One of the things that didn’t surprise the most was how quickly AMD launched its Ryzen 7000 X3D in the market compared to the normal version. However, Lisa Su’s men’s said decision may have gone wrong and squandered a bullet in the chamber before its time. Is this a false move that could jeopardize the future of Ryzen?
One of the first things you learn when a market exists is that there are potential consumers, but they are not because there is a barrier in the middle. In the case of hardware, it’s price and performance that make you choose one product or another. That is to say, you are going to be looking for the best processor possible within the limits of its economic capacities and obviously, they will not choose a better option. But what happens when a version comes out above what already offers the best on the market?
AMD’s missed opportunity with its RX 7000 X3D
Currently, there is a special race in the hardware world in which it is increasingly expensive to design and release new chips. In the midst of this situation, AMD, not only to survive, but also to be competitive, had to leave the white label of Intel in the eyes of the people to become a worthy rival face to face and even surpass it several times and not exactly by a small margin.
Where is the problem? If you think about it, a Ryzen 7000 X3D is not essential, even if you bought a PC based on an AM5 motherboard and you have a CPU with Zen 4 architecture, it will not be necessary to buy the new one processor which is also more expensive. Where does Lisa Su’s rush come from? Intel, having an annual release cadence year after year, has even been rumored that Meteor Lake could have been introduced earlier this year.
It is quite normal that when it comes to moving the tokens, every company expects its rival to perform to the best of its abilities. That is, AMD was waiting for a new processor from Intel which has yet to arrive and this has resulted in a missed opportunity as the momentum of said chip will be lost over time. And the worst thing is that despite being the best processor at the moment, it is not exactly the exact point to launch it on the market.
Do you have anything in store for the near future?
Everything indicates that AMD could return to using 2 CCDs per chip as was the case with Zen 2 in the near future, only this time it allowed to place not 8, but 16 cores on the same chip, remember that this is a disaggregated processor, and therefore place the V-Cache in each of them and only in 8 of them. In addition to avoiding the latency issues that currently exist and are a bottleneck of the current Ryzen 7000 X3D.
It’s no secret that they have a variant of Zen 4 called Zen 4C which is said to be a more power optimized version thanks to slightly lower clock speeds, lower power consumption and cache reduced. Also, you would think this is a potential Ryzen 7045 X3D for AM5 release for high-end laptops, were it not for the fact that there are some changes. Of course, taking the current Ryzen 7000’s IOD or onboard memory controller and the share socket. Both on servers and on workstations and servers.
Upgrading 16 cores with 32 threads is not easy, since you then have to make a bigger communication loop, but it’s not impossible since Intel has already done it. The question is if there is another Ryzen X3D with unified CCDs on a single chip. Which would definitely leave the current Ryzen 7900X obsolete. If so, then one would understand the need to launch them so quickly and AMD needs a flagship in a few months that will eclipse the momentum of its rival’s next.
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