Meltdown & Specter: Details and benchmarks on security holes in CPUs

I found a well written article on what is currently going on with Meltdown and Spectre.  These new attacks are shaking up the internet.

Massive security vulnerabilities in many CPUs are causing a stir because bypassing these hardware bugs requires a major rebuild of operating systems that can negatively impact performance. Especially affected is Intel, but not only.ComputerBase has benchmarks.

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Banning CFC’s has made a difference!

Measurements show that the decline in , resulting from an international ban on chlorine-containing manmade chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), has resulted in about 20 percent less  during the Antarctic winter than there was in 2005—the first year that measurements of chlorine and ozone during the Antarctic winter were made by NASA’s Aura satellite.

“We see very clearly that chlorine from CFCs is going down in the ozone hole, and that less ozone depletion is occurring because of it,” said lead author Susan Strahan, an atmospheric scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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Raja Koduri has left AMD, Joined Intel

What a crazy week in technology news. Some people might recall that Raja Koduri also known as Chief Architect. of Radeon Technology Group took a 40 day leave from RTG. When he comes back their are joint press releases by AMD and Intel. Intel and AMD just announced that Radeon Discrete Graphics and Intel Core cpu’s would be used to create a new world class product.  The next day we learn that Raja Koduri is leaving AMD. Fast forward another day and there are announcements of Raja going to work for Intel. What is he going to be doing there you ask? Well if you had a hunch that he was brought on to create a new high performance gpu for Intel you would be correct.  Want to know more check out the new product release by Intel here.  Here is the Intel press release about Raja joining their ranks.

Intel and AMD have worked together to bring together IP.

AMD Radeon graphics with HBM2 combined with a 8th gen Intel core for laptops!

The new product, which will be part of our 8th Gen Intel Core family, brings together our high-performing Intel Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group* – all in a single processor package.

Very interesting! To read the announcement click here

Nvidia just released their 1070ti

Product stacks usually have gaps in price and performance. Today Nvidia helps fill a hole in their lineup. Our friends over at Hardocp have published a review.

“NVIDIA is launching the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti today, and we’ve got a custom retail MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING TITANIUM video card to test and overclock, yes overclock, to the max. We’ll make comparisons against GTX 1080/1070, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and 56 for a complete review.”

Click here to check it out!

AMD Threadripper Released!

AMD, or Advanced Micro Devices has finally offically pulled the lid off their new high end desktop cpus. Looks to be a stellar platform!, if you are interested in reading a few reviews, or perhaps watching a video review I have you covered down below.  Click Here to go to AMD’s website to learn more.

Here are links to Reviews. Credit to forum user: onjoy on forums for completing the list.

AnandTech: The AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper: CPU on Steriods
Bit-Tech: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X Review
GamersNexus: AMD Threadripper 1950X & 1920X Review: MCM Bet Pays Off
Guru3D: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
HWC: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X & 1950X Review
HWZ: AMD Ryzen Threadripper vs. Intel Core i9-7900X: The fastest chips money can buy
HotHardWare: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X And 1920X Review: Unleashing The Multi-Threaded Beast
Hexus: Review: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X
KitGuru: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (16C32T) & 1920X (12C24T) CPU Review
PcPer: The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X Review
PCWorld: Ryzen Threadripper Review: AMD’s monster stomps on other CPUs
TweakTown: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X CPU Review

Video Reviews:
Paul’s Hardware:
OC3D Tv:
Hardware Unboxed:

AMD releases 17.7.2 drivers

Yesterday AMD released a new set of drivers. Nothing to really note other than Enhanced sync, which is basically a improved version of Freesync. You can download them here

  • Enhanced Sync– Increased responsiveness, decreased stuttering
  • Game Responsiveness – Enable faster response time in supported titles
  • Radeon™ Chill² – Now supporting DirectX® 12 and Vulkan® and available for laptops, multi-GPUs and Radeon XConnect™ capable systems
  • Radeon™ ReLive – enabling gamers to record and stream gameplay with better video and audio controls and real-time notifications
  • Radeon™ WattMan¹ – Comprehensive control over engine clock, voltage, power, temperature and acoustics
  • And Many More

I did a few Benchmarks of game performance vs the old 17.7.1 drivers. Both GTA V and Civ 6 saw decent gains in performance.   Not much else to note.

17.7.1 17.7.2
Far Cry Primal
min 49 48
max 67 67
avg 60 60
Civilization 6
99% Percentile 31.242ms 30.817ms
avg 25.008ms 24.625ms
Pass 0 avg 52.62 53.49
Pass 1 avg 53.51 54.51
Pass 2 avg 50.54 51.064
Ashes of Singularity
All Batches 58.6 58.4
Normal batches 68.6 68.9
Medium batches 59.6 58.7
Heavy Batches 50.3 50.5

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