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AMD Zen 3 Tech Report : What's New, What's Unchanged?

AMD Zen 3 Tech Report : What’s New, What’s Unchanged?

Take a look at what’s new in the AMD Zen 3 microarchitecture, and what they borrowed from the last-gen Zen 2 microarchitecture!

 

AMD Zen 3 Architecture

Codename Vermeer, Zen 3 is the next evolution of the AMD Zen architecture.

While it obviously borrowed considerably from the existing Zen 2 architecture, AMD says it is a ground-up redesign that with major performance and functionality improvements in every area of the core.

These architectural changes allow Zen 3-based processors, like the Ryzen 5000 series, to deliver a 19% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC).

Front-End Enhancements

  • Faster fetching, especially for branchy and large-footprint code
  • L1 branch target buffer doubled in size to 1024 entries for better prediction latency
  • Improved branch predictor bandwidth
  • Faster recovery from misprediction
  • “No bubble” prediction capabilities to make back-to-back predictions more quickly and better handle branchy code
  • Faster sequencing of op-cache fetches
  • Finer granularity in switching of op-cache pipes

Execution Engines

  • Reduce latency and enlarge structures to extract higher instruction-level parallelism (ILP)
  • New dedicated branch and st-data pickers for integer, now at 10 issues per cycle (+3 vs. Zen 2)
  • Larger integer window at +32 vs. Zen 2
  • Reduced latency for select float and int operations
  • Floating point has increased bandwidth by +2 for a total of 6-wide dispatch and issue
  • Floating point FMAC is now 1 cycle faster

Load Store

  • Larger structures and better prefetching to support the enhanced execution engine bandwidth
  • Overall higher bandwidth to feed the appetite of the larger/faster execution resources
  • Higher load bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1
  • Higher store bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1
  • More flexibility in load/store operations
  • Improved memory dependence detection
  • +4 table walkers in the TLB

SOC Architecture

  • Reduce dependency on main memory accesses, reduce core-to-core latency, reduce core-to-cache latency.
  • Unify all cores in a CCD into a single unified complex consisting of 4, 6, or 8 contiguous cores
  • Unify all L3 cache in a CCD into a single contiguous element of up to 32 MB
  • Rearchitect core/cache communication into a ring system

 

AMD Zen 3 SoC Design

In addition to micro architectural improvements, Zen 3 (Vermeer) also features SoC design changes.

In Zen 2, each CCD (Compute Die) is made up of two CCX (core complexes), each with a 16 MB L3 cache.

Zen 3 uses a unified complex, in which each CCD now contains a single CCX with a unified 32 MB L3 cache.

This unified CCD design completely eliminates CCX-to-CCX communication, greatly improving core-to-core latency.

On the other hand, AMD reused the chiplet design, with one or two CCDs (fabricated on 7 nm) paired with a 12 nm IOD (I/O Die).

Reads from CCD to IO are still 2X write, to conserve die area and transistor budget. And it uses the same IOD from Matisse (Zen 2).

 

AMD Zen 3 Transistor Count + Die Size

The new Zen 3 CCD has 4.15 billion transistors, with a die size of 80.7 mm². That’s up from the 3.8 billion transistors and a die size of 74 mm² for the Zen 2 CCD.

The Matisse-era IOD remains the same – 2.09 billion transistors, with a die size of 125 mm².

They will both be manufactured using the same 7 nm TSMC process for CCD, and 12 nm Global Foundries process for IOD.

Core Die Zen 3 Zen 2
Process 7 nm TSMC
Transistors 4.15 billion 3.8 billion
Die Size 80.7 mm² 74 mm²
I/O Die Zen 3 Zen 2
Process 12 nm GoFlo
Transistors 2.09 billion
Die Size 125 mm²

 

AMD Zen 3 Precision Boost : No Change

Precision Boost 2 in Zen 3 remains the same as that of Zen 2, just with higher frequencies to “play with”.

It is an opportunistic boost algorithm that drives the loaded cores to the highest possible frequency, until it hits any one of these limits :

  • socket power
  • VRM thermal limit
  • VRM current limit
  • maximum clock speed

Precision Boost 2 will dynamically analyse and boost or dither the core clock speeds every 1 ms using the Infinity Fabric command and control functions.

In this example of the new Ryzen 9 5900X with a base clock of 3.7 GHz and a boost clock of 4.8 GHz, Precision Boost 2 will typically result in frequencies of 4.4 GHz to 4.6 GHz, even with 24 threads running at the same time.

 

AMD Zen 3 Voltage Range : No Change

Despite the changes in the microarchitecture and SoC design, Zen 3 processors will continue to be engineered with the same voltage range as Zen- and Zen 2-based processors.

The typical voltage range will vary according to usage, but basically, Zen 3 processors, like the Ryzen 5000 series, will support 0.2 V to 1.5 V.

 

AMD Zen 3 Temperature Range : No Change

AMD Zen 3-based processors will also have the same temperature ranges as Zen- and Zen 2-based processors.

Note : The temperature range below assumes an enclosed chassis, and an air-conditioned room.

 

AMD Zen 3 Memory Overclocking : No Change

Only the Zen 3 core chiplet die (CCD) is new in the Ryzen 5000 series processors. They continue to use the same IO die (IOD) as the 3rd Gen Ryzen processors.

Therefore, the relationship between Infinity Fabric Clock (fclk), Memory Controller Clock (uclk) and Memory Clock (mclk) remains the same.

For optimal performance, they are synchronous – in a 1:1:1 ratio. But users can choose a 1:1:2 ratio if they have trouble overclocking memory.

 

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AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : What You Need To Know!

AMD just announced the Ryzen 5000 series of desktop processors, featuring the new Zen 3 architecture!

Here is a quick round up of what AMD revealed about the Ryzen 5000 desktop processors!

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Official Launch Briefing

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series is designed using the new AMD Zen 3 architecture, and fabricated on the 7 nm process.

The Zen 3 architecture delivers 19% more instructions per cycle (IPC) over the last generation, thanks to these new features :

  • improved load / store performance and flexibility
  • double the size of directly-accessible L3 cache per core
  • a unified 8-core complex (CCX) with direct access to the 32 MB L3 cache
  • wider issue in floating point and integer engines
  • Zero Bubble branch prediction

The new architecture also reduces memory latency through improved core and cache communication, and offer a higher maximum boost clock.

This allows the Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors to deliver up to 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the competition.

The Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors can be installed unto existing AMD 500 series motherboards, after a simple BIOS update.

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Models + Specifications

AMD is introducing four AMD Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors :

  • Ryzen 9 5950X : 16C/32T | 105W | 3.4 GHz to 4.9 GHz | 72MB cache
  • Ryzen 9 5900X : 12C/24T | 105W | 3.7 GHz to 4.8 GHz | 70MB cache
  • Ryzen 7 5800X : 8C/16T | 105W | 3.8 GHz to 4.7 GHz | 36MB cache
  • Ryzen 5 5600X : 6C/12T | 65W | 3.7 GHz to 4.6 GHz | 35MB cache

For easier comparison, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Architecture Zen 3
Fab Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Performance

First up, Robert Hallock shared that the Ryzen 9 5900X delivers 28% better gaming performance (at 1080p) in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, compared to the Ryzen 9 3900XT.

On average, the Ryzen 9 5900X offers 26% faster gaming, compared to the Ryzen 9 3900XT.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is the first desktop processor to break 600 points in CINEBENCH single-thread performance.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is even better, with a single-thread score of 640, according to Dr. Lisa Su.

Compared to the Intel Core i9-10900K, the Ryzen 9 5900X offers up to 21% better gaming performance at 1080p.

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Price + Availability

All four Ryzen 5000 processor models will be available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP :

  • Ryzen 9 5950X : US$799
  • Ryzen 9 5900X : US$549
  • Ryzen 7 5800X : US$449
  • Ryzen 5 5600X : US$299 (with Wraith Stealth cooler)

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Equipped To Win Game Bundle

Every purchase of the Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 7 5800X between 5 November 2020 and 31 December 2020 will come with a free copy of Far Cry 6 Standard Edition for PC.

The same offer also applies to the Ryzen 9 3950X, Ryzen 9 3900XT and Ryzen 7 3800XT between 20 October 2020 and 31 December 2020.

 

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Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C Revealed!

AMD just introduced the Ryzen 7 3700C, Ryzen 5 3500C and Ryzen 3 3250C mobile processors with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series mobile APUs!

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Chromebooks Get A Boost!

The three new AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series mobile processors come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

Built on the older Zen+ or Zen architecture and fabricated on the 12 nm or 14 nm process technology, they are designed as premium APUs for Chromebooks.

At launch, AMD is introducing three Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors, with a 15 W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700C : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 10 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3500C : 4C/8T | up to 3.7 GHz | 6 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3250C : 2C/4T | up to 3.5 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores

These Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors will be used in premium Chromebook laptops, offering significantly better performance than the old AMD A-Series APUs, and better performance than the AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors.

Although they are not part of these processors, Chromebooks based on the AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series will feature Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity.

The AMD A-Series APUs, with a 6 W TDP, will continue to ship in entry-level Chromebooks.

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Specifications

Specifications Ryzen 7
3700C
Ryzen 5
3500C
Ryzen 3
3250C
Architecture Zen+ Zen
Process 12 nm 14 nm
Cores / Threads 4 / 8 2 / 4
Base Clock 2.3 GHz 2.1 GHz 2.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.0 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.5 GHz
L1 Cache 256 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache 2 MB 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 10 8 3
Graphics Clock 1.4 GHz 1.2 GHz
TDP 15 W

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Performance

According to AMD, the new Ryzen 3000 C-Series mobile APUs offer double to triple the web browsing performance, compared to the A6-9220C.

Their graphics performance is even better, with the Ryzen 7 3700C offering 2.5X more performance than the A6-9220C in 3DMark Sling Shot and PCMark’s Photo Editing test.

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Availability

AMD will only say that their partners – HP, ASUS and Lenovo – will introduce six Chromebook laptops in 2020, powered by the new Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series APUs.

No specifics about the models and choice of processor yet. We will keep you updated when we learn more.

 

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AMD Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C Revealed!

AMD just introduced the Athlon Gold 3150C and Athlon Silver 3050C mobile processors with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series mobile APUs!

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Zen Comes To Chromebooks!

The two new AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series mobile processors come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

Built on the older Zen architecture and fabricated on the 14 nm process technology, they are designed to power Chromebooks.

At launch, AMD is introducing these two Athlon 3000 C-Series processors, both with a 15 W TDP :

  • AMD Athlon Gold 3150C : 2C/4T | up to 3.3 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores
  • AMD Athlon Silver 3050C : 2C/2T | up to 3.2 GHz | 5 MB cache | 2 graphics cores

These Athlon 3000 C-Series processors will be used in mid-level Chromebooks, offering better performance than the old AMD A-Series APUs, but less than the AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors.

The AMD A-Series APUs, with a 6 W TDP, will continue to ship in entry-level Chromebooks.

Although they are not part of these processors, Chromebooks based on the AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series will feature Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity.

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Specifications

Specifications Athlon Gold
3150C
Athlon Silver
3050C
Architecture Zen
Process 14 nm
Cores / Threads 2 / 4 2 / 2
Base Clock 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz
Boost Clock 3.3 GHz 3.2 GHz
L1 Cache 128 KB
L2 Cache 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 3 2
Graphics Clock 1.1 GHz
TDP 15 W

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Availability

AMD will only say that their partners – HP, ASUS and Lenovo – will introduce six Chromebook laptops in 2020, powered by the new Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series APUs.

No specifics about the models and choice of processor yet. We will keep you updated when we learn more.

 

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AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs : All You Need To Know!

AMD just unveiled the Ryzen PRO 4000 Series of desktop APUs, with integrated Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 desktop APUs!

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs with Radeon Graphics

Like the recently released Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile APUs, the Ryzen 4000 Series come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

While these new desktop APUs are called the 4000 series, they are still part of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, and based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

At launch, AMD is introducing six Ryzen PRO 4000 Series desktop processors, three with a 65W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G : 8C/16T | up to 4.4 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

And three desktop APUs with a 35W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750GE : 8C/16T | up to 4.3 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650GE : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350GE : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs : Specifications Compared!

We also summarised the key specifications of the six models in this table for easier comparison :

Specifications Ryzen 7
PRO
4750G
Ryzen 7
PRO
4750GE
Ryzen 5
PRO
4650G
Ryzen 5
PRO
4650GE
Ryzen 3
PRO
4350G
Ryzen 3
PRO
4350GE
Cores / Threads 8 / 16 6 / 12 4 / 8
Base Clock 3.6 GHz 3.1 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.0 GHz
L1 Cache 512 KB 384 KB 256 KB
L2 Cache 4 MB 3 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 8 MB 4 MB
Graphics Cores 8 7 6
Graphics Clock 2.1 GHz 2.0 GHz 1.9 GHz 1.7 GHz
TDP 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs : Performance

AMD shared with us this chart to show how much of a performance advantage the new Ryzen PRO 4000 desktop APUs have over the last generation Ryzen PRO 3400G :

AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G vs Intel Core i7-9700 vPro

In this comparison, the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G offers significant performance advantage over the Intel Core i7-9700 vPro.

Of course, this isn’t really a fair fight, since they are comparing a 8C/16T processor against an 8C/8T processor.

AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4650G vs Intel Core i7-9500 vPro

And the Ryzen 7 PRO 4650G is naturally much faster than the Intel Core i7-9500 vPro.

Again, this is a lopsided comparison of an 6C/12T processor against an 6C/6T processor.

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Series : Price + Availability

Unfortunately, all six desktop APUs will be limited to the OEM market initially.

AMD does not plan to introduce them to the retail market, until later. So there is no information on their price or retail availability.

AMD expects desktops with these processors to ship from system integrators starting today, 21 July 2020, and from AMD OEM partners like Lenovo and HP starting in Q4 2020.

 

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AMD Athlon PRO 3000 Desktop APUs : All You Need To Know!

Together with the Ryzen PRO 4000 Series, AMD also unveiled the Athlon PRO 3000 Series with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Athlon PRO 3000 desktop APUs!

 

AMD Athlon PRO 3000 Desktop APUs with Radeon Graphics!

Unlike the recently released Ryzen 3000 XT series, the Athlon PRO 3000 desktop APUs come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

These Athlon PRO models are part of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, and based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

At launch, AMD is introducing three Athlon 4000 G-Series processors :

  • AMD Athlon Gold PRO 3150G : 4C/4T | up to 3.9 GHz | 6 MB cache | 3 graphics cores | 65W TDP
  • AMD Athlon Gold PRO 3150GE : 4C/4T | up to 3.8 GHz | 6 MB cache | 3 graphics cores35W TDP
  • AMD Athlon Silver PRO 3125GE : 2C/4T | 3.4 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores35W TDP

 

AMD Athlon PRO 3000 Desktop APUs : Specifications Compared!

We also summarised the key specifications of the three models in this table for easier comparison :

Specifications Athlon
Gold PRO
3150G
Athlon
Gold PRO
3150GE
Athlon
Silver PRO
3125GE
Cores / Threads 4 / 4 2 / 4
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.4 GHz
Boost Clock 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz NA
L1 Cache 256 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache 2 MB 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 3
Graphics Clock 1.1 GHz
TDP 65 W 35 W

 

AMD Athlon PRO 3000 Series : Price + Availability

Unfortunately, all three Athlon PRO desktop APUs will be limited to the OEM market initially.

AMD does not plan to introduce them to the retail market, until later. So there is no information on their price or retail availability.

AMD expects desktops with these processors to ship from system integrators starting today, 21 July 2020, and from AMD OEM partners like Lenovo and HP starting in Q4 2020.

 

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AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Revealed!

Together with the Ryzen 4000 G-Series, AMD also unveiled the Athlon 3000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series desktop APUs!

 

AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Desktop APUs

Unlike the recently released Ryzen 3000 XT series, the Athlon 3000 G-Series come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

These Athlon models are part of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, and based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

At launch, AMD is introducing three Athlon 4000 G-Series processors :

  • AMD Athlon Gold 3150G : 4C/4T | 3.9 GHz | 6 MB cache | 3 graphics cores | 65W TDP
  • AMD Athlon Gold 3150GE : 4C/4T | 3.8 GHz | 6 MB cache | 3 graphics cores35W TDP
  • AMD Athlon Silver 3050GE : 2C/4T | 3.4 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores35W TDP

 

AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series : Specifications Compared!

We also summarised the key specifications of the three models in this table for easier comparison :

Specifications Athlon Gold
3150G
Athlon Gold
3150GE
Athlon Silver
3050GE
Cores / Threads 4 / 4 2 / 4
Base Clock 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.4 GHz
Boost Clock NA NA NA
L1 Cache 256 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache 2 MB 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 3
Graphics Clock 1.1 GHz
TDP 65 W 35 W

 

AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series : Price + Availability

Unfortunately, all three Athlon desktop APUs will be limited to the OEM market initially.

AMD does not plan to introduce them to the retail market, until later. So there is no information on their price or retail availability.

AMD expects desktops with these processors to ship from OEM partners like Lenovo and HP starting in Q3 2020.

 

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AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Revealed!

On the heels of the Ryzen 3000 XT series, AMD just unveiled the Ryzen 4000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series desktop APUs!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Desktop APUs

Unlike the recently released Ryzen 3000 XT series, the Ryzen 4000 G-Series come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

While these new desktop APUs are called the 4000 series, they are still part of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, and based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

At launch, AMD is introducing six Ryzen 4000 G-Series processors, three with a 65W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700G : 8C/16T | up to 4.4 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 4600G : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 4300G : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

And three desktop APUs with a 35W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700GE : 8C/16T | up to 4.3 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 4600GE : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 4300GE : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series : Specifications Compared!

We also summarised the key specifications of the six models in this table for easier comparison :

Specifications Ryzen 7
4700G
Ryzen 7
4700GE
Ryzen 5
4600G
Ryzen 5
4600GE
Ryzen 3
4300G
Ryzen 3
4300GE
Cores / Threads 8 / 16 6 / 12 4 / 8
Base Clock 3.6 GHz 3.1 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.0 GHz
L1 Cache 512 KB 384 KB 256 KB
L2 Cache 4 MB 3 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 8 MB 4 MB
Graphics Cores 8 7 6
Graphics Clock 2.1 GHz 2.0 GHz 1.9 GHz 1.7 GHz
TDP 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series : Performance

AMD shared with us this chart to show how much of a performance advantage their Ryzen 4000 G-Series desktop APUs have over the 9th Gen Intel Core processors :

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series : Price + Availability

Unfortunately, all six desktop APUs will be limited to the OEM market initially.

AMD does not plan to introduce them to the retail market, until later. So there is no information on their price or retail availability.

AMD expects desktops with these processors to ship from OEM partners like Lenovo and HP starting in Q3 2020.

 

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3000 Series : Full Details!

Now that the NDA is over, we can finally reveal EVERYTHING we know about the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO HEDT processor family!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : What Is It?

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO is a new HEDT processor family, mirroring what Ryzen PRO is to Ryzen.

Unlike the Ryzen Threadripper, the Threadripper PRO is targeted at professional studios, designers, engineers and data scientists.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO series will offer these features over “regular” Threadripper processors.

  • new sWRX8 socket and WRX80 chipset
  • 8 DDR4-3200 memory channels, instead of just 4
  • 2X memory bandwidth over 3rd Gen Threadripper
  • Support for UDIMM, RDIMM, LDRIMM, 3DS RDIMM with ECC support, instead of just UDIMM with ECC
  • Up to 2 TB of memory, instead of just 256 GB
  • 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes, instead of just 64
  • AMD PRO Technologies, including Secure Processor and Memory Guard
  • 18 months of planned software stability
  • 24 months of planned availability

AMD has already chalked up one design win with the Lenovo ThinkStation P620 – the world’s first and only 64-core workstation!

Recommended : Lenovo ThinkStation P620 : World’s First 64-Core Workstation!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Official Tech Briefing!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Available Models

As of today’s launch, AMD is launching only these four processor models :

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX

This is the flagship, with 64 cores capable of processing up to 128 threads simultaneously. It comes with 288 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 2.7 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX

This processor has 32 cores with the ability to process up to 64 threads simultaneously. It comes with 144 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.5 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX

This processor has 16 cores with the ability to process up to 32 threads simultaneously. It comes with 72 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.9 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3945WX

This processor has 12 cores with the ability to process up to 24 threads simultaneously. It comes with 70 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 4.0 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

There Is No Threadripper PRO 3965WX

Although earlier rumoured, this 24-core, 48-thread processor will not be released, at least not on 14 July 2020.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Specifications

In this table, we compare the key specifications of the four processor models :

Specifications TR PRO
3995WX
TR PRO
3975WX
TR PRO
3955WX
TR PRO
3945WX
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 64 / 128 32 / 64 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 2.7 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz 4.0 GHz
Boost Clock 4.2 GHz 4.3 GHz
L1 Cache 4 MB 2 MB 1 MB 768 KB
L2 Cache 32 MB 16 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 256 MB 128 MB 64 MB
Memory Support 8 x DDR4-3200 channels
2 TB maximum
PCIe Support 128 x PCIe Gen 4 lanes
TDP 280 W

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Performance

Threadripper PRO 3945WX

According to AMD, the “baby” of the family will offer 12% better single-threaded performance in CINEBENCH R20, and 28% better multi-threaded performance than a competing 12-core Intel Xeon processor.

They say that this is targeted at those whose software is licensed on a per-core basis. Its high performance per core will allow for better performance, without resorting to more cores and corresponding licence fees.

Threadripper PRO 3955WX

AMD also showed how the 16-core 3955WX can render 14% faster than an 18-core Intel Xeon processor.

Threadripper PRO 3995WX

AMD compared the flagship Threadripper PRO 3995WX with its 64 cores against two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors, with 56 cores.

In the SPECviewperf13 benchmark, that 8-core, 16-thread advantage gave the 3995WX a performance advantage between 4% and 37%.

 

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla : FREE With AMD Ryzen CPUs!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – the upcoming AAA game from Ubisoft – will be FREE with the purchase of selected AMD Ryzen CPUs! Here are the details!

 

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla : A Quick Primer!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is an upcoming action role-playing video game by Ubisoft, the twelfth major installment and the successor to the 2018 game Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

Become Eivor, a Viking raider raised to be a fearless warrior, and lead your clan from icy desolation in Norway to a new home amid the lush farmlands of ninth-century England. Find your settlement and conquer this hostile land by any means to earn a place in Valhalla.

England in the age of the Vikings is a fractured nation of petty lords and warring kingdoms. Beneath the chaos lies a rich and untamed land waiting for a new conqueror. Will it be you?

Write Your Viking Saga

Blaze your own path across England with advanced RPG mechanics. Fight brutal battles, lead fiery raids or use strategy and alliances with other leaders to bring victory. Every choice you make in combat and conversation is another step on the path to greatness.

Lead Epic Raids

Lead a crew of raiders and launch lightning-fast surprise attacks against Saxon armies and fortresses. Claim the riches of your enemies’ lands for your clan and expand your influence far beyond your growing settlement.

Engage In Visceral Combat

Unleash the ruthless fighting style of a Viking warrior as you dual-wield axes, swords, or even shields against relentless foes. Decapitate opponents in close-quarters combat, riddle them with arrows, or assassinate them with your Hidden Blade.

Grow Your Settlement

Your clan’s new home grows with your legend. Customise your settlement by building upgradable structures. Unlock new features and quests by constructing a barracks, a blacksmith, a tattoo parlour, and much more.

Share Your Custom Raider

Recruit mercenary Vikings designed by other players or create and customise your own to share online. Sit back and reap the rewards when they fight alongside your friends in their game worlds.

 

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla : FREE With Selected AMD Ryzen CPUs

From 7 July until 3 October 2020, you will receive a FREE copy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with the purchase of these AMD Ryzen processors :

Unfortunately, the new AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT does NOT qualify for this great freebie. 🙁

 

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AMD Ryzen XT CPUs : Not Turbocharged But Has Free Game!

AMD just launched three XT additions to the 3rd Gen Ryzen family of processors – the Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT.

Here’s a quick comparison of the three new Ryzen XT processors, and how they match up against existing 3rd Gen Ryzen processors!

 

AMD Ryzen XT : Turbocharged? Not Quite…

The Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT are higher-speed variants existing 3rd Gen Ryzen processors.

These XT variants are slightly different in their performance and the cooler they come with.

While the XT postfix implied these are turbocharged processors, that depends on the model :

  • 3900XT vs 3900X : 100 MHz faster boost clock + $50 higher price tag, no Wraith Prism RGB cooler
  • 3800XT vs 3800X : 200 MHz faster boost clocks, no Wraith Prism RGB cooler.
  • 3600XT vs 3600X : 100 MHz faster boost clock, Wraith Spire instead of Wraith Stealth

Here is the official tech briefing to  take you through its key features :

 

AMD Ryzen XT : Price + Availability

Here are the official prices for the new AMD Ryzen XT processors, which will be available for purchase starting 7 July 2020.

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT : $499 / ~£397 / ~A$723 / RM 2,299
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT : $399 / ~£317 / ~A$578 / RM 1,899
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : $249 / ~£198 / ~A$361 / RM 1,199

To sweeten the deal, AMD is offering a FREE copy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with every purchase of a Ryzen 9 XT or Ryzen 7 XT processor, from 7 July until 3 October 2020!

Unfortunately, the Ryzen 5 3600XT does NOT qualify for the free game… 🙁

 

AMD Ryzen XT : Specifications Compared!

In this table, we compare the new Ryzen 9 3900XT against the Ryzen 9 3950X and Ryzen 9 3900X processors.

Specifications Ryzen 9
3950X
Ryzen 9
3900XT
Ryzen 9
3900X
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Boost Clock 4.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB
PCIe Support PCIe Gen 4 (24 lanes)
TDP 105 W
Bundled Cooler NA Wraith Prism
RGB
Launch Price $749 $499 $449

And here is the Ryzen 7 3800XT compared to the Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 7 3700X.

Specifications Ryzen 7
3800XT
Ryzen 7
3800X
Ryzen 7
3700X
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 8 / 16
Base Clock 3.9 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.7 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz
L2 Cache 4 MB
L3 Cache 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe Gen 4 (24 lanes)
TDP 105 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler NA Wraith Prism RGB
Launch Price $399 $399 $329

Finally, we compared the Ryzen 5 3600XT against the Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600.

Specifications Ryzen 5
3600XT
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.2 GHz
L2 Cache 3 MB
L3 Cache 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe Gen 4 (24 lanes)
TDP 95 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler Wraith
Spire
Wraith
Stealth
Wraith
Spire
Launch Price $249 $249 $199

 

AMD Ryzen XT : Our First Impressions

To be honest, the AMD Ryzen XT processors don’t really excite us that much, and here’s why…

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT

The Ryzen 9 3900XT has a slightly faster boost clock and loses its bundled cooler. Yet it costs $50 more than the Ryzen 9 3900X.

It would be better to stick with the cheaper Ryzen 9 3900 – you won’t notice the difference. And in case it’s not “fast enough” (seriously?), you can just overclock it.

AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT

This is the second-best Ryzen XT model of the trio, offering a 200 MHz faster boost clock than the Ryzen 7 3800X at the same price point.

You are basically trading the bundled Wraith Prism RGB cooler for a 200 MHz faster boost clock.

Frankly, unless you are planning to use water cooling, it might be a better idea to just buy the Ryzen 7 3800X and overclock using its Wraith Prism RGB cooler.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT

This is really the best Ryzen XT model, offering a slightly faster boost clock with a better Wraith Spire cooler, at the same price as the Ryzen 5 3600X.

That makes the Ryzen 5 3600X completely pointless. We wouldn’t be surprised if AMD drops price on the Ryzen 5 3600X, or removes it from the line-up.

 

AMD Ryzen XT : Free Game Changes Dynamics!

AMD’s surprise announcement that they will bundle a free copy of the upcoming AAA game – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – changed everything.

If you are a gamer planning to buy this game, then it’s a great deal, because the game costs US$59.99 / £49.99 / RM 189.99!

Unfortunately, the Ryzen 5 3600XT does NOT qualify for the free game… 🙁

 

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT In-Depth Review : Seriously?

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) is a slightly faster variant of the Ryzen 5 3600X, with a better CPU cooler.

Find out how it fares against the other processors, and why it left us quite perplexed…

 

AMD Ryzen 3000XT : Turbocharged? Not Quite…

The Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 5 3600XT are higher-speed variants existing 3rd Gen Ryzen processors. These XT variants are slightly different in their performance and the cooler they come with.

While the XT postfix implied these are turbocharged processors, that depends on the model :

  • 3900XT vs 3900X : 100 MHz faster boost clock + $50 higher price tag, no Wraith Prism RGB cooler
  • 3800XT vs 3800X : 200 MHz faster boost clocks, no Wraith Prism RGB cooler.
  • 3600XT vs 3600X : 100 MHz faster boost clock, Wraith Spire instead of Wraith Stealth

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Specifications Compared!

In this table, we compare the Ryzen 5 3600XT against the Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600.

Specifications Ryzen 5
3600XT
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.2 GHz
L2 Cache 3 MB
L3 Cache 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe Gen 4 (24 lanes)
TDP 95 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler Wraith
Spire
Wraith
Stealth
Wraith
Spire
Launch Price $249 $249 $199

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : Price + Availability

Here are the official prices for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) processor, which will be available for purchase starting 7 July 2020.

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : $249 / ~£198 / ~A$361 / RM 1,199

And here are online purchase options :

And in case you are wondering, NO, it does not come with the free Assassin’s Creed Valhalla game.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Unboxed!

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) comes in a large retail box, bundled with an AMD Wraith Spire cooler inside.

When you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT processor
  • AMD Wraith Spire CPU cooler
  • AMD Ryzen 5 case badge
  • AMD desktop CPU installation sheet

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Hands-On Experience!

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) has six Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.8 GHz base clock, and a 4.5 GHz boost clock.

It supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), and can therefore handle 12 threads simultaneously. It also has a 95W TDP.

Like the previous generations, it has 512 KB L2 cache per core, with a total L2 cache size of 3 MB. But thanks to a larger transistor budget, it has a very large 32 MB L3 cache – twice that of the last-generation 2nd Gen Ryzen processors!

Like all other 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT still uses the AMD AM4 socket, and is drop-in compatible with existing AM4 motherboards.

You can just swap out your existing 3rd Gen Ryzen processor and drop in this processor without a BIOS update. If you are upgrading an older motherboard, make sure first update its BIOS to support the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L2 Cache L3 Cache Memory
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 1.5 MB 12 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT 6 / 12 3.8 GHz 4.5 GHz 3 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 6 / 12 3.8 GHz 4.4 GHz 3 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 4 / 8 3.8 GHz 4.3 GHz 2 MB 16 MB DDR4-3200

Here are the specifications of the Intel and AMD testbeds we used.

Intel Testbed AMD Testbed
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F-Gaming ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (GeForce 451.48)
Storage 1TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : 3D Rendering Speed

CINEBENCH R20 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software.

It is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R20 Single Core Performance

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

Its high base clock and large L3 cache appears to give the Ryzen 5 3600XT an advantage over the other processors in the single core test, besting the Ryzen 7 2700X by 22.7%.

CINEBENCH R20 Multi Core Performance

The Multi Core test shows the processor’s real-world 3D rendering performance.

This is very good performance for a 6-core processor, performing just 4.4% slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which is an 8-core, 16-thread processor.

But note that it is just 2.2% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X. Its performance advantages are mainly due to microarchitecture improvements in the 3rd Gen Ryzen.

Multi-Threading Boost

This is not a CINEBENCH benchmark result. The Multi-Threading Boost is our calculation of the performance boost that the processor’s Multi-Threading capability provides.

While performing better than the Ryzen 7 2700X, the Ryzen 5 3600XT does not do as well as the Ryzen 3 3300X, which has all of its processor cores in the same CCD (Core Chipset Die).

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : Transcoding Speed

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility, which converts a video file from one resolution / format to another.

As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive, which makes it a great benchmark for multi-core processors. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

Despite having just six cores, the Ryzen 5 3600XT is 91.3% as fast as the Ryzen 7 2700X, which has 8 cores.

But notably, it’s just 1.4% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : Radial Blur Speed

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores.

This radial blur test was performed on Photoshop CC 14 using a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

As a 6-core processor, the Ryzen 5 3600XT did well, coming within 17.6% of the 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X.

It also had a slightly wider 4% performance advantage over the Ryzen 5 3600X..

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Synthetic Game Test : 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which supports DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT was just 5.2% slower than the Core i7-8700K, and 16.9% slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X.

Of course, the CPU only has a slight influence on a game’s performance, so its effect on the overall gaming score is less significant.

Surprisingly, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT actually edged out the Core i7-8700K, and was just 2% slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT was just 3.2% slower than the Core i7-8700K, and 5.4% slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X.

Now check out the processors’ effect on the overall gaming score…

At 4K, it was neck-to-neck with the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 2700X. Obviously, CPU performance only has a small effect at this resolution.

 

F1 2019

F1 2019 is a relatively recent racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that. This is why the number of CPU cores don’t really matter when it comes to games. CPU performance has only a small effect on the frame rate.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the importance of CPU performance was even smaller.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively recent third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440

1080p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT did well, tying with the Core i7-8700K and Ryzen 5 3600X. But as you can see, the effect of CPU performance on frame rate is small, even at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution up to 1440p, it really didn’t matter that much which processor you used.

 

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

In this game, the single core CPU performance has a significant effect on the actual frame rate.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440

1080p Gaming Resolution

Showcasing the importance of single-core performance, the Ryzen 5 3600X came within 7% of the Core i7-8700K.

But note that it was just 1.5% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X, and just 3.5% faster than the Ryzen 3 3300X!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the Ryzen 5 3600X was just 6.2% slower than the Core i7-8700K, and just 1.8% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X, and 6.7% faster than the Ryzen 3 3300X.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : Our Verdict!

Built around the Zen 2 microarchitecture, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) uses a chiplet design which combines 7 nm and 12 nm parts to deliver a more powerful, and power-efficient processor at a great price point.

The end result is significantly better single-core and multi-core performance over previous generation Ryzen processors.

There is no doubt that this 6-core, 12-thread processor offers great performance at a great price point, with a better Wraith Spire cooler to boot.

That said, we cannot understand why AMD would bother coming up with it in the first place.

On paper, it only offers a 100 MHz faster boost clock and a better Wraith Spire cooler over the existing Ryzen 5 3600X.

In real life, that translates into a negligible 1%~4% performance advantage over the Ryzen 5 3600X that no one will really notice.

Think of the Ryzen 5 3600XT as the Ryzen 5 3600X with a better Wraith Spire cooler… and a FREE game!

So who should, or should NOT, buy the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY)?

  • Buy : If it is the same price as the Ryzen 5 3600X, or at most 5% more expensive
  • Consider : If you are upgrading from a first-generation or second-generation Ryzen.
  • Avoid : If you are already using a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor, especially for a gaming system

Another alternative would be to purchase a Ryzen 5 3600X, especially if it is 10-15% cheaper.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : Where To Buy?

Here are the official prices for the AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) processor, which will be available for purchase starting 7 July 2020.

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT : $249 / ~£198 / ~A$361 / RM 1,199

And here are online purchase options :

 

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AMD 25×20 Initiative : Goals FAR Exceeded!

AMD just announced that they FAR exceeded the goals of the 25×20 initiative they set in 2014.

Join us for a quick video overview of the AMD 25×20 Initiative, and how far they exceeded those goals!

 

AMD 25×20 Initiative : What Is It?

Back in 2014, AMD mobile APUs were widely panned for their poor energy efficiency. That ensured the continued dominance of Intel mobile processors in the laptop market.

So they challenged themselves to dramatically improve the real-world energy efficiency of their mobile processors, setting the moonshot goal of delivering at least 25 times better energy efficiency by the year 2020.

That is essentially the crux of the AMD 25×20 initiative.

 

AMD 25×20 Initiative : Goals FAR Exceeded!

Six years later, AMD announced that they far exceeded the goals of their 25×20 initiative.

With the introduction of their 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 4000 series of mobile APUs (codenamed Renoir), they actually delivered 31.7X more energy efficiency!

AMD achieved their 25×20 goals by delivering :

  • New CPU and GPU architectures tightly integrated into a common SoC
  • New innovations in real-time power management
  • Continued evolution of the AMD Infinity Fabric architecture
  • Silicon-level power optimizations
  • Rapid adoption of the latest process technologies (28nm > 14nm > 12nm > 7nm)

 

AMD 25×20 Initiative : The Impact

To illustrate the impact of this leap in energy efficiency, AMD shared these calculations.

If an enterprise upgrades 50,000 AMD laptops from 2014 models to 2020 models, it would save approximately 1.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 971,000 kg of carbon emissions,

That would be roughly equivalent to growing 16,000 trees for 10 years!

 

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Fact Check : AMD Ryzen 4000 Will Use 5nm TSMC Process?

Is it true that the upcoming AMD Ryzen 4000 (Zen 3) desktop processors will be fabricated on the 5nm TSMC process, instead of 7nm as announced? Let’s find out!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 : Zen 2 | Zen 3

At CES 2020, AMD launched the Ryzen 4000 family of mobile processors, which only just kicked off after delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AMD is expected to introduce the Ryzen 4000 family of desktop processors, built on a newer Zen 3 microarchitecture, later this year.

AMD’s naming convention confuses people, because the Ryzen 4000 mobile processors are 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, while the upcoming Ryzen 4000 desktop processors will be 4th Gen Ryzen processors.

To make it easier for you to understand, we created this table to differentiate the two processor families.

Specifications Ryzen 4000
Desktop
Ryzen 4000
Mobile
Ryzen Generation 4th Gen 3rd Gen
Microarchitecture Zen 3 Zen 2
Fabrication Process Improved 7 nm 7 nm
Launch Date Late 2020 Jan 2020

 

DigiTimes : AMD Ryzen 4000 Will Use 5nm TSMC Process

A DigiTimes article, purportedly translated and posted by RetiredEngineer, claimed that the next-generation AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop processors, using the Zen 3 microarchitecture, will be fabricated on the brand-new 5nm process technology, instead of 7nm as announced earlier.

Rumor has it that AMD and TSMC have adjusted their foundry blueprints. The Ryzen 4000 series of desktop processors originally expected to launch at the end of 2020 will now use TSMC’s enhanced 5nm process (5nm Plus) instead of 7nm EUV, clearly demonstrating that AMD is now considered a tier-one customer for TSMC.

This new development confirms earlier news that TSMC, which only recently entered the 5nm era in April, is accelerating its enhanced 5nm process, bringing forward the mass production schedule to 4Q; and the enhanced 5nm Ryzen series processors will also put unprecedented pressure on Intel. Both TSMC and AMD declined to comment on rumors.

In the first quarter of 2020, AMD benefitted from the pandemic, which boosted demand due to the work-from-home economy. PC and server sales exceeded expectations; Ryzen and EPYC series processors shipments were strong, driving first quarter revenue up by 40% compared to the same period in 2019. Earnings were also better than market expectations.

Despite AMD’s conservative outlook for Q2, with revenue estimates between $1.75B and $1.95B, it is still up by 21% compared with the same period in 2019, and up 4% sequentially, still a good result despite the traditional low season for PCs and the impact of the pandemic.

As understood, AMD’s desktop and server shipments have strengthened across the board since the second half of 2019, and demand has exceeded market expectations. Even AMD themselves and TSMC were caught by surprise. This has led to significant improvements in AMD’s profitability. TSMC happily welcomes the growing strength of its chip customers.

According to sources in the semiconductor industry, AMD had announced a comprehensive partnership with TSMC for sub-7nm processes, and has also confirmed mass production schedules for 7nm, 7nm EUV, 5nm and 3nm products. However, beyond expectations, AMD’s performance took a Great Leap Forward over the last one and a half years. Board, PC and server manufacturers significantly increased their ‘weightage’ (adoption of AMD products relative to others), in part due to Intel’s chip shortages. More importantly, the partnership with TSMC resulted in drastically improved product performance and yield, as well as price competitiveness for AMD, leading to rising shipments and market share quarter after quarter.

In 2020, because of the huge increase in sales, AMD has been urgently chasing after TSMC to expedite orders. The size of those orders were not small, becoming the greatest fallback for TSMC, which got caught in the Huawei ban crisis, making demand and production planning extremely difficult. As a result, TSMC is also adjusting (broadening) its services for AMD, and in considering the optimum allocation of production capacity, modified the process plans for AMD’s products.

As understood, TSMC has entered the 5nm era since April. The enhanced version of 5nm will also enter mass production in Q4, ahead of market expectations, and the first customer to adopt it is AMD, with its new Ryzen 4000 series processors.

AMD’s new generation Ryzen 4000 series processor (codenamed Vermeer), originally planned to use 7nm EUV, will be unveiled around Sep-Oct, but in line with the mass production schedule of TSMC’s enhanced 5nm process, will only be launched at the end of the year or during CES in Jan 2021.

According to semiconductor industry players, AMD plonked down a lot of money to enter the enhanced 5nm era, hoping to build upon its success and expand its leadership in advanced process technology before Intel’s 10nm process is fully deployed and 7nm process is yet to debut, once again capitalising on the narrative around introduction of advanced process technology and performance/efficiency improvements, to narrow its market share with Intel.

Judging by AMD’s current momentum and product performance, the enhanced 5nm Ryzen series processors will put unprecedented pressure on Intel. If Intel does not cut prices or accelerate the introduction of 10nm desktop processors, its empire may be gradually eroded by AMD, ushering in the biggest change in the global PC platform competitive landscape in 15 years: AMD’s market share can be expected to reach historical highs.

Separately, Nvidia has finally joined the 7nm bandwagon recently, entering full production in the second half of the year, while 5nm capacity continues to be reserved for Apple and HiSilicon, although the status of HiSilicon’s orders after Q4 is unknown due to the heightened US ban on Huawei.

Now, we have not directly seen the DigiTimes article, so we cannot vouch for its authenticity. We only have this picture to go by :

 

5 Reasons Why AMD Ryzen 4000 Will NOT Use 5nm TSMC Process

We have no idea whether the DigiTimes article exists, or was translated accurately, but we seriously doubt it will happen. Here’s why…

Reason #1 : AMD Unlikely To Delay Ryzen 4000 Desktop Launch To 2021

AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su confirmed at CES 2020 that Zen 3 will debut in 2020, most likely around October to make it in time for the year-end holiday season.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the consumer launch of the Ryzen 4000 mobile processors, it is unlikely to delay the launch of the Ryzen 4000 desktop processors until early 2021.

Reason #2 : Desktop Ryzen Processors Don’t “Need” 5nm

While shrinking die size is generally a good thing, desktop processors like the upcoming 4th Gen Ryzen 4000 CPUs do not “need” a die shrink.

The focus will be on achieving high clock speeds at lower costs. That’s why the 3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 desktop processors use a chiplet design – the CPU dies are fabricated on 7nm, while the I/O die is fabricated on 12nm.

A matured and improved 7nm process would allow the 4th Gen Ryzen 4000 processors to deliver higher clock speeds at a much lower cost than a new 5nm process.

Reason #3 : Mobile Ryzen Processors Will Likely Be First To Use 5nm

AMD is strongest in the desktop and HEDT segment, outperforming Intel by sheer brute force, thanks to the higher number of cores in their desktop Ryzen and Threadripper processors.

They are weakest in the mobile market, with Intel mobile processors still controlling the vast majority of the market.

To seriously take on Intel in this critical segment, AMD would probably leverage the costly 5nm process to give their future Ryzen 5000 mobile processors a significant advantage in both performance and power consumption.

Reason #4 : 5nm Not That Advantageous Over Improved 7nm

While a 5nm transistor node sounds like it will offer 28.5% smaller transistors than a 7nm node, the difference in reality is much smaller.

That’s partly because the transistor sizes – 7nm, 5nm – are really marketing terms, not precise engineering definitions – and partly because of diminishing returns.

In any case, the TSMC 5nm process promises to offer 25% better performance over 7nm, but their improved 7nm process will offer at least 10% better performance over 7nm.

In other words, the net performance difference between the TSMC 5nm and improved TSMC 7nm (N7+) is just 13.6%. The cost of 5nm would, no doubt, be far more than improved 7nm.

Reason #5 : 5nm Yields Are Still Poor

Another thing to consider with a new transistor node is yield. This is the problem Intel had with their 10nm process technology – poor yield.

As of December 2019, the 5nm TSMC process has an average yield per wafer of ~80% with a tiny die size of 17.92 mm2. That yield goes down to an abysmal 32% with a 100 mm2 die size.

While no one knows how big the Zen 3 die will be, it is safe to say it will be closer to 100 mm2. The Zen 2 die, for example, is 74 mm2 in size.

Will AMD risk the success of their 4th Gen Ryzen 4000 desktop processors on TSMC hitting reasonable yields on 5 nm? We think not!

 

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First 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 Processors : What You Need To Know!

AMD just unveiled the first two 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 processors – Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100!

Here is everything you need to know about the new AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 processors!

 

The AMD Ryzen 3000 Processor Family

The AMD Ryzen 3000 processor family, also known as the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, is based on the new AMD Zen 2 architecture, and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

The Ryzen 3000 processors boast significantly better single-threaded performance, with an L3 cache that is twice as large as the last-generation 2nd Gen Ryzen processors.

They are also PCIe 4.0-ready, offering 24 lanes that can be increased to 40 lanes, when paired with the new AMD X570 motherboard.

But the best part about these 3rd Gen Ryzen processors (for current AMD users) is their backward compatibility. As long as your AM4 motherboard has an updated BIOS, you can just upgrade to a brand-new Ryzen 3000 class processor!

Recommended : The AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Deep Dive Tech Briefing!

 

First 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 CPUs : Ryzen 3 3300X | Ryzen 3 3100

Some ten months after they first announced the 3rd Gen Ryzen family, AMD has finally released their first 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 processors :

  • AMD Ryzen 3 3300X : 4C/8T CPU with 65W TDP
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : 4C/8T CPU with 65W TDP

Unlike the Ryzen 3 2300X that was released recently, they both support SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading), allowing both 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 models to handle up to 8 simultaneous threads.

Both of these 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 processors will come bundled with the AMD Wraith Stealth cooler.

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 5 3500X : China-Only Model Goes Global!

 

New AMD B550 Chipset

AMD also announced a new B550 chipset for Socket AM4, which will power affordable motherboards that support PCIe 4.0.

 

3rd Gen Ryzen 3 Specifications

We compare both the new 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 processors against the existing 3rd Gen Ryzen 5 processors.

Specifications Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Ryzen 5
3500X
Ryzen 3
3300X
Ryzen 3
3100
Process 7 nm + 12 nm
Cores / Threads 6 / 12 6 / 6 4 / 8
Base Clock 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.4 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.1 GHz 4.3 GHz 3.9 GHz
L2 Cache 3 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 32 MB 16 MB
PCIe Support 24x PCI Express Gen 4
TDP 95 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler Wraith
Spire
Wraith
Stealth
Wraith
Spire
Wraith
Stealth
Wraith
Stealth

 

3rd Gen Ryzen 3 Price + Availability

Both 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 processors will be available for sale globally starting 21 May 2020, with these recommended retail prices :

  • AMD Ryzen 3 3300X : US$ 120 / ~£97 / ~A$190 / ~S$172 / RM 549
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : US$ 99 / ~£80 / ~A$157 / ~S$142 / RM 449

AMD B550 motherboards are expected to ship beginning 16 June 2020.

 

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AMD Ryzen 9 4900H : 8C/16T High Performance Mobile APU!

AMD just introduced the Ryzen 9 4900H – a high-performance 8-core, 16-thread mobile processor with a TDP of 45 watts!

Here is EVERYTHING on the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H, including four new Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series videos!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900H is part of the new Ryzen 4000 H-Series, which consists at launch of just these two models :

  • Ryzen 9 4900H : 8 cores, 16 threads, 3.3 GHz base clock, 4.4 GHz boost clock
  • Ryzen 7 4800H : 8 cores, 16 threads, 2.9 GHz base clock, 4.2 GHz boost clock
  • Ryzen 5 4600H : 6 cores, 12 threads, 3.0 GHz base clock, 4.0 GHz boost clock

Recommended : 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile Family : A Quick Primer!

 

AMD Ryzen 9 4900H Mobile APU

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900U not only comes with 8 cores, it also supports simultaneous multithreading, allowing it to process up to 16 threads at the same time.

It has a 4 MB L2 cache and an 8 MB L3 cache, with a 3.3 GHz base clock and a 4.4 GHz boost clock. It comes with a Radeon Vega 8 Graphics integrated GPU that runs at 1.75 GHz.

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900H has a nominal TDP of 45 watts, but is configurable by the laptop manufacturer for a TDP of 35 watts to 45 watts.

Like the other AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors, it is fabricated on the 7 nm process, and supports LPDDR4x memory. It also has SmartShift capability, when paired with a separate Radeon GPU.

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Gaming Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Battery Life

 

AMD Ryzen 9 4900H Specifications Compared

Here is a comparison of the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H against the other members of the AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile family.

Processor Model Cores /
Threads
cTDP Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
GPU GPU
Clock
Ryzen 9 4900H 8 / 16 45 W 3.3 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800H 8 / 16 45 W 2.9 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800U 8 / 16 15 W 1.8 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 5 4700U 8 / 8 15 W 2.0 GHz 4.1 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600H 6 / 12 45 W 3.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600U 6 / 12 15 W 2.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4500U 6 / 6 15 W 2.3 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 3 4300U 4 / 4 15 W 2.7 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB Vega 5 1.4 GHz

 

AMD Ryzen 9 4900H Gaming Performance

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900U is targeted directly at the Intel Core i7-9750H, offering 39% better gaming performance, according to AMD.

 

 

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3rd Gen AMD Threadripper : Everything You Need To Know!

AMD gave us a tech and performance briefing on the two 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors they just launched.

Here is EVERYTHING we know so far about the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors!

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Tech Preview

Giving us a preview of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors is Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Performance Preview

And here we have the official 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper performance preview featuring Dr. Lisa Su, Robert Hallock and James Knight from AMD, as well as Dan Akers and Shawn Wallbridge of Blur Studio.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors

The first two members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors have been confirmed :

  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache

Like the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

 

New Socket sTRX4 + AMD TRX40 Chipset

AMD also announced that they are breaking backward compatibility with the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper.

They are introducing both a new sTRX4 processor socket, and a new AMD TRX40 chipset to support it. However, you will still be able to use existing Threadripper coolers.

The processor comes with 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes, of which 56 are available for use. The AMD TRX40 chipset adds another 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes, with 16 free lanes.

In total, the new Socket sTRX4 and TRX40 chipset will give you 72 free PCIe 4.0 lanes to use, compared to just 56 free PCIe 3.0 lanes in previous generations.

In addition, the new AMD TRX40 chipset communicates with the 3rd Gen Threadripper using a PCIe 4.0 x8 link. This gives it 4X more bandwidth than the PCIe 3.0 x4 link used in the first two generations.

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Specifications

This table compares the specifications of the first two 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, against their 2nd Gen brethren :

Specifications TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Performance Preview

AMD shared with us these benchmark results comparing the Threadripper 3960X and Threadripper 3970X against the Intel Core i9-9980XE.

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is priced at $1999, which is $200 more than the Threadripper 2990WX when it was launched. Here in Malaysia, its official price is RM 8,399 inclusive of SST.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, on the other hand, is priced at $1399 – $100 more than the Threadripper 2970WX when it was launched. Here in Malaysia, its official price is RM 5,899 inclusive of SST.

AMD will officially launch the 3970X and 3960X on 25 November 2019, and from the performance preview video, it looks like both models will be available on the same day!

 

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Behind Terminator Dark Fate : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper!

Believe it or not – the incredible VFX scenes in Terminator Dark Fate were rendered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors!

Blur Studio just released two videos and details of how they leveraged the new Threadripper processors to deliver those visual effects!

 

Behind Terminator Dark Fate : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper!

Let’s start with a behind-the-scenes video showing the post-production techniques Blur Studio used to bring Terminator Dark Fate to life.

And in this video, Tim Miller, Terminator Dark Fate director and CEO of Blur Studio, explained how they used the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors to deliver special effects for the most complicated shots, because they were so computationally intensive.

Dan Akers, the VFX Supervisor of Blur Studio, remarked that rendering a scene that normally took 5 minutes, took just 5 seconds with the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper.

This allows Blur Studio artists to keep revising their shots, over and over again, until they get it right. It also gives them the flexibility and creativity to create more complex shots.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors

The first two members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors have been confirmed :

  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache

Like the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

Recommended : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper Tech + Performance Preview!

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Specifications

This table compares the specifications of the first two 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, against their 2nd Gen brethren :

Specifications TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is priced at $1999, which is $200 more than the Threadripper 2990WX when it was launched.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, on the other hand, is priced at $1399 – $100 more than the Threadripper 2970WX when it was launched.

AMD will officially launch the 3970X and 3960X on 25 November 2019, and from the performance preview video, it looks like both models will be available on the same day!

 

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Tech ARP Eco-Mode Guide 3.0 for 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new Ryzen Eco-Mode for 3rd Gen Ryzen processors!

Find out when, how and why you should enable or disable the Ryzen Eco-Mode!

Updated @ 2019-11-17 : Added a guide on enabling PBO in the BIOS, and updated the article in general.

Updated @ 2019-11-09 : Added Robert Hallock’s video on Ryzen Eco-Mode, and a compatibility list.

Originally posted @ 2019-11-07

 

The New 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Eco-Mode

AMD Ryzen Master 2.0 comes with a new Eco-Mode for 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, but NOT the Ryzen 3000-series APUs.

AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Robert Hallock, gives us a quick primer in this video.

What Eco-Mode does is lower the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor’s TDP by one step :

  • 105 W and 95 W processors will be limited to 65 W
  • 65 W processors will be limited to 45 W

The 3rd Gen Ryzen processor will manage core voltage and frequency automatically to keep to the new reduced power level.

Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO), Automatic Overclocking (AOC) and manual overclocking will be disabled when Eco-Mode is enabled.

 

Impact Of Ryzen Eco-Mode

Enabling Eco-Mode naturally impacts the processor’s performance, but greatly reduces its power consumption with a significant drop in CPU temperature.

AMD shared this chart with us, comparing the performance of the new Ryzen 9 3950X, with and without Eco-Mode turned on.

With a 38% lower TDP, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X used 44% less power and ran 7°C cooler. On the downside, it was 23% slower.

However, it offers those on a limited TDP budget the option of using a CPU with more cores than would normally be possible.

 

Ryzen Eco-Mode Use Case

According to AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager, Don Woligroski, Eco-Mode is best used by those who want to run high-end 3rd Gen Ryzen processors in Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs, NAS, Plex boxes, etc.

It will allow them to enjoy the performance of 12 or 16 cores, without worrying about overloading the SFF power supply, or excessive heat accumulating in the small chassis.

It can also be used to trade off Ryzen processor power for more graphics card power, if there is limited power at the system level.

Since it can be applied on-the-fly, you can also use it to greatly reduce power consumption and thermal output when you are not using your high-performance Ryzen system for strenuous work.

And when you need processing power, you can instantly turn it into a high-performance gaming or content creation system with a simple switch!

 

How To Enable / Disable Ryzen Eco-Mode

Ryzen Eco-Mode will NOT appear until PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive) is enabled in the BIOS, so before you begin, check and make sure PBO has been enabled in the BIOS.

  1. Download and install AMD Ryzen Master 2.0, or newer.
  2. Select one of the four profiles to edit and use.
  3. Under Control Mode, select ECO-Mode.

  1. Click the Apply button at the bottom to activate Eco-Mode immediately.
  2. The processor will immediately manage its core voltages and frequencies to achieve the lower power target.
  3. To disable Eco-Mode, just select one of the four other control modes – Default, Precision Boost Overdrive, Auto Overclocking or Manual.

  1. Click the Apply button to disable Eco-Mode, and activate the selected control mode.

 

There Is No Eco-Mode Option In Ryzen Master!

If you do not see the Eco-Mode option in Ryzen Master, that’s because PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive) is disabled in the BIOS.

  1. Reboot your computer, and go into BIOS setup
  2. Look for the PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive) option, which may be hidden under overclocking options
  3. It will generally be set to Auto by default.
  4. Switch that to Enabled.
  5. Save the change, and reboot your computer.

After doing this, Eco-Mode will appear in Ryzen Master.

 

Ryzen Eco-Mode Compatibility

For your convenience, here is a table to show you what processors will support Ryzen Eco-Mode :

Processor Family Models Ryzen Eco-Mode
Threadripper 3000-Series CPU Threadripper 3970X
Threadripper 3960X
No
Ryzen 3000-Series CPU Ryzen 9 3950X
Ryzen 9 3900X
Ryzen 7 3800X
Ryzen 7 3700X
Ryzen 7 3700
Ryzen 5 3600X
Ryzen 5 3600
Ryzen 5 3500X
Yes
Ryzen 3000-Series APU Ryzen 7 3780U
Ryzen 7 3750H
Ryzen 7 3700U
Ryzen 5 3580U
Ryzen 5 3550H
Ryzen 5 3500U
Ryzen 5 3400G
Ryzen 5 3400GE
Ryzen 3 3300U
Ryzen 3 3200G
Ryzen 3 3200GE
Ryzen 3 3200U
No
Athlon 3000-Series APU Athlon 3000G No
Athlon 300-Series APU Athlon 300G
Athlon 300U
No
Threadripper 2000-Series CPU Threadripper 2990WX
Threadripper 2970WX
Threadripper 2950X
Threadripper 2920X
No
Ryzen 2000-Series CPU Ryzen 7 2700X
Ryzen 7 2700
Ryzen 7 2700E
Ryzen 5 2600X
Ryzen 5 2600
Ryzen 5 2600E
Ryzen 5 2500X
Ryzen 3 2300X
No
Ryzen 2000-Series APU Ryzen 7 2800H
Ryzen 7 2700U
Ryzen 5 2600H
Ryzen 5 2500U
Ryzen 5 2400G
Ryzen 5 2400GE
Ryzen 3 2200G
Ryzen 3 2300U
No
Athlon 200-Series APU Athlon 240GE
Athlon 220GE
Athlon 200GE
No
Threadripper 1000-Series CPU Threadripper 1950X
Threadripper 1920X
Threadripper 1900X
No
Ryzen 1000-Series CPU Ryzen 7 1800X
Ryzen 7 1700X
Ryzen 7 1700
Ryzen 5 1600X
Ryzen 5 1600
Ryzen 5 1500X
Ryzen 5 1400
Ryzen 3 1300X
Ryzen 3 1200
No

 

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AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Ryzen + Threadripper Update!

We just just received an update on Ryzen and Threadripper processors in the AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update!

Here is our complete coverage of the AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update, including tech briefing videos by Robert Hallock and Don Woligroski!

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update + Q&A Session With Don Woligroski

AMD kicked off their Fall 2019 Desktop Update with a tech briefing and Q&A session with Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager.

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update By Robert Hallock

They then shared a separate, but similar, tech briefing by Robert Hallock, AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager.

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update Summary

The AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update can be broken into three sections :

  1. AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Processor
  • 16-core, 32-thread processor with 105 watt TDP
  • 3.5 GHz base clock, a 4.7 GHz boost clock, and a massive 64 MB L3 cache.
  • No bundled cooler, designed for water cooling with 280 mm or larger radiator
  • Launch price : $749
  • Availability : 25 November 2019
  • Full details : AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

  1. AMD Athlon 3000G APU with Radeon Vega Graphics

  1. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X | 3960X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache
  • Uses new Socket sTRX4 with new AMD TRX40 chipset
  • Launch price : $1999 (3970X) | $1399 (3960X)
  • Launch date : 25 November 2019
  • Full details : 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Tech Preview!

  1. New Eco-Mode For 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors

 

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NX Technology from The Tech ARP BIOS Guide!

NX Technology

Common Options : Enabled, Disabled

 

NX Technology : A Quick Review

The NX Technology BIOS feature is actually a toggle for the processor’s No Execute feature.

In fact, the acronym NX is short for No Execute and is specific to AMD’s implementation. Intel’s implementation is called XD, short for Execute Disable.

When enabled, the processor prevents the execution of code in data-only memory pages. This provides some protection against buffer overflow attacks.

When disabled, the processor will not restrict code execution in any memory area. This makes the processor more vulnerable to buffer overflow attacks.

It is highly recommended that you enable the NX Technology BIOS feature for increased protection against buffer overflow attacks.

However, please note that the No Execute feature is a hardware feature present only in the AMD64 family of processors. Older AMD processor do not support the No Execute feature. With such processors, this BIOS feature has no effect.

In addition, you must use an operating system that supports the No Execute feature. Currently, that includes the following operating systems :

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, or newer
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, or newer
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, or newer
  • SUSE Linux 9.2, or newer
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Update 3, or newer

Incidentally, some applications and device drivers attempt to execute code from the kernel stack for improved performance. This will cause a page-fault error if No Execute is enabled. In such cases, you will need to disable this BIOS feature.

 

NX Technology : The Full Details

Buffer overflow attacks are a major threat to networked computers. For example, a worm may infect a computer and flood the processor with code, bringing the system down to a halt. The worm will also propagate throughout the network, paralyzing each and every system it infects.

Due to the prevalence of such attacks, AMD added a feature called No Execute page protection, also known as Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) to the AMD64 processors. This feature is designed to protect the computer against certain buffer overflow attacks.

Processors that come with this feature can restrict memory areas in which application code can be executed. When paired with an operating system that supports the No Execute feature, the processor adds a new attribute bit (the No Execute bit) in the paging structures used for address translation.

If the No Execute bit of a memory page is set to 1, that page can only be used to store data. It will not be used to store executable code. But if the No Execute bit of a memory page is set to 0, that page can be used to store data or executable code.

The processor will henceforth check the No Execute bit whenever it executes code. It will not execute code in a memory page with the No Execute bit set to 1. Any attempt to execute code in such a protected memory page will result in a page-fault exception.

So, if a worm or virus inserts code into the buffer, the processor prevents the code from being executed and the attack fails. This also prevents the worm or virus from propagating to other computers on the network.

The NX technology BIOS feature is actually a toggle for the processor’s No Execute feature. In fact, the acronym NX is short for No Execute and is specific to AMD’s implementation. Intel’s implementation is called XD, short for Execute Disable.

When enabled, the processor prevents the execution of code in data-only memory pages. This provides some protection against buffer overflow attacks.

When disabled, the processor will not restrict code execution in any memory area. This makes the processor more vulnerable to buffer overflow attacks.

It is highly recommended that you enable the NX Technology BIOS feature for increased protection against buffer overflow attacks.

However, please note that the No Execute feature is a hardware feature present only in the AMD64 family of processors. Older AMD processor do not support the No Execute feature. With such processors, this BIOS feature has no effect.

In addition, you must use an operating system that supports the No Execute feature. Currently, that includes the following operating systems :

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, or newer
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, or newer
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, or newer
  • SUSE Linux 9.2, or newer
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Update 3, or newer

Incidentally, some applications and device drivers attempt to execute code from the kernel stack for improved performance. This will cause a page-fault error if No Execute is enabled. In such cases, you will need to disable this BIOS feature.

 

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AMD EPYC 7002 Series Price + Specifications Compared!

AMD just introduced nineteen EPYC 7002 series processors, with 8 to 64 cores and up to 256 MB of L3 cache!

To make it easier for you to differentiate them, we compared their key specifications and prices.

 

AMD EPYC 7002 Series

Based on the AMD Zen 2 microarchitecture, the AMD EPYC 7002 series is the 2nd Gen EPYC family of server processors.

Built on the latest 7 nm process technology, AMD claims they will offer up to 90% better integer performance and up to 79% better floating-point performance, than the competing Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processor.

On top of significantly better performance per socket, they also come with hardware memory encryption, and a dedicated security processor.

For more information, read our article – 2nd Gen EPYC – Everything You Need To Know Summarised!

 

AMD EPYC 7002 Series Is Already Changing The Industry

AMD appeared to have shipped the EPYC 7002 series processors early to Google, where they were deployed in production servers for their internal datacenter infrastructure.

Google also plans to use the EPYC 7002 processors in new general-purpose machines that are part of the Google Cloud Compute Engine.

Twitter has also announced that they are already using the EPYC 7002 processors to reduce their datacenter TCO (total cost of ownership) by 25%.

For those who are looking to switch, HPE and Lenovo announced that they can provide datacenter solutions based on the EPYC 7002 processors.

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AMD EPYC 7002 Specifications + Price Compared!

For your convenience, we compared the specifications and prices of the AMD EPYC 7002 models!

64-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7742 64 / 128 2.25 GHz 3.4 GHz 256 MB 225 W $6,950
EPYC 7702 64 / 128 2.0 GHz 3.35 GHz 256 MB 200 W $6,450
EPYC 7702P 64 / 128 2.0 GHz 3.35 GHz 256 MB 200 W $4,425
48-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7642 48 / 96 2.3 GHz 3.3 GHz 256 MB 225 W $4,775
EPYC 7552 48 / 96 2.2 GHz 3.3 GHz 192 MB 200 W $4,025
32-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7542 32 / 64 2.9 GHz 3.4 GHz 128 MB 225 W $3,400
EPYC 7502 32 / 64 2.5 GHz 3.35 GHz 128 MB 180 W $2,600
EPYC 7502P 32 / 64 2.5 GHz 3.35 GHz 128 MB 180 W $2,300
EPYC 7452 32 / 64 2.35 GHz 3.35 GHz 128 MB 155 W $2,205
24-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7402 24 / 48 2.8 GHz 3.35 GHz 128 MB 180 W $1,783
EPYC 7402P 24 / 48 2.8 GHz 3.35 GHz 128 MB 180 W $1,250
EPYC 7352 24 / 48 2.3 GHz 3.2 GHz 128 MB 155 W $1,350
16-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7302 16 / 32 3.0 GHz 3.3 GHz 128 MB 155 W $978
EPYC 7302P 16 / 32 3.0 GHz 3.3 GHz 128 MB 155 W $825
EPYC 7282 16 / 32 2.8 GHz 3.2 GHz 64 MB 120 W $650
12-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7272 12 / 24 2.9 GHz 3.2 GHz 64 MB 120 W $625
12-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7262 8 / 16 3.2 GHz 3.4 GHz 128 MB 155 W $575
EPYC 7252 8 / 16 3.1 GHz 3.2 GHz 64 MB 120 W $475
EPYC 7232P 8 / 16 3.1 GHz 3.2 GHz 32 MB 120 W $450

 

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2nd Gen EPYC – Everything You Need To Know Summarised!

Leveraging their new Zen 2 microarchitecture and 7 nm process technology, AMD just introduced their 2nd Gen EPYC processors.

Designed to challenge Intel Xeon in the enterprise, cloud and HPC markets, the 2nd Gen EPYC processors promise to deliver “record-setting performance“, while reducing TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) by up to 50%.

Here is everything you need to know about the new 2nd Gen EPYC processors… summarised!

 

The Official 2nd Gen EPYC Product Presentation Summary

Let’s start with a quick 7.5 minute summary of the 2nd Gen EPYC product presentations by Dr. Lisa Su, Mark Papermaster and Forrest Norrod!

Now, let’s take a look at its key features and specifications!

AMD Infinity Architecture Explained

The AMD Infinity Architecture is a fancy name for their new modular chiplet-based design. It allows them to combine up to eight processor dies with a single I/O die on the same package, faster and at lower cost.

The processor dies are fabricated with the industry-leading 7 nm process technology for best performance at lowest power consumption, and thermal output.

The I/O die, on the other hand, can be fabricated on the much cheaper 14 nm process technology, with a much higher yield.

2nd Gen EPYC Is Built On 7nm

The 2nd Gen EPYC processor cores are fabricated on the 7nm process technology. This allows AMD to fit more transistors into a smaller space.

By doubling the transistor density, coupled with microarchitectural optimisations, the 2nd Gen EPYC delivers 4X the floating point performance of the 1st Gen EPYC processors.

The smaller process also increases energy efficiency, reducing both power consumption and heat output. According to AMD, 2nd Gen EPYC will use half the power consumption as the 1st Gen EPYC at the same performance level.

Industry-Leading Performance

AMD claims they will offer up to 90% better integer performance and up to 79% better floating-point performance, than the competing Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processor.

On top of significantly better performance per socket, they also come with hardware memory encryption, and a dedicated security processor.

Baked-In Security On Multiple Levels

The 2nd Gen EPYC processors are built-in with multiple levels of security features, to harden it against cyberattacks.

  • They have a secure root of trust designed to validate the initial BIOS boot without corruption.
    In virtualised environments, you can use it to cryptographically check that your entire software stack is booted without corruption.
  • They have memory encryption engines built into their memory channels to hardware-encrypt data in the memory, preventing cold boot attacks.
  • In the 2nd Gen EPYC, every virtual machine is now encrypted with one of up to 509 unique encryption keys known only to the processor.
    This protects your data even if a malicious VM finds its way into your virtual machine memory, or if a compromised hypervisor gains access into a guest VM.

2nd Gen EPYC Is PCI Express Gen 4 Ready!

Like the 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, the 2nd Gen EPYC is PCI Express Gen 4 ready.

PCIe 4.0 doubles the bandwidth over PCIe 3.0, and every EPYC processor has 128 lanes to tie together HPC clusters, or connect to GPU accelerators and NVMe drives.

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2nd Gen EPYC Model, Specifications + Price Summary

For your convenience, we summarised the specifications and prices of the 2nd Gen EPYC models!

64-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7742 64 / 128 2.25 GHz 3.4 GHz 256 MB 225 W $6,950
EPYC 7702 64 / 128 2.0 GHz 3.35 GHz 256 MB 200 W $6,450
EPYC 7702P 64 / 128 2.0 GHz 3.35 GHz 256 MB 200 W $4,425
48-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7642 48 / 96 2.3 GHz 3.3 GHz 256 MB 225 W $4,775
EPYC 7552 48 / 96 2.2 GHz 3.3 GHz 192 MB 200 W $4,025
32-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7542 32 / 64 2.9 GHz 3.4 GHz 128 MB 225 W $3,400
EPYC 7502 32 / 64 2.5 GHz 3.35 GHz 128 MB 180 W $2,600
EPYC 7502P 32 / 64 2.5 GHz 3.35 GHz 128 MB 180 W $2,300
EPYC 7452 32 / 64 2.35 GHz 3.35 GHz 128 MB 155 W $2,205
24-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7402 24 / 48 2.8 GHz 3.35 GHz 128 MB 180 W $1,783
EPYC 7402P 24 / 48 2.8 GHz 3.35 GHz 128 MB 180 W $1,250
EPYC 7352 24 / 48 2.3 GHz 3.2 GHz 128 MB 155 W $1,350
16-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7302 16 / 32 3.0 GHz 3.3 GHz 128 MB 155 W $978
EPYC 7302P 16 / 32 3.0 GHz 3.3 GHz 128 MB 155 W $825
EPYC 7282 16 / 32 2.8 GHz 3.2 GHz 64 MB 120 W $650
12-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7272 12 / 24 2.9 GHz 3.2 GHz 64 MB 120 W $625
12-Core Models Cores /
Threads
Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP 1K Price
EPYC 7262 8 / 16 3.2 GHz 3.4 GHz 128 MB 155 W $575
EPYC 7252 8 / 16 3.1 GHz 3.2 GHz 64 MB 120 W $475
EPYC 7232P 8 / 16 3.1 GHz 3.2 GHz 32 MB 120 W $450

 

2nd Gen EPYC Is Already Changing The Industry

AMD appeared to have shipped the 2nd Gen EPYC processors early to Google, where they were deployed in production servers for their internal datacenter infrastructure.

Google also plans to use the 2nd Gen EPYC processors in new general-purpose machines that are part of the Google Cloud Compute Engine.

Twitter has also announced that they are already using the 2nd Gen EPYC processors to reduce their datacenter TCO (total cost of ownership) by 25%.

 

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AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen : Best US Price + Analysis (August 2019)

Due to overwhelming demand, it can be hard to get Ryzen 3rd Gen CPUs at a great price.

So we went out and found you the best Ryzen 3rd Gen deals in the US!

 

Ryzen 3rd Gen CPU Models For The US

AMD is only bringing in five models first. The top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 3950X model will only come in September 2019.

Ryzen 9
3900X
Ryzen 7
3800X
Ryzen 7
3700X
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Cores / Threads 12 / 24 8 / 16 8 / 16 6 / 12 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.8 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.6 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.2 GHz
L2 Cache 6 MB 4 MB 4 MB 3 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB 32 MB 32 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support 24x PCIe 4.0 24x PCIe 4.0 24x PCIe 4.0 24x PCIe 4.0 24x PCIe 4.0
TDP 105 W 105 W 105 W 95 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler Wraith Prism Wraith Prism Wraith Prism Wraith Spire Wraith Stealth

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core Processor In-Depth Review!

 

Ryzen 3rd Gen CPU US Price List + Analysis (August 2019)

And here is our price analysis for the 3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 models in the US.

Ryzen 9
3900X
Ryzen 7
3800X
Ryzen 7
3700X
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Launch Price (w/o tax) $499 $399 $329 $249 $199
Cheapest Price (Amazon) $849 $484.99 $399.99 $239 $199.99
Difference + $350
+ 70%
+ $85.99
+ 21.6%
+ $70.99
+ 21.6%
– $10
– 4%
+ $0.99
+ 0.5%

Note that the actual Ryzen 3rd Gen price in the US will vary, once sales taxes (between 0% and 12.875%) are factored in.

 

Our Advice On Buying The Ryzen 3rd Gen In The US

The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X appears to be a surprise hit. Due to overwhelming demand and extremely limited stocks, it is currently marked-up by a shocking 70% to $849.

The Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 7 3700X are also selling at marked-up prices of $484.99 and $399.99 respectively due to high demand.

The good news is you can still buy the Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600 at their SRP, or even at a slight discount – $239 and $199.99 respectively.

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Our advice? Skip the Ryzen 9 3900X, Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 7 3700X for the moment. They are ridiculously overpriced.

If you must buy a Ryzen 7 processor, consider getting these Ryzen 2nd Gen bargains instead!

For pure gaming systems, you would do well with just the Ryzen 5 3600X or Ryzen 5 3600. They are more than fast enough, and you can get them at SRP!

 

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Here Is The Ryzen R1000 APU That Powers The Atari VCS!

AMD just showed off the Ryzen R1000 APUs, the latest addition to the Ryzen Embedded family. This is the processor that will power by upcoming Atari VCS gaming console!

Here is a quick primer on the new AMD Ryzen R1000 APU!

 

The AMD Ryzen R1000 APU

Known officially as the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000, this APU brings multi-threaded performance for the first time to the low-power R-series of processors.

AMD claims it will offer 3X performance improvement per watt over the last generation, and 4X CPU and graphics performance per dollar advantage over its competition!

It brings to the AMD R-series new features like :

    • Dual-core, quad-threaded Zen processor
    • 3 Vega Graphics Compute Units
    • Low power with ability to run without a fan
    • Supports up to three 4K displays at up to 60 FPS
    • 4K H.265 encode / decode(10b) + VP9 decode capabilities
    • Secure Root of Trust + Secure Run Technology
    • Dual 10G Gigabit Ethernet

Its low power and ability to run fanless makes it suitable for applications like digital displays, high-performance edge computing, networking and thin clients… and yes, gaming consoles!

 

The AMD Ryzen R1000 Will Power The Atari VCS!

AMD quoted a number of Ryzen R1000 customers – Advantech, ASRock Industrial, IBASE, Netronome, Quixant and STRATACACHE. But the biggest name is none other than Atari.

Its ability to deliver multi-threaded processing with an integrated GPU in a fanless package makes it ideal to power the upcoming Atari VCS gaming console.

 

AMD Ryzen R1000 Availability

The AMD Ryzen R1000 will be available Q2 2019 to ODMs and OEMs worldwide. It supports the Mentor Embedded Linux Flex OS which is already available in the market.

 

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