The long-awaited Ryzen 3, the new Radeon, the updated processor lines, the new process technology, the laptops on the mobile architecture and much more
From 27 May 2019 to 1 June, the Computex 2019 international computer fair is held in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, a long considered event as the catalyst of the market: here are presented the main iron novelties that are about to be put on selling and establishing new trends. All the big chip makers have already been able to talk: AMD, Nvidia, Intel, Qualcomm and ARM. So briefly list all the important announcements.
This year, the "red" company is 50 years old. Even before the Computex, special commemorative kits for the Radeon Vega styled graphics card and the Ryzen processor appeared on a hand-selected chip. At the same show, Lisa Sue, head of AMD, promised another 50 years of impressive innovation.
In July, the Ryzen 3000 series processors based on the new Zen 2 architecture will finally be on sale: the frequencies will grow by a couple of hundred megahertz, the cache memory will double and the technical process will finally reach the desired 7 nanometers. The flower in the Ryzen 9 3900X range carries 12 cores on board with 24 4.6 gigahertz threads each. According to AMD, the main competitor facing the Intel Core i9-9920X loses the new product up to 10% in multi-core business. At the same time, the "red" R9 3900X will only cost $ 500, which is more than double the "blue" i9-9920X (so they ask for up to $ 1200).
There are also two models of the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 3000 series. They will again receive 8 and 6 cores with twice the number of threads, respectively, and the frequencies will increase by 200 megahertz. But the details on the new budget Ryzen 3 still.
As for the new Radeon, they have so far revealed only the denomination and have given a general idea of the performance. Thus, AMD promises that the Radeon RX 5700 on the new Navi architecture will be 10% more powerful than the recent GeForce RTX 2070 and will receive the memory of the new generation GDDR6. And first there were rumors about raytracing support. Other things will say on the next E3 June 11th.
The main Nvidia player announcements occurred last year. But at Computex 2019, the company has prepared new articles for professionals. The Greens have introduced several product lines with the generic brand Nvidia Studio. Includes Quadro RTX graphics cards and laptops with these on board. Therefore, the Quadro RTX 5000 flagship will receive 3,072 CUDA cores, 48 RT cores and 384 torsors, in addition to 16 gigabytes of video memory of the new GDDR6 standard. The notebook manufacturers will be almost all major brands: Asus, Dell, HP, MSI, Razer, Gigabyte and Acer. Nvidia says the new products will bypass MacBook Pro on Radeon Vega 20 to 7 times in activities like working with 3D graphics or editing videos.
In addition to the 5000 series of premium graphics processors, there will also be other affordable 4000 and 3000 series solutions. The start of sales of new professional graphics cards and laptops is expected in the second half of 2019.
Intel has focused on notebooks. The tenth generation Core processors will be called Ice Lake and are designed exclusively for laptops. The power consumption of the mobile Core i3, i5 and i7 mobile will be 9, 15 and 28 watts respectively and the maximum frequency will reach 4.1 gigahertz. The updated graphic core Iris Plus encodes the video up to 2.5 times faster, and in games it shows itself at the level of the Nvidia GeForce MX250 notebook, which corresponds approximately to the desktop GT 1030. This performance is sufficient for most classic projects online as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or World of Tanks.
Another important announcement is "Progetto Athena" (Athena project). Intel has developed a certification program for ultra-compact laptops based on company products. The main requirements for candidates for certified ultrabooks are the following:
- Work at least 9 hours without reloading office activities and at least 16 hours during video playback.
- Exit the sleep mode for 1 second or less.
- Quick top-up: at least 4 hours of work after 30 minutes out.
- The processor is not inferior to the Core i5, with 8 GB of RAM or more, in addition to an SSD drive with a capacity of 256 GB or more.
- Supports LTE, plus sixth-generation Wi-Fi and third-generation Thunderbolt.
- Stylus holder and make sure you touch the screen.
- Existence of the sensor of a fingerprint or facial recognition.
As if Intel had replied to Computex from another major processor manufacturer, Qualcomm. The company is known for its Snapdragon mobile line, which for many years has broken all the performance records on the Android platform. However, now Qualcomm is going seriously to a more traditional computer market.
Their Snapdragon 8cx laptop was announced in December 2018, but now the manufacturer has shared its first tests. In general, the new product bypasses Intel's popular Core i5-8250U by 15-20% in PCMark graphics benchmarks and in office activities is roughly equal. In this case, a Snapdragon 8cx based laptop runs up to 8 hours more than the analog on the Core i5-8250U. And this is another precursor of the much-discussed transition of all computer equipment to the ARM architecture, which is associated only with smartphones and other portable and wearable devices.