AMD had a successful year with the launch of its new Zen 2 Architecture Ryzen 3rd Generation CPU. Further, it’s looking ahead for yet another successful year by announcing their 4th Generation Ryzen APU for mobile devices. They are entering the mobile market competing against Intel’s new 10th generation Ice Lake series mobile CPUs.
Ryzen 4th Generation APU goes head to head with Intel’s latest offerings and high-end SKUs
After dominating the CPU market in 2019, AMD is looking to step into the mobile market with its new and improved 4th Generation APU. AMD revealed the new Ryzen 4th Generation APU in the CES 2020 Press Conference. AMD ensured the new APU will be available over 100+ systems throughout the year. Buyers can get their hands on the new APU during Q1 of 2020.
AMD also announced its new Radeon RX 5600XT GPU. This GPU will be going head to head with Nvidia’s 1660Ti. The RX 5600XT based on AMD’s new 7nm RDNA architecture with PCIe Gen 4.0 interface.
AMD finally unveiled the beast that we were waiting for, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.
Ryzen 4000 Renoir APU Family
AMD unveiled their new APU family separated into 2 sections: The Low-Powered U series processors for ultralight and ultrabooks and the enthusiast-grade H series processors for gamers and content creators alike.
Manufactured on the new 7nm FinFET process node from TSMC, AMD is the first company to introduce 7nm x86 architecture CPU to laptops. The saddest part about these APUs are they ship with than older Vega Graphics rather than expected Navi Graphics. Even though they use the old Vega graphics, the Navi Engine used on the Vega Graphics increased the performance, such a relief. AMD has reduced the Vega Compute Units in all of its APU after they observed no performance degradation.
U-Series Ryzen Processors:
The Ryzen U series processors will have 5 products. The U series processor is available in 4 cores 4 threads CPU up to 8 cores 16 threads CPU. The Ryzen 7 4800U is their flagship low-powered processor. The model’s feature may vary from model to model as OEM might disable the SMT (Simultaneous Multithreading) on their products. AMD has shown tremendous feat by packing an 8 core 16 thread CPU in an ultrabook. These processors have a nominal TDP of 15W, but some models will be available with 25W TDP.
Many Laptop companies like Dell and Acer have already designed their new ultrabook around the new APU. Ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13, Razer Blade Stealth are likely to ship with the new APU. Pricing will also differ according to the CPU, AMD devices will cost significantly lower than Intel with similar performance. So the similarly configured Laptop like the Acer Aspire 3 will cost $599 for the AMD model and $699 for the Intel model.
The U-series APU ship with 8 Vega Compute Unit with performance uplift thanks to the new NAVI drivers. These APU will face off with Intel’s new 10th Generation CPU (Ice Lake). During the keynote, AMD presented with different slides showing IPC uplift and performance gain from the 7nm process node. They have obtained twice the performance compared to their older Ryzen 3000 APU. They also have reduced power usage by 20%, and the SoC also has a 5x less utilization of energy in power state entry and exit. The Ryzen APU will support the new LPDDRX4 RAM for better battery optimization. AMD was able to double the performance due to its new cores and SoC design utilizing lesser power compared to the 2nd Generation Laptop APUs.
Ryzen 7 4800U:
The Ryzen 7 4800U is the flagship processor for their ultrathin to ultrabook lineup. The flagship processor packs in a massive 8 cores and 16 threads and 12MB total cache memory inside it. The CPU has a base clock of 1.8GHz and a boost clock of 4.2GHz. The processors consume only 15W of power with Vega graphics inside it. The GPU has a clock speed of 1750MHz.
The Ryzen 7 4800U is compared and benchmarked with Intel’s latest top of the line Intel Core i7-1065G7. The Ryzen 7 4800U butchered the i7-1065G7 in 3 aspects of the test: Single-Threaded workload, Multi-Threaded workload, and graphical performance.This is the first time that we are seeing an 8 cores 16 threads CPU inside an ultrabook. With the introduction of more cores and performance, thin and light gaming now is fully possible.
H-Series Ryzen Processors:
AMD created the H-Series processor created for gamers and content creators who need more power to run their applications. H-series comes with a nominal 35W TDP. The TDP of the APU can vary according to the configuration ranging from 35W TDP to 45W TDP with 55W peak consumption.
The new Asus Zephyrus G14 is equipped with the Ryzen 7 4800H and other budget-oriented laptops like Asus TUF will house the Ryzen 5 4600H. Still no information is given on the performance as AMD hasn’t allowed any engineering or final model to be connected to internet or be benchmarked.
Ryzen 7 4800H:
The Ryzen 7 4800H has 8 cores /16 threads package. It has a base clock of 2.9GHz and a boost clock of 4.2GHz with 12MB total cache memory. AMD paired the Ryzen 7 4800H with 7 Vega Compute Unit, which has a base clock of 1600MHz.
The Ryzen 5 4600H comes with 2 variants. Both the option have a similar spec, rocking 6 cores / 12 threads with a base clock speed of 3.0GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.0GHz. It ships with 11MB total cache memory, and 6 Vega Compute Unit clocked at 1600MHz. The Ryzen 5 4600H ships with 45W TDP, whereas the Ryzen 5 4600HS ships with 35W TDP.
AMD claimed that the Ryzen 7 4800H performs better a full-fledged Intel Core i7-9700K in creation and gaming workload. That is a significant improvement as the APU takes in lesser power but performs on par with a higher TDP desktop CPU. AMD shared their benchmarking results comparing their lineup with Intel’s Core i7-9750H.
Athlon Series APU: Surprising Entry
The Athlon series was quite the surprise as AMD looks to accommodate the lower end of the market as well. The Athlon series APU is divided into 2 SKUs. Athlon Gold and Athlon Silver series. The Athlon Gold comes with 2 cores and 4 threads with a base clock speed of 2.4 GHz and a boost clock 3.3GHz. The Athlon Silver comes with 2 cores and 2 threads with a base clock of 2.3GHz and a boost clock of 3.2GHz. Both of the chips have 5MB, 15 W TDP, and has integrated Radeon Graphics.
The Athlon series APUs are target to the lower-end device like the Chromebook or low powered entertainment laptops used for regular web-browsing and content consumption.
Ryzen Threadripper 3990X: The Final Nail in Intel’s Coffin
Intel has been stomped by AMD in 2019 and looks like AMD is giving the final blow to Intel by revealing their new Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. As in our previous article, we suspected AMD to unveil the new 64 cores and 128 threads CPU in CES 2020, and we were somewhat right. After several leaks and information, AMD has finally showcased its monstrous HEDT platform CPU. As expected, the Theadripper 3990X is clocked at 2.9GHz and boosts up to 4.3GHz, 100MHz lower than the Threadripper 3970X. The CPU has 288MB total cache memory and a 280W TDP. The 3990X can be cooled a similar lineup of sTRX40 coolers. The CPU supports all the sTRX40 motherboards and CPU will set you back around $3,990. That an expensive CPU, but compared to Intel’s offerings, this is the best HEDT CPU on the market.
AMD showcased the benchmark result, and 3990X scored above 25,000 in CinebenchR20nT. If we see the 3990X at professional workloads, the 3990X finished rendering Terminator movie scene in 1 hour 3 minutes in V-ray application. In contrast, Intel’s top of the line dual Xeon Platinum 8280 finished the same render in 1 hour 30 minutes. The 3990X demolished Intel’s high-end premium CPUs by 30%. A single $3,990 chip destroyed 2 CPU costing over $20,000.
So these were some updates on AMD’s keynote. Yes, we haven’t talked about AMD’s new RX 5600 XT because that’s a topic for another day and the product isn’t that mouth-watering to talk about. We focused on talking about only about the CPU and APU. Further Update on the 5600XT will be published later. So please stay updated with us.