Our favorite time has come! New hardware releases have been announced! A few days ago, Dr. Lisa Su presented the AMD Keynote at Computex 2019 where she showed how AMD has come back with exciting processor innovations and its impact on the market. We have been seeing leaks and rumors regarding AMD CPU and GPU’s for the past six months creating excitement for the announcements. And now we can finally have some sort of confirmation!
The first announcement was related to supercomputers using AMD EPYC processors. AMD and Microsoft have partnered together to bring AMD EPYC CPU’s to the Azure Cloud. This will be the largest cluster of EPYC processors for intense large scale simulations. Dr. Lisa Su stated that Microsoft has been able to get 7500 times speed up using the Azure Cloud with EPYC processors compared to their previous performance. The 2nd generation EPYC processor “Rome” will be based on the 7nm process technology, have up to 64 cores, and have large compute capabilities. Rome processors have gained up to twice the performance per socket and up to four times the floating point performance socket.
The next announcement was on the Navi GPU. Sony previously announced that the next generation PlayStation will have a custom Zen 2 CPU and a custom Navi GPU. The Navi GPU will be based on the 7nm process using RDNA Architecture also known as Radeon DNA. The RDNA Architecture will have 1.25 times the performance per clock from the previous generation Vega Architecture. With the combination of the 7nm process and the RDNA Architecture, AMD is seeing more than 1.5 times the performance per watt capabilities of the Navi GPU. The first Navi GPU was also demoed on stage showing roughly 10% more performance on an early demo of the game Strange Brigade. The demo was between the RTX 2070 and the new Radeon RX 5700. The RX 5000 series video cards will be releasing in July of 2019.
The final announcement made at the AMD Keynote was about the 3rd generation AMD Ryzen processors. These processors are based on the new Zen 2 architecture which was stated to have a 15% IPC uplift, twice the cache size and twice the floating point capabilities of the previous generation. Dr. Lisa Su announced the top tier 3rd generation Ryzen family with the Ryzen 7 3700x, Ryzen 7 3800x, and the Ryzen 9 3900x. When released, they will be priced at $329 for the 3700x, $399 for the 3800x, and $499 for the 3900x. The new Zen 2 architecture using the 7nm process has allowed these chips to significantly reduce their power draw; the 3700x has a 65w TDP, 3800x 105w TDP, and 3900x 105w TDP. Both the 3700x and the 3800x are 8 core 16 thread chips with base frequencies at 3.60 GHz and 3.90 GHz, the 3900x will be a 12 core 24 thread chip with 3.80 GHz and 4.6 GHz boost. These chips look very promising on paper and the AMD’s internal testing looks like the Zen 2 processors will be very good competitors to Intel. We will have to wait until the release date of July 7, 2019 to see third party testing and performance numbers.
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