A day after Microsoft announced that its upcoming gaming console codenamed 'Project Scarlett' will be powered by AMD high performance custom SoC, the US-based semiconductor company made some key announcements in it's Next Horizon event on the sidelines of E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles.
The showstoppers included the new Ryzen 9-3950X, which is the first desktop chip to offer 16 cores and 32 threads and 4.7GHz turbo boost.
It is accompanied by the Ryzen 9-3900X desktop chip, which offers 12 cores and 24 threads and AMD claims it is comparable to Intel's flagship Core i9 9900K chip in terms of 1080p gaming performance while being 58% more energy efficient at the same time.
The Ryzen 9-3900X belongs to AMD's 3rd gen Ryzen family of chips based on their new 7nm based Zen 2 architecture, which has been designed with as a multi chip to offer 2x density (so it can accommodate more cores and threads), 1.25x better performance without consuming too much power and 15% higher IPC (instructions per clock).
AMD has also hardened patches for Zen 2 architecture to minimise risks from chip based vulnerabilities like Spectre and Meltdown, that went undetected for years and turned out to be a nightmare for some chip makers including Intel.
According to Cinebench R20 benchmark results, the RX3900X had a 10% multi thread performance advantage and 13% single thread performance advantage over Intel Core i9 9920X.
Products with the first crop of 3rd gen Ryzen chips would be available from July 2019. The Ryzen 9-3900X will retail at $499, while its less powerful variants including the Ryzen 7-3800X, Ryzen 5-3600 will cost $399 and $249, respectively.
Intel's flagship Core i9-9900K is priced at $488, while the i9-9920X costs around $1,189.
The flagship Ryzen 9-3950X will be available later in September at $749.
The new Ryzen chips are the first in the market to support PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) Gen 4 motherboard interface for graphics card, SSDs and hard drives. It offers two times more speed bandwidth over its predecessor PCIe 3.0. Among rivals, Intel's upcoming 10th gen chips based on 10nm architecture will reportedly support PCIe 4 interface.
Available only for desktop and laptops initially, AMD intends to introduce the 7nm zen 2 chips to data centres sometime in Q3 2019.
The new Ryzen chips will be supported by a smarter cache system, two times bigger L3 cache for faster gaming experience, new 4k instructions, and reduced memory latency of up to 33ms.