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AMD is battling out Intel and NVIDIA with its new reveals at CES 2019 – here’s what you need to know

2019 could be a great year for AMD!

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  • AMD just unveiled the world’s first 7nm graphics processor at CES 2019, aimed for both gamers and creative professionals
  • The company also unveiled the new Ryzen 3, which impressively beats out Intel’s Core-i9 K-series by a small margin using Cinebench
  • AMD also announced new Ryzen mobile chips, A-series chips and the second-generation EPYC server processors
  • It seems that AMD has mastered the 7nm manufacturing process 

This year’s CES may be halfway done but things are just starting to get exciting.

On its keynote at CES 2019, AMD has announced some new products, taking on both of its rivals Intel and Nvidia in both the processor and graphics department. The company’s CEO, Lisa Su, has teased what’s in store for AMD this year during her presentation.

The new Ryzen 3

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What AMD is planning to do first in 2019 is to give their Ryzen chips a new refresh, which would be available in mid-2019.

AMD CEO Lisa Su holding the new Ryzen 3 chip (Photo: AMD keynote at CES)

Ryzen 3 will utilize AMD’s Zen 2 core architecture, which consists of two chiplets (pictured above, CEO Lisa Su holding the chip) that could handle up to 16 threads, of course, made out of the 7nm process. The larger chiplet contains the I/O part, which facilitates communication with the whole system.

It is also revealed by Su that the new Ryzen 3 will be the first to support the new PCIe 4.0 standard, which doubles its predecessor’s transfer rate, supporting up to 16 gigatransfers.

It seems so powerful, beating even Intel’s Core i9-K series on Cinebench by a smaller margin, posting 2,023 points. Details about the chip are limited, we don’t even know its clock speeds yet. But one thing is for sure, that chip only consumed 133 watts of power throughout the whole Cinebench time.


New Ryzen mobile and AMD A-series chips

AMD also took to stage their new Ryzen mobile processors. The second-generation Ryzen 3000 Series Mobile Processors were based on the 12nm process, which are designed for thin and light laptops.

According to AMD, its new Ryzen 7 3700U mobile chip could outperform Intel‘s Core i7-8550U in editing by up to 29 percent. The new chips also takes in Qualcomm‘s Always Connected PC platform.

Mobile APU Cores/Threads Process Node L2 & L3 Cache Base/Boost Frequency Vega GPU Cores GPU Frequency TDP
Ryzen 7 3750H 4/8 12nm 6MB 2.3/4.0GHz 10 1400MHz 35w
Ryzen 7 3700U 4/8 12nm 6MB 2.3/4.0GHz 10 1400MHz 15w
Ryzen 5 3550H 4/8 12nm 6MB 2.1/3.7GHz 8 1200MHz 35w
Ryzen 5 3500U 4/8 12nm 6MB 2.1/3.7GHz 8 1200MHz 15w
Ryzen 5 3300U 4/4 12nm 6MB 2.1/3.5GHz 6 1200MHz 15w
Ryzen 3 3300U 2/4 12nm 5MB 2.6/2.6GHz 3 1200MHz 15w
Athlon 300U 2/4 14nm 5MB 2.4/2.4GHz 3 1000MHz 15w

The company also pushes in the Chromebook market with its A-series processors for mobile. Its new A-series chips are up to 23 percent faster at web browsing and application performance compared to Intel’s Celeron N3550 and Pentium N4200, and even outperforming Intel processors by as much as 42 percent, as per AMD claims.

The new Radeon VII GPU

Meet the world’s first 7nm graphics processor courtesy of AMD – the Radeon VII, based on the company’s Vega architecture.

Built for gamers, content creators and creative professionals, the new Radeon VII packs 60 compute units and are clocked at 1.8GHz, which is capable of delivering 25-percent more performance while maintaining the same power requirements as the Radeon RX 590. It also supports 16GB of high-bandwidth memory (HBM) which are capable of terabyte-per-second bandwidth.

AMD CEO Lisa Su holding a graphics card with the new Radeon VII GPU inside at her CES 2019 keynote

The Radeon VII will take gaming to 4K at max settings, compared to the RX 590 which only did 1080p at most. The company showcased live performance demos of titles such as Division 2 and Devil May Cry 5.

AMD’s Radeon VII will be available for $699 starting February 7, bundled with either Devil May Cry 5Resident Evil 2 or Division 2 in early GPU units for free.

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Second-generation EPYC server processors

AMD is also giving its EPYC server processors an upgrade with its announcement of the second-generation EPYC processors.

Lisa Su said in an on-stage demonstration that a single second-gen EPYC chip was capable of delivering up to 15 percent faster performance than dual Intel Xeon processors. It’ll be also based on the Zen 2 architecture and will be manufactured with the 7nm process as well.

The second-generation EPYC chips will start shipping in mid-2019.

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