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AMD’s Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 family of processor have been on the market for well over a year at this point, which means that we learned just about everything there is to know related to their inner workings. With this in mind, Yuri Bubliy (aka 1USMUS), the mastermind behind the DRAM Calculator for Ryzen, is set to release a new utility for Ryzen 3000 CPUs that allows the end-user to extract even more performance, while also improving power efficiency. The utility is called the ClockTuner for Ryzen (CTR) and seems like it would be likened to the Holy Grail for PC enthusiasts. At its heart, CTR is able to work at the CCX (Core Complex) level, where it is possible to undervolt each individually.... Read more...
Building a Ryzen system right now either requires a pricey motherboard based on the flagship X570 chipset, the recently released B550, or sticking with previous-generation mid-range chipsets like the B450. Help for budget builders with severely limited funds is on the way though, in the form of the as-yet unannounced AMD A520 chipset, at least according to some online listings. It seems that boards from ASUS and ASRock have gone on sale ahead of any announcement of the chipset from AMD or from either of these board manufacturers, however.  Right now, Newegg is selling ASUS's Prime A520M-K motherboard for $75.99. This board is apparently compatible with Zen 2 and current consumer APUs... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported on a rumor that indicated that AMD was working on new "Matisse Refresh" processors that would launch in June alongside the new B550 motherboards. According to that thin rumor, AMD was working on a Ryzen 7 3750X and Ryzen 7 3850X. We're now getting some additional clarity thanks to a new report. According to this latest news, we can throw those previous Ryzen names out the door, and add one more into the mix. What's interesting is that AMD is allegedly adding an "XT" to the end of these processor models, which will include: Ryzen 9 3900XT Ryzen 7 3800XT Ryzen 5 3600XT As you might have guessed from the rumored names, these are replacements for the Ryzen 9 3900X, Ryzen... Read more...
There's a lot movement in the AMD camp these days with respect to its processors. Just this week, we gave you a performance review of the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X processors and they'll likely be paired up with budget-minded B550 motherboards. And there’s word that Renoir-based Ryzen 4000 APUs are right around the corner. We're now learning that ASUS has a family of A520 motherboards that are on the horizon, which will be even cheaper than their B550 counterparts. ASUS is reportedly delivering five A520 motherboards: PRIME A520M-A PRIME A520M-E PRIME A520M-K TUF GAMING A520M-A TUF GAMING A520M-PLUS B550 motherboards aren't as feature-packed as those featuring the X570 chipset,... Read more...
It's been a while since we covered CPU market share figures for German eTailer Mindfactory, but the numbers are in for January and February, and AMD once again is dominating the market. AMD saw an uptick in adoption when it introduced its first- and second-generation Ryzen processors, but the third-generation Ryzen 3000 family has been absolutely crushing it with respect to sales performance. Mindfactory's numbers feature a mixture of January and February processor sales. The pie chart below shows CPU market share figures for January, and reveal that AMD garnered a whopping 85 percent of the market. That left Intel scraping by with just 15 percent of the CPU market in Germany. Looking at... Read more...
Gamers and enthusiasts who have been waiting for deals before upgrading an existing PC or building a new machine, this may be the time. There are some big discounts on AMD Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 processors going at Micro Center right now, and some of the CPUs are up to $100 off. There are deals on all manner of Ryzen parts, but we will focus on the mainstream parts that enthusiasts are likely to be most interested in. The first part is the Ryzen 5 3600 6-core, 12-thread CPU. That part is typically $199.99 and is currently on sale for $149.99. This processor is offered in-store only and limited to one per household. AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 Core CPU - $50 off at $149.99 The next processor is the Ryzen 7 3700X... Read more...
Have you been thinking about building a new PC, or upgrading an existing one? Now is a great time to make the jump. The bang-for-buck that can be obtained has never been higher than it is right now, and driving that point home are a handful of discounts on AMD's latest generation Zen 2 processors spanning the Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 5 product stacks. For anyone who has not been following, Zen 2 is the latest and greatest CPU architecture from AMD. They are the first to be built on a dense 7-nanometer manufacturing process, and they offer a nice balance of core counts and clockspeeds for the money. Whether you are a gamer or a productivity hound (or both), the Ryzen 3000 series offers plenty... Read more...
AMD might soon be expanding its 500 series chipset beyond its sole offering, the X570. Over in China, there are rumblings about two additional 500 series chipsets making a debut soon, including the B550 and A520, both of which will represent more affordable options in the motherboard space for new and upgraded builds. This is not unexpected, given that AMD's 400 and 300 series chipsets both consist of multiple options as well—X470 (enthusiast), B450 (high-performance), X370 (enthusiast), B350 (high-performance), A320 (essential computing), and A300 (small form factors). As things currently stand, the X570 is the top option for new and upgraded builds in the mainstream desktop space. It... Read more...
Some AMD platform owners have raised concerns about the Ryzen Master utility identifying a different, and perhaps wrong, fastest CPU core than the one that gets chosen by the Windows Scheduler in Windows 10. Likewise, some have raised doubts that the Windows Scheduler is identifying and boosting the correct core for single threaded workloads. So, which one is actually right? Turns out they both are correct. AMD's senior technical marketing manager, Robert Hallock, posted an explanation on Reddit that clears things up. What it boils down to is how the Ryzen Master utility and Windows 10 go about ranking cores. "Windows and Ryzen Master are both correct when identifying the fastest CPU core. The... Read more...
Gigabyte has made available a beta BIOS update for its X570 Aorus Master motherboard, and with it comes new support for per-CCD overclocking on AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors. While we have not tested this ourselves, the firmware update should make it easier to achieve higher and more stable overclocked frequencies in some instances. This is a desirable feature because of the way AMD's latest generation Ryzen processors are designed. Depending on the specific model, a Ryzen 3000 series CPU can have one or two core chiplet dies (CCDs). In turn, each of those dies has two CPU complex or core complex (CCX) clusters. To give an example, the Ryzen 9 3950X has two CCDs, each with two CCX clusters.... Read more...
Another month is in the books, and for AMD, its sales lead over Intel at Mindfactory, one of the largest computer hardware retailers in Germany, remains strong. This has been the trend now for several months, dating back to July. Since releasing its third-generation Ryzen processors built on a 7 nanometer manufacturing process, Mindfactory has sold around four AMD CPUs for every Intel chip sold. As always, we caution against reading too much into this—this is a single online retailer, albeit a major one, and unfortunately companies like Amazon and Newegg do not share this kind of data with the public. Nevertheless, Mindfactory's monthly data provides us with interesting snapshots that,... Read more...
To say AMD is doing well these days is a bit of an understatement, like saying Larry Bird was an okay basketball player back in the day. So, how is AMD really doing? Bolstered by its latest generation Ryzen desktop and EPYC server processors, AMD just capped off its most lucrative quarter in over a decade, with $1.8 billion in revenue. That figure represents 9 percent year-over-year increase, and you can double that percentage gain to 18 percent if comparing to the previous quarter, which yielded $1.53 billion in revenue. After paying the bills, AMD was left with a $219 million profit for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $150 million in the same quarter a year ago. "Our first full quarter... Read more...
Coming in slightly ahead of schedule. MSI has begun rolling out BIOS updates based on AMD's latest microcode, AGESA (AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture) 1.0.0.4. MSI had previously claimed the new microcode would introduce over 100 fixes and improvements. It appears boot times is one of them—a video comparing an X570 motherboard running the latest microcode shows it booting more much faster than the previous microcode. MSI says it is the first motherboard maker to release the latest AMD Combo Pi version 1.0.0.4 Patch B (SMU v46.54) BIOS update. According to MSI, the latest microcode "has a massive improvement at all points concerning debugs and optimization" compared to the... Read more...
AMD’s Ryzen 3000 family of products have been on the market since July, and are complimented by X570-based hardware like the recently announced MSI X570 Unify gaming motherboard. TeamGroup has just announced two new products that leverage that Ryzen 3000/X570 platform.  First up is its new, AMD-optimized DARK Zα DDR4 gaming memory, which is available in 16GB (8GBx2) and 32GB (16GBx2) kits. The modules will be available in DDR4-3200, DDR4-3600, and DDR4-4000 speed ratings. The DDR4-3200 modules have timings of CL16-18-18-38, while the DDR4-3600 and DDR4-4000 modules are both rated at CL18-22-22-42. All of the modules are backed with a lifetime warranty and come with an aluminum... Read more...
It is pretty remarkable what kind of PC you can build around a small form factor (SFF) setup these days. To drive the point home, ASUS is launching a pair of miniature motherboards based on AMD's X570 chipset, either of which would enable a user to build a high-end PC with a Ryzen 3000 series serving as the system's heartbeat. First up is the ROG Strix X570-I Gaming, as shown above. This one is a mini-ITX motherboard—it measures 6.7 x 6.7 inches (17 x 17 cm), which is smaller than a micro-ATX motherboard. Though it's built to fit inside an ultra-compact case, there are some premium features to play with, such as Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity and automated system-wide tuning. Here are... Read more...
A couple of leaked slides from AMD have found their way to the web, and they show a high level overview of what the Sunnyvale chip designer has in store for consumers through 2022. There are no big surprises, though—the slides essentially reiterate what we already know, which is that Zen 4 in the works on the CPU side, and more Navi GPUs are on the way. The slides are part of an "AMD Corporate Deck-September 2019" presentation, which we imagine will be made public whole in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, let's have a looked at leaked slides, courtesy of Guru3D, starting with the one focused on Zen... Zen and Zen+ are bunched together, though they actually represent two different... Read more...
The memory wars are raging in the enthusiast community, and Corsair is the latest to throw down the gauntlet. The company has just announced its latest Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory modules which top out at an impressive 4,866MHz. Corsair says that these modules will work on any modern desktop motherboard, but they have been specifically designed for maximum performance on AMD's X570 platform that underpins third-generation Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 processors. Getting more down to brass tacks, Corsair has certified the "record breaking" performance of these 4,866MHz modules on ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula, MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE, and MSI Prestige X570 Creation motherboards. At this time, the Vengeance... Read more...
AMD heard the complaints from Ryzen 3000 series CPU owners that some chips were not hitting their advertised boost clocks as expected, and has issued new firmware code to its hardware partners to address the issue. What this means is, if you own a third-generation Ryzen processor, be on the lookout for a new BIOS update for your motherboard. The issue came to light when renowned overclocker Roman "der8auer" Hartung conducted an online survey of Ryzen 3000 CPU owners to see how many people were hitting the advertised boost clocks on their chips. Surprisingly, there were quite a few people said they weren't. On the low end of the spectrum, just 5.6 percent of Ryzen 9 3900X owners who participated... Read more...
AMD's third-generation Ryzen 3000 processors based on 7nm Zen 2 architecture have been an absolute hit for the company. Not only are the processors providing significant boosts in single-threaded app performance, but the 7nm process tech allows the chips to run cooler than their Intel counterparts while ramping up the core counts to as high as 16 cores with the incoming Ryzen 9 3950X.  However, now that Ryzen 3000 chips are in the hands of enthusiasts all over the world, there have been some concerns raised about max boost frequencies for the processors. Needless to say, AMD has been watching all of this activity in the enthusiast community very closely and it responded in... Read more...
Prominent overclocker and enthusiast Roman Hartung, who goes by "der8auer" online, recently conducted a survey of AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU owners to see how many people are hitting the advertised boost clocks on their chips. The results are a bit surprising. If we are to take the survey at face value, then many third-generation Ryzen processors are never reaching their top speeds. Around 2,700 people participated in the survey, most of which reported their findings from running a Ryzen 7 3700X processor. It is one of five Ryzen 3000 chips represented. Here's a breakdown... Ryzen 9 3900X: 26 percent Ryzen 7 3800X: 8 percent Ryzen 7 3700X: 40 percent Ryzen 5 3600X: 6 percent Ryzen 5 3600: 21 percent... Read more...
For the second month in a row, sales of AMD's third-generation Ryzen processors are outpacing Intel's chips at one of the biggest computer hardware retailers in Germany. The freshly updated data bodes well for AMD's latest desktop CPUs, and if expanding the breakdown to include previous generation Zen processors, AMD holds a commanding lead over Intel at this particular retailer. The reason this kind of data matters is because AMD has fought hard to regain relevance in the higher-end desktop space. Do-it-yourself (DIY) system builders now have a wider field of processors to choose from, as both AMD and Intel have viable options spanning budget builds all the way up to high-end desktop (HEDT)... Read more...
The last time that we reported on CPU sales data from German eTailer Mindfactory (which was colorfully compiled by Ingebor), AMD's family of Ryzen 2000 processors was putting a serious hurting on Intel's long-running dominance in the field. AMD's aggressive pricing along with the overall excellent performance of Zen+ processors put the company at a competitive advantage over Intel's offerings. Here we are a few months later and AMD is continuing to eat Intel's lunch per Mindfactory sales data. AMD has steadily been increasing its market share, and even its revenue share compared to Intel, which is quite interesting to say the least. Being that these numbers are from July, this was the... Read more...
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