Many AMD fans are eagerly awaiting for the premiere of the Ryzen 3000 series CPUs, anticipating a new stage of the “race of cores” in the desktop segment. As expected, the new CPUs will receive up to 12 or 16 cores on the Zen 2 microarchitecture, forcing Intel to promptly prepare an answer in the form of 10-core Comet Lake-S.
However, AMD Zen 2 processors will be remarkable not only for a high level of “raw” computing power, but also for improved performance in single-threaded loads. Motherboard manufacturers have been testing Ryzen 3000 engineering samples since the first quarter. It is reported that new CPUs carry a 10-15% performance boost in IPC (the number of instructions performed per clock) with respect to Zen + solutions (Ryzen 2000 series processors) and operate at frequencies up to 4.5 GHz. In addition, the updated DDR4 memory controller is able to work with faster modules.
Together with AMD Ryzen 3000 processors, the X570 chipset debuts, carrying support for the PCI Express 4.0 interface in the mainstream desktop segment. The entire platform (CPU + chipset) will receive up to 40 PCI-E 4.0 lanes, which will allow support for motherboards to equip a large number of ports and expansion slots. In addition, there are integrated USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gb / s), USB 2.0 and SATA 6 Gb / s controllers.
The official presentation of AMD Ryzen 3000 (Zen 2) chips and motherboards based on the X570 chipset should be held as part of Computex 2019 (May 28 – June 1, Taipei) and you should expect sale of new items in the middle of summer. As for the “popular” B550 chipset, its release will take place no earlier than mid-autumn.
New CPUs can also be used with commercially available motherboards for the AM4 platform by updating the UEFI firmware. According to the sources, motherboards based on AMD A320 budget logic won’t work with Ryzen 3000 processors.