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The world of 7nm is here, as AMD have today released their new GPU and CPU series with the Radeon RX 5700 and Ryzen 3000.

“We are proud to deliver our newest AMD Radeon graphics cards and AMD Ryzen processor products to create the ultimate PC gaming platform with leadership performance at every price point,” said Dr. Lisa Su, President and CEO, AMD. “AMD is committed to driving innovation and competition across the computing and graphics markets to give PC enthusiasts, gamers and creators incredible experiences and unmatched value.”

AMD's new Radeon RX 5700 series is the first to use their new "RDNA" architecture, which AMD claim will provide up to "1.25x" higher performance per clock and up to "1.5x" higher performance per watt versus the older Graphic Core Next (GCN) architecture. For the new GPU it comes in three editions:

  • 50th Anniversary Edition Radeon RX 5700 XT - $449
    • 40 compute units, 2,560 stream processors, 8GB GDDR6
    • Base clock: 1,680MHz, Game Clock: 1,830MHz, Boost Clock: "up to" 1,980MHz
  • Radeon RX 5700 XT - $399
    • 40 compute units, 2,560 stream processors, 8GB GDDR6
    • Base clock: 1,605MHz, Game Clock: 1,755MHz, Boost Clock: "up to" 1,905MHz
  • Radeon RX 5700 - $349
    • 36 compute units, 2,304 stream processors, 8GB GDDR6
    • Base clock: 1,465MHz, Game Clock: 1,625MHz, Boost Clock: "up to" 1,725MHz

It may be a little confusing, with them now advertising three different possible speeds. The Base Clock is the minimum level you would expect it to run at, with the Game Clock being around where you would expect it to be whilst gaming and the Boost Clock is supposed to be the max. However, AMD is apparently being quite conservative with it so you might see it go higher.

AMD also released the "Radeon Software for Linux" 19.30 driver today to add in support for the new series. Although they only list "Ubuntu 18.04.2" as being compatible with it. For the Mesa drivers, you're likely going to need the latest code which will make up Mesa 19.2 that's scheduled to release next month.

On the CPU side, things are just as exciting with two sets of CPUs. These arrived with the new X570 chipset for AMD Socket AM4. The first are their higher-end main desktop Zen 2 processors:

  • Ryzen 9 3900X - $499
    • 12 cores/24 threads - TDP: 105w - 4.6GHz boost/3.8GHz base
  • Ryzen 7 3800X - $399
    • 8 core/16 threads - TDP: 105w - 4.5GHz boost/3.9GHz base
  • Ryzen 7 3700X - $329
    • 8 cores/16 threads - TDP: 65w - 4.4GHz boost/3.6GHz base
  • Ryzen 5 3600X - $249
    • 6 cores/12 threads - TDP: 95w - 4.4GHz boost/3.8GHz base
  • Ryzen 5 3600 - $199
    • 6 cores/12 threads - TDP 65w - 4.2GHz boost/3.6GHz base

There's also the Ryzen 9 3950X with 16 cores and 32 threads, which is not launching until September.

For those looking for a processor with integrated graphics, they also launched these two still on Zen+:

  • Ryzen 5 3400G - $149
    • 4 cores/8 threads - TDP: 65w - 4.2GHz boost/3.7GHz base
    • Radeon RX Vega 11 (1400 MHz)
  • Ryzen 3 3200G - $99
    • 4 cores/4 threads - TDP: 65w - 4.0GHz boost/3.6GHz base
    • Radeon Vega 8 (1250 MHz)

If you're looking to grab one of the new Ryzen 3xxx series, you might want to keep in mind what Phoronix discovered, with newer Linux distributions failing to boot which is a big ouch. However, they seem to work fine with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and other older distributions.

Aside from the usual teething issues with new hardware, it's really great to see AMD offer some solid competition to both NVIDIA and Intel! It's looking like an all-AMD box could be really great for gaming offering both good performance and pretty good prices too.

Additionally, AMD released version 3.0 of AMD uProf, a performance analysis tool that works on Linux. This latest version adds support for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen, more Linux distributions supported like openSUSE Leap 15 and SLES 12 & 15. On top of that it also now supports Linux kernel profiling and kernel-space drivers and more.

Sorry for the delay, AMD decided at some point to stop sending us press releases.

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Dedale 7 July 2019 at 4:00 pm UTC
My apologies for cross-posting.

Well, the NDA is over. I have read a lot of noise but this article sums it up: https://www.techpowerup.com/review/amd-ryzen-3900x-3700x-tested-on-x470/6.html

QuoteThe question on your mind will now be: "do I lose anything by the way of performance or overclocking headroom?" We pulled out an MSI X470 Gaming M7 to find out just that. We are happy to report that you don't lose any performance. When averaged across our test-suite that includes 28 tests in a variety of CPU benchmarks that are a mix of real-world and synthetics, we find that the X470 platform is negligibly (0.18%) faster for the 3700X and 0.15% slower for the 3900X. The individual tests that post performance gains for the X470 run around 2-3% faster. The ones that don't are a little over 3% slower.

QuoteThe second aspect of your buying decision will be overclocking headroom. AMD revised the CPU VRM and memory wiring specification for its X570 platform to increase CPU and memory overclocking headroom. We managed to get the 3700X to work at 4.225 GHz at 1.28 V, and the 3900X up to 4.00 GHz. We achieved the same 4.255 GHz and 4.00 GHz on the ASRock X570 Taichi for the two chips, respectively.

Besides, tests with the expensive X570 cards have been done and it seem the Fan of Doom is indeed running quite often and what's worse, is noisy. I already read the complaints of people struggling to find the desired X470 cards. Reminder: they need a BIOS upgrade to be able to accept Ryzen 3XXX and some cannot do it without a CPU.
Alm888 7 July 2019 at 4:02 pm UTC
Too late, AMD. I already have gotten hold of "GTX 1660 Ti" (for $300, VAT included). Works flawless out of the box. Not that you can provide anything decent in the low/middle segment right now.

But that R7 3700X sure looks delicious. Will most probably get it later, when the situation with B550 motherboards will be more clear.


Last edited by Alm888 at 7 July 2019 at 4:02 pm UTC
GustyGhost 7 July 2019 at 4:32 pm UTC
Do they still come with the built-in Platform inSecurity Processor backfront door?
Guerrilla 7 July 2019 at 4:42 pm UTC
Navi exceeded my expectations, at least on Linux if Phoronix's results are consistent with others will get. The fact that the XT occasionally surpasses the 2070S/2080 despite being $100 less is phenomenal. If I have any concern, it's that at least at this time, the results are a bit inconsistent (Dirt Rally vs Deus Ex MD).

I had pretty high hopes for Ryzen 2 and it looks like it pretty much meets expectations. The only mildly disappointing point is that, at least with pre-release bios, there's absolutely no overclocking headroom. Not a big deal for me since I never seem to have great luck with it anyway, but I was hoping to see there was headroom.

Both are tempting upgrades, but I'm going to try to hold on to my current system for at least another year until Ryzen 2+ and Arcturus/Nvidia's 3000 series releases. I think my 1700 and Fury can do that without too much cutbacks in quality settings. The one nice thing is that my B350 MB got a bios update to support Ryzen 2, so potentially I could just upgrade the chip when the discounts get deep enough.
Termy 7 July 2019 at 4:47 pm UTC
DedaleBesides, tests with the expensive X570 cards have been done and it seem the Fan of Doom is indeed running quite often and what's worse, is noisy.

Strange, (german) Computerbase is writing that the Fan is not noticable at all on MSI and Asus boards:
https://www.computerbase.de/2019-07/amd-ryzen-3000-test/5/#abschnitt_x570mainboards_und_deren_chipsatzluefter
minidou 7 July 2019 at 5:05 pm UTC
QuoteFor those looking for a processor with integrated graphics, they also launched these two

@liam You might want to add that these CPUs are not based on the new Zen 2 architecture (they are Zen+)
chancho_zombie 7 July 2019 at 5:07 pm UTC
it's beating the 2070 in almost every benchmark!! go AMD
Nvidia is getting a middle finger treatment à la Torvalds.
Dedale 7 July 2019 at 5:15 pm UTC
Termy
DedaleBesides, tests with the expensive X570 cards have been done and it seem the Fan of Doom is indeed running quite often and what's worse, is noisy.

Strange, (german) Computerbase is writing that the Fan is not noticable at all on MSI and Asus boards:
https://www.computerbase.de/2019-07/amd-ryzen-3000-test/5/#abschnitt_x570mainboards_und_deren_chipsatzluefter

My source is a French paper (computer) magazine.
Shmerl 7 July 2019 at 6:08 pm UTC
DedaleBesides, tests with the expensive X570 cards have been done and it seem the Fan of Doom is indeed running quite often and what's worse, is noisy. I already read the complaints of people struggling to find the desired X470 cards. Reminder: they need a BIOS upgrade to be able to accept Ryzen 3XXX and some cannot do it without a CPU.

Are there any details about Asrock X570 Taichi? That chipset fan noise seems like a very annoying issue in general.
Shmerl 7 July 2019 at 6:10 pm UTC
To those who plan to get Navi cards. It's better to wait until custom designs come out a few months later. Not only upstream will be in better shape (kernel / Mesa), but they also will be better cooled and more silent than reference ones.

Waiting for Sapphire Nitro / Pulse Navi RX 5700 XT to replace my Pulse Vega 56.


Last edited by Shmerl at 7 July 2019 at 6:16 pm UTC
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