The AMD Next Horizon Gaming Keynote Live Blog (Starts at 3pm PT/22:00 UTC)by Ryan Smith on June 10, 2019 2:00 PM EST
05:54PM EDT - We're here in sunny (and hot) Los Angeles, California for E3, and more specifically, AMD's next big product-focused keynote. Dubbed "Next Horizon Gaming"
05:55PM EDT - AMD's crew, including CEO Dr. Lisa Su, will be taking the stage to present information on upcoming gaming-related products
05:57PM EDT - It's a fair bet that we'll be seeing both GPU news and CPU news from this keynote, plenty of gaming demos, and as is usually the case for AMD, maybe a surprise or two
05:59PM EDT - The show is set to start at 3pm local time, though I suspect it will get a late start
05:59PM EDT - Joining me today is the jetlagged Dr. Ian Cutress, who only recently wrapped up Computex
06:00PM EDT - Oh, and we're starting on time!
06:00PM EDT - AMD is rolling a video
06:00PM EDT - And the AMD employees are forming a mosh pit
06:01PM EDT - Now on stage: Dr. Lisa Su
06:01PM EDT - Who is wearing a black leather jacket
06:02PM EDT - "We have an incredible, incredible show for you today"
06:02PM EDT - "What's next?"
06:03PM EDT - (It will likely involve processors)
06:04PM EDT - To deliver incredible gaming experiences you need breakthrough hardware and breakthrough games
06:04PM EDT - Sometimes the hardware gets ahead, and sometimes the software gets ahead
06:04PM EDT - AMD wants to be everywhere. PCs, consoles, mobile, etc
06:05PM EDT - "We're all about pushing the envelope"
06:05PM EDT - We're seeing the results of some bets AMD made 3 to 5 years ago
06:06PM EDT - e.g. Zen 2 and RDNA
06:06PM EDT - AMD is very happy about their console and Google partnerships
06:07PM EDT - Lisa is now recapping yesterday's Project Scarlett Xbox announcement
06:08PM EDT - Introducing at E3 2019: AMD Ryzen 3000 series and the Radeon RX 5700 series
06:09PM EDT - Starting today off with Ryzen
06:09PM EDT - Rolling a video
06:10PM EDT - Lisa says she's happy to see the excitement about Ryzen 3000
06:11PM EDT - Recapping AMD's Computex announcements
06:11PM EDT - 15% IPC, 2x cache size, 2x FP perf (via AVX-2)
06:12PM EDT - AMD now considers themselves a market leader for consumer CPUs
06:12PM EDT - And now showing off some benchmark data to prove that claim
06:12PM EDT - (AMD's favorite benchmark: Cinebench 20)
06:13PM EDT - Also comparing the 3900X to Intel's 9900K in games at CPU-limited settings
06:14PM EDT - Now it's time for a demo with AMD's Robert Hallock
06:15PM EDT - Running The Division 2
06:15PM EDT - Now they're going to throw in some video encoding
06:16PM EDT - (Casually omitted: using the dedicated video encoder in AMD's video cards)
06:17PM EDT - Now 3800X vs. 9700K
06:17PM EDT - So that's Ryzen 7
06:17PM EDT - Now on to the Ryzen 5 processors
06:18PM EDT - 3600X vs. 9600K
06:18PM EDT - Robert is back, demoing Counter-Strike: Go
06:19PM EDT - Running at CPU-limited settings
06:19PM EDT - So framerates approaching 300fps
06:20PM EDT - "Leadership at every price point"
06:20PM EDT - Reminding everyone that all of this goes on sale on July 7th
06:20PM EDT - Switching gears to GPUs with Navi, AMD's next-gen GPU
06:21PM EDT - The Radeon RX 5700 series
06:21PM EDT - Designed from the ground up for gaming
06:22PM EDT - Introducing AMD's RDNA architecture. The successor to the GCN family of architectures
06:22PM EDT - Focused on 7nm, higher clocks, lower power, and PCIe 4.0
06:22PM EDT - "Do you guyys love Vega"
06:23PM EDT - For the future of gaming, AMD wants a flexible and scalable architecture
06:23PM EDT - 25% in perf-per-clock (per CU) and 50% perf-per-watt. All versus Vega
06:23PM EDT - Now rolling another video
06:24PM EDT - Our first card: the Radeon RX 5700 XT
06:24PM EDT - (Yes, those insufferable suffixes are back)
06:24PM EDT - It's a blower
06:25PM EDT - The 5700 XT delivers performance leadership in its class
06:25PM EDT - Now on stage: AMD's Scott Herkelman
06:26PM EDT - Specs: 40 CUs, 8GB GDDR6, Boost Clock of 1905Mhz, Game Clock of 1755MHz. Total perf of 9.75 TFLOPs
06:26PM EDT - First gaming GPU to support PCIe 4.0
06:26PM EDT - Now talking about the design of the card
06:26PM EDT - Aluminium shroud, power is 1x8pin + 1x6pin
06:26PM EDT - Vapor chamber between the heatsink and GPU
06:26PM EDT - 7 phase power
06:27PM EDT - Rolling a demo of World War Z
06:27PM EDT - GeForce RTX 2070 vs. RX 5700 XT
06:28PM EDT - More perf benchmark data. "Best versus best", each card using its best API
06:28PM EDT - The 5700 XT gets a smaller sibling: 5700 (vanilla)
06:28PM EDT - 36 CUs, 8GB VRAM, 1725Mhz boost clock, 1625 game clock
06:29PM EDT - Comparing this to RTX 2060
06:29PM EDT - AMD has itself winning several benchmarks here
06:30PM EDT - Now talking a bit more about the architecture
06:30PM EDT - Navi GPU family features
06:30PM EDT - Navi is the first RDNA architecture GPU
06:31PM EDT - DisplayPort 1.4 with Display Stream Compression
06:31PM EDT - New feature: FidelityFX
06:32PM EDT - A collection of AMD graphics effects libraries. Hosted on their open source GPUOpen website
06:33PM EDT - AMD has a contrast-enhancing post-processing filter
06:33PM EDT - Their answer to NVIDIA's DLSS
06:33PM EDT - "Virtually no performance hit"
06:34PM EDT - AMD Radeon Image Sharpening
06:34PM EDT - This is a very similar feature built into AMD's driver
06:35PM EDT - Quick slide showing minimal performance hit
06:35PM EDT - So a very lightweight post-processing shader
06:35PM EDT - Radeon Anti-Lag
06:36PM EDT - A new feature to reduce rendering input lag
06:36PM EDT - Back on stage: Robert Hallock
06:37PM EDT - Discussing the background of motion-to-photon latency
06:37PM EDT - Live demo time. RTX 2070 vs. 5700 XT
06:37PM EDT - Now with Radeon Anti-lag enabled, input lag drops by about 15ms
06:37PM EDT - About 1 frame of latency
06:38PM EDT - (This sounds like a Scott Wasson project)
06:38PM EDT - Showing benchmarks measuring latency in a number of games
06:38PM EDT - How much will it cost?
06:39PM EDT - RX 5700 XT: $449
06:39PM EDT - RX 5700: $379
06:39PM EDT - AMD ain't offering no discounts this year
06:39PM EDT - Launching July 7th
06:40PM EDT - AMD game "bundle", a 3 month trial subscription for Xbox Game Pass (retail value: $30)
06:41PM EDT - Now on stage: Geoff Keighley
06:42PM EDT - (So everything on July 7th then. RIP us)
06:42PM EDT - Now it's going to be partner game demo time
06:43PM EDT - Gears of War 5
06:46PM EDT - (Surprisingly, AMD didn't talk about video card TDP there)
06:46PM EDT - Demo footage rendered all in real time on AMD hardwre
06:47PM EDT - Discussing how they don't have to do much dev work on the PC version
06:48PM EDT - Uncapped framerate on the PC
06:49PM EDT - Up next: Borderlands 3
06:52PM EDT - HDR support
06:54PM EDT - Launching September 13th
06:54PM EDT - Devs have signed an agreement with AMD for AMD to supply them with equipment
06:55PM EDT - Rolling more footage
06:57PM EDT - Now on to the Unity game engine
06:57PM EDT - Which is used in a large number of games
06:58PM EDT - Why do devs work with Unity?
06:58PM EDT - Because not everyone wants to make their own engine. It's a lot of work
06:59PM EDT - Discussing their HD Render Pipeline. Physically accurate rendering
07:01PM EDT - Running a demo called The Heretic
07:02PM EDT - Discussing all of the visual features involved
07:03PM EDT - Optimized for current and next-gen GPUs
07:03PM EDT - Also incorporating AMD's FidelityFX contrast enhancement
07:04PM EDT - CAS = Contrast Adaptive Sharpening
07:04PM EDT - Using CAS to render at sub-native resolutions
07:05PM EDT - HDRP coming in Unity 2019.3 in Fall 2019
07:06PM EDT - Up next: Ubisoft and Ghost Recon Breakpoint
07:06PM EDT - Yves Guillemot is here as well
07:08PM EDT - Showing an exclusive first look at Breakpoint
07:09PM EDT - Volumetric fog, screenspace reflection. Using async compute
07:10PM EDT - Back on stage: Lisa Su
07:12PM EDT - And Geoff has left the stage
07:13PM EDT - And now for the surprise!
07:13PM EDT - "I have one more GPU for you today"
07:13PM EDT - 50th anniversary edition 5700 XT
07:14PM EDT - Higher clocked 5700 XT
07:14PM EDT - 1830MHz game clock, boost clock of 1980MHz
07:14PM EDT - Excluslvely on AMD.com for $499
07:15PM EDT - So AMD is getting into the factory overclocked video card game. This is the the return of the Vega 64 Liquid Cooled, I suppose
07:15PM EDT - There's a CPU surprise as well
07:15PM EDT - 16 core gaming processor. The Ryzen 3950X
07:16PM EDT - 4.7Ghz boost, 3.5Ghz base
07:16PM EDT - 105W TDP
07:16PM EDT - Coming this September for $749
07:17PM EDT - A quick video with some overclocking results
07:18PM EDT - All of this launches July 7th
07:18PM EDT - And that's a wrap
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