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  1. AMD boasts that Ryzen 4000 CPUs will be ‘tremendously powerful’ Zen 3 is going to blow you away by all accounts… (Image credit: Future) AMD’s Ryzen 4000 desktop processors will be ‘tremendously powerful’ thanks to the major advancements in the Zen 3 architecture they’re built on, a company executive recently boasted. The comment was made by Forrest Norrod, AMD’s senior vice president, during the Deutsche Bank 2020 conference call, as reported by Seeking Alpha. Norrod said: “So you know that first Zen 1 Core was great and hugely cored, but Zen2 was as well. And Zen 3, that’s at the heart of our next-generation products is also a tremendously powerful architecture and you know right on the trajectory that we needed to be on.” Certainly there’s no mistaking the confidence behind the strong choice of wording for exactly how powerful Zen 3 will be, and therefore the kind of power we can expect from next-gen Ryzen 4000 chips. AMD recently let us know that there will be an initial reveal of Zen 3 desktop processors on October 8, so we should know a lot more about Ryzen 4000 CPUs very soon. That’ll be followed by another event on October 28 where AMD will unveil Big Navi graphics cards. Big leap in performance Of course, with the launch just a few weeks away now, it makes sense that AMD would be starting to crank up the hype machine for Ryzen 4000. We are expecting something like a 15% uplift in terms of IPC (instructions per clock), or maybe even more, with the rumor mill also mentioning up to 20% gains as a possibility. A big leap in performance is expected, then, and a fresh leak of the purported AMD Ryzen 9 4950X is also cause for concern for Intel, with this 16-core processor hitting 4.8GHz boost – with potentially faster speeds to come, as that’s (allegedly) an early engineering sample. The existing 3950X offers a 4.7GHz boost – and remember, any clock speed improvements will be coming on top of those major architectural gains, for a double whammy for Intel. AMD boasts that Ryzen 4000 CPUs will be ‘tremendously powerful’
  2. AMD teases high-performance CPU and GPU hardware for CES 2021 AMD CEO Lisa Su will give a keynote speech at next year's event (Image credit: AMD) AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su will deliver a keynote speech at next year’s digital-only CES, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced. Su, who also gave a speech at this year's CES, will give a keynote "the future of research, education, work, entertainment and gaming, including new high-performance computing and graphics solutions." While this suggests we’ll see some CPU and GPU news, it’s not yet clear what AMD has in store for the January tech show - especially since the company is holding an event of its own next month. This event, which is taking place virtually on October 28, is expected to see the launch of AMD's long-awaited RDNA 2-based Big Navi graphics cards and and Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 desktop processors. However, according to a recently-leaked AMD product roadmap, Team Red has a number of products planned for 2021. This includes Ryzen 5000 'Cezanne' APUs that might be AMD's final chip to feature on the AM4 socket, and new 7nm processors codenamed ‘Van Gough’ which could be the first AMD APUs to feature baked-in Navi graphics. Both are tipped to launch in early 2021, so they could make an appearance during Su’s virtual CES conference. “AMD technology is at the heart of some of today’s most popular consumer products and services. As we push the envelope on performance, we expand what is possible in personal computing, gaming and online services and experiences," said Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD. "I look forward to sharing exciting new technology developments at CES 2021, and what it will mean to the way we live, work, learn and play." Lisa Su joins Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg, who has also been announced as a CES 2021 keynote speaker. AMD teases high-performance CPU and GPU hardware for CES 2021
  3. AMD just revealed its Big Navi graphics card design on Fortnite of all things Welcome to 2020, folks (Image credit: AMD) We're a little more than a month out from the reveal of AMD Big Navi graphics cards, but Team Red has just graced us with the first look at its upcoming Radeon RX 6000 Series. AMD Radeon took to Twitter late Monday afternoon, revealing what looks to be an absolute monster of a graphics card, along with a brand-new cooler design. And AMD fans can even get a closer look at the card on Fortnite of all things, through AMD's Battle Arena in the same game. If you want to log in and take a look at the card, you can do so with code "8651-9841-1639". Luckily, if you don't want to go through downloading Fortnite and navigating to AMD's custom map, some friendly users have shared plenty of screenshots on Twitter. AMD hasn't shared anything in terms of specs or performance, but at least we know for sure that the company is indeed going with the Radeon RX 6000 series as a name for the upcoming graphics cards. The rest we'll just have to wait until October 28 to see for sure. Let's do some speculation anyways, though While AMD hasn't shared any hard specs or performance information, that doesn't mean we can't learn a bit about the upcoming graphics cards by looking at the pictures. The first thing that's immediately apparent is that AMD's reference board for whatever card it is – probably the flagship – is using a triple-fan design. This isn't exactly new ground for AMD to cover, 2018's Radeon VII also had a triple-fan reference design, but it does mean that this is likely going to be a bit of a monster graphics card. For instance, the AMD Radeon RX 5000 series, led by the RX 5700 XT, all used single-fan blower-style reference coolers. That decision wasn't exactly popular, but the cards didn't run into much problem keeping themselves cool – at least in our testing. The move to a triple-fan design could be a sign that the graphics card will need more significant cooling, either because the power requirements are much higher or AMD is really pushing clocks high (or both). Another thing we can glean from this image is the 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connection. This configuration can deliver up to 375W, so it honestly doesn't really tell us much about how much juice the graphics card will take – both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 require the same power connectors, even if you have to connect those to a 12-pin adaptor for the Founders Edition. It does tell us that AMD is not adopting the 12-pin power connector, however, which will likely be excellent news for anyone who doesn't like living the dongle life on their desktop computer. We're currently in the process of downloading Fortnite to see what's happening in closer detail, but you can be sure we'll update this article if there's some significant detail we've missed. AMD just revealed its Big Navi graphics card design on Fortnite of all things
  4. AMD Ryzen 4000 specs might have just leaked - courtesy of AMD Alleged internal documents suggests a 16-core flagship is on its way (Image credit: AMD) AMD has confirmed that its Zen 3 processors will make their debut on October 8, and now it might have unwittingly revealed what we can expect from the next-gen CPUs. An alleged internal document from AMD, which dates back to 10 June was shared by tipster CyberPunkCat, confirms that the Ryzen 4000 CPUs will be known as the AMD Family 19h Model 21h B20. AMD’s current Zen and Zen 2 processors belong to Family 17h, so Family 19h likely refer to its next-generation Zen 3 architecture. The leaked document reveals that the CPU family, codenamed 'Vermeer', may be designed for use in high-performance desktop platforms, featuring up to two CCD's (Core/Cache Complex Dies) and a single I/O Die. On Zen 2, each CCD houses two CCX (Core Complexities), but on Zen 3, there’s only one CCX hat will feature up to 8 cores running either in a single-thread mode (1T) or a two-thread model (2T) for up to 16 threads per CCX, according to the document. This means, in theory at least, the core and thread count will top out at 16 cores and 32 threads, which is the same as the existing AMD Ryzen 9 3950X flagship. The alleged internal document also reveals that Zen 3 supports up to 512GB per DRAM channel or up to 1TB of ECC DRAM, clocked between 1333MHz and 3200MHz. Ryzen 4000 CPUs will also feature two unified memory controllers, each supporting a single DRAM channel. The leak doesn’t tell us much about the performance we can expect from Ryzen 4000 CPUs, but earlier rumors suggest Zen 3 will deliver around 15% to 17% better IPC (instructions per clock) performance compared to Zen 2, which should have Intel worried if true. With AMD planning to unveil its Ryzen 4000 CPUs in just a few weeks time on October 8, we don’t have to wait much longer until we find out if it's true. AMD Ryzen 4000 specs might have just leaked - courtesy of AMD
  5. AMD Big Navi will rise up to tackle the Nvidia RTX 3080 on October 28 With AMD Zen 3 CPUs kicking the party off on October 8 (Image credit: AMD) The entire year has seemingly been leading up to AMD launching both its Zen 3 desktop processors and RDNA 2 graphics cards, with the latter expected to finally push Team Red into 4K gaming – and now we know when to expect them. AMD has tweeted out a teaser for its upcoming graphics cards and processors, with the latter appearing first on October 8, and the former coming in right before Halloween on October 28 – just a couple weeks before the November 10 launch of the Xbox Series X that the graphics architecture will be powering. AMD CEO Lisa Su has also tweeted a teaser video teasing what is definitely a desktop processor for that October 8 date (you can tell from all the little pins on the bottom). We don't know much about what these processors will be capable of, but we do know they will be the first commercially available desktop processors built on the AMD Zen 3 architecture, so we're sure there will be some juicy improvements on the table. We also got a short teaser video about Radeon RDNA 2 GPUs, though we didn't even get a glimpse of a shroud or the GPU itself. Though, we're guessing this was what AMD Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions Frank Azor's tweet earlier was talking about. Still, at least we know both AMD graphics cards and processors are coming this year. The AMD RDNA 2 graphics in particular are going to be of interest, as they're arriving after the monster debut of Nvidia Ampere GeForce cards, which Nvidia promises will massively boost performance over the last-generation Turing cards. We don't know where everything will fall when all these graphics cards come out, but we can't wait to test them all against each other to see who reigns as the best graphics card in a couple months. AMD Big Navi will rise up to tackle the Nvidia RTX 3080 on October 28
  6. Wait for AMD to make its Big Navi move before you buy the Nvidia RTX 3080 Wait for both sides to shoot their shot (Image credit: Nvidia) Earlier this week, Nvidia unveiled its Ampere GeForce cards, led by the RTX 3080 and accompanied by the Titan replacement RTX 3090 and the RTX 3070. All three of these graphics cards are bringing major generational improvements over the 2018 Turing lineup, without another price increase like we saw last time around. And, while it's definitely exciting seeing the promise of such improved performance, it's important to note that Nvidia isn't the only company that's going to be releasing new graphics cards this fall – AMD Big Navi is coming soon, too. Beyond claims made on behalf of the PS5 and Xbox Series X – that those consoles will be capable of 4K 60 fps gameplay with ray tracing – we don't really know what RDNA will be capable of, or where exactly it will be competing within this new Nvidia lineup – but you should still wait to see the hand AMD has to play before you jump in. (Image credit: Future) AMD RDNA 2 could also slap The GPUs in the PS5 and Xbox Series X are super impressive. For a console. It is kind of ludicrous to believe that the GPUs being included in the consoles are not going to be cut down versions of whatever ends up in actual AMD graphics cards, in order to fit the cooling and power requirements that a console has. Think about it – there's no way that Microsoft and Sony are going to be stuffing a 750W+ power supply in a console, so we're going to get a way less powerful GPU. The actual graphics cards that come out of RDNA 2 will likely be way more powerful than what ends up going into the gaming consoles. AMD has already said that it's going to be competing with Nvidia at the high end – maybe not as high end as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 – so it's very possible that whatever top-end graphics card AMD launches will actually put some pressure on Nvidia. If AMD can launch a graphics cards that tackles the the RTX 3080 at 4K, or even outperforms it at the same price, anyone who buys an RTX 3080 might feel a little burned. It's also important to note that AMD didn't knock Intel out in the CPU race right away, either. The first generation of Ryzen was impressive, but didn't really threaten Intel too much – similar to the launch of the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT in July 2019. However, if AMD takes the same approach with RDNA that it did with Zen, this generation we could see AMD really start to hit Nvidia hard – though it does remain to be seen. Nvidia isn't Intel, after all, and it looks like Ampere is the biggest jump in GPU performance in years, something that can't really be said about, say, Coffee Lake. (Image credit: Nvidia) Only three Nvidia cards to start At its GeForce Special Event, Nvidia only had three cards to show, and while it's likely that those will be the only Nvidia cards we get this year, the gaps in performance and price between the three are pretty huge. Nvidia is claiming that the GeForce RTX 3070 is slightly faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, whereas the RTX 3080 is apparently nearly twice as fast as the RTX 2080 – that's a huge gap in performance, and is clearly open for Nvidia to slide in another graphics card. Now, for the sake of argument let's say that AMD launches a card that comes close to beating the RTX 3080 at the same price point. We already saw a Lenovo leak a little while back that showed an RTX 3070 Ti with 16GB of VRAM that was conspicuously absent from Nvidia's showcase. It's important to keep in mind that graphics card lineups never all come out at the same time. While the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 all got announced and launched at the same time at Gamescom 2018, we didn't see the RTX 2060 until CES 2019, which was then followed up by the GTX 1660 Ti, GTX 1660 and GTX 1650. And then, we got yet another refresh in middle of 2019 with the Super cards. With its RTX 30 series, Nvidia likely has a whole cavalcade of graphics cards, that it can likely launch whenever. If AMD undercuts one of the RTX 30 series cards without absolutely dominating it, Nvidia can easily launch a new GPU that can just steal AMD's thunder. So, especially if you have your eyes on the RTX 3070 – and you definitely should – it's super prudent to wait for AMD to show its hand. If Nvidia is going to react to any of AMD's launches, this is the card that will be most significantly impacted. (Image credit: Nvidia) Patience will pay off Even if you're a die-hard Nvidia loyalist, waiting a few months before adopting a new generation of graphics card is just a good idea. Over the course of the first few months of this generation of graphics cards, both AMD and Nvidia will have a bunch of kinks to work out through driver and firmware updates. It's not like your graphics card is going to explode or anything before the drivers mature, but you might get degraded performance and game crashes out of nowhere – on top of some possible visual glitches. But beyond that, we're about to enter into one of the most competitive graphics card battles in years, and until AMD shows its hand, we can't really proclaim Nvidia as the victor yet. And even if Nvidia does win, grabbing a graphics card a few months down the line when availability stabilizes after the early adoption rush and drivers have a chance to mature is just a good idea – mashing F5 on Newegg or Nvidia's store page is never fun, and with the reception Nvidia's announcement had, you can bet that these graphics cards are going to sell out fast. Wait for AMD to make its Big Navi move before you buy the Nvidia RTX 3080
  7. Nvidia crushes AMD with 80% GPU market share ahead of Ampere launch Team Green has increased slice of the dGPU market by 10% - at the expensive of AMD (Image credit: Nvidia) Nvidia claimed 80% of the discrete GPU market in the second quarter of 2020, stealing market share from rival AMD. That’s according to the latest figures from Jon Peddie Research (JPR), which claim that Nvidia saw its share of the graphics card market increase from 71% in the second quarter of 2019 to 80% in the Q2 2020. That impressive growth has come at the expense of rival AMD, which saw its slice of the market shrink from 29% to 20% over the same 12-month period. That’s not to say AMD is struggling to flog its Radeon graphics cards, as JPR reveals that sales are up for both companies; AMD shipments increased by 8.4% between Q1 and Q2 2020, while shipments of Nvidia GPUs increased by a whopping 17.8%. That's because of the pandemic, JPR claims, which lead to an unusually busy second quarter overall for GPU purchases - graphics card sales were up 2.5% in Q2 2020, with the dGPU market surging 6.55%. Things aren’t looking quite as rosy for Intel, though, which saw discrete GPU sales decrease by 2.7% during the three-month period. It will be interesting to see what Q4 looks like, as both Nvidia and AMD are currently gearing up to launch their next-generation graphics cards. Nvidia is planning to showcase its Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3000-series GPUs at an event on 1 September, and AMD is expected to follow shortly after with the launch of its RDNA 2 ‘Big Navi’ cards. Nvidia crushes AMD with 80% GPU market share ahead of Ampere launch
  8. AMD Ryzen 6000 processors might arrive as soon as 2022 Leaked roadmap suggests AMD's first Zen 4 CPU is just two years away (Image credit: AMD) AMD Zen 4 desktop processors, code-named ‘Raphael’, could make their debut in 2022, according to a leaked roadmap. The roadmap, leaked by MebiuW and shared by Videocardz, gives us a potential glimpse of where AMD is heading with its next-generation architectures, including its upcoming 5nm Zen 4 architecture. The first Zen 4 processors, code-named ‘Raphael’ might debut as early as 2022, according to the leak. The roadmap doesn’t tell us much about the so-called 5nm Ryzen 6000 CPUs, but it does mention Navi, which suggests AMD could be planning to bring iGPUs to its mainstream processors for the first time. AMD has a lot of products planned before the arrival of Zen 4, though. According to the roadmap, Team Red is preparing to release one last family of Zen 2 consumer CPUs before it shifts to its next-generation Zen 3 products. Codenamed ‘Van Gough’, these 7nm processors look set to launch early next year under the Ryzen 5000 series branding and could be the first AMD APUs to feature Navi graphics, if the leak is to be believed. While AMD is almost done with Zen 2, it has a lot planned for its next-generation Zen 3 architecture. Although the firm has already confirmed its Eypc Milan and Ryzen 4000 ‘Vermeer’ APUs, it looks like the company might also planning three more CPU families. AMD Ryzen 5000 ‘Warhol’ desktop CPUs are tipped to mid-2021, and these will allegedly be based on an enhanced 7nm+ process and boast PCIe4 support. According to previous rumors, Warhol CPUs could also be the first to feature the brand new AM5 platform. Prior to the release of Warhol, is looks like AMD might also be planning Ryzen 5000 ‘Cezanne’ APUs, which may be the last APU to feature on the AM4 socket. The final product in AMD’s leaked Zen 4 lineup is Ryzen 6000 ‘Rembrandt’ APUs, which are likely to launch in early 2022 and feature Navi 2 GPU cores. Of course, it's worth remembering that AMD has yet to confirm any of these leaked details, so we'd take this leak with a pinch of salt. However, we'll likely be hearing more from the company in a few weeks time. AMD Ryzen 6000 processors might arrive as soon as 2022
  9. AMD Ryzen 5000 leaks suggest an evolution in efficiency Is AMD continuing to redefine mobile APUs? (Image credit: AMD) Tantalizing new leaks about the next-generation AMD Ryzen APUs have recently surfaced. AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs have only just become available from retailers while the desktop versions haven’t even hit the streets. Yet, there’s already leaks surrounding the AMD Ryzen 5000 APUs. Thanks to twitter user Patrick Schur (@patrickschur_), we’re now getting an idea of what to expect from the “Van Gogh” line, which are geared towards low-powered devices like notebooks. While we already reported on their possible existence earlier this summer, there wasn’t much info beyond that. The APU line was already expected to use Zen 2 architecture, for energy efficiency, as well as Navi GPU cores for a bump in graphics performance. The tweet seems to back this up, also suggesting that the APUs can use LPDDR5 memory. This will provide not only a boost in data transfer speeds, but also better energy efficiency over LPDDR4, which the Ryzen 4000 line utilizes to great effect. Of course, the TDP on the APUs – listed at a range of 7.5-18 watt – would be an boon for any lower-powered devices using something from the Van Gogh line. For comparison, the Ryzen 4000’s base model, the AMD Ryzen 3 4300U draws 10-25 watts. AMD Ryzen 5000 “Van Gogh” APU release date We don’t know when to expect the Ryzen 5000 “Van Gogh” APUs – or their “Cezanne” desktop siblings, for that matter – since AMD has not made any official announcements. Considering AMD only announced their Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs in late July, we likely won’t get concrete information on the Ryzen 5000 from the company until just right before their release. We are, however, starting to see leaks suggesting that the APUs are further along in the process than we may have guessed. Still, AMD has only just released their Ryzen 4000 line, so it’s reasonable to expect these new APUs to not see daylight until the current line has had a chance to shine. We probably won’t see any of the Ryzen 5000 even being announced until 2021. AMD Ryzen 5000 leaks suggest an evolution in efficiency
  10. AMD Ryzen 4000 smashes world record RAM speeds DDR4 gets up to a whopping 6,666MHz (Image credit: Future) The Asus ROG team have smashed a new world record by pushing a stick of Crucial Ballistix Max DDR4 RAM to a whopping 6,666.6MHz – it usually runs at 2,666MHz – achieving the highest-clocked memory speed of all time. The world record was set by Bianbao XE, who used an AMD Ryzen 7 4700GE 'Renoir' APU and an Asus ROG B550-I Gaming motherboard to achieve this incredible result. As Tom’s Hardware points out, the motherboard is a Mini-ITX one, which is favored by overclockers as its smaller size makes it more efficient. Overclocking RAM Getting DDR4 RAM to these kinds of speeds is certainly impressive, and while most people think about GPUs and CPUs when it comes to overclocking, the speed of your RAM also plays a big part in the overall performance of your PC. Still, as with every type of overclocking, it carries risks and should only be performed by people with experience of overclocking. AMD Ryzen 4000 smashes world record RAM speeds
  11. Intel claims its new processors crush AMD when it comes to power and price Core i7-10700K blows away the Ryzen 9 3900XT, Intel argues (Image credit: Intel) Intel has brought its marketing guns to bear on AMD’s Ryzen processors, making a comparison which argues that the Core i7-10700K blows away the Ryzen 9 3900XT in terms of price as well as performance for gaming. Before we come onto the issues around the fairness of this comparison in the first place, let’s take a look at Intel’s claims here, which were delivered via a presentation by the chip giant in the APAC region, as highlighted by Wccftech. To set the background for this battle of the CPUs, the Core i7-10700K is an 8-core (16-thread) processor clocked at 3.8GHz with boost to 5.1GHz. AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900XT pushes further to 12-cores (24-threads) with the same base clock of 3.8GHz, with boost to 4.7GHz. Intel’s case then argues that cost-wise, the 10700K runs with a launch price of $387 in the US compared to the asking price of $499 for the Ryzen chip – although that doesn’t reflect current prices at actual retailers (more on that later). So, given that, Intel wheels out a bunch of benchmarks for 30 games at 1080p resolution in a rig with 16GB of system RAM and an RTX 2080 Ti graphics card (the respective motherboards used aren’t mentioned). The chip giant then trumpets that the 10700K is on a par, or better than, the 3900XT in 24 of those 30 games, and that there are some big wins for the Core i7. Those include: 23% faster in Total War: Warhammer II 17% faster in League of Legends 15% faster in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne 14% faster in Rocket League Intel’s Core i7-10700K is faster by more than 3% in 12 games, and 12 of the games are judged as roughly equal (3% or less difference), with AMD winning in 6 titles (including CS:GO). Thus Intel concludes that the 10700K is a good deal faster over a selection of games, on balance, plus it’s considerably cheaper than the Ryzen chip. Fair comparison? So, is this particular comparison a fair one? There are a number of reasons why we don‘t believe that‘s the case. For starters, we have to bear in mind that Intel has obviously handpicked that library of games (albeit from ‘popular’ titles that have a benchmark mode). Regarding the price comparisons listed, the 10700K may have a recommended price of $387, but it’s selling at more like around $410 in the US. Similarly, the 3900XT is selling at $479, not $499, so the price gap isn’t quite as wide as Intel makes out in the presentation. Although the 10700K is still a good chunk cheaper, of course; there’s no denying that. However, there are couple of other things to remember here. Firstly, the 3900XT gives you a good deal more performance when it comes to certain scenarios, like streaming while gaming, for example, and those 12-cores will also make a difference outside of gaming when it comes to running heavyweight apps. Those kind of things could be major considerations for some buyers. If you’re talking purely gaming, then the 10700K is certainly the winner as Intel suggests – but then the point becomes about the fairness of the comparison. If you’re talking purely about gaming, and nothing else, why would you buy the 3900XT, and not the 3700X? With the 3700X, you get 8-cores – the same as the 10700K, and plenty enough for gaming – and there’s no shortage of gaming benchmark roundups out there which show that the 3700X is only a whisker behind the 3900X in terms of performance in popular games (and yes, the XT model is a touch faster than the vanilla 3900X, but still, it’s only a small upgrade). Then look at the current pricing of the 3700X – which is $290 at Newegg US right now (that’s where we’ve pulled all the prices in this article from) – and, well, it’s a very different story in terms of price/performance compared to the 10700K (at $410) now, isn’t it? There’s no arguing that Intel’s new Comet Lake chips give a strong gaming performance, and these benchmarks are quite eye-opening in some respects – plus single-core speed remains a major Intel strength, without a doubt – but trying to argue that the 10700K somehow has Ryzen whipped in the value stakes is taking things too far on the marketing front. Intel claims its new processors crush AMD when it comes to power and price
  12. AMD launches A520 motherboards, so building a PC just got cheaper Should be on sale from motherboard manufacturers very shortly (Image credit: AMD) AMD has announced the launch of its new motherboards featuring the A520 chipset, providing a wallet-friendly solution for those building a PC where saving money is a priority. A520 motherboards stay with the AM4 socket, and models will be available from the usual manufacturers across the globe. These boards support current Ryzen 3000 desktop chips, including the recently released additions to the CPU range which came in the form of ‘XT’ models. They will also be compatible with the Ryzen 4th-gen (Zen 3) processors which are due to be released later in 2020. So even though this might be a budget choice, if you buy now and pair one of these A520 boards with an existing Ryzen chip, you aren’t going to be high and dry should you want to upgrade in the future. A520 limitations These A520 entry-level motherboards lack PCIe 4.0 support as provided by the new B550 boards (and indeed X570 products), sticking with PCIe 3.0. There’s also no support for overclocking with AMD’s A520 chipset. A520 motherboards should be available shortly from manufacturers, with the likes of MSI, ASRock and Asus models being leaked via the rumor mill in recent times, with prices possibly being pitched as low as $100 (around £75, AU$140). Fingers crossed we’ll see some on sale very soon, giving cash-strapped PC builders some sterling fresh options for putting a rig together on a tight budget. AMD launches A520 motherboards, so building a PC just got cheaper
  13. AMD patents hybrid x86 technology: low-power cores set to return AMD gets patent for Arm’s Big.Little-like technology (Image credit: AMD) AMD has been granted a patent for heterogeneous microprocessors featuring two types of general-purpose cores. The technology resembles Arm’s famous Big.Little architecture and could be used for CPUs aimed at mobile and low-power devices. The patent outlines a microprocessor featuring two types of general-purpose cores running two different subsets of the same instruction set architecture (ISA). The first type of cores is set to support a larger subset of the ISA and feature high performance, whereas the second type of simplified cores is configured to consume less power. Different types of cores can share memory locations as well as cache. The technology enables AMD to build power-efficient processors based on x86, Arm, and other architectures (but not all at the same time) and featuring two classes of general-purpose cores. (Image credit: AMD) One important capability that AMD describes in its patents is dynamic shift of a thread from one core to another (assuming that all features are supported) if a high-performance core is underutilized or low-power core is overutilized. The method might give CPU some more freedom to balance the load of its cores with little or no intervention from an operating system, though it remains to be seen how this will work as load balancing of even homogeneous multi-core CPUs on OS side has been a performance-defining factor in the recent years. The patent number 10,698,472 was filed on October 27, 2017, after AMD started to make and sell microprocessors running on Zen microarchitecture and years after it dropped further development of its ‘Cats’ low-power cores based on the codenamed Jaguar and Puma microarchitectures. Therefore, it is likely that AMD is considering to introduce Zen derivatives or a brand-new microarchitecture for low-power/low-cost applications. Patent hunting is not exactly a rewarding business since companies that spend billions of US dollars on research and development file for hundreds of patents every year and far not all of the patents get implemented in real products. Microprocessors featuring different general-purpose cores have become ubiquitous in smartphones and are likely to become pervasive in mobile PCs as well. Meanwhile, it is not guaranteed that we are going to see hybrid processors like Intel’s Lakefield from AMD in the foreseeable future. The abstract of the patent reads as follows: “A heterogeneous processor system includes a first processor implementing an instruction set architecture (ISA) including a set of ISA features and configured to support a first subset of the set of ISA features. The heterogeneous processor system also includes a second processor implementing the ISA including the set of ISA features and configured to support a second subset of the set of ISA features, wherein the first subset and the second subset of the set of ISA features are different from each other. When the first subset includes an entirety of the set of ISA features, the lower-feature second processor is configured to execute an instruction thread by consuming less power and with lower performance than the first processor.” Sources: Justia, USPTO, FPO (via Tom’s Hardware) AMD patents hybrid x86 technology: low-power cores set to return
  14. AMD Ryzen 9 4950X leak has appeared – and it could take Intel's gaming crown 16-core, 32-thread CPU could challenge Intel with a 4.8GHz boost clock (Image credit: AMD) A new leak has detailed AMD’s Zen 3-based Ryzen 9 4950X CPU - and it should have Intel worried. This leak comes via Igors Lab, which reveals that the so-called Ryzen 9 4950X will be a 16-core, 32-thread part with an impressive boost frequency of 4.8GHz. The information comes from an OPN code which reads "100-000000059-52_48/35_Y." The ’35’ at the end signifies the 3.5 GHz base clock, with ’48’ telling us the boost clock is 4.8 GHz. That’s 100MHz higher than the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, which tops out at 4.7GHz. What’s more, this code likely refers to an engineering sample of the Zen 3 'Vermeer’ CPU, so it's likely that these clock speeds will be even higher at launch – potentially even entering Intel's 5GHz territory. Some reports speculate that the processor could undergo a name change ahead of its official unveiling, too, and claim AMD could skip the Ryzen 4000 series nomenclature on desktop to avoid confusion with its current-zen Zen 2-based Ryzen 4000 mobile chips. While this leak doesn’t tell us much else about AMD’s incoming Zen 3 desktop CPUs, we’re expecting a major improvement in the performance department. A previous leak claims Ryzen 4000 CPUs will deliver 15% to 17% better IPC (instructions per clock) compared to AMD's Ryzen 3000 desktop processors, which is bad news for Intel. AMD is expected to launch its first Zen 3-based processors in September, likely just days after Intel reveals its long-awaited 10nm Tiger Lake CPUs. Via TechPowerUp AMD Ryzen 9 4950X leak has appeared – and it could take Intel's gaming crown
  15. AMD ‘Ryzen Lite’ processors make debut in ultracheap rugged Lenovo laptops Weakest Zen-based AMD CPU goes head to head against Intel Celeron range (Image credit: Lenovo) Lenovo has unveiled the second generation of the 100e notebook, the firm's popular laptop range aimed primarily at the education market. This aggressively-priced piece of kit is powered by two new processors from AMD, announced at CES earlier this year. The AMD 3015e and the AMD 3020e do not belong to any specific family (e.g. Athlon, Ryzen or Sempron), but feature the smallest (and probably cheapest) Zen-based parts. Given the 6W TDP, we don't expect much from these tiny Ryzen-like processors. They have two cores, either two or four threads and a base frequency of 1.2GHz, boosted to either 2.3GHz or 2.6GHz. They also feature a Vega 3 GPU with a clock speed of 0.6GHz. The new 100e comes with 4GB of DDR4 memory, 64GB eMMC, a 42WHr battery (which Lenovo claims can power the laptop for more than 14 hours), Windows 10, Wi-Fi 6 and an 11.6-inch screen with an anti-glare coating and a disappointing HD+ resolution. The device also boasts water-resistance, a non-backlit keyboard with touchpad and mechanically-anchored keys, MIL-STD-810G certification (covering falls from 75cm), and a plethora of ports: two USB Type-A, one Type-C, HDMI, card reader and audio jack. The 100e also comes with AMD Memory Guard, which provides full memory encryption to help protect sensitive data if the device is ever lost or stolen. The laptop will go on sale for $219, while a second model with the more powerful 3020e and touchscreen capability will sell for $299. Pricing for non-US territories is yet to be confirmed. AMD ‘Ryzen Lite’ processors make debut in ultracheap rugged Lenovo laptops
  16. AMD could be struggling to keep up with Ryzen 4000 demand Gaming laptop maker XMG claims the APUs are in short supply (Image credit: AMD) AMD is suffering a shortage of Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ APUs, according to gaming laptop and desktop maker XMG. In a surprisingly candid Reddit post, XMG suggested that AMD is struggling to keep up with demand for its desktop APUs after revealing that a shipment of Ryzen 7 4800H units it had scheduled for delivery in mid-August has been delayed. "On July 31 we received an announcement from our ODM that we are facing a serious CPU shortage from AMD in Q3 2020," the Reddit post reads. "Large orders that have recently been confirmed to be shipped from our ODM in the middle and end of August are now supposed to be delayed until the end of September." XMG attributes the shortage to TSMC's tight 7nm supply and the popularity of AMD's latest Zen 2 processors with all laptop manufacturers, which suggests that XMG will unlikely be the only manufacturer affected. "Upon receiving this news on Friday (July 31), we reached out o our corporate contacts in AMD who confirmed that this is an industry-wide shortage and there is no way around it.” XMG has said that customers who have ordered Ryzen 7 4800H-powered laptops can opt to replace with with the Ryzen 5 4600G and receive €100 in compensation. The other alternative is to replace the out-of-stock CPU with an Intel Core i7-10750H at no additional cost, despite the CPU retailing for an additional €100. It seems XMG thinks this might be the best option, as the company is keen to point out the advantages of Intel over AMD, such as "more PCIe lanes for the GPU", "better iGPU driver support' and, according to the company, "better gaming performance." “Intel's single-core performance still has the upper edge in some benchmarks and this can have a positive effect on gaming performance in games that are not fully optimized for multi-core yet," XMG states. We've reached out to AMD for comment, and will update this story as soon as we hear back. Via KitGuru AMD could be struggling to keep up with Ryzen 4000 demand
  17. AMD Big Navi GPU might deliver double the power of the Radeon RX 5700 XT New rumor claims the graphics card will boast a maximum of 80 CUs (Image credit: Future) AMD’s next-generation Big Navi GPU will reportedly boast a whopping 80 compute units (CUs), twice as many as the Radeon RX 5700 XT. This latest leak comes courtesy of Twitter tipster Rogame, who claims that ‘Sienna Child’ - also known as Navi 21 and Big Navi - will feature four shader engines, two shader arrays per engine, and 10 CUs per shader array. This means, if this GPU configuration is accurate, that AMD's next-generation flagship graphics card will boast a maximum of 80 CUs, or 5,120 stream processors, in total. A second, more cryptic leak Komachi_Ensaka adds further weight to this rumor, with the tipster tweeting vaguely “10 (20)*4 : 80.” As pointed out by Wccftech, this could translate into a neatly 17.5 TFLOPs of power if AMD is able to run each of these at a minimum of 1700MHz. However, it's worth noting that with a maximum of 80 CUs, it’s likely that AMD’s top-end consumer Big Navi GPU – likely to arrive as the Radeon RX 5950 XT -–will sport 76 CUs This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Big Navi will boast 80 CUs (5,120 stream processors), but given it comes via a different source, it’s looking likely that the rumor is true. This is a big deal, and AMD’s current top GPU, the Radeon RX 5700 XT, runs with ‘only’ 40 CUs, yet manages to breeze through games in 1440p, struggling only to match Nvidia’s very best graphics cards such as the GeForce RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Ti. This means Big Navi has the potential to be a monstrous GPU, and with ray-tracing support also set to be on the cards, it could deliver some serious competition to Nvidia’s incoming Ampere-based graphics cards. However, early benchmarks have shown the RDNA 2-based GPUs could struggle to topple Team Green's top GeForce 3000-series GPUs. AMD is widely expected to launch its first Big Navi GPUs in early-September, just days before the launch of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 and 3080 GPUs. AMD Big Navi GPU might deliver double the power of the Radeon RX 5700 XT
  18. The next Intel processors could adopt one of AMD Ryzen's most important features Rocket Lake may finally support PCIe 4.0 (Image credit: Future) When Intel launched its 10th-generation Comet Lake-S processors, one of the biggest things that held us back from recommending them was the lack of PCIe 4.0 support – but that could be changing. Some leaked SiSoftware Sandra benchmark results have appeared via VideoCardz, with 11th-generation Rocket Lake-S processors paired with PCIe 4.0 SSDs. If the leaks are real – a pretty big if – it would mean that Rocket Lake would be the first Intel desktop lineup to support the new PCIe standard. With the PS5 and Xbox Series X both using PCIe 4.0 SSDs, the standard is going to incredibly important for PC gaming going forward, which means Intel really needs to implement support going forward on its premium desktop processors. It's competitor AMD has been offering the technology since July 2019 with the release of the Ryzen 3000 lineup, led by the Ryzen 9 3900X. Only time will tell when 11th-generation Intel Rocket Lake processors will actually hit the market at this point, but we've seen previous speculation that it'll be pretty soon. Either way, we'll hear more about Rocket Lake when Intel is ready to share some specific information. Who knows, we may even hear something at Intel's 'big' event on September 2 – though we suspect that will mainly be Tiger Lake. PCIe 4.0 is the future One of the biggest things stopping the Intel Core i9-10900K from getting our recommendation is the lack of PCIe 4.0 support. As we mentioned earlier, this technology is going to be key to the next generation of games, as even Epic Games' Tim Sweeney has claimed that PC gamers are going to need to adopt a PCIe SSD if they want next-generation performance out of their games. And it's not like it's some frivolous upgrade either. The difference in speed that the bump up to PCIe 4.0 offers is incredible. Way back when we reviewed the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, we were blown away by the 29% boost in sequential read speeds over something like the Samsung 970 Pro. When you compare that against the speed of SATA-based hard drives and SSDs, we're talking about a whole other world of performance. Plus, with its new DGX A100 deep learning system, Nvidia teamed up with AMD because of the lack of PCIe 4.0 support with Team Blue's processors. And, if Ampere is apparently getting a boost from the standard at the high level, it's a pretty safe bet that will trickle down to the consumer-facing GeForce RTX 3080 when that supposedly releases later this year – if it releases this year. If Intel doesn't want to get completely left behind, the inclusion of PCIe 4.0 compatibility across both its mainstream desktop lineup and its HEDT X-series lineups is necessary. Luckily, all the rumors are pointing to 11th-generation desktop silicon supporting it, and many Z490 motherboards are ready for the technology, simply waiting for the greenlight from Intel. The next Intel processors could adopt one of AMD Ryzen's most important features
  19. AMD says its PS5 and Xbox Series X chips, Zen 3 CPUs, and RDNA 2 GPUs will ship on time No delays for AMD’s major launches, unlike Intel The PS5 will feature a custom AMD Zen 2 processor Image: Sony AMD CEO Lisa Su shared during the company’s second-quarter earnings call that its many anticipated product launches are still on schedule to release in 2020. This includes its 7nm processors based on Zen 3 architecture, and its RDNA 2 (or “Big Navi”) graphics cards. Su also shared that AMD began initial production and shipment of next-gen console chips, including for the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Both consoles are set for release this holiday. This is all good news for people hoping to upgrade their PCs with upcoming AMD parts, or those interested in buying a new console later this year. But it’s unfortunate for Intel, which recently suffered a few big product roadmap setbacks. Intel announced that it’s pushing back its already-delayed 7nm process debut for its CPUs to 2022. What’s more, Intel’s hardware chief, Dr. Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala, is also leaving the company in August. Su shared that part of AMD’s success this past quarter came from its Ryzen 4000 mobile processors, which power an increasing number of very good laptops that, for the most part, offer a lot of power and solid battery life for the money. In fact, Su stated revenue from these processors ramped up “faster than any mobile processor in our history,” so they seem to be making an impression with people who are shopping for laptops — those made for gaming or otherwise. AMD still expects uncertainty throughout the rest of the year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But at least so far, the company’s more exciting consumer-focused launches are still on track. AMD says its PS5 and Xbox Series X chips, Zen 3 CPUs, and RDNA 2 GPUs will ship on time
  20. AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs are now available from retailers But only in their Pro versions (Image credit: AMD) When AMD introduced its Ryzen 4000G and Ryzen Pro 4000-series ‘Renoir’ processors for consumer and business desktop computers earlier this week, the company noted that such APUs would initially only be available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system integrators (SIs), but not to retailers. As it turns out, you can now buy AMD Ryzen Pro 4000-series processors from multiple retailers in Europe. In addition, the new APUs are already listed in the U.S. AMD’s Ryzen 4000G and Ryzen Pro 4000 ‘Renoir’ processors in AM4 packaging feature four, six or eight cores as well as integrated Radeon Vega graphics. General specifications, such as core count, frequencies, and TDP (35W or 65W) of ‘non-Pro’ and Pro APUs are similar, so is their performance. Meanwhile, the Pro models add such features as a built-in TrustZone security processor, Transparent Secure Memory Encryption (TSME), Secure Boot, TPM 2.0, per-Application security for select applications, content protection, and DASH remote manageability. (Image credit: AMD) Renoir AM4 available now AMD’s Ryzen 4000G and Ryzen Pro 4000 ‘Renoir’ processors in AM4 packaging feature four, six or eight cores as well as integrated Radeon Vega graphics. General specifications, such as core count, frequencies, and TDP (35W or 65W) of ‘non-Pro’ and Pro APUs are similar, so is their performance. Meanwhile, the Pro models add such features as a built-in TrustZone security processor, Transparent Secure Memory Encryption (TSME), Secure Boot, TPM 2.0, per-Application security for select applications, content protection, and DASH remote manageability. Right now, AMD ships regular Ryzen 4000G to large PC makers, whereas the Ryzen Pro 4000 are also available to smaller system integrators (and, perhaps, to value added resellers, VARs). The company plans to offer its Renoir AM4 processors to the channel market later this year, but does not disclose when exactly. Meanwhile, some SIs, which are supposed to sell the new APUs inside their PCs, already sell them separately. At least two retailers from Austria — Mylemon.at, Syswork.at and Haym.info — offer tray versions of AMD’s Ryzen Pro 4750G, Ryzen Pro 5 4650G, and Ryzen Pro 3 4350G APUs and can ship them internationally. Arvutitark.ee, a retailer from Estonia, and Centralpoint.nl, a retailer from the Netherlands, also sell the new APUs. All of these stores either have the said chips in stock, or can ship them within two to four business days. Prices of the new processors vary from retailer to retailer, but in general we are looking at something like this: AMD Ryzen Pro 7 4750G — €310 w/ VAT AMD Ryzen Pro 5 4650G — €145 w/ VAT AMD Ryzen Pro 3 4350G — €190 w/VAT CompSource and ShopBLT, two retailers from the USA, also list the new APUs, but do not say when they can ship them. Interestingly, some versions of the products even come with AMD’s Wraith Stealth cooler. Prices look as follows: AMD Ryzen Pro 7 4750G — $325 - $363 AMD Ryzen Pro 5 4650G — $220 - $248 AMD Ryzen Pro 3 4350G — $153 - $174 To use the new Ryzen Pro 7 4000-series APUs, users will need AM4 motherboards that support them and, preferably, their advanced security capabilities. AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs are now available from retailers
  21. AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs will be here in Q3 2020 We're not getting any new Ryzen 9 models—but 3, 5, and 7 get integrated GPUs. Enlarge / Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs are here—but they don't look like the follow-up breakthrough many readers have been hoping for. AMD 21 with 17 posters participating, including story author This morning, AMD announced the next big thing for its Ryzen desktop CPU line—the Ryzen 4000 series, slated to arrive in Q3 2020. Those of you who've been waiting breathlessly for Zen 3 architecture will need to keep waiting—Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs are still built on 7nm, Zen 2 architecture. There also don't appear to be any performance recordbreakers in Ryzen 4000's desktop lineup: the highest-end SKU announced is the 65W 8 core / 16 thread Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G. Instead, AMD is taking solid aim at rival Intel's chokehold on the office PC market. Every single one of the 18 new processor SKUs announced features integrated Radeon graphics—and nine of the 18 are "GE" suffix CPUs, meaning only 35W TDP. Both of these features are highly desirable in either home-office or business environments—Radeon integrated graphics are good enough for anything short of high-end content creation or gaming, and lower TDP means lower power bills and lower cooling bills as well in hotter climates. Desktop Ryzen 4000 Architecture and performance The new Ryzen 4000 G-series APUs will continue to use the AM4 socket and are based on 7nm Zen2 architecture just like the earlier Ryzen 3000 CPUs. They're essentially Ryzen Mobile 4000 APUs writ large, upscaled into desktop-class frequency, power, and thermal budgets. In at least one way, the new series is a step backward from Ryzen 3000: the 4000 G-series only offers PCI express 3.0, not 4.0. Each chip offers eight PCIe 3.0 lanes for expansion cards—we don't know yet whether there will be additional PCIe lanes for NVMe devices. This isn't likely to be a problem for Ryzen 4000 G-series customers—these CPUs are all designed to be used with integrated graphics, and none of them outperforms the higher-end Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs in the first place. When it comes to estimating what 4000 G-series' performance will look like, AMD offered us much less concrete data than we've become accustomed to. The company wasn't shy about telling us that G series is faster than competing Intel vPro CPUs, and by how much—but AMD is remarkably cagey about comparisons to earlier Ryzen CPUs. Slides claim "over 2.5x more performance than last gen"—but those numbers are gotten by comparing Ryzen 7 4700G to Ryzen 5 3450G, not to Ryzen 7 3700X. If we want to get a realistic comparison to Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs, we're left to do a little donkey-work and hope the numbers line up. AMD's slide claims "+152%" Cinebench R20 multi-threaded results when comparing Ryzen 7 4700G to Ryzen 5 3450G—this isn't very useful by itself, but it gives us something to go on. CGIdirector shows Ryzen 5 3450G attaining an R20 multi-threaded score of 1,995. If we add 152 percent to that, we come up with a score of 5,027. This guesstimated raw score comes out to a measly 3.5 percent improvement over Ryzen 7 3700X—and a dead heat with Ryzen 7 3800X. Running the numbers this way might be a bit sloppy—but it seems to thoroughly answer the question, "Why is AMD comparing Ryzen 7 4000 to Ryzen 5 3000?" Ryzen 4000 APU models Enlarge / AMD Memory Guard—full RAM encryption—is the main selling point for the Pro variant of Ryzen 4000 G-series processors. AMD Eighteen different SKUs were announced today—but there are really only five new base models. Four of them have both G and GE (power efficient) models, and all of them have both Pro and non-Pro models—the difference being that Pro models explicitly support AMD Memory Guard and AMD Secure Processor technologies, and non-Pro models do not. Base Model Cores/Threads TDP (G model) TDP (GE model) Boost/Base Frequency (G model) Boost/Base Frequency (GE model) L2+L3 cache Ryzen 7 4700 / 4700 Pro 8C / 16T 65W 35W Up to 4.4GHz / 3.6GHz Up to 4.3GHz / 3.1GHz 12MiB Ryzen 5 4600 / 4600 Pro 6C / 12T 65W 35W Up to 4.2GHz / 3.7GHz Up to 4.2GHz / 3.3GHz 11MiB Ryzen 3 4300 / 4300 Pro 4C / 8T 65W 35W Up to 4.0GHz / 3.8GHz Up to 4.0GHz / 3.5GHz 6MiB Athlon Gold 3150 / 3150 Pro 4C / 4T 65W 35W 3.9GHz 3.8GHz 6MiB Athlon Silver 3050 / 3050 Pro 2C / 4T n/a 35W n/a 3.4GHz 5MiB Availability If you're dreaming of building your own inexpensive-but-awesome Ryzen 4000 system with integrated Radeon graphics, we've got bad news for you—this entire series of processors will be available to OEMs and System Integrators (read: OEMs, but a little smaller than Lenovo or HP) only. The Pro versions of these Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs are available to OEMs and SIs today, and systems featuring both Pro and non-Pro Ryzen 4000 APUs are expected to be available from larger OEMs in the fall. AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs will be here in Q3 2020
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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