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AMD Rolls Out Ryzen 3rd Gen 7nm Desktop CPUs including the Ryzen 9

Updated: Jan 18











At Computex 2019 in Taipei, AMD CEO and president Dr. Lisa Su ran through AMD's much-anticipated 3rd Gen Ryzen lineup, with the first five new chips slated to hit the street on July 7.


The new Ryzens comprise a pair each of Ryzen 5 and 7 CPUs, plus an inaugural Ryzen 9, all on the existing AM4 socket and touted as the first PCI Express 4.0-compliant desktop platform.


They feature:

  • 7nm process (uses less power & is much faster!!)

  • Double the Cache over previous gen

  • 15% faster IPC

  • PCIe 4.0 ready in X570 chipset based motherboard

At the Computex show, AMD showed off a system running an X570 motherboard, Ryzen 7 3800X and RX 5700 against another with an Intel Core i9-9900K and RTX 2080 Ti and it was clear to see the difference in performance.


It'll be interesting to carry out my own tests between the two chip companies, but things are getting exciting for system builders like myself with this development.


What's particularly interesting is the formation of the Ryzen 9 family to compete against Intel's own Core i9 series.


It's the perfect option for those who need more performance than what's offered with the Ryzen 7 series, but don't wish to splash out on Threadripper, nor invest in a new motherboard or who want a kickass system at a lot less $$ than the Intel i9 Chippery.


If you have a Ryzen 7 1700 or better with an X370 motherboard you should be able to drop the new 3000 series chip in the AM4 slot and get away with just a chip upgrade.



Gigabyte and MSI have already updated their X370 motherboard BIOSes to handle up to a Ryzen 9, 12 core CPU.


I must admit I am tempted as a Threadripper rig is not cheap, I know I built two 2950X boxes for my Chess AI dev.


I do still have my old X370 AM4 systems though, one is a MSI X370 Carbon Pro and the other is a X370 Aorus Gaming 5.


I had been overclocking both to 3.8Ghz with little problems but the Carbon pro is doing weird shit of late.


I did update both motherboards to their latest BIOS revs that can accommodate the series 3000 chips but I am dithering mightily on which one to get.


Given that the Ryzen 9 should be mated with an X570 motherboard, I will likely just go for the 3700X and leave it at that, though I surely would love to play with the X570 motherboards a bit!


Those Ryzen 9 beasts look like i9 killers from what I have heard from the foundry geeks.


AMD’s new 3000 series goodies are almost here though, the lineup includes the company’s first mainstream CPU to feature 12 cores, the Ryzen 9 3900X.


AMD is announcing five new processors as part of the lineup, all with a release date of July 7th 2019.


The prices of the new series 3000 Chippery ranges from $199 to $499, and all of them are based on new 7nm Zen 2 architecture with support for the new PCIe 4.0 stuff I have been going on about this past year now like a thing possessed, which offers at least double the bandwidth over the paltry PCIe 3.0 gubbins.


At the top of this new Ryzen 3000 lineup is the Ryzen 9 3900X. This 12 core processor has a base frequency of 3.8GHz, and is capable of boosting up to 4.6GHz.


Next, the company has a pair of Ryzen 7 processors, the $399 3800X and $329 3700X.


Both feature eight cores clocked at slightly different frequencies (visible in the table below) but the big difference is TDP, a basic indicator of a CPU’s power consumption. AnandTech notes that the 3700X has a TDP of just 65W compared to 105W for the 3800X, suggesting that it could be a very power-efficient processor for the amount of performance you’re getting.


Finally, at the bottom of the lineup there are the Ryzen 5 3600X and 3600.

So a few folks have asked my why I would go the drop in processor route on my current AM4 stuff.


Well, a few things here to ponder over and consider at length:


  • These Ryzen 3000 series CPUs deliver a huge performance punch over the Ryzen 7 1700X series and is PCIe 4.0 ready in a X570 Mobo.

  • I want to leverage the investment in my current NVMe SSD and DRAM before I invest in the pricey PCIe 4.0 SSD and new faster 3200 Mhz RAM

  • PCIe 4.0 goodies will be downright expensive for 18-24 months before they start coming down in price

  • There will be PCIe 4.0 teething problems and issues with motherboards and peripherals, I'd rather wait for the kinks to be ironed out to be honest

  • I can always get X570 motherboards and upgrade them later, the CPU's will be fine getting transplanted from X370 to X570.....

  • Looks like Gigabyte Aorus and MSI goodies have beta BIOSes ready for these 3000 series chips, I upgraded both my motherboards with beta BIOSes from these vendors today, I just need the new chips to test my evil schemes out!!



So, we've seen plenty about AMD Zen 2 recently, but word on the street is that AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation processors (CPUs) will feature up to 64-cores and 128-threads.


This is an unsubstantiated rumor from WccfTech, so you should take it with a giant grain of salt, no matter how ripping and thrilling it is.


Still, a 64-thread Threadripper CPU we are told, might just see the light of day in Q4 2019, or between October and December of this year, most likely ready for Thanksgiving or pre chrimbo 2019 shenanigans.


I would like two for Chrimbo myself actually......anybody?? Pleeeease!!


This would be rather earlier than we were previously expecting.


We heard a while ago that AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation processors would be available Q1 2020.


Still, it shouldn't be too surprising that the next generation of Threadripper would see core counts double, as that's exactly what happened with AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation back at E3 2019.


This Wccftech leak also describes the next-generation X599 HEDT platform, which will support Threadripper processors up to 64-cores.


This isn't terribly surprising either, but the rumor that next-generation Threadripper processors will still be supported by TR4 motherboards should make upgrading to these likely expensive processors easier.


Either way, this is a very early leak, so we wouldn't expect to hear anything official from AMD about the next generation of Ryzen Threadripper for a while.


The leak mentions that these processors will be announced before CES 2020....Do not hold the breaths chasps......



chaanbeard.com, IT Tech-Talk Blog focusing on AMD and Nutanix with Cloudy things

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