AMD’s first 7nm Ryzen processors are coming this year. The company has announced that it’ll begin shipping its the new desktop chips in mid-2019.

The numbers get a little confusing from there: we’re looking at the chip maker’s 3rd-Gen Ryzen chips with Zen 2 CPU cores.

And AMD showed off an early model that features an octa-core, CPU on a 7nm chiplet, but it’s paired with a 14nm I/O chiplet on the same package. So you get the efficiency and performance improvements of the new process node but the chip isn’t necessarily the tiniest thing you’ve ever seen.

In fact, it’s designed to fit into the same AM4 socket as the company’s 2nd-gen Ryzen chips, so while there will be new motherboards coming this year, you can also upgrade your existing PC by replacing a 2nd-gen chip with a 3rd-gen.

More details will likely be available closer to launch, but AMD says the new processor is the first consumer CPU with support for PCIe 4.0 x16 (which will probably require a new motherboard).

Update: Maybe not. You might just need a BIOS update

During a keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show, AMD CEO Lisa Su pitted the upcoming processor against an Intel Core i9-9900K chip in a graphics rendering test using Cinebench. The scores were nearly identical (2023 for the AMD processor and 2042 for the Intel chip).

But here’s where it gets interesting — the computer with the AMD chip was consuming around 130 watts of power during the test, while the Intel rig was running at 180 watts. So you get similar performance and much better efficiency from the AMD processor… and AMD says it’s still an early version of the chip. The final version may run at different clock speeds.

AMD also introduces its first 7nm graphics card during the keynote. The upcoming AMD Radeon VII is a high-performance GPU with 16GB of dedicated memory, 1TB/s memory bandwidth, and up to 40 percent better performance than a Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card, depending on the tasks.


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6 replies on “AMD’s 3rd-gen Ryzen chips (for desktops) coming in mid-2019”

  1. I think if you have a 1st-gen Ryzen, you also don’t need to upgrade your motherboard. It will need a BIOS flash.

    However, it depends on the OEMs to release the BIOS update. And if you have a r7-1800X (8c/16t) you won’t be able to upgrade to a r7-3700 or any CPU with greater than 8 cores.

    The added IPC and frequency is what the 1st-gen owners really want anyway. And I know there’s a lot of r5-1600 and r3-2400g owners looking for a cheap upgrade path.

  2. After such a long time with no real competition for Intel, I am loving AMD right now!

  3. Confirmed by Lisa Su personally to be greater than 8-core (likely 16-core)/dual-CPU chiplets:

    “Lisa Su tells us don’t count on 3rd Gen Ryzen to be limited to 8 cores. That extra room will be used!”


    “Lisa Su was literally in front of me when I tweeted that, mate. But if you want hard copy, here it is”


    1. Also Anandtech shows performance parity between ES R5 Gen3 and (In multi-core friendly benchmarks) with the i9-9900K, at lower overall system wattage.


      AnandTech saw a demonstration with a claimed-identical system of [i9 9900K] and [8-core 3rd gen AMD Ryzen], with benchmark and system power consumption.
      “Our internal benchmarks show the 9900K with a score of 2032.

      The 8-core AMD processor scored 2023, and the [tested] Intel Core i9-9900K scored 2042. ”
      “Also, in that same test, it showed the system level power. This includes the motherboard, DRAM, SSD, and so on. As the systems were supposedly identical, this makes the comparison CPU only. The Intel system, during Cinebench, ran at 180W. This result is in line with what we’ve seen on our systems, and sounds correct. The AMD system on the other hand was running at 130-132W.

      If we take a look at our average system idle power in our own reviews which is around 55W, this would make the Intel CPU around 125W, whereas the AMD CPU would be around 75W.”

  4. Very nice. I have a 2200g build that I will be looking to upgrade this year, so I’m looking forward to the benchmarks.

    1. It’s said, that low-end 3300G will have 15 graphical cores, while mid-grade 3600G will have 20 ones, while 2200G has only 8 of them.
      In terms of CPU part we will see a bump from 4C to 6C and 8C respectfully.

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