While Intel stuck at 14nm.
One of the users of the American forum Reddit discovered a very interesting innovation in the Ryzen 5 1600 processor. As it turned out (and this is confirmed by his observations, as well as a screenshot of the CPU-Z), the freshly purchased version of this CPU was made according to the standards of the 12 nm technological processor, while initially It was produced according to the 14 nm manufacturing process. How was this possible?
Apparently, AMD decided to breathe new life into a part of the old CPUs, transferring them to a finer manufacturing process. At the same time, the identifier also changed: instead of the AE index, updated processors are indicated by the AF index.
As noted happy to have an “improved” Ryzen 5 1600, it accelerates to the same 3.7 GHz as the 14-nanometer version, but it can work at this frequency for a long time and under load (under load, the 14-nanometer frequency drops to 3.4 GHz). In Cinebench, when loading all the cores, the frequency of the updated Ryzen 5 1600 reaches 3.6 GHz, while the frequency indicated by the AE CPU index does not exceed the 3.4 GHz mark. In reality, the Ryzen 5 1600 AF is very close in performance to the Ryzen 5 2600 – even though it costs less.
It is not yet known what other processors AMD has transferred to a finer manufacturing process, but the fact itself is very happy: the company is trying to improve the user experience even where hardly anyone expects it from it.