Amidst the current world pandemic, the world still moves forward. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made the world come to a standstill, quite literally. Most of the world is currently practicing social distancing and any non-essential work has been deemed too hazardous. Many large cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Seattle were hit the hardest in the beginning of the spread of the Coronavirus which led to large scale lockdowns of the cities.
Only non-essential work and workers can commute for work making the cities seem like ghost towns. We here at VRLA Tech have taken the necessary precautions to keep social distancing while continuing to process your orders.
Combating Coronavirus with Technology by AMD and Intel
In response to COVID-19, large companies like Intel and AMD are aiding research. Intel has committed $50 million with pandemic response technology initiative. AMD donated $15 million worth of EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct Accelerators to aid COVID-19 research.
Video Game companies have also joined the fight against Coronavirus. The #PlayApartTogether has been popping up to encourage gamers to stay home and stay safe. Video games are an excellent way to practice social distancing especially with multiplayer and massive multiplayer games.
Another way PC gamers have helped the fight against COVID-19 is folding@home distributed computing. Gamers utilized their unused computational power on their gaming PC’s to run protein folding. This unintentionally created the world’s fastest supercomputer and bottlenecked the system. The folding@home team had reconfigured their servers to reassign folding jobs because they were being completed very quickly.
AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Supported on B450 Motherboards
The next generation of AMD processors, the Ryzen 4000 series chips are going to be compatible with B450 motherboards. The Ryzen 4000 “Vermeer” CPUs based on the new Zen 3 core will launch late 2020. According to a Reddit thread posted by XMG, a well known laptop manufacturer, posted a thread about its new gaming laptop. XMG are known for stuffing a Ryzen 3950X 16 Core processor in a 15 inch laptop. The thread introduces XMG’s new Apex 15 Laptop and its specifications state that “The AM4 socket and B450 chipset are confirmed to be able to support future AMD Ryzen 4000 Desktop CPUs.”
The XMG post states that Ryzen 4000 series CPUs will be supported on the B450 chipset with microcode updates that AMD will send to OEMs. This is great news for anyone with a B450 chipset motherboard, with some motherboards supporting four generations of Ryzen processors.
AMD B550 Motherboards Release Date and PCIe 4.0 Support
In other AMD news, B550 motherboards are reportedly coming June 16th with an announcement on May 21st. The new motherboards bring PCIe 4.0 support to mainstream motherboards after a year since Ryzen 3000 series CPU’s and X570 motherboards were released. The X570 motherboards are top tier and expensive, the B550 will be more cost effective with similar or cut down features.
The B450 chipset of motherboards are excellent budget gaming motherboards with features like overclocking still available for a budget gaming build. The B550 motherboards will bring the same feature set with PCIe 4.0.
Intel Comet Lake-S Launching on May 27th with Core i9 10900K as Flagship
Intel will be announcing the arrival of its 10th Gen Core Series desktop CPUs on April 30th. The official launch is expected to be on May 27th, a month after the announcement. The flagship i9 10900K will feature 10 Cores, 20MB total cache, 125W TDP, and up to 5.1GHz boost frequency. The next Gen Intel processors are definitely in response to AMD Ryzen 3000 series.
There have been leaks of benchmark performance rivaling AMD processors with 10th Gen processors. A twitter user TUM_APISAK posted Geekbench V4 benchmarks of several 10th Gen processors. The results show the 8 Core i7 10700K and 6 Core i5 10600K with similar performance to the Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 5 3600X respectively.
Intel i7 10700K and i5 10600K Benchmarks Leaked!
The 10700K and 10600K outperform the AMD CPUs on single threaded tasks and are on par on multithreaded performance. Intel has always been faster in the single threaded workloads and with boost frequencies above 5GHz it’s no surprise.
The race for fastest CPU is not as cut and dry as it seems, both the Intel and AMD chips feature the same amount of Cores but Intel is still using a 14nm process while AMD is on 7nm.The Intel chips are able to feature higher clock speeds at the cost of power efficiency.
Twitter TUM_APISAK: https://twitter.com/TUM_APISAK/status/1251357605877870592
Intel Z490 Motherboards Leaked!
The leaks don’t stop at the CPUs, a few motherboard manufacturers have leaked their upcoming Z490 chipset motherboards ahead of the official release date. Videocardz.com was able to catch the leaked images of ASUS and MSI Z490 motherboards with some specs. The 10th Gen boards will have a new socket LGA 1200, Wifi 6 support, and more M.2 slots. Full specs of these motherboards have not been released yet but from what was leaked, they look very similar to the Z390 chipset.