Intel and AMD CPUs 2020-2021: Processor innovations at a glance

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Intel and AMD CPUs 2020-2021

No standstill in the world of technology: The processor developers AMD and Intel want to outdo each other with ever stronger chips. CGH collects an overview of the most important announcements for 2020 and 2021.

Intel asserted itself as the market leader in the chip industry for years, meanwhile, competitor AMD is catching up more and more. In the third quarter of 2020, AMD’s market shares were higher than they had been since 2013. With its 7-nanometer process, the “upstart” also uses a manufacturing process that, according to media reports, the front runner Intel has not adapted for a long time. So what about future products? Official reports and exciting rumors are buzzing through the net and are happy to give tips on the next but one processor generation. In order to keep an overview, CGH sorts and filters news and leaks and summarizes them in a clear roadmap for the coming years.

AMD: New CPUs in an even finer process

According to media reports, AMD continues to increase its performance. The upcoming chips with Zen 3 architecture should significantly increase the CPU performance with the same number of cores. The manufacturer’s fine-tuning of the chip structure brings about 15 percent more performance per cycle (Instructions per Cycle, IPC), and the clock frequencies should also increase somewhat. The chipsets (individual components) will probably continue to come from the supplier TSMC, who still produce them with 7-nanometer structures. The new AMD processors for notebooks still bear the internal code name “Cezanne”, but appear as expected as Ryzen 5000, according to reports. Thanks to a redesign of the cache, which has also been confirmed, processors with Zen 3 architecture now have eight cores per core complex (CCX), which is particularly beneficial for gaming performance. Larger or smaller plans are probably being pursued with the successor Zen 4. Epyc models are to appear thanks to space-saving 5-nanometer technology with more than 64 CPU cores.

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Overview: Current rumors of upcoming AMD and Intel processors (information without guarantee).

Intel: When will the 7-nanometer process come?

As mentioned at the beginning, Intel is cautious when it comes to new manufacturing processes. After the launch of the Comet Lake-S-CPU manufactured using the 14-nanometer process, the next generation of chips, Rocket Lake, will probably be another 14-nanometer representative. Rocket Lake probably only works with eight cores, which can also run on Socket 1200. Compared to Comet Lake, that would be a step backward: the top model Core i9-10900K already uses ten cores with computing tasks. Rocket Lake would therefore have to come with a significantly increased clock rate in order to increase the performance further. During the HotChips 2020 conference from August 16 to 18, there was already initial information about the upcoming Tiger Lake, Intel’s next mobile processor. It is based on manufacturing in “10 nm ++” and uses the current Willow Cove cores – the direct successor to Intel’s Sunny Cove.

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