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It’s fall and it has been quite a while since we gave away a hardcore gaming PC, so we thought what better way to say good-bye summer and usher in the season of crunchy leaves and pumpkin-spice lattes, than to give away an awesome gaming rig? This time around we’ve teamed up with the good folks at EK Fluid Gaming, who put together one heck of a gorgeous, all-AMD system – and it could be yours! EKFG graciously offered up one of its beautiful, liquid-cooled 270 Conquest gaming PCs, powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X processor and Radeon RX 5700 XT. Take a look at this bad boy...  The complete parts list and breakdown for this custom gaming rig includes: EK Fluid Gaming 270 Conquest... Read more...
Back at PAX East 2020 in March, we were captivated by the systems we saw at the EK booth that all featured an incredibly clean looking hard line liquid cooling setup. We were surprised to learn, however, that these were not custom builds on display to showcase EK’s renowned water blocks and fittings. Instead, EK has jumped into the boutique pre-built computer space with a line-up they are calling EK Fluid Gaming. The Fluid Gaming systems are a bit of natural offering for EK. The bulk of the gaming PC market is incredibly competitive and price sensitive. Instead of wheeling and dealing in this space with razor-thin margins, EK can leverage their custom liquid cooling pedigree to offer... Read more...
As Chromebooks are an important part of education and are becoming a bigger part of the work-from-home toolkit, performance and power is needed more than ever. Now that AMD has announced their lineup of mobile processors to power Chrome OS, a little competition with Intel is in the works. The Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 and Athlon "C" mobile processors will bring Zen performance to the Chromebook with partners such as ASUS, Google, and Lenovo. These new mobile CPUs will range from 2 to 4 cores (up to 8 threads) with a TDP of 15 watts across the board. With Zen and Zen+ architecture on 14nm and 12nm process nodes respectively, we should see decent performance and battery life. According to AMD,... Read more...
What do the Broadway musical song The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow and battle royale classic game Fortnite have to do with each other? Apparently, representatives at AMD are floating out hints in multiple entertainment genres that something BIG is coming soon. Tonight, Frank Azor, Chief Architect Of Gaming Solutions & Marketing at AMD, tweeted out a little snippet from the popular theater musical Little Orphan Annie. Typically, executives in big tech companies do not just tweet musical lyrics for just any random reason, so we can assume that holds true now as well. Lately, hype has been building up for AMD's Radeon Big Navi lineup of GPUs that are... Read more...
We've been looking forward to this day ever since we first got our hands on a trio of high-powered gaming notebooks powered by AMD's Ryzen 4000 processors. We already know the Renoir-based CPUs could deliver excellent performance at an attractive price in higher power envelopes where the Ryzen 7 4900HS and Ryzen 7 4800H reside. But how would AMD's lowest-power chips, like the Ryzen 5 4600U and Ryzen 7 4700U handle their constrained thermal budgets? And could AMD's typical budget-conscious pricing keep system costs low? Lenovo's ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 notebook will answer those questions for us today. To date, the thin and light segment has been dominated by Intel's offerings. AMD seems poised to... Read more...
Full disclosure, I've never been much of a mini-ITX form factor kind of guy. I mean I get the allure of a space-efficient PC design that can more easily integrate in to an office or home environment, but there are almost always caveats. Typically the trade-offs are either sacrificing performance and features, or you end up having to tolerate the noise of a small and overwhelmed cooling solution. And so when I considered the Maingear Turbo for evaluation here, at first I wasn't all that enthused. However, it seems the folks at Maingear, a highly respected custom performance PC builder out of New Jersey, set out to address some of the inherent shortcomings of the traditional SFF (Small Form Factor)... Read more...
AMD just reported its Q2 2020 earnings during a call this afternoon and the company delivered impressive results, spurred by solid sales growth. Specifically, AMD pulled in record revenue for Q2, which came in at $1.93 billion (a 23 percent year-over-year increase), while gross margins increased by 3 percentage points YoY to 44 percent.  Non-GAAP income came in at $216 million compared to $124 million during Q2 2019, while earnings per share were dialed-in at $0.18, compared to a street consensus of $0.16. This was an increase of $0.10 per share compared to the same quarter in 2019. How AMD achieved this growth is where it gets interesting, however. AMD attributed its stellar quarter to... Read more...
When it comes to building a PC, most people turn to a modern chassis that has ample cooling, style, and lots of space inside. Others turn to alternative means to build a PC that doesn't quite look like a garden variety PC. A perfect example of someone who wanted a PC that stands out from the pack has turned up from a redditor that goes by Imacleigh, who built an AMD Ryzen 5 1600 PC and tucked it inside a vintage radio enclosure. The wooden case is an actual vintage radio that the builder says was found at an antique shop that had already been gutted. Since the radio was gutted, the builder didn't feel guilty about ruining a functioning antique. A lot of the reddit commenters were concerned... Read more...
A couple of weeks back we announced another HOT summer giveaway, courtesy of our friends at Asetek and AMD! Up for grabs this time around were a pair of Ryzen 3000X / XT series processors and a killer Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU. Specifically, we had an 8-core / 16-thread Ryzen 7 3800XT, a 6-core / 12-thread Ryzen 5 3600 X, and a custom Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT on the table... First Prize: AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT Second Prize: Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT Third Prize: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Well, we finally had a chance to let Gleam do its thing, sort though the thousands of entries, and pick the winners. So, without further delay... HotHardware's Ryzen And Radeon Giveaway With Asetek And AMD... Read more...
We’re back with another HOT summer giveaway on tap for you all, courtesy of our friends at Asetek and AMD! Up for grabs this time around are a pair of Ryzen 3000 X / XT series processors and a killer Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU. Specifically, we’ve got an 8-core / 16-thread Ryzen 7 3800XT, a 6-core / 12-thread Ryzen 5 3600 X, and a custom Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT. First Prize: AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT Second Prize: Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT Third Prize: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X All you have to do to earn entry points and win one of these cool devices is like and subscribe to handful of social media sites, and you’ll automatically be entered. There are no less than 21 EASY ways to... Read more...
Last month, AMD made the 3rd Generation Ryzen 3000XT series processors official after weeks of leaks and speculation. In case you missed the original announcement, Ryzen 3000XT series processors are tweaked versions of the original 3000X series products, but with higher clocks and the ability to maintain turbo frequencies longer, to boost overall performance. The “XT” branding, which is being used for the first time on a Ryzen processor, is a call-back to AMD’s top-end GPU components. The 3000XT line-up consists of three processors – the Ryzen 5 3600XT, the Ryzen 7 3800XT, and the Ryzen 9 3900XT. At their core, these three processors are nearly identical to their respective... 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...
AMD announced a pair of new Ryzen 3 processors a couple of weeks back, designed to drive its Zen 2 microarchitecture down into even more affordable price points. These new processors, the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X, are the latest entry-level, quad-core processors in the Ryzen family. Over and above disabling a few cores and tweaking clocks, however, AMD’s got a couple of additional tricks up its sleeve with these new CPUs – more on that in just a bit. In addition to the processors, AMD also announced the new, lower-priced B550 chipset is coming to an array of affordable Socket AM4 motherboards. Like the flagship X570 that launched alongside higher-end Ryzen 3000 series processors,... Read more...
Misery loves company, and if you happen to experiencing issues applying the latest chipset drivers on your Ryzen platform, take whatever solace you can from knowing you are not alone. Others have run into problems too. This is something AMD attempted to address with a new chipset driver package, but for some, installation problems remain. So, what's going on? Users reported problems with AMD's v2.03.12.10657 chipset driver not installing correctly or completely. After looking into the complains, AMD issued a new driver package, v2.04.04.111, that was supposed to fix the installation issues. And it did, but it also seems to have introduced another problem. AMD Ryzen Master Utility According to... Read more...
It has been a few weeks since launched our latest amazing giveaway, and it's time to announce the winner! Our friends at Asetek helped us give away a powerful Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition gaming PC, which is liquid cooled by an Asetek-powered closed-loop AIO CPU cooler. Asetek actually pioneered the All-In-One liquid cooler some 20-years ago and currently enjoys over 90% market share in the space. Up for grabs this time around was an awesome, fully decked-out Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition gaming PC (our full review), packing an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core processor, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU, 32GB of Kingston HyperX RAM, a 2TB Samsung NVMe SSD, and a Seagate 2TB HDD. Oh, and... Read more...
AMD announced its Zen 2-based Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors a couple of months back at CES 2020. The information disseminated at AMD’s press conference, however, was relatively high-level, and as it turns out, wasn’t quite complete. Since the show, we’ve been made privy to much more information regarding the Ryzen 4000 series mobile line-up, including a couple of new processor models that haven’t been officially disclosed just yet. Though the Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors won’t be widely available for a few more weeks, some of AMD’s partners are going to begin taking pre-orders for notebooks powered by these new processors. As such, AMD is... Read more...
UPDATE 3/9/20 - 2:17 PM ET: Based on some of the comments, we felt it would be important to provide an update clarifying that Intel also funds chip security research on a broad scale, including on its own processors. Gruss and his team did the right thing being transparent about the funding. At the same time, it sounds like just one of the students involved in the research received funding from Intel. It's still interesting, as we pointed out above, but we also don't feel like Intel sent out the security hounds to drag its competitor (AMD) through the mud, or anything like that. To that end, Gruss is also one of the researchers who discovered the Meltdown and ZombieLoad vulnerabilities. Mortiz... Read more...
It has been a few weeks since our last amazing giveaway, so it's time to dial things up a few notches and offer something truly incredible to all of you. Our friends at Asetek are giving away a handful of powerful Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition gaming PCs, which are liquid cooled by Asetek-powered closed-loop AIO CPU coolers, and they’ve chosen us as the launch point for their first system giveaway! Asetek pioneered the All-In-One liquid cooler some 20-years ago and currently enjoys over 90% market share in the space currently.  Up for grabs this time around is an awesome, fully decked-out Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition gaming PC (our full review), packing an AMD Ryzen... Read more...
Could Apple be ready to break free of Intel exclusivity for its Macs? It's certainly seems possible thanks to references that were found in Apple’s latest macOS 10.15.4 beta.  As you know, all modern Macs for well over a decade have used Intel Core processors. For example, the latest 16-inch MacBook Pros use 9th generation Coffee Lake processors. But the references found in the macOS 10.15.4 beta suggest that Apple may be at least be looking to add AMD as a second supplier of processors for its computers. In addition to familiar codenames like Navi -- the 16-inch MacBook Pro makes uses of Radeon Pro GPUs with Navi architecture -- there are also references to Picasso,... Read more...
Although it was somewhat of a foregone conclusion that AMD would launch a monstrous 64-core / 128-thread 3rd generation Ryzen Threadripper processor ever since the initial line-up was announced a few months back, the company made it official at CES 2020 last month. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su took to the stage during a glitzy press conference in Las Vegas, and revealed the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 64-core HEDT processor we’ll be showing you here today. During Dr. Su’s talk, she disclosed the 3990X’s speeds and feeds and showed the beastly chip taking down a pair of 28-core Xeons worth about 20 thousand dollars, in a 3D rendering benchmark, despite the Threadripper 3990X’s much... Read more...
AMD really struck a goldmine when it launched its original Zen processor architecture back in 2017. Years before that launch, AMD played second fiddle to Intel in the consumer and enterprise processor markets with regards to performance and market share. However, the Zen microarchitecture proved that AMD was able to compete head-to-head with Intel on the performance front, while using its advantage in process technology to undercut its longtime rival on price. We're now learning that AMD's efforts are continuing to pay off, thanks in part to its Zen 2 architecture that launched in mid-2019. Mercury Research has posted its Q4 2019 CPU market share numbers, and AMD has gained share across... Read more...
Motherboard makers can ill afford to let their foot off the gas pedal, not when there are now chipsets on the horizon. Intel is readying its Z490 chipset for its upcoming Comet Lake-S processors, while AMD is apparently prepping a B550 chipset for its Ryzen 3000 series. Meanwhile, Gigabyte is locked and loaded for both launches. Starting with the Z490 chipset, several Gigabyte-brand models were spotted at the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) website back in September. They included the following models... Z490 Aorus Elite Z490 D Z490 Gaming X Z490 UD Z490 White Z490M Z490M DS3H Z490M Gaming X Since then, there have been several new models listed at the EEC, including a few more that just showed... Read more...
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