1usmus’s ClockTuner Performance Boosting Utility For AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs Now Available_5f73674bca6f0.jpeg

1usmus’s ClockTuner Performance Boosting Utility For AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs Now Available

1usmus’s highly anticipated ClockTuner Utility for AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs is now available for download. The new tool not only aims to help deliver increased performance for Zen 2 Ryzen owners but also improves efficiency by reducing the power draw of Zen 2 based processors.

1usmus’s ClockTuner Utility For AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs Now Available To Download – Free Performance Boost For All Zen 2 CPU Owners!

Unveiled back in August by 1usmus, the ClockTuner Utility for AMD Ryzen CPUs is specifically has been designed to increase the performance of Zen 2 based processors that include Ryzen 3000 & 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs without increasing the power consumption. The utility can be downloaded at the following link:

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Installation Guide For ClockTuner v1.0:

System requirements and preparation for work

  • Windows 10 x64 1909-2004 build;
  • AMD Ryzen processor with Zen 2 architecture (Renoir is temporarily not supported);
  • BIOS with AGESA Combo AM4 (and newer);
  • .NET Framework 4.6 (and newer);
  • CPU Voltage – Auto (BIOS);
  • CPU Multiplayer – Auto (BIOS);
  • SVM (Virtualization) – disabled (BIOS, optional);
  • Spread Spectrum – disabled (BIOS, optional);
  • Ryzen Master 2.3 (uses the driver for monitoring);
  • Stable RAM overclocking or stable XMP.

The next set of requirements are also mandatory and apply to UEFI (BIOS) settings. Since the success of CTR depends heavily on the capabilities of the motherboard VRM (highly recommended to read this chapter – link), we need to make a kind of foundation in the UEFI (BIOS) to secure the process of tuning the system from BSOD.

The most important setting is LLC (Load Line Calibration), my recommendations are as follows:

  • ASUS – LLC 3 or LLC 4;
  • MSI – LLC 3;
  • Gigabyte – in most cases Turbo, but it can also be Auto;
  • ASRock is Auto or LLC 2; Importantly, CTR is mediocre compatible with ASRock motherboards, as all LLC modes show abnormally high Vdroop;
  • Biostar – Level 4+.

It is recommended to use additional settings for ASUS motherboard owners:

  • Phase mode – Standard;
  • Current capability mode – 100%;

How to install CTR

  • Download the CTR archive (download) and unpack it in a convenient place for you.

  • Download and install Ryzen Master 2.3 (download)

  • Download Cinebench R20 (download) archive and extract the archive contents to the “CB20” folder (this folder is located in the CTR folder).

  • Run Cinebench R20, accept the license agreement, close Cinebench R20.

How the tool achieves this is quite complicated but 1usmus’s CTR is fully automated so users don’t have to worry about anything. It is explained that the utility will increase the overall performance of AMD’s Zen 2 processors, specifically those that feature a chiplet based design, by undervolting each of the individual CCX modules. By performing an undervolt on each CCX, Zen 2 processors are shown to not only run faster but also cooler. This also drops the overall power consumption while the CPU can retain an active-state for all the energy-saving technologies.

Another key feature of CTR is Smart Overclocking which evaluates the quality of each CCX & adjusts the frequencies individually. A special preset of Prime95, also developed by 1usmus, is embedded within the utility which evaluates the quality of each CCX. An algorithm has been designed which fine-tunes the frequency for a balanced operation for all CCX’s without shifting the load on the CPU nodes (modules).

Prime95 isn’t the only evaluation software embedded within CTR. 1usmus has also featured a plug-in test package of Cinebench R20 which not only evaluates the overall performance of the tuned CPU but also shows the CPU voltage and power consumption as a part of the efficiency tests that have been achieved while running the built-in Cinebench R20 benchmark.

1usmus’s has stated that CTR will be free for everyone to use and offers better performance than most overclocking utilities or automated boosting techniques that motherboard vendors offer that only deliver a small increment in performance while increasing TBP by 50% and sometimes even beyond that.

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1usmus’s CTR (ClockTuner For AMD Ryzen) CPU Performance & Efficiency Tests

As for the results achieved with CTR, 1usmus has provided results from two Zen 2 system. One is configured with the Ryzen 9 3900X (ASUS Rog Crosshair VII Hero) and the other is running the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X (ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme). Both systems were compared at default & tuned (CTR) settings.

Compared to the default AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU, the tuned variant delivers a 7% increase in performance while reducing the total CPU power draw by 12.8 Watts. The CPU runs at a higher frequency while maintaining a lower voltage of 1.225V versus the default 1.312V.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X system saw a performance uplift of 5.2% and the total power draw dropped by 12 Watts. The CPU was also running at a lower voltage of 1.25V while maintaining stable clocks versus the default chip that was configured at 1.296V.

As for compatibility, the CTR software for AMD Ryzen CPUs is supported by all AM4 motherboards. Even if your motherboard doesn’t support CCX configuration for CCX, it would still work since the low-level SMU access is able to bypass any limitations imposed by CPU or motherboard vendors. It is also specifically stated that CTR doesn’t contain any unsafe code that may be perceived by anti-virus software as dangerous for the system. This was one of the major issues with the AMD DRAM calculator for Ryzen CPUs but has been fixed with CTR.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Now Available – Starting at $1499 US, Here’s Where You Can Buy The Fastest Graphics Card On The Planet

NVIDIA has officially launched its fastest Ampere graphics card, the GeForce RTX 3090. The GeForce RTX 3090 is the fastest graphics card on the planet offering unprecedented levels of performance, being up to 50% faster than the Titan RTX for half the price.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Flagship Graphics Card Now Available, Starting at $1499 US – A Titan In Disguise!

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card is the fastest in the Ampere lineup and can now be purchased at your local retail outlets. The reference Founders Edition variant will cost $1499 US. The NVIDIA RTX 3090 will feature a price of $1499 (MSRP) however custom models will vary depending on their design and the extra horse-power that they have to offer. For those who missed the train, we published a ton of performance metrics for the Founders Edition variant in our own review which you can check out over here.

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Our very own Tech Editor, Keith May, concluded that the GeForce RTX 3090 is an amazing product for the right consumer who knows what to do with this beast of a card.

While the GeForce RTX 3090 was consistently 50% faster, or more, over the GeForce RTX 2080Ti the Achilles Heel of the RTX 3090 isn’t really its price so much as it is the RTX 3080. The GeForce RTX 3080 comes within spitting distance of the GeForce RTX 3090 and does so for much less of your money. So why would you go for the RTX 3090 instead? It’s simple, those who know they can use what the card offers will likely find great value in it, others might just want to have the absolute best on the market and past Titan sales have proven that person does exist. But folks like me who are simply PC Gaming enthusiasts might just find themselves better suited with the likes of the Ampere Flagship gaming card instead.

– Wccftech GeForce RTX 3090 Review

There are several ways to buy a GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card but do note that just like the RTX 3080, the GeForce RTX 3090 will have limited quantities so there are chances that not everyone that is hoping to buy the card will get one at launch. Following is NVIDIA’s official statement regarding the availability of the GeForce RTX 3090 at launch:

Since we built GeForce RTX 3090 for a unique group of users, like the TITAN RTX before it, we want to apologise upfront that this will be in limited supply on launch day. We know this is frustrating, and we’re working with our partners to increase the supply in the weeks to come. via NVIDIA

If you’re looking to purchase the Founders Edition graphics card, then you can head over to NVIDIA’s GeForce Shop webpage which is listed below:

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If you’re looking for a custom variant, then we’ll be posting links for various AIB custom cards from various retailers once they go live.

Note – The sales of RTX 3090 commence at 6 AM (Pacific Time).

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Custom Models (Amazon)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Custom Models (Newegg)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Custom Models (Best Buy)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Custom Models (OCUK)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Graphics Card Specifications

The RTX 3090 features some insane specifications such as 82 SM units which results in a total of 10496 CUDA cores. In addition to the CUDA cores, the card also comes packed with next-gen RT (Ray-Tracing) cores, Tensor cores, and brand new SM or streaming multi-processor units. The card has a base clock of 1400 MHz and a boost clock of 1700 MHz with a TDP of 350W.

In terms of memory, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 comes packed with 24 GB of memory and that too the next-generation GDDR6X design. With Micron’s latest and greatest graphics memory dies, the RTX 3090 can deliver GDDR6X memory speeds of 19.5 Gbps. That along with a bus interface of 384-bit will deliver a cumulative bandwidth of 936 Gbps.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series ‘Ampere’ Graphics Card Specifications:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
GPU Name Ampere GA104-200 Ampere GA104-300 Ampere GA102-200 Ampere GA102-300
Process Node Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm
Die Size 395.2mm2 395.2mm2 628.4mm2 628.4mm2
Transistors 17.4 Billion 17.4 Billion 28 Billion 28 Billion
CUDA Cores 4864 5888 8704 10496
TMUs / ROPs TBA TBA 272 / 96 TBA
Tensor / RT Cores 152 / 38 184 / 46 272 / 68 328 / 82
Base Clock TBA 1500 MHz 1440 MHz 1400 MHz
Boost Clock TBA 1730 MHz 1710 MHz 1700 MHz
FP32 Compute TBA 20 TFLOPs 30 TFLOPs 36 TFLOPs
Tensor-TOPs TBA 163 TOPs 238 TOPs 285 TOPs
Memory Capacity 8 GB GDDR6 8/16 GB GDDR6 10/20 GB GDDR6X 24 GB GDDR6X
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit 320-bit 384-bit
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 19 Gbps 19.5 Gbps
Bandwidth 448 Gbps 448 Gbps 760 Gbps 936 Gbps
TDP 180W? 220W 320W 350W
Price (MSRP / FE) $399 US? $499 US $699 US $1499 US
Launch (Availability) October 2020 15th October 17th September 24th September
Which NVIDIA GeForce ‘Ampere’ GPU are you waiting for the most?