In just a few hours, AMD will launch its Ryzen 5000 CPU lineup, codenamed “Vermeer” based on the 7nm Zen 3 microarchitecture. You can catch the livestream here:
AMD Ryzen 5000 Specs and Performance (Expected)
As far as the specs and performance are concerned, at the present, we don’t have any official figures but we do have a good idea about to expect:
Core Counts: The core counts should stay the same with Zen 3. The Ryzen 5000 consumer CPUs should top out at 16 cores with the mainstream 5800X and 5900X featuring 8 and 12 cores, respectively.
Core Clocks: The core clocks will most certainly increase as AMD moves to an enhanced version of the 7nm process. While this isn’t exactly 7nm EUV, it’s still a more mature variant of the 7nm node that powered Matisse. As such, you can expect 200-300MHz higher boost clocks compared to 3rd Gen as well as better overclocking capabilities. Thanks to better yields, AMD’s already managed to squeeze out higher clocks with the Ryzen XT series. We wouldn’t be surprised to see midrange parts like the purported Ryzen 5 5600X hit single-core boosts as high as 4.7 GHz or 4.8 GHz.
IPC: As far as IPC is concerned, sources claim an increase of around 15%, the chunk of it coming from integer workloads. AVX-512 support will still be limited to Intel’s Sunny Cove core and for good reasons. Not many applications make use of it. Regardless, a 15-20% increase in IPC should be enough to push AMD’s 4th Gen offerings far ahead of Intel’s Comet Lake.
Unified L3 Cache: We know that Milan will feature a common L3 cache across the two CCXs on a CCD. Matisse and Rome consisted of a chunk of 16MB L3 cache per CCX and was exclusive to the cores on it. Zen 3 will unify the L3 cache across the two CCXs on a CCD, resulting in better cache hit rates and lower core-to-core latency.
Price: We don’t expect AMD to substantially shake up their pricing structure. The by now legendary Ryzen 5 3600 actually released for US$20 less than the first-generation Ryzen 5 1600, at the US$199 price point. We expect Zen 3 CPUs to more or less track Zen 2 pricing. This means you’ll see 6-core Ryzen 5 5000 series parts starting at around US$299. You’ll have 8-core Ryzen 7 parts in the US$300 to US$400 range.