The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Considering the new process technology, we are not surprised to see AMD take the lead in the power versus performance metrics.
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.
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.
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.