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  • Early Mantle Results Support AMD's Low Power Strategy [View article]
    @asH9 I think you may be right and with INTC delaying all 14nm until next year if AMD is ready with mullins for the back-to-school product refreshes, there could be a very interesting 2H to this year. Temash already beats BT. Mullins should be in a class by itself in terms of gaming on tablets.
    Feb 19, 2014. 07:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Technology Proving Its Worth For Advanced Micro Devices [View article]
    @Meir you mean Quark? Okay. That's funny.
    Feb 19, 2014. 11:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Early Mantle Results Support AMD's Low Power Strategy [View article]
    @ash9 Mullins will be interesting if it really is that much more powerful than Temash at lower TDPs. It will be very hard to keep those out of Windows 8 tablets this year. MSFT management is dumb, but they aren't that dumb. The optimizations in Win 8.1 for AMD APUs proves that there is some movement happening.
    Feb 19, 2014. 11:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Early Mantle Results Support AMD's Low Power Strategy [View article]
    @ashH9 It's the Dell 8" tablet that was on sale last fall.... whatever the model is. It's a BT chip and it's been really buggy.
    Feb 19, 2014. 11:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Early Mantle Results Support AMD's Low Power Strategy [View article]
    @Fib, asH9 I like the price action this week. Pushing up against resistance with no backing down. Any forays below $3.68 are met with strong bids. We're going to get a pop to fill that gap soon. Good trading opportunity.
    Feb 19, 2014. 10:32 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Early Mantle Results Support AMD's Low Power Strategy [View article]
    @asH9 I can let you know. My wife has a dell venue pro 8. I haven't futzed with it much. But I can let you know.
    Feb 19, 2014. 10:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Technology Proving Its Worth For Advanced Micro Devices [View article]
    @Digi and how much of intel's is?

    Now, look at opex and capex requirements for Intel vs. AMD and this discussion changes considerably. It doesn't take long for a chip maker to be in real trouble if they don't perform. I expect Intel to not fight fair but frankly their market share where they are strong can only go down and at least one of those markets is shrinking due to both their and MSFT's unwillingness to shift with market demands quickly enough.
    Feb 19, 2014. 12:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Technology Proving Its Worth For Advanced Micro Devices [View article]
    @stock and @Digi ... and do not forget the 800 lb gorilla in the room now... ARM. Intel isn't even trying to compete with AMD at this point and AMD is shifting away from directly attacking Intel where they are strong. The fight has changed and defining it from that perspective is what I find fascinating. AMD is 'hittin' them where they ain't' right now to build long term relationships and revenue streams in the corners of the market where Intel is not focused.
    Feb 19, 2014. 12:23 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Technology Proving Its Worth For Advanced Micro Devices [View article]
    @TUCKEY AMD does. This is their show.
    Feb 18, 2014. 09:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • New Technology Proving Its Worth For Advanced Micro Devices [View article]
    @Digi Given how good those results are for GPGPU compute as OpenCL I would think that it is critical to the future.
    Feb 18, 2014. 09:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • New Technology Proving Its Worth For Advanced Micro Devices [View article]
    @Digi 1) Jaguar is agnostic to HSA. Kabini and Beema are not HSA compliant. There is a difference. HSA was planned for Jaguar but it didn't make it into the shipping product. Puma is simply the next stepping of Jaguar. There is nothing except money holding AMD back from building an HSA-compliant Jaguar derivative.
    1 of 2 options exists for 2016 and AMD's cores. They ditch big cores, as you would prefer and build an HSA-compliant version of Puma on 20nm, minimum 6 cores likely 8 that can operate at a peak of around 3GHz or they shrink Excavator down that low and pull off the same feat within 240mm2.

    The question is which one will operate better in the 8 to 15w envelope married to GCN 2.0 cores.

    There's too much smoke for me to believe that Sony did not implement HSA to some extent in the PS/4 APU.

    As for AMD's lead, I am talking about this marriage of the GPU and CPU as equal partners in dividing up the workload. Pursuing a programming model that does not treat the GPU as an equal will reach an arbitary performance barrier, no matter how good cache latencies, etc. are.

    You can't force parallelism in a vertical pipeline. That's why I'm bullish on AMD. They get that.
    Feb 18, 2014. 09:22 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Technology Proving Its Worth For Advanced Micro Devices [View article]
    @David I have a 7850k running in a mini-ITX box with a 120mm water cooler and a Corsair 650W PSU. 1 Tb hybrid HD and 8 gigs of Kingston Hyper-X 2400 MHz memory. Before anyone screams, it was .... wait for it.... $2 more than the 2133 MHz memory and .....$6 more than the 1866 MHz.

    And yes, without even trying the GPU O/Cs to 1.1 GHZ without a voltage change. There's a lot of room for performance to rise. But, yes, it is memory bandwidth constrained.
    Feb 18, 2014. 08:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • New Technology Proving Its Worth For Advanced Micro Devices [View article]
    @Digi I know what you were saying. And I fundamentally disagree. It is a strong value component because it is, like the platform, a more elegant solution to the problem. Could it be better? Yes. Of course Kaveri would be better with GDDR5.

    But, regardless 100 Khashs pool mining LTCs or FTCs at ~$0.50 to $0.70 per day is nothing to sneeze at for a $173 CPU/GPU combo.... and that's really $143 after BF4 is discounted. Will you get rich? No. Will it offset the running costs of your computer? Yes.

    And if memory bandwidth is your only complaint about Kaveri then semi-custom Berlins with fixed memory configurations and GDDR5 become a very compelling compute solution, don't you think?
    Feb 18, 2014. 08:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • New Technology Proving Its Worth For Advanced Micro Devices [View article]
    @Digi "If AMD is ever acquired by another company its x86 license goes *poof*."

    This is true but only in a technical sense. Unless Intel wants to destroy around $100 billion in its market cap they will do no such thing. If Intel were to press this in that situation AMD would not re-up INTC's X86-64 license which expires in in 2015 and that would be that. What is Intel going to do, go back to selling 32 bit CPUs? They don't own the very instruction set the world runs on now.

    Come on. Stop the sand-bagging of the technology. Yes, we don't .know. what enhancements HSA will bring to these applications, but if everyone's working on some version of it then guess what? Everyone needs it.

    The smoke is there so, tip-toeing around the lead AMD has technically is silly. They have it, the experience of building not just 1 (Kaveri) but 2 (Jaguar APUs for consoles) HSA-compliant cores married to excellent GPGPU cores with both DDR3 and GDDR5 memory interfaces and are developing the relationships now to fully leverage.

    Moreover, they have built a similar system to that of Haswell's Crystalwell so they know what the cost/benefit is of that solution for potential semi-custom customers who come knocking.

    To say that the others are developing in this space but then downplaying the efficacy of it is simply disingenuous. Moreover, the lead is both physical and experiential.

    Developers have been frothing at the mouth for the kinds of things that AMD has recently released and the results of what we've seen so far are nothing short of excellent. The only thing holding back this market is Intel's agressiveness in the consumer space where they looking even more ridiculous wrapping Bay Trails in a ten and a twenty and shipping them out to Dell.

    Intel is no less than 3 years behind AMD in this. Period. They don't have a working prototype to even begin testing no less tape out, etc. Knight's Landing is what? 2018?
    Feb 18, 2014. 07:51 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Technology Proving Its Worth For Advanced Micro Devices [View article]
    @Digihound I'm mining on my a10-7850k now while I type this and browse the web. Heck, I ran Word 2013 and Firefox to write this article with the miner running in the background doing 105kHashs/sec at stock 720MHz. That number goes up to 115 if I O/C. Perfectly acceptable results for 512 shaders. My R7 260x only does 200 or so. So, what's your point?

    The point being is that it's there chunking away in the background making me nickels while I can be productive enough to do my daily work without much of a hiccup.
    Feb 18, 2014. 05:58 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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