Crypto-processor (TPM) Benchmarking: Discrete vs. internal AMD, Intel

What is a Crypto-Processor (TPM)? A crypto-processor or TPM (“Trusted Platform Module”) is a secure unit (or interface) designed to perform cryptographic functions in a secure manner. While in the past it was implemented by a hardened micro-controller (chip) that had to be installed onto the mainboard, it is now … Read more…

AMD Radeon RX 6800 (RDNA2, Navi2L) Review & Benchmarks – GPGPU Performance

What is “Navi2”? It is the code-name of the new AMD GPU, the 2nd generation RDNA (Radeon DNA) GPU arch(itecture) that itself replaced “Vega” / last of the GCN arch(itecture). Unlike the original Navi that was a mid-range GPU – this is the very much expected “big Navi” top-end GPU … Read more…

AMD Radeon RX 6900XT (RDNA2, Navi2X) Review & Benchmarks – GPGPU Performance

What is “Navi2”? It is the code-name of the new AMD GPU, the 2nd generation RDNA (Radeon DNA) GPU arch(itecture) that itself replaced “Vega” / last of the GCN arch(itecture). Unlike the original Navi that was a mid-range GPU – this is the very much expected “big Navi” top-end GPU … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (Zen3) Review & Benchmarks – CPU 16-core/32-thread Performance

What is “ZEN3” (Ryzen 5000)? AMD’s Zen3 (“Vermeer”) is the 3rd generation ZEN core – aka the new 5000-series of CPUs from AMD, that introduces further refinements of the ZEN(2) core and layout. An APU version (with integrated “NaviX” graphics) is also scheduled to be launched later (as normal) but … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (Zen3) Review & Benchmarks – CPU 6-core/12-thread Performance

What is “ZEN3” (Ryzen 5000)? AMD’s Zen3 (“Vermeer”) is the 3rd generation ZEN core – aka the new 5000-series of CPUs from AMD, that introduces further refinements of the ZEN(2) core and layout. An APU version (with integrated “NaviX” graphics) is also scheduled to be launched later (as normal) but … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (Zen3) Review & Benchmarks – CPU 8-core/16-thread Performance

What is “ZEN3” (Ryzen 5000)? AMD’s Zen3 (“Vermeer”) is the 3rd generation ZEN core – aka the new 5000-series of CPUs from AMD, that introduces further refinements of the ZEN(2) core and layout. An APU version (with integrated “NaviX” graphics) is also scheduled to be launched later (as normal) but … Read more…

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X, 3960X Review & Benchmarks – CPU Performance

What is “Ryzen ThreadRipper 3000 series” (Zen2-TR3)? AMD’s Zen2 TR3 (“Starship”) is the “true” 2nd generation ZEN core on 7nm process shrink while the previous ZEN+ TR2 (“”) core was just an optimisation of the original ZEN TR that introduces many design improvements over both cores. Unlike desktop parts – … Read more…

AMD Radeon 5700XT (RDNA, Navi 10): Review & Benchmarks – GPGPU Performance

AMD 5700 XT

What is “Navi”? It is the code-name of the new AMD GPU, the first of the brand-new RDNA (Radeon DNA) GPU arch(itecture) – replacing the “Vega” that was the last of the GCN (graphics core next) arch(itecture). It is a mid-range GPU optimised for gaming thus not expected to set … Read more…

AMD Radeon VII: Vega2 GPGPU Performance in OpenCL

AMD Radeon VII

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…

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (Zen2) Review & Benchmarks – CPU 8-core/16-thread Performance

AMD Zen 2 CPU

What is “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 APU … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (Zen2) Review & Benchmarks – CPU 12-core/24-thread Performance

AMD Zen 2 CPU

What is “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. While socket compatible it introduces many design improvements over both previous cores. An APU version … Read more…

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

Amd Ryzen 2500U

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

Amd Ryzen 2500U

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

Amd Ryzen 2500U

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…