This Week in Geek: AMD and chill

We knew that AMD was working on new processors and new graphics cards. The RX480 was a nice addition to the graphics world but the company needed a high-end card to compete with Nvidia’s offering. Looks like it is going to be the RX 490 (pro). And of course… benchmarks leaked.

Tech

It was an AMD-heavy week in tech news. There were updates on the Zen processors, rumors about the new graphics cards. And of course there are some leaked benchmarks, just like the last time around.

Let’s start with AMD’s new driver tools. The ReLive drivers are a way for the tech company to catch up to the superior software that Nvidia provides in the form of Geforce Experience. The new software offers live streaming and recording support that rivals the tools from the green team.

The new drivers from AMD also showed a notable improvement in the temperature of AMD video cards. The cards are now managed by something the company calls Radeon Chill. The technique lowers the overproduction of frames and by limiting the output of the video card in scenes where you don’t move a lot with your mouse.

AMD Chill

Last but not least there were some rumors about the new AMD CPU platform called Zen. The release date seems to be end of this year or January of 2017. The stock price of AMD hit a six-year high this week even though it won’t beat the highest offerings from Intel by the looks of it. The fact that AMD is ‘competing’ with Intel again gives us a choice in platform, and that is always good.

Games

Another week, another sale. This time it is the turn for drm-free goodness from GOG.com. You’ll have to make up your mind pretty quick though. The sale ends after the weekend.

Gog.com

I also want to steer your attention to a post on the PCGamer website. It chronicles all the games that Blizzard has ever made. As you may have noticed, I am a Blizzard fan boy for creative reasons. I suck at playing their games but I love the way the company has created worlds and is supporting their games even years after they have stopped making money on them. Disclaimers aside.

Series & Movies

This week saw the release of “For the love of Spock” on Netflix. The movie was made by the son of Leonard Nimoy, Adam. He made the movie with the help of a crowdfunding campaign. It chronicles the career of his late father who is most famous for his role in the original Star Trek. You can watch it here.

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