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AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: Zen+ or Zen 2? (Source: Userbenchmark)

AMD Ryzen 7 3700U rears its head in first benchmarks, throws up the Zen+ or Zen 2 conundrum

References to a new AMD APU, the Ryzen 7 3700U, have been spotted online leading to speculation as to whether this could be a Zen+ or a Zen 2 part. The Ryzen 7 3700U sports the same clocks and core counts as the Ryzen 7 2700U and ...
Zen 2 is AMD's latest CPU architecture and its greatest boasts are its architectural revamps, chiplet technology, and 7nm node tech. (Source: Forbes)

AMD claims Zen 2 has 29% higher IPC than Zen 1 in certain workloads

Updated | Buried deep within the footnotes of AMD's announcement of Rome, it seems AMD is claiming an IPC improvement of about 29% when comparing Zen 2 to Zen 1. AMD did not disclose exactly how much more IPC Zen 2 had over Zen 1,...
The 7nm Vega 20 architecture. (Source: AMD)

New AMD Radeon Instinct line-up with 7nm Vega GPU released

AMD's Radeon Instinct series are HPC GPUs for applications such as deep learning, science, financial services and other extremely high-performance areas. As promised, its latest models (the MI50 and MI60) come with 7-nanometer Veg...
TSMC's 7nm has been in the news recently thanks to AMD announcing new CPUs and GPUs based on the 7nm process to come out in 2018 and 2019. (Source: TSMC)

TSMC's new 7nm gains almost global adoption; semiconductor company optimistic about 2019

While TSMC's new 7nm is already quite popular, being the basis for several processors from companies AMD, Apple, and Huawei, even more are announcing that they too will be fabricating their products at TSMC using their new process...
AMD's Zen 4 microarchitecture is currently in development. (Source: Anandtech)

AMD's Zen 4 microarchitecture is currently under development

AMD hinted during its recently concluded Next Horizon Event that the Zen 4 microarchitecture is in the design phase. No further details were revealed but chances are that it will be using an advanced node for this architecture tha...
AMD finally revealed its Rome CPU, which confirmed rumors that it would feature 8 dies and a total of 64 Zen 2 cores. (Source: Anandtech)

AMD's Next Horizon Event: 7nm, Zen 2, Epyc, and Vega

AMD's Next Horizon event held yesterday was important for not only AMD's datacenter business but also for the company as a whole. AMD finally has revealed key information on Zen 2, Rome, the 7nm, new Vega GPUs, and what it means f...
AMD is currently leading the core count per processor with 32-core chips, but Intel is looking to top that with 48-core chips by 2020.  (Source: Intel)

Intel presents 48-core Cascade Lake-AP Xeon CPUs

Intel may look like it is doing well right now, but the production problems will hit it hard in 2019. AMD ill not cut it any slack and will hit hard with the new 7 nm CPUs, but Intel has some retaliation plans, at least on the ser...
Two more new Threadrippers have been released. (Source:

The AMD Ryzen Threadrippers 2920X and 2970WX have been released for sale

The Threadripper 2970X and 2990WX flagship processors for this year have already been released. Now, their more 'mid-range' counterparts are available. They have been shown to compete well with some Intel HEDT and workstation CPUs...
AMD's GPU sector has taken a serious hit, but the CPU side is stronger than ever. (Source: Network World)

AMD's shares drop 24% after Q3 earnings report

AMD is now feeling the full hit of the GPU-based crypto mining decline that started back in Q1. Instead of a projected US$50 million downturn in GPU sales, the red team reported losses of US$150 million, thus triggering a share dr...
HP 17 (Ryzen 5 2500U, FHD, IPS, Vega 8) Review

79% HP 17 (Ryzen 5 2500U, FHD, IPS, Vega 8) Review

AMD-only. After some mixed reviews of their first version HP has now released a new HP 17 with all-out AMD components and an IPS panel. It does certainly offer some improvements, but does not come without any backlash.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 17.3" | 2.5 kg
Despite repeated delays, the 10 nm node seems to be alive and well, according to Intel. (Source: Anandtech)

Intel denies rumors concerning the death of its 10 nm node

The 10 nm process gave Intel quite a bit of a headache in the past few years. It was supposed to arrive in 2017 initially, but the fabrication process had to be delayed because of design problems, and it looks like Intel may not b...
Honor Magicbook (Intel 8250U vs. AMD 2500U) Laptop Review

86% Honor Magicbook (Intel 8250U vs. AMD 2500U) Laptop Review

Looking for the magic... Honor has been a well-established smartphone manufacturer in Europe for some time now. The Huawei brand also carries a notebook as of late, although it is only available in Asia for the time being. We have procured not one but two variants of the Honor Magicbook and put Intel up against AMD.
Intel Core i5-8250U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 14" | 1.4 kg
The jump form 12 nm to 7 nm should bring serious performance boosts for the Ryzen 3000 CPUs. (Source: AMD)

AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs to get outstanding performance bump over Ryzen 2000 models

The Ryzen 2000 series still delivered decent performance gains over the original Ryzen models, even if the shrinking process was minimal. With the jump from 12 nm to 7 nm, the IPC boost is expected to be almost 5 times greater, at...
A new BIOS update is now available for the Acer Swift 3 powered by AMD Ryzen.

Acer Swift 3 powered by AMD Ryzen gets BIOS update to remove 256 MB VRAM limitation

A BIOS update is now available for Acer Swift 3 SF315-41 series laptops powered by mobile AMD Ryzen APUs that updates the AMD SMU version to 2.11. This removes the 256 MB VRAM limitation for the integrated Vega GPU and allows it a...
While Intel's newest i9 9900k may be the "world's fastest gaming processor," few were denying it anyways. (Source: Digiworthy)

2700X gains ground on the 9900k in Principled Technologies's retests, Intel claims the 9900k is still the world's best gaming CPU

Following severe backlash over what has been described as "incompetent" benchmarking, Principled Technologies retested their AMD CPUs with creator mode. In their new results, the 2700X narrowed the gap between the 9900k down to ab...
8700k prices in the UK have skyrocketed to above £450 since August, which is about 40% higher than usual. (Source: PCPartPicker)

HP and Lenovo executives say Intel's CPU shortage will continue for 6 more months

The industry is one month into a shortage of 14nm CPUs from Intel, and according to HP CEO Dion Weisler and Lenovo COO Gianfranco Lanci this will continue for another 6 months. They have recommended AMD as an alternative thanks to...
Principled Technologies enabled "Game Mode" on its R7 2700X, which cuts down the 8 core processor to a 4 core processor, causing severe CPU bottlenecks in some cases. (Source: Hardware Unboxed)

Principled Technologies responds to criticism of its i9 9900k study

After scathing criticism coming from GamersNexus's Steve Burke and Hardware Unboxed's Steve Walton, Principled Technologies has made statements and defended its i9 9900k performance study. The company said "we are confident in ou...
Walton's frustration with Intel is even visible in the thumbnail of his video titled "Intel's New Low." (Source: Hardware Unboxed)

Update | Intel's commissioned 9900k benchmarks have serious flaws, says PC hardware reviewer

When Intel commissioned Principled Technologies to benchmark its as of yet unreleased i9 9900k CPU, many voices in the tech press spoke out against such a practice, such as Steve Walton, saying it "undermines what we do." Now, mor...
This is a photo taken by Gtx9 that shows Cinebench actually rendering the image with a 256 thread CPU. (Source: Chiphell)

Chiphell leaks another apparent AMD "Rome" Cinebench score, this time with some proof

About a month ago, Chiphell user Gtx9 leaked what he alleged was a Cinebench score of AMD's "Rome" server architecture. As Cinebench scores are easily manipulated, the weight behind Chiphell's leak was very weak. However, Gtx9 has...
The second-generation Ryzen Threadripper 12-core and 24-core chips will be released on October 29. (Source: AMD)

AMD 12- and 24-core Threadripper 2 chips to hit the market on October 29

AMD has announced that its 12- and 24-core Ryzen 2 Threadripper chips will be available on October 29. The new chips are counterparts to the more expensive 16- and 32-core chips in the Threadripper lineup and will appeal to enthus...
AMD should showcase the Ryzen 3000 CPUs together with the upcoming Threadripper 3000-series and the EPYC "Rome" server processors.  (Source: AMD)

AMD will showcase the first 7 nm Ryzen 3000 CPUs at CES 2019

AMD has a very favorable position on the CPU market, especially now that Intel is going through rougher times caused by shortages. The red team should be able to increase the market share with the release of its 7 nm Ryzen 3000, T...
HP Pavilion 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, Vega 8) Laptop Review

80% HP Pavilion 15 (AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, Vega 8) Laptop Review

Pavilion goes Ryzen. In comparison to Intel models, AMD Ryzen processors are still rare in the mobile laptop market. This makes it even more interesting for us to have an AMD-powered HP in our office.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
The 7nm Zen 2 CPUs will be launched in 2019 under the Ryzen 3000-series moniker. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 3000-series 7 nm CPUs already tested internally

Sources claim that a few Ryzen 3000-series CPU samples have arrived at Radeon Technologies Group in order to tune the GPU drivers for the new interconnects. Tests have revealed that the upcoming CPUs are faster than the i7-8700K f...
The 14nm process is the basis for all of Intel's newest CPUs, and even all the way back to its 2015 Skylake based products. (Source: Digiworthy)

Prices for Intel's 8700k CPU have reached $399 on major retailers due to CPU shortage

While the 14nm CPU shortage did not initially affect US retailers, it has become clear that it finally has. Intel's flagship 8700k CPU has gone from $350 to $399 in under a month, which is nearly a 15% increase in price.
The weekly roundup - GeForce RTX prices going up and more Pixel 3 rumors (Image source: Nvidia)

The weekly roundup - GeForce RTX prices going up and more Pixel 3 rumors

Aside from a couple of Samsung smartphones catching fire, the week has been slow in terms of rumors and releases. Just a couple of noteworthy new laptops are launching while everyone else is left wondering what new smartphones Goo...
Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15-ARR

71% Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR (Ryzen 3 2200U, Vega 3) Laptop Review

Affordable Ryzen notebook. Lenovo's IdeaPad 330 offers a DVD drive, supports quick-charge and it has an AMD CPU. However, some corners were cut for it to cost only $430. This has affected the case quality and display. Find out what else the IdeaPad 330 has to hide in our review.
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
The teaser features just a flash of Gigabyte's upcoming premium motherboard. (Source: VideoCardz)

Gigabyte AORUS teases new motherboard for October 8; Z390 launch in October?

The official Gigabyte AORUS Twitter published a 10 second long teaser video advertising a new motherboard. The implication seems to be that the Z390 chipset (and perhaps 9th generation Intel CPUs) are coming in early October.
Image: AMD

AMD lists the new Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H mobile CPUs

AMD has listed a couple new CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600H and Ryzen 7 2800H. Both chips are definite upgrades over the Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U, respectively, but their 45 W nominal TDP suggests that they will be used in gaming l...
HP EliteBook 735 G5

86% HP EliteBook 735 G5 (7 2700U, Vega 10) Laptop Review

Powerful subnotebook. The EliteBook 735 G5 is the smallest model of HP's AMD-exclusive business notebooks. Although it performed well in our tests, the capabilities of the Ryzen APU were not exhausted. In this review, we show why the EliteBook 735 G5 is a great business laptop regardless.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
The new Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 CPUs will only be found in complete PCs like this one. (Source: Acer)

Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X are not available for custom builds

The 2300X and 2500X are AMD's newest Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 CPUs, respectively. They boost to 4.0GHz support all-core overclocking. Therefore, they may be seen as promising for starter or modest builds. However, both processors have ...
The ZhongShan Subor Z+ sports a very capable Ryzen+Vega SoC. (Source: AMD)

Zhongshan Subor Z+'s custom Ryzen+Vega SoC has more GPU compute power than the Intel 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8809G

Sporting a custom Ryzen SoC with integrated Vega graphics up to 24 CUs clocked at 1300 MHz, the Zhongshan Subor Z+ is a small form factor PC that tries to offer a console-like experience along with the flexibility of using a tradi...
The alleged CPU's score of 12587 in Cinebench R15 is the highest score ever recorded, assuming this leak is accurate. (Source: Chiphell)

Chiphell publishes alleged AMD "Rome" Cinebench score

Chiphell, a Chinese website well known for its tech rumors and speculation, has taken a screenshot of what is apparently the Cinebench score of AMD's upcoming "Rome" 64 core server CPU, which is based on the yet unreleased Zen 2 a...
Intel may run short of processors later this year. (Source: Wccftech)

JP Morgan: Intel is running short of CPUs for sale

Intel will not have enough chips to satisfy demand during the upcoming holiday season. This is part of a recent prediction by a JP Morgan analyst. The analysis may take factors such as the long-awaited switch to 10nm chipsets by t...
The X processors have a higher TDP as they support overclocking, while the E processors have a lower TDP and have the Precision Boost Overdrive disabled. (Source: AMD)

AMD intros Ryzen 2700E, 2600E, 2500X and 2300X CPUs

The Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X were spoiled a few months ago and were known to have the frequency multiplier unlocked for overclocking. On the other hand, the Ryzen 7 2700E and Ryzen 5 2600E are totally new additions designed...
Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15 (Ryzen 5 2500U) Laptop Review

74% Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15 (Ryzen 5 2500U) Laptop Review

Heavy throttler. The affordable Ryzen-powered laptop starts at just $330 USD with options up to the Ryzen 7 2700U and FHD display. Unfortunately, CPU throttling means owners won't benefit from the full performance of the hardware.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Intel's first 8-core mainstream CPUs get a decent performance boost. (Source: ExtremeTech)

Intel Core gen 9 CPU series performance surfaces on Geekbench

The Geekbench scores place Intel's gen 9 CPUs ahead of the AMD competition, but the success of these chips will also depend on the launch prices. AMD's Ryzen 2 CPUs are selling like hot cakes due to a very good price/performance r...
The X399 chipset now supports both the first and the second gen Threadripper CPUs, but it looks like the third gen may require a new chipset. (Source: PC Games)

AMD could announce X499 HEDT platform for upcoming Threadripper CPUs at CES 2019

AMD looks prepared to update each of its mainstream and HEDT CPU lineups annually, and the third gen processors coming next year will most likely need a new chipset, since the red team is making the jump to 10 nm and even 7 nm. Th...
Due to several inconsistencies in this screenshot, one may conclude that this is a faked benchmark result. (Source: El Chapuzas Informatico)

Spanish website leaks alleged R7 2800X, but it is almost certainly a fake

El Chapuzas Informatico has leaked what they claim is the Cinebench score of a Ryzen 7 2800X. However, several inconsistencies within the screenshot of the score and the idea of a 10 core Ryzen CPU reveal that this leak is almost ...
AMD Athlon 200GE series will target entry-level PC users. (Source: AMD)

AMD takes on the Intel Pentium Gold G4560 with the Athlon 200GE for just US$55

AMD has announced the new entry-level Athlon 200GE series CPUs to take on Intel's Pentium Gold offerings. AMD is pegging the Athlon 200GE series as a CPU for everyday PCs and comes with integrated Radeon Vega graphics with 3 CUs a...
HWInfo drawing a blank TDP for the Ryzen 7 2700U-powered Lenovo Ideapad 720s (Source: Own)

AMD recommends uProf tool instead of HWInfo or AIDA64

According to AMD, third-party analytical tools may not be giving correct information on Raven Ridge SoCs like the Ryzen 5 2500U or Ryzen 7 2700U. It's unknown if popular tools like HWInfo or AIDA64 would ever be updated to fully s...
QNAP TS-x77XU rackmount NAS now official with AMD Ryzen inside (Source: QNAP Systems)

QNAP intros the TS-x77XU NAS lineup with AMD Ryzen inside

The new TS-x77XU lineup targets enterprise customers with no less than 8 rackmount NAS models. Most of these models come with redundant power supply units and use AMD Ryzen processors. Depending on the model chosen, the processor ...
The Intel Core i7-9700K has posted impressive scores on Geekbench. (Source: Pinterest)

Core i7-9700K: OC’d to 5.3GHz on air; Geekbench scores released

The Intel Core i7-9700K may seem comparable to the i7-8700K in many ways. However, it can be boosted up to 4.9GHz (albeit on one core only). The i7-9700K has also recently exhibited the ability to OC up to 5.3GHz on air and beat t...
HP ProBook 645 G4 (Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

84% HP ProBook 645 G4 (Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Up in the air. The ProBook 645 G4 comes with a powerful AMD APU, good input devices and a fast NVMe SSD. Despite its 900 to1000-Euro (~$1051 to $1167) price tag, the device is not free of flaws: The notebook has poor battery life and a dim display with a poor contrast ratio.
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 14" | 1.7 kg
Jim Anderson was the face of many product launches for AMD, such as Threadripper 2. (Source: Tech Report)

AMD SVP and General Manager of Computing and Graphics Jim Anderson resigns to become CEO at Lattice Semiconductor

Having stayed at the company for over 3 years, Jim Anderson has left AMD and will be replaced by Saeid Moshkelani. Anderson entered AMD before the Ryzen launch in order to help with client sales, and since opportunities to advance...
The Threadripper 1920X is the best deal of the three first gen CPUs, with price cuts of up to 50%. (Source:

First gen AMD Threadripper CPUs getting significant price cuts

After almost twoo weeks from the official launch of the Threadripper 2000-series, AMD finally decided to slash the prices for the first generation Threadrippers. The best deal of all three processors seems to be the 1920X, which g...
Until recently, GlobalFoundries' 7nm process was expected to be used at AMD for some of their products. (Source: GlobalFoundries)

GlobalFoundries ceases all development on 7nm process; AMD to exclusively use TSMC for 7nm

Today GlobalFoundries, one of the world's most important silicon foundries, announced that it would no longer be working towards its 7nm process which was rumored to be used by AMD for some of its 7nm products. AMD will now be usi...
Meltdown and Spectre were revealed early this year as exploits and hardware level patches are soon to come. (Source:TheHackerNews)

Intel reveals details on its newest Cascade Lake architecture

At Hot Chips 2018 Intel discussed its upcoming Cascade Lake architecture. During its short presentation, Intel went over hardware improvements made on Cascade Lake that will mitigate Spectre, Meltdown, and other exploits. In addit...
The fanless design includes heat-dissipating fins made of aluminum. (Source: Tranquil)

First AMD Ryzen fanless mini PCs are here

While the mini PC market is clearly dominated by Intel, AMD is now trying to steal some market share, at least in the ULV sector. The embedded version of AMD's Ryzen CPUs come with up to 4 cores / 8-threads and can integrate up to...
The weekly roundup - top news from August 12 through August 18 (Image source: Nvidia)

The weekly roundup - top news from August 12 through August 18

All eyes will continue to be on Nvidia as the inevitable announcement looms. AMD launches its 32-core Threadripper 2990WX CPU to both excellent and mixed results and Asus unveils its thinnest second generation Zephyrus GX laptop j...
Serious overclockers always use copious amounts of liquid nitrogen. (Source: HWBot)

AMD's Threadripper 2990WX overclocked to 6 GHz across all cores with LN2

The Threadripper 2990WX was already pushed to 5.4 GHz last week, but it looks like there is room for more overclocking when enough liquid nitrogen is used. Overclocker Ivan Cupa managed to get all 32 cores of the 2990WX model runn...

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