Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th May 2017 15:41 UTC
AMD

So for today's AMD Financial Analyst Day, AMD has released a little bit more information as part of the next step of their campaign. The first Vega product to be released has a name, it has a design, and it has performance figures. Critically, it even has a release date. I hesitate to call this a full announcement in the typical sense - AMD is still holding some information back until closer to the launch - but we now finally have a clear picture of where the Vega generation kicks off for AMD.

Say hello to the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition.

First Ryzen, now Vega, with Ryzen 9 on the way. AMD is on a roll, and Intel is scrambling. Competition!

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RE[2]: AMD. NVidia, Intel ....
by cade on Sat 20th May 2017 00:43 UTC in reply to "RE: AMD. NVidia, Intel ...."
cade
Member since:
2009-02-28

To clarify, and in agreement with your comment, I meant "GPU" to refer to the more powerful GPUs capable of decent gaming and good candidates for VR/AR (virtual/augmented reality) applications; part of my programming work is 3D game engine research/development and I implicitly assumed the powerful-GPU-context, not the low power GPUs useful for business/office/etc. graphics (the latter are still useful for many people of the non-{gamer, technical} variety).

Apple's OSX is my primary software development platform prior to potential porting to other operating systems and being a 3D graphics guy I was surprised why a multimedia-centric company like Apple would shove a non-performant oriented GPU (Intel rather than NVidia/AMD) in the mac-mini. Even make the mac-min abit fatter for cooling of a decent GPU. I say this since a mac-mini "weaponised" with a real/powerful GPU (at least supporting OpenGL 4.0) would be a convenient software development box for us "graphics" dudes.

I hope that AMD's CPU/GPU stance, with possible side-effect being pressure on Intel/NVidia, may lead to Apple having easy access to options about a more functional mac-mini, etc.

My theory is that Apple will have to realise that, in a philosophical/creative sense, selling iPhones as their main product is not enough even though it's their "cash cow" since Apple may risk being confused as primarily a seller of mobile phones. Thus it will have to go back to it's roots and start to frequently refresh it's computer product lines; e.g. a modular/fatter mac mini useful for pro/consumer usage.

Let's wait and see.

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feamatar Member since:
2014-02-25

All this does not matter if amd cannot put together a proper implementation of opencl, and they don't start supporting open-source with better drives. In many case nvidia is the only option now.

And here it is again that amd is a resource constrained company which has to fight on two fronts at once

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RE[4]: AMD. NVidia, Intel ....
by Kochise on Sat 20th May 2017 13:19 in reply to "RE[3]: AMD. NVidia, Intel ...."
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Yeah, and considering how well they do despite their constraints, that tell a lot.

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RE[4]: AMD. NVidia, Intel ....
by cb88 on Sun 21st May 2017 01:02 in reply to "RE[3]: AMD. NVidia, Intel ...."
cb88 Member since:
2009-04-23

You seem a bit out of date on your info... Since AMD's compute platform *is* open... Raja Koduri even mentioned it specifically as a selling point in their 2017 financial analyst date presentations.
https://github.com/RadeonOpenCompute

While it isn't OpenCL 2+ yet... the compiler itself does support any syntax updates just not the API updates yet. They also have an open CUDA implementation there HCC.

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