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Intel Core i9-10900KF - 10C/20T @ 5.2GHz for $499 on 14nm+++

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 days, 18 hours ago

A perfectly timed leak of Intel's new 10th-gen CPUs has hit with an exciting line up of 'Comet Lake' CPUs that will fall into 13 different chips, and will act as yet another refresh that will add on another plus bringing it up to a 14nm+++ node, up from the 14nm++ from the Coffee Lake refresh. Anyway, check them out:




You'll notice the flagship Core i9-10900KF (these names feel out of control now, Intel) which will arrive as a monster 10C/20T chip with a maximum single-core boost clock of 5.2GHz and all-core boost of 4.6GHz. It'll have 20MB of Intel Smart Cache, a 105W TDP, and come in at $499. The Core i7-10700K is an 8C/16T chip with 5.1GHz single-core boost and 4.8GHz all-core boost, with a 65W TDP and integrated graphics for $398.




Intel's new 10th-gen Comet Lake CPUs will reportedly come on a new LGA 1159 socket with new Z490 motherboards, and support DDR4-3200 natively. Intel will continue on its 10nm node meaning this is yet another refresh, with the 14nm+++ node to surely be the butt of many jokes in the 10th-gen CPU reviews. Especially when everyone will be writing 10 so much considering its the 10th generation Core CPU family, with the 10-series CPUs constantly being referred to, yet the 10nm node is nowhere to be seen. 14nm+++ still... interesting, Intel.

AMD Ryzen 7 and 9 Wraith Prism fans get Razer Chroma support

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

I'm sure you might be aware by now but AMD launched its next-gen Ryzen 3000 series CPUs in the last 24 hours (with our review here), with news quickly following that the company had teamed with gaming peripheral giant Razer to bring Razer Chroma lighting support to Ryzen CPU fans.




The new third-gen Ryzen 7 and 9 Wraith Prism fans now pack support for Razer Chroma RGB lighting, which means if you own any Razer Chroma-capable products all of the lighting can be easily controlled by Razer's in-house Synapse software. This means that AMD Ryzen gamers (at least with Zen 2 chips) that have Razer gaming keyboards, mice, mouse pads or headsets will enjoy synced RGB lighting goodness.


Another added benefit of this is that the AMD Wraith Prism HSF is not a pile of junk, it's actually a decent performer that already looks great, and with Razer Chroma support just became that little bit cooler. Yeah, I went there.

Silicon Lottery to sell THE VERY BEST new Ryzen 3000 CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

AMD is about to launch its next-gen Ryzen 3000 series CPUs and there's good news for overclockers and enthusiasts: CPU binning service Silicon Lottery has announced it will have binned versions of Ryzen 3000 series CPUs later this month.




For those who aren't aware of what a 'binned' processor is, a 'binned' CPU is something that a company or person buys and tests out to hand pick the very best overclockers. This means said service has to buy a bunch of CPUs in order to test them all out, finding out which ones have the best OC headroom, thus there is a premium attached to speed binned chips -- this is where Silicon Lottery comes into play.


Silicon Lottery will have binned versions of the upcoming Ryzen 7 3700X, Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 9 3900X on July 13, but the higher-end and kinda ridiculous (but in a really good way) Ryzen 9 3950X will be available sometime in the future with no current ETA. The company hasn't unveiled any pricing just yet, but with these new Zen 2-based CPUs being the latest and greatest on the market, I'm sure numbers will be tight and highly binned versions of these processors could be a little expensive. We'll know soon.

Internal memo from Intel details AMD's new competitive edge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 28, 2019 1:27 am

We all know Intel is suffering in the resurgence from AMD in its Ryzen CPUs, but its upcoming Ryzen 3000 series based on the next-gen Zen 2 architecture and 7nm process are going to hurt Intel even more.




Fast forward to now and we have a post on an employee-only portal called "AMD competitive profile: Where we go toe-to-toe, why they are resurgent, which chips of ours beat theirs". The post was written by Walden Kirsch and is part of "the latest in a Circuit News series on Intel's major competitors". Kirsch noted that AMD's recent strategic re-focus on high-performance desktop, datacenter and server markets.


AMD championing towards the new 7nm node with TSMC has helped in a big way, but Kirsch also notes the public wins of cloud systems, next-gen Zen 2, and more that will "amplify near-term competitive challenge from AMD". AMD sees competitive threads from 7nm-based EPYC Rome CPUs for the server and datacenter markets while Matisse will mop up the desktop CPUs under the Ryzen 3000 series.

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Microsoft rumored to move from Intel to AMD with Surface PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 27, 2019 3:24 am

Microsoft already taps semi-custom silicon from AMD for its current-gen Xbox consoles, and its next-gen Project Scarlett consoles that will soon expand the Xbox family in 2020... but what about AMD silicon inside of Surface products? That seems like it could happen, soon.




According to the latest rumors, Microsoft is working on a new AMD-powered Surface laptop that would drop the proprietary Surface Connect with the much more open USB-C port. Inside of the new Surface laptop is reportedly an AMD Picasso SoC on the 12nm node which will see Microsoft reduce its dependency on Intel for CPUs inside of its Surface products. The AMD Picasso SoC would feature Zen+ CPU cores (not Zen 2, and not 7nm) with Vega GPU cores.


On top of that, Microsoft is also reportedly working with Qualcomm on custom ARM-based silicon for codename Excalibur, a new Surface Pro that the silicon sounds like the Snapdragon 8cx, and some. Expect full 5G connectivity, and so much more on Excalibur. We'll keep you up to date on the new AMD silicon inside of the new Surface laptop as it happens.

AMD EPYC 7742: 64C/128T for $7800, crushes Intel pricing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 25, 2019 1:39 am

AMD is about to unleash an onslaught of EPYC server CPUs with its new EPYC 7000 series processors about to drop -- built on the exciting new Zen 2 architecture and baked on the fresh 7nm node. We're looking at between 8C/16T through to an incredible 64C/128T on a single CPU socket... but what about pricing?




According to a post on Reddit, a list of SKUs coming in the AMD EPYC 7000 range from 2Compute mean we're to expect 19 new CPUs ranging from 8C/16T, adding 4 or 8 cores along the way through to a whopping 64C/128T. HotHardware compiled a list of specs and approximate price conversions between the listed EU price and into USD which we've got below.


If we compare that against Intel's best Xeon Platinum 8180 which is a 28C/56T processor (2.5-3.8GHz with a 205W TDP) which costs $10,000 -- AMD has it in the bag with the core/thread game and EPYC. The upcoming Intel Xeon Platinum 9282 will have 56C/112T will have clocks of between 2.6-3.8GHz but a huge TDP of 400W, with price estimates putting it in the $20,000 or higher bracket -- insanity compared to the less-than-$8000 for the 64C/128T offering in EPYC 7742.


The new EPYC 7000 series CPUs can also be used in dual-CPU servers, with any model ending with 'P' capable of doing into a dual-socket board. This means you could buy 2 x AMD EPYC 7702P processors and have a total of 128C/256T for less than $10,000 -- 256 threads for the cost of what Intel provides with just 56 threads. Crazy, huh?

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Intel continues to react to Ryzen, 15% price cut on the way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 24, 2019 12:48 am

I caused quite the flurry when I first reported that Intel was reacting to the impending launch of AMD's new Ryzen CPUs over two years ago now, and fast forwarding to now has seen the entire CPU market change. AMD is about to launch the world's first consumer 7nm CPU, with a range of actually very kick ass Ryzen 3000 processors based on the new Zen 2 architecture.




Well, now it seems Intel is going to reportedly drop the price of its desktop CPUs by 15% in a response to AMD's new Ryzen 3000 series CPUs that are launching on 7/7. DigitTimes is reporting that the new 9th-gen Intel Core CPUs would see a 10-15% price drop which would see somewhere between $25 and $75 being shaved off of CPUs like the Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and Core i5-9600K.

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X bests Intel Core i9-9900K in new benches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 23, 2019 9:31 am

We're another day closer to the launch of AMD's next-gen Ryzen 3000 series CPUs and today brings yet another leak on multi-threaded benchmark performance with a new listing in the Geekbench database on the Ryzen 7 3800X.




AMD's new Ryzen 7 3800X spits out a multi-core score off 34,059 which is much higher than the 25,092 by the Ryzen 7 2700X, and it easily beats both the Intel Core i7-9700K and its 28,404 and even the flagship Core i9-9900K with 31,471. In the single-core tests Intel reigns supreme with its 9900K scoring 6236 and the 9700K with 6155, while the 3800X snags 5406 and the 2700X with 4860.




A refresher for what AMD is promising in terms of gaming performance with the Ryzen 7 3800X versus the Core i9-9900K from their recent Next Horizon Gaming event in LA.

Intel unveils one-click OC tool: Intel Performance Maximizer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 21, 2019 1:37 am

Intel let out quite the surprise today with its new Intel Performance Maximizer, a new on-click overclocking tool that currently supports 9th-gen CPUs for now and takes the hassle out of overclocking for those who don't want to bother about it in the BIOS.




The new Intel Performance Maximizer is available right now and supports the Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and the Core i5-9600K. Intel is also supporting the 'KF' versions of each of the CPUs, and I'm sure that in the coming weeks and months we'll see oodles of more CPUs supporting Intel Performance Maximizer. The new tool makes it super-easy for anyone to literally click a few buttons and have their CPU overclocked.


For those who want to squeeze absolutely everything out of their CPU, the new Intel Performance Maximizer won't stop you from going into the BIOS before booting into Windows and manually overclocking your CPU. This is kind of like the old days with the Turbo button on the front of the rig. Except, in software form. It is very similar to what AMD has done with its Ryzen Master Software suite, and will be important for Intel going forward, too.

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Threadripper ain't dead: 64C/128T monster coming Q4 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 13, 2019 10:41 pm

I had some interesting conversations with multiple industry sources in the last couple of weeks across my two weeks at various shows (Computex, AMD Next Horizon Gaming, E3 2019, and something secret) but there were a few interesting things said about Ryzen Threadripper.




In previous rumors it seemed the fate of the next-gen Threadripper was looking bad, but these sources - and now WCCFTech as well, have confirmed that a new HEDT part is indeed in the works. My sources didn't talk about the chipset, but did confirm a next-gen Threadripper is indeed coming whereas WCCFTech has said the X599 chipset will launch with the third-gen Threadripper.


AMD's third-gen Ryzen Threadripper will roll out on the 7nm node powered by the new Zen 2 architecture, while rocking up to a huge 64 cores and 128 threads. This means we're looking at EPYC 'Rome' territory, so expect the price to be pretty epic, too.

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