AMD Ryzen 3000: 12-Core Processor Found in User Benchmark Database?

Update 1 – AMD Ryzen 3000: 12-Core processor in user benchmark database?
Original post – AMD Ryzen 3000: new processors in 7 nm with PCIe 4.0?

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Twitter user “APISAK” (external link) was perusing the benchmark databases when he appears to have stumbled upon an AMD Engineering-Sample. The processor included 12 logical cores and 24 threads. Based on the Zen 2 architecture, it seems to have been clocked at between 3,4 and 3,6 GHz. The socket was listed as AM4, meaning that the listed sample was not merely a Threadripper CPU based on socket TR4.

Whether this leaked sample pertains to the Ryzen 7 3700X or the non-X version remains unclear, although this certainly won’t dampen speculation over the potential performance of the CPU. Apart from increased single-core performance, the number of actual Instructions per Cycle (IPC) has undergone a marked improvement. Since this would appear to be a pre-release test sample, the figures certainly aren’t set in stone just yet. Even a release date for the Ryzen 7 3700X is still to be announced, that said, a launch in the second half of the year seems likely.

Original Post: AMD Ryzen 3000: New in 7 nm with PCIe 4.0

In our blog about AMD's latest products at CES, we covered the initial rumours on the subject of the Ryzen 3000 CPUs. What was previously hearsay however has since proved to be correct.

While CES 2019 in Las Vegas was awestruck at AMD's CEO Lisa Sung releasing a short tech demo of a Ryzen 3000 processor, no one could have predicted that the 8 core 16 thread processor would achieve a CineBench score of 2057 points, trading blows with top models such as the Ryzen 7 2700X and even beating it by up to 15 percent. Aside from the optimised CPU architecture with its new chiplet design, the new 7 nm node is responsible for a significant performance increase compared to the chip's immediate predecessors.

The Zen 2 architecture used in the new Ryzen 3000 CPUs supports, among other things, PCI Express 4.0, albeit only when paired with a 500- series chipset. The new processors are compatible with earlier AM4 motherboards, although they do not include PCIe 4.0 and other new features. Having said that, there is the possibility for individual motherboards to receive BIOS/UEFI updates to upgrade them retrospectively - depending on how the slots are connected physically.

Details such as clock frequencies and the number of cores not yet set in stone, meaning there will likely be plenty of speculation over the coming weeks and months. In our original post we listed the following rumoured specs:

 Cores/ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockTDP
Ryzen 3 3300 6/12 3.2 GHz 4.0 GHz 50 Watt
Ryzen 3 3300X 6/12 3.5 GHz 4.3 GHz 65 Watt
Ryzen 3 3300G 6/12 3.0 GHz 3.8 GHz 65 Watt
Ryzen 5 3600 8/16 3.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 65 Watt
Ryzen 5 3600X 8/16 4.0 GHz 4.8 GHz 95 Watt
Ryzen 5 3600G 8/16 3.2 GHz 4.0 GHz 95 Watt
Ryzen 7 3700 12/24 3.8 GHz 4.6 GHz 95 Watt
Ryzen 7 3700X 12/24 4.2 GHz 5.0 GHz 105 Watt
Ryzen 9 3800X 16/32 3.9 GHz 4.7 GHz 125 Watt
Ryzen 9 3850X 16/32 4.3 GHz 5.1 GHz 135 Watt

The full CES 2019 AMD keynote can be seen in the following video.


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