Based on a report by Historic Replays on YouTube, Romanian retailer Intend, has a brand new CPU itemizing that includes the mannequin title Ryzen 5 3600 AF – indicating its a Ryzen 5 3600 with upgraded Zen 3 cores. Assuming this naming scheme is not a typo, it marks the return of the “AF” nomenclature for AMD, which is nice information for finances PC avid gamers. The itemizing reveals the Ryzen 5 3600AF as valued at 639.77 Romanian Lei, or roughly $126 USD as of this writing.
The AF nomenclature initially began with the Ryzen 5 1600 AF, which featured upgraded Zen+ cores in comparison with the unique Zen counterpart. This chip was a discount on the time, that includes a lower cost than the Ryzen 5 2600, however providing almost similar efficiency due to the Zen+ structure.
However, reasonably than being an precise mannequin title, the “AF” terminology initially got here from the field identification title on these upgraded 1600s. Since each the unique Ryzen 5 1600 and the Zen+ powered Ryzen 5 1600 had the identical mannequin title, the one approach customers may inform the distinction, was with the field identification quantity. This quantity featured the the letters “AF” on the very finish for the Zen+ model, which was completely different from the “AE” mannequin title on the unique 1600. So the Ryzen 5 1600AF is definitely a non-official mannequin title, created by the group as a option to distinguish between the 2 elements.
If Intend’s retailer itemizing is actual, the Ryzen 5 3600 AF will comply with the identical recipe, by stripping out the Zen 2 cores in favor of Zen 3 cores. This can put the 3600AF in an identical – if not equal, efficiency tier to the Ryzen 5 5600 and 5600X, whereas costing much less cash. The retailers itemizing value appears to again up this up at greater than 30% cheaper than the Ryzen 5 5600.
We’ve to take this itemizing with a grain of salt, since that is the primary itemizing we have seen with the brand new mannequin title, and the field identification quantity doesn’t have the letters “AF” in them. AMD might be utilizing a special field quantity to establish Zen 3 3600’s from Zen 2 variations, but when that’s true, then why is Intend utilizing the group made up “AF” terminology within the first place.
It is going to be nice if this Ryzen 5 3600 AF seems to be true, however there’s nonetheless an opportunity it is likely to be a typo and never come to fruition.