Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2018 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: H310, H370, B360, Q360, Q370, Intel, amd, ryzen 2000, x470, b450
With both AMD and Intel scheduled to release new chips in a few weeks it looks like it will be a busy April for reviewers. Motherboard manufacturers are hoping the retail market will also be a busy as they have all seen slower sales this quarter than they achieved a year ago. Indeed total global motherboard shipments slipped 15% in 2017, a noticeable slowdown. Intel will be refreshing Coffee Lake and adding several new chipsets while AMD will be introducing Ryzen 2000 as well as two new chipsets.
From the looks of the names, which are listed at DigiTimes, the naming conventions for the two competing companies will remain annoyingly similar.
"Asustek Computer, ASRock, Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI) have all begun making deployments, hoping their motherboard shipments in the second quarter can at least remain at levels similar to those a year ago, according market watchers."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- CUDA is Like Owning a Supercomputer @ Hack a Day
- Microsoft Says Windows 10 Spring Creators Update Will Install in 30 Minutes @ Slashdot
- Blackberry enlists those tired of life to promote its phones in exchange for swag @ The Inquirer
- CTS who? AMD brushes off chipset security bugs with firmware patches @ The Register
- How To Detect + Fix Sitemap Problems In Google Search Console @ TechARP
- NETGEAR Nighthawk XR500 Wireless Gaming Router @ Kitguru
- Nitro Concepts Series S300 Gaming Chair @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Processors | January 8, 2018 - 12:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: Zen+, Zen, ryzen 2000, ryzen, CES 2018, CES, amd
During AMD’s CES 2018 Tech Day, CEO Lisa Su announced the plans for the second-generation Ryzen processor roll-out in April. This is the revised design that has been rumored for months, with a process technology change and slight tweaks to features.
Details are expectantly short, but what we know is that these parts will move from a 14nm process technology to 12nm from GlobalFoundries. AMD is calling the design “Zen+” and this is NOT Zen 2 – that is coming next year. You should expect higher clocks for Ryzen 2000-series processors and improvements to Precision Boost that will enable more consistent and gradual clock speed shifts in workloads of interesting like gaming.
Also on the roadmap now are updated Threadripper processors with the same “Zen+” enhancements, coming out in 2H of 2018.
The great news for enthusiasts that have already bought into AMD’s current generation platform is existing motherboards will support this processor update, as long as you have the associated BIOS. Motherboards are already being updated today for the channel (to support the Ryzen APU launch) so there should be little concern with compatibility come April.
However, there IS a new chipset coming with “Zen+”, the AMD X470. Information on it is also slim, but it includes some optimizations and fixes. AMD had growing pains with the initial set of motherboard releases including power concerns and routing issues, both of which are addressed with the new design.
That’s all we know for now, but I am excited to get my hands on the Ryzen second-generation processors this spring to see how much performance and behavior has changed. Intel has definitely changed the landscape since Ryzen’s first release in March of 2017, so enthusiasts should welcome the back and forth competition cycle once again.