AMD's Ryzen 3000-series CPU line is one of the most exciting hardware launches we're anticipating in 2019. Performance, efficiency, and cooling potential should be an order of magnitude higher than the Ryzen 2000 and 1000 series chips over the past couple of years and it could mean AMD takes the performance crown from Intel for the first time in over a decade.
We're expecting to see these chips in action for the first time at CES 2019, but a Russian retailer (via WCCFTech) may have jumped the gun and revealed the specifications of the new range of CPUs. We've had leaks before, but this one is the most comprehensive yet.
Note: It is possible that this leak is just using placeholder specifications, but with the potential launch of these new chips so close, we wouldn't be surprised if these were the real deal.
It suggests that the flagship Ryzen 9 3800X will have 16 cores, 32 threads, and a boost clock frequency that reaches 4.7GHz, with a 125w TDP. Lower down the range we have the 3700X and 3700, which drops us down to 12 cores and 24 threads with a maximum frequency of 5GHz on the X version — that could be the top gaming chip among the whole line up. The 3600 and 3600X drop down to 8 cores and 16 threads a piece, with a maximum boost clock of 4.8GHz when boosted on the X variant.
The only question remaining at this point is pricing. If AMD can match the Ryzen 2000 series launch prices, the new-gen Ryzen chips should blow away Intel on a value proposition, with comparable, or better performance in almost all settings. If it can't, that's not necessarily the end of the world, but we would hope they don't become too much more expensive, pushing the high-end chips outside of the price bracket for general gamers.