AMD unveils blazing fast 7nm 3rd Gen Ryzen processors and X570 AM4 chipset

AMD has been consistently releasing powerful processors that are also a great value. In other words, unlike Intel (which expects you to mortgage your house for one of its chips), AMD makes high performance affordable. I suppose you could say, AMD processors are for computer enthusiasts that don't have unlimited budgets.

Today at Computex 2019, AMD unveils its blazing fast 3rd Gen Ryzen processors. These 7nm chips are based on Zen 2 architecture, and have up to 12 cores and a 4.6GHz boost frequency. Best of all, pricing starts below $200! Equally exciting is the new X570 chipset, which features PCIe 4.0 -- this means even faster NVMe solid state drives.

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"Based on the new 'Zen 2' core architecture with AMD chiplet design approach, 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors are expected to offer more performance-critical on-die cache than ever before to unleash elite gaming performance. Additionally, all 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processors are supported by the world’s first PCIe 4.0 PC readiness for the most advanced motherboards, graphics, and storage technologies available, setting a new standard of performance and providing the ultimate consumer experience," says Advanced Micro Devices.

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The company also says, "AMD also introduced a new X570 chipset for socket AM4, supporting the world’s first PCIe 4.0 readiness, which exhibited 42 percent faster storage performance than PCIe 3.0, enabling high-performance graphics card, networking devices, NVMe drives, and more. With PCIe 4.0 doubling the bandwidth for motherboards with the X570 chipset over PCIe 3.0, PC enthusiasts can gain more performance and flexibility when building custom systems. The X570 offers the broadest ecosystem readiness in AMD history, with over 50 new motherboard models anticipated from ASRock, Asus, Colorful, Gigabyte, MSI, as well as PCIe 4.0 storage solutions from partners including Galaxy, Gigabyte, and Phison."

Dr. Lisa Su, AMD President and CEO, provides the following statement.

2019 is off to an incredible start for AMD as we celebrate 50 years of innovation by delivering leadership products to push the limits of what is possible with computing and graphics technology. We made significant strategic investments in next-generation cores, a breakthrough chiplet design approach, and advanced process technologies to deliver leadership 7nm products to our high-performance computing ecosystem. We are extremely excited to kick-off Computex 2019 together with our industry partners as we prepare to bring our next generation of Ryzen desktop and EPYC server processors and Radeon RX gaming graphics cards to market.

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AMD Ryzen 3000 series

AMD shares specifications and pricing for the new chips below.

CPU Model

Cores / Threads


Frequency (Boost / Base)

Cache (MB)

PCIe 4.0 Lanes


Ryzen 9 3900X







Ryzen 7 3800X







Ryzen 7 3700X







Ryzen 5 3600X







Ryzen 5 3600







As you can see above, AMD has created Ryzen 3 desktop processors for all budgets. While the Ryzen 9 3900X is the most exciting with its 12 cores, 70MB cache, and 4.6GHz boost frequency, I am intrigued by a less powerful chip -- the Ryzen 7 3700X. It seems to be the best value, offering a good balance of price to performance. The 65W TDP in particular is very attractive from both an energy use and cooling perspective.

All five of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processors will hit stores on July 7. This date is apparently quite intentional, as the seventh day of the seventh month (7/7) is meant to highlight the fact that Ryzen 3 is 7nm. Motherboards based on X570 from manufacturers such as ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI will be available on the same day.

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