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AMD is out there living the good life right now, racking up design wins and reaping the rewards of its engineering and marketing efforts. In the first quarter of 2020, AMD raked in $1.79 billion in revenue, which is an impressive gain of 40 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago (albeit down 16 percent sequentially). After paying the bills, AMD was left $162 in net income (profit), which is down $8 million sequentially but up $146 million from a year ago. "We executed well in the first quarter, navigating the challenging environment to deliver 40 percent year-over-year revenue growth and significant gross margin expansion driven by our Ryzen and EPYC processors," said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD... Read more...
It seems as it was just yesterday when AMD launched its Ryzen 4000 APUs based on Zen 2 "Renoir" architecture. The processors are giving Intel a real run for the money with respect to performance, and as we've seen with the ASUS ROG Strix Hero III, Ryzen 4000 processors are incredibly power efficient as well. AMD may have pushed Ryzen 4000 APUs out the door, but it's already far along with its next-generation Ryzen 5000 APUs that will be based on Zen 3 "Cezanne" microarchitecture. Although somewhat confusing, the first consumer-centric Zen 3 processors are coming later this year under Ryzen 4000 branding (desktop), with Ryzen 5000 mobile Zen 3 processors likely coming next year.... Read more...
Last week, a semi-anonymous hacker made headlines when they brazenly posted supposed source code to GitHub outlining chunks of AMD's next-generation Radeon DNA 2 (RDNA 2) GPU architecture, as found in the upcoming Xbox Series X game console. The hacker valued the stolen data at $100 million, but can it really be classified as source code? And is it truly that valuable? Maybe not. The hacker claimed to have gotten their mitts on various source files pertaining to different versions of AMD's graphics technology, the most interesting of which is Arden, the codename of the GPU inside the Xbox Series X. AMD managed to get the code removed from GitHub by filing a DMCA take down request. The hacker... Read more...
AMD has confirmed that some of the source code pertaining to its RDNA 2 graphics architecture used in Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X console and was posted to GitHub by a hacker who stole the data is legitimate, but downplayed the extent of the theft. According to AMD, the "stolen graphics IP is not core to the competitiveness or security" of RDNA 2. "At AMD, data security and the protection of our intellectual property are a priority. In December 2019, we were contacted by someone who claimed to have test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products, some of which were recently posted online, but have since been taken down," AMD said in a statement. "While we are... Read more...
AMD has been enjoying a good run with its Ryzen family of processors, and has garnered particular praise for its most recent Ryzen 3000 processors. In the tech industry, everyone is always looking forward to the next best thing, and in the case of AMD consumer desktop processors, that means the Ryzen 4000 family. Not to be confused with the Zen 2-based Ryzen 4000 mobile processor family that officially launched last week, Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs are based on newer AMD's new Zen 3 microarchitecture. A new report coming from WCCFTech claims that we won't see these processors until October 2020. For comparison, the Ryzen 3000 desktop family launched in July 2019. This information... Read more...
Sony was the first out of the gate to reveal details on its next-generation game console: the PlayStation 5. Sony first told us about the PlayStation 5 in April 2019 and confirmed that the console would be powered by an AMD Zen 2-based processor, Navi GPU, and that it would have an ultra-fast SSD for storage. It was later revealed that the DualShock 5 controller would support haptic feedback.  Today, however, Sony is giving us a true "deep dive" into the architecture of the PlayStation 5, much like how Microsoft has already done with its competing Xbox Series X. Not surprisingly, specs are very similar to that of the Xbox Series X with an 8-core/16-thread Zen 2 CPU... Read more...
While Sony has been holding things incredibly close to the vest with its PlayStation 5, Microsoft has been very forthcoming with information on its Xbox Series X. Nowhere is that more evident with today's full specs dump on the console, which is packing some very impressive hardware. Starting off with some of the stuff that we already knew, we're looking at an AMD Zen 2-based processor design, which feature a total of 8 cores. However, Microsoft today confirms that the custom chip is clocked at 3.8GHz by default, or 3.66GHz if SMT is enabled. The Radeon RDNA 2 GPU is rated at 12 TFLOPs (which was previously announced), but Microsoft is confirming that the GPU is cooked at... Read more...
AMD recently held its Financial Analyst Day and offered information about their plans for the future. Financial Analyst Day included a roadmap for the next-generation RDNA 2 Navi GPU or “Navi 2X”. To top it off, a photo was teased on the AMD subreddit that revealed that the upcoming reference graphics card will adopt a different cooler design. u/AnnieAreYouRammus and other Reddit users noted that there were no blower coolers. Scott Herkelman, Vice President & General Manager of AMD’s Graphics Business Unit, replied, “There will be no blower reference fans for gamers on next gen. So you are correct ;)” Herkelman commented in a follow-up post that AMD’s board... Read more...
AMD held its Financial Analyst Day today and the company offered up a broad overview of what we should expect in terms of roadmap technologies execution over the next few years. Some of the topics that were touched on included next-generation RDNA 2 Navi GPU architectures, completely new CDNA GPUs optimized for the data center, along with the planned roll-out of Zen 3 and Zen 4 processor families. Don't Call It "Big Navi" The tech industry has been referring to AMD's next-generation flagship discrete GPUs based on the RDNA 2 architecture as "Big Navi" for a while now. However, it appears that AMD would prefer that we not use that terminology, as it sells its next generation GPU architecture,... Read more...
Microsoft revealed a number of new details about its upcoming Xbox Series X console earlier this week, including "Quick Resume" functionality. According to Microsoft, Quick Resume allows you to hop back into gameplay in an instant from a suspended state. Quick Resume will suspend the state of multiple games, which is a big advantage over the current Xbox One family of consoles that can suspend gameplay for just one game. Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb unleashed a bit more information on Quick Resume this week in a podcast. According to Major Nelson, the resumed state "survives a reboot", which is a great feature to have in the case of a system crash or system maintenance that... Read more...
Microsoft spilled the beans on its next-generation Xbox Series X game console last year, letting us know that it would be powered by a 7nm AMD Ryzen 3000-class processor and Navi graphics. It was also revealed that the console would bring a revolution in a game loading times thanks to its ultra-fast solid-state drive (SSD). Today, Microsoft is delivering some additional critical hardware details on the Xbox Series X, including the fact that the GPU will be based on next-generation AMD RDNA 2 architecture. First-generation RDNA architecture is included in today’s crop of Navi-based Radeon desktop and laptop graphics cards, but RDNA 2 brings a number of optimizations... Read more...