In 2017, AMD has brought a new breakthrough to the public by presenting powerful architecture as well as saving power “Zen” which has now become the “brain” of a variety of reliable processors that have been available starting from PC Desktop, laptop to data center.
AMD has officially announced the presence of its newest mainstream desktop processor, the 3rd Generation Ryzen, globally. The new codename Matisse processor is claimed to use the new Zen 2 architecture and uses a new 7 nm technology node. The combination of the two makes the mainstream 3rd generation AMD Ryzen desktop processor offers higher performance than previous generations of AMD Ryzen desktop processors. Along with the new processor, AMD also announced the presence of the Radeon RX 5700 series graphics card globally.
AMD mentions the increase in IPC (instructions per cycle) offered by AMD Ryzen desktop processors that use Zen 2 by 15% compared to AMD Ryzen desktop processors that use Zen. Meanwhile, the use of the new 7 nm technology node helps the mainstream AMD Ryzen Generation 3 processor to offer more variants that have cores and threads than the previous generation with TDP (thermal design power) that is maintained.
Meanwhile, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 series graphics card uses the new RDNA (Radeon DNA) architecture. Compared to GCN (Graphic Core Next) used on previous AMD Radeon graphics cards, RDNA is claimed to offer performance per clock of up to 1.25 times and performance per watt up to 1.5 times. The technology node uses 7 nm. Unlike the desktop processor, the 7 nm technology node itself has been used by the AMD Radeon VII graphics card that has been launched first.
“We are proud to deliver a variety of graphics cards and our latest AMD Ryzen processor products to make the best PC gaming platform with leading performance at every price point,” Dr. Lisa Su (President and CEO, AMD). “AMD is committed to driving innovation and competition in the computing and graphics markets to give PC enthusiasts, game players and creators extraordinary experience and unmatched value,” he said.
There are five SKUs (stock keeping units) of the mainstream 3rd generation AMD Ryzen desktop processors that are announced, ranging from AMD Ryzen 5 3600 to AMD Ryzen 9 3900X. The latter comes with 12 cores and 24 threads. Actually there is one variant that is higher in the number of cores and threads, the ADM Ryzen 9 3950X, but availability follows in September. The highest variant of the mainstream desktop processor AMD Ryzen Generation 2 has 8 cores and 16 threads.
Meanwhile, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 series graphics card officially announced has three SKUs. All three are AMD Radeon RX 5700, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, and 50th Anniversary Edition Radeon RX 5700 XT.