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15:57 15/01/2020 |

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Advanced Micro Devices announces a new mainstream graphics processing unit (GPU) to compete with arch-rival Nvidia

(Business) The new AMD Radeon 5600 series GPUs are designed to hit low-power and low-price targets. It also announced its much-awaited mobile Ryzen chips. AMD’s new graphics chips are built with a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, where the width between circuits is just seven billionths of a meter. The process enables faster, more power-efficient, and lower-cost chips, which are manufactured by subcontractors such as TSMC for AMD.



Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, also announced a 64-core Ryzen Threadripper processor built with a 7-nanometer process. It has 128 threads, costs $4,000, and will be available on February 7. But AMD did not go so far as to describe the details of the expected accelerated processing units (APUs, which combine graphics and a prcessor on the same chip, that it is creating for game console makers Sony and Microsoft, which are both due to launch consoles in 2020.

The Radeon GPUs include the 5600, the 5600XT, and the 5600M for mobile. The 5600XT will be available in January for $279. While Nvidia’s RTX GPUs are beefier, the new Radeon chips are going after Nvidia’s GTX GPUs on the low end. And the Radeon chips aren’t slouches either. The Radeon 5600 XT has 36 compute units, 2,304 stream processors, and can process 7.19 teraflops at 150 watts.

It runs at 1.375 GHz, and it can run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10% faster than the Nvidia GTX 1660Ti. AMD is also making discrete graphics chips based on the 7-nanometer process. Those are called the U series, H Series, and Pro series Ryzen 4000 chips.

It is also working on its laptop processors, which are dubbed second-generation Ryzen 4000 central processing units, or CPUs, for mobile devices. It is an x86-based processor with eight cores and 16 threads, built in seven nanometers. The processors can run on 15 watts, 45 watts, or higher. Azor said the 45-watt mobile processor can beat one of Intel’s main desktop processors in performance.


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