Celebrating the company’s 50 year anniversary, AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su kicked off Taipei’s Computex 2019 with the first-ever opening keynote speech unveiling the third generation of Ryzen processors.
Earlier this year at CES 2019, AMD announced the Radeon VII, a consumer-grade 7-nanometer (nm) GPU designed to compete with Nvidia’s RTX 2080. Premiering the Zen 2 architecture, the Radeon VII was the first step in AMD’s mission “to deliver leadership 7nm products to [their]… computing ecosystem.” AMD revealed the base model of the new ecosystem at Computex—the Ryzen 7 3700X: an 8 core/16 thread processor with a boost clock of 4.4 GHz and a power draw of 65W. The company then proceeded to leapfrog itself with the Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 9 3900X, with the latter boasting a whopping 12 core/24 thread count with a 4.6 GHz boost frequency at 105W.
While clock speeds, cores, and threads are the main attractions, secondary specs are not to be ignored. Ryzen 3 is set to use the AM4 socket type, providing ease of upgrade for motherboards dating back to September 2016. Its PCIe 4.0 support allows for greater bandwidth transfer and provides compatibility with future components. With a 15% boost to Instructions per cycle (IPC) and twice the cache size, this generation of processors yields both performance and longevity.
The specifications of Ryzen 3’s debut processors are especially interesting when considering AMD’s Threadripper series. Both the first and second generations of Threadripper greatly improved multi-core performance with the highest-end chips coming in at 32 cores/64 threads, putting pressure on Intel at the higher end of the CPU market. With the use of Zen 2 and a 7nm build, performance of the Threadripper 3000 series can be speculated to raise the bar even higher.
Rumors and confirmations surrounding Sony’s follow-up to the PlayStation 4 also provide another angle from which to look at Ryzen 3. Mark Cerny, Sony’s lead system architect, has confirmed the company’s use of an 8 core Ryzen 3 CPU as well as the Zen 2 architecture. This inclusion will undoubtedly increase AMD’s market share and display Ryzen’s capabilities across company lines.
All three desktop processors will be available July 7, starting at $329 for the 3700X, $399 for the 3800X, and the Ryzen 9 3900X coming in at less than half the price of its direct competitor—Intel’s i9-9900X—at $499 (all prices in USD).
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