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Lenovo ThinkStation P620 : Threadripper PRO Workstation!

Lenovo ThinkStation P620 : Threadripper PRO Workstation!

Lenovo is the first to introduce an AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO workstation – the ThinkStation P620!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the world’s first 64-core workstation!

 

Lenovo ThinkStation P620 : World’s First 64-Core Workstation!

By leveraging the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO processors, the Lenovo ThinkStation P620 is the world’s first and only 64-core workstation.

This gives it a great performance advantage over other workstations that can only offer 18 cores (single processor) or 56 cores (dual processor).

Of course, Lenovo is also offering the option to equip the P620 with 32-core, 16-core and 12-core Threadripper PRO processors.

 

On top of that, the Lenovo ThinkStation P620 will be able to offer 128 lanes of PCIe 4.0, and 8-channel memory support.

To ensure its reliability and stability, Lenovo and AMD collaborated to create a unique air-cooled solution to keep the processor cool, with a custom-designed heat sink.

You will be able to equip it with up to two NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000, or up to four NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics cards.

Lenovo will offer DDR4-3200 memory configurations of 128 GB all the way to 1 TB – all with 8 memory modules for maximum 8-channel performance.

It also comes with two NVMe slots, and four 3.5-inch drive bays, allowing you to provision up to 4 TB of SSD storage, and 16 TB of HDD storage.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Available Models

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX

This is the flagship, with 64 cores capable of processing up to 128 threads simultaneously. It comes with 288 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 2.7 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX

This processor has 32 cores with the ability to process up to 64 threads simultaneously. It comes with 144 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.5 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX

This processor has 16 cores with the ability to process up to 32 threads simultaneously. It comes with 72 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.9 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3945WX

This processor has 12 cores with the ability to process up to 24 threads simultaneously. It comes with 70 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 4.0 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

 

Lenovo ThinkStation P620 : Specifications + Configuration Options

Here are the specifications and configuration options for the Lenovo ThinkStation P620 :

Specifications Lenovo ThinkStation P620
OS Options Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
Ubuntu Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Lenovo Software Lenovo Vantage
Lenovo ThinkShield
Processor AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3945WX
Chipset AMD 2019 Premium Chipset BXB-B
Memory Slots 8 x DDR4-3200 DIMM Slots
Memory Options 128 GB (16 GB x 8)
256 GB (32 GB x 8)
512 GB (64 GB x 8)
1 TB (128 GB x 8)
Graphics Options Up to 2 x NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000
Up to 4 x NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000
Storage Options Up to 2 x M.2 PCIe SSD (2 TB)
Up to 4 x 3.5″ SATA HDDs (4 TB)
Up to 1 x optical disk drive
15-in-1 media card reader
RAID Support M.2 : RAID 0/1
SATA : RAID 0/1/5/10
Expansion Slots 4 x PCIe 4.0 x16
2 x PCIe 4.0 x8
Connectivity Options Intel Wireless-AC 9260
Front Ports 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type A)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type C)
1 x mic / headphone combo jack
Rear Ports 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type A)
2 x USB 2.0 (Type A)
2 x PS/2
1 x RJ-45 10 Gigabit Ethernet
1 x Audio Line-In
1 x Audio Line-Out
1 x Microphone-In
Power Supply 1000 W, 92% efficient
Dimensions 165 mm wide
460 mm deep
440 mm tall
Weight 24 kg maximum

 

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3000 Series : Full Details!

Now that the NDA is over, we can finally reveal EVERYTHING we know about the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO HEDT processor family!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : What Is It?

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO is a new HEDT processor family, mirroring what Ryzen PRO is to Ryzen.

Unlike the Ryzen Threadripper, the Threadripper PRO is targeted at professional studios, designers, engineers and data scientists.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO series will offer these features over “regular” Threadripper processors.

  • new sWRX8 socket and WRX80 chipset
  • 8 DDR4-3200 memory channels, instead of just 4
  • 2X memory bandwidth over 3rd Gen Threadripper
  • Support for UDIMM, RDIMM, LDRIMM, 3DS RDIMM with ECC support, instead of just UDIMM with ECC
  • Up to 2 TB of memory, instead of just 256 GB
  • 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes, instead of just 64
  • AMD PRO Technologies, including Secure Processor and Memory Guard
  • 18 months of planned software stability
  • 24 months of planned availability

AMD has already chalked up one design win with the Lenovo ThinkStation P620 – the world’s first and only 64-core workstation!

Recommended : Lenovo ThinkStation P620 : World’s First 64-Core Workstation!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Official Tech Briefing!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Available Models

As of today’s launch, AMD is launching only these four processor models :

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX

This is the flagship, with 64 cores capable of processing up to 128 threads simultaneously. It comes with 288 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 2.7 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX

This processor has 32 cores with the ability to process up to 64 threads simultaneously. It comes with 144 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.5 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX

This processor has 16 cores with the ability to process up to 32 threads simultaneously. It comes with 72 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.9 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3945WX

This processor has 12 cores with the ability to process up to 24 threads simultaneously. It comes with 70 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 4.0 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

There Is No Threadripper PRO 3965WX

Although earlier rumoured, this 24-core, 48-thread processor will not be released, at least not on 14 July 2020.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Specifications

In this table, we compare the key specifications of the four processor models :

Specifications TR PRO
3995WX
TR PRO
3975WX
TR PRO
3955WX
TR PRO
3945WX
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 64 / 128 32 / 64 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 2.7 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz 4.0 GHz
Boost Clock 4.2 GHz 4.3 GHz
L1 Cache 4 MB 2 MB 1 MB 768 KB
L2 Cache 32 MB 16 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 256 MB 128 MB 64 MB
Memory Support 8 x DDR4-3200 channels
2 TB maximum
PCIe Support 128 x PCIe Gen 4 lanes
TDP 280 W

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Performance

Threadripper PRO 3945WX

According to AMD, the “baby” of the family will offer 12% better single-threaded performance in CINEBENCH R20, and 28% better multi-threaded performance than a competing 12-core Intel Xeon processor.

They say that this is targeted at those whose software is licensed on a per-core basis. Its high performance per core will allow for better performance, without resorting to more cores and corresponding licence fees.

Threadripper PRO 3955WX

AMD also showed how the 16-core 3955WX can render 14% faster than an 18-core Intel Xeon processor.

Threadripper PRO 3995WX

AMD compared the flagship Threadripper PRO 3995WX with its 64 cores against two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors, with 56 cores.

In the SPECviewperf13 benchmark, that 8-core, 16-thread advantage gave the 3995WX a performance advantage between 4% and 37%.

 

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How To Optimise For 64 Cores : An AMD Guide!

The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X gives design and video production professionals, as well as HEDT enthusiasts, unprecedented computing power with 64 cores of processing power!

But with all those cores come the problem – how do you make use of all 64 cores, and not have any core just idle, wasting power?

Thanks to their work with the RED Digital Cinema team, AMD has some advice on what we can do to optimise for 64 cores.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X : 64 Cores of Awesomeness!

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is the world’s first 64-core HEDT processor, bringing the capability to process up to 128 simultaneous threads simultaneously to the desktop!

Specifications TR
3990X
TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 64 / 128 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 2.9 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.3 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 32 MB 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 256 MB 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $3990 $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

AMD demonstrated that it not only handily trounces the Xeon W-3275 processor – Intel’s best single-chip processor, it also handily beat the two Xeon Platinum 8280 processors!

To keep all 64 cores humming, every core has 512 KB of L2 cache, with a super large 256 MB L3 cache to keep data flowing.

However, you cannot just build an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X system, and expect to instantly leverage all 64 cores.

 

How To Optimise For 64 Cores : An AMD Guide!

After working with the RED Digital Cinema team, AMD came up with some advice on how to optimise your system for 64 cores.

Optimising For 64 Cores Summarised

1. Ensure there is 1 GB to 2 GB of RAM per thread – the system should have 128 GB to 256 GB of memory.

2. Update to Windows 10 version 18362.535 or better (KB4530684 November 2019 Update)

3. The Windows application should be updated to support 65 or more threads, with the ability to span more than one processor group

4. For Linux users, Clear Linux Distro is the best for performance.

5. Reduce storage I/O bottleneck by disabling the virus scanner and system restore feature.

6. Use separate drives for project read, project write and operating systems.

7. AMD recommends these NVMe SSD models for maximum performance with 64 cores :

 

Where To Buy?

The 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is priced at RM16,999 / S$5,988 / US$3,990, with these online purchase options :

And here are online purchase options for the AMD-recommended NVMe SSD models :

 

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AMD Threadripper 3990X : World’s First 64-Core HEDT CPU!

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X – the world’s first 64-core, 128-thread HEDT processor is finally here!

Here are the full details on this crazy 64-core HEDT processor – the official tech briefing, the official promo video, specifications, price and more!

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor Family

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is the world’s first 64-core HEDT processor, headlining the 3rd Gen Threadripper family, which now looks like this :

  • Ryzen Threadripper 3990X : 64C / 128T, 2.9GHz / 4.3GHz, 288 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 3.7GHz / 4.5GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 3.8GHz / 4.5GHz, 140 MB cache

Like the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor is based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

Recommended : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper : Everything You Need To Know!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X : World’s First 64-Core HEDT CPU!

There is no better person to tell you how awesome it is to have 64-cores of processing power in the new Ryzen Threadripper 3990X than Robert Hallock, AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager.

 

New Socket sTRX4 + AMD TRX40 Chipset

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X requires a AMD TRX40 motherboard with a new sTRX4 processor socket. However, you will still be able to use existing Threadripper coolers.

The processor comes with 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes, of which 56 are available for use. The AMD TRX40 chipset adds another 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes, with 16 free lanes.

In total, the new Socket sTRX4 and TRX40 chipset will give you 72 free PCIe 4.0 lanes to use, compared to just 56 free PCIe 3.0 lanes in previous generations.

In addition, the new AMD TRX40 chipset communicates with the 3rd Gen Threadripper using a PCIe 4.0 x8 link. This gives it 4X more bandwidth than the PCIe 3.0 x4 link used in the first two generations.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Specifications

This table compares the specifications of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, against their 2nd Gen brethren :

Specifications TR
3990X
TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 64 / 128 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 2.9 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.3 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 32 MB 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 256 MB 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $3990 $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Performance

In this video, Robert shows how the new 64-core Threadripper 3990X and even the 32-core Threadripper 3970X handily beat the Intel Xeon W-3275 processor – their best single-chip processor.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Price + Availability

The 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is priced at a princely RM16,999 / S$5,988 / US$3,990, which is almost double that of the Threadripper 3970X!

You can grab one from AMD or their retail partners starting from 7 February 2020 onwards, and start making your own Terminator : Dark Fate movie! 😀

 

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3rd Gen AMD Threadripper : Everything You Need To Know!

AMD gave us a tech and performance briefing on the two 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors they just launched.

Here is EVERYTHING we know so far about the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors!

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Tech Preview

Giving us a preview of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors is Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Performance Preview

And here we have the official 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper performance preview featuring Dr. Lisa Su, Robert Hallock and James Knight from AMD, as well as Dan Akers and Shawn Wallbridge of Blur Studio.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors

The first two members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors have been confirmed :

  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache

Like the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

 

New Socket sTRX4 + AMD TRX40 Chipset

AMD also announced that they are breaking backward compatibility with the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper.

They are introducing both a new sTRX4 processor socket, and a new AMD TRX40 chipset to support it. However, you will still be able to use existing Threadripper coolers.

The processor comes with 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes, of which 56 are available for use. The AMD TRX40 chipset adds another 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes, with 16 free lanes.

In total, the new Socket sTRX4 and TRX40 chipset will give you 72 free PCIe 4.0 lanes to use, compared to just 56 free PCIe 3.0 lanes in previous generations.

In addition, the new AMD TRX40 chipset communicates with the 3rd Gen Threadripper using a PCIe 4.0 x8 link. This gives it 4X more bandwidth than the PCIe 3.0 x4 link used in the first two generations.

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Specifications

This table compares the specifications of the first two 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, against their 2nd Gen brethren :

Specifications TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Performance Preview

AMD shared with us these benchmark results comparing the Threadripper 3960X and Threadripper 3970X against the Intel Core i9-9980XE.

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is priced at $1999, which is $200 more than the Threadripper 2990WX when it was launched. Here in Malaysia, its official price is RM 8,399 inclusive of SST.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, on the other hand, is priced at $1399 – $100 more than the Threadripper 2970WX when it was launched. Here in Malaysia, its official price is RM 5,899 inclusive of SST.

AMD will officially launch the 3970X and 3960X on 25 November 2019, and from the performance preview video, it looks like both models will be available on the same day!

 

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Behind Terminator Dark Fate : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper!

Believe it or not – the incredible VFX scenes in Terminator Dark Fate were rendered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors!

Blur Studio just released two videos and details of how they leveraged the new Threadripper processors to deliver those visual effects!

 

Behind Terminator Dark Fate : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper!

Let’s start with a behind-the-scenes video showing the post-production techniques Blur Studio used to bring Terminator Dark Fate to life.

And in this video, Tim Miller, Terminator Dark Fate director and CEO of Blur Studio, explained how they used the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors to deliver special effects for the most complicated shots, because they were so computationally intensive.

Dan Akers, the VFX Supervisor of Blur Studio, remarked that rendering a scene that normally took 5 minutes, took just 5 seconds with the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper.

This allows Blur Studio artists to keep revising their shots, over and over again, until they get it right. It also gives them the flexibility and creativity to create more complex shots.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors

The first two members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors have been confirmed :

  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache

Like the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

Recommended : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper Tech + Performance Preview!

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Specifications

This table compares the specifications of the first two 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, against their 2nd Gen brethren :

Specifications TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is priced at $1999, which is $200 more than the Threadripper 2990WX when it was launched.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, on the other hand, is priced at $1399 – $100 more than the Threadripper 2970WX when it was launched.

AMD will officially launch the 3970X and 3960X on 25 November 2019, and from the performance preview video, it looks like both models will be available on the same day!

 

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GIGABYTE TRX40 Threadripper Motherboards Revealed!

GIGABYTE is often the first to announce new motherboards, and they are right on the dot with the new AMD TRX40 chipset!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the four new GIGABYTE TRX40 motherboards for the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors!

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Threadripper Motherboards

At launch, GIGABYTE is introducing four AMD TRX40 motherboards – three under the AORUS sub-brand, and the fourth is a Designare model. Let’s check them out :

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS MASTER

  • 16+3 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink, Heatpipe with Extended Heatsink and NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • AQUANTIA 5GbE LAN and Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed
  • 3 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5
  • 130dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9218 DAC, ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • USB TurboCharger for Mobile Device Fast Charge Support
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 Features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS XTREME

  • 16+3 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Thermal Reactive Armor Design with Fins-Array Heatsink, 8mm Mega-Heatpipe and NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • Intel X550-AT2 Dual 10GbE BASE-T LAN with cFosSpeed
  • 4 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5 with 2X AORUS Antenna
  • 130dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9218 DAC, ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • Exclusive AORUS Gen4 AIC Adaptor for Extra 4 NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2
  • USB TurboCharger for Mobile Device Fast Charge Support
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS PRO WIFI

  • 12+2 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator
  • 3 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5
  • 120dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 DESIGNARE

  • 4 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5 with 2X AORUS Antenna
  • Realtek ALC4050H + Realtek ALC1220 codecs
  • Exclusive AORUS Gen4 AIC Adaptor for Extra 4 NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Motherboards : Specifications

To make it easier for you to compare the four GIGABYTE TRX40 motherboard models, we created this comparison table :

Specifications TRX40
AORUS Master
TRX40 AORUS Xtreme TRX40 AORUS PRO WiFi TRX40 Designare
Form Factor E-ATX XL-ATX ATX XL-ATX
Chipset AMD TRX40
CPU Support 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors
Memory Support 8 x DDR4-3200 slots
Max. 256 GB, OC up to DDR4-4400
BIOS 2 x 128 Mbit AMI EUFI BIOS
PCIe 4.0 x16 Slots 2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
PCIe 4.0 x1 Slots 1 NA 1 1
M.2 Sockets 3 4 3 4
SATA 6Gb/s Ports 8 10 8 8
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Ports 5 x Type A
1 x Type C
7 x Type A
1 x Type C
5 x Type A
1 x Type C
5 x Type A
1 x Type C
USB 3.2 Headers 1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
USB 2.0 Ports 2 x Type A NA 4 x Type A 2 x Type A
USB 2.0 Headers 4 4 4 4
LAN Aquantia 5GbE
Intel GbE
2 x Intel 10GbE Intel GbE 2 x Intel GbE
WiFi Intel WiFi 6 AX200 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Motherboards : Availability

As the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors and their AMD TRX40 chipset will only be launched on 25 November 2019, GIGABYTE cannot officially announce price and availability.

We will update this article when we have more information, so check back on or after 25 November for their price and availability!

 

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AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Ryzen + Threadripper Update!

We just just received an update on Ryzen and Threadripper processors in the AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update!

Here is our complete coverage of the AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update, including tech briefing videos by Robert Hallock and Don Woligroski!

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update + Q&A Session With Don Woligroski

AMD kicked off their Fall 2019 Desktop Update with a tech briefing and Q&A session with Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager.

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update By Robert Hallock

They then shared a separate, but similar, tech briefing by Robert Hallock, AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager.

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update Summary

The AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update can be broken into three sections :

  1. AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Processor
  • 16-core, 32-thread processor with 105 watt TDP
  • 3.5 GHz base clock, a 4.7 GHz boost clock, and a massive 64 MB L3 cache.
  • No bundled cooler, designed for water cooling with 280 mm or larger radiator
  • Launch price : $749
  • Availability : 25 November 2019
  • Full details : AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

  1. AMD Athlon 3000G APU with Radeon Vega Graphics

  1. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X | 3960X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache
  • Uses new Socket sTRX4 with new AMD TRX40 chipset
  • Launch price : $1999 (3970X) | $1399 (3960X)
  • Launch date : 25 November 2019
  • Full details : 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Tech Preview!

  1. New Eco-Mode For 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors

 

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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X + 3rd Gen Threadripper Delayed To Nov!

AMD just announced that they will now launch the Ryzen 9 3950X together with the first slew of 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processorsin November 2019!

 

AMD Ryzen 9 Availability

We reported back in August that AMD was having trouble meeting the high demand for their Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics cards.

At that time, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X was hard to come by, and that has not changed until today – it is still hard to get your hands on one, compared to say, the Ryzen 7 3700X.

It appears that they have yield issues with the Ryzen 9 3900 that has kept availability low, compared to the other 3rd Gen Ryzen models.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X + 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Delayed!

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is a 16-core, 32-thread processor to top off the 3rd Gen Ryzen family, offering a 3.5 GHz base clock, a 4.7 GHz boost clock, and 72 MB of L2 and L3 caches.

Back in June, AMD announced that the Ryzen 9 3950X would be available sometime in September 2019.

However, they have now announced that it will delayed and launched together with the 3rd Gen Threadripper processors in November.

We are focusing on meeting the strong demand for our 3rd generation AMD Ryzen processors in the market and now plan to launch both the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and initial members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor family in volume this November.

We are confident that when enthusiasts get their hands on the world’s first 16-core mainstream desktop processor and our next-generation of high-end desktop processors, the wait will be well worth it.

To assuage the disappointment of Ryzen fans, they shared with us the first “picture” of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor. It’s really just a promotional render.

 

Ryzen 9 3950X + 3rd Gen Threadripper Delay : Good or Bad?

Well, if you have been hoping to upgrade to the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X this month, it’s bad news, of course.

But two months passes in a jiffy, and when you think about it – it could potentially be good news.

For one thing, the high demand and low availability of the Ryzen 9 3900X meant that it is being sold at inflated prices right now.

The same thing will likely happen with the Ryzen 9 3950X, because yields will be significantly lower than lower-end models, like the Ryzen 7 3700X.

By delaying the launch, AMD buys time to improve the yield and volume for both the Ryzen 9 3950X and the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors.

This should, hopefully, keep availability high and the prices steady when they eventually launch in November.

 

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Preview – 24 Core Power!

AMD announced the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX on 13 August 2018, but it was only officially launched today. So let’s take a look at this 24-core 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processor!

 

2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper

When AMD revealed the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors on 13 August 2018, they announced two variants – the higher-end WX series for creators, and the X series for enthusiasts and gamers.

Threadripper WX Series CPUs

Threadripper X Series CPUs

 

2nd Gen Threadripper Specifications

Here are the specifications of the four processors :

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2990WX
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2970WX
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2950X
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2920X
Transistor Count19.2 Billion19.2 Billion9.6 Billion9.6 Billion
Die Size213 mm² x 4213 mm² x 4213 mm² x 2213 mm² x 2
Cores / Threads32 / 6424 / 4816 / 3212 / 24
Base Clock3,0 GHz3.0 GHz3.5 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock4.2 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHz4.3 GHz
L2 Cache16 MB12 MB8 MB6 MB
L3 Cache64 MB64 MB32 MB32 MB
PCIe 3.0 Lanes64646464
TDP250 watts250 watts180 watts180 watts
Availability13 August 2018October 201831 August 2018October 2018
PriceUS$ 1,799
RM 7,999
US$ 1,299
RM 5,499
US$ 899
RM 3,899
US$ 649
RM 2,749
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Unboxing The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX comes in a large sealed display case. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

Inside the box, you will case, you will find the following items :

  • One AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX processor in a shock-proof case
  • One set of AMD Ryzen Threadripper documents
  • One large AMD Ryzen Threadipper case badge
  • One set of water cooler mount and installation tool

Next Page > AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Up Close + Key Features

 

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Up Close!

Built on the 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX has 24 cores which handles up to 48 simultaneous threads. It boasts higher base and boost clock speeds, with a 12 MB L2 cache, and a 64 MB L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX processor also features improved AMD SenseMI Technology, with Precision Boost 2, and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2). Let’s take a look at its key features…

 

AMD Zen+ Microarchitecture

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX is based on the improved AMD Zen+ microarchitecture, which delivers slightly better performance, with lower cache and memory latencies :

  • 3% more 1T IPC (instructions per second)
  • 13% lower L1 cache latency
  • 34% lower L2 cache latency
  • 16% lower L3 cache latency
  • 11% lower memory latency
  • Official support for JEDEC DDR4-2933

12LP Process Technology

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX is fabricated using the 12LP (12 nm Leading Performance) process technology from GlobalFoundries. This is the same process technology used in the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor.

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12LP is really a 14 nm process, with improvements and a tighter pitch, so the die size and transistor count remain the same. However, the improved process allows for these improvements :

  • top clock speed increased by 250 MHz
  • “all core” now overclock around 4.2 GHz
  • CPU voltage is reduced by about 50 mV at all clock speeds
  • up to 11% lower power consumption, compared to 14 nm
  • up to 16% better performance per watt, compared to 14 nm

Precision Boost 2

Precision Boost 2 is one of the biggest improvements in AMD SenseMI. It replaces the old 2-core boost model, with a linear boost model. This allows for much greater performance for games and applications that use more than 2 cores.

Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2)

XFR 2 will boosts its performance by 4-7%, depending on the performance of the installed CPU cooler.

AMD X399 Chipset

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX will run on the existing AMD X399 motherboards, with a BIOS update. However, motherboard vendors have new AMD X399 Refresh motherboards that will offer higher overclockability, and the AMD StoreMI Technology as a value-added bonus.

AMD StoreMI is basically an OEM version of the Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic software, which allows you to combine all of your storage drives into a single virtual storage drive. It can even add up to 2 GB of DDR4 memory as a very fast cache to the combined drive.

 

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MSI MEG X399 Creation + MSI Xpander-Aero Preview

If you are excited about the upcoming GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Xtreme motherboard, your jaw will drop when you see the upcoming MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard. It is probably the most extreme (and expensive) AMD X399 Refresh motherboard at Computex 2018.

MSI threw everything but the kitchen sink into this massive X399 motherboard. But they want to stuff even more storage capabilities, so they are throwing in a free MSI Xpander-Aero card too! Let’s take a close look at both the MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard, and the MSI Xpander-Aero card!

 

The MSI MEG X399 Creation Motherboard

MSI designed the MEG X399 Creation to be the ultimate AMD X399 Refresh motherboard. It has eight DDR4 memory slots, four PCIe x16 slots and a 19-phase digital power design with dual 8-pin EPS power connectors.

It also comes with extensive thermal monitoring and fan controls – no less than ten PWM fan controls, and three dedicated thermal sensors on board! it also comes with three M.2 slots – all cooled by a large two-piece L-shaped heatsink.

The MSI MEG X399 Creation has dual Intel Gigabit LAN ports, and built-in 802.11ac WiFi (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

MSI expects to begin production of this massive motherboard at the end of July 2018. It will have a target price of $499 / €428 / RM 2,000.

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The MSI Xpander-Aero Card

If three M.2 slots are not enough, the MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard comes with the new MSI Xpander-Aero card bundled. This is basically MSI’s version of the ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 (Price Check) card that powered the super-fast 8TB WD SSD RAID array, enhanced with a fan. Hence, the Aero moniker.

The MSI Xpander-Aero card allows you to install up to four M.2 solid state drives, up to 22 mm x 110 mm in size. The card is also powered by an additional 6-pin PCIe power connector. It only supports NVMe SSDs and not SATA SSDs.

These drives are not just cooled by a massive heatsink, there is a large fan to keep everything running cool, preventing the drives from throttling from excessive temperatures. MSI told us that they also designed the Xpander-Aero to look like a graphics card. The downside – it takes up two slots.

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How To Create An 8TB SSD As Fast As DDR4 Memory!

The highlight of the WD Black NVMe SSD showcase at Computex 2018 was the massive 8TB SSD RAID array that is as fast as DDR4-2400 memory! Wonder how they accomplished this? Read on and find out!

Updated at 2018-06-22 : Our sincere apologies. We mixed up the system specifications for this SSD RAID Array. It’s actually an AMD Ryzen Threadripper system. We have since corrected the article to reflect this.

 

This 8TB SSD Is As Fast As DDR4 Memory!

As you can see here, Western Digital hit a throughput of 19 GB/s with the Western Digital Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check)! That is as fast as single-channel DDR4-2400 memory!

 

How To Create This Super-Fast 8TB SSD

The secret? Andrew Vo explains how they created this super-fast 8TB SSD RAID array using the Western Digital Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check) in this video.

This is what you will need, if you plan to replicate their project :

Each WD Black NVMe SSD is capable of a peak transfer rate of 2.8 GB/s (write) to 3.4 GB/s (read), so eight of them would have a theoretical throughput limit of 22.4 to 27.2 GB/s!

To hit 19 GB/s, you need to create a RAID 0 array of those eight 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check), but you can’t use the motherboard’s RAID feature because you would be limited by the 32 Gbps / 4 GB/s DMI bottleneck.

Intel VROC

The ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Card (Price Check) supports Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC), which reassigns unused PCIe lanes of an Intel Skylake or Coffee Lake processor to boost transfer rates up to 128 Gbps or 16 GB/s.

Of course, those are the theoretical limits, and the actual throughput will be considerably lower than 16 GB/s. To go beyond that, you will need two ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Cards (Price Check).

AMD Ryzen Threadripper

However, Western Digital used an AMD Ryzen Threadripper system instead. The Threadripper processor has 64 PCIe lanes – plenty for two Hyper M.2 X16 Card (Price Check).

In the end, Western Digital only hit 19 GB/s with two of these cards. This is 30% lower than the theoretical capability of a perfect RAID 0 array of eight 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check), and 40% lower than the theoretical capability of two ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Cards (Price Check).

However, without resorting to this method, a motherboard-based RAID 0 array of eight 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check) would only deliver a maximum transfer rate of just 4 GB/s. Even that’s in a perfect world.

 

How Much Does This Super-Fast SSD RAID Array Cost?

Each 1 TB WD Black NVMe SSDs (Price Check) currently costs $399.99. So the eight SSDs alone cost a princely US$ 3,192 / € 2,765 / RM 12,779.

The ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Card (Price Check) is much cheaper at just $59 each. That’s an additional US$ 118 / € 102 / RM 472.

All in, this 8 TB SSD RAID array will set you back US$ 3,247 / € 2,812 / RM 12,999. And that does not include the AMD Ryzen Threadripper system=.

No doubt, this is a very expensive project. But think about it – you now have a massive 8 TB SSD RAID 0 array that is as fast as DDR4-2400 memory!

 

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The 2018 AMD Ryzen Price Cut Guide!

When AMD launched the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G desktop APUs, they also announced price cuts for their existing ThreadripperRyzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors. In June 2018, they announced even lower prices. Check out the AMD Ryzen price cut details below!

Updated @ 2018-06-20 : Added the new AMD Ryzen price cut list, after the abolition of the 6% GST.

Updated @ 2018-03-23 : Added the AMD Ryzen price cut list in the US, and a comparison of that price list against the price cuts in Malaysia.

Originally posted @ 2018-02-13

 

The 2018 AMD Ryzen Price Cut Details

The original Ryzen price cut list was sparse, so we added prices in USD (after conversion), the price difference, and even the prices of the new Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G desktop APUs.

In the latest version, we added the new Ryzen price list after the abolition of the 6% GST. We also added the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor prices. Some have called this a price cut, but it’s not. The prices are just lower because there’s no longer a 6% tax,

Recommended Retail Price in Malaysia
Launch Price
(with GST)
1 February 2018
(with GST)
1 June 2018
(no GST)
Difference
(with GST)
Difference
(no GST)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X RM 4,799
~$1,216
RM 4,699
~$1,190
RM 4,433
~$1,108
RM 100
~$25
RM 366
~$92
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X RM 3,899
~$988
RM 3,799
~$963
RM 3,584
~$896
RM 100
~$25
RM 315
~$79
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X RM 2,899
~$734
RM 2,299
~$582
RM 2,169
~$542
RM 600
~$152
RM 730
~$183
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X RM 2,599
~$658
RM 1,699
~$430
RM 1,600
~$400
RM 900
~$228
RM 999
~$250
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X RM 1,559
~$390
Launched in April RM 1,470
~$368
RM 89 / ~$22
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X RM 1,899
~$481
RM 1,499
~$380
RM 1,414
~$354
RM 400
~$101
RM 485
~$121
AMD Ryzen 7 2700 RM 1,429
~$357
Launched in April RM 1,348
~$337
RM 81
~$20
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 RM 1,599
~$405
RM 1,399
~$354
RM 1,319
~$330
RM 200
~$51
RM 280
~$70
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X RM 1,059
~$265
Launched in April RM 999
~$368
RM 60
~$15
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X RM 1,199
~$304
RM 999
~$253
RM 943
~$236
RM 200
~$51
RM 256
~$64
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 RM 899
~$225
Launched in April RM 848
~$212
RM 51
~$13
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 RM 1,039
~$263
RM 859
~$218
RM 810
~$203
RM 180
~$46
RM 229
~$57
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X RM 899
~$228
RM 799
~$202
RM 753
~$188
RM 100
~$25
RM 146
~$37
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G RM 759
~$192
Launched in Feb RM 716
~$179
RM 43
~$11
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 RM 819
~$208
RM 739
~$187
RM 697
~$174
RM 80
~$20
RM 122
~$31
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X RM 599
~$152
RM 579
~$147
RM 547
~$137
RM 20
~$5
RM 52
~$13
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G RM 479
~$121
Launched in Feb RM 452
~$113
RM 27
~$7
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 RM 519
~$131
RM 459
~$116
RM 433
~$108
RM 60
~$15
RM 66
~$17

The 2018 AMD Ryzen price cut list showed price cuts across every Ryzen model. The biggest discount was a massive RM 900 / ~$228 discount on the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X. The least was a paltry RM 20 / ~$5 discount on the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X.

If you read our AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Review, you may have noticed that it is supposed to be $10 / ~RM 39 cheaper than the Ryzen 3 1200. Yet, AMD is pricing it ABOVE the Ryzen 3 1200 here in Malaysia.

Unfortunately, there was no further price cuts after the launch of the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors.

 

The 2018 AMD Ryzen Price Cut In The US

Here was the AMD Ryzen price cut list announced for the United States. If you compare how the Ryzen price cut list in Malaysia compares to the Ryzen price cut list in the US, you can see some differences.

US Recommended Retail Price
(without taxes)
Launch Price New Price
(1 Feb 2018)
Difference
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X $999 $999 No Change
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X $799 $799 No Change
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X $549 $449 – $100
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X $449 $349 – $100
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X $399 $309 – $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $329 $299 – $30
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X $249 $219 – $30
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $219 $189 – $30
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X $189 $174 – $15
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G $169
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 $169 $169 No Change
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X $129 $129 No Change
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 $109 $109 No Change
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G $99

Generally, prices in Malaysia are 13-15% higher without the 6% GST, but every single Ryzen model received some kind of discount.

On the other hand, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X processors, or the Ryzen 5 1400Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 processors were not discounted in the US.

Also, AMD positioned (and priced) the Ryzen 3 1300X CPU above Ryzen 3 2200G in the US, while the opposite is true in Malaysia. On the other hand, the Ryzen 5 2400G is slightly more expensive than the Ryzen 5 1400 CPU in Malaysia.

The latest June 2018 AMD Ryzen price list also show that the Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 3 1200 have not been phased out. They were supposed to be replaced by the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G desktop APUs. But it looks like, AMD will continue to sell them, alongside the new Ryzen desktop APUs.

 

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GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Xtreme Motherboard Preview

Hidden in the GIGABYTE and AORUS showcases was the yet-to-be-released X399 AORUS Xtreme motherboard. We were given a chance to take a close look at it, and take a video and some photos of it. If you are waiting for an AMD X399 Refresh motherboard to pair with the upcoming AMD Threadripper 2 CPU, here’s a teaser for you!

 

AMD X399 Refresh

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper is designed specifically to work with the AMD X399 chipset. Together, they offer the following features :

  • 64 PCI Express lanes
  • Quad-channel DDR4 SDRAM memory
  • Up to 2 native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
  • Up to 14 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
  • Up to 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • Up to 16 SATA ports

The upcoming AMD Threadripper 2 will continue to use the same chipset, with a BIOS update, of course. Other than that, the X399 Refresh motherboards are expected to feature the same circuitry and power optimisations being introduced with the X470 and B450 motherboards.

 

GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Xtreme Motherboard

The GIGABYTE X399 AOARUS Xtreme is an E-ATX (Extended ATX) motherboard with what appears to be 10+3 power phases. It has four PCI Express x16 slots (all reinforced with metal), and two M.2 SSD sockets – both with heatsinks.

In addition to built-in WiFi connectivity, it comes with two Gigabit LAN ports, and a 10 Gigabit LAN port. It also has eight USB 3.0 ports at the back, as well as two USB 3.1 ports – one Type A and one Type B.

This is a particularly heavy motherboard because of its large heatsinks, and large backplate. The GIGABYTE X399 AOARUS Xtreme will support the upcoming Threadripper 2 processors, and come with a removable BIOS chip.

We will update this article with more details when we get them. In the meantime, enjoy these photos we took of this upcoming motherboard!

 

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AMD Threadripper 2 – Everything You Need To Know!

One of the key moment of the AMD Computex 2018 press conference was when Jim Anderson revealed that the AMD Threadripper 2 processor will have up to 32 cores and 64 threads, to loud hoots and cheers from the crowd!

In this article, we will share everything we know about the AMD Threadripper 2 processor. Enjoy, and check back for more updates!

 

The AMD Threadripper 2 Presentation + Demo

In this video, you will see Jim Anderson’s big reveal on Threadripper 2, including the lidded and delidded processors. Check out the cheers and hoots!

And then watch James Prior show off the AMD Threadripper 2’s raw computing power. He compared the 24-core Threadripper 2 with 32 GB of DDR4-2667 memory to the 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE with 32 GB of DDR4-3200 memory!

And here is a clearer version of the official AMD Threadripper 2 promo video :

 

The AMD Threadripper 2 Up Close!

At the end of the AMD Computex 2018 press conference, we had the opportunity to get a close-up look at the lidded and delidded AMD Threadripper 2 processors!

 

AMD Threadripper 2 – Everything You Need To Know!

Now that we got the videos out of the way, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty details.

What’s The Official Name?

We all call it Threadripper 2, but the official names are a mouthful :

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  • 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper, or
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper Gen. 2

Fortunately, unlike Ryzen 2, calling it by the shorter, and punchier, name of Threadripper 2 won’t confuse people.

Power + Performance

As Jim pointed out, the Threadripper 2 will have up to 32-cores. When James showcased its performance though, he only used a 24-core Threadripper 2. Imagine how much faster the 32-core version is against the 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE, or the just-announced 28-core Intel CPU.

Neither one of them talked about the power consumption, but we have it on good authority that the 32-core Threadripper 2 will have a 250 W TDP. This is 70 W (39%) higher than the 16-core Threadripper’s 180 W TDP.

Availability

As Jim mentioned at the AMD Computex 2018 press conference, the Threadripper 2 is on track for a Q3 2018 launch.

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AMD Zen+ Microarchitecture

The AMD Threadripper 2 processors are based on the improved AMD Zen+ microarchitecture, which delivers slightly better performance, with lower cache and memory latencies :

  • 3% more 1T IPC (instructions per second)
  • 13% lower L1 cache latency
  • 34% lower L2 cache latency
  • 16% lower L3 cache latency
  • 11% lower memory latency
  • Official support for JEDEC DDR4-2933

12LP Process Technology

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The AMD Threadripper 2 processors will be fabricated using the 12LP (12 nm Leading Performance) process technology from GlobalFoundries. This is the same process technology used in the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor.

12LP is really a 14 nm process, with improvements and a tighter pitch, so the die size and transistor count remain the same. However, the improved process allows for these improvements :

  • top clock speed increased by 250 MHz
  • “all core” now overclock around 4.2 GHz
  • CPU voltage is reduced by about 50 mV at all clock speeds
  • up to 11% lower power consumption, compared to 14 nm
  • up to 16% better performance per watt, compared to 14 nm

Precision Boost 2

Precision Boost 2 is one of the biggest improvements in AMD SenseMI. It replaces the old 2-core boost model, with a linear boost model. This allows for much greater performance for games and applications that use more than 2 cores.

Precision Boost Overdrive

James Prior revealed that AMD will introduce a feature called Precision Boost Overdrive in the future. The motherboard will be able to communicate its actual capabilities to the processor, allowing for better boost profiles and a relaxed vcore limiter with better motherboards.

Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2)

XFR 2 will boosts its performance by 4-7%, depending on the performance of the installed CPU cooler.

AMD X399 Chipset

The AMD Threadripper 2 processors will run on the existing AMD X399 motherboards, with a BIOS update. However, motherboard vendors have new AMD X399 Refresh motherboards that will offer higher overclockability, and possibly the AMD StoreMI Technology as a value-added bonus.

AMD StoreMI is basically an OEM version of the Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic software, which allows you to combine all of your storage drives into a single virtual storage drive. It can even add up to 2 GB of DDR4 memory as a very fast cache to the combined drive.

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AMD Computex 2018 – Threadripper 2, 7nm Vega + More!

If you thought the Intel Computex 2018 press conference was impressive, the AMD Computex 2018 press conference was even more so. One by one, key AMD executives came on stage to announce and show off new AMD products.

Bam! Bam! Bam! They just kept rolling out the announcements – the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper, the 7nm EPYC CPU, the 7nm Vega GPU, and even a Radeon RX Vega nano graphics card! Get the full details below!

 

The AMD Computex 2018 Press Conference

Here is our video of the complete 76+ minute long AMD Computex 2018 press conference, followed by our pictures and comments that were posted live on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter during the event.

Dr. Lisa Su kicks off her keynote speech! @ The Westin Taipei

Cisco just announced that they’re adopting AMD EPYC processors!

HP just announced that they’re going to offer their first 1P AMD EPYC Proliant servers

Tencent CEO just announced that they’re offering AMD EPYC-powered SA1 cloud service!

Scott Herkelman takes over from Dr. Lisa Su to talk about Radeon and gaming.

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Acer’s Jerry Hou shows off the Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop powered by 2nd Gen Ryzen and Radeon RX graphics.

Scott Herkelman reveals the new Radeon RX Vega 56 Nano graphics card

Jim Anderson begins his talk on the Ryzen processor family.

Kevin Lensing starts showing off new Ryzen Mobile laptops.

Ray Wah talks about Dell’s adoption of Ryzen Mobile processors in their Inspiron laptops.

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AMD Computex 2018 Press Conference Part 2

ASUS’ Marcel Campos shows off a Ryzen Mobile laptop with… wait for it… an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU… LOL 

Jerry Hou talks about Lenovo’s Ryzen Mobie laptops

The 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadrilpper will have up to 32-cores and 64-threads. It’ll be available in Q3 2018!

Jim Anderson shows off the new 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processor… with a delidded example.

David Wang talks about the world’s first 7nm GPU.

Introducing the AMD Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm!

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The new 7nm AMD Radeon Instinct is sampling now and will launch in 2H 2018!

Dr. Lisa Su announces that EPYC processor will be shrunk to 7nm.

The AMD EPYC processor Lisa held is an early sample, with sampling in Q2 and a target launch in 2019.

The 7nm EPYC processor with the 7nm Radeon Instinct Vega.

Jim Anderson with the new 2nd Gen Threadrippers!

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The Official AMD Computex 2018 Press Release

TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 6, 2018 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today demonstrated its next generation of CPU and GPU product leadership during a live-streamed press conference at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2018. AMD provided a first look at the performance of upcoming 7nm AMD Radeon Vega GPU products slated for launch in 2018, 12nm 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors with up to 32 cores slated for launch in Q3 2018, and unprecedented customer adoption of Ryzen and Radeon products in premium OEM devices. AMD also announced four EPYC processor milestones: immediate availability of EPYC processors through Tencent Cloud Services, a new HPE single-socket system, details of its first Cisco UCS server platform, and that the next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed “Rome”, will begin sampling in 2H 2018.

“At Computex 2018 we demonstrated how the strongest CPU and GPU product portfolio in the industry gets even stronger in the coming months,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “Our upcoming 7nm and 12nm products build on the momentum of our Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC processors, positioning AMD to lead the next generation of high-performance computing in markets from premium devices and gaming to machine learning and the datacenter.”

 

AMD Computex 2018 Client Compute Update

  • AMD delivered the first public demonstration of 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors—the second AMD 12nm product family—featuring up to 32 cores and 64 threads. 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors are scheduled to launch in Q3 2018 with outstanding performance expected in rendering, post production, and encoding workloads.
  • AMD showcased its broadest portfolio of premium notebook and desktop systems from global OEM partners powered by Ryzen APUs, 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, and Radeon graphics. Newly introduced systems from partners include:[adrotate group=”2″]
  • Acer Predator Helios 500 notebook, Predator Orion 5000 desktop and Nitro 50 gaming desktop
  • ASUS VivoBook X505ZA and X570ZD notebooks
  • Dell’s latest Inspiron series including Inspiron 13” 7000 2-in-1, Inspiron 15” 5000 notebooks and Inspiron 7000 gaming desktop
  • HP Envy x360 13” and Envy x360 15” notebooks
  • Huawei MateBook D 14” notebook
  • Lenovo Yoga 530, IdeaPad 530S, 330S and 330 notebooks
  • AMD also continued to expand and improve upon the AM4 desktop ecosystem for Ryzen desktop processors with the announcement of AMD B450 chipset-based motherboards. Optimized for 2nd generation Ryzen desktop processors, B450 chipsets, designed to offer a superb balance of features, performance, and value, will be available from partners including ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI.

 

AMD Computex 2018 Graphics and Gaming Update

  • AMD showcased the first public demonstration of its Radeon Vega GPU based on 7nm process technology built specifically for professional/datacenter applications.
  • AMD announced that 7nm Radeon “Vega” architecture-based Radeon Instinct has started sampling to initial customers and will launch in both server and workstation form factors for key compute use cases in 2H 2018.
  • AMD also revealed:
  • Radeon RX Vega56 “nano” graphics card from PowerColor that enables small form factor enthusiast gaming performance,
  • the latest Radeon FreeSync technology adoption with Samsung’s 80” QLED TV for tear free and smooth gameplay directly from a Radeon RX graphics card equipped PC or with an Microsoft Xbox One S or Xbox One X console,
  • Freesync support with HDR now available in Ubisoft’s recently launched and popular AAA game Far Cry 5.

 

AMD Computex 2018 Server Update

AMD announced growth in its EPYC processor engagements including:

  • The company’s first ever Cisco UCS server engagement in Cisco’s highest density offering ever with 128% more cores, 50% more servers, and 20% more storage per rack.
  • The all new HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 one socket server for virtualization and software-defined storage applications with up to 27% lower cost per virtual machine than the leading two-socket competitor.
  • Immediate availability of the EPYC based SA1 Tencent Cloud Service
  • The next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed “Rome” and featuring Zen2 architecture, is now running in AMD labs and will begin sampling to customers in the second half of this year, ahead of launch in 2019.

 

Partner Quotes

“Acer is excited to partner with AMD on the Predator Helios 500 gaming notebook featuring 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 processors, Radeon RX Vega56 graphics, and a built in 17.3-inch display supporting Radeon FreeSync,” said Jerry Hou, General Manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “It’s a gaming beast that offers superior desktop-class gaming performance in a notebook, built for graphic-intensive AAA titles.”

“ASUS is dedicated to delivering the most innovative hardware for gamers of all levels,” said Marcel Campos, ASUS Global PC & Phone Marketing Senior Director. “We’re excited to announce the new ASUS X570ZD, the first laptop in the world to pair AMD’s Ryzen mobile processors with NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics for gaming on the go. If it’s productivity you’re after, the ASUS X505ZA laptop is powered by a choice of AMD Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics to give you the performance you need.”

“Dell is excited to continue implementing AMD’s Ryzen and Radeon solutions across a variety of products, including the latest Inspiron notebooks and Inspiron Gaming Desktops,” said Ray Wah, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Consumer and Small Business Product Group. “AMD’s Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics deliver the responsiveness and performance users want and the performance in creative and productivity apps they need.”

“HP’s focus on design and engineering is delivering uncompromised style, performance and versatility to our customers,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, consumer PCs, HP Inc. “And we are delivering unrivaled premium PC experiences on the latest AMD Ryzen mobile processors, including the HP ENVY x360 13 – the first 13-inch convertible with the AMD Ryzen Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics and the HP ENVY x360 15 for incredible multi-tasking performance.”

“AMD EPYC has enabled HPE to pack more performance into an efficient server design, removing the need for a second processor and reducing TCO for our customers. The HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 allows customers to achieve dual-processor performance in a versatile single-socket server,” said Justin Hotard, vice president and general manager, Volume Global Business Unit, HPE. “By providing up to 32 processor cores, 2 terabytes of memory and more fully utilizing 128 PCIe lanes of I/O, we have set the bar for single processor virtualization performance, and with HPE OneView, customers can optimize their applications and dramatically speed deployment of new virtual machines.”

“As a first venture with AMD, Huawei is excited to be working with AMD to integrate the latest Ryzen mobile processors featuring Radeon Vega Graphics into Huawei’s MateBook D.” said Michael Young, General Manager of Xunwei technology. “The Huawei MateBook D is designed to provide superior performance and sleek design for users at work and play.”

“In the past, great computing performance with practical portability wasn’t always accessible,” said Jeff Meredith, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo’s Consumer PCs and Smart Devices. “The Lenovo IdeaPad 530S, 330 and 330S laptops and Yoga 530 convertible 2-in-1 are designed to change that. Built with the latest AMD Ryzen processor with Radeon Vega graphics, these laptops offer consumers more choice – enabling mobile computing to meet nearly any budget.”

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AMD RyzenFall, MasterKey, Fallout, Chimera Mitigation Guide

The recently-discovered RyzenFall, MasterKey, Fallout and Chimera security flaws affecting AMD’s latest processor platforms are ruining the AMD Ryzen 2 pre-launch vibes. So it’s no surprise to see AMD working hard to fix the vulnerabilities.

In this article, we will share with you the latest AMD mitigation options for the RyzenFall, MasterKey, Fallout and Chimera security vulnerabilities.

 

What’s Really Affected?

While it is accurate to say that the AMD Ryzen and AMD EPYC processors are affected by RyzenFall, MasterKey, Fallout and Chimera, these vulnerabilities do not affect the actual processor cores. Neither are they related to the Zen microarchitecture.

This makes them completely different from the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities that have been “built into” over 2,800 CPU models!

Instead, the new RyzenFall, MasterKey, Fallout and Chimera security vulnerabilities are found in:

  • the AMD Secure Processor (integrated into the new Ryzen and EPYC processors), and
  • the AMD Promontory chipsets that are paired with Ryzen and Ryzen Pro desktop processors.

The AMD Promontory chipset is used in many Socket AM4 desktop, and Socket TR4 high-end desktop (HEDT) platforms.

AMD EPYC, Ryzen Embedded, and Ryzen Mobile platforms do not use the Promontory chipset.

 

The AMD RyzenFall, MasterKey, Fallout + Chimera Mitigations

RyzenFall + Fallout

Issue : An attacker with administrative access can write to the AMD Secure Processor (PSP registers to exploit vulnerabilities in the interface between the x86 processor core and AMD Secure Processor.

Impact : The attacker can circumvent security controls to install difficult-to-detect malware in the x86 System Management Mode (SMM). The access is not persistent across reboots.

Planned Mitigations : AMD will issue AMD Secure Processor firmware patches through BIOS updates in coming weeks. No performance impact is expected.

MasterKey (PSP Privilege Escalation)

Issue : An attacker with administrative access can write malicious firmware updates, without the AMD Secure Processor (PSP) detecting the “corruption”.

Impact : The attacker can circumvent security controls to install difficult-to-detect malware. These changes are persistent, even following a system reboot.

Planned Mitigations : AMD will issue AMD Secure Processor firmware patches through BIOS updates in coming weeks. No performance impact is expected.

Chimera

Issue : An attacker with administrative access can install a malicious driver to access certain features in the AMD Promontory chipset.

Impact : The attacker can access physical memory through the Promontory chipset. The attacker can also install difficult-to-detect malware in the chipset, but this is not persistent across reboots.

Planned Mitigations : AMD will issue chipset patches through BIOS updates in coming weeks. No performance impact is expected.

 

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These Windows 10 Updates Are Bricking AMD PCs! Rev. 4.0

Microsoft has stopped pushing a number of Windows 10 updates, including the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation patches, because they were bricking some AMD PCs. Frustrated users were left with their AMD PCs in an unbootable state after installing those updates. The cure was, in this case, worse than the disease!

Updated @ 2018-01-16 : Added another affected CPU, a new section on Microsoft’s confusing statement, and a new section on what you should do.

Updated @ 2018-01-15 : Added 6 more CPUs affected by these Windows 10 updates, as well as the official word from AMD.

Updated @ 2018-01-11 : Added more AMD CPUs that were reported to have failed to boot up, after applying these Meltdown and Spectre patches.

Originally posted @ 2018-01-10

 

These Windows 10 Updates Are Bricking AMD PCs!

Following reports of users unable to boot up their AMD PCs after applying Windows 10 updates, Microsoft has identified the following security patches and updates from 3-9 January 2018 as the culprits :

January 3, 2018—KB4056897 (Security-only update)
January 9, 2018—KB4056894 (Monthly Rollup)
January 3, 2018—KB4056888 (OS Build 10586.1356)
January 3, 2018—KB4056892 (OS Build 16299.192)
January 3, 2018—KB4056891 (OS Build 15063.850)
January 3, 2018—KB4056890 (OS Build 14393.2007)
January 3, 2018—KB4056898 (Security-only update)
January 3, 2018—KB4056893 (OS Build 10240.17735)
January 9, 2018—KB4056895 (Monthly Rollup)

In the affected AMD systems, the Windows logo will appear after the PC reboots to complete the upgrade process. However, it won’t complete the boot process.

 

What AMD CPUs Are Affected? Updated!

Neither Microsoft nor AMD have revealed what AMD CPUs are affected but based on user reports, here is a list of affected AMD CPUs.

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700
  • AMD FX-8350
  • AMD A10-7800
  • AMD FX-6350
  • AMD Phenom II X6 Black Edition 1090T
  • AMD Opteron 180
  • AMD Athlon X2 5050e
  • AMD Athlon X2 4850e
  • AMD Athlon X2 4450B
  • AMD Athlon X2 L310
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 3200+
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-57
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-55
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-62
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-60
  • AMD Athlon 64 1640B
  • AMD Sempron 3200+
  • AMD Turion Neo X2 L625
  • AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60
  • AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-56
  • AMD Turion X2 RM-72
  • AMD Turion X2 RM-70

There has been at least one case each involving the newer Ryzen 7 and Threadripper processors, but these are outliers. So far, this issue affects mostly older AMD Athlon processors. However, there

Needless to say, the list above is NOT EXHAUSTIVE. We will update the list, as and when, people report them.

On 11 January 2018, AMD stated that the problem affected AMD Opteron, Athlon and Turion X2 Ultra processors.

 

How Did This Happen?

Microsoft is blaming documentation from AMD, stating that some AMD chipsets do not conform to the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown.

Technically, Meltdown and Spectre are CPU, not chipset, vulnerabilities. So Microsoft was probably referring to CPU documentation provided by AMD.

 

What Is Being Done?

Because Windows 10 forcibly installs updates, Microsoft has temporarily stopped pushing those Windows 10 updates to the affected AMD processors. They’re now working with AMD to correct the problem with those patches.

According to AMD, the new patches will be issued sometime in the week of 15-21 January 2018. At the time of this update (16 January 2018), the new patches have not been released.

 

Microsoft’s Confusing Statement New!

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Microsoft invited some confusion when they stated on 11 January 2018 that “Microsoft has resumed updating the majority of AMD devices with the Windows operating system security update to help protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown.

As far as we can tell – they only resumed Windows 10 updates for the AMD CPUs that are NOT affected by this problem. They merely identified the affected subset of AMD CPUs, and only blocked updates to them – “A small subset of older AMD processors remain blocked to avoid users getting into an unbootable state after installation of recent Windows operating system security updates.

 

Should You Install Windows 10 Updates? New!

As Microsoft claims to have accurately determined which subset of AMD CPUs are affected, it is theoretically safe to continue installing Windows 10 updates. Windows 10 should be able to identify your CPU and block the updates if it’s one of the affected models.

That said, there is still NO RISK of a Meltdown or Spectre attack. For all of the hype and panic, there are no know exploits of the speculative execution bug in the wild. The Meltdown and Spectre exploits also require physical access to the system.

So we still think it is better to be safe than sorry and HOLD OFF your Windows 10 updates, if you have an OLDER AMD CPU, until Microsoft releases the proper patches in the next few days.

 

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AMD CPUs Are Also Vulnerable To Spectre 2 Exploit Rev. 2.0

AMD updated their security advisory, confirming that their CPUs are also vulnerable to the Spectre 2 exploit. We updated our article Everything On The Intel, AMD & ARM CPU Bug, but it looks like many AMD fanboys still insist that AMD processors are only affected by Spectre 1. So let us burst their bubble and update them on what AMD actually said about this “issue”.

Updated @ 2018-01-15 : Added two new sections addressing the criticisms of the AMD and Intel fanboys.

Originally posted @ 2018-01-13

 

AMD CPUs Are Also Vulnerable To Spectre 2 Exploit

When AMD first released their security advisory on the Meltdown and Spectre exploits, they stated that, “Differences in AMD architecture mean there is a near zero risk of exploitation of this variant.

Just over a week later, on 11 January 2018, Mark Papermaster, AMD Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, posted an update of their assessment, stating that “GPZ Variant 2 (Branch Target Injection or Spectre) is applicable to AMD processors.

He clarified that while AMD believes that their “processor architectures make it difficult to exploit Variant 2“, they have defined “a combination of processor microcode updates and OS patches” to mitigate the Spectre 2 threat.

You can read more about the Spectre and Meltdown exploits in Everything On The Intel, AMD & ARM CPU Bug.

 

Why Is Spectre 2 Important?

This development is significant, because Spectre 2 is the more problematic exploit of the two. Mainly because any efforts to reduce its risks significantly reduces performance.

According to Microsoft, only Spectre 2 mitigation patches have a significant performance impact. Their initial performance tests show that Spectre 1 and Meltdown mitigation patches have minimal or small performance impact, and are unlikely to be noticed by users.

 

What Is AMD Doing About Spectre 2?

AMD has already defined the “additional steps” that consists of processor microcode updates and operating system patches that will mitigate the threat of Spectre 2 to their affected processors.

They will make the microcode updates available for the Ryzen and EPYC processors this week, with microcode updates for older processors in the coming weeks.

Notably, Mark said that they would be OPTIONAL. This ties in with their assessment that it would be difficult (albeit not impossible) to exploit Variant 2 in an AMD processor. So AMD users will get the option of NOT applying these microcode updates, at least while no actual Spectre threat exists in the real world.

Linux vendors have started to roll out Spectre 2 patches, while Microsoft will be releasing Spectre 2 patches for Windows shortly.

 

AMD Fanboys Are Missing The Big Picture

Many AMD fanboys say that we are biased against AMD, because that the risk of a Spectre 2 exploit is small or “virtually non-existent”.

We love the AMD Ryzen just like you do, and find their performance-value proposition incredibly refreshing. In fact, we even wrote an article crediting The Ryzen Effect for creating better Intel processors.

What we reported is no different from the official statement by Mark Papermaster – the AMD CPUs are vulnerable to Spectre 2. But you are all missing the big picture.

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The point here isn’t to rub our collective noses in some kind of childish Intel vs. AMD fanboy war, it’s to point out that these Spectre 2 patches will have a significant performance impact.

Because there is no real world exploit of both Meltdown and Spectre, and because AMD’s microarchitecture is more robust against the Spectre 2 vulnerability, there is arguably no real need to apply the Spectre 2 patches.

That’s why we specifically pointed out that “Mark said that they would be OPTIONAL“, so you should have the option of “NOT applying these microcode updates“.

You guys would have realised that if you actually read the article, instead of just stopping at the title.

 

Intel Fanboys Should Stop Throwing Stones

Some Intel fanboys are using this article as evidence that “AMD got caught lying” or “AMD CPUs are just as bad”. Well, let us address those claims.

  1. AMD did not lie – In their original disclosure, they stated very clearly that “there is a near zero risk” of a Spectre 2 exploit working on an AMD CPU. We specifically mentioned and underlined that in the original article to stress that AMD was already aware that their CPUs are somewhat vulnerable to Spectre 2.
  2. AMD CPUs are far less at risk – Even with this upgraded risk assessment, AMD CPUs are still much less vulnerable to Spectre 2 than Intel CPUs, and they are completely impervious to the Meltdown exploit. Because they are less vulnerable, AMD users have the option of not applying Spectre 2 patches that can have a significant performance impact.

 

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No Surprise : Threadripper 1950X Wins CES 2018 Award

No surprise here. AMD just announced that their Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor (Price Check) won the CES 2018 Best of Innovation Award in the Computer Hardware and Components category. AMD is justifiably proud of this, but if you have no idea what’s going on, continue on below, and make sure you read our article – All You Need To Know About The AMD Ryzen Threadripper.

 

The Threadripper 1950X Wins CES 2018 Award

As a do-it-all powerhouse built to serve the needs of the most demanding developers, prosumers, creators and enthusiasts, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Price Check) processor supports 16 cores and 32 threads, delivering world-class performance built around AMD’s powerful “Zen” core architecture.

This high-end processor delivers overwhelming processing power, unrestrained potential, and superior performance over your most daunting tasks and workloads.

“The overwhelmingly positive response from enthusiasts and expert reviewers that greeted the release of AMD Ryzen Threadripper already served as a huge reward for the AMD whole engineering team who built this ground-breaking product,” said AMD Chief Marketing Officer John Taylor. “Now, with its selection as a CES 2018 Best of Innovation Award winner, Ryzen Threadripper achieves a special standing and place of leadership in the incredible history of processor innovation.”

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The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), owner and producer of CES 2018, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers, and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics across 28 categories.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Price Check) processor will be displayed at CES 2018, which runs January 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Best of Innovation Honorees are also displayed at CES Unveiled New York on November 9 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

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The GIGABYTE X399 DESIGNARE EX Motherboard Revealed!

Taipei, Taiwan, October 23rd, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd announced the release of the new X399 DESIGNARE EX motherboard. With features such as Smart Fan 5, RGB Fusion, and support for the powerful AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor, the X399 DESIGNARE EX motherboard is crafted for content creators who take pride in their own work.

The exterior design of the motherboard is a work of art in itself and provides plenty of aesthetic value. It comes with a jet black colored PCB, silver colored armor, and a customizable Accent PCH Overlay. The DESIGNARE logo and stylized lettering is imprinted on the overlay which can be illuminated with RGB Fusion APP, giving the motherboard a unique, vibrant style.

 

The GIGABYTE X399 DESIGNARE EX Motherboard

Fully optimized to support the monstrous power of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper, the X399 DESIGNARE EX motherboard has outstanding performance capabilities. The 16-core, 32-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper is one of the most power hungry processors on the market so the motherboard uses a design combining 8-pin and 4-pin gold plated solid power connectors to power such a CPU. The motherboard’s server-grade digital VRM design with 3rd Generation PowIRstage allows it to effectively regulate the power flow within the motherboard.

Impressive graphical performance is one of the defining features of the X399 DESIGNARE EX motherboard. It comes with 48 PCIe Gen 3 lanes and provides support for 4-Way AMD CrossFire and 4-Way NVIDIA SLI, enabling the usage of multi-graphic configurations. The motherboard is designed to fully support design focused graphics cards such as the NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro GPUs. Even with their stringent performance requirements, the X399 DESIGNARE EX allows for those cards to be seamlessly implemented into the motherboard to provide high quality 3D performance, as well as larger design and increased rendering capabilities.

Storage performance is a key asset for any motherboard designed for content creators. The X399 DESIGNARE EX provides Triple NVMe PCIe x4 M.2 connectors with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s for top-of-the-line storage performance. These powerful storage devices are protected by M.2 Thermal Guard which minimize the effects of thermal throttling and are capable of keeping these storage devices up to 20°C cooler. The motherboard supports free NVMe RAID with up to 7 NVMe SSDs, a rarity even for motherboards with strong storage performance.

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Furthermore, Smart Fan 5 technology provides the perfect cooling solution for such a high performance motherboard. It allows users to monitor temperatures in critical areas of the motherboard and set temperature limits to ensure that their PCs operate within safe temperature ranges. Users can also customize fan speed settings to maximize fan efficiency and minimize unwanted fan noise.

RGB Fusion Technology is a natural fit with the X399 DESIGNARE EX motherboard and provides the user with incredible style and flair. With onboard LEDs as well as support for 5V or 12V external digital lighting strips, the motherboard provides the user with the ability to illuminate the motherboard or even the Chassis with cool lighting effects. Designers and enthusiasts alike can utilize the motherboard’s RGB Fusion Technology to create lighting patterns that allow them to express their unique artistic style.

The motherboard comes with dual Intel GbE LAN ports, Intel Dual Band Wireless 802.11ac connectivity with cFosSpeed, Quad Channel DDR4 support, a front USB 3.1 header, USB DAC-UP 2, Q-Flash Plus, and much more. The X399 DESIGNARE EX motherboard has everything that content creators could ask for to help them produce the highest quality content.

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The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X Quad-Core Processor Review

The AMD Ryzen 7 may have upended the CPU industry and wowed the socks of reviewers and fans alike, but not everyone can afford them. Not everyone needs eight processor cores either. Ordinary users and gamers only need quad-core processors, after all. That’s where the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X processor comes in.

The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) is a quad-core processor that supports up to four simultaneous threads, and boasts a 2 MB L2 cache as well as an 8 MB L3 cache. Priced at just US$ 129, it also comes with a bundled AMD cooler. Let’s take a closer look at Ryzen 3 1300X processor and check out how well it performs!

Updated @ 2017-10-09 : Replaced all of the original charts with newer, better charts. Added a video on the Ryzen 3 1300X running CINEBENCH. Numerous other small updates.

Originally posted @ 2017-08-07

 

Introducing The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

The AMD Ryzen 3 family has some common features – 4 processor cores, a 2 MB L2 cache and a large 8 MB L3 cache. The Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) is the top-of-the-line model, with a base clock of 3.5 GHz, a boost clock of 3.7 GHz and an XFR clock of 3.9 GHz. Here is a comparison of the first two Ryzen 3 processors to hit the market :

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen 3 1300XAMD Ryzen 3 1200
TDP65 W65 W
SocketAM4AM4
Process Technology14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET
Processor Cores44
Number of Simultaneous Threads44
L2 Cache Size2 MB2 MB
L3 Cache Size8 MB8 MB
Base Clock Speed3.5 GHz3.1 GHz
Boost Clock Speed3.7 GHz3.4 GHz
XFR Speed3.9 GHz3.45 GHz
Bundled CPU CoolerAMD Wraith StealthAMD Wraith Stealth
Launch Price (2017-07-27)US$ 129US$ 109

The AMD Ryzen 3 processors lack SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) capability, which allows each core to handle two simultaneous threads, as if they are two virtual processor cores. It is only available in the higher-end Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors.

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) processor comes bundled with a low-profile AMD Wraith Stealth cooler, which adds to its value proposition. Let’s unbox it!

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A Closer Look At The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

Let’s take a closer look at the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) processor, which looks exactly the same as the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) processor. It uses the same 1331-pin AM4 socket as its more powerful brothers. In fact, processors from all three Ryzen families can be used interchangeably on any AM4 motherboard.

 

Benchmarking The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

In this article, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X processor. We will it to the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check), and the Intel Core i7-6700K processor. Here is a table comparing their key specifications.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Intel Core i7-6700K AMD Ryzen 5 1500X AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
Cores / Threads 8 / 16 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 4
Base Clock 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.0 GHz 4.2 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.7 GHz
L2 Cache 4 MB 1 MB 2 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 16 MB 8 MB 16 MB 8 MB
Memory Speed DDR4-2666 DDR4-2133 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666
Current Price US$ 499 US$ 298 US$ 189 US$ 129

Here are the specifications of the testbeds we used :

Intel Testbed AMD Testbed
Processors Intel Core i7-6700K
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

Motherboard ASRock Z170 Extreme4 GIGABYTE AORUS GA-AX370 Gaming-5
ASRock AB350 Gaming K4
Memory Speed Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-2666 (4 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-2666 (4 GB x 2)
Graphics Card AMD Radeon RX 480 AMD Radeon RX 480
Storage Western Digital Black² Western Digital Black²
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Now, we would be the first to admit that this is a completely unfair comparison, but let’s see how this “underdog” performs against such a formidable field!

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3D Rendering Speed – CINEBENCH R15

CINEBENCH R15 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software. This is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R15 Single Core

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

The Single Core test shows that the individual processor core of the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) is about 13.4% slower than the processor core of the Core i7-6700K. Of course, the Core i7-6700K has a 5% higher boost clock speed. If we adjust the results to account for that, the Intel Skylake core is about 10% faster than the AMD Ryzen core, clock for clock.

After correcting for the lower clock speed of the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check) and Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check), we can determine that the smaller L3 cache size of the Ryzen 3 1300 reduced the core performance by 4%.

CINEBENCH R15 Multi Core

This shows the real-world 3D rendering performance of four processors. Even though the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check) appears to be slower than the Intel Core i7-6700K, it is actually equivalent in performance at the same clock speed.

Even though they both have the same clock speeds, the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) is 31% slower than the Ryzen 5 1500X, because it has half the L3 cache and does not support SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading).

CINEBENCH R15 MP Ratio

The analysis of the Multi-Processing Ratio is useful in checking the efficiency of the SMT implementation. The MP Ratio is independent of the processor’s clock speed.

As we pointed out in the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) review, AMD’s SMT implementation is 5.8% more efficient than Intel Skylake’s Hyper-Threading in CINEBENCH.

Due to its lack of SMT capability, the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) was 28% slower than the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check).

 

Video Transcoding Speed – HandBrake

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility. Video transcoding basically converts a video file from one resolution / format to another. As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) transcoded the 1.3 GB video in just over 11 minutes2.5X slower than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check). That’s surprisingly good performance, considering it has half the cores and caches and does not support SMT. In fact, the Ryzen 3 1300X was just 21% slower than the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check).

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Radial Blur Speed – Photoshop CC 14

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores. This radial blur test was performed on a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) applied the radial blur filter in 17.5 seconds – just under 3 seconds slower than the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check). In other words, its lack of SMT support and smaller L3 cache size only sapped its performance by 18%.

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3DMark – Time Spy (DirectX 12)

In the Time Spy DirectX 12 benchmark, the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) was 18% slower than the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check) in the CPU test. However, that only translates into a small 3.4% drop in overall gaming performance.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (1080p)

In the RTS game, Ashes of the Singularity, we can see that the frame rates were significantly impacted by CPU performance. The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) delivered 14.7% lower frame rates than the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check) at the common gaming resolution of 1920 x 1080.

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Ashes of the Singularity (4K)

When we bumped up the resolution to 4K, the performance difference was greatly reduced. The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) was now just 1.3% slower than the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check), 2% slower than the Core i7-6700K, and 2.2% slower than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check).

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Total War: Warhammer (1080p)

When we tested Warhammer at 1080p, the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) delivered 9% lower frame rates than the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check), 11% lower than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check), and 15.7% lower than the Intel Core i7-6700K.

 

Total War: Warhammer (4K)

But when we increased the resolution to 4K, all four processors delivered practically the same average frame rates. Naturally, at this high resolution, the graphics card was the most important factor in delivering high frame rates.

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The Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt (1080p)

At 1080p, the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) was about 1.3% slower than the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check), 3.7% slower than the Intel Core i7-6700K, and 4.4% slower than the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check).

 

The Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt (4K)

When we bumped up the resolution to 4K though, all four processors were virtually equivalent in performance. That’s not to say that they are equally fast, just that the graphics card mattered far, far more at such a high resolution.

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Our Verdict & Award

The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) is not the most powerful desktop CPU in the market. That honour goes to the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (Lowest Price)… at least until the AMD Ryzen Threadripper hits the market!

Unlike its higher-performance Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 brethren, the Ryzen 3 1300X only has four physical cores and half the cache and no SMT support. Even so, it delivered astonishingly good performance – it was just 31% slower than the Ryzen 5 1500X in 3D rendering and 21% slower in video transcoding. Even in the Photoshop radial blur test, it was just 18% slower.

Based on its performance in work applications alone, it offers roughly a 12% better price-performance ratio than the Ryzen 5 1500X, which itself offers incredible value for money. But what about games, you say?

Depending on the game, the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) delivered between 1.3% and 14.7% lower average frame rates than the Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check).

Increasing the resolution to 4K may wipe out the difference, but that’s because the games were now GPU-limited on the AMD Radeon RX 480 we used.

If you are using a suitably-powerful graphics card like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, you should see similar drops in frame rates. Obviously, if you intend to game at 4K, you will need a suitably fast processor like the Ryzen 7 1800X (Price Check) to complement such a fast graphics card.

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Here is our takeaway from the gaming test results…

If you want to maximise the gaming performance of the Radeon RX 480 / Radeon RX 580-class graphics card, you should pair it with a faster processor like the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X.

If you don’t mind a small 8% (average) drop in gaming frame rates, the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) offers unbeatable value – 35% better price-performance ratio than the Ryzen 5 1500X!

If that’s not enough value for your money, AMD even bundles the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) with a low-profile AMD Wraith Stealth CPU cooler!

Because it offers such great value for money, we think the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) deserves nothing less than our Editor’s Choice Award! Congratulations, AMD!

 

Where To Buy

Here are direct links to the AMD Ryzen CPU and bundles on sale on Amazon :

 

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Confirmed : The Threadripper Is An EPYC CPU In Disguise!

Veteran German overclocker der8auer is back at it again! This time, he set out to prove that the two non-functional dies of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU are not blanks, as some pundits have claimed. What he discovered confirms that the Threadripper is really an EPYC processor in disguise!

Don’t forget to check out our previous article on this same issue – The Secrets Of The Delidded Threadripper CPU Revealed!

 

Four Dies But Only Two Work

Thanks to the der8auer’s delidded Threadripper, we know that the Ryzen Threadripper has four AMD Ryzen (Zeppelin) dies, each with 8 Zen cores. Since the Threadripper is only designed to be a 16-core processor, two of the dies are non-functional. So why are there two extra dies?

Simple answer – easier and cheaper production. This is counter-intuitive, so let us explain.

AMD makes a 32-core server processor that uses four Zeppelin cores. Formerly known as AMD Naples, we now know it as the AMD EPYC processor.

Instead of creating a separate production line for Ryzen Threadripper, it is easier and cheaper for AMD to just pick out EPYC parts to use. After all, the EPYC and Threadripper processors both use sockets that are physically the same – SP3 and SP3r2 (TR4), with the same number of pins – 4094.

Combining their production gives them greater economies of scale. Both EPYC and Threadripper are not mass-market processors after all. It also allows them to salvage EPYC processors that don’t make the grade. This isn’t new or extraordinary – the semiconductor industry has been binning and salvaging chips for decades.

 

The Threadripper Is Really An AMD EPYC CPU

According to AMD, the non-functioning dies are really just “structural inserts” (aka blanks) used to support the integrated heat spreader (IHS), and prevent its deformation under pressure. They also revealed that the two functional dies are placed diagonally to “reduce hot spot formation“.

So der8auer set out to prove that AMD used actual Ryzen processor dies (either non-functioning or disabled), instead of blanks. After removing the four dies and sanding them down, he proved that they are all actual Ryzen (Zeppelin) dies.

The pictures above are screenshots from der8auer’s video. All credit should go to him.

As you can see, none of the dies appear to be blanks or mere structural inserts. They appear to be proper Ryzen dies that have either been disabled, or are non-functioning. You can literally see the processor cores after der8auer sanded down the dies.

In other words, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper is really an AMD EPYC CPU, with two of its processor dies disabled / non-functional.

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Of course, this is merely one example. AMD could possibly produce some Threadripper processors with blanks. But as we pointed out, the Threadripper and EPYC processors are so fundamentally similar, it would make sense for AMD to just produce both in the same production line. This allows them to quickly adjust the type of processors produced according to market demand.

All partially-functioning parts will naturally be used as Threadripper CPUs, but unless AMD’s yield is extremely poor, most will be perfectly good AMD EPYC processors that merely have two of their dies disabled.

 

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All You Need To Know About AMD Ryzen Threadripper! Rev. 7

AMD has finally announced the specifications, pricing and availability for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor! This follows their AMD Computex 2017 press conference, where they showed off the massive 16-core CPU that is targeted at the ultra-premium desktop market, directly taking on the newly-launched Intel X-Series processor.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors – specifications, performance, and even the special Game Mode feature! Read and SHARE!

Updated @ 2017-09-04 : We updated the availability of the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor, and added many links, including a link to The First AMD X399 Threadripper Motherboards. Also cleaned up many parts of the article.

Updated @ 2017-08-11 : We added the South East Asian prices, and a new page on the Ryzen Threadripper’s multithreaded CPU performance, gaming performance and the special Threadripper Game Mode option!

Updated @ 2017-07-31 : We added details of the newly-announced Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor, and availability of all three models. We also added a new section on the Delidded Threadripper, and the secrets it revealed!

Updated @ 2017-07-26 : We added a picture of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper box!

Updated @ 2017-07-18 : We added the official AMD Ryzen Threadripper specifications and prices, confirming many of the earlier leaked details. Don’t forget to check out the official announcement video below!

Updated @ 2017-06-13 : We added new details that were just leaked about the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor.

Originally posted @ 2017-06-05

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper will have up to 16 cores, processing up to 32 simultaneous threads. It will use the new Socket TR4, have quad-channel DDR4 memory support and feature 64 PCI Express lanes. If you were impressed by the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 processors (read our AMD Ryzen 7 1800X review), just imagine how powerful the 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor will be.

In this video, Jim Anderson, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the AMD Compute and Graphics business group, reveals the key features of the Threadripper CPU  and Socket TR4 platform.

Then, AMD President & CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, showed us a demo of Prey running on 4K (on Ultra High settings) using the AMD Ryzen Threadripper, with dual AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. However, she did not reveal the average frame rate of this setup.

In this new video, Dr. Lisa Su and John Taylor (Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, AMD), reveal the specifications of the two first AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors (as well as the first two Ryzen 3 processors). It also shows both Ryzen Threadripper CPUs delivering higher performance in Cinebench R15 than Intel Core i9-7900X X-Series processor.

Targeted at the high-end desktop (HEDT) market, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper is paired with the X399 chipset and the new Socket TR4, offering quad memory channels and support up to 2TB of DDR4 memory, as well as 64 PCI Express 3.0 lanes!

ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI already have motherboards built around the AMD X399 chipset. Everything is set for the Threadripper’s epic battle against the newly-announced Intel X-Series processors!

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Specifications, Prices & Availability

On 13 July 2017, AMD revealed announced the Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) models. A week later, they announced the 8-core Threadripper 1900X (Lowest Price) model. Here are their specifications :

Specifications Ryzen Threadripper
1950X
Ryzen Threadripper
1920X
Ryzen Threadripper
1900X
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16
Core Clock Speed 3.4 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Boost Clock Speed 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz
XFR Support Yes Yes Yes
L2 Cache Size 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB
L3 Cache Size 32 MB 32 MB 16 MB
Maximum Memory 128 GB 128 GB 128 GB
Max. TDP 180 W 180 W 180 W
Launch Price US$ 999 US$ 799 US$ 549
Availability 10 August 2017 10 August 2017 1 September 2017

Both the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) processors are available for pre-order starting 30 July 2017, with delivery and general market availability on 10 August 2017.

AMD originally stated that the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X (Lowest Price) would be available on 31 August 2017, but they later shifted it one day later to 1 September 2017.

Here are the prices for South East Asia, with their estimated value in USD.

Countries Tax AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X
United States Not inclusive USD 999 USD 799
Indonesia 10% VAT Rp 14,790,000
~USD 1,111
Rp 11,749,000
~USD 882
Malaysia 6% GST RM 4,799
~USD 1,120
RM 3,899
~USD 938
Philippines 12% VAT PHP 59,700
~USD 1,179
PHP 47,500
~USD 1,179
Singapore 7% GST SGD 1,589
~USD 1,166
SGD 1,279
~USD 938
Thailand 7% VAT ฿ 49,900
~USD 1,216
฿ 33,900
~USD 1,008
Vietnam 10% VAT 29,000,000 ₫
~USD 1,272
23,100,000 ₫
~USD 1,013

For your convenience, here are some Amazon purchase links :

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor only – $999
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X processor only – $799
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor only – $549
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X + GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7$1389
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X + Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler – $1124
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X + GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7$1189
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X + Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler – $924

For the AMD X399 motherboard options, please take a look at Introducing The First AMD X399 Threadripper Motherboards!

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Up Close

After the AMD Computex 2017 press conference, we had the opportunity to mingle with both Dr. Lisa Su and Jim Anderson. We also had the opportunity to take our first ever close-up look at the AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Ryzen Mobile CPUs. Check them out!

As you can see, this is a MASSIVE processor, with 4094 pins. It makes the AMD Ryzen Mobile APU look absolutely diminutive!

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Delidded

German overclocked der8auer delidded a Threadripper processor with AMD’s permission recently, revealing many interesting facts.

  • It has four Zeppelin dies with 32 cores, but only two dies (16 cores) are functional.
  • It is functionally the AMD EPYC server processor with half the dies disabled.
  • The dies are soldered to a gold-plated heat spreader using indium solder.

Get the full nitty-gritty details in The Secrets of the Delidded Threadripper CPU Revealed!

 

Earlier Threadripper Leaks

These were the leaked information we posted earlier :

  • Although rumoured to be branded as the AMD Ryzen 9 processor (to directly compete against the newly-announced Intel Core i9 processors), AMD will be using the Ryzen Threadripper name instead. We can’t blame them – Threadripper is certainly a better and more memorable name than Ryzen 9![adrotate banner=”4″] -> Correct! AMD has announced that it will be called AMD Ryzen Threadripper!
  • AMD will launch two Threadripper processors on 27 July 2017. -> Correct!
  • The top-of-the-line processor will have 16 cores, capable of handling 32 simultaneous threads-> Correct! It is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X!
  • There will also be a 12-core processor, capable of handling 24 simultaneous threads. -> Correct! It is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X!
  • There will eventually be 14-core and 10-core versions as well.
  • All AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors will support quad DDR4 memory channels and 64 PCI Express lanes. -> Correct!
  • They are rumoured to use a solder thermal interface material (TIM), which would make deliding of the processor by enthusiasts difficult, if not impossible.  -> Correct!

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Box

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper comes in an awesome box. Check it out!

 

Multithreaded CPU Performance

AMD shared these multithreaded performance results for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) processors, compared to the Intel Core i9-7900X.

Here is a summary of the results, using the Intel Core i9-7900X as the baseline (100%)  :

Benchmark Intel Core i9-7900X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
POV-Ray 3.7 100% + 6.1% + 30.8%
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 100% – 4.9% + 16.7%
HandBrake 1.0.7 100% + 5.1% + 21.0%
7-Zip 16.0.2 100% + 3.5% + 26.9%
VeraCrypt 1.2.1 100% + 18.6% + 55.1%
Corona Photorealism 1.3 100% + 1.1% + 26.8%
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1440p Gaming Performance

And here are 1440p gaming performance results on the two AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Here is a quick comparison of the results, using the Threadripper 1920X (Lowest Price) as the baseline (100%)  :

Benchmark AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
Rise of the Tomb Raider 100% + 0.7%
Ashes of the Singularity 100% + 5.3%
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 100% + 2.9%
Battlefield 1 100% + 1.7%
Hitman 100% + 19.2%

 

The Threadripper Game Mode

Games are mostly optimised for quad-core processors… and rarely make use of octa-core processors. In fact, having even more cores can result in poorer performance due to poor thread scheduling. In some cases, the game may not even run at all.

To avoid those problems, AMD developer the Threadripper Game Mode. You can switch from the default “Creator Mode” to the “Game Mode” in the AMD Ryzen Master utility. Switching to Game Mode changes the Threadripper processor in two ways :

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  • It temporarily disables half the CPU cores, turning the Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) into an 8C 16T processor like the AMD Ryzen 1800X, and the Threadripper 1920X (Lowest Price) into an 6C 12T processor like the AMD Ryzen 1600X.
  • It tells the operating system to use a Local Mode (NUMA) memory, which keeps the game and its memory footprint inside one CPU die and the locally-connected DRAM memory. This minimises several key latency points in the system, which will improve gaming performance.

Once you are done playing your game, you can switch back to Creator Mode to make full use of all of the Threadripper’s cores.

Let’s take a look at the performance difference between the Creator Mode and the Game Mode.

As you can see, the Game Mode improves the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X’s gaming performance by 10% to 38%. It’s likely that disabling half the cores also allow the Threadripper to clock them higher, as there is now a much higher thermal headroom.

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Introducing The First AMD X399 Threadripper Motherboards!

Planning to buy the AMD Ryzen Threadripper? Don’t forget about the motherboard! To help you make your choice, here are the first AMD X399 motherboards you can pair your Threadripper with!

Updated @ 2017-09-03 : Added the ASUS PRIME X399-A motherboard, and purchase links for all AMD X399 motherboards. Other minor updates.

Originally posted @ 2017-08-15

 

The AMD X399 Chipset

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper is designed specifically to work with the AMD X399 chipset. Together, they offer the following features :

  • 64 PCI Express lanes
  • Quad-channel DDR4 SDRAM memory
  • Up to 2 native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
  • Up to 14 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
  • Up to 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • Up to 16 SATA ports

As announced in Computex 2017, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper will launch with AMD X399 motherboards from ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI. Here are those motherboards :

 

The ASRock X399 Taichi

The ASRock X399 Taichi (Lowest Price) has the shortest and easiest name to remember. Here are its key features :

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  • IR Digital PWM with 11 Power Phases
  • Supports quad-channel DDR4-3600+ (OC) and ECC UDIMM memory
  • 4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 and 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220), supports DTS Connect
  • 8 x SATA 6 Gb/s
  • 3 x Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x 4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type A + Type C)
  • 12 x USB 3.0 (4 Front, 8 Rear)
  • 1 x U.2 connector
  • Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Intel 802.11ac WiFi
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • Lowest Price : Amazon

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The ASUS PRIME X399-A

The ASUS PRIME X399-A (Lowest Price) boasts the following features :

  • 5-Way Optimization: One-click, system-wide tuning, delivering optimized overclocks and intelligent cooling for CPU or GPU-intensive tasks.
  • Industry-leading cooling options: Comprehensive controls for fans and water pumps, via Fan Xpert 4 software or the acclaimed ASUS UEFI.
  • Next-gen connectivity: Onboard U.2, M.2 and front-panel USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector.
  • M.2 heatsink: Ultra-efficient heatsink reduces M.2 SSD temperatures by up to 20°C for unthrottled transfer speeds and enhanced reliability.
  • Aura Sync: Controllable onboard RGB lighting easily syncs with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura Sync-capable hardware.
  • Lowest Price : Amazon

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The ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme X399

The ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme X399 (Lowest Price) boasts the following features :

  • Onboard M.2 Heatsink: Cools your M.2 drive, delivering consistent storage performance and enhanced reliability.
  • Synchronize RGB lighting: With a vast portfolio of Aura Sync capable PC gear – now with support for addressable light strips
  • ROG DIMM.2: Dual M.2 expansion card allows use of fans to prevent throttling
  • LiveDash OLED : Customizable panel displays vital system stats or your own logo
  • Best gaming networking: Intel Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ad Wi-Fi, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
  • Gaming audio: SupremeFX S1220 teamed with Sonic Studio III, cast an aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action.
  • 5-Way Optimization: Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor made for your rig
  • Best gaming protection: SafeSlot, and carefully-selected premium components for maximum durability
  • Lowest Price : Amazon

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The GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7

The GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7 (Lowest Price) boasts the following features :

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  • Quad Channel ECC / Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 8 DIMMs, 3600 MHz+(OC)
  • Front and Rear USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and Rear Type-A ports
  • Server-Class Digital Power Design & Gold Plated Solid Power Connectors
  • ALC1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone AMP and WIMA audio capacitor
  • Sound BlasterX 720° Audio Engine for 4K Gaming and Entertainment
  • Killer E2500 GbE LAN
  • Intel Dual Band 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 – AC 8265 WiFi Module
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show design, support Digital LED & RGB LED strips
  • Swappable Overlay for Accent LED PCH
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers
  • Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and Thermal Guard
  • NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 U.2 support by optional adaptor
  • USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage
  • Precise Digital USB Fuse Design for Stronger Protection
  • Anti-Sulfur Resistor Design
  • Ultra Durable 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS with Q-Flash Plus USB port
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • Lowest Price : Amazon

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The MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

The MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC (Lowest Price) boasts the following features :

  • Support 8 DIMMs, Quad Channel DDR4 3600+ (OC)
  • Digital Power Design with 10+3 power phase
  • Mystic Light : 16.8 milliom colors / 17 effects controlled in one click. Mystic Light Sync supports both RGB and RAINBOW LED strip
  • 3D Printing Support: exchangeable cover and 3D X-MOUNTING screws
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: 3x TURBO M.2 with M.2 Shield, LIGHTNING USB 3.1 GEN2
  • NAHIMIC 2+: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor: Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
  • Intel-powered Gaming LAN and Wireless support
  • Multi GPU support with Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports 4-Way NVIDIA SLI & 4-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Lowest Price : Amazon

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The Secrets Of The Delidded Threadripper CPU Revealed!

A few days ago, veteran German overclocker der8auer delidded* an AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor with AMD’s permission recently. The video and pictures of the delidded Threadripper revealed many interesting facts about the upcoming 16-core desktop processor. He was soon asked to remove the video, but as they say – the Internet never forgets.

In this article, we will summarise the secrets revealed by der8auer’s delidded Threadripper processor!

* Delidding a processor means removing its integrated heat spreader (IHS), to reveal the processor die(s) underneath.

Don’t forget to catch our follow-up article – Confirmed : The Threadripper Is An EPYC CPU In Disguise!

 

Four Dies But Only Two Are Functional

Although many of us assumed that Threadripper would use two AMD Ryzen (aka Zeppelin) dies, the der8aeur’s delidded Threadripper revealed four Ryzen dies underneath the heatsink!

As you know, every Zeppelin die has eight AMD Zen processor cores inside. So technically, every AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor has 32 processor cores in them.

AMD has confirmed that only two of the four Zeppelin dies in the Ryzen Threadripper is functional. The other two are permanently disabled.

 

EPYC Processor In Threadripper Clothes

The presence of four Zeppelin dies means the Ryzen Threadripper is functionally the AMD EPYC server processor, with two of its dies disabled.

Why would AMD use four processor dies when they only need two? Simple answer – easier and cheaper production. This is counter-intuitive, so let us explain.

AMD makes a 32-core server processor that uses four Zeppelin cores. Formerly known as AMD Naples, we now know it as the AMD EPYC processor.

Instead of creating a separate production line for Ryzen Threadripper, it is easier and cheaper for AMD to just pick out EPYC parts to use. After all, the EPYC and Threadripper processors both use sockets that are physically the same – SP3 and SP3r2 (TR4), with the same number of pins – 4094.

Combining their production gives them greater economies of scale. Both EPYC and Threadripper are not mass-market processors after all. It also allows them to salvage EPYC processors that don’t make the grade. This isn’t new or extraordinary – the semiconductor industry has been binning and salvaging chips for decades.

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Indium Solder + Gold-Plating

AMD did not skimp on the TIM (Thermal Interface Material). In fact, they went for top-of-the-line solution – gold-plating the base of the heat spreader, and directly soldering the dies to it using an indium solder.

This is as good as it gets, ladies and gentlemen. So please don’t waste your time and kill your Ryzen Threadripper processor by delidding it!

 

Possible 32-Core Threadripper

The decision to produce the Ryzen Threadripper as a clipped version of the AMD EPYC processor means it would be very easy for AMD to release a 32-core Threadripper processor down the road.

However, we think this is quite unlikely as the market for a 32-core desktop processor will be miniscule. Even the 16-core Ryzen Threadripper will sell only in small numbers – much, much smaller than the highly-popular Ryzen 7 processors.

 

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The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference Revealed!

The most important event on Day 2 of Computex Taipei 2017 was the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference. It was headlined by AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su, and Jim Anderson, SVP and GM of the AMD Computing and Graphics division.

The hour-long press conference was, as usual, packed with information and teasers. Check out what went on during the AMD Computex 2017 press conference!

 

The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

The atmosphere in the room was definitely more electric this year. At Computex 2016, AMD Zen (now Ryzen) and Vega may have appeared to be pipe dreams. But at this press conference, no one doubts that AMD will deliver what they promised, and then some. It was now a matter of when, not if.

The upcoming AMD Threadripper with its 16 cores is obviously targeted at the Intel X-Series processors that were just announced yesterday. Even its chipset, the X399, seemed to be intentionally named to “beat” the Intel X299 chipset.

Meanwhile, the announcement of the AMD Ryzen Mobile processors finally injects some excitement into the mobile computing market. Not just because it will offer performance closer to that of the Intel Core processors, but also because it will be the first Ryzen APU that will feature an on-die AMD Vega GPU!

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Our Blow-by-Blow Account Of The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

This morning’s major event is the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference

We Asians are always trying to get the front seats… with everyone else!

The AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference is about to begin!

Spencer Pan, President of AMD Greater China : 2017 is AMD’s 30th year in Taiwan.

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su kicks off the AMD Computex 2017 press conference.

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On AMD EPYC

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su introduces AMD.

The AMD EPYC processor will deliver leadership in the 2 socket market with 45% more cores, 122% more memory bandwidth and 60% more I/O.

Here are some benchmarks of the AMD EPYC processor in 1 socket and 2 socket configurations.

AMD will launch the EPYC processor on 20 June 2017.

There you are – the AMD EPYC processor!

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AMD Radeon Instinct vs. NVIDIA Tesla P100

AMD also showed off the performance of the Vega-based Radeon Instinct against the NVIDIA Tesla P100.

 

On AMD Ryzen Mobile

Jim Anderson announces the availability of AMD Ryzen Mobile CPU.

Introducing the AMD Ryzen Mobile processor!

The AMD Ryzen Mobile processor will be the first Ryzen APU with an on-die AMD Vega GPU!

That small chip is the new AMD Ryzen Mobile processor!

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Oculus Approves AMD Ryzen

AMD also announced that all DESKTOP Ryzen CPUs are Oculus-approved.

 

On AMD Ryzen Threadripper

Read more about AMD Ryzen Threadripper here!

Announcing the AMD Ryzen Threadripper. AMD has officially the coolest names for their CPUs in 2017!

AMD Threadripper – 16 cores, 32 threads and 64 PCIe lanes with quad memory channels.

Ain’t she a beauty? The AMD Threadripper.

That’s as close as you’re going to get to a launch date for AMD Threadripper at this point.

Read more about AMD Ryzen Threadripper here!

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On AMD Vega

The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition will launch on 27 June 2017. That’s as close as you’re going to get to a launch date for AMD Vega at this point.

Gamers will have to wait for SIGGRAPH 2017 in July. That’s when AMD will launch Radeon RX Vega!

 

Post-Event Pictures

With Dr. Lisa Su after the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference.

With Jim Anderson and the Ryzen Threadripper after the AMD Computex 2017 Press Conference.

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