If one were critiquing AMD’s current line of Zen 2 processors, one of the things to note is that the cheapest option is $199, for the six-core Ryzen 5 3600. This puts the latest hardware from AMD out of reach for anyone building a gaming $900 system or below. In order to redress this balance, AMD is set to launch two new quad core designs in May, starting at $99. The new Ryzen 3 hardware will each feature one Zen 2 core chiplet, run at up to 4.3 GHz, and offer PCIe 4.0 connectivity.

A few years ago, the quad core processor was at the top of the market, and you would need $500 for one. When AMD started launching its quad core parts for as little as $99, the market became interested in what would become the new normal. These new Ryzen 3 parts from AMD, the new low-end quad cores, are helping define that normal, especially with high frequencies and taking advantage of the latest features such as high-speed DDR4, Zen 2 levels of IPC at high frequencies, and PCIe 4.0.

AMD 'Matisse' Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs
AnandTech Cores
TDP Price
Ryzen 9 3950X 16C 32T 3.5 4.7 8 MB 64 MB 16+4+4 1+2 105W $749
Ryzen 9 3900X 12C 24T 3.8 4.6 6 MB 64 MB 16+4+4 1+2 105W $499
Ryzen 9 3900 12C 24T 3.1 4.3 6 MB 64 MB 16+4+4 1+2 65W OEM
Ryzen 7 3800X 8C 16T 3.9 4.5 4 MB 32 MB 16+4+4 1+1 105W $399
Ryzen 7 3700X 8C 16T 3.6 4.4 4 MB 32 MB 16+4+4 1+1 65W $329
Ryzen 5 3600X 6C 12T 3.8 4.4 3 MB 32 MB 16+4+4 1+1 95W $249
Ryzen 5 3600 6C 12T 3.6 4.2 3 MB 32 MB 16+4+4 1+1 65W $199
Ryzen 5 3500X 6C 6T 3.6 4.1 3 MB 32 MB 16+4+4 1+1 65W OEM
Ryzen 3 3300X 4C 8T 3.8 4.3 2 MB 16 MB 16+4+4 1+1 65W $120
Ryzen 3 3100 4C 8T 3.6 3.9 2 MB 16 MB 16+4+4 1+1 65W $99

This is all well and good, and AMD has plenty of options at these price points to compete against Intel, however AMD’s biggest competition is going to be with itself. At these prices, $105 and $120, there are a number of AMD processors from the previous generations on offer that might be more appealing. For example, the 12nm+ version of the Ryzen 5 1600, called the ‘AF’ because the processor descriptor ends in AF, has slightly lower frequencies and IPC but has six cores and is only $85. Users will have to decide between more cores for throughput with the 1600AF, or more frequency/IPC with the 3100 for $15.

Not only this, but we are also awaiting the launch of AMD’s new APUs, called Renoir, for the desktop space. The performance of these parts at 15 W, a quad-core Zen 2 up to 4.3 GHz with Vega8 graphics (and no extra latency due to the chiplet) is going to be a compelling option when it moves to 65 W on the desktop. As a result, we might see the Renoir processors priced above the Ryzen 3, in that $125-$190 area that AMD currently doesn’t have any Zen 2 processors in.

For the rest of the year it seems there’s going to be some interesting competition in this low cost space. Intel also has Comet Lake-S on the horizon we believe, taking another crack at 14nm, and these new Ryzen 3 products might result in some interesting line-ups due to price.

We're expecting to get these CPUs in for testing sometime soon. They are set to be launched in May.

B550 Launch Coming Soon

One of the often talked topics, since January, is when AMD is going to launch its more mid-range B550 motherboards for the Ryzen 3000 processors. Today AMD is announcing that B550 is coming on June 16th this year, with all the main motherboard manufacturers coming out with a variety of models, up to 60 for launch. AMD is also confirming that B550 will offer PCIe 4.0 connectivity. More details to come at a later date.

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  • toaste - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - link

    Have you been dead since 2008? WHAT YEAR IS IT? https://www.techpowerup.com/50143/amd-tlb-bug-fixe...
  • callmebob - Friday, April 24, 2020 - link

    It's the year of having fun on the internet. Like every year is. One has to behold the earnestness of some responses. Frankly, whether you are a fan of Intel, or a fan of AMD, or whether you are a member of a species that doesn't suffer from brand-associated Stockholm syndrome shouldn't stop you from enjoying the entertainment curtesy of PeterCollier...
  • Brane2 - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - link

    And how much of performance of i3 will be lefto on the table when you apply all of the security holes ?
    And how many of those sholes have they left unpatched because it would kill what's left of performance furher ?
  • Brane2 - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - link

    BTW, OCing is usually stupid, especially on Ryzens. They overclock themselves quite nicely.

    OCIng memory channel I can understand, but OCing the CPU is pointless.
    If you need more speed, buy higher binned chip with more or less cores and cool it better.

    AND, if you run open source, check the code and see what can you do optimizing it.
    Those gains usually are FAR bigger than anything OCing might do.
    And from that point on they are available for all the machines, regardless of OC.
  • ironlad3000 - Thursday, April 23, 2020 - link

    some idiot being jealous of people who have bought AMD who were planning to upgrade but this guy bought an intel chip and saw nothing but intel branding on his pc i feel bad for you but nothing compares against AMD now plus Intel's 10th is still behind the AMD's new chips so chill boy now AMD fanboys are not just fanboys some of them actually switched from intel because of performance plus better prices. sorry for my English
  • C'DaleRider - Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - link

    Thank you fanboi.
  • AshlayW - Thursday, April 23, 2020 - link

    Um. What?
  • Threska - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    Speaking of TLB.

  • Leeberator - Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - link

    Wasn't that fixed 12 years ago?
  • rarson - Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - link

    Stock i3 smashing the 3300X, that's a real laugh! Go look at the benchmarks!

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