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AMD Enters The Embedded Processor Market

AMD is looking to break into the embedded processor market with 2 new processors according to a report from PCPerspective. The new processors are going after the Xeon D-series and Core chips with the Ryzen V1000 APU, and the EPYC 3000 series. The top of the range for the Ryzen V1000 series being the V1807B, a 4 core 8 thread APU with 11 GPU compute cores a 3.35GHz base frequency, and dual 10Gb ethernet ports at 35-54 watts. All the V1000 series will support up to four, 4k displays. The EPYC embedded processors do not have an iGPU, but it's flagship is the EPYC 3451, a 16 core 32 thread 100w chip, with 2.15GHz base 2.45GHz boost (all cores) frequencies, 32MB of L3 cache, 64 PCIE lanes and a TDP of 100w.
For people needing embedded solutions these new processors look fantastic on paper. Only time will tell to see how well they get adopted by the industry.

Both the Epyc 3000 and Ryzen V1000 chips represent the first time AMD has targeted embedded customers with specific features and capabilities at the hardware level. During the design phase of its Zen CPU and Vega graphics architecture, business unit leaders included capabilities like multiple 10-gigabit network integration, support of four 4K display outputs, ECC memory (error correction capability for mission-critical applications), and unique embedded-based interfaces for external connectivity.

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Posted by rgmekanic February 21, 2018 1:10 PM (CST)

Overclocking the Budget AMD Ryzen Raven Ridge 2200G APU

If you are looking at building a budget gaming box to play mainstream shooter games on at 1080p, this article over at TechSpot is worth a read. No need to buy an expensive GPU and the cost on the 2200G CPU is only $100, you can pick up a B350 chipset motherboard for about $94 more. Throw in 8GB of Corsair RAM for $119 and a Seasonic 450W PSU for $64 and you are on your way!

Today we'll be overclocking AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G to the max with a $20 air cooler from DeepCool called the Gammaxx 200T. Now, you might be questioning the idea of splurging on an aftermarket cooler for a Raven Ridge APU that only costs $100 itself and already ships with the Wraith Stealth heatsink that is sufficient for mild overclocks. However, we've been keen to see how much more can be extracted from the APU when using an upgraded heatsink and whether that works out value-wise. Using the R3 2200G's stock cooler we were able to push its integrated Vega 8 GPU from 1.1GHz up to 1.6GHz, and while this lead to some nice gains, it also pushed operating temperatures well into the 80s and for this reason I wasn't able to overclock the CPU cores as well. Our overclock saw a 45% increase in GPU frequency, providing around 35% more frames and truly transforming the affordable R3 2200G's potential when it came to gaming. This got us thinking...

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Posted by Kyle February 21, 2018 10:58 AM (CST)

Intel Shares Details Of Discrete GPU Prototype

In a report from PCGamer, Intel has shared a few diagrams at ISSCC (IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference) in San Francisco, which were then shared online by Japanese site PCWatch. The diagrams show a discrete graphics chip based on Intel's 9th generation graphics architecture, built on a 14nm process and has 1.5 billion transistors. For speeds it's shown to peak at 400MHz at 1.2v.
Unfortunate that it isn't player three entering the game of high end discrete graphics, but perhaps this is them getting their toes wet in the market. I asked Kyle Bennett if he had tested the last Intel GPU back in 1998, and was told "I remember having one and testing it, but I don't remember writing a review about it since is sucked, and I wanted to spend time on good products." Hopefully the new one is at least better than that. Thanks to cageymaru for the story.

All indications are that this is a lower end discrete GPU, likely intended for laptops and maybe systems like the NUC. It's actually a two-chip solution—the first chip contains the GPU and a system agent, and the second chip is an FPGA that connects to the host PC.

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Posted by rgmekanic February 20, 2018 6:33 PM (CST)

FCC Watchdog Looks Into Changes That Benefited Sinclair

Sinclair Broadcasting purchased Tribune Media a few short weeks after new rules were passed by the FCC that allowed this action. As a result, an internal FCC watchdog is looking into whether or not the FCC chair improperly pushed for these rules to benefit Sinclair directly. If true this might cause trouble for Mr. Pai, but I'm not sure this wasn't anything but good lobbying on the part of Sinclair. Stay tuned. Thanks cageymaru.

Antitrust experts said this new investigation may complicate the reviews of the Sinclair-Tribune deal by the F.C.C. and the Justice Department. Even if the deal were approved, they said, any conclusions of improper conduct by Mr. Pai could give fuel to critics to challenge the review in courts.

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Posted by Montu February 16, 2018 2:00 PM (CST)

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2 Released

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2 has been released today, and it's bringing performance improvements for Fortnite, PUBG, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Up to 5% faster performance using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2 on the Radeon RX Vega 56 (8GB) graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 at 2560x1440p (1440p). Up to 7% faster performance using Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2 on the Radeon RX 580 graphics card than with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 at 1920x1080p (1080p).

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Posted by rgmekanic February 14, 2018 4:31 PM (CST)

2nd Gen AMD Ryzen CPU Showing Boot Issues with Old BIOS

AMD has issued a support bulletin this morning pertaining to its 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen CPUs. It seems that some older UEFI BIOS are not playing nice with the new CPUs. All in all, this is not all that uncommon when it comes to new CPUs and motherboards that support previous generation processors. If you are unable to get your system to POST or boot with a new Ryzen, the solution is simple and hopefully you will have what you need on hand to make this happen.

The Socket AM4 platform is designed to be a long life, fully featured, scalable solution with support for multiple processors, with varying capabilities. Since the release of the AMD Socket AM4 motherboards in early 2017 with the AMD Ryzen desktop processor, there have been several BIOS updates made available through our motherboard partners. These updates not only provide improved system performance but also expand support for newer processors as they become available. In February 2018, AMD began introduction of the new 2nd Gen Ryzen™ Desktop Processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics. To enable support for this new processor, an updated BIOS is required. Due to the rapid pace of innovation, and strong demand for Ryzen Processors with Radeon Graphics, it may be possible that some users with an AMD Socket AM4 motherboard paired with a 2nd Generation Ryzen Desktop introduced in 2018, may experience an issue where the system does not boot up during initial setup. The boot up issue likely means a system is running an early BIOS that does not have support for newer processors. This can be resolved by updating the motherboard BIOS to the latest version, which can be performed by using any processor supported with the currently installed BIOS. For a list of supported processors per BIOS version, please refer to the CPU Support List document available on the motherboard manufacturer's website. BIOS download and installation instructions are also found on their websites.

Update the UEFI/BIOS to one from the motherboard manufacturer's website to one that supports the 2nd gen CPU. Of course, you will need your "old" Ryzen processor to do this. If you can't do this, you might check to see if you can send in the motherboard for an update, or rely on a buddy from HardForum to do it for you. AMD is also offering a free boot kit should you end up with no other options. I am assuming they will send you out a 1st gen Ryzen to allow you to update your UEFI/BIOS.

In the Problem Description field enter "Boot kit Required" (without quotes)

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Posted by Kyle February 14, 2018 12:41 PM (CST)

Newegg Doles Out Refunds for AMD APU Price Gouging

Newegg got called on the carpet for price gouging Monday for the launch of AMD's new 2400G and 2200G APUs. Amazon on the other hand, launched the APUs at MSRP. Gamers Nexus is reporting that Newegg is issuing refunds to those that bought these APUs at their inflated prices. If you shop at Newegg, I highly suggest using the HoverHound extension for Chrome and Firefox. It will automatically search for products at Amazon and give you an instant price comparison, and HoverHound was built with tech geeks in mind. Thanks cagey.

We will automatically issue you a refund for the amount of $20 back to your original form of payment within 2-4 business days of this e-mail. You won’t need to do anything on your end.

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Posted by Kyle February 14, 2018 8:40 AM (CST)

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G Launch Today

AMD's new Raven Ridge CPU is launching today in the form of the 2200G and 2400G CPUs. The Raven Ridge mates together its Zen CPU and Vega GPU architectures. These new parts can basically deliver a very good 1080p gaming experience. The 2400G is in stock for $170, and the 2200G street price is $100.

HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING - The Ryzen 5 2400G processor delivers: The same graphics performance in a single processor as combining the $199 USD Intel Core i5-8400 with an $89 USD NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 discrete gaming GPU - Up to 156% more graphics performance than the Intel Core i5-8400 - Up to 21% more system performance than the Intel Core i5-8400 - Up to 39% faster graphics performance when overclocked

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Posted by Kyle February 12, 2018 9:22 AM (CST)

APU-Based 1080p Gaming Becomes a Reality with AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400G

Due to a retail slip-up, tech YouTuber SonofaTech received his AMD Ryzen 5 2400G early and proceeded with a 10-hour live test to demonstrate the chip’s ability to run newer titles in 1080p at appreciable framerates. It did particularly well with games such as Overwatch (1080p, high preset, up to 70 FPS) and Dirt Rally (1080p, medium preset, average 57 FPS).

The fact that Overwatch is now playable at 1080p/60FPS on a freaking APU is impressive. As is Dirt Rally staying above the 1080p/30FPS mark on Ultra settings. From where I sit, this chip will be a compelling gateway into PC gaming for first-time builders, especially with a wide range of dedicated graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA at an all-time high.

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Posted by Megalith February 11, 2018 11:20 AM (CST)

VLC 3.0 Released with HDR, Chromecast Support

VideoLAN has released version 3.0 of its popular media player, VLC. Some of the new features and improvements include hardware decoding for 4K and 8K playback, 10-bit HDR support, 360-degree video and 3D audio, and Chromecast streaming.

VLC 3.0 is the first ever synchronized release between desktop application and mobile ports. Today, VLC is released everywhere, with the same version number and at the same time. It will be simpler for everyone, including VideoLAN developers.

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Posted by Megalith February 10, 2018 9:35 AM (CST)

Dell Showcases Three AMD EPYC Servers Now for Sale

A long time ago, every word you read on HardOCP was served up to you by several dual Opteron servers. That was a long time ago. We have seen a lot of coverage about AMD getting back in the game with its new EPYC processors in the datacenter, and it looks like now, mere mortals can get a taste of that new EPYC goodness. Three PowerEdge SKUs are now available on Dells website, the R7452 (2U), R6415 (1U), and R7415 (2U). All are showing shipping towards the end of the month. Dell does have options to move up to the EPYC 7351 24C/48T 64MB L3 dual processors should you wish to. And 1TB of RAM (32x32GB)? Sure! Only $29,245. Put your money where your mouth is?

AMD EPYC 7251 2.1GHz/2.9GHz, 8C/16T, 32M Cache (120W) DDR4-2400

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Posted by Kyle February 06, 2018 11:37 AM (CST)

The New Radeon Adrenalin Drivers are Here

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.1 Highlights - You can also check out the new FF15 downloadable benchmark as well, even though it is terribly disappointing in terms of content. You aren't missing anything.

Support For: Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age Resolved Issues: Radeon FreeSync may rapidly change between min and max range when enabled causing stutter in fullscreen games on single display system configurations. - Sid Meier's Civilization V may fail to launch on Hybrid Graphics system configurations when using DirectX9 API. - Radeon FreeSync may exhibit a black screen on some games when using Samsung CF791 displays. - Radeon Chill game settings profiles may fail to enable on Vulkan API games. - Radeon Overlay may fail to open in some Vulkan API games. - Need for Speed Payback may exhibit corruption on some terrain. - Textures in Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3 V Generation may appear corrupted or exhibit flickering colours.

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Posted by Kyle February 02, 2018 10:29 AM (CST)