“AMD is unleashing an arsenal of products today,” writes Slashdot reader MojoKid.
Hot Hardware writes:
The Zen 2-based AMD Ryzen 3000 series is easily one of the most anticipated product launches in the PC space in recent memory. AMD has essentially promised to address virtually all of the perceived shortcomings of the original Zen-based Ryzen processors, with the Ryzen 3000 series, while continuing to aggressively challenge Intel on multiple fronts — performance, power, price, you name it.
MojoKid summarizes their analysis:
In the benchmarks, performance has been improved across the board. The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X offered superior single and multi-thread performance versus their second-gen counterparts, and better latency characteristics, that allowed them to occasionally overtake processors with more cores / threads in a few multi-threaded tests. On a couple of occasions, the 12-core / 24-thread Ryzen 9 3900X even outpaced the 16-core / 32-thread Threadripper 2950X. Performance versus Intel is more of a mixed bag, but the Ryzen 3000 series still looks strong. Single-thread performance is roughly on-par with Intel’s Coffee Lake based Core i9-9900K, depending on the workload. Multi-threaded scaling is a dogfight strictly in terms of absolute performance, but because AMD offers more cores per dollar, the Ryzen 3000 series is the clear winner here.
Meanwhile, AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT Navi-powered graphics cards are set to take on NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX offerings in the midrange
There’s more details in the original submission, and PC World writes that AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics cards “represent a fresh start and a bright future for AMD, brimming with technologies that have never been seen in GPUs before.” But they’re not the only site offering a detailed analysis.
Forbes tested the chips on five high-workload games (including World of Tanks and Shadow of the Tomb Raider) and shared their results:
As usual, things are very title and resolution dependent, but in general, [AMD’s] RX 5700 XT proved to be a slightly better option at 1080p with the RTX 2060 Super mostly matching it above this… However, the 2060 Super was cooler-running and much quieter than its AMD counterpart, plus I’d argue it’s better-looking too… You also get the option of Ray Tracing and DLSS, but even discounting those, the Nvidia card is a slightly better buy overall.
But CNET argues that AMD’s new graphics cards “are very quiet. They are bigger and do require more power than the RTX 2060…but the 2060 Super has increased power requirements as well.”
TL:DR: There’s a chip war going on.