New from AMD: Performance, Graphics, and Portability


Starting 2020 off with big news at CES, AMD announced the Radeon RX 5600 XT , the not-so-secret Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, its renewed focus on portables, and much more.

Designed for 1080p gaming, the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT is a notch above the RX 5500 XT, offering maxed-out graphics performance and high frame rates for AAA and eSports titles. The AMD RX 5600 XT is expected to be available from partners such as ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and more starting January 21. Gamers playing at 1440p still have their choice of a RX 5700 or RX 5700 XT. Furthermore, RX 5600M and RX 5700M models will be making their way into gaming laptops in the first quarter.

AMD Radeon™ RX 5600 XT Graphics Card

Alongside showcasing hardware, AMD emphasized the importance of coordinating software, with advanced features such as Radeon Boost, Radeon Anti-Lag, Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS), and AMD FidelityFX. On the adaptive sync side of things, FreeSync is growing and now split into three tiers for easier identification: FreeSync, FreeSync Premium, and FreeSync Premium Pro. Building on regular FreeSync, Premium is tailored for more serious gamers, requiring a minimum 120Hz refresh rate at FHD resolution and support for low frame rate compensation (LFC) technology. The Premium Pro tier includes all that, and support for HDR content.

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Showing love for all platforms, AMD is also offering Ryzen 4000-serires mobile processors with integrated Radeon graphics. The U-series is built for portability and power efficiency, ideal for ultra-thins, whereas the H-series focuses on performance for gaming and content creation. These processors will also be able to take advantage of AMD SmartShift technology, which enables the APU to dynamically shift power between its Ryzen processor and Radeon graphics to provide more performance in either graphically demanding or processor-heavy tasks. Users will also have a choice of Athlon 3000-series processors with Radeon graphics for more day-to-day options. Ryzen 4000 and Athlon 3000-series CPUs will be available in the first quarter.

AMD Ryzen™ 4000 Series Mobile Processors

Leaving the best for last, AMD announced its 3rd-gen Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor. Counting 64 cores, 128 threads, and a 288MB cache, this monster of a chip is as AMD says, "the definitive solution for digital content creation professionals working with 3D animation, raytraced VFX, and 8K video codecs." With these stats, it can deliver up to 51% more performance than the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X in 3D Ray Tracing with the MAXON Cinema4D Renderer. Pick this one up on February 7.

AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3990X Processor

There's definitely more in the works at AMD and consumers are eagerly awaiting next-gen CPUs and GPUs. Whether you're a brand loyalist or not, 2020 is not the year to sleep on AMD. To see what else is going on at CES, check out more coverage here.