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Continuing our earnings season coverage for Q3’21, today we have the yin to Intel’s yang, AMD. The number-two x86 chip and discrete GPU maker has been enjoying explosive growth ever since AMD kicked off its renaissance of sorts a couple of years ago, and that trend has been continuing unabated – AMD is now pulling in more revenue in a single quarter than they did in all of 2016. Consequently, AMD has been setting various records for several quarters now, and their latest quarter is no exception, with AMD setting new high water marks for revenue and profitability. For the third quarter of 2021, AMD reported $4.3B in revenue, making a massive 54% jump over a year-ago quarter for AMD, when the company made just...

AMD Ryzen Pro 5000 Mobile: Zen 3 comes to Commercial Notebooks

Alongside every launch of AMD’s consumer processors, the commercial offerings for business come along a few months after. Today we see the commercial launch of the Ryzen 5000 Mobile...

18 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/16/2021

The Tour of Italy with EPYC Milan: Interview with AMD's Forrest Norrod

As AMD initiates the official global launch of its 3rd Generation EPYC enterprise processor family, codename Milan, we spend some time with AMD’s Forrest Norrod to discuss the new...

19 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/15/2021

AMD 3rd Gen EPYC Milan Review: A Peak vs Per Core Performance Balance

The arrival of AMD’s 3rd Generation EPYC processor family, using the new Zen 3 core, has been hotly anticipated. The promise of a new processor core microarchitecture, updates to...

120 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 3/15/2021

Rocket Lake Redux: 0x34 Microcode Offers Small Performance Gains on Core i7-11700K

One of the leading questions as to our original Core i7-11700K review was the validity of those results given that, as usual with launches, motherboard vendors push BIOS updates...

77 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/14/2021

Intel Ice Lake Xeon Scalable Shipments To Date: 30 Customers, 100k+ Units

We’re gearing up for a busy time when it comes to server announcements, with the recent news that AMD will be launching its next generation platform on March 15th...

30 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/9/2021

Intel to Build Silicon for Fully Homomorphic Encryption: This is Important

When considering data privacy and protections, there is no data more important than personal data, whether that’s medical, financial, or even social. The discussions around access to our data...

31 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/8/2021

AMD to Launch 3rd Generation EPYC on March 15th: Milan with Zen 3

We’ve known for a while that AMD was set to launch its next generation enterprise EPYC processor family, collectively known by its codename Milan, sometime in the first quarter...

18 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/8/2021

Intel Core i7-11700K Review: Blasting Off with Rocket Lake

The march on performance with desktop platforms has unique challenges compared to other platforms. Peak single thread throughput is often considered the Holy Grail, with a fast follow up...

541 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/5/2021

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro: Retail Offering Starts Today

Today AMD is officially going to start offering its Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors at retail, effectively ending the exclusivity deal with Lenovo on the product line. To date, Lenovo...

29 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/2/2021

The Intel Moonshot Division: An Interview with Dr. Richard Uhlig of Intel Labs

Some analysts consider Intel to be a processor company with manufacturing facilities – others consider it to be a manufacturing company that just happens to make processors. In the...

30 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/2/2021

Intel Discontinues Performance Tuning Protection Plan for Overclocking Warranties

After a 9-year run, Intel today has begun to wrap up its Performance Tuning Protection Plan service, the company’s optional extended warranty for CPU overclocking. As of today, Intel...

17 by Ryan Smith on 3/1/2021

Xbox Series X SoC: Power, Thermal, and Yield Tradeoffs

This week at ISSCC (International Solid State Circuits Conference), Microsoft presented a talk titled ‘Xbox Series X SoC: A Next Generation Gaming Console’, with hardware engineer Paul Paternoster presenting...

82 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 2/15/2021

64 Cores of Rendering Madness: The AMD Threadripper Pro 3995WX Review

Knowing your market is a key fundamental of product planning, marketing, and distribution. There’s no point creating a product with no market, or finding you have something amazing but...

125 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 2/9/2021

OnLogic’s New Fanless Systems Contain Intel's Elkhart Lake (10nm Atom)

Earlier this year Intel indicated that it was launching its new Jasper Lake platform very soon, built on a foundation of 10nm manufacturing with the latest Tremont Atom cores...

17 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 2/1/2021

AMD Reports Q4 2020 Earnings: Analyst Q&A Transcript

At the end of every financial call, invited financial analysts have an opportunity to probe the key members of the company on the numbers, as well as future products...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/26/2021

AMD Reports Q4/FY 2020 Earnings: Record Revenues Repeat

Needing no introduction, AMD this afternoon is the second of the PC chip titans to announce their earnings for the quarter and for the full 2020 calendar year. The...

17 by Ryan Smith on 1/26/2021

AMD's Ryzen 5000 Lucienne: Not Simply Rebranded Ryzen 4000 Renoir

AMD came in for some harsh criticism when it announced that its new Ryzen 5000 Mobile U-series processors would not all be using its latest core design. At the...

48 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/26/2021

AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS Cezanne Review: Ryzen 5000 Mobile Tested

Since AMD’s introduction of its newest Zen 3 core for desktop users, the implementation for notebooks and mobile users has been eagerly awaited. In a single generation, on the...

218 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/26/2021

Intel Reports Q4 2020 Earnings: Analyst Q&A Transcript

At the end of every financial call, invited financial analysts have an opportunity to probe the key members of the company on the numbers, as well as future products.

24 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/21/2021

Intel Reports Q4 2020 Earnings: 2020 Delivers A Profitable Pandemic

Earnings season is once more upon us, and once again leading the charge is Intel, who this afternoon reported their Q4’2020 and full-year 2020 financial results. The 800lb gorilla...

18 by Ryan Smith on 1/21/2021

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