Huge Leak Reveals AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Details: 16-Core Monster 2019's Killer Processor?

We're just weeks away from finding out what AMD has in store for 2019 with its desktop CPUs and the latest rumor seems to confirm previous suspicions that AMD is indeed releasing a 16-core desktop 'Ryzen 9' CPU.

The leak, spotted on Russian retailer E-Katalog, reveals seven new 3000-series Ryzen CPUs, with the top-end model being the Ryzen 9 3800X with a maximum frequency of 4.7GHz.

Seven new Ryzen 3000-series CPUs have been spotted by Tech Critter listed on a retailer's website including a 16-core Ryzen 9Antony Leather

This is tantalizing news given we've already heard several rumors of AMD doubling its core counts on the desktop, but this is the first retailer leak showing in-depth details for the new Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 ranges of CPUs.

There are plenty of interesting details too, such as frequencies hitting 5GHz on the Ryzen 7 3700X, which has 12 cores and 24 threads. The two Ryzen 3 models - traditionally four-core CPUs, have been bumped up to six cores each and are the Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3300, with maximum boost frequencies of 4.3GHz and 4GHz respectively.

Similarly, the Ryzen 5 series now seems to start at eight cores with the Ryzen 5 3600X also sporting a massive 4.8GHz boost frequency, which will likely mean it could offer competition to Intel's mighty Core i9-9900K.

The Ryzen 7 series now starts at 12 cores, with the Ryzen 7 3700X also sporting that massive 5GHz boost frequency which should mean it can out-do Intel's Core i9-9900K in most benchmarks, although there's no word on price yet for any of the CPUs. Even if these specifications vary a little between now an launch, this is huge news for AMD as it points to at least two of Zen 2's expectations being fulfilled - higher frequencies and increased core counts. With a decent bump in IPC too, it looks like AMD could have a very good 2019.