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AMD's Athlon brand name is still alive and kicking, more than 20 years after its original release back in June 1999. But while Athlon was once synonymous with AMD's premier performance desktop processors, the name has now been relegated to the company's entry-level "budget" processors.  The latest entry into the family is the Athlon 3000G, which is AMD's first unlocked Athlon processor based on first-generation Zen microarchitecture. That means that this is a 14nm design, and it has a rated TDP of 35 watts. For those that like to overclock on an extreme budget, the Athlon 3000G comes from the factory with a base frequency of 3.5GHz. However, you should be able to easily boost... Read more...
We're used to seeing small form factor PCs powered by Intel processors -- in the past week we've seen new Intel Frost Canyon NUCs and an entry from MSI -- but there hasn't been much action on the AMD side of things. SimplyNUC, however, is giving AMD some lovin' with the release its new Sequoia mini PC family.  Powering Sequoia are 4-core/8-thread Ryzen embedded processors built on AMD's first-generation 14nm Zen architecture. The entry-level system is the Sequoia V6, which is powered by a Ryzen V1605B APU (2GHz base clock, 3.2GHz boost clock) with a 15W TDP and Radeon Vega 8 graphics onboard (1.1GHz GPU clock). The Sequoia V8 adopts a Ryzen V1807B APU (3.3GHz base clock,... Read more...
Late last week, we learning that AMD would release its third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors in November. At the same time, the company announced that its Ryzen 9 3950X -- which was supposed to launch in late September -- would also arrive in November.  "We are focusing on meeting the strong demand for our 3rd generation AMD Ryzen processors in the market," said AMD at the time. "We are confident that when enthusiasts get their hands on the world’s first 16-core mainstream desktop processor and our next-generation of high-end desktop processors, the wait will be well worth it." AMD didn't mention any issues that it might have been having with the Ryzen 9 3950X (why... Read more...
Here is some bad new for Intel—rival AMD is not resting on its laurels. Having just ported its Zen 2 architecture over to its EPYC processor line for servers, AMD took the opportunity during the launch event to briefly discuss its future roadmap, noting that the design phase for its next-generation Zen 3 architecture is complete. Before we get into that, let's have a look at the Zen architecture to date. The original Zen architecture, built on a 14-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process, launched in 2017 and put AMD back in the game, so to speak. Prior to Zen, Intel pretty much dominated the high-end processor scene. A year later, AMD launched another round of processors under the Zen+... Read more...
Earlier this morning, a seemingly improbable headline started making waves in the tech world. According to the report, Dr. Lisa Su was plotting an exit from her position as CEO of AMD in an effort to take the #2 spot at IBM. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su According to the original story, Su’s goal was to eventually ascend to become the CEO and President of IBM, where should would replace current chief Ginni Rometty. Also featured in the report was the assumption that recent AMD hire Rick Bergman – who previously served as CEO of Synaptics – would take over the CEO role following’s Su’s departure according to WCCFTech. Given how instrumental Su has been in turning around... Read more...
Earlier this week, we reported on a smoking deal for a second-generation AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor, which could be had for a low $199. The Ryzen 7 2700X is AMD's current consumer flagship desktop processor, but it will soon be eclipsed by a slew of more powerful Zen 2-based processors. As a result, prices are falling fast on existing Ryzen 2000 inventory. MicroCenter is back at it again with blowout pricing on additional Zen+ processors. In this case, the discounts can be found on the Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 2600. All three processors are retail boxed, while the Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600X come bundled with a Wraith Spire cooler. The Ryzen 5 2600 comes with a Wraith... Read more...
AMD is just days away from launching its third-generation Ryzen 3000 processors which are based on 7nm Zen 2 architecture. With this in mind, retailers are trying to clear out their existing inventory of second-generation Ryzen processors to make room for new stock. One of those retailers is MicroCenter, which is dramatically cutting the price of the Ryzen 7 2700X, which is the current flagship of the X470 consumer desktop platform. The processor normally sells for $319.99 at MicroCenter, but is now available for a low price of $199.99. On top of that, the retailer is also offering a $30 discount on an eligible motherboard when you purchase the processor. We have to forewarn you though;... Read more...
There is quite a bit of buzz and excitement over AMD's upcoming Zen 2 CPUs and Navi GPU launch, and understandably so—both are next generation architectures built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process. What does not receive quite as much attention, however, is AMD's APU (accelerated processing unit) lineup, of which there are also new parts coming. Ahead of the launch, a prominent leaker has posted a couple of model names and specs. Before we get to that, let's talk about these new chips. AMD does not really use the term "APU" anymore, and instead calls these Ryzen processors with Vega graphics. Nomenclature aside, these chips pair Zen and Vega in a single chip, and are serviceable solutions... Read more...
There's no question that AMD's Zen microarchitecture has been a boon for the company since it was first released in 2017 with first-generation Ryzen processors. We've gone from 14nm Zen, to 12nm Zen+, and we're now closing in on the release of 7nm Zen 2 processors (starting with the Ryzen 3000 desktop processors). According to the latest figures from Mercury Research, AMD is continuing to claw away market share from perennial leader Intel. In the firm's Q1 2019 PC Processors Report, it's noted that Q1 2019 was the sixth quarter in a row that AMD has seen is overall share of the x86 process market increase. AMD held a 13.3 percent share of the overall x86 market during Q3,... Read more...
Today is AMD's 50th anniversary, and the company's retail partners are getting on the on the AMD50 celebration. Earlier this week, we told you about the Ryzen 7 2700X and Radeon VII Gold Editions, and now we've got an excellent deal on the mid-range Ryzen 5 2600. Newegg currently has the processor on sale for $164.99, which is a price matched by other retailers like Amazon. However, with the coupon code EMCTYWT23, you'll get an additional discount which brings the price down to just $149.99 with free shipping. In order to take advantage of the discount code, you’ll need to sign up for Newegg’s email newsletter. The Ryzen 5 2600 is a respectable gaming chip based on... Read more...
AMD is expanding its Pro family of processors with the introduction of new Ryzen Pro Mobile and Athlon Pro Mobile processors which come backed by Radeon Vega graphics. All of the processors are based on the 12nm process node, with the Athlon Pro 300U taking up the low-end of the segment with a dual-core/quad-thread setup, while the range-topping Ryzen 7 Pro counters with 4 cores and 8 threads. As with its other "Pro" branded processor offerings, AMD is targeting commercial customers that demand high levels of security, reliability and manageability for the notebook fleets. AMD introduced its Ryzen Pro 2000 Series processors in May of 2018, and the follow-up Ryzen Pro 3000 Series is... Read more...
ASUS is ready to deliver some potent laptop gaming goodness to customers in the coming months that feature the best of both worlds: mobile AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX Turing-based GPUs. This information comes courtesy of noted leaker TUM APISAK, who posted his findings to Twitter. Two models are detailed in a 3DMark result that was found, and they include the ASUS ROG GU502DU and the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DU.  The ROG GU502DU comes packing a Ryzen 7 3750H processor (4 cores, 8 threads). As we already know, this 35W processor has a base clock of 2.3GHz, but can boost to 4GHz. Even though the APU has integrated Radeon Vega graphics, ASUS... Read more...
AMD first introduced its 14nm Zen processor architecture in 2017, and it was a turning point for the company’s fortunes in the PC market. This all-new microarchitecture gave rise to Ryzen for the mainstream PC market, Ryzen Threadripper for the high-end desktop (HEDT) market, and EPYC for enterprise customers. The company followed up on those efforts with its 12nm Zen+ Ryzen 2000 and Ryzen Threadripper 2000 series processors. Mercury Research has released new market share figures for Q4 2018 which shows that AMD is making continued gains against its longtime for: Intel. In fact, AMD has made gains in all key market segments. Looking at the desktop market, AMD sat with a 12 percent share... Read more...
The AMD Athlon is back, baby! Back in early September, we first reported that AMD was dusting off its storied Athlon brand for use in new low-end processors based on Zen architecture. At the time, the company only released the Athlon 200GE, but today, the AMD officially announced the immediate availability of the faster Athlon 220GE and Athlon 240GE. We should caution that these chips aren't aimed at the enthusiast market -- they will instead be aimed at entry-level desktops where they will compete with systems using Intel Pentium processors. The Athlon 200 family is based on AMD's AM4 socket design and will plug right into existing motherboards.  All of these processors are based on 14nm... Read more...
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