Intel had no real competition in the desktop processor industry for the past decade. But the release of the new AMD 3000 series line up put Intel in a tough position. AMD is providing better performance for significantly cheaper. AMD basically has more cores and more single core performance. Intel still beat AMD in a few single core tasks like gaming, but not by a great margin, and got absolutely crushed in multi-thread performance. This clearly just defeats the purpose of buying any processor from Intel’s high-end Core line up.
These third gen Ryzen CPUs are based on 7 nanometers Zen 2 architecture that has multiple 7 nanometers CPU dyes with 12 nanometer IO dye put together with the new Infinity Fabric Interconnect that runs at double the speed of last Zen. The new Gen 3 CPUs also have double the cache from last gen. They also feature UEFICPPC2, which basically means up to 20 times faster frequency selection. These CPUs have more efficient TAGE branch predictor. 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 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 motherboard, the Ryzen 3000 series CPUs are backward compatible, which means you can use it in your existing Ryzen 2nd Gen motherboards. But AMD is suggesting you get a latest X570 motherboard to take full advantage of the Ryzen gen 3, such as PCIe 4.0. But also this is where the biggest and probably only downside for AMD, these motherboards require active cooling (usually a fan embedded in 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.
So conclusion time. If you are out for a CPU definitely go for AMD, you are getting more cores and same core speed for less price compared to Intel’s similar offering. Intel beats AMD in single core performance like gaming, but not by a great margin (less than 10%) but at a significantly lower cost. After this Intel should seriously think about pricing their products more fairly.