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AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 Mobile Processors Revealed!

AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 Mobile Processors Revealed!

AMD just introduced the Ryzen PRO 5000 mobile processors, with new Zen 3 cores for professional laptops!

Here is EVERYTHING AMD has revealed so far about the new AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 mobile processors!

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 : Zen 3 For Mobile Business Laptops!

The AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 uses the new AMD Zen 3 architecture, and is fabricated on the 7 nm process.

The Zen 3 architecture delivers 19% more instructions per cycle (IPC) over the last generation, thanks to these new features :

  • improved load / store performance and flexibility
  • L3 cache doubled to 16 MB vs. 8 MB in 4000 Series
  • unified L3 cache accessible to all cores
  • wider issue in floating point and integer engines
  • Zero Bubble branch prediction

The new mobile processors also uses a single, monolithic die, which eliminates the I/O latency between dies.

Placeholder : AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 tech briefing video coming soon!

In addition to its improved performance, the AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 mobile processors also come with these AMD PRO technologies :

  • AMD PRO security provides a multi-layered approach to security features by embedding defenses at every level, from silicon through operating system.
    – AMD Memory Guard, automatically enabled on Microsoft Secured-Core PCs, helps enable data and identity protection, while
    – AMD Shadow Stack helps provide hardware enabled protection against malware attacks.
  • AMD PRO manageability enables a full manageability feature set for simplified deployment, imaging and management that is compatible with modern IT infrastructures.
    AMD Ryzen PRO processors offer full support for Microsoft Endpoint Manager to deliver a flexible and integrated cloud management solution.
  • AMD PRO business ready technologies bring enterprise-grade computing solutions designed for quality and reliability, in addition to platform longevity.
    AMD Ryzen PRO processors feature 18-months of planned software stability and 24-months of planned availability.

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 : Models + Specifications

AMD announced three Ryzen PRO 5000 models to replace the three Ryzen PRO 4000 models from last year.

  • Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U : 8C/16T | 15W | 1.9 to 4.4 GHz | 20 MB cache
  • Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U : 6C/12T | 15W | 2.3 to 4.2 GHz | 19 MB cache
  • Ryzen 3 PRO 5450U : 4C/8T | 15W | 2.6 to 4.0 GHz | 10 MB cache

For easier comparison, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Ryzen 7
PRO
5850U
Ryzen 5
PRO
5650U
Ryzen 3
PRO
5450U
Process 7 nm
Cores / Threads 8 / 16 6 / 12 4 / 8
Base Clock 1.9 GHz 2.3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.4 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.0 GHz
L2 Cache 4 MB 3 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 16 MB 8 MB
TDP 15 W

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 : Availability

According to AMD, enterprise customers will be able to purchase the new Ryzen PRO 5000 laptops from top PC vendors like HP and Lenovo starting in Q2, 2021.

 

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Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Adaptive Undervolting Comes To Ryzen!

AMD just introduced Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2), which introduces adaptive undervolting for Ryzen processors, amongst other improvements.

Find out what Precision Boost Overdrive 2 offers, and what effect it has on performance of AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors!

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Improved Overclocking + Adaptive Undervolting!

Precision Boost Overdrive is the dynamic overclocking capability built into AMD Ryzen processors, with these features :

  • raises socket power limit
  • raises motherboard VRM limit
  • can override max boost frequency
  • primarily designed to improve multi-thread performance

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2) comes with all of the original PBO features, as well as these new features :.

  • improved single-thread performance
  • adds adaptive undervolting capability
  • adds standalone undervolting capability for AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processors
  • improved performance per watt.
  • can lower operating temperatures.
  • ability to customise voltages and frequencies to a specific processor.

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Curve Optimizer

The new adaptive undervolting capability in Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2) is achieved through the Curve Optimizer.

The new Curve Optimizer tells the firmware what window of undervolting is desired, and adapts to both light and heavy workloads.

Undervolting, however, will not be done with raw millivolts. Instead, it will be applied with “counts“.

  • 1 Count is approximately 3 mV ~ 5 mV. This range means less undervolting during high loads, and more undervolting when the load is lower.
  • You can adjust the voltage by +/- 30 Counts. 30 Counts would be a range of 90~150 mV.
  • The adjustments can be applied per core, or on all cores.

The Curve Optimizer algorithm is adaptive – so it will automatically underplot when the circumstances are suitable, and restore voltage when it needs to.

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Performance Boost

According to AMD, PBO2 offers better single-threaded performance than the original PBO.

Enabling it will let the Ryzen 7 5800X deliver 2.6% better 1T performance in CINEBENCH R20, while the Ryzen 9 5900X delivers 2% better 1T performance.

Hardly earth-shattering performance, but hey, it’s free!

Multi-threaded performance also gets a small but nice boost from PBO2.

AMD says the Ryzen 7 5800X should get a 2.2% boost, while the Ryzen 9 5900X gets a very nice 10% boost in multi-threaded performance!

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : System Requirements

Here are the system requirements for Precision Boost Overdrive 2 to work :

  • AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processor
  • AMD 500 or 400 Series motherboard
  • Motherboard BIOS based on AMD AGESA 1.1.8.0 or later

The PBO2 update is available for all AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors through a motherboard BIOS upgrade available in December 2020.

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors : Where To Buy?

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

 

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AMD Zen 3 Tech Report : What’s New, What’s Unchanged?

Take a look at what’s new in the AMD Zen 3 microarchitecture, and what they borrowed from the last-gen Zen 2 microarchitecture!

 

AMD Zen 3 Architecture

Codename Vermeer, Zen 3 is the next evolution of the AMD Zen architecture.

While it obviously borrowed considerably from the existing Zen 2 architecture, AMD says it is a ground-up redesign that with major performance and functionality improvements in every area of the core.

These architectural changes allow Zen 3-based processors, like the Ryzen 5000 series, to deliver a 19% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC).

Front-End Enhancements

  • Faster fetching, especially for branchy and large-footprint code
  • L1 branch target buffer doubled in size to 1024 entries for better prediction latency
  • Improved branch predictor bandwidth
  • Faster recovery from misprediction
  • “No bubble” prediction capabilities to make back-to-back predictions more quickly and better handle branchy code
  • Faster sequencing of op-cache fetches
  • Finer granularity in switching of op-cache pipes

Execution Engines

  • Reduce latency and enlarge structures to extract higher instruction-level parallelism (ILP)
  • New dedicated branch and st-data pickers for integer, now at 10 issues per cycle (+3 vs. Zen 2)
  • Larger integer window at +32 vs. Zen 2
  • Reduced latency for select float and int operations
  • Floating point has increased bandwidth by +2 for a total of 6-wide dispatch and issue
  • Floating point FMAC is now 1 cycle faster

Load Store

  • Larger structures and better prefetching to support the enhanced execution engine bandwidth
  • Overall higher bandwidth to feed the appetite of the larger/faster execution resources
  • Higher load bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1
  • Higher store bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1
  • More flexibility in load/store operations
  • Improved memory dependence detection
  • +4 table walkers in the TLB

SOC Architecture

  • Reduce dependency on main memory accesses, reduce core-to-core latency, reduce core-to-cache latency.
  • Unify all cores in a CCD into a single unified complex consisting of 4, 6, or 8 contiguous cores
  • Unify all L3 cache in a CCD into a single contiguous element of up to 32 MB
  • Rearchitect core/cache communication into a ring system

 

AMD Zen 3 SoC Design

In addition to micro architectural improvements, Zen 3 (Vermeer) also features SoC design changes.

In Zen 2, each CCD (Compute Die) is made up of two CCX (core complexes), each with a 16 MB L3 cache.

Zen 3 uses a unified complex, in which each CCD now contains a single CCX with a unified 32 MB L3 cache.

This unified CCD design completely eliminates CCX-to-CCX communication, greatly improving core-to-core latency.

On the other hand, AMD reused the chiplet design, with one or two CCDs (fabricated on 7 nm) paired with a 12 nm IOD (I/O Die).

Reads from CCD to IO are still 2X write, to conserve die area and transistor budget. And it uses the same IOD from Matisse (Zen 2).

 

AMD Zen 3 Transistor Count + Die Size

The new Zen 3 CCD has 4.15 billion transistors, with a die size of 80.7 mm². That’s up from the 3.8 billion transistors and a die size of 74 mm² for the Zen 2 CCD.

The Matisse-era IOD remains the same – 2.09 billion transistors, with a die size of 125 mm².

They will both be manufactured using the same 7 nm TSMC process for CCD, and 12 nm Global Foundries process for IOD.

Core Die Zen 3 Zen 2
Process 7 nm TSMC
Transistors 4.15 billion 3.8 billion
Die Size 80.7 mm² 74 mm²
I/O Die Zen 3 Zen 2
Process 12 nm GoFlo
Transistors 2.09 billion
Die Size 125 mm²

 

AMD Zen 3 Precision Boost : No Change

Precision Boost 2 in Zen 3 remains the same as that of Zen 2, just with higher frequencies to “play with”.

It is an opportunistic boost algorithm that drives the loaded cores to the highest possible frequency, until it hits any one of these limits :

  • socket power
  • VRM thermal limit
  • VRM current limit
  • maximum clock speed

Precision Boost 2 will dynamically analyse and boost or dither the core clock speeds every 1 ms using the Infinity Fabric command and control functions.

In this example of the new Ryzen 9 5900X with a base clock of 3.7 GHz and a boost clock of 4.8 GHz, Precision Boost 2 will typically result in frequencies of 4.4 GHz to 4.6 GHz, even with 24 threads running at the same time.

 

AMD Zen 3 Voltage Range : No Change

Despite the changes in the microarchitecture and SoC design, Zen 3 processors will continue to be engineered with the same voltage range as Zen- and Zen 2-based processors.

The typical voltage range will vary according to usage, but basically, Zen 3 processors, like the Ryzen 5000 series, will support 0.2 V to 1.5 V.

 

AMD Zen 3 Temperature Range : No Change

AMD Zen 3-based processors will also have the same temperature ranges as Zen- and Zen 2-based processors.

Note : The temperature range below assumes an enclosed chassis, and an air-conditioned room.

 

AMD Zen 3 Memory Overclocking : No Change

Only the Zen 3 core chiplet die (CCD) is new in the Ryzen 5000 series processors. They continue to use the same IO die (IOD) as the 3rd Gen Ryzen processors.

Therefore, the relationship between Infinity Fabric Clock (fclk), Memory Controller Clock (uclk) and Memory Clock (mclk) remains the same.

For optimal performance, they are synchronous – in a 1:1:1 ratio. But users can choose a 1:1:2 ratio if they have trouble overclocking memory.

 

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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X In-Depth Review : 16-Core Behemoth!

Built on the new Zen 3 architecture, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X promises to offer unparalleled 16-core, 32-thread performance!

Take a look at its performance in our in-depth review, and find out why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Built On Zen 3

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series is designed using the new AMD Zen 3 architecture, which promises to deliver 19% more instructions per cycle (IPC) over the last generation, thanks to these new features :

  • improved load / store performance and flexibility
  • double the size of directly-accessible L3 cache per core
  • a unified 8-core complex (CCX) with direct access to the 32 MB L3 cache
  • wider issue in floating point and integer engines
  • Zero Bubble branch prediction

The new architecture also reduces memory latency through improved core and cache communication, and offer a higher maximum boost clock.

This allows the Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors to deliver up to 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the competition.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax, in Malaysia :

  • Malaysia : RM 3,699 (~US$889) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 799

Note : It comes with a free copy of Far Cry 6

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x IOD
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X comes in a slimmer box, because it doesn’t come with any bundled cooler.

The last-generation Ryzen 9 3900X, you may recall, came with the Wraith Prism cooler.

 

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X has sixteen Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.4 GHz base clock, and a 4.9 GHz boost clock.

It has a 105 watt TDP, and supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), which means it can handle up to 32 threads simultaneously.

Like the 3rd Gen Ryzen, it has 512 KB L2 cache per core, for an 8 MB L2 cache size; and a massive 64 MB L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X can be installed unto existing AMD 500 series motherboards, and later, the AMD 400 series as well, after a simple BIOS update.

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AMD Zen 3 Architecture

Codename Vermeer, Zen 3 is the next evolution of the Zen architecture, delivering a 19% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) through these improvements :

Front-End Enhancements

  • Faster fetching, especially for branchy and large-footprint code
  • L1 branch target buffer doubled in size to 1024 entries for better prediction latency
  • Improved branch predictor bandwidth
  • Faster recovery from misprediction
  • “No bubble” prediction capabilities to make back-to-back predictions more quickly and better handle branchy code
  • Faster sequencing of op-cache fetches
  • Finer granularity in switching of op-cache pipes

Execution Engines

  • Reduce latency and enlarge structures to extract higher instruction-level parallelism (ILP)
  • New dedicated branch and st-data pickers for integer, now at 10 issues per cycle (+3 vs. Zen 2)
  • Larger integer window at +32 vs. Zen 2
  • Reduced latency for select float and int operations
  • Floating point has increased bandwidth by +2 for a total of 6-wide dispatch and issue
  • Floating point FMAC is now 1 cycle faster

Load Store

  • Larger structures and better prefetching to support the enhanced execution engine bandwidth
  • Overall higher bandwidth to feed the appetite of the larger/faster execution resources
  • Higher load bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1
  • Higher store bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1
  • More flexibility in load/store operations
  • Improved memory dependence detection
  • +4 table walkers in the TLB

SOC Architecture

  • Reduce dependency on main memory accesses, reduce core-to-core latency, reduce core-to-cache latency.
  • Unify all cores in a CCD into a single unified complex consisting of 4, 6, or 8 contiguous cores
  • Unify all L3 cache in a CCD into a single contiguous element of up to 32MB
  • Rearchitect core/cache communication into a ring system

 

AMD Zen 3 SoC Design

In addition to micro architectural improvements, Zen 3 (Vermeer) also features SoC design changes.

In Zen 2, each CCD (Compute Die) is made up of two CCX (core complexes), each with a 16 MB L3 cache.

Zen 3 uses a unified complex, in which each CCD now contains a single CCX with a unified 32 MB L3 cache.

This unified CCD design eliminates CCX-to-CCX communication, greatly improving core-to-core latency.

On the other hand, AMD reused the chiplet design, with one or two CCDs (fabricated on 7 nm) paired with a 12 nm IOD (I/O Die).

Reads from CCD to IO are still 2X write, to conserve die area and transistor budget. And it uses the same IOD from Matisse (Zen 2).

The new Zen 3 CCD has 4.15 billion transistors, with a die size of 80.7 mm². The Matisse-era IOD remains the same – 2.09 billion transistors, with a die size of 125 mm².

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the content creation and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Cores /
Threads
Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
Memory
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 / 32 3.4 GHz 4.9 GHz 8 MB 64 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 / 16 3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 1.5 MB 12 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 4 / 8 3.8 GHz 4.3 GHz 2 MB 16 MB DDR4-3200

Here are the specifications of the Intel and AMD testbeds we used.

Intel Testbed AMD Testbed
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F-Gaming ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (GeForce 457.09)
Storage 1 TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : 3D Rendering Speed

CINEBENCH R20 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software.

It is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R20 Single Core Performance

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

Like the Ryzen 7 5800X, the Ryzen 9 5950X broke past the 600 mark, and was 22.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

Because it has a 11.4% higher boost clock, that works out to a 10% better performance per clock, over the last-generation Ryzen.

CINEBENCH R20 Multi Core Performance

The Multi Core test shows the processor’s real-world 3D rendering performance.

A score of almost 9900! That makes it 66% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X, and 2X faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, both 8-core, 16-thread processors.

Multi-Threading Boost

This is not a CINEBENCH benchmark result. The Multi-Threading Boost is our calculation of the performance boost that the processor’s Multi-Threading capability provides.

For some reason, the Ryzen 9 5950X doesn’t benefit at all from its SMT capability.

That’s why it only has a 66% performance advantage over the Ryzen 7 5800X, despite having twice as many cores.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Transcoding Speed

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility, which converts a video file from one resolution / format to another.

As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive, which makes it a great benchmark for multi-core processors. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

Very nice! The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X was 30% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X, 44% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X and 74% faster than Ryzen 7 2700X.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Radial Blur Speed

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores.

This radial blur test was performed on Photoshop 2020 using a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

This is a huge boost in performance! The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X was 87% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X, 2.33X faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X and 2.67X faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X.

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Synthetic Game Test : 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which supports DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X was 5% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X20% faster than Ryzen 7 3700X, and 40% faster than Ryzen 7 2700X.

Of course, the CPU only has a slight influence on a game’s performance, so its effect on the overall gaming score is less significant.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X was 20% faster than Ryzen 7 5800X, 81% faster than Ryzen 7 3700X, and 2.3X faster than Ryzen 7 2700X and Core i7-8700K.

Now check out the processors’ effect on the overall gaming score… Obviously, CPU performance only has a small effect at this resolution.

 

F1 2019

F1 2019 is a racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019. We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that. The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X delivered 6% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 12% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 2700X!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution though, the effect of CPU performance was negligible, even with the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had no effect. The game was graphics-limited, not CPU-limited.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively recent third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X topped this comparison, tying with the Ryzen 7 5800X.

It delivered 16% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 20% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution up to 1440p, it really didn’t matter that much which processor we used. They all performed about the same.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had absolutely no effect. The game was completely graphics-limited.

 

Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018. We tested it in three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

CPU performance had only a small effect on frame rates in Strange Brigade, even at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, they were virtually all equal in performance. The game was already graphics-limited.

2160p Gaming Resolution

It was the same at 4K, of course – the game was completely graphics-limited.

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game, released in February 2019. We tested it in three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Metro Exodus is graphics-intensive, so CPU performance has limited effect on its frame rate.

1440p Gaming Resolution

All of the processors performed the same at 1440p, with a slight edge to the Core i7-8700K.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the game was completely graphics-limited, so it didn’t matter which processor we tested.

 

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

In this game, the single core CPU performance has a significant effect on the actual frame rate.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The Ryzen 9 5950X delivered 9% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 5800X21% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K, and 23% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the Ryzen 9 5950X delivered 7% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 5800X, and 23% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Even at 4K, CPU performance mattered in Ashes of the Singularity. The Ryzen 9 5950X delivered just 2% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 5800X, and 14% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Our Verdict + Award!

Thanks to the new Zen 3 core optimisations and SoC design, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X offers a nice leap forward in performance.

It offers significantly better single-core and multi-core performance over the last generation, offering a nice boost to both content creation and gaming performance.

As our benchmark results show, the Ryzen 9 5950X offers a large performance boost over the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 7 2700X, and even the new Ryzen 7 5800X.

With 16 cores that support up to 32 threads, it barrels through everything thrown at it without a sweat.

But while AMD has highlighted the Ryzen 9 5950X as a great processor for gaming, it’s really best for serious content creation work.

It’s not that it won’t work well in games, it’s just overkill for games.

We cannot emphasise this great point about the Ryzen 9 5950X – even though it uses a new Zen 3 microarchitecture, it continues to use the AM4 socket.

If you have an existing AMD 500 Series motherboard, you can just pop in the Ryzen 9 5950X after a BIOS upgrade.

Those on AMD 400 Series motherboards will have to wait until Q1 2020, before they receive BIOS upgrades to support Zen 3.

In our Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 7 5800X reviews, we pointed out that they were priced significantly higher than their predecessors.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is priced at $799 (RM3,699) – a $50 (RM550) premium over the last-generation Ryzen 9 3950X, which had a launch price of $749 (RM3,149).

But this time, it comes with a free copy of the upcoming game – Far Cry 6 Standard Edition, which is priced at $56.99.

Paradoxically, this makes the Ryzen 9 5950X the best deal of the Ryzen 5000 series, if you can afford it, of course!

That’s why we believe it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, AMD!

So who should, or should NOT, buy the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X?

  • Buy : If you want the best possible 16-core processor for a new content creation system.
  • Buy : If you are upgrading from a first-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Buy : If you need more computing cores than your current system.
  • Consider : If you are upgrading from a second-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Skip : If you are already using a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax, in Malaysia :

  • Malaysia : RM 3,699 (~US$889) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 799

Note : It comes with a free copy of Far Cry 6

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x IOD
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X In-Depth Review : 8-Core Powerhouse!

Built on the new Zen 3 architecture, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X promises to offer a leap forward in performance.

Take a look at its performance in our in-depth review, and find out if this is the Ryzen for you!

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Built On Zen 3

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series is designed using the new AMD Zen 3 architecture, which promises to deliver 19% more instructions per cycle (IPC) over the last generation, thanks to these new features :

  • improved load / store performance and flexibility
  • double the size of directly-accessible L3 cache per core
  • a unified 8-core complex (CCX) with direct access to the 32 MB L3 cache
  • wider issue in floating point and integer engines
  • Zero Bubble branch prediction

The new architecture also reduces memory latency through improved core and cache communication, and offer a higher maximum boost clock.

This allows the Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors to deliver up to 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the competition.

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor will be available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax :

  • Malaysia : RM 2,049 (~US$493) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 449

Note : It comes with a free copy of Far Cry 6

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
CCD Count 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x IOD
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X comes in a slimmer box, because it doesn’t come with any bundled cooler.

The last-generation Ryzen 7 3800X, you may recall, came with the Wraith Prism cooler.

 

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X has eight Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.8 GHz base clock, and a 4.7 GHz boost clock.

It has a 105 watt TDP, and supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), which means it can handle up to 16 threads simultaneously.

Like the 3rd Gen Ryzen, it has 512 KB L2 cache per core, for a 4 MB L2 cache size; and a large 32 MB L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X can be installed unto existing AMD 500 series motherboards, and later, the AMD 400 series as well, after a simple BIOS update.

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AMD Zen 3 Architecture

Codename Vermeer, Zen 3 is the next evolution of the Zen architecture, delivering a 19% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) through these improvements :

Front-End Enhancements

  • Faster fetching, especially for branchy and large-footprint code
  • L1 branch target buffer doubled in size to 1024 entries for better prediction latency
  • Improved branch predictor bandwidth
  • Faster recovery from misprediction
  • “No bubble” prediction capabilities to make back-to-back predictions more quickly and better handle branchy code
  • Faster sequencing of op-cache fetches
  • Finer granularity in switching of op-cache pipes

Execution Engines

  • Reduce latency and enlarge structures to extract higher instruction-level parallelism (ILP)
  • New dedicated branch and st-data pickers for integer, now at 10 issues per cycle (+3 vs. Zen 2)
  • Larger integer window at +32 vs. Zen 2
  • Reduced latency for select float and int operations
  • Floating point has increased bandwidth by +2 for a total of 6-wide dispatch and issue
  • Floating point FMAC is now 1 cycle faster

Load Store

  • Larger structures and better prefetching to support the enhanced execution engine bandwidth
  • Overall higher bandwidth to feed the appetite of the larger/faster execution resources
  • Higher load bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1
  • Higher store bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1
  • More flexibility in load/store operations
  • Improved memory dependence detection
  • +4 table walkers in the TLB

SOC Architecture

  • Reduce dependency on main memory accesses, reduce core-to-core latency, reduce core-to-cache latency.
  • Unify all cores in a CCD into a single unified complex consisting of 4, 6, or 8 contiguous cores
  • Unify all L3 cache in a CCD into a single contiguous element of up to 32MB
  • Rearchitect core/cache communication into a ring system

 

AMD Zen 3 SoC Design

In addition to micro architectural improvements, Zen 3 (Vermeer) also features SoC design changes.

In Zen 2, each CCD (Compute Die) is made up of two CCX (core complexes), each with a 16 MB L3 cache.

Zen 3 uses a unified complex, in which each CCD now contains a single CCX with a unified 32 MB L3 cache.

This unified CCD design eliminates CCX-to-CCX communication, greatly improving core-to-core latency.

On the other hand, AMD reused the chiplet design, with one or two CCDs (fabricated on 7 nm) paired with a 12 nm IOD (I/O Die).

Reads from CCD to IO are still 2X write, to conserve die area and transistor budget. And it uses the same IOD from Matisse (Zen 2).

The new Zen 3 CCD has 4.15 billion transistors, with a die size of 80.7 mm². The Matisse-era IOD remains the same – 2.09 billion transistors, with a die size of 125 mm².

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the content creation and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Cores /
Threads
Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
Memory
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 / 16 3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 3 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 1.5 MB 12 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 4 / 8 3.8 GHz 4.3 GHz 2 MB 16 MB DDR4-3200

Here are the specifications of the Intel and AMD testbeds we used.

Intel Testbed AMD Testbed
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F-Gaming ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (GeForce 457.09)
Storage 1 TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : 3D Rendering Speed

CINEBENCH R20 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software.

It is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R20 Single Core Performance

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

Look at that! What a phenomenal boost in single-core performance!

The Ryzen 7 5800X broke past the 600 mark, and was 22.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, even though it only has a 6.8% higher boost clock!

That works out to a 14.7% better performance per clock, over the last-generation Ryzen.

CINEBENCH R20 Multi Core Performance

The Multi Core test shows the processor’s real-world 3D rendering performance.

A score of almost 6000! That’s 23.6% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, which is also an 8-core, 16-thread processor.

It was actually 58.8% faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which makes it a great upgrade for the older 8-core, 16-thread processor.

Multi-Threading Boost

This is not a CINEBENCH benchmark result. The Multi-Threading Boost is our calculation of the performance boost that the processor’s Multi-Threading capability provides.

Interestingly, the Ryzen 7 5800X has better SMT performance than the Ryzen 5 5600X, even though they both use a single CCD.

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Transcoding Speed

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility, which converts a video file from one resolution / format to another.

As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive, which makes it a great benchmark for multi-core processors. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

That’s a nice speed bump! The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X was 10.4% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X and 33.8% faster than Ryzen 7 2700X.

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Radial Blur Speed

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores.

This radial blur test was performed on Photoshop 2020 using a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

This is a big boost in performance! The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X was 24.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X and 42.3% faster than both Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 5600X.

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Synthetic Game Test : 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which supports DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X was 14.3% faster than Ryzen 7 3700X, and 33% faster than Ryzen 7 2700X.

Of course, the CPU only has a slight influence on a game’s performance, so its effect on the overall gaming score is less significant.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X was 20% faster than Ryzen 7 3700X, and 40% faster than Ryzen 5 5600X.

Now check out the processors’ effect on the overall gaming score… Obviously, CPU performance only has a small effect at this resolution.

 

F1 2019

F1 2019 is a racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019. We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X delivered 6.5% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 12.5% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 2700X!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution though, the effect of CPU performance was negligible, even with the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had no effect. The game was graphics-limited, not CPU-limited.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively recent third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X topped this comparison, tying with the Ryzen 5 5600X.

It delivered 17% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 21% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution up to 1440p, it really didn’t matter that much which processor we used. They all performed about the same.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had absolutely no effect. The game was completely graphics-limited.

 

Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018. We tested it in three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

CPU performance had only a small effect on frame rates in Strange Brigade, even at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, they were virtually all equal in performance. The game was already graphics-limited.

2160p Gaming Resolution

It was the same at 4K, of course – the game was completely graphics-limited.

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game, released in February 2019. We tested it in three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Metro Exodus is graphics-intensive, so CPU performance has limited effect on its frame rate.

1440p Gaming Resolution

All of the processors performed the same at 1440p, with a slight edge to the Core i7-8700K.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the game was completely graphics-limited, so it didn’t matter which processor we tested.

 

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

In this game, the single core CPU performance has a significant effect on the actual frame rate.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Nice! The Ryzen 7 5800X delivered 11% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K, and 13% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the Ryzen 7 5800X delivered 15.5% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Even at 4K, CPU performance mattered in Ashes of the Singularity. The Ryzen 7 5800X delivered 12% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Our Verdict!

Thanks to the new Zen 3 core optimisations and SoC design, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X offers a nice leap forward in performance.

Its single-core performance has been improved significantly over its predecessors, and so has its multi-core performance, offering a nice boost to both content creation and gaming performance.

Gamers will favour the cheaper Ryzen 5 5600X, but this is a great option for those who also need serious multi-core performance for content creation work.

It offers a large performance boost over the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 7 2700X in both content creation and gaming performance.

Another great point about the Ryzen 7 5800X – even though it uses a new microarchitecture, it continues to use the AM4 socket

If you have an existing AMD 500 Series motherboard, you can pop it in after a BIOS upgrade.

Those on AMD 400 Series motherboards will have to wait until Q1 2020, before they receive BIOS upgrades to support Zen 3.

But while the Ryzen 7 5800X’s performance may be a leap forward, so is its price tag…

You may recall that the last-generation Ryzen 7 3800X had a launch price of $399 (RM1,799), with a nice Wraith Prism cooler.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X costs substantially more at $449 (RM2,049), and no longer comes with a very nice bundled cooler!

On the other hand, it comes with a free copy of the upcoming game – Far Cry 6 Standard Edition...

So who should, or should NOT, buy the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X?

  • Buy : If you want the best possible 8-core processor for a new gaming or content creation system.
  • Buy : If you are upgrading from a first-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Buy : If you need more computing cores than your current system.
  • Consider : If you are upgrading from a second-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Skip : If you are already using a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

Those on a budget can consider purchasing a Ryzen 7 3700X. It may be slower for sure, but the money you save can be used towards the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card!

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor will be available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax, in Malaysia :

  • Malaysia : RM 2,049 (~US$493) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 449

Note : It comes with a free copy of Far Cry 6

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
CCD Count 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x IOD
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X In-Depth Review : A Leap Forward!

Built on the new Zen 3 architecture, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X promises to offer a leap forward in performance.

Find out in our in-depth review why we agree, and gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Built On Zen 3

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series is designed using the new AMD Zen 3 architecture, which promises to deliver 19% more instructions per cycle (IPC) over the last generation, thanks to these new features :

  • improved load / store performance and flexibility
  • double the size of directly-accessible L3 cache per core
  • a unified 8-core complex (CCX) with direct access to the 32 MB L3 cache
  • wider issue in floating point and integer engines
  • Zero Bubble branch prediction

The new architecture also reduces memory latency through improved core and cache communication, and offer a higher maximum boost clock.

This allows the Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors to deliver up to 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the competition.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax :

  • Malaysia : RM 1,349 (~US$324) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 299

Note : Unlike the Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 7 5800X, the Ryzen 5 5600X will NOT come with a free copy of Far Cry 6.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x IOD
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X comes in a slimmer box, with a bundled AMD Wraith Stealth cooler inside.

The Wraith Stealth is the most basic cooler AMD ships, usually with entry-level processors like the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 3300X.

 

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X has six Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.7 GHz base clock, and a 4.6 GHz boost clock.

It has a 65 watt TDP, and supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), which means it can handle up to 12 threads simultaneously.

Like the 3rd Gen Ryzen, it has 512 KB L2 cache per core, for a 3 MB L2 cache size; and a large 32 MB L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X can be installed unto existing AMD 500 series motherboards, and later, the AMD 400 series as well, after a simple BIOS update.

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AMD Zen 3 Architecture

Codename Vermeer, Zen 3 is the next evolution of the Zen architecture, delivering a 19% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) through these improvements :

Front-End Enhancements

  • Faster fetching, especially for branchy and large-footprint code 
  • L1 branch target buffer doubled in size to 1024 entries for better prediction latency 
  • Improved branch predictor bandwidth 
  • Faster recovery from misprediction 
  • “No bubble” prediction capabilities to make back-to-back predictions more quickly and better handle branchy code 
  • Faster sequencing of op-cache fetches 
  • Finer granularity in switching of op-cache pipes

Execution Engines

  • Reduce latency and enlarge structures to extract higher instruction-level parallelism (ILP)
  • New dedicated branch and st-data pickers for integer, now at 10 issues per cycle (+3 vs. Zen 2)
  • Larger integer window at +32 vs. Zen 2
  • Reduced latency for select float and int operations
  • Floating point has increased bandwidth by +2 for a total of 6-wide dispatch and issue
  • Floating point FMAC is now 1 cycle faster

Load Store

  • Larger structures and better prefetching to support the enhanced execution engine bandwidth 
  • Overall higher bandwidth to feed the appetite of the larger/faster execution resources 
  • Higher load bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1 
  • Higher store bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1 
  • More flexibility in load/store operations 
  • Improved memory dependence detection 
  • +4 table walkers in the TLB

SOC Architecture

  • Reduce dependency on main memory accesses, reduce core-to-core latency, reduce core-to-cache latency.
  • Unify all cores in a CCD into a single unified complex consisting of 4, 6, or 8 contiguous cores 
  • Unify all L3 cache in a CCD into a single contiguous element of up to 32MB 
  • Rearchitect core/cache communication into a ring system

 

AMD Zen 3 SoC Design

In addition to micro architectural improvements, Zen 3 (Vermeer) also features SoC design changes.

In Zen 2, each CCD (Compute Die) is made up of two CCX (core complexes), each with a 16 MB L3 cache.

Zen 3 uses a unified complex, in which each CCD now contains a single CCX with a unified 32 MB L3 cache.

This unified CCD design eliminates CCX-to-CCX communication, greatly improving core-to-core latency.

On the other hand, AMD reused the chiplet design, with one or two CCDs (fabricated on 7 nm) paired with a 12 nm IOD (I/O Die).

Reads from CCD to IO are still 2X write, to conserve die area and transistor budget. And it uses the same IOD from Matisse (Zen 2).

The new Zen 3 CCD has 4.15 billion transistors, with a die size of 80.7 mm². The Matisse-era IOD remains the same – 2.09 billion transistors, with a die size of 125 mm².

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the content creation and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Cores /
Threads
Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
Memory
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 / 16 3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 3 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 1.5 MB 12 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 4 / 8 3.8 GHz 4.3 GHz 2 MB 16 MB DDR4-3200

Here are the specifications of the Intel and AMD testbeds we used.

Intel Testbed AMD Testbed
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F-Gaming ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (GeForce 457.09)
Storage 1 TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : 3D Rendering Speed

CINEBENCH R20 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software.

It is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R20 Single Core Performance

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

Look at that! What a phenomenal boost in single-core performance!

The Ryzen 5 5600X was 19.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, even though it only has a 4.5% higher boost clock!

That works out to a 14.3% better performance per clock, over the last-generation Ryzen.

CINEBENCH R20 Multi Core Performance

The Multi Core test shows the processor’s real-world 3D rendering performance.

This is very good performance for a 6-core processor, performing just 12.6% slower than the Ryzen 7 3700X, which is an 8-core, 16-thread processor.

More so when you realise that it was actually 12.3% faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which is an older 8-core, 16-thread processor.

Multi-Threading Boost

This is not a CINEBENCH benchmark result. The Multi-Threading Boost is our calculation of the performance boost that the processor’s Multi-Threading capability provides.

While the Zen 3 microarchitecture gave it a big boost in single core performance, its SMT performance appears to have taken a slight hit.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Transcoding Speed

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility, which converts a video file from one resolution / format to another.

As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive, which makes it a great benchmark for multi-core processors. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

Look at that! Despite having just six cores, the Ryzen 5 5600X was slightly faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which has 8 cores.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Radial Blur Speed

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores.

This radial blur test was performed on Photoshop 2020 using a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

Even though it was a 6-core processor, the Ryzen 5 5600X was just slightly slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which has 8 cores. Impressive!

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Synthetic Game Test : 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which supports DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X was 5% slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X, and 5% faster than the Core i7-8700K.

Of course, the CPU only has a slight influence on a game’s performance, so its effect on the overall gaming score is less significant.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X was 8.3% faster than both the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Core i7-8700K.

Now check out the processors’ effect on the overall gaming score… Obviously, CPU performance only has a small effect at this resolution.

 

F1 2019

F1 2019 is a racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019. We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X delivered 6.5% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 12.5% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 2700X!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution though, the effect of CPU performance was negligible, even with the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had no effect. The game was graphics-limited, not CPU-limited.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively recent third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X delivered the best performance in this comparison, matching the Ryzen 7 5800X.

It delivered 17% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 21% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution up to 1440p, it really didn’t matter that much which processor we used. They all performed about the same.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had absolutely no effect. The game was completely graphics-limited.

 

Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018. We tested it in three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

CPU performance had only a small effect on frame rates in Strange Brigade, even at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, they were virtually all equal in performance. The game was already graphics-limited.

2160p Gaming Resolution

It was the same at 4K, of course – the game was completely graphics-limited.

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game, released in February 2019. We tested it in three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Metro Exodus is graphics-intensive, so CPU performance has limited effect on its frame rate.

1440p Gaming Resolution

All of the processors performed the same at 1440p, with a slight edge to the Core i7-8700K.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the game was completely graphics-limited, so it didn’t matter which processor we tested.

 

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

In this game, the single core CPU performance has a significant effect on the actual frame rate.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Nice! The Ryzen 5 5600X was almost as fast as the Ryzen 7 5800X, and delivered 9.4% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K, and 11.3% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the Ryzen 5 5600X delivered 12.8% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Even at 4K, CPU performance mattered in Ashes of the Singularity. The Ryzen 5 5600X delivered 9.2% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Our Verdict + Award!

There is no doubt that the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is a leap forward for AMD, thanks to the new Zen 3 core and SoC design.

Its single-core performance has been improved significantly over its predecessors, offering a nice boost to content creation and gaming performance.

Gamers, in particular, will favour this model over the Ryzen 7 5800X because it delivers the same gaming performance at 2/3rds the cost.

It also handily beats the Ryzen 7 3700X in gaming performance, making it a better option for gaming systems.

Even though the Ryzen 5 5600X uses a new microarchitecture, it continues to use the AM4 socket and will support AMD 500 Series chipsets on launch day (with a BIOS upgrade).

That’s really great news for those planning to upgrade from their existing Ryzen processors.

Those on AMD 400 Series motherboards will have to wait until Q1 2020, before they receive BIOS upgrades to support Zen 3.

But while the Ryzen 5 5600X’s performance may be a leap forward, so is its price tag…

You may recall that the last-generation Ryzen 5 3600X had a launch price of $249 (RM859), with a Wraith Spire cooler.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X costs substantially more at $299 (RM1,349), and ships with the smaller and cheaper Wraith Stealth cooler.

That said, the Ryzen 5 5600X truly provides a significant boost in performance, and it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award.

So who should, or should NOT, buy the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X?

  • Buy : If you want the best possible 6-core processor for a new gaming system.
  • Buy : If you are upgrading from a first-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Consider : If you are upgrading from a second-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Skip : If you are already using a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

Those on a budget can consider purchasing a Ryzen 5 3600X. It may not be as fast, but the money you save can be used towards the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card!

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax :

  • Malaysia : RM 1,349 (~US$324) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 299

Note : Unlike the Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 7 5800X, the Ryzen 5 5600X will NOT come with a free copy of Far Cry 6.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x IOD
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

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AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : What You Need To Know!

AMD just announced the Ryzen 5000 series of desktop processors, featuring the new Zen 3 architecture!

Here is a quick round up of what AMD revealed about the Ryzen 5000 desktop processors!

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Official Launch Briefing

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series is designed using the new AMD Zen 3 architecture, and fabricated on the 7 nm process.

The Zen 3 architecture delivers 19% more instructions per cycle (IPC) over the last generation, thanks to these new features :

  • improved load / store performance and flexibility
  • double the size of directly-accessible L3 cache per core
  • a unified 8-core complex (CCX) with direct access to the 32 MB L3 cache
  • wider issue in floating point and integer engines
  • Zero Bubble branch prediction

The new architecture also reduces memory latency through improved core and cache communication, and offer a higher maximum boost clock.

This allows the Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors to deliver up to 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the competition.

The Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors can be installed unto existing AMD 500 series motherboards, after a simple BIOS update.

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Models + Specifications

AMD is introducing four AMD Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors :

  • Ryzen 9 5950X : 16C/32T | 105W | 3.4 GHz to 4.9 GHz | 72MB cache
  • Ryzen 9 5900X : 12C/24T | 105W | 3.7 GHz to 4.8 GHz | 70MB cache
  • Ryzen 7 5800X : 8C/16T | 105W | 3.8 GHz to 4.7 GHz | 36MB cache
  • Ryzen 5 5600X : 6C/12T | 65W | 3.7 GHz to 4.6 GHz | 35MB cache

For easier comparison, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Architecture Zen 3
Fab Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Performance

First up, Robert Hallock shared that the Ryzen 9 5900X delivers 28% better gaming performance (at 1080p) in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, compared to the Ryzen 9 3900XT.

On average, the Ryzen 9 5900X offers 26% faster gaming, compared to the Ryzen 9 3900XT.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is the first desktop processor to break 600 points in CINEBENCH single-thread performance.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is even better, with a single-thread score of 640, according to Dr. Lisa Su.

Compared to the Intel Core i9-10900K, the Ryzen 9 5900X offers up to 21% better gaming performance at 1080p.

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Price + Availability

All four Ryzen 5000 processor models will be available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP :

  • Ryzen 9 5950X : US$799
  • Ryzen 9 5900X : US$549
  • Ryzen 7 5800X : US$449
  • Ryzen 5 5600X : US$299 (with Wraith Stealth cooler)

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Equipped To Win Game Bundle

Every purchase of the Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 7 5800X between 5 November 2020 and 31 December 2020 will come with a free copy of Far Cry 6 Standard Edition for PC.

The same offer also applies to the Ryzen 9 3950X, Ryzen 9 3900XT and Ryzen 7 3800XT between 20 October 2020 and 31 December 2020.

 

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Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C Revealed!

AMD just introduced the Ryzen 7 3700C, Ryzen 5 3500C and Ryzen 3 3250C mobile processors with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series mobile APUs!

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Chromebooks Get A Boost!

The three new AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series mobile processors come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

Built on the older Zen+ or Zen architecture and fabricated on the 12 nm or 14 nm process technology, they are designed as premium APUs for Chromebooks.

At launch, AMD is introducing three Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors, with a 15 W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700C : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 10 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3500C : 4C/8T | up to 3.7 GHz | 6 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3250C : 2C/4T | up to 3.5 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores

These Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors will be used in premium Chromebook laptops, offering significantly better performance than the old AMD A-Series APUs, and better performance than the AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors.

Although they are not part of these processors, Chromebooks based on the AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series will feature Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity.

The AMD A-Series APUs, with a 6 W TDP, will continue to ship in entry-level Chromebooks.

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Specifications

Specifications Ryzen 7
3700C
Ryzen 5
3500C
Ryzen 3
3250C
Architecture Zen+ Zen
Process 12 nm 14 nm
Cores / Threads 4 / 8 2 / 4
Base Clock 2.3 GHz 2.1 GHz 2.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.0 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.5 GHz
L1 Cache 256 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache 2 MB 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 10 8 3
Graphics Clock 1.4 GHz 1.2 GHz
TDP 15 W

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Performance

According to AMD, the new Ryzen 3000 C-Series mobile APUs offer double to triple the web browsing performance, compared to the A6-9220C.

Their graphics performance is even better, with the Ryzen 7 3700C offering 2.5X more performance than the A6-9220C in 3DMark Sling Shot and PCMark’s Photo Editing test.

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Availability

AMD will only say that their partners – HP, ASUS and Lenovo – will introduce six Chromebook laptops in 2020, powered by the new Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series APUs.

No specifics about the models and choice of processor yet. We will keep you updated when we learn more.

 

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AMD Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C Revealed!

AMD just introduced the Athlon Gold 3150C and Athlon Silver 3050C mobile processors with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series mobile APUs!

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Zen Comes To Chromebooks!

The two new AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series mobile processors come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

Built on the older Zen architecture and fabricated on the 14 nm process technology, they are designed to power Chromebooks.

At launch, AMD is introducing these two Athlon 3000 C-Series processors, both with a 15 W TDP :

  • AMD Athlon Gold 3150C : 2C/4T | up to 3.3 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores
  • AMD Athlon Silver 3050C : 2C/2T | up to 3.2 GHz | 5 MB cache | 2 graphics cores

These Athlon 3000 C-Series processors will be used in mid-level Chromebooks, offering better performance than the old AMD A-Series APUs, but less than the AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors.

The AMD A-Series APUs, with a 6 W TDP, will continue to ship in entry-level Chromebooks.

Although they are not part of these processors, Chromebooks based on the AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series will feature Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity.

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Specifications

Specifications Athlon Gold
3150C
Athlon Silver
3050C
Architecture Zen
Process 14 nm
Cores / Threads 2 / 4 2 / 2
Base Clock 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz
Boost Clock 3.3 GHz 3.2 GHz
L1 Cache 128 KB
L2 Cache 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 3 2
Graphics Clock 1.1 GHz
TDP 15 W

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Availability

AMD will only say that their partners – HP, ASUS and Lenovo – will introduce six Chromebook laptops in 2020, powered by the new Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series APUs.

No specifics about the models and choice of processor yet. We will keep you updated when we learn more.

 

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11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) : What You Need To Know!

Intel just unveiled Tiger Lake – the 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processor family, built on the 10nm SuperFin process technology!

Here is what you need to know about the new 10nm mobile processors that will soon come to a laptop near you!

 

11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) : A Quick Primer!

11th Gen Intel Core, codenamed Tiger Lake, is the newly-launched mobile processor family, designed for thin and light laptops.

Built on the new Willow Cove microarchitecture, and fabricated on the 10 nm SuperFin process, it offers a bevy of new features :

  • LPDDR4X Support : allows for fast and more power-efficient LPDDR4X memory.
  • New Intel Iris Xe graphics : significantly improved graphics performance, with up to 96 EUs
  • New Intel DL Boost instruction set : enables neural network inferencing on integrated graphics, with native support for INT8
  • Hardware Security : through Intel Control Flow Enforcement Technology (CET) and Intel Total Memory Encryption.
  • AV1 CODEC Support : hardware decoding for power-efficient 4K streaming
  • PCI Express 4.0 Support : allows for higher PCI Express bandwidth
  • Dolby Vision Support : allows for 20% better power consumption
  • Thunderbolt 4 Support : adds support for up to four Thunderbolt 4 ports

 

11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) : Official Tech Briefing

For those who want an in-depth look at the 11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) mobile processors, what’s better than the official Intel tech briefing?

 

11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) : Specifications

Intel is offering their Tiger Lake processors in two package designs, with two variable TDP ranges.

UP3-Class 11th Gen Intel Core Processors (12-28W)

Specifications Core i7
1185G7
Core i7
1165G7
Core i5
1135G7
Core i3
1125G4
Core i3
1115G4
Fab Process 10 nm
Core / Thread 4 / 8 2 / 4
Base Clock (28W) 3.0 GHz 2.8 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.0 GHz 3.0 GHz
Single Core Turbo 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.2 GHz 3.7 GHz 4.1 GHz
Multi-Core Turbo 4.3 GHz 4.1 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.3 GHz 4.1 GHz
L2 Cache 5 MB 2.5 MB
L3 Cache 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
Graphics Cores 96 80 48
Graphics Clock 1.35 GHz 1.3 GHz 1.25 GHz
Memory Support DDR4-3200
LPDDR4x-4266

DDR4-3200
LPDDR4x-3733

TDP 12 W to 28 W

UP4-Class 11th Gen Intel Core Processors (7-15W)

Specifications Core i7
1160G7
Core i5
1130G7
Core i3
1120G4
Core i3
1110G4
Fab Process 10 nm
Core / Thread 4 / 8 2 / 4
Base Clock (15W) 1.2 GHz 1.1 GHz 1.1 GHz 1.8 GHz
Single Core Turbo 4.4 GHz 4.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz
Multi-Core Turbo 3.6 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.9 GHz
L2 Cache 5 MB 2.5 MB
L3 Cache 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
Graphics Cores 96 80 48
Graphics Clock 1.1 GHz
Memory Support LPDDR4x-4266
TDP 7 W to 15 W

 

11th Gen Intel Core (Tiger Lake) : Performance

Intel is targeting their top-of-the-line Tiger Lake processor – the Core i7-1185G7 – against the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U.

We have to point out that this may not be quite a fair comparison since the Ryzen 7 4800U is an 8-core, 16-thread processor with an 8-core Vega GPU and a 15W TDP.

But that’s what Intel is showcasing – a face-off between their Core i7-1185G7 and the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U.

 

Intel Evo : Project Athena Second Edition

Intel is also introducing the Intel Evo platform, as part of the Project Athena Second Edition program.

Based on 11th Gen Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics, Intel Evo laptops must meet the Project Athena Second Edition experiences :

  • Consistent responsiveness on battery
  • System wake from sleep in less than 1 second
  • Nine or more hours of real-world battery life on systems with FHD displays
  • Fast charging with up to a four-hour charge in under 30 minutes on systems with FHD displays

To qualify for the Intel Evo platform and branding, laptop designs will have to meet or exceed these minimum specifications :

  • Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) 802.11ax
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • ≥ 256GB PCIe / NVMe SSD
  • ≥ 8GB Dual Channel Memory
  • Bluetooth 5 with Audio Offload
  • > 2 digital microphones of at least 63dB Signal to Noise ratio and +/- 1dB matching
  • High fidelity audio codec / speaker tuning and Intel Smart Sound Technology
  • Speaker Sound Pressure Level >78dB @ 50 cm and bass frequency <353 Hz
  • User-facing camera ≥ HD/720p @ 30fps
  • Voice Assistant with WoV – Cortana Premium Far Field requirements (≥4 m effective)

 

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AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs : All You Need To Know!

AMD just unveiled the Ryzen PRO 4000 Series of desktop APUs, with integrated Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 desktop APUs!

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs with Radeon Graphics

Like the recently released Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile APUs, the Ryzen 4000 Series come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

While these new desktop APUs are called the 4000 series, they are still part of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, and based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

At launch, AMD is introducing six Ryzen PRO 4000 Series desktop processors, three with a 65W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G : 8C/16T | up to 4.4 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

And three desktop APUs with a 35W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750GE : 8C/16T | up to 4.3 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650GE : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350GE : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs : Specifications Compared!

We also summarised the key specifications of the six models in this table for easier comparison :

Specifications Ryzen 7
PRO
4750G
Ryzen 7
PRO
4750GE
Ryzen 5
PRO
4650G
Ryzen 5
PRO
4650GE
Ryzen 3
PRO
4350G
Ryzen 3
PRO
4350GE
Cores / Threads 8 / 16 6 / 12 4 / 8
Base Clock 3.6 GHz 3.1 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.0 GHz
L1 Cache 512 KB 384 KB 256 KB
L2 Cache 4 MB 3 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 8 MB 4 MB
Graphics Cores 8 7 6
Graphics Clock 2.1 GHz 2.0 GHz 1.9 GHz 1.7 GHz
TDP 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs : Performance

AMD shared with us this chart to show how much of a performance advantage the new Ryzen PRO 4000 desktop APUs have over the last generation Ryzen PRO 3400G :

AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G vs Intel Core i7-9700 vPro

In this comparison, the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G offers significant performance advantage over the Intel Core i7-9700 vPro.

Of course, this isn’t really a fair fight, since they are comparing a 8C/16T processor against an 8C/8T processor.

AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4650G vs Intel Core i7-9500 vPro

And the Ryzen 7 PRO 4650G is naturally much faster than the Intel Core i7-9500 vPro.

Again, this is a lopsided comparison of an 6C/12T processor against an 6C/6T processor.

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Series : Price + Availability

Unfortunately, all six desktop APUs will be limited to the OEM market initially.

AMD does not plan to introduce them to the retail market, until later. So there is no information on their price or retail availability.

AMD expects desktops with these processors to ship from system integrators starting today, 21 July 2020, and from AMD OEM partners like Lenovo and HP starting in Q4 2020.

 

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AMD Athlon PRO 3000 Desktop APUs : All You Need To Know!

Together with the Ryzen PRO 4000 Series, AMD also unveiled the Athlon PRO 3000 Series with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Athlon PRO 3000 desktop APUs!

 

AMD Athlon PRO 3000 Desktop APUs with Radeon Graphics!

Unlike the recently released Ryzen 3000 XT series, the Athlon PRO 3000 desktop APUs come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

These Athlon PRO models are part of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, and based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

At launch, AMD is introducing three Athlon 4000 G-Series processors :

  • AMD Athlon Gold PRO 3150G : 4C/4T | up to 3.9 GHz | 6 MB cache | 3 graphics cores | 65W TDP
  • AMD Athlon Gold PRO 3150GE : 4C/4T | up to 3.8 GHz | 6 MB cache | 3 graphics cores35W TDP
  • AMD Athlon Silver PRO 3125GE : 2C/4T | 3.4 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores35W TDP

 

AMD Athlon PRO 3000 Desktop APUs : Specifications Compared!

We also summarised the key specifications of the three models in this table for easier comparison :

Specifications Athlon
Gold PRO
3150G
Athlon
Gold PRO
3150GE
Athlon
Silver PRO
3125GE
Cores / Threads 4 / 4 2 / 4
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.4 GHz
Boost Clock 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz NA
L1 Cache 256 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache 2 MB 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 3
Graphics Clock 1.1 GHz
TDP 65 W 35 W

 

AMD Athlon PRO 3000 Series : Price + Availability

Unfortunately, all three Athlon PRO desktop APUs will be limited to the OEM market initially.

AMD does not plan to introduce them to the retail market, until later. So there is no information on their price or retail availability.

AMD expects desktops with these processors to ship from system integrators starting today, 21 July 2020, and from AMD OEM partners like Lenovo and HP starting in Q4 2020.

 

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AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Revealed!

Together with the Ryzen 4000 G-Series, AMD also unveiled the Athlon 3000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series desktop APUs!

 

AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Desktop APUs

Unlike the recently released Ryzen 3000 XT series, the Athlon 3000 G-Series come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

These Athlon models are part of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, and based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

At launch, AMD is introducing three Athlon 4000 G-Series processors :

  • AMD Athlon Gold 3150G : 4C/4T | 3.9 GHz | 6 MB cache | 3 graphics cores | 65W TDP
  • AMD Athlon Gold 3150GE : 4C/4T | 3.8 GHz | 6 MB cache | 3 graphics cores35W TDP
  • AMD Athlon Silver 3050GE : 2C/4T | 3.4 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores35W TDP

 

AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series : Specifications Compared!

We also summarised the key specifications of the three models in this table for easier comparison :

Specifications Athlon Gold
3150G
Athlon Gold
3150GE
Athlon Silver
3050GE
Cores / Threads 4 / 4 2 / 4
Base Clock 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.4 GHz
Boost Clock NA NA NA
L1 Cache 256 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache 2 MB 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 3
Graphics Clock 1.1 GHz
TDP 65 W 35 W

 

AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series : Price + Availability

Unfortunately, all three Athlon desktop APUs will be limited to the OEM market initially.

AMD does not plan to introduce them to the retail market, until later. So there is no information on their price or retail availability.

AMD expects desktops with these processors to ship from OEM partners like Lenovo and HP starting in Q3 2020.

 

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AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Revealed!

On the heels of the Ryzen 3000 XT series, AMD just unveiled the Ryzen 4000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series desktop APUs!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Desktop APUs

Unlike the recently released Ryzen 3000 XT series, the Ryzen 4000 G-Series come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

While these new desktop APUs are called the 4000 series, they are still part of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, and based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

At launch, AMD is introducing six Ryzen 4000 G-Series processors, three with a 65W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700G : 8C/16T | up to 4.4 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 4600G : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 4300G : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

And three desktop APUs with a 35W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700GE : 8C/16T | up to 4.3 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 4600GE : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 4300GE : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series : Specifications Compared!

We also summarised the key specifications of the six models in this table for easier comparison :

Specifications Ryzen 7
4700G
Ryzen 7
4700GE
Ryzen 5
4600G
Ryzen 5
4600GE
Ryzen 3
4300G
Ryzen 3
4300GE
Cores / Threads 8 / 16 6 / 12 4 / 8
Base Clock 3.6 GHz 3.1 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.0 GHz
L1 Cache 512 KB 384 KB 256 KB
L2 Cache 4 MB 3 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 8 MB 4 MB
Graphics Cores 8 7 6
Graphics Clock 2.1 GHz 2.0 GHz 1.9 GHz 1.7 GHz
TDP 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series : Performance

AMD shared with us this chart to show how much of a performance advantage their Ryzen 4000 G-Series desktop APUs have over the 9th Gen Intel Core processors :

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series : Price + Availability

Unfortunately, all six desktop APUs will be limited to the OEM market initially.

AMD does not plan to introduce them to the retail market, until later. So there is no information on their price or retail availability.

AMD expects desktops with these processors to ship from OEM partners like Lenovo and HP starting in Q3 2020.

 

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3000 Series : Full Details!

Now that the NDA is over, we can finally reveal EVERYTHING we know about the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO HEDT processor family!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : What Is It?

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO is a new HEDT processor family, mirroring what Ryzen PRO is to Ryzen.

Unlike the Ryzen Threadripper, the Threadripper PRO is targeted at professional studios, designers, engineers and data scientists.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO series will offer these features over “regular” Threadripper processors.

  • new sWRX8 socket and WRX80 chipset
  • 8 DDR4-3200 memory channels, instead of just 4
  • 2X memory bandwidth over 3rd Gen Threadripper
  • Support for UDIMM, RDIMM, LDRIMM, 3DS RDIMM with ECC support, instead of just UDIMM with ECC
  • Up to 2 TB of memory, instead of just 256 GB
  • 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes, instead of just 64
  • AMD PRO Technologies, including Secure Processor and Memory Guard
  • 18 months of planned software stability
  • 24 months of planned availability

AMD has already chalked up one design win with the Lenovo ThinkStation P620 – the world’s first and only 64-core workstation!

Recommended : Lenovo ThinkStation P620 : World’s First 64-Core Workstation!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Official Tech Briefing!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Available Models

As of today’s launch, AMD is launching only these four processor models :

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX

This is the flagship, with 64 cores capable of processing up to 128 threads simultaneously. It comes with 288 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 2.7 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX

This processor has 32 cores with the ability to process up to 64 threads simultaneously. It comes with 144 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.5 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX

This processor has 16 cores with the ability to process up to 32 threads simultaneously. It comes with 72 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.9 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3945WX

This processor has 12 cores with the ability to process up to 24 threads simultaneously. It comes with 70 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 4.0 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

There Is No Threadripper PRO 3965WX

Although earlier rumoured, this 24-core, 48-thread processor will not be released, at least not on 14 July 2020.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Specifications

In this table, we compare the key specifications of the four processor models :

Specifications TR PRO
3995WX
TR PRO
3975WX
TR PRO
3955WX
TR PRO
3945WX
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 64 / 128 32 / 64 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 2.7 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz 4.0 GHz
Boost Clock 4.2 GHz 4.3 GHz
L1 Cache 4 MB 2 MB 1 MB 768 KB
L2 Cache 32 MB 16 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 256 MB 128 MB 64 MB
Memory Support 8 x DDR4-3200 channels
2 TB maximum
PCIe Support 128 x PCIe Gen 4 lanes
TDP 280 W

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Performance

Threadripper PRO 3945WX

According to AMD, the “baby” of the family will offer 12% better single-threaded performance in CINEBENCH R20, and 28% better multi-threaded performance than a competing 12-core Intel Xeon processor.

They say that this is targeted at those whose software is licensed on a per-core basis. Its high performance per core will allow for better performance, without resorting to more cores and corresponding licence fees.

Threadripper PRO 3955WX

AMD also showed how the 16-core 3955WX can render 14% faster than an 18-core Intel Xeon processor.

Threadripper PRO 3995WX

AMD compared the flagship Threadripper PRO 3995WX with its 64 cores against two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors, with 56 cores.

In the SPECviewperf13 benchmark, that 8-core, 16-thread advantage gave the 3995WX a performance advantage between 4% and 37%.

 

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla : FREE With AMD Ryzen CPUs!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – the upcoming AAA game from Ubisoft – will be FREE with the purchase of selected AMD Ryzen CPUs! Here are the details!

 

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla : A Quick Primer!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is an upcoming action role-playing video game by Ubisoft, the twelfth major installment and the successor to the 2018 game Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

Become Eivor, a Viking raider raised to be a fearless warrior, and lead your clan from icy desolation in Norway to a new home amid the lush farmlands of ninth-century England. Find your settlement and conquer this hostile land by any means to earn a place in Valhalla.

England in the age of the Vikings is a fractured nation of petty lords and warring kingdoms. Beneath the chaos lies a rich and untamed land waiting for a new conqueror. Will it be you?

Write Your Viking Saga

Blaze your own path across England with advanced RPG mechanics. Fight brutal battles, lead fiery raids or use strategy and alliances with other leaders to bring victory. Every choice you make in combat and conversation is another step on the path to greatness.

Lead Epic Raids

Lead a crew of raiders and launch lightning-fast surprise attacks against Saxon armies and fortresses. Claim the riches of your enemies’ lands for your clan and expand your influence far beyond your growing settlement.

Engage In Visceral Combat

Unleash the ruthless fighting style of a Viking warrior as you dual-wield axes, swords, or even shields against relentless foes. Decapitate opponents in close-quarters combat, riddle them with arrows, or assassinate them with your Hidden Blade.

Grow Your Settlement

Your clan’s new home grows with your legend. Customise your settlement by building upgradable structures. Unlock new features and quests by constructing a barracks, a blacksmith, a tattoo parlour, and much more.

Share Your Custom Raider

Recruit mercenary Vikings designed by other players or create and customise your own to share online. Sit back and reap the rewards when they fight alongside your friends in their game worlds.

 

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla : FREE With Selected AMD Ryzen CPUs

From 7 July until 3 October 2020, you will receive a FREE copy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with the purchase of these AMD Ryzen processors :

Unfortunately, the new AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT does NOT qualify for this great freebie. 🙁

 

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AMD Ryzen XT CPUs : Not Turbocharged But Has Free Game!

AMD just launched three XT additions to the 3rd Gen Ryzen family of processors – the Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT.

Here’s a quick comparison of the three new Ryzen XT processors, and how they match up against existing 3rd Gen Ryzen processors!

 

AMD Ryzen XT : Turbocharged? Not Quite…

The Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT are higher-speed variants existing 3rd Gen Ryzen processors.

These XT variants are slightly different in their performance and the cooler they come with.

While the XT postfix implied these are turbocharged processors, that depends on the model :

  • 3900XT vs 3900X : 100 MHz faster boost clock + $50 higher price tag, no Wraith Prism RGB cooler
  • 3800XT vs 3800X : 200 MHz faster boost clocks, no Wraith Prism RGB cooler.
  • 3600XT vs 3600X : 100 MHz faster boost clock, Wraith Spire instead of Wraith Stealth

Here is the official tech briefing to  take you through its key features :

 

AMD Ryzen XT : Price + Availability

Here are the official prices for the new AMD Ryzen XT processors, which will be available for purchase starting 7 July 2020.

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT : $499 / ~£397 / ~A$723 / RM 2,299
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT : $399 / ~£317 / ~A$578 / RM 1,899
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : $249 / ~£198 / ~A$361 / RM 1,199

To sweeten the deal, AMD is offering a FREE copy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with every purchase of a Ryzen 9 XT or Ryzen 7 XT processor, from 7 July until 3 October 2020!

Unfortunately, the Ryzen 5 3600XT does NOT qualify for the free game… 🙁

 

AMD Ryzen XT : Specifications Compared!

In this table, we compare the new Ryzen 9 3900XT against the Ryzen 9 3950X and Ryzen 9 3900X processors.

Specifications Ryzen 9
3950X
Ryzen 9
3900XT
Ryzen 9
3900X
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Boost Clock 4.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB
PCIe Support PCIe Gen 4 (24 lanes)
TDP 105 W
Bundled Cooler NA Wraith Prism
RGB
Launch Price $749 $499 $449

And here is the Ryzen 7 3800XT compared to the Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 7 3700X.

Specifications Ryzen 7
3800XT
Ryzen 7
3800X
Ryzen 7
3700X
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 8 / 16
Base Clock 3.9 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.7 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz
L2 Cache 4 MB
L3 Cache 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe Gen 4 (24 lanes)
TDP 105 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler NA Wraith Prism RGB
Launch Price $399 $399 $329

Finally, we compared the Ryzen 5 3600XT against the Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600.

Specifications Ryzen 5
3600XT
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.2 GHz
L2 Cache 3 MB
L3 Cache 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe Gen 4 (24 lanes)
TDP 95 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler Wraith
Spire
Wraith
Stealth
Wraith
Spire
Launch Price $249 $249 $199

 

AMD Ryzen XT : Our First Impressions

To be honest, the AMD Ryzen XT processors don’t really excite us that much, and here’s why…

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT

The Ryzen 9 3900XT has a slightly faster boost clock and loses its bundled cooler. Yet it costs $50 more than the Ryzen 9 3900X.

It would be better to stick with the cheaper Ryzen 9 3900 – you won’t notice the difference. And in case it’s not “fast enough” (seriously?), you can just overclock it.

AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT

This is the second-best Ryzen XT model of the trio, offering a 200 MHz faster boost clock than the Ryzen 7 3800X at the same price point.

You are basically trading the bundled Wraith Prism RGB cooler for a 200 MHz faster boost clock.

Frankly, unless you are planning to use water cooling, it might be a better idea to just buy the Ryzen 7 3800X and overclock using its Wraith Prism RGB cooler.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT

This is really the best Ryzen XT model, offering a slightly faster boost clock with a better Wraith Spire cooler, at the same price as the Ryzen 5 3600X.

That makes the Ryzen 5 3600X completely pointless. We wouldn’t be surprised if AMD drops price on the Ryzen 5 3600X, or removes it from the line-up.

 

AMD Ryzen XT : Free Game Changes Dynamics!

AMD’s surprise announcement that they will bundle a free copy of the upcoming AAA game – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – changed everything.

If you are a gamer planning to buy this game, then it’s a great deal, because the game costs US$59.99 / £49.99 / RM 189.99!

Unfortunately, the Ryzen 5 3600XT does NOT qualify for the free game… 🙁

 

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT In-Depth Review : Seriously?

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) is a slightly faster variant of the Ryzen 5 3600X, with a better CPU cooler.

Find out how it fares against the other processors, and why it left us quite perplexed…

 

AMD Ryzen 3000XT : Turbocharged? Not Quite…

The Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT are higher-speed variants existing 3rd Gen Ryzen processors. These XT variants are slightly different in their performance and the cooler they come with.

While the XT postfix implied these are turbocharged processors, that depends on the model :

  • 3900XT vs 3900X : 100 MHz faster boost clock + $50 higher price tag, no Wraith Prism RGB cooler
  • 3800XT vs 3800X : 200 MHz faster boost clocks, no Wraith Prism RGB cooler.
  • 3600XT vs 3600X : 100 MHz faster boost clock, Wraith Spire instead of Wraith Stealth

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Specifications Compared!

In this table, we compare the Ryzen 5 3600XT against the Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600.

Specifications Ryzen 5
3600XT
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.2 GHz
L2 Cache 3 MB
L3 Cache 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe Gen 4 (24 lanes)
TDP 95 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler Wraith
Spire
Wraith
Stealth
Wraith
Spire
Launch Price $249 $249 $199

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : Price + Availability

Here are the official prices for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) processor, which will be available for purchase starting 7 July 2020.

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : $249 / ~£198 / ~A$361 / RM 1,199

And here are online purchase options :

And in case you are wondering, NO, it does not come with the free Assassin’s Creed Valhalla game.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Unboxed!

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) comes in a large retail box, bundled with an AMD Wraith Spire cooler inside.

When you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT processor
  • AMD Wraith Spire CPU cooler
  • AMD Ryzen 5 case badge
  • AMD desktop CPU installation sheet

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Hands-On Experience!

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) has six Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.8 GHz base clock, and a 4.5 GHz boost clock.

It supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), and can therefore handle 12 threads simultaneously. It also has a 95W TDP.

Like the previous generations, it has 512 KB L2 cache per core, with a total L2 cache size of 3 MB. But thanks to a larger transistor budget, it has a very large 32 MB L3 cache – twice that of the last-generation 2nd Gen Ryzen processors!

Like all other 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT still uses the AMD AM4 socket, and is drop-in compatible with existing AM4 motherboards.

You can just swap out your existing 3rd Gen Ryzen processor and drop in this processor without a BIOS update. If you are upgrading an older motherboard, make sure first update its BIOS to support the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L2 Cache L3 Cache Memory
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 1.5 MB 12 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT 6 / 12 3.8 GHz 4.5 GHz 3 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 6 / 12 3.8 GHz 4.4 GHz 3 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 4 / 8 3.8 GHz 4.3 GHz 2 MB 16 MB DDR4-3200

Here are the specifications of the Intel and AMD testbeds we used.

Intel Testbed AMD Testbed
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F-Gaming ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (GeForce 451.48)
Storage 1TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : 3D Rendering Speed

CINEBENCH R20 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software.

It is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R20 Single Core Performance

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

Its high base clock and large L3 cache appears to give the Ryzen 5 3600XT an advantage over the other processors in the single core test, besting the Ryzen 7 2700X by 22.7%.

CINEBENCH R20 Multi Core Performance

The Multi Core test shows the processor’s real-world 3D rendering performance.

This is very good performance for a 6-core processor, performing just 4.4% slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which is an 8-core, 16-thread processor.

But note that it is just 2.2% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X. Its performance advantages are mainly due to microarchitecture improvements in the 3rd Gen Ryzen.

Multi-Threading Boost

This is not a CINEBENCH benchmark result. The Multi-Threading Boost is our calculation of the performance boost that the processor’s Multi-Threading capability provides.

While performing better than the Ryzen 7 2700X, the Ryzen 5 3600XT does not do as well as the Ryzen 3 3300X, which has all of its processor cores in the same CCD (Core Chipset Die).

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : Transcoding Speed

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility, which converts a video file from one resolution / format to another.

As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive, which makes it a great benchmark for multi-core processors. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

Despite having just six cores, the Ryzen 5 3600XT is 91.3% as fast as the Ryzen 7 2700X, which has 8 cores.

But notably, it’s just 1.4% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : Radial Blur Speed

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores.

This radial blur test was performed on Photoshop CC 14 using a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

As a 6-core processor, the Ryzen 5 3600XT did well, coming within 17.6% of the 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X.

It also had a slightly wider 4% performance advantage over the Ryzen 5 3600X..

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Synthetic Game Test : 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which supports DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT was just 5.2% slower than the Core i7-8700K, and 16.9% slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X.

Of course, the CPU only has a slight influence on a game’s performance, so its effect on the overall gaming score is less significant.

Surprisingly, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT actually edged out the Core i7-8700K, and was just 2% slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT was just 3.2% slower than the Core i7-8700K, and 5.4% slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X.

Now check out the processors’ effect on the overall gaming score…

At 4K, it was neck-to-neck with the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 2700X. Obviously, CPU performance only has a small effect at this resolution.

 

F1 2019

F1 2019 is a relatively recent racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that. This is why the number of CPU cores don’t really matter when it comes to games. CPU performance has only a small effect on the frame rate.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the importance of CPU performance was even smaller.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively recent third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440

1080p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT did well, tying with the Core i7-8700K and Ryzen 5 3600X. But as you can see, the effect of CPU performance on frame rate is small, even at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution up to 1440p, it really didn’t matter that much which processor you used.

 

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

In this game, the single core CPU performance has a significant effect on the actual frame rate.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440

1080p Gaming Resolution

Showcasing the importance of single-core performance, the Ryzen 5 3600X came within 7% of the Core i7-8700K.

But note that it was just 1.5% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X, and just 3.5% faster than the Ryzen 3 3300X!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the Ryzen 5 3600X was just 6.2% slower than the Core i7-8700K, and just 1.8% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X, and 6.7% faster than the Ryzen 3 3300X.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : Our Verdict!

Built around the Zen 2 microarchitecture, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) uses a chiplet design which combines 7 nm and 12 nm parts to deliver a more powerful, and power-efficient processor at a great price point.

The end result is significantly better single-core and multi-core performance over previous generation Ryzen processors.

There is no doubt that this 6-core, 12-thread processor offers great performance at a great price point, with a better Wraith Spire cooler to boot.

That said, we cannot understand why AMD would bother coming up with it in the first place.

On paper, it only offers a 100 MHz faster boost clock and a better Wraith Spire cooler over the existing Ryzen 5 3600X.

In real life, that translates into a negligible 1%~4% performance advantage over the Ryzen 5 3600X that no one will really notice.

Think of the Ryzen 5 3600XT as the Ryzen 5 3600X with a better Wraith Spire cooler… and a FREE game!

So who should, or should NOT, buy the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY)?

  • Buy : If it is the same price as the Ryzen 5 3600X, or at most 5% more expensive
  • Consider : If you are upgrading from a first-generation or second-generation Ryzen.
  • Avoid : If you are already using a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor, especially for a gaming system

Another alternative would be to purchase a Ryzen 5 3600X, especially if it is 10-15% cheaper.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : Where To Buy?

Here are the official prices for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) processor, which will be available for purchase starting 7 July 2020.

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : $249 / ~£198 / ~A$361 / RM 1,199

And here are online purchase options :

 

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AMD 25×20 Initiative : Goals FAR Exceeded!

AMD just announced that they FAR exceeded the goals of the 25×20 initiative they set in 2014.

Join us for a quick video overview of the AMD 25×20 Initiative, and how far they exceeded those goals!

 

AMD 25×20 Initiative : What Is It?

Back in 2014, AMD mobile APUs were widely panned for their poor energy efficiency. That ensured the continued dominance of Intel mobile processors in the laptop market.

So they challenged themselves to dramatically improve the real-world energy efficiency of their mobile processors, setting the moonshot goal of delivering at least 25 times better energy efficiency by the year 2020.

That is essentially the crux of the AMD 25×20 initiative.

 

AMD 25×20 Initiative : Goals FAR Exceeded!

Six years later, AMD announced that they far exceeded the goals of their 25×20 initiative.

With the introduction of their 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 4000 series of mobile APUs (codenamed Renoir), they actually delivered 31.7X more energy efficiency!

AMD achieved their 25×20 goals by delivering :

  • New CPU and GPU architectures tightly integrated into a common SoC
  • New innovations in real-time power management
  • Continued evolution of the AMD Infinity Fabric architecture
  • Silicon-level power optimizations
  • Rapid adoption of the latest process technologies (28nm > 14nm > 12nm > 7nm)

 

AMD 25×20 Initiative : The Impact

To illustrate the impact of this leap in energy efficiency, AMD shared these calculations.

If an enterprise upgrades 50,000 AMD laptops from 2014 models to 2020 models, it would save approximately 1.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 971,000 kg of carbon emissions,

That would be roughly equivalent to growing 16,000 trees for 10 years!

 

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Intel Foveros 3D Stacking Technology : A Quick Primer!

The new Intel Lakefield hybrid processors use Foveros 3D stacking technology to create such compact and power-efficient processors.

Here is a quick primer on Intel Foveros, and how it lets Intel stack different components into such a tiny chip!

 

Intel Foveros : What Is It?

Intel Foveros is a 3D stacking technology that basically stacks combines two or more dies into a single package, to offer :

  • Standby power 1/10th of competing designs
  • 50% better graphics performance
  • 40% core area reduction
  • 40% Z height reduction

 

Intel Foveros : 3D Stacking Explained!

Intel Foveros more accurately refers to how they stack the two logic dies, using the Foveros connection.

The Base Die, which consists of logic for audio, USB, USF 3.x and PCI Gen 3 controllers, are manufactured on the Intel P1222 process, which is a 22nm FinFET Low Power process, optimised for low current leakage.

The Compute Die on top has the four Tremont low-power cores, and single Sunny Cove high-performance core, as well as up to 64 Gen11 graphics cores. This die is fabricated on P1274 – their 10 nm process technology.

Intel then stacks up to 8 GB of LPDDR4X memory on top of this Foveros-stacked package using standard Package-on-Package (PoP) stacking technology.

This Intel video shows how they manufacture Foveros packages, and turn them into processors.

 

Intel Foveros : First Used In Intel Lakefield

The first processors to use Foveros is the Intel Lakefield hybrid processors, which stacks two logic dies with two DRAM layers, creating a package that is only 12 cubic mm in volume!

This allows them to create a single-sided compute board that is just 30 x 123 mm in size, with standby power as low as 2.5 mW!

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Intel Core i5-L 16G7 + Core i3-L 13G4 Hybrid Processors!

More than a year after Intel showcased their Lakefield hybrid processors, they finally launched the Intel Core i5-L 16G7 and Intel Core i3-L 13G4 hybrid processors!

Here is a quick primer on both of these new Intel Lakefield hybrid processors…

 

Intel Lakefield : What Is It?

Intel Lakefield is a new family of hybrid processors designed for ultra-compact mobile devices. Offered as a compact Compute SoC, it promises benefits like :

  • Standby power 1/10th of competing designs
  • 50% better graphics performance
  • 40% core area reduction
  • 40% Z height reduction

By leveraging their Foveros 3D die stacking technology, Intel Lakefield combines 4 low-power Tremont cores, with a high-performance 10nm Sunny Cove core, and up to 64 Gen 11 graphics cores, into a package that is just 12 x 12 mm in size, and 1 mm thick.

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Intel Core i5-L 16G7 + Core i3-L 13G4 : First Lakefield Hybrid  Processors!

After protracted development, Intel finally announced their first two Lakefield hybrid processors – the Intel Core i5-L 16G7 and Intel Core i3-L 13G4.

They are also officially known as Intel Core processors with Intel Hybrid Technology. Either way, their names are quite a mouthful!

In addition to being the first Intel Core processors using the Foveros 3D stacking technology, they are the first Intel Core processors to :

  • ship with Package-on-Package (PoP) LPDDR4x memory, for reduced board size.
  • feature SoC standby power as low as 2.5 mW – 91% lower than Intel Y-series processors
  • feature native dual internal display pipes to directly support foldable / dual-screen PCs

Both the Intel Core i5-L 16G7 and Core i3-L 13G4 hybrid processors also boast these key features :

  • hardware-guided OS scheduling
    – enabling real-time communication between the CPU and OS scheduler, to run the right apps on the right cores
    – up to 24% better performance per SoC power
    – up to 12% faster single-threaded integer performance
  • AI-optimisation
    – flexible GPU engine compute allows for acceleration of AI-enhanced video stylisation, analytics and image resolution upscaling
  • Intel Gen11 Graphics
    – up to 1.7x better graphics performance, and 54% faster video conversion performance
    – support up to four external 4K displays
  • Gigabit connectivity
    – support for Intel Wi-Fi 6 and Intel LTE solutions

 

Intel Core i5-L 16G7 + Core i3-L 13G4 : Specifications

Specifications Intel Core i5-L 16G7
Intel Core i3-L 13G4
Fabrication Process 10 nm (compute die)
+ 22 nm (base die)
Cores / Threads 1 x Sunny Cove core
4 x Tremont (Atom) cores
Base Clock Speed 1.4 GHz 800 MHz
Single Core Turbo Clock 3.0 GHz 2.8 GHz
All Core Turbo Clock 1.8 GHz 1.3 GHz
CPU Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores (EUs) 64 48
Max. Graphics Clock 500 MHz
Embedded Memory LPDDR4X-4267 (Up to 8 GB)
TDP 7 watts
CPU TjMax 100 °C
Imaging Support 4K @ 60 fps
– up to 6 cameras (4 concurrent streams)
I/O Support USB 3.1 Type C
PCI Express Gen3
Connectivity Options Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
Intel XMM7560 M.2
Package 12 x 12 x 1 mm, POP BGA

 

Intel Core i5-L 16G7 + Core i3-L 13G4 : Availability

Intel has only announced two design wins for Lakefield :

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold with a folding OLED display – shipping later this year
  • Samsung Galaxy Book S – shipping in June 2020

 

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Fact Check : AMD Ryzen 4000 Will Use 5nm TSMC Process?

Is it true that the upcoming AMD Ryzen 4000 (Zen 3) desktop processors will be fabricated on the 5nm TSMC process, instead of 7nm as announced? Let’s find out!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 : Zen 2 | Zen 3

At CES 2020, AMD launched the Ryzen 4000 family of mobile processors, which only just kicked off after delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AMD is expected to introduce the Ryzen 4000 family of desktop processors, built on a newer Zen 3 microarchitecture, later this year.

AMD’s naming convention confuses people, because the Ryzen 4000 mobile processors are 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, while the upcoming Ryzen 4000 desktop processors will be 4th Gen Ryzen processors.

To make it easier for you to understand, we created this table to differentiate the two processor families.

Specifications Ryzen 4000
Desktop
Ryzen 4000
Mobile
Ryzen Generation 4th Gen 3rd Gen
Microarchitecture Zen 3 Zen 2
Fabrication Process Improved 7 nm 7 nm
Launch Date Late 2020 Jan 2020

 

DigiTimes : AMD Ryzen 4000 Will Use 5nm TSMC Process

A DigiTimes article, purportedly translated and posted by RetiredEngineer, claimed that the next-generation AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop processors, using the Zen 3 microarchitecture, will be fabricated on the brand-new 5nm process technology, instead of 7nm as announced earlier.

Rumor has it that AMD and TSMC have adjusted their foundry blueprints. The Ryzen 4000 series of desktop processors originally expected to launch at the end of 2020 will now use TSMC’s enhanced 5nm process (5nm Plus) instead of 7nm EUV, clearly demonstrating that AMD is now considered a tier-one customer for TSMC.

This new development confirms earlier news that TSMC, which only recently entered the 5nm era in April, is accelerating its enhanced 5nm process, bringing forwa