CES Show

Sorry it has taken so long to write. It has been insane for me and my schedule since last December(2018). I have a full-time job in addition to 4 different businesses or activities I am involved in. Was just overwhelmed with demands for my time. Now about the last CES show in Vegas. There were as usual a large number of vendors and manufacturers etc… However I would have to say that the most anticipated were from AMD and NVidia. As expected they both introduced new Video Cards, and AMD also introduced their new Ryzen 3000 series of processors. As in the previous version of Ryzen (1 or 1000) and Ryzen 2, the Ryzen 3000 will come in at Ryzen 3,5,7, and new Ryzen 9.

AMD is expected to bump up the Ryzen 3 3000 models four cores up to six, the Ryzen 5 3000 chips from six to eight, and the Ryzen 7 3000 parts from eight to 12.

The introduction of Ryzen 9 3000 processors with up to 16 cores and 32 threads is perhaps the most surprising aspect of the recent leaks because it would effectively push the mainstream AM4 platform into Threadripper territory, much like Intel has encroached upon its own HEDT lineup with its mainstream Core i9-9900K.

The Ryzen Threadripper 2990 (32cores) and 2970 (24cores) are also getting a lot of press. The competition between Intel and AMD has become unbelievable. While traditionally Intel has had the advantage on performance, it now simply boils down to Pricing, and whether you are a gamer or a business oriented computer user. AMD has an edge in that they are now able to deliver 7nm parts with greater performance etc…

Intel has tried to counter with the Intel Corei9 and the Workstation 24 core Xeon CPU`s. However the workstation solution is far too expensive and the Corei9 is still using older processes at a higher price. Intel may soon be completely irrelevant if they do not get their processors on more modern iterations (7nm). Other developments at CES were of course related to Graphic or Video Cards. AMD announced their new Radeon VII cards.

At CES 2019, AMD announced the Radeon VII, marking a return to high-end consumer graphics. This is based off a 7nm architecture, and promises to compete with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 at a similar price point. You won’t have to wait long to get your hands on it either – the Radeon VII hits the streets on February 7.

And, if you can’t justify ponying up the cash for a Vega card, AMD put out the Ryzen 3 2200G and the Ryzen 5 2400G APUs, with Vega graphics, on February 12, 2018.
AMD’s Navi GPU architecture will be on its way later this year, with the latest speculation suggesting a July release.

AMD Navi design, will be our first genuinely new Radeon chip since Vega launched into our desktops a year and a half ago. That architecture has though been given a fresh lick of paint with the AMD Radeon VII gaming GPU.

But the next-gen 7nm Navi GPUs will most likely be specced to dominate the mid-range market, taking on the GTX 1660 Ti et al, rather than trying and going toe-to-toe with Nvidia’s top Turing GPUs at the high end.

Lisa Su, AMD’s popular CEO, said they are committed to releasing the new Navi graphics cards this year, and the latest rumour has them shipping alongside the Ryzen 3000 processors. That could be a real challenge to Intel and NVidia.

But why should you wait for the next 7nm Radeon GPU? What will AMD’s next-gen GPUs deliver to make them a worthy upgrade from the Polaris design, and will they really arrive alongside the new Zen 2 CPUs?
The 14nm Vega 10 and Polaris 10 GPUs, used in the RX Vega and RX 500-series cards respectively, hold a total of 4,096 Stream Processors for Vega and 2,304 inside the Polaris chip. Thanks to the 7nm process, AMD could fit roughly 1.6x more logic into the same die space with Navi… if TSMC’s numbers are to be believed.
Pricing all depends on whether AMD target the high-end or mid-range markets with Navi. This will most likely also affect whether AMD utilises expensive HBM2 memory or GDDR6. A midrange RX 680 could be somewhere around $330 to $400 at most.

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