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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  • Qasar - Sunday, April 26, 2020 - link

    ddr5 maybe ?
  • iamlilysdad - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - link

    I'm really curious how these will stack up to older quad-core chips like Ivy Bridge, Haswell, and maybe even Skylake.
  • Joxe - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - link

    It´s like Christmas and my birthday all wrapped into one. I need/want a new system but can´t justify spending a lot of money right now... With these I can setup a base build that I can really upgrade later. Was planning to do it with the 1500 AF but might be batter to see how these work out
  • 137ben - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - link

    Has AMD announced when (if every) they plan on releasing Zen 2 desktop APUs?
  • watzupken - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - link

    I feel AMD should have timed the release of budget CPUs with the budget motherboard chipset. While the new processors still work with older B450 chipset, people will be looking forward to the B550 since its got better features. Pricing wise, B550 is expected to be pricier, but I feel may still be worth the upgrade.

    Anyway again, I feel AMD should ideally release an APU to fill in the low end market. They are releasing too many cuts and slices in their CPU product and its starting to get confusing.
  • mat9v - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - link

    No, not really. You just need an unlucky X570 board model, unlucky GPU cooler or rather radiator configuration (vertical fins) and hard, long term workload.
  • dwade123 - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - link

  • Poopsie - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - link

    Unfortunately, these will be expensive as fuck in UAE. The ryzen 3 1200 sells for a minimum of 120 dollars here. That's how high prices are
  • Irata - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - link

    I noticed the old 1200 are selling at ridiculous prices eveywhere but I can't see how anyone is buying at those prices.

    AMD released a new 1200 on 12nm (like the 1600 AF) that is supposed to sell in the USD 50-60 range.
  • yetanotherhuman - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - link

    Pointless. The 1600 As F*ck simply craps on these...

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