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On this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Marco and Dave discuss our AMD vs Intel Architecture IPC Shootout evaluation, PowerColor's custom Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil Navi graphics card we have here on review, Intel 10nm Ice Lake Benchmarks, BEAST 64-core AMD EPYC processors, Toshiba's tiny BG4 SSD, GIVEAWAY hints at the end and more! Join us!  Show Notes:  03:12 - Building An AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Liquid-Cooled Performance Desktop PC With Maingear 12:27 - AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Vs Intel Core i9-9900K IPC Shootout: Did AMD Close The Gap? 20:57 - AMD EPYC 7002 Series Zen 2 Architecture Doubles Data Center Performance And Density 31:00 - Intel 10nm Ice Lake... Read more...
Last night, AMD officially launched its second-generation EPYC 7002 processors for the enterprise market (you can read our deep dive here). Based on the new Zen 2 architecture that underpins the newly released Ryzen 3000 desktop processor family, EPYC 7002 chips bring a significant performance and density improvements over their EPYC 7001 predecessors. Two companies that have been paying close attention to AMD’s strength in the data center market with the first-generation EPYC and early samples of the new Rome-based EPYC chips are Google and Twitter. Both companies have been impressed enough with what AMD brings to the table they have signed up to use the EPYC 7002 processors... Read more...
AMD has officially taken the wraps off its second generation EPYC 7002 series processors. The EPYC 7002 series builds upon the success of the original EPYC processors by leveraging the Zen 2 microarchitecture, which is also at the heart of the recently released Ryzen 3000 series desktop parts. EPYC 7002 series processors maintain platform compatibility with existing first-gen EPYC parts, but significantly increase the platform’s capabilities in aggregate and per socket, and introduce a number of new features as well. In terms of the microarchitecture, all of the benefits Zen 2 afforded the desktop have an impact on EPYC 7002 series processors, codenamed Rome. AMD has made a number of enhancements... Read more...
AMD shook up the processor market with its 14nm Zen architecture, which first debuted in 2017. It followed up with the 12nm Zen+ refresh in 2018, and we were introduced to 7nm Zen 2 in early July with the launch of the consumer-centric Ryzen 3000 processor family. While Ryzen processors have been a noticeable thorn in Intel’s side on the consumer side of the equation, the first-generation EPYC server processors have also been making inroads against the well-entrenched Intel Xeons in the enterprise market. With that in mind, AMD tonight is officially launching its second-generation “Rome” EPYC 7002 processor family that is based on Zen 2. These new EPYC processors share... Read more...
AMD is on a roll with its Zen CPU and Navi GPU architectures, the former of which is proving particularly compelling to customers across the board. Intel still dominates in overall semiconductor sales, but AMD is not exactly playing second fiddle, or at least it's trying not to. In what could be a major boost to AMD's bottom line, there is speculation that Google may migrate its cloud data centers to EPYC hardware. Bear in mind that the data center is the real high stakes battlefield for AMD and Intel, where margins are much higher compared to desktop and laptop products. AMD is on the cusp of introducing the world's first 7-nanometer x86 data center CPU, a next-gen EPYC product line based on... Read more...
AMD has begun pushing out a firmware fix for its EPYC server processors that addresses the way the chips provide Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV). Left unpatched, an attacker could leverage the vulnerability to recover a secure key, which could then be used to access an isolated virtual machine (VM) on a targeted system. SEV is a feature that uses one security key per VM to isolate guests and the hypervisor from one another. Those keys are managed by the AMD Secure Processor. It is a hardware-level feature that gives each guest VM its own security key to encrypt and decrypt portions of RAM as needed. The idea is to protect data in memory from being accessed by unauthorized users. That is... Read more...
When AMD announced its 7nm Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 processors at Computex, the enthusiast community stood up and took notice. Later, when AMD capped off the new processor family with the bodacious and powerful 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X, it absolutely rocked the desktop PC community. However, it appears computing enthusiasts weren’t the only ones that were impressed with AMD’s third-generation Ryzen and EPYC Zen 2-based products. Wall Street also took notice, and AMD's progress definitely got the attention of its primary rival competitor, Intel. Nowhere is Intel's renewed keen focus more evident than in an internal Intel memo that just leaked out to public... Read more...
Anticipation is running high for AMD's second-generation EPYC server processors, codenamed Rome, which will start shipping to customers later this year. We have seen a spattering of benchmark demonstrations from AMD, but what about the specific lineup and pricing? Official details have yet to come, though a new leak may have spilled the beans on the entire stack. While the new chips are second-generation EPYC parts, Rome is based on the same underlying Zen 2 architecture found inside AMD's upcoming (to retail) third-generation Ryzen desktop processors. AMD is in the midst of transitioning the bulk of its CPUs and GPUs to a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, including EPYC. At the top of the stack... Read more...
AMD made some waves at Computex where it delivered its first keynote for the event. To kick things off, the company talked about its second-generation EPYC servers processors, codenamed Rome, and promptly demonstrated a pair of 64-core EPYC chips thrashing two 28-core Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 (Cascade Lake) CPUs in a benchmark that showed AMD's hardware performing 2X better. That demonstration did not sit well with Intel, which has fired back with a more thorough comparison. How things actually shake out between AMD and Intel, both on consumer desktops and in the server space, will be made more clear once reviewers have had a chance to properly test and benchmark AMD's new stuff. Make no mistake,... Read more...
 In this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco, Chris and Dave chat about Intel's hot new 10nm Ice Lake CPUs, Intel's wild and crazy Odyssey 2035 GPU concepts, AMD's Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 CPUs, and Dr. Su's other announcements from her Computex keynote address, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx benchmarks, and Google's totally affordable Pixel 3a XL Android phone! Show Notes: 08:10 - Intel 10nm Ice Lake Architecture And Project Athena Laptops To Drive Exciting New Mobile PC Experiences 28:18 - Ice Lake-U Gen11 Performance Data Shows Intel Leaving AMD's Integrated Vega Graphics Behind 36:58 - Intel Odyssey Futuristic 2035 GPU Collection Is Totally Wild, Driver Advancements, Game Updates... Read more...
It is widely known that Zen 2 is on the horizon, with a new generation of processors likely to be announced at Computex later this month. AMD has not kept this a secret. In fact, AMD recently reiterated that Zen 2 products will ship in the third quarter of this year, including both consumer desktop (Ryzen 3000 series) and server (EPYC) processors. In regards to the latter, a fresh leak gives us a sneak peek at the specs and performance of some of the offerings that AMD is readying. To quickly recap, Zen 2 is the third generation of AMD's Zen microarchitecture, It is the first of the Zen series to utilize a 7-nanometer manufacturing process—current generation Zen+ parts are built on a 12nm... Read more...
AMD has not been secretive of its plans to launch third generation Ryzen CPUs for the desktop, including 12-core and 16-core processors, and debut its Navi GPU architecture, both before the end of the year. Nevertheless, pending launches this summer can now be considered confirmed—during its annual meeting with shareholders, AMD revealed that both Zen 2 and Navi will be available in the third quarter. "In gaming, we successfully returned to the high-end market with the launch of our Radeon™ VII GPU in February 2019 and we are on track to introduce our next-generation “Navi” GPUs for the mainstream market later this year," AMD states on its 10-K filing. In addition to that... Read more...
AMD has definitely been on an serious upswing in recent years thanks to its Zen CPU microarchitecture, and the company has gotten the attention from some big names in the computing industry. Now, AMD is definitely showing its computing muscle thanks to a collaboration with the Cray, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  It has been announced that AMD's EPYC processors will power what will be the world's fastest exascale supercomputer. Called Frontier, this new supercomputer will deliver in excess of 1.5 exaflops of compute performance and will be delivered to ORNL rough two years from now. Although AMD is currently being a bit light... Read more...
AMD is on the cusp of releasing a new generation of Ryzen processors based on its 7-nanometer Zen 2 architecture, and from everything we have heard to this point, it is going to be an exciting launch. Looking beyond Zen 2, however, is where things may get truly interesting, as AMD's Zen 3 architecture transitions to a 7nm+ extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) manufacturing process. Each new generation should bring a jump in IPC (instructions per clock) performance and better power efficiency, and we certainly expect that to be the case with Zen 2, and later Zen 3. What's interesting about Zen 3, though, is it will be the first semiconductor design to incorporate Taiwain Semiconductor Manufacturing... Read more...
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