AMD AM5 platform: B650, X670, X670E chipsets and how they differ

This week, AMD unveiled the Ryzen 7000 CPUs and Zen 4 architecture at Computex 2022. These new desktop processors will also introduce a brand new platform with the AM5 socket and new chipsets – B650, X670 and X670E. We now have details of these platforms and an overview of the connectivity that the AM5 boards will offer. Some of it has been revealed directly by AMD, but there’s also an unofficial leak with many more details. Read more “AMD AM5 platform: B650, X670, X670E chipsets and how they differ” »

Radeon RX 6650 XT with AMD SAM: +6 % performance for 20 W

We didn’t make it to the release day of the Radeon RX 6000 refresh, but we’ve got them – performance tests with the Resizable BAR active. Mostly this technology is useful, but in some cases it is harmful. The test results show how AMD tunes this technology across different driver versions, optimizes it, and sometimes breaks and doesn’t fix some things for a change. However, these are outnumbered, and quite overwhelmingly, by improvements. Read more “Radeon RX 6650 XT with AMD SAM: +6 % performance for 20 W” »

AMD Ryzen 7000 sample leaked: Zen 4 cores boost up to 5.2 GHz

AMD CPUs bringing the 5nm manufacturing process, the new Zen 4 architecture and also a new desktop platform (AM5) with DDR5 memory, look to be quite close, these Ryzen 7000 processors could be here as early as September. An interesting teaser has emerged now: it seems AMD tested a Ryzen 7000 sample in the Phoronix Test Suite, and the result went public in the OpenBenchmarking database. And it shows quite interesting specifications. Read more “AMD Ryzen 7000 sample leaked: Zen 4 cores boost up to 5.2 GHz” »

FSR 2.0 is no eyesore now. AMD upscaler analysis in Deathloop

The second version of FidelityFX Super Resolution is officially released. This upscaler premiered in Deathloop, the first and so far the only supported game. We compared FSR 2.0 with FSR 1.0 in our tests, both visually and performance-wise. While FSR 1.0 couldn’t compete visually with Nvidia’s DLSS, and the result was significantly worse, AMD pulled the thorn out of its heel with FSR 2.0. A full-featured alternative is now available. Read more “FSR 2.0 is no eyesore now. AMD upscaler analysis in Deathloop” »

Sapphire RX 6650 XT Nitro+ test: RTX 3060 falls even further behind

The Radeon RX 6650 XT replaces the RX 6600 XT in AMD’s lineup. That one beats the GeForce RTX 3060 in performance under certain circumstances, but always only narrowly. Now, after the GPU’s frequency and memory bandwidth increase, Radeon’s dominance is clear, and yet efficiency is still on AMD’s side. The non-reference Sapphire Nitro+ design is also super-quiet – the cooler is now quite a bit more robust. Read more “Sapphire RX 6650 XT Nitro+ test: RTX 3060 falls even further behind” »

Radeons RX 7000 to support PCIe 5.0, will get HW AV1 encoder

While so far unconfirmed, reports have surfaced that the next generation of gaming GPUs in Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4000 “Lovelace” will not yet support PCI Express 5.0 connectivity and will stay at 4.0 with half the lane speed. But it seems that PCIe 5.0 could be coming for the competition. This is hinted at in the code adding support for these GPUs to Linux, which also gave some other hints of the features of the RDNA 3 graphics. Read more “Radeons RX 7000 to support PCIe 5.0, will get HW AV1 encoder” »

Next year’s Ryzen 7000 APUs will have RDNA 3 GPUs

This fall, AMD is releasing a new generation of graphics cards (Radeon RX 7000) and Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” desktop processors with Zen 4 cores. However, this architecture should also be adopted quite quickly by Ryzen 7000 “Phoenix” APU processors for laptops. Little was known about these, but information on them has also started to leak: the Linux driver code has revealed the architecture of the integrated GPU. Read more “Next year’s Ryzen 7000 APUs will have RDNA 3 GPUs” »

AMD Zen 5 will have 16-core CCX and other architecture news

Last week we wrote about leaked information on AMD’s Zen 5 processor architecture, published on the RedGamingTech youtube channel. Such information tends to be of rumor nature, so it should probably be treated with caution for now. However, the details this source gives are quite interesting, and now they have added some more specifics, so it is worthy to cover them, even if we have to keep in mind to not take it for granted. Read more “AMD Zen 5 will have 16-core CCX and other architecture news” »

AMD conquers Intel territory: Ryzen 5 5600 vs. Core i5-12400(F)

In the cheaper mid-range of processors, only Intel has been involved in recent years, gaining a lot of popularity in the segment of the cheapest Core i5s. Similar to the popularity that the Ryzen 5 3600 once had. Since its release, however, Intel has turned around three generations of competing processors to get on the proverbial horse. To knock it off it though, AMD is coming up with the Ryzen 5 5600. Read more “AMD conquers Intel territory: Ryzen 5 5600 vs. Core i5-12400(F)” »

AMD Ryzen 7 5700X: A much more efficient CPU than the 5800X

At the eleventh hour, but still. The long-awaited Ryzen 7 5700X is here. However, we won’t be writing about the successor to the Ryzen 7 3700X as a significantly cheaper alternative to the Ryzen 7 5800X. The new octa-core Ryzen 7 5700X is primarily more economical compared to the higher-end model. Its power draw is just half in some tasks, which means that temperatures are also significantly lower. Read more “AMD Ryzen 7 5700X: A much more efficient CPU than the 5800X” »

Zen 4 will also offer a 3D V-Cache gamer special, but only in 2023

The Ryzen 7 5800X3D, AMD’s new processor aimed specifically at gaming is now on sale. Based on the reviews, it seems that the 96MB 3D V-Cache it touts really helps in games significantly. This is the final CPU on the AM4 platform, still with the Zen 3 architecture, so many people are probably torn, eyeing Zen 4 instead. For those, there’s good news: Zen 4 with 3D V-Cache is also in the works, but it will take tame to arrive. Read more “Zen 4 will also offer a 3D V-Cache gamer special, but only in 2023” »

Even cheaper new RDNA 2 model, AMD is preparing Radeon RX 6300

The cheapest graphics card segment has been pretty dry in recent years, typically offering ancient GPUs like GeForce GT 1030 or Radeon RX 550 (2016 architectures) or even GeForce GT 710 (a decade old Kepler architecture). A more modern, 7nm chip could now be dropped into the pool of affordable or at least affordablish cards by AMD. It is reportedly preparing a Radeon RX 6300 model that would have the RDNA 2 architecture. Read more “Even cheaper new RDNA 2 model, AMD is preparing Radeon RX 6300” »

Zen 4: SP5 socket and 5nm AMD Epyc with 12 CPU dies pictured

Recently, the first test or sighting of a sample of AMD’s 5nm processor with the new Zen 4 architecture appeared on the Internet. Now we also have the first photo. And not only the processor, but also the silicon – a delidded 96-core Epyc 7004 “Genoa” has made it to the Internet. We have a proof that Zen 4 uses CPU chiplets with eight cores and there will be a whole 12 of them and under the IHS of the processor. Read more “Zen 4: SP5 socket and 5nm AMD Epyc with 12 CPU dies pictured” »

AMD reveals details of FSR 2.0, its temporal DLSS 2.0 competitor

AMD unveiled the upcoming second version of FidelityFX Super Resolution game upscaling – FSR 2.0 with temporal reconstruction and anti-aliasing to compete with Nvidia’s DLSS 2.x. Meanwhile, the company revealed more details about the technology: what graphics it works on, what modes and resolutions it will have, and the first details of the algorithm. For example, it’s supposed to preserve thin lines like wires in the sky. Read more “AMD reveals details of FSR 2.0, its temporal DLSS 2.0 competitor” »

Zen 4 Ryzen 9’s still with only 16 cores. 170 W, DDR4 support?

Sometime in the second half of the year, AMD should finally release the new AM5 desktop platform with DDR5 memory after six years of AM4 socket (which premiered in 2016). That will bring us the much awaited 5nm Ryzen 7000 CPUs with Zen 4 architecture, and it’s about time we got some leaked details. Now one such has come up: information on the core count and also watt count of Ryzen 9 models from the 7000 generation. Read more “Zen 4 Ryzen 9’s still with only 16 cores. 170 W, DDR4 support?” »

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