CES 2019 - AMD has just shown off its new Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 series processors, something the company will be shipping to consumers in mid-2019. The new CPUs are made with the new Zen 2 architecture that has improvements of its own, as well as a node shrink down to 7nm.
The company was benchmarking an unknown new Zen 2-based 7nm Ryzen 3000 series processor against the Intel Core i9-9900K, but even AMD CEO Lisa Su herself mentioned there will be a flagship 8C/16T solution when the Ryzen 3000 series launches but wasn't specific on what exact clock speeds and specs the 8C/16T processor she showed off.
AMD used the Cinebench R15 demo to show that its new 7nm-based Ryzen 3000 prototype could keep up with the Core i9-9900K, but the new AMD system was super power efficient in comparison. The prototype 7nm CPU and its entire system consumed 133W during the benchmark compared to the 9900K system that was using 179W. This is a big difference, so I want to see what we can expect from AMD and its new Ryzen 3000 series on 7nm when their CPUs are clocked at 5GHz or more, and in larger core counts like 16C/32T and beyond.
CES 2019 - Intel has just announced a bunch of new 9th-generation CPUs at its CES 2019 press conference, with the new CPUs entering the Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 processors that don't have integrated graphics.
In October 2018 the company released three 9th-gen Core processors in the flagship Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and Core i5-9600K. Today, the company announced plans to extend this with another six processors, where integrated graphics seems to been ditched for the most part. The three fastest new additions to the product line up all don't feature iGPUs, with the new Core i9-9900KF, Core i7-9700KF, and Core i5-9600KF all shipping without integrated graphics.
Here's the full list of Intel 9th-Gen CPUs:
- Core i9-9900K - 8C/16T - 3.6/5.0GHz / UHD 630 / $488
- Core i9-9900KF - 8C/16T - 3.6/5.0GHz / no GPU / $NA
- Core i7-9700K - 8C/8C - 3.6/4.9GHz - UHD 630 / $374
- Core i7-9700KF - 8C/8C - 3.6/4.9GHz - no GPU / $NA
- Core i5-9600K - 6C/6T - 3.7/4.6GHz - UHD 630 - $262
- Core i5-9600KF - 6C/6T - 3.7/4.6GHz - no GPU - $NA
- Core i5-9400 - 6C/6T - 2.9/4.1GHz - UHD 630 - $NA
- Core i5-9400F - 6C/6T - 2.9/4.1GHz - no GPU - $NA
- Core i3-9350KF - 4C/4T - 4.0/4.6GHz - no GPU - $NA
CES 2019 - Normally these types of rumors are kept away for other sites, but Anandtech is reporting that according to "one of the boutique system integrators" on the ground at CES 2019 that Intel's upcoming Xeon W-3175X processor will cost "around $8K" at retail.
The last time we heard about Intel's upcoming 28C/56T processor was a few months ago when the price was meant to be closer to $4000, but now at double that it's a big difference between its competitor. AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 2990X is a 32C/64T behemoth that only costs $1700, where you could buy not one or two, but four Threadripper 2990WX processors and have change compared to the rumored $8000 cost of Intel's flagship and still unreleased Xeon W-3175X.
AMD is heading into CES 2019 with some pretty big rumors of the upcoming Zen 2-based processors, a family of CPUs that will be led by the flagship Ryzen 9 3800X as a huge 16C/32T beast of a processor.
The new rumors are coming from a leak by a Russian retailer that suggests the Ryzen 9 3800X rocks 16 cores and 32 threads of CPU performance with a base clock of 3.9GHz and turbo clock of 4.7GHz, all achieved at just 125W. There will be two 12C/24T processors on the new 3000-series processors with the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 7 3700, with the Ryzen 7 3700X rocking 5GHz turbo clocks for 105W.
I think the Ryzen 7 3700X is going to be one of the more important CPUs in the Zen 2 processor line up, with 12C/24T rollout out at 5GHz we should see some good overclocks at up to 5.2GHz and 5.3GHz, or even more with better cooling. All of this for 105W is going to be great, while dragging the base clocks down 400MHz to 3.8GHz and the turbo clocks down 400MHz to 4.6GHz from 5GHz, the TDP savings are 10W down to 95W from 105W on the 3700X.
The leap that the rumored Ryzen 9 3800X does over the current Ryzen 7 2700X flagship CPU is huge, as the Ryzen 7 2700X is 'just' an 8C/16T processor while the purported Ryzen 9 3800X is a huge 16C/32T beast. We're talking first-gen Ryzen Threadripper 1990X amounts of grunt, at higher clock speeds. The Ryzen 7 3700X is better than any previous-gen Ryzen CPU with out-of-the-gate 5GHz with its huge 12C/24T. This is offering next levels of core counts, improved IPC performance from Zen 2, and the first Zen-based CPU to rock 5GHz out of the box.
AMD made its next-gen EPYC 'Rome' CPU official during the huge Next Horizon event in San Francisco, and when I was on the ground the energy there was nothing but a buzz. The new 64C/128T processor was announced, the world's first CPU to be made on the exciting new 7nm node, and it crushes anything Intel has in its Core and Xeon lines of CPUs.
The new EPYC 'Rome' CPUs will be used in new supercomputers, with Atos announcing its new BullSeqyuana XH2000 supercomputer that will be using a huge 3125 of the new EPYC processors. 3125 of these new 64C/128T processor means Atos will have a total of (and wait for this) 200,000 cores with 400,000 threads of CPU performance at its disposal.
Atos' new supercomputer will be joined by another machine that will use Intel Cascade Lake CPUs while the GPUs will be NVIDIA Tesla cards in a new supercomputer called BullSequana X400 and will be made next year. The AMD EPYC 'Rome' powered BullSequana XH2000 will be delivered in 2020, as AMD's new 7nm CPUs will be made available in 2019.
Intel is preparing its new flagship Xeon W-3175X processor to compete with AMD's continued Ryzen Threadripper threat, with the new CPU from Intel coming in as a 28C/56T chip in a world where Threadripper 2990WX chimes in as a 32C/64T beast.
But now we have list prices on the Xeon W-3175W with the 28C/56T chip costing up to $4000 which is a considerable price for the super-enthusiast workstation monster from Intel. The new Intel Xeon W-3175X boasts 28 cores and 56 threads with a base CPU clock of 3.1GHz and boost CPU clock of 4.3GHz, packing 38.5MB of L3 cache, support for 6-channel DDR4 memory (512GB total), and a huge 68 PCIe 3.0 lanes (44 on the CPU, 24 from the PCH).
Some of the listed prices for the Intel Xeon W-3175X range from $3900 through to just under $7000... all the while AMD is selling the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX processor for $1700, and it packs more threads than the Xeon CPU, for less than half the purported price of Intel's new flagship Xeon.
During Intel's Architecture Day briefing they teased a new interconnect technology, which aims to replace EMIB as their go to for linking and even stacking devices on a package.
The new technology allows Intel to put an IO hub, power management, and say cache on a bottom layer, then put of 10nm x86 CPU with iGPU on top of that layer, and then put some DRAM on top of that, and take all those stacks and put them on a package.
Intel has made great improvement since EMIB. They reduced bump pitch to 36um from 45um, increased density from 560/mm2 to 828/mm, and cut power consumption in half. FOVEROS is awesome in that it allows for 3D face-to-face stacking for integration of many different types of devices on an active TSV interposer, which then sits on the package.
Intel recently detailed their vision for the future of their Core strategy during their 2018 Architecture day.
They are looking forward and looking at three points to really put them ahead; they are going to go deeper, wider, and smarter, and we will explain what those mean in a second. For now, Intel is aiming at their advantages including single core performance, their ISA, and software improvements.
Intel also wanted us to know how they define performance. IPC times frequency divided by the number of instructions seems like a good equation for us. Now, to improve IPC, which would be the first large increase since Skylake launch, Intel is going to do a few things. For starters they will go deeper; meaning they will increases parallelism. Then they will go wider, which means they will try and execute more instructions in parallel, to provide more unit capabilities (increase ports). The last thing is to go smarter, which means reducing latency and improving things such as branch prediction.
AMD has been in the rumor mill the last few days, with Navi GPU leaks teasing GeForce RTX 2080 performance for $249 thanks to the magic of 7nm, and now we're hearing about the Ryzen 3000 series which sounds even crazier than the Navi rumors.
AdoredTV is behind the leaks for the next-gen Ryzen 3000 series, where he has said that it will all start with the Ryzen 3 3300 which will be a 6C/12T processor with 4GHz Turbo clocks with a 50W TDP for just $99. Scaling up from there we have the Ryzen 5 3600X which will reportedly be an 8C/16T processor with a crazy Turbo clock of 4.8GHz, 95W TDP and a price of $229.
But things get a little insane with the first mention of a new Ryzen 9 family of Zen 2-based CPUs, with the Ryzen 9 3800X and Ryzen 9 3850X. Both of these processors will reportedly be 16C/32T designs, with the Ryzen 9 3800X having a Turbo clock of 4.7Ghz and 125W TDP, while the Ryzen 9 3850X will offer a huge 5.1GHz with 135W. As for pricing, we're looking at $449 and $499 respectively.
AMD has a massive year ahead of them in 2019 already with the announcements of the world's first 7nm GPU and world's first 7nm CPU, but then there's EPYC 'Rome' and its insane 64C/128T of power that will be unleashing in 2019 as well as the new Zen 2 CPU architecture and Ryzen 3000 seires processors and Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series chips. Phew. That's a lot... except, AMD isn't finished yet.
It's no surprise that PCIe 4.0 technology is right around the corner, but a new rumor is that AMD will be unleashing it on a new X570 chipset that will reportedly be launching during Computex 2019. The new info is courtesy of some leaked slides of a purported internal GIGABYTE presentation.
The new X570 chipset will reportedly be backwards compatible with all previous-gen Ryzen CPUs, while PCIe 4.0 technology doubles the bandwidth from PCIe 3.0 from 8 GT/s to 16 GT/s. This won't mean much to most people, as everyone will think 'ZOMG it'll make graphics cards twice as fast' but what it will allow is many more devices running over PCIe lanes.