ASRock Lightly Launches X570 Motherboard Lineup

Getting ahead of the competition, ASRock today announced it’s official X570 series motherboard launch for AMD’s new generation of AMD processors that will be out in a few days. What this means for us is that the new boards are nothing more than a paper launch, although they will likely arrive by the promised date of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 processors, on July 7th.

The firm’s press release is light on detail, although it does say ASRock will have ten board in total in this initial wave. The release leans heavily upon the PCIe 4.0 benefits provided by AMD’s 3000-series Ryzen processors. The release also states that the boards will be equipped with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) modules, 60A power chokes, Nichicon black 12K capacitors and steel-reinforced slots. Since no models were mentioned, it’s possiblethat these features will apply to every X570 model ASRock produces.

While there’s a lot left to mystery here, we won’t have long to wait to find out more. We expect the real launch of these boards, along with availability, on July 7th in three days.

Apple Patent Reveals Mixed Reality Headset With Face Tracking

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Apple has filed a patent for a new mixed reality (MR) headset that could be different from other products on the market. As reported by Variety, the new device includes sensors that can track users’ eyes, facial features and hands. The patent was originally filed in March 2019 but published earlier this month.

It’s the latest to join Apple’s ever-growing list of mixed and augmented reality (AR) patents, all in an apparent bid to take the tech from simple phone applications and smart glasses to Apple-branded wearables, like headsets. The “Display System Having Sensors” patent includes a litany of different components, including eye-tracking sensors, cameras and environment-tracking sensors, that work in tandem to create a virtual image of the real world.

The patent also notes additional applications of the headset and things it could potentially do, including the utilization of “head pose sensors,” “eyebrow sensors” and “lower jaw sensors” to help read the entirety of a person’s face and hand tracking. Detailed lighting sensors could also be implemented in a similar setup.

All of this culminates in a unique vision that could allow Apple to project an image of the real world through the headset, instead of overlaying information on top of – such as Microsoft’s HoloLens. One version of the headset includes cameras meant to capture a direct video feed, which the headset could use to create composite objects meant to be seen on a virtual reality (VR) display.

Of course, Apple hasn’t confirmed what it’d use this tech for or if any such products will ever come into fruition at all. In fact, the vendor has yet to announce anything in the AR or VR department. But given that Facebook is working to create VR headsets with built-in facial tracking for communication via virtual avatars, it would make sense for Apple to look to follow suit or beat the social media giant to the punch. Apple has plenty of ways it could employ the tech, especially with its Animoji and Memoji avatars that people can already use to create voice messages and expressions that mimic their own.

On July 11, however, DigiTimes reported that Apple isn’t actively developing these products any longer. Apple hasn’t given any statement on the matter, so we don’t have any sort of official word to go by. But with these types of intriguing patents continuously rising to the surface, it’s hard not to wonder exactly what’s going on over there in terms of XR. 

The DOE Announces El Capitan, World's New Fastest Supercomputer Will Hit 1.5 Sustained ExaFLOPS

Credit: DOECredit: DOEDeveloping new nuclear weapons, maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, preventing nuclear terrorism, and powering the U.S. military’s nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers falls to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), but nuclear non-proliferation acts, not to mention environmental concerns, removed actual nuclear testing (i.e., explosions) in 1992 as an option for conducting further research.

The DOE is currently in the process of redesigning every component of its nuclear warheads and delivery systems due to aging designs, and supercomputers are the only recourse. That requires a new level of unprecedented computational power that will come in the form of El Capitan, a new exaFLOP-scale (exascale) supercomputer that is slated to come online in 2023. Upon completion, El Capitan will be faster than the top 100 supercomputers in the world, combined.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the NNSA announced today that Cray’s Shasta supercomputing platform would form the backbone of El Capitan. The new premier supercomputer in the U.S.’s arsenal will reach up to 1.5 exaFLOPS of sustained computational power, or 1.5 quintillion calculations per second. A quintillion weighs in at one billion billion operations per second, making El Capitan 10 times faster than any existing supercomputer.

El Capitan will use artificial intelligence and machine learning to conduct 3D simulations at an unprecedented scale and speed, and at resolutions that are largely impossible with existing supercomputers that tend to peak at ~400 petaFLOPS of performance and offer sustained performance in the 200-petaFLOP range.

Of course, the first question is which hardware the DOE, which hosts four of the world’s ten fastest supercomputers, will use to power the new system. The DOE disclosed today that it had awarded a $600 million contract to Cray, which is currently being acquired by HPE, to build the system with its Shasta architecture, Slingshot interconnect, and software platform. This is the same platform that powers both of the DOE’s other exascale supercomputers, Aurora and Frontier.

The one-exaFLOP Aurora comes armed with undisclosed ‘future’ Intel Xeon processors, its not-yet-released Xe graphics architecture, and Optane Persistent DIMMs. Meanwhile, the 1.5-exaFLOP Frontier comes packing next-generation AMD EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct GPUs. You’ll notice that neither of those systems comes packing Nvidia GPUs, which have long been the mainstay for supercomputers.

And we aren’t sure if Nvidia will make an appearance in El Capitan, either. The DOE has yet to make a final decision on which processors it will use for the system, which is odd given that it already has performance projections and the design is obviously in the final stages, but we do know that the architecture will follow the Shasta architecture’s standard combination of GPUs and CPUs. The Shasta architecture currently only supports Intel, AMD, and Nvidia CPUs/accelerators, so that seemingly eliminates IBM’s POWER or one of the many variants of ARM processors. Cray says it will announce El Capitan’s specific CPUs and GPUs at a later date.

Credit: DOECredit: DOEMind-bending computational power is always impressive, but power efficiency is also important for supercomputing. Although final power consumption figures haven’t been revealed, which makes sense because the DOE hasn’t settled on which processors and GPUs it will use, the agency says El Capitan will consume roughly 40 megawatts of power and be four times more efficient than Sierra, the DOE’s current fastest supercomputer. That enhanced efficiency comes largely as a byproduct of networking, water cooling, and software optimizations (AI/ML). 

Building El Capitan

We had a chance to get an up-close look at the Shasta platform at last year’s Supercomputer conference. The DOE hasn’t revealed how many cabinets El Capitan will use, instead saying that if the blades were laid end to end, they would be three times taller than the 3,600-foot tall El Capitan peak in Yosemite. We do know that it follows the standard rack-based Shasta architecture, as outlined above.

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El Capitan will use Shasta compute blades with four nodes. Each node currently houses up to eight compute sockets and a full complement of memory DIMMs and networking. Cray has specified that the current generation (image above) of its Shasta CPU, GPU and networking blades will not be used in Frontier. Instead, a new undisclosed variant will be pushed into service. It is unclear if current-gen or next-gen models will power El Capitan. Credit: Tom's HardwareCredit: Tom’s Hardware

Like the current generation of blades, Cray will use its proprietary Slingshot fabric to connect the nodes to integrated top-of-rack switches that house a Cray-designed ASIC that pushes out 200 Gb/s per switched port. This networking fabric uses an enhanced low-latency protocol that includes intelligent routing mechanisms to alleviate congestion. The interconnect supports optical links, but it is primarily designed to support low-cost copper wiring. The system will be paired with a future version of Cray’s CluserStor storage.

Cray will also develop a new software stack that will allow for immediate deployment once El Capitan is fully constructed. In that vein, Cray is working with all of the involved agencies by establishing a Center of Excellence to optimize existing software code to work with El Capitan when it is fully functional in 2023.

El Capitan marks yet another massive win for Cray, bringing its backlog of Shasta orders to $1.5 billion – and that’s before it has shipped a single cabinet. Together, El Capitan, Aurora, and Frontier are poised to be faster than the world’s top 500 supercomputers, combined, giving Cray the obvious lead in the supercomputing race. The Shasta platform is also available for standard data center and HPC deployments, which means similar systems will pop up in a data center near you soon.

Survey: Only 5.6 Percent of Ryzen 9 3900X Hit Advertised Speeds, Most Other Models Suffer, Too

Overclocker and hardware reviewer De8auer, widely known for his Intel delidding tools and overclocking videos, has released the results of a survey he conducted late last month concerning Ryzen 3000’s ability to reach its advertised boost clocks. Only 5.6% of respondents reported that their Ryzen 9 3900X is reaching its rated boost speed. The results are somewhat better with other SKUs, but still indicate that the majority of Ryzen 3000 series processors are not hitting their rated boost speeds. 

Users and reviewers alike have been questioning whether or not AMD’s new CPUs are always able to boost to the advertised clock speeds. We recently published an analysis on the 3600X detailing Ryzen 3000’s new boosting behavior, and AMD confirmed that only one core on any given CPU is guaranteed to hit the rated boost clock. However, according to the survey, more users aren’t even reaching the advertised frequency on any core.

Ryzen 3000 Boost Survey

De8auer’s survey obtained the performance data of 2,700 systems from users who were asked to run the single threaded benchmark on Cinebench R15 and record the maximum clock speed using HWInfo (which was recommended by AMD). Most users reported that they were not able to hit the advertised boost clock, though many were within 25 MHz. Credit: YouTube / Der8auerCredit: YouTube / Der8auer

At AMD’s best, about half of Ryzen 5 3600 users reported their CPU was boosting correctly, and at worst, only 5.6% of Ryzen 9 3900X users reported that their CPU was boosting correctly. Most users were within 100 MHz of the advertised boost clock, but there was still a significant number who were more than 100 MHz away.

De8auer does make it clear that the survey was not perfectly scientific, however. Firstly, not all users used the exact same hardware, but that is to be expected, and Der8auer says he went through every single result over three days to make sure BIOS version, AGESA version, and everything else was consistent and labeled. He also discarded some results: outliers, systems using unusual setups like chillers, and users who reported that they used PBO.

He does admit that users who weren’t getting the rated boost clocks would be more likely to submit their result than users who had no issues, something which could skew results, and that he could not ensure whether or not users applied the Windows 10 update that ensures the Windows scheduler would be using the fastest core for single-threaded workloads.

On the other hand, though, the data more or less demonstrates that most users are not getting the experience promised by AMD and De8auer says if a specific Windows version or something is required to achieve the rated boost, AMD should make that clear to its users.

There also doesn’t seem to be a trend of certain motherboards and certain BIOSes being able to boost more reliably than others, something that earlier testing from reviewers like Hardware Unboxed thought may be the case when testing a much smaller sample of motherboards and just one 3900X. De8auer states there might be something to Hardware Unboxed’s findings, but also that it’s not quite as simple as picking a motherboard and getting the clock speeds AMD promised.

Despite the controversy over AMD’s advertised boost clocks, De8auer still says he recommends all the Ryzen 3000 CPUs; however, he also states that the results in his survey were much worse than he expected and is worried about whether or not AMD can solve this issue in a timely manner. He concludes his findings wondering why AMD would advertise these clock speeds.

“Why did AMD feel that it is necessary to advertise the boost or give the people false expectations and false hope for something that they cannot get? Why did they have to do the 3900X at 4.6 [GHz] when they probably clearly know that most of those CPUs would never maintain this speed? It was clearly never necessary to do this; it’s completely unnecessary. The CPUs are good enough the way they are. They deliver, and they’re good. But those frequency values are just completely wrong.” – Der8auer

AMD hasn’t yet made a statement on whether or not this is the intended behavior of Ryzen 3000 CPUs, or if there is a fix in the works.

Google Claims 'Quantum Supremacy' with 53-Qubits

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In a new scientific publication, Google claims to have reached “quantum supremacy” with a 53-qubit quantum computer, meaning that it has solved a problem that no classical computer can solve within a reasonable timeframe. It is the first time this has been achieved, marking a major milestone in the field of quantum computing.

While the term supremacy is a bit of an exaggeration, as it concerns just one application, it shows that quantum computers with their qubits, albeit still years from commercialization in all likelihood, have finally reached a point where they have solved a problem that no transistor-based computer or supercomputer could ever solve, essentially proving that quantum computers indeed work. “To our knowledge, this experiment marks the first computation that can only be performed on a quantum processor,” the Google researchers wrote.

The experiment involved calculating the output of certain specialized circuits, with as input randomly generated numbers “produced through a specialized scenario involving quantum phenomena.” The quantum processor took 200 seconds to sample one instance of the quantum circuit one million times, while a supercomputer would require 20,000 years to perform that task, according to the researchers. The quantum computer used was Google’s 53-qubit Sycamore system, scaling back from their 72-qubit Bristlecone machine, although no reason was provided.

The researchers further predict that quantum computing power will grow at a double exponential rate, possibly referring to the exponential growth in capabilities with each new qubit, but with the number of qubits growing at an exponential rate akin to Moore’s Law.

Fortune claimed on Friday that the Financial Times first reported on the news. Google posted the paper to NASA.gov earlier this week, but it has since been taken down. A Google spokesperson declined to comment, but a source from Fortune says that the paper was probably accidentally published before it had passed the peer-review process.

Not too long ago, quantum computers belonged largely to science fiction. But in recent years, several companies have made progress in scaling up the number of qubits, including Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Intel. Last year, IBM already proved that quantum computers could be superior to classical ones for a certain problem, while Intel unveiled its 49-qubit Tangle Lake quantum computer at CES 2018.

AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su Named One of World's Best CEOs

The US-based financial newspaper Barron’s recently released its list of the “World’s Best CEOs of 2019,” in which AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su is included and prominently featured on both the online publication and on the front page of the physical magazine (which also has the subtitle “How Lisa Su engineered a stunning turnaround at chip maker Advanced Micro Devices”). Lisa Su is placed on equal ground with CEOs such as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Disney’s Robert Iger, and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella. Credit: BarronsCredit: Barrons

Barron’s added Su to the list due to AMD’s recovery in the market. After having been appointed CEO of AMD in 2014, it took some time for Su put AMD in the position it’s in now. Under her leadership, AMD has seen the successful release of its CPU architecture Zen and its GPU architecture Polaris, both of which had been planned before her appointment as CEO. The imminent launches of Zen 2 based CPUs and Navi based GPUs mark the first products that an AMD under Su’s direction is responsible for. Zen 2 in particular has been praised thanks to its potent combination of the new 7nm node from TSMC, vast architectural improvements, and utilization of chiplet technology.

Su’s engineering background is one of her keys to success. “I love spending time with the engineers, going into the lab, and getting a feel for what the real challenges are, because it just helps me make better decisions on the business,” Su said to Barrons.

Describing AMD as now a “genuine threat [to Intel]”, Barron’s expects the company to see great gains in the coming years. It’s not hard to see why: AMD has scored several deals on supercomputers such as Big Red 200 and Frontier, its X570 motherboards for Ryzen 3000 have been getting a premium treatment from AMD’s partners such as ASUS and MSI, and AMD’s future architectures for both its CPUs and GPUs are promised to keep the pressure on both Nvidia and Intel.

Speaking of Nvidia, Barron’s actually removed Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang off of its “World’s Best CEOs” list because the company “has disappointed on new Turing graphics chips, key to its gaming business.” With 7nm and Navi based GPUs on the horizon, AMD is continuing to advance on gaming consoles, mobile devices, and displays with its FreeSync technology. It seems that the worst case for AMD is that Navi succeeds everywhere but the desktop.

Confirmed: AMD’s Navi RX 5700 Graphics Cards Will Be Cheaper Than We Thought

Updated 7/5/2019, 5pm Eastern: AMD has confirmed to us via email that its upcoming Navi RX 5700 XT, RX 5700, and RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition graphics cards  are indeed getting pre-launch price cuts of between $30 and $50, as VideoCardz reported earlier. 

In the email, the company also seems to acknowledge that Nvidia’s Super cards are the impetus for the change, while simultaneously putting a positive spin on the whole thing:

AMD is focused on providing gamers with amazing experiences and access to the very best gaming technology at attractive price points. As you have seen, competition is heating up in the GPU market. We embrace competition, which drives innovation to the benefit of gamers. In that spirit, we are updating the pricing of our Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics cards. The revised pricing is as follows:

50th Anniversary Edition AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card — $449 USD SEP

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card — $399 USD SEP

AMD Radeon RX 5700 graphics card — $349 USD SEP

Original article, 7/5/2019, 11am Eastern:

Two anonymous sources have reportedly told VideoCardz that AMD is cutting the prices for its upcoming Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 gaming graphics cards before their official launch on July 7.

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In June, AMD announced that the Navi-powered Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 would debut with price tags of $449 and $379, respectively. The Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition was expected to cost $499.

But today’s report claims that upon launch, the Radeon RX 5700 XT will actually cost $399, the Radeon RX 5700 will be $349, and the Anniversary Edition card will go for $449.

VideoCardz has been spot on in the past, but without any official word from AMD we can’t be sure of the pricing. If correct, however, here’s how the new AMD graphics cards would stack up price-wise against the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2060 Super graphics cards launched this week 

Model Price
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super $499
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 $499
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition
$449*
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
$399*
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super $399
AMD Radeon RX 5700 $349*
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 $349

*Not confirmed

The new pricing looks even more competitive than before. The Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 would cost the same as the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2060, respectively. When AMD announced the Radeon RX 5000 series, the chipmaker claimed that its Radeon RX 5700 XT is faster than the RTX 2070. Since the RTX 2060 Super falls behind the RTX 2070, the Radeon RX 5700 XT should be even more appealing.

The Radeon RX 5700, which is set to take on the RTX 2060, would be identical in price, according to VideoCardz, therefore its success would depend on whether its performance is enough to win consumers.

Innodisk's New Fire Shield SSD Can Withstand 800C for 30 Minutes

Innodisk has announced the company’s latest Fire Shield SSD, which is capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 800 degrees Celsius for more than 30 straight minutes.

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The Fire Shield SSD features a 3.5-inch design and has up to three layers of protection. The first enclosure consists of a flame-resistant copper alloy material, while the second is made from a heat-isolating lining material. The SSD itself is housed inside a third protective enclosure. With over 20 heat-resistant materials in its design, the Fire Shield SSD is not only fireproof but also resistant to vibrations and impacts.

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Innodisk created the Fire Shield SSD for the sole purpose of protecting valuable data in Black Box applications. The drive can survive for more than 30 minutes at temperatures the scale up to 800 degrees Celsius. Obviously, you can’t just go connecting the Fire Shield SSD to your system to recover the data after it has been exposed to extreme heat during a prolonged period. Instead, an Innodisk engineer will have to extract the integrated chips and perform data recovery on them with a specialized machine.

Inside of the robust enclosure, the Fire Shield SSD is everything you would expect from a normal SATA SSD. It still speaks with your system through a SATA III port. However, the drive does utilize SLC (single-level cell) or iSLC (Inno single-level cell) NAND chips for maximum endurance and reliability. According to Innodisk, the SLC chips have a program-erase (PE) cycle of 60,000 cycles while the iSLC ones are rated for 20,000 cycles. The Fire Shield SSD delivers sequential read and write speeds up to to 520 MBps and 360 MBps, respectively. Innodisk offers the drive in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

Innodisk didn’t mention the pricing or availability of its Fire Shield SSDs.

Apple Recalls 15-Inch MacBook Pro Laptops Over Battery Concerns (Update: FAA Ban)

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Updated, 8/14/19, 6:05am PT: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told airlines not to allow MacBook Pro models affected by this recall onto their flights, Bloomberg reported, in accordance with a 2016 order prohibiting devices with recalled batteries from taking to the skies. That ban doesn’t allow the affected MacBook Pro models to be included with carry-on luggage or checked as cargo. It’s not clear how well the airlines would enforce this ban, though, considering the identification of recalled batteries is a multi-step process.

Original article, 6/20/19, 1:24pm PT:

Apple today voluntarily recalled “a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk.” The company is now offering free battery replacements for MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid-2015) laptops. 

Batteries are wonderful components that enable many of the devices we use every day. But until companies announce recalls like this, it can be easy to forget that batteries can also be dangerous, given their occasional acts of apparently spontaneous combustion. Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 from 2016 helped remind us of that fact with smartphone batteries, but laptop batteries can also have real safety problems.

See: Lenovo’s recall of certain Thinkpad X1 Carbon models in February 2018, HP’s expanded recall of various laptop models in March and now Apple’s recall of 15-inch MacBook Pro units “sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.” All three recalls were prompted by concerns about the batteries overheating. The best-case scenario is for the laptop itself to be ruined; the worst-case would be for its owner to be injured in the process.

How to Get a Replacement Battery

Apple said in a support article that only MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid-2015) models are subject to this recall. Owners can determine what model of MacBook Pro they have by checking the “About This Mac” page found via the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen. If you confirm you’re using the affected model, you can submit you serial number via the support article to see if your particular unit needs a new battery. 

There are three ways to participate in the battery replacement program:

  • Find an Apple Authorized Service Provider.
  • Make an appointment at an Apple Retail Store.
  • Contact Apple Support to arrange mail-in service via the Apple Repair Center.

Apple said that units “will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program” and that the service can take 1-2 weeks. While a free battery replacement is a decent gesture (paying for a replacement part that’s less likely to blow up isn’t fun), we wonder how many people will continue using the defective units simply because they can’t go that long without their laptop. Hopefully the answer turns out to be ‘not that many.’

AMD Announces BIOS Fix for Ryzen 3000 Boost Clocks, Update Comes September 10th

Credit: AMDCredit: AMDAfter an extended period of silence, AMD has finally publicly acknowledged that “some” of its customers aren’t receiving the expected boost frequencies with the Ryzen 3000 series processors.

As you can read in the statement below, the company simultaneously announced that it would issue a fix for the BIOS issues. The company will update the community on September 10, 2019 about the availability of the fix.

“AMD is pleased with the strong momentum of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ processors in the PC enthusiast and gaming communities. We closely monitor community feedback on our products and understand that some 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen users are reporting boost clock speeds below the expected processor boost frequency. While processor boost frequency is dependent on many variables including workload, system design, and cooling solution, we have closely reviewed the feedback from our customers and have identified an issue in our firmware that reduces boost frequency in some situations. We are in the process of preparing a BIOS update for our motherboard partners that addresses that issue and includes additional boost performance optimizations. We will provide an update on September 10 to the community regarding the availability of the BIOS.”

The statement comes amidst a growing chorus of complaints from Ryzen 3000 owners on forums, reddit, and social media that their chips aren’t reaching the advertised boost clocks. In response to the growing number of complaints, YouTuber Der8aeur recently conducted a survey that garnered 2,700 respondents, of which only 5.6% were able to reach the advertised boost clocks for AMD’s flagship Ryzen 9 3900X processor.

Our own investigation of AMD’s new boost clock behavior also found that only one core on any given Ryzen 3000 CPU is guaranteed to hit the rated boost clock, which AMD confirmed. That means the Ryzen 3000-series processors contain a mix of faster and slower cores. Unfortunately, users must have the latest version of Windows 10 to use the Ryzen-aware scheduler, which targets the fastest cores with lightly-threaded applications, further complicating matters for frustrated customers trying to attain the advertised boost frequencies.

In either case, even with the presence of the necessary BIOS, driver, and Windows 10 scheduler, most customers have been unable to attain Ryzen 3000’s advertised speeds with any of the models.

We don’t expect the new BIOS fix to change the requirement for Windows 10 or AMD’s driver, or the new binning tactic of using a mix of faster and slower cores. Hopefully it will expose the best performance possible from the fastest core, but we’ll have to wait until September 10 to find out.

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