AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (Zen 2) Processor Review (Page 1)

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (Zen 2) Processor Review

AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X CPU launched today and we have put our review sample fully through its paces against the competition from Intel.

| Nov 14, 2019 at 8:00 am CST
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: AMDModel: Ryzen 9 3950X



The box you see above contains AMD's first 16-core 32-thread processor for their mainstream platform. It utilizes the Zen 2 microarchitecture, which is not only faster, better designed, and more power-efficient than Zen 1, but it also utilizes TSMC's 7nm node. What you see above is the flagship CPU of AMD's 3000-series product lineup and could possibly be their best processor.

Let's take it for a spin.


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Details are already known about the processor, although you can't buy it until November 25th. For starters, the CPU features 16-cores and 32-threads. It has a base clock of 3.5GHz, but can Turbo up to 4.7GHz, AMD's highest boost.

Just like the other high-end 3000-series CPUs for the AM4 platform, it offers PCI-E 4.0 as well as a TDP of 105W. Total L3 cache is a whopping 64MB, that's a lot.


The Ryzen 9 3950X is priced at $749, but we are not quite sure how supply and demand at launch will affect this as it typically does regardless of vendor and product placement.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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