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  1. AMD confirms ‘Nvidia killer’ graphics card will be out in 2020 Big Navi could show up sooner rather than later this year (Image credit: AMD) AMD’s chief executive has confirmed that a high-end Navi graphics card will be released this year. In a video interview entitled ‘The Bring Up’ posted on YouTube by AMD (see below), Lisa Su noted that people were wondering about Big Navi – said high-end GPU, which has previously been referred to as the ‘Nvidia killer’ in terms of how it will take on the top-end RTX cards. The CEO then said: “I can say you’re going to see Big Navi in 2020.” This is the first concrete confirmation we’ve had that AMD will definitely be unleashing its big graphics firepower this year, although rumors have always pointed to this, and indeed comments that Su made in a recent roundtable Q&A session at CES 2020. At CES, the CEO stressed how important a top-end GPU was to AMD, and said that “you should expect that we will have a high-end Navi, although I don’t usually comment on unannounced products”. The hint was certainly that this GPU would arrive in 2020, but she didn’t actually say that. So at least now we have a confirmation, even if that really isn’t a surprise to anyone who’s been following AMD’s rumored progress in the graphics card arena lately. Battle of the flagships There has been no shortage of speculation around all this, including that the high-end graphics card could be 30% faster than Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti (if the unknown GPU which is the subject of that leak is indeed Big Navi, and that’s a fairly sizeable if). Of course, AMD needs to move quickly enough with the release to make sure it isn’t competing against the RTX 3080 Ti (which might be up to 50% faster than its Turing predecessor, so the rumor mill reckons – although that might be just with ray tracing). Nvidia’s next-gen Ampere GPUs are expected to launch in the latter half of 2020, in case you were wondering. Another potential sign that we might see the high-end Navi graphics cards sooner rather than later is that an EEC filing has just been made for the Radeon RX 5950XT. And a GPU with the same name has been filed previously (back in June 2019), indicating that the 5950XT could be the flagship model for 2020. As ever, we need to take such speculation with a good degree of caution, though. Source: AMD confirms ‘Nvidia killer’ graphics card will be out in 2020 (TechRadar)
  2. AMD won CES 2020 with Ryzen 4000 mobile, but can it beat Intel? Is AMD coming for the laptop space now? Yeah, we know, this is the most basic shot of a processor ever (Image credit: Future) At CES 2020, AMD spent a lot of time talking about how it had a big 2019, and it definitely has the right to gloat. AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors have essentially made Intel irrelevant, especially since Team Blue showed up at CES 2020 with no desktop silicon to its name. No matter how exciting AMD's takeover of the desktop space is, though, it has one giant roadblock before it can totally annihilate Intel in the consumer world: laptops. Now, AMD's presence in the best laptops is definitely growing and Team Red hopes to keep that momentum going into 2020. The company claims that it has 100 new laptop designs that will be coming to market in 2020, but we don't know how many of those will be worth writing home about. But either way, AMD's laptop game is about to expand in a big way. Intel does it too, though (Image credit: Intel) Let's chat about Intel Ice Lake real quick In the desktop world, raw performance is king. The people who build their own PCs care about raw horsepower above anything else, which is why AMD has been able to topple Intel's reign. However, laptops are a bit different. Performance is still definitely an important factor in the best laptops, but for most people what matters is efficiency. With Ice Lake, Intel has made great progress in reducing power consumption and increasing battery life through the use of AI. A big part of Intel's Project Athena, of which Ice Lake is a part, is the ability for your PC to learn how you use it over time, so it can prioritize performance when you personally need it, and saving power when you don't. This is definitely a hard thing to actually test, but it is a feature that is there. Intel has also worked in specific optimizations to quickly wake up your computer from sleep and can even enable unique features through its software integrations in programs like Photoshop. So, while performance hasn't increased in a way that a normal person would notice (Ice Lake is definitely faster than, say, Whiskey Lake), there are still new features being added that offer a lot of value for everyone who uses its laptops. It just happens to be way more subtle and not terribly exciting. Ok, everyone does it. (Image credit: AMD) AMD will likely win in speed It's important to note that AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors aren't available for testing yet, so we don't know what real-world performance is going to look like. All we can do is take a look at the specs and spec-ulate about how fast they might be. There's a whole range of AMD Ryzen 4000 processors for thin and light laptops, but it will be spearheaded by the Ryzen 7 4800U. This is a 15W chip with 8-cores, 16-threads and a 4.2GHz boost clock. Compared to the Intel Core i7-1065G7, which has the same 15W TDP but only 4-cores, 8-threads and a 3.8GHz boost clock, it's not looking too great for Intel. And, while we haven't had a chance to even touch a laptop with a Ryzen 4000 processor in it at CES 2020 (they were annoyingly behind a glass panel), we can just assume that AMD is going to absolutely thrash Intel Ice Lake in raw horsepower. Intel Tiger Lake is likely to follow in Ryzen 4000's footsteps and may even exceed it, but that's what happened with Ryzen 2nd Generation back in 2018, and we all know how that turned out. The way it might end up working out, at least in the short term, is that anyone looking for raw horsepower in their laptop is going to go with AMD, but there are too many quality-of-life features in Project Athena to write Intel off. Laptops are Intel's home turf and main money maker – don't expect Intel to lay down and take it in the same way it did with desktop. We just want AMD Ryzen in this thing. (Image credit: Future) The future is still in the future If AMD really wants to claim the laptop space in the same way, we don't think raw performance is going to be enough. Now, we did get a chance to talk to AMD about these new processors, and we were told that AMD is working with hardware vendors to make sure some of the quality-of-life improvements Intel users are used to are included. However, we're going to have to see what kind of software enhancements and, we hate to say it, AI integration AMD can work into its processors. From what we were being told at CES 2020, however, it seems like AMD's current goal is to show laptop manufacturers that it can consistently innovate and continue producing fast-performing processors. After all, in the laptop space a good processor is meaningless if it doesn't have the hardware partners to back it up. But since there are apparently 100 new AMD-powered laptops coming to market this year, it looks like that strategy is starting to pay off. One thing that might help Team Red claim mainstream affection, which will lead to more AMD laptops, is its new Athlon processors. We can geek out about all the flagships out there, but at the end of the day there are a ton of people that only have a few hundred dollars to toss at a laptop. AMD did announce two Athlon processors at CES 2020 that are built for those laptops, and it claims that they can provide a much better experience. AMD is also working with laptop manufacturers to bring features like Windows Hello to the bottom end of the laptop market, and we're huge fans of that idea. Or in this laptop. (Image credit: HP) The future is bright Right now, especially if you want the best laptop or Ultrabook out there, you're getting an Intel processor. Laptops like the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre x360 and MacBook Pro are all rocking Intel silicon, with no trace of AMD. However, AMD is getting closer to this segment of the market every day with its mobile processors. Lenovo announced the Yoga 7 Slim, which isn't quite the top-end device in its wheelhouse, but it's definitely up there. And, of course, we can't forget the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, even if it ended up not being the greatest laptop out there. The way we look at it, if we can get to the point where users will be able to get the XPS 13 and choose between AMD and Intel we'll be extremely happy. Competition is coming to the high-end laptop space, and it's about damn time. Source: AMD won CES 2020 with Ryzen 4000 mobile, but can it beat Intel? (TechRadar)
  3. AMD’s third shoe finally drops at CES 2020—7nm Zen 2 mobile CPUs Intel focused on AI acceleration—but AMD went unapologetically hard on gaming. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. AMD has really been bringing the heat to Intel this year, with incontestable wins for its 7nm CPUs in the desktop space, high-end desktop space, and server space. The one thing everybody has been waiting with bated breath for is mobile—while Intel brought limited supplies of high-performance 10nm Ice Lake parts to market, AMD has remained pretty silent about mobile. The most I could ever get out of my AMD folks was a sort of "we can't talk about that yet," with suspicious little yellow feathers floating out of their mouths, but no real detail. Yesterday at CES, that final shoe dropped—Ryzen 4000 mobile is here, and it brings AMD's recent trademark of high core and thread counts and jaw-dropping low TDPs to the mobile arena. The flagship U-series part, Ryzen 4800u, offers eight cores/16 threads on only 15W TDP, and although we've got nobody's word for it yet but AMD Performance Labs', it appears to whip the high-end Ice Lake i7-1065G7 solidly across the board in tests ranging from Cinebench R20 to 3DMark, Adobe Premiere, and more. Of course, performance is only half the battle in ultralight form factors—power consumption is the other. It shouldn't be any surprise that AMD is showing massive performance-per-watt increases over the first two generations of mobile Ryzen, given those performance numbers with a 15W TDP. The bigger question—and one that can't be so quickly answered—is how well Ryzen 4000 series systems will idle. And unfortunately, that's not a question AMD can entirely control themselves. In the mobile arena, integration is crucial to system performance—everything from motherboards to firmware to cooling is incredibly one-off and proprietary to each final system build. When designing a new laptop, just slapping a processor and some RAM on a reference board design and calling it a day won't cut it. This "insufficient integration" problem has plagued AMD laptops for years, with OEMs not doing the same level of integration work on AMD builds as they have on Intel. The common "wisdom" among buyers has been that AMD laptop CPUs just sucked—but Microsoft proved that line of thinking wrong with 2019's Ryzen-powered Surface 15, which does have the years of integration work and attention to detail necessary to make a great mobile system. We won't really know how well the OEMs have—and will—do with Ryzen 4000 series CPUs until we get some systems on hand to test. But we have high hopes that the sheer, unprecedented power the new 7nm mobile designs offer will leave OEMs more excited and willing to build premium, well-designed products around AMD than they have been in the past. Ryzen 7 4800H challenges Intel's i7-9700K desktop gaming CPU First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. You might be thinking the Ryzen 7 4800u, with its eight cores, 16 threads, and Ice Lake i7-1065G7 whippings would be the primo Ryzen 4000 CPU. If you are, that's a mistake—an understandable mistake, but a mistake nonetheless. The H-series equivalent to the 4800u offers the same thread count and boost clock but increases the idle clock from 1.2GHz to 2.9GHz, and the TDP from 15W to 45W. It also handily nosed past Intel's most recent full-on gaming CPU, the i7-9700K, on both content creation and physics engine benchmarks, despite being a mobile form factor with under half the TDP. For all the differences between AMD's and Intel's current marketing strategies—with Intel relying heavily on their investments in AI software and hardware, and AMD focusing on pure, unadulterated power-efficient grunt performance—they do have one striking similarity. Intel and AMD both seem intensely focused on pushing the idea of serious content creation happening in ultralight laptop form factors, positioning them as real alternatives to traditional desktop designs. We're still not 100% sure how that's going to work out—no matter how many times Jason Levine does a neat Photoshop transform on stage, or how many bar charts we get out of AMD, it seems unlikely to us that the interface and peripheral challenges presented by ultralight laptops will really lend themselves to serious content creation work. But we'll concede that advances in CPU design are certainly making it look more possible than it used to. The Radeon 5000 series adds the 1080p-focused 5600 XT to its lineup First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. AMD also announced the Radeon 5600XT. This is fairly weak tea compared to the Ryzen 4000 series launch—the 5600XT really just offers a new price point in the existing Radeon 5000 lineup at $280 with a focus on being powerful enough for uncompromising AAA gaming at 1080P. We've tested a few price points of Radeon 5000 series cards and Geforce GTX cards, and in our opinion, it's hard not to love the Radeons. The image quality is fantastic, and when running the incredibly demanding Unigine Transposition benchmark, we see fewer immersion-destroying artifacts on Radeon systems than we do on GTX systems. The Radeon line also offers far, far better Linux support than Nvidia cards do; screen-tearing during Linux video playback, among many other irritations, becomes a thing of the past when you yank out your Nvidia GPU and replace it with a Radeon. With all that said—and we can already hear the groaning from the peanut gallery—nobody seems to be building machine learning inference or training platforms that support Radeon. The uber-popular Tensorflow platform targets CUDA architecture specifically, so no matter how many FPS your Radeon card gets compared to its nearest Intel counterpart when gaming, it's a poor choice if you've got an itch to do some hard-core deep-learning work on your system. AMD also had a slide declaring itself the only manufacturer of both premium performance CPUs and GPUs—which doesn't seem like a line that will work for long, since Intel also announced its first discrete Xe series GPU, the DG1. It's still very early days to estimate just how powerful Intel's new line of GPUs will be—for either traditional GPU work like gaming and content creation, or for AI acceleration—but we saw a laptop with Intel's DG1 discrete graphics doing a good job playing Destiny 2, so it's equally early to rule Intel out of the high-performance GPU game. On the GPU front, it may very well be Nvidia who's feeling the squeeze at this point, with AMD eating into its gaming mindshare and Intel apparently determined to close the gap on AI acceleration. Threadripper 3990x—when too much is just enough First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. AMD also announced the Threadripper 3990x. We got a chance to build and hands-on review a test system using the 3970x, and it was pretty nuts—although it drastically outperforms both Intel's HEDT parts and its Xeon Scalable parts for most workloads, the sheer thread count of the thing meant the 140mm fans on our NZXT Kraken liquid cooler were in leaf-blower mode every moment the system was on, and it raised the temperature in the office its workbench was in significantly when running under load. Enlarge / There was an entire wall full of gigantic Threadripper systems like this Sycom. I caught one of the serving staff fanning herself while staring at one and asking another server "are these things making it hot in here?" Jim Salter We haven't seen TDP ratings on the Threadripper 3990x yet—but while we're sure they do a good job measured in perfomance-per-watt, on a relative scale to normal systems, they've got to be pretty entertaining. Meanwhile, if you actually need that kind of firepower, the 3990x kicks the snot out of a dual Xeon Platinum 8280 rig running an easy five times the CPU cost—AMD Performance Labs shows a 3990x system completing a V-ray scene render 30% faster than a dual 8280 could. It's also, unsurprisingly, much faster than the previous performance king, the 32 core/64 thread Threadripper 3990x. We may be seeing some limitations in the overall architecture beginning to show up, however. The 64 core/128 thread 3990x is about half again as fast as its 32 core/64 thread little sibling—which was nearly twice as fast as the 16 core/32 thread 3950x. Conclusions There's no doubt about it, AMD is running rampant through the market in everything it's focusing on right now—whether you're looking for a gaming or general-purpose desktop CPU, a content creation powerhouse or server CPU, a laptop or even a graphics card, AMD is leading in performance. However, it's not entirely out of the woods on the laptop front yet. We only have AMD Performance Labs' word on how well the Ryzen 4000 series performs, but we're inclined to take its claims at face value—it didn't steer us wrong on the Ryzen 3000 series or Epyc series benchmarks, after all, and we feel it clearly knew how damaging it would be to its own brand to get too sketchy with preliminary numbers. What we're more worried about is the OEMs' commitment to building premium systems around them—if OEMs don't put in the hard work to integrate mobile Ryzen well with cooling, motherboard, peripheral, and firmware designed and tested to work well together, the result will be shoddy laptops. We do like the fact that we're seeing already-built Ryzen 4000 laptops at the show from Asus, Lenovo, Acer, and Dell—along with AMD's brag that we'll see 100+ systems by the end of the year. Hopefully, this marks the end of a long, dark period for AMD's mobile prospects. Finally, there's the question of whether Intel will eventually succeed in what appears to be more of a "flanking" strategy on its part. While AMD is focusing—very successfully—on building high-performance systems targeting current markets at great prices, Intel is investing in both hardware and software ecosystems that may eventually change what the market is in the first place. We hope to see an implementation of the DLB machine-learning acceleration instructions in AMD's CPUs before too much longer, and perhaps some work porting AI frameworks like Tensorflow to the Radeon GPUs as well. Listing image by AMD Source: AMD’s third shoe finally drops at CES 2020—7nm Zen 2 mobile CPUs (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image galleries, please visit the above link)
  4. AMD introduces the 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X for $3,990 AMD is starting off 2020 with quite a bang. After it introduced the Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors, the company also announced the latest member of the Ryzen Threadripper family. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is the world's first 64-core, 128-thread HEDT processor, with a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and a boost speed of up to 4.3GHz. It also has a total of 288MB of cache. All of this amounts to a huge bump in performance over AMD's next best HEDT processor, the Threadripper 3970X introduced late last year. Specifically, in Cinebench R20, the Threadripper 3990X gets an average score of 25,399, whereas the 3970X gets 16,334. Of course, AMD also compared the chip to its competition, except there's no direct competitor. Instead, the company compared the processor to a setup of two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280, which have a combined total of 56 cores and 112 threads. For the same V-Ray workload, AMD's chip took one hour and 3 minutes to complete the task, while the Intel setup took one hour and 30 minutes. What's especially impressive about that, of course, is the price. The two Intel Xeon processors would have cost you $20,000. From that perspective, the $3,990 price of the Threadripper 3990X starts to seem justified. If you work with this kind of workload and you're interested in the new Threadripper 3990X, it'll be available in almost exactly one month, on February 7. Source: AMD introduces the 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X for $3,990 (Neowin)
  5. AMD Zen 3 processors will arrive by March 2021 at the latest And 5nm AMD Zen 4 will follow by 2022 (Image credit: TechRadar) AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors have taken over the world, delivering multi-core performance unlike anything we've seen before in the mainstream market. However, AMD isn't going to sit idly by. Instead, at its 2020 Financial Analyst Day, AMD took to the stage and talked a bit about its roadmap, which suggests not only that we'll see AMD Zen 3 processors shown off by this time next year, but that we're getting 5nm processors by 2022. We obviously didn't get a look at any specific AMD Zen 3 specifications at this event – beyond the fact that it will have to use 3D chiplet stacking in future designs – but it's nice reassurance that AMD isn't going to rest on its laurels while it enjoys its newfound leadership status in the desktop CPU market. This is especially refreshing, of course, as we were initially expecting to see AMD Zen 3-based AMD Ryzen 4000 processors for desktop make their debut at CES 2020. This is a bit of a double-edged sword, however, because it does mean that we could be waiting until October to see new desktop processors from AMD emerge, making it the widest gap between AMD Ryzen processors we've seen yet. Still, AMD took a minute to brag that it's shipped more than 200 million Zen Cores since first-generation Ryzen hit the streets, so we're sure AMD is eager to get more processors to market. Either way, the fact that we know AMD Zen 3 processors will be hitting the streets by March next year is helpful, even if AMD didn't help narrow the window any further. AMD will share Zen 3 availability information when it's ready, so until then we're just going to have to wait. Source: AMD Zen 3 processors will arrive by March 2021 at the latest (TechRadar)
  6. AMD Big Navi isn't coming until the end of 2020 Although AMD RDNA 2 promises 4K gaming with ray tracing (Image credit: Future) AMD Navi graphics cards like the Radeon RX 5700 have been out for quite a while at this point, and while they definitely provide excellent performance for anyone looking for some 1080p or 1440p gaming, we've always wanted more. That's where RDNA 2, or Big Navi, comes in. We don't know much about the next-generation AMD Radeon graphics architecture right now, beyond what rumors have been telling us for a while. But, at AMD's Financial Analyst Day, we got a bit of a hint as to when we can expect AMD's next graphics card – and it's not exactly right around the corner. Instead, in what shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, AMD is apparently targeting the end of 2020 for RDNA 2's launch. We don't have any specific launch date, of course, just that broad window. But, it does kind of make sense for AMD to launch RDNA 2 around November or December 2020, as that's when we're expecting the RDNA 2-powered Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 to launch. This will likely be disappointing for anyone that was starting to buy into the hype of an imminent Big Navi launch, but there is good news. While we didn't get any specific information about what kind of hardware these graphics cards will be packing, AMD did say that they would be 4K gaming cards with hardware-accelerated ray tracing. This could catch them up with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, but the real question is going to be whether or not Nvidia launches the RTX 3080 before then. At the end of the day, we won't know what's going to happen until it, well, happens. What we do know is that AMD Big Navi is coming and that it's coming this year. The rest we'll figure out when AMD is ready to tell us. Source: AMD Big Navi isn't coming until the end of 2020 (TechRadar)
  7. AMD vs Intel: which chipmaker does processors better? The battle between AMD and Intel rages on (Image credit: AMD; Intel) If you're looking to build your first PC or workstation, you're probably at least familiar with the AMD vs Intel rivalry. And even if you're an experienced builder and looking for the best PC components, we can help you sort out the differences between AMD Ryzen 300 and Threadripper CPUs as well as Intel's latest Coffee Lake, Ice Lake, and Cascade Lake-X Intel and AMD are like Mac and Windows 10: they don't get along with one another on a technical level, and they both have very dedicated users and fanbases. Since these two brands don't mix, it's the most important choice you'll have to make when you're looking for the best processor for your next PC build. Both brands have their benefits as well as flaws when it comes to graphics and overclocking capabilities as well as price points and component variety. It can be a lot to take in, so we'll break down each brand's available components, including CPUs and graphics cards. We'll look at overall costs, performance, and where each brand is headed in the coming years so you won't get stuck with an obsolete build before you even get it finished. (Image credit: TechRadar) AMD vs Intel: price In the past, if you were looking for a decent CPU with a budget-friendly price, your go-to choice was AMD. However, with their newest generation of Ryzen CPUs, AMD has been on par or even surpassed Intel components on price. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, for instance, is easily the brand's most expensive unit, retailing for around $750 (£580, AU$1130). However, the sticker shock you feel backs up some impressive technology. The Ryzen 9 3950X boasts 16 cores and 32 threads, exceeding the previous flagship, the Ryzen 9 3900X. And it doesn't just have more cores and threads than its predecessor, the Ryzen 9 3950X has more cache memory and faster processing speeds. It also has the ability to store up to four different profiles for different performance and overclocking settings, so no matter if you're a casual or hardcore gamer or hobbyist artist and animator, you'll always have the best performance you can get out of your CPU. When it comes to Intel, Coffee Lake Refresh processors are designed for desktop usage, and are probably what most people are familiar with. The latest generation of Coffee Lake Refresh processors from Intel includes the i9-9900K which retails for around $550 (£420, AU$830) and gives you 8 cores to work with as well as native integrated graphics. With this CPU, you'll be able to handle not only day-to-day work, but also just about any new game that comes onto the market. Intel also has a new line of Ice Lake processors for laptops, launching the i7-10710U in August of 2019. This line of laptop processors retails on the high end for around $440 (£340, AU$665), adding to the cost of pre-built laptops you'll find in places like Best Buy and Walmart. Intel is planning to launch an entirely new line of laptop processors in late 2020 under the name Tiger Lake. These processors will retail for around the same price as their Ice Lake line, but provide a boost in performance. If you're in the market for a really high-end CPU and have super deep pockets, the third generation of AMD Threadripper units is the best choice for professional 3D modeling artists, animators, filmmakers, and data scientists. The Threadripper 3990X retails for a whopping $3,900 (£3,030, AU$5,890), putting it well out of range of casual PC builders and average PC gamers. This CPU is built with 64 cores and 128 threads to give you plenty of power to render 3D models and rip through complex mathematical models to get the most out of your workday. (Image credit: Intel) AMD vs Intel: performance So you've set yourself a budget for a new CPU, but you still have a ton of options when it comes to performance. On the whole, AMD and Intel Processors have been on a pretty even keel when it comes to overall performance. Between the two, it all comes down to whether you need to multitask well or want to play games at their highest settings. If you're looking at buying an AMD processor, be advised that very few of their available CPUs feature integrated graphics. Those that do are referred to as an Accelerated Processing Unit. The ultra-low budget AMD Athlon 240GE retails around $80 (£62, AU$120) and features Radeon Vega 3 integrated graphics. This makes it perfect for low- to mid-grade gaming as well as video streaming for high quality graphics rendering at a low price. However, if you're into higher-end gaming, you'll have to pair a Ryzen 7 or 9 CPU with a dedicated GPU to take your game to the next level. If you're looking for a processor that can handle day-to-day work and multitasking, the AMD Ryzen line is a safe bet, as they offer the most PCIe lanes so you can use more solid-state drives for super-fast computer start up and file recall. AMD processors also tend to run hotter than their Intel counterparts, so you'll need to consider either a supplementary fan or liquid cooling system for your new CPU. With Intel, on the other hand, each chip has on-die integrated Intel HD or Iris graphics, so you can play most mainstream games or stream quality video right out of the box, no matter what CPU you pick. However, like their AMD cousins, if you want to play more graphically demanding games, you'll need to choose a companion GPU. But with the newest Coffee and Ice Lake processors, each CPU will beat out AMD Ryzen and Threadripper units on core-by-core performance - though that gap is minimal. The late 2020 introduction of Tiger Lake could see even more integrated graphic rendering ability for a better streaming or gaming experience right out of the box. Intel has also heavily hinted at plans to release their own dedicated Intel Xe GPU in 2020. (Image credit: Future) AMD vs Intel: specs We've reviewed both the Ryzen 9 3950X and the Intel i9-9900K to give you more insight on each processor's capabilities, performance, and price. Both processors give you plenty of power, but each has their own pros and cons. As mentioned before, the Ryzen 9 3950X has 16 cores and 32 threads. This gives you all the power you need and then some to tackle everyday multitasking and general workloads in an office setting. It also has enough juice to give you great frame rates in both full HD and 4K gaming settings so you don't have to deal with terrible amounts of lag or screen tearing. The entire Ryzen 3000 series are all fairly evenly-matched when it comes to frame rates and multitasking abilities, so it all comes down to how many cores and threads you'll need. The Ryzen 9 3950X features dual channel memory support and 64MB of cache. This ensures faster recall of your frequently-used files and programs. With a base clock speed of 3.5 GHz and a Max Boost Clock of 4.7 GHz, you'll be able to tackle just about any game or work task at blazing speeds. The Intel i9-9900K has half the number of cores and threads as the Ryzen 9 3950X, but it makes up for some of that with slightly stronger single core performance. The i9-9900K has a base speed of 3.6GHz and a Turbo clock of a whopping 5GHz. It also uses just 95 watts of power compared to the Ryzen 9's 105 watts - though you are getting around half the total performance. With Intel's integrated graphics, you'll get both full HD and 4K video and graphical support right out of the box. You'll not only get a great picture for both streaming video and playing the latest games, you'll also get awesome frame rates as well, preventing lag and screen tearing. (Image credit: Intel) AMD vs Intel: technical and customer support AMD has an entire webpage dedicated to customer and technical support of their CPUs. On this page, you can download the latest drivers for integrated Radeon graphics processors or GPUs. You can also check up on your product's warranty, download full spec sheets, and ask other AMD users questions on a dedicated forum. If you have a problem with a specific unit, you can use a drop-down menu to select your CPU to be directed to a page of driver download links and a customer support page for more in-depth troubleshooting. Intel's official site also has a dedicated page for technical support when you have trouble with your new or existing CPU. You'll be able to browse a variety of blog posts that answer frequently asked questions, view spec sheets, download drivers, and access the support community forums if your question isn't answered by the FAQ. Intel also offers live phone or chat support if you need help walking through a solution. (Image credit: AMD) AMD vs Intel: future speculation AMD has had a massively successful past few years with their Ryzen and Threadripper lines of CPUs. With twice the number of cores and threads as their counterparts, they've given Intel something to worry about and proven their worth as a reliable choice for PC components. Intel, on the other hand, has seen some embarrassing failures such as their lackluster release (or lack thereof) of Cannon Lake. However, they seem to have taken their knocks and learned a few lessons to apply to future releases. Intel has announced plans for future releases of their Tiger Lake and Comet Lake-S lines of processors for laptops and desktops, respectively. The new CPU line will most likely try to stay abreast of AMD's Ryzen and Threadripper products. However, it's unlikely that Intel will be able to top AMD any time soon, as even Intel CFO George Davis has admitted that Team Blue won't reach parity with AMD's 7nm manufacturing process until 2021. Future generations of AMD's Ryzen processors will most likely continue to give you more cores and threads for faster and more efficient multitasking. Whenever AMD Ryzen 4000 processors for desktop make their way to market - which should be some time this year - the shift to a more efficient 7nm+ manufacturing process should see further boosts to IPC (instructions per clock) performance along with power efficiency. Threadripper's future seems to stay on track to offer powerful CPU options to industry professionals for 3D modeling and animation or data science work. Source: AMD vs Intel: which chipmaker does processors better? (TechRadar)
  8. AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ leak hints at a seriously powerful 8-core APU Doubling up on the quad-core flagship of Ryzen 3000 APUs (Image credit: AMD) AMD Ryzen desktop APUs are about to get a major boost and step up to 8-cores, at least going by a leaked benchmark. The result for what speculation contends is an AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ desktop APU shows an 8-core, 16-thread chip which would double up on the current Ryzen 3000 APUs that are led by a quad-core part (the Ryzen 5 3400G). As you can see, the benchmark spotted by TUM_APISAK (and Komachi – both of whom are the source of many hardware leaks on Twitter) comes from User Benchmark and shows an 8-core chip which is clocked at 3GHz with boost to 3.95GHz. The User Benchmark score itself was recorded as 86.2%. Of course, we need to take any leak with a sizeable amount of caution, and assuming this is a genuine AMD part, the clock speeds reflect an engineering sample chip, so aren’t representative of the final performance you can expect. The processor was benchmarked in an ASRock B550 motherboard and will reportedly support not just this and X570 boards, but also B450 and X470 products. As Wccftech reports, _rogame (another high-profile Twitter leaker) also chimed in on this one, claiming that there are currently (at least) two Renoir APUs undergoing testing, both 8-core models, one running at 3GHz and one at 3.5GHz, with the GPU purportedly clocked at 1750MHz in both cases (he’s guessing that the Vega integrated graphics will be 8 compute units – the same as the Ryzen 9 4900HS which is also clocked at that speed). Performance jump Assuming all this speculation is on the mark, or at least near it, we can expect a considerable jump in performance with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 APUs compared to existing models. While User Benchmark scores are not the first benchmark you’d turn to in an ideal world, the result of 86.2% puts this alleged sample chip roughly in line with the sort of performance you’ll get from the Ryzen 7 4800H (which averages at 86% bang on in the User Benchmark database). For comparison, the Ryzen 5 3400G comes in at an average of 74%, and of course the jump to 8-cores will be more than welcome for those looking for a compelling APU, although obviously this alleged top-end chip will come with a price premium compared to the quad-core 3400G. Pricing will likely be pitched some way under AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core desktop CPU, although exactly how far under is of course a complete guessing game at this point. It’s further expected that as well as this 8-core model, there will be a quad-core offering for those who don’t want to fork out that much for an APU. According to Wccftech’s sources, the new AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs are expected to launch in July. The existing Ryzen 5 3400G offers a base clock of 3.7GHz with boost to 4.2GHz and the integrated GPU is Vega 11 Graphics clocked at 1400MHz, with the chip having a TDP of 65W (the latter is expected to be maintained with the incoming 8-core model). Source: AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ leak hints at a seriously powerful 8-core APU (TechRadar)
  9. Intel may be taking the fight to AMD when it comes to high clock speeds with Comet Lake A lot of megahertz (Image credit: Intel) It's now well into 2020 and we still haven't seen an official announcement of 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake processors for desktop PCs – but we're at least getting more and more leaks. This time around, the leak in question is from the 3DMark Database. Spotted by renowned leaker TUM_APISAK, it points to the Intel Core i7-10700K as being an 8-core, 16-thread processor with a massive turbo boost of 5.3GHz. Now, if you notice, this is a huge improvement over 9th-generation Intel Coffee Lake Refresh which only had an 8-core processor without Hyperthreading as its Core i7 part. Intel is clearly feeling the heat from AMD, and that just means that multi-threading is back in fashion with Team Blue. Plus, we're expecting a 10-core Intel Core i9 part out of Comet Lake, too. However, it's not all sunshine and roses. Right now Intel Comet Lake processors are expected to be manufactured on the same 14nm process Intel has been using since Skylake back in 2017. With AMD Ryzen 3rd generation pushing IPC (instructions per clock) higher than Coffee Lake Refresh and with AMD Ryzen 4000 expected to do the same - a high boost clock might not be enough to give Intel the desktop boost it needs. Now, to be clear, we won't know what the specs of Intel's Comet Lake processors are going to be until the Santa Clara chip manufacturer is ready to share, but leaks like this give us an idea of what to expect. At this rate, we probably won't see these processors until Computex 2020, which is also when we're expecting to see AMD's next lineup. Needless to say, the Taipei tech show is going to be extremely exciting this year. Source: Intel may be taking the fight to AMD when it comes to high clock speeds with Comet Lake (TechRadar)
  10. Intel Core i9-10900K leak shows CPU has the upper hand vs AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3DMark results point to a powerful 10-core CPU (Image credit: Intel) Intel’s Core i9-10900K has had more benchmarks leaked, with new 3DMark processor scores indicating that the incoming 10-core flagship handily beating AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X. The benchmarks, spilled on Twitter by the ever-watchful TUM_APISAK, show the 10900K recording a score of 28,462 for Physics in Fire Strike Extreme, and a CPU result of 13,142 in Time Spy. AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X hits 27,137 and 12,624 respectively in those benchmarks as you can see in the tweet above, meaning that in this comparison, Intel’s Comet Lake-S desktop champion beats it out fairly comfortably, by almost 5% and 4% respectively. The tweet also indicates that the Core i9-10900K has a base clock of 3.7GHz, and boost to 5.1GHz as previously rumored. That won’t be all-core boost, of course, but just single-core – although the 10900K is set to boost higher than the AMD’s 3900X, which has a maximum boost of 4.6GHz, and all-core boost of closer to the 4GHz mark (although that will vary from chip to chip, as ever). Previous speculation contends that the 10900K will have all-core boost to 4.8GHz. Clocks not cores The 3900X sports a couple more cores, being a 12-core affair, but Intel has been playing the ‘clock speeds are more important than cores’ card of late, and these 3DMark results would seem to back that up. Although we have to bear in mind that leaked benchmarks should always be treated with caution, and of course you can only read so much into isolated pre-launch results. It does seem, though, that Intel is endeavoring to squeeze everything it can out of its existing 14nm process, and apparently succeeding to remain more than competitive with AMD’s new 7nm chips – although the Comet Lake price to pay will undoubtedly be a higher level of power usage, particularly in comparison to Ryzen. Indeed, there is speculation that the delay of the next-gen Comet Lake desktop CPUs is due to Intel struggling to get the power requirements of this flagship processor under control. At maximum load, we’ve heard whispers that the 10900K could demand 300W from the PC’s power supply. Intel’s top-end 9th-gen processors can be pretty power-hungry themselves, so again, that rumor isn’t really a surprise (although equally, we can’t assume that it’s true of course). There have been further rumors of the Comet Lake-S launch sliding, perhaps even to May, but the fact is Intel really needs to get the range out of the door as quickly as possible. Otherwise, these next-gen processors may end up coming too close to AMD’s launch of Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs, which will be an entirely different performance ballgame (with perhaps up to a 20% performance increase on current Ryzen chips). The other area in which Intel can be competitive is with pricing, and we’ve heard chatter that the chip giant does intend to drop the asking prices of more of its CPUs, so could that potentially mean these Comet Lake products? That’s not clear by any means, but if it does happen, that will obviously be great news for consumers, as doubtless AMD will have to respond. Source: Intel Core i9-10900K leak shows CPU has the upper hand vs AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (TechRadar)
  11. AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and 3100 budget CPUs muscle in ahead of Intel’s Comet Lake launch Rumor has it that Comet Lake is about to launch – so is this a pre-emptive strike from AMD? (Image credit: AMD) AMD has unleashed a pair of new Ryzen 3 budget processors with simultaneous multi-threading (SMT), alongside a new B550 chipset that will have a raft of wallet-friendly motherboards based on it. AMD’s Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 benefit from SMT, meaning that they are quad-core CPUs with 8-threads. They are the first Zen 2-toting Ryzen 3 processors that AMD has released, sporting a TDP of 65W and 18MB of on-board cache, the difference being that the 3300X has faster clocks. To be precise, the Ryzen 3 3300X runs with a base clock of 3.8GHz with boost to 4.3GHz, whereas the Ryzen 3 3100 runs at 3.6GHz with boost to 3.9GHz. The specs were previously leaked by this rumor, which proved bang on the money. Both processors are set to be released in May, with the 3300X coming with a recommended price of $120 (around £98, AU$190), and the 3100 weighing in at $99 (around £80, AU$157). Note that there is no integrated GPU in these models. You will, of course, be able to plunk these fresh budget conscious models in AMD’s new B550 motherboards, which boasts support for PCIe 4.0 and twice the bandwidth of B450 boards. Motherboards with the B550 chipset are expected to emerge starting from June 16 from all the usual big-name manufacturers (at least 60 models are in the pipeline, by the way). Interesting timing The timing of this launch is interesting from AMD, given that Intel is purportedly about to reveal its next-gen Comet Lake (10th-gen) desktop processors very soon – on April 30, so the rumor mill reckons – so it looks like AMD is attempting to get in a pre-emptive strike at the budget end of the CPU market with this announcement. AMD has taken the opportunity to compare the new Ryzen 3 3100 to the existing 9th-gen Intel Core i3-9100, and is claiming that the Ryzen chip is up to 20% faster in games. That’s going by AMD’s own lab tests run at 1080p resolution across a variety of games with high graphics settings, including Shadow of the Tomb Raider, GTA V, PUBG, Assassin’s Creed Odysssey, CS:GO and more. For creative workloads, the Ryzen 3 3100 is up to 75% faster than that Intel processor, AMD claims (across a suite of benchmarks that includes PCMark 10 and Cinebench). Currently the cheapest Ryzen 3000 processor is the Ryzen 5 3600 which costs $199 (around £160, AU$315). There are, of course, also cheaper APUs for desktop in the form of the Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3300G, but those aren’t 7nm Zen 2 (they’re 12nm offerings – although they do have integrated Vega graphics). And don’t forget, new Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs have been leaked in recent times, too… The new Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 look like great choices for someone building a cheap gaming PC, although do note that the lack of integrated graphics will mean the need to buy a discrete GPU, of course (but that’s a move you may want to make anyway, realistically). When Intel does finally come through with its Comet Lake reveal, it’ll be really interesting to see how these new AMD chips will stack up price-wise with whatever arrives in the 10th-generation’s Core i3 range. Sadly, what we’ve been hearing regarding price and how competitive Intel’s incoming chips – and the new motherboards they require – might be is a little shaky, but it’s too early to judge yet, naturally. Source: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and 3100 budget CPUs muscle in ahead of Intel’s Comet Lake launch (TechRadar)
  12. AMD takes shots at Nvidia with expanded FidelityFX toolkit and GPUOpen Team Red will release new tools and technologies every day this week (Image credit: AMD) AMD has announced the relaunch of GPUOpen, which now boasts a brand-new website and four new FideltyFX effects optimized for AMD Navi graphics cards. GPUOpen, which AMD debuted in 2016, is a collection of open-source GPU technologies and specifications that developers can use in video game development. The company today announced that it has overhauled the four-year-old website with a “modern look and feel”, giving developers a simple-to-use resource for accessing its GPUOpen tools and technologies, along with tutorials and samples and presentations. In order to celebrate the launch of the long-overdue redesign, AMD announced that it’s also releasing new GPUOpen tools and technologies every day this week. These RDNA-optimized effects will equip developers with more advanced tools for implementing high-quality post-process game effects, and will exist in contrast to Nvidia's more exclusive GameWorks technologies like PhysX and HairWorks. Eyecandy everywhere The biggest part of the program is the expansion of the FideltyFX toolkit, which was introduced last year with Content Adaptive Sharpening (CAS). AMD has today added four new effects, including Stochastic Screen Space Reflections (SSSR), Combined Adaptive Compute Ambient Occlusion, (CACAO), Luminance Preserving Mapper (LPM) and, Single Pass Downsampler (SPD). As per Team Red’s announcement, SSSR will enable high-quality reflections with minimal overhead, CACAO will help improve the appearance of objects based on their exposure to ambient light, LPM will offer up superior HDR and wide color gamut content for games, and SPD generates texture MIP levels using asynchronous compute for optimal performance. Additionally, AMD has released two new demos, which are available for download today. The first, FEMFEX, is Team Red’s open-source CPU library for deformable material physicals that “enables game developers to take physics realism to the next level”, while TressFX will allow for the creation of GPU-accelerated realistic hair, fur rendering and simulation technology in games. To round out its GPUOpen relaunch week, as AMD calls it, the company will be hosting its first-ever virtual developer event on Friday. The “Let’s Build” event will play host to many of the presentations Team Red had planned for the now-postponed Game Developers Conference (GDC). Source: AMD takes shots at Nvidia with expanded FidelityFX toolkit and GPUOpen (TechRadar)
  13. AMD Ryzen 3 3100 overclocked to almost 6GHz, marking it as an OC beast Entry-level CPU is a no-brainer for budget builders (Image credit: Future) The budget-friendly AMD Ryzen 3 3100 has been overclocked to almost 6GHz, just shy of the record held by its much more expensive Ryzen 9 3950X sibling. Renowned overclocker TSAIK has managed to overclock the $99 (about £79, AU$150) Ryzen 3 3100 to an impressive 5.92GHz using liquid nitrogen cooling (LN2), as reported by TechPowerUp. The processor is due to hit shelves on June 16. The quad-core chip was supplied with 1.45 Volts of power, hence the over-the-top cooling, and was tested on an MSI X570 Tomahawk motherboard, paired with 8GB RAM that was underclocked to 1,600 MHz. This monumental overclock ranks as the second-highest overclock record for a Zen 2 processor, falling just a few Mhz shy of the record held by the Ryzen 9 3950X. This top-of-line CPU was overclocked to 6.041 GHz, also by TSAIK, on an MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard. AMD’s latest budget CPU is certainly shaping up to be an excellent choice for those looking to build a gaming PC on a budget. As we said in our review, though it fails to topple Intel when in single-core performance, the 7nm processor came within close distance of the $198 (£229, AU$439) Intel Core i5-9600K when it comes to multi-thread performance. The Ryzen 3 3100 – which features a 3.6GHz base clock and 3.9GHz boost clock - scored around 2,315 points in Cinebench R20 and 4,910 in GeekBench 5, just only 8% and 16% slower, respectively, than Intel’s more expensive i5-9600K. The budget-friendly CPU also features 16MB of L3 cache, a 65W TDP, and the same architectural bells and whistles as other Zen 2 processors, including PCIe 4.0 support when paired with an X570 or upcoming B550 motherboard. Source: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 overclocked to almost 6GHz, marking it as an OC beast (TechRadar)
  14. Gaming laptops will never be the same, and it's all thanks to AMD Analysis: desktop-class performance in a lightweight laptop, finally (Image credit: Future) Even the best laptops are, traditionally speaking, a lot slower than a full desktop PC. The PC components that laptop manufacturers shove into a portable machine consume way less power, and are generally constricted by thermal limits imposed by being in a tight space – especially with recent Ultrabooks and such getting thinner and thinner. However, with AMD Ryzen 4000, that has fundamentally changed. We've finally been able to get our hands on a Zen 2-powered laptop, in the shape of the Asus Zephyrus G14. That laptop is equipped with the Ryzen 9 4900HS, which is the 35W variant of the most powerful laptop chip in the lineup right now. And let us just say this: it's mighty impressive. In fact, this processor blew our minds so much, that we did a full round of testing, putting it up against the most powerful consumer processors on the market right now from both Intel and AMD. It's definitely not faster than either the Intel Core i9-9900K or the Ryzen 9 3900X, but it comes close enough to definitely be classified as desktop-class performance. (Image credit: AMD) But first: battery life However exciting it would be to just dump a bunch of performance graphs in your face (don't worry, that's coming here in a bit), we want to note that there's a fundamental difference in what's valuable for a laptop and for a desktop. When you're picking up a desktop processor, power consumption does matter to a point. The more power you draw from the wall, the more you're typically going to spend on your power bill each month. The difference between a 65W Ryzen 7 3700X and a 95W Core i9-9900K each month will likely be trivial, but there's definitely a difference there. For a laptop, however, battery life comes into play in a huge way. One of the major appeals of having a portable device is to, like, be able to carry it around wherever you go, and if your gaming laptop dies after an hour or two of just browsing the web or watching a movie on the train, what's the point of it even being a laptop? For the longest time, that's kind of been the compromise you had to make for having a gaming laptop in the first place. Even the most power efficient gaming laptops out there only last 3-5 hours doing even the most lightweight tasks – but that's changed now. In our battery tests for the Zephyrus G14, the laptop has battery life that's right up there with the likes of the Dell XPS 13, a laptop that is designed first and foremost for working on the road. All in a gaming laptop that can play all the latest and best PC games. Thanks to a controller that's built into the CPU die, AMD's firmware is able to dynamically adjust clock speeds depending on the actual workloads being imposed on the laptops. So, if you're just browsing the web or writing up a document in Microsoft Word, clock speeds come down, which also brings down power consumption. This is pretty much standard, but what sets AMD apart from either Intel's current Ice Lake chips or even AMD Ryzen 3000 mobile is how much faster these Zen 2 processors are at adjusting clock speeds – as the simple act of adjusting clock speed takes power, too. This was all done in the name of maximizing real-world battery life beyond what people even test for. AMD flew us out to their Austin, Texas campus to do a deep dive into what Ryzen 4000 would be capable of, and in an interview AMD director of product management Renato Fragale told us that rather than focusing on hard benchmarks, "we need to be looking at, or around, a cross-section of applications". We specifically asked a question for one of our own use cases, like traveling internationally to a big tech conference (even if they've been cancelled for a bit), and Fragale explained to us "if you know you're going to be unplugged for 14 hours, and you know you've gotta get some work done, you slide [the Windows Power Slider] towards battery life. Because realistically, if you're doing Word or PowerPoint, or whatever, you probably don't need a ton of performance to do that; so let's go save some battery." Long story short, AMD has introduced laptop chips that can provide excellent performance for workloads like gaming – which we're about to dive into now – yet can also deliver battery life to get you through a long plane flight. It's finally the best of both worlds. (Image credit: Infogram; Future) (Image credit: Infogram; Future) (Image credit: Infogram; Future) (Image credit: Infogram; Future) (Image credit: Infogram; Future) (Image credit: Infogram; Future) (Image credit: Infogram; Future) Test system specs This is the system we used to test desktop CPU performance: Intel: CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Masterliquid 360P Silver Edition Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super RAM: 32GB HyperX Predator RGB @ 3,000MHz Motherboard: MSI MEG Z390 ACE SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro @ 1TB Power Supply: Phanteks RevoltX 1200 Case: Praxis Wetbench AMD: CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Masterliquid 360P Silver Edition Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super RAM: 32GB HyperX Predator RGB @ 3,000MHz Motherboard: X570 Aorus Master SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro @ 1TB Power Supply: Phanteks RevoltX 1200 Case: Praxis Wetbench AMD Ryzen 4000 crushing those benchmarks So we teased the performance a bit when we noticed earlier that the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS is faster than the Intel Core i7-9700K in Cinebench R20. To be fair, this was a claim that AMD made way back when it revealed its lineup back at CES 2020. We don't know about you, but we never trust manufacturer-delivered benchmarks – we like to test everything ourselves. And, well, that's exactly what we did. We tested the Ryzen 9 4900HS against the Intel Core i5-9600K, Core i7-9700K and Core i9-9900K. And, for parity's sake we also tested the AMD Ryzen 5 3600, Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X. The numbers are frankly astounding. Like we already mentioned in that earlier news story, the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS scores a whopping 4,194 points in the Cinebench R20 multi-core test against the Intel Core i7-9700K's 3,726. But we had to go deeper for this one. In Geekbench 5, the 4900HS comes ahead in multi-core with 7,820 points to the 9700K's 7,728, while coming close to the same single-core performance with a 1,170 single-core score. Even in 3DMark, where Intel is historically very strong, the 4900HS beats the 9700K with a CPU score of 8,438 to Team Blue's 8,106. What's even more impressive, however, is how close the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS comes to the Intel Core i9-9900K. A chip that not only retails for $479 (£469, about AU$696) on its own, but also has a TDP of 95W – more than double the power of the 4900HS. In Cinebench R20, the Core i9-9900K gets a multi-core score of 4,789 and a single core score of 515. That's just 13% and 7% faster, respectively, for a processor that consumes more than double the power and is being cooled by a 360mm AIO liquid cooler. Even in Geekbench, the 9900K is just 13% faster than the AMD laptop chip, scoring 8952 in the multi-core test. The higher numbers might look at first to be a win for Intel, but we can assure you they're not. The 4900HS is even within reaching distance of AMD's own desktop processors, namely the Ryzen 7 3700X. AMD's 8-core, 16-thread mainstream desktop processor gets a Cinebench R20 multi-core score of 4,802 and a GeekBench multi-core score of 9,037. The AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS certainly isn't faster than the Ryzen 9 and Core i9 desktop processors, but the fact that it is right up there with them should be applauded. This is excellent news for anyone that needs a powerful workstation that won't break your back while traveling. If you just need something that can handle video editing while traveling, now's the time to pick up that new laptop. Best part? During our testing the temperatures for the Ryzen 9 4900HS peaked at 91 C – short of the thermal limit that most MacBooks constantly bump up against. We are in a new age of high-end mobile computing, and it's all thanks to the amazing work AMD put in here. (Image credit: Future) Looking to the future However it's not all sunshine and roses here. Right now Intel has claim to all the shiny flagships on the market right now. The Razer Blade 15, the MSI GS66 Stealth and more are all still exclusively rocking Intel Comet Lake-H processors. To be clear, we haven't tested Comet Lake-H processors for ourselves yet, so we can't speak to their performance or the battery life offered. What we can say, however, is that Intel processors are the ones that are getting paired with an RTX 2080 Super to provide high-end gaming or video production laptops. Now, it's important to note that AMD isn't restricting manufacturers from pairing an AMD Ryzen 4000 processor with a higher-end GPU. In our Austin interview, AMD Senior Manager of Product Management Scott Stankard told us that "we didn't place a restriction. But in the contest of: we are attacking the market, we are saying that we want to go over double the systems from 2019 to 2020." In short, AMD wants to make sure it has the bulk of the market covered. And, it's true that when you're out there shopping for a laptop, a high-end device that can cost thousands of dollars is only going to appeal to a limited number of people. And again, as much as we'd like to see AMD processors in the halo laptops of the world, AMD isn't the only company that has to make that decision – laptop OEMs have to, well, put the processors into the halo laptops. Stankard tells us "in the notebook, it's a collaboration with the OEMs. So the OEM has to look at their portfolio, figure out what they want to go build and how they want to go attack it. So we don't have the full free-rein to say, "we will do this"." AMD can certainly influence laptop manufacturers, but the Asus's and the Dells of the world have to actually make the decision to include the processors they want to include. Personally, we can't wait to see these processors paired with the best GPUs on the market. We absolutely love the idea of pairing a high-end AMD CPU with the top-end mobile GPU in a gaming laptop that can absolutely destroy games even at 4K. That day isn't here yet, but as more laptop manufacturers come around to just how good AMD Ryzen 4000 is, and the benefits it provides everyday users, we're sure that's going to change. Source: Gaming laptops will never be the same, and it's all thanks to AMD (TechRadar)
  15. AMD RDNA 2 GPUs are coming this year, but they may not all feature ray tracing support Nvidia-rivaling feature rumored to be reserved for top end (Image credit: AMD) AMD has confirmed that it’s “on track” to release its long-awaited Zen 3 CPUs and RDNA 2 graphics cards in “late 2020”. Speaking on the firm’s earnings call on Tuesday, AMD CEO Lisa Su confirmed the launch 2020 timescale, though failed to share an exact release window. However, “late 2020” fits with the rumors that the first Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs will launch in September, followed by RDNA 2 graphics cards in October or November. On the CPU side of things, AMD’s Zen 3 “Vermeer” processors will be built using TSMC’s improved 7nm+ architecture and are expected to deliver a significant step up over the company’s current Zen 2 CPUs, with 10-15% IPC gains, faster clocks, and higher core counts. Perhaps more interesting, RDNA 2, or ‘Big Navi’, paves the way for the first AMD graphics cards to come with support for real-time ray tracing as Team Red looks to take on Nvidia’s top-end Turing GPUs. Ray tracing for some However, according to a new tidbit of information via the PTT Forums and spotted by Wccftech, only flagship variants of AMD’s RDNA 2 GPUs will feature ray tracing support. Apparently, the feature will be reserved for AMD’s high-end and enthusiast-grade Navi 2X GPUs, as the firm’s lower-end and more mainstream options won't have the capacity to support hardware-level ray tracing to run the feature at an optimal frame rate. This is hardly surprising, given Nvidia first debuted its ray-tracing chops on its higher-end graphics cards. Like Team Green, AMD is also reportedly planning to split its RDNA 2 GPUs into two categories: one with ray tracing branding, and the other without. The PTT forums post also suggests that AMD’s ‘Big Navi’ GPUs could be twice as powerful as the RX 5700 XT. The so-called Radeon RX 5950 XT, which looks set to be Team Red’s flagship GPU, will reportedly feature a die size of 505²mm, compared to the RX 5700 XT’s 251mm² die. This means the GPU could, at least in theory, double the number of compute units from 40 to 80 CUs. While AMD didn’t spill any more details about the incoming GPUs on Tuesday’s call, it has previously boasted that RDNA 2 brings with it a 50% improvement in performance per Watt compared to the original RDNA architecture. Via TechPowerUp Source: AMD RDNA 2 GPUs are coming this year, but they may not all feature ray tracing support (TechRadar)
  16. AMD’s quarterly profits sink, and it expects weakened demand throughout 2020 Though, it still has a big year ahead of it AMD posted its Q1 2020 financial results, and quarter-to-quarter revenue is down by 16 percent. Its quarterly operating income also took a dive, as revenue slowed and R&D costs went up. On the bright side, it shared that its $1.79 billion year-to-year revenue is up 40 percent compared to this time in 2020. It attributes this big jump to its computing and graphics segments, including its Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics cards — both of which have gotten major updates recently. The company didn’t initially come right out and say that the COVID-19 pandemic was the culprit to its less-than-favorable financial results, but it did during the investor call. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su cited that reduced supply chains and a downturn of retail in China during the first quarter contributed to lower numbers. To that end, AMD says it expects weak consumer demand in the second half of 2020, though it still expects its yearly revenue to grow by 25 percent. Even as it works to find balance in 2020, AMD has a promising outlook for the rest of 2020, at least when it comes to its showcase of products. It beat Intel to the punch by being the first to make 7nm processors, which include its Ryzen U and H 4000-series processors based on Zen 2 architecture. Its Radeon RX 5000-series graphics cards currently undercut Nvidia’s RTX 20-series graphics cards in cost, with negligible differences in terms of performance in some cases. And, with their PCIe 4.0 support, they’re a little more future-proof on a technical level than Nvidia’s current GPU lineup. AMD’s GPUs also continue to get good support from Apple, both in its laptops and desktops, including the new high-end Mac Pro. Dr. Lisa Su says that its next-generation processors and graphics cards are still on-track for later in 2020. Additionally, the company has been working alongside Microsoft and Sony in developing both the processors and graphics chips for their forthcoming next-generation video game consoles, the Xbox Series X and PS5, both of which are still set to release during the 2020 holiday season. Those will likely be huge sellers, though the numbers may not be as large as expected since Sony recently shared it will limit its initial shipment of PS5 consoles. Source: AMD’s quarterly profits sink, and it expects weakened demand throughout 2020 (The Verge)
  17. AMD may not be debuting DDR5 memory support before 2022 An AMD insider has apparently revealed an internal AMD roadmap to GamersNexus regarding AMD's plans with the upcoming DDR5 memory. According to the roadmap, Team Red may be looking to introduce the next-gen memory standard two years from now. It states DDR5 hitting the mainstream AMD CPUs as well as its APUs in 2022. And while the CPUs are stated to be based on Zen 4 micro-architecture, the APUs are listed as Zen 3+ parts, which has generally been the tradition. AMD is also planning to introduce low-power DDR5 support to its mobile chips in the same year. Alongside the new memory, the roadmap also states that the upcoming DDR5 platform will add support for USB4. PCIe 4.0, however, is to be retained as it will likely provide ample bandwidth for a long time. SK Hynix recently published a blog stating that the company will start mass-producing DDR5 chips this year so a 2022 arrival for DDR5 on AMD's platforms seems completely plausible. The memory maker has plans to design the next-gen memory with modules running at up to 8400Mbps and having capacities of up to 64GB. Source: GamersNexus Source: AMD may not be debuting DDR5 memory support before 2022 (Neowin)
  18. Intel will reportedly ease up its entry-level processor stock squeeze in June, industry sources say. Intel has been focusing its efforts on high-performance and server-grade CPUs since late 2018 due to manufacturing constraints hitting its 14nm process node. But that policy looks to be coming to an end. Notebook clients were reportedly informed that the entry-level processor shortfall with drastically decrease from June onward, significantly reducing the CPU deficit and easing up the pressure on OEMs and system builders. This should increase notebook shipments in the second half of 2019, which had previously been stifled by Intel’s processor manufacturing crunch. AMD was reportedly set to gain due to the CPU constraints, however, during the red team’s Q1 2019 earnings call, Lisa Su claimed that the company did not see Intel’s shortfall as having any sizeable impact to its business. “As it relates to CPU shortages in the market,” AMD CEO, Lisa Su, says (via Seeking Alpha). “Look, we see a little bit of that, I would say there are pockets of footage, mostly at the low-end of the market, frankly. So, from our standpoint, I don’t believe it’s a huge contributor to our business.” So either AMD’s playing off Intel’s impact or the reported wave of OEMs fleeing to AMD’s processors may have never arrived. Nevertheless, according to sources speaking with DigiTimes, major OEMs – such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo – are all back to placing orders with Intel rather than side with the red team. Intel’s small-fry entry-level clients have been hit worst of all by the 14nm manufacturing crunch, as the company has preferred to instead turn its attention toward products with high margins and deliveries to its most sizeable partners. Intel Japan’s president had previously suggested that it would take until December before the company would be able to entirely rectify the processor shortages. And Bob Swan, Intel’s CEO, indicated the shortage would continue through Q3, while also promising to “never again to be a constraint” on its customers’ growth. Intel’s CPU shortage had been expected to ease with the gradual influx of 10nm mobile processors starting to ship at the end of 2019. Desktop parts, however, are not expected to make the change towards the denser process node until late 2020. Rather us gamers will have another 14nm generation with Intel Comet Lake, reportedly featuring up to 10 cores. View: Original Article.
  19. System will mix Epyc CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs. Enlarge / AMD CEO Lisa Su, holding a Rome processor. The large chip in the middle is the 14nm I/O chip; around it are pairs of 7nm chiplets containing the CPU cores. AMD AMD and Cray have announced that they're building "Frontier," a new supercomputer for the Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The goal is to deliver a system that can perform 1.5 exaflops: 1.5×1018 floating point operations per second. By way of comparison, a single Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU manages about 14 teraflops of compute performance with 32-bit numbers. Frontier will achieve 100,000 times more. The fastest supercomputer in the Top 500 list weighs in at 200 petaflops, or 0.2 exaflops. As things stand, it'd take the top 160 machines on the list to match Frontier's performance. Frontier will use custom versions of AMD's Epyc processors (likely Zen 3 or Zen 4), matched with 4 GPUs, all connected using AMD's Infinity Fabric. Between nodes, Cray's Slingshot interconnect will be used, which has transfer rates of up to 200Gb/s per port. The GPUs will have their own stacked HBM (High Bandwidth Memory). It'll be housed in 100 cabinets, taking about 7,300 square feet of floor space. Power consumption will be 30-40MW. The plan is for Frontier to be delivered in 2021, at a cost of about $500 million for the hardware and $100 million for research and development. It should be the fastest supercomputer in the world when it's delivered, and it will be the US government's second exaflops-capable system; the first will be the 1 exaflop Aurora, built using Intel Xeon SP processors and Intel Xe GPUs. The supercomputer will be made available to academics to run a wide range of simulations and experiments. The Radeon Instinct GPUs include hardware dedicated to machine-learning workloads, and it's likely that Frontier will be used for this kind of task in addition to the more conventional weather and nuclear weapon simulations. Source: Cray, AMD to build 1.5 exaflops supercomputer for US government (Ars Technica - Peter Bright)
  20. One of the legends in the gaming hardware community is leaving his current post and is taking up a new position at AMD. That person is none other than Frank Azor, who was one of the co-founders of Alienware and most recently served as Vice President and General Manager for Dell's XPS, G Series and Alienware gaming brands. Given that gaming is in his blood, it should come as no surprise that Azor will take on the title of Chief Gaming Officer at AMD. In his new position, he will be reporting to Sandeep Chennakeshu, who serves as AMD's Executive Vice President of Computing and Graphics. While Azor has only been with Dell for the past 13 years, the company he helped form has been around for 25 years. After joining Dell in 2006, the Alienware family now encompasses three distinct gaming PC families: Alienware, the G-Series and XPS. Together, all three lines generate over $3 billion in yearly revenue for Dell. Needless to say, he brings a wealth of knowledge concerning the gaming industry, along with having read on the enthusiast community, which makes him a perfect fit for AMD. Azor posted a message on the Alienware website announcing his departure and talked about the long and fruitful road that has gotten him up to this point. "A little over 21 years ago, I met a couple of lunatics who had an idea they called Alienware. When I met them and learned about the company they were trying to build, I thought to myself, 'This would be the coolest job ever.' "I was right, but none of us ever dreamed the brand would come this far – which is a result of all of you, your hard work and passion." July 3rd will be Azor's last day at Dell, after which he will be reporting for duty at AMD. Although we don't know what all of his responsibilities will be with the title Chief Gaming Officer, it's likely that he will be involved in a number of projects. AMD's Ryzen family of processors are already a known quantity and highly respected force in the enthusiast community, and the soon-to-launch Ryzen 3000 desktop family capped off by the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X will only strengthen its position. In addition, AMD will simultaneously launch the Radeon RX 5700 family which will be doing battle with NVIDIA's mainstream Turing-based GeForce RTX cards. Finally, AMD is the dominant force in providing CPU/GPU platforms for the top gaming consoles on the market, and will power both the PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Project Scarlett. We’ve reached out to Frank for some added clarity and confirmation on the news, but he is not offering up any additional details other than his post on the Alienware site. Source <
  21. Vulnerability in AMD’s Secure Encrypted Virtualization for EPYC: Update Now to Build 22 One of the key elements of building a processor is that designing a secure product involves reducing the ‘attack surface’ as much as possible: the fewer ways an attack can get in, the safer your product is. For the white knights of the security world, when a vulnerability is found, the process usually goes through a period of reasonable disclosure, i.e. the issue is presented to the company, and they are often given a certain time to fix the issue (to help customers) before the full disclosure is made public (in case it might be swept under the rug). Using this method, a researcher at Google found a vulnerability in the way AMD’s EPYC processors provide Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) which would allow an attacker to recover a secure key that would provide access between previously isolated VMs on a system. AMD has since released an update to the firmware which patches this issue. AMD’s Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) feature on its EPYC processors allows a system that runs multiple virtual machines through a hypervisor to have those virtual machines purely isolated from one another. By producing encryption keys at the hardware level, the hypervisor can maintain the equivalent of separate secure enclaves between VMs with individual keys. The SEV code runs deep within the EPYC processor, specifically on a Platform Security Processor (PSP), which is a hardened ARM Cortex core. The SEV feature relies on elliptic-curve cryptography for its secure key generation, which runs when a VM is launched. The VM initiates the elliptic-curve algorithm by providing points along its NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) curve and relaying the data based on the private key of the machine. Due to the algorithm involved, if the points provided to the algorithm at the VM launch are both non-standard and small, parts of the algorithm are reduced to zero, leaving behind a path by which over repeated VM launches, an attacker could gather enough data to reassemble the private key of the system. More details are provided in the full disclosure documentation, which indicates that SEV firmware version 0.17 build 11 and earlier are vulnerable. AMD has identified the code responsible, and has adjusted the algorithm to only accept standard NIST curve points. Any user submitting non-standard points will be met with an error. This fix is applied in SEV firmware version 0.17 build 22, which AMD rolled out to its OEM partners for firmware updates on June 4th. Users that implement SEV within their critical systems are suggested to reach out to their platform vendors for corresponding updates. AMD does state that certificates already generated on vulnerable VMs will still be valid even after VM migration, and as a result VMs should be restarted where possible. This vulnerability was found by Cfir Cohen as part of the Google Cloud security team, and carries the CVE-2019-9836 designation. AMD’s response to this issue can be found on its security website. For those interested, the full disclosure document gives the following timeline for this issue: Feb 19th: Vulnerability disclosed to AMD PSIRT Feb 23rd: AMD confirms the bug Feb 25th: Google shares Proof of Concept with AMD May 13th: AMD requests a 30 day extension before full disclosure June 4th: AMD releases fixed firmware to 0.17 Build 22 (AMD) June 7th: AMD requests a 2 week extension June 25th: Public disclosure Update: It's worth noting that the Elliptic Curve Cryptography was one of the units that the Hygon joint venture changed on its EPYC-like Dhyana processors. Source
  22. AMD previews Radeon RX5000 series GPU based on new Navi architecture AMD rocked Computex 2019 with the first official details on its next-generation graphics cards, the Radeon 5000 series. What you need to know AMD previewed its next-generation graphics chips, based on its "Navi" architecture at Computex 2019. Called the Radeon RX5000 series, the graphics card lineup is named for AMD's 50th anniversary. The Radeon RX5000 series includes a ton of performance improvements over the previous Vega generation, and even beats out NVIDIA's RTX 2070 in a head-to-head benchmark shown on stage. The Radeon RX5000 series is set to launch in July, but pricing remains a mystery for now. Hitting the stage at Computex 2019, AMD let out some of the first official details about its next-generation graphics cards, based on its new Navi architecture. The new graphics cards will fall under the Radeon RX5000 series, which is named for AMD's fiftieth anniversary. And along with the new architecture comes plenty of enhancements when compared to the last-generation Vega architecture. The Radeon RX5000 series will be based on a 7nm chip powered by a gaming engine dubbed Radeon DNA (RDNA). The engine is tweaked specifically for graphics performance and efficiency – something which AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su touched on on stage. When compared to Vega, the Navi architecture with RDNA features, on average, a 1.25 time the performance per clock and 1.5 times higher performance per watt. Radeon RX5000 series GPUs will also be the first gaming graphics cards to ship with PCIe Gen 4 enabled. In a head-to-head benchmark against NVIDIA's RTX 2070 using the game Strange Brigade, AMD showed a Radeon RX5000 series card hitting around 10 percent better performance than NVIDIA's card. It's still early days for Navi, and real-world performance will tell the full story of how AMD stacks up to NVIDIA, but that's a solid increase if AMD can hit the right price point. The Radeon RX5000 series is expected to launch in July, but pricing remains a mystery for now. Source
  23. Is AMD getting ready to make a big mistake? AMD has been enjoying one success after another lately, across its entire range of silicon. But this could be about to change. AMD is a company that has turned itself around over the past few years. It's gone from being a total underdog in the processor space to having huge wins on the desktop, mobile, and server spaces. It's also made huge strides into high-performance silicon, satisfying gamers and those with a thirst for ultimate performance. But things might be changing. AMD's recently released processor roadmap has an interesting omission – it doesn't mention the company's high-end, high-performance, high-priced (though still cheaper than Intel's high-end offerings) Threadripper line or chips. The current highest-end Threadripper is the 32-core, 64-thread 2nd-gen Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. You can pick up this beast of a chip for around $1,700, which might seem steep but remember that Intel's 14-core, 28-thread Core i9-9980XE retails for a shade under $2,000. High-end silicon isn't cheap. And that may be the reason that AMD wants to drop Threadripper from its roadmap. Not only does Threadripper command a reassuringly hefty price tag, chips like that aren't cheap to design and make. And since it's likely that AMD doesn't sell many of them (comparatively), it may have come to the conclusion that its efforts are best spent elsewhere. Would it be a mistake for AMD to drop Threadripper? I think this depends on how you look at things. If you bought into Threadripper, and are happy to pay that sort of money for all those cores and processing power, then it must be a blow for that to come to an end. If you are an average customer, with average sized pockets and computing needs, you're not going to care either way. For AMD this could be both a win and a loss. It's a win in that the Threadripper project, all the way from R&D to manufacturing, must have been huge and expensive, and it's hard to see it as having been at all profitable. But it was also an amazing bit of marketing. After all, coming from so far behind – which is where AMD was only a few years ago – to have a processor that could beat everything in Intel's processor line up. But it was also expensive, and resource-intensive, marketing. And now that it has worked to make people take AMD seriously, it's no longer needed anymore. Threadripper did its job. Source
  24. (Reuters) - Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices announced a multi-year partnership with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for the development of mobile graphics techology based on its AMD Radeon graphics chips. AMD will license its custom graphics intellectual property (IP) to Samsung for use in mobile devices, including smartphones, and other products while Samsung will pay AMD technology license fees and royalties. Shares of AMD rose 4% in premarket trading. Source
  25. Ever since AMD released the Zen-based Ryzen CPUs, their fortunes have overturned. The company sent rival Intel into a panic, resulting in price cuts and unplanned product launches that made a mess of their product lineup. But before Ryzen, things weren’t so “green” for AMD. The infamous Bulldozer architecture and its reiterations in the form of Steamroller, and Excavator were far from successful. On the other hand, Intel’s Core architecture and its successors kept on building a formidable lead over team red’s processors. This finally resulted in the pre-Ryzen scene where octa-core AMD CPUs were equal to quad-core Intel chips and even dual core at times. Now, things have gotten much better for Dr. Lisa Su and Co, but let’s go down memory lane and see how CPU architectures have improved over the past decades. AMD CPU Architectures from 2003 to 2018: Single Threaded Performance or IPC AMD was much better off back in the early 2000s when the 64-bit version of the x86 instruction set came out. The Sledgehammer and Opteron server chips were quite competitive if not groundbreaking (well, definitely not the latter). After the K8 architecture, things started going south, when Intel released its Core microarchitecture, popularly marketed as the Next-Generation Micro-Architecture. Bulldozer only made things worse, with the IPC taking a dive to pre-K10 times. This wasn’t because Bulldozer wasn’t a new design, it’s just that it was a moronic new design. They decided to go with higher core counts, but with shared logic. These “cores” weren’t cores, but in-fact just ALU clusters. Traditional CPU cores have their own frontend, cache, and floating point units, but AMD’s Bulldozer had two cores/Integer Clusters sharing the frontend, cache, and floating-point logic. This made the CPUs easier to build, but also severely handicapped their single-threaded performance due to the limited resources available to each thread or “core”. This was known as Clustered Multi-Threading (CMT). And then came Zen, otherwise known as the Ryzen series which drastically improved the CPU IPC (by almost 70% while Intel’s Core architecture was reaching its limits). The rest happened in the last few years and is history. Intel CPU Architectures from 2003 to 2018: Single Threaded Performance or IPC Intel’s story is the exact opposite. Before the Core microarchitecture came up, team blue was rather deep in **** with the Prescott processors being a major failure, both in terms of performance as well as efficiency. However, thanks to the new Core architecture, and at the same time AMD’s Bulldozer being a massive flop, things just kept getting better and better for Intel. That is until Skylake, since then Intel has abandoned its Tick-Tock design model and has been stuck on the 14nm node. AMD, on the other hand, has regained much of its lost ground and is ready to transition to the 7nm node with Zen2. There’s really not much to say about the present situation of the CPU market. Intel is struggling to migrate to the 10nm node, and if the recently leaked roadmaps are legit, then that’ll continue for the time being. AMD, on the other hand, has regained its lost market share thanks to the efficiency of the Zen micro-architectures and is looking to take the fight to Intel in the server territory as well. Zen2 might just make up for the blunder that was the Bulldozer design and in the process give its competitor a thorough pummelling. I suppose we’ll know soon enough. View: Original Article.
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