AMD brings RX 5700 XT GPU and R9 3950X CPU to E3 2019
AMD came out swinging at their E3 press conference this year with an incredible lineup of Ryzen 3rd generation CPUs and their new flagship RX 5700 series GPUs.
With a 7nm architecture under their belt, the boys and girls in red are bringing a lot of hardware to E3, and it’s clear that they’re trying to do everything they can to compete against Intel and Nvidia flagship products in terms of price and performance. It’s a hard fight but considering AMD has confirmed their presence in the PS5, Microsoft’s Project Scarlett, and now Google Stadia, there’s no doubt that they have an exciting generation of hardware ahead of them.
So, let’s talk about all the fancy Ryzen CPUs and GPUs that AMD used to turn E3 into a PC gaming wonderland.
AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen processors
To kick things off, AMD was detailed the 3rd generation of Ryzen processors (which originally debuted at Computex) for gamers looking for the ultimate performance at a reasonable price point. This included the Ryzen 9 3900X, the Ryzen 7 3800X, and the Ryzen 7 3700X-- three high-end gaming CPUs meant to go toe to toe with Intel’s 9000 series CPUs.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is rocking 12 cores and 24 threads, a 4.6GHz boost clock, and a 3.8GHz base clock. More than enough to chew through games at 1080p and 1440p with room left over for streaming and other CPU intensive tasks with minimal performance impact.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X stacks up well against the Core i9 9920X, and AMD’s demos showed a 14 percent lead over single threaded performance and a six percent boost at multithreaded performance. All of this for half the price and at 105W TDP compared to the 165W TDP of the i9 9920X.
AMD was quick to point out that the R9 3900X is less than half the price of the i9 9920X but offers better single point and multi-threaded benchmarks compared to the competition. Its potentially a huge shake up for Intel, but a welcome one for consumers interested in high-end multi-core GPUs.
The AMD Ryzen 7 3800X has a more reasonable eight cores and 16 threads, on a 4.5GHz boost clock and a 3.9GHz base clock, also with 105W TDP. At a $399 price point, it’s an attractive high-end gaming CPU for enthusiasts everywhere.
Meanwhile the R7 3700X is rocking the same core and thread count as the 3800X but is locked at a 4.4GHz boost clock, a 3.6GHz base clock, and an attractive 65W TDP. This drops the price down to $329, for a very small loss in performance.
Finally, AMD revealed their Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X, their more budget friendly 3rd gen Ryzen CPUs. Both CPUs are packing six cores and 12 threads, but the 3600X clocks in at a 3.8GHz and 4.4 GHz boost and base clock respectively, while the 3600 skirts just under with a 3.6GHz base clock and a 4.2GHz boost clock. This translates to a price point of $249 for the R5 3600X and $199 for the R5 3600, which is impressive for a six core, 12 thread CPU.
For more on the new Ryzen CPUs, check out Newegg's coverage from Computex.
The Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT, AMD’s new Gaming GPUs
If you’ve been dreaming of a new AMD GPU your prayers have been answered, because 7nm Navi has finally arrived in the form of the Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT.
The RX 5700 XT is rocking 2560 stream processors, a base clock of 1605MHz and a boost clock of up to 1905MHz. This translates to 9.75 TFLOPS of horsepower coursing through a 7mm RDNA architecture at a towering 225W TDP. Combined with 8GB of GDDR6 and you’re packing a heck of an engine into your rig for any triple A title.
AMD demoed the RX 5700 XT on World War Z, which sported 15FPS lead on the RTX 2070, which appears to be around where AMD is aiming to throw their punches with this generation of GPUs. For context, the RTX 2070 is packing 7.47 TFLOPS, compared to the 9.75 TFLOPS of the RX 5700 XT, which is a significant difference in horsepower, if not efficiency.
The RX 5700 XT will be available for $449, cheaper than Nvidia’s RTX 2070 which often retails for well over $500.
The XT’s little brother, the RX 5700, is rocking 2304 Stream Processors, a 1465MHz base clock, and a possible boost clock of 1725MHz. Stats that translate to a raw 7.95 TFLOPS of performance wrapped around a 180W 7nm RDNA architecture. This also includes 8GB of GDDR6 like its big brother the 5700 XT, putting them on even footing in terms of raw memory.
Head to head against the RTX 2060, the RX 5700 sported a 16 FPS lead in Apex Legends while tossing thermite grenades. According to AMD this culminates in about a 10% increase in performance compared to the RTX 2060 across a variety of high intensity triple A titles. Numbers that line up well with the fact that the RTX 2060 is rocking 6.45TLFOPS compared to the RX 5700’s 7.95TFLOPS.
The RX 5700 will come out of the gate at a $349 price point, putting it firmly on the competitive side of the mid-range GPU market.
The Radeon RX 5700 XT 50-year anniversary edition and the Ryzen 9 3950X
The final surprise from AMD came toward the tail end of their presentation when they revealed the Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition and the Ryzen 9 3950X, a 16 core, 32 thread monster of a CPU built that represents a serious shot across Intel's bow.
The RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition is an overclocked, limited edition version of the base RX 5700 XT, sporting a custom black case and an effective 10.14TFLOPs of performance (compared to 9.75TFLOPs on the base model). With a base clock of 1680MHz and a boost clock 1980MHz, it’s a small but noticeable upgrade from the base model, with a small but similar difference in price at $499.
The Ryzen 9 3950X meanwhile is rocking 16 cores and 32 threads with a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of an amazing 4.7GHz. It’s easily one of the world’s most powerful CPUs on the market but is packing a hefty price point of $749 to match.
AMD is proud of the 3950X and was keen to take to overclocking at E3, a gamble that netted them a variety of world record titles for overclocking a 16 core CPU.