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Yesterday, we brought you news about the upcoming Ryzen 5000 family of APUs that will find their way into laptops starting early next year. What we also learned is that despite the fact that AMD has taken steps to align its APU and CPU family with the 5000 Series branding, things are still going to be a bit complicated going forward. While we initially thought that the Ryzen 5000 family was only going to include processors with Zen 3 architecture, it seems as though AMD will be sneaking in Zen 2-based processors as well. We only detailed the Ryzen 5 5600U yesterday (Zen 3/Cezanne), but now we've got a full rundown of six processors that include a mixture of Zen 3/Cezanne and... Read more...
The developer responsible for the popular DRAM Calculator for Ryzen utility is getting ready to release another software package for AMD's processors, this one called ClockTuner for Ryzen (CTR). Set to go live tomorrow, September 29 at noon ET, the nifty follow-up utility will enable finer grain control over certain Ryzen CPUs, for potentially higher overclocks and better performance. Part of the appeal of the upcoming CTR utility is that it auto-tunes performance and power configurations in Windows environments (you need .NET installed). This means less experienced users will potentially be able to benefit, without having to get their hands too dirty fiddling with settings they may not fully... Read more...
Intel officially launched its 11th generation Tiger Lake architecture earlier this month, and an army of OEM partners announced that they will be launching new laptops featuring Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors based on this design. However, unlike rival AMD, Intel didn’t announce any new 8-core/16-thread SKUs during its virtual event, leaving many to wonder how the company would compete when it comes to deeply multi-threaded applications. Well, even though Intel didn’t announce 8-core SKUs during its online event, they are in the works… we all just simply missed it. Tom’s Hardware was the first to notice that Intel’s Boyd... Read more...
AMD launched its mobile Ryzen 4000 series to much fanfare and excitement, because the prospect of leveraging Zen 2 in a laptop form factor is indeed enticing. But here we are months later and the available options are still comparatively limited. What's going on? There seems to be a lingering supply issue of some sort, with HP reportedly cancelling customer orders for some models. At least that seems to be the case for some of the ultrathin and light laptop options, powered by AMD's Rzyen 4000 U-series. These chips are basically mobile APUs, packing between four and eight cores (and up to 16 threads), 6MB to 12MB of L3 cache, and up to eight graphics cores based on AMD's Vega GPU architecture.... 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...
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...
Over the weekend we reported that the launch of the value priced A520 motherboards from AMD was coming soon. These boards are now finally out, boasting great options for I/O and bandwidth for all users and promising support for the future “Zen 3” architecture while also supporting current third-generation Ryzen processors. AMD's products are priced well across the entire spectrum, and they are continuing this trend with the A520 series of motherboards. According to AMD’s slide (see below), the A520 chipset is nestled squarely between the A320 series and the B550 series. With the A520, the general purpose PCIe lane gets bumped up to PCIe 3.0, providing more bandwidth over... 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...
Earlier this week, we reported on AMD's new family of Renoir desktop processors, which included consumer-oriented Ryzen 4000G/GE and business-oriented Ryzen Pro 4000 SKUs. The new processors are based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 architecture and are very closely related to the Ryzen 4000 laptop processors that launched earlier this year at CES. Today we're getting a little bit more info on the Ryzen Pro 4000 family courtesy of a leaked pricing chart. The Ryzen Pro 3 4350G, Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G, and Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G are priced at $149, $209, and $309 respectively. It should be noted that AMD is charging the same price for the 65-watt "G" and 35-watt "GE" SKUs of its new Ryzen Pro 4000 processors.... Read more...
Today is a big day for AMD, as the company looks to spread the reach of its powerful 7nm Zen 2 processor architecture to additional segments. We’ve seen Zen 2 make waves in the server (EPYC 7xx2), HEDT workstation (Threadripper 3000/Threadripper Pro 3000), consumer desktop (Ryzen 3000), and the laptop (Ryzen 4000) markets over the past year. The latest extensions of the Zen 2 family are Ryzen 4000 processors targeting the consumer desktop market. Although it may be a little confusing, since AMD already has the Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 family to handle desktop duties, but those processors don’t have integrated graphics cores. This puts them at a disadvantage to Intel processors, which... Read more...
AMD's Ryzen 3000 family has long provided gamers with excellent single- and multi-threaded performance at reasonable prices compared to its Intel Core-based competition. Couple that with relatively low TDPs thanks to its 7nm process node, the Zen 2 processors have been quite popular.  The value factor is once again in play on the Ryzen 7 3700X, which is an 8-core/16-thread processor aimed at the heart of the mainstream gaming market. When we previously visited a deal on this processor, it hit a low $259, but was only accessible to those that had a Micro Center location close by. Today's deal, however, is available to anyone courtesy of Newegg. AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core CPU With Assassin's... Read more...
AMD is getting ready to unveil a handful of Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors based on its Zen 2 CPU architecture, assuming a recently leaked slide is accurate. The slide highlights four different models, including the Threadripper Pro 3995WX, Threadripper Pro 3975WX, Threadripper Pro 3955WX, and Threadripper Pro 3945WX. What would be the point? In a separate slide, AMD breaks down the target audiences for its Threadripper and Threadripper Pro processors. It shows the regular Threadripper lineup being aimed at enthusiast gamers, streamers, and editors, while the Threadripper Pro series has professional studio users, designers, engineers, and data scientists in its sights. Here is a look at the... Read more...
We've seen references to the incoming Ryzen 7 4700G over the past few months, and it's reported to be an 8-core/16-thread processor with 8 Vega GPU cores onboard and a TDP of 65 watts. Early specs also suggested a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost frequency of 4.4GHz. The processor has once again been spotted in the wild, this time via the CPU-Z Validator. In this case, the Ryzen 7 4700G is seen with an all-core overclock of 4.765GHz. That's not bad at all for a Zen 2-based APU based on AMD's 7nm process node. This performance was also allegedly obtained using air cooling. Although the Ryzen 4700G includes the "added baggage" of an integrated Radeon Vega GPU, it is said to offer performance comparable... 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...
AMD maintains a whole bunch of different Ryzen processor lines, spread out across both mobile and desktop. As it applies to the latter, we are still waiting for AMD to officially launch its Ryzen 4000 Pro series combining Zen 2 CPU cores with enhanced Vega graphics. They are basically APUs, a term AMD does not use anymore. While we wait, a fresh leak has seemingly revealed the specifications and pricing for several models. The Ryzen 4000 designation is a little confusing, because AMD's latest-generation desktop processors based on Zen 2 comprise the Ryzen 3000 series. This is my one pet peeve with AMD's resurgence—it's processors are excellent, but the inconsistent model labeling across... Read more...
Then it comes to HEDT processors available on the market right now, there's the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X; and then there's everybody else. The processor's claim to fame is that it's based on AMD's versatile 7nm Zen 2 architecture, decked out with 64 physical cores and 128 threads for multi-threaded domination. While we would expect that anyone that could plunk down nearly $4,000 for a Threadripper 3990X would be using it for high-end rendering, editing, or computational modeling work, one redditor has found a rather innovative way to use the processor in Windows 10. Kenny_Stryker in the PC Master Race subreddit used software that allows you to specify a workload for each individual core/thread,... Read more...
The Zen 2 CPU architecture has been kind to AMD, and to customers as well, who have many options in the Zen 2 space. That includes the launch of refreshed "XT" processors that will go on sale in July: Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT. Those are not the only new Zen 2 parts bound for the desktop. While not yet announced, AMD is expected to roll out updated desktop APUs, including several Pro models that are the subject of the latest leak. At this moment in time, AMD's lineup of Pro desktop APUs still do not advance past AMD's previous generation Zen+ architecture. However, there have been several leaks and rumors pointing to upcoming Ryzen 4000G APUs, which are essentially desktop... Read more...
It looks as though the rumors were accurate… again. AMD this morning just made its Ryzen 3000XT family of processors official, and the increased boost clocks are now confirmed for the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 9 3900XT, which will be available for sale on July 7th. Previous leaks were all over the place with respect to clock speeds for these new processors, but the chart below gives us a clear picture of what to expect: As you can see, unlike what was stated with the previous leaked reports, there are no increases to the base clocks for these three new processors. Instead, we see mere 100MHz boost frequency increases for the Ryzen 5 3600XT and Ryzen... Read more...
For the past month, more information has been leaking out regarding AMD’s Matisse Refresh Ryzen 3000XT processors. Based on the information that we’ve gleaned from our previous reporting, AMD is set to launch the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 9 3900XT with higher clocks their non-XT counterparts to battle Intel’s new Comet Lake-S family, The latest bit of news that points to the impending release of these new Matisse Refresh processors comes from the Amazon’s Italian language website. The site featured product listings for both the Ryzen 5 3600XT and Ryzen 9 3900XT, however, there was no listing found for the Ryzen 7 3800XT. The Ryzen 5 3600XT... Read more...
AMD has had a remarkable run with its Zen 2 architecture for the mainstream market, starting first with the Ryzen 3000 desktop processors, and more recently with the Ryzen 4000 APUs for laptops. Given that Ryzen 3000 processors have been on the market for nearly a year now, pricing is more affordable than ever before, even on higher-end SKUs like the Ryzen 7 3700X. When the processor originally launched back in July 2019, it was priced at $329. However, MicroCenter is currently selling the Ryzen 7 3700X for an incredibly low $259.99. As with most MicroCenter deals, this is available only at physical brick and mortar locations, which means that you have to order online and pick it up in store... Read more...
AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X isn’t for everyone, but it is no doubt an impressive piece of silicon that doesn’t really have a rival in the High-End Desktop (HEDT) market. The processor comes with an MSRP of $3,990, which is well beyond the budget of most enthusiasts out there that are used to paying a few hundred bucks for a Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 processor. However, there are many that will gladly pay that price of entry for the performance that it delivers. Luckily for those in the market for the Threadripper 3990X, Amazon is currently running a sale that knocks a considerable $540 off the price, bringing it down to just $3,449.99. That big savings could be put towards... Read more...
Are you getting ready to build a new PC? If so, check out this latest deal on AMD's Ryzen 5 3600. It is an excellent processor based on AMD's latest generation Zen 2 CPU architecture, and it is on sale at Amazon for $167. That nearly matches the lowest price it has ever been (outside of buying it used), and is a heck of a bargain. The Ryzen 5 3600 is a 6-core/12-thread CPU with a 3.6GHz base clock and up to a 4.2GHz boost clock. It also features 32MB of L3 cache and 3MB of L2 cache, and has a 65W TDP. As a Zen 2 part, it is built on a 7-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process. While not the fastest CPU on the market, it is certainly a capable chip for gaming, content creation, and so forth. AMD... Read more...
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