A lot of Ryzen pre-orders were sold this week based on the massive hype AMD build up but unfortunately we still don't have a clear picture of how AMD's new architecture performs in games.
Now we have a leaked GTA V gaming benchmark which shows the Ryzen 7 1700 ($329) versus the Intel Core i7 7700K ($349.99) and if these results are true it's quite a bummer. The origin of this leak is DinoPC from OCUK, his video has been removed but of course if something interesting hits the web it lives on forever.
One set of benchmark scores was gathered on a system with the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 and the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, while the other set originates from an Intel Core i7-7700K on a Gigabyte Z270 Ultra Gaming X motherboard. Both systems had the same NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, memory, PSU, and cooling system.
GTA V was benched at Full HD resolution with unknown settings. Overall the results are quite disappointing for Ryzen as the Ryzen 7 1700 gets its ass handed to it by the Core i7-7700K. At stock clockspeeds, the 7700K has an average frame rate that is 4fps higher than the Ryzen 7 1700. The Ryzen chip hits an average framerate of 85 whereas the 7700K delivers 89fps.
The difference is a lot bigger when you look at the minimum framerate delivered by each chip. Whereas the Intel chip delivers a minimum framerate of 38fps, the Ryzen 7 1700 achieves just 28fps. Similarly, there's a huge difference between the maximum framerates, the Intel chip delivers up to 170fps while the AMD chip does just 132fps. Overclocked results for the 7700K at 5GHz are also included.
Of course, it's just one test in a somewhat older game and with very limited information but it's a good example of why it's not a good idea to pre-order something without knowing the performance.
NVIDIA uploaded the GeForce 378.77 hotfix, this is a bug fix release that resolves a crash that occurs in Minecraft and some other Java-based titles. Additionally, it resolves a problem with "Debug Mode" being on by default on Pascal-based GPUs and fixes driver installation problems for laptops.
You can get this release over here but installation is not recommended if you're not experiencing any of these issues.
Fixed driver installation errors for laptops with GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 ti GPUs.
Fixed crash in Minecraft and some other Java-based titles
Resolved 'Debug Mode' as default option on Pascal based GPUs
BIOSTAR reveals more details about the RACING X370GT5, a new Socket AM4 motherboard for AMD's Ryzen CPU. This motherboard will be sold for $149 in a bundle with a BIOSTAR VIVIV LED Fan. The full specifications can be found over here.
BIOSTAR is thrilled to welcome its latest entry in the 2nd-Generation family of RACING Series motherboard with the RACING X370GT5 motherboard. Featuring support for the latest AMD RYZEN processors, users can enjoy the best of the new AMD platform together with the best of the BIOSTAR RACING series. The RACING X370GT5 features superior gaming network optimization with FLY.NET and DRAGON LAN for an optimal online gaming experience. Light up your AMD RYZEN gaming system with the BIOSTAR RACING exclusive feature, the 5050 LED Fun Zone so you can customize your system lights however you want. The X370 chipset also allows further performance enhancement on unlocked AMD RYZEN CPUs for the extra performance boost so you can get more out of your system, perfect for performance seekers and overclockers!
The RACING X370GT5 comes bundled with a free BIOSTAR VIVID LED Fan and will have an MSRP of $149.
BIOSTAR RACING 2nd-Gen Series Features
The full-wave of features from the 2nd-gen BIOSTAR motherboards echo throughout the series with features VIVID LED DJ support and 5050 LED Fun Zone with dual header for full customization freedom.
New Features to Enhance Gaming Performance
Break limits and enjoy uninhibited speed with BIOSTAR performance features that offer speed that gamers need to dominate their games. These new features will bring a new level of experience for gamers and enthusiasts.
Dual BIOS and GT Touch
The new BIOSTAR RACING Series motherboards feature excellent DIY tools for ease-of-use and maintenance including DUAL BIOS protection for deep-level of system protection while the onboard GT Touch interface allows easy controls when working with the motherboard. The DUAL BIOS allows users to manually select between two BIOS, keeping each BIOS chip independent from each other to protect the system in the occurrence of a BIOS corruption. Easily flash back a working version or maintain two different versions for flexibility. The GT Touch interface lets users work with their motherboard easier with onboard power on and reset buttons while also allowing control over easy-access profiles so your system runs how you want it, when you need it best... all at the touch of your fingertips!
Advanced Gaming Network Optimization
AMD AM4 RACING motherboards come with the new networking solution for gaming: the DRAGON LAN together with FLY.NET bandwidth management software which automatically detects the best settings for your bandwidth, maximizing priority to those that need it the most meaning games will receive a smoother experience with improved lower latencies and an ultra-stable network connection when running multitple software that utilize the network.
Lighting up Your Life with RACING Style
5050 LED Fun Zone
The brand-new 5050 LED Fun Zone comes with two 5050 LED headers to bring more colorful lighting options to DIY lovers. This improves upon the original feature allowing for a much more flexible way of adding lights to your system.
Rear I/O connectivity include a legacy PS/2 port, four USB3.1 Gen1 ports, a USB3.1 Gen2 Type-A port and USB3.1 Gen2 Type-C port for modern devices. Multimedia connectivity include DVI and HDMI output, an Ethernet port and six audio ports.
Delidding a processor may help you to overclock a processor higher as it can allow you to improve thermal conductivity, which results in lower temperatures for your processor. It's a process reserved for the most extreme overclockers as a mistake can ruin your processor but lately we're seeing more and more tools to make delidding easier.
Designs for creating a Skylake and Kaby Lake delid tool are available online but these require a 3D printer. For those with no access to a 3D printer, Aqua Computer took it upon itself to create Dr. Delid, a tool that makes heatspreader removal easier.
Dr. Delid from Aqua Computer is a compact tool to remove the heat spreader of Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs. After replacing the thermal grease, the tool also allows to reinstall the heat spreader securely and precisely.
The heat spreader is gently separated from the CPU by twisting and requires no noteworthy effort from the user. This is important to avoid damage to the thin PCBs of the Skylake and Kaby Lake processors. When the heat spreader is rotated, the force is dissipated across all four edges of the CPU.
Aqua Computer has designed Dr. Delid to operate in a secure way so the customer does not have to worry about its expensive CPU. The delid disc which removes the heat spreader also locks the CPU so it can not jump out of the tool. The screw has a stop position so it can not be turned too far. After the removal of the heat spreader the CPU can be lifted through an opening in the tool without touching the gold contacts.
When the thermal grease has been replaced, another insert allows an exactly centered position of the heat spreader to glue it to the CPU again. A clamp which is inserted from the side uses a screw to apply some pressure to the heat spreader while the glue cures. Of course the screw is made of plastic and can not damage the surface nor does it allow applying a too high pressure.
The product will be sold via the Aqua Computer webshop for 29.90EUR. Shipments start February 27th.
For years we've known the upcoming processor architecture from AMD as "Zen" so perhaps you're wondering why AMD decided to call the final retail product "Ryzen". There's quite a lot of backstory behind it and I have to admit AMD seems to have made a brilliant choice here if Ryzen lives up to the hype.
Years ago Zen was picked as the codename because of the balance the architecture struck between various aspects of the design. But as PC World reports today, AMD could not use Zen as the final product name because they couldn't trademark Zen.
There are a lot of products in the world that use Zen-related branding, even in the consumer electronics market you have various products like the ASUS ZenFone and the old Creative Zen MP3 player lineup. So trademarking Zen was basically a no-go because it was not strong nor unique enough.
A specialized naming agency came up with "rizon", which is basically "horizon" without the "ho". AMD's executives liked the concept of a platform that takes you to the next horizon of computing, it stuck for some time but AMD marketing executive John Taylor explains it never felt right.
After this AMD's space buffs introduced the "New Horizon" name for the December 2016 webcast where AMD introduced the Zen architecture. The inspiration for this name was the NASA New Horizons space probe that did a flyby study of Pluto and gave us the best photos we have to date of this dwarf planet.
Then one day the company started playing with combinations and spelling variants of "Zen" and "Rizon" and that's how they stumbled upon "Rizen" and "Ryzen":
“That’s got kind of a cool quality about it, too,” Taylor said of the Pluto link. “And so one day, we said, okay, we’ve got this Zen equity, we’ve got this word “rizon” that we kind of like, and we started playing with the spelling.”
One snag: if AMD stuck with “Rizen,” there would be a chance that customers would pronounce it “risen,” invalidating “Zen” and “horizon” in one fell swoop. So executives tried swapping the “i” for the “y,” mocked it up on packaging, then on a processor “lid.”
“And every time we looked at it, we said that word looks fast and it looks like it could be on the side of a spaceship going to Mars,” Taylor said. AMD had a winner.
There's also some significance behind the brushed open circle, this is an enso and it symbolizes further development and growth. Similarly, the Ryzen brand name in the logo uses a newly created font that adheres to Zen principles.
Jon Peddie analysts finished their quarterly report about the add-in board GPU market and concludes sales of video cards continue to boom despite declining sales of PCs. Whereas sales of desktop PCs collapsed 10.9 percent in 2016 versus the year before, total video card sales rose 21.1 percent as demand from gamers is booming.
“The graphics add-in board market has defied gravity for over a year now, showing gains while the overall PC market slips. The silly notion of integrated graphics “catching up” with discrete will hopefully be put to rest now,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie research, the industry’s research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia.
If anyone doubted that the PC was the platform of choice for gaming, this quarter’s results will correct that incorrect misconception. The gaming market is lifting the entire PC market and has over whelmed the console market.
The report also mentions that Q4 2016 sales were 5.6 percent higher than the quarter before, thereby significantly beating the ten-year average of a shipments drop of 4.7 percent.
Compared with last quarter, NVIDIA gained a little bit of marketshare from AMD. The former's GeForce line now holds 70.5 percent of the market whereas the AMD Radeon lineup has a marketshare of 29.5 percent. The difference with the previous quarter is just 0.3 percent so depending on the margin of error the marketshare of both companies looks rather stable.
Cooler Master showcases its MasterLiquid 120 and MasterLiquid 240, two new all-in-one watercooling kits with low-profile dual-chamber pumps. One model has a 120mm radiator with two MasterFan Air Balance 120mm fans in a push-pull configuration while the other model has a 240mm radiator with two MasterFan Air Balance 120mm fans.
Both models use dual-layer tubing (inner FEB tubing, outer sleeve tubing) and are maintenance-free. The waterblock features a white LED-backlit Cooler Master logo and comes with mounting tools for all commonly used Intel and AMD desktop CPUs, including the latest Kaby Lake and Ryzen.
Expect pricing of 69.90EUR for the 120mm model and 79.90EUR for the 240mm version.
Cooler Master, a leader in computer components and peripherals, announces the MasterLiquid 120 and 240. The MasterLiquid 120 and 240 are designed with next-gen low-profile Dual Chamber pump that separates incoming and outgoing coolant to strike the perfect balance of performance and noise-level. Both models are fully compatible with the latest platforms such as AM4 socket and Kaby Lake for added piece of mind for future upgrades.
Both models feature Dual Layer Tubing with inner FEP tubing and outer sleeve tubing, more durability and they are aesthetically pleasing for anyone looking to perfect their build. MasterFan Air Balance is also included to complement the lower noise-level design. Just like all our All-in-One liquid coolers, the MasterLiquid 120 and 240 require no further maintenance once installed.
BYKSKI announced the XPR-A, its first waterblock for AMD's new Ryzen processors. This firm is one of China's largest waterblock makers and the company says it will make more Ryzen blocks as they foresee large demand. Pricing of the BYKSKI XPR-A is $69 via the company's online store.
The BYKSKI XPR-A uses a piece of 83mm*83mm*6mm red copper to CNC, with Nickel plating for the anti-oxidation treatment, it makes the appearance of the water blocks to be not the copper color but satin nickel color. The cover uses lucid PMMA material to make it visible of the coolant working.
As we've been reporting about for a couple of weeks, Toshiba is in a lot of trouble as multi-billion dollar writedowns on its US nuclear business threaten to bankrupt the company. Earlier this month the company confessed the losses were even bigger than expected and the firm is rushing to sell pieces of itself to get its house back in order.
Initially, Toshiba aimed to sell less than 20 percent of its semiconductor unit, which includes the lucrative flash division, but now the company is considering to sell a majority stake or perhaps even the entire division.
In the news today is a statement from SK Hynix CEO Park Sung-wook that his company is interested in making a fresh bid if Toshiba puts more on the table:
SK Hynix CEO and vice chairman Park Sung-wook told reporters on the sidelines of a semiconductor conference in Seoul that if Toshiba puts forward a specific offer and schedule it will consider taking them.
Park declined to comment on whether acquiring the Japanese business unit will help profits or if it was willing to spend more than the 10 trillion won, or $8.8 billion, that Toshiba was aiming to raise from the sale.
Samsung is the largest player in the NAND flash memory market with a marketshare of 36.6 percent. Toshiba is the second largest player with 19.8 percent of the market and Western Digital takes the third place with 17.1 percent thanks to its acquisition of SanDisk.
SK Hynix comes in fourth with a marketshare of 10.4 percent so if the company succeeds in buying Toshiba's flash unit it can become world's second largest player in the flash market.
AMD's Ryzen lineup is starting to break world records. A YouTube clip shows how a group of overclockers break the CineBench R15 world record using a Ryzen 7 1800X chip cooled with LN2. The voltage was bumped to a massive 1.875V and this achieved them to overclock all eight cores from 3.6GHz to 5.2GHz. The result was a score of 2449 points in the CineBench multi-threaded test, 39 points higher than the previous world record.