AMD shows off its high-performance Ryzen 4000 mobile chips at CES 2020


Chipmaker AMD used its appearance at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show to highlight its forthcoming high-performance PC chipsets. Notably, CEO Lisa Su said her firm would introduce “the best laptop processor ever built” this year.

Given the technical specifications for the company’s new hardware, her claim isn’t advertising puffery. Moreover, the firm revealed it would be offering its new professional-grade CPU at a surprisingly affordable price.

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile Processors

AMD kicked off its CES 2020 presentation with the reveal of its 7 nm Ryzen 4000 line of mobile processors. The range of chipsets boasts 8 cores, 16 threads, 15W thermal design power, and a boosted clock speed of 4.2 GHz. As such, Tech Radar notes the company’s ultra-book processors offer a 10 percent power increase over third-generation chipset minimum.

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During its press conference, AMD positioned its new CPUs as a multifaceted solution for a range of consumer demographics. Indeed, the company’s processors will likely be highly sought after by players interested in fully immersive PC gaming experiences. Conversely, laptops equipped with the line’s chipsets will appeal to peripatetic content creators who need powerful and compact equipment.

The Santa Clara, California-based corporation noted that its Ryzen 4000 CPUs would power more than 100 products by year’s end. However, the chipmaker noted the first wave of laptops featuring its new mobile chipsets would roll out in the first quarter.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X

AMD also used its CES 2020 showcase to introduce the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X that it teased last November. As opposed to the versatile Ryzen 4000 series, the firm positioned this CPU as a professional-grade solution. The beastly 64-core processor features 128 threads, a 288 MB cache, and a clock speed of 2.9 GHz, which can be boosted to 4.3 GHz.

The corporation stressed it built the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X to expedite the function of processor-heavy tasks. For instance, the firm claimed the CPU could render digital video 90 percent faster than Intel’s Ice Lake line and 51 percent more quickly than its Ryzen Threadripper 3970X. Accordingly, the CPU should be popular among always under the gun Hollywood visual effects studios.

AMD isn’t trying to sell the Threadripper 3990X based on power alone. The firm announced it would sell the ultrahigh performance processor for $3,990 starting February 7. Given the chipset’s extraordinary power, the firm’s latest ultrahigh performance CPU is refreshingly affordable.

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT

Lastly, AMD debuted its Radeon RX 5600 XT at CES 2020. The firm made no bones about the target audience for its new graphics processor. The company described the 7 nm component as capable of facilitating “ultimate 1080p gaming” for all available titles. Indeed, the firm states its new GPU has 2.1 times the gaming performance-per-watt than the Radeon RX 590 graphics card.

The Radeon RX 5600 XT has 36 compute units, a maximum of 6GB, and a 192-bit memory interface. The graphics processor will go on sale on January 21 and will retail for $279. The firm also said it would launch a mobile variation of the 5600 XT, the 5600M, in the first half of this year.

Ars Technica noted the Radeon series is ideal for AAA game aficionados as it offers “fantastic” image quality without any pesky visual artifacts. Moreover, AMD has also ensured its graphics cards will power the ninth-generation gaming consoles. The chipmaker has secured contracts to produce hardware for the Google Stadia, Sony PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X.


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