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 Overclockers.net 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr1ZlUu8v_Q
OC3D Tv: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVIXptIyVvo
Hardware Unboxed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9JR_v-4BaQ
BitWit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE1hbMU5DYo
HWC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YutEnG8M1mg
HotHardware: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xrvvvvxpiQ
PcPer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn96ty9D0aQ
LTT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9voQqU73-Mg
GamersNexus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gi_lnDMHE0

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

Thoughts on Intel vs AMD on the HEDT Platform

We have not seen competition on the high end for quite some time. Starting in August for the first time in a long time AMD will have product stack to complete across the entire cpu stack.  While Intel have been key to show their bitter side towards AMD with marketing slides such as “4 glued together desktop dies. ” I tell you that is some serious mud slinging along with a dash of unprofessionalism.  So are comments like this from Intel warranted?

Well lets break down AMD Threadripper, a bit. First AMD has new tech they call Infinity Fabric. This is a high speed interconnect that handles all chip to chip communication.  It has a few advantages compared to traditional interconnects.  One of the major advantages is their ability to connect several packaged dies together. Instead of one large monolithic die, such as we have seen in the past.  AMD uses this fabric to place 2 separate dies on the same package.  So these dies are not glued together, but there are in fact 2 separate dies which connect to one another with Infinity Fabric. This process is further scaled on with AMD Epyc, which features 4 separate dies.

Ok so AMD Threadripper and AMD Eypc are not glued together dies. Will they be competitive in the market?

On the High end side of things AMD will have the R9-1998x which will feature 16 cores and 32 threads of x86 compute goodness.   Base clock of 3.5ghz and boost clock of 3.8ghz. Compared to Intel Core i9 7980XE which features 18 cores and 36 threads. Of course the later is slated to be much more expensive.  More to come on this later.

Ryzen 7 Build complete.

I decided to build a new computer. So what parts did I choose? and why?  Well more on that later in a separate article.  Here’s a photo and a spec sheet of the new rig.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 + EK Supremacy Evo Waterblock

Asus Crosshair Formula VI Hero

Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 3000mhz 16gb (8gbx2)

Asus Rx-480 + Bitspower RGB Water Block

Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSD

Seagate BarraCuda ST4000DM005 4TB X2

OCZ Vertex 4 256gb SSD

Seasonic X-850 Gold Power Supply

Cooling: AlphaCool Xt 45 280mm Front Radiator ,AlphaCool Xt 45 240mm Top Radiator, EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 Water Pump, ThermalTake Riing RBG Fans

All Housed inside a Fractal Arc Midi



Customer Service Woes XSPC

I haven’t updated the site in awhile and I apologize for that.  My day job has been eating up all my free time.  Anyway back to my rant. I contacted XSPC about my newly purchased replacement water pump.  I’ve owned this pump about little over 2 months now, and It started to vibrate and make noise.  First I thought it was just a loose mount, but I checked all of that and all seemed good. I contacted XSPC and they prompted me to record a video of the problem and so I did just that.

Here is the video I took.

XSPC responded and said to turn the fans off because that is all they could hear. I responded by saying the noise you hear is not the fans but the water pump and it is defective. It’s been almost  2 full weeks with out a response.  Rant over.  Pump noise has continued to get louder forcing me to remove the pump from my system, and install a different pump.

AVOID XSPC, and their products, they have very poor customer service, and do not stand behind their products.


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