What have you done for me lately?

At this year’s Computex Trade Show, AMD showed us their next big step in their Line-Up. They plan to combine their TSMC Fab and access to 3DFabric tech to build chips with 3D stacking. This supposedly will triple L3 cache for such as the Zen3 Ryzen9 – 5900X from 64Mb to 192MB cache. If so, this will definitely give a tremendous boost. They say there is over 2TB/s of bandwidth for this. AMD also announced recently three new 6000 series mobile GPU’s Radeon RX 6600M, 6700M, and 6800M. All based on RDNA2. So it seems the race between Intel and AMD is still on, and the consumer could be a winner if they solve the chip shortages. It is especially frustrating with Graphic Cards to see people obliged to pay a premium of often 200% or more over retail pricing.

Intel has not given up on trying to compete. The latest news is about the 12000 series CPU’s. The Intel Core i9-12900K is supposed to outperform the AMD Ryzen 9- 5950X! These are supposed to be available sometime in September?

Meanwhile, several Laptop/Notebooks are now available with the 5000 series from AMD.

My complaint is that some pricing for CPU’s and Motherboards is still quite expensive. If you factor in the Graphic card availability in with that, it is a terrible time for those anxious to Upgrade. On one side the consumer is getting a better bang for the buck because of the competition, but due to shortages and prices, it is costing more than it should. I can only hope that these problems will be resolved soon, especially as to graphic cards.

Just a little thing to add, the new Intel 12000 series will require a brand new motherboard based on the Z690 with a LGA 1700 socket! AMD has announced timing for Zen4 to be delivered in late 2022 (take that with a grain of salt as they have in past done this to confuse competition and came out sooner).