2019 was impressive when it comes to PC hardware. AMD also initiated its Navi RX 5700-series graphics cards and, more recently, its 5500-series too, whilst Nvidia put the boot in with it’s ‘Super’ series with the outstanding RTX 2060 Super, RTX 2070 Super, and RTX 2080 Super.
2020 is looking just as thrilling with more CPUs for Intel and AMD as well as graphics cards and motherboards so let’s see what we know in addition to what’s been rumored to land this year that we can hope for.
AMD Zen 3 CPUs and 64-core Threadripper
The most thrilling aspect of 2020 is the launch of AMD’s 4th generation Ryzen CPUs, aka Zen 3. There won’t be a lessening of the manufacturing procedure like there was for the last 3 generations, but details have appeared over the last couple of days from AMD employees that Zen 3 will, in fact, feature performance gains similar to a fully new architecture with industry sources and consumers claiming average IPC gains of up to 17%, with low latency-loving applications for example games gaining from Zen 3’s tweaked floating-point units.
Games are Intel’s final secure refuge, with AMD closing the gap with each generation, and with Zen 2, only a few of titles saw profits. This could perceive AMD match or even better Intel this year on the mainstream desktop, and we are absolutely expecting Zen 3 to land in 2020 too – it’s own road maps say so.
As if AMD wasn’t planning to rule the desktop PC market enough, we already know that 2020 will observe the launch of the Threadripper 3990X – a 64-core CPU. It’s available Zen 2 Threadripper CPUs are already head and shoulders faster (and more costly) than Intel’s Cascade Lake-X CPUs, and this giant looks to strengthen that as well as offering a convincing option to Intel’s Xeon items as well as LGA 3647 socket.
Release date: Official launch dates are not available till now, but equally Zen 3, as well as 64-core Threadripper, is expected in 2020, with the latter likely in the 1st half and former expected in the 2nd half given that we’ve simply just seen the Ryzen 9 3950X land.
Intel 10th Generation desktop CPUs
Intel is broadly considered as being on the ropes until it can obtain a 10nm CPU out the door, but 2020 could well watch it hit ten cores on a normal desktop CPU for the 1st time with the speculated Core i9-10900K. With ten cores and twenty threads, it will be no slouch, and if believed leaked slides are to be assumed, those cores can make up to approximately 4.9GHz across every core or a peak of up approximately 5.3GHz out of the box. It’s not expected to go to fall over AMD’s existing Ryzen 9 3950X in multi-threaded workloads, but it could still provide Zen 3 CPUs a run for their money in lightly-threaded tasks.
Paradoxically, the newest leaked slides put the rest of the stack bearing a striking similarity to apparently fake slides leaked in July in terms of clock speeds and core counts. All the Core i3 CPUs will feature 4 cores and 8 threads thanks to the addition of Hyper-Threading, while every Core i5 CPUs will have 6 cores and 12 threads, much like the old Core i7-8700K, while there’s minimum one 8 core/16-thread model too. This could aid Intel to claw background across the board when it comes to multi-threaded performance with everything remarkable south of the Core i9-9900K lacking hyper-threading currently, and this truly hurts CPUs, for instance, the Core i5-9600K and Core i7-9700K in multi-threaded workloads against AMD’s CPUs. Again, this isn’t mainly innovative, but it’s nonetheless a very interesting move, just it was back in July.
Release date: There’s no launch date till now, but speculations point at launch before May 2020.
AMD Navi 21
The truth that AMD’s RX 5700-series only targeted Nvidia’s mid-range graphics cards was a bit of frustration last summer, but the hope is that Navi 21 is going to provide far more performance with speculations this week pointing at a large die size and performance up to twice as prompt as the RX 5700 XT. That would place it in RTX 2080/2080 Ti terrain, though given it’s almost 2 years since Nvidia launched them, it’s an appreciated move from AMD, and the green team may already have a reply in the works in the form of the RTX 2080 Ti Super. Either way, we can guess big things in the distinct GPU marketplace current year.
Intel’s Xe Discrete Graphics Card
AMD, as well as Nvidia, have had the desktop graphics card marketplace to themselves since AMD purchased ATI in 2006, and even then, it was a generally 2-horse race. However, 2020 could watch Intel join the desktop discrete GPU marketplace. We’re not sure whether a professional edition will launch first or if gaming is Intel’s first port of call.
There are, in addition, very few details about its plans or the hardware, but by the end of 2020, we’ll make out a lot more. This hasn’t emerged of thin air also. AMD’s Raja Koduri left the company in 2017 to unite Intel to assist in the creation of Intel’s discrete GPU.
Release date: Sometime in 2020
Nvidia Ampere 3000-series graphics cards
However, the RTX series was definitely not welcomed in so far as the 1000-series Pascal-based cards, so it’s anybody’s speculation as to how Nvidia will play things in 2020. Ray tracing will likely be a large part, definitely of the high-end models but with the continued fame of high resolutions and refresh rates, Nvidia requires to build on what is gained in terms of unprocessed performance with the Turing architecture, which frequently lacked much headroom above the likes of the GTX 1080 Ti when you featured in costs and value.
Release date: Rumors are that we can anticipate announcements from Nvidia sometime in the first half of 2020.