As most gamers know by now, AMD Radeon video cards and a lot of NVIDIA GeForce cards are hard if not impossible to get at normal prices due to the cryptocurrency boom. Miners are buying up everything they can get and it appears this even includes chartering Boeing 747s.
Quartz wrote yesterday that miners are renting entire airplanes because the traditional shipping by sea simply takes too long and entails a large loss of opportunity:
“Time is critical, very critical,” in mining, Marco Streng, chief executive of Genesis Mining, a major ethereum miner, told Quartz. “For example, we are renting entire airplanes, Boeing 747s, to ship on time. Anything else, like shipping by sea, loses so much opportunity.”
“When building our data centers, we have the highest priority on time,” Streng said. “Time counts so much. We are using the fastest delivery possible. You risk the opportunity to mine for the days you are delayed. If you are deploying 10 days later, you are losing 10 days of mining—that is the cost.”
About 36,000 units of new ether can be mined every day, which is worth nearly $7 million at current prices.
During yesterday's earnings call, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Vivek Arya asked Intel CEO Brian Krzanich about the impact of AMD's new product lineup. Krzanich replied AMD "raised up a bit" with their more recent products but suggested this will only make Intel stronger and better in the end:
Vivek Arya - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Thank you for taking my question. Brian, for my first one, my question is on the competitive landscape in the data center. There's been a lot of discussion about AMD perhaps posing more competition than it has in the last several years. And I appreciate it's early days and you have a very strong product out, but are you hearing about them more in your customer conversations? Is that a more real threat than it has been in the past? Because they did have an event, they did show up with 10-plus potential customers. And in some of the benchmark data, they are showing some performance that is perhaps better at a lower price. So how real is that competition and how are you reacting to it?
Brian M. Krzanich - Intel Corp.
Sure, Vivek. I think in general, we see competition across almost every one of our platforms, whether it be in the data center or in the client business, and it's come from a variety of sources.
You're right, AMD has raised up a bit with their more recent products, but you see us responding. This is a traditional performance battle that we're very accustomed to, and we're comfortable in reacting and competing very aggressively in. And so you see us coming out with our Xeon Scalable. You'll see us make maneuvers like we accelerate our Core i9 products, which are all the way up to 18 thread systems on the client based products. So I'd tell you that yes, we're seeing increased competitive pressure from a variety of places. But that actually will just drive us even harder, make us better in the end. And we're comfortable that we can make the right products to deliver the right performance against those.
During yesterday's earnings call, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed that his company will start shipping 10nm processors near the end of 2017. This will be limited to a lower-volume SKU, the real mass shipments of Intel's 10nm processors will follow in the first half of 2018:
We launched the powerful new Intel Core X-series processor family including a new Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, extending our performance leadership. And we'll be shipping our first 10-nanometer products near the end of the year beginning with a lower volume SKU and followed by multiple SKUs and a volume ramp in the first half of 2018.
Intel is currently sampling 10nm engineering samples to customers. Yields are described as "pretty much right in line with the forecasted ramp rates."
Intel had another good quarter as the company registered record second-quarter revenue of $14.8 billion, up 14 percent year-over-year thanks to strong growth in its client computing and data-centric segments. Net income came in at $2.8 billion on a GAAP basis and $3.5 billion on a non-GAAP basis. The latter figure is what Wall Street looks like, it's basically a massaged number that filters out all the one-time items and other special circumstances.
Revenue was about $350 million higher than Wall Street estimates and the non-GAAP earnings per share came in at 72 cents, about 4 cents better than analyst consensus.
Client Computing Group revenue was up 12 percent year-over-year and Data Center Group revenue rose 9 percent year-over-year. The Internet of Things Group posted 26 percent year-over-year growth and sales of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group skyrocketed 58 percent. The only lagging division was the Programmable Solutions Group, which saw sales decline 5 percent versus the year ago period.
The good results of the Client Computing unit were driven by notebook solutions. Sales of laptop chips soared 14 percent, while average selling prices rose 6 percent. Desktop platform revenue on the other hand declined 1 percent, while average selling prices also decreased 1 percent. Overall, it doesn't look like AMD's Ryzen is cutting into Intel's sales in a significant way, or at least not yet.
Intel is also more optimistic about its future business prospects. The chip giant raised its full-year revenue outlook by $1.3 billion to $61.3 billion. The projected 2017 non-GAAP EPS is now $3.0, an increase of 15 cents versus the previous guidance.
Intel Corporation today reported second-quarter revenue of $14.8 billion, up
9 percent year-over-year. After adjusting for the Intel Security Group (ISecG) transaction, second-quarter revenue
grew 14 percent from a year ago. Operating income was $3.8 billion, up 190 percent year-over-year, and non-GAAP
operating income was $4.2 billion, up 30 percent. EPS was $0.58, up 115 percent year-over-year, and non-GAAP
EPS was $0.72, up 22 percent.
The company also generated approximately $4.7 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $1.3 billion, and
used $1.3 billion to repurchase 36 million shares of stock. Intel is raising its full-year revenue outlook by $1.3 billion
to $61.3 billion and raising its EPS outlook to $2.66 (GAAP) and $3.00 (non-GAAP), which is a 15 cent increase
over the previous guidance.
“Q2 was an outstanding quarter with revenue and profits growing double digits over last year,” said Brian Krzanich,
Intel CEO. “We also launched new Intel Core, Xeon and memory products that reset the bar for performance
leadership, and we’re gaining customer momentum in areas like AI and autonomous driving. With industry-leading
products and strong first-half results, we’re on a clear path to another record year."
“We feel great about where we are relative to our three year plan and heading into the second half. Intel’s
transformation continues in the third quarter when we expect to complete our planned acquisition of Mobileye,” said
Bob Swan, Intel CFO. “Based on our strong first-half results and higher expectations for the PC business, we’re
raising our full-year revenue and EPS forecast.”
Intel shares are up 2.83 percent to $35.96 in after-hours trading.
ROCCAT reveals the Khan Pro, world's first stereo gaming headset with Hi-Res certification. The company's marketing division claims Khan Pro offers superior acoustics that will allow you to "to hear and localize any opponent long before they come in sight – giving the gamer a competitive edge, even in the most complex situations." ROCCAT's Khan Pro will ship in October for $99.99. It will be offered in black, anthracite and light grey versions.
ROCCAT unveils their newest stereo gaming headset, the
Khan Pro, during ChinaJoy Expo 2017 in Shanghai.
The Khan Pro delivers unheard of sound clarity, the first gaming headset in the world granted the
“Hi-Res-Audio” certificate, given only to the very best audio products on the market. Thanks to the
new ROCCAT Khan Pro, the player can hear and locate any opponent long before they ever come
in sight. With a broad frequency range between 20Hz and 40kHz, the Khan Pro boasts deep bass,
rich mids and clear highs, enabling gamers to pinpoint sound and location with ease in the heat of
play. The Khan Pro makes every gamer a winner.
ROCCAT’s Khan Pro also features a “Real-Voice-Mic”, offering the most natural voice transmission
deliverable in a gaming headset. The microphone of the Khan Pro can pick up lower frequencies
than other competitors in its class, ranging from just 100Hz to 10kHz. This expanded spectrum
makes the human voice sound as natural as possible on a gaming headset, optimizing team
communication like never before, ensuring commands and callouts are crystal clear.
The low weight of the Khan Pro in combination with its memory foam earpads make it the perfect
partner for long play sessions. It doesn’t matter if you’re racing for a World First Kill in World of
Warcraft or the Global Elite in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – it will never get uncomfortable no
matter the duration of play. The Khan Pro is the choice for ambitious esport gamers and all those
who aspire to become a better player in general. Play like a pro – with the ROCCAT Khan Pro.
Lots of AMD news hit the web the last couple of days, it's starting to get a little bit too much! Anyway, VideoCardz reports the latest leaks suggest AMD's gaming Vega cards will be called "Radeon RX Vega 64" and" Radeon RX Vega 56".
The Radeon RX Vega 64 is the full GPU with 64 CUs, this card will reportedly be shown at SIGGRAPH this weekend. It will ship in an air cooled version as well as a liquid cooled edition with a higher TDP, similar to what AMD did with the Frontier Edition. VideoCardz claims the Radeon RX Vega 64 cards will arrive in August but that they won't hit shelves "anytime soon"
There will be no reference model of the Radeon RX Vega 56, this model has 56 CUs and will only be available from AMD's add-in board (AIB) partners. The bad news is this version won't ship until September.
Lastly, there's also an unverified rumor from Reddit about a retailer listing of an ASUS Radeon RX Vega 64, 8GB, HDMI, DPx3 (RXVEGA64-O8G-LIQUID) with an August 2, 2017 availability date. This model reportedly costs 1,115EUR ($1,350) without VAT.
Overclocker der8auer got his hands on AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 1950x processor and decided to take a look under the hood. He delidded his processor and posted some nice photos that show the delidding process and what's under the integrated heatspreader (IHS).
Under the IHS are four dies, just like the EPYC server processors. Just two of these are activated on the consumer parts. Unfortunately, der8auer broke the CPU during the delidding process, but at least he managed to snap some good video footage and some pictures.
Together with the launch of its Ryzen 3 processors, AMD announces broad availability of its low-end Bristol Ridge desktop processors. This includes A-series APUs as well as Athlon X4 chips without integrated graphics.
These Socket AM4 chips were first announced almost a year ago but until now they were only available for OEM PC makers. It is unknown why AMD waited so long to bring these chips to the retail market.
AMD also announced the worldwide release of the highly popular 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop processor (codenamed 'Bristol Ridge') and the AMD Athlon™ X4 CPU for socket AM4, providing entry-level processor solutions for this advanced platform. Engineered to deliver a premium PC experience with superior unlocked performance and efficiency for entry level PCs, 7th Gen A-Series processors include Radeon™ graphics for impressive gaming and a quad core architecture for responsive computing. The introduction of 7th Gen A-series, Athlon X4, and Ryzen™ 3 processors completes the stable, mature socket AM4 ecosystem, making it the only future-ready platform that scales all the way from entry-level CPUs all the way up to the high-end 8-core/16-thread Ryzen™ 7 1800X.
AMD delivers the next wave of Ryzen by launching its Ryzen 3 series. There are two new models, both are 65W TDP quad-core processors with just four threads. The Ryzen 1300X is clocked at 3.5GHz, has a 3.7GHz Boost and is priced at $129. The Ryzen 3 1200 is $20 cheaper and has a 3.1GHz base clock and 3.4GHz Boost.
A quick look at the reviews that hit the web today reveals that Ryzen 3 has pretty much the same advantages and cons as its the other Zen-based processors. They excel at multi-threaded tasks but single-threaded performance, which includes games, is not as good as what you get with similar-priced Intel CPUs.
Both processors ship with AMD's Wraith Stealth cooler. AMD also announced that starting today, it will offer it Wraith Max cooler with RGB programmable LED for individual sale for $59.
Building off a momentous introduction of the AMD "Zen" core architecture named "Best New Technology" by independent reviewers around the globe, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today released two models of its mainstream-priced, high-efficiency AMD Ryzen™ 3 desktop processor -- the AMD Ryzen™ 3 1300X and AMD Ryzen™ 3 1200 CPUs. The two Ryzen 3 processors come equipped with true quad-core unlocked performance for gaming and computing, and join the award-winning AMD Ryzen™ 7 and Ryzen™ 5 desktop processors with a large and growing AM4 motherboard ecosystem.
"These past few months have been an exciting period for AMD with the global launch of Ryzen 7, designed for even the most demanding power users, and the release of Ryzen 5, which meets and even exceeds the needs of serious Prosumers," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD. "Ryzen 3 is a significant addition to our Ryzen desktop processor lineup, scaling industry leading responsiveness and performance into a budget-friendly package for mainstream users. AMD's Ryzen processor line reenergizes innovation and competition across the entire PC market, providing consumers with a newfound selection of processors that can fulfill their computing needs at virtually every price point."
Performance and Availability
The Ryzen 3 lineup includes two 4-core, 4-thread desktop CPUs available for purchase, both of which support the new AM4 platform found throughout the entire mainstream Ryzen processor family. Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 are designed to deliver optimum performance for esports gaming and computing applications. Thanks to four physical processing cores, the Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 boast impressive multiprocessing advantages compared to the competition while delivering impressive game performance. And like all socket AM4 processors, Ryzen 3 is multiplier-unlocked to provide even more performance to users who appreciate the freedom to overclock.
Ryzen 3 1300X delivers a base clock of 3.5 GHz, a precision boost of 3.7GHz, and can even clock as high as 3.9 GHz with XFR in the presence of premium cooling. The Ryzen 3 1200 maintains a base clock of 3.1 GHz and a precision boost of 3.4 GHz. Just like the entire Ryzen lineup, all Ryzen 3 processors feature a true artificial intelligence inside that employs a neural network to learn about your applications to send workloads down the fastest pathway inside the CPU for optimized performance. In addition, every Ryzen 3 processor is AMD VR Ready thanks to its advanced architecture and lightning-fast responsiveness.