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.
How is AMD able to offer the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X for $750? Zen 2, that’s how. According to a talk over at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), 16-cores across three chiplets (dual CCXs and a cIOD) costs less than half that of a monolithic 7nm chip of the same core count.
Xbox has announced that the Xbox Series X will come with an AMD RDNA 2 GPU capable of processing power up to 12 TFLOPs – only a little slower than Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at maximum boost clock, in theory.
The AMD Zen 3 processors are surely not far away now and TSMC has been dropping hints that we’re going to be hearing more details about their makeup “in the coming months.” During a recent Meet the Experts briefing between TSMC and AMD execs, TSMC’s Godfrey Cheng tantalisingly teased that alongside Ryzen 4000’s 7nm+ process node there would also be advancements to the chiplet packaging design being announced soon.
TSMC ramped up its 7nm process node in one month, says head of global marketing Godfrey Cheng. From zero wafers to full 7nm capacity took the pure-play foundry, who supplies both AMD and Nvidia with chips, just over a month, seeing the node swiftly claim the top title as one of the company’s most successful.
If ‘long-awaited’ was ever a phrase designed for a purpose, that purpose was the AMD B550 release. It’s been a long time. Too long, perhaps. So, when we stumbled across a leaked B550AM motherboard specification sheet and user manual, we had to rub our eyes, cartoon-style. Since that leak, however, we have since received anecdotal reports that claim these boards have been out, and even marketed as B550A PCIe 4.0 motherboards, for a while.
AMD’s Raise the Game bundle gives you two games and three months of Xbox Game Pass for free whenever you buy certain AMD Radeon 5000 series graphics cards. Previously, only the 5500 series and 5700 series cards were included in the offer, but AMD has now expanded this range to include the RX 5600 XT. That’s not the only change, however.
Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘You know, I love my PC, but what I’d really love is to throw my graphics card away and play the original Crysis with nothing but my CPU?’ If so, AMD’s newly-released 64-core, 128-thread Ryzen Threadripper 3990X might be for you. If you have about $4,000 to spare, that is.
In the past, Intel has held tight to its Thunderbolt specification. Today is a new day, however, and it has finally certified an AMD Ryzen motherboard for its Thunderbolt connectivity. Thunderbolt connectivity can be a handy thing to have, allowing you to run multiple data and power streams to a docking station with a single cable. Oh yeah, and it allows a maximum throughput of a whopping 40GB/s.
If you want to see changes to AMD’s software, you can now tell it which new features you want. We know how big of a deal good driver management software can be for us gamers, and if you think AMD’s Radeon Adrenalin 2020 drivers are missing something, this might be a chance to ensure its software is everything you want and more.