When the first generation Ryzen processors came out nearly three years ago, AMD changed the market forever. Then, when Ryzen 2nd Generation hit the streets the following year, when it doubled Intel’s sales. Fast forward to 2019 and AMD has released its Ryzen 3rd Generation processors, bringing the 7nm Zen 2 architecture to the mainstream for the first time.
It’s no secret that 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 it’s no surprise that AMD has swooped in to upstage its rival before Ice Lake or Lakefield had a chance to launch.
THE VERDICT IS IN
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X | 5 stars | Incredible performance, PCIe 4.0, Beats Intel at the same price | Single core performance still behind, Included heatsink may not be enough
These new AMD Ryzen processors 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 – even though it won’t hit the street until September.
The best part? These new Ryzen processors do all of this while keeping the cost accessible to the mass consumer. It’s not surprising that analysts are already predicting that AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation could seriously threaten Intel.
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 other information that comes our way.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? AMD’s next line of mainstream processors
- When is it out? Out since July 7, 2019
- What will it cost? Starting at $199 (about £160, AU$290)
AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation release date
The AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors, first announced at CES 2019, have finally arrived on July 7 – at least most of them. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, the surprise reveal of E3 2019, will arrive in September 2019.
As for future models, we’re not sure what the future holds, especially as Intel gears up for Comet Lake. If Intel does indeed launch something that could take on the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, we’re sure AMD will come out with a big hitter to fight back.
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. Curiously, we haven’t seen any 7nm Zen 2 processors announced for the budget sector, but at least AMD launched new APUs in the Ryzen 3 3300G and Ryzen 5 3400G at $99 (£94, AU$144) and $149 (£139, AU$240), respectively.
- 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 5 3400G: $149 (£139, AU$240)
- AMD Ryzen 3 3300G: $99 (£94, AU$144)
AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation specs
Now that the AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation lineup has been released, we know exactly what’s inside these new 7nm processors for consumers. That is, we should see significant performance bumps, with power consumption taking 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 considerable 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, there’s 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 offers 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. In fact, hardware leaker @Tum_Apisak has already done so, pushing the Ryzen 9 3900X processor to an incredible 4.5GHz base clock.
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
- AMD Ryzen 5 3400G – 4-cores, 8-threads | 4.2GHz boost, 3.7GHz 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, and it marks a generational improvement in computing. Along with the faster processors, the biggest improvement is the support for PCIe 4.0, exclusive to AMD. This new generation of PCIe brings 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 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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