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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.

AMD's new Ryzen Balanced Power Plan drivers are here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 28, 2017 1:37 am

AMD hasn't had the smoothest launch with Ryzen, but the company is quickly refining its new CPU architecture and now we have the latest release of its core logic (chipset) drivers, for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.

 

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AMD's new v17.10 WHQL drivers include the new Windows power management plan 'Ryzen Balanced Power' which will be better than the stock 'Balanced' power plan in Windows 10, something that will allow better power management through Windows, to the silicon-level power management logic inside of Ryzen processors through SenseMI.

 

This includes fine-grained voltage and clock gating over individual cores, something that would normally trip up latency problems with OS-level power management through P-state triggers. The new power plan is compatible with AMD's new A320, B350, and X370 chipsets, and is available right here.

Intel's new Xeon rocks 28C/56T, costs over $12,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 27, 2017 6:43 am

Intel is continuing to show signs that it is scared to its core over AMD's new Ryzen processors, and the threat of the Naples-based 32C/64T processor has Intel pre-emptively launching its new Xeon Gold and Platinum platforms. The new series of CPUs from Intel are based on the new Purley platform, on LGA 3647.

 

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There's a huge line of up new Xeon processors, with up to 28 cores and 56 threads at 2.5GHz, while they are going to be slotting into the new R3 socket. The new Xeon Gold and Platinum processors are available with less cores and higher frequencies of up to 3.6GHz, while low-power Xeon processors will arrive with 2GHz speeds.

 

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Intel is splitting its new Xeon CPUs into four families: Platinum is the 8000 series, Gold with the 6000 and 5000 series, while the 4000 series will be Silver, and the 3000 series is Bronze. Intel will use between 10 cores on the new Xeon processors, right up to the monster 28-core chip with Hyper-Threading, rolling the CPU threads up to 56.

 

Intel is reportedly launching the new Xeon Platinum 8180 which will rock 28C/56T of CPU performance at 2.5GHz, with 38.5MB of L3 cache and a 205W TDP. This is a monster processor with its 56-threaded power, but its $12,000+ price tag sees it destined for the datacenter/AI/server markets.

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