AMD launched their newest Ryzen CPUs to great fanfare back in March and while we found performance to be good in our launch review of the Ryzen 1700, we noted that there were quite a few growing pains that needed to be fixed before Ryzen could really shine against Intel. As such, rather than publishing another review of Ryzen on motherboards using incomplete BIOS firmware and badly optimized Windows, we decided to wait it out until AMD and its motherboard partners roll out the badly needed updates to allow Ryzen to really shine in all its glory.
As such, today we’ll be finally reviewing the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X, the flagship AMD [...]
AMD’s Zen based server platform, EPYC (codename Naples), has been in the works for quite some time and it finally appears ready for prime time. At AMD’s recent EPYC launch event in Austin, Texas, AMD fully detailed their new server platform designed to challenge Intel’s dominance in the server market.
AMD EPYC 7000 Series Processor
Launching today is no less than twelve CPU SKUs in the AMD EPYC 7000-Series processor lineup. The new CPUs will feature up to 32-cores/64-threads, 8-channel DDR4 memory support (up to 2TB of memory per CPU), 128 PCIe lanes, a dedicated security subsystem, and an integrated chipset.
Well, this is it ladies and gentlemen. We’ve been waiting anxiously for over a year now for AMD’s latest Processor, after the disappointment of Bulldozer the PC building scene became primarily an Intel favored one for most serious workloads. While AMD’s APUs have found a pleasant place in the budget market and the FX lineup became a decent option for gamers looking for good bang for the buck, AMD remained way behind Intel in technology for what seams like forever. That changes today. Today we will be looking at Ryzen, will it live up to the hype? Will it fall flat on it’s face?AMD Ryzen Specs CPU Ryzen 1700 Ryzen 1700X Ryzen [...]
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), AMD recently presented some additional in-depth information about the upcoming Zen micro-architecture used in their highly anticipated Ryzen CPUs.
The AMD Zen micro-architecture is a complete redesign from the ground up and is the first AMD processor to utilize GlobalFoundries 14 FinFET process. It’s a 4 core design which is bumped up to 8 threads with AMD’s new SMT technology which allows a single core to process up to two threads simultaneously. It’ll also feature 32KB L1 cache per core, 512KB L2 cache per core and 8MB shared L3 cache. Interestingly enough, [...]
Word has it that AMD’s new flagship desktop CPU will hit the market in February 2017. Although we’ve heard previous rumors that Zen would be delayed from 4Q2015 to 1Q2016, this is the first time we’ve heard news of a possible release month.
Code-named “Summit Ridge”, the new silicon is set to be a hallmark in AMD’s CPU development history. It packs 8 cores/16 threads built using GlobalFoundries’ 14nm FinFET transistors. The new architecture has a huge facelift compared to Bulldozer that can potentially bump the IPC by up to 40% and massively improves power efficiency.
Complementing the new CPU is expected [...]
The tech community has recently gone up in arms against Microsoft after their reaffirmation that they will not be supporting CPUs newer than Intel Haswell on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. While many has seen this as a power play by Microsoft to force users to upgrade to Windows 10, HotHardware recently presented a possible alternate explanation with much less malicious intent.
According to HotHardware, the decision not to support newer CPUs on older operating systems boils down to additional features that were added to the new CPUs. This largely includes the newest power saving features from both Intel and AMD as well as SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) from [...]
Although this week is Intel Developer Forum week, it hasn’t stopped AMD from stealing the thunder by unveiling a host of new details about their highly anticipated Zen CPU architecture.
Quantum Leap in Performance, Efficiency Performance
As you’d expect, AMD has done quite a bit in terms of redesigning the entire CPU architecture with Zen when compared to previous CPU architectures to greatly improve performance.
The biggest improvement here is likely going to be the micro-op cache. This allows the Zen cores to decode up to 4 instructions per cycle with an additional 2 thanks to the new micro-op cache. Previously, the Bulldozer [...]
A major bit of news has been circulating the interwebs this weekend as CERN engineer Liviu Valsan recently revealed some key information about AMD’s upcoming “Zen” processors during a presentation on the datacenter technologies.
According to the slide presented, AMD’s processors will be based on the 14nm FinFET process and will bring up to 40% improved IPC. This was something we’ve known for quite a while now, so that’s nothing too new.
What’s new is the additional bit that Zen will have support for up to 32 physical cores. While the upcoming Zen based processor will include 32 physical cores, it’s actually [...]
Potential buyers of AMD’s next generation Zen CPU may have a bit of a wait time ahead of them. According to DigiTimes and its insider sources, the AMD’s Zen-based CPUs may not arrive until Q4 2016 at the earliest.
According to motherboard manufactures, the delay was caused by poor yield rates of 14nm FinFet transistors and issues with Research and Development from Global Foundries. They have expressed concerns for AMD ‘s competitiveness after the chip maker reported a $360 million loss for the first half of 2015. Global Foundries has had a difficult time in stabilizing the yield rate for its 14nm FinFETs, but has recently announced that it was able to [...]
CyberPower Inc., a global manufacturer of custom gaming machines, today announced the Gamer Pro FTW — a new series of desktop gaming systems tailored for the seamless integration of gaming and live HD broadcasting.
The Pro Gamer FTW PCs are ready for awesome performance and high-def video recording right out of the box. They are powered by a choice of Intel’s X79 Sandy Bridge-E platform, Z77 Ivy Bridge or AMD’s FX Bulldozer processors; equipped with NVIDIA’s overwhelming Kepler-powered GTX or AMD’s astounding Tahiti series, and feature AVerMedia’s innovative Live Gamer HD.
CyberpowerPC’s Pro Gamer FTW series (available [...]