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March 16, 2017

AMD Releases ReLive 17.3.2 Beta Drivers, Boosts Radeon RX480 Performance by up to 12%

AMD recently released the beta version of the latest Radeon Software Crimson 17.3.2.

Among other improvements, the new driver update claims to improve performance of the AMD Radeon RX 480 by as much as 12% compared to the previous driver release, Radeon Software Crimson 17.3.1. Other improvements include support for Mass Effect: Andromeda as well as fixes for The Division and For Honor.

Those interested in trying out Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.3.2 can download it from AMD’s website here. However, be warned. As they’re beta drivers, they also come with quite an extensive list of known issues as well.

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March 15, 2017

AMD Ryzen 5 Details Leaked: 4-Core, 6-Core CPUs Starting at $169, Launching April 11

In a recent article that appears to have been recently pulled, hardware site Guru3D leaked the entire lineup of AMD Ryzen 5 series processors ahead of its April 11 launch.

According to the article, AMD will launch four new models under the Ryzen 5 series lineup including the Ryzen 5 1600X, Ryzen 5 1600, Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1400.

 

Ryzen 5 CPU Lineup

The Ryzen 5 1600X will be the flagship Ryzen 5 SKU. It’ll sport 6 cores and 12 threads, feature a base clock of 3.6GHz with a turbo up to 4.0GHz and XFR up to 4.1GHz. TDP is expected to be 95W. Pricing is expected to be $249.

The Ryzen 5 1600 will be similar to the Ryzen 5 1600X [...]

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March 13, 2017

AMD Issues Update on Ryzen Addressing Thread Scheduling, Temperature Reporting, Power Plans, and SMT

In a recent blog post, AMD’s Robert Hallock recently posted an update on some of the big issues currently surrounding the new Ryzen processor including thread scheduling, temperature reporting, power plans, and SMT.

 

Thread Scheduling

Previously some media outlets reported that there may be an issue with the Windows 10 thread scheduler and Ryzen, but it appears that the thread scheduler is actually working properly in Windows 10. This has been verified Sysinternals Coreinfo v3.31 topology logs and the only reason an issue was believed to have existed is because an older version of Sysinternals Coreinfo was used.

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March 12, 2017

AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU Benchmarks Leaked, Outperforms GTX 1080 in OpenCL Performance

Some keen eyes over at Videocardz recently discovered that benchmarks for the highly anticipated AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU have inadvertently been leaked in the CompuBench benchmark database. The leaked benchmarks also reveal some GPU specifications for the first time including potential clock speeds and compute unit count.

Starting off, we can see that the leaked CompuBench benchmarks shows a device ID 687F:C1. This is the same device ID of the AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU that we saw running the Doom 4K demo at CES.

Using the information on the info page, we get several important pieces of information about the GPU.

CL_DEVICE_MAX_COMPUTE_UNITS = 64 – [...]
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March 7, 2017

AMD Prepares 32-Core Naples CPU to Battle Against Intel Xeon, Launch Expected in 2Q2017

Not even a month has passed since AMD launched their Zen based Ryzen desktop CPUs and AMD is already preparing their assault against Intel’s Xeon server dominance with their upcoming Zen based Naples CPUs.

The new server CPUs, which AMD refers to as SoCs will feature 32-cores/64-threads, eight memory channels, up to 2TB of DDR4 memory, and 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes. This is spec for spec far more powerful than its chief competition, the Intel Xeon E5-2599A v4 processor which features a paltry 22 cores, four memory channels, up to 1.54TB of DDR4, and 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes. AMD claims that the Naples SoC is able to offer 60% better performance and 122% more memory [...]

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March 6, 2017

AMD Ryzen CPUs In-Stock, But Where’s the AM4 Motherboards?

Last week, AMD launched their highly anticipated Ryzen CPUs to huge fanfare and for the most part, the CPU has lived up to its expectations. While there is still quite a bit of controversy over whether or not it’s a strong CPU for gamers, other applications that are highly multi-threaded such as video editing or 3D modeling show Ryzen to be very clearly competitive against its Intel counterparts.

Amazon CPU Best Seller List at AMD Ryzen’s Launch Amazon CPU Best Seller List Today

As such, AMD’s Ryzen CPUs have quickly “Ryzen” to the best seller lists of numerous vendors only to have dropped in the following days [...]

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March 3, 2017

Didn’t Attend AMD’s Ryzen Reddit AMA? Here’s What You Missed!

AMD hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) Q&A thread on Reddit to celebrate the launch of their new Ryzen CPUs and address some key concerns. Participants included Dr Lisa Su (AMD CEO), Robert Hallock (CPU Technical Marketing), and James Prior (CPU Business Development). We’ve sorted through the thread and extracted the important bits.

 

Q: Is gaming performance something you will work towards going forward with the Zen architecture? (Reddit user Makkarikock)

Lisa Su: Absolutely! You should expect gaming performance to only get better with time as the developers have more time with “Zen”.

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March 2, 2017

Overclockers Rejoice! AMD Ryzen CPU Confirmed Using Solder TIM with IHS

Ever since Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs launched back in 2012, Intel has consistently caught flak for using cheap TIM (Thermal Interface Material) to interface the CPU die with the IHS (Integrated Heat Sink). This unfortunately created a necessity for those looking for even decent overclocks to have to remove the IHS, or de-lid the CPU.

With AMD’s Ryzen CPU launching soon, many have wondered what type of TIM (Thermal Interface Material) AMD is using with their upcoming processors. In a recent video posted to YouTube, German overclocker der8auer not only demonstrates how to de-lid an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, but also provides us with the good news that AMD is using [...]

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February 24, 2017

Initial AMD Ryzen CPU Shipments to Top One Million Units

AMD Ryzen 7 CPU | Source: AMD

Within 24 hours of AMD’s Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X, and Ryzen 7 1700 announcement, pre-orders for the newly announced CPUs quickly drove the three new products to Amazon’s CPU Best Seller’s list despite the fact that the CPUs aren’t even expected to ship until March 2nd.

While pre-order rankings and information has been limited from other vendors, similar numbers may have also been seen across the industry as a recent article by Digitimes reports that AMD’s initial shipment of Ryzen CPUs are expected to top one million units. Motherboard makers are also expected to cash in on AMD [...]

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February 22, 2017

AMD Ryzen 7 Surges to Amazon Best Seller as Pre-Orders Start Today

Amazon CPU Best Seller List February 22, 2017 | Source: Amazon

For the first time in a very, very long time, Intel has been ousted from Amazon’s Best Seller list for CPUs with AMD now taking three of the top four spots on the list. The most popular AMD Ryzen 7 CPU is the Ryzen 7 1700X, followed by the Ryzen 7 1800X. The only Intel holdout at this moment is the Intel Core i7-7700K which is still clinging on to a top three spot although the Ryzen 7 1700 isn’t far behind at the number four spot.

Revealed earlier this morning, AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7 processors have been shown to be very competitive against Intel’s current [...]

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