AMD Unveils 3rd Gen, 7nm Ryzen 3000 CPUs With Up To 12 Cores, Up To 4.6 GHz Clocks & Massive 15% IPC Uplift – Flagship To Cost $499 US

May 26
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AMD has just announced their next-generation 7nm based, Ryzen 3000 series CPUs with up to 12 cores and 24 threads at Computex 2019. The new processors are aimed at the X570 platform that also makes its debut today with motherboard makers expected to unveil their respective product lineups at Computex 2019.

AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs Announced – 7nm, Ryzen 9 Series With Up To 12 Cores, 24 Threads, 4.6 GHz Boost Clocks, 7th July Official Launch Date

During the official AMD Computex keynote, CEO, Dr.Lisa Su, announced their next-generation Ryzen 3000 processors which are based on the new Zen 2 core architecture and compatible on existing & upcoming AM4 motherboards. AMD showcased various specifications & performance numbers for their Ryzen lineup which now extends all the way up to Ryzen 9 which is the higher core count (2 Zen 2 die) parts aimed at enthusiast tier systems.

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AMD Ryzen 9 3000 Series Processors – 12 Core Ryzen 9 3900X For $499 US

Starting off with the top of the line parts, AMD is announcing the Ryzen 9 series which is made up of the Ryzen 9 3900X. The Ryzen 9 3900X is the flagship 12 core part which is aimed at users demanding heavy multi-threading performance on AM4 sockets. The chip has a total cache of 70 MB and a TDP of 105W. The chip features a base clock of 3.8 GHz base and 4.6 GHz boost which when put together is just stunning for a 12 core part that will hit retail shelves on 7th July for $499 US.

AMD Ryzen 7 3000 Series Processors – 8 Core/16 Thread Ryzen 7 3800X For $399 and Ryzen 7 3700X For $329 US

During their Computex demo, AMD benchmarked the 8 core, 16 thread Ryzen 7 3700X against the Intel Core i7-9700K, an 8 core and 8 thread processor. The processor is said to feature a TDP of just 65W and has clock speeds of 3.6 GHz base and 4.4 GHz boost which is an exceptional improvement over the Ryzen 7 parts which boosted up to 4.35 GHz.

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Not only was the Ryzen 7 3700X (4806 CB points) able to beat the Core i7 (3726 CB points) part which boosts up to 4.9 GHz but also consumed much lower power than its competitor. The Ryzen 7 3700X features a 65W TDP which is a plus over the 95W+ TDP. The Ryzen 7 3700X will be hitting retail for a price of $329 US making it the fastest 8 core chip at this price point.

The other part is the Ryzen 9 3800X which features 8 cores and 16 threads with much higher clock speeds than the existing flagship, the Ryzen 7 2700X. The chip features a base clock of 3.9 GHz and a boost clock of 4.5 GHz. The chip has a total cache of 36 MB and features a TDP of 105W. AMD’s Ryzen 7 3800X will hit retail for $399 US.

AMD Ryzen 5 3000 Series Processors – 7nm Based 6 Cores/12 Threads Now Starting at $199 US

AMD has also announced their Ryzen 5 3000 series processors which would also be launching on 7th July. The processors include the Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600. The Ryzen 5 3600X is clocked at 3.8 GHz base and 4.4 GHz boost with a TDP of 95W and has 35 MB of cache onboard. The Ryzen 5 3600, on the other hand, has a 3.6 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock with a TDP of 65W & the same number of the cache. The Ryzen 5 3600X will retail for $249 US while the Ryzen 5 3600 will retail for $199 US.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Lineup

CPU Name Ryzen 5 3600 Ryzen 5 3600X Ryzen 7 3700X Ryzen 7 3800X Ryzen 9 3900X Ryzen 9 3950X
Cores/Threads 6/12 6/12 8/16 8/16 12/24 16/32
Base Clock 3.6 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.7 GHz
Cache (L2+L3) 35 MB 35 MB 36 MB 36 MB 70 MB 72 MB
PCIe Lanes (Gen 4 CPU+PCH) 40 40 40 40 40 40
TDP 65W 95W 65W 105W 105W 105W
Price $199 US $249 US $329 US $399 US $499 US $749 US

AMD Zen 2 Core Architecture Achieves 15% IPC Uplift

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 July 2019.

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 CPU Roadmap (2018-2020)

Ryzen Family Ryzen 1000 Series Ryzen 2000 Series Ryzen 3000 Series Ryzen 4000 Series Ryzen 5000 Series
Architecture Zen (1) Zen (1) / Zen+ Zen (2) Zen (3) Zen (4)
Process Node 14nm 14nm / 12nm 7nm 7nm+ 5nm/6nm?
High End Server (SP3) EPYC 'Naples' EPYC 'Naples' EPYC 'Rome' EPYC 'Milan' EPYC 'Next-Gen'
Max Server Cores / Threads 32/64 32/64 64/128 TBD TBD
High End Desktop (TR4) Ryzen Threadripper 1000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak) Ryzen Threadripper 4000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series
Max HEDT Cores / Threads 16/32 32/64 64/128? TBD TBD
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 / Threads 8/16 8/16 16/32 TBD TBD
Budget APU (AM4) N/A Ryzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge) Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso 14nm Zen+) Ryzen 4000 Series (Renior) Ryzen 5000 Series
Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021?

AMD’s Next-Gen X570 Chipset – First Mainstream Platform To Support PCIe Gen 4, Feature Rich and Ready For Ryzen 3000 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.

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. Following are links to the respective motherboard manufacturers BIOS release for existing motherboards to support 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs:

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.

ASUS X570 Motherboard Lineup:

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