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May 18, 2017

Intel Denies AMD Graphics Licensing Rumor, AMD Stock Price Returns to Normal

Recently, Fuad Abazovic of online tech publication Fudzilla published an article, “Intel is licensing AMD’s graphics”, which confirmed without providing sources that AMD and Intel had struck a licensing deal for Intel to license AMD’s graphics technology. While the story was plausible given Intel and Nvidia’s history, it turns out that this was nothing more than rumor and speculation.

According to a recent article at Barron’s, Barron’s Tech Trader Daily blog recently received a statement from Intel stating that “The recent rumors that Intel has licensed AMD’s graphics technology are untrue.” Intel provided no [...]

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May 18, 2017

AMD Ryzen Pro, Ryzen Mobile Coming 2H2017

At AMD’s recent Financial Analyst Day 2017, AMD revealed quite a bit of their roadmap for 2017 and beyond.

According to the roadmap, AMD has four new processor lines launching between now and 1H2018. This includes the Ryzen 3 desktop CPU, the Ryzen Mobile CPUs, the Ryzen PRO CPU, and the Mobile Ryzen Pro CPU. While we’re relatively familiar with the upcoming Ryzen 3 lineup, AMD had been fairly quiet about the Ryzen Mobile and the Ryzen Pro/Mobile Pro lineups until now.

The Ryzen Mobile CPUs/APUs are expected to launch in the 2H2017 in various systems including 2-in-1, ultraportable, and gaming systems. According to AMD CTO Mark Papermaster, [...]

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May 17, 2017

AMD Teases Threadripper CPU: 16 Cores and 32 Threads for Consumers

Confirming previous rumors, it turns out that the Ryzen 7 1800X is not the top-end chip for AMD. At AMD’s 2017 Financial Analyst Day, AMD officially confirmed a new 16 core and 32 thread Ryzen CPU codenamed Threadripper along with a new HEDT platform.

This powerful chip is likely AMD’s direct answer to Intel’s 12-core Core i9-7920X and the beginning of their assault on Intel’s dominance in the workstation and datacenter. AMD also has a 32-core, 64-thread chip codenamed Naples in the works as well. Details are currently scarce on Threadripper, though the chip is expected to make its appearance at Computex. Recent rumors have also indicated that [...]

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May 12, 2017

Intel i9 Skylake-X and KabyLake-X CPUs Leaked

Intel is allegedly adding a new high-end processor segment for HEDT. Recent reports point towards four new Skylake-X CPUs and two KabyLake-X CPUs.

The Skylake-X series will include two product lines: the i9-7900X and the i9-7800X. The KabyLake-X series will only feature two processors: the i7-7740K and the i7-7640K. Skylake-X CPUs will have a maximum TDP of 160 while KabyLake-X will have a maximum TDP of 112W.

The top chip of the bunch is the i9-7920X with 12C/24T. It will carry 16.5MB of L3 cache, and 44 PCIe lanes. Clock speed has yet to be disclosed, but the i9-7920X, i9-7900X, and the i9-7820X will feature a third clock state called Turbo Boost 3.0, which [...]

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April 27, 2017

AMD Integrates Ryzen Power Patch in Latest v17.10 Chipset Drivers

AMD is continuing to deliver on their promise to improve Ryzen’s performance. The newest chipset drivers (v17.10) now integrate AMD’s Ryzen Balanced Power Plan.

The new power plan will reduce the latency for the CPU to transition between p-states (power states) for those who want to use a balanced power plan. Previously, when using the Windows balanced power profile, the transition can take up to 30ms depending on the situation and the only fix available was to set Windows to utilize the high-performance power profile. The reason for this is because Windows did not properly support Ryzen’s power management features and by setting the power profile to [...]

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April 13, 2017

Intel Rumored to Launch Basin Falls X299 Platform, LGA2066 CPUs at Computex

With AMD’s Ryzen CPUs launched several months ago, there’s currently some major competition in the high end desktop CPU space which Chinese tech publication Benchlife claims may have prompted Intel to push forward the launch of their next generation HEDT platform, codenamed Basin Falls, to the May/June Computex timeframe. This is well ahead of its original Q3 or Q4 launch schedule.

According to the article, Intel is poised to show off its X299 Basin Falls platform at Computex along with its upcoming Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPUs.

Based on a new Socket R4 (LGA 2066), the new X299 platform is a major update to the X99 platform bringing support [...]

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April 7, 2017

AMD Releases Ryzen Balanced Power Plan to Improve Performance, Reduce Power Consumption in Ryzen CPUs

Although AMD’s Ryzen CPUs launched to a rocky start, AMD has shown that they’re fiercely working on improving the platform, releasing three community updates within just a few weeks of the initial Ryzen 7 launch.

One of the issues that had been plaguing early Ryzen adopters is that the Windows 10 default “Balanced” power profile isn’t optimized to properly utilize Ryzen’s power saving capabilities which resulted in reduced performance with the Balanced power profile engaged. The reason for this is because with the Windows Balanced Power Plan, Windows sets higher thresholds and longer timers for transitions across P-states, and [...]

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April 4, 2017

Ryzen 5 1400 Gaming Performance Leaked Before Launch

AMD’s Ryzen 5 CPUs aren’t expected to launch until April 11 so up until now, benchmarks for the Ryzen 5 series were simulated by disabling cores on the octa-core Ryzen 7 series CPUs. However, according to a recent video released by Youtube channel Santiago Santiago, we get a glimpse at Ryzen 5 1400 performance in the flesh thanks to a retailer which appears to have jumped the gun on sales of the upcoming CPU.

In the video, the CPU was benchmarked with eight games: Battlefield 1 (DX12), Fallout 4, GTA 5, Hitman (DX12), Just Cause 3, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, The Witcher 3, and Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX 12). The test bench consists of an HIS Radeon RX [...]

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April 3, 2017

Nvidia Driver May Cause Inconsistent Benchmark Results in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Youtube channel AdoredTV recently uncovered a potential shortcoming in Nvidia’s drivers which can cause performance dips when a Nvidia graphics card is paired with a Ryzen CPU.

When paired with a Nvidia graphics card, AMD’s Ryzen 1800X falls short – sometimes by as much as 40% – when compared to an Intel Core i7-7700K running Rise of the Tomb Raider. GPU statistics collected during benchmark runs reveal that the Ryzen-based system wasn’t pushing the GPU to 100%, causing it to lag behind the Intel-based system. This was consistent in both DX 11 and DX 12 benchmarks. Normally, this would indicate a bottleneck on the CPU, which was strange [...]

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March 31, 2017

AMD Ryzen Optimization Patch Released for Ashes of Singularity, Claims 30% Performance Improvement

As with any major new CPU architecture, AMD’s Ryzen CPU is experiencing some growing pains early out the gate as gaming performance had been a little less impressive than expected. This can be seen in games such as Ashes of the Singularity where although both multi-thread and single-core performance were competitive against Intel’s 6-core Core i7-6800K and even the 10-core Core i7-6900K in many other benchmarks, it trailed behind Intel’s Quad-Core Core i7-7700K in several gaming benchmarks.

As a result, many were baffled at the performance results. If the Ryzen 7 1800X could adequately compete against Intel’s top-end Core i7-6900K in both single and [...]

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