When can you buy the new AMD Ryzen 3000 processors?
7nm releasing on 7/7
It's almost poetic, but as announced at Computex 2019, AMD has launched its new 7nm Ryzen 3000 processors based on the Zen 2 architecture on July 7, 2019.
The lineup has plenty to offer at launch, with two Ryzen 5 variants, two Ryzen 7s, and the introduction for the first time of the 12-core, 24-thread Ryzen 9 3900X.
The Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 chips will be 6-core and 8-core with 12 and 16 threads respectively. All are AM4 compliant, meaning that owners of current Ryzen processors will be able to upgrade without changing their motherboard if they wish. There are new motherboards though launching at the same time with the X570 chipset supporting the new PCIe 4.0 standard.
Prices start at $199
AMD processors are traditionally very aggressively priced, and the third generation is no exception.
Here's how the various models stack up.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Ryzen 5 3600||Ryzen 5 3600X||Ryzen 7 3700X||Ryzen 7 3800X||Ryzen 9 3900X|
|Architecture||Zen 2||Zen 2||Zen 2||Zen 2||Zen 2|
Ryzen 9 3950x not arriving until September
At E3 2019, AMD announced its flagship Ryzen 9 3950X, with a whopping 16-cores and 32-threads. It's still an AM4 CPU like the rest of the Ryzen lineup, it has an amazingly low 105W TDP and an attractive price point of $749.
However, unlike the rest of the Ryzen 3000 family, the 3950X won't be available on July 7. Instead, you'll have to wait until September.
Need for speed
AMD's latest batch of Ryzen processors are here, and they're expected to bring quite a performance bump over the previous generation wiht support for PCIe 4.0 to boot.
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