2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

The PC industry in 2019 is very lively, from january CES, we are waiting for AMD and Intel, and NVIDIA between the war, and at the beginning of the second half, we see can be said to be the most exciting product collision in recent years, until the end of the year will stop, there is no interruption of the new wave of new products, Also bring us infinite excitement, although the head of the shadow of the trade war, but this year’s PC industry is still wonderful.

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

Usually the end of the year is the busiest time in all walks of life, and we are no exception. He was doing the annual review, and my head was thinking back to what had happened during the year. Yes, when you see this passage, the annual year-end series of articles on Superenergy network is already ready to go. In the first series of annual reviews, we’ll look at what happened to the PC industry in mid-2019, what the manufacturers have done this year, and then wonder what’s going to happen next year. This is the second in a series of articles.

With AMD’s introduction of Ryzen processors, the CPU market is now arguably interesting year after year, and this year Intel has also introduced a new Ice Lake architecture, but it only exists in the low-power mobile market, where the voltage processor is the old 14nm architecture, not to mention the desktop market. Intel on the HEDT platform has also introduced a new Cascade Lake-X processor, but it’s only a minor overhaul of Skylake-X, and it’s not a big change. AMD is much better, 12nm of the new APU for AMD won a lot of notebook orders, and then the Zen 2 architecture Ryzen processor is wonderful, IPC and the number of core surge so that the third generation of Ryzen received a lot of praise, the media and the market response is good, Later, the third generation of Ryzen thread tearers let AMD establish the HEDT market king position.

Now let’s take a look at Intel and AMD’s products in the desktop CPU market this year.

January: Nuclear-free show nine generations of Core released

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

Intel released its ninth-generation desktop Core processor in October 2018, but with only three K-enabled processors, the expansion of the product line has become a priority, with the launch of the Core i5-9400 processor and a large wave of non-stop Core processors, including the i9-9900KF/i7-9700KF/i5– 9600KF/i5-9400F/i3-9350KF/i33-8100F, and these non-nuclear Core processors have become the new favorite of gamers, they are sold at a lower price than the version with a nuclear display, CPU performance is the same, nuclear display for gamers but no use at all, It’s still a hot Intel processor.

In the same month, AMD also launched a third-generation Ryzen mobile processor, which is actually a re-use of the 12nm Zen-plus architecture of the Ryzen APU, but this article does not deal with mobile processors, so they put on the desktop version of the release.

February: 14-core processor at full core 5GHz

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

I think the Core i9-9990XE is one of the craziest CPU of the year, it’s a 14-core Skylake-X processor, but the full-core frequency can run to 5GHz, And allow two core work at 5.1GHz, its TDP is therefore up to 255W, it is customized for the financial services industry products, the number is very small, only for OEM shipments, and to be auctioned to buy, so the price is not fixed, workstation system provider Puget Systems sold a batch of processors for $2,300, while the core number of core Core i9-9980XE sold for just $1,979.

April: AMD Launches 50th Anniversary Edition rye 7 2700X

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

Intel launched the Core i7-8086K on the 40th anniversary of its launch last year, and this year it’s AMD’s 50th anniversary, and they’ve also introduced the 50th anniversary version of the Ryzen 72700X processor, but it’s no different in size from the regular Ryzen 72700X. Mainly the outer packaging changed to the glittering 50th anniversary style, and the processor will also have THE signature of CEO Su Zifeng.

May: Intel launches all-core 5GHz Core i9-9900KS processor

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

At the Taipei Computer Show, Intel unveiled a special version of the Core i9-9900KS, which, like the Core i9-9900K, is an 8-core 16-thread design, but the base frequency is increased to 4GHz, the full-core Core frequency 5GHz, is an official special edition of Core i9-9900K, with better upclocking capabilities , due to its extremely high main frequency, officially advertises it as the strongest game processor, and of course it is, it is actually released and released by the end of October, and has been limited to release by the end of the year.

June: AMD releases third-generation Ryzen processor

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

The front is full of small dishes, the next is the focus.

In fact, AMD announced the third generation of Ryzen processorated at the Taipei Computer Show at the end of May, but the official launch was actually on E3 2019 two weeks later, and the Zen 2 architecture using the 7nm process was the most important product of the year for AMD. Its biggest change is that the CPU from a single core to MCM multi-chip package, it consists of 1 to 2 CCD core and 1 IOD, CCD using TSMC 7nm process, and IOD is GF 12nm process, which can help reduce costs and improve good yield.

The core of the Zen 2 architecture has been optimized for a series of optimizations, with an increase of 15% in iPC, a 21% increase in single-threaded performance over the previous generation, and a significant reduction in processor power consumption due to the new process, as well as the first PCI-E 4.0-enabled processor.

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

The first Zen 2 architecture third-generation Ryzen processor sq. 6 to 12 core, AMD once again promoted the mainstream platform processor core increase, the new processor by partners, the media and consumers alike, for AMD won a lot of market share, also created a lot of pressure on Intel, Now Intel’s advantage solely on process and core number, and even iPC, is gone, leaving only one advantage in high frequency.

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

Along with the Zen 2 architecture Ryzen processor, there is a new generation of Ryzen APU, i.e. The Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G, but the two of them are not so big, but from the first generation of 14nm Zen architecture upgraded to 12nm Zen-plus architecture, Reflected is the CPU and nuclear display frequency are significantly improved, in addition to the Rylong 5 3400G internal thermal material solder also from silicon grease to brazing, bring their own radiator also raised a level, as to their performance, nuclear performance hanging Intel is completely no problem, their appearance just let AMD AMD APU’s market position is stronger.

September: Ryzen 5 3500X suddenly killed out

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

Originally Ryzen 5 3500X is not in AMD’s third-generation Ryzen processor on the product map, it suddenly killed out, this is AMD’s first attempt six-core six-threaded processor, its positioning is also very clear, is a thousand dollar market, for Core i5-9400F, Its test performance in all aspects is a little better than the opponent, and the game performance is basically the same, and the platform is cheaper to build, can be used with high-frequency memory, its existence is a serious threat to Intel’s hot-selling Core i5-9400F.

November: Nuclear war begins, two HEDT platforms update at the same time

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

November is wonderful, first AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD once again pushed the core number of mainstream platform processors to 16 core, to know that Intel’s HEDT platform is only 18 core, and the mainstream platform is only 8 core, plus the X570 platform expansion capacity significantly improved, Ryzen 9 The 3950X poses a serious threat to the rival HEDT platform, and intel’s maximum core number of mainstream platforms in the next year is up to 10 cores, which is still unknown for a long time.

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

Next Intel and AMD HEDT platform updated on the same day, Intel Cascade Lake architecture 10th generation Core X series release a few hours earlier, but it is only on the basis of the previous generation of products minor modifications, still using the 14nm technology, the platform is still X299, Fixing previous hardware BUGS and adding support for AVX-512_VNNI instruction sets, Intel’s HEDT platform’s biggest advantage over AMD’s thread tearers is the support of the AVX-512 instruction set, and the addition of VNNI makes Core The i9-10980XE has improved greatly in deep learning, and it has improved the calculation of AI projects well and catered to current trends.

2019 Annual Review of Desktop CPU Intel Minor Changes, AMD Zen 2 Architecture Shines

Then there’s AMD’s third-generation Ryzen thread tearer, which has been qualitatively changed with the previous generation, upgrading to a 7nm Zen 2 architecture that allows every CCD to perform at full strength, as well as the core number of stacking, increasing support for PCI-E 4.0. The matching motherboard has also become the TRX40, the current Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is now the strongest processor on the HEDT platform, Intel side Of Core X series processor is only 18 cores, in multi-threaded applications simply can not compete with the 32-core processor, In fact, last year AMD launched the second generation of Ryalong thread tearer when the HEDT platform has been the head of the chair to take over, the third generation of Ryalong thread tear processor launch will only make AMD in this position more stable.

In fact, in November AMD also launched the Speeddragon 3000GE processor, but it is still 14nm Zen architecture, and the original Speeddragon 200GE compared to is actually not locked octave, can now be free to overclock, for the entry-level platform, this upgrade chat is better than no.

Looking to the future

At present can confirm the news is that Intel next year will launch Comet Lake-S processor, the mainstream platform finally ushered in 10 generations of Core, but, its core is actually Skylake, still 14nm, but the maximum number of cores increased to 10, the platform changed to LGA 1200, all Core processors support hyperthreading, and the expected 10nm new architecture desktop processor… It is estimated that the HEDT platform may have drama, the mainstream platform next year is hopeless.

AMD, for its part, will launch a 64-core Ryzen Thread Tearer processor sometime next year, and at CES at the beginning of the year it will likely see the Zen 2 architecture’s APU, which is customary to appear on the mobile platform and then on to the desktop platform in about half a year, as for Zen with 7nm EUV. 3 at least until the second half of next year.

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