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AMD Ryzen XT Processors : Turbocharged? Not Quite...

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.

Next Page > AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Work Performance

 

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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..

Next Page > AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT Gaming Performance Part 1

 

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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.

Next Page > Ryzen 5 3600XT Gaming Performance Part 2 | Our Verdict!

 

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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 Ryzen 4000 Mobile : Major Consumer Kick-Off In 2020!

AMD just kicked off a major consumer roll-out of the AMD Ryzen 4000 family of mobile processors!

Join us for AMD’s official consumer tech briefing, and compare the full stack of Ryzen 4000 consumer and PRO mobile processors!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile : Major Consumer Kick-Off In 2020!

The AMD Ryzen 4000 family of mobile processors was first unveiled at CES 2020, but its major roll-out got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To take on Intel’s considerable control of the laptop market, AMD prepared a formidable stack of 14 mobile processors – all with integrated Vega graphics.

To kick-off their 2020 assault on Intel’s mobile market stronghold, AMD lined up these laptops with their partners :

  • ASUS G14 : Ryzen 4000 H-series + NVIDIA + AMD FreeSync
  • ASUS G15 : Ryzen 4000 H-series + NVIDIA + AMD FreeSync
  • MSI Bravo : Ryzen 4000 H-series + Radeon RX 5500M + AMD FreeSync
  • Lenovo Legion 5 : Ryzen 4000 H-series + NVIDIA
  • Dell G5 15 SE : Ryzen 4000 H-series + Radeon RX 5600M + AMD FreeSync + AMD SmartShift

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5700M | RX 5600M : A Quick Primer!

 

AMD SmartShift : A Special Mention!

AMD SmartShift is a new technology that gives the new AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors better performance – up to 10% in games, and 12% in content creation.

It is basically a smart power distribution technique that dynamically improves CPU or GPU performance with a limited power budget.

For more details, we recommend reading AMD SmartShift Explained : Smart Power Distribution FTW!

Unfortunately, it’s not launching in all Ryzen 4000 laptops, only the Dell G5 15 SE at this time. So if you want to take advantage of this new AMD technology, we highly recommend you check out the Dell G5 15 SE.

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile : Specifications

For your convenience, here is a table comparing the key specifications of the full stack of AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors – both consumer-grade and PRO-grade models.

Processor Model Cores /
Threads
cTDP Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
GPU
Cores
GPU
Clock
Ryzen 9 4900H 8 / 16 45 W 3.3 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 9 4900HS 8 / 16 35 W 3.0 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800H 8 / 16 45 W 2.9 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800HS 8 / 16 35 W 2.9 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800U 8 / 16 15 W 1.8 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U 8 / 16 15 W 1.7 GHz 4.1 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 5 4700U 8 / 8 15 W 2.0 GHz 4.1 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U 6 / 12 15 W 2.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600H 6 / 12 45 W 3.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600HS 6 / 12 35 W 3.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600U 6 / 12 15 W 2.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4500U 6 / 6 15 W 2.3 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 3 PRO 4450U 4 / 8 15 W 2.5 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB 5 1.4 GHz
Ryzen 3 4300U 4 / 4 15 W 2.7 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB 5 1.4 GHz

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile : More Videos!

Just in case you missed them, here are more videos on the AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processor family!

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Official CES 2020 Briefing

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Gaming Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Battery Life

 

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AMD Ryzen 3 3100 Review : A Steal At Just $99!

Don’t pooh-pooh the AMD Ryzen 3 3100. Read our review first!

It may be the baby of the 3rd Gen Ryzen family, but it delivers a lot of computing power for just $99! What a steal!

Find out why we gave this entry-level Ryzen processor our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : Official Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official AMD Ryzen 3 3100 tech briefing by AMD Ryzen Product Marketing Manager, Erin Maiorino.

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : Key Features

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 is a quad-core processor, with a 3.6 GHz base clock, and a 3.9 GHz boost clock.

It supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), and can therefore handle up to 8 threads at the same time.

New Chiplet Design

Unlike the previous Zen and Zen+ microarchitectures, Zen 2 uses a chiplet design that combines separate CPU chiplets with an I/O chiplet, using Infinity Fabric to connect them.

This chiplet design allows the performance-critical CPU chiplet to be fabricated on the 7 nm TSMC process, while the I/O functions are fabricated on the less expensive 12 nm GlobalFoundries process.

The new I/O chiplet adds PCIe 4.0 support, offering 24 lanes that can be increased to 40 lanes, when paired with the new AMD X570 motherboard.

2+2 CCX Configuration

Unlike the Ryzen 3 3300X, the Ryzen 3 3100 uses a 2+2 CCX configuration. That means it uses two CCXs with two cores in each CCX, communicating through the Infinity Fabric interconnect.

TDP + Bundled Cooler

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 has a 65 watt TDP, which can be reduced to 45 watts using Ryzen Eco Mode. And it comes bundled with the Wraith Stealth cooler.

Socket AM4

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 continues to use the AMD AM4 socket, and is backward compatible with AMD 400 Series motherboards, as well as the new X570 and B550 chipsets.

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : Specifications

Specifications Ryzen 3
3300X
Ryzen 3
3100
Process 7 nm + 12 nm
CCD Configuration 4+0 2+2
Cores / Threads 4 / 8
Base Clock 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.3 GHz 3.9 GHz
L2 Cache 512 KB x 4
L3 Cache 16 MB 8 MB x 2
PCIe Support 24x PCI Express Gen 4
TDP 65 W
Bundled Cooler Wraith Stealth

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 has a launch price of US$99 / ~£80 / ~A$157 / ~S$142 / RM 449 and will be available for sale globally starting 21 May 2020.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 3 3100, 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
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2666
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 1.5 MB 12 MB DDR4-2666
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
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4 / 8 3.6 GHz 3.9 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 445.87)
Storage 1TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

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AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : 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.

On paper, the Ryzen 3 3100 has slower base and boost clock speeds than the Ryzen 7 2700X, but in reality, it has 5% better single-core performance!

CINEBENCH R20 Multi Core Performance

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

Of course, it is still a 4-core, 8-thread processor, which means it will not perform as fast as 6-core processors, or 8-core processors.

Even so, the Ryzen 3 3100 was 91% as fast as the Ryzen 5 1600X (6 cores), and 65% as fast as the Ryzen 7 1800X (8 cores).

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 it may appear that the Ryzen 3 3100 has superior SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) capabilities to the Intel Core i7-8700K, this is due to the fact that all four cores are in the same CCD (Core Chipset Die).

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 Video 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 only four cores, the Ryzen 3 3100 was 86% as fast as the Ryzen 5 1600X (6 cores), and 72% as fast as the Ryzen 7 1800X (8 cores).

In other words, it was 30% to 45% more efficient per core, than both first-gen Ryzen processors.

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 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.

For a quad-core processor, the Ryzen 3 3100 did very well, coming within 13% of a 6-core processor like the Ryzen 5 1600X.

But it is also notable that the Ryzen 3 3300X is significantly faster – very likely due to its 4+0 configuration.

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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 3 3100 was just 6.6% slower than the Ryzen 3 3300X, and 20% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600X.

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.

Ultimately, it was just 1.8% slower than the Ryzen 3 3300X, and only 5% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600X or Ryzen 5 2600X!

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 was 8% slower than the Ryzen 3 3300X, and 14% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600X.

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

At 4K, it was just 2% slower than the Ryzen 3 3300X, and only 3% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600X. Practically no difference.

 

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.

The cheap Ryzen 3 3100 delivered 13% higher frame rates than the 8-core Ryzen 7 1800X!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the importance of CPU performance was greatly reduced. It didn’t matter which processor you used – they all delivered about the same frame rates.

Next Page > Gaming Performance Part 2, Our Verdict + Award

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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

At 1080p, the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 delivered average frame rates within 4% of the Ryzen 5 1600X, and within 8% of the Ryzen 7 1800X!

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

This showcases the importance of the Ryzen 3 3100’s greatly-improved single-core performance. It actually delivered 6% and 7% better frame rates than the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X processors!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the Ryzen 3 3100 was 7% and 11% faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X processors!

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : Our Verdict + Award!

Built around the Zen 2 microarchitecture, the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 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.

No doubt the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 is an entry-level processor, but our benchmarks show that it is roughly 85% as fast as the Ryzen 5 1600X (6 cores), and 65% as fast as the Ryzen 7 1800X (8 cores).

Now if you do a lot of 3D or video rendering, you should definitely get something like the Ryzen 7 3700X with 8 cores and 16 threads of processing power.

But if you want something cheap to power a gaming system, the Ryzen 3 3100 is a great, GREAT option. The money you save can go towards a better graphics card!

And we should point out again that this 4-core, 8-thread processor only costs US$99 / RM 449, and it’s bundled with a Wraith Stealth cooler to boot!

It is such a steal at this price point, we have no qualms giving it our Editor’s Choice Award.

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 : Where To Buy?

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 has a launch price of US$99 / ~£80 / ~A$157 / ~S$142 / RM 449.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile APUs : A Quick Primer!

Together with their Spring 2020 desktop Ryzen launch, AMD also launched the Ryzen PRO 4000 mobile APUs for professional laptops!

Here is EVERYTHING AMD has revealed so far about the new Ryzen PRO 4000 mobile APUs!

 

3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile Family : An Overview

The 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile processor family comes in three product line-ups :

  • PRO-series for professional laptops
  • 45 watt H-series for high-performance laptops, and
  • 15 watt U-series for low-power ultra-thin laptops.

All three series boasts the same architectural features :

  • Built on the 7nm process technology
  • 512 KB L2 cache per core
  • 4 MB L3 cache for 2 / 4-core parts
  • 8 MB L3 cache for 6 / 8-core parts
  • LPDDR4x memory support
  • Integrated Radeon Vega Graphics (5 to 8 cores)
  • support AMD SmartShift

Recommended : AMD SmartShift Explained : Smart Power Distribution FTW!

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile APUs : A Quick Primer!

AMD announced three models under the new Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile family :

AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U

  • Designed for ultra-thin business laptops, with 8 cores and 16 threads
  • Up to 33% better multi-threaded performance than the competition
  • Up to 2.2X better graphics performance than the competition
  • Up to 2X better performance per watt over previous generation

AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U

  • Designed for ultra-thin business laptops, with 6 cores and 12 threads
  • Up to 2X better multi-threaded performance than the competition
  • Up to 2.3X better graphics performance than the competition
  • Up to 2X better performance per watt over previous generation

AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4550U

  • Designed for ultra-thin business laptops, with 4 cores and 8 threads

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile APUs : Specifications

Specifications Ryzen 7
PRO
4750U
Ryzen 5 PRO
4650U
Ryzen 3 PRO
4450U
Process 7 nm + 12 nm
Cores / Threads 8 / 16 6 / 12 4 / 8
Base Clock 1.7 GHz 2.1 GHz 2.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3.7 GHz
L2 Cache 4 MB 3 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 8 MB 4 MB
GPU Cores 7 6 5
Memory
Support
DDR4-3200
LPDDR4-4266
TDP 15 W

 

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AMD Ryzen 3 3300X vs Ryzen 3 3100 Comparison

Now that the first two 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 processors are out, here is a quick comparison of the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 processors!

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X vs Ryzen 3 3100 : Official Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 tech briefing by AMD Ryzen Product Marketing Manager, Erin Maiorino.

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X vs Ryzen 3 3100 : Comparison

Cores + SMT

They are both quad-core processors that supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), so they both can handle up to 8 threads at the same time.

CCX Difference

While they are both quad-core processors using a single CCD (Core Chipset Die), AMD configured both processors differently.

The Ryzen 3 3300X uses a single CCX (Core Complex) – its four cores directly communicate with each other, and share the same 16 MB L3 cache. AMD calls this a 4+0 configuration.

The Ryzen 3 3100 uses two CCXs with two cores in each CCX, sharing their own 8 MB L3 cache. The two CCXs communicate through the Infinity Fabric interconnect. This is known as the 2+2 configuration.

This difference has performance implications – Ryzen 3 3300X will deliver better performance with lower latencies, than the Ryzen 3 3100.

Clock Speed Difference

To further differentiate them, the Ryzen 3 3300X has a 200 MHz (5.55%) higher base clock and a 400 MHz (10.25%) higher boost clock.

TDP + Bundled Cooler

They both have a 65 watt TDP, which can be reduced to 45 watts using Ryzen Eco Mode. They also come bundled with the Wraith Stealth cooler.

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X vs Ryzen 3 3100 : Specifications

Specifications Ryzen 3
3300X
Ryzen 3
3100
Process 7 nm + 12 nm
CCD Configuration 4+0 2+2
Cores / Threads 4 / 8
Base Clock 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.3 GHz 3.9 GHz
L2 Cache 512 KB x 4
L3 Cache 16 MB 8 MB x 2
PCIe Support 24x PCI Express Gen 4
TDP 65 W
Bundled Cooler Wraith
Stealth

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X vs Ryzen 3 3100 : Price

The Ryzen 3 3300X has a launch price of US$120 / ~£97 / ~A$190 / ~S$172 / RM 549.

The Ryzen 3 3100, on the other hand, has a launch price of US$99 / ~£80 / ~A$157 / ~S$142 / RM 449.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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AMD B550 Chipset : What You Need To Know!

AMD introduced the B550 chipset as part of their Spring 2020 desktop Ryzen update, offering PCI Express 4.0 support at a lower price point. Here is what you need to know!

 

AMD B550 Chipset : Official Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official AMD B550 tech briefing by AMD Ryzen Product Marketing Manager, Erin Maiorino.

 

AMD B550 Chipset : Key Features

The AMD B550 chipset is an upgrade of the B450 chipset from 18 months ago, introducing three key features :

  • PCI Express 4.0 support for both graphics cards and NVMe storage
  • Dual GPU support
  • PCI Express 3.0 general purpose lanes

This AMD table gives you a good idea of what the B550 chipset offers over the B450, and how it differs from the X570.

It is obvious that unless you use multiple NVMe SSDs in your system, the new AMD B550 will offer a much better value proposition than the X570.

This diagram shows what PCI Express lanes and USB ports are available through the B550 chipset, and the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

While AMD has been rather decent in providing backward compatibility for their newer Ryzen processors, eventually a chipset will not sufficiently support a newer processor.

Like the X570, the new B550 chipset will support future AMD Ryzen processors based on the Zen 3 microarchitecture.

 

AMD B550 Motherboard : Availability

AMD says that their partners have some 60 motherboard designs in the pipeline, and that you should expect some B550 motherboards to ship by 16 June 2020.

 

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AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU Spring 2020 Update!

The AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU Spring 2020 Update reveals that AMD is pushing for affordable computing and gaming in these difficult times, with two cheap Ryzen 3 processors and a new B550 chipset!

 

AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU Spring 2020 Update

Some ten months after they first announced 3rd Gen Ryzen family, AMD is releasing their first 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 processors, as well as a new B550 chipset to pair them with.

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X

The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is a quad-core processor that supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), allowing it to handle up to 8 threads.

It has a 3.8 GHz base clock with a 4.3 GHz boost clock, and comes with 2 MB of L2 cache and 16 MB of L3 cache.

The Ryzen 3 3300X has a 65 watt TDP, and comes bundled with the Wraith Stealth cooler, with a launch price of US$120 / ~£97 / ~A$190 / ~S$172 / RM 549.

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 3 3300X vs Ryzen 3 3100 Comparison

AMD Ryzen 3 3100

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 is a quad-core processor that supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), allowing it to handle up to 8 threads.

It has a 3.6 GHz base clock with a 3.9 GHz boost clock, and comes with 2 MB of L2 cache and 16 MB of L3 cache.

The Ryzen 3 3100 has a 65 watt TDP, and comes bundled with the Wraith Stealth cooler, with a launch price of US$99 / ~£80 / ~A$157 / ~S$142 / RM 449.

AMD B550 Chipset

The AMD B550 chipset introduces PCI Express 4.0 and USB 3.2 Gen 2 support at a more affordable price point. It also offers Dual GPU support, which was previously available only on the X470 / X570 chipsets.

It will also support the next-generation AMD Ryzen processors, built around the upcoming Zen 3 microarchitecture.

Recommended : AMD B550 Chipset : What You Need To Know!

 

3rd Gen Ryzen 3 + B550 Motherboard Price + Availability

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

Here are some online purchase options :

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

 

AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU Spring 2020 Presentation Slides

Here are the slides from the presentation for your perusal :

 

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AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020 : What You Need To Know!

AMD just concluded their 2020 Financial Analyst Day, revealing plans for the next-generation CPU and GPU roadmaps, as well as the investments they are making to drive future products!

Here is a summary of what was revealed at the AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020!

 

AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020 : The Full Briefing!

Most people cannot make it to AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020, so if you want to watch it all – here’s the full 3 hour-long presentation!

 

AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020 : What You Need To Know!

And here is a summary of what AMD revealed in their Financial Analyst 2020 presentation :

Computing Technology Updates

  • AMD plans to introduce the first processors based on its next-generation Zen 3 core in late 2020.
  • The Zen 4 core is currently in design and is targeted to use advanced 5nm process technology.
  • AMD unveiled plans to expand its chiplet and die stacking leadership, including new X3D packaging that combines chiplets and hybrid 2.5D and 3D die stacking to deliver more than a 10x increase in bandwidth density.
  • AMD announced its upcoming 3rd Generation AMD Infinity Architecture with optimized CPU and GPU memory coherency that can enable significant performance improvements and simplify the software programming required for accelerated computing solutions by allowing the CPU and GPU to seamlessly and coherently share the same memory.
  • AMD is building on its strong product security portfolio with expanded features. AMD announced it joined the Confidential Computing Consortium, a group of leading hardware and software companies working to close gaps to protect data through its entire lifecycle.

Graphics Technology Updates

  • The AMD Radeon DNA (AMD RDNA) architecture was designed for gaming and is currently powering the award-winning AMD Radeon RX 5000 series GPUs.

  • The next-generation AMD RDNA 2 architecture is planned to deliver a 50% performance-per-watt improvement over the first-generation AMD RDNA architecture. It will support hardware-accelerated ray tracing, variable rate shading (VRS) and other advanced features. The first AMD RDNA 2-based products are expected to launch in late 2020.
  • AMD unveiled its new AMD Compute DNA (AMD CDNA) architecture, designed to accelerate data center compute workloads. The first-generation AMD CDNA architecture, planned to launch later this year, includes 2nd Generation AMD Infinity Architecture to enhance GPU to GPU connectivity and is optimized for machine learning and high-performance computing applications. The follow-up AMD CDNA 2 architecture will support 3rd Generation AMD Infinity Architecture to enable next generation exascale-class supercomputers.
  • Expanding on previous generations of the ROCm open source software platform for the data center, AMD plans to introduce ROCm 4.0 later this year as a complete software solution for high-performance computing exascale systems and machine learning workloads.

Data Center Market Updates

  • AMD is powering the future of exascale computing with its CPU, GPU, interconnects and software products, including the recently announced El Capitan supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Expected to come online in 2023, El Capitan is expected to deliver more than 2 exaFLOPs of double-precision performance, making it more powerful than today’s 200 fastest supercomputers combined.

  • AMD is continuing to gain traction with its 2nd Generation AMD EPYC processors in enterprise, cloud and HPC markets based on delivering performance leadership and TCO advantages across the most important enterprise and cloud workloads. In 2020 we expect more than 150 AMD EPYC processor-powered cloud instances and 140 server platforms to be available.

  • AMD is unlocking accelerated computing with new technologies including AMD CDNA architecture, 3rd Generation Infinity Architecture and the ROCm 4.0 software platform, all of which will support the AMD-powered Frontier and El Capitan supercomputers.

Computing Market Updates

  • Since 2017, AMD has nearly doubled both client unit shipments and market share, built off a broad portfolio of performance-leading desktop, high-end desktop (HEDT) and notebook processors.
  • AMD expects to grow its performance leadership with the ramp of its 7nm Zen 2-based 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen processors designed specifically for desktops and notebooks across the consumer and commercial segments

  • AMD is on track to bring increased performance to the gaming, content creation and productivity markets when it delivers the first Zen 3-based AMD Ryzen product in 2020.

Graphics Market Updates

  • AMD partners with world-class brands to bring AMD Radeon graphics to more than 500 million gamers on the most popular devices, with the opportunity to address 2.5 billion gamers worldwide.
  • With Microsoft and Sony, AMD has established long-term relationships to continue market leadership as the number one silicon provider for game consoles.
  • AMD plans to deliver a full stack of high-performance, AMD RDNA architecture-powered graphics products to further expand the AMD Radeon install base.
  • AMD RDNA 2-based Navi 2X GPUs will bring uncompromised 4K gaming, new features including hardware-based ray tracing support and a significant performance uplift.

COVID-19 Statement

AMD expects the impact from COVID-19 in the first quarter to be modest, potentially resulting in revenue coming in at the lower end of the guidance of approximately $1.8 billion, plus or minus $50 million. Full year 2020 financial guidance remains unchanged.

 

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

At CES 2020, AMD unveiled the 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile processor family, which offers the world’s first 8-core processors for both ultra-thin and gaming laptops.

Here is EVERYTHING AMD has revealed so far about the 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile processor family!

 

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

The 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile processor family will offer three product line-ups :

  • PRO-series for professional laptops
  • 45 watt H-series for high-performance laptops, and
  • 15 watt U-series for low-power ultra-thin laptops.

All three series boasts the same architectural features :

  • Built on the 7nm process technology
  • 512 KB L2 cache per core
  • 4 MB L3 cache for 2 / 4-core parts
  • 8 MB L3 cache for 6 / 8-core parts
  • LPDDR4x memory support
  • Integrated Radeon Vega Graphics (5 to 8 cores)
  • support AMD SmartShift

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The Top H-Series 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile Processor

The top H-series 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile processor is the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, which is targeted directly at the Intel Core i7-9750H, offering :

  • Up to 5% better single-threaded performance
  • Up to 46% better multi-threaded performance
  • Up to 25% faster 4K video encoding on Adobe Premiere
  • Up to 39% faster gameplay physics simulation performance

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 7 4800H : 8C/16T High Performance Mobile APU!

 

The Top U-Series 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile Processor

The top U-series 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile processor is the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, which is targeted directly at the Intel Core i7-1065G7, offering :

  • Up to 4% better single-threaded performance
  • Up to 90% better multi-threaded performance
  • Up to 18% faster graphics performance

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 7 4800U : 8C/16T Mobile APU @ Just 15W!

 

3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile Family : Specifications

Processor Model Cores /
Threads
cTDP Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
GPU GPU
Clock
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

 

Ryzen 4000 vs Ryzen 3000

Here’s a quick summary of how the new 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors compare to last year’s 2nd Gen Ryzen 3000 Mobile processors :

  • Fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, instead of 12 nm
  • Up to 2X better performance per watt

  • Double the cores and threads in a single SoC
  • Now with LPDDR4x memory support
  • Up to 5X lower power state entry / exit latency
  • Up to 20% lower SoC power

 

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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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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : EVERYTHING You Need To Know!

After a two month delay, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is finally here to take on the Intel Core i9-9920X, with more cores and a much lower price point!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about AMD’s new Core i9 killer processor!

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Tech Briefing

First up, Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager, gives us a tech briefing on the new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor.

Updated @ 2019-11-26 : Added a new spider chart comparing its performance against the Intel Core i9-9920X, as well as prices for Malaysia and Singapore.

Originally posted @ 2019-11-07

 

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Processor

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is a 16-core, 32-thread processor to top off the 3rd Gen Ryzen family, offering a 3.5 GHz base clock, a 4.7 GHz boost clock, and a massive 64 MB L3 cache.

CPU Architecture + Design

Like all other 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, the Ryzen 9 3950X 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.

Better Single-Threaded Performance

The new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X delivers up to 22% better single-threaded performance, which is critical for games.

This gives it comparable gaming performance to the Intel Core i9-9900K and Intel Core i9-9920X processors.

Much Better Multi-Threaded Performance

With 16 cores and 32 threads, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is much faster than the 8-core Intel Core i9-9900K and 12-core Intel Core i9-9920X processors. It’s not even close!

Far More Power-Efficient!

Thanks to its CPU cores being fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is able to do more with less power.

In fact, it uses far less power than the Intel Core i9-9900K and Intel Core i9-9920X processors, delivering up to 2.34X more performance per watt!

No Bundled Cooler

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will NOT ship with a bundled cooler, because it’s meant to be used with liquid cooling for optimal performance.

In fact, AMD is recommending that you use it with an AIO liquid water cooler that has a 280 mm or larger radiator.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X vs Intel Core i9-9920X New!

Here is a spider chart that AMD just shared with us, comparing the Ryzen 9 3950X with the Core i9-9920X.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Specifications

Here are the Ryzen 9 3950X’s specifications, compared against the other 3rd Gen Ryzen processors.

Specifications Ryzen 9
3950X
Ryzen 9
3900X
Ryzen 7
3800X
Ryzen 7
3700X
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 8 / 16 6 / 12 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.2 GHz
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe Gen 4 (24 lanes)
TDP 105 W 95 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler NA Wraith Prism RGB Wraith
Stealth
Wraith
Spire
Launch Price $749 $449 $399 $329 $249 $199

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Price + Availability

Back in June, AMD announced that the Ryzen 9 3950X would be available sometime in September 2019, which was then delayed by two months.

It is now available starting 25 November 2019, with an official launch price of US$749 and RM 3,149 here in Malaysia.

Here are some online purchase options (accurate as of 26 November 2019) :

 

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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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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 3000 Series Price, Availability + Specifications!

AMD just topped the Ryzen 3000 processor family with the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X processor that boasts a massive 72 MB GameCache!

Here is the complete AMD Ryzen 3000 Series price list, availability and specifications!

 

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!

For more details on what’s new in these 3rd generation Ryzen processors, we recommend reading The AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Deep Dive Tech Briefing!

Don’t forget to watch the full video briefing by AMD’s Robert Hallock!

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

 

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Models + Specifications

AMD announced a total of six models. Here is a comparison of their key specifications :

SpecificationsRyzen 9
3950X
Ryzen 9
3900X
Ryzen 7
3800X
Ryzen 7
3700X
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Fab Process7 nm + 12 nm7 nm + 12 nm7 nm + 12 nm7 nm + 12 nm7 nm + 12 nm7 nm + 12 nm
Cores / Threads16 / 3212 / 248 / 168 / 166 / 126 / 12
Base Clock3.5 GHz3.8 GHz3.9 GHz3.6 GHz3.8 GHz3.6 GHz
Boost Clock4.7 GHz4.6 GHz4.5 GHz4.4 GHz4.4 GHz4.2 GHz
L2 Cache8 MB6 MB4 MB4 MB3 MB3 MB
L3 Cache64 MB64 MB32 MB32 MB32 MB32 MB
PCIe Support24x PCIe Gen 424x PCIe Gen 424x PCIe Gen 424x PCIe Gen 424x PCIe Gen 424x PCIe Gen 4
TDP105 W105 W105 W105 W95 W65 W
Bundled CoolerNAWraith Prism RGBWraith Prism RGBWraith Prism RGBWraith StealthWraith Spire
Launch Price$749$499$399$329$249$199

 

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Price + Availability

Here is the official price list for the six processor models and their availability :

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : $749 / ~£589 / ~€662 / ~RM3,116 (September 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X : $499 / ~£393 / ~€441 / ~RM2,076 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800X : $399 / ~£314 / ~€353 / ~RM1,660 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X : $329 / ~£259 / ~€291 / ~RM1,369 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600X : $249 / ~£196 / ~€220 / ~RM1,036 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 : $199 / ~£157 / ~€176 / ~RM828 (7 July 2019)

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The AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Deep Dive Tech Briefing!

AMD just revealed the 3rd Gen Ryzen family of processors at Computex 2019 and E3, with six models built on the 7 nm process technology!

Join us for a deep dive into the AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen technical details with Robert Hallock!

 

The AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Deep Dive Tech Briefing!

Delivering the deep dive tech briefing this time is Robert Hallock. Robert, if you don’t know yet, is the Senior Technical Marketing Manager at AMD.

 

AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Feature Summary

Zen 2 On 7 nm

The 3rd Gen Ryzen processors are based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach. And they are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology!

Better Single-Threaded Performance

The new AMD Zen 2 architecture boasts 9% to 21% better single-threaded performance, which is critical for games.

Faster Clock Ramping

The 3rd Gen Ryzen processors support CPP2 – a clock speed selection interface for UEFI. This cuts the time to switch clock speeds from 30 ms to just 1-2 ms!

This will give them a nice 6% boost in performance, but only if you upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2019 update.

AMD GameCache

The new L3 cache is now twice as big as the L3 cache of the last-generation 2nd Gen Ryzen processors.

The 6-core and 8-core processors have a 32 MB L3 cache, while the 12-core and 16-core models have a massive 64 MB L3 cache!

Doubling the L3 cache size alone reduces the effective memory latency by up to 33 ns, giving your games a boost in frame rate of between 11% and 21%.

This is why AMD is calling it their GameCache…

3rd Gen Ryzen Is PCIe 4.0 Ready!

The AMD Ryzen 3000 processors have 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes. This gives you a total of 40 PCIe 4.0 lanes, when paired with a new AMD X570 motherboard.

Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO)

This new feature increases the boost clock overhead by 200 MHz (in 25 MHz increments) – basically easy overclocking for lazy people.

If you are using the Ryzen 9 3900X, PBO allows you to increase the boost clock from 4.6 GHz to 4.8 GHz.

Backward Compatibility

Even though AMD also announced the new X570 chipset, which gives you 16 extra PCIe 4.0 lanes; the 3rd Gen Ryzen processors can be installed in older AMD AM4 motherboards.

All you need to do is update your current AM4 motherboard’s BIOS before installing the new processors.

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3rd Gen Ryzen Price + Availability

Here is the official list of processor models, their prices and availability :

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : $749 / ~£589 / ~€662 / ~RM3,116 (September 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X : $499 / ~£393 / ~€441 / ~RM2,076 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800X : $399 / ~£314 / ~€353 / ~RM1,660 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X : $329 / ~£259 / ~€291 / ~RM1,369 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600X : $249 / ~£196 / ~€220 / ~RM1,036 (7 July 2019)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 : $199 / ~£157 / ~€176 / ~RM828 (7 July 2019)

 

3rd Gen Ryzen Specifications

SpecificationsRyzen 9
3950X
Ryzen 9
3900X
Ryzen 7
3800X
Ryzen 7
3700X
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Fab Process7 nm + 12 nm7 nm + 12 nm7 nm + 12 nm7 nm + 12 nm7 nm + 12 nm7 nm + 12 nm
Cores / Threads16 / 3212 / 248 / 168 / 166 / 126 / 12
Base Clock3.5 GHz3.8 GHz3.9 GHz3.6 GHz3.8 GHz3.6 GHz
Boost Clock4.7 GHz4.6 GHz4.5 GHz4.4 GHz4.4 GHz4.2 GHz
L2 Cache8 MB6 MB4 MB4 MB3 MB3 MB
L3 Cache64 MB64 MB32 MB32 MB32 MB32 MB
PCIe Support24x PCIe Gen 424x PCIe Gen 424x PCIe Gen 424x PCIe Gen 424x PCIe Gen 424x PCIe Gen 4
TDP105 W105 W105 W105 W95 W65 W
Bundled CoolerNAWraith Prism RGBWraith Prism RGBWraith Prism RGBWraith StealthWraith Spire
Launch Price$749$499$399$329$249$199

 

3rd Gen Ryzen Presentation Slides

 

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A Sneak Peek At The Sony PlayStation 5 Console!

Console gamers rejoice! Sony has just given us some details of the PlayStation 5! Here is a sneak peek of its key specifications… and what’s powering Sony’s next-generation console!

 

The Sony PlayStation 5

As the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) nears the end of its lifecycle since its release back in 2013, gamers the world over have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of its successor.

Sony was obviously working on a new gaming console to replace the PS4, but they have just confirmed that it will be coming soon.

Although it has yet to be officially named, gamers are already calling it the PlayStation 5… which makes sense unless Sony wants to skip a number (or a couple) like Apple, and call it the PlayStation X!

Sony Lead Architect Mark Cerny shared this exciting news with Wired magazine during a meeting which included a practical demo of the internal components of the Sony PlayStation 5, or officially … the next-generation Sony gaming console.

He emphasised how the next-generation Sony PlayStation will be a leap forward in Sony’s gaming technology, and not just a variant of the PS4 and PS4 Pro.

Could this mean Sony is planning to actually skip a few numbers and call it the PlayStation X, instead of the PlayStation 5?

 

The Sony PlayStation 5 Specifications + Features

Here is what we know about the next-gen Sony gaming console, the erstwhile Sony PlayStation 5 :

High-Speed Solid State Drive (SSD)

The PlayStation 5 will use a high-speed SSD that Sony claims is 19X faster than a traditional SSD.

They did not specify the SSD they will use, but it will likely be two SSDs in RAID 0. Even multiple SSDs in RAID 0 like what WD did to create an 8TB SSD that was as fast as DDR4 memory!

The use of a fast SSD RAID array will be most welcomed, as it will allow for very fast loading of games that are already humongous in size!

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Customised AMD Navi GPU!

This is big news! Sony will use a customised GPU based on the upcoming AMD Navi architecture.

This next-generation AMD Radeon GPU will support for real-time ray tracing, so watch out for really awesome graphics!

8 Core AMD Ryzen Gen 3 CPU!

Powering the PlayStation 5 will be the upcoming AMD Ryzen Gen 3 CPU, with 8 cores based on the new AMD Zen 2 architecture.

Fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, it will offer greatly improved performance with lower power consumption.

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processor will also deliver virtual 3D audio without the need for a separate audio chip or extra speakers!

PlayStation 5 Compatibility With PS4 + PSVR

Another bit of welcomed news. The PlayStation 5 will be able to support and play PS4 and PSVR (PlayStation VR) games.

On top of that, it will not just support download only PS4 and PSVR games. It will support physical media as well.

8K TV Support

The Sony PlayStation 5 will support 8K TVs, so that when you upgrade your TV, it is ready to deliver 8K content right away!

 

Sony PlayStation 5 Price And Release Date

With such advanced features, it is expected that the suggested retail price will be in the region of US$ 500, or about £385 / €445 / RM 2,000.

Now the bad news – while they have already confirmed much of its hardware specifications, the PlayStation 5 will NOT be making its arrival this year.

Sony declined to give an indicative launch date, but industry experts predict that Sony will launch it either in 2020 or 2021, most probably before their rival, Microsoft, releases the next Xbox gaming console.

But if you are itching for something new, Atari will soon be unveiling the Atari VCS, which is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen R1000 APU!

 

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AMD 7nm EPYC Processor Update + First Look!

One of the biggest revelations at the AMD Computex 2018 press conference is how well along AMD is with their 7nm efforts. Everything appears to be chugging along as planned, and AMD shared not only details about their 7nm EPYC processor, they also showed off an engineering sample!

 

The 7nm EPYC Revealed!

At AMD Computex 2018, Dr. Lisa Su announced that AMD has decided to introduce 7nm Zen 2 processor, in the form of the 7nm EPYC processors!

Here are the key points in Dr. Lisa Su’s presentation :

  • AMD will go straight to 7nm Zen 2 cores for the next-generation EPYC processors.
  • 7nm Zen 2 silicon are in AMD labs, and “it’s looking good!
  • AMD will be sampling 7nm EPYC processors in the second half of 2018., with a launch in 2019.
  • 7nm EPYC processors will continue to use Socket SP3, and will be “drop-in” replacements for the first-generation EPYC processors.

 

First Look At 7nm EPYC + 7nm Vega!

In this video, Dr. Lisa Su shows off engineering samples of the 7nm EPYC processor (on the left), and the 7nm Vega GPU (on the right).

 

First Examples Of 7nm EPYC Servers

AMD also showed examples of a single CPU server, and a dual CPU server, with 7nm EPYC processors.

As AMD hasn’t actually produced any 7nm EPYC thus far (sampling only starts in the second half of 2018), these are just dummy CPU mockups. The real purpose is to demonstrate that they will be pin-compatible drop-in replacements for existing EPYC servers… with a BIOS update, of course!

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