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Earlier this week, AMD treated to Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro to a GPU upgrade, with the introduction of the Radeon Pro 5600M. At least for now, the Radeon Pro 5600M is exclusive to the MacBook Pro, but is there any reason for Windows users to be jealous? That depends on you feel about a new set of benchmark data. To recap, the Radeon Pro 5600M is a Navi part (Navi 12) based on AMD's first-generation Radeon DNA (RDNA) graphics architecture, and built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process. It sports 40 compute units and 2,560 stream processors, along with 8GB of second-gen high bandwidth memory (HBM2) shuttling data over a 2,048-bit bus. According to AMD, it cranks out 5.3 TFLOPs of FP32 compute... Read more...
Earlier this week, a rumor was making the rounds that AMD could potentially be delaying its Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 desktop processors until early next year. The basis of the rumor was centered upon a couple of assumptions: 1) that the newly announced Ryzen 3000XT family would be sufficient to sustain AMD’s performance credentials through 2020, and 2) that there was no real [performance] threat from Intel that would necessitate launching Ryzen 4000 processors during 2020. AMD has now flat-out denied those rumors, and indicates that Zen 3 is indeed on track for a 2020 launch. In fact, the company’s official response was is, “AMD confirms that the rumor on ‘Zen... Read more...
The Zen 2 CPU architecture has been kind to AMD, and to customers as well, who have many options in the Zen 2 space. That includes the launch of refreshed "XT" processors that will go on sale in July: Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT. Those are not the only new Zen 2 parts bound for the desktop. While not yet announced, AMD is expected to roll out updated desktop APUs, including several Pro models that are the subject of the latest leak. At this moment in time, AMD's lineup of Pro desktop APUs still do not advance past AMD's previous generation Zen+ architecture. However, there have been several leaks and rumors pointing to upcoming Ryzen 4000G APUs, which are essentially desktop... Read more...
AMD came out with guns blazing with the announcement of its Matisse Refresh Ryzen 3000XT processors, which are built around an enhanced version of the company’s 7nm process node. While Corsair isn’t using AMD’s latest processors, the company is bringing the standard-issue Ryzen 3000 processors to its “One” family of compact gaming PCs for the first time ever. Despite its compact dimensions, the One a100 is available with either a 12-core/24-thread Ryzen 9 3900X or the flagship 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X processor. The latter is an absolute beast for a consumer desktop system with its 3.5GHz base clock and 4.7GHz boost clock. No matter which processor you... Read more...
It looks as though the rumors were accurate… again. AMD this morning just made its Ryzen 3000XT family of processors official, and the increased boost clocks are now confirmed for the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 9 3900XT, which will be available for sale on July 7th. Previous leaks were all over the place with respect to clock speeds for these new processors, but the chart below gives us a clear picture of what to expect: As you can see, unlike what was stated with the previous leaked reports, there are no increases to the base clocks for these three new processors. Instead, we see mere 100MHz boost frequency increases for the Ryzen 5 3600XT and Ryzen... Read more...
AMD has been riding high from a performance/value perspective ever since it launched its Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 family in Summer 2019. The chips were untouched when it came to multi-threaded performance – thanks to the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 9 3950X – and single-threaded performance was strong too. Throw in relatively low TDPs thanks to the 7nm process tech and frequent discounts, it should come as no surprise that the Ryzen 3000 family has been among AMD’s most popular products in years. So, why not let the good times [continue to] roll? That seems to be the case according to a report coming out of Taiwan. DigiTimes is reporting that Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 desktop... Read more...
Apple's flagship 16-inch MacBook Pro is getting a new upgrade option today, and it doesn't come cheap. Both Apple and AMD today announced the availably of the new Radeon Pro 5600M mobile GPU, which will be the new high-end option for mobile professionals, slotting in above the current Radeon Pro 5500M. The Radeon Pro 5600M is still based on AMD's 7nm RDNA (Navi) architecture, but features a total of 40 compute units and 2560 stream processors with FP32 compute performance coming in at 5.3 TFLOPs. There are also changes to memory configuration; while the base Radeon Pro 5300 and Radeon Pro 5500 are only available with either 4GB or 8GB of GDDR6 memory, the Radeon Pro 5600M features 8GB... Read more...
AMD has apparently changed its "Radeon" logo ahead of launching its next-generation GPUs, and namely its so-called Big Navi graphics chip. The slightly altered logo can be seen at the tail end of a PC gameplay trailer for Gearbox's upcoming Godfall, which will be available on both Windows PCs and Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 console. What this essentially amounts to is a swapping of the font used for the RADEON lettering (in all caps). The font appears to be the same one AMD has been using (and continues to use) for its RYZEN lettering (also in all caps). Notably, the distinct styling of the "R," "E", and "N" letters are identical in the new Radeon and existing Ryzen logos. The change was brought... Read more...
For the past month, more information has been leaking out regarding AMD’s Matisse Refresh Ryzen 3000XT processors. Based on the information that we’ve gleaned from our previous reporting, AMD is set to launch the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 9 3900XT with higher clocks their non-XT counterparts to battle Intel’s new Comet Lake-S family, The latest bit of news that points to the impending release of these new Matisse Refresh processors comes from the Amazon’s Italian language website. The site featured product listings for both the Ryzen 5 3600XT and Ryzen 9 3900XT, however, there was no listing found for the Ryzen 7 3800XT. The Ryzen 5 3600XT... Read more...
It's official: from what we've seen so far, AMD's Ryzen 4000 series of mobile APUs are a hit here in the HotHardware labs. It started with the svelte ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming notebook, which impressed us with excellent performance at a reasonable price point, all packed into a lightweight 2.7-pound 14" chassis. After that came the Dell G5 15 SE, which brought together Ryzen and Radeon in an exclusive (for now) combination with similarly excellent performance and an even lower, more entry-level starting price. Talk about a strong showing for AMD yet again, with both Ryzen 4000 and Radeon RX mobile technology as well. Ryzen and Radeon are on a roll. The Dell G5 15 SE in particular left us pretty... Read more...
If you're currently running a PC with a Kaby Lake-G processor onboard, we've got some bad news for you. It appears that both Intel and AMD have missed the mark when it comes to graphics driver support. If you recall, Kaby Lake-G was a rather breakthrough (and unexpected) product developed together by two fierce rivals -- AMD and Intel -- which paired a Kaby Lake processor with a Radeon RX Vega GPU on a single multi-chip module package (MCM). Back in October 2019, Intel announced that it was discontinuing these 8th generation "hybrid" processors, stating, "Intel is refocusing its product portfolio. Our 10th gen Intel Core processors with Iris Plus graphics are built on... Read more...
Every week brings with it a fresh set of leaks, not because it is customary, but due to interesting new products being right around the corner. On the CPU side, AMD is rumored to be refreshing its Ryzen 3000 series desktop processors. Well, some of them, anyway. One of those processors—the Ryzen 7 3800XT—has poked its head in the Ashes of the Singularity (AOTS) benchmark database. AOTS is a common destination for supposed previews of unreleased products (as are 3DMark, Geekbench, and to a lesser extent, the SANDRA utility). In this case, Twitter user and prominent online leak detective @_rogame spotted the new entry. Here is a look at the benchmark run... Source: Twitter (@_rogame)... Read more...
Recently, Dell introduced a new and impressive notebook to the market aimed at gamers, called the G5 15 SE. One of the key features of that gaming notebook is AMD's new SmartShift technology. Any AMD fans who are hoping that technology would land in other brands or models of laptops may be disappointed to hear that Dell has the exclusive on that technology until 2021. But what's so special about SmartShift? The AMD Ryzen 4000 family of processors were unveiled at CES 2020, and one of the more exciting technologies that the CPUs enable, when paired with an AMD Radeon GPU, is SmartShift. The technology pools the thermal and power budget for the GPU and CPU, and doles out those resources depending... Read more...
AMD has had a remarkable run with its Zen 2 architecture for the mainstream market, starting first with the Ryzen 3000 desktop processors, and more recently with the Ryzen 4000 APUs for laptops. Given that Ryzen 3000 processors have been on the market for nearly a year now, pricing is more affordable than ever before, even on higher-end SKUs like the Ryzen 7 3700X. When the processor originally launched back in July 2019, it was priced at $329. However, MicroCenter is currently selling the Ryzen 7 3700X for an incredibly low $259.99. As with most MicroCenter deals, this is available only at physical brick and mortar locations, which means that you have to order online and pick it up in store... Read more...
The GPU we have been waiting for from AMD is coming sometime later this year. Our collective hope is that AMD's so-called Big Navi GPU based on its second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) architecture will at least bring parity at the top end with the best NVIDIA has to offer, but we will have to wait and see. As for how long, recent comments by AMD suggest Big Navi could arrive around the end of summer, before the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launch in holiday 2020 (November or December). In other words, PC graphics cards based on RDNA 2 could land on retail shelves before both next-generation game consoles arrive. While this has not been officially confirmed, AMD chief financial officer Devinder... Read more...
AMD chief executive officer Dr. Lisa Su hauled in $58.5 million in compensation last year, making her the highest paid CEO in the S&P 500. Her massive pay package reflects AMD's stock performance, which in turn is tied to the success of the company's turnaround around effort with Zen and RDNA, and especially Zen 2. It was not that long ago when AMD consistently played second fiddle to Intel in CPU performance, especially at the high end of the market. But then Zen came along, and AMD's fortunes began to change. Zen has proven to be a potent CPU architecture, and it really hit a stride with Zen 2, which powers AMD's Ryzen 3000 series desktop processors and EPYC "Rome" server CPUs. According... Read more...
All eyes are on AMD to see what its next-generation GPU will bring to the table when it arrives later this year, both in consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X) and on PCs. Perhaps as a sign that a release on the latter is getting close, AMD pushed out more than 200 Linux patches to support a new GPU codenamed Sienna Cichlid. This is the first time we have seen Sienna Cichlid mentioned. What does it mean? Well, if we break it down literally, "sienna" is an earthy substance that is brownish-yellow when raw, and orange-red or reddish-brown when burnt, that is used as a pigment (thanks, Merriam-Webster). And a "cichlid" is a spiny-finned fish usually found in freshwater environments. A brownish-yellow... Read more...
There is plenty of smoke surrounding a batch of upcoming processors based on AMD's current-generation Zen 2 CPU architecture, and where there is this much smoke, you will usually find fire. That's not to say AMD has officially announced a Zen 2 refresh. However, in lieu of an official unveiling, the three rumored Zen 2 CPUs on tap have been spotted on a retail website in France. Those CPUs are all part of the Ryzen 3000XT series. The "XT" designation separates these from AMD's original Zen 2 lineup, as do the specifications. To be clear, these are not next-generation parts—they are still based on Zen 2, but with slightly beefier specifications compared to their regular "X" counterparts,... Read more...
AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X isn’t for everyone, but it is no doubt an impressive piece of silicon that doesn’t really have a rival in the High-End Desktop (HEDT) market. The processor comes with an MSRP of $3,990, which is well beyond the budget of most enthusiasts out there that are used to paying a few hundred bucks for a Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 processor. However, there are many that will gladly pay that price of entry for the performance that it delivers. Luckily for those in the market for the Threadripper 3990X, Amazon is currently running a sale that knocks a considerable $540 off the price, bringing it down to just $3,449.99. That big savings could be put towards... Read more...
Are you getting ready to build a new PC? If so, check out this latest deal on AMD's Ryzen 5 3600. It is an excellent processor based on AMD's latest generation Zen 2 CPU architecture, and it is on sale at Amazon for $167. That nearly matches the lowest price it has ever been (outside of buying it used), and is a heck of a bargain. The Ryzen 5 3600 is a 6-core/12-thread CPU with a 3.6GHz base clock and up to a 4.2GHz boost clock. It also features 32MB of L3 cache and 3MB of L2 cache, and has a 65W TDP. As a Zen 2 part, it is built on a 7-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process. While not the fastest CPU on the market, it is certainly a capable chip for gaming, content creation, and so forth. AMD... Read more...
Hey, have you heard—AMD is rumored to be releasing a new round of desktop accelerated processing units (APUs) pairing its Zen 2 CPU architecture with enhanced Vega graphics. Of course you have, because there have been a million leaks on the subject. Make that a million and one, because another set "Renoir" benchmarks have hit the web. While not yet official, it's hardly a secret that Ryzen 4000G Renoir APUs are on tap from AMD. It gets a little confusing because AMD's model numbers do not align from one product to another. For example, when AMD launches its Zen 3 desktop CPUs (sans graphics), those will also presumably bear the Ryzen 4000 label, sans a "G" at the end label. In any event,... Read more...
Every indication up to this point is that AMD's upcoming Zen 3 CPUs will be based on an enhanced 7-nanometer manufacturing process, with Zen 4 seeing an eventual shift to 5nm. But what if that was not the case? What if AMD decided to shake things up and jump straight to 5nm with its next round of CPUs instead, in pursuit of continued process leadership over rival Intel? That would certainly be something. On the desktop, Intel is still coaxing as much performance as it can out of its 14nm node, with 10nm silicon only showing up on mobile so far (like Ice Lake). This includes its latest round of processors, Comet Lake-S, which represents yet another iteration of 14nm. While there is more to the... Read more...
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