Intel and AMD Introduce their Next-Gen Chips at Computex 2019

Written by Bill Toulas
Last updated September 23, 2021

The battle is on and it’s fiercer than ever before, with Intel and AMD presenting their next generation CPUs and GPUs in the currently ongoing Computex 2019. Both companies have something exciting to offer to their fans/customers, which is what matters at the end of the day.

AMD introduced the third generation of Ryzen for the desktop and mobile, built at a 7nm process and being the first to support PCIe 4.0. The keynote speech benchmarks showed a significant advantage in multi-threaded performance against Intel’s corresponding solutions, ranging from 16% to 30%. The 3rd gen Ryzen is expected to be made available by July 7, this year. In addition to the CPUs, AMD introduced the Navi GPUs, with the Radeon RX 5000-series. These are also built at 7nm and are expected to deliver performance improvements (per watt) of about 50% compared to the previous generation. The new RX 5700 was compared to Nvidia’s RTX 2070 in Strange Brigade, performing about 10% better. This generation of AMD’s GPUs is reportedly what Apple will use for the next-gen iMacs as well.

Intel has an answer to AMD’s galloping finally, and it’s the 10nm fabrication process. After so many delays, disheartenments, and technical problems that damaged the image and prestige of the semiconductor manufacturer, the long-awaited 10nm generation has finally landed and it’s codenamed “Ice Lake”. The new range will still have i3, i5, and i7, featuring support from Integrated Thunderbolt 3, a new graphics unit, LL cache size of up to 8MB, and up to 4 cores / 8 threads that run at a maximum frequency of 4.1 GHz. The thermal design for the new chips is at 9W, 15W, and 28W. All of this, of course, is for starters, as more powerful chips of this generation will come out later, probably after the summer has passed.

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Ice Lake is approximately 18% faster than Skylake clock for clock, while the single-threaded performance is marginally better compared to Whiskey Lake and about 145% higher compared to Broadwell. Where the new generation shines is the integrated graphics processor that now promises smooth 1080p gaming, and supports 4K monitors at 120Hz, with a new “VESA Adaptive Sync” screen-tearing reduction capability.

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After the recent risk mitigation patches that had a measurable adverse effect on Intel’s CPUs, the company entered a really dire position in the market, losing ground, trust, and status. The Ice Lake is a move that may turn the tables in favor of Intel after a long time of being at the ropes, and whatever happens, we consumers are to reap the benefits that will arise from the competition that these new architectures fuel for the future.

Which one would you pick? Also, what can you predict about the CPU market for 2019 and 2020? Share your views with us in the comments down below, and also on our socials, on Facebook and Twitter.

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