AMD has quietly slipped out its new energy efficient ‘E’ series of Ryzen 2000 processors. The AMD Ryzen 3 2200GE and the Ryzen 5 2400GE are based upon the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G respectively, albeit with performance tuned in order to boost efficiency. The ‘E’ in the name literally stands for ‘Efficiency’.
Specs-wise, these ‘E’ APUs are actually very similar to their full-fat counterparts. Slightly slower clock speeds are the only noticeable hit; it’s probably a handy way for AMD to use up lower binned chips. The Ryzen 3 2200GE drops to 3.2GHz Base / 3.6GHz Boost from the 2200G’s 3.5GHz Base / 3.7GHz Boost, while the Ryzen 5 2400GE drops to 3.2GHz Base / 3.8GHz Boost from the 2400G’s 3.6GHz Base / 3.9GHz Boost.
Research analyst firm Jon Peddie Research has announced the latest results in its annual study into gaming GPUs, once again finding that the majority of gamers in the world are using AMD graphics cards.
If your brow is currently arched higher than The Rock's when he read the Rampage reviews, there are some major caveats to that statement. First and foremost, this result is inclusive of both PC graphics cards and consoles. Every single PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sold comes with a Radeon GPU, while the Nintendo Switch comes with a custom Nvidia chip.
Yesterday, AMD’s AMD’s vice president & GM of Radeon Gaming, Scott Herkelman, confirmed what we’d long suspected. Nvidia is indeed leaning on AIB partners to attempt to restrict or prevent the sale of its rival AMD Radeon graphics cards through its GeForce Partner Program (GPP).
Herkelman went to a sales event in London and met up with a number of partners to discuss the issue, and afterwards tweeted out some rather direct messages about Team Green.
AMD launched its brand spanking new Ryzen 2000 Series processors yesterday but one was conspicuous by its absence. When the first-gen Ryzen arrived last year, the top-end model was the AMD Ryzen 1800X. This year, there’s no AMD Ryzen 2800X in sight.
That may not be the case forever though, with AMD senior vice president Jim Anderson hinting there may be a Ryzen 7 2800X someday. As for why it isn’t launching now, the answer’s as simple as you’d expect.
Microsoft is looking for what appears to be new developers for future Xbox consoles. A job listing has already gone up for a senior electrical engineer to take on the role of DRAM Memory Lead, with all signs pointing towards it being Microsoft’s successor to the Xbox One X.
The candidate will be responsible for leading up DRAM solutions for the Xbox console hardware development team. This includes being well versed in DDR3, GDDR5, GDDR6, and any upcoming DRAM technologies. This is the first solid hint we’ve had from Microsoft that it will be using GDDR6 memory as the standard for its upcoming console, which we’ll call Xbox Two for simplicity’s sake.
ASUS has announced ‘AREZ’, the first of its new AMD Radeon-focused gaming graphics cards. The new range has been announced in response to Nvidia’s GeForce Partner Program, which restricts GeForce graphics cards from being marketed under the same branding as AMD cards.
The ASUS AREZ GPUs have been created as a loophole to get around Nvidia’s restrictions, and will effectively form a new sub-brand for ASUS going forward. They’re the first AIB partner to announce a new branding range since Nvidia announced its controversial initiative. The name stems from ‘Ares’, the Greek god of war, with a ‘Z’ thrown in there for that full gamer effect.
AMD has at long last responded to Nvidia’s GeForce Partner Program (GPP) with a charged statement; a call to arms if you will. It sounds as if Team Red is none too pleased with marketing decisions it deems antithetical to PC gaming. Nothing sums this up more than the closing statement of Scott Herkelman from Radeon Technologies Group, who declares “We believe that freedom of choice in PC gaming isn’t a privilege. It’s a right.”
Nvidia GPP, to borrow from what Stu explained yesterday, is a program that Nvidia’s OEM and AIB partners can sign up to in order to get their hands on the latest innovations, work with Nvidia’s engineering teams, and also engage in cross-brand marketing. Partners also benefit from discounted prices and priority allocations of GPUs versus those who don’t sign up to become GPP partners.
Intel’s just announced a pretty neat trick - the ability to use its integrated GPUs to help eliminate any potential malware without impacting CPU performance. This threat detection enhancement comes after Intel faced a lot of criticism for its Meltdown and Spectre security flaws earlier this year, and is one of these two new methods of threat detection announced today.
"Our value to the industry is really to understand how we can use our silicon to improve these outcomes," said Rick Echevarria, VP of Intel’s software and services group. "Malware is one of the fastest evolving workloads we're dealing with. It's evolving to evade threat detection."
Uh oh, things may be about to get a bit messy for Nvidia. DigitalTrends is suggesting that antitrust regulators may be investigating Nvidia’s GeForce Partner Program (GPP) over fears it could be engaged in anti-competitive practices.
Nvidia’s GPP is a program that Nvidia’s OEM and AIB partners can sign up to in order to get their hands on the latest innovations, work with Nvidia’s engineering teams, and also engage in cross-brand marketing. Partners also benefit from discounted prices and priority allocations of GPUs versus those who don’t sign up to become GPP partners.
Quite a curious thing has just popped up on the interwebs. It looks as if Intel may be preparing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Intel 8086, its first ever x86 processor, with the launch of a 40th Anniversary Intel Core i7-8086K special edition CPU.
The Intel 8086 was a bit before my time, but it turns 40 in June and Intel looks to have something special in the pipeline to celebrate this fact.