Yes finally GPU prices have started falling, and in some cases are actually below MSRP (Older Cards). With the release of Intel Arc cards and upcoming release of new generation cards for both Nvidia and AMD, competition and pricing are creating a price adjustment to the advantage of users. The Radeon (AMD) 6650XT, 6750XT, and 6950XT, are a small update to the 6000 line with somewhat better memory performance.

The NVidia 3000 series from the GeForce RTX 3050 to the 3080 has had price reductions bringing them closer to MSRP or slightly lower. In some cases 3090 were still somewhat over MSRP! This also means that older cards (2000 series) are much cheaper where available.

With the RTX 40 series from NVidia and all the rumors concerning their performance etc…Many may choose to wait for them to hit the market first. Speculation is that they could come out by either October or November 2022. Estimated prices are as follows : –

RTX 4070 $599,99, RTX 4080 $799.99, RTX 4090 $1,999.99

Keep in mind that scalpers and others caused a 30% to 50% increase of prices the last time with the 3000 line.

The AMD RDNA3 cards are a little harder to target concerning release dates and or other aspects. AMD is being very secretive. As of the first week of August (when I am writing this) there is no official word on release dates. If I had to guess, probably soon after NVidia release will be followed by AMD (November or December 2022.

The AMD RDNA2 GPU refresh with the RX 6950XT, RX 6750XT, and RX 6650XT, is meant to compete against the 3000 line of NVidia. RDNA3 or Navi 3X is meant to be competition for the NVidia 7000 line. Oddly this time they seem to both be choosing to name these series 7000. In AMD case this means Navi 33 (RX 7600 XT), Navi 32 (RX 7700 XT), Navi 31 (RX 7800/7900 XT), etc… Here are some links for more possible details

As stated at the beginning of article, things seem more promising in terms of pricing and performance this time around. I can only hope that the end of the year will be of benefit to users.

What is going on now!

I have not posted any new content for quite some time. I have been repeatedly sick, time and time again since January. Apart from one brief period, this still goes on. Trying to resolve my health issues, has been a difficult task. That being said, here is what I can say! My predictions as to prices for Video Cards, in general, have been realized. Prices have dropped somewhat, but still in my opinion too high. Shortages in chips and Supply chain issues have not helped. There are several new AMD graphics cards, the RX 6950 XTRX 6750 XT, RX 6650 XT, and RX 6400. Most have not been properly benchmarked yet.

NVidia is still a big culprit where cards are selling above MSRP (It should be sales at under not over), with their cards (RTX 3050 to 3080) selling at anywhere from 25% to 45% over MSRP. Pricing on eBay, in general, has dropped from the sky-high pricing last year.

AMD cards do better in terms of pricing in comparison to MSRP, but the market seems to feel that better performance is to be had from NVidia. Of course, these statements relate to the current models with NVidia 30XX series and AMD 6X50.

With the drop in CryptoMining and many Miners, especially former Chinese ones are clearing old inventory. That means that older generation cards are quite often available at very low prices. I do feel though, that the more modern ones offer better performance and in some cases better bang for your dollars. Some leaked information (Not from AMD), seems to point to a possible release of a Radeon RX 6700 Non-XT 10GB model. If this comes to pass, it would be right in the middle of the performance range for AMD cards. Hopefully with a price to match or even better pricing.

New generation cards or the next performance champions, will need more cooling and more power. Already Mobo companies have added a better connection for power. The NVidia ADA / Lovelace series and the GeForce RTX 40 (some also known as the AD102 to 107), along with AMD`s RDNA3 will be completely over the Moon for performance, speed, memory etc… Some products may arrive as soon as this Fall (September and October). These will all be using TSMC’s 4nm process most probably. I recall that at College many years ago, I wrote a paper for a course about transistor count on chips. The rumor is that these may have as many as 80 Billion, thereby confirming what I wrote then in my paper of phenomenal amounts of transistors on cards in the future. See the following article on Tom’s Hardware for greater details (

In other news, Intel’s Raptor Lake their 13th generation CPU, has garnered a lot of Press. Some reports show it as faster then an i9 12900K. Then there is the AMD 7000 series of 5nm Zen4 cpu’s for AM5 socket. AMD had to correct expectations of Power specs for the cpu which actually may peak at 230 watts wih a TDP of 170 watts. This is far greater than the previous generation with 105 to 143 as spec. It would appear that the end of this year will be filled with some interesting new hardware.

What is happening or going to, Winter 2021/beginning 2022.

NVIDIA Announces GeForce RTX 2050, MX570, and MX550 For Laptops or at least that is what is being said. There have been so many announcements from Intel, AMD, NVidia, etc… We used to refer to these as Vaporware! Announcing stuff before it is even ready for Prime Time. Obviously, the war continues between Intel and AMD. Intel is still lagging in the advances for size reduction. Most of currently available Intel CPUs are 10nm, while AMD is about to drop to 5nm. GPU shortages continue, so the only option for many with tight budgets is in CPUs with integrated graphics. Laptops are now available with the AMD series 5000 CPU`s and seem to have good performance. My only wish, is that more basic memory be included in base models.

There seem to be many new Motherboards announced for both Intel (B660) and for AMD (Z690). Pricing varies greatly. Do your due diligence or homework before proceeding. I have strong feelings about these new products. More money for slightly better performance. AMD has reached a point where compatibility is problematic for the newer CPUs with the older Motherboards. Intel has also a problem with the pin changes. I am disappointed both in the pricing of these new boards, and also continued shortages of certain chips and GPU`s.

CES 2022 happening soon will be very revealing about how this year will play out. Expect continuing competition between Intel and AMD. The other to look out for is ARM and their advances. With Intel and their 12th generation CPU`s and AMD about to drop soon with Zen4, it should be interesting for performance this coming new year. Can only hope that prices start being more reasonable soon. I can say that in the Laptop segment we have seen amazing pricing and performance. Desktops are another matter entirely. So tune in to CES 2022 or at least follow the announcements if you can. Happy New Year to everyone!

What have you done for me lately?

At this year’s Computex Trade Show, AMD showed us their next big step in their Line-Up. They plan to combine their TSMC Fab and access to 3DFabric tech to build chips with 3D stacking. This supposedly will triple L3 cache for such as the Zen3 Ryzen9 – 5900X from 64Mb to 192MB cache. If so, this will definitely give a tremendous boost. They say there is over 2TB/s of bandwidth for this. AMD also announced recently three new 6000 series mobile GPU’s Radeon RX 6600M, 6700M, and 6800M. All based on RDNA2. So it seems the race between Intel and AMD is still on, and the consumer could be a winner if they solve the chip shortages. It is especially frustrating with Graphic Cards to see people obliged to pay a premium of often 200% or more over retail pricing.

Intel has not given up on trying to compete. The latest news is about the 12000 series CPU’s. The Intel Core i9-12900K is supposed to outperform the AMD Ryzen 9- 5950X! These are supposed to be available sometime in September?

Meanwhile, several Laptop/Notebooks are now available with the 5000 series from AMD.

My complaint is that some pricing for CPU’s and Motherboards is still quite expensive. If you factor in the Graphic card availability in with that, it is a terrible time for those anxious to Upgrade. On one side the consumer is getting a better bang for the buck because of the competition, but due to shortages and prices, it is costing more than it should. I can only hope that these problems will be resolved soon, especially as to graphic cards.

Just a little thing to add, the new Intel 12000 series will require a brand new motherboard based on the Z690 with a LGA 1700 socket! AMD has announced timing for Zen4 to be delivered in late 2022 (take that with a grain of salt as they have in past done this to confuse competition and came out sooner).

What is Happening in the World of Home Computers

It has been some time since I wrote anything concerning Computers. The reason for the delay, is we keep having shortages in both GPU and CPU availability.

Despite various announcements, I find it useless to claim this or that performance, if the product is not generally available. However it is time to review the changes since the beginning of the year.

Intel has launched 11th generation Rocket Lake!

Built on Intel’s most advanced 14nm process node technology. (are you kidding me) This new product family will form the basis of Intel’s premium desktop portfolio for most of 2021 (how disappointing), if not longer, and features processors with up to eight cores. AMD meanwhile has 7nm and soon 5nm!

Intel still has a lot of catching up to do. They are making efforts to get better performing CPU`s out the door, but on old technology? So perhaps they had gotten terribly lazy if this was possible before and they just did not do it then.

At the top of the stack is the Core i9-11900K. Intel has set the 1000-unit pricing of the Core i9-11900K at $539. Note that Intel does this 1k unit pricing for OEMs, so the final retail price is often $10-$25 higher. This is well above AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X at $449 SEP (MSRP), which is also an 8-core processor. Intel is stating that along with better gaming performance, this processor also offers next-generation integrated graphics, support for new AI instructions, and enhanced media support for the price differential.

Intel’s 11th-Gen Rocket Lake processors have finally been cleared for liftoff, with the eight-core $539 Core i9-11900K taking on AMD’s potent Ryzen 9 5900X that leads in many benchmarks, while the six-core $262 Core i5-11600K slots in with more palatable pricing as the mainstream gaming chip to challenge AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X.

 Intel stepped forward to faster DRAM speeds (though that comes with a big caveat), finally adopted the PCIe 4.0 interface, added AVX-512 support and AI-boosting DL Boost technology etc…

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12 / 24 105W $549 (Please note that this chip doesn’t have integrated graphics).

AMD Ryzen 5000G APUs (With integrated Graphics): OEM Only For Now, Full Release Later This Year (finally now some 5K series CPU`s available for public to buy )

These new Ryzen 5000G APUs are built on TSMC’s 7nm process, and will feature eight Zen 3 cores (for 5700G and 5700GE) with Vega 8 graphics. All CPUs will also have 24 lanes of PCIe 3.0 and support DDR4-3200.

Users might be disheartened to hear that this is another APU with Vega 8 graphics. AMD made it clear that the jump from 12nm to 7nm gave them a lot of extra frequency, from 1400 MHz to 2100 MHz, which enabled them to optimize for 8 compute units of Vega on 7nm, rather than the 11 compute units on 12nm, and still give a substantial speed-up in performance. AMD’s philosophy with the APU line has been to mix and match what is needed on the product at the right time, and enabling RDNA/RDNA2 on an APU at the same time as changing the CPU core might be a couple of steps too much with a new product. However it is what it is, and the increased L3 cache range for the cores will have a direct knock-on to graphics performance.

If we put side by side the Ryzen 5 5600X, the CPU, with Ryzen 5 5600G, we see a lot of similarities. Both have six cores and 12 threads, both run at 65 W, and both have 24 PCIe lanes.

However, there are a number of differences as well. The 5600X CPU has an extra +200 MHz on the turbo frequency, whereas the 5600G APU has +200 on the base frequency and it also has integrated graphics. On top of this, the CPU has PCIe 4.0 rather than PCIe 3.0, and the CPU has double the cache. If we go up to the 8-core parts, then that disparity changes a little. 

For this comparison, there is no base frequency difference, but the turbo is higher on the CPU. The APU still has the integrated graphics, but is only PCIe 3.0 off the processor and not PCIe 4.0 like the CPU. We still have the cache difference.

So the question is which would you rather have – 100-200 MHz extra CPU frequency, double the L3 cache, and PCIe 4.0, or would you rather have integrated graphics? Interesting times ahead.

Chipset Support

AMD has confirmed that X570, B550, and A520 motherboards will support the new 5000G processors. X470 and B450 motherboards might also be supported, but that depends on the motherboard manufacturer. At this time, for anyone lucky enough to get one on the open market, special Beta BIOSes will be needed to enable full performance.

Please note announcements for X570(AMD) and Z590(Intel) or equivalent Motherboards now.

GPU shortages continue but perhaps the Intel DG2 and/or Iris Graphics will give hope!

AMD Ryzen3 series 5000 and the New Video Cards

The latest AMD Ryzen CPU`s (Series 5000) are a very strong push against Intel domination., and single core performance. They also have good pairing with the B550 and X570 Motherboards. Every CPU from the low end 5600 to the high end 5950 have increased performance. AMD has also once again challenged pricing with really amazing Bang for the Buck prices (From $299 to $799). The greatest problem will be availability and whether they can be in stock at various retailers etc… Much as certain Video Cards are also often out of stock.

The recent launch of AMD`s 6000 series Video cards will also reflect better pricing for good performance ($579 to $999) but may suffer the same fate in terms of availability. The AMD Radeon 6800, 6800XT, and 6900XT are promising great performance at better prices (Comparison 5700XT at $399) than previously seen. It remains to be seen if they will deliver on that promise and the pricing/availability.

The most positive outcome of all this is pricing/performance is better and better. Bang for the Buck is greater and greater for consumers with the red hot competition between AMD and Intel and NVidia.

Please note it should also mean that older CPUs and GPU`s should be had for lower bargain prices soon if not already so.

Another New Super Computer Blah Blah Blah !

Nervana NNP-T: 27 Billion Transistors is one of the latest announced projects for Greatest Super Computer. It seems lately that a competition has been taking place between countries, and Manufacturers, to outdo each other.

Intel revealed some greater details about its much-anticipated Spring Crest Deep Learning Accelerators here at Hot Chips 31. The Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training (NNP-T) comes with 24 processing cores and a new take on data movement that’s powered by 32GB of HBM2 memory. The spacious 27 billion transistors are spread across a 688mm2 die. Oddly enough, the NNP-T also incorporates leading-edge technology from Intel-rival TSMC.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have taken the data center by storm, redefining how compute is used and deployed at scale in an exceedingly short period of time. As such, the rise of GPUs, long the go-to solution for AI training workloads, in the supercomputing space has been explosive. In 2008, not one supercomputer used GPUs for computation, instead relying on the tried-and-true CPU, but now 80 percent of compute power in the top 500 supercomputers comes from GPUs. As we’ve seen time and again, the trends in HPC and supercomputing filter down to the broader data center, so the proliferation of AI/ML workloads presents a threat to Intel’s data center dominance, as each GPU replaces several Xeon processors.

In response, Intel has developed a multi-pronged approach to keep its hands on the steering wheel. Compute-heavy training workloads create complex neural networks that run object recognition, speech translation, and voice synthesis workloads, to name a few, which are then deployed as lightweight inference code. Due to their ubiquity, Xeon processors continue to be the platform of choice for the less computationally-intense inference workloads, but Intel is developing several solutions to tackle the training workloads that firmly remain the stomping grounds of Nvidia’s GPUs.

Nvidia claims that GPUs are the end-all-be-all solution for all forms of AI and machine learning, but Intel maintains that there are different solutions for each class of workload. Part of Intel’s answer to training will come in the form of its forthcoming Xe Graphics Architecture and Altera-derived FPGAs, but the company also has a new line of custom-built Nervana silicon in the works for training workloads.

Enter the Spring Crest Deep Learning Accelerator, otherwise known as the Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for training (NNP-T), which is a mouthful no matter how you slice it. We’ll stick to NNP-T.

This new accelerator comes as the fruits of Intel’s acquisition of Nervana and represents a fundamental rethinking of the basic chip architecture to tailor it specifically for training workloads. More importantly, the Nervana architecture is tailored to scale workloads out to multiple cards, and even across multiple chassis, to the point that even rack-scale architectures based on the design could be a future direction. This design philosophy is important as the ever-expanding size and complexity of neural networks now have data center architects thinking of the chassis as the first unit of compute measurement, as opposed to the traditional paradigm of a single accelerator being the first unit of measure.

Accommodating the exploding size of the models, which Intel says are doubling roughly every five months, and complexity isn’t just a function of boosting memory capacity/throughput and compute power: Both of those axes have to be paired with an efficient architecture that focuses on power efficiency, which is the ultimate measure of affordability in the data center. The design also requires a focus on an optimized communication system to reduce the power overhead associated with data traversal.

The NNP-T SoC Architecture

Here we can see Intel’s take on the best approach to these challenges. The 688mm2 NNP-T die is fabbed on TSMC’s 16nm CLN16FF+ process. It’s a bit counter-intuitive to see a TSMC process on an Intel processor, but Nervana had already taped out its first-gen Lake Crest design on TSMC’s 28nm processors before its acquisition by Intel, and continuing to use those design rules and TSMC’s IP made sense to speed the transition to the current-gen product. Intel will also stick with TSMC for the next-gen product, but incorporate more of its own IP into the architecture, like power control and skewing technologies, creating what the company terms the “best of Intel and the best of Nervana.”

And the design uses plenty of TSMC’s latest tech. The NNP-T die is flanked by four 8GB HBM2-2400 stacks (2.4 GB/s) that all ride on top of a massive 1200mm2 silicon interposer. The die and HBM stacks are connected via TSMC’s CoWoS (Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate) interconnect, which is a multi-chip packaging technique that uses micro-bumps to connect dies to a passive silicon interposer, which is then bonded to a package substrate that has through-silicon vias (TSVs). The result is a 60x60mm package that has a 3325-pin BGA interface (meaning it is not a socketed processor).

This is classified as a 2.5D packaging technology because the interposer is passive, while a similar design with an active interposer (active logic on the base die) would fall under the definition of 3D packaging. Meanwhile, the individual HBM2 stacks are true 3D implementations (4Hi). TSMC’s CoWoS competes with Intel’s own EMIB (Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge) packaging that uses silicon bridges embedded into the package substrate.

Fully utilizing the four 2.4 GB/s HBM2 stacks required 64 SerDes lanes that support 28GB/s apiece (3.58Tbps aggregate). Those lanes feed the HBM PHY/memory controller on the die, which then routes data to the 24 Tensor Processors (TPC) located throughout the 27 billion-transistor die. The TCP’s also houses the 60MB of SRAM that is distributed throughout the die. There is also some die area dedicated to a management CPU and interfaces, like IPMI handling, I2C, and the like, along with 16 lanes of PCIe Gen 4.0.

The chip operates at 1.1 GHz and draws between 150 and 250W in air-cooled configurations, with more performance possibly unlocked with watercooling in the future. The NNP-I comes in OCP Accelerator Module (OAM) mezzanine card form factors (hybrid cube mesh) due to their enhanced cooling and connectivity capabilities (seen here as the QFSP networking ports on the rear of the card). The OCP cards are experiencing a sharp uptake at hyperscale data centers, but the NNP-T also supports traditional PCIe card form factors.

Data In, Data Out

Having access to such prodigious memory throughput doesn’t necessarily mean that you should use it all the time, largely because data movement is generally more expensive than compute in terms of power consumed and the time it takes for traversal. As such, minimizing data movement is a key ethos of the Nervana architecture.

Diving into the Tensor Processing Cores finds several dual-ported memory banks that can read and write at the same time, and a Convolution Engine that can read data out of memory and convert it with convolutional filters to do matrix multiplies. The math happens in the red blocks, with the compound pipeline supporting pre-operations before the multiplies, and then multiple operations on the final product. The engine also outputs two operations at the same time, providing both the pre-operation and post-operation simultaneously. That minimizes the need for successive data movements through the compute pipeline. Intel also infused a small microcontroller (uController) directly into the control path that allows a custom instruction to trigger a subroutine in the microcontroller to perform specific operations.

Each TPC has four high-speed busses, with two dedicated to HBM2 memory while the other two handle communication with other TPCs.

There is 60MB of SRAM spread across the TPCs. The TPCs are connected to the on-die network, which consists of a bi-directional 2D mesh architecture that has a separate bus that allows for data movement among the TPCs and can even move data off the die without accessing the HBM2 memory subsystem. This alleviates a common congestion point with read-heavy neural networks that require multiple accesses to HBM per operation, which creates a memory bottleneck that prevents the cores from being utilized fully.

Intel dedicates much of the die to a networking scheme that provides tremendous bandwidth both to and from the die (2.6Tbps total cross-sectional bandwidth). The mesh architecture has different networks for control, memory, die-to-die, and cluster-to-cluster communication (denoted by the colored arrows). This type of complex networking requires sophisticated routing and QoS (quality of service) controls to maximize throughput and avoid congestion. Unsurprisingly, many of Nervana’s employees have deep backgrounds in networking technology, which helped in crafting the directly software-controlled send and receive architecture.

At the end of the day, maximizing performance of the memory and network subsystems helps to keep the cores fully utilized during data-heavy tensor workloads. Here we zoom in on the NNP-T’s compute cores, two of which reside inside each TPC. The compute cores support bFloat16 matrix multiplies, FP32 and BF16, among all other major operations. Intel shared core utilization performance data with small message sizes, largely because competing architectures struggle at this metric, and also single-chip performance in deep learning workloads with various GEMM sizes. The utilization claims are far better than competing products, but as with all vendor-provided benchmarks, we’ll have to wait for third-party analysis for the final verdict.

Performance at Scale

Spreading large models out among multiple chassis is a must, and the NNP-T is designed to scale gluelessly from chassis-to-chassis, and even rack-to-rack, without a switch. The network is designed with very high bandwidth and low latency in mind, which allows the architecture to handle massive models that scale to 5 or 8 billion parameters, or beyond.

Intel also shared communication bandwidth performance data for the typical send/receive, but also measurements with Allreduce and Broadcast, which require computation between data transfers, to highlight the linear scaling from within the chassis to other chassis.

The company also provided latency metrics for different message sizes, with the small 2KB message sizes delivering exceptional latency characteristics and solid scaling up to 8MB message sizes. Again, this is latency measured in a real-world workload where there is computation involved between the steps, as opposed to standard performance measurements that only account for time on the link. Intel says it conducted these tests on its A-stepping silicon, while its B-stepping that will ship in final products should offer even better performance.

The architecture supports scaling to 1024 nodes with 8 NNP-T’s apiece, but scaling and scaling efficiently are two different matters entirely. Intel hasn’t published more expansive scaling efficiency testing numbers yet, but we’re told the architecture scales well up to 256 cards, and perhaps beyond.

Nervana NNP-T Ship Date

Intel says it will sample the NNP-T to leading-edge customers by the end of the year, with a specific focus on Tier 1 cloud service providers at first, and then opening the cards up to the broader market thought 2020. Intel says it already has the B-stepping silicon, which will ship in final products, running in its labs and that we should expect more updates over the next four months.

CES 2020 review

TV makers like Samsung, LG, and Sony were showcasing their flashiest 4K and 8K TVs shipping in 2020. Self-driving vehicles, and streaming or new video services were also on hand even before the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 180,000 people attended CES 2020. There were 4,500 exhibitors across 2.9 million square feet of space. The CES Consumer Electronics Show and its 53rd edition were definitely a big hit. Dell and Alienware were on hand, and showing the Concept UFO. The portable Windows PC, which mirrors the form factor of the Nintendo Switch, features an 8-inch display, kickstand, detachable controllers, and support for external devices like displays or a keyboard and mouse. The Segway S-Pod was on display. Basically a two-wheeled self-balancing stroller that can hit speeds of up to 24 miles per hour. Unlike other Segway products, you control the S-Pod with a joystick instead of your body, making it a little easier for some. There was also the Segway Ninebot T60 a type of Scooter that potentially could be shared for transportation. Several Gaming Monitors were on display. All of the Monitors had High resolutions, quick response times and many had high refresh rates such as 240Hz. LG’s new OLED ZX Real 8K TV which comes in 77- and 88-inch displays had some amazing specs, as Sony`s Z8H 8K LED TV. At either 75 or 85 inches, has full-array LED backlighting, can upscale 4K content, and supports Sony’s “Frame Tweeter” technology, which vibrates the frame itself for improved sound quality.

OLED TV`s have usually been expensive, however 2020 has seen a huge price drop. The new 4K Vizio OLED model looks as astonishing as higher-end TVs we’ve seen from LG and Sony.

See here below for some other interesting products

L’Oreal Perso

This first-of-its-kind makeup and skincare mixer allows you to create custom formulas of lipstick and skincare products — something you had to do by hand until now. Load Perso with cartridges that either contain lipstick colors or various skincare ingredients (think moisturizer, vitamin C serums or SPF) and it gives you seemingly endless combinations.

BrainCo prosthetic hand

BrainCo’s AI-powered prosthetic hand works with an amputee’s brain waves and muscle signals to intuit the movement they want to make. It allows amputees to have a more full range of motion customized to their own body, compared to others on the market that offer a limited number of preprogrammed movements. It will also retail for between $10,000 to $15,000 — significantly less than other robotic options.

Lenovo Yoga 5G

A handful of 5G laptops are coming in 2020, but the Lenovo Yoga 5G is the first that will combine 5G with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform. That means great battery life, low power consumption and, assuming 5G lives up to the hype, amazingly fast always-on connectivity.

LG ThinQ Washer with AI

LG looks like it will be one of the first brands to deliver on the promise of bringing meaningful AI to large appliances. Throw a load of clothes into the LG ThinQ washer and LG claims its technology will be able to detect the combination of different fabrics in your laundry and then recommend the most appropriate washing and drying cycles. This kind of AI-based recommendation engine is also in the works from various smart refrigerator manufacturers, but LG appears to have the edge among laundry appliance makers in terms of bringing this tech to market. LG says the ThinQ with AI line will go on sale in the first half of 2020.

GE Kitchen Hub microwave

A 27-inch Android tablet above your oven sounds awkward, but stand in front of a GE KitchenHub display and you get the appeal pretty quickly. From watching Netflix to following along with a recipe app, a full blown Android tablet has a lot of utility in the kitchen. Last year GE introduced the KitchenHub via a vent hood model. Here at CES 2020, GE takes the concept to its natural next step, packing a 1.9 cubic foot microwave behind the screen. The KitchenHub has a built-in camera for monitoring or Instagramming your stovetop food remotely, and another one for video chatting, but the real promise lies in the flexibility of having a large, Android-powered touchscreen in an accessible spot in your kitchen. GE won’t comment on pricing yet (the vent hood version sold for $1,200), but the new KitchenHub goes on sale later this year.

Dabby Dabby is a home entertainment device that consolidates every TV streaming service, free video site and social media site into one tablet-like box — saving you from toggling between all of the options when you’re looking for a certain show or video. It also includes a subscription manager to help you keep track of all of your different services, how much they cost and how often you use them, to fight subscription overload. It costs $400 and ships in April.

It remains to be seen if any other shows will actually take place this year.

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AMD Ryzen 4000 both in Laptops and now Desktops

AMD Notebook PC sales really have done quite well. Some very Major companies have been offering the Ryzen 4000 in their lineups. Pairing AMD’s eight-core Ryzen 9 4900HS processor with strong graphics for example, has really been quite a hit with many users. The price points of the Laptops/Notebooks has really made users eager to buy.

Companies such as Dell,HP, Asus, Acer, Lenovo, etc… have models available. Everything from a quad-core Ryzen 3 4300U processor, six-core Ryzen 5 4500U, eight-core Ryzen 7 4700U, Ryzen 7 4800H processor with a Radeon RX 5600M, to eight-core Ryzen 9 4900HS processor with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060.

When information was originally released, AMD spoke of 135 different models, but some may be available only in foreign markets. With prices from $620 to over $1,500.00 they are priced to satisfy anyone and everyone.

The Ryzen 4000 G-Series Desktop Processors should now be available or soon will be. AMD chips still represent the best bang for your buck, even if Intel CPUs will give you better gaming performance once you get outside the entry-level chips. That’s why, for absolute pure gaming performance, Intel CPUs are still the best bet if Gaming is your main priority, however for most business tasks and even some Video s editing etc… AMD is priced right.

AMDs Next Zen3 Desktops (not yet available) may hit 4.9Ghz or better in Boost Mode. The CPU`s using TSMC’s 7nm FinFET manufacturing process, are now considered a known quantity after so many previous chips from AMD. AMD has publicly confirmed that Zen 3-based processors will work seamlessly on B450, X470B550 and X570 motherboards; although, certain compromises are made on the older 400-series motherboards. 


AMD’s Ryzen 4000 desktop processors have finally arrived, but before you get your hopes up, be warned, these aren’t the next-gen powerhouse chips we were expecting. 

Six G-Series chips, including the AMD Ryzen 4700G, make up the first batch of the next-gen Ryzen 4000 desktop processor family, with AMD claiming they’re powerful enough to run games (in Full HD at low settings) without a graphics card. 

However, these processors will initially only be available in pre-built systems from third-party manufacturers, meaning you won’t be able to buy them to upgrade your gaming PC. 

AMD’s new Ryzen 4000 chips are built upon the existing 7nm Zen 2 architecture instead of the widely anticipated Zen 3 architecture. This means the new G-Series chips feel like scaled up versions of AMD’s current mobile processors rather than fully fledged next-gen desktop CPUs.

Those craving news on the Zen 3 Ryzen 4000 desktop chips shouldn’t be too disappointed though, as AMD has promised they are still set to release this year. The X670 chipset is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2020 and will feature enhancement, such as enhanced PCIe Gen 4.0 support. It will also feature increased I/O from additional M.2, SATA, as well as USB 3.2 ports, though Wccftech reported that native Thunderbolt 3 support may still not happen on this chipset. AMD also recently announced a budget-friendly B550 chipset that supports the AM4 socket and brings PCIe 4.0 support to a lower price point.

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I must once again apologize to my readers and subscribers. It has been a very difficult time. After leaving the 9 to5 Job for good last December, I took some personal time. Following which I had intended to write more. However, fate had a different plan, I lost a Friend and Mentor. It was devastating for me. Little did I know more was to follow. Due to the rapid spread of Covid-19, I also lost three (3)  other Friends and two (2) Family members. It has been a very trying and hard time for me personally.  My hope is that gradually things will get better. You will find two new articles and more to follow. Thank You All for your patience.

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.

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