AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su has just finished her keynote at Computex 2019. The backbone of this keynote for the general enthusiast revolved around 3rd Gen. Ryzen CPU’s, the new Navi graphics and PCIe 4.0.
Let’s start with Navi and the RX 5700. The demo’s shows were rather impressive, however this should be expected because a failed demo at Computex would not be a great look. The Navi architecture will be 7nm, use less power and have a more streamlined design to try and improve bandwidth and make more use of the PCIe 4.0 capabilities. 10% is the number AMD has floated for performance improvement over the RTX 2070, but only time will tell.
Next up is the PCIe 4.0 capabilities of the x570 chipset and the new Ryzen 3000 series chips. The demo provided was running a new 3D Mark PCIe express feature test and showed just how much of a margin the PCIe 4.0 specification can provide. This was very impressive and did show a very large gap between current and next generation technology, however until this is widely available and all of the competitors are using this specification, we will not know how good or bad the AMD ecosystem really is.
Finally, in my mind the star of the show was the Zen2 Ryzen 3000 CPU’s. The single threaded performance was a match for the comparable intel, this admission in my mind was refreshing. The multi-threaded performance was a different story. AMD was able to demonstrate a solid performance gain over comparable intel chips and at a lower power consumption point. This is likely due to the 7nm technology being used however it is great to see AMD stepping up and throwing so shade at Intel. It will be nice to see these chips in the wild and just how Intel will respond. AMD focused mainly on their Ryzen 7 chips equipped with 8c/16t, the big brother 3800x coming in at a nice 4.5Ghz boost clock with the little boy 3700x sitting at 4.4GHz boost. This did not tickle that magic 5GHz number that people really wanted however it is still a good point from the factory. To show the world what they can do in a desktop package AMD then rolled out with the Ryzen 9 chip boasting 12c/24t and a 4.6GHz boost which will really push what their lineup is capable of and hopefully kick intel where it hurts.
To be clear I do like Intel, but my excitement here comes from the fact that they may finally have some solid competition in the market, and this can only be good for the consumer. The 3rd Generation Ryzen processors will go on sale July 7th and Dr. Lisa Su made a point of saying “all”, therefore I would expect to see the full lineup including the Ryzen 9 3900x chip.
More information about Navi should be provided at the E3 live stream on June 10th.