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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 v22.214.171.124. 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 v126.96.36.199 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.
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, [...]
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 [...]
AMD’s stock fell by a gut-wrenching 24.4% on Tuesday, marking the worst single day stock performance for AMD in over 12 years.
The fallout occurred shortly after AMD released its earnings. Despite a solid 18.3% increase in quarterly revenue, low gross margins worried investors. During the quarter, AMD’s gross margins were 34%, which is a mere 2% improvement over the last year. Investors had hoped AMD would be able to achieve 36-40% gross margins thanks to sales of higher margin Ryzen CPUs which were launched in early March.
In an interview, AMD’s CEO Dr. Lisa Su assured investors that gross margins [...]
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 [...]