“I don’t assume there’s any motive individuals would purchase an Intel processor after we do that,” says AMD’s Travis Kirsch.

It’s not the primary time throughout my weekend in Los Angeles that I’ve heard such hubris, however I’m beginning to surprise if it’s deserved. As a result of AMD is about to launch a wave of third gen Ryzen desktop CPUs that — on paper — sound like they may trounce Intel for the primary time in years.

At AMD’s Subsequent Horizon Gaming Occasion, on the outskirts of the E3 2019 gaming present, Kirsch isn’t even referring to the just-announced 16-core, 32-thread $750 Ryzen 9 3950X processor, which — with its 3.5GHz base clock, 4.7GHz enhance clock, an incredible 72MB of cache and an unheard-of 105W TDP for that many cores — sounds prefer it may give AMD’s personal 32-core Threadripper a run for its cash. (Even a 16-core Threadripper is rated at 180 watts; Intel’s 16-core has a 165W TDP, and every of them require costly motherboards with bigger sockets.)

I took the 16-core CPU for a spin… however although the sport felt buttery clean, there’s solely a lot you possibly can inform from a fast out-of-context recreation demo.
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No, Kirsch is definitely speaking about the remainder of the Ryzen 3000 lineup that AMD introduced at Computex two weeks in the past, and coming July seventh. As a result of immediately, the corporate is sharing knowledge that means that its new 7nm processors are usually not solely cheaper and extra energy environment friendly, not solely quicker at creator duties due to the extra cores, however neck-and-neck with Intel’s absolute best in gaming efficiency as nicely.

Right here’s a number of that knowledge from AMD’s slidedecks, so that you can peruse at your leisure:

AMD says that whereas 40 p.c of its velocity and effectivity boosts will be attributed to the smaller 7nm circuitry, 60 p.c is the brand new design of its Zen 2 cores, which supply a 15 p.c enhance over the earlier Zen structure clock for clock.

One of the spectacular demos I noticed on stage was focused straight at streamers, suggesting that although Intel and AMD would possibly play video games on the similar framerate, solely the AMD chip can allow you to stream extremely high-quality video to your Twitch viewers on the similar time:


After which there’s AMD’s declare that it’s added a lot cache to those chips — as much as 72MB — that we’re speaking about CPUs that may really make video games run meaningfully quicker:


Assuming all these claims stack up, it seems like AMD could possibly be a lovely various to Intel at each worth level.

Maybe most impressively, none of those new Ryzen processors — not even the 16-core — require a brand new measurement and form of chip. They’ll all match into most any present AM4 motherboard, because of AMD’s painstaking work designing a 12-layer substrate to route every of the brand new, smaller 7nm course of circuits to the prevailing AM4 pins that go into the socket in your board.


One of many routing layers devised to take care of AM4 compatibility

And AMD says it plans to maintain providing that sort of backward compatibility via 2020 and for the foreseeable future, as an alternative of creating you purchase a brand new board alongside your subsequent CPU improve. “It should actually take a serious inflection level within the platform expertise for us to maneuver off of socket AM4,” says AMD’s David McAfee, including that it might in all probability take a serious change in how reminiscence or PCI growth slots work earlier than AMD wants to maneuver to a brand new socket. AMD’s new X570 platform already helps PCIe 4.0, in order that’s one potential bullet dodged.

AMD’s additionally throwing in high-end inventory coolers with every of the brand new CPUs, with each Ryzen 7 and 9 coming with the RGB LED-lit Wraith Prism cooler, which ought to assist Razer Chroma lighting to sync up together with your mouse, keyboard and different gaming gear.


The Wraith Prism cooler. I noticed it gentle up in time with Razer peripherals.
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For the primary time in years, I’m questioning if I ought to select AMD for my subsequent gaming PC. I’m eagerly ready to see what reviewers uncover in July.

By the way in which, AMD says its 7nm Zen Three cores are already on observe, and Zen Four is within the design stage. Intel, which has barely simply made it all the way down to 10nm circuitry, is concentrated on the arguably bigger market of laptops for now the place AMD continues to be weak. We don’t know when Intel’s 10nm elements will arrive, although the corporate reminded us immediately that it’ll have extra Intel Core X sequence elements for creators this fall.

One final word: Not each Ryzen 3000 half has 7nm Zen 2 cores. The corporate’s additionally saying a pair of APUs immediately with built-in graphics, the Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G, that technically have last-gen CPUs mated with extra highly effective Vega graphics, which AMD’s calling probably the most highly effective graphics on a desktop processor.

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