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Evil Geniuses Moves RAMZES666 To An “Non-Active Position”

North American Dota 2 team Evil Geniuses(EG) has just announced that its current offlaner Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev, has been moved to a “non-active position” in its Dota 2 roster. This announcement was made through its official social media handles.

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RAMZES666 has been made “Non-Active” by Evil Geniuses

After several weeks of continued silence, following its exit from the OMEGA League, Evil Geniuses has finally commented on its Dota 2 roster. CIS Offlane player, RAMZES666 has been made inactive by the NA team.

Details about who will replace RAMZES666 in the main roster is not yet known. The announcement also states that further updates on the EG roster will be announced in the coming weeks. 

EG’s Current Roster and Potential Replacements for the Offlane Role

So everything seems to indicate that in the next few weeks, Evil Geniuses would be picking up a new offlaner. Perhaps they are waiting for further information about the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) to make an informed decision.

For the time being, and until the new Evil Geniuses offlaner is confirmed, the EG lineup will be:

  • Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
  • Abed “Abed” Yusop
  • Andreas “Cr1t” Nielsen
  • Tal “Fly” Aizik

There are several talented and experienced offlaners in the market who would fit EG. Some of the Tier 1 free agents that EG might consider are: Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang, Carlo “Kuku” Palad, Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok, Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov.

What Does Inactive or ‘Non-Active Position’ Mean in Esports?

When an esports player is made Inactive (or Non-Active), it means that he is officially no longer part of the playing roster of the team. But, he is still part of the organization and, if he wishes to join another team, the other team will have to pay a transfer fee to sign the player.

However, if the organization wishes, the player can be loaned or play as a stand-in for another organization temporarily.

This Gives More Reliability To The Rumours of an All-Star Team

Over the last few weeks, there have been rumors of a potential All-Star team that would see RAMZES666, Solo, No[o]ne, and SumaiL team-up. Several developments have increased the likelihood of this rumour being true.

  • A leaked chat-log from rOtK’s stream, revealed a potential team featuring RAMZES666, Solo, No[o]ne, and SumaiL.

RELATED:  Leaked Chat Reveals Roster Featuring SumaiL, No[o]ne, Ramzes

  • With the recent announcement that saw Virtus.Pro disband its roster that had players like Solo and No[o]ne which leaves them free to join this new lineup.
  • SumaiL has continued to be a free agent after leaving OG, leaving him free to join this team, if it is formed.

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TNC Predator Beats Neon Esports To Survive Elimination At DOTA Summit 13

After TNC Predator was beaten in a gruelling contest against Among Us in the first round of the upper bracket at DOTA Summit 13, they faced an elimination match today against Neon Esports. TNC looked all set for this match as they outclassed Neon Esports 2-0 with Armel and Gabbi starring the show. 

TNC Moves Ahead In the Playoffs Of DOTA Summit 13:SEA

TNC Predator had performed decently in the group stages of the tournament and so were placed at the second position in the table. The upper bracket match was always going to be a competitive one against one of the top four teams in the league. Among Us barely managed to secure the series win while TNC were thrown into the lower brackets where they faced Neon Esports.

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In Game 1, it was the Gabbi show as he delivered an impeccable performance on Phantom Assassin. The net worth lead never really got huge for TNC with skem for Neon Esports also farming extremely well on an empowered Lifestealer. But there was always a looming threat of one of the most dreaded late-game carries in Dota 2-Phantom Assassin. Gabbi was so confident, despite being easily able to kill enemy heroes that he also picked up a Divine Rapier. skem relented and fought back hard but TNC was the better team as the game ended in 50 minutes.

Game 2 was an absolute stomp by TNC Predator as they wreaked havoc on the heroes of Neon Esports. After winning the laning phase and picking up their initial items, TNC accelerated their advantage further by constantly hunting down Neon’s heroes. Neon was never ready to fight as skem required time to grab a lot of items on an empowered Phantom Assassin.  

Armel at Epicenter 2019Armel was immaculate on Ember Spirit as he ended the game 2 with a KDA of 15-0-8.
Image Via Epicenter

With the scoreline of 28-4 in favour of TNC in, they finished the game 2 in just 27 minutes and took the series 2-0.

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This comprehensive win will certainly boost TNC’s confidence after losing a very close match against Among Us. They keep their hopes alive in the tournament and will face the winner of Adroit Esports Vs BOOM Esports in the next round of lower brackets.

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Kuku Becomes a Coach For Filipino Team Omega Esports

In a surprise move, one of the Philippines’ most beloved players Carlo “Kuku” Palad has just joined Omega Esports as their coach. This is the Filipino Dota 2 superstar’s first stint as a coach. 

However, Kuku has not announced his retirement as a player. He has confirmed that he would continue with his playing career.

Kuku Joins Omega Esports as a coach

Kuku will be taking control of the coaching duties for the first time in his career following his stints with Among Us and Geek Fam.

Omega Esports is an upcoming Filipino esports organization which has rosters that compete in The Nationals (one of the top esports leagues in the Philippines region). Popular Filipino esports team Sterling Global Dragons partnered with corporate firms like PLDT Inc. and its mobile arm, Smart Communications to form this organization.

Kuku at TI8Earlier, Kuku was spotted on his stream negotiating to join another SEA team. Perhaps, it was this coaching role.

RELATED:  Kuku Might Be Negotiating To Join Another SEA Team

According to the announcement, Kuku is expected to help the team “bounce back” and “reach the top” with his “knowledge, experience and expertise in Dota 2”. 

Kuku To Continue Playing Professionally

Following this announcement, in his personal Facebook profile, Kuku confirmed that he would continue to play professionally as a player.

Kuku Confirms that he is still a Pro PlayerTranslation: “Still a player”

Currently, the Filipino player is competing in a temporary stack named “Among Us” in the “DOTA Summit 13 Online: Southeast Asia” tournament. However, Kuku’s future following this tournament is still not clear.


RELATED:  Filipino Dota 2 Player Kuku Is Still Looking For a Team

Perhaps the player will focus on his coaching career with Omega Esports while the future of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) becomes clearer. Or perhaps we will see Among Us v3 with other SEA stars. It is still up in the air.

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Solo Issues A Statement After Leaving Virtus.Pro

Solo and No[o]ne who are some of the most successful players not only in CIS but also in global Dota 2, left the Virtus.pro organization yesterday. Though Virtus.pro’s disband was being speculated for long now, the move has still left most of their fans overwhelmed with emotions. Solo has released an official statement regarding his departure on the Russian social media website VKontakte.

RELATED:  Virtus.Pro Disbands Its Main Roster Featuring Solo & No[o]ne

Solo’s Statement on Leaving Virtus.pro

Solo has been with the organization of Virtus.pro as their captain since 2016  and has had quite a bit of success with the team. Solo with No[o]ne won multiple Majors, had three ESL titles under their belt and put up some impressive performances at The International.

Solo thanked everybody with whom he had been involved with the Virtus.pro organization. He extended his gratitude towards Anton “Sneg1” Cherepennikov, the former owner of the organization and the general manager Roman “dvoryrom” Dvoryankin. 

“Hello everyone, gentlemen! Obviously, the time of playing with Virtus.pro has come to an end. Regarding this, I would like to extend my gratitude to the organization and to everyone who has cared and thought about us in this 4-year long journey. I am extremely grateful to Anton Cherepennikov (VP.Sneg) for believing in me and giving us an opportunity to put together a squad in August 2016. We were lucky to assemble for the Virtus.pro organization at that time. Roman Dvoryankin’s contribution has been very significant in the success of the organization, Roma-thank you for everything. I want to thank all my teammates with whom I played and had a great time under the Virtus.pro tag. Thank all of Virtus.pro fans for their support, we really loved it! I wish all the best to the new line-up and the organization.

Wait for news;).”

Virtus.Pro has had mixed results with this roster, winning the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Online: Europe & CIS tournament whilst also securing a few decent results in other tournaments.

Their youth organization of VP.Prodigy has also been surpassing expectations, considering their lack of experience. The fact that tournament organizers restrict multiple teams under the same org from competing in a tournament hampered the interests of the Virtus.Pro organization. As a result, the main roster of Virtus.pro had gone inactive before the start of ESL One Germany 2020, and eventually disbanded.

RELATED:  Leaked Chat Reveals Roster Featuring SumaiL, No[o]ne, Ramzes

Solo has also hinted at his new venture with a closing line and a wink emoticon. A new star-studded team is reportedly around the horizon for the CIS brothers of Solo and No[o]ne with their ex-VP mate Ramzes666 and NA superstar SumaiL.

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Virtus.Pro Disbands Its Main Roster Featuring Solo & No[o]ne

Virtus.Pro has just made the biggest move that CIS Dota 2 has seen in quite a while. It has just disbanded its historically successful roster featuring the likes of Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko, Alexey “Solo” Berezin, Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok, and Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov. 

As a result, the VP.Prodigy’s players have become the “main team” of the Virtus.Pro organization.

The Virtus.Pro Dota 2 Composition Featuring Solo and No[o]ne Has Been Disbanded

The Virtus.Pro roster featuring some of the most well-known CIS Dota 2 players including Solo and No[o]ne has been disbanded by the CIS organization who cited the limited tournament options as the primary reason for making this decision.

Most tournament organizers like ESL and WePlay! have barred teams with the same parent organization from entering the same tournaments. Earlier this year, OG.Seed (OG’s secondary team) also disbanded citing similar reasons.

RELATED:  OG To Let Go of Second Team, OG.Seed Following TI10 Postponement

Virtus.Pro’s CEO’s Comments On This Decision

Virtus.Pro’s CEO, Sergey Glamazda commented on this matter stating the reasoning behind this sudden move.

“We launched VP.Prodigy roster with one main goal —  to give young talents a chance for development on the pro-scene. This team had already shown some phenomenal results by this moment: reached grand finals in five out of seven tournaments and won three of them. We had two strong rosters, though at the same time we were limited in tournament options.

By the end of September we faced a tough choice: to once again update our first roster or to invest in VP.Prodigy and put our faith in new blood. Today we transfer the VP.Prodigy squad to our first Dota 2 team.

I would like to thank ex-VP players. A lot of them are the living legends, their names and victories have been written in the club’s history. Today we start a new chapter that will have a lot of trophies and memorable moments.”

Increasing Likelihood of SumaiL, No[o]ne, Solo, RAMZES666 teaming up

These moves add credence to the earlier rumours that indicated a potential All-star team in the making, featuring the likes of SumaiL, RAMZES666, No[o]ne and Solo.

RELATED:  Leaked Chat Reveals Roster Featuring SumaiL, No[o]ne, Ramzes

Earlier in October 2020, a leaked conversation between Chinese coach rOtK and former Virtus.Pro General Manager, Roman Dvoryankin showcased a new all-star roster in the making. 

According to this leaked conversation, the lineup features:

  • Carry: Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev
  • Mid: Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan
  • Offlane: Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko
  • Position 5: Alexey “Solo” Berezin

rOtK Roster Leak

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This move from Virtus.Pro increases the likelihood of this roster actually being formed in the near future. Virtus.Pro, however, noted that the ex-VP representatives including Solo and No[o]ne still have valid contracts with the organization.


VP.Prodigy has been turning heads with their recent performances at ESL One Birmingham Online: CIS & Europe as well as other tournaments. They’ve certainly done enough to grab the attention of the Virtus.Pro management. It will be interesting to see if they can build on these performances and capture a title in the near future.

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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.

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

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