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AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT | RX 5600 : A Quick Primer!

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT | RX 5600 : A Quick Primer!

AMD just announced two new graphics cards – the Radeon RX 5600 XT and the Radeon RX 5600, that they promise will deliver the ultimate 1080p gaming experience.

Here is what AMD has revealed so far about the Radeon RX 5600 XT and Radeon RX 5600 graphics cards!

 

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT | RX 5600 : A Quick Primer!

The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT and Radeon RX 5600 use the same Navi GPU as the Radeon RX 5700, with 10.3 billion transistors fabricated using the 7 nm process

The Radeon RX 5600 XT is essentially the Radeon RX 5700, with slower clock speeds and a 192-bit memory bus instead of a 256-bit memory bus.

The Radeon RX 5600 maintains the same slower clock speeds and 192-bit memory bus, but has some stream processors disabled.

They both have a lower TDP of 150 watts, 6 GB of GDDR6 memory, and have a PCI Express 4.0 x16 interface.

 

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT | RX 5600 Specifications

In this table, we compare their specifications against the Radeon RX 5700, and the Radeon RX 5500 XT.

Like the Radeon RX 5500 XT, they are both AIB-only cards. So these are only reference specifications :

Specifications Radeon RX
5700
Radeon RX
5600 XT
Radeon RX
5600
Radeon RX
5500 XT
Transistors 10.3 billion 10.3 billion 10.3 billion 6.4 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm 7 nm 7 nm
Total Graphics Power 185 W 150 W 150 W 130 W
Stream Processors 2304 2304 2048 1408
Game Clock 1465 MHz 1375 MHz 1375 MHz 1717 MHz
Boost Clock 1725 MHz 1560 MHz 1560 MHz 1845 MHz
TMUs 144 144 128 88
Max. Texture Rate 248.4 GT/s 224.6 GT/s 199.7 GT/s 162.4 GT/s
ROPs 64 64 64 32
Max. Pixel Rate 110.4 GP/s 99.8 GP/s 99.8 GP/s 59.0 GP/s
Memory Size 8 GB 6 GB 6 GB 4 GB / 8 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit 192-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 448 GB/s 288 GB/s 288 GB/s 224 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x8

 

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Performance

AMD is targeting the Radeon RX 5600 XT at gamers who are looking to upgrade from 3+ year old cards like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB.

In their internal tests, it handily beats that 3.5 year old card by 55% on average – a significant performance difference.

Against a newer card like the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, the performance gap narrows but it promises to be about 10-20% faster.

Finally, AMD pit it against the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, showing 5%-15% better performance.

 

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Price + Availability

From what we understand, both the Radeon RX 5600 XT and Radeon RX 5600 are AIB-only cards like the Radeon RX 5500 XT.

However, only the Radeon RX 5600 XT will be available for retail sale from AMD’s brand partners starting from 21 January 2020 onwards, with a suggested e-tail price (SEP) of US$279.

The AMD Radeon RX 5600 will be available only in OEM systems, and will ship in the first quarter of 2020.

 

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AMD Athlon 3000G : The Last Raven Ridge APU Unlocked!

Together with the Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD just launched their last Raven Ridge APU – the Athlon 3000G!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the AMD Athlon 3000G, and how it compares against the older Raven Ridge APUs!

Updated @ 2019-11-26 : Added Singapore purchase link.

Updated @ 2019-11-22 : Added the official AMD Athlon 3000G price for Malaysia.

Updated @ 2019-11-20 : Added UK purchase links, and some minor corrections.

Originally posted @ 2019-11-07

 

Introducing The AMD Athlon 3000G

The AMD Raven Ridge soldiers on for one more hurrah! Introducing the AMD Athlon 3000G in this video is Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager.

 

AMD Athlon 3000G : The Last Raven Ridge APU!

The 3000G is what AMD calls an Accelerated Processing Unit, because it combines a processor with a graphics processor in a single die.

It comes with two Zen processor cores that are capable of handling four simultaneous threads, and a Radeon Vega 3 GPU with 12 texture units and 4 ROPs.

Priced at just US$49, the Athlon 3000G has a fixed 3.5 GHz clock speed, with a 35 W TDP. It comes with a 1 MB L2 cache and a 4 MB L3 cache. Unlike earlier Raven Ridge APUs though, the 3000G has been unlocked for overclocking.

However, this will be the (last and) only Raven Ridge Athlon to be released this year, so don’t expect a higher clocked part. Don Woligroski confirmed this in the Q&A session (see this video)

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

 

AMD Athlon 3000G Specifications

As this table shows, the Athlon 3000G is basically the Athlon 240GE with a 100 MHz faster Vega 3 GPU, that has been unlocked for easier overclocking.

Specifications Athlon
3000G
Athlon
240GE
Athlon
220GE
Athlon
200GE
Fab Process 14 nm
Cores / Threads 2 / 4
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.2 GHz
Boost Clock NA NA NA NA
L2 Cache 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Vega Graphics Vega 3 (1100 MHz) Vega 3 (1000 MHz)
Memory Support DDR4-2667 (Dual Channel)
TDP 35 W
Launch Price $49 $75 $65 $55

 

How Fast Is The AMD Athlon 3000G?

AMD is targeting the 3000G against the Intel Pentium G5400, which retails at $73 – almost 50% higher.

According to AMD’s benchmarks, it will offer better performance across the board, at ⅔ of the cost.

Because it’s very similar to last year’s Athlon 240GE, AMD unlocked the 3000G to allow for easier overclocking.

If you overclock it by 400 MHz to 3.9 GHz, you will see even better performance over the Intel Pentium G5400 :

 

AMD Athlon 3000G Price + Availability

The AMD Athlon 3000G has a recommended retail price of just US$49 / RM209, and it will be available for purchase from 19 November 2019 onwards.

Here are some online purchase options (we will update it when more opportunities come online) :

This makes it 35% cheaper than the Athlon 240GE ($75) when it was first launched. But of course, that was a year ago!

 

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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : EVERYTHING You Need To Know!

After a two month delay, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is finally here to take on the Intel Core i9-9920X, with more cores and a much lower price point!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about AMD’s new Core i9 killer processor!

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Tech Briefing

First up, Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager, gives us a tech briefing on the new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor.

Updated @ 2019-11-26 : Added a new spider chart comparing its performance against the Intel Core i9-9920X, as well as prices for Malaysia and Singapore.

Originally posted @ 2019-11-07

 

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Processor

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 a massive 64 MB L3 cache.

CPU Architecture + Design

Like all other 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, the Ryzen 9 3950X 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.

Better Single-Threaded Performance

The new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X delivers up to 22% better single-threaded performance, which is critical for games.

This gives it comparable gaming performance to the Intel Core i9-9900K and Intel Core i9-9920X processors.

Much Better Multi-Threaded Performance

With 16 cores and 32 threads, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is much faster than the 8-core Intel Core i9-9900K and 12-core Intel Core i9-9920X processors. It’s not even close!

Far More Power-Efficient!

Thanks to its CPU cores being fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is able to do more with less power.

In fact, it uses far less power than the Intel Core i9-9900K and Intel Core i9-9920X processors, delivering up to 2.34X more performance per watt!

No Bundled Cooler

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will NOT ship with a bundled cooler, because it’s meant to be used with liquid cooling for optimal performance.

In fact, AMD is recommending that you use it with an AIO liquid water cooler that has a 280 mm or larger radiator.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X vs Intel Core i9-9920X New!

Here is a spider chart that AMD just shared with us, comparing the Ryzen 9 3950X with the Core i9-9920X.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Specifications

Here are the Ryzen 9 3950X’s specifications, compared against the other 3rd Gen Ryzen processors.

Specifications Ryzen 9
3950X
Ryzen 9
3900X
Ryzen 7
3800X
Ryzen 7
3700X
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 8 / 16 6 / 12 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.2 GHz
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe Gen 4 (24 lanes)
TDP 105 W 95 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler NA Wraith Prism RGB Wraith
Stealth
Wraith
Spire
Launch Price $749 $449 $399 $329 $249 $199

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Price + Availability

Back in June, AMD announced that the Ryzen 9 3950X would be available sometime in September 2019, which was then delayed by two months.

It is now available starting 25 November 2019, with an official launch price of US$749 and RM 3,149 here in Malaysia.

Here are some online purchase options (accurate as of 26 November 2019) :

 

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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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ILLEGEAR Concept Showroom + Latest Products Showcase!

ILLEGEAR, Malaysia’s top custom gaming system brand, just launched the first concept showroom, with a showcase of their latest gaming laptops and desktops!

Join us for a tour of the ILLEGEAR Concept Showroom, and the full launch coverage, including a showcase of their latest gaming systems!

 

Who Is ILLEGEAR?

ILLEGEAR was established in 2011 by hardware junkies and hardcore gamers who wanted more than just cookie-cut systems. That’s why they are focused entirely on developing custom-configured gaming desktops and laptops.

They are currently the top custom gaming system brand in Malaysia, with a wide variety of gaming desktops and laptops – all offering a myriad of configuration options.

In this video, ILLEGEAR Managing Director Chin Jiun How explains how they have grown from their humble beginnings to the rationale behind opening the new ILLEGEAR Concept Showroom.

 

The ILLEGEAR Concept Showroom Tour

The ILLEGEAR Concept Showroom is located at the drop-off point at Oval Damansara, which makes it really convenient for gamers in the Klang Valley.

If you are taking public transportation, we recommend you take the MRT Sungai Buloh (Green) line, and exit at the TTDI Station. It is a 10 minute walk to Oval Damansara.

If you are parking, please note that a Touch’N’Go card is required to park inside Oval Damansara.

 

The Latest ILLEGEAR Gaming Laptops + Desktops

Sean Lau took the opportunity to share with us their latest ILLEGEAR gaming laptops and desktops.

ILLEGEAR Gaming Laptops

ILLEGEAR RAVEN

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS display (60 Hz / 144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i5 / Core i7
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / GeForce GTX 1650
  • 128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • Mechanical keyboard with GENESWITCH Blue switches
  • 2.2 kg weight, 25 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 3,039 to RM 3,797

ILLEGEAR RAVEN SE

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS display (60 Hz / 144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i5 / Core i7
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / GeForce GTX 1650
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • RGB keyboard
  • 1.9 kg weight, 20 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 3,039 to RM 3,987

ILLEGEAR RAVEN SE-R

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i5 / Core i7
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • RGB keyboard
  • 1.9 kg weight, 20 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 4,655 to RM 5,034

ILLEGEAR PRODIGY

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • RGB keyboard
  • 1.75 kg weight, 18.5 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 5,034 onwards

ILLEGEAR ROGUE

  • 17.3-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 / GeForce GTX 1660 Ti / GeForce RTX 2060
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • RGB keyboard
  • 2.35 kg weight, 27 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 4,465 to RM 5,604

ILLEGEAR LAGUNA SE

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti / GeForce RTX 2060 / GeForce RTX 2070
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • RGB keyboard
  • 1.9 kg weight, 21 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 5,035 to RM 6,744

ILLEGEAR ONYX

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 / GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • Mechanical keyboard with GENESWITCH Brown switches
  • 1.95 kg weight, 19.9 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 5,984 to RM 7,028

ILLEGEAR SELENITE

  • 17.3-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 / GeForce RTX 2070 / GeForce RTX 2080
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • Mechanical keyboard with GENESWITCH Brown switches
  • 2.35 kg weight, 25 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 6,269 to RM 9,498
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ILLEGEAR Gaming Desktops

ILLEGEAR RAIDER

  • AMD Ryzen 3000 or 9th Gen Intel Core processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • 128 GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • Air Cooling / AIO Water Cooling
  • Price range : RM 3,135 onwards

ILLEGEAR POSEIDON

  • AMD Ryzen 3000 or 9th Gen Intel Core processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • 128 GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • Air Cooling / AIO Water Cooling / Custom Open Loop Water Cooling
  • Price range : RM 3,515 onwards

ILLEGEAR TROIKA

  • AMD Ryzen 3000 or 9th Gen Intel Core processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • 128 GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • Air Cooling / Water Cooling
  • Price range : RM 3,420 onwards

ILLEGEAR POSEIDON XE

  • AMD Ryzen 3000 or 9th Gen Intel Core processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • 128 GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • Air Cooling / AIO Water Cooling / Custom Open Loop Water Cooling
  • Price range : RM 4,940 onwards

 

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AGPCLK / CPUCLK from The Tech ARP BIOS Guide!

AGPCLK / CPUCLK

Common Options : 1/1, 2/3, 1/2, 2/5

 

AGPCLK / CPUCLK Quick Review

The AGPCLK / CPUCLK BIOS feature allows you to set the ratio between the AGP clock speed and the CPU bus (also know as front side bus or FSB) clock speed.

This allows you to keep the AGP bus speed within specifications (66 MHz) while using a much faster CPU bus speed.

When the ratio is set to 1/1, the AGP bus will run at the same speed as the CPU bus. This is meant for processors that use the 66 MHz bus speed, like the older Intel Celeron processors.

The 2/3 divider is used when you use a processor running with a bus speed of 100 MHz. This divider will cut the AGP bus speed down to 66 MHz.

The 2/5 divider is used when you use a processor running with a bus speed of 166 MHz. This divider will cut the AGP bus speed down to 66 MHz.

Generally, you should set this feature according to the CPU bus speed you are using.

This means using the 1/1 divider for 66 MHz bus speed CPUs, the 2/3 divider for 100 MHz bus speed CPUs, the 1/2 divider for 133 MHz CPUs and the 2/5 divider for 166 MHz CPUs.

 

AGPCLK / CPUCLK Details

The AGP bus clock speed is referenced from the CPU bus clock speed. However, the AGP bus was only designed to run at 66 MHz while the CPU bus runs anywhere from 66 MHz to 133 MHz.

Therefore, a suitable AGP bus to CPU bus clock speed ratio or divider must be selected to ensure that the AGP bus won’t run way beyond 66 MHz. This is where the AGPCLK / CPUCLK BIOS option comes in.

When the ratio is set to 1/1, the AGP bus will run at the same speed as the CPU bus. This is meant for processors that use the 66 MHz bus speed, like the older Intel Celeron processors.

The 2/3 divider is used when you use a processor running with a bus speed of 100 MHz. This divider will cut the AGP bus speed down to 66 MHz.

The 1/2 divider was introduced with motherboards that provide 133 MHz bus speed support. Such motherboards need the 1/2 divider to make the AGP bus run at the standard 66 MHz. Without this divider, the AGP bus would have to run at 89 MHz, which is more than what most AGP cards can withstand.

The 2/5 divider was introduced with motherboards that provide 166 MHz bus speed support. Such motherboards need the 2/5 divider to make the AGP bus run at the standard 66 MHz. Without this divider, the AGP bus would have to run at 83 MHz, which is more than what most AGP cards can withstand.

Generally, you should set this feature according to the CPU bus speed you are using. This means using the 1/1 divider for 66 MHz bus speed CPUs, the 2/3 divider for 100 MHz bus speed CPUs, the 1/2 divider for 133 MHz CPUs and the 2/5 divider for 166 MHz CPUs.

If you are overclocking the CPU bus, you are supposed to reduce the divider to ensure that the AGP bus speed remains within specifications. However, most AGP cards can run with the AGP bus overclocked to 75 MHz. Some would even happily run at 83 MHz! However, anything above 83 MHz would be a little iffy.

In most cases, you can still stick with the original AGP bus / CPU bus clock divider when you overclock the CPU. This means that the AGP bus will be overclocked as well. But as long as the AGP card can work at the higher clock speed, it shouldn’t be a problem. In fact, you can expect a linear increase in AGP bus performance.

Be warned though – overclocking the AGP bus can potentially damage your AGP card. So, be circumspect when you overclock the AGP bus. 75 MHz is normally the safe limit for most AGP cards.

 

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Cooler Master COSMOS C700P Black Edition Revealed!

Cooler Master just introduced the COSMOS C700P Black Edition – an upgrade of the original COSMOS C700P.

So what’s changed in the Cooler Master COSMOS C700P Black Edition? What’s new? Let’s find out!

 

The Cooler Master COSMOS C700P Black Edition

The Cooler Master COSMOS C700P Black Edition features an upgraded frame, outfitted with a new cover system that offers a wider view of the hardware chamber.

The new cover system also features improved customisation options, and functionality of the PSU shroud and cable covers.

The PSU shroud is comprised of two parts – the outward-facing plate for aesthetics, and the top plate for mounting options.

With each part independent of each other, you can reposition both pieces around all sides of the frame.

For aesthetic and configuration possibilities, the cable cover system features three pieces that can mount an SSD or a pump, with the flexibility to hide cables routed behind the storage bracket and PSU area.

  • Versatile Layout – the unique frame design supports a conventional, chimney, inverse layout, or a fully-customised layout.
  • Extensive Cable Cover System – the 3 cable covers can be placed on the M. Port, or on the mid-plate, with the ability to mount SSD storage or a reservoir
  • Liquid Cooling Support – it has a flat radiator bracket design with the ability to mount a radiator of up to 420 mm in size on the top, front or bottom of the frame.
  • Curved Tempered Glass Side Panel – the tempered glass side panel is lightly-tinted with two curved edges
  • RGB Lighting Control & Sync Up – you can control the RGB lighting system from the front I/O panel or syncing the lighting system with the motherboard
  • Front Panel Connectivity – The front I/O panel features a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C port, four additional USB 3.0 ports, a fan speed control button, and an RGB control button.

 

Cooler Master COSMOS C700P Black Edition Price + Availability

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The Cooler Master COSMOS C700P Black Edition is available with immediate effect, with a recommended retail price of RM 1,329 / ~$319 / ~£259 / ~A$469.

Here are some direct purchase options online :

 

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Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, A Flexible Modular Zero-Footprint PC!

Dell just unveiled the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra with the world’s most flexible, zero-footprint desktop design!

We will take a look at what that means, and why the new Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra may be just the modern office needs!

 

The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra

The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is called a zero-footprint desktop design, because it integrates the PC with the monitor. This is what the industry calls an All-In-One (AIO) design.

While AIO designs save space and reduce clutter, they are often notoriously difficult, if not impossible, to upgrade over time.

The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, however, was designed from the ground-up to be modular, offering flexibility in both serviceability and upgradability.

  • Independent upgrade of the PC and the display – you can swap out, upgrade or service any part at any time
  • The PC is integrated into the monitor stand, with physical security options to protect against tampering
  • Can be configured for different use cases or work styles with options of a height-adjustable stand, fixed stand, VESA mount, Dell MSA20 single monitor arm or the Dell MDA20 dual monitor arm.
  • The PC performance can be scaled to meet the users’ needs – up to Intel Core vPro i7 processors, 64 GB of RAM, 1 TB NVMe SSD and 2 TB HDD

Even though it already comes with a display, the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra can support up to two other monitors – from 19- to 27-inches – for greater productivity.

And if you opt for the new Dell USB-C monitors, you can use a single cable to transmit power, data, video and audio!

 

Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra Price + Availability

The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra will be available for purchase by end of September 2019, with pricing to be announced later.

 

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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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Cooler Master MasterBox CM694 Details Revealed!

Cooler Master just launched the MasterBox CM694 – the latest iteration of the CM690 series, and the successor of the CM690 III.

Check out the newly-refreshed MasterBox CM694 PC case, which promises a more versatile layout.

 

The Cooler Master MasterBox CM694

The Cooler Master MasterBox CM694 is designed to be a functional, adaptable and versatile PC case.

  • Curved Mesh– The top and front panel are entirely mesh for optimal ventilation, featuring the iconic CM690 curve and Cooler Master’s signature rhombus pattern.
  • Massive Storage Support– Simultaneous support for 6x HDDs and 8x SSDs ensure substantial storage capabilities.
  • Modular Drive Cages– 3x Drive Cages can be individually added, removed, or repositioned to make room for longer graphics cards and/or top & front radiators.
  • Rich Connectivity (I/O Panel)– The dust-proof I/O Panel features rubber shields, 2x USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C port, and a 4 pole headset jack. The single 4 pole headset jack features both audio and microphone capabilities simultaneously so separate jacks are not needed.
  • Extensive Water Cooling Support– The internal layout can be configured specifically for dual 360mm radiators on the top and front panel to guarantee thermal proficiency.
  • Graphics Card Stabilizer– Graphics cards installed within the case are reinforced by an arm, ensuring the safe delivery and transportation of systems.

Its modular drive cages can be removed and repositioned according to your needs – graphics card clearance, radiator support and storage needs.

It is compatible with liquid cooling systems, and yet Cooler Master managed to decrease its footprint by 10%.

 

Cooler Master MasterBox CM694 Price + Availability

The Cooler Master MasterBox CM694 is available with immediate effect, with a recommended retail price of RM 499 / ~$119 / ~£97 / ~A$175.

 

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The Alienware Aurora R9 Legend Gaming Desktop Revealed!

Dell just revealed the Alienware Aurora R9 gaming desktop with the new Legend industrial design at Gamescom 2019. Here is everything we know so far about the Aurora R9!

 

The Alienware Aurora R9 Gaming Desktop

Earlier this year, Alienware introduced their new Legend design in the 2019 Area-51m gaming laptop.

Now, they are introducing the same design to their gaming desktop for the first time – in the Alienware Aurora R9!

Here are some of the Aurora R9’s key features :

  • the Legend industrial design reduces the form factor of this mid-tower desktop
  • the Legend design also allows for higher airflow, reducing temperatures by up to 8%
  • supports up to the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor, with liquid cooling
  • supports up to two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards in SLI

 

Alienware Aurora R9 Specifications

Specifications Alienware Aurora R9
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro (64-bit)
Processor Options 9th Gen Intel Core i3-9100
9th Gen Intel Core i5-9400
9th Gen Intel Core i5-9600K
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9700
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9700K
9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900
9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K
Motherboard Intel Z370 micro ATX motherboard
Memory Options DDR4-2666 (8 GB / 16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB)
DDR4-2933 (8 GB / 16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB)
DDR4-3200 (16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB)
Intel Optane Options 32 GB (16 GB M.2 + 16 GB DDR4-2666)
48 GB (16 GB M.2 + 32 GB DDR4-2666)
Single Storage Options 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
256GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
512GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
2TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD
Single Storage Options 128GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
256GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
512GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
512GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD + 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD + 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
2TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD + 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
Optical Drive Options No Optical Drive
Dell External USB DVD/RW
Graphics Options AMD Radeon RX 560X with 4GB GDDR5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6
AMD Radeon RX 570X with 8GB GDDR5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB GDDR6
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6
Dual AMD Radeon RX 570X with 8GB GDDR5
Dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 (SLI)
Connectivity Options Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Qualcomm WiFi 5 DW1810 1×1 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2
Qualcomm WiFi 5 DW1820 2×2 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2
Killer WiFi 6 AX1650 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0
Power Supply Options Alienware 460 Watt Power Supply
Alienware 850 Watt Power Supply
Dimensions Volume : 33.8 L
Max. Height : 481.6 mm
Max. Length : 431.9 mm
Max. Width : 222.8 mm
Max. Weight : 17.8 kg
Colour Options Lunar Light
Dark Side of the Moon

 

Alienware Aurora R9 Price + Availability

Dell has yet to announce the starting price of the Alienware Aurora R9 gaming desktop, but it will be available by the end of September 2019.

 

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The 2019 Acer Predator Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

Acer just unveiled the 2019 Acer Predator Orion gaming desktops and a slew of Predator and Nitro gaming monitors!

Here are the full details on two new Predator Orion gaming desktops, and five new gaming monitors!

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

Let’s start with the 2019 Acer Predator gaming desktops and monitors launch briefing by Edmund Hoh, Product Manager & Business Development Manager of Acer Malaysia.

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Orion 9000 + 5000

The 2019 Acer Predator Orion 9000 and 5000 gaming desktops have been refreshed!

The Orion 5000 is now powered by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, while the Orion 9000 has the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card.

They both have a prominent side window that showcases the interior while blocking electromagnetic interference (EMI) levels in check.

They also boast the Acer IceTunnel 2.0 technology, that separates the system into several thermal zones, each with its own airflow tunnel.

Recommended : The 2019 Acer Predator + Nitro Gaming Laptops Revealed!

 

The 2019 Acer Predator X35 Curved Gaming Monitor

The 2019 Acer Predator X35 is the world’s first 35-inch curved monitor that is both G-SYNC Ultimate and DisplayHDR-certified.

It features a 1800R curved VA panel with a UWQHD resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, with Quantum Dot technology. It also supports 10-bit colours, and delivers 90% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut.

Games will love its 2 ms GTG response time, and high refresh rate that goes up to 200 Hz in overclocked mode.

A DisplayHDR 1000-certified gaming display, it delivers up to 1000 nits of peak brightness, and has 512 LED lighting zones.

Recommended : The Acer Predator XB273K + Nitro XV273K Gaming Monitors Revealed!

 

The 2019 Acer Nitro VG271U P

The 2019 Acer Nitro VG271U P is a 27-inch IPS display with a WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It supports 8-bit colours with FRC (Frame Rate Control) and delivers 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut.

In addition to support for AMD Radeon FreeSync, it boasts a 144 Hz refresh rate, and 1 ms response time (with Visual Response Boost enabled).

Recommended : The Acer ConceptD 7 – 6K RED Video Editing On-The-Go!

 

The 2019 Acer Nitro VG270 P and VG240Y P

The 2019 Acer VG270 P monitor is another 27-inch IPS display, but with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has a maximum brightness of 400 nits, with support for HDR10.

In addition to support for AMD Radeon FreeSync, it boasts a 144 Hz refresh rate, and 1 ms response time (with Visual Response Boost enabled).

Acer is also offering a smaller Nitro VG240Y P model, with a 23.8-inch panel. It has similar specifications to the VG270 model – FreeSync support, 400 nits brightness, HDR10 support, FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Recommended : The Acer ConceptD 9 Creator Laptop For 8K Video Rendering!

 

The Acer ED322QR Curved Monitor

The Acer ED322QR curved monitor has a 31.5-inch VA panel with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and a 1800R curvature.

While ostensibly designed for programmers, writers and designers, it supports AMD Radeon FreeSync with a 144 Hz refresh rate, and 4 ms response time. <hint! hint!>

Recommended : The 2019 Predator Helios 300 with RTX 2070 Revealed!

 

The 2019 Acer Predator + Nitro Price + Availability

All models mentioned here (unless otherwise mentioned) are available at the official Acer online stores, and all Acer authorised resellers with immediate effect. Here are their official prices :

  • Predator Orion 9000 (16GB DDR4 + 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD) : RM 13,299 / ~$3,205 / ~£2,527 / ~€2,821
  • Predator Orion 5000 (8GB DDR4 + 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD) : RM 9,999 / ~$2,410 / ~£1,900 / ~€2,121
  • Predator X35 (available mid July 2019) : RM 9,399 / ~$2,265 / ~£1,786 / ~€1,994
  • Nitro VG271U P (available end July 2019) : RM 1,399 / ~$337 / ~£266 / ~€297
  • Nitro VG270 P (available end July 2019) : RM 899 / ~$217 / ~£171 / ~€191
  • Nitro VG240Y P (available end July 2019) : RM 699 / ~$168 / ~£133 / ~€148
  • ED322QR P : RM 939 / ~$226 / ~£178 / ~€199

 

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Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R AIO Cooler Revealed!

Cooler Master just announced the MasterLiquid ML360R – their first 360 mm AIO liquid CPU cooler. Let’s find out what it offers!

 

The Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R AIO Cooler

Cooler Master introduces its first 360mm all-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU cooler. The MasterLiquid ML360R features addressable RGB LEDs on both the fans and water block and is certified compatible with ASUS, MSI and ASRock motherboards.

16.7 Million Color Customization with Software or Controlled


The MasterLiquid ML360R features Cooler Master’s newly designed pump with 12 addressable RGB LEDs on the water block and 8 addressable RGB LEDs on each fan, capable of 16.7 million color options.

Users can easily customize each LED through the addressable RGB software from ASUS, MSI and ASRock motherboards, or with Cooler Master’s MasterPlus+ software for complete ambient control.

It also comes equipped with a new addressable RGB LED controller for use and compatibility with non-addressable RGB components and easy lighting and mode control.   A 5-in-1 addressable RGB splitter is also included in the packaging.

Innovative Quality Design and More


The MasterLiquid ML360R is constructed with a low-profile, dual chamber pump that separates incoming coolant from the radiator-bound heated coolant.

Cooler Master’s unique pump design maximizes CPU cooling results and assists in maintaining ideal system temperatures. Italso features a precision machined microchannel cold plate to quickly dissipate heat, FEP tubing on the interior and sleeved tubing on the exterior for a premium look and extended durability.

MasterLiquid ML360R Price + And Availability

The MasterLiquid ML360R is now available, at the following prices :

 

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The Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M PC Case Revealed!

Cooler Master just launched the MasterCase SL600M, the first in their “Sleek” SL series. Find out more about their latest PC case design!

 

The Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M PC Case Revealed!

The MasterCase SL600M is housed in a sand-blasted aluminum casing but packs the performance capability of a gaming setup.

Although gaming cases generally look out of place in a professional environment, the MasterCase SL600M fits well in a work space or a faming environment.

It fuses professional aesthetics and gaming functionality by incorporating unconventional system layouts and cooling methods.

Instead of using brute-force cooling methods, the chassis takes advantage of the natural rise of heat by utilizing the efficiency of the 2 x 200 mm fans.

 

The MasterCase SL600M Key Features

  • Vertical Chimney Effect Layout – Hot air rises out of the case and exits the top in a natural direction for efficient thermal performance.
  • Noise Reduction Technology – The design of the panels inhibit noise from escaping and the 2 x 200 mm fans move comparatively larger volumes of air than smaller fans in lower RPM. It can operate even quieter by manually controlling the fan speed slider found on the I/O panel.
  • Premium Aluminum Paneling – The top and front of the case are clad in premium anodized aluminum with a smooth, sand-blasted finish.
  • Rotatable PCI Bracket Window – The PCI mounting window can be rotated 90 degrees to allow the unique ability of mounting graphics card(s) vertically or positioned with more clearance from the glass side panel.
  • Versatile Storage Brackets – The MasterCase SL600M has versatile brackets that can mount an SSD, HDD, a water pump, or reservoir. These brackets can be placed in multiple positions inside the case including being placed behind the front panel and on the bottom radiator bracket.
  • Advanced I/O Panel – A proximity sensor triggers the USB lighting for easy access in the dark. The panel will stay temporarily lit before turning off automatically. The I/O panel has a USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C port, 4 additional USB ports, a PWM fan speed slider, a headset jack (audio + mic), and a dedicated microphone jack. The headset jack supports headsets that use a single plug for microphone and headphone signals.

 

Optimised Layout

The vertical layout, the 200mm fans, and the front and rear panels all function to support the natural convection of heat.

Airflow is unobstructed with the PSU placed out of the way, while the panels have minimal holes to prevent the recirculation of heat as they efficiently guide the flow of hot air through the chassis and out of the top.

Component fans like the graphics card or CPU rely on thermal feedback to control their RPM. Cooling to those components results in a lower RPM helps reduce system noise.

 

MasterCase SL600M Price + Availability

The MasterCase SL600M is available now and is priced at RM 869 / ~US$ 208 / ~£164. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience (accurate as of 10 December 2018) :

 

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The Cooler Master MasterBox MB530P PC Case Revealed!

Cooler Master just launched the MasterBox MB530P computer case. Find out everything you need to know about this new Cooler Master desktop chassis!

 

The Cooler Master MasterBox MB530P Revealed!

There are a total of four PC cases that make up the Cooler Master MB500 series :

  • ‘the MasterBox MB510L (carbon),
  • the MB511 (mesh),
  • the MB520 (DarkMirror), and
  • the newly-released MB530P (tempered glass).

The new MB530P sports 3 tempered glass panels to show off addressable RGB lights out-of-the-box. This chassis is offered in a showroom-ready package.

This newest addition is meant to cater to more premium builds centered on showmanship.

 

MasterBox MB530P Key Features

3 Tempered Glass Panels – The front and side panel offer a clear view of the front fans and system configuration, while the panel behind the motherboard is patterned tempered glass to hide the open side of the PSU.

ARGB Fans – Three pre-installed 120mm addressable RGB fans behind the front panel compliments components for a comprehensive lighting system

ARGB Lighting Control – Sync the addressable RGB lighting on the power button and fans by connecting the ARGB cable from the I/O panel to the included 2 to 3 ARGB splitter.

Certified compatible with: ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock motherboards for a comprehensive lighting system.

Support for a total of 6 fans & water cooling – Six 120mm fans and front, top and rear water cooling support ensure that you don’t have to compromise on performance.

Cable Cover & Routing Space – A PSU shroud, cable cover, and 18~25mm width of space behind the motherboard provide options to keep system configurations clean.

SSD Mounting Options – The SSD is mounted behind the motherboard with 4 friction mounts for a secure placement. This prevents it from moving even if the case is transported.

The user can choose to hide the SSDs in the PSU shroud as the storage tray can accommodate both a SSD and HDD simultaneously for additional storage options.

 

MasterBox MB530P Price + Availability

The MasterBox MB530P is now available in Malaysia and priced at RM 469 / ~US$ 113 / ~£89. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience (prices accurate as of 10 December 2018) :

 

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The 2018 Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO Desktop Preview!

At IFA 2018, Acer showed off the 2018 Acer Aspire Z 24. Let’s have a closer look at the new Acer All-In-One Desktop PC!

 

The 2018 Acer Aspire Z 24 AIO Desktop

The 2018 Acer Aspire Z 24 is designed to be an all-in-one home PC for families. With an elegant design, it easily blends in with living room décor.

Unlike bulky AIO desktop PCs of yesteryears, the 2018 Acer Aspire Z 24 is extremely thin at just 11  mm (0.4 inches), with a beautifully shaped rear cover and an ultra-narrow bezel for maximum screen real-estate. It is supported by a glossy V-shaped metal stand that gives it a sleek and timeless style.

The 2018 Acer Aspire Z 24 is equipped with a far-field microphone array made up of four digital microphones so you can use your voice service of choice – Amazon Alexa or Cortana, to get weather reports, play music and manage everyday tasks from up to 4 meters away (13.12 ft). It also features Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby Audio Premium technology to deliver clear audio through dual front stereo speakers.

The 2018 Acer Aspire Z 24 is powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7+ desktop processors, with support for up to 32 GB of Intel Optane memory and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics, allowing it to power through complex tasks.

The 23.8 inch Full HD IPS screen can be viewed comfortably at up to 178 degrees and menus can be navigated using the 10-point touch display. The built-in Acer BlueLightShield and Flickerless technologies allow adjusting of the screen’s blue-light emission over extended periods of use.

 

The 2018 Acer Aspire Z 24 Price + Availability

The 2018 Acer Aspire Z 24 series will be available in North America in October, starting at $899; and in EMEA in October, starting at €899.99

 

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2018 Acer Veriton S, Veriton X + Veriton M Computers Revealed!

Acer just revealed the 2018 Acer Veriton S, Veriton X and Veriton M computers for business users. Let’s check them out!

 

The 2018 Acer Veriton Computers

The Veriton S, Veriton X and Veriton M computers can be equipped with up to the 8th Gen Intel Core i7+ processors with Intel Optane Technology, and come with M.2 2280 PCIe SSDs for better performance and boot-up times.

In addition to built-in 802.11ac WiFi and Gigabit LAN connectivity, these powerful desktops also support up to three independent displays for maximum productivity. You can add graphics cards to support up to five independent displays!

 

2018 Acer Veriton S2660G

The Veriton S2660G comes with 4GB of DDR4 memory, upgradable to 32 GB. It comes with 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and Gigabit LAN connectivity built-in.

The Veriton S2660G is priced according to the processor and storage options :

  • Intel Pentium G5400 with 1 TB HDD : RM 1,999 / ~US$ 499
  • Intel Core i3-8100 with 1 TB HDD : RM 2,299 / ~US$ 575
  • Intel Core i5-8400 with 1 TB HDD : RM 2,599 / ~US$ 649
  • Intel Core i5-8500 with 256 GB PCIe SSD : RM 2,799 / ~US$ 699

 

2018 Acer Veriton X6660G + X2660G

The Veriton X SFF (small form factor) series consists of the powerful Veriton X6660G, and the affordable Veriton X2660G models. They both come with 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and Gigabit LAN connectivity built-in.

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Here are the prices for the 2018 Veriton X2660G models :

  • Intel Pentium G5400 with 4 GB RAM and 1 TB HDD : RM 1,999 / ~US$ 499
  • Intel Core i3-8100 with 4 GB RAM and 1 TB HDD : RM 2,299 / ~US$ 575

Here are the prices for the 2018 Veriton X6660G models :

  • Intel Core i5-8500 with 4 GB RAM and 1 TB HDD : RM 2,999 / ~US$ 749
  • Intel Core i7-8700 with 8 GB RAM and 1 TB HDD : RM 3,699 / ~US$ 925

 

2018 Acer Veriton M6660G

The Acer Veriton M6660G can be fitted with up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory, and up to two PCIe x16 graphics cards. It also comes with 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and Gigabit LAN connectivity built-in.

Acer is offering two models – 58504 W10P and 78708 W10P.

  • 58504 W10P – Intel Core i5-8500 with 4 GB DDR4 + 1 TB HDD : RM 2,999 / ~US$ 749
  • 58504 W10P – Intel Core i7-8700 with 8 GB DDR4 + 1 TB HDD : RM 3,699 / ~US$ 925

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The AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Tech Report

AMD just announced the availability of seven Ryzen PRO APU models for the mobile and desktop markets, as well as laptops and desktops featuring these new APUs. Get the full details of the new AMD Ryzen PRO desktop APU – features, specifications and availability!

 

AMD Raven Ridge

Raven Ridge is AMD’s codename for their Ryzen-Vega APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). First introduced in the mobile segment as the AMD Ryzen Mobile, AMD is now offering PRO versions in both mobile and desktop markets.

These Ryzen APUs combine an AMD Ryzen CPU, with an AMD Radeon Vega GPU, in a single die.

Ryzen CPU + Radeon Vega GPU = Ryzen APU

Desktops APUs are not new. AMD have been making them for years, and many Intel desktop processors come with integrated graphics. But AMD is still the only manufacturer to integrate “premium CPU cores” with “premium graphics cores”.

 

AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU

The AMD Ryzen PRO desktop processors, revealed in September 2017, were enterprise-grade versions of the first-generation AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors. A month later, AMD launched the AMD Ryzen Mobile APUs.

However, AMD has not launched any enterprise-grade APU for either the desktop or mobile market… until now, that is. Here are the first seven AMD Ryzen PRO APU models – three for the mobile market, and four for the desktop market.

AMD Ryzen PRO APU (Mobile SKUs)

  • AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U – 4C/8T, 2.2 to 3.8 GHz, Vega 11 Graphics, 15W cTDP
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U – 4C/8T, 2.0 to 3.6 GHz, Vega 8 Graphics, 15W cTDP
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2300U – 4C/4T, 2.0 to 3.4 GHz, Vega 6 Graphics, 15W cTDP

AMD Ryzen PRO APU (Desktop SKUs)

  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400G – 4C/8T, 3.6 to 3.9 GHz, Vega 11 Graphics, 65W TDP
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400GE – 4C/8T, 3.2 to 3.8 GHz, Vega 11 Graphics, 35W TDP
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200G – 4C/4T, 3.5 to 3.7 GHz, Vega 8 Graphics, 65W TDP
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200GE – 4C/4T, 3.2 to 3.6 GHz, Vega 8 Graphics, 35W TDP

In this article, we will focus on the Ryzen PRO desktop APUs. For the AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APUs, we have a separate article – The AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APU Tech Report.

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Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Specifications

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400GAMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400GEAMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200GAMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200GE
CCX Configuration4+04+04+04+0
CPU Cores4444
CPU Threads8844
Base Clock3.6 GHz3.2 GHz3.5 GHz3.2 GHz
Boost Clock3.9 GHz3.8 GHz3.7 GHz3.6 GHz
L1 Cache64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
L2 Cache512 KB x 4512 KB x 4512 KB x 4512 KB x 4
L3 Cache4 MB4 MB4 MB4 MB
Integrated GPURadeon RX Vega 10
- 640 stream processors
- 40 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1300 MHz
Radeon RX Vega 8
- 512 stream processors
- 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1100 MHz
Radeon RX Vega 8
- 512 stream processors
- 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1100 MHz
Radeon RX Vega 8
- 512 stream processors
- 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1100 MHz
Memory SupportUp to DDR4-2933 (Dual Channel)Up to DDR4-2933 (Dual Channel)Up to DDR4-2933 (Dual Channel)Up to DDR4-2933 (Dual Channel)
TDP65 W35 W65 W35 W

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AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Key Features

AMD GuardMI Technology

Even though the Ryzen PRO APU uses the same silicon as its consumer-grade siblings, it has AMD GuardMI Technology enabled.

GuardMI is built into the silicon, which offers OS-agnostic security through :

  • Transparent Secure Memory Encryption – DRAM encryption with minimal performance impact
  • Secure Boot Process – hardware-based root of trust secures the BIOS from power-on
  • Real-Time Intrusion Detection – with support for fTPM and TPM 2.0

 

Enterprise-Grade Reliability

The AMD Ryzen PRO APU will come with enterprise-grade reliability features like :

  • 18 months of planned software stability
  • 24 months of planned processor availability
  • commercial-grade quality-assurance process
  • cherry-picked silicon for long-term reliability and performance
  • supports DASH manageability standard
  • 36-month limited warranty for system manufacturers

 

Single CCX Configuration

Unlike the Summit Ridge-based Ryzen CPUs, the AMD Raven Ridge processors use a single CCX configuration. This is a cost-saving measure with a much smaller die size, that also yield some performance benefits – reduced cache and memory latencies.

 

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Smaller L3 Cache

Using a single CCX configuration halves the Raven Ridge L3 cache size from 8 MB to 4 MB. To compensate, AMD increased their base and boost clock speeds.

 

New CPU Package

The Raven Ridge APUs also introduce a revised CPU package, and a switch to the traditional non-metallic TIM (thermal interface material). These are again cost-cutting measures, albeit with a side benefit of allowing the Raven Ridge processors to officially support DDR4-2933 memory.

 

Precision Boost 2

The AMD Ryzen PRO APU also boasts the improved Precision Boost 2, whose more graceful and linear boost algorithm allows them to “boost more cores, more often, on more workloads“. It is now able to change frequencies in very fine granularity of just 25 MHz.

According to AMD, this will allow the AMD Ryzen PRO APU to perform better with apps that spawn many lightweight threads, as opposed to apps with persistent loads (e.g. video editing and 3D rendering).

 

PCIe x8 For Discrete GPU

The Summit Ridge-based AMD Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors have 16 PCI Express 3.0 lanes dedicated to the PCIe graphics card. In Raven Ridge, that gets cut down to half. That means any external graphics card will only communicate with a Raven Ridge processor at PCIe x8 speed.

This is a cost-saving measure, making the Raven Ridge processor simpler and cheaper to produce. AMD also claims that the move contributed to a smaller and more efficient uncore.

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AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Performance

We haven’t had the opportunity to benchmark these desktop APUs, but they should perform similarly to the consumer-grade Raven Ridge desktop APUs we reviewed earlier :

Let’s take a look at some benchmark results that AMD shared with us.

General Office Productivity

In general office productivity apps, the AMD Ryzen PRO 5 2400G was just under 90% as fast as the Intel Core i5-8400. The AMD Ryzen PRO 3 2200G, on the other hand, was slightly faster than the Intel Core i3-8100.

Professional Applications

Thanks to the integrated Vega Graphics, the AMD Ryzen PRO desktop APUs shine in professional applications. The AMD Ryzen PRO 5 2400G performed up to 2.8X faster than the Intel Core i5-8400. The AMD Ryzen PRO 3 2200G, on the other hand, was up to 2X faster than the Intel Core i3-8100.

 

AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Availability

The AMD Ryzen PRO desktop APUs (and Ryzen PRO Mobile APUs) are already available to OEMs, with AMD announcing the following designs for both SME businesses, as well as enterprises.

 

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AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Slides

Here is the complete set of AMD Ryzen PRO desktop APU slides for your perusal.

 

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Watch Thieves Steal Computer Parts From An Internet Cafe!

We have all seen footage of thieves stealing laptops, tablets and smartphones, but have you seen thieves steal computer parts from an Internet cafe that is open 24/7? Watch how they removed an entire PC chassis and then steal its parts, without anyone catching them in the act!

 

Watch Them Steal Computer Parts At An Internet Cafe!

On 13 April 2018, two guys walked into the Orange Internet Cafe in Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur. In less than 8 minutes, they removed an entire PC chassis, stripped it of its parts and walked out the main door.

7:42 AM

  • Thief A identifies two empty rows of computers, and starts by unpacking a large plastic bag.
  • Thief B takes up station next to Thief A, blocking view of his actions from anyone passing by.

7:43 AM

  • While Thief B pretends to play a game, Thief A unplugs the computer chassis.
  • After removing the computer chassis, Thief A proceeds to stuff it into his large plastic bag.
  • Thief B leaves, presumably to scout ahead and make sure the toilet at the back was clear.

7:44 AM

  • Thief A lugs the computer chassis in the plastic bag, while keeping an eye out for people.

We later found out that he lugged the computer chassis to the toilet, where both of them stripped the chassis of its parts.

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7:49 AM

  • Thief A and Thief B left the computer chassis in the toilet and begins leaving the Internet cafe

7:50 AM

  • They are both seen leaving the Orange Internet Cafe, passing the counter staff who was totally unaware of what just happened.

As you can see, it took them less than 8 minutes to completely remove a computer chassis to the toilet, strip it of its parts and leave by the front door.

We were not privy to what was stolen, but we can see that Thief A did not bring a bag, and Thief B only brought a small sling bag. Most likely, they removed the graphics card, memory modules, hard disk drive or SSD, and possibly its CPU and cooler.

The Orange Internet Cafe has offered RM 500 / ~US$ 128 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of these thieves.

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Cheaper Ryzen CPUs When Ryzen 2 Launches?

AMD is almost ready to launch the Ryzen 2 desktop processors, leading to speculation that it would herald the availability of cheaper Ryzen processors. Like everyone else, we love a good deal. Let’s see if the launch of Ryzen 2 will result in cheaper Ryzen processors!

 

No : AMD Just Gave Us Cheaper Ryzen CPUs!

AMD just announced a major Ryzen price cut on 1 February 2018. The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, for example, received a $100 (22%) price cut, although in some countries (like here in Malaysia), it received a massive $228 (35%) price cut!

US Recommended Retail Price
(without taxes)
Launch Price
(2017)
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

You can read more about the February 2018 Ryzen price cut, and our analysis in our article, The 2018 AMD Ryzen Price Cut Details Examined!

 

Yes : The Ryzen Models Being Replaced Will Be Cheaper

The AMD Ryzen 2 price list was leaked earlier, showing how AMD intends to position the four new Pinnacle Ridge models.

As you can see, three of the upcoming Ryzen 2 (Pinnacle Ridge) processors directly replace four of the first-generation Ryzen (Summit Ridge) processors :

Ryzen 7 1800X ($349) -> Ryzen 7 2700X ($369)
Ryzen 7 1700X ($309) / Ryzen 7 1700 ($299) -> Ryzen 7 2700 ($299)
Ryzen 5 1600X ($219) -> Ryzen 5 2600X ($249)

It is very likely that the Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 1700X and Ryzen 7 1700 will be priced lower after Ryzen 2 hits the market. The Ryzen 5 1600X, though, will probably continue to be sold at $219.

The Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 3 1200 are no longer mentioned in the leaked slide, because they’re being replaced by the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G desktop APUs. However, we don’t see them being discounted, as they offer better CPU and memory performance than the APUs for those who don’t need the integrated Vega graphics.

 

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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 Benchmarks Leaked!

SiSoftware was one of the few companies to receive early samples of the 2nd Generation Ryzen processors. They tested both Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 processors, and inadvertently leaked their benchmark results and performance findings.

They have since removed their leaked performance evaluation of the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600, but the Internet never forgets. So we present to you – the leaked benchmark results and findings of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 processors!

Note : The SiSoftware team only compared the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 processors against the Ryzen 7 1700X processor, and the Intel Core i7-6700K processor, which is two generations old. Still, it gives us an advanced performance preview of the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 processors.

 

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 CPU Native Performance

by SiSoftware

We are testing native arithmetic, SIMD and cryptography performance using the highest performing instruction sets (AVX2, AVX, etc.). Ryzen supports all modern instruction sets including AVX2, FMA3 and even more like SHA HWA (supported by Intel’s Atom only) but has dropped all AMD’s variations like FMA4 and XOP likely due to low usage.

Results Interpretation: Higher values (GOPS, MB/s, etc.) mean better performance.

Environment: Windows 10 x64, latest AMD and Intel drivers. 2MB “large pages” were enabled and in use. Turbo / Boost was enabled on all configurations.

Dhrystone Integer : Right off Ryzen2 is 8% faster than Ryzen1, let’s hope it does better. Even 2600 beats the i7 easily.

Dhrystone Long : With a 64-bit integer workload – we finally get into gear, Ryzen2 is 12% faster than its old brother.

FP32 (Float) Whetstone : Even in this floating-point test, Ryzen2 is again 12% faster. All AMD CPUs beat the i7 into dust.

FP64 (Double) Whetstone : With FP64 nothing much changes, Ryzen2 is still 11% faster.

From integer workloads in Dhyrstone to floating-point workloads in Whestone, Ryzen2 is about 10% faster than Ryzen 1: this is exactly in line with the speed increase (9-11%) but if you were expecting more you may be a tiny bit disappointed.

Integer (Int32) Multi-Media : In this vectorised AVX2 integer test Ryzen2 starts to pull ahead and is 16% faster than Ryzen1; perhaps some of the arch improvements benefit SIMD vectorised workloads.

Long (Int64) Multi-Media : With a 64-bit AVX2 integer vectorised workload, Ryzen2 drops to just 10% but still in line with speed increase.

Quad-Int (Int128) Multi-Media : This is a tough test using Long integers to emulate Int128 without SIMD; here Ryzen2 drops to just 7% faster than Ryzen1 but still a decent improvement.

Float/FP32 Multi-Media : In this floating-point AVX/FMA vectorised test, Ryzen2 is the standard 11% faster than Ryzen1.

Double/FP64 Multi-Media : Switching to FP64 SIMD code, again Ryzen2 is just the standard 11% faster than Ryzen1.

Quad-Float/FP128 Multi-Media : In this heavy algorithm using FP64 to mantissa extend FP128 but not vectorised – Ryzen2 manages to pull ahead further and is 15% faster.

In vectorised AVX2/FMA code we see a similar story with 10% average improvement (7-15%). It seems the SIMD units are unchanged. In any case the i7 is left in the dust.

Crypto AES-256 : With AES HWA support all CPUs are memory bandwidth bound; as we’re testing Ryzen2 running at the same memory speed/timings there is still a very small improvement of 1%. But its advantage is that the memory controller is rated for 2933Mt/s operation (vs. 2533) thus with faster memory it could run considerably faster.

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Crypto AES-128 : What we saw with AES-256 just repeats with AES-128; Ryzen2 is marginally faster but the improvement is there.

Crypto SHA2-256 : With SHA HWA Ryzen2 similarly powers through hashing tests leaving Intel in the dust; SHA is still memory bound but with just one (1) buffer it has larger headroom. Thus Ryzen2 can use its speed advantage and be 12% faster – impressive.

Crypto SHA1 : Ryzen also accelerates the soon-to-be-defunct SHA1 and here it is even faster – 14% faster than Ryzen1.

Crypto SHA2-512 : SHA2-512 is not accelerated by SHA HWA (version 1) thus Ryzen has to use the same vectorised AVX2 code path – it still is 12% faster than Ryzen1 but still loses to the i7. Those SIMD units are tough to beat.

In memory bandwidth bound algorithms, Ryzen2 will have to be used with faster memory (up to 2933 Mt/s officially) in order to significantly beat its older Ryzen 1 brother. Otherwise there is only a tiny 1% improvement.

Black-Scholes float/FP32 : In this non-vectorised test we see Ryzen2 is the standard 11% faster than Ryzen1.

Black-Scholes double/FP64 : Switching to FP64 code, nothing changes, Ryzen2 is still 11% faster.

Binomial float/FP32 : Binomial uses thread shared data thus stresses the cache & memory system; here the arch(itecture) improvements do show, Ryzen2 23% faster – 2x more than expected. Not to mention 3x (three times) faster than the i7.

Binomial double/FP64 : With FP64 code Ryzen2 is now even faster – 28% faster than Ryzen1 not to mention 2x faster than the i7. Indeed it seems there improvements to the cache and memory system.

Monte-Carlo float/FP32 : Monte-Carlo also uses thread shared data but read-only thus reducing modify pressure on the caches; Ryzen2 does not seem to be able to reproduce its previous gain and is just the standard 11% faster.

Monte-Carlo double/FP64 : Switching to FP64 nothing much changes, Ryzen2 is 10% faster.

Ryzen 1 does very well in these algorithms, but Ryzen2 does even better – especially when thread-local data is involved managing 23-28% improvement. For financial workloads Intel does not seem to have a chance anymore – Ryzen is impossible to beat.

SGEMM : In this tough vectorised AVX2/FMA algorithm Ryzen2 is still “just” the 10% faster than older Ryzen1 – but it finally manages to beat the i7.

DGEMM : With FP64 vectorised code, Ryzen2 only manages to be 4% faster. It seems the memory is holding it back thus faster memory would allow it to do much better.

SFFT : FFT is also heavily vectorised (x4 AVX/FMA) but stresses the memory sub-system more; Ryzen2 is just 4% faster again and is still 1/2x the speed of the i7. Again it seems faster memory would help.

DFFT : With FP64 code, Ryzen2’s improvement reduces to just 1% over Ryzen1 and again slower than the i7.

SNBODY : N-Body simulation is vectorised but many memory accesses to shared data and Ryzen2 gets back to 12% improvement over Ryzen1. This allows it to finally overtake the i7.

DNBODY : With FP64 code nothing much changes, Ryzen2 is still 13% faster.

With highly vectorised SIMD code Ryzen2 still improves by the standard 10-12% but in memory-heavy code it needs to run at higher memory speed to significantly overtake Ryzen 1. But it allows it to beat the i7 in more algorithms.

Blur (3×3) Filter : In this vectorised integer AVX2 workload Ryzen2 is 11% faster allowing it to soundly beat the i7.

Sharpen (5×5) Filter : Same algorithm but more shared data does not change things for Ryzen2. Only the i7 falls behind.

Motion-Blur (7×7) Filter : Again same algorithm but even more data shared does not change anything, but now the i7 is so far behind Ryzen2 is 50% faster. Incredible.

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Edge Detection (2*5×5) Sobel Filter : Different algorithm but still AVX2 vectorised workload still changes nothing – Ryzen2 is 11% faster.

Noise Removal (5×5) Median Filter : Still AVX2 vectorised code and still nothing changes; the i7 falls even further behind with Ryzen2 2x (two times) as fast.

Oil Painting Quantise Filter : Again we see Ryzen2 11% faster than the older Ryzen1 and pulling away from the i7.

Diffusion Randomise (XorShift) Filter : Here Ryzen2 is just 8% faster than Ryzen1 but strangely it’s not enough to beat the i7. Those SIMD units are way fast.

Marbling Perlin Noise 2D Filter : In this final test, Ryzen2 returns to being 11% faster and again strangely not enough to beat the i7.

With all the modern instruction sets supported (AVX2, FMA, AES and SHA HWA) Ryzen2 does extremely well in all workloads – but it generally improves only by the 11% as per clock speed increase, except in some cases which seem to show improvements in the cache and memory system (which we have not tested yet).

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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 Software VM Performance

We are testing arithmetic and vectorised performance of software virtual machines (SVM), i.e. Java and .Net. With operating systems – like Windows 10 – favouring SVM applications over “legacy” native, the performance of .Net CLR (and Java JVM) has become far more important.

Results Interpretation: Higher values (GOPS, MB/s, etc.) mean better performance.

Environment: Windows 10 x64, latest drivers. .Net 4.7.x (RyuJit), Java 1.9.x. Turbo / Boost was enabled on all configurations.

.Net Dhrystone Integer : .Net CLR integer performance starts off OK with Ryzen2 just 8% faster than Ryzen1 but now almost 3x (three times) faster than i7.

.Net Dhrystone Long : Ryzen seems to favour 64-bit integer workloads, with Ryzen2 20% faster a lot higher than expected.

.Net Whetstone float/FP32 : Floating-Point CLR performance was pretty spectacular with Ryzen already, but Ryzen2 is 15% than Ryzen1 still.

.Net Whetstone double/FP64 : FP64 performance is also great (CLR seems to promote FP32 to FP64 anyway) with Ryzen2 even faster by 20%.

Ryzen1’s performance in .Net was pretty incredible but Ryzen2 is even faster – even faster than expected by mere clock speed increase. There is only one game in town now for .Net applications.

.Net Integer Vectorised/Multi-Media : Just as we saw with Dhrystone, this integer workload sees a 9% improvement for Ryzen2 which makes it 2x faster than the i7.

.Net Long Vectorised/Multi-Media : With 64-bit integer workload we see a similar story – Ryzen2 is 8% faster and again 2x faster than the i7.

.Net Float/FP32 Vectorised/Multi-Media : Here we make use of RyuJit’s support for SIMD vectors thus running AVX/FMA code; Ryzen2 is 11% faster but still almost 2x faster than i7 despite its fast SIMD units.

.Net Double/FP64 Vectorised/Multi-Media : Switching to FP64 SIMD vector code – still running AVX/FMA – Ryzen2 is still 12% faster. i7 is truly left in the dust 1/4x the speed.

Ryzen2 is the usual 9-12% faster than Ryzen 1 here but it means that even RyuJit’s SIMD support cannot save Intel’s i7 – it would take 2x as many cores (not 50%) to beat Ryzen2.

Java Dhrystone Integer : We start JVM integer performance with the usual 12% gain over Ryzen1.

Java Dhrystone Long : Nothing much changes with 64-bit integer workload, we have Ryzen2 12% faster.

Java Whetstone float/FP32 : With a floating-point workload Ryzen2 performance improvement is 13%.

Java Whetstone double/FP64 : With FP64 workload Ryzen2 is just 7% faster but still welcome

Java performance improves by the expected amount 7-13% on Ryzen2 and allows it to completely dominate the i7.

Java Integer Vectorised/Multi-Media : Oracle’s JVM does not yet support native vector to SIMD translation like .Net’s CLR but here Ryzen2 manages a 15% lead over Ryzen1.

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Java Long Vectorised/Multi-Media : With 64-bit vectorised workload Ryzen2 (similar to .Net) increases its lead by 24%.

Java Float/FP32 Vectorised/Multi-Media : Switching to floating-point we return to the usual 14% speed improvement.

Java Double/FP64 Vectorised/Multi-Media : With FP64 workload Ryzen2’s lead somewhat unexplicably drops to 1%.

Java’s lack of vectorised primitives to allow the JVM to use SIMD instruction sets (aka SSE2, AVX/FMA) gives Ryzen2 free reign to dominate all the tests, be they integer or floating-point. It is pretty incredible that neither Intel CPU can come close to its performance.

Software VM Performance Summary

Ryzen1 dominated the .Net and Java benchmarks – but now Ryzen2 extends that dominance out-of-reach. It would take a very much improved run-time or Intel CPU to get anywhere close. For .Net and Java code, Ryzen is the CPU to get!

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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 Memory Performance

by SiSoftware

Core Topology & Testing

Cores on Ryzen are grouped in blocks (CCX or compute units) each with its own 8MB L3 cache – but connected via a 256-bit bus running at memory controller clock. This is better than older designs like Intel Core 2 Quad or Pentium D which were effectively 2 CPU dies on the same socket – but not as good as a unified design where all cores are part of the same unit.

Running algorithms that require data to be shared between threads – e.g. producer/consumer – scheduling those threads on the same CCX would ensure lower latencies and higher bandwidth which we will test with presently.

We have thus modified Sandra’s ‘CPU Multi-Core Efficiency Benchmark‘ to report the latencies of each producer/consumer unit combination (e.g. same core, same CCX, different CCX) as well as providing different matching algorithms when selecting the producer/consumer units: best match (lowest latency), worst match (highest latency) thus allowing us to test inter-CCX bandwidth also. We hope users and reviewers alike will find the new features useful!

Native Performance

We are testing native arithmetic, SIMD and cryptography performance using the highest performing instruction sets (AVX2, AVX, etc.). Ryzen supports all modern instruction sets including AVX2, FMA3 and even more.

Results Interpretation: Higher rate values (GOPS, MB/s, etc.) mean better performance. Lower latencies (ns, ms, etc.) mean better performance.

Environment: Windows 10 x64, latest AMD and Intel drivers. 2MB “large pages” were enabled and in use. Turbo / Boost was enabled on all configurations.

Total Inter-Core Bandwidth – Best : Ryzen2 manages 15% higher bandwidth between its cores, slightly better than just 11% clock increase – signalling some improvements under the hood.

Total Inter-Core Bandwidth – Worst : In worst-case pairs on Ryzen must go across CCXes – and with this link running at the same clock (1200 MHz) on Ryzen2 we can only manage a 2% increase in bandwidth. This is why faster memory is needed.

Inter-Unit Latency – Same Core : Within the same core (sharing L1D/L2), Ryzen2 manages a 13% reduction in latency, again better than just clock speed increase.

Inter-Unit Latency – Same Compute Unit : Within the same compute unit (sharing L3), the latency decreased by 7% on Ryzen2 thus L3 seems to have improved also.

Inter-Unit Latency – Different Compute Unit : Going inter-CCX we still see a 6% reduction in latency on Ryzen2 – with the CCX link at the same speed – a welcome surprise.

The multiple CCX design still presents some challenges to programmers requiring threads to be carefully scheduled – but we see a decent 6-7% reduction in L3/CCX latencies on Ryzen2 even when running at the same clock as Ryzen1.

Aggregated L1D Bandwidth : Right off we see a 18% bandwidth increase – almost 2x higher (than the 11% clock increase) – thus some improvements have been made to the cache system. It allows Ryzen2 to finally beat the i7 with its wide L1 data paths (512-bit) though with twice as many (8 vs 4).

Aggregated L2 Bandwidth : We see a huge 32% increase in L2 cache bandwidth – almost 3x clock increase (the 11%) suggesting the L2 caches have been improved also. Ryzen2 has thus 2x the L2 bandwidth of i7 though with 2x more caches (8 vs 4).

Aggregated L3 Bandwidth : The bandwidth of the L3 caches has also increased by 19% (2x clock increase) though we see the 6-core 2600 doing better (398 vs 339) likely due to less threads competing for the same L3 caches. Ryzen2 L3 caches are not just 2x bigger than Intel but also 2x more bandwidth.

Aggregated Memory : With the same memory clock, Ryzen2 does still manage a small 2% improvement – signalling memory controller improvements. We also see Ryzen’s memory controller at 2400 having better bandwidth than Intel at 2533MHz.

We see big improvements on Ryzen2 for all caches L1D/L2/L3 of 20-30% – more than just raw clock increase (11%) – so AMD has indeed made improvements – which to be fair needed to be done. The memory controller is also a bit more efficient (2%) though it can run at higher clocks – hopefully fast DDR4 memory will become more affordable.

Data In-Page Random Latency : In-page latency has decreased by a noticeable 6% on Ryzen2 – we see 5 clocks reduction for L2 and 4 for L3 a welcome improvement. But still a way to go to catch Intel which has 1/3x (three times less) latency.

Data Full Random Latency : Out-of-page latencies have also been reduced by 8% on Ryzen2 (same memory) and we see the same 5 and 4 clock reduction for L2 and L3 (on both 2700X and 2600 thus no fluke). Again these are welcome but still have a way to go to catch Intel.

Data Sequential Latency : Ryzen’s prefetchers are working well with sequential access pattern latency and we see a 8% latency drop for Ryzen2.

Ryzen1’s issue was high memory latencies (in-page/full random) and Ryzen2 has reduced them all by 6-8%. While it is a good improvement, they are still pretty high compared to Intel’s thus more work needs to be done here.

Code In-Page Random Latency : Code latencies were not a problem on Ryzen1 but we still see a welcome reduction of 9% on Ryzen2.

Code Full Random Latency : Out-of-page latency also sees a 9% decrease on Ryzen2 but somewhat surprisingly a 1-2 clock increase.

Code Sequential Latency : Ryzen’s prefetchers are working well with sequential access pattern latency and we see a 8% reduction on Ryzen2.

While code access latencies were not a problem on Ryzen1 and they also see a 8% improvement on Ryzen2 which is welcome.

Memory Update Transactional : Ryzen2 is 10% faster than Ryzen1 but naturally without HLE support it cannot match the i7. But with Intel disabling HLE on all but top-end CPUs AMD does not have much to worry.

Memory Update Record Only : With only record updates we still see an 11% increase.

Ryzen2 brings nice updates – good bandwidth increases to all caches L1D/L2/L3 and also well-needed latency reduction for data (and code) accesses. Yes, there is still work to be done to bring the latencies down further – but it may be just enough to beat Intel to 2nd place for a good while.

At the high-end, ThreadRipper will likely benefit most as it’s going against many-core SKL-X AVX512-enabled competitor and we cannot wait to test those.

 

Final Thoughts & Conclusion On The Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600

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As with original Ryzen, the cache and memory system performance is not the clean-sweep we’ve seen in CPU testing – but Ryzen2 does bring welcome improvements in bandwidth and latency – which hopefully will further improve with firmware/BIOS updates.

With the potential to use faster DDR4 memory – Ryzen2 can do far better than in this test (e.g. with 3200MHz memory). Unfortunately at this time DDR4 – especially high-end fast versions – memory is hideously expensive which is a bit of a problem. You are better off using less but fast memory with Ryzen designs.

Ryzen2 is a great update that will not disappoint upgraders and is likely to increase AMD’s market share. AMD is here to stay!

 

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The 2018 Lenovo ThinkPad + Mirage VR Devices Revealed!

The 2018 Lenovo ThinkPad desktops and laptops were just revealed, together with a ThinkPad tablet, and the new Lenovo Mirage VR devices. They include the newly-refreshed ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga and ThinkPad X1 Tablet. Check them out!

 

The 2018 Lenovo ThinkPad Desktop + Laptops

Sachin Kinagi, Learning Manager of Lenovo Asia Pacific, started with his presentation on the 2018 Lenovo ThinkPad desktop and laptop models.

They include the ThinkPad X, T and L Series, X280, X380 Yoga, T480, T480s, T580, L380, L380 Yoga and L480; Workstations, P52c, P520, P720; Tab 4 8-inch Plus series; Tab 4 310-inch Plus series (Android) and Yoga Book (Windows).

2018 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga

  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon remains the world’s lightest 14-inch commercial laptop with durable chassis, while the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the world’s only convertible with integrated pen and Global LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) capability
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  • 360o Far-Field Communication microphones that support Wake-on-Voice function and hands-free Amazon Alexa enabling users to give command from afar, even in noisy environments or while playing music at loud volumes
  • Unparalleled productivity and security with glance-eye-tracking powered by infrared camera

2018 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

  • Uncompromised PC performance with Intel 8th Gen Intel Core processors and full-function ThinkPad keyboard experience
  • Enhanced user interaction with new vibrant 13-inch HDR Ready 3K display and Lenovo Pen Pro
  • Legendary ThinkPad durability and uncompromised security with infrared camera and Fingerprint Reader

 

The 2018 Lenovo Mirage VR Devices

Adrian Lesmono, Tablet & Smart Device Leader, of Lenovo Central Asia Pacific, reveals the key features of the Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset, and the Lenovo Mirage Camera.

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How To Choose The Best Drive For Your PC

Western Digital colour-codes their hard disk drives not to make the drives look sexier, or to help sell more hard disk drives. They created the WD drive colours to help users understand the distinct advantages or use of each drive family. In this article, Western Digital will help us show you how to choose the best drive for your PC.

 

Every Drive Has A Purpose

There is no better person than Albert Chang, Senior Manager of Product Marketing at WD Asia Pacific, to explain why every drive has a purpose. He also points out a key point that users often forget to factor when consumers purchase a drive – the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).

That’s right. The TCO is often overlooked, because that is ultimately the price you are paying over the lifetime of a drive. So make sure you don’t just buy the cheapest possible drive, because that may result in a high TCO… including the loss of priceless data.

 

Introducing The Five WD Drive Colours

Here is a quick primer on the five WD drive colours, and how they can help you determine the best drive for your PC.

Now, let’s take a closer look at each WD drive colour, and find out what advantages each drive colour boasts!

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WD Blue For Mainstream PCs

The WD Blue (Price Check) family are focused on offering highly-affordable drives with large storage capacities.

The WD Blue family does not just consist of hard disk drives. Western Digital also offers WD Blue SSHDs (solid state hybrid drives) and WD Blue SSDs (solid state drives).

For more information, you can read these WD Blue articles :

 

WD Black For High Performance PCs

The WD Black family (Price Check) is targeted at power users and gamers who want the fastest possible hard disk drives for their PCs.

The WD Black drives offer a much higher spindle speed, a very large cache, and a fast processor. For more information, you can read these WD Black articles :

 

WD Red For NAS Storage

The WD Red (Price Check) family of NAS drives is specifically designed for the “always on” environment of a NAS enclosure. They run cooler and vibrate less, greatly increasing their reliability and lifespan in NAS enclosures.

The WD Red drives are also optimised for NAS usage patterns (80% reads, 20% writes), so you will be able to access your files faster than with a regular hard disk drive.

For more information, you can read these WD Red articles :

 

WD Purple For Surveillance

WD Purple drives (Price Check) are designed to handle the high-temperature, “always-on” environment of the CCTV and DVR systems. Regular drives will fail quickly under such conditions.

They are also designed to handle multiple video streams without dropped frames, or gaps in recorded footage… and do this 24/7 without rest!

For more information on the WD Purple, and why it is the best drive for surveillance and CCTV systems, please read :

 

WD Gold For Datacenters

Qualified for nearline storage use in datacenters, datacenter hard disk drives like WD Gold (Price Check) are designed to offer high storage capacities at maximum performance and reliability while operating continuously 24 hours a day in large drive arrays.

So if you want nothing but the best drive to secure your company’s data, there can be no doubt that the WD Gold (Price Check) is the ultimate storage solution.

For more information, you can read these WD Gold articles :

 

What Is The Best Drive For YOU?

The WD drive colours make it extremely simple for you to choose the best drive for the job.

If you want the best hard disk drive for your gaming PC or laptop, the WD Black drives are your best options.

If you just need to store a large amount of data at very low cost, the WD Blue drives are your best bet.

If you have a NAS enclosure, you will not want to use any other drives but WD Red drives for better performance and reliability.

If you have a CCTV system, you will not want to use any other drives but WD Purple drives for stutter-free recording and a long lifespan.

If you are running a server, you will want the high performance and exceptional reliability of the WD Gold drives.

See? The WD drive colours make it extremely easy for you to find the best drive for the job!

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The Acer Predator Orion 9000 HEDT Gaming PC Up Close!

At IFA 2017, one of the most exciting products that Acer revealed was the 18-core, quad-GPU behemoth known as the Acer Predator Orion 9000! We had the opportunity recently to take a close look at the Orion 9000, and get updated on its price and specifications.

 

The Acer Predator Orion 9000

The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is a massive HEDT (High-End Desktop) PC that boasts an 18-core processor, and up to four graphics cards. It has a silver-and-black chassis with a spacecraft design and customisable RGB lighting along the sides of the front bezel.

To showcase the powerful hardware inside, it has a massive side window panel with a metal mesh that keeps its electromagnetic interference (EMI) in check. Up to 5 fans can be installed, with customisable RGB lighting to create a virtual light show. The two side panels are also tool-less, allowing for easy upgrades.

Despite its size, Acer made it easy to move – it is outfitted with two handles and wheels covered with a carbon fibre pattern. It also has a headset cradle and cable management to keep everything tidy during and after the move.

Liquid Cooling & IceTunnel 2.0

The Predator Orion 9000 features AIO liquid cooling for the CPU, and Acer IceTunnel 2.0 to keep the temperature down even in the most demanding conditions. IceTunnel 2.0 is an advanced airflow management design that separates the system into several thermal zones, each with an individual “airflow tunnel” to expel heat.

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There are huge metal mesh panels on the front and top that allow more cold air in, and the rising hot air of the liquid-cooled CPU out. Up to five 120 mm fans can be installed in the front, top, and back to channel cool air through the chassis.

Part of the airflow is redirected towards the back of the motherboard tray to cool the storage devices. The graphic cards feature blower-style fans to drive the heat out from the back, while the PSU is self-contained to avoid thermal interference.

Extreme Performance For Gaming & Content Creation

The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is powered by a choice of an 18-core Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, or Intel Core i9 X-Series / Core i7 X-Series processors, with up to 128 GB quad-channel DDR4 memory. It comes with a choice of two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in SLI, or in some countries, up to four AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards!

 

Acer Predator Orion 9000 Specifications

SpecificationsAcer Predator Orion 9000
Processor OptionsIntel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor
Intel Core i9 X-Series processor.
Intel Core i7 X-Series processor
Cooling SystemAIO CPU Liquid Cooling
Acer IceTunnel 2.0 airflow management
Up to five 120 mm fans
Memory OptionsUp to 128 GB DDR4 memory (quad channel)
Graphics Card OptionsUp to 2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Up to 4 x AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Storage OptionsUp to three M.2 slots
Available Ports2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one Type C, one Type A)
8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type C, seven Type A)
2 x USB 2.0 ports (Type A)
PortabilityTwo handles + case wheels
Upgradability FeaturesTool-less side panels (EMI compliant)
Top metal mesh push cover
RGB Lighting FeaturesInner chassis RGB LED
RGB lighting bar along sides of front bezel

 

Acer Predator Orion 9000 Price & Availability

The Acer Predator Orion is available for purchase in December 2017, in two configurations :

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The Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower & Y520 Tower Revealed!

Lenovo just unveiled three new additions to the Lenovo Legion gaming line-up – the new Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower and Y520 Tower that promise to offer new levels of gaming performance. Let’s take a look at these new Lenovo Legion gaming systems!

 

The Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower & Y520 Tower

Let’s start with a presentation on the new Lenovo Legion Y920, Y720 Tower and Y520 Tower by Gavin Wong, Consumer Notebook Distribution Manager of Lenovo Malaysia.

 

The Lenovo Legion Y920

The Lenovo Legion Y920 Laptop is their 17.3″ top-of-the-line gaming laptop with a G-SYNC display. It is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 unlocked processor (the Core i7-7820HQ) and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. It has extremely fast storage, in the form of two PCIe x4 NVMe SSDs in RAID 0.

In addition, the Lenovo Legion Y920 boasts a mechanical keyboard with 2 mm key travel, and an optional multicolour backlight. It also has a JBL sound system with two speakers and a subwoofer that supports Dolby Home Theater.

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The Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower

The VR-ready Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower is loaded with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory. This gaming desktop also features a tool-less design for effortless self-upgrading of its graphics card, storage drives, and memory.

 

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower

The Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower can be equipped with up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. It is also designed to allow its user to easily swap the optical drive, storage drives or memory modules.

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The 2017 ASUS ROG GT51 Gaming Desktop Revealed!

The Iron Man-inspired ASUS ROG GT51 gaming desktop was first revealed last year, winning the 2016 CES Innovation Award, as well as the iF Design Award. Now ASUS reveals the newly-updated 2017 ROG GT51 gaming desktop! Check out what’s new!

 

The 2017 ASUS ROG GT51 Gaming Desktop Revealed!

Let’s start with a presentation on the 2017 ROG GT51 by Louis Lu (ASUS Product Manager).

And here is a quick look at the 2017 ASUS ROG GT51 gaming desktop up close. The exterior looks exactly the same as the 2016 model – it’s the internals that have been changed.

Full Core CPU Overclocking

The 2017 ROG GT51 is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor that ASUS has aged for 40 hours, and overclocked by 14%. With their Turbo Gear feature, you can enable full-core overclocking without having to reboot the system. The ASUS Hydro Overclocking System ensures rock-solid stability during overclocking.

Awesome Graphics

The 2017 ROG GT51 supports up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X graphics cards in SLI to deliver smooth, stutter-free 4K UHD gaming at over 60 fps!

Fast Memory & Storage

The 2017 ROG GT51 comes with the fast DDR4 memory, the latest NVMe PCI Express SSD, and the new USB 3.1 ports.

Advanced Cooling System

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The 2017 ROG GT51 boasts a multi-zone thermal solution that decreases system temperature by up to 31%, even under the heaviest of loads. The CPU is liquid-cooled, while the GPU has a dedicated air channel. The power supply unit, found in the bottom corner of the chassis, features its own isolated airflow design.

Customisable 8-Million Colour LED Lighting

Dynamic light effects illuminate the case, including the iconic ROG logo and twin side-light strips. You can even customize the RGB LEDs on the air intake with any of the 8 million colors! And when you overclock ROG GT51, the dramatic OC lighting mode is activated.

ROG Band

The wearable ROG BAND lets you access Shadow Drive — a hidden storage space for keeping your personal and confidential data safe. You can also use ROG BAND to activate the overclocking mode.

 

Price & Availability

The 2017 ASUS ROG GT51 (GT51CH) gaming desktop is now available with the following specifications for a launch price of RM 11,999 / ~US$ 2,859, inclusive of the 6% GST.

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The AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop CPU Tech Report

Right on the heels of the big reveal of the AMD EPYC 7000 Series (formerly known as AMD Naples) of enterprise server processors, AMD just announced the AMD Ryzen PRO family of desktop processors. Here is everything you need to know about them, including their specifications, key features and availability.

Updated @ 2017-09-03 : Added the first slew of desktop and notebook PCs that will ship soon.

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Enterprise-Grade Performance

The AMD Ryzen PRO processors are basically enterprise-grade versions of the AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors. They have the same features performance characteristics as their consumer-grade brothers, like Precision Boost and Extended Frequency Range (XFR). The PRO versions just have additional security and remote management capabilities.

The slides above appear to have two typos. But the only important one you need to know is that, like the AMD Ryzen 7, the Ryzen 7 PRO has a peak frequency of 3.8 GHz.

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The AMD Ryzen PRO Value Proposition

As our AMD Ryzen 7 1800X review has shown, the AMD Zen core is about 10% slower per clock cycle than the Intel Skylake core. It therefore comes to no surprise that AMD is focusing on their value proposition. They’re offering more cores at the same price points, delivering more performance per dollar.

Here are four spider charts that AMD created to show how much performance advantage the Ryzen PRO processors can offer over their direct Intel competitors. Like their consumer-grade brothers, these enterprise-grade processors directly compete with the 7th Generation Intel Core processors (formerly known as Kaby Lake).

With twice as many cores and threads, the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 1700 appears to offer up to 73% better performance than the Intel Core i7-7700 in TrueCrypt (AES encryption).

The Ryzen 5 PRO 1600 offers 50% more processor cores and the ability to simultaneously process 3X more instruction threads than the Intel Core i5-7500. The end result – it was just over twice as fast in AES encryption using TrueCrypt, and almost twice as fast at rendering a 3D image in CINEBENCH R15.

The Ryzen 5 PRO 1500 has 4 cores, just like the Intel Core i5-7500, but its SMT capability allows it to process twice as many instruction threads. That allowed it to offer up to 76% better performance in 3DMark 11.

The Ryzen 3 PRO 1300 offers twice as many cores, albeit processing the same number of instruction threads, as the Intel Core i3-7100. That still allowed it to deliver up to 76% better performance in 3DMark 11.

Now, this is similar to what the consumer-grade AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors already offer. So what extra features do these enterprise-grade desktop processors offer? Let’s find out!

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Built-In Security Features

The AMD Ryzen PRO processors come with enterprise-grade security features called AMD Secure Technologies.

They consist of a 128-bit AES encryption engine and support for Windows 10 Enterprise Security, fTPM (firmware Trust Platform Module) and Secure Boot. They also support Transparent Secure Memory Encryption, which allows for independent encryption of memory contents with minimal performance impact.

AMD took care to point out that while similar security features are available with the Intel Core i7 and Core i5 vPro processors, there are no Core i3 vPro processors. This gives the AMD Ryzen 3 PRO processors a distinct advantage over the Core i3.

 

Greater Reliability & Manageability

Large enterprises are not just interested in performance. Reliability and manageability are arguably of greater concern to them. They also want supply chain certainty, so AMD guarantees the availability of every PRO model for 24 months. AMD will also reserve their highest yield wafers for these enterprise-grade processors, to ensure greater reliability.

Needless to say, these PRO processors have built-in remote management capabilities, similar to the Intel Active Management Technology that is part of Intel vPro. AMD implements the DASH (Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware) open standard, while Intel AMT is proprietary in nature.

Again, AMD pointed out that these management and reliability features are not available for the Intel Core i3 processors, giving their AMD Ryzen 3 PRO processors a leg up in these aspects.

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AMD Ryzen PRO Specifications

AMD has announced six PRO processors to start with, with the Ryzen 7 PRO and Ryzen 5 PRO processors mimicking the consumer-grade Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors already launched. Here is a simple table summarising their key specifications :

 

Desktop + Mobile Availability Updated!

According to AMD, Ryzen PRO-based PCs will start shipping in the second half of 2017., with these desktop PCs shipping shortly :

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  • Dell Optiplex 5055 – shipping in the coming weeks
  • HP EliteDesk 705 – shipping in the coming weeks
  • Lenovo ThinkCentre M715 – shipping in the coming weeks

Laptop users are not forgotten though. AMD plans to release the Pro mobile processors in the first half of 2018. That said, they also announced that these laptops will ship by the end of the year :

  • Lenovo ThinkPad A475 and A275 laptops – shipping in Q4 2017

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The Official AMD Ryzen PRO Presentation Slides

Here is the complete set of the AMD Ryzen PRO presentation slides for your perusal.

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The AMD Ryzen PRO Press Release

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — June 29, 2017 — Following the global excitement generated by the launch of its new EPYC family of server processors, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today added another tier to its enterprise CPU portfolio with the introduction of AMD Ryzen PRO desktop processors. Designed to meet the demands of today’s compute-intensive workplace, Ryzen PRO desktop processors will bring reliability, security, and performance to enterprise desktops worldwide.

“Today marks another important step in our journey to bring innovation and excitement back to the PC industry: the launch of our Ryzen PRO desktop CPUs that will bring disruptive levels of performance to the premium commercial market,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD. “Offering a significant leap in generational performance, leadership multi-threaded performance, and the first-ever 8-core, 16-thread CPU for commercial-grade PCs, Ryzen PRO provides a portfolio of technology choices that meet the evolving needs of businesses today and tomorrow.”

Ryzen PRO Lineup

Delivering breakthrough responsiveness for the most demanding enterprise-class applications and multi-tasking workflows, the ‘Zen’ core in every Ryzen PRO processor provides up to 52 percent improvement in compute capability over the previous generation1, and the Ryzen 7 PRO 1700 offers up to 62 percent more multi-threaded performance than select competing solutions2.

Security

Targeted for enterprise and public sector implementations, Ryzen PRO processors offer state-of-the-art silicon-level security, providing hardware-based cryptographic and security technologies to help protect against an ever-growing number of threats. Security standards like secure boot, fTPM (firmware Trust Platform Module), AES, and Windows 10 Enterprise security features are fully supported across the entire Ryzen PRO processor family.

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Dependability

Built upon exceptional AMD product dependability and sourced from wafers with the highest yields, Ryzen PRO processors provide commercial-grade quality and reliability to help ensure platform longevity for future-ready computing. Industry-leading, open-standard DASH manageability allows for CPU-agnostic administration and helps ensure businesses avoid getting locked into proprietary solutions.

Availability

The world’s largest suppliers of commercial client desktops are expected to provide Ryzen PRO-based PCs to businesses worldwide in the second half of 2017. Ryzen PRO mobile is scheduled for the first half of 2018.

 

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The HP OMEN Gaming Laptop & Desktop PCs Revealed!

HP just launched the OMEN by HP line of gaming PCs. Their new OMEN gaming PCs have reputedly been engineered to give esports and competitive gamers the edge to perform at their very best. Let’s take a look at the new HP OMEN gaming laptop and desktop PCs!

 

The 2017 OMEN Gaming Laptop & Desktop PCs Revealed!

The highlight of the HP OMEN launch event was this presentation by Stacey Gan, HP Market Development Manager (Consumer Notebook) on the key features of the new OMEN gaming PCs. Check it out!

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The HP OMEN Gaming Desktop

The new OMEN gaming desktop PC was inspired by the OMEN X desktop. It leverages key features from the OMEN X desktop, like the ability to easily upgrade components, and improved cooling, to allow gamers to push the envelope of the system’s gaming performance.

  • Supports up to dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in SLI, or dual AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics cards in CrossFire mode.
  • Powered by the 7th Generation Intel Core i7 or Core i5 CPUs with unlocked options for overclocking.
  • Improved thermal engineering with all-around edge vents and optional liquid-cooling capability.
  • Optional PCIe SSD or SSD + HDD storage options.
  • OMEN Command Center with Overclocking improves CPU performance on-the-fly.
  • Network Booster prioritises gaming traffic to reduce latency in online games.

 

The HP OMEN Gaming Laptops

The HP OMEN gaming laptops will be available in two sizes – the HP OMEN 15 with a 15.6″ display, and a HP OMEN 17 with a 17″ display. These gaming laptops feature more expansion capabilities, additional ports and more VR compatibility.

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  • Powered by the 7th Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processors.
  • Improved cooling thanks to a multi-fan, multi-heatpipe, multi-exhaust thermal solution.
  • Integrated dual speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen, and boosted by HP Audio Boost.
  • Dragon-red keyboard with red-accented WASD keys, white backlights and 26-key rollover anti-ghosting capability.
  • Option of 4K display / 1080p 120Hz display with NVIDIA G-Sync / 1080p 60Hz display with AMD FreeSync.
  • Single access panel for easy HDD, SSD and RAM upgrades.
  • VR-ready configurations available for virtual reality gaming.

 

Price & Availability

The HP OMEN Desktop is currently available, with prices starting at RM 5,999 / ~US$ 1,429.

The HP OMEN 15 gaming laptop is currently available, with prices starting at RM 4,499 / ~US$ 1,069.

The HP OMEN 17 gaming laptop is currently available, with prices starting at RM 8,899 / ~US$ 2,119.

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The Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny Workstation Launched!

NEW YORK, June 20, 2017 – At its Tech World TRANSFORM commercial summit, Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) announced the ThinkStation P320 Tiny – the world’s smallest workstation with ISV certification. The Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certification ensures that the user’s most critical applications will run reliably inside the small one liter form factor.

 

The Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny

The Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny (Lowest Price) makes full use of tight spaces and delivers on the power expected from a workstation. Easy to set up and compatible with Lenovo’s ThinkCentre Tiny accessories, the P320 Tiny harnesses the power of the 7th Generation Intel Core processors and relies on NVIDIA Quadro Graphics to achieve ISV certification to deliver the performance demanded across a range of professional applications.

The Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny (Lowest Price) offers a lot of computing power in the smallest of packages, so workspaces perform at their best, even in the most finite spaces.

The PC Process Simplified with PC as a Service

The shift towards agile IT, Choose Your Own Device and multi-device synergy is changing corporate computing. PC as a Service (PCaaS) responds to this change by simplifying the financing, deployment, management and disposal process of computing assets by packaging it into a single, configurable solution with a fixed monthly cost.

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Businesses can select tablets, laptops, desktops, workstations or software and services, giving end users greater device choice and allowing capital investment to grow with the business. PCaaS is available in selected markets and on a project-by-project basis in Malaysia.

Lenovo Premier Support

Lenovo Premier Support provides direct access to skilled and experienced Lenovo personnel offering comprehensive hardware and software support. Expert troubleshooters will be able to quickly provide solutions and advice that will keep hardware and software operating at optimal efficiency.

There will also be a single contact for end-to-end case management and next business day onsite labour and parts prioritisation. This service will be available in Malaysia on 7 July 2017 onwards.

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Lenovo Reveals The 2017 ThinkCentre Desktop PCs!

On 14 June 2017, Lenovo not only launched the ThinkPad P51s mobile workstation, they also revealed the new 2017 ThinkCentre desktop, AIO and TIO models, as well as the refreshed 2017 ThinkPad models. Check out the full details below!

 

Lenovo Reveals The 2017 ThinkCentre Desktop PCs

Lenovo has an extensive 2017 ThinkCentre portfolio that consists of three desktop PC lines, two AIO (All In One) models and event a TIO (Tiny In One) model. Lenovo ThinkStation Business Manager, Jason Wong, explains their key features in this presentation :

The new 2017 ThinkCentre desktop PC models that Lenovo just been announced are :

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Lenovo P Series

Lenovo M910 Series

  • Lenovo M910 TW
  • Lenovo M910 SFF
  • Lenovo M910 Tiny

Lenovo AIO / TIO Family

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad Kaby Lake Refresh

Lenovo also announced that they refreshed their ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Lowest Price), ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Lowest Price) and ThinkPad 13 (Lowest Price) with the 7th Generation Intel Core (Kaby Lake) processors.

On top of better performance and longer battery life, the Kaby Lake refresh also adds integrated support for USB-C Gen 2 and faster integrated graphics that is better-suited for 4K video.

The new Lenovo ThinkPad 51s (lowest price on Amazon) that was announced at the same event also features the latest Intel Kaby Lake processor, specifically the Intel Core i7-7600U. It boasts a 3.9 GHz boost frequency and 4 MB L2 cache.

Read more about the ThinkPad 51s, and check out our hands-on preview in our article – The Lenovo ThinkPad P51s Preview, Specs & Price!

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