AMD Ryzen 3000 Series

From here, AMD went into re-capping AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs.  Notable key features of course are 7nm CPUs, PCI-Express 4.0 support and Zen 2 cores.  The Zen 2 cores are what drive these CPUs.  AMD claims a 15% IPC uplift, 2x the cache size and 2x the floating point.

As was already released at COMPUTEX, there will be the Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core, 16-Thread 4.4/3.6GHz 65W $329 CPU.  There will be the Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core, 16-Thread 4.5/3.9GHz 105W TDP $399 CPU.  There will be the Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core, 24-Thread 4.6/3.8GHz 105W TDP $499 CPU.

Performance

Next, AMD went on to show some new performance slides we haven’t seen yet.  This first slide above shows performance of the Ryzen 9 3900X versus a Core i9 9900K in gaming performance at 1080p to stress the CPU.  What we see from this is nearly equal footing with the i9 9900K, some games are faster or slower than the other, but the results are neck-and-neck for the most part.  The next demo was gameplay that showed AMDs CPU keeping up, if not better, in performance at a higher 1440p resolution. 

But the real demonstration began when AMD wanted to show us that the new Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core CPU could not only game, but also stream it to YouTube at 10,000 Killobits using the “Slow” OBS preset at the same time without stuttering or lag!  The Slow OBS preset is a quality preset that is well over what other CPUs can do while gaming and streaming on the same system.            

Next, AMD showed us a new performance graph we had not seen yet, the Ryzen 7 3800X compared to a Core i7 9700K at 1080p gaming performance.  In this graph we again see that performance is very high, some games are neck-and-neck, but there are a few where Intel still wins technically.  But yet, on the flip side there are some games where Ryzen is faster as well.  It just depends on the game, performance seems to flip back and forth, but relatively close.  The benefits of the Ryzen 7 3800X go beyond this however, since it has double the threads it can do much better at creative workloads where the 9700K cannot.  It allows you to do more while you are gaming.

Then AMD moved on the Ryzen 5 CPU stack.  There will be the Ryzen 5 3600X with 6-Core, 12-Thread 4.4/3.8GHz 95W at $249.  There will be the Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core, 12-Thread 4.2/3.6GHz 65W at $199 CPU.  The performance slide for the Ryzen 5 3600X up against an i5 9600K shows neck-and-neck performance at 1080p.    

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