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Ryzen for the Rest of Us: AMD’s New Ryzen 3 Takes On Intel Core i3

It’s been a little less than five months since AMD launched its first Ryzen 7 products, and the company is finally ready to introduce its Ryzen 3 family of CPUs. While Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 may have captured more headlines, Ryzen 3’s lower price points are targeted at the mass market of gamers that want a decent CPU with solid performance, but who don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on it. Let’s take a look at what AMD is launching, and how it compares with Intel’s ...

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Ryzen for the Rest of Us: AMD’s New Ryzen 3 Takes On Intel Core i3

It’s been a little less than five months since AMD launched its first Ryzen 7 products, and the company is finally ready to introduce its Ryzen 3 family of CPUs. While Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 may have captured more headlines, Ryzen 3’s lower price points are targeted at the mass market of gamers that want a decent CPU with solid performance, but who don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on it. Let’s take a look at what AMD is launching, and how it compares with Intel’s ...

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Intel May Respond to AMD Ryzen With Six-Core i5, i7 CPUs

For the last few months, Intel and AMD have been playing a bit of one-sided chicken. With AMD’s Ryzen and Epyc initial launch cycles nearly complete, we’ve seen the smaller CPU company aggressively take the fight to Intel in CPU pricing. And the market has responded — the Ryzen 7 1700 is now the second-best selling CPU on Amazon. Six of the top 15 CPUs on Amazon are made by AMD (with 5 Ryzen SKUs) and eight of the top 20. Now there are rumors that Intel will respond to ...

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Intel X299 Overheating Problem Implicates Skylake-X Design

About two weeks ago, we covered a report from overclocker der8auer, who claimed that the X299 VRM cooling situation was a disaster due to improper cooling decisions from a number of motherboard manufacturers. This kind of claim is always controversial, but it’s now been verified — and to some extent, sharpened and clarified — by more advanced testing. Tom’s Hardware has published an extensive article on how the top-end Skylake-X parts, like the Core i9-7900X behave under heavy load in a variety of conditions and when mounted with top-end water cooler ...

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AMD Epyc Faces Off With Intel Skylake-SP Xeon in Massive Server Battle

Last month, AMD launched its new server architecture, codenamed Epyc, in single-chip configurations of up to 32 cores. We already knew back then that Intel was prepping a massive Xeon refresh, starting with the Core X-Series (working on that, for the record) and following it up with a new lineup of Xeon parts with up to 28 cores, 56 threads, and a new L2 cache structure that quadrupled the amount of L2 while slashing the amount of L3 allocated per-core. On Monday, Intel launched roughly 50 SKUs in total, with ...

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Samsung Poised to Overtake Intel as World’s Largest Semiconductor Manufacturer

For the past 26 years, the same company has led the semiconductor industry in yearly revenue: Intel. While the Santa Clara firm makes a distinct minority of the total semiconductor silicon manufactured worldwide, it still leads the market in sales revenue — or at least, it did. Samsung is now expected to surpass Intel in terms of quarterly revenue, thanks in part to huge upticks in demand for memory. Samsung expects to invest some $ 18.6 billion in expanding its South Korean facilities and boosting its memory and display manufacturing ...

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Major Hyper-Threading Flaw Destabilizes Intel Kaby Lake, Skylake CPUs

Intel has shipped Hyper-Threading CPUs for well over a decade, even subtracting the Core 2 era when the technology wasn’t used. For most of that time, Hyper-Threading has been a technology that ‘just worked.’ Initial problems under Windows 2000 and Windows XP were ironed out by service packs and software updates. And while there’s been the very occasional case in which turning off Hyper-Threading improves performance, it’s a rare enough issue that I can’t recall any instances offhand. Now, a major Hyper-Threading flaw has been discovered that can destabilize Intel ...

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Intel Launches Core i9 X-Series CPUs, 10-Core Available Now, 18 in October

When Intel announced its new Core X-series of parts, it made several significant changes to its HEDT (High-End DeskTop) product lineup. First, these new Core i9 CPUs would have a significantly different cache hierarchy, with more L2 and significantly smaller amounts of L3. Second, they’d be joined by a new suite of Kaby Lake-derived desktop processors, with fewer PCI Express lanes but unlocked CPU cores for overclocking and built on a platform that theoretically offers much more CPU upgradability than you typically see on a desktop board. Ordinarily, this is ...

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Intel Sued for Allegedly Defective, Exploding Phones

Several years ago, back when Intel was still trying to break into the smartphone market, the company announced a highly unusual partnership. Because Intel couldn’t build a smartphone modem integrated on-die on its own silicon at that time, the company decided to partner with TSMC, which handled its modem manufacturing. This allowed Intel to bring an SoC to market that could compete in the budget and mainstream smartphone markets of the time with the on-chip modem that was critical to competing in that space. The chip, dubbed SoFIA, had a ...

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Intel Quietly Threatens Microsoft, Qualcomm Over x86 Emulation

Last week, Intel published a blog post detailing the 39th anniversary of the x86 microarchitecture’s launch and the various ways the microarchitecture has evolved over the decades, from the advent of various SIMD (single instruction multiple data) capabilities to advanced encryption and broken security hardware security enhancements. For the most part, it was an unremarkable story for the not-quite-40th-anniversary of what remains one of the most important ISAs on the market today. It wasn’t until near the end of the post that things turned ugly. In the editorial, Intel Fellow Richard ...

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