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AMD Ryzen 3000 Series 16 Core, 32 Thread CPU Details Leaked – Early Sample With 7nm Zen 2 Cores Clocks In At 3.3 GHz Base and 4.2 GHz Boost

May 9, 2019
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We are less than a month away from the official announcement of AMD Ryzen 3000 processors which will be using the new 7nm Zen 2 cores and leaks have already spilled the beans of the 16 core parts that we will be getting on X570 platform.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series 16 Core (7nm Zen 2) Processor Early Sample Clocks Up To 4.2 GHz Boost

The leak comes from TUM_APISAK who reports that the first Ryzen 3000 series processor with 16 core was spotted online in a benchmark database. The specific benchmark hasn’t been linked to yet but it is mentioned that a picture of the related leak will be provided soon.

Related AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 CPU With 32 7nm Zen 2 Cores Benchmarked Once Again – 3.6 GHz Base & 4.2 GHz Boost Clocks, 70% Faster Than 2990WX in Geekbench 5

Getting straight into the details for the leaked part, we are looking at a 7nm Zen 2 based Ryzen 3000 series processor which features 16 cores and 32 threads. It was more or less confirmed at CES 2019 when AMD first presented their 3rd Gen Ryzen processors that the Chiplet design will allow for at least two Zen 2 chips on the silicon interposer. So while AMD had shown off an 8 core and 16 thread processor, there was room for even higher core count SKUs.

Now with this leak, we can say that the 16 core parts are coming down to the mainstream AM4 socket. The clock speeds for this part are also mentioned and those are adjusted at 3.3 GHz for Base and 4.2 GHz for Boost. Now bear in mind that the chip that has been leaked is said to be a very early engineering sample and as we have seen with past ES chips, the frequency in the final retail variants is much higher.

Compared to the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, a 180W chip, even these ES clocks look great as we are talking about a chip close to the 100W TDP figure that might end up clocking higher than AMD’s current fastest 16 core chip (Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 3.5 GHz Base / 4.4 GHz Boost).

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The processor was tested on an X570 chipset based motherboard, no specific manufacturer has been mentioned but AMD partners are getting ready to show off a range of new X570 chipset based motherboards at Computex 2019 in a few weeks.

The thing to be excited about with Ryzen 3000 series is that it brings down 16 cores which were once HEDT exclusive (TR4 Threadripper) down to mainstream AM4 platforms. This would allow AMD mainstream users to get way higher core counts without upgrading to a high-end desktop platform which also cost more when looking into memory and cooling upgrades.

This also isn’t the first time that we have seen a Ryzen 3000 series sample leak out. AMD already demonstrated an 8 core, 16 thread sample against Intel’s Core i9-9900K at CES 2019 and a quad-core sample was spotted running on an MSI MEG X570 Creation motherboard the last month too.

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 'Genoa'
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?

Here’s What To Expect From The AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Processors

The AMD Ryzen 3000 lineup is 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 which doubled the floating point registers 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 by 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.

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 will be an all PCIe Gen4 solution, which means this would most probably be the first consumer platform to feature support for the new PCIe standard.

A teaser shot of an upcoming ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming motherboard which is expected to be unveiled at Computex 19.

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. Expect more to hear at Computex 2019 which commences on 27th May 2019.

Which AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors are you most excited about?

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