AMD Ryzen 3000 Series With 16-Core Ryzen 9 CPU Rumoured to Launch at CES 2019
A Russian e-commerce website has published detailed specifications and prices of what seem to be AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 3000-series processor lineup. There appear to be at least seven models, code named ‘Matisse‘ in keeping with AMD’s new artist-inspired naming scheme.
Most interestingly, AMD seems to have decided to adopt a new tier in its naming scheme, Ryzen 9. This will serve to reposition its highest-end Ryzen desktop CPUs against Intel’s new Core i9 brand, which itself was released in response to the strong Ryzen 7 line. It is possible that AMD will formally announce the new Ryzen 3000 series at CES 2019 next week, where CEO Lisa Su will be giving a keynote address for the first time.
This is tantalizing news given we’ve already heard several rumors of AMD doubling its core counts on the desktop, but this is the first retailer leak showing in-depth details for the new Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 ranges of CPUs.
There are plenty of interesting details too, such as frequencies hitting 5GHz on the Ryzen 7 3700X, which has 12 cores and 24 threads. The two Ryzen 3 models – traditionally four-core CPUs, have been bumped up to six cores each and are the Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3300, with maximum boost frequencies of 4.3GHz and 4GHz respectively.
The introduction of Ryzen 9 3000 processors with up to 16 cores and 32 threads is perhaps the most surprising aspect of the recent leaks because it would effectively push the mainstream AM4 platform into Thread ripper territory, much like Intel has encroached upon its own HEDT lineup with its mainstream Core i9-9900K.