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AMD launched its Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT to the public last week, and as expected, they represented quite the performance leap over their Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT predecessors. More importantly, the cards traded blows with NVIDIA new GeForce RTX 30 Series. While neither company's cards offer an absolute knockout performance over the other, this is AMD's first competitive effort at the high-end in years. With this in mind, the first custom, third-party graphics cards based around the Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT have been announced. There are a plethora of cards from Gigabyte, PowerColor, Sapphire, and ASRock to kick things off. Gigabyte Gigabyte is hopping... Read more...
Eventually AMD will get around to porting its Zen 3 architecture over to its mobile CPUs. Exactly when remains to be seen, but perhaps sooner than later, if the handful of leaks we have covered are any indication. Zen 3 is still brand new, but what are purported to be AMD's unannounced Ryzen 5000 series of mobile CPUs have shown up in different places. Most recently, a supposed Ryzen 7 5800U has found its way to Geekbench. According to past leaks, the Ryzen 7 5800U is one of half a dozen upcoming Ryzen 5000 series mobile CPUs on tap from AMD. Interestingly, rumor has it that not all of them will be based on Zen 3—the lineup is said to be a mix of Zen 2 and Zen 3. That makes things needlessly... Read more...
AMD introduced Precision Boost Overdrive, or PBO, a couple of years back to make extracting additional performance from its Ryzen processors, in systems with additional power and thermal headroom, as simple as a few clicks in Ryzen Master. And today, the company just updated the feature with a couple of new wrinkles to boost performance of Ryzen 5000 series processors even further. Unlike a manual overclock which can lock cores at a particular frequency, with Precision Boost Overdrive SenseMI is left in control of the processor, so frequencies and voltages can still dynamically scale up and down depending on the workload at the time. PBO monitors real-time environmental info from the processor... Read more...
AMD's Ryzen 4000 family of Zen 2 processors have been very well-received in the laptop market with the company securing a number of key design wins, thanks to excellent overall performance and power efficiency. And while Ryzen 4000 graphics performance won't knock your socks off, the integrated AMD Radeon Vega GPU can also handle some light gaming workloads. Needless to say, AMD's rise is coming at the expense of Intel, which has long dominated in the laptop sector. Intel has countered AMD's Ryzen 4000 family with its 11th generation Tiger Lake processors with integrated Iris Xe graphics, but even current quad-core CPU models aren't enough to tackle AMD's high-end Ryzen 4000U configurations... Read more...
There have been a million and one leaks (or thereabouts) of what NVIDIA is cooking up to serve next within its Ampere line, like the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, but what about AMD? Team Red has only just come out with its first RDNA 2 cards, but like NVIDIA, you can bank on the company adding more SKUs to the small pile. Namely, a Radeon RX 6700 series might be imminent. Like its rival, AMD introduced RDNA 2 to the world with three higher end options, including the Radeon RX 6900 XT ($999), Radeon RX 6800 XT ($649), and Radeon RX 6800 ($579). These are intended to compete with the GeForce RTX 3090 ($1,499), GeForce RTX 3080 ($699), and GeForce RTX 3700 ($499), respectively. Not everyone has $500+ to... Read more...
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is here to give NVIDIA a run for its money in the high-end consumer graphics card market, and if that weren’t enough, people are doing some extreme overclocking with the card. In the HWBOT extreme overclocking league, TecLabs’s Takukou smashed the top single GPU 3D Mark Fire Strike score by over 1000 marks. He did this by overclocking his RX 6800 XT to a whopping 2.8GHz and chilling it down with some liquid nitrogen, or LN2 for the overclockers among us. 3D Mark’s Fire Strike test is a staple when it comes to benchmarking overclocks and showing off what you can do with hardware. Casual and competitive overclockers alike use it as the gold standard for... Read more...
Have you been looking to snag some PC parts or a new console this year but have found that they are all out of stock? You are not alone in this endeavor, and we are here to help. Today we have some tips and tricks to get you the latest hardware that has been tough to come by in the last few weeks. r/buildapcsales Reddit is a great place to look for sales, new information, and where to buy items. The buildapcsales subreddit has plenty of people who have their fingers on the pulse (or maybe they are just bots). In any case, you can regularly check this subreddit to see if new AMD CPUs or NVIDIA GPUs are in stock. Moreover, you can also find some occasional killer deals here, so it is worth checking... Read more...
Technology showcases are one thing, but I have to tip my cap at AMD for its full Hangar 21 technology demonstration, because it is intelligently annotated to point out aspects of the rendered scenes that might otherwise go overlooked or underappreciated. Even if you have already decided that Ampere is the GPU for you, it is worth watching the demo in full to see what exactly some of the buzzwords are, that you might have heard about. Like volumetric lights and real-time global illumination, to give a couple of examples. AMD is not exactly breaking new ground in the advanced graphics department, as NVIDIA has been delivering real-time ray tracing and next-level visual goodies since Turing was... Read more...
Do you see that off in the distance? That's right, it's a series of leaked benchmark results that stretches as far as the eye can see, almost indefinitely. If there is a new CPU or GPU on the horizon, you can bet there will be purported benchmark results before it actually launches. And so it goes with both an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U and Intel Core i7-11370H silicon, both of which have found their way to the Geekbench database. Let's first talk about the AMD part. If past leaks are accurate, the Ryzen 5 5500U will actually be based on AMD's previous generation Zen 2 architecture, and not Zen 3. Adding to the confusion, it is said AMD will split its next-gen APUs into Zen 2 (Lucienne) and Zen 3 (Cezanne)... Read more...
Godfall launched last week for PC, and as we reported earlier this month, the game didn't come with real time ray tracing effects enabled by default. While disappointing to gamers that wanted to get the best visuals fresh out of the box on launch day, we've got some good news and bad news for you regarding ray tracing within the game. The good news is that ray tracing is now available in Godfall with the 2.0.95 Update which went live today. The bad news, however, is that it is only available at the moment for AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards. This is a rather interesting and unfortunate turn of events, given that Godfall is using Unreal Engine 4 and leverages the DirectX 12... Read more...
We're beginning to sound like a broken record here, but it looks as though yet another PC hardware launch is going to be marred by poor availability. We've seen it with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series and AMD Ryzen 5000 Series, and now the same thing is about to happen with the Radeon RX 6800 Series, which launches today. In a community discussion post, Micro Center admin LandShark gave the scoop on availability, and it isn't pretty. While LandShark explained that the retailer would have RX 6000 Series cards from AIB partners like Sapphire and MSI, they provided this warning: Quantities will be extremely limited at launch; however, we're expecting additional shipments of GPUs later on launch... Read more...
For the past few weeks, PC gamers have been eagerly anticipating the launch of AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series, a.k.a. “Big Navi”. NVIDIA shook up the GPU market over the last few months with its Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30-series cards, which offer significantly more performance and value than their predecessors. But, limited availability of GeForce 30-series cards has left a large contingent of enthusiasts in the lurch, with a pile of cash burning a hole in their pockets, itching to upgrade. So, when AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series was officially unveiled in late October and it is was revealed that the Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and flagship Radeon RX 6900 XT would complete... Read more...
Tomorrow is a big day for AMD, as it set to unleash the first two Big Navi graphics cards for desktop gaming enthusiasts: the Radeon RX 6800 and the Radeon RX 6800 XT. Both RDNA 2 cards are promising some massive improvement in performance over their predecessors at 4K and 1440p gaming resolutions, while adding support for hardware ray tracing. Luckily, post launch, we'll have both AMD's Frank Azor, Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions & Marketing and Scott Herkelman, CVP & GM of Radeon live to talk about all things pertaining to Big Navi on tomorrow's 2.5 Geeks broadcast. They'll be with us to answer our questions and yours, about performance, power consumption, and of... Read more...
As the cybersecurity landscape evolves, so do the skilled attackers at every turn. Protecting devices from threats becomes a cat and mouse game, and there is always a new attack on the horizon. Security chips built into computers have tried to slow the attacks, such as Apple’s T2 chip, but even it has its flaws. Now, Microsoft is looking to build hardened security directly into the CPU while being isolated from the system. They have adapted this new system, named the Microsoft Pluton processor, from technology created from Xbox and Azure Sphere, so end-users will be more secure than ever. According to Microsoft, “Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows ever, built with end-to-end... Read more...
Yesterday I wrote about some leaked benchmark results at the Ashes of the Singularity (AOTS) database, purporting to be obtained from a Radeon RX 6800 XT. Now a day later, there are more RDNA 2 benchmarks to absorb, this time from the model that is one step below—the Radeon RX 6800 (non-XT), from the same AOTS database. We'll get to the benchmark data in just a moment, but as with before, let us first tour the pertinent specifications. The Radeon RX 6800 is the lowest tier version of RDNA 2 that AMD has announced so far, but it is not a low end card. It is armed with 60 compute units and 16GB of GDDR6 memory, and has a 1,815MHz game clock and 2,105MHz boost clock. The card also wields 128MB... Read more...
AMD is cooking up a fancy "Hangar 21" tech demonstration designed to show off the advanced graphics capabilities of its RDNA 2 architecture, and namely things like real-time ray tracing with realistic lighting, shadows, and reflections. The full demo, whatever it might entail, will drop in a couple of days. For now, you can check out a 43-second teaser. Check it out... "Coming November 19, the 'Hangar 21' technology demo video will let you see the breakthrough AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture in action, the foundation of the AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards that power the next generation of gaming with mind-blowing visuals featuring realistic lighting, shadows, and reflections enabled by... Read more...
How fast exactly is AMD's Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card, and how does it ultimately compare to NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series? Official benchmark results and accompanying analysis will have to wait. In the meantime, we have a Radeon RX 6000 series unboxing you can check out, and some leaked benchmark results to digest. First things first, let's talk specifications. The Radeon RX 6800 XT, as you probably know, is the second fastest RDNA 2 card AMD has announced so far. It is built around the company's Navi 21 XT GPU and features 72 compute units and 16GB of GDDR6 memory. It also has a 2,015MHz game clock and 2,250MHz boost clock, and 128MB of Infinity cache. What is that? As AMD explains it,... Read more...
Another batch of leaked benchmarks purporting to show a next-generation EPYC "Milan" server CPU based on Zen 3 has materialized, and if the data is to be believed, it offers a decent jump in IPC (instructions per clock) performance over the current generation "Rome" stack, based on Zen 2. Not that this should surprise anyone, given what we have already saw with AMD's Ryzen 5000 series. In case you missed it, we have plenty of benchmarks and data in our review of the Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD's top two Zen 3 SKUs. As we found in our evaluation, these CPUs—and by extension, the Zen 3 architecture—are adept at pretty much everything, be it gaming, content creation, productivity... Read more...
AMD is really throwing down the gauntlet across all computing fields that it competes in. The Ryzen 5000processor family has already been shown to dominate Intel's best Comet Lake-S desktop offerings, and AMD is promising to battle NVIDIA toe-to-toe with the Radeon RX 6000 Series. AMD's competitive spirit is also alive in in the high-performance computing (HPC) market with the introduction of the Instinct MI100 accelerator. Information regarding the Instinct MI100 first leaked out earlier this month, but AMD is giving us our first official look at the card. Like the Radeon RX 6000 Series, the Instinct MI100 is an absolute beast, with AMD claiming that it is the world's fastest... Read more...
AMD has a lot of to prove with its next-generation Radeon RX 6000 Series of high-end enthusiast graphics cards. NVIDIA has gone pretty much unchallenged in the high-end sector for the past two years; however, AMD is now looking to fight fire with fire and we've got the first pieces of hot hardware in our hands right now. We're of course talking about the Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT, which we just recently took possession of. The Radeon RX 6800 is most directly comparable to the GeForce RTX 3070, while the Radeon RX 6800 XT will be facing the GeForce RTX 3080; AMD is promising similar (or superior) performance across-the-board at up to 4K gaming resolutions. ... Read more...
AMD has already shown the world the power of it 7nm Zen 3 architecture with the release of the Ryzen 5000 Series of desktop CPUs, and that winning formula will continue when the company unveils it Ryzen 5000 APUs sometime in 2021. However, things are going to get a bit complicated for customers looking to buy a system with a Ryzen 5000 APU, as AMD will be using a mixture of Zen 3- and Zen 2-based architectures. As we saw last week, Acer already has an Aspire 5 A515 laptop lined up with one of these Zen 2-based "Lucienne" APUs processors on hand: the Ryzen 7 5700U. And now, we're getting our first taste of the Ryzen 7 5700U thanks to some leaked benchmarks. In this case,... Read more...
It took ASRock all of a nanosecond to implement AMD's newly minted Ryzen Embedded V2000 series chips into a couple of fanless mini PC, those being its "versatile" iBox-V2000M and iBox-V2000V. These tiny PCs measure just 171.8mm (L) x 109.45mm (W) x 50.05mm (H) and come with either a 6-core/12-thread or 8-core/16-thread CPU. AMD itself has just launched a new generation of Ryzen Embedded CPUs. Its new V2000 series is based on the company's Zen 2 CPU architecture, not Zen 3 like its desktop Ryzen 5000 series and upcoming EPYC Milan server chips. The embedded category does not have the same need for bleeding edge technology, and the step up to Zen 2 still offers significant performance advantages... Read more...
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