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For those looking at their next upgrade, both AMD and Intel have made announcements recently and there's a lot of big stuff coming.

On the AMD side, they've officially announce the starting line-up of the Zen 2 core units that make up the Ryzen 3 series processors. To go along with this will be the new X570 chipset for the AM4 socket which supports PCIe 4.0. Here's the specs they've given out:

  • Ryzen™ 9 3900X - 12 cores/24 threads, 105W TDP, 3.8ghz base/4.6ghz boost, price around $499
  • Ryzen™ 7 3800X - 8 cores/16 threads, 105W TDP, 3.9ghz base/4.5ghz boost, price around $399
  • Ryzen™ 7 3700X - 8 cores/16 threads, 65W TDP, 3.6ghz base/4.4ghz boost, price around $329
  • Ryzen™ 5 3600X - 6 cores/12 threads, 95W TDP, 3.8ghz base/4.4ghz boost, price around $249
  • Ryzen™ 5 3600 - 6 cores/12 threads, 65W TDP, 3.6ghz base/4.2ghz boost, price around $199

All of which are expected to release on July 7th, so we're seeing 7nm on 7/7 which is mildly amusing.

They've also announced their new 7nm GPU architecture "RDNA" to replace GCN, with a claim of up to "1.25x" better performance-per-clock and "1.5x" higher performance-per-watt over GCN. RDNA is what will be powering their new AMD Radeon RX 5700-series graphics cards and they've said these new graphics cards will also be available in July.

You can find the full AMD summary here.

On the Intel front, they also had something to tease recently although nothing as major yet since they haven't done their keynote (which is tomorrow). Intel teased the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS, a "special edition" processor with 8 cores all running at 5.0 GHz while in turbo with a base of 4GHz. They said it will be shipping this year too.

You can see Intel's summary here.

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ElectricPrism 27 May 2019 at 9:36 am UTC
CPU enthusiasts are calling the Intel's counter-launch Intel EE or Emergency Edition -- where they are simply launching as a response to AMD playing such a strong hand.

Competition is good for us -- the consumer, and after being on a 32 thread CPU for half a year now I can say it does have some amazing perks.
MayeulC 27 May 2019 at 9:49 am UTC
I hope those Ryzen will all feature a display controller. It sucks to have video outputs that I can't use on my motherboard (2700X). Other than that (and the costly BIOS update I had to do, but this should be fixed with the latest gen), I've been pretty happy with it, I can't wait to see Zen2 + Navi
chancho_zombie 27 May 2019 at 10:03 am UTC
QuoteThey've also announced their new 7nm GPU architecture "RDNA" to replace GCN, with a claim of up to "1.25x" better performance-per-clock and "1.5x" higher performance-per-watt over GNC. RDNA is what will be powering their new AMD Radeon RX 5700-series graphics cards and they've said these new graphics cards will also be available in July.

so RDNA is NAVI, but they didn't inform much, just that it beats a rtx 2070 by a 10 percent margin. Seems more info is coming out on June 10th.

( the rumours were right Navi top tier will be competing with the RTX 2070 not the 2080)


Last edited by chancho_zombie at 27 May 2019 at 10:06 am UTC
Arehandoro 27 May 2019 at 10:43 am UTC
That Ryzen 3700X at 65W TDP is quite sweet but not sure whether worth the money upgrading from my existing 2600, considerin the 3700X is at $329. I'm more interested that interested in RDNA so June 10th it's my new date to keep track of. I'm not that happy with my current 580 (mainly due to noise) so if they can release a competent 5700 with lower TDPs, and hopefully less db, I'm in from the very beginning.


Last edited by Arehandoro at 27 May 2019 at 10:47 am UTC
Termy 27 May 2019 at 10:59 am UTC
I don't know if i'm strong enough NOT to go for the 3900X
Now the only question is, when will Navi be supported mainline - hopefully not too long after launch...
fabertawe 27 May 2019 at 11:19 am UTC
My current CPU (i7-4790k) is the first Intel CPU I ever bought. If I'd known what was coming I'd have stuck with AMD. I can guarantee my next one will be an AMD.
Mohandevir 27 May 2019 at 2:06 pm UTC
Oh yes! Was waiting on that for my next build. I will wait for the gaming benchmarks to decide between the 3600 and 3600X.
chancho_zombie 27 May 2019 at 2:14 pm UTC
Just one thing that I'm not sure. Will they include hardware mitigations for Spectre or Meltdown? the situation on AMD is not that catastrophic like Intel, but still, because AMD issued a statement one time that they will.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/amd-vs-spectre-our-new-zen-2-chips-will-be-protected-says-ceo/

Hopefully with Zen 2 I can turn all kernel CPU mitigations off.


Last edited by chancho_zombie at 27 May 2019 at 2:21 pm UTC
tuubi 27 May 2019 at 3:23 pm UTC
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Maybe I'll treat myself to a nice little birthday present this summer. I'll be keeping my eye on the 3700X.
finaldest 27 May 2019 at 3:52 pm UTC
I am going to wait till the 16 core is announced and tested in the wild before making any moves.

I own a X370 Asus C6 Hero with 1800x and want to see if I will be better off buying the 12 core for my X370 or get an X570 board and get the 16 core chip when announced.

With all the issues that affected me when 1st gen ryzen first launched, I would rather wait and get it things right this time by waiting a few months for reviews and any potential hardware bugs to be fixed. I am also waiting to see if X570 has any benefits over X370.


I am really excited though and will be looking at the 12 core upwards.
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