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Comment: I take two things from this. (Score 2) 98

The good: next year AMD start making APUs with HBM. The only thing that was holding back the iGPU was memory bandwidth. So, now they can put a 1024 shader GPU on the die and not have it starved by bandwidth. That will have interesting applications: powerful gaming laptops much cheaper than those with a discreet GPU and HPC (especially considering HSA applications)
The bad: this year AMD is only releasing one new GPU, Fiji. The rest are rebadges. And there is no new architecture. Even Fiji is making do with GCN 1.2

Comment: Fail (Score 2) 80

by edxwelch (#49688157) Attached to: Intel NUC5i7RYH Broadwell Mini PC With Iris Pro Graphics Tested

The selling point of the Iris Pro is that it should be able to play AAA games at medium presets, but it's crippled by the low TDP and other iGPUs thrash it in benchmarks.
But then you would expect it to be virtually silent, because of the low TDP, but it's actually quite noisy.
Then, there's the price. Iris Pro has always come with a high price, because eDRAM is expensive to manufacture. That's one of the reasons why the previous generation Iris Pro had so few design wins.

Comment: Re:Extrapolate? (Score 1) 166

by edxwelch (#49636539) Attached to: AMD Outlines Plans For Zen-Based Processors, First Due In 2016

I don't know why you were moded up.
Zen is 40% IPC greater than EXCAVATOR. The FX-8350 is bulldozer core. Since Bulldozer there has been 3 cores: Piledriver, Steamroller and Excavator (to be released this year).
Intel has in fact dropped the ball. They have not released a new desktop CPU in 2 years.

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