Several custom RX5700 cards from several manufacturers are said to be going on sale during August. Release begins next week.
Primarily, they have custom cooling for overclocking and interesting visual appearances. Some are said to have custom circuit boards.
As previously noted, my "stock" RX5700XT 50th Anniversary "reference card" actually runs up to 2040MHz during benchmarks with no added overclock. Its factory overclocked relative to the standard RX5700XT -- the overclock is not large. Its quiet in normal gaming use. I understand AMD purposely made it that way. During benchmarking, when running over 1950MHz, I can barely hear it over case fans -- just the sound of air moving to my ears -- not fan-whine. But, my hearing is substandard. Just reference info FWIW.
The linked site has some articles with pictures and preliminary descriptions. Test reports should be coming later this month.
AMD has released the second generation of its processor chip for data centres and said that it had already landed Alphabet, Google and Twitter as customers.
AMD’s newest generation of server chip, called EPYC, uses a new chip-making technology from its contract manufacturers that helps the chips have better performance while consuming less power.
AMD has tried to take advantage of Intel's production delays in moving to new technology by poaching some of Intel’s biggest customers, such as Google.
Moorhead said in a research note that almost every large business he talks to “wants more competition in the space to accelerate innovation and lower costs. With that said, none of these customers would adopt AMD if it didn’t have some advantages”.
the RX 5700 series uses a network of thermal sensors which are distributed across the entire GPU rather than a single sensor. This allows the GPU to adjust and raise the GPU clock until any one of the sensors hits the so-called "hotspot" or "junction" temperature of 110C. AMD also claims that "operating at up to 110C Junction Temperature during typical gaming usage is expected and within spec"
I noticed the "seemingly high" temperatures when stress testing my card. It became obvious that AMD was merely measuring temperature much more accurately than normal for past CPUs and GPUs. That allowed my card to run at up to 2040MHz -- even though the advertised maximum boost was under 2000MHz. The higher measured/permitted temperatures are actually a feature, not a bug.
I will be interested to read how Minecraft players react long term. With ray tracing, Minecraft no longer looks like the game it has been for many years. Of course, folks are not required to buy a ray tracing card to play.
AMD has settled a false advertising lawsuit that was launched in the US in 2015 by writing a $12.1 million cheque
AMD was accused of false advertising, fraud, breach of express warrant, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment.
[Lawsuit argued that AMD Bulldozer 8-core] could not perform eight [floating point] calculations simultaneously and should have been described and advertised as a 4-core chip.
Each customer who bought a bulldozer chip will get $35 per chip bought.
As noted by a response to the Article:
It's not that simple as "it should have been described and advertised as a 4-core chip", it performed as a 4-core chip on floating point tasks, and as a 8-core chip on integer tasks.
AMD designed Bulldozer that way because it believed most uses emphasized "integer" calculations and "floating point" was only used occasionally during a program. To AMD it was a logical design choice to increase CPU operating frequency. I think they may have intended to get to clocks in the 6GHz to 8GHz range eventually.
Nonetheless, even I (an AMD fan) believed Bulldozer took the wrong approach. Materials Science and materials for integrated circuits (CPUs) being one of my Engineering Science specialties, I realized practical-desktop PC GHz much above 5GHz was not too feasible with Silicon (I posted a "joke" video on this site making fun of Bulldozer when it came out). As we all know, AMD lost hundreds of millions due to low CPU sales for several years.
As noted in the previous post, AMD took the wrong engineering/design direction with Bulldozer CPUs. We also know AMD did it right with Ryzen CPUs. The following is a rumor for now -- but, probably has some truth.
AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper ‘Sharkstooth’ With 32 Zen 2 Cores Spotted Again – Destroys The Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX & Intel W-3175X CPUs
AMD’s 3rd Generation Ryzen Threadripper made a surprise appearance a few weeks in Geekbench database. Codenamed ‘Sharkstooth’, the 32 core processor based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture showed a massive performance increase compared to existing flagship HEDT processors.
the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper part scored 5523 points in single-core and 68,576 in the multi-core test. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX at its stock frequencies scores around 4800 points in single-core and 36,000 points in multi-core tests. The Intel W-3175X scores 5148 points in single-core and 38,000 points in multi-core tests.
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series family is expected to debut in the second half of 2019.
Multi-core performance is why one buys a Threadripper.
AMD Overtakes NVIDIA In GPU Market Share For The First Time Since Q3 2014 – Jon Peddie Research
This is absolutely great news for the company and something that hasn’t happened for well over 5 years. In fact, the last time AMD was on top was back in the third quarter of 2014.
considering NVIDIA launched SUPER variants during this quarter and their shipments were mostly flat, it would seem the new [Nvidia] lineup has not been well received
Considering [Nvidia's] Jensen loves being the top dog around, I can only assume that this will give [Nvidia] ample impetus to .. start a price/tech war [with AMD]. Which is good news for the consumer because that’s when they win.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 [7nm] CPU Appears in UserBenchmark – 32 Zen 2 Cores at Up To 4.2 GHz, Up To 30% Faster in Multi-Threaded Workload
After multiple appearances in the Geekbench benchmark database, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series 32 core processor has also shown up in UserBenchmark. The latest performance for the processor reveals a huge jump compared to the existing Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 32 core in multi-threaded workloads and also much better single-threaded performance.
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series lineup is scheduled to be announced later this year as revealed by AMD’s CEO, Lisa Su, herself.
AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs are killing it in the German market in their 2nd month since release as revealed in the latest market share report by one of Germany’s biggest hardware & PC retailer, Mindfactory
According to the latest statistics, the AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU amounted for 78% of the total CPU sold over at the retailer compared to just 22% Intel CPU sales. The actual sales were around 18000 units while less than 5000 Intel CPUs were sold. The numbers are close to last month where AMD Ryzen 3000 in their first month managed to make up 79% of the sales figures.
As noted in the attached, some folks were not getting full advertised boost. I'm getting 4460 boost vs 4500 advertised max boost (close enough for me). More importantly, I get 4260MHz on all cores for prolonged stress testing vs. 3900 advertised base -- while remaining within wattage -- that was more important to me. However, we'll be getting a bit more boost, it seems.
Motherboard BIOSs will need updating. The updates are not expected for a month or two (depending on MB).
Intel Finally Admits It Lost Market Share To AMD, Vows To Get More Aggressive
[Intel's] Jason Grebe, Corporate Vice President, General manager Cloud Platforms and Technology Group, speaking to an analyst at the Citi Global Tech Conference confirmed that Intel had lost some market share to AMD and highlighted further challenges that the company will have to tackle to maintain its majority share of the market.
Intel is finally taking its competition seriously and the only one that wins in a case where all three companies [Intel, Nvidia, AMD] engage in a price war is the consumer.
Over the last couple years, its been reported that Intel has "cut corners" on security to make their CPUs run a bit faster (multiple corners cut). They started doing this many years ago. This is just another case of corner cutting. Normally, the fixes slow the Intel CPUs down measurably. Current and old Intel CPUs share the same issues (usually).
These issues do not affect gamers -- unless they install the fixes. But, it does negatively affect sales to commercial users. I assume some (or all) of the issues will be truly eliminated in Intel 7nm.
AMD Delays Ryzen 9 3950X [16core/32thread Gaming CPU] Until November
[Via AMD] 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.
Initially, it was supposed to launch by September 30.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 HEDT ‘Initial’ CPUs Officially Launching in November – 24 Zen 2 Cores, Dominant Multi-Tasking Performance & The Most Feature-Rich HEDT Platform
AMD has officially confirmed that they will be introducing their Ryzen Threadripper 3000 CPUs in November 2019. The news comes alongside the announcement that the Ryzen 9 3950X flagship processor has been pushed back to November so that AMD can launch both high-end processor series in volume.
Initial Lineup Optimized For Gamers and Enthusiasts With 24 Cores