Technology and gaming content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,612 Reviews & Articles | 60,971 News Posts

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.

Steven Bassiri | Nov 7, 2019 at 8:00 am CST - 2 mins, 8 secs time to read this page

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

AMD announces Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT CPUs 01 | TweakTown.com

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.

AMD announces Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT CPUs 02 | TweakTown.com

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 announces Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT CPUs 03 | TweakTown.com

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.

AMD announces Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT CPUs 04 | TweakTown.com

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.

AMD announces Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT CPUs 05 | TweakTown.com

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.

AMD announces Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT CPUs 06 | TweakTown.com

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

AMD announces Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT CPUs 07 | TweakTown.com

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.

AMD announces Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT CPUs 08 | TweakTown.com

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.

AMD announces Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3960X and 3970X HEDT CPUs 09 | TweakTown.com

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.

Last updated: Nov 8, 2019 at 06:11 am CST

Buy at Amazon

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core, 24-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
Buy at Amazon
$417.00$419.99$432.41
* Prices last scanned on 5/28/2020 at 3:32 pm CDT - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.
Steven Bassiri

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

We openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here. Please contact us if you wish to respond.

Related Tags