A Closer Look Into AMD’s 2020 Launch

Image Credit: Lisa Su during the Zen 3 announcement Keynote (AMD)

AMD have officially launched their Zen 3 based CPUs on November 5th to great praise from reviewers and consumers alike. When AMD’s CEO Lisa Su came on stage during the Ryzen event last month, she promised a giant leap in performance compared to its previous Zen 2 based CPUs. This was shown in the keynote as upwards of 50% increased in performance in games like League of Legends and CS:GO.

Zen3 Performance compared to Zen 2 (AMD)

In other slides in the keynote, it shows AMD even beating Intel’s top CPU, the i9 10900k which was the crown in gaming until now. This is thanks to Zen 3’s instructions per cycle (IPC) increase of 19%, which can now match or surpass Intel in single core performance.

Zen 3 Performance compared to Intel (Tom’s Hardware)

Third party reviewers seem to corroborate this data with their own charts confirming the 19% increase in IPC and AMD’s ability to surpass Intel in the gaming environment.

Zen 3 Lineup (AMD)

In this launch, AMD promised 4 CPUs, the Ryzen 9 5950x with 16 cores, 32 threads at $799, the Ryzen 9 5900x with 12 cores and 24 threads at $549, the Ryzen 7 5800x with 8 cores 16 threads at $449, and the Ryzen 5 5600x with 6 cores 12 threads at $299. These prices, surprising is actually above Intel’s pricing by upwards of $50 dollars. This is likely to make up for the massive increase in multi core performance compared to Intel.This kind of performance hyped up the PC community greatly and processors have sold out within minutes after launch on November 5th. When questioned, AMD claims this launch is not a paper launch and that there will be a constant supply of new AMD processors going into the market. Whether we will have a similar problem to Nvidia’s launch of the RTX 3000 series, we have to wait and see.As for Intel, their 14nm (still) Rocket Lake CPUs launching in early 2021 is rumored to compete with AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series.

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