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  1. AMD won’t stop loading up Ryzen CPUs with even more cores Next mainstream flagship processor to have 32-cores? (Image credit: Future) How many CPU cores is too many? That’s a tricky question with no straightforward answer, but whatever your view might be on the subject, AMD isn’t about to stop upping the ante when it comes to loading up mainstream Ryzen processors with more cores. This comes from AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster, who was interviewed by Tom’s Hardware and questioned on a number of issues, including whether continuing to push core counts hard makes sense. Of course, the freshly released Ryzen 9 3950X already introduced 16-cores to the mainstream space – albeit that’s the top-end for consumers, of course – but isn’t 16-cores enough? Is doubling that up again simply making a big core count (“moar cores!”) statement that’s just for the sake of it, and more about marketing and selling chips, than it is about actual usefulness to PCs in the real world on a consumer level? Absolutely not according to Papermaster. When he was asked whether it made sense to push forward with a 32-core Ryzen CPU aimed at mainstream users, he replied: “I don’t see in the mainstream space any imminent barrier, and here's why: It's just a catch-up time for software to leverage the multi-core approach. But we're over that hurdle, now more and more applications can take advantage of multi-core and multi-threading.” He added: “In the near term, I don’t see a saturation point for cores. You have to be very thoughtful when you add cores because you don’t want to add it before the application can take advantage of it. As long as you keep that balance, I think we'll continue to see that trend.” So there’s no saturation point for cores coming in the near future, with the balance roughly being kept between software needs and hardware capabilities – which would seem to indicate that we can expect a 32-core consumer Ryzen CPU before too long (given that 64-cores is the point AMD has now reached with its Epyc server processors). Naturally, the argument about how many cores a consumer chip needs really depends on what the user is doing with their PC, and what sort of software applications are being employed. Chicken-and-egg One of the key points in successfully moving forward is having software that's written and optimized to work well on these many-core CPUs – but at the same time, the silicon needs to exist before that will happen, in a kind of chicken-and-egg situation. So you can certainly argue that it’s good to see AMD driving forward with these sort of beast CPUs to encourage developers in that respect. That said, for the average user and the software they might run, or games they might play, do they really need a 32-core mainstream chip? Probably not, realistically, but then as these sort of chips proliferate, the same argument as for software development holds true for game devs being encouraged to push forward and utilize these hardware resources. And those who are gaming and streaming (and maybe running other tasks too), for example, will doubtless benefit from such beefy CPUs. In the rival camp, Intel has (unsurprisingly) argued against the need for processors bristling with cores in gaming, with the company’s chief performance strategist Ryan Shrout recently observing that “8-cores is the optimal spot for performance scaling in modern PC gaming”, and that “clock speed is what feeds the hungry primary threads of game engines today!” Indeed, whispers on the CPU grapevine indicate that Intel is actually heading in the other direction than AMD with cores, with its 11th-gen Rocket Lake-S desktop processors rumored to drop to 8-cores, from 10-cores with 10th-gen Comet Lake-S (which launches next year on desktop). Rocket Lake will be the last of Intel’s processors to be built on its existing 14nm process, with the company then shifting to 7nm (although by that time, AMD may have already transitioned to 5nm going by a report we highlighted earlier today). Source: AMD won’t stop loading up Ryzen CPUs with even more cores (TechRadar)
  2. Most Europeans now prefer AMD CPUs as sentiment turns against Intel Looking at the future purchase intentions of European tech enthusiasts (Image credit: Future) AMD’s CPUs are again winning big against Intel, not just in current sales, as we’ve previously seen, but also sentiment in terms of future processor purchases that consumers might make, at least according to a new report. The survey from the European Hardware Association (EHA) canvassed the opinions of tech enthusiasts across Europe (specifically folks who read EHA publications), and found that they “expressed a distinct preference when asked about the next desktop processor that they would buy, with over 60% choosing AMD”. Obviously that leaves 40% in the Intel camp. This is a big change from last year, when the picture was reversed, and 60% preferred Intel. It shows the major impact that Ryzen 3000 processors have had in 2019, grabbing a huge slice of the desktop enthusiast CPU pie as we’ve seen in various different stats and reports that have emerged throughout this year. Another way to look at this is that AMD has gained 50% more supporters in the last year, which is a huge leap, without a doubt. EHA chairman Koen Crijns noted: “The last three years has seen AMD gain a lot of momentum in the enthusiast segment. With the Ryzen series of CPUs, AMD has eliminated any lingering performance gaps, while offering a great price/performance ratio.” Of course, Intel has not only had to fight a battle in terms of that price/performance value proposition offered by AMD, but has also been plagued by production and supply issues with its Core family of CPUs. Talking graphics The EHA survey also found AMD had gained ground in the GPU arena, too, although as other reports have indicated, the company is still way behind Nvidia. Almost 23% are in favor of AMD’s graphics cards, which obviously still leaves Nvidia winning big, but AMD is at least making progress, considering that back in May, only 19% of those the EHA surveyed chose AMD over Nvidia. As ever, we have to be careful about exactly how much we read into just a single report, but it’s no real surprise that tech enthusiasts are starting to more heavily skew towards AMD when it comes to processors. Source: Most Europeans now prefer AMD CPUs as sentiment turns against Intel (TechRadar)
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    AMD Ryzen Master 2.1.0 Build 1424

    AMD Ryzen Master 2.1.0 Build 1424 Designed by AMD itself, the AMD Ryzen Master application makes it possible for owners of the newly released AMD Ryzen chipset to tamper with the processor's parameters so as to obtain increased performance. Control system performance as you wish, but at a cost The Ryzen family of AMD processors leaves room for performance tuning, but the overclocking potential depends on the system configuration (i.e. motherboard type, processor, etc.). The AMD Ryzen Master utility offers you the opportunity to take advantage of the overclocking margin and adjust certain parameters to enhance computation speed. Before using the application, please take into account that any processor is designed to work within the original specifications. Therefore, using overclocking software (even though it is provided by AMD) poses some risks, including damages to the processor and other system components, such as the memory or the motherboard, as well as a possible warranty void. Adjust memory clocks and change voltages AMD Ryzen Master can tune the CPU to deliver added system performance. You can disable cores and modify individual speed values for each core. Furthermore, the application enables you to experiment with different CPU voltages and perform adjustments to the CPU memory clocks above or below the stock value. There are several profiles you can use to store custom parameters. Since keeping an close eye on the CPU when outside the factory settings is vital, AMD Ryzen Master displays a list of all the cores of the CPU and reveals real-time information regarding the CPU's temperature and its peak speed. Experiment with parameters outside the default CPU specifications to enhance speed AMD Ryzen Master is an overclocking application specifically designed for enthusiasts who want to experiment with their new CPU and see what power they can obtain, based on their system's configuration. However, note that the resulting clock frequencies and CPU voltages depend on the hardware, the cooling system, and the outside temperature. System requirements: AMD Ryzen Processor family in the AM4 socket infrastructure Homepage: https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/ryzen-master User Guide: http://download.amd.com/documents/AMD-Ryzen-Processor-and-AMD-Ryzen-Master-Overclocking-Users-Guide.pdf Download: https://download.amd.com/Desktop/AMD-Ryzen-Master.exe
  4. AMD launches Radeon Pro W5700, the first 7nm GPU for workstations Today, in addition to launching the Athlon 3000G processor, AMD has announced the world's first 7nm GPU for workstations, the Radeon Pro W5700. This new GPU is the first in the Radeon Pro W5000 series, and it's based on the company's new RDNA architecture, which promises up to 25% more performance per clock compared to the previous GCN architecture. The Radeon Pro W5700 also promises up to 41% more performance per watt compared to the GCN-based Radeon Pro WX 8200. It also claims to be 18% more power-efficient than Nvidia's Quadro RTX 4000 GPU. AMD also boasts better multitasking capabilities when the CPU is under load, promising up to 5.6 times the workflow performance compared to the same Nvidia card. The Radeon Pro W5700 is also the first workstation GPU to support PCIe 4.0 for additional bandwidth and it also comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. Additionally, it's the first GPU of its kind to come with a USB Type-C port to support the growing number of monitors that use it for video input. Here's a quick rundown of the specs: GPU Compute units TFLOPS Memory (Bandwidth) Memory interface Display outputs Radeon Pro W5700 36 Up to 8.89 8GB GDDR6 (448GB/s) 256-bit 6 The AMD Radeon Pro W5700 is available today in the North America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions, starting at $799. Source: AMD launches Radeon Pro W5700, the first 7nm GPU for workstations (Neowin)
  5. AMD may pack GPU units into Ryzen 9 to keep Intel on edge Ryzen 9 APUs with Vega graphics (Image credit: Future) AMD's latest CPUs built on the Zen 2 architecture are ticking a lot of the right boxes, and now the company appears prepared to give its higher-end models a boost. A number of Ryzen 9 APUs (CPUs paired with GPU cores on the same chip) appear in a leak from @Komachi_Ensaka on Twitter, shared by Notebookcheck. This leak shows a listing of products from AMD, and next to each processor name, there's a designation that appears to indicate graphics cores. In the case of four Ryzen 9 processors, there appear to be 12 graphical compute units. These are 45W Ryzen 9 and 15W Ryzen 9 Pro models, making them appear to be likely contenders for high-performance mobile computers. As APUs, they would be ahead of standard CPUs in the naming scheme, thus appearing as Ryzen 4000-series products while still using the Zen 2 architecture found in Ryzen 3000-series CPUs. A series of mobile strides for AMD A few powerful Ryzen 9 APUs to feature in mobile devices could further boost AMD's surging strength, and push it even further in mobile. The company recently got a boost thanks to its prominent placement in Microsoft's recent Surface Laptop 3. However, we tested a Ryzen 5 model with nine Vega compute units, and it just didn't compete with similar laptops that featured simple dedicated graphics solutions. That could change with the new generation of APUs and the boosted compute unit count, though. The new Ryzen 9 APUs would benefit from the increased efficiency and clockspeeds available thanks to their their 7nm design, and therefore get even more from the integrated Vega graphics compute units. As Intel's Ice Lake processors push performance and efficiency ahead for Team Blue, and Tiger Lake could take it further, new Ryzen APUs could help AMD stand out with a powerful, all-in-one solution. Source: AMD may pack GPU units into Ryzen 9 to keep Intel on edge (TechRadar)
  6. AMD plans to offer more than Intel in the $50 CPU market. Last year, AMD released its first Ryzen-based Athlon, the 200GE, delivering performance levels that are competitive with Intel's Pentium series for $55. This was a great product from AMD, offering an affordable entry point into AMD's AM4 ecosystem and competition at the $50ish CPU market. Now, AMD wants to give its customers more for less. With their new Athlon 3000G, AMD will deliver higher clock speeds, lower pricing and overclockability. AMD wants to put Intel's Pentium lineup to shame. For starters, AMD's new Athlon 3000G will offer users a 300MHz clock speed boost over last-years Athlon 200GE, as well as the performance benefits of AMD's Zen+ core design. Add that to AMD's $49 SEP pricing, and the budget CPU market has a lot to be excited about. The Athlon 3000GE will release on November 19th and support both CPU and memory overclocking. Add this to AMD's inclusion of a 55W cooling solution, and users of this processor should be able to achieve enhanced performance levels with ease. This processor is designed to be a Pentium killer, offering consumers low pricing, support for both CPU and memory overclocking; features that Intel's Pentium series lacks. Combine this with better out of the box performance (at least in AMD's testing) and AMD's on to a winner. With the 3000G, AMD is offering buyers a processor that's the "only unlocked option in its segment". In AMD's labs, the company managed to overclock their sample to 3.9GHz, granting users a respectable performance bump over the CPU's stock 3.5GHz performance. While this processor doesn't have the same appeals as AMD's new Ryzen 9 3950X or Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation processors, the Athlon 3000G highlights AMD's desire to outcompete Intel in all segments of the desktop PC market. The 3000G looks like a cracking CPU for under $50, and it is a great addition to AMD's AM4 product ecosystem. Source: AMD's Athlon 3000G is a game-changer for the budget CPU market (via Overclock3D.net)
  7. AMD announces third-gen Threadripper processors with up to 32 cores It's been expected for some time, but AMD has officially announced the third-generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors today. In the announcement video, AMD CEO Lisa Su says the processors are faster in every workload and that it's the fastest desktop processor in the market. The new Threadripper lineup comes in two models, starting with the 24-core, 48-thread Threadripper 3960X. It has a base clock of 3.8GHz, with boost speeds up to 4.5GHz, 140MB of total cache, and 88 PCIe lanes, all in a package with a TDP of 280W. It also supports quad-channel memory. The higher-end model is the Threadripper 3970X, which has 32 cores and 64 threads. The base clock is slightly lower, at 3.7GHz, but it can still boost up to 4.5GHz, and it increases the cache to 144MB. It has the same number of PCIe lanes and the same TDP as the 3960X. Both processors are built on a 7nm process and based on the Zen2 architecture, promising up to 15% more efficiency on all cores. In terms of performance, AMD shows the new Threadripper processors crushing last year Core X offerings from Intel, but it's worth noting that the blue team already announced an updated lineup last month. AMD's new processors are hitting the market on November 25, and the Threadripper 3960X will cost $1399, while the Threadripper 3970X will go for $1999. That's interesting because Intel's new Core X-series processors top out at just under $1000, and the performance is likely to be better than last year's models, which AMD used in its comparison. Source: AMD announces third-gen Threadripper processors with up to 32 cores (Neowin)
  8. AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X CPU is coming on November 25 Today, AMD introduced the third-generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors for creative professionals, starting at a whopping $1399. But if you don't need that much power, AMD also announced the release date for the Ryzen 9 3950X CPU, which was announced in June and later delayed. As the top-tier offering in the Ryzen lineup, the Ryzen 9 3950X has 16 cores and 32 threads, with a base clock speed of 3.5GHz that can boost up to 4.7GHz. It has 72MB of cache and 44 PCIe lanes in conjunction with an X570 motherboard. The TDP matches the Ryzen 9 3900X at 105W. Just like the new Threadripper CPUs, the new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is coming on November 25, and it will cost $749 - a significant step up from the 12-core 3900X, which cost $499 when it was announced. For "mainstream" desktop computers, AMD also announced a new Athlon processor today, the Athlon 3000G. It's the first Athlon processor based on the Zen architecture that can be overclocked, and it also comes with Radeon Vega 3 graphics. It has two cores and four threads running at 3.5GHz. The TDP is just 35W and it will cost $49 when it launches on November 19. Finally, AMD also announced an update to the AM4 platform, which both of the aforementioned processors are based on. The company recently released AGESA version 1004 to its motherboard ecosystem, with a wide range of stability improvements. AMD recommends users check its Reddit profile for more information. Source: AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X CPU is coming on November 25 (Neowin)
  9. Images of what appears to be packaging boxes of AMD's upcoming third-generation Threadripper processors have leaked, and it seems like the company is set to continue the tradition of fancy-looking packaging for Threadripper CPUs. The leak indicates that the launch of Threadripper 3000 series processors is nearly upon us and in fact, Videocardz alleges that these, alongside the accompanying TRX40 chipset motherboards, may be launching as early as tomorrow. A previous report had mentioned a possible November 5 announcement which has evidently been pushed back. As reported earlier, the Threadripper 3990X is reportedly launching later with only a teaser awaiting us at the alleged launch tomorrow. Information on the pricing of these HEDT parts has still managed to elude us but we could expect to see some competitive pricing judging by AMD's past practices. Source: 1. AMD's Threadripper 3000 packaging leaked, allegedly launching tomorrow (via Neowin) 2. AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper packaging leaked (via VideoCardz)
  10. About a month ago, AMD officially revealed via a Twitter post that the company's third-generation Threadripper HEDT CPUs will be launching sometime in November this year. Today, Videocardz reports that they have received further information about the possible launch dates and the names of Threadripper 3000 series SKUs. As per this report, AMD plans to launch three Threadripper models: Threadripper 3960X Threadripper 3970X Threadripper 3990X The 3960X is likely the 24-core part that AMD mentioned earlier and the processor was spotted in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database by renowned leaker APISAK. The specifications of the two other higher-end chips aren't known at this point in time. The report also details the possible announcement, embargo lift, and availability dates of the new CPUs, as well as that of the alleged high-end AMD chipset dubbed "TRX40" alongside these. While all the three Threadripper models and the TRX40 chipset will be announced in November, the higher-end Threadripper 3990X SKU won't launch until January 2020. As such, all the leaked dates have been listed below: The January 2020 dates for the 3990X seems accurate as AMD themselves mentioned volume availability of the "initial members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor family" in its tweet. Videocardz's source also has no mention of the "TRX80" chipset as of yet. Therefore, it remains a possibility that more SKUs may launch sometime in the future. Source: 1. AMD's Threadripper 3000 series processor names, potential announcement dates leak (via Neowin) 2. Exclusive: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X and 3990X launch dates leaked (via VideoCardz)
  11. Intel works on 10nm desktop processors to close gap with AMD's 7nm CPUs Intel plays catch-up, not leap frog (Image credit: Intel) AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors are champions of the desktop space right now, and that's leaving Intel in a tough spot. Despite rumors that Intel might try to catch up by skipping straight to desktop processors (CPUs) using 7-nanometer (nm) architecture, the company still has plans to bring its 10nm architecture to desktop devices, according to PC Gamer. From the Ryzen 5 3600 at the bottom of the stack to the Ryzen 9 3900X at the top (at least as far as commercially available options), AMD's CPU offerings with its 7nm architecture are amazing blends of performance and price. And, that value has let AMD eat up Intel's market share. That sudden shift in power dynamics in the market offered some feasibility to the rumor Intel would skip 10nm architecture for desktops in order to focus on a 7nm design that would compete directly with AMD. So far, Intel has released processors built on its 10nm Ice Lake architecture in mobile devices, but we haven't seen desktop versions available to consumers. And, a leak from HardwareLUXX had suggested Intel wasn't satisfied with the speeds achieved by Ice Lake, and would therefore focus on 7nm for desktop processors instead. That rumor had previously been refuted by Intel to Tom's Hardware, but without clarity on just what Intel would release. Since then, PC Gamer learned from a source that Intel still fully planned to release standalone desktop CPUs. A numbers game At a glance, it might seem like Intel skipping 10nm to focus on its 7nm architecture would make sense. After all, AMD is already there and thriving. But, processor architectures aren't all created equal. Intel has stressed that its 10nm process node is comparable to 7nm nodes designed by other foundries. Though, we'll really have to wait and see, since AMD's 7nm desktop processors don't go head to head with Intel's current, 10nm mobile processors. Still, Intel's 7nm architecture should be a further improvement on that, assuming Intel doesn't run into some of the speed issues Ryzen 3000 CPUs have encountered. This battle is only going to heat up (though the processors themselves may get cooler and cooler), as Intel's 7nm chip aren't coming until 2021 while AMD may be moving onto an enhanced 7nm+ Zen 3 architecture in 2020 Source: Intel works on 10nm desktop processors to close gap with AMD's 7nm CPUs (TechRadar) If you like this post, then this post.
  12. Based on the same 7nm technology that AMD recently brought to its new Radeon 5700 graphics family this year at E3, the new entry-level Radeon 5500 graphics card is built for 1080p gaming. Whereas the 57800 series was designed for 1440p gameplay, the 5500 series is designed to bring responsive gameplay to 1080p gaming, including 60 frames-per-second (fps) on high-end AAA titles and 90 fps performance for esports games. Like its premium sibling, the 5500 series is built on AMD’s Navi platform using the 7nm manufacturing process and the company’s RDNA architecture. AMD’s Radeon 5500 series graphics will be available on both desktops and laptops. With the launch of the Radeon 5500 series, AMD is working with OEM partners to make its graphics cards more accessible. While the 5700 series is now available on Alienware, HP Omen, and Lenovo Legion configurations, systems with Radeon 5500 will be coming in the fourth quarter from Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock, PowerColor, XFX, and Sapphire. The Radeon 5500 boasts a design with 22 compute units and 1,408 stream processors that is capable of 5.2 teraflops on desktop or 4.6 teraflops on mobile. The gaming clock speed is 1.448 GHz on mobile or 1.717 GHz on desktop. The card supports up to 8GB of GDDR6 memory on laptops and that amount is doubled for desktops. With support for PCIe 4.0 and GDDR6 memory, AMD claimed that its new 5500 series delivers twice the performance and bandwidth in these key areas as the preceding PCIe 3.0 standard and GGDR5 class memory. AMD benchmarked performance of the new Radeon 5500 graphics against its older RX480 and rival Nvidia’s GTX 1060 graphics because that is where most users will be upgrading from, according to company executives. The new GPU performs well, delivering a 1.6X performance per watt jump and a 1.7X performance per area boost. The new part gets a 20% absolute performance boost compared to the RX480 while consuming 27% less power. During a web presentation, AMD showed that its new 5500 series is capable of delivering 92 fps on Gears 5, 82 fps on Borderlands 3, and 60 fps on Ghost Recon, performance that places the card well ahead of Nvidia’s GTX 1650, which performed at 61 fps, 61 fps, and 47 fps, respectively. In epic mode on Overwatch, for example, frame rates went as high as 135 fps with the Radeon 5500, compared to just 89 fps on Nvidia’s card. The Radeon 5500M for laptops delivered similar results, and AMD expects its part to deliver up to 30% faster performance than Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Mobile graphics. As a bonus to gamers who buy an OEM system with 5500 or 5700 graphics, AMD is throwing in either Borderlands 3 or Ghost Recon for free as part of a promotion. 5500 graphics will work with FreeSync, so be sure to pair your new system with a capable monitor for tear-free graphics. Along with zero-day drivers, AMD is also working with game developers to optimize games for Radeon GPUs, bringing technologies like FidelityFX, Anit-Lag, and image sharpening that debuted on the 5700 series to the new mainstream 5500 graphics. Anti-Lag improves response time by as much as 23%, according to AMD’s tests, and the feature is noted as being important for gamers in the esports arena. Image sharpening also improves graphics rendering details in scene, making game play more visually immersive. As a subtle dig to Nvidia, AMD claimed that it was committed to bringing all of its new graphics features to every member of its Navi graphics family. Source
  13. AMD just announced a Ryzen PRO lineup, powerful processors for businesses Led by the Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 (Image credit: AMD) Over the last couple weeks, we heard word of an AMD Ryzen 9 3900 hitting the street, and now it seems like those rumors were accurate – mostly. AMD just announced a new lineup of PRO processors, led by the AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900. This processor's TDP (Thermal Design Power) is lowered to 65W from the Ryzen 9 3900X's 95W, which should mean it'll emit less heat and consume less power. But, it does also mean it won't be as fast. The AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 is accompanied by the Ryzen 7 PRO 3700 and Ryzen 5 PRO 3600, along with a bunch of G-series Ryzen processors with Radeon Vega graphics. It should be noted, that because these are all 65W parts, you shouldn't expect boost clocks to be as high – the Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 only reaches up to 4.3GHz, compared to the Ryzen 9 3900X's 4.6GHz. Though, Ryzen processors are having trouble reaching their rated boost clocks anyways. We went ahead and listed out the new AMD Ryzen PRO processors below: AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 | 12-cores, 24-threads | 4.3GHz boost | 65W TDP AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 3700 | 8-cores, 16-threads | 4.4GHz boost | 65W TDP AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3600 | 6-cores, 12-threads | 4.2GHz boost | 65W TDP AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3400G | 4-cores, 8-threads | 4.2GHz boost | 65W TDP AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3400GE | 4-cores, 8-threads | 4.0GHz boost | 35W TDP AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3200G | 4-cores, 4-threads | 4.0GHz boost | 65W TDP AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3200GE | 4-cores, 4-threads | 3.8GHz boost | 35W TDP AMD Athlon PRO 300GE | 2-cores, 4-threads | 3.4GHz boost | 35W TDP Who are these for? It's important to note that these processors aren't intended for everyday users. If you're just trying to build a gaming PC, you're better off getting any other Ryzen 3rd Generation chip. These processors are primarily intended for business use, and will be included in a ton of pre-built desktops for that purpose. There are a ton of features in these new processors that are particularly useful for businesses, but probably won't make much sense for everyday consumers. For example, each of these AMD Ryzen PRO processors come with a built-in security processor packed with AMD's GuardMI tech. This will help protect PCs from some of the most severe cold boot cyber attacks. AMD has also partnered with HP and Lenovo, and is able to include Lenovo ThinkShield and HP SureStart support at the silicon level for pre-built systems, like the HP EliteDesk 705 G5 and Lenovo Thinkpad M75q-1. So, while we don't think these processors will be featured in any of the hottest gaming PC builds any time soon, we definitely expect some businesses to make the jump, especially media companies who can use that extra horsepower for editing video. Source: AMD just announced a Ryzen PRO lineup, powerful processors for businesses (TechRadar)
  14. Inside Microsoft’s new custom Surface processors with AMD and Qualcomm Surface Ryzen Edition and SQ1 processors have been co-engineered Microsoft has just announced its new Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X devices, and neither will come with an Intel processor. The software giant is diversifying its silicon for Surface this year by partnering closely with AMD and Qualcomm, respectively, to create custom processors for its Surface line. The Surface Laptop 3 has a custom Ryzen Surface Edition processor on the 15-inch model, while the Surface Pro X goes the ARM-powered route with a new SQ1 processor co-engineered with Qualcomm. It’s a big change for the Surface line, even if Intel will still power the Surface Pro 7 and the smaller 13-inch Surface Laptop 3 models. On the AMD side, this Ryzen processor will be available exclusively in the 15-inch model of the Surface Laptop 3, a notebook that also has a metal finish instead of the fabric we’ve seen on previous Surface Laptop models. Microsoft has worked closely with AMD to add an additional graphics core on the 12nm Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 Surface parts that are built on Zen+, and to optimize the chip to fit inside the slim-and-light chassis it uses for the Surface Laptop 3. Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X “Several years ago we met with Pavan Davuluri and Panos Panay, and we had a shared vision with Microsoft to reinvent the laptop and essentially create the best laptop in the world,” explains Jack Huynh, general manager of AMD’s semi-custom group, in an interview with The Verge. “We literally spent tens of thousands of hours of co-development and co-engineering hand-in-hand with Microsoft not just optimizing the CPU and GPU, but also the overall system power management, pen, touch, memory bandwidth, firmware, and drivers to deliver the highest graphics laptop performance ever in a very thin and light form factor.” At times, this has meant engineers from AMD and Microsoft both working in the same buildings, all trying to get a Surface Laptop with AMD parts to live up to the Surface brand. AMD isn’t exactly a popular choice for laptop makers to pick these days, and Microsoft has worked closely with the company on a custom Ryzen variant to ensure it all goes smoothly. “This work we did with the hardware team, the software team, and the silicon team allowed us to deliver AMD’s best marketed CPU performance in this form factor,” explains Pavan Davuluri, a Microsoft Surface engineer, in an interview with The Verge. “The reason we built the Ryzen AMD part was to be able to make sure we had best in class GPU performance in that same power and performance footprint that we’ve traditionally built the Surface Laptops on.” The Ryzen Surface Edition chip is designed to run at 15 watts, and it’s capable of scaling up to between 20 and 25 watts. Microsoft and AMD have also really focused on the GPU performance for the Surface Laptop 3, and the company is even claiming it will outperform a similar MacBook Pro by 70 percent. “Ryzen parts have dedicated GPU cores, and we’ve optimized the GPU performance,” says Davuluri. While Microsoft’s other 15-inch laptop, the Surface Book 2, has discrete graphics support, the Surface Laptop 3 is using AMD’s integrated GPU cores. It means GPU performance won’t come close to matching the Surface Book 2, but it’ll be a significant step up from what we’re used to seeing with Intel’s basic integrated graphics on the Surface Laptop line. Surface Ryzen Edition and SQ1 processors It also doesn’t mean the Surface Book is going away. “Across the board, Surface Book laptops are GPU-heavy and I think in the future you’ll see us continue to do more of that,” explains Davuluri. “This is us setting the bar for what the integrated graphics performance should be, but for sure you should expect the Surface Book experience to be better.” What Microsoft’s work with AMD means in terms of raw power is around 1.2 teraflops performance at peak, which is the equivalent of an Xbox One. This power is more geared toward creator tasks, like video editing and photo processing, but it should also be able to power some recent games at lower resolutions and settings. We’ll need to test it fully to find out what it’s really capable of, with the extra cores over similar Ryzen chips, and whether Microsoft and AMD have really nailed battery life here. The promise is all-day battery life, but we’ll definitely need to see how that plays out in reality. Microsoft’s second significant silicon partnership is with Qualcomm. We’ve seen Microsoft dip its toe into ARM-powered Surface devices before with the Surface RT and Surface 2, but those products never really had the performance or app compatibility to match the Pro line of Intel-powered Surfaces. Microsoft is using a custom variant of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx in its Surface Pro X, and it’s boldly using the Surface Pro moniker on this particular device. “At the time when we conceived the Surface Pro X, several years ago, there was no available silicon that could give us the performance we wanted with the power we wanted and the form factor we wanted,” explains Davuluri. Intel has struggled to get its chips into form factors that can compete with devices like the iPad Pro, and Microsoft has now looked elsewhere to bring a true next-generation Surface Pro to life. Surface Pro X processor Microsoft has built a custom 7nm SQ1 processor with Qualcomm, and it’s focused on improving both the CPU and GPU power over a regular Snapdragon 8cx. “Microsoft SQ1 brings the best CPU performance for Windows on Snapdragon devices,” reveals Davuluri. “It’s an octa-core processor, and it has the first and fastest ever Kryo CPU at 3GHz. These Kryo cores are also for Windows to balance the cores between high performance cores and energy efficient cores, and of course these energy efficient cores are great for background tasks which in turn contributes to fundamentally redesigning the platform for great battery life.” The GPU performance itself is 2.1 teraflops, which is surprisingly good for this type of thin-and-light device. However, Windows on ARM devices aren’t the types of hardware you’ll be doing much gaming on, particularly as OpenGL games aren’t even supported, and you might find yourself running a lot of traditional apps that are emulated in this ARM world. The GPU power is really there for emerging web experiences, future workloads, and even being able to power multiple 4K displays over a single USB-C cable. Perhaps we’ll eventually see native ARM versions of Adobe’s popular apps that can really take advantage of the GPU. “As the world switches from traditional apps to a lot of scripted applications and web engines, we’re finding workloads for web render can be a significant consumption of GPU capability,” explains Davuluri. “It’s to really think of Surface Pro X as a device that enables future workloads… for apps and services that haven’t been conceived today.” Some of those workloads will include artificial intelligence or machine learning tasks, and it’s something we’ll be hearing more about with Windows on ARM in the future. In terms of real-world performance, this could finally be a turning point for Qualcomm with Windows. App compatibility will still be shaky with apps that integrate into the Windows shell-like Dropbox, but Chromium is now being compiled natively for ARM and Microsoft is working on its own Edge browser that will be powered by Chromium. That’s a big change from the browser experience we’ve had before on Windows on ARM devices. Surface Pro X “We built this compute platform together and we’ve worked with Microsoft to create this custom experience and solution for the Surface Pro X,” says Miguel Nunes, head of mobile compute products at Qualcomm, in an interview with The Verge. While Microsoft and Qualcomm have worked closely on the SQ1, the specific graphics capabilities will be exclusive to Microsoft and the SQ1 won’t be available to OEMs. “We’re working on enabling a lot of these capabilities for the industry, but the work specific on SQ1 is for the Surface Pro X,” reveals Nunes. Microsoft and Qualcomm are both promising “PC-class performance” for the Surface Pro X, and if it delivers something close to what we see with the regular Surface Pro then it could be a viable option for many. “For us to be able to do this, we’ve had to redesign the entire SoC and even the tools you associate with the SoC itself with Qualcomm,” reveals Davuluri. “We’ve redesigned the entire platform to perform at 7 watts, with scalable bust performance up to 15 watts.” Especially with built-in LTE connectivity and all-day battery life, with a 13-inch display in a 12-inch chassis. The risk here for Microsoft is using the “Surface Pro” moniker and not having the performance and apps to back it up, and that’s something that it will have to lean on software developers to really improve. While previous Windows on ARM efforts have fallen a little flat, Microsoft’s backing with its own Surface hardware is a significant boost to Qualcomm’s plans for always-connected laptops. We’ve been waiting on a truly interesting Windows on ARM device, and the Surface Pro X looks like it could kick off a new era of ARM-powered Windows laptops. Source: Inside Microsoft’s new custom Surface processors with AMD and Qualcomm (The Verge)
  15. Back on the AMD EPYC 7002 "Rome" launch day I wrote about how AMD is working to return to open-source BIOS / Coreboot support and now there's further confirmation of their work in that direction. We were tipped off today that AMD's Head of Platform Firmware, Edward Benyukhis, publicly posted on LinkedIn that he is "looking to hire someone with solid Coreboot and UEFI background." If you have Coreboot experience or know someone who is, see LinkedIn for contacting Benyukhis. That's exciting itself and certainly noteworthy, but also notable is AMD is now sponsoring next week's Open-Source Firmware Conference. AMD has joined the likes of Amazon AWS, Arm, System76, TrustedFirmware.org, and other companies in sponsoring this conference about Coreboot, LinuxBoot, and related open-source firmware projects. Exciting times ahead, now let's just hope that the middleware/licensing issues noted in the earlier article are able to be addressed in a timely manner. Besides the prospects of open-source firmware/UEFI/BIOS and Coreboot support exciting many in the server space as part of secure computing initiatives (and desktop users at large, particularly Linux/FLOSS advocates). Coreboot is also a big deal on the Google Chromebook front where they make use of Coreboot and where previous AMD Coreboot efforts have focused on. This also comes at a time where other AMD code work is happening with likely Chromebook/Google connections making for some very interesting possibilities. Source
  16. A great deal or were consumers Bulldozed by the chip giant? AMD has agreed to pay purchasers of its FX Bulldozer processors a total of $12.1m to settle a four-year false advertising lawsuit. Considering the number of processors sold and assuming a 20 per cent take-up by eligible purchasers, that works out to $35 a chip, the preliminary agreement argues: a figure that is “significantly more than 50 per cent of the value of their certified claims had they prevailed at trial.” It’s a good deal, the agreement [PDF] explains, because of the “risks and expenses that further litigation would pose in this case.” The chip giant advertised its processors as being the "first native 8-core desktop processor" and charged a premium for it. But a significant number of those purchasers were then surprised to find that the chip did not contain eight fully independent, fully featured processing units but rather four Bulldozer modules that each contain a pair of instruction-executing CPU cores. In AMD’s mind, four modules times two CPU cores equals eight CPU cores. But to the angry consumers, who launched a class action lawsuit back in 2015, they are not real “cores” because they share resources, including caches, frontend circuitry, and a single floating point unit (FPU). Fast forward through years of legal back-and-forth and in January this year a California judge rejected AMD’s claim that "a significant majority" of people understood the term "core" the same way it did. What people buying chips imagine a core to be would be a significant part of such a lawsuit, the judge noted, and instructed that the case to move forward. Independence Day Based on the results of our own poll of Reg readers, it appears most see cores in the same way as the litigants: 47 per cent said a core should be fully independent; whereas 28 per cent agreed with AMD and said it can share execution engines; the rest decided they couldn’t decide (total of 4,214 votes). If the proposed settlement goes through anyone that bought one of seven different AMD chips that the company advertised as having eight cores, either through AMD’s website or while living in California, is entitled to an equal share in the $12.1m pot. The insanity that is class action lawsuits has led both AMD and the plaintiff’s lawyers to argue to the judge that $12.1m is a “fair” amount of compensation, despite the fact that consumers paid an additional $60m in premiums for their “eight core” processors. Only a fifth of eligible people are likely to even bother to apply for the compensation, the agreement notes, and that means the people that do apply will get half of what they want without the hassle of a trial. So everyone’s good, right? Except of course, many people won’t be aware of the settlement. Others won’t bother because the figure is so small. And the deal is structured around a pot of money rather than a per-chip fee, so the more people that apply, the less they will get: some might argue creating an actual disincentive to apply. Stupid The FTC was recently hit by the stupidity of this system when it had to backtrack its $125 promise to people hit by the Equifax data breach. It turned out that the FTC’s proudly announced $700m fine of the credit monitoring website was really little more than a pot of $31m. So many people learned about the deal in this case - thanks to press attention - and applied for the payment that the $125 has turned into as little as 21 cents. The FTC was forced to tell people to go for the free credit monitoring service instead of the cash payout - a service offered by, you guessed it, Equifax. Plus in this AMD case, we have yet to hear how much the lawyers want for their services. The agreement says the lawyers haven’t even discussed how much they are going to pay one another at this point but have kindly offered to “limit” their frees to no more than 30 per cent of the settlement fund - so $3.63m. Typically class action attorneys gets 15-20 per cent of the settlement fund - and many people feel that is already too large. So all in all it’s another class action lawsuit in which everyone except the people that actually brought it have reason to celebrate. Source
  17. AMD is striking well over the past month with their Linux hardware bring-up. In the past month we've seen the Navi 10/12/14 support get in order for Linux as well as support for the future Vega-based Arcturus GPU and now we see the initial enablement patches for their next-generation APUs, Renoir. Sent out today was the initial 27 patches amount to around two thousand lines of code (roughly half of which is just header files) for bringing up this next-gen AMD APU. Renoir is the successor to current AMD Picasso APUs and are said to be based on the new Zen 2 architecture while incorporating a Navi GPU... Well, at least originally what rumors/leaks reported. These code patches indicate Renoir to be based on Raven/Vega as opposed to Navi. Not a whole lot is known about Renoir publicly and are not expected to hit the shelves until 2020. Renoir is based on Navi (or actually Vega?) so it isn't a whole lot of new code from the AMDGPU kernel driver side, but still, we aren't accustomed to seeing this Linux driver support so early in advance of launch (potentially ~6+ months). It could be a sign that there could be some interesting design wins or Chromebooks warranting good Linux support at launch or it could just be that they've hit a good punctual stride on new platform enablement, but whatever the case is it's certainly welcomed, especially after the very bumpy Raven Ridge experience on Linux. These patches do confirm VCN 2.0 support on Renoir while most of he code changes come down to slight differences around power management / clock gating, golden register settings, and firmware bits. The AMDGPU code though does seem to indicate this as Vega-based rather than Navi as was rumored. So unless they end up marketing it weirdly (just like Kabylake-G with VegaM really being Polaris), that is what's happening. For now at least Renoir's graphics is just represented by a single PCI ID, 0x1636. This currently experimental (hidden behind feature flag) AMD Renoir support should be on its way to DRM-Next soon for premiering in Linux 5.4 while over the coming kernel cycles should stabilize and be flipped on by default, hopefully well ahead still of the hardware's expected launch. Source
  18. For those wondering how the performance compares of AMD's new Zen 2 processors between Windows 10 and Linux, here are our initial benchmarks across dozens of benchmarks for the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X on Windows 10 Pro 1903 against Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS. This is the first of surely several Windows vs. Linux performance comparisons to come of these new AMD Zen 2 processors. In this article is just Windows 10 against Ubuntu 18.04 LTS since the ASUS has yet to ship the new BIOS for the ROG CROSSHAIR VIII HERO WiFi to allow newer (non-patched) Linux distributions to boot without problems due to the systemd/RdRand issue. Once that BIOS update is available for this system to address that Linux boot issue, other Linux distributions will be added to the comparison. The test system for this first cross-OS comparison was the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X at stock speeds, ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII HERO WiFi, 2 x 8GB DDR4-3600 memory, 2TB Corsair Force MP600 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, and Radeon RX 560 graphics (this round of testing isn't focused on gaming performance but strictly CPU related workloads). Both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS had all available system updates at the time of testing. Via the Phoronix Test Suite some 66 benchmarks were run on both Windows and Linux for this round of benchmarking. First up was the BLAKE2 crypto test where Windows 10 had a very slight lead over the performance offered by Ubuntu 18.04. When it came to the Go programming language performance, Windows 10 was very competitive with Ubuntu Linux except for the build performance where Linux did much better. When both Windows and Linux were running OpenJDK 11, the performance tended to be comparable between the operating systems on the Ryzen 9 3900X. However, in different workloads would swing between favoring Ubuntu 18.04 or Windows 10. For chess performance with Crafty, both operating systems yielded similar performance. Intel's SVT-AV1 video encoder was faster on Linux over Windows. Though in the case of H.264 video encoding with x264, the performance was similar between operating systems. The GraphicsMagick OpenMP-threaded image editing continues to favor Linux for the best performance. With the Ryzen 9 3900X, the 7-Zip performance is close between Windows and Linux unlike Ubuntu's much more significant wins with Zen/Zen+ processors. In the Stockfish and asmFish chess benchmarks, the results were close. Compiling LLVM on Ubuntu was much quicker than on Windows 10. Under a wide array of CPU workloads, Windows 10 1903 was holding its ground well against Ubuntu 18.04 LTS -- much better than in past comparisons. For those that missed it, with Windows 10 1903 when paired with AMD's new chipset driver, there are scheduler fixes/optimizations in place with these new Ryzen 3000 series processors. FFmpeg was quicker on Windows 10. V-RAY CPU-based rendering was 6% faster on Ubuntu. IndigoBench on the Ryzen 9 3900X was also much faster on Linux. While the Ryzen 9 3900X is performing better on Windows 10 than we've seen in past AMD Windows vs. Linux comparisons, the CPU-based rendering performance continues being much faster on Linux. With the Blender modeling software, Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS won across the board of all the different scenes benchmarked. Appleseed is another renderer that was recently added to the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org. With the exception of one of the three scenes, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS continued offering lower rendering times. Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS remains much faster for PHP and Python workloads than Windows 10. Even with the proprietary Geekbench synthetic benchmark, Ubuntu had a small but measurable advantage over Windows 10. Novabench also reported slightly better memory performance on Linux with this proprietary synthetic test. A wide variety of web browser benchmarks were carried out with both Chrome and Firefox. Windows picked up a number of wins here but at least the browser performance wasn't so dominative like we have seen in some of our past browser comparisons. When looking at the geometric mean of all the benchmarks carried out on Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS and Windows 10 1903 with this AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, Ubuntu Linux led by approximately 8%. While the test set is slightly different, overall these results show Windows 10 being slightly more competitive than we have seen out of past Windows vs. Linux AMD benchmark comparisons, likely due to the improvements made in 1903 and AMD's new Zen 2 drivers such as the scheduler fixes/optimizations. But overall it's nice to see Linux is still faster and winning a majority of the tests. Those wanting to dig through more numbers can find them on OpenBenchmarking.org. Source
  19. Vulnerability in AMD’s Secure Encrypted Virtualization for EPYC: Update Now to Build 22 One of the key elements of building a processor is that designing a secure product involves reducing the ‘attack surface’ as much as possible: the fewer ways an attack can get in, the safer your product is. For the white knights of the security world, when a vulnerability is found, the process usually goes through a period of reasonable disclosure, i.e. the issue is presented to the company, and they are often given a certain time to fix the issue (to help customers) before the full disclosure is made public (in case it might be swept under the rug). Using this method, a researcher at Google found a vulnerability in the way AMD’s EPYC processors provide Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) which would allow an attacker to recover a secure key that would provide access between previously isolated VMs on a system. AMD has since released an update to the firmware which patches this issue. AMD’s Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) feature on its EPYC processors allows a system that runs multiple virtual machines through a hypervisor to have those virtual machines purely isolated from one another. By producing encryption keys at the hardware level, the hypervisor can maintain the equivalent of separate secure enclaves between VMs with individual keys. The SEV code runs deep within the EPYC processor, specifically on a Platform Security Processor (PSP), which is a hardened ARM Cortex core. The SEV feature relies on elliptic-curve cryptography for its secure key generation, which runs when a VM is launched. The VM initiates the elliptic-curve algorithm by providing points along its NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) curve and relaying the data based on the private key of the machine. Due to the algorithm involved, if the points provided to the algorithm at the VM launch are both non-standard and small, parts of the algorithm are reduced to zero, leaving behind a path by which over repeated VM launches, an attacker could gather enough data to reassemble the private key of the system. More details are provided in the full disclosure documentation, which indicates that SEV firmware version 0.17 build 11 and earlier are vulnerable. AMD has identified the code responsible, and has adjusted the algorithm to only accept standard NIST curve points. Any user submitting non-standard points will be met with an error. This fix is applied in SEV firmware version 0.17 build 22, which AMD rolled out to its OEM partners for firmware updates on June 4th. Users that implement SEV within their critical systems are suggested to reach out to their platform vendors for corresponding updates. AMD does state that certificates already generated on vulnerable VMs will still be valid even after VM migration, and as a result VMs should be restarted where possible. This vulnerability was found by Cfir Cohen as part of the Google Cloud security team, and carries the CVE-2019-9836 designation. AMD’s response to this issue can be found on its security website. For those interested, the full disclosure document gives the following timeline for this issue: Feb 19th: Vulnerability disclosed to AMD PSIRT Feb 23rd: AMD confirms the bug Feb 25th: Google shares Proof of Concept with AMD May 13th: AMD requests a 30 day extension before full disclosure June 4th: AMD releases fixed firmware to 0.17 Build 22 (AMD) June 7th: AMD requests a 2 week extension June 25th: Public disclosure Update: It's worth noting that the Elliptic Curve Cryptography was one of the units that the Hygon joint venture changed on its EPYC-like Dhyana processors. Source
  20. One of the legends in the gaming hardware community is leaving his current post and is taking up a new position at AMD. That person is none other than Frank Azor, who was one of the co-founders of Alienware and most recently served as Vice President and General Manager for Dell's XPS, G Series and Alienware gaming brands. Given that gaming is in his blood, it should come as no surprise that Azor will take on the title of Chief Gaming Officer at AMD. In his new position, he will be reporting to Sandeep Chennakeshu, who serves as AMD's Executive Vice President of Computing and Graphics. While Azor has only been with Dell for the past 13 years, the company he helped form has been around for 25 years. After joining Dell in 2006, the Alienware family now encompasses three distinct gaming PC families: Alienware, the G-Series and XPS. Together, all three lines generate over $3 billion in yearly revenue for Dell. Needless to say, he brings a wealth of knowledge concerning the gaming industry, along with having read on the enthusiast community, which makes him a perfect fit for AMD. Azor posted a message on the Alienware website announcing his departure and talked about the long and fruitful road that has gotten him up to this point. "A little over 21 years ago, I met a couple of lunatics who had an idea they called Alienware. When I met them and learned about the company they were trying to build, I thought to myself, 'This would be the coolest job ever.' "I was right, but none of us ever dreamed the brand would come this far – which is a result of all of you, your hard work and passion." July 3rd will be Azor's last day at Dell, after which he will be reporting for duty at AMD. Although we don't know what all of his responsibilities will be with the title Chief Gaming Officer, it's likely that he will be involved in a number of projects. AMD's Ryzen family of processors are already a known quantity and highly respected force in the enthusiast community, and the soon-to-launch Ryzen 3000 desktop family capped off by the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X will only strengthen its position. In addition, AMD will simultaneously launch the Radeon RX 5700 family which will be doing battle with NVIDIA's mainstream Turing-based GeForce RTX cards. Finally, AMD is the dominant force in providing CPU/GPU platforms for the top gaming consoles on the market, and will power both the PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Project Scarlett. We’ve reached out to Frank for some added clarity and confirmation on the news, but he is not offering up any additional details other than his post on the Alienware site. Source <
  21. AMD says its Ryzen 3000 isn’t just cheaper—it’s better AMD's Travis Kirsch says there's no reason to buy an Intel CPU anymore. Enlarge / AMD provided infrared photos showing its new Ryzen 3700x running cooler than an Intel i7-9700k. AMD Computex slide deck AMD's new line of Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs will benefit from the same 7nm manufacturing process as the company's new Navi-powered GPUs. Much of the tech community's hype is for the biggest and baddest of the bunch: the 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950x. But there's an entire new line ranging from the $749 3950x down to a relatively-modest $199 3600X—and AMD is gunning for Intel every step of the way. What's really interesting is, this time around, AMD is not just pitching cheaper parts and "good-enough" performance—the company is claiming top-dog stats, along with thermal and power efficiency wins. The Ryzen 7 3700x is listed at $329, while Intel's i7-9700k is currently available for about $410. But according to AMD's slides, the Ryzen part also outperforms the i7-9700k across the board, and it draws less power and produces less heat while doing so. Even when comparing absolute flagship CPUs, the monstrous 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 3950x boasts 105W TDP, while Intel's 32-threaded i7-7960x runs 165W TDP. If the data here is reasonably accurate, the savings in power and cooling costs over the lifespan of a system will probably outweigh its already lower purchase price. One thing does remain constant in the Intel-vs-AMD wars: it appears that Intel will still enjoy a small single-thread performance advantage, while Ryzen runs away laughing with massively-multithreaded benchmark wins due to its greater number of threads at the same price points. (For example, the Ryzen 3700x boasts 16 threads to the i7-9700k's 8.) This generally is little or no help with gaming benchmarks, which tend to block on single-threaded performance and benefit very little from more than four CPU threads—but AMD figured out a way to make all those extra threads shine in a gaming benchmark anyway. Enlarge / Sure, you don't need a ton of threads to game effectively... but what if you want to game and stream at high res simultaneously? AMD e3 Next Horizon Gaming slide deck Either Intel's 8-thread i7-9700k or AMD's 16-thread Ryzen 7 3700x will play Tom Clancy's The Division 2 in 1440P at an effortless 90fps... but according to AMD's data, effectively streaming the experience live is a different story entirely. Twice as many threads are at the Ryzen's disposal for simultaneous video compression. Granted, AMD is stacking the deck here with extremely high-bitrate, high-quality compression that may or may not be strictly necessary for a game stream—but it's certainly desirable, and what's possible tends to set the standard for what's expected going forward. More importantly—for those of us who want to play the games even if we don't stream them—this also hints at a tremendously improved experience gaming on an "everything box." Such a set-up may have email clients, Web browsers, anti-virus, and more running in the background. For those of you who are already AMD fans, the news gets even better: the new product line still uses the AM4 socket, and the company says you can expect Ryzen 3000 CPUs to be drop-in replacements for existing Ryzen 2000 CPUs—no motherboard swap needed. Source: AMD says its Ryzen 3000 isn’t just cheaper—it’s better (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  22. Windows 10 May 2019 Update brings AMD performance boost AMD-powered PCs get an upgrade Image credit: Shutterstock The Windows 10 May 2019 Update has brought some great new features to Windows 10, but perhaps the best change is one that didn’t get much fanfare – as AMD-powered PCs will now perform better with the update installed. This is because Windows 10 version 1903 – also known as the May 2019 Update – changes how the Windows scheduler tool works with AMD hardware. Previously, the Windows scheduler was causing issues that impacted the performance of AMD Ryzen processors. The improvements come from Microsoft and AMD working together to improve Windows 10 performance on AMD hardware – and an acknowledgement from Microsoft that Intel no longer dominates when it comes to PC hardware. Performance gains AMD also showed off slides that show the PCMark 10 app launches 6% faster with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, thanks to Ryzen optimizations. There's also an impressive 15% improvement in Rocket League when played at 1080p. AMD shows off performance gains with the May 2019 Update (Image credit: AMD) (Image: © AMD) As another AMD slide shows, these changes can cut latency thanks to how process threads are handled by a single core – while also allowing Windows 10 to use a noticeable clock speed boost to bring improvements to a PC’s performance. The update should also bring faster clock speed ramping, and AMD’s Ryzen CPUs will be more responsive when clock speeds are changed – before the update, speed changes took 30ms, but that’s now been cut to just 1-2ms. Source
  23. AMD launches Navi as the $449 Radeon RX 5700 XT AMD claims performance-per-dollar leadership over Nvidia, but for how long? AMD took the stage at E3 to announce its "Navi" family of GPUs. The company's new graphics cards are officially the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700. The 5700 series is launching July 7, making the GPUs a one-two punch alongside AMD's Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. AMD isn't tackling the flagship GPU market with the 5700 series. Instead, the company is aiming for more mainstream pricing with mainstream performance: the 5700XT is $449, while the 5700 is $379. AMD is positioning the cards against Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2070 ($499) and 2060 ($349), respectively, and claims performance wins in each comparison. The cards introduce AMD's new "RDNA" architecture, which AMD says has 1.25x performance-per-clock and 1.5x performance-per-watt over the previous generation. The chips are built on TSMC's 7nm manufacturing process, a significant shrink from the 12nm process used on the Radeon RX 590, and on Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080. The Navi die is significantly smaller than the previous-generation Vega design, with a die area of only 251mm2 compared to the 495 mm2 die area for Vega. The smaller die should make the Navi significantly cheaper to produce than Vega. For specs, the top-end Radeon RX 5700 XT has 40 compute units with 2560 stream processors total. AMD gives three numbers for the clock rate on the XT: a 1605MHz "Base" clock, a 1755MHz "Game" clock, and a 1905MHz "Boost" clock. As usual, the cheaper 5700 disables compute units and lowers the clock rate, so you have 36 compute units for 2304 stream processor total, a base clock of 1465MHz, game clock of 1625MHz, and a boost clock of 1725MHz. If any of these clock rates are too conservative for you, AMD is promising the 5700 XT is "overclocking ready" thanks to a power solution with room to grown. Both of AMD's reference designs come with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. Enlarge / An exploded view of the XT. AMD For cooling, AMD's reference design is a blower-style card with an aluminum shroud and back plate. A vapor chamber draws heat into the heatsink, and everything gets blown out the back of the card. Blower cooling designs have the downside of producing a lot of noise, but AMD is promising a "quiet" card thanks to an "acoustically tuned" design. If you're unhappy with the cooler design, partner-produced cards with alternative cooling solutions should be out eventually. The cards both take a 8-pin + 6-pin power-supply connection, with AMD providing Board Power figures of 225W for the XT and 180W for the cheaper card. If you get the whole AMD package in July (meaning a Ryzen 3000 CPU, an X570 motherboard, and a Radeon 5700 card), you'll be all up and running with the new PCI Express 4.0 bus standard. This faster interconnect will be great for next-gen SSDs and 200Gbps (!) Ethernet controllers. But for video cards, we haven't seen a compelling use case yet. Still, it provides room for upgrades! All these specs are nice to know, but they don't really tell us anything about actual performance. As always, it's best to wait for independent benchmarks, and if you're in the market for a GPU, it's probably also best to see if Nvidia does anything in response. And speaking of Nvidia's response, the company has been teasing a "Super" GeForce product for a few weeks now. The rumors point to "Super" cards being up-clocked editions of Nvidia's existing cards and price drops for some non-super cards, making the company more competitive with AMD's freshly announced lineup. Again though, benchmarks will tell the real story. AMD also doesn't have an answer this generation for the real-time raytracing technology that Nvidia introduced with the RTX 2080 Ti. But given the huge hit in performance that ray tracing causes for even Nvidia's fastest cards (and the limited game support for raytracing), it's not a huge loss for AMD. Regardless of what happens between AMD and Nvidia in the PC graphics card wars, AMD GPUs promise to be almost everywhere else in the future. At the beginning of the presentation, AMD talked about the company's design wins, pointing out that AMD is supplying graphics chips to both the next-gen Xbox and Playstation consoles, Apple's Mac Pro, and Google's Stadia game-streaming platform. AMD also recently inked an RDNA licensing deal with Samsung, which will build the graphics technology into its Exynos SoCs for smartphones and tablets. Source: AMD launches Navi as the $449 Radeon RX 5700 XT (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  24. (Reuters) - Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices announced a multi-year partnership with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for the development of mobile graphics techology based on its AMD Radeon graphics chips. AMD will license its custom graphics intellectual property (IP) to Samsung for use in mobile devices, including smartphones, and other products while Samsung will pay AMD technology license fees and royalties. Shares of AMD rose 4% in premarket trading. Source
  25. AMD previews Radeon RX5000 series GPU based on new Navi architecture AMD rocked Computex 2019 with the first official details on its next-generation graphics cards, the Radeon 5000 series. What you need to know AMD previewed its next-generation graphics chips, based on its "Navi" architecture at Computex 2019. Called the Radeon RX5000 series, the graphics card lineup is named for AMD's 50th anniversary. The Radeon RX5000 series includes a ton of performance improvements over the previous Vega generation, and even beats out NVIDIA's RTX 2070 in a head-to-head benchmark shown on stage. The Radeon RX5000 series is set to launch in July, but pricing remains a mystery for now. Hitting the stage at Computex 2019, AMD let out some of the first official details about its next-generation graphics cards, based on its new Navi architecture. The new graphics cards will fall under the Radeon RX5000 series, which is named for AMD's fiftieth anniversary. And along with the new architecture comes plenty of enhancements when compared to the last-generation Vega architecture. The Radeon RX5000 series will be based on a 7nm chip powered by a gaming engine dubbed Radeon DNA (RDNA). The engine is tweaked specifically for graphics performance and efficiency – something which AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su touched on on stage. When compared to Vega, the Navi architecture with RDNA features, on average, a 1.25 time the performance per clock and 1.5 times higher performance per watt. Radeon RX5000 series GPUs will also be the first gaming graphics cards to ship with PCIe Gen 4 enabled. In a head-to-head benchmark against NVIDIA's RTX 2070 using the game Strange Brigade, AMD showed a Radeon RX5000 series card hitting around 10 percent better performance than NVIDIA's card. It's still early days for Navi, and real-world performance will tell the full story of how AMD stacks up to NVIDIA, but that's a solid increase if AMD can hit the right price point. The Radeon RX5000 series is expected to launch in July, but pricing remains a mystery for now. Source
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