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AMD fans looking to build up a seriously high-end rig using the top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Castle Peak 2.9 GHz 64-core processor can save hundreds of dollars at Micro Center right now. The caveat is that your local store will need to have the processor in stock to take advantage of the special deal.
The Threadripper 3990X launched in January for $3990, making it an incredibly expensive processor. Currently, Micro Center is offering a discount of $540.01 off the regular retail price. While saving $540 is a significant discount, that means the processor is still costly at $3449.99.
Computer enthusiasts lucky enough to have such a high budget for the processor can also shave another $300 off if they bundle it with an eligible, compatible motherboard. Motherboards recommended by Micro Center include the ASUS TRX40 ROG Zenith II Extreme Alpha sTRX4 motherboard, MSI TRX40 Creator AMD sTRX4 EATX motherboard, and others.
Biostar motherboards now support the new AMD Ryzen 3000XT series computer processors that use the Zen 2 architecture. Biostar motherboards are built using the AMD B550, and A520 chipsets gain support with newly available BIOS updates. The new XT range consists of the Ryzen 9 3900XT, AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT, and Ryzen 5 3600XT processors.
The new processors are being supported by a BIOS update for the AM4 based motherboards. Two of the motherboards that support AMD's latest CPUs are the Racing B550GTA and Racing B550GTQ. Biostar says that the two new motherboards are designed to be the best available and are designed to support the latest hardware on the market.
Both motherboards have a Digital PWM controller that increases system efficiency. They also feature Dr. MOS that integrates driver ICs in high-side/low-side MOSFETs into a small package to reduce switching losses and enable superior efficiency and performance. The B550GTA supports 2.5Guard, which features 2.5G, offering higher transfer speeds than standard Ethernet connectors.
Well this sucks... according to new rumors, AMD has been selling so many Ryzen 3000 series CPUs that it might be delaying the launch of its next-gen Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 series processors.
AMD was originally meant to launch its next-gen Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 series processors in September 2020, but now DigiTimes is reporting that Team Red has pushed that out until early 2021. There is zero competition from Intel that is hurting AMD, and Ryzen 3000 chips are pretty damn kick ass right now -- so there's kind of no reason to launch the Ryzen 4000 series just yet.
I haven't heard much about the delay from my sources, but it makes sense. Coronavirus has smashed the entire world and supply chain, so if I can't get things from the shelves of K-mart... how are they going to pump out some of the most incredibly hard to make products on Earth?
This week Intel announced the official launch of its Core processors that feature the Intel Hybrid Technology that are known by the codename "Lakefield." The processors are built using Intel's Foveros 3D packaging technology that features a hybrid CPU architecture able to deliver power and performance scalability. Intel says the Lakefield processors are the smallest able to deliver Intel Core performance and full Windows compatibility.
"Intel Core processors with Intel Hybrid Technology are the touchstone of Intel's vision for advancing the PC industry by taking an experience-based approach to designing silicon with a unique combination of architectures and IPs. Combined with Intel's deepened co-engineering with our partners, these processors unlock the potential for innovative device categories of the future," said Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president, and general manager of Mobile Client Platforms.
Intel says that these new processors deliver full Windows 10 application compatibility in up to a 56% smaller package area enabling up to 47% smaller board size and extended battery life. The small form factor allows OEMs more flexibility in product design for single-dual, and foldable screen devices while being able to deliver the PC experience people expect.
Imagine this: you're wanting to transfer 0.55 ETH ($133 or so) and clicking "send" and then realizing the transaction fee was actually 10,666 ETH ($2.6 million). I'd have fainted right there and then, probably died on the spot.
Well, that's exactly what an unknown wallet holder did a few days ago -- sent 0.33 ETH with a transaction fee of 10,666 ETH -- a sign literally from the Devil himself. The fee went to Chinese mining group Spark Pool, which is a little on the expensive side as a transaction fee normally costs around $0.50 -- this time, it was $2.6 million.
No one knows who the ETH wallet holder is, but the balance in that wallet used to be $11 million -- and this is after sending the $2.6 million blown on transaction fees.
AMD has completely disrupted Intel's reign on the CPU market, with German tech retailer Mindfactory releasing some rather eye-opening sales numbers.
According to their sales for first week of June 2020, there have been 5270 AMD Ryzen processors sold, compared to just 770 processors by Intel. This means that AMD has 87.25% of sales for the first week of June, leaving Intel just 12.75%. The most popular CPU sold was the Ryzen 5 3600, followed by the Ryzen 7 3700X.
Hell, the top 7 most popular CPUs sold are AMD Ryzen -- with the Intel Core i7-9700K breaking it up, then it's back to AMD Ryzen again before Intel can get three in a row with its Core i9-9900K, Core i5-9600K, and Core i7-10700K.
Gamers and computer enthusiasts looking to build a new computer leaning towards AMD for the processor should check out a good deal that Micro Center has going for an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor. The CPU runs at 3.6GHz and is an 8-core AM4 retail boxed product.
It ships with a Wraith Prism Cooler and usually costs $329.99. During the special sale, a $70 discount brings the CPU to a sales price of $259.99. There is a bit of a caveat with the deal for the CPU. It's only in-store. It can't be ordered online, meaning that if you don't have a Micro Center in your town or near enough to drive to, you can't take advantage of the deal.
Shoppers are also limited to one processor at the discounted price per household. If you bundle the CPU with a compatible motherboard, Micro Center will knock another $20 off the retail price of the motherboard. Buyers can also add a two year or three-year replacement plan for the processor at $29.99 and $59.99, respectively.
AMD has burst a new hole into the CPU market with Ryzen, where in a few generations it has made some serious damage on Intel's turf -- the company is about to do the same to the GPU market against NVIDIA, and now it could do the same thing to the mobile market with a new SoC against Qualcomm.
A new leak picked up by 'HansDeVriesNL' on Twitter teases the AMD Ryzen Mobile Platform, which is based on the ARM Cortex cores and the first model we're seeing here is the Ryzen C7 SoC and it packs some serious hardware chops. We're looking at an 8-core SoC on TSMC's new 5nm node, and packing AMD's next-gen RDNA 2 architecture on the GPU side of things.
In the leaked deck, it says we're to expect something that hasn't been announced yet (on top of the AMD Ryzen C7 SoC itself) in the Radeon RDNA 2 Mobile GPU. In this leak, the RDNA 2 Mobile GPU is 45% faster than Qualcomm's own Adreno 650 GPU, and it would be the first mobile GPU with real-time hardware accelerated ray tracing and variable rate shading.
Intel didn't get to have another water chiller moment at Computex 2020 after its Computex 2018 mess, but that doesn't mean the company got away with Computex this year -- at least virtually, unscathed.
Intel CEO Bob Swan took to a YouTube guest spot in a Virtual Computex, where he had some interesting things to say. With AMD coming into the CPU market like a wrecking ball with its Ryzen CPU family, Swan is now saying that consumers and gamers shouldn't worry about benchmarks because coronavirus is here. Yeah, I'm being serious.
Swan said: "We should see this moment as an opportunity to shift our focus as an industry from benchmarks to the benefits and impacts of the technology we create. The pandemic has underscored the need for technology to be purpose-built so it can meet these evolving business and consumer needs".
We are getting closer and closer to the reveal and launch of AMD's upcoming Matisse Refresh CPUs, with the new Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT chips listed on a French retailers website.
Materiel.net has listed AMD's not-yet-announced Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT processors with some basic specs to share. The site lists the Ryzen 9 3900XT as a 12-core CPU, the Ryzen 7 3800XT as an 8-core CPU, and the Ryzen 5 3600XT as a 6-core chip.
There's nothing new here, but rather one of the largest French retailers is now listing CPUs that don't yet exist, but have had plenty of rumors and details leaking about them in the last few weeks.