AMD Radeon VII: Vega2 GPGPU Performance in OpenCL

What is “Vega2”? It is the code-name of the updated “Vega” GPU arch(itecture), the last of the GCN (graphics core next) arch (version 5.1) shrinked to 7nm before being replaced by the forthcoming “Navi”. Originally for the professional/workstation high-end market, “Vega2″/”big Vega” designed for compute (scientific, machine learning, etc.) workloads … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra 20/20 (2020) Released!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Press Office SiSoftware Sandra 20/20 (2020) Released: Brand-new benchmarks (AI/ML), hardware support Updates: RTMa (30.16, August 8th). London, UK, July 18th, 2019 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 20/20 (2020), the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, … Read more…

AMD Ryzen2 3700X Review & Benchmarks – CPU 8-core/16-thread Performance

What is “Ryzen2” ZEN2? AMD’s Zen2 (“Matisse”) is the “true” 2nd generation ZEN core on 7nm process shrink while the previous ZEN+ (“Pinnacle Ridge”) core was just an optimisation of the original ZEN (“Summit Ridge”) core that while socket compatible it introduces many design improvements over both previous cores. An … Read more…

AMD Ryzen2 3900X Review & Benchmarks – CPU 12-core/24-thread Performance

What is “Ryzen2” ZEN2? AMD’s Zen2 (“Matisse”) is the “true” 2nd generation ZEN core on 7nm process shrink while the previous ZEN+ (“Pinnacle Ridge”) core was just an optimisation of the original ZEN (“Summit Ridge”) core that while socket compatible it introduces many design improvements over both previous cores. An … Read more…

The new Neural Networks (AI/ML) Benchmarks: RNN Architecture

What is a Recurrent Neural Network (RNN/LSTM)? A RNN is a type of neural network that is primarily made of of neurons that store their previous states thus are said to ‘have memory’. In effect this allows them to ‘remember’ patterns or sequences. However, they can still be used as … Read more…

The new Neural Networks (AI/ML) Benchmarks: CNN Architecture

What is a Convolution Neural Network (CNN/ConvNet)? A CNN is a type of neural network that is primarily made of of neuron layers connected in such a way that they perform convolution over the previous layers: in effect they are filters over the input – the same way a blur/sharpen/edge/etc … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018) SP4/a/c Update: Retpoline and hardware support

Note: Updated 2019/June with information regarding MDS as well as change of recent CFL-R microcode vulnerability reporting. We are pleased to release SP4/a/c (version 28.69) update for Sandra Titanium (2018) with the following updates: Sandra Titanium (2018) Press Release Reporting of Operating System (Windows) speculation control settings for the recently … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 2 Mobile (2500U) Vega 8 GP(GPU) Performance

What is “Ryzen2” ZEN+ Mobile? It is the long-awaited Ryzen2 APU mobile “Bristol Ridge” version of the desktop Ryzen 2 with integrated Vega graphics (the latest GPU architecture from AMD) for mobile devices. While on desktop we had the original Ryzen1/ThreadRipper – there was no (at least released) APU version … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 2 Mobile 2500U Review & Benchmarks – Cache & Memory Performance

What is “Ryzen2” ZEN+ Mobile? It is the long-awaited Ryzen2 APU mobile “Bristol Ridge” version of the desktop Ryzen 2 with integrated Vega graphics (the latest GPU architecture from AMD) for mobile devices. While on desktop we had the original Ryzen1/ThreadRipper – there was no (at least released) APU version … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 2 Mobile 2500U Review & Benchmarks – CPU Performance

What is “Ryzen2” ZEN+ Mobile? It is the long-awaited Ryzen2 APU mobile “Bristol Ridge” version of the desktop Ryzen 2 with integrated Vega graphics (the latest GPU architecture from AMD) for mobile devices. While on desktop we had the original Ryzen1/ThreadRipper – there was no (at least released) APU version … Read more…

Intel Core i9 9900K CofeeLake-R Review & Benchmarks – 2-channel DDR4 Cache & Memory Performance

What is “CofeeLake-R” CFL-R? It is the “refresh” (updated) version of the 8th generation Intel Core architecture (CFL) – itself a minor stepping of the previous 7th generation “KabyLake” (KBL), itself a minor update of the 6th generation “SkyLake” (SKL). While ordinarily this would not be much of an event … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018) SP3a/b Update: Pushing the Limits

Note: This article originally announced SP3a (28.45); it has since been updated to SP3b (28.49). We are pleased to announce SP3b (version 28.49 for Sandra Titanium (2018) with updated hardware and software support: Sandra Titanium (2018) Press Release Sandra has always pushed the limits of hardware, optimising the workload based … Read more…

nVidia Titan V/X: FP16 and Tensor CUDA Performance

What is FP16 (“half”)? FP16 (aka “half” floating-point) is the IEEE lower-precision floating-point representation that has recently begun to be supported by GPGPUs for compute (e.g. Intel EV9+ Skylake GPU, nVidia Pascal/Turing) and soon by CPUs (BFloat16). While originally meant for mobile devices in order to reduce memory and compute … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018) SP3 Update

We are pleased to announce SP3 (version 28.40 for Sandra Titanium (2018) with updated hardware and software support: Sandra Titanium (2018) Press Release GPGPU Benchmarks: Enable FP16/half support in CUDA benchmarks* Enable low-precision FP32 shader support in DirectX Compute benchmarks Enable Tensor support for CUDA/GEMM/FP16 Note: FP16 is already supported … Read more…

Intel Core i9 9900K CofeeLake-R Review & Benchmarks – CPU 8-core/16-thread Performance

What is “CofeeLake-R” CFL-R? It is the “refresh” (updated) version of the 8th generation Intel Core architecture (CFL) – itself a minor stepping of the previous 7th generation “KabyLake” (KBL), itself a minor update of the 6th generation “SkyLake” (SKL). While ordinarily this would not be much of an event … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018) SP2c Update

We are pleased to announce SP2c (version 28.34 for Sandra Titanium (2018) with updated hardware and software support: Sandra Titanium (2018) Press Release Hardware Information Ryzen 1/2 &  Threadripper: fix crash when Hyper-V / “Windows Core Isolation – Memory Integrity” (VBS) –  are enabled Ryzen 2 &  Threadripper: enabled display … Read more…

Intel Core i7 8700K, 9900K CofeeLake Review & Benchmarks – UHD 630 GPGPU Performance

What is “CofeeLake” CFL? The 8th generation Intel Core architecture is code-named “CofeeLake” (CFL): unlike previous architectures, it is a minor stepping of the previous 7th generation “KabyLake” (KBL), itself a minor update of the 6th generation “SkyLake” (SKL). As before, the CPUs contain an integrated GPU (with compute support … Read more…

Intel Core i7 8700K CofeeLake Review & Benchmarks – 2-channel DDR4 Cache & Memory Performance

What is “CofeeLake” CFL? The 8th generation Intel Core architecture is code-named “CofeeLake” (CFL): unlike previous architectures, it is a minor stepping of the previous 7th generation “KabyLake” (KBL), itself a minor update of the 6th generation “SkyLake” (SKL). The server/workstation (SKL-X/KBL-X) CPU core saw new instruction set support (AVX512) … Read more…

Intel Core i7 8700K CofeeLake Review & Benchmarks – CPU 6-core/12-thread Performance

What is “CofeeLake” CFL? The 8th generation Intel Core architecture is code-named “CofeeLake” (CFL): unlike previous architectures, it is a minor stepping of the previous 7th generation “KabyLake” (KBL), itself a minor update of the 6th generation “SkyLake” (SKL). The server/workstation (SKL-X/KBL-X) CPU core saw new instruction set support (AVX512) … Read more…