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AMD’s flagship 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X processor costs $70-$75 to produce, but the company sells it for $700

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YouTuber TechTechPotato set out to calculate how much it costs AMD to produce the flagship 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X processor. Knowing the dimensions of the silicon wafer, its dimensions and cost, it turned out to be not difficult.

AMD's flagship 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X processor costs $70-$75 to produce, but the company sells it for $700

So, on each silicon wafer used in the TSMC N5 technological process, 798 CCD chiplets fit (this is already taking into account the edges and possible defects). The yield of suitable products is 95.2%. With a plate cost of $17,000, the price of one CCD is $20-25.

AMD's flagship 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X processor costs $70-$75 to produce, but the company sells it for $700

The Ryzen 9 7950X has two CCDs (each with 8 cores) and a 6nm I/O Die. With CCD, everything is clear, their cost is 40-50 dollars. As for the input-output crystal, then on a silicon wafer used in a 6-nanometer process technology, they fit 476, and the yield is already smaller – 91.82%. But the price of such a plate is lower – $ 10,000. It turns out that the cost of I / O Die almost corresponds to the price of CCD – $ 21.

Of course, that’s not all, since you need components to assemble and connect everything together. Their cost is about 7-8 dollars. It turns out that the production of the entire Ryzen 9 7950X, if you add up the cost of its components, costs about $ 75.

Of course, this is not all of AMD’s expenses, as there are still costs for R&D, marketing, advertising and distribution. But even taking this into account, the retail price more than covers the cost of the CPU.

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Phison 8 TB SSD will be sent to the moon next year – there will be a data center

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Phison 8 TB SSD will be sent to the moon

The manufacturer Phison announced that it is participating in a project to create data centers on the moon. This mission is carried out by Lonestar, SkyCorp and Canonical. The launch of this data center is planned for the second half of 2023.

Phison 8 TB SSD will be sent to the moon next year - there will be a data center

According to the company, their 8TB M.2 2280 NVMe drive has passed NASA Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL-6) testing, which confirms its performance and can be used in space, at low temperatures and in vacuum.

Initially, we are talking about one server. Its storage module will be the size of a book. It will be equipped with SoC on the RISC-V architecture, and the power will come from solar panels. The server will deliver the NOVA-C lander, which is being developed by Intuitive Machines, to the Moon.

Note that this is not the first space mission involving Phison. Earlier, her 8 GB drive was installed in the Perseverance Martian rover. Also on board the ISS is used from a 4 TB SSD.

Earlier it was reported that the European Union wants to place data centers in space.

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Not as thick as new Nvidia graphics cards. Non-Reference XFX RX 7900 XT Merc 310 Image Revealed

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Not as thick as new Nvidia graphics cards Non Reference XFX

XFX will offer non-reference 3D cards of the Radeon RX 7000 line. Images of the RX 7900 XT Merc 310 model have already appeared on the Web, but we can safely assume that there will also be a similar-looking RX 7900 XTX Merc 310.

Not as thick as new Nvidia graphics cards.  Non-Reference XFX RX 7900 XT Merc 310 Image Revealed

The card is made in the usual XFX design. It is very long, but not the thickest by modern standards. It will probably take up less than three expansion slots.

You can also highlight three power connectors (8 + 8 + 8) and the absence of a USB-C port, which is available on new generation AMD reference adapters.

Not as thick as new Nvidia graphics cards.  Non-Reference XFX RX 7900 XT Merc 310 Image Revealed

Recall that the RX 7900 will be launched on December 13th. On the same day, reviews of new AMD products will be published. If the new 3D cards prove to be very successful for their prices, Nvidia can reduce the price of the GeForce RTX 4080, because it is 20% more expensive than the top RX 7900 XTX.

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Intel graphics cards are drastically faster in some older games. Intel has worked on support for DirectX 9

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Intel graphics cards are drastically faster in some older games

Intel Arc graphics cards, among other things, have rather mediocre performance in older games. But today the company has released a fresh driver that significantly changes the situation, although not in all games.

Intel graphics cards are drastically faster in some older games.  Intel has worked on support for DirectX 9

The company has worked on optimization for some specific games, adding native support for DirectX 9. In particular, it is important to note Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, in which the performance of Arc adapters increased by almost 80%. The company has also worked on the 1% percentile, increasing the rate by up to 2.3 times, which should make the gameplay smoother.

Intel graphics cards are drastically faster in some older games.  Intel has worked on support for DirectX 9

Not all old games have received an impressive performance boost, but Intel can still be commended for continuing to work on its accelerators.

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