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Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) is a powerful new feature of the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ CPUs.1 Much like traditional overclocking, PBO is designed to improve multithreaded performance. But unlike traditional overclocking, Precision Boost Overdrive preserves all the automated intelligence built into a smart CPU like Ryzen: Precision Boost 2 remains enabled for on-demand performance, XFR 2 still enables higher performance with better cooling, and the CPU still lowers clocks and voltages to save power at idle. As you can see, Precision Boost Overdrive is sort of a “best of all worlds” approach to overclocking that manual mode usually doesn’t offer. But how does PBO work? Let’s find out in three easy steps.

 

Step 1: What Controls Boost

All 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen-branded Processors use Precision Boost 2, which intelligently leverages a large network of sensors built into the CPU to determine whether it’s okay to boost. These sensors measure and react in a very fast loop: up to 1000 times per second. Though there are many data points being measured, the most important are:

 

  • SoC Power (“PPT Limit”): measured in watts, the amount of power the CPU can draw before boost levels off
  • VRM Current (“TDC Limit”): measured in amps, the amount of current we let the motherboard deliver to the CPU before boost levels off
  • Temp (°C): measured in degrees Celsius, the temperature the CPU can reach before boost levels off

 

If the sensors detect that the CPU isn’t close to one of these limits, Precision Boost 2 sees opportunity to raise clockspeeds on as many cores as it can.

 

It is useful to imagine these three thresholds (“platform limits”) as a triangle, shown below, where the labeled corners are something like the RPM redline on your car. Inside of that, a safer and more reliable triangle that represents the factory configuration of your CPU.

 

Figure 1: Precision Boost 2 leverages extra thermal and electrical capacity to enable higher performance. The CPU’s factory configuration is aggressive, without pushing the CPU to the red line in power or temperatures.

 

 

Step 2: More Room to Play

If the size of the imaginary triangle largely determines whether or not the CPU can boost, what if the triangle were simply larger? In the previous diagram, you may have noticed that there’s some empty space between the factory CPU configuration and the platform limits. That empty space is what users are filling up when they overclock their CPU, and it’s the same space the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU consumes when PBO is enabled. Let’s see how that new triangle might look!

 

Figure 2: Precision Boost Overdrive gives Precision Boost 2 more "room to play" before pulling back on boost. More cores, more frequency, more often!

 

 

As you can see, the PPT and TDC Limits have been embiggened to let the platform draw more power. That extra power is directly converted into higher average clockspeeds on more cores for a longer period of time. PBO even communicates with your motherboard to understand how much extra VRM current capacity (TDC) it can provide!

 

Step 3: The Benefits of Precision Boost Overdrive

By now we know that Precision Boost Overdrive unleashes a more aggressive version of Precision Boost 2 that preserves the smart frequency and voltage management that users like. The performance upside for PBO can be significant: up to 13% more multithread performance!2 That’s not dissimilar to what a user might gain with manual overclocking, but PBO can accomplish it at the touch of a button in the latest version of AMD Ryzen™ Master.

 

 

Precision Boost Overdrive: A Smarter Way to Overclock

Taking your feedback seriously is a critical objective for us, as is using the Ryzen CPU's intelligence in new and beneficial ways. We knew we could bring those two goals together with Precision Boost Overdrive! The result is awesome: a new type of overclocking that combines smart boost control, idle power savings, factory max boost clock, and higher nT performance. We hope you enjoy!

 


Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

Footnotes:

1. Precision Boost Overdrive requires a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper processor with AMD X399 chipset motherboard. Because Precision Boost Overdrive enables operation of the processor outside of specifications and in excess of factory settings, use of the feature invalidates the AMD product warranty and may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. GD-128

2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/16/2018. “Multithread performance” defined as Cinebench R15 nT. Results presented in order of Precision Boost Overdrive OFF vs. ON: 5096 vs. 5795 (%13 faster). AMD System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2990WX, Enermax 360 CLC @ 20°C ambient temperature, 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), Asus Zenith X399 Extreme (BIOS 0008), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Windows® 10 x64 1803, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Western Digital Black 2TB HDD. Results may vary with system configuration. Precision Boost Overdrive requires a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper processor with AMD X399 chipset motherboard. Because Precision Boost Overdrive enables operation of the processor outside of specifications and in excess of factory settings, use of the feature invalidates the AMD product warranty and may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. 

From the beginning, the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processor was designed for the world’s fastest and most premium desktop systems. But it also started small: a small skunkworks team of enthusiasts at AMD believed that the users of such systems needed and wanted more than an 8-core AMD Ryzen CPU. The rest is legend. The pace of progress for AMD—and the HEDT market—since that little idea has been breathtaking.

 

Where 10 cores once cost $1723 USD (Core i7-6950X), the 1st Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU delivered 16 cores at half the cost (a 2.5X price/perf leap in one generation).1  It was also the world’s first 16-core HEDT processor, and we challenged our competitor to step it up. Where PCIe® lanes once pointlessly varied with the CPU in the socket, Threadripper made an always-on 64 lanes table stakes. All of that fed into phenomenal acclaim: Ryzen and Threadripper collected 550+ industry awards and accolades.

 

Now it’s time for the best HEDT CPU to have a sequel: the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor. It’s the biggest, heaviest, fastest desktop processor 2018 technology can build.2,3,4  And today you can learn about two exciting new models:

 

 

Threadripper X Series Processors & Customers

Dovetailing off last year’s success in the 16-core market, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X is the crucial “missing link” for customers who create by day and game by night. With 16 cores and 32 threads, plus new technologies like Precision Boost 2 and AMD StoreMI technology, Threadripper X Series CPUs stand strong in gaming while flying through creative workloads up to 41% faster than the competition.5

 

Threadripper WX Series Processors & Customers

New for 2018: Some customers want to double down on their content creation performance to tear through their work as quickly as state-of-the-art technology will allow. Time is money, after all. Those users are Threadripper WX Series customers. Whether it’s 3D rendering, media encoding, or cinema mastering, the first-of-its-kind 64-thread architecture of the Threadripper WX Series is a specialized weapon that makes even the biggest projects seem smaller than ever. In fact, it’s up to 51% faster than its more expensive competitor!6

 

Together, the 2018 Ryzen Threadripper X and WX Series CPUs set the standard for performance, flexibility, features, and value for gamers and creators shopping in the HEDT market. And lest I forget: they’re drop-in compatible with any AMD X399 motherboard, tapping into an awesome ecosystem of great hardware. That’s HEDT done right!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

TDP180W250W
Core Count16 Cores, 32 Threads32 Cores, 64 Threads
Topology8 Cores ea. in Dies 0,18 Cores ea. in Dies 0,1,2,3
L2 Cache512K Per Core (8MB Total)512K Per Core (16MB Total)
L3 Cache16MB Per Die (32MB Total)16MB Per Die (64MB Total)
Base Frequency3.5GHz3.0GHz
Boost Frequency4.4GHz4.2GHz
PCIe Gen3 Lanes64 (4x reserved for chipset)64 (4x reserved for chipset)
Memory ChannelsQuadQuad
Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2)EnabledEnabled
Precision Boost 2EnabledEnabled
Precision Boost Overdrive (OC)7AvailableAvailable
Transistor Count~9.6 Billion~19.2 Billion
Die Size(s)2x 213mm24x 213mm2
AMD Suggested Online Price$899 USD$1799 USD

 

Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

Footnotes:

1. Testing by AMD performance labs as of June 27, 2018. Performance per dollar evaluated by dividing the Cinebench R15 nT multithread score by the $USD SEP of the processor. I7-6950X: 2061/$1723 = 1.2 per $ (100% baseline). 1950X: 3042/$999 =  3.0 per $ (150% or 2.5X faster). Intel pricing via ark.intel.com as of 7/24/2018. Intel results obtained from official Cinebench R15 benchmark database on 7/24/2018, results not verified by AMD: https://us.rebusfarm.net/en/tempbench?view=benchmark / https://us.rebusfarm.net/images/benchmarks/1466540143_438.jpg. AMD System Configuration: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, Asus ROG Zenith X399, 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Samsung 960 EVO SSD, Windows 10 x64 RS3. Results may vary with system configuration and drivers. RPM-24

2. AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are AMD’s largest desktop processors, with external dimensions of 3.1”x 2.2” x 0.25”. Intel’s largest desktop processors, the Core i9 series, have external dimensions of 2.1” x 1.8” x 0.2”, smaller than the AMD Ryzen Threadripper in every dimension. FP2-4

3. Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 6/26/2018 on the following system. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used. Test configuration: AMD ‘Whitehaven’ X399 Socket sTR4 Motherboard + AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2990WX + Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gasming9 + Core i9-7980XE. Both systems feature GeForce GTX 1080 (driver 24.21.13.9793), 4x8GB DDR4-3200, Windows 10 x64 Pro (RS3), Samsung 850 Pro SSD. "Power” defined as computational processing power as represented by the Cinebench R15 processor benchmark The Core i9-7980XE achieved an average of 3335.2 points in the benchmark, while the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX achieved an average of 5099.3, or (5099.3/3335.2=153%) 53% faster than the Intel Core i9-7980XE. RP2-1.

4. AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are AMD’s heaviest desktop processors, with a weight of 136 grams. Intel’s heaviest desktop processors, the Core i9 series, weigh 52 grams., which is lighter than the AMD Ryzen Threadripper. FP2-5

5. Performance testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/16/2018. “Multithread” performance defined as Cinebench R15 nT. “Single thread” performance defined as Cinebench R15 1T. Cinebench R15 nT Results: 7900X vs. 2950X: 2183 vs. 3092 (+41% faster); 7900X vs. 1950X: 2183 vs. 3022 (38% faster); 1950X vs. 2950X: 3022 vs. 3092 (1.6% faster). Cinebench R15 1T results: 7900X vs. 2950X: 188 vs. 177 (5.8% slower); 7900X vs. 1950X: 188 vs. 167 (11% slower); 1950X vs. 2950X: 167 vs. 177 (6% faster). AMD System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2950X and 1950X, Corsair H100i CLC, 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), Asus Zenith X399 Extreme (BIOS 0008), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Windows® 10 x64 1803, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Western Digital Black 2TB HDD. Intel System Configuration: Core i9-7900X, Asus PRIME X299-Deluxe (BIOS 1401), 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Windows® 10 x64 1803, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Western Digital Black 2TB HDD. Results may vary with system configuration and drivers. RP2-6

6. Performance testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of 7/16/2018. “Multithread” performance defined as Cinebench R15 nT. “Single thread” performance defined as Cinebench R15 1T. Cinebench R15 nT Results: 7980XE vs. 2990WX: 3365 vs. 5089 (51% faster). Cinebench R15 1T results: 7980XE vs. 2990WX: 183 vs. 175 (4.3% slower). AMD System configuration: AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2990WX, Corsair H100i CLC, 4x16GB DDR4-2667 (16-18-18), Asus Zenith X399 Extreme (BIOS 0008), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Windows® 10 x64 1803, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Western Digital Black 2TB HDD.  =Intel System Configuration: Core i9-7980XE, Asus PRIME X299-Deluxe (BIOS 1401), 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-28-1T), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (driver 398.36), Windows® 10 x64 1803, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Western Digital Black 2TB HDD. Results may vary with system configuration and drivers. RP2-9

7. Precision Boost Overdrive requires a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper processor with AMD X399 chipset motherboard. Because Precision Boost Overdrive enables operation of the processor outside of specifications and in excess of factory settings, use of the feature invalidates the AMD product warranty and may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. GD-128

Whatever your digital creation is, be it a 3D model, 4K video or animation, we all know that impatient feeling waiting to see the results of your creative design. The 2nd Gen Ryzen™ Threadripper processors enable blazing fast renders, exports and encodes. With up to 32 cores and 64 threads, the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper is a beast for digital content creators that saves you time.

 

The 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors improve upon the 1st generation counterparts with higher clocks speeds (thanks to the new 12nm process and “Zen+” architecture) and better boost optimizations (with XFR2 and Precision Boost 2 technology) for better performance with your favorite content creation applications.

 

Looking at the 1st Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X CPU (16-core) vs. the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X CPU (16-core) you’ll see performance gains across a variety of 3D rendering, video editing and graphic design applications.

 

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See footnote #1 for complete test configuration

 

For even more performance the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor pushes HEDT systems to the next level with 32 cores and 64 threads of processing power. That’s an extra 14 cores over the comparable Intel i9 7980XE CPU, which lets you complete your work faster and still have processing power left over to multi-task on the same machine.

 

Slide2.JPGSee footnote #2 for complete test configuration

 

 

And there you have it. Whether you’re editing videos, creating animations, or designing 3D models, the new 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are here to help save you time and get your work done faster.

 

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David Tjong, Product Marketing Manager for AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

1. Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 07/15/2018. Workstation PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on different driver versions used. System Configurations:  All systems equipped with 64 GB quad-channel DDR4 2666 MHz (4x16), Samsung M.2 NVME 960PRO 500GB SSD, Windows 10 RS4 operating system and Radeon Pro WX7100 graphics adapters with driver version 24.20.11001.1 AMD Threadripper 2950X: MSI MEG Motherboard; AMD Threadripper 1950X- Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 7.; Results ordered in AMD Threadripper 2950X vs. AMD Threadripper 1950X: ChaosGroup VRay benchmark v3.57 (V-Ray rendering): 43 sec vs. 47.6 for (1/43) / (1/47.6) =  1.10 or 10% faster; Adobe Dimension design software: 199 sec vs. 218.7 for (1/173) / (1/199) =  1.098 or 10% faster; Adobe Premiere encoding time exporting: 368 sec vs. 461 for (1/368) / (1/461) = 1.25 or 25% faster; BlackMagic Design Davinci Resolve 15.0b5: 43.3 sec vs. 46.3 for (1/43.3) / (1/46.3) = 1.069 or 7% faster; SPECwpc™ V2.1 benchmark under official run settings; subtest estimate score for Maya used to show performance of Autodesk® Maya® computer animation software. Score: 14.6 vs. 12.2 for 14.6/12.2 = 1.195 or 20% more; SPECwpc™V2.1 is a trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg

 

2. Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 07/15/2018. Workstation PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on different driver versions used. System Configurations:  All systems equipped with 64 GB quad-channel DDR4 2666 MHz (4x16), Samsung M.2 NVME 960PRO 500GB SSD, Windows 10 RS4 operating system and Radeon Pro WX7100 graphics adapters with driver version 24.20.11001.1 AMD Threadripper 2990WX: MSI MEG Motherboard; Intel Core i7-7980XE, MSI Raider X299 motherboard; Results ordered in Intel Core i9-7980XE vs. AMD Threadripper 2990WX: ChaosGroup VRay benchmark v3.57 (V-Ray rendering): 38 sec vs. 26 sec for (1/26) / (1/38) =  1.46 or 46% faster; Adobe Dimension design software: 206 sec vs. 173 sec for (1/173) / (1/206) =  1.19 or 19% faster; Adobe Premiere encoding time exporting: 438 sec vs. 434 sec for (1/434) / (1/438) = 1.01 or 1% faster; BlackMagic Design Davinci Resolve 15.0b5: 43.7 sec vs. 34.0 sec for (1/34) / (1/43.7) =  1.28 or 28% faster; SPECwpc™ V2.1 benchmark under official run settings; subtest estimate score for Maya used to show performance of Autodesk® Maya® computer animation software. Score: 16.2 vs. 16.0 for 16.0/16.2 = .99 or -1% more; SPECwpc™V2.1 is a trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg

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*UPDATE 8/3/18 to clarify it is the GDDR5 memory controller that is on the chip.

 

As the #1 supplier of high-end processors and graphics to the gaming market, we are focused on how we can deliver products that power the ultimate gaming experiences. Today, we are excited to detail how we are bringing Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics to even more gamers through our work with Zhongshan Subor to create a new gaming PC and upcoming console for the China market. The PC and console are powered by a semi-custom “Zen” and “Vega”-based AMD SOC. The high-performance AMD chip combines an AMD Ryzen™ CPU (4 core/8 thread running at 3Ghz) with AMD Radeon™ Vega Graphics (24CUs running at 1.3Ghzs), and 256-bit GDDR5 interface onto a single chip and 8GB of GDDR5 on the motherboard.

 

The new gaming SOC is the latest example of how only AMD can combine high-performance CPU and GPU technologies to give gamers the most immersive experiences possible. Whether it is our Radeon FreeSync technology, which is the industry’s broadest adopted technology for tear-free, smooth and open gameplay or our feature-packed Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition software, AMD puts gamers at the heart of our technology development. We are also committed  to working across the developer community and with leading publishers such as Ubisoft to drive adoption of next-generation technologies like Rapid Packed Math that can deliver more realistic and immersive experiences. Not to mention our work as we equip the world’s most competitive eSports teams like Fnatic with powerful AMD Ryzen and AMD Vega gaming processors. 

 

The new gaming PC was demonstrated in the Subor booth at ChinaJoy, the largest gaming and digital entertainment exhibition in China and Asia. Subor plans to launch their new game PC in late-August. The SUBOR gaming console, featuring the same hardware as the gaming PC but with a customized operating system, is expected to launch by the end of 2018. 

 

Designing a semi-custom gaming SOC for Subor represents an exciting opportunity for AMD to make our high-performance technologies even more accessible to gamers in China. The new SOC is also a great example of our semi-custom strategy, where we take our differentiated IP and tailor to meet the specific needs of a customer to create a product only AMD can deliver.

 

We look forward to continuing to push the boundaries in game graphics and compute performance

PDXLAN has been around since July 2003, thriving with a tightly-knit community that’s enthusiastic as ever about getting together in the age of everything-is-online. Enthusiasts know the name very well—the event’s become synonymous with fostering a positive gaming environment, kickass competitions for prizes and its generosity in hosting charity events.

 

A few weeks ago, AMD participated in PDXLAN to celebrate its 15 years of LAN parties.

 

Maybe some of you attend LAN parties or continue with your own, or maybe you prefer gaming online with friends. Either way, you can’t deny the comradery of a LAN party—hooking up your computer, gaming together, helping each other out—that’s what old-school gaming was! PDXLAN keeps that spirit very much alive, and shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

 

We provided PDXLAN with Combat Crates, Ryzen CPUs and Radeon RX GPUs as prizes for the numerous tournaments and competitions the event holds for attendees. With prizes like these on the line, you have no idea how creative people can get…

 

Check out what we were up to at the event, from a hilarious toilet paper cosplay for a chance to win a Radeon RX GPU to seeing up-close some impressive AMD builds we spotted at PDXLAN:

 

 

 

 

If you want to get in on the fun, the next PDXLAN event will be November 9 to 12. Having grown through the years, this event is moving to a more spacious venue with up to 800 participants, making it the largest sole BYOC event in the United States.

 

There are a few seats left since the last time I checked, so if you want to check it out, do so quickly!

 

Annie Lee is a Product & Content Marketing specialist at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

About three months ago I had the honor and privilege to be on the first episode of the rebooted Inside Xbox show with @majornelson, announcing that Radeon FreeSync technology[i] is coming to Xbox One consoles[ii]. It was a pivotal moment for AMD because for the very first time, a source device outside the PC ecosystem adopted a PC gaming feature from AMD.

 

 

 

Users frequently ask us: when are the TVs going to support FreeSync? And our answer has always been, with more or less words – game consoles would be a big driver for the decision.

I’m once again in the fortunate position to have worked closely together with our good friends at Samsung on our next step on the FreeSync journey: as of today, there are over 20 already shipping Samsung televisions that support Radeon FreeSync technology through a firmware update. If you’ve purchased one of the models below, check for a firmware update in your TV menu, and a FreeSync setting will appear as an option.

 

Global Samsung TV Model NumberResolutionCurvedScreen Size
NU8000UHDN55"
NU8000UHDN65"
NU8000UHDN75"
NU8000UHDN82"
NU8500UHDY55"
NU8500UHDY65"
Q6FQUHDN55"
Q6FQUHDN65"
Q6FQUHDN75"
Q6FQUHDN82"
Q7FQUHDN55"
Q7FQUHDN65"
Q7FQUHDN75"
Q8CQUHDY55"
Q8CQUHDY65"
Q8FQUHDN55"
Q8FQUHDN65"
Q8FQUHDN75"
Q9FQUHDN65"
Q9FQUHDN75"

Model numbers may vary by region, please check www.samsung.com for confirmation of local model numbers and SEP.

 

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What does this all mean? It means whether you’re in front of your PC, or in the living room playing a game on your Xbox One console with a TV connected, FreeSync will elevate your gameplay one step closer to pixel perfection.

 

We’re incredibly proud of the wide and rapid adoption of FreeSync and can’t wait to see what other partners may come up with next for FreeSync support.

 

 

 

[1] Radeon FreeSync technology requires a monitor and AMD Radeon™ graphics, both with FreeSync support. Seewww.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

[2] To enable variable refresh on Xbox One family consoles, a compatible display with FreeSync™ over HDMI and a bottom variable refresh rate below 60Hz is required. GD-129

Ubisoft’s latest blockbuster multi-platform game is highly praised by reviewers, and is a solid hit amongst gamers. Far Cry 5’s performance and visual fidelity combo is the result of a masterful engineering collaboration between Ubisoft’s Montreal and Kiev studios and AMD’s developer engineering teams.

 

We spent some time with the lead producers, writers and programmers from Ubisoft to get their perspectives on the game as well as the technical partnership with AMD.

 

 

 

 

 

And of course Larry is still convinced there are alien technologies EVERYWHERE! Is he right?

 

 

If you’re already playing “Far Cry 5” on AMD Ryzen™ and Radeon™ processors, be sure to check out our recommended settings for this game to get the most out of your gaming experience. If you’re still waiting to get your hands on “Far Cry 5” and are in need of a new graphics card, you can get this game for FREE when you purchase an eligible computer with an AMD Radeon™ RX Vega or AMD Radeon™ RX 580 graphics card. (Terms and conditions apply, you can learn more at www.amdrewards.com/amdrewards)

 

 

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© 2018 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Far Cry, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Based on Crytek’s original Far Cry directed by Cevat Yerli.

For the past three years, AMD’s Radeon FreeSync™ technology[i] has been on an incredible ride. We started off with a handful of OEMs making  FreeSync-capable monitors at a narrow refresh range, but through our constant efforts to bring FreeSync to the masses,  we’ve seen  a solid and the affordable variable refresh display ecosystem established based on FreeSync[ii]. To date, 353 monitors with FreeSync support have hit the market —and we’re not even close to being done.

 

A big milestone for the tech was the introduction of HDMI™ support two years ago. Since then, the functionality works on both DisplayPort and HDMI, which our competition can’t claim. We’ve also introduced Low Framerate Compensation that eases the pain of tearing and stuttering at very low frame rates below the monitor’s bottom refresh rate.

 

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FreeSync™ 2

Last year, we raised the bar significantly for panel vendors with our FreeSync 2 program[iii], a certification that passes only the most technologically advanced and most premium panels. Mandatory to possess the FreeSync 2 badge are wide color gamut support, high peak brightness and contrast, low latency, and a wide refresh rate range, and the first displays AMD certified were Samsung’s CHG70 and CHG90 monitors. With their beautiful curved panels, these monitors can run modern games at up to 144Hz and with High Dynamic Range (HDR)[iv].

 

We’re extremely proud to welcome a new member to the FreeSync 2 family: the BenQ EX3203RThis new display is a premium 32” curved gaming monitor with all the bells and whistles FreeSync 2 certification mandates: 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, support for HDR content and a wide refresh rate range going up to 144Hz at 2560x1440p resolution. It’ll be available for purchase worldwide soon, and you can expect it to be below $900 USD, a bargain considering it’s boasting the most advanced features a gamer monitor can have today that will help make your gaming rig future ready for years to come.

 

 

Affordable

One of the myths around new gaming displays is that they’re expensive, but they don’t have to be. FreeSync-capable displays can be found as low as $140 USD on Amazon. Currently, this 144Hz FreeSync-capable monitor from AOC is less than $200 USD, and if you’ve been gaming on 60Hz, high refresh combined with Radeon FreeSync technology will bring you a huge step closer to gaming nirvana. If you want a more premium display without breaking the bank, variable refresh rate with HDR can be affordable (unlike the competition): Samsung’s outstanding CHG series of monitors start around $500 USD.

 

Watch what gamers had to say about Radeon FreeSync™ technology when asked by our Leslie Pirritano:

 

 

Now on Xbox One™

These are exciting times for variable refresh technologies. Those of you who follow AMD or Xbox® news know FreeSync technology is now available on the entire Xbox One™ lineup[v], with FreeSync 2 support on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X devices. Many of you have also asked about TV support—and while we can’t pre-announce anything for our partners, TVs supporting FreeSync are much closer than you’d think. Watch this space: after getting comfortable in your gaming room, FreeSync will slowly but surely take over your living room as well!

Remember to use www.amd.com/freesync as a resource: under the monitors tab, we continuously update new models as they pass certification and are available on the market.

 


[i] Requires a monitor and AMD Radeon™ graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

[ii] "As of 02/02/2018, Radeon FreeSync™ displays are less expensive than comparable G-Sync displays.

1080p: Radeon FreeSync™ – Viewsonic VX2257, $119 on Amazon

GSync – Acer Predator XB241H. $339 on Amazon

1440p:

Radeon FreeSync™  - G-STORY 27, $379 on Amazon

GSync - Dell Gaming S2417DG, $399 on Amazon

1440p Ultra-wide:

Radeon FreeSync™  – ASUS ROG Strix XG35, $799 on Amazon

GSync – ASUS ROG Swift PG34, $1200 on Amazon

4K:

Radeon FreeSync™  – LG 27UD58, $350 on Amazon

GSync - AGON AG271UG, $560 on Amazon

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[iii] FreeSync 2 does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 supported HDR content is detected. Otherwise, HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-105

[iv] HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, monitor/TV, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-96

[v] To enable variable refresh on Xbox One family consoles, a compatible display with FreeSync™ over HDMI and a bottom variable refresh rate below 60Hz is required. GD-129

As an enthusiast, I keep a shortlist of must-haves when it’s time to buy a new processor.

 

  • I want exceptional gaming performance with my 1440p monitors
  • I don’t want a processor that’s only good at gaming: video encoding, streaming, and number crunching (SimC, for example) are important to me
  • And I want a fully-featured platform that feels thoughtfully designed for people like me

 

The list is short and sweet, but few processors in PC history have risen to the occasion. I upgrade to the ones that do! As I sit here and consider my next upgrade, I’m lucky to have an inside scoop: the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors—especially the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X—easily ticks all the boxes.

 

I’ve seen that with my own eyes over the last few months, and I want to share my experiences with you.

 

Gaming Performance

 

At home, I have two rigs:

 

  • A Radeon™ Vega64 GPU with a Nixeus NX-EDG27 (2560x1440 + 144Hz Radeon FreeSync™)
  • A GeForce GTX 1080 with an Alienware AW3418DW (3440x1440 + 120Hz G-SYNC)

 

That kind of hardware shows you that gaming performance is what matters most to me. So, when I objectively consider the results from an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X versus the Core i7-8700K on a system like mine, the performance is virtually identical. In fact, across the 12 games you see below, the average difference is only 1%.1 I play Overwatch regularly, and I just (finally!) started Rise of the Tomb Raider, so I know the Ryzen 7 2700X will enable the gaming performance I want on the high-end hardware that I already have.

 

Click to enlarge image. Results may vary with system configuration.

 

Non-Gaming Performance

 

However, gaming is not the only type of performance that matters to me. I occasionally (and badly) try my hand at 3D rendering, I do some streaming for Sea of Thieves and Rocket League, and I run gear combo simulations for World of Warcraft with the Simulationcraft tool. These tasks benefit from cores and threads, and oftentimes they take a long time to run, so every second saved can really add up over the course of a week.

 

The Ryzen 7 2700X shines with this kind of work, dominating the 8700K by an average of 21%.2  That adds up to a lot of seconds.

 

Click to enlarge image. Results may vary with system configuration.

 

A Thoughtful Platform

 

A PC is so much more than the processor, though! The drivers, the motherboard, the chipset, overclocking, and cooling all play a hugely influential role in my overall satisfaction with the PC. Here are a few of the things that make me especially happy about the 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs:

 

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  • Every 2nd Gen Ryzen processor comes with a nice cooler in the box, and the Ryzen 7 2700X includes with the new Wraith Prism. The Prism is quiet, has three different RGB lighting areas, and has healthy overclocking headroom. The 8700K doesn’t come with a cooler at all.

  • The heatspreader is soldered to the processor die with an indium alloy. This reduces CPU temps by 10-15°C, which enables a cooler and quieter PC, if not more overclocking headroom—great for an enthusiast chip.  The 8700K still uses an inferior thermal paste.

  • Socket AM4, used by Ryzen CPUs, is now compatible with four entirely different AMD processor families, plus a plan for forward compatibility until 2020! That gives me a clear and confident upgrade path that doesn’t include being forced to buy a new motherboard if I don’t want to. That makes my life easier: I’ll upgrade one of my PCs to a new mobo based on the new AMD X470 chipset, and the other PC will re-use the fantastic ASUS ROG Crosshair VI HERO I bought last year—there’s already a BIOS for 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs! There’s zero evidence right now that Socket 1151 for the Core i7-8700K will be so upgradeable.

  • Every Ryzen processor is unlocked for overclocking.3 Though the 8700K is unlocked as well, most of the 8th Gen Core processors are not, and that’s not a business practice I want to reward with my hard-earned money.

  • I have a large Steam®/Origin™ library that, due to its size, must be stored on a hard drive. With AMD StoreMI technology, I can fuse that hard drive to a 256GB SSD to get my HDD’s capacity running at SSD-like speed. Very large SSDs are still expensive, so now I can get capacity and performance at a much more reasonable price.

 

The Ultimate Processor for Enthusiasts Like Me

 

As I said at the beginning of this blog, I am an enthusiast with three simple criteria: great gaming performance, great everything-else performance, and a helpful platform. My time with the Ryzen 7 2700X processor made it crystal clear that it’s the enthusiast processor in the market that checks every box.

 

And for the surprising price of $329 US SEP, the deal is sealed. The Ryzen 7 2700X is the next CPU for my PCs. Will you join me?

 

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Footnotes:

  1. As measured by AMD Performance Labs on 03/14/2018. All games tested at 2560x1440 resolution with the in-game “High” image quality presets. Results ordered in AMD vs. Intel (Relative%):  Grand Theft Auto™ V: 98 vs. 104 (-5%); Metro: Last Light™ Redux: 161 vs. 142 (+13%); Ashes of the Singularity™: 87 vs. 89 (-2%); Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™: 72 vs. 72 (Tie); Sid Meier's Civilization® VI: 89 vs. 98 (-9%); F1® 2017: 127 vs. 137 (-7%); Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™: 84 vs. 85 (-1%); HITMAN® (2016): 89 vs. 90 (-2%); Overwatch™: 130 vs. 134 (-3%); The Witcher™ 3: 83 vs. 85 (-2%); Tom Clancy's The Division™: 95.5 vs. 95 (Tie); Rise of the Tomb Raider™: 113 vs. 113 (Tie); Average of all percentages: -1%. Test configuration: Reference Motherboard + AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X, Gigabyte AORUS Z370 + Core i7-8700K, GeForce GTX 1080 (driver 390.77), 2x8 GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-36), Windows 10 x64 Pro (RS3), Samsung 850 Pro SSD.  Performance may vary with different drivers and system configurations. RZ2-8
  2. As measured by AMD Performance Labs on 03/12/2018. Application Scores (AMD vs. Intel): Cinebench R15 (“video editing”): 1373 v. 1020 or 26% faster; Blender 2.79 (“3D rendering”): 29.40 seconds vs. 35.28 seconds or 17% faster; Handbrake 1.0.7 (“video encoding”): 662 seconds vs. 785 seconds or 16% faster; TrueCrypt 1GB AES (“file encryption”): 8.3 vs. 5.5 or 34% faster; POVRay 3.7 nT (“raytracing”): 2799 vs. 2506 or 10% faster. Average of all percentages (“content creation”): 20% more for AMD Ryzen™ 5 2600X. Test configuration: Reference Motherboard + AMD Ryzen™ 5 2600X, Gigabyte AORUS Z370 + Core i5-8600K, GeForce GTX 1080 (driver 390.77), 2x8 GB DDR4-3200 (14-14-14-36), Windows 10 x64 Pro (RS3), Samsung 850 Pro SSD.  Performance may vary with different drivers and system configurations. RZ2-5
  3. AMD product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware. Overclocking requires motherboard support.

FACT #1: They’re a new type of Ryzen Processor

To date, all AMD Ryzen™ processors for desktop PCs have been pure CPUs. In other words: they must be paired with a standalone AMD Radeon™ or GeForce graphics card. But the new AMD Ryzen™ Processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics is a bit different: graphics are built right in! You can simply plug your monitor into a compatible motherboard and go—no graphics card needed. The included Radeon Vega graphics are ideal for compact or affordable systems, where system size or budgets may not allow for a standalone graphics card.

 

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FACT #2: There are two models to choose from

You can pick from the AMD Ryzen™ 5 2400G or Ryzen™ 3 2200G, with suggested $US prices of $169 and $99, respectively. That’s right: you can get a quad core Ryzen Processor with Radeon Vega graphics starting at just 99 bucks!

 

AMD Ryzen 5 2400GAMD Ryzen 3 2200G
CPU Cores4 Cores, 8 Threads (1 CCX)4 Cores, 4 Threads (1 CCX)
CPU Base Clock3.6GHz3.5GHz
CPU Max Boost ClockUp to 3.9GHzUp to 3.7GHz
CPU L1 Cache64K I$, 32K D$ per core64K I$, 32K D$ per core
L2+L3 Cache6MB6MB
GPU Cores

11 Radeon Vega Cores (704 ALUs)

8 Radeon Vega Cores (512 ALUs)

GPU ClockUp to 1250MHzUp to 1100MHz
GPU TMU Count4432
GPU ROP Count16 (32-bit)16 (32-bit)
GPU ACE/HWS Count4/24/2
Total FP32 TFLOPS1.99 (1.76 GPU/0.231 CPU)1.35 (1.126 GPU/0.224 CPU)
PCIe Gen3 Lanes8x GPU / 4x General / 4x Chipset Link8x GPU / 4x General / 4x Chipset Link
TDP65W65W
DRAM SupportUp to DDR4-2933 (Dual Channel)Up to DDR4-2933 (Dual Channel)
Die Size and Transistors209.78mm2 / ~4.94 billion

 

FACT #3: Speaking of motherboards, it’s easy to find one

AMD believes in maintaining a stable CPU socket for as long as possible. It helps extend the life of your motherboard purchase, giving you opportunities to upgrade down the line. Socket AM4 for the AMD Ryzen processor is no different: We have been working with our motherboard partners to release software updates for existing motherboards that add support for the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G. In fact, most motherboards should already be compatible. But, if your motherboard still needs the update, it’s dead simple to get it!

 

FACT #4: They have the fastest graphics ever built into a desktop processor1

AMD has been building processors with built-in graphics since 2011, but this is our fastest yet! For users thinking about building an affordable gaming system, for example, the AMD Ryzen™ 5 2400G is a good way to start. It can easily tackle popular games like DOTA™ 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, CS:GO™, or Rocket League™. And if you find that you’d like to upgrade to a faster standalone GPU some time later, you can do that! And before I forget: the built-in graphics have full support for DirectX® 12 and Vulkan®, too.2

 

The Radeon Vega 11 graphics core in the AMD Ryzen 2400G

 

FACT #5: They open new opportunities for AMD

According to a recent report by Jon Peddie Research (JPR), about 30% of all desktop computers do not use a standalone graphics card. These PCs only ship with processors that have graphics built in, and they go to some pretty big markets: family computers, all-in-ones, small businesses, governments, enterprise workplace PCs, affordable gaming machines, small form factor machines, and more. These tantalizing opportunities are now open to AMD Ryzen thanks to the AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics!

 

FACT #6: Everything is unlocked for overclocking

Many of us working on the AMD Ryzen project love to overclock, and we’ve long felt it was only right to leave every AMD Ryzen Processor unlocked for tinkering. The new Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G processors are no different: fully unlocked CPU, GPU, memory, and voltage.3 As an added perk, these new CPUs are efficient 65W models, whereas most Socket AM4 motherboards can handle up to 95W (and then some); that’s some free headroom you can use to test your overclocking chops.

 

FACT #7: They are the first step in a larger family

In the spring of 2018, AMD plans to release a full family of AMD Ryzen 2000 Series processors, but they say you gotta start somewhere. For now, the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G is designed to replace the Ryzen 5 1400 at the same price ($169 USD). Correspondingly, Ryzen 3 2200G is designed to replace Ryzen 3 1200 at an even better price ($99 vs. $109). Core counts and thread counts are the same from old to new, but the 2200G and 2400G do have higher clockspeeds, better boost, and a graphics core that can comfortably game! More performance and features for your money is a pretty sweet deal! (And if you’re curious, the processors we’re planning for later this spring are “pure CPUs” for enthusiasts that prefer fast standalone graphics cards.)

 

FACT #8: They have a cool new boost algorithm

When we design a new Ryzen processor, we build in a little bit of intelligent self-awareness called AMD SenseMI technology. With AMD SenseMI, the processor is aware of its own temperature, and aware of how how much power is being drawn from the motherboard. If the processor knows it’s operating within safe tolerances, then the processor also knows it’s safe to dial up the clockspeed for more performance! We call that Precision Boost. The AMD Ryzen Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics features Precision Boost 2, which lets Precision Boost work more aggressively, on more CPU cores, more often. You can learn a lot more about Precision Boost 2 in this blog post, but the key takeaway is that Precision Boost 2 is more effective than its predecessor and a major new feature in the 2200G and 2400G.

 

 

 

FACT #9: Radeon Vega graphics are awesome for entertainment

You’ve already seen that the 2200G and 2400G can comfortably play games, but games are not the only thing a graphics core can do. People also watch movies and TV shows from all different sources on many different types of monitors. The Radeon Vega graphics built into these new processors handle H.264, HEVC, and VP9 fully in the hardware for smooth, cool, and quiet playback. In other words: services like Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube are all handled by dedicated hardware inside our new processor.4 And when it comes to monitors, Radeon Vega graphics can handle any display up to 4K UltraHD, even if you also throw in High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Radeon FreeSync technology.5

 

FACT #10: You don’t need to be an expert to overclock

Not everyone is familiar with the BIOS, much less overclocking from the BIOS. That’s okay! If you still want to give performance tuning on the 2400G and 2200G a shake, we have just the tool for you: AMD Ryzen Master. This is a Windows-based application that gives you full control over the CPU clock speeds, GPU clock speeds, memory clock speeds (and voltages for all). AMD Ryzen Master makes it super simple to try your hand at overclocking right from the desktop, and monitor your hardware while you do it.3 Easy!

 

 

Summary

With “Zen” and “Vega” technologies now available under $100, great entertainment, the latest technologies, and a snappy PC are all readily available to a folks that can really benefit: everyday people who just need to get things done and have a little fun gaming on the side. And when their aspirations grow, the AM4 Platform can come along with support for multiple GPUs and Ryzen processors with up to 8 cores and 16 threads. If you’re just getting into PCs or looking for something affordable and durable, the AMD Ryzen Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics is your ticket to ride.

 

Welcome to the truly flexible era of Ryzen -- now with Radeon graphics inside!

 

Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 


Cautionary Statement:

This blog contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including the features, functionality, availability, timing, deployment, and expected opportunities of AMD’s Ryzen™ Desktop Processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics and AMD’s plans to release a full family of Ryzen 2000 Series processors in Spring 2018, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as “goal,” "would," "may," "expects," "believes," "plans," "intends," "projects" and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this blog are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this blog and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD's control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

 

Endnotes

1. Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 12/08/2017 for the Ryzen 5 2400G, and 09/04/2015 for the Core i7-5775c on the following systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used. System Configs:  All systems equipped with Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows 10 RS2 operating system. Socket AM4 System: Ryzen 52400G processor, 16B (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2667 RAM, Graphics Driver 1710181048-17.40-171018a-319170E 23.20.768.0 :: 12/08/2017. Socket LGA1150 System: Core i7-5775c processor, 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1867 MHz RAM, graphics driver 10.18.15.4256:: 09/04/2015

3DMark 11 Performance benchmark used to represent graphics power. The following processors achieved the following scores in 3DMark 11 ‘performance’ benchmark v1.0.132.0: The Ryzen 5 2400G: 5042.  Also in v1.0.132.0, .The Core i7-5775c, the Intel desktop processor with the highest Intel desktop graphics performance, achieved 3094. RZG-01

2.  Vulkan and the Vulkan logo are registered trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc.

3.  WARNING: AMD processors, including chipsets, CPUs, APUs and GPUs (collectively and individually “AMD processor”), are intended to be operated only within their associated specifications and factory settings. Operating your AMD processor outside of official AMD specifications or outside of factory settings, including but not limited to the conducting of overclocking (including use of this overclocking software, even if such software has been directly or indirectly provided by AMD or an entity otherwise affiliated in any way with AMD), may damage your processor, affect the operation of your processor or the security features therein and/or lead to other problems, including but not limited to damage to your system components (including your motherboard and components thereon (e.g., memory)), system instabilities (e.g., data loss and corrupted images), reduction in system performance, shortened processor, system component and/or system life, and in extreme cases, total system failure. It is recommended that you save any important data before using the tool.  AMD does not provide support or service for issues or damages related to use of an AMD processor outside of official AMD specifications or outside of factory settings. You may also not receive support or service from your board or system manufacturer. Please make sure you have saved all important data before using this overclocking software. DAMAGES CAUSED BY USE OF YOUR AMD PROCESSOR OUTSIDE OF OFFICIAL AMD SPECIFICATIONS OR OUTSIDE OF FACTORY SETTINGS ARE NOT COVERED UNDER ANY AMD PRODUCT WARRANTY AND MAY NOT BE COVERED BY YOUR BOARD OR SYSTEM MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY.

4.  Names used for informational purposes only. No endorsement is implied.

5.  High Dynamic Range (HDR) requires an HDR-enabled content chain, including: content, display, operating system, graphics driver, and GPU.

AMD has teamed up with high-end server storage technology company Enmotus to bring advanced, intelligent storage acceleration to AMD Ryzen™ desktop processor owners!

 

In 2017, AMD disrupted the processor market with Ryzen™ desktop processors, delivering incredible multi-threaded performance to consumers. But in many ways, platforms are just as important as the processors that sit on them. If you want to make a real difference in the way people experience PC performance, you need to continuously push to open other bottlenecks like memory, I/O, and storage. That’s why we provided a free NVMe RAID upgrade to the X399 (Threadripper) platform in October of the same year, enabling some of the most bandwidth ever seen on a consumer desktop platform.

 

  While it’s great to push the limits of what’s possible for enthusiasts, the average user isn’t going to invest a large amount of money in expensive, high-capacity NVMe drives. So we looked for a way improve storage performance for everyone with a Ryzen desktop processor. We started with a list of goals, like improving storage performance and lowering loading times. Because AMD believes in open hardware standards, it prefers to work with off-the-shelf, non-proprietary NVMe, SSD, and hard disk drives. Finally, it must be convenient for users – any superior storage acceleration solution needs to be easy to set up, and simple to use.

Introducing Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for Ryzen™, exclusively for AMD on Consumer Desktop PCs
To achieve these goals, AMD partnered with Enmotus, a company that develops high-end server-class storage solutions designed to optimize both performance and capacity in the data center. We worked together to tailor Enmotus’ FuzeDrive software for use with AMD Ryzen desktop processors in the consumer desktop PC space, for systems using the AMD A320, B350 and X370 chipsets (Socket AM4* Ryzen™ 7, 5, and 3*) and the X399 chipset (socket sTR4 Ryzen™ Threadripper). That software is available for purchase today from Enmotus today for $19.99.
*Note: Enmotus FuzeDrive™ now supports the AMD A320 chipset


How does Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen work?

First, the FuzeDrive software analyzes all of the storage hardware available on your system, from fastest to slowest: from DDR4 RAM, to 3D Xpoint NVMe drives, standard NVMe drives, SSD drives, and mechanical hard disks. During the setup process, it combines these disks into what your system sees as a single, larger disk. Unlike caching schemes, FuzeDrive™ lets you use both the SSD and the HDD capacity together as one large boot drive.  For example, you can now combine a 128GB SSD and 2TB hard drive into a large bootable 2.1TB high performance FuzeDrive™.

 

Once installed, FuzeDrive™ intelligently and continuously analyzes your system, activating an ongoing process to make it as fast and responsive as possible. For instance, your Windows operating system boot files are moved to the fastest non-volatile storage to accelerate boot times. And as you use your PC from day to day, FuzeDrive™ notices what applications you run and automatically prioritizes the applications and data you use the most, so it’s accessed as quickly as possible from the fastest storage tier available. That means faster boot times, faster application and game load times, and a more responsive system.

 

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Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™ Benefits: Performance

First and foremost, FuzeDrive™ srives to deliver faster storage performance with the hardware you have. That means you can spend less time waiting for programs, games, and files to load. FuzeDrive™ also scales that performance benefit with new, faster storage that you might add later. To best illustrate this, let’s consider a few scenarios:

  • Performance option 1: You installed Windows on a relatively slow mechanical hard drive. With FuzeDrive™, if you add an SSD or NVMe drive later, you will enjoy the speed of an SSD when you boot your PC, or load programs and data that you most often employ.
  • Performance Option 2: You installed windows on a fast SSD drive, but are running out of capacity. If you add a large mechanical hard disk, FuzeDrive™ will recognize that the programs you use most should stay resident on the speedy SSD, and move the data that is rarely accessed to the mechanical hard disk. This gives you the best of both worlds: high performance with large capacity.
  • Performance Option 3: For the fastest booting and storage, a large conventional SSD paired with bootable 3D Xpoint NVMe drive for incredible booting speed, application launch, and data access performance.

 

Of course, these are only three simple scenarios to illustrate the benefits of FuzeDrive. The software is also able to add DDR4 RAM to the drive pool for the fastest possible responsiveness, advanced 3D Xpoint and NVMe SSDs for incredible boot times and speedy transfers, and large mechanical hard disks for giant capacity. The bottom line is, Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™ delivers an incredible combination of storage speed and storage size.


How much faster is Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™?
It depends based on the storage hardware you choose to combine with FuzeDrive, but the performance increase can be colossal when you add an SSD to a PC that uses a mechanical hard drive with Microsoft Windows installed:

 

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Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™ Benefits: Convenience

More performance is always welcome, but what if you're not a PC genius? And what if you don't want to re-install your operating system and all of your programs to enjoy it?
The good news is that FuzeDrive™ was designed to be plug and play for easy setup. Just run the software, point it at the NVMe, SSD, mechanical hard disks (and RAM) you want to merge into a single, optimized drive, and it automatically and intelligently does the rest. It’s really that simple.

Note that this process organically merges your hard drives into a single, larger drive; a single drive letter as seen by your operating system. This means no more nuisance of deciding whether you want to install a program on your SSD or your mechanical hard disk, drive C, or D, or E. Because of this, FuzeDrive™ lets you to easily manage large libraries on one single drive that holds all of your data and applications – not a bunch of different disks to keep track of.


Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™ Benefits: Value

AMD is a firm believer that our users benefit from open hardware standards, so it should be no surprise that FuzeDrive™ works with cost effective, non-proprietary NVMe, SSD, and hard disk hardware. Mix and match different types of storage and manufacturers to your hearts content, and FuzeDrive™ will merge them into a single drive to deliver the best possible performance, regardless.

 

Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™, Available Now!

There’s no need to wait for faster boot times, shorter load times, more convenience, and incredible value thanks to a storage system upgrade courtesy of Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™. You can purchase Enmotus FuzeDrive™ for AMD Ryzen™ on Enmotus’ website today for $19.99.

 

 

FOOTNOTES:
RZN-116: Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 12/21/2017 on the following system. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used. System Configs:  AMD Ryzen 5 1600X, GA-AX370 AORUS Gaming 5 motherboard, 16GB of dual-channel DDR3-3200,  Graphics driver 23.20.768.0 (17.40), and a Seagate Barracuda 500GB boot drive.  When Enmotus FuzeDrive was enabled,  a Samsung 950 PRO NVMe drive was added to the drive pool. Without Enmotus FuzeDrive for Ryzen, the system took 28.611 seconds to complete a boot to windows via explorer; 21.421 seconds to initialize SMSS; 2.274 seconds to initialize the Windows Logon; 56.04 seconds to launch adobe premiere; 59.27 seconds to launch adobe photoshop; and 85.09 seconds to launch DOOM. With Enmotus FuzeDrive for Ryzen enabled, the system took 10.534 seconds to complete a boot to windows via explorer (28.611/10.534=272%, or 172% faster); 3.926 seconds to initialize SMSS (21.421/3.926=546%, or 446% faster); 1.461 seconds to initialize the Windows Logon (2.274/1.461=156%, or 56% faster); 8.27 seconds to launch adobe premiere (56.04/8.27=678%, or 578% faster); 5.75 seconds to launch adobe photoshop (59.27/5.75=1031%, or 931% faster); and 38.77 seconds to launch DOOM (59.27/38.77=219%, or 119% faster). RZN-116

UPDATE 05/08/2018

Please note that Precision Boost 2 is also a core feature of the new 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor! To learn more about how Precision Boost 2 helps maximize the performance behind the best gaming CPUs of 2018, we have a quick and educational video that explains it all.

 


 

By now, many know that every AMD Ryzen™ processor offers a suite of capabilities called AMD SenseMI technology. This suite of intelligent features allows our processors to understand their operating environment and adapt for lower power consumption, better performance, and cooler operation.1

 

One of the key performance technologies in AMD SenseMI is called Precision Boost. Precision Boost allows an AMD Ryzen processor to dramatically increase clockspeeds when the CPU has electrical, thermal, and/or utilization headroom to spare. In other words: if the processor’s analysis of its own environment indicates that it can safely go faster… it will! Precision Boost is a core capability of AMD Ryzen processors for desktop PCs, which we launched in March of this year.

 

 

More recently, we introduced a new relative in the Ryzen family: the AMD Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics for ultrathin laptops. The nimble and efficient Ryzen Processors with Radeon Graphics have an evolved version of Precision Boost with a straightforward name: Precision Boost 2. Today we’ll be looking at how Precision Boost and Precision Boost 2 compare, and show how the enhanced capabilities of Precision Boost 2 can capitalize on new performance opportunities.

 

Boost Basics

Besides the specifications you can read on the side of the box, processors also have specifications that define safe operating temperatures and power draw from your motherboard. Of course, different programs will also use a certain percentage of the CPU’s circuits. It is useful to imagine these three limits —power, temperature, and utilization—as a triangle. For the sake of conversation, let’s call that the “reliability triangle.” To ensure your processor is reliable over the long haul, it makes sense that processors self-manage to stay inside the reliability triangle.

 

Precision Boost

But if the processor isn’t likely to leave the reliability triangle when processing a given workload, then that processor should also be able to recognize the opportunity to go faster for more performance. That’s where Precision Boost steps in! Precision Boost can continuously raise clockspeeds until reaching the rated maximum frequency, or reaching a boundary of the triangle (whichever comes first). Once the clockspeed reaches one of these limits, Precision Boost will try to maintain that peak performance by tweaking the clockspeed up and down in small increments of just 25MHz.

 

Precision Boost on the AMD Ryzen desktop processor uses the above behavior in two modes: when an application is using up to two CPU cores (“two-core boost”), or more than two CPU cores (“all-core boost”). The maximum clockspeed for the two-core boost is higher, because fewer cores predictably use less energy and generate less heat. This bimodal boost configuration is a great way to ensure relatively consistent or predictable boost behavior as workloads change.

 

The AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600 processor provides a helpful real-world example:

  • It can boost up to 3.6GHz for workloads using 1-2 cores
  • It can boost up to 3.4GHz for workloads using 3-6 cores
  • And it has a base clock of up to 3.2GHz if boost is not feasible

 

Precision Boost 2

Precision Boost 2 for the Ryzen Processor with Radeon Graphics is also based on the reliability triangle, but with a major difference: Precision Boost 2 does not impose a lower clock speed limit if more than two CPU cores are being used. Precision Boost 2 only assesses whether the processor is within specifications, and continues to boost—on any number of cores—until reaching the maximum clockspeed printed on the box, or bumping into a boundary on the reliability triangle (whichever comes first).

 

This new, more flexible boost can have a big impact on applications that spawn many lightweight processing threads. Even collectively, light threads often don’t demand much of the processor, which means they don’t require much energy or generate much heat to process. Where an AMD Ryzen desktop processor with Precision Boost would move into the lower frequency all-core boost for such workloads, Precision Boost 2 can allow a Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Graphics to keep cranking the clockspeeds as high as possible on however many cores the workload requires.

 

If you were to chart the CPU clockspeeds in a workload from one to many threads, the plot you could draw for Precision Boost 2 is more graceful and gradual than its predecessor with increased numbers of active cores. And for workloads with many cores in use, Precision Boost 2 can be especially opportunistic about capitalizing on headroom opportunities (Figure 1).

 


Figure 1: Precision Boost 2 enables new opportunities to raise CPU frequencies on Ryzen Processors with Radeon Vega graphics, (Red) especially when there are many threads in flight. Chart for illustrative purposes.

 

 

But a scenario you can measure is even better! To do that, we fired up an application called OCCT. OCCT is a stability tester that scales nicely from one to many threads. That scalability is a perfect way to show you how Precision Boost 2 has a graceful and opportunistic behavior as more cores become used.

 

In figure 2, we’re looking at OCCT on the AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U processor This is a four core, eight thread processor with a base clockspeed of 2.2GHz and a boost frequency of up to 3.8GHz. At the left end of the chart, we see a single worker thread hit close to the max at 3.67GHz, and gradually level off to about 2.9GHz as more cores and threads were used.

 

  

Figure 2: Precision Boost 2 running on 1-8 CPU threads in the 4C8T AMD Ryzen 7 2700U. Precision Boost 2 enables notable clockspeed upside, even with the maximum number of threads. Tested as of 10/27/2017 by AMD performance labs in the HP ENVY x360 notebook: 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Samsung 850 EVO SSD, 1080p display, Windows® 10 x64 1703, AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U, graphics driver 17.11.

 

This graceful curve illustrates the environmental awareness of Precision Boost 2, but take note of the 2.9 GHz frequency on the right end of the chart: it’s a full 700MHz above the base clockspeed on all threads. It’s proof positive that Precision Boost 2 can intelligently enable big CPU frequency increases on any number of active threads!

 

Being an opportunistic boost algorithm, however, it’s important to point out that the exact behavior of Precision Boost 2 will vary with the workload and the system. As a general set of guidelines: Lighter apps get more boost, heavier apps get less boost. Cooler temperatures get more boost, warmer temperatures get less boost. But, overall, Precision Boost 2 in the Ryzen Processor with Radeon Graphics is designed to let more cores boost more often for more performance in your PC.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about the processors with Precision Boost 2, check out the AMD Ryzen Processor with Radeon Vega graphics, which we just launched for ultrathin notebook PCs.

 

Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

Footnotes:

  1. Visit amd.com/en/technologies/sense-mi for complete details of the AMD SenseMI technologies and per-processor capabilities.

Ultrathin notebooks are incredibly popular with laptop buyers, and it’s easy to see why: they’re not that much larger or heavier than an actual paper notebook, and they often have great battery life. Today, AMD is making the Ultrathin experience even better with the AMD Ryzen™ Processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics—the world’s fastest processor for Ultrathin PCs!

 

Let’s look at the AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U, one of our powerful new processors.

 

CPU Performance

The first characteristic of a great processor is, of course, fast CPU cores. The AMD Ryzen™ Processor with Radeon graphics is designed for ultrathin notebooks and offers elite performance in lightweight tasks (“1T” below), alongside absolutely dominant performance in more challenging workloads (“nT” below).1 Long story short: whether you’re clicking buttons, loading up on browser tabs, or running demanding creative apps, this kind of performance can help your notebook stay snappy.

 

See endnote 1 for details.

 

Graphics Performance

And as the world’s digital artists continuously offer richer and more engaging movies or games, you also need graphics processing cores that can rise to the occasion. The graphics core built right into the AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U and Ryzen™ 5 2500U processors are absolute beasts in their classes, offering up to 2.6X the graphics performance of its peers.2

 

See endnote 2 for details.

 

 

In fact, the Radeon™ Vega graphics on the AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U, for example, is fast enough to play the latest games on a thin and light notebook. That’s good news for road warriors who just want to unwind with some light gaming after a long day of travel and meetings. Sure, a desktop PC or a gaming notebook could offer even more performance, but your back and shoulders might be less pleased after carrying one all day long! Plus, the gaming is smooth: the chart below has 95th percentile frame times of 30 FPS+.

 

See endnote 3 for details.

 

Energy Efficiency

We’ve calculated that our new processor is 5.86X more energy efficient  than processors we were making three years ago, but what does that really mean at the end of the day? It means that we’re aiming to give you up to twice the battery life of our previous-generation mobile chips.

 

In the chart below, VP9 playback represents YouTube, H.264 is used by major streaming services like Amazon and Netflix, and MobileMark 14 is a good proxy for continuously using your PC to do work or browse the web.  These are practical, everyday tasks that we want you to enjoy a lot longer with your new AMD Ryzen™ processor with Radeon™ graphics.

 

See endnote 5 for details.

 

Putting it all together

Today’s laptop customers are working, playing, and creating on the road. I’m one of those customers, too. Like you, I want a snappy PC, I want my data to be secure, and I want it to be a while before I need to find a plug. AMD heard you loud and clear, and we are confident the Ryzen™ Processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics is exactly what you’re looking for.

 

But, as they say: a picture is worth a thousand words.

 

See endnote 6 for details.

 

Robert Hallock is a technical marketing guy for AMD's CPU division. His/her postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 


FOOTNOTES:

  1. Based on AMD testing as of 9/25/2017. System configuration(s): AMD Reference Motherboard (Ryzen™ 7 2700U), Acer Spin 5 (8550U), HP ENVY X360 (7500U), 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows 10 x64 1703, 1920x1080. Intel Graphics Driver: 22.20.16.4691. AMD Graphics Driver: 23.20.768.9. Cinebench R15 1t/nT scores: 144/719 (2700U) vs. 159/498 (8550U) vs. 147/325 (7500U). Cinebench R15 1t scores vs. Ryzen™ 7 2700U Baseline of 144: 7500U = 102%, 8550U = 110%. Ryzen™ 7 2700U Cinebench R15 nT score of 719 is 221% of 7500U and 144% of 8550U. Different configurations may yield different results.
  2. Based on AMD testing as of 9/25/2017. Common system configurations for HP ENVY X360 systems, Acer Swift 3, and AMD Reference Platform: Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows 10 x64 1703, 1920x1080; Intel Graphics Driver: 22.20.16.4691; AMD Ryzen™ mobile APU Graphics Driver: 23.20.768.9; AMD FX-9800P Graphics Driver: 22.19.662.4; AMD FX-9800P configured in HP ENVY X360 (1x8GB DDR4-2133). AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U configured in AMD reference platform (2x4GB DDR4-2400). Core i7-8550U configured in Acer Swift 3 (2x4GB DDR4-2400). Core i7-7500U configured in HP ENVY X360 (2x4GB DDR4-2400). GeForce 950M configured in Medion D17KHN (2x8GB DDR3-1600, Core i7-7500U, S11-256G-PHISON-SSD 256GB) – GeForce 950M results are from 3rd-party testing, available on the 3DMark® database at https://www.3dmark.com/spy/1115646 but results have not been verified by AMD. Graphics results measured with 3DMark® TimeSpy. Core i7-8550U score (350) is baseline 100%. Core i7-7500U score (377) is 107% of baseline. AMD FX-9800P score (400) is 114% of baseline. GeForce 950M with i7-7500U score (900) is 261% of baseline. AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U score (915) is 261% of baseline. Different configurations may yield different results.
  3. Based on AMD testing as of 9/25/2017. System configuration(s): HP ENVY X360, AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U, 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows 10 x64 1703, Graphics Driver: 17.30.1025, BIOS F11.
  4. Netflix, Amazon, and MobileMark brands used for informational purposes only. Absolutely no endorsement is implied.
  5. Based on AMD testing as of 10/11/2017. Battery life targets for the AMD Ryzen™ Processor with Radeon™ Graphics assume a 50Wh battery, a fully power-optimized software/hardware solution stack, and the following system configuration: AMD Reference Platform, AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U, 2x4GB DDR4-2400, graphics driver 17.30.1025, Windows 10 x64 (1703). VP9 battery life improvement of 4.5 hours to 9.2 hours represents 2.04. Actual battery life may vary with system configuration.
  6. Based on internal AMD testing as of 10/08/2017. Common system configurations: Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows 10 x64 1703, 2x4GB DDR4-2400, 1920x1080; Intel Graphics Driver: 22.20.16.4691; AMD Ryzen™ mobile APU Graphics Driver: 23.20.768.9; AMD Reference Platform (2700U); Acer Spin 5 (8550U). All scores listed in order of 2700U vs. 8550U, with 2700U set as the 100% baseline. “3D Graphics” defined as 3DMark TimeSpy (915/100% v. 350/38%); “Data Security” defined as TrueCrypt 7.1a 1GB AES (4.6GBps/100% v. 3.3GBps/72%); “I/O Performance” defined as geomean of the eight Crystal Diskmark storage scores (218/100% v. 229/105%); Content Creation defined as POV-Ray 3.7 (1402/100% v. 1101/79%); Productivity defined as PCMark 10 Extended (3102/100% v. 2533/82%); Power Efficiency defined as Cinebench R15 nT score divided by 15W nominal processor TDP: Cinebench R15 nT scores (719 v. 498), nT Score/15W (47.93/100% v. 33.2/69%). Results may vary with configuration and driver versions. RVM-23

At AMD, we believe that technology plays a pivotal role in building a healthy planet for ourselves and our children. We do our part with more efficient computing architectures, energy management technologies, and smart manufacturing processes. Such innovations are our bread and butter, but we thought we could do a little more…

 

So, in 2014, AMD set an ambitious goal: compared to our processors at the time, we wanted our processors with integrated GPUs to be 25X more energy efficient by 2020. We called the goal 25x20, and we have charted our progress towards the goal with each new mobile processor release.

 

Our 2015 and 2016 processors, the 6th Generation (“Carrizo”) and 7th Generation (“Bristol Ridge”) AMD A-Series APUs, were each ahead of pace to achieve the 25x20 goal. And today, we’re celebrating that our latest such processor—the AMD Ryzen™ Processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics—is also ahead of the curve!

 

In fact, we can put a number on it: 5.86X greater energy efficiency since “Kaveri” in 2014.1

 

 

Staying ahead of the trend line represents thousands of hours from our talented engineers. And for you, our potential customer, the AMD Ryzen™ Processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics represents a marvelous step forward for thin and light notebooks:

 

  • Its CPU performance is up to 3X faster than our 2016 notebook processor.2
  • Its GPU performance is up to 2.29X faster than our 2016 notebook processor.3
  • And it uses up to 58% less power while reaching those extraordinary speeds.4

 

That’s the magic formula giving our tiny little chip everything it needs to outrun its predecessor, stay ahead of schedule on meeting our 25x20 goal, and give you a powerfully portable experience. Ready to bring home efficient performance for yourself? Learn more about the AMD Ryzen™ Processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics today.

 


FOOTNOTES:

  1. Based on AMD internal testing as of 10/12/2017. Relative energy efficiency based on a 50:50 weighted average of CPU+GPU performance (variable “C”), as evaluated by Cinebench R15 nT and 3DMark 11 scores, divided by typical energy usage (variable “E”) as defined by: ETEC (Typical Energy Consumption for notebook computers), Energy Star Program Requirements Rev 6.1 10/2014. AMD “Kaveri” represents the baseline of 1.0X for CPU, GPU, and ETEC. AMD “Carrizo” efficiency 1.23C/0.35E=3.51X. AMD “Bristol Ridge” efficiency 1.36C/0.34E=3.97X. AMD “Raven Ridge” efficiency 2.56E/0.44E=5.86X. Scores in order of Cinebench R15 nT/3DMark 11 P Score: “Kaveri” 232/2142 (100%), “Carrizo” 277/2709 (123%), “Bristol Ridge” 279/3234 (136%), “Raven Ridge” 719/4315 (256%). Results may vary with configuration and driver versions. RVM-21
    "Kaveri""Carrizo""Bristol Ridge""Raven Ridge"
    AMD Reference Platform
    AMD FX-7600P
    2x4GB DDR3L-1600
    Crucial CT256M4SSD2
    Windows 8.1 x64 9600
    Graphics Driver 13.350.0.0
    1366x768
    AMD Reference Platform
    AMD FX-8800P
    2x2GB DDR3-1866
    Crucial CT256M550SSD1
    Windows 10 x64 10586
    Graphics Driver 21.19.137.514
    1366x768

    AMD Reference Platform
    AMD FX-9830P
    2x4GB DDR4-2133
    Crucial CT256M4SSD2

    Windows 10 x64 10586
    Graphics Driver 21.19.137.514
    1366x768

    AMD Reference Platform
    AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U
    2x4GB DDR4-2400
    Samsung 850 Pro SSD
    Windows 10 x64 1703
    Graphics Driver: 22.19.655.2
    1920x1080
  2. Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 10/05/2017.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Performance may vary with driver versions.  AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U: AMD Reference, AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U with Radeon™ Vega 10 Processor Graphics, 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 23.20.768.9, 26-Sep-2017. AMD FX™ 9800P: HP 81AA, AMD FX™ 9800P with Radeon™ R7 Mobile Graphics, 8GB DDR4-2133 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.19.662.4, 19-Jul-2017. Cinebench R15 nT is used to simulate CPU performance; the AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U scored 719, while the FX 9800P scored 240 for a benchmark score comparison of 719/240 = 3.00X or 200% more. RVM-16
  3. Testing by AMD Performance labs. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Performance may vary with driver versions.  AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U: AMD Reference, AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U with Radeon™ Vega 10 Processor Graphics, 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 23.20.768.9, 26-Sep-2017. AMD FX™ 9800P: HP 81AA, AMD FX™ 9800P with Radeon™ R7 Mobile Graphics, 8GB DDR4-2133 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.19.662.4, 19-Jul-20173DMark® Time Spy is used to simulate graphics performance; the AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U scored 915, while the AMD FX™ 9800P scored 400 for a benchmark score comparison of 915/400 = 2.29X or 129% more performance. RVM-17
  4. Based on AMD testing as of 9/28/2017. System configuration(s): AMD Reference Motherboard (2700U), HP ENVY X360 (FX-9800P/”7th Gen APU”), Samsung 850 Pro SSD, Windows 10 x64 1703, 1920x1080. AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U Graphics Driver: 23.20.768.9. AMD FX-9800P Graphics Driver: 22.19.662.4. 1x8GB DDR4-2133 (AMD FX-9800P). 2x4GB DDR4-2400 (AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U). Power Consumption defined as joules of power consumed during a complete run of Cinebench R15 nT:  AMD FX™ 9800P = 3782 joules (100%) vs. AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700U =1594J (58% less). Different configurations may yield different results RVM-25

Over the last few weeks, the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processor has cemented a place in the world as today’s ultimate solution for creators and enthusiasts. It’s easy to see why: scores of cores, piles of PCI Express® lanes, plus powerful quad-channel memory support. And, today, we’re making the best a little better with a beta release of free support for bootable NVMe RAID!

 

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

NOTICE: Any user that has an existing SATA RAID config must back up the array’s data and break down the current array before proceeding with driver install and BIOS upgrade. Please see additional details in our knowledgebase article.

 

  1. Download the latest AMD RAIDXpert2 package to obtain the NVMe RAID driver and management software.
  2. Update the BIOS for your AMD X399-based motherboard to add BIOS support for NVMe RAID.
  3. Install two or more NVMe SSDs to your system.
  4. Create a new NVMe RAID array:
    1. Method A: …Using your motherboard’s firmware. There will be a new menu in your BIOS, or a new menu accessible with a hotkey during POST. This will vary by model.
    2. Method B: …using the AMD RAIDXpert2 software.
    3. Make sure your disks do not contain important data!
  5. Just enjoy! No hardware activation keys, license fees, or arbitrary SSD restrictions apply. It’s that simple.

 

AMD RAIDXpert2 is a Windows GUI to create and monitor NVMe RAID arrays like the 6-disk RAID0 array above. Arrays can also be created through new menus in your motherboard’s firmware.

 

WHAT’S THE PERFORMANCE LIKE?

In a word: wow. In our own performance testing, we’ve been seeing some blistering results from our test systems—a monstrous 21.2GB/s from six disks in RAID0! But RAID users know that scaling matters, too, and X399 NVMe RAID still looked great in our lab: 6.00X read scaling, and 5.38X write scaling, from one to six disks (see chart below).

 

Performance will naturally vary based on the model and quantity of SSDs you use, plus the test pattern of your benchmark, but it’s clear that our free NVMe RAID solution can scale and scale fast.

 

 

Testing conducted by AMD performance labs as of 9/18/2017. Test configuration: AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 1950X, 4x8GB DDR4-3200 (16-16-16-36), ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme X399, 1-6x Samsung 960 Pro NVMe SSD (512GB ea.), default BIOS settings, Windows® 10 x64 RS2, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (driver 385.41), RAID Writeback Cache ENABLED, RAID Read Cache DISABLED, Write Cache Buffer Flush DISABLED.

 

COMMON QUESTIONS

Q: Do I need to buy some sort of activation hardware or license to enable NVMe RAID on the AMD Threadripper platform?

A: No. You only need to follow the steps 1-5 outlined in this blog.

 

Q: Is your NVMe RAID solution bootable?

A: Yes. Create the RAID array with the RAID management menu(s) in your BIOS, then proceed with Windows installation. Please ensure that your system is in pure UEFI mode by installing Windows with Compatibility Support Module (CSM) disabled in your BIOS. You will also need the NVMe RAID driver on a flash drive, as the Windows installer will ask for it before your array can be detected.

 

Q: What RAID levels are supported?

A: RAID0 (striping), RAID1 (mirroring), RAID10 (striping with mirroring). Please note that RAID10 requires four or six NVMe devices by design.

 

Q: How many simultaneous SSDs can I run?

A: The AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ platform supports up to seven simultaneous PCIe® devices without adapters. Provided you have one GPU in the system, this sets a practical limit for most users of six NVMe SSDs.

 

Q: How are the NVMe SSDs electrically connected to the system?

A: NVMe SSDs are connected to the system over the PCI Express® bus. These PCI Express lanes come directly from the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processor, rather than being routed through a relatively narrow link from the chipset.

 

Q: What AMD chipsets are compatible with NVMe RAID?

A: The AMD X399 chipset is compatible with our free NVMe RAID solution.

 

Q: Is hotswap supported in RAID1 and RAID10 arrays?

A: No.

 

Q: When will the required BIOS update be available for my AMD X399-based motherboard?

A: Please check with your manufacturer for the latest updates. We expect all AMD X399 motherboards to be updated imminently, though the exact date(s) of availability will depend on the motherboard vendor’s QA schedule.

 

Q: Do all AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ CPUs and motherboards qualify for NVMe RAID support?

A: Yes.

 

Q: What operating systems are supported?

A: Windows® 10 x64 (build 1703) is supported at this time.

 

Q: Can I use any NVMe SSD with this update?

A: Yes.

 

Q: If I already have a RAID array of SATA disks, can I just upgrade my driver and BIOS to add NVMe RAID support?
A: In-place upgrades of the RAID driver are not supported at this time. Please back up your data and break down your array prior to installing an NVMe RAID-ready BIOS or driver. AMD recommends that users start fresh with a new NVMe RAID array and a new install of Windows. To this effect, our knowledgebase article offers standalone drivers suitable for placing onto a flash drive for the Windows installer.