Support for Mass Effect: Andromeda

AMD
Following the launch of AMD’s ReLive 17.3.2 Beta drivers there is already a new WHQL update available. This release is supposed to bring performance improvements to a few games as well as optimizations for Mass Effect: Andromeda and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands.

Improves memory compatibility

AMD
AMD has released new AGESA Microcode for their Ryzen CPUs which should improve RAM compatibility on their AM4 platform. The new code should soon be available in new UEFI/BIOS files for AM4 motherboard.

AMD Ryzen 5 CPU tested

22.03.2017 - Posted by Luca Rocchi

Chinese website jumps the gun

AMD
According to leak from the Chinese forum tieda.baidu, there are what appear to be the first benchmarks on the upcoming AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs which should become available next month. The forum post shows the performance of the hexa core CPU in CPU-Z and Cinebench R15 benchmarks. According to what we have heard so far, AMD will introduce four different CPUs, including two six-cores and two quad-cores. This way AMD is planning to attack Intel's Core i5 CPU series lineup.

Available in 4 to 6 months

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According to leak from CanardPC, AMD might is already working on a new high-end Ryzen CPU socket which will be compatible with 16 core and 32 thread CPUs. Furthermore this new socket and chipset will support quad-channel DDR4 memory, ramping up to become a fierce competitor for Intel's X99 platform.

Specifications are online

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Thanks to the latest leak from Benchlife, AMD's RX 500 series specifications are now online. According to Benchlife, AMD will be moving from GlobalFoundries 14nm LPE (Low Power Early) to 14nm LPP (Low Power Plus), although at this time we haven't any proof that AMMD didn't run 14nm LPP on the original Polaris chips.

Black and white color scheme

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Judging by a pictures out of a video which were published by the Chinese publication Chiphell, it appears that the upcoming reference versions of the AMD Radeon RX Vega cards will feature a white backplate. The video shows the backside of what’s allegedly a Radeon RX Vega reference graphics card.

Available next month

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According to an accidental leak from Guru3D, AMD will release the Ryzen 5 CPU series next month. The article has been removed but still AMD will launch four different CPUs including two six-cores and two quad-cores. Using this approach AMD is planning to attack Intel's Core i5 CPU series.

Full support for Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Following the launch of AMD’s ReLive 17.3.1 Beta drivers there is already a new Beta update available. This release is supposed to bring performance improvements to a few games as well as optimizations for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Compared to the previous driver, this new release should give a 12% performance boost on the RX 480 graphics card in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

April 18th to be precise

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According to information from the chinese site mydrivers, AMD is planning to release it's RX 500 series in April. This is nothing new, but they’ve also mentioned that the launch will be split in two parts. In a first wave the higher-end cards are going to be introduced and at a second stage the mid-range cards will make it to market. Overall it’s a bit a pity that all cards, except the Radeon RX 550, are going to be rebrands from the Radeon RX 400 series.

Statement from AMD

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AMD has investigated the issues of thread scheduling and according to them the Windows 10 thread scheduler is operating properly for Ryzen CPUs. According to the company there aren’t any issues related to the scheduler in the case of both the logical and the physical cores.

For consistent fan policy

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Right after Windows core parking bug has been reported, AMD's Robert Hallock (previously the Head of Global Technical Marketing for AMD) has posted a few more details explaining certain behaviour of Ryzen. In his blog post, Robert talks about the temperature reporting offset which was new to us.

Ryzen 1400 and 1200

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Due to a leak from a CanardPC the lineup of upcoming Ryzen CPUs has been spotted. The report shows all details regarding the upcoming CPUs featuring model names and specifications including core and thread count as well as base frequencies. On top of that it’s been mentioned that the AMD Ryzen 1400 and 1200 CPUs should arrive during the second quarter of this year.

Revealing GPU specifications

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AMD’s RX Vega GPU has been spotted in the SiSoft Sandra database, showcasing performance that is similar to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, which would mean that the upcoming AMD flagship graphics card would be kind of capable to compete with NVIDIA. The results posted in the SiSoft Sandra database have been gathered using the GP Processing benchmark.

More game optimisations

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Following the launch of AMD’s ReLive 17.2.1 Beta drivers there is already a new Beta update available. This release is supposed to bring performance improvements to a few games as well as optimizations for Ghost Recon Wildlands, Battlefield 1 and For Honor.

Based on Zen architecture

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A few months ago AMD first showed its Naples platform which is a new high-performance server CPU that is based on the same Zen architecture as its recently released Ryzen chips. The Naples CPU packs up to 32 cores and dual CPU support under the heat spreader. If installed in a two-socket server, it supports up to 4TB of DDR4 memory.

Rebrand of RX 400 series

AMD
According to information from Heise.de, AMD is planning to release it's RX 500 series in April. The launch will be split in two parts. In a first wave the the high-end cards will be launched an at a second stage the mid-range cards will make it to market. Overall it’s a bit a pity that it look like all cards, except the Radeon RX 550, are going to be rebrands from the Radeon RX 400 series.

AMD 7 1700 gets delidded

02.03.2017 - Posted by Marc Büchel

Just a few hours before the launch

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A while ago well-known overclocker Der8auer created a tool to delid Skylake (and other) processors. Now, with the new AMD Ryzen chips, he managed to delid also this new processor without using any specific tools. We managed to get a couple of pictures of a delidded AMD 7 1700 CPU that is going to launched today.

AMD 7 1800X tested again

01.03.2017 - Posted by Luca Rocchi

This time by Chiphell

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Another set of benchmarks on AMD’s Ryzen CPUs has surfaced. This time it looks like the octa-core AMD 7 1800X has been tested. This model features 8 core, 16 thread and a TDP of 95W. The Ryzen 7 1800X should belong to the "Black Edition" series with a street price of $499 US.

The new flagship

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AMD has announced their RX Vega series of GPUs, which is going to replace the R9 Fury lineup. This new series of GPUs was announced at AMD's Capsaicin and Cream Event during the GDC, alongside their new "V for Vega" logo designed by AMD's Raja Koduri himself. The R9 Fury series was launched in summer 2015 therefore it’s about time we see something new and fast from AMD.

Against an Intel Core i7-6800K CPU

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A few days ago AMD has announced their new Ryzen 7 series processors including three new 8-core chips and they all come with a highly competitive price tag. So far we’ve only seen numbers in multi-threaded benchmarks, however thanks to a leak from PCEVA there are now more real-world benchmarks floating around.
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