AMD held their news conference for CES 2020 today. The company says it will have 20 products either shipping or in development for 2020. One of those new products is one we have heard about before: the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X which headlines with 64 cores and 128 threads. AMD also announced bringing its 7nm CPU and GPU technology into the mobile segments as well as a new GPU that will become the company’s sub $280 offering.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X
Perhaps the biggest announcement was one that we already knew. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X was shown at CES 2020. This is the 64 core workstation part that the company noted when the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X launched.
These are big numbers. Pricing at $3,990 is in-line with the AMD EPYC 7702P which is a good thing. Using 288MB of total cache is correct, but looking at last level cache it is really 256MB of L3, just like on the AMD EPYC 7002 Series Rome Delivers a Knockout.
Earlier this week, STH posted a AMD EPYC 7002 Rome v Threadripper for Workstations article discussing pros and cons between both from the perspective of a former dual Xeon workstation user. AMD coincidentally used dual Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 CPUs versus a single 64 core Threadripper to show performance improvement.
It should be noted here that rendering is just about the perfect use case to highlight AMD’s advantages over Intel architecturally. Even if they were equal performance, the AMD Threadripper 3990X would still be very attractive. These chips will launch in February.
AMD Radeon RX 5600
The company also announced the AMD Radeon RX 5600 GPU. This is a 6GB GDDR6 card that will retail for $279. Each card has 36 compute units, a 1375MHz game clock, and a 1560MHz maximum clock.
AMD is claiming that the new cards will be great competition for 1080p gaming.
AMD Ryzen 4000 for Mobile
AMD is pushing into the laptop form factor. It will bring its 7nm Zen 2 to mobile devices. The company announced the Ryzen 4000 series of mobile processors at the show. The new Ryzen 4000 series will feature up to 8 cores and 16 threads.
The AMD Ryzen 7 4800U will feature up to 8 cores and 16 threads with a 1.8GHz base and 4.2GHz boost clocks. The company will also be using an updated Radeon Vega GPU core all at 15W.
This is designed to bring a leap in CPU and GPU performance to the ultralight segment. We should note that Intel is announcing Tiger Lake which will have its new Xe GPU and improved CPU on 10nm later this year as well. If you are in the market for an ultralight in late 2020, it is going to be an exciting buying season.
he AMD Ryzen 7H is designed for mobile creators. This 45W TDP mobile part incorporates 8 cores and 16 threads with a 2.9GHz base and 4.2GHz boost clock. With the same core count and maximum boost clock as the 15W part.
Aligning with these new mobile parts, the company is also working on a project called AMD SmartShift which it says is designed to intelligently offload compute to a dGPU in a system. The company says this switching can yield better performance and potentially lower power than what it currently has on the market.
The SmartShift demo seemed like it was not quite ready as a shipping solution, but it is getting close.
If you are buying corporate notebooks in the segment, you are going to have the opportunity to bring large mobility and/or performance leaps to your users. In the first quarter of 2020, AMD says that it will have its first models out and over 100 systems in 2020. AMD entering the market with better products is good for the industry. Servers, workstations, and desktops markets all have AMD options that are pushing performance boundaries. If all goes according to AMD’s plan, the Ryzen 4000 mobile series will bring that competition to the notebook market as well.
Kicking off the AMD CES 2020 keynote, Dr. Lisa Su, AMD’s CEO, said that 2020 will be bigger than in 2019. The company is off to a great start. What will become more poignant later this year in the server market is that the company is continuing to evolve a great model as it launches Milan. That same model is helping the company innovate on a number of fronts which we are seeing at CES 2020.