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AMD bringing 12-core processors to the mainstream and much more

Computex 2019 AMD keynote

Today AMD kicked off Computex 2019 by leading the trade show’s official opening keynote for the first time. Just in time for its 50th anniversary, AMD announced significant jumps for both its Radeon and Ryzen product families.

AMD Ryzen 3000 makes the leap to 7nm

As promised, AMD has now fully taken the veil off its 7nm CPUs. The new chips are based on the Zen 2 architecture while still maintaining full support for older AM4 motherboards. However, if you have a newer X570 motherboard you will get the advantage of PCIe 4.0 support.

On stage AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su highlighted several standout points for the new 3000 series:

  • 2x floating point, which should lead to faster performance in creative workloads
  • 2x cache sized, reduced latency means better performance particularly for gaming
  • 15% IPC Uplift, which should mean greater performance across all applications

As you’d expect, the Ryzen 3000 series had a variety of different chip models across the Ryzen 5, 7, and 9 families. The most exciting of these is easily the Ryzen 9 3900x, the first mainstream 12-core processor.

The Ryzen 9 3900x boasts a clock speed of 4.6GHz with a base clock of 3.8GHz and packs 70MB of cache. On stage the chip was pitted against the i9-9920X. AMD’s chip seemingly offered very comparable performance, despite costing much much less than the $1,199 Core i9 processor.

The rest of the family is also quite impressive, which you can see down in the chart below:

  Ryzen 5 3600 Ryzen 5 3600x Ryzen 7 3700x Ryzen 7 3800x Ryzen 9 3900x
Clock speed 4.2 GHz boost, 3.6 GHz base 4.4 GHz boost, 3.8 GHz base 4.4 GHZ boost, 3.6 GHz base 4.5GHz boost, 3.9GHz boost 4.6GHz boost, 3.8GHz base
Cores 6 6 8 8 12
Cache 35MB 35MB 36MB 36MB 70MB
TDP 65w 95w 65w 105w 105w
Price $199 $249 $329 $399 $499

The Ryzen 3000 family seems like a major step forward and one that makes us wonder if Intel should be at least a little bit scared, despite the latter company’s status as king of the CPU market. What’s even more impressive though is the price tags for the new AMD chips, with the highest end chip coming in at just $499 — quite an aggressive price for a 12-core 7nm chip.

The latest Ryzen processors will arrive on July 7th, so if you were thinking about building a new gaming PC you might want to wait a bit longer.

AMD Radeon RX5000 series announced, powered by Navi

Computex 2019 AMD keynote

While AMD’s Ryzen announcement had us the most amped, the new Radeon RX5000 series is also worth getting excited about. As expected, the new series is based on the 7nm Navi architecture and has a new gaming engine dubbed Radeon DNA.

The RX5700 will be the first graphics card in the new series, which of course is PCIe Gen 4 enabled and designed to compete with NVIDIA’s 2070. On stage AMD showed the GPU off by testing both with the game Strange Brigade. According to the tests the RX5700 performed around 10 percent better. Of course tests like this are done in ideal circumstances, so the jury is still out on exactly how well it really performs day to day. Still, there is reason to be excited for AMD Radeon’s future.

The Radeon RX5700 should go on sale sometime in July, though pricing remains unknown. AMD promised to reveal more about it at E3 so we should have more details fairly soon.


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