The third generation of AMD Ryzen processors are about to release on July 7 and we have already heard rumours and leaks showing significant performance gains. A Ryzen 5 3600 was seen beating Intel’s i9-9900KF at PassMark single threaded benchmark. The midrange chip has surpassed IPC parity with Intel. The Core i9-9900KF is no slouch either, with a 3.60 GHz base clock and a 5.00 GHz Max Turbo, it achieved a score of 2929 on PassMark’s single threaded performance. The Ryzen 5 3600 has a base clock of 3.60 GHz and a boost clock of 4.2 GHz but was able to achieve a score of 2981 on the same test. Both chips are able to boost beyond their base clock but the chart doesn’t mention whether the Ryzen 5 3600 was running at stock speeds or if it was overclocked.The 9900KF MSRP is $488 – $499 and the 3600 will have an MSRP of $199, single threaded performance was AMD’s biggest hurdle in the previous generation of desktop processors. At more than half the price the Ryzen 5 3600 will be a better cost per dollar than the 9900KF. It will be interesting to see the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 7 3800X performance numbers which has an MSRP of $329 and $399 respectively. Furthermore, the Ryzen 9 3900X has been rumored to dominating the single and multi threaded performance benchmarks. AMD has been able to pack 12 cores at 105w TDP for $499, the same price as the i9-9900KF. The Zen 2 architecture is a formidable opponent for Intel, AMD is changing how we progress in computing and this will bring processor innovations we have yet to have seen.
In other hardware news, Nvidia released their new line up of video cards called “Super.” The RTX Super line up consists of the current line of RTX video cards from the RTX 2060 to the RTX 2080. The Geforce RTX 2060 Super now has 2176 Cuda Cores compared to 1920 and will have 8GB of GDDR6 memory instead of 6GB. The RTX 2070 Super now has 2560 CUDA Cores as well as the RTX 2080 now has 3072 CUDA Cores. The Super cards are getting new GPU’s as well, the TU106-410 chip for the 2060 / 2070 and the RTX 2080 Super now has a new TU104-450 chip. It seems like Nvidia is gearing up for the release of the new Radeon 5700 series of cards set to release on July 7. The Final Fantasy XV Benchmark had a submission a few days ago showing the GeForce RTX 2070 Super beating the Radeon 5700 XT with a score 7479. Now this benchmark may be more favorable to Nvidia cards so until there is a full list of benchmarks then we can determine the performance of the Radeon cards. The Nvidia Super video cards will release on July 2 just within a week before the Radeon cards. This will be an interesting year for gaming hardware with healthy competition from both sides.
Finally, DisplayPort technology is getting updated with new DisplayPort 2.0 specifications that will allow for higher resolutions and refresh rates. DisplayPort 2.0 will nearly triple the bandwidth of DisplayPort 1.4 at 77.4 Gbps from 25,92 Gbps. Does DisplayPort 2.0 support 8K? Yes, yes it does! Not only one but two displays can support 8K (7680×4320) at 120 Hz and 30 bpp. DP 2.0 will also handle single display resolutions of 10K and 16K at 60 Hz and 30 bits per pixel (bpp). There will be two types of connectors for DP 2.0, using native DP connectors and USB-C via DP Alt Mode. Using only one cable with the USB-C connector, users will be able to power and SuperSpeed USB data simultaneously with super-high-resolution video. These features and more will be available for DisplayPort 2.0 when it releases. The Video Electronics Standards Association also known VESA standardizes DisplayPort technology and is expecting DP 2.0 will be available in 2020.
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