Intel lowers per Core pricing

Most probably in response to AMD’s Ryzen 3000-series chips, the company announced this week that it would drop the pricing of its graphics-less F-series chips by $25

Intel’s has been slow to respond to AMD’s Ryzen pricing. Instead, the company has slowly added more cores to its processor families with the release of new models in the 9th generation and announcing 10th generation chips. What this amounts to is lower per-core pricing for all the newer chips and discontinuing older chps (Not price competitive). The company has also added more features to some of its chips, like exposing more PCIe lanes for the downstream models.

Intel’s F-Series chips come with disabled internal graphics due to manufacturing defects that would normally render the chips unusable. The F-Series chips arrived with no formal announcement from the company in December 2018 as the company was mired in the throes of its continuing shortage of 14nm production capacity. At the time of release, the chips came with absolutely no discount over their counterparts.

Selling these chips allowed for the company to boost production, though the company never formally announced that the chips would remain a part of its strategy. As part of today’s announcement, the company also said it would add F-Series chips to its long-term roadmaps, meaning enthusiasts will have budget options in the next generations of Intel’s processors.

Integrated graphics do come in handy for QuickSync, troubleshooting, or if your graphics card fails, but under most conditions, the disabled graphics unit doesn’t have an impact as these chips basically offer the same performance but without the graphics.

The price cuts impact both the unlocked “KF” and locked “F” models.

The price cuts are effective today for Intel’s 9th-generation F-Series processors that are already in the market. As before highly recommend reading in places like Tom’s Hardware and Paul Alcorn, also sites such as AnandTech, and Tech Radar etc…. to get more details and specifics.

AMD announces availability for Ryzen 9 3900

Hello now the chip is officially launched or so they imply. AMD announced the Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X with not a lot of information and only for OEM and system integrator (SI) customers only. The 3900 is available globally, while the 3500X is only available in China.

Ryzen 9 3900 Specifications and Availability

AMD designed the Ryzen 9 3900 to offer most of the 12-core, 24-threaded horsepower of the impressive Ryzen 9 3900X, but with a much lower 65W TDP range then its bigger brother, which sucks down 105W.

The 3900’s reduced power is due to a lower 3.1 GHz base clock than the 3.8 GHz on the 3900X. AMD also lowered the boost clock to 4.3 GHz. Aside from those alterations, the Ryzen 9 3900 is identical to the 3900X, and both support overclocking.

That means the Ryzen 9 3900 could theoretically offer similar performance to the chronically-understocked Ryzen 9 3900X. AMD also recently announced the PRO variant of the 3900, which sports the same specifications.

It’s really a shame this processor isn’t going to be available in the retail market as it would mean a better value for budget builders, particularly for small form factor builds. However as it stands now, this chip will only come in pre-built systems.

3900X at $499 usd, 3900 at unknown price for now, Pro 3900 also unknown for now, Ryzen 7 3700X 8cores/16 threads at $329, Ryzen 5 3600 6/12 at $199, etc…

 

Here’s AMD’s announcement on the matter:

“The Ryzen 9 3900, now available globally, and Ryzen 5 3500X, available in China only, enjoy the features of current Ryzen 3000 series processors, letting OEM and SI partners take full advantage of AMD’s most advanced CPU platform. Both Ryzen processors offer powerful gaming and high-speed productivity performance, support industry leading PCIe 4.0, AMD’s Precision Boost Overdrive and Ryzen Master Utility, and, like all Ryzen 3000 processors, are fully unlocked for performance tuning.”

AMD isn’t sharing pricing for these chips. As OEM models, they are largely bought in volume purchases only. As such, we don’t expect the company to share pricing information any time soon. Both chips are available to OEMs now.

AMD Ryzen 3000 series & Threadripper

AMD has announced some delays with certain CPU’s most probably related to the heavy bookings with their Manufacturer for 7nm parts. In all probability, because of heavy demand they are having issues ramping up production numbers. Therefore the chips for 12 Cores and 16 Cores are somewhat delayed but should be available soon. In this category theAMD Ryzen 3900X and 3950X are the top of the Desktop models. Threadripper for 3000 series with 24 Cores has been announced for November. The 32 Core Threadripper may arrive much later in December or possibly beginning of 2020. The manufacturer TSMC, has had to triple lead-time for chips from two months to six months. AMD originally followed a path from Zen to Zen+ and now Zen 2 architecture. Already AMD has spoken of preparing Zen3 . Of course the competition with Intel cpu’s continues, however AMD has seriously given Intel a kick in the Butt about pricing and value. To me this is great for the end-users and market.

Review of Computex and E3 Computer Shows

Here is a review of the Computex and E3 shows. This is, of course only a quick summary of those shows. Once again at Computex  the AMD Ryzen 3000 family was big news. More details and specifications were revealed, as well as more on AMD`s GPU / Video Cards. Also, more products such as the MSI GT76 Titan Gaming Laptop, The 17-inch Asus ROG Strix XG17, Zotac Low Profile GTX 1650, Intel’s Honeycomb Glacier concept proves things are just getting cooler and weirder. The dual-screened laptop has two hinges that make it stand tall, offers a custom cooling solution using just a single fan and Tobii eye-tracking to let you work in the app you want with just a glance. Gigabyte’s top-end X570 Aorus Xtreme Motherboard, The PCIe 4.0 era is upon us, courtesy of AMD’s third-gen Ryzen processors, and new, faster SSDs are paving the path to blazing storage performance. Gigabyte’s Aorus PCIe 4.0 SSD comes with Phison’s latest E16 SSD controller and pushes out 5 GB/s of reading performance and up to 4.4 GB/s of write performance. That type of speed is sure to kick up some heat, but the Aorus comes with a hefty solid copper heatsink that won’t break a sweat. The drive comes in a 2TB capacity for $299, while the 1TB and 500GB models retail for $269 and $269, respectively. That’s a fairly tidy sum for the fastest flash-based SSD on the market at that time. The T-Force Spark Flash Drive (yes, we said RGB flash drive) has colorful lights that actually serve a function in telling you how much storage is being used. The tasteful light at the back goes from green to orange to red as you run out of storage space. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) of 2019 also had some interesting developments and announcements from Sony Playstation, Nintendo, XBox, etc…. The funny part, of course, is that Sony chose not to exhibit at E3 this year. Newly-announced games were Final Fantasy VII Remake (@finalfantasyvii), CyberPunk2077 (@cyberpunkgame), Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (@ZeldaOfficialJP), Animal Crossing: New Horizons (@NintendoAmerica), and Marvel’s Avengers (@PlayAvengers). These were the moments that generated the most conversation on Twitter:
Fans tweeting about their favorite announcements from Nintendo’s livestream
Keanu Reeves showing up at #XboxE3 for CyberPunk 2077
The announcement of Final Fantasy VII Remake & Marvel’s The Avengers game at the Square Enix press conference. Most-tweeted-about games were Pokemon (@Pokemon), Fortnite (@FortniteGame), Splatoon (@SplatoonJP), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (@SmashBrosJP), and Apex Legends (@PlayApex). There were many other announcements such as for Bleeding Edge, Borderlands3, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, DOOM Eternal, etc…

I believe that for me the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X sets a new high watermark of 12 cores and 24 threads for the mainstream desktop. However, there is also the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X now with 16 Cores and 32 Threads. Will there eventually be a new generation Threadripper also ? That remains to be seen.

Intel’s Latest AI Chip

Intel’s Latest AI Chip Mimics the Way Your Brain Works

 Called by designers a neuromorphic product, codenamed “Pohoiki Beach,” that behaves like a biological brain does by simulating a whole network of neurons. Intel is saying its new chips work “up to 1,000 times faster and 10,000 times more efficiently” than traditional CPUs for certain AI-related workloads. Pohoiki Beach is made up of 64 smaller “Loihi” chips, which together can simulate 8.3 million neurons (Still far below the Human Brain and its 100 Billion, comparable to a small mouse or equivalent ). Intel’s neuromorphic research community currently includes more than 60 different partners. Perhaps one day the chip technology may filter down to the company’s PC processors. But you can expect Intel to talk more about the neuromorphic chips in the future. Later this year, the company plans on scaling the technology to 100 million neurons. However, Intel isn’t alone in creating neuromorphic chips Qualcomm and IBM have also been developing silicon around the computing approach.

Latest Tech 27 March 2019

Huawei introduces the P30 and P30 Pro. Ryzen CPU`s from 1000 and 2000 series beginning to be at Bargain Prices, after all the news on Ryzen 3000 series coming out soon. Motherboards for Ryzen 3000 would be X470/X570 series for all the capabilities. Older boards still able but not full capabilities. Expect many announcements at the Electronics show called E3 this summer., as well as shows such as Computex 2019.

CES Show recap

Just a quick review and recap of some other noteworthy stuff from the last CES show. I have already written about AMD and NVidia, but that was not the end all and be all of the show. Here is a list of some other products and manufacturers.

Lenovo Yoga S940

Lenovo showed off a swathe of great new Yoga laptops at CES 2019, and one favorite is the well-built Yoga S940. It’s a wonderfully slim and light laptop with a Contour Glass display that comes in up to 4K resolution with HDR and Dolby Vision support.

Built out of aluminum, it weighs 2.64 pounds and is just 0.48 inches (12.2mm) thick, and comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB RAM and 1TB of SSD storage.

The Lenovo Yoga S940 goes on sale May 2019, starting at $1,499 U.S.

Acer Swift 7

Acer impressed umany at CES 2019 by somehow making its teeny Swift 7 laptop somehow even smaller and lighter.

In its aim to make the ‘world’s thinnest laptop’, Acer’s flagship Ultrabook for 2019 is just 9.95mm (0.39 inches) thin and weighs in at just 890 grams (1.96 pounds).

Meanwhile, a smaller chassis allows the Acer Swift 7 to shrink the bezels even more this year around, achieving a screen-to-body ratio of 92%.

It’s still a sturdy laptop, though, with a chassis made of magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum alloys. Acer claims that these materials are two to four times tougher than regular aluminum, while also being up to 35% lighter. Thin, light and powerful – there’s a lot to be impressed with on the new Acer Swift 7, and it’s one of the best laptops seen at this year’s CES.

LG gram 17

Speaking of thin and light laptops, LG wowed many as well with the LG gram 17, an incredibly light 17-inch laptop that weighs just 1.3kg – which is lighter than many other smaller laptops. You’re not going to see another 17-inch laptop that’s this light in 2019.

Its 16:10 display has a “2K” resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, and packs a Whisky Lake Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, Thunderbolt 3, SSD storage and even ports such as a microSD reader that thicker laptops don’t include.

It will go on sale for $1,700 (U.S. later this year.

Alienware Area-51m

The Alienware Area-51m is another innovative gaming laptop at CES 2019 which does something new. Unlike other gaming laptops, the Area-51m allows its processor and graphics card to be upgraded, making it a future-proof laptop that will be playing games for years.

It answers one of our biggest complaints with gaming laptops – the lack of upgradability – and it does so with Dell’s customary high built quality and attractive design. I have been looking into this and may add one to my shopping list.

LG Signature Series OLED TV R (OLED65R9)

At one time, seeing a TV appear out of thin air would have been something straight out of a magic act. But LG’s new rollable Signature Series OLED TV R isn’t magic – it’s engineering and display technology taken to the nth degree. While some other 2019 TVs can do 8K and sit flush on the wall, only the 65R9 harnesses OLED’s natural flexibility to roll up on itself when you’re done watching it. Tech Geeks beware is contagious.. Panasonic GZ2000 4K OLED TV Just like the Las Vegas strip itself, the TVs of CES 2019 have been all about the glitz. Whether it’s 8K resolutions or rollable displays, the ‘wow’ factor may have been upped, but there’s a sense that it’s been a game of spec-chasing and headline-baiting. The Panasonic GZ2000 4K OLED, on the other hand, is a pure movie-lover’s dream – there are no gimmicks here, just a commitment to the best possible picture quality. 

Panasonic GZ2000 4K OLED TV

Just like the Las Vegas strip itself, the TVs of CES 2019 have been all about the glitz. Whether it’s 8K resolutions or rollable displays, the ‘wow’ factor may have been upped, but there’s a sense that it’s been a game of spec-chasing and headline-baiting. The Panasonic GZ2000 4K OLED, on the other hand, is a pure movie-lover’s dream – there are no gimmicks here, just a commitment to the best possible picture quality.

For further details and or just checking out the latest Computer Tech I like to go to the following : – ANANDTECH at https://www.anandtech.com/ and/or Tom`s Hardware at https://www.tomshardware.com/

CES Show

Sorry it has taken so long to write. It has been insane for me and my schedule since last December(2018). I have a full-time job in addition to 4 different businesses or activities I am involved in. Was just overwhelmed with demands for my time. Now about the last CES show in Vegas. There were as usual a large number of vendors and manufacturers etc… However I would have to say that the most anticipated were from AMD and NVidia. As expected they both introduced new Video Cards, and AMD also introduced their new Ryzen 3000 series of processors. As in the previous version of Ryzen (1 or 1000) and Ryzen 2, the Ryzen 3000 will come in at Ryzen 3,5,7, and new Ryzen 9.

AMD is expected to bump up the Ryzen 3 3000 models four cores up to six, the Ryzen 5 3000 chips from six to eight, and the Ryzen 7 3000 parts from eight to 12.

The introduction of Ryzen 9 3000 processors with up to 16 cores and 32 threads is perhaps the most surprising aspect of the recent leaks because it would effectively push the mainstream AM4 platform into Threadripper territory, much like Intel has encroached upon its own HEDT lineup with its mainstream Core i9-9900K.

The Ryzen Threadripper 2990 (32cores) and 2970 (24cores) are also getting a lot of press. The competition between Intel and AMD has become unbelievable. While traditionally Intel has had the advantage on performance, it now simply boils down to Pricing, and whether you are a gamer or a business oriented computer user. AMD has an edge in that they are now able to deliver 7nm parts with greater performance etc…

Intel has tried to counter with the Intel Corei9 and the Workstation 24 core Xeon CPU`s. However the workstation solution is far too expensive and the Corei9 is still using older processes at a higher price. Intel may soon be completely irrelevant if they do not get their processors on more modern iterations (7nm). Other developments at CES were of course related to Graphic or Video Cards. AMD announced their new Radeon VII cards.

At CES 2019, AMD announced the Radeon VII, marking a return to high-end consumer graphics. This is based off a 7nm architecture, and promises to compete with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 at a similar price point. You won’t have to wait long to get your hands on it either – the Radeon VII hits the streets on February 7.

And, if you can’t justify ponying up the cash for a Vega card, AMD put out the Ryzen 3 2200G and the Ryzen 5 2400G APUs, with Vega graphics, on February 12, 2018.
AMD’s Navi GPU architecture will be on its way later this year, with the latest speculation suggesting a July release.

AMD Navi design, will be our first genuinely new Radeon chip since Vega launched into our desktops a year and a half ago. That architecture has though been given a fresh lick of paint with the AMD Radeon VII gaming GPU.

But the next-gen 7nm Navi GPUs will most likely be specced to dominate the mid-range market, taking on the GTX 1660 Ti et al, rather than trying and going toe-to-toe with Nvidia’s top Turing GPUs at the high end.

Lisa Su, AMD’s popular CEO, said they are committed to releasing the new Navi graphics cards this year, and the latest rumour has them shipping alongside the Ryzen 3000 processors. That could be a real challenge to Intel and NVidia.

But why should you wait for the next 7nm Radeon GPU? What will AMD’s next-gen GPUs deliver to make them a worthy upgrade from the Polaris design, and will they really arrive alongside the new Zen 2 CPUs?
The 14nm Vega 10 and Polaris 10 GPUs, used in the RX Vega and RX 500-series cards respectively, hold a total of 4,096 Stream Processors for Vega and 2,304 inside the Polaris chip. Thanks to the 7nm process, AMD could fit roughly 1.6x more logic into the same die space with Navi… if TSMC’s numbers are to be believed.
Pricing all depends on whether AMD target the high-end or mid-range markets with Navi. This will most likely also affect whether AMD utilises expensive HBM2 memory or GDDR6. A midrange RX 680 could be somewhere around $330 to $400 at most.

USB What ?

The Industry now appears to be doing the same thing to USB as they recently did to Wifi. As indicated in my previous article on the subject, they have renamed all the previous versions for more logical and supposedly easier understanding by the public. Well get ready for more of the same where USB is concerned. The USB 3.0 standard was eventually re-branded to USB 3.1 Gen 1 . USB 3.2 is about to come out, and the Group USB-IF (Implementers Forum) has decided that it is necessary to spell out the various iterations or versions for the Public to understand. So Here goes, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (formerly known as USB 3.0), which offers speeds up to 5 Gbps, will be rebranded into USB 3.2 Gen 1 while USB 3.1 Gen 2, which supports communication rates up to 10 Gbps, will be called USB 3.2 Gen 2 moving forward. Since USB 3.2 has double the throughput (20 Gbps) of USB 3.1 Gen 2, the updated standard has been designated as USB 3.2 Gen 2×2. In order to achieve a data transfer rate of 20 Gbps, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 employs up to two high-speed 10 Gbps channels. Are you with me so far, next As noted by the USB-IF, conventional USB hosts and devices were designed as single-lane solutions. USB Type-C cables, on the other hand, support multi-lane operations that open the doors for scalable performance. As a result, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 is only possible over the USB Type-C connection. To avoid overwhelming the consumer with technicalities, USB-IF suggested a separate marketing nomenclature for each standard. USB 3.2 Gen 1 should be identified as SuperSpeed USB while USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 are labeled as SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps and SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps, respectively. There is no actual date set for when USB 3.2 devices will arrive. Some think they might come out later this year, but it could be much longer. Either way, it’ll probably be a bit before the standard catches on in the motherboard space since manufacturers would have to incorporate third-party USB 3.2 controllers into their products. So basically this is just a heads-up for those planning on spending to Upgrade in the near future.