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AMD’s third-gen Ryzen 9 CPU is a 12-core powerhouse for $499

AMD is bringing the fight to Intel in a big way with its new Ryzen chips

AMD is bringing the fight to Intel in a big way with its new Ryzen chips. At Computex 2019, AMD is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and it has unveiled AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors and Navi graphics cards

AMD had its first ever Computex keynote, where it finally announced what we all knew was coming: AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors. These chips, based on a 7nm Zen 2 manufacturing process, bring higher core counts, faster clock speeds and more power efficiency.

AMD just dropped the mic when it comes to ultra-fast consumer CPUs

On its 50th anniversary AMD CEO Lisa Su introduced the company’s third-generation Ryzen CPUs, which are also the world’s first 7-nanometer desktop chips. Now AMD fired off the first salvo of its third-gen Ryzen lineup, as it revealed five new CPU models that range from Ryzen 5 with six cores and 12-threads for $199 up to a Ryzen 9 3900X with 12 cores and 24 threads for $499. To go with the new processors, which arrive on July 7th the company also unveiled its new X570 chipset

AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation will start with the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, with 8 cores and 16-threads, featuring a 4.4GHz boost and 36MB cache, with just a 65W TDP. All of AMD’s 3rd-gen Ryzen chips will feature its new Zen 2 architecture, a chip let-based design that’ll offer a 15 percent performance improvement across every application. They’ll also have double the floating point performance and double the cache over its last CPUs. The 3900X features a base/boost speed of 3.68GHz/4.6GHz and 70MB of total cache

It isn’t often that we witness tectonic shifts in the processor market, especially given Intel’s dominance over the last decade, but AMD’s third-gen Ryzen series processors could be a turning point for AMD as the company takes its first process node leadership position over Intel in its history. The 7nm manufacturing process, which is fobbed by TSMC, promises to bring lower pricing and power consumption, and according to AMD’s own numbers, it appears to deliver on those goals.

The Ryzen 3000 series’ current halo product comes in the form of the 12-core 24-thread Ryzen 9 3900X, and its likely AMD chose the 9-series branding to counter Intel’s Core i9. Make no mistake – there is no alternative to this processor’s core counts on any mainstream desktop platform, affording AMD the leadership core count for mainstream PCs. The $499 price point is extremely competitive, too.

This 105W chip comes armed with a 3.8 GHz base clock speed, 4.6 GHz boost and a whopping 70MB of total cache. AMD isn’t giving us the respective L1, L2, and L3 cache capacities, instead providing us an aggregate number for now.  AMD makes more than just processors, and there are new graphics cards, too. AMD finally revealed its Navi graphics cards, the Radeon RX 5000 family, headed up by the RX 5700 lineup, which will take on NVidia at the mid-range.

Ryzen 3000 Series Design

Third-gen Ryzen 9 Series Third-gen Ryzen 7 Series Third-gen Ryzen 5 Series
12 Cores, 24 Threads Eight Cores, 16 Threads Six Cores 12 Threads
Two Client Compute Die (CCD) – One I/O chip let One Client Compute Die (CCD) – One I/O chip let One Client Compute Die (CCD) – One I/O chip let

AMD president and chief executive officer Lisa Su took the stage this morning at Taipei’s Computex technology show and revealed three 3rd Gen Ryzen Zen 2 7nm CPUs, which use AMD’s 7nm chip let design. Starting with the Ryzen 9 3900X this has 12 cores and is so far the flagship of the range, so despite rumors pointing at a 16-core part, it appears that 12 and not 16 cores are the limit for now. It offers 24 threads, uses two Core Chip let Die’s (CCD) to get to 12 cores, sports a massive 70MB cache and can boost up to 4.6GHz. Perhaps the most remarkable feature, though, is that its TDP is only 105W.

Model   Cores/Threads TDP (Watts) Boost/Base Total Cache SEP (USD) release date 
Ryzen 9 3900X 12/24 105W 4.6/3.8GHz 70MB $499 July 7, 2019
Ryzen 7 3800X 8/16 105W 4.5/3.9GHz 36MB $399 July 7, 2019
Ryzen 7 3700X  8/16 65W 4.4/3.6GHz 36MB $329 July 7, 2019
Ryzen 5 3600X  6/12 95W 4.4/3.8GHz 35MB $249 July 7, 2019
Ryzen 5 3600 6/12 65W 4.2/3.6GHz 35MB $199 July 7, 2019

The 12-core part is the fastest too, with a boost frequency of 4.6GHz being higher than the next model the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 3800X, which also has half the cache at 36MB. Interestingly, this is something the rumors got right that the 12-core part would be the one to go for if you want maximum performance in games and thankfully, AMD hasn’t seen fit to charge a fortune here either $499 is the same price as the original Ryzen 7 1800X and clearly a heck of a lot cheaper than the Core i9-9920X.

Rounding out the new CPU family is the Ryzen 5 3600, a six-core/12-thread chip that’ll sell for just $199. For $50 more, you can snag the 3600X, which has a higher 95W TDP and 200MHz faster base and boost clock speeds. All of the new Ryzen CPUs will support PCI e 4.0, which will offer around 42 percent faster storage speeds than PCI e 3.0. That’s going to help future proof these chips a bit, since it’ll be the standard of choice for upcoming high-end graphics cards and n VME drives

With full PCI e 4.0 support on AMD’s new X570 motherboards, the platform becomes very attractive for enthusiasts seeking bleeding-edge connectivity. Imagine an SSD that operates at up to 8 GB/s and you understand why this new interface is so important. Previous-gen AMD motherboards will be compatible with the new CPUs, but will only get partial PCI e 4.0 support via BIOS updates.

It’s noteworthy that Intel has yet to bring a PCI e 4.0-capable desktop chip to market, but AMD has enabled the faster interface and also unveiled its new PCI e 4.0 Radeon RX 5700 “Navi” graphics card alongside a new PCI e 4.0 SSD from its partner Gigabyte that pushes out 5GB/s of throughput. That sets the stage for massive performance improvements for secondary devices. 

These GPUs follow the first 7nm gaming graphics card, the Radeon VII, and while it won’t be quite as powerful and probably not as expensive, AMD Navi and the AMD Radeon RX 5700 lineup, follows in the same footsteps. Still, keep in mind that these benchmarks and performance statements were controlled by AMD, but we will certainly put these GPUs to the test when they release in July. 

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