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The Ryzen 3000 Family of processors

The Ryzen 3000 Family of processors

AMD has announced new 6, 8, 12 and 16-core processors for its 3rd gen, and now, 7nm fabbed CPUs. Meet the Ryzen 9 3950X. This is the all-new sixteen core part (due for release/availability in September).  The new flagship consumer processor will have 16 cores and 32 threads with a 4.7 GHz Boost, it's base frequency sits at 3.5 GHz and no less than 72MB cache, AMD is keeping the power consumption under control at 105 Watt.


Ryzen 9 3900X will have 12 cores and 24 threads with a 4.6 GHz Boost, it's base frequency sits at 3.8 GHz, AMD is keeping the power consumption under control at 105 Watt. AMD sees this proc to be a competitor for the Core i9 9920X.

Next in line is probably what attracts the gaming community best, a spicy eight-core processor with sixteen threads. The Ryzen 7 3800X this processor may boost towards 4.5 GHz and gets a 3.9 GHz base clock frequency. It has 36 MB total cache and is the proc that AMD pits against the Core i9 9900K. This proc also is listed having a 105 Watt TDP. 

At 329 USD the Ryzen 7 3700X might be the new moneymaker and bestseller as it offers that really nice balance between features, perf, and pricing. This processor as well as 8 cores, 16 threads but only runs 100 MHz less on the boost frequency. With a 3.6 GHz base and an unlocked multiplier (hint), this might be the new processor to get if you ache for 8 cores. This processor has a rather low 65 Watts TDP thanks to its lower base frequency. The processor already had been shown on stage and has been compared to a Core i7 9700K (and was significantly faster) with roughly similar single threaded performance.  So yes until and non-X model of the 3700 is released, this proc imho is likely to bring a smile on the faces of many.

AMD also will also be releasing the Ryzen 5 3600 series with initially two products, both have six cores and twelve threads and sit in a 200~250 USD price bracket which is going to serve the mainstream segment excellently. Below a breakdown of the processors announced. Both hexa-cores get SMT (Hyper-threading) and thus twelve threads. They are rated at a 95W TDP for the 3600X and just 65W for the 3600. The 3600 costs 199 dollars and the 3600X must cost 249 dollars.


The three third-generation Ryzen processors are produced at 7nm and will be available starting July 7th, 2019. At the same time, manufacturers are releasing AM4 motherboards with the new X570 chipset. Among other things, it offers extra PCIe 4.0 lanes. With a firmware update, the Ryzen 3000 processors also work on X470 motherboards.


Cores / Threads

Clock speed/turbo (GHz)

Cache (total)

PCIe lanes 
CPU+x570 chipset)


Ryzen 9 3950X


3.5 / 4.7



$ 749 

Ryzen 9 3900X


3.8 / 4.6



$ 499

Ryzen 7 3800X


3.9 / 4.5



$ 399

Ryzen 7 3700X


3.6 / 4.4



$ 329

Ryzen 5 3600X


3.8 / 4.4



$ 249

Ryzen 5 3600


3.6 / 4.2



$ 199

So what about game performance you might wonder? Well, AMD has been communicating clear about that, let's me just simply show you some slides from AMD themselves, IPC, the higher clocks and the new architecture is going to bring game performance towards the levels of what Intel is doing. At least, that is the claim which we'll check out more in-depth in our reviews.





Convincing enough? Let's move to the next page where we'll show a bit of architecture including the chiplet design.

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