AMD unveils next-gen Ryzen 3000 processors and RX 5700 graphics card

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AMD has announced its latest processors, graphics cards and motherboards at Computex 2019, one of the biggest hardware trade events in the tech calendar. Team Red CEO Lisa Su unveiled the RX 5700 Navi GPU, five Ryzen 3000 CPUs and the first X570 chipset motherboards.

The company’s next-generation graphics cards based on the Navi architecture have been the subject of intense rumour for months and at Computex, AMD released the first concrete details. The first card will be called the Radeon RX 5700 series and according to AMD, it offers performance in the same league as Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070. The firm backed up its claims by demonstrating Strange Brigade, a Vulkan-supported title where Radeon typically outperforms GeForce, with the RX 5700 leading the RTX 2070 by 10 per cent.

As well as moving to a 7nm process produced by TSMC, AMD says that the new graphics card is built on a new microarchitecture called RDNA, replacing the GCN microarchitecture first adopted in 2011. RDNA reportedly boasts a 25 per cent increase in performance per clock and a 50 per cent uptick in performance per watt. The extent to which this is actually a new architecture remains to be seen however. A prior roadmap from AMD points to a next-gen architecture coming after Navi, while Linux drivers have also suggested a GCN base. Meanwhile, Anandtech says that RDNA still uses the same 64 shaders per compute unit. We hope to learn more about RDNA soon.

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