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AMD’s 32-Core Threadripper Processor will be available later this year

Today at Computex, AMD teased it upcoming 32-Core Threadripper Processor. The second generation of AMD’s Threadripper processors straps four 8-core Ryzen APUs together to form a unified, humongous 32-core part. The new processor can handle 64 processing threads at a time.

Yesterday, Intel announced it’s 28-core/56-thread high-end desktop processor. The CPU will run at 2.70 GHz as a base clock and turbo frequency up to 5.00 GHz. In Cinebench, it achieved a score of 7,334 on stage, something that’s only bested by multi-processor systems.

AMD's 32-Core Threadripper Processor
AMD’s 32-Core Threadripper Processor

The second-gen AMD Threadripper processor will be built using a 12nm process and will be available to buy in the third quarter of this year.

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Intel announced Worlds Smallest VR-capable Computer

Today, Intel announced its new NUC with eighth-generation H-series processors, which also includes dedicated AMD Radeon graphics. There are two options, NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK.

The Intel NUC8i7HNK features the Core i7-8705G, which is a 65W chip with the 931MHz AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU. On the other hand, Intel NUC8i7HVK comes with the Core i7-8809G, a 100W unlocked processor with the 1,063MHz Radeon RX Vega M GH.

This is also the first NUC that’s VR-ready, so you can use it with your Windows Mixed Reality headset as well as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. In addition, the device features HDMI 2.0a ports on both the front and rear of the device, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a total of five USB 3.0 Type-A ports. There’s also a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, which supports data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports.

According to the company, you can power up to nine monitors. The new NUC will be available this spring, with the lower end model starting at $799, and the unlocked variant starting at $999.

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HP Spectre x360 15 with Intel 8th-Gen CPU and AMD Graphics announced

Today HP announced its new HP Spectre x360 15 laptop with Intel 8th generation processor. The new laptop comes with Core i7 Processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphic card which can handle the most intensive tasks. In addition, the new laptop comes with up to 4K UHD 15.6-inch diagonal touch Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display and HP Tilt Pen.

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HP Spectre x360 15

HP Spectre x360 15 features

  • Responsive performance and graphics capabilities with the choice of:
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i7 8705G processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphics offering up to 12 hours of battery life with Fast Charge Technology – 50 percent in 30 minutes
  • 8th generation Intel Core quad-core processors with NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 graphics with up to 13.5 hours of battery life with Fast Charge Technology – 90 percent in 90 minutes.
  • Built from an aluminum CNC machined chassis with a new angular profile at 19.5 mm enable 2.5 times faster performance and weighs 4.72 lbs.
  • Speakers now sit above the keyboard for an improved audio experience in any mode while allowing the keyboard to offer numeric keypad ideal for Adobe short-cut keys.
  • The 4K UHDX 15.6-inch diagonal touch display and optional HP Tilt Pen set ideas in motion on the digital canvas. The durable and brilliant Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display is strong and scratch-resistant for when creating on the go and using a touch display.
  • Packed into this powerful PC includes an IR camera supporting Windows Hello and a fingerprint reader to log in safely and seamlessly.
  • Available in Dark Ash Silver with Copper Luxe accents

Pricing and availability: HP Spectre x360 15-inch starting pricing is $1,369.99 and will be available at HP.com and Best Buy on March 18.

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Intel 8th-Gen Processors with AMD Vega graphics announced

Intel has announced its 8th-Generation Core i7 and Core i5 H-series processors with AMD Vega graphics. The new processors include both the CPU and GPU on the same die. According to the Intel, this reduced the silicon footprint by 50%. Intel’s integrated graphics memory is shared with the system memory, so with dedicated graphics and eight lanes of high-speed PCI Express Gen 3 between the two, performance is greatly increased.

However, it still includes HD Graphics 630. Intel HD Graphics can be used for tasks that don’t need as much power. In addition, the machine can now power up to nine monitors – six off of the AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPU, and three off of the HD Graphics 630.

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Intel 8th-gen H-series Processors with AMD Vega graphics

The new 65W chips come in Core i5 and i7 flavors, and the i5 can be clocked at up to 3.8GHz (2.8GHz base), while the i7 can be clocked at up to 4.1GHz (3.1GHz base). The 100W processors are Core i7 only and they can be clocked at up to 4.2GHz with overclocking option.

Now let’s talk about onboard dedicated AMD Vega Graphics. There are two different models of AMD RX Vega M graphics: GL and GH. Radeon RX Vega M GL has a base GPU clock of 931MHz and 20 compute units, with a peak performance of 2.6 teraflops. GH has a base clock of 1,063MHz and 24 compute units with a peak performance of up to 3.7 teraflops.

According to the Intel’s official slides, the new dedicated AMD RX Vega M graphics: GL and GH can beat Nvidia 1050 and Nvidia 1060 graphics cards in performance.

Intel 8th-Generation Core i7 and Core i5 H-series processors will feature in gaming as well as ultrabooks laptops.

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Intel and AMD coming together to produce a new laptop chip

Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are coming together to produce a laptop chip. This upcoming chip will use an Intel processor and an AMD graphics unit. The new chip will be made for thin and portable laptops, but still powerful enough for gamers who need a stronger option to play intensive games. It’ll be part of Intel’s 8th-gen Intel Core line.

AMD specified that these new Intel chips will not include Ryzen chips. The new graphics chip will be different from Ryzen chips and will be aimed at serious gamers.

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Intel says this is the first consumer product that uses the EMIB small intelligent bridge design, which allows information to be passed quickly in “extremely close proximity.” The bridge allows chips to be both smaller and more powerful. The new chip will use HBM2, and can be used in devices including notebooks, two-in-ones, and mini desktops.

The new Intel and AMD partnership will compete against Nvidia which is also working on hardware for AI applications.

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AMD announced new Ryzen chips for ultrathin notebooks

AMD has unveiled new Ryzen mobile processors for 2-in-1s, convertibles, and ultrathin notebook computers. The company claims that its new mobile CPUs are the world’s fastest CPUs for these devices.

According to the company, these new Ryzen mobile processors provide superior performance compared to the previous AMD mobile processor generation, including:

  • Up to three times the CPU performance
  • Up to 2.3X the GPU performance
  • Up to 58 percent less power consumption.

New in Ryzen mobile processors:

  • New Precision Boost 2 technology, which accelerates processor performance in workloads using from one to many CPU cores, which means that core speeds can be adjusted independently and on the fly according to power availability ad thermal constraints
  • Mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR), which boosts performance on systems with enhanced cooling solutions on systems certified for “Ultimate XFR Performance”

Ryzen mobile processors Specs:

Ryzen 7 2700U with Radeon Vega Graphics:

  • 4 cores/8 threads
  • 3.8 GHz max clock
  • 10 Graphics Compute Units
  • 1300 MHz GPU
  • 6MB L2/L3 cache
  • 15W nominal TDP (ranging between 12W and 25W)

Ryzen 5 2500U with Radeon Vega Graphics:

  • 4 cores/8 threads
  • 3.6 GHz max clock
  • 8 Graphics Compute Units
  • 1100 MHz GPU
  • 6MB L2/L3 cache
  • 15W nominal TDP (ranging between 12W and 25W)

Both the Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U support 10-bit H.265/HEVC decoding for 4K video and VP9.

Acer, HP, and Lenovo will launch AMD Processors based 15-inch HP Envy x360, a 13-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 720S, and a 15-inch Acer Swift 3.

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Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.2 released

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.2 is now available for download. The latest update has added support for Destiny 2 and Assassin’s Creed Origins. The drivers also releasing with support for Wolfenstein 2 game. Recently, Nvidia also released its new 388 graphics drivers with support for latest games.

However, there some known issues with the update. OverWatch may experience a random or intermittent hang on some system configurations. Disabling Radeon ReLive as a temporary workaround may resolve the issue.

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Wolfenstein™ II: The New Colossus

  • Up to 8% faster performance on Radeon™ RX Vega56 (8GB) graphics than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1 at 2560×1440. 
  • Up to 4% faster performance on Radeon RX 580 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1 at 2560×1440.

Destiny 2™

  • Up to 43% faster performance on Radeon™ RX Vega56 (8GB) graphics than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1 at 2560×1440.
  • Up to 50% faster performance on Radeon RX 580 (8GB) graphics than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1 at 2560×1440.

Assassin’s Creed™: Origins

  • Up to 16% faster performance on Radeon™ RX Vega56 (8GB) graphics than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1 at 2560×1440.
  • Up to 13% faster performance on Radeon RX 580(8GB) graphics than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1 at 1920×1080.

GPU Workload

  • A new toggle in Radeon Settings that can be found under the “Gaming”, “Global Settings” options. This toggle will allow you to switch optimization between graphics or compute workloads on select Radeon RX 500, Radeon RX 400, Radeon R9 390, Radeon R9 380, Radeon R9 290 and Radeon R9 285 series graphics products.

Compute Support

  • Radeon Software now supports compute workloads for up to 12 installed Radeon RX 400, Radeon RX 500 or Radeon RX Vega series graphics products on Windows 10 system configurations.

Fixed Issues

  • Radeon Software may not appear in the uninstall options under “Apps and Features” on Windows operating systems after a Radeon Software upgrade.
  • Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.2 has fixed an issue where minor corruption may appear in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS™ in some game locations when using Ultra graphics settings in game.
  • Radeon Wattman may fail to apply user adjusted voltage values on certain configurations.
  • Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.2 fixed an issue where AMD XConnect™ Technology-enabled system configurations may not be detected when plugged in or connected to a system after being previously unplugged during system sleep or hibernation.
  • Hearts of Iron™ IV may experience a crash or system hang during some scenario gameplay.
  • Radeon Settings gaming tab may not automatically populate games detected on the users system.

Known Issues

  • A random system hang may be experienced after extended periods of use on system configurations using 12 GPU’s for compute workloads.
  • Assassin’s Creed™: Origins may experience an intermittent application or system hang when playing on Windows®7 system configurations.
  • The GPU Workload feature may cause a system hang when switching to Compute while AMD CrossFire is enabled. A workaround is to disable AMD CrossFire before switching the toggle to Compute workloads.
  • With Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.2, resizing the Radeon Settings window may cause the user interface to stutter or exhibit corruption temporarily.
  • Corruption may be experienced in Forza Motorsport™ 7 on some HDR displays with HDR enabled in game.
  • Radeon WattMan reset and restore factory default options may not reset graphics or memory clocks and unstable Radeon WattMan profiles may not be restored to default after a system hang.
  • OverWatch may experience a random or intermittent hang on some system configurations. Disabling Radeon ReLive as a temporary workaround may resolve the issue.
  • When recording with Radeon ReLive on Radeon RX Vega Series graphics products GPU usage and clocks may remain in high states. A workaround is to disable and then re-enable Radeon ReLive

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Radeon Crimson ReLive Beta driver adds support for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

A new beta driver for Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition is now available for download. The latest beta adds support for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update which will roll out today.

However, there are some known issues with this beta update. Mixed Reality headsets may fail to render when running in Hybrid Graphics system configurations. A system hang may occur during Mixed Reality 360 videos playback on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products. Read more details below.

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Windows10 Fall Creators Update

Important Notes

    • This driver is provided as a beta level support driver and should be considered “as is”.

Support For

    • Beta level support for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Known Issues

    • Mixed Reality headsets may fail to render when running in Hybrid Graphics system configurations.
    • A limited number of displays may exhibit brief signal loss periodically.
    • A system hang may occur during Mixed Reality 360 videos playback on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.
    • An HDCP error code may be observed while playing Blu-Ray content on a secondary attached display.
    • Radeon WattMan profiles and settings may not persist after resuming from sleep.
    • A system restart or hang may be observed when launching DX12 applications on Multi GPU enabled system configurations with Radeon ReLive enabled.

Package Contents
The Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Windows®10 Fall Creators Update installation package contains the following:

    • Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Windows®10 Fall Creators Update  Driver Version 17.40 (Windows Driver Store Version 23.20.768.9)

You can download AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update driver from the link below.

Download AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive for Windows 10 64-bit (Desktop)

Download AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive for Windows 10 32-bit (Desktop)

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Acer XF270H 27-Inch Gaming Monitor With 240Hz Refresh Rate launched

Acer XF270H gaming monitor is now officially launched in Japan. The main feature of the Acer XF270Habmidprzx monitor is its 240Hz refresh rate. It comes with AMD FreeSync technology to enable stable and smooth gameplay. In addition, the TN LED-backlight supported 27-inch display features a zero frame design and a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Acer XF270H 27-Inch Gaming Monitor
Acer XF270H 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

In other features, the Acer XF270H monitor supports 1000:1 contrast ratio (100 million:1 ACM), 400 cd/m2 brightness, 1ms response time and 170/160 degree viewing angles. The monitor also utilizes the ‘Flicker-Free’ technology – to give you a comfortable gaming experience and ‘Blue Light Reduction’ function – to reduce the amount of blue light.

Equipped with built-in stereo speakers (2Wx2), the XF270Habmidprzx provides 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI 2.0 and 1x DisplayPort 1.2 input ports.

The Acer XF270Habmidprzx is available now for around 57,000 Yen (about $524).

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Intel 8th Gen Desktop Processors prices Leaked

Tomorrow Intel will announce their 8th gen Core desktop processors. The new ‘Coffee Lake’ processors are expected to provide 15 to 30 percent better performances over the previous generation.

Meanwhile, the price of the upcoming desktop processors leaked on PC Canada website. It seems that prices are going upwards a bit, the Core i7 8700K would be roughly 5% more expensive, the i5 8600K nearly 8%. The rest stays under a 5% margin.

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  • INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I7-8700K PROCESSOR [BX80684I78700K]: $484.44
  • INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I7-8700 PROCESSOR [BX80684I78700]: $407.73
  • INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I5-8600K PROCESSOR [BX80684I58600K]: $338.00
  • INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I5-8400 PROCESSOR [BX80684I58400]:  $237.58
  • INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I3-8350K PROCESSOR [BX80684I38350K]: $233.41
  • INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I3-8100 PROCESSOR [BX80684I38100]: $152.51
Processor Line 7th Gen 8th Gen Difference
Core i7-x700K $462.41 $484.44 +4.8%
Core i7-x700 $406.35 $407.73 +0.3%
Core i5-x600K $313.95 $338.00 +7.7%
Core i5-x400 $235.87 $237.58 +0.7%
Core i3-x350K $241.82 $233.41 -3.5%
Core i3-x100 $149.08 $152.51 +2.3%

As a reminder, these are CAD prices, so the 8700K at 484.44 would be 389 USD and 329 Euro. These prices would be exclusive of VAT. PC Canada has not delivery ETA yet mentions that the procs are estimated to arrive on 2017-09-16.

AMD has recently announced numerous top of the line processors. Hence, Intel’s 8th generation and the 9th generation ‘Ice Lake’ processors will be company’s response to AMD’s Threadripper and Ryzen series.