AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X, First Zen 2 Based 7nm Desktop Processors Teased
AMD's upcoming Zen 2 based Ryzen processors have been teased by an official AMD Ryzen CPU sales agency, as reported by Videocardz (via HardwareBattle). The report mentions that not only were the next-generation processors teased, but a contest was hosted by the same sales agency that allowed users to take part in and win receive a Ryzen 3000 series chip, obviously when they launch.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X, Zen 2 Based 7nm Desktop CPUs Teased in Contest
The contest simply asked users to post their performance guesstimates of the upcoming Ryzen 3000 series processors. The benchmark chosen for this contest was Cinebench R15 and everyone was to mention both single and multi-core performance guesstimates for the Ryzen 3000 series CPUs.
Note: The competition was terminated by the sales agency since many different portals were taking the numbers posted by users as official Ryzen 3000 series performance. Hence, those people who participated would now be getting a Ryzen themed cube and a Starbucks coffee cupon instead.
The CPUs that were mentioned in the contest include the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X. We can tell from the naming scheme that these are successors to the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X which launched earlier this year. The Ryzen 7 2700X features 8 cores and 16 threads while the Ryzen 5 2600X features 6 cores and 12 threads. We can't say for sure what the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X specifications would be like but we can take a look at some recent speculation, detailing the mentioned processors.
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+||Zen (3)||Zen (4)|
|Process Node||14nm||14nm / 12nm||7nm||7nm+||5nm?|
|High End Server (SP3)||EPYC 'Naples'||EPYC 'Naples'||EPYC 'Rome'||EPYC 'Milan'||EPYC 'Genoa'|
|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 (Genesis Peak)||Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series|
|Max HEDT Cores / Threads||16/32||32/64||64/128||64/128?||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|
What we do know is that AMD Ryzen 3000 series desktop processors would be rocking the latest Zen 2 architecture based on the 7nm process node. We can expect increased IPC, higher clocks and improved latency. There's also rumors of increased core count considering the new 7nm chiplet design that AMD showcased for their EPYC Rome processors allows for a massive 64 core and 128 thread behemoth.
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X won't be the only Ryzen 3000 series chips in the lineup as we can expect a complete top to bottom series for the updated AM4 platform. While AMD board partners will offer new motherboards (based on the X570 PCH), current generation AM4 socketed motherboards would still do a fine job of supporting the upcoming chips which have been in AMD's plan since Ryzen's first launch. Expect to hear more details about AMD's desktop Ryzen processors at CES 2019.