It’s that time of the year! Computex is here again and with it brings a lot of product launches. Computex is all about computer hardware, and just like every year, we have a ton of that this time around as well.
However, headlining the announcements, are two crucial product releases, one by CPU giant Intel, and the other by its only competitor — AMD. Intel and AMD just announced their next generations of CPU lineups.
Intel announced its 10th generation of Core CPUs, codenamed Ice Lake, while AMD announced the third generation of its new Ryzen line of CPUs, called Ryzen 3000. Let’s take a look!
Intel 10th Generation Ice Lake CPUs
It’s no secret, Intel has had issues hitting the 10nm barrier with its processors. They were supposed to arrive in 2018, but the announcement itself was pushed to 2019. Now, with Ice Lake, we finally have 10nm chips from Intel, but there’s a catch to it. Before we get to that, let’s talk about the good things this generation of Intel CPUs brings.
For now, the chipsets will come to portable devices first. This announcement just revealed the lower TDP chipsets, with ratings of 9W, 15W, and 28W, going up to 4 cores and 8 threads. These are just the low power consumption models that will be found in tablets and ultrabooks.
Intel also promised an 18% jump in speed, going by the Instructions per Cycle (IPC) figures, but this is in comparison with the Skylake chipsets that are about 4 years old, so don’t take it as a great deal of improvement.
Intel has also brought in its 11th Generation integrated graphics, which promise more of an actual performance jump, with native support for external displays running at 5K resolution at 60Hz, or 4K resolution up to 120Hz, with support for 10-bit. Additionally, Intel has added support for VESA Adaptive Sync.
There will also be integrated support for Thunderbolt 3, and Wi-Fi 6, right into the chip. Intel will have these on the 14nm PCH companion chip – which is the catch I mentioned earlier. The 10nm chipset is not all 10nm. However, this is acceptable, as this companion chipset will eliminate the need for dedicated controllers for Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-FI on the motherboards. Intel has made the process easier for OEMs.
Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs
AMD has been seen as the underdog this whole time, but with Ryzen, it has caught up quite a lot with Intel. Ryzen 3000 brings in the new 7nm Zen 2 architecture.
AMD also detailed the CPU lineup consisting of five models, starting with the basic Ryzen 5 3600 with 6 cores and 12 threads, at $199, going up to Ryzen 9 3900X, with 12 cores and 24 threads, at $499. TDPs for the range start at 65W, going all the way up to 105W. Check out all the models in the table, below:
|Model||Cores/Threads||Base Frequency||Boost Frequency||TDP||Starting Price|
|Ryzen 9 3900X||12C/24T||3.8GHz||4.6Ghz||105W||$499|
|Ryzen 7 3800X||8C/16T||3.9GHz||4.5GHz||105W||$399|
|Ryzen 7 3700X||8C/16T||3.6GHz||4.4GHz||65W||$329|
|Ryzen 5 3600X||6C/12T||3.8GHz||4.4GHz||95W||$249|
|Ryzen 5 3600||6C/12T||3.6GHz||4.2GHz||65W||$199|
Ryzen 3000 CPUs will still use the AM4 socket, based on the new X570 chipset. They will also have support for PCIe 4.0, the next generation interface. These chipsets also boast some significant performance boosts, as AMD demonstrated:
AMD compared the Ryzen 9 3900X to the Zen 1 based Ryzen 7 1800X, showing a single threaded performance gain of 32%. We also have a release date of 7 July, which means we will be seeing these CPUs on the shelves really soon.
In the meantime, take a look at our best picks across the table from the Intel and AMD CPUs available right now.
Current Picks for Intel CPUs
Current Picks for AMD CPUs
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