AMD has well and truly shaken up the consumer CPU market with its new Ryzen processors, and it seems it has had a profound effect on Chipzilla - which has reportedly rescheduled the launch of their next-gen X299 platform, bringing the launch up to June.
Intel was reportedly planning to launch X299 and their new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors sometime in the first week of August, but now Intel will reportedly launch Skylake X in late-June. This means we should see it fully unveiled during Computex in late-May/early-June, with the new CPUs arriving on the LGA2066 socket (Socket R4) - without integrated graphics.
The difference between Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X is that Kaby Lake-X will offer 4 cores, while Skylake-X offers up to 10 cores.
AMD launched its new Ryzen offensive into the high-end/enthusiast markets with the Ryzen 7 family, led by the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X processor - but the fight for the mid-range is going to be huge when Ryzen 5 launches next week.
AMD is launching 4 new Ryzen 5 processors, ranging from the Ryzen 5 1400 for $169 (offering 4C/8T @ 3.4GHz) up to the Ryzen 5 1600X for $249 (6C/12T @ 4GHz).
But now there's news from HardOCP that they've clocked their Ryzen 5 1600 processor up to 4GHz, or 3.975GHz to be exact, at 1.45V and LLC 5. They added that "Once you get past 3.8GHz on these processors, the voltage usage and heat emitted just gets exponential with them. So they get very hot, very quickly".
AMD launched its next-gen Ryzen CPUs with a huge marketing train, but the gaming performance on Ryzen hasn't been so great so far - but, AMD have been quick on their 'Community Update' rollouts, with the third one now out.
AMD first launched Ryzen with tweaks to the High Performance power plan in Windows 10, and now with the third Community Update, AMD made tweaks to the Ryzen Balanced plan, which can be download here. AMD says that with the new Ryzen Balanced plan, there should be performance close to that of the High Performance setting - with AMD providing a graph that shows there's only a few percentage points between the Balanced and High Performance plans.
In the near future, AMD will make this new Balanced power plan part of the chipset drivers for Ryzen CPUs - while the power plan changes sometimes providing less performance in games - but AMD states "there are enough [affected] games to warrant a change".
AMD hasn't provided any details on its mid-range Ryzen 3 range of processors, but the Ryzen 3 1200 is being teased with a base clock of 3.1GHz.
We should expect the new Ryzen 3 1200 processor to have a TDP of 65W, while the first look at the Ryzen 3 1200 saw it running on an ASRock AB350M-HDV motherboard. Now we need to know if the Ryzen 3 1200 supports SMT and XFR, and if it'll push past 3.5GHz on boost.
AMD shook up the enthusiast level CPU market with the release of its Ryzen 7 1800X, a new 8C/16T processor that has some pretty good legs in multi-threaded applications - but what about the 4C/8T and 6C/12T parts? That's where the new mid-range Ryzen 5 family comes into play, with the first early review on AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5 1600 processor comes into play.
The new AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is quite the beast, with 6C/12T of performance - and priced at just $219... considering the Core i7-7700K (4C/8T, but it is a faster gaming CPU) costs $345. If we compare 6C/12T between AMD and Intel, then we look at the Core i7-5930K which still costs a huge $599 on Amazon. AMD is offering the Ryzen 5 1600 for nearly 1/3 the price, but offering 6C/12T performance for multi-threaded CPU performance, and now we have some leaked benchmarks to look over.
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Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake-G processors might be something to get excited about for Chipzilla, with the latest rumors pointing towards Intel's upcoming Kaby Lake-G architecture featuring a massive integrated GPU, with HBM2 technology.
The leaked slides tease that Kaby Lake-G will feature a massive iGPU, all built on the 14nm process, and a dedicated PCIe link to a separate discrete GPU with HBM2 tech. The news was revealed during Intel's recent Technology and Manufacturing Day, with two SKUs teased on the BGA design: one for embedded systems, and the other for next-gen laptops.
Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake-G processors will reportedly come in 4C/8T with a 65W and 100W model, and since there's no on-package cache, the 65/100W TDPs are weird - but, it makes sense if they rock powerful integrated GPU + HBM2 tech. The separate GPU will be connected to the CPU through a dedicated PCIe 3.0 x8 interface, while the HBM2 memory will be the main on-board VRAM for the iGPU.
We won't get official results until April 11, but there are now leaked gaming performance results of AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5 1400 processor - the 4C/8T variant of Ryzen @ 3.4GHz.
AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5 1400 chip is put up against two Intel CPUs, with the Core i5-7400 and the Pentium G4560, which is an interesting test. Intel's Core i5-7400 is a quad-core part with no SMT, while the Pentium G4560 is a dual-core processor, with no SMT.
The Ryzen 5 1400 was overclocked to 3.8GHz, which brings it closer to the 3.5GHz boost clock of the Core i5-7400.
AMD have been working around the clock on their new Ryzen platform, and have been working with developer Oxide Games on better optimizing Ashes of the Singularity - and now AMD has something worth talking about.
AMD has been optimizing as many games as it could, working with Stardock and Oxide Games to improve Ryzen performance on Ashes of the Singularity - by a pretty decent amount. We have up to 30% more performance on the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X processor with the new update, and then there's more performance improvements promised for the upcoming v2.20.x major update.
DOTA 2 improvements are also found on Ryzen 7 1800X, with the pre-March 20 patch seeing performance sitting at 79FPS - while the new update boosts Ryzen 7 1800X performance up to 91FPS - a damn good update, for free.
When we delivered the world exclusive news that AMD would be calling its next-gen CPUs Ryzen, some very early details arrived on something called 'ThreadRipper', and at the time we thought ThreadRipper was AMD's version of SMT, which Intel calls Hyper-Threading.
But now we are seeing different reports that ThreadRipper is the name of AMD's upcoming HEDT platform, with the teased 12C/24T and 16C/32T processors coming over from the Naples CPU family (which teases 32C/64T). A post on Reddit teases that the new CPUs will include 64 PCIe lanes, and up to 180W TDP with the 16C/32T version.
AMD will reportedly deploy ThreadRipper onto a new LGA SP3 socket, with up to 32MB of L3 cache, and up to 4GHz boost on certain ThreadRipper processors. There's an announcement reportedly planned for Computex, which is only two months away, and a retail launch in the weeks after Computex, into the end of June.
AMD's next-gen ThreadRipper details so far:
- Zen HEDT CPU's are called Threadripper!
- Each CPU will include 64 PCI-E Lanes!
- It includes 4 CCX's.
- Lower SKU(Probably 12/24) 140W TDP, Higher SKU (Probably 16/32) 180W TDP.
- Socket will be an SP3 LGA
- Platform's name will probably be X399
- Chips will be B2 revisions.
- 32MB L3 Cache
- ES's are 3,3 or 3,4GHz base and 3,7GHz Boost
- It is aimed for Retail SKU to have 3,6 Base/4GHz Boost
- ES's that are in the wild have 2500 CB R15.
- Infinity Fabric can have a bandwidth up to 100GB/S
- Announcement; COMPUTEX at Taiwan, sales will start after 2-3 weeks following COMPUTEX.
Most of the crazy new CPU headlines have been going to AMD over their new Ryzen family of processors, led by the new flagship Ryzen 7 1800X - but we've been hearing about 12C/24T chips, and even 16C/32T processors. But the 32C/64T goodness coming later this year from AMD with Naples is going to be huge for the prosumer/workstation/datacenter markets.
Now we have a tease of what looks like Intel's next-gen Xeon, based on a 32C/64T design, thanks to benchmarks spotted in Geekbench. The new Skylake-EP platform is teased, with the 32C/64T processor running at 2.3GHz, with 46MB of L3 cache, AVX-512 instruction set support, UPI, and the next-gen Stoem Lake OmniPath architecture - making the new Xeon a tasty mix of CPU architecture goodness.
Until now, Intel has only mentioned a 28C/56T processor coming in the Xeon line - but it looks like Intel is responding to AMD's threat of Naples coming in 32C/64T with its own Xeon CPU with 32C/64T of performance. The datacenter/server market is huge, so it only makes sense for chipzilla to get involved in the multi-threaded fight.