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  • Radeon Software For Linux 19.30 Brings Radeon RX 5700 Support

    As a follow-up to this morning's Radeon RX 5700 / RX 5700 XT Linux benchmarks, AMD has now published a packaged launch-day Linux driver for those wanting to use these new RDNA/Navi graphics cards on Linux without building your own kernel/Mesa/libdrm/LLVM... Well, assuming you are on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

    AMD posted this "AMDGPU Navi Unified Linux driver" just minutes ago for these RX 5700 (XT) GPUs now shipping. The only change listed with this Radeon Software for Linux 19.30 version is support for the Radeon RX 5700 series.

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X + Ryzen 9 3900X Offer Incredible Linux Performance But With A Big Caveat

    After weeks of anticipation, we can now share how the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X performance is under Linux. These first Zen 2 processors do indeed deliver a significant improvement over Zen/Zen+ processors and also battle Intel's latest 14nm CPUs but for Linux users there is one big, unfortunate issue right now.

  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 / RX 5700XT Linux Gaming Benchmarks

    While last month we could talk all about the specifications for the Radeon RX 5700 series, today the embargo has lifted concerning the Radeon RX 5700/5700XT graphics cards so we can finally talk about the actual (Linux) performance. The road is a bit rougher than we had hoped, but it's possible to drive these new Navi graphics cards today using their open-source graphics driver stack at least for OpenGL games/applications. Over the weeks ahead, the Linux driver support for Navi will continue to improve.

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU Review & Benchmarks: Strong Recommendation from GN

    For a video maker with a stricter budget, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is superior to its immediately price-matched competition from Intel, although you may be better served by purchasing an R7 2700 on steep sale and overclocking it. That’d land you at our overclocked 2700X result of 4.3 minutes for the 1080p Premiere render and would cost about $200 today, but that inventory will stop being made at some point, if not already. Even in the $200-$250 range, there’s no point in buying a 9600K if Premiere will be part of your regular activities, or any rendering software that can make use of more than six cores. We’ll be doing streaming benchmarks later as part of our ongoing Ryzen 3000 coverage, but for now we can at least say that the 3600 is the better choice for streamers that plan to edit and render footage.

    If AMD is its own biggest competition, then they’ve done a great job on the gaming side of differentiating the 3600 from the 2600 and 1600, X SKUs or otherwise. There are significant generational improvements over the other 6C/12T parts with clocks being pushed closer to the max out of the box--there’s still freedom to overclock, but there’s less and less point to pushing an all-core OC on AMD parts at room temperature. We’re hoping for better results from Precision Boost Overdrive, so stay tuned for that testing. The i5-9600K outperforms the 3600 in most of our game benchmarks as games have been slow to adapt to CPUs with more than 8 threads, and the 5GHz+ overclocking potential of the 9600K makes it an even clearer winner for exclusively gaming, but the R5 3600 is the more versatile and potentially cheaper option at $200 MSRP. The big question is whether the $250 R5 3600X that AMD (not us) bills as their 9600K competitor will be worth the extra money, or whether it’s a repeat of first generation Ryzen where R7 1700s could be clocked to the same speeds as 1800Xs.

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Linux Support For AMD's Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics Cards

  • Linux Support For AMD's Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics Cards Has Landed, Sort Of

    Official support for the newly launched Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT graphics cards have arrived on Linux as promised. Sort of. If you want to experience 7nm Navi on Linux, AMD just published its Radeon Software for Linux 17.30 package here. The critical gotcha, of course, is that you'll need to be running Ubuntu 18.04.2.

    AMD's Linux driver offers all-open + PRO components, and it's currently the only simple way to get the new Navi GPUs running. As Phoronix points out, if you're using any other distribution besides Ubuntu 18.04.2 you "will need to resort to building your own open-source driver stack or otherwise wrangling together a working packaged driver setup with some maneuvering." Not the ideal solution for most of us. Phoronix did manage to scrape together all the pieces for some early benchmarking as the review embargo lifted, but was limited to strictly OpenGL games.

AMD have today released the Radeon RX 5700 series GPUs

  • AMD have today released the Radeon RX 5700 series GPUs and the Ryzen 3000 series CPUs

    The world of 7nm is here, as AMD have today released their new GPU and CPU series with the Radeon RX 5700 and Ryzen 3000.

    “We are proud to deliver our newest AMD Radeon graphics cards and AMD Ryzen processor products to create the ultimate PC gaming platform with leadership performance at every price point,” said Dr. Lisa Su, President and CEO, AMD. “AMD is committed to driving innovation and competition across the computing and graphics markets to give PC enthusiasts, gamers and creators incredible experiences and unmatched value.”

    AMD's new Radeon RX 5700 series is the first to use their new "RDNA" architecture, which AMD claim will provide up to "1.25x" higher performance per clock and up to "1.5x" higher performance per watt versus the older Graphic Core Next (GCN) architecture. For the new GPU it comes in three editions....

RADV Vulkan Driver Manages Launch-Day Support

  • RADV Vulkan Driver Manages Launch-Day Support For AMD Navi 10/12/14 GPUs

    Leading up to today's Radeon RX 5700 "Navi" series launch it was looking like there wouldn't be any support within Mesa's Radeon "RADV" Vulkan driver for this community-maintained open-source implementation. But the open-source developers at Valve managed to not only deliver Navi 10 support but also Navi 12 and Navi 14 are also supported with this new Mesa 19.2 code.

    Various folks at AMD didn't believe the "community" RADV developers at the likes of Valve and Red Hat were provided with samples or documentation in advance, but however it turned out, Valve developer Samuel Pitoiset along with Google developer Bas Nieuwenhuizen managed to land the Navi/GFX10 enablement code just minutes ago into Mesa 19.2 Git.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X & Ryzen 9 3900X Performance In Linux

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X & Ryzen 9 3900X Performance In Linux

    AMD’s third-gen Ryzen processors have just landed, and to kick-start our coverage, we’re going to dive into a look at performance under Linux. Our initial experiences are a little hit-or-miss in some cases, but overall, AMD seems to have brought along some great improvement with these latest chips.
    It’s funny that it has been only a little over two years since Ryzen’s first-gen chips were introduced, yet it’s still felt like Zen 2 has been a long time coming. Part of that might owe itself to the fact that Ryzen surprised many, and when everyone saw how good things were out-of-the-gate with the new architecture, who wouldn’t be eager to see what the second-generation could do?

    Well, we have our answer today, as AMD has just launched its Ryzen 3000-series CPUs. For desktop, these are codenamed Matisse, and succeed the last-gen Pinnacle Ridge. In addition to a die-shrink to 7nm, these new processors include numerous enhancements to improve IPC performance, more cache, and higher clocks. Best of all, they even feature more cores in some cases.

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