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Recap: AMD Radeon R9, R7, Mantle, TrueAudio, Social App

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AMD revealed a ton of new gaming technologies at its GPU14 tech day.

AMD yesterday in Hawaii unveiled the Radeon R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X and R7 250 graphics cards. AMD also introduced the world to Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology, the latest innovations that leverage the GPU for improving audio and performance for compatible games.

“The AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are new GPUs for a new era in gaming,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. “This era is shaped by ultra-resolution gaming and an exciting new generation of highly-anticipated games like Battlefield 4. But it’s also an era shaped in a very powerful way by our own Unified Gaming Strategy; we’ve teamed up with the world’s top game developers to establish a comprehensive portfolio of games that you can maximize to their full potential only with AMD Radeon graphics.”

Mantle

With Mantle, games will be empowered with the ability to speak the native language of the Graphics Core Next architecture, presenting a deeper level of hardware optimization. Mantle also assists game developers on multiple platforms by leveraging the commonalities between GCN-powered PCs and consoles for a simple game development process. The first game to take advantage of Mantle will be Battlefield 4.

Read more about AMD's Mantle tech here.

TrueAudio

AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental dynamics, sound effects, and directional audio. Upcoming games to support TrueAudio include THIEF and Lichdom.

Multi-Display

AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards support gaming on UltraHD (3840x2160) displays, including support for non-tiled 2160p60 displays with a future Catalyst driver release. Of course, AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology will be in the R9 and R7 Series graphics cards

Gaming Evolved App with Raptr

AMD has partnered with Raptr to release the AMD Gaming Evolved App, a downloadable desktop client designed to make "PC gaming as simple as consoles". This app promises to help AMD customers get the most out of their gaming rigs by suggesting customized optimal game settings. Users can also earn rewards by playing supported PC games, broadcast live gameplay via the Twitch service, take in-game screenshots, browse the internet and chat with friends.

Read more about the AMD Gaming Evolved desktop app here.

For all the details, watch yesterday's full presentation here, or scroll through our live blog for the most important moments.

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    patrick47018 , September 26, 2013 10:03 AM
    AMD FTW! Can't wait to see some reviews and benchmarks on the new line of cards! It is a great time to be a gamer
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    patrick47018 , September 26, 2013 10:03 AM
    AMD FTW! Can't wait to see some reviews and benchmarks on the new line of cards! It is a great time to be a gamer
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    rolli59 , September 26, 2013 10:09 AM
    Anxiously waiting for the reviews!
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    hardcore_player , September 26, 2013 10:21 AM
    Great Job AMD , keep up the good work ,, looking forward for some benchmarks and reviews
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    icemunk , September 26, 2013 10:38 AM
    8-core optimization... SWEET. Thank you Xbox and Playstation!
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    vmem , September 26, 2013 10:46 AM
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    8-core optimization... SWEET. Thank you Xbox and Playstation!


    I love AMD as you can tell by my own GPU, avatar, and past posts, but from a neutral perspective, that 8-core optimization will really shine next next year on an Haswell-E platform from Intel with DDR4 when the newer games really start to use these optimizations.
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    dustructo , September 26, 2013 11:35 AM
    this funny......
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    andystanley , September 26, 2013 12:21 PM
    When will these cards be released? I haven't been able to find any information on it.
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    zakaron , September 26, 2013 12:31 PM
    I wonder how this will affect benchmarks? Like if the tester will have a separate graph for Nvidia & ATI on DirectX and then show another for Mantle? I guess we'll have to see how "open" the API will be and if it will truly catch on like they hope.
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    slomo4sho , September 26, 2013 12:35 PM
    The R9 290 and R9 290X are the only new additions. Everything else is just a re-branding... Wake me up when there is real progress in GPU performance...
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    Lutfij , September 26, 2013 1:08 PM
    That cooler looks mighty fine - you did a good job with the rest of the developments though :)  keep it up!
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    vmem , September 26, 2013 2:23 PM
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    The R9 290 and R9 290X are the only new additions. Everything else is just a re-branding... Wake me up when there is real progress in GPU performance...


    thanks to Nvidia's 700 series, we have a new GPU standard: 2 new high-ends, re-brand everything else... XD

    joking aside, this is more or less what Nvidia actually ended up doing, for similar reasons, namely that AMD now needs to curb the competition's performance lead, and 20nm at TSMC isn't ready yet to meet mass demand. It'll be interesting if the two companies decide to off-set the annual GPU update cycle, and release cards ~6-months from each other instead. it could be optimal in the long run for both companies to have 5-6 months of GPU crown and just trade it off.
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    Martell1977 , September 26, 2013 2:58 PM
    I've only heard that the 260x was a re-badged 7790, but that's because it was a newer and different core arch. Is there a report I missed about the other cards being re-badges?
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    chapapa07 , September 26, 2013 3:52 PM
    8-core optimization?....but I just upgraded to a intel quad core :( 
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    somebodyspecial , September 26, 2013 5:00 PM
    So they're finally coming out with a "GEFORCE EXPERIENCE" app...LOL. Raise your hand if you think they'll get all these new drivers running while still trying to fix the last ones...I don't need any more social crap (ignore it all anyway, have no twitter, facebook, linkedin etc accounts), and I already have an audio card (not onboard).

    Whatever, let me know when you get 20nm and a PROVEN track record with drivers again. Until then I'll buy NV's maxwell coming Q1. Free games mean nothing to me when they make ZERO profits which cause crap drivers. I'll take NO GAMES if necessary from NV knowing the cash they make goes INTO DRIVERS!
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    slomo4sho , September 26, 2013 5:03 PM
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    So they're finally coming out with a "GEFORCE EXPERIENCE" app...LOL. Raise your hand if you think they'll get all these new drivers running while still trying to fix the last ones...!


    Considering that Raptr is a tertiary application and has not impact on drivers...
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    cmi86 , September 26, 2013 5:32 PM
    Really excited to see how this mantle thing plays out.
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    Jaxem , September 26, 2013 5:37 PM
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    I've only heard that the 260x was a re-badged 7790, but that's because it was a newer and different core arch. Is there a report I missed about the other cards being re-badges?


    The architecture isn't even new, it's GCN with some optimizations, but the guy was right in that everything besides the 290 and 290x are re-badges...with optimizations to make them better than their predecessors. So the 280x is supposed to be a 7970 re-badge and so forth.
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    parkerm35 , September 26, 2013 5:39 PM
    "The R9 290 and R9 290X are the only new additions. Everything else is just a re-branding... Wake me up when there is real progress in GPU performance..."

    Actually the 260X is also new
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