Gaming

Arctic Cooling Introduces AMD Threadripper-Ready All-In-One Coolers

Those of you planning on upgrading to one of AMD’s upcoming Threadripper processors will be happy to know that Arctic Cooling has updated its line of all-in-one coolers to be compatible with the TR4 socket. The Liquid Freezer line of coolers all share the same the 12v water pump equipped with a micro skived fin copper cold plate and are available in 360mm, 240mm, and 120mm sizes. Although the radiators all share the same basic high fin count aluminum construction, each varies…

Hardware

AMD Launches 7th Generation A-Series And Athlon Processors To Retail

AMD originally detailed its 7th Generation Bristol Ridge A-Series APUs and Athlon processors during Computex 2016. The OEM and system integrator launch followed in September 2016 and was most noteworthy for heralding the first details of the AM4 socket and B350/A350 chipsets. HP, Lenovo, and a number of system integrators soldiered on with systems in the interim. Unfortunately, AMD never specified a launch date or pricing for the PIB (Product In Box) units that you could buy at retail. That…

Hardware

AMD Opens Up Wraith Max Cooler To Retail For $59

AMD announced that it is offering the Wraith Max cooler on the retail market for $59 with availability beginning today. The cooler snaps onto AM4, AM3+, and FM2 motherboards. Previously, the Wraith Max was only available as a bundled cooler with some Ryzen SKUs, but due to popular demand, AMD opened it up to the retail market. The 140W cooler provides plenty of cooling capacity for Ryzen overclocking adventures. You can customize the color of the RGB ring with Asus…

Hardware

Exclusive Threadripper Socket TR4 Schematics, Cooler Compatibility

AMD's 4,094-pin socket, which is paired with the X399 chipset for Threadripper, is massive by any measure. AMD christened it as Socket TR4 (SP3r2) for consumer motherboards and Socket SP3 for EPYC servers. The physical dimensions of both LGA (Land Grid Array) sockets are identical. In either case, Socket TR4 far outweighs Intel's 2,066-pin socket for the X-Series platform, which has the natural side effect of a much larger heatspreader on the Threadripper processors. That presents challenges for cooler vendors,…

Hardware

You Can Pre-Order Boutique Systems With AMD’s Threadripper Inside

AMD’s upcoming Ryzen Threadripper high-performance desktop platform is just around the corner, and boutique system builders are gearing up to take your orders. AMD revealed a list of authorized partners that can now accept your Ryzen Threadripper pre-orders. AMD is doing everything in its power to shake up the CPU industry this year. At the tail end of the first quarter, the company released the first of a series of Ryzen processor lines. It started with the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen…

Hardware

AMD plans to conquer virtual reality

AMD's Raja Koduri is a soft-spoken and mild-mannered man, but bring up the topic of virtual reality, and he's unstoppable. As AMD's graphics chief, he's at the center of developing cutting-edge technology so VR headsets provide life-like visuals in virtual worlds. He's now driving AMD's aggressive plan to provide underlying technology to turn VR headsets from a niche into a mainstream product. Koduri's plan entails providing technology to make VR headsets lighter while making visuals more realistic. Another goal is…

Technology

AMD tweaks desktop CPU lineup, teases future Zen-compatible AM4 platform

With AMD’s much-discussed Zen processor now pushed back to 2017, there’s been some question as to what the company would do for a 2016 CPU lineup. On the GPU side, we already know that there are new graphics solutions coming to market by themiddle of the year. What’s happening on CPUs? AMD is kicking off the year with three new chip launches — the A10-7860K, the A6-7470K, and the AMD Athlon X4 845. Two of the three are minor tweaks…

Technology

AMD CEO just laid out the company’s two-year roadmap

AMD’s roadmaps are a perpetual source of discussion amongst enthusiasts, analysts, and company fans. Much of the discussion is often stoked by rumor or flatly made-up slides. This week, AMD CEO Rory Read gave a presentation for Deutsche Bank — and in the process, laid out the company’s roadmap over the next several years. Enthusiasts barking up the wrong tree Before diving into Read’s remarks, I think it’s important to address the fundamental difference between how a lot of AMD’s…