Intel and AMD to Add Secure Pluton Processor to Future CPUs

Microsoft said that it has developed a highly secure chip that Intel, AMD and Qualcomm plan to integrate in future central processing units used in laptops and other personal computers. 

Microsoft said the Pluton security processor would bring more advanced protection to PCs using its flagship Windows operating system. Designed by Microsoft, the chip would be used to lock up secret information, including passwords, in a secure vault in the CPU itself, instead of on a separate component on the PCB. Microsoft said the Pluton chip would help stymie all sorts of attacks on the hardware and prevent the theft of secret keys used in cryptography.

The company is partnering with Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm to add Pluton as part of a system on a chip, where all the components of the personal computer, including the CPU, are housed on the same die. It is unclear when the integrated Pluton

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Steam PC Gaming Hardware Survey Shows AMD Ryzen CPUs Continue To Take Share From Intel

AMD Ryzen

AMD versus Intel is sort of a David versus Goliath story, only these days, AMD has armed itself with more than just a slingshot. Zen is the real deal. That is abundantly clear by now, but lest anyone needs reminding, a peek at Steam’s latest hardware survey results for November 2020 show how well AMD’s processors are being received by gamers, as it continues to, uh, chip away at Intel’s share.

I can hear the groans at the pun, but bear with me. The point is, this is a different AMD versus Intel battle than in past years, before Zen came along. AMD for a long time was the also-ran, while Intel dominated the market with better performing CPUs at the high end. But now? The Ryzen 5000 series is an awesome lineup, while the previous generation Ryzen 3000 series still holds its own.

Combined with excellent platform support—X570 and

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Nvidia, Intel, and AMD GPU shipments up 10.8% as consumers scoop up PCs

Demand is sky high for GPUs, according to industry intelligence firm Jon Peddie Research. In the company’s latest Market Watch report for calendar Q3 of 2020, it found that GPU shipments increased 10.8% year-over-year. AMD, Nvidia, and Intel all saw quarter-over-quarter increases as well.

As Jon Peddie notes in the breakdown of the report, GPU shipments are a leading indicator. Manufacturers purchase them before shipping PCs to consumers. This means that the market expects demand for PCs to remain high through the foreseeable future. The overall PC market increased 9.47% year-over-year, according to Jon Peddie.

Discrete GPUs from AMD and Nvidia were up 13.44% quarter-over-quarter. That jump is partially due to historical trends that lead to consumers purchasing more discrete GPUs in Q3 than Q2. But it also reflects the launch of Nvidia’s RTX 3000-series video cards in September. Those products flew off shelves and are still difficult to find.

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This Cyber Monday gaming PC deal with AMD inside for $1,020 is a steal

As much as I like to build my own systems, there are gaming PC deals that tempt me into going the other direction. This is one of them. CyberPowerPC’s Gamer Supreme with a Ryzen 7 3800X CPU and Radeon RX 5700 XT is on sale for $1,019.99 at Amazon (save $180) for Cyber Monday, and not only does it provide an upgrade path to the Ryzen 5000 series (once those CPUs are more easily attainable), the cost of parts is cheaper than building your own.

Let me qualify that statement. If you were to spec out the same build and factor in the cost of Windows 10, this machine comes out ahead over building your own. The listing does not reveal the exact make and model of most of the parts, but erring on the side of value for some of the unknowns (like the motherboard), I came to around

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Cyber Monday Gaming PC deal: Save $300 on this AMD Ryzen machine with an RTX 2060

If you’re on the hunt for a Cyber Monday gaming PC deal, but don’t fancy splashing out on a high-end rig with a RTX 3080, this $300 saving on a HP Omen RTX 2060 gaming PC from Best Buy might tempt you instead. While the card is on the lower end of the RTX GPU scale, it’s still fast and will let you finally turn on those ray tracing options, and it’s backed up by a great CPU. It’s also down to $949.99 this Cyber Monday. 

The 2060 is an entry-level RTX GPU, and while it might not be as flashy as the latest generation of Nvidia’s cards, it’s still the best way to enjoy ray tracing on a budget, at least until the 3060 appears next year. And you’re also getting the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, one of the best CPUs around for its price, which is more powerful

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New Arm-based gaming PC set to take on Intel and AMD rigs

We’ve been expecting a PC based on the little-known quad-core Arm processor from the time it was launched in July this year. But surprisingly, instead of utilizing the low-power CPU for an entry-level desktop PC, its designers have rolled it inside a gaming PC. 

The Phytium FT-2000/4 from the Chinese state-owned China Electronics Corporation (CEC) isn’t well-known outside the mainland, but the processor caught our attention earlier this year thanks to its considerably lower TDP of around 10 W. 

We expected the company to leverage the CPUs low power consumption to compete with inexpensive processors from AMD and Intel inside small form-factor desktops. It’s taking on the American processing behemoths all right, but with a well-stocked gaming rig.

Game on

Our sister publication Tom’s Hardware caught wind of the gaming PC from photographs posted on Chinese microblogging website, Weibo. 

It reports the PKS gaming PC pairs the FT-2000/4 processor with

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AMD is preparing Ryzen 5000 APUs for laptops, but not all will be Zen 3-based

Something to look forward to: AMD kicked off an excellent year of tech with the release of Renoir, the Ryzen 4000 series mobile APUs. Now their replacements are due: but lightning rarely strikes twice, and it appears that AMD isn’t ready for another revolution.

The new Ryzen mobile series is suspected to have a mix of Zen 2 and Zen 3 parts, according to different leaks as shown in the table below (courtesy of NotebookCheck).

Code-named Lucienne (pronounced lucy-en), a feminine French name meaning ‘light,’ when the processors release, they’ll join AMD’s desktop parts in going by the Ryzen 5000 series nomenclature. But Lucienne parts won’t use the new Zen 3 architecture, instead, they’ll use Zen 2 and stick to the same Vega graphics.

It is suspected Lucienne will be offered in budget and mainstream laptops, while the ‘Cezanne’ Ryzen 5000 APUs will get the upgrade to Zen 3 and

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AMD CEO Lisa Su gets chip industry’s highest honor

Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su has received the chip industry’s highest honor as the 2020 recipient of the Robert N. Noyce Award.

The Semiconductor Industry Association, the chip industry lobbying group, gave her the award in an online ceremony today. Normally, the event takes place in San Jose, California, and has about 1,000 attendees.

Su’s award represents the first time the award has gone to a woman since it was started in 1991.

“It’s an incredible privilege to be part of this industry,” said Su. “I actually fell in love with semiconductors in my first year at MIT. My first job was doing grunt work in a semiconductor lab. If you look at this year, what is resoundingly clear is that technology is becoming even more important.”

The SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made outstanding contributions to the semiconductor industry in

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Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT review: AMD returns to high-end PC gaming

The 6800 and 6800 XT make a striking first impression. They’re large cards that look like they’re carved out of a single block of metal, with three fans cooling a traditional array of heatsink fins. While NVIDIA came up with an entirely new cooling and PCB design for its latest cards, AMD is sticking with a fairly standard design. But hey, at least they’ve moved on from the annoying single-fan blowers. Both cards rely on two 8-pin power connectors, and thankfully they’re at the very edge so you can route cables easily.

All games tested in 4K/HDR with the highest graphics quality settings, on a rig powered by an Intel Core i7-8700K and 32GB of RAM.

Now let’s get to what you’re really interested in: benchmarks and performance impressions. As you can see in the table above, the 6800 consistently scores higher than the $499 RTX 3070, but that’s to

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT review: Reclaiming the high end

With the debut of the Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT, AMD is clearly on a roll.

Mere weeks ago, the company’s Ryzen 5000 processors seized the unquestionable performance lead from Intel—yes, even in games—for the first time in over a decade. On Wednesday, it’s the graphics division’s turn to shine with these two Radeon RX 6000-series “Big Navi” graphics cards powered by AMD’s new RDNA 2 architecture.

Rival Nvidia has largely been competing against itself in the high-end GPU space for several years now. AMD’s Vega offerings showed up disappointingly late and disappointingly underpowered in 2017, followed by (awesome) first-gen RDNA cards that sadly topped out with the midrange Radeon RX 5700 XT in 2019. The Radeon RX 6000-series ends Nvidia’s streak.

AMD’s $579 Radeon RX 6800 dominates Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 across the board in traditional games. The $649 Radeon RX 6800 XT trades blows with the

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