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AMD launches Ryzen 5000 desktop processors with major generational improvements

Available on November 5

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AMD recently took the wraps off its Ryzen 5000 desktop processors. The new processors tout improvements across the board, from improved performance-per-watt to increased instructions-per-clock.

The processors are still using the same 7nm node used in the Ryzen 3000 CPUs. However, as compared to the previous CPUs, Ryzen 5000 boasts a new design that further reduces latency and gives cores more access to the L3 cache. Improvements in design also translate to 24% more performance-per-watt for the new Ryzen processors compared to its predecessor.

Gamers will really benefit from these improvements with AMD touting a 19% generational increase in instructions-per-clock on Ryzen 5000 processors. The company says that it is their largest increase yet since the introduction of Zen processors.

Now, there are no Ryzen 4000 desktop processors since AMD wants to streamline its processor offerings. Ryzen 4000 mobile processors — the one used on laptops — use Zen 2 architecture while Ryzen 5000 desktop processors use Zen 3. As such, the naming also signifies generational improvements across architecture and performance.

Headlining the Ryzen 5000 processors is the top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5950X. It comes with 16 cores and 32 threads, having a base frequency of 3.4GHz, and a boost frequency of 4.9GHz. Meanwhile, its total cache is 72MB while its TDP is rated at 105W.

Then, there’s the rest of the lineup. AMD Ryzen 9 5900X has 12 cores, 24 threads, and a base frequency of 3.7GHz with a boost frequency of up to 4.8GHz. Its total cache is at 70MB, and its TDP maxes out at 105W. For this processor, the company touts 7% faster 1080P gaming than its closest competitor, Intel Core i9-10900K.

There’s also the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X which is an 8-core, 16-thread CPU with a base frequency of 3.8GHz and goes up to 4.7GHz. The TDP is the same with other higher-end processors, clocking in at 105W. Meanwhile, its total cache maxes out at 36MB.

Finally, there’s the Ryzen 5 5600X. It is a 6-core, 12-thread CPU with a base frequency of 3.7GHz and maxes out at 4.6GHz. The total cache is 35MB. Its TDP is significantly lower than the three,  coming in at 65W.

Pricing and availability

All Ryzen 5000 processors are will be available to order on November 5. The top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5900X starts at US$ 799. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 9 5900X will retail at US$ 549. The Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 5 5600X will come at a much affordable price of US$ 449 and US$ 249, respectively.

It’s worth noting that AMD will also launch the AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPUs sometime before the Ryzen 5000 processors hit the shelves. These GPUs are expected to use RDNA 2 GPU architecture, which is the one used for Xbox Series X and Sony Playstation 5. An October 28 announcement is already set in stone for the Radeon GPUs.

Source: Niche Gamer and Neowin

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Lenovo unveils new Eyesafe-certified ThinkVision monitors

For those who wish to manage their screen time while working

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For those working from home, you often find yourselves glued to your screens for more than eight hours a day. Whether it’s your work laptop or your phone, you proceed to work on your tasks or scroll through social media through a screen. Of course, if you do it for too long, it has the potential to damage your eyesight in the long run. Now, Lenovo unveiled a new set of displays that might just help you address that.

The company has launched its latest ThinkVision monitors that are now Eyesafe-certified. In essence, both monitors come with technologies designed to ease off the harmful blue light emitted from the display. Furthermore, they received a TUV Rheinland Eye Comfort certification to ensure maximum eye comfort and protection.

Also, these two monitors — the ThinkVision T24i-2L and ThinkVision T27h-2L — come with color accurate displays and phone holders on the base.

For the ThinkVision T24i-2L, it comes with a 24-inch FHD display with flexible connectivity options for all kinds of devices. Meanwhile, the ThinkVision T27h-AL comes with a 27-inch QHD display for a much larger workspace.

These monitors are now available for the price of PhP 8,850 (ThinkVision T24i-2L) and PhP 15,499 (ThinkVision T27h-2L). You will find these through Lenovo’s authorized partner sellers.

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All new iMac with M1 chip, 4.5K Retina display now official

Long overdue update!

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The iMac has remained largely untouched for what felt like forever. Now, the curse appears to have been lifted as Apple finally introduces the new iMac that’s powered by the M1 chip and has a 4.5K Retina display.

What’s up with the M1 chip?

Well, it’s only Apple’s latest and greatest chip for their MacOS machines. It brings forth a leap in power, performance, and efficiency previously unheard of in MacBooks and iMacs of the past. Some performance improvements include a faster more fluid overall feel, no slowdown despite opening hundreds of tabs on Safari, smoother image editing, and a better Apple Arcade experience.

For a full breakdown of the performance improvement, watch this M1 MacBook Air review.

That display tho

24 inches. 4.5K Retina. 11.3 million pixels. P3 wide color gamut and over a billion colors. 500 nits of brightness. Put them all together and what you get is a computer display that will be a blessing to your eyes.

Apple is promising vivid and brilliant images with a color temperature that adjusts to your environment thanks to True Tone tech. Sweet.

OMG those colors

This one’s a nice callback to the iMacs of old that didn’t shy away from a splash of color. From a singular choice of Silver (which is still available, by the way), Apple is now also giving us the following color options: Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Blue.

Could a PRODUCT (RED) option be in the horizon? We don’t know yet, but we also wouldn’t completely rule it out.

Cameras, mics, and speakers

You’ll likely attend a few more video conferences as we navigate this new normal setup most of us are in. You’ll be happy to know that the all new iMac now has a 1080p FaceTime HD Camera. FINALLY.

Supporting the brand spanking new HD camera is what Apple claims to be a studio-quality three-microphone array and six-speaker sound system with Dolby Atmos.

What else is here?

You get two Thunderbolt ports for fast data transfers and support for up to 6K displays. The 8-core iMac models have two more USB-C ports.

TouchID also comes to the iMac with the color-matching Magic Keyboard. The Magic Mouse and Magic TrackPad are also available in colors that match the iMac. You can also buy more than one and mix the colors up. You do you.

Price and availability

The new 24-inch iMac is available to order beginning Friday, April 30. It will begin arriving to customers and be available in select Apple Store locations and through Apple Authorized Resellers beginning in the second half of May.

Available on apple.com, apple.com/sg, and in the Apple Store app

iMac with 7-core GPU is available in green, pink, blue, and silver. It features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Mouse.

  • US: Starts at US$ 1,299 and US$1,249 for education
  • Singapore: Starts at SG$ 1,849 and SG$ 1,779 for education

iMac with 8-core GPU is available in green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver. It features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, two additional USB 3 ports, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Magic Mouse, and Ethernet.

  • US: Starts at US$ 1,499 and US$1,399 for education
  • Singapore: Starts at SG$ 2,149 and SG$ 2,009 for education
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The global chip shortage could last till 2023

Put your plans for a PC build on hold!

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The Coronavirus pandemic prompted everybody to leave the “normal” behind and adopt a completely new lifestyle. With everyone moving to the work-from-home model, the demand for new computers, phones, and other gadgets skyrocketed, bringing another crisis to our doorstep — global chip shortage.

The world’s largest chipmaker TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), announced its quarterly results this week, posting a profit of almost US$ 5 billion. This marks a 19 percent rise in profit when compared to the previous quarter. The announcement is good news for the investors, but it also highlights how long the shortage will continue.

TSMC CEO C.C. Wei said that the company hopes to offer more capacity and meet the demand by 2023. That’s two years away. And that’s after gearing up to spend a whopping US$ 100 billion in the next three years to ramp up production.

American chipmaker Intel has been plagued with production issues for the last few years and recently disclosed that it would spend US$ 20 billion to set up two new facilities in Arizona, US. However, these production sites take time to come up and can’t be just switched on in a few months.

Things aren’t looking good

Even Nvidia isn’t very optimistic about a recovery from the chip shortage anytime soon. “Overall demand remains very strong and continues to exceed supply while our channel inventories remain quite lean,” the company said in its press release. “We expect demand to continue to exceed supply for much of this year.”

Nvidia also has a brand new challenge — the demand for GPUs has skyrocketed ever since Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies started their bullish run in 2020. Cryptocurrency evangelists are constantly on the lookout for new gear, further amplifying the chip shortage.

The current state of component availability looks grim, affecting everything from the availability of new graphics cards to processors to next-gen PlayStations and Xboxes. The ripple effects of the shortage are being felt by every technology company, including giants like Apple.

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