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AMD's new Strix Point APU are reportedly called Ryzen AI 9 HX 170, big name changes with Zen 5

Anthony Garreffa | May 7, 2024 5:54 AM CDT

It looks like we could be in for a huge naming scheme change for AMD's upcoming "Strix Point" APUs, with the new ASUS VivoBook S16 laptops featuring an AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX 170 processor.

AMD's new Strix Point APU are reportedly called Ryzen AI 9 HX 170, big name changes with Zen 5

We've never heard of the AMD Ryzen AI 9 HX 170 processor, but ASUS lists it as a 12-core, 24-thread CPU that clocks at up to 5.1GHz with 36MB of cache and Ryzen AI performance of up to 77 TOPS. Until now, no "AI" wording has made it into any processor from AMD like this, so it looks like we could see the Ryzen AI 5, Ryzen AI 7, and Ryzen AI 9 series CPUs in the near future.

ASUS will unveil the new VivoBook S16 laptops at Computex 2024 next month, and I'm sure we're going to get the official naming from AMD at their Computex 2024 press conference. The new Strix Point CPUs aka Ryzen AI 9 HX 170 processor will deliver up to 77 TOPS of AI performance from its beefed-up XDNA2-based Ryzen AI NPU and newer RDNA 3.5 GPU. The NPU on its own will provide 45 TOPS of AI workload performance.

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Intel set to roll out update that reduces performance for high-end CPUs

Jak Connor | May 6, 2024 12:15 PM CDT

Last month, Intel launched an investigation into the recent reports of game crashes for owners of the company's high-end CPU.

Intel set to roll out update that reduces performance for high-end CPUs

A report from BenchLife via VideoCardz, claims that Intel has sent guidance to motherboard partners to roll out the Intel Default Settings on Z789 motherboards. These new default settings will restrict a PL2 of 188 watts, which is the maximum boost power that the CPU can draw sparingly during heavy loads. For context, PL1 is the base power the CPU can sustain for longer periods of time.

The report claims Intel's guidance is to restrict the performance of its high-end CPUs, particularly the Core i9-14900K, which appeared to be the CPU getting the most reports of instability issues. Notably, GIGABYTE has already rolled out its update for PL2, being restricted to 188W on the Core i9-13900K and Core i9-14900K, and according to testing conducted by Hardware Unboxed, it resulted in an overall 20% performance reduction for both CPUs.

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AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D spotted with dual 32MB 3D V-Cache stacks, huge 192MB total cache

Anthony Garreffa | May 5, 2024 11:29 PM CDT

Someone has purchased an AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D processor with 3D V-Cache stacks on both Zen4 core dies, which is 64MB more L3 cache than a retail 7950X3D chip.

AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D spotted with dual 32MB 3D V-Cache stacks, huge 192MB total cache

A user posted on Bilibili, with their purported Ryzen 9 7950X3D featuring 192MB of L3 cache, which is 64MB more L3 cache than retail Ryzen 9 7950X3D. The obvious red flags: this could be an error with CPU-Z which lists 192MB, it could be a modification, or something else.

This could be an engineering sample Ryzen 9 7950X3D with 3D V-Cache stacks on both Zen 4 core dies, as the Ryzen 9 7950X3D (and Ryzen 9 7900X3D) feature just one 3D V-Cache stack. Maybe this is a bigger discovery, an engineering sample 7950X3D with 192MB of L3 cache that never hit the market... very cool. Or, to spoil the party, this could just be a simple error.

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Intel's next-gen flagship Core Ultra 9 285K 'Arrow Lake' CPU rumored to hit 5.5GHz

Anthony Garreffa | May 4, 2024 9:27 PM CDT

Intel's next-gen Core Ultra 9 285K "Arrow Lake" CPU has a rumored 5.5GHz boost clock, compared to up to 6.2GHz on the current-gen flagship Core i9-14900KS processor.

Intel's next-gen flagship Core Ultra 9 285K 'Arrow Lake' CPU rumored to hit 5.5GHz

The news on the Core Ultra 9 285K processor is coming from some posts by MebiuW on Weibo, where the big architectural changes that Intel will be bringing with Arrow Lake -- as well as the new Core Ultra 200 series branding -- will see a hefty CPU frequency reduction.

Intel's current-gen Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs can boost at up to 6.2GHz out of the box with the Core i9-14900KS, while even the Raptor Lake CPUs before it with the Core i9-13900KS we saw 6.0GHz. The new Arrow Lake CPUs however, seem to be topping out at 5.5GHz, but will feature a new tile-based design with an integrated NPU for AI workloads... something desktop Core CPUs didn't have until Meteor Lake hit laptops late last year.

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Intel Arrow Lake CPUs might be revealed in Q3 - running interference with Ryzen 9000 launch?

Darren Allan | May 3, 2024 11:11 AM CDT

Intel's Arrow Lake desktop processors might pitch up earlier than expected, or at least ahead of what the rumor mill seems to have been floating as the most likely arrival timeframe recently.

Intel Arrow Lake CPUs might be revealed in Q3 - running interference with Ryzen 9000 launch?

If you've been following the chatter around Arrow Lake (Core Ultra 200), you won't have missed a certain amount of pessimism creeping in of late.

In the early days of leaks, there was talk of massive performance gains, and while that's still true to an extent, enthusiasm about Arrow Lake seems to have been waning somewhat with suggestions that Intel is struggling to finish the next-gen desktop silicon, and that it might even get pushed to 2025. (Or at least that volume production may not happen until next year, anyway).

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Intel Core Ultra CPU flexes its NPU muscle: AI runs over 500 models optimized

Anthony Garreffa | May 1, 2024 8:34 PM CDT

Intel has just announced that it has surpassed 500 AI models running optimized on its Core Ultra "Meteor Lake" CPUs.

Intel Core Ultra CPU flexes its NPU muscle: AI runs over 500 models optimized

The company issued a press release today, saying that the industry's leading AI PC processor is available right now enabling new AI experiences, immersive graphics and optimal battery life. This significant milestone is a result of the investments by Intel in client AI, the AI PC transformation, framework optimizations and AI tools including OpenVINO toolkit.

Intel said that the 500 AI models that were trained can be deployed across the CPU, GPU, or NPU, with models drawing from categories of local AI inferencing, including large language, diffusion, super resolution, object detection, image classification/segmentation, computer vision, and more.

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Intel Arrow Lake-S CPU details: Core Ultra 9 285K is the successor to the Core i9-14900K

Anthony Garreffa | May 1, 2024 7:57 PM CDT

Intel's next-generation Core Ultra 200 "Arrow Lake-S" desktop processors will launch later this year, with 6 different SKUs and a flagship 24-core CPU based on next-gen P-Core and E-Core architectures.

Intel Arrow Lake-S CPU details: Core Ultra 9 285K is the successor to the Core i9-14900K

Now we've got some new information regarding upcoming SKUs in the Arrow Lake-S desktop CPU family, with the Core Ultra 9 285K, Core Ultra 7 265K, and Core Ultra 5 245K. The new Core Ultra 9 285K will be the successor to the Core i9-14900K, the Core Ultra 7 265K is the successor to the Core i7-14700K, and finally, the Core Ultra 5 245K is the successor to the Core i5-14600K.

We'll also see non-K variants of these processors, with the Core Ultra 9 275, Core Ultra 7 255, and Core Ultra 5 240 processors. The leaks are coming from "OneRaichi" on X, who said that "the rules of names look like a little change".

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AMD's next-gen Strix Halo LP teased: 6-8 cores, 20 CUs, perfect for next-gen gaming handhelds

Anthony Garreffa | May 1, 2024 7:33 PM CDT

AMD is preparing a huge wave of next-gen Zen 5 processors in the coming months, with its Strix Halo APUs shaping up to be beasts.

AMD's next-gen Strix Halo LP teased: 6-8 cores, 20 CUs, perfect for next-gen gaming handhelds

In a new video from Moore's Law is Dead, we're hearing whispers of AMD's new Strix Halo-LP APU, which would be a low-power version of Strix Halo with 6 to 8 cores, and 20 CUs of GPU power that would provide RTX 3050 performance-per-watt-style power.

MLID says that AMD's new Zen 5-powered Strix Halo APUs will come in four different SKUs: Best, Better, Good, and the new LP model we're talking about today. The Strix Halo "Best" APU will feature 8, 12, or 16 cores based on the new Zen 5 architecture, with 40 CUs of RDNA 3.5-based GPU power that provides RTX 4070-class performance. We'll see a 256-bit memory bus on the Strix Halo "Best" APU with around 270GB/sec of memory bandwidth.

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AmpereOne-3 CPU teased: 256 cores, TSMC 3nm process node, PCIe 6.0 support, 12-channel DDR5

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 29, 2024 6:48 PM CDT

Ampere Computing already has its first-gen AmpereOne CPU on the market, but its next-generation AmpereOne-2 and AmpereOne-3 processors have been teased: AmpereOne-3 will reportedly be offered with up to 256 cores ready to go.

AmpereOne-3 CPU teased: 256 cores, TSMC 3nm process node, PCIe 6.0 support, 12-channel DDR5

AmpereOne features 192 physical cores, a 350W TDP, and 8-channel DDR5 memory, meaning it competes against Intel Xeon and AMD EPYC processors, but now we're hearing about AmpereOne-2 and AmpereOne-3. The Next Platform has the scoop, with Ampere gearing up for its second-generation AmpereOne processor known as AmpereOne-2.

The new AmpereOne-2 processors will feature an upgraded "A2" core architecture, and support for 12-channel DDR5 memory for even more performance. Ampere Computing says that its next-generation AmpereOne-2 processor will have a 33% increase in DDR5 memory controllers (12-channel versus 8-channel) with 50% more memory bandwidth, which will provide some very nice performance improvements.

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Intel blames motherboard makers for stability issues with its 13th and 14th Core i9 processors

Kosta Andreadis | Apr 28, 2024 10:32 PM CDT

Intel 13th and 14th Gen Raptor Lake Core i9 processors have been making headlines recently due to widespread reports of crashing and instability, often while gaming. With CPUs drawing more and more power on the high-end, the issues are most likely related to thermal and power delivery on certain 600/700 Series motherboards - and the push to boost clock speeds, benchmark scores, and performance over stability.

Intel blames motherboard makers for stability issues with its 13th and 14th Core i9 processors

ASUS has already addressed the issue with a BIOS update introducing a more sensible 'Intel Baseline Profile' for power limits using Intel's recommended settings. Other big board makers like MSI and GIGABYTE have followed suit with their own BIOS updates and revisions.

In a statement supplied to Igor's Lab, Intel blames motherboard manufacturers for disabling "thermal and power delivery safeguards designed to limit processor exposure to sustained periods of high voltage and frequency." It's a strange stance when the instability lies with the CPU.

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