Expert Testing Show Only One Ryzen 3000 Core Hits Single-Core Turbo Frequency

Expert Testing Show Only One Ryzen 3000 Core Hits Single-Core Turbo Frequency
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Many consumers have been caught in the hype of the recently released AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs promising higher frequencies and better performance. But there have been questions about its performance, so AMD ramped up their processor’s power by releasing new chipset driver packages. And on the other side of the road, tech experts have been inching their way to prove the manufacturer’s claims of improvement. This prompted several techies to put the new AMD Ryzen 3000 Series microprocessor on the table and dispel myths surrounding its questioned performance.

Testing the Ryzen 5 3600X processor, experts were able to prove that only one core was ready to hit the rated boost frequency which AMD released to the public. AMD has also confirmed the accuracy of the report and that some cores in the Ryzen 3000-series processors “are faster than others.” Given this fact, not all cores in the processor will hit a single-core turbo frequency, but it is a combination of fast and slow cores.

The studies also revealed the difference of as much as ~75-100MHz speed between the fastest cores and the slower ones. And only one core was able to reach the allotted single-core frequency boost. AMD has not released any information about the acceptable frequencies for the slow cores, but experts believe it should be the base frequency rate of 3.5GHz.

Though the variance from the frequency deltas is relatively small, it does have an effect on the overall performance of the processor. It also denotes to the data binning strategy AMD has employed in comparison with the per-core high-end turbo performance of the Zen series and its predecessor, the Zen+.

Intel was also quick to say that the previous generations of the Ryzen series were able to reach boost frequencies on all its core.

But given this, running apps and the workload processed by the slower cores of the Ryzen 3000, will experience lower performance. This would also account users running older versions of Windows who experienced slower speeds because of lower clock frequencies.

Experts theorize that the slower cores are contributing to the problem recently experienced by Ryzen 3000 users. The Ryzen 3000 series was able to hit an all-core overclock speed of 200-300MHz far below the single-core boost frequency. Slower cores, therefore, will not be able to sustain higher frequencies and serving as the weak spot for the AMD Ryzen 3000 Series.