Predictions for AMD 2018

– Ryzen 3 2420x – 3.4Ghz/3.8Ghz Boost, 4 Cores No SMT – Price: $99 – Sept.
– Ryzen 3 2430x – 3.9Ghz/4.1Ghz Boost, 4 Cores No SMT – Price $129 – Sept.
– Ryzen 3 2550x – 3.6Ghz/3.9Ghz Boost, 4 Cores / 8 Threads – Price $149 – Aug.
– Ryzen 3 2570x – 4.0Ghz/4.2Ghz Boost, 4 Cores / 8 Threads – Price $179 – Aug            – Ryzen 3 2590x – 4.3Ghz/4.6Ghz Boost, 4 Cores / 8 Threads – Price $199 – Aug

– Ryzen 5 2630x – 3.5Ghz/3.9Ghz Boost, 6 Cores/ No SMT – Price $209 – May
– Ryzen 5 2650x – 3.8Ghz/4.0Ghz Boost, 6 Cores/ 12 Threads – Price $239 – April
– Ryzen 5 2670x – 4.2Ghz/4.4Ghz Boost, 6 Cores/ 12 Threads – Price $279 – April
– Ryzen 5 2690x – 4.4Ghz/4.7Ghz Boost, 6 Cores/ 12 Threads – Price $329 – April

– Ryzen 7 2730x – 3.5Ghz/4.0Ghz Boost, 8 Cores/ No SMT – Price $379 – March
– Ryzen 7 2750x – 3.6Ghz/4.1Ghz Boost, 8 Cores/ 16 Threads – Price $459 – Feb
– Ryzen 7 2770x – 4.0Ghz/4.3Ghz Boost, 8 Cores/ 16 Threads – Price $529 – Feb
– Ryzen 7 2790x – 4.4Ghz/4.8Ghz Boost, 8 Cores/ 16 Threads – Price $599 – Jan

– Ryzen TR 2930x – 4.0Ghz/4.5Ghz Boost, 10 Cores/ 20 Threads – Price $699 – July
– Ryzen TR 2950x – 3.8Ghz/4.2Ghz Boost, 12 Cores/ 24 Threads – Price $849 – July
– Ryzen TR 2970x – 3.7Ghz/4.1Ghz Boost, 16 Cores/ 32 Threads – Price $999 – July
– Ryzen TR 2990x – 3.6Ghz/4.0Ghz Boost, 24 Cores/ 48 Threads – Price $1499 – June


– Radeon RX-Vega 224 – 1792 Stream Processors, 1720Mhz Base/1850 Boost, 128 Texture Units, 6GB GDDR6, 192-Bit – $179 – Oct

 – Radeon RX-Vega 232 – 2048 Stream Processors, 1602Mhz Base/1780 Boost, 128 Texture Units, 6GB GDDR6, 192-Bit – $249 – Aug

 – Radeon RX-Vega 240 – 2560 Stream Processors, 1633Mhz Base/1760 Boost, 160 Texture Units, 8GB GDDR6, 256-Bit – $329 – Feb

 – Radeon RX-Vega 248 – 3072 Stream Processors, 1790Mhz Base/1870 Boost, 192 Texture Units, 8GB GDDR6, 384-Bit – $449 – March

– Radeon RX-Vega 256 – 3584 Stream Processors, 1800Mhz Base/1902 Boost, 224 Texture Units, 8GB HBM2, 2048-Bit – $599 – June

– Radeon RX-Vega 264 – 4096 Stream Processors, 1850Mhz Base/2010 Boost, 256 Texture Units, 16GB HBM2, 2048-Bit – $799 – June

Notes on Differences from Ryzen 1xxx series

XFR(eXtended Frequency Range) is supposed to be more gradual and consistent with the new processors. If temperatures allow XFR will add up to 300mhz on top of boost with gradations of 25mhz.

Where as the original Ryzen would typically clock between base and boost, the next Ryzen chips will run at max boost if temperatures would allow. Reportedly, a high end air cooler or AIO would be enough to allow it to run at max boost, while a liquid-nitrogen set up would allow it to maintain max XFR.

IPC improvements in general are going to be 7%-10% depending on the application.

Overclocking will be much improved. The 2790x can hit about 5.2Ghz under a custom loop and 7Ghz under liquid nitrogen.

New x470 and B460 boards will be able to run the memory speed independent from the Infinity Fabric. It will be an option on the new motherboards but not available on current x370 or B350. Officially supported memory will be 3200mhz, with capability to OC to 4600mhz.

The new processors will be able to be installed on B350 and x370 boards with the proper BIOS update. Memory will still be tied to the Infiinity Fabric and memory limitations will be similar as with Ryzen 1xxx series. Performance of the new chips on the older boards are roughly 3%-7% behind the x470 and B460.

The Non-SMT R5 and R7 chips will be aimed as “Gamer Centered” and “Highly Overclockable” chips. 

Why the Micheal Flynn “Scandal” is a Mountain out of a Mole-Hill

As news broke that Michael Flynn would testify that Donald Trump ordered him to talk to the Russians during the transition phase between administrations, the left exploded with glee that actual evidence of “Russian collusion” was in sight and it could bring down Trump.

The reality turned out to be somewhat disappointing for them.

ABC News reported that Trump directed Flynn to speak with the Russians “initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria.”

In other words, Trump committed the grievous sin of attempting to work diplomatically with another super power to defeat Islamic terrorism.

This is hardly the damaging revelation Trump’s enemies had been hoping for.

“Sorry to be a party-pooper but if this is the extent of the “directive” Flynn received, it’s incredibly mundane,” commented journalist Michael Tracey.

As the National Review’s Andrew McCarthy points out, “There’s less to the news than meets the eye.”

“It remains unclear why the Obama Justice Department chose to investigate Flynn. There was nothing wrong with the incoming national-security adviser’s having meetings with foreign counterparts or discussing such matters as the sanctions in those meetings. Plus, if the FBI had FISA recordings of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak, there was no need to ask Flynn what the conversations entailed,” he writes.

“Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians — initially to lay the groundwork for mutual efforts against ISIS in Syria. That, however, is exactly the sort of thing the incoming national-security adviser is supposed to do in a transition phase between administrations. If it were part of the basis for a “collusion” case arising out of Russia’s election meddling, then Flynn would not be pleading guilty to a process crime — he’d be pleading guilty to an espionage conspiracy.”

In other words, for Flynn’s behavior to be proof of “Russian collusion” that embroils Trump, he would have had to had access to a time machine given that he spoke with Kislyak after the election.

The notion that Trump colluded with Russia by asking Flynn to speak to Ambassador Kislyak is also ludicrous.

As the passage below highlights, hundreds of Congressman, Senators and members of the State Department have met with Kislyak since he became ambassador in 2008.

Talking to ambassadors is not a criminal offense, it’s a routine procedure for incoming administrations. Obama campaign officials responsible for the “reset policy” with Russia met with Russian officials back in 2008 before the election had even taken place.

The real reason Flynn was brought down on a technicality is because he made an enemy out of the deep state by directing exposing them for failing to fight ISIS and to some extent actually helping the spread of radical Islam.

As Mike Cernovich points out, “Flynn’s estimated prison sentence is 0 to 6 months and a $500 to $9,500 fine. Ignore the headlines and read the legal documents. This was a bullshit technicality they got General Flynn on.”

“The resistance” actually thinks this is going to bring down Trump, like they claimed literally every other hysterical non-reason would bring down Trump.

Watching their hopes dashed over and over again never stops being funny.

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