AMD Ryzen 3000 Maltese

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Ryzen has been a huge success and AMD are keen to keep that momentum going in 2019. There have already been big promises with the 3rd generation of the Ryzen chips codenamed Maltisse with several leaks indicating significant performance improvements.

During a keynote at CES, AMD have finally released some information about the up and coming chips.

These will be the first 7nm consumer desktop chips to arrive on the market using Zen 2 cores giving them a significant competitive advantage over Intel who still use 14nm.

During the keynote, they only had one processor on display and this was a
8-core 16-thread chip with unknown frequencies based on the current AM4 socket. So the new chips should be backwards compatible with older boards.

Ryzen Maltisse

The chip itself uses a chiplet design with two chips built on the die, one for the 8-core CPU, then a 14nm input/output chiplet with the dual memory controllers and the PCIe lanes, made at GlobalFoundries.

The chip will be the first mainstream CPU to support PCIe 4.0 x16 which has 16 GT/s bit rate that doubles the bandwidth provided by PCI Express 3.0, while maintaining backward and forward compatibility in both software support and used mechanical interface.

There have been rumours of a 16-core Ryzen 9 3800X but AMD did not comment on this, however based on the chiplet layout they could fit an additional chiplet on there doubling the existing cores.

During the keynote, AMD showed some performance numbers using the new Ryzen 3rd Generation (Matisse) processor. The only test they showed off was the Cinebench R15 so the real world difference is likely to be different.

However, the testing shows that the AMD chip achieved 2057 with a chip rated at 75w and a system power of 120w. This is roughly a 15% improvement from the previous generation.

In comparison, the Intel i9-9900K achieved 2040 but that used significantly more power at 125w with a system power of 180w.

Overall the announcement was very positive for the next generation of Ryzen chips, if AMD keep the pricing aggressive then Intel could be losing a bigger chunk of their market share this year.

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