Another year is another moment here and we summarize you leaks, develop expectations - and mostly try to predict the big technological trends we will meet in the future, which are around the corner
The year 2019 will be remembered by all of us as one of the most important and interesting years in the world of computer hardware, especially stationary. This is due to the meteoric rise of AMD Most popular thanks to a series of processors RYZEN 3000 launched in July this year.
Of course, you should also not forget about the warm-up battle in the world of video cards with a new layer of color for the RTX cards of NVIDIA Called SUPER, along with the launch of cards Radeon Newcomers with competitive ability.
The civilian year that closes in a few days will be a slightly less happy year for the giant in the blue of the processor world. While it maintains an external figure, and is seriously focused on future products, 2019 is best remembered as a re-branding year for Intel. The Core-X 10000 series and the Core i9 9900KS processor are a reminder to stay Intel In the 14 nm lithography world of laptops and servers. The prices that came with this hardware compared to the competition, and the limited inventory in the field took this year's marketing teams Intel To a less happy place.
We have compiled information for you that is based on leaks, some on official promises, and mainly on the predictions of the hardware we as consumers will receive in 2020.
Launched in July this year AMD Series Processors New, Ryzen 3000 based on Zen 2 architecture and manufactured in advanced 7 nm process at TSMC plant. Processors These first brought an unprecedented amount of cores of 12 and 16 to the resident Processors Standard desktop along with high work frequencies and huge amounts of זיכרון treasure. Needless to say at this point, how popular the processors have become and full of the various stores around the world is enough to tell about the upheaval.
Although,AMD Don't rest on laurels. Architecture improvements along with a more mature TSMC production process called 7nm + will refresh the series. In the first half of 2020 we are expected to continue spending Ryzen 3000 on the shelves when early summer is expected AMD Announce series Processors Completely new, of course RYZEN 4000. Such a proclamation will probably happen in the June region, and we may only get a teaser, with a proclamation scheduled for the end of summer. The last quarter of 2020 is a deadline for inventions on the shelves.
From what we know so far, there will be no major technological changes in these new chips. The number of cores will probably remain the same, the operating frequencies will be slightly increased and the intensity of the processors in each clock cycle is also expected to increase by a few percent. Possibly andAMD They will decide to embed more advanced interface technologies in the processors or chipset to be launched with these processors. There is currently no information on whether they will reach the residency AM4 Existing and supported motherboards with older chip sets. There is a chance that the new processors will be launched into a brand new one.
Not long ago, Ryzen Threadripper processors with the largest amount of cores were launched especially for the home market. The 3960 X-core 24-core and the 3970-core 32-core X are the first products in the series. Expected in the first quarter of 2020 AMD Launch the Threadripper 3990X, a 64-core processor for the TRX4. This processor is expected to cost between $ 4,000 and $ 6,000 and be the strongest in a huge gap from anything we've seen so far on PCs, at least for chores that need such a wealth of resources. May andAMD You will also launch a 48-core processor and possibly even one with less than 24-core for this bracket.
During 2020, we do not expect the launch of a new architecture-based Threadripper processor series Zen attitude 3, but there may be a announcement or teaser in the last quarter of the year.
This year, 7 nm video cards became mainstream. The Radeon RX 5700 series and the Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card have recently started selling and are based on the RDNA architecture of AMD.
With an improved production process of the TSMC plant, AMD is expected to launch a new version of the RDNA when it also for the first time adds material support to Ray Tracing, as a fairly clear answer toNVIDIA Who introduced the technology with the graphics cards in the RTX 20 series. We expect 2020 to be a year in which you can AMD Display performance 3D In games similar toRTX 2080 Ti and who knows, maybe even more.
At this time, apart from some promises, it is difficult to know when an RDNA-based product will be announced. TSMC For the improved production process, it is expected that they will be launched during the summer on the June-July-August line, with the announcement probably at the Computex 2020 conference to be held on June XNUMX.
NVIDIA speeds to 7 nm enhanced with Geforce And other products
For the graphics and artificial intelligence giant, 2020 will be a year of technological renewal across all levels as a company that relies primarily on the implementation of complex architectures on advanced production processes.
We are in the final days of 2019 and a company that relies primarily on silicon chip capabilities has chosen to stay with manufacturing processes of 12 and14 nm, And it tells of the incredible ability to design "powerful" efficient and powerful architectures, at least for investors and corporate clients.
NVIDIA has chosen to relinquish TSMC's 7 nm procedure for Geforce products, workstations, and artificial intelligence (products like Drive AGX and Xavier) and likely focus on developing architectures for even more advanced production processes. At the present time, Geforce RTX is still considered the most powerful and powerful video card series for gaming, even due to the drawback of AMD's 7 nm manufacturing process, while NVIDIA Uses an outdated 12 nm process.
The leaks and rumors that come along with trademark registration speak of a whole new set of Geforce cards based on TSMC's 7nm + process. The code name Hopper is registered with NVIDIA As a product and there is a chance that it will constitute the huge "leap" it will make in its capabilities with the combination of architecture New together with a new-new production process.
We know thatNVIDIA You will continue to work on implementing the new Deep Learning Reporting capability, and improve algorithmically and materially the ability to perform Ray Tracing in real time. With the respectable power of the RTX 2080 Ti today, one can only imagine how you would see a new flagship integrating a manufacturing process along with architecture improvements. It probably won't be cheap, but we may for the first time see a single video card capable of handling new games at UHD resolution 4k Under high settings and a decent frame rate, maybe even 120 in some cases.
It is very important to note that the impact of such an architecture will come with the artificial intelligence products of NVIDIA That dominate many, large and small companies today with kits Development And automotive products with real-time processing capabilities (inference) and algorithmic learning. The main impact will be mainly the small end products for customers with a smaller footprint.
Intel of 2020 - Development Accelerated against the backdrop of familiar products
2019 is a year that many would like to forget about Intel In the world of desktops and servers, it is a sentence that is not easy for us to write because it is the manufacturer closest to us for being so important in the Israeli technological landscape, and our friend since we were born in 2001.
During 2020 according to the plethora of leaks expected Intel Continue to deliver 14 nm processors to the world of laptops and laptops. The Core 10000 series for mainstream residency is on the way and is usually expected to include it Processors We have already met such and such names.
To our delight, we see that in every market share there has been an average increase in performance in order to compete well in Ryzen 3000's AMD. The most notable change is most processors Intel HyperThreading technology is expected to double the number of capillaries per physical core in the processor. This, in addition to improvements in their operating frequency Processors.
- Series core i3 10000 will include 4 cores and 8 capillaries
- Series core i5 10000 will include 6 cores and 12 capillaries
- Series core i7 10000 will include 8 cores and 16 capillaries
The features of the mainstream Core i9 series are still in the dark. The rumors talk about being launched Processors Has 10 cores and 20 capillaries. This is a pretty logical move, and we hope pricing is fair considering the competition featuring 12 and 16 processing cores at $ 500 and $ 750 respectively.
The built - in graphical cores of Processors These are likely to be UHD 730 or UHD 720 which are essentially the same graphical cores that can be found in processors today under the name UHD 630 and UHD 620. Core operation frequency may be increased, support for more advanced display standards such as HDMI 2.0
These actions mean that processors core i3 will be similar in performance to what we saw oncore i7 7700 for example, andcore i5 with similar performance tocore i7 8700. In our opinion, the key to these processors' success will be mainly consumer price. The competition sets new standards of price-per-price and Intel will have to meet them if you want great success.
At this time, it is unknown whether the new processors will be launched with a new one, but probably will be launched with a new chipset. We sincerely hope that there will be back-end support for the existing LGA1151 v2 platform as this is a similar architecture to the one currently sold. Processors These are expected to have a launch date in the coming weeks, with a gradual launch expected to continue throughout the first half of 2020.
We know that Intel teams are working hard and hard on the architectures of the future, those that will be manufactured in the 7 nm process and beyond. in fact, Released Intel A rather ambitious roadmap for the next decade. Here are some things we do know - Intel Spent billions of dollars in establishing factories to create at 7 and 5 Nm during 2019 as a result of growing pressures. The completion of the establishments will probably be in the second half of 2020, at least in large part. It is very possible that in 2021 we will see the fruits of the completion of the establishment of these factories when the development teams can send their design to mass. In the 2020 desktop version, we may have to settle for re-branding existing chips with added processing power, and probably another flagship to replace core i9 9900K.
Here is something very interesting that is expected to happen in the hardware world Intel By 2020 - the processor giant is entering the world of graphics and video cards dedicated to gaming and workstations.
Intel Graphics This is where Intel's fresh graphics division and Xe will be product-specific branding (similar toRadeon And Geforce), with none other than Raja Kodori headed (Graphic Architecture Guru of Radeon For the past 15 years). Beyond the promise of consumer video cards in 2020, we even received a teaser from Mr. Kodori regarding June - probably the Computex 2020 exhibition.
As of the past few months, my team Intel Improved your drivers significantly to the existing graphics cores, adding many features. Preparing a lubricated software team for video cards is an important step that shows how much Intel Serious about the creation of graphic cards.
There is still a lot of details left in the dark about Intel Graphics Xe. For example - "Are gaming cards the first to launch? Maybe for workstations?" Other questions are "Who is going to create these graphic cores? Intel Going to another manufacturing plant using advanced process from14 nm Like Samsung's? "
One thing is certain - it's going to be very interesting. This is the first time in the last 20 years that there will be three major players in the world of graphics and video cards for PCs. We doubt the ability to compete with new and advanced flagships NVIDIA pillbox AMD And Intel, but there may be a battle mainly of cheaper and wider markets, such as the one between $ 150 and $ 300 per product.
Storage based Flash Rising
2019 was also a very important year in the world of storage of laptops and desktops. This year we got to really see the takeover of the drivesSSD Of this world as a means storage Exclusive or primary at a minimum.
Laptops have almost completely migrated to mechanical storage and nowadays even cheap laptops are sold with drives SSD. Increasing production volumes and decreasing prices along with the combination of energy saving and a serious increase in performance have created a product that has become a necessity among laptop users.
In the stationary world the M.2 interface for drives SSD Has become completely standard this year, with even the cheapest motherboards having at least one interface, while the more advanced ones include two or three. Prices are high in volume storage They also continued their natural plunge, and we managed to get through 2019 without a "completely unexpected" natural disaster that paralyzes the flash industry. Prices have been falling reasonably gradually since the beginning of the year and have come close to the point where 1TB drives from big brands can buy for $ 75.
2020 is expected to continue falling pricesSSD And an increase in expected available volumes, with volumes such as 128GB becoming least relevant due to their close price per double available volume. Over the next year, we're expected to see 2TB drives and more accessible and significantly cheaper.
Regarding new technologies, controllers NAND Designed for the interface PCI-Express 4.0 is expected to flood the market. We know thatSamsung It already has a controller that it embeds on server drives, and will soon receive a domesticated version. We wouldn't be surprised to see an announcement at the upcoming CES 2020 conference in about two weeks in Las Vegas (we'll be there, don't forget to catch up on the site!).
Another giant who wants you to know her in the flash field is Kioxia - The newly created brand To the Toshiba NAND division. This company is expected to launch drives by 2020 SSD Many different types and speeds based on the BiSC technology it develops. At this time, it is unknown with Kioxia's decision to launch products under its branding, or to sell third party designs to distributors under other brands (similar to ADATA, which sells drives with hardware of Toshiba And Micron).
B-Micron Continued development of controllers, memory and NAND chips for SSDs launched during 2020 and we also expect to see many products that will receive special branding of Crucial (Subsidiary) and other third party companies such as Corsair, Kigston, etc.
It is important to note that all three manufacturersSSD The major is also working on technologies of compressed storage space chip. By 2020, we are likely to see more and more drives for the M.2 interface that include exceptionally large volumes, perhaps even 8TB of consumer by the end of the year.
With a brief reference to memory DDR4 - We are ending 2019 in a fantastic, perhaps even too fantastic (?) State where an Israeli consumer can purchase 16GB fast memory kits for the PC for less than NIS 250. Decrease in memory pricesRAM This year is pretty amazing and is progressing at a higher rate than expected.
In Micron, Hynix andSamsung Manufacture chips now DDR4 With dual compression, which results in single sticks of 32GB. Currently displayed is still significantly more expensive than a 16GB volume per single stick, but with more production runs enabled by 2020, we are likely to see more and more kits זיכרון Of 64GB in a two-stick configuration at acceptable prices.
2020 internal computer hardware
Many closely monitoring the market are paying attention to the renaissance that has taken place in recent years when it comes to availability, supply and prices of advanced hardware.
We went through a process where from the state of paying premium to important and new technologies, we came to the premium cheap with even more premium at higher prices. SSDs are especially cheap, memory DDR4 For all requires, and processors with lots of processing cores at prices we didn't know.
The year 2020 is expected to continue the golden age that we are working on and inflate an important element that exists in the construction and use of PC. In our opinion, there has been no better time than actually building a new computer system for every requested use. The ratio of the price you pay to the hardware you receive is huge compared to the consideration that existed only 3 years ago.
All that is left to wish is that 2020 will continue the important trends that have shaped the hardware world of 2019, and perhaps give birth to some other important trends along the way. On this occasion, we will ask you - is there a specific product you are expecting to be released in 2020? Share in the comments!