Radeon rumours, take VII

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2019 - 02:05 PM |
Tagged: rumour, amd, radeon vii

We have been seeing a lot of leaks from Twitter users APISAK and Komachi recently, with today being no exception.  Videocardz noticed some new posts which claim to show the performance of Radeon VII in Futuremark and the Final Fantasy 15 canned benchmark.

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The results are very interesting, to say the least, with graphics performance numbers on theFire Strike Performance preset beating an overclocked RTX 2080's 26800 points as well as it's 6430 in Ultra.  This result is very encouraging, assuming the mysterious GPU is indeed the Radeon VII we will soon be able to purchase. 

As for the FFXV benchmark, we have seen odd results in the past, though the discrepancy between the performance is well worth noting.

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In addition to the possible benchmarks is news about the third party cards which will eventually hit the shelves.  It is unlikely we will see the ASRock model in North America, but the others should eventually appear.

Source: Videocardz

Radeon rumourmongering

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2019 - 12:32 PM |
Tagged: amd, rumour, Vega VII

There are several rumours bouncing around the internet about the new GPU from AMD, from overall shortages, to selling short through to the non-existence of custom cards from AIB partners.  As usual AMD is fairly tight lipped about unreleased product but did refute the post from Tweaktown stating there will be a mere 5000 cards available at launch, stating that they expected to be able to meet initial demand; a nice change from the issues that plagued the entire industry in 2018.

There are also allegations that the cost of the 16GB of HBM2 will mean AMD will take a loss on every single card sold at the $700 MSRP, which is honestly ludicrous on the face of it.  However there is one rumour that The Inquirer noticed AMD would not comment on, we still do not have confirmation of third party cards.  That would be an odd move on AMD's part, but as this year we will see Intel auction off a high end chip instead of selling them on the open market perhaps we are in for a strange year.

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"AMD, however, has dismissed that these supply issues exist, and said in a statement that it has enough supply of the 7nm GPU to meet demand."

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Source: The Inquirer

The RTX 2060 is leaking, not smoking

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2018 - 12:55 PM |
Tagged: RTX 2060, rumour, nvidia

There were some interesting Final Fantasy XV benchmarks spotted recently, which seem to feature the unreleased RTX 2060.  The benchmark produced a score of 2,589 running on high quality at 4K resolution, which is a noticeable jump over the GTX 1060 as well as the new RX 590 from AMD, but not quite up to par with an unspecified RX Vega card which is likely the Vega 64.  The Inquirer wasn't able to find out much more unfortunately; we aren't even sure it will be branded RTX.

There are also some deals down below which are being updated throughout the day, if you are in a shopping mood.

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"Still, before you go binning your last-gen Nvidia GPU, it's worth noting that the RTX 2060 used in the benchmark was likely an engineering sample, so the results will no doubt differ by the time it becomes official."

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Source: The Inquirer

Navi may be closer than we thought

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2018 - 01:00 PM |
Tagged: navi, amd, rumour, 7nm

The rumours about AMD's new 7nm Navi GPU are continuing to spread, this time via The Inquirer.  They have heard tell that the chips are currently being tested, which is good news for both AMD and consumers.  We know that new Vega cards will be arriving in the near future but as of now we don't know as much about the release of Navi.  If they are currently testing the silicon that could imply some sort of release next year, perhaps not a full lineup but quite possibly something we can take a peek at and see how it stacks up to Turing.  Lets hope it is sooner rather than later. 

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"Touted to be the next graphics accelerators to take the fight to Nvidia with its Turing-based GeForce RTX graphics cards, Navi is set to use a 7nm process which promises to get more power out of GPU silicon."

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Source: The Inquirer

Coffee Lake ssssssssssssssssss

Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2018 - 12:41 PM |
Tagged: rumour, leak, Intel, coffee lake s

The S in Coffee Lake S should obviously sound like air slowly leaking out of an air mattress as we now have an idea of the pricing before Intel has official announced them.  The prices come from a Singaporean site, so the direct currency conversion which The Inquirer links to may not be completely accurate but the prices do seem in the right ballpark.  You can expect to pay around $452 for the i9-9900k with the i7-9700k coming in one hundred dollars cheaper at $352 or $251 for an i5-9600k.  If these prices are more or less correct then AMD's Ryzen 2 chips are noticeably less expensive. 

We do have to wait for the release before we can give you performance per dollar ratings, either by thread or by chip.

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"INFO AROUND INTEL'S 9th-gen chips is leakier than a bucket that been battered by a morning star, an indicated by the prices for the next wave of Intel CPUs slipping out prematurely in Singapore."

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Source: The Inquirer

Coffee Lake S will be released along with the pumpkin spice

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2018 - 01:49 PM |
Tagged: Intel, rumour, release, coffee lake s, i9-9900K, i5-9600K, i7-9700K

According to the various sources The Inquirer has, the Coffee Lake refresh will be launched on the first of October, in time to ensure systems builders have models ready for the holidays.  This new processor does not offer a compelling upgrade for those with a modern system, as it is very similar to it's predecessor.  If you have something a little older however, the three new processors offer increased frequencies and core counts, the 9900K sports a default Boost Clock of 5GHz, which is nothing to sneeze at.

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"If you were expecting anything bigger then allow us to disappoint you as, really the ninth-gen chips are mild upgrades on their predecessors, unless Intel has been keeping something very well hidden up its corporate sleeves."

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Source: The Inquirer

Lovely, NVIDIA is betting on BitCoin again

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2018 - 12:54 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, rumour, gtx 1180, turing

Hopefully this rumour is wrong as the price of the current high end cards from NVIDIA have finally stabilized at prices bearing some slight resemblance to their original MSRP.  If it is true, the next generation of GPUs from NVIDIA will be priced based on their assumption that cryptomining will be coming back in vogue and people will be willing to pay a higher price for the new cards.  We are still expecting to see these Turing cards arrive at the end of August, built on TSMC's 12nm process and introducing a new connector for VR headsets, which requires only a single cord.  

The Inquirer doesn't have any guesses on what the prices may be, they do have links to the source of the rumours though.

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"Digitimes has some additional info, though, and claims to have heard from 'industry sources' that the incoming Turing-based GPUs will be "priced higher" than Nvidia's current GTX 1080/1070 graphics cards."

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Source: The Inquirer

Well, my temperature is Ryzen, got my cores up to four

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2018 - 01:17 PM |
Tagged: ryzen 5 2500X, amd, rumour, Ryzen 3 2300X

Friday often brings rumours and this one is no different, with purported benchmarks of the unreleased Ryzen 5 2500X.  The chip, if it is indeed valid, will have four cores with eight threads unlike a certain competitors soon to be released refresh and will clock between 3.6-4GHz with 4.3GHz reachable through XFR.  There could also be a four core, four thread Ryzen 3 2300X in the works with a frequency range of 3.5-4GHz.  Pricing should be rather attractive for many, the 2500X should be around $250 and the 2300X about half of that.  There were more overclocking results, which you can check out over at The Inquirer.

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"This week, Hong Kong site XFastest got its mitts on a fresh and so-far-unannounced version of the chip, the Ryzen 5 2500X. According to the site, the incoming processor is a four-core, eight-thread chip, and features a 3.6GHz base clock with a 4.0GHz boost clock."

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Source: The Inquirer

AMD's North Star might arrive in time to top Christmas trees around the world

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2018 - 12:50 PM |
Tagged: rumour, Polaris, navi, amd

The rumour around the 'net today concerns AMD's new generation of GPUs, the 12nm Polaris 30 update and the 7nm Navi chip.  If these rumours are correct, we will see Polaris before the end of the year and it will come with a performance boost of 20% compared to the current Polaris 20 based cards.  It will be very interesting to see how they match up to Vega, both in price as well as performance; not to mention how much they narrow the gap between their cards and NVIDIAs.  Navi will initially be for mid-range GPU applications, likely to make AMD some good income from next generation consoles and eventually paired with HBM2 to replace Vega on the high end. 

You can track the rumours back to their source at The Inquirer.

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"The post notes that Polaris 30 will be manufactured using the 12-nanometre finFET process and will offer a 20 per cent boost in performance over the Polaris 20-based high-end GPUs that debuted in 2017."

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Threadripper 2990X rumours come with good and bad news

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2018 - 01:45 PM |
Tagged: amd, rumour, Threadripper, 2990X

A German retailer jumped the gun and posted a price for the mysterious new 2990X processor whose existence AMD has yet to confirm or deny.  At around $1750 USD, converting from the posted €1,509 it would be significantly more expensive than the current 1950X but lower than the $2000 price tag attached to Intel's Core i9-7980XE.   The price will likely actually be lower in North America as prices depend on a variety of geographically dependent charges, though it will still be a fair chunk of change.  The 32 core chip is likely clocked at 3.4GHz base with a boost of 4GHz and will surpass Intel's unreleased 28 core chip in a variety of tasks and leave the i9-7980XE in the dirt with applications which prefer multiple threads, not to mention PCIe lanes.

The Inquirer links to the original leak here.

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"Videocardz spotted the since-removed listing at Cyperport, which listed the 32-core CPU with a €1,509 (around £1,300) price-tag, making it roughly €500 more expensive than AMD's 16-core Threadripper 1950X at launch."

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Source: The Inquirer