After months of eager anticipation, AMD, at its Computex 2019 keynote, has finally announced its third generation Ryzen 3000 series processors. These next-gen chips are manufactured on the 7nm process node and will feature up to 12 cores and 24 threads on its flagship variant. The processors are based on AMD’s Zen 2 core architecture and will have backward compatibility for existing AM4 motherboards. In addition to this, these chips are also intended to be used with X570 motherboards which were also launched today and motherboard manufacturers are expected to reveal their products based on X570 during Computex 2019.
AMD also revealed the specifications of Ryzen 3000 series CPUs along with the performance statistics. The Ryzen lineup is now expanded till Ryzen 9 which has two Zen 2 dies and is intended for high-performance systems.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X: First 12-Core Gaming CPU for $499 US
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is the flagship model of the Ryzen 3000 series. It features 12 cores, 24 threads and is intended for heavy multi-threaded loads. The chip has a TDP of 105 W and cache of 70 MB. The base clock speed sits at 3.8 GHz which can shoot up to 4.6 GHz on boost. The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X will retail for a price of $499 and will be available from 7th July.
It is being marketed as the first 12-core gaming CPU and is expected to deliver better performance than its Intel competitor, the Core i9-9920X while costing less than half as much.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X : $399 US, 3700X : $329 US
The Ryzen 7 3700X is an 8 core, 16 thread CPU with a TDP of 65 W. The base clock speed is 3.6 GHz with a boosted clock speed of up to 4.4 GHz. The Ryzen 7 3700X is an improvement over the 8 core, 8 thread Intel Core i7-9700K in terms of both performance and power consumption. The Ryzen 7 3700X will be available for a price of $329 US. It goes up against Intel’s i7-9700K and is 28% faster in multi-threaded workloads while just leveling with it in single-threaded tests. In a first, the Ryzen chip is also 10-30% faster than the competing Intel offering.
The other Ryzen 7 CPU is the 3800X, it is also an 8 core, 16 thread chip but comes with higher clocks- a base of 3.5 GHz and a boost speed of 4.5 GHz. This processor has a TDP of 105 W with a total cache of 36 MB. The Ryzen 7 3800X will be available for a retail price of $399 US. It’s essentially the overclockers’ CPU.
15 percent IPC Improvement in Zen 2 Architecture
The Zen 2 core architecture, the AMD Ryzen 3000 lineup is based upon, is manufactured with TSMC’s 7nm process node. The Zen 2 based AMD Ryzen 3000 chips for AM4 systems will be available in July 2019.
The new architecture is able to deliver twice the throughput of the first gen Zen architecture. The upgrades made to achieve this are as follows:
- Improved Execution Pipeline
- Doubled Floating Point (256-bit) and Load/Store (Doubled Bandwidth)
- Doubled Core Density
- Half the Energy Per Operation
- Improved Branch Prediction
- Better Instruction Pre-Fetching
- Re-Optimized Instruction Cache
- Larger Op Cache
- Increased Dispatch / Retire Bandwidth
- Maintaining High Throughput for All Modes