Intel has been at the top of their game lately, with their new 9th Gen Core series desktop processors. But AMD wasn’t just going to stay quiet now were they? Even though the CPUs will only be available starting mid-2019, the announcement (more of a confirmation) was made in CES this year. Don’t worry, AMD will hold a proper launch event before the processors hit the shelves, probably in Computex 2019.
Built on the 7nm process the 3rd Gen Ryzen processors use Zen 2 cores and will be the first to support PCI 4.0 standards. Over everything, AMD is banking on its pricing strategy to compete with Intel and it does look a lot promising. These new processors, code name “Matisse”, will be compatible with the existing AM4 sockets. Moreover, AMD is also planning a new family of motherboards based around the X570 PCH to go with them fresh silicons.
The Zen 2 architecture based on the 7nm process from TSMC was first seen on AMD’s high-performance server processors. Compared to existing Zen+, the new architecture provides better power efficiency, a huge leap on IPC and improved clock speeds. However maximum core counts and frequency weren’t announced as they AMD is yet to finalize them. They did announce at least a 15% improvement over its previous generation.
Desktop Ryzen 3000
AMD compared it’s 8-core 16 thread top of the line Ryzen processor against Intel’s Core i9-9900k. The Ryzen processor 2057 points on Cinebench 15 while the Intel achieved 2040 at stock frequency. The Intel processor also pulled a good 30% more power than AMD. As for the processor lineup, AMD didn’t announce one. For now, take a look at the whole desktop Ryzen 3000 lineup that was leaked a few days ago.
|CPU||Cores/Threads||Base clock||Turbo clock||TDP||Price|
|Ryzen 3 3300||6/12||3.2Ghz||4.0GHz||50w||$99|
|Ryzen 3 3300X||6/12||3.5GHz||4.3GHz||65w||$129|
|Ryzen 3 3300G||6/12||3.0GHz||3.8GHz||65w||$129|
|Ryzen 5 3600||8/16||3.6GHz||4.4GHz||55w||$178|
|Ryzen 5 3600X||8/16||4.0GHz||4.8GHz||95w||$229|
|Ryzen 5 3600G||8/16||3.2GHz||4.0GHz||95w||$199|
|Ryzen 7 3700||12/24||3.8GHz||4.6GHz||95w||$299|
|Ryzen 7 3700X||12/24||4.2GHz||5.0GHz||105w||$329|
|Ryzen 9 3800X||16/32||3.9GHz||4.7GHz||125w||$449|
|Ryzen 9 3850X||16/32||4.3GHz||5.1GHz||135w||$499|
With Intel’s Canon Lake CPUs hanging in a balance, for now, seems like AMD will soon be wearing the crown for the fastest consumer-grade processor in the market. The Ryzen 9 3850X is a pretty great card with 16 cores and 32 threads at 5.1 GHz boost for just $499. That is a lot of cores for a lot less money. Finally, seems like Intel is getting a worthwhile competition, this time both in pricing and performance.
Mobile Ryzen 3000
We all know AMD has been struggling in the laptop space be it performance, thermals or adoption among OEMs. Although the company did have a few things to say about it, including unveiling the entire lineup of processors. They also confirmed that these processors will be built on the older Zen+ architecture instead of the new Zen 2. Since the Zen+ is based on a 12nm process, they aren’t as dramatic as the new desktop CPUs. Take a look at their entire mobile CPU lineup below.
|Mobile APU||Cores/Threads||Process Node||L2 & L3 Cache||Base/Boost Frequency||Vega GPU Cores||GPU Frequency||TDP|
|Ryzen 7 3750H||4/8||12nm||6MB||2.3/4.0GHz||10||1,400MHz||35w|
|Ryzen 7 3700U||4/8||12nm||6MB||2.3/4.0GHz||10||1,400MHz||15w|
|Ryzen 5 3550H||4/8||12nm||6MB||2.1/3.7GHz||8||1,200MHz||35w|
|Ryzen 5 3500U||4/8||12nm||6MB||2.1/3.7GHz||8||1,200MHz||15w|
|Ryzen 5 3300U||4/4||12nm||6MB||2.1/3.5GHz||6||1,200MHz||15w|
|Ryzen 3 3300U||2/4||12nm||5MB||2.6/2.6GHz||3||1,200MHz||15w|
As for Zen 2 based Threadrippers, AMD hasn’t made any kind of announcements yet. We know they are coming sometime by the end of 2019, usually launching a few months after the mainstream processors have hit the market. Going by rumor mill we are expecting a total of five Threadrippers, the 3900X, 3920X, 3950X, 3970X and 3990WX (Black Edition).
These CPUs are expected to come with 24 to 64 cores and up to 128 threads. Frequencies are expected to be anywhere from a 4.0GHz base up to 5.2GHz boost. These numbers do seem unrealistic, but going by past history they just might pan out. These processors are said to cost up to $2500, with most of them requiring liquid cooling to even work, let alone overclocking.