Yesterday, many media outlets unleashed their Intel Core i9 10900K reviews, and the results seem to be consistent across the board: it’s the fastest CPU for gaming (at the cost of high power consumption and heat production), but is still slower than AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X when it comes to multi-core performance.
Oh AMD, you flip-floppy old fish (don’t worry, we love you). Only a couple of weeks ago we reported that B450 and X470 chipsets won’t support Ryzen 4000 processors, and AMD confirmed this in a community blog post. But the company has since decided that it will, in fact, provide Zen 3 support for these chipsets.
If you’re going to watch only one video today, it should definitely be this one by ‘Samurai Channel’ (machine translated ‘たれみみChannel’). From the creator of “meatsink” comes “cooking curry on AMD CPU”. In it, our culinary adventurer goes about cooking an entire Katsu curry, vegetables and all, on an AMD Phenom II CPU.
AMD has confirmed that it’s ditching the blower style coolers it’s used for practically all its reference graphics cards. The blower design of the AMD RX 5700 XT looked great, but in terms of its actual chip-chilling chops it was a little lacking. So now the red team has confirmed, via Scott Herkelman, that it’s going to be switching to either dual or tri-axial fan designs for next-gen reference designs.
AMD has divulged fresh details about its all-new hardware accelerated approach to real-time ray tracing in games, fessing up to having “co-architected and co-developed” the latest DirectX Raytracing 1.1 API alongside Microsoft. Specifically to “take full advantage of the common ray tracing architecture” between a Radeon-powered PC and the next-generation Xbox Series X console.
AMD’s Navi 2X graphics card lineup won’t stop at ‘Big Navi’. Over at AMD’s Financial Analyst Day, the company confirmed that a full top-to-bottom lineup of graphics cards on the RDNA 2 architecture, some of which will arrive by the end of 2020, including mid-range and entry-level fare alongside an “uncompromising 4K” GPU.
AMD Zen 4 will power the world’s fastest supercomputer in 2023, nicknamed ‘El Capitan’. Working with HPE, owners of supercomputer experts Cray since early 2019, AMD will deliver El Capitan to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for use by the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration – you know, the nuclear stockpile people.
Remember AMD’s RX 590? Of course you do. This bad boy sat at the top of AMD’s Polaris range while newer Vega GPUs continued gathering dust – until Nvidia’s 1660 Ti came out, at least. Polaris knew how to stick around, and recent reports hint that it’s still around even in this post-Navi world.
The AMD Radeon RX 5700-series is getting a much-requested, much-needed driver fix. AMD is pushing out the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Ed. 20.2.2 with a focus on “fixes that are targeted towards resolving recent issues identified by our community.”
Microsoft has lifted the lid on the specifications for the Xbox Series X, and it’s eye-opening for us PC gamers. With AMD at the helm of chip design, and bringing RDNA 2 to the party, the announcement from Xbox offers us a glimpse of what’s in store for PC gaming and our gaming PCs from team Radeon.