AMD has been on a roll ever since it announced its third-gen Ryzen lineup. The company has basically obliterated everything in its path. The new processors have been so successful that there has actually been a shortage for the Ryzen 9 3900X, resulting in an increase in price. However, AMD is determined to keep the show going, as it revealed the much-anticipated Ryzen Pro 3000 Series Desktop CPUs on Monday.
Available in Q4 of 2019, The AMD Ryzen Pro 3000 is a series of processors specifically targeted towards business-class desktop users. The lineup has a wide variety of processors ranging from the modest Athlon Pro 300GE to the outrageously powerful 12- core/24-thread beast, the Ryzen 9 Pro 3900.
However, if you were looking forward to buy one for your gaming machine, for some reason, you’re out of luck. Sadly, the new Ryzen Pro 3000 series is only available for large OEMs that wish to build their systems around the new processors.
Full RAM Encryption for Ryzen Pro 3000
One peculiar thing about the Ryzen Pro 3000 CPUs is that they feature the all-new AMD Memory Guard, which is a transparent system memory encryption tool that allows full memory encryption. AMD is marketing it as the world’s only processor family with full memory encryption as a standard security feature.
While AMD doesn’t state it anywhere officially in its press release, the new memory encryption feature seems to be very similar to the SME (Secure Memory Encryption), used in AMD’s own EPYC server CPU line. AMD’s description of Memory Guard states that it is “a transparent memory encryption (OS and application independent DRAM encryption) providing a cryptographic AES encryption of system memory”, which is very similar to the EPYC SME.
Will Memory Guard come to the standard Ryzen lineup?
For now, the full memory encryption is strictly limited to the Ryzen Pro 3000 lineup and is not available in the standard Ryzen 3000 series. However, who knows, maybe AMD will eventually trickle down the Memory guard into standard desktop CPUs for the Ryzen 4000 lineup. For now, if you were hoping to build a Ryzen-powered PC with full memory encryption, you’re sadly out of luck.
AMD is releasing a total of 8 CPUs under the Ryzen Pro 3000 lineup, coming out in Q4 2019. You can see the full lineup down below.
||Boost/Base Frequency||Compute Units|
|Ryzen 9 Pro 3900||12/24||65W||4.3GHz / up to 3.1GHz||n/a|
|Ryzen 7 Pro 3700||8/16||65W||4.4GHz / up to 3.6GHz||n/a|
|Ryzen 5 Pro 3600||6/12||65W||4.2GHz / up to 3.6GHz||n/a|
|Ryzen 5 Pro 3400G||4/8||65W||4.2GHz / up to 3.7GHz||11 CUs|
|Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE||4/8||35W||4.0GHz / up to 3.3GHz||11 CUs|
|Ryzen 3 Pro 3200G||4/8||65W||4.0GHz / up to 3.6GHz||8 CUs|
|Ryzen 3 Pro 3200GE||4/8||35W||3.8GHz / up to 3.3GHz||8 CUs|
|Athlon Pro 300GE||2/4||35W||3.4GHz / up to 3.4GHz||3 CUs|