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Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review

Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review

The new Ryzen processors give a decent boost to AMD. This will please the end users in particular, since competition is known to be good for business. The two Ryzen chips without the "X" in their labels are supposed to be energy efficient above all. You can find out in this review, what you can really get out of these processors.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 | AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 | 32"
New business laptops with AMD Ryzen Pro

New business laptops with AMD Ryzen Pro

AMD announced new Ryzen Pro APUs and all three major OEMs Dell, HP, and Lenovo were on display with corresponding products. We had the chance to talk with the manufacturers and check the new models hands-on.
AMD announces new Ryzen Pro Mobile APUs

AMD announces new Ryzen Pro Mobile APUs

AMD announces new Ryzen Pro CPUs for business users, both for desktop as well as mobile systems. The performance is obviously an important topic, but business users also want security and reliability.
New HP Envy and Envy x360 refreshes get inspired by Damascus steel

New HP Envy and Envy x360 refreshes get inspired by Damascus steel

HP has announced refreshes to its Envy notebook lineup including the Envy 13, Envy 17, Envy x360 13, and Envy x360 15. The standout feature of these notebooks is the new minimalist chiseled appearance similar to the patterning fou...
Lenovo: AMD Ryzen models ThinkPad A285 and ThinkPad A485 listed online for the first time

Lenovo: AMD Ryzen models ThinkPad A285 and ThinkPad A485 listed online for the first time

Lenovo has released many ThinkPad laptops in this year already, but no models with AMD Ryzen so far. This apparently changes soon, as the new models ThinkPad A285 and A485 have been listed on the Lenovo website for the first time.
Acer Swift 3 (Ryzen 7 2700U, Radeon RX Vega 10) Laptop Review

82% Acer Swift 3 (Ryzen 7 2700U, Radeon RX Vega 10) Laptop Review

Ryzen up. Acer has updated their popular Swift 3 laptop with AMD's most powerful mobile APU, the Ryzen 7 2700U with RX Vega 10 graphics. Unfortunately, the system fails to live up to its full potential.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 | 15.6" | 2 kg
Traces of the old 2006 Core microarchitecture are still present in current day gen 8 CPUs. (Source: WCCFTech)

Intel is working on the revolutionary next gen Ocean Cove CPUs

The venerable Core architecture first released in 2006 is rapidly approaching its final days, as Intel is hard at work on a next gen microarchitecture that should take performance to the next level. A recent job listing revealed t...
AMD Threadripper retail package (Source: AMD)

Unannounced AMD processors spotted online, including the 12-core Threadripper 2920X and 16-core Threadripper 2950X

The AMD processors that will probably hit the market soon were recently spotted in the official product master list available on In addition to the dual-core and quad-core desktop and mobile Ryzen processors, there are al...
The 7 nm Vega 20 GPUs could be launched in Q4 2018. (Source: AMD)

The 7 nm Vega 20 is AMD's answer to Nvidia's Volta AI GPUs

In the recently announced Q1 2018 earnings report, AMD's CEO Lisa Su mentions that the company is already testing 7 nm Radeon Instinct GPUs, which should be sampling later this year. This GPU series is most likely part of the Vega...
AMD's Ryzen family of CPUs has put the company on a competitive footing with Intel. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen from the ashes, records US$81M profit for Q1 2018

After failing to turn a profit for the best part of the last decade, AMD has reported a net profit of US$81 million for the first quarter of 2018. The company can pin its turnaround on the success of its Ryzen chip family, which i...
Buying the Combat Crate will save you almost US$40 as opposed to buying the components separately. (Source: Amazon)

AMD launches the 'Combat Crate' bundle for CPU/GPU/chipset discount

AMD has coupled first-generation Ryzen CPUs along with an MSI variant of Radeon RX 580 GPU and a compatible MSI motherboard in a bundle named 'Combat Crate'. The combat crates target gamers by providing them with the essentials fo...
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X with their Wraith Spire and Wraith Prism box coolers. (Source: NotebookCheck)

We may still see a Ryzen 7 2800X at a later date, says AMD's Jim Anderson

When AMD announced their second generation Ryzen processors a few days ago the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X was positioned at the top, rather than something like a 2800 or 2800X to match the Ryzen 7 1800X. However, AMD’s Senior Vice Presiden...
AMD Ryzen 5 retail box, Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE with Vega graphics now available (Source: AMD)

AMD launches low-power Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE with Vega graphics

The AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE and Ryzen 3 2200GE are available with the same number of cores and threads as the 2400G and 2200G, but with a lower TDP of just 35 W. Other than the lowered frequencies and TDP, the new chips feature the sam...
The LN2 setup used for overclocking the Ryzen 7 2700X. (Source: PC Gamer / Der8auer on YouTube)

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X gets overclocked to a whopping 6 GHz on LN2

Famed overclocker 'der8auer' has managed to overclock the new AMD Ryzen 7 2700X to cross the 6 GHz on all cores. He managed to achieve this by first selecting the best CPUs for the task and then subjecting them to LN2 cooling. Con...
ThinkPad models always come with the signature ergonomic keyboard and the red TrackPoint. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo ThinkPad E485/E585 with AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs get detailed specs

The E485 model will feature a 14-inch 1366 x 768 IPS screen, while the E585 will come with a 15.6-inch FHD display. Hardware configurations for both variants are identical and include AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs all the way up to Ryzen ...
The 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600X are here. (Source: AMD)

Rise of the Zen: AMD 2nd generation Ryzens are here to challenge Intel's 'Coffee Lake' desktop offerings

AMD has finally taken wraps off its 2nd generation Ryzen chips. The 2700X and the 2600X are at the helm of the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 series respectively and are made to offer great multi-core and gaming performance in comparison wit...
Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X in review

Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X in review

AMD's new desktop APUs Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 5 2200G brought a breath of fresh air to the low-budget segment. The second generation is supposed to succeed in the performance market as well, and to these ends AMD has released two brand-new Ryzen CPUs. Let's find out whether or not they can compete at eye level with Intel's Coffee Lake.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 | 32"
AMD Ryzen 5 2600. (Source: El Chapuzas Informatico)

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 takes on the Intel Core i5-8600K in first benchmarks

Initial benchmarks of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 are out and the Zen+-based 'Pinnacle Ridge' chip trades blows with the similarly priced Intel Core i5-8600K in most benchmarks. The Ryzen 5 2600 shows very good performance in synthetic b...
The MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC motherboard. (Source: MSI)

MSI has a slew of new X470 boards lined up for the AMD Ryzen 2 platform

In the wake of AMD making its Ryzen 2 platform official, MSI has released new motherboards based on the new X470 chipset. Features common to all these boards include support for two M.2 slots with support for PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, fou...
The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1. (Source: Dell)

Dell silently launches AMD Ryzen 7 2700U-powered Inspiron 13 7000 and Inspiron 15 5000 notebooks

Dell has launched the new Inspiron 13 7000 convertible and Inspiron 15 5000 notebooks powered by AMD Ryzen APUs without much fanfare. Both notebooks come with options of either the Ryzen 5 2500U or the Ryzen 7 2700U APU and are av...
Hook holding a Radeon RX Vega Nano card that could be launched soon. (Source: Facebook)

Chris Hook leaves AMD, could be joining Intel

Chris Hook had been with ATI and then AMD for almost 20 years. The former AMD Senior Director of Marketing could be joining Intel in order to help the company launch its latest discrete GPU, first one in 20 years. AMD promptly fou...
The HP Pavilion Gaming 790 desktop. (Source: HP)

HP Pavilion Gaming desktops are here with new Intel 'Coffee Lake-H' and AMD Ryzen 2 offerings

HP has announced a revamp to its Pavilion Power Desktop lineup. The new generation is christened Pavilion Gaming and comes in two chassis options with options of the latest Intel 8th generation hexa-core 'Coffee Lake-H- series or ...
Second-gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X has been leaked again. (Source: El Chapuzas Informatico)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X gets pre-release overclocking treatment up to 4.3GHz

AMD’s eagerly anticipated second-generation Ryzen 7 2700X octa-core has been given the overclocking treatment ahead of its official launch this month. Two early testers were independently able to achieve overclocking speeds of 4.3...
The Asus ROG X470-F Strix motherboard. (Source: Videocardz / Overclock 3D)

First pictures and layout schematics of the Asus X470-F ROG Strix and other Asus X470 motherboards leak

Pictures of Asus' X470 portfolio have surfaced online. The X470 chipset brings support for the upcoming Ryzen 2 CPUs, which are based on the Zen+ microarchitecture. While they look similar to the last generation X370 offerings, al...
Fan render of a PlayStation 5. (Source:

Fresh PlayStation 5 leak suggests AMD 8-core Zen CPU, Navi-based GPU

AMD looks to have sewn up a deal with Sony to power its next-generation PlayStation 5. Currently in the hands of developers, details about the PlayStation 5 dev kits indicate it is powered by an AMD APU featuring Zen CPU cores and...
HP Envy x360 15z (Ryzen 5 2500U, Vega 8, SSD, FHD) Convertible Review

80% HP Envy x360 15z (Ryzen 5 2500U, Vega 8, SSD, FHD) Convertible Review

Mostly solid. The Envy features a powerful Ryzen 5 2500 APU, a fast NVMe SSD, and a backlit keyboard. In addition to input by fingers, the touchscreen also supports an optional stylus pen made by HP. Unfortunately, the dark display and occasional crashes dampen our expectations and the overall impression.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
CTS Labs classified the 13 vulnerabilities in 4 greater classes. (Source: CTS Labs)

AMD acknowledges CTS Labs exploits, will fix them in the next weeks

It took AMD more than one week to fully assess the CTS Labs report regarding 13 vulnerabilities found in all Ryzen and EPYC processors, but at least AMD's official position dismisses any claims that these vulnerabilities are criti...
AMD Ryzen 2 shows significant performance gains over last year's Ryzen. (Source: Expert Reviews)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 get detailed in leaked review, available from April 19

AMD's 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600, got a full evaluation by SiSoftware and the numbers show overall performance improvements over the previous generation Ryzens. The benchmarks page and the results have been taken down but we now have concrete information about the TDP, clock speeds, and how much of a performance gain can be expected. Additionally, we also have information on the launch date and pricing of the new Ryzen 2 SKUs.
It has been standard practice to give companies 60-90 days to react to newly found exploits.

Update | Previously unheard-of company claims AMD chips are full of vulnerabilities, does not provide details

Researchers at a cyber-security consulting company in Israel have claimed that they have found 13 serious vulnerabilities in AMD processors. CTS-Labs has published details about the flaws after only giving AMD 24 hours to comply. ...
Lenovo Ideapad 720S (Ryzen 2500U, Vega 8) Laptop Review

82% Lenovo Ideapad 720S (Ryzen 2500U, Vega 8) Laptop Review

AMD-Update. We have already had Lenovo's IdeaPad 720s in review, and found it to be a lightweight and thin notebook for everyday challenges. The 13-inch notebook is now also available with AMD's Ryzen 5 2500U processor and as a viable alternative to the Intel SKU.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
AMD has decided to put up an impressive Threadripper lineup for the coming years. (Source: Informatica Cero / Wccftech)

Leaked slides reveal that AMD Ryzen Threadripper 4000 will greet us in 2020

Leaked slides pertaining to AMD's Next-Gen High-End Desktop (NG HEDT) platform reveal that AMD is bullish with regards to continuing and refining its Threadripper lineage. The slides reveal three Ryzen Threadripper families starti...
Official release for the Ryzen 2000-series CPUs has been pushed to April 20. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 2000-series CPU prices and full specs leak out

There are two new mid-range and two high-end CPUs. The Ryzen 5 2600/2600X models are set to compete with Intel's i5-8600/8600K processors for a slightly lower price, while the Ryzen 7 2700/2700K CPUs should offer similar performan...
The unnamed Ryzen 7 12 nm Zen+ CPU was tested on an ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac motherboard. (Source: HWBattle)

AMD Ryzen 7 2000-series 8-core/16 thread CPU perfomance gets leaked

The unnamed 8-core/16-thread CPU is part of the Zen+ 12nm wave of new processors that should launch this April. Boost clocks can reach up to an impressive 4.35 GHz, but the performance is marginally better when compared to last ye...
The HP Elitebook 755 G4

New AMD Ryzen and Vega powered Elitebooks leak on HP's Support Website

HP has reportedly has plans for a slew of Ryzen and Vega powered Elitebooks going by a listing on its Care Pack Central support page. References to the new Elitebooks appear to have since been removed but we can expect the officia...
The affordable Ryzen 5/3 noetbooks come with large 17-inch FHD screens. (Source: Dell)

Dell sneaks out Inspiron 17 5000 laptops with AMD Ryzen APUs

Dell joins the AMD mobile APU bandwagon with two Ryzen 5 2500U and two Ryzen 3 2200U notebook models. These come with 17-inch FHD screens, pre-installed Windows 10, fingerprint sensor and sub-US$1,000 prices.
AMD Ryzen 2 will be based on the 12nm Zen+ architecture. (Source: AMD)

Details of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X leak — 8C/16T at up to 4.2 GHz turbo clock

A second generation Ryzen chip has leaked in the wild and it looks like it will continue the Zen architecture's success story. The new Ryzen chip is seen listed as Ryzen 7 2700X and sports the same 8C/16T configuration as the Ryze...
New PCs with Radeon graphics are eligible for a free copy of Far Cry 5. (Source: AMD)

AMD offers Far Cry 5 for free with Radeon powered PCs

Those who plan on purchasing a PC powered by AMD Radeon get to claim a free copy of Far Cry 5 from a participating retailer. This offer only applies to pre-built systems sporting the RX 580, RX Vega 56, and RX Vega 64 GPUs and not...
Lenovo: ThinkPad A285 / A485 with Ryzen Mobile will likely be released in the third quarter (pictured: ThinkPad A275)

Lenovo: ThinkPad A285 / A485 will likely be released in the third quarter

The ThinkPad A series is a line of Lenovo ThinkPad laptops created solely for the use of AMD CPUs. According to a leaked roadmap that Notebookcheck attained, this series could be refreshed in the third quarter of 2018. It seems li...
Dell: Intel will continue to dominate in PC-CPUs despite AMD Ryzen

Dell: Intel will continue to dominate the PC market despite AMD Ryzen

Thanks to the powerful Ryzen processors, AMD has experienced a renaissance. Despite this positive trend, most PCs continue to be based on Intel-CPUs. In an interview, a manager of the big PC manufacturer Dell has now explained why...
Lenovo ThinkPad E485 / E585: Affordable Ryzen Mobile ThinkPads to be released in April

Lenovo ThinkPad E485 / E585: Affordable Ryzen Mobile ThinkPads to be released in April

The PC manufacturer Lenovo has two new affordable ThinkPad laptops in their release schedule. ThinkPad E485 and E585 are affordable business laptops based on the Intel models ThinkPad E480 and E580.
The new i5 CPUs could disrupt AMD's dominance in the mid-range sector. (Source: Intel)

Unannounced Intel Coffee Lake CPUs pop up on Provantage

There are 8 new models, of which 3 are part of the Core family, 3 are Pentium Gold chips and 2 are Celerons. The Core i5-8600 and i5-8500 will surely go head to head with AMD's Ryzen 1600/1600X processors in the US$200 price range...
Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G in Review

Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G in Review

Shortly after the introduction of Ryzen-based mobile APUs AMD has also announced two desktop APUs for its AM4 platform. The more powerful Ryzen 5 2400G features 4 cores and 11 graphics compute units based on the Vega GPU architecture. We take a closer look at the application and gaming performance as well as energy efficiency.
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G | AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 |
The i3-8130U is expected to be announced some time in Febaruary. (Source: Intel)

Update: Now Official | Intel i3-8130U mobile CPU specs get leaked

The unannounced i3-8130U will come as an answer to AMD's entry-level Ryzen 2000U series and is said to feature impressive 3.4 GHz turbo frequencies.
The benchmark results are promising, but the success also depends on the actual price point of the Ryzen 5 2400G APU. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G APU gets leaked 3DMark results

Results place the Ryzen 5 2400G somewhere in between the average Intel UHD Graphics notebook and a GTX 1050 gaming notebook.
AMD overtook Intel several months in a row, but now the positions got reversed once again. (Source: Weborus)

German January report shows Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs outselling AMD's Ryzen models

Intel managed to steal the lead in CPU sales in the last few months. AMD's Ryzen and Threadripper sales lead the hostilities from August up until November last year, but the sudden interest for the i7-8700K CPUs combined with grea...
The upcoming Ryzen 2 CPUs will use the 7 nm fabrication process. (Source: AMD)

AMD's 7 nm Zen 2 and EPYC Rome CPUs coming in late 2018

AMD claims in its latest financial report that the design of the Zen 2 platform has been finalized and the sampling for the Ryzen 2 desktop/mobility CPUs, as well as the EPYC Rome server cores will begin in late 2018, with worldwi...
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 5 1600, Radeon RX 580, FHD) Laptop Review

83% Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 5 1600, Radeon RX 580, FHD) Laptop Review

Very power-hungry. The Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC can run all the latest games smoothly on its matte screen. The laptop comes equipped with a Ryzen 5 1600 hexa-core processor, a Radeon RX 580 GPU and a hybrid drive. This entry-level model forgoes an SSD.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 | AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.2 kg
Image: Radeon Technologies Group

AMD hires industry veterans Mike Rayfield and David Wang to lead the Radeon Technologies Group

The new appointments come after the former head of the Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri, was sniped by Intel last November. Both Mike Rayfield and David Wang are multi-decade veterans of the technology industry and have had ...
Image: Ubisoft

Minimum specs for Far Cry 5 released, and you'll need a powerful system to enjoy it

Ubisoft released their recommended specs for Far Cry, which is due to launch at the end of March. While the game will run on older hardware at the lowest settings, gamers will need a fairly beefy system (Core i7 and GTX 970 / R9 2...
CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018 has come and gone, and we have witnessed OEMs showcasing the best of their innovations. While we had some noteworthy announcements that will shape the tech industry for years to come, there were also a lot of me-too products on display as well. We recap the event to look at some of the products that were show-stoppers and discuss what they may indicate for the overall tech landscape this year.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)