Monthly Archives: November 2019

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs 3rd gen

    AMD’s 3970X and 3960X Ryzen Threadripper CPUs on sale!

    Updated 19/11/2019

    AMD’s 3rd generation of Ryzen Threadripper desktop processors has finally arrived, and just in time for Christmas too – having gone on sale at 2pm today. Built using AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture, the latest additions to their incredible line-up of CPUs are the 3970X and the 3960X. Both are run with the new TRX40 motherboard chipset, and promise higher clock speeds and improved efficiency and performance to help content creators “realise their creative vision”. The chips will very soon be available within selected models of our products, so for now we wanted to give you a taste of what you can expect from them.

    Power, punch, and PCIe lanes

    Purpose-built to handle lightning-fast creative workloads, there is a lot to get excited about from the new Threadripper CPUs. The 3960X boasts 24 cores and 48 threads with a base clock of 3.8GHz and a boost of 4.5GHz, with its higher-end sibling, the 3970X, offering a massive 32 cores and 64 threads and a base and boost clock of 3.7GHz and 4.5GHz respectively. Most impressive, though, is the availability of up to 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes in both chips, something which makes them ideal for multi-GPU configurations. It’s no wonder that AMD is claiming the 3970X is the world’s most powerful desktop processor, especially with 144MB of combined cache.

    Coming soon…

    Following the official launch of the 3rd gen Threadripper CPUs, AMD will be releasing its flagship 16-core and 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X chip on 25th November, which has been anticipated for some time. Along with this, AMD has stated they’ll be providing the new Ryzen 3000 processors with a new ‘eco-mode’, wherein you can scale your Thermal Design Power (TDP) back to significantly reduce power consumption. This can even take the 3950X’s TDP down from 105W to 65W, but does come at the expense of some performance. Having said that, AMD has confirmed that the chip can successfully run at 77% standard performance using only 44% of its power.

    AMD Threadripper in G2 PCs

    We’ve already started building the new 3rd gen Threadripper chips into members of our product family, adding to the growing amount of AMD chips already available in our PCs. We even engineered a solution for a customer that allowed the 3970X to consistently run thanks to the introduction of water-cooling components, successfully lowering the 3970X’s temperature and cooling our host 2U PC down to a safe operating range.

    If you would like to find out how to take advantage of the powerful CPUs in a G2 PC, please speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Intel Xe graphics card concept

    Intel’s new Xe graphics cards are on track for a 2020 launch

    Updated 04/11/2019

    For the past few years, AMD and NVIDIA have indisputably been the ones leading the charge in the graphics card market, but with chipmaker giant Intel soon stepping into the same arena, this could all be set to change. Since their announcement back in August last year, Intel has been working away on its own discrete graphics card dubbed the Xe DG1. However, because they’ve been keeping these graphics cards very close to their chest, as of this moment, we know very little about what to expect from Intel’s upcoming GPUs. Only that we can’t wait to get our hands on them!

    What do we know about the Xe graphics cards?

    The only thing we really know is that it’s very likely we’ll get to see Intel’s Xe graphics cards coming into the fray sometime in 2020. The actual release date is still under a bit of speculation, with some rumours suggesting we could see it as early as June 2020 and some erring on the side of a release much later in the year. Intel’s Senior Vice President of Architecture, Graphics, and Software and former AMD engineer, Raja Koduri teased the launch only last month with a cryptic tweet of a new personalised number plate that read “THINKXE” and an expiry date of June 2020, which may be grounds enough to support the theory.

    A lot of potential and power

    While we can’t pin down anything exact for the time being in terms of the GPU’s anticipated specs, what is possible is that their top end 512 Xe card could end up outperforming NVIDIA’s RTX 1080 Ti, based on some speculative estimates made by the tech enthusiast community, which gives us an idea of anticipated performance. More recently, there’s also been evidence to suggest that Intel is intent on implementing multi-GPU technology with its Xe GPUs. This could enable people to double up on their graphics cards to achieve more power, while creating an easier upgrade path by splitting the cost over two different purchases. It could also mean that anyone using both Intel CPUs and GPUs in tandem could see even greater benefit, as the graphics card would work with the integrated graphics within the processor to aid more complex tasks.

    It’s alive!

    Last week, Intel’s Senior Director of Discrete Graphics and Visual Technologies Marketing and another former AMD employee, Chris Hook tweeted that the discrete Xe graphics cards are “alive!”, having been officially powered on and now in a functional working state. We’re very excited to hear the new GPUs are currently being tested, and are looking forward to seeing exactly what they can do next year. Adding to the good news, Intel has also confirmed they are on track to release their first 7nm GPU in 2021, something we’re equally anxious to see.

    If you’d like to find out more about Intel’s new discrete Xe graphics cards or discover how you can take advantage of the GPUs within our range of Rack and Mini PCs, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News