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On this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Marco and Dave discuss our AMD vs Intel Architecture IPC Shootout evaluation, PowerColor's custom Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil Navi graphics card we have here on review, Intel 10nm Ice Lake Benchmarks, BEAST 64-core AMD EPYC processors, Toshiba's tiny BG4 SSD, GIVEAWAY hints at the end and more! Join us!  Show Notes:  03:12 - Building An AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Liquid-Cooled Performance Desktop PC With Maingear 12:27 - AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Vs Intel Core i9-9900K IPC Shootout: Did AMD Close The Gap? 20:57 - AMD EPYC 7002 Series Zen 2 Architecture Doubles Data Center Performance And Density 31:00 - Intel 10nm Ice Lake... Read more...
What appears to be another third-generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor has made an appearance on Geekbench, this time wielding 32 physical cores and 64 threads to throw at workloads. The entry points to a "Sharkstooth" part with a 3.6GHZ base frequency and 128MB (16MB x 8) of L3 cache, along with 16MB of L2 cache. The Sharkstooth nomenclature is interesting—it also appeared in a leaked UserBenchmark entry last month with what is also thought to be a third-generation Threadripper chip, albeit with 16 cores and 32 threads. We have also seen "Castle Peak" thrown around as a codename for the next round of Threadripper processors based on AMD's Zen 2 CPU architecture. Naming aside, the... Read more...
A little over a month ago, AMD launched the Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 series to mostly good reviews. The cards offered competitive performance at their respective price points, with power efficiency that was vastly superior to AMD’s previous-generation Vega-based Radeons. One of the things some folks took issue with in regard to AMD’s reference Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT cards, however, was their cooling. As we (and many others) mentioned in our initial reviews, the cards were noisier than their NVIDIA-made counterparts, and although temperatures were within spec, peak junction temps were relatively high, which could be a cause for concern in a poorly ventilated chassis. The general... Read more...
AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors have made a positive impact on the PC enthusiast market, the likes of which we haven't seen in years. From a performance-per-dollar standpoint, AMD's disruptive Zen 2 architecture offers a strong value proposition for new desktop PC builders from all walks of life and for many use cases including gaming, content creation and other workstation-class requirements. In fact, we were so impressed by Ryzen 3000 series processors in our launch review, that we decided we needed to have AMD's new architecture in our production flow here at HotHardware. This also presented us with an opportunity to call upon a few industry friends like Maingear Computers, Gigabyte, EVGA... Read more...
Despite any rumors you may have read to the contrary, AMD is not discontinuing reference variants of its Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards a mere month after introducing them to retail. In an effort to put the matter to rest, Scott Herkelman, AMD's corporate vice president and general manager of the Radeon division, hopped on Twitter and set the record straight. "We will continue to offer the Radeon 5700 series reference design on AMD.com and select OEM, retail, and etailers. However, we are fully transitioning our AIB [add-in-board] partners over to their own custom designs," Herkelman wrote. Herkelman's comment is reference to a report from a few days ago over at Cowcotland, in which the... Read more...
Here is some bad new for Intel—rival AMD is not resting on its laurels. Having just ported its Zen 2 architecture over to its EPYC processor line for servers, AMD took the opportunity during the launch event to briefly discuss its future roadmap, noting that the design phase for its next-generation Zen 3 architecture is complete. Before we get into that, let's have a look at the Zen architecture to date. The original Zen architecture, built on a 14-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process, launched in 2017 and put AMD back in the game, so to speak. Prior to Zen, Intel pretty much dominated the high-end processor scene. A year later, AMD launched another round of processors under the Zen+... Read more...
One of the first preorders for a custom Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card has materialized on Amazon. There is a new listing for Gigabyte's Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC 8G model, which sports three axial cooling fans instead of the blower-style cooler found on reference models. As to when it will ship, though, the listing does not say. It only says "Temporarily out of stock," albeit with the option of adding the item to your cart and/or purchasing it. "Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll email you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item," the list says. AMD previously said its hardware partners would... Read more...
Last night, AMD officially launched its second-generation EPYC 7002 processors for the enterprise market (you can read our deep dive here). Based on the new Zen 2 architecture that underpins the newly released Ryzen 3000 desktop processor family, EPYC 7002 chips bring a significant performance and density improvements over their EPYC 7001 predecessors. Two companies that have been paying close attention to AMD’s strength in the data center market with the first-generation EPYC and early samples of the new Rome-based EPYC chips are Google and Twitter. Both companies have been impressed enough with what AMD brings to the table they have signed up to use the EPYC 7002 processors... Read more...
AMD has officially taken the wraps off its second generation EPYC 7002 series processors. The EPYC 7002 series builds upon the success of the original EPYC processors by leveraging the Zen 2 microarchitecture, which is also at the heart of the recently released Ryzen 3000 series desktop parts. EPYC 7002 series processors maintain platform compatibility with existing first-gen EPYC parts, but significantly increase the platform’s capabilities in aggregate and per socket, and introduce a number of new features as well. In terms of the microarchitecture, all of the benefits Zen 2 afforded the desktop have an impact on EPYC 7002 series processors, codenamed Rome. AMD has made a number of enhancements... Read more...
AMD shook up the processor market with its 14nm Zen architecture, which first debuted in 2017. It followed up with the 12nm Zen+ refresh in 2018, and we were introduced to 7nm Zen 2 in early July with the launch of the consumer-centric Ryzen 3000 processor family. While Ryzen processors have been a noticeable thorn in Intel’s side on the consumer side of the equation, the first-generation EPYC server processors have also been making inroads against the well-entrenched Intel Xeons in the enterprise market. With that in mind, AMD tonight is officially launching its second-generation “Rome” EPYC 7002 processor family that is based on Zen 2. These new EPYC processors share... Read more...
One of the first retail listings for a custom Navi card has appeared, which also gives us a glimpse of Sapphire's first non-reference model among the Radeon RX 5700 series. The card in question is Sapphire's Radeon RX 5700 XT Pulse, and it appears on a retail site in the UK priced at £428.99 (which converts to around $521 in US currency). The card is not actually available to purchase or preorder yet, though. Instead, the listing at OverclockersUK says, "This product is available soon!" That could mean as early as next week—AMD has gone on record saying custom cards from its hardware partners will start appearing around the middle of August. Sapphire's Radeon RX 5700 XT Pulse model... Read more...
Earlier this morning, a seemingly improbable headline started making waves in the tech world. According to the report, Dr. Lisa Su was plotting an exit from her position as CEO of AMD in an effort to take the #2 spot at IBM. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su According to the original story, Su’s goal was to eventually ascend to become the CEO and President of IBM, where should would replace current chief Ginni Rometty. Also featured in the report was the assumption that recent AMD hire Rick Bergman – who previously served as CEO of Synaptics – would take over the CEO role following’s Su’s departure according to WCCFTech. Given how instrumental Su has been in turning around... Read more...
If Paul Revere was still around and he was into PC gaming, he would be storming the streets yelling, "Custom Navi cards are coming!" We already know this, of course, because AMD has already indicated that its hardware partners will launch custom Navi models starting around the middle of August. Ahead of the anticipated launches, some leaked models have found their way online, including a Red Devil variant from PowerColor and a THICC II card from XFX. Source: Baidu Starting with the former, a user on the Chinese forum Baidu posted some pictures of what he claims is PowerColor's Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT. From the pictures, it is a physically large graphics card with three axial cooling fans,... Read more...
During a recent earnings call with investors, Samsung indicated that its mobile devices could leverage AMD's graphics technology roughly two years from now, which means we could potentially see a Galaxy smartphone sporting a Radeon GPU (perhaps Navi) in 2021. That is not a foregone conclusion by any stretch, though. Let's take a small step back for a moment. Back in June, AMD announced it had partnered with Samsung to license its Radeon graphics IP to the South Korean electronics maker, with Samsung looking for "disruptive changes in technology" and "new opportunities." "Our partnership with AMD will allow us to bring groundbreaking graphics products and solutions to market for tomorrow’s... Read more...
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