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If you have an AMD Ryzen processor and complementing AM4 motherboard in your possession, optimizations are already incoming to improve your gaming performance. Just yesterday, we brought you news of an Ashes of the Singularity update which shows up to a 20 percent performance uplift for the Ryzen 7 1800X. As developers begin optimizing their games around AMD’s new Zen architecture, we’ll hopefully see continued improvements to Ryzen gaming performance across the board. But that doesn’t mean that AMD is completely off the hook with regards to performance improvement and bug fixes. AMD’s Generic... Read more...
AMD captured the attention of PC gamers and performance enthusiasts everywhere with the launch of its Ryzen 7 series processors. The trio of 8-core chips take on Intel's venerable Core i7 series at the high-end of its product stack and forthcoming Ryzen 5 Series CPUs from AMD are expected to compete with Intel's Core i mid-range products. However, with the extra attention and lime light AMD garnered, came significant scrutiny as well. And with any entirely new platform architecture, there are bound to be "corner cases" and a few performance anomalies -- as was the case with the now infamous "1080p... Read more...
At an AMD 'Tech Summit' held in Beijing this past week, plenty was revealed about the company's upcoming Radeon RX Vega. It's not clear whether anything at this summit was meant to leak out almost immediately, but it included some information AMD hasn't yet mentioned on these shores. Nonetheless, there is a lot of good information to glean from what was presented. The folks over at Videocardz somehow managed to track down a recording of the presentation without a Mandarin dub, so if you're wanting to watch the entire thing for yourself, hit up the video below. First and foremost, perhaps the... Read more...
AMD is getting ready to flesh out its Ryzen lineup with its new Ryzen 5 series consisting of 4-core and 6-core processor options. These reasonably priced additions to the Ryzen family will arrive on April 11, or at least that is the official launch date that AMD announced last week. However, it appears that some opportunistic buyers were able to make a Ryzen 5 series purchase several weeks early. Over at Reddit, a user who goes by "marcosmcc" posted a couple pictures of a retail boxed Ryzen 5 1600 processor. He claims that "a fellow Brazilian" shared the pics with him, adding that his friend "recently... Read more...
Not long after AMD released the first Ryzen processors to market a few weeks ago, a strange bug involving FMA3 instructions (an extension to 128-bit and 256-bit SIMD instructions that performs fused multiply-add floating point math operations) was discovered. If you were to trip over this bug yourself, its effects would have been impossible to ignore: your entire AMD Ryzen-based system would crash. This was a digital roadblock of epic proportions for certain applications and benchmarks that make use of the floating point math. Even if you don't have a particular use case that makes use of FMA3,... Read more...
AMD has ascended back into the performance category with its Ryzen processor lineup, though anyone who thinks the company is finished climbing is in for a surprise. Rumor has it (from multiple sources) that AMD is readying a new Ryzen chip with 16 cores and 32 threads of processing resources. This monster processor will sit in a new platform that competes with Intel's X99 chipset for Broadwell-E and Haswell-E, and will serve as an in-between for AMD's regular Ryzen lineup and its server-based Naples platform. The 16-core/32-thread Ryzen part will be based on an X399 socket that is designed to go... Read more...
It has been rumored that AMD's next-gen mainstream GPUs, the RX 500 series, would be launching during the middle of April. But despite the fact that April is right around the corner, few real specifics have leaked out thus far. That changes a bit today, as we now learn that the entire RX 500 stack will make use of varying versions of next-gen Polaris GPU architecture. The top-end RX 580, which will replace the first-gen Polaris-based RX 480, would be based on Polaris 20 XTX. If that "XTX" sounds familiar, it is because AMD previously released GPUs under that moniker, including the X1950 XTX from... Read more...
After a prolonged development cycle and strategic build-up that got many enthusiasts worked into a frenzy, AMD launched its Ryzen 7 family of processors based on the company’s Zen microarchitecture a couple of short weeks ago. We’ve got the full scoop on Ryzen 7 available for you right here if you missed the news as it broke. A couple of details regarding the mainstream Ryzen 5 family were also revealed during the Ryzen 7 launch, but today we’ve got lots of additional details to share and can tell you about AMD's entire Ryzen 5 processor line-up. Unlike the Ryzen 7 series, which consists entirely... Read more...
Ryzen is here and it is giving Intel's Core series a run for its money, except in 1080p gaming in some instances (for now). AMD has said on multiple occasions that gaming performance will improve in time as developers start leveraging Ryzen's architecture and features. However, in the meantime, there are some things you can do to ensure you're getting the most out of AMD's latest processors. Some of the following information comes straight from the good folks at AMD, while other tib-bits are based on our experience with the Ryzen platform thus far. Let's get started. Update, Update, UpdateOne of... Read more...
It has been two weeks since AMD launched its Ryzen processor line in conjunction with its AM4 platform. The feedback has been mostly positive, save for lower-than-expected gaming performance at 1080p. AMD touched on the subject, saying that today's games are not optimized for AMD hardware, and that 1080p gaming performance will improve in time as developers take advantage of Ryzen's architecture and features. Be that as it may, some have surmised the real problem has to do with a conflict between Ryzen and Windows 10 thread scheduling. Is there any merit to that? AMD says no. "We have investigated... Read more...
Now that AMD's fancy new Ryzen processors are available, some people might be wondering if the effort and risk of delidding one of the CPUs is worth the potential reward. This is a question that renowned overclocker "Der8auer" set out to answer in a new YouTube video after demonstrating in a previous clip how to remove the integrated heat spreader (IHS) from an AMD Ryzen CPU. The answer? Don't bother, because even if someone manages to lift the lid off a Ryzen processor without destroying it, the reduction in temperature is minimal. Delidding processors is common in the professional overclocking... Read more...
There's a lot about AMD's upcoming RX Vega series of GPUs that we don't know about, but one thing's certain: the hype has blown up to extraordinary levels. Today, we have more fuel for that fire, in the form of OpenCL compute benchmark result that shines an unknown AMD GPU in a great light. CompuBench has a name that leaves nothing to the imagination: it's a compute benchmark. While most GPU benchmarks test out gaming and 3D graphics capabilities of a GPU in gaming APIs, CompuBench tests them with a computational focus, with the results potentially useful to those working with GPUs for... Read more...
Qualcomm isn’t the only manufacturer looking to cut into Intel’s seemingly insurmountable lead in the server chip market. We’re also seeing a challenge from lesser known MACOM, which is employing an ARM chip design that promises high performance (particularly in regards to memory bandwidth) with incredible efficiency. MACOM’s X-Gene 3 is built using a 16nm FinFET manufacturing process, features 32 64-bit ARMv8-A cores running at 3GHz, supports 16 DIMMs via eight DDR4-2667 memory channels (up to 1TB of memory is supported) and 42 PCIE Gen 3 lanes. MACOM claims that the X-Gene 3, which is now shipping... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Dave and Chris talk AMD Ryzen processors for desktop enthusiasts and gamers, AMD's Naples server platform based on the Zen architecture, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, LG's hot new G6 Android flagship, the HP Elite x3 phone that proposes to deliver a Windows Office in your pocket, EVGA's innovative iCX cooling for graphics cards, Dell's XPS 15 with GeForce 10 and more! 04:56 - AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors 17:22 - AMD Zen-Based Naples Many-Core Server Platform 29:08 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and more here 39:51 - EVGA GeForce... Read more...
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