There are new leaks for Ryzen 3000. In addition to 15 percent more IPC, the X570 chipset with up to 40 PCIe lanes will also receive a major upgrade.
Ryzen 3000: what can you expect?
With the Ryzen processors, AMD has not only given off a good sign of life, but has also introduced some innovations. With the Ryzen 3000 series, however, the company apparently wants to go one better this year. While Intel has built eight cores into the mainstream since last year, AMD is already one step ahead. The rumor mill has been bubbling over for a long time and spits out many exciting things: 16 cores, 5.1 GHz clock, high performance for applications and games.
How much of this can actually be taken seriously will probably only be confirmed by the presentation of the processors. However, some things have already been decided. The company itself has confirmed some things. This includes, for example, that more than eight cores are definitely planned with the chiplet design of Zen 2. It remains to be seen whether there will actually be 16 or only 12 cores. Also another feature is already known. Ryzen 3000 or the Zen 2 architecture in general is one of the first to support the new PCI Express standard PCIe 4.0. However, there are only speculations and leaks regarding the clock rates. A new leak now shows for the first time concrete improvements around the IPC and the clock speed.
15 percent more IPC, 4.5 GHz on four cores
The leak comes from the Chinese online portal bilibili.com. The report speaks of the first test samples of a Ryzen 3000 quad-core that is currently being tested by mainboard manufacturers. The portal claims to have learned about the technical data from one of these manufacturers. For example, the quad-core tested has 15 percent more IPC in comparison with current AMD processors. The maximum boost clock of this processor is supposed to be 4.5 GHz, which is a good 200 MHz above the current top model Ryzen 7 2700X. The memory controller, on the other hand, should not offer any improvements over the current generation.
By the way, the test samples might be early engineering samples. Accordingly, the technical data of the final product may still change. However, the leak shows in which direction we are moving. The fact that it is a quad-core also contradicts the leak of AdoredTV. At the beginning of December 2018, the YouTuber stated that even the small Ryzen 3 processors will come with at least six cores. Also the recently leaked APUs Ryzen 3 3300G and Ryzen 5 3400G don’t really fit into the picture. It remains to be seen to what extent AMD will actually change the portfolio.
X570 comes with 40 PCIe lanes, but no support for A320 mainboards
The report of the Chinese portal also mentions further details about the mainboards and compatibility. Ryzen 3000 is one of the first processor generations to support PCIe 4.0. The PCIe lanes of the X570 high-end chipset also appear to be particularly opulent. In the report, bilibili.com quotes a data sheet listing 40 PCIe 4.0 lanes for the chipset. The first motherboards with the X570 chipset are to be launched on the market together with Ryzen 3000. With Biostar’s announcement to present the first X570 mainboards at Computex 2019, the presentation of Ryzen 3000 is finally set.
And there’s one more detail. Ryzen 3000 continues to be based on the AM4 socket, so compatibility with the previous generation motherboards should be no problem. Even the small B350 and A320 chipsets will be compatible with the new generation. The report now partly contradicts this. Accordingly, no compatibility is planned for the entry-level mainboards with A320 chipsets. These had already not received an update in the form of an A420 chipset in the second generation. This is contradicted by a BIOS update from Asus, which should also make A320 mainboards compatible. How much of the rumors are true will probably only become clear at Computex 2019.