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You may have struck out trying to buy a graphics card from a first-party seller, but on the bright side, that also means you did not pay way over MSRP for one, either. Yeah, it is not much of a silver lining. The supply of graphics cards continues to fall way short of demand, and price tracking data shows that they are still commanding increasingly higher prices. It has been an interesting summer in that regard. As we headed into the summer months, prices had ballooned to all-time highs on NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series and AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards, both based on each one's latest generation GPU architecture (Ampere and RDNA 2, respectively). As summer marched along, GPU prices... Read more...
Heads up for anyone running an AMD build, there is a new chipset driver update available, and you're going to want to install it. The update patches a vulnerability that could allow a user with low privileges to access uninitialized physical memory pages that potential contain sensitive information, including passwords. The vulnerability is tracked as CVE-2021-26333. In a security advisory, AMD explained that the flaw resides in the Platform Security Processor (PSP) chipset driver, and recommends either updating through Windows Update (which bumps the PSP driver to 5.17.0.0) or applying a newer chipset driver (version 3.08.17.735 or later). Security researcher Kyriakos Economou discovered the... Read more...
It has been several months since AMD rolled out its 3rd Gen EPYC 7003 series (Milan) of big iron server chips based on its Zen 3 CPU architecture, with up to 64 cores and 128 threads to hammer data center workloads. Then came rumors of a "Milan-X" refresh featuring stacked 3D V-cache. Well, as a launch presumably nears, some leaked specifications have found their way to the web. Since those rumors first came to be, AMD subsequently confirmed plans to incorporate stacked 3D V-cache on its future CPUs, starting on the consumer side with a refreshed Ryzen 5000 lineup. This is something AMD has been collaborating on with its manufacturing partner, TSMC, and the company is pitching it as the most... Read more...
Intel was the first GPU maker to provide official Windows 11 support in mid-July with its 30.0.100.9684 graphics driver. NVIDIA wasn’t far behind with its GeForce Game Ready 471.41 WHQL driver. Now, nearly two months after NVIDIA’s Windows 11 play, it’s AMD’s turn with the Radeon Adrenalin 2020 21.9.1 software package. “Windows 11 is just around the corner, and we know many users are participating in the Microsoft Windows Insider Program and have access to an early build of Windows,” writes AMD in its latest gaming blog. “If you’re one of those people, you can now take advantage of all the features found in Radeon Software.” With this release,... Read more...
It has been a frustratingly long time since graphics cards were routinely in stock and selling at or near MSRP. This is largely a two-part problem, consisting of (A) a global shortage of silicon, and (B) cryptocurrency miners snapping up stock. Scalpers aren't making things any better either, though if not for the other factors, they wouldn't have much luck hawking GPUs at insane markups. During a recent webcast at the Deutsche Bank of 2021 Technology Conference, AMD CFO Devinder Kumar touched on both points. AMD is doing well for itself these days, and now routinely posts strong financial results each quarter. In its most recent quarter, for example, AMD saw a 99 percent year-over-year increase... Read more...
Late last month, we saw the first images of an alleged Navi 21-based RDNA 2 cryptocurrency mining card. Although we couldn't determine what exact GPU was being used, Navi 21-based Radeon RX cards have Ethereum hash rates ranging from 61 MH/s for the Radeon RX 6800 to 65 MH/s for the Radeon RX 6900 XT. Now, another dedicated RDNA 2 cryptomining card has appeared, and it's apparently based on the Navi 22 GPU. Navi 22 is used in the Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card for those unfamiliar with AMD's GPU nomenclature. According to the information provided alongside the images, this card features a passive, fanless cooling system and we spy an XFX logo above the PCIe 4.0 connector. For those keeping scores,... Read more...
The Zen 3 family of Ryzen 5000 processors have been on the market for roughly a year, and Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake processors are quickly breathing down AMD's neck. But where AMD goes from here is not as simple as moving to Zen 4 architecture and calling it a day. Instead, AMD is taking a multi-pronged approach with its next-generation consumer processors. The ever-reliable Twitter leaker Greymon55 recently broke the news that AMD's Rembrandt chips have already entered mass production, which bodes well for the company's next family of processors. According to previous reports, these Rembrandt (Zen 3+) processors will fall under the Ryzen 6000 family and replace AMD's Ryzen 5000 "Cezanne"... Read more...
Sorry folks, but your Xbox Series S is obsolete! I'm kidding (put the pitchforks and tomatoes down), but what might not be a joke is that a refreshed model could already be in the works. That shouldn't stop you from buying one if you are in the market for an Xbox Series S, though, because it is said the refreshed model with slightly higher end hardware wouldn't debut for another year. Microsoft has not actually announced any console refreshes, so information in that regard comes from Leak Valley and the Rumor Highway. It is certainly plausible, though, and I'd say even likely, considering that console refreshes are now a normal part of the lifecycle. We saw it with the Xbox One X/S and the PlayStation... Read more...
Although things were pretty much touch and go during the months following the launch of AMD's Ryzen 5000 (Zen 3) consumer desktop processors, supply levels are looking much better these days. Ryzen 5000 inventory is looking so good; in fact, we're envious that we can't say the same for Radeon RX 6000 and GeForce RTX 30 gaming cards that are still experiencing shortages (which could last through the end of 2022). The healthy inventory coupled with the incoming 12th generation Alder Lake processors from Intel means some of the best deals to date are available for Ryzen 5000 processors. Additionally, all four mainline Ryzen 5000 desktop processors -- Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X,... Read more...
It's been just over a month since AMD officially launched its Radeon RX 6600 XT graphics card with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. That's not the end of the road for AMD's Radeon 6000 series, though. More models will inevitably be introduced, and if newly leaked renders are any indication, a Radeon RX 6600 (non-XT) is in the wings. Let's talk about the XT version first. The Radeon RX 6600 XT is built around a Navi 23 XT GPU with32 compute units, 2,048 stream processors, 32 ray accelerators, and 8GB of GDDR6 memory linked to a 128-bit bus, for 256GB/s of memory bandwidth. It also features 32MB of Infinity Cache, and has a 1,968 base clock, 2,589 boost clock, and 2,359MHz game clock. It's been rumored a regular... Read more...
You may have struck out trying to buy a graphics card over the past several weeks, months, or even year, but don't shed a tear over AMD or NVIDIA on the assumption either one is hurting for GPU revenue. They're not. Quite the opposite, discrete add-in board (AIB) sales in the last quarter alone reached a whopping $11.8 billion. Another name for a discrete AIB is simply graphics card. These are the cards that actually go into a PCI Express slot (we're assuming hardly anyone is buying AGP card these days), as opposed to integrated graphics that are packaged together with certain CPUs. Those integrated GPUs are why Intel technically owns the largest share of the graphics market. in a new report,... Read more...
It seems unreal that GPU inventories are still short for enthusiasts nearly a year after the release of the GeForce RTX 30 and Radeon RX 6000. Some gamers have been lucky enough to purchase new graphics cards at MSRP via promotions like the Newegg Shuffle or Best Buy's in-store GeForce events. Still, others have caved to paying over retail at third-party marketplaces like eBay. So, the video embedded below is sure to anger the millions of hardware gamers out there that fought tooth and nail to obtain a GeForce RTX 3080 or a Radeon RX 6800 XT. The video shows stacks upon stacks of boxed AMD graphics cards from various board partners in a stockroom. Slowing the video down, we spied Radeon RX 6700... Read more...
Do you ever feel like the universe just has it in for you? Adding to the theory that some entity is pulling the strings from behind the scenes and having a good chuckle at our expense, not only are graphics cards frustratingly almost always out of stock (and overpriced), but if you do manage to procure one, you may have to worry about it being infected with malware. It doesn't even matter if you opt for an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card. Or use integrated Intel graphics, for that matter. Sure, things could certainly be worse, and this falls under the purview of another first-world problem, but that's part of what we cover around these parts. And much to our chagrin, someone on a dedicated forum... Read more...
Security researchers have discovered a side-channel vulnerability in a similar vein to Meltdown, except this one is present in AMD's processors. AMD confirmed the finding, and has offered guidance to software developers, saying they should take precautions to avoid leaving the security hole open to attackers (suggesting this is not something AMD can simply patch out via firmware). Ever since Spectre and Meltdown made waves a few years ago, additional side-channel exploits have been discovered, with varying degrees of complexity. In all reality, many of these techniques are not cause for panic for the typical user, especially with different mitigations that have been rolled out (both by CPU makers... Read more...
The Radeon RX 6900 XT is not quite the GeForce RTX 3090 killer that AMD maybe hoped it would be, though it is an incredibly fast graphics card that, in normal times, offers a relative 'value' compared to NVIDIA's finest (key word there being relative). Could AMD be working on a faster solution based on its RDNA 2 architecture? Like a Radeon RX 6900 XTX, perhaps? Probably not, but the question is a valid one, with a leaked slide referencing the unreleased and unannounced part making the rounds. It popped up on Twitter, with the leaker (@CyberPunkCat) claiming the card "would be faster than 3090." That's a bold claim even if the card is bound for release, of which we are skeptical. According to... Read more...
We have a roundup of some excellent tech deals for you today, which just might tickle your fancy if you're in the market. There are some well-rounded discounts on the iPad mini, Apple gift cards, the flagship AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Zen 3 processor, and more. Kicking things off is the iPad mini, which is Apple's smallest current-generation tablet. The device comes with a 7.9-inch Retina display and is powered by a [still] fast A12 Bionic SoC. However, unlike the newer iPad Air, which adopts minimal bezels along all sides of the display, the iPad mini soldiers on with thick top and bottom bezels and a Touch ID sensor integrated into the home button. The design seems a bit archaic after all these years,... Read more...
Quick, someone remind us what it was like to buy a graphics card at or near MSRP, with ample stock! What, you don't remember either? Such memories are beginning to fade as GPUs continue to almost always be sold out, leaving buyers having to pay premium prices from marketplace sellers and at places like eBay. And unfortunately, pricing is once again trending in the wrong direction. Granted, buying a graphics card at MSRP requires a bit of luck and strategy—Best Buy restocks its shelves on occasion, as it did last week, giving gamers another chance to purchase a GPU without an insanely high markup. That said, in terms of the average price that cards have actually been selling for, the GeForce... Read more...
AMD's not-yet-released (or even announced) Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995WX processor continues to make unofficial appearances on the web. Last week the chip found its way to a distributing computing project's database (MilkyWay@home), and now it is flashing its pro-tuned heavy metal in a handful of benchmark runs. The Ryzen Threadripper 5000 series is not out yet, but it eventually will be released. It is based on AMD's Zen 3 architecture and carries the codename Chagall. According to past leaks, the workstation models will be offered in 12-core/24-thread, 16-core/32-thread, 32-core/64-thread, and 64-core/128-thread configurations. It's the latter that the Threadripper Pro 5995WX falls into, wielding... Read more...
AMD's Ryzen 5000HS mobile processors were once exclusive to ASUS "thin and light" laptops, but that no longer appears to be the case. According to Lenovo documentation that is now available online, the Yoga Slim 7 Pro will be available with Ryzen 5000HS Creator Edition processors. The two new processor options are the Ryzen 7 5800HS Creator Edition and the Ryzen 9 5900HS Creator Edition. Compared to their lesser counterparts, they have base clocks that are 400MHz and 300MHz higher, respectively. However, the maximum boost clocks remain the same. AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS Creator Edition: 3.2GHz/4.4GHz (Base/Boost) AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS 2.8GHz/4.4GHz (Base/Boost) AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS Creator Edition: 3.3GHz/4.6GHz... Read more...
A recent Linux patch from AMD hints that the company might be gearing up to refresh its second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) graphics card lineup, similar to how NVIDIA has a history of adding "Ti" and "Super" variants of its GPU product lines. Nothing is official at the moment, but if a refresh does occur, would expect to see a bump in performance and power efficiency. Before we get to the Linux patch, let's go over AMD's current generation lineup. The Radeon RX 6000 series on the desktop consist of the following models... Radeon RX 6900 XT: Navi 21 XTX Radeon RX 6800 XT: Navi 21 XT Radeon RX 6800: Navi 21 XL Radeon RX 6700 XT: Navi 22 XT Radeon RX 6600 XT: Navi 23 XT There's obviously room... Read more...
Perhaps the final frontier for Zen 3 is AMD's eventual Threadripper lineup of high end desktop (HEDT) chips. It just depends on which come out first, next-gen Threadripper chips, or refreshed Zen 3 processors in the mainstream segment with stacked 3D v-cache. While we are waiting to find out, a couple of Threadripper Pro chips have been spotted in the Milky Way. As in, the MilkyWay@home distributed computing project. These types of projects tap into the computing resources of anyone who opts to participate, usually only taking advantage of idle CPU or GPU cycles. It is a strength in numbers kind of thing. You may have heard of Folding@home, which is a DC project aimed at running simulations of... Read more...
While it may still be hard to purchase a discrete graphics card on the retail market, that doesn't mean that production or shipments of GPUs have stagnated. It's actually quite the contrary, as the latest figures from Jon Peddie Research show that the overall GPUs shipments rose during Q2 2021. During Q2, the overall global shipments of GPUs reached 123 million units, which grew 3.4 percent compared to Q1 2021 and 37 percent year-over-year. However, JPR noted that this quarter-over-quarter increase is out of character, as Q2 shipments typically trend down compared to Q1. Interestingly, AMD has consistently lost share in the overall GPU market going from 17.65 percent in Q2 2020 to 16.48 percent... Read more...
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