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AMD's latest assault against Intel's Core family of desktop processor is just around the corner. The company has already revealed that its Zen 3 Vermeer-based Ryzen 5000 desktop processors will be unveiled on October 8th, but what wasn't stated is what the lag will be between the announcement and actual processor availability. Well, according to Yuri Bubliy, the man behind the comprehensive (and recently released) ClockTuner app for Zen 2 Ryzen processors, the big launch day will occur on October 20th. This is a little less than two weeks from the reveal date, and less than a month from today. So, enthusiasts out there that are eager to get their hands on AMD's latest processors... Read more...
AMD's next-generation Ryzen 5000 processors are just around the corner, and are highly anticipated by enthusiasts. Motherboard manufacturers are not only preparing to launch a new generation of flagship motherboards to support these new processors [likely X670-based), but they are also trying to ensure that their existing AM4 motherboards support the new processors. MSI revealed today that it is pushing out the AMD Combo PI V2 version 1.1.0.0 BIOS for a wide range of motherboards. As of now, MSI says that the BIOS will be supported across its X570, B550 and A520 based motherboards. According to the company, the update will be pushed out in four phases; the first of which is available... Read more...
If there is one thing that can make 'Taco Tuesday' even better it's a delicious chip. Or in this case, a chip leak, for what is purported to be an upcoming Zen 3 processor from AMD, which has found its way into the Ashes of the Singularity benchmarking database, where it shows a strong IPC (instructions per clock) gain, and perhaps a new "parallel single threading" capability. There is a bit to chew on here, so let's start with the CPU model. What is shown in the database entries is purportedly an unreleased (and unannounced) Ryzen 7 5800X processor. This is presumed to be from AMD's upcoming Zen 3 stack (Vermeer on the desktop), with 8 cores and 16 threads, at unidentified clockspeeds. Zen 3... Read more...
Lenovo is bringing out some laptop power with the updated ThinkBook line of laptops. Packing new features, specs, and tricks, these laptops are poised to be solid productivity and creation devices. The first device we have on the docket is the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2, a little laptop that can pack quite a punch. Lenovo’s little laptop that could is the “slimmest ThinkBook yet,” topping out at 14.9mm. While also thin, it is lightweight too, weighing in at 2.77lbs. Though it is small, do not confuse its size for power. This thing can be powered by the latest Intel 11th Gen Core i7 processors (Tiger Lake) with Intel Iris Xe graphics for handling any workload. The processor will... 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...
For the past several weeks, it has been rumored that Big Navi will burst onto the GPU scene wielding 80 compute units (CUs), making it a potential monster. To put that into perspective, it is twice the number of CUs as the current generation Radeon RX 5700 XT. Now we have the closest thing yet to a confirmation, by way of reverse engineering a macOS driver. It seems AMD is getting its ducks in a row, and in the process, inadvertently (or perhaps on purpose) left a trail of finely ground bread crumbs, for those willing to look. Reddit user stblr did exactly that, and posted directions on how to view the data for yourself. It consists of the following steps... Install macOS 11 beta (obviously you... Read more...
After a Linux kernel patch with 275K lines of code came out on Friday, the people over at Phoronix began to snoop around for any hidden information. Among the lines of code, they discovered that the upcoming Van Gogh APUs from AMD will have Navi 2 GPUs and will use DDR5 system memory. The Van Gogh is rumored to be a “next-gen mobile APU” packing Zen 2 CPU cores and RDNA 2 graphics. According to prior leaks, the Van Gogh APU family could be “simplified versions” of the custom chips inside the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. While we cannot confirm the “simplified versions” leak yet, this Linux kernel patch does confirm the Van Gogh rumors. In the screenshot... Read more...
It’s fall and it has been quite a while since we gave away a hardcore gaming PC, so we thought what better way to say good-bye summer and usher in the season of crunchy leaves and pumpkin-spice lattes, than to give away an awesome gaming rig? This time around we’ve teamed up with the good folks at EK Fluid Gaming, who put together one heck of a gorgeous, all-AMD system – and it could be yours! EKFG graciously offered up one of its beautiful, liquid-cooled 270 Conquest gaming PCs, powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X processor and Radeon RX 5700 XT. Take a look at this bad boy...  The complete parts list and breakdown for this custom gaming rig includes: EK Fluid Gaming 270 Conquest... Read more...
Back at PAX East 2020 in March, we were captivated by the systems we saw at the EK booth that all featured an incredibly clean looking hard line liquid cooling setup. We were surprised to learn, however, that these were not custom builds on display to showcase EK’s renowned water blocks and fittings. Instead, EK has jumped into the boutique pre-built computer space with a line-up they are calling EK Fluid Gaming. The Fluid Gaming systems are a bit of natural offering for EK. The bulk of the gaming PC market is incredibly competitive and price sensitive. Instead of wheeling and dealing in this space with razor-thin margins, EK can leverage their custom liquid cooling pedigree to offer... Read more...
The Ashes of the Singularity database is a popular destination for unreleased and unannounced CPU and GPU hardware to make unofficial appearances, and it has apparently happened again. This time, it is an upcoming Ryzen 7 5700U processor with Radeon graphics that has made a benchmark cameo, or at least that is how it is identified in the database. We always have to take these things with a spoonful of salt. Same goes for the performance results, because there are a variety of factors that come into play, including the specific test bed, drivers, cooling, and so forth. All that said, here is a look at the benchmark results, as run at the "Low_1080" preset configuration... Source: Ashes of the... Read more...
So much attention is being paid to GPUs lately, and rightfully so—NVIDIA came out swinging with its GeForce RTX 30 series, and AMD will counter with Big Navi next month. But let's not forget, some interesting things are happening in the CPU space as well. AMD is getting ready to launch its Zen 3 processors, and according to a supposedly leaked roadmap, it has an enhanced version of Zen 3 on tap for a line of upcoming APUs. We are of course talking about Rembrandt, as has been leaked and rumored before. Notably, the same individual who previously shared a Zen 3 roadmap is back at it again with a expanded view that now shows Rembrandt, with a few additional details. Here is a look at the... Read more...
As Chromebooks are an important part of education and are becoming a bigger part of the work-from-home toolkit, performance and power is needed more than ever. Now that AMD has announced their lineup of mobile processors to power Chrome OS, a little competition with Intel is in the works. The Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 and Athlon "C" mobile processors will bring Zen performance to the Chromebook with partners such as ASUS, Google, and Lenovo. These new mobile CPUs will range from 2 to 4 cores (up to 8 threads) with a TDP of 15 watts across the board. With Zen and Zen+ architecture on 14nm and 12nm process nodes respectively, we should see decent performance and battery life. According to AMD,... Read more...
The bulk of the anticipation over AMD's upcoming graphics card launch is centered on Big Navi, and how whatever ends up being its flagship part from the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series (assuming it's called that) will compare to the best NVIDIA has to offer. We will find out in due time. However, the enthusiast sector will not be the only next-gen GPU battleground. More affordable options will eventually emerge, and some leaked data from a Linux driver provides some potential specs of AMD's lower end Navy Flounder GPU. Navy Flounder is the presumed codename for Navi 22. Based on past leaks mixed in with a bit of speculation, Navi 22 will end up replacing the Navi 12 GPU that sits inside the current-generation... Read more...
In exactly three weeks, AMD will unveil its Zen 3 lineup during a scheduled press event (October 8), followed by announcing its Radeon RX 6000 series toward the end of next month (October 28). We have questions, and AMD presumably has answers. One of them is what specific processors are on tap, and according to a new leak, AMD will be unveiling a Ryzen 5000 series for the desktop, not Ryzen 4000. This needs to happen, as far as I am concerned. I am fully aware that skipping ahead to Ryzen 5000 might irk some people, but I would argue it is needed, to make things less confusing among AMD's different product lines. Specifically, the Ryzen 4000 series already exists in mobile APU form, but the underlying... Read more...
AMD is up against it, folks. NVIDIA has already announced it GeForce RTX 30 series, and if you have not done so already, check out our review of the GeForce RTX 3080 (spoiler: it's a frigging beastly performer). AMD will attempt to counter with its Radeon RX 6000 series, but we still have to wait more than a month for the unveiling. Until then, we've had some render teases to look at, and now an actual look at one of the cards, and a render of a previously unseen two-fan model. What we have seen so far is presumably Big Navi, the unofficial name for the top dog that will represent AMD's second generation Radeon DNA architecture (otherwise known as RDNA 2). AMD has made it known that Big Navi... Read more...
Today, AMD made an announcement on Twitter showcasing the design of the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 graphics card. This RDNA2-infused AMD GPU features an all-new cooler design for the Big Navi architecture that we (you too) can also take a closer look at in Fortnite. In early September, a Fortnite Easter Egg was discovered referencing Big Navi. That teaser proclaimed “something big is coming to the AMD battle arena.” Since that time, AMD Big Wig Frank Azor hinted at an announcement from AMD which confirmed that the GPU would be unwrapped on October 28th. We have been expecting some additional news in the meantime, but when the Easter Egg... Read more...
Big Navi is coming, we have known that for quite some time now. Questions remain, obviously, such as how will it perform compared to NVIDIA's offerings, and where will pricing end up? Those will be answered in due time. For now, we are left to scour the alleyways and side streets in Leakville and Rumor Township, and to that end, some preliminary benchmarks have emerged. They come from a popular destination for this sort of thing—the Ashes of the Singularity database. One of the latest entries shows performance results for an "AMD Radeon Graphics" presumed to be from AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series, running at the Crazy 4K preset. It is situated in a testbed with an Intel Core i9-9900K... Read more...
On this episode of Two And A Half Geeks, we'll be peeling back the lid on NVIDIA's Ampere GPU architecture, and also looking at the new Reviewer's Toolkit from NVIDIA that arrived just in time for our GeForce RTX 30 series review efforts. We'll also be chatting about Intel Lakefield vs. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx in ultra-low power laptops and more… Show Notes: 05:18 - Microsoft's Xbox Series S Entry-Level Next-Gen Console Officially Announced At Just $299 07:54 - Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 SSD Family Listed With Blazing Fast 7,000MB/Sec Read Performance 09:40 - Radeon RX 6000 And Zen 3 October Surprise: AMD Sets Dates For A New Journey 13:08 - Samsung Galaxy Book S Shoot-Out: Intel Lakefield... Read more...
It appears as though one of AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards has been spotted in the wild. While it is not clear which specific model is depicted, the photo purportedly shows an engineering sample installed in a test system, with some interesting details observable. Such as the onboard memory arrangement. The photo traces back to a post on the Bilibili forums, as discovered by @Avery78 on Twitter (hat tip to the eagle-eyed fellow). If looking closely, there are some potentially revealing stickers applied to the card. One of them reads, "Typical Samsung 16Gb," in presumed reference to the memory chips, to denote 16GB (with a capital "B") of GDDR6 memory (Samsung does not make... 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...
Most of the focus in the PC space recently has been on new graphics card, with NVIDIA launching its GeForce RTX 30 series and AMD prepping its upcoming Big Navi release. But what about CPUs? As AMD has said time again, Zen 3 is on track to launch this year. And if the latest rumor is true, one of the upcoming CPU models will be a 10-core processor. This is notable because AMD's current generation Ryzen 3000 series on the desktop consists of 4-core/8-thread, 6-core/6-thread and 6-core/12-thread, 8-core/16-thread, and 16-core/32-thread options (and higher, if including its high-end desktop Threadripper options). News of a potential 10-core and presumably 20-thread offering comes from Yuri Bubliy... Read more...
AMD-based gaming laptops have been around for some time now, but MSI is going all-in with AMD with two new models: the Alpha 15 and Alpha 17. Powered by a Ryzen 7 4800H and a Radeon RX 5600M, MSI wants to offer “desktop-class performance as an appealing and affordable option for mainstream gamers.” AMD is a good option for multitasking, and with the setup MSI has, it seems to be good for gaming too. MSI ran the numbers and it looks like with ultra-settings in mainstream games, you can get decent FPS across the board. The FPS numbers do depend on what your system configuration is, but for the Ryzen 4800H and Radeon RX 5600M setup, these numbers do not look bad at all. Your CPU and... Read more...
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