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AMD's Ryzen 3000 family has long provided gamers with excellent single- and multi-threaded performance at reasonable prices compared to its Intel Core-based competition. Couple that with relatively low TDPs thanks to its 7nm process node, the Zen 2 processors have been quite popular.  The value factor is once again in play on the Ryzen 7 3700X, which is an 8-core/16-thread processor aimed at the heart of the mainstream gaming market. When we previously visited a deal on this processor, it hit a low $259, but was only accessible to those that had a Micro Center location close by. Today's deal, however, is available to anyone courtesy of Newegg. AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core CPU With Assassin's... Read more...
AMD is getting ready to unveil a handful of Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors based on its Zen 2 CPU architecture, assuming a recently leaked slide is accurate. The slide highlights four different models, including the Threadripper Pro 3995WX, Threadripper Pro 3975WX, Threadripper Pro 3955WX, and Threadripper Pro 3945WX. What would be the point? In a separate slide, AMD breaks down the target audiences for its Threadripper and Threadripper Pro processors. It shows the regular Threadripper lineup being aimed at enthusiast gamers, streamers, and editors, while the Threadripper Pro series has professional studio users, designers, engineers, and data scientists in its sights. Here is a look at the... Read more...
AMD has said a million times that Zen 3 is on track to launch in 2020, though before that happens, there is another Zen 2 product line bound for release. Otherwise known as "Renoir," upcoming Ryzen 4000G series desktop APUs combining Zen 2 CPU cores with enhanced Vega graphics are right around the corner. One of the upcoming APUs—the Ryzen 7 4700G—has been spotting running with a 4.55GHz all-core overclock, and posting some impressive benchmark numbers. While not official, the leaks and rumors up to this point suggest the Ryzen 7 4700G is an 8-core/16-thread chip with a 3.6GHz base clock and 4.45GHz boost clock. It also features 12MB of cache (8MB of L3 cache and 4MB of L2 cache).... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Geeks Podcast, Marco, Chris and Dave will be chatting up AMD's new Ryzen 3000 XT series CPUs, Dell's sweet new XPS 15 9500, blistering-fast Thunderbolt 4, Samsung's BIG bad 870 QVO, making a young gamer's wish and details of our next AWESOME GIVE AWAYS (plural) and more! Show Notes: 04:06 - AMD Ryzen 3000XT Processors Reviewed: Zen 2 Turbocharged 14:17 - Intel's Supercharged Thunderbolt 4 Delivers Gobs Of Bandwidth, Aims To Replace All Your Cables 21:05 - Samsung SSD 870 QVO Review: Terabytes Of Solid State Storage 27:48 - Dell XPS 15 9500 Review: A Case Study In Laptop Excellence 43:15 - Making A Young Gamer's Wish Come True:... Read more...
We’re back with another HOT summer giveaway on tap for you all, courtesy of our friends at Asetek and AMD! Up for grabs this time around are a pair of Ryzen 3000 X / XT series processors and a killer Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU. Specifically, we’ve got an 8-core / 16-thread Ryzen 7 3800XT, a 6-core / 12-thread Ryzen 5 3600 X, and a custom Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT. First Prize: AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT Second Prize: Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT Third Prize: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X All you have to do to earn entry points and win one of these cool devices is like and subscribe to handful of social media sites, and you’ll automatically be entered. There are no less than 21 EASY ways to... Read more...
NVIDIA has, for the first time, surpassed Intel to take the crown as the most valuable chipmaker in the United States. NVIDIA did this after its shares rose 2.3% in afternoon trading on Wednesday to reach $404 per share. When the stock hit that price per share, the company's market capitalization came in at $248 billion. On the same day, Intel's market capitalization was $246 billion. Intel was once the leading chipmaker in the entire world but has been on the decline amid fierce competition from NVIDIA and rival chipmaker AMD, among others. One move that has enabled NVIDIA to grow so much in recent years was its expansion outside of its traditional market of computer gaming chips into hardware... Read more...
By my conservative estimate, AMD has confirmed its Zen 3 architecture will launch this year around 4 million times. Well, add another confirmation to the pile, to make it 4 million and one. For anyone who is still doubting whether Zen 3 will come out this year or be pushed into 2021, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su has once again reiterated it will ship in 2020. This has been the case all along. My 4 million estimate might be a slight exaggeration, but other than a sketchy rumor that Zen 3 was pushed out to 2021 (which AMD quickly refuted), every indication up to this point has been that it will arrive this year. Multiple roadmaps have made this clear, as well as repeated comments by AMD on the matter. For... Read more...
One of two things is seemingly happening in the CPU space—either AMD is getting ready to launch a new line of Threadripper Pro processors, or someone is having fun in Photoshop (or maybe GIMP) to make it look as though a new Pro series is on the horizon. If it is the former, it will be the first time AMD has given its Threadripper family the Pro treatment. AMD reserves its Pro label for desktop and laptop processors that have additional features and platform requirements, mostly geared towards security—things like Memory Guard for real-time encryption of system memory, and other built-in security bits. Pro series chips also enable easier manageability for IT administrators. "Designed... Read more...
We've seen references to the incoming Ryzen 7 4700G over the past few months, and it's reported to be an 8-core/16-thread processor with 8 Vega GPU cores onboard and a TDP of 65 watts. Early specs also suggested a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost frequency of 4.4GHz. The processor has once again been spotted in the wild, this time via the CPU-Z Validator. In this case, the Ryzen 7 4700G is seen with an all-core overclock of 4.765GHz. That's not bad at all for a Zen 2-based APU based on AMD's 7nm process node. This performance was also allegedly obtained using air cooling. Although the Ryzen 4700G includes the "added baggage" of an integrated Radeon Vega GPU, it is said to offer performance comparable... Read more...
Apple sent a bit of a shock wave through the tech world when it announced plans to phase out the use of Intel processors inside its entire Mac lineup, in favor of its own custom silicon based on ARM. Barring any hiccups, the transition phase will stretch out over the next two years. One of the questions this raised was, what will happen on the GPU side? On that end, it looks like Apple will kick third-party GPUs to the curb as well. The move from a x86 foundation to an ARM-based platform is interesting on a number of levels, not the least of which is how it potentially affects current-generation Macs (some analysts believe the announcement essentially amounts to Apple putting a bullet in current... Read more...
We may finally have some clarity on how AMD intends to price its upcoming Ryzen Pro 4000 series of desktop APUs. Nothing is yet official, though a global supply chain that is based in Irvine, California has apparently posted distributor pricing for the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G, Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G, and Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G. Twitter user Hifihedgehog spotted the listings on Ingram Micro's website, noting that you need to be a registered client to see pricing information. The listings do actually exist, but all we are able to see are some basic specifications. In any event, here are the screenshots the Twitter user took of the listings... Pricing from the distributor side is likely to be a little different... Read more...
Today, AMD officially released its Matisse Refresh processors which consist of the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 9 3900XT. All three processors offer performance gains over their predecessors, and we'd highly recommend that you check out our full review to get the goods on how they compare to Intel's Comet Lake-S family. Maingear is taking the opportunity to launch the brand-new TURBO gaming desktop PC to coincide with the release of these Ryzen 3000XT processors, and it's quite the powerhouse. First of all, this small form-factor (SFF) machine is tiny, measuring just 6.7 inches x 14.4 inches x 12.3 inches. Despite its compact dimensions, Maingear can support the new Ryzen 5 3600XT... Read more...
Last month, AMD made the 3rd Generation Ryzen 3000XT series processors official after weeks of leaks and speculation. In case you missed the original announcement, Ryzen 3000XT series processors are tweaked versions of the original 3000X series products, but with higher clocks and the ability to maintain turbo frequencies longer, to boost overall performance. The “XT” branding, which is being used for the first time on a Ryzen processor, is a call-back to AMD’s top-end GPU components. The 3000XT line-up consists of three processors – the Ryzen 5 3600XT, the Ryzen 7 3800XT, and the Ryzen 9 3900XT. At their core, these three processors are nearly identical to their respective... Read more...
Up to this point, everything AMD has said indicates the company is still on track to launch its upcoming Zen 3 processors this year, despite the recent Ryzen 3000 "XT" refresh that led to rumors of a delayed release. In case further proof is needed, an apparent Zen 3 engineering sample has shown up in the wild, as part of AMD's EPYC server family. Well, a reference to an ES chip, anyway. AMD's third-generation EPYC "Milan" server CPUs will replace its current-generation "Rome" family. These chips will be based on AMD's Zen 3 CPU architecture, and built on an enhanced 7-nanometer manufacturing process (AMD is not referring to the node as 7nm+, though). Zen 3 will presumably give way to better... Read more...
AMD maintains a whole bunch of different Ryzen processor lines, spread out across both mobile and desktop. As it applies to the latter, we are still waiting for AMD to officially launch its Ryzen 4000 Pro series combining Zen 2 CPU cores with enhanced Vega graphics. They are basically APUs, a term AMD does not use anymore. While we wait, a fresh leak has seemingly revealed the specifications and pricing for several models. The Ryzen 4000 designation is a little confusing, because AMD's latest-generation desktop processors based on Zen 2 comprise the Ryzen 3000 series. This is my one pet peeve with AMD's resurgence—it's processors are excellent, but the inconsistent model labeling across... Read more...
Apple is widely expected to launch new iMac computers later this year; and no, we’re not talking about the company’s expected Macs running custom Apple Silicon. Rather, Apple is still committed to releasing new Intel-based Macs for the next two years; one of which is a refreshed version of the 27-inch iMac. The device in question appeared in a Geekbench listing that was unearthed by twitter leaker _rogame. What’s interesting about the benchmark result is that the iMac is apparently running an unreleased 10th generation Intel Comet Lake-S processor: the Core i9-10910, which is apparently a variant of the existing Core i9-10900. It's not uncommon for Intel to produce... Read more...
The good people at Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island have been helping kids with critical health conditions make their dreams come true for decades now. Founded in 1980, Make-A-Wish "grants wishes for children between the ages of 2½ and 18 years of age with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. For a child with a life-threatening illness, a wish fulfilled provides profound joy and lasting hope to keep fighting and dreaming for the future." In its 32-year history, the organization has granted over 8,500 wishes for children in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area.  Recently, we were fortunate enough to... Read more...
For the most part, desktop PCs have been trending towards smaller designs, culminating in things like Intel's diminutive Next Unit of Computing (NUC) and its even tinier Compute Stick. While not quite as compact, Lenovo's new 'ThinkCentre M75n IoT Nano Desktop' is yet another example of a space saving design with modern hardware inside. This one is not powered by Intel, however, and instead rocks an AMD Athlon Silver 3050e processors. This is a "Dali" processor that is built on a 14-nanometer manufacturing process and based on AMD's original Zen CPU architecture. It sports 2 cores and 4 threads, with a 1.4GHz base clock and 2.8GHz max boost clock, along with 4MB of L3 cache. It also features... Read more...
Support for an interesting feature has recently found its way into the latest graphics drivers from NVIDIA, and now from AMD as well. It is called hardware accelerated GPU scheduling, and in theory, it could improve the performance of select graphics cards when playing certain games. AMD has added support for the feature in its latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.5.1 beta driver. There are some caveats that accompany the feature, one of which is when and where it applies. Not only do users need the latest graphics driver, they must also have the May 2020 Update for Windows 10 applied. In addition, this only works on a handful of graphics cards. "AMD is excited to provide beta support... Read more...
Sitting just a little off in the distance is a new graphics architecture from AMD, which will power both next-gen game consoles (Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5) and a refreshed line of PC graphics cards. We are of course talking about RDNA 2. This is what will power 'Big Navi', the unofficial name of AMD's next burly GPU, but what comes after that? Well, the first developer beta for Apple's macOS Big Sur apparently contains multiple references to a GPU that could be underpinned by RDNA 3. Apple unveiled Big Sur during its recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, along announcing that it is embarking on a two-year transition phase to replace Intel CPUs in its Mac with in-house silicon... Read more...
AMD has been killing it on the CPU side with its evolving Zen architecture, and based on a barrage of past leaks and rumors, Zen 3 will keep the momentum going. On the graphics side, AMD has more work to do. It's upcoming RDNA 2 architecture has the potential to shake things up, but it's too early to tell. And with regards to its APUs, well, those are still stuck on Vega, and it looks like that will be the case again when Zen 3 arrives. Of course, AMD no longer refers to these chips as APUs, or accelerated processing units, but Ryzen processors with Radeon graphics. Call them whatever you want, the point is, they combine AMD's Ryzen CPU cores with Radeon GPU cores, but are not necessarily the... Read more...
Then it comes to HEDT processors available on the market right now, there's the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X; and then there's everybody else. The processor's claim to fame is that it's based on AMD's versatile 7nm Zen 2 architecture, decked out with 64 physical cores and 128 threads for multi-threaded domination. While we would expect that anyone that could plunk down nearly $4,000 for a Threadripper 3990X would be using it for high-end rendering, editing, or computational modeling work, one redditor has found a rather innovative way to use the processor in Windows 10. Kenny_Stryker in the PC Master Race subreddit used software that allows you to specify a workload for each individual core/thread,... Read more...
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