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And calling the interconnect Infinite Fabric is like putting race stripe on a car and expecting it to go faster.
Something is not adding up here. From the information that was floating around it sounded like the Infinite Fabric is the bottleneck due to threads moving between CCX.
But with AMD releasing that statement that nothing wrong with the Windows scheduler it looks like that bus is the bottleneck in all scenarios.
And its sounds like all the memory issues are related to the bus being in sync with the memory.
Looks like a huge overlook on AMD side.
But I'm willing to bet they will offer significant IPC improvement on Zen 2.0 and it will be largely due to addressing the bus speed.
From what I've read, AMD consciously compromised on the memory performance front to get the product out. My guess is they'll enable faster DDR for this generation and come up with an improved solution in the next iteration.

But this compromise is just like when we "compromise" and buy whatever CPU we can, even if we know a better one is just around the corner. If we'd wait for the perfect CPU, we'd never buy anything. The same as AMD, if they wanted to fix everything, they'd never release. Because once fixed, the bottleneck would simply move somewhere else, and once that was fixed the bottleneck would move again and so on.
 
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Yeah right. Forgot it is dual channel DDR.
Thanks for clarification. Well then in this case the only thing is to get the memory with higher frequency although I'm wondering now if it is worth additional money? Will this better performing memory really make noticeable difference. From a consumer stand point this difference should be noticeable if you wanna go with good 3200Mhz mem. Otherwise it's pointless.
It doesn't have anything to do with being dual channel. A DDR4-3200 module isn't named for its physical clock speed but rather its transaction rate. The link between the module and memory controller uses DDR signalling, meaning each data line toggles out two data bits for each cycle of the master clock. The master clock for the module is 1600 MHz (real).

The memory ICs on the DIMM itself run at an even lower clock speed. In this example, is it 300 MHz. DDR4 links at 4x the IC clock. DDR3 also links at 4x the IC clock. DDR2 links at 2x the IC clock. DDR links at 1x the IC clock. The underlying memory chips don't get much faster over time. Mostly they just get more dense.
 
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Parallel programming is not extremely difficult. In fact, it can be fairly easy to do (look at Erlang or Go's goroutines). But most of the time it is more tedious to write and harder to test/maintain.
Caching has nothing to do with multi-threading. Caching is there to avoid memory read/writes, it doesn't actually care whether the CPU is running 1 or 1,000 threads.
L1 and L2 caches are always split and I know of no one trying to write multithreaded code in order not to upset L1 and L2 caches. If anything, that's a compiler's or a scheduler's job. I don't see why things would be any different when we're talking about L3 cache.
Like I said, we should learn about cache coherency. When data is shared by multiple cores, if a core update the data, the other cores must be immediately notified and the caches of the cores must be invalidated.
When data are shared by multiple CCX, the cost is very high. When data are shared by the cores on one CCX, or on a Intel processor, the cost is much lower, but it's still costly. So you shouldn't update shared data carelessly. You should create an update thread and put tasks on it. This can't be done by any scheduler or compiler.
 

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Like I said, we should learn about cache coherency. When data is shared by multiple cores, if a core update the data, the other cores must be immediately notified and the caches of the cores must be invalidated.
When data are shared by multiple CCX, the cost is very high. When data are shared by the cores on one CCX, or on a Intel processor, the cost is much lower, but it's still costly. So you shouldn't update shared data carelessly. You should create an update thread and put tasks on it. This can't be done by any scheduler or compiler.
You might want to read this: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/03/intel-still-beats-ryzen-at-games-but-how-much-does-it-matter/
It touches on how developers feel about optimizing for each and every CPU, but there's more interesting stuff in there.
 
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This is the only thing I don't like what I read about the Ryzen CPU's.

Is there room for improvement? Yep. Will it cost you a new motherboard and CPU in the near future? Yep.
Nope, Socket AM4 is guaranteed to remain as the main socket up to at least mid to late 2019, when AMD transitions to Socket AM4+ via ZEN 3. So ZEN 1, ZEN 1+ and ZEN 2 are all based on Socket AM4. And ZEN 3 will be based on Socket AM4+ but will be backwards compatible with AM4, same scenario I would assume with AM3 & AM3+. This going by there Road Maps.

You might want to read this: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/03/intel-still-beats-ryzen-at-games-but-how-much-does-it-matter/
It touches on how developers feel about optimizing for each and every CPU, but there's more interesting stuff in there.
I haven't read the link yet, but seeing AMD's strategy, they are making it easy to optimize and develop around there Architecture, both the CPU & GPU. AMD wants to push Multi-Threading as much as possible, and now Dev's have the ammunition to do such a thing. Will this catch on? I hope so, we've been stuck with Single Threading for far too long, and 4-Core setups should have been dumped in the garbage by now.
 

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Nope, Socket AM4 is guaranteed to remain as the main socket up to at least mid to late 2019, when AMD transitions to Socket AM4+ via ZEN 3. So ZEN 1, ZEN 1+ and ZEN 2 are all based on Socket AM4. And ZEN 3 will be based on Socket AM4+ but will be backwards compatible with AM4, same scenario I would assume with AM3 & AM3+. This going by there Road Maps.
Using terms like "guaranteed" in the PC world is never the best plan. AMD road maps have changed so many times it is honestly laughable to quote them as a truth. AMD will use whatever socket allows them to make the most money. If they end up with a massive change to design over the next couple of years or need to add additional PCI-e lanes expect that to change.
 
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Using terms like "guaranteed" in the PC world is never the best plan. AMD road maps have changed so many times it is honestly laughable to quote them as a truth. AMD will use whatever socket allows them to make the most money. If they end up with a massive change to design over the next couple of years or need to add additional PCI-e lanes expect that to change.
I fully agree with your post. I am just going by what AMD said on National Television. When they launched Socket AM4 and Ryzen. They pretty much promised to keep AM4 for as long as possible.
 

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I fully agree with your post. I am just going by what AMD said on National Television. When they launched Socket AM4 and Ryzen. They pretty much promised to keep AM4 for as long as possible.
They also said on national TV that Bulldozer was the way of the future and performed better than anything intel had ever produced.
 

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Hmm... Kind of makes me wonder if this "Infinity Fabric" would go unstable with faster RAM. I mean, AMD recommends 3200 and 3500MT/s RAM, so the Infinity Fabric is running at 1600/1750MHz. But what about 4000MT/s RAM? That would put the Infinity Fabric running at 2000MHz. Will it be stable at that speed? If we push the RAM further?

Yes, I realize memory speeds that high are not supported, and AFAIK you can't actually even select memory speeds that high yet. But I'm thinking of the future. Is this interconnect going to become a limitation to memory speed down the road. If they have problems getting the interconnect stable at higher speeds, we might be limited to 3500MT/s memory in the future, which would suck.
 
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Hmm... Kind of makes me wonder if this "Infinity Fabric" would go unstable with faster RAM. I mean, AMD recommends 3200 and 3500MT/s RAM, so the Infinity Fabric is running at 1600/1750MHz. But what about 4000MT/s RAM? That would put the Infinity Fabric running at 2000MHz. Will it be stable at that speed? If we push the RAM further?

Yes, I realize memory speeds that high are not supported, and AFAIK you can't actually even select memory speeds that high yet. But I'm thinking of the future. Is this interconnect going to become a limitation to memory speed down the road. If they have problems getting the interconnect stable at higher speeds, we might be limited to 3500MT/s memory in the future, which would suck.
is there any Multiplier settings that impact Infinity Fabric? Also what about Voltage settings?
 
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All is know is Infinity Fabric scales at the same speed as DDR4 Ram. The faster the Ram the better performance. AMD said they are working to increase RAM speed support as much as possible.
I don't see why Infinity Fabric Would become unstable at faster speeds.
Infinity Fabric Has a 256-Bit Quad Channel interface. Or a Bi directional channel. Something like that lok
 

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is there any Multiplier settings that impact Infinity Fabric? Also what about Voltage settings?
As far as I can tell, there is no multiplier settings for the Infinity Fabric. It is just 1:1 with the memory speed. But That might change in the future. I don't know what voltage settings affect it either, but there might be the option to adjust its voltage.

The faster the Ram the better performance. AMD said they are working to increase RAM speed support as much as possible.
I don't see why Infinity Fabric Would become unstable at faster speeds.
You very well might have answered your own question. They need to work on added faster RAM support because the Infinity Fabric is becoming unstable at the faster speeds.

Increasing clock speed on something always runs at the risk of it becoming unstable.
 
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So, the gist of this thread is, Ryzen should have been designed like an Intel CPU, with more memory channels, a monolithic core design, and a more capable IMC. Of course, it would cost more to make (just like Intel). So let's just make Ryzen into a clone of Intel's HEDT chips, and at the same price level. But hey, at least we can put on an AMD case badge, to let everyone know how much we hate Intel...
That's the same vibe I'm getting. :laugh::toast::nutkick:
 
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That's the same vibe I'm getting. :laugh::toast::nutkick:

Can't they just make it so we can disable an entire CCX module without losing memory channels and L3 cache? Why can't they just release a Ryzen 4-core that's a single CCX module... bet it would OC well, and also not suffer the horrible restrictions of the Infinite Fabric.... seriously it's really nutso that the 1500X is configured to be 2x 2-core CCX modules and not a single 4-core CCX module:kookoo::kookoo::kookoo:
 

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Can't they just make it so we can disable an entire CCX module without losing memory channels and L3 cache? Why can't they just release a Ryzen 4-core that's a single CCX module... bet it would OC well, and also not suffer the horrible restrictions of the Infinite Fabric.... seriously it's really nutso that the 1500X is configured to be 2x 2-core CCX modules and not a single 4-core CCX module:kookoo::kookoo::kookoo:
That should leave it with a 16MB L3 instead of an 8MB. I would imagine in the future we will see an "athlon" style product using a single CCX
 

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Can't they just make it so we can disable an entire CCX module without losing memory channels and L3 cache? Why can't they just release a Ryzen 4-core that's a single CCX module... bet it would OC well, and also not suffer the horrible restrictions of the Infinite Fabric.... seriously it's really nutso that the 1500X is configured to be 2x 2-core CCX modules and not a single 4-core CCX module:kookoo::kookoo::kookoo:
The L3 cache is part of the CCX, so you can't disable a CCX and keep all the L3 cache.

But I guarantee we will see a 4-core that is just a single CCX. The CCX has no affect on memory channels, the memory controller is not part of the CCX.
 
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Yes the Ryzen 3 is a Quad Core. 8threads coming soon.

I read somewhere that AMD is going to release an update to enable a higher DDR4 multiplier to increase the RAM speed, hence increasing the Infinity Fabric.
 
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Yes the Ryzen 3 is a Quad Core. 8threads coming soon.

I read somewhere that AMD is going to release an update to enable a higher DDR4 multiplier to increase the RAM speed, hence increasing the Infinity Fabric.

I want a full-bore (1800X-style) single module 4-core CCX chip to totally do away with Infinite Fabric interconnect across cores. It is my thinking that such a chip could OC very well, and perform better in gaming without dealing with the Infinite Fabric bus in terms of core interconnect.
 

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Yes the Ryzen 3 is a Quad Core. 8threads coming soon.

I read somewhere that AMD is going to release an update to enable a higher DDR4 multiplier to increase the RAM speed, hence increasing the Infinity Fabric.
I can almost guarantee the first batch of the Ryzen Quad-Cores will be 8 core chips with 4 cores disabled, 2 cores from each CCX disabled.

Eventually they will release the single CCX 4 cores, probably with a model number bump to something like R3 1250X or something instead of the 1200X.
 
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I can almost guarantee the first batch of the Ryzen Quad-Cores will be 8 core chips with 4 cores disabled, 2 cores from each CCX disabled.

Eventually they will release the single CCX 4 cores, probably with a model number bump to something like R3 1250X or something instead of the 1200X.
Pretty sad about 2x 2-core CCX modules to make up a 4-core :( Just want rid of Infinite Fabric slowness / limitations :(
 

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Pretty sad about 2x 2-core CCX modules to make up a 4-core :( Just want rid of Infinite Fabric slowness / limitations :(
Why would AMD not try to capitalize on half dead CCX's? It also gives customers a 16MB L3 cache on a quad core.
 

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Why would AMD not try to capitalize on half dead CCX's? It also gives customers a 16MB L3 cache on a quad core.
Look at the die shots and you'll know why that won't happen. 8 MB, maybe, 16 MB? Not very likely. It is almost as though it is 8x 2 MB, when you look at the die shots.
 

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Look at the die shots and you'll know why that won't happen. 8 MB, maybe, 16 MB? Not very likely. It is almost as though it is 8x 2 MB, when you look at the die shots.
The spec charts list full cache for the quads still? I mean they are prerelease, but still.
 
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