Zen 6 finally brings more advanced 2.5D chiplets, has RDNA 5 GPU

So far, little information has emerged about what to expect from AMD Ryzen processors with the Zen 6 architecture. The core itself should be an evolution of Zen 5, given AMD’s model resembling “tick-tock”, where even-numbered cores are less aggressive enhancements of tech introduced in odd-numbered ground-up redesigns. But it looks like everything else in the SoC could be a radical shift from the aging concept of Ryzen processor uncores. Read more “Zen 6 finally brings more advanced 2.5D chiplets, has RDNA 5 GPU” »

Microsoft tightens Windows 11 requirements, breaks all Core 2 PCs

Windows 11 came out with fairly strict hardware requirements, causing worries with mandatory TPM2 for a while, for example. It also officially supports only a very limited list of new processors, with the vague threat that future updates may not work on older ones. Now Microsoft has quietly tightened the screws. Fortunately, it is not going to enforce this whitelist, but the system will stop working on a number of older processors. Read more “Microsoft tightens Windows 11 requirements, breaks all Core 2 PCs” »

AMD confirms Zen 5 details: 6 ALUs, full-performance AVX-512

Zen 5-based AMD processors will launch this year (perhaps in Q3). Unlike Zen 4 which was just Zen 3 refined, Zen 5 will be another big upgrade, and according to various hints including statements by the architect Mike Clark, it could be AMD’s most interesting core since the first Zen. Interestingly, up until now, the only information about it has come from a single YouTuber source. But it has just been officially confirmed directly by AMD. Read more “AMD confirms Zen 5 details: 6 ALUs, full-performance AVX-512” »

12-pins on GPUs melting again: Both fans and critics are wrong

Yet again, reports of melted 12-pin power connectors and damaged GeForce graphics cards are coming in – this time involving hundreds of CableMod adapters – and with that, the debate about whether the 12-pin is dangerous is back. Unfortunately, it’s full of black and white arguments that are pretty much off the mark. We will try to point out such fallacies. The issue is in fact much more complicated than the positions usually taken on it. Read more “12-pins on GPUs melting again: Both fans and critics are wrong” »

Non-hybrid Intel gaming CPU? Bartlett Lake to have 12 big cores

Although releasing a fresh LGA 1851 desktop platform with brand new Arrow Lake processors this year, news are coming that Intel also plans another refresh of Raptor Lake processors as a plan B. But these chips, called Bartlett Lake, may yet be more interesting than one would expect. In fact, they might feature an entirely new, more powerful chip without E-Cores aimed at gaming performance, that would still run on the LGA 1700 socket. Read more “Non-hybrid Intel gaming CPU? Bartlett Lake to have 12 big cores” »

Arrow Lake CPU spotted. Missing HT and AVX-512 confirmed

Couple days ago, documents leaked on Arrow Lake-S processors and Generation 800 chipsets – Intel’s next-gen desktop platform with the new LGA 1851 socket, due out in the second half of the year. Besides the things we already analysed, those documents also indicate that Arrow Lake P-cores have only one thread. This has now been confirmed by a log from testing a sample of this CPU. After 22 years, Intel processors are dropping HT. Read more “Arrow Lake CPU spotted. Missing HT and AVX-512 confirmed” »

Zen 5 is delayed. AMD has confirmed desktop launch in H2 2024

First there was a report that things might not be so hot with Intel’s next generation of desktop processors – the 2nm Arrow Lake on the LGA 1851 platform. To make things better, the other side seems to have its own issues too: AMD’s Zen 5 will be delayed. Hopefully it won’t be anything dramatic, but the reports of spring launch that we recently shared won’t come true. It’s not clear if this will also delay gaming models with 3D V-Cache. Read more “Zen 5 is delayed. AMD has confirmed desktop launch in H2 2024” »

RTX Video HDR: Nvidia’s AI gives ordinary web videos HDR look

Last year, Nvidia introduced a feature called RTX Video Super Resolution, which uses the GPU to upscale and enhance web video with a DLSS 1.0-like filter utilising an artificial intelligence (though you can use this upscaler in VLC Media Player as well). This technology has now been extended to RTX Video HDR, which is again an AI filter that recreates (simulates) an HDR component for an ordinary video, adding high dynamic range visuals. Read more “RTX Video HDR: Nvidia’s AI gives ordinary web videos HDR look” »

HAMR disks are here. Seagate launches Mozaic 3+, a laser HDD

It was supposed to happen last year, but it wouldn’t be HAMR if the technology wasn’t always further away from market than expected. However, we finally have the official announcement of the first of these “laser” HDDs, the arrival of which kept being anticipated and then delayed over and over for the last decade or more. HAMR drives use amazingly advanced nanotechnology, but according to Seagate, their reliability has been carefully tested. Read more “HAMR disks are here. Seagate launches Mozaic 3+, a laser HDD” »

GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super by Asus: 9 cards, 3 different designs

Covering the graphics cards coming out now as the GeForce RTX 4000 “Super” refresh, we’ve looked at a card directly by Nvidia, an MSI card, and we’ll look at Gigabyte one soon. We’ll miss on Asus as the third major manufacturer, so instead we’ll take a look at the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super versions that this brand will be offering. There’s quite a lot of them, including some using the BTF backside board power supply instead of a 16pin. Read more “GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super by Asus: 9 cards, 3 different designs” »

RTX Video Super Resolution alternative: FSR for YouTube and VLC

Last year Nvidia came out with RTX Video Super Resolution, a video upscaling and postprocessing technology for usage in web browsers and later also in VLC Media Player. It looks like something similar will be available also for AMD GPUs, but while Nvidia’s approach is the equivalent of DLSS 1.0 applied to video content, Radeon’s upscaling will probably be based on FSR 1.0, so it could be usable by other vendor GPUs, like FSR. Read more “RTX Video Super Resolution alternative: FSR for YouTube and VLC” »

Ryzen 9000 with Zen 5 cores is in production. Launch in 3 months?

AMD still hasn’t officially said anything about when Zen 5 processors might hit the market. But it looks like it could be surprisingly soon. Usually, if something is supposed to come out “in 2024”, it’s more likely to come out towards the end of it, but according to rumors, the Ryzen 9000 desktop processors (as Zen 5 might be called) could come out in just a few months at an early date, similar to the release of Ryzen 2000. Read more “Ryzen 9000 with Zen 5 cores is in production. Launch in 3 months?” »

Fluid Motion Frames now also for Radeon iGPUs, leaves preview

Last year AMD released FSR 3 frame generation, of which a simplified version that doesn’t use game vector data is also usable globally on the GPU driver level as the AMD Fluid Motion Frames feature. It can be used in all sorts of games that lack their own FSR 3 (or Nvidia’s DLSS 3) support. This technology will soon make its way from beta to standard drivers, and it now even works on integrated GPUs, including gaming handhelds. Read more “Fluid Motion Frames now also for Radeon iGPUs, leaves preview” »

65W and 35W Intel Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs are available now

Hardly a surprise as news of these CPUs was leaked long ago, but Intel has now launched the main part of its new generation of desktop processors during CES 2024 – the 14th-gen Core CPUs with 65W and 35W (nominal) TDP, i.e. regular models with a locked multiplier. Until now, only the 125W K models for enthusiasts have been on the market, but there’s finally more affordable models out, as well as the low-power T-labeled options. Read more “65W and 35W Intel Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs are available now” »

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000 Super GPUs: Boost in price/performance

The GeForce RTX 4000 GPUs run their second year on the market. And like the previous two generations, they’ll get a shake-up for this second year with new models. Nvidia has once again turned to the label used during the Turing generation and will release three new gaming cards this month: the GeForce RTX 4070 Super, GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super and GeForce RTX 4080 Super. And they should improve the bang-for-buck ratio by quite a bit. Read more “Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000 Super GPUs: Boost in price/performance” »

1 2 3 19