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AMD Radeon Open-Source Workstation GPU Driver Gets 10 Percent Performance Bump – Tom's Hardware

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AMD has traditionally separated its Linux drivers into open-source and closed-source solutions, and the latter has outperformed the former for quite some time now. However, a new report from Phoronix reveals that the latest round of improvements to the RadeonSI workstation open-source graphics driver has resulted in a 10% performance uplift.
The Linux Application Programming Interface (API) world is widely dominated by the newest members, Vulkan and OpenCL. However, when it comes to some serious workstation-grade software, the good ‘ol OpenGL API comes into play. AMD has a closed-source Radeon driver for OpenGL applications, and it provides the best possible performance for Radeon cards. However, developers have been working on improving its open-source equivalent.
Called the RadeonSI driver, it’s part of the Mesa driver collection of open-source GPU drivers. Its performance has lagged the AMD’s Radeon Pro driver for workstation-grade software and hardware, but that has now been fixed with the latest updates.
The latest round of driver patches is due for Mesa version 21.3, scheduled for release next quarter. The new code has already been tested with a popular benchmark, SPECViewPerf Siemens NX, and the new driver delivers as much as 10% more performance than the older revision. This is a great sign of progression, achieved by adding 379 lines of new code and removing 461 lines of the older codebase.
This shows us that the open-source driver work is now on pace to catch up with the closed-source AMDGPU-PRO OpenGL workstation driver. However, it doesn’t mean that AMD will abandon the development of the proprietary solution. It just means that the open driver is now more up to par with what AMD offers in closed form, and it could reach a point of overtaking the proprietary solution. AMD, of course, works with a multitude of clients, so support for the closed solution will likely last for a very long time.
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Intel’s Flagship ARC Alchemist Gaming Graphics Card With 32 Xe Cores Spotted: On Par With NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti, Up To 2.1 GHz Clocks – Wccftech

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A brand new entry of Intel’s flagship ARC Alchemist Gaming graphics card has been spotted within the SiSoftware Sandra database.
The Intel ARC Alchemist graphics cards for desktop PCs are scheduled for a launch in the coming months. Despite being so close to launch, Intel hasn’t shared a lot of info regarding product specs, names, and performance although they had several opportunities to do so with the most recent one being CES 2022. Instead, Intel decided to announce that 50+ desktop and notebook systems from its partners will be ready for launch.
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With that said, a brand new entry of Intel’s flagship ARC Alchemist graphics card based on the Xe-HPG architecture has been leaked within the SiSoftware Sandra database. The new entry is for the 32 Xe SKU (DG2-512) which features 4096 ALUs and a clock speed of up to 2.10 GHz. There’s also 4 MB of L2 cache and the GPU most likely features 16 GB of GDDR6 memory configured along a 256-bit wide bus interface. It’s easy to tell that this is still an engineering sample considering that it has no official branding attached to it whereas the ARC A380 has already shown up in SANDRA with its naming scheme.
As for performance, the Intel ARC Alchemist flagship graphics card scored up to 9017 Mpix/s which is slightly above the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti that scored 8369.51 Mpix/s. The AMD Radeon RX 6800 scores 10,607.29 Mpix/s in the same benchmark while the Radeon RX 6700 XT scores 7910.91 Mpix/s. The Intel ARC A380 scored 2956.10 Mpix/s. So we know that the flagship is over 3 times more powerful than the entry-level DG2-128 graphics card which should be correct considering it packs 4 times more cores.
Here’s Everything We Know About Intel’s ARC Alchemist Graphics Lineup
Intel will have at least three configurations of ARC Alchemist GPUs ready for launch in Q1 2022. These will include two configurations based on the top 512 EU die and one configuration based on the 128 EU die. Although there are more GPU configs that we have seen in leaks, it looks like those may be used in future products though that cannot be confirmed. So let’s start with the top-end configuration.
Intel Xe-HPG 512 EU ARC Alchemist Graphics Card
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The top Alchemist 512 EU (32 Xe Cores) variant has just one configuration listed so far and that utilizes the full die with 4096 cores, 256-bit bus interface, and up to 16 GB GDDR6 memory featuring a 16 Gbps clock though 18 Gbps cannot be ruled out as per the rumor.
The Alchemist 512 EU chip is expected to measure at around 396mm2 which makes it bigger than the AMD RDNA 2 and NVIDIA Ampere offerings. The Alchemist -512 GPU will come in the BGA-2660 package which measures 37.5mm x 43mm. NVIDIA’s Ampere GA104 measures 392mm2 which means that the flagship Alchemist chip is comparable in size while the Navi 22 GPU measures 336mm2 or around 60mm2 less. This isn’t the final die size of the chip but it should be very close.
NVIDIA packs in tensor cores and much bigger RT/FP32 cores in its chips while AMD RDNA 2 chips pack a single ray accelerator unit per CU and Infinity Cache. Intel will also have dedicated hardware onboard its Alchemist GPUs for Raytracing & AI-assisted super-sampling tech.
The Xe-HPG Alchemist 512 EU chip is suggested to feature clocks of around 2.2 – 2.5 GHz though we don’t know if these are the average clocks or the maximum boost clocks. Let’s assume that it’s the max clock speed and in that case, the card would deliver up to 18.5 TFLOPs FP32 compute which is  40% more than the RX 6700 XT but 9% lower than the NVIDIA RTX 3070.
Also, it is stated that Intel’s initial TDP target was 225-250W but that’s been upped to around 275W now. We can expect a 300W variant with dual 8-pin connectors too if Intel wants to push its clocks even further. In either case, we can expect the final model to rock an 8+6 pin connector config, The reference model is also going to look very much like the drone marketing shot Intel put out during the ARC branding reveal. That reference design was leaked a while back by MLID too. There’re also talks about a custom lineup being worked upon by Intel’s AIB partners.
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Get this HP gaming PC for only $550 while stock lasts – Digital Trends

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Gamers who are planning to buy a new machine shouldn’t settle for regular desktop computer deals, as some of these PCs won’t be able to meet the strict requirements of today’s games. To avoid disappointments, you should instead invest in gaming PC deals, which currently include HP’s $100 discount for the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop that brings its price down to just $550, from its original price of $650.

The HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, like the best gaming desktops, combines performance and style in a package that will fulfill the needs of most gamers. The sleek design of the gaming PC comes with customizable LED lights, which you can adjust depending on your preference. The computer also comes with a robust power supply that keeps it ready for any component upgrades, and a thermal system that keeps it cool and quiet even while you play games at the highest settings.
In Digital Trends’ guide on how to buy a gaming desktop, your decision starts with the processor. You won’t be let down by the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, which is equipped with the AMD Ryzen 3 processor alongside the AMD Radeon RX 5500 graphics card and 8GB of RAM. With Windows 11 Home pre-installed, you’ll be able to install and play today’s games as soon as you set up the gaming PC with your monitor and other accessories.
For an affordable gaming PC that will be able to run the latest games, you can’t go wrong with the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop. It’s an even better option because of HP’s $100 discount, which brings its price down to just $550 from its original price of $650. Stocks could run out at any moment though, so if you’re already looking forward to playing your favorite titles on the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, don’t hold yourself back. Click that Buy Now button as soon as you can.

You surely won’t regret going for the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop as your next gaming PC, but if you want to check out other options for comparison’s sake, we’ve got your back. Here are some of the best gaming PC deals that you can shop right now, so you won’t have to go anywhere else.
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Stray Will Be Released On PlayStation And PC In Early 2022 – Lowyat.NET

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Little was known about the indie title called Stray, besides the fact that you play a cat. The first, and last time we saw anything about the game was back in 2020, during a PS5 games showcase. The developers at BlueTwelve Studio have since released a new gameplay trailer, during the Annapurna Interactive publisher showcase.
The memes about Stray being a cat simulator were partially accurate, based on the new trailer. For the most part, you do play the game as a regular cat. An injured kitten, separated from your family, as the trailer describes. You traverse the gameplay areas with feline agility, and solve puzzles using typical cat mischief, which involves breaking stuff along the way.
Stray becomes more typical video game-like a little later, once you encounter your friendly robot sidekick, fittingly named B12. You then gain the ability to “talk” to the strange android-like inhabitants of this unfamiliar world. But to keep the fact that you play as a cat in focus, you still get to pull typical feline mischief, like scratching on furniture, and rub up against the legs of some of the robots.
Stray
You can check out the four-and-a-half minute trailer for yourself. While the game was first slated to be released sometime this year, BlueTwelve has announced that it is pushing the release of Stray back to early 2022. And while it was first shown as part of the PS5 game showcase, the game will also be available for the PS4 and PC.
(Source: Annapurna Interactive / YouTube)
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