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New AMD processors put Intel under pressure

As is customary in the industry, there were again some big announcements to be seen during CES. While Samsung presented its new QD OLED TVs and Nvidia finally unveiled the RTX 3090 Ti, AMD was largely devoting itself to new processors that could also make Intel work up a sweat.

“Fastest gaming processor in the world”: AMD’s counterattack to Intel Alder Lake

While Intel was not able to record huge leaps in performance in the last couple of chip generations, the industry leader has again managed to cause a stir in the CPU sector with the new Alder Lake processors.

Especially in terms of gaming performance, the Intel chips were able to go one better and thus outperform AMD’s Ryzen 5000 processors. But anyone who has taken a look at AMD’s new CES presentation knows that this success may only be short-lived.

During the live stream, AMD managing director Dr. Lisa Su with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D a new edition of the already well-known Ryzen 7 5800X, which, however, relies on 3D V-Cache for the first time and thus achieves a big increase in performance, which should be particularly noticeable in the gaming area. According to AMD the increase in performance is almost 15 percent in games with full HD resolution.

According to the benchmarks from AMD, Intel’s i9-12900K can no longer keep up. In games like CS: GO or Gears 5, both chips are on the same level, or Intel can still book a lead of almost 2 percent here. In Far Cry 6, Watch Dogs Legion, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy IV, however, AMD has the lead – between one and 17 percent, depending on the game. On average, the lead should be around 5 percent.

The new Ryzen 7 5800X3D is due to be launched in spring 2022 and relies on the already known AM4 platform. However, an official sales price has not yet been announced.

In addition to desktop processors, AMD also showed new laptop chips and graphics cards in the presentation. More about this in the almost 7-minute long recap:

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AMD Ryzen 7000: New socket, new memory & finally 5 GHz

But AMD announced the biggest innovation towards the end of the presentation: the Ryzen 7000 processors. The chips bet on that new Zen 4 technology, are manufactured by TSMC using the 5 nm process and, like Alder Lake, rely on DDR5 memory and also support PCIe Gen 5. In addition, AMD seems to have reached a real milestone with the new generation of chips. According to Dr. Lisa Su, the new chip already does it, to keep a clock rate of 5 GHz on all cores. We are curious to see how much performance the engineers can tease out of the silicon before the market launch.

For die-hard AMD fans, however, the whole thing has a small downer. With Ryzen 7000 AMD is finally saying goodbye to the AM4 platform and changes to the new AM5 socket. This means that new motherboards and a RAM upgrade will also be required for all PC gamers.

The new Ryzen 7000 chips are expected in the second half of 2022.

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