My Next PC May Not Run on Intel

Last week, AMD partially unveiled its upcoming Ryzen processor, aka Summit Ridge. AMD only demonstrated the high-end model running at an estimated base clock frequency of 3.4GHz. AMD CEO Lisa Su compared its high-end Ryzen to Intel’s Core-i7 6900K. It’s clear from the demos that Ryzen isn’t quite fully baked yet. The company hasn’t enabled boost clocks, hasn’t fully settled on the 3.4GHz base clock, and didn’t disclose pricing. AMD’s new progeny runs on the existing socket AM4 platform, although […]

To Extreme Or Not To Extreme?

I voluntarily cut the memory bandwidth in my production PC in half. My recently replaced production system consisted of a Core-i7-5930K Haswell Extreme processor and 32GB of DDR4 DRAM running at 2133MHz effective, installed onto a Gigabyte X99-UD5-WiFi motherboard. That translates to a peak memory bandwidth of 68GB per second. The processor clocked at a stock 3.5GHz (3.70GHz turbo boost), with a TDP of 140W — a hefty power draw by today’s standards. The system also include an Nvidia GTX […]