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AMD Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X Show up in Geekbench

Two new Ryzen 2000 series processors have shown up in Geekbench, these are the Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X. To start things off the Ryzen 5 2500X has a base clock of 3.6 GHz and boosts up to 4.0 GHz. This chip will feature SMT.

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Intel Processors Vulnerable Again, Hit by “Lazy FP State Restore” Vulnerability

It looks like Intel processors are vulnerable again as security researchers have discovered a vulnerability that is affecting all modern Core and Xeon processors. This is an exploit of a performance optimization feature called “lazy FP state restore,” which when exploited to sniff out sensitive information, including cryptographic keys used to protect sensitive data.

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Intel Working on 22-Core LGA2066 and 8-Core LGA1151 Processors

It looks like Intel is ready to refresh their “Basin Falls” HEDT platform (LGA2066 client high-end desktop). They plan to do this with a new 22-core chip. This is not Skylake HCC (20 tiles, up to 18 cores), or Skylake HCC (30 tiles, up to 28 cores), but a brand new die with four more tiles than the current Skylake HCC silicon, all of which are actual cores.

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Posted by amiller in 22-core, 8-core, All News, Blog, Coffee Lake, CPU, Hardware News, HEDT, intel, LGA2066, Processors

Intel’s Kaby Lake-X Processors Reach End of Life

Just a year after their release, Intel is retiring their Kaby Lake-X processors. These include the Core i5-7640X and Intel Core i7-7740X, both of which were quad-core entry-level chips in Intel’s HEDT platform.

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Model Numbers of Upcoming Ryzen SKUs Leaked

A list of model numbers of upcoming AMD Ryzen processor models has been leaked. They reveal pretty much AMD’s entire second wave of Ryzen 2000 series processors. So let’s start with the big boys in the Ryzen Threadripper line which will be the Ryzen Threadripper 2900X (YD290XA8U8QAF), Ryzen Threadripper 2920X (YD292XA8UC9AF), and the top-dog Ryzen Threadripper 2950X (YD295XA8UGAAF)

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Posted by amiller in All News, AMD, Blog, CPUs, Hardware News, Pinnacle Ridge, Processors, RYZEN, ThreadRipper

Apple Plans To Use Its Own Chips In Macs in 2020

Apple is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel. Apple already builds its own processors for iOS devices and some of the newer ones like the A11 Bionic and A10 Fusion for reached performance levels of entry-level x86 desktop processors.

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The Ryzen 7 2800X Will Not Be Part Of First 2000-Series Wave

AMD will be launching their first wave of 12nm Ryzen 2000-series “Pinnacle Ridge” processors in April, with likely availability on the 19th. From all of the leaks that we’ve seen it is very clear that the Ryzen 7 2700X will be the flagship processor, at least at first. The 2800X will not be part of the first wave of 2000-series processors, which is made up of four processors to start.

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AMD Drops Prices of Current-gen Ryzen Processors

AMD has recently announced price-cuts across their entire current-generation Ryzen line. This includes Ryzen 3-series, Ryzen 5-series, Ryzen 7-series, and Ryzen Threadripper processor models, based on first-generation “Zen” architecture. This is likely in preparation in for its April 19th launch of the new Ryzen 2000 series “Pinnacle Ridge” processors.

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13 Major Vulnerabilities Discovered in AMD’s Zen Architecture

13 critical security vulnerabilities for AMD’s “Zen” CPU microarchitecture have been discovered by Israel-based CTS-Labs. These vulnerabilities are just as big of a threat as “Meltdown” and “Spectre” which affected Intel, AMD, and ARM. This new vulnerabilities are being classified into four different groups based on the similarity in function of the processor that they exploit. They are being called “Ryzenfall,” “Masterkey,” “Fallout,” and “Chimera.”

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Posted by amiller in All News, AMD, Blog, Chimera, Fallout, Hardware News, Masterkey, Processors, RYZEN, Ryzenfall, Security, Zen

New Guide Shows How To Get “Coffee Lake” Chips Working On Intel 100/200 Chipsets

Well it turns out that “Coffee Lake” is pin-compatible with older LGA1151 motherboards based on the 200-series and 100-series chipsets. Modders were able to get these chips to work on older platforms. Intel uses software to block these chips from working on older motherboards, this comes in the form of the CPU’s microcode, the iGPU’s UEFI GOP driver, and certain management engine bootstraps on the side of the motherboard BIOS that lets it recognize new chips.

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