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  1. Dell’s Alienware launches first AMD-based gaming laptop in over a decade After a long gap, Dell Alienware is finally releasing AMD-based gaming laptops. Dell today announced two new AMD Ryzen CPU-powered gaming laptops: the redesignedAlienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 and Dell G15 Ryzen Edition. Both the laptops are powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs. Read about both the laptops in detail below. Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5: Up to AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs User-upgradeable 3200Mhz DDR4 memory for the first time on an Alienware 15-inch notebook First Alienware notebook finished with the new Silky-Smooth High-Endurance paint formula engineered for increased stain-resistance and premium surface feel Offering Alienware’s fastest displays on a15-inch notebook ever, gamers can select up to QHD 240Hz or FHD 360Hzpanelsto deliver smooth gameplay As the first Legend 2.0-based Alienware notebook, gamers will be drawn closer into the gameplay thanks to a new design feature called Dark Core, which darkens the interior shade of the laptop to minimize distractions and keep your head in the game. An optional ultra-low profile mechanical keyboard co-developed with Cherry MX that creates a distinctive typing experience and supports per-key RGB lighting. The Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5is available in the U.S. with select configurations on April 20 starting at $1793.98. Dell G15 Ryzen Edition: The new G15 is outfitted with an Alienware-inspired thermal design to maximize airflow for optimal cooling and heat dissipation Up to AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs and user-upgradeable 3200Mhz DDR4 memory “Game Shift,” a functional key unique to G Series which instantly cranks up cooling performance for intense gaming sessions 120Hz or 165Hz panels, with a 360Hz display coming later this spring; all featuring low-blue-light display hardware The Dell G15 Ryzen Edition available in the U.S. on May 4, starting at $899.99 USD Source: Dell Source: Dell’s Alienware launches first AMD-based gaming laptop in over a decade
  2. AMD looks set to reveal surprise RX 6800 XT ‘midnight black’ limited edition GPU Although any graphics card released these days is ‘limited’ in terms of stock (Image credit: Future) An AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT ‘midnight black’ edition graphics card is set to be unleashed later today, according to a new report. VideoCardz was tipped by a reader who is a member of the AMD Red Team, and received an email giving them early warning of the release of the limited edition GPU. Although arguably, any graphics card release these days is a ‘limited edition’, given the thin stock on the ground which get snapped up immediately (from AMD or Nvidia regardless). If the info is correct, the ‘midnight black’ model of the RX 6800 XT runs with exactly the same spec as the vanilla card, the only distinction being the appearance. The AMD email reads: “We have created a select quantity of AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT (Midnight Black) graphics cards featuring the same great performance of the widely popular AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT. “This is an exclusive advance notice to members of the AMD Red Team community and this offer has limited availability, while supplies last.” Imminent release The graphics card supposedly goes on sale directly from AMD.com today at around 6am PST (9am EST, or 2pm UK time), presumably at the same price as the standard RX 6800 XT, or perhaps with a small price bump. Whatever the case, if this is indeed true, there will naturally be a scramble to grab the GPU, and the usual interference from scalpers (and bots) no doubt. So as ever, your odds of actually securing one of these purported graphics cards are likely to be shaky-to-terrible. If you miss out, on this or any other GPU, the best thing you can do is keep your fingers crossed that broader stock availability improves sooner rather than later. You could also keep an eye on our where to buy AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT article which is constantly updated with info on the latest stock levels (we have one for the RX 6800 as well). Source: AMD looks set to reveal surprise RX 6800 XT ‘midnight black’ limited edition GPU
  3. NZXT launches its first AMD motherboard with the new N7 B550 NZXT fuses excellent motherboard design with AMD's B550 chipset. What you need to know NZXT launches its first AMD motherboard with the N7 B550. This is a premium motherboard with a 12+2 power phase design, Wi-Fi 6, and support for up to 4733MHz RAM. The new N7 B550 is available now for $229.99. Today marks the day NZXT launched its first AMD motherboard. Like other PC hardware vendors, the company has been slowly growing its catalog of products, as well as the categories it covers. Motherboards are still a relatively new category for NZXT, but AMD fans have continued to be on the sideline while NZXT Intel motherboards kept rolling out. CPU Phases12+2 PCB Layers 6 Fan headers 1x CPU (2A) 1x AIO (2A) 5x Case (2A) M.2 1x PCIe 4.0 1x PCIe/SATA RGB headers 2x NZXT RGB 1x 5V 3-pin ARGB 1x 12V 4-pin RGB Internal ports 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 6x USB-A 2.0 Rear I/O 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 4x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 2x USB-A 2.0 Connectivity Intel Wi-Fi 6E Bluetooth V5.2 NZXT is bringing its sleek design to the B550 chipset and AMD platform. I noted in our NZXT N7 Z490 review that the design of NZXT's N7 motherboards is among the best I've seen, especially for PC case modders. It's priced high, but NZXT promises optimally placed ports, PCIe 4.0, Wi-Fi 6, and plenty of power for more powerful enthusiast builds. Compatible with Ryzen 3000, Ryzen 4000, and Ryzen 5000 processors, the N7 B550 is a versatile motherboard. To power everything is a 12+2 DrMOS power phase design atop a 6-layer PCB. There are two M.2 slots for expansive NMVe storage, and support for overclocked RAM at speeds of up to 4733MHz with XMP. Finally, the best part for personalized builds is the metal shroud that covers most of the motherboard. This not only covers all the electronics on the PCB, but can also be customized to match the rest of your PC build. Once everything is built, NZXT's CAM software will allow you to manage RGB lighting, fan controls, and other connected components. The new NZXT N7 B550 motherboard is available now for $229.99. We'll be sure to review the N7 B550 shortly to see if it warrants a spot on our best motherboards list. Source: NZXT launches its first AMD motherboard with the new N7 B550
  4. AMD unveils its third-gen EPYC server CPUs with Zen 3 cores As the company had announced a few days ago, AMD today took the wraps off the third generation of EPYC CPUs, geared towards the server market. These are the first EPYC processors based on the Zen 3 core architecture that debuted with the Ryzen 5000 series, and they promise up to a 19% increase in instructions per clock compared to the previous generation. The lineup includes processors with anywhere from eight to 64 cores, and between 16 and 128 threads, and they include support for things like 4-6-8 channel memory interleaving. AMD is claiming to have the highest performing server CPU - the 64-core EPYC 7763 - as well as the highest performance per core, though that refers to the eight-core EPYC 72F3 in a dual-socket system. AMD shared some performance numbers comparing its lineup to Intel offerings, which show that AMD is ahead in performance in multiple categories, though it's worth noting that the CPUs used in each of the comparisons don't cost the same. For example, the Intel Xeon Gold 6258R costs $3,950 (based on thousand-unit purchases) compared to the $4,860 for the AMD EPYC 75F3 used in the fourth comparison. Here's the full lineup of EPYC 7003 processors: AMD highlighted a number of partners, specifically in the cloud market, including Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, AWS, and Tencent Cloud, which are all planning to start deploying third-generation EPYC processors. You can learn more about EPYC processors on AMD's website. Soruce: AMD unveils its third-gen EPYC server CPUs with Zen 3 cores
  5. AMD Unveils New Security Features With Launch of EPYC 7003 Series Processors Chipmaker AMD on Monday announced the launch of its new EPYC 7003 series server processors — codenamed Milan — and the company has shared some information about new and improved security features. The new CPUs are based on the Zen 3 architecture and AMD says they bring significantly improved performance for enterprise, cloud and HPC workloads. The EPYC 7003 series processors are available immediately — device manufacturers have started announcing new products that use them, and major cloud providers will use servers powered by these CPUs. According to AMD, its 3rd Gen EPYC processors include several new or enhanced security features, including a dedicated security subsystem, hardware-validated secure boot, hardware root of trust, Secure Memory Encryption (SME), Secure Encrypted Virtualization-Encrypted State (SEV-ES), and Secure Nested Paging (SNP). One important new feature is SNP, which provides enhanced memory protections to prevent malicious hypervisors from conducting replay, corruption or remapping attacks. Specifically, SNP adds memory integrity protection capabilities designed to prevent hypervisor attacks by creating an isolated execution environment. In the case of SEV-ES, which provides a layer of protection for CPU registers, AMD has added interrupt restrictions that should prevent malicious hypervisors from injecting interrupts and attacking ES guests. Other security features present in the new processors include memory protection keys for users, and Shadow Stack, a new feature that helps protect against ROP (return-oriented programming) attacks. AMD also noted during a briefing ahead of the launch of its new product that with the 3rd Gen EPYC processors they have been able to implement better mitigations against Spectre attacks. Source: AMD Unveils New Security Features With Launch of EPYC 7003 Series Processors
  6. AMD 3rd Gen EPYC Milan CPUs Confirmed For Launch on 15th of March – 64 Zen 3 Cores, Improved Clocks & Xeon Crushing Performance AMD has officially confirmed that its 3rd Gen EPYC Milan Server CPUs are all set for launch on the 15th of March. The launch will be hosted digitally featuring presentations by AMD's CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, and various other senior executives. AMD All Set To Launch 3rd gen EPYC Milan CPUs on 15th of March In Digital Keynote The AMD 3rd Gen EPYC Milan CPU family will be the last family to be featured on the SP3 socket platform. As such, AMD wants to make a final release for the platform which is grander in every proportion than Rome. From what we have heard and seen, the Zen 3 core powered EPYC Milan lineup is going to utterly crush everything that Intel has including its next-generation Ice Lake-SP Xeon lineup. SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) will host a digital global launch of the new 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET. The digital launch is slated to feature presentations by AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su, Executive Vice President of Technology and Engineering and CTO Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group, Forrest Norrod, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Server Business Unit, Dan McNamara and appearances by industry-leading data center partners and customers. The launch will be accessible on the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC launch site starting at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET. A replay of the webcast can be accessed after the conclusion of the live stream event and will be available for one year after the event. via AMD AMD 3rd Gen EPYC Milan Server CPU Lineup - 7nm, Up To 64 Cores, 280W TDP Coming to the specifications, we are expecting to see at least 19 SKUs within the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC Milan family. These processors will be based on TSMC's 7nm process node and will be powered by the Zen 3 core architecture. The lineup will feature up to 64 cores, 280W TDPs, & increased clocks compared to the 2nd Gen EPYC Rome lineup. The top SKU within the family is going to be the EPYC 7763 which is going to feature 64 cores. The CPU is going to feature a base clock of 2.45 GHz and a boost clock of 3.50 GHz along with a 256 MB L3 cache and 32 MB L2 cache. Talking about the lineup, there are three 64 core SKUs, four 32 core SKUs, four 24 core SKUs, four 16 core SKUs, and a single 56, 48, 28, 8 core SKUs. The highest base frequency is offered on the EPYC 75F3 which is the 32 core part and features a 3.25 GHz frequency plus a 280W TDP. There are also four 'P' SKUs that are designed specifically for single-socket server configurations. The rest of the lineup is configurable in 2P or dual-socket configurations. You can see the full list mentioning the AMD 3rd Gen EPYC Milan SKUs along with their specifications in the table below: AMD EPYC Milan 3rd Gen Server CPU Lineup (Preliminary): CPU Name Cores / Threads Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache L2 Cache TDP AMD EPYC 7763 64 / 128 2.45 GHz 3.50 GHz 256 MB 32 MB 280W AMD EPYC 7713 64 / 128 2.00 GHz 3.70 GHz 256 MB 32 MB 225W AMD EPYC 7713P 64 / 128 2.00 GHz TBA 256 MB 32 MB 225W AMD EPYC 7663 56 / 112 2.10 GHz TBA 256 MB 24 MB 225W AMD EPYC 7643 48 / 96 2.25 GHz 3.60 GHz 256 MB 24 MB 225W AMD EPYC 7543 32 / 64 2.75 GHz TBA 256 MB 32 MB 225W AMD EPYC 7543P 32 / 64 2.75 GHz TBA 256 MB 32 MB 225W AMD EPYC 75F3 32 / 64 3.25 GHz 4.00 GHz 256 MB 32 MB 280W AMD EPYC 7513 32 / 64 2.55 GHz 3.65 GHz 128 MB 16 MB 200W AMD EPYC 7453 28 / 56 2.40 GHz TBA 128 MB 16 MB 180W AMD EPYC 74F3 24 / 48 3.20 GHz 4.00 GHz 256 MB 12 MB 240W AMD EPYC 7443 24 / 48 2.80 GHz 4.00 GHz 128 MB 12 MB 200W AMD EPYC 7443P 24 / 48 2.80 GHz 4.00 GHz 128 MB 12 MB 200W AMD EPYC 7413 24 / 48 2.55 GHz 3.60 GHz 128 MB 16 MB 180W AMD EPYC 73F3 16 / 32 3.45 GHz 4.00 GHz 256 MB 16 MB 240W AMD EPYC 7343 16 / 32 3.15 GHz 3.90 GHz 128 MB 8 MB 190W AMD EPYC 7313 16 / 32 2.95 GHz 3.70 GHz 128 MB 16 MB 155W AMD EPYC 7313P 16 / 32 2.95 GHz 3.70 GHz 128 MB 16 MB 155W AMD EPYC 72F3 8 / 16 3.65 GHz 4.10 GHz 256 MB 4 MB 180W Both AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon 3rd Gen server CPU lineups will be going up against each other soon. AMD has so far been disrupting the server market space and gaining share by offering an insane value with their EPYC CPUs and their efficiency, node, performance, compute advantage within the space has increased by a huge factor in the last couple of years while Intel lacked by relying on the same process and architecture for years. Source: AMD 3rd Gen EPYC Milan CPUs Confirmed For Launch on 15th of March – 64 Zen 3 Cores, Improved Clocks & Xeon Crushing Performance
  7. AMD announces $479 Radeon RX 6700 XT, says it will have ‘significantly more GPUs available’ ‘We know it’s crazy out there, we’re doing everything we can’ AMD has heard you loud and clear: you can’t buy its excellent RX 6800 and 6800 XT graphics cards at anything close to their retail prices. Today, the company’s announcing a new GPU that might (but probably won’t?) change that: the Radeon RX 6700 XT. “With the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT launch, we are on track to have significantly more GPUs available for sale at launch,” AMD tells The Verge. Even better: AMD claims it’ll begin refreshing stock of RX 6000 GPUs and Ryzen 5000 CPUs every week on its own website, where it’ll sell them at their retail prices. We’ve been waiting for that for nearly two months. The new RX 6700 XT will arrive on March 18th for a suggested retail price of $479. In a normal, sane year, that would slot it between Nvidia’s $500 RTX 3070, which we called “the 1440p sweet spot,” and Nvidia’s bang-for-the-buck $400 RTX 3060 Ti, where you might have to dial down the settings here and there. It’s also a full $100 less than AMD’s $579 RX 6800, which we found had enough oomph for entry-level 4K gaming. This isn’t a sane period for GPU buyers, though. In December, the actual street prices of the $400 3060 Ti, the $500 3070, and the $579 RX 6800 were $675, $819, and $841, respectively — and that was before Trump’s tariffs pushed Nvidia and AMD’s board partners to raise their retail prices. “We know it’s crazy out there, we’re doing everything we can,” says AMD’s Nish Neelalojanan, a director of product management. That not only includes more stock at AMD.com but also additional supply for board partners and manufacturers that’ll sell gaming PCs later on. AMD wouldn’t say how much of that stock is being allocated toward GPUs that’ll be sold at AMD.com, though. It says it doesn’t set its partners’ retail prices either. Assuming for a moment that AMD pulls it off, managing substantially greater availability than Nvidia’s recent debut, the RX 6700 XT sounds like it could be a compelling pick. With 230 watts of power, 12GB of video memory, and 40 compute units (compared to 60 for the RX 6800 and 80 for the RX 6800 XT), AMD’s promising you’ll be able to play all of the latest games at maximum settings at 1440p resolution. With a fast enough CPU, AMD suggests you should be able to hit 212 fps in Overwatch, 272 fps in League of Legends, and 360 fps in Rainbow Six Siege, enough for esports gamers to justify some of the fastest monitors on the market. AMD says it should be fast enough for ray tracing at 1440p as well. The company’s early benchmarks (see above) show it pulling ahead of Nvidia’s 3070 and 3060 Ti, though not in all games. It’s worth noting these numbers were generated using the frame rate boost of AMD’s Smart Access Memory (generically known as Resizable BAR), something that’s only just starting to roll out to Nvidia’s graphics cards and generally requires newer CPUs to work. That said, AMD also just announced that it will begin rolling out Resizable BAR to its Ryzen 3000-series processors, not just the newer Ryzen 5000 ones. The new card will require two power connectors, an 8-pin and a 6-pin, and the GPU should be clocked somewhat faster than in earlier RX 6000-series cards at up to 2424MHz. It’s got a 192-bit memory bus, down from 256-bit for the company’s other 6000-series cards. Clearly, we’ll have to test the RX 6700 XT’s performance ourselves, but nothing matters more than availability — and where that availability will leave the card’s actual price by the time you can buy one. AMD claims cards will be available on March 18th from all of the usual board partners, 40 different system builders, and AMD.com, with prebuilt systems including the HP Omen 25L and 30L desktops coming later this spring and beyond. While AMD’s own version is a dual-fan card with the same basic reference design as the RX 6800 and 6800 XT, it appears many of AMD’s partners are opting for three-fan designs. Those generally carry a premium price as well. And in case you’re wondering, AMD has no plans to nerf the crypto mining performance of the RX 6700 XT the way Nvidia did for Ethereum with the RTX 3060. “We have no plans to limit the product in that way,” AMD told journalists this week. You can watch the company’s 20-minute presentation, including a tease of Resident Evil Village with ray tracing, in the video below. Update, 11:36AM ET: Added that the HP Omen and other prebuilts will arrive later this spring. AMD announces $479 Radeon RX 6700 XT, says it will have ‘significantly more GPUs available’
  8. AMD is announcing a new Radeon RX 6000 GPU in March The event will be held on March 3rd AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT GPU Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge AMD has announced a new hardware event for next month, where the company plans to unveil the next GPU in its Radeon RX 6000 line of cards. The presentation will air on March 3rd at 8AM PT / 11AM ET. Like other GPUs in the RX 6000 series, this new model will use the RDNA 2 architecture, including real-time, hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable rate shading. AMD’s announcement of a new GPU presentation comes just one day before sales kick off for Nvidia’s affordable RTX 3060 GPU at select retailers. AMD debuted the Radeon RX 6000 line of graphics cards in late October, with the GPUs serving as a direct competitor to Nvidia’s RTX 30 cards. Currently, the RX 6000 consists of three GPUs: the flagship RX 6900 XT, the $649 RX 6800 XT, and the RX 6800, which is the most affordable of the trio at $579. With the announcement of a new RX 6000 card coming, we anticipate that, like other GPUs in this series, it will sell out quickly. In January, AMD told The Verge that within the first quarter of 2021, it expects to sell more of its own RX 6000 cards through its website, which is bittersweet news considering the RX 6000 has been difficult to buy. AMD is announcing a new Radeon RX 6000 GPU in March
  9. Intel grabs CPU market share back from AMD for first time in 3 years Mostly thanks to AMD's processor shortages What just happened? We’ve been hearing for a while now that AMD is continuing to chip away at Intel’s dominance of the CPU market, but according to a new report, the trend reversed in Q4 when Chipzilla gained market share for the first time in three years. Mercury Research’s results for the fourth quarter of 2020 show that AMD lost some of its x86 market share despite having a good year overall. In desktop, the company fell from 20.1 percent in the previous quarter to 19.3 percent. AMD is unlikely to be too concerned about the findings. Its QoQ desktop CPU share might have been down 0.8 percent, but the Q4 result was still a full percentage point higher than the same period in 2019. Moreover, YoY revenue was up 50 percent—the company recorded record financial results last year. As previous reports have shown, the PC industry is one of several to have been boosted by the pandemic and the resulting increase in those working from home: the x86 CPU market grew a massive 20.1 percent. AMD’s decline is being blamed on the stock issues faced by its Ryzen 5000 processors. As with so many of the holiday season’s top tech items, demand has far outweighed supply, leaving many desperate consumers with the sole option of paying exorbitant prices on eBay if they want a Zen 3 CPU. Even some of the Ryzen 3000 line have been experiencing similar issues. It was the same story in the laptop CPU market. AMD’s share fell 1.2 percent QoQ to 19 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, but that’s still 2.8 percent higher than in Q4 2019. Don’t be surprised if the recently revealed Ryzen 5000 mobile processors help it pull some of that lost share back. Intel’s fortunes were helped by its improved supply of budget processors designed for devices such as Chromebooks. Its CPU shipments increased 33 percent in Q4, and with AMD admitting its shortages may last several more months, Intel could continue to pull ahead, especially with Rocket Lake set to launch in March. Looking at the CPU market as a whole—including servers, the only area where AMD saw quarterly gains—AMD’s share declined 0.7 percent in Q4 to 21.7 percent. Compared to a year earlier, that’s still a 6.2 percent increase. While Mercury Research’s report has AMD declining, the latest Steam Hardware Survey shows the company rebounding from a December dip and stealing 3 percent of Intel’s processor share last month. Source: Intel grabs CPU market share back from AMD for first time in 3 years
  10. Huge AMD GPU leak ramps up expectations for Big Navi with beefy boost speeds AMD Radeon RX 6000 range will put pedal to the metal with boost speeds (Image credit: Future) AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 range of graphics cards, which will soon be revealed, has been hit with a major leak showing purported details of various GPUs, including the flagship Big Navi. Before we begin, we should firmly bear in mind that these are just nuggets from the rumor mill, so we need to be careful about jumping to conclusions. However, the info seems much more solid than whispers on the GPU grapevine often are, having been drawn straight from the macOS Big Sur 11 beta, complete with a lot of details. This was highlighted on Reddit (as spotted by Tom’s Hardware), and the details spilled on Big Navi (Navi 21) back up a leak from earlier in the week (from the same Redditor in fact), but add some juicy details on the clock speeds. The GPU will allegedly have 80 compute units (CUs) and 5,120 stream processors (SPs – given that AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture still carries 64 SPs per CU). The new info on clock speeds has them pegged much higher than current-gen Radeon GPUs – as expected – but according to this leak, one variant of Big Navi clocks up to 2.2GHz. The mention of reaching these speeds – or possibly even a touch higher – has certainly stoked excitement on Reddit, but of course we can’t really know how fast Big Navi will be until the impact of AMD’s new architecture is taken into account in the performance equation. AMD has promised a 50% increase in terms of performance per Watt for RDNA 2, and if that’s realized, on top of all these other rumored specs – including an alleged 16GB memory loadout, versus only 10GB on the 3080 – we’re looking at a beefy flagship. Tom’s observes that single-precision performance for Navi 21 hits 22.5 Tflops, which is certainly an impressive figure on the face of it, although it does fall considerably behind the RTX 3080 at 29.8 Tflops. This hardly represents the full picture when it comes to performance in actual gaming, though, and of course Big Navi has the RTX 3070 beat (at 20.4 Tflops). Obviously we can’t get carried away here with purported specs anyway, and exactly how Big Navi will compete against the top Nvidia graphics cards will depend a lot on exactly how AMD pitches the pricing, and how aggressive the GPU maker is in that respect. As previous rumors have indicated, though, it’s looking like the card may nestle somewhere between the RTX 3070 and 3080 in performance terms. Of course, further bear in mind that Nvidia supposedly has a reply tucked away up its sleeve for AMD’s next-gen launch (namely a new spin on the RTX 3080 with double the RAM, according to fairly strong rumors at this point). Navy Flounder This leak also details further models in the RX 6000 range, and the next graphics card down from Big Navi, known as Navi 22 (Navy Flounder), will be equipped with 40 CUs (2,560 SPs). That’s the same as the existing RX 5700 XT, but of course there’s that major architectural uplift to take into account, plus the fact that the boost clock of Navi 22 is pegged much higher at 2.5GHz. At a rated 12.8 Tflops, this indicates performance close to a third faster than the 5700 XT, delivered within a much tighter power envelope (170W versus 225W). This graphics card should be good for 4K gaming at a more affordable level. Navi 23, the next step down and the entry-level offering, is also mentioned in the leak as having 32 CUs (2,048 SPs), but no information on clock speeds has been dug up in this case, which seems to indicate that this GPU could be further off than Navi 22 and 21. Interestingly, a Navi 31 graphics card is also present, which has certainly raised some eyebrows as you can imagine. It’s based on RDNA 3 and could be a planned refresh of Big Navi (it has the same 80 CUs as Navi 21). AMD’s next-gen graphics cards launch on October 28, and the firm has hinted that stock levels will be much stronger than what we’ve seen with Nvidia’s recent RTX 3000 releases. So no matter how powerful the new GPUs turn out to be, at least you theoretically stand a better chance of actually being able to buy one. Huge AMD GPU leak ramps up expectations for Big Navi with beefy boost speeds
  11. AMD promises Big Navi launch won’t suffer the same problems that befell Nvidia’s RTX 3080 release Frank Azor hints that there will be plenty of RDNA 2 stock at launch (Image credit: Future) AMD has promised that its RDNA 2 Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards won’t suffer from stock shortages at launch - unlike Nvidia's RTX 3080 and 3090 cards. It’s been a frustrating time for buyers looking to pick up one of Nvidia’s new Ampere-based GPUs. Both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 sold out in minutes, with buyers having to contend with bots and scalpers to get their hands on the limited stock. Disappointed buyers have taken to social media to vent about Nvidia’s problematic launch, and one such comment drew a response from Frank Azor, AMD's chief architect of gaming solutions. In response to the Twitter post, which saw a user complain about not being able to pick up an RTX 3090 and going on to speculate that "$10 says AMD will be a paper launch too", Azor responded: “I look forward to taking your $10”. Promises, promises In in a follow-up tweet he added that AMD is "doing our best to set and meet proper expectations. We are listening, learning and adapting to offer the best experience we can." Azor’s remarks imply that those hoping to pick up a Big Navi GPU shouldn’t have too much of a hard time, and that the company won’t suffer from the same stock shortages as Nvidia. While we’re yet to see for ourselves, this makes sense. Nvidia has gambled by picking Samsung to fabricate its Ampere GPUs, and there’s still uncertainty surrounding the yield of the company’s 8nm process. AMD, on the other hand, will tap into TSMC’s proven 7nm manufacturing process, so it’s unlikely to face the same difficulties. Of course, it remains to be seen how AMD's Radeon RX 6000 GPUs will compete with the Nvidia RX 380 on price. However, performance wise, it looks like AMD might give Nvidia a run for its money. AMD is expected to showcase its RNDA 2-based Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards on October 28. AMD promises Big Navi launch won’t suffer the same problems that befell Nvidia’s RTX 3080 release
  12. Intel Tiger Lake leaked benchmarks suggest good – and bad – news for AMD By Carly Page 14 hours ago The quad-core Intel Core i7-1165G7 has shown up on 3DMark ahead of its mid-2020 debut (Image credit: Future) Intel’s 11th-generation Tiger Lake quad-core CPU has been spotted once again in online benchmarks, and this time it's been pitted against the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U. The processor in question is the Intel Core i7-1165G7, a quad-core, eight-thread APU based on the chipmaker's new 10nm+ Willow Cove architecture. It looks set offer a big boost on the integrated GPU front too, with Intel Xe graphics - based on the same underlying architecture that will power the company's discrete GPUs later this year - coming into play. Twitter tipster TUM_APISAK has shared the latest benchmarks for the Tiger Lake-U processor, which has an alleged base clock of 2.8GHz and a boost clock of 4.7GHz. In 3DMark 11, the Intel Core i7-1165G7 racked up a score 8,020 in the physics test and 6,217 in the graphics test, given the as-yet-unannounced processor and overall score of 6,211. Tiger Lake vs Renoir When compared to the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, which offers the same 15W TDP but double the number of cores and threads, the Tiger Lake-U chip falls short in the performance stakes. Team Red's 8-core, 16-thread Renoir-U chip scored an impressive 12,494 in the physics test - around 56.% higher than the incoming Intel CPU. However, the Intel Core i7-1165G7 also fails to match its Ice Lake-based Core i7-1065G7 predecessor, suggesting the Tiger Lake CPU is still far from its final form. Saying that, the Intel APU managed to best AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800U in the graphics tests, with Team Red's Vega iGPU delivering a slightly lower score of 6,104 points. This suggests that even though it’s still in its early stages, Intel’s Xe architecture will give AMD a run for its money - at least until Big Navi shows up. Intel Tiger Lake processors, which will be kept exclusive to notebook devices, are expected to show up in mid-2020, with Intel confirming that it'll appear in some 50+ laptop designs at the end of the year. However, it's worth remembering that AMD's Ryzen 4000 mobile chips are expected to debut in something like 150 notebooks through 2020. Intel Tiger Lake leaked benchmarks suggest good – and bad – news for AMD
  13. AMD dominates Intel in CPU sales - at least according to one retailer AMD claimed 83% of sales at Mindfactory (Image credit: Future) Intel's newly-released Comet Lake processors are failing to make a dent in sales of AMD CPUs, according to Mindfactory. New sales data released by the German retailer and spotted by Hexus shows that in the week of June 1 to June 7, it sold 5,270 AMD processors, compared to just 770 Intel CPUs. That sees Team Red outselling its biggest rival by 82% to just 13%, and taking home the lion's share of the revenue; AMD revenues at the Mindfactory came in at €1,106,065 (about $1,248,970, £983,950, AU$1,785,630) (81%), compared to just €246,605 (about $278,490, £219,400, AU$398,120) (18%) from Intel. The best-selling CPU was the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 with some 1,710 units shifted, followed by the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and two-year-old Ryzen 5 2600, with some 970 and 700 sold, respectively. Though Intel’s newly-released Comet Lake CPUs appear in Mindfactory’s data for the first time, the processors are doing little to challenge AMD's dominance. The Intel Core i7-10700K, for example, sold just 50 units during the seven-day period, while the Intel Core i5-10600K sold a mere 40 units. Team Blue's most popular processor was the Intel Core i7-9700K, which racked up a slightly more respectful sales tally of 170 units. We reached out to Intel for comment about these sales figures, and will update this article if we hear back. Future gazing While these figures are to be taken with a pinch of salt, they suggest that Intel's 10th-generation Comet Lake series has failed to make much of an impact on the market, particularly among PC enthusiasts. Intel will no doubt be hoping that its upcoming 11th-generation Rocket Lake series, which will be based on its upcoming Willow Lake architecture, will do more to shake AMD's dominance, at least in the German market. However, AMD is also gearing up to release its Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs, which will reportedly be headed up by 16-core successor to the Ryzen 9 3950X. While Willow Cave will continue to be based on 14nm, AMD's Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 CPUs will use TSMC’s 7nm process and are expected to offer a major performance boost compared to the current Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 processors. AMD dominates Intel in CPU sales - at least according to one retailer
  14. AMD Radeon RX 5300 leak suggests Team Red may release another budget contender soon Will we have another budget hit in our hands? (Image credit: AMD) AMD has been making headlines lately, especially with the rumored next-generation AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ details being leaked not too long ago. Now, it looks like the manufacturer could also be hard at work in its budget GPU department as well. A leaked CompuBench benchmark from late 2019, recently shared by hardware leaker @Komachi_Ensaka, for a GPU codenamed AMD 7340:CF could be AMD’s entry-level Radeon RX 5300. This unconfirmed chip has 3GB of GDDR6 memory, a maximum boost clock speed of 1,900 MHz and 24 Compute Units (CUs). Based on the current RDNA architecture, the rumored RX 5300 could also have a total of 1,536 Stream Processors (SPs), which means it may give the Radeon RX 5500 XT a run for its money in the budget segment. According to Tom’s Hardware, if this graphics card is indeed the Radeon RX 5300, it will most likely be a Navi 14 GPU that has PCIe 4.0 support and will probably come with 14 Gbps memory complemented with a 96-bit memory interface. If AMD's using the same specifications as the mobile variant, that is. Performance and release date There are currently three CompuBench benchmarks for the AMD 7340:CF that exists, and all of them date back to August 2018. Based on those results, its performance would have rivaled that of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650. Plus, a 3GB graphics card nowadays is hardly impressive. The good news is, AMD has had more than enough time to test and tweak the chip, and its performance and specs could have improved since then. If AMD does have plans to roll out this Radeon RX 5300 chip, we could be looking at a much more powerful low-end graphics card. We don't know if, and when, this graphics card will ever see the light of day – or even if it’s an OEM-exclusive part. AMD is said to release its next-generation graphics card in September, but it’s hard to tell whether this graphics card will roll out later this year. If it does, we might not even know until it starts appearing in PCs, much like the Radeon RX 5300 XT, which didn’t get an official launch. Source: AMD Radeon RX 5300 leak suggests Team Red may release another budget contender soon (TechRadar)
  15. AMD Ryzen 6000 might arrive in 2022 as the world's first 6nm desktop processor Leaked roadmap suggests the Zen 3+ APU will feature integrated RDNA 2 graphics (Image credit: Future) The AMD Ryzen 6000 series will arrive in 2022 as Team Red's first 6nm desktop APUs, according to a leaked product roadmap. Though we’re still awaiting the arrival of the AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs, slides shared with Wccftech suggest that the firm's 6th-generation Ryzen CPUs will blow these incoming processors out of the water when it comes to notable upgrades. AMD Ryzen 6000 APUs, codenamed “Rembrandt”, will be reportedly be based on a new Zen 3+ architecture, which will deliver a boost in both performance and efficiency compared to Zen 3. It's also expected that the Rembrandt APUs will be built on TSMC's new 6nm node, an optimized version of the N7 node. It's on the graphics side where things get really interesting, however. The massive leak reveals that AMD's Vega graphics will be replaced by RDNA 2, with Team Red bypassing the RDNA 1 GPU architecture that comes in between. The RDNA 2 GPUs should deliver increased performance per watt along with support for ray tracing, which means AMD's 6th-generation APUs could be the first deliver console-rivalling graphics. There's some bad news, however, as it looks like AMD will be abandoning its AM4 socket when Rembrandt debuts, moving to the newer AM5 platform. However, this will bring with it a number of features including DDR5, LPDDR5, USB 4.0, and PCIe 5.0. Though we don't yet have an exact release date, the roadmap suggests AMD will launch its Rembrandt APUs in 2022. The Ryzen 6000 processors will succeed, unsurprisingly, AMD's Ryzen 5000 series. Codenamed “Cezanne”, these APUs are expected to arrive in 2021 based on the Zen 3 processor architecture and a Vega graphics core. Earlier leaks suggested that Cezanne will be paired with RDNA 2 graphics, but Wccftech predicts the APU will instead continue to rely on the older Vega cores, with RDNA 2 support relegated to systems with discrete graphics in 2021. According to the leaked roadmap, AMD's next desktop APU upgrade, Ryzen 4000, will arrive at some point this month. Source: AMD Ryzen 6000 might arrive in 2022 as the world's first 6nm desktop processor (TechRadar)
  16. AMD Ryzen 4000 specs might have just leaked - courtesy of AMD Alleged internal documents suggests a 16-core flagship is on its way (Image credit: AMD) AMD has confirmed that its Zen 3 processors will make their debut on October 8, and now it might have unwittingly revealed what we can expect from the next-gen CPUs. An alleged internal document from AMD, which dates back to 10 June was shared by tipster CyberPunkCat, confirms that the Ryzen 4000 CPUs will be known as the AMD Family 19h Model 21h B20. AMD’s current Zen and Zen 2 processors belong to Family 17h, so Family 19h likely refer to its next-generation Zen 3 architecture. The leaked document reveals that the CPU family, codenamed 'Vermeer', may be designed for use in high-performance desktop platforms, featuring up to two CCD's (Core/Cache Complex Dies) and a single I/O Die. On Zen 2, each CCD houses two CCX (Core Complexities), but on Zen 3, there’s only one CCX hat will feature up to 8 cores running either in a single-thread mode (1T) or a two-thread model (2T) for up to 16 threads per CCX, according to the document. This means, in theory at least, the core and thread count will top out at 16 cores and 32 threads, which is the same as the existing AMD Ryzen 9 3950X flagship. The alleged internal document also reveals that Zen 3 supports up to 512GB per DRAM channel or up to 1TB of ECC DRAM, clocked between 1333MHz and 3200MHz. Ryzen 4000 CPUs will also feature two unified memory controllers, each supporting a single DRAM channel. The leak doesn’t tell us much about the performance we can expect from Ryzen 4000 CPUs, but earlier rumors suggest Zen 3 will deliver around 15% to 17% better IPC (instructions per clock) performance compared to Zen 2, which should have Intel worried if true. With AMD planning to unveil its Ryzen 4000 CPUs in just a few weeks time on October 8, we don’t have to wait much longer until we find out if it's true. AMD Ryzen 4000 specs might have just leaked - courtesy of AMD
  17. AMD boasts that Ryzen 4000 CPUs will be ‘tremendously powerful’ Zen 3 is going to blow you away by all accounts… (Image credit: Future) AMD’s Ryzen 4000 desktop processors will be ‘tremendously powerful’ thanks to the major advancements in the Zen 3 architecture they’re built on, a company executive recently boasted. The comment was made by Forrest Norrod, AMD’s senior vice president, during the Deutsche Bank 2020 conference call, as reported by Seeking Alpha. Norrod said: “So you know that first Zen 1 Core was great and hugely cored, but Zen2 was as well. And Zen 3, that’s at the heart of our next-generation products is also a tremendously powerful architecture and you know right on the trajectory that we needed to be on.” Certainly there’s no mistaking the confidence behind the strong choice of wording for exactly how powerful Zen 3 will be, and therefore the kind of power we can expect from next-gen Ryzen 4000 chips. AMD recently let us know that there will be an initial reveal of Zen 3 desktop processors on October 8, so we should know a lot more about Ryzen 4000 CPUs very soon. That’ll be followed by another event on October 28 where AMD will unveil Big Navi graphics cards. Big leap in performance Of course, with the launch just a few weeks away now, it makes sense that AMD would be starting to crank up the hype machine for Ryzen 4000. We are expecting something like a 15% uplift in terms of IPC (instructions per clock), or maybe even more, with the rumor mill also mentioning up to 20% gains as a possibility. A big leap in performance is expected, then, and a fresh leak of the purported AMD Ryzen 9 4950X is also cause for concern for Intel, with this 16-core processor hitting 4.8GHz boost – with potentially faster speeds to come, as that’s (allegedly) an early engineering sample. The existing 3950X offers a 4.7GHz boost – and remember, any clock speed improvements will be coming on top of those major architectural gains, for a double whammy for Intel. AMD boasts that Ryzen 4000 CPUs will be ‘tremendously powerful’
  18. AMD teases high-performance CPU and GPU hardware for CES 2021 AMD CEO Lisa Su will give a keynote speech at next year's event (Image credit: AMD) AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su will deliver a keynote speech at next year’s digital-only CES, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced. Su, who also gave a speech at this year's CES, will give a keynote "the future of research, education, work, entertainment and gaming, including new high-performance computing and graphics solutions." While this suggests we’ll see some CPU and GPU news, it’s not yet clear what AMD has in store for the January tech show - especially since the company is holding an event of its own next month. This event, which is taking place virtually on October 28, is expected to see the launch of AMD's long-awaited RDNA 2-based Big Navi graphics cards and and Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 desktop processors. However, according to a recently-leaked AMD product roadmap, Team Red has a number of products planned for 2021. This includes Ryzen 5000 'Cezanne' APUs that might be AMD's final chip to feature on the AM4 socket, and new 7nm processors codenamed ‘Van Gough’ which could be the first AMD APUs to feature baked-in Navi graphics. Both are tipped to launch in early 2021, so they could make an appearance during Su’s virtual CES conference. “AMD technology is at the heart of some of today’s most popular consumer products and services. As we push the envelope on performance, we expand what is possible in personal computing, gaming and online services and experiences," said Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD. "I look forward to sharing exciting new technology developments at CES 2021, and what it will mean to the way we live, work, learn and play." Lisa Su joins Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg, who has also been announced as a CES 2021 keynote speaker. AMD teases high-performance CPU and GPU hardware for CES 2021
  19. AMD just revealed its Big Navi graphics card design on Fortnite of all things Welcome to 2020, folks (Image credit: AMD) We're a little more than a month out from the reveal of AMD Big Navi graphics cards, but Team Red has just graced us with the first look at its upcoming Radeon RX 6000 Series. AMD Radeon took to Twitter late Monday afternoon, revealing what looks to be an absolute monster of a graphics card, along with a brand-new cooler design. And AMD fans can even get a closer look at the card on Fortnite of all things, through AMD's Battle Arena in the same game. If you want to log in and take a look at the card, you can do so with code "8651-9841-1639". Luckily, if you don't want to go through downloading Fortnite and navigating to AMD's custom map, some friendly users have shared plenty of screenshots on Twitter. AMD hasn't shared anything in terms of specs or performance, but at least we know for sure that the company is indeed going with the Radeon RX 6000 series as a name for the upcoming graphics cards. The rest we'll just have to wait until October 28 to see for sure. Let's do some speculation anyways, though While AMD hasn't shared any hard specs or performance information, that doesn't mean we can't learn a bit about the upcoming graphics cards by looking at the pictures. The first thing that's immediately apparent is that AMD's reference board for whatever card it is – probably the flagship – is using a triple-fan design. This isn't exactly new ground for AMD to cover, 2018's Radeon VII also had a triple-fan reference design, but it does mean that this is likely going to be a bit of a monster graphics card. For instance, the AMD Radeon RX 5000 series, led by the RX 5700 XT, all used single-fan blower-style reference coolers. That decision wasn't exactly popular, but the cards didn't run into much problem keeping themselves cool – at least in our testing. The move to a triple-fan design could be a sign that the graphics card will need more significant cooling, either because the power requirements are much higher or AMD is really pushing clocks high (or both). Another thing we can glean from this image is the 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connection. This configuration can deliver up to 375W, so it honestly doesn't really tell us much about how much juice the graphics card will take – both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 require the same power connectors, even if you have to connect those to a 12-pin adaptor for the Founders Edition. It does tell us that AMD is not adopting the 12-pin power connector, however, which will likely be excellent news for anyone who doesn't like living the dongle life on their desktop computer. We're currently in the process of downloading Fortnite to see what's happening in closer detail, but you can be sure we'll update this article if there's some significant detail we've missed. AMD just revealed its Big Navi graphics card design on Fortnite of all things
  20. AMD Big Navi will rise up to tackle the Nvidia RTX 3080 on October 28 With AMD Zen 3 CPUs kicking the party off on October 8 (Image credit: AMD) The entire year has seemingly been leading up to AMD launching both its Zen 3 desktop processors and RDNA 2 graphics cards, with the latter expected to finally push Team Red into 4K gaming – and now we know when to expect them. AMD has tweeted out a teaser for its upcoming graphics cards and processors, with the latter appearing first on October 8, and the former coming in right before Halloween on October 28 – just a couple weeks before the November 10 launch of the Xbox Series X that the graphics architecture will be powering. AMD CEO Lisa Su has also tweeted a teaser video teasing what is definitely a desktop processor for that October 8 date (you can tell from all the little pins on the bottom). We don't know much about what these processors will be capable of, but we do know they will be the first commercially available desktop processors built on the AMD Zen 3 architecture, so we're sure there will be some juicy improvements on the table. We also got a short teaser video about Radeon RDNA 2 GPUs, though we didn't even get a glimpse of a shroud or the GPU itself. Though, we're guessing this was what AMD Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions Frank Azor's tweet earlier was talking about. Still, at least we know both AMD graphics cards and processors are coming this year. The AMD RDNA 2 graphics in particular are going to be of interest, as they're arriving after the monster debut of Nvidia Ampere GeForce cards, which Nvidia promises will massively boost performance over the last-generation Turing cards. We don't know where everything will fall when all these graphics cards come out, but we can't wait to test them all against each other to see who reigns as the best graphics card in a couple months. AMD Big Navi will rise up to tackle the Nvidia RTX 3080 on October 28
  21. Wait for AMD to make its Big Navi move before you buy the Nvidia RTX 3080 Wait for both sides to shoot their shot (Image credit: Nvidia) Earlier this week, Nvidia unveiled its Ampere GeForce cards, led by the RTX 3080 and accompanied by the Titan replacement RTX 3090 and the RTX 3070. All three of these graphics cards are bringing major generational improvements over the 2018 Turing lineup, without another price increase like we saw last time around. And, while it's definitely exciting seeing the promise of such improved performance, it's important to note that Nvidia isn't the only company that's going to be releasing new graphics cards this fall – AMD Big Navi is coming soon, too. Beyond claims made on behalf of the PS5 and Xbox Series X – that those consoles will be capable of 4K 60 fps gameplay with ray tracing – we don't really know what RDNA will be capable of, or where exactly it will be competing within this new Nvidia lineup – but you should still wait to see the hand AMD has to play before you jump in. (Image credit: Future) AMD RDNA 2 could also slap The GPUs in the PS5 and Xbox Series X are super impressive. For a console. It is kind of ludicrous to believe that the GPUs being included in the consoles are not going to be cut down versions of whatever ends up in actual AMD graphics cards, in order to fit the cooling and power requirements that a console has. Think about it – there's no way that Microsoft and Sony are going to be stuffing a 750W+ power supply in a console, so we're going to get a way less powerful GPU. The actual graphics cards that come out of RDNA 2 will likely be way more powerful than what ends up going into the gaming consoles. AMD has already said that it's going to be competing with Nvidia at the high end – maybe not as high end as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 – so it's very possible that whatever top-end graphics card AMD launches will actually put some pressure on Nvidia. If AMD can launch a graphics cards that tackles the the RTX 3080 at 4K, or even outperforms it at the same price, anyone who buys an RTX 3080 might feel a little burned. It's also important to note that AMD didn't knock Intel out in the CPU race right away, either. The first generation of Ryzen was impressive, but didn't really threaten Intel too much – similar to the launch of the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT in July 2019. However, if AMD takes the same approach with RDNA that it did with Zen, this generation we could see AMD really start to hit Nvidia hard – though it does remain to be seen. Nvidia isn't Intel, after all, and it looks like Ampere is the biggest jump in GPU performance in years, something that can't really be said about, say, Coffee Lake. (Image credit: Nvidia) Only three Nvidia cards to start At its GeForce Special Event, Nvidia only had three cards to show, and while it's likely that those will be the only Nvidia cards we get this year, the gaps in performance and price between the three are pretty huge. Nvidia is claiming that the GeForce RTX 3070 is slightly faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, whereas the RTX 3080 is apparently nearly twice as fast as the RTX 2080 – that's a huge gap in performance, and is clearly open for Nvidia to slide in another graphics card. Now, for the sake of argument let's say that AMD launches a card that comes close to beating the RTX 3080 at the same price point. We already saw a Lenovo leak a little while back that showed an RTX 3070 Ti with 16GB of VRAM that was conspicuously absent from Nvidia's showcase. It's important to keep in mind that graphics card lineups never all come out at the same time. While the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 all got announced and launched at the same time at Gamescom 2018, we didn't see the RTX 2060 until CES 2019, which was then followed up by the GTX 1660 Ti, GTX 1660 and GTX 1650. And then, we got yet another refresh in middle of 2019 with the Super cards. With its RTX 30 series, Nvidia likely has a whole cavalcade of graphics cards, that it can likely launch whenever. If AMD undercuts one of the RTX 30 series cards without absolutely dominating it, Nvidia can easily launch a new GPU that can just steal AMD's thunder. So, especially if you have your eyes on the RTX 3070 – and you definitely should – it's super prudent to wait for AMD to show its hand. If Nvidia is going to react to any of AMD's launches, this is the card that will be most significantly impacted. (Image credit: Nvidia) Patience will pay off Even if you're a die-hard Nvidia loyalist, waiting a few months before adopting a new generation of graphics card is just a good idea. Over the course of the first few months of this generation of graphics cards, both AMD and Nvidia will have a bunch of kinks to work out through driver and firmware updates. It's not like your graphics card is going to explode or anything before the drivers mature, but you might get degraded performance and game crashes out of nowhere – on top of some possible visual glitches. But beyond that, we're about to enter into one of the most competitive graphics card battles in years, and until AMD shows its hand, we can't really proclaim Nvidia as the victor yet. And even if Nvidia does win, grabbing a graphics card a few months down the line when availability stabilizes after the early adoption rush and drivers have a chance to mature is just a good idea – mashing F5 on Newegg or Nvidia's store page is never fun, and with the reception Nvidia's announcement had, you can bet that these graphics cards are going to sell out fast. Wait for AMD to make its Big Navi move before you buy the Nvidia RTX 3080
  22. AMD Big Navi might still be faster than the RTX 3080 Leaked specs suggest it will boast Nvidia-rivaling hardware (Image credit: AMD) We’re just weeks away from the launch of AMD’s RDNA 2 GPUs, but a firmware listing may have prematurely outed the specs for the the company’s highly-anticipated Big Navi cards. An eagle-eyed Redditor found a listing in the new ROCm (Radeon Open Compute) firmware that reveals some of the specs for the so-called Sienna Cichlid GPU - otherwise known Navi 21 or Big Navi - which will arrive as the flagship of the RX 6000 series The listing hints that the GPU will feature 80 compute units (CUs) and a 256-bit memory bus. If each Compute Unit (CU) in AMD's RDNA 2 architecture still equates to 64 Stream Processors (SPs), that means Big Navi will 5,120 SPs. If this is true, and if the GPU runs on TSMC's latest 7nm process, the flagship RDNA 2 processor could deliver Nvidia RTX 3080 levels of performance. After all, AMD has already promised that RDNA 2 will deliver 50% more performance per watt than its first generation RDNA architecture. What's more, a recent rumor suggests the GPU will feature 16GB VRAM - more than the 10GB Nvidia has loaded onto its Ampere GPU. The firmware update also references a graphics card codenamed Navy Flounder, believed to be Navi 22 or Navi 23. This mid-range GPU features 40 CUs and a 192-bit memory bus, according to the listing, which amounts to 2,560 SP. This card will likely arrive as a replacement for the AMD RX 5700 XT, but with its newer RDNA 2 architecture, it will support real time ray tracing and be capable of gaming in 4K. We don’t have any details about performance just yet, but it could give Nvidia’s RTX 2070 a run for its money. It won’t be long until we find out for sure, as AMD will announce these new GPUs under the RX 6000 series branding on October 28. AMD Big Navi might still be faster than the RTX 3080
  23. AMD Ryzen processors are finally making their way to a Chromebook near you AMD claims its Ryzen 3000C processors will deliver up to 178% faster performance (Image credit: AMD) AMD has announced that it’s bringing its Ryzen processors to Google Chromebooks with the launch of the Athlon 3000 and Ryzen 30000 C-Series chips. AMD first entered the Chromebook space back in 2019 and claims that since then, it’s grown to claim more than 20% of the market. In a bid to further squeeze Intel - which today announced that its 11th-gen Tiger Like processors are coming to Chromebooks - the firm is bringing more powerful CPUs to Chrome OS devices. Compared to the A-Series processors already found in some Chromebook devices such as the HP Chromebook 14, AMD claims the new Ryzen 3000C processors will deliver up to 178% faster performance when running modern web apps. The AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series includes the quad-core Ryzen 7 300C and the Ryzen 5 3500C, both of which are based on the 12nm Zen+ architecture. There’s also the dual-core Ryzen 3 3250C based on the 14nm Zen architecture. According to AMD, the top-end 3700C – which boasts boost clock speeds of up to 4GHz - will deliver 151% better graphics performance, 104% higher productivity performance and 153% better photo editing performance than the A-series CPUs. AMD also debuted two new dual-core Athlon CPUs for Chromebooks, the Althon Gold 3150C and the Athlon Silver 3050, both of which are built with the 14nm Zen architecture. HP has announced that it will be launching the first AMD Ryzen-powered Chromebook in the form of the HP Pro c645. The Chrome OS laptop, which is being offered with a choice of all of AMD’s new C-series processors, also features a 14-inch display with optional touch, up to 16GB RAM, up to 128GB of SSD storage and 10.5 hours of battery life. Pricing for the business-focused Chromebook hasn’t yet been announced, but HP has said the Pro c645 will launch in December. AMD’s Athlon 3000 and Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors will also launch in systems from Acer, Asus and Lenovo starting later this year. AMD Ryzen processors are finally making their way to a Chromebook near you
  24. Nvidia crushes AMD with 80% GPU market share ahead of Ampere launch Team Green has increased slice of the dGPU market by 10% - at the expensive of AMD (Image credit: Nvidia) Nvidia claimed 80% of the discrete GPU market in the second quarter of 2020, stealing market share from rival AMD. That’s according to the latest figures from Jon Peddie Research (JPR), which claim that Nvidia saw its share of the graphics card market increase from 71% in the second quarter of 2019 to 80% in the Q2 2020. That impressive growth has come at the expense of rival AMD, which saw its slice of the market shrink from 29% to 20% over the same 12-month period. That’s not to say AMD is struggling to flog its Radeon graphics cards, as JPR reveals that sales are up for both companies; AMD shipments increased by 8.4% between Q1 and Q2 2020, while shipments of Nvidia GPUs increased by a whopping 17.8%. That's because of the pandemic, JPR claims, which lead to an unusually busy second quarter overall for GPU purchases - graphics card sales were up 2.5% in Q2 2020, with the dGPU market surging 6.55%. Things aren’t looking quite as rosy for Intel, though, which saw discrete GPU sales decrease by 2.7% during the three-month period. It will be interesting to see what Q4 looks like, as both Nvidia and AMD are currently gearing up to launch their next-generation graphics cards. Nvidia is planning to showcase its Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3000-series GPUs at an event on 1 September, and AMD is expected to follow shortly after with the launch of its RDNA 2 ‘Big Navi’ cards. Nvidia crushes AMD with 80% GPU market share ahead of Ampere launch
  25. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X leaked benchmarks destroy Intel Core i5-10600k If these leaked AMD benchmarks are accurate, the Ryzen 5 5600X is shaping up to be a beast (Image credit: AMD) Benchmarks for the new AMD Ryzen 5 5600X will absolutely flatten rival Intel Core i5-10600K in both single-core and multi-core performance, according to a new leak. The Cinebench R15 CPU benchmark scores for the Ryzen 5 5600X are astounding, if the latest AMD leak posted to Twitter by TUM_APISAK is in fact true. With a multi-core performance of 2048cb and a single-core score of 258cb, it absolutely blows away the competing Intel Core i5-10600K. In our review of the 10600K, it achieved a single-core score on Cinebench R15 of 201cb and and a multi-core score of 1457cb. This means, as Wccftech points out, that the 5600X is 42% faster than the competing i5-10600K in multi-core speed, and 25% faster in single-core performance –all while running at a slower clock speed and 60W less TDP, 125W to 65W. (Image credit: Future) Not only that, Team Red's 5600X also edges out the Intel Core i7-10700K in both multi-core and single-core performance, going by Wccftech's numbers. (Image credit: wccftech) Now, it has to be said, we haven't benchmarked the new Ryzen 5 5600X ourselves yet, so take Twitter leaks with a very unhealthy grain of salt, especially with numbers this over the top. Still, if AMD's latest CPUs deliver this kind of performance, it's a whole new ballgame. Leaks show AMD scorching Intel in single-core performance, which is a BFD AMD has built an advantage over Intel in terms of multi-core performance in the last couple generations, but the company has lagged behind Intel in terms of single-core performance for just as long. This matters because single-core performance is one of the biggest selling points on an Intel Core CPU, since many applications, such as PC games, are optimized for single core performance. As such, if you're building a gaming rig, single-core performance is going to edge out multi-core performance every time. So AMD coming in hot with the Ryzen 5 5600X like this would not just be a challenge to Intel, it'd be game over. With 25% better single-core performance at this price, AMD would snatch the crown from Intel in the most crucial metric used by gamers and creatives when determining which CPU to build a system around. Like we said, we haven't run the numbers on the Ryzen 5 5600X ourselves (yet), but if the numbers we see in this leak pan out, boy howdy, Intel is in for a dark winter indeed. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X leaked benchmarks destroy Intel Core i5-10600k
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