Recently, at Computex, AMD has revealed their third-generation “Zen 2” architecture for their Ryzen CPU series, as well as their long-rumored ‘Navi’ RX 5700 GPU series.
These announcements have startling ramifications for the technology and gaming industries. For one, Zen 2 adds an estimated 15% IPC (instructions per cycle) increase over the last-gen Zen + architecture, and offers consumers 6, 8, and 12 cores to choose from. Here is the list below:
Overall, it looks like there is something for everyone here. For instance, if you are just starting out and you want a capable CPU, the 3600 looks great. However, if you are looking for an upgrade over the last few Ryzen generations or are converting from Intel, the 3700x and the 3800x looks fantastic. And finally, if you want to stream or perform some more intensive work on your PC, the 3900x 12-core looks like an amazing buy.
As one would think, the overall performance seems spectacular. Here is another hand-dandy screenshot:
At the conference, AMD also introduced the X570 motherboard series, which offers PCIe 4.0, which is supposedly 42% faster then the last-gen PCIe 3.0. This will impact graphics cards, networking devices, and NVMe drives, among other things. Over 50 new X570 motherboard models will be introduced from ASRock, ASUS, Colorful, Gigabyte, and MSI. Along with this, prebuilt computers from Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, Mainngear, CyberPowerPC, and HP will be introduced over the next few months.
Regarding AMD’s next-gen video cards, AMD unveiled the RDNA architecture, which they state is 1.25X higher performance-per-clock and 1.5X higher-performance-per-watt over GCN, their last-gen architecture. The RX 5700 series will utilize GDDR6 memory and support the PCIe 4.0 interface. AMD also showed off the RX 5700 during the conference, showing the card beating Nvidia’s RTX 2070 by 10% during a Strange Brigade gameplay demo. Given that Sony has previously announced that they would be using the architecture for the PS5, this is great news for them.
AMD also announced updates to their datacenter lineup, with their 2nd-generation AMD EPYC processors more than 2X faster than a 2P Intel Xeon 8280-based server running a NAMD Apo1 v2.12 benchmark test. Overall, the new EPYC processors are projected to deliver up to 2X the performance-per-socket and up to 4X the floating performance-per-socket compared to the last generation, with an expected launch of Q3 2019.
For the new Ryzen CPU’s, they will be released July 7, 2019. The Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards will be released July 2019, with more news to come at the AMD E3 livestream on June 10.
What do you think of this news? Do you think Intel is in trouble? Can AMD compete with the upper end of Nvidia’s GPUs? Let us know in the comments!