CPUs

One of the stories around AMD’s initial generations of Zen processors was the effect of Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) on performance. By running with this mode enabled, as is default in most situations, users saw significant performance rises in situations that could take advantage. The reasons for this performance increase rely on two competing factors: first, why is the core designed to be so underutilized by one thread, or second, the construction of an efficient SMT strategy in order to increase performance. In this review, we take a look at AMD’s latest Zen 3 architecture to observe the benefits of SMT.

Best CPUs for Workstations: December 2020

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data...

14 by Dr. Ian Cutress 2 days ago

“Microsoft Pluton Hardware Security Coming to Our CPUs”: AMD, Intel, Qualcomm

One of the key tenets of having good security is reducing how attackable your system is. This is what we call an attack surface – a system needs as...

25 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/23/2020

AMD Precision Boost Overdrive 2: Adaptive Undervolting For Ryzen 5000 Coming Soon

One of the ways that enthusiasts tinker with their processors is through overclocking: the attempt to get more performance by changing frequencies and voltages, up to the limits of...

59 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/23/2020

GIGABYTE’s New AMD BRIX Series: Now With AMD Ryzen 4000U Renoir!

One of the key questions when AMD launched its latest Ryzen Mobile processor family, Renoir, was when the chip would be available in the Mini-PC space. At the time...

31 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/21/2020

Best CPUs for Gaming: November 2020

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data...

37 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/16/2020

IBM and AMD to Advance Confidential Computing

Earlier this year, we wrote a news segment about AMD and Google’s announcement about bringing confidential virtual machines to the cloud using features enabled through 2nd Gen AMD EPYC...

9 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/11/2020

Compute eXpress Link 2.0 (CXL 2.0) Finalized: Switching, PMEM, Security

One of the more exciting connectivity standards over the past year has been CXL. Built upon a PCIe physical foundation, CXL is a connectivity standard designed to handle much...

4 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/10/2020

MSI Confirms Fire at PCB Factory in Bao’an, China

After initial reports through third-party sources on social media, MSI has confirmed to AnandTech that there has been an incident at one of its largest manufacturing facilities in Bao’an...

4 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/9/2020

AMD Zen 3 Ryzen Deep Dive Review: 5950X, 5900X, 5800X and 5600X Tested

When AMD announced that its new Zen 3 core was a ground-up redesign and offered complete performance leadership, we had to ask them to confirm if that’s exactly what...

330 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 11/5/2020

Apple Announces Event for November 10th: Arm-Based Macs Expected

We don’t normally publish news posts about Apple sending out RSVPs for product launch events, but this one should be especially interesting. This morning Apple has sent notice that they’re...

67 by Ryan Smith on 11/2/2020

A Broadwell Retrospective Review in 2020: Is eDRAM Still Worth It?

Intel’s first foray into 14nm was with its Broadwell product portfolio. It launched into the mobile market with a variety of products, however the desktop offering in 2015 was...

117 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/2/2020

Intel’s 11th Gen Core Rocket Lake Detailed: Ice Lake Core with Xe Graphics

During a time of increased competitor activity, Intel has decided to disclose some of the high level details surrounding its next generation consumer processor, known as Rocket Lake or...

189 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/29/2020

AMD Reports Q3 2020 Earnings: Making Money and Setting Records Yet Again

As part of this morning’s announcement from AMD that the company would be buying FPGA maker Xilinx for $35 billion in stock, the company also released its Q3 earnings...

41 by Ryan Smith on 10/27/2020

AMD in $35 Billion All-Stock Acquisition of Xilinx

After a couple of weeks of rumor, as well as a couple of years of hearsay, AMD has gone feet first into a full acquisition of FPGA manufacturer Xilinx...

100 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/27/2020

Intel Reports Q3 2020 Earnings: Still Very Profitable, But Challenging Times Ahead

Once again kicking off our earnings season coverage for the tech industry is Intel, who reported their Q3 2020 financial results this afternoon. The traditional leader of the pack...

28 by Ryan Smith on 10/22/2020

AMD Zen 3: An AnandTech Interview with CTO Mark Papermaster

The announcement of the new Ryzen 5000 processors, built on AMD’s Zen 3 microarchitecture, has caused waves of excitement and questions as to the performance. The launch of the...

201 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/16/2020

AMD Ryzen 5000 and Zen 3 on Nov 5th: +19% IPC, Claims Best Gaming CPU

Dr. Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, has today announced the company’s next generation mainstream Ryzen processor. The new family, known as the Ryzen 5000 series, includes four parts...

510 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/8/2020

AMD Zen 3 Announcement by Lisa Su: A Live Blog at Noon ET (16:00 UTC)

One of the most anticipated launches of 2020 is now here. AMD's CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, is set to announce and reveal the new Ryzen 5000 series processors using...

90 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/8/2020

Intel Confirms Rocket Lake on Desktop for Q1 2021, with PCIe 4.0

In a blog post on Medium today, Intel’s John Bonini has confirmed that the company will be launching its next-generation desktop platform in Q1 2021. This is confirmed as...

88 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/7/2020

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