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Windows 7/8.1 updates blocked on Kaby Lake/Ryzen CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 12:47 am

If you're rocking Intel's new Kaby Lake CPU or AMD's super-fast Ryzen processors and running an older operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, well - you're out of luck. Microsoft no longer supports operating systems older than Windows 10 (because it's been out for so long now).

 

 

Microsoft is now gimping Kaby Lake and Ryzen CPUs on Windows 7/8.1, effectively forcing you to upgrade to Windows 10 - as they've thrown a processor check into the latest Windows Update for W7/8.1 - sneaky. This update prevents Kaby Lake and Ryzen CPU owners from downloading updates, with an error message that reads: "Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows".

 

This doesn't mean Microsoft is completely throwing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 away, it's only for the newer Kaby Lake and Ryzen CPU architectures. Microsoft is still issuing security patches to its older operating systems, but if you're rocking a new Kaby Lake-based Core i7-7700K or Ryzen 7 1800X, you're done. Sorry, with no love, Microsoft.

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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X: 6C/12T @ 4GHz for $249

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 16, 2017 2:12 am

AMD is just weeks away from launching its mid-range Ryzen 5 family of CPUs, with the Ryzen 5 1400, Ryzen 5 1500X, Ryzen 5 1600, and the flagship Ryzen 5 1600X processor.

 

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AMD's new Ryzen 5 family is their mid-range offering to fight off the higher-end Core i3 and mid-range Core i5 processors from Intel, with the new Ryzen 5 1600X being compared against Intel's Core i5-7600K in Cinebench, with AMD's new Ryzen 5 1600X being 69% faster. A huge improvement, thanks to the 6C/12T performance versus 4C/8T on the 7600K chip.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 CPU - core/threads - clock speeds

 

  • Ryzen 5 1400: 4C/8T @ 3.2/3.4GHz
  • Ryzen 5 1500X: 4C/8T @ 3.5/3.7GHz (unlocked/overclockable)
  • Ryzen 5 1600: 6C/12T @ 3.2/3.6GHz
  • Ryzen 5 1600X: 6C/12T @ 3.6/4GHz (unlocked/overclockable)

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Samsung to invest $7 billion in 7nm chips production

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 15, 2017 10:34 pm

Qualcomm recently announced their Snapdragon 835, the first 10nm SoC, and here we are already talking about 7nm chips. Qualcomm's 10nm chips are being built using Samsung's newest 10nm processor, and it looks like there's better coming soon.

 

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Samsung announced that they are planning to start producing 7nm chips in early 2018, meaning they could be ready for their next year's Galaxy S flagship.

 

In order to stick with their plan and time frame, the Korean company has announced that they will invest $6.98 billion to build new 7nm facilities in 2018, and extend the 10nm production lines.

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Qualcomm using Snapdragon 835 to dominate Helio X30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 15, 2017 3:25 am

Qualcomm is positioning itself in a big way for the mobile world with its new Snapdragon 835 processor, expanding its market share of the 10nm built chip - scooping up market share from MediaTek and its new Helio X30 chip.

 

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DigiTimes reports that its sources said: "Despite reports of a low yield rate of the 10nm chips, Qualcomm has continued to land orders for its Snapdragon 835 from the global major smartphone vendors with shipments to grow significantly starting the second quarter".

 

Qualcomm is continuing to get new orders from customers for its Snapdragon 835, with improved software and firmware being released for the platform, according to the sources. I could place bets on Qualcomm owning the high-end smartphone processor game this year, as the Snapdragon 835 is shaping up into quite the beast, and will power Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones that will be announced later this month, and released in April.

AMD: Ryzen 7 1700X, 1800X reporting temps incorrectly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 14, 2017 5:29 am

AMD has just issued a new community update on its brand new Ryzen CPUs, addressing issues over thread scheduling on Ryzen processors - but also detailed the problems over temperature reporting on Ryzen.

 

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AMD explains in the post that the "primary temperature reporting sensor of the AMD Ryzen processor is a sensor called 'T Control,' or tCTL for short. The tCTL sensor is derived from the junction (Tj) temperature-the interface point between the die and heatspreader-but it may be offset on certain CPU models so that all models on the AM4 Platform have the same maximum tCTL value. This approach ensures that all AMD Ryzen processors have a consistent fan policy".

 

The post continues in detail, with AMD explaining: "Specifically, the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X carry a +20°C offset between the tCTL° (reported) temperature and the actual Tj° temperature. In the short term, users of the AMD Ryzen 1700X and 1800X can simply subtract 20°C to determine the true junction temperature of their processor. No arithmetic is required for the Ryzen 7 1700. Long term, we expect temperature monitoring software to better understand our tCTL offsets to report the junction temperature automatically".

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AMD addresses Windows 10's thread scheduler with Ryzen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 14, 2017 4:36 am

Now that AMD has launched its Ryzen processors, some niggly issues have popped up with one of them being the underwhelming performance at 1080p. AMD has hit back with an official statement, saying: "the Windows 10 thread scheduler is operating properly for Zen".

 

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AMD continues, saying that they "do not presently believe there is an issue with the scheduler adversely utilizing the logical and physical configurations of the architecture". There have been some differences between Windows 7 and Windows 10 performance over the thread scheduler, but AMD added that they "do not believe there is an issue with scheduling differences between the two versions of Windows" and that any performance differences between Windows 7 and Windows 10, come down to the difference between the operating systems - and not the Ryzen CPU.

 

AMD also talked about the SMT (the multi-threaded part of Ryzen) and the negative performance in some games, with the company saying that SMT offers a "neutral/positive benefit" in a range of processors. AMD added: "For the remaining outliers, AMD again sees multiple opportunities within the codebases of specific applications to improve how this software addresses the "Zen" architecture. We have already identified some simple changes that can improve a game's understanding of the "Zen" core/cache topology, and we intend to provide a status update to the community when they are ready".

MediaTek and TSMC are working on 7nm SoC

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 11, 2017 1:47 pm

Qualcomm recently announced their Snapdragon 835, the first 10nm SoC, and here we are already talking about 7nm chips.

 

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Earlier this year, Samsung announced that they will start producing 7nm chips in early 2018, meaning they could be ready for their nex year's Galaxy S flagship.

 

According to a new report, MediaTek and TSMC are working together to bring a next-generation SoC. The 7nm SoC will have 12 cores.

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AMD Naples: 32C/64T, dual CPU = 64C/128T, 8-channel DDR4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 10, 2017 3:31 am

AMD launched its Ryzen CPU family - at least the high-end 8C/16T parts in the Ryzen 7 range, but the server CPU market is about to be disrupted by their upcoming Naples CPU family.

 

 

Naples is a massively scalable 32C/64T system-on-chip (SoC) design, with support for two high-performance threads per core. We have 8-channel DDR4 support with room for 32 DIMMs on server boards, and so much more.

 

AMD Naples Features:

 

  • A highly scalable, 32-core System on Chip (SoC) design, with support for two high-performance threads per core
  • Industry-leading memory bandwidth, with 8-channels of memory per "Naples" device. In a 2-socket server, support for up to 32 DIMMS of DDR4 on 16 memory channels, delivering up to 4 terabytes of total memory capacity.
  • The processor is a complete SoC with fully integrated, high-speed I/O supporting 128 lanes of PCIe 3, negating the need for a separate chipset
  • A highly-optimized cache structure for high-performance, energy efficient compute
  • AMD Infinity Fabric coherent interconnect for two "Naples" CPUs in a 2-socket system
  • Dedicated security hardware

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AMD teases next-gen 'Pinnacle Ridge' CPU for early 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 9, 2017 6:35 am

AMD has well and truly shaken up the CPU market with the release of Ryzen processors, led by the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X. Now that Ryzen is here, we're already hearing about Zen 2 - which will be known as Pinnacle Ridge.

 

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The current Ryzen family of CPUs is known as Summit Ridge, but Zen 2 and Zen 3 should deliver better IPC performance, new features, and other goodies. Ryzen in its first-gen appearance had a 52% IPC (Instructions Per Clock) over the previous generation AMD CPU architecture - while Zen 2 and Zen 3 should deliver 5-15% improvements in IPC.

 

During a recent AMA on Reddit, AMD CEO Lisa Su said: "In new product development, you always learn a lot and we have our list of thingsthat we are adding to zen2 and zen3 to get even more performance going forward".

 

AMD's new AM4 socket, that takes Ryzen, will take Zen 2 and Zen 3 processors in the future. Better yet, we're looking at up to 65% more IPC improvements over the older Excavator CPU architecture, with the aim of Zen 2 and 3 featuring support for higher clocked DDR4 RAM and lower CPU clock speeds. AMD will continue to nail the 14nm FinFET process, so we should expect the nodes to continue with better yields, and chips that have higher default clock speeds thanks to the refinements along the way.

AMD teases Naples server CPUs, coming in Q2 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 8, 2017 6:46 am

AMD has come out swinging in the desktop CPU market with their unbelievable Ryzen 7 family of CPUs, led by the impressive $499 chip in the Ryzen 7 1800X - but it's getting close to the time where they disrupt the datacenter market with Naples.

 

 

AMD's upcoming Naples CPU will offer up to 32 'Zen' cores, with huge bandwidth and IO numbers to boot, with "volume availability building in the second half of the year through OEM and channel partners". Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom business unit, AMD explains: "Today marks the first major milestone in AMD re-asserting its position as an innovator in the datacenter and returning choice to customers in high-performance server CPUs".

 

He continued: "Naples' represents a completely new approach to supporting the massive processing requirements of the modern datacenter. This groundbreaking system-on-chip delivers the unique high-performance features required to address highly virtualized environments, massive data sets and new, emerging workloads".

 

AMD Naples Features:

 

  • A highly scalable, 32-core System on Chip (SoC) design, with support for two high-performance threads per core
  • Industry-leading memory bandwidth, with 8-channels of memory per "Naples" device. In a 2-socket server, support for up to 32 DIMMS of DDR4 on 16 memory channels, delivering up to 4 terabytes of total memory capacity.
  • The processor is a complete SoC with fully integrated, high-speed I/O supporting 128 lanes of PCIe® 34, negating the need for a separate chip-set
  • A highly-optimized cache structure for high-performance, energy efficient compute
  • AMD Infinity Fabric coherent interconnect for two "Naples" CPUs in a 2-socket system
  • Dedicated security hardware

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