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Ethereum mining is a big business these days, and the cryptocurrency is on the verge of besting Bitcoin in market cap. Given the fact that many enterprising consumers are using gaming graphics card to maximize their hash rate for Ethereum mining, some manufacturers are tweaking their existing hardware to cater to these miners. The latest is ASUS, which has announced its MINING Series graphics cards. ASUS has an AMD version, which is based on the RX 470 Polaris graphics architecture (MINING RX 470). It has a base clock of 926MHz and a boost clock of 1206MHz. 4GB of GDDR5 memory is included, and... Read more...
After AMD delivered some “shock and awe” with the release of its Ryzen processors earlier this year, gamers are eagerly anticipating the launch of Vega-based graphics cards. Unfortunately for those that don’t have over $1,000 to plunk down on a single card, our first exposure to Vega comes in the form of the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. We can now confirm today that this high-end professional-grade graphics card has a starting price of $999 for the air-cooled version, while its water-cooled sibling is priced at $1,500 (this meshes with earlier reports). As we’ve mentioned previously, the Radeon... Read more...
  AMD got off to a bit of a shaky start when it launched its Ryzen processors with regards to gaming performance. However, this was to be expected given that Ryzen is based on brand new Zen architecture and developers need time to optimize for the platform. Luckily, both AMD — with its microcode updates — and developers have been quick to bolster Ryzen’s gaming performance. That latest updates bring a huge performance uplift for Rise of the Tomb Raider and Pixologic’s ZBrush. With Rise of the Tomb Raider, Ryzen processors are getting a massive performance boost thanks to the new v770.1 patch.... Read more...
We have already seen some impressive things from AMD's long awaited Zen microarchitecture in the form of Ryzen, and in the not-too-distant future Threadripper will carry the torch on the desktop. However, things are just getting started. Zen will really spread its wings in the server and data center market, boy-oh-boy does Gigabyte have one heck of a motherboard ready. Gigabyte's new MZ31-AR0 has a boring name but a fun assortment of features of AMD's aptly named EPYC 7000 series processor family. Many of them are overkill for the desktop, including the 16 (yes, SIXTEEN) memory slots that support... Read more...
Today marks the launch of AMD's EPYC family of processors for data center servers. Based on the company's Zen microarchitecture, it has become abundantly clear that AMD was targeting the lucrative data center market first and foremost with its new CPU architecture and the highly scalable Naples platform that leverages it. Of course Zen scales well for client/consumer desktop applications, as we've seen with AMD's successful Ryzen processor launch. However, the data center is near and dear to the AMD's heart, due to significantly higher chip pricing and better profit margins; not to mention the... Read more...
Late last year, we were introduced to AMD’s new Radeon Instinct GPU accelerators, which are targeted at machine intelligence and deep learning tasks. As you might expect, these GPU accelerators will be going toe-to-toe with NVIDIA’s Tesla family of products, which are found in some of the world’s top supercomputers. Marco has already written a rather informative article giving you an overview of the Radeon Instinct family and AMD’s ROCm software suite, but today we’re here to give you a more specifics on the hardware powering these new GPU accelerators. The Radeon Instinct family consists of three... Read more...
Things are definitely heating up in the processor market thanks to a newly reinvigorated AMD. Intel has dominated the performance and sales charts for years, but AMD has seized an opportunity to hit back at the chip giant with its Zen processor architecture. The first strike came with Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors aimed at Intel’s bread and butter Core family. Next, AMD will go toe-to-toe with Intel in the HEDT market with Ryzen Threadripper. Last but not least, AMD plans to carpet bomb Intel’s lucrative Xeon family with its aptly-named EPYC server processors. Although we’ve presented our readers... Read more...
AMD’s Vega graphics architecture is fast approaching a retail release, but unfortunately for gamers, the first available cards will be the professional workstation-targeted Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. If you’re in the market for such a card, preorders are now open from at least two retailers — one based in the U.S., with the other hailing from the UK. SaberPC has an air-cooled Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (100-506061) and the liquid-cooled version (100-506062) available to preorder. Both graphics cards include 16GB of HBM2 memory, 483GB/sec of memory bandwidth, 4096 stream processors 13.1 TFLOPS... Read more...
With the Chinese dominating the charts when it comes to the world’s most powerful supercomputers, the United States is looking to leverage its homegrown talent to usher in next-generation exascale computing. The Department of Energy (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) is funding six of the country’s top chip firms in order to ensure U.S. leadership in the field. Those companies include AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IBM and Cray. The six companies will have access to $258 million in funds that will be dispersed over a three-year-period. According to DOE, the funds will be used... Read more...
If guidance from top PC system builder Dell is any indication, we’ll likely see the first AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors hit the market a little over a month from now. Given that we’re so close to launch, it should come as no surprise that Ryzen Threadripper benchmarks are starting to surface. Today we’re getting an early look at the performance potential of the range-topping Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which according to Geekbench has a base clock of 3.4GHz, 16 cores and 32 threads. This particular processor was teamed up with 16GB of DDR4 memory and an ASRock X399 Professional Gaming Motherboard.... Read more...
AMD is looking to take the enthusiast gaming PC market by storm with its upcoming Ryzen Threadripper family, and Dell is apparently more than happy to embrace the new many-core processors. Today at E3, Dell announced the new Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition, which as its name implies, is backed by AMD’s top-of-the line consumer CPUs. The Area-51 Threadripper Edition of course features an AMD X399 chipset-based motherboard and is available with either 12- or 16-core Ryzen Threadripper processors, delivering a total of 24 or 32 threads respectively. In addition, Dell says that both processors... Read more...
As we reported yesterday, hardware OEMs are paying closer attention to the needs of consumers who partake in cryptocurrency mining. As of late, Ethereum, a new form of currency similar to Bitcoin, has been a hot topic. For example, ASRock is marketing its H110 Pro BTC+ motherboard, which features an huge array13 PCIe slots to be the foundation of a what could be a seriously powerful GPU-powered mining rig. And with 13 PCIe slots at your disposal, you’ll want to find some [relatively] affordable GPUs with enough processing grunt to make mining financially worth your while. Mitch Steves,... Read more...
With the popularity of upstart Cryptocurrencies like Ethereum on the rise and the value of well-established currencies like Bitcoin steadily increasing, there is new-found interest in Cryptocurrency mining. If you remember, a few years back, Cryptocurrency miners caused a shortage of AMD GPUs, which resulted in such high demand that what were supposed to be relatively affordable graphics cards ultimately sold at price points significantly above their MSRP. Over time, GPUs were supplanted by more power-efficient FPGAs and ASICs specifically designed for Bitcoin Cryptocurrency mining, but changes... Read more...
Apple first gave us a hint that a more pro-oriented iMac was on the way back in April, and today at WWDC, the company gave us an early look at what will ship later this year: the iMac Pro. As you might expect, the iMac Pro has the same basic design language as the consumer-oriented iMac, but it cranks the hardware specs to the max — in fact, it’s the most powerful Mac ever produced according to Apple. The iMac Pro will be available in 8-, 10-, and 18-core (36 threads) Xeon configurations all while maintaining the familiar all-in-one form-factor. You’ll get a 27.5-inch 5K display, but powering that... Read more...
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