AMD’s liquid-cooled variant of the $1200 Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is beginning to make its way into some folks hands, and its power guzzling doesn’t make for pretty reading. The liquid-cooled version obviously has a higher TDP in order to power the liquid cooling, but the end result is a graphics card which consumes drastically more power than its nearest competitor in the performance stakes - Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080.
The caveat to this is that the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is a prosumer card through and through, and isn't designed to serve the gaming market. That honour goes to the upcoming Radeon RX Vega, due to launch on July 30th.
AMD’s already got Intel reeling with the announcement of its Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, all of which look to be drastically undercutting Intel’s own HEDT solution. Now Threadripper looks in an even stronger proposition with reports that all-in-one liquid CPU coolers will be bundled in with its Ryzen Threadripper 1920X and Ryzen Threadripper 1950X.
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X packs a ridiculous 16-cores and 32-threads, clocking in at 3.4GHz base, 4.0 GHz boost. It comes with a $999 price tag. Expensive, but still far, far cheaper than the $1699 that Intel is charging for its 16-core Intel Core- i9 7960X. A little lower down the spectrum is the $799 12-core, 24-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X. It has a slightly higher base clock speed of 3.5 GHz, alongside the same 4.0GHz boost clock.
Good news PC gamers - those pesky cryptocurrency miners are packing in the pastime after months of excessive demand for graphics cards due to mining. The value of Ethereum has plummeted from a high of $400 back on June 12 down to a low of $113 this weekend, the drastically reduced price meaning it’s now longer profitable for some to continue their mining operations.
The value of Etherium has dropped around 72% since its peak, while the difficulty in mining it is increasing exponentially. It’s no longer guaranteed that miners are going to turn a quick profit.
Samsung has announced it will be increasing the production and supply of its 8GB HBM2 (second generation High Bandwidth Memory) chips in order to “address rapidly growing market demand.” Samsung isn’t providing AMD with HBM2 chips for its upcoming Radeon RX Vega, suggesting Nvidia has upped the demand for HBM2 memory for use in its next-generation graphics cards.
"By increasing production of the industry's only 8GB HBM2 solution now available, we are aiming to ensure that global IT system manufacturers have sufficient supply for timely development of new and upgraded systems,” said Jaesoo Han, executive VP of memory sales and marketing at Samsung. “We will continue to deliver more advanced HBM2 line-ups, while closely cooperating with our global IT customers".
Intel is allegedly a little bit spooked by the impact of AMD Ryzen, stepping up plans to include six-core versions of its next generation Coffee Lake architecture. While Intel already has plenty of 6+ core CPUs, these will be the first base Core i5 and Core i7’s to stretch beyond quad-core.
The leaked lineup includes a pair of 8th Gen Intel Core i5’s and another pair of Intel Core i7’s. All four CPUs will allegedly be hexa-core.
A number of folks over on Reddit are reporting they have been sent fake AMD Ryzen CPUs that they’ve bought from Amazon’s marketplace. Two separate reports have surfaced from Reddit users, each claiming they ordered AMD Ryzen CPUs from Amazon before being sent fakes with Ryzen stickers slapped over the front.
It all started roughly a week ago when Reddit user sh00ter999 order an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 from Amazon. Upon opening the box, the first thing they noticed was notches in the PCB, whereas legit Ryzens are a single complete block. Taking off the AMD Ryzen sticker revealed the truth - this was an Intel Celeron 2.9Ghz CPU. The Wraith cooler they ordered to go along with it was an ancient, and passive cooler that looked like it had been plucked from the dump. As for the CPU itself, it had been re-sealed in the Ryzen packaging, the plastic evidently melted to reseal it. Fortunately, they contacted Amazon and were sent replacements.
Reports are emerging that AMD is planning to blow the entry tier CPU market wide open with the launch of its Ryzen 3 processors. AMD has announced two SKUs to kick off its Ryzen 3 range, the Ryzen 3 1200 and the Ryzen 3 1300X. Both are quad-core with four threads, with the 1300X clocked higher than the R3 1200. The big news though is that AMD could be planning to annihilate Intel’s i3 and low-end i5 CPUs with a staggering $109 price point for a quad-core processor.
The more powerful AMD Ryzen 3 1300X will have four cores clocked at 3.5Hz base, 3.7GHz boost clock, while the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 will have four cores clocked at 3.1GHz base, 3.4GHz boost. They will allegedly carry price tags of $129 and $109 respectively.
We’re just approaching the halfway point of July, and now we’re now about a fortnight away from AMD Radeon RX Vega being unleashed on the world. In May of last year, believe it or not, there were reports that AMD was lining up an October 2016 launch for Vega. Here we are, some 14 months later, and gaming Vega GPUs still aren’t with us. It’s also been 14 months since the arrival of the GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080, and four months since the GTX 1080 Ti. In all this time, AMD hasn’t had a single answer to the high-end graphics card market.
Sure, the mid to low tier showings have been impressive. The Radeon RX 480 (and subsequently the RX 580) have been capable of standing toe-to-toe with the GeForce GTX 1060, while AMD’s other, weaker, GPUs have been enough to combat Nvidia at the low-end. But low-end graphics cards don’t grab headlines. Being the best in the world does. For 14 months AMD has handed Nvidia the crown without so much as raising its arms in defence, let alone throwing a punch. For 14 months, Nvidia has sold millions, upon millions, upon millions of GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics cards. The GeForce GTX 1060 is now the most popular gaming graphics card in the world. The GeForce GTX 1070 is now the fifth. The effect trickles down too. The mindshare among plenty of PC gamers is that Nvidia is better because, well, they’ve got the more powerful graphics cards. It’s probably why the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is the sixth most popular graphics card in the world and the Radeon RX 470 doesn’t even get a look in.
AMD has announced its first public showcase of its Radeon RX Vega graphics cards will be taking place in Budapest, Hungary, on July 18th. They’ll be giving the Akvarium Klub a makeover and hosting a PC gaming zone from 2pm to 7pm, providing local fans with an opportunity to go hands-on with its next generation GPUs.
Following this, AMD will be hosting another Radeon RX Vega live showcase in Portland, Oregon from July 21st to July 23rd, before finally launching the gaming-focused Radeon RX Vega during SIGGRAPH 2017 in Los Angeles, which takes place from July 30th.
AMD has just confirmed that its HEDT (high-end desktop) Ryzen Threadripper CPUs “will be available worldwide for the high-end desktop market in early August,” while its budget-priced Ryzen 3 line-up will be on store shelves from July 27th. AMD Ryzen Threadripper will be going to toe-to-toe with Intel’s Core-X series of processors and will be kicking off with the launch of two Threadripper CPUs - the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X.
As always in the weird and wonderful world of gaming hardware, the higher the number the better, with the almighty Ryzen Threadripper 1950X packing a ridiculous 16-cores and 32-threads, clocking in at 3.4GHz base, 4.0 GHz boost. It comes with a suitably hefty $999 price tag which, although expensive, is pretty cheap compared to the $1699 16-core Intel Core- i9 7960X.