After having praised the merits of Dr. Lisa Su for a few minutes, AMD kicked off its conference at CES 2021. A conference led by the wand by the iconic CEO of the Californian group … who put (not surprisingly ) emphasis on mobility, but not only.
AMD’s CES 2021 conference will probably not go down in the annals of the most dynamic keynotes led by Lisa Su, but the boss of AMD nonetheless briefly presented some interesting novelties, especially in the area of low-power CPU for computers. portable (with new Ryzen mobile chips), but also in the field of data centers and supercomputers (this time armed with the next EPYC processors).
With 300 million PCs sold in 2020, in large part thanks to the COVID 19 pandemic, which has greatly benefited the market, AMD finds itself in an advantageous position as it gradually nibbles market share from Intel. Clearly lagging behind in technology on a laptop three years ago, AMD managed to make a real comeback last year with the introduction of Ryzen 4000 “Renoir” processors, under Zen 2 architecture. This year, AMD wants to beat the iron while it’s still hot by shyly unveiling the premise of a new mobile Ryzen range.
Ryzen 7 5800U and Ryzen 5000 HX: AMD pushes its pawns on the mobile CPU
For now, Lisa Su has thus contented herself with briefly presenting the spearhead of her new low-power processors for ultraportables: the Ryzen 7 5800U. The latter will take over from the current Ryzen 7 4800U with again 8 cores and 16 threads, but this time under Zen 3 architecture, and with a small surplus of megahertz (4.4 GHz in boost against 4.2 GHz on the Ryzen 7 4800U). According to AMD, this allows its new chip to take a step ahead of the competition from Intel, with up to 18% more performance compared to the recent Core i7-1185G7 (top of the line ” Tiger Lake-U “, engraved in 10 nm) in content creation (under PCMark 10), 44% ahead in video encoding (via Adobe Premiere), or 39% ahead in 3D modeling (Blender 3D Raytracing). Activities that make use of the iGPU of the AMD chip… that we already have a strong feeling.
AMD also promises that its new processor will be able, thanks to the frugality of the Zen 3 architecture, to pass the 20 hours of autonomy in video playback, while taking up to 5.30 p.m. on battery in varied use. Promises we can’t wait to put to the test.
Finally, AMD unveiled its high-performance processors for gaming and creative laptops: the Ryzen 5000 “HX”. The opportunity for the group to ensure that it has put the block (in single-core as in multi-core) to Intel and its Comet Lake-H chips, introduced in the spring of 2020. These great ambitions, AMD allows itself in particular thanks to the Ryzen 9 5900HX and Ryzen 9 5980HX. These new premium processors for high-performance laptops are equipped with 8 cores and 16 threads but with a difference of 200 MHz in favor of the 5980HX, which benefits from a maximum frequency of 4.8 GHz. The two chips embark for the rest 20 MB of unified cache (L2 + L3) and will rise to 45 W of TDP each.
We will have to see how Intel retaliates with its Tiger Lake-H chips, announced a few hours ago, but one thing is clear, the two giants are in a battle position in the laptop gaming market, and the thing will necessarily benefit the consumer.
AMD gives us news of its EPYC “Milan” chips for servers
At the very end of the conference, after the soporific interventions of a few partners (including a smiling Lewis Hamilton, but a little lost), Lisa Su finally gave us news of her next chips for servers and data centers: the 3rd generation EPYC processors. , code name “Milan”.
Here too, the firm’s appetite is great and the main enemy is none other than Intel. If AMD will have to be more talkative to strengthen the reach of its announcements tonight, the firm assures that its top of the range will be able to outperform Intel’s current offer by 68%. In this CES 2021, AMD’s head of Turkey was above all the Xeon Gold 6258R (28 cores / 56 threads): a chip launched in the first quarter of 2020 that a 32-core EPYC Milan processor outclassed by a fairly clear lead. A victory all in all logical and which does not prove much for the moment.
Source: AMD Conference