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NVIDIA addressed the Ethereum market earlier this year with the launch of Crypto Mining Processor (CMP) HX Series cards. The company also locked down its latest mainline GeForce RTX 30 cards with a Light Hash Rate (LHR) mining limiter. Now, it’s alleged that AMD is looking to get in on the dedicated Ethereum mining market with headless versions of its RDNA 2 graphics cards. Images of this alleged cryptomining card were taken by a local Vietnamese PC hardware retailer, and they show a dual-slot design with an unadorned blower-style cooler. Instead of the standard outputs you’d see on modern graphics cards (HDMI, DisplayPort, etc.), the I/O plate is dominated by exhaust vents to help... Read more...
AMD's fastest processors—Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X—were moderately to extremely difficult to find in stock at MSRP when they first came out. More recently, however, they have routinely been available at AMD's suggested retail pricing. Sometimes even for a bit less, or in the case of the Ryzen 9 5900X right now, you can get it for lot less. It's marked down to $539.99 at B&H Photo, which is just a $10 savings over AMD's launch pricing. However, PayPal is offering select customers a $75 discount when spending $375 or more at B&H Photo, allowing you to bring home the Ryzen 9 5900X for only $464.99. And if you don't use PayPal, you can still get the CPU for a relatively... Read more...
Leaked documents arising from the recent Gigabyte security breach is the gift that keeps on giving. Not that we condone such actions in the slightest, but now that there are interesting tidbits about unreleased products out in the wild, we can't bury our heads in the sand, either. And so with that said, the leaked documents seemingly confirm a previous rumor suggesting all of AMD's next-generation Zen 4 CPUs will have integrated graphics. This is outlined in yet another published document from when hackers pilfered Gigabyte's servers, who then tried extort a ransom from the company. Those efforts were apparently unsuccessful, as the hackers proceeded to publish a trove of stolen data online,... Read more...
AMD has not exactly been shy about mentioning its upcoming Zen 4 architecture, or even providing some high level details on occasion. For example, we know it is has been designed on a 5-nanometer manufacturing process, and is on the roadmap for a 2022 debut. But AMD certainly knows more than it typically shares, and some additional details have seemingly been confirmed in a recently leaked document. Leaks and rumors should typically not be viewed as confirmed information. In this case, however, the documents appear to come from AMD, and were made public after hackers infiltrated Gigabyte, stole some data, and tried to extort a ransom from the company. It does not appear as though Gigabyte paid... Read more...
Someone get in touch with Michael Buffer and have him belt out his catchphrase, "Let's get ready to rumble!," because AMD and Intel are about to duke it out in the flagship mobile processor space. Intel is sitting pretty with its Tiger Lake-H processors, while the first laptops sporting AMD's Ryzen 9 5980HX are right around the corner. As we wait for the main event, some leaked benchmarks offer up a preliminary bout. The Ryzen 9 5980HX is the burliest APU in AMD's mobile lineup. It's based on the company's latest generation Zen 3 architecture (7-nanometer manufacturing, codenamed Cezanne) and features an 8-core/16-thread design with a 3.3GHz base clock, 4.8GHz max boost clock, and 16MB of L3... Read more...
It's been about eight months since AMD launched its Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT RDNA 2 graphics cards. For the first time in years, AMD offers comparable performance to NVIDIA's GeForce family along the entire GPU stack from the entry-level sector to the high-end. Unfortunately for gamers, the cards have been nearly impossible to purchase at retail prices due to the high demand and chip shortages. With that said, attention is already shifting to the next-generation Radeon RX 7000 family, and a new rumor alleges that AMD will take a two-pronged approach with its GPUs. According to hardware leaker Greymon55, who posted their findings in a tweet, AMD will use RDNA 3 and RDNA 2 GPUs... Read more...
It appears all kinds of juicy information is being revealed as the result of a recent ransomware attack targeting Gigabyte. Earlier today, we wrote about supposed leaked details highlighting AMD's next-generation EPYC server processors based on Zen 4 (codenamed Genoa), but apparently the stolen files also contained some details about the next round of Threadripper chips. The Ryzen Threadripper branding is reserved for AMD's high-end desktop (HEDT) class processors. These bridge the gap between consumer and server segments, offering more desktop computing power for creators, streamers, and enthusiasts. They are arguably a little less compelling now that AMD's 'mainstream' CPUs scale to 16 cores... Read more...
AMD's next round of server processors are going to be EPYC beasts, if recently leaked documents end up being legitimate. These supposedly official documents outline some of the characteristics of AMD's next-gen EPYC processors based on its upcoming Zen 4 architecture, including the SP5 socket design they will slip into, and the possible max core count. As things currently stand, AMD's EPYC 7003 series based on Zen 3 (codenamed Milan) scale to 64 cores and 128 threads of raw compute muscle. That is the core and thread configuration found on the company's EPYC 7713/7713P and 7763 processors, with boost clocks maxing out at 3.675GHz for the former and 3.5GHz for the latter. Looking ahead to AMD's... Read more...
It is still too early for AMD to offer up any real details about its next generation Radeon products based on RDNA 3, though in making preparations for the eventual launch, the company has seemingly confirmed two unreleased GPUs: Navi 33 and Navi 31. Both have been added to documentation for AMD's ROCclr, or Radeon Open Compute Common Language Runtime. Additionally, the update to AMD's open source developer tools also confirm Rembrandt and Van Gogh, codenames for a pair of upcoming Ryzen 6000 series APUs pairing Zen 3 (Van Gogh) or possibly Zen 3+ (Rembrandt) processor cores with RDNA 2 graphics cores. It's also been rumored that these APU lines will support LPDDR5 and DDR5 memory. As for AMD's... Read more...
It's the last day of the workweek, and we've gathered a few deals for you on some hot tech products, including the just-announced Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. In addition, if you're more of an Apple fanboy (or fangirl), there are significant discounts to be had on the Apple Watch Series 6. Finally, we round things out with a PC-centric deal on the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 And Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic earlier this week, which are powered by the brand new 5nm Exynos W920 SoC. The Galaxy Watch 4 is available in 40mmm and 44mm cases sizes (aluminum), while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic comes in 42mm... Read more...
The Radeon RX 6600 XT officially launched earlier this week, bringing AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture down to more affordable price points (relatively speaking). Radeon RX 6600 XT cards target mainstream, 1080p gamers, and the two models we previously looked in our initial coverage proved to be decent performers and quite power efficient. This time around, we’re going to take a look at a factory-overclocked Radeon RX 6600 XT from AMD board partner, XFX, the MERC 308 Black. The MERC 308 RX 6600 XT Black is the top-of-the-line model in XFX’s Radeon RX 6600 XT lineup. Like most of AMD’s board partners, XFX has an array of cards coming down the pipeline, ranging from simplified... Read more...
Is AMD's newly minted Radeon RX 6600 XT the most efficient cryptocurrency mining graphics card ever produced? It is probably too early to tell (considering the card only released to retail today), but according to a set of cryptocurrency mining hash rates and energy consumption figures posted to Reddit, it is the efficiency champ. If you have not done so already, be sure to check out our Radeon RX 6600 XT review. We do not get into mining performance, but you will otherwise find plenty of gaming and graphics benchmarks, including a varied range of DirectX and Vulkan titles. We also evaluate the card's real-time ray tracing prowess and overclocking potential. What about mining performance, though?... Read more...
We were hopeful about the supply of the Radeon RX 6600 XT thanks to comments made by PowerColor earlier this month. Leading up to the launch of the Radeon RX 6600 XT, PowerColor told us not only that cards would be available at MSRP almost immediately, but that "we will have plenty of cards on day one in the channel." Unfortunately, reality has set in, which means that the Radeon RX 6600 XT is proceeding much like every other major GPU launch for the past year... poorly. In other words, the cards immediately sold out or simply weren't available in the first place when sales opened this morning at 9am ET. Best Buy only lists three Radeon RX 6600 XT cards from XFX priced from $379.99 to $479.99,... Read more...
It looks as though ASUS will be the first -- and perhaps the only -- manufacturer to use AMD's Ryzen 9 5980HX processor in one of its laptops. A listing for the ROG Zephyrus Duo SE 15 was discovered this week at Newegg, although the online retailer shows the laptop as being out of stock. Unlike the more common Ryzen 9 5980HS, the Ryzen 9 5980HX is an unlocked processor with a higher 45-watt TDP instead of 35 watts. The Ryzen 9 5980HX also has a higher base clock of 3.3GHz versus 3.0GHz for the Ryzen 9 5980HS. However, it's still an 8-core/16-thread processor supporting up to LPDDR4-4266 memory with a maximum boost clock of 4.8GHz. As for the notebook, the ROG Zephyrus Duo SE 15 features a 15.6-inch... Read more...
Embargos lifted on Radeon RX 6600 XT reviews this morning, but that mainstream gaming GPU isn’t the only one AMD is pushing out the door today. The Radeon Pro W6600, which was announced back in early June alongside the more powerful Radeon Pro W6800, is also launching today. As its name implies, the Radeon Pro W6600, like its gaming-class Radeon RX 6600 XT counterpart, is a professional workstation GPU that targets more mainstream price points and performance levels than the W6800. The Radeon Pro W6600’s feature set is right in-line with higher-end RDNA 2-based offerings, however, and includes ISV certifications for many of the most popular professional design and content creation... Read more...
AMD officially unveiled the Radeon RX 6600 XT in late July, and just last week we were able to give you a first-hand sneak peek and tour of one of the higher-end partner boards, the PowerColor Radeon RX 6600 XT Red Devil. Today though, embargos lift on performance and power data, and we’re able to provide some additional pieces to the puzzle. Incidentally, there’s an additional embargo lifting tomorrow for other partner boards, so stop on by in the morning if you’d like some additional Radeon RX 6600 XT flavor. But we digress. On tap for you here today we have two Radeon RX 6600 XTs, the aforementioned PowerColor Radeon RX 6600 XT Red Devil and its somewhat more mainstream ‘Fighter’... Read more...
There is a lot of excitement surrounding Valve's upcoming Steam Deck handheld gaming PC, and rightfully so. Adding to the hype, Gabe Newell bragged how the open nature of the Steam Deck is its superpower, and a distinguishing characteristic compared to the crop of game consoles running on proprietary platforms. That means users will be able to install Windows 11 if they choose. But will the Steam Deck be ready to accept Microsoft's next OS at launch? That's the goal. Several factors are at play that make this an interesting question. The biggest one is Microsoft's stringent requirement that systems must enable Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 support. This is an added layer of security that... Read more...
Some of Gigabyte's support sites have been taken offline, the result of an apparent ransomware attack in which a hacking group claims to be in possession of sensitive data, and is holding it hostage. If a ransom is not paid, the culprits say they will publish 112 gigabytes of stolen files, including ones containing confidential AMD and Intel documents. "We have downloaded 112 GB (120,971,743,713 byes of your files and we are ready to PUBLISH it. Many of them are under NDA (Intel, AMD, American Megatrends). Leaked sources: newautobom.gigabyte.intra, git.ami.com.tw and some others," the hacking group wrote in a message. The mind races at what documents that fall under at purview of non-disclosure... Read more...
Late last week, we received the latest market share numbers from Mercury Research regarding AMD's processor market share. Needless to say, the company is performing exceptionally well in both the client and server markets. According to Mercury Research, AMD's share of the overall x86 processor revenue market stood at 16.9 percent for Q2 2021, which was a +0.8 point change compared to the prior quarter and a +7.3 point change year-over-year. In addition, client and server revenue share stood at 15.8 percent and 11.6 percent, up 4.1 and 4.7 percentage points, respectively, compared to the same period last year. With this in mind, we decided to venture over to two of the most popular retail websites... Read more...
AMD's nifty FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling technology continues to stretch its legs. It seems the decision to go the open source route is paying off, as multiple developers and platforms have been quick to adopt FSR in the early going. The latest to join the fray is the developer behind RPCS3, the popular PlayStation 3 emulator that works with multiple operating systems, including Windows and Linux. The intention of FSR is the same as NVIDIA's proprietary Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology, in that both aim to improve performance by intelligently upscaling a lower resolution input. FSR and DLSS go about this in very different ways, but the general idea is that a GPU can... Read more...
It has been a couple of months since AMD expanded its RDNA 2 graphics architecture over to laptops with the Radeon RX 6000M lineup, and we're excited to see how the mobile GPUs compare to the competition. The competition, of course, primarily being NVIDIA's mobile GeForce RTX 30 series of GPUs. Well, an early glimpse suggests that at least one of the Radeon RX 6700M configurations might be a tad snappier than a GeForce RTX 3070 in some cases. There are multiple caveats to consider, and we'll get to those in a moment. First, let's talk about the benchmark leak. A user at the Zhihu forums claims to have procured an MSI Delta 15 laptop equipped with a Radeon RX 6700M GPU and Ryzen 9 5900HX processor,... Read more...
AMD is fleshing out its RDNA 2 lineup at the lower end of the performance spectrum with the Radeon RX 6600 XT (Navi 23). The company first announced the new GPU last week, and the cards will go on sale next week (August 11th) starting from $379. With this in mind, we were able to get our hands on a PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 6600 XT early to give you an extensive hands-on preview. Unfortunately, we can't give you any information on detailed clock speeds or performance -- that will have to wait until next week's review -- but we can give you a complete walk-around of the card. As you can see, this is a twin axial fan design with RGB lighting, a beefy aluminum heatsink, heat pipes, and a metal... Read more...
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