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AMD Starship: 48C/96T behemoth on 7nm due in 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 13, 2017 9:42 am

We reported a few months ago on a future AMD processor called Starship, and it has turned up again in new rumors alongside a bunch of other CPUs destined to 7nm, and beyond.

 

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Starship will rock 48C/96T of power with TDPs ranging between 35W to 180W, and AMD will reportedly sell this 48C/96T beast under the Opteron name. According to the slide, we should expect it sometime in Q2 2018, with AMD using the exciting new 7nm process to build it on.

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AMD's next-gen 'Whitehaven' CPU: 16C/32T @ 3.6GHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 11, 2017 1:16 am

We know that AMD is working on its next-gen Naples platform that will usher in monstrous 16C/32T processors, but now we're seeing engineering samples of these purported CPUs - with the new processors arriving on the unannounced 'Whitehaven 'platform.

 

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Our friends over at VideoCardz have spotted some new engineering sample details on two 16C/32T processors, with both of the engineering samples rocking base/boost clocks of 3.1GHz and 3.6GHz respectively. There was also a 12C/24T chip in the list that features a base/boost clock of 2.7GHz and 3.2GHz, respectively.

 

There's not much else known, but holy crap is it exciting.

AMD Raven Ridge APU: 4C/8T CPU with Vega NCU tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 10, 2017 6:33 am

It looks as though one of the first engineering samples of AMD's next-gen Raven Ridge APUs has leaked onto the SiSoftware Database, giving us some details on the processor - and as always this is a hot and steamy rumor, and nothing else.

 

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AMD has launched its new Ryzen CPU family with multiple SKUs in the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 lines, but we haven't seen Ryzen 3 yet. Later this year AMD will launch Raven Ridge, a new APU using Zen CPU cores, but it'll also rock Vega NCUs as well. The engineering sample in question was a 4C/8T part at 3GHz base clock and 3.3GHz turbo clock, with 704 Vega NCUs at 800MHz.

 

The Raven Ridge engineering sample featured 2MB of L2 cache and 4MB of L3 cache, while the new chip sported 11 compute units - so if we blend in 64 stream processors per CU, we should see 704 stream processors in total on the Vega NCU. The chip was pushing 572.68 Mpix/s, too.

 

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AMD has planned this for a while, with Raven Ridge to be a mainstream APU, while Pinnacle Ridge will be the performance CPU that will succeed the current-gen Ryzen processors.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 660 and 630

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 9, 2017 1:20 pm

Qualcomm has announced their newest mid-range SoCs, the Snapdragon 660 and 630, which will be succeeding the Snapdragon 653 and the Snapdragon 626.

 

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The Snapdragon 660 is built on 14nm technology and has a 8x Kryo 260 CPU cores clocked at 2.2GHz. The Kryo 260 CPU has up to 20% higher performance than the prior generation.

 

The GPU is an Adreno 512, which is said to be 30% faster than the Adreno 510 in the 653. The Snapdragon 660 supports Quick Charge 4, a technology that the company announced last year. The Quick Charge 4 gives you 5 hours of talk time in just 5 minutes of charging.

 

The Snapdragon 660 also has the latest Snapdragon X12 LTE modem paired with the new SDR660 RF transceiver, which supports peak downlink data rates of 600Mbps to the 600-tier lineup of SOCs for the first time. The Snapdragon 660 supports 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi for twice as much data throughput and up to 60% lower download power consumption as the Snapdragon 652.

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AMD Ryzen 5: best CPU launch in 7 years, says new survey

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 9, 2017 3:44 am

We all know that AMD's mid-range Ryzen 5 family of processors have been one of the best bang for buck CPUs released in quite a while, but according to a new survey that 3DCenter ran - AMD's Ryzen 5 processors are the best CPU product launch since they first started doing these surveys... all the way back in 2010.

 

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The survey saw 83.9% of people having a "positive" view on Ryzen 5, while 9.4% were "indifferent" and just 6.7% thought negatively of Ryzen 5. Personally, I think Ryzen 5 is one of the best launches in years, mainly from a cores/thread value per dollar perspective. Intel will offer 4C/4T or 4C/8T for the same cost as AMD's new Ryzen 5 chips which provide 6C/12T for the same cost.

AMD Ryzen microcode update: improved DDR4 support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 8, 2017 3:25 am

AMD will be pushing out a new microcode update for its Ryzen CPU architecture, something that will provide support for 20+ new RAM kits in the wild.

 

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The new AGESA 1006 microcode update is something that was announced by a GIGABYTE spokesperson through a forum post, an update that will add over 20 new memory registers that will allow compatibility with existing Intel friendly DDR4 RAM.

 

Until now, the recommendation for DDR4 RAM with Ryzen processors were on Samsung's 'B die' memory chips, something that G.Skill and GeIL make. AMD's Technical Marketing Lead, Robert Hallock, confirmed that B die chips from Samsung were the best for out-of-the-box compatibility with Ryzen processors, and allowed for the highest overclocking results as well.

Qualcomm's own site accidentally confirms Snapdragon 845

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 6, 2017 10:04 pm

The Snapdragon 845 is the next rumored SoC from Qualcomm that is expected to be announced this year and ship in devices next year.

 

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Although the current Snapdragon 835 was announced just a couple of months ago, we have already heard some rumors that Samsung and Qualcomm are negotiating over Snapdragon 845.

 

Up until now, it wasn't even certain that the next flagship platform will carry that name, but Qualcomm has accidentally revealed the name of the upcoming SoC, and it will, in fact, be named Snapdragon 845.

 

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Qualcomm to unveil three new platforms next week

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 5, 2017 3:32 pm

As we previously reported, Qualcomm is set to unveil their newest mid-range Snapdragon 660 on May 9th.

 

The 660 will follow the footsteps of Snapdragon 652, but according to the sources, it will be much closer to their flagship chipset.

 

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Although it won't be built on a 10nm process like Snapdragon 835, but rather 14nm, it will use an octa-core CPU with Kryo 280 cores, the same cores as the 835. The GPU tagged with the SoC should be an Adreno 512.

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Qualcomm to unveil Snapdragon 660 next week

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 4, 2017 3:22 pm

After launching their latest top-tier chipset in January, Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm is all set to unveil their newest mid-range Snapdragon 660 on May 9th.

 

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The 660 will follow the footsteps of Snapdragon 652, but according to the sources, it will be much closer to their flagship chipset.

 

Although it won't be built on a 10nm process like Snapdragon 835, but rather 14nm, it will use an octa-core CPU with Kryo 280 cores, the same cores as the 835. The GPU tagged with the SoC should be an Adreno 512.

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AMD takes CPU market share from Intel, thanks to Ryzen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 2, 2017 5:26 am

For the first time in over 10 years, AMD is beginning to take back some of that glorious CPU market share pie from Intel - thanks to the release of their new Ryzen processors.

 

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The latest quarterly market share report from PassMark, which is based on thousands of submissions that enter their database every quarter, AMD is making strides in CPU market share - even though it's a small uptick, it's a valuable one. You can see that the uptick is pretty large considering the slowly dwindling numbers from 2006, where AMD didn't really have anything worthwhile for consumers to buy in the CPU business.

 

Everything changed with Ryzen, and while a 2% increase isn't much - the new Ryzen 7 processors sold like hotcakes - selling out as soon as they hit. Keep in mind that AMD was also bottlenecked by AM4 motherboard availability, but we should begin to see all of this disappear as the weeks and months fly past - so the Q2 2017 numbers for AMD should be even more interesting.

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