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The Realme 2 Price, Offers, Specifications + Tech Briefing!

The Realme 2 smartphone has now been unveiled in Jakarta and Malaysia to thunderous applause. Here are the Realme 2 price and offers, as well as its official tech briefing and full specifications!

 

Who Is Realme?

Created by OPPO as a sub-brand, Realme recently became an independent brand. Realme Southeast Asia Marketing Director, Josef Wang, gave a quick overview of Realme as a new smartphone brand, and how well they did in their first market – India.

 

Realme Interview Session

We also had the opportunity to grill Realme’s Josef Wang and Felix Christian about their ties with OPPO and the three new Realme smartphones that they just revealed!

 

The Official Realme 2 Tech Briefing

The Realme 2 smartphone is a more premium version of the Realme C1 smartphone. Designed with the tagline “Power Meets Style” in mind, the Realme 2 boasts more elaborate craftsmanship than is usually seen in its market segment.

It is currently in its original Indonesian, but we are in the process of dubbing it in English, so check back later for the English translation!

 

Realme 2 Specifications

SpecificationsRealme 2
Display6.2-inch display
- 720 x 1520 pixels
- 19:9 aspect ratio, 271 ppi
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 with ColorOS 5.1
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 450
Processor8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores (up to 1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506
Memory3 GB / 4 GB RAM
Storage32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera8 MP image sensor with f/2.2 lens
Rear Camera13 MP image sensor with f/2.2 lens
2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-mounted
Other SensorsLight Sensor, G-sensor, Acceleration sensor, Magnetic induction, Proximity Sensor
NFCNot available
Battery4,230 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions75.6 mm wide
156.2 mm tall
8.2 mm thick
Weight168 g
Available ColoursDiamond Black, Diamond Red, Diamond Blue
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Realme 2 Price + Offers

Here are the Realme 2 price list and offers in Indonesia and Malaysia!

Indonesia

Sales began at 11 AM on 16 October 2018, with the following Realme 2 price list :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : Rp 1,999,000 (~US$ 131 / ~£100 / ~RM 545)
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : Rp 2,299,000 (~US$ 158 / ~£120 / ~RM 655)

Malaysia

Sales will begin on 24 November 2018, with the following Realme 2 price list :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 599 (~US$ 144 / ~£109)
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 699 (~US$ 168 / ~£128)

Next Page > Realme 2 Key Features, Complete Realme Jakarta Presentation 

 

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Realme 2 Key Features

Here is a summary of its key features :

2.5D Composite Multi-Laminate Back Panel

The Realme 2 features a diamond-inspired back cover made from a composite material with multiple glass-like layers that are scratch- and wear-resistant. It is also optically-coated to deliver  a refractive lustre.

Notch Full Screen

The Realme 2 has a 6.2-inch Notch Full Screen, with 88.8% screen-to-body ratio. Thanks to its bezel-less design, it offers a 17% larger view for gaming and multitasking.

Long-lasting 4,230mAh Battery

The Realme 2 has a large 4,230 mAh battery that is managed by their AI Power Master software to provide all-day endurance, by intelligently suspending inactive apps and processes to minimise power consumption. Here are the results of Realme’s lab tests :

Normal Network Calls 44 hours
Music Playing (WiFi) 18 hours
Video Playback (WiFi) 15 hours
Gaming (WiFi) 10 hours
Surfing the Internet (WiFi) 18 hours

AI Power Manager

Without affecting smooth working of apps, AI Power Manager automatically optimises the power consumption of apps and controls the number of active processor cores.

  • App-Freezing Power Saver: Smartly restricts apps running in background to reduce overall power consumption and extend battery life. On average this feature allows the applications to save power by 5%-11%, and it can also be manually adjusted.
  • Quick App Freezing: AI Power Manager can put the background apps in the quick-freezing folder to effectively cut off the frequent and meaningless mutual wake-up between apps to save power. Laboratory data: About 5% energy saved per 24 hours compared to mobile phones without turning on app-freezing.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 is an octa-core processor built on the 14 nm process technology, and runs at 1.8 GHz.

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  • Efficient, low power consumption with the ARM Cortex-A53 processor cores that consumes less power, and employs an efficient performance boosting feature;
  • Its GPU is 25% faster in image rendering, with 30% lower power consumption than the Snapdragon 435.

Memory + Storage

The Realme 2 in two variants – 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of storage, or 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage. It can be upgraded with a microSD card of up to 256 GB in capacity.

AI Photography

The Realme 2 has an AI-powered dual camera in the rear. It consists of a 13 MP camera paired with a 2 MP depth sensor, that is capable of recording 1080p videos. In the front, it has an 8 MP selfie camera that supports Portrait Mode, and AI Beauty Selfies.

 

The Complete Realme Jakarta Presentation

Here is the complete Realme Jakarta presentation for the Realme 2 Pro, Realme 2 and Realme C1 smartphones :

 

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The Official NVIDIA GeForce RTX Tech Briefings + Demos!

Last week, we flew to Bangkok for an exclusive NVIDIA GeForce RTX tech briefing and demo session with Jeff Yen and John Gillooly. We recorded a ton of videos, so you will be able to experience it too, as if you were there with us!

 

The Complete NVIDIA GeForce RTX Tech Briefing

If you have 2 hours to spare and want to watch the complete NVIDIA GeForce RTX tech briefing by Jeff Yen, here it is!

Jeff actually split into two sessions because there was so much to cover, but we combine them both in this video. So grab some tidbits and a drink, before you settle down for this feature-length presentation!

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX is based on the new NVIDIA Turing microarchitecture, and so presented a lot of new details and information. Jeff had to circle back to some topics, like DLSS and ray tracing. So we edited the video above, to create smaller videos on specific topics.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX Introduction + Demos

This video combines the different sections in which Jeff talked about the NVIDIA GeForce RTX, including the demos of its new ray tracing and DLSS capabilities.

 

The NVIDIA Turing Architecture Explained!

The NVIDIA Turing microarchitecture introduces a slew of new features and capabilities. Jeff Yen explains It all in this 45 minute video.

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NVIDIA DLSS Explained

NVIDIA DLSS is a new AI-powered technique that can be used to deliver better than TAA quality with a significantly lower performance penalty, or much better image quality – equivalent to 64X super sampling..

For the full details, read our DLSS special – NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling) Explained!

 

NVIDIA RTX-OPS Explained

NVIDIA introduced a new performance metric called RTX-OPS. What does it mean? Why did they create it? Jeff explains it all.

For the full details, read our RTX-OPS special – How & Why NVIDIA Calculates RTX-OPS For GeForce RTX!

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NVIDIA Ansel RTX Features Revealed!

NVIDIA Ansel has been around for 2.5 years now, being introduced with the then-new NVIDIA Pascal architecture. NVIDIA takes it up a notch with the NVIDIA Turing GPUs, introducing Ansel RTX.

 

NVIDIA Scanner

NVIDIA also introduced a new overclocking tool – NVIDIA Scanner – to help you overclock your NVIDIA graphics card. Basically, it greatly simplifies the testing phase of your overclocking attempts. Just overclock and run NVIDIA Scanner to ensure that the settings are copacetic.

 

NVIDIA DLSS vs TAA Demos + Q&A

Finally, John Gillooly compared the performance of the NVIDIA DLSS against TAA (Temporal Anti-Aliasing). We also had a Q&A session with him about DLSS.

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Where To Purchase The GeForce RTX?

Here are some GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 purchase links in Malaysia :

  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti WindForce OC 11G : RM 5,699
  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming OC 11G : RM 5,799
  • ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Triple Fan : RM 5,379
  • ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP : RM 5,639
  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 WindForce OC 8G : RM 3,899
  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G : RM 3,999
  • ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Blower : RM 3,699
  • ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Twin Fan : RM 3,719
  • ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 AMP : RM 3,859

Here are some GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 purchase links in the US :

  • EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 DT Gaming 11GB : $819.99
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition : $954.00
  • ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 08G Dual Fan OC Edition : $948.99
  • EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming 8G : $949.00
  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8GB : $919.99
  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 WindForce OC 8GB : $789.99
  • ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 AMP 8GB : $839.99

Here are some GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 purchase links in the US :

  • KFA2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti OC Black : £1,703.85
  • ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Dual O8G : £845.87
  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING OC 8G : £984.61
  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 WindForce OC 8G : £983.71
  • PNY GeForce RTX 2080 XLR8 OC Twin Fan : £916.53
  • ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 AMP 8GB : £645.51

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX Presentation Slides

Here is the entire stack of NVIDIA GeForce RTX presentation slides – all 139 of them!

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AMD B450 Chipset Explained with Official AMD Tech Briefing!

We had earlier shared with you our previews of the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI motherboard, as well as the MSI B450 Tomahawk and B450A-Pro motherboards. The AMD B450 chipset powering those motherboards is officially launched today, so yes, you can purchase these motherboards starting today!

In this article, we will share with you the official AMD B450 tech briefing video, as well as the full details and slides on the AMD B450 chipset. Don’t forget to share this with your friends!

 

The Official AMD B450 Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official AMD B450 tech briefing, conducted by Don Woligroski, AMD Business Development and Desktop Processor Marketing.

 

The AMD B450 Chipset Explained!

Needless to say, the AMD B450 chipset uses Socket AM4. That means it will support every AM4 processor from their 7th Gen APUs all the way to the highest-end 2nd Gen Ryzen processors.

Key message : Future AMD desktop processors will use Socket AM4 until 2020, so they will run on your AMD B450 motherboard with a BIOS update.

Because the new AMD B450 chipset can be used with all AMD Ryzen and 2nd Gen Ryzen processors, it can be used in everything from a compact HTPC, all the way to an enthusiast-class gaming PC.

Key message : You can build an AMD gaming PC with a B450 motherboard for as low as US$350 / €300 / RM 1,400!

This table shows you all of the AMD AM4 processor families that are fully compatible with the new AMD B450 chipset. They have “suggested chipsets” for each family, but every AM4 processor will work with the new B450 chipset as well as older AM4 chipsets.

Key message : You will be able to upgrade to multiple generations of processors with a B450 motherboard.

This comparison shows you how much performance headroom you have with the B450 chipset. You can start with a low-cost AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU and eventually upgrade to an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, using the same motherboard.

Key message : Upgrading your AMD processor does not require you to buy a new motherboard!

For a mid-range chipset, the AMD B450 has a number of impressive features. It allows for better memory overclocking and the AMD StoreMI Technology.

Key message : The AMD B450 chipset offers better memory overclocking and a free AMD StoreMI license.

This slide just shows how AMD B450 chipset communicates with the AMD Ryzen processor through four PCI Express 3.0 lanes.

Key message : The AMD B450 chipset offers 24 PCIe Gen 3 lanes with all AMD Ryzen and 2nd Gen Ryzen processors.

This slide reinforces AMD’s messaging that they will continue to use Socket AM4 until 2020.

Key message : The AMD B450 chipset should be able to support another 3 generations of AMD processors, with the necessary BIOS updates.

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The AMD B450 Chipset Explained Part 2

Compared to the X470 chipset, the only thing you are really giving up is CPU PCIe Bifurcation. This is only necessary if you plan to use a M.2 or PCI Express expansion card, like the ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 card we showcased recently… or get maximum performance from two graphics cards.

Key message : The AMD B450 chipset is great value!

This slide shows how AMD offers unlocked processor overclocking, while Intel does not.

Key message : If you want to overclock, get AMD!

This slide shows just how much more affordable the AMD B450 platform is, when paired with the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G APU. If you top up your budget to the same price point, you get the Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, which can process twice the number of threads simultaneously!

Key message : AMD offers better value for comparable performance.

The AMD B450 chipset comes with AMD StoreMI, which combines your solid state drive and hard disk drive with a RAM cache, to create an incredibly fast storage solution.

Key message : AMD B450 motherboards offer a big boost to storage performance.

StoreMI works by intelligently rearranging your files so that the most-frequently used blocks are store on the fastest drive. Best of all – it’s FREE with B450 motherboards!

Key message : AMD B450 motherboards offer a FREE boost in storage performance.

This is not quite a fair comparison, since Optane Memory is a dedicated solid state cache, while StoreMI uses your own SSD. It’s not like AMD is providing you with a fast cache with the B450 motherboards.

Key message : StoreMI gives you a free boost in storage performance… if you have your own SSD.

This slide summarises the price-performance advantage of the AMD B450 platform.

Key message : AMD B450 offers incredible price-performance over competing Intel platforms.

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The Complete AMD B450 Presentation Slides

Here is the complete set of AMD B450 presentation slides for your perusal.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Originally posted @ 2017-06-05

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next Page > Specifications, Prices & Availability, The Threadripper Up Close & Delidded, Earlier Leaks

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Specifications, Prices & Availability

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

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

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

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

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

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

For your convenience, here are some Amazon purchase links :

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

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

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Up Close

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

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

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Delidded

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

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

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

 

Earlier Threadripper Leaks

These were the leaked information we posted earlier :

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

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Box

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

 

Multithreaded CPU Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Threadripper Game Mode

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Complete Huawei P10 Lite Product Briefing

In March, we covered the launch of the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus smartphones. We even shared with you the product briefing of the Huawei P10 Plus and P10. Although Huawei mentioned the P10 Lite, it was only mentioned in passing. That changes with a recent product briefing exclusively focused on the Huawei P10 Lite.

 

The Huawei P10 Lite Product Briefing

In this exclusive media briefing event, Anthoson Liew, a Huawei Product Trainer, gave us an in-depth briefing on the Huawei P10 Lite smartphone.

Here are some key takeaway points :

  • The Huawei P10 Lite is a 5.2″ smartphone with a full HD display (1080 x 1920 pixels, 423 ppi).
  • It has a dual glass design, with Gorilla Glass 3 protection on both sides, and 2.5D edges all around.
  • It also has a full metal frame made out of an aluminium-magnesium alloy, that is anodised and sandblasted.
  • The Huawei P10 Lite is powered by the octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 658 SoC, and comes with 4 GB of LPDDR3 memory and 32 GB of storage.[adrotate banner=”4″]
  • The P10 Lite has a main camera with a 12 MP Sony sensor with f/2.2 lens and LED flash.
  • It has a 3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, which has the 9V / 2A fast charging capability.
  • The fingerprint sensor does not only unlock up to 8 fingerprints in just 0.3 seconds, it can be used as a control surface.
  • The Huawei P10 Lite also supports knuckle sense for easier recording of screenshots, and screen recordings.
  • It also supports other features like split screens (two fingers swipe up), app twinning (for easier management of multiple social media accounts), and app blocking (securing apps using an additional password).

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The AMD Ryzen 5 & Radeon RX 500 Series Tech Briefing

The year 2017 is definitely The Year Of AMD Rising, with the launch of the AMD Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors and the forthcoming launch of AMD Radeon Vega. Even before the Radeon Vega arrives, AMD introduced the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards.

You may have read our previous articles on AMD Ryzen processors, and the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards. If not, check them out below : [adrotate group=”2″]

But in case you are not in the mood for so much reading, James Prior and Korhan Erenben from AMD are here to explain it all to you.

 

The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Briefing

In this video, James Prior, Product Manager for AMD Client Desktop, reveals the key features and benefits of the new AMD Ryzen 5 processors, as well as the AMD AM4 motherboard chipsets.

Here are the key takeaway points :

  • The new AMD Zen core delivers 52% more instructions per clock than the previous generation Excavator core.
  • The AMD Ryzen 7 processors took on the Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processors, delivering better performance at much lower price points.
  • The AMD Ryzen 5 processors, similarly, deliver better performance at lower price points, than their Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake rivals.
  • Unlike Intel Core processors, every AMD Ryzen processor is multiplier-unlocked for overclocking flexibility.
  • All desktop (non-SFF) AMD AM4 chipsets and motherboards feature native USB 3.1 Gen 2 support.
  • The AMD Ryzen 3 series will arrive in 2H 2017.
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The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Tech Briefing

In this video, Korhan Erenben, Channel Business Development Manager for AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group, explains the value proposition of the new Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards.

Here are the key takeaway points :

  • Dubbed Polaris Evolved, the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series is targeted at gamers with older (pre-2016) graphics cards.
  • The Radeon RX 500 Series offers the latest 14 nm FinFET process technology, higher clock speeds, hardware H.265 encoding and decoding capability, as well as enhanced idle and multi-monitor efficiency through Radeon Chill and Radeon FreeSync.
  • Radeon Chill improves response times while reducing power consumption and thermal output of AMD Radeon graphics cards.
  • Radeon ReLive, that was introduced recently, is an end-to-end recording and streaming software supports all of the top streaming codecs.
  • Radeon ReLive is GPU-optimised and allows for smooth game streaming without stuttering.

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The ZTE Blade V8 Price, Specifications & Preview

The new ZTE Blade V8 (Amazon | Lazada) smartphone was officially launched today. Designed with the youth market in mind, the Blade V8 comes with a dual-lens camera that not only produces better bokeh, it is also capable of taking 3D photos and videos. Let’s check it out in greater detail!

 

The ZTE Blade V8 Smartphone

The ZTE Blade V8 (Amazon | Lazada) is a 5.2″ smartphone that runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, and is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435. It comes with 3 GB of memory and 32 GB of internal flash storage. If that’s not enough, you can add storage using a microSD card (up to 128 GB).

The ZTE Blade V8’s killer feature is the main camera, which is 3D capable, thanks to the second 2 MP camera placed away from the main 13 MP camera. This gives the camera enough stereoscopic capability to produce 3D pictures and videos. It can also improve the bokeh in normal 2D photos, and adds a refocus mode, which allows you to change the focus in the picture after you have taken it.

Its front camera is no slouch either. It boasts the same 13 MP Sony IMX258 sensor used by the main camera, paired with a f/2.2 lens, and supported by a Moonlight flash. What is a Moonlight flash? It’s actually a dedicated LED flash, with a softer glow to avoid harsh highlights when you take selfies.

 

The ZTE Blade V8 Specifications

SpecificationsZTE Blade V8
Display5.2" full HD IPS display, with 2.D edge glass cover
- 1080 x 1920 pixels, 424 ppi
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZTE MiFavor UI 4.2
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 435
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 505
Memory3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (800 MHz)
Storage32 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB), shared with SIM2
Front Camera13 MP Sony IMX258 sensor with f/2.2 lens
- supports PDAF technology and Moonlight flash
Main CameraDual-lens camera capable of taking 3D pictures and videos
- 13 MP Sony IMX258 sensor with f/2.0 lens + 2 MP sensor
- supports PDAF and single LED flash
ConnectivityGSM : 2G / 3G / 4G LTE
WiFi : 802.11/b/g/n
Bluetooth : v4.1
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
- dual nano SIM slots (hybrid SIM)
- SIM2 shared with microSD card
- SIM1 : 4G, SIM2 : 3G
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated into Home sensor
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light, Compass, Gyroscope, Hall sensor
FM RadioYes
Battery2730 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Dimensions71.5 mm wide x 148.4 mm tall x 7.7 mm thick
Available ColoursGrey / Rose Gold

 

The ZTE Blade V8 Price & Availability

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The ZTE Blade V8 (Amazon | Lazada) is priced at RM 999 (inclusive of GST) / ~US$ 219. It is available in the Grey colour option right now, with the Rose Gold option coming in only in June 2017.

Every ZTE Blade V8 (Amazon | Lazada) will come with a TPU case and screen protector. But those purchasing their Blade V8 online will also receive a flip case, in addition to the standard freebies (TPU case and screen protector).

 

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Joe Macri : The Disruptive Nature of AMD Ryzen

Last week, AMD Corporate Vice President, Product Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Fellow, Joe Macri, flew in to brief us on the disruptive nature of the new AMD Ryzen processors. Join us for his full tech briefing!

If you are wondering why Adam Kozak, Radeon Product Marketing Manager (far left), is here as well, check out his presentation on the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards! 😀

 

The Disruptive Nature of Ryzen

Joe Macri’s presentation is actually titled “The New Era“, but we think it more accurately describes the disruptive nature of the new Ryzen processors. Not only has the Ryzen proven to be a real winner, it has also fired up interest in desktop computing that has never been seen in many years hence.

Here are the key takeaway points :

  • Moore’s law has slowed down, so the industry is evolving to “Moore’s Law+” with new process technology, microarchitecture, integration technology and software.
  • Despite the increase in computing power, we are still far from achieving 1000 TFLOPS required to achieve full presence capability.
  • The AMD Zen core delivers an increase in IPC (instructions per clock) of more than 52% over the previous microarchitecture.[adrotate banner=”4″]
  • The AMD Zen core also delivers 10% better area efficiency than the 7th Generation Intel Core processor (codenamed Kaby Lake).
  • The AMD Zen core delivers 270% better Cinebench multi-core performance / watt over its predecessor.
  • AMD has design teams working on the Zen 2 and Zen 3 cores, just as they have teams working on the Navi GPU that will come after this year’s Vega GPU.
  • AMD is focused on open solutions for heterogenous computing, like the HSA Foundation, Radeon Open Compute (ROCm) and the open interconnect standards.

 

The Presentation Slides

 

Other Ryzen-Related Articles

Don’t forget to also read our other Ryzen-related articles :

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