Saturday, August 04


Daily News Stuff 4 August 2018

Tech News

  • AMD has a new APU: 4 Zen cores, 24 Vega compute units, and supporting 8GB of GDDR5 memory.  (AnandTech)

    Where the existing Ryzen 2400G trails behind the original Playstation 4, this new chip has almost exactly the graphics performance of the Playstation 4 Pro.

    The downside: You can't have one.  It's a semi-custom design for a Chinese PC and console manufacturer.  We're not likely to see these as a regular PC component, because without the GDDR5 memory the fast graphics cores would starve.

    As a minor note, despite the dozens of Ryzen processors across two generations now, covering desktops, laptops, workstations, servers from 8 to 64 cores, embedded systems, and now game consoles, this is only the fourth Ryzen chip.  Everything else has been put together from one CPU chip (in 2017 or 2018 version) and one APU chip.

  • AMD has a new range of high-end desktop chips that you will be able to buy, if you have the cash.  They range from the 12 core 2920X Tiny Tadpole for $649 to the 32 core 2990WX Robot Zombie Ninja Pirate for $1799.  (VideoCardz)

    The 12 and 16 core models use 180W; the 24 and 32 core models use a hefty 250W.  That's a lot of power and heat, but it's right in line with my Ryzen 1700, which uses 65W for 8 cores.

    Fittingly, the new chips come packaged in a small toaster oven.  (Fudzilla)

  • Microsemi (who?) are launching PCIe 4.0 products - SSD controller chips and PCIe switches.  PCIe 4.0 should start to enter general availability next year, with new CPUs and chipsets and motherboards and video cards and so on.  Yes, you will need to buy everything again.  And in 2020 DDR5 memory will be coming out, so you'll need to buy everything again.  (AnandTech)

    Or don't; things are mostly fine anyway.


Picture of the Day

Dotonbori, photo by Yoshito Hasaka

Video of the Day

Apparently Wakfu season 3 is on Netflix.  Apparently I cancelled my Netflix account BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE WORST RECOMMENDATION ALGORITHM EVER AND DIDN'T TELL ME THAT.

I have seasons 1 & 2 on Blu-Ray though.

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1 The PCI 3/4/5 thing looks annoying.  I just upgraded my motherboard last month from an x370 to an x470  (I really liked the Asrock I had, but the wired NIC died and some of the USB ports went flaky; the Asus I upgraded too seems more stable).  I'm going to give the 2000-series Ryzen a miss, but I might pick up a 3000-series next year; hopefully the 7nm process will yield larger clock speed gains.  And I just bought a GTX 1060 a couple months ago (for only a little more than original MSRP, too; I just missed the big price drops, unfortunately), so I don't need a new card for a while; this should let me give PCIe4 a miss.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, August 05 2018 04:13 AM (ITnFO)

2 Yes, it's not really necessary yet; you can get 90% performance from the fastest graphics cards with a PCIe x8 slot, let alone PCIe x16.

The advantage it brings is that commodity CPUs that only have 16 PCIe lanes effectively get a free upgrade to 32, and then 64, so AMD and Intel don't need to upgrade to larger, more expensive sockets.  A PCIe 5.0 x16 slot is likely to be enough for any video card through at least 2025.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, August 05 2018 03:03 PM (PiXy!)

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