Computex is the world’s largest hardware event with hundreds of attendees trying to introduce their innovations to probable investors and consumers. Specifically, Computex includes topics from the technological areas of AI, IoT, Blockchain, Startups & Innovations, Gaming & VR, and 5G.
With events as big as Computex, it’s easy to get lost with all the information getting passed around. Hence, we have compiled the most exciting announcements on this year’s Computex — starting with AMD’s keynote and from other big names like Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Intel who also announced and gave peaks into the products they’re introducing for the conference.
Starting with AMD who gave the keynote a day before Computex officially starts, CEO Lisa Su unveiled new features with their leading chips and graphics processors that other companies like Intel and Nvidia have been in close competition. The new features will profoundly improve performance and pricing advantage that’s set to keep AMD on the lead.
As expected, AMD officially introduced its 12-core/24-thread Ryzen 9 3900x chip, the flagship from its third-generation Ryzen processors. The best part for its large consumer base — the chips will only cost $499 over half of Intel’s Core 19 9920X chipset, priced at $1,189.
Performance wise, the new 3900x chips has 4.6 GHz boost speed and 70 MB of total cache and uses 105 watts of thermal design power — comparably more efficient against Intel’s 9920x that uses 165 watts.
Moreover, AMD also announced its third-generation Ryzen CPUs with the first 7-nanometer desktop chips that will be available on July 7th.
AMD also revealed during Computex Taipei that Navi — its next-gen graphics architecture — is also coming to PCs. Specifically, on a new desktop GPU family called the AMD Radeon RX 5700 series. As of the moment, Navi is Sony’s choice in their upcoming PS5 console.
However, AMD is still coy with the details since it’s set to compare with Nvidia on this playing field. Details on pricing, features, performance, and pricing is yet to be announced next month in Los Angeles.
Lastly, AMD announced a new EPYC data processor called Rome — which we first heard about during the CES 2019. AMD told that EPYC Rome would be released a quarter earlier, which is the next one, to compete with Intel’s upcoming Cascade Lake. AMD says that during a benchmark test, EPYC Rome performed twice as fast as Cascade Lake.
Nvidia started their press conference for this year’s Computex with a new software-hardware initiative aimed for creators or for people who work in creatives; notably, for people who do cumbersome video editing processes or graphics design. Moreover, Nvidia’s initiative called Nvidia Studio is said to compete with the MacBook Pro.
Nvidia Studio includes a set of APIs, SDKs, and drivers for Nvidia RTX GPUs designed to boost performance and efficiency in creative software.
The series will include a whopping seventeen laptops to support Nvidia Studio — where seven manufacturing partners will be participating, namely: Acer, ASUS, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, MSI, and Razer. The laptops will begin retailing in June, with prices starting at $1,599.
The 17 laptops will be equipped with Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 or 3000 GPUs or GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 GPUs. Nvidia claims they can perform up to seven times faster than the MacBook Pro based on their tests.
The new Nvidia Studio laptops with Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs will have 16GB of graphics memory. Meanwhile, other devices will have 4K displays and Nvidia’s Max-Q tech for thin and lightweight laptops.
Qualcomm used its press conference during Computex Taipei to launch its new product with Lenovo, the first 5G-able PC powered with Snapdragon technology. They call it Project Limitless, “the world’s first 7nm platform purpose-built for PCs that offers 5G connectivity.”
The laptop runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform, which is designed to support both 5G and 4G connections, combines the Qualcomm Adreno 680 GPU with the Qualcomm Kryo 495 CPU and has a battery that Qualcomm claims can last for several days per charge. The platform uses the Snapdragon X55 5G modem, which has download speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps, according to TechCrunch.
Project Limitless’ release date and pricing haven’t been revealed yet.
Intel, who’s head-to-head with Nvidia and AMD, revealed a sneak peek ahead of its keynote to rival competitors. They released information into their new “special edition” Core i9-9900KS that they claim can reach 5GHz boost speeds across all eight of its cores.
However, they didn’t give many details about the latest chip that we’ll most likely hear about on their Tuesday keynote. So far, they confirmed its 4GHz base speed, a slight leap beyond the 9900K’s 3.6 GHz.