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 Ryzen 3000 CPUs Will Support Up To 5000 MHz DDR4 RAM

There’s more Ryzen 3000 news for AMD fans! According to Yuri Bubily, the developer of DRAM calculator of Ryzen processors, the upcoming 7nm Zen 2 based CPUs will support up to 5000 MHz of DDR4 memory.

In a Twitter post, Yuri said,”I think it’s time to start The maximum value of the frequency of RAM Zen 2 generation is 5000 MHz mode UCLK == MEMCLK / 2.”

One thing to note, however, is that this is the highest clock speed Ryzen 3000 can support, and even then not all parts may be able to attain it. Extreme overlockers may be able to achieve it using some of the non-conventional methods but most consumers aren’t extreme overclockers.

In any case, it’s great to see support for such high memory frequency coming to Ryzen, even though it may not achievable by everyone. Well, who knows? Maybe someday.

ASUS And ASRock Confirm AMD Ryzen 3000 Support On Existing AM4 Motherboards

Recently, we learned that MSI had confirmed that they will be supporting AMD’s upcoming 7nm Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 processors on the existing AM4 motherboards. The company said they’ll be releasing BIOS updates to ensure backwards compatibility for the new CPUs with the 300 and 400 series boards.

Other brands seem to be following suit, with ASUS and ASRock announcing that they’ll also be supporting Ryzen 3000 on existing motherboards. The new BIOS updates for ASRock motherboards will be available this month, which is pretty much in tune with the expectations that AMD will be revealing the Ryzen 3000 processors at Computex.

X470 Chipset BIOS Version
X470 Taichi Ultimate P3.30
X470 Taichi P3.40
Fatal1ty X470 Gaming K4 P3.40
X470 Master SLI/ac P3.40
X470 Master SLI P3.40
Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac P3.30
B450 Chipset BIOS Version
Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 P3.30
B450 Steel Legend P2.10
B450 Pro4 P3.30
B450M Steel Legend P2.10
B450M Pro4-F P1.40
B450M Pro4 P3.30
B450M-HDV R4.0 P2.30
B450M-HDV P1.80
Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac P3.40
X370 Chipset BIOS Version
X370 Taichi P5.60
Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming P5.40
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 P5.40
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming X P5.50
X370 Killer SLI/ac P5.40
X370 Killer SLI P5.40
X370 Pro4 P5.80
X370M Pro4 R2.0 P1.30
X370M Pro4 P5.80
X370M-HDV R4.0 P2.00
X370M-HDV P1.80
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming-ITX/ac P5.70
B350 Chipset BIOS Version
Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 P5.80
AB350 Pro4 P5.80
AB350M Pro4 P5.90
AB350M Pro4-F P1.20
AB350M Pro4 R2.0 P1.40
AB350M-HDV R4.0 P2.00
AB350M-HDV R3.0 P3.10
AB350M-HDV P5.90
AB350M P5.10
Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac P5.70
A320 Chipset*
*Supports AMD Next-Gen Ryzen series APU only.
BIOS Version
A320M Pro4 R2.0 P1.30
A320M Pro4-F P1.10
A320M Pro4 P5.90
A320M-DVS R4.0 P1.70
A320M-DVS R3.0 P3.10
A320M-DGS P5.80
A320M-HDV R4.0 P1.90
A320M-HDV R3.0 P3.10
A320M-HDV P5.80
A320M-ITX P5.60
A320TM-ITX P3.10

Specs For 16 Core/32 Thread Ryzen 3000 CPU Leaked

AMD’s Lisa Su will be giving the opening keynote at Computex 2019, where the company is expected to reveal their next gen Ryzen 3000 processors. These will be based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture. As we approach the announcement, it’s only normal to expect some leaks about the upcoming CPUs, and the situation doesn’t look disappointing.

Prominent leaker TUM_APISAK has posted the specs of what we think is the flagship Ryzen 9 3800 (or 3800X), with 16 cores and 32 threads. According to the Twitter post, the processor will have a base clock of 3.2 GHz and will boost up to 4.2 GHz. This mostly confirms that there will be a consumer grade Ryzen processor with 16 cores, even though the exact specs might be a little lower or higher.

The rumour also lists the X570 chipset for motherboards, although brands like MSI have already confirmed that they will be releasing BIOS updates to support the Ryzen 3000 processors on the current 300 and 400 series motherboard. It’s always advisable to take all the rumours. . .not too seriously, but TUM_APISAK also mentions that he might be sharing an image of the CPU soon, so there’s more exciting stuff on the way!

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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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MSI Confirms Support for Ryzen 3000 CPUs on Current 300 and 400 Series Motherboards

If you have an MSI 300/400 series AM4 motherboard and were planning to upgrade to AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 3000 processors, you’re in luck. MSI has confirmed that the current motherboards will get a BIOS update that will let them support the upcoming CPUs without an issue.

MSI has released a complete list of BIOS versions which are compatible with AMD’s upcoming AMD APUs. Currently, they are in the process of testing the 300 and 400 series motherboards for support as well. As far as the updates are concerned, we should expect to see the BIOS land sometime in May or June, maybe right around Computex where AMD is scheduled to officially launch the Ryzen 3000 desktop processors.

To check out MSI’s complete list of supported motherboards and corresponding BIOS versions, click here.

AMD has been working for some time on the next gen Ryzen processors, which will be based on 7nm Zen 2 architecture. The company is expected to launch the CPUs next month in Taiwan at Computex, where Lisa Su will be giving the opening keynote. Additionally, the next gen 7nm Navi GPUs are also expected to be launched soon, most probably in Q3 2019 with an official reveal preceding that.

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HWINFO Adds Support For AMD Navi GPUs

Fans have been eagerly waiting for AMD’s Navi GPUs to show up for a while now, and it seems like the wait might finally be over. In a recent update, HWINFO has added preliminary support for Navi GPUs. Prior to any such release, support information is added to these tools for identification and testing purposes, which is good reason to believe that we might get to see the GPUs soon.

AMD Navi is the first GPU built by the company which isn’t based on the GCN architecture. The exact details and specs are still not known, but it’ exciting for fans as Navi is expected to finally give some hard competition to NVIDIA GPUs.

Based on recent reports and rumours, AMD is expected to reveal the GPUs at Computex in May, where Lisa Su will be giving the opening keynote. The company is also expected to reveal their upcoming line-up of Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 processors at the same event. Additionally, rumours suggest that AMD will be looking to focus on the mid-range and mainstream segment with a Navi 12 GPU, which will have 40 CUs. Later, we will see higher tier cards, aka Navi 10, which will be AMD’s flagship graphics card going forward, most probably competing with cards like the RTX 2080 and 2080Ti.

AMD recently launched the world’s 7nm GPU, the Radeon VII. A precursor to the Navi series, Radeon VII is based on 2nd gen Vega architecture, or Vega II if you will (clever, huh?). It features 16GB of HBM2 memory and a price tag of $699. Although the response to the card hasn’t been as exciting as we’d have liked it to be, it certainly shows that AMD is finally gearing up to show us something really big.

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AMD To Reveal Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Navi GPUs at Computex 2019

If Lisa Su’s CES keynote wasn’t enough to get your PC-enthusiast senses tingling, buckle up, because AMD’s CEO will be giving the opening keynote speech at Computex 2019, and boy does she have some great things in store. Here’s an excerpt from the official Computex page confirming her keynote:

“COMPUTEX, as one of the global leading technology tradeshows, has continued to advance with the times for more than 30 years. This year, for the first time, a keynote speech will be held at the pre-show international press conference,” said Mr. Walter Yeh, President & CEO, TAITRA, “Dr. Lisa Su received a special invitation to share insights about the next generation of high-performance computing. We look forward to her participation attracting more companies to participate in COMPUTEX, bringing the latest industry insights, and jointly sharing the infinite possibilities of the technology ecosystem on this global stage.”

AMD will be announcing the much anticipated 7nm Ryzen 3000 processors and Navi GPUs . Considering AMD’s current roadmap for these products where the Zen2 CPUs are slated for a launch later this year, Computex looks like the ideal time to reveal the products.

During the CES 2019 demo, Lisa Su showed off a 7nm Ryzen CPU going toe to toe with Intel’s i9-9900K. The unnamed Ryzen chip gained 17 points over the 9900K in Cinebench R15 while drawing 31% less power. Suffice it to say, fans have high expectations from team red. Going by the current leaks, here’s the speculated line-up:

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ASUS Ryzen 3000 powered laptops now available

Coming as a latest addition to ASUS TUF series lineup are two Ryzen powered laptops, namely, TUF Gaming FX705DY and FX505DY.

These laptops will be powered AMD Ryzen 5 3550H alongside AMD Radeon RX 560X graphics card. The laptops will still retain its Radeon Vega 8 processing capability.

The FX505DY has two variants, both exclusive to Amazon while the FX705DY can be bought both online and offline. The two models are equipped with 15.6-inch and a 17.3-inch screen.

The processor is 4C/8T CPU, has a TDP of 35 Watts, is based on AMD’s Zen+ architecture and comes along AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics. So, you get quite a powerful package there.

However, the best things are the changes that ASUS has made to the ‘design’ of the laptops. The new TUF laptops come with a more efficient cooling system, providing individual cooling to the GPU and CPU. The fan design has revamped to make them dust resistant.
The laptops also boast reinforced body and NanoEdge screen borders that make these laptops more durable. These laptops check the MIL-STD-810G durability box and can live past short drops and knocks.

Find detailed specifications here.

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Zen 2 processors support pops up on X470 and X370 motherboards

We cannot wait for Zen 2 Ryzen processors. After all, an upgrade to 7nm process node is pretty big.

AMD’s roadmap claims that Zen 2 processors will hit the markets by mid 2019. So going by that, we’ll have to wait about 3 to 4 more months. Meanwhile, in the last few weeks, there have been several leaks, rumours and speculation about the chip’s pricing, specifications and performance. So, our excitement has no bounds.

We have another positive piece of news for you. Three motherboard manufactures (Biostar, MSI and ASUS) have released two new updates namely AGESA 0072 and AGESA 0070. These updates, as ASUS explicitly mentions, will improve compatibility with AMD’s ‘upcoming’ processors.
And, as we know, the upcoming processors are none other than AMD’s much anticipated Zen 2 lineup. Moreover, some insider sources have reported that a batch of Zen 2 processors was shipped to AIB partners 4 weeks ago.

With all these developments it seems like that AMD will stick to its roadmap sternly. Want to read more about Zen 2? Quench your thirst here.

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