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Back in mid-April, AMD announced its Ryzen 5000G "Cezanne" APUs that are part of the company's Zen 3 family. However, unlike Zen 3 "Vermeer" desktop processors -- a la the Ryzen 9 5900X -- Ryzen 5000G APUs have integrated Radeon Vega graphics. During the initial announcement, AMD clarified that the first round of Ryzen 5000G processors would only be available for OEMs until later this year. Now, AMD is giving us a timetable for when the first retail chips will land for enthusiasts. Unfortunately, it's still going to be a bit of a wait for both the two consumer-oriented chips: the Ryzen 7 5700G and the Ryzen 5 5600G. According to AMD, both will launch on August 5th, priced at $359 and $259, respectively.... Read more...
AMD is having the time of its life with Zen 3, and then in early 2022 (presumably), it will look to keep its momentum going with Zen 4, which is rumored to deliver a 20 percent IPC performance uplift. Looking even further down the roadmap, however, it is Zen 5 that could prove the most interesting of the bunch. AMD is not yet talking about Zen 5, but according to a recent leak, it will leverage TSMC's 3-nanometer manufacturing process. As many of you reading this already know, AMD's current generation Zen 3 parts are manufactured on a 7nm node. AMD has also confirmed that Zen 4 will be built on a 5nm node, and we can expect DDR5 memory support as well. PCI Express 5.0, however, will not be included... Read more...
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AMD and Intel are in a dogfight in the CPU space, both for the performance crown and market share. It actually was not much of fight before Zen arrived a few years ago. As we look ahead to Zen 4, AMD is highly competitive again (reminiscent of the early Athlon 64 days, but even more so now), and could maintain the overall performance lead for at least another generation if the latest leak is true. Nothing is certain of course, and Intel is not exactly standing pat—it has Alder Lake-S on the horizon, which will combine high performance cores with power efficient cores in the same package. Alder Lake-S will also introduce consumer support for PCI Express 5.0 whereas Zen 4 is rumored to stick... Read more...
Much has been made of next-generation platforms on the horizon from AMD and Intel. Both are planning to embrace DDR5 memory, the former with its Zen 4 platform and the latter with Alder Lake-S. Along with supporting new features and technologies. Zen 4 and Alder Lake-S will introduce new socket designs, and leaked images and renders allow us to compare the two. It's expected that Alder Lake-S will arrive first, with a launch rumored for November. Alder Lake-S will leverage Intel's enhanced 10-nanometer SuperFin manufacturing process, along with jamming high performance cores with power efficient cores into the same package, for a heterogeneous design similar in concept to Arm's big.LITTLE approach.... Read more...
It was a little over a year ago when AMD somewhat casually mentioned a new X3D packaging scheme that combines chiplets featuring a hybrid 2.5D and 3D die stacking design, and now rumor has it this could be what underpins a specialized server CPU codenamed Milan-X. The rumor also suggests it could be arriving relatively soon, rather than years off in the distance. AMD has not said a ton about X3D, though it did make an interesting claim last year, saying that hybrid 2.D and 3D die stacking would deliver more than a tenfold increase in bandwidth density. That's not small potatoes, especially in a bandwidth-hungry environment, and one as lucrative as the data center where AMD hopes to continue chipping... Read more...
There are some potentially exciting processor launches coming up later this year (Alder Lake-S) and presumably early next year (Zen 4). Next-gen platforms from AMD and Intel will bring some new and upgraded technologies to the forefront, and as it applies to the former, some information about its upcoming AM5 platform for Zen 4 has seemingly leaked out. AMD has not been shy about mentioning Zen 4 by name, and even said more than a year ago that, on the server side, it's Zen 4 "Genoa" EPYC processors will "support next-generation memory and I/O sub systems for AI and HPC workloads." It has also not been bashful about putting out public roadmaps highlighting Zen 4 in the distance, like this one...... Read more...
It is no big secret that AMD will eventually get around to fleshing out its Radeon RX 6000 series with lower tier models at more affordable price points. Exactly when, at what specific price points, and the specifications are questions that will be answered in due time. For now, however, we can at least look at what appears to be a Radeon RX 6600 XT graphics card in engineering sample form. The leaked photograph only shows part of the card, though it does offer up some potentially revealing bits. Chief among them is the "Navi 23 XT" designation on the label. Normally this is not something you see plastered on graphics cards, though being a presumed engineering sample, it does not stick out as... Read more...
A newly published patent at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) highlights an intriguing "Gaming Super Resolution" technology on tap from AMD, that could potentially give NVIDIA and its Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology a run for its money. While nothing is certain, the patent describes what could be part of AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution scheme for its Radeon RX 6000 series. These types of technologies essentially aim to upscale images with minimal to no loss in image quality, or even output better looking scenes at higher resolutions, while dramatically lessening the load on the GPU. We have already seen this with NVIDIA, and as we have stated before, the latest... Read more...
Over the last eight months or so, segment by segment, AMD's various Zen 3-based processors have taken the world by storm. High performance servers, desktops, and notebooks all feature AMD's flagship silicon, thanks in no small part to its excellent perf-per-watt and strong overall value proposition. That dynamic really started in 2020, but we could sense a bit of hesitancy on the part of manufacturers with last year's Ryzen 4000 series gaming notebooks, since those topped out with midrange graphics. This year, though, the kid gloves have come off and higher-end graphics options have been made available.  That's especially true with Dell's Alienware gaming brand. Last year, there wasn't a... Read more...
Tech companies are not always keen about commenting on leaks and rumors, but they do make exceptions on occasion. This is one of those times. In no uncertain terms, AMD cast a wet blanket on a rumored Ryzen 5000 series refresh bringing increased performance to desktop CPUs based on the company's Zen 3 architecture. That said, there will be a new stepping. DevOps engineer and prominent leaker Patrick Schur called attention to AMD's plans to supplant its current Zen 3 desktop lineup with B2 stepping silicon. Otherwise known as Vermeer, he pointed to a pair of new desktop SKUs—one presumed to be a Ryzen 9 5950XT and the other a Ryzen 5 5600XT. The former ranked as the more interesting of the... Read more...
AMD might be getting ready to introduce at least two refreshed Ryzen desktop processors based on its current generation Zen 3 CPU architecture, otherwise known as Vermeer. A couple of supposed new model numbers (also known as the OPN) have emerged, one of which hints at a potential Ryzen 9 5950XT and the other one a likely Ryzen 5 5600XT part. Somehow or another, DevOps engineer and prominent leaker Patrick Schur caught wind of the new B2 steppings, and posted the details to Twitter. Part number 100-000000059-60_50/34_Y is a 16-core/32-thread processor with a 3.4GHz base clock, just like AMD's flagship Ryzen 9 5950X. However, the boost clock is listed at 5GHz instead of 4.9GHz. Should those specifications... Read more...
We have seen major OEMs tinker with drivers and system settings for workarounds and various fixes in games and other apps before. And now that AMD is firmly back in the mainstream desktop processor race, the company is occasionally under the microscope with power users and developers that stumble onto similar patch type efforts. In that regard, it appears Ryzen systems may pose a potential cause for concern. A researcher has found a seemingly disguised AMD driver toggling certain system behaviors when it detects a list of games, which could open the door to security vulnerabilities and other issues. This past Saturday, security researcher and Windows Internals expert Alex Ionescu was working... Read more...
AMD will eventually get around to fleshing out its Radeon RX 6000 series with some lower tier models at more affordable price points. Well, in practice anyway—in reality, GPUs of all shapes and sizes are scarce and overpriced in today's landscape. Be that as it may, more GPUs are coming, and a recent leak highlights what to expect from one of them: Navi 23. This is far from the first time we have heard of a Navi 23 part. It has been the subject of numerous leaks and rumors, and is expected to power the Radeon RX 6600 XT and Radeon RX 6600, and perhaps even the Radeon RX 6500. It will just depend on how AMD wants to space things out. There's also a Navi 24 GPU in the works, codenamed Beige... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Dave, Marco and Chris run down some of this past week's interesting tech news and discuss our in-house research results regarding how many CPU cores you need for a great gaming experience. We'll also give details on our latest AMAZING gaming PC GIVEAWAY in collaboration with Falcon Northwest, AMD and Bungie... Show Notes: 01:30 - Happy Birthday to Dave! 06:02 - Intel 11th Gen Core H45 Tiger Lake-H CPUs Launch To Push Laptop Performance Envelope 13:51 - Sony's PlayStation 5 Refresh Reportedly On Track With 6nm AMD Ryzen SoC 17:41 - Data Breach Exposes Fake Amazon Reviews Scam Implicating Thousands Of Unethical Behavior 23:42 - AMD EPYC Server... Read more...
It seems that yet another Navi GPU is on the horizon, one that is codenamed Beige Goby. A reference to Beige Coby can be found in the driver code of a new open-source Linux driver, and it adds to a growing list of fish-themed codenames for GPUs based on AMD's second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) graphics architecture. This most likely refers to Navi 24, which has not yet been released or even announced. Same goes with Navi 23, otherwise known by its codenamed Dimgrey Cavefish. Then there is Navi 22 (Navy Flounder) and Navi 21 (Sienna Cichlid), both of which have been released as part of the Radeon RX 6000 series. Specifically, here's how it breaks down... Radeon RX 6900 XT: Navi 21 XTX with... Read more...
Remember AMD's mysterious 4700S Desktop Kit we wrote about a few weeks back? Speculation is that it is essentially a repurposed APU that was originally intended for Microsoft's Xbox Series X, perhaps because the silicon did not pass muster. Well, the partially disabled part has resurfaced, this time in a series of high resolution photos. The first appearance came in a Geekbench listing, which identified the part as having 8 cores and 16 threads, 12MB of L3 cache, and a 4GHz boost clock, which is 200MHz higher than the Xbox Series X and 400MHz higher than the Xbox Series S. It also showed up on a driver support page on AMD's website, which has since been removed. AMD can scrub its site of any... Read more...
Back in The Day, figuring out which PC processor was better for gaming was a matter of architecture and clock speed. More megahertz on a fast CPU architecture generally also meant that the CPU would be better for a whole host of tasks, in addition to games, versus a lower clocked chip. An Intel Pentium II 450 MHz was faster than a Pentium II 366 MHz, and there wasn't much debate about that. First AMD, and later Intel, broke away from this simple equation by creating model families and tiers within those families. Multi-core CPUs were born, integrating two (or more) independent processor cores on a single chip, but certainly not all games were multi-processor aware. These days, just about... Read more...
AMD launched its current generation of high-end gaming cards late last year with Radeon RX 6800, Radeon RX 6800 XT, and Radeon RX 6900 XT. Each offer excellent all-around performance along that MSRPs that undercut their NVIDIA counterparts. We say "MSRP" because finding the graphics cards at those prices is near-impossible. Now, the company is ready to extend its RDNA 2 graphics architecture further into the mainstream market with the release of the Radeon RX 6600 and Radeon RX 6600 XT. Earlier this week, several ASRock cards materialized via a Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) filing. In the filing were Radeon RX 6600 XT SKUs, allegedly part of the Phantom Gaming family. Those SKUs were joined... Read more...
A reinvigorated AMD is making strides across the board, including the high-dollar data center segment where premium sums go towards the top silicon money can buy. Intel has historically dominated data center sales, but it can ill-afford to become lax—AMD just saw its its biggest sequential jump in data center market share in 15 years. The gain coincides with AMD recently revealing it more than doubled its data center revenue last quarter, which contributed to a strong three-month period that saw AMD rake in $3.4 billion in revenue, a gain of 93 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Its net income, meanwhile, grew 94 percent year-over-year to $555 million during the first quarter... Read more...
Here is a juicy nugget straight out of the rumor mill as the weekend commences—according to notable leaker and Twitter user ExecutabieFix, AMD's eventual Ryzen 6000 mobile series processors will feature onboard graphics based on the company's second generation Radeon DNA (RDNA 2) architecture, with up to 12 compute units. We presume the mobile series will be dubbed Ryzen 6000G. Otherwise known as Rembrandt, these mobile chips are essentially APUs, pairing CPU cores based on AMD's rumored Zen 3+ (Warhol) architecture with RDNA 2 GPU cores. Zen 3+ does not exist on any of AMD's official roadmaps released to the public, but has been the subject of a growing number of leaks and rumors dating... Read more...
AMD last month announced its Ryzen 5000G family of Cezanne Zen 3 desktop processors, and yesterday we got an early glimpse at the performance potential for the flagship Ryzen 7 5700G. Today, we're getting a look at what the next rung down on the ladder, the Ryzen 5 5600G, will offer. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, we should first mention that the Ryzen 5 5600G is a 6-core/12-thread processor with a base clock of 3.9GHz and a boost clock of 4.4GHz. Built on TSMC's 7nm FinFET process node, the Ryzen 5 5600G features 3MB of L2 cache, 16MB of L3 cache, and a 65-watt TDP. Given that this is a Zen 3 APU, the processor features a 7-core Radeon Vega GPU. Now for the benchmarks. In yesterday's outing... Read more...
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