January 12 – Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Dr. Lisa Su began the second day of the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2021) with an insightful keynote presentation. The executive discussed how COVID-19 changed the world, including prompting years of digital transformation in mere weeks.
She also revealed some of the products her firm has developed to help the public adapt to life in a digital-first world.
New Mobile Processors Elevate Laptop Performance
AMD CEO’s explained that personal computers had become essential connection tools in the “new normal.” The executive noted original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) sold over 300 million PCs in 2020 and predict higher sales this year. Dr. Su said her employer is launching new high-performance mobile processors to optimize consumers’ future computing experiences.
To start, the chipmaker’s Ryzen 5000 Series 5nm mobile device lineup will launch in the first half of 2021.
The Ryzen 5000U mobile microprocessors offer consumers enhanced performance and longer battery lifetimes. The processors offer a 16 percent single-thread performance upgrade from the previous generation and a 14 percent multithreaded computing bump. The line should also give laptops 17.5 hours of general usage and 21 hours of movie playback time. The microprocessors provide a minimum of 4 cores, 8 threads, 2.6 GHz clock speed, and a 6MB cache at 15W.
AMD is also launching new mobile processors for gaming and ultralight notebook aficionados with its Ryzen 5000H Series.
The Ryzen 5000H line is a step up from the 5000U processors as their low-end chips feature 6 cores, 12 threads, 19MB cache, with 3.3 GHz, and 35W. The 5000HS family, designed for light and ultralight machines, has slightly better technical specifications than the H components. The series maxes out at 8 cores, 16 threads, 20MB cache, 3.3 GHz base frequency, 20MB cache at 35W.
In addition, the Ryzen 5000HX processors are intended to provide consumers with desktop quality performance in a notebook form factor. They offer the same amount of cores and threads as the 5000HS microprocessors and boast a boosted clock speed of 4.8 GHz and require +45W.
AMD announced new laptops equipped with its RDNA 2 graphics cards are coming in the first half of 2021.
High-Performance Desktop Processors
AMD did not forget its desktop gamers, creatives, and businesspeople during its CES presentation. The firm used its platform to unveil its Ryzen 5800X and 5900X series central processing units (CPUs). Those components will harness the power of AMD’s Zen 3 architecture to deliver enhanced performance with a reduction in thermal design power (TDP).
The corporation’s 5800X line comes equipped with eight cores, 16 threads, 3.4 GHz base clock speed, and a 36MB cache. By comparison, 5900X chips offer 12 cores, 24 threads, 3.4 GHz clock frequency, and a 70MB cache. That means the latter product can render 1080p content at 100 frames per second, 24 percent faster than the prior generation. Both components consume a modest 65W and will only be available in prebuilt systems.
In addition, AMD is deploying new Ryzen Threadripper hardware worldwide this March.
The new desktop CPUs will support RDIMM and LRDIMM memory as well as Gen 4 128 PCIe lanes. At the lower end, the chips feature 16 cores, 32 threads, 3.9 GHz clock speed, and 72MB cache at 280W. But on the high end, the series comes standard with 64 cores, 128 threads, up to 4.2 GHz clock speed, and 288MB cache at the same level of power consumption.
Dr. Su did not disclose pricing information for any of her firm’s upcoming Ryzen products.
3rd Gen EPYC Data Center CPUs Details
AMD’s CES keynote contained a few updates about its 3rd Gen EPYC products, but nothing substantial.
Dr. Su declared the data center processor line code-named “Milan” will debut sometime in the first quarter of this year. She confirmed that the series has 32 cores, is built on Zen 3 architecture, and will deliver “best business value.” More tantalizingly, the executive provided an example of how much more powerful the line is than last-generation hardware.
The meteorological community uses high-performance computing (HPC) components to perform their weather research and forecasting (WRF). Scientists found using HPC chips helps them conduct more precise WRF at an accelerated rate. AMD’s dual-socket Milan allegedly outpaced Intel’s 28-core Xeon Gold 6258R CPU by 46 percent in a private test.
The corporation’s latest cloud computing processors are 68 percent faster than the prior generation’s single-socket solutions.
If AMD’s Milan CPUs have that level of performance in the real world, the chips could greatly improve medical research, space exploration, and enterprise computing. The firm’s innovations will also push rivals to create more powerful and cost-effective hardware to compete. Thanks to its market-leading research and development, the company is pushing the HPC sector forward directly and indirectly.