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When AMD released its first Zen-based processors this past spring, which came to us in the form of Ryzen, it would be an understatement to say the company had a lot riding on the new family of CPUs. Post-launch, it was clear that AMD succeeded in its goal of making the battlefield competitive again. Fast-forward to today and it's fair to speculate that because Ryzen has proven so potent, that it has forced Intel's hand at expediting the release of some of its upcoming products. Intel's Core X series just launched a few weeks ago, giving Intel yet another edge and a performance lead over AMD -... Read more...
System builders—both professional and do-it-yourself types—have been waiting a long time for AMD to be competitive again with Intel. Over the years, each new architecture launch from AMD seemed to come with big promises that would ultimately turn out to be empty, but then Zen came along. Finally, AMD built an architecture that lived up to the hype, and with Ryzen getting off to a strong start, it appears the chip designer has been able to chisel away at a not-so-insignificant chunk of Intel's market share in the enthusiast market.We can see this by examining the market share figures collected by... 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...
Over the next few months, Intel will be releasing an array of new high-end desktop processors in the recently-announced Core X Series, based on the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X micro-architectures. The first chips in the series to arrive in the lab are the 10-core Core i9-7900X and quad-core Core i7-7740X. We’ve got an array of benchmarks and overclocking data on tap with the processors, but due to some unexpected shipping issues, we weren't able to complete all of the test we would have liked. Rest assured, we’ll update this piece as soon as we can with a full set of numbers -- it will just take... Read more...
AMD is bringing out its big guns in the form of Threadripper, the biggest and baddest of which is a 16-core monster with 32 threads. This top-end part was shown off at Computex earlier this week where it was paired with multiple graphics cards based on AMD's Vega architecture. As you might imagine, the results were nothing short of awesome. That said, there will be multiple Threadripper SKUs at various price points. From an official standpoint, we have very little details about AMD's multiple Threadripper SKUs. That will change in time, of course, though until then there are plenty of rumors and... Read more...
Although it seems like it has been longer, AMD launched its Ryzen 7 family of processors based on the all-new Zen microarchitecture just a little over a month ago. Based on the level of engagement virtually all of our Ryzen-related articles have received, we have to assume all of you regulars have already seen our launched coverage of Ryzen 7. However, if you somehow missed it, it is available right here. In our Ryzen 7 coverage, we were able to disclose a few details regarding the more mainstream targeted Ryzen 5 series of processors, but save for a few AMD provided data points, performance... Read more...
The AMD Ryzen 7 family of processors are finally here. The anxious anticipation for a more powerful competitor to Intel CPUs that has worked many PC enthusiasts into a frenzy -- the likes of which we haven’t seen in over a decade -- has finally come to an end. Today, we can present you all with the independent Ryzen benchmarks and technical details you’ve all been waiting for. Power, performance profiles and overclocking – we’ve got it all on tap. We’ve had all three of the initial AMD Ryzen 7 series processors in hand for testing, including the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X, the Ryzen 7 1700X, and their... Read more...
AMD President and CEO, Dr. Lisu Su, took to the stage at AMD’s Ryzen Tech Day and opened the event with some official speeds, feeds, pricing information, and benchmark scores from the company’s upcoming Ryzen series processors. To date, we’ve seen a number of leaks with related data and benchmarks, but the numbers and information we’ll be presenting here are straight from AMD – they are the real deal, not rumors or speculation. And we’ve got a couple of surprises and new pieces of information to share as well. As most of you probably know by now, AMD’s stated goal with Ryzen – which is based on... Read more...
Excitement for AMD's next-generation Ryzen series of processors seems to have reached a fever pitch. For the first time in far too long, we have the prospect of an AMD processor that's not only competitive with Intel's latest and greatest, but perhaps potentially a better value in some cases, too. Following-up on our report of leaked Ryzen models earlier, we now get some rumored performance characteristics of one particular chip, the ~$389 Ryzen 7 1700X. The 1700X could become AMD's best bang-for-the-buck Ryzen processor in the enthusiast segment. It is rumored to cost... Read more...
If things go to plan, AMD will return to its former glory among power users in the processor space when it releases Ryzen in a couple of a months. Ryzen is the culmination of four years of development at AMD, and that happens to be the same amount of time the chip designer expects its forthcoming CPU architecture to be relevant. After four years, AMD will move onto something else.We know this because PCWorld had a chat with Mark Papermaster, AMD's chief technology officer, who told the site AMD was aiming for a four-year lifespan out of Ryzen. Essentially what AMD wants to do is release processors... Read more...
We have covered Intel’s Kaby Lake microarchitecture on a few occasions already. We outlined the architectural details in this piece, and have evaluated a handful of mobile devices powered by Kaby Lake at this point, including the gorgeous Asus ZenBook 3 and updated Dell XPS 13. Today, however, Kaby Lake makes its official debut on the desktop, with a brand-new flagship quad-core processor – the Core i7-7700K – and newly refreshed 200 series motherboard chipsets.The Core i7-7700K has hardly been a secret. The processors actually went on sale at a couple of major on-line retailers recently and benchmark... Read more...
We’ve been hearing about AMD’s next-generation Zen-based processors for quite a while now, though the company just officially announced that desktop and mobile variants will be branded RYZEN. Over the past few months, we’ve seen Zen in action in both high-performance desktop and server applications and have been able to disclose a handful of features, specifications, and performance details. Today however, with AMD poised to host its “New Horizon” webcast, we have some more information to share related to the RYZEN branding, the ZEN architecture, and AM4 platform as a whole. First and foremost... Read more...
There are a lot of questions surrounding Zen, the new and potentially game changing CPU architecture that AMD has been working on. The biggest one on everyone's mind is will it live up to the hype and offer competitive performance with Intel's top end parts, or are we destined to be disappointed? We'll have our answer in the first quarter of next year, but in the meantime, AMD is planning to livestream a preview of Zen in a couple of weeks. The livestream event is called New Horizon. It will take place on December 13 starting at 3 PM Central (1 PM Pacific, 4 PM Eastern) with Canadian video game... Read more...
Intel is expected to launch Kaby Lake to the desktop in January. That's not far away at this point, though if you're curious about how well the processors will overclock, it's starting to feel like an agonizing wait. That's because early results show that Kaby Lake is going to be a fun architecture to play with. Anyone needing further proof of that need only look at a Facebook post containing screenshots of a Core i7-7700K processor hitting 4.9GHz.The overclocking effort was posted by Luning Duan, a former employee at Lenovo, according to his Facebook profile. He posted a couple of shots showing... Read more...
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