There have been speculations since December last year – and particularly since CES – AMD teased us with their new Zen 2 microarchitecture and AMD’s latest Ryzen 3000 series processors. AMD has gone full speed when rival Intel has struggled to move forward from their shortage of processors. All of this resulting to AMD making the processor market competitive again. This is a big moment for AMD, and an exciting one for the whole CPU industry.
This marks AMD’s biggest leap since their introduction of the first generation Ryzen processors a little over 2 years ago. This also marks AMD’s switch from GlobalFoundries’ 12nm process to TSMC’s newest 7nm node.
AMD RYZEN 3000 Series
Today, we have the AMD Ryzen 3900X, which is a 12-core design. This is the first 12-core processor in a desktop socket, and is currently the only SKU which takes full advantage of AMD’s newest chiplet architechture. PUtting it up against the Intel line-up, Intel will no longher have an IPC lead. IPC is just one half of the equation for single-thread performance, and the other is raw frequency.
Ryzen 3000 delivers 24 lanes PCIe 4.0 for X570 Motherboards
Ryzen 3000 processors will have a total of 24 PCIe Gen4 lanes. Four out of the twenty-four lanes will be used to interconnect to the X570 chipset while the rest for other use. 16 lanes (PCIe x16) will definitely go to graphics cars that are connected as x16 or two at x8. Another four from the CPU is designed for fast storage such as PCIe NVMe compatible SSDs. Although, if the PCIe 4.0 and connectivity is not a big factor for you, an X370 or X470 motherboard with a firmware update will offer you the exact same performance for a lower price.
CPU Rendering Tests
CineBench Performance Test
Cinebench15 can go up to 256 threads. The performance here is based on the 34 scenes. A series of test results show a rough estimate of the benefit of your own system. For the CPU test, we see a scene with around 280,000 polygons. According to the developers, this software was “extensively developed to exploit performance of new hardware as possible.” Maxon then released their Cinebench R20 benchmark which is more capable for dealing with heavily threaded processors. Requirements are a minimum of 4GB memory and SSE3 instruction set support.
V-Ray Performance Test
V-Ray tests how fast your hardware renders. The results are timed in seconds which is the render time mode. The software supports multi and mega threading.
Corona 1.3 Performance Test
This is an advanced performance based renderer which reflect results for 3DS MAX and Cinema 4D. The Corona benchmark renders a generated scene as a standard under the 1.3 software version.
PCMark splits the scores into 14 different areas, inclusive of application startup, web, spreadsheets, photo edits, rendering, video conferences, and physics.
3DMark tests two most critical areas to gaming performance: CPU and GPU. The performance scale of these areas has widened.
Game Performance Bench (FPS, Higher is Better)
If you plan to overclock the processor, investment in good hardware is always the key. This includes a proper motherboard, power supply, memory and of course, your cooling. Lower end motherboards are often not well tuned or designed in terms of power delivery for enthusiast overclocking. This translates into lesser power deliver which quickly warms up components causing instability. A quality power supply, most silver rated ones are highly recommended.
Reminders when Overclocking
- Enable and start at 4300 MHz (43 Multiplier)
- Apply 1.40V to the CPU (or simply leave it at auto)
- Work your way upwards from there until the system becomes unstable and then back down at least 100
The Ryzen 9 3900x is the most powerful AMD processor to date. Later this year, AMD will be releasing the 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X. Seeing in our performance test, the Ryzen 9 3900x beats Intel’s Core i9-9900k in applications with almost a 10-12% lead. Though when it comes to gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-8700k and Intel Core i9-9900k remain the best performing CPUs on the market. Although, with almost close to zero availability on the market and their high priced processors, this is a complete win for AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series. There has been an enormous improvement over the AMD Ryzen 2700x, giving a boost of over 30-35% performance in some games.
AMD falling behind the gaming performance does not mean they are out of the competition. The gap between the two competitors have narrowed immensely. AMD is delivering better efficiency with their 7nm chips, giving them the most viable option worth considering. Coming at a price of P 32,000, the price is definitely worth every pseo for any content creator out there.