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AMD's Kaveri solves age-old issue, promises faster on-die GPUs

By Rick · 23 replies
Apr 30, 2013
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  1. AMD has revealed more information regarding Kaveri: its upcoming 28nm Bulldozer-based APU. The company is touting Kaveri's heterogeneous system architecture -- a design which aims to greatly increase the performance output of on-die graphics cores. This technological achievement likely mark...

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  2. CUDA would be nice to have. Is there a reason why they can't implement this in their cards?
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Wow! I give AMD props for working on something so revolutionary (programming-wise). This will give Intel's L4 cache in the upcoming Haswell line a run for its money.
  4. bluebob951

    bluebob951 TS Member Posts: 57

    Cuda is a nvidia technology, why on earth would they ever put it in there cards...AMD uses there own technology...
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  5. Kaveri's CPU core is not Bulldozer but Steamroller, which is currently still in development and has about as much to do with Bulldozer as Intel's Haswell with Nehalem
  6. Rick

    Rick TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 4,512   +65

    My apologies. Updated for accuracy.
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    AMD has stream processors and nVidia has Cuda cores.
  8. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 886   +382

    back in the day the two architectures use to be quit different, now anymore there getting more similar to each other. As far as what the different cores can do both are about the same in technology.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,584   +5,140

    For some reason this line seems to be partially cropped. I'm using Opera 12.15 if thats any indication as to the issue. Has anyone else noticed this?
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  10. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Evangelist Posts: 360   +103

    Yep. On my IE 10 as well.
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  11. p3ngwin

    p3ngwin TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +9

    you're asking why Nvidia proprietary CUDA isn't available in AMD's products ?
  12. p3ngwin

    p3ngwin TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +9

    same here on the latest Firefox.
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  13. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 603   +110

    Simply wow...

    Something like this has to happen in order to push the already super fast AMD APUs to the performance comparable to mainstream discrete GPUs. If this happens nVidia will lose mainstream GPU segment as well and their only market would be top high end.
  14. No, we will keep needing more power. You think these crappy on die gpu's will push 2160P or 4k monitors? NOPE. It will be a while before you can hit 30fps in anything at 2560x1440+.

    There are still some games that hit below 30fps at 1080p with all the crap on with a GTX680.

    The next card I buy won't be able to do what I want (27in 1440p) unless I spend over $300 most likely. That won't come on your $100-200 amd cpu for quite a few more revs if they even live that long with 2B in debt, 1B in cash burning 1.18B/year. They are on track to do it again with their lost last week of 310mil (you have to count the 164mil sale/rental of austin land on top of the 146mil they lost - without that sale they'd show 310mil loss x 4=1.2B loss again). This is why in that call the CFO said they'll need a loan to make it past the end of the year. Simple math says this is not a lie. Who wants to keep throwing money at them to flush down the toilet forever? Loans will get tougher to get and at even higher interest than now. NOT GOOD for R&D. They cut 30% of their engineers and their drivers last year shows this. Enduro and runts/fcat issues, stutter etc...They don't have the money to do all this at once. It shows.
  15. Why would a video editor use an AMD card if the top editing softwares doesn't support or refer to these cards as an advantage in video editing. Every Nvidia cards has CUDA support. Is AMD's stream processing supported by these Editing software? I don't think so.
  16. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,482   +521

    Hate to be blunt here... But you are comparing oranges to bowling shoes. The APU is intended to fill the same slot as Intel's offerings with integrated graphics, to fill the low-end "bang for the buck" slot. And for increased efficiency / low power situations.

    If you need the graphics resolutions you are talking about... Well, that's why AMD has an entire line of discrete GPUs. It's fairly ridiculous to expect a modern APU to push those extreme resolutions, and even more ridiculous to use the fact that they can't against them. Considering their financials and all of those other numbers thrown out there, I'd say the fact that they were still able to come up with such a revolutionary approach to improving on-die efficiency says more about the company than the budget rant. This is the kind of technology AMD needs to keep them in the running, and maybe help push them into some positive revenues, which is nothing but good for the entire industry (by keeping a level of competition for Intel alive).

    But hey, if you wait long enough, I'm sure that eventually the on-die GPUs will be able to push those resolutions you mention. Of course, by then you'll probably be complaining because it can't push 16k resolutions at 120 fps... Welcome to the world of computers, where nothing is ever good enough.
  17. Wow would love to buy this :)
  18. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,609   +3,217

    To TechSpot web team -

    Once again last lines of the article are cut off. Your web developer must have messed up something with DIV heights. Please fix it. It manifests in the latest FireFox and Chrome.
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  19. havok585

    havok585 TS Addict Posts: 208   +65

    I canc confirm this. Firefox/Chrome/IE latest versions.
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,584   +5,140

    No response, why do we even bother trying to help?
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  21. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,609   +3,217

    Why do we even bother writing here at all? But then I look at my own Avatar and I remember why - I don't really care.
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  22. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 886   +382

    So counting in that there PC graphics and CPU sales will prob stay the same, possibly increase on the laptop side of things (though laptops are fading pretty fast), then add in that they are the major chip manufacturer for both major new consoles being released at the end of the year. I would say if AMD can stay afloat for the rest of 2013, which I see them being able to do with some decent management, then 2014 is looking like a good year for them, especially if steam roller really pushes the FX cpus up in performance they might compete better in the enthusiast market. Right now though its the simple fact that over the next 5 years some where along the lines of 100 million game consoles (or more) with AMD CPU's and GPU's will be sold, and there making money off each one.
  23. Rick

    Rick TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 4,512   +65

    Better late than never? The problem should be addressed now. :)
  24. Basically I don't care if Kaveri isn't as powerful as intels processors at the time of release, because I have paid a small fortune for an intel based pc and it barely performs that much better than my old intel pc did when using Blender 3d and other programs like 3d coat.

    Plus I have fallen out with intel and their processors because they are just not that powerful for the price you are paying, the only intel processors that actually are powerful enough are the Extreme processors and they are £1000 which is ridiculous plus they haven't gotten much better than generations ago either so basically, when you are buying an intel processor, all you are paying your money for is a rebranded chip with one or two minor changes which isn't fair and not worth the money. OH and before you say im actually an intel fan boy, but due to financial difficulties I have had to look else where because I just cant afford them any more plus the fact that im just not happy that there products are simply rebranded.

    and one more thing amds processors have increased dramatically with each release, are batter at multi tasking so using programms like blender you are better of with an amd processor, and they will definitely if every thing goes the way it is going catch up with intel, because amd is gaining on intel due to their ignorance in thinking their the best.

    although I wont be buying the kaveri processor, I am waiting for the successor to the FX brand which I hope amd brings out next year, that is of course there is an successor to the FX brand.

    How ever I just want to make it clear if I had the money I would buy an intel processor, its just that they are too expensive.

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