AMDs new Ryzen Raven Ridge Processors

At this year’s CES in Las Vegas, AMD unveiled their new power-efficient Ryzen-based APUs for mobile as well as desktop devices.

Officially titled “AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics”, the first announced products of this lineup were the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G. Both processors have 4 CPU cores, but the Ryzen 5 version has 8 threads, whereas the Ryzen 3 has only 4 threads. The TDP of both processors is 65 W.

The graphics cards have a total of 11 Compute Units (CU) in the Ryzen 5 2400G and 8 CUs in the Ryzen 3 2200G.

The new AMD Ryzen Desktop APU will be available from February 12th on.

AMD Ryzen Desktop Prozessor mit Radeon Vega Graphics

The APU combines the Ryzen CPU and the new AMD Radeon Vega GPU on one chip, eliminating the need for additional external graphics solution for simple gaming and office tasks.

The performance of the graphics chip is comparable to an entry level graphics cards – thereby the APU will not allow gaming in maximum details with 4K resolution for modern and more demanding titles.

The new AMD processors with integrated graphics unit are an interesting option for system builders and users with lower gaming requirements, who up until now could only take Intel’s CPUs, which have included graphics chips for several generations.

Full compatibility for ARCTIC CPU Cooler

As the new AMD APUs use the existing socket AM4, all ARCTIC CPU coolers for AM4 are of course still compatible.

Depending on the budget and intended use, we offer numerous suitable CPU coolers for AMD’s new processors, from budget models like the Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 and the Freezer 12 to the powerful Freezer 33 eSports Edition with two BioniX 120mm fans.

ARCTIC awards successful employees

ARCTIC is a company where 25 percent of the employees have worked for more than 10 years. „This is nothing short of remarkable for a young company with young staff in an aggressive and ultra-competitive business where the only constant is change“, tells ARCTICs CEO Magnus Huber. This is why ARCTIC wants to show appreciation and remunerates long-serving employees as well as other thriving colleagues.

Ten years of ARCTIC

In December four employees celebrated their 10th anniversary at ARCTIC: Nancy Liu, Karen Chan, Gilbert Lam and Steven Chow. ARCTIC presented them with an award as reward for their long devotion.

The Awards

One of the rewarded employees is Gilbert Lam who is responsible for packaging design and pricing as well as design layouts at ARCTIC Hong Kong. On a daily basis, he selects colors, images or fonts, reviews designs before printing or publishing those. Additionally, he comes up with design concepts that meet the corporate identity; a multifunctional job which makes him the interface from production to marketing and sales.

Magnus Huber (l.) and Gilbert Lam

According to Gilbert, ARCTIC offers a great work environment with different cultures and personalities. „I enjoy working in a team together with my colleagues. We get along very well. ARCTIC gave me the opportunity to gain work experience in the first place. For me, it is an honour to receive this award as a recognition for my work and effort here at the organization.“

We asked Huber: What helps us to work with each other, learn and strive in our business?

„I believe the most important factor is time. Time to understand our business, to gain experience, to feel comfortable in your role, and to get to know the colleagues. Let’s be real this is not done in two years. Luckily, we have a lot more than two years.“

 

Meanwhile in Germany…

Founded in 2012, ARCTIC Germany cannot keep up with Hong Kong office’s long-lasting careers. Instead, Brunswick office awards an employee of the year.

Peter Jankowski (l.) and Britta Bubolz (r.) with Employee of the Year Sabine Sellier (m.)

This year the company selected Sabine Sellier who works as a graphic designer in Brunswick. She is responsible for creating, for example, the corporate layout and the usage guidelines for print and external materials.

She is a person who truly represents ARCTICs values: positive energy, team spirit, innovation, transparency and entrepreneurial action. With her efforts and great performance, she provided the extra benefit for ARCTIC in the past year.

CEO Huber would like to thank all employees for supporting ARCTIC, some of them for more than 10 years already. „You are the main reason that all of this is possible “, he concludes.

Intel’s new Coffee Lake CPUs: Increased Thermal Load

With Coffee Lake, Intel has recently released its eighth processor generation. As part of the launch of the new generation of processors, a new chipset the Z370 has also been introduced.

While CPU coolers as offered by ARCTIC are still compatible thanks to the same mechanical socket, switching to the new Coffee Lake Processors requires a new mainboard due to its new chipset.

Motherboards with older chipsets (like Z270 / H310 / H370 / B360) are no longer compatible with Intel Coffee Lake processors despite the mechanically identical socket.

Up to 100 Watts extra load

The German magazine c’t examined four new motherboards with the chipset Z370 in a test in issue 23/2017. They discovered that in their default settings all motherboards overclock and operate the processors outside Intel’s specifications. The following mainboards were tested:

  • Asrock Z370 Extreme4
  • Asus PrimeZ370-A
  • MSI Z370-A Pro
  • Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming

Intel’s restrictions regarding the turbo boost (concerning, for example, power supply and multipliers) are circumvented by all tested motherboards and result in a significant additional thermal stress.

In the case of Intel’s latest flagship model, the i7 8700K, it can lead to an increased power consumption of up to an additional 100 W. This causes a noticeably elevated temperature of the processor and requires a cooling solution that can cover this power peak.

Even if Intel officially states a TDP of 95 watts for the current top model 8700K, when using one of the mentioned motherboards under full load, a cooling solution for up to 180 W may be necessary. Alternatively, the default overclocking has to be deactivated in the BIOS.

 Powerful CPU Cooler necessary

We advise all users of Intel’s Coffee Lake and their K CPUs to pay attention to this extra thermal load via overclocking when choosing their cooler, or alternatively to disable the automated overclocking in the BIOS.

For the sake of the environment: ARCTIC changes to Online Manuals

We at ARCTIC have always felt committed to environmental protection and think “green”. As a carbon neutral company, we fully offset our greenhouse gas emissions through investments in renewable energy projects and recycling. In addition to the continuous optimization of the packagings of our products, we are always looking for new ways to live up to our responsibility to the environment. For this reason, we have been doing without printed manuals since this year.

Instead, we provide regularly updated user manuals in many languages on our website. The instruction manuals are always conveniently available anywhere and anytime and can be found on the respective product pages under “Support”.

Online Manuals can be found on our product pages

All products come with a QR sticker. Once affixed to a place of your convenience, the QR code leads the user directly to the product manual.

Included with each product: cards with a QR code for the manual

The positive feedback shows us that our customers perceive and support the conversion to online manuals. We are happy and motivated to continue our search and implementation of new measures to further contribute to enironmental protection.

ARCTIC at the Gandalf Roadshow 2017 in Sweden

HEJ SVERIGE! After an early start at 04:00 in the morning at the end of September, our colleagues Dina and Jehona arrived in Gothenburg in good spirits and in anticipation. It wasn’t for holiday though. Dina and Jehona had a full program during the roadshow with presentations in three cities ahead of them and they had packed a variety of our products.

Dina and Jehona at the Gandalf Road Show in Sweden

The start of the roadshow of our distributor Gandalf was in Gothenburg, the second station was Malmö and the last stop was in the Swedish capital Stockholm. The goal was to present ARCTIC personally, to get in direct contact with our Scandinavian customers, to meet new sales partners and to show the extensive ARCTIC product portfolio.

After a rainy arrival in Gothenburg, Dina and Jehona first opened their weather apps because they had hoped to see Sweden by the sun. Luckily this happened in the further course of their journey. They went on their way to the venue and took the train and taxis to collect some impressions from Sweden.

The welcome was very warm and first discussions with other event participants were already made during lunch. Various ideas about products and branches were exchanged.

Afterwards, they were present at our booth, presented ARCTIC and our various products and answered numerous questions. The constructive feedback directly from our customers was very valuable to us as we made new contacts.

The procedures were the same all three days of the event. In addition to a few lectures and a joint dinner, the exhibitors presented their products at their mobile stands.

ARCTIC Products at the Roadshow in Malmo / Sweden

The three days of the roadshow weren’t monotonous though. After all, every day Jehona and Dina went to another, interesting city in Sweden. The harbor town of Gothenburg, the romantic Malmö and the unique Stockholm; Dina and Jehona would have liked to explore all the cities extensively, but unfortunately there wasn’t enough time. But they decided that they will go back to Stockholm at least one more time.

On all days there was a very harmonious and entertaining atmosphere – the drink vouchers which offered wine and swedish beer among other beverages certainly contributed to the atmosphere 🙂

As a conclusion, it was an all-round positive experience for Jehona and Dina to be at this professional and interesting roadshow.

How to cool AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors?

The Ryzen Threadripper is the new CPU from AMD for high-end systems – which possibilities do you have to efficiently cool a CPU with up to 16 cores?

Up to 16 cores and 32 threads, 4,096 pins, 64 PCI-E 3.0 lanes, quad-channel DDR4 RAM and 180 W TDP: The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper are very powerful CPU and with sufficient reserves even for demanding tasks.

The physical dimension of the Threadripper alone show the need for a powerful cooling solution. With the mentioned 4,096 pins the CPUs are significantly larger than other processors for private use.

Due to the size the new SocketTR4 was developed with its own chipset, X399. Cooling solutions, which still fit on equally new AMD AM4 socket, can’t be mounted on sTR4 Mainboards.

With prices starting at 800 EUR, the CPUs are not a bargain, but they are among the most powerful processors a home user can currently buy. Threadripper Processors promise excellent performance in particularly when multiple CPU Cores are needed, e.g. for gaming, video rendering, and other demanding applications.

But how to cool such large and powerful processors effectively?

Adjusted CPU Cooler needed

Because of the larger design, conventional CPU air coolers, which are compatible with AMD’s AM4 Socket and are designed for regular Ryzen processors, won’t fit the sTR4 for Threadripper CPUs.

Threadripper CPU coolers can, however, usually also be mounted and used on Ryzen processors in the AM4 socket.

Due to the high performance and the resulting high heat level of about 180 W TDP, AMD conducted extensive tests to check the compatibility of the cooling solutions available on the market.

The list of AMD certified Tthreadripper CPU coolers can be found here.

Threadripper CPU Cooler from ARCTIC

Since we are a close partner of AMD, a mounting kit for our CPU coolers of the Liquid Freezer series are provided with each Threadripper CPU. This allows the Liquid Frezer 120, Liquid Freezer 240 and Liquid Freezer 360 to be used to cool Threadripper CPUs.

ARCTIC Freezer 33 TR

Threadripper certified: The new ARCTIC Freezer 33 TR

If, on the other hand, you prefer regular air cooling for Threadripper, we recommend our newly developed Freezer 33 TR. It is designed for CPU with a TDP of up to 200 W.

The Liquid Freezer 240, 360 and the Freezer 33 TR are also certified by AMD as a cooling solution for Threadripper Processors.

So if you are interested in the AMD Ryzen Threadripper and wonder how it can cool it effectively and quietly, we from ARCTIC provide powerful yet silent Threadripper CPU Cooler.