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AMD Expands 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper Desktop Processor Line-up

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Today, AMD announced availability of two additional 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor models, 2970WX with 24 cores and 48 threads and the Ryzen Threadripper 2920X with 12 cores and 24 threads. The Ryzen Threadripper WX series commands class-leading core counts, purpose-built for prosumers focused on raw computational power for the heaviest workloads. In turn, Ryzen Threadripper X series provides enthusiasts, gamers, and streamers high performance with a beautiful and smooth gaming experience based on higher base and boost processor clock speeds than the previous generation.

“The dramatic transformation in the HEDT and overall PC market is driven by AMD leadership and innovation, and the AMD Ryzen Threadripper family is central to this global excitement,” said Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice president and general manager, Client Compute, AMD. “We are expanding this excitement while also ensuring the HEDT market remains accessible to a broader range of creators and gamers with two new Threadripper processors that start at $649.”

Powerhouse for Gaming & Creating
The 24 core/48 thread Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX processor and the 12 core/24 thread Ryzen Threadripper 2920X processor offer unprecedented multi-threading with up to 39% and 55% faster multi-threaded performance compared to the Core i9-7960X and Core i7-7820X respectively. Ryzen Threadripper 2920X also offers simultaneous 4K gaming and 4K30 at 40,000 Kilobit per second (Kbps) encoding, so gamers can stream their gameplay smoothly. Both the 2970WX and 2920X processors offer up to 32% faster performance in ray-tracing, and 60%  faster encryption for creators compared to the Core i9-7960X and Core i7-7820X respectively.

New Features and Holiday Bundles
Designed specifically for Ryzen Threadripper WX processors, a key new feature is Dynamic Local Mode (DLM) software, which optimizes application performance by ensuring the most demanding threads always receive preferential time on cores with local memory. This feature is automatically configured by downloading AMD Ryzen Master on Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX or 2970WX systems. Without requiring any user input, Dynamic Local Mode:

  • measures CPU time of active threads;
  • ranks active threads from most to least demanding;
  • automatically migrates the most demanding threads to dies with local memory access;
  • accelerates lightly-threaded and latency sensitive apps without impact to heavy multi-threaded tasks.

When enabled, Dynamic Local Mode results in an average of 15 percent additional performance[vi] for Ryzen Threadripper WX Series CPUs in select applications, including the SPECwpc benchmark and games like PUBG, Far Cry 5, and Alien: Isolation. AMD also plans to open the feature up to even more users by including Dynamic Local Mode as a default package in forthcoming updates to AMD chipset drivers.

All 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are supported by a full ecosystem of exciting new motherboards as well as existing X399 platforms with a simple BIOS update, with designs already available from top motherboard manufacturers including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. During the holiday 2018 period, these motherboard manufacturers are offering bundles starting from $199 when paired with Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. For more information on bundle programs, please visit the motherboard manufacturers’ websites.

2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper Desktop Processor Line-up and Availability

MODEL CORES/
THREADS
BOOST/ BASE FREQUENCY (GHZ) Total Cache (MB) TDP (WATTS) PCIe Gen 3.0 LANES
(processor / platform)
SEP (USD) AVAILABILITY
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 32/64 4.2/3.0 80 250W 64 / 72 $1,799 Aug. 13, 2018
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 24/48 4.2/3.0 76 250W 64 / 72 $1,299 Oct. 29, 2018
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 16/32 4.4/3.5 40 180W 64 / 72 $899 Aug. 31, 2018
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 12/24 4.3/3.5 38 180W 64 / 72 $649 Oct. 29, 2018

Both the 24 core/48 thread Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 12 core/24 thread 2920X models are available today from global retailers. Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition systems will now offer the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Edition processors. The new Alienware Area-51 with its iconic design will now include AMD’s powerful 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 2920X. In addition, Alienware will expand their Area 51 R7 portfolio to include the 8-core Ryzen Threadripper 1900X.

“The partnership with AMD continues to thrive with the inclusion of the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU in our 12 and 16-core Alienware Area-51, our flagship Alienware desktop built for exceptional gaming performance with mega-tasking capabilities,” said Frank Azor, Vice President and General Manager, Alienware, G Series, and XPS. “Following the success of the original AMD Threadripper edition, the 2ndGen Ryzen Threadripper will continue to allow our community to game, stream and create with the performance and quality the Alienware brand represents.”

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Kingston FURY Releases New Special Edition RGB DDR4

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Kingston FURY, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, announced today it has unleashed a new member of the pack, Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB Special Edition. The white heat spreader with striking RGB lighting makes these modules unique amongst the Kingston FURY line.

Enhance not just the performance of your system but keep it fresh with the library of preset RGB lighting patterns and effects or personalise the settings to create a look that makes your system truly one of a kind with Kingston FURY CTRL software. Along with the patented Infrared Sync Technology, trust your tailored RGB effects stay aligned.

Whether you are gaming, video editing, or anything in between get the most out your system with Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB Special Edition. It is Intel XMP Certified, offering advanced pre-optimised timings, speeds and voltages to overclock with ease by a single selection of one of the built-in profiles. As well as being ready for AMD Ryzen, Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB Special Edition will effortlessly integrate making it a hassle-free upgrade for any Intel or AMD-based system.

“As Kingston sets to enter our 35th year we’re happy to offer this Special Edition of the favorited Kingston FURY Beast line for those who want to update the performance and style of their system,” said Iwona Zalewska, DRAM business manager, Kingston, EMEA. “With speeds of 3200 & 3600MT/s and the bright RGB effects illuminating the unique white heat spreader Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB Special Edition will do just that.”

Kingston FURY Beast DDR4 RGB Special Edition is available in single module capacities of 8GB and 16GB, and kit capacities of 16GB and 32GB.

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EVGA Ends Partnership with Nvidia

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Graphics card manufacturer EVGA has made a name for itself manufacturing and selling Nvidia’s GeForce GPUs for two decades, including some of the more attractively priced options on the market. But according to the YouTubers at Gamers Nexus, analyst Jon Peddie, and an EVGA forum post, EVGA is officially terminating its relationship with Nvidia and will not be manufacturing cards based on the company’s RTX 4000-series GPUs.

EVGA’s graphics cards have exclusively used Nvidia GPUs since its founding in 1999, and according to Gamers Nexus, GeForce sales represent 80 percent of EVGA’s revenue, making this a momentous and arguably company-endangering change. But EVGA CEO Andrew Han told Gamers Nexus that the decision was about “principle” rather than financials—Han complained about a lack of communication from Nvidia about new products, including information about pricing and availability.

Nvidia’s pricing strategy was apparently another sore point for EVGA. Nvidia’s first-party Founders Edition cards could often undercut the pricing of cards offered by EVGA and other vendors, forcing them to either lower prices or lose sales as a result.

Nvidia may not be entirely at fault here—the wider dynamics of the GPU market are also tough to navigate. As Peddie also points out, even as GPU costs have gone up, profit margins for the board partners that manufacture Nvidia GPUs have gone down. Modern high-end GPUs have massively higher power, cooling, and PCI Express signaling requirements than cards from just a few years ago, making them more expensive to design and manufacture, and reporting about the RTX 4000 series indicates that that trend is only going to continue.

The end of the EVGA-Nvidia relationship could also hurt Nvidia—Peddie says that EVGA represents about 40 percent of Nvidia’s GPU market share in North America—but in the medium term, the company is unlikely to be fazed much. Nvidia has other partners, and despite differences in cooler design and clock speeds, GPUs in the same series tend to perform similarly regardless of which of Nvidia’s partners actually made them. In other words, an RTX 3070 is an RTX 3070, and people who want one are just going to buy one from another company if EVGA’s products aren’t available.

EVGA will continue to sell its other products, including power supplies, though Han told Gamers Nexus that the company doesn’t plan to return to the GPU market at all—not with AMD’s or Intel’s GPUs, and not with future GeForce product generations. Han also said that EVGA would continue to sell cards based on older GeForce GPUs, including the RTX 3000 series until they run out of stock toward the end of 2022. The company will also keep enough inventory of these cards on-hand to fulfill any warranty repairs or replacements for currently supported cards.

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TEAMGROUP Launches ELITE PLUS DDR5 Memory Modules

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TEAMGROUP has launched the ELITE PLUS DDR5 Desktop Memory with a brand new heat sink design to effectively increase reliability. Furthermore, TEAMGROUP has announced a new frequency of 6,000MHz for ELITE DDR5 to further increase operating performance and deliver an ultra-smooth user experience.

ELITE PLUS DDR5 Desktop Memory is equipped with a sleek, simple, and asymmetric aluminium heat sink that has been specially designed to be non-conductive and to protect against scratches, acids, rusting and rotting to provide full protection for the DDR5 module. ELITE PLUS DDR5 Desktop Memory is also equipped with a 1.1V standard working voltage which further reduces energy consumption for each unit of bandwidth compared to the 1.2V in DDR4, providing a more efficient power usage.

The DDR5 module is equipped with PMICs for effective power distribution, reliable power supply, and minimal noise interference. The IC supports on-die ECC, a feature that self-corrects DRAM cells for enhanced stability and reliability by reducing risks of information errors. The ELITE PLUS DDR5 modules are designed to be perfectly compatible with Intel and AMD systems and come with three frequencies: 4800MHz, 5600MHz, and 6000MHz, in single/dual channel options from 8GB to 32GB of storage capacity to satisfy a wide range of user demands.

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