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If you own a Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card, a free performance boost in Halo Infinite awaits—you just need to download and install the latest driver package, Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.12.1. According to the release notes, the driver update can yield up to a substantial 19 percent FPS gain when playing the game at 4K resolution and the settings dialed up to Ultra. Depending on the situation, that could conceivably be the difference between hitting 60 FPS or falling short, though that depends on how the game performs when it ships. We've had a glimpse so far with the free-to-play multiplayer component, but the single-player campaign is not out yet—it releases to PC (and Xbox... Read more...
By all accounts, AMD is back in the game with its Zen architecture, and has especially hit its stride with Zen 3. From the desktop (Ryzen) to the data center (EPYC), AMD has been gaining ground on its rival, and at times has even laid claim to the performance crown. Be that as it may, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has a very interesting perspective on Intel's market share losses and AMD's gains. "I haven't lost share to AMD, I've given share to AMD, because I didn't have capacity. So a lot of this is just catch up to our growing market and years of under investment," Gelsinger said at the 25th Credit Suisse Technology Conference. That's quite the statement. It's also a truncated one in need of context.... Read more...
Given inflated prices and limited availability making it difficult for consumers to buy graphics cards, it's been a reasonable play for PC gamers to build machines with the intent to game on their integrated graphics solutions in the interim. Modern IGPs from Intel and especially AMD are quite capable, and can hold their own even in many modern games—as long as you keep the resolution low. If you're one of those folks with a fairly-new rig based on a Ryzen 5 5600G or Core i5-12600K just waiting for a GPU to slap down into your system, you might be in luck early next year, because AMD, NVIDIA, and even Intel all appear to have entry-level graphics cards on the way. We've reported before... Read more...
In a recent call at the Credit Suisse 25th Technology Conference, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su talked a little bit about the business side of the equation, touching on things like market strategies and compound annual growth rate (CAGR) forecasts. However, these chats often contain interesting nuggets from a consumer perspective as well, and this one was no exception. There were a few notable tidbits during the call, though one that especially stands out is Dr. Su talking about GPU supply. This sort of thing strikes a cord with us because graphics cards are hardly ever in stock these days. Even when they are, vendors sometimes assemble expensive bundles around them with supplementary hardware that you... Read more...
AMD was very upfront about the fact that its stacked 3D V-cache was headed to its current-generation Ryzen 5000 series in an upcoming refresh, it just has not divulged exactly when that will happen. It could be very soon, if the latest rumor turns out to be true. As in, an announcement could come in January, followed by a retail launch soon after. That's precisely the case, according to @greymon55, a popular tipster on Twitter that has been building up a pretty solid track record. The leaker claims "Zen 3D" entered the mass production phase earlier this month and that it will likely take just a few months longer before the chips find their way to retail shelves. High-tech Valentine's Day gift,... Read more...
Do you hear coughing and wheezing sounds coming from your PC? If so, it might be time to finally retire that aging CPU you've been holding onto for such a long time and treat yourself to an upgrade (or a brand new PC build). Other than the videocard situation being what it is (crummy), now is an otherwise good time to upgrade your system, especially if you're looking to piece together an AMD Ryzen PC with a Zen 3 chip. Cyber Monday has arrived and with it comes a bunch of discounts on AMD hardware. One of the more interesting bargains applies to the Ryzen 7 5800X, which is on sale for $340.99 at Amazon (save $108.01 over MSRP). That's the lowest price to date on Amazon. Granted, it's sold for... Read more...
There is a lot to digest in the latest GPU shipment report from Jon Peddie Research, which really highlights the fact that we are in a unique time period. Silicon shortages abound and it is next to impossible to find a graphics card in stock. Yet shipments of discrete GPUs continue to climb, while overall GPU shipments both rose and fell. Say what now? Let's start with overall GPU shipments. As a whole, the GPU market reached 101 million units in the third quarter of 2021, which represents a sizable 18.2% decrease from the previous quarter. If we hone in on the individual players, AMD saws its overall GPU shipments decline 11.4% sequentially while Intel's shipments plummeted 25.6%. Only NVIDIA... Read more...
AMD's Radeon RX 6600, the most mainstream RDNA 2 card so far. Remember when graphics cards had more than two performance tiers, the line-ups were easy to decipher, and you could actually buy one? We remember, and that's why we've been disheartened by the dearth of any display devices below "upper-midrange" in the latest couple of GPU generations. Sure, there was the Radeon RX 5500 (and even an all-but-OEM-only RX 5300 model), as well as the GeForce GTX 1650, but none of those were in particularly long supply—and all are lacking DirectX 12 Ultimate support. That's why we're cautiously optimistic about today's leak from prominent Japanese Twitter leakster @KOMACHI_ENSAKA. Tweeting vaguely... Read more...
Pre-Black Friday discounts abound on all kinds of hardware, some of which we have already covered including bargains on TVs, earbuds, and more. PC parts are getting marked down early too. Head over to Newegg, for example, and you will find that every single Ryzen 5000 series desktop CPU based on Zen 3 is on sale (not to be confused with APUs). Perhaps the most notable of the bunch is the Ryzen 7 5800X. It's on sale for $389.99, but if you apply coupon code BFPAYA526 at checkout, you can get it for $374 at Newegg (save $75 over list price). That is the cheapest we have seen it there, and is also $10 less than the lowest price we have seen at Amazon. If you live near a Micro Center you can score... Read more...
As wireless connectivity continues to become more of a necessity than a luxury, engineers and companies are pushing the envelope and we're seeing innovations arrive at a faster clip than ever before. Namely the emergence of Wi-Fi 6E, which is grabbing the baton from Wi-Fi 6 far earlier than previous wireless upgrades. Companies are hopping on board, too. To that end, MediaTek and AMD are teaming up to co-engineer "industry leading Wi-Fi solutions" and it starts with the AMD RZ600 series. The RZ600 series is based on MediaTek's brand-spanking-new Filogic 330P chipset and will underpin next-generation Ryzen laptops and desktop PCs in 2022 (and beyond). While no specific platforms have been announced,... Read more...
You can bet your bottom dollar that more Alder Lake CPUs are coming. We don't have confirmation on what the full stack (or a fleshed out stack) might look like yet but if past and present leaks are on the money, the Core i5-12400 will be one of them. One of the newest benchmark leaks hints it could give the Ryzen 5 5600X some serious competition in the bang-for-buck space. There are caveats that go along with that suggestion but before we get to those, let's go over the Core i5-12400's presumed specifications and leaked performance data. While Alder Lake is making waves for its hybrid design, the Core i5-12400 will purportedly roll solo with Golden Cove cores—it's said to feature six of... Read more...
AMD's Zen 2 and Zen 3 processor cores stack up pretty well against Intel's finest, largely thanks to the use of a secret weapon: massive last-level caches. The company's Radeon arm pulled the same trick—calling it "Infinity Cache"—to allow its recent Radeons to compete with Mean Green on performance despite coming strapped with relatively-puny memory interfaces. Soon, AMD's doubling down on that play with refreshed Ryzen CPUs bearing 3D stacked cache, known to date as "3D V-Cache." The concept is simple: AMD is literally piling on extra last-level cache using vertically stacked dice. The upcoming "Zen 3+" refresh will be fundamentally the same CPUs as in the extant Ryzen 5000 series,... Read more...
Battlefield 2042 is now just a week away from launching, and if you're planning to play, be on the lookout for hardware driver updates that could improve the experience. Specifically, GPU driver updates. To that end, AMD is pushing out is Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.11.2 driver package, and with it comes some purportedly sizable performance gains in EA's upcoming shooter. AMD often provides performance claims for whatever title or multiple games a driver release is optimized for, though sometimes just for a single graphics card. This time, however, AMD offered up some numbers for three of its desktop graphics cards based on RDNA 2. In all three cases, AMD is promising double-digit performance... Read more...
Cryptocurrency mining has played a role in the GPU shortage that has been plaguing gamers for a while now trying to upgrade their own PCs. Now it seems crypto miners are feeling the pain of trying to get a GPU too, and some are targeting a particular AMD CPU for its large L3 cache. There is a plethora of cryptocurrencies currently available. Raptoreum launched earlier this year based on the GhostRider algorithm. GhostRider is a combination of Cryptonite and x16r algorithms with a few significant changes that make it prefer a large L3 cache. This is why miners are now targeting AMD Ryzen CPUs, and the 5000 and 3000 series in particular.  The largest L3 cache allotments are found in AMD's... Read more...
AMD had quite a bit to say about its updated 3rd Gen EPYC processors with 3D V-cache and new Instinct MI200 GPU accelerators, which deliver massive firepower to enable exascale computing in the HPC sector. But those weren't the only nuggets Dr. Lisa Su and the gang dropped during yesterday's event. Towards the end of the presentation, Dr. Su provided an update on AMD's next-gen EPYC chips based on Zen 4, and it sounds like they're going to be beasts. There's actually two EPYC stacks being built atop Zen 4. The first is Genoa, which will be manufactured by TSMC on an optimized 5-nanometer node. AMD intends to offer Genoa with up to 96 cores and 192 threads, though the high core and thread counts... Read more...
For chip companies, bigger profit margins can be found in the data center market, and that's often where we see new innovations manifest first before trickling into the consumer space. To wit, we know AMD is prepping a Zen 3 refresh with stacked 3D V-cache. While we patiently wait, AMD today also just introduced 3rd Gen EPYC processors with 3D V-cache. Combined with its also-new Instinct MI200 GPU accelerators, AMD claims to be arming data centers and high performance computing (HPC) customers with the arsenal they need for the exascale era. That's the theme of today's unveiling—the need for exascale-capable hardware is now upon us, and AMD aims to fill that need with these new big iron... Read more...
AMD is rolling out a new graphics product based on its second-generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) architecture, though it's not for home PCs and consumers. Instead, the Radeon Pro V620 is a multi-purpose GPU accelerator for cloud workloads. That includes doling out "immersive AAA game experiences" through cloud gaming. If there's a silver lining to the GPU shortage as a whole, it's that companies are intensifying their efforts to bolster cloud gaming services, which remove much of the core hardware requirements from the user's end. Low-powered laptops and even smartphones can tap into some of these services for a high-end gaming experience. "We’re seeing adoption of gaming in the cloud from... Read more...
AMD is pushing out an updated Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver package (version 21.11.1), and if you're planning to play Forza Horizon 5 when it comes out next week, you'll want to grab this one. That is, if you're rocking a Radeon graphics card, of course. If so, this driver update brings with it some under-the-hood tuning to significantly improve performance in the racing sim. According to the release notes, the 21.11.1 driver package boosts performance by up to a whopping 23 percent when playing Forza Horizon 5 at a 4K resolution and with the Extreme Settings option. That performance claim is linked specifically to the Radeon RX 6800 XT, and is compared to the previously driver release... Read more...
If you've been wanting to build a new PC this year but managed to put it off up to this point, your patience is about to be rewarded. How so depends on what you're after. Intel's 12th Gen Core 'Alder Lake' CPUs release to retail on Thursday (and some are up for preorder now), if you're wanting to build around the latest platform from Chipzilla. Meanwhile, some of AMD's Ryzen 5000 series ('Zen 3') are on sale. One of them is the Ryzen 9 5900X, which is positioned just one rung below AMD's flagship Ryzen 9 5950X. You can buy the Ryzen 9 5900X at Amazon for $524 (save $45.99). It's a stout chip on what remains AMD's latest generation CPU architecture. It features 12 cores and 24 threads with a 3.7GHz... Read more...
I had not intended on writing about the continued upward trend of GPU prices at the conclusion of October, because it is starting to feel like beating a dead horse. It's not something I particularly enjoy pointing out, and by now, we all know the situation. So why am I? What I had not necessarily anticipated is that certain models would come close to reaching all-time highs. Turns out that graphics card price trends through Halloween were the real scare. This is unfortunate because after spiking to yearlong highs in April and May, GPU street prices fell sharply over the course of several weeks, before gradually ascending again. And it's been that way ever since, only now, AMD's Radeon RX 6000... Read more...
We will know in short order if, as numerous leaks have suggested, Intel's Alder Lake is the new belle of the ball. Fortunately for AMD, the company is in a good place these days, and has no plans of exiting the CPU dance. To the contrary, it will be rolling out refreshed Zen 3 chips early next year, followed by its Zen 4 lineup later in 2022. As it pertains to the latter, we might already know some details about the architecture's cache makeup. Well, part of the cache makeup, anyway. You may recall that Gigabyte fell prey to a ransomware attack earlier this year. The culprit(s) subsequently published a treasure trove of internal documents containing confidential data from the likes of AMD, Intel,... Read more...
AMD is evidently going to bring out the heavy artillery in the server space, if the latest round of leaks end up being accurate. Looking beyond what's on tap for AMD's next-gen Zen 4 EPYC processors (codenamed Genoa), it is said the Zen 4 lineup (codenamed Turin) will come loaded with up to 256 cores and 512 threads to tackle server workloads. Whoa! There are numerous interesting nuggets associated with the later rumors regarding Turin. The big jump in cores and threads is one of them, but it's also said the EPYC 7005 series will slip into the same SP5 socket that is supposedly going to debut with Genoa. That's notable because Genoa will, by comparison, 'only' sport up to 96 cores and 192 threads.... Read more...
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