AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU “Zen 2” Alleged Specs and Prices Leak Out By Retailer – Ryzen 3850X With 16 Cores at $560 US, Ryzen 7 3700X With 12 Cores at $370 US, Ryzen 5 3600X With 8 Cores at $260 US

Hassan Mujtaba

AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors based on the Zen 2 architecture have yet again been listed by an online retailer in Singapore. The retailer has not only listed down the upcoming processors but also mentioned the prices of the processors which have yet to hit the market, which if (and a big if) correct can really disrupt the mainstream desktop segment yet again.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs Listed Along With Prices By Singaporean Retailer - 16 Cores For As Low As $500 US, 12 Cores Starting at $336 US, 8 Cores at $200 US and 6 Cores at $110 US

From the looks of it, this is the second listing which features the same processors last listed down by a Russian retailer back in January. The only difference is that the processors are now listed with their prices or should we say, placeholders. As we mentioned last time, the specifications and CPUs listed by the retailer seem to be a placeholder but since we are seeing these being mentioned on various channels, there might just be some legitimacy to it. Still, it's advised to take all of this info with a grain of salt until AMD officially shares the specifications and part names of their upcoming Zen 2 based processor lineup.

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Based on the Singaporean retailer's listing (via Tomshardware), it looks like AMD is allegedly going to offer at least 10 Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Just like last time, we have the Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7 and the new Ryzen 9 parts which are mentioned here. The Ryzen 9 parts are obviously a nod at Intel's Core i9 parts which were introduced back in 2018 on the mainstream LGA 1151 platform. AMD, of course, wants to take on Intel's high core count mainstream processors with their own Zen 2 based High Core count offerings with twice as many cores.

AMD’s Zen 2 architecture would deliver the first 7nm desktop processors, improving the chip architecture and increasing the IPC from the previous generation. AMD will also be adding in efficiency improvements to the new processors achieved through the new process node that allows for higher clock speeds.

AMD CPU Roadmap (2017-2022)

ArchitectureZen (4) / Zen (5)Zen (4) / Zen (4C)Zen (4) / Zen 3 (+)Zen (3) / Zen 3 (+)Zen (3) / Zen 2Zen (2) / Zen+Zen (1) / Zen+Zen (1)
Process Node5nm / 3nm?5nm5nm / 6nm7nm7nm7nm14nm / 12nm14nm
ServerEPYC TurinEPYC BergamoEPYC 'Genoa'EPYC 'Milan'EPYC 'Rome'EPYC 'Rome'EPYC 'Naples'EPYC 'Naples'
Max Server Cores / Threads256/512128/25696/19264/12864/12864/12832/6432/64
High End DesktopRyzen Threadripper 8000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 7000 SeriesRyzen Threadripper 6000 Series (TBD)Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series (Chagall)Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak)Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak)Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series (Coflax)Ryzen Threadripper 1000 Series (White Haven)
Ryzen FamilyRyzen 8000 SeriesRyzen 7000 SeriesRyzen 6000 SeriesRyzen 5000 SeriesRyzen 4000/5000 SeriesRyzen 3000 SeriesRyzen 2000 SeriesRyzen 1000 Series
Max HEDT Cores / ThreadsTBDTBDTBD64/12864/12864/12832/6416/32
Mainstream DesktopRyzen 8000 Series (Granite Ridge)TBDRyzen 7000 Series (Raphael)Ryzen 5000 Series (Vermeer-X)Ryzen 5000 Series (Vermeer)Ryzen 3000 Series (Matisse)Ryzen 2000 Series (Pinnacle Ridge)Ryzen 1000 Series (Summit Ridge)
Max Mainstream Cores / ThreadsTBDTBD16/3216/3216/3216/328/168/16
Budget APURyzen 8000 (Strix Point Zen 5)Ryzen 7000 Series (Phoenix Zen 4)Ryzen 6000 Series (Rembrandt Zen 3+)Ryzen 5000 Series (Cezanne Zen 3)Ryzen 4000 Series (Renoir Zen 2)Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso Zen+)Ryzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge)N/A

AMD Ryzen 9 3850X & 3800X – A 16 Core AM4 Part With 125W TDP and Up To 4.7 GHz Clocks

The AMD Ryzen 9 lineup would feature two parts, the Ryzen 9 3850X and Ryzen 9 3800X. Based on previously leaked specifications, both chips would feature 16 cores and 32 threads. Both CPUs will have different clock speeds with the flagship 3850X clocking in at 4.3 GHz base and 5.1 GHz boost with a TDP of 135W while the 3800X will clock in at 3.9 GHz base and 4.7 GHz boost with a TDP of 125W. The Ryzen 9 3850X is listed for around $560 US while the Ryzen 9 3800X is listed for around $505 US.

While AMD showed an 8 core, 16 thread part, there are also higher core count parts expected. In later chip and die shots, It was confirmed that AMD could feature a second Zen 2 die on the chip, which would allow for up to 16 cores and 32 threads on a mainstream part. There have been leaks of multiple 12 core parts and yes, higher core count parts on mainstream platforms are coming in with Ryzen 3000 series.

AMD's 3rd Generation Ryzen With 7nm Zen 2 cores chip shot. (Image Credits: PCWorld)

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X & 3700 – Now With 12 Cores and Much Higher Frequencies

With the AMD Ryzen 7 3000 series lineup, AMD seems to be offering two new parts, the Ryzen 7 3700X and the Ryzen 7 3700. Both parts are identical in core configuration with the differences lying in the clocks and TDP. The Ryzen 7 3700X will feature 12 cores and 24 threads which is 4 more cores and 8 more threads compared to the Ryzen 7 2700X. The CPU will clock in at 4.2 GHz base and 5 GHz boost clocks, matching the highest speed of Intel’s fastest 8 core chip in a 105W TDP package.

The Ryzen 7 3700, on the other hand, will feature slightly tuned clock speeds at 3.8 GHz base and 4.6 GHz boost with a TDP of 95W. It’ll be interesting to see if AMD matches similar prices for Ryzen 7 3000 series to their existing parts which would clearly crush the competition. The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is listed for $370 US while the Ryzen 7 3700 is listed for $335 US.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X & 3600 – 8 Cores Now Enhanced With Zen 2 and Higher Clocks

Next up, we have the Ryzen 5 parts which have got a core upgrade too from 6 cores to 12 threads to 8 cores and 16 threads. The Ryzen 5 3600X will feature clock speeds of 4.00 GHz base and 4.8 GHz boost with a TDP of 95W while the Ryzen 5 3600 will feature clock speeds of 3.6 GHz base and 4.4 GHz boost clocks with a TDP of 65W. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is listed for $258 US while the Ryzen 5 3600 is listed for $200 US.

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X & 3300 – 6 Cores For Under $150 US, What More Can You Ask For?

There's also the Ryzen 3 series which will be competing in the Intel Core i3 territory with prices of less than $150 US. The Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3300 would both feature 6 cores and 12 threads along with higher clock speeds. The Ryzen 3 3300X would operate at 3.5 GHz base and 4.3 GHz boost while the Ryzen 3 3300 would operate at 3.2 GHz base and 4.0 GHz boost. The Ryzen 3 3300 would feature a TDP of 50W while the higher-end X SKU would have a TDP of 65W. The 3300X is listed for $145 US while the Ryzen 3 3300 is listed for around $110 US.

There's also the "G" series parts which feature integrated graphics. Rumors have stated that the upcoming Ryzen 3000 series "G" SKUs would feature Navi architecture. The Ryzen 5 3600G with 8 cores and 16 threads would feature clock speeds of 3.2 GHz base and 4.0 GHz boost while the TDP would be set at 95W. The processor would feature a Navi GPU with 20 CUs or 1280 cores. It will be interesting to see the placement on the die as AMD could either go single monolithic die for this part or use separate dies on the interposer which would include a separate Zen 2 die, I/O die, and a  Navi GPU die. This part is listed for $225 US.

The other "G" series SKUs is the Ryzen 3 3300G which would feature 6 cores and 12 threads. The clock speeds would be set at 3.0 GHz base and 3.8 GHz boost with a TDP of 65W. The chip would feature Navi 15 graphics with 960 cores and has been listed for $145 US. It will be interesting to see how the "G" series SKUs perform against Intel's upcoming desktop graphics with Gen 11 GPU architecture.

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

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.

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. The OEMs, however, have not released any samples as of yet as those are expected to be available around April of this year, right before Mattise 7nm CPUs mass production commences.

Overall, the pricing structure of the upcoming Ryzen 3000 series desktop parts sounds great indeed along with the specifications but these are not yet confirmed. So we have to wait for information from AMD themselves to see how much of this holds true. A recent rumor highlighted that AMD would be launching their Ryzen 3000 series CPUs and X570 mainstream motherboards in July, more on that here.

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