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AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su Reveals Coming High-Performance Computing Inflection Point in CES 2019 Keynote
Powerful new generations of 7nm AMD computing and graphics products to enable creators, researchers and inventors to solve the world's toughest and most interesting challenges
Su’s keynote focused on solving the world’s toughest and most interesting challenges through high-performance computing and graphics innovation. From bringing a storyteller’s vision to life through digital characters, to helping communities come together through a shared love of gaming, to solving some of our toughest challenges in the realms of education, healthcare, climate change and energy solutions, AMD sees incredible opportunities to apply more powerful computing technologies to solve some of society’s toughest problems.
“This is an incredible time to be in technology as the industry pushes the envelope on high-performance computing to solve the biggest challenges we face together,” said Su. “At AMD, we made big bets several years ago to accelerate the pace of innovation for high-performance computing, and 2019 will be an inflection point for the industry as we bring these new products to market. From our 7nm Radeon™ graphics chips to our next-generation 7nm AMD Ryzen™ and AMD EYPC™ processors, it’s going to be an exciting year for AMD and the industry.”
AMD Gaming Graphics Updates
Reinforcing its commitment to next-generation gaming leadership, AMD announced the world’s first 7nm gaming GPU, AMD Radeon™ VII, designed to deliver exceptional performance and amazing experiences for the latest AAA, esports and Virtual Reality (VR) titles, demanding 3D rendering and video editing applications, and next-generation compute workloads. The AMD Radeon™ VII graphics card provides 2x the memory2 and 2.1x the memory bandwidth3, up to 29 percent higher gaming performance on average4 and up to 36 percent higher performance5 on average in content creation applications compared to the AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics card, enabling maximum settings for extreme framerates at the highest resolutions. It also provides seamless, high-refresh HDR6 gaming at 1080p, ultrawide 1440p and 4K, and powers the next-generation photo and visual creation applications on razor sharp, vibrant 8K monitors.
AMD Radeon™ VII graphics card is expected to be available beginning February 7, 2019.
AMD High-Performance Desktop Updates
For the several thousand keynote attendees and the record-size CES keynote livestream audience, AMD performed the first public demonstrations of the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processor. The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ processor is based on the new AMD “Zen 2” x86 core built using world-leading 7nm process technology. It is expected to deliver new levels of performance7 and will be the world’s first PC platform to support PCIe 4.0 connectivity8. The new AMD Ryzen processors will offer better gaming, creating and streaming experiences than ever before with a faster and quieter PC.
The live demonstration showed a 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop pre-production processor vs. an Intel Core™ i9-9900K processor in a real-time rendering demonstration using Maxon Cinebench R15. The AMD Ryzen processor offered comparable performance at approximately 30% lower power9. Additionally, Dr. Su showed the power of AMD technology working together with a live gaming demonstration of a 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processor in an AMD socket AM4 platform paired with an AMD Radeon™ VII graphics processor.
The 3rd Gen Ryzen™ desktop processor is planned for introduction in mid-2019.
AMD Server Updates
The AMD EPYC™ datacenter processor had a tremendous first year, winning in the biggest cloud environments, and amassing more than 50 EPYC™-based platforms shipping from leading server providers.
Su showed the world’s first 7nm datacenter CPU, codenamed “Rome,”10 based on the “Zen 2” x86 core. Su revealed the real-world power of the next generation of AMD EPYC™ by demonstrating a step-function increase in datacenter processor performance using the scientific application NAMD, which simulates large bio-molecular systems. The demonstration compared a single pre-production EPYC™ “Rome” processor to two high-end Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processors, and the single next-generation EPYC™ processor delivered approximately 15% higher performance11. By using EPYC™-based systems, AMD is helping scientists to advance their research and get closer to finding the next big solutions.
The AMD EPYC™ “Rome” processor is on track to start shipping in mid-2019.
AMD Mobile Computing Updates
AMD launched the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Mobile processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics, delivering the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin laptops. With up to 12 hours of general productivity and 10 hours of video playback battery life12, 4K HDR video capability and Microsoft Modern PC features, the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Mobile processors deliver the ultimate entertainment experience for the modern laptop buyer.
A record number of AMD Ryzen-based notebooks powered by the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Mobile processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics are expected to be available in 2019 from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo and Samsung.
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1 As of Dec 18, 2018. Radeon VII features 16GB of memory. Radeon RX Vega 64 features 8GB of memory. Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti features 11 GB of memory. RX-266
2 As of Dec 18, 2018. Radeon VII features 1024 GB/s of memory bandwidth. Radeon RX Vega 64 (frontier edition) features 484 GB/s of memory bandwidth. Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti features 616 GB/s of memory bandwidth. RX-267
3 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Intel i7 7700K,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50 and Windows 10. Using Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Battlefield 1 DX12,Battlefield 5 DX12,Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,Destiny 2,Deus x: Mankind Divided DX12,Doom (2016),F1 2018 DX12,Fallout 76,Far Cry 5,Forza Horizon 4 DX12,Grand Theft Auto V, Hitman 2,Just Cause 4,Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War, Monster Hunter World, Rise of the Tomb Raider DX12,Shadow of the Tomb Raider DX12,Sid Meier's Civilization VI DX12,Star Control: Origins ,Strange Brigade Vulkan, The Witcher 3,Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, Total War: Warhammer 2,Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus at 4K Max Settings: Radeon VII scored: 36 fps,80.5 fps,62.2 fps,82.3 fps,65.1 fps,53.4 fps,89.5 fps,78 fps,76.6 fps,62 fps,72.8 fps,76.2 fps,53.3 ps,50.8 fps,54.3 fps,35.4 fps,58.3 fps,47.5 fps,97.1 fps,88.9 fps,86.7 fps,55.4 fps,36.3 fps,34.6 fps,93.4 fps respectively. Radeon RX Vega 64 scored: 28 fps,59.2 fps,46.7 fps,68.0 fps,50.9 fps,40.2 fps,67.2 fps,61 fps,45.5 fps,49 fps,62.8 fps,60.1 fps,49.6 ps,42.6 fps,41.6 fps,29.4 fps,46.0 fps,36.3 fps,78.1 fps,69.2 fps,60.9 fps,41.4 fps,29.2 fps,28.3 fps,74.2 fps respectively. Across 25 titles, Radeon VII averaged 29% faster gaming performance vs Radeon Vega 64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-282
4 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on AMD Ryzen 2700X,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50 and Windows 10. Across 4 content creation workloads/benchmarks: Davinci Resolve 15, Adobe Premiere, LuxMark and Blender. Radeon VII completed in /scored 101s, 330s, 50202 and 92s respectively. Radeon RX Vega 64 completed in/scored 138s, 462s, 31013 and 126s respectively. Resulting in Radeon VII vs Radeon RX 64 performance uplift of: 1.27x, 1.29x, 1.62x and 1.27x respectively. Radeon VII averaged 36% faster content creation performance vs Radeon Vega 64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-283
5 HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, monitor/TV, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-96
6FreeSync 2 HDR does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 HDR supported HDR content is detected. Otherwise, HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-105
7 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on AMD Ryzen 2700X,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50 and Windows 10. Using Blender 2.79a, Cornell Box Scene, ProRender 1.8, 2048 x 1840, 200 iterations: Radeon VII completed in 92.3s. Radeon RX Vega 64 completed in 126s. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-280
8 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Ryzen 7 2700X,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50, RTX 2080, Nvidia driver 417.22 and Windows 10. Using Davinci Resolve 15 8K AMD test sequence. Radeon VII completed in 101s. RTX 2080 completed in 104s. Radeon RX Vega 64 completed in 138s. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-273
9 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Ryzen 7 2700X,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, AMD Driver 18.50, and Windows 10. Using LuxMark LuxBall HDR benchmark. Radeon VII scored 50202. RTX 2080 scored 30224. Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 31013. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-278
10 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Intel i7 7700K,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50, and Windows 10. Using Battlefield V, DX11, Ultra settings 4K: Radeon VII scored 68.1 fps. Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 50.5 fps. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-284
11 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Intel i7 7700K,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50, RTX 2080, Nvidia driver 417.22 and Windows 10. Using Strange Brigade, Vulkan, Ultra settings 4K: Radeon VII scored 87 fps. RTX 2080 scored 73 fps. Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 61 fps. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-268
12 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Intel i7 7700K,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50, and Windows 10. Using Fortnite, Epic settings 4K:Radeon VII scored 46.9 fps. Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 37.4 fps. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-285
13 Requires a monitor and AMD Radeon graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127
14 Only attainable when using a FreeSync 2 API enabled game or video player and content that uses at least 2x the perceivable brightness and color range of sRGB, and using a FreeSync 2 qualified monitor. Based on AMD internal testing as of November 2016. GD-105
15 Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability. GD-106
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