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On 1/28/2019 at 9:09 AM, Jeruselem said:

So threadripper is effectively dead?

No. They pushed Threadripper 2 up to 32 cores which is double what Ryzen 3000 is likely to do.

What it likely to happen is that Threadripper will scale down its amount of chips back to what we saw with the first gen of Threadripper. Probably just 24 and 32 core versions.

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2 minutes ago, SceptreCore said:

No. They pushed Threadripper 2 up to 32 cores which is double what Ryzen 3000 is likely to do.

What it likely to happen is that Threadripper will scale down its amount of chips back to what we saw with the first gen of Threadripper. Probably just 24 and 32 core versions.

So threadripper is still for those people with far too much money ...

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5 minutes ago, Jeruselem said:

So threadripper is still for those people with far too much money ...

Just like Core-X

Content creators love Threadripper though.

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AMD Zen/Navi APU leaks ahead of PS5, next-gen Xbox debut

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A CUSTOM AMD chip that looks bound for the PlayStation 5 (PS4) and next-generation Xbox console has surfaced online. 

Serial leaker TUM_APISAK has the scoop and claims that the APU will be called 'Gonzalo' and can be identified with the following part number: 2G16002CE8JA2_32/10/10_13E9.

The so-called AMD Gonzalo will likely be based on the Zen 2 architecture, and the illustration above shows it'll feature eight processor cores that clock in at between 1GHz to 3.2GHz; the current AMD Jaguar APUs that power the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X currently run at up to 2.13GHz and 2.3GHz, respectively.

On the graphics side, the Gonzalo looks set to incorporate AMD's next-generation Navi GPU architecture in the form of the Navi 10 Lite. Details about the part remain thin on the ground, but the leak says it should come clocked in at at least 1GHz. 

TUM_APISAK also suggests that the APU will be based on the AM4 socket and offer 4MB of L2 cache and 16 MB of L3 cache. 

The latest rumour suggests that AMD will finally launch Navi at the E3 video game conference in June, where both Microsoft's so-called 'Scarlett' Xbox lineup and the PS5 are expected to make their debut. 

Microsoft confirmed at CES that it would use AMD's silicon in its next-gen console, while Twitter user @KOMACHI_ENSAKA, backing up earlier rumours, claims this leaked AMD APU will show up in Sony's PS5.

 

Now this is exciting news!

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I wonder if the PS5 could be "upgraded" with a future AMD chip by a user? Probably not!

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2 hours ago, Jeruselem said:

I wonder if the PS5 could be "upgraded" with a future AMD chip by a user? Probably not!

😄 😄 😄 

If you thought Apple were bad... Sony and Microsoft would get really upset.

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1 hour ago, SceptreCore said:

😄 😄 😄 

If you thought Apple were bad... Sony and Microsoft would get really upset.

In theory, you could run Windows and Linux on the PS5 and new XBOX ... if you hacked the firmware

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An update on TSMC's transition to 7nm EUV mass production and future plans

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Beginning at the end of March, TSMC will be ready to begin mass production of 7nm wafers using extreme ultraviolet lithography. ASML, a producer of lithography machinery has already allocated 18 of the 30 systems it is building in 2019 for TSMC.

Once the next six weeks pass and TSMC has its 7nm EUV production running at full scale, the company's 5nm process will be moved to risk production status. EUV will remain in use for 5nm and is expected to be viable down to 3nm. By the end of 2019, TSMC will be taping out chip designs on 5nm nodes, with volume production slated for early 2020.

Even though 7nm processes have been in large scale production since April 2018, the switch to EUV allows for fewer defects and fewer steps required during the production process. The addition of new manufacturing capabilities will allow TSMC to gain additional business from high performance computing and automotive businesses.

Last year, 7nm EUV accounted for just nine percent of TSMC's wafer sales. This year, the company is on track to make the newer process bring in a quarter of its total sales.

The latest updates on TSMC match up with previous predictions and plans to build new facilities. New factories will open in 2020 for 5nm, with additional plants being built with a target of 2022 for 3nm wafers. Despite a number of issues with malware, bad chemicals, and the sheer difficulty of producing tiny transistors, TSMC remains the leader of wafer manufacturing.

 

I wonder if this means we might see Zen 2 just go straight to 7nm+? It's an interesting thought... but I bet they've probably already ramped 7nm by now.

and if 5nm is ready by 2020.. then Zen 3 might just go straight to that as well. It certainly is forward thinking to not have your own fabs.

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