Category Archive: CPU

AMD RYZEN

AMD is now ready to launch of the Ryzen. AMD will have processors for worldwide distribution on March 2, 2017 and motherboards will be widely available to go with the new processors. AMD R3 and R5 processors will be available for budget systems.   MODEL CORES/THREADS L3 TDP CLOCK TURBO PRICE R7 1800X 8/16 16MB …

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INTEL KABY LAKE

Intel has released its Kaby Lake a few weeks late for the 2016 holiday season. Still they had to be sure the hardware was validated and yields adequate before they could launch them. No real surprise for desktop users. Three i7 parts with four cores and hyperthreading, one of which is unlocked and one is …

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AMD NEW HORIZON: RYZEN

AMD has spent about 4 years working on the Zen CPU design. The goal of 40% better efficiency has been met. AMD now is using the Ryzen branding for the design based on the Zen work. AMD processors are seen in the Xbox One and PS4. AMD desktop processors are not as popular as Intel’s …

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AMD CUTS CPU PRICES

AMD cut prices recently on Phenom II, some FX processors and some APUs. While expectations for the Zen are growing, there are large numbers of AM3 and AM3+ machines that would benefit from a better CPU. LLano and Trinity APU prices are also better. We use the Phenom II X4 965 BE and its now …

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AND PROMONTORY FCH

AMD Promontory FCH is the new southbridge to replace the older SB950 seen with the AMD 900 series chipsets. .The AMD Promontory FCH is very highly integrated. USB 3.1, 3.0, 2.0 SATA Express SATA II The new logic is well suited to the more highly integrated APU and CPU with socket AM4. AM4 has more direct …

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AMD BRISTOL RIDGE APU

The AMD Bristol Ridge processors were launched in October 2016 to the OEM market.  The new series utilize the Excavator and GCN core architecture to deliver increased performance on the same process node. AMD has done some fine tuning with their latest processors and that should be visible on Bristol Ridge processors. Summit Ridge processors should …

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AMD ZEN

AMD has now released some new slides so we can now post a better view of the new 14nm processor. Now that AMD is supporting DDR4, the RAM industry will likely more eagerly move to the new platform over the next 2 years. AMD Zen will be sold to gamers and corporate users alike. The …

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SKYLAKE CPU LOCKED AT IDLE

We have noticed many reports over the Intel Skylake CPU line where the CPU become stuck at an idle state or it may crash with certain demanding applications like Prime95 etc. Hard locks happen in either Windows (7,8,10) or Linux. With CStates on, the crashes are often and usually within 10 minutes of IDLE.  With …

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AMD FUEL SERVICE

The AMD Fuel Service is a Windows System Service that manages the CPU and GPU throttles to provide power savings. “fuel.service.exe” is the program file name. It runs as a system service. Disabling this will run the CPU and GPU at maximum clocks continually. This service integrates with Windows power options more generally. The AMD fuel …

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AMD FX-6300 CPU

The AMD FX-6300 (FD6300WMHKBOX) 6-Core Processor, Unlocked, Black Edition. AMD’s next-generation architecture takes 6-core processing to a new level. Get up to 24% better frame rates in some of the most demanding games, at stunning resolutions. Get faster audio encoding so you can enjoy your music sooner. Go up to 5.0 GHz with aggressive cooling solutions …

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