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AMD's Fortunes Are Improving
Quote:It's well known at this point that Ryzen is fueling AMD's rise against Intel in the do-it-yourself PC market. We recently reported on the effect Ryzen 3000 had on AMD's sales at Mindfactory, one of Germany's most popular internet retailers, and now reddit user ingebor (who has compiled all of the Mindfactory data we've covered thus far) has charted sales data over the past five years that provides an incredible overview of AMD's rise since 2017.
Though this data might not reflect the sales data of other retailers of other countries or even other German retailers, it's highly likely other retailers are seeing higher than normal AMD sales and lower than normal Intel sales, even if Intel is still the market leader. We're very excited to see these interesting developments in the CPU space, competition is good for the consumer, and we're looking forward to the next round of competition as Intel and AMD are both poised to make big launches in both the HEDT and mainstream segments before the end of the year.
Quote:Earlier this week, AMD announced its performance-focused EPYC Rome 7H12, which is essentially an EPYC 7742 with a much higher all-core clock speed (which is made possible due to increased power consumption). AMD announced the EPYC 7H12 alongside Atos's watercooled BullSequana supercomputer, and almost immediately Atos started setting more EPYC performance records.

According to Atos and AMD, BullSequana set four new records in the SPEC CPU 2017 benchmark suite, all of which were previously held by AMD's EPYC 7742. Thanks to its higher clock speeds, the 7H12 packs about 11% more TFLOPs of performance than the 7742, though that only equated to a few percentage points of extra performance in the SPEC benchmarks. Nonetheless, the 7H12 could easily be as much as 11% faster in other benchmarks or types of workloads.
Quote:Fortune named AMD president and CEO Lisa Su one of the most powerful women in business. Su is not only the first woman to lead the 50-year-old AMD, but also the only woman leading a major semiconductor company at the moment, and she's led AMD's resurgence in the CPU market.
Quote:According to DigiTimes, AMD has won significant orders from major enterprise data center players, including Dell, IBM and Nokia. AMD is now expected to represent 10% market share by the end of 2020, which would be roughly 10-fold more than before Epyc.
Quote:Microsoft announced today at its launch event that it has infused its Surface Laptop 3 with new "AMD Ryzen Surface Edition" processors that consist of custom AMD APUs with Radeon RX Vega GPUs specifically tailored for the new 6th-gen Microsoft laptop. The new AMD processors will come in some 15" Surface Laptop 3 models, while Intel's 10th-gen 10nm Ice Lake processors will power both 13.5" and 15" models.
Quote:The supply issues that have been persistent in the Ryzen 3000 series since launch seem to be dissipating, and that has allowed AMD to keep the pressure on Intel.

AMD has reached a new record for market share on German retailer Mindfactory; the new record of 81% market share topped the previous record set in July when Ryzen 3000 launched.
There is still clearly untapped demand for Ryzen 3000 CPUs and if AMD can solve these supply issues sooner rather than later, they may be able to inflict significant damage on Intel's bottom line as the next generation of Intel CPUs closes in. You'll also notice that Intel's chips have been slowly declining in retail pricing over time, which is another impact of Ryzen's success. However, if Intel is fully prepared to launch its next-gen CPUs before AMD can satisfy the market, they can also inflict damage on AMD's bottom line.

In either case, the two CPU vendors are now engaged in an intensifying price war, which benefits everyone.
Quote:Last week, Microsoft and AMD announced that a new AMD APU would power the 15-inch Surface Laptop intended for the consumer market (there’s also an Ice Lake variant built for corporations). It’s a unique chip, with 11 Vega graphics units in a 15W TDP, when all of AMD’s other parts in this segment have either 10 GPU units in 15W or 11 units in 35W. The “Surface Edition” APU is a modest tweak to AMD’s existing product stack — but it’s also apparently just the beginning of what looks like a sustained hardware collaboration effort between the two companies.

That’s the word from Anandtech, which interviewed two AMD executives, Jack Huynh and Sebastien Nussbaum. According to them, AMD is working with Microsoft on a multi-year product life cycle that covers multiple hardware generations, as well as multiple products. The reason Microsoft used a relatively modest Ryzen CPU is that’s the chip AMD knew it would have available when Microsoft and AMD started the design process over two years ago.
That’s why this product placement is such a big deal. It’s a subtle thing, but it’s precisely the opposite of how AMD products are typically treated. This kind of higher-profile placement still demands that the products justify the price, but AMD is finally winning acknowledgment for its products in their own right as opposed to being treated as the less-desirable default. It might not seem like a big thing for Microsoft to show AMD on the right-hand side of the page in comparison to Intel when doing spec sheet checks. It’s more important than you think.

If AMD can continue to deliver the hardware Microsoft is looking for, it has an opportunity to expand its own brand visibility and premium presence in a way that’s previously been very difficult for the company to achieve. It can then build on that foundation over successive product generations and take a shot at creating a new premium market for its own hardware in the process.
Quote:The Archer supercomputer system based in Edinburgh was first introduced in 2013 based on the Cray XC30 design and has since been in use by researchers in need of serious compute power. It was once among the top 20 supercomputers in the world, but that’s no longer the case and the time has come to replace it.

As such, the center announced that it has contracted with Cray to build the Archer 2 supercomputer, which will be based on AMD EPYC Rome processors.
The new win builds on an ever-expanding list of EPYC Rome supercomputer wins, including the recent announcement of the exascale-class Frontier supercomputer.
Quote:A normalized run-time of 10.54 hours is sufficient to knock out some of the Intel systems, including an 8550U without a dGPU, but it’s clear that AMD is still playing catch-up to Intel in terms of battery optimization. That’s not very surprising. AMD began putting a serious push on battery improvements relatively recently compared to Intel, which began focusing on this target market back in 2012 with its ultrabook initiative. Anandtech specifically notes that AMD has made major improvements over the Ryzen 2000 family, but still has a ways to go.

Everyone basically agrees that this is a major win for AMD. Securing a premium SKU in the Surface Laptop family will raise the visibility of the company’s solutions and encourage other OEMs to optimize for its products. Anandtech writes that: “Overall, the Surface Laptop 3 15 is a great laptop. It keeps all of the design cues of the smaller generation and just makes it a bit bigger, retaining the same thin & light design and keeping it easy to travel with. Microsoft has forged a solid partnership with AMD, and the Ryzen APU that’s at the heart of this laptop brings with it great GPU performance and good CPU performance, even though it is at the cost of overall battery life.”

The Verge is more circumspect in its approach. “Still, if you were hoping that the 15-inch Laptop 3 would be more than just a bigger Surface Laptop, I’m sorry to report that you’ll be disappointed. Fortunately, there are plenty of other, more powerful 15-inch laptops available, such as Apple’s MacBook Pro, Dell’s XPS 15, or even Microsoft’s own Surface Book 2. I don’t know if Microsoft needed to make a 15-inch version of the Surface Laptop, but it did, and it mostly did a good job with it.”

Gizmodo is the most positively-inclined towards the new AMD laptop, writing: “If you value portability and don’t need half a dozen CPU cores and a big discrete GPU, the Surface Laptop 3 is a rarity that hits a perfect balance I didn’t know I needed until I had it in my lap. AMD (and Microsoft) have produced a GPU and CPU seemingly as good as Intel’s very best. It’s absolute proof that AMD can and should start appearing in more laptops, especially the big flashy ones.”
Quote:As reported by The Independent today, AMD CPUS were found in 7% of the 5.07 million systems that were shipped to European retailers and resellers in 2018. Those numbers have risen, with AMD's chips now being found in 12% of laptops and desktops, even as the total number of shipments rose to 5.24 million. That means shipments of AMD-powered systems rose from 355,000 units to 629,000 units in a year.

That growth was highest in the retail market, where AMD's share of shipments rose from 11% last year to 18% this year. Shipments of business-targeting PCs featuring AMD processors also jumped from 5% to 8%. It's not like Intel's majority share of the market is in danger--especially where business customers are concerned--but AMD's growth shows that companies are willing to consider other solutions.
It's not clear when Intel will have enough CPUs to meet its customers' needs. The company's working to increase production, though, and that could be enough to slow AMD's rise. Manufacturers have made it clear that they want to use Intel's processors, and some have mostly turned to AMD's offerings out of desperation. What happens when they can once again buy as many of Intel's products as they want?
Quote:In our coverage of AMD's last earnings call we opined that it represented the calm before the 7nm storm, but today that storm made landfall as AMD posted its highest quarterly revenue since 2005 driven by its highest quarterly sales of client (desktop) PC chips since 2011. Overall, AMD posted $1.8 billion in revenue for the quarter, a 9% year-over-year gain.
AMD's gross margins also improved to 43%, a 3% year-over-year gain.
Quote:AMD expects to break $2B in revenue in Q4 2019, “an increase of 48 percent year-over-year and 17 percent sequentially.” This is despite the fact that semicustom is expected to continue to decline. In retrospect, AMD couldn’t have hoped for better timing as regards its server business. From 2012 to 2017, the PS4 and Xbox One basically kept AMD alive, injecting billions in revenue at a time when the company desperately needed it. Now, as the PS4 and Xbox One wind down, Epyc is already winding up, taking some of the sting out of that inevitable sales cycle. By the time the PS5 and Xbox Next launch in 2020, Epyc will be firing on all thrusters.

It’s clear that EESC will be the segment to watch 12 months from now. The combined impact of two console launches and improved server sales should drive significant revenue improvements in this segment. Intel’s own Q3 2019 was record-breaking, but both companies are openly acknowledging that the space between them is much more competitive than it used to be. But this is what the restoration of competition promised between the two companies, and it’s what we’re seeing today. AMD’s fortunes are improving. It’s paying down long term debt and improving its own net cash position. Long-term debt has fallen from $1.7B in Q4 2017 to roughly $1.1B today.

All in all, an excellent quarter.
Quote:Netflix's data center engineering team took on a mission recently to double the encrypted video bandwidth of the video streaming company from 100 Gbps to about 200 Gbps. The company reached its goal on both Intel and AMD-powered servers, with the AMD Epyc servers seeing triple the bandwidth compared to before.
Once the Netflix team applied all the optimizations they could, the single-socket Epyc server was able to catch-up and even slightly surpass the dual-socket Xeon server, tripling its initial performance from 68 Gbps to 194 Gbps (compared to an ultimate 191 Gbps for Xeon).

The Netflix team did criticize AMD for not yet having well-developed tools for server operating systems, such as Linux. However, with the rise in popularity of AMD’s Epyc server chip platform, we can expect AMD to invest much more aggressively in the development of its tools.
Quote:Mercury Research, a CPU market analyst firm, released its market share report today, which highlights AMD's recent gains against Intel. The last quarterly share report did not include sales from AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors, but this report reflects 7nm processor sales as the company continues to claw back market share from Intel.

The report highlights that AMD grew in all segments, including desktop PCs, mobile, server, and the overall x86 market, fueled by the rise of AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors that offer a more advanced manufacturing process than Intel's 14nm chips. That affords density, power, performance, and pricing advantages.
In an interview at the Bernstein summit this morning, AMD CTO Mark Papermaster shed some light on the situation. Papermaster said the company met with unanticipated demand for high-end products and reiterated that TSMC supply shortages weren't the root of the problem. In response to a question about the shortages, Papermaster responded that the problem boiled down to binning for higher-performance CPU models. That means AMD wasn't yielding enough high-end chips from each wafer to satisfy demand for its fastest chips, but the company says it has adjusted to ensure supply.
It appears that AMD is headed in the right direction on all fronts, though Intel's dominant market position makes for slow progress. In the near term, Intel is ready to exploit its advantage of incumbency and sheer scale to slow AMD's progress, primarily through price cuts rather than innovative new products. We'll have to wait until next year to see the fruits of Intel's Comet Lake labors, but they largely look to be yet another iteration of the 14nm Skylake architecture. Without some severe price cuts, that isn't going to be enough to hold AMD back from stealing significantly more market share in the DIY and enthusiast markets.

AMD's EPYC Rome is also slowly gaining steam, and while it isn't a critical selling point for the client market, Intel's lack of PCIe 4.0 support is too hard to ignore for many high-performance applications, like in supercomputing and HPC. Those systems will be obsolete long before their expected shelf life of five years due to the now-bottlenecked interface. That's why we see AMD nearly running the table in HPC and supercomputer wins. All this means we can expect some drastic price adjustments to Intel's forthcoming server chips, too.
Quote:Update: Dean McCarron at Mercury Research shared updated numbers for AMD's total market share of the x86 market, which we've added to the relevant section. McCarron also provided some commentary on the report, which we also added to the total market share section.
Quote:Today AMD announced that its belated $749 Ryzen 9 3950X will barrel into the desktop PC market on November 25 with 16-cores and 32-threads for mainstream platforms. The company also dished fine-grained details, like cooling and motherboard requirements, for the new processors.
The 3950X drops into the standard AM4 socket on X570, X470, and B450 motherboards, though it would be wise to assure the motherboard has adequate power circuitry. AMD says that the Ryzen 9 3950X has only been validated for its new AGESA, which motherboard vendors are rolling out for existing motherboards (via a firmware update) over the course of this month. AMD strongly recommends that all users migrate to the new motherboard firmware revisions.

The new firmwares include many of the fixes we've seen for AMD's boost clock algorithms, along with even more refinements that reportedly include faster boot times. This new BIOS also unifies all the Ryzen models under the same codebase, so there won't be any more split support for some older models.
Quote:Today AMD announced that it had formed a partnership with Tencent, the largest Chinese data center operator, and said it would provide Tencent with Epyc Rome CPUs for Tencent's new "Star Lake server platform" (no relation to Intel). This is yet another win for AMD after winning several supercomputers, and companies that haven't already invested into AMD's server CPUs are certainly looking into it.
Rome's ability to handle basically all of Tencent's needs is a big victory. The company hosts China's most expansive data center with 1.1 million servers and continues to deploy more.

Tencent didn't share any figures for the number of chips it will deploy, but AMD will likely at least be Tencent's provider for future server deployments, and perhaps Tencent will even replace some of its existing servers with its Star Lake servers. It certainly cannot be understated how impressive the adoption of Rome has been, especially given the sluggishness of large data centers to adopt new architectures.
Quote:Bloomberg named AMD CEO Lisa Su one of its "Bloomberg 50" today. While that sounds like a list of the people most likely to be modified clones of Michael Bloomberg, it's actually supposed to honor "the people who defined 2019" across a variety of vital sectors, "from finance to fashion and technology to trade."
Quote:Dell has already had some products based on AMD designs, but most of the company's lineups, irrespective of market, are based on Intel platforms. That they are considering AMD is obvious; all other makers are surely doing that, especially considering the overall value proposition from AMD CPUs. Dell CFO Tom Sweet, for one, told yahoo Finance that they are "Evaluating AMD" as a partner, and that they expect Intel's shortages to only by fixed by the second half of 2020. Should AMD be able to entrench themselves as a viable alternative (which they already are; but companies do take their business relations seriously, and they would do so even more when it comes to Intel), then they could carve themselves a space that would then be difficult for Intel to recover. or, of course, this news may serve only as a way for Dell and other manufacturers to put some pressure on Intel to achieve better materials acquisition deals - Intel is bound to be eager not to let AMD penetrate the market as much as their chips deserve to.
Quote:AMD announced its fourth quarter 2019 and full-year earnings results today, with top-line numbers including record quarterly revenue of $2.13 billion, a 50% gain over the prior quarter. AMD also notched a record $6.73 billion in revenue in 2019, a 4% increase over the prior year.

AMD CEO Lisa Su announced during the earnings call that the company will introduce its next-gen RDNA architecture in 2020, saying, "In 2019 we launched our new architecture in GPUs, it’s the RDNA architecture, and that was [in] the Navi-based products. You should expect those will be refreshed in 2020, and we will have our new next-generation RDNA architecture that will be part our 2020 lineup."

Su didn't share many details of the new graphics cards, but said the company would announce more details at its Investor Day on March 5, 2020. Su also said we can expect new data center GPUs in the second half of 2020, too.
AMD also made solid progress on the margin front as it enhances its profitability. Gross margins increased from 38% in 2018 to 43% in 2019, including a record 45% margin for the fourth quarter. AMD generated $170 million in profits during the quarter, a sharp increase over $45 million a year ago, and a total of $341 million during 2019.

AMD also reduced its debt by 50% during 2019 and has $1.5 billion in net cash on hand, the highest since 2016. That's a massive change from its $4.5 billion in debt ten years ago.

For 2020, AMD projects a 45% gross margin and a 30% increase in revenue. AMD said that, removing its semi-custom products from the mix, its other businesses grew over 20% during 2019 (including EPYC), and the company expects the same trend for 2020.
Quote:Market intelligence firm Mercury Research published its findings on the x86 processor market towards the end of 2019, in which AMD has posted growth in all segments (not counting IoT or semi-custom). AMD held 18.3 percent of the desktop x86 processor market, according to the report. a 5-year high. The company's EPYC line of server processors face a more uphill battle against enterprises' entrenched brand loyalties to Intel. The company holds 4.5 percent of the server processor market, but growing 0.2 percent points versus the previous quarter, and 1.4 percentage points vs. the previous year. The last time AMD held such a market share in the server x86 processor market was in Q3-2013.

AMD's mobile processor market share may come as a surprise to some. According to Mercury Research, the company holds 16.2 percent of the mobile x86 processor market, which is almost as much as its desktop market. This is probably propelled by the popularity of AMD APUs and low-power CPUs in the cost-effective notebook market segments. AMD is now eyeing higher market segments with its Ryzen 4000 "Renoir" processors that make landfall this year. AMD is growing faster in the mobile space than desktop, with 1.5 percentage points growth in just Q4, and 4 percentage points year-over-year. AMD's mobile market share was this high back in Q2-2013. Mercury Research pins AMD's overall hold over the x86 market at 15.5%, averaged on all segments, minus semi-custom and IoT.
Quote:Although Apple offers Radeon graphics cards in its Macs, the company has yet to use AMD's processors. However, multiple lines of code reported by hardware leaker @_rogame as being from the latest macOS Catalina 10.15.4 operating system (OS) beta suggest that Apple might shift over to AMD chips in the future.

There's no evidence that Apple will completely ditch Intel for AMD. However, if the lines of code are real, the inclusion of AMD processors in Apple's OS implies that the U.S. tech giant is open to the possibility of offering its products with AMD processors. It's also possible that Apple is already testing AMD's offerings at this moment.

The code inside macOS Catalina 10.15.4 beta references several AMD APU codenames, including Raven, Picasso and Renoir. There is even mention of Van Gogh, the rumored codename for AMD's upcoming APU.
Other bits of code refer to a plethora of unreleased AMD Navi silicon, including Navi 12, Navi 21, Navi 22 and Navi 23, that also previously appeared in a Linux driver. The latter three are rumored to feature the new RDNA 2.0 architecture and TSMC's enhanced 7nm+ node. It's not hard to imagine Apple jumping on the Navi bandwagon, considering AMD Polaris and Vega-powered graphics cards are commonly found inside Apple products.
Quote:Google Cloud users now have new virtual machines to experiment with. The company today announced that its N2D VMs, which are built upon second-gen AMD Epyc processors, are now available as a public beta in certain regions.
The message is clear: AMD isn't just hoping to lure consumers away from Intel. It's going for data center customers, too, and powering the latest VMs from Google Cloud is a pretty damn good way to demonstrate how competitive its chips are.

Google Cloud said the N2D VMs are now available to customers in the us-central1, asia-southeast1 and europe-west4 regions as a public beta. The company said there are "more regions on the way!" but didn't offer additional details about its plans.
Quote:AMD has scored yet another design win for usage of its high-performance EPYC processors in the Cray Shasta supercomputer. The Cray Shasta will be deployed in the US Navy's Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) as part of the High Performance Computing Modernization Program. The peak theoretical computing capability of 12.8 PetaFLOPS, or 12.8 quadrillion floating point operations per second supercomputer will be built with 290,304 AMD EPYC (Rome) processor cores and 112 NVIDIA Volta V100 General-Purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs). The system will also feature 590 total terabytes (TB) of memory and 14 petabytes (PB) of usable storage, including 1 PB of NVMe-based solid state storage. Cray's Slingshot network will make sure all those components talk to each other at a rate of 200 Gigabits per second.
Quote:Ever since AMD launched third-generation Ryzen back in July, there’s been evidence that the company’s CPUs were selling extremely well in the PC component channel. One company, European retailer Mindfactory, has released regular data dumps with retail sales comparisons showing AMD spiking to 80-82 percent market share. Now, leaked information suggests the trend has continued into February, which aligns well with overall Newegg and Amazon data.
Overall, AMD continues to perform extremely well in the desktop retail market. Eight of the top 10 best-selling CPUs at Amazon and seven out of 10 at Newegg are AMD. AMD currently holds about 15 percent of the overall PC market. Desktop is its strongest space; Mercury Research reported AMD’s market share as 17.7 percent as of Q4 2019. The reason stellar performances at Mindfactory aren’t translating into faster market share gain is that the retail CPU channel is only a fraction of the desktop market. Notebooks are also a much larger percentage of total PC shipments per year than desktops.
Quote:AMD scored another big win today with the announcement that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected its next-next-gen EPYC Genoa processors with the Zen 4 architecture and Radeon GPUs to power the $600 million EL Capitan, a two-exaflop system that will be faster than the top 200 supercomputers in service today, combined.

AMD beat out both Intel and Nvidia for the contract, making this AMD's second win for an exascale system with the DOE (details on Frontier here). Meanwhile, Intel previously won the contract for the DOE's third (and only remaining) exascale supercomputer, Aurora.

Many analysts had contended that the DOE would offer the El Capitan contract to Nvidia, so today's announcement marks another loss for Nvidia, which currently isn't participating in any known exascale-class supercomputer project. That's particularly interesting because Nvidia GPUs currently dominate the Top 500 supercomputers and are the leading solution for GPU-accelerated compute in the data center.
Quote:Amidst the turbulent waters of the coronavirus pandemic, AMD posted record first-quarter 2020 revenue as the company raked in $1.79B in revenue, a 40% year-over-year increase, but 16% decline from the prior quarter. The company posted record notebook chip sales driven by the new Ryzen 4000 series processors, a key growth segment that comprises more than two-thirds of the addressable consumer market.

AMD also says it remains on track for the Zen 3 and RDNA 2 GPUs in late 2020, with the latter offering a 50% performance-per-watt increase over current-gen AMD GPUs. AMD Lisa Su also said the company had gained more share in the desktop PC market for the tenth straight quarter.
Gotta say I'm loving the AMD chipset controversy that's playing out right now.  Their idiot marketers are incapable of learning and as GN says AMD richly deserves the trouble they are in right now due to them "flinging feces at their competition at every opportunity" instead of talking about their own products and properly supporting them.

You reap what you sow in this world, what goes around comes around, and karma is a bitch.  Simple concepts that AMD and their brain dead fanboi army have never, ever been able to understand.
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Quote:AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su has won plenty of accolades over the last several years as she has led her company from the edge of bankruptcy to the top performer on the S&P 500 in both 2018 and 2019. Still, she has apparently also racked up plenty of success on a more personal front: Lisa Su is the first woman to lead the AP's CEO pay analysis for the S&P 500, beating out all other CEOs with her healthy $58.5 million compensation in 2019. That's incredibly impressive given that women CEOs lead only 5% of companies on the S&P 500.

There are a few caveats to the achievement; to negate the impact of signing bonuses, AP's CEO pay list doesn't include executives that have served fewer than two fiscal years at their respective companies. But that doesn't take the shine off of Su's compensation, which also includes stock awards, bonuses, and other compensation. For perspective, the second-highest-paid CEO on the list, David Zaslav of Discovery, took home $45.8 million in pay. In contrast, the second-ranked woman, Marillyn A. Hewson of Lockheed Martin, took home a 'mere' $24.4 million.
Quote:According to research from John Peddie, AMD has shipped well over half a billion GPUs in 7 just years time, which is a tremendous accomplishment. This feat is partially thanks to the company's success with consoles, but also its Ryzen (and previous generation) APUs and Radeon discrete graphics cards.

Split across the different categories, AMD's discrete GPUs account for most sales at about 36 percent of its GPU shipments. APUs account for a total of 35 percent and the consoles account for 29 percent of shipments. Unsurprisingly, notebook APU shipments outnumber desktop APUs 2:1.

Of course, once we go by those metrics, it's easy to see how AMD reached the 553-million GPU mark in 2019.
Quote:AMD today announced that 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) C5a instances are now generally available in the AWS U.S. East, AWS U.S. West, AWS Europe and AWS Asia Pacific regions.

Powered by a 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor running at frequencies up to 3.3Ghz, the Amazon EC2 C5a instances are the sixth instance family at AWS powered by AMD EPYC processors. By using the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor, the C5a instance delivers leadership x86 price-performance for a broad set of compute-intensive workloads including batch processing, distributed analytics, data transformations, log analytics and web applications.
Quote:AMD has handily beaten its 2014 goal, known as "25x20," to make its mobile CPUs 25 times more energy efficient by the year 2020. The company says that the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H beat the company's baseline measurements by 31.7 times.

The company didn't release any specific results, but listed that the new testing performed on April 15 with the baseline chip, the AMD FX-7600P, as well as numerous processors since, including the AMD FX-8800P, AMD FX-9830P, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Ryzen 7 2800H, AMD Ryzen 7 3750H and AMD Ryzen 7 4800H.

The 25x20 goal was compared to Energy Star revision 6.1 and used 3DMark 2011 P-Score and Cinebench R15 nT.
Quote:Ever since AMD launched Ryzen, we’ve kept an occasional eye on how the company’s CPUs sell at retail. While the DIY retail market is only a fraction of the total PC space (the typical measure given is ~20 percent), it’s always been AMD’s strongest battleground. New numbers from MindFactory back that up, though Intel’s Core i7-10700K shows some encouraging signs of life.

According to TechEpiphany, MindFactory data continues to show a runaway success for AMD. Keep in mind that MindFactory is one storefront in Europe, and that adoption rates of Intel versus AMD sometimes vary from country to country. Germany is a favorable market for the company, thanks to AMD’s historic presence in Dresden.
Intel isn’t going to be unhappy about having higher ASPs (average selling price) than AMD, but higher ASP’s aren’t worth much if you aren’t selling enough volume to make up the difference. Intel has repeatedly adjusted its pricing over the last three years — less with straight price cuts, and more often by introducing new chips at better pricing — but it clearly isn’t enough to counter AMD’s performance in the DIY retail space. Given that Intel still earns the lion’s share of revenue in the PC industry, this may or may not trouble anyone at company headquarters.

The last thing I’ll say about these results is that they suggest Intel’s messaging on being best-in-gaming is having an effect. I don’t think it’s an accident that the two CPUs selling the best are two of Intel’s best-positioned gaming CPUs. The 9700K wasn’t nearly as fast as some of its competitors when new, but it turned in top-notch gaming results. The gap between AMD and Intel has narrowed to virtually nothing, but for those who want every last millisecond of frame time, Intel still has an advantage in some titles.
Quote:Linus Torvalds, the founding father of Linux, is officially a member of Team Red. Torvalds announced the Linux Kernel 5.7 RC7 yesterday and also mentioned an exciting upgrade to his desktop PC.

Changes in life are hard to accept, especially when you've used the same brand of processor for 15 years. However, that didn't prevent Torvarlds from switching from his Intel processor to AMD's core-heavy Ryzen Threadripper 3970X. The creator of Linux didn't mention what processor he used previously, but his 'allmodconfig' test systems now rock 32 cores of Zen 2 firepower.
In comparison to his previous (undisclosed) Intel processor, Trovalds says the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X represents a night and day upgrade and runs up to three times faster. Although he did admit that he won't take advantage of the full processing power right away, he expects the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X's prowess to come in handy during the next merge window.

AMD does offer more cores than Intel on all fronts, so Torvalds' transition to Team Red seems like a no-brainer. However, it did come as a surprise that the Linux guru would stop at 32 cores when AMD offers up to 64 cores in form of the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. Regardless, we're just happy that Torvalds is enjoying his new system, and AMD probably couldn't be happier to show off the fact that the most high-profile figure in the Linux world is using one of its chips.

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