Category: CPU

INTEL COFFEE LAKE

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Intel is now starting to deliver the high-end X370 chipset and 8th gen Coffee Lake processors. Intel will have other chipsets ready for Q1-2018. Usually Intel has several chipsets ready for all market segments. We suspect Intel had to fix a few problems with lower cost chipsets to prevent the fisco seen with Cougar Point. …

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AMD RYZEN & WINDOWS 10

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We have seen several reports recently that Windows 10 does run well on some AMD Ryzen platforms. We believe it could be some driver issues for motherboards and the processor. WIndows 8.1 seems to work better with some motherboards. Windows 10 Creators Edition may work on some. It seems to be hit or miss with …

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AMD RYZEN

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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. TABLE OF RYZEN PROCESSORS MODEL CORES/THREADS L3 TDP CLOCK TURBO PRICE R7 …

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INTEL KABY LAKE

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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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INTEL PROCESSOR DIAGNOSTIC

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Intel has a new version of their processor diagnostic tool. Its handy to be sure your machine is working as expected. The program includes Visual C++ runtimes so there is no need to download them separately. The tool will check the CPU instructions widely to be sure all the modes are working to spec. Works …

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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

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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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