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In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, the guys kick around the sights and sounds of NVIDIA GTC 2021 including what NVIDIA's Grace CPU really means for data centers, we'll also be looking at an uber powerful new Radeon RX 6900 XT from PowerColor, Lenovo's sweet and petite ThinkPad X1 Nano, and lots of leaks and rumors from this past week in Tech... Show Notes: 08:27 - ASUS AGESA 1.2.0.2 Motherboard BIOS Updates Land To Fix Ryzen USB Connectivity Woes 10:30 - AMD Ryzen 5000G Zen 3 Desktop CPUs With Radeon Graphics Launch But OEMs Call First Dibs 11:57 - Leaked AMD Roadmap Forecasts Ryzen 6000 Zen 3+ APUs With RDNA 2 GPU And DDR5 Support 14:10 - AMD Roadmap Leak Details Zen 4 Ryzen... Read more...
Have you ever woken up and just casually decided to break a world record that day, and then achieved that goal? Yeah, neither have we. It did occur to AMD, however, on the heels of launching its 3rd Gen EPYC processors for servers. Based on the company's Zen 3 architecture, its EPYC "Milan" series is some serious big iron, and AMD decided to demonstrate this by setting a Cinebench R23 world record. There would be no helium, liquid nitrogen, or even liquid cooling in pursuit of the record, just a "pure old boring air cooling solution." For the record attempt, AMD rounded up a pair of EPYC 7763 processors based on Zen 3, which sit at the top of its server stack. Each chip wields 64 cores and 128... Read more...
No, your Radeon RX 580 graphics card has not been recalled. If you receive an email or spot a notice that seemingly came from AMD or XFX stating the contrary, do not fall for the hoax, lest you end up scammed out of your graphics card in a time when GPUs are extremely hard to come by. It is the latest ruse by unscrupulous butt-hats who are trying to swindle unsuspecting victims. Here's how the scam goes. Dealers in China have been sending out fake notices posing as AMD and XFX, saying there is a problem with the Radeon RX 580. It is effectively a fraudulent recall notice, of a card that has been discontinued. The swindlers then offer to replace existing cards with something different. Specifically,... Read more...
A month ago, AMD confirmed that many 500 Series motherboards were having problems with USB connectivity. The issues were long documented on the AMD subreddit, but it was comforting news from Ryzen enthusiasts to hear that AMD finally had their backs regarding this annoyance. ASUS today announced that it uploaded new AGESA 1.2.0.2 BIOS updates for its AMD 500 Series motherboards which should hopefully resolve any lingering issues with USB functionality. Obtaining the new AGESA 1.2.0.2 BIOS for your motherboard is relatively simple, as you need to just visit ASUS' support website and select Motherboards. Then select your Product Series and Product Model. Next, click "Driver & Utility" under... Read more...
Following what had felt like a constant barrage of leaks and rumors pointing to AMD pairing its Zen 3 CPU architecture with Radeon graphics for a new line of APUs, AMD today finally and formally introduced such a lineup, as part of its Ryzen 5000G series. There are six new SKUs in all, starting with a 4-core/8-thread model and scaling up to a couple of 8-core/16-thread variants. These are desktop APUs that will find homes in OEM desktop systems first, before being made available to do-it-yourself (DIY) system builders sometime later this year. AMD did not provide an exact date for when the Ryzen 5000G series will be offered in standalone form, but did say in no uncertain terms that they will... Read more...
Late last week, specs for the Surface Laptop 4 leaked along with a presumed launch date of April 27th. While the specs revealed matched with the leaks, Microsoft officially launched the Surface Laptop 4 today, two weeks earlier than earlier rumored. As we previously discussed, this is primarily an internal hardware refresh, meaning that the basic design of the Surface Laptop 3 carries over to its successor. Like before, the Surface Laptop 3 is available with a 13.5- or 15-inch display with resolutions of 2256x1504 and 2496x1664, respectively. Microsoft has gone with 11th generation Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1185G7 Tiger Lake processors on the Intel front with this refresh. If you prefer "Team... Read more...
Dell's Inspiron lineup is a solid class of laptops that can be used for work, school, or casual browsing from day to day. Now, the company is giving the lineup an update with the latest AMD and Intel CPUs, making these sleek devices quite impressive. Without further ado, let us take a look at what Dell has to offer… Inspiron 13 Starting at the bottom of the stack, we have the Inspiron 13 in a small and lightweight form factor with a fair amount of horsepower. It features up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11370H, 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 2TB of M.2 PCIe NVMe storage. The display is a 13.3” FHD+ or QHD+ display driven by either Intel UHD, Intel Iris Xe, or NVIDIA GeForce MX450... Read more...
PowerColor has historically released its high-end, customized Red Devil-branded Radeons in lock-step with AMD. AMD launches a new GPU with one set of specifications, and a short time later, board partners like PowerColor come through with tweaked versions injected with their own special sauce. On the surface, that’s how today’s launch of the PowerColor Red Devil Ultimate Radeon RX 6900 XT also went down, but there is some additional mojo at play here. PowerColor already has a “non-Ultimate” Red Devil 6900 XT in its line-up, but the Red Devil Ultimate Radeon RX 6900 XT takes things to the next level. The silicon on this card has been specially binned to ensure stability... Read more...
HP seems to have tipped some official details on unreleased CPU hardware from AMD, and namely its upcoming lineup of Ryzen Pro 5000 series processors. A knowledge base article on the OEM's website lists three unannounced processors, including the Ryzen 7 Pro 5750G, Ryzen 5 Pro 5650G, and Ryzen 3 Pro 5350G. This is not the first time HP has been the source of leaked information. It's not even the first time this month. Back on April 1st, we wrote about a series of HP listings that identified several Ryzen 5000G series APUs, including the Ryzen 7 5000G, Ryzen 5 5600G, and Ryzen 3 5300G, all three of which are destined for various upcoming desktops. So are the newly leaked Pro series models, except... Read more...
Little by little, online leakers are revealing AMD's supposed processor roadmap for its various product lines, including desktop and laptop chips. None of the leaked information is actually confirmed—AMD has not talked a whole lot about its future products—but it is interesting to analyze all the same. Speaking of which, the latest leak points to some Zen 4 details. In regards to Zen 4, AMD has not been completely mum on the subject, having acknowledged the upcoming CPU architecture on official roadmaps. Unless there is a change of plans (unlikely at this stage), Zen 4 will be built on a 5-nanometer manufacturing process. AMD has also acknowledged Zen 4 in public comments. For example,... Read more...
Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its support pages to confirm both AMD and Intel SKUs for its upcoming Surface 4 Laptop family. This revelation wasn't exactly earth-shattering, as the current Surface Laptop 3 also offers Intel and AMD options depending on which screen size you select. Today, however, frequent leaker WinFuture has all the goods for the Surface Laptop 4, including specs, alleged pricing, and release date. There are two options for each processor manufacturers: those opting for an Intel rig can choose from a Core i5-1145G7 or a Core i7-1185G7 11th gen Tiger Lake-U processor. On the other hand, opting for AMD will get you a Ryzen 5 4680U Surface Edition or a Ryzen 7 4980U Surface... Read more...
A rumor that refuses to go away is that AMD will be refreshing its current-generation Zen 3 processor lineup with a new Zen 3+ stack. Apparently this will happen across the board, and not just on the desktop. Serving as further evidence of such is a newly leaked roadmap that points to an upcoming lineup of laptop APUs based on Zen 3+, with support for new features. Nothing has been confirmed, mind you, but if the leaked roadmap ends up being accurate, AMD will shift to a 6-nanometer manufacturing process for its upcoming Zen 3+ chips. And as it relates specifically to its laptop family, Rembrandt-H and Rembrandt-U parts will feature integrated graphics based on RDNA 2, and support for DDR5 memoryt.... Read more...
A new Ryzen 5000 processor is waiting in the wings for customers, and we're not talking about the incoming Zen 3-based Cezanne APU family. Instead, AMD is ready to release the Ryzen 9 5900, the "non-X" counterpart to the potent Ryzen 9 5900X. Like the Ryzen 9 5900X, the new Ryzen 9 5900 is a 12-core/24-thread processor with all the architectural benefits of Zen 3 (including native PCIe 4.0 support and increased IPC built on the 7nm process node) but comes with a lower 65-watt TDP versus 105 watts. The lower thermal ceiling means that Ryzen 9 5900 will fall behind its overachieving sibling in overall performance. Ryzen 9 5900https://t.co/OxPbVPfpWV pic.twitter.com/MWTnqFGSo9 — APISAK (@TUM_APISAK)... Read more...
Well, what do we have here? It seems AMD is getting close to refreshing its line of professional graphics cards, and a couple of pictures of an upcoming card design have surfaced on the web. On the outside, they show a slightly different design to the cooling shroud that will be featured on AMD's next Radeon Pro graphics card, albeit with the same color scheme as the Radeon Pro VII (Vega 20). Once again, AMD is opting for a blower-style cooler, unless something changes between now and whenever the next-gen workstation part actually arrives. The design is only a little bit different, with the new part sporting a thicker gray stripe running down the middle, with an angled indentation into and around... Read more...
It is tough to find a graphics card in stock at MSRP these days. Not only are current-generation graphics cards from the GeForce RTX 30 and Radeon RX 6000 series' selling at two to three times their MSRP, but even previous-generation GeForce RTX 20 and Radeon RX 5000 series graphics cards are selling at inflated prices. So, it might seem like an odd time for AMD to release a special edition of its Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card, but that's just what the company did today. Witness the Radeon RX 6800 XT Midnight Black Edition, which doesn't appear to be any different from the standard version other than having a bit more black around the fan shroud. Even though it's called the Midnight Black Edition,... Read more...
It sure looks like Microsoft is getting ready to unveil a Surface Laptop 4 in the near future, and as it prepares for the upcoming launch, the Redmond giant may have inadvertently leaked plans to incorporate both AMD and Intel processor options. What exactly the CPU options end up being are still a mystery, though past leaks might shed some light on the situation. Nothing is official at the moment, though Microsoft did recently publish a pair of support pages for the unreleased laptop. Have a look... One of them is labeled "Surface Laptop 4 with Intel Processor Drivers and Firmware," and the other one is labeled "Surface Laptop 4 with AMD Processor Drivers and Firmware." Both are basically just... Read more...
We have some good news in store for folks out there firmly in the AMD camp concerning gaming hardware. ASUS is reportedly developing a version of its incoming 2021 ROG Strix G15 gaming laptop that will feature AMD's brawny Ryzen 9 5900HX Zen 3 APU and the unannounced Radeon RX 6800M processor. The Ryzen 9 5900HX is an 8-core/16-thread mobile Zen 3 processor with a base clock of 3.3GHz and a boost clock of up to 4.6GHz. While it has a default TDP of 45 watts, it can be configured by a laptop OEM from as low as 35 watts to as high as 54 watts. It also includes an integrated Radeon Vega 8 GPU for low-end gaming laptops that forgo discrete graphics to save board space and promote power efficiency.... Read more...
AMD has not yet thrust its Zen 3 architecture into every possible CPU segment, though it has hit the main ones (consumer desktops and laptops, and the lucrative server market). One of the stones that still needs to be turned over is the high-end desktop (HEDT) category. Good news, though—rumor has it a Ryzen Threadripper 5000 series is destined for an August launch. As a point of reference, AMD introduced its third-generation Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series based on Zen 2 in November of 2019. Zen 3, meanwhile, launched just four months ago with the introduction of AMD's Ryzen 5000 series desktop CPUs. So an August launch for a new round of Ryzen Threadripper processors is certainly plausible.... Read more...
Intel was raked over the coals three years ago when Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities were first discovered that could affect its consumer and enterprise processors. The company addressed the side-channel exploits with patches and subsequent hardware revisions, but AMD is now coming under the microscope for a side-channel attack that could affect processors based on its Zen 3 architecture. The attack is similar in scope to Spectre and involves a feature introduced with Zen 3 called Predictive Store Forwarding (PSF). PSF, in effect, guesses the result of a load and uses speculative execution with subsequent commands.  "In typical code, PSF provides a performance benefit by speculating... Read more...
When it comes to high-end content creation, time is money. Businesses with employees that are stuck sitting around waiting for compute-intensive tasks to finish, simply can't get as much accomplished as those with speedy hardware that can power through the most demanding tasks. Tons of parallel processing power and professional-tier graphics cards for these scenarios don't come cheap, but they can certainly pay dividends in terms of efficiency and time saved. That's the story of Lenovo's ultra-powerful ThinkStation P620 workstation, which is on our test bench today.  Breaking this system from its cardboard container caused us to stop and admire all the hardware tucked away inside. That same... Read more...
HP is readying numerous desktop models built around AMD's not-yet-released (or even announced) Ryzen 5000G series APUs. The upcoming chips will pair CPU cores based on AMD's latest generation Zen 3 architecture with Radeon graphics, which is an increasingly intriguing proposition, given the current shortage of graphics cards. The Ryzen 5000G series also marks the latest expansion of Zen 3 into yet another product segment, with AMD having already injected its desktop, laptop, and server CPUs with its newest architecture. However, the refreshed APU line does not officially exist at this precise moment. It will at some point, though, and lest there be any doubt, HP is busy updating some of its product... Read more...
A recent patch for Linux issued by AMD essentially confirms that the rumored Radeon RX 6600 will have a third of the amount of Infinity Cache as the already-launched Radeon RX 6700 XT. How this ends up affecting real-world performance obviously remains to be seen, but it is an interesting revelation all the same. What exactly is Infinity Cache, and should you care? This is a part of AMD's second-generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) architecture. AMD introduced a new cache hierarchy with RDNA 2, injecting its latest GPUs with a pool of fast cache. Here's a look... We got our first look at this with the Radeon RX 6800 series. Both the Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6800, powered by AMD's Navi 21 GPU... Read more...
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