AMD Ryzen 7 3700X: 12C/24T at a huge 5GHz - the 9900K killer

AMD's upcoming Zen 2-based Ryzen 9 3800X sounds like a beast, touting 7nm process technology.

Published Jan 2, 2019 5:35 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:49 AM CST

AMD is heading into CES 2019 with some pretty big rumors of the upcoming Zen 2-based processors, a family of CPUs that will be led by the flagship Ryzen 9 3800X as a huge 16C/32T beast of a processor.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X: 12C/24T at a huge 5GHz - the 9900K killer 08 |

The new rumors are coming from a leak by a Russian retailer that suggests the Ryzen 9 3800X rocks 16 cores and 32 threads of CPU performance with a base clock of 3.9GHz and turbo clock of 4.7GHz, all achieved at just 125W. There will be two 12C/24T processors on the new 3000-series processors with the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 7 3700, with the Ryzen 7 3700X rocking 5GHz turbo clocks for 105W.

I think the Ryzen 7 3700X is going to be one of the more important CPUs in the Zen 2 processor line up, with 12C/24T rollout out at 5GHz we should see some good overclocks at up to 5.2GHz and 5.3GHz, or even more with better cooling. All of this for 105W is going to be great, while dragging the base clocks down 400MHz to 3.8GHz and the turbo clocks down 400MHz to 4.6GHz from 5GHz, the TDP savings are 10W down to 95W from 105W on the 3700X.

The leap that the rumored Ryzen 9 3800X does over the current Ryzen 7 2700X flagship CPU is huge, as the Ryzen 7 2700X is 'just' an 8C/16T processor while the purported Ryzen 9 3800X is a huge 16C/32T beast. We're talking first-gen Ryzen Threadripper 1990X amounts of grunt, at higher clock speeds. The Ryzen 7 3700X is better than any previous-gen Ryzen CPU with out-of-the-gate 5GHz with its huge 12C/24T. This is offering next levels of core counts, improved IPC performance from Zen 2, and the first Zen-based CPU to rock 5GHz out of the box.

From there we have the Ryzen 5 family of processors that has been upgraded to 8C/16T as the flagship Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600, with 4.8GHz turbo clocks on the Ryzen 5 3600X and 4.4GHz on the 3600. The overclocked Ryzen 5 3600X uses 30W more power to have its CPU clocked 400MHz higher with a 95W purported TDP, while the 4.4GHz clocks on the Ryzen 5 3600 only consumes 65W.

65W is also what the new Ryzen 3 3300X will use, with it rolling out as as 6C/12T processor at 4.3GHz while the Ryzen 3 3300 will reportedly roll out at 4GHz and use just 50W of power.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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