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12:00 AM, June 17, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:04 PM, June 17, 2019


Can AMD finally win this game?

Over the second half of the 2010s, AMD has been bringing out some the best processors on the market. Spending less than five years to overtake industry titan Intel, AMD is showing no signs of stopping any time soon. At the AMD keynote on May 27th 2019, AMD unveiled their 3rd Generation processors to the world, with a release date just a few short months later on July 7th. Having already announced their Zen 2 Architecture earlier this year, this new processor capitalizes on the announced 7 nanometers manufacturing process and cheaply producing high powered and efficient processors. The biggest attraction? The price is half of Intel’s.

The new CPU is going to have 12 cores on its 24-thread processor. Even though intel has been able to flaunt its own dozen core processor, AMD has completely frog-leaped right over their heads with their own product. The size being 7 nanometers is a crucial point. The reduction of size comes with the obvious benefit of taking up less space on your motherboard. The further benefits lie within. With the new size, AMD’s new processor now has less power requirements. With their new manufacturing process, they have managed to efficiently manage power usage which will lead to lower temperatures, better over clocking and, as a benefit especially for our older and more independent gamers, lower power bills. 

The chiplets die carrying the power cores have been shrunk. This means that each processor has the ability to contain more cores.  Contrary to previous release, the chiplet size has shrunk to the point where 3 chiplets can be used in the space for one. The Ryzen 7 processors, part of the most recent lineup, though still have 8 cores, but the Ryzen 9 3900X has benefitted the most from this shrink by having 12 cores on a 24-thread processor.

The processor market is brutal, with companies taking as many shots as possible to beat the competition as much as possible. During Computex, Ryzen displayed their new processors, Ryzen 7 3900X against the performance of Intel’s top-of-the-line core i9 9920X CPU, also sporting 12 cores. With the former surpassing the latter’s performance by 18%, AMD out showed intel, leaving them in the dust.

The pricing is another factor that makes this already incredible product even more so. The price point for Intel’s 19 9920X has a price point reaching a rather blood-curdling level at $1,199 (over 1lakh bdt). Bringing out performances and features far above that, the Ryzen hits stores with the price point of $499 (approximately 42,000 BDT). I know, exchange rates suck. With the average gaming PC budget here being approximately $1000, this opens up to a more powerful range of components to buy. Now you don’t have to wait 2 years for the price to fall. Just get it now for less than half.

Even though AMD’s processor coming into the market does warrant the company’s inevitable success, it brings some deeper glad tidings our way. Instead of the new product, as great as it is, I find my attention drawn towards the manufacturing. Finding an easier, cheaper and more efficient method of production is an economist’s dream. If this method can soon be shared, then as gamers and PC enthusiasts as a whole, maybe this can slowly be adapted to making more components and reducing the amount of money we shell out. With each year of innovation, we reach further lengths of efficiency. And that just seems great.

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