Intel Core i9-10980XE: 5 GHz on 18 cores

With Intel’s 10 nm products not yet being ready for the desktop market, they’ve had to get creative with their product releases. In a third processor update for the X299 platform they present us with Cascade Lake-X. It arrives with promises of increased performance through frequency bumps, courtesy of another advancement in 14 nm process technology.

AMD Threadripper 3000: 30% faster at 30% lower power

After releasing Zen 2 for mainstream desktop as Ryzen 3000 and for server as EPYC 7002, AMD is following up with a 7 nm update to the Threadripper platform. While desktop users are mostly concerned with performance over power, improvements to energy efficiency usually allows for higher overall performance. The release of second generation Threadripper processors in 2018 increased the peak core count from 16 to 32 resulting in escalated power consumption. This article takes a look at how Zen 2’s improved energy efficiency translates to raw performance for high-end desktops.

Ryzen 9 3950X Cinebench R15 - Single benchmark

A look at the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Since it was first discovered the latest product line of AMD mainstream desktop processors would be configured with up to two CCD (Core Complex Dies) there has been anticipation for a 16-core model. With the release of the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, the highest available core count in this segment has doubled in the past…

AMD Ryzen 3000 Investigated

This is an investigation of AMD Ryzen 3000 with the aim to highlight changes to memory and fabric behavior on Zen 2 (Matisse). As you’ve probably seen, Ryzen 3000 is capable of much higher memory speeds than previous generations. The main reason for this is added circuitry on-chip that allows running the memory clock (MCLK)…

P80DB1L LPC Port 80 Debug Card

The P80DB1L card allows you to display motherboard debug information, even if there‚Äôs no such display on your motherboard. It uses an Altera/Intel Max V CPLD which decodes data sent to port 80 on the LPC bus, which is accessible on many motherboards using the TPM header. Pinouts of the card, cables and standard headers…