CES 2019 is just around the corner and one can expect many interesting announcements from hardware companies, including Intel and Nvidia. But AMD’s announcements are the ones most hardware enthusiasts are excited for. This hype is expected given AMD’s performance with their Zen+ architecture and expectations on the Zen 2 platform.
People have speculated that Zen 2 will bring increased core counts and higher frequencies out of the box. But a lot of this can be confirmed now from VideoCardz’s finding, who reported on a Russian retail website which listed final specs from the Ryzen 3000 line-up.
Ryzen 5 3600/3600x 8C/16T
Ryzen 5 3000 series now comes with 2 more physical cores and increased clock and turbo frequencies. The 3600x will have a base clock of 4 GHz and a boost clock of 4.8 GHz. While the 3600 will have a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.4 GHz.
Both the Ryzen 5 2600 and the 2600x were top choice for mid-range gaming computers in 2018. They were significantly better picks over Intel’s i5 offerings, being cheaper at the time. Ryzen 5’s 3000 series will only make the gap larger.
Ryzen 7 3700/3700x 12C/24T
Ryzen 7 3000 series will bring 4 extra physical cores. The 3700x will have a base clock of 4.2 GHz and a boost clock of 5 GHz. Ryzen 7 3700 will have a boost clock of 4.6 GHz and a base clock of 3.8 GHz.
Both the 2700 and 2700x released in 2018 were great performers. Both of them were great picks for gaming and workstation builds, delivering solid performance at a budget. With significantly increased clock speeds and core counts, they will probably close the gap with Intel’s i7 8700k/ 9700k as far as gaming performance is concerned.
Ryzen 9 3800x 16C/32T
This will probably be Ryzen’s top-end offering. The 3800x will have a boost clock of 4.7 GHz and a base clock of 3.7 GHz.
The 3800x could directly compete with the i9 9900k, but we will have to wait for the launch price. This might not be a great pick for gaming rigs value wise, but for someone creating content and rendering, the 3800x could be a terrific purchase.
- Ryzen 5 3600 – 65W
- Ryzen 5 3600x – 95W
- Ryzen 7 2700 – 95W
- Ryzen 7 3700x – 105W
- Ryzen 9 3800x – 125W
The TDP increase compared to previous gen seems marginal when you factor in the increased cores and higher frequencies out of the box. This is largely due to AMD’s shift to a more efficient 7nm process and general architecture improvements.
But again TDP doesn’t represent total power draw under full load. These values are often misleading so wait for comprehensive reviews to get a better idea.
Pricing And Launch
They will be announced at CES but retail availability might vary a few days. Pricing wise nothing is known yet, but expect higher launch MRP over last gen.