Assemble that passes you is a weekly column that collects the main novelties related to PC gaming hardware and offers three configurations, divided by price ranges, designed for those who want to assemble or update their machine. As usual, suggestions and corrections are welcome as long as the tones are adequate. Another tip is to read the paragraphs that present the configurations before battling in the comments.
The appearances, in the form of benchmarks, multiply Ryzen 3000XT, three new processors that should arrive in July with frequencies higher than the Ryzen 3000X counterparts. The Ryzen 9 3900XT should in fact arrive at 4.8GHz, followed by the Ryzen 7 3800XT and the Ryzen 5 3600XT which would seem to be able to touch 4.7GHz in boost. Enough, according to the numbers that appeared on the net, to guarantee a perceptible increase in tests such as Cinebench R20, where the 3900XT would touch 542 share in the single-thread test, thus resuming the command of the ranking of consumer processors just conquered by the Core i9-10900K. However, it must be said that this is a test in which AMD CPUs generally perform better than their Intel counterparts, contrary to what happens with CPU-Z where we expect that the 5.3GHz of the flagship processor of the Comet Lake series will maintain the advantage over to Ryzen CPUs. But for the 3900XT we are still talking about a gain of 21 points which, translated into the multitreading test where the AMD CPU claims the advantage of the 12 cores over 10, correspond to a thousand points more than the Core i9-10900XT. Compared to the 3900X, however, the gain is about 300 points which are not many, considering that we are talking about 4 percentage points, but they are still able to increase the convenience of a CPU that has already proven itself able to keep up with the opposing options, at least as regards overall productivity. All with increased frequency values should guarantee something more in the gaming field, where competition still has an advantage, albeit less than in the past. Presumably the prices will be similar to those of the launch of the 3000X, given the recent price cut of the 3900X.
We are far, however, from the profits promised by the next series of Ryzen processors which as we know will also be compatible with 400 series motherboards and will obviously be compatible with those of the 500 series, which will soon be enriched with models based on the B550 chipset, apparently arriving for June 16. However, it seems that the mid-range options designed for the Ryzen 3000, which are lagging behind and in any case linked to cooling systems that are better than in the past, are not destined to be particularly cheap, which was instead hoped by those who had a look at the excellent performance of the new Ryzen 3 3300X. In the price lists that appeared on the net there is no shortage of economic models such as the GIGABYTE B550M DS3H and the Asus Prime B550M-A, with some price increases given the $ 94 recommended price for the first and 91 euros for the second but nothing extreme. But there is talk of more sensitive increases for mid-range options and models such as the AORUS MASTER which would reach $ 279, overlapping with medium-high-end X570 madi cards. Of course, it is still a PCB of at least six layers linked to the PCIe 4.0 interface, however limited to connectivity and precluded to the CPU, and there is also talk of higher VRM, but however justified such prices lead us to look with more interest at the B450 which, we have already said, will be compatible , at least in the case of models with BIOS memory of at least 16MB, with the future Ryzen 4000. Among other things, they are processors that promise a significant increase in the IPC, linked to a total redesign of the architecture, and of the frequencies, allowed by the use of more advanced transistors. But the latter may not be the second-generation 7-nanometer ones that have been discussed to date. According to DigiTimes the processors Ryzen 4000 will already be based on transistors at 5 nanometers, whose volume production started last month, but will not arrive at the end of the year, slipping in the early months of 2021 to directly contrast the Intel Rocket Lake-S processors. A direct attack then that, if the rumors were confirmed, could be dangerous for Intel considering that the increase in the AMD CPU could exceed the promised 17% in terms of IPC and at least 300MHz for frequencies.
We reiterate this, it is indiscretions and it is data that could be partial or misrepresented. On the other hand, there has been talk for some time of the arrival in two stages of the Ryzen 4000 processors. We could therefore also see a first wave of 7 nanometer chips by the end of 2020 and a second wave of 5 nanometers in 2021. But the appearance of the Ryzen 3000XT seems to endorse the hypothesis of a postponement to 2021 which would also be compatible with rumors about the lack of 5-nanometer production lines for 2020. In any case, we are talking about a wait of a few months that could reserve some other surprises. A leak linked to the Ryzen 6000 APUs, which will share the architecture and socket AM5 with the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, indicates the use of Zen 3+ architecture with USB 4.0 interface and support for DDR5 memories. It could therefore anticipate the presence of these technologies on Ryzen 4000 processors, based on the architecture of which Zen 3+, apparently arriving in 2022, will be the direct evolution. Returning instead to speak specifically of APU Rembrant, Among the alleged features, the presence of integrated RDNA 2 GPUs stands out, which suggest the possibility of a clear jump in terms of graphics power, with the possibility of seeing the acceleration of ray tracing also in the APUs. In the meantime, however, the world of graphics could take giant steps with the arrival of GPUs that promise more power and libraries designed to push optimization on PC to ever higher levels. NVIDIA for now has the advantage in the high end, but AMD seems willing to recover ground also in the field of GPU, where Intel is preparing to be the third in comfort. The music box, by the way, has already started, anticipating a triello made of GPU and APU which should be held between 16 and 18 August, in view of the likely September launch of the new NVIDIA, in the same month in which it will arrive Cyberpunk 2077 to do, hopefully, as a new benchmark for ray tracing.
The budget configuration is the savings oriented one but it is said that there is no room for the upgrade where interesting prospects arise. The proposals in this range include solutions designed for low-profile games and 1080p-oriented builds.
The Ryzen 3 3300X, on Amazon still a bit too expensive but available at the recommended price elsewhere, is an excellent gaming processor, capable of high single thread scores thanks to the use of a single CCX. It also enjoys a decent power for a quad-core that sees it compared to a high-end processor of three generations ago. A big leap for the budget segment that for some time, thanks to the return of the competition, has been populated with increasingly interesting options.
In the low end the GPU champion of convenience remains the RX 570, despite a small increase that we hope will disappear with the normalization of the market. We choose it then, while in parallel, looking a little higher, we keep an eye on the RX 5500 XT which with another small drop in price could finally replace the 4GB RX 580.
In the gaming range there are usually those components that allow you to face the game on PC without fear and to hold on for some time. The showdown with the frame rate is just around the corner but, with a good base, it is always possible to sell the old GPU before it devalues too much in order to buy a new one just in time to face the next blockbuster video game blockbuster.
Waiting for the 10400 to lose more than the 50 euro increase in the launch, we remain with the Core i5 3600 which, however, unlocked, can earn enough megahertz to match the Intel processor with the heatsink included in the price. It is no coincidence that it is one of the heralds of AMD’s success that has the merit of having led Intel to maintain aggressive prices in the medium and low range, guaranteeing Hyper-Threading on all models.
The mid-range offers several interesting options such as the GeForce RTX 2060 which with the advent of the DLSS 2.0 has suddenly become more pleasant to us. But the technology is still poorly supported while ray tracing is not necessarily of interest to everyone. Those who simply look at the relationship between price and framerates in the most popular titles must not forget the 5600 XT, in the Thicc II version (with revised dissipation) available for less than 300 euros.
The pushed configuration makes sense only for those aiming for high resolutions, aware that luxury often does not go hand in hand with rationality. On the other hand, let’s face it, who doesn’t like having a nice engine under the hood even if there is a speed limit?
The 10700K enjoys single core performance not too far from the 10900K, the power increased by Hyper-Threading and more manageable consumption of the top of the range, even if the secondary power limit, the one that identifies the turbo limit, is still high with 229W. But we are still talking about a 9900K sold for less, even if the launch price is as usual a bit inflated, but on some markets it is already available at a price close to the recommended one.
Also this time we look more at the framerate elevated to intermediate resolutions rather than 4K, choosing the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER which, although expensive, is more balanced than the older sister and thanks to DLSS 2.0 should still guarantee a fair longevity and the possibility of reaching the ‘Ultra HD with titles that support and will support NVIDIA deep learning based upscaling.