It took some time but its now available: the ASDK for GSS 3.x. Its the same that can be found in DS 6.9 but it has been recompiled with an updated version of NET. It now requires NET Framework 4.6.1 to be installed. The ADSK makes it possible to use VBScript via COM/web service interface to manage GSS or to write a different frontend in other languages. Its also possible to access the web service from a remote computer. A help file and examples are included in the ADSK. Note: at the moment the ASDK is released as is with no support.
The AM4 desktop platform is a long awaited refresh to replace the current AM3+ and FM2+ platform with
new chipsets that have USB 3.1 Gen1/Gen2 support and the support for DDR4 memory. The AM4 socket platform is the target for the current Bristol Ridge Desktop APUs and the upcoming Zen based CPUs and APUs.
Bristol Ridge for Desktops is a refreshed Excavator Core that was first released in Carrizo Mobile. Changes are: improved performance, support for DDR4 memory and several extended power saving mechanism.
AM4 platform for OEMs
The AM4 platform is currently only available to OEMs, e.g. HPs EliteDesk 705 G3 Series which we will cover a little bit. There is no support for Windows 8 or Windows 7 because of Microsoft’s support policy.
Update January 2017:
HP added Windows 7 Enterprise to the list of supported OS. This is a change to the Windows 10 only support policy earlier, the product documentation and the customer advisory was not updated to reflect this change.
There is also a new model 1AA87AW available that ships with Windows 7 Pro preinstalled. This is really good news as till now no other new CPU line (Apollo lake, Kaby Lake) comes with Windows 7 support.
In the history of Intel’s Developer Forum (IDF) AMD is always presenting new products close to the IDF in a hotel. This time AMD had a nice surprise because it was the first official demo of a Zen “Summit Ridge” Engineering Sample clocked at 3 GHz. Mark Papermaster revealed some new information about the Zen architecture. Also surprising was the comparison of the 8 Core Zen ES on the new AM4 platform with an Intel Broadwell-E CPU by using the Blender CPU Render Benchmark. The Zen ES finished the benchmark slightly faster than the Intel part. The 2nd chip that was presented was the 32 Core ZEN Server chip “Naples” in a two socket server mainboard.
For more technical information and slides check the link below.
Update: Hot Chips 2016
On 23th of August Michael Clark presented the Zen architecture with more technical details in his session “A New, High Performance x86 Core Design from AMD”. An audio record of this session is available on youtube – The AMD Zen Technical Briefing.
The cards are available from AMD (RX480 only) and partner of AMD with different cooling solutions, overclocked and silent BIOS features and different graphics output connectors.
Some of the availabe reviews are listed below. For the start Guru3d explains the new Polaris generation in
more detail in every review. Keep in mind that most of the benchmarks runs were not using the latest available crimson graphics driver, game patches and newer graphics APIs DirextX12/Vulkan when supported by the game/benchmark which means non optimal results. Vulkan like OpenGL works in the opposite of DX12 on Windows 10 on nearly all current operating systems including Windows 7 and Linux.
Symantec has just released the next update for the GSS 3.0: Hotfix 3. This is the continued development after the GA release in summer. The next GSS 3.1 release will be released in 2016. The Hotfix 3 contains not only fixes but for the first time new features.