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Thanks to AMD Italia, now we know that the AMD PSP vulnerability is - actually - a non existent problem. First of all, in order to take advantage of this exploit, an hacker has to have physical access to the server.

Consequently, he has to update/replace the SPI-Flash manually. SPI-Flash can't be flashed from OS or remotely. In other words, this vulnerability isn't subject to remote code execution.

So, the hype among the forums about a new "Meltdown bug" AMD-Only is 100% wrong. However, AMD and its partners are working on a fix, available during this month, in order to cancel even this remote event.

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Raven Ridge is still MIA in Desktop (AM4 Socket) market, but it seems AMD will commercialize a Raven Ridge 2 APU in 2018 (Maybe a stopgap until Picasso, or a rushed Picasso).

We don’t know a lot, now AMD is very reserved (Even my sources have difficult to say something!), but we know that AMD is working on Raven Ridge 2 APU. It will be probably produced on 12nm of GlobalFoundries, and it will be an enhanced version of current Raven Ridge APU (Raven Ridge will be used in Embedded and Server markets, too. Just like Ryzen is used in Enterprise market via the EPYC SKUs).

It seems AMD is trying to produce a CPU (Pinnacle Ridge) and an APU (Raven Ridge 2) able to be clocked higher, dedicated to the Consumer market, waiting for Ryzen @ 7nm (2019). In our opinion, it’s a good strategy in order to put pressure on Intel and to commercialize better products dedicated to gaming, VR and content creation (Threadripper) markets.

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According to latest rumors, next GTX1070Ti will be equipped with GDDR5 @9Gbps memory. Thanks to this choice, this card will be able to deal with the VEGA56, without stepping on GTX1080 toes. GTX1080 is equipped with GDDR5X @11Gbps memory.

Also, the GTX1070Ti will be probably equipped with a tweaked N17E-G3 GPU (GTX1080M). NVIDIA is working very well: it's leaving no room for AMD counter-attacks.

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According to UEFI.org slides published in October, Intel will remove BIOS legacy support from client & data center platforms from 2020. Also, the new BIOS have to be Class 3 Compliant (No CSM - Compatibility Support Module).

It’s interesting that this choice will stop the support for software that depends on 16Bit BIOS runtime. This news fits perfectly with our rumor about a new Intel x86 uArch, ready in 2019-2020.

 

 

 

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EVGA has officially announced on its website the new fifth edition of the EPOWER.

The EVGA EPOWER V “The Untouchables” is a stand-alone power board which allows experienced overclockers to provide more juice to various graphics cards, especially physically and power constrained reference designs from Nvidia and AMD.

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EPOWER V has synchronous buck DC-DC converter with no less than 12+2 phase layout. Such converter use input +12VDC voltage from standard PC PSU to provide stable and regulated 0.6 – 2.0V output voltage, at maximum loading over 600 Amp. Additional 2 phase DC-DC regulator used for second voltage rail channel, with individual control and current capability up to 90 A. Second channel can be used for memory power on graphics card or PEX/PLL power.Since different VGA cards may require different output voltages, both settings are adjustable in real-time.


As with previous EPOWER’s, connection to target graphic card is done by direct soldering with heavy gauge copper wire, or better, solid copper plates. Due to high currents and low voltages, it is essential to have minimal resistance at interconnect between the VGA card and EPOWER. Wide and short connection is the main rule here.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • 12 phase main output (0.6 - 2.0V, 600A)
  • 2 phase secondary output (0.6 - 2.3V, 80A)
  • IR latest generation digital PWM
  • Remote sense option support for vdroop compensation
  • Integrated voltage monitor LED display
  • Onboard EVbot MKII controls allow you to adjust voltages on the fly!
  • Update your EVbot firmware and connect it via the EVbot port!
  • Control your EPOWER via software by connecting a USB Type-C connector to your PC
  • Dual 3-pin +12V Fan header
  • 1 Year, DOA Warranty (no exceptions)

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Raijintek is always very in depth in the amount of information they provide their potential customers when it comes to the specifications of their products. The chart provided for the Morpheus II offers more information than we could show, but the most important is that this cooler is Fury compatible. So, we want to try an experiment: is Morpheus II suitable for a Fury X?

 

 

According to our results, the Morpheus II is almost perfect! The small heat-sinks in bundle work great on Fury X VRMs, while the Morpheus II covers the whole Fury X interposer (GPU+HBMs).

 

 

The temps, as you can see, are amazing even in Passive-mode (Thanks to a careful fans arrangement in the cabinet). We used just one 120mm fan, so we think that with two fans the temps will be even better.

 

 

So, in conclusion, we are really impressed with the Raijintek Morpheus II GPU cooler.  It’s well manufactured, there are a lot of accessories, easy installation process, the performances are great and, last but not the least, the price is excellent. At a price of 64.90 Euros from Caseking.de, the Raijintek Morpheus II offers terrific value for money (And also it’s – unofficially – AMD VEGA compatible!).

 

Pros:

  • easy to install
  • great performance
  • a lot of accessories!
  • fantastic price/performance ratio
  • only unofficially VEGA56, VEGA64 and Fury X compatible
  • can be used as passive cooler

 

Cons:

  • it's huge!
  • not ufficially VEGA56, VEGA64 and Fury X compatible
  • it comes without fans

 

Full Review (Italian Language)

 

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Some weeks ago we wrote about a possible Revision 2.0 of the Socket 2066. We were wrong … but the truth is closer than you think. The source is the same who told us about Socket FM2, AM4 and TR4.

The mainboards manufacturers will release a new wave of products, not with a new Socket, but with a revised and reinforced VRM section, in order to maintain huge overclocks for long periods with the next 16 core and 18 core Skylake-X SKUs.

Today X299 mainboards will support all Skylake-X line-up without problems, but the manufacturers want to be sure to have the best products to support the Core i9-7980XE launch. The bad publicity made by der8auer and other overclockers has been helpful, by this point of view. The new mainboards will be disclosed during the next weeks.

 

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Noctua today introduced the long-awaited chromax editions of its most renowned 120mm and 140mm fan models as well as chromax line cables and heatsink covers for its award-winning NH-U12S and NH-D15 series CPU coolers. All the new chromax line products allow users to colour-customise their Noctua cooling systems in order to match popular build colour schemes.

Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO)  explains :

Noctua is an engineering-driven company: we pride ourselves on relentlessly tuning our products for maximum performance and quality rather than putting form before function, but of course we understand that many customers put an emphasis on build aesthetics these days.With the new chromax line fans, cables and heatsink covers, we now offer a range of products that’s ideal for those who care about looks just as much as about quality and performance.

Having received more than 100 awards and recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines, the NF-A15, NF-A14, NF-F12 and NF-S12A are among Noctua’s most renowned 140mm and 120mm fans. The new chromax.black.swap edition combines their signature quiet cooling performance with an attractive all-black design and a bundle of swappable red, white, blue, green, yellow and black anti-vibration pads that allow the colour-customisation of the fans to match individual build colour schemes. Topped off with Noctua’s trusted premium-grade SSO2 bearing, more than 150,000 hours MTTF and a 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the new chromax.black.swap fans are the perfect choice for all users who value individual, focused build aesthetics just as much as class-leading quality and performance.
Noctua’s new chromax line NA-SEC1 extension cable and NA-SYC1 y-cable sets enable users to take one step further in colour-customising their fans: available with red, blue, green, yellow, black and white sleeving, the cables allow a PC build to be colour-coordinated down to the smallest detail and are an ideal match for the new chromax.black.swap edition fans. While the NA-EC1 30cm extension cables provide extra reach in larger enclosures, the NA-YC1 y-cables make it possible to run two 4-pin PWM fans on a single fan header and to let the motherboard control the speed of both fans simultaneously.
The new NA-HC heatsink covers are add-on accessories for Noctua’s award-winning NH-U12S and NH-D15(S) series CPU coolers. Made from high-quality, powder-coated aluminium and available in black (chromax.black), white (chromax.white) and black with swappable inlays in black, white, red, blue, green and yellow (chromax.black.swap), they allow users to colour-customise their coolers in order to coordinate them with popular build colour schemes such as all-black, black and white or black and red. Thanks to the easy, straightforward installation, changing the looks of a Noctua cooler only takes a few minutes and doesn’t even require taking it off the CPU. Combined with the new chromax.black.swap edition fans, the NA-HC covers give users endless possibilities to design their very own, individual Noctua coolers that look just as great as they cool!

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Prices and availability

All products are currently shipping and will be available shortly. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices are as follows:

  • NF-A15 HS-PWM chromax.black.swap: EUR 26.90
  • NF-A14 PWM chromax.black.swap: EUR 24.90
  • NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap: EUR 22.90
  • NF-S12A PWM chromax.black.swap: EUR 22.90

 

  • NA-HC1 chromax.black.swap: EUR 19.90
  • NA-HC2 chromax.black: EUR 19.90
  • NA-HC2 chromax.white: EUR 19.90
  • NA-HC3 chromax.black.swap: EUR 29.90
  • NA-HC4 chromax.black: EUR 29.90
  • NA-HC4 chromax.white: EUR 29.90

 

  • NA-SEC1 chromax.black: EUR 9.90
  • NA-SEC1 chromax.blue: EUR 9.90
  • NA-SEC1 chromax.green: EUR 9.90
  • NA-SEC1 chromax.red: EUR 9.90
  • NA-SEC1 chromax.white: EUR 9.90
  • NA-SEC1 chromax.yellow: EUR 9.90
  • NA-SYC1 chromax.black: EUR 9.90
  • NA-SYC1 chromax.blue: EUR 9.90/USD 9.90
  • NA-SYC1 chromax.green: EUR 9.90/USD 9.90
  • NA-SYC1 chromax.red: EUR 9.90/USD 9.90
  • NA-SYC1 chromax.white: EUR 9.90/USD 9.90
  • NA-SYC1 chromax.yellow: EUR 9.90/USD 9.90

 

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Designing a microchip (CPU, GPU, SoC, FPGA, etc.) has proved to be more and more complex and expensive, so the companies are studying different methods to do a faster analysis and enhanced binning of chips produced.

XFR by AMD is one of these methods, as you can read here. In fact we have seen that the Ryzen 1800X is better than the Ryzen 1700X, and the Ryzen 1700X is better than the Ryzen 1700 with our own eyes.

 

 

NVIDIA, in Feb. 2016, has filed a patent called: “Performing on-chip partial good die identification”. Thanks to this technology, NVIDIA could make a faster and more precise binning of its GPUs (The GPU V100 is a Behemot! 815 mm2!): “Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to integrated circuit fabrication and testing and, more specifically, to performing on-chip partial good die identification”.

Also, hand-picking good GPUs will be probably easier than ever. Since NVIDIA filed this patent in Feb. 2016, we can say that we could see this technology utilized in consumer version of Volta uArch (2018) if we are lucky.

 

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Futuremark announces their new 3DMark Time Spy Extreme benchmark, which will be released to the public on October 11 as a free update for 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition licenses purchased after July 14, 2016.

Time Spy Extreme is a 4K gaming benchmark that raises the rendering resolution to 3840 × 2160. A 4K monitor is not required, but your graphics card must have at least 4 GB of memory.

The CPU test has been redesigned to let processors with 8 or more cores perform to their full potential. Compared with Time Spy, the Extreme CPU test is three times more demanding. It also lets processors use more advanced instructions sets up to AVX2 when supported.

 

Time Spy Extreme Score

 

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 Personal thought, I have no sources about it. Just pure speculation.

Thanks to der8auer (Source), now we know that the ThreadRipper SKUs have 4 Zeppelin die inside, and even if one of my sources was partially fooled (However the working dies are just two), this info is very good for AMD. Better than expected.

Why do I say that it's a good news? Before to install a Die on the Package, the die has to be binned and tested. This means that in a ThreadRipper CPU are installed four fully functional die. Someone could think that it’s a waste of silicon, but it's partially true.

This also means that our leaks about the crazy high yields of Zeppelin are true. AMD can afford to throw away two fully functional die in order to sell a ThreadRipper CPU.

Lastly, we can have an idea about AMD supply chain. AMD can’t know how many EPYC or ThreadRipper CPUs will sell in the near future, so AMD can produce packages with 4  fully functional dies, as many as it can. AMD can adjust the production of EPYC and ThreadRipper CPUs according to market request.

So, at a later stage, AMD will decide to commercialize these CPUs as ThreadRipper or as EPYC. Especially considering a EPYC/ThreadRipper CPU cost is about 110/120$. It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Infinity Fabric is really a revolution.

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