CPUs

The recent renaissance of AMD as the performance choice in the high-end x86 market has been great for consumers by enabling a second offering at the top-end of the market. Where Intel offers 28 cores, AMD offers 24 and 32 core parts for the high-end desktop, and to rub salt into the wound, there is now a 64 core offering. This CPU isn’t cheap: the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X costs $3990 at retail, more than any other high-end desktop processor in history, but with it AMD aims to provide the best single socket consumer processor money can buy. We put it through its paces, and while it does obliterate the competition, there are a few issues with having this many cores in a single system.

Zhaoxin’s x86-Compatible CPUs for DIY Enthusiasts Now Available

Zhaoxin, a joint venture between Via Technologies and the Chinese government, has been selling processors for various client systems for years, but recently the company rolled out its latest...

100 by Anton Shilov on 1/29/2020

AMD's 4Q/FY19 Financial Report: Revenue up 50% from 4Q18, Debt Halved

AMD just announced its Q4 2019 and Financial Year 2019 Earnings Report. Here are the key points, along with AMD's presentation.

128 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/28/2020

Intel Joins CHIPS Alliance, Contributes Advanced Interface Bus

Intel this week became a member of CHIPS Alliance, an industry consortium that is working to accelerate the development of open source SoCs (and SiPs) for various applications. As...

15 by Anton Shilov on 1/24/2020

Intel Q4 FY 2019 Results: Record Quarter, Record Year

Today Intel announced their earnings for the fourth quarter of their 2019 fiscal year. In terms of revenue, Intel had their highest ever Q4 revenue, coming in at $20.2...

67 by Brett Howse on 1/23/2020

AMD New Hires: Dan McNamara from Intel, Joshua Friedrich and Brad McCredie from IBM

There is always a fairly fluid movement of engineers in the companies we cover, but recently AMD has made a number of substantial hires into several of its biggest departments.

43 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/21/2020

Intel’s Confusing Messaging: Is Comet Lake Better Than Ice Lake?

This year at CES 2020, Intel held its usual pre-keynote workshop for select members of the press. Around 75 of us across a couple of sessions were there to...

207 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/16/2020

Intel Cuts 2nd Gen 'Extended Memory' Xeon Scalable Prices

Today Intel will be officially starting product discontinuation of ‘M’ medium sized memory Xeon Scalable CPUs. Due to customer feedback and sales figures, Intel has deemed it in the...

34 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/16/2020

Updates to Intel’s Data Center Group (DCG)

Rumors back in November were abound about Intel having some sort of reorganization internally. A number of my industry peers both on the journalist side and the analyst side...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/14/2020

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000: Measuring Renoir’s Die Size

I’m pretty sure that the next time I go to a trade show where new silicon is being announced, the next tool I need in my backpack is a...

173 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/14/2020

TRX80 and WRX80 Don’t Exist: Neither Does the ‘Intel LGA1159’ Socket

For anyone that isn’t following the minutiae of desktop computing, one of the more prominent rumors in AMD land is the presence of upcoming sockets called TRX80 and WRX80...

48 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/13/2020

I Ran Off with Intel’s Tiger Lake Wafer. Who Wants a Die Shot?

One of the surprises at CES from Intel was the presence of Tiger Lake, Intel’s next generation platform beyond Ice Lake. Tiger Lake is Intel’s vehicle for delivering the...

182 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/13/2020

Intel: 28 W Ice Lake Core i7-1068G7 Coming Q1

One of most frequent questions I’ve had in my personal inbox over the last few weeks has been questioning the existence of the fastest Ice Lake processor. Back when...

186 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/10/2020

AMD at CES 2020: Q&A with Dr. Lisa Su

This week AMD took the wraps off of its latest generation of mobile processors. The company is being aggressive, offering up to eight cores for both the traditional ultra-portable...

93 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/7/2020

Intel CES 2020 Keynote Live Blog: Ice, Comets, and Tigers To Come

We're here at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for Intel's CES 2020 keynote. Intel always makes their CES presentations exciting affairs, and we're expecting much the same this year...

26 by Ryan Smith & Gavin Bonshor on 1/6/2020

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile APUs: 7nm, 8-core on both 15W and 45W, Coming Q1

At last year’s CES, AMD showcased its then Ryzen 3000 mobile processors as part of the announcements. In what is becoming a trend, at this year’s CES, the company...

410 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/6/2020

AMD’s 64-Core Threadripper 3990X, only $3990! Coming February 7th

At the tail end of last year, one of the key launches in the creator/workstation processor market was AMD’s latest 3rd Generation Threadripper portfolio, which started with 24-core and...

109 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/6/2020

AMD Keynote Presentation Press Event at CES 2020: The AnandTech Live Blog

We're here ready to Live Blog the annual CES keynote from AMD. We expect to see Lisa Su, Frank Azor, and others take to the stage to discuss what's...

19 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 1/6/2020

Intel at CES 2020: 45W 10th Gen Mobile CPUs Soon, Tiger Lake with Xe Graphics Later

As we move into 2020, there is a lot of talk about what Intel’s 2020 plans will be. Discussions about the expansion of Intel’s 10nm process node products, such...

57 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/6/2020

An Interconnected Interview with Intel’s Ramune Nagisetty: A Future with Foveros

I’ve constantly stated for the last two years that the next battleground in performance for the semiconductor market is going to be in the interconnect – whether we’re speaking...

15 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/3/2020

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