AMD did it. AMD produced an insanely fast series of CPUs that use a lot less energy than their competitors and predecessors while additionally being cheaper and including some bonus features, like PCIe 4.0 assist, solely hardcore PC customers want. The brand new $500 Ryzen 9 3900X and $330 Ryzen 7 3700X deliver on lots of AMD’s promises about power and worth from the final several years.
The new Ryzens are the first widely launched x86 CPUs based on a 7nm process. What’s that soup imply? “x86” is an architecture utilized by processors that energy almost every laptop and desktop made today. “7nm” refers to the process node. Traditionally, this quantity is used to correspond to the gap between transistor gates on the processor itself. A shorter distance means data on the processor itself has much less distance to travel and requires much less energy to do so, which in theory, interprets to enhancements in speed and power effectivity.
So AMD’s brand new 7nm processors based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture must be faster and more power-efficient than the previous Zen+ 12nm technology and Intel’s 9th technology based on the 14nm course of.
Intel’s i9-9900K did reasonably better in tasks that use a single core. So within the Geekbench 4 single-core benchmark and WebXPRT 2015 (a synthetic benchmark used to test how rapidly a browser completes tasks), the Intel part beat all 3 AMD CPUs. AMD has been struggling for years to compete Intel in the core to core efficiency, and it appears clear from these benchmarks it nonetheless has work to do.
AMD’s performance lies in its ability to cram much more cores onto a processor and charge a lot lower than Intel. Its processors do best in power-hungry applications. Think video rendering or significant quantity crunching. That bears out within the results too. In our Blender benchmark, during which we time how long the 3D program takes to render a picture, and in Handbrake, in which we time how long it takes to convert a 4K video to 1080p, the new AMD CPUs performed very effectively. The Ryzen 9 beat the Threadripper within the Handbrake benchmark and got here in only eight seconds behind in Blender. That’s regardless of having four fewer cores.