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AMD needs a win in the high-end processor category as badly as the Cleveland Browns could use one in football. The only difference is AMD is more likely to get one (sorry Cleveland, at least you have the Cavaliers). If the latest leak turns out to be accurate, AMD could get its much needed victory when its unreleased Zen SR7 processor takes the field with eight cores in tow.The 8-core Zen part is said to perform better than Intel's muscular Core i7-5960X, a Haswell-E chip with eight cores clocked at 3GHz to 3.5GHz, 16 threads, and 20MB of cache. Not for the faint of wallet, the Core i7-5960X tops $1,000 in street pricing even when it's on sale. AMD's competing Summit Ridge part is said to cost... Read more...
To remain competitive with Intel, AMD needs its upcoming Zen architecture to impress on both the performance and power side of things. If Zen is impressive, then it could mean great things for AMD. For the first time in recent memory, it'd actually be able to compete with Intel in key segments. It's always hard to guess just how impressive a new launch is going to be; we can take the promises of companies, but all too often those fall flat. The latest rumors surrounding Zen, though, put the architecture in a great light. New reports are showing that AMD could launch a Zen APU in 2019 that would contain 4 cores and 8 threads - and offer a power rating as low as 10W. Compound that with the... Read more...
There has been quite a bit of noise and plenty of confusion online lately, since news broke that Microsoft would only be fully supporting Intel’s and AMD’s next-generation processor microarchitectures – codenamed Kaby Lake and Zen, respectively – with Windows 10. Some publications and scores of readers pegged the decision as a pure marketing move by Microsoft and derided the company for forcing users to upgrade to Windows 10.On the surface, we understand why such a statement would make some people cringe. Not supporting Windows 7, which remains the second most popular desktop OS with enthusiasts, or the much-maligned Windows 8, means consumers will technically have fewer options and less choice... Read more...
Like everyone else, we're anxious to see for ourselves how AMD's forthcoming Zen architecture performs. Little by little we're getting glimpses of what to expect from Zen. AMD recently revealed more details about Zen and showed a demo of its 8-core, 16-thread "Summit Ridge" desktop processor outpacing a similarly configured 8-core, 16-thread Intel "Broadwell-E" setup with both chips clocked at 3GHz, and on the server side, AMD's 32-core "Naples" SoC just made an appearance on Geekbench.What appears in Geekbench's database are single-core and multi-core scores for a dual socket platform labeled 2S1451A4VIHE4_29/14_N. Each of the Naples chips has 32 cores and 64 threads, for a grand total of 64... Read more...
AMD President And CEO Dr. Lisa Su AMD has been slowly releasing information about its next-generation Zen processor core architecture since mid-last year. Complete specifications haven’t been officially released, but we do know that initial Zen-based processors will be manufactured using a 14nm FinFET process, and that a Zen core-based family of products will eventually scale all the way from mobile devices on up to big-iron, enterprise servers. News of a 32-core / 64-thread Zen-based server processor codenamed “Naples” broke a few months back, and AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su recently showed off an 8-core / 16-thread desktop variant codenamed Summit Ridge. Desktop and mobile Zen processors and APUs... Read more...
We're getting so close to AMD's release of Zen that it almost feels like you can reach out and grab it, though obviously that's not the case, at least not yet. During a recent earnings call with investors, AMD boss Dr. Lisa Su stated that Zen would trickle out by the end of the year before shipping in any kind of real volume in the first quarter of 2017. "We have been very focused on the [Zen] server launch for first half of 2017. Desktop should launch before that," Dr. Su stated. "I believe it will be in the first quarter of 2017. We may ship some limited volume towards the end of the fourth quarter, based on how bring up goes and the customer readiness." AMD has a lot riding on its Zen microcarchitecture.... Read more...
For gaming enthusiasts, and most definitely for those of the AMD persuasion, the upcoming Zen microarchitecture is seen as a much-needed adrenaline boost for the company. Built on an advanced GlobalFoundries-sourced 14nm FinFET process, AMD is hoping that Zen will be able to go toe-to-toe with the best that Intel has to offer, while offering attractive pricing that the company has always been known for. AMD is reportedly working on a high-end server variant of Zen, codenamed Naples. Naples would have a total of 32 cores, with a cluster of Zen cores sharing an 8MB pool of L3 cache. Total L3 shared cache is pegged at a stout 64MB and Naples will be capable of executing 64 threads while operating... Read more...
AMD CEO Lisa Su On Stage At The PC Gaming Show With The Radeon RX 470 And RX 460 The first member of the Radeon RX series, the Radeon RX 480, isn’t due to arrive for another few weeks, but that didn’t stop AMD CEO Lisa Su from showing off a couple of additional graphics cards featuring Polaris-based GPUs at the company’s PC Gaming Show, which is currently underway at E3. AMD claims the $199 Radeon RX 480 will offer uncompromising performance at 1440P and enable premium VR experiences, despite its relatively low price point. Joining the Radeon RX 480 is a slightly scaled down Radeon RX 470 and the downright tiny Radeon RX 460. The Radeon RX 470 is being positioned for “refined, power-efficient... Read more...
AMD brought a bag of goodies and a few surprises up its sleeve to Computex, including an affordably priced Polaris part, the $199 Radeon RX 480, and some 7th generation APUs, Bristol Ridge and Stoney Ridge. The Sunnyvale chip designer could have stopped there and nobody would have complained, but before calling it a night, AMD gave the first public demonstration of a desktop CPU based on its high performance Zen architecture. It started with a short video, which AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su said was "created, edited, rendered, and played back on our new desktop processor with Zen." She then held up the Summit Ridge CPU, an early engineering sample featuring 8 cores and 16 threads, and built with fancy... Read more...
AMD reported its first quarter financial results for 2016 earlier today, which continued to show losses and increased expenses in multiple areas. The company showed a net loss of $109 million, a loss per share of $0.14, and a non-GAAP net loss of $96 million, or $0.12 per share. Revenue was $832 million, which was down 13 percent sequentially, and down 19 percent year-over-year. According to the company, the losses and increased expenses were primarily due to lower sales of semi-custom SoCs and client notebook processors, and increased R&D expenses related to new and upcoming products.But slipped into the release was a very interesting blurb about a new licensing deal AMD has struck in a... Read more...
It's 2016, and it feels like we've been waiting forever for AMD to launch a strong attack against Intel with a fresh group of desktop processors that compete in the high-end. With Intel dominating the CPU scene for so long, three user groups have emerged: those who still buy AMD chips because the value proposition is still quite good, those who want to buy AMD to support the company but can't resist the allure of higher-performing competitive CPUs, and those who are completely indifferent to a brand and just buy whatever suits them. With Zen, AMD is hoping that the latter two groups will be swayed. That might sound like a lofty goal and a pipe dream at this point, but AMD is having... Read more...
Join us today for another episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks in which Dave, Marco and Paul chat about the just-released OCZ Trion 150 SSD, Dell's Precision 15  mobile workstation with carbon fiber and Infinity Edge display, the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser, an awesome mini-PC from Minix -- the NGC-1 -- and news of Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant, that won't tolerate sexual harassment! We also talk about an AMD 32-Core Zen-based processor that was recently outed at CERN and drop some hints about an upcoming gaming PC giveaway... Show Notes: 02:33 - OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review: Affordable, Fast Storage 15:15 - Dell Precision 15 5510 Mobile Workstation Review: Pro Power And Style 26:41... Read more...
AMD is long overdue for a major architecture update, though one is coming later this year. Featuring the codename "Zen," AMD's already provided a few details, such as that it will be built using a 14nm FinFET process technology and will have high core counts. In time, AMD will reveal all there is to know but Zen, but in the meantime, we now have a few additional details to share thanks to a computer engineer at CERN.CERN engineer Liviu Valsan recently gave a presentation on technology and market trends for the data center. At around 2 minutes into the discussion, he brought up AMD's Zen architecture with a slide that contained some previously undisclosed details (along with a few things we already... Read more...
For the most part, AMD used the Consumer Electronics Show to talk about the initiatives and upcoming products we’ve already discussed over the last few weeks, like FreeSync over HDMI and next-gen display technologies like HDR, GPUOpen, and the Polaris GPU architecture. In fact, the demo we wrote about in our Polaris piece, in which a system featuring a Polaris-based GPU pulls much less power from the wall than a GTX 950-based system, was on display for all to see. AMD, however, also revealed some new products and technologies at CES, which include a quieter cooler, an APU, and the socket AMD’s upcoming Zen-based processors and APUs will use when they hit the market sometime later... Read more...
It’s been quite some time since we last looked at an all-in-one PC. Although there is clearly a niche market for AiOs, the product segment has always kept a consistent rythm in all facets of computing - consumer, enterprise and SMB. These types of systems appeal to style-conscious users and businesses that need computing utility with good looks, that blends in and stays out of the way. And though many are not powerhouses, a few do catch our enthusiast eye, and one of those few is the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IC, which Asus is billing as “The pinnacle of Windows all-in-one PCs.”That may be a stretch and certainly a bold claim, but the Zen AiO Pro also looks pretty strong on its rap sheet, with a 4K... Read more...
AMD this afternoon kicked off is first Financial Analyst Day in three years. During the hiatus, AMD has had a change of leadership (former CEO Rory Reed parted ways and was replaced by Dr. Lisa Su) and the company has seen its market share erode in the processor and GPU markets — the downturn in the PC market has been especially tough for AMD. On the x86 side, AMD is pushing forward with the 2016 launch of processors based on its new Zen core. We briefly touched on Zen last week when slides leaked to the Internet, but AMD’s Mark Papermaster was on hand to give us some more juicy details on what to expect. For starters, Zen-based processors will bring with them a significant boost in absolute... Read more...
Holy 14nm, Batman! If the slides that have been appearing online are real, it looks like AMD will soon announce a new lineup of CPUs based on 14nm technology. The leaked roadmap slides appear to show AMD’s plans for both mobile and desktop processors in 2016.On the mobility side of things, AMD appears to have three new 14nm SoCs planned: Bristol Ridge, Basilisk, and Styx. The Bristol Ridge line will feature as many as four Zen CPU cores and will be the go-to for mainstream/performance devices. Basilisk and Styx, on the other hand, will be low- and ultra-low power units, respectively. Styx will usher in K12 microarchitecture. For desktops in 2016, AMD appears to be looking at 14nm all the way,... Read more...
We're back with a final roll out of our last lucky winner for our Tablet's of The Season Sweepstakes with NVIDIA!  We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the sweepstake.  We've met a lot of new, really great community members over the course of this contest and we hope you'll all stick around with us for a while.  And if you didn't come up as one of the lucky ones this time, keep the chin up and an eye on HH for details of our next sweepstakes.  There's always another one coming! With that said, cue up the proverbial drum-roll please...  HotHardware's Tablets Of The Season Sweepstakes Winner No. 5:  Omegadoom13  !! Omegadoom13 is the lucky winner of... Read more...
Just in time for the Holiday Season, we’ve teamed up with our friends at NVIDIA for an absolutely awesome giveaway. Starting tomorrow (December 13) and continuing on through Tuesday of next week (December 20), we’re giving away an NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered tablet a day! In case you didn’t know, NVIDIA offers Tegra-based device owners some unique software through the company’s Tegra Zone, which is somewhat of one-stop-shop for the best Tegra-optimized games and apps. You can check out Tegra Zone here and follow Tegra news on Twitter for the latest updates. The folks at ZEN Studios—makers of the very cool game ZEN Pinball THD—are also contributing to the goodness.... Read more...
We're back again to roll out two more lucky winners for our Tablet's of The Season Sweepstakes with NVIDIA!  We know you probably can't stand the excitement of witnessing all this Tegra 2 goodness being spread about like holiday cheer but we're going to keep the adrenalin flowing regardless.  It's fun playing Santa, especially since we don't have to climb down any chimneys but can still use the excuse to tip a little heavy on the egg nog and gingerbread cookies.   But we digress... How about we tell you who won this?  HotHardware's Tablets Of The Season Sweepstakes Winner No. 3: LLeCompte LLeCompte, you win the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1! HotHardware's Tablets Of The Season... Read more...
We're back again to roll out yet another lucky winner for our Tablet's of The Season Sweepstakes with NVIDIA!  We know you probably can't stand the excitement of witnessing all this Tegra 2 goodness being spread about like holiday cheer but we're going to keep the adrenalin flowing regardless.  It's fun playing Santa, especially since we don't have to climb down any chimneys but can still use the excuse to tip a little heavy on the egg nog and gingerbread cookies.   But we digress... How about we tell you who won this? HotHardware's Tablets Of The Season Sweepstakes Winner No. 2: Asus Eee Pad Transformer December 14th Winner: Asus Eee Pad Transformer = Der Meister !! Der,... Read more...
It's a good time to be in the market for a portable media player. From Apple's iPod lineup (the obvious choice) to Microsoft's Zune HD to Archos' range of media-centric players, you've got options galore. But just in case you still weren't confused enough as to which device was right for you, Creative has just added another to the mix. The company once famous for its expansive range of audio cards has begun to dabble in the wide world of PMPs, and while it's newest product is no iPod touch, it may just be enough for you. The ZEN X-Fi2, as it's known, is a touch screen-based player, and on paper, it's pretty darn respectable. The 4" x 2.2" x 0.5" player weighs just 2.6oz. and boasts a 3" LCD touch... Read more...
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