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Ryzen Threadripper 1950X – The Extreme CPU AMD

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Doing image or video or 3D designs? If you are a professional working in a field where data-crunching capabilities are paramount and then your choices for a heavily-threaded, high-end CPUs are fairly limited in recent years. Basically, it has been Intel or bust. Offering a pro-oriented platform that delivers far better hang-for-buck compared to Intel’s equivalent Core 17s, AMD’s Ryzen has changed that; and Threadripper expanded that trend even further. At eye-watering prices, Intel still offers faster chips than this making the Threadripper a far more sensible choice.

 

 

Intel Delivers a Big Increase in Performance from its 8th Gen Processors

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For its mainstream platform, Intel has released a 6-core processor. And let us all be realistic, we need to thank AMD for releasing the Ryzen CPU to the market and bringing back the competition. AMD’s CPU s have had their share of struggles for much of the past decade just to keep up with Intel’s best processors because going up against a company like Intel is always considered a thankless job. Particularly outside of gaming, Ryzen is definitely a threat though Core i5/i7 is always faster.

The gargantuan of a company like Intel is not going down without a fight. From 2003.2006 AMD has laid claim to the CPU throne, and if you could remember last time, AMD had a clear lead in the CPU realm was in the Pentium 4 versus Athlon 64 days Intel has taken its time to correct their course, however, the result was devastating. Generally using less power Core 2 Duo came out in July 2006 which delivered significantly faster performance than anything AMD had to offer. In the tick-tock era for Intel, Core Duo has ushered the company when the new processor architectures started coming on a  yearly schedule; and by 2006 onward, Intel has reigned as the CPU champion.

You are not alone if you feel that for the past several CPU generations, Intel had been the one coasting. Three or four years ago, we would have had something like the AMD’s Bulldozer or Coffee Lake family of processors if they had been more competitive. And from the enthusiast sector and into the mainstream, Ryzen has effectively forced Intel to go 6-core down.

Intel Core i7 moves to 6C12T or 6-core / 12-threads, and this goes to Intel’s 8th Gen Core desktop processors. Then for the Intel Core i5, it has 6C6T, and Intel Core i3 becomes 4C4T. On an easier way of looking at things, the Intel Core i3’s parts are almost the same as the previous generations of the Intel Core i5’ parts without the Turbo Boost. Speaking of the next generation of Pentium and Celeron parts, Intel has yet to officially reveal their specifications. However, Koby Lake Pentiums has already moved into Core i3’s 2C4T territory, and will most likely to stay there for now.

On some of he performance tiers, the prices to creep up slightly, so the i7-8700K checks in at $359 compared to the outgoiong i7-7700K’s official price of $350, and for the i5-8600K it is $257 compared to the $243 on the i5-7600K and that goes without any sort of cooler included. Now, considering that clockspeeds are slightly higher in most cases and we’re getting 50% more cores, the small price premium is not a major concern. Priced to move at just $182, the Intel Core i5-8400 is potentially the most interesting of the current models, and Intel knows it. So, rather than the usual unlocked K-series part, Intel sent along that chip for the launch party. Later today, I will have a separate review of the i5-8400, however, you can see the performance in the charts that follow.

There is at least one fly in the ointment for all the good things about Coffee Lake, and that is the chipset/motherboard requirements. Coffee Lake uses the same LGA1151 socket as Skylake and Kaby Lake, however, it requires a new 300-series chipset (which is currently only Z370). Despite rumors that

Coffee Lakes would work in existing motherboads, it didn’t actually pan out. What’s more is that you cannot bring your existing Kaby Lake or Skylake chip along and put it in a Z370 board. They supposed that it was due to the modified power requirements on Coffee Lake.8th-gen-core

Ryzen 3 1300X – The Great Budget CPU

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AMD Ryzen 3 1300X verdict

In under the $299 price point, AMD and Intel both offers super-competitive CPUs with the Ryzen 3 1300X and it is going up against Intel’s brand-new i3-8100. AMD’s model conclusively comes away with the award for one key reason (although both has fast quad-core chips): Intel’s budget 8th-generation motherboards haven’t been launched yet. And most will agree that it is silly to match a low-cost Core i3 CPU with a high-priced Z370 motherboard.

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X performance

Best of both Worlds Portable PCs: Qualcomm and Microsoft decided to team up.

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Signalling the second attempt at an ARM and Microsoft team-up, HP and ASUS has showed off the very first Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 notebooks at chi-maker Qualcomm’s annual Tech Summit in December. Back in 2012, Microsoft Company first tested the ARM waters with the Surface RT tablet where the selection was lackluster, although that 2012 venture ultimately proved unsuccessful owed to the inability to run anything outside of the Windows Store apps and the locked-down Windows RT OS. The 2-in-1 HP and ASUS has demonstrated the promising over 20 hours of battery life and these new ARM devices could finally deliver on the concept of having the ability to instantly wake on an always-on state. And of course, the most significant of all, being able to operate on a fill Windows 10 version that can still run all the Windows apps.

The decision for the move away from Intel’s x86 processor technology could potentially open up the market for an extensive array of ARM-based devices, while Microsoft has partnered with Qualcomm for these devices for Windows, manufacturers like Nvidia, Samsung, and even Apple are currently producing their own ARM-based chips. There had been rumors floating around, speaking of the iPhone-maker, that the company has been considering their own ARM powered Macbook for some time although it seems like Microsoft may have beaten them to the punch.

 

The 1000 Core Processor

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Introduction

In recent years, the advances in technology has been so fast that those that have been in vogue soon becomes obsolete in the span of just 6 months.  The world of computing has also seen such unprecedented growth in the last decade that processor speeds only seen in high end personal computers and laptops are already available in smartphones and are even better.  Recently, a new breakthrough was achieved in the field by way of UC Davis’ team that developed a 1000-core Processor also known as the Kilo Core Processor.  The said device was so revolutionary compared to its peers that can only come up to 300-core processors.  It is so top of the line that it promises so much potential in the near apparent future.

What makes the Kilo Core Exciting?

Speed

The said Kilo-Core Processor packs a whopping 1.78 gigahertz per second computing speed which is way over the capacity of normal laptops sold in the market nowadays.  It is made up of 621 million transistors that can process instructions separately from each other, thus making it easier or faster to process large chunks of information with the least amount of time. As the team leader, Professor Bevan Baas, of the project quipped, “it was perhaps the fastest processor design that was designed”.  Unlike most processors in the market nowadays that are made using a 14nm processor, this 1000-core processor was made using the older IBM CMOS technology 32nm which was rather unlikely.

Efficiency

The 1000-Core processor breaks down data into chunks and it gets processed in the multiple processors which are then compiled back when done.  These cores are able to communicate with another while processing the data which are then assembled as stated earlier.  These individual cores even have the capacity to shut down individually when not in use thus allowing it to be not just operationally efficient but also energy-wise as it can run on a mere AA battery as a power source.  That is so wicked won’t you agree? Tremendous computing speed and low energy requirement, which is so awesome if you ask me.  In addition to the chip’s computing power, the developing team has also created a compiling and auto-mapping programs to complement it.

Application

The development of this innovative 1000 Core Processor has direct application in data coding and decoding.  This device can have a huge impact in work that involves huge amount of data to be processed such as that in the stock market or any other scientific endeavors.  It also has applications in video processing additionally.  Sadly, the current state of the system is not yet tenable for a more widespread commercial use as the day to day demands of regular computing does not require the huge power that this system has.

Conclusion

The huge potential of this project is set to revolutionize the computing world if not immediately perhaps decades from now.  However, the immediate usage of the system will only be limited for now until further advances in technology and commercial consumption are achieved especially those industries that need or process tremendous amounts of data.  Despite that, the future still looks brighter and promising.  Please click the like button as well as the share button below if this article made an impact to you in any way.  Further information can be seen in this link about the said Kilo Core Processor https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/worlds-first-1000-processor-chip