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Intel recalls Xeon E-2274G because they included a crappy fan

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Intel Xeon CPUs are not usually known for their crappy stock heat sink and fans, but it seems Intel is stumbling a bit lately with Chipzilla recently recalling their Xeon E-2274G over the not-so-great stock CPU cooler.


Intel includes a basic fan in the box for the Xeon E-2274G, a fan made by Foxconn and is boxed up with much lower-end CPUs like Intel's own Pentium Gold and Core i3 lines of processors. The stock HSF we're talking about is normally handling heat loads of up to 65W, but the Xeon E-2274G is a workstation/SMB destined chip with an 88W TDP.

People buying an Intel Pentium Gold or Intel Core i3 CPU will not be maxing out their CPU at 100% all day long, but most people buying a Xeon processor would be doing just that. So the stock HSF should be really, really good... right?! Well, you'd think so -- but not in this case.

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AMD's new sTRX4 socket: future-proof, supports 64C/128T on desktop

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

AMD recently announced and will soon launch its new third-gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, where we will eventually see up to 64C/128T on the desktop courtesy of the new sTRX4 socket -- a new socket from AMD that is actually worthy of being called "future-proof".

The reason we're able to call AMD's new sTRX4 socket 'future-proof' is that the company itself has confirmed on Reddit that sTRX has AMD's support in both "near- and long-term basis". AMD confirmed that while the new socket has the same 4094 pin count as the previous-gen Threadripper CPUs, it is the "mapping of those pins to voltage or data will be different" with sTRX4.

AMD confirmed you can't install a third-gen Ryzen Threadripper into an older motherboard, and you can't use an older Ryzen Threadripper CPU in a new sTRX4 motherboard. Now, before you get all mad and claim "this isn't how it should be done!" there are two reasons for this. AMD explains:

  1. We wanted to drive maximum performance for the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors and sTRX4 helps us do exactly that. The 3rd Gen Threadripper will have 88 total PCIe Gen 4 lanes with 72 usable (CPU+motherboard). The net of total versus usable is because we're also increasing the CPU<->chipset link from 4x Gen4 to 8x Gen4-quadruple the bandwidth vs. 2nd Gen TR. Extra data pins between the chipset and CPU make this possible, so you'll be able to hang more I/O off the motherboard at full performance.
  2. The socket change also sets us up nicely for future development and scalability of the Threadripper platform, both on a near- and long-term basis.

The benchmarks Intel doesn't want you to see, 3950X stomps i9-10980XE

By: Shannon Robb | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

In a recent bout of leaked benchmarks which we reported on both here and here, Intel's upcoming Cascade Lake-X HEDT chip has been shown getting pounded by AMD's Ryzen 3000 mainstream lineup.

The beating continues as new leaked benchmarks have surfaced of the announced but not yet available Ryzen 9 3950X and the soon to release Intel Core i9-10980XE.

Credit to Twitter user @momomo_us for keeping the data coming. The field of battle this time is Geekbench, and unfortunately for Intel, the beatings have continued.

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AMD steps it up (again) with next-gen Ryzen Threadripper packaging

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

AMD is expected to announce its next-gen Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series on November 7, with the release of its 64C/128T flagship Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor in January 2020. But now it's time for a look at the packaging for the next-gen workstation CPUs.


VideoCardz is behind the leak once again, with the purported packaging of AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. This retail packaging could end up being a limited or collectors edition packaging, as it really is that good. This could be an early design from AMD and might have changed between its inception and final release, so I guess we'll find out once they fully announce and unveil the Ryzen Threadripper 3000 chips.


We are to expect the two slower/less core count Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and 3960X processors to launch first, with review NDAs expiring on November 19. The flagship Ryzen Threadripper 3990X with its purported 64C/128T should be arriving in a couple of months, with AMD reportedly set to drop the Threadripper 3990X in January 2020.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X: 64C/128T launches January 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 5, 2019 @ 23:20 CST

AMD will reportedly be announcing its next-gen Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series CPUs on November 7, with three different SKUs to b e revealed alongside a new TRX40 chipset and motherboards.


AMD will reportedly be unveiling and detailing the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X processors, while just reportedly teasing the higher-end and flagship Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor. We should expect the name and possibly core/thread count (64C/128T fingers crossed) but clock speeds and pricing will be held.

The reviews of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X are set to hit in January 2020, while the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X processors will find reviews ready for November 19 which isn't too far away from now.

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AMD confirms Ryzen 4000 series coming in early 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 5, 2019 @ 19:30 CST

If you thought AMD had a big year in 2019, then you ain't seen nothin' yet. AMD is set to have a cracker of a year in 2020, with AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su confirming that the company will be rolling out its next-gen Ryzen 4000 series CPUs in early 2020.


In a recent chat with VentureBeat, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su explained: "We're also pretty excited as we go into 2020. You'll start to see our next-generation mobile products, as well, coming in early 2020. You'll see 7nm mobile chips that have yet to come to market. That's a pretty strong portfolio. We're well underway with Zen 3 as a follow-on, as well, for 2020 - lots of product activity".

So there you have it -- next-gen Ryzen 4000 series mobile CPUs in early 2020. We should expect desktop Ryzen 4000 series CPUs maybe a few months later closer to Computex 2019 in June, with a release in July to line up as 12 months after AMD's reveal and releases of the current kick-ass Ryzen 3000 series based on the Zen 2 architecture and 7nm node.

Netflix considers switching from Intel to AMD EPYC in its datacenters

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 4, 2019 @ 20:01 CST

AMD has been making all the right moves lately with its EPYC line of processors, but now a huge name might be changing over from Intel Xeon CPUs to AMD EPYC CPUs in its datacenters: Netflix.


Netflix has servers in place that can hit 100Gbps of bandwidth, but as you can expect from a streaming giant like Netflix it is always looking forward. The next goal from there is a 200Gbps server, so Netflix has the option of going to a dual-socket Intel Xeon set up or a single-socket AMD EPYC solution.

If Netflix wants to hit 200Gbps of bandwidth it's going to need some beefy I/O, with the server infrastructure Netflix has deployed right now being a mix of Intel Xeon CPUs in both Broadwell and Skylake/Cascade Lake families. Broadwell-based Xeons have around 60GB/sec of memory bandwidth and 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes (with 32GB/sec I/O bandwidth).

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Silicon Lottery has all-core 5.2GHz Core i9-9900KS chips for $1200

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 3, 2019 @ 21:12 CST

Oh, you thought Intel's new Core i9-9900KS cost $500 or so... well, it does -- but if you want a pre-tested Core i9-9900KS that is guaranteed to hit 5.2GHz on all cores... then Silicon Lottery has just that, for $1200.


If you want the guaranteed 200MHz overclock on Intel's new Core i9-9900KS processor, then Silicon Lottery has a few of those golden samples that has maximum OC at all times. The regular Core i9-9900KS sits at a 4GHz base CPU clock, but Silicon Lottery offers 5GHz all-day (and all-night) long.

However, the regular 9900KS still hits 5GHz you just have to manually do it -- Silicon Lottery admits that "100% of the tested 9900KS" processors "were able to hit 5.0GHz or greater". However, Silicon Lottery has a bunch of golden sample chips that will be guaranteed to go from 5.0GHz to 5.1GHz (a 100MHz overclock) which costs $750. If you want all-day all-night at 5.2GHz, it's gonna cost you $1200.

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Intel Core i9-10900: 10C/20T at 5.1GHz coming on 14nm+++ in 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 1, 2019 @ 22:01 CDT

We started hearing concrete details on Intel's new 10th-gen Comet Lake family of CPUs in July 2019, with the flagship Core i9-10900KF rocking 10C/20T @ 5.2GHz, but now we have more information and a new 400-series chipset and LGA 1200 socket teased.


Intel will reportedly be using a refined 14nm+++ node for the new 10th gen Comet Lake CPUs, with the initial launch consisting of 9 different SKUs with many others dropping post-launch. We should expect everything from the low-end Celeron and Pentium CPUs through to Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, and Xeon W variants of Comet Lake.

Intel is expecting somewhere around 18% performance improvements in multi-threaded compute workloads, and an 8% generational improvement in normal Windows tasks over the 9th gen parts on the market.

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Intel's next-gen 38C/76T and 48C/96T chips coming in 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 30, 2019 @ 22:23 CDT

If you thought the CPU war was over... you'd be wrong: it has only just begun with AMD really slaying it right now with the Ryzen 3000 series, while Intel has literally just responded with the release on the Core i9-9900KS (our review here) with all-core 5GHz boost.


But what about the higher-end of things with AMD also starting to kick some serious ass with its EPYC datacenter/AI chips based on the new Zen 2 architecture as EPYC 'Rome' chips? Well, it seems that Intel is responding with some new rumors teased by Wccftech, which involve both a new 10nm and 14nm+++ CPU.

Intel's new Ice Lake-SP family of processors is on the fresh new 10nm node and will launch on the Intel Whitley platform, which also supports the Cooper Lake-SP/AP chips on the 14nm++ node.

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