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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6 Core Reportedly Offers Better Gaming Performance Than Intel Core i7-10700 8 Core CPU, Ryzen 5 5600 Comes In Early 2021 With a $220 US Price

In addition to the Ryzen 5 5600X 6 Core CPU, AMD is also readying the Ryzen 5 5600 which aims to be one of the best mainstream gaming chips under $250 US. The report comes from a China-based tech outlet (via Harukaze5719) which reports that the chip is expected to launch sometime in 2021.

AMD Readies Ryzen 5 5600 6 Core CPU For Around $220 US, Ryzen 5 5600X 6 Core Offers Better Gaming Performance Than the Intel Core i7-10700 8 Core CPU

First up, the report talks about the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X which is a CPU that has been made official by AMD on 8th October. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X features 6 cores and 12 threads with a base clock of 3.70 GHz and a boost clock of 4.60 GHz. Compared to the Ryzen 5 3600XT, the CPU has a 0.1 GHz lower base clock but a 0.1 GHz higher boost clock. The Ryzen 5000 CPUs are also based on the new and improved Zen 3 core architecture featuring a more efficient 7nm process node from TSMC. It’s still based on the chiplet design and comes with a 12nm I/O die.

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The CPU features a 35 MB of total cache (L2 + L3) and will feature a single CCD (Core Complex Die). The CPU will come with a 65W TDP and include a boxed cooler in the package with a retail cost of $299 US, available on the 5th of November.

During its official presentation, AMD compared the Ryzen 5 5600X to the Intel Core i5-10600K, both of which have a retail price of $299 US. The Ryzen 5 5600X is said to offer 19% better single-thread performance per dollar, 20% better multi-threaded performance per dollar, and also 13% better gaming performance (1080p) per dollar values.

The source however says that the Ryzen 5 5600X has enough muscle to even tackle the 8 core Core i7-10700 which retails for $50 US more and has higher clocks up to 4.8 GHz and even higher power limits than the Ryzen 5 5600X. The Ryzen 5000 processors also have overclocking enabled which is only available on the “K” unlocked SKUs from Intel. Intel’s 400-series boards do feature power limit adjustments to allow for higher base clocks but that’s not proper overclocking as some users seem to call it these days. Overall, the Ryzen 5 5600X’s $299 US price seems to be justifiable if the figures in gaming turn out to be true.

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 6 Core CPU Specifications:

There’s also the AMD Ryzen 5 5600 which is said to launch early next year. The CPU will feature 6 cores and 12 threads and slightly lower clocks than the Ryzen 5 5600X. The CPU will feature a TDP of 65W and is said to hit a retail price of $220 US. The Ryzen 5 5600 will most definitely feature OC support making the performance figures end up close to the Ryzen 5 5600X.

If that’s the case, then the Ryzen 5 5600 has the potential to become the best mainstream chip for 2021, outpacing the Ryzen 5 3600/3600X which are some of the most popular mainstream gaming processors out in the market today. We will keep you posted if we hear about more Ryzen 5000 SKUs.

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series “Vermeer” CPU Lineup

CPU Name Cores/Threads Base Clock Boost Clock Cache (L2+L3) PCIe Lanes (Gen 4 CPU+PCH) TDP Price
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16/32 3.4 GHz 4.9 GHz 72 MB TBA 105W $799 US
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12/24 3.7 GHz 4.8 GHz 70 MB TBA 105W $549 US
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8/16 3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 36 MB TBA 105W $449 US
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6/12 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 35 MB TBA 65W $299 US
AMD Ryzen 5 5600 6/12 TBA TBA 32 MB TBA 65W $219 US?
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ASUS Maximus XII Extreme Gundam Motherboard Pictured, Comes With A Pre-Installed EK Mono Block & An Extremely Unaesthetic Design

ASUS will soon be launching its latest ROG Maximum XII Extreme Gundam motherboard which is based on the Z490 chipset and themed after the Gundam series. The motherboard was pictured and leaked by Videocardz and is themed in the E.F.S.F (Earth Federation Space Force) colors while featuring an EK Monoblock for the CPU, VRMs and PCH.

ASUS’s ROG Maximus XII Extreme Gundam Is A Very Uninspiring Gundam Themed Motherboard With A Enthusiast-Tier Design

The ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme Gundam is more or less a standard ROG Maximus XII board which has been slapped with an EK Monoblock and some new yet uninspiring colors which ASUS could definitely have done a better job with. The upper shroud that covers the PCIe slots has the same livery as the E.F.S.F but ASUS could’ve offered a better design given that this is going to be a limited edition product for Gundam series fans.

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Regardless, let’s take a look at the specifications of the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme Gundam motherboard. The specifications for the Maximus XII Extreme are quite intense as we are looking at VRM that consists of 16 Infineon (TDA21490) power stages which can handle up to 90A, 45A Microfine Alloy Chokes, and high-quality Japanese capacitors capable of over 10,000 hours. This 16 phase VRM is powered by dual 8-pin connectors which provide power to the PWM unit and the LGA 1200 socket itself.

Other specifications include four DDR4 DIMM slots which can support up to 128 GB capacities with speeds of up to 4800 MHz+ (32 GB capacities operate at DDR4-3600 CL16 with Optimem III). The board makes use of an 8 layer PCB and comes with the prementioned EK Monoblock that covers the CPU, VRMs, and PCH for extra cooling on custom loop setups. There’s also an aluminum heatsink cover near the PCIe slots which provides cooling to the M.2 slots. ASUS uses high conductive thermal pads to ensure that heat is transferred to the heatsink blocks effectively.

The board features 2 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, a single PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and a total of 4 M.2 slots, two of which are cooled by the aluminum cover heatsinks & two on the DIMM.2 module which is shipped with this motherboard and houses its own heatsink. The ROG Maximus XII Extreme is an insane motherboard and hence, it comes in an EATX form factor.

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You should also expect the best range of I/O on this motherboard such as a total of 22 USB ports (Internal + External) with the ones included on the rear panel being 6 USB 3.1 Gen 1, 3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 Type-C), 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, there’s SupremeFX S1220 codec for the audio, dual ethernet LAN (Aquantia AQC107 10G / Intel I225-V 2.5G), WiFi 6 AX201 with Bluetooth V.5.1 support, a bundled ThunderboltEX 3-TR card and support for both SLI & CFX. There are also 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel headers on the motherboard.

You can also find a BIOS flash-back and a Clear CMOS button on the rear panel which is a must-have for ASUS ROG series boards along with the various tuning switches and buttons on the PCB too. The motherboard offers a total of 8 SATA III ports. It also doesn’t make sense to get such an expensive board unless you’re a big Gundam fan which this board is marketed towards since Z590 boards are suggested to release in the next few months with much better features. The ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme had a price of $749.99 US so the GUNDAM limited variant should retail at around close to $1000 US since it also has the premium Monoblock installed. The board could be limited to the Japanese market too.

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AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs Not Supported By ASUS’s High-End Crosshair VII HERO (X470), Only Compatible With Crosshair VIII HERO (X570)

A few months back, AMD released a statement saying that they will support their Ryzen 5000 CPUs on older 400-series motherboards (X470 & B450). While X570 is getting the first round of support, it seems like some board partners would still be focusing more towards their 500-series lineup than 400-series as hinted by ASUS.

ASUS Not Supporting AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs On High-End ROG X470 Motherboards, Only X570 Offer Support

The story comes from AMD’s subreddit where a user contacted ASUS to ask for the support of AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs on his motherboard. The motherboard in question is the ASUS ROG Crosshair VII HERO which is based on the X470 chipset. In their reply, ASUS says that according to its engineers, they have no plans for the Crosshair VII HERO to support the Ryzen 9 5900X CPU. The company rep even goes off to advise the user to purchase an X570 or B550 chipset-based motherboard that will support the Ryzen 5000 series CPUs.

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“I am writing this email to provide you an update about your ongoing case. According to our engineers, We have no plans for the Crosshair VII Hero to support the Ryzen 5900X, please purchase Crosshair VIII Hero and any Ass (ASUS*) B550 motherboard that will support Ryzen 5900X and 5000 series processors.” via Reddit

For one, there’s no reason why the 400-series chipset motherboards or even the ROG Crosshair VII HERO from ASUS shouldn’t support AMD’s Ryzen 5000 CPUs. AMD has already provided its board partners with the necessary code to enable support so unless ASUS wants to push their 500-series first, excluding ROG Crosshair VII HERO (X470) from the support list doesn’t make any sense at all.

The other reason could be that ASUS is simply trying to suggest no support at the launch of the CPUs which is officially confirmed by AMD. In its support slide, AMD has stated that 500-series motherboards will be ready for Ryzen 5000 CPUs at launch while 400-series motherboards will be receiving first beta releases in January which is at least two months after the Ryzen 5000 launch.

We remain hopeful that ASUS opens up support for its high-end ROG X470 motherboards but the decision is theirs to make and not AMD. AMD has done its job by providing the code to partners so its mostly an AIB decision whether they want their full X470 to support Ryzen 5000 CPUs or just a few select variants. We will keep you update regarding the support plans for 400-series boards of various AMD partners.

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AMD Files New Project Quantum Patent – Coming Back From The Dead?

The last time we heard of AMD’s Project Quantum was almost four years ago when AMD made the ambiguous promise that the project wasn’t dead and would someday be back. Project Quantum was shelved almost a full year after its initial announcement back in 2015 and it seemed that we had heard about it for the last time. A very recently filled patent has surfaced that shows that not only is the patent alive and kicking but features a brand new integrated PSU solution – which means that AMD had been quietly working on it and it may actually see the light of day.

AMD Project Quantum patent filed with new integrated PSU, is the company coming for Intel NUC’s lunch?

The patent was approved on September 15, 2020, and was filed in February earlier this year.

Before we go any further, let’s go over the reasons Project Quantum was canned in the first place. The official reason, seen in an excerpt from Richard Huddy’s interview with PCR magazine, is as follows:

The interest we got immediately after E3 was very high, from journalists and consumers and OEM partners, I don’t know whether we have an OEM who is committed to building something like it. We built it as a concept PC, so like concept cars it’s not usually practical to take it straight to market, that wouldn’t make a great deal of sense. But it’s not far from that. I would think that if we have the right kind of conversations with some of these OEMs, then we might well turn it into a real product. In that case, it will probably be a very small number. Maybe only one or at most a handful of PC manufacturers who would bring that to market, potentially. It’s a custom piece, not a high volume piece, but it is a thing of beauty.” said AMD’s Richard Huddy to PCR

But there were also “unofficial” reasons as heard in the pipeline:

  • The internal decision to market the Radeon Duo Pro, not as a purely gaming product, but as a professional high-performance solution.
  • The lack of a high-performance AMD CPU and Motherboard solution (the original Project Quantum uses an AsRock Motherboard) that could accompany the powerful dual GPU.

You see, AMD’s Project Quantum at that time used an Intel processor to drive the dual Fiji GPUs in its belly – because AMD’s CPU offerings weren’t competitive yet. This was a couple of years before Zen would change the world forever. Had AMD moved ahead at this point in time, then not only would Intel have received a good chunk of the sales value but AMD’s own margins would have been diminished.

This is where we come back to the patent. So not only is AMD much much bigger as a company (it was barely a billion-dollar company then) and wields influence orders of magnitude higher with OEMs, but its Zen-based architecture has a leadership position in the market. A Project Quantum can now be designed without using Intel processors and entirely with AMD internals.

The one thing that does not seem to have changed in this new patent is the use of an external power supply. This is odd considering Intel’s Ghost Canyon has already proven that you can build compact power supplies that can drive not only a powerful processor but an RTX 2080 as well. We can see a 10-pin connector in the back of the device – which is just enough power that an internal brick (like Intel’s Ghost Canyon) could easily provide.

All that said, everything is ripe for AMD to offer a competitor to Intel’s NUC line and I am sure that OEMs would be lining up to help create this. The new Project Quantum will almost certainly not be rocking dual Fijis – it might not even rock dual graphics cards anymore. An AMD RX 6000 series flagship is a far better choice and should easily fit inside. With both next-generation consoles adopting x86 and PC design methodology with their builds, maybe its time that x86 machines adopt the console form factor for some serious win.

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AMD Starts Rolling Out Zen 3 Support To 500 Series Motherboards As Promised

AMD recently announced Ryzen 5000 series processors based on the Zen 3 architecture and motherboard manufacturers have already started rolling out BIOS updates on older 500 series motherboards as promised. ComputerBase compiled a list of the updates for all the various motherboards (always double-check everything before updating BIOS, we assume no responsibility for any loss or damage).

AMD 500 series motherboards get Zen 3 support

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series features a 19% PC improvement and up to 16 cores. The flagship can boost up to 4.9 GHz and the company is claiming the fastest gaming processor crown that Intel was hoarding up till now. Interestingly, even 400 series chipsets will be getting the update to move to Zen 3 but this will not happen till January 2021 – likely in an effort to convince customers to move to newer chipsets first. Without any further ado, here are the bios links:

AMD Ryzen 5000 “Zen 3” Desktop CPUs Official – 19% IPC Improvement, 16 Cores With Up To 4.9 GHz Clocks, Fastest Single-Threaded CPUs For Gaming

Featuring a remarkable 19% IPC increase over the prior generation in PC workloads, the “Zen 3” architecture pushes gaming and content creation performance leadership to a new level. “Zen 3” architecture reduces latency from accelerated core and cache communication and doubles the directly accessible L3 cache per core while delivering up to 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the competition.

The top of the line 16 core AMD Ryzen 9 5950X offers:

  • The highest single-thread performance of any desktop gaming processor5
  • The most multi-core performance of any desktop gaming processor and any desktop processor in a mainstream CPU socket

The 12 core AMD Ryzen 9 5900X offers the best gaming experience by:

  • Average of 7% faster in 1080p gaming across select game titles than the competition

Average of 26% faster in 1080p gaming across select titles generationally

via AMD

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Raijintek Introduces the PAEAN PREMIUM ATX Chassis

Raijintek announces its newest PC case, PAEAN PREMIUM ATX Chassis, perfect for high-end PC enthusiasts who want both a fantastic looking case and fantastic compatibility with high-end PC components. The PAEAN PREMIUM ATX Chassis is stated to release in the coming months and is stated to have a price of $250. This high price tag is due to the extensive support for a liquid-cooling loop and full-length graphics cards.

Raijintek Introduces the PAEAN PREMIUM ATX Chassis that offers fantastic compatibility while keeping dual 4 mm tempered glass panels

The PAEAN PREMIUM ATX Chassis is a perfect PC case for any PC builder that likes to show off the installed PC components. This is due to the dual 4 mm tempered glass panels located on the side of the PC case and the front. These tempered glass side panels don’t hinder the airflow as they are located in the spot below the tempered glass side panel.

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For compatibility, This PC case can support anywhere from an ATX motherboard to a Mini-ITX motherboard with ease and offers enough space to support a graphics card with a maximum length of 430 mm.

For storage, the PAEAN PREMIUM PC case features just two mounting locations on the back of the motherboard tray, and can both mounting locations support either a 2.5″ drive or a 3.5″ drive.

Source: Raijintek

For air cooling, the PAEAN PREMIUM ATX Chassis can support three fans mounted to the top, six fans mounted to the bottom of the case, three fans installed on the front, and a single fan mounted to the rear to act as an exhaust.

This large amount of fan mounts makes this case perfect for either air cooling or water cooling, as this case has a perfect mounting location for up to a 360 Distro-plate.

The front IO features two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB Type-C port, and dual HD audio ports, which are all arranged vertically.

The PAEAN PREMIUM ATX Chassis isn’t currently available but is planned to release in the next coming months and will have a $250, which makes this PC case for PC builder enthusiasts.

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Western Digital Launches The WD_Black Drives Featuring PCIe Gen4 Technology – Has RGB Accents Built In For A Unique Aesthetic

When many people think about building their next gaming PC, they think about the GPU, CPU, and RAM as the most important components and for good reason, but many undervalue the importance of having a good SSD. Western Digital is expanding its selection of gaming-oriented WD_Black drives with three new models. These include its first NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) with next-gen PCIe Gen4 technology, a fully bootable Gen3 x8 add-in-card, and a Thunderbolt 3-powered NVMe SSD gaming dock. Each one offers eye-catching RGB lighting options which is a feature few drives currently have.

The WD_Black Line Features Different SSDs For Different Use Cases

The WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD is designed to feature the unprecedented performance of PCIe Gen4 technology, this future-ready product will deliver fast read/write speeds up to 7000/5300MB/s (1TB model). Built with the WD_BLACK G2 controller and optimized for top-tier and high-intensive gaming, the SSD will help gamers achieve supreme PC performance. It reduces game load times and transfers files faster than its predecessor while using brand new cache technology. In addition to high performance, the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD also delivers improved low queue-depth performance over its predecessor, allowing both gaming and everyday users to experience smoother loading of applications. And, for the ultimate in aesthetics and customization, there will be an optional RGB-enabled heatsink model that cuts down on thermal throttling.

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For gamers looking to achieve next-gen performance in a current-gen setup, the WD_BLACK AN1500 NVMe SSD Add-in-Card is a great option. A fully bootable plug and play add-in card is one of the fastest PCIe Gen3 x8 solutions on the market. Powered by two internal SSDs in RAID 0 and PCIe Gen3 x8 technology, gamers can experience read speeds up to 6500 MB/s and write speeds up to 4100MB/s (2TB and 4TB models), giving them lightning-fast gameplay so they can spend less time waiting and more time playing.

The WD_BLACK D50 Game Dock NVMe SSD features a compact design and it transforms a Thunderbolt 3-compatible laptop into an integrated and immersive gaming station. An optimal solution for gamers looking to streamline their setup, the dock offers superfast speeds with NVMe technology, more capacity for games, and multiple ports for accessories – all powered by a single Thunderbolt 3 cord. The SSD is complete with customizable RGB lighting controlled through the WD_BLACK Dashboard.

The WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD non-heatsink version will be available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities starting at $149.99.  The WD_BLACK AN1500 NVMe SSD Add-in-Card is available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities starting at $299.99. The WD_BLACK D50 Game Dock NVMe SSD is available in a 1TB capacity starting at $499.99. A non-SSD option, the WD_BLACK D50 Game Dock, is also available for purchase for $319.99.

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HP Doorbuster Offers: Intel Tiger Lake Laptops From $479, AMD Ryzen 5 From $519!

HP has just launched its doorbuster deals and it includes Intel’s amazing Tiger Lake processors as well as AMD Ryzen. Some laptops are off by more than $1000 and these deals will last for the next couple of days till COB October 14th. Be sure to head out to the full link and browse all the deals that are present there!

HP Doorbuster Sale [Deals In Red Color Is Live With Up To 55% Off! Click Here For The Full List Of Discounts And Deals ]

You can check out the full list of discounts by clicking the link above and then navigating using the panels which most suits your needs. This includes “Top Deals”, “Laptops”, “Desktops”, “Business PCs”, “Printers”, “Monitors” and “Accessories”. You can then sort the deals by % discount or $ discount and there are some truly presidential discounts lurking.

Navigate to the deals page using the link above and then click any of the sections. HP is offering discounts of up to 60% off the list price. Here are some of our handpicked list of deals that we think our users might particularly like:

Blockbuster Deal 1: HP Laptop with Intel Tiger Lake (10nm SuperFin) Core i3 CPU (Upgradeable to i7), UHD Graphics (Upgradeable to Xe), 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and 16GB Optane Scratch Disk for $479 and $100 OFF (was $579)

This is the perfect starter laptop. It is a 14 inch laptop which features the newly launched Intel Tiger Lake CPUs which are built on 10nm SuperFin technology along with a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. Intel even threw in a 16GB Optane drive as a scratch disk or an L4 cache. This laptop will be super light, super portable and blazing fast when it comes to boot speeds and browsing. We do urge to spend an extra $30 and upgrade to the full 1080p screen (the default comes with 768p).

Blockbuster Deal 2: HP Pavilion x360 Laptop with Intel Tiger Lake (10nm SuperFin) Core i3 CPU (Upgradeable to i7), UHD Graphics (Upgradeable to Xe), 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and 16GB Optane Scratch Disk for $519 and $280 OFF (was $799)

If you want slightly larger real estate, then you can go with HP’s 15 inch laptop that ships with the same internals as the 14 inch but for a slightly higher price tag. The discount is much higher as well since you are getting $200 off compared to $100 off on the 14 inch. It is also an x360 foldable design which is very popular nowadays. If you are going for the 15 inch version, we would suggest upgrading to Xe graphics instead of UHD and a Tiger Lake Core i5 processor at the very least for an extra $100.

Handpicked Deal 3: HP 17z Laptop with AMD Ryzen 5, 12GB RAM, Vega 8 Graphics, 256 GB SSD for $519 and $100 OFF (was $619)

Or maybe you want a strictly AMD experience? Well we have a 17 inch laptop that is going for a mere $619 USD and equipped with AMD’s Ryzen 5 processor, Vega 8 graphics, 12GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and huge display. This is the perfect creation laptop body – and with some updates will be incredibly powerful.

Handpicked Deal 4: HP New Omen with 10th Gen Intel Core i5 and GTX 1650 (4GB) for $989 and $100 OFF ($1089)

On the other hand, if you want to indulge in some serious gaming then this entry level, new OMEN laptop with a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 and NVIDIA GTX 1650 is the perfect companion for you. Prices are pretty low right now since manufacturers are getting rid of stock before NVIDIA refreshes their lineup – so the timing is perfect to grab this!

Handpicked Deal 5: Omel 30L with AMD Ryzen 9 and RX 5700 XT for $1379 and $200 OFF (was $1579)

If you are someone that just wants to get an amazing prebuilt then this all-AMD deal is for you. Equipped with a Ryzen 9 processor and AMD’s RX 5700XT, this is the perfect started kit for 1440p gaming. It comes with a casing, a PSU and even a free keyboard and mouse! All you need to do is plug this baby in and play.

The best part is – if you ever feel the need to upgrade, you can keep the chasis and swap out internals whenever you want!

Ethics disclaimer: This is a paid-for, sponsored post. We do not collect any commission on sales. Affiliate codes to track sales may be included by the vendor.

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Intel Rocket Lake S PCIE 4.0 NVME SSD Performance With Seagate FireCuda Tested

A tech publication on Facebook (ITCooker via Videocardz) has leaked the first testing of an Intel PCIe 4.0 bus. The platform being tested is the upcoming Intel Rocket Lake which is scheduled for release in 2021. PCIe 4.0 SSDs are going to provide a significant uplift in storage performance and will likely be necessary for games that feature asset streaming. The benchmark itself was done using Seagate’s FireCuda PCIE 4.0 drive and an 11th gen CPU coupled with a Z490 motherboard.

Intel Rocket Lake S gets tested with a PCIe 4.0 NVME SSD drive and an RX 5700 XT

The leak appears to stem from Taiwan and they claimed they had access to a “next-generation” CPU which they tested on a Z490 motherboard. Considering the only next-generation CPU that will work with a Z490 is Rocket Lake, its not really hard to guess what they used. The screenshots provided show that CPUZ is not able to properly read the samples which means they were likely using early Engineering Samples. Since Rocket Lake S fits just fine on the LGA 1200 socket, customers with Z490 motherboards will have a clear upgrade path when the SKUs land in 2021.

Intel Confirms Rocket Lake Landing In Q1 2021 And PCIe 4.0 Support

The CrystalDiskMark shown had a ready speed of 5GB/s and a write speed of 4.2 GB/s (sequential) which is only possible on a PCIe 4.0 bus. This also means that you are going to see storage devices that greatly exceed this (for cheap) very soon and just in time for the next-gen console launch. Coupled with tech like RTX IO, blazing fast SSDs are going to be a major upgrade point for consumers. The RX 5700 XT GPU was stress tested with Furmark and GPUz shoed PCIe 4.0 active in x16 mode as well.

RKL-S is based on the 14nm process, but unlike older generations, it will feature a revamped architecture (Willow Cove), PCIe 4.0 support and Xe graphics. Think of it as a backport of the advanced architecture reserved for 10nm to 14nm so the company can maximally utilize its foundry capacity. Since it is based on the 14nm process, a leaked benchmark (Geekbench via _rogame) indicates that it will be able to boost up to 5.0 GHz (which is typical for the highly mature process right now) allowing for a best of both worlds situation where a new architecture is able to hit the ground running (speaking from a clock speed perspective) because of the highly mature node.

Backporting is a usually a double-edged sword because if 10nm isn’t able to sufficiently compete in terms of power efficiency gains, the loss in clock speed from shifting to the infant 10nm process (when it happens) could result in reduced performance from the bar that Rocket Lake is going to set when it launches. In the meantime, however, this is great news for enthusiasts because RKL is going to be the first major new architecture in a very long time. Early benchmarks of the platform were spotted over at Geekbench and they are expected to come to market sometime in late 2020 or possibly by early 2021.

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A 5.0 GHz boost clock combined with a major new architecture should offer the best possible combination for a performance upgrade for Intel customers (although at the cost of similar TDP) in  a very long time and I am personally really excited to see how this performs. Backporting could also turn out to be Intel’s saving grace as it misstepped on 10nm and now again on 7nm.

Rocket Lake-S will be housed on 500-series motherboards and will have features that are characteristic of a major architectural change. Willow Cove itself is going to result in massive IPC uplifts and considering this is based on the 14nm process – it will be able to sustain the high clock speeds that were the saving grace of Intel’s current generation of processors. The result is a platform that is significantly faster (think Nehalem to Sandy Bridge) than the generation it succeeds and could even put the hurt to its upcoming 10nm family if the clock rates don’t improve enough.

It features 12bit AV1, HEVC and E2E compression along with the new Xe graphics architecture – which should make pretty much all of these processors ship with entry-level gaming capability. New overclocking capabilities will also be included (Intel will want to boast its clocks if this is going to be the last generation on 14nm). PCIe 4.0 is also finally included along with increased DDR4 support natively. 20 total CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes are included with Intel Rocket Lake S although the chipset on the motherboard should add quite a few more. It is not confirmed at this point where the PCH PCIe lanes will be PCIe 4.0 as well.

Discrete Intel Thunderbolt 4 (USB4 compliant) is also included – which should also significant IO speedup (think faster-attached storage as well as external dGPU enclosures). All in all, this is shaping up to be a solid upgrade over Intel’s existing lineup. The only thing that might raise some eyebrows is the fact that Intel SGX security appears to have been removed. I am sure Intel must have had a very good reason to do this but in the wake of the tons of security vulnerabilities, the company has fallen prey to, all eyes of security enthusiasts and corporate clients will be on features like these.

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AMD Is Gearing up To Acquire Xilinx (XLNX) for $30 Billion

AMD (NASDAQ:AMD), a major player in the semiconductor sphere, is gearing up to acquire Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) for $30 billion, thereby, providing an impetus to the ongoing consolidation wave in the industry.

According to the sources quoted by Wall Street Journal, AMD and Xilinx are currently in an advanced stage of negotiation, with a potential deal emerging as early as next week.

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Bear in mind that Xilinx manufactures programmable chips for wireless networks and its acquisition will provide AMD a solid foothold in an industry that is currently in flux. With carriers injecting billions of dollars in the telecommunication sphere in order to expand the coverage of the next-gen 5G wireless network, Xilinx has become an important node in this endeavor.

Of course, this move by AMD may also be a shot across the bow of NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA). As an illustration, the GPU-focused semiconductor giant has been on an acquisition spree of its own lately. Back in September, NVIDIA entered into a definitive agreement with the Japanese behemoth, SoftBank, to acquire ARM for $40 billion. As a refresher, ARM designs silicon chips and licenses instruction sets that govern how chips communicate. Moreover, ARM’s intellectual property – including the company’s Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) – is utilized by Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei, etc. for their smartphone chips, thereby, corresponding to a market coverage of around 90 percent. Additionally, NVIDIA closed its acquisition of Mellanox earlier this year, creating a viable avenue in the process to optimize its data center-based computing and cloud solutions. Mellanox has pioneered the InfiniBand interconnect technology, which in conjunction with its high-speed Ethernet products, is employed in over half of the world’s fastest supercomputers and multiple leading hyper-scale datacenters.

The acquisition of Xilinx will also allow AMD to better compete against Intel’s (NASDAQ:INTC) sizable footprint in the data-center sphere. Moreover, the FPGAs produced by Xilinx will allow AMD to expand into the rapidly growing AI and networking segments, bolstering the company’s portfolio breadth.

This development comes as AMD unveiled the new Ryzen 5000 series processors, based on the Zen 3 microarchitecture, on the 8th of October. We noted in our dedicated coverage yesterday:

“The AMD Ryzen 5000 is highly anticipated because not only will it exceed the performance of the Zen 2 based processors, but Zen 3 is expected to deliver some major improvements in terms of IPC and also gaming performance, representing far better perf/$ values than the competition who have also announced their Zen 3 competitor but doesn’t launch until Q1 2021. Given how AMD has clawed away major share and gained historical wins over the competition in major retail outlets, Zen 3 will just push that lead further.”