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    AMD Zen

    They're ahead of Intel
  2. So Coffee Lake gets revealed on the 21st. This will be the thread to post all the low down on it. But in addition to that... subsequent announced Lakes that Intel has confirmed. So unless you have been living under a rock.. you might have seen Coffee Lake leaks. These will be 6 core 12 thread mainstream flagships descending to fill the lineup and eliminate the dual core.. as rumoured. This will again be 14nm... but '14nm++' because it can do two roundhouse kicks... but also because the 14nm process has been further "refined" and along with the architecture (Kaby Lake being '14nm+'). In addition to this we have the just announced "Ice Lake" architecture... the 9th Core generation. This will be 10nm+ almost a double jump from Coffee Lake. Cannon Lake to be the first step to 10nm to iron out the bugs before Ice Lake. This is slated to be launched in 2018! Yes... 2018. It's apparently already taped out according to sources from Intel. In contrast... AMD has sent Zen for 7nm taping, though there is some conjecture over correct node naming.. check out the Icy Lake link. So Intel seem to be throwing everything they have at AMD. Time will tell if they drown them in releases again. Now we can post.. talk... postulate, and generally just bulldust about what is on the horizon for PC tech. Continually updated article about Coffee Lake and everything 8th Gen
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    AMD Zen

    In this day and age... how hard is it really to expand the BIOS chips sizes though? But for the boards that have already been made I can see it being a huge headache for motherboard manufacturers. As they will have to remove CPU compatibility from boards that might render them useless to the unsuspecting person using a board chip combo that could be broken by an update. Not a lot of planning was put into this... and I blame AMD.
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    AMD Zen

    AMD SoC Expected to Power Next Xbox, PlayStation Is Seemingly Closer to Production Very Interesting. Couple this with AMD's support in Google's Stadia platform, AMD hardware is going to be very well developed for.
  5. During the earnings call, AMD CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, confirmed that Navi GPU will launch this year, with launches in Q2 2019. AMD announced a great Q4 2018 and FY 2018 report earlier, showing that the company has started to gain ground and reap the benefits of its strong Ryzen lineup. While client GPU side of the business has been suffering, its Ryzen sales, datacenter GPU sales, as well as the strong roadmap, is showing that the company is definitely on the right track. While it has just launched the Radeon VII, based on 7nm Vega GPU and HBM2 memory, AMD big GPU break could be the upcoming Navi GPU architecture, with promises of scalability and next-gen memory, the only thing that we got from AMD's official roadmap. Back in October, we already wrote that AMD has 7nm Navi-based graphics card running in its lab and while it was too early to get any precise details, the rumor was that the 7nm GPU looks better than expected, whether in terms of 7nm yields or the actual performance/power is still left to be seen. We already wrote that the upcoming 7nm Navi architecture could first target the mid-range graphics market, becoming a successor to the Polaris GPU, as that is where the bread and butter is. High-end graphics cards are great for marketing but mid-range is what mostly matters. Replying to a question from Deutsche Bank's Ross Seymore, Lisa Su said that the company expects a Q1 2019 drop in GPU sales, but things should get better in Q2 when the company is expecting the retail channel to improve. Lisa Su was keen to note that the gaming growth in 2019 will be driven by Radeon VII but did also threw a curve ball by mentioning Navi launches on the gaming side. Dr. Lisa Su also mentioned the softness in the high-end gaming GPU market, and if you take into the account that her answer put Radeon VII in the same basket as the Navi for 2019, this bodes well for the possibility that Navi will target the mid-range market while Radeon VII will remain the high-end offer for this year. "We're also as we see the GPU business right now, we see the first quarter as the low point in the business with the channel getting improving as we go into the second quarter. And we have additional product launches there as well. So that's the way we would see the portfolio. And semi custom, although it's lower on a year-over-year basis, we would expect it to also increase as we go from second quarter into third quarter as well". "I think on the gaming side from what we are seeing, we did see sell out increase in Q4 versus Q3. So gamers are still buying GPUs. They may be more discerning about price points. And so I can imagine that there might be a bit more softness at the high end versus in the mid range. But we believe that we have a good understanding of what's happening in the gaming side of the business, and it will be driven. Our gaming growth will be driven by new products. We would see that as we go through this year and with our Radeon 7 launch, as well as our Navi launches on the gaming side." You can check out the full call transcript over at Seekingalpha.com. Source: Fudzilla
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    AMD Zen

    Yeah... that's the idea, except AMD thought they'd be taking on ice lake at this point. Cascade Lake will be a glued-together solution.
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    AMD Zen

    It could be sandbagging though. This could be the lowest tier part of the 64c's
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    AMD Zen

    AMD EPYC Rome Benched: 64 Cores, 128 Threads Boosting to 2.2 GHz (for now)
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    AMD RX Vega announcement.

    Crytek's ray tracing demo for AMD and nVidia hardware. This video was rendered on a Vega 56
  10. August 14 Release. Pricing and Specs confirmed (but we already knew specs. :P) http://www.anandtech.com/show/11680/radeon-rx-vega-unveiled-amd-announecs-499-rx-vega-64-399-rx-vega-56-launching-in-august AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid: Stream Processors 4096(64 CUs) Texture Units 256 ROPs 64 Base Clock 1406MHz Boost Clock 1677MHz Memory Clock 1.89Gbps Memory Bus Width 2048-bit VRAM 8GB Board Power 345W Price $699* USD AMD Radeon RX Vega 64: Stream Processors 4096(64 CUs) Texture Units 256 ROPs 64 Base Clock 1247MHz Boost Clock 1546MHz Memory Clock 1.89Gbps Memory Bus Width 2048-bit VRAM 8GB Board Power 295W Price $499/599* USD AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Stream Processors 3585 (56 CUs) Texture Units 224 ROPs 64 Base Clock 1156MHz Boost Clock 1471MHz Memory Clock HBM2 1.6Gbps VRAM 8GB Memory Bus Width 2048-bit Board Power 210W Price $399/499* USD RX Vega 64 is expected to do battle with the GTX1080, while Vega 56 the GTX1070. Hopefully this is so.. and AMD are finally back in high end graphics. No telling if the liquid cooled can match the 1080 Ti... but it's very unlikely.
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    Radeon VII (VEGA 20)

    Does well under water it seems. Interesting for modders, not so much for average joe.
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    Navi Confirmed: 2019

    Ryzen is in the bag. Navi just needs work now, all they really have to worry about is getting production quantity as they have to fight other customers.
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    Navi Confirmed: 2019

    Exclusive: AMD’s 7nm Navi GPU Will Launch Roughly A Month After Ryzen 3000 Before I go into the details, I want to point out that roadmaps are whimsical things. Unlike concrete details like specifications etc., they are at the mercy of AMD’s management and may change without any intimation. The information that I am providing (as far as roadmaps go) is accurate at the time the article is published but may change in the future. Also, this is going to be a rather short piece since there is only so much you can discuss with just a launch window. With that little disclaimer, let’s get into the deets. I have been told that AMD’s Navi GPU is at least one whole month behind AMD’s 7nm Ryzen launch, so if the company launches the 3000 series desktop processors at Computex like they are planning to, you should not expect the Navi GPU to land before early August. The most likely candidates for launch during this window are Gamescom and Siggraph. I would personally lean towards Gamescom simply because it is a gaming product and is the more likely candidate but anything can happen with AMD! Some rumors previously had suggested an October launch, but as of now, AMD is telling its partners to expect the launch exactly a month after the Ryzen 7nm launch. Those who read my original exclusive will remember that I talked about how Navi is going to be the first non-GCN GPU and the first card to break free of the 4096 SP limit imposed by the GCN macro-architecture. Rumors about the RX 3000 series have been swirling for a while now with some that said that the company might even launch the cards at CES early in 2019. This is something I did not include in my pre-CES AMD agenda article and that is because I had been told that yields aren’t good enough for a consumer card yet – and that is where the Radeon VII entered the stage. Now that enough time has passed for yields to improve, we could see the first batch of 7nm Navi GPUs hit the shelves before the third quarter of 2019 is up.
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    Radeon VII (VEGA 20)

    Updating your signature
  15. Some of these can be... but through the extensive research I've done, I've decided that the Chinese market Honor V9 is the best of them all. Just look at that price! You get a 2k screen, 64gb ROM, Kirin 960 octa-core, 6GB of RAM, Micro SD, USB Type C, and Android 7.0 to top it all off. This can all be had for under $600 delivered. The problem is... you have to do your own restore of Google Play as it's not allowed there... and I'm guessing there will have to be a little jimmying to do with the OS to make it nicer, but it should be basic Huawei here. But $600 is a bit rich to risk IMO, so I'm putting the feelers out. Does anyone have any experience with these or other Chinese phones? Hell... does anyone have any EMUI 5.0 experience? Is anyone else in my position? Let's have a chat.
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    Radeon VII (VEGA 20)

    You've forgotten the most important thing Dasa
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    AMD Zen

    New Intel CPU Vulnerability Bodes Well For AMD Intel processors are vulnerable to an attack, nicknamed Spoiler, to which AMD processors are immune according to researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Lübeck. Intel will not be able to spin this as an industry-wide problem as they did last January when two other vulnerabilities, Spectre and Meltdown, were revealed. This bodes well for AMD shareholders. What is scary about Spoiler is that it can victimize you through a JavaScript on a malicious website which then enables access to your passwords, your encryption keys, and other data stored in memory. In January 2018, when Spectre and Meltdown were revealed, Intel said it was an industry-wide problem implying that Intel processors were not at a disadvantage to AMD. This time around the researchers tested AMD processors and found them to be immune. Consequently, Spoiler will give AMD an advantage over Intel. The question now is whether AMD's advantage will be big enough and last long enough for them to gain significant market share. Intel initially addressed Spectre and Meltdown by releasing performance sapping software patches to the microcode in their processors. Last January, early estimates of the performance penalty for the Spectre and Meltdown patches ranged from 5% to 25%. Since then datacenter system admins have told me that the patches have gotten more efficient and the performance penalty has decreased. However, recently Intel changed the licensing agreement for these software patches to prevent developers from publishing benchmark results. In the near-term, I expect Intel will come out with a software patch for Spoiler. However, researchers say Spoiler, “is not something you can patch easily with microcode without losing tremendous performance”. The degree of the performance penalty exacted by these patches is a good measure of the size of AMD's advantage. Intel can prevent developers from publishing their benchmark results, but they can't stop them from talking to each other. This information will get out. Investors will have to look for it on more technical websites frequented by developers. The researchers are of the opinion that Spoiler cannot be fully fixed with a software patch. They believe changes to Intel's chip architecture will be required. Intel's is already years behind schedule in moving from 14 nm production lines to 10 nm. In contrast, AMD will soon be making its processors on a 7 nm production line. If Intel now also needs to redesign their processors to address Spoiler I cannot see how this can be accomplished in less than 5 years. That's enough time for AMD to take significant market share. My Take: Intel has some tough decisions to make for their processor product line. Moving from 14 nm to 10 nm production lines requires multi-billion dollar investments with long lead-times. Changing their processor architecture at the same time compounds the problem. Bob Swan, Intel's CEO, does not have expertise in these technical areas. He will, no doubt, have access to the best consultants in the industry, but in the end, investors have to trust the CEO to make the right decision. The fact that Intel restricts developers from publishing their benchmark results reduces my trust in them. How much performance is sapped by Intel's software patches is a key piece of information that should not be kept from investors. I cannot recommend Intel stock until Swan is more forthcoming. In contrast, AMD was the best performing stock in the S&P 500 for 2018 with an almost 69% gain. Tony Mitchell, one of my managers, first bought AMD in October 2014 at $3.45. At today’s price of $23.50, he has already made a lot of money on his original investment and he sees a lot more upside in 2019. After publication, an Intel spokesperson provided this statement: In plain English, I think Intel is laying the blame for Spoiler on software developers who don't follow "side channel safe software development practices", and manufacturers of memory modules that have not "mitigated" against this kind of attack. In my view, if Spoiler was entirely due to sub-par software and memory modules, it would affect AMD processors as well. Intel's statement does not change my take on this news.
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    Radeon VII (VEGA 20)

    Wow... that is impressive
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    Radeon VII (VEGA 20)

    Are those scores good? i don't benchmark anymore.
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    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    Sorry for getting snappy Cybes.
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    Radeon VII (VEGA 20)

    I beat ya to it buddy.
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    AMD Zen

    AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU “Zen 2” Alleged Specs and Prices Leak Out By Retailer – Ryzen 3850X With 16 Cores at $560 US, Ryzen 7 3700X With 12 Cores at $370 US, Ryzen 5 3600X With 8 Cores at $260 US This rumour is gaining traction
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    Radeon VII (VEGA 20)

    AMD Next-Gen Radeon GPUs To Feature Variable Rate Shading For Faster Frame Rates, May Launch With Upcoming RX Navi Graphics Cards
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    Radeon VII (VEGA 20)

    When overclocked it seems to have higher 1% and .1% lows compared with 2080 and 2080Ti. That's pretty important for those who like their refresh rates, and it's a good measure of a graphics cards' capability. https://wccftech.com/bykski-amd-radeon-vii-waterblock-a-radeon-vii-x-launch/
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