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  1. AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs in leaked online listing suggest imminent launch Dutch retailer suggests Ryzen Pro chips could launch within days (Image credit: AMD) AMD’s long-awaited Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs could arrive in shelves in just days, at least according to one retailer. Dutch retailer Centralpoint has prematurely listed the incoming Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G, Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G and Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G. According to the listings, the higher-end octa-core and hex-core CPUs will ship within "3 to 5 days", with the entry-level quad-core APU expected to arrive in stock on July 10. Though there’s not much that hasn't been leaked about the desktop Renoir APU, Centralpoint has given us our first glimpse of pricing. The AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G will fetch $357 (around £285, AU$511), while the Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G and Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G are listed as $243 (£194, AU$349) and $177 (£141, AU$253), respectively. While these prices seem steep, it's worth remembering there’s no official word from AMD on pricing just yet, so there's a chance that Centralpoint's prices are just placeholders for now. The specifications detailed on Centralpoint's product pages fall in line with the previously leaked information, as it lists the 7nm APUs with boost clock speeds up to 4.4 GHz, 4.3 GHz and 4.1 GHz, respectively. As per previous rumors, the 7nm AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G will have a base clock of 3.6GHz, a 65W TDP and 12MB cache, and a the Vega 8 iGPU clocked at 2,100Mhz. The six-core Ryzen 5 4650G will have a 3.7GHz base clock, the same 65W TDP and a Vega 7 chip clocked at 1,900Mhz, while the Ryzen 3 Pro 4530G will feature a base clock of 3.8GHz, and a Vega 6 chip clocked at 1,700Mhz. It won't be long until we find out for sure, as AMD is expected to confirm more details during the the launch of its Ryzen 3000XT Matisse Refresh CPUs on July 7. Via Tom's Hardware AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs in leaked online listing suggest imminent launch
  2. Forget AMD Ryzen 4000 processors – a Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 APU has just been spotted New details on AMD Ryzen 5000 'Cezanne' and 'Van Gogh' APUs revealed (Image credit: AMD) We're still awaiting a release date for the upcoming next-gen AMD Ryzen 4000 processors, but that doesn't mean that details about AMD's next next-gen processors aren't bubbling up to the surface while we wait. Details about AMD's Ryzen 5000 APUs, codenamed "Cezanne" for desktop-class and "Van Gogh" for low-power, mobility-class processors, have been posted online by Igor's Lab and it looks like AMD is already into the testing stage of the fabrication process. The two APUs are reportedly in the A0 "step" of the fabrication process, which is essentially the early validation phase for the new processor. Because of this, core features like the specific architecture being used are pretty much set with any changes being tweaks to the design, not wholesale reconfigurations. (Image credit: Igor's Lab) AMD Ryzen 5000 APU details emerge online AMD's Ryzen 5000 "Cezanne" APU will feature AMD's Zen 3 architecture and improved AMD Vega GPU cores, according to the report. The APU will be based on the existing FP6/AM4 package so it should be compatible with existing designs, making it an easy update for manufacturers. The Cezanne APU is rumored to release as early as next year, so there might be an announcement around CES 2021 in this regard. (Image credit: Igor's Lab) AMD's Ryzen 5000 "Van Gogh" APU, meanwhile, is a low-power Ryzen 5000 APU so it is expected to rely on the more energy-efficient Zen 2 architecture, but according to the report, it will feature Navi GPU cores rather than Vega. Overall, it's way too early to know much more about AMD's Ryzen 5000-series processor family, especially since we don't even have our hands on any AMD Ryzen 4000s yet, but it certainly can't hurt to speculate on what's coming over the horizon. Forget AMD Ryzen 4000 processors – a Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 APU has just been spotted
  3. AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs could be about to enter mass production Next-gen Ryzen processors could soon be rolling off the production lines (Image credit: Future) AMD’s Ryzen 4000 desktop processors are about to enter mass production, according to the rumor mill, so they should be on track for a 2020 launch as has previously been insisted. This information comes from Igor’s Lab, whose sources reckon that Ryzen 4000 CPUs have reached ‘B0 stepping’ – a technical term for a different revision of a processor – with that silicon likely to be the final version, and hence AMD’s ready to begin mass production of the finished products. Naturally, we have to chuck in a big heap of salt with this one, given that it’s just chatter from the grapevine. And even if what the sources believe is actually true right now, there’s always the possibility that some kind of last-minute gremlin could prompt a further revision. In other words, don’t get carried away, although it’s difficult not to get at least a little excited at the prospect that Ryzen 4000 desktop processors could be about to start rolling off assembly lines. No pressure? It’s still not certain exactly when these CPUs might launch, but we’ve heard the possibility of AMD unveiling the chips as early as September. In reality, as to when they might actually go on sale, it could be October, or indeed any of the closing months of 2020. With mass production about to start – possibly – the chips could certainly come sooner rather than later, although even if the lines are cranked up, AMD may not necessarily feel a whole lot of pressure to rush Ryzen 4000 out the door (or at least not the entire range, as some other rumor mongers seem to believe that only the high-end CPUs might arrive initially). After all, existing Ryzen 3000 processors are plenty competitive compared to Intel’s latest Comet Lake products, and indeed we have refreshed Ryzen 3000 ‘XT’ models due to debut very shortly. With Intel’s Rocket Lake next-gen CPUs still some way off, and potentially launching in Q1 or Q2 of 2021 – and still built on 14nm (albeit with a new architecture) – AMD seems to be very much in the driving seat, and sales of desktop products clearly reflect this. Via Wccftech AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs could be about to enter mass production
  4. AMD Adrenalin 20.5.1 Beta driver adds Graphics Hardware scheduling to select Navi cards A couple of days back, AMD quietly rolled out a feature update to its 20.5.1 Adrenalin driver adding support for hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling (GHS) on select Navi GPUs. Henceforth, the RX 5700 and 5600 series graphics cards, on both desktop and mobile, ie, RX 5700, RX 5600, and RX 5700M, RX 5600M, will support this feature. Sadly, it means Polaris and Vega owners, as well as Ryzen APU owners, will have to wait for a bit longer to get this feature. GHS is a major feature of WDDM 2.7 introduced in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004, build 19041). Rival Nvidia added support for the feature in its latest driver version 451.48 a few days back and AMD has followed suit, albeit only selectively for now. Since this is only a beta expansion over its previous driver release, AMD hasn't noted any specific bug fixes separately for this version. However, the firm has detailed the issues that are yet to be resolved: Oculus™ VR headsets may not display content or may experience severe performance drops with Hardware Scheduling enabled. Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround. Using Edge™ web browser to playback video content with a multi display system configuration may cause a system hang or crash after extended periods of use. Performance Metrics Overlay and Radeon WattMan incorrectly report higher than expected idle clock speeds on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products. Performance and power consumption are not impacted by this incorrect reporting. Some games may exhibit stutter intermittently during gameplay on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products. Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience a system crash or TDR when performing multiple task switches using Alt+Tab. Desktop or In-game corruption may occur intermittently when HDR is enabled. Direct ML Media Filters are currently unavailable in Radeon Software Media gallery for video or image content. Some users may still experience black screen or system hang issues during extended periods of gameplay. Some game titles may experience hitching when Instant Replay is enabled on Radeon RX 5000 series system configurations. If you own a Navi GPU and want to try GHS, head over to the official release notes page here to download the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.5.1 Beta driver. Moreover, AMD's Radeon Software app on Windows can also be used to upgrade to this driver, but do make sure to enable "Optional" updates since this is a beta release. If you wish to provide feedback on the driver or report errors, you can do so via this link. AMD Adrenalin 20.5.1 Beta driver adds Graphics Hardware scheduling to select Navi cards
  5. Linux computer manufacturer System76 launched today their first ever AMD powered Linux laptop, which features 3rd generation AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors and a cool price tag. A few weeks ago, TUXEDO Computers unveiled what they called the world’s first AMD-only Linux laptop, and now System76 follows in their footsteps to announce a new Linux laptop that’s powered by an AMD processor. Meet the 12th generation Serval WS. System76 Serval WS is now the first AMD laptop from the company known for numerous powerful Linux machines and the gorgeous, Ubuntu-based Pop_OS! Linux, which comes preloaded on all new computers manufactured by System76. In other words, customers can finally own an AMD-only Linux laptop from System76, powered by a 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processor. Available options include AMD Ryzen 5 3600, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or AMD Ryzen 9 3900, providing up to 12 cores and 24 threads of pure AMD power under the hood. “AMD Ryzen CPUs offer the best bang for your buck, which is especially helpful when your work requires mountains of bang,” said System76. “Create 3D models, simulate transitions, and test your predictions at breakneck speeds with up to 12 CPU Cores on the AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900.” Apart from the powerful AMD CPUs, the new Serval WS laptop can be configured with either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, up to 64GB upgradeable RAM, and up to 4TB NVMe flash storage for desktop-level gaming performance. The laptop also features a beautiful 15.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) 120 Hz display with a matte finish, a multi-color backlit chiclet US QWERTY keyboard, Gigabit Ethernet, Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6, 1.0MP HD video camera, a multitouch touchpad, and a removable 6-cell smart Lithium-Ion battery. The Serval WS has base price of $1,299 USD, but can go as high as $5,102 USD with max options and 3-year warranty. Without further ado, you can configure and buy yours right now from System76’s online store. It comes with the latest Pop_OS! Linux 20.04 LTS or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS pre-installed. More Images at the source ! Source
  6. This is AMD’s secret weapon against Intel and it could change personal computing forever Learnings from games consoles may help (Image credit: AMD) AMD’s big announcement this week was the launch of the new Ryzen 3000 XT CPUs - a stopgap between the current generation and the Ryzen 4000 series expected to launch later this year. Tucked away at the foot of the press release is mention of something that might become a fundamental part of AMD’s toolset, sooner rather than later, as it seeks to compete more sustainably with arch nemesis Intel. TechRadar Pro covered the launch of AMD StoreMi back in April, but version 2.0 has now been announced and will include “a new caching-based acceleration algorithm that enhances data integrity and prioritizes most-used data, speeding up boot times by up to 31% and decreasing game load times by up to 13% vs an HDD only". The tests were carried out using a hard drive of unknown capacity (or spinning speed) with a PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD, again of unknown origin. In reality, you should be able to mix and match any sort of storage, regardless of whether it is magnetic or not. No RAMDisk yet Sadly, this version of StoreMI doesn’t (yet) include the Radeon RAMDisk, which would achieve the Holy Grail of allowing RAM and storage to mix, similar to what Intel has done with Optane. We still believe this facility will arrive at some point, but why? Well, AMD has been working very closely with Microsoft on the brand new Xbox Series X gaming console and one of the biggest leaps in performance has come from moving to a new storage system that combines software (DirectStorage) with customized hardware. It turns out that DirectStorage is something Microsoft plans to bring to Windows as well, as it can reduce the processor overhead from I/O operations from multiple cores to just a fraction of a single core. While it will not be tied to any custom hardware, AMD is likely to benefit due to the modular nature of its CPU architecture. So where does that leave us? In a not-so-distant future, one can imagine an AMD system that pools together all the available memory/storage resources, managed intelligently in a way that’s far more efficient than what Windows 10 achieves with Virtual Memory, the part of your storage component the operating system uses as RAM. All this is pure speculation, of course, but the fact AMD has dedicated resources to StoreMi makes us optimistic about its future. This is AMD’s secret weapon against Intel and it could change personal computing forever
  7. AMD makes big announcements: Ryzen 3000XT processors, budget A520 chipset, and more Today, AMD is announcing a refresh of its Ryzen 3000 series mainstream desktop Matisse CPUs and is calling them the 3000XT processors. These are compatible with existing AM4 motherboards, though you might need a BIOS update if you wish to upgrade an older Ryzen CPU. AMD has often used the 'XT' moniker on its GPUs but this is the first time the company will be using it on its CPUs. XT is used to indicate higher performance compared to its non-XT counterpart. This higher performance can be achieved thanks to higher maximum boost clocks that the new models have, but architecturally, the core is still Zen 2. Base clocks and the TDPs will remain the same. AMD says the clock gains are a result of the 7nm process optimization. In total, there are three new SKUs, one each for the Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 9 lineups, namely the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 9 3900XT. These will be available from the seventh of next month at the same price the originals launched. The Ryzen 3 series, however, gets no XT love as of now. For some reason, AMD seems to have skipped the inclusion of the Wraith Prism cooler on the 3800XT even though it came with the Ryzen 7 3800X and is recommending users to opt for liquid cooling. The 3600XT, though, will be including the Wraith Spire, just like its predecessor. AMD also announced A520 chipset for budget PC builders. The x20 series chipset generally lacks processor overclocking support and most of the other enthusiast features. AMD says the chipset will support all "3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors and beyond" and will be available from August from major motherboard vendors. StoreMI, AMD's answer to Intel's Optane memory, has also received performance upgrades in its new 2.0 version when it comes to the caching algorithm and faster data access. In its internal testing, AMD notes up to 31% faster boot times and up to 13% faster World of Warcraft load time against an HDD. For its testing, AMD used a PCIe 4 NVMe SSD as the cache drive, so results may vary depending on the drive you use and the games you play. AMD makes big announcements: Ryzen 3000XT processors, budget A520 chipset, and more
  8. AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT could arrive on July 7, but looks pricey going by Amazon Italy leak Ryzen 5 3600XT also listed, but we shouldn’t put much stock in what are likely placeholder prices (Image credit: Future) AMD is purportedly ready to unleash XT-branded refreshes of some Ryzen 3000 processors, and listings for the Ryzen 9 3900XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT have popped up on Amazon Italy, complete with alleged release dates and prices. Of course, we should make it very clear upfront that all this remains speculation. The chips were highlighted by an eagle-eyed user on Reddit (as spotted by Tom’s Hardware), but as ever, the product listings have been taken down since they were reported. However, this is certainly another clue – and a more compelling one – adding to the weight of evidence that the XT CPUs are indeed coming (although note that AMD’s other rumored chip, the 3800XT, wasn’t listed by Amazon, which could suggest it won’t arrive with the initial batch). The other main point with this nugget from the CPU grapevine is the revelation of alleged release dates, and that these line up exactly with what we’ve heard from the rumor mill previously. Namely that the processors are expected to be unveiled on June 16, early next week, and should go on sale come July 7. The product listings do specify the boost speed (although not the base clock speed), with the Ryzen 9 3900XT reaching 4.7GHz, and Ryzen 5 3600XT hitting 4.5GHz boost. That’s 100MHz more than the standard 3900X and 3600X, a slight bump in boost – and disappointingly quite a lot less than was indicated by earlier rumors, which suggested increases of 200MHz or 300MHz. Of course, it’s Amazon that might be wrong here – or indeed both sources for that matter. Also note that the stock clocks aren’t mentioned, and these may be considerably higher with the refreshed CPUs; plus previous speculation has also indicated that these XT chips will be better for overclocking too. Knee-deep in salt When it comes to the pricing quoted by Amazon Italy, well, we are truly knee-deep in salt here, as naturally these price tags are likely to be placeholders (assuming this leak is genuine anyway). So bear that firmly in mind, but for what it’s worth, so to speak, the quoted prices at Amazon Italy were €569.69 (around $640, £510) for the top-end Ryzen 9 3900XT, and €284.84 (around $320, £255) for the Ryzen 5 3600XT. As Tom’s Hardware points out, compared to the current price of the 3900X, that’s about a 27% increase, and a 34% rise compared to the price of the existing 3600X. That’s quite a sharp increase, but as we mentioned, we really wouldn’t put much stock in this particular element of the leak here. Another interesting point to note is that the 3600XT is listed with AMD’s Wraith Spire cooler, whereas the 3900XT isn’t. We should know much more about these processors – and the potential 3800XT – pretty soon, then, because if these reveal and launch dates (which have been consistently repeated) turn out to be correct, we only have a few days to wait now before we hear something official from AMD. The theory with these ‘Matisse Refresh’ CPUs is that they represent a stopgap measure and extra ammunition to go up against Intel’s recently unleashed Comet Lake processors, before Ryzen 4000 desktop chips are launched later this year. AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT could arrive on July 7, but looks pricey going by Amazon Italy leak
  9. 6-core AMD Ryzen APU spotted: could this be a new budget champion? AMD Ryzen 4400G APU shows up on 3DMark ahead of its rumored arrival next month (Image credit: AMD) A mid-range AMD Ryzen 4000 'Renoir' APU has been spotted in 3DMark ahead of its rumored arrival next month. Details of the listing, shared by Twitter tipster @TUM_APISAK, reveal that the AMD Ryzen 4400G will be a 6-core, 12-thread processor with a base clock of 3.7GHz and a boost clock of 3.3GHz. Details about the Ryzen 5 4400G’s onboard iGPU remain a mystery, though previous rumors suggested it would support seven Compute Units (CUs) with its engine clock set at 1.90GHz. In 3DMark 11, where it was benchmarked with 8GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, the APU racked up a score of 10,241 in the physics test and 4,395 in the graphics test. Compared to the last-generation Ryzen 5 3400G, the AMD Ryzen 4400G falls short in the former, though it shows around a 9% uptick in GPU performance. These results are unlikely to reflect the final performance of the Ryzen 5 4400G, though. In fact, according to an earlier leak, AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs could offer up to a 90% performance increase over last year's Ryzen 3000 processors. AMD’s Ryzen 4000 APUs will be based on Team Red’s Zen 2 CPU and Vega GPU architecture based on TSMC's 7nm process node and will be compatible with the existing AM4 platform. Meanwhile, the rest of the upcoming Ryzen 4000 series will be based on Zen 3. The lineup will be headed-up by the Ryzen 7 PRO 4700G, an 8-core, 16-thread APU was spotted with default clocks set at 3.6GHz and boost clocks running at 4.45GHz. The Ryzen 5 4400G will sit in the middle, while the 4-core, 8-thread Ryzen 3 4200G will round off the lineup as an entry-level option. When they debut later this year, likely alongside AMD's Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 CPUs, incoming Ryzen 4000 in entry-level desktops and all-in-ones due to their integrated graphics capabilities. 6-core AMD Ryzen APU spotted: could this be a new budget champion?
  10. AMD dominates Intel in CPU sales - at least according to one retailer AMD claimed 83% of sales at Mindfactory (Image credit: Future) Intel's newly-released Comet Lake processors are failing to make a dent in sales of AMD CPUs, according to Mindfactory. New sales data released by the German retailer and spotted by Hexus shows that in the week of June 1 to June 7, it sold 5,270 AMD processors, compared to just 770 Intel CPUs. That sees Team Red outselling its biggest rival by 82% to just 13%, and taking home the lion's share of the revenue; AMD revenues at the Mindfactory came in at €1,106,065 (about $1,248,970, £983,950, AU$1,785,630) (81%), compared to just €246,605 (about $278,490, £219,400, AU$398,120) (18%) from Intel. The best-selling CPU was the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 with some 1,710 units shifted, followed by the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and two-year-old Ryzen 5 2600, with some 970 and 700 sold, respectively. Though Intel’s newly-released Comet Lake CPUs appear in Mindfactory’s data for the first time, the processors are doing little to challenge AMD's dominance. The Intel Core i7-10700K, for example, sold just 50 units during the seven-day period, while the Intel Core i5-10600K sold a mere 40 units. Team Blue's most popular processor was the Intel Core i7-9700K, which racked up a slightly more respectful sales tally of 170 units. We reached out to Intel for comment about these sales figures, and will update this article if we hear back. Future gazing While these figures are to be taken with a pinch of salt, they suggest that Intel's 10th-generation Comet Lake series has failed to make much of an impact on the market, particularly among PC enthusiasts. Intel will no doubt be hoping that its upcoming 11th-generation Rocket Lake series, which will be based on its upcoming Willow Lake architecture, will do more to shake AMD's dominance, at least in the German market. However, AMD is also gearing up to release its Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs, which will reportedly be headed up by 16-core successor to the Ryzen 9 3950X. While Willow Cave will continue to be based on 14nm, AMD's Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 CPUs will use TSMC’s 7nm process and are expected to offer a major performance boost compared to the current Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 processors. AMD dominates Intel in CPU sales - at least according to one retailer
  11. Intel Tiger Lake leaked benchmarks suggest good – and bad – news for AMD By Carly Page 14 hours ago The quad-core Intel Core i7-1165G7 has shown up on 3DMark ahead of its mid-2020 debut (Image credit: Future) Intel’s 11th-generation Tiger Lake quad-core CPU has been spotted once again in online benchmarks, and this time it's been pitted against the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U. The processor in question is the Intel Core i7-1165G7, a quad-core, eight-thread APU based on the chipmaker's new 10nm+ Willow Cove architecture. It looks set offer a big boost on the integrated GPU front too, with Intel Xe graphics - based on the same underlying architecture that will power the company's discrete GPUs later this year - coming into play. Twitter tipster TUM_APISAK has shared the latest benchmarks for the Tiger Lake-U processor, which has an alleged base clock of 2.8GHz and a boost clock of 4.7GHz. In 3DMark 11, the Intel Core i7-1165G7 racked up a score 8,020 in the physics test and 6,217 in the graphics test, given the as-yet-unannounced processor and overall score of 6,211. Tiger Lake vs Renoir When compared to the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, which offers the same 15W TDP but double the number of cores and threads, the Tiger Lake-U chip falls short in the performance stakes. Team Red's 8-core, 16-thread Renoir-U chip scored an impressive 12,494 in the physics test - around 56.% higher than the incoming Intel CPU. However, the Intel Core i7-1165G7 also fails to match its Ice Lake-based Core i7-1065G7 predecessor, suggesting the Tiger Lake CPU is still far from its final form. Saying that, the Intel APU managed to best AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800U in the graphics tests, with Team Red's Vega iGPU delivering a slightly lower score of 6,104 points. This suggests that even though it’s still in its early stages, Intel’s Xe architecture will give AMD a run for its money - at least until Big Navi shows up. Intel Tiger Lake processors, which will be kept exclusive to notebook devices, are expected to show up in mid-2020, with Intel confirming that it'll appear in some 50+ laptop designs at the end of the year. However, it's worth remembering that AMD's Ryzen 4000 mobile chips are expected to debut in something like 150 notebooks through 2020. Intel Tiger Lake leaked benchmarks suggest good – and bad – news for AMD
  12. AMD Radeon RX 5300 leak suggests Team Red may release another budget contender soon Will we have another budget hit in our hands? (Image credit: AMD) AMD has been making headlines lately, especially with the rumored next-generation AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ details being leaked not too long ago. Now, it looks like the manufacturer could also be hard at work in its budget GPU department as well. A leaked CompuBench benchmark from late 2019, recently shared by hardware leaker @Komachi_Ensaka, for a GPU codenamed AMD 7340:CF could be AMD’s entry-level Radeon RX 5300. This unconfirmed chip has 3GB of GDDR6 memory, a maximum boost clock speed of 1,900 MHz and 24 Compute Units (CUs). Based on the current RDNA architecture, the rumored RX 5300 could also have a total of 1,536 Stream Processors (SPs), which means it may give the Radeon RX 5500 XT a run for its money in the budget segment. According to Tom’s Hardware, if this graphics card is indeed the Radeon RX 5300, it will most likely be a Navi 14 GPU that has PCIe 4.0 support and will probably come with 14 Gbps memory complemented with a 96-bit memory interface. If AMD's using the same specifications as the mobile variant, that is. Performance and release date There are currently three CompuBench benchmarks for the AMD 7340:CF that exists, and all of them date back to August 2018. Based on those results, its performance would have rivaled that of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650. Plus, a 3GB graphics card nowadays is hardly impressive. The good news is, AMD has had more than enough time to test and tweak the chip, and its performance and specs could have improved since then. If AMD does have plans to roll out this Radeon RX 5300 chip, we could be looking at a much more powerful low-end graphics card. We don't know if, and when, this graphics card will ever see the light of day – or even if it’s an OEM-exclusive part. AMD is said to release its next-generation graphics card in September, but it’s hard to tell whether this graphics card will roll out later this year. If it does, we might not even know until it starts appearing in PCs, much like the Radeon RX 5300 XT, which didn’t get an official launch. Source: AMD Radeon RX 5300 leak suggests Team Red may release another budget contender soon (TechRadar)
  13. AMD Ryzen 6000 might arrive in 2022 as the world's first 6nm desktop processor Leaked roadmap suggests the Zen 3+ APU will feature integrated RDNA 2 graphics (Image credit: Future) The AMD Ryzen 6000 series will arrive in 2022 as Team Red's first 6nm desktop APUs, according to a leaked product roadmap. Though we’re still awaiting the arrival of the AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs, slides shared with Wccftech suggest that the firm's 6th-generation Ryzen CPUs will blow these incoming processors out of the water when it comes to notable upgrades. AMD Ryzen 6000 APUs, codenamed “Rembrandt”, will be reportedly be based on a new Zen 3+ architecture, which will deliver a boost in both performance and efficiency compared to Zen 3. It's also expected that the Rembrandt APUs will be built on TSMC's new 6nm node, an optimized version of the N7 node. It's on the graphics side where things get really interesting, however. The massive leak reveals that AMD's Vega graphics will be replaced by RDNA 2, with Team Red bypassing the RDNA 1 GPU architecture that comes in between. The RDNA 2 GPUs should deliver increased performance per watt along with support for ray tracing, which means AMD's 6th-generation APUs could be the first deliver console-rivalling graphics. There's some bad news, however, as it looks like AMD will be abandoning its AM4 socket when Rembrandt debuts, moving to the newer AM5 platform. However, this will bring with it a number of features including DDR5, LPDDR5, USB 4.0, and PCIe 5.0. Though we don't yet have an exact release date, the roadmap suggests AMD will launch its Rembrandt APUs in 2022. The Ryzen 6000 processors will succeed, unsurprisingly, AMD's Ryzen 5000 series. Codenamed “Cezanne”, these APUs are expected to arrive in 2021 based on the Zen 3 processor architecture and a Vega graphics core. Earlier leaks suggested that Cezanne will be paired with RDNA 2 graphics, but Wccftech predicts the APU will instead continue to rely on the older Vega cores, with RDNA 2 support relegated to systems with discrete graphics in 2021. According to the leaked roadmap, AMD's next desktop APU upgrade, Ryzen 4000, will arrive at some point this month. Source: AMD Ryzen 6000 might arrive in 2022 as the world's first 6nm desktop processor (TechRadar)
  14. AMD’s killer ‘Big Navi’ GPUs could come in four versions – but will they be enough to take on Nvidia RTX 3000? Both rival GPU ranges are expected to launch very close to each other, possibly in September (Image credit: AMD) AMD’s next-gen ‘Big Navi’ graphics cards will come in four different flavors, according to a fresh leak, which also imparted details on the other GPUs we can expect to see from AMD hopefully later this year. Rogame, a hardware leaker who has always been very active on Twitter, has just started his own website, and kicked that venture off with this claimed exclusive leak. So, the (alleged) scoop is that Big Navi or Navi 21 graphics cards aimed at the higher-end for gamers (built on RDNA 2) will come in four different variants: Navi 21 XTX, Navi 21 XT, Navi 21 XL and Navi 21 XLE. Apparently, in terms of positioning within the range, the Navi 21 XT roughly corresponds with the existing RX 5700 XT, and the XL with the vanilla RX 5700, with the XLE being roughly equivalent to the 5600 XT. As for the top-end Navi 21 XTX, that will purportedly be a higher-binned part, similar to the RX 5700 XT Anniversary Edition, possibly with faster clock speeds to give it a bit more oomph. If this speculation is on the money, of course. The report further contends that AMD intends to produce more wallet-friendly new GPUs based on Navi 10 – as used in existing cards – alongside the aforementioned Navi 21 big guns, as previous speculation has hinted. These more affordable graphics cards will be the Navi 10 XT+ and XTE+, GPUs which will act as replacements for the existing RX 5700 XT and 5600 XT respectively. There will also be a Navi 10 XM+ which will be the successor to the RX 5600M in laptops. Of course, if these are based on current Navi 10 as the rumor claims, that obviously means they won’t get the benefit of AMD’s next-gen architecture RDNA 2, which could be a bit disappointing for those looking to spend less on a new Radeon graphics card. Although that said, they could be really competitively priced to make up for any shine taken off in this respect… Rumors abound As mentioned, much of this lines up with what we’ve heard before, namely that only the flagship models of AMD’s GPUs with RDNA 2 will feature ray tracing support, and the new lower-end options won’t support it (much as Nvidia has hardware level support for ray tracing on RTX cards, but not on cheaper GTX models). Rogame also reckons there will be two new Radeon Pro Navi 21 graphics cards arriving, following on from the Radeon Pro W5700 and W5700X, and some Navi 21 variants specifically made for Apple and iMac (or iMac Pro) plus Mac Pro refreshes. As we’ve heard before, the Big Navi product, which could be called the Radeon RX 5950 XT going by previous rumors, will reportedly have a die size of 505²mm, and up to 80 compute units (CUs) with 5120 GPU cores. That’s still speculation, of course, but what we do know is that AMD has previously said that RDNA 2 offers a 50% boost in terms of performance per Watt, no less, compared to the original RDNA architecture used in its existing Navi cards. That’s a pretty impressive leap. The rumor mill has previously floated launch dates of September, October or November for Big Navi, after AMD having confirmed that the GPUs are on track for late 2020. The key question, as ever, will be not just exactly what performance they will offer compared to Nvidia’s cards, but at what price. The other complication for AMD is that Nvidia’s next-gen Ampere graphics cards – presumably RTX 3000 models, although we don’t know that yet – are set for a Q3 launch, with one possibility being a head-to-head face-off between Big Navi and Ampere perhaps in September. The likelihood is that right now, even AMD or Nvidia can’t be sure how the launch timeframe will pan out, but the main point is that both new graphics card ranges will theoretically be launching close together – so AMD won’t be competing against the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at the top-end, but the 3080 Ti (or whatever it ends up being called). And that could be some seriously fierce competition from what we’ve heard… Source: AMD’s killer ‘Big Navi’ GPUs could come in four versions – but will they be enough to take on Nvidia RTX 3000? (TechRadar)
  15. AMD, Nvidia may launch their next generation graphics cards in September Here’s comes Big Navi (Image credit: Nvidia) We have long been anticipating the arrival of both Nvidia’s Ampere GPU architecture to its GeForce graphics cards as well as AMD’s ultimate Nvidia killer, the Big Navi... unfortunately, we have been disappointed on both counts. So far, AMD hasn’t shared any concrete details about its RDNA 2, while Nvidia has launched Ampere only for Data Center. On the upside, it does look like these GPUs are coming, and they’re coming later this year. That's according to Digitimes, who says graphics cards vendors are expected to cut prices for older products because both AMD and Nvidia are “set to launch their next-generation GPUs in September.” Unfortunately, Digitimes has made no mention of which GPUs will be launching, and does not name its source, so we are taking this with a grain of salt. However, the report does corroborate an older press release by TrendForce, which states that “Nvidia and AMD are planning to release new GPUs in 3Q20.” Adding weight to the rumors This also seems to line up with existing speculations. Nvidia’s next-gen Ampere graphics cards are already expected to arrive in Q3 2020, and AMD’s Big Navi has already been reported to come at the end of 2020. The timing makes sense – both GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti were launched in September 2018, followed by GeForce RTX 2070 the next month. And, in July, the Super RTX line will be a year old. Meanwhile, a new rumor points to both AMD’s Ryzen 4000 desktop processors and RDNA 2 GPUs going on on sale in October 2020. Computex 2020 has also been postponed until September, though both manufacturers are rumored to be giving the major event a miss. However, it’s also possible that they’ll use the conference as an opportunity to show off their next-generation graphics cards. Major cities around the world are starting to open back up, and things could be back to normal by then. Source: AMD, Nvidia may launch their next generation graphics cards in September (TechRadar)
  16. Nvidia chose AMD over Intel for its most powerful product yet - here’s why Team Green embraces Team Red's technology (Image credit: Nvidia) Last week, Nvidia made an announcement that shook the industry as for the first time ever, it swept aside its decades-old rivalry with AMD, selecting the EPYC server processor for its DGX A100 deep learning system and casting aside Intel’s Xeon. In a statement to CRN, Charlie Boyle, Vice President and General Manager of DGX Systems at Nvidia, explained the rationale behind the switch. "To keep the GPUs in our system supplied with data, we needed a fast CPU with as many cores and PCI lanes as possible. The AMD CPUs we use have 64 cores each, lots of PCI lanes, and support PCIe Gen4," he said. Intel is expected to add PCIe 4.0 to its feature list when it launches the 10nm Ice Lake server chip later this year but, for now, can only sit and watch as AMD nibbles away at its market share. EPYC also supports eight-channel memory, two more than Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors. The EPYC 7742 delivers more cores (64 vs 56 with the Intel Xeon Platinum 9282) with significantly more cache onboard (256MB vs 77MB), a lower TDP (225W vs 400w) and a far lower price tag ($6,950 vs circa $25,000). These marked improvements are all thanks to AMD’s much finer 7nm manufacturing process, which allows far more transistors to be packed together, optimising power consumption and clock speeds. Time will tell whether the move marks a permanent thawing of the relationship between Nvidia and AMD, or just a temporary truce. Source: Nvidia chose AMD over Intel for its most powerful product yet - here’s why (TechRadar)
  17. AMD Ryzen 4000 leak hints at 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X successor Zen 3 CPU will allegedly boast a 3.7GHz base clock and 4.6GHz boost clock (Image credit: AMD) A new leak has revealed the specifications of AMD’s incoming Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs, confirming a mammoth 16-core successor to the Ryzen 9 3950X. The leak comes courtesy of Igors Lab, which recently gave us the skinny on AMD’s Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ APU lineup. It has now got the scoop on the Ryzen 4000 ‘Vermeer’ desktop CPUs, which unlike Renoir APUs, won’t feature an integrated GPU and will be built on AMD's new and improved Zen 3 microarchitecture. Though this will continue to use TSMC's 7nm process, it’s expected to offer a major performance boost compared to the current Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 processors, with AMD allegedly touting 15% to 17% IPC gains. AMD Ryzen 4000 specs leak Specifications pulled from for the engineering samples (ES) show that the Ryzen 4000 Vermeer CPU lineup will be headed up by a 16-core, 32-thread successor to the Ryzen 9 3950X, and while these details are likely to change ahead of release, more information obtained via the Ordering Part Number (OPN) codes claim that the chip will boast a 3.7GHz base clock and 4.6GHz boost clock. When compared to the Ryzen 9 3950X, that’s a 200MHz increase in the base clock, and a 100MHz decrease in boost clock speed. The Ryzen 4000 leak also details a second 16-core part, with the same 3.7GHz and 4.6GHz base and boost clocks, along with three 8-core, 16-thread chips. These appear to have 4GHz and 4.6GHz base and boost clock speeds, respectively; the Ryzen 7 3800X arrived with a 3.9GHz base clock and 4.5 GHz base clock. The AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop CPU lineup is widely expected to debut in September. Team Red had originally planned to showcase the Zen 3 processors at the now-cancelled Computex show this month, but sources claim the company will now show off its next-generation desktop processors later this year regardless of whether Taiwan’s delayed computing show goes ahead or not. Source: AMD Ryzen 4000 leak hints at 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X successor (TechRadar)
  18. AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ leak hints at a seriously powerful 8-core APU Doubling up on the quad-core flagship of Ryzen 3000 APUs (Image credit: AMD) AMD Ryzen desktop APUs are about to get a major boost and step up to 8-cores, at least going by a leaked benchmark. The result for what speculation contends is an AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ desktop APU shows an 8-core, 16-thread chip which would double up on the current Ryzen 3000 APUs that are led by a quad-core part (the Ryzen 5 3400G). As you can see, the benchmark spotted by TUM_APISAK (and Komachi – both of whom are the source of many hardware leaks on Twitter) comes from User Benchmark and shows an 8-core chip which is clocked at 3GHz with boost to 3.95GHz. The User Benchmark score itself was recorded as 86.2%. Of course, we need to take any leak with a sizeable amount of caution, and assuming this is a genuine AMD part, the clock speeds reflect an engineering sample chip, so aren’t representative of the final performance you can expect. The processor was benchmarked in an ASRock B550 motherboard and will reportedly support not just this and X570 boards, but also B450 and X470 products. As Wccftech reports, _rogame (another high-profile Twitter leaker) also chimed in on this one, claiming that there are currently (at least) two Renoir APUs undergoing testing, both 8-core models, one running at 3GHz and one at 3.5GHz, with the GPU purportedly clocked at 1750MHz in both cases (he’s guessing that the Vega integrated graphics will be 8 compute units – the same as the Ryzen 9 4900HS which is also clocked at that speed). Performance jump Assuming all this speculation is on the mark, or at least near it, we can expect a considerable jump in performance with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 APUs compared to existing models. While User Benchmark scores are not the first benchmark you’d turn to in an ideal world, the result of 86.2% puts this alleged sample chip roughly in line with the sort of performance you’ll get from the Ryzen 7 4800H (which averages at 86% bang on in the User Benchmark database). For comparison, the Ryzen 5 3400G comes in at an average of 74%, and of course the jump to 8-cores will be more than welcome for those looking for a compelling APU, although obviously this alleged top-end chip will come with a price premium compared to the quad-core 3400G. Pricing will likely be pitched some way under AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core desktop CPU, although exactly how far under is of course a complete guessing game at this point. It’s further expected that as well as this 8-core model, there will be a quad-core offering for those who don’t want to fork out that much for an APU. According to Wccftech’s sources, the new AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs are expected to launch in July. The existing Ryzen 5 3400G offers a base clock of 3.7GHz with boost to 4.2GHz and the integrated GPU is Vega 11 Graphics clocked at 1400MHz, with the chip having a TDP of 65W (the latter is expected to be maintained with the incoming 8-core model). Source: AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ leak hints at a seriously powerful 8-core APU (TechRadar)
  19. AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs could blow Intel away with nearing 20% IPC boost AMD’s claiming 15-17% better IPC, but OEMs say it feels faster, rumor suggests (Image credit: AMD) AMD’s Ryzen 4000 desktop processors which are expected to arrive later this year will be a massive step on in terms of performance compared to current Ryzen 3000 CPUs, if the latest from the rumor mill is to be believed. We should note upfront that the source of this speculation, a certain ‘Ice Universe’, is not one of the sources we’d normally expect to come forth with info on AMD – and while Wccftech, which spotted this, insists that the leaker has a solid enough track record, that mainly seems to revolve around smartphone rumors. At any rate, we’d treat this one very cautiously, but as you can see from the tweet translated by RetiredEngineer on Twitter – advising the use of a large bowl of salt himself – it outlines ‘gossip’ about the performance of Ryzen 4000 CPUs based on Zen 3 (the fact that it’s self-proclaimed ‘gossip’ should be borne firmly in mind as well). Apparently, AMD is claiming around 15% to 17% better IPC (instructions per clock) with its next-gen CPUs, and if anything, engineers at two prominent device manufacturers are purportedly saying that with testing, sample Ryzen 4000 chips are looking even more promising than this (and that they are owning Intel on the power consumption front, too). Could that even hint at a near 20% uplift in IPC compared to Ryzen 3000? This is entering the territory of guesswork now, of course, but we have heard whispers of perhaps 15% or even as much as 20% gains from the grapevine in the past. Then again, there has also been talk of a more modest increase pitched around 8% to 10%. However, theoretically as we get closer towards launch, we should be hearing more accurate estimations regarding how much of an uplift Ryzen 4000 will deliver. But ultimately, these are just estimations, and as ever we have to trust that the rumor isn’t partially or even wholly fabricated. In this case, as we’ve already said, it’s one of the shakier sounding Ryzen 4000 rumors to have emerged. Intel in serious trouble? Still, if it is true, or close to the truth, Intel may be trouble, given that it’s about to be launched 10th-gen Comet Lake processors are late to the party, and have their work cut out keeping up with Ryzen 3000 – let alone AMD’s next-gen chips, particularly if this sort of speed boost really is in the cards. Intel does also have 11th-gen Rocket Lake desktop CPUs on the horizon and ready to roll with a new architecture, and as we’ve observed before, one theory is that they could be released in a hurry to try to combat the Ryzen 4000 threat. However, with Comet Lake chips not even on the shelves yet, and Ryzen 4000 potentially looking to launch around October – just five months from now – it’s hard to see how Rocket Lake is going to get close to Ryzen 4th-gen (it seems more likely that Intel’s 11th-gen CPUs will debut in Q2 of 2021, or perhaps Q1 at a push). Source: AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs could blow Intel away with nearing 20% IPC boost (TechRadar)
  20. Intel Core i5-10600K vs AMD Ryzen 5 3600: the mid-range CPU rumble continues Can the Intel Core i5-10600K topple the AMD Ryzen 5 3600? (Image credit: Shutterstock) With the official launch of Intel's 10th-generation Comet Lake-S processors, the Intel Core i5 10600K vs AMD Ryzen 5 3600 debate was inevitable. While the best processors from Intel are still considered the gold standard for the industry, AMD is slowly increasing its market share at Intel's expense – and in some ways even surpassing them. In the mid-range processor class, it's undeniable that the Ryzen 5 3600 isn't as "fast" as the competing Intel Core i5-9600K in terms of clock speed. But with hyper-threading technology, higher IPC (instructions per clock) performance and a lower price point, the Ryzen 5 has become a popular choice among non-OEM and budget-conscious consumers. With the release of the Intel Core i5-10600K, however, has Intel successfully reasserted its decades-long computing dominance, or does the Ryzen 5 continue to hold its own against the industry behemoth latest offering? (Image credit: Future) Price and availability Intel Core i5-10600K launch price is set at $262 (around £230, AU$400), which is pretty much in line with the pricing for Intel's previous generation Core i5 chips. The Ryzen 5 3600, meanwhile, costs significantly less with a starting price of $160 (around £150, AU$245). Now that the Comet Lake-S has officially launched, Intel's 9th generation Core i5 processors may see a price drop that put them more in line with AMD's offering, though the Core i5-9600K still comes in around $200/£245/AU$308. Even with that price drop though, the six-core, six-thread 9600K still comes up short against the six-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 3600. How does the Ryzen 5 3600 compare to Intel's latest offering though? (Image credit: Future) (Image credit: Future) Specifications The biggest change for the Core i5 10600K over its predecessor is hyperthreading. The 10600K is a six-core, 12-thread processor with a listed base clock speed of up to 4.1GHz, boostable to a maximum single-core turbo frequency of 4.8GHz. It comes unlocked, so it can be overclocked, and includes an integrated Intel UHD 630 GPU. Its Thermal Design Power (TDP) comes in at 125W, 30Ws higher than its predecessor. It supports 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes, up to 128GB of dual-channel, non-ECC DDR4-2933 RAM, and has an L3 cache size of 12MB. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600, meanwhile, also has 6 cores and 12 threads, but with a lower base clock speed of 3.6GHz. Its max turbo speed is 4.2GHz. It can also be overclocked but does not come with an integrated GPU. Its TDP is much lower than the Intel Core i5-10600K's, coming in at 65W, supports 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and up to 128GB of dual-channel ECC DDR4-3200 RAM. The Intel Core i5-10600K requires the latest Intel LGA 1200 chipset, however, so if you're using an Intel Core i5-9600K and you're looking to upgrade to the 10600K, you'll need to purchase a brand new motherboard to go along with it. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 uses the same AM4 socket as its predecessor, some it squeezes the last bit of useful life out of the older boards. (Image credit: Intel) Performance We haven't been able to test or benchmark the latest Intel chips, which means we have to go off what Intel has reported for the Core i7 and i9 processors in terms of performance. According to Intel, the desktop Comet Lake processors will provide up to 33% higher frames per second (FPS) while playing Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord over its predecessor, with up to 10% higher FPS in Player Unknown: Battlegrounds and 13% higher FPS in Monster Hunter World. How well this translates to the Core i5 is impossible to discern, so these figures need to be taken with a grain of salt until we've had a chance to test the Core i5-10600K ourselves. If these numbers are at least in the same ballpark for the 10600K, then we can expect an improvement over the 9600K, even if it's a modest one. So how does that stack up against the Ryzen 5 3600? Considering that it is a very popular CPU for gamers, gaming performance is going to be a crucial battleground for the two chipmakers. (Image credit: TechRadar) Intel Core i5 10600K vs AMD Ryzen 5 3600: which is going to be the gaming CPU champion? The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 was able to match the gaming performance of Intel's 9th generation Core i5 chips at a significantly lower price point, so how likely is it that Intel's latest mid-range Comet Lake processor can bring gamers back to the Intel fold? It is tough to say without benchmarking the chip ourselves, but there are several major hurdles that are cutting against Intel in this fight. While the Core i5-10600K features 4K-capable integrated graphics, expecting high-performance gaming out of an integrated GPU is a fool's errand. Most gaming consumers are going to be looking to utilize a more powerful discrete GPU for their rigs, so one of Intel's major advantages over the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is someone moot. What's more, the Ryzen 5 3600 matched the Core i9 9900K's performance nearly frame-for-frame so the 10% to 33% FPS improvements that Intel is promising for Comet Lake processors, while important, are likely to be tinkering on the margins when the Ryzen 5 3600 is already pumping out nearly 120 FPS on Middle Earth: Shadow of War and 101 FPS on Warhammer: Total War II. Assuming that the Intel Core i5 10600K performs as well as the Intel Core i9, is the difference between 100 FPS and 120 FPS worth the extra investment required to jump to the Intel 10600K? Don't forget, you'll need to buy a whole new LGA 1200 motherboard as well. On the high end, these kinds of performance differences might make sense, but for a gamer on a budget, those extra 20 FPS look awfully expensive, especially when your game already looks amazing - and that's assuming Intel can deliver that kind of performance bump at the Core i5 level, which still isn't certain. At this point, it still looks very much like the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 will remain the preferred CPU for mid-range gaming rigs, so Intel has some work to do to reassert its once monolithic position. Source: Intel Core i5-10600K vs AMD Ryzen 5 3600: the mid-range CPU rumble continues (TechRadar)
  21. no, it won't play crysis. stop asking — Nvidia ditches Intel, cozies up to AMD with its new DGX A100 Nvidia's first Ampere hardware is headed for the data center, not the game room. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 3 images. Yesterday at Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference, everybody found out what CEO Jensen Huang was cooking—an Ampere-powered successor to the Volta-powered DGX-2 deep learning system. On Wednesday, we described mysterious hardware in Huang's kitchen as likely "packing a few Xeon CPUs" in addition to the new successor to the Tesla v100 GPU. Egg's on our face for that one—the new system packs a pair of AMD Epyc 7742 64-core, 128-thread CPUs, along with 1TiB of RAM, a pair of 1.9TiB NVMe SSDs in RAID1 for a boot drive, and up to four 3.8TiB PCIe4.0 NVMe drives in RAID 0 as secondary storage. Goodbye Intel, hello AMD First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 3 images. Technically, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that Nvidia would tap AMD for the CPUs in its flagship machine-learning nodes—Epyc Rome has been kicking Intel's Xeon server CPU line up and down the block for quite a while now. Staying on the technical side of things, Epyc 7742's support for PCIe 4.0 may have been even more important than its high CPU speed and massive core/thread count. GPU-based machine-learning frequently bottlenecks on storage, not CPU. The M.2 and U.2 interfaces used by the DGX A100 each use 4 PCIe lanes, which means the shift from PCI Express 3.0 to PCI Express 4.0 means doubling the available storage transport bandwidth from 32Gbps to 64Gbps per individual SSD. There may have been a little bit of politics lurking behind the decision to change CPU vendors, as well. AMD might be Nvidia's biggest competitor in the relatively low-margin consumer-graphics market, but Intel is muscling in on the data center side of the market. For now, Intel's offerings in discrete GPUs are mostly vapor—but we know Chipzilla's got much bigger and grander plans as it shifts its focus from the moribund consumer-CPU market to all things data center. The Intel DG1 itself—which is the only real hardware we've seen yet—has leaked benchmarks that have it competing with the integrated Vega GPU from a Ryzen 7 4800U. But Nvidia might be more concerned about the Xe HP 4-tile GPU, whose 2048 EUs (execution units) might offer up to 36TFLOPS—which would at least be in the same ballpark as the Nvidia A100 GPU powering the DGX unveiled today. DGX, HGX, SuperPOD, and Jetson The DGX A100 was the star of today's announcements—it's a self-contained system featuring eight A100 GPUs, with 40GiB GPU memory apiece. The US Department of Energy's Argonne National Lab is already using one DGX A100 for COVID-19 research. The system's nine 200Gbps Mellanox interconnects make it possible to cluster multiple DGX A100s—but those whose budget won't support lots of $200,000 GPU nodes can make do by partitioning the A100 GPUs into up to 56 instances apiece. For those who do have the budget to buy and cluster oodles of DGX A100 nodes, they're also available in an HGX—Hyperscale Data Center Accelerator—format. Nvidia says that a "typical cloud cluster" comprised of its earlier DGX-1 nodes along with 600 separate CPUs for inference training could be replaced by five DGX A100 units, capable of handling both workloads. This would condense the hardware down from 25 racks to one, the power budget from 630kW to 28kW, and the cost from $11 million to $1 million. If the HGX still doesn't sound big enough, Nvidia has also released reference architecture for its SuperPOD—no relation to Plume. Nvidia's A100 SuperPOD connects 140 DGX A100 nodes and 4PB of flash storage over 170 Infiniband switches, and it offers 700 petaflops of AI performance. Nvidia has added four of the SuperPODs to its own SaturnV supercomputer, which—according to Nvidia, at least—makes SaturnV the fastest AI supercomputer in the world. Finally, if the data center's not your thing, you can have an A100 in your edge computing instead, with Jetson EGX A100. For those not familiar, Nvidia's Jetson single-board platform can be thought of as a Raspberry Pi on steroids—they're deployable in IoT scenarios but bring significant processing power to a small form factor that can be ruggedized and embedded in edge devices such as robotics, health care, and drones. Listing image by Nvidia Source: Nvidia ditches Intel, cozies up to AMD with its new DGX A100 (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image galleries, please visit the above link)
  22. More evidence of AMD Ryzen 4000 APU with 8 cores surfaces Is the 8-core Renoir desktop APU all but confirmed? (Image credit: Future) It seems that leakers just can’t get enough of this whole Renoir desktop APU business. This time a whole lineup of AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs have been spotted. Igor Wallosek of Igor's Lab has just published AMD’s “Renoir” APU portfolio, listing quite a few Ryzen APUs. More importantly, the list, which he obtained from an unnamed source, also contains quite a lot of very specific information regarding technical specifications. Obviously, we need to take this with a pinch of salt. However, if these listings are in fact real, then AMD is ramping up its APU line with an 8-core, 16-thread APU flagship. (Image credit: Igor's Lab) Ramping up the APU flagship Unfortunately, the portfolio only displays the products’ OPN numbers, so we can’t confirm whether or not the recently leaked Ryzen 7 4700G is indeed real. There is one APU on this list with 8 cores, a CPU base clock of 3GHz, and iGPU clocked at 1750MHz. While this somewhat supports an earlier leak spotted by @_rogame, that at least one APU with those specifications exists and is currently being tested, this particular APU in the listing seems to be for mobile, not desktop. You can, however, see from the listing below that there are four desktop APUs with 8 cores and 16 threads supporting the rumor that AMD is doubling up on its flagship, the Ryzen 5 3400G, in terms of cores. (Image credit: Igor's Lab) (Image credit: Igor's Lab) (Image credit: Igor's Lab) These APUs also have 8 CUs, 512 Stream Processors (SPs) and impressively high CPU base frequencies at only 65W and 35W TDPs, which means that they’re going to offer decent performance boosts while being power efficient as well. Wallosek says that not all of these will make the final line-up, and AMD could still tweak the specs so they might be slightly different on the production models. Still, this gives us a pretty good peek at what’s in store for Team Red. We're sure AMD will lift the veil from these processors when its ready to show off the rest of the Ryzen 4000 desktop lineup. Source: More evidence of AMD Ryzen 4000 APU with 8 cores surfaces (TechRadar)
  23. AMD takes shots at Nvidia with expanded FidelityFX toolkit and GPUOpen Team Red will release new tools and technologies every day this week (Image credit: AMD) AMD has announced the relaunch of GPUOpen, which now boasts a brand-new website and four new FideltyFX effects optimized for AMD Navi graphics cards. GPUOpen, which AMD debuted in 2016, is a collection of open-source GPU technologies and specifications that developers can use in video game development. The company today announced that it has overhauled the four-year-old website with a “modern look and feel”, giving developers a simple-to-use resource for accessing its GPUOpen tools and technologies, along with tutorials and samples and presentations. In order to celebrate the launch of the long-overdue redesign, AMD announced that it’s also releasing new GPUOpen tools and technologies every day this week. These RDNA-optimized effects will equip developers with more advanced tools for implementing high-quality post-process game effects, and will exist in contrast to Nvidia's more exclusive GameWorks technologies like PhysX and HairWorks. Eyecandy everywhere The biggest part of the program is the expansion of the FideltyFX toolkit, which was introduced last year with Content Adaptive Sharpening (CAS). AMD has today added four new effects, including Stochastic Screen Space Reflections (SSSR), Combined Adaptive Compute Ambient Occlusion, (CACAO), Luminance Preserving Mapper (LPM) and, Single Pass Downsampler (SPD). As per Team Red’s announcement, SSSR will enable high-quality reflections with minimal overhead, CACAO will help improve the appearance of objects based on their exposure to ambient light, LPM will offer up superior HDR and wide color gamut content for games, and SPD generates texture MIP levels using asynchronous compute for optimal performance. Additionally, AMD has released two new demos, which are available for download today. The first, FEMFEX, is Team Red’s open-source CPU library for deformable material physicals that “enables game developers to take physics realism to the next level”, while TressFX will allow for the creation of GPU-accelerated realistic hair, fur rendering and simulation technology in games. To round out its GPUOpen relaunch week, as AMD calls it, the company will be hosting its first-ever virtual developer event on Friday. The “Let’s Build” event will play host to many of the presentations Team Red had planned for the now-postponed Game Developers Conference (GDC). Source: AMD takes shots at Nvidia with expanded FidelityFX toolkit and GPUOpen (TechRadar)
  24. AMD Ryzen 3 3100 overclocked to almost 6GHz, marking it as an OC beast Entry-level CPU is a no-brainer for budget builders (Image credit: Future) The budget-friendly AMD Ryzen 3 3100 has been overclocked to almost 6GHz, just shy of the record held by its much more expensive Ryzen 9 3950X sibling. Renowned overclocker TSAIK has managed to overclock the $99 (about £79, AU$150) Ryzen 3 3100 to an impressive 5.92GHz using liquid nitrogen cooling (LN2), as reported by TechPowerUp. The processor is due to hit shelves on June 16. The quad-core chip was supplied with 1.45 Volts of power, hence the over-the-top cooling, and was tested on an MSI X570 Tomahawk motherboard, paired with 8GB RAM that was underclocked to 1,600 MHz. This monumental overclock ranks as the second-highest overclock record for a Zen 2 processor, falling just a few Mhz shy of the record held by the Ryzen 9 3950X. This top-of-line CPU was overclocked to 6.041 GHz, also by TSAIK, on an MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard. AMD’s latest budget CPU is certainly shaping up to be an excellent choice for those looking to build a gaming PC on a budget. As we said in our review, though it fails to topple Intel when in single-core performance, the 7nm processor came within close distance of the $198 (£229, AU$439) Intel Core i5-9600K when it comes to multi-thread performance. The Ryzen 3 3100 – which features a 3.6GHz base clock and 3.9GHz boost clock - scored around 2,315 points in Cinebench R20 and 4,910 in GeekBench 5, just only 8% and 16% slower, respectively, than Intel’s more expensive i5-9600K. The budget-friendly CPU also features 16MB of L3 cache, a 65W TDP, and the same architectural bells and whistles as other Zen 2 processors, including PCIe 4.0 support when paired with an X570 or upcoming B550 motherboard. Source: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 overclocked to almost 6GHz, marking it as an OC beast (TechRadar)
  25. AMD RDNA 2 GPUs are coming this year, but they may not all feature ray tracing support Nvidia-rivaling feature rumored to be reserved for top end (Image credit: AMD) AMD has confirmed that it’s “on track” to release its long-awaited Zen 3 CPUs and RDNA 2 graphics cards in “late 2020”. Speaking on the firm’s earnings call on Tuesday, AMD CEO Lisa Su confirmed the launch 2020 timescale, though failed to share an exact release window. However, “late 2020” fits with the rumors that the first Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs will launch in September, followed by RDNA 2 graphics cards in October or November. On the CPU side of things, AMD’s Zen 3 “Vermeer” processors will be built using TSMC’s improved 7nm+ architecture and are expected to deliver a significant step up over the company’s current Zen 2 CPUs, with 10-15% IPC gains, faster clocks, and higher core counts. Perhaps more interesting, RDNA 2, or ‘Big Navi’, paves the way for the first AMD graphics cards to come with support for real-time ray tracing as Team Red looks to take on Nvidia’s top-end Turing GPUs. Ray tracing for some However, according to a new tidbit of information via the PTT Forums and spotted by Wccftech, only flagship variants of AMD’s RDNA 2 GPUs will feature ray tracing support. Apparently, the feature will be reserved for AMD’s high-end and enthusiast-grade Navi 2X GPUs, as the firm’s lower-end and more mainstream options won't have the capacity to support hardware-level ray tracing to run the feature at an optimal frame rate. This is hardly surprising, given Nvidia first debuted its ray-tracing chops on its higher-end graphics cards. Like Team Green, AMD is also reportedly planning to split its RDNA 2 GPUs into two categories: one with ray tracing branding, and the other without. The PTT forums post also suggests that AMD’s ‘Big Navi’ GPUs could be twice as powerful as the RX 5700 XT. The so-called Radeon RX 5950 XT, which looks set to be Team Red’s flagship GPU, will reportedly feature a die size of 505²mm, compared to the RX 5700 XT’s 251mm² die. This means the GPU could, at least in theory, double the number of compute units from 40 to 80 CUs. While AMD didn’t spill any more details about the incoming GPUs on Tuesday’s call, it has previously boasted that RDNA 2 brings with it a 50% improvement in performance per Watt compared to the original RDNA architecture. Via TechPowerUp Source: AMD RDNA 2 GPUs are coming this year, but they may not all feature ray tracing support (TechRadar)
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