Intel and AMD each held press conferences to kick off the event CES 2022, and both companies made announcements for mobile, desktop, and graphics. While there have been enough revelations to captivate you, there is a clear winner at CES this year.
AMD brought the heat with CPUs and graphics cards coming out next month and CPUs next year, and it’s showing how it plans to respond after Intel’s release of the 12th generation Alder Lake platform. We’ll cover all the major announcements here, but be sure to read our summaries of the everything Intel announced at CES and everything AMD announced at CES for the complete overview.
The biggest announcements from Intel and AMD came on the mobile front. Intel has its 12th generation Alder Lake platform for mobile devices with the introduction of the H-series processors, and AMD introduced the first Ryzen 6000 processors created with the Zen 3+ architecture.
AMD is attacking Intel’s dominance in laptops, and the Ryzen 6000 appears to be a turning point. AMD says it has over 200 laptop designs in the works for 2022, the highest number the company has ever had. Though AMD hasn’t dethroned Intel in laptops, the company could sit side-by-side with Team Blue through 2022, like machines like that new Asus Zenbook 14.
That doesn’t mean Intel has discontinued CES 2022. The company launched its hybrid platform for mobile devices, starting with performance-oriented H-series chips. The numbers were vague, but Intel said these new chips offer up to 49% improvement in gaming over AMD’s Ryzen 5000 mobile processors.
AMD has not made any comparisons with Intel’s 11th generation Tiger Lake platform. However, the company said the new Ryzen 6000 processors offer up to 100 percent improvement in gaming performance and up to 125 percent improvement in 3D rendering over the previous generation. According to AMD, the improved 6nm manufacturing process also brings massive battery life improvements – up to 24 hours of video playback.
I don’t recommend taking both companies’ numbers at face value. We won’t know how these chips perform in raw performance until laptops hit the market with them.
However, when it comes to specs, Intel is still leading. Alder Lake’s hybrid architecture enabled Intel to cram 14 cores into its flagship Core i9-12900HK, compared to eight cores on the Ryzen 9 6980HX. These cores are not created equal – the Core i9-12900HK actually only has six P-cores – but we’ve already seen it what Intel can do with the extra power of the E cores.
The most important thing about the mobile processors is that the 12 generation is a completely new generation, while Ryzen 6000 is more of an iterative update – at least on the processing side. With Ryzen 6000, AMD is introducing its RDNA 2 graphics cores into its mobile chips – the same cores used in. be used Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards.
This is great news for mobile gamers. According to AMD, the integrated graphics can outperform Intel’s integrated Xe GPU by up to 303%. According to AMD, it also offers a significant upswing in discrete entry-level GPUs like Nvidia’s MX450.
These are still built-in graphics, but they look a lot closer to a discrete GPU than we’ve ever seen. And with AMDs FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) When you’re ready, you should be able to step up to a higher graphical preset or push sophisticated titles above the coveted line of 60 frames per second (fps).
Ryzen 6000 also supports platform functions such as DDR5, matching the latest generation from Intel. We’ll have to wait for the performance and temperature tests, but AMD certainly had a more confident prediction on the mobile front at this year’s CES.
On desktop computers, Intel filled the many gaps in its 12th generation portfolio and AMD introduced the first processor to use its 3D V-Cache technology. We already know how impressive Alder Lake is on desktops, and budget chips like the Core i5-12400 promise to bring that performance down for a manageable price.
Intel didn’t talk about these new processors at all at its CES 2022 conference, and for good reason. Of the 23 new processors, only seven use them Alder Lake’s signature hybrid architecture, and all of these chips are variations of CPUs that Intel has already released.
The exception is the Core i9-12900KS, which according to Intel can reach 5.5 GHz on a single core. It can also reach around 5 GHz on all cores. This is a souped-up version of the Core i9-12900K that’s already available, but it strengthens Intel’s lead over AMD on the desktop – at least until AMD released Zen-4 CPUs.
We took a first look at AMDs Next generation Zen 4 CPUsbut it wasn’t too revealing. The company confirmed that strange heat spreader design rumors have shown that, as has the AM5 socket and platform features – including DDR5 support and PCIe 5.0. The only news is that the flagship chip can apparently handle 5 GHz on all cores.
The more exciting announcement was that Ryzen 7 5800X3D. AMD says this is the “fastest gaming processor in the world” and offers an improvement of up to 36% over the Ryzen 9 5900X, despite having four fewer cores. That is seriously impressive. What’s even more impressive is that AMD claims to be faster than the Core i9-12900K in some games.
AMD’s 3D V-Cache makes the difference. Announced at Computex 2021, 3D V-Cache is a packaging technology that enables AMD to stack additional L3 cache on top of the processor. The result is an additional 64MB of cache on the chip, pushing AMD’s mid-range to high-end desktop chip into a competitive area with flagships.
AMD and Intel also had separate GPU announcements. AMD expanded its mobile RX 6000 series with the RX 6000S graphics cards and Intel presented its first discrete GPUs – Intel Arc Alchemist. AMD wins here by default because Intel hasn’t said much about Arc Alchemist (perhaps to make way for the 25 minutes spent on autonomous vehicles).
We know that Intel Arc will be available in over 50 laptop designs from February and that the GPUs will support Intel Deep Link and XeSS – both of which we knew long before CES 2022. The only real announcement was that Intel Arc Alchemist is real and that Deep Link can provide 1.4X improvement in video rendering using only the discrete GPU.
AMD didn’t spend a lot of time on it its mobile GPUs, but the company still provided some concrete figures. For the S series, AMD is aiming for maximum graphics settings for the flagship RX 6800S over 100 fps and for the RX 6600S over 80 fps at high settings.
In addition to the S series cards, AMD has announced five new RX 6000M chips. These are small upgrades to the existing range, but they offer some performance improvements. According to AMD, the RX 6850M can outperform the RX 6800M by 7% and the RX 6650M can outperform the RX 6600M by up to 20%.
I wish Intel had shown more of Arc Alchemist. The first cards are slated to arrive in a few weeks, and we don’t even know how many cards are in the range, let alone their specifications or performance. This is a worrying sign, especially considering that Arc Alchemist marks Intel’s debut in the discrete graphics card market.
To top off the announcements, Intel released its specifications for Intel Evo 3 and AMD cemented its Evo competitor called AMD Advantage. The biggest change with Intel Evo 3 is that it now includes H-series processors. Evo is a list of specifications that meet Intel’s laptop standards, and the updated list includes 12th generation processors, support for Wi-Fi 6E, and Thunderbolt 4.
The new requirements also call for 1080p webcams, but only in spirit. Intel confirmed in a press conference that this is a soft requirement and laptop manufacturers can use lower resolutions if the image quality meets Intel standards. Fortunately, that doesn’t look like a problem. CES 2022 was the year we’ve seen 720p webcams shut down.
AMD Advantage is similar to, but not the same as, Intel Evo. AMD’s specification focuses solely on games, and although the company released it in 2021, CES 2022 brought a significant update. The new specification calls for a FreeSync premium display with 144 Hz for 1080p or 120 Hz for 1440p and 4K as well as the latest Radeon graphics and Ryzen 6000 processors.
AMD has also announced updates for SmartShift. SmartShift Max supports more games than the original version and offers a performance increase of up to 13% due to the dynamic performance shift between GPU and CPU. AMD also introduced SmartShift Eco, which switches to integrated graphics when your laptop is not connected.
AMD came up with a clear goal at CES 2022, and Intel just meandered. Intel’s biggest announcements have focused on 12th generation mobile chips, and they look impressive. However, AMD says the Ryzen 6000 is a significant upgrade from the previous generation, and at how many companies are jumping on AMD’s new design, this is likely true.
If it were just mobile, we’d have a close race. The real problem is that Intel has spent very little time talking about Arc Alchemist and its desktop processors. The 12th generation is already here, and apart from the special edition Core i9-12900KS, there has been nothing exciting. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is a special edition in its own way, as it features technology we’ve never seen before and which AMD claims should greatly aid gaming performance.
AMD won CES 2022 this year. Intel may have restored its desktop presence with the November 2021 release of Alder Lake. But CES 2022 revealed that the company may not have more in the chamber to back it up. If there’s more, Intel hasn’t shown it at CES, and given the stiff competition from AMD, it won’t make it.