Category Archive: CPU

AMD RYZEN & WINDOWS 10

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

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

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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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INTEL I3-3240 CPU

22nm 2 cores, 4 threads 3.4 GHz 3MB L3 cache SSE4.2 EM64T AVX 5 GT/s DMI 65W TDP 32 GB DDR3-1600 maximum 25.6 GB/s memory bandwidth LGA 1155 HD 2500 integrated graphics PCI Express 2.0 16 lanes The Intel Core i3 processor family is the third generation Core Ivy Bridge with Intel HD Graphics The Intel …

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INTEL I3-2100 CPU

32nm 2 cores, 4 threads 3.1 GHz 3MB L3 cache SSE4.2 EM64T AVX 5 GT/s DMI 65W TDP 32 GB DDR3-1333 maximum 21 GB/s memory bandwidth LGA 1155 HD 2000 integrated graphics PCI Express 2.0 16 lanes The Intel Core i3 processor family is the second generation Core Sandy Bridge with Intel HD Graphics that …

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THE CPU

Avid gaming computers generally use mid to high-end processors. We have both Intel and AMD processors and we have noticed that AMD is far easier to upgrade with than Intel. We presently have 2 AMD machines. The gaming machine uses a quqd core processor and the server uses a dual core processor. The server uses …

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AMD PHENOM II X4 965 BLACK EDITION

The AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor is based on the AMD K10 CPU core. The Phenom II X4 is code named Deneb. The CPU originally sold for $249 with a fan. The original C2 version is 140W TDP but the CPU being reviewed is the C3 version which only needs 125W which …

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THERMAL INTERFACE MATERIAL

The CPU and GPU both are high power components in the typical gaming PC. CPU coolers generally use a fan and heatsink assembly that is clipped or screwed into place. Gaming graphics cards use double slot coolers to support a thicker heatsink and cooler. Video cards can exceed 450W of power so excess heat has …

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ZILOG Z80 CPU

The Zilog Z80 microprocessor was released circa March 1976. The CPU replaces the earlier Intel 8008 processor, The Z80 was a renegade processor when some engineers left Intel to form their own company. The Z80 is a clone of the Intel C8080A with some extensions. Zilog added some more registers and they also made the CPU much …

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INTEL C8080A

The Intel C8080A microprocessor was released circa April 1974. The CPU replaces the earlier Intel 8008 processor, Once CP/M was ready, the 8080 became a successful platform for business machines. As the 1970s unfolded large numbers of machines were designed and built. The C8080A is largely 8-bit however it does add some 16-bit instructions not available …

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