Intel had no real competition in the desktop processor industry for the past decade. But the release of the new AMD 3000 series lineup put Intel in a challenging position. AMD is providing better performance for significantly cheaper. AMD has more cores and single-core performance. Intel still beat AMD in a few single-core tasks like gaming, but not by a significant margin, and got crushed in multi-thread performance. This defeats the purpose of buying any processor from Intel’s high-end Core lineup.
These third-gen Ryzen CPUs are based on 7 nanometers Zen 2 architecture with multiple 7 nanometers CPU dyes with 12 nanometer IO dye combined with the new Infinity Fabric Interconnect runs at the double the speed of last Zen. The new Gen 3 CPUs also have double the cache from the previous gen. They also feature UEFICPPC2, which means up to 20 times faster frequency selection. These CPUs have more efficient TAGE branch predictors. The 3rd gen Ryzen CPUs now supports DDR4 PCI, setting a new record for consumer CPUs. They also changed Overclocking mechanism; now, you can overclock your CPU from the Ryzen Master utility within us OS while having all the flexibility and features from BIOS. This basically means more stability, safety, and accessibility. For more details and benchmarks, watch the video below.
Now speaking about motherboards, the Ryzen 3000 series CPUs are backward compatible, which means you can use them in your existing Ryzen 2nd Gen motherboards. But AMD is suggesting you get the latest X570 motherboard to take full advantage of the Ryzen gen 3, such as PCIe 4.0. This is where the biggest and probably only downside for AMD is that these motherboards require active cooling (usually a fan embedded in the motherboard). These fans have a comparatively high chance of failure and forcing you to cool it manually in case of failure and even possibly outright failure of the motherboard.
Such conclusion time. If you are out for a CPU, definitely go for AMD, you are getting more cores and the same core speed for less price than Intel’s similar offering. Intel beats AMD in a single-core performance like gaming, but not by a significant margin (less than 10%) but at a significantly lower cost. After this, Intel should seriously think about pricing its products more fairly.