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  1. If you're an AMD Ryzen CPU user running Windows 11, there's some good news for you today. The company has released its latest chipset driver version and it comes with the performance patch for a Windows 11 issue that was causing the release version of the OS to not properly schedule the fastest available cores appropriately due to a problem with the Collaborative Processor Performance Control (CPPC) mechanism. As a result, applications that weren't very threaded would lose performance. The issue was one of the two problems - the other one being an L3 cache latency issue - that were noted on Zen CPUs. You can read about these in detail in the original report here. In its release notes for the driver, AMD says: Restores intended function and behavior of UEFI CPPC2 (“preferred core”) in Windows® 11 build 22000.189 (or newer) on AMD processors. The driver adds a new Ryzen Power Plan which comes optimized for Windows 11 which should fix this CPPC2 bug. While the new driver patches performance issues on Windows 11, it is also available for Windows 10 on all Zen-based systems. However, on Windows 11, the driver is only compatible with Zen+-based CPUs and newer, and it makes sense since anything older than Zen+ isn't supported on Windows 11 either way. In terms of chipset support, all available Zen-based chipsets are supported by this driver. The driver also fixes an OpenGL error pop-up and installs a new AMD UART Driver version which adds support for 4Mbps baud rate. There are a few known issues too: Sometimes custom install fails to upgrade to latest drivers. Text alignment issues may be seen on Russian language. Manual system restart required on Non-English OS after the installation is complete. Windows® Installer pop-up message may appear during the installation. Uninstall summary log may incorrectly show uninstall status as fail on non-English OS. May observe a pop-up message "AMD Chipset Software is not responding" when the installer is launched and UI screen is clicked. If you wish to download the new chipset driver, head over to AMD's official site where you can find the relevant links. AMD's latest chipset driver fixes Windows 11 CPPC2 issues on Ryzen
  2. AMD Ryzen 6000 might arrive in 2022 as the world's first 6nm desktop processor Leaked roadmap suggests the Zen 3+ APU will feature integrated RDNA 2 graphics (Image credit: Future) The AMD Ryzen 6000 series will arrive in 2022 as Team Red's first 6nm desktop APUs, according to a leaked product roadmap. Though we’re still awaiting the arrival of the AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs, slides shared with Wccftech suggest that the firm's 6th-generation Ryzen CPUs will blow these incoming processors out of the water when it comes to notable upgrades. AMD Ryzen 6000 APUs, codenamed “Rembrandt”, will be reportedly be based on a new Zen 3+ architecture, which will deliver a boost in both performance and efficiency compared to Zen 3. It's also expected that the Rembrandt APUs will be built on TSMC's new 6nm node, an optimized version of the N7 node. It's on the graphics side where things get really interesting, however. The massive leak reveals that AMD's Vega graphics will be replaced by RDNA 2, with Team Red bypassing the RDNA 1 GPU architecture that comes in between. The RDNA 2 GPUs should deliver increased performance per watt along with support for ray tracing, which means AMD's 6th-generation APUs could be the first deliver console-rivalling graphics. There's some bad news, however, as it looks like AMD will be abandoning its AM4 socket when Rembrandt debuts, moving to the newer AM5 platform. However, this will bring with it a number of features including DDR5, LPDDR5, USB 4.0, and PCIe 5.0. Though we don't yet have an exact release date, the roadmap suggests AMD will launch its Rembrandt APUs in 2022. The Ryzen 6000 processors will succeed, unsurprisingly, AMD's Ryzen 5000 series. Codenamed “Cezanne”, these APUs are expected to arrive in 2021 based on the Zen 3 processor architecture and a Vega graphics core. Earlier leaks suggested that Cezanne will be paired with RDNA 2 graphics, but Wccftech predicts the APU will instead continue to rely on the older Vega cores, with RDNA 2 support relegated to systems with discrete graphics in 2021. According to the leaked roadmap, AMD's next desktop APU upgrade, Ryzen 4000, will arrive at some point this month. Source: AMD Ryzen 6000 might arrive in 2022 as the world's first 6nm desktop processor (TechRadar)
  3. AMD Ryzen processors are finally making their way to a Chromebook near you AMD claims its Ryzen 3000C processors will deliver up to 178% faster performance (Image credit: AMD) AMD has announced that it’s bringing its Ryzen processors to Google Chromebooks with the launch of the Athlon 3000 and Ryzen 30000 C-Series chips. AMD first entered the Chromebook space back in 2019 and claims that since then, it’s grown to claim more than 20% of the market. In a bid to further squeeze Intel - which today announced that its 11th-gen Tiger Like processors are coming to Chromebooks - the firm is bringing more powerful CPUs to Chrome OS devices. Compared to the A-Series processors already found in some Chromebook devices such as the HP Chromebook 14, AMD claims the new Ryzen 3000C processors will deliver up to 178% faster performance when running modern web apps. The AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series includes the quad-core Ryzen 7 300C and the Ryzen 5 3500C, both of which are based on the 12nm Zen+ architecture. There’s also the dual-core Ryzen 3 3250C based on the 14nm Zen architecture. According to AMD, the top-end 3700C – which boasts boost clock speeds of up to 4GHz - will deliver 151% better graphics performance, 104% higher productivity performance and 153% better photo editing performance than the A-series CPUs. AMD also debuted two new dual-core Athlon CPUs for Chromebooks, the Althon Gold 3150C and the Athlon Silver 3050, both of which are built with the 14nm Zen architecture. HP has announced that it will be launching the first AMD Ryzen-powered Chromebook in the form of the HP Pro c645. The Chrome OS laptop, which is being offered with a choice of all of AMD’s new C-series processors, also features a 14-inch display with optional touch, up to 16GB RAM, up to 128GB of SSD storage and 10.5 hours of battery life. Pricing for the business-focused Chromebook hasn’t yet been announced, but HP has said the Pro c645 will launch in December. AMD’s Athlon 3000 and Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors will also launch in systems from Acer, Asus and Lenovo starting later this year. AMD Ryzen processors are finally making their way to a Chromebook near you
  4. AMD Ryzen 9 5900X leak suggests 12-core CPU is a huge leap forward from 3900X CPU-Z benchmark suggests a major uplift in single-core performance (Image credit: Future) AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X, a CPU rumored to be imminently bound for shop shelves, is the subject of the latest leak pertaining to next-gen Zen 3-based processors, with some promisingly speedy results. The leak aired on Twitter is a CPU-Z screenshot showing the purported 12-core processor with the results of single and multi-threaded tests, which make for some interesting reading. The 5900X hit a score of 653 in single-threaded and 9,482 points for multi-threaded. That represents a seriously impressive gain of around 20% to 25% in the former department compared to the current (also 12-core) 3900X which this CPU will succeed, and around a 15% increase for multi-threaded. No further spec details or those all-important clock speeds are provided, so the info we can glean here is limited, and certainly no light is thrown on what kind of IPC (instructions per clock) uplift is provided with the Zen 3 chip. As ever, we need to treat this with a large dollop of caution, as the leak may not be genuine (one oddity is that the version of CPU-Z shown is one which debuted over a year ago now); and even if it is, there’s a limit to what you can read into a single pre-release benchmark test. Ryzen enthusiasm Still, it won’t do anything to dampen the enthusiasm of AMD fans as the Ryzen 5000 launch comes closer. Mind you, even the name change to the 5000 series isn’t guaranteed at this point – it wasn’t until recently that we learned the desktop CPUs are supposedly going to skip over the Ryzen 4000 branding (which some mobile chips already use) – but all the recent spillage from the rumor mill is pointing in this direction. The CPU grapevine believes that AMD’s Zen 3 processors will work some magic to up clock speeds this time round, and this glimpse from CPU-Z does nothing to undermine that particular rumor. The rumors around these chips are coming thick and fast now, as you would expect given that AMD’s launch is happening on October 8, just a week away. Only yesterday we saw another leak of the purported Ryzen 5800X, with the AMD 8-core CPU seemingly outgunning Intel’s current flagship 10-core Core i9-10900K. Speculation has it that the 5900X and 5800X will be the first two processors from the Zen 3 range to hit the shelves as soon as October 20. Another source claims the 5600X could arrive along with these – which would make sense to offer a more affordable option right from the off – but really, these are all just whispers from the rumor mill and should be regarded as such. AMD Ryzen 9 5900X leak suggests 12-core CPU is a huge leap forward from 3900X
  5. ASRock launches Jupiter X300 Ryzen 4000 Mini PC Today, ASRock has launched its new Ryzen-based Jupiter X300 Mini PC. The Taiwanese manufacturer's X300 DeskMini is a popular barebone mini-PC lineup based on AMD's X300 mini-ITX chipset. The new Jupiter X300 appears to be a smaller one-liter version of the DeskMini, and measures 178mm long, 178mm wide, and 34mm high. Like on the DeskMini, the Jupiter supports 35/65W Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs with non-ECC SODIMMs capable of running up to 3200MHz speeds and capacity of up to 64GB, while older Ryzen 3000 (Picasso) and Ryzen 2000 (Raven Ridge) series APUs support 2933MHz memory clocks. These Mini PCs do not have the option for adding a dedicated GPU, so an APU is crucial for display output. Speaking of which, the Jupiter X300 comes with three display outputs, one each being an HDMI, a DisplayPort, and a D-Sub(VGA port). They are capable of running up to three monitors at a time. For storage, it has an Ultra M.2 2280 slot, which is based on PCIe 3.0, as PCIe Gen 4 is exclusive to 500-series AM4 chipsets. A 2.5" SATA drive bay is also present. The USB connectivity of the Jupiter X300 is fairly expansive with two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C and two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports on the front, as well as two other USB 3.2 Gen1 and two USB 2.0 slots on the back, a total of eight USB ports. For network connectivity, an RJ45 Gigabit LAN port is present, and for wireless connections, there's also an M.2 Type 2230 Key-E slot. Keeping enterprise security in mind, ASRock has added the option for DASH LAN for secure remote accessibility and TPM 2.0 protocols. The Jupiter X300 is powered by a 90W/19V adapter which is 30 watts lower than the DeskMini counterpart. Pricing of the Jupiter hasn't been stated. ASRock launches Jupiter X300 Ryzen 4000 Mini PC
  6. These compact Ryzen motherboards pack two Intel 10GbE LAN ports ASRock Rack unveils AMD X570 motherboards for SFF servers or workstations (Image credit: ASRock) ASRock Rack has introduced two motherboards based on AMD’s X570 chipset and designed for the company’s Ryzen processors with up to 16 cores. Both platforms can be used to build compact NAS, servers or workstations so they are equipped with a baseboard management controller (BMC) as well as two 10GbE ports powered by a controller from Intel. ASRock Rack’s X570D4I-2T and X570D4U-2L2T motherboards feature an AM4 socket that supports AMD Ryzen processors with up to 105 W TDP, four memory slots supporting up to 128 GB of DDR4 SDRAM with or without ECC, a PCIe 4.0 x16 slot for graphics cards or ultra-fast enterprise-grade SSDs, an OCulink port to support multiple Serial ATA connections, Intel’s X550 controller that handles two 10 GbE ports as well as the Aspeed ASP2500 BMC paired with a dedicated GbE port (controlled by the Realtek RTL8211E) for remote management. Up to 16 cores in SFF PC (Image credit: ASRock) The smaller Mini-ITX X570D4I-2T is designed for ultra-compact systems, yet it has an OCulink port that can support up to eight SATA storage devices (so, up to 144 TB of storage space when 18 TB HDDs are used) as well as an M.2-2280 slot for PCIe 4.0 x4 or SATA SSDs. (Image credit: ASRock) The larger micro-ATX X570D4I-2T motherboard supports up to 8 SATA drives natively, can connect four more SATA storage devices using an optional M2-HD controller as well as two M.2 SSDs featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 or SATA interface. In addition, the platform carries a PCIe 4.0 x8 slot, a PCIe x1 slot, and two Intel i210-powered GbE ports (in case two 10 GbE connections are not enough). With support for up to 12 SATA drives and at least three high-end SSDs with a PCIe 4.0 interface, the ASrock X570D4I-2T can enable devices with rather formidable storage capacity and extreme performance. ASRock Rack’s X570D4U-2L2T and X570D4I-2T motherboards are listed at the company’s website, so expect them to hit the market shortly. Given positioning of the platforms and enterprise-grade 10 GbE ports, expect them to be priced accordingly. These compact Ryzen motherboards pack two Intel 10GbE LAN ports
  7. The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact motherboard has scored yet another overclocking victory, breaking the world record in DDR4 overclocking. While AMD Ryzen processors started off on the wrong foot with RAM compatibility issues and generally limited RAM overclocking potential, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors are definitely here to change that. The RAM overclocking record was broken with a Ryzen 5 3600X installed on the ROG Crosshair VIII Impact. The RAM used for this impressive overclocking endeavor was a single stick of Ballistix Elite 8GB DDR4-4000 memory. All the hardware were put under LN2. It isn’t all that surprising that the ROG Crosshair VIII Impact would be the board of choice for this sort of challenge, considering that it sports a 1 DIMM per channel layout which is generally considered preferable when it comes to RAM overclocking. This isn’t Ballistix’s first rodeo either, with two prior records for 5758.8 MHz and 5726 MHz. Those two blazingly fast run were also done on ASUS ROG boards, namely the ROG Maximus XI Apex, featuring the Intel i7 8086K and Ballistix Elite DDR4-3600. Source: ROG Crosshair VIII Impact breaks DDR4 world record at 6024 MHz with Ballistix RAM (via POKDE.Net)
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    AMD Ryzen Master 2.1.0 Build 1424

    AMD Ryzen Master 2.1.0 Build 1424 Designed by AMD itself, the AMD Ryzen Master application makes it possible for owners of the newly released AMD Ryzen chipset to tamper with the processor's parameters so as to obtain increased performance. Control system performance as you wish, but at a cost The Ryzen family of AMD processors leaves room for performance tuning, but the overclocking potential depends on the system configuration (i.e. motherboard type, processor, etc.). The AMD Ryzen Master utility offers you the opportunity to take advantage of the overclocking margin and adjust certain parameters to enhance computation speed. Before using the application, please take into account that any processor is designed to work within the original specifications. Therefore, using overclocking software (even though it is provided by AMD) poses some risks, including damages to the processor and other system components, such as the memory or the motherboard, as well as a possible warranty void. Adjust memory clocks and change voltages AMD Ryzen Master can tune the CPU to deliver added system performance. You can disable cores and modify individual speed values for each core. Furthermore, the application enables you to experiment with different CPU voltages and perform adjustments to the CPU memory clocks above or below the stock value. There are several profiles you can use to store custom parameters. Since keeping an close eye on the CPU when outside the factory settings is vital, AMD Ryzen Master displays a list of all the cores of the CPU and reveals real-time information regarding the CPU's temperature and its peak speed. Experiment with parameters outside the default CPU specifications to enhance speed AMD Ryzen Master is an overclocking application specifically designed for enthusiasts who want to experiment with their new CPU and see what power they can obtain, based on their system's configuration. However, note that the resulting clock frequencies and CPU voltages depend on the hardware, the cooling system, and the outside temperature. System requirements: AMD Ryzen Processor family in the AM4 socket infrastructure Homepage: https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/ryzen-master User Guide: http://download.amd.com/documents/AMD-Ryzen-Processor-and-AMD-Ryzen-Master-Overclocking-Users-Guide.pdf Download: https://download.amd.com/Desktop/AMD-Ryzen-Master.exe
  9. AMD may pack GPU units into Ryzen 9 to keep Intel on edge Ryzen 9 APUs with Vega graphics (Image credit: Future) AMD's latest CPUs built on the Zen 2 architecture are ticking a lot of the right boxes, and now the company appears prepared to give its higher-end models a boost. A number of Ryzen 9 APUs (CPUs paired with GPU cores on the same chip) appear in a leak from @Komachi_Ensaka on Twitter, shared by Notebookcheck. This leak shows a listing of products from AMD, and next to each processor name, there's a designation that appears to indicate graphics cores. In the case of four Ryzen 9 processors, there appear to be 12 graphical compute units. These are 45W Ryzen 9 and 15W Ryzen 9 Pro models, making them appear to be likely contenders for high-performance mobile computers. As APUs, they would be ahead of standard CPUs in the naming scheme, thus appearing as Ryzen 4000-series products while still using the Zen 2 architecture found in Ryzen 3000-series CPUs. A series of mobile strides for AMD A few powerful Ryzen 9 APUs to feature in mobile devices could further boost AMD's surging strength, and push it even further in mobile. The company recently got a boost thanks to its prominent placement in Microsoft's recent Surface Laptop 3. However, we tested a Ryzen 5 model with nine Vega compute units, and it just didn't compete with similar laptops that featured simple dedicated graphics solutions. That could change with the new generation of APUs and the boosted compute unit count, though. The new Ryzen 9 APUs would benefit from the increased efficiency and clockspeeds available thanks to their their 7nm design, and therefore get even more from the integrated Vega graphics compute units. As Intel's Ice Lake processors push performance and efficiency ahead for Team Blue, and Tiger Lake could take it further, new Ryzen APUs could help AMD stand out with a powerful, all-in-one solution. Source: AMD may pack GPU units into Ryzen 9 to keep Intel on edge (TechRadar)
  10. AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X CPU is coming on November 25 Today, AMD introduced the third-generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors for creative professionals, starting at a whopping $1399. But if you don't need that much power, AMD also announced the release date for the Ryzen 9 3950X CPU, which was announced in June and later delayed. As the top-tier offering in the Ryzen lineup, the Ryzen 9 3950X has 16 cores and 32 threads, with a base clock speed of 3.5GHz that can boost up to 4.7GHz. It has 72MB of cache and 44 PCIe lanes in conjunction with an X570 motherboard. The TDP matches the Ryzen 9 3900X at 105W. Just like the new Threadripper CPUs, the new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is coming on November 25, and it will cost $749 - a significant step up from the 12-core 3900X, which cost $499 when it was announced. For "mainstream" desktop computers, AMD also announced a new Athlon processor today, the Athlon 3000G. It's the first Athlon processor based on the Zen architecture that can be overclocked, and it also comes with Radeon Vega 3 graphics. It has two cores and four threads running at 3.5GHz. The TDP is just 35W and it will cost $49 when it launches on November 19. Finally, AMD also announced an update to the AM4 platform, which both of the aforementioned processors are based on. The company recently released AGESA version 1004 to its motherboard ecosystem, with a wide range of stability improvements. AMD recommends users check its Reddit profile for more information. Source: AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X CPU is coming on November 25 (Neowin)
  11. AMD won’t stop loading up Ryzen CPUs with even more cores Next mainstream flagship processor to have 32-cores? (Image credit: Future) How many CPU cores is too many? That’s a tricky question with no straightforward answer, but whatever your view might be on the subject, AMD isn’t about to stop upping the ante when it comes to loading up mainstream Ryzen processors with more cores. This comes from AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster, who was interviewed by Tom’s Hardware and questioned on a number of issues, including whether continuing to push core counts hard makes sense. Of course, the freshly released Ryzen 9 3950X already introduced 16-cores to the mainstream space – albeit that’s the top-end for consumers, of course – but isn’t 16-cores enough? Is doubling that up again simply making a big core count (“moar cores!”) statement that’s just for the sake of it, and more about marketing and selling chips, than it is about actual usefulness to PCs in the real world on a consumer level? Absolutely not according to Papermaster. When he was asked whether it made sense to push forward with a 32-core Ryzen CPU aimed at mainstream users, he replied: “I don’t see in the mainstream space any imminent barrier, and here's why: It's just a catch-up time for software to leverage the multi-core approach. But we're over that hurdle, now more and more applications can take advantage of multi-core and multi-threading.” He added: “In the near term, I don’t see a saturation point for cores. You have to be very thoughtful when you add cores because you don’t want to add it before the application can take advantage of it. As long as you keep that balance, I think we'll continue to see that trend.” So there’s no saturation point for cores coming in the near future, with the balance roughly being kept between software needs and hardware capabilities – which would seem to indicate that we can expect a 32-core consumer Ryzen CPU before too long (given that 64-cores is the point AMD has now reached with its Epyc server processors). Naturally, the argument about how many cores a consumer chip needs really depends on what the user is doing with their PC, and what sort of software applications are being employed. Chicken-and-egg One of the key points in successfully moving forward is having software that's written and optimized to work well on these many-core CPUs – but at the same time, the silicon needs to exist before that will happen, in a kind of chicken-and-egg situation. So you can certainly argue that it’s good to see AMD driving forward with these sort of beast CPUs to encourage developers in that respect. That said, for the average user and the software they might run, or games they might play, do they really need a 32-core mainstream chip? Probably not, realistically, but then as these sort of chips proliferate, the same argument as for software development holds true for game devs being encouraged to push forward and utilize these hardware resources. And those who are gaming and streaming (and maybe running other tasks too), for example, will doubtless benefit from such beefy CPUs. In the rival camp, Intel has (unsurprisingly) argued against the need for processors bristling with cores in gaming, with the company’s chief performance strategist Ryan Shrout recently observing that “8-cores is the optimal spot for performance scaling in modern PC gaming”, and that “clock speed is what feeds the hungry primary threads of game engines today!” Indeed, whispers on the CPU grapevine indicate that Intel is actually heading in the other direction than AMD with cores, with its 11th-gen Rocket Lake-S desktop processors rumored to drop to 8-cores, from 10-cores with 10th-gen Comet Lake-S (which launches next year on desktop). Rocket Lake will be the last of Intel’s processors to be built on its existing 14nm process, with the company then shifting to 7nm (although by that time, AMD may have already transitioned to 5nm going by a report we highlighted earlier today). Source: AMD won’t stop loading up Ryzen CPUs with even more cores (TechRadar)
  12. Cheaper AMD Ryzen motherboards may be coming, as B550AM boards appear AMD having a totally normal one (Image credit: MSI) AMD Ryzen 3000 processors have been out for a while now, and for some reason we've been stuck with X570 motherboards since then, with anyone wanting a cheaper motherboard forced to deal with updating the BIOS on a B450 board – but those days are over, kind of. Leaked specifications for a B550A motherboard have been spotted by PCGamesN, sporting support for PCIe 4.0 and beefy enough VRMs to actually overclock the beefy 3rd Generation Ryzen chips. Here's the catch, though: you can't just go to your local PC components shop to pick one up. In fact, it seems like these motherboards have actually been available to OEM PC manufacturers for a while now, with SIs (system integrators) like CyberPower PC offering them in their builds, rebranding the motherboards as their own. Tech YouTube channel Gamers Nexus picked up a CyberPower PC build with one of these motherboards installed and dug more into the details. Turns out that it may just be a glorified B450 board with PCIe 4.0 enabled – something that AMD disabled over stability concerns right after processors like the Ryzen 9 3900X launched back in July 2019, according to this TechPowerUp report. According to Steve from Gamers Nexus, this "AsRock B550AM Gaming" motherboard may just be a rebranded B450 board. This isn't an unheard of practice when it comes to components sent to OEMs for prebuilt gaming PCs, but it's still disappointing nonetheless. As disappointing as this is, we just hope that this means that these motherboards will actually make it to retail shelves. Even if they aren't especially new it would be nice to see budget-friendly motherboards that don't require a BIOS update to install an AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processor – though really they should already be out. Source: Cheaper AMD Ryzen motherboards may be coming, as B550AM boards appear (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. Hi all Yesterday I mounted a SSD drive on my mobo to accelerate my computer. And a strange thing happened : - I switched off my computer, put the SSD in its slot, screwed it and rebooted. - The pc booted fine. I entered the bios to verify that my new disk was there and... no, it was not. The M2.1 slot - where i put the SSD - was marked "empty". Argg... Never mind, I launched Windows 10. The OS found a new drive and asked me to initialize it for future use, what I did. I then ran the samsung utility (Samsung Magician). All worked fine. The speed is ok as you can see on the picture. I rebooted, re-entered the Bios, to see if i missed something... The M2.1 slot was still empty but, strange thing, the SSD was found in the boot order section. I quit the bios ,pressed F8 to access the Boot menu : and, yes, my new drive was there. So, i do not worry about that, but i would like to know if anybody had encountered this situation. And if someone has an explanation.... it would be great too Thank you for reading Config : Asus Prime X470-pro with an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (2019) Samsung EvoPlus NVMe M2 (250 Go) Windows 10 x64
  15. 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.
  16. AMD says its Ryzen 3000 isn’t just cheaper—it’s better AMD's Travis Kirsch says there's no reason to buy an Intel CPU anymore. Enlarge / AMD provided infrared photos showing its new Ryzen 3700x running cooler than an Intel i7-9700k. AMD Computex slide deck AMD's new line of Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs will benefit from the same 7nm manufacturing process as the company's new Navi-powered GPUs. Much of the tech community's hype is for the biggest and baddest of the bunch: the 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950x. But there's an entire new line ranging from the $749 3950x down to a relatively-modest $199 3600X—and AMD is gunning for Intel every step of the way. What's really interesting is, this time around, AMD is not just pitching cheaper parts and "good-enough" performance—the company is claiming top-dog stats, along with thermal and power efficiency wins. The Ryzen 7 3700x is listed at $329, while Intel's i7-9700k is currently available for about $410. But according to AMD's slides, the Ryzen part also outperforms the i7-9700k across the board, and it draws less power and produces less heat while doing so. Even when comparing absolute flagship CPUs, the monstrous 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 3950x boasts 105W TDP, while Intel's 32-threaded i7-7960x runs 165W TDP. If the data here is reasonably accurate, the savings in power and cooling costs over the lifespan of a system will probably outweigh its already lower purchase price. One thing does remain constant in the Intel-vs-AMD wars: it appears that Intel will still enjoy a small single-thread performance advantage, while Ryzen runs away laughing with massively-multithreaded benchmark wins due to its greater number of threads at the same price points. (For example, the Ryzen 3700x boasts 16 threads to the i7-9700k's 8.) This generally is little or no help with gaming benchmarks, which tend to block on single-threaded performance and benefit very little from more than four CPU threads—but AMD figured out a way to make all those extra threads shine in a gaming benchmark anyway. Enlarge / Sure, you don't need a ton of threads to game effectively... but what if you want to game and stream at high res simultaneously? AMD e3 Next Horizon Gaming slide deck Either Intel's 8-thread i7-9700k or AMD's 16-thread Ryzen 7 3700x will play Tom Clancy's The Division 2 in 1440P at an effortless 90fps... but according to AMD's data, effectively streaming the experience live is a different story entirely. Twice as many threads are at the Ryzen's disposal for simultaneous video compression. Granted, AMD is stacking the deck here with extremely high-bitrate, high-quality compression that may or may not be strictly necessary for a game stream—but it's certainly desirable, and what's possible tends to set the standard for what's expected going forward. More importantly—for those of us who want to play the games even if we don't stream them—this also hints at a tremendously improved experience gaming on an "everything box." Such a set-up may have email clients, Web browsers, anti-virus, and more running in the background. For those of you who are already AMD fans, the news gets even better: the new product line still uses the AM4 socket, and the company says you can expect Ryzen 3000 CPUs to be drop-in replacements for existing Ryzen 2000 CPUs—no motherboard swap needed. Source: AMD says its Ryzen 3000 isn’t just cheaper—it’s better (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  17. Shuttle goes AMD: Space-saving Barebone for Ryzen processors Some eight years after the last AMD-based Mini-PC from Shuttle, a second processor manufacturer is once again being incorporated into the company’s own product line. As an initial model to revive this segment, Shuttle is supplying a robust 1.3-litre PC for AMD Ryzen processors with socket AM4. - Suitable for three 4K monitors - Supports lots of AM4 CPUs with Radeon Vega graphics - Dual Gigabit, remote power-on, RS-232 The first product with the model name XPC DA320 is a Barebone from the “XPC slim” family which measures just 4.3 cm. It features the standard design of the range, but also supports the latest AMD Ryzen CPUs in socket AM4 and up to 32 GB of RAM. Like all Shuttle products in a 1.3-litre format, this solution is also regarded as particularly robust. The AMD Radeon graphics unit which is integrated into the processor works well with up to three UHD displays which can be connected via HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort and used simultaneously. The two Gigabit network cards and two COM ports are also advantageous for professional applications. In locations which are difficult to access, the remote power-on connection offers a real benefit because it allows the Mini-PC to be started remotely. The flat steel chassis does not take up much space and can be fixed on lots of surfaces with the VESA/wall mount which is also supplied. Approval for use in an ambient temperature of up to 50°C adds the finishing touch. As well as a processor and RAM, the DA320 can also be equipped as you wish with a 2.5" drive and two M.2 modules. Typically WLAN in the M.2-2230 slot and a fast NVMe SSD in the M.2-2280 slot. USB and audio ports are available on the outside of the device. The dual fan cooling system with efficient heat pipes and a 120 Watt external power adapter ensures reliability, even under heavy load. Optionally available accessories are stands for vertical operation (PS02), a connecting cable for the remote power-on socket (CXP01), a WLAN/Bluetooth module (WLN-M), a VGA connecting cable (PVG01), a 19” rack mount (PRM01), a DIN-Rail mounting kit (DIR01) and an LTE kit (WWN03). Shuttle’s recommended retail price for the XPC Barebone DA320 is EUR 198.00 (ex VAT). This model is available from specialist retailers Europe-wide upon publication of this press release. For more information visit this page Source: Shuttle goes AMD: Space-saving Barebone for Ryzen processors
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