Though we don’t normally report on Windows updates, we’ll make an exception on this one. AMD sends word this evening that they are advising users to remove update KB3004394, which was released as part of this week’s Patch Tuesday, due to driver installation issues this update is inflicting. The update, designed to update Windows’ root certificate store, has apparently been causing havoc on some Windows 7 configurations. In AMD’s case what they are finding is that the update prevents the installation of new graphics drivers on affected systems, with both AMD and NVIDIA drivers refusing to install. More broadly, Infoword is reporting that KB3004394 is also being blamed as the culprit behind certain issues affecting Windows Defender, Task Manager, and other software. At this point this...

AMD's Eric Demers is Leaving the Company

I just found out that AMD's Eric Demers (Corporate VP & CTO, Graphics Division) is leaving the company at the end of this week. He's not going to Intel...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/14/2012

VLC 2.0 Announced: New UI and Blu-ray Support for OS X

VideoLAN has announced VLC 2.0 and the first release candidate is available to the public today. The biggest changes are in the OS X version but there are a...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 2/13/2012

Intel Updates Sandy Bridge Graphics Drivers

Intel has posted versions 15.22.54.2622 (32-bit) and 15.22.54.64.2622 (64-bit) of its drivers for the Intel HD-series lineup of integrated graphics processors, which includes both Sandy Bridge and older Nehalem-based...

22 by Andrew Cunningham on 2/7/2012

AMD Announces Turks Based FirePro V3900

While AMD’s consumer GPU division is well into its deployment of their first 28nm products, the long validation and certification period for business hardware means that AMD’s business GPU...

8 by Ryan Smith on 2/7/2012

AMD Outlines HSA Roadmap: Unified Memory for CPU/GPU in 2013, HSA GPUs in 2014

AMD's CTO Mark Papermaster just put up this slide that shows its HSA (Heterogeneous Systems Architecture) roadmap through 2014. This year we got Graphics Core Next, but next year...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/2/2012

AMD Radeon HD 7950 Launch Recap

I'm going to be honest with you: the Radeon HD 7970 launch recap was pretty boring, with its wall-to-wall stock coolers and stock clocks. Like many high-end GPU launches...

16 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/31/2012

AMD Radeon HD 7950 Review Feat. Sapphire & XFX: Sewing Up The High-End Market

Announced late last month and shipping 3 weeks ago, AMD kicked off the 28nm generation with a bang with their Radeon HD 7970. Combining TSMC’s new 28nm HKMG process...

259 by Ryan Smith on 1/31/2012

Snapdragon S4 “Krait” – MSM8960 GPU Benchmark Surfaces

A NenaMark 2 benchmark score for an unknown device based on Qualcomm’s upcoming 28nm Snapdragon S4 “Krait” MSM8960 SoC has just surfaced. The device seems to have 1.5Ghz CPU...

33 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 1/28/2012

AMD Posts Catalyst 12.1 Drivers, Catalyst 12.2 Preview

AMD has posted its first Catalyst driver package of the new year, Catalyst version 12.1, the feature set of which hasn't changed much since the preview release - the...

11 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/27/2012

The Radeon HD 7970 Reprise: PCIe Bandwidth, Overclocking, & The State Of Anti-Aliasing

With the release of AMD’s Radeon HD 7970 it’s clear that AMD has once again regained the single-GPU performance crown. But while the 7970’s place in the current GPU...

47 by Ryan Smith on 1/27/2012

AMD's 4K and BF3/Video Conferencing Eyefinity Demos at CES

One of the underlying themes of CES this year was the transition to 4K displays. AMD had a 4K (4096 x 2160) demo at its booth driven by a...

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/13/2012

AMD's Trinity APU at CES, Shipping in Mid-2012

AMD has a bunch of cool stuff to show off at this year's CES. The first is the most expected: a demo of its upcoming Trinity APU. The demo...

48 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/12/2012

Imagination's PowerVR Series 6 “Rogue” GPUs Released To Licensing, G6200 & G6400 First Out The Door

With the emphasis on smartphones and tablets at this year’s CES, it should come as no surprise that the various SoC IP developers are focusing their announcements around the...

20 by Ryan Smith on 1/10/2012

AMD Radeon HD 7970 Launch Recap

AMD's brand-new Radeon HD 7970 is officially on sale, though as of this writing it's sold out practically everywhere. Unlike the sneakily rebranded OEM-targeted 7000-series cards, the 7970 is...

15 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/9/2012

MSI's GUS II: External GPU via Thunderbolt

In addition to 7-series motherboards, MSI had its GUS II external GPU solution on display. The external chassis features a Thunderbolt interface and an internal PCIe slot. Despite running...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

XFX’s Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation: The First Semi-Custom 7970

Traditionally the launch of a next-generation high-end video card has been a staggered process. In the name of getting cards out as soon as possible the first cards are...

94 by Ryan Smith on 1/9/2012

AMD Radeon HD 7970 Now For Sale

Although they're not officially supposed to go on sale until tomorrow, Newegg already has their selection of 7970s up for sale this evening. Newegg has cards from all of...

12 by Ryan Smith on 1/8/2012

Update: AMD Quietly Releases The OEM-Only Radeon HD 7000 Series: VLIW5 Rides Again

Earlier today one of our news editors, Andrew Cunningham, came to me with an interesting problem. HP was launching their gaming-oriented Phoenix desktop, and the spec sheet listed a...

33 by Ryan Smith on 1/5/2012

Quanta Sues AMD For Faulty Laptop Chips

Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese company that manufactures laptops for HP, Dell, Acer, and others, is suing AMD for an alleged breach of contract, claiming that AMD chips used in...

12 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/4/2012

Updated Smartphone & GPU Bench DBs Live!

We've been running our public performance database tool, Bench, for a few years now. Bench allows you to have direct access to the performance data we use in our...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/24/2011

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