AMD’s Zen 2 lineup has been a long time coming. For the past 7 months, we’ve been eagerly awaiting its release. Well, the time has come and the Zen 2 lineup has finally hit the shelves. The question is, are these new 7nm CPUs worth it? Did AMD deliver this time, or not?
Based on early benchmark results, they definitely delivered.
The Zen 2 lineup consists of 6 new CPUs and 2 new APUs, 5 of which are releasing today. On the CPU side, we’re getting the R9 3950X, R9 3900X, R7 3800X, R7 3700X, R5 3600X, and the R5 3600. The 2 new APUs will cover the R5 3400G and the R3 3200G. All of the Zen 2 processors are running on the existing AM4 socket. However, a new line of chipsets will be released, namely the A520, B550, and X570.
This is the first time that AMD has released a CPU that’s completely obliterated the entire consumer-grade Intel lineup. That CPU is the $499 MSRP R9 3900X. Early benchmarks are showing this 12-core/24-thread beast to be just that, a beast. It readily walks on Intel’s i9 9900K in everything from gaming to heavy workloads. But, good luck buying one anytime soon because they sold out within an hour after release.
On the lower end, the R5 3600 is proving itself to be very close to Intel’s i5 9600K in most applications. They tend to trade blows and are often quite comparable. However, the R5 3600 is a $199 MSRP CPU and the i5 9600K costs around $250-$260 on average. At the end of the day, the R5 3600 is looking like the clear winner based on price vs performance.
There are currently no benchmarks for the R5 3400G or R3 3200G APUs at the time of writing. But, based on what we’ve seen from the rest of the Zen 2 lineup, I’d be willing to wager that the new APUs are also showing massive improvements. It wouldn’t surprise me if the R5 3400G is on-par with or better than the Intel i3 8100, if not the i5 9400. However, we’ll have to wait for independent benchmark results to prove (or disprove) that theory.
All-in-all, AMD’s new Zen 2 lineup is looking incredible. It’s readily beating the Intel options left, right, and center for the same price or cheaper.