AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

After a two month delay, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is finally here to take on the Intel Core i9-9920X, with more cores and a much lower price point!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about AMD’s new Core i9 killer processor!

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Tech Briefing

First up, Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager, gives us a tech briefing on the new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor.

 

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Processor

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is a 16-core, 32-thread processor to top off the 3rd Gen Ryzen family, offering a 3.5 GHz base clock, a 4.7 GHz boost clock, and a massive 64 MB L3 cache.

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update slide - AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

CPU Architecture + Design

Like all other 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, the Ryzen 9 3950X are based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

Better Single-Threaded Performance

The new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X delivers up to 22% better single-threaded performance, which is critical for games.

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update slide

This gives it comparable gaming performance to the Intel Core i9-9900K and Intel Core i9-9920X processors.

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update slide

Much Better Multi-Threaded Performance

With 16 cores and 32 threads, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is much faster than the 8-core Intel Core i9-9900K and 12-core Intel Core i9-9920X processors. It’s not even close!

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update slide

Far More Power-Efficient!

Thanks to its CPU cores being fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is able to do more with less power.

In fact, it uses far less power than the Intel Core i9-9900K and Intel Core i9-9920X processors, delivering up to 2.34X more performance per watt!

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update slide

No Bundled Cooler

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will NOT ship with a bundled cooler, because it’s meant to be used with liquid cooling for optimal performance.

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update slide

In fact, AMD is recommending that you use it with an AIO liquid water cooler that has a 280 mm or larger radiator.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Specifications

Here are the Ryzen 9 3950X’s specifications, compared against the other 3rd Gen Ryzen processors.

Specifications Ryzen 9
3950X
Ryzen 9
3900X
Ryzen 7
3800X
Ryzen 7
3700X
Ryzen 5
3600X
Ryzen 5
3600
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 8 / 16 6 / 12 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.2 GHz
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe Gen 4 (24 lanes)
TDP 105 W 95 W 65 W
Bundled Cooler NA Wraith Prism RGB Wraith
Stealth
Wraith
Spire
Launch Price $749 $449 $399 $329 $249 $199

 

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Price + Availability

Back in June, AMD announced that the Ryzen 9 3950X would be available sometime in September 2019., which was then delayed by two months.

Now, AMD has officially announced that it will be available starting 25 November 2019, with an official launch price of US$749.

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update slide

 

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