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AMD Ryzen and Intel Coffee Lake CPU Market Share at 50% Each in July – Strong Ryzen Sales, Intel CPUs Still Report Higher Revenue

August 2, 2018 — by Wccftech.com0


The latest CPU market share and revenue report have been released by Germany’s biggest retailer, Mindfactory, for the month of July. According to the report, AMD Ryzen CPUs have reported higher market share than the previous month, surpassing Intel after months of 8th generation lineup dominance.

AMD Ryzen Processors Witnessed Strong Sales in July – AMD CPU Market Share Now Surpassing Intel

For months, Intel’s 8th generation processors dominated the market with strong sales within the mainstream segment. AMD launched their 2nd generation Ryzen platform earlier this year and it has since played catch up to Intel’s 8th generation family that launched the previous year. Finally, AMD Ryzen processors are now witnessing strong sales, leading to a significant jump in market share.

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According to the latest charts compiled by Ingebor at Reddit, both AMD and Intel hold a market share of 50%. The CPU market share is for the number of processors sold by the retailer and it slightly falls in favor of AMD CPUs which are ahead in the total number of processors sold. That said, Intel still maintains their position, which is also better than the previous month. Both AMD and Intel CPUs account for around 8000 CPUs sold (each). In the previous month, Intel CPUs were slightly behind by a few hundred while the total number of AMD CPUs sold were around 6000.

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In terms of revenue made from the CPU sales, Intel chips accounted for a total of 58% (~1,900,000 EUROS) while AMD chips accounted for a total of 42% (1,400,000 EUROS). Both Intel and AMD saw reported for increased revenue from processor sales but the thing to note is that the AMD sales jump isn’t represented in the revenue made by the retailer.

The reason behind this is that many AMD Ryzen processors, including first and second generation, have been on sale on discounted prices since their launch. So they won’t end up providing as much revenue as they would have on launch. Intel, on the other hand, has maintained their prices but we can expect their price cuts to be coming in shortly as they prepare to launch the 9th generation processor lineup.

Out of the 50 percent of AMD CPUs sold, 44% are Pinnacle-Ridge based while Summit Ridge accounts for 31% of CPUs and Raven Ridge accounts for 22% of CPUs sold during July. On the Intel front, Coffee Lake amounts to 86% of the CPUs sold which is quite staggering, while Kaby Lake accounts for only 11%. Intel also leads with the most CPU revenue since their top end i7-8700K remains the most popular chip on the market.

Interestingly, both Intel HEDT and AMD HEDT platforms account for only 2% of the share in the number of CPUs sold while revenue of the X299 HEDT chips is at 5% compared to 6% of Ryzen Threadripper. We can see the market shake-up in a few months when AMD and Intel introduce their new Ryzen Threadripper and Core-X series processors for the high-end desktop market and 9th generation desktop processors for the mainstream platform.

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AMD Threadripper II 2990X Listed for $1850 US, $2399 CAD

July 30, 2018 — by ThinkComputers.org0


AMD’s upcoming Ryzen Threadripper II 2990X has appeared on the Canadian hardware etailer CanadaComputers. The processor is listed for $2399 CAD, which when you convert it comes out to around $1850 USD. The product page appears to list the chip as a “in-store back order” so the pricing should be close to the final MSRP.

The product page also shows the first generation Ryzen Threadripper packaging, but we don’t expect this to be the real retail packaging for Threadripper II. While we do not have any official word on what the TDP of this chip will be CanadaComputers lists it at 250W.


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First Intel Core i9-9900K Benchmarks Appear, Beat Ryzen 7 2700X

July 30, 2018 — by ThinkComputers.org0


Some of the first benchmarks of Intel’s upcoming 8-core, 16-thread Core i9-9900K have surfaced. These come from Thai professional overclocker TUM APISAK. A 3DMark database entry shows this processor scoring 10,719 in the CPU tests of the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark. It also had an overall score of 9,862 point when paired with a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card.

This CPU Score is about 2,500 points higher than the Intel’s own 6-core, 12-thread Core i7-8700K and 1,500 points higher than AMD’s 8-core, 12-thread Ryzen 7 2700X. The tested processor was not identified, but features 8-cores, 16-threads, and had a base clock of 3.10 GHz and boosted up to 5.0 GHz. Intel is expected to launch the 8-core, 16-thread Core i9-9900K on August 1, 2018.


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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor Review

July 30, 2018 — by ThinkComputers.org0


This past year has been a real exciting one for processors. Before AMD launched their original Ryzen processors they were basically written off and dominated in the CPU world by Intel. AMD changed all of that with Ryzen, which proved to be one of the most exciting product launches in AMD history. It gave real competition to Intel in mainstream desktop space, so much so that Intel rushed out their “Coffee Lake” chips which came with increased core counts. At that time Intel remained on top with their 6-core, 12-thread Core i7-8700K, but today we are still going to see if that remains true. We have the new flagship AMD Ryzen 7 2700X which is a 8-core, 16-thread part which retails for only $329. Will this be the new king in the mainstream desktop platform? Read on as we find out!

Special thanks to AMD for providing us with the Ryzen 7 2700X Processor to review.

# of CPU Cores: 8
# of Threads: 16
Base Clock: 3.7GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.3GHz
Total L1 Cache: 768KB
Total L2 Cache: 4MB
Total L3 Cache: 16MB
Unlocked: Yes
CMOS: 12nm FinFET
Package: AM4
PCI Express Version: PCIe 3.0 x16
Thermal Solution: Wraith Prism with RGB LED
Default TDP / TDP: 105W
Max Temps: 85°C

The Ryzen 7 2700X packaging is pretty much the same as the first generation Ryzen packaging. On the front we have the Ryzen logo in the center and on the bottom right there is a “7” denoting that it is part of the Ryzen 7 family.

On one side there is a picture of the Wraith Prism CPU cooler that comes inside of the package and on the other side there is a see-through window that shows the processor.

Getting everything out of the main box you find two boxes. One has your CPU with case badge and the other houses the Wraith Prism cooler.

Here are quick shots of the processor before you installed it in our system.

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Intel Core i9 8-core LGA1151 Processor Could Get Soldered IHS

July 26, 2018 — by ThinkComputers.org0


Intel currently uses a fluid thermal interface material between the processor die and IHS (integrated heatspreader) on its processors and this has been a big complaint of PC enthusiasts. AMD uses a soldered IHS, which is believed to be more effective in heat transfer, across its Ryzen line of processors. Recent reports have been saying that at least Intel’s upcoming flagship processor the Core i9-9900K will come with a soldered IHS.

The Core i9-9900K will be an 8-core, 16-thread part running at 3.6 GHz and boosting all the way up to 5.0 GHz. With that much power having a soldered IHS will definitely help out with thermals as we noticed very high temperatures when testing the 6-core, 12-thread Core i7-8700K. It will be interesting to see if Intel does this with their entire 9th generation Core series or just the i9-9900K.

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AMD Ryzen 5 2500X Shows Up In OEM Desktop

July 26, 2018 — by ThinkComputers.org0


Ahead of its launch the AMD Ryzen 5 2500X quad-core processor has made an appearance in an OEM pre=built desktop, the Acer Nitro N50-100. The 2500X is a 4-core, 8-thread part which is clocked at 3.6 GHz and boosts up to 4.0 GHz, and can go even further with XFR 2.0. It is expected to launch at the same time as the new entry level Ryzen 3 2300X as well as the HEDT Ryzen Threadripper 2000 series processors later this year.

The system is priced at 943.50€ ($1,098.35 USD) and puts the Ryzen 5 2500X with a Radeon RX 580 4GB graphics card, 8GB of single-channel DDR4, a 256 GB SSD, 1TB HDD, and a DVD-RW ODD. The system also features 802.11 b/g/n networking, USB 3.1 gen 2, and Windows 10 Home is pre-installed.

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Qualcomm gives up on buying chip giant NXP

July 25, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

China Stringer Network / Reuters

Qualcomm has been trying to buy giant chip maker NXP for the better part of two years. All that patience might not have paid off, however. Qualcomm is planning to drop its bid for NXP by the end of July 25th (that’s today, if you’re reading in time). Its executives reportedly expect Chinese regulators to shoot down the deal, with CEO Steve Mollenkopf pinning it partly on the “current geopolitical environment.” In other words, Trump’s trade war with China is dimming what chances were left of a merger.

It didn’t completely rule out an end to the attempt, but there would have to be “material developments” before midnight Eastern time, which didn’t seem likely. An exit would be costly — Qualcomm would have to pay NXP a $2 billion termination fee, and it’d launch a stock buyback program that would snap up $30 billion of its common shares.

As it stands, Qualcomm will have to rethink its strategy. It hoped to buy NXP to expand into areas beyond its core mobile chip business, including the automotive world, the Internet of Things and security. For now, it has to either spend more time developing in-house technologies in those areas or focus on what it’s already doing. That’s not such a bad thing with better-than-expected earnings this quarter and 5G wireless promising a lot of business in the future, but it was clearly hoping that NXP would play a part going forward.

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Apple's slim MacBook Pro design could be holding back its i9 CPU

July 19, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

Dana Wollman/Engadget

The 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro lets you crank up the processor power by swapping in an Intel 2.9GHz six-core Core i9 CPU for an extra $300. But the chip seems to be struggling when it’s handling power-hungry tasks, to the point where the average clock speed is vastly below the advertised performance of the CPU. Some tests even showed that it fared worse than the i7 model.

That i9 processor can supposedly Turbo Boost to 4.8GHz, but some users are noticing that the chip is struggling when it is under heavy load. YouTuber Dave Lee’s testing showed average speeds of around 2.2GHz when the i9 system is running Adobe Premiere Pro, which is a demanding application. Render times were slower with the i9 than the i7, though the i9 configuration operates when kept cool (in this case by putting the computer in a freezer). The reason for the lackluster performance seems to be the laptop’s design, and more specifically, how it handles cooling.

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Intel’s thermal design point (or TDP) regulates how hot a processor can get to when it is unboosted, and guides manufacturers on their computer designs so they can keep the CPU cool enough. Desktop computers have more physical space in which to move air around, so they can handle a processor with a higher TDP, but the thinner chassis of laptops means it’s harder to keep components cool, and the TDP of their processors is typically lower than in desktops.

The i9 has a TDP of 45 watts, the same as the i7, according to Intel. That means the chips should, in theory, operate with the same effectiveness using the same cooling system at their base clocks. As long as a processor stays cool, it can exceed its normal clock speed and venture into Turbo Boost territory. But doing so increases the temperature, and as the CPU gets hotter, it slows down to aid the cooling system in dispersing heat.

The i9’s Turbo clock is 4.8GHz, which will generate a lot more heat than the i7’s 4.4GHz. As these Turbo speeds aren’t factored into the TDP, the confined spaces of a MacBook Pro are clearly causing problems for Apple at the higher clock rates.

It’s common for any computer to throttle performance when the internal temperature hits a certain point. Keeping machines and people safe is ultimately more important than completing tasks faster. However, the CPU and GPU share the same cooling system in a MacBook Pro, so if you’re using a graphics-heavy app, performance might stutter even more.

But not all hope is lost for those with an i9 configuration who are frustrated with the sluggish performance. If it chooses to, Apple could resolve or mitigate the issue with a firmware update that kicks in the fans sooner, regulates how long the CPU can stay overclocked or tweaks

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New Snapdragon chips bring dual cameras to more mid-tier phones

June 26, 2018 — by Engadget.com0


With certain exceptions, mid-range smartphones haven’t been keeping pace with the bells and whistles of higher-end handsets — you can still expect ‘just’ a single rear camera and 1080p video recording. Qualcomm might soon fix that. It’s launching the Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 systems on a chip, all of which promise to make dual cameras (plus a few other features) more commonplace.

The octa-core 632 is unsurprisingly the headliner, and can support two 13-megapixel rear cameras for those all-important portrait and telephoto shots. It’s up to 40 percent faster in raw computational power than the Snapdragon 626, and that means enough power for 4K video capture and “FHD+” resolution displays. Its cellular modem can handle LTE Advanced, too. The Adreno 506 graphics are only about 10 percent faster, but you’re still looking at a chip that can handle at least some modern 3D games without flinching. And this being Qualcomm, AI processing plays a big role with support for neural network-assisted tasks like face unlock and object detection.

The octa-core Snapdragon 439 and quad-core 429, meanwhile, are focused more on stepping up the baseline quality for lower-cost devices. They make do with support for dual 8-megapixel cameras and won’t handle 4K, but they should deliver up to 25 percent more CPU performance over their forebears (the 430 and 425) on top of the AI-related functions. The best bang for the buck comes with the 429 — while the Adreno 505 graphics in the 439 are a respectable 20 percent faster, the Adreno 504 inside the 429 is a whopping 50 percent faster. Neither could be considered a gaming powerhouse (the 429 can only handle “HD+” displays), and you’ll have to make do with regular LTE data, but they should keep your phone’s overall performance reasonably snappy.

Qualcomm expects the first phones using these chips to appear sometime in the second half of the year. They’re not immediately riveting offerings. However, they might just make dual-camera photography ubiquitous across all but the lowest-priced smartphones. That’s heartening news for anyone who wants high-quality snapshots, but doesn’t need the blistering-fast performance and exotic screen technology of a flagship phone.

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'Snapdragon 1000' chip may be designed for PCs from the ground up

June 23, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

Cherlynn Low/Engadget

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 processor may be intended for PCs, but it’s still a half step — it’s really a higher-clocked version of the same processor you’d find in your phone. The company may be more adventurous the next time, though. WinFuture says it has obtained details surrounding SDM1000 (possibly Snapdragon 1000), a previously hinted-at CPU that would be designed from the start for PCs. It would have a relatively huge design compared to most ARM designs (20mm x 15mm) and would consume a laptop-like 12W of power across the entire system-on-a-chip. It would compete directly with Intel’s low-power Core processors where the existing 835 isn’t really in the ballpark.

A reference design found in import databases might give a clue as to what you could expect: it’d have up to 16GB of RAM and two 128GB storage modules. There are also mentions of gigabit Ethernet and a socketed processor design, although those last two may be more for Qualcomm’s development purposes than any real-world use. It’s expected to use ARM’s next-generation Cortex-A76 architecture, whose overall speed boost (about 35 percent, according to ARM) could be key to challenging Intel.

It’s not known when Qualcomm might announce the SDM1000, although it’s not keeping a tight lid on the project when at least one of its employees has mentioned working on the chip as a Windows Multimedia Project Engineer. SDM1000 could pose a serious problem for Intel if and when it does show up, however. Intel is already anxious about ARM-powered PCs eating into its dominance of the computing landscape, and a chip this potentially powerful could make that competitive threat much stronger.