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When AMD released its first Zen-based processors last spring in the form of Ryzen, the company managed to impress pretty much every hardware enthusiast out there. We suddenly had many-core CPU options that wouldn't destroy our bank accounts. Fast-forward to today, and we now have second-generation Ryzen Zen+ processors, a series that looks like it could enjoy even more success in the mainstream market. AMD brought eight-core chips to the mainstream last spring for $500, and today, an even faster chip (Ryzen 7 2700X) costs $329. It seems that this value proposition has helped AMD make an impression... Read more...
AMD initially announced its 2nd Generation Ryzen desktop processors back at CES earlier this year. Our coverage of the event is available for you here, but to quickly recap, 2nd Generation Ryzen processors are based on a refined update to the Zen architecture, dubbed Zen+, that offers higher clocks, lower latencies, and a more intelligent Precision Boost 2 algorithm that improves performance, system responsiveness, and power efficiency characteristics. The chips are also manufactured using a more advanced process, however, they still leverage the existing AM4 infrastructure and are compatible with... Read more...
News regarding AMD’s 2nd Generation Ryzen processors has been trickling out for months. We covered the initial announcement back during CES in January when AMD first revealed its plans, which also included some salacious info about a couple of upcoming GPUs and the X470 chipset. Additional specifications, some benchmark data, and an array of X470 motherboard shots have leaked since then as well. But today, as we inch closer to the 2nd Generation Ryzen processors’ official launch, in addition to pre-orders going live, we’ve some actual hardware to show you... The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X... Read more...
AMD Ryzen CPU fans who aren’t in the market for the higher-end processors will be happy to hear that another set of benchmarks has leaked pointing to the overclocking prowess of the upcoming AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, which was accomplished using a high-end X370 mainboard. The user doing all the overclocking is a Discord user who goes by the name "Mow" and has provided CPU-Z and other images to prove his overclocking claims. The Ryzen 2600 was overclocked to maximum of 4.05 GHz and had DDR4 RAM running at 3,466 MHz. A link to Geekbench results for the chip also shows the same overclocking... Read more...
To say that 2017 was an interesting year for CPUs would be a gross understatement. With Ryzen, AMD delivered its most impressive processor family in a decade, and soon after, Intel unveiled its high-end Core X series. That was then followed by another Intel launch: the mainstream-targeted 8th generation "Coffee Lake" Core series. Now, and thanks to a couple of leaks found on SiSoft's Sandra results repository, we know that a few more 8th generatopm Core models are en route. In addition, Coffee Lake is soon to welcome its first Pentium models, aimed at folks with simpler computing needs. All five... Read more...
The upheaval of the high-end desktop processor segment continues today with the official release of Intel’s latest Coffee Lake-based 8th Generation Core processors. 2017 easily been one of the most exciting years in a decade for desktop processors, thanks in no small part to AMD’s entire line-up of Ryzen products, including the monstrous Threadripper, which propelled the company back into contention at virtually every price point.Intel was at the ready with a host of ultra-high-end processors – namely the Core X series – that allow the company to lay claim to the fastest desktop processor on the... Read more...
There's been a ton of talk (and leaks) surrounding Intel's upcoming 8th-gen Core processors, dubbed "Coffee Lake". Based on what we've seen so far, Intel is striking back hard at AMD, offering more cores at the top-end of its line-up (over its own previous generation), and higher frequencies overall. We've already seen the Core i7-8700K overclock to 4.8GHz on air, which is almost a surprise given Intel's typical use of less-than-ideal thermal interface material in its chip packages. While the embargo for Intel's 8th-gen chips isn't quite up yet, one Romanian website decided to publish early, and... Read more...
Over the last few months, Intel slowly divulged a number of details regarding the two processors we’ll be covering today, its flagship 18-core, behemoth Core i9-7980XE and its slightly smaller sibling, the 16-core Core i9-7960X. The fact that these two processors were in the works was officially disclosed all the way back in May, no doubt in an attempt to quell the impending AMD Threadripper firestorm, but specifics like frequencies, cache, and TDP were initially held back.Those specifications were eventually revealed, and some benchmarks leaked as well, but today we’ve got the full, official scoop.... Read more...
We all know that Intel has plans to bring the fight back to AMD in the high-end CPU market. AMD's Ryzen Threadripper parts are better performance wise in many usage scenarios than Intel's high-end processors. The only place that Threadripper gives up the win to Intel is in some older games or games that don't benefit as much from multiple threads. If you want to know more about the Threadripper parts, you can check out our full review of the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X parts. Since we all know that Threadripper is a hit, fans might be interested to hear some of the backstory about how Threadripper... Read more...
For those Intel fans out there who are waiting in anticipation for Intel Coffee Lake to arrive, some new information has leaked today. Word is that the 8th gen Intel Core parts, Coffee Lake, will be available starting in early October. That fits right in with the rumor we heard in early August that Coffee Lake would be launching in Q3. It's curious though that the fancy MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming mainboard that leaked recently, and is design specifically for the Coffee Lake platform, is tipped to not launch until Q4. It would be odd for MSI to hold off on launching that board until that long... Read more...
AMD is finally back in the CPU war against Intel with processors that are cheaper and bring plenty of performance to the table, grabbing well-earned dollars from PC fans that would normally choose Intel. We knew that Ryzen was helping AMD turn its fortunes around in late July when the company released its Q2 financials and shares had jumped on strong Ryzen CPU and Radeon GPU sales. Now we have some new direct confirmation that AMD is hurting Intel with some numbers released from German e-tailer Mindfactory. Three different slides have surfaced that compare AMD to Intel, and list the number... Read more...
Back in late June, AMD announced that it would be rolling out a Ryzen Pro line of CPUs aimed at desktops in the professional workplace. Today is the day that products with Ryzen Pro inside launch and AMD counts some of the biggest names in the computer industry as partners with workstations and desktops from Dell, Lenovo, and HP coming. AMD's Kevin Lensing spent a bit of time laying out what AMD is cooking up with Ryzen Pro noting that this is part of AMD's "return to innovation for high-performance PCs." Ryzen Pro is a commercial CPU for AMD with the consumer Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 3... Read more...
AMD’s unrelenting attack on the desktop CPU market continues today, with the official launch of the company's beastly Ryzen Threadripper processors. If, by some cruel joke, you are unfamiliar with Threadripper, it is AMD’s premium, high-end, many-core desktop processor, that leverages the same Zen microarchitecture that debuted with the Ryzen 7 series a few months back. The flagship chip in the initial AMD Ryzen Threadripper line-up packs 16 physical processor cores and supports 32 threads through the use of SMT (Simultaneous Multithreading). To date, the largest number of cores supported on standard... Read more...
AMD's Ryzen processors have certainly grabbed the attention of PC gamers and enthusiasts. In fact, AMD laid much of its quarterly success at the feet of Ryzen processors. Back in late July we heard that AMD was working on some new additions to the Ryzen Threadripper family of processors. These parts include some Ryzen offerings sans the "X" designation, including a Threadripper 1920 processor. Today some new details are surfacing from boardmakers that again tip AMD is looking to roll out more Ryzen parts, and that Ryzen Threadripper 1920 is mentioned specifically in this leak. The new information... Read more...
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