AMD has now officially released their new Ryzen 7 2700X processor, and within 24 hours we're seeing new overclocking world records with Der8auer and Neo overclocking the Ryzen 7 2700X to incredible heights.
The team completed the massive overclock at the ASUS ROG Taiwan HQ, where they used LN2 and the ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero motherboard to drive the Ryzen 7 2700X to a huge 6GHz, on all 8C/16T of Pinnacle Ridge processing power. The team used 1.85V of power, and isn't perfectly stable, but it shows the improvements that AMD made over the first-gen Ryzen CPUs.
AMD's new Ryzen 7 2700X was cooled to an incredible -190C with LN2, as the refreshed Ryzen chip doesn't have an OC bug meaning that it can be driven to super sub-zero temps.
Some interesting things were discovered when the Ryzen 7 2700X was overclocked to 5.7GHz (1.55V) and memory at 1.95V, as it broke 8-core CPU world records, and even beat similiar 8-core Intel Skylake-X processors 400MHz faster at 6.1GHz... impressive stuff, AMD.
AMD is just days away from the retail release of their new Ryzen 2000 series processors, with teh flagship Ryzen 7 2700X overclocked before release to a world record of 5884MHz.
The current Ryzen 7 overclocking world record is at 5905MHz, so we're just 21MHz short with this overclock. The world records were verified by HWBot, with the Ryzen 5 1600X sitting at 5905MHz, and the Ryzen 7 1800X at 5803MHz.
The NDA on the new Ryzen 2000 processors lifts on April 19, so we should see some higher overclocks in just a few days time on the new Pinnacle Ridge-based CPUs.
For those of you old enough you might remember the iconic 8086 processor from Intel, well we're getting close to the 40th anniversary of the 8086 and it looks like Intel could celebrate it in the best way possible: releasing a new CPU in the Core i7-8086K.
Intel's purported Core i7-8086K is an Anniversary Edition SKU, just like the Pentium G3258 which was a 20th anniversary celebration of the Pentium CPU. The Core i7-8086K would be very similar to the Core i7-8700K, being a 6C/12T processor with 12MB of L3 cache and same 95W TDP.
But under the hood the purported Core i7-8086K would rock a higher base clock of 4GHz and boost clock of up to 5.1GHz or more, compared to the 3.7/4.7GHz base and boost clocks respectively on the 8700K. If this processor is indeed real, it would be the best 6C/12T processor available, with a launch window of June - perfect timing for Computex.
Intel is fighting in a new battlefield where sleeping dragon AMD has erupted and awoken with their EPYC range of server CPUs, with Chipzilla's next-gen Ice Lake Xeon CPUs being teased and leaked by Power Stamp Alliance.
The new Ice Lake Xeon processors are set to release sometime later this year or in early 2019, with a new LGA 4189 socket and SKUs that will offer a huge 230W TDP, up from the max 205W offerings with both Skylake and Cascade Lake Xeon CPUs. Why the higher TDP? We should expect next-gen Xeon CPUs with even more cores and higher clock counts, all driving up the power consumption.
Intel's next-gen Ice Lake Xeon CPUs will reportedly rock 8-channel DDR4 support, with Cascade Lake already supporting 2933MHz DDR4, we should expect the same or higher-end DDR4 support from Ice Lake. Cascade Lake supports 768GB of DDR4, so with the additional slots (16 x DDR4 in 8-channel mode) will drive memory support on Ice Lake through to a huge 1TB.
We could expect SKUs that will support even more DDR4, with up to 2TB on offer if the right memory is used, something that could expect to even 4TB if the right support is offered with LRDIMMs.
Apple has changed up its PC business considerably, with an announcement that they will be making their own chips in future Mac systems starting as early as 2020.
The new initiative is called Kalamata, and is still in "early developmental stages" reports Bloomberg. The site continues, where they said that Apple's new initiative "comes as part of a larger strategy to make all of Apple's devices -- including Macs, iPhones, and iPads -- work more similarly and seamlessly together, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The project, which executives have approved, will likely result in a multi-step transition".
Intel gets hurt in the process because all of the hardware success of Apple Mac systems over the years have been through Intel CPUs, associated technologies, and innovation. Big enough that Apple's success with the Mac and Intel processors sees Apple responsible for 5% of Intel's revenue every year.
AMD is set to launch their refreshed Ryzen 7 2700X in the coming weeks, with reviews already going live from CPC Hardware.
According to their review, we should expect an additional 4% in gaming performance over the Ryzen 7 1700X in games like GTA5, GRID Autosport, Battlefield 4, ARMA 3, X3:TC, Witcher 3 and COH2.
When it comes to synthetic benchmarks we can expect a larger 14% increase over the 1800X, which is much more impressive. But the Ryzen 7 2700X uses more power, with up to 13W more than the 1800X. Not much, but something worth noting. The new Ryzen 7 2700X has much smoother frequency scaling in multi-core over the 1800X, another thing worth noting.
Now that we're just weeks away from the launch of AMD's new CPU architecture 'Pinnacle Ridge', we're seeing more leaks of performance and specifications on the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600.
Once again, a review was posted on SiSoftware's website but VideoCardz reports that it was "quickly removed", but they copy/pasted all of the important information. The review itself was between the Ryzen 7 2700X and current-gen Ryzen 7 1700X, with the largest change being AMD now supporting DDR4-2933MHz RAM, and the use of the 12nm node - down from the 14nm node.
The full skinny on Ryzen 7 2700X vs Ryzen 7 1700X is right here, but the SiSoftware reviewer said that Ryzen 2000 has improvements to bandwidth and latency, and this will only improve with future BIOS revisions. DDR4-2933MHz RAM support out of the box is also awesome, too.
AMD celebrated the "One Year Ryzen Anniversary" call yesterday, which saw the company reiterating its success since the release of Ryzen a year ago, and what is coming in 2018 and beyond.
Jim Anderson, SVP and GM of Computing and Graphics at AMD said that the company has near-term goals of reaching the market share levels of the glory days of AMD, the days of Athlon 64, in the early-2000s. Anderson said: "I don't see any reason we can't get back to historical share levels that AMD has enjoyed in the past".
AMD is wanting to see that success again by offering users more CPU cores for less money with Ryzen, all the while adding technology and improvements to their CPU architecture, like the introduction of the Vega GPU architecture on the recent release of Raven Ridge APUs.
It seems AMD is in some deep trouble, with an Israeli security firm publishing details on 13 critical security flaws, with CTS-Labs reporting that it affects Ryzen Workstation, Ryzen Pro, Ryzen Mobile, and EPYC processors.
These newly found vulnerabilities have some interesting codenames: Masterkey, Ryzenfall, Fallout, and Chimera. CNET reports that the security researchers gave AMD just 24 hours to look into what they found before they published their report, which is definitely an eye-opener. This seems very suspicious in its timing (new Ryzen CPUs are around the corner, and the fact that this report was thrown together, and even involves some fake CG backgrounds).
Researchers normally give the chipmakers months ahead of time to fix the vulnerability before announcing it publicly, and while AMD is most likely aware of Masterkey, Ryzenfall, Fallout, and Chimera, it'll be months and months from now that they'll have a patch ready.
An AMD spokesperson told CNET: "At AMD, security is a top priority and we are continually working to ensure the safety of our users as new risks arise. We are investigating this report, which we just received, to understand the methodology and merit of the findings".
We will update this story when more information is available.
We're getting lots of rumors and leaked decks on AMD's future processors in the last few days, but now we have some more concrete details (I guess???) on AMD's next-gen Threadripper CPUs.
Interestingly, AMD refers to Threadripper as "the monster truck of computing". Onto the slide, where in 2018 we're to expect the second-gen Threadripper CPU which will be made on the new 12nm node and feature Zen+ CPU cores, higher CPU clocks, and Precision Boost 2.0 technology.
Fast forward to 2019 where AMD will unleash the Castle Peak CPU architecture, which AMD says will see them with "dominant leadership in the HEDT market", much more performance and efficiency, and "new platform features" that will "take TR4 to the next level".
What will we see? I'm guessing we'll see Threadripper ramp right up to 32C/64T and 'higher clocks' I'd love to see 4GHz and beyond, and then scale down to 24C/48T. EPYC will most likely shift into the world of 64C/128T (!!!) which will be amazing to see.