05 November 2019 02:32
Answering a question about how AMD aims to stay competitive – particularly with Intel soon to launch new processors on several fronts – Su made the obvious move to highlight AMD's incoming 3rd-gen Threadripper chips, as well as the imminent flagship Ryzen 9 3950X which is set to make a big entrance at the consumer high-end. She then pointed to next-gen 7nm (Zen 2) mobile processors arriving in early 2020 to pep things up for laptops, and concluded that all this represented a "pretty strong portfolio", before adding: "We're well underway with Zen 3 as a follow-on, as well, for 2020 – lots of product activity. That isn't just in terms of laptop and desktop Ryzen processors, but also Epyc CPUs which are truly worrying Intel in the data center arena, and of course in the console world where AMD is in both next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony (machines which are arriving in 2020). Here is something you don't see every day: 1usmus, an AMD Ryzen developer and author of DRAM Calculator for Ryzen, has revealed a new power plan that nets an average increase of 200-250MHz on AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors (including the upcoming Threadripper 3000 series based on the sRTX4 socket). This is absolutely insane considering turbo clocks are usually pretty much fixed across processors and AMD users will suddenly be able to get much higher performance per dollar for parts that they have already purchased.
1usmus' custom power plan for AMD Zen 2 based processors increases turbo boost by up to 250MHz! This developer has been working on AMD Zen 2 processors for quite some time now and appears to have made great progress in optimizing the power states of the company's new Ryzen 3000 processors to a point where they are netting a very solid boost clock gains of 200-250MHz. Keep in mind that when we are talking about multi-core count processors such as the 3900X and 3950X, even a clock speed gain of 200-250MHz can quickly stack to great advantage. According to the developer, the mod will work on all Zen 2 based processors including the upcoming Threadripper series: That said, according to 1usmus, the mod is currently working the best on dies with at least two CCDs (ie more than 8 cores) such as the Ryzen 3900 and 3950X while others will notice "positive gains". This means that you can expect even higher performance boosts on the upcoming Threadripper series which features even more than two CCDs. I sent the appropriate recommendation to AMD, I really hope that in the near future it will be implemented at an official [email protected] @LisaSu @Thracks @amd @msitweets #Ryzen — Юрий (@1usmus) November 2, 2019 Here is the interesting part however, the processor actually increases in energy efficiency with this new power plan. While AMD's official stack loads up bad cores (cores which may not boost as high), the custom stack loads up the best cores, allowing for higher boosts and an increased power efficiency curve.
Coming off its most successful quarter (in terms of revenue) since 2005, AMD's share price actually declined a tick. Looking down the line, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su expects to keep the momentum going with upcoming product launches. During an interview with VentureBeat, Dr. Su touched on a number of topics, including AMD's battle with Intel for market share. Some of that desire will be made visible in the coming weeks, with the launch of the 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X in the mainstream desktop CPU category, along with third-generation Threaderipper processors for the high-end desktop (HEDT) market. AMD CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, has confirmed that the red team's next generation Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs will be launching early next year.
We expect that means January's annual Vega techgasm, CES, will be featuring a whole load of AMD-based laptops to kick off the new year in style. The new Ryzen 4000 7nm mobile processors will be based on the current Zen 2 processor architecture, but it's the choice of graphics component that we still don't 100% know about within the new APUs. The current expectation is that, unlike the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett consoles, AMD's Zen 2 APU will feature Vega-based GPUs rather than featuring the newer Navi graphics architecture packed into the RX 5700 graphics cards. And, by having a single eight-core Zen 2 chiplet in the package, that would mean a potential doubling of the maximum core count for mobile AMD chips. But when talking about the product stack for next year she has confirmed that the 7nm mobile chips will be coming early on in 2020. With both the Zen 2-based APUs and Zen 3 CPUs sporting the Ryzen 4000 nomenclature we'll see a whole new generation of red team silicon flooding the market throughout the year. The good news is that AMD is still sticking with its AM4 socket at least for this next generation of chips so there's no need to ditch your motherboard just yet. The natural assumption would have been that it would match the custom designs coming out for the next-gen consoles, pairing Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU architectures together, but from early Renoir APU Linux driver support it seems that it's going to have a modified Vega GPU attached to it. Following the Ryzen 4000 APUs at the start of the year will then be the Zen 3-based CPUs, likely around the summer again. Using the 7nm+ design we can expect a 10% performance bump from the new TSMC node itself, and if there's the option of a clock speed hike for the new chips we could see even greater levels of processing power with the new AMD silicon. Another day, another leak (PTT via Videocardz); this time the first picture of AMD's upcoming TRX40 motherboards - or more accurately - that of their box. AMD AORUS TRX40 Xtreme Threadripper 3000 motherboard gets box art leaked, sTRX4 socket confirmed While we have known about AMD's upcoming TRX40 motherboards for quite some time now and AORUS has been posting teaser after teaser, this is the first time that the socket and platform have been unofficially confirmed through a boxart leak. The socket naming is new information since the marketing name is never confirmed till leaks like this start to happen. AMD's Threadripper 3000 platform will feature up to 64 cores, be based on the 7nm process from TSMC and will have a brand new architecture. We are expecting significant performance increases over 2nd generation Threadripper and it might be a good idea to think of this as a completely new platform (which may be why AMD chose to go with TRX instead of TR). Another possibility (this is purely speculation) is that AMD might split its CPUs into TRX and WRX, where the latter is reserved for very high core counts and therefore requires a new socket. AMD's upcoming TRX40 platform is going to result in a pretty huge boost in sales for the company as it expands into even more cores at affordable pricing. This new ultra-HEDT segment should be priced in accordance with AMD standard pricing strategy which means you are going to be looking at professionals and even the SME data market suddenly have access to a lot more processing power for the same amount of $. Related AMD Custom Power Plan Boosts Turbo Speeds Of Ryzen 3000 CPUs By 250MHz, Up To 4.6GHz Now Possible On Ryzen 9 3900X! AMD has been praised for being socket-agnostic for a very long time, but it looks like a rapidly changing core-count and a shift to 7nm might force it to ditch the existing TR4 socket and move on to a new design for its TRX40 motherboards. Another potential reason is that AMD is working on a 64-core Threadripper and the older TR4 socket would not have been entirely compatible with such a high core count.