Ryzen 3000 Series Boost Frequency Fix Incoming!

Sep 3, 2019
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We posted just a couple of days ago regarding der8auer's Ryzen 3000 Series Boosting Survey and how the overall boosting of the Ryzen 3000 Series was coming up just shy of the advertised numbers.  While Ryzen 3000 Series has brought a serious uplift in real performance over its predecessor it has been plagued by a bit of bad optics over the limited number of chips hitting their rated boost clocks and even falling a bit short of AMD's own reviewers guide targeted numbers.  Either way, I'm very happy to see that AMD has made a public statement in regards to their boosting algorithm for their 3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 Series processors.

As they put in the statement below they are currently preparing a new BIOS update for their board partners that will address the boosting of their Ryzen 3000 Series processors as they have identified an issue in their firmware.  They will be providing an update on September 10th to the community in regard to the availability of the BIOS.  This BIOS will likely not be available to consumers and end-users at that time as the motherboard vendors will have to prepare their specific board BIOS from there.  Hopefully, this fix rolls out to all boards that support 3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 Series processors and isn't limited to newer X570 boards and that the people who picked up these CPUs in the past and future can now see those advertised boost clocks become a reality.

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AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Lineup

CPU NameRyzen 5 3500Ryzen 5 3500XRyzen 5 3600Ryzen 5 3600XRyzen 7 3700Ryzen 7 3700XRyzen 7 3750XRyzen 7 3800XRyzen 9 3900Ryzen 9 3900XRyzen 9 3950X
Cores/Threads6/66/66/126/128/168/168/168/1612/2412/2416/32
Base Clock3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.8 GHzTBD3.6 GHzTBD3.9 GHz3.1 GHz3.8 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock4.1 GHz4.1 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHzTBD4.4 GHzTBD4.5 GHz4.3 GHz4.6 GHz4.7 GHz
Cache (L2+L3)16 MB32 MB35 MB35 MB36 MB36 MB36 MB36 MB70 MB70 MB72 MB
PCIe Lanes (Gen 4 CPU+PCH)4040404040404040404040
TDP65W65W65W95W65W65W105W105W65W105W105W
Price$129 US?$149 US?$199 US$249 US$279 US?$329 US$349 US?$399 US$449 US?$499 US$749 US

Source: AMD Ryzen Twitter

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
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AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
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Intel Core i5-9600K
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USD 219.95

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