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

Steven Bassiri | Nov 14, 2019 at 08:00 am CST - 1 min, 6 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: AMDModel: Ryzen 9 3950X

The CPU and Test Setup

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The packaging features a little note that says the CPU is compatible out of the box with 500-series boards (although you should update your BIOS to one with AGESA It is compatible with 400-series boards with a proper BIOS update, and we found out that some 300-series boards will work as long as the vendor has a BIOS update for it. You will only get PCI-E 4.0 with the 500-series boards.

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There is nothing special about the top side of the CPU or the bottom, but we should mention the CPU's internal heat-spreader is soldered.

Test Setup

Steven's CPU Test System Specifications

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  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Master
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
  • Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro
  • Memory: G.Skill Trident Royal RGB 3600MHz 8GBx2
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • Storage - Boot Drive: Kingston KC2000 1TB
  • Storage - USB Drive: Corsair Voyager GS 64GB
  • Case: Corsair Obsidian 900D
  • Power Supply: Corsair RM1000
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10
  • Monitor: ASUS PA328 ProArt 32" 4K
  • Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX
  • Mouse: Corsair M65 PRO RGB
  • Headset: Corsair VOID RGB Wireless

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

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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.

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