AMD Ryzen 3000 Series - What You Need to Know!
The new Ryzen line-up has been announced by AMD - here's everything you need to know about these awesome CPU's...
There will be 5 CPU's in the range, available early July 2019, with seriously competitive pricing which as yet is to be confirmed but should kick off at the low end at less than £250.
The CPU's are Ryzen 5 3600, Ryzen 5 3600X, Ryzen 7 3700X, Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 9 3900X. Here's a breakdown of their key features:
|Ryzen 5 3600||Ryzen 5 3600X||Ryzen 7 3700X||Ryzen 7 3800X||Ryzen 9 3900X|
|Base Clock||3.6 GHz||3.8 GHz||3.5 GHz||3.6 GHz||3.8 GHz|
|Boost Clock||4.2 GHz||4.4 GHz||4.4 GHz||4.5 GHz||4.6 GHz|
|Cache||35 MB||35 MB||36 MB||36 MB||70 MB|
|PCIe Lanes (Gen 4 CPU+PCH)||40||40||40||40||40|
||$199 US||$249 US||$329 US||$399 US||$499 US|
Particularly noteworthy, aside from the slightly quicker boost speeds, is the low TDP, which potentially not only makes these new chips faster than their Intel equivalents, but also lower power draw, which would be a first for AMD.
The AMD Ryzen 3000 range utilises AMD's new 7nm process and is based on the new Zen 2 core architecture, using the current AM4 platform, offering existing Ryzen users a straightforward upgrade path.
And while the CPU's have a brand new X570 chipset board to support them at launch, the are also backward compatible with many existing X470 & X370 boards too. So existing users will want to check their board manufacturers sites for details on BIOS updates for their particular board.
As for the new X570 boards, details are still emerging as to what new features are in store however it does appear that these boards will be the first to exclusively feature support for PCIe Gen4 standard.
There are some major revisions having been made to the architecture since the first generation:
- Improved Execution Pipeline
- Doubled Floating Point (256-bit) and Load/Store (Doubled Bandwidth)
- Doubled Core Density
- Half the Energy Per Operation
- Improved Branch Prediction
- Better Instruction Pre-Fetching
- Re-Optimized Instruction Cache
- Larger Op Cache
- Increased Dispatch / Retire Bandwidth
- Maintaining High Throughput for All Modes
Zen 2 also provides enhanced security at hardware level, meaning Intel suffer yet another blow in terms of their reported vulnerabilities, so Ryzen users need not worry about hardware level exploits such as Spectre and Meltdown.
But as usual it's gamers and high end enthusiasts who really stand to benefit from AMD's latest release and we'll be looking forward to offering the full lineup on site as soon as they products land, so make sure to stay tuned!
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