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Is MediaTek Falling Behind

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

According to Digitimes, the outfit is not going be able to release anything using these technologies in 2018, as it has moved to focus on the mid-range smartphone market segment.

MediaTek has shifted its R&D resources to the Helio P series mobile chips designed for mid-range devices, and put the development of its high-end Helio X series on hold.  Alll this could be a warning that Taiwan’s IC design industry growth could be limited.

MediaTek has been a leading Taiwan-based IC designer and usually partners with TSMC to develop advanced-node mobile chips. MediaTek’s development of 7/10nm chips is slowing down, as the fabless chipmaker has decided to go back to basics to overcome its structural challenges, Digitimes claimed.

MediaTek has suffered declines in smartphone chip shipments and market share since 2016. The company’s gross margin for 2016 reached a record low of 35.6 percent, despite record revenues.

MediaTek co-CEO Rick Tsai was quoted in previous reports saying the company will be striving to improve its gross margin by 1-2pp every quarter over the next 2-3 quarters, and expects its gross margin to return to the 37-39 percent level as early as the second half of 2018.

Tsai also noted the Helio P-series smartphone SoCs will be a major product focus of the company, and 12nm will be the main process technology MediaTek’s mobile chips will be made using during the first half of 2018. Nevertheless, Tsai disclosed MediaTek will complete tape-out of 7nm products in the second half of 2018.

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Is nVidia Planning A Geforce 1070 Ti

September 22, 2017 by  
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According to the newest leak, Nvidia may be working on a GTX 1070 Ti, which could put a lot of pressure on AMD’s RX Vega lineup.

The alleged GTX 1070 Ti was originally spotted as a part of a specifications list on My Drivers site, caught by PCPer.com, and is listed as the Asus GTX 1070 Ti Strix O8G. While there were no precise details regarding the card, the O8G in the name suggests it packs 8GB of memory.

Further rumors suggest that it could be based on the latest GP104 GPU and pack 2304 CUDA cores, which would put it smack between the GTX 1070, which comes with 1920 CUDA cores, and the GTX 1080 with 2560 CUDA cores. 

Since Nvidia has already launched GTX 1080 with 11Gbps GDDR5X memory, the gap between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 has become significantly wider.

In any case, this will put a lot of pressure on AMD’s RX Vega lineup and could give NVidia a significant lead in the market. In the end, it will all come down to the price/performance factor, availability and the MSRP, which tends to suffer from a big demand from coin miners.

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Intel Drops WiGig

September 18, 2017 by  
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In  what is becoming a long list of what Intel is giving up on is its WiGig 60GHz 802.11ad  controllers and antennas.

Intel has sent end-of-life notifications for the high-speed wireless parts, and it will stop making and selling them in just a few months.

802.11ad boasts higher performance—up to 4.8 gigabits per second—than 802.11ac, but its use of the 60GHz frequency, rather than the 5GHz or 2.4GHz of mainstream Wi-Fi, means that it’s limited to a very short range. It also requires line of sight between the device and the base station. Penetration through walls is essentially non-existent, so using 802.11ad as a Wi-Fi alternative would require a base station in every room.

This limits 802.11ad’s use as a networking interface, but it does have an alternative use as a cable replacement. A handful of 802.11ad docking stations have come to market, enabling a laptop to connect to a monitor and other peripherals without using wires.

Intel is not abandoning the 60GHz space. There is some interest in using it for VR headsets, and in May the company announced a partnership with HTC to produce an 802.11ad-enabled Vive headset.

This would offer a useful halfway house between fully untethered systems and wired systems. Intel isn’t the only company that’s investigating this use of 60GHz communications. A 60GHz wireless adapter for the HTC Vive is available from TPCast, and the device adds a lot of freedom at the expense of weight and price

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China Touts ‘Hack Proof’ Quantum Network

September 14, 2017 by  
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China has installed its first “commercial” quantum network in its northern province of Shandong, state media said, the country’s latest step in advancing a technology expected to enable “hack proof” communications.

China touts that it is at the forefront of developing quantum technology. In August it said it sent its first “unbreakable” quantum code from an experimental satellite to the Earth. The Pentagon has called the launch of that satellite a year earlier a “notable advance”.

Now the country’s “first commercial quantum private communication network” has been setup for exclusive use by more than 200 government and official users in Shandong’s provincial capital Jinan, the official Xinhua news agency said.

It did not elaborate on how the system would be commercially operated.

“Hundreds of pieces of equipment connected by hundreds of kilometers of fiber optics were installed within five months,” Xinhua said.

The network provides secure telephone and data communication services and is expected to be connected to a Beijing-Shanghai quantum network, the news agency said.

Quantum channels send messages embedded in light, and experts say that attempts to disrupt or eavesdrop on them would create detectable disturbances in the system.

Other countries, including the United States, have been working on their own quantum networks for years.

Will 7nm SoCs Come To Market Next Year

September 14, 2017 by  
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The current generation of SoC and the one that comes after will remain at 10nm, since it will take some time to move to 7nm. This is the conclusion we gathered after talking to a number of industry insiders.

Qualcomm is at 10nm with its Snapdragon 835, Samsung has shipped the Exynos 8895 since Q2 2017 while the rest of the competition is slowly working its way into the 10nm SoC universe.

The current iPhone 7 A10 SoC is manufactured in 16nm TSMC manufacturing process while the one that comes in the new iPhone next week is the 10nm. MediaTek has the 16nm X30 SoC out and Huawei already announced that it has the Kirin 970 in 10nm, ready to debut in the P10 phone some five weeks from now.

From what our sources have been telling us, the Galaxy S9 will be powered by a 10nm SoC and it is expected that the Galaxy S8 successor will launch in early Q2 2018.  2018 will be a big year for the 7nm process, as we expect that AMD might make some GPUs in a similar timeframe.

Getting from 10nm to 7nm will enable more transistors per square millimeter, and it will reduce the power consumption of the whole device. This has always been the pinnacle of progress in the mobile industry.  

Just a decade ago, the first-generation iPhone used a 65nm ARM 11 based ARM1176JZF SoC and now some 10 years later the new iPhone will get a 10nm SoC. This is huge progress that enabled a lot of innovation including Gigabit LTE performance, 4K playback, 360 video as well as AR/XR performing decently on the device that sits in your pocket.  

And, of course, the next generation iPhone and the Galaxy S9 and later S10 will get faster, thinner, and better, partially thanks to a second generation 10nm and later 7nm SoCs.

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Is AMD Losing Money On Vega

September 7, 2017 by  
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Our industry sources have confirmed to Fudzilla that AMD loses at least $100 on every Vega 64 card it sells at its $499 Suggested Etail Price (SEP).

The pricing of the HBM 2.0 memory, the packaging and substrate cost are simply too high to have a sustainable price of $499. We have mentioned this before, but Vega for AMD is not about making money. Don’t get me wrong, every company would like to make money with every product that it makes, but for AMD it is more important to win market share. First you win the market share, then you go after better ASPs (Average Selling Prices) and potentially start running a positive business.  

The company made a statement that it still has the power to interest its loyal customers with a high-end part and win some higher end GPU market from Nvidia. AMD is waiting for the second HBM 2 supplier to try to get a bit more favorable HBM 2 price and Hynix is expected to start delivering its HBM 2 memory in October.

Vega sells well

Vega 64 and 56 will definitely put a dent in the Nvidia dominated higher end GPU market. There are people who are willing to buy AMD, no matter what. Frankly the performance of Vega is enough to get a lot of people excited. The only downside of the Vega architecture is that the TDP power is too high, compared to the Geforce GTX 1070/1080 competition. Despite that, the performance and price ratio are quite balanced and are gaining a lot of sales for AMD.

The real manufacturing price or BOM (Bill of Materials) price of Vega is a well kept secret. The Vega GPU is being manufactured by GlobalFoundries (GloFo) and AMD has a sweetheart deal with this chip fab. It even has a five year wafer supply agreement with GlobalFoundries.

Vega pricing far north from SEP

This is where AMD saves some cost, but it currently cannot really do much about the high HBM 2 memory prices. So when AMD lets its Etailers sell Vega at the higher prices than SEP, it is actually making some money.

The pricing leaves a bitter taste as traditionally companies are very strict in controlling that no one really goes over the board with Suggested Etail Prices. Withthe Vega 64 and now the Vega 56, the $499 and $399 prices that were served up as official and caused reviewers to draw some conclusions on them based on the pricing, were far less than what the etailers were charging for the cards.

AMD claims that all this will be over soon as they are manufacturing more cards, but one thing is certain, it is still hard to buy any Vega 64 and 56 card, and even if you get one, it will cost you an arm and a leg.

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Will AMD RX Vega Supply Problem Improve In October

September 5, 2017 by  
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According to a report, AMD Radeon RX Vega shortages could last until October and while HBM2 might be a part of the problem, it appears that packaging is to blame.

According to a report coming from Digitimes.com, the issue is in the packaging of the RX Vega GPU and HBM2 memory on a single interposer, which is probably why we have seen different packages of Radeon RX Vega GPUs, coming from different sources. Other reports also suggested that the issue can be attributed to the problems with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering’s (ASE) packaging technology.

While there is certainly a shortage of HBM2 memory, which has been confirmed by various sources, the the recent announcement of the production ramp up at Samsung, as well as further production increase from SK Hynix, is likely to eventually overcome this problem.

AMD is facing heavy RX Vega shortages and as we wrote earlier, we expect to see higher Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 stock as well as custom versions of both versions sometime next month. AMD also announced that it is working to increase Vega stock in the coming weeks.

The shortage heavily impacts the price of these cards on retail/e-tail shelves and despite AMD’s assurance that it is sticking to the announced SEP (suggested e-tail price), Radeon RX Vega 64 has been selling at way over its US $499 MSRP.

Hopefully, AMD will be able to overcome the shortages and finally put some pressure on Nvidia’s higher-end line-up.

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Are AMD And nVidia Benefiting From Data Miners

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

Sales of PC graphics add-in cards rose in the second quarter for the first time in nearly a decade, benefiting Nvidia and AMD.

Data from Jon Peddie Research (JPR), add-in card sales jumped 30.9 per cent in the second quarter from the first quarter, and 34.9 per cent from a year earlier.

More than $3.6 billion of add-in hardware was sold last quarter, representing an increase of about $850 million over the first three months of the year.

GPUs from AMD and Nvidia have seen projected sales increases over the past few months because of the rise of the cryptocurrency market. Bitcoin and Ethereum miners use the hardware to earn, find and verify transactions at an accelerated rate.

Potential buyers in all market segments have been plagued by graphics card shortages and price increases in recent months because of the demand for coin-mining hardware. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) has provided the sales numbers to put in context.

Sales of add-in cards of AMD and Nvidia hardware were 520,000 units higher in the second quarter compared with the first quarter, according to JPR.

Traditionally, we would expect the standard seasonal drop of 10,000-20,000 units. This indicates that upwards of 500,000 total units of high-end graphics were sold into the channel and, indeed, for mining-specific uses. About one in three graphics cards sold at retail, to OEMs or businesses was used for cryptocurrency mining.

AMD Radeon graphics cards are better at cryptocurrency-mining workloads than Nvidia’s GeForce family, and miners targeted the AMD parts first. AMD gained nearly two percentage points of share 27.5 per cent to 29.4 per cent, while Nvidia dropped from 72.5 per cent to 70.6 per cent quarter to quarter.

The growth in add-in card sales is even more impressive when compared with the second-quarter’s 30 per cent drop in unit sales of desktop PCs.

Though the primary PC segment has declined dramatically, the discrete graphics space rose by 34.9 per cent.

However, there is already a levelling of the growth of Ethereum mining and thinks might not last.

The Nvidia product line remains better placed for the gaming landscape, and AMD has struggled with its release of a new architecture, code-named Vega. AMD benefits more from the continued strength of coin mining as it hides any potential deficiencies in the gaming segment, JPR said.

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Are NAND Prices Skyrocketing

August 30, 2017 by  
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Average selling prices for NAND flash memory chips rose three to 10 percent in the second quarter and are projected to continue rising through the third quarter.

According to DRAMeXchange, a market research firm that tracks memory chip pricing, NAND suppliers to post excellent third quarter financial results thanks to slight increases in contract pricing for mobile products like universal flash storage (UFS) and eMMC and solid state drives.

A tight supply of memory chips, particularly NAND and DRAM, is lifting the broader semiconductor industry to what is expected to be the best growth year since the recession recovery year of 2010, when chip sales grew by more than 30 percent. Market research firm IC Insights forecasts that NAND sales will rise 35 percent this year compared with 2016.

Last week, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization become the latest semiconductor industry market watcher to revise upward its forecast for 2017 sales, saying it now expects chip sales to grow by 17 percent this year.

Senior research manager at DRAMeXchange, Alan Chen said through a statement that suppliers that scaling limitations on planar NAND are pushing suppliers to shift to 3D NAND. This, transition, Chen said, has resulted in a substantial loss in production capacity, leading to tight supply and rising ASPs.

“We expect supply to be under strain for the rest of 2017”, Chen said. “Relief will come later in 2018, when the manufacturing of 64- and 72-layer 3D-NAND flash reaches maturity.”

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Will AMD’s Ryzen Mobile GPUs Hit The Street By The Holiday Season

August 29, 2017 by  
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While AMD is trying to get its RX Vega desktop graphics cards to the market, its Radeon Vega Mobile GPUs have been spotted in Kishonti’s CompuBench and GFXBench benchmarks.

Originally spotted by Computerbase.de, the leaked GPUs are named by these benchmarks as the Radeon Vega 10 Mobile and Radeon Vega 8 Mobile. Both are based on Radeon Vega 10 GPU  – not to be confused with the Vega 10 desktop GPU – and are a part of AMD’s upcoming Ryzen Mobile 2000 series APUs (the Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U), which combine Zen-based CPU with Vega-based GPU.

It also appears that these IGPs will bring some confusion to the market as the Ryzen 7 2700U comes with Radeon Vega 10 Mobile, which packs eight Compute Units (CUs) or a total of 512 Stream Processors, while the Ryzen 5 2500U comes with Radeon Vega 8 Mobile, which has 11 CUs and 704 Stream Processors.

RADEON VEGA 8 MOBILE — CL_DEVICE_MAX_COMPUTE_UNITS: 11
RADEON VEGA 10 MOBILE — CL_DEVICE_MAX_COMPUTE_UNITS: 8

Of course, bear in mind that these are just early leaks and might not be completely accurate and names could be changed at the later date.

In any case, these APUs could pack a significant punch with such a combination, offering decent performance on both the CPU and the GPU side. As we wrote earlier, notebooks with Ryzen Mobile APUs should be on the shelves for the holiday season.

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Intel Launches New Processor Dedicated To Laptops

August 28, 2017 by  
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Intel has unveiled its 8th-gen Core processor lineup, which confusingly isn’t based on the firm’s much-touted ‘Coffee Lake’ architecture. 

Instead, Intel’s new 15W Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs arrive as a “Kaby Lake refresh”, according to the firm, with Coffee Lake processors – which will take aim at workstation and enthusiast devices – set to launch later this year. 

The firm’s new 8th-gen chips the first quad-core ‘U-Series’ processors, which take aim at notebook and ultrabook devices. The lineup comprises of the of the i7-8650U with a base clock frequency of 1.9GHz with a boost clock of 4.2GHz, the i7-8550U (1.8GHz to 4GHz), the i5 8450U (1.7GHz to 3.6GHz) and the i5-8250U (1.6GHz to 3.4GHz). 

Although they remain on the firm’s Kaby Lake architecture, Intel is claiming that its 14nm+ architecture offers a 40 per cent performance improvement compared to its previous-gen Kaby Lake chips, adding that those upgrading from a five-year-old PC will see “double the performance.”

Karen Regis, director of Intel’s mobile platform marketing, boasted: “This is a huge leap, and arguably a once in a decade kind of leap,” and took aim at AMD’s Ryzen lineup with the claim that the new chips will “eclipse everything else in the industry.”

According to Regis, users of its new chips will see a 30 per cent performance speed improvement when editing images, 40 per cent when multitasking and a 48 per cent speed improvement when creating a slideshow in PowerPoint. Yippee!

Battery life remains “uncompromised” despite Intel’s aforementioned performance gains, and the firm claims that devices powered by its 8th-gen CPUs will offer up to 10 hours of battery life when watching local 4K video, and up to 11 hours if streaming 4K content on YouTube. 

Elsewhere, the new ‘Kaby Lake refresh’ offers support for Windows Mixed Reality, Windows Hello authentication and fingerprint touch-to-pay, along with Thunderbolt 3 support.

The integrated HD 620 graphics built into the last generation of U-Series processors is also getting an upgrade to UHD 620 graphics. The GPUs of Core i5 models run at 1.1Ghz while those of the Core i7 models run at 1.15GHz.

Intel is promising that more than 145 OEM devices will be launching starting in September, with 80 of those to be available in time for Christmas.

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Is Qualcomm Ready To Battle MediaTek

August 22, 2017 by  
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Now that Qualcomm is lowering prices for its Snapdragon 450 chips to less than US$10.50, MediaTek is under pressure to follow suit for its Helio P23 series.

Digitimes claims that MediaTek will try to flog its Helio P23 chips at as low as less than US$10 to better compete with Qualcomm.

For those who came in late, Qualcomm cut prices for its Snapdragon 450 series introduced in June.

Built using 14nm process technology, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 is expected to bring more competition in the already competitive midrange and lower midrange mobile chip market segment.

Samsung uses 14nm process technology to fabricate Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 chips, has apparently offered US$2,500 per wafer enabling Qualcomm to lower the chip prices.

MediaTek contracts TSMC to manufacture its upcoming Helio P23 chips and has to pay the foundry more than US$3,500 for the cost of 16nm per wafer, the sources said.

MediaTek originally wanted the Helio P23 to sell for $15. However, the prices have recently been cut to $11-12 as the outfit vied for Chinese clients.

The Helio P23 series will appear in the fourth quarter of 2017, with target shipments for the chips of 5-6 million units monthly. The upcoming Helio P23 chips have obtained orders from Oppo, Vivo, Gionee and Meizu, the sources said.

MediaTek expects fierce price competition in the smartphone-SoC market particularly the mid-range segment in the second half of 2017. This means that it will not see any substantial improvement in gross margin in the rest of 2017.

MediaTek saw its gross margin grow to 35 per cent in the second quarter of 2017 from 33.5 percent in the first quarter. However, the gross margin slid from 35.2 percent during the same period in 2016.

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Intel Confirms Ice Lake Processor Going 10nm

August 22, 2017 by  
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Intel has confirmed that the successor to its 8th-generation Core processors will be named ‘Ice Lake’ and will be built on the 10nm+ manufacturing process.

The vague teaser, which Intel has posted just days before the unveiling of its 8th-gen processors, will offer “amazing performance and responsiveness,” according to the firm.

It continues: “The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th generation Intel Core processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10nm+ process technology.”

Intel doesn’t specify what the plus sign in “10nm+” means, but it likely means that users can expect a performance and battery life boost over the firm’s upcoming Cannon Lake CPUs, which will be the first time Intel drops to 10nm. 

Back in February, Intel said that its first Cannon Lake CPUs would launch in the second half of this year and promised that the 10nm chips would offer a “15 per cent performance boost” over its yet-to-be-announced predecessor. 

Before the launch of Intel’s first 10nm chips, the firm will next week launch its 8th-gen Coffee Lake processors, which will be remain on 14nm despite increased pressure from AMD’s Ryzen line up, which has already seen AMD claw back marketshare from its main rival.

The impending unveiling unlikely will have too many surprises in store, though, as alleged specifications for Intel’s Coffee Lake CPUs appeared online last month.

If legit, expect Intel to offer a trio of six-core, 12-thread devices, with a leaked CPU-Z screenshot of an engineering sample suggesting they will slot into Intel’s standard LGA1151 socket. The leak also indicated a part with a 3.5GHz base clock speed, but capable of boosting to 4.3GHz on at least one core, and a 12MB level-3 cache. 

All three parts will support DDR4 with a 2400MHz integrated memory controller frequency. Only the cheaper of the three parts will not offer DDR overclocking.

While this is mostly speculation, Intel has publicly claimed that its Coffee Lake processors will be 15 to 30 per cent faster than its previous generation Kaby Lake chips. 

It’s unclear when Ice Lake will be making its debut, but Motley Fool reports that it unlikely will be until 2019.

According to a leaked roadmap from January, ‘Tiger Lake’ will be the successor to Intel’s 10nm+ Ice Lake processors.

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Is AMD’s New Vega GPU Too Expensive

August 18, 2017 by  
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Vega is expected any day now but as always someone has to jump the gun. 

AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB has made a brief appearance on the Fry’s webpage. It looks like that the card is $100 more than a NVIDIA 1080 and it is expected that it will compete against it. AMD is expected to launch Vega early next week and bencmarkers around the world are playing with the card as we speak.

Although the original link has been taken offline, it seems that Google has captured the pricing at $599.99 a full $100 more than the price that was announced at the AMD Capsaicin event at Siggraph less than two weeks ago. This can be a single case and the rest of the etailers / retailers might stick with suggest pricing guidelines, but we will have to wait and see how this develops. 

Update 1: AMD has reached out to us this morning that they have confirmed that Newegg and Amazon will have Vega 64 priced at $499.

Uptade 2: It turns out that Fry’s also will be stocking the XFX-branded card.  This SKU will also be selling at $599.99 as well.  We are hearing that quantities will be extremely limited so get there early if your store is lucky enough to get any at all.

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With Good Reviews Can AMD’s Threadriper Challenge Intel

August 17, 2017 by  
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AMD has lifted the review NDA veil from its first Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, the Threadripper 1950X and the Threadripper 1920X, which offer impressive multi-threaded performance and finally bringing some competition to this part of the market.

According to plenty of reviews from the usual suspects treated to special Threadripper samples, the cherry-picked Ryzen CPU dies, multi-die solution, a high number of cores with Simultaneous MultiThreading (SMT) and plenty of PCIe lanes to go around, AMD has finally managed to put the ball in Intel’s court. This is probably the main reason why we will see Intel launching its new 18-core/16-thread Core i9-7980XE in September.

In case you somehow managed to miss it, Ryzen Threadripper, AMD’s HEDT CPUs, are based on the same Zen CPU micro architecture as the earlier launched Ryzen consumer CPUs as well as uses the same 4094-pin TR4 socket as well as the same design as the AMD’s EPYC server CPUs.  In order to accommodate these new CPUs, AMD launched its new X399 platform, which gives the Threadripper CPU access to quad-channel memory support as well as a total of 60 PCIe lanes.

AMD has currently launched two Ryzen Threadripper SKUs, the TR 1950X, a 16-core/32-thread SKU with 3.4GHz base and 4.0GHz Turbo clock, 32MB of L3 cache, 180W TDP and a US $999 price tag and the TR 1920X, a 12-core/24-thread SKU with the same 32MB of L3 cache, same 180W TDP, 3.5GHz base and 4.0GHz Turbo clock and a price of US $799.

AMD also announced the TR 1900X, which is an 8-core/16-thread SKU, that could end up with a lower TDP, 16MB of L3 cache and works at a 3.8GHz base and a 4.0GHz Turbo clock. An earlier leak also suggested that we might also see the TR 1920 at some point in time while the TR 1900X should be coming by the end of this month.

According to the results, Intel still holds the single-threaded crown with some of its CPUs, especially the 10-core Core i9-7900X, which has a similar price to the TR 1950X. While Intel might offer better single-threaded performance and a somewhat lower TDP, Threadripper takes a significant lead in any multi-threaded test, even with a lower clock. This makes it very interesting for content creators, software developers and other professionals that can use all those 16-cores.

The gaming performance is mediocre at best, at least for the price of the Threadripper CPU, mostly since most of the games simply can’t use all those cores. In order to somewhat remedy that problem, AMD is offering two “modes” for Threadripper, Creative Mode, which uses all cores and threads, and the Game Mode, which cuts-down the number of threads in half and focuses on memory and core-to-core latency, which helps in some games but not by much.

Intel will be returning to this market with its new Core i9 SKUs with 12- to 18-cores, 44 PCIe lanes and a hefty price ranging from US $1,199 for the 12-core SKU, up to staggering US $1,999 for the 18-core SKU. With these prices, AMD is cheaper if you look at the number of cores but it remains to be seen if Intel will catch up AMD in terms of multi-threaded performance.

While it might not completely beat Intel in this niche market, AMD has finally brought some competition to the market, which is more than welcome. This shows that AMD is finally getting things right so hopefully we will see more of this in future. You can check out some reviews via links below.

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