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AMD presented the new Ryzen 3000 generation at Computex 2019. The top model comes with 12 cores and 4.6 GHz clock speed, market launch: July 7.
Ryzen 3000: more of everything
AMD today unveiled the new generation of Ryzen processors at Computex 2019. On the one hand, the company fulfilled the expectations, but on the other hand, as with Navi, it surprised with one or two details. AMD starts again with the top models. Unlike the leaks, however, there are not up to 16 cores, but only up to 12.
AMD points out that it paid particular attention to internally improved structures in Zen 2. The IPC actually rose by 15 percent. Floating point performance has also risen again and has doubled compared to the first Zen generation. As previously confirmed, Zen 2 comes with comprehensive support for PCIe 4.0. AMD also has a benchmark here. On the occasion of the PCIe 4.0 launch, 3DMark has developed a benchmark that can use the speed of the interface. In combination with a new RX 5700 graphics card, the Ryzen 7 3800X beats a combination of i9-9900K and RTX 2080 Ti with a difference of 69 percent.
There is also a new feature for the cache. It’ twice the size. AMD continues to hold on to AM4 as socket. The internal chip structure has changed significantly. There are now a central management chip and two smaller chiplets that contain the actual processor cores. The Ryzen 7 processors each have one chiplet, while Ryzen 9 comes with two chiplets.
Ryzen 9 3900X with 12 cores and 4.6 GHz clock rate, Ryzen 7 still with 8 cores
The new top model of the Ryzen 3000 series is actually called Ryzen 9. The product family is new and expands AMD’s portfolio upwards. The released processor is called Ryzen 9 3900X and is the top model. The processor has only 12 cores, which is different than expected. The base clock rate is 3.8 GHz, the boost clock 4.6 GHz. The combined cache has a size of 70 MB. However, the TDP is particularly outstanding. The processor is rated at only 105 watts.
The Ryzen 7 series is probably more interesting for gamers. AMD presented two models, the Ryzen 7 3700X and the Ryzen 7 3800X. After a generation break AMD introduces a new top model above the 3700X. Both processors come with eight cores and 16 threads. The clock rates have increased significantly compared to the predecessor. The Ryzen 7 3700X comes with 3.6 GHz base and 4.4 GHz boost clock. Another scoop is added with the Ryzen 7 3800X, which comes with 3.9 GHz base and 4.6 GHz boost clock. The cache of both processors has doubled to 36 MB. What is really special, however, is the TDP. This is only 65 watts for the 3700X, while the 3800X can consume 105 watts.
Same Singlecore Performance as Intel
At the keynote AMD especially emphasized the performance in comparison to Intel. For example, the company compared the Ryzen 7 3700X with the i7-9700K, while the Ryzen 7 3800X compared with the i9-9900K. According to AMD, the single-core performance is the same as with Intel’s counterparts. The true performance bringer, however, is the multicore performance. This is 28 percent higher with the Ryzen 7 3700X compared to the i7-9700K, the 3800X even achieves 37 percent more performance. It is also two percent superior to the i9-9900K. However, it is important to note that these tests only refer to the Cinebench R20 benchmark.
Even more impressive was the demonstration of the Ryzen 9 3900X. AMD compared this to the Intel Core i9-9920X, which also has 12 cores. The Ryzen 9 3900X is 14 percent ahead in the singlecore test and six percent ahead in the multicore test. AMD also compared the two processors in Blender. When rendering the same image, the Ryzen 9 3900X was 18 percent faster. Again, AMD emphasizes the TDP. While the i9-9920X can consume 165 watts, the TDP of the Ryzen 9 3900X is only 105 watts.
AMD then draws a further comparison with the price. While the i9-9920X is available from 1,240 Euros, AMD only charges $499 for the Ryzen 9 3900X. The price structure of the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 7 3800X is also similarly inexpensive. The first one is available like the predecessor for $329, for a bit more clock rate you pay $399 for the 3800X. As a market start AMD confirmed the 7th of July in allusion to 7nm. What prices look like in Europe is still unknown. However, we assume that these are similar to US prices.