At Computex a couple of weeks ago, AMD announced two sets of products: Zen 2 CPUs, and Radeon Navi GPUs. At this week’s E3, the company is unveiling a lot more, and because time is restricted at such a venue, we will assure you that there might be even more to talk about within the weeks forward.
At press briefings ahead of the general public unveiling, AMD deep-dived into its Zen 2 and Navi architecture, with specialists available (including the architects themselves) to fill us in on just about as much info as we might handle before it began to seep out of our ears. That stated, this submit goes to be abbreviated, but can be coated in more depth as time goes on, and especially in the full assessment.
AMD CEO Lisa Su targeted largely on three totally different Ryzen 3000-series models at Computex, but the secret of two more models being rolled out shortly turned exposed. AMD is topping its 7nm Ryzen lineup at $499 for launch, a worth level which revolves across the Ryzen 9 3900X.
|AMD’s Current-gen Ryzen Processor Lineup|
|2990WX||32 (64T)||3.zero GHz (4.2)||16+64MB||Quad||250W||$1799|
|2970WX||24 (48T)||three.0 GHz (four.2)||12+64MB||Quad||250W||$1299|
|2950X||16 (32T)||three.5 GHz (four.4)||8+32MB||Quad||180W||$899|
|2920X||12 (24T)||three.5 GHz (4.3)||6+32MB||Quad||180W||$649|
|R9 3950X||16 (32T)||three.5 GHz (4.7)||72MB||Twin||105W||$749|
|R9 3900X||12 (24T)||three.Eight GHz (four.6)||70MB||Dual||105W||$499|
|R7 3800X||Eight (16T)||three.9 GHz (four.5)||36MB||Twin||95W||$399|
|R7 3700X||8 (16T)||3.6 GHz (four.4)||36MB||Twin||65W||$329|
|R7 3600X||6 (12T)||3.8 GHz (four.four)||35MB||Twin||95W||$249|
|R7 3600||6 (12T)||three.6 GHz (4.2)||35MB||Twin||65W||$199|
|R7 2700X||8 (16T)||three.7 GHz (4.3)||four+16MB||Twin||105W||$329|
|R7 2700||Eight (16T)||three.2 GHz (four.1)||four+16MB||Dual||95W||$299|
|R5 2600X||6 (12T)||three.6 GHz (4.2)||three+16MB||Dual||95W||$219|
|R5 2600||6 (12T)||3.4 GHz (3.9)||3+16MB||Twin||65W||$189|
|R5 1600X||6 (12T)||3.6 GHz (4.zero)||three+16MB||Dual||95W||$219|
|R5 1600||6 (12T)||3.2 GHz (3.6)||three+16MB||Twin||65W||$189|
|R5 1500X||4 (8T)||3.5 GHz (three.7)||2+16MB||Twin||65W||$174|
|R5 1400||4 (8T)||3.2 GHz (three.four)||2+8MB||Dual||65W||$169|
|R3 1300X||four (4T)||three.5 GHz (three.7)||2+8MB||Twin||65W||$129|
|R3 1200||4 (4T)||3.1 GHz (3.4)||2+8MB||Twin||65W||$109|
|Ryzen w/ Radeon Vega Graphics|
|R5 3400G||4 (8T)||three.7 GHz (4.2)||zero.5+4MB||Dual||65W||$149|
|R3 3200G||4 (4T)||three.6 GHz (4.0)||zero.5+4MB||Twin||65W||$99|
|R5 2400G||four (8T)||three.6 GHz (three.9)||zero.5+4MB||Dual||65W||$169|
|R3 2200G||four (4T)||3.5 GHz (three.7)||zero.5+4MB||Twin||65W||$99|
As impressive as the bigger chips are, although, the main worth proposition might show to be the Ryzen 7 3700X. It’s 8-core, 65W, tops out at four.4GHz, and prices just $329. For creators who can afford the upgrade, we’d undoubtedly recommend eying the 3900X, because if your workloads can truly reap the benefits of many threads, you then’re going to see an enormous enchancment to performance.
AMD highlights this type of scaling on this slide:
You may need observed some further fashions in that massive table above. Coming out in September, we’ll see AMD’s 16-core Ryzen R9 3950X, which was very quickly introduced at the finish of the E3 keynote, together with one thing else particular. This would be the prime finish chip for Ryzen for a while now, since they will’t add any more chiplets to the package deal. Thankfully, Threadripper’s TR4 package deal is far larger, and will skirt that drawback, as well as permit for more PCIe lanes – in case you are in need of more than 16 cores.
The fact that a 16-core is coming to the AM4 platform is just unimaginable, particularly when you think about Intel’s LGA1151 platform still tops out at Eight-core (9900Okay). It gained’t be low cost at $749, however it’ll undoubtedly be a compelling platform for future upgrades too. Going from an 8-core CPU one yr to a 16-core the subsequent, on the same platform? Excellent scaling options. Nevertheless, it does increase questions on what AMD plans to do with Threadripper. We know EPYC has 64-core CPUs, so perhaps that’s what we anticipate to see in the future.
At the underside of that large table above, is the updated 3200G and 3400G, the APUs of the bunch. Sadly, these usually are not based mostly on Zen 2, and the graphics answer hasn’t been overhauled either. That stated, the GPU elements get a boost, so gen-over-gen, there’s nonetheless going to be a notable distinction in gaming efficiency.
Here’s the place things get really fascinating. During one briefing on Zen 2, we have been informed that reminiscence issues experienced with earlier Zen chips was principally gone, so you should not stress about with the ability to hit 4000MHz and beyond. Once we heard this, we immediately considered the APUs, but since they’re still based mostly on the last-gen hardware, they may nonetheless be limited to decrease reminiscence speeds. For Zen 2, although, AMD has stated that it’s demonstrated DDR4-5133, so it’s protected to say that memory overclocking will probably be a lot more enjoyable on this next era of AMD CPUs.
With the earlier Zen-based chips, 1080p gaming performance was a little bit of a thorn in AMD’s aspect. With Zen 2, we’re successfully brought up close to par, per AMD’s own testing. We have been advised that 1080p, both vendors would flip-flop their strengths, so in case you are a 144Hz gamer, you shouldn’t should stress as much over choosing AMD. We don’t all the time concentrate on recreation testing in our CPU content material, however we’ll be sure you get loads of games coated for our launch article.
Just like the Zen 2 chips, Navi is constructed on 7nm, which has allowed AMD to scale back its energy consumption for a given performance degree, which suggests these playing cards should check rather well for energy towards the RX Vega collection. We’d anticipate it to draw more power than the RX Polaris collection given the anticipated delta in performance.
The Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 are the 2 launch playing cards for Navi. Each function the identical PCB design, outdoors of the fact that the non-XT has six energy phases as an alternative of seven. The most important card has 2560 cores, while the non-XT has 2304, and as is probably obvious from the image (under), each playing cards function totally different coolers.
The XT’s shroud virtually seems damaged, nevertheless it’s very a lot designed like this on function to goal in noise-reduction during low-load. Effectively, it should simply disappear until you’re gaming. We’re not totally positive how a lot benefit it’d actually have, but at the very least the cardboard is fascinating to take a look at. What’s fascinating is that each the shroud and backplate are made out of aluminium, as an alternative of plastic. And yes, that basically is a big dent within the aspect of the XT.
Each GPUs sport 14Gbps GDDR6 bandwidth, and have 64 ROPS, while the 5700 XT has 160 texture models, and the 5700 has 144 texture models. Both in fact also help PCIe 4.zero, which has been a serious a part of AMD’s advertising, and for seemingly good cause. During our briefings, we have been proven a DaVinci Resolve demo of 8K playback which was instantly improved by means of the PCIe 4.0 bus. We have been skeptical till we discovered that all the challenge was cached into memory on both configs, so there were no I/O bottlenecks to intrude.
With this demo, we’re talking 8K/60 professional footage, so not many players are going to be able to benefit from that. Creators however may benefit massively. Don’t fret, we’ll be taking a creator take a look at these cards as soon as we will, as we did with Vega and the Radeon VII.
With GPUs, it’s not simply the hardware that matters, but in addition the software. AMD had tons to talk about with its Radeon Software, including three main new features. Anti-lag is a function that takes DX11 and DX9 video games which might be GPU-bound and effectively scale back the input-to-display response, with some examples of efficiency modifications seen right here:
Admittedly a good cooler know-how proven off is picture sharpening delivered via a function referred to as Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening (CAS). This is AMD’s answer to NVIDIA’s DLSS, at the very least to a point, though it’s one that doesn’t require advanced hardware to make use of. This tech effectively takes a scene and sharpens the least contrasted elements. Things like roads in F1 2018 should look noticeably sharper, whereas detail within the distance might look the identical.
CAS will work rather well for those who run a recreation at a non-native monitor decision, but permit upscaling to take place. Successfully, a 1440p recreation ought to look just like native 4K, which is one thing we’ve got a hard time believing, only because we really love crisp surfaces. But, think about the potential of operating a recreation at 1440p and seeing crisper element. IT won’t be native 4K, however it’ll run amazingly as compared.
The perfect half about CAS is that AMD says it won’t hit efficiency actually at all. At most it ought to hit it about 2%, which is just a few frames on the top-end of the FPS range. That is one function we’re undoubtedly inquisitive about testing out.
FidelityFX was another thing introduced that envelopes CAS and other forthcoming options. It’s going to be part of GPUOpen, which means that the consequences will work on any GPU, not simply AMD’s. Which means recreation builders might simply implement this into their titles, and they’ll work for AMD and NVIDIA without difficulty, and even Intel. Naturally, AMD might have a performance advantage, but nothing would cease rivals from tuning the code for their own.
At the E3 keynote by AMD, the costs have been finally revealed. The top-end RX 5700 XT might be $449, and the RX 5700 might be $379. both can be made out there concurrently the third era desktop Ryzen CPUs, July seventh this yr. Nevertheless, at the very finish of the stream, AMD also confirmed off not just a surprise announcement of the 16-core 3950X, but in addition a third Navi. This special edition 5700 XT 50th Anniversary card options black and gold on the shroud, and is pre-overclocked by an extra 75Mhz, and shall be out there solely by means of AMD’s on-line retailer for $499.
With as much info that was unleashed on us during a full day of briefings, we really hate to speed out a submit like this, leaving so much on the table relating to structure. We’ll be overlaying a number of the more fascinating features of this unveiling over the subsequent few weeks, as we will evaluation all of our supplies, and perhaps get some affirmation from AMD on a few issues.
Different tidbits we’ll depart you with is that 7nm+ is on monitor, and Zen 4 is already in the design part. That’s actually good to listen to, contemplating that Zen 3 continues to be a ways out. We’re already excited to see what AMD can continue to tug off, because all issues thought-about, the company has executed quite a bit right with Zen 2 and Navi.
Stay tuned for a lot more in the weeks ahead.