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. Some freshly leaked slides from the Next Horizon Gaming event on June 10 show the top chip in the stack for the first time, the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X. AMD has confirmed that Ryzen 3000 processors will hit the shelves, and our desktop PCs, in July this year. And it could well be the smart silicon to put the red team at the top of the gaming CPU hall of fame once more.
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. That July 7 release date also has these chips launching the same month as the new AMD Navi 5000 series GPUs. It makes some symmetrical sense – July 7, 7/7, 7nm GPU and 7nm CPU, geddit? No? Whatever, we’re all rather excited by the prospect of such a double whammy.
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. For the first time in a long time the red team truly has Intel on the backfoot, and the AMD Ryzen 3000 processor generation could bring high-performance, high-core-count computing to the mainstream.
AMD Ryzen 3000 release date
AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su has confirmed a 7/7 release of AMD’s new 7nm CPUs during the company’s Computex 2019 keynote speech.
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, that will set you back $499. But that’s rather cheap by Intel’s standards.
AMD has confirmed its Ryzen 3000 processors will launch in July this year, the same month it is scheduled to get the 7nm Navi graphics silicon into our hands too. AMD’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, made the announcement during the Taiwanese Computex tech show – running from May 28 to June 1. Motherboard manufacturers will get X570 motherboards out the door ready for that day, too.
AMD has also confirmed it will be talking more on its Navi GPUs come E3 during its ‘Next Horizon gaming’ event. With a July launch on the cards for these GPUs too, a 7/7 release date for its new 7nm CPUs and GPUs makes some poetic sense.
In terms of nailed-on specifics, we know the Zen 2 architecture is built on the 7nm process, incorporating a new mixed-node chiplet design, handing the red team a new balance between power and performance within its initial designs.
AMD has increased IPC by a whopping 15% with Zen 2. It’s also doubled cache size and doubled floating point performance.
|Ryzen 9 3950X||Ryzen 9 3900X||Ryzen 7 3800X||Ryzen 7 3700X||Ryzen 5 3600X||Ryzen 5 3600|
Thanks to the 7nm process, 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 Turbo 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.
With only the top Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5, and (inaugural) Ryzen 9 chips announced, we’re sure to see Ryzen 3 chips later in the year.
Each processor is also made up of multiple chipsets, a powerful and scalable design and key to AMD’s entire CPU product stack. For everything from the top-tier, multi-core behemoths of EPYC Rome to the low-power Ryzen 3 (see: smug) processors at the bottom of the stack, AMD will be able to match the requirements of the client with its simple mix-and-match die approach.
Each tiny 7nm chiplet is packed with up to eight, individual cores (no semantic funny business here). That means we have single chiplet AMD Matisse chips featuring up to eight cores of processing power, and dual-chiplet designs rocking up to 12 cores of compute. There’s potential for even 16 cores, although those seem unlikely with Threadripper still rocking the HEDT segment.
Realistically we’re expecting AMD to hold off on shipping a 16-core Ryzen 3000 CPU until Intel launches its mainstream 10-core chip. That would mean we are stuck with just a 12-core monster around the summer launch.
AMD has also confirmed that even some 300- and 400-series chipsets may be capable of PCIe 4.0 transfer speeds on the primary x16 PCIe slot, pending a BIOS update.
And while we’ve still no word on mainstream or entry-level motherboards, previous generation mobos, 300- and 400-series, are already receiving BIOS updates to unlock compatibility with AMD’s unreleased CPUs. Even A320 and B350 motherboards, which were once expected to be left by the wayside, are receiving the updates.
There have also been reports that the top-end X570 chipset will allow for the Ryzen 3000 CPUs to support up to a maximum of 5,000MHz DDR4 memory. Considering the problems the first-gen Ryzen processors had with memory support at launch, that’s a big change, and will provide a huge amount of bandwidth for a consumer machine.
No wonder Gen3 Threadripper has vanished from AMD’s CPU roadmap, not many prosumers are going to miss it if you can jam a huge amount of speedy memory into a 12-core Ryzen 3000-based machine.
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.
The Ryzen chip only slightly surpassed the equally core-heavy Intel flagship CPU in Cinebench R15 score alone, but it got there with a fraction of the power demand – at 133W to 180W, respectively.
But since we’ve had AMD’s Ryzen 3000 announcement, we’ve got a few more juicy performance tidbits to sink our teeth into.
AMD’s touted its 3700X as over 30% faster than Intel’s i7 9700K in multithreaded Cinebench R20 benchmarking. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 7 3800X matches Intel’s i9 9900K in AMD’s own PUBG benchmark. But how did AMD do it?
Some of that performance catch-up on AMD’s part is down to changes in the front-end. The company has increased IPC by 13 – 15% with Zen 2 along with various front end advances to boost performance.
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AMD has also now confirmed that there will be no performance difference when it comes to the CPUs, between the 400-series boards and how they 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.”
Branch prediction, instruction pre-fetching, instruction cache, and floating point performance have all been enhanced or optimised with Zen 2 to offer greater throughput and performance while sticking to the necessary power envelope for its desktop parts. That could make all the difference in gaming, in which AMD’s previous Ryzen chips have slightly lagged behind Chipzilla’s silicon.
Of course, the high core counts and frequency gains, thanks to the 7nm process and chiplet design, will have the biggest impact on overall performance. Somewhere between those two chiplets is the perfect blend of clockspeed and core count for gaming. And, however much you might want to brag about your 12-core Ryzen chip, the best gaming chip will likely be one of the far more modest eight-core chips.
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 – demanding the Ryzen 9 nomenclature.
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 – carrying its own high-tier price tag at $499.
The Ryzen 7 2700X, an eight-core, 16-thread CPU, launched for $329, and the best-in-class gaming CPU, the Ryzen 5 2600, costs just $190. 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.