AMD Reveals Radeon Navi RX 5700 At E3 2019

At the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) “Next Horizon Gaming” livestream event at E3 today, President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su unveiled the company’s next-generation PC gaming platform, bringing new levels of performance and efficiency and introducing powerful features for gamers everywhere, based on the new AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 Series graphics cards and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors.

The AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 graphics cards are built on the new AMD RDNA gaming architecture to deliver superior visual fidelity, lightning-fast performance and advanced features to power the latest AAA and eSports titles. The new product family also includes the 50th Anniversary Edition AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 XT graphics card that commemorates the company’s 50th anniversary by offering increased clocks and a luxurious gold accented shroud featuring Dr. Lisa Su’s signature.

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors deliver leadership performance across gaming, productivity and content creation applications, offering more performance-critical on-die cache than ever before. Today, Dr. Su previewed the latest addition to the product family – the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ 9 3950X, the world’s first 16-core mainstream desktop processor.

“We’ve made significant technology bets to push the envelope on high-performance computing and give gamers the hardware they need to power the experiences they want,” said Dr. Su. “Our industry-leading Ryzen 3000 Series desktop processors and Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics cards combine leadership design, performance, technology, and efficiency to provide the ultimate gaming experiences. From super-fast frame rates, to new levels of visual realism and image quality, or the ability to easily create, capture and share gaming experiences, PCs featuring our new Ryzen processors and Radeon GPUs offer exceptional performance and features for every gamer at every price point.”

“Seventy percent of PC gamers today are using three-year-old or older graphics hardware1 that lacks the necessary horsepower and capabilities to deliver fully immersive, high-fidelity and high-performance gaming experiences,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. “Our new Radeon graphics cards with RDNA redefine what’s possible in 1440p gameplay, delivering stunning visuals, amazing performance and industry-leading features to take gaming experiences to the next level.”

Superior 1440p Gaming

The AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 Series graphics cards include several powerful new features and capabilities to deliver superior 1440p gaming experiences, including:

  • Ground-breaking RDNA gaming architecture – Built from the ground up for superior performance, scalability and power efficiency, RDNA was designed to power the future of PC, console, mobile and cloud-based gaming for years to come. It features a new compute unit design optimized for improved efficiency, and a multi-level cache hierarchy designed to provide reduced latency, higher bandwidth and lower power. It also includes a streamlined graphics pipeline that is optimized for performance-per-clock and high clock speeds.
    Delivering up to 1.25X higher performance-per-clockand up to 1.5X higher performance-per-watt3 compared to the previous-generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, RDNA provides the computational horsepower to enable thrilling, immersive gaming by enhancing explosions, physics, lighting effects and more, and by delivering fluid, high-framerate gaming experiences.
  • Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) – Restores clarity to in-game images that have been softened by other post-process effects. RIS combines with GPU uspcaling to provide sharp visuals at fluid frame rates on very high-resolution displays, and works across DirectX® 9, 12, and Vulkan® titles.
  • FidelityFX – An open-source developer toolkit available in the coming weeks on GPUOpen that makes it easier for developers to create high-quality post-processing effects that make games look beautiful while offering a balance of visual fidelity and performance. FidelityFX features Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) that draws out detail in low-contrast areas while minimizing artifacts caused by typical image sharpening routines. Developers plan to integrate CAS into a number of popular games, and Unity Technologies plans to integrate it into its real-time 3D development platform.
  • Radeon™ Anti-Lag – Optimized for eSports, Radeon™ Anti-Lag improves competitiveness by decreasing input-to-display response times by up to 31 percent4, delivering an experience similar to higher framerates.
  • Extreme refresh rates – RDNA enables DisplayPort™ 1.4 with Display Stream Compression (DSC) to deliver extreme refresh rates, color depth and resolutions up to 8K HDR at 60Hz or 4K HDR at 144+ Hz on cutting edge displays, including the world’s first monitor to support DSC: the new ASUS Republic of Gamers 43-inch monitor previewing at E3. The new monitor is capable of delivering 4K HDR at 144Hz with a single DisplayPort™ 1.4 cable.
  • Largest gaming display ecosystem5  With over 700 supported monitors to choose from, gamers can enjoy stutter-free, tear-free gameplay with AMD Radeon FreeSync™6 and Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology7.

The 7nm Radeon™ RX 5700 XT, RX 5700 and the 50th Anniversary Edition Radeon™ RX 5700 XT graphics cards are the first gaming graphics cards to support the PCIe® 4.0 interface. Additional product specs include:

GPU Compute Units Stream Processors TFLOPS Memory (GDDR6) Base Clock Game Clock Boost Clock SEP
Radeon™ RX 5700 XT 50thAnniversary Edition 40 2560 Up to 10.14 8 1680 1830 Up to 1,980 $499
Radeon™ RX 5700 XT 40 2560 Up to 9.75 8 1605 1755 Up to 1,905 $449
Radeon™ RX 5700 36 2304 Up to 7.95 8 1465 1625 Up to 1,725 $379

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AMD Reveals World’s First 16 Core Gaming CPU at E3 2019 – Ryzen 9 3950X

At the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) “Next Horizon Gaming” livestream event at E3 today, President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su unveiled the company’s next-generation PC gaming platform, bringing new levels of performance and efficiency and introducing powerful features for gamers everywhere, based on the new AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 Series graphics cards and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors.

AMD also previewed the ultimate member of the new 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processor family, the flagship AMD Ryzen™ 9 3950X processor. With 16 cores and 32 threads running up to 4.7GHz, the leadership CPU has already set multiple performance records. With the aid of liquid nitrogen, the AMD Ryzen Overclocking Team managed to push the AMD Ryzen™ 9 3950X processor to 5.375 GHz, achieving record-setting performance with a Cinebench R20 multi-thread score of 12,167. The Ryzen™ 9 3950X processor now holds the crown in two important dimensions: highest performance for any 16-core processor and highest performance in a mainstream CPU socket. A new and improved AMD Ryzen™ Master Software utility was also revealed, including a redesigned user interface and new enthusiast-first overclocking features9, offering users an easy way to squeeze every drop of performance from their AMD Ryzen™ desktop processor powered system.

 

MODEL CORES/
THREADS
TDP10 (WATTS) BOOST/BASE FREQ. (GHZ) L2 + L3 CACHE (MB) PCIE®4.0 LANES (PROCESSOR+AMD X570) SEP11(USD) EXPECTED AVAILABILITY
Ryzen™ 9 3950X CPU 16/32 105W 4.7/3.5 72 44 $749 September, 2019

Computex Day 1 Highlights

Computex kicked off with a bang yesterday, and you know what that means. We have a host of new product announcements to talk about. So, without wasting any time, let’s dive into the biggest announcements from Day 1 at Computex 2019.

Ryzen 3000

First up, we have the Ryzen 3000 series processors from the red team. We’ve known about them for a while, but now they’re finally here. Based on the Zen 2 architecture, the Ryzen 3000 is the first 7nm range of CPUs from AMD.

At the top of the line up, we have the flagship Ryzen 9 3900X with 12 cores and 24 threads, priced at $499. The 3900X has a base clock speed of 3.8 GHz and boosts up to 4.6 GHz.

Below that, we have the 8 core/16 thread Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryz en 7 3700X, priced at $399 and $329 respectively.  To bring home the line-up, there are the Ryzen 5 3600X and the 3600 with 6 cores and 12 threads.

AMD’s strong point here is definitely the affordable price point.  To put things in perspective, here’s a little fun fact.

The 12 core Intel Core i9 9920X costs $1199, more than double the price of  the 3900X.

Combine that with the company’s claim of a 15% IPC improvement with the Zen 2 architecture, and we can definitely expect to see an increase in AMD’s market share.

AMD Navi RX 5000 GPUs

Next up, from team red again, we have the 7nm Navi RX 5000 graphics cards. There have been a lot of rumours about Navi, especially regarding the branding. And now, AMD has finally put those rumours to rest. The cards will be branded as the RX 5000 series, most likely inspired by the company’s recent 50th anniversary.

With Navi, AMD is moving on from the GCN architecture we’ve seen in older cards to the new RDNA architecture.

According to AMD, it offers a 1.25x increase in performance per clock and 1.5x increase in performance per watt compared to the older architecutre.

On stage, AMD CEO Lisa Su showed the RX 5700 running the Strange Brigade benchmark against NVIDIA’s RTX 2070, where the RX 5700 came ahead by about 10%. As of now, there is no news about pricing, and AMD’s is expected to reveal more information at E3 during the company’s “Next Horizon Gaming” livestream.

X570 Chipset will not support first gen Ryzen

Amongst the good stuff, we also have some bad news from AMD. The new X570 chipset will not be completely backwards compatible, as it doesn’t support first gen Ryzen processors. Additionally, you won’t be able to use a Ryzen 3000 series CPU on all X370 and B350 motherboards, as support will vary depending on the brand and the model.

This sure seems to put a dent into AMD’s plan to support all Ryzen processors on the AM4 socket, but ultimately there are limitations in the BIOS chip capacity for older boards.

Still, not all is lost because there are plenty of 400 series motherboards available in the market that will support the Ryzen 3000 processors.

Intel Core i9 9900KS

Just because AMD had so many new things to share at Computex, it doesn’t mean that Intel didn’t have anything up their sleeves. The blue team unveiled the Core i9 9900KS, a 8 core/16 thread beast capable of boosting up to 5 GHz on all cores. That’s a 300 Mhz increase over the 9900K which boosts up to 4.7 GHz on all cores. The 9900KS also has a higher base clock speed, 4.0 GHz over the 9900K’s 3.6 GHz.

Other than that, they’re basically the same chip, based on the 14nm++ Coffee Lake architecture. Pricing and power draw still haven’t been revealed, so stay tuned for more updates.

ASUS Reveals ROG XG17 240Hz Portable Monitor At Computex

ASUSRepublic of Gamers (ROG) today unveiled at Computex 2019 an all-new line-up of gaming innovations designed to delight and excite players around the world. Products revealed include: ROG Theta and Theta Electret gaming headsets; ROG Strix XG17 portable gaming monitor; ROG Strix power supplies; ROG Strix LC 120/240/360 RGB all-in-one (AIO) liquid coolers and Aura Creator (beta), an all-new app for next-level control of Aura Sync illumination.

Members of the media, trade and general public are invited to experience the future of gaming gear by visiting the ROG booth at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall, situated at Taiwan’s World Trade Center. We welcome visitors between May 28-30 from 09:30-17:30, and on June 1 from 09:30 to 16:00.

ROG Theta: 7.1 surround-sound, USB-C gaming headset

Building on the popularity of ROG Centurion, our rave-reviewed gaming headset, ROG Theta is a brand-new set of cans that employs eight discrete drivers and the industry’s first virtual-subwoofer technology to deliver 7.1 surround sound directly to gamers’ ears. Revered ASUS Essence drivers are supported by virtual subwoofers to create an enveloping soundstage with deep bass, providing especial immersion.

Theta also benefits from an AI-powered noise-cancelling microphone – another industry first. This employs machine-learning techniques to identify and cancel out 50-million varieties of external sound while accurately detecting and retaining the user’s speech, ensuring clear in-game voice communication and chat.

With an ESS SABRE9601 quad amp and exclusive, ROG-customized 7.1 DAC – which is the same as that used in high-end ROG motherboards – to deliver home-theater-grade output, Theta provides exceptional lossless audio.

ROG Theta Electret: Hi-fi 3.5mm gaming headset

ROG Theta Electret is the second new gaming headset that we’re introducing at Computex 2019. Marking yet another gaming-industry first, Theta Electret combines high-fidelity electret drivers with dynamic subwoofers to deliver impeccable sound quality in all listening scenarios – creating true-to-life stereo audio underscored by strong and punchy bass.

Theta Electret is built with an audiophile mindset and oozes hi-fi quality. The 3.5mm connecting cable is constructed from silver-plated copper wire, supporting high-frequency sound reproduction and ensuring excellent fidelity for all audio types. A 3.5mm-6.3mm jack adapter is supplied, making it easy for gamers to connect Theta Electret to their own hi-fi setup. The new headset also has an integrated boom, certified by both TeamSpeak and Discord, for clear in-game voice communications.

ROG Strix XG17: First-ever portable gaming monitor with 240Hz refresh rate

Mobile GPUs are now able to drive AAA at superb frame rates, but serious gamers crave more than 60Hz, as the esports arena demands higher performance to facilitate quick reactions. That’s why high-refresh displays are standard for both practice and competitive play, and where ROG Strix XG17 steps up.

Designed for ultra-competitive gamers that wish to hone their skills on the move, Strix XG17 is a portable 17.3-inch IPS Full HD (FHD) panel delivering a blistering 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time, making it the fastest portable display in the world. With both micro-HDMI and Type-C connectivity, the portable display is compatible with all kinds of devices – from smartphone and tablets to laptops and games consoles.

Strix XG17 weighs a mere 800 grams and has a built-in battery that supports up to three hours of 240Hz operation off a single charge. Downtime is minimized thanks to fast-charging support, with a one-hour top-up sufficient to power the panel for 2.7 hours.

Other salient features include adaptive-sync, which operates between 48Hz-240Hz, making it easier to derive smooth gameplay from modest GPUs. There’s even a built-in speaker for those times when a headset is unavailable or just won’t do.

ROG Strix 750W Gold and 650W Gold: Gaming-grade power supplies

ROG Strix series power supply units (PSUs) bring high-end performance to the core gaming audience. The lineup consists of 750W and 650W models armed with massive ROG heatsinks and a 135mm axial-tech fan, delivering cooler operation and less noise.

A potent mix of Japanese capacitors and low RDS(on) MOSFETs provide the foundation for a 10-year warranty and have helped Strix PSUs earn an 80 PLUS® Gold certification. For the gamer, the result is an incredibly quiet and efficient power supply with the endurance to handle the most intense gaming scenarios.

To facilitate clean-looking builds that look the part, Strix PSUs also feature fully-modular cables to reduce clutter, together with a selection of stickers and a magnetic badge that can be used to customize aesthetics.

ROG Strix LC 120/240/360 RGB: Liquid coolers bathed in brilliant color

ROG Strix LC coolers deliver high-performance liquid cooling in a worry-free closed loop, perfect for builders looking to maximize the value of an unlocked Intel Core or AMD Ryzen CPU.

We’re now expanding the series by introducing new models with addressable RGB fans, in 120, 240 and 360mm sizes, for thermal control in colorful style. The ROG-designed radiator fans optimize both airflow and static pressure, improve acoustics and feature addressable RGB, with an extra style flourish furnished by ROG stickers on the spindles.

ROG Strix LC RGB coolers also offer full Aura Sync support, enabling them to integrate seamlessly with existing setups and lightshows.

Aura Creator (beta): Next-level control over personalized RGB LED illumination

Debuting at Computex 2019, ASUS Aura Creator (beta) represents a step change in the evolution of personalized RGB illumination – enabling users of Aura Sync-compatible gear to create peerless LED lightshows. This brand-new effect-editing software has been developed by ROG software engineers to provide users with complete creative control over the lighting across an entire battle station. The streamlined interface belies surprisingly expansive depth for customization, making it easy to learn for beginners and a powerful arsenal for experienced creators and modders

The ROG booth will host two demonstration gaming rigs with lightshows created and controlled by Aura Creator (beta). The first is a laptop scenario based on the powerful ROG Strix Scar III, with a complex RGB display that flows across a ROG Delta gaming headset, ROG Gladius II Origin optical gaming mouse and ROG Balteus Qi RGB mouse pad. The second setup is a desktop PC system based on the latest 3rd Gen Ryzen-supporting ROG Strix X570-E Gaming motherboard.

These two showcases will demonstrate how Aura Creator is elevating Aura Sync control to the next level, handing users total creative freedom to create richly detailed, multi-layered device effects that are truly unique, and managed and applied in real time to enable infinite lighting possibilities.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Pricing, Availability and on shelf dates will be confirmed shortly. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

Kingston Announces Next Gen SSDs At Computex 2019

For over three decades, Kingston, a world leader in memory storage products and technology solutions, continues to develop industry-leading products and technology solutions with great performance, reliability and consistency. This year during Computex, Kingston aims to show high-performance storage products for consumer and enterprise, as well as embedded solutions which power products found in your everyday life. With memory products that empower innovation, Kingston is everywhere with you. The highlighted demo products include:

Next-Generation SSDs for Consumer, Power User and Enterprise

  • KC2000 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD:Using the latest controller and 96-layer 3D TLC NAND, it offers superior read/write speeds, improving the workflow in desktop, workstations and high-performance computing systems. It also supports end-to-end data protection to ensure the data’s safety.
  • Data Center 500 Series Enterprise SSDs:DC500R is optimized for read-intensive applications while DC500M is optimized for mixed-use workloads. Both SSDs implement strict Quality of Service (QoS) requirements to ensure predictable I/O performance and low latencies.
  • A2000 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD:The upcoming SSD features the 4 Channel Gen 3×4 controller and 3D TLC NAND. With build in NVMe driver, it could support various system from Windows to Linux, offering lower power and heat.

A Reliable Business Partner: Kingston IPC Solutions

Meanwhile, Kingston continues to offer rock-solid reliability and maximum performance for SI and IPC system builders. Kingston’s 100% tested products come with full BOM control and Product Change Notification (PCN), meet the strict quality standards and deliver outstanding service to our OEM and industrial clients.

Kingston can be found on:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KingstonTechnologyIndia

And YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/KingstonAPAC

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NVIDIA Remakes Quake 2 With RTX Ray Tracing, Will Be Available For Free

NVIDIA today announced that Quake II RTX will be available on GeForce.com as a free download on June 6.

Quake II RTX is the world’s first game that is fully path-traced, a ray-tracing technique that unifies all lighting effects such as shadows, reflections, refractions and more into a single ray-tracing algorithm. The result is a stunning new look for id Software’s Quake II, one of the world’s most popular games, originally launched in 1997.

Quake II RTX includes the first three single-player levels of the beloved PC gaming classic. Gamers that already own Quake II can experience the whole game in its entirety, including multiplayer deathmatch and cooperative multiplayer modes, all fully path traced.

Quake II RTX is an expression of our love and passion for PC gaming,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “By applying next-generation ray-traced graphics technologies and using the Vulkan API, we are able to share this PC classic with a new generation of gamers who can download and play it for free.” 

“It’s rare that a PC game has the impact and longevity of Quake II, and seeing it reimagined with ray tracing 20 years later is something special for me,” said Tim Willits, studio director of id Software and one of the creators of the original Quake franchise. “Equally special is the relationship with NVIDIA, whom we have worked with since the early days of first-person shooters. Seeing how NVIDIA integrated modern features into this classic game is really exciting.”

View the Quake II RTX technology explainer video and a preview of Quake II RTX in all its ray-traced glory in the Quake II RTX trailer. More details are available on GeForce.com. 

Same Great Game, Stunning New Look

The visually stunning new look of the classic game is achieved by a ray-tracing technique known as path tracing, which traces light rays (paths) through the scene in a way that unifies all lighting effects into a single ray-traced algorithm. This elegant form of rendering is used in computer graphics in films but has previously been too expensive for games.

The lighting effects in Quake II RTX are so advanced they require hardware support for ray tracing, such as the specialized RT Cores found in the Turing™ architecture and NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ GPUs, to run in real time. The minimum specification for running Quake II RTX in real time is a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.

New levels of realism seen in Quake II RTX include real-time, high-dynamic range time of day lighting, with accurate sun light and indirect illumination. Physically based materials are rendered accurately. For example, water and glass refract light accurately, emissive surfaces get dramatic soft lighting effects, surfaces deliver accurate reflections and light sources illuminate surrounding objects. Weapon model details and textures have also been increased, and an improved denoiser has been added to increase image quality.

Quake II RTX uses NVIDIA VKRay™, an extension that allows any developer using the Vulkan API to add ray-traced effects to their games. Building on Q2VKPT, a version of the game created by Christoph Schied using the open-sourced Quake II game engine, Quake II RTX is a pure ray-traced game that runs on a Vulkan renderer with support for Linux.

Quake II RTX demonstrates that the Vulkan API with real-time ray tracing can be used to create stunning gaming experiences using some of the most advanced rendering techniques available to game developers,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and vice president of developer ecosystems at NVIDIA. “And, having Quake II RTX available as a free download makes it accessible to both Windows and Linux gamers everywhere.”

AMD Releases Adrenalin 19.5.1 Optional Drivers For Radeon Graphics Cards

AMD has released the Adrenalin 19.5.1 Optional drivers for its Radeon graphics cards, available for download on their website. You can read the full release notes below:

Support For

  • RAGE®2
    • Up to 16% performance gains with AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1, on an AMD Radeon™ VII.RS-295
  • Windows®10 May 2019 Update
  • Instruction Tracing for Radeon GPU Profiler 1.5.X

Fixed Issues

  • Performance metrics overlay may experience intermittent flicker when playing back protected content with this feature enabled.
  • DOOM™ may experience an application hang during launch on AMD XConnect™ Technology system configurations.
  • Radeon Software installation may fail or get stuck at 33% when installing on AMD Radeon HD 7970 system configurations.
  • Some Radeon RX 400 and Radeon RX 500 series graphics products may experience a system hang when hot plugging 8K displays.
  • AMD Radeon VII may fail to apply Radeon Settings video profiles to video playback.
  • HTC VIVE™ devices may experience connection or detection issues by the OS or SteamVR™.
  • System instability may be experienced on ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 laptop when a wireless display is connected.
  • Stuttering or frame drop may be experienced when playing back DivX interlaced content in the Windows® Movies & TV application.
  • Radeon RX Vega series graphics products may experience higher than expected memory clocks at idle or desktop with multi-display system configurations.
  • Some system configurations may not be able to set 10-Bit color in Radeon Settings when the connected display is set to 4K 60hz.
  • Enhanced Sync may fail to enable on Radeon FreeSync enabled displays in DirectX®9 API games on game first launch.
  • AMD Link may experience intermittent authentication issues. An update of the AMD Link application is also required.
  • Some games may experience texture flickering or corruption on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products when using the Vulkan™ API.

Known Issues

  • Radeon ReLive streaming and uploading of videos and other content to Facebook™ is currently unavailable.
  • ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 may experience discrete GPU connection issues with devices disappearing from device manager when the system is idle.
  • World War Z™ may experience an application hang after extended periods of play.
  • AMD Radeon VII may experience screen flicker in multi display setups on desktop or while applications are running.
  • Performance metrics overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.
  • HDR Video may freeze or have corruption during playback when using Movies and TV Application with some Ryzen APUs.

AMD Radeon RX 640 and RX 630 Cards Spotted In Latest Graphics Drivers

AMD’s Navi graphics cards may on the way, but that doesn’t mean that the red team is done with the older architectures. TPU Forums user Just Some Noise spotted the Radeon RX 600 series cards in the new Adrenaline drivers. Interestingly, these are based on the Polaris architecture, like the RX 400 and the RX 500 series.

The two models, namely the RX 640 and RX 630 are present in the Adrenaline 19.4.3 drivers released recently. At first glance, it would be logical to assume that these are a part of the upcoming Navi line-up, but unfortunately, that is not the case.

The RX 640 shares the same device ID as the RX 550X, while the RX 630’s device ID is the same as the RX 540X. This could be another Polaris refresh like AMD did with the RX 500 series. This does fly in the face of the rumours that AMD would be releasing a Vega based GPU in the time leading up to the Navi launch. But on the other hand, if AMD is bringing more cards to the Polaris range, there’s nothing stopping them from giving the Vega graphics cards the same treatment. After all, people were looking forward to a more affordable, 8GB version of the Radeon VII.

Another possibility is that the lower end of AMD’s upcoming graphics card will use the Polaris architecture, and the higher end GPUs will be reserved for Navi. If this is indeed the case, I would’ve loved to see AMD going with at least Vega for the entry level graphics, but who knows what the company has in store for gamers? Maybe they’ll just go Navi all across the board. A boy can dream, right?

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AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs Will Support Up To 5000 MHz DDR4 RAM

There’s more Ryzen 3000 news for AMD fans! According to Yuri Bubily, the developer of DRAM calculator of Ryzen processors, the upcoming 7nm Zen 2 based CPUs will support up to 5000 MHz of DDR4 memory.

In a Twitter post, Yuri said,”I think it’s time to start The maximum value of the frequency of RAM Zen 2 generation is 5000 MHz mode UCLK == MEMCLK / 2.”

One thing to note, however, is that this is the highest clock speed Ryzen 3000 can support, and even then not all parts may be able to attain it. Extreme overlockers may be able to achieve it using some of the non-conventional methods but most consumers aren’t extreme overclockers.

In any case, it’s great to see support for such high memory frequency coming to Ryzen, even though it may not achievable by everyone. Well, who knows? Maybe someday.

NVIDIA Releases Patch To Fix Critical Security Flaws In GeForce Drivers

NVIDIA recently released a patch for its GeForce drivers for GTX and RTX graphics cards which fixes a critical security vulnerability introduced in an earlier driver. This flaw allowed hackers to run code on the target machines, take control over them or even render them useless.

According to NVIDIA:

“The NVIDIA risk assessment is based on an average of risk across a diverse set of installed systems and may not represent the true risk of your local installation. NVIDIA recommends consulting a security or IT professional to evaluate the risk to your specific configuration.

Security Updates

The following table lists the NVIDIA software products affected, versions affected, and the updated versions that include this security update. Download the updates from the NVIDIA Driver Downloads page.