AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is a great alternative for those seeking to build their own alternative to the Apple Mac Pro, and it’s being offered for just $3449.99 shipped, today only, originally $3990. This is the world’s first 64-core desktop processor and offers an unprecedented amount of single-socket compute performance in a desktop platform. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.
A computer enthusiast from Japan who goes by “Samurai Channel” on YouTube posts various videos of daily life, but the ones that really went viral involved cooking real foods on various computer processors. Most modern CPUs are kept cool with computer fans as well as heatsink fans by actively exhausting hot air, but when this doesn’t happen, the temperatures get hot enough to fry an egg, literally. Read more for two videos and additional information.
If McLaren released a Senna-themed PC, it would probably look like this build from modder Robeytech. It’s not just aesthetically pleasing, as the computer features an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core processor, 32 GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB RRD4-3200 memory, an MSI MPG X570 Gaming PRO Carbon WiFi ATX AM4 motherboard, an AMD Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB graphics, and a Seagate FireCuda 2TB internal hard drive. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
AMD announced that its slashing the prices of their new RX 5700 Series video cards ahead of their official release on July 7. They include the 50th Anniversary Edition AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card ($449), Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card ($399), and Radeon RX 5700 graphics card ($349). This means that the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT will be competing directly with the NVIDIA RTX 2060 ($349) and RTX Super ($399) GPUs. Many early benchmarks have NVIDIA’s RTX 2060 Super competing neck-and-neck with AMD’s RTX 5700 XT. Read more for a video and additional information.
Slated for release in Q4 2020, Microsoft’s Project Scarlett will use a semi-custom AMD Zen 2 processor architecture with Radeon RDNA architecture, and GDDR6 memory, which is plenty of power for 8K graphics, real-time ray tracing and even 120 frames per second gaming performance. Say goodbye to loading times, this console will utilize SSD storage that doubles as virtual memory to for blazing fast performance. “We’ve created a new generation of SSDs. We’re using the SSD as virtual RAM,” says an Xbox representative. Read more for another video of Xbox’s Phil Spencer on the new console, another picture and additional information.
Finally, after years in production, the finalized SMACH Z console will make its first appearance at E3 2019 next Tuesday (June 11th). Just to recap, it’s powered by AMD’s embedded V1605B APU (4 cores / 8 threads) with a base clock of 2.0GHz (3.6 GHz Boost frequency), up to 16GB of RAM and a Radeon Vega 8 GPU (1.1 GHz core clock) onboard with 512 shaders. Available in these configurations: $699 Smach Z (4GB RAM/64GB storage/no camera), $899 Smach Z Pro (8GB RAM/128GB storage | 5MP camera), and the $1099 Smach Z Ultra (16GB RAM/256GB storage | 5MP camera). Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Apple today revealed the all-new Mac Pro with a completely redesigned chassis for professionals who push the limits of what a Mac can do. This system features workstation-class Xeon processors (up to 28 cores), a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture boasting the world’s most powerful graphics card, while an Apple Afterburner accelerator card enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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If Sony were to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft and release an all-digital version of their game console(s), then it would only make sense for the next-generation PlayStation 5 to have no disc drive. As for other specifications, it’s rumored that the PS5 will sport an 8-core AMD Ryzen processor with a GPU and AMD Navi architecture with ray tracing support as well as 8K games. Read more for a video, another picture an additional information.
A Sony programmer associated with the firm’s Advanced Technology Group is allegedly working with AMD’s Ryzen technology to improve the Zen core’s micro-architecture support within the LLVM compiler stack – a key component of a tool used in the PlayStation 4 development environment. Since there’s no PS4 model currently using the Ryzen processor, analysts speculate that this is related to a prospective next-gen PlayStation 5 console currently in development. In other words, a Sony programmer was spotted by Linux specialist “Phoronix” making contributions to the LLVM GitHub related to the znver1 architecture, which is the codename for AMD’s first-gen Ryzen CPUs, none of which are used in any PlayStations…yet. Read more for a video and additional information.
AMD today unveiled the Radeon VII at CES 2019, the world’s first 7nm gaming graphics card. It’s designed to deliver exceptional performance and amazing experiences for the latest AAA, esports and Virtual Reality (VR) titles. The GPU is built on the enhanced second-generation AMD ‘Vega’ architecture and provides 2X the memory, 2.1X the memory bandwidth, up to 29 percent higher gaming performance on average, as well as 36 percent higher performance on average in content creation applications compared to the current top-of-the-line RX Vega 64 graphics card. This means gamers will be able to turn on maximum settings for extreme framerates at the highest resolutions while providing seamless, high-refresh HDR5 gaming at 1080p, ultrawide 1440p and 4K. Read more for the live unveil video from CES 2019 and additional information.