AMD shaked the market when its first generation Ryzen processors hit the market. And, now that AMD’s 2nd Generation Ryzen processors have been out for about a year, AMD is absolutely dominating the market, more than doubling Intel’s sales, according to a German retailer. But, its going to get even better: Ryzen 3rd Generation processors will bring the Zen 2, 7nm process to the mainstream chips for the first time with profound improvements.
Considering the fact that Intel is having considerable issues introducing 10nm Cannon Lake chips, and even Intel’s next HEDT lineup will likely stay on 14nm, AMD has swooped in and upstaged its rival before it even has a chance to counter-attack, while also introducing some of the most impressive consumer processors yet. So the hype for 3rd Gen Ryzen is pretty self explanatory.
AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Specs
At CES 2019, we got to know about one of the Ryzen 3000-series processor which was a 8-core and 16-thread chip designed to go toe-to-toe with Intel’s flagship Core i9-9900K AMD benchmarked the secretive processor with Cinebench to achieve a score of 2023. Comparatively, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Intel Core i9-9900K scored 1,798 and 1,873 respectively.
What’s more impressive is that the new Ryzen 3000 chip seems to be more power efficient than Intel’s current Coffee Lake Refresh lineup. During the Cinebench demo at keynote, AMD also displayed the maximum power draw of the both the systems being benchmarked, Intel system was seen drawing 179.9 watts while the new Ryzen system maxed out at 133.4W. The new 7nm architecture of Ryzen 3rd Generation affords it 12% more performance while making the AMD chips about 30% more power efficient than Intel’s latest 14nm CPUs.
The smaller 7nm Zen 2 platform is what makes all these wonders, the new 7nm process introduces a massive die shrink. The current Ryzen 2nd Generation processors were built on a 12nm Zen+ architecture that introduced a slight die shrink from the original 14nm Zen architecture. Despite being built on the new Zen 2 architecture, Ryzen 3000 CPUs will still fit into the AM4 socket used by Ryzen 2nd Generation and the original Ryzen processors. That said, Ryzen 3rd Generation is also going to introduce something new with PCIe 4.0 support.
However, it seems like, at least according to some leaked specs, that the 8-core chip AMD revealed at CES is nowhere near the top-end model of Ryzen 3rd Gen lineup. For instance, the AMD Ryzen 9 3850X is rumored to have 16 cores and 32 threads with a max boost clock of 5.1GHz. This far better than any consumer chip on the market right now. The rest of the rumored 3rd Gen lineup is listed below.
AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Price
However, thanks to a detailed report from a YouTuber named AdoredTV, we have model names and prices for every possible Ryzen 3rd Generation processor. Here’s how much Ryzen 3rd Generation processors may cost at launch:
- Ryzen 9 3850X: $499 (about £400, AU$700)
- Ryzen 9 3800X: $449 (about £350, AU$600)
- Ryzen 7 3700X: $329 (about £260, AU$450)
- Ryzen 7 3700: $299 (about £230, AU$400)
- Ryzen 5 3600X: $229 (about £180, AU$320)
- Ryzen 5 3600G: $199 (about £160, AU$270)
- Ryzen 5 3600: $178 (about £140, AU$240)
- Ryzen 3 3300X: $129 (about £100, AU$180)
- Ryzen 3 3300G: $129 (about £100, AU$180)
- Ryzen 3 3300: $99 (about £80, AU$140)
This list of 3rd Gen Ryzen prices might seem compelling and on-track with AMD’s traditional pricing strategy, but we would take it with a grain of salt as a recent retailer leaked the prices which are higher than the AdoredTV leak. The new prices are:
Still, we would’ve wait until AMD actually unveils pricing, because Team Red has a very clean track record of lowering the prices of its processors going from Ryzen to Ryzen 2nd Generation. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700X originally launched with a $399 price and it was succeeded by the more affordable $329 AMD Ryzen 7 2700X.
With that in mind, we couldn’t imagine/would be disappointed if the Ryzen 7 3700X were to cost more than the prices listed above. For now, it seems AMD will hold onto the same pricing scheme from its current slew of chips while transitioning into the next generation.
AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Release Date
At CES 2019, AMD announced that its first Ryzen 3000-series processors will arrive sometime in the middle of 2019. Unfortunately, AMD didn’t give us an exact date, but Ryzen 3rd Generation does seem to be releasing a little later than the previous launches. We’ve seen a new rumor that suggests that AMD Ryzen 3000 chips will be launching alongside AMD Navi graphics cards in July. In fact, AMD CEO Lisa Su herself teased that she would reveal the “Next generation of high-performance AMD platforms and products” at the AMD Computex 2019 keynote.
So, we’ll have to wait until Computex to see when we’ll be able to get our hands on AMD’s 3rd Generation Ryzen processors.
And this is all we know so far, but we’re certain that AMD will show off the specifics of Ryzen 3rd Generation later in the year for sure.