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AMD Radeon Software can overclock your Ryzen CPU now, too

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The latest version of Radeon Software adds an unusual (and welcome) new twist: The ability to automatically overclock your Ryzen processor if you're rocking an all-AMD gaming desktop. Yes, your GPU software can speed up your CPU now, too--and it can do it all with a single click. The addition might not come as a surprise if you've been paying close attention to AMD's behavior over the past year. Now that Ryzen bests Intel processors and Radeon graphics cards go blow-for-blow with Nvidia's top GPUs, gamers can get no-compromises performance from an all-AMD rig for the first time in many years--and AMD has been working hard to strengthen the ties between the two product lineups. Smart Access Memory grants your Ryzen CPU full access to your Radeon GPU's memory, while Smart Shift technology lets laptops with a Ryzen/Radeon combo intelligently shift more power to either component when it's needed for faster performance.


AMD reloads: Sapphire Nitro Radeon RX 6650 XT, 6750 XT, 6950 XT Pure review

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The Sapphire Nitro Pure Radeon RX 6950 XT is a cool, quiet, gorgeous beast pushed even further by AMD's Smart Access Memory and Radeon Super Resolution features--if you can afford it, fit it in your case, and feed its deep thirst for power. After two long, bleak years of heartbreak, graphics cards are finally starting to become available at suggested prices (sometimes), right as Intel winds up to deliver its debut Arc discrete desktop graphics cards this summer. The winds of change are finally blowing, and AMD decided this is the perfect time to roll out a "refresh" of several Radeon RX 6000-series graphics cards. Each sports the same underlying GPU specs as their vanilla counterparts (the Radeon RX 6600 XT, 6700 XT, and 6900 XT, respectively), but with faster memory and both clock speeds and power draw juiced. Is that enough to jockey AMD's latest offerings into pole positions on our roundup of the best graphics cards and justify their higher price tags? To find out, we look to Sapphire's swanky Nitro versions of each model--including the stunning new whited-out Nitro "Pure" Radeon RX 6950 XT, a premium piece of kit that aims to take down Nvidia's vaunted RTX 3090. Editor's note: Our content system only allows for one scored review per article. The Nitro Radeon RX 6650 XT and Nitro 6750 XT would get 3.5 stars--3 for AMD's underlying GPU performance, and an extra half star for Sapphire's sublime Nitro design and implementation.


Latest Radeon Software driver makes it easy to report bugs to AMD

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After unleashing the "RDNA"-based Radeon RX 5000-series late last year, AMD has spent a good chunk of 2020 ironing out the kinks that come with an all-new graphics architecture. AMD released a big bug-stomping driver in February after the press amplified community complaints, then spent the last several months diligently plugging away at remaining issues. And the newest Radeon driver makes it easier than ever to report graphics card woes directly to AMD. Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.7.1 integrates a new standalone bug-reporting utility that "has been designed to automatically capture users' system hardware and software configurations," per AMD representatives. "Users need only provide a simple description of the issue, along with any media attachment they may wish to include, such as an image, video or link."


Ridiculous! This $165 8GB Radeon RX 580 is one of the best graphics card deals in a long time

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Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. Just when you thought the graphics card deals couldn't get any better, Newegg is selling an 8GB MSI AMD Radeon RX 580 for $165Remove non-product link after the checkout code EMCEERY39 and a $20 mail in rebate. That's an incredible price well below the pre-Black Friday RX 580 sale prices of $200 to $220, and it's nearly half of the $300 or so for a Radeon RX 590--the newly crowned 1080p gaming champ. The checkout code is from Newegg's daily mailer so you may need to sign-up for Newegg's email to get the deal.


Today only, get an 8GB Radeon RX 580 under $300 for the first time in a long time

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Graphics card prices are finally coming back down to Earth. The costly GPU crisis isn't over yet, but things are getting better. Case in point: today, you can get an 8GB Asus Radeon RX 580 for $290 after rebate from Newegg. This is the first time in a long time that the 8GB version of the card has dipped below $300. Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, Amazon is offering the card at the same $290 price after rebate.