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During an earnings call with investors, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su and other executives confirmed some interesting details about the company's upcoming Zen 2-based processor lineup, as well as Navi on the GPU side. We now know, for example, that Epyc server processors based on Zen 2 will show up in the third quarter of this year. "We are on track to being Rome production shipments in the second quarter to support a third quarter launch," Dr. Lisa Su said. What that means is that Zen 2 will poke its head in AMD's consumer products first, and specifically the forthcoming Ryzen 3000 series of desktop processors. Barring any last minute snags, AMD is expected to unveil its initial Ryzen 3000 lineup at Computex... Read more...
We all know that Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 is going to be a performance monster; well at least compared to the existing PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. In an interview last month, the chief architect for PlayStation hardware confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will be packing a 7nm Zen 2 CPU along with a 7nm Navi-based Radeon GPU. That should be more than enough to deliver stout 4K gaming muscle across the board complete with support real-time ray tracing effects. Sony has even hinted at the possibility of 8K gaming for the PlayStation 5. Now, a new rumor is making the rounds, and it comes from industry insider Benji-Sales. According to his [since deleted] tweet leak, the... Read more...
In a few more weeks, AMD may launch its upcoming Navi GPU architecture, alongside a new round of Ryzen processors based on Zen 2. Both architectures are being built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process. Details keep leaking out ahead of both product releases, with the latest bit of information pointing to Navi's memory interface. Leaked images that are claimed to be of the printed circuit board (PCB) on a Navi-based graphics card show eight DRAM memory packages surrounding the GPU. A closer examination reveals a ball grid array (BGA) with a 180 package size. From that, we can deduce that Navi is running with GDDR6 memory. One of the reasons why that is interesting is because AMD has been turning... Read more...
We’ve been hearing a lot over the past few months about the hardware that will power the next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Most speculation has centered around both consoles being powered by 7nm AMD Zen 2-based processors that are backed with 7nm Navi-based Radeon GPUs. Today, a new report is shedding more light on the hardware that will specifically be going inside the Sony PlayStation 5 – or whatever the gaming console will end up being called. Wired has an exclusive sit-down with Mark Cerny, who serves as the lead system architect for the PlayStation 5 (it was also a title he held for the current generation PlayStation 4 family of gaming consoles). Cerny... Read more...
AMD finds itself in a relatively good place right now. The company's Zen CPU architecture is a success, and it will not be long before its third-generation Ryzen processors make a debut, with single-core performance that is rumored to close the gap with Intel. If the next-gen CPUs live up to the hype, and if Navi ends up being a worthwhile solution in the GPU space, AMD could see big sales gains in the second half of the year. That would be good timing for AMD. Coming off a $1.42 billion quarter and capping off a second straight year of "significant revenue growth," AMD forecasts a 12 percent decline in revenue sequentially, and 24 percent year-over-year due to "continued softness in the graphics... Read more...
Even with all of the leaks and rumors, there is quite a bit of intrigue surrounding Navi, the next-generation GPU architecture that AMD is planning to launch later this year. We have heard it could be a mid-range solution, and there are rumblings that it will compete at the high-end of spectrum. Which is correct? Perhaps both, according to the latest chatter. Paul CrimsonRayne from RedGamingTech posted an interesting video on YouTube in which he outlines the scuttlebutt surrounding Navi. More than just loose gossip, though, Paul claims to have come across information about Navi from a source who has "proven to be extremely reliable in the past." According to what the source told Paul, AMD will... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco, Chris, and Dave will be diving in deep on NVIDIA’s beastly Titan RTX 24GB GPU, Samsung’s hot new Galaxy S10+, AMD 7nm Navi GPU rumors, Alienware’s beastly Area-51m desktop replacement laptop, Intel CPU shortages and more! Show Notes: 08:40 - NVIDIA Titan RTX Review: A Pro Viz, Compute And Gaming Beast 21:10 - AMD Radeon RX 7nm Navi GPU Benchmarks Allegedly Leaked, 20 CUs And 1280 SPs 24:37 - AMD Rumored To Launch Its 7nm Navi GPU Around A Month After Ryzen 3000 Lands 38:01 - Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review: 10th Generation Android Greatness 52:43 - Intel Chip Shortages Reportedly To Get Worse 58:09 - Alienware Area-51m... Read more...
Have you heard that AMD is launching its next-generation Navi GPU architecture sometime this year? Of course you have, assuming you follow technology trends even just a little bit, because it has been the subject of numerous leaks and rumors. That will continue to be the case until AMD finally lifts the lid on Navi, and if the latest rumor is right, that will happen around a month after the company unveils its Ryzen 3000 series of desktop processors. As you might already know, both Ryzen 3000 and Navi are being built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process. AMD has gone all-in with 7nm nodes, and is retroactively applying the technology to already launched architectures, namely Vega—the... Read more...
What an interesting year it is turning out to be for graphics. We have Intel doubling down on its ambitious plans to rock the discrete GPU market with invitations to join company on its "Odyssey," NVIDIA is pushing both RTX-enabled and non-RTX variants of Turing, and AMD is headed towards releasing a new GPU architecture called Navi. As it pertains to the latter, some more leaked benchmarks are making the rounds. Navi, as you might be aware if you follow developments in tech and company roadmaps, is AMD's successor to Vega. It is being built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, as is the recently launched Radeon VII, though that card is essentially a refresh of Vega. We know Navi is real and... Read more...
A recently published patent application suggests that AMD might be infusing a technology called Variable Rate Shading (VSR) into its upcoming Navi GPU architecture, which is expected to arrive later this year. The patent application does not actually specify Navi, though it is definitely a possibility, given when the patent was filed and subsequent date of publication. AMD filed the patent in August 2017, and it was published yesterday. AMD had already been developing its Navi GPU architecture in 2017, and had also begun taping out its 7-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process around the same time (a tape out is when a company like AMD finalizes its semiconductor design before sending it off for... Read more...
The enthusiast community is eagerly awaiting the arrival of AMD's third-generation Ryzen 3000 series processors. These Ryzen 3000 processors are based on 7-nanometer Zen 2 architecture, which is codenamed Matisse, and will take the fight directly to Intel’s popular Core processor family. AMD gave us our first glimpse at an 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 3000 processor at this year's Consumer Electronics Shows, where it put up performance comparable to Intel's mighty Core i9-9900K. Now, a new report from RedGamingTech suggests that these new mainstream processors will come to market in July. More specifically, the publication says that its sources have indicated a launch... Read more...
It was previously rumored that AMD would launch its next-generation Navi GPU around the middle of the year, perhaps at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June. Now a new rumor has emerged, and reportedly AMD is delaying its Navi GPU launch until later in the year, and likely in October. Does the rumor have merit? We can't say, though what we do know is that AMD is fresh off a high-end graphics card launch, namely the Radeon VII. It's the first graphics card for gaming to sport a GPU on board that is built on a 7nm manufacturing process, though it's not the first 7nm graphics product—AMD's Radeon Instinct MI60 came before the Radeon VII. Our own hands on testing shows the Radeon... Read more...
There is no disputing that AMD has made some giant strides in the enthusiast market, especially with its Zen CPU architecture, though also with its Vega GPUs. The latest incarnation of the latter is the recently announced Radeon VII with a 7nm Vega GPU inside. It's a beastly card in its own right, though NVIDIA still has the edge in overall performance with its own Turing GPU architecture. Will AMD ever close the performance gap? That is an interesting question to mull, in light of recent patent applications that AMD filed. First let's talk about the performance of the Radeon VII. The only numbers we have to evaluate at the moment are AMD's own benchmark figures. If those are a proper representation... Read more...
AMD is on a roll, and we get the sense the company is just getting started. Having reasserted itself into the enthusiast discussion with its latest CPU and GPU architectures, the focus has quickly shifted to its 7-nanometer production designs. That is what AMD's upcoming Navi GPU architecture will be based on, and perhaps hinting that a launch is right around the corner, references to several Navi products have been found inside the source code for a beta update to macOS Mojave. Based on AMD's own roadmaps and past comments, we know that Navi is due to come out sometime this year. What we don't know, however, is when exactly it will arrive. We also don't know what kind of performance targets... Read more...
When it comes to AMD's Zen 2 processor architecture, the company has only confirmed two product families to date. The first announced was the company's second-generation EPYC family of server processors, and last week at CES the company previewed its Ryzen 3000 family of mainstream desktop processors.  Now, thanks to hardware leaker APISAK, we may have out first glimpse at an alleged APU that will form the heart of next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. The APU is reportedly called Gonzalo, and has been identified online with the following part number: 2G16002CE8JA2_32/10/10_13E9. AMD Gonzalohttps://t.co/uSTurBfcx3 — APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) January... Read more...
We're beginning to hear a little bit more about Microsoft's next-generation Xbox gaming hardware. Although we don't have an official name for the console, the device is currently being developed under the codename Scarlett according to various reports. So, what will Scarlett bring to the tablet? Well, according to Microsoft Insider Brad Sams, it will be based on AMD's upcoming 7-nanometer Zen 2 microarchitecture, which should be no surprise. Zen 2 forms the basis of Rome-based EPYC server processors, and will also underpin AMD's third-generation Ryzen 3000 Series mainstream processors. Zen 2 should provide quite the boost in performance compared to the current Xbox One... Read more...
AMD is investing heavily into 7-nanometer manufacturing technology, both for its CPUs and GPUs, only one of which currently competes at the high end of the market. That would be AMD's processor family, and specifically its Ryzen, Threadripper, and Epyc chips. What about graphics? AMD has mostly focused on the mid-range and low-end sectors with several refreshes to its Polaris GPU architecture, but is not willing to concede the high-end market to NVIDIA. "We believe, we will be very competitive overall and that includes the high-end of the GPU market. Obviously there are new products out there from our competition. We will have our set of new products as well and we will be right there in the... Read more...
Figuratively and literally, AMD is putting all of its chips into 7-nanometer designs, an all-in move that could have a big payoff. On that GPU side, that includes a 7nm version of Vega due out later this year, and its next-generation Navi GPU. An early sample of the latter reportedly already exists, and has even been benchmarked. There are not many details surrounding Navi just yet, just lots of rumors and speculation. For example, it was rumored more than a year ago that Navi would be the first GPU from AMD to feature circuitry dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) operations. Former Radeon Technologies Group Raja Korduri (who now leads Intel's discrete graphics efforts) reportedly wanted... Read more...
Is it too early to starting thinking about past Navi? Of course not, provided you're willing to take any and all early information with a few grains of salt. As you might already now, Navi is slated to arrive sometime in 2019. There are still many questions surrounding Navi, but looking even further down the road, the codename for Navi's successor might be Arcturus. Let's talk about Navi for a moment before getting to Arcturus. It remains to be seen what kind of performance Navi will bring to the table, though rumor has it the next-gen GPU architecture will be more of a mid-range product. Compared to NVIDIA's product stack, it's been speculated that Navi will offer performance similar to a GeForce... Read more...
AMD made two big announcements after the closing bell today that affects its hardware business. There is some executive shuffling on the personnel side, and some changes with regards to 7nm production. On the personnel side, Jim Anderson, who served as AMD's General Manager and Senior Vice President of Global Computing and Graphics Sales, is leaving the company effective September 4th. Anderson decided to leave his post to take a position as President and CEO of Lattice Semiconductor. This is quite the move up the corporate latter for Anderson, who will also serve on the company's board of directors. "Jim brings a strong combination of business and technical leadership with a deep understanding... Read more...
There was a lot of hype and excitement surrounding Vega, the latest GPU architecture from AMD, spearheaded by former Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri (who is now at Intel where, among other things, is working on a discrete gaming GPU). When it arrived, Vega brought parity to NVIDIA's Pascal architecture, which at the time had been on the market for a year. Looking ahead, there is chatter that AMD's next GPU architecture codenamed Navi will not propel the company ahead of NVIDIA in graphics, either. Navi's existence is not a secret by any means, though most of the details surrounding the next generation GPU architecture are scarce at the moment. Navi has been on AMD's roadmap for quite... Read more...
This has been a big year for AMD, there is no doubt about that. Having launched a new CPU and GPU architectures (Zen and Vega, respectively), the company thrust itself back into relevancy in the high-end market, whereas previously the top shelf was the exclusive domain of rival Intel. So, what's next? On the GPU side, AMD is expected to roll out its Navi architecture sometime next year, with references to its next generation GPU already showing up in driver code. Over on Beyond3D's forums, there is a thread titled, "AMD: Navi Speculation, Rumors, and Discussion." Just as it sounds, the thread is is focused on Navi and what AMD is up to in the graphics arena. In one of the more recent posts, forum... Read more...
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