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We’re here at Kapolei, Hawaii in preparation for tomorrow’s AMD product showcase. While the bulk of AMD’s announcements will be centered around that and NDA sessions to follow, AMD has offered a very brief preview of some of the things they’re going to be talking about tomorrow that we’re going to quickly cover.

In what’s being dubbed the “sermon at the mountain,” AMD’s recently rejoined Corporate VP of Visual Computing, Raja Koduri delivered a quick motivational speech from a ridge at Hawaii’s Diamond Head park, discussing AMD’s resilience while weaving in a few hints about tomorrow’s formal announcements.

So what’s on AMD’s plate for tomorrow? Hardware aside, according to Raja we can expect news on Eyefinity, Crossfire, and Linux driver support. Eyefinity and Crossfire have been hot-button issues for AMD as of late, particularly when combined, due to deficiencies in AMD’s frame pacing mechanisms that the company is still working on fixing. Meanwhile Linux driver support is an ongoing issue, as while AMD has committed to Linux driver development in the past, the practical reality is that the open source AMD drivers still trail AMD’s closed source drivers in features, performance, and support on AMD’s latest products. We’re told that tomorrow’s announcement will make Linux users/developers especially excited, so we may be seeing how AMD intends to close that gap.

Anyhow, we’ll have more tomorrow with AMD’s formal showcase. The presentation is being webcast live at 3pm EDT on AMD’s website and on AMD’s YouTube channel.

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  • A5 - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Press junkets at resorts always give me the creeps. Reply
  • mevans336 - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Agreed, especially when the specs for AMD's "Titan Killer" have already leaked: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/167309-radeon-r9... Reply
  • duploxxx - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - link

    you call it a Titan killer....

    the community is always hyping things...

    lets see 10-20% smaller die area, 400$ cheaper and some faster some slower (as always in the benchmarks depending on game type) not bad i guess for us consumers... but then again some expect it to be overall 50% faster...
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  • jimmyeatapple - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Agreed. But here's hoping that the linux announcement _is_ exciting. I wonder if this has anything to do with the SteamOS. Reply
  • tipoo - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Isn't the second part of the Steam announcement near the same time?

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  • tviceman - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    I've been saying (ever since Nvidia and Valve teamed up with Steam Linux beta to get performance up to snuff) that Nvidia would likely be the featured GPU vendor in a Valve in-house designed steambox. I *still* think that will end up being the case, but yeah the little tidbit there about Linux has me second guessing myself. Perhaps AMD has finally optimized their drivers and will be teaming up wiht boutique builders to make certified 3rd party steam boxes, but definitely having AMD hardware is a real possibility, and given the timing of both announcements, Nvidia could very well be shut out. Reply
  • Wreckage - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Can't wait! Reply
  • axien86 - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Now that Chris Robert developer of upcoming Star Citizen is on board with the new AMD Hawaii GPUs, you are assured that there are going to be millions of happy gamers this year.

    https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/trans...
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  • HisDivineOrder - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    The whole AMD Center at Anandtech gives me the creeps, but going to Hawaii for a hardware release is pretty bad, too. Reply
  • chrnochime - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    I'd take Hawaii over having it held in smog engulfed LA any day of the week, but then again some people like to breathe as much smog as possible so there's that. Reply

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