After the successful launch of the high end of their new processor architecture Zen, along with the Ryzen 7 cores, AMD just introduced the Ryzen 5 processors that will form their mid-range, with two models that have six cores and another two models with four cores, all of them with the SMT enabled. The most outstanding part of the launch has been knowing that these new Ryzen 5’s will be released April 11th and that the highest price will be less than $250.
Following the launch of the Ryzen 7 processors, AMD has now launched the new Ryzen 5 processors which will become the mid-price range product of this new series of processors, placing them at a price that will put them in direct competition with the Intel i5 and i3 processors. In principle four processor models are launched, of which two have six cores and the other two, only four, indicating that they have one of the CCX’s disabled. All of them have the SMT activated, which gives a total of twelve thread processes for the six core models and eight threads for the four core models.
The new AMD Ryzen processor is already here and Intel is probably not too happy about the numbers so far. Neither the performance nor the price of these processors. Now, what can Intel do to try to weather the storm that is coming? As a brand, the blue company has never been particularly known for making big price cuts on their products in the past, even when it’s products in the market perform worse than the competition.
For example many years ago, back in the time when AMD introduced its Athlon 64 processor with the ClawHammer core (PGA 754 socket). Intel at that time had on the market its Prescott processors (or “Pres-hot” as they used to call those miniature stoves). Those were around the dawn of the Internet and the only way to be informed was to read computer magazines, but this was only done by the biggest computer geeks (like yours truly). Most preferred to go to a store and order a computer, which almost always came with a Prescott stove processor inside (and then in the summer came the problems of excessive noise, heat and random reboots).
In the last couple of weeks, AMD have tireless and constantly presented us with little teasers of their upcoming Ryzen generation of processors. Wednesday, AMD has officially announced the new Ryzen R7 series. They mainly announced the three flagship models of the lineup which will be worthy competitors to their main rivals at Intel.
Although it has been on the market for a long time, the Vulkan graphical API was not yet supported by the iGPUs that Intel integrates into its processors so far.
The company announced the release of a new version of the Intel Graphics driver with support for this API. Specifically, the version is 15.45 and includes support for Vulkan 188.8.131.52 apart from optimizations for the games Far Cry Primal, Fallout and Rise of the Tomb Raider, as well as bug fixes.
The drivers can be downloaded from the following link.
The Yoga Book is one of the most eye-catching devices of 2016. A tablet, with Windows or Android, with a digitizer keyboard and convertible format with 360 degree swivel screen. A striking machine that costs at least 500 Euros that now welcomes a cheaper alternative with a larger screen, but with some cutbacks in its Premium quality.
The new Yoga A12, is practically identical to the Book, but loses out on the type of hinge on the swivel screen to a more basic system and also on the digitizer in the keyboard area. In return we get a much more aggressive price and a larger screen.
Its name coincides with the size of its screen, 12” and the rest of the specifications include an Atom X5-8550 processor, 4GB of RAM, Wifi-N, USB 2.0. USB Type-C and Bluetooth 4.1. The keypad has the same illuminated key definition system and allows data entry via a digitizing pointer.
It has already begun to appear in some US stores with prices below 300 dollars. The launch date for Europe is as yet unknown, in addition it is hoped that this variant, along with the traditional design, will find an alternative operating system in Chrome OS.