Sarcasm on: how terrible is that!
One of the most interesting features about AMD’s X399 platform is the fact that there are 64 PCIe lanes. While 4 lanes are dedicated to the chipset, the other 60 lanes are for PCIe devices such as graphics cards, a sound card and NVMe SSDs. According to the latest rumors, AMD’s Threadripper platform is not going to allow for NVMe RAID configurations. Although for some this feature might be important, we don't think is a big loss.
Spotted on ASUS and ASRock websites
Very attractive choice
As you might be aware of the AMD RX Vega 56 is a cut down version of the flagship Vega 64. The difference between the two cards is the number of next-generation compute units (NGCUs). While the RX Vega 64 comes with 64 units enabled the RX Vega 56 features 56 enabled units. In the end this means the RX Vega 56 processes pixels using 3584 Stream processors, 192 TMUs and 64 ROPs, while the RX Vega 64 makes do with 4096 Stream processors, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs.
Didn’t talk about it during launch
When NVIDIA launched their GTX 10XX series graphics cards the company announced that they’ve cancelled the 3- and 4-way SLI support from their drivers only continuing developments on 2-way SLI. Listening in closer to what AMD was talking about during the launch of their RX Vega cards - or actually what they didn’t talk about - it seems like AMD could also remove 3- and 4-way support from future drivers.
Two reference models
A few days ago, AMD has finally released their RX Vega graphics cards, revealing a cooler design that is similar to the one that can be found on the RX Vega Frontier Edition. The official name of this card is Vega 64, where the number derives from the core clusters count the chip comes with. Following the launch, many partners are now showing their models. SAPPHIRE for instance is launching three different versions of the Radeon Vega 64.
Cooler similar to RX Vega Founders Edition
AMD has finally released first pictures regarding their new RX Vega graphics cards, revealing a cooler design that is similar to the one that can be found on the RX Vega Frontier Edition. While the RX Vega Frontier Edition sports a dark blue cover, the RX Vega comes with a light silver shroud. The official name of this card is Vega 64, where the number derives from the number of core clusters the chip comes with. At a later stage AMD is also going to release the RX Vega 56, which is supposed to be a little less powerful.
16 core and 32 thread madness
It appears that the Capsaicin SIGGRAPH 2017 was quite an event with AMD not just showing news parts but also demonstrating them. On the overclocking side of things our good friend Tudor “Monstru” Badica from Lab501 appears to have had quite some “monstrous” fun overclocking on one of the Ryzen Threadripper bad boys to 5.2 GHz, destroying some Cinebench scores.
What was to be expected - judging by the size
A fairly substantial update
AMD today released the latest update to their Radeon GPU drivers, the Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2. In the shape of a larger update they’ll bring a few new features. Furthermore - as usual - these drivers are supposed to help increase the performance and efficiency of AMD cards and on top of that AMD has also fixed some issues related to input latency.
Compatible with a number of existing closed-loop coolers
Ryzen Threadripper is most likely going to draw quite some power and therefore generate a lot of heat, while at the same time offering serious performance. What felt like last week a rumor surfaced that AMD might bundle their Ryzen Threadripper chips with an all-in-one closed-loop cooler but unfortunately that got rejected rather quickly. Nevertheless there are still good news for owners of Asetek based AiO’s, since it appears that AMD and them have teamed-up, which is why the Ryzen Threadripper box will be shipped with retention kit.
That would be a bit expensive
It looks like the guys over at Nordic Hardware have received word from a retailer about the pricing of AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX Vega cards. According to them those cards are supposed to sell for 7000 SEK, which is approximately $850 US. Not included in this price is VAT, which will make those pixel accelerators even more expensive.
According to a 3DMark Fire Strike result
AMD’s RX Vega GPU has been spotted in the Futuremark database, showcasing performance values, which are a little bit higher than what NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 is capable of achieving. The graphics score value from 3DMark Fire Strike are therefore within what’s been expected. All the scores have been gathered using an Intel Core i7-5960X processor.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper launch is pretty close
AMD has announced they’re going to hold a new Webinar event that will take place on July 25th. Just like it happened a few months ago, AMD might stream the event through Adobe Connect Meeting Room, but it's still unclear who will be the host this time. According to latest reports, it looks like AMD will show TR4-based motherboards from ASRock, ASUS and Gigabyte during the event.
Waiting the grand finale at SIGGRAPH 2017
AMD kicked off its Radeon on the Road tour yesterday in Budapest. The aim was to show off a few details regarding the upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics card. In other words, they’re starting to build up a hype regarding their upcoming high-end GPUs. The next stop on AMD’s Radeon on the Road tour is going to be the PDXLAN event in Portland (US) and after that the products should be finally revealed at SIGGRAPH 2017.
New retention kit needed as well
RMA fraud is no unknown thing when it comes to large retailers such as Amazon. Occasionally it happens that someone purchases a product and then returns/RMA's it with a different product inside the same box. This is actually surprisingly common when you are purchasing a graphics card or even a processor.
Two entry-level quad cores
According to a leak from a reddit user, AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3 CPUs might be released July 27th. At the moment there isn't any precise information, but according to the latest rumors Ryzen 3 1300X will cost $129 US and Ryzen 3 1200 will be available for $109 US. The reddit post, which is where the rumor first surfaced, is unconfirmed, but the prices appear to be yet very interesting.
Prices and clock speeds revealed as well
Better cooling and higher TDP