We’re finally living in an age where smartphone performance isn’t something we have worry about anymore, at least in premium tier products.High performance is available on a limited budget, thanks to phones like the Pocophone F1 and manufacturers including OnePlus, Honor, and Xiaomi.We’re also innodated with new smartphone SoCs every year that help to make all this possible, but it’s not so clearcut as to whether these new cost-effective chips are more capable than older high performing models.In other words, would your money be better spent on an aging flagship or a new mid-range phone?I’ve condensed these into a couple of handy graphs below, the first showing the performance range by SoC release year and the second detailing the results by chipset.There are a couple of trends worth noting here.
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Although Intel is putting up a brave fight on the CPU front, challenging AMD to “come meet us in real-world gaming,” there’s no denying that AMD has everyone’s attention with its upcoming line of Ryzen 3000 CPUs.They’re expected to steal the performance crown from Intel for the first time in more than a decade.But the red team isn’t done yet.Following shortly after its mainstream 12-core Ryzen 3900X in July, and the monstrous 16-core, Ryzen 3950X in September, we’ve now heard tell that Ryzen 3000 Threadripper chips are coming before the end of the year.At AMD’s Next Horizon gaming event at E3, which saw the official unveiling of its full Ryzen 3000 product line and the new RX 5700 Navi-based graphics cards, we saw how top Ryzen chips compare to Intel’s HEDT CPUs.Not only did it claim that its $500 Ryzen 3900X could compete against Intel’s 9900K in gaming, AMD suggested that it was faster in multi-threaded workloads than Intel’s $1,200 9920X CPU.
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Tesla Denied Tariff Exemption for Chinese-made CPU in the Model 3 – FutureCarWhat happened: The U.S. government denied Tesla’s tariff exemption request for the Chinese-made CPU used in its popular Model 3 sedan.In a letter dated May 29, the US Trade Representative’s Office said the component is “a product strategically important or related to ‘Made in China 2025’ or other Chinese industrial programs.” The CPU is manufactured by Quanta Shanghai.A separate exemption request by the supplier of the Model 3’s touchscreen, SAS Automotive USA Inc, was also denied.Why it’s important: In a securities filing on April 29, Tesla wrote, “our costs for producing our vehicles in the US have also been affected by import duties on certain components sourced from China.” The company previously claimed that choosing a different CPU supplier would have “delayed the Model 3 launch by 18 months.” The 25% import tariff has also affected other US automakers, with General Motors stopping domestic sales of its Chinese-made Buick Envision, which accounted for nearly 15% of the brand’s sales in 2018.
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We've seen plenty about AMD Zen 2 recently, but word on the street is that AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation processors (CPUs) will feature up to 64-cores and 128-threads.Now, right out of the gate: this is an unsubstantiated rumor from WccfTech, so you should take it with a giant grain of salt, no matter how exciting it is.Still, a 64-thread Threadripper processor may see the light of day in Q4 2019, or between October and December of this year.If this processor is real, it'll spark up the AMD vs Intel war even moreThis might not be real – here are the best AMD processors that areThis would be earlier than we were previously expecting: we heard a while ago that AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation processors would be delayed until early 2020.
Playing modern games on a custom-built desktop PC is one of the best ways to experience gaming.We’ve also found some of the best laptop deals and tablet deals if you’re looking for something more portable.This Dell XPS 8930 Gaming Desktop unit features an Intel Core i7-8700 processor boasts six cores, and it can reach a stock speed of 3.2 GHz and be boosted up to 4.6 GHz.As for the graphics card, it is equipped with Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.This CPU has a 1 TB HDD and 16 GB Optane Memory, and runs on the Windows 10 Operating System.It also has a decent selection of ports including two USB-C ports, HDMI, a display port, Gigabit Ethernet, mic-in, and a 3-in-1 SD card reader.
When it comes to computation, the modern approach seems to involve an enormous bucket of bits, vigorous shaking, and not a lot of explanation of how it all works.If you ever wondered how Excel became such an abomination, now you know.Modern processors, as good as they are, simply don’t cope well with some problems.One way to compute a solution to a problem is called annealing.I’ve written a lot about annealing in the context of quantum computing, but annealing works for classical computers as well.We start with all the bit values set randomly, then shake.
Welcome to another episode of Jargon, the new show from Digital Trends that deciphers the complex jargon of various industries into words and concepts the rest of us understand.We’re live each week on Tuesdays with a different set of jargon from a different industry.On this episode, host Myq Kaplan dives into the mysterious world of the acronyms that live inside your computer.Sean Cleveland, director of technical marketing at Nvidia, joins the discussion to lend his expertise at parsing the complicated capital letters that serve as shorthand for understanding today’s computer technology.Join us as we dive into the following terms:CPU – So what makes your computer tick?
PCIe 4 is finally here.AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 3000 generation of CPUs are backwards compatible with most first and second-generation, 300 and 400 series motherboards.Despite mainstream graphics cards not needing anything close to the full (almost) 32GBps of unidirectional bandwidth that PCIe 4.0 x16 ports offer, there are some very real benefits to the new standard and they could make upgrading to the new 500 series motherboards worthwhile for AMD fans.Especially if the projected performance for Ryzen 3000 is anything to go by.Four of those are set aside for PCIe and SATA drives, four more provide the link with the chipset (which has a number of lanes of its own and shares them between storage drives and USB ports), and 16 dedicated for graphics cards.Intel CPUs do things a little differently, but has the same 16 lanes for the GPU(s) they’re paired with.
But that’s not to say it doesn’t have stiff competition in both camps Its new Ryzen 3000 CPUs are set to go head to head with Intel’s best when they debut in July, and it’s in for a close fight.Only eclipsed by its 16-core brethren, the Ryzen 9 3900X is the most powerful mainstream CPU AMD has ever released and it has some fantastically powerful specifications.4.7GHz (all cores) 5GHz (one core)4.6GHz (per-core boost clocks currently unknown)The 3900X has more cores and threads, while Intel’s has the stronger clock speed, especially when it comes to single-threaded workloads.Most games utilize a handful of cores in 2019, though, so unless you’re overclocking, you won’t typically see 5GHz frequencies when gaming on a 9900K.
“Radeon everywhere” is AMD’s new tagline for graphics.That might’ve been an ambitious rallying cry a few years ago, but today, AMD has the chance to fulfill that promise.When Fortnite landed as a major success on platforms as diverse as mobile, PC, and console, there was a renewed interested in how to sustain a game like that across all platforms simultaneously.A game that performs smooth on a smartphone, gaming PC, and cloud-based game streaming service has to be scalable and efficient.AMD says its strong catalog of processors and graphics chips makes it a unique fit for these platforms.When a company like Sony or Google runs into issues, it only has one company to interact with.
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Nvidia’s RTX 2070 and AMD’s RX 5700 XT might be competitive on a number of fronts, but they look decidedly different from one another.It does get a little noisy, but it keeps the card nice and cool.We don’t have hard numbers on decibel levels just yet, but we aren’t holding out much hope for a quiet system during heavy load.Aesthetically, both cards are quite distinct, with the RTX 2070 having an arguably more premium look with its material choices.We have included them here for reference purposes.The process node is the first one, with AMD having a significant advantage in transistor size over the Nvidia competition.
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For E3 this year, Opera is releasing what it’s calling the “world’s first gaming browser,” a version of Opera that’s been customized to appeal to gamers.It’s a silly conceit, but there are actually some smart changes in here that could win over anyone who’s serious about customizing every element of their PC.The real highlight of the new browser, named Opera GX, is a panel that lets you set limits on CPU and RAM usage.Browsers are often maligned for being overly resource-intensive — Chrome, in particular — so letting users set hard limits on how much power Opera GX receives is a smart addition, albeit one that’ll be most useful for people who understand exactly what those limits mean for performance.The control panel will also show how much each of those resources is being used at any given moment.Opera has also built in some more gaming-focused additions.
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Lenovo's jumped on the Quadro RTX 5000 bandwagon, bringing the high-end processor into its ThinkPad P53 and P73 mobile workstations; the P53 especially benefits as it brings a new level of power down to the 15-inch class of laptops.The P53 is also getting an option for a 4K OLED touch display.The OLED panels are making their way into consumer 15-inch laptops, but are a lot rarer in mobile workstations.Lenovo's reduced the weight of the power supplies for most of the new models, but they're still on the heavy side.For instance, the P53 is still over 5 pounds.The ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, the thin and light model, gets the new Quadro T series GPUs, and all three can now be configured with eight-core Intel Core or Xeon processors.
E3 is naturally focused on all the new titles and updates to make gamers drool but, also naturally, those games are only made possible by the hardware that runs them.Game streaming services promise to make client hardware less relevant but, until that day comes, gamers will continue to need the beefiest components for the most demanding games.It’s no surprise, then, that AMD is using that opportunity to reveal its combo of a new RDNA-powered graphics card and third-gen Ryzen desktop processor to promise the ultimate gaming platform for PC enthusiasts among the E3 2019 crowd.While AMD may have, for a while, gone silent when it came to the CPU market, its Radeon graphics card continue to stand in opposition to NVIDIA’s dominance of the market.While NVIDIA seems to be distracted by AI and machine learning, AMD is aggressively moving to secure its foothold in the graphics and gaming market.The Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards are based on AMD’s brand new RDNA gaming architecture and boasts of 36 compute units, 40 for the RX 5700 XT, and 8 GB of DDR6 RAM.
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AMD closed its Computex announcements with a "one last thing" reveal of a 12-core CPU, the Ryzen 7 3900X; just a few weeks later at its E3 press conference AMD one-last-thinged us and one-upped itself with a 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X desktop CPU slated to ship in September for $749.The company also delivered the promised pricing, specifications and availability for its RX 5000-series graphics cards targeted at 1440p gaming and pulled back the curtain and some of the new technologies developers will be using in games like Borderlands 3.In addition to slightly higher clock speeds, the 50th Anniversary Edition card has a gold accented fan shroud with Dr. Lisa Su's signature.On the bundle side, you'll get three months of Xbox Game Pass for PC when you buy one of the cards, including Gears of War 5 when it ships in September.AMD also discussed some of the new technologies it's giving developers access to with a new toolkit that includes FideltyFX, an upscaling technology that performs contrast-adaptive sharpening for improved textures; there will be a Radeon Image Sharpening option in the driver to use with games that don't have it natively supported.Other tech demos showed dynamic vegetation, screenspace reflections and volumetric fog in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint.
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Our first glimpse of AMD’s highly anticipated next-generation graphics cards came at Computex, though details about the actual cards were scarce at the time.The 5700 isn’t too far behind, though, with fewer compute units and lower clock speeds.Both cards use 8GB of high-performance GDDR6 VRAM, which provides a significant jump in memory bandwidth.The RX 5700 XT measures up to the RTX 2070, while the RX 5700 competes with the RTX 2060.The results vary by game, but the Navi cards definitely win out on average according to AMD’s tests.Compared to the RTX 2060, the RX 5700 beats the RTX 2060 by an average of up to 10% across games and as much as 21% better in Battlefield V. The results are similar for the RX 5700 XT, which beats the RTX 2070 by a similar average.
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AMD has been on a roll these days.Hot off announcements at Computex, the company has entered E3 with a surprising, strong announcement.The first 16-core gaming processor, known as the Ryzen 9 3950X.It has 16 cores, 32 threads, a 4.6GHz boost speed, and a 3.5GHz base clock.Most significantly, it has 72MB of cache and only draws 105 watts of power.However, Ryzen 9’s main competitor, the Intel Core i9-9900K, still hits faster clock speeds at a lower 95-watt TDP.
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At E3 2019, AMD announced the Ryzen 9 3950X, a 16-core, 32-thread processor aimed at the mainstream.This makes it the highest core count chip ever released for a mainstream audience.This beast of a processor not only rocks 16-cores, but it also features a whopping 72MB of L3 cache, a boost clock of 4.7 GHz and it does all of this while maintaining a low 105W TDP.This will be one of the biggest PC components of the yearYou'll want to pair this with one of the best graphics cardsAnd, while we won't have any hard performance numbers until we get it in-house for a review, this spec sheet alone is enough to promise some mighty performance.
Because AMD is about to release a wave of 3rd gen Ryzen desktop CPUs that — on paper — sound like they might trounce Intel for the first time in years.At AMD’s Next Horizon Gaming Event, on the outskirts of the E3 2019 gaming show, Kirsch isn’t even referring to the just-announced 16-core, 32-thread $750 Ryzen 9 3950X processor, which — with its 3.5GHz base clock, 4.7GHz boost clock, a tremendous 72MB of cache and an unheard-of 105W TDP for that many cores — sounds like it could give AMD’s own 32-core Threadripper a run for its money.Image by Sean Hollister / The VergeNo, Kirsch is actually talking about the rest of the Ryzen 3000 lineup that AMD announced at Computex two weeks ago, and coming July 7th.Because today, the company is sharing data that suggests that its new 7nm processors are not only cheaper and more power efficient, not only faster at creator tasks because of the additional cores, but neck-and-neck with Intel’s very best in gaming performance as well.Here’s a selection of that data from AMD’s slidedecks, for you to peruse at your leisure:
Advanced Micro Devices unveiled a high-end Ryzen microprocessor and a new Radeon Navi-based graphics processing unit (GPU) for PC gaming.Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, said in a speech at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) AMD is unveiling the Ryzen 3000 Series processors and the Radeon 5700 Series graphics cards.The Ryzen 3900 X has 16 cores and runs at 105 watts and costs less than half the price of Intel’s competing chip, Su said.The chips are based on the new Zen 2 microprocessor cores and the RDNA graphics architecture.Variants of those technologies will go into both the PlayStation 5 from Sony and Microsoft’s Project Scarlett.Those are new consoles coming in 2020.
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