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AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs Can Overclock To 5 GHz Single & 4.5 GHz All Core OC at 1.35V, 5 GHz Special Variant In The Works For 2020

May 30, 2019
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With AMD Ryzen 3000 series announced, we are now looking at several details regarding the overclocking figures from various insiders for the 7nm based Zen 2 parts. It looks like choosing TSMC for the development of Zen 2 CPUs was the perfect choice for AMD since it has not only delivered higher frequencies but also a solid IPC gain over Zen+ CPUs.

AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs Overclocking Numbers Unveiled - Up To 5 GHz Doable, 4.5 GHz All Core Overclock at Just 1.35V

The overclocking details come straight from Chiphell where forum member 'One Month', the same guy responsible for showing us the first look at the Ryzen 3000 APUs has given us the overclocking details for Ryzen 3000 CPUs. The new details are rounded up over at Reddit so let's take a look at them before heading into details.

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  • 4.8GHz is achievable on all cores
  • ~4.4GHz performs similar to a 5Ghz 9900k - in Cinebench
  • 5.0GHz is doable, but it's a challenge
  • Overclock for overclocking, Ryzen 3000 is still faster
  • 5GHz boost isn't infeasible
  • 5Ghz all core is pretty much a no-go.
  • 1.35V for all core 4.5Ghz
  • Memory is being run very loose and slow to assure the stability for testing

So starting with the details, it looks like 5 GHz will be achievable on the Ryzen 3000 CPUs. It is also mentioned that while 5 GHz is possible, it's a real challenge to reach this higher frequency number and would require a lot of voltage. We have already seen how a 16 Core Ryzen 3000 CPU which was leaked a few days ago, required up to 1.572V just to hit 4.25 GHz and the one that is being tested over here is also clearly marked as an engineering sample but we don't know if its the newer A1 or the older A0 revision.

It is also said that the chip is faster than its competitor, the Core i9-9900K when overclocked to 4.4 GHz in Cinebench benchmark and that 5 GHz boost frequencies (single-core) are quite feasible and silicon lottery variants will be able to hit that pretty much with ease. At the same time, a 4.5 GHz OC can be achieved on the part with just 1.35V which is something that the community should be very excited for and that's the all core frequency that the leaker is talking about.

Finally, the leaker tells that memory on Ryzen 3000 CPUs is running very loose and slow so maybe he's talking specifically about his sample since we have seen some really fast memory support on the new X570 boards.

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Also, a lot of this just rumors at this specific point but AMD has confirmed that they will have a lot more to show in 10 days. When asked about overclocking and performance of Ryzen 3000 CPUs, Erin Maiorino, Ryzen desktop marketing manager at AMD, replied with the following to PCGamesN:

“No, no comment on that just yet… in ten days, we should be pretty good.”

AMD has already confirmed their Next Horizon event for E3 which is 10 days from now so we can expect more details and probably a live overclocking demo there which should be awesome.

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In addition to the CPU overclock, we also have a first look at the overclocking capabilities of AMD Ryzen 3900X 12 core processor in AIDA64. The CPU can be seen running at a core frequency of 4.6 GHz across all cores while the memory speed is configured at 4000 MHz (CL18 timing). You could see some beefy read/write/copy numbers being pumped out by the chip but the main thing to focus here is the latency which is simply amazing.

It shows that AMD has made some major IMC upgrades in Ryzen 3000 series processors. You can see the picture from the benchmark below. Also, treat this as a rumor for now but considering all the great things we are hearing about AMD 3rd Generation Ryzen processors, this might end up being the case in overclocking.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Lineup Will Reportedly Include a 5 GHz Anniversary Edition CPU in 2020

In addition to the overclocking details, it looks like BitsAndChips has details that AMD might offer a 5 GHz SKU in the Ryzen 3000 lineup in 2020. The 5 GHz variant will launch as a special anniversary edition to mark the 20th Anniversary of their Athlon CPU which was the first chip to achieve 1 GHz. The core count for this chip is not mentioned but it seems very possible if AMD uses heavily binned dies since this is a special variant and not a mass-produced consumer variant.

A higher TDP of 125 Watts can also be expected but I think it will be a good move to offer such a variant since Intel has now been offering a special edition processor for two straight years (i7-8086K and i9-9900KS).

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 has some amazing 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.

In terms of IO details, the CPU will once again be offering a total of 24 PCIe Gen 4 lanes while the PCH will be providing a total of 16 PCIe Gen 4 lanes. There would be one direct link heading out to the first PCI Express x16 and PCI Express x4 slot from the CPU while the rest of the IO would be handled by the X570 PCH which would be linked to the CPU through an x4 link.

We have already rounded up all the X570 motherboards that were announced during Computex 2019 including the flagship X570 boards for all major manufacturers.

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. AMD's X570 platform and Ryzen 3000 CPUs are planned for launch on 7th of July so expect more performance numbers and details to be available before that, especially on the E3 Horizon event which is a few weeks from now.

What do you think the max all core frequency on Ryzen 3000 CPUs is going to be?

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