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AMD is out there living the good life right now. Zen has proven to be a formidable contender, it seems like a Zen 2 refresh is en route, and looking further down the road, Zen 3 will likely keep the party going. As it pertains to the latter, a new leak potentially sheds some light on what AMD has on tap, both for its upcoming CPUs and APUs. All indications point to Zen 3 being on track for a release later this year. It will leverage an enhanced 7-nanometer node, which AMD and TSMC are not referring to as 7nm+, and is expected to deliver a nice bump in IPC (instructions per clock) performance. We can also expect better power efficiency and some new features. Beyond those things, here is the supposed... Read more...
It appears that the cat is completely out of the bag in regards to AMD's upcoming Matisse Refresh processors. Over the past week, we've learned quite a lot about these processors, and it seems as though AMD had been planning this move all along as a counterattack to Intel's Comet Lake-S family of processors that just launched. The Matisse Refresh (Zen 2) family of processors consists of the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 9 3900XT. All three [allegedly] have higher base/boost clocks than the processors that they are replacing, and new 3DMark listings have reported the clock speeds of the latter two processors. The 3DMark listings shows that the Ryzen 7 3800XT... Read more...
AMD and Intel are in a dogfight in the CPU space, and unlike the days of old, it's actually a competition now. That's because AMD has done a spectacular job building up its Zen architecture, culminating (so far) in Zen 2. Meanwhile, Intel continues to squeeze out every ounce of performance it can from its 14-nanometer node. This has made things interesting, and if a set of leaked benchmarks are any indication, the next round will be the best yet. We are not talking about Zen 3 versus Intel's eventual 10nm (or 7nm) desktop processors. That will have to wait. But in the more immediate future, rumor has it AMD is prepping a round of refreshed Ryzen 3000 series processors to go up against Intel's... Read more...
When we reviewed the Dell G5 15 SE, an all-AMD gaming laptop that features an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor and a Navi-based Radeon RX 5600M, we didn't have a chance to dive into integrated graphics performance. The gaming battery life with powerful discrete graphics left something to be desired of course—the system lasted just an hour on battery with a gaming workload—but bypassing the discrete GPU should give a bit more time away from the wall socket. Folks wanted to know how this integrated AMD GPU performs, and come to think of it, so did we. So now it's time to find out.  If you haven't already seen our in-depth performance review and video rundown, we'll summarize a bit here.... Read more...
What began as a trickle of information on AMD’s upcoming new processors is now turning into a flood. We first heard reports that AMD would release two new Zen 2 "Matisse Refresh" processors on Friday, and by Saturday, that number had grown to three new processors: the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and the Ryzen 9 3900XT. That last report indicated that all of the chips would have higher base/boost clocks and "enhanced overclock support". Today, we're learning more about the three chips; specifically, when it comes to their clock speeds. Intel has been adamant about boosting clock speeds on its 10th generation Comet Lake-S processors -- at the expense of added... Read more...
This is shaping up to be a big year in GPUs. Intel is gearing up to launch its first discrete GPU of the modern era, NVIDIA recently announced its next-generation Ampere GPU (which will find its way into gaming graphics cards), and AMD is prepping a round of Navi GPUs based on its RDNA 2 architecture. As it pertains to the latter, a fresh leak purportedly offers up some interesting details. To recap, RDNA 2 is being injected into Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Sony's PlayStation 5 consoles, which are slated to arrive later this year. In addition, RDNA 2 will land on PC as well. Rumor has it RDNA 2 will offer a major performance uplift over RDNA 1, and it's been confirmed at least some of the GPUs... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported on a rumor that indicated that AMD was working on new "Matisse Refresh" processors that would launch in June alongside the new B550 motherboards. According to that thin rumor, AMD was working on a Ryzen 7 3750X and Ryzen 7 3850X. We're now getting some additional clarity thanks to a new report. According to this latest news, we can throw those previous Ryzen names out the door, and add one more into the mix. What's interesting is that AMD is allegedly adding an "XT" to the end of these processor models, which will include: Ryzen 9 3900XT Ryzen 7 3800XT Ryzen 5 3600XT As you might have guessed from the rumored names, these are replacements for the Ryzen 9 3900X, Ryzen... Read more...
What is probably one of the worst kept secrets on the web is the pending launch of a new round of AMD Ryzen processors with Radeon graphics for the desktop. Otherwise known as Renoir, the upcoming Ryzen 4000G series will pair up to 8 CPU cores based on AMD's latest generation Zen 2 architecture with Vega graphics. Now thanks to Biostar, we may have a fairly fleshed out lineup to digest before the new APUs are finally served. Biostar was not supposed to spill the beans yet, but as spotted by Komachi on Twitter, the CPU support for the company's B550GTQ motherboard outlined several unreleased Ryzen 4000G/GE series parts, complete with base clocks and TDPs. The leaked APUs are separated into three... Read more...
Intel officially launched its 10th generation Comet Lake-S desktop processor family earlier this week, and the chips deliver some strong performance with some equally voracious power consumption – especially with respect to the flagship Core i9-10900K. AMD has not been sitting idle, however, and we reported yesterday that there has been some downward movements on Zen 2 pricing, with the Ryzen 9 3900X hitting a low $389 at MicroCenter. According to some fresh rumors making the rounds to end the work week, AMD is preparing to launch two new Ryzen 3000 SKUs to counter the incoming Comet Lake-S onslaught. The two rumored chips are the Ryzen 7 3750X and Ryzen 7... Read more...
We've got a heads up for you folks that tune in to our weekly 2.5 Geeks podcast. As a reminder, the next show goes live Friday (5/22) at 5PM EST, and we'll have none other than Frank Azor on the line to rack his brain on all things gaming related.  For those that don't already know, Frank serves as AMD's Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions. So, we'll be sure to pepper him with questions on AMD's current Ryzen 3000 processors and Radeon RX 5000 Series graphics cards; and perhaps he'll be able to give just a hint of what to expect with Ryzen 4000 and Radeon RDNA 2 graphics that are currently in the pipeline. Be sure to tune in below on Friday to see our live discussion with Frank!... Read more...
The Coronavirus pandemic has been depressing on multiple levels (not the least of which is the loss of life), and who knows if we will still be collectively cooped up this summer. Even if so, there is something look forward to—the potential launch of next generation GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA, at the tail end of summer anyway. Nothing is official, but according to a new Digitimes report, next generation GPUs are headed for a September launch. There is no word on pricing or which models will be available (assuming the report is true), but the site also anticipates new graphics cards being the catalyst for vendors to lower prices on current generation graphics cards, thereby "stimulating... Read more...
We all got a real look at what Intel's Comet Lake-S desktop processor family brings to the table yesterday, as you saw in our review of the Core i9-10900K and the Core i5-9600K. The former in particular was rather impressive for its nearly unassailable gaming performance and was helped out in multi-threaded benchmarks due to its extra 2 cores (compared to the Core i9-9900K). It looks as though AMD and its retail partners were paying attention as well, as we’re seeing some downward pricing pressure on the Ryzen 9 3900X, which compares favorably to the Core i9-10900K. The Ryzen 9 3900X was priced at $499 when it first launched last year, but AMD lowered the official price to $449 back... Read more...
AMD is in an enviable position in the gaming laptop world. Not only does the red team arguably produce some of the fastest mainstream mobile CPUs around in its Ryzen 4000 series, there's also formidable graphics horsepower in the same camp. As a result, AMD can control the whole platform, hardware and driver stack in a PC with its CPU, GPU, and accompanying chipset, if a manufacturer chooses to use those components. The first of these gaming laptops to hit the lab with an all-AMD bent comes from Dell. The G5 15 SE launches today with a feature set, performance target, and price point that makes for a very attractive solution for gamers on the go. Because of its single-vendor hardware configuration,... Read more...
Just over a week ago, AMD gave us an update on its upcoming Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 desktop processors, and the platforms that would support the chips. That update, however, didn’t go over very well with the enthusiast community, as AMD explained that only current-generation X570 and B550 motherboards would support Zen 3. "While we wish could enable full support for every processor on every chipset, the flash memory chips that store BIOS settings and support have capacity limitations,” AMD said in a blog post. “Given these limitations, and the unprecedented longevity of the AM4 socket, there will inevitably be a time and place where a transition to free up space is necessary—the... Read more...
Rumor has it that AMD's next round of Ryzen processors will have a bigger than expected bump in IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Built on a new architecture, Zen 3 will see a die shrink and, most likely, some notable performance optimizations, power efficiency gains, and upgraded features. But all eyes will be on the IPC bump. A jump in the 10-15 percent range would be considered pretty robust. It would also put added pressure on rival Intel, which for the most part is still squeezing everything it can out of its 14-nanometer process node. That includes its newfangled 10th generation Core "Comet Lake" desktop processors, which bump up the number of cores/threads and clockspeeds on the... Read more...
So, about those upcoming Ryzen 4000 series desktop APUs that have been the subject of numerous leaks. Up to this point, the leaks and rumors have almost entirely consisted of benchmark database entries. Then more recently, AMD's full product product stack was seemingly revealed. For the first time, however, there is a photo of an actual Renoir desktop processor. Unless AMD throws us a giant curve ball, its Ryzen 4000 series desktop APUs will pair Zen 2 CPU cores with Vega GPU cores. This will mark a significant upgrade over the existing Ryzen 3000 series of desktop APUs, both because Zen 2 brings a nice all-around bump in performance compared to Zen+, and it seems there will be 8-core/16-thread... Read more...
The big tech news this week is the official unveiling of Ampere, following months and months (years, really) of rumors. From the confines of his swank kitchen, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang dished up some details about the next-gen GPU, at least as it pertains to the data center high performance computing (HPC) markets. Following the announcement, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su revealed another interesting nugget—NVIDIA's DGX A100 servers are packing EPYC "Rome" processors inside rather than Intel Xeon chips. This is yet another feather for AMD's cap, which has been amassing them ever since Zen arrived (and in particular, the latest iteration, Zen 2). Proud to have @AMDServer #EPYC “Rome” CPUs... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Dave, Marco and Chris kicking around the amazing new Unreal Engine 5 on PlayStation 5 demo, Dell's HOT new 2020 XPS 17 and XPS 15 laptops, AMD's powerful new Radeon Pro VII pro-graphics card, Microsoft's new Surface Go 2, Surface Book 3 devices, reveal net-week's special guest and more! Show Notes: 05:00 - Epic's Amazing Unreal Engine 5 PS5 Demo Will Leave You Slack-Jawed And Drooling 19:00 - Dell's Gorgeous 2020 XPS 15 And 17 Unveiled 29:34 - AMD Radeon Pro VII PCIe 4.0 Workstation Card Sizzles 37:14 - Details On Special AMD Guest Joining The 2.5 Geeks Podcast Next Week! 38:55 - Microsoft's Surface Go 2, Surface Book... Read more...
The wait is on for AMD to refresh its desktop APU (accelerated processing unit) lineup. Or as AMD likes to say these days, "Ryzen Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics," because apparently "APU" is out of style. Call it whatever you want, a new leak just highlighted what looks to be the entire stack of AMD's next generation desktop chips with integrated graphics. What these chips consist of are the latest generation Zen 2 CPU cores built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, paired with upgraded Vega graphics. Well, we assume AMD will stick with Vega for another round, because that is what the company used for its mobile "Renoir" APUs (or "Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics"). We have... Read more...
AMD is strengthening its position in the workstation graphics market with the introduction of the Radeon Pro VII, which as you can imply from its name, is based on the consumer market Radeon VII graphics card. The Radeon VII was AMD’s first 7nm consumer graphics card, and remains its most powerful offering despite the arrival of new 7nm Navi (RDNA) architecture. The Radeon Pro VII (Vega 20) will in effect serve as a replacement for the existing Radeon Pro WX 9100, which is based on Vega 10. The Radeon Pro VII features a total of 3840 stream processors, 16GB of HBM2 with ECC (2Gbps, 4096-bit interface, 1TB/sec bandwidth),  PCIe 4.0 interface, and two Infinity Fabric links (for... Read more...
AMD came out swinging when it debuted its Ryzen 4000 Zen 2 processors, which represent the company’s latest salvo against Intel in the laptop market. Not only do these mobile “Renoir”  processors have excellent performance with up to 8 cores and 16 threads, but their 7nm process tech has enabled incredibly power efficient laptops like the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14. We’re now learning of an alleged new member of the Ryzen 4000 “U Series” with the impending arrival of a Ryzen 9 4900U. This would be the new flagship processor for thin and light notebooks, and carries with it an 8-core/16-thread configuration. AMD Ryzen 9 4900UAMD Majolica-RN pic.twitter.com/HaUn8PG5Cc—... Read more...
It stands to reason that at some point, AMD will introduce a new round of desktop processors based on its Zen 2 CPU architecture, with onboard Radeon graphics. Essentially an APU (accelerated processing unit), even though AMD does not use that term these days. Perhaps one of those upcoming chips, the Ryzen 7 4700G, has made a cameo in a benchmark leak. Before we get to that, let's talk the Zen 2 lineup. There are few categories. On the desktop, they include the Ryzen 3000 "Matisse" series (regular and Pro variants) and Ryzen Threadripper 3000 "Castle Peak" series. For servers, there is the EPYC 7000 "Rome" series. And on mobile, AMD recently introduced its Ryzen 4000 "Renoir" CPUs. Desktop APUs... Read more...
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