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AMD prepping to launch Quad Core ZEN2 budget CPUs

Written by Metal Messiah

Since the release of RYZEN 3000 series of CPUs last year, AMD has been quite dominant in the CPU mainstream and high-end markets. This has also forced INTEL to re-think their pricing strategy of their current lineup of CPUs.

Competition has never been so good in the CPU market segment, and things are going to heat up again, since AMD has plans to release entry-level budget RYZEN 3 CPUs based on the ZEN 2 architecture.

This move is a direct response to the upcoming Intel Core i3 Comet Lake CPUs which INTEL would be launching sometime later this year.

Leak comes from a renowned Hardware leaker 188? who has dug up some info on this.

Since the launch of AMD MATISSE ZEN 2 CPUs last May, 2019, AMD has skipped on producing QUAD CORE ZEN 2-based CPUs, starting the entire lineup with the RYZEN 5 3500 offering 6 Cores and 6 Threads for the OEM market. This means we never got a successor to the previous generation of Ryzen 3 2000 series CPUs.

These 2000 series ZEN+ based CPUs came in Quad Core SKU variants, with the release of the Ryzen 3 2300X and Ryzen 5 2500X CPUs to the market.  Now, AMD again plans to target the sub-$100/$150 market.

Two CPUs have been spotted, the Ryzen 3 3300X and the Ryzen 3 3100. Coming to the specs, both the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 are going to come in 4 core/8 thread flavors, with 18MB of combined (L2+L3) cache, and 65 Watts TDP (thermal design power).

The base and boost CPU clock speeds have not been fully confirmed though. But the leaker claims 4.3 GHz and 3.9 GHz as the speculated clock speeds, which I presume must be the Boost clock value.

Here is one more interesting info, as shared by AdoredTV.

It’s being speculated that both the Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 would be featuring a new Mattise 2 CPU die/MCM. These will feature a single die with a SINGLE CCX.   The Third-generation Ryzen chips currently come with one or two 7nm (client compute dies (CCDs), but since Quad Core processors don’t require an extra CCX,  AMD might go for a completely new design.

As a reminder, the third-generation Ryzen chips each came with one or two 7nm (client compute dies (CCDs). Each CCD contains two AMD CCX (CPU complexes, Core complexes).

Therefore, each CCX contains four processing cores. So when it comes to these new quad core SKUs, AMD could either go for some of the current defective Ryzen 5 3600 CHIPS, and then disable one of the two defective CCXs, or they might go for an entirely new design. AMD might drop the 2+2 core CCX configuration.

In the end, things are going to heat up in the entry-level CPU market later this year.

With the release of upcoming Core i3-10100, i3-10300 and i3-10320 Comet LAKE Desktop CPUs, AMD now plans to target the entry-level budget market by releasing new quad core ZEN2 CPUs.


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