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  1. ATIc Installation Tool 2.4.0 + Portable ATIc Install Tool is a small program that will appeal to owners of AMD/ATI Radeon series. Now, if you need to get the latest version of the driver, it is sufficient to start the program, specify the operating system, configure the parameters for your version of Catalyst Center, wait for the search, and then download the correct drivers. Operating Systems: Windows 10/8.1/8/7 Requirements: Microsoft.NET Framework 4.6 Changelog: http://bluesky23.blog.shinobi.jp/entry/20180721 Version 2.4.0 (07/21/2018) Updated version list Added support for address change of the latest optional release notes Version 2.3.0 (05/25/2018) Updated version list Version 2.2.0 (04/28/2018) Updated version list Minor change Version 2.1.0 (12/23/2017) Added support for Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Updated version list Minor changes and fixes Version 2.0.0 (07/09/2017) Changed specified method of download package Added support to download previous non WHQL driver Now run AMD Clean Uninstall Utility when enabling "Complete Uninstall" Discontinued support to download Catalyst 14.4 or older Changed system requirements Minor changes Homepage-JP: http://bluesky23.yukishigure.com/ATIcInstallTool.html Homepage-EN: http://bluesky23.yukishigure.com/en/ATIcInstallTool.html Changelog: http://bluesky23.yukishigure.com/en/acit/update/history.html Supplementary information: http://bluesky23.blog.shinobi.jp/entry/20170709 Download Installer: https://onedrive.live.com/download?resid=8473139A4F3F636D! 314&authkey=!AIjHgbMdkGNPW8I Download Portable: https://onedrive.live.com/download? resid=8473139A4F3F636D!313&authkey=!APmfsiTO5RlgcMg
  2. Diet may affect individuals’ risks related to the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration, a progressive chronic disease of the central retina and a leading cause of irreversible, severe vision loss in Western countries, according to a review of previous studies, published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology. To evaluate the role of diet and food intake in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), University of Auckland researcher Naoko Chapman and colleagues conducted a systematic review of 18 high-quality studies. “The objective of the work was to review systematically, evidence on the role of diet and food intake in AMD,” the scientists explained. “The focus was on epidemiological studies around food intake rather than studies on supplement intervention.” Adherence to a Mediterranean diet was linked with a decreased risk of AMD progression. An Oriental diet pattern had decreased association with AMD prevalence, whereas a Western diet pattern had increased association with the prevalence of the disease. High consumption of vegetables rich in carotenoids and fatty fish containing omega-3 fatty acids was beneficial for those at risk of AMD. High glycemic index diets and alcohol consumption of greater than two drinks a day had increased association with AMD. “The review and its analyses show that there are multifactorial influences of diet and food intake on the incidence and progression of AMD,” the researchers said. “Adherence to a Mediterranean diet based on high consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts, moderate consumption of fish, poultry and dairy, use of olive oil in place of other oils/fats, optional low amounts of red wine, and limited consumption of red meat should be encouraged.” “The Oriental diet pattern with higher intake of vegetables, legumes, fruit, whole grains, tomatoes, and seafood is preferred over a Western diet pattern with higher intake of red meat, processed meat, high-fat dairy products, fried potatoes, refined grains, and eggs.” “The reviewed studies recommend the consumption of vegetables to increase lutein and zeaxanthin carotenoid intake.” “Consumption of fatty fish greater than twice a week is also advised to increase the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. Omega-6 fatty acids, such as vegetable oils and animal fats should be kept to a minimum.” “Red or processed meat should be consumed less than 4 times a week and salami or continental sausage consumption should be reduced to less than once a month.” “Low glycemic index food choices are preferred over high glycemic index foods and alcohol consumption should be limited to less than two standard drinks a day.” “Improving the quality of the diet, increasing the intake of foods that contain the nutrients required by the retina and avoiding foods that induce oxidative damage will play an important role in protecting against AMD,” Chapman said. < Here >
  3. AMD Adrenalin Edition 18.5.2 [ Optional ] https://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/Radeon-Software-Adrenalin-Edition-18.5.2-Release-Notes.aspx http://www.amd.com/en-us/markets/game/downloads https://support.amd.com/en-us/download# https://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop?os=Windows+10+-+64
  4. Nvidia and AMD graphics options are also on point for power-hungry devs DELL HAS REFRESHED its range of Precision laptops to come rocking an Ubuntu take on Linux and Intel's eight-generation Coffee lake chips. The entry-level Dell Precision 3530 workstation will ship with Ubuntu Linux 16.04 and comes with Intel's Core i5-8400H processor, though more powerful Coffee lake generation chips are available for more cash. There's also the option to upgrade from onboard integrated graphics to a Nvidia's Quadro P600 GPU. Other Ubuntu-sporting laptops in Dell's Precision range are also set to get a refresh, which should appeal to developers after a powerful platform on which to create software upon. The Dell Precision 7530 and 7730 mobile workstations will have 'Developer Edition' models, with Cofee Lake chips paired with either Nvidia or AMD graphics and larger 15in and 17in displays, giving developers more screen space to ogle code and commands. All of these biz-focussed lappys can also be specced with Intel Xeon processors to give them more enterprise-grade power. Storage can be topped up to 8TB in the larger 7730 machine, which should be enough storage for devs who love to horde code and sample versions of their apps and software. Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is also present and correct, so users can daisy-chain multiple multiple 4K monitors together to view code like they're in The Matrix or some early noughties hacker movie. This is not the first time Dell has plonked Ubuntu onto its laptops. It started such a programme with Project Sputnik at the end of 2012 in which it released a developer edition of the company's svelte XPS 13 laptop. The XPS 13 was recently refreshed for 2018 and now sports a slick white colour option and also has an updated version running Ubuntu for Linux. Apparently, a demand for Ubuntu devices has prompted Dell to make more of them, further broadening the hardware giant's already large product base, which is good for buyers but not so great for tech journalists trying to track all the devices Dell whacks out. Source
  5. The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.5.1 driver is now available, with full support for the Windows 10 April Update, the Raven Ridge line of Ryzen APUs, optimizations for Ancestors Legacy, as well as PlayReady 3.0. With the inclusion of AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and 2200G support, owners of these desktop APUs can finally upgrade to this release from their outdated drivers. Meanwhile, AMD Radeon RX 400 and RX 500 series owners will now be able to stream Netflix in 4K with this driver thanks to the newly implemented Microsoft PlayReady 3.0 DRM support. The new driver also provides full support for the Windows 10 April 2018 update following the initial support that arrived with the 18.4.1 driver last month. The newly released strategy title, Ancestors Legacy, is best played with this new driver as well, which brings 6% and 13% performance boosts for RX Vega 56 and RX 580 graphics cards respectively. Note that although AMD only mentions two of its products, an FPS boost should apply in some form to the entire GCN line-up. Here are the bugs that AMD has managed to resolve with the 18.5.1 driver: And here are the known issues: The Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.5.1 driver is available for download through the Radeon Settings interface, or via the links listed in the official release notes here. Source
  6. There is a lot of distrust surrounding the Intel brand at the moment largely due to a sequence of events which included a slow disclosure of a serious security flaw (which appears to be getting worse), a secret early disclosure of this flaw to China (which has technical ties to North Korea), related patch problems, their CEO apparently fleeing Intel stock. This damaged trust and raised the question of why anyone would want to invest in a company, for product or stock, that the firm’s own CEO didn’t think was a good investment and this comes on top of the insider trading concerns raised by the activity. In the meantime, AMD released their strongest set of processors in their history, generally equal to or better than Intel’s offerings, and providing unique values in areas like single socket servers. Against that launch Dell, HP, and Lenovo brought out new products. However, it is interesting to note, that of the 3 HP was by far the most aggressive releasing entire lines of offerings. Let’s talk about why this could play particularly well for HP. The Importance of a Line When looking at what could become an industry pivot—Intel is struggling at the moment, buyers like to see a solid commitment on competing technology rather than tentative moves. If they are going to invest in the pivot early or take advantage of point price incentives, they like to see the vendor they are using is fully in. While single product targeted sales can be very powerful, as Apple has repeatedly showcased, that approach comes with a massive marketing requirement which only Apple, and occasionally Samsung, have been willing to step up to. And even then, it has rarely worked in the commercial space generally being more effective with consumer offerings. These new AMD-based lines are commercial offerings. Thus, releasing lines for both desktop and mobile use better fit within the traditional PC OEM’s product model and should perform better than the single or dual product offerings of HP’s competitors. HP Stepping Ahead of Their Competitors HP stepped ahead of their competitors to release 4 new notebooks and a whopping 5 new desktop systems with this launch. Standing out from the group were the HP EliteBook 735 G5 with a 13.3-inch screen which is arguably the most compelling AMD based laptop ever produced and more than comparable to its Intel counterpart and the small form factor HP EliteDesk 705 Mini G4 which provides a near perfect blend of size and performance for most desktop implementations. Across the board, the products are both well-priced and have unusually attractive designs easily equaling their Intel based counterparts but priced so that, effectively, the user is getting discrete Vega graphics for free. Given how increasingly applications are using GPU compute over CPU compute this not only provides an initial performance advantage but should allow these products to remain in service longer, further lowering the total cost of ownership for an AMD-based system. One Life The attractive designs surrounding both desktop and laptop lines flow out of HP’s unique One Life strategy, which speaks to the fact that users aren’t either employees or consumers, they are both. This means, and this has proven particularly true of Millennials, that users want tools they can be proud of. Surveys have highlighted that potential employees will favor companies that give them better tools. This learning has driving IT buyers to allow for more attractive offerings and speaks to why HP is outgrowing their competitors of late. They are simply more aggressively providing the tools that users want and IT buyers are increasingly driven by those user wants (something many of us have been tracking for over a decade). Security Given Intel’s weakness surrounds some unfortunate security decisions made by that company, HP’s security first strategy appears to also be resonating. Surrounding their offerings is a unique set of security tools that provide self-healing for BIOS and Firmware, assures that malware can’t shut down critical services, helps the user avoid contaminated web sites, provides multi-factor authentication, and even has a surprisingly unique privacy camera option to prevent spying. One other feature I’m surprised is unique to HP is an integrated optional electronic privacy screen. I think every laptop should have one of these as it prevents the person sitting next to you on a plane, or other public space, from seeing what you are working on. These things should have been a requirement years ago but, currently, only HP is offering them broadly. Wrapping Up: HP Steps Up Markets are often defined by companies that step up to a challenge and—against the current Intel crowd—only HP is fully stepping up to the opportunities represented by AMD alternative PCs. With two strong PC lines that are both attractive and well-secured they have taken the unusual path to being what is likely the safest product heaven for business PC buyers. I expect the market will reward their risk given the growing concerns surrounding Intel. There is an old saying “go big or go home” apparently HP is following it with their new AMD lines which are helping define HP as the PC company to beat this decade. Source
  7. The AMD Driver Autodetect tool is designed to detect the model of graphics card and version of operating system installed in your computer. Our Autodetect tool can only be used on systems running the Microsoft® Windows operating system and/or AMD Radeon™ graphics. It does not work on Linux® systems, Apple Boot Camp systems or AMD FirePro™ graphics products. If a new driver is available, the tool is designed to help you download it. After you download the driver, simply click “Install” to start your installation. NOTE: This tool is designed to provide the latest official AMD Radeon Software graphics driver for systems running Microsoft Windows. If your system is not running Microsoft Windows or you are looking for an earlier driver or the latest beta driver, you can manually search for a driver from the AMD Graphics and Driver download page. Homepage Download
  8. AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.3 Optional Changelog and download links
  9. Take a look inside the new January Security-only patches specifically for Win7 and 8.1 AMD machines that were blue-screend by the original January Security-only patches. Win10 brickees still in limbo. Thinkstock I’ve seen a lot of bizarre Microsoft patches-of-patches, but the new patches for AMD processors are in a world of their own. The security-only, manually downloadable patches appear to be Meltdown/Spectre patches for machines that were bricked by other bad patches, earlier this month, but they’ve arrived with no instructions — and a strange circular logic. Last week, Microsoft released two patches, with these official titles: KB 4073578: Unbootable state for AMD devices in Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 KB 4073576: Unbootable state for AMD devices in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 The Win7 KB article says: An update is available to fix the following issue that occurs after you install January 3, 2018—KB4056897 (Security-only update) or January 4, 2018—KB4056894 (Monthly Rollup): AMD devices fall into an unbootable state… This update does not replace a previously released update. The Win8.1 article says the same thing, with reference to the analogous patches KB 4056898 and 4056895. … and that’s all of the description on offer. You can find lots of posts about the two patches and how they fix the “unbootable state” (what most of us would call a BSOD or blue screen), but there’s exactly zero advice on how to use the patches, or what fixes they include. And that part about “does not replace a previously released update” has my head whirling. Just for starters, if you installed one of this month’s buggy Meltdown/Spectre Windows patches on a machine with an older AMD processor (Athlon, Sempron, Turion, Opteron, Phenom and some Ryzen computers), you probably hit a blue screen. Microsoft pulled the patches a few days later, but a whole lot of people had to boot to a recovery environment or re-install Windows, just to get going again. Now we have patches for Win7 and 8.1 that appear to be the Meltdown/Spectre patches specifically for AMD machines. There’s something karmic about a patch that is designed to install on a machine that can’t boot, thus can’t install any patches. But let's move beyond the Kafkaesque dilemma. Here are just a few of the many, many questions swirling around over the weekend: Which AMD machines are targeted? I don’t know. Microsoft isn’t saying. Apparently these patches are meant for machines that threw BSODs with the earlier patches — but do you need to install the original patch and wait to see if you hit a BSOD, before installing these patches? If installing a patch just to see if it bricks your machine doesn’t sound like a fun way to spend a snowy day, can you put these new patches on any AMD machine? If so, what happens? Who knows? Are these patches replacements for the originals — do they cover the same ground — or are they somehow different? Poster @MrBrian on AskWoody says: On Windows 7 x64, I compared what KB4056897 installs vs. what KB4073578 installs. Considering just executable files, KB4073578 installs a newer version of some executable files. … Of the changed executable files between the two Windows 7 x64 updates (inspected with CBS Package Inspector), the only executable file that changed in size is hvax64.exe. So if the old and new versions of this month’s Windows/Spectre patches install different files, should you install the new patch on an AMD machine that somehow installed the old one? For that matter, can you install this newer version on an Intel machine and get away with it? @MrBrian in an intrepid moment tried that. His conclusion: As a test, I installed KB4073578 on two computers with two different Intel CPU models. I then rebooted and logged into a user account on each computer. There were no apparent problems. To recap, we have patches for Win7 and 8.1 AMD computers that officially only apply to bricked AMD computers, but still install on Intel computers, and come up with a newer hvax64.exe file. And the patches are only for Win7 and 8.1, not Win10. Care to chase this down the January patch rabbit hole? For example, as @PKCano notes, the Win8.1 Monthly Rollup appeared after the Win7 Monthly Rollup. Does the Win8.1 Monthly Rollup include the new security files or the old ones? What happens if you install the old patches and the new patches, in any time sequence combination of Security-only, Monthly Rollup, old and new? Let’s not forget that Microsoft started pushing the Meltdown/Spectre patches for some AMD processors, but are they old ones or new ones, and for which processors? Most of all, what happened to Windows 10? Microsoft yanked a half-dozen January Win10 cumulative updates because they were bricking AMD processors. At least some of those cumulative updates are going out again. Do they include the new files or the old ones? Since Microsoft doesn’t release Security-only patches for Win10, are we stuck with the old cumulative updates until the February Patch Tuesday cycle kicks in? What about those who have AMD machines that choke on the cumulative updates? I feel an Excedrin headache coming on. Join me on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Microsoft's mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard) Welcome back nsane, missed you...
  10. AMD recently unveiled something truly remarkable today – a server rack that has a total processing power of 1 PetaFLOPs. That’s 10 to the power of 15 floating point operations per second or 20 to the power of 15 half precision FLOPs. Here’s the kicker though: a decade ago in 2007, a computer of the same power would have required roughly 6000 square feet of area and thousands of processors to power. A decade ago, this would have been one of the most powerful supercomputers on Earth, and today, its a server rack. AMD’s Project 47 unveiled: 1 PetaFLOPs of single precision compute at 30 GFLOPs per watt and only single rack footprint The server rack, ahem supercomputer, named Project 47 is powered by 20x EPYC 7601 32 Core processors and around 80x Radeon Instinct GPUs. It supports around 10 TB of Samsung Memory and 20x Mellanox 100G cards as well as 1 switch. All of this is fitted into a server rack that is roughly the height of 1.25 Lisa Su’s with an energy efficiency of 30 GFLOPs per watt. That means the project 47 super computer consumes around 33,333 watts of electricity. Project 47 will be available from Inventec and their principal distributor AMAX sometime in Q4 of this year. Today at Capsaicin SIGGRAPH, AMD showcased what can be achieved when the world’s greatest server CPU is combined with the world’s greatest GPU, based on AMD’s revolutionary “Vega” architecture. Developed by AMD in collaboration with Inventec, Project 47 is based on Inventec’s P-series massively parallel computing platform, and is a rack designed to excel in a range of tasks, from graphics virtualization to machine intelligence. Back in 2007, you would have found the same power in a supercomputer called the IBM Roadrunner. This was a super computer project that was once the most powerful, well, super computer of its time and built by AMD and IBM for the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The cluster had 696 racks spanning an area of 6000 square feet and consumer 2,350,000 watts of electricity. The cluster consisted primarily of around 64,000 dual core Opteron CPUs and some accelerators. So basically in a little over 10 years, AMD has managed to make a system that consumes 98% less power and takes up 99.93% less space. We are not yet sure how much Project 47 will cost, but we are pretty sure it will be less than the US $100 Million cost of the original Roadrunner. If that isn’t the epitome of modern computational advances, I don’t know what is. So how exactly did AMD manage this feat? Well, usually when talking abut a decade, there are several node shrinks involved as well as architectural gains however, it is clear from the specifications that the rockstar of Project 47 isn’t the CPU, its the GPU. While AMD has progressed from the architecture of old of 2007, and the occasional node shrink excepted, the progress on the CPU front hasn’t been anywhere near as large to justify the simply ridiculous gains seen here. In fact, with 20 EPYC 7601 CPUs you are looking at a core count of just 640 cores which simply pales in comparison to the 128,000 cores in the original roadrunner. Since we certainly did not see IPC increase of 20000% it is clear that the star of the Project 47 is the Radeon Instinct GPU. With 80 Radeon Instincts inside the server rack, you can already account for roughly 960 TFLOPs (depending on the clock speed) already out of the 1000 TFLOPs that the P47 is rated at. With 128 PCIe lanes per CPU, the EPYC processors will act as the drivers of the Radeon Instinct and won’t actually handle the brunt of the load. So basically form an all-CPU based Roadrunner, we have come to P47, which is practically an all-GPU based show. It really speaks volumes for the bonkers growth in power we seen in the GPU department. The rapid scaling of core count, architectural gains and node shrinks have really ushered in a new era of computational power. Article source
  11. AMD put 2TB of memory in a new $7000 graphics card The Radeon Pro SSG has some insane specs: 16GB of HBM2 memory, and another 2TB of SSD storage on-board. On the consumer side, AMD finally unveiled its lineup of Radeon RX Vega graphics cards for playing games at high resolutions and in VR. But to actually make those games—and for other professional content chores—AMD also announced a pair of beastly workstation cards with Vega-based GPUs. One of them wields a whopping 2TB of solid-state memory. That would be the Radeon Pro SSG. Built for serious content creation, the Radeon Pro SSG pairs 16GB of HBM2 ECC memory with 2TB of NAND flash storage plugged into a pair of M.2 ports for extended memory support. So basically it supports having a pair of NVMe SSDs onboard. AMD did the same thing with its prototype Radeon Pro SSG (based off Fiji), but that card had just 4GB VRAM and topped out at 1TB of extended memory support. Plus it was only available as a developer kit and never saw a full retail release. This new generation gets all the upgrades that come with Vega, like 16GB HBM2 with a 2,048-bit memory interface. More importantly, AMD's SSG API allows application developers to let the GPU talk directly to the 2TB of on-board SSD storage, bypassing the CPU, PCIe bus, and system interface, which can create bottlenecks. AMD says the SSG portion of the card can read data at up to 8GB/s and write data at up to 6GB/s. That's a lot slower than HBM2, but with the High-Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC) and thanks to the direct access, it's still over twice as fast as talking to SSDs over the PCIe bus. While 2TB might seem like an obscene amount of 'memory' for a GPU—and it certainly is—all that memory helps creators to play back, manipulate, stitch, and post-process raw 8K content just as easily as a 4K workflow. According to AMD, this card represents a fundamental shift in hardware for those who deal with big data sets. For developers who do not need the SSG aspect, AMD also introduced the Radeon Pro WX9100. It doesn't feature extended memory support, but is otherwise the same card. Both variants are equipped 64 next-generation compute units (4,096 stream processors) and can deliver up to 24.6 TFLOPS of double-precision performance, and up to 12.29 TFLOPS of single-precision performance. Obviously no one is going to buy these to play games, or more precisely, solely to play games. One of the things AMD's latest driver release for its professional cards bring to the table is the ability to switch drivers without a reboot. This means that game developers can create content using professional drivers, then switch over to AMD's regular ReLive drivers to test things out (or simply to play games after a long day of coding). The Radeon Pro WX9100 ($2,199) and Radeon Pro SSG ($6,999) will be both be available on September 13. Article source
  12. CTO Mark Papermaster urges foundries to intro EUV "as fast as they can". AMD CTO Mark Papermaster has been discussing the company's plans, in a wide ranging interview with the EE Times. In the chat Papermaster confirmed that both AMD Zen 2 and Zen 3 processors will be made in 7nm and that he would like foundries to introduce EUV "as fast as they can". AMD has been making good progress with its preparation for 7nm, said Papermaster, but it's such a big change that both foundry and design teams have had to double their efforts. Moving to 7nm is the "toughest lift I’ve seen in a number of generations," admitted Papermaster in the interview. There are a number of reasons behind the difficulties, but two major ones cited are; the requirement for new CAD tools for 7nm, and the need for deeper cooperation with foundries and the EDA (Electronic Design Automation) industry. Going forward there will of course be difficulty for the foundries in producing the AMD chips on new 7nm processes. Discussing the design process Papermaster told the EEtimes that 7nm is "a long node, like 28nm…and when you have a long node it lets the design team focus on micro-architecture and systems solutions," rather than redesign standard blocks for the next process. The CPUs and GPU currently shipping are among the first designs in 14/16nm nodes using double patterning lithography and FinFET transistors. EUV processes, which will reduce the need for quad patterning and have the potential to lower costs and shorten design cycles, should be live in 2019, thinks Papermaster. AMD has been working with Globalfoundries for CPUs and TSMC for GPUs and Papermaster has been happy with this choice. Furthermore both companies have "been aggressive in 7nm and that’s good for the industry" he said. Intel doesn't have any advantage in process tech due to this strong competition. However the AMD CTO urged foundries to move as fast as they can to keep up competitive pressure. Later in the interview Papermaster went on to discuss 2.5D chip stacks. This tech is great for high end graphics processors, for example, but is flagged as being too expensive. In the meantime a so-called 2.1D technology could work out well, but it will take 2 or 3 years to be ready for AMD's desktop and server processors. View: Original Article
  13. Ever since AMD launched its Ryzen processors for the desktop, many security conscious users have pleaded with the company to open source its PSP - no, not the portable console, but rather its "Platform Security Processor". This chip is found on most AMD platforms from 2013 on, and behaves much like Intel's Management Engine does: it offers simple low-level access to the computer. Both AMD and Intel share the same message about these unique chips; they are there to keep us protected. Because the OS can't see what the PSP or IME is doing, though, the user will likewise be oblivious to the chip's actions. That might not matter much if the chip keeps our machine more secure. However, what happens if an attacker breaks through the PSP's defenses? Users would never know. Security by obscurity isn't necessarily a good thing. For that reason, AMD fans have been adamant about keeping on top of the company, to get an answer one way or another about whether or not PSP would be open-sourced. AMD CEO, Dr. Lisa Su gave some hope that something would be done when she said she'd discuss things internally as the result of a recent reddit AMA question. Ultimately, though, it turns out that AMD is not opening up the PSP, and we're just going to have to deal with it. The rather blunt realization that PSP wasn't being open sourced came out during a discussion with AMD top brass about EPYC. You can see and listen in on the discussion here in the embed below, or on Twitch ( scrub to the 35:35 mark). In it, AMD's Scott Aylor and Forrest Norrod give us the news, but do their best to soften the blow. To instill some confidence in its greatest skeptics, Aylor and Norrod said that AMD employs third-party security teams to keep beating away at its PSP, which has been ongoing since the start of the year. Further, some OEM partners have also decided to deploy their own testing. So all told, PSP is dealing with some hard hits, and thus far has held up. That still might not be enough for everyone, but the reality is, as you can imagine, AMD surely has its reasons for not opening the PSP. It could be third-party code, or the simple fact that it wouldn't want to cough up information that could give competitors or hackers any edge. Ideally, users should be able to disable the PSP entirely, but that's not likely to happen either. Article source
  14. There are a number of reports of fake Ryzen processors being sold by third party sellers on retail sites such as Amazon and eBay. Although this is the first time we have seen fake Ryzen processor for sale, the scam isn’t new. In the past, we have seen counterfeit Core i7 processors sold by reputable retailers, as well as fake AMD A-Series A8-7600 processors making the rounds on Amazon. In this case, it seems the crooks behind the caper used low-cost Celeron processors for the scam. The process works something like this: The scammer buys a handful of legitimate high dollar AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processors, scans the CPU heatspreader, and then prints a sticker and applies it to the face of the fake CPU (in this case an old Celeron processor). The scammer returns the counterfeit processor to the box, reseals it, and then sells it on eBay / Amazon. This type of scam works because the counterfeit processor looks authentic from the outside of the package. In some cases, the fake product is actually meant to scam the retailer. As some of you are aware, retailers often place returned merchandise back in active inventory and resell it. It could also end up on Amazon’s Warehouse Deals site, after which the fake product ends up in the hands of a retail customer. It is unfortunate that these things happen, but there are a few things you can do to prevent falling victim to this type of scam. Avoid third-party sellers on sites like Amazon, Newegg, Wal-Mart, and others. Pay for purchases with a credit card or services like PayPal that offer hassle-free refunds. Make sure you check the AMD website for tips on recognizing a fake processor or check the serial number on Intel’s website to verify the processor you purchased is legitimate. Article source
  15. Here are three things everyone loves: free stuff, video games, and wacky initialisms. (That last one might just be us.) That's why AMD introduced AMD4U, a new program that rewards the company's customers with "up to" three free games, two months of access to Adobe Creative Cloud, or a three-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. The idea, according to AMD's press release, is to give you access to software that takes advantage of your AMD-powered system. Games and Creative Cloud are the obvious choices. Many people buy the company's GPUs because they want to play games--or, you know, mine some Ethereum--and creative professionals will probably look towards its multi-cored CPUs for a cheaper alternative to equivalent Intel processors. AMD4U's games will be provided by Square Enix Collective, which is the Japanese publisher's indie-focused platform. Right now there are only three titles available: The Turing Test, Goetia, and Oh My Godheads. Others, including Tokyo Dark, Deadbeat Heroes, and Fear Effect Sedna, are expected to debut sometime in the future. The program's terms and conditions do have an interesting note about choosing these games: ALL SEC GAME TITLE SELECTIONS MUST BE MADE AT TIME OF REDEMPTION, REGARDLESS IF THE SEC GAME TITLE HAS ALREADY BEEN RELEASED OR IS SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED ON A FUTURE DATE. AMD really wants to make sure you know about that clause--it's one of the only sections of the terms and conditions set in all caps. The company also warned that AMD4U's promotion could change at any moment, and that the software received via the program is for personal use, so you shouldn't buy a bunch of AMD systems for an internet cafe with the hopes of getting free software for your patrons. (Apparently, that's an issue.) AMD published a list of products eligible for AMD4U with the terms and conditions. The reward varies based on the product you purchased, so don't expect to get the free Square Enix Collective games, Creative Cloud access, and Creative Cloud Photography Plan subscription. Some products offer access to two rewards, but none offer all three. Check out the terms and conditions for a complete breakdown of the rewards. The company has also collected some eligible products in three categories: those with two months access to Creative Cloud, those with three months access to the Creative Cloud Photograph Plan, and those with the free Square Enix Collective Games. That probably won't be enough to sway you over to AMD, but if you were planning on buying the company's products anyway, you might as well take advantage of AMD4U. Article source
  16. It now has 28 percent market share A report from PassMark says that AMD increased its market share from 18 percent last quarter to 24 percent. This is AMD’s largest single quarter share gain in history and it is all thanks to Ryzen. The graph shows AMD and Intel market share which is based on thousands of PerformanceTest benchmark results and is updated daily. The chart only includes x86 processors and does not include other chip architectures these manufacturers may sell. In Q1 2017 Intel’s market share according to the Passmark graph shows 81.90 percent total while AMD has 18 percent. A snapshot taken on July 2 however, shows the Intel share drop to 76 percent while AMD rose to 24 percent. Passmarks does not really talk about shares and no doubt the Intel squad will make a big thing about this. However it is an indication that AMD is making inroads into Intel's bottom line. In AMD's favour the figures only take into account chips installed in PCs so do not account for anything in a console. As the PerformanceTest software only runs on Windows OS and counts on user submitting their benchmarks. This chart may be non reflective of the non Windows user base. View: Original Article
  17. Compared Against Intel’s Core i9-7900X 10 Core CPU, Full Threadripper Lineup Detailed The performance results of AMD’s flagship Ryzen Threadripper processor have once again been leaked. The performance results come from multiple sources with one being AMD’s internal test department and the other being ASUS. AMD’s Flagship Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16 Core CPU Performance Leaked – Compared To A 10 Core Intel CPU The results from the two sources were posted over at SiSoftware and Geekbench databases. Both databases are known to record and list down various entries of processors that are tested by the userbase and even hardware manufacturers prior to release. Similar entries were spotted in June and a month later, we can expect some improvements in the overall performance as drivers and applications are provided better support for upcoming hardware. The processor that was tested is an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. The chip features 16 cores, 32 threads and a base clock of 3.4 GHz. Based on the rumored specifications, the chip should feature boost clocks of 3.6 GHz and XFR boost clocks of 3.7 – 3.8 GHz. The chip will carry 32 MB of L3 cache and 8 MB of L2 cache which totals 40 MB. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X vs Intel Core i9-7900X Performance Tests In terms of performance, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X scored 4074 points in single core test. The specifics are 3933 Integer, 3869 Floating point and 4245 memory benchmark scores. Moving on to the multi-core performance, the chip scored a total of 26768 points. The specifics in this field were 31567 Integer, 34794 Floating point and 5206 memory benchmark scores. This shows that we are looking at some very high-end performance numbers from the Ryzen Threadripper series. Looking at the multi-core scores, we can see a slight improvement so definitely some changes were made. Last time, we added an Intel Xeon E5-2697A V4 processor to the mix for comparison purposes. The chip features total of 16 cores, 32 threads and a base clock of 2.6 GHz which boosts up to 3.6 GHz. It can be seen that the chip isn’t a direct comparison as it has lower base clock frequency but boost clock does match the Threadripper speeds. A single Xeon 16 core chip scores 3651 points in single core performance and 30450 points in multi-core performance. You can note that while single core scores lacks when compared to 1950X, the multi-core performance is much higher. Furthermore, since the last 1950X appearance, Intel has also released their Core-X series CPUs so we can make a direct comparison of AMD’s HEDT processors with Intel’s HEDT offerings. Here, we compare the Intel Core i9-7900X, a 10 core chip and Intel’s flagship currently with the 1950X. Intel Core i9-7900X on average has a score of 5000-5300 points in single-core and 32000-34000 points within the multi-core performance tests. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X CPU Performance: CPU Name AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16 Core, 32 Thread @ 3.4 GHz (Old Entry) AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16 Core, 32 Thread @ 3.4 GHz (NewEntry) Intel Xeon E5-2697A V4 16 Core, 32 Thread @ 2.6 GHz Intel Core i9-7900X 10 Core, 20 Thread @ 3.30 GHz Single Core Performance 4167 4074 3651 5390 Multi Core Performance 24539 26768 30450 33945 Single Core: Integer 4081 3933 3765 5541 Single Core: Floating Point 4025 3869 3439 6054 Single Core: Memory 4236 4245 3763 4107 Multi Core: Integer 28409 31567 33277 38695 Multi Core: Floating Point 33993 34794 42495 46700 Multi Core: Memory 5007 5206 5715 5935 Both the single and multi-core scores are much higher than that of a Ryzen Threadripper 1950X which features 6 more cores and a whopping 12 more threads compared to Intel’s offering. But it looks like AMD hasn’t made much multi-core or single core optimizations as of yet for them to match a 10 core Intel CPU. Intel is expected to release even more models with 12, 14, 16 and 18 core variants in the coming months. Ryzen Threadripper will arrive a bit early in July if rumors are true but it looks like they would have to be priced very competitively to tackle Intel Core-X processors with higher core counts. Moving on from Geekbench, the 1950X gets tested in SiSoftware Arithmetic and Multimedia workloads where it scores 434.32 GOPS and 821.64 Mpix/s, respectively. The Intel Core i9-7900X here scores 336.20 GOPS (Arithmetic) and 1262.68 Mpix/s (Multimedia) points. These are some really encouraging scores but do keep in mind that the AMD chip was overclocked to 3.9-4.0 GHz clock speeds during these tests. We have seen similar results of the AMD EPYC 7000 series workstation processors against Intel’s upcoming Skylake-SP parts. Wccftech AMD EPYC 7601 Intel Platinum 8180 2P Specs 64 Core / 128 Threads 56 Threads / 112 Threads Average All-Core Speed Under Load 2.7 GHz 3.4 GHz Sisoft Sandra Arithmetic Performance 1242 GFLOPs 1340 GFLOPs Sisoft Sandra Arithmetic Performance Per Thread 9.7 GFLOPs 11.96 GFLOPs Sisoft Sandra Media Performance 1347 MPix/s* 4855 MPix/s Sisoft Sandra Multicore Efficiency 237 GB/s 236 GB/s Cinebench R15 6879 Points 8301 Points TDP 180W 205W AMD Ryzen Threadripper Full Lineup Detailed – Launching in Summer 2017 Furthermore, there are some rumors regarding the full AMD Ryzen Threadripper lineup. It looks like the full lineup has already been detailed and will include nine SKUs. There will be two of 16, 14, 10 core and three 12 core models. These have not been confirmed yet but the prices of the entry level 16 core chip are expected to be north of $800 US. The flagship of the series would be the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X which is the 16 core variant with a base clock of 3400 MHz and a TDP of 155W. You can find details of all the SKUs in the table below but do note that these models are yet to be confirmed. AMD Ryzen Threadripper HEDT CPU Family (Preliminary): Article source
  18. AMD first introduced us to its 14nm Zen family of processors with the Ryzen 7 lineup, and later with Ryzen 5. Up until this point, AMD has been relatively mum about its upcoming Ryzen 3 processors, which will be positioned against Intel’s Core i3 series. However, AMD may have revealed its hand earlier this morning with the announcement of Ryzen PRO. Take a quick look at the chart below to see how the Ryzen PRO family stacks up: As you can see, the lineup largely mirrors that of the standard Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors, matching in clock speeds, core counts, TDP and cache sizes. For example, the Ryzen 5 PRO 1500’s 3.5GHz base clock and 3.7GHz Turbo match up perfectly with the Ryzen 5 1500X. Likewise, the Ryzen 7 PRO 1700 is a dead ringer for the Ryzen 7 1700. With that in mind, we need to pay closer attention to entry-level models in the Ryzen PRO family: the Ryzen 3 PRO 1200 and the Ryzen 3 PRO 1300. Could these two processors give us some insight into what AMD plans for the entry-level Ryzen 3 family? Well, it sure looks like it. If AMD follows the same formula laid out above, these are the two “confirmed” Ryzen 3 SKUs we should expect: Ryzen 3 1300: 4 cores/threads, 3.5GHz/3.7GHz (base/boost), 8MB L3 cache, 65w TDP Ryzen 3 1200: 4 cores/threads, 3.51Hz/3.4GHz (base/boost), 8MB L3 cache, 65w TDP Looking at the specs, it would appear that the Ryzen 3 family will consist of quad-core processors with SMT functionality disabled. This means that quad-core Ryzen 3 processors will only be capable of handling four threads, unlike the quad-core Ryzen 5 processors, which can handle eight threads. We also see that the Ryzen 3 has adopted the L3 cache arrangement of the Ryzen 5 1400, which means that you’ll find 8MB, or half the amount in the rest of the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processor families. Ryzen 3 processors will also still operate within a 65W power envelope. It should be interesting to see how the Ryzen 3 processors perform without the aid of SMT functionality. AMD’s SMT performance has typically come with some healthy performance benefits, so we can’t wait to see how much its absence handicaps the Ryzen 3 in our battery of benchmarks. Via: AMD Article source
  19. AMD Radeon RX Vega Release Date Confirmed For Early August: AMD To Ship Vega To AIB Partners AMD Radeon RX Vega is the high-end gaming oriented graphics card for which all are waiting. However, latest reports suggest that AMD will start shipping Radeon RX Vega chips to its board partners as early as this week to finalize their custom card designs. After this, the custom AIB RX Vega cards will ship between late July and early August. According to HWBattle, AMD Radeon RX Vega silicon ships to company's board partners this week. The custom AMD RX Vega cards will then transport in late-July/early August, shortly after the reference cards. AMD CEO Lisa Su previously confirmed that the Vega GPUs will be revealed at SIGGRAPH and will be available for the masses by the end of July or early August. However, there are other sources which are claiming that AMD Vega will not release until later this year and hence there is a lot of confusion regarding AMD Vega release window. The gaming-oriented AMD Radeon RX Vega will probably be based on the same Vega 64 and Vega 56 silicon and these parts will be particularly optimized for games. According to the Radeon graphics guru Raja Koduri, these parts will be faster than the latest Vega Frontier Edition card, as reported by Segment Next. There have been lots of leaks regarding AMD Vega GPUs and while nothing has been confirmed yet, one thing for sure is that AMD GPUs will be cheaper than Nvidia. If this will be the case then AMD does not need to be on par with Nvidia GPUs. AMD's first Vega-based graphics card, the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, is scheduled to be available in late June. More details regarding AMD Radeon RX Vega will be revealed from AIB partners before the official launch of the graphics card at Siggraph 2017, which is scheduled to kick off on July 30. Article source
  20. visualbuffs

    INTEL or AMD?

    I trust intel cpu + their board and chipset so guys do you prefer amd cpu + their board and chipset? im a computer technician and last week my customer return the build i created which is AMD A4-6300 + FM2+ Gigabyte A68M Motherboard i warranty it and replace with asrock h61m-vs3 and now still working fine I do trust the gigabyte brand but when it comes to AMD Version of them still no value and less lifespan / waste of money many of my customer came to my shop and the things is Gigabyte A68M was brick no capacitor issue . the main problem was the chipset! was bricked. i think that gigabyte fm2+ a68m mobo is crap. no quality for me I do prefer Intel ever since their processor was excellent quality even 10 years still the processor are in good condition also connecting to that. the mobo manufacturer like gigabyte was still in good quality because of good cpu + good chipset itself no issue on intel motherboard amd 64 was first created 2003 and that was my college time amd increases their market because of its 64 bit cpu and i believe in that so ddr2 days AMD are top notcher in the market but intel didn't give up and overtaken amd when their launches it i-series and now the best cpu was intel again even amd ryzen was born . still intel i7 series was the top notch when in comes to performance quality and gaming amd is good for a budget but depend on the situation like you needed a aircon and less dust room intel can run even under the sun 24/7 . so guys anybody here believe in amd + chipset?
  21. Demonstrating their commitment to keep improving the AM4 platform, AMD has just published a suite of details about their upcoming AGESA firmware. Of particular interest here, the latest firmware is going to enhance memory overclocking and compability, as well as add a much needed virtualization-related feature. AGESA is an acronym for “AMD Generic Encapsulated System Architecture", and it is essentially the foundational code on which BIOS files for AM4 motherboards are built. When the Ryzen AM4 platform was launched back in March, the early AGESA versions lacked a lot of the core capabilities and settings that we have come to expect from a modern platform. As a result, motherboard manufacturers did not have a lot to work with when it came to creating feature-rich custom BIOSes for their own motherboards. Since then AMD has been pretty vocal and proactive about fixing any bugs, opening up new BIOS features, and improving overclocking. With this new AGESA version, AMD has added 26 new memory-related parameters. The most dramatic improvement is the significant expansion of memory speed options. If we exclude base block overclocking - which relatively few motherboards support - the AM4 platform has thus far been effectively limited to memory speeds of DDR4-3200. Not only that, but the supported range of options from DDR4-1866 to DDR4-3200 was in large 266MT/s increments. With AGESA, memory frequencies have not only been expanded all the way up to DDR4-4000, but between DDR4-2667 and DDR4-4000 the increments have been reduced to 133MT/s. Not only does this mean that more memory kits will be able to be run at their rated speed - and not get kicked down to the nearest supported speed - but it also significantly reduces the high-speed memory gap that the AM4 platform had with Intel's mainstream LGA1151 platform. The other important announcement is the unlocking of about two dozen memory timings. Up until now, only five primary memory timings have been adjustable and there wasn't even a command rate option, which was natively locked to the most aggressive 1T setting. All of this should help improve overclocking and most importantly compatibility with the large swathe of DDR4 memory kits that have largely been engineered with Intel platforms in mind. The last addition should excite those interested in virtualization. AMD has announced "fresh support" for PCI Express Access Control Services (ACS), which enables the ability to manually assign PCIe graphics cards within IOMMU groups. This should be a breath of fresh air to those who have previously tried to dedicate a GPU to a virtual machine on a Ryzen system, since it is a task that has thus far been fraught with difficulties. AMD has already distributed the AGESA to its motherboard partners, so BIOS updates should be available starting in mid to late June. Having said that, there are apparently beta versions currently available for the ASUS Crosshair VI and GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming 5. See details what is an “AGESA”?: Gaming: Community Update #4: Let's Talk DRAM! Source
  22. At its Financial Analyst Day on Thursday, AMD made a number of announcements about its upcoming product launches and where it will focus in 2017. The company has historically used these events to forecast its performance over the next few years and is riding high after the successful launch of Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5. Investors, however, have been jittery about the manufacturer’s stock performance so far this year and AMD was also looking to calm the waters as it rolls out new hardware. We’ve known the codename for AMD’s Ryzen server CPUs, Naples, but the company unveiled the actual brand name today. Henceforth, AMD’s server CPUs will be sold under the Epyc brand. It’s pronounced like the ordinary word, and as brand names go…maybe it’ll grow on people? That’s pretty much the best we’ve got right now. Opteron was a stronger product name in our personal opinion, but ultimately, customers aren’t going to care what it’s called, they’ll care how it performs. One point AMD made from the beginning of the event is that it focused on data centers when it brought Zen to market. We haven’t seen much in the way of server benchmarks on the core yet, but Ryzen 5 and 7 have been at their strongest when competing against Intel in workstation workloads like video editing and 3D rendering. Server workloads tend to be their own unique animal, but AMD enjoyed tremendous success with Opteron when it aimed Athlon 64 at the data center first, consumer workloads second. It’s not surprising to see company doubling down on this strategy again. Diving into data centers AMD’s argument for its own reentry into the data center acknowledges that the company’s market share is effectively 0 percent today. The company’s position is that while it’s been driven out of the market in recent years, it has previously established its chops as a provider of server solutions from single-socket blade servers to multi-socket systems. The company’s Epyc processors will offer up to 32 cores with 128 lanes of PCI Express 3.0 connectivity and eight memory channels. This combination of massive memory bandwidth and core counts could give AMD a leg up on Intel in three key areas. First, AMD can offer an enormous amount of memory bandwidth on a single-socket system with all eight of its memory channels. Intel, in contrast, is limited to just four channels. Granted, Intel’s memory controller efficiency might prove to be higher than AMD’s, but eight channels is hard to argue with, particularly in a one-socket system, and the two-socket comparison is pretty strongly tilted for AMD. Second, AMD is purposefully eschewing Intel’s habit of locking off certain capabilities to specific SKUs. Intel’s Xeon lines are subdivided by capability — some SKUs are for single-socket systems, some support two sockets, some range up to four sockets. AMD is simply declaring that all versions of all Epyc chips will have the same I/O, the same memory channels, and the same capabilities. Third, AMD wants to position Epyc as an ideal match for machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads. To that end, it’s built a single-socket CPU with enough I/O connectivity to handle multiple Radeon Instinct cards. AMD noted that in other servers, customers are required to buy multi-socket systems simply to have enough connectivity to run a full complement of GPUs in them, as shown above. The 128 lanes of PCI Express connectivity that Epyc offers, in contrast, can drive six cards (16 lanes each) from one socket, with 32 lanes of PCI Express 3.0 left over for intra-chip communication. One point of clarification here: Unlike Intel, which offers 40 PCI Express 3.0 lanes in a single socket and 80 lanes in a dual socket, AMD offers 128 lanes in both a 1S and 2S configuration. In the two-socket system, 64 lanes of PCIe 3.0 are dedicated to intra-chip communication, with each CPU offering 64 lanes of chipset I/O. It’s going to take time for AMD to build any kind of market share in server, where it’s basically starting from scratch, but the company seemed bullish on the prospects for its CPU architecture and where Zen will take it in the data center space. But the company appears determined to retake share in a market where its 1S and 2S platforms are going to compare quite well against what Intel is fielding. If Naples is as strong in server workloads as Ryzen has been in workstation and desktop work, Intel could have a serious fight on its hands. AMD’s new platform could also win fans from companies building deep learning and AI platforms that want to field the maximum number of cards per socket without paying a premium for multi-socket solutions. Article source
  23. Above: Ryzen 9 and Core i9s will bring insane multi-core performance to PC gaming. I think it was The Pixies that said “If man is an i5, then God is an i7” — or something like that. I’m not great with lyrics. But, regardless, Intel is allegedly preparing to show us what i9 is and AMD will have a competitor of its own. I think it was The Pixies that said “If man is an i5, then God is an i7” — or something like that. I’m not great with lyrics. But, regardless, Intel is allegedly preparing to show us what i9 is and AMD will have a competitor of its own. Intel is preparing to reveal a new line of Core i9 processors for enthusiasts that will feature six-or-more cores, according to a leaked image on the AnandTech forums. AMD, meanwhile, is planning to launch its Threadripper CPUs that feature 10-or-more cores in June, according to a report on WCCFTech. These new chips should compete directly against one another as the new high-end chips for consumers looking to build extremely capable rigs. But since Intel nor AMD have made any official announcements, we still don’t pricing or exact release dates. When it comes to Intel, the company is planning to roll out the new Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X chips, and it is the latter that will get the Core i9 branding. Here’s the lineup starting with the most powerful: Core i9-7920X: 12 cores/24 threads, unknown clock, 16.5MB cache, 140W, 44 PCIe lanes Core i9-7900X: 10 cores/20 threads, 3.3-to-4.3GHz, 13.75MB cache, 140W, 44 PCIe lanes Core i9-7820X: 8 cores/16 threads, 3.6-to-4.3GHz, 11MB cache, 140W, 28 PCIe lanes Core i9-7800X: 6 cores/12 threads, 3.5-to-4GHz, 8.25MB cache, 140W, 28 PCIe lanes For AMD, this is part of its Ryzen 9 line. Here are the rumored details: Ryzen 9 1998X: 16 cores/32 threads, 3.5-to-3.9GHz, 155W Ryzen 9 1998: 16 cores/32 threads, 3.2-to-3.6GHz, 155W Ryzen 9 1977X: 14 cores/28 threads, 3.5-to-4.1GHz, 155W Ryzen 9 1977: 14 cores/28 threads, 3.2-to-3.7GHz, 140W Ryzen 9 1976X: 12 cores/24 threads, 3.6-to-4.1GHz, 140W Ryzen 9 1956X: 12 cores/24 threads, 3.2-to-3.8GHz, 125W Ryzen 9 1956: 12 cores/24 threads, 3.0-to-3.7GHz, 125W Ryzen 9 1955X: 10 cores, 3.6-to-4.0GHz, 125W Ryzen 9 1955: 10 cores, 3.1-to-3.7GHz, 125W Gamers will probably only need these CPUs in specific circumstances because an i7 Kaby Lake or a high-end Ryzen 7 are going to handle even 4K gaming without bottlenecking your performance. But, at the same time, it’s exciting to see how Intel and AMD want to take this space forward and what the high-end is going to look like. And if these rumors prove accurate, this PC gaming monkey has gone to heaven. Article source
  24. AMD has a new Radeon Pro Duo built atop its most recent Polaris architecture and it’s an impressive piece of hardware. Featuring dual Polaris graphics processors (GPU) and a mammoth 32GB of GDDR5 memory, AMD claims it is capable of delivering performance more than twice an Nvidia GTX Titan X. With an absence of real competition for Nvidia’s top-of-the-line graphics cards, AMD has released a few zany cards over the past few years. Alongside a $10,000 GPU with its own built-in solid-state storage (SSD), AMD also released the Radeon Pro Duo in 2016. At the time, it was the most powerful single-board graphics card in the world, despite using two GPUs to do it. While the new Radeon Pro Duo cannot match it in terms of raw performance, it is certainly powerful and much more efficient. Aimed at the professional market, AMD’s new Radeon Pro Duo is built using Polaris chips, based on the same architecture as the WX 7100. The card is designed to excel at media and entertainment, we’re told, though more in a creation sense than the kind you expect to find in an HTPC. The Polaris Radeon Pro Duo comes with a total of 72 compute units, offering up to 11.45 TFLOPS of performance. It’s said to be capable of handling up to four 4K monitors operating at 60hz, or a single 8K monitor at 30Hz (60Hz with a dual cable solution). We are told that the dual-GPU design of the Radeon Pro Duo lets professionals multi-task, even between demanding applications, like rendering visual effects while creating 3D assets in a secondary program. Each of the dual cores is clocked at 1,243MHz, with 16GB of memory a piece. The two memory interfaces are 256-bit each. The big claim AMD makes about this card, though, is its overall performance. While the raw numbers don’t necessarily make it the most powerful card in the world, we’re told that it has “up to two times faster performance compared with the Radeon Pro WX 7100 and up to two times faster performance than the closest competing professional graphics card.” That wording does seem rather deliberate. In its cited performance numbers, AMD pits the Polaris Radeon Pro Duo against an Nvidia Titan X and does beat it handily in a number of settings, but that’s not the most powerful card Nvidia has anymore. The Titan X falls short of the consumer facing GTX-1080 Ti and the current king of the hill, the Titan XP. Considering the latter has a cited 12 TFLOPS of computational power, it may be that AMD chose its comparison deliberately here. It could also simply be that the Xp wasn’t available then, since the testing AMD refers to was reportedly conducted on March 25. That is not to say that the new Radeon Pro Duo wouldn’t beat it, but we don’t know either way. It is certainly a powerful card with a competitive price tag of $1,000. The Radeon Pro Duo is set to become available at the end of May. Source
  25. Bypass For Windows Update Lock For Next-Gen Processors Found A first workaround for the blocking of Windows Update on Windows 7 or 8.1 PCs with next-generation processors has been discovered. Microsoft blocked the delivery of Windows Updates recently to Windows 7 and 8.1 devices powered by a next-generation processor. The company announced the support change in January 2017. Broken down to the essentials, it means that Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Bristol Ridge processors are only support by Windows 10, and not older versions of Windows. To hammer that home, Microsoft made the decision to block Windows Update on Windows 7 or 8.1 PCs with those next generation processors. The company introduced patches, KB4012218 and KB4012219 for instance, which introduced process generation and hardware support detection on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems. Windows users who run Windows Update get the unsupported hardware error prompt when they try to scan for and download the latest patches for their -- still supported -- operating system. Bypass for Windows Update lock for next-gen processors GitHub user zeffy made the decision to take a closer look at how the actual blocking is done on the operating system level. What he did was the following: Download the Patch KB4012218 from Microsoft. Extract the content of the MSU file using the expand command line tool. Expand basically extracts all files that are part of an update file so that you can analyze each individually. This resulted in a long list of files. He used PowerShell to filter the files for anything starting with "wu" to filter out Windows Update related files. He then ran diff tools to compare the binaries of the files in the new update file with those on the actual operating system. He discovered the dynamic link library wuaueng.dll, and found the two functions IsCPUSupported(void) and IsDeviceServiceable(void) in it. Now that he found the culprits that blocked the installation of updates on machines with next generation processors, he came up with a solution for that. His preferred solution jumps over the whole "IsDeviceServiceable(void)" body so that Windows Update is notified that the CPU on the machine is supported. The solution requires the patching of the dll file. He has uploaded the patched files for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to the GitHub project page. The source code has been made available there as well for you to check. The patches come as scripts that you just need to run to make the necessary changes. Windows Update should work just like before then even on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 systems with next generation processors Attention: it is recommended that you create a backup of the wuaueng.dll file before you patch it. Even better, create a backup of the system partition just to be on the safe side of things. One caveat of the method is that any new version of wuaueng.dll that Microsoft releases requires new patching. Microsoft may device other means to block updates on those systems as well in the future. (via Sergey) Now You: What's your take on Microsoft blocking updates for customer systems? Source