AMD 12 Core Ryzen 3000 CPU Benchmark & Specs Spotted

AMD 12 Core Ryzen 3000 CPU Benchmark & Specs Spotted

The AMD CES 2019 event for AMD was full of reveals of the upcoming Matisse (Ryzen 3000) series of processors. Lisa Su, the companies CEO in follow up interviews also confirmed leaks that AMD would continue its relentless pressure on Intel by upping the core count of its CPUs further with the next generation processors, but stopped short of giving the number of Zen 2 processors that’d be packed into the Ryzen 3000 package.

An Engineering Sample processor has been spotted on the UserBenchmark database, and reveals a few key details concerning the next generation Ryzen parts.

The Ryzen 3000 sample is known as ‘2D3212BGMCWH2_37/34_N’ and as we can see on the string, there’s the number 37 and 34. These represent the turbo and base clocks, respectively. The page also identifies the TDP rating of these processors as 105W. The Zen 2 processor apparently ‘averaged’ a clock frequency of 3600MHZ.

There’s also a 32MB of level 3 cache, which backs up what we’ve reported from our own sources, and also makes sense with the Zen architecture. Essentially, each of the CPU dies (which is comprised of 8 individual X86 cores) are connected to their own 16MB level 3 cache.

Other takeaways include memory speeds – there’s a single 4GB DIMM present, running at 2,666MHZ – the same clock frequency we saw at AMD’s CES 2019 event. I’ve heard from sources AMD is targeting 3200MHZ. It’s likely that because the Zen 2 chip seen here is just an Engineering Sample, AMD are focused on chip stability and debugging.

Doing this with a single memory module at lower clock speeds helps eliminate the IO controller (the 14-nanometer larger die we see on the Matisse chips) out of the equation, and instead just focuses on the CPU and “is this stable?”.

There are also several very important things concerning the benchmark score. Firstly, the single core score is running at roughly on par of the Ryzen 7 2700X – despite the 2700X having a rather large clock speed advantage (at up to 4.3GHZ…).

We also see Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 sample have a multi-core score of 1741 points, its 12 cores stomping the 1350 or so that a Ryzen 7 2700X would achieve. This is very good news for Matisse indeed,

Remember – this is with a very poor memory configuration – we’re essentially seeing the processor not just run lower memory, but on a single channel RAM and with a far lower clock frequency on the processor compared to the Ryzen 2000 series. Yet its still at least as fast as the Ryzen 7 2700X.

This also brings some interesting questions up regarding AMD’s CES 2019 event. We saw AMD slightly pip the ‘Stock Speed’ Intel I9-9900K to the post in cinebench R15.

This means that we can logically say that the 8 core sample Ryzen 3000 sample we saw on stage was likely running at 4GHZ or so, with most of the performance gains coming purely from IPC to hold up against the Intel part.

With a lot of changes to the processors front end (caches, branch prediction and so on) it’s probable that SMT is more efficient too, likely nudging the multi-threaded performance up a bit.

Personally, I am pretty confident there’s a lot of room left in the clock speed tank for AMD. Indeed, I suspect we’ll see the CPUs breaking the mid to high 4GHZ barrier with all core turbo. It’s less clear what we’ll see for the single core speeds though.