AMD announced a number of new products at the CES 2020 press conference, including the first Zen 2-based Ryzen 4000 mobile processors and the monstrous 64-core / 128-threaded third-generation Ryzen Threadripper. In addition to the new processors, the graphic front of the often-leaked Radeon RX 5600 XT has been made official, targeting 1080p players in the sweet spot of the GPU market — you can read more about Radeon RX 5600 XT here.
Thanks to performance and efficiency improvements coming through AMD’s Zen 2 architecture and the 7nm manufacturing process used to make the chips, the upcoming Ryzen 4000 mobile processors are poised to make serious waves starting this quarter and throughout the year. AMD claims to have 20% lower SOC power, 2X perf-per-watt, 5X faster state switching and significantly improved iGPU performance with the Ryzen 4000, which should give AMD a solid foundation on which Intel could gain serious share in the mobile devices market, which has dominated for many years. AMD already claims to have more than 100+ design victories that should debut in the first quarter and later in the year. We already had several machines in our hands from partners like ASUS, Dell and Lenovo.
The AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors will initially consist of a consumer-class U-Series processor for thin and light classes and an H-Series processor for gamers and content creators. Later in the year, the Pro Series Ryzen 4000 processors will target the enterprise market.
The flagship of the U-Series, the Ryzen 7 4800U, is an 8-core processor / 16-thread processor with a maximum turbo frequency of 4.2 GHz and an integrated Vega-derived 8-core GPU. It’s actually a smaller number of GPU cores than AMD’s previous-generation mobile processors, but due to some architectural improvements and the advantage of 7nm chip manufacturing frequency, AMD claims to have improved performance per graphics core by up to 59%. AMD also claims to have superior single-threaded CPU performance over current Intel processors and significantly better multi-threaded performance thanks to the increased number of cores / threads in the Ryzen 4000 series. The starting line of the Ryzen 4000 U-Series consists of five processors, starting with 4 cores / 4 threads Ryzen 5 4300U, and ending with the aforementioned Ryzen 7 4800U.
The Ryzen 4000 H-Series lineup initially consists of two processors, the 8-core / 16-thread Ryzen 7 4800H and the 6-core / 12-thRead Ryzen 5 4600H. These processors target slightly larger laptops that serve gamers and content creators, and have configurable TDPs of 35 to 45 watts, although in some configurations they can achieve TDPs of up to 54 watts; allow power and temperature.
AMD has made a few bold performance claims with the Ryzen 4000 H series. For example, compared to Intel’s Core i7-9750H, which targets a similar class of laptops, AMD claims roughly 5% better single-threaded performance and 46% better multi-threaded performance, with a large workload like the Cinebench R20. Despite its 45 W TDP, the Ryzen 7 4800H even managed to outperform Intel’s Core i7-9700K desktop processor.
AMD has also announced a new feature coming to a mobile platform called SmartShift. SmartShift will enable AMD-based laptops (AMD CPU + AMD GPU) to intelligently and dynamically utilize all available power and thermal space to optimize performance between CPU and GPU. Instead of a laptop manufacturer arbitrarily assigning a certain percentage of TDP to the CPU and GPU in its notebook design based on the capabilities of its heatsink, because AMD has real-time deep insight into the power and thermals of its processors, SmartShift can allocate available TDP space for a flight in progress.
At the other end of the spectrum, AMD has officially unveiled some new information regarding the 64-core / 128-thread Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. We already knew this processor was included, but now we have pricing and availability data to share. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X will have a base clock of 2.9 GHz, a 4.3 GHz amplifier and a significant 288 MB of cache. The chip will enter existing TRX40 motherboards and will be available on February 7thth, for a high 3990 USD.
In its presentation, AMD claimed that the Cinebench R20 scores north of 25,000, which is almost 3 times more than the performance of Intel’s flagship Core i9-10980XE. AMD also displayed reference numbers compared to the Intel Xeon Platinum dual-socket server system in V-RAY 3D rendering, where it surpasses the 56-core server setup in almost 30 minutes, but costs $ 10,000 less. Things really look promising for the Threadripper 3990X, and Intel definitely has reason to worry about further encroaching on AMD in this extremely lucrative sector of the premium X86 processor market.
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