Brazilian tech site Adrenaline uploaded an unboxing video of the AMD Ryzen review kit. It's a wooden chest with a lot of goodies including the AMD Ryzen 7 series CPU, Corsair DDR4 memory, and a Gigabyte Aorus X370 motherboard.
Pre-orders opened today and it seems a lot of enthusiasts are thrilled to get their hands on Ryzen as soon as possible. Andrew Gibson from British e-tailer Overclockers UK revealed that in the first ten minutes since pre-orders opened, they sold a whopping 200 Ryzen processors!
CyberpowerPC is the first company to mail us with news about their new AMD Ryzen based gaming PCs. The company offers four different base configurations, with prices starting at $983 for a system with the AMD Ryzn 7 1700 CPU, X370 based motherboard and AMD Radeon RX 470 video card.
CyberPower Inc., www.cyberpowerpc.com, a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming laptops, and performance workstations, today announced the pre-sale of a new series of enthusiastic gaming PCs based on the AMD Ryzen CPU and AM4 platform, which features advanced overclocking and more PCI Express lanes for handling high-bandwidth, immersive computing.
CyberPowerPC Ryzen based gaming PCs come in a multitude of flavors and offerings, including a Virtual Reality-ready system, refreshes to its current award winning Gamer Dragon, as well as high performance machines in the new Gamer Master Series and Hyper Liquid series. All Ryzen equipped systems will be fully customizable.
AMD’s latest Ryzen CPU requires new motherboard chipset based on the AM4 platform. CyberPowerPC Ryzen system will feature the AMD Ryzen 7 series CPUs which features 8-Core CPU/16 threads and AMD X370 chipset Motherboards. The X370 chipset delivers ultimate graphics card bandwidth with its support for multi-GPUs. The chipset also supports both, CFX (CrossFire) and SLI. Other notable features include dual-channel DDR4 memory support; NVMe, which allows a solid-state drive (SSD) to make effective use of the high-speed PCIe 3.0 bus; support for M.2 SATA devices and USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gen 2 compatibility.
For a limited time during CyberPowerPC’s Ryzen pre-sale event, all Ryzen equipped computers are bundled with the Corsair Hydro Series H60 liquid cooling as a free upgrade, which features a new split-flow manifold that delivers coolant directly to the center of the cold plate — the core area of the CPU which generates the most heat. The Corsair H60 comes pre-filled, and never needs refilling or priming.
The series includes the following base configurations:
This is today's big NASA announcement. The space agency's Spitzer Space Telescope discovered seven rocky Earth-sized planets around Trappist-1, a dwarf star at about 40 light years from Earth. Three of the seven planets are located in the habitable zone of the planet and all seven planets could have liquid water. It's the most exciting exoplanet find to date.
The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.
“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.”
It looks like someone at AMD messed up and accidentally revealed the new Vega logo one week early. Several tech sites like Legit Reviews noticed it and took a picture of it. The logo was shown during the presentation but at the end of the event the same slide was shown without the Vega logo.
It looks like someone put the unannounced Radeon VEGA GPU logo in the slide deck for the Ryzen presentation. The Radeon VEGA logo was never spotted again, but the cat was already out of the bag and hundreds of journalists were shown the logo for VEGA.
As mentioned an hour ago, AMD just launched the Ryzen 7 lineup and said these parts will ship on March 2nd. For the specifications and pricing you can check out that article, in this post I'm going to give an overview of some of the interesting things AMD CEO Lisa Su shared during the AMD Ryzen Tech Day.
So the first big snippet of news is that the performance of Zen came out better than expected. Ryzen will have 52 percent higher instructions per second (IPS) than the Excavator core, which is much higher than AMD's initial target of a 40 percent increase. An amazing achievement that's the culmination of over 2 million hours of engineering.
Here we have a new die shot of the eight-core Ryzen chip. It has 4.8 billion transistors.
AMD's Lisa Su showing off a final retail version of Ryzen. She also revealed there will be at least 82 different AM4 motherboards from AMD partners at launch.
AMD also showed off a Sniper Elite 4 demo that pitted a system with the Ryzen 7 1800X against the Intel Core i7 6900K. The AMD system seemed a bit faster, it achieved higher peak framerates than the Intel system during the duration of the demonstration.
And here we have the price/performance claims (based on CineBench).
Or if you have 25 minutes to spare, here's the entire Ryzen launch video:
And as a bonus, here's a new video clip showing Vega running Star Wars: Battlefront in 4K with Ultra settings.
Unexpectedly, AMD just announced the Ryzen 7 series! It is a paperlaunch but you're able to pre-order these parts and can expect availability on March 2nd so it's just a one-week wait. March 2nd is also the date when the NDA for the reviews expires so you'll also have to wait one more week for objective performance figures.
Here's a look at the first three Ryzen CPUs, these are all eight-core, sixteen-threaded models:
The models with an "X" suffix feature eXtended Frequency Range (XFR), a sort of Turbo mode on steroids that uses various data points like CPU temperature to gauge how high the chip can be clocked.
So the rumors about the highest-end models launching first are true and the quad-core and six-core models are delayed until Q2 2017. There are some whispers that poor yields at GlobalFoundries are the culprit here, but we can't confirm this.
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced the global launch of AMD Ryzen™ 7 desktop processors, with pre-orders starting today from more than 180 global etailers and boutique OEMs, to the delight of PC gamers, content creators, enthusiasts, and fans worldwide. After four years and more than two million engineering hours of development, Ryzen is ready to unleash its powerful purpose, shake up the market, and connect millions more people to high performance personal computing.
"Four years ago we began development of our 'Zen' processor core with the goal to deliver unprecedented generational performance gains and return choice and innovation to the high-performance computing market," said Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD. "On March 2, enthusiasts and gamers around the world will experience 'Zen' in action, as we launch our Ryzen 7 family of processors and reinvigorate the desktop computing market."
AMD Ryzen 7 Lineup
During an event for global press, industry analysts, and partners, AMD outlined the Ryzen 7 desktop processor lineup. AMD specifically designed these processors for PC gamers, creators, and enthusiasts with 8-cores, 16-threads, and the new AM4 desktop platform. In live demos and testing, these processors demonstrated their superiority: the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X as the world's highest performing 8-core desktop processor1, and Ryzen 7 1700 as the world's lowest power 8-core desktop processor.
Product demonstrations featured Ryzen 7 1800X outperforming a similarly configured 8-core, 16-thread Intel Core i7-6900K in Cinebench R15 multi-threaded and Handbrake-based video transcoding, as well as showing comparable 4K gaming performance.
For Ryzen, AMD offers new thermal solutions based on the original Wraith coolers, launched to wide acclaim in 2016. The next evolution of Wraith includes Wraith Spire and Wraith Stealth, offering reliable, near-silent performance enthusiasts expect from the Wraith brand. Featured with Ryzen 7 1700 sold in retail boxes as well as many OEM systems, Wraith Spire offers superb cooling at an incredibly quiet 32 decibels.
A bit more Ryzen info is coming up in our next post.
Over the last couple of months a lot of rumors circulated about AMD's next-gen graphics architecture but we still know little about how the lineup will look like. VideoCardz tries to offer some more insight by compiling an overview of everything they've learned so far:
Radeon RX 500 series features Polaris rebrands and Vega-based models. Launch anticipated in May.
Radeon RX 580 and 570 could be straight rebrands from RX 400 series
Vega11 may be the Radeon RX 590, a GeForce GTX 1070-like card with GDDR5(X)
Vega 10 to be used for Fury series, with new naming scheme. Expect it to be expensive, pricing in the $599 to $699 range.
The site stresses that a lot of this is subject to change, final choices still need to be made and may be dependent on what NVIDIA does next.
As a bonus, the site posted a picture of the power connectors of what appears to be an engineering sample of AMD's Vega10. The blurry photo may have been taken at the AMD Ryzen Tech Day event and shows 8+6-pin PCIe power connectors.
The site also found a benchmark score of the AMD Radeon RX 580 video card in the Ashes of the Singularity database. What's interesting here is that this score was posted by someone using a real name as the username, and a quick Facebook search reveals this is a person working at AMD. The card scored 7100 in this test which is around GeForce GTX 1070 level performance.
While Atom left a bad taste in the mouth of the consumer market, Intel is still pushing Atom processors for the IoT and storage markets and this time with more cores than ever before. Whether it's enough to fend off the low-power and efficient ARM-based alternatives remains to be seen, but Intel is not giving up.
Chips in the new 14nm Denverton lineup feature between two and sixteen cores, frequencies from 1.5GHz to 2.2GHz and TDPs starting at 8.5W. Exact specifications of each model haven't been shared but we do know the Intel Atom C3338 will be a $27 dual-core, dual-threaded model with 1.5GHz clockspeed, 2.2GHz Turbo, 4MB cache and a 9W TDP.
Thermal design points down to 8.5 watts to enable maximum energy efficiency.
Enhanced performance from 2 to 16 cores and frequencies from 1.5 Ghz to 2.2 Ghz.
Built-in hardware virtualization to enable dynamic provisioning of services as communication service providers extend network functions virtualization to the network edge. Now including Intel® VT-d.
Intel x86 64-bit software support for scalable performance and broad application compatibility.
Integrated Intel QuickAssist technology with up to 20 Gbps of compression/encryption throughput.
4 x 10 GbE integrated Intel® Ethernet to enable high-speed connectivity to the network.
Error-correcting code (ECC) memory for data integrity and system reliability through automatic data
Flexible I/O lanes providing up to 16 SATA 3.0, 16 PCIE3, and 4 USB 3.0.
Extended temperature range and long-life support for dense network, storage, industrial IoT and autonomous driving environments.
DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit) helps to develop efficient applications for networking workloads.
SPDK (Storage Performance Development Kit) helps to develop efficient applications for storage workloads.
The Atom C3000 is expected to be available by mid-2017. Intel's C2000 series was recently in the news as a hardware bug seems to be causing early failures of devices with this Atom lineup.
At the same time, Intel also announced its first Gigabit LTE modem, the XMM 7560. This 14nm model supports Cat 16 LTE and adds support for the CDMA network technology. Mass production is expected in the latter half of this year.
VideoCardz got its hands on dozens of AMD Ryzen marketing slides. The only catch is they're in Chinese and Korean so it's hard to figure out what most of these slides are saying. You can view them in full glory over here.
Below is a slide where AMD is marketing the overclocking features of Ryzen by comparing it to the Intel lineup.
The site also discovered that Ryzen supports high-speed DDR4 memory, thereby contradicting earlier rumors about Ryzen having issues with fast memory. According to a memory support page on Biostar's website, Ryzen has no trouble with DDR4-3600.