AMD Announces Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs – 15% Higher IPC and Up to 12-Cores
At the company’s Computex 2019 keynote, AMD’s CEO Dr. Lisa Su announced a family of new Ryzen 3000 series CPUs based on the company’s all-new 7nm Zen 2 architecture. The new parts include successors to the existing Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 lineups as well as an all-new Ryzen 9 series which includes a monstrous 12-core part. The processors will range in price from $199 to $499 and will be available for purchase on July 7th.
Before we get to the specific SKUs, let’s take a look at some of the basic architecture improvements. AMD is boasting a huge 15% IPC increase compared to previous generation Ryzen parts, which itself is very impressive, but along with that they’ve also doubled the cache size for reduced memory latency in games and doubled floating point performance in creative workloads.Along with all that, you’ll also get PCI-Express 4.0 support with up to 40 lanes when paired with AMD’s all-new X570 motherboard chipset.
Starting with the highest-end product, we have the all-new Ryzen 9 3900X, which is a 12-core, 24-thread part featuring a base clock of 3.8GHz and a boost clock of 4.6GHz. The part also features a total of 70MB of cache. Even more impressive, the part features a TDP of just 105W, which matches the previous generation Ryzen 7 2700X which is an 8-core with 300MHz lower clock speed. So, that definitely says quite a bit about the 7nm process AMD is using.
AMD demoed it on stage against Intel’s Core i9-9920X 12-core part in a Blender workload with the Ryzen part winning by roughly 16%. That’s very impressive on its own, but even more so when you factor in the pricing of the Intel part at ~$1,200 USD. They also released a head-to-head in Cinebench R20 with the Ryzen beating the Intel part by 14% in single-threaded, and 6% in multi-threaded workloads, all while consuming less power.
After that, we have the Ryzen 7 3800X, an 8-core/16-thread part with a base clock of 3.9GHz and a boost clock of 4.5GHz. This one has just 36MB of cache, which is still double that of the previous generation flagships, and it features the same 105W TDP.
This one was demoed on stage against the Core i9-9900K in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and displayed equal performance. While the GPU being used was not specified both systems seemed to average around 145 FPS. AMD has also showcased gaming performance of the Ryzen 7 3800X versus the previous generation Ryzen 7 in a number of popular eSports titles with performance improvements ranging from 11% up to 34%.
Next up, the Ryzen 7 3700X, again, this one features 8-cores and 16-threads. This time, the clock speed is dropped to a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 4.4GHz, cache stays the same but TDP is lowered to just 65W.
They demoed this part on stage up against the Core i7 9700K in Cinebench R20 where it scored 4806 versus 3726 for the Intel part in the multi-threaded workload. It also managed to best it in single-threaded performance by an increase of 1%. That doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider the 9700K’s boost clock of 4.9GHz you get a clear picture of just how much AMD has taken the lead in terms of IPC.
Not showcased during the livestream event, but still announced via press release, AMD also detailed the more budget-focused Ryzen 5 series of processors including the Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X. Both of these parts are 6-cores, 12-threads with 35MB of cache. The Ryzen 5 $3600X features a base clock of 3.8GHz and a boost of clock of 4.4GHz along with a 95W TDP. The cheaper Ryzen 5 3600 lowers clocks down to 3.6GHz base and 4.2GHz boost with a TDP of 65W.
While it’s easy to not be as excited for these lower-performance parts when compared to the raw performance offered by somthing like the Ryzen 9 3900X, it’s important to note that for most users, especially gamers, these parts should offer very competitive performance for the price.
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