AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs Aiming Mid-2019 Launch, 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper in 2019, Confirmed – Zen 2 Cores, Higher Clocks and More

Mar 6, 2019
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In an investor presentation, AMD has confirmed that their 3rd Generation Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper processors will be launching this year. This confirms the rumors we have been hearing on Ryzen 3000 series with a possible launch timeframe in July. The more interesting development is the confirmation of Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series processors in 2019.

AMD Ryzen 3000 and Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series CPUs With Zen 2 Cores Confirmed To Launch in 2H of 2019

AMD’s Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper processors are aimed at two completely different markets. The Ryzen CPUs are featured on the mainstream AM4 platform while the Ryzen Threadripper are accompanied by the higher end TR4 platform. We have seen two generations of both Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper CPUs since the first Gen arrived in 2017 and soon, we will be getting our first taste of what the 3rd Generation Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper processors will have to offer to consumers.

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Both processor families will be based on the new Zen 2 core architecture which is made possible with TSMC’s bleeding edge 7nm process node. AMD has reaffirmed that their Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 series processors for the AM4 desktop platform will be available in mid of 2019. We are now hearing multiple reports of a possible launch in early July and that might be it as far as the launch day is concerned for the new desktop processors.

AMD has made significant changes to their CPU architecture which help deliver twice the throughput of their first generation Zen architecture. The major points include an entirely redesigned execution pipeline, major floating point advances with doubled the floating point to 256-bit and double bandwidth for load/store units. One of the key upgrades for Zen 2 is the doubling of the core density which means we are now looking at 2x the core count for each core complex (CCX).

  • Improved Execution Pipeline
  • Doubled Floating Point (256-bit) and Load/Store (Doubled Bandwidth)
  • Doubled Core Density
  • Half the Energy Per Operation
  • Improved Branch Prediction
  • Better Instruction Pre-Fetching
  • Re-Optimized Instruction Cache
  • Larger Op Cache
  • Increased Dispatch / Retire Bandwidth
  • Maintaining High Throughput for All Modes

Zen 2 also includes stronger hardware level enhancements when it comes to security. This further solidifies AMD CPUs against enhanced Spectre variants and these mitigations will be adopted fully be Zen 2. When it comes to Zen, AMD already had strong software level support when it came to security and they have further enhanced it through low-level software mitigations.

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A render of the AMD Ryzen 3000 series processor featuring a single Zen 2 core die.

AMD will also be hosting a public demonstration of their Ryzen 3000 series processors early at Computex 2019 but the actual launch would take place a month later. In addition to the Ryzen 3000 series processors, AMD has also confirmed that their HEDT Ryzen Threadripper processors will also get an update in the form of 3rd Generation Ryzen Threadripper. The new high-end CPU lineup aims to feature an even higher number of cores and really good clock speeds compared to the current generation lineup. We know that EPYC “Rome” CPUs will be featuring up to 64 cores and 128 threads so it’s not hard to suggest that we will also be getting something similar on the TR4 (HEDT) platform.

AMD CPU Roadmap (2018-2020)

Ryzen FamilyRyzen 1000 SeriesRyzen 2000 SeriesRyzen 3000 SeriesRyzen 4000 SeriesRyzen 5000 Series
ArchitectureZen (1)Zen (1) / Zen+Zen (2)Zen (3)Zen (4)
Process Node14nm14nm / 12nm7nm7nm+5nm/6nm?
High End Server (SP3)EPYC 'Naples'EPYC 'Naples'EPYC 'Rome'EPYC 'Milan'EPYC 'Next-Gen'
Max Server Cores / Threads32/6432/6464/128TBDTBD
High End Desktop (TR4)Ryzen Threadripper 1000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 2000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak)Ryzen Threadripper 4000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 5000 Series
Max HEDT Cores / Threads16/3232/6464/128?TBDTBD
Mainstream Desktop (AM4)Ryzen 1000 Series (Summit Ridge)Ryzen 2000 Series (Pinnacle Ridge)Ryzen 3000 Series (Matisse)Ryzen 4000 Series (Vermeer)Ryzen 5000 Series
Max Mainstream Cores / Threads8/168/1616/32TBDTBD
Budget APU (AM4)N/ARyzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge)Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso 14nm Zen+)Ryzen 4000 Series (Renior)Ryzen 5000 Series
Year20172018201920202021?

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series CPUs – Here’s What To Expect In Terms of Price, Specs, and Performance

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series family will debut in the second half of 2019. This family will be internally known as “Castle Peak” and is stated to bring dominant leadership in the HEDT market. The family will prove to be a new watermark in performance and overall efficiency while new platform features will be introduced on the TR4 socketed motherboards to take them to the next level. We will also be looking at PCIe Gen 4.0 support on these motherboards which is already confirmed for the X570 chipset based AM4 motherboards for Ryzen 3000 series CPUs.

 

Considering that AMD would want to remain in dominant position with Threadripper 3000 series, we will be looking at some spectacular amounts of multi-threaded performance numbers which would only get better with the added clock speeds thanks to the 7nm process node. The CPUs will also be getting a major core bumps but AMD would like to keep prices close to current levels.

If we look at the trend with AMD’s jump from Ryzen Threadripper 1000 to Ryzen Threadripper 2000, we saw that the new processors with core parity of the previous generation were priced around the same with a $200-$300 shaved off from their previous price tag. The 1950X became 2950X and cost $200 US less. The higher core count parts were at a different market tier entirely, costing north of $1200 US but at the same time, much cheaper than their Core-X competitors.

A leaked slide listing down the main features of AMD’s 3rd Generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, internally codenamed “Castle Peak”. (Image Credits – Informatica Cero)

In terms of raw performance output, the new die layout remains to be tested but since it is more refined over the previous two generations with a stronger interconnect between them, the cache and latency performance may end up giving a bigger boost to total system responsiveness.

AMD X570 Chipset – A New House For AMD’s Next-Gen Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs

As we saw with X470, there were a few features for the Ryzen 2000 series processors which were only supported by new motherboards such as Precision Boost Overdrive and XFR 2.0. There’s no doubt that AMD’s Zen 2 based Ryzen mainstream processor family would come with new features but the main highlight would be support for PCIe Gen4. The X570 platform would be all PCIe Gen4 solution which means this would most probably be the first consumer platform to feature support for the new PCIe standard.

That, however, doesn’t mean that AMD Ryzen 3000 series would only be compatible on X570 boards since just like last time, the new CPUs will be backward compatible with X470 & X370 boards too. They certainly won’t display the same feature set that will be available on the newly launched X570 lineup but will feature fully stable functionality for users who just want to drop in a new CPU and continue using their PCs without the hassle of upgrading the motherboard and everything from scratch.

AMD Ryzen 3000 "Zen 2" CPUs Specifications (Rumored):

CPU NameCores / ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockTDPGraphicsPrice (Online Listing / Placeholder)
AMD Ryzen 9 3850X16/324.3 GHz5.1 GHz135WN/A~$560 US
AMD Ryzen 9 3800X16/323.9 GHz4.7 GHz125WN/A~$505 US
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X12/244.2 GHz5.0 GHz105WN/A~$370 US
AMD Ryzen 7 370012/243.8 GHz4.6 GHz95WN/A~$335 US
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X8/164.0 GHz4.8 GHz95WN/A~$258 US
AMD Ryzen 5 3600G8/163.2 GHz4.0 GHz95WNavi 20 CU (1280 SP)~$225 US
AMD Ryzen 5 36008/163.6 GHz4.4 GHz65WN/A~$200 US
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X6/123.5 GHz4.3 GHz65WN/A~$145 US
AMD Ryzen 3 3300G6/123.0 GHz3.8 GHz65WNavi 15 CU (960 SP)~$145 US
AMD Ryzen 3 33006/123.2 GHz4.0 GHz50WN/A~$110 US

Motherboard manufacturers are said to be expecting 12 and 16 core parts and would design their upcoming motherboards around this information. So we can see better power delivery and more stable operation for higher core count chips. Our sources have also confirmed that the first Ryzen 3000 samples are already delivered to partners with the second batch heading out soon. It only proves that AMD is in a much ready state with Ryzen 3000 series processors and we can’t wait to hear more details from the red team on their new mainstream and high-end desktop parts soon.

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