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Reports of Ryzen 3000 High Idle Voltage Exaggerated, a Case of the "Observer Effect"

With AMD's 3rd generation Ryzen processors finally falling into the hands of PC enthusiasts, many early-adopters are taking to tech communities such as ours, to share their experiences with others. A trend appears to be emerging of users reporting higher-than-usual voltages for these processors when idling. AMD investigated this phenomenon, and declared this to be a non-issue. Apparently, most modern CPU monitoring utilities cause what is known as "the observer effect:" the process of measuring the processor's load itself causes load on the processor.

In case of the Ryzen "Matisse" processors, monitoring software appear to be polling each processor core for load by sending it instruction at a high rate of speed - sending them a workload of 20 ms every 200 ms. This causes the processor's embedded firmware to think that the cores are being subjected to workload, and it responds by increasing the clock-speeds, and proportionately voltages of all CPU cores. Monitoring software poll each CPU core, and so core voltages are raised across the chip.

G.SKILL Announces Trident Z Neo DDR4 Memory Series for AMD Ryzen 3000

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to announce the launch of Trident Z Neo DDR4 memory series for the latest AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs on AMD X570 platform. Featuring optimized specifications for the new AMD platform, a new sleek dual-tone heatspreader design, and fully customizable RGB lighting, the Trident Z Neo memory series is the ideal DDR4 DRAM for your next AMD gaming system or workstation.

Optimized Performance for AMD Ryzen 3000: Computer systems with AMD Ryzen processors are known for its performance scaling with memory speed, and Trident Z Neo is engineered to achieve optimal performance with the latest AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors on AMD X570 motherboards. Under the latest AMD Ryzen 3000 series platform, DDR4 memory frequency support has increased by leaps and bounds, allowing the X570 chipset platform to run an unprecedented memory speed record of DDR4-5774MHz- the fastest memory speed ever achieved on an AMD platform under extreme liquid nitrogen cooling - as seen in the following CPU-Z validation screenshot with the MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard.

ASUS Shows Off its X570 Motherboard Lineup: ITX Included

ASUS at a private pre-Computex event gave us a closer look at a treasure of upcoming products. The star-attractions, however, were its AMD X570 motherboard family that's spread across nearly every brand: ROG Crosshair, ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, Prime, and for the very first time for the AM4 platform, the WS series. The crown jewel of course is the mini-ITX form-factor product, the ROG Strix X570-I Gaming. This board is quite an engineering feat considering the ≥15 Watts TDP of the X570 chipset, which requires active cooling in most cases. An intricate network of heatsinks suspended along heat-pipes leading up to a dense aluminium fin-stack ventilated by a 30 mm fan, cools both the chipset and CPU VRM. ASUS designed this board to handle even the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X, but we don't expect too much overclocking headroom.

AMD Showcases Several Premium X570 Motherboards for Ryzen 3000 Zen2

AMD at its 2019 Computex private showcase for the media following its CEO's keynote address, unveiled several premium motherboards based on the new AMD X570 chipset. The X570 is an in-house design effort by AMD, and unlike the X470, isn't sourced from ASMedia. The chipset supports PCI-Express gen 4.0 end-to-end, which means not only is the chipset-bus gen 4.0, but also the downstream PCIe lanes it puts out. The chipset connects to the AM4 socket over a PCI-Express 4.0 x4 link (64 Gbps).

It has a downstream PCIe lane budget of 16 lanes, which the motherboard designers can spread out as up up to two M.2 NVMe slots, an x4 (physical x16) slot, a bunch of x1 slots, and newer generation connectivity such as 802.11ax WLAN, 2.5/5.0/10 GbE wired networking, and a larger number of USB 3.2 ports, including newer 20 Gbps portsn over external controllers. This chipset runs hotter than the X470, with a TDP rumored to be around 15W, probably because of the PCIe gen 4.0 implementation. Many of the motherboards we spotted had active fan-heatsinks over the chipset.
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