With an unusual Sunday launch, AMD yesterday delivered a host of new products worldwide that should have a lasting impact on the PC market. The date 7.7. was consciously chosen for AMD to point out the used 7nm production technology, which enables AMD for the first time in a long time to act at eye level with its direct competitors Intel and Nvidia or even to significantly overtake them in some respects.
The reviews are almost endless, so we just want to give you a small overview of what's going on with the new AMD models on the market.
The new Ryzen 3xxxCPUs have now practically caught up with Intel in single core performance as well, and in multi-core performance they clearly outperform comparable Intel models. The AMD Ryzen 3xxx processors are significantly cheaper due to the bank and consume less power. The current 12 core top model (AMD Ryzen 9 3900X) for approx. 500 Euro beats not only Intel's more expensive models but even their own 16 core threadripper. An even stronger 16 core Ryzen for about 750 Euro will follow in September.
The processors even run on some old AM4 mainboards, but not all of them. From about 170 Euro there are also new X570 mainboards, which even support PCIe 4.0 with the new CPUs. No Intel platform can offer this yet. This brings us straight to the graphics cards:
The new "Navi" models are called Radeon 5700(XT) and are the first consumer cards to support PCIe 4.0. In gaming, however, you don't expect much from a faster bus, but in compute, which also includes video editing, a bus that is twice as fast can bring advantages.
The new 7nm Radeon 5700(XT) models are comparable to the Nvidia mid-range in terms of computing power and have already led to a de facto price reduction before their introduction. Now you can get 8GB GPUs with 256 bit memory from about 430 Euro (an RTX 2060 Super, or an "old", now cheaper RTX 2070).
AMD has therefore turned before the introduction once again at the price screw and places the own 8GB/256Bit-Navi models now starting from 370 euro in the shelves. They don't support hardware raytracing and don't have tensorcores, but PCIe 4.0 is available. Both Nvidia and AMD will soon offer even cheaper partner cards.
Another exciting rumour could be that AMD is planning further GPU and CPU bundle offers, with which you can buy fresh 7nm technology at a particularly low price. However, we would recommend to wait at least a few more days until the first dust has settled and first practical experiences show through.