Computex 2019 is roughly a month away, which means that more details are starting to leak out about AMD’s next-generation Ryzen 3000 desktop processors. We already know for certain that the processors are built on AMD’s new 7-nanometer Zen 2 microarchitecture and will provide a real threat to Intel’s 14nm++ Core processors.
Although reports have indicated that Ryzen 3000 processors will be available with up to 12 physical cores, rough performance guidelines for some early quad-core samples are starting to file in. For starters, it’s being stated that instructions per clock (IPC) has been increased by 15 percent versus Ryzen 2000 processors (Zen+). For those keeping score, Zen+ already offered a slight IPC uplift over the original Zen processors.
That IPC boost should make for some strong performance gains for Ryzen 3000 versus their predecessors given the same core configurations and clock speeds. With that being said, we’re still expecting big gains in both efficiency and clock speeds across the board thanks to the 7nm process node. In fact, those same quad-core processors are said to be hitting boost speeds of 4.5GHz (based on early samples).
Other improvements critical to Zen 2 performance gains include an improved memory controller, 2x boost in core density, better optimized execution pipeline, and larger op cache (among other things). And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention AMD’s X570 chipset, which will be used in native Ryzen 3000 motherboards.
While existing X370 and X470 Ryzen motherboards will be able to support the incoming crop of Zen 2-based processors (with a firmware update), only X570 will be fully optimized performance-wise and will include support for PCI Express 4.0 and an alleged 40 PCIe lanes.
If all goes according to schedule, the first Ryzen 3000 processors and X570 motherboards should go on sale July 7th.