AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation ‘Mattise’ AM4 Desktop CPUs Based on Zen 2 Launching in Mid of 2019 – X570 Platform, 8 Core/16 Thread SKU Demoed and PCIe Gen 4.0 Support

Jan 9, 2019

AMD has just confirmed that their 3rd Generation Ryzen desktop processors based on the Zen 2 core architecture are launching in mid 2019. The latest processors will be compatible with the existing socket AM4 platform but will also get a new family of motherboards based around the X570 PCH which were rumored a while ago.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series ‘Matisse’ Desktop Processors Based on Zen 2 Core Architecture Launching in 2019 – 8 Core/16 Thread CPU Demoed Versus Intel’s Core i9-9900K, Higher Clocks, PCIe 4.0 Support

The AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors will be launching officially in mid 2019 and that will suggest a proper launch plan around Computex 2019. The AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors will be based on the Zen 2 core architecture which was first announced for AMD’s high-performance server processors known as EPYC ‘Rome’.

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The Zen 2 core architecture is built around the next-gen 7nm process node from TSMC which allows for higher power efficiency, faster clock speeds and the CPU architecture itself provides a huge big leap in IPC compared to Zen+, AMD’s previous architecture for desktop processors.

In the die design shown by Dr.Lisa Su, AMD showed a smaller 7nm die with 8 cores and 16 threads next to a larger 14nm based I/O die. This configuration is similar to the one we saw on the EPYC Rome processors and moves AMD to a Multi-Chip-Module package on mainstream consumer-end products too. Interestingly, AMD has space for one additional die which would suggest a higher core variant in the future or at launch.

AMD showed several previews of their Ryzen 3000 series processor with one running Forza Horizon 4 at over 100 FPS on 1080p resolution (The GPU used was the Radeon RX Vega VII). The processor has also compared in Cinebench R15 versus the Core i9-9900K at stock frequency and the 8 core, 16 thread Ryzen scored 2057 points at 133.4W (max) while the Core i9-9900K with the same 8 core and 16 thread configuration scored 2040 points at179.9W (max).

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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 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.

The launch of the X570 chipset and respective motherboards is pitted for Computex 2018 which makes a lot of sense. As the biggest consumer PC hardware trade show, AMD may hold an event where they announce their new Ryzen 3000 series family. At the previous Computex event, AMD unveiled their Ryzen Threadripper 2000 series processors. This would also allow motherboard manufacturers to showcase their new X570 solutions to attendees of the event.