AMD’s Ryzen 7 release

After all the time of waiting AMD now just released the first part of the new high end CPU line called Ryzen 7 with all new Zen cores to the market. It has been a lot of work in the past years to get the new core ready for launch. Some of the people of the Zen team talk about the work on the Zen core and products, including:

  • Suzanne Plummer (Sr. Director Design Engineering)
  • Mike Clarke (Sr. Fellow Design Engineering)
  • Jim Anderson (Sr. Vice President and GM Computing and Graphics)
  • John Taylor (Corp. VP Marketing)
  • Gerald Youngblood (Sr. Director Marketing)
  • James Prior (Product Manager)

The Ryzen 7 model list:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (8C/16T, 3.6GHz Base/4.0 Turbo, 16MB L3 Cache, 95W TDP, XFR, Socket AM4)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700X (8C/16T, 3.4GHz Base/3.8 Turbo, 16MB L3 Cache, 95W TDP, XFR, Socket AM4)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (8C/16T, 3.0GHz Base/3.7 Turbo, 16MB L3 Cache, 65W TDP, Socket AM4)

Overclocking
Most of the Ryzen CPUs have their own user friendly auto overclocking feature called XFR.
For advanced users AMD just released the AMD Master Application which is a overclocking and monitoring tool for detailed settings of the CPU. For more information check out the AMD Ryzen Master Overclocking Users Guide. Download of Ryzen Master is available from this site.

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Intel’s Kaby Lake Family

Intel completed the Kaby Lake Family of CPUs with the release of the Kaby Lake Desktop CPU in January 2017. The Mobile CPUs were already released in the end of 2016. Kaby Lake is a refresh of Skylake with higher clocks and an improved graphics core due improved manufacturing.

Ghost Solution Suite 3.x ASDK

It took some time but its now available: the ASDK for GSS 3.x. Its the same that can be found in DS 6.9 but it has been recompiled with an updated version of NET. It now requires NET Framework 4.6.1 to be installed. The ADSK makes it possible to use VBScript via COM/web service interface to manage GSS or to write a different frontend in other languages. Its also possible to access the web service from a remote computer. A help file and examples are included in the ADSK. Note: at the moment the ASDK is released as is with no support.

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AMD’s Bristol Ridge AM4 platform OEM release

The AM4 desktop platform is a long awaited refresh to replace the current AM3+ and FM2+ platform with
new chipsets that have USB 3.1 Gen1/Gen2 support and the support for DDR4 memory. The AM4 socket platform is the target for the current Bristol Ridge Desktop APUs and the upcoming Zen based CPUs and APUs.
Bristol Ridge for Desktops is a refreshed Excavator Core that was first released in Carrizo Mobile. Changes are: improved performance, support for DDR4 memory and several extended power saving mechanism.

AM4 platform for OEMs
The AM4 platform is currently only available to OEMs, e.g. HPs EliteDesk 705 G3 Series which we will cover a little bit. There is no support for Windows 8 or Windows 7 because of Microsoft’s support policy.

Update January 2017:
HP added Windows 7 Enterprise to the list of supported OS. This is a change to the Windows 10 only support policy earlier, the product documentation and the customer advisory was not updated to reflect this change.
There is also a new model 1AA87AW available that ships with Windows 7 Pro preinstalled. This is really good news as till now no other new CPU line (Apollo lake, Kaby Lake) comes with Windows 7 support.

Elitedesk 705 G3 OS selection Windows 7
Elitedesk 705 G3 OS selection Windows 7

1. Documentation

2. Hardware Specs

2.1 Form Factor

  • Desktop Mini (DM) with 35W APUs
  • Small Form Factor (SFF) with 65W APUs
  • Microtower (MT) with 65W APUs

2.2 CPU/APU Lineup

  • AMD PRO A12-9800 4 Cores 65W
  • AMD PRO A12-9800E 4 Cores 35W
  • AMD PRO A10-9700 4 Cores 65W
  • AMD PRO A10-9700 4 Cores 35W
  • AMD PRO A8-9600 4 Cores 65W
  • AMD PRO A6û9500 2 Cores 65W
  • AMD PRO A6-9500E 2 Cores 35W

2.3 Chipset

  • AMD B350 FCH (MT/SFF)
  • AMD B300 FCH (DM)

2.4 Model list
Note: only the current available SKUs are listed.

2.4.1 HP EliteDesk 705 G3 Desktop Mini PC

  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A12-9800E 256 GB SATA TLC SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number X6U09EA
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A12-9800E 512 GB SATA TLC SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number X6U08EA
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A12-9800E 512 GB SATA TLC SSD 16.0GB RAM Model Number Y4U60EA
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A10-9700E 1 TB SATA 5400 rpm HDD 8.0GB RAM Model Number X6U06EA
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A10-9700E 256 GB SATA SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number Y4E54UT
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A10-9700E 256 GB SATA TLC SSD 4.0GB RAM Model Number X6U10EA
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A10-9700E 256 GB SATA TLC SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number X6U07EA
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A10-9700E 500 GB SATA 7200 rpm HDD 8.0GB RAM Model Number X6U11EA
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A10-9700E 500 GB SATA 7200 rpm HDD 8.0GB RAM Model Number Y5H55AW
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A6-9500E 1 TB SATA 5400 rpm HDD 4.0GB RAM Model Number X6T82EA
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A6-9500E 500 GB SATA 7200 rpm HDD 4.0GB RAM Model Number X6U12EA
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A6-9500E 500 GB SATA 7200 rpm HDD 4.0GB RAM Model Number Y5H56AW
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A6-9500E 500 GB SATA 7200 rpm HDD 4.0GB RAM Model Number 1AA87AW
  • HP 705G3ED DM AMD A6-9500E 256 GB SATA SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number W5Y69UT

2.4.2 HP EliteDesk 705 G3 Microtower PC

  • HP 705G3ED MT AMD A10-9700 128 GB SATA SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number X6U14EA
  • HP 705G3ED MT AMD A10-9700 256 GB SATA TLC SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number Y4U11EA
  • HP 705G3ED MT AMD A12-9800 512 GB SATA SED SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number Y4U10EA
  • HP 705G3ED MT AMD A6-9500 500 GB SATA 7200 rpm HDD 8.0GB RAM Model Number Y5W04AW
  • HP 705G3ED MT AMD A8-9600 256 GB SATA TLC SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number Y4U12EA

2.4.3 HP EliteDesk 705 G3 Small Form Factor PC

  • HP 705G3ED SFF AMD A10-9700 256 GB SATA TLC SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number Y4U06EA
  • HP 705G3ED SFF AMD A10-9700 500 GB SATA 7200 rpm HDD 8.0GB RAM Model Number Y5W05AW
  • HP 705G3ED SFF AMD A12-9800 256 GB SATA TLC SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number Y4U08EA
  • HP 705G3ED SFF AMD A6-9500 500 GB SATA 7200 rpm HDD 4.0GB RAM Model Number Y5W06AW
  • HP 705G3ED SFF AMD A8-9600 256 GB SATA TLC SSD 8.0GB RAM Model Number Y4U07EA
  • HP 705G3ED SFF AMD A6-9500 500 GB SATA 7200 rpm HDD 4.0GB RAM Model Number Y4E56UT

Ghost Solution Suite 3.1: maintenance packs 1 to 3

Symantec continues to add new features and fixes with the release of maintenance packs (MP) for GSS 3.1.
Downloads for registered GSS 3.1 copies can be found on fileconnect.

MP1 Changes

MP2 Changes

MP3 Changes

  • Support to save and restore images from 4K USB drives (OS install on $K drives is not supported
  • Ghost Standard Tools are now available in Korean, Japanese and Chinese Simplified languages

AMDs first time public ES Zen “Summit Ridge” demo

In the history of Intel’s Developer Forum (IDF) AMD is always presenting new products close to the IDF in a hotel. This time AMD had a nice surprise because it was the first official demo of a Zen “Summit Ridge” Engineering Sample clocked at 3 GHz. Mark Papermaster revealed some new information about the Zen architecture. Also surprising was the comparison of the 8 Core Zen ES on the new AM4 platform with an Intel Broadwell-E CPU by using the Blender CPU Render Benchmark. The Zen ES finished the benchmark slightly faster than the Intel part. The 2nd chip that was presented was the 32 Core ZEN Server chip “Naples” in a two socket server mainboard.

AMD Summit Ridge 8 Core IDF
AMD Summit Ridge 8 Core IDF

For more technical information and slides check the link below.

[1] digitaltrends.com – AMD Zen Summit Ridge Details
[2] anandtech.com – AMD Zen Server CPU “Naples”

Update: Hot Chips 2016
On 23th of August Michael Clark presented the Zen architecture with more technical details in his session “A New, High Performance x86 Core Design from AMD”. An audio record of this session is available on youtube – The AMD Zen Technical Briefing.