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Anyone who thinks that PC gaming is on the decline is not paying attention. Just the opposite, PC gaming has seen renewed enthusiasm by the industry at large over the past year or so, and things have kicked up a notch with AMD returning to its former glory with Ryzen. In response to AMD's comeback effort, Dell announced a new Inspiron Gaming Desktop and Inspiron 27 7000 all-in-one PC for gamers, both with Ryzen inside.Dell is no stranger to building desktop systems for gamers, though its new Inspiron Gaming Desktop is Dell's first-ever gaming desktop under its Inspiron brand. With a starting price... Read more...
As much as we like what AMD has been able to accomplish with Ryzen, there have been some growing pains associated with its newest CPU architecture, which is not unexpected when introducing a brand new platform. The good news is AMD is not ignoring the situation—AMD has been working its motherboard partners on firmware updates, the latest of which addresses compatibility issues with higher frequency DRAM that falls outside of the JEDEC specifications (anything faster than 2,667MHz). To be clear, AMD is not building custom BIOSes for motherboard manufactures, or at least not the final version that... Read more...
If you thought the competition between AMD was Intel was already reaching a fever pitch, hang onto your hat, the best is yet to come. With Ryzen, AMD put itself back into contention in the high-end market where enthusiasts like to loiter. But Ryzen is not the end game for AMD, it is just the beginning. Looking ahead, AMD is planning a die shrink to 7 nanometers for its Zen 2 CPUs, which it will tape out later this year. A tape out is when a company like AMD finalizes its semiconductor design before sending it off for manufacturing. Since we are already approaching the halfway mark of 2017, AMD... Read more...
We have to be careful when vetting rumors and supposedly leaked information because some things ultimately turn out to be too good to be true. That was not the case with Threadripper, a monster chip from AMD that will feature 16 physical cores and 32 threads. While the fine grain details have yet to be revealed, AMD did at least confirm that Threadripper exists and that it wield as many cores and threads as previously rumored. It was one of several announcements AMD made yesterday evening during its Financial Analyst Day presentation. AMD also confirmed that it will be releasing a brand new platform... Read more...
AMD made a flurry of announcements this evening during its Financial Analyst Day presentation, one of which includes new mobile solutions that pairs the company's Ryzen CPU architecture with its forthcoming Vega GPU architecture. Or put another way, AMD is readying its first Zen-based mobile APU (accelerated processing unit) with on-die Vega graphics, both for desktops and laptops.Click to EnlargeWe're still in the process of gathering information, but here is what we know so far. Compared to AMD's 7th generation APUs, Ryzen Mobile will up the CPU performance ante by 50 percent while offering 40... Read more...
While Ryzen put AMD back on the map in the high-end consumer sector, it is only the beginning of the company's long awaited comeback tour. Looking ahead, AMD is rumored to be readying a Ryzen 9 series comprised of at least nine different SKUs spanning 10-core, 12-core, 14-core, and 16-core processor options, each one with quad-channel DDR4 memory support.The full lineup is related to previous rumors outlining AMD's plans to launch a new SP3r2 socket with 4,094 pins as part of its Whitehaven platform. It is a variant of the SP3 socket for AMD's forthcoming server-oriented Naples processors. While... Read more...
AMD has begun emailing members of the press to mark their calendars for Computex, the annual tech convention in Taipei that is now right around the corner. While AMD was coy about what exactly it plans to discuss at Computex, the company did confirm that it will be attending and that it will provide new details on its 2017 products. We suspect that will include more information (and a possible product launch) for Vega. Company boss Dr. Lisa Su will host AMD's keynote, along with "other key executives," the email reads. They will discuss AMD's "latest products and leading-edge" technologies. With... Read more...
AMD has risen in rank thanks to its Ryzen launch and is once again a competitive force in the enthusiast market, but the roll out has not been without some bumps in the road. There are two main issues working to undermine Ryzen. One is that gaming performance is not where many thought it would be, and the second is memory compatibility. AMD already addressed the former, saying that gaming performance will improve in time as developers start to take advantage of Ryzen's features. And in regards to the latter, Gigabyte is readying a firmware release should help the situation. A representative for... Read more...
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) posted a loss of $73 million, or $0.08 per share, on revenue of $984 million in the first quarter of 2017, the chip designer announced. The loss might have been higher if not for the launch of AMD's Ryzen processors, which the company credited with its year-on-year revenue growth. However, sales of its graphics processors, and in particular custom GPUs for consoles, fell flat. "We achieved 18 percent year-over-year revenue growth driven by strong demand for our high performance Ryzen CPUs as well as graphics processors," said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. "We... Read more...
Earlier this month, AMD released a special Windows power plan called “Ryzen Balanced”, which was aimed at increasing performance across the board for gamers. The power plan corrected performance handicaps imposed by Windows 10 that lead to throttled performance when the default “Balanced” profile was selected. This week, AMD fully incorporated the Ryzen Balanced profile into version 17.10 of its Ryzen chipset drivers. This driver package is specific to Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processor running the 64-bit version of Windows 10. When the new chipset driver is installed, the Ryzen Balanced power profile... Read more...
If Intel thought that it could coast along when it comes to processor development and its release schedules, AMD’s Ryzen processors have been a rather jolting wakeup call. While not able to topple Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake Core processors in every single benchmark, the Ryzen 7 family in particular provides blistering multi-core performance at extremely attractive price points. Intel has been able to charge premium prices for years because quite frankly, AMD didn’t put up much of a fight for the performance crown. The new Zen architecture changes all of that, so Intel is responding in... Read more...
Many long time Windows users have not been pleased with Microsoft’s decision to block updates to Windows 7 and 8.1 for systems running current and future generations of processors. Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s Ryzen chips are among the first blacklisted casualties of this policy.Microsoft deemed this necessary to improve the deployment cycle of Windows and ease the workload on hardware partners validating their products across multiple generations of Windows. Whether you buy that reasoning or not isn’t for us to decide. The fact of the matter is, Microsoft wants every one of its customers locked... Read more...
Join us today for another episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast. Today we'll be kicking around AMD's Ryzen 5 processors, the gorgeous LG G6 Android phone, Samsung's Galaxy S8, Dell's Inspiron Gaming 15 notebook, a sneak peek of the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and details on how YOU could win a Razer Blade gaming laptop! Show Notes: 01:51 - AMD Ryzen 5 1600X And 1500X Processor Review: Affordable Zen Takes On Core i5 13:16 - LG G6 Review: Design Elegance And Efficiency A Winning Combination 24:59 - Samsung Galaxy S8 And S8+ Hands-On Demo And First Look From Unpacked 2017 35:32... Read more...
As if we needed more examples to demonstrate how outdated Apple’s current Mac Pro line is, a $1500 USD AMD Ryzen R7 1700 powered PC recently smoked a loaded $5500 Mac Pro in a Photoshop benchmark. Tech Guy posted the showdown to his YouTube channel recently as part of a series for content creators to understand the differences between different systems. Mac Pros have maintained a strong reputation among creative professionals despite lacking any revisions since 2013. The two computers tested have more or less analogous CPUs on the surface, each housing 8-cores clocked at 3.0GHz. Both systems are... Read more...
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