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It doesn't matter which graphics card you own, chances are, there's a driver update available that is tuned for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. We wrote about NVIDIA's 'Game Ready' 496.49 WHQL driver update just a little bit ago, but if you own a Radeon graphics card, don't fret—there's a new Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver update available as well (version 21.10.3). AMD's driver team put in work optimizing the latest GPU driver package to wring more performance out of Guardians of the Galaxy, which dropped today, versus the standing pat on the previous driver version. Not just a small bump, either—AMD is claiming that updating to the latest driver alone will boost performance... Read more...
Update: Wouldn't you know it? Almost as soon as we published this article, Microsoft began pushing out a fix for the L3 cache latency bug that was introduced with the first cumulative (Patch Tuesday) update for Windows 11, and which only affected AMD processors and platforms. This is great news for AMD chip owners. Along with the updated chipset driver highlighted below, the addition of Microsoft's patch (now available via Windows Update) means the performance issues affecting Ryzen processors should be completely resolved. AMD Ryzen 9 5950 L3 Cache Latency With KB5006746 Installed In fact, we installed the new drivers and patch moments after they became available and can confirm that L3... Read more...
We've reported on the performance problems with Ryzen CPUs under Windows 11 a few times now, and produced our own test results to demonstrate the issues. AMD and Microsoft said they had patches forthcoming, and indeed, that seems to be the case. Testers in the Beta and Release Preview channels in the Windows 11 Insider's program will have received build 22000.282 by now, which includes among its myriad fixes a patch for the severely increased L3 cache latency issue on Ryzen processors. In case you didn't see our prior reporting, an unspecified bug in Windows' low-level services, drivers, or kernel somewhere caused L3 cache latency to spike to over triple its value on Windows 10. Such an increase... Read more...
Much has been made about the performance impact of Windows 11 on AMD Ryzen systems, due to a pair of acknowledged bugs that AMD and Microsoft are scrambling to resolve. Patches are supposed to arrive this month, though no firm release date has been announced. In the meantime, we decided to run some tests to see just how much performance Ryzen users stand to lose by upgrading to Windows 11 before the bugs are squashed. We'll get to the numbers in a moment, but first let's recap the issues at hand. One of the bugs is throwing L3 cache latency out of whack on Ryzen and EPYC processors. In a support article, AMD said applications sensitive to memory subsystem access time may be impacted, with an... Read more...
Windows 11 hit the ground running last week—or maybe stumbling, at least on AMD Ryzen-based systems. As we reported at the release of the new operating system, CPUs based on AMD's Zen architecture are seeing drastically-worsened L3 cache latency under Windows 11. Yesterday was the first "patch Tuesday" for Microsoft's new baby, and lo and behold, the issue is... worse? Indeed, after yesterday's updates, users on tech forums have noted that L3 cache latency is even worse for Ryzen systems. TechPowerUp reports that a Ryzen 7 2700X test system went from 10ns in Windows 10 to 17ns latency on Windows 11's release, and yesterday's update increases that figure to an absolutely awful 31.9 nanoseconds.... Read more...
AMD is expanding its mainstream RDNA 2 graphics card line-up today with another Navi 23-based offering, the new Radeon RX 6600. As its name implies, the Radeon RX 6600 is a close relative to the Radeon RX 6600 XT, which launched just a few weeks back. This card also targets roughly the same audience, i.e. budget conscious 1080p gamers, though with proper support for FSR and a growing number of titles that enable it, smooth framerates at higher effective resolutions are also going to be possible. As was the case with the Radeon RX 6600 XT, AMD itself won’t be making its own reference cards for retail. Instead, AMD is leaning on its board partners for Radeon RX 6600 designs and there will... Read more...
AMD is quickly approaching five years of its Zen architecture being out on the market, with the original set of Ryzen processors having launched to retail in February 2017. It's been one heck of a five-year run for sure. In celebration of Zen's five-year anniversary, AMD's Robert Hallock, director of technical marketing, and John Taylor, chief marketing officer, sat down to reflect on the journey to this point and the roadmap ahead. The general takeaway? AMD is supremely confident Zen can compete for years to come. This is notable, because AMD will soon be competing with a reinvigorated Intel, which earlier this year anointed Pat Gelsinger, the chief architect of yesteryear's Nehalem architecture,... Read more...
Graphics card pricing can't actually trend upward forever, right? Right!? Please tell me I'm right. Unfortunately, that is the disheartening reality we live in at the moment, where for the past several months, the cost of buying a graphics card has consistently gone up. This has been the case since earlier July, and even a little before, depending on the exact model. By now, the reasons are clear, or at least the apparent reasons are in focus. It is a combination of factors—a global shortage of silicon, the latest generation graphics cards from both AMD and NVIDIA being in high demand, cryptocurrency mining eating into the market for GPUs, and of course the newest game consoles (PlayStation... Read more...
Windows 11 is out, and part of the tuning that went into the OS was for it to do a better job utilizing hybrid architectures, like the one Intel is about to release with Alder Lake, and which AMD might eventually follow suit (don't rule out a hybrid future for Zen). Will it really make all that much of a difference, though? A leaked benchmark run using SiSoftware's SANDRA utility suggests it could be. At the same time, this is one of the few benchmarks leaks we've seen that puts Ryzen in front of Alder Lake, OS be damned. Benchmarks leaks can be polarizing for sure—just dip into the comments section in our article on some recent Userbenchmark numbers for a Core i9-12900K. Userbenchmark... Read more...
HP seems to have tipped AMD's hand, in regards to a new processor launch that is perhaps coming sooner than later. That would be the Ryzen 7000 series, assuming a new listing on HP's website is accurate. The listing is for a pair of all-in-one desktops: 24-inch and 27-inch models in Starry White and Starry Forest, but it is not the choice of colors that is interesting here. What's eye-catching are the processor options. According to the listing, the upcoming all-in-one desktops can be kitted out with up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, which is Alder Lake, or up to an AMD Ryzen 7000 series processor. Here's a look at the listing... Click to Enlarge (Source: HP) There are a few different... Read more...
If you are an enthusiast that recently upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11 and have noticed some performance degradation, you’re not alone. Although we’re not sure why these issues didn’t rear their heads earlier during the Windows Insider testing phase, AMD confirms that its Ryzen and EPYC processors are affected by two performance-robbing bugs. The first issue involves L3 cache latency, which can increase by 3x compared to the same system running Windows 10. As a result, applications that are “sensitive to memory subsystem access time” could be affected, resulting in a performance hit of 3 to 5 percent in some applications. However, AMD notes that the performance... Read more...
The raid on this fort is reminiscent of infiltration missions in Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag A whole new crop of blockbuster games are lining up for a big holiday shopping season. Ubisoft didn't really intend for that to be the case for Far Cry 6, but early this year the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans. The game had been hit by some delays, but at the end of May the company set a date: October 7, 2021. Finally, the latest Far Cry title has arrived and the open-world first-person shooter is ready for players to take down its repressive government and maybe learn a little something along the way.  Far Cry 6 Is A Political Statement What responsibility do games, or game developers,... Read more...
When Intel brought back its former CTO Pat Gelsinger to helm the ship, the company knew it was bringing aboard a supremely confident and capable leader—Gelsinger's resume is nothing short of impressive. Since replacing Bob Swan in the role as CEO, Gelsinger has said all the right things, and put into motion an ambitious plan to return Intel to its former glory as a chip leader. And now less than nine months on the job, he's already declaring imminent victory over rival AMD. Some context is needed here. For decades, Intel has been the dominant player in the CPU space. It still is, if going by market share and revenue. But its initial struggles getting to 10-nanometer manufacturing with Cannon... Read more...
One thing we can say with supreme confidence is that AMD is not finished fleshing out its Radeon RX 6000 series. Whether any of the cards will ever be in sufficient stock, that's another topic entirely. But there will be more SKUs. Namely, we can expect a Radeon RX 6600 (non-XT) at some point, and if the latest rumors are true, we have some idea about the specifications. First let's talk about the XT version that does exist. The Radeon RX 6700 XT is built around a Navi 23 XT GPU with 2,048 stream processors and 8GB of GDDR6 memory tied to a 128-bit bus, giving it 256GB/s of memory bandwidth. It also has a 1,958MHz base clock, 2,359MHz game clock, and 2,589MHz boost clock (reference specs). The... Read more...
Earlier this year, AMD confirmed that Samsung's next-generation Exynos mobile SoCs would incorporate its RDNA 2 graphics technology. At the time, AMD said that the RDNA 2 intellectual property leveraged by the new Exynos family would "[bring] ray tracing and variable rate shading capabilities to flagship mobile devices." Now, Samsung is delving a little deeper into the ray-tracing capabilities of the upcoming [alleged] Exynos 2200. The company posted comparison images to its Weibo page, which shows a game scene rendered with and without ray tracing enabled. With the shot taken from a device powered by an Exynos SoC, we see enhanced lighting effects with the flames under the tank and the building... Read more...
If you were eagerly anticipating that Microsoft might include a refreshed Arm-based model among its next-generation Surface announcements last week, you would have been disappointed when it didn't happen. Microsoft did introduce a Surface Pro 8 and Surface Duo 2, both with x86 hardware inside, but nothing that flexes an Arm chip. What gives? One could be in the works, and AMD might be involved with the design. This is only a rumor at present, but perhaps a plausible one, given the interest both companies have put into Arm. Let's talk about that for a minute. Earlier this month during the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference, AMD CFO Devinder Kumar fielded a question about Arm, saying AMD has a... Read more...
Hang tight, creators and enthusiasts, eventually AMD will get around to launching its next generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors for heavy metal computing from home. It just might be a little bit longer than you hoped. Nothing has been officially announced, but rumor has it the launch has been delayed again, leading to a 2022 release. AMD's high-end desktop (HEDT) is pretty much the final destination (maybe) for AMD's Zen 3 architecture. We already have Zen 3 options among AMD's mainstream desktop and laptop processor lines, including Pro models, and APUs as well. Same goes for the server space, with the latest generation EPYC processors featuring Zen 3 inside. There are not many stones... Read more...
As we highlighted in our Radeon RX 6900 XT review, AMD's flagship graphics card is worthy of the designation, coming within striking distance of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3090 in traditional rasterization (the gap widens in ray-traced gaming) at a lower MSRP. So it would be quite remarkable if, as some alleged specifications allude to, AMD's next-generation Radeon RX 7600 XT could perform equally well, or perhaps even be better. That's especially a tantalizing proposition considering the current landscape—GPUs are in such short supply that many PC gamers aren't even able to upgrade this round. If the shortage eases up next year, then next-gen RDNA 3 (AMD) and Ada Lovelace (NVIDIA) would conceivably... Read more...
Shortages have become the new normal in the chip industry, as tremendous demand has unfortunately helped to exacerbate the problem. However, there may be light at the end of the tunnel regarding shortages. On Sunday, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su said that the supply of chips that fuel enthusiast hardware like CPUs and GPUs will be tight through the first half of 2022. Su's comments echo those of NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang. However, Su added a touch of optimism saying that supply should improve during the second half of 2022. "We've always gone through cycles of ups and downs, where demand has exceeded supply or vice versa," said Su while speaking during this week's Code Conference. "[But] this time, it's... Read more...
Earlier this month, we got an early look at Gigabyte’s upcoming Radeon RX 6600 Eagle 8G gaming card, which slots under the Radeon RX 6600 XT. Today it’s Sapphire’s turn, as the company’s Radeon RX 6600 Pulse is now listed for preorder at European retailer PC Dig. The thing that sticks out to us the most is how small the card is while maintaining a dual-fan configuration like its Radeon RX 6600 XT Pulse counterpart. This should allow the two-slot gaming card to fit into small-form-factor (SFF) systems easily. Besides the cooling setup, which also appears to include an aluminum heatsink and heat pipes, we also see a single 8-pin power connector. Just a single connector is... Read more...
Much of the conversation surrounding AMD’s continued assault on Intel has revolved around the desktop and server markets, where the company’s Ryzen and EPYC processors have consistently increased in popularity and adoption, gen over gen. AMD has, however, also made significant inroads in the mobile space, with both high-end gaming notebooks – like the excellent ASUS ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage Edition – and in the thin-and-lite space as well, with a variety of Ryzen 5000U series based machines. We’ve actually had the notebook we’ll be showing you today, the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED (model UM325S), on hand for quite a while now and can say without question, that... Read more...
AMD has witnessed a significant resurgence in the PC market with its Zen-based processors, which currently encompass the Ryzen 5000 family in the consumer space. However, the company is always looking for a competitive edge over its close rival Intel, and a new partnership with MediaTek could advance those efforts. DigiTimes alleges that AMD and MediaTek are looking to form a joint venture that would allow intellectual property from the latter to integrate into SoCs from the former. The two companies have previously collaborated on the standalone AMD RZ608 Wi-Fi chip, which is a rebranded version of MediaTek’s MT7921K. This new partnership would have bolder ambitions by putting MediaTek... Read more...
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