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Lets Take a In Depth Look at AMD's 16-Core Ryzen 9 3950X Processor

Lets Take a In Depth Look at AMD's 16-Core Ryzen 9 3950X Processor


Last month at Computex 2019, AMD revealed their Ryzen 3000 product line that consisted of Zen 2 desktop CPU's. One processor that stoked interest from me is the 16-Core Ryzen 9 3950X, the company's newest next-generation top-end processor.  Having time to read and digest all of what AMD has to offer, this particular piece of hardware potentially is limitless in regards to high performance and power.

Let's closely examine the Ryzen 9 3950X core features. Read on.

The Specs and Features


The Ryzen 9 3950X is based entirely off the new Zen 2 AMD consumer process and constructed for the AM4 socket. So I'm pretty sure users can upgrade to this processor provided your system is a year or two older and importantly, the motherboard have the compatible CPU socket. Expect a full range of X570 motherboards to hit the market way ahead of the actual launch date.

The core specs go as follows; there will be a total of 16-cores with a simultaneous multi-threading, 32 enabled threads, base clock frequencies measuring 3.5GHz with a 4.7GHz turbo-boost frequency. The power provided will be just 105W TDP. Even more impressive is the entire CPU is built on a 7nm architecture.

Compare and Contrast

In comparison on paper, the Ryzen 9 3950X should outperform Intel's Core i9-9950X, as the 3950X has a much smaller architecture 7nm vs. 14nm. An RDP of just 105 watts vs. 165 watts. And importantly, the 3950X has a much faster base clock speed at 3.5GHz with a 4.4GHz turbo boost vs. the Core i9 3.1GHz base clock and 4GHz turbo boost. So it's safe to say this processor has the significant edge over 'Intel's top-end flagship. But these are just numbers. How the Ryzen 9 3950X hold up in real-world action remains to be seen. 'We'll undoubtedly find out in the coming months.


Then there's the price point, the Core i9-9960X will retail for a whopping $1,699. On the other hand, the Ryzen 9 3950X should give you more bang for the buck in regards to performance, retailing for just $749.

So In Conclusion

It's pretty obvious AMD is not only trying to be Intel’s fiercest rival, but they're aiming to dominate the enthusiast market on a global scale. The Ryzen 9 3050X is most certainly capable of causing a marketable tilt swaying many away from Intel. Think about this for a second, the current Intel Core i9 gaming CPU's cap out at just 8-cores. AMD, on the other hand,  is offering consumers a 12-core chip at a reasonable price point in today's current market.

We'll have to wait and see what performance benchmark numbers will look like once builders and publications get hold of this processor. Potentially, this processor should bold well in the consumer market and generate good reviews. Stay tuned.

As I stated before, the Ryzen 9 3950X will be priced at $749; according to reports, expected market launch will be in September.

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