AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs will be humming away in our desktop PCs this summer, powered by the latest iteration of the red team’s Zen processor architecture. The entire lineup was officially unveiled over at Computex 2019, with the top chip in the stack, the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X, making its debut a little later during AMD’s E3 Next Horizon Gaming event.
Every chip up to and including the Ryzen 9 3900X will hit the shelves, and our desktop PCs, on July 7. And AMD will also unleash its RX 5700-series, the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700, that very same day. As for the 16-core behemoth, that will launch just a little later in September.
Once AMD Ryzen 3000 silicon arrives, it could be just the thing to kick Intel into second place as number one purveyor of go-to gaming chips. These Ryzen 3rd Gen chips will be the first desktop processors built on the 7nm process node with the ‘revolutionary chiplet design’ of the AMD Zen 2 architecture at their core. That allows the red team to bring high-performance, high-core-count computing to the mainstream.
AMD Ryzen 3000 release date
AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su confirmed a 7/7 release of the company’s latest 7nm CPUs during the company’s Computex 2019 keynote speech, with the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X trailing along afterwards in September.
AMD Ryzen 3000 specs
AMD is introducing the Zen 2 microarchitecture to the mainstream market with Ryzen 3rd Gen. We get a top Ryzen 9 chip with 16-cores and 32-threads, low power consumption, PCIe 4.0, and even a considerable instructions per clock (IPC) bump over the last gen.
AMD Ryzen 3000 performance
Over at Computex, AMD showed off the Ryzen 7 3700X besting Intel’s Core i7 9700K by 30% in Cinebench R20, and the Ryzen 7 3800X matching Intel’s i9 9900K in PUBG. AMD has also confirmed that the CPUs will perform the same in B450 and X470 boards as in the new X570.
AMD Ryzen 3000 price
The Ryzen 7 3700X will kick things off at $329, while the Ryzen 7 3800X will be on the shelves for $399. If you want real multitasking performance, however, the Ryzen 9 3950X will set you back $749. But that’s rather cheap by Intel’s standards.
AMD has confirmed its Ryzen 3000 processors will launch on July 7, 2019. That’s the same month it is scheduled to get the 7nm Navi graphics silicon into our hands too with the Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700.
AMD’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, made the initial Ryzen 3000 announcement during the Taiwanese Computex tech show – which was on from May 28 to June 1. That same day also saw heaps of motherboards and SSDs announced and raring to pounce on the new PCIe 4.0 ecosystem introduced with AMD’s third-gen processors.
Su took to the stage once more over at E3 for the Next Horizon Gaming event on June 10. During the show the company announced it would be adding one more CPU to its lineup. Arriving in September, the Ryzen 9 3950X will offer the highest core counts and fastest clock speeds out of the lot with 16 cores boosting up to a 4.7GHz max.
In terms of nailed-on specifics, we know the Zen 2 architecture is built on the 7nm process and incorporates a new mixed-node chiplet design. This hands the red team a new balance between power and performance that is incredibly scalable.
AMD has increased IPC by a whopping 15% with Zen 2. This has been achieved though various architectural changes. These include front-end advances, doubling floating point performance, and reducing effective latency to memory.
Memory latency was something of a bugbear with previous Ryzen generations, especially the inaugural kit, and there have been efforts to rectify that with Zen 2. The updated core complex has been designed in a similar fashion to its predecessor, with large banks of L3 cache sandwiched between L2 cache and a discrete core on either end. However, the L3 cache has been doubled and new cache instructions implemented.
|Ryzen 9 3950X||Ryzen 9 3900X||Ryzen 7 3800X||Ryzen 7 3700X||Ryzen 5 3600X||Ryzen 5 3600|
It’s mostly the IPC enhancement that accounts for the performance advantage of Zen 2, accounting for over 60% of Zen 2’s 21% increase in single-threaded Cinebench benchmarking. The combined efforts of the 7nm process node and design frequency boosts account for the remaining 40% or so.
The octacore Ryzen 7 3800X is able to boost to a max clock speed of 4.5GHz from 3.9GHz base, and the 12-core Ryzen 9 chip up to a whopping 4.6GHz from 3.8GHz. But, somewhat surprisingly, the fastest chip also seems to be the one with the highest core-count too, the Ryzen 9 3950X with a boost speed of 4.7GHz.
How that will shake out in terms of how many cores will be able to run at 4.7GHz at once is still yet to be confirmed. I’d wager it’s probably not when all 16 are being stressed…
What’s truly impressive about the recently announced chips, however, is the 65W – 105W TDP even for the ‘X’ branded enthusiast lot. No doubt AMD’s fast adoption of TSMC’s 7nm process node has counted for something with the latest designs.
The Ryzen 7 3700X will be the best choice for avid overclockers, according to AMD’s Travis Kirsch.
“I think the top of the stack, you’re going to be fairly limited initially,” says Kirsch. “You know, with our boost algorithms, we eke out just about everything you can get. So maybe a couple hundred megahertz. With the 65W parts you’ll get a lot more because their specs are run with a lower power. So you can overclock the thing, get all the power of it, and, obviously, you get more headroom out of it.”
But despite the lack of overclocking headroom on the top Ryzen 9 chips, the 16-core 3950X will be specially binned to ensure only the most capable and efficient silicon makes its way into the top consumer chip from the red team.
Performance hounds will also find DDR4 at 3,600MHz offers the best balance of speed and timings for maximum gaming performance. However, that’s not the maximum speed Ryzen 3000 is rated for. You can easily break 4,200MHz according to AMD, and 5,133MHz has been demonstrated.
However, once you break 3,800MHz the system switches from a 1:1 Infinity Fabric clock to 2:1. That will allow for greater freedom with faster memory at the expense of latency. It’s all about striking the right balance.
The first tantalising glimpse of these 7nm Zen 2 chips was genuinely promising. Live on stage at CES, the red team pit its eight-core 3rd Gen Ryzen engineering sample against Intel’s Core i9 9900K. The resulting bloodbath was nearly pulled from the stream for its graphic nature.
But since then AMD has officially announced its 3rd gen chips, and we’ve got a few more juicy performance tidbits to sink our teeth into.
AMD touted its 3700X as over 28% faster than Intel’s i7 9700K in multithreaded Cinebench R20 benchmarking. And, rather spectacularly, AMD also reckons it can match, if not marginally beat, Intel’s i7 9700K in single-threaded perf, too.
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That’s a huge achievement that we’re keen to ratify for ourselves once we can get these chips in the test bench. AMD has famously lagged behind Intel in single-core performance, but it looks like those days may be over.
Meanwhile, the Ryzen 7 3800X matches Intel’s i9 9900K in AMD’s own PUBG benchmark. And it surpasses Intel’s top client chip in multithreaded Cinebench performance by 2%.
It’s not quite an even match-up, but AMD pit its two best eight-core processors, the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 7 3800X, against each other during its own in-house game testing. For the record, the 3800X clocks 200MHz higher than the 2700X in both base and boost clocks.
|Ryzen 7 2700X||Ryzen 7 3800X|
|Counter Strike: Global Offensive||–||+34%|
|League of Legends||–||+30%|
AMD has also now confirmed that there will be no performance difference between the 400-series boards and how its CPUs run on the new, high-end X570 motherboards.
On a recent Meet the Experts stream Donny Woligroski said: “If someone’s searching for a platform, and doesn’t really need that enthusiast-class PCIe Gen4 storage, or you’re not planning to buy a PCIe Gen 4 graphics card in the next six months to a year, it makes a lot of sense to look at those lower-tier boards like the X470 and B450, which will offer the same performance on those 3rd Gen Ryzen processors as the X570 will.
“Ryzen really doesn’t need more than those B450 or X470 platforms.”
AMD has confirmed pricing for its upcoming Ryzen 3000 CPUs, with the Ryzen 7 3700X starting out at $329.
As expected, with core counts on the rise, we have seen a shift upwards in upper-tier pricing for the really core-heavy chips – those demanding the Ryzen 9 nomenclature.
|Ryzen 9 3950X||Ryzen 9 3900X||Ryzen 7 3800X||Ryzen 7 3700X||Ryzen 5 3600X||Ryzen 5 3600|
|Availability||September, 2019||July 7, 2019||July 7, 2019||July 7, 2019||July 7, 2019||July 7, 2019|
AMD has a habit of ruthlessly copying Intel’s naming conventions, even if everyone finds it incredibly annoying and confusing. Intel introduced the Core i9 tier into the desktop mainstream with its 9th Gen chips, and it wasn’t all that surprising to see AMD go tit-for-tat with its own equivalent high-performance tier with the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 9 3950X.
For a little bit of context, the Ryzen 7 2700X launched for $329, and the best-in-class gaming CPU, the Ryzen 5 2600, costs just $190 today, often less. That’s an incredibly competitive price, and AMD looks to be sticking to its guns with the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X launching at roughly similar price points as their forebears.