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Have you been thinking about building a new PC, or upgrading an existing one? Now is a great time to make the jump. The bang-for-buck that can be obtained has never been higher than it is right now, and driving that point home are a handful of discounts on AMD's latest generation Zen 2 processors spanning the Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 5 product stacks. For anyone who has not been following, Zen 2 is the latest and greatest CPU architecture from AMD. They are the first to be built on a dense 7-nanometer manufacturing process, and they offer a nice balance of core counts and clockspeeds for the money. Whether you are a gamer or a productivity hound (or both), the Ryzen 3000 series offers plenty... Read more...
On this latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Marco, Dave, and Chris discuss AMD's new Radeon RX 5600 XT mid-range gaming GPU, talk of AMD's upcoming "Big Navi" graphics offering, NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3000 series rumors, our impressions of Microsoft's Snapdragon-powered Surface Pro X versus the Surface Pro 7, drop hints of our next giveaway, and more... Show Notes: 03:35 - Microsoft Surface Pro X And Pro 7 Review: Snapdragon And x86 Experience 17:38 - AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Zen 2 APU Delivers Strong Performance In Lenovo Laptop Benchmark Leak 18:13 - AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Benchmarks Reveal Desktop-Class Performance Punch For Laptops 27:35 - AMD... Read more...
AMD's Radeon RX 5600 XT announcement/launch hasn't exactly been the smoothest for the company. Things started off well enough with the announcement at CES 2020, where AMD showed off a graphics card that offered better performance than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti/1660 Super priced at $279. However, NVIDIA quickly countered by lowering the price of the ray-tracing capable GeForce RTX 2060 to $299, or $279 in the case of EVGA. AMD's response was to issue a new vBIOS to its OEM board partners to further boost game and boost clocks, while pushing GDDR6 speeds from 12Gbps to 14Gbps. It's that latter spec change that is causing some grief for AMD's partners. In an episode of... Read more...
AMD's current family of 7nm Radeon RX Navi midrange graphics cards are no doubt impressive, as witnessed by the recently released Radeon RX 5600 XT (our full review). The Radeon RX 5600 XT is flanked by the Radeon RX 5500 just below it , and the Radeon RX 5700 above. However, AMD doesn't currently have a flagship-class graphics card that is capable of taking on the likes of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and that's hopefully where "Big Navi" comes in. According to recent rumblings, Big Navi could have some big performance credentials backing it up, if a new report from ChipHell is accurate. The GPU running the show is reportedly called Navi 21 and it features second-generation... Read more...
This is going to be a fun year for laptop aficionados. In case you missed it, AMD announced at CES 2020 a new line of Ryzen 4000 mobile "Renoir" processors based on its Zen 2 CPU architecture and paired with Radeon Vega graphics. The top dog in the mobile lineup is the Ryzen 7 4800H, and some newly leaked benchmarks suggest it will offer desktop-class performance in a mobile package. Laptop makers have not yet released any models with Ryzen 4000 series hardware inside, though you can expect systems to arrive soon (as in, this quarter). Sitting at the top of the stack, the Ryzen 7 4800H wields 8 cores and 16 threads of computing muscle. It has a 2.9Ghz base clock and 4.2GHz max boost clock, as... Read more...
AMD launched its Radeon RX 5600 XT yesterday, and as expected, it packs quite a punch in the sub-$300 market. Its $279 price tag is easily digestible for enthusiasts looking to game at 1080p resolution, and it offers considerably more performance than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. It even puts up a strong showing against the recently price-reduced GeForce RTX 2060. The Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT that we reviewed came with a game clock of 1,615MHz, a boost clock of 1,750MHz and 6GB of GDDR6 memory rated at 14Gbps (in Performance Mode with a board TDP of 160W). We also were able to gain some moderate improvement in performance when overclocking... Read more...
Do you think Intel is perhaps feeling the heat from AMD and its latest generation of Ryzen processors? Intel may not be willing to admit it publicly (not in so many words, anyway), but an admission of sorts could come in the form of another price cut, as is rumored to be the case. If true, the price cuts will come in the second half of the year. Price cuts in reaction to the competition have been relatively rare on Intel's part, especially ones of any significance. However, there is a changing of the tide, and Intel finds itself reacting to the market. Take for example its recent roll out of high-end desktop (HEDT) Cascade Lake-X processors. Those chips debuted at significantly lower MSRPs than... Read more...
AMD is firing on cylinders these days -- at least with respect to processors -- and the latest example of that is with its newest Renoir APUs built on 7nm Zen 2 architecture. AMD announced these APUs earlier this month at CES 2020 as the Ryzen 4000 series, and a number of OEM partners announced new laptops featuring the chips. Today, we're getting a glimpse at what kind of performance that we can expect out of laptops equipped with these APUs when they arrive this quarter. Thanks to a Geekbench listing for an unnamed Lenovo laptop, we're getting seeing some strong performance from the Ryzen 7 4700U. We see the Ryzen 7 4700U here putting up a single-core score of 4910, and a multi-core... Read more...
After numerous leaks, AMD officially announced its Radeon RX 5600 series of GPUs during its press conference at CES 2020 a couple of weeks back. Although most of the early leaks were technically accurate at the time they hit the web, a series of events since then has changed the landscape somewhat, and what you thought would be launching today, could be a somewhat different beast. We’ve got one of Sapphire’s Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT cards on-hand for testing to show you all what a retail-ready version of AMD's Radeon 5600 XT from Sapphire can do relative to its competition. AMD’s announcement at CES 2020 outlined a certain set of specifications for the Radeon RX 5600 XT, which... Read more...
Barring something unforeseen and catastrophic, Zen 3 is definitely making a debut this year. We know this because AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su has indicated as much on numerous occasions, including in a recent interview in which she also promised "Big Navi" (Navi 20) would make a 2020 debut as well. If anyone requires even more proof on the matter, just direct their attention to the underlying code being added to the Linux kernel. Interestingly enough, patches to the Linux kernel have historically been great at references new hardware before they are officially launched. And more recently, updates to the Linux kernel have served up references to things like Navi 22 and Navi 23, which are two unreleased... Read more...
AMD thought that it had the upper hand against NVIDIA when it first announced its Radeon RX 5600 XT during CES. The Radeon RX 5600 XT, which is priced at $279, is promoted as being the ultimate 1080p graphics card, offering greater performance than both the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (also priced at $279) and GTX 1660 Super. NVIDIA was listening intently, as it countered by lowering the price of the more performant GeForce RTX 2060 from $349 to $299. Even better, NVIDIA board partner EVGA launched the GeForce RTX 2060 KO at a "knockout" price of $279. So, what is AMD to do in response? Rather than "jebait" NVIDIA again with pricing, the word on the street is that AMD is boosting... Read more...
For AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, product development is the most fun part of her job. She revealed that nugget during an interview on an AMD sponsored show call The Bring Up, though the real reason you are reading this article is to see what she said about the so-called "Big Navi" GPU that we all know is coming. In case there was any doubt, AMD is still planning to bring out its big GPU gun in 2020. Launching is also fun, Dr. Su said, and to that end AMD will be bringing out new products this year. Big Navi is one of them, and on the CPU side, Zen 3 is another. "My main message to our fans is this is just a beginning for us in 2020. I’ve heard a little bit through Twitter and Reddit that people... Read more...
AMD has been making some serious inroads on Intel's market share in the lucrative server market for the past two years. It all started with the company's first-generation Zen-based EPYC 7001 processors, with the second assault coming in 2019 with the Zen 2-based EPYC 7002 processors. AMD wants to keep that momentum going, so it reached deep into the heart of Intel to snatch out a top exec with a strong background in enterprise computing and engineering execution: Dan McNamara. McNamara previously served as senior vice president and general manager for Intel’s Network and Custom Logic Group. Before that, he was the senior vice president of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group.... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Brittany, Chris and Dave discuss the Best of CES 2020, AMD's hot new Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors, Intel's encouraging DG1 graphics demo, Alienware's sweet new Concept UFO gaming handheld PC, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold foldable tablet PC, and what to do about that Windows 7 migration that you need to make the jump for to Windows 10 -- and of course, details of our latest giveaway with Lenovo! Show Notes:  1:47 - HotHardware's 12 Best Of CES 2020 2:33 - Alienware Concept UFO Invades Nintendo Switch-Style Gaming With PC Master Race Assimilation 7:50 - AMD Unveils Ryzen 4000 Mobile With Bold Performance Claims, Insane 64-Core... Read more...
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