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AMD Zen 3 For Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs Almost Twice As Fast As The Original Zen Architecture

In their generational performance review, Golem.de has showcased that the Zen 3 architecture for AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs achieves a massive 89% performance improvement over the original Zen architecture. A gain of this magnitude has not been seen for over a decade yet it took AMD just four years to offer nearly twice the performance of its first-gen Zen cores.

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Back before Zen came to market, the industry was accustomed to the 5-10% gen-over-gen gains that Intel was delivering. Sandy Bridge being the last major performance jump from Intel while Haswell and Skylake pushed the envelope further but not in a disruptive way like Zen has done. Putting aside Zen+ which was more of an efficiency-focused architecture, each Zen core delivered an impeccable gain in IPC.

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The first Zen core delivered a 52% IPC jump over Excavator, Zen 2 delivered another 13% IPC bump over Zen 1 while Zen 3 pushed the bar even higher with a 19% IPC bump over Zen 2. Zen+ offered a more conservative 3% IPC gain but as we said, it was more focused on optimizing Zen for efficiency & those improvements are now seen across the board on Zen 2 and Zen 3 chips.

So coming to the test results which Golem achieved, their test platform included all four Ryzen CPU generations. The 8 core and 16 thread SKUs were used which include AMD’s Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 3800X, and the Ryzen 7 5800X. Each CPU was tested on its own respective board platform that offered the best support so that would be X570 & X470.

AMD Ryzen Generational CPU Specs:

  AMD Ryzen 7 1800X AMD Ryzen 7 2700X AMD Ryzen 7 3800X AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
Codename Summit Ridge (Zen) Pinnacle Ridge (Zen +) Matisse (Zen 2) Vermeer (Zen 3)
Process Node 14LPP (GloFo) 12LP (GloFo) N7 (TSMC) + 12LP (GloFo) N7 (TSMC) + 12LP (GloFo)
Die Size 213 mm² (SoC) 213 mm² (SoC) 74 mm² (CCD) + 125 mm² (IOP) 81 mm² (CCD) + 125 mm² (IOP)
Transistor Count 4.8 billion 4.8 billion 3.9 billion + 2.09 billion 4.15 billion + 2.09 billion
Cores / Threads 8 + SMT 8 + SMT 8 + SMT 8 + SMT
Clock Speeds 3.6 GHz to 4.1 GHz 3.7 GHz to 4.35 GHz 3.9 GHz to 4.5 GHz 3.8 GHz to 4.7 GHz
L3 Cache 16 MB 16 MB 32 MB 32 MB
Memory Support DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933 DDR4-3200 DDR4-3200
TDP 95W 105W 105W 105W
Max Power Limit 142W 142W 142W 142W
Launch MSRP $499 US $329 US $399 US $449 US

The memory on each board was running at the default spec which is DDR4-2666 for Zen, DDR4-2933 for Zen+ & DDR4-3200 for the Zen 2 and Zen 3 chips. However, modern Ryzen CPUs can support much faster memory & the performance difference is quite huge too when running proper high-speed modules.

AMD Zen (Ryzen Desktop CPU) Multi-Generational Performance Gains in Games (via Golem):

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AMD Zen (Ryzen Desktop CPU) Multi-Generational Performance Gains in Apps (via Golem)

As you can see from the performance charts, the AMD Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs gain an 81% lead in gaming and a 72% lead in application performance. This is almost twice the performance jump if you compare it with the first Gen Ryzen CPUs. 3DCenter made a detailed chart by compiling the overall average performance which shows off an even larger gain with application performance ending up at 89% faster and gaming being up to 84% faster.

AMD Multi-Generation Zen Architecture Performance Gains:

CPU Name Application Performance Gen over Gen Gains Gaming (Avg FPS) Gaming (1% Lows) Gen over Gen Gains
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 189.0% 27% (Over Zen 2) 175.7% 184.2% 25% (Over Zen 2)
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 148.4% 28% (Over Zen+) 141.5% 147.6% 20% (Over Zen+)
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 116.1% 16% (Over Zen 1) 119.7% 123.1% 23% (Over Zen 1)
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 100% 100% 100%

This should give users of older Zen and Zen+ based Ryzen CPUs enough of a reason to move to the latest generation of AMD Zen processors. The new Ryzen 5000 CPUs are not only good at apps but also deliver exceptional gaming performance which puts them ahead of anything that Intel has to offer. But if you can wait a bit more, AMD will be releasing a brand new platform moving into 2021 which is expected to feature support for its next-generation Ryzen CPUs. You can learn more about upcoming AMD Desktop CPU platforms here.

AMD CPU Roadmap (2018-2020)

Ryzen Family Ryzen 1000 Series Ryzen 2000 Series Ryzen 3000 Series Ryzen 4000 Series Ryzen 5000 Series Ryzen 6000 Series
Architecture Zen (1) Zen (1) / Zen+ Zen (2) / Zen+ Zen (3) / Zen 2 Zen (3)+ / Zen 3? Zen (4) / Zen 3?
Process Node 14nm 14nm / 12nm 7nm 7nm+ / 7nm 7nm+ / 7nm 5nm / 7nm+
Server EPYC ‘Naples’ EPYC ‘Naples’ EPYC ‘Rome’ EPYC ‘Milan’ EPYC ‘Milan’ EPYC ‘Genoa’
Max Server Cores / Threads 32/64 32/64 64/128 64/128 TBD TBD
High End Desktop Ryzen Threadripper 1000 Series (White Haven) Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series (Coflax) Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak) Ryzen Threadripper 4000 Series (Genesis Peak) Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series Ryzen Threadripper 6000 Series
Max HEDT Cores / Threads 16/32 32/64 64/128 64/128? TBD TBD
Mainstream Desktop Ryzen 1000 Series (Summit Ridge) Ryzen 2000 Series (Pinnacle Ridge) Ryzen 3000 Series (Matisse) Ryzen 4000 Series (Vermeer) Ryzen 5000 Series (Warhol) Ryzen 6000 Series (Raphael)
Max Mainstream Cores / Threads 8/16 8/16 16/32 16/32 TBD TBD
Budget APU N/A Ryzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge) Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso Zen+) Ryzen 4000 Series (Renoir Zen 2) Ryzen 5000 Series (Cezanne Zen 3) Ryzen 5000 Series (Rembrandt Zen 3)
Year 2017 2018 2019 2020/2021 2020/2021 2022

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