Not the AMD you knew
Ryzen 5000's processors are officially released today AMD Which are a historic turning point for the processor maker. We have reviewed theRYZEN 9 5950X and we were amazed at its tremendous power - all the numbers here
Today's history, the fifth of November, may be marked as the most significant day in the history of AMD As a manufacturer of processors, and of the world of personal computers in general. There is no excess of drama here for rating purposes, and there is no exaggeration here for the purpose of creating buzz among readers. Today launches AMD Officially its series of desktop processors - theRYZEN 5000.
The previous series which was available for the desktop computer market as a whole is the Ryzen 3000, where the Ryzen 4000 series contains hybrid processors that include graphics cores, and with very limited availability. In order to make an order in branding, she decided AMD This is a good opportunity to jump one more series forward and launch new processors that are based on completely fresh architecture. This review focuses mainly on the gaming performance of Ryzen 9 5950X, a new 16-core processor that wants to conquer every existing peak in its world. AMD She puts emphasis on the improvements in hit gaming that she lacks in front of Intel, And here is our focus on criticism.
First of all, let's see what's behind the design and architecture change that led us to launch today.
Peak to low and climb back
When the Ryzen 3000 processors, based on the Zen 2 architecture, were launched, Processors These brought for the first time a tremendous amount of cores to the residents Processors Absolutely standard when the series was headed by theRYZEN 9 3950X with 16 cores and 32 capillaries.
When these processors were launched, it was understood that there were certain areas in which the choice ofAMD Becomes default. In many areas related to productivity and intensive use of as many cores as possible, processors RYZEN 3000 became a real hit.
Admittedly, there is one area in it AMD She was always left behind, even if she managed to achieve small victories here and there in the lower price tags - the gaming field. For many years there has been a consensus that if you want the best in gaming, Intel Is the natural choice in any price category. While processing like RYZEN 5 3600 recently proved that decent gaming performance can be achieved at a fair price, the facts in the field show that the corresponding processor will be able to squeeze another drop in gaming performance on average, even if for the most part the difference is completely negligible.
In fact, the last time in it AMD Holding first place in gaming performance was in 2005 with the Athlon 64 processors for the 939 chassis, veterans remember for sure. At the time, these processors were tremendously ahead of their competitors from Intel in the Pentium 4 HT models and also later with the Pentium D (yes, the answer of Intel Had slower processors, But cheaper). A year later she arrived Intel With processors Core 2 doubles and squares Core, And the rest is history with continuous and continuous leadership in gaming performance that lasts a decade and a half.
During all the nodes that gamers have encountered for many years, the constant choice has been towards Intel, from the Core 2 generation, through the new Core since 2009 with the Core i7 920, and through the various LGA115X mounts. During these years, AMD It was not an easy time at all, when about five years ago people wondered who would be the company that would buy it and at least hold the licenses and patents it headed.
At the end of 2014, Dr. was appointed. Lisa Sue to the new CEO of AMD. The plan is clear - we must create a new architecture from scratch, and make sure that this time it will make a significant change in the world of processors because otherwise it will probably not stay any longer AMD. At the same time providing older hardware for cheap consoles, and the flame of investors in the background, Shakeda AMD Much about its Zen architecture and introduced a new branding to its labs to celebrate the innovation - Ryzen, as it takes a page from the book of Intel And uses digits 3, 5, and 7 to symbolize general processing power.
First, an AM4 chassis was launched, a chassis that prepares the consumer and the entire logistics chain on the way for new processors. The first processors launched for this chassis were not Ryzen processors, but another incarnation of older processors with built-in graphics cores. After a few months, in March of 2017 the first Ryzen processors were launched. The responsiveness of motherboard manufacturers has been relatively lukewarm in terms of selection and investment compared to what existed for Intel platforms. The B350 and X370 generation of motherboards was solid, but not too diverse or interesting. Still, it's hard to blame them, after investing in my products AMD Which have not been successful for many years.
First generation Ryzen processors changed a lot in the world of desktops when we first got 8-core processors at a popular price, at a time when we were used to having generation after generation only 4-core processors (at that time Core i7 7700K was the one that dominated desktop mounts). Although clearly processors Intel Still displayed superiority in gaming, it is understandable to many that things are about to change seriously in the world of processors after a state of drought and slow progress for many years due to lack of competition.
Zen Architecture received some improvements and was launched a year later under the name Zen Plus, and accordingly also launched Processors New Desktops - Series RYZEN 2000. The first year of RYZEN It also contained a respectable amount of BIOS updates and enhancements and software adjustments to the new, multi-core architecture. Together with RYZEN 2000 Motherboards with B450 and X470 chipsets were launched, and this time the selection was of better quality and more variety.
Since the rise of the first Zen architecture processors, and especially with the rise of Zen Plus architecture processors (Ryzen 2000 processors), gamers are finding themselves buying more and more processors AMD Even with the utmost knowledge that the gaming advantage will be on the other side. There are a variety of reasons for this, with the most common being "a tiny performance difference anyway" and "rendering performance of heavy operations are also possible". Many users did not want to be caught without significant general processing capabilities when needed, when even when there was transport to the processor Intel In games, enough veteran users know its history Processors Those with parallel processing capability have received long-term performance improvements over those with fewer resources but faster cores (remind you, Core 2 Duo vs. Core Intel Quad).
After the launch of Ryzen 2000 processors, the consumer market began to see a fairly serious movement of users towards platforms AMD. Because it's been so long since she's led AMD In the minds of gamers and users in general, for many users this has been a platform AMD The first. It was a pretty serious test of trust andAMD She stood up to it successfully and without serious dramas.
On July 2019, XNUMX held AMD Official launch event for another series of processors - Ryzen 3000 based on Zen architecture 2. This time too continues AMD Dramatically improve processor architecture and structure, and succeed in strengthening its position as a legitimate choice for many users. The improvement in the structure of the processors in this generation has enabledAMD Conquer a new performance point in the world of desktops with 12- and 16-core processors for the first time in a completely standard chassis. If users needed exotic motherboards that cost over a thousand shekels for an "extreme" processor, now they could buy a few hundred shekels Motherboard Which would suit processors of such intensity.
The Ryzen 3000 series has hit computer stores like no other processor series has done. In a relatively short time, the market finds itself moving from a state of selling Intel computers exclusively to one that sells a very respectable amount of processors AMD, To the point that many computer stores find themselves selling a number of computer-based computers AMD Based on each individual system Intel.
It seems that for AMD All the stars aligned in line - successful architecture improvement combined with improved manufacturing processes at the Taiwanese TSMC plant where it manufactures the silicon for the processors, along with supply issues, manufacturing process delays and non-dramatic improvements on the part of Intel.
Although, in the background the dizzying success of AMD In the desktop processor market, where Zen 2 architecture is gaining serious momentum in the world of servers and workstations in the form of Epyc and Threadripper series, there is still a shadow over one area in which AMD Just can not get the Intel The field of gaming performance.
The DNA of processors Intel Existing today is one that allows them to achieve serious gaming performance, with a combination of זיכרון Fast and unified cache for all cores, along with performance Core Solid and tremendous working frequency that has already managed to cross the 5GHz line from the box, just install the processor and enjoy.
While planning and launching the Ryzen 3000 the direction of progress for AMD Clear as the sun, it knows it must significantly improve the gaming performance of its processors in order to complete the feature set requested by the user.
Therefore, for a relatively short period of time, engineers worked hard AMD On the verge of serious improvements to see how its processors can be made worthy and perhaps sometimes even leaders in the field of gaming.
Series RYZEN 5000 - The improvements do not stop
Zen 3's architecture relies on three engineering objectives for AMD.
- First - AMD Must improve the individual core performance of its processors. This is evident in any performance test in which performance Intel Better so far.
- In a second - improving the access times of information between זיכרון The cache and the processing cores, which is related to the first purpose.
- Third - improving the electrical efficiency. Although my processor Zen attitude 2 were very effective, there is still room for improvement, even in the same lithograph.
By and large, a number of changes have been made related to speed and efficiency זיכרון The cache in the general processing cores of Zen attitude 3. Now, of 8 cores in one processing unit share the same cache pool from third level (first and second level are inside the cores).
Now, instead of all 4 cores having to communicate with each other in order to retrieve information from each other's cache memory, each 8-core group uses the same memory, which significantly reduces the access and processing times required for one task or another.
These are the four processors that are now officially available today with the title "Complete Line of Gaming Processors", when for the first time AMD Indicates this as the highlight for a long time. Of course each processor in the new series has a different core composition and cache memory.
- The Ryzen 9 5950X processor contains a full composition of two CCX units (RT) Core Complex) full, so it has 16 cores and 64 MB of זיכרון Third level cache
- The Ryzen 9 5900X processor contains the composition of two CCX units with 6 of the 8 cores enabled in each CCX. all זיכרון The cache is still enabled
- The Ryzen 7 5800X processor contains a single 8-core CCX, therefore זיכרון The third level cache is 32MB
- Processor RYZEN 5 5600X contains a single CCX with 6 enabled cores, and its cache memory remains at 32MB full capacity
In this review we look at the Ryzen 9 5950X. It's the most powerful processor in the new series of AMD And also the one that promises to do everything from everything. According to AMD, God-RYZEN 9 5950X is supposed to be the most complete processor we have ever encountered in a desktop computer, as it combines a high working frequency for gaming along with a tremendous amount of cores, 16, for work and productivity needs.
This time AMD is not afraid to ask for premium and the price of this processor is $ 799 per consumer. In Israel, you will find it available for purchase for a little over NIS 3,500. Because AMD has no competition for 16 cores, it is given the "right" to charge a premium for it. The fastest processor from Intel for a standard CPU holder is theCore i9 10900K, Which is available at a thousand shekels less.
Frequency of operationRYZEN 9 5950X is 3.4GHz and the maximum turbo frequency is 4.9GHz. However, it is worth noting that when strained at times, the processor can also reach a maximum frequency of 5GHz for short periods of time.
Now, the Ryzen 9 5950X's biggest rival in gaming is none other than the fastest gaming processor in the world itself, the Core i9 10900K. If possible AMD Prove that all her strongest cards, what happened in 2005 will happen and all the gold medals will go to her side. Of course at least in terms of many productivity software, already in the Ryzen 3000 generation some of these medals have already moved to the side of AMD, Especially for the 12 and 16 core models at the time.
AMD understands that many users are going to switch from platform to platform for the first time Intel To its platform, and wants to make it clear that the working voltage observed for its new processors operates in a significantly larger range than the range to which we are accustomed. No changes and preoccupations at all, work stress to the core RYZEN Ranges from 0.2V to 1.5V. Of course the amount of current varies depending on the power requirement of the processor. In turbo mode, single cores may need high voltage, although the amount of current entering the processor is relatively low. This is normal.
The Ryzen 9 5950X has an official 105W heat envelope and unlike previous generations, decided AMD Because in this generation, apart from the Ryzen 5 5600X, there will be no refrigeration in the product packaging. The rather justified claim is that advanced products of this type are used in the meantime by investors in third-party refrigerators, and recommends doing so in order to maximize performance and reduce noise. It is very possible that cheaper processors in the future will come with the same familiar refrigerants in the package. Here is an explanation of AMD Itself for Architectural Changes:
It’s time to move on to the performance tests and see if AMD Fulfills promises.