Last year AMD finally gave us something we desperately needed with the release of Ryzen: A viable rival to Intel in the CPU space. The rivalry has meant faster CPUs for desktops and laptops as each company races to surpass the other, but there's a potential problem for AMD. It doesn't have the same track record for improved performance as Intel. In the past it's stumbled, barely keeping pace with its larger competitor. If competition is going to be sustained - if we're going to have long term competition that drives down prices and puts faster chips in our computers, than even a minor architecture change from AMD needs to have big and speedy results. The second generation of Ryzen does.
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AMD has announced the desktop line-up of its 2nd generation Ryzen processors. Today, the company released details for four chips, ranging from the high-end 2700X (specs for which were leaked earlier this week), to the more budget-friendly 2600.
AMD buddy, we've missed you. A few years ago there was a genuine choice between laptops with Intel inside and those with AMD. Then Intel continued to update and improve its processors while AMD did not. It was a big bummer if you wanted options when picking out a laptop and it was particularly painful for cheap laptop fans, as AMD-based laptops tend to be less costly than their Intel rivals.
We've been waiting for more info on AMD's hardcore, 16-core CPU known as Threadripper since it was announced. Now we know exactly when we'll get it, and how much it'll cost.
Here's the Australian prices and release dates for AMD's new top-of-the-line, high-performance desktop CPUs.
NVIDIA has pushed out the GTX 1080 Ti and lately we've seen the launch of the RX 500 series cards.
But it's really AMD's Vega GPUs that people have been holding out for. Earlier this morning the company confirmed it would start shipping the first Vega GPUs - although not the consumer cards people are expecting - from the end of next month - and as an added bonus, there's a new 16 core CPU to boot.
Microsoft has gone ahead with its plan to disable updates on pre-Windows 10 operating systems running on newer AMD and Intel processors. While your machine won't suddenly stop working, it does mean your Windows 7 or 8.1 install won't benefit from the latest updates. Fortunately, a simple workaround is now available.
Upgrading your processor to use a new operating system? Sure, it can happen. But when's the last time you had to upgrade your OS to, er, use your OS, because of your processor? Yep, that's a new one, with Microsoft taking the first step towards discouraging the use of AMD and Intel's latest hardware on the company's older platforms of Windows 7 and 8.1.
Sometimes it feels like computers have reached peak speed. Often times, when trolling YouTube or playing a quick round of Overwatch the limitations on performance seem tied to something else. Your internet is too slow, or you need a new graphics card. Computer processors have gotten faster -- every year Intel unveils a microarchitecture with breathless claims of mighty performance improvements, but CPUs haven't had a real leap forward in a while. AMD's new Ryzen processors comes perilously close to changing the game.
PC enthusiasts, it's a good year so far. Not only do we have a new extreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti on the way, but AMD is finally bringing the fight back to Intel with its new Ryzen CPUs. Here's everywhere you can put your cash down a few days early to make sure you've got AMD's latest Ryzen chips in your hands as soon as possible.