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DDR4 Scaling and the Ryzen 5 2400G: Do Higher Clocks Boost Performance?

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Ever since AMD launched its first APU family, it’s been clear that faster RAM had a significant impact on performance. With the Ryzen 5 2400G, the potential impact of faster DDR4 could be even more significant. The CPU-GPU interconnect system uses AMD’s Infinity Fabric as well, and Infinity Fabric’s clock is directly tied to DRAM clock. We decided to put the Ryzen 5 2400G to work at both DDR4-2133 and DDR4-3200 to see how much…

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Ryzen for the Rest of Us: AMD’s New Ryzen 3 Takes On Intel Core i3

It’s been a little less than five months since AMD launched its first Ryzen 7 products, and the company is finally ready to introduce its Ryzen 3 family of CPUs. While Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 may have captured more headlines, Ryzen 3’s lower price points are targeted at the mass market of gamers that want a decent CPU with solid performance, but who don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on it. Let’s take a look at what AMD is launching, and how it compares with Intel’s…

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AMD Beats Q2 2017 Expectations on Strong Ryzen, Epyc Sales

AMD beat Wall Street’s expectations in Q2 2017, courtesy of strong demand for Ryzen and Epyc (desktop and server) CPUs. This was a significant quarter for AMD, because it marked the first quarter of full availability for the Ryzen CPU family. Revenue was $ 1.22 billion, up 19 percent from Q2 2016 and 1.24x from Q1 2017. Gross margin of 33 percent was down 1 percent compared with Q1 2017, but up 2 percent year over year. AMD turned an operating income profit of $ 25M, compared with a $…

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Latest AMD Ryzen BIOS Updates Really Boost Game Performance

When Ryzen launched, many reviewers noted the chip tended to compete extremely well against Intel in many tests, either in pure performance or performance-per-dollar. Ryzen gaming at lower resolutions like 1080p, however, was a weak spot in some tests. AMD promised that new BIOS (UEFI) updates and game patches would, over time, improve the performance of the platform. With AGESA 1.0.0.6 now rolling out to motherboard manufacturers, AMD has released some data on how Ryzen owners should tweak their platforms for optimal gains. AMD tested the impact of the following…

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Total War: Warhammer’s Bretonnia patch boosts performance on AMD Ryzen CPUs

Last week, the Total War: Warhammer team released a new patch, codenamed Bretonnia. While they didn’t specifically discuss any kind of new features in the patch notes, testing shows that the update significantly improved performance on AMD’s new Ryzen microprocessors. PCGames.fr tested the new 1.6.0 patch, and found a consistent 10 percent improvement on all three Ryzen 7 processors, as shown below: Data and graph by PCGames.fr Intel microprocessors were reportedly unaffected by the patch. The size of the improvement suggests further proof for AMD’s claim that Ryzen’s lower-than-expected performance…

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Ashes of the Singularity update substantially boosts AMD Ryzen performance

When AMD launched its Ryzen 7 family, it delivered a chip that exceeded our expectations in just about every category, but fell down somewhat in gaming. Exactly how much of a problem this is depends on whether you tune your testing for CPU-centric or GPU-centric results, and to some extent, what GPU you use. But there was a clear gap at 1080p in both our Ryzen 7 review and our GTX 1080 Ti testing. AMD’s explanation for this phenomena was to claim that games required substantial optimization to work effectively with…

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AMD Ryzen CPUs are readily available, but Ryzen motherboards? Not so much

Ever since AMD launched Ryzen, the CPU has been selling well — it continues to occupy multiple spots on Amazon’s best-selling CPU list (currently Ryzen chips hold #9, #10, and #15, with the old FX family holding spots #8 and #14, at the time of this writing). Ryzen motherboards, however, have been much more difficult to come by. As LegitReviews notes (and ExtremeTech confirmed), there aren’t a whole lot of motherboards currently in stock for the platform. The screenshot below is from Newegg and current as of Friday afternoon. There’s…

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