"I do not think there's any reason for people to buy an Intel processor after that," says Travis Kirsch of AMD.
It's not the first time during my weekend in Los Angeles that I've heard this arrogance, but I'm beginning to wonder if this is deserved. Because AMD is about to launch a wave of 3rd generation Ryzen desktop CPUs that – on paper – sound as if they could destroy Intel for the first time in years.
At the Next Horizon Gaming event in AMD, near E3 2019, Kirsch is not even referring to the recently announced Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core processor, 32-bit $ 750, which – with its base clock of 3.5GHz, A clock boost of 4.7GHz, a tremendous 72MB of cache and an unprecedented 105W TDP for many cores – it looks like it could give AMD's 32-core Threadripper a run for its money. (Even a 16-core Threadripper is rated at 180 watts, the Intel 16-core has a TDP of 165 W and each requires expensive motherboards with larger sockets.)
But no, Kirsch is really talking about the rest of the Ryzen 3000 product line that AMD announced at Computex two weeks ago, and arriving on July 7. Because today, the company is sharing data that suggests that its new 7nm processors are not only more economical and efficient, not only faster in creators' tasks because of the additional cores but also better performance in Intel games. good.
Here's a selection of AMD slidedecks data for you to browse as you wish:
AMD says that while 40% of its speed and efficiency increase can be attributed to the smaller 7nm circuit, 60% is the new design of its Zen 2 cores, which offer a 15% increase over the previous Zen architecture clock.
One of the most impressive demos I've seen onstage was directed directly to streamers, suggesting that although Intel and AMD can play at the same frame rate, only the AMD chip allows you to stream high-quality videos to the Twitch audience. Same time:
In addition, there is AMD's claim that it has added a lot of cache to those chips – up to 72 MB – that we are talking about CPUs that can actually make games faster:
Assuming all these complaints pile up, it looks like AMD could be an attractive alternative to Intel at all price levels.
Perhaps most impressive is that none of these new Ryzen processors – not even the 16-core – require a new size and chip format. All of them fit on virtually any AM4 motherboard, thanks to AMD's meticulous work designing a 12-layer substrate to route each of the new 7nm circuits to the existing AM4 pins that go into the socket on your board.
And AMD says it plans to continue offering this kind of backward compatibility by 2020 and in the foreseeable future, instead of getting you to buy a new card next to your next CPU upgrade. "It will take a big turning point in platform technology to get out of the AM4 socket," says David McAfee of AMD, adding that a major shift in the way memory or PCI expansion slots would work before AMD a new socket. AMD's new X570 platform already supports PCIe 4.0, which means that a potential bullet has been dodged.
AMD is also launching high quality coolers with each of the new processors, with each Ryzen 7 and 9 coming with the RGB Wraith Prism cooler, which must support the Razer Chroma lighting to synchronize with the mouse, keyboard and other gaming gear.
For the first time in years, I'm wondering if I should choose AMD for the next gaming PC. I look forward to seeing what the reviewers find out in July.
In fact, AMD says that its 7nm Zenn cores are already on the right track, and Zen 4 is in the design stage. Intel, which has barely made it to the 10nm circuit, is focused on the possibly larger market for laptops so far, where AMD is still weak. We have no idea when Intel's 10nm parts will arrive, though the company has reminded us today that it will have more parts of the Intel Core X series for breeders this fall.
One last note: Not every part Ryzen 3000 has 7nm Zen 2 cores. The company is also announcing a pair of APUs today with embedded graphics, the Ryzen 5 3400G and the Ryzen 3 3200G, which technically have next generation CPUs combined with Vega graphics more powerful than before, which AMD is calling more powerful graphics on a desktop processor.