Wednesday January 09, 2019

AMD Previews 7nm Ryzen CPUs at CES

At their 2019 CES keynote, AMD's CEO Lisa Su revealed a new generation of Ryzen processors built on TSMC's 7nm process. First, AMD demo'd an "early version" of the upcoming processor on Forza 4, and AMD claims it consistently ran the game at over 100 FPS. Then, they pitted the 8 core, 16 thread processor against a Core i9-9900k in Cinebench. The 3rd gen Ryzen processor managed to hit a slightly higher Cinebench score while only consuming about 133 watts on average, while the 9900K ate over 179 Watts running the same workload.

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Like AMD's 7nm Epyc processors, 3rd gen Ryzen uses a multi-chip design. Lisa mentioned that the I/O die is actually the larger of the 2 dies on the chip she held up, and I would bet it's fabricated on a node larger than 7nm. 3rd gen Ryzen will allegedly be the first PC platform to support PCIe 4.0, but it will still run on existing AM4 motherboards, as previously promised. AMD says 3rd gen Ryzen will launch "in the middle of 2019," and that more details will come as the launch date gets closer.

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