News out of E3 to start the day with, as AMD gave out a lot more details on more exciting hardware coming with the third-generation Ryzen 9 and the Radeon RX 5700.
Let's start with the specifications of their new GPU, the 7nm Radeon RX 5700 which will come in three different models. This is the GPU that will be using their brand new "ground-breaking" RDNA "gaming" architecture and they will be the first to support PCIe 4.0.
- Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition
- 40 compute units, 2,560 stream processors, up to 10.14 TFLOPS, 8GB GDDR6, 1,680MHz base clock + 1,830MHz "game clock" and up to 1,980MHz boost. Price around $499.
- Radeon RX 5700 XT
- 40 compute units, 2,560 stream processors, up to 9.75 TFLOPS, 8GB GDDR6, 1,605MHz base clock + 1,755MHz "game clock" and up to 1,905MHz boost. Priced around $449.
- Radeon RX 5700
- 36 compute units, 2,304 stream processors, up to 7.95 TFLOPS, 8GB GDDR6, 1,465MHz base clock + 1,625MHz "game clock" and up to 1,725MHz boost. Price around $379.
All of which are expected to be available on July 7th.
To go along with that AMD also announced FidelityFX, an open-source developer toolkit that will be up in "the coming weeks" on GPUOpen. AMD say this will make it easier for game developer to make high-quality post-processing effects while balancing performance and looks. This will include "Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening (CAS)" to give detail to low-contrast areas while minimizing artifacts and Unity will be integrating it.
AMD also revealed their latest 3rd generation Ryzen 9 and it sounds like quite the monster with a ridiculous 16 cores:
- Ryzen 9 3950X
- 16/32 cores and threads, 105W TDP, 4.7GHz boost and 3.5GHz base. Price around $749 and it's launching in September.
That's in addition to the previously announced Zen 2 Ryzen 3 models that will be launching next month on July 7th.
You can find those details and more here.
Considering the pricing level and the performance they offer there, it's quite likely my next machine will have an AMD CPU. This is the first time I am truly considering doing it since my early days of computing! Probably not the Ryzen 9 3950X though, more likely the reasonably priced Ryzen 9 3900X which is still a beast.