PC World was recently given the opportunity to preview AMD’s upcoming Vega Frontier Edition graphics card ahead of its release date and revealed some interesting findings about the highly anticipated graphics card.
The first is that the AMD Vega FE is significantly faster than Nvidia’s Titan Xp in compute. This was tested using SPECViewPerf 12.1 and Cinebench R15 (OpenGL). In the Catia and Creo benchmark, the Vega FE performed 28% faster, Solidworks, the Vega FE performed 50% faster, and in Cinebench, the Vega FE performed 14% faster. Considering the Vega Frontier Edition is designed to be a workstation graphics card, this isn’t surprising as Nvidia [...]
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 [...]
There’s no argument that Alienware’s Area 51 Gaming PC is an excellent platform for AMD’s upcoming Ryzen Threadripper debut, but it seemed odd that AMD would make Alienware the initial exclusive big box retailer to carry the processor yet allow Alienware to not be exclusive to AMD Threadripper in return. Dell’s new Inspiron 5675 Gaming Desktop may explain why.
While the Alienware Area 51 clearly took the spotlight at E3, Dell also more quietly revealed the Inspiron 5675 Gaming Desktop at the booth next door. While the Inspiron 5675 Gaming Desktop isn’t as attention grabbing as the Alienware Area 51, it’s still very [...]
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.
Canard PC revealed in a tweet that AMD is preparing B2 stepping of its Summit Ridge CPUs.
The revision is expected to improve uncore features such as PCIe and memory controllers. Canard PC hasn’t revealed exactly which areas of the design will be affected, but it did mention that it hasn’t seen any improvement proposals made towards the CPU core design themselves.
A stepping upgrade is significant as stepping refers to when the design of the chip is revised in hardware which extends beyond what microcode adjustments could fix.
Ah tiens : stepping B2 en approche pour Zen. Il fixe de nombreux bugs hardware.
The AMD Vega Frontier Edition is now up for preorder.
Currently, the liquid-cooled Vega Frontier Edition is being listed for $1,799 USD / £1,656 British pounds while the air-cooled version is going for $1,199USD / £1,140.
Just as a reminder: the Vega Frontier Edition are workstation cards. While you can probably game on them, you’ll find much better value in the consumer Vega graphics cards that are soon to follow.
The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is available at SabrePC (US) and Scan (UK).
As AMD had already made all their big announcements at Computex, their presence at E3 was fairly limited to supporting their OEM partner, Alienware, which had recently announced their Area 51 Gaming PC supporting AMD’s new HEDT Ryzen Threadripper platform.
At the show, AMD brought along some of their new Threadripper CPUs to show off, giving us an opportunity to take a closer look at an early engineering sample of the massive Threadripper chip in all its glory.
Aside from the sheer size, which is due to Threadripper being essentially two Ryzen dies on a single chip, the most interesting aspect of the Threadripper chip is that AMD [...]
Back at CES this year, we got an exclusive look at a then prototype 1440p, 30-144Hz IPS FreeSync-enabled gaming monitor from our friends at Nixeus, now it has a name and is available for purchase today.Nixeus EDG 27 Available now for $499 on Newegg
The all-new Nixeus EDG 27 retails for $499, making it one of the best values for a high-end gaming monitor available, and the world’s first FreeSync monitor pairing a variable refresh rate range of 30-144Hz with an IPS display and a 1440p resolution. The monitor was also recently reviewed by the folks at HotHardware, where it was given a “Recommended Award” and praised for its “excellent [...]
As with any new hardware, AMD’s Ryzen platform launched earlier this year with plenty of room for improvement.
The latest update AMD has released is an AGESA (AMD Generic Encapsulated System) update which updates the code to v184.108.40.206. For those unfamiliar, AGESA is the base code from AMD which is what motherboard BIOS makers build their BIOSes off of. The new update largely improves memory support and overclocking, but also adds some new virtualization features as well.
The biggest update with AGESA v220.127.116.11 is improved memory support and overclocking. AMD has added 26 new parameters that can be adjusted in the BIOS for memory that doesn’t adhere [...]
In an AMD investors meeting, AMD CEO Lisa Su confirmed that AMD’s 7nm products will tape out this year.
To clear up some confusion, the tape out stage is where the design is finalized and sent for manufacturing. It’s unlikely that we will see the products until a few months after the tape out period.
In AMD’s product roadmap, both its upcoming Navi GPU and Zen 2 CPU will be based on 7nm FinFETs. The roadmap places Zen2 somewhere around 2018 and 2019, while Zen 3, based on 7nm FinFET+, will arrive sometime around 2020.