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AMD announces Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT CPUs (Page 1)

AMD announces Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT CPUs

AMD announces its 16-core 32-thread CPU to the world, the Ryzen 9 3950X, along with the Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT and Athlon 3000G processors.

By Steven Bassiri from 1 week, 5 days ago

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

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Today, AMD announces their 16-core 32-thread CPU to the world; the Ryzen 9 3950X. The new CPU boasts a huge 72MB cache, a very high 4.7GHz boost, and a 105W TDP. Considering this is a 16 core CPU, those numbers are quite good and could pose a big problem for Intel going forward. AMD has been able to keep up with Intel these past few years with lower clock speeds, but in this case, they could take a big swing at Intel with their high 4.7GHz Boost clock, which is higher than the 3900X.

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The new CPU will work in the AM4 socket, meaning it will work in existing motherboards, and pricing is quite reasonable. At $750, the 3950X is aimed at the Intel i9 9920X ($1.2K), which is priced significantly higher. The 3950X has 16 cores while the 3900X has 12, so the price isn't too bad considering the core increase and higher turbo speeds.

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AMD is boasting 22% higher single-threaded performance, with the 3950X leading the way. If what AMD claims is true, Intel could have a real issue since single-threaded performance is one of the main things Intel has on their side.

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Here we have AMD's slides on their gaming performance, and we can see that with a bottleneck in place, the CPUs don't really matter as much, although we agree that the current Skylake-X CPUs aren't going to do well as Intel's mainstream gaming CPUs. These slides show AMD's 3950X is a versatile CPU compared to Intel's HEDT CPUs. We will evaluate these claims ourselves, but we don't expect too much deviance from these slides.

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Here we see productivity benchmarks, which put AMD way ahead of the game. We don't doubt these numbers, although we will need to evaluate these for ourselves.

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Considering the new process technology, we are not surprised to see AMD take the lead in the power versus performance metrics.

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AMD's new CPU will not come with a cooler, but AMD recommends a 280mm all-in-one liquid cooler for the CPU. Using such a cooler will increase performance since auto-OC features like Performance Boost Overdrive will take advantage of lower temperatures to increase frequency.

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So far, we have learned the new CPU will provide comparable gaming performance, almost 30% better creator performance, over two times energy performance, and industry-first PCI-E 4.0.

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The new CPU will take full advantage of the X570 ecosystem with full PCI-E 4.0 support, tons of USB 10Gbps ports, and many premium motherboards.

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