AMD Ryzen 3000 | Release Date, Compatible Hardware & More
AMD has been finishing second in the race for global CPU dominance for years now thanks to INTEL's impressive range of processors. However, that could all be about to change...
If like us, you enjoy staying ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest technology releases, you'll be fully aware of the imminent arrival of AMD's Ryzen 3000 chips. There's been a lot of hype surrounding the new CPU's as many believe they have the power and ability to knock Intel's latest offerings clean out of the water in both price and performance.
The hype was created when AMD taunted crowds with the potential design ideas of Matisse 3000 chips at CES back in January. They stated that Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 would be available to customers this summer offering superb performance and price respectively.
Since CES, we've been gifted with a superb Computex keynote speech where Dr. Lisa Su announced some crucial details regarding the new chips and what they have to offer.
The Ryzen 9 3900x is amongst the most anticipated CPU's to be released and will come boasting 12-cores and a boosted clock speed of 4.6GHz. Furthermore, the new range will be built upon AMD's new Zen 2 chiplet-based microarchitecture using TSMC's 7nm process. All new chips will be PCI-E 4.0 enabled as will the new range of x570 motherboards which will be released at a similar time. This being said, the new 3000 chips use the AMD AM4 socket meaning they are going to be compatible with some older 300/400-series motherboards.
Before going into any more details regarding performance though, let's have a brief look at what's in store and everything we currently know about AMD Ryzen 3000.
Ryzen 3000 Release Date
Ever since people got earshot of the new Ryzen chip's, they've been patiently waiting for AMD to announce the official release date. Thankfully the wait is over.
Dr. Lisa Su, AMD's CEO, recently held a keynote speech at Computex in Taipei stating that the new chips would be released to the public on the 7th of July. It's a relatively significant date as it purposely symbolizes the new 7nm TSMC process used in these chips.
Even though a release date has been given, we still don't fully understand everything the new chips have to offer and expect to see announcements made between now and July 7th which will provide further data. But let's not dwell on what we don't know, we have a tonne of information on Ryzen 3000 so let's jump right into that.
Ryzen 3000 CPU Specs
Let's take a moment to discuss some of the spec's surrounding the new chips and what that means for you as a consumer.
Firstly, let's get the socket situation out of the way. Back in 2016, AMD launched its AM4 socket motherboards and CPU's and made a statement saying they would be fully committed to the AM4 platform right through to 2020. After news of their new 3000 chips was leaked, consumers weren't sure whether or not they would stay true to that statement. However, AMD has recently announced that all new chips will be built upon the AM4 socket and will be compatible with older 300/400-series motherboards. Great news for those wanting to sample the new chips without fully upgrading their builds.
This being said, however, the new chips do come equipped with many features that simply won't function on older motherboards. PCI-e 4.0 is the first compatibility problem that springs to mind. Nonetheless, if you're looking to see what the new chips have to offer without physically upgrading your entire build, it's good to know they are compatible with those older boards.
Check the chart below to see a breakdown of the new chips and some of the core specs:
|CPU||Core/Threads||Base Clock||Boosted Clock||L2 Cache||L3 Cache||PCI-e 4.0||TDP|
|Ryzen 9 3900x||12C / 24T||3.8||4.6||6MB||64MB||16+4+4||105W|
|Ryzen 7 3800x||8C / 16T||3.9||4.5||4MB||32MB||16+4+4||105W|
|Ryzen 7 3700x||8C / 16T||3.6||4.4||4MB||32MB||16+4+4||65W|
|Ryzen 5 3600x||6C / 12T||3.8||4.4||3MB||32MB||16+4+4||95W|
|Ryzen 5 3600||6C / 12T||3.6||4.2||3MB||32MB||16+4+4||65W|
No one will be surprised to see 8core/16 thread processors due to the fact that AMD has already released processors of similar ilk. However, thanks to the new chiplet design, AMD can now house 2 pieces of silicon onto one chip. Very exciting but what does that mean from a consumer point of view?
So in short, it basically means that AMD now has the ability to create chips with more cores than ever before. This is perfectly highlighted in their 3900x CPU which currently boasts 12cores and 24threads.
Because the chips can now house 2 pieces of silicon, they can fundamentally house twice the amount of cores than before, leading many to believe we will surely be seeing the first 16core domestic processors in the near future.
Another handsome feature is the power consumption of the new chips. As you can see from the slide above, the Ryzen 9, AMD's new flagship CPU, requires MUCH less power than it's main competitor the 9920X from Intel.
Cores and wattage aside, another noticeable improvement is in the cache. The Ryzen 9, for example, has a total cache of 70MB boasting 64mb of L3 and 6mb of L2 respectively. They also come with the first ever PCI-e 4.0 support meaning secondary hardware components now have the ability to produce much better performance.
Overall, everything we're hearing from the AMD camp sounds fantastic but leads us to believe the new hardware isn't going to be cheap. So let's waste no more time and jump into approximate costs.
Ryzen CPU Prices
So by now, you're probably trying to figure out exactly how much these CPU's are going to retail for and whether or not you'll be able to afford them... We asked the same questions but found ourselves pleasantly surprises with the announced prices.
Below is a table showing the approximate prices of the new CPU's:
|Ryzen 9 3900x||$499|
|Ryzen 7 3800x||$399|
|Ryzen 7 3700x||$329|
|Ryzen 5 3600x||$249|
|Ryzen 5 3600||$199|
If you're like us, you will no doubt be quite impressed with those prices especially when you start comparing them to CPU's currently available at the moment. Let's take the 3900x for example.
The 9900k currently retails at $489 making it $10 cheaper than the 3900x, however, Dr. Lisa Su forecasts that the 3900x performs 95% better than it in the multi-thread benchmarking. If these performance figures are to be believed, the markup they've been given is an absolute steal.
What Performance Can We Expect
Thanks to Zen2 and TSMC's 7nm process, performance expectations are set at an all-time high. Simply comparing it against zen+ brings a 15% IPC (Instructions per cycle) improvement amongst a whole plethora of other technological advancements.
Higher clock speeds, more cores, larger L3 cache, and memory latency are all areas that profit massively from the newly improved chip makeup. This not only makes them a significant step up over the 2000 chips but even surpasses their main rivals Intel.
The slide above was taken from Computex and clearly shows the difference in class between the new chips and the current flagship desktop chips. The 9900k, widely considered to be the best CPU for gamers in today's market, sees the 3900X have a 60% performance increase over itself. It even beats it by 1% in the single thread performance, something we have never seen from AMD.
Furthermore, during Dr. Su's keynote, an 8core/16thread 3000 chip was compared with the 9900k to give attendants an idea of how the chips would perform. Dr. Su specifically stated that the chip wasn't running at its final frequency which gives us all hope that when released on the 7th of July, will produce speeds much faster than we previously thought.
Multi-thread and single thread performance aside, the new chips consumed vastly less power consumption than similar level CPU's available today, boasting 26% less than the 9900K and the likes.
From a gaming perspective, AMD showed the excellence of the 3800X in an 'in-house' battle against the 2700x. We saw stats that would suggest an average of 20-25% performance increase across a range of games which peaked at 34% in League of Legends and CS:GO. This is mainly down to the higher cache, higher latency speeds, improved IPC and other architectural improvements.
An area that wasn't really discussed in Dr. Su's keynote was overclocking. I would have thought overclocking would be hugely implemented into the new chips due to the 2000 series being able to overclock so successfully. This being said, nothing was mentioned regarding this topic and we will simply have to wait to find out for ourselves.
Compatible Hardware Options
We've already covered the fact that the new chips will be compatible with older 300-400series motherboards, what we haven't covered is the new hardware which is going to be released alongside the 3000 series and what that have to offer.
So let's take a look:
The X570 is the newest generation of motherboard and will accommodate all the new features and benefits the 3000 series chips can throw at it. We've already seen a number of different x570's surface since the Ryzen 9 announcements and we expect to see up to 25 x570's in total.
The x570 chipset comes equipped with 16lanes which include 4 for the upstream connection to the CPU and an additional 12 for other devices such as GPUs and the likes.
Motherboard manufacturers clearly expect the 3000 chips to hit Intel hard as the new x570 boards can retail upwards of $600 and match their flagship Intel offerings.
PCI-e 4.0 is one of the biggest feature implementations to the new chips and boasts hugely impressive speeds over 3.0 respectively.
We saw SSD manufacturers promoting PCI-e 4.0 options at Computex before the boards had even been revealed which shows you the direction and hype these chips have created.
Another exciting new arrival to the AMD camp is the new Radeon 5700 XT GPU's. Built on the 7nm Navi architecture, these cards boast impressive performance stats which include 2560 cores, 8GB GDDR6 VRAM and 9.75 TFLOPs Compute power.
They will be released in late July and mark the new era of GPU's for AMD. They will come housing a hefty price tag but that has yet to be announced or speculated. Further good news about these new cards is that naturally, a knock-on effect will occur in GPU markups meaning we will be seeing much more affordable cards right across the board.
Well, there you have it, our roundup of everything we currently know about AMD 3000 and the surrounding technology that comes with it. If rumors and figures are true, we might well see something I haven't personally seen in my lifetime, AMD surpassing Intel in the CPU race.
I suppose for now we can only make an educational guess, come the 7th of July however, those questions will be answered in full. Let the countdown commence.