tests CPU Benchmarks

    Look at the relative die area for the CPU cores vs the GPU's on the newest chips. the GPU is more than half of the chip. Intel has been focusing these chips on lower power envelopes and improving graphics for laptops. I'm not a chip engineer, but I'm willing to guess that unless transistors get...
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    AMD Video Card Driver Performance Review - Fine Wine? @ [H]

    Great article, really well done there Brent/Kyle. I guess my takeaway is that yes, improvements occur over time, but the only meaningful improvement comes when a card/driver combo has some substantial "issues" in a game that need to be "fixed" in a new driver. This isn't really a surprise...
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    The Biggest Upgrade You Can Make To Your Gaming PC Is A Curved Monitor

    I'm intrigued by curved ultrawides, but do I think it would be the biggest upgrade I could make? um, no... I just feel like its kind of an interesting spot in terms of screen real-estate, DPI, refresh rate, and immersion. 4K doesn't appeal to me right now because 4K monitors are all too small...