AMD RDNA 2 to support Microsoft DirectX 12 Ultimate
Today AMD announced that their upcoming RDNA 2 architecture, the backbone of next-generation gaming consoles (Sony PlayStation 5 and XBOX Series X) and upcoming Radeon RX Navi 2X graphics card will support DirectX 12 Ultimate, Microsoft’s latest iteration of its low-level API.
The DirectX 12 Ultimate supports DirectX Raytracing 1.1, a new version of DXR featuring new capabilities such as inline ray tracing. The DX12U will also support Variable Rate Shading, technology already supported by NVIDIA Turing and Intel Gen11 Graphics.
AMD will release Raytracing capability. Meantime, here is the first Youtube Video of AMD Raytracing. Everything in the scene has a "mirror" finish.
PCs, Microsoft and Sony consoles will feature AMD raytracing. Hopefully, at good FPS and 4K on the PC -- without spending $1000 on a GPU. We'll see on that one.
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U ‘Zen 2’ CPU & Radeon RX 5300M ‘Navi’ GPU Powered Microsoft Surface Notebook Spotted
AMD To Power Upcoming Microsoft Surface Book 3 With Its Zen 2 Ryzen 4000 CPU & Navi Based Radeon RX Discrete Graphics
Microsoft Surface Book 3 was originally slated for launch sometime in the Spring of 2020 but keeping in view the current situation (COVID-19), I believe that Microsoft would definitely move the launch back by a few months.
AMD's Big Navi and Xbox Series X GPU 'Arden' Source Code Stolen and Leaked
AMD posted a press release to its website today announcing that it had found stolen graphics IP posted online .. Torrentfreak claims to have contacted the hacker responsible, who claims the information is worth $100 million and is seeking bidders.
If she doesn't get a buyer, she says she will just "leak everything."
AMD says the leaked information is not core to its competitiveness and is taking legal actions to remedy the situation
Actually, I don't take crime lightly. Hopefully, the bad gal winds up being appropriately punished.
Update 3/26/20 5:30am PT: The hacker has now posted a second Github repository with "proof" of the hack, again soliciting bidders for AMD's proprietary IP. We contacted the hacker, who confirmed the system was hacked remotely. However, the individual refused to provide further details.
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What does Intel’s server platform cancellation mean?
Intel’s server prospects just went from noncompetitive to dire with their latest platform cancellation.
This mainstream platform, not a niche variant, shows exactly how untenable Intel’s server roadmap is. .. Intel knows they have no chance to beat AMD until after their 2022 platform so how can things get worse?
AMD has a couple years to secure its Future in the server market -- provided AMD designs work as planned. Then, the competition will be back.
AMD ships 10 times as many motherboards as Intel per latest Mindfactory data
Recent Mindfactory data indicates that AMD has sold 10 times as many motherboards as Intel over the last week. This aligns with previous numbers for Ryzen processors and cements their lead over a beleaguered Intel.
These figures only underscore the extent to which AMD has overturned the consumer CPU market with its Ryzen 3000 lineup. By delivering better performance-including in games-and a higher core and thread count at virtually every price point, AMD delivered a product line that consumers just could not overlook.
In write ups on various sites, the high end (gaming) Intel 10th generation offers a few percent real improvement over the Intel 9th generation.
In most Intel laptops, that 5.3GHz only lasts a few seconds before it over heats. To keep the power & heat acceptable, the Intel 10th generation laptop CPUs are clocked way down most of the time.
In testing the high end AMD 4000H and 4000HS CPU laptops seem to have the upper hand for virtually all uses -- including games -- but gaming depends on the GPU in the laptop. AMD has higher maintainable clocks, run cool, etc.
Still, as the articles point out, most folks will buy the Intel 10th generation high end gaming laptops -- they tend to have the high end Nvidia GPUs. So, if you are in the market, read the Laptop test reports to find the right Intel laptop.
Unannounced AMD Ryzen  4000 Flagship Coming to a Laptop Near You
You can expect the upcoming flagship to arrive with eight cores, 16 threads and 12MB of total cache. At the end of the day, the higher clock speeds on the Ryzen 9 4900U will ultimately set it apart from the Ryzen 7 4800U.
the Ryzen 9 4900U is expected to come with .. boost clock, such as 4.3 GHz or more.
Attachment may show wrong Ryzen 9 4900 clock speed. Its supposed to be higher than 4800.
TSMC's 5nm Is Still On Schedule, But 3nm Is Delayed With The Inability To Find Equipment In The Pandemic
The delay for 3nm is said to be 6 months but could be delayed more because of our current situation in the world. According to media reports, the 6 months puts back the tooling of the factory and the trial period, which leaves it to start in December.
No production [3nm] chips are expected before 2022.
AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs might support AM4 motherboards
Laptop maker XMG claims that AMD’s Ryzen 4000 ‘Vermeer’ desktop processors will be compatible with existing AM4 motherboards.
So while AMD's AM4 platform would support all four generations of AMD’s Ryzen processors. Intel's10th-generation Comet Lake-S lineup rumored to require a new 400-series motherboard built around the new LGA 1200 socket.
However it does look like the Ryzen 4000 series will be the last-generation of Zen-based processors to be built around the AM4 socket,
Rumours suggest that new processors will tip up in August or September.
Just as we were discussing B450 motherboard support for Ryzen 4000 series, Wccftech has reported on the B550 launch date. According to the site, the B550 motherboards will launch on June 16th with an announcement expected on May 21st.
AMD B550 Motherboards To Launch on 16th June – Cost-effective PCIe Gen 4 Options For Ryzen 3000 CPUs
Not much going on and not much expected until Fall 2020. Then, AMD and Nvidia plan to make it interesting. Parenthetically, Intel probably won't get a significant gaming upgrade until late 2021 -- so, Intel fans can stick with what they have now.
Unless one's gaming PC breaks and needs fixing/replacing, most should wait for the updated hardware scheduled for Fall release.
However, if one is stuck in the house during the pandemic (I raise my hand), one might do a build for fun (I won't -- I'll wait).
Before the Pandemic, TSMC did not have much (or any) "excess capacity". I was wondering if AMD would find that a problem.
NVIDIA And AMD Just Bought Up All Excess Capacity At TSMC For Next Generation GPUs And CPUs
While the Coronavirus has the business world reeling, NVIDIA and AMD have both swooped in and purchased excess capacity at TSMC
Since both NVIDIA and AMD are fab-less design houses there is always a concern whether TSMC can spare capacity (everyone knows Apple is their darling) but it looks like the COVID19 has swung things in their favor as both companies have been gobbling up space yielded by other customers.
Right now, HiSilicon and Qualcomm are both above AMD, but [AMD] is set to become TSMC's largest 7nm customer by 2H 2020, dethroning Qualcomm, and HiSilicon.
NVIDIA has taken a lot of the capacity at TSMC as well
Intel has repeatedly targeted a 2020 release, and all indications are that it's still on track for that. Coronavirus delays might push things back a bit, but given that Intel is primarily responsible for the manufacture of the GPUs, hopefully late summer or early fall 2020 will still happen.
As previously noted, Intel 10nm will not be aimed at gaming. But, the CPUs are coming.
ntel Announces Tiger Lake Coming Mid-Year, 10nm Ramp Accelerating
10nm+ still won’t be capable of matching Intel’s 14nm silicon for high-power desktop chips. Intel has never talked about launching any desktop CPUs on either the 10nm or 10nm+ process nodes
The firm is building up a large reservoir of parts before it launches these CPUs — roughly 2x as much as it massed before launching Ice Lake. The goal is to ship those parts in Q3 and possibly Q4 to make sure any level of demand can be met.