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AMD Ryzen 5 processors hit some retailers, 3 weeks early

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 18 hours, 23 mins ago

AMD has already shaken up the enthusiast market with their 8C/16T flagship Ryzen 7 1800X processor, and now the Ryzen 5 family - which will aim directly at Intel's current-gen Core i3 and more importantly - Core i5 market.




Ryzen 5 processors will be cheaper, and offer more CPU threads for the money than any Core i3 or Core i5 processor - with the flagship Ryzen 5 1600X arriving as a 6C/12T processor at 4GHz for just $249. Intel has its Core i5-7600K with 4C/8T at $239 right now on Amazon, meaning AMD offers 4 additional CPU threads with Ryzen 5 1600X at just $10 more - or, the cheaper Ryzen 5 1600 with 6C/12T and its lower price of $219.




AMD will be launching its Ryzen 5 family of processors on April 11, but some retailers are selling the CPUs early - with resellers in Europe already selling Ryzen 5 chips. Someone posted on Reddit, saying that someone purchased a Ryzen 5 1600 processor in Brazil.

Intel's next-gen 32C/64T chip teased has 100G OmniPath

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 4 days, 19 hours ago

We've been hearing rumors of AMD competing in the HEDT space with a monster 32C/64T processor, possibly based on its Naples platform, but now we're hearing more information on Intel's next-gen Xeon E5-2699 v5 processor.



Intel's new Xeon E5-2699 v5 will be based on Skylake-EP, with 32 physical CPU cores, and 64 threads thanks to SMT/Hyper-Threading. Performance wise, expect it to be an absolute monster - with some new technologies being baked into it from Intel. Skylake-EX Purley should ship with 6-channel DDR4 support, compared to 4-channel DDR support - with the AVX-512 instruction set, and exciting new 100G OmniPath interconnect technology.




There were even engineering samples that reportedly made it online last year, selling for $3845 - quite a steep price, but 64-threaded CPU? Yes, please. The base clock on the higher-end Xeon CPUs is always lower than the consumer-orientated Core family processors, with the monster 32C/64T chip to sport a 2GHz (or so) base clock.


We should see Intel deploy a new socket for these next-gen Xeon parts, with LGA 3467 sure to make an appearance - with support for 12 DDR4 DIMMs... as well as the fresh out of the oven Optane DIMMs, which we've just written about here.

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AMD Ryzen CPU with 16C/32T coming, teased at $999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 days, 13 hours ago

AMD has shaken up the consumer CPU market with its new Ryzen processors, led by the Ryzen 7 1800X flagship CPU - offering 8C/16T @ 4GHz for $499. This disrupts Intel's market in a big way, because AMD is offering performance similar to, or better than the Core i7-6900K, a processor that costs $999.




The latest rumor is that AMD is ready to hit Intel in the HEDT market even harder, offering a new 16C/32T processor for the $1000 mark - beating out Intel's current flagship Core i7-6950X, which costs $1600+. AMD would reportedly unveil this new Ryzen CPU behemoth at Computex, in just two months time - while Intel launches its next-gen X399 chipset and new flagship Core i7 processor. The rumor is floating over from the ChipHell forums, picked up by


According to the rumor: "Public knowledge by now but AMD has a new HEDT platform coming out in a couple of months. You'll see more of it at Computex I believe. It's a 16 core /32 Thread, quad channel behemoth. And it is insanely quick in the tests that Ryzen is already excelling at. So Cinebench, and all other related productivity programs. The gaming issues that were causing the Ryzen AM4 CPUs to behave erratically to say the least have been ironed out. It's akin to a newer revision on a newer platform. This should be competing with the Xeon and of course 6950X Intel offers for $1700~$1800USD, but at about $1,000 USD if not less for some Skews. Coming soon".


Great tease, huh? The rumor continues: "CPSs are pretty big physically, about twice the size of surrent 6950X CPUs and a bit more perhaps. And if you were hoping for pins, nope it's strictly LGA! It's NOT 8 channel, but Quad. Will be a splendid competition between X299 and this AMD platform. Skylake-X is pretty good, not revolutionary but a meaningful step up in IPC and the clocks are pretty high as well. If Intel will have a 32 core part to compete on X299 remains to be seen, but the HEDT platform is going to change quite a bit in the next 4 to 6 months.?"


I don't think we'll see a revised Ryzen or 'Ryzen 2' processor - but the 16C/32T processor is believable, considering AMD's upcoming Naples CPU will have 32C/64T of pure brute performance - with 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes. AMD could utilize its Naples platform with a HEDT-like Ryzen release with a 16C/32T processor for $999, and a $250-$400 motherboard and really compete with the $2000+ kit from Intel.

Windows 7/8.1 updates blocked on Kaby Lake/Ryzen CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week ago

If you're rocking Intel's new Kaby Lake CPU or AMD's super-fast Ryzen processors and running an older operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, well - you're out of luck. Microsoft no longer supports operating systems older than Windows 10 (because it's been out for so long now).



Microsoft is now gimping Kaby Lake and Ryzen CPUs on Windows 7/8.1, effectively forcing you to upgrade to Windows 10 - as they've thrown a processor check into the latest Windows Update for W7/8.1 - sneaky. This update prevents Kaby Lake and Ryzen CPU owners from downloading updates, with an error message that reads: "Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows".


This doesn't mean Microsoft is completely throwing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 away, it's only for the newer Kaby Lake and Ryzen CPU architectures. Microsoft is still issuing security patches to its older operating systems, but if you're rocking a new Kaby Lake-based Core i7-7700K or Ryzen 7 1800X, you're done. Sorry, with no love, Microsoft.

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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X: 6C/12T @ 4GHz for $249

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

AMD is just weeks away from launching its mid-range Ryzen 5 family of CPUs, with the Ryzen 5 1400, Ryzen 5 1500X, Ryzen 5 1600, and the flagship Ryzen 5 1600X processor.





AMD's new Ryzen 5 family is their mid-range offering to fight off the higher-end Core i3 and mid-range Core i5 processors from Intel, with the new Ryzen 5 1600X being compared against Intel's Core i5-7600K in Cinebench, with AMD's new Ryzen 5 1600X being 69% faster. A huge improvement, thanks to the 6C/12T performance versus 4C/8T on the 7600K chip.


AMD Ryzen 5 CPU - core/threads - clock speeds


  • Ryzen 5 1400: 4C/8T @ 3.2/3.4GHz
  • Ryzen 5 1500X: 4C/8T @ 3.5/3.7GHz (unlocked/overclockable)
  • Ryzen 5 1600: 6C/12T @ 3.2/3.6GHz
  • Ryzen 5 1600X: 6C/12T @ 3.6/4GHz (unlocked/overclockable)

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Samsung to invest $7 billion in 7nm chips production

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Qualcomm recently announced their Snapdragon 835, the first 10nm SoC, and here we are already talking about 7nm chips. Qualcomm's 10nm chips are being built using Samsung's newest 10nm processor, and it looks like there's better coming soon.




Samsung announced that they are planning to start producing 7nm chips in early 2018, meaning they could be ready for their next year's Galaxy S flagship.


In order to stick with their plan and time frame, the Korean company has announced that they will invest $6.98 billion to build new 7nm facilities in 2018, and extend the 10nm production lines.

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Qualcomm using Snapdragon 835 to dominate Helio X30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Qualcomm is positioning itself in a big way for the mobile world with its new Snapdragon 835 processor, expanding its market share of the 10nm built chip - scooping up market share from MediaTek and its new Helio X30 chip.




DigiTimes reports that its sources said: "Despite reports of a low yield rate of the 10nm chips, Qualcomm has continued to land orders for its Snapdragon 835 from the global major smartphone vendors with shipments to grow significantly starting the second quarter".


Qualcomm is continuing to get new orders from customers for its Snapdragon 835, with improved software and firmware being released for the platform, according to the sources. I could place bets on Qualcomm owning the high-end smartphone processor game this year, as the Snapdragon 835 is shaping up into quite the beast, and will power Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones that will be announced later this month, and released in April.

AMD: Ryzen 7 1700X, 1800X reporting temps incorrectly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

AMD has just issued a new community update on its brand new Ryzen CPUs, addressing issues over thread scheduling on Ryzen processors - but also detailed the problems over temperature reporting on Ryzen.




AMD explains in the post that the "primary temperature reporting sensor of the AMD Ryzen processor is a sensor called 'T Control,' or tCTL for short. The tCTL sensor is derived from the junction (Tj) temperature-the interface point between the die and heatspreader-but it may be offset on certain CPU models so that all models on the AM4 Platform have the same maximum tCTL value. This approach ensures that all AMD Ryzen processors have a consistent fan policy".


The post continues in detail, with AMD explaining: "Specifically, the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X carry a +20°C offset between the tCTL° (reported) temperature and the actual Tj° temperature. In the short term, users of the AMD Ryzen 1700X and 1800X can simply subtract 20°C to determine the true junction temperature of their processor. No arithmetic is required for the Ryzen 7 1700. Long term, we expect temperature monitoring software to better understand our tCTL offsets to report the junction temperature automatically".

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AMD addresses Windows 10's thread scheduler with Ryzen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Now that AMD has launched its Ryzen processors, some niggly issues have popped up with one of them being the underwhelming performance at 1080p. AMD has hit back with an official statement, saying: "the Windows 10 thread scheduler is operating properly for Zen".




AMD continues, saying that they "do not presently believe there is an issue with the scheduler adversely utilizing the logical and physical configurations of the architecture". There have been some differences between Windows 7 and Windows 10 performance over the thread scheduler, but AMD added that they "do not believe there is an issue with scheduling differences between the two versions of Windows" and that any performance differences between Windows 7 and Windows 10, come down to the difference between the operating systems - and not the Ryzen CPU.


AMD also talked about the SMT (the multi-threaded part of Ryzen) and the negative performance in some games, with the company saying that SMT offers a "neutral/positive benefit" in a range of processors. AMD added: "For the remaining outliers, AMD again sees multiple opportunities within the codebases of specific applications to improve how this software addresses the "Zen" architecture. We have already identified some simple changes that can improve a game's understanding of the "Zen" core/cache topology, and we intend to provide a status update to the community when they are ready".

MediaTek and TSMC are working on 7nm SoC

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Qualcomm recently announced their Snapdragon 835, the first 10nm SoC, and here we are already talking about 7nm chips.




Earlier this year, Samsung announced that they will start producing 7nm chips in early 2018, meaning they could be ready for their nex year's Galaxy S flagship.


According to a new report, MediaTek and TSMC are working together to bring a next-generation SoC. The 7nm SoC will have 12 cores.

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