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In Topic: AMD Zen

Today, 01:00 AM

Asus Strix doubles down on AMD with first eight-core Ryzen laptop


HPE's AMD EPYC-Powered VM Server Breaks Benchmark Records:


According to HPE, the benchmarks were attained using AMD EPYC model 7601 on ProLiant DL385 Gen10 systems, which are available with up to 64-cores, 4 TB memory and 128 lanes of PCIe connectivity. For the SPECrate 2017_fp_base benchmark the HPE/AMD combo scored 257, and for the SPECfp_rate2006 the score was 1980. Both were the highest ever two socket system scores for their respective benchmarks.


In Topic: AMD Zen

Yesterday, 05:16 PM

Asus Outs ‘New Upcoming Processors’ With AMD B350/X370 BIOS Updates



Is AMD readying a new round of processors for its AM4 platform? It certainly seems so, with Asus releasing a new BIOS update for its entire range of B350 and X370 motherboards that effectively confirms this.

Asus released a series of BIOS updates for its full selection of AMD B350 and X370 chipset motherboards. Each of the individual updates share the same description: “Update to AGESA 1071 for new upcoming processors.”


We’ve already discussed the finer points of the AGESA protocol, and it’s not a new or unexpected feature for the AM4 platform; AMD and its partners frequently release BIOS updates that support new revisions of the code. However, Asus stating that the update is for new upcoming processors indicates that AMD will be expanding its AM4 processor family in some way. Asus currently seems to be the only AMD motherboard partner offering the new BIOS (dated 11-17-17), and it seems the company has let a significant cat out of the bag.


Intel’s release of Coffee Lake processors (and the new Z370 chipset) seemed like a direct answer to AMD’s Ryzen processors, offering more cores for the money. It was certainly Intel’s least expensive per-core CPU launch in recent history, at least at its recommended MSRP--a play AMD has been making since its FX-series processors debuted. With a new round of AMD AM4 processors apparently inbound, it seems unlikely that AMD would be upping the ante with even more cores, and it's likely taking aim at the low end market with a set of new APUs with integrated Vega graphics (as the company recently did with its debut of mobile Ryzen APUs). Although it's a far shot, AMD could also be laying the groundwork for 12nm LP FinFET products, though the timing still seems a bit premature for that.

Without an official statement from Asus or AMD (we’ve reached out to both), we can only speculate what kind of processors AMD could be preparing to unleash and how soon we will see them at market. However, with Asus already releasing a BIOS update for these mystery chips, it seems apparent that we’ll be seeing them sooner than later.

Oooh... exciting stuff. Isn't competition exciting? I just checked The ASUS website and the little blurb still says that about AGESA 1071


Expecting at least a 10-20% performance uplift at the 12nm node. February has been chucked around as a possible release date, but I'd think later than that myself.


EDIT: This is a really long video by a balanced AMD fan. But his predictions have turned out to be fairly spot on in the past. Watch it if you like keeping up to date on the latest tech news.

In Topic: Too Many Damn Lakes! Intel's coming CPU's

Yesterday, 04:52 PM

Very interesting article.  Curious to see if AMD can come up with something next year with the zen2 that closes the gap some more.  Intel's latest releases have been impressive though.  

Intel definitely have the best 14nm silicon in the world. They've had plenty of time to get the best out of it after all. And of course Core in its 8th generation... very mature architecture, who knows how many more changes it will see before the next ground up.


It all hangs on 7nm I would say. This is not a licensed product either.. this is all GF, so GF better deliver and not screw it up like the last two process nodes.


Exciting times in the CPU world.

In Topic: Too Many Damn Lakes! Intel's coming CPU's

21 November 2017 - 11:21 PM

The Price of Intel Corporation’s 10-Nanometer Failure


Intel is now claiming it will "introduce" its first 10nm products by the end of 2017, with serious volumes coming in 2018. Credible leaks have revealed that Intel is targeting availability more in the middle of 2018.


A delay in the mass-production start from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017 is a delay of two years, or roughly a full generation, at least back when an Intel generation was defined as roughly two years.


As if it couldn't get any worse, by Intel's own admission, its first- and second-generation 10nm technologies -- 10nm and 10nm+, respectively -- will offer worse performance than its upcoming 14nm++ technology . Intel says the company's 10nm technology won't open up a clear performance lead over its 14nm++ technology until its third iteration -- known as 10nm++ -- which should go into production sometime in 2020.


Interesting article. I can't seem to get my head around it as Intel are unstoppable, or at least appear to be. Even... how the hell how does a smaller process not increase performance?


Seems like this might be enough of a struggle for them for AMD to catch up and we can have a bit more balance in the market place.


Writer of the article has shares in Intel, so it's not a bash piece.

In Topic: Too Many Damn Lakes! Intel's coming CPU's

21 November 2017 - 10:34 PM

Intel increases production of Coffee Lake while Ryzen gets cheaper