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Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Adaptive Undervolting Comes To Ryzen!

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Adaptive Undervolting Comes To Ryzen!

AMD just introduced Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2), which introduces adaptive undervolting for Ryzen processors, amongst other improvements.

Find out what Precision Boost Overdrive 2 offers, and what effect it has on performance of AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors!

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Improved Overclocking + Adaptive Undervolting!

Precision Boost Overdrive is the dynamic overclocking capability built into AMD Ryzen processors, with these features :

  • raises socket power limit
  • raises motherboard VRM limit
  • can override max boost frequency
  • primarily designed to improve multi-thread performance

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2) comes with all of the original PBO features, as well as these new features :.

  • improved single-thread performance
  • adds adaptive undervolting capability
  • adds standalone undervolting capability for AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processors
  • improved performance per watt.
  • can lower operating temperatures.
  • ability to customise voltages and frequencies to a specific processor.

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Curve Optimizer

The new adaptive undervolting capability in Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2) is achieved through the Curve Optimizer.

The new Curve Optimizer tells the firmware what window of undervolting is desired, and adapts to both light and heavy workloads.

Undervolting, however, will not be done with raw millivolts. Instead, it will be applied with “counts“.

  • 1 Count is approximately 3 mV ~ 5 mV. This range means less undervolting during high loads, and more undervolting when the load is lower.
  • You can adjust the voltage by +/- 30 Counts. 30 Counts would be a range of 90~150 mV.
  • The adjustments can be applied per core, or on all cores.

The Curve Optimizer algorithm is adaptive – so it will automatically underplot when the circumstances are suitable, and restore voltage when it needs to.

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Performance Boost

According to AMD, PBO2 offers better single-threaded performance than the original PBO.

Enabling it will let the Ryzen 7 5800X deliver 2.6% better 1T performance in CINEBENCH R20, while the Ryzen 9 5900X delivers 2% better 1T performance.

Hardly earth-shattering performance, but hey, it’s free!

Multi-threaded performance also gets a small but nice boost from PBO2.

AMD says the Ryzen 7 5800X should get a 2.2% boost, while the Ryzen 9 5900X gets a very nice 10% boost in multi-threaded performance!

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : System Requirements

Here are the system requirements for Precision Boost Overdrive 2 to work :

  • AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processor
  • AMD 500 or 400 Series motherboard
  • Motherboard BIOS based on AMD AGESA 1.1.8.0 or later

The PBO2 update is available for all AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors through a motherboard BIOS upgrade available in December 2020.

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors : Where To Buy?

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

 

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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 9 5950X In-Depth Review : 16-Core Behemoth!

Built on the new Zen 3 architecture, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X promises to offer unparalleled 16-core, 32-thread performance!

Take a look at its performance in our in-depth review, and find out why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Built On Zen 3

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series is designed using the new AMD Zen 3 architecture, which promises to deliver 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.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax, in Malaysia :

  • Malaysia : RM 3,699 (~US$889) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 799

Note : It comes with a free copy of Far Cry 6

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x 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

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X comes in a slimmer box, because it doesn’t come with any bundled cooler.

The last-generation Ryzen 9 3900X, you may recall, came with the Wraith Prism cooler.

 

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X has sixteen Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.4 GHz base clock, and a 4.9 GHz boost clock.

It has a 105 watt TDP, and supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), which means it can handle up to 32 threads simultaneously.

Like the 3rd Gen Ryzen, it has 512 KB L2 cache per core, for an 8 MB L2 cache size; and a massive 64 MB L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X can be installed unto existing AMD 500 series motherboards, and later, the AMD 400 series as well, after a simple BIOS update.

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AMD Zen 3 Architecture

Codename Vermeer, Zen 3 is the next evolution of the Zen architecture, delivering a 19% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) through these improvements :

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 32MB
  • 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 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).

The new Zen 3 CCD has 4.15 billion transistors, with a die size of 80.7 mm². The Matisse-era IOD remains the same – 2.09 billion transistors, with a die size of 125 mm².

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the content creation and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Cores /
Threads
Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
Memory
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 / 32 3.4 GHz 4.9 GHz 8 MB 64 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 / 16 3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
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 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
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 RTX 2080 SUPER (GeForce 457.09)
Storage 1 TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : 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.

Like the Ryzen 7 5800X, the Ryzen 9 5950X broke past the 600 mark, and was 22.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

Because it has a 11.4% higher boost clock, that works out to a 10% better performance per clock, over the last-generation Ryzen.

CINEBENCH R20 Multi Core Performance

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

A score of almost 9900! That makes it 66% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X, and 2X faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, both 8-core, 16-thread processors.

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.

For some reason, the Ryzen 9 5950X doesn’t benefit at all from its SMT capability.

That’s why it only has a 66% performance advantage over the Ryzen 7 5800X, despite having twice as many cores.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : 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).

Very nice! The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X was 30% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X, 44% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X and 74% faster than Ryzen 7 2700X.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : 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 2020 using a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

This is a huge boost in performance! The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X was 87% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X, 2.33X faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X and 2.67X faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X.

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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 9 5950X was 5% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X20% faster than Ryzen 7 3700X, and 40% faster than 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.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X was 20% faster than Ryzen 7 5800X, 81% faster than Ryzen 7 3700X, and 2.3X faster than Ryzen 7 2700X and Core i7-8700K.

Now check out the processors’ effect on the overall gaming score… Obviously, CPU performance only has a small effect at this resolution.

 

F1 2019

F1 2019 is a racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019. We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that. The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X delivered 6% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 12% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 2700X!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution though, the effect of CPU performance was negligible, even with the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had no effect. The game was graphics-limited, not CPU-limited.

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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 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X topped this comparison, tying with the Ryzen 7 5800X.

It delivered 16% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 20% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution up to 1440p, it really didn’t matter that much which processor we used. They all performed about the same.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had absolutely no effect. The game was completely graphics-limited.

 

Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018. We tested it in three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

CPU performance had only a small effect on frame rates in Strange Brigade, even at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, they were virtually all equal in performance. The game was already graphics-limited.

2160p Gaming Resolution

It was the same at 4K, of course – the game was completely graphics-limited.

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game, released in February 2019. We tested it in three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Metro Exodus is graphics-intensive, so CPU performance has limited effect on its frame rate.

1440p Gaming Resolution

All of the processors performed the same at 1440p, with a slight edge to the Core i7-8700K.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the game was completely graphics-limited, so it didn’t matter which processor we tested.

 

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
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The Ryzen 9 5950X delivered 9% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 5800X21% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K, and 23% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the Ryzen 9 5950X delivered 7% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 5800X, and 23% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Even at 4K, CPU performance mattered in Ashes of the Singularity. The Ryzen 9 5950X delivered just 2% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 5800X, and 14% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Our Verdict + Award!

Thanks to the new Zen 3 core optimisations and SoC design, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X offers a nice leap forward in performance.

It offers significantly better single-core and multi-core performance over the last generation, offering a nice boost to both content creation and gaming performance.

As our benchmark results show, the Ryzen 9 5950X offers a large performance boost over the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 7 2700X, and even the new Ryzen 7 5800X.

With 16 cores that support up to 32 threads, it barrels through everything thrown at it without a sweat.

But while AMD has highlighted the Ryzen 9 5950X as a great processor for gaming, it’s really best for serious content creation work.

It’s not that it won’t work well in games, it’s just overkill for games.

We cannot emphasise this great point about the Ryzen 9 5950X – even though it uses a new Zen 3 microarchitecture, it continues to use the AM4 socket.

If you have an existing AMD 500 Series motherboard, you can just pop in the Ryzen 9 5950X after a BIOS upgrade.

Those on AMD 400 Series motherboards will have to wait until Q1 2020, before they receive BIOS upgrades to support Zen 3.

In our Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 7 5800X reviews, we pointed out that they were priced significantly higher than their predecessors.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is priced at $799 (RM3,699) – a $50 (RM550) premium over the last-generation Ryzen 9 3950X, which had a launch price of $749 (RM3,149).

But this time, it comes with a free copy of the upcoming game – Far Cry 6 Standard Edition, which is priced at $56.99.

Paradoxically, this makes the Ryzen 9 5950X the best deal of the Ryzen 5000 series, if you can afford it, of course!

That’s why we believe it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, AMD!

So who should, or should NOT, buy the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X?

  • Buy : If you want the best possible 16-core processor for a new content creation system.
  • Buy : If you are upgrading from a first-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Buy : If you need more computing cores than your current system.
  • Consider : If you are upgrading from a second-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Skip : If you are already using a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax, in Malaysia :

  • Malaysia : RM 3,699 (~US$889) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 799

Note : It comes with a free copy of Far Cry 6

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x 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

 

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X In-Depth Review : 8-Core Powerhouse!

Built on the new Zen 3 architecture, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X promises to offer a leap forward in performance.

Take a look at its performance in our in-depth review, and find out if this is the Ryzen for you!

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Built On Zen 3

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series is designed using the new AMD Zen 3 architecture, which promises to deliver 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.

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor will be available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax :

  • Malaysia : RM 2,049 (~US$493) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 449

Note : It comes with a free copy of Far Cry 6

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
CCD Count 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x 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

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X comes in a slimmer box, because it doesn’t come with any bundled cooler.

The last-generation Ryzen 7 3800X, you may recall, came with the Wraith Prism cooler.

 

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X has eight Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.8 GHz base clock, and a 4.7 GHz boost clock.

It has a 105 watt TDP, and supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), which means it can handle up to 16 threads simultaneously.

Like the 3rd Gen Ryzen, it has 512 KB L2 cache per core, for a 4 MB L2 cache size; and a large 32 MB L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X can be installed unto existing AMD 500 series motherboards, and later, the AMD 400 series as well, after a simple BIOS update.

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AMD Zen 3 Architecture

Codename Vermeer, Zen 3 is the next evolution of the Zen architecture, delivering a 19% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) through these improvements :

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 32MB
  • 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 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).

The new Zen 3 CCD has 4.15 billion transistors, with a die size of 80.7 mm². The Matisse-era IOD remains the same – 2.09 billion transistors, with a die size of 125 mm².

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the content creation and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Cores /
Threads
Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
Memory
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 / 16 3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 3 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
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 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 RTX 2080 SUPER (GeForce 457.09)
Storage 1 TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : 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.

Look at that! What a phenomenal boost in single-core performance!

The Ryzen 7 5800X broke past the 600 mark, and was 22.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, even though it only has a 6.8% higher boost clock!

That works out to a 14.7% better performance per clock, over the last-generation Ryzen.

CINEBENCH R20 Multi Core Performance

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

A score of almost 6000! That’s 23.6% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, which is also an 8-core, 16-thread processor.

It was actually 58.8% faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which makes it a great upgrade for the older 8-core, 16-thread processor.

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.

Interestingly, the Ryzen 7 5800X has better SMT performance than the Ryzen 5 5600X, even though they both use a single CCD.

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : 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).

That’s a nice speed bump! The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X was 10.4% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X and 33.8% faster than Ryzen 7 2700X.

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : 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 2020 using a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

This is a big boost in performance! The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X was 24.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X and 42.3% faster than both Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 5600X.

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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 7 5800X was 14.3% faster than Ryzen 7 3700X, and 33% faster than 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.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X was 20% faster than Ryzen 7 3700X, and 40% faster than Ryzen 5 5600X.

Now check out the processors’ effect on the overall gaming score… Obviously, CPU performance only has a small effect at this resolution.

 

F1 2019

F1 2019 is a racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019. We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X delivered 6.5% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 12.5% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 2700X!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution though, the effect of CPU performance was negligible, even with the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had no effect. The game was graphics-limited, not CPU-limited.

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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 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X topped this comparison, tying with the Ryzen 5 5600X.

It delivered 17% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 21% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution up to 1440p, it really didn’t matter that much which processor we used. They all performed about the same.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had absolutely no effect. The game was completely graphics-limited.

 

Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018. We tested it in three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

CPU performance had only a small effect on frame rates in Strange Brigade, even at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, they were virtually all equal in performance. The game was already graphics-limited.

2160p Gaming Resolution

It was the same at 4K, of course – the game was completely graphics-limited.

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game, released in February 2019. We tested it in three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Metro Exodus is graphics-intensive, so CPU performance has limited effect on its frame rate.

1440p Gaming Resolution

All of the processors performed the same at 1440p, with a slight edge to the Core i7-8700K.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the game was completely graphics-limited, so it didn’t matter which processor we tested.

 

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
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Nice! The Ryzen 7 5800X delivered 11% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K, and 13% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the Ryzen 7 5800X delivered 15.5% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Even at 4K, CPU performance mattered in Ashes of the Singularity. The Ryzen 7 5800X delivered 12% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Our Verdict!

Thanks to the new Zen 3 core optimisations and SoC design, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X offers a nice leap forward in performance.

Its single-core performance has been improved significantly over its predecessors, and so has its multi-core performance, offering a nice boost to both content creation and gaming performance.

Gamers will favour the cheaper Ryzen 5 5600X, but this is a great option for those who also need serious multi-core performance for content creation work.

It offers a large performance boost over the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 7 2700X in both content creation and gaming performance.

Another great point about the Ryzen 7 5800X – even though it uses a new microarchitecture, it continues to use the AM4 socket

If you have an existing AMD 500 Series motherboard, you can pop it in after a BIOS upgrade.

Those on AMD 400 Series motherboards will have to wait until Q1 2020, before they receive BIOS upgrades to support Zen 3.

But while the Ryzen 7 5800X’s performance may be a leap forward, so is its price tag…

You may recall that the last-generation Ryzen 7 3800X had a launch price of $399 (RM1,799), with a nice Wraith Prism cooler.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X costs substantially more at $449 (RM2,049), and no longer comes with a very nice bundled cooler!

On the other hand, it comes with a free copy of the upcoming game – Far Cry 6 Standard Edition...

So who should, or should NOT, buy the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X?

  • Buy : If you want the best possible 8-core processor for a new gaming or content creation system.
  • Buy : If you are upgrading from a first-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Buy : If you need more computing cores than your current system.
  • Consider : If you are upgrading from a second-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Skip : If you are already using a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

Those on a budget can consider purchasing a Ryzen 7 3700X. It may be slower for sure, but the money you save can be used towards the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card!

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor will be available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax, in Malaysia :

  • Malaysia : RM 2,049 (~US$493) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 449

Note : It comes with a free copy of Far Cry 6

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
CCD Count 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x 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

 

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X In-Depth Review : A Leap Forward!

Built on the new Zen 3 architecture, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X promises to offer a leap forward in performance.

Find out in our in-depth review why we agree, and gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Built On Zen 3

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series is designed using the new AMD Zen 3 architecture, which promises to deliver 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.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax :

  • Malaysia : RM 1,349 (~US$324) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 299

Note : Unlike the Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 7 5800X, the Ryzen 5 5600X will NOT come with a free copy of Far Cry 6.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x 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

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X comes in a slimmer box, with a bundled AMD Wraith Stealth cooler inside.

The Wraith Stealth is the most basic cooler AMD ships, usually with entry-level processors like the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 3300X.

 

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X has six Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.7 GHz base clock, and a 4.6 GHz boost clock.

It has a 65 watt TDP, and supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), which means it can handle up to 12 threads simultaneously.

Like the 3rd Gen Ryzen, it has 512 KB L2 cache per core, for a 3 MB L2 cache size; and a large 32 MB L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X can be installed unto existing AMD 500 series motherboards, and later, the AMD 400 series as well, after a simple BIOS update.

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AMD Zen 3 Architecture

Codename Vermeer, Zen 3 is the next evolution of the Zen architecture, delivering a 19% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) through these improvements :

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 32MB 
  • 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 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).

The new Zen 3 CCD has 4.15 billion transistors, with a die size of 80.7 mm². The Matisse-era IOD remains the same – 2.09 billion transistors, with a die size of 125 mm².

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the content creation and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Cores /
Threads
Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
Memory
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 / 16 3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 3 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
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 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 RTX 2080 SUPER (GeForce 457.09)
Storage 1 TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : 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.

Look at that! What a phenomenal boost in single-core performance!

The Ryzen 5 5600X was 19.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, even though it only has a 4.5% higher boost clock!

That works out to a 14.3% better performance per clock, over the last-generation Ryzen.

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 12.6% slower than the Ryzen 7 3700X, which is an 8-core, 16-thread processor.

More so when you realise that it was actually 12.3% faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which is an older 8-core, 16-thread processor.

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 the Zen 3 microarchitecture gave it a big boost in single core performance, its SMT performance appears to have taken a slight hit.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : 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).

Look at that! Despite having just six cores, the Ryzen 5 5600X was slightly faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which has 8 cores.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : 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 2020 using a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

Even though it was a 6-core processor, the Ryzen 5 5600X was just slightly slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which has 8 cores. Impressive!

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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 5600X was 5% slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X, and 5% faster than the Core i7-8700K.

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.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X was 8.3% faster than both the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Core i7-8700K.

Now check out the processors’ effect on the overall gaming score… Obviously, CPU performance only has a small effect at this resolution.

 

F1 2019

F1 2019 is a racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019. We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X delivered 6.5% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 12.5% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 2700X!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution though, the effect of CPU performance was negligible, even with the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had no effect. The game was graphics-limited, not CPU-limited.

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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 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X delivered the best performance in this comparison, matching the Ryzen 7 5800X.

It delivered 17% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 21% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution up to 1440p, it really didn’t matter that much which processor we used. They all performed about the same.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had absolutely no effect. The game was completely graphics-limited.

 

Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018. We tested it in three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

CPU performance had only a small effect on frame rates in Strange Brigade, even at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, they were virtually all equal in performance. The game was already graphics-limited.

2160p Gaming Resolution

It was the same at 4K, of course – the game was completely graphics-limited.

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game, released in February 2019. We tested it in three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Metro Exodus is graphics-intensive, so CPU performance has limited effect on its frame rate.

1440p Gaming Resolution

All of the processors performed the same at 1440p, with a slight edge to the Core i7-8700K.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the game was completely graphics-limited, so it didn’t matter which processor we tested.

 

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
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Nice! The Ryzen 5 5600X was almost as fast as the Ryzen 7 5800X, and delivered 9.4% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K, and 11.3% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the Ryzen 5 5600X delivered 12.8% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Even at 4K, CPU performance mattered in Ashes of the Singularity. The Ryzen 5 5600X delivered 9.2% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Our Verdict + Award!

There is no doubt that the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is a leap forward for AMD, thanks to the new Zen 3 core and SoC design.

Its single-core performance has been improved significantly over its predecessors, offering a nice boost to content creation and gaming performance.

Gamers, in particular, will favour this model over the Ryzen 7 5800X because it delivers the same gaming performance at 2/3rds the cost.

It also handily beats the Ryzen 7 3700X in gaming performance, making it a better option for gaming systems.

Even though the Ryzen 5 5600X uses a new microarchitecture, it continues to use the AM4 socket and will support AMD 500 Series chipsets on launch day (with a BIOS upgrade).

That’s really great news for those planning to upgrade from their existing Ryzen processors.

Those on AMD 400 Series motherboards will have to wait until Q1 2020, before they receive BIOS upgrades to support Zen 3.

But while the Ryzen 5 5600X’s performance may be a leap forward, so is its price tag…

You may recall that the last-generation Ryzen 5 3600X had a launch price of $249 (RM859), with a Wraith Spire cooler.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X costs substantially more at $299 (RM1,349), and ships with the smaller and cheaper Wraith Stealth cooler.

That said, the Ryzen 5 5600X truly provides a significant boost in performance, and it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award.

So who should, or should NOT, buy the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X?

  • Buy : If you want the best possible 6-core processor for a new gaming system.
  • Buy : If you are upgrading from a first-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Consider : If you are upgrading from a second-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Skip : If you are already using a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

Those on a budget can consider purchasing a Ryzen 5 3600X. It may not be as fast, but the money you save can be used towards the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card!

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax :

  • Malaysia : RM 1,349 (~US$324) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 299

Note : Unlike the Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 7 5800X, the Ryzen 5 5600X will NOT come with a free copy of Far Cry 6.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x 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

 

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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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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 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..

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.

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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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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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AMD Ryzen 3 3300X Review : Quite The Bargain @ $120!

The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is more than just a slightly amped version of the Ryzen 3 3100. And it is quite the bargain at $120!

Find out why we gave this new AMD Ryzen 3 processor our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X : Official Tech Briefing

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

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X : Key Features

The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is a quad-core processor, with a 3.8 GHz base clock, and a 4.3 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.

4+0 CCX Configuration

Unlike the Ryzen 3 3100, the Ryzen 3 3300X uses a 4+0 CCX configuration. That means it uses a single CCX (Core Complex).

Its four cores directly communicate with each other, and share the same 16 MB L3 cache, allowing it to deliver better performance with lower latencies, than the Ryzen 3 3100.

TDP + Bundled Cooler

The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 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 3300X 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 3300X : 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 : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X has a launch price of US$120 / ~£97 / ~A$190 / ~S$172 / RM 549. and will be available for sale globally starting 21 May 2020.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X, 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.

Will you look at that? The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is actually 9.6% faster than the Intel Core i7-8700K, and 18.7% faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X in single-core performance!

CINEBENCH R20 Multi Core Performance

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

Of course, the 3300X is still a quad-core processor, which means it will not perform as fast as 6-core processors, or 8-core processors.

Even so, it was actually as fast as the Ryzen 5 1600X (6 cores), and 72% 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 3300X 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).

And it appears to have lower MT boost than the Ryzen 3 3100 because of its significantly better single-core performance.

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 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 3300X was 89% as fast as the Ryzen 5 1600X (6 cores), and 75% 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 3300X 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.

Despite being a quad-core processor, the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X actually beat  the Ryzen 5 1600X, a 6-core processor!

It is notable in this test that it is 18.5% faster than the Ryzen 3 3100, 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 3300X was 7% faster than the Ryzen 3 3100, and just 14% 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 2% faster than the Ryzen 3 3100, and only 3% 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 3300X was 9% faster than the Ryzen 3 3100, and 6.7% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600X.

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

At 4K, it was virtually as fast as the Ryzen 5 1600X, edging out the Ryzen 3 3100 by just 2%.

 

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

Will you look at that! This is why the number of CPU cores don’t really matter when it comes to games.

The cheap Ryzen 3 3300X delivered average frame rates on par with the 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X!

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.

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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 3300X performed as well as the 8-core Ryzen 7 2700X, and was 14.6% better than the Ryzen 3 3100.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution up to 1440p though, 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 3300X’s greatly-improved single-core performance. It actually delivered 23% and 24% better frame rates than the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X processors!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the Ryzen 3 3300X was 20% and 28% faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X processors!

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X : Our Verdict + Award!

Built around the Zen 2 microarchitecture, the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 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.

 

Overall, the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is roughly equivalent to the Ryzen 5 1600X, a first-gen 6-core Ryzen processor. In some benchmarks, it is perhaps 10% slower, and yet it is equal or faster in other benchmarks.

At first glance, the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X may seem to be an amped-up Ryzen 3 3100, but its 4+0 configuration does confer it additional performance benefits above and beyond its higher clock speeds.

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 3300X 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$120 / RM 549, and it’s bundled with a Wraith Stealth cooler to boot!

While not quite the steal that the Ryzen 3 3100 really is, it is still a darn good bargain. So we are giving it our Editor’s Choice Award too!

 

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X : Where To Buy?

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

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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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 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.