AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Launched; Indian Prices Revealed

Today is the day as AMD has launched their 7nm 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs, a family of CPUs that we’ve all been waiting for. Eight new CPUs are available from today onwards, with the Ryzen 3900X being the top most model available as of now. The 16-core Ryzen 3950X will launch later this year in September.

Ryzen 9 3900X

So let’s start this roundup with the AMD’s current champion, the Ryzen 9 3900X a 12c/ 24t CPU with a base clock speed of 3.8Ghz that boosts to 4.6Ghz. This little monster goes up against Intel’s i9-9900K that costs about Rs 40,299. Meanwhile, the 3900X comes in at Rs 35,990 excluding the 18% GST. However, with the GST added to it, this CPU costs 2 grand more than the 9900K and will cost your approx. Rs. 42,468.

Ryzen 7 3800X and 3700X

Below the Ryzen 9 CPU, we have the 8c/16t Ryzen 7 line-up. First up is the Ryzen 7 3800X that comes in at Rs 28,490 excluding GST. Then comes the Ryzen 3700X at Rs 24,990 excluding GST. The final price for this CPU will come to about Rs. 29,488 after taxes. The 3700X goes up against the i7-9700K which costs Rs 31,800 but it is an 8c/8t CPU.

Ryzen 5 3600X

This CPU right here is the budget builder’s dream. The Ryzen 3600X costs just Rs 17,690 which means that after tax it will cost around Rs. 20,874. That’s a very impressive offering considering this 6c/12t CPU goes up against the i5-9600k. With a base clock of 3.8Ghz that boosts to 4.4Ghz, this is a very impressive CPU. Even the regular 3600 looks to be great value as it is just .2Ghz slower than its X counter-part while costing roughly Rs 3000 less.

Ryzen 3 3200G and 3400G

The lower-end of the spectrum and the only Ryzen CPUs that have integrated graphics. The 3400G costs Rs 10,990 before tax and approx Rs. 12,968 after. While the cheapest Ryzen, the 3200G costs Rs 7,190 before tax which means after tax it will come to around Rs. 8,484. 

Radeon RX 5700 and 5700XT

The new Navi GPUs have already seen a price cut even before releasing thanks to Nvidia’s RTX Super lineup of cards. The RX 5700XT costs Rs 30,990 before tax ( which is approx 36,599 after-tax) and locks horns with the RTX 2070. Meanwhile, the RX 5700 costs Rs 26,990 before tax (approx Rs 31,899 after-tax) and goes up against the RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super.

The CPU market is a very interesting one now that Intel has cut their prices to make their CPUs very competitive. They’re cheaper than the new Ryzen CPUs in a few cases while also delivering somewhat better performance in games. 

Meanwhile, the GPU line-up might fall short as the RTX cards still seem like better value for money but with the price-drop, AMD has made their RX 5000 cards more competitive and an enticing option should people want to choose Team Red for their GPU.

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AMD Reveals Radeon Navi RX 5700 At E3 2019

At the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) “Next Horizon Gaming” livestream event at E3 today, President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su unveiled the company’s next-generation PC gaming platform, bringing new levels of performance and efficiency and introducing powerful features for gamers everywhere, based on the new AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 Series graphics cards and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors.

The AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 graphics cards are built on the new AMD RDNA gaming architecture to deliver superior visual fidelity, lightning-fast performance and advanced features to power the latest AAA and eSports titles. The new product family also includes the 50th Anniversary Edition AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 XT graphics card that commemorates the company’s 50th anniversary by offering increased clocks and a luxurious gold accented shroud featuring Dr. Lisa Su’s signature.

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors deliver leadership performance across gaming, productivity and content creation applications, offering more performance-critical on-die cache than ever before. Today, Dr. Su previewed the latest addition to the product family – the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ 9 3950X, the world’s first 16-core mainstream desktop processor.

“We’ve made significant technology bets to push the envelope on high-performance computing and give gamers the hardware they need to power the experiences they want,” said Dr. Su. “Our industry-leading Ryzen 3000 Series desktop processors and Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics cards combine leadership design, performance, technology, and efficiency to provide the ultimate gaming experiences. From super-fast frame rates, to new levels of visual realism and image quality, or the ability to easily create, capture and share gaming experiences, PCs featuring our new Ryzen processors and Radeon GPUs offer exceptional performance and features for every gamer at every price point.”

“Seventy percent of PC gamers today are using three-year-old or older graphics hardware1 that lacks the necessary horsepower and capabilities to deliver fully immersive, high-fidelity and high-performance gaming experiences,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. “Our new Radeon graphics cards with RDNA redefine what’s possible in 1440p gameplay, delivering stunning visuals, amazing performance and industry-leading features to take gaming experiences to the next level.”

Superior 1440p Gaming

The AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 Series graphics cards include several powerful new features and capabilities to deliver superior 1440p gaming experiences, including:

  • Ground-breaking RDNA gaming architecture – Built from the ground up for superior performance, scalability and power efficiency, RDNA was designed to power the future of PC, console, mobile and cloud-based gaming for years to come. It features a new compute unit design optimized for improved efficiency, and a multi-level cache hierarchy designed to provide reduced latency, higher bandwidth and lower power. It also includes a streamlined graphics pipeline that is optimized for performance-per-clock and high clock speeds.
    Delivering up to 1.25X higher performance-per-clockand up to 1.5X higher performance-per-watt3 compared to the previous-generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, RDNA provides the computational horsepower to enable thrilling, immersive gaming by enhancing explosions, physics, lighting effects and more, and by delivering fluid, high-framerate gaming experiences.
  • Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) – Restores clarity to in-game images that have been softened by other post-process effects. RIS combines with GPU uspcaling to provide sharp visuals at fluid frame rates on very high-resolution displays, and works across DirectX® 9, 12, and Vulkan® titles.
  • FidelityFX – An open-source developer toolkit available in the coming weeks on GPUOpen that makes it easier for developers to create high-quality post-processing effects that make games look beautiful while offering a balance of visual fidelity and performance. FidelityFX features Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) that draws out detail in low-contrast areas while minimizing artifacts caused by typical image sharpening routines. Developers plan to integrate CAS into a number of popular games, and Unity Technologies plans to integrate it into its real-time 3D development platform.
  • Radeon™ Anti-Lag – Optimized for eSports, Radeon™ Anti-Lag improves competitiveness by decreasing input-to-display response times by up to 31 percent4, delivering an experience similar to higher framerates.
  • Extreme refresh rates – RDNA enables DisplayPort™ 1.4 with Display Stream Compression (DSC) to deliver extreme refresh rates, color depth and resolutions up to 8K HDR at 60Hz or 4K HDR at 144+ Hz on cutting edge displays, including the world’s first monitor to support DSC: the new ASUS Republic of Gamers 43-inch monitor previewing at E3. The new monitor is capable of delivering 4K HDR at 144Hz with a single DisplayPort™ 1.4 cable.
  • Largest gaming display ecosystem5  With over 700 supported monitors to choose from, gamers can enjoy stutter-free, tear-free gameplay with AMD Radeon FreeSync™6 and Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology7.

The 7nm Radeon™ RX 5700 XT, RX 5700 and the 50th Anniversary Edition Radeon™ RX 5700 XT graphics cards are the first gaming graphics cards to support the PCIe® 4.0 interface. Additional product specs include:

GPU Compute Units Stream Processors TFLOPS Memory (GDDR6) Base Clock Game Clock Boost Clock SEP
Radeon™ RX 5700 XT 50thAnniversary Edition 40 2560 Up to 10.14 8 1680 1830 Up to 1,980 $499
Radeon™ RX 5700 XT 40 2560 Up to 9.75 8 1605 1755 Up to 1,905 $449
Radeon™ RX 5700 36 2304 Up to 7.95 8 1465 1625 Up to 1,725 $379

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Computex Day 1 Highlights

Computex kicked off with a bang yesterday, and you know what that means. We have a host of new product announcements to talk about. So, without wasting any time, let’s dive into the biggest announcements from Day 1 at Computex 2019.

Ryzen 3000

First up, we have the Ryzen 3000 series processors from the red team. We’ve known about them for a while, but now they’re finally here. Based on the Zen 2 architecture, the Ryzen 3000 is the first 7nm range of CPUs from AMD.

At the top of the line up, we have the flagship Ryzen 9 3900X with 12 cores and 24 threads, priced at $499. The 3900X has a base clock speed of 3.8 GHz and boosts up to 4.6 GHz.

Below that, we have the 8 core/16 thread Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryz en 7 3700X, priced at $399 and $329 respectively.  To bring home the line-up, there are the Ryzen 5 3600X and the 3600 with 6 cores and 12 threads.

AMD’s strong point here is definitely the affordable price point.  To put things in perspective, here’s a little fun fact.

The 12 core Intel Core i9 9920X costs $1199, more than double the price of  the 3900X.

Combine that with the company’s claim of a 15% IPC improvement with the Zen 2 architecture, and we can definitely expect to see an increase in AMD’s market share.

AMD Navi RX 5000 GPUs

Next up, from team red again, we have the 7nm Navi RX 5000 graphics cards. There have been a lot of rumours about Navi, especially regarding the branding. And now, AMD has finally put those rumours to rest. The cards will be branded as the RX 5000 series, most likely inspired by the company’s recent 50th anniversary.

With Navi, AMD is moving on from the GCN architecture we’ve seen in older cards to the new RDNA architecture.

According to AMD, it offers a 1.25x increase in performance per clock and 1.5x increase in performance per watt compared to the older architecutre.

On stage, AMD CEO Lisa Su showed the RX 5700 running the Strange Brigade benchmark against NVIDIA’s RTX 2070, where the RX 5700 came ahead by about 10%. As of now, there is no news about pricing, and AMD’s is expected to reveal more information at E3 during the company’s “Next Horizon Gaming” livestream.

X570 Chipset will not support first gen Ryzen

Amongst the good stuff, we also have some bad news from AMD. The new X570 chipset will not be completely backwards compatible, as it doesn’t support first gen Ryzen processors. Additionally, you won’t be able to use a Ryzen 3000 series CPU on all X370 and B350 motherboards, as support will vary depending on the brand and the model.

This sure seems to put a dent into AMD’s plan to support all Ryzen processors on the AM4 socket, but ultimately there are limitations in the BIOS chip capacity for older boards.

Still, not all is lost because there are plenty of 400 series motherboards available in the market that will support the Ryzen 3000 processors.

Intel Core i9 9900KS

Just because AMD had so many new things to share at Computex, it doesn’t mean that Intel didn’t have anything up their sleeves. The blue team unveiled the Core i9 9900KS, a 8 core/16 thread beast capable of boosting up to 5 GHz on all cores. That’s a 300 Mhz increase over the 9900K which boosts up to 4.7 GHz on all cores. The 9900KS also has a higher base clock speed, 4.0 GHz over the 9900K’s 3.6 GHz.

Other than that, they’re basically the same chip, based on the 14nm++ Coffee Lake architecture. Pricing and power draw still haven’t been revealed, so stay tuned for more updates.

AMD Radeon RX 640 and RX 630 Cards Spotted In Latest Graphics Drivers

AMD’s Navi graphics cards may on the way, but that doesn’t mean that the red team is done with the older architectures. TPU Forums user Just Some Noise spotted the Radeon RX 600 series cards in the new Adrenaline drivers. Interestingly, these are based on the Polaris architecture, like the RX 400 and the RX 500 series.

The two models, namely the RX 640 and RX 630 are present in the Adrenaline 19.4.3 drivers released recently. At first glance, it would be logical to assume that these are a part of the upcoming Navi line-up, but unfortunately, that is not the case.

The RX 640 shares the same device ID as the RX 550X, while the RX 630’s device ID is the same as the RX 540X. This could be another Polaris refresh like AMD did with the RX 500 series. This does fly in the face of the rumours that AMD would be releasing a Vega based GPU in the time leading up to the Navi launch. But on the other hand, if AMD is bringing more cards to the Polaris range, there’s nothing stopping them from giving the Vega graphics cards the same treatment. After all, people were looking forward to a more affordable, 8GB version of the Radeon VII.

Another possibility is that the lower end of AMD’s upcoming graphics card will use the Polaris architecture, and the higher end GPUs will be reserved for Navi. If this is indeed the case, I would’ve loved to see AMD going with at least Vega for the entry level graphics, but who knows what the company has in store for gamers? Maybe they’ll just go Navi all across the board. A boy can dream, right?

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AMD Navi RX 3080 Will Compete With RTX 2070, Price Starting at $330 (RUMOUR)

AMD is working hard on their Navi GPU range, but we haven’t really heard anything about the specs or release date officially. But that hasn’t stopped the rumour will, diligently generating buzz around the red team’s highly anticipated graphics cards. And if the latest string is to be believed, the Navi may just be the NVIDIA competitor we’ve all been waiting for.

We have the expected specs of the GPUs, thanks to AdoredTV. According to the speculations, the top-tier Navi GPU will be the RX 3080 (probably going in line with the Ryzen 3000 series) with 56 CUs, and will compete with the RTX 2070. The catch? The expected price point is only $330. To put things in perspective, the RTX 2070 Founder’s Edition costs $599, meaning the RX 3080 can potentially compete with it at almost half the price. Apart from that, the GPU is expected to have a TDP of 200W.

There are more rumours regarding the GPUs as well. For instance, AMD is expected to release a flagship Navi 20 based GPU with 64 CUs at a price of $500, while there will be two Navi 12 based entry level GPUs, starting with a TDP of 75 W and a $140 price tag. But this news doesn’t come from official sources, so as always, it’s best to take it as such.

Navi is supposed to mark a huge leap for AMD in the graphics market. We saw the company move to 7nm with the Radeon VII, and Navi will base the entire line-up on the same. As we learned earlier, AMD will finally ditch HBM and move forward with GDDR6 memory with Navi. As for the release date, the cards are expected to show up this year, but there have been delays before, so we can’t be sure. Nevertheless, stay tuned for further updates.

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AMD Expected To Release Next Gen 7nm+ GPUs by 2020

At a recent investor’s meeting, AMD revealed the roadmap for their upcoming products for both their processor and graphics families. While the red team is expected to release their highly anticipated 7nm Navi GPUs later this year, it looks like the company’s already working on the next big thing.

According to the slides, AMD will finally be moving on from the GCN architecture we’ve seen in the Vega and Polaris cards and switch to what the rumours are calling “Arcturus”, based on the 7nm+ process.

Earlier, at CES 2019, AMD revealed the world’s first 7nm GPU, the Radeon VII. It was the 2nd gen Vega response to NVIDIA’s Turing based RTX 2080, and while we wait for the Navi cards to show up, there are speculations about more Vega GPUs to be revealed leading up to the Navi launch.

AMD also had some exciting news to share about the Ryzen CPU range. We know that Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 processors are going to be revealed soon (maybe at Computex later this month), but it doesn’t end there. According to the presentation, 7nm+ based Zen 3 chips are already on track for production, while the company is busy working on Zen 4. Who knows, we may get to see Zen 3 by as soon as end of 2020, maybe 2021.

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AMD Confirms Navi GPU Launch By Q3 2019

We’ve been hearing a lot of rumours about AMD’s upcoming 7nm Navi GPUs, but nothing had been officially confirmed. That is, until now, when AMD has finally put all the rumours to rest.

In their latest earnings call, AMD CEO Lisa Su confirmed that the company is well on track with their Navi production and the graphics card are expected to release in the third quarter of 2019. Here’s an excerpt from the transcript of the call:

“We believe we made good progress improving channel inventory levels. Sell-through accelerated sequentially driven by sales of both our mainstream Radeon RX GPUs and new high-end Radeon VII gaming GPUs. We are well-positioned to grow GPU revenue in the second quarter and through the second half of the year, as we expect to introduce our first 7-nanometer Navi gaming GPUs in the third quarter. “

She also talked about their custom chips used in consoles, saying that revenue from current gen chips has decreased as we’re 7 years into the current console generation, but the future looks bright with Sony choosing to go with AMD’s Zen 2 and Navi chips for their next gen PlayStation. Here’s another excerpt from the transcript:

“Revenue decreased from a year ago as expected due to lower Semi-custom revenue as we entered the seventh year of the current game console cycle. Our Semi-custom business model continues to play an important role in our long-term growth as our strong IP portfolio enables the industry’s biggest brands to create differentiated solutions. The latest example is Sony. We are honored that Sony has selected a custom AMD SoC based on our Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU architectures to power its next-generation PlayStation console. “

Earlier, the rumours had suggested that the Navi GPUs will be announced a month after the Ryzen 3000 processors, the expected release window for which is Computex in May. This could very well mean that AMD announces the Navi GPUs sometime in June or July (rumoured date was 07/07), and release them shortly after.

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Upcoming AMD Navi GPUs Will Continue Using GCN Architecture

As we saw recently, Linux website Phoronix discovered that AMD might be releasing drivers for its upcoming Navi GPUs soon, while scouring through Git repositories. There are new entries in the open source code with the AMDGPU LLVM back-end seeing references to ‘GFX1010’. Considering that GFX900 was Vega, logic dictates that GFX1010 will be Navi.

Similar references in the source code also reveal that instead of moving to a new architecture, Navi will be based on the existing GCN architecture that AMD has been using for a while. The references are as follows:

// First/last AMDGCN-based processors.

This goes in stark contrast with previous reports that claimed that Navi will be based on a newer, improved architecture which may have been able to overcome the shortcomings of GCN, like the 4096 SP count and the memory bandwidth. Considering that GCN was designed when 28nm was the norm, it’s hard to say right now how it will be able to utilise the 7nm process. Additionally, instead of HBM that we’ve seen in the Vega and Radeon VII cards, Navi will make use of GDDR6 memory.

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AMD Radeon Drivers For Navi GPUs May Be Out Soon

Right now, we don’t much to go on when it comes to official information about AMD’s highly anticipated upcoming 7nm Navi GPUs. But according to the latest findings, it’s possible we may just get to see them as soon as next month, at Computex.

According to Linux portal Phonorix, AMD may post the open-source code for Radeon Navi drivers soon. Amongst Git repositories, they have spotted commits for a new GPU called “gfx1010” in the AMDGPU LLVM back-end, which according to them is supposed to be Navi.

As Phonorix puts it, “. .the AMDGPU kernel driver changes and Gallium3D support changes (or AMDVLK Vulkan) code has yet to be posted for review. But with GFX10(10) changes now hitting LLVM Git, it looks like the legal review is clearing up that usually is the last step before allowing the code to be published at AMD.”

As far as we know, the Navi GPUs are going to be based on AMD’s new 7nm process and will compete with NVIDIA’s RTX series. Earlier, at CES 2019, AMD revealed the Radeon VII, the world’s first 7nm graphics card with 16GB of HBM2 VRAM. It goes head to head with the RTX 2080, though the response towards the card hasn’t exactly been the best.

According to earlier reports, AMD is expected to reveal the Navi cards at E3. But if this news is true, it’s possible that may get our first look at the GPUs next month, along with the Ryzen 3 3000 desktop processors that are scheduled to show up at Computex. Right now, AMD doesn’t have a proper competitor for NVIDIA’s RTX range, especially the 2060 and the 2070. Navi GPUs could play a huge role in helping AMD gain some share back from NVIDIA in the graphics card segment.

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Source: Phonorix

AMD To Launch Next Gen Navi GPU At E3 2019

When it comes to news about AMD’s upcoming 7nm Navi graphics cards, fans have received nothing but disappointment. But that may be about to change, because we may get to see the cards sooner than we thought.

As reported by TweakTown, AMD is expected to launch the highly anticipated Navi GPUs this year at E3. We already know that Lisa Su is delivering the opening key note for Computex and they already have the 7nm Ryzen 3000 CPUs slated to launch then. This means we’ll get to see AMD’s entire line-up of next-gen processors and graphics cards within the span of a month.

This year’s E3 is shaping up to be quite a storm, first with Sony confirming they won’t be present at the conference, and now AMD planning to launch their graphics cards at the same event. Considering that the next-gen consoles from both Microsoft and Sony are expected to run on upcoming AMD hardware, launching the Navi graphics cards at E3 actually sounds like a good idea.

Earlier, in February, AMD launched the world’s first 7nm graphics card, the Radeon VII. Based on 2nd gen Vega architecture, it comes with a whopping 16 GB of HBM2 memory. Fans had expected a more affordable version of the same with less memory, but we haven’t heard anything on that front either.

AMD has been competing with Intel quite well on the CPU front. But Intel is actively working on its own line-up of dedicated graphics cards to take on both NVIDIA and AMD. Over the past few months, Intel has bagged some key members from both teams to help them create their Xe graphics cards. Going forward, we can expect to see a lot more competition in the GPU segment.

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Source: TweakTown