Watch AMD’s CES press conference here! Ryzen 4000, RX 5600 XT… and what else?

Watch AMD’s CES 2020 press conference livestream from Las Vegas right here… or even just catch up later through the magic of on-demand video. What a wonderful world is the future. We know there’ll be Ryzen 4000 APUs on show, kicking off a whole generation of AMD-based laptops, and we’re pretty confident there’ll be at least one new graphics card lighting up the Mandalay Bay conference room – the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT. But Dr. Lisa Su’s surely going to have at least “one more thing…” up her sleeve.

Yes, it’s January and that means it’s time for the tech industry to hit the ground running with the Consumer Electronics Show kicking off in Sin City itself. CES 2020 itself officially starts tomorrow, but we’re already on the ground in Las Vegas prodding tech and stroking silicon. And at 2pm Pacific Time (10pm GMT) today, January 6, AMD will be hosting the first big PC press conference of the week before the show has even started.

AMD is promising to “push the envelope yet again to make 2020 an incredible year for high-performance computing” with it’s CES 2020 announcements, so this is definitely going to be one presser to keep an eye on.

You can watch the AMD CES press conference livestream here from 2pm PT (5pm ET, 10pm GMT).

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So, what are we expecting to see from AMD at the show? The most obvious is the red team’s latest range of Zen 2-based Renoir APUs. The new processors will house the same chiplet CPU architecture as AMD has used in last year’s Ryzen 3000 chips, and will pair it with a mildly modified version of the Vega GPU architecture.

The AMD Renoir APUs will likely top out with the full eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 4800HS that has been leaked from Asus’ new Zephyrus range of AMD-powered laptops. That’s being matched by Intel, with the announcement that its Comet Lake H-series chips will also feature an octa-core chip with HyperThreading, but one which will break through the 5GHz barrier by some margin.

AMD Zen architecture roadmap

We might also see a little teaser about the upcoming AMD Ryzen 4000 CPUs, code-named Vermeer. These will be the first 7nm+ Zen 3 processors, and are set to arrive probably in the second half of this year. There’s not a lot yet known about the specifics of the new CPU design, but there’s has been some noises from AMD that it’s far more than just a refresh of the Zen 2 architecture.

On the graphics front it’s a pretty sure thing that there will be some AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT GPUs on show, with the worst-kept secret in graphics having been regularly leaked over the last few weeks.

XFX RX 5600 XT

But will AMD stop there? There has been talk of a more high-end graphics card potentially coming from the red team this year to challenge Nvidia’s finest. Will Dr. Lisa Su have such an ‘Nvidia Killer’ up on stage with her at CES? AMD surprised everyone with the Radeon VII last year, and it might fancy doing the same again this year.

Whatever happens, we’ll be right there at Mandalay Bay to hear what’s coming from AMD in 2020, and will keep you right up to date.


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