When the first generation Ryzen processors came out nearly three years ago, AMD changed the market forever. And, now that Ryzen 2nd Generation processors have been out for a year, Team Red has been dominating the market, more than doubling Intel’s sales, according to a German retailer. And, it only gets better from there: AMD Ryzen 3rd generation processors will bring the 7nm Zen 2 architecture to mainstream processors for the first time.
Intel is having a lot of issues with introducing 10nm Cannon Lake chips, and even its next HEDT lineup will likely stay on 14nm, so AMD has swooped in and upstaged its rival before Ice Lake or Lakefield had a chance to launch, showcasing its Ryzen 3rd Generation processors at Computex 2019.
Should Intel should be running for cover? Not necessarily. In fact, in a leaked PassMark result, Intel Ice Lake performance seems to be faster than that of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U. As far as how these chips will perform in the real world, we’ll just have to wait and see when they hit the streets.
Still, these new AMD Ryzen processors will bring up to 16-cores and 32-threads to the mainstream for the first time in the Ryzen 9 3950X, which is already breaking world overclocking records, alongside a substantial improvement to IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Additionally, the premium AMD X590 chipset for these AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors might be making its way to the mainstream market soon, following the X570 chipset.
The best part? These new Ryzen processors do all of this without inflating prices. It’s not surprising that analysts are already predicting that AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation could seriously threaten Intel.
So, ahead of AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation’s release, we went ahead and gathered all the information we have on Team Red’s next generation of desktop processors. So, be sure to keep this page bookmarked, and we’ll update it with any new information that comes our way.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? AMD’s next line of mainstream processors
- When is it out? July 7, 2019
- What will it cost? Starting at $199 (about £160, AU$290)
AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation release date
At CES 2019, AMD announced its first Ryzen 3000-series processors will arrive sometime in the middle of 2019. But, it wasn’t until Computex 2019 when we got the exact date: July 7. All of the announced AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors will hit the shelves on July 7, from the Ryzen 5 3600 to the beefy Ryzen 9 3900X. Except for the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, star of AMD Zen 2 – this one’s slated for a September 2019 release.
As for future models, we’re sure we’ll see them come out over the next few months, especially as Intel gets Comet Lake ready. We definitely want to see some Ryzen 3000 processors to cover the budget market as well.
AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation price
At AMD’s Computex 2019 keynote, Team Red showcased several processors from the Ryzen 5 3600 to the Ryzen 9 3900X. These CPUs cover the mid-range to high-end, but curiously, we haven’t seen anything for the budget users, meaning that the Ryzen 3 2200G may remain the best budget processor for a while.
- AMD Ryzen 9 3950X: $749 (about £590, AU$1,080)
- AMD Ryzen 9 3900X: $499 (about £390, AU$720)
- AMD Ryzen 7 3800X: $399 (about £310, AU$580)
- AMD Ryzen 7 3700X: $329 (about £260, AU$480)
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600X: $249 (about £200, AU$360)
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600: $199 (about £160, AU$290)
AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation specs
Now that the AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation lineup has been revealed, we know exactly what’s inside these new 7nm processors for consumers. And, well, we should see significant performance bumps, while power consumption takes a nosedive. Improvements all around.
The 7nm Zen 2 architecture found in AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors not only allows AMD to lower TDP down to just 65W in the Ryzen 5 3600, but it also brings about a significant 15% improvement to IPC (instructions per clock) performance. This should see single core performance skyrocket, resulting in some of the best processors for gaming.
On the high-end, you have the Ryzen 9 3950X, an absolute beast of a processor rocking 16-cores and 32-threads, with a 4.7GHz boost clock. These specs are impressive in their own right, but what really takes it to the next level is that it manages to do it with a 105W TDP.
And, while the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is slightly less impressive at 12-cores and 24-threads, it still boasts high clock speeds and the same low TDP. Power consumption and temperatures should both stay relatively low on both of these chips – we can’t wait to see what overclockers can do with them.
But, AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation is more than just the low-end and the top-end. We went ahead and listed out all the specs below:
- AMD Ryzen 9 3950X – 16-cores, 32-threads | 4.7GHz boost, 3.5GHz base | 105W
- AMD Ryzen 9 3900X – 12-cores, 24-threads | 4.6GHz boost, 3.8GHz base | 105W
- AMD Ryzen 7 3800X – 8-cores, 16-threads | 4.5GHz boost, 3.9GHz base | 105W
- AMD Ryzen 7 3700X – 8-cores, 16-threads | 4.4GHz boost, 3.6GHz base | 65W
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600X – 6-cores, 12-threads | 4.4GHz boost, 3.8GHz base | 95W
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600 – 6-cores, 12-threads | 4.2GHz boost, 3.6GHz base | 65W
At every level, AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation provides better performance while lowering power consumption over the previous generation. AMD definitely showed off some benchmarks where it flexed on the competition, but that’s to be expected.
We also got details about the X570 chipset – not to mention, the rumored AMD X590 chipset, and it should mark a generational improvement in computing. Alongside the faster processors, the biggest improvement is the support for PCIe 4.0, exclusive to AMD. This new generation of PCIe will bring forth faster graphics cards and SSDs to AMD’s platform. It promises 42% faster SSD performance, along with 69% faster graphics performance – though that will be exclusive to AMD Navi graphics cards for now.
X570 will also bring native support for four SuperSpeed USB ports, with a maximum bandwidth of 10Gbps. This will support both USB-A and USB-C connections, and while it’s not as fast as Thunderbolt 3, the native support should mean wider adoption across desktop motherboards.
Ryzen doesn't just end at desktop components. At E3 2019, Microsoft revealed that the next Xbox, Project Scarlett, will be powered by a custom SoC made of a Zen 2 processor and an AMD Navi GPU. Slated for a "Holiday 2020" release, Project Scarlett is supposed to be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X with the ability to run games at 120FPS and potentially 8K resolutions.
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