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  1. AMD introduces the Radeon RX 6000 series of GPUs Following up on its launch of the Ryzen 5000 processors earlier this month, AMD has now introduced its lineup of graphics cards, the Radeon RX 6000 series. The new graphics cards are based on the company's RDNA 2 architecture, which is based on a 7nm process. The new RDNA 2 architecture promises big improvements over its predecessor, improving performance per watt by 54%. The architecture also delivers 30% higher frequencies on the same 7nm node. The headliner of the RX 6000 series is the Radeon RX 6800 XT. This card features 72 compute units with a game clock of 2015MHz. It has 128MB of AMD's infinity cache, and 16GB of GDDR6 memory. This all fits in a package with a 300W TDP, which is lower than Nvidia's RTX 3080. The new cards also support technology such as DirectX Raytracing, variable rate shading, and the DirectStorage API. Despite the lower power draw, AMD's performance tests put it ahead of Nvidia's offerings in many games at 1440p resolution and at the highest graphics settings. On top of that, many games can also run at 4K and over 60 frames per second on the card. The new cards also feature Rage Mode, an easy-to-use overclocking feature that's meant to increase performance. Additionally, AMD introduced AMD Smart Access Memory, which allows systems using Ryzen 5000 CPUs and Radeon RX 6000 GPUs to make full use of the GPU memory. Enabling Rage Mode alongside this feature results in some notable performance uplifts, and AMD says more should come as developers start making use of the capabilities. AMD also introduced a more affordable version of the GPU, the Radeon RX 6800. This variant comes with fewer execution units, bringing it down to 60. It still has the 128MB of infinity cache and 16GB of GDDR6 memory, but with a lower 250W TDP. AMD compared it to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, often beating out the green team in terms of performance. Finally, for enthusiasts, AMD also announced the top-of-the-line Radeon RX 6900 XT. The range-topping GPU features 80 compute units, with all the same clock speeds, cache, and memory as the RX 6800 XT. Despite the increase in compute units, the board power is still 300W, meaning the performance per watt is actually 65% higher on this card compared to the first-generation RDNA. Pitting it against Nvidia's RTX 3090, AMD showed the two sides trading blows in 4K gaming, with AMD pulling better results in many titles. It's worth keeping in mind that the AMD card uses less power and is physically smaller, though. To round things out, here's a quick look at the general specs for each of the cards: GPU Compute Units Game Clock Boost Clock Infinity Cache Memory (GDDR6) TDP Price Radeon RX 6900 XT 80 2015MHz 2250MHz 128MB 16GB 300W $999 Radeon RX 6800 XT 72 2015MHz 2250MHz 128MB 16GB 300W $649 Radeon RX 6800 60 1815MHz 2105MHz 128MB 16GB 250W $579 The Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT will be available on November 18, while the 6900 XT will be coming a little later on December 8. AMD introduces the Radeon RX 6000 series of GPUs
  2. AMD announces record Q3 2020 earnings, revenue up 45% to $2.8 billion AMD today announced its earnings for the third quarter of 2020, reporting a blockbuster 56% increase in revenue and a 58% increase in gross profit, year-over-year (YoY). Revenue was up a record 45% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) at $2.8 billion, thanks to strong consumer and enterprise processor sales, among others. The firm reported a 148% increase in net income QoQ, totaling to $390 million. Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD, said in a statement: Our business accelerated in the third quarter as strong demand for our PC, gaming and data center products drove record quarterly revenue[.] We reported our fourth straight quarter with greater than 25 percent year-over-year revenue growth, highlighting our significant customer momentum. We are well positioned to continue delivering best-in-class growth as we further extend our leadership product portfolio with the launches of our next generation Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC processors. The company noted that the “Computer and Graphics segment” revenues were up 31% YoY and 22% QoQ to $1.67 billion. The increased sales of Ryzen processors and Radeon GPUs aided the increase in revenue from the consumer segment. However, the firm says that the average selling price (ASP) for GPUs were lower YoY owing to “product cycle timing”. The firm is slated to reveal the RDNA 2-based next-gen GPUs tomorrow. With Nvidia struggling to match the demand for the RTX 30 series GPUs, it will be interesting to see how AMD's offerings will cash in on the opportunity. Revenue from the enterprise segment also brought in strong numbers as well, with the company touting a 116% YoY and 101% QoQ increase in revenue, totaling to $1.13 billion. AMD’s record financial performance comes at a time when Intel reported a four percent drop in YoY revenue and double-digit drops in enterprise-related earnings. With the red team’s Zen3-based Ryzen 5000 series processors on the horizon, it will be interesting to see how the next quarter looks for both chipmakers. AMD announces record Q3 2020 earnings, revenue up 45% to $2.8 billion
  3. AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT: release date, price, news and rumors Everything we know about the Radeon RX 6800 XT (Image credit: AMD) AMD Big Navi is right around the corner, which means we're likely getting close to the announcement of the Radeon RX 6800 XT, AMD's forthcoming flagship graphics card that AMD hopes will blow Nvidia's RTX 3080 out of the water. AMD has been playing catch-up in recent years after Nvidia introduced ray-tracing cores into their GPUs, but this latest generation of Radeon graphics cards should get AMD back on even footing with Nvidia. Big Navi, as the new AMD graphics architecture is affectionately called, will bring ray-tracing capability to the Radeon line up. As the first cards from Team Red to feature the new technology, Nvidia is likely to still hold the edge where ray-tracing is concerned, but some leaks suggest that the RX 6800 XT might outperform the RTX 3080 in non-ray-traced gaming. Cut to the chase What is it? The next AMD Radeon flagship graphics card When is it out? As early as November How much is it? Probably around $699 (£649, about AU$950) (Image credit: AMD) Radeon RX 6800 XT release date While we don't know when the Radeon RX 6800 XT will go on sale, we do know that AMD's Big Navi announcement is set for October 28. The RX 6800 XT is expected to be part of AMD's initial lineup of Big Navi cards, so we won't have long to wait. Given the typical time between announcements and retail launches, it's likely that the first RX 6000-series cards will go on sale sometime in November. Radeon RX 6800 XT price The Radeon RX 6800 XT is expected to directly compete against the GeForce RTX 3080, so it will almost certainly be within the same range price wise. It's likely then that the RX 6800 XT will retail for about $699 (£649, about AU$950). Radeon RX 6800 XT specs With launch day still not here quite yet, we can't say for certain what the specs on the Radeon RX 6800XT will ultimately be, but some purportedly leaked documents on Newegg last month claim to show what AMD's got under the hood. This is what the Radeon RX 6800 XT is rumored to be packing: 3,840 stream processors 12GB GDDR6 memory 385Gbps max memory bandwidth Base clock anywhere from 1,500MHz to 2500MHz 200W TDP AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT: release date, price, news and rumors
  4. Is it possible to pull the RUG from under these numbers? Comment Intel has taken fresh aim at arch-rival AMD, this month briefing tech journos on benchmarks showing Ryzen-powered laptops not only slowing down when unplugged from mains power but also losing to Intel's latest Core microprocessors whether on battery supply or not. The results are seemingly damning, though are they to be believed? Let's look at the data. The benchmarks used by Intel fell into two categories: synthetic third-party benchmarks, like PCMark and Cinebench; and ones designed to represent real-world conditions. The latter tests were Intel's own so-called representative usage guides, aka RUGs, and were not devised by an independent third party. The RUGs selected by Intel focused on a handful of specific productivity tasks, such as converting a PowerPoint presentation to PDF, where AMD's chips proved 29 per cent slower when running off battery power, or performing an Outlook mail-merge, where there was a 24 per cent performance dip, again when mains power was removed. Here is Intel's take on its 11th-gen Core processors versus AMD's Ryzen offerings when performing that Outlook mail merge – Chipzilla also drew attention to its components performing better than its competitor's regardless of power supply: These RUG tests are reasonably well documented on Intel's website, although it's curious why Chipzilla opted to pick these mundane tasks when there are others better suited to test sustained usage. Intel's data also showed Ryzen chips apparently struggling on the synthetic benchmarks, with a 48 per cent drop in the WebXPRT v4 tests when on battery power, and a 30 per cent drop in performance when running the SYSmark 25 suite and unplugged from the mains, as shown below. Intel's SYSmark 25 suite test results The sole exception was Cinebench R20, which tested CPU graphics performance, where AMD's performance was unchanged regardless of whether the machine was plugged in or not, as shown below. It also showed the AMD parts outperforming Intel's; presumably graphics is one area Intel doesn't mind conceding to its rival. Intel's benchmark results from Cinebench R20, which tests CPU graphics performance Has Intel found a smoking gun? Not one it was able to explain to us. Let's talk about the core thesis. The benchmarks highlighted by Intel appeared to demonstrate that when an AMD portable machine was disconnected from the mains, performance in selected benchmarks dropped precipitously. In some cases, that's was much as 48 per cent. For others, the plunge was much lower – as little as 15 per cent. That struck us as less of a bug and more of a feature. Imagine you're sat on an airplane, 32,000ft away from the nearest available wall socket, or taking notes at a conference and unable to find a power strip. If you're in that position, wouldn't you want your computer to extend battery life by throttling its CPU engines, if necessary? AMD's table comparing its processors to Intel's, claiming its parts can run for longer on battery power AMD's own stats, shown above, suggest this is the direction it deliberately opted to take: prioritize operating time over performance. Normalized figures contrasting a Lenovo Yoga Slim 7, which uses an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U chipset, against a Dell XPS 13, which uses an Intel Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7, showed the former having an almost 30-minute battery life advantage when performing a bundle of tasks designed to represent average consumer daily use. That lead lengthened when you look at specific benchmarks, like the PCMark 10 test, which represents productivity and web browsing based tasks. Here, AMD's battery life advantage stretched to over an hour. Intel's methodology also raised some questions. Why, for example, did Chipzilla select just two laptop manufacturers – Lenovo and HP – to represent the AMD camp, while selecting four vendors – MSI, HP, Lenovo, and Intel itself, with its NUC M16 laptop – to demonstrate its silicon? Even when competing manufacturers use similar components, you can expect some variance in performance, especially when you factor in things like thermal design and configuration. You can see this trend play out in Intel's own figures. Two of the Intel machines selected, an MSI Prestige 14 Evo and a Lenovo Yoga 9I, have virtually identical specs, yet diverge in several key benchmarks. This illustrates the difficulty in making a perfect like-for-like comparison. Intel claims its hardware can ramp up and down performance quickly to meet the bursty compute demands by applications, which means even on battery power, it can get tasks done quickly without eating too much into battery charge, whereas AMD takes much longer to speed up, and thus performs worse. Yet, this again is arguably governed not just by the microprocessor but also by the design and configuration of the rest of the system, which again is in the hands of the laptop vendor rather than solely AMD's. There's another discrepancy. Three of the Intel-powered machines used LPDDR4x RAM with 4,267Mbps of bandwidth, while only one AMD machine had that memory configuration. The rest used DDR4-3200. It's also curious to note that one machine – an ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 – was mentioned in the appendix to Intel's data, yet failed to appear in any benchmarks. With that in mind, we can't help but wonder if the figures obtained by Intel would change were it an independent body picking the test machines. El Reg has asked AMD for comment. Source
  5. AMD 21.1.1 Adrenalin driver comes with support for Hitman 3 and Quake II RTX AMD today delivered its first graphics driver of 2021, providing support and optimizations for two games in particular: Hitman 3 and Quake II RTX. The newly released Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.1.1 driver also comes with a suite of bug fixes. It doesn't appear as though AMD is changing the branding of its driver just yet. IO Interactive's Hitman 3 launched yesterday, bringing back Agent 47 for another round of assassinations in the rebooted trilogy. According to AMD, this driver will provide performance improvements of up to 10% compared to the 20.12.1 driver. The testing had been done on an RX 6800 XT 16GB GPU and a Ryzen 9 5900X CPU with Hitman 3 running at 4K Ultra settings. Moreover, Quake II RTX recently received Vulkan-powered ray tracing support, allowing the newest-gen AMD GPUs to utilize the technology. Thanks to the official support for the game embedded in this driver, AMD graphics card owners' experience in the title should now be smoother. No specific performance numbers were shared for the title, however. The fixed issues in this release detailed by AMD are as follows: The recording and streaming overlay indicator may sometimes reset itself to the default position. Performance Metrics Overlay size may intermittently reset or may not match values that are set in Radeon Software after performing a task switch. The Radeon Software installer screen can sometimes display the incorrect release date of the Radeon Software version you are installing. Performance Metrics Overlay may flicker during video playback on displays with HDR enabled. Reflections in Grand Theft Auto V™ may fail to appear when ‘Reflection MSAA’ is enabled in the game settings. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds™ session timer may continue in Radeon Software even after the game has been exited. DOOM Eternal™ may experience an application crash while gaming and having Steam™ overlay enabled. Recorded content from Radeon Software may appear cropped or recorded at an incorrect resolution on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products. The Samsung™ Odyssey G9 C49G95T may experience display or corruption issues when set to [email protected] Anisotropic Filtering in Radeon™ Software graphics settings is not taking effect in DirectX®9 applications on RDNA graphics products. Some displays such as the Sceptre C series or Samsung™ Odyssey G9 series may experience an intermittent black screen on Radeon RX 6000 series graphics products. Oculus Link users may experience intermittent crashes on Polaris and Vega series graphics products. The known issues list has gotten noticeably smaller this time: Brightness flickering may intermittently occur in some games or applications when Radeon™ FreeSync is enabled, and the game is set to use borderless fullscreen. Display flicker or corruption may be experienced when two displays are connected to Radeon RX Vega series graphics products with at least one display set to a high refresh rate. Metro Exodus™ may experience intermittent application crashes with DirectX® Raytracing enabled. Radeon™ recording and streaming features may fail to enable on AMD Radeon™ HD 7800 series graphics products. Screen flickering might be observed when using MSI Afterburner. Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround. The Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.1.1 optional driver can now be downloaded through AMD's Radeon Software app on Windows or using the links listed on the official release notes here. Source: AMD 21.1.1 Adrenalin driver comes with support for Hitman 3 and Quake II RTX
  6. AMD takes more of Intel’s market share in latest Steam Hardware Survey Team Red is chipping away at Intel's CPU lead (Image credit: AMD) AMD continues to still chip away at Intel’s lead in CPU market, having gained yet more ground in the latest Steam Hardware Survey. It's no secret that AMD has been closing the gap on Intel in the Steam Survey for some time now. In September, AMD claimed a quarter of the market for the first time, having held just 18% of the market in June 2019. The most recent figures show that AMD held 26.51 per cent of the Steam user CPU market in November, a 6% increase year-on-year. Unsurprisingly, Intel's market share decreased by the same amount to 73.49%. AMD's continued growth is hardly surprising, as the company's Ryzen processors have been consistently making gains over Intel's offerings. For example, while Intel is gearing up to release its 14nm Rocket Lake processors, AMD recently released the 7nm Ryzen 5000 series, with the company’s first 5nm Zen 4 chips set to arrive in 2021. It’s a different story when it comes to GPUs, however, with AMD’s share of the market remaining somewhat flat; Team Red claimed 16.5% of the graphics card market in November 2020, up from 15.5% this time last year. Unsurprisingly, Nvidia continues to dominate, claiming 73.9% of Steam users. The GTX 1060 remains the company’s most popular card with 10.6% of the market, while AMD’s highest-ranking GPU is the AMD Radeon RX 580 with 2.14%. Nvidia's RTX 3000 series GPUs have made an appearance in Steam's rankings for the first time, with the Nvidia RTX 3080 accounting for 0.23% of machines accessing the service in November. Via Hexus AMD takes more of Intel’s market share in latest Steam Hardware Survey
  7. AMD makes big announcements: Ryzen 3000XT processors, budget A520 chipset, and more Today, AMD is announcing a refresh of its Ryzen 3000 series mainstream desktop Matisse CPUs and is calling them the 3000XT processors. These are compatible with existing AM4 motherboards, though you might need a BIOS update if you wish to upgrade an older Ryzen CPU. AMD has often used the 'XT' moniker on its GPUs but this is the first time the company will be using it on its CPUs. XT is used to indicate higher performance compared to its non-XT counterpart. This higher performance can be achieved thanks to higher maximum boost clocks that the new models have, but architecturally, the core is still Zen 2. Base clocks and the TDPs will remain the same. AMD says the clock gains are a result of the 7nm process optimization. In total, there are three new SKUs, one each for the Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 9 lineups, namely the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 9 3900XT. These will be available from the seventh of next month at the same price the originals launched. The Ryzen 3 series, however, gets no XT love as of now. For some reason, AMD seems to have skipped the inclusion of the Wraith Prism cooler on the 3800XT even though it came with the Ryzen 7 3800X and is recommending users to opt for liquid cooling. The 3600XT, though, will be including the Wraith Spire, just like its predecessor. AMD also announced A520 chipset for budget PC builders. The x20 series chipset generally lacks processor overclocking support and most of the other enthusiast features. AMD says the chipset will support all "3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors and beyond" and will be available from August from major motherboard vendors. StoreMI, AMD's answer to Intel's Optane memory, has also received performance upgrades in its new 2.0 version when it comes to the caching algorithm and faster data access. In its internal testing, AMD notes up to 31% faster boot times and up to 13% faster World of Warcraft load time against an HDD. For its testing, AMD used a PCIe 4 NVMe SSD as the cache drive, so results may vary depending on the drive you use and the games you play. AMD makes big announcements: Ryzen 3000XT processors, budget A520 chipset, and more
  8. This is AMD’s secret weapon against Intel and it could change personal computing forever Learnings from games consoles may help (Image credit: AMD) AMD’s big announcement this week was the launch of the new Ryzen 3000 XT CPUs - a stopgap between the current generation and the Ryzen 4000 series expected to launch later this year. Tucked away at the foot of the press release is mention of something that might become a fundamental part of AMD’s toolset, sooner rather than later, as it seeks to compete more sustainably with arch nemesis Intel. TechRadar Pro covered the launch of AMD StoreMi back in April, but version 2.0 has now been announced and will include “a new caching-based acceleration algorithm that enhances data integrity and prioritizes most-used data, speeding up boot times by up to 31% and decreasing game load times by up to 13% vs an HDD only". The tests were carried out using a hard drive of unknown capacity (or spinning speed) with a PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD, again of unknown origin. In reality, you should be able to mix and match any sort of storage, regardless of whether it is magnetic or not. No RAMDisk yet Sadly, this version of StoreMI doesn’t (yet) include the Radeon RAMDisk, which would achieve the Holy Grail of allowing RAM and storage to mix, similar to what Intel has done with Optane. We still believe this facility will arrive at some point, but why? Well, AMD has been working very closely with Microsoft on the brand new Xbox Series X gaming console and one of the biggest leaps in performance has come from moving to a new storage system that combines software (DirectStorage) with customized hardware. It turns out that DirectStorage is something Microsoft plans to bring to Windows as well, as it can reduce the processor overhead from I/O operations from multiple cores to just a fraction of a single core. While it will not be tied to any custom hardware, AMD is likely to benefit due to the modular nature of its CPU architecture. So where does that leave us? In a not-so-distant future, one can imagine an AMD system that pools together all the available memory/storage resources, managed intelligently in a way that’s far more efficient than what Windows 10 achieves with Virtual Memory, the part of your storage component the operating system uses as RAM. All this is pure speculation, of course, but the fact AMD has dedicated resources to StoreMi makes us optimistic about its future. This is AMD’s secret weapon against Intel and it could change personal computing forever
  9. AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT could arrive on July 7, but looks pricey going by Amazon Italy leak Ryzen 5 3600XT also listed, but we shouldn’t put much stock in what are likely placeholder prices (Image credit: Future) AMD is purportedly ready to unleash XT-branded refreshes of some Ryzen 3000 processors, and listings for the Ryzen 9 3900XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT have popped up on Amazon Italy, complete with alleged release dates and prices. Of course, we should make it very clear upfront that all this remains speculation. The chips were highlighted by an eagle-eyed user on Reddit (as spotted by Tom’s Hardware), but as ever, the product listings have been taken down since they were reported. However, this is certainly another clue – and a more compelling one – adding to the weight of evidence that the XT CPUs are indeed coming (although note that AMD’s other rumored chip, the 3800XT, wasn’t listed by Amazon, which could suggest it won’t arrive with the initial batch). The other main point with this nugget from the CPU grapevine is the revelation of alleged release dates, and that these line up exactly with what we’ve heard from the rumor mill previously. Namely that the processors are expected to be unveiled on June 16, early next week, and should go on sale come July 7. The product listings do specify the boost speed (although not the base clock speed), with the Ryzen 9 3900XT reaching 4.7GHz, and Ryzen 5 3600XT hitting 4.5GHz boost. That’s 100MHz more than the standard 3900X and 3600X, a slight bump in boost – and disappointingly quite a lot less than was indicated by earlier rumors, which suggested increases of 200MHz or 300MHz. Of course, it’s Amazon that might be wrong here – or indeed both sources for that matter. Also note that the stock clocks aren’t mentioned, and these may be considerably higher with the refreshed CPUs; plus previous speculation has also indicated that these XT chips will be better for overclocking too. Knee-deep in salt When it comes to the pricing quoted by Amazon Italy, well, we are truly knee-deep in salt here, as naturally these price tags are likely to be placeholders (assuming this leak is genuine anyway). So bear that firmly in mind, but for what it’s worth, so to speak, the quoted prices at Amazon Italy were €569.69 (around $640, £510) for the top-end Ryzen 9 3900XT, and €284.84 (around $320, £255) for the Ryzen 5 3600XT. As Tom’s Hardware points out, compared to the current price of the 3900X, that’s about a 27% increase, and a 34% rise compared to the price of the existing 3600X. That’s quite a sharp increase, but as we mentioned, we really wouldn’t put much stock in this particular element of the leak here. Another interesting point to note is that the 3600XT is listed with AMD’s Wraith Spire cooler, whereas the 3900XT isn’t. We should know much more about these processors – and the potential 3800XT – pretty soon, then, because if these reveal and launch dates (which have been consistently repeated) turn out to be correct, we only have a few days to wait now before we hear something official from AMD. The theory with these ‘Matisse Refresh’ CPUs is that they represent a stopgap measure and extra ammunition to go up against Intel’s recently unleashed Comet Lake processors, before Ryzen 4000 desktop chips are launched later this year. AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT could arrive on July 7, but looks pricey going by Amazon Italy leak
  10. Linux computer manufacturer System76 launched today their first ever AMD powered Linux laptop, which features 3rd generation AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors and a cool price tag. A few weeks ago, TUXEDO Computers unveiled what they called the world’s first AMD-only Linux laptop, and now System76 follows in their footsteps to announce a new Linux laptop that’s powered by an AMD processor. Meet the 12th generation Serval WS. System76 Serval WS is now the first AMD laptop from the company known for numerous powerful Linux machines and the gorgeous, Ubuntu-based Pop_OS! Linux, which comes preloaded on all new computers manufactured by System76. In other words, customers can finally own an AMD-only Linux laptop from System76, powered by a 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processor. Available options include AMD Ryzen 5 3600, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or AMD Ryzen 9 3900, providing up to 12 cores and 24 threads of pure AMD power under the hood. “AMD Ryzen CPUs offer the best bang for your buck, which is especially helpful when your work requires mountains of bang,” said System76. “Create 3D models, simulate transitions, and test your predictions at breakneck speeds with up to 12 CPU Cores on the AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 3900.” Apart from the powerful AMD CPUs, the new Serval WS laptop can be configured with either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, up to 64GB upgradeable RAM, and up to 4TB NVMe flash storage for desktop-level gaming performance. The laptop also features a beautiful 15.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) 120 Hz display with a matte finish, a multi-color backlit chiclet US QWERTY keyboard, Gigabit Ethernet, Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6, 1.0MP HD video camera, a multitouch touchpad, and a removable 6-cell smart Lithium-Ion battery. The Serval WS has base price of $1,299 USD, but can go as high as $5,102 USD with max options and 3-year warranty. Without further ado, you can configure and buy yours right now from System76’s online store. It comes with the latest Pop_OS! Linux 20.04 LTS or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS pre-installed. More Images at the source ! Source
  11. 6-core AMD Ryzen APU spotted: could this be a new budget champion? AMD Ryzen 4400G APU shows up on 3DMark ahead of its rumored arrival next month (Image credit: AMD) A mid-range AMD Ryzen 4000 'Renoir' APU has been spotted in 3DMark ahead of its rumored arrival next month. Details of the listing, shared by Twitter tipster @TUM_APISAK, reveal that the AMD Ryzen 4400G will be a 6-core, 12-thread processor with a base clock of 3.7GHz and a boost clock of 3.3GHz. Details about the Ryzen 5 4400G’s onboard iGPU remain a mystery, though previous rumors suggested it would support seven Compute Units (CUs) with its engine clock set at 1.90GHz. In 3DMark 11, where it was benchmarked with 8GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, the APU racked up a score of 10,241 in the physics test and 4,395 in the graphics test. Compared to the last-generation Ryzen 5 3400G, the AMD Ryzen 4400G falls short in the former, though it shows around a 9% uptick in GPU performance. These results are unlikely to reflect the final performance of the Ryzen 5 4400G, though. In fact, according to an earlier leak, AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs could offer up to a 90% performance increase over last year's Ryzen 3000 processors. AMD’s Ryzen 4000 APUs will be based on Team Red’s Zen 2 CPU and Vega GPU architecture based on TSMC's 7nm process node and will be compatible with the existing AM4 platform. Meanwhile, the rest of the upcoming Ryzen 4000 series will be based on Zen 3. The lineup will be headed-up by the Ryzen 7 PRO 4700G, an 8-core, 16-thread APU was spotted with default clocks set at 3.6GHz and boost clocks running at 4.45GHz. The Ryzen 5 4400G will sit in the middle, while the 4-core, 8-thread Ryzen 3 4200G will round off the lineup as an entry-level option. When they debut later this year, likely alongside AMD's Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 CPUs, incoming Ryzen 4000 in entry-level desktops and all-in-ones due to their integrated graphics capabilities. 6-core AMD Ryzen APU spotted: could this be a new budget champion?
  12. AMD is all set to open another battlefront with Intel and Nvidia New patent reveals AMD FPGA plans (Image credit: Shutterstock) A new patent by AMD that calls for integrating programmable execution units with a CPU shows that the company is all set to take on Intel and Nvidia in the data center market. According to reports, the AMD patent describes a processor that can include one or more programmable execution units that can be made to handle different types of custom instruction sets. This sounds eerily similar to a Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), that are a type of semiconductor that can be altered even after they have been deployed. Interestingly, AMD made its largest acquisition to date last year in October when it announced plans to take over Xilinx, which specializes in FPGAs. FPGAs in the data centers The programmability of FPGAs often makes them slower than CPUs and even GPUs. On the upside though, it is exactly this ability for alteration that makes them far more versatile and useful virtual anywhere in a datacenter. Before its acquisition, Xilinx had announced several products to help accelerate server workloads and other AI applications, which aligned it with AMD’s goals in competing with Intel and Nvidia in the datacenter arena. The patent, titled “Method and Apparatus for efficient programmable instructions in computer systems”, and published last week, describes a programmable unit that shares registers with the processor's floating-point and integer execution units. Reportedly this arrangement wouldn’t be very efficient unless all the different units are on the same platform. AMD is now capable of this kind of integration thanks to its newly acquired capabilities. AMD is all set to open another battlefront with Intel and Nvidia
  13. AMD could have a cunning plan to cut the cost of its future graphics cards Or at least ensure that they don’t become even more expensive... (Image credit: Future) AMD’s graphics cards could be very different in the future, switching to use a multi-chip module (MCM) design, at least according to a freshly spotted patent. Notebookcheck.net highlighted the discovery of the patent by hardware leaker @davideneco25320 on Twitter, and it’s an interesting read for sure, providing a potential glimpse of how AMD is set to shift its GPU design in order to keep a lid on spiralling graphics card prices, and better compete with Nvidia (and indeed Intel for that matter). The broad idea, in simple terms, is to use MCM or multiple chips (‘chiplets’) on one board – as AMD already does with its Ryzen processors – as opposed to the current monolithic (single chip) design. The move to MCM could confer a number of benefits in terms of ensuring better yields as graphics cards become more and more powerful, and their design becomes more demanding to figure out and implement while being able to keep costs down suitably. As we’ve seen in recent times, GPUs, or certainly the more powerful ones, have already become eye-wateringly expensive. However, there are serious issues in making the change to an MCM model in terms of the way graphics cards work, but the AMD patent outlines how to tackle these thorny problems. New way forward The main stumbling blocks with an MCM design lie in the fact that games are programmed specifically to work with a single GPU, so this new way of doing things – which is effectively using multiple GPUs on a single board – is problematic in that respect. And it’s also a tricky matter to implement parallel workloads across multiple chiplets anyway, while keeping memory content in sync across them. AMD’s solution in the patent is to hook up these GPU chiplets via a high bandwidth passive crosslink, with one of these chiplets being the primary GPU, as it were, with that directly connected to the CPU – meaning the processor (and OS) would see the graphics card as just a single (monolithic) entity in terms of coding software or games for it. Furthermore, to try and tackle the aforementioned memory content issues, each GPU chiplet would have its own last-level cache, and these would be connected in a way to ensure coherency across all the chiplets. When might this new design actually happen? It is feasible that AMD could be looking to MCM technology for next-gen RDNA 3 graphics cards, but that could be optimistic, and perhaps further down the line – maybe RDNA 4 – would be a more likely prospect. This is all so much guesswork at this point, of course, and we can’t read too much into a single patent anyway. These kind of design concepts are often exploratory or experimental in nature, after all. But it does show the direction AMD intends to travel in, or is at least seriously considering, while casting a light on potential solutions to the major drawbacks that traditional monolithic designs are beset with. As we head further into the future, these kind of graphics cards could be increasingly difficult to manufacture while keeping yields at a palatable enough level (or in other words, keeping costs down). AMD isn’t the only firm thinking this way, as you might expect, with Nvidia exploring the use of MCM itself for Hopper graphics cards, rumor has it, and indeed Intel with Xe HP Arctic Sound. Remember that Intel is expected to compete with Nvidia and AMD in the heavyweight gaming arena this year with the launch of its Xe-HPG card. AMD could have a cunning plan to cut the cost of its future graphics cards
  14. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series "Genesis Peak" Processor Lineup Could Begin with a 16-Core Model AMD is set to introduce its next-generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors in the coming weeks, and rumors are suggesting that it may happen at this year's CES. The new Ryzen Threadripper platform is codenamed Genesis Peak. If we take a look at the current 3000 series "Castle Peak" Threadripper processors, they were launched on CES 2020, with availability in February. So we are assuming that the upcoming 5000 "Genesis Peak" series is going to launch at the virtual CES event, during AMD's show. Thanks to Yuri "1usmus" Bubliy, AMD is going to start the next-generation Threadripper lineup with a 16 core processor. "1usmus" posted a riddle on Twitter, that is actually a hex code that translates to "GENESIS 16 CORES". The current generation of Threadripper Castle Peak processors is starting at 24 cores, and going up to 64-core models, so it would be interesting to see where AMD sees the 16-core model in the stack and why it chose to do it. The exact specifications of this processor are unknown, so we have to wait for the announcement event. It is also unknown if the existing TRX40 motherboard will offer support for Zen 3 based Genesis Peak 5000 series Threadripper processors or will AMD introduce a new platform for it. Sources: Yuri Bubliy (1usmus) on Twitter, via VideoCardz Source: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series "Genesis Peak" Processor Lineup Could Begin with a 16-Core Model
  15. ARM PCs will be a threat to Intel and AMD, CEO believes after Apple’s M1 success Real innovation will win out, Segars argues (Image credit: Future) Apple’s custom-designed ARM-based M1 chip has certainly made a big impact since it was launched inside MacBooks (and the new Mac mini), and ARM is keen to ride this wave of success, with the CEO making very optimistic noises about the chances of finally providing a meaningful challenge on the PC front. In other words, Simon Segars, CEO at ARM, believes that ARM-based silicon can expand from the mobile world to fully challenge Intel and AMD’s x86 chips which dominate the PC arena. ARM-based laptops have been around for some time, admittedly, but represent a niche set of devices like Microsoft’s Surface Pro X, or other Windows on ARM devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon (ARM) chips from the likes of HP and Acer. However, it’s taken Apple to show what can really be done with ARM-based silicon – given full control of the hardware and software stack – with the M1 processor running x86 apps (via Rosetta 2 translation tech) with impressively speedy performance levels in general, while maintaining the battery life strengths that ARM chips are known for. C-Net reports that during an interview at CES 2021, CEO Segars enthused: “What we’re starting to see now is real innovation going on in a market where there hasn’t been a huge amount of innovation. Any time there’s discontinuity that makes people question how we’re doing this, that injects energy into innovation.” Segars acknowledges the difficulty involved in breaking into the PC ecosystem for ARM, but C-net notes that he believes that ARM’s combination of both power-efficiency and performance is going to push it forward in the PC world, and mean it claims a ‘significant’ level of market share in the future. M1 beast Tirias Research analyst Kevin Krewell agrees, and observes that: “The M1 is a beast with a more aggressive core design … [it] has validated that the ARM architecture can be highly performant and go toe to toe with x86.” Of course, Intel and AMD aren’t standing still. Indeed, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 mobile chips have just appeared at CES 2021, making big promises in terms of performance and battery life. And Intel has Alder Lake chips scheduled to arrive later in 2021, which are moving to adopt a model of high-powered and low-powered (more efficient) cores, very much in a similar vein to ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. Intel promises that this silicon will be a ‘significant’ (there’s that word again) breakthrough, and it’s certainly an exciting development on the laptop front. How the future will pan out in terms of these massing CPU armies, of course, only time will tell – but it’s certainly looking like ARM has forces massing for a credible attack on the traditionally dominant powers in the PC arena. The other point of interest here, of course, is if the Nvidia purchase of ARM goes through, and exactly how that might impact the firm’s strategy going forward. There are still regulatory hurdles to be cleared with that deal, though, for sure. ARM PCs will be a threat to Intel and AMD, CEO believes after Apple’s M1 success
  16. Intel’s new desktop GPUs won’t work in AMD systems Intel’s first desktop GPUs in 20 years need a special BIOS Intel launched its first Iris Xe desktop graphics cards yesterday, but you won’t see them appearing in AMD-powered systems. While Nvidia and AMD’s desktop GPUs typically work across a variety of Intel and AMD processors, Intel’s new desktop GPUs are a little more limited for now. “The Iris Xe discrete add-in card will be paired with 9th gen (Coffee Lake-S) and 10th gen (Comet Lake-S) Intel® Core™ desktop processors and Intel(R) B460, H410, B365, and H310C chipset-based motherboards and sold as part of pre-built systems,” says an Intel spokesperson in a statement to Legit Reviews. “These motherboards require a special BIOS that supports Intel Iris Xe, so the cards won’t be compatible with other systems.” One of Intel’s first Iris Xe desktop GPUs. Image: Intel The restrictions make more sense when you consider the target market of these first Intel desktop GPUs. Intel is working with Asus and other vendors to sell these cards to system integrators who will bundle them with prebuilt systems. These aren’t GPUs you can just order online, and they’re meant to be specially bundled. Intel’s idea with its initial Iris Xe desktop GPUs is to simply improve what’s available on mainstream PCs right now. Most standard business-focused PCs ship with integrated graphics, and Intel is trying to offer something that improves multi-display support and hardware acceleration. These cards aren’t designed to improve gaming or to be used in gaming rigs. Intel is also working on its Xe-HPG architecture that could eventually deliver cards that can compete with AMD and Nvidia. Hopefully these cards won’t be restricted to Intel systems in a similar way, though. Intel’s new desktop GPUs won’t work in AMD systems
  17. AMD made a billion dollars more in Q4, and multiple billions in 2020 Profits went up nearly a thousand percent AMD is firing on all cylinders these days: it’s the guts of every modern PlayStation and Xbox, it has the desktop CPUs to beat, it’s nearly caught up to Nvidia in GPU performance (if not availability), and it’s about to challenge Intel in laptops as well — with its Ryzen 5000 mobile CPUs and RDNA 2 GPUs due later this year. All of that can translate to eye-popping dollar signs: the chipmaker just announced its Q4 and full-year 2020 earnings, and it’s adding billions of dollars wherever you look: $3.2 billion in revenue this quarter, up 53 percent from $2.1 billion last quarter $1.78 billion in profit this quarter, up 948 percent from $170 million last quarter* $9.76 billion in revenue this past year, up 45 percent from $6.7 billion in 2019 $2.49 billion in profit this past year, up 630 percent from $341 million in 2019* AMD says it’s a new revenue record for the company, despite previously saying it expected weakened demand in the second half of the year due to the pandemic. The big dollar signs don’t all represent consumer-grade chips, of course, as the company has its fingers in many silicon pies, but more than half of its quarterly revenue came from its Computing and Graphics segment, which was “up 18 percent year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter primarily driven by strong sales of Ryzen processors.” We’ll update this post if there are any intriguing details on the earnings call, particularly about when we can expect the company’s desktop CPUs and GPUs to become less hard to find. *Those profits include “a fourth quarter income tax benefit of $1.30 billion associated with a valuation allowance release,” according to the company. AMD made a billion dollars more in Q4, and multiple billions in 2020
  18. AMD patents a chiplet GPU design quite unlike Nvidia and Intel's Which approach is better? Something to look forward to: AMD has published its first patent on chiplet GPU designs. In typical AMD fashion, they're trying to not rock the boat. Chiplet GPUs are just beginning to emerge. Intel has been forthright about their development process and confirmed the employment of chiplets in their first-generation discrete GPUs. Nvidia, while coy about specifics, have published numerous research papers on the topic. AMD was the last holdout – which only adds to the intrigue. Chiplets, as the name suggests, are smaller less complex chips, that meant to work together into more powerful processors. They're arguably the inevitable future for all high-performance components, and, in some cases, the successful present; AMD's use of chiplet CPU designs has been brilliant. In the new patent dated December 31, AMD outlines a chiplet design fashioned to mimic a monolithic design as closely as possible. Their hypothetical model uses two chiplets connected by a high-speed inactive interposer called a crosslink. A crosslink connection sits between the L2 cache and L3 cache on the memory hierarchy. Everything beneath it, such as the cores and L1 cache and L2 cache, are aware of their separation from the other chiplet. Everything above, including the L3 cache and GDDR memory, are shared between the chiplets. This design is beneficial because it is conventional. AMD claims that compute units can access low-level cache on other chiplets almost as fast as they can access local low-level cache. Should that prove true, software won't need updating. The same cannot be said of Intel and Nvidia's designs. Intel intends on using two new technologies, EMIB (embedded multi-die interconnect bridge) and Foveros. The latter is an active interposer that uses through-silicon-vias, something AMD explicitly states they will not use. Intel's design lets the GPU house a system-accessible cache that powers a new memory fabric. Nvidia has not disclosed everything, but have indicated a few directions they might pursue. A research paper from 2017 describes a four-chiplet design and a NUMA (non-uniform memory access) aware and locality aware architecture. It also experiments with a new L1.5 cache, which exclusively holds remote data accesses and is bypassed during local memory accesses. AMD's approach might sound the least imaginative, but it also sounds practical. And if history has proven anything, it's that developer-friendliness is a huge advantage. Below are additional diagrams from the patent. Figure 2 is a cross-sectional view that descends from two chiplets to the circuit board. The two chiplets (106-1 and 106-2) are stacked vertically on the passive crosslink (118) and use dedicated conductor structures to access the crosslink's traces (206) and subsequently communicate with each other. Conductor structures not attached to the crosslink (204) connect to the circuit board for power and other signaling. Figure 3 depicts the cache hierarchy. WGPs (work group processors) (302), which are collections of shader cores, and GFXs (fixed function units) (304), which are dedicated processors for singular purposes, connect directly to a channel's L1 cache (306). Each chiplet contains multiple L2 cache (308) banks that are individually addressable, and also coherent within a single chiplet. Each chiplet also contains multiple L3 cache (310) cache banks that are coherent across the whole GPU. The GDF (graphics data fabric) (314) connects the L1 cache banks to the L2 cache banks. The SDF (scalable data fabric) (316) combines the L2 cache banks and connects them to the crosslink (118). The crosslink connects to the SDFs on all the chiplets, as well as the L3 cache banks on all the chiplets. The GDDR memory lanes (written as Memory PHY) (312) connect to L3 cache banks. As an example, if a WGP on one chiplet required data from a GDDR bank on another chiplet, that data would be sent through to an L3 cache bank, then over the crosslink to an SDF, then to an L2 bank, and finally, through a GDF to an L1 bank. Figure 4 is a bird's eye view of one chiplet. It shows more accurately the potential locations and scales of various components. The HBX Controller (404) manages the crosslink, which the chiplet is connected to by HBX PHY (406) conductors. The small square in the bottom-left corner (408) is a potential additional connection to the crosslink to connect more chiplets. Source: AMD patents a chiplet GPU design quite unlike Nvidia and Intel's
  19. AMD in 2021: a look ahead for Team Red AMD won 2020, how about 2021? (Image credit: AMD) 2020 has been a wild year, and yet it still went almost according to plan for AMD. Or at least that perceived plan as laid out by the momentum of its Zen processors. Aside from some inventory shortages in the latter half of 2020, AMD has shown little sign of slowing down, and that may make 2021 another big year for Team Red. New stuff (Image credit: AMD) If we’re being realistic, new components are what we’re excited for. Even though AMD’s Ryzen 5000-series CPUs and Radeon RX 6000 series graphics GPUs have only recently hit the market, there’s still plenty we can look forward to. It’s too soon to get excited about a new generation of products, but there’s plenty of room for AMD to fill out its catalog. Even though Zen 3 CPUs are here, it’s not nearly a complete lineup. The Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X are likely only a small fraction of the models we’ll see. We can expect to see more budget options in the Ryzen 3 line, as well as lower-power, non-X variants without factory overclocking. There should be some APUs coming to round out the types of computers AMD processors can power. And, we’d also expect some early 2021 announcements of Ryzen 5000 mobile processors to power laptops. AMD unveiled a suite of Ryzen 4000 mobile processors at CES 2020, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see new ones at CES 2021, where AMD is scheduled to have a keynote. Zen 2 was already impressive enough in mobile devices, so Zen 3 is all but certain to continue wowing us with desktop-like performance in thin and light ultrabooks. Similarly, AMD still has some ground to cover in its graphics processor stack. The Radeon RX 6900 XT has the high-end of the market covered for now, and the Radeon RX 6800 may be at the bottom of the stack right now, but it’ll surely have a 6700 and 6700 XT below it at some point in the near future, perhaps even as soon as January. These are rumored to feature a more tame 12GB of VRAM (compared to the 16GB in all the Big Navi cards launched so far). Don’t get your hopes up for Zen 4 and 5nm nodes from AMD in 2021 just yet. Even though AMD has been moving at a steady clip, it appears the company may be shipping Zen 4 processors in 2022, based on the latest leaks – perhaps some Zen 3+ action? (Image credit: Future) Graphics features There are two exciting features for AMD’s Big Navi graphics cards that are all but absent right now, and presumably we’ll see something of them next year. The first is Microsoft’s Direct Storage API, which could let AMD really show the power of its PCIe 4.0 support, as graphics cards would be able to pull data directly to video memory from an SSD without the CPU acting as a mediator. A similar pipeline for game data exists on the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S, so it’s only a matter of time before developers are taking advantage of it. The second feature is more AMD specific: FidelityFX Super Resolution. This is supposed to be AMD’s big answer to Nvidia’s DLSS. Right now, when it comes to straight rasterization, AMD performs well compared to Nvidia, but when ray-tracing comes into play, AMD is decimated. Even Nvidia still struggles with ray-tracing, but its DLSS technology can improve performance considerably without visual degradation. AMD desperately needs a response, and that’s what FidelityFX Super Resolution should be. The question is how soon it’ll come (Big Navi is already here.), and just how good it can actually be (Nvidia’s DLSS has already been here for 2 years, and it’s made significant strides since it was introduced.). (Image credit: Future) Even more benefit from consoles AMD scored big when it landed a home at the heart of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, and that happened again for the latest generation of consoles. We’ve seen just how hot those products are with supply drying up just as soon as it hits store shelves. With any luck, 2021 will see more stock of these products, and AMD will continue to reap the benefit of being the chipmaker behind the exciting new game platforms. (Image credit: Future) Stock shortages subsiding In a similar vein, we’d expect (or hope) for 2021 to a better year for global commerce and supply chains. That would make it easier for all of us to get our hands on the processors and graphics cards from retailers at MSRP, rather than from resellers at the dramatically jacked-up prices we’ve been seeing here at the end of 2020. (Image credit: Future) A bit of cold water While the recent path for AMD may have been lined with roses, the path ahead may continue to have roses but with thorns as well. AMD may be getting some competition in ways that will hurt, and no, we’re not talking about Intel. Apple introduced its new M1 SoC in November 2020, powering new devices like the MacBook Air. Apple is likely going to continue making its own chips. That means AMD may not have an opportunity to supply components for Apple products. Perhaps worse still, Apple’s chipset was built on a 5nm architecture, and Apple may take up a considerable portion of what chipmakers like TSMC are able to fabricate, leaving AMD with fewer options to manufacture its chips. And, that’s just Apple. Microsoft, Amazon and Google are all showing their own efforts in chip-making, according to The Wall Street Journal. Though we’ve heard the Microsoft chips are more likely geared for data centers, any of the chips from these companies could cut into AMD’s Epyc line of data center chips. And, just like Apple, these big companies (all worth over a trillion dollars to AMD’s ~$100 billion market cap) calling on the few major chip fabs to make their custom silicon could cut into AMD’s ability to produce its own components. Source: AMD in 2021: a look ahead for Team Red
  20. AMD’s killer ‘Big Navi’ GPUs could come in four versions – but will they be enough to take on Nvidia RTX 3000? Both rival GPU ranges are expected to launch very close to each other, possibly in September (Image credit: AMD) AMD’s next-gen ‘Big Navi’ graphics cards will come in four different flavors, according to a fresh leak, which also imparted details on the other GPUs we can expect to see from AMD hopefully later this year. Rogame, a hardware leaker who has always been very active on Twitter, has just started his own website, and kicked that venture off with this claimed exclusive leak. So, the (alleged) scoop is that Big Navi or Navi 21 graphics cards aimed at the higher-end for gamers (built on RDNA 2) will come in four different variants: Navi 21 XTX, Navi 21 XT, Navi 21 XL and Navi 21 XLE. Apparently, in terms of positioning within the range, the Navi 21 XT roughly corresponds with the existing RX 5700 XT, and the XL with the vanilla RX 5700, with the XLE being roughly equivalent to the 5600 XT. As for the top-end Navi 21 XTX, that will purportedly be a higher-binned part, similar to the RX 5700 XT Anniversary Edition, possibly with faster clock speeds to give it a bit more oomph. If this speculation is on the money, of course. The report further contends that AMD intends to produce more wallet-friendly new GPUs based on Navi 10 – as used in existing cards – alongside the aforementioned Navi 21 big guns, as previous speculation has hinted. These more affordable graphics cards will be the Navi 10 XT+ and XTE+, GPUs which will act as replacements for the existing RX 5700 XT and 5600 XT respectively. There will also be a Navi 10 XM+ which will be the successor to the RX 5600M in laptops. Of course, if these are based on current Navi 10 as the rumor claims, that obviously means they won’t get the benefit of AMD’s next-gen architecture RDNA 2, which could be a bit disappointing for those looking to spend less on a new Radeon graphics card. Although that said, they could be really competitively priced to make up for any shine taken off in this respect… Rumors abound As mentioned, much of this lines up with what we’ve heard before, namely that only the flagship models of AMD’s GPUs with RDNA 2 will feature ray tracing support, and the new lower-end options won’t support it (much as Nvidia has hardware level support for ray tracing on RTX cards, but not on cheaper GTX models). Rogame also reckons there will be two new Radeon Pro Navi 21 graphics cards arriving, following on from the Radeon Pro W5700 and W5700X, and some Navi 21 variants specifically made for Apple and iMac (or iMac Pro) plus Mac Pro refreshes. As we’ve heard before, the Big Navi product, which could be called the Radeon RX 5950 XT going by previous rumors, will reportedly have a die size of 505²mm, and up to 80 compute units (CUs) with 5120 GPU cores. That’s still speculation, of course, but what we do know is that AMD has previously said that RDNA 2 offers a 50% boost in terms of performance per Watt, no less, compared to the original RDNA architecture used in its existing Navi cards. That’s a pretty impressive leap. The rumor mill has previously floated launch dates of September, October or November for Big Navi, after AMD having confirmed that the GPUs are on track for late 2020. The key question, as ever, will be not just exactly what performance they will offer compared to Nvidia’s cards, but at what price. The other complication for AMD is that Nvidia’s next-gen Ampere graphics cards – presumably RTX 3000 models, although we don’t know that yet – are set for a Q3 launch, with one possibility being a head-to-head face-off between Big Navi and Ampere perhaps in September. The likelihood is that right now, even AMD or Nvidia can’t be sure how the launch timeframe will pan out, but the main point is that both new graphics card ranges will theoretically be launching close together – so AMD won’t be competing against the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at the top-end, but the 3080 Ti (or whatever it ends up being called). And that could be some seriously fierce competition from what we’ve heard… Source: AMD’s killer ‘Big Navi’ GPUs could come in four versions – but will they be enough to take on Nvidia RTX 3000? (TechRadar)
  21. More evidence of AMD Ryzen 4000 APU with 8 cores surfaces Is the 8-core Renoir desktop APU all but confirmed? (Image credit: Future) It seems that leakers just can’t get enough of this whole Renoir desktop APU business. This time a whole lineup of AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs have been spotted. Igor Wallosek of Igor's Lab has just published AMD’s “Renoir” APU portfolio, listing quite a few Ryzen APUs. More importantly, the list, which he obtained from an unnamed source, also contains quite a lot of very specific information regarding technical specifications. Obviously, we need to take this with a pinch of salt. However, if these listings are in fact real, then AMD is ramping up its APU line with an 8-core, 16-thread APU flagship. (Image credit: Igor's Lab) Ramping up the APU flagship Unfortunately, the portfolio only displays the products’ OPN numbers, so we can’t confirm whether or not the recently leaked Ryzen 7 4700G is indeed real. There is one APU on this list with 8 cores, a CPU base clock of 3GHz, and iGPU clocked at 1750MHz. While this somewhat supports an earlier leak spotted by @_rogame, that at least one APU with those specifications exists and is currently being tested, this particular APU in the listing seems to be for mobile, not desktop. You can, however, see from the listing below that there are four desktop APUs with 8 cores and 16 threads supporting the rumor that AMD is doubling up on its flagship, the Ryzen 5 3400G, in terms of cores. (Image credit: Igor's Lab) (Image credit: Igor's Lab) (Image credit: Igor's Lab) These APUs also have 8 CUs, 512 Stream Processors (SPs) and impressively high CPU base frequencies at only 65W and 35W TDPs, which means that they’re going to offer decent performance boosts while being power efficient as well. Wallosek says that not all of these will make the final line-up, and AMD could still tweak the specs so they might be slightly different on the production models. Still, this gives us a pretty good peek at what’s in store for Team Red. We're sure AMD will lift the veil from these processors when its ready to show off the rest of the Ryzen 4000 desktop lineup. Source: More evidence of AMD Ryzen 4000 APU with 8 cores surfaces (TechRadar)
  22. AMD, Nvidia may launch their next generation graphics cards in September Here’s comes Big Navi (Image credit: Nvidia) We have long been anticipating the arrival of both Nvidia’s Ampere GPU architecture to its GeForce graphics cards as well as AMD’s ultimate Nvidia killer, the Big Navi... unfortunately, we have been disappointed on both counts. So far, AMD hasn’t shared any concrete details about its RDNA 2, while Nvidia has launched Ampere only for Data Center. On the upside, it does look like these GPUs are coming, and they’re coming later this year. That's according to Digitimes, who says graphics cards vendors are expected to cut prices for older products because both AMD and Nvidia are “set to launch their next-generation GPUs in September.” Unfortunately, Digitimes has made no mention of which GPUs will be launching, and does not name its source, so we are taking this with a grain of salt. However, the report does corroborate an older press release by TrendForce, which states that “Nvidia and AMD are planning to release new GPUs in 3Q20.” Adding weight to the rumors This also seems to line up with existing speculations. Nvidia’s next-gen Ampere graphics cards are already expected to arrive in Q3 2020, and AMD’s Big Navi has already been reported to come at the end of 2020. The timing makes sense – both GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti were launched in September 2018, followed by GeForce RTX 2070 the next month. And, in July, the Super RTX line will be a year old. Meanwhile, a new rumor points to both AMD’s Ryzen 4000 desktop processors and RDNA 2 GPUs going on on sale in October 2020. Computex 2020 has also been postponed until September, though both manufacturers are rumored to be giving the major event a miss. However, it’s also possible that they’ll use the conference as an opportunity to show off their next-generation graphics cards. Major cities around the world are starting to open back up, and things could be back to normal by then. Source: AMD, Nvidia may launch their next generation graphics cards in September (TechRadar)
  23. Nvidia chose AMD over Intel for its most powerful product yet - here’s why Team Green embraces Team Red's technology (Image credit: Nvidia) Last week, Nvidia made an announcement that shook the industry as for the first time ever, it swept aside its decades-old rivalry with AMD, selecting the EPYC server processor for its DGX A100 deep learning system and casting aside Intel’s Xeon. In a statement to CRN, Charlie Boyle, Vice President and General Manager of DGX Systems at Nvidia, explained the rationale behind the switch. "To keep the GPUs in our system supplied with data, we needed a fast CPU with as many cores and PCI lanes as possible. The AMD CPUs we use have 64 cores each, lots of PCI lanes, and support PCIe Gen4," he said. Intel is expected to add PCIe 4.0 to its feature list when it launches the 10nm Ice Lake server chip later this year but, for now, can only sit and watch as AMD nibbles away at its market share. EPYC also supports eight-channel memory, two more than Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors. The EPYC 7742 delivers more cores (64 vs 56 with the Intel Xeon Platinum 9282) with significantly more cache onboard (256MB vs 77MB), a lower TDP (225W vs 400w) and a far lower price tag ($6,950 vs circa $25,000). These marked improvements are all thanks to AMD’s much finer 7nm manufacturing process, which allows far more transistors to be packed together, optimising power consumption and clock speeds. Time will tell whether the move marks a permanent thawing of the relationship between Nvidia and AMD, or just a temporary truce. Source: Nvidia chose AMD over Intel for its most powerful product yet - here’s why (TechRadar)
  24. AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs could blow Intel away with nearing 20% IPC boost AMD’s claiming 15-17% better IPC, but OEMs say it feels faster, rumor suggests (Image credit: AMD) AMD’s Ryzen 4000 desktop processors which are expected to arrive later this year will be a massive step on in terms of performance compared to current Ryzen 3000 CPUs, if the latest from the rumor mill is to be believed. We should note upfront that the source of this speculation, a certain ‘Ice Universe’, is not one of the sources we’d normally expect to come forth with info on AMD – and while Wccftech, which spotted this, insists that the leaker has a solid enough track record, that mainly seems to revolve around smartphone rumors. At any rate, we’d treat this one very cautiously, but as you can see from the tweet translated by RetiredEngineer on Twitter – advising the use of a large bowl of salt himself – it outlines ‘gossip’ about the performance of Ryzen 4000 CPUs based on Zen 3 (the fact that it’s self-proclaimed ‘gossip’ should be borne firmly in mind as well). Apparently, AMD is claiming around 15% to 17% better IPC (instructions per clock) with its next-gen CPUs, and if anything, engineers at two prominent device manufacturers are purportedly saying that with testing, sample Ryzen 4000 chips are looking even more promising than this (and that they are owning Intel on the power consumption front, too). Could that even hint at a near 20% uplift in IPC compared to Ryzen 3000? This is entering the territory of guesswork now, of course, but we have heard whispers of perhaps 15% or even as much as 20% gains from the grapevine in the past. Then again, there has also been talk of a more modest increase pitched around 8% to 10%. However, theoretically as we get closer towards launch, we should be hearing more accurate estimations regarding how much of an uplift Ryzen 4000 will deliver. But ultimately, these are just estimations, and as ever we have to trust that the rumor isn’t partially or even wholly fabricated. In this case, as we’ve already said, it’s one of the shakier sounding Ryzen 4000 rumors to have emerged. Intel in serious trouble? Still, if it is true, or close to the truth, Intel may be trouble, given that it’s about to be launched 10th-gen Comet Lake processors are late to the party, and have their work cut out keeping up with Ryzen 3000 – let alone AMD’s next-gen chips, particularly if this sort of speed boost really is in the cards. Intel does also have 11th-gen Rocket Lake desktop CPUs on the horizon and ready to roll with a new architecture, and as we’ve observed before, one theory is that they could be released in a hurry to try to combat the Ryzen 4000 threat. However, with Comet Lake chips not even on the shelves yet, and Ryzen 4000 potentially looking to launch around October – just five months from now – it’s hard to see how Rocket Lake is going to get close to Ryzen 4th-gen (it seems more likely that Intel’s 11th-gen CPUs will debut in Q2 of 2021, or perhaps Q1 at a push). Source: AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs could blow Intel away with nearing 20% IPC boost (TechRadar)
  25. no, it won't play crysis. stop asking — Nvidia ditches Intel, cozies up to AMD with its new DGX A100 Nvidia's first Ampere hardware is headed for the data center, not the game room. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 3 images. Yesterday at Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference, everybody found out what CEO Jensen Huang was cooking—an Ampere-powered successor to the Volta-powered DGX-2 deep learning system. On Wednesday, we described mysterious hardware in Huang's kitchen as likely "packing a few Xeon CPUs" in addition to the new successor to the Tesla v100 GPU. Egg's on our face for that one—the new system packs a pair of AMD Epyc 7742 64-core, 128-thread CPUs, along with 1TiB of RAM, a pair of 1.9TiB NVMe SSDs in RAID1 for a boot drive, and up to four 3.8TiB PCIe4.0 NVMe drives in RAID 0 as secondary storage. Goodbye Intel, hello AMD First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 3 images. Technically, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that Nvidia would tap AMD for the CPUs in its flagship machine-learning nodes—Epyc Rome has been kicking Intel's Xeon server CPU line up and down the block for quite a while now. Staying on the technical side of things, Epyc 7742's support for PCIe 4.0 may have been even more important than its high CPU speed and massive core/thread count. GPU-based machine-learning frequently bottlenecks on storage, not CPU. The M.2 and U.2 interfaces used by the DGX A100 each use 4 PCIe lanes, which means the shift from PCI Express 3.0 to PCI Express 4.0 means doubling the available storage transport bandwidth from 32Gbps to 64Gbps per individual SSD. There may have been a little bit of politics lurking behind the decision to change CPU vendors, as well. AMD might be Nvidia's biggest competitor in the relatively low-margin consumer-graphics market, but Intel is muscling in on the data center side of the market. For now, Intel's offerings in discrete GPUs are mostly vapor—but we know Chipzilla's got much bigger and grander plans as it shifts its focus from the moribund consumer-CPU market to all things data center. The Intel DG1 itself—which is the only real hardware we've seen yet—has leaked benchmarks that have it competing with the integrated Vega GPU from a Ryzen 7 4800U. But Nvidia might be more concerned about the Xe HP 4-tile GPU, whose 2048 EUs (execution units) might offer up to 36TFLOPS—which would at least be in the same ballpark as the Nvidia A100 GPU powering the DGX unveiled today. DGX, HGX, SuperPOD, and Jetson The DGX A100 was the star of today's announcements—it's a self-contained system featuring eight A100 GPUs, with 40GiB GPU memory apiece. The US Department of Energy's Argonne National Lab is already using one DGX A100 for COVID-19 research. The system's nine 200Gbps Mellanox interconnects make it possible to cluster multiple DGX A100s—but those whose budget won't support lots of $200,000 GPU nodes can make do by partitioning the A100 GPUs into up to 56 instances apiece. For those who do have the budget to buy and cluster oodles of DGX A100 nodes, they're also available in an HGX—Hyperscale Data Center Accelerator—format. Nvidia says that a "typical cloud cluster" comprised of its earlier DGX-1 nodes along with 600 separate CPUs for inference training could be replaced by five DGX A100 units, capable of handling both workloads. This would condense the hardware down from 25 racks to one, the power budget from 630kW to 28kW, and the cost from $11 million to $1 million. If the HGX still doesn't sound big enough, Nvidia has also released reference architecture for its SuperPOD—no relation to Plume. Nvidia's A100 SuperPOD connects 140 DGX A100 nodes and 4PB of flash storage over 170 Infiniband switches, and it offers 700 petaflops of AI performance. Nvidia has added four of the SuperPODs to its own SaturnV supercomputer, which—according to Nvidia, at least—makes SaturnV the fastest AI supercomputer in the world. Finally, if the data center's not your thing, you can have an A100 in your edge computing instead, with Jetson EGX A100. For those not familiar, Nvidia's Jetson single-board platform can be thought of as a Raspberry Pi on steroids—they're deployable in IoT scenarios but bring significant processing power to a small form factor that can be ruggedized and embedded in edge devices such as robotics, health care, and drones. Listing image by Nvidia Source: Nvidia ditches Intel, cozies up to AMD with its new DGX A100 (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image galleries, please visit the above link)
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