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  1. AMD has had Intel on the back foot now across both the consumer and server market, but the chip giant could be ready to throw money at maintaining market dominance. Intel is no doubt feeling the heat in both the consumer and server markets, as AMD manages to outmaneuver the chip behemoth at every turn. But Intel could have an ace up its sleeve, in the form of billions of dollars in cash that it can use to fund a price war. According to DigiTimes, Intel has a multi-phase plan in mind to help bolster market dominance. While most of the plan remains unknown, the first phase is reported to revolve around price cuts for OEM partners, which would trickle down the chain and -- hopefully -- result in cheaper laptops and desktops. Intel has vast, yet declining amounts of cash on hand -- just over $12 billion as of September 2019 -- so potentially has a massive war chest. AMD, on the other hand, is not so comfortable, with only $1.2 billion cash on hand during the same period. Intel is also no stranger to price cuts lately. The Core X line has seen significant price cuts, with the latest generation being about half the price of the previous-generation silicon. While Intel still commands a dominant market share -- over 80% for desktop and laptop PCs, and more than 90% of the server market -- AMD is growing fast, especially in the laptop and server markets. Some reports suggest that AMD is on track to hit 10% market share in the server market by the end of 2020. Small, but if Intel is considering a price war, it's clear that the company is worried about hemorrhaging any more market share. Source
  2. We may have just got a peek AMD Zen 3 in this Linux kernel update Ryzen 4th-gen desktop CPUs could arrive sooner than we thought (Image credit: AMD) References to Zen 3, the architecture of AMD’s next-gen Ryzen desktop processors, have turned up in the Linux kernel, hinting that these chips might just arrive sooner than we think. New versions of the Linux kernel are often combed through as they emerge, looking for clues like references to unreleased hardware, and this time around it’s Komachi_Ensaka (a prolific leaker) who spotted details of AMD’s ‘Family 19h’ processors, and shared them on Twitter. As Techspot, which reported on the tweet, points out, Family 19h refers to Zen 3 silicon. Zen 2 – the architecture on which existing Ryzen 3rd-gen CPUs are built – is Family 17h. The fact that it’s a new family underlines what we’ve previously heard: that Zen 3 is a whole new architecture, with major gains expected as such. Indeed, some speculation contends that Ryzen 4000 desktop processors might witness a 20% performance leap over and above current Ryzen 3000 products. Which could possibly leave Intel in a difficult position, particularly if its next-gen Comet Lake desktop processors are delayed – with potential issues around power consumption seemingly causing trouble if the rumor mill is right. And certainly something seems amiss somewhere – these CPUs were widely expected to be at least teased at CES, but were a complete no-show. AMD aggression Zen 3 appearing in the Linux kernel doesn’t mean the release of Ryzen 4th-gen chips is around the corner, by any means, but it does hint that perhaps the mid-year point, or just after, could be feasible for release. And if Comet Lake slides to maybe even May, as current speculation holds, that could leave these Intel chips almost immediately facing off against the next-generation of Ryzen. AMD CEO Lisa Su recently confirmed that Zen 3 will definitely be out in 2020, and that the company is going to be “very aggressive” with its CPU roadmap, again hinting that we might see Ryzen 4000 desktop chips sooner rather than later in the second half of the year. Naturally, all of this is merely theorizing on launch timeframes, but Intel is doubtlessly feeling the CPU heat in more than one way right now. The company has already lost enough ground in the desktop processor arena to AMD, without further slipping up. Source: We may have just got a peek AMD Zen 3 in this Linux kernel update (TechRadar)
  3. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su talks new Ryzen 4000 chips and out-performing Intel The Vergecast interview AMD CEO Lisa Su at CES 2020 We’re still rolling out our Vergecast interviews from CES 2020 this month, and this week we have a chat with AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su. Dr. Su led AMD’s press conference live at CES in Las Vegas to reveal the company’s new Ryzen 4000 series of processors based on the company’s 7nm Zen 2 architecture. She later sat down with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel to talk further and answer some listener questions. Nilay and Dr. Su talk about the performance of the new chips, the competition with Intel for consumer laptops, and if AMD is going to take on the high-end market dominated by Nvidia’s GPUs. Below is a lightly edited excerpt of the conversation. Nilay Patel: So let’s talk about 7nm for a minute. You’re saying it’s the first 7nm x86 part. There has obviously been a lot of moving in the industry toward 7nm. Does it just get you more performance in a smaller form factor? Does it get you more performance per watt? How are you thinking about that process shift? Dr. Lisa Su: Yeah, the idea with technology is you have to make a set of choices three to five years in advance, and it is what design choices you make and what manufacturing choices you make. And 7nm is just the best manufacturing technology that’s available in the industry today. So what that helps you with is you get to put a lot more transistors in a smaller space, and that helps you with power efficiency, that helps you with just overall raw performance that you can put in a given silicon area. And what that translates into for the user is just more bang for your buck. So if you’re going to buy a $1,000 laptop, you want it to have the most computing horsepower you can have, and 7nm gives you more. So that process shift is something your competitor Intel has not been able to do for some time. They run, obviously, an integrated company where they do their own fabrication. AMD is now a fabless company. Are you thinking of that as a core strategic advantage for AMD, that you’re farming out manufacturing elsewhere? Or are you working with the fabs closely to get to 7nm in that way? Well for us, it’s really about knowing what we’re really, really good at. And our core competency is in design and designing great products, whether you’re talking about PC products or gaming products or server products. We partner on the manufacturing. We actually think that’s an advantage because if you think about it, when you use sort of a leading-edge foundry, they’re actually working for the industry. And so things like ramping yields and getting to the best cost points and really figuring out the kinks in a technology, we actually get to do it as an industry. And so we have... we’re early in 7nm. We’ve had a lot of products. I mentioned yesterday in our press conference that we have about 20 products both in production and development, which is a lot for a given technology node, but it’s going really well, and so we’re pleased with it. So onstage yesterday, you referred to the performance jump of the 4000 series as “disruptive performance,” which is a great phrase that I like. It implies that I will suddenly use Excel faster. Everything’s going to change when I look at Google Docs. But the graph you showed is a pretty huge jump inside the envelopes of these chips. I think you quoted 59 percent in GPU performance, 59 percent improvement. It’s faster than Ice Lake, up to 15 percent faster in some of the measures that you are quoting. How’s the battery life when you’re looking at performance jump this way? The battery life will be very, very good. The battery life will be very good. And you know what? Our goal is to make sure that you see it and as the systems come out over the next number of weeks, you’ll see some of those systems and measure the battery life for yourself. In our tests, the system’s very good, and we call it all-day battery life. All-day battery life meaning we’ve seen cases up to 18 hours. Now, obviously, you have to see it in your applications, but we feel very good about the battery life. So you announced the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7, which we got to see. There’s over a hundred laptops coming out with these processors this year. How is that conversation going in sort of the consumer laptop space? Yeah, it’s one of those things. We’ve been on a journey with the Ryzen brand and the Ryzen products in PCs. If you look in the desktop, for example, we introduced the first-generation Ryzen, people were happy. Second-generation Ryzen, they felt even been better about the product. With the third generation of Ryzen and mobile, we’ve just gotten tremendous traction in the desktop space, and we’re looking at something similar in the mobile space. Which is, our current, our second generation of Ryzen mobile is a very, very good product and we’ve sold quite a bit of them. We’ve gained nice share throughout the last, actually, throughout the last seven or eight quarters. Third-generation Ryzen mobile is a step function. I mean, it’s just a lot, lot better. And so we’re very excited to see what 2020 brings. It also means that our partnerships with the OEMs have gotten deeper, and so they’re designing more for our product. And you saw that in some of the unique design that Asus has done around our Ryzen 4000 series. You mentioned Lenovo, Dell has a nice design. There are many designs that will come out over the next couple of months. So we’re very excited about it. And I think the partnerships with our OEMs are the best they’ve ever been. Source: AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su talks new Ryzen 4000 chips and out-performing Intel (The Verge) [To hear the Vergecast interview please visit the original article above]
  4. AMD confirms ‘Nvidia killer’ graphics card will be out in 2020 Big Navi could show up sooner rather than later this year (Image credit: AMD) AMD’s chief executive has confirmed that a high-end Navi graphics card will be released this year. In a video interview entitled ‘The Bring Up’ posted on YouTube by AMD (see below), Lisa Su noted that people were wondering about Big Navi – said high-end GPU, which has previously been referred to as the ‘Nvidia killer’ in terms of how it will take on the top-end RTX cards. The CEO then said: “I can say you’re going to see Big Navi in 2020.” This is the first concrete confirmation we’ve had that AMD will definitely be unleashing its big graphics firepower this year, although rumors have always pointed to this, and indeed comments that Su made in a recent roundtable Q&A session at CES 2020. At CES, the CEO stressed how important a top-end GPU was to AMD, and said that “you should expect that we will have a high-end Navi, although I don’t usually comment on unannounced products”. The hint was certainly that this GPU would arrive in 2020, but she didn’t actually say that. So at least now we have a confirmation, even if that really isn’t a surprise to anyone who’s been following AMD’s rumored progress in the graphics card arena lately. Battle of the flagships There has been no shortage of speculation around all this, including that the high-end graphics card could be 30% faster than Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti (if the unknown GPU which is the subject of that leak is indeed Big Navi, and that’s a fairly sizeable if). Of course, AMD needs to move quickly enough with the release to make sure it isn’t competing against the RTX 3080 Ti (which might be up to 50% faster than its Turing predecessor, so the rumor mill reckons – although that might be just with ray tracing). Nvidia’s next-gen Ampere GPUs are expected to launch in the latter half of 2020, in case you were wondering. Another potential sign that we might see the high-end Navi graphics cards sooner rather than later is that an EEC filing has just been made for the Radeon RX 5950XT. And a GPU with the same name has been filed previously (back in June 2019), indicating that the 5950XT could be the flagship model for 2020. As ever, we need to take such speculation with a good degree of caution, though. Source: AMD confirms ‘Nvidia killer’ graphics card will be out in 2020 (TechRadar)
  5. AMD won CES 2020 with Ryzen 4000 mobile, but can it beat Intel? Is AMD coming for the laptop space now? Yeah, we know, this is the most basic shot of a processor ever (Image credit: Future) At CES 2020, AMD spent a lot of time talking about how it had a big 2019, and it definitely has the right to gloat. AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors have essentially made Intel irrelevant, especially since Team Blue showed up at CES 2020 with no desktop silicon to its name. No matter how exciting AMD's takeover of the desktop space is, though, it has one giant roadblock before it can totally annihilate Intel in the consumer world: laptops. Now, AMD's presence in the best laptops is definitely growing and Team Red hopes to keep that momentum going into 2020. The company claims that it has 100 new laptop designs that will be coming to market in 2020, but we don't know how many of those will be worth writing home about. But either way, AMD's laptop game is about to expand in a big way. Intel does it too, though (Image credit: Intel) Let's chat about Intel Ice Lake real quick In the desktop world, raw performance is king. The people who build their own PCs care about raw horsepower above anything else, which is why AMD has been able to topple Intel's reign. However, laptops are a bit different. Performance is still definitely an important factor in the best laptops, but for most people what matters is efficiency. With Ice Lake, Intel has made great progress in reducing power consumption and increasing battery life through the use of AI. A big part of Intel's Project Athena, of which Ice Lake is a part, is the ability for your PC to learn how you use it over time, so it can prioritize performance when you personally need it, and saving power when you don't. This is definitely a hard thing to actually test, but it is a feature that is there. Intel has also worked in specific optimizations to quickly wake up your computer from sleep and can even enable unique features through its software integrations in programs like Photoshop. So, while performance hasn't increased in a way that a normal person would notice (Ice Lake is definitely faster than, say, Whiskey Lake), there are still new features being added that offer a lot of value for everyone who uses its laptops. It just happens to be way more subtle and not terribly exciting. Ok, everyone does it. (Image credit: AMD) AMD will likely win in speed It's important to note that AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors aren't available for testing yet, so we don't know what real-world performance is going to look like. All we can do is take a look at the specs and spec-ulate about how fast they might be. There's a whole range of AMD Ryzen 4000 processors for thin and light laptops, but it will be spearheaded by the Ryzen 7 4800U. This is a 15W chip with 8-cores, 16-threads and a 4.2GHz boost clock. Compared to the Intel Core i7-1065G7, which has the same 15W TDP but only 4-cores, 8-threads and a 3.8GHz boost clock, it's not looking too great for Intel. And, while we haven't had a chance to even touch a laptop with a Ryzen 4000 processor in it at CES 2020 (they were annoyingly behind a glass panel), we can just assume that AMD is going to absolutely thrash Intel Ice Lake in raw horsepower. Intel Tiger Lake is likely to follow in Ryzen 4000's footsteps and may even exceed it, but that's what happened with Ryzen 2nd Generation back in 2018, and we all know how that turned out. The way it might end up working out, at least in the short term, is that anyone looking for raw horsepower in their laptop is going to go with AMD, but there are too many quality-of-life features in Project Athena to write Intel off. Laptops are Intel's home turf and main money maker – don't expect Intel to lay down and take it in the same way it did with desktop. We just want AMD Ryzen in this thing. (Image credit: Future) The future is still in the future If AMD really wants to claim the laptop space in the same way, we don't think raw performance is going to be enough. Now, we did get a chance to talk to AMD about these new processors, and we were told that AMD is working with hardware vendors to make sure some of the quality-of-life improvements Intel users are used to are included. However, we're going to have to see what kind of software enhancements and, we hate to say it, AI integration AMD can work into its processors. From what we were being told at CES 2020, however, it seems like AMD's current goal is to show laptop manufacturers that it can consistently innovate and continue producing fast-performing processors. After all, in the laptop space a good processor is meaningless if it doesn't have the hardware partners to back it up. But since there are apparently 100 new AMD-powered laptops coming to market this year, it looks like that strategy is starting to pay off. One thing that might help Team Red claim mainstream affection, which will lead to more AMD laptops, is its new Athlon processors. We can geek out about all the flagships out there, but at the end of the day there are a ton of people that only have a few hundred dollars to toss at a laptop. AMD did announce two Athlon processors at CES 2020 that are built for those laptops, and it claims that they can provide a much better experience. AMD is also working with laptop manufacturers to bring features like Windows Hello to the bottom end of the laptop market, and we're huge fans of that idea. Or in this laptop. (Image credit: HP) The future is bright Right now, especially if you want the best laptop or Ultrabook out there, you're getting an Intel processor. Laptops like the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre x360 and MacBook Pro are all rocking Intel silicon, with no trace of AMD. However, AMD is getting closer to this segment of the market every day with its mobile processors. Lenovo announced the Yoga 7 Slim, which isn't quite the top-end device in its wheelhouse, but it's definitely up there. And, of course, we can't forget the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, even if it ended up not being the greatest laptop out there. The way we look at it, if we can get to the point where users will be able to get the XPS 13 and choose between AMD and Intel we'll be extremely happy. Competition is coming to the high-end laptop space, and it's about damn time. Source: AMD won CES 2020 with Ryzen 4000 mobile, but can it beat Intel? (TechRadar)
  6. AMD’s third shoe finally drops at CES 2020—7nm Zen 2 mobile CPUs Intel focused on AI acceleration—but AMD went unapologetically hard on gaming. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. AMD has really been bringing the heat to Intel this year, with incontestable wins for its 7nm CPUs in the desktop space, high-end desktop space, and server space. The one thing everybody has been waiting with bated breath for is mobile—while Intel brought limited supplies of high-performance 10nm Ice Lake parts to market, AMD has remained pretty silent about mobile. The most I could ever get out of my AMD folks was a sort of "we can't talk about that yet," with suspicious little yellow feathers floating out of their mouths, but no real detail. Yesterday at CES, that final shoe dropped—Ryzen 4000 mobile is here, and it brings AMD's recent trademark of high core and thread counts and jaw-dropping low TDPs to the mobile arena. The flagship U-series part, Ryzen 4800u, offers eight cores/16 threads on only 15W TDP, and although we've got nobody's word for it yet but AMD Performance Labs', it appears to whip the high-end Ice Lake i7-1065G7 solidly across the board in tests ranging from Cinebench R20 to 3DMark, Adobe Premiere, and more. Of course, performance is only half the battle in ultralight form factors—power consumption is the other. It shouldn't be any surprise that AMD is showing massive performance-per-watt increases over the first two generations of mobile Ryzen, given those performance numbers with a 15W TDP. The bigger question—and one that can't be so quickly answered—is how well Ryzen 4000 series systems will idle. And unfortunately, that's not a question AMD can entirely control themselves. In the mobile arena, integration is crucial to system performance—everything from motherboards to firmware to cooling is incredibly one-off and proprietary to each final system build. When designing a new laptop, just slapping a processor and some RAM on a reference board design and calling it a day won't cut it. This "insufficient integration" problem has plagued AMD laptops for years, with OEMs not doing the same level of integration work on AMD builds as they have on Intel. The common "wisdom" among buyers has been that AMD laptop CPUs just sucked—but Microsoft proved that line of thinking wrong with 2019's Ryzen-powered Surface 15, which does have the years of integration work and attention to detail necessary to make a great mobile system. We won't really know how well the OEMs have—and will—do with Ryzen 4000 series CPUs until we get some systems on hand to test. But we have high hopes that the sheer, unprecedented power the new 7nm mobile designs offer will leave OEMs more excited and willing to build premium, well-designed products around AMD than they have been in the past. Ryzen 7 4800H challenges Intel's i7-9700K desktop gaming CPU First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. You might be thinking the Ryzen 7 4800u, with its eight cores, 16 threads, and Ice Lake i7-1065G7 whippings would be the primo Ryzen 4000 CPU. If you are, that's a mistake—an understandable mistake, but a mistake nonetheless. The H-series equivalent to the 4800u offers the same thread count and boost clock but increases the idle clock from 1.2GHz to 2.9GHz, and the TDP from 15W to 45W. It also handily nosed past Intel's most recent full-on gaming CPU, the i7-9700K, on both content creation and physics engine benchmarks, despite being a mobile form factor with under half the TDP. For all the differences between AMD's and Intel's current marketing strategies—with Intel relying heavily on their investments in AI software and hardware, and AMD focusing on pure, unadulterated power-efficient grunt performance—they do have one striking similarity. Intel and AMD both seem intensely focused on pushing the idea of serious content creation happening in ultralight laptop form factors, positioning them as real alternatives to traditional desktop designs. We're still not 100% sure how that's going to work out—no matter how many times Jason Levine does a neat Photoshop transform on stage, or how many bar charts we get out of AMD, it seems unlikely to us that the interface and peripheral challenges presented by ultralight laptops will really lend themselves to serious content creation work. But we'll concede that advances in CPU design are certainly making it look more possible than it used to. The Radeon 5000 series adds the 1080p-focused 5600 XT to its lineup First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. AMD also announced the Radeon 5600XT. This is fairly weak tea compared to the Ryzen 4000 series launch—the 5600XT really just offers a new price point in the existing Radeon 5000 lineup at $280 with a focus on being powerful enough for uncompromising AAA gaming at 1080P. We've tested a few price points of Radeon 5000 series cards and Geforce GTX cards, and in our opinion, it's hard not to love the Radeons. The image quality is fantastic, and when running the incredibly demanding Unigine Transposition benchmark, we see fewer immersion-destroying artifacts on Radeon systems than we do on GTX systems. The Radeon line also offers far, far better Linux support than Nvidia cards do; screen-tearing during Linux video playback, among many other irritations, becomes a thing of the past when you yank out your Nvidia GPU and replace it with a Radeon. With all that said—and we can already hear the groaning from the peanut gallery—nobody seems to be building machine learning inference or training platforms that support Radeon. The uber-popular Tensorflow platform targets CUDA architecture specifically, so no matter how many FPS your Radeon card gets compared to its nearest Intel counterpart when gaming, it's a poor choice if you've got an itch to do some hard-core deep-learning work on your system. AMD also had a slide declaring itself the only manufacturer of both premium performance CPUs and GPUs—which doesn't seem like a line that will work for long, since Intel also announced its first discrete Xe series GPU, the DG1. It's still very early days to estimate just how powerful Intel's new line of GPUs will be—for either traditional GPU work like gaming and content creation, or for AI acceleration—but we saw a laptop with Intel's DG1 discrete graphics doing a good job playing Destiny 2, so it's equally early to rule Intel out of the high-performance GPU game. On the GPU front, it may very well be Nvidia who's feeling the squeeze at this point, with AMD eating into its gaming mindshare and Intel apparently determined to close the gap on AI acceleration. Threadripper 3990x—when too much is just enough First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. AMD also announced the Threadripper 3990x. We got a chance to build and hands-on review a test system using the 3970x, and it was pretty nuts—although it drastically outperforms both Intel's HEDT parts and its Xeon Scalable parts for most workloads, the sheer thread count of the thing meant the 140mm fans on our NZXT Kraken liquid cooler were in leaf-blower mode every moment the system was on, and it raised the temperature in the office its workbench was in significantly when running under load. Enlarge / There was an entire wall full of gigantic Threadripper systems like this Sycom. I caught one of the serving staff fanning herself while staring at one and asking another server "are these things making it hot in here?" Jim Salter We haven't seen TDP ratings on the Threadripper 3990x yet—but while we're sure they do a good job measured in perfomance-per-watt, on a relative scale to normal systems, they've got to be pretty entertaining. Meanwhile, if you actually need that kind of firepower, the 3990x kicks the snot out of a dual Xeon Platinum 8280 rig running an easy five times the CPU cost—AMD Performance Labs shows a 3990x system completing a V-ray scene render 30% faster than a dual 8280 could. It's also, unsurprisingly, much faster than the previous performance king, the 32 core/64 thread Threadripper 3990x. We may be seeing some limitations in the overall architecture beginning to show up, however. The 64 core/128 thread 3990x is about half again as fast as its 32 core/64 thread little sibling—which was nearly twice as fast as the 16 core/32 thread 3950x. Conclusions There's no doubt about it, AMD is running rampant through the market in everything it's focusing on right now—whether you're looking for a gaming or general-purpose desktop CPU, a content creation powerhouse or server CPU, a laptop or even a graphics card, AMD is leading in performance. However, it's not entirely out of the woods on the laptop front yet. We only have AMD Performance Labs' word on how well the Ryzen 4000 series performs, but we're inclined to take its claims at face value—it didn't steer us wrong on the Ryzen 3000 series or Epyc series benchmarks, after all, and we feel it clearly knew how damaging it would be to its own brand to get too sketchy with preliminary numbers. What we're more worried about is the OEMs' commitment to building premium systems around them—if OEMs don't put in the hard work to integrate mobile Ryzen well with cooling, motherboard, peripheral, and firmware designed and tested to work well together, the result will be shoddy laptops. We do like the fact that we're seeing already-built Ryzen 4000 laptops at the show from Asus, Lenovo, Acer, and Dell—along with AMD's brag that we'll see 100+ systems by the end of the year. Hopefully, this marks the end of a long, dark period for AMD's mobile prospects. Finally, there's the question of whether Intel will eventually succeed in what appears to be more of a "flanking" strategy on its part. While AMD is focusing—very successfully—on building high-performance systems targeting current markets at great prices, Intel is investing in both hardware and software ecosystems that may eventually change what the market is in the first place. We hope to see an implementation of the DLB machine-learning acceleration instructions in AMD's CPUs before too much longer, and perhaps some work porting AI frameworks like Tensorflow to the Radeon GPUs as well. Listing image by AMD Source: AMD’s third shoe finally drops at CES 2020—7nm Zen 2 mobile CPUs (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image galleries, please visit the above link)
  7. AMD introduces the 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X for $3,990 AMD is starting off 2020 with quite a bang. After it introduced the Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors, the company also announced the latest member of the Ryzen Threadripper family. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is the world's first 64-core, 128-thread HEDT processor, with a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and a boost speed of up to 4.3GHz. It also has a total of 288MB of cache. All of this amounts to a huge bump in performance over AMD's next best HEDT processor, the Threadripper 3970X introduced late last year. Specifically, in Cinebench R20, the Threadripper 3990X gets an average score of 25,399, whereas the 3970X gets 16,334. Of course, AMD also compared the chip to its competition, except there's no direct competitor. Instead, the company compared the processor to a setup of two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280, which have a combined total of 56 cores and 112 threads. For the same V-Ray workload, AMD's chip took one hour and 3 minutes to complete the task, while the Intel setup took one hour and 30 minutes. What's especially impressive about that, of course, is the price. The two Intel Xeon processors would have cost you $20,000. From that perspective, the $3,990 price of the Threadripper 3990X starts to seem justified. If you work with this kind of workload and you're interested in the new Threadripper 3990X, it'll be available in almost exactly one month, on February 7. Source: AMD introduces the 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X for $3,990 (Neowin)
  8. AMD introduces Radeon RX 5500 XT aimed at 1080p gamers AMD has introduced a new member of the Radeon RX 5500 family of GPUs, the RX 5500 XT. It's really just the first standalone version of the GPUs introduced in October, which falls in line with AMD's announcement at the time. The card is built on a 7nm process and it's based on AMD's RDNA architecture, which should result in improved efficiency over past generations. The Radeon RX 5500 XT is a budget-oriented GPU, aimed at gamers playing at 1080p resolution, which AMD says account for more than 64 percent of the market. AMD promises 60+ frames per second in "select" AAA titles, and 90+ frames per second in select esports titles. Here's a rundown of the specs: Model Compute Units Stream Processors TFLOPS GDDR6 (GB) Game Clock (MHz) Boost Clock (MHz) Memory Interface Radeon™ RX 5500 XT 22 1,408 Up to 5.2 4GB/ 8GB 1,717 Up to 1,845 128-bit The Radeon RX 5500 XT also supports a number of features like Radeon Anti-Lag, Radeon Image Sharpening, and, thanks to the latest Adrenalin driver, Radeon Boost, which increases frame rates when players move in-game by dynamically adjusting the resolution. AMD claims a 13% performance advantage over its competitor, most likely Nvidia's GTX 1650 SUPER, which is also geared towards gaming at 1080p. That card has somewhat similar specs, though AMD's offering goes up to 8GB of memory and has higher clock speeds. However, the Radeon RX 5500 XT starts at $169, which is $10 more than Nvidia's offering. If you do go the AMD route, you can get Monster Hunter: Iceborne Master Edition and three months of Xbox Game Pass for PC. You'll need to make your purchase before January 27, though, and redeem your code by February 29. The Radeon RX 5500 XT is available starting today from partners including ASRock, ASUS, MSI, and more. Source: AMD introduces Radeon RX 5500 XT aimed at 1080p gamers (Neowin)
  9. AMD won’t stop loading up Ryzen CPUs with even more cores Next mainstream flagship processor to have 32-cores? (Image credit: Future) How many CPU cores is too many? That’s a tricky question with no straightforward answer, but whatever your view might be on the subject, AMD isn’t about to stop upping the ante when it comes to loading up mainstream Ryzen processors with more cores. This comes from AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster, who was interviewed by Tom’s Hardware and questioned on a number of issues, including whether continuing to push core counts hard makes sense. Of course, the freshly released Ryzen 9 3950X already introduced 16-cores to the mainstream space – albeit that’s the top-end for consumers, of course – but isn’t 16-cores enough? Is doubling that up again simply making a big core count (“moar cores!”) statement that’s just for the sake of it, and more about marketing and selling chips, than it is about actual usefulness to PCs in the real world on a consumer level? Absolutely not according to Papermaster. When he was asked whether it made sense to push forward with a 32-core Ryzen CPU aimed at mainstream users, he replied: “I don’t see in the mainstream space any imminent barrier, and here's why: It's just a catch-up time for software to leverage the multi-core approach. But we're over that hurdle, now more and more applications can take advantage of multi-core and multi-threading.” He added: “In the near term, I don’t see a saturation point for cores. You have to be very thoughtful when you add cores because you don’t want to add it before the application can take advantage of it. As long as you keep that balance, I think we'll continue to see that trend.” So there’s no saturation point for cores coming in the near future, with the balance roughly being kept between software needs and hardware capabilities – which would seem to indicate that we can expect a 32-core consumer Ryzen CPU before too long (given that 64-cores is the point AMD has now reached with its Epyc server processors). Naturally, the argument about how many cores a consumer chip needs really depends on what the user is doing with their PC, and what sort of software applications are being employed. Chicken-and-egg One of the key points in successfully moving forward is having software that's written and optimized to work well on these many-core CPUs – but at the same time, the silicon needs to exist before that will happen, in a kind of chicken-and-egg situation. So you can certainly argue that it’s good to see AMD driving forward with these sort of beast CPUs to encourage developers in that respect. That said, for the average user and the software they might run, or games they might play, do they really need a 32-core mainstream chip? Probably not, realistically, but then as these sort of chips proliferate, the same argument as for software development holds true for game devs being encouraged to push forward and utilize these hardware resources. And those who are gaming and streaming (and maybe running other tasks too), for example, will doubtless benefit from such beefy CPUs. In the rival camp, Intel has (unsurprisingly) argued against the need for processors bristling with cores in gaming, with the company’s chief performance strategist Ryan Shrout recently observing that “8-cores is the optimal spot for performance scaling in modern PC gaming”, and that “clock speed is what feeds the hungry primary threads of game engines today!” Indeed, whispers on the CPU grapevine indicate that Intel is actually heading in the other direction than AMD with cores, with its 11th-gen Rocket Lake-S desktop processors rumored to drop to 8-cores, from 10-cores with 10th-gen Comet Lake-S (which launches next year on desktop). Rocket Lake will be the last of Intel’s processors to be built on its existing 14nm process, with the company then shifting to 7nm (although by that time, AMD may have already transitioned to 5nm going by a report we highlighted earlier today). Source: AMD won’t stop loading up Ryzen CPUs with even more cores (TechRadar)
  10. Most Europeans now prefer AMD CPUs as sentiment turns against Intel Looking at the future purchase intentions of European tech enthusiasts (Image credit: Future) AMD’s CPUs are again winning big against Intel, not just in current sales, as we’ve previously seen, but also sentiment in terms of future processor purchases that consumers might make, at least according to a new report. The survey from the European Hardware Association (EHA) canvassed the opinions of tech enthusiasts across Europe (specifically folks who read EHA publications), and found that they “expressed a distinct preference when asked about the next desktop processor that they would buy, with over 60% choosing AMD”. Obviously that leaves 40% in the Intel camp. This is a big change from last year, when the picture was reversed, and 60% preferred Intel. It shows the major impact that Ryzen 3000 processors have had in 2019, grabbing a huge slice of the desktop enthusiast CPU pie as we’ve seen in various different stats and reports that have emerged throughout this year. Another way to look at this is that AMD has gained 50% more supporters in the last year, which is a huge leap, without a doubt. EHA chairman Koen Crijns noted: “The last three years has seen AMD gain a lot of momentum in the enthusiast segment. With the Ryzen series of CPUs, AMD has eliminated any lingering performance gaps, while offering a great price/performance ratio.” Of course, Intel has not only had to fight a battle in terms of that price/performance value proposition offered by AMD, but has also been plagued by production and supply issues with its Core family of CPUs. Talking graphics The EHA survey also found AMD had gained ground in the GPU arena, too, although as other reports have indicated, the company is still way behind Nvidia. Almost 23% are in favor of AMD’s graphics cards, which obviously still leaves Nvidia winning big, but AMD is at least making progress, considering that back in May, only 19% of those the EHA surveyed chose AMD over Nvidia. As ever, we have to be careful about exactly how much we read into just a single report, but it’s no real surprise that tech enthusiasts are starting to more heavily skew towards AMD when it comes to processors. Source: Most Europeans now prefer AMD CPUs as sentiment turns against Intel (TechRadar)
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    AMD Ryzen Master 2.1.0 Build 1424

    AMD Ryzen Master 2.1.0 Build 1424 Designed by AMD itself, the AMD Ryzen Master application makes it possible for owners of the newly released AMD Ryzen chipset to tamper with the processor's parameters so as to obtain increased performance. Control system performance as you wish, but at a cost The Ryzen family of AMD processors leaves room for performance tuning, but the overclocking potential depends on the system configuration (i.e. motherboard type, processor, etc.). The AMD Ryzen Master utility offers you the opportunity to take advantage of the overclocking margin and adjust certain parameters to enhance computation speed. Before using the application, please take into account that any processor is designed to work within the original specifications. Therefore, using overclocking software (even though it is provided by AMD) poses some risks, including damages to the processor and other system components, such as the memory or the motherboard, as well as a possible warranty void. Adjust memory clocks and change voltages AMD Ryzen Master can tune the CPU to deliver added system performance. You can disable cores and modify individual speed values for each core. Furthermore, the application enables you to experiment with different CPU voltages and perform adjustments to the CPU memory clocks above or below the stock value. There are several profiles you can use to store custom parameters. Since keeping an close eye on the CPU when outside the factory settings is vital, AMD Ryzen Master displays a list of all the cores of the CPU and reveals real-time information regarding the CPU's temperature and its peak speed. Experiment with parameters outside the default CPU specifications to enhance speed AMD Ryzen Master is an overclocking application specifically designed for enthusiasts who want to experiment with their new CPU and see what power they can obtain, based on their system's configuration. However, note that the resulting clock frequencies and CPU voltages depend on the hardware, the cooling system, and the outside temperature. System requirements: AMD Ryzen Processor family in the AM4 socket infrastructure Homepage: https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/ryzen-master User Guide: http://download.amd.com/documents/AMD-Ryzen-Processor-and-AMD-Ryzen-Master-Overclocking-Users-Guide.pdf Download: https://download.amd.com/Desktop/AMD-Ryzen-Master.exe
  12. AMD launches Radeon Pro W5700, the first 7nm GPU for workstations Today, in addition to launching the Athlon 3000G processor, AMD has announced the world's first 7nm GPU for workstations, the Radeon Pro W5700. This new GPU is the first in the Radeon Pro W5000 series, and it's based on the company's new RDNA architecture, which promises up to 25% more performance per clock compared to the previous GCN architecture. The Radeon Pro W5700 also promises up to 41% more performance per watt compared to the GCN-based Radeon Pro WX 8200. It also claims to be 18% more power-efficient than Nvidia's Quadro RTX 4000 GPU. AMD also boasts better multitasking capabilities when the CPU is under load, promising up to 5.6 times the workflow performance compared to the same Nvidia card. The Radeon Pro W5700 is also the first workstation GPU to support PCIe 4.0 for additional bandwidth and it also comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. Additionally, it's the first GPU of its kind to come with a USB Type-C port to support the growing number of monitors that use it for video input. Here's a quick rundown of the specs: GPU Compute units TFLOPS Memory (Bandwidth) Memory interface Display outputs Radeon Pro W5700 36 Up to 8.89 8GB GDDR6 (448GB/s) 256-bit 6 The AMD Radeon Pro W5700 is available today in the North America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions, starting at $799. Source: AMD launches Radeon Pro W5700, the first 7nm GPU for workstations (Neowin)
  13. AMD may pack GPU units into Ryzen 9 to keep Intel on edge Ryzen 9 APUs with Vega graphics (Image credit: Future) AMD's latest CPUs built on the Zen 2 architecture are ticking a lot of the right boxes, and now the company appears prepared to give its higher-end models a boost. A number of Ryzen 9 APUs (CPUs paired with GPU cores on the same chip) appear in a leak from @Komachi_Ensaka on Twitter, shared by Notebookcheck. This leak shows a listing of products from AMD, and next to each processor name, there's a designation that appears to indicate graphics cores. In the case of four Ryzen 9 processors, there appear to be 12 graphical compute units. These are 45W Ryzen 9 and 15W Ryzen 9 Pro models, making them appear to be likely contenders for high-performance mobile computers. As APUs, they would be ahead of standard CPUs in the naming scheme, thus appearing as Ryzen 4000-series products while still using the Zen 2 architecture found in Ryzen 3000-series CPUs. A series of mobile strides for AMD A few powerful Ryzen 9 APUs to feature in mobile devices could further boost AMD's surging strength, and push it even further in mobile. The company recently got a boost thanks to its prominent placement in Microsoft's recent Surface Laptop 3. However, we tested a Ryzen 5 model with nine Vega compute units, and it just didn't compete with similar laptops that featured simple dedicated graphics solutions. That could change with the new generation of APUs and the boosted compute unit count, though. The new Ryzen 9 APUs would benefit from the increased efficiency and clockspeeds available thanks to their their 7nm design, and therefore get even more from the integrated Vega graphics compute units. As Intel's Ice Lake processors push performance and efficiency ahead for Team Blue, and Tiger Lake could take it further, new Ryzen APUs could help AMD stand out with a powerful, all-in-one solution. Source: AMD may pack GPU units into Ryzen 9 to keep Intel on edge (TechRadar)
  14. AMD plans to offer more than Intel in the $50 CPU market. Last year, AMD released its first Ryzen-based Athlon, the 200GE, delivering performance levels that are competitive with Intel's Pentium series for $55. This was a great product from AMD, offering an affordable entry point into AMD's AM4 ecosystem and competition at the $50ish CPU market. Now, AMD wants to give its customers more for less. With their new Athlon 3000G, AMD will deliver higher clock speeds, lower pricing and overclockability. AMD wants to put Intel's Pentium lineup to shame. For starters, AMD's new Athlon 3000G will offer users a 300MHz clock speed boost over last-years Athlon 200GE, as well as the performance benefits of AMD's Zen+ core design. Add that to AMD's $49 SEP pricing, and the budget CPU market has a lot to be excited about. The Athlon 3000GE will release on November 19th and support both CPU and memory overclocking. Add this to AMD's inclusion of a 55W cooling solution, and users of this processor should be able to achieve enhanced performance levels with ease. This processor is designed to be a Pentium killer, offering consumers low pricing, support for both CPU and memory overclocking; features that Intel's Pentium series lacks. Combine this with better out of the box performance (at least in AMD's testing) and AMD's on to a winner. With the 3000G, AMD is offering buyers a processor that's the "only unlocked option in its segment". In AMD's labs, the company managed to overclock their sample to 3.9GHz, granting users a respectable performance bump over the CPU's stock 3.5GHz performance. While this processor doesn't have the same appeals as AMD's new Ryzen 9 3950X or Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation processors, the Athlon 3000G highlights AMD's desire to outcompete Intel in all segments of the desktop PC market. The 3000G looks like a cracking CPU for under $50, and it is a great addition to AMD's AM4 product ecosystem. Source: AMD's Athlon 3000G is a game-changer for the budget CPU market (via Overclock3D.net)
  15. AMD announces third-gen Threadripper processors with up to 32 cores It's been expected for some time, but AMD has officially announced the third-generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors today. In the announcement video, AMD CEO Lisa Su says the processors are faster in every workload and that it's the fastest desktop processor in the market. The new Threadripper lineup comes in two models, starting with the 24-core, 48-thread Threadripper 3960X. It has a base clock of 3.8GHz, with boost speeds up to 4.5GHz, 140MB of total cache, and 88 PCIe lanes, all in a package with a TDP of 280W. It also supports quad-channel memory. The higher-end model is the Threadripper 3970X, which has 32 cores and 64 threads. The base clock is slightly lower, at 3.7GHz, but it can still boost up to 4.5GHz, and it increases the cache to 144MB. It has the same number of PCIe lanes and the same TDP as the 3960X. Both processors are built on a 7nm process and based on the Zen2 architecture, promising up to 15% more efficiency on all cores. In terms of performance, AMD shows the new Threadripper processors crushing last year Core X offerings from Intel, but it's worth noting that the blue team already announced an updated lineup last month. AMD's new processors are hitting the market on November 25, and the Threadripper 3960X will cost $1399, while the Threadripper 3970X will go for $1999. That's interesting because Intel's new Core X-series processors top out at just under $1000, and the performance is likely to be better than last year's models, which AMD used in its comparison. Source: AMD announces third-gen Threadripper processors with up to 32 cores (Neowin)
  16. AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X CPU is coming on November 25 Today, AMD introduced the third-generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors for creative professionals, starting at a whopping $1399. But if you don't need that much power, AMD also announced the release date for the Ryzen 9 3950X CPU, which was announced in June and later delayed. As the top-tier offering in the Ryzen lineup, the Ryzen 9 3950X has 16 cores and 32 threads, with a base clock speed of 3.5GHz that can boost up to 4.7GHz. It has 72MB of cache and 44 PCIe lanes in conjunction with an X570 motherboard. The TDP matches the Ryzen 9 3900X at 105W. Just like the new Threadripper CPUs, the new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is coming on November 25, and it will cost $749 - a significant step up from the 12-core 3900X, which cost $499 when it was announced. For "mainstream" desktop computers, AMD also announced a new Athlon processor today, the Athlon 3000G. It's the first Athlon processor based on the Zen architecture that can be overclocked, and it also comes with Radeon Vega 3 graphics. It has two cores and four threads running at 3.5GHz. The TDP is just 35W and it will cost $49 when it launches on November 19. Finally, AMD also announced an update to the AM4 platform, which both of the aforementioned processors are based on. The company recently released AGESA version 1004 to its motherboard ecosystem, with a wide range of stability improvements. AMD recommends users check its Reddit profile for more information. Source: AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X CPU is coming on November 25 (Neowin)
  17. Images of what appears to be packaging boxes of AMD's upcoming third-generation Threadripper processors have leaked, and it seems like the company is set to continue the tradition of fancy-looking packaging for Threadripper CPUs. The leak indicates that the launch of Threadripper 3000 series processors is nearly upon us and in fact, Videocardz alleges that these, alongside the accompanying TRX40 chipset motherboards, may be launching as early as tomorrow. A previous report had mentioned a possible November 5 announcement which has evidently been pushed back. As reported earlier, the Threadripper 3990X is reportedly launching later with only a teaser awaiting us at the alleged launch tomorrow. Information on the pricing of these HEDT parts has still managed to elude us but we could expect to see some competitive pricing judging by AMD's past practices. Source: 1. AMD's Threadripper 3000 packaging leaked, allegedly launching tomorrow (via Neowin) 2. AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper packaging leaked (via VideoCardz)
  18. About a month ago, AMD officially revealed via a Twitter post that the company's third-generation Threadripper HEDT CPUs will be launching sometime in November this year. Today, Videocardz reports that they have received further information about the possible launch dates and the names of Threadripper 3000 series SKUs. As per this report, AMD plans to launch three Threadripper models: Threadripper 3960X Threadripper 3970X Threadripper 3990X The 3960X is likely the 24-core part that AMD mentioned earlier and the processor was spotted in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database by renowned leaker APISAK. The specifications of the two other higher-end chips aren't known at this point in time. The report also details the possible announcement, embargo lift, and availability dates of the new CPUs, as well as that of the alleged high-end AMD chipset dubbed "TRX40" alongside these. While all the three Threadripper models and the TRX40 chipset will be announced in November, the higher-end Threadripper 3990X SKU won't launch until January 2020. As such, all the leaked dates have been listed below: The January 2020 dates for the 3990X seems accurate as AMD themselves mentioned volume availability of the "initial members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor family" in its tweet. Videocardz's source also has no mention of the "TRX80" chipset as of yet. Therefore, it remains a possibility that more SKUs may launch sometime in the future. Source: 1. AMD's Threadripper 3000 series processor names, potential announcement dates leak (via Neowin) 2. Exclusive: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X and 3990X launch dates leaked (via VideoCardz)
  19. Intel works on 10nm desktop processors to close gap with AMD's 7nm CPUs Intel plays catch-up, not leap frog (Image credit: Intel) AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors are champions of the desktop space right now, and that's leaving Intel in a tough spot. Despite rumors that Intel might try to catch up by skipping straight to desktop processors (CPUs) using 7-nanometer (nm) architecture, the company still has plans to bring its 10nm architecture to desktop devices, according to PC Gamer. From the Ryzen 5 3600 at the bottom of the stack to the Ryzen 9 3900X at the top (at least as far as commercially available options), AMD's CPU offerings with its 7nm architecture are amazing blends of performance and price. And, that value has let AMD eat up Intel's market share. That sudden shift in power dynamics in the market offered some feasibility to the rumor Intel would skip 10nm architecture for desktops in order to focus on a 7nm design that would compete directly with AMD. So far, Intel has released processors built on its 10nm Ice Lake architecture in mobile devices, but we haven't seen desktop versions available to consumers. And, a leak from HardwareLUXX had suggested Intel wasn't satisfied with the speeds achieved by Ice Lake, and would therefore focus on 7nm for desktop processors instead. That rumor had previously been refuted by Intel to Tom's Hardware, but without clarity on just what Intel would release. Since then, PC Gamer learned from a source that Intel still fully planned to release standalone desktop CPUs. A numbers game At a glance, it might seem like Intel skipping 10nm to focus on its 7nm architecture would make sense. After all, AMD is already there and thriving. But, processor architectures aren't all created equal. Intel has stressed that its 10nm process node is comparable to 7nm nodes designed by other foundries. Though, we'll really have to wait and see, since AMD's 7nm desktop processors don't go head to head with Intel's current, 10nm mobile processors. Still, Intel's 7nm architecture should be a further improvement on that, assuming Intel doesn't run into some of the speed issues Ryzen 3000 CPUs have encountered. This battle is only going to heat up (though the processors themselves may get cooler and cooler), as Intel's 7nm chip aren't coming until 2021 while AMD may be moving onto an enhanced 7nm+ Zen 3 architecture in 2020 Source: Intel works on 10nm desktop processors to close gap with AMD's 7nm CPUs (TechRadar) If you like this post, then this post.
  20. Based on the same 7nm technology that AMD recently brought to its new Radeon 5700 graphics family this year at E3, the new entry-level Radeon 5500 graphics card is built for 1080p gaming. Whereas the 57800 series was designed for 1440p gameplay, the 5500 series is designed to bring responsive gameplay to 1080p gaming, including 60 frames-per-second (fps) on high-end AAA titles and 90 fps performance for esports games. Like its premium sibling, the 5500 series is built on AMD’s Navi platform using the 7nm manufacturing process and the company’s RDNA architecture. AMD’s Radeon 5500 series graphics will be available on both desktops and laptops. With the launch of the Radeon 5500 series, AMD is working with OEM partners to make its graphics cards more accessible. While the 5700 series is now available on Alienware, HP Omen, and Lenovo Legion configurations, systems with Radeon 5500 will be coming in the fourth quarter from Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock, PowerColor, XFX, and Sapphire. The Radeon 5500 boasts a design with 22 compute units and 1,408 stream processors that is capable of 5.2 teraflops on desktop or 4.6 teraflops on mobile. The gaming clock speed is 1.448 GHz on mobile or 1.717 GHz on desktop. The card supports up to 8GB of GDDR6 memory on laptops and that amount is doubled for desktops. With support for PCIe 4.0 and GDDR6 memory, AMD claimed that its new 5500 series delivers twice the performance and bandwidth in these key areas as the preceding PCIe 3.0 standard and GGDR5 class memory. AMD benchmarked performance of the new Radeon 5500 graphics against its older RX480 and rival Nvidia’s GTX 1060 graphics because that is where most users will be upgrading from, according to company executives. The new GPU performs well, delivering a 1.6X performance per watt jump and a 1.7X performance per area boost. The new part gets a 20% absolute performance boost compared to the RX480 while consuming 27% less power. During a web presentation, AMD showed that its new 5500 series is capable of delivering 92 fps on Gears 5, 82 fps on Borderlands 3, and 60 fps on Ghost Recon, performance that places the card well ahead of Nvidia’s GTX 1650, which performed at 61 fps, 61 fps, and 47 fps, respectively. In epic mode on Overwatch, for example, frame rates went as high as 135 fps with the Radeon 5500, compared to just 89 fps on Nvidia’s card. The Radeon 5500M for laptops delivered similar results, and AMD expects its part to deliver up to 30% faster performance than Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Mobile graphics. As a bonus to gamers who buy an OEM system with 5500 or 5700 graphics, AMD is throwing in either Borderlands 3 or Ghost Recon for free as part of a promotion. 5500 graphics will work with FreeSync, so be sure to pair your new system with a capable monitor for tear-free graphics. Along with zero-day drivers, AMD is also working with game developers to optimize games for Radeon GPUs, bringing technologies like FidelityFX, Anit-Lag, and image sharpening that debuted on the 5700 series to the new mainstream 5500 graphics. Anti-Lag improves response time by as much as 23%, according to AMD’s tests, and the feature is noted as being important for gamers in the esports arena. Image sharpening also improves graphics rendering details in scene, making game play more visually immersive. As a subtle dig to Nvidia, AMD claimed that it was committed to bringing all of its new graphics features to every member of its Navi graphics family. Source
  21. AMD just announced a Ryzen PRO lineup, powerful processors for businesses Led by the Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 (Image credit: AMD) Over the last couple weeks, we heard word of an AMD Ryzen 9 3900 hitting the street, and now it seems like those rumors were accurate – mostly. AMD just announced a new lineup of PRO processors, led by the AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900. This processor's TDP (Thermal Design Power) is lowered to 65W from the Ryzen 9 3900X's 95W, which should mean it'll emit less heat and consume less power. But, it does also mean it won't be as fast. The AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 is accompanied by the Ryzen 7 PRO 3700 and Ryzen 5 PRO 3600, along with a bunch of G-series Ryzen processors with Radeon Vega graphics. It should be noted, that because these are all 65W parts, you shouldn't expect boost clocks to be as high – the Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 only reaches up to 4.3GHz, compared to the Ryzen 9 3900X's 4.6GHz. Though, Ryzen processors are having trouble reaching their rated boost clocks anyways. We went ahead and listed out the new AMD Ryzen PRO processors below: AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900 | 12-cores, 24-threads | 4.3GHz boost | 65W TDP AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 3700 | 8-cores, 16-threads | 4.4GHz boost | 65W TDP AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3600 | 6-cores, 12-threads | 4.2GHz boost | 65W TDP AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3400G | 4-cores, 8-threads | 4.2GHz boost | 65W TDP AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3400GE | 4-cores, 8-threads | 4.0GHz boost | 35W TDP AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3200G | 4-cores, 4-threads | 4.0GHz boost | 65W TDP AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3200GE | 4-cores, 4-threads | 3.8GHz boost | 35W TDP AMD Athlon PRO 300GE | 2-cores, 4-threads | 3.4GHz boost | 35W TDP Who are these for? It's important to note that these processors aren't intended for everyday users. If you're just trying to build a gaming PC, you're better off getting any other Ryzen 3rd Generation chip. These processors are primarily intended for business use, and will be included in a ton of pre-built desktops for that purpose. There are a ton of features in these new processors that are particularly useful for businesses, but probably won't make much sense for everyday consumers. For example, each of these AMD Ryzen PRO processors come with a built-in security processor packed with AMD's GuardMI tech. This will help protect PCs from some of the most severe cold boot cyber attacks. AMD has also partnered with HP and Lenovo, and is able to include Lenovo ThinkShield and HP SureStart support at the silicon level for pre-built systems, like the HP EliteDesk 705 G5 and Lenovo Thinkpad M75q-1. So, while we don't think these processors will be featured in any of the hottest gaming PC builds any time soon, we definitely expect some businesses to make the jump, especially media companies who can use that extra horsepower for editing video. Source: AMD just announced a Ryzen PRO lineup, powerful processors for businesses (TechRadar)
  22. Inside Microsoft’s new custom Surface processors with AMD and Qualcomm Surface Ryzen Edition and SQ1 processors have been co-engineered Microsoft has just announced its new Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X devices, and neither will come with an Intel processor. The software giant is diversifying its silicon for Surface this year by partnering closely with AMD and Qualcomm, respectively, to create custom processors for its Surface line. The Surface Laptop 3 has a custom Ryzen Surface Edition processor on the 15-inch model, while the Surface Pro X goes the ARM-powered route with a new SQ1 processor co-engineered with Qualcomm. It’s a big change for the Surface line, even if Intel will still power the Surface Pro 7 and the smaller 13-inch Surface Laptop 3 models. On the AMD side, this Ryzen processor will be available exclusively in the 15-inch model of the Surface Laptop 3, a notebook that also has a metal finish instead of the fabric we’ve seen on previous Surface Laptop models. Microsoft has worked closely with AMD to add an additional graphics core on the 12nm Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 Surface parts that are built on Zen+, and to optimize the chip to fit inside the slim-and-light chassis it uses for the Surface Laptop 3. Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X “Several years ago we met with Pavan Davuluri and Panos Panay, and we had a shared vision with Microsoft to reinvent the laptop and essentially create the best laptop in the world,” explains Jack Huynh, general manager of AMD’s semi-custom group, in an interview with The Verge. “We literally spent tens of thousands of hours of co-development and co-engineering hand-in-hand with Microsoft not just optimizing the CPU and GPU, but also the overall system power management, pen, touch, memory bandwidth, firmware, and drivers to deliver the highest graphics laptop performance ever in a very thin and light form factor.” At times, this has meant engineers from AMD and Microsoft both working in the same buildings, all trying to get a Surface Laptop with AMD parts to live up to the Surface brand. AMD isn’t exactly a popular choice for laptop makers to pick these days, and Microsoft has worked closely with the company on a custom Ryzen variant to ensure it all goes smoothly. “This work we did with the hardware team, the software team, and the silicon team allowed us to deliver AMD’s best marketed CPU performance in this form factor,” explains Pavan Davuluri, a Microsoft Surface engineer, in an interview with The Verge. “The reason we built the Ryzen AMD part was to be able to make sure we had best in class GPU performance in that same power and performance footprint that we’ve traditionally built the Surface Laptops on.” The Ryzen Surface Edition chip is designed to run at 15 watts, and it’s capable of scaling up to between 20 and 25 watts. Microsoft and AMD have also really focused on the GPU performance for the Surface Laptop 3, and the company is even claiming it will outperform a similar MacBook Pro by 70 percent. “Ryzen parts have dedicated GPU cores, and we’ve optimized the GPU performance,” says Davuluri. While Microsoft’s other 15-inch laptop, the Surface Book 2, has discrete graphics support, the Surface Laptop 3 is using AMD’s integrated GPU cores. It means GPU performance won’t come close to matching the Surface Book 2, but it’ll be a significant step up from what we’re used to seeing with Intel’s basic integrated graphics on the Surface Laptop line. Surface Ryzen Edition and SQ1 processors It also doesn’t mean the Surface Book is going away. “Across the board, Surface Book laptops are GPU-heavy and I think in the future you’ll see us continue to do more of that,” explains Davuluri. “This is us setting the bar for what the integrated graphics performance should be, but for sure you should expect the Surface Book experience to be better.” What Microsoft’s work with AMD means in terms of raw power is around 1.2 teraflops performance at peak, which is the equivalent of an Xbox One. This power is more geared toward creator tasks, like video editing and photo processing, but it should also be able to power some recent games at lower resolutions and settings. We’ll need to test it fully to find out what it’s really capable of, with the extra cores over similar Ryzen chips, and whether Microsoft and AMD have really nailed battery life here. The promise is all-day battery life, but we’ll definitely need to see how that plays out in reality. Microsoft’s second significant silicon partnership is with Qualcomm. We’ve seen Microsoft dip its toe into ARM-powered Surface devices before with the Surface RT and Surface 2, but those products never really had the performance or app compatibility to match the Pro line of Intel-powered Surfaces. Microsoft is using a custom variant of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx in its Surface Pro X, and it’s boldly using the Surface Pro moniker on this particular device. “At the time when we conceived the Surface Pro X, several years ago, there was no available silicon that could give us the performance we wanted with the power we wanted and the form factor we wanted,” explains Davuluri. Intel has struggled to get its chips into form factors that can compete with devices like the iPad Pro, and Microsoft has now looked elsewhere to bring a true next-generation Surface Pro to life. Surface Pro X processor Microsoft has built a custom 7nm SQ1 processor with Qualcomm, and it’s focused on improving both the CPU and GPU power over a regular Snapdragon 8cx. “Microsoft SQ1 brings the best CPU performance for Windows on Snapdragon devices,” reveals Davuluri. “It’s an octa-core processor, and it has the first and fastest ever Kryo CPU at 3GHz. These Kryo cores are also for Windows to balance the cores between high performance cores and energy efficient cores, and of course these energy efficient cores are great for background tasks which in turn contributes to fundamentally redesigning the platform for great battery life.” The GPU performance itself is 2.1 teraflops, which is surprisingly good for this type of thin-and-light device. However, Windows on ARM devices aren’t the types of hardware you’ll be doing much gaming on, particularly as OpenGL games aren’t even supported, and you might find yourself running a lot of traditional apps that are emulated in this ARM world. The GPU power is really there for emerging web experiences, future workloads, and even being able to power multiple 4K displays over a single USB-C cable. Perhaps we’ll eventually see native ARM versions of Adobe’s popular apps that can really take advantage of the GPU. “As the world switches from traditional apps to a lot of scripted applications and web engines, we’re finding workloads for web render can be a significant consumption of GPU capability,” explains Davuluri. “It’s to really think of Surface Pro X as a device that enables future workloads… for apps and services that haven’t been conceived today.” Some of those workloads will include artificial intelligence or machine learning tasks, and it’s something we’ll be hearing more about with Windows on ARM in the future. In terms of real-world performance, this could finally be a turning point for Qualcomm with Windows. App compatibility will still be shaky with apps that integrate into the Windows shell-like Dropbox, but Chromium is now being compiled natively for ARM and Microsoft is working on its own Edge browser that will be powered by Chromium. That’s a big change from the browser experience we’ve had before on Windows on ARM devices. Surface Pro X “We built this compute platform together and we’ve worked with Microsoft to create this custom experience and solution for the Surface Pro X,” says Miguel Nunes, head of mobile compute products at Qualcomm, in an interview with The Verge. While Microsoft and Qualcomm have worked closely on the SQ1, the specific graphics capabilities will be exclusive to Microsoft and the SQ1 won’t be available to OEMs. “We’re working on enabling a lot of these capabilities for the industry, but the work specific on SQ1 is for the Surface Pro X,” reveals Nunes. Microsoft and Qualcomm are both promising “PC-class performance” for the Surface Pro X, and if it delivers something close to what we see with the regular Surface Pro then it could be a viable option for many. “For us to be able to do this, we’ve had to redesign the entire SoC and even the tools you associate with the SoC itself with Qualcomm,” reveals Davuluri. “We’ve redesigned the entire platform to perform at 7 watts, with scalable bust performance up to 15 watts.” Especially with built-in LTE connectivity and all-day battery life, with a 13-inch display in a 12-inch chassis. The risk here for Microsoft is using the “Surface Pro” moniker and not having the performance and apps to back it up, and that’s something that it will have to lean on software developers to really improve. While previous Windows on ARM efforts have fallen a little flat, Microsoft’s backing with its own Surface hardware is a significant boost to Qualcomm’s plans for always-connected laptops. We’ve been waiting on a truly interesting Windows on ARM device, and the Surface Pro X looks like it could kick off a new era of ARM-powered Windows laptops. Source: Inside Microsoft’s new custom Surface processors with AMD and Qualcomm (The Verge)
  23. Back on the AMD EPYC 7002 "Rome" launch day I wrote about how AMD is working to return to open-source BIOS / Coreboot support and now there's further confirmation of their work in that direction. We were tipped off today that AMD's Head of Platform Firmware, Edward Benyukhis, publicly posted on LinkedIn that he is "looking to hire someone with solid Coreboot and UEFI background." If you have Coreboot experience or know someone who is, see LinkedIn for contacting Benyukhis. That's exciting itself and certainly noteworthy, but also notable is AMD is now sponsoring next week's Open-Source Firmware Conference. AMD has joined the likes of Amazon AWS, Arm, System76, TrustedFirmware.org, and other companies in sponsoring this conference about Coreboot, LinuxBoot, and related open-source firmware projects. Exciting times ahead, now let's just hope that the middleware/licensing issues noted in the earlier article are able to be addressed in a timely manner. Besides the prospects of open-source firmware/UEFI/BIOS and Coreboot support exciting many in the server space as part of secure computing initiatives (and desktop users at large, particularly Linux/FLOSS advocates). Coreboot is also a big deal on the Google Chromebook front where they make use of Coreboot and where previous AMD Coreboot efforts have focused on. This also comes at a time where other AMD code work is happening with likely Chromebook/Google connections making for some very interesting possibilities. Source
  24. A great deal or were consumers Bulldozed by the chip giant? AMD has agreed to pay purchasers of its FX Bulldozer processors a total of $12.1m to settle a four-year false advertising lawsuit. Considering the number of processors sold and assuming a 20 per cent take-up by eligible purchasers, that works out to $35 a chip, the preliminary agreement argues: a figure that is “significantly more than 50 per cent of the value of their certified claims had they prevailed at trial.” It’s a good deal, the agreement [PDF] explains, because of the “risks and expenses that further litigation would pose in this case.” The chip giant advertised its processors as being the "first native 8-core desktop processor" and charged a premium for it. But a significant number of those purchasers were then surprised to find that the chip did not contain eight fully independent, fully featured processing units but rather four Bulldozer modules that each contain a pair of instruction-executing CPU cores. In AMD’s mind, four modules times two CPU cores equals eight CPU cores. But to the angry consumers, who launched a class action lawsuit back in 2015, they are not real “cores” because they share resources, including caches, frontend circuitry, and a single floating point unit (FPU). Fast forward through years of legal back-and-forth and in January this year a California judge rejected AMD’s claim that "a significant majority" of people understood the term "core" the same way it did. What people buying chips imagine a core to be would be a significant part of such a lawsuit, the judge noted, and instructed that the case to move forward. Independence Day Based on the results of our own poll of Reg readers, it appears most see cores in the same way as the litigants: 47 per cent said a core should be fully independent; whereas 28 per cent agreed with AMD and said it can share execution engines; the rest decided they couldn’t decide (total of 4,214 votes). If the proposed settlement goes through anyone that bought one of seven different AMD chips that the company advertised as having eight cores, either through AMD’s website or while living in California, is entitled to an equal share in the $12.1m pot. The insanity that is class action lawsuits has led both AMD and the plaintiff’s lawyers to argue to the judge that $12.1m is a “fair” amount of compensation, despite the fact that consumers paid an additional $60m in premiums for their “eight core” processors. Only a fifth of eligible people are likely to even bother to apply for the compensation, the agreement notes, and that means the people that do apply will get half of what they want without the hassle of a trial. So everyone’s good, right? Except of course, many people won’t be aware of the settlement. Others won’t bother because the figure is so small. And the deal is structured around a pot of money rather than a per-chip fee, so the more people that apply, the less they will get: some might argue creating an actual disincentive to apply. Stupid The FTC was recently hit by the stupidity of this system when it had to backtrack its $125 promise to people hit by the Equifax data breach. It turned out that the FTC’s proudly announced $700m fine of the credit monitoring website was really little more than a pot of $31m. So many people learned about the deal in this case - thanks to press attention - and applied for the payment that the $125 has turned into as little as 21 cents. The FTC was forced to tell people to go for the free credit monitoring service instead of the cash payout - a service offered by, you guessed it, Equifax. Plus in this AMD case, we have yet to hear how much the lawyers want for their services. The agreement says the lawyers haven’t even discussed how much they are going to pay one another at this point but have kindly offered to “limit” their frees to no more than 30 per cent of the settlement fund - so $3.63m. Typically class action attorneys gets 15-20 per cent of the settlement fund - and many people feel that is already too large. So all in all it’s another class action lawsuit in which everyone except the people that actually brought it have reason to celebrate. Source
  25. AMD is striking well over the past month with their Linux hardware bring-up. In the past month we've seen the Navi 10/12/14 support get in order for Linux as well as support for the future Vega-based Arcturus GPU and now we see the initial enablement patches for their next-generation APUs, Renoir. Sent out today was the initial 27 patches amount to around two thousand lines of code (roughly half of which is just header files) for bringing up this next-gen AMD APU. Renoir is the successor to current AMD Picasso APUs and are said to be based on the new Zen 2 architecture while incorporating a Navi GPU... Well, at least originally what rumors/leaks reported. These code patches indicate Renoir to be based on Raven/Vega as opposed to Navi. Not a whole lot is known about Renoir publicly and are not expected to hit the shelves until 2020. Renoir is based on Navi (or actually Vega?) so it isn't a whole lot of new code from the AMDGPU kernel driver side, but still, we aren't accustomed to seeing this Linux driver support so early in advance of launch (potentially ~6+ months). It could be a sign that there could be some interesting design wins or Chromebooks warranting good Linux support at launch or it could just be that they've hit a good punctual stride on new platform enablement, but whatever the case is it's certainly welcomed, especially after the very bumpy Raven Ridge experience on Linux. These patches do confirm VCN 2.0 support on Renoir while most of he code changes come down to slight differences around power management / clock gating, golden register settings, and firmware bits. The AMDGPU code though does seem to indicate this as Vega-based rather than Navi as was rumored. So unless they end up marketing it weirdly (just like Kabylake-G with VegaM really being Polaris), that is what's happening. For now at least Renoir's graphics is just represented by a single PCI ID, 0x1636. This currently experimental (hidden behind feature flag) AMD Renoir support should be on its way to DRM-Next soon for premiering in Linux 5.4 while over the coming kernel cycles should stabilize and be flipped on by default, hopefully well ahead still of the hardware's expected launch. Source
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