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Loyal HotHardware readers and newcomers alike; we are on the precipice of a whole bunch of new hardware. Besides Intel's Arc GPUs that are still finding their way to market, we've got new 13th-gen Core CPUs from the blue team, too. Then there's NVIDIA's next-generation Ada-architecture GPUs, and of course AMD has its... Read more...
Intel's processors include hardware to help with monitoring their own performance. Unsurprisingly, these are known as "Performance Monitoring Units" (PMU). The company releases JSON files that map the raw data provided by the PMUs to human-readable events and has already released one for its 14th-generation Meteor... Read more...
Sometime on Wednesday, AMD’s online product resource library momentarily revealed a quartet of Ryzen 7000 CPUs. Among the CPUs ‘confirmed’ by this lapse were the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X and 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X, and Ryzen 5 7600X. There were no other codename Raphael reveals, though of course the full range is expected to... Read more...
Dp you remember a few years ago when everyone panicked over a couple of security flaws known as Meltdown and Spectre? These were a new type of security hole altogether, known as speculative execution flaws because they exploit the so-named capability of modern processors. That was back in 2018, and since then, every... Read more...
Regular HH readers may recall that Saturday before last, we reported on a rumor regarding the existence of processors based on Zen 4 CPU cores that slot into extant AM4 motherboards. Frequent leaker Greymon55 suggested that such a thing is possible, but admitted that he wasn't sure of the veracity of the... Read more...
For anyone who wants to build a monster PC around AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 5000 WX series processors, they'll be able to, with the company confirming plans to bring its latest generation high end desktop (HEDT) chips to the DIY market sometime later this year. What kind of performance can you expect, though? The folks... Read more...
AMD is making a change to its Ryzen Threadripper launch strategy, and with it comes an expansion of its Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 WX series processors to more PCs, including the DIY segment. There will not be any non-Pro models, as AMD has chosen to unify its Threadripper and Threadripper Pro product... Read more...
It's astonishing how far CPUs have come in just the last few years. After stagnating at 4 cores while slowly growing single-threaded performance for nearly a decade, mainstream desktop CPUs have seen explosive growth in both single- and multi-core performance recently thanks to renewed competition between Intel and... Read more...
If you own a modern desktop PC or laptop, or even one that's a bit older, you're probably affected by a newly discovered family of side-channel attack vectors that have been dubbed Hertzbleed. In separate security advisories, Intel confirmed that all of its x86 processors including Alder Lake are vulnerable to... Read more...
Whatever your feelings on the modern Chinese state, you have to admit that it's reasonable for the country to want to achieve technological independence. Whether it's reasonable to think that the country could actually achieve such a thing is arguable, but it's looking more and more likely by the day. The latest... Read more...
Intel does just fine for itself in terms of gaming performance, but it's impossible to deny the effects that super-large caches have had on competitor AMD's processors. The red team's extant Zen 3 processors were running well behind Intel's Alder Lake chips in gaming, but apparently attaching an extra 64MB of L3 cache... Read more...
The desktop PC market took it on the chin in the first quarter of 2022, as excess inventory and normal seasonal downturns jointly contributed to a steep drop in x86 CPU shipments. The steepest, in fact, from one quarter to the next—desktop CPU shipments plummeted more than 30 percent, marking the "worst quarterly... Read more...
It's no secret that Intel's Core i9-12900K beats AMD's Ryzen 9 5950X in most benchmarks, even multi-threaded ones, despite having two fewer cores. We demonstrated that ourselves in our review of the CPU. The Ryzen 9 5950X generally puts up a good fight, though. Well, thanks to its extra gear in clock rate, the Core... Read more...
Expectations for 2022 are already high in the hardware world. We're expecting to see new CPUs and GPUs from all three of the biggest players in the PC market: Intel, NVIDIA, and of course AMD. Before that happens, though, we might just see a last gasp from Socket AM4 and AMD's RDNA 2 architecture on the... Read more...
Buying open box, refurbished, or recertified merchandise at a discount carries an inherent risk, though vendor or manufacturer inspections and appropriate return policies are supposed to be mitigating factors. Simply put, if an item arrives damaged or otherwise doesn't function properly, you should be able to return... Read more...
Intel's 12th Generation CPUs, code-named "Alder Lake," represent a major break from the traditional PC processor paradigm by including CPU cores from two different microarchitectures on the same chip. While those of us who are willing to strap 14-cm tower coolers to our CPUs have had the ability to build PCs around... Read more...
AMD sure is taking its sweet time bringing a new generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors to market. It's going to take a little bit more time too, if the latest rumor proves accurate. If it does, a new round of Threadripper processors won't be out until a few more months, starting with the Threadripper 5000 Pro... Read more...
We have probably said a thousand times (slight exaggeration) that Intel is expected to launch its 11th Gen Core desktop processors at the end of March, and now we can finally confirm that to be the case. Or rather, Intel has confirmed it. The official launch date is set for March 30, exactly four weeks from now, and... Read more...
Is it too much to ask that we be allowed to buy the latest generation PC and console hardware at regular pricing, from first-party vendors? Under normal circumstances, paying full price is not a lofty expectation. But this past year has been anything but normal, and product shortages combined with determined scalpers... Read more...
Do you think Intel is perhaps feeling the heat from AMD and its latest generation of Ryzen processors? Intel may not be willing to admit it publicly (not in so many words, anyway), but an admission of sorts could come in the form of another price cut, as is rumored to be the case. If true, the price cuts will come in... Read more...
Who knows what the future holds, but for the current generation of Ryzen processors, AMD correctly surmised that it did not need to surpass Intel in IPC performance in order to offer customers a compelling a solution. It just needed to be competitive at the higher end of the spectrum. Combined with aggressive pricing... Read more...
AMD is expected to launch its Ryzen 3000 desktop processor family this summer. Otherwise known as Matisse, the upcoming chips are based on AMD's 7-nanometer Zen 2 architecture, which yields faster clockspeeds and an improved IPC for better overall performance. The new chips will also be accompanied by a new X570... Read more...
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