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.
German cooling firm Alphacool reveals its new Cape Corp Coolplex Metall HF reservoir for custom watercooling loops. This product is the company's first reservoir with a base and top made completely out of brass. It ships in three sizes (100mm to 260mm) and with black or chrome colors. One special feature here is the support for the "light tower" water effect. Depending on the size, pricing ranges from 33.99EUR ot 37.99EUR.
To follow the successful Eisbecher series, Alphacool presents the Cape Corp Coolplex HF Metal. With its solid brass base and top, it has a unique design, weight, and feel in chrome or matte black. Naturally, the Cape Corp Coolplex HF Metal also boasts the Lighttower water effect, well-known from the Eisbecher series. The centre-mounted riser pipe has small slits at its upper end, which spray water sideways at the acrylic tube. This effect can be controlled by changing the flow rate of the water.
Installation is done with two clip-on brackets, which are each fastened to the case with a screw. The Cape Corp Coolplex HF Metal simply needs to be clipped into the brackets and fastened.
There is an inlet and outlet on the side and on the base. This means the reservoir can be attached to the cooling loop in just about any position. The top has another inlet, though using it means forgoing the Lighttower water effect.
The Alphacool Cape Corp Coolplex HF Metal is available in three sizes: 100, 150, and 260mm.
It's earlier than expected but the first gaming PCs with AMD's Ryzen Threadripper are already available!
Dell is offering five Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition base configurations, with pricing starting at a whopping $2,999.99. All five systems from Alienware feature the Threadripper 1950X processor but price/performance-wise you're not getting a good deal here. The cheapest Alienware configuration features the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, has just 8GB DDR4-2667, and a 2TB HDD.
As was reported a couple of weeks ago, Threadripper will be an Alienware exclusive until the end of 2017. There will be no Threadripper systems from other major OEMs until 2018, but this exclusivity deal does not apply to smaller outfits.
iBUYPOWER is also listing Threadripper configurations on its website. They charge $1,699 for the most basic configuration. That system features the Threadripper 1920X, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060, the Gigabyte AORUS X399 Gaming 7 motherboard, 8GB DDR4-3000 and a 1TB HDD.
Together with the rollout of its new 17.7.2 drivers, AMD also rolled out the GPU Profiler tool for professional users. GPU Profiler can be found over here, AMD says it's the first PC graphics tool that enables low-level hardware thread tracing. It provides developers with a visual look at how DirectX 12 and Vulkan games interact with Radeon GPUs. Developers can use this information to make their games more optimized for Radeon GPUs.
Incredible game experience is not a given. It is a result of game designers carefully engineering each scene and each frame to deliver the best performance out of the hardware it runs on. Meet the Radeon GPU Profiler, a ground-breaking low-level optimization tool that provides detailed timing and occupancy information on Radeon GPUs.
Unlike the black box approach of the past, PC game developers now have unprecedented, in-depth access to a GPU and can easily analyze graphics, async compute usage, event timing, pipeline stalls, barriers, bottlenecks and other performance inefficiencies.
This unique tool generates easy to understand visualizations of how your DirectX®12 and Vulkan® games interact with the GPU at the hardware level. Profiling a game is both a quick and simple process using the Radeon Developer Panel and our public Crimson driver.
US President Trump was very happy yesterday as Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn announced a $10 billion dollar investment. The company will construct a 20,000 square foot LCD display factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Foxconn will get $3 billion in tax breaks and says the plant will create up to 13,000 jobs.
The factory will focus on large panels and Foxconn chairman and founder Terry Gou explains they want to build world's most advanced 8K ecosystem in the US. EE Times reports Foxconn's plan is highly ambitious as the US lacks the supply chain required for the production of large LCDs. These panels are almost all made in South Korea or China, but North America is the largest buyer of panels with a size over 55-inch.
Analysts speculate glass makers like Corning will set up shop right next to Foxconn's Sharp plant as transportation of large glass panels is too unwieldly:
The 10.5G fabs use sheets of glass that measure about three meters square and are only a few millimeters thick. Thus today’s large LCD fabs have glass plants, usually Corning, co-located next to them. “You can’t make the glass elsewhere and ship it because it’s too unwieldy,” said a former display analyst who asked not to be named.
Thank you Foxconn, for investing $10 BILLION DOLLARS with the potential for up to 13K new jobs in Wisconsin! MadeInTheUSA???????? pic.twitter.com/jJghVeb63s
A couple of days ago, HardOCP revealed they received a Radeon RX Vega sample for about half a day. The site used the sample to perform a blind test, similar to what AMD did at its Budapest and PDXLAN events last week. But instead of comparing with a GeForce GTX 1080, as AMD suggested to HardOCP's Kyle Bennett, he decided to spice things up by using a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
The setup of the blind test included two identical systems with the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU, one system with the AMD Radeon RX Vega and another one with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. What did differ is that the AMD system used a FreeSync display, while the NVIDIA configuration featured a G-Sync panel.
Kyle invited several gamers for the test, including gaming journalists, a former id Software employee, eSports professionals, and some teenage hardcore gamers. Due to time constraints, the test was limited to just one game (DOOM). You can view the results below, but keep in mind this is a very subjective test that is not even a direct comparison of both cards. AMD will reveal its Radeon RX Vega lineup this weekend.
AMD is pulling a page from Microsoft's book by introducing the Radeon Software Vanguard Beta Program. By subscribing over here, Radeon video card users will be able to beta test drivers that aren't available to the general public.
This looks a bit similar to Microsoft's Windows Insiders program, although it seems like AMD's program will be more closed. More details should be available on the Radeon Software Vanguard later today, it's not online yet.
The Radeon Software Vanguard Beta Tester program aims at opening a channel for selected participants to work directly with AMD, giving a voice and platform to share their passion for Radeon Software.
AMD uploaded the Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 drivers, you can grab them over here. This release adds quite a lot of new features, AMD updated the Radeon Chill technology, added new Radeon WattMan features, updated Radeon ReLive with support for up to 100Mbps recording or capturing, and introduced Enhanced Sync.
The latter is AMD's version of NVIDIA's Fast Sync technology. You can find more details in the changelog below:
Radeon Additional Settings has been retired and its previously supported controls for Switchable Graphics, Color Depth and Pixel Format have all been moved into Radeon Settings.
Radeon ReLive (1)
Now supports bitrates up to 100Mbps for recording or capturing.
Added new controls for camera transparency.
Optimized memory usage for lower overhead while recording or capturing.
Added new notifications for Instant Replay Saving, Recording Timers in Overlay Toolbar and Network Connectivity Issues when streaming.
Enhanced Audio Controls: Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition now has support for customizable microphone volume controls, audio boost for captured replays and push to talk (mouse + keyboard) support for microphone.
Now supports DirectX®12 and Vulkan™. For more details on new and supported games visit http://www.radeon.com/chill.
Now supports Multi-GPU.
Now supports Hybrid Graphics system configurations.
Now supports Radeon XConnect™ Technology system configurations.
Enhanced Sync is a display technology which helps minimize screen tearing while decreasing latency and stuttering at an unlocked frame rate. Enhanced Sync is available in Radeon Settings Game Manager under the "Wait for Vertical Refresh" drop down menu.
Per-Display Color Controls(4)
Per-Display Color Controls are now available in the display tab of Radeon Settings allowing users to configure Brightness, Hue, Contrast and Saturation.
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 features optimizations for improved gaming responsiveness in DirectX®9 and select DirectX®11 gaming titles.
Now supports memory underclocking.
Now supports power state controls.
Frame Rate Target Control(7)
Now supports DirectX®12 and Multi-GPU.
Shader Cache is now supported for select DirectX®9 titles
Radeon Software Vanguard Beta Program
The Radeon Software Vanguard Beta Tester program aims at opening a channel for selected participants to work directly with AMD, giving a voice and platform to share their passion for Radeon Software. For more information about Radeon Software Vanguard visit www.Radeon.com/Vanguard.
Radeon.com Feedback and Feature Voting
Radeon Software feedback and feature voting has been updated. Visit www.radeon.com/feedback to provide Radeon Software feedback and vote on future Radeon Software features.
Mass Effect™: Andromeda may experience incorrect colors when using an HDR display and a secondary SDR display connected in extended mode.
Fan speeds when using Radeon WattMan may remain elevated and not drop back to idle states after 3D workloads.
Some video playback applications may experience stutter in fullscreen with AMD FreeSync™ technology enabled.
Radeon ReLive may exhibit corruption in recordings when capturing Microsoft Office applications.
Radeon ReLive may experience recording or streaming issues when task switching using ALT+TAB.
Radeon WattMan fan settings may reset to defaults on Radeon Software upgrade to 17.7.2.
Tekken™ 7 may experience a crash (Chapter 13) on some Radeon RX 380 Series graphics products.
GPU Scaling may fail to work on some DirectX®11 applications.
4x Multi-GPU system configurations may fail to enable AMD CrossFire technology mode due to a missing toggle in Radeon Settings.
Some protected content applications may experience an HDCP error code while playing BluRay content. A workaround is to unplug and re-plug the connected display or turn the display off and then back on.