AMD focused its keynote on the launch of the Ryzen 9 3900X ($499), Ryzen 7 3800X ($399), and Ryzen 7 3700X ($329). However, there are two other processors that comprise the initial launch, including the Ryzen 5 3600X ($249) and Ryzen 5 3600 ($199). It's the Ryzen 5 3600 that is the subject of recent leaks.
To recap, the Ryzen 5 3600 is a 6-core/12-thread processor with a 3.6GHz base clock and 4.2GHz boost clock. It also has 32MB of L3 cache, is built on the same 7nm node as the rest of the third-gen Ryzen lineup, and supports PCIe 4.0 x16.
And here's a look at the scores when paired with an X470 motherboard...
Here are some other scores that we have personally obtained...
There is no doubt that the faster clocks on the Ryzen 5 3600 compared to the Ryzen 5 2600 are paying dividends. However, even accounting for that, the leaked benchmark runs show a nice IPC (improvement per clock) performance bump going from Zen+ to Zen 2. It seems that AMD has indeed brought IPC parity with Intel, though we'll have to wait until we've tested the Zen 2 family ourselves before making a definitive statement. The multi-core scores are looking really impressive as well.
Geekbench is not the only place where leaked third-gen Ryzen scores are showing up. There are more scores on Userbenchmark...
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- Ryzen 5 3600 @ 4.05GHz = 134
- Core i7-7700K @ 5.1GHz = 157
- 157 / 5.1 * 4.05 = ~125
Coffee Lake is similar to Kaby Lake, from an architectural standpoint. It's built on a refined 14nm++ manufacturing process, compared to Kaby Lake's 14nm+ node, so it's more of a revision. The IPC gains in Userbenchmark probably would not be on the same level if comparing to Coffee Lake, but it is impressive nonetheless.
Of course, it's still early and all of this should be taken with a grain of salt. We are eager to perform our own testing to see how Zen 2 stacks up to the competition. Until then, however, the leaked benchmarks are certainly promising.