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CES 2020: AMD shows off new mobile processors, GPUs



AMD continues to disrupt the dominance of Intel and Nvidia with new, more powerful processors.

At CES 2020, AMD announced a range of new mobile processors to compete directly with Intel's 10th generation of chips, as well as four new graphics cards to rival Nvidia's latest generation GTX and RTX series GPUs.

First, AMD showed off its new Ryzen 4000 and Athlon 3000 mobile series of processors. The chips are made using a 7nm manufacturing process and come with AMD Radeon graphics baked in.

There are two classes of Ryzen 4000 mobile CPUs: U-Series and H-Series. The U-Series is developed for ultra-thin laptops and has portability in mind. The H-Series caters towards on-the-go gamers and creative types.

AMD claims that its Ryzen 7 4800U has up to 90% faster multi-threaded performance than its competition, in this case, a Dell XPS 7390 with an Intel Core i7-1065G7.

Laptop manufacturers, including Dell, Lenovo, HP and Acer, will release laptops with the new chips starting this quarter. Here's an in-depth look at AMD's newest mobile processors:

ModelCoresThreadsTDP (watts)Base Frequency (GHz)Boost Frequency (GHz)GPU CoresL2/L3 Cache
Ryzen 7 4800H816452.94.2712
Ryzen 5 4600H612453.04.0611
Ryzen 7 4800U816151.84.2812
Ryzen 7 4700U88152.04.1712
Ryzen 5 4600U612152.14.0611
Ryzen 5 4500U66152.34.0611
Ryzen 3 4300U44152.73.756
Athlon Gold 3150U24152.43.335
Athlon Silver 3050U22152.33.225

Taking another swipe at Intel's now-long-gone high-end CPU supremacy, AMD took the wraps off its latest Threadripper chip, the 3990X. The processor is the world's first desktop processor to come packed with 64 cores.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X

The Threadripper 3990X packs a serious punch when it comes to intensive workloads. The chip provides up to 51% more performance than the previous industry leader, the Threadripper 3970X, in 3D Ray Tracing with MAXON's Cinema4D Renderer.

The 3990X achieved a Cinebench R20.06 score of 25,399, which is a historic high for a single processor. Here are some more details about the processor:

ModelCoresThreadsTDP (watts)Base Frequency (GHz)Boost Frequency (GHz)Total Cache (MB)Usable PCIe 4.0 Lanes
Ryzen Threadripper 3990X641282802.94.328872

The chip is expected to launch on 7 February 2020 and will set you back US$3,990. Australian availability and pricing are yet to be announced.

AMD also unveiled several new desktop and mobile GPUs at its CES press conference. One of those cards was the RX 5600 XT, which had already been spotted on benchmarking sites before the official announcement.

All of the GPUs announced are built on AMD's RDNA architecture and a 7nm manufacturing process. They're all targeted towards gamers looking for a powerful yet affordable option for 1080p gaming at high graphics settings. Here are the cards' specifications:

ModelCompute UnitsStream ProcessorsVRAM (GDDR6)Game Clock (MHz)Boost Clock (MHz)Memory Interface
Radeon RX 5600 XT3623046GBUp to 1375Up to 1560192-bit
Radeon RX 56003220486GBUp to 1375Up to 1560192-bit
Radeon RX 5600M3623046GBUp to 1190Up to 1265192-bit
Radeon RX 5700M3623048GBUp to 1620Up to 1720256-bit

The Radeon RX 5600 XT is expected to hit shelves starting 21 January 2020 in North America, with Australian pricing and availability not yet announced. Board partners ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE and XFX are all slated to release variants of the card.

The mobile GPUs in the line-up are expected to become available in systems in the first quarter of 2020.

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