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AMD is well along in development on its 7nm Zen 2 architecture that will be hitting the market in 2019. 12nm Zen+ Pinnacle Ridge architecture provided roughly a low single-digit uplift in instructions per clock (IPC) compared to 14nm Summit Ridge, but AMD has more ambitious goals for Zen 2. Back in July, it was rumored that Zen 2 would offer an IPC lift (at the same clock rates) of 10 to 15 percent compared to Zen+. Now, according to a tweet from Bits and Chips, it looks as though early performance numbers are hitting right in the middle of that performance range,... Read more...
Now is a fantastic time to build a high-end AMD Ryzen system. Yes, Intel just recently launched its 9th generation Core processor family culmination in the 8-core/16-thread Core i9-9900K, and that chip is sure to be a beast. However, we spotted AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X selling for as low as $279.99, and you shave another $30 off if you bundle it with a motherboard. The Ryzen 7 2700X is the flagship part in AMD's second generation Ryzen lineup in the mainstream desktop CPU category. It has the same number of cores and threads as the Core i9-9900K, and is clocked at 3.7GHz to 4.3GHz, with 20MB of smart... Read more...
Back in August, during SIGGRAPH, AMD announced the latest addition to its professional graphics card line-up, the Radeon Pro WX 8200. Like its predecessors, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 features the distinctive YInMn blue signature color of other Radeon Pro WX cards and is geared towards content creators and creative professionals. This latest addition to the line-up, however, is actually a slight step-down from the current flagship Radeon Pro WX 9100 – sort of. The two cards are both based on AMD’s Vega GPU architecture, but the core counts and memory configurations differ between the two.... Read more...
Intel and its hired benchmarking gun, Principled Technologies, have come under fire for the benchmarking methodology used to validate the Core i9-9900K as the "world's fastest gaming processor." At the heart of the issue is the latter's decision to enable Game Mode on AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X, resulting in a performance disparity upwards of 50 percent compared to the Core i9-9900K. Principled Technologies has since retested the Ryzen 7 2700X in Creator Mode, and while the new data still has the Core i9-9900K coming out ahead, the disparity isn't nearly as dramatic. As you might already know, the Core... Read more...
Intel made a splash when it finally introduced its oft-leaked 9th generation Core lineup consisting of three initial SKUs, the Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and Core i5-9600K. The launch event was high on hype—Intel called the Core i9-9900K the best gaming chip in the world, and then showed off a set of gaming benchmarks performed by an outside company, Principled Technologies. Not without controversy, Principled Technologies has taken to defending its testing methodology, which showed the Core i9-9900K trouncing AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X. Let's back up a moment. In case you missed it, the Core... Read more...
Even though Vega is out and Navi is around bend, AMD may not be finished tapping its Polaris GPU architecture for a new round of graphics cards. Just poke your head in the rumor mill and you'll hear rumblings of Polaris 30. We have only vague references to go on, but Polaris 30 is said to be shipping sometime soon. Let's back up a moment and look at the existing Polaris architectures. For anyone who hasn't been following the codenames, the Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 470 are Polaris 10 parts, Polaris 10 is built on a 14-nanometer FinFET Low Power Plus processor, otherwise designated as 14LPP. Polaris... Read more...
Yesterday we talked about a software update AMD is rolling out for its top tier Ryzen Threadripper processors, one that will flip a switch called Dynamic Local Mode (DLM) for improved performance. What we didn't discuss is the potential impact this could have on gaming. It's worth revisiting the topic, because according to AMD's internal testing, DLM could lead to significantly better performance in games that apps that respond well to it. We'll get to the numbers in a moment, but first let's recap what DLM is and why it matters. It's a new piece of software designed specifically for the Ryzen... Read more...
AMD has been on a roll with its Zen-based processors. The company’s first-generation Ryzen, Ryzen Threadripper, and EPYC processors provided the first real challenge to Intel dominance in years. AMD is again giving Intel a scare with its Zen+ Pinnacle Ridge Ryzen 2000 and Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series processors.  AMD has already unleashed the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and Threadripper 2950X onto the masses, but now AMD is ready to deliver the remaining two members of the lineup. The company announced that the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX (24 cores, 48 threads) and... Read more...
AMD is well on its way to delivering CPU and GPU products built on a 7-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process. The question is, when? We could see an unveiling of new 7nm chips in just a few months at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, an annual event for companies to showcase new and future products. There are several reports suggesting AMD will in fact unveil 7nm CPUs and GPUs at CES, all of which are based on AMD announcing that its president and CEO Dr. Lisa Su will give a keynote during the event. The announcement also talks about high-performance 7nm chips playing an... Read more...
AMD's steady climb in CPU market share thanks to its second-generation Ryzen processors is becoming even more apparent as we head into the closing months of 2018. We've been following this trend via sales data from Mindfactory (as compiled by Redditor Ingebor), which showed AMD with a 45 percent share in June, at parity with Intel in July, and slightly overtaking the company in August with a 51 percent share. The numbers for September are in, and they represent a huge spike in market share for AMD. For the month, AMD's share rose to 65 percent, which is an incredible month-over-month... Read more...
Is it too early to starting thinking about past Navi? Of course not, provided you're willing to take any and all early information with a few grains of salt. As you might already now, Navi is slated to arrive sometime in 2019. There are still many questions surrounding Navi, but looking even further down the road, the codename for Navi's successor might be Arcturus. Let's talk about Navi for a moment before getting to Arcturus. It remains to be seen what kind of performance Navi will bring to the table, though rumor has it the next-gen GPU architecture will be more of a mid-range product. Compared... Read more...
Odds are you haven't heard of Zhaoxin; the company is a joint venture between Via Technologies (a name you may know) and the Chinese government. Zhaoxin has unveiled its coming x86-compatible CPU called the KaiXian KX-6000 that promises to be at least 50% better performing than the KX-5000 CPU the company offered before. Zhaoxin wants to use the KX-6000 to take some of the market share Intel and AMD currently own in the x86 CPU market. The KX-6000 is an eight-core x86-64 SoC with 8MB of L2 cache, a DirectX 11.1 compatible integrated GPU, dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory controller, and the usual mix... Read more...
We love high performance gaming monitors here at HotHardware, so we're always on the looking for new entries from popular player in this space. So, Acer's new XZ1 series definitely caught our eyes when it was officially announced this month. Available in both 27- and 31.5-inch screen sizes, these XZ1 monitors offer plenty of features with the performance to back them up. Both monitors feature a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, and rock 144Hz VA panels with a 1ms response time (it should be noted that 144Hz refresh rates are supported with both DisplayPort and HDMI). Both support HDR10,... Read more...
Hot on the heels of NVIDIA releasing its GeForce RTX series based on Turing with fancy-pants real-time ray tracing and AI technologies embedded within, AMD is set to launch...another Polaris part? So it goes, if the rumor mill is to believed, with AMD said to be prepping a new graphics card based on a 12-nanometer tweak of Polaris. It's been a rough year for AMD in terms of graphics development. Vega is not the Pascal killer that many people hoped it would be, and by extension, it's not on the same level as Turing (even without real-time ray tracing and DLSS). AMD also lost multiple members of... Read more...
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