A Russian retailer appears to have leaked AMD’s upcoming Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 series desktop processors. Retailer ‘E-Katalog’ has listed a grand total of five Ryzen 3000 CPUs for pre-order, covering Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, and the top-tier Ryzen 9.
It’s now looking extremely likely that AMD is planning some sort of Ryzen 3000 reveal during CES 2019, which begins this coming Tuesday, 8th January.
The AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors will be the first desktop CPUs to utilise the new 7nm process, shrunk down from the 12nm fabrication used for Zen+ and the Ryzen 2000 series. The 7nm process offers architectural improvements that allow for greater energy efficiency, higher clock speeds, and increased IPC.
Sitting at the top of the heap is the alleged flagship, the AMD Ryzen 9 3800X. This part could be set to come in an blow the current Ryzen 7 2700X away, doubling the core count to 16 Cores and 32 Threads. The Ryzen 9 3800X will have a base clock speed of 3.9 GHz and a boost clock of 4.7 GHz. It’ll guzzle more than the previous-gen due to the core-doubling, consuming a maximum TDP of 125W compared to 95W for the 2700X.
Slotting in below the Ryzen 9 3800X are the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and the Ryzen 7 3700. Both of these CPUs are set to feature 12C/24T. The Ryzen 7 3700X is clocked at 4.2GHz base and 5.0GHz boost, while the Ryzen 7 3700 is ~10% slower at 3.8GHz base and 4.6GHz boost clock speed. The 3700X has 105W TDP while the 3700 utilises 95W.
Lastly, we’ve got the mid-tier chips, although they’re the weakest Ryzen 3000 series revealed in this leak. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600 will both have 8C/16T, up from 6C/12T on the equivalent 2000 series parts. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is clocked at 4.0GHz base, 4.8GHz boost, while the Ryzen 5 3600 comes in at 3.6GHz base, 4.4 GHz boost. They have a 95W and 65W TDP respectively.
Cores/Threads Base Clock Boost Clock Expected Price Ryzen 5 3600 8/16 3.6 GHz 4.4 GHz $179 Ryzen 5 3600X 8/16 4.0 GHz 4.8 GHz $229 Ryzen 7 3700 12/24 3.8 GHz 4.6 GHz $299 Ryzen 7 3700X 12/24 4.2 GHz 5.0 GHz $329 Ryzen 9 3800X 16/32 3.9 GHz 4.7 GHz $449
All in all, we could be looking at a very decent upgrade over the previous-gen here. AMD is pushing the core counts much higher and is helping to set octa-core as the new standard. Not a lot of games will take huge advantage of this but anything above and beyond quad-core provides some great overhead, particularly for multitasking.
We’ll be sure to keep an eye on CES 2019 next week, where we’ll hopefully get the first confirmed details as well as potential pricing for AMD’s next-gen processors.