“The new generation computing platform brings new architecture to processors and graphics cards, which should provide a significant performance bump”
After taking the wraps off its new generation of hardware at E3 2019, AMD has officially announced commercial availability for its latest processors and graphics cards. The new products include 3rd generation AMD Ryzen desktop processors, new Ryzen 3000 series processors with integrated Radeon graphics, and the all-new Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT graphics cards, all based on the 7nm fabrication process.
The Ryzen 3rd generation desktop processors use the all-new 7nm Zen 2 platform, which is compatible with the new AMD X570 chipset with AM4+ socket and PCIe 4.0 compatibility for faster storage and graphics upgrades in the future. According to AMD, the benefits of the new platform include “world-class gaming, game streaming, and content creation performance, offering up to 58 percent higher performance-per-watt than the competition.” Each of the processors in the 3rd generation desktop lineup include core clock boosts of up to 200MHz, which should help take on multi-threaded high performance tasks, or general multitasking work environments such as video and audio rendering. The extensive desktop lineup begins at $199 (~Rs 13,500), with the full price list and India prices yet to be announced.
The desktop processor lineup also continues with the Ryzen 5 3000-series APUs, which come in two variants — the Ryzen 3 3200G and the Ryzen 5 3400G. Featuring AMD RX Vega 8 and 11 GPUs respectively, the processors with integrated Radeon graphics offer a compelling package for budget-efficient desktop PCs. The two processors are priced at $99 (~Rs 6,800) and $149 (~Rs 10,200) respectively, and claim to offer significantly superior gaming performance in comparison to a competing 9th generation Intel Core i5 processor.
Finally, in terms of graphics cards, the Radeon RX 5700 series has been much spoken about. This marks AMD’s first move away from the older Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and into the new RDNA architecture, which takes advantage of AMD Zen 2’s PCIe 4.0 compatibility and offers 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM. While AMD claims significant performance improvements over Nvidia’s RTX 20xx series rivals, the latter has responded with improved RTX 20xx Super series to equalise AMD’s performance claims. Furthermore, AMD’s offerings miss out on Ray Tracing in this generation, which is a bit of a surprise. Prices for the Radeon RX 5700 begin at $349 (~Rs 24,000), and AMD has announced the available for all mainstream e-retail portals.