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AMD Shoots for High-Octane 1080P Gaming with the Radeon RX 5500 XT

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AMD shoots for high-octane 1080P gaming as the company announces its latest Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card that harnesses the power of its RDNA gaming architecture. The Radeon RX 5500 XT comes with up to 8GB of memory, as well as innovative features present in the latest AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition to deliver a feature-packed gaming experience to the masses.

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT is the latest addition to the company’s Radeon RX 5500 series of graphics cards. It’s optimized to deliver high performance gaming in 1080p AAA and eSports titles. Built on industry-leading 7nm process technology, supporting high-bandwidth PCIe® 4.0 technology and available with either 4GB or 8GB of high-speed GDDR6 memory, it’s set to deliver up to 13 percent faster performance on average in today’s AAA games compared to the competition. 60+FPS in select AAA games and up to 90+ FPS in esports titles are the numbers to remember.

 “Today more than 64 percent of gamers play at 1080p, and they expect high framerates with high-fidelity graphics, low latency and fully immersive gaming experiences,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. “We designed the AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 XT graphics card with these gamers in mind, bringing the horsepower and power efficiency of AMD RDNA graphics architecture at an accessible price so gamers everywhere can enjoy blistering framerates and crisp visuals in their favorite titles.”

With the latest RDNA architecture, the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics cards can deliver incredible performance and power efficiency. Coupled with the new features in the AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020, you’ll get plenty of value for your money as well.
AMD RDNA Architecture – Built from the ground up for superior performance, scalability and power efficiency, and designed to power the future of gaming, AMD RDNA gaming architecture provides up to 1.6X higher gaming performance-per-watt than Radeon™ graphics cards based on the prior-generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture .
AMD Radeon™ Anti-Lag  – AMD Radeon Anti-Lag significantly decreases input-to-display response times, including making Overwatch up to 22 percent more responsive  and offering a competitive edge in gameplay.
AMD Radeon™ Boost  – Delivers up to a 20 percent performance boost during fast-motion gaming scenarios in PUBG by dynamically reducing image resolution, increasing framerates and fluidity, and bolstering responsiveness with little to no perceptible change in image quality .
AMD Radeon™ Image Sharpening (RIS)  – Brings crispness and clarity to in-game visuals that have been softened by upscaling and post-process effects in DirectX® 9, 11, 12 and Vulkan® titles. When paired with Radeon™ GPU upscaling, RIS enables sharp visuals and fluid frame rates on high-resolution displays.
AMD FidelityFX – An open-source toolkit for game developers making it easier for them to add high-quality post-process effects that make games look beautiful while offering the optimal balance of visual fidelity and performance. Available on GPUOpen, FidelityFX features Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening (CAS), which draws out detail in low-contrast areas while minimizing artifacts caused by typical image sharpening routines.
Largest gaming display ecosystem  – With over 900 certified monitors to choose from12, gamers can enjoy stutter-free, tear-free gameplay with AMD Radeon FreeSync™  and Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology .

AMD Radeon™ Raise the Game Bundle

As an icing on the cake, the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU is also part of the company’s Raise the Game bundle that nets you Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition together with three months of complimentary access to Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Pricing and Availability

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT is now available today from board partners including ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire, and XFX, and it comes with an SEP starting at $169USD.

Oh, and we're almost done with our review. So do stay tuned!

AMD Radeon Professional GPUs Power the Apple Mac Pro

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AMD has just announced that its powerful new AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700X GPU is a configuration option in the latest Apple Mac Pro, adding to the previously released ultra-high performance AMD Radeon™ Pro Vega II and AMD Radeon™ Pro 580X GPUs. The AMD Radeon Pro W5700X GPU is designed to help Mac Pro users cut through all types of professional visual content creation workloads with ease.

Image: AMD

Built on advanced AMD RDNA architecture optimized for performance, scalability and power efficiency, AMD Radeon Pro W5700X GPUs provide workstation-class performance for rendering, 8K video playback, video editing and effects, and computationally intensive tasks.

“The new Apple Mac Pro provides professionals with leadership levels of performance and memory bandwidth to power high-end creative applications,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. “With multiple advanced AMD Radeon Pro GPUs to choose from, customers can select the best Mac Pro configuration to tackle the heaviest of workloads, unleash creativity and increase productivity.”

Enabled by industry-leading 7nm process technology, high-bandwidth GDDR6 memory and high-performance, energy-efficient AMD RDNA architecture, AMD Radeon Pro W5700X GPUs provide cutting-edge performance creative professionals can rely on for all types of computationally demanding projects. Key capabilities and features include:

Exceptional compute performance – Equipped with 40 compute units, the AMD Radeon Pro W5700X GPU delivers up to 9.5 TFLOPS of theoretical single-precision (FP32) floating point performance.
AMD RDNA architecture – AMD RDNA architecture enables AMD Radeon Pro W5700X GPUs to deliver exceptional performance matched with remarkable power efficiency.
Advanced GDDR6 Memory – Up to 32GB of advanced GDDR6 memory with up to 448 GB/s bandwidth provides ultra-fast transfer speeds to power data-intensive professional applications.

Transcend Unveils the High-Speed JetFlash 910 USB Flash Drive

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Transcend Information Inc. (Transcend®), a leading manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, is proud to present the market-redefining JetFlash 910, a USB flash drive that packs incredible performance and endurance into a compact USB form factor. The flash drive utilizes the latest 3D NAND technology for up to 420MB/s and 400MB/s read and write speeds and an excellent endurance level of 3,000 P/E cycles - the equivalent of MLC NAND flash. With capacities up to 256GB, the JetFlash 910 is ideal for storing a trove of 4K videos and high-resolution images, transferring them in a flash. Housed in lightweight aluminum with a sandblasted finish for extra durability and a sleek look, the JetFlash 910 takes the USB storage experience to a brand new level.

Durable inside and out
At 10 times the lifespan of a regular TLC flash drive, the JetFlash 910 offers superior and persistent protection of key data, making it great everyday carry for work and life. Having a high endurance rating also makes the JetFlash 910 well-suited for write-intensive applications, such as dashcams or surveillance systems. The aluminum metallic housing makes the USB flash drive less prone to wear, while gracing it with an extra touch of sleekness.

Solid state performance in the USB form
Transcend's JetFlash 910, equipped with the USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface, can achieve blazing-fast transfer rates of up to 420MB/s. This means that files as large as 4GB will transfer in less than 15 seconds. The JetFlash 910 comes pre-formatted in the FAT32 file format for optimum compatibility, and in capacities up to 256GB, making it ideal for storing large quantities of high-resolution images and 4K or 8K videos.

Value-Added Transcend Elite Software and App
Transcend Elite is an advanced data management software package compatible with Windows OS, macOS, and Android. A free download from Transcend's official website, Transcend Elite features backup and restore, data encryption, and cloud backup functions.

Warranty
Transcend's JetFlash 910 USB flash drive is offered in 128GB and 256GB capacities and backed by Transcend's Five-year Limited Warranty.

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Brings a Strong Set of Features and Improvements

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AMD has just stepped up its software game with the announcement of the AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition. The new software suite for AMD Radeon graphics delivers a beautiful set of features and capabilities, new and improved for gamers, creators and enthusiasts alike.


The new Adrenalin 2020 Edition features an overhaul on the Red Team’s gaming application. It includes the new Radeon Boost feature for enhanced performance and fluidity to fast-motion gameplay, new Integer Display Scaling technology that enhances classic games to fit for modern displays, and significant enhancements to AMD Link.


 “With each Radeon™ Software release, we laser-focus on bringing innovative features gamers demand, significant performance improvements, and the ultimate in software stability and reliability,” said Andrej Zdravkovic, corporate vice president of software development at AMD. “AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition takes gaming on Radeon™ graphics to the next level with breathtaking visual quality, faster performance, and a host of unique, must-have features that dramatically improve the overall user experience.”


You can access full software functionality even while you’re playing your games, and with new user profiles you’ll get instant one-click presets for a quick and easy optimization.


With a new Game Center, users will have a centralized location for their games regardless of the platform, be it on Steam, Origin, Epic Games, and so forth.


There’s also a new integrated web browser so you can look up FAQs, walkthroughs, video tutorials, and so much more without having to alt+tab out of the game you’re currently playing.


New and Enhanced Features

Radeon Boost – Radeon Boost is an interesting feature that comes along with Adrenalin 2020. It delivers a performance boost during fast-motion scenarios by dynamically reducing image resolution to increase framerates and fluidity with little to no perceptible changes in image quality. Basically, in fast-motion games like Overwatch, the resolution scales down to deliver more performance without tanking so much in quality.

AMD Link – AMD Link sees an updated interface that matches the new application’s look and feel. This feature lets you stream your games to your mobile devices anywhere you are. Just make sure you’ve got a high-speed and stable internet connection.

Integer Display Scaling – Integer Display Scaling scales up on-screen images from one pixel to four or more to give classic games a retro-pixel art style look with ultra-crisp scaling options for high-PPI displays without a performance penalty.

DirectML Media Filters – Visual noise reduction and upscaling filters make use of machine learning to clean up photo and video files, delivering better quality than traditional de-noise and upscale filters.

Radeon Image Sharpening and Radeon Anti-Lag – Radeon Image Sharpening and Radeon Anti-Lag comes to DirectX 11 games, and even now comes with adjustment levels for you to fine tune your preference in sharpness. Anti-Lag also adds support for DirectX 9 titles on pre-Radeon RX 5500 series graphics cards.

Availability
AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition is available now from www.amd.com/en/support. You can now try it out for yourself…

TerraMaster Prepares Exciting Product Showcase for CES 2020

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TerraMaster, a professional brand that specializes in providing innovative storage products, including network attached storage and direct attached storage, is thrilled to invite everyone to its Consumer Electronic Show (CES) showcase in las Vegas, Nevada, USA this coming January 7-10, 2020 at Hall Sands A-D Booth #41473. TerraMaster will be showcasing its great products including the latest TOS 4.1 operating system, its cost-effective 10GbE NAS solution and plenty of Thunderbolt storage solutions including the 16-bay D16 Thunderbolt3.

The Latest and Greatest: TOS 4.1
TerraMaster will be showcasing its amazing product lineup during CES 2020. TerraMaster prides itself in its various solutions that scale from entry-level, all the way to specialized, professional solutions. United by a robust operating system that is TOS 4.1, TerraMaster makes it easy to scale from their small NAS storage all the way to multi-bay solutions, making it an easy option for business that want a storage partner than can scale with their business as well as SOHO and power users.

TOS 4.1 combines features and security updates to make TerraMaster NAS and storage solutions robust and feature rich. Back up your data, manage your file server, and optimize your sharing services in an intuitive, simple, and user-friendly way. The operating system includes a complex of application software, with rich application content, potent multimedia services, and numerous ways to back up your data.

Solutions for Every Partner
Whether you need large capacity storage for a reasonable price or high-performance attached storage for demanding applications, TerraMaster has you covered. TerraMaster’s Thunderbolt solutions offer extensive options for the needs of highly specialized professionals that demand performance and quality above all else, TerraMaster’s D16 Thunderbolt3 is the ultimate in RAID storage solutions for professionals featuring support for up to 16 drives and able to daisy-chain to other Thunderbolt 3 systems make this product ready to take on any scale of production.

For SMEs, TerraMaster’s F5-422 offers an excellent solution for size and speed with support for 10GbE LAN allowing this NAS to serve up data at the fastest link possible to avoid bottlenecking your workflow. Fully secure and highly secure, the Terramaster F5-422 offers a compelling option at its target price range.

Join TerraMaster at CES 2020!
Where: CES 2020 - Las Vegas, Nevada, Hall No., Sands A-D, Booth #41473
When: January 7-10, 2020
Join us and see how TerraMaster can help you!

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G + Vega 11 Review

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AMD dished out a pretty impressive product launch with the 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs and the Radeon RX 5000 Series. Those are great and all, but their price tags aren’t anything to scoff at if you’re looking to just start out on PC gaming, or you don’t have the budget yet to dabble further in that art. Good thing to note, AMD also introduced its Ryzen 5 3400G APU to get you kickstarted into PC gaming. And yeah, it’s what we’re going to look at today.

Ryzen 5 3400G Technical Specifications:
  • Number of Cores: 4
  • Number of Threads: 8
  • Number of GPU Cores: 11
  • Graphics Model: Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics
  • Graphics Frequency: 1400MHz
  • Base Clock: 3.7GHz
  • Max Boost Clock: Up to 4.2GHz
  • Total L1 Cache: 384KB
  • Total L2 Cache: 2MB
  • Total L3 Cache: 4MB
  • TDP: 65W

 

PERFORMANCE

TEST SYSTEM SETUP

Motherboard: GIGABYTE AB350M-DH3
CPU: AMD RYZEN 5 3400G
GPU: AMD Radeon Vega 11 Graphics
RAM: ZADAK 16GB DDR4 RAM 2400 MHz
Cooler: Noctua NH-U12A
Storage: Plextor M9e 512GB M.2 SSD + Seagate BarraCuda 4TB + 2TB Western Digital Green HDD
PSU: EVGA 500 BV, 80+ BRONZE 500W
Case: DEEPCOOL TESSERACT
OS: Windows 10 Pro N

CINEBENCH

MAXON's CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that tests out a computer's performance capabilities. The Cinebench Release 20 features overall advancements to CPU and rendering technology in recent years for a more accurate measurement of Cinema 4D’s ability to take advantage of multiple CPU cores and modern processor features available to the average user.


3DMark Time Spy

3DMark Time Spy is a DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spy is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built the right way from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With its Extreme counterpart rendering visuals in 4K.



3DMark Firestrike

Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark for modern gaming PCs. Its ambitious real-time graphics are rendered with detail and complexity far beyond other DirectX 11 benchmarks and games. With Extreme and Ultra versions raising resolution in 25650 x 1440 and 4K.

Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV from Square Enix is one of the most graphically intensive games to date, offering rich details and beautiful visuals to boot. Our test run involves a run on the great wilderness from Hammerhead to the road ahead.

Settings:
Framerate: 120fps
Resolution: 100%
Preset: Highest
Assets: On
Model LOD: High
TRAM: Highest
Anisotropic Filtering: High
Geomapping: On
Lighting: High
Shadows: Highest
Ambient Occlusion: High
Anti-aliasing: TAA
Motion Blur: On
Filtering: Highest
NVIDIA Hairworks: Off
NVIDIA VXAO: Off
NVIDIA TurfEffects: Off
NVIDIA ShadowLibs: Off



The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 despite its age is still one of the most demanding titles as it holds up graphically. Our test is done on Mulbrydale.

Settings:
VSync: Off
FPS: Unlimited
NVIDIA Hairworks: Off
Number of Background Characters: Ultra
Shadow Quality: Ultra
Terrain Quality: Ultra
Water Quality: Ultra
Grass Density: Ultra
Texture Quality: Ultra
Foliage Visibility Range: Ultra
Detail Level: Ultra
Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
Depth of Field: On
Chromatic Abberation: On
Vignetting: On
Light Shafts: On



Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers

The Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers official benchmark tool uses actual maps and playable characters to assign a score to your PC and rate its performance. A character creation tool is also included, allowing you to view a playable character as they will appear in-game.

Settings:
Graphics Settings: Maximum Preset
Real-time Reflections: Maximum
Anti-aliasing: FXAA
Transparent Lighting Quality: High
Grass Quality: High
Parallax Occlusion: High
Tessellation: High
Glare: Standard
Texture Filtering: Anisotropic x16


CONCLUSION


The Ryzen 5 3400G serves as a splendid entry point in PC gaming, and much more so with AMD’s AM4 platform as it opens you up to a sweet product roadmap without the lockout from future products for a couple of years more. Going back to the Ryzen 5 3400G, it easily offers amazing value for your money compared to the competition with its integrated graphics. AMD also throws in 3 months of Xbox Game Pass to drive up its value further.

As we’re seeing here, the Ryzen 5 3400G can be had for the sweet price of Php7,795 and the Ryzen 3 3200G for Php5,295. That’s a Php2,500 difference. While the Ryzen 3 3200G can still offer great value for your money, you’ll be missing out on multithreading and higher clock speeds.

This will also open you up to some small form factor build projects and mini-ITX builds that will require some GPU muscle. You’ll get plenty of creative options without missing out big time on gaming performance.

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Lenovo Legion of Champions to See Bahamut Gaming Represent Philippines in Bangkok

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After a day filled with intense PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) action held recently at the SM Megamall Activity Center, Bahamut Gaming emerged victorious from the Philippine qualifying tournament and won the right to represent the country in the upcoming Lenovo Legion of Champions (LoC) IV at Pantip Pratunam Mall in Bangkok, Thailand from December 12-15, 2019.

Consisting of Mark Myles “Shrykos” Chin, Mark Gerald “Ryujin” Licanto, Brandenn “BMG_Rui” Buenviaje, and Larry “ShinRyuji” Yoro, Bahamut Gaming bested 47 other teams during the Philippine LoC qualifying tournament.
Aside from representing the Philippines in LoC IV, the team also won a cash prize of USD 1000.
“The Legion of Champions tournament is Lenovo’s testament to foster the gaming community, both here in the Philippines and in the entire APAC region. Truly, the rise of the competitive gaming scene can no longer be ignored, and Lenovo is thrilled that the event has been steadily growing ever since it started. As the gaming phenomenon further develops, rest assured that Lenovo Legion and the LoC will continue to provide eSports teams a competitive platform where they can enhance and hone their skills,” said Michael Ngan, General Manager, Lenovo Philippines.
Now in its fourth series, the Legion of Champions comes back bigger and better featuring the two new crowd-favorite games in its fold: PUBG and CS:GO. In addition, teams from 12 markets in the region, now including Australia and New Zealand, will be battling it out for glory.
Local champions and grand finalists will be competing for a total combined prize pool of USD$89,100 (approximately PhP 4.51 million). At the end of the competition, the team winning the PUBG tournament will walk away with USD$4,000 and USD$10,000 worth of Legion devices, while the winners of CS:GO will go home with USD$5,000 and USD$12,500 worth of Legion devices.
For a recap of the LoC IV Philippine qualifying tournament, visit Lenovo’s official Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/lenovophilippines/ and https://www.facebook.com/LegionPH/.