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AMD is off to a strong start with its Ryzen 3000 family of 7nm Zen 2 processors. We've seen month after month that the processors have been gaining strength in the retail market, and have been walloping Intel's current-generation Core CPUs in some regions. The folks at MSI are looking to expand their family of X570-based motherboards for the Ryzen 3000 family with the launch of the MEG X570 Unify. For those that prefer a stealthier look for your rig that doesn't alert its presence from a mile away, you'll be glad to know that the MEG X570 Unify doesn't come with RGB LED flourishes throughout. "By eliminating all the redundant RGB LED from the motherboard and adopting the UV black printing,... Read more...
While AMD has been garnering a lot of attention in the mainstream processor market with third-generation desktop Ryzen processors, and is building anticipation for third-generation Ryzen Threadripper parts, the company has been relatively silent with regards to the professional market. That changes today with the announcement of a new line of Ryzen 3000 Pro processors aimed squarely at business customers. Like the already announced Ryzen 3000 desktop processors, the Ryzen 3000 Pro family is based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 architecture. At this time, there are three new Zen 2 processors that have been announced: Ryzen 5 Pro 3600, Ryzen 7 Pro 3700, and Ryzen 9 Pro 3900. All three processors have... Read more...
There's no question that Intel has a commanding lead when it comes to processors used in servers and high-end workstations with its Xeon family. However, AMD has slowly been making inroads with its first-generation Zen-based EPYC 7001 processors, and it is looking to further dig into Intel's lead with Zen 2-based EPYC 7002 processors. A new report coming out of Taiwan is suggesting that orders for EPYC 7002 processor have been so strong thus far that AMD could see a dramatic upswing in market share during 2020 as more vendors adopt the processors. If market analysts are correct, AMD could be looking at a 10 percent share of the server market by the end of 2020. AMD's share of the server... Read more...
When AMD first released its Ryzen 3000 7nm Zen 2 processors back in July, the family wasn't fully realized. The flagship Ryzen 9 3950X was MIA (and has since been delayed until November), and bargain basement entry-level processors were nowhere to be found (although they have since popped up on numerous occasions in recent weeks). Today, we're getting information on yet another addition to the Ryzen 3000 family: the Ryzen 9 3900 (sans the "X" designation). The Ryzen 9 3900 is allegedly similar to the Ryzen 9 3900X in that they both feature a 12-core/24-thread configuration, 6MB of L2 cache, and 64MB of L3 cache. The primary differences are with clock frequencies and thermal design power... 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...
It's coming folks! AMD has just confirmed that the first members of its third-generation Ryzen Threadripper family will arrive next in November (with the initial salvo topping out at 24 cores). Reports have always indicated that the processors would be out before the close of 2019, but we now have a slightly more specific launch window straight from the horse's mouth. We've been covering benchmarks for alleged "Sharkstooth" Threadripper processors for the past month that have a total of 32 cores and 64 threads. Rumors also suggest that there will be two versions of these new Threadripper processors: TRX4 HEDT and WRX8. The former allegedly will be aimed at enthusiasts and hence will support overclocking;... Read more...
AMD might be planning to roll out more affordable third-generation Ryzen processors in the very near future. According to the latest round of leaks, there are at least two lower end chips in the wings, including the Ryzen 5 3500X and Ryzen 5 3500. Neither of these would qualify as entry-level, but both would presumably be cheaper than every current third-generation Ryzen processor. We will get to the leaks in a moment, but first let's have a look at AMD's current third-gen Ryzen stack. Here are the processors that have been released (or announced) to date, with each one's launch pricing... Ryzen 9 3950X: 16 cores / 32 threads, 3.5GHz to 4.7GHz, 64MB L3 cache, 105W, $749 Ryzen 9 3900X: 12 cores... Read more...
Third-generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are coming, which means that more benchmarks are starting to filter onto the internet giving us a preview of what to expect when it comes to performance. With that in mind, another leak has come to light, and it again references a 32-core, 64-thread Zen 2 processor codenamed Sharkstooth. The Geekbench 5 benchmark was uncovered by hardware sleuth momomo_us, and while we don't typically cover Geekbench 5, the numbers are still interesting to analyze. On the single-core test, the Threadripper 3000 processor pegged a score of 1275, while its multi-core score came in at a stunning 23015. To put those scores in perspective, a Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX... Read more...
AMD continues to add more server feathers to its cap courtesy of its Zen 2 CPU architecture, which is the driving force behind its 2nd generation EPYC "Rome" processors. One of those feathers is Dell—it announced five new PowerEdge platforms powered by EPYC, each one designed from the group-up and optimized to support features like PCI Express 4.0. Among the new offerings are two 1S racks (PowerEdge R6515 and R7515) and three 2S racks (R6525, R7525, and C6525). According to Dell, the EPYC-equipped PowerEdge C6525 delivers weather modeling results in half the time as previous generation EPYC servers, resulting in faster severe storm notifications. Dell also claims its newest server products... 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...
An online retailer in Switzerland may have revealed the release date for AMD's upcoming Ryzen 9 3950X processor. According the new product listing, the 16-core/32-thread beast is due to launch on in two and half weeks on September 30, 2019, based on "official info from AMD," if a Google translation of the text is accurate. The Ryzen 9 3950X is an interesting chip, as its core and thread counts put it in high-end desktop (HEDT) territory. However, this is not a Threadripper CPU—AMD has yet to launch a new round of Threadripper processors based on its Zen 2 architecture (they're coming, though). Technically, the Ryzen 9 3950X is a mainstream desktop processor. It's also an enthusiast SKU.... Read more...
We know that AMD has third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors in route, and evidence of the pending launch is starting to mount. The latest new comes from respected leaker momomo_us, who uncovered some certification details for the processor family. Both AMD's new EPYC 7002 and third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors -- codename Rome and Castle Peak respectively -- gained PCI-SIG certification on August 23rd. As we saw with the Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 and EPYC 7002 families that came before it, the Ryzen Threadripper 3000 processors will support PCIe 4.0. However, at this time the only products that support the interface are Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards and... Read more...
Intel first announced its Core i9-9900KS processor way back in late May, and we haven't heard much from them about the product since then. The Core i9-9900KS will be Intel's new enthusiast-class flagship processor for its mainstream platform and it promises to pack a serious performance punch. Intel today confirmed that the processor will begin shipping in October, although no exact date was given. At its heart, the Core i9-9900KS is an 8-core / 16-thread 9th generation Core CPU built on Intel's 14nm++ process tech. Not only does the processor feature a tweaked base clock (now sitting at 4GHz compared to 3.6GHz on the Core i9-9900K), but it can boost to 5GHz across all eight of its... 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...
Make no mistake, Threadripper is not dead. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su confirmed there will be at least one more round of Threadripper CPUs, based on the company's Zen 2 CPU architecture. In the lead up to the eventual launch, USB-IF has made references to three new chipsets for the upcoming Threadripper chips, those being TRX40, TRX80, and WRX80. It's not yet clear how each chipset will differentiate itself from the others—it's possible that the TRX80 and WRX80 could have more DDR4 DIMM slots than TRX40, and perhaps more PCI Express lanes as well, though we're merely guessing. And while we are doing that, it's probably a safe bet the WRX80 chipset will be for workstation motherboards. Click to... Read more...
Here we go again—in the lead up to the eventual unveiling of new Threadripper processors based on AMD's 7-nanometer Zen 2 CPU architecture, one of the upcoming chips has again made an appearance on Geekbench. What is remarkable about this particular leak, however, is how just well the leaked CPU performs. That is assuming the database entry is legitimate, and of course we have no way of knowing that for sure. What we do know is that the listing indicates a "Sharkstooth" (third-generation Threadripper) processor with 32 physical cores and 64 threads of computing muscle. According to the database entry, the third-gen Threadripper part has a 2.2GHz base clock and 4.17GHz (probably 4.2GHz)... Read more...
Remember CrossFire? It‘s AMD’s counter to NVIDIA SLI, allowing enthusiasts to add multiple GPUs in an effort to split up the workload and improve overall gaming performance.  However, you may have noticed with the launch of the Radeon RX 5700 family that CrossFire support was not included on the graphics cards.  Not many people paid attention to this omission, and given AMD’s response when asked about it, you can see why.  AMD CEO Lisa Su was on hand this week at the Hot Chips 2019 conference and seemed to dismiss CrossFire for use in future graphics cards. "To be honest, the software is going faster than the hardware,” said Su. “I would... Read more...
At present, AMD is sitting pretty on half a dozen different third-generation Ryzen processors, split evenly between Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 5 models (two in each tier). It's a no-brainer that more will be added to the mix. One new addition could be a Ryzen 5 3500 model, and if the leaked specs are true, it will not have simultaneous multi-threading (SMT). SMT is AMD's version of hyper-threading (HT), or vice versa. Every third-gen Ryzen processor so far features SMT. Here's a breakdown of all six CPUs... Ryzen 9 3950X: 16 cores / 32 threads, 3.5GHz to 4.7GHz, 64MB L3 cache, 105W TDP Ryzen 9 3900X: 12 cores / 32 threads, 3.8GHz to 4.6GHz, 64MB L3 cache, 105W TDP Ryzen 7 3800X: 8 cores / 16... Read more...
HyperX is kicking it up a notch with a new family of Fury DDR4 RGB memory modules that are supported on both the latest Intel and AMD Zen 2 CPU platforms. HyperX boasts Plug N Play functionality with automatic overclocking and XMP-ready profiles for optimizing the memory performance on Intel systems. The Fury DDR4 RGB modules support latencies of CL15 or CL16 (depending on capacity) in single, dual, or quad module kits. Dual module kits are available in capacities of 16GB or 32GB, while quad module kits are available in 32GB or 64GB capacities. Memory speeds as low as 2400MHz are supported and officially rated at up to 3466MHz. HyperX guarantees the 3466MHz speed rating and backs all of the modules... Read more...
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