Here is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review and get a quick recap and points on the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X.
Extremely good performance: AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X is the performance king at its price point. At first, I doubted how AMD would be able to justify its $749 price point, but now I have no doubts - the CPU is well worth that amount if you need performance in both gaming and productivity.
It beats out Intel's 9980XE in many benchmarks and pretty much equals the 9900K in gaming. The 9900KS still is the top CPU for gaming, but the 3950X is not trailing far behind, which makes it an excellent buy.
Power Efficiency: The power efficiency of the 3950X is off the charts impressive. At the same TDP, with 50% more cores and higher clocks, it barely uses more power. It also beats out the 9800XE in many SMT and single-core applications and matches the 9900K in many games, all at lower power.
Overclocking: The Ryzen 9 3950X must be heavily binned like the 9900KS. We were impressed with the 4.4GHz all-core clock, and we were further impressed we could boot at 4.5GHz.
Platform: We love the PCI-E 4.0 inclusion, that is all.
Not cheap: Just like AMD recommends a water cooler, we do as well, and that is going to add on to cost. That being said, X570 motherboards tend to be quite pricey in many cases because of the PCI-E 4.0 addition and tons of USB 3.1 (10Gbps) ports. So, you will be spending a bit above $1K for the CPU, cooler, and motherboard, while the rest of the system will be comparably priced to Intel.
The Ryzen 9 3950X is the most impressive CPU we have seen from AMD, not only when it comes to beating Intel, but also when it comes to taking full advantage of the new 7nm process and microarchitecture.
We are so impressed by this CPU, but we will say that at $750, AMD is pricing it in scale to what the 3900X costs in regards to price per core, but AMD doesn't have to budge too much in that regard because of the performance. The existence of the 9900KS and the huge price reduction in the future Core X-series line by Intel all make sense now that the 3950X's performance has come to light.
We highly recommend a liquid cooler, but the CPU doesn't run super-hot when you use one. The easiest thing to decide in regards to the Ryzen 9 3950X was what award to give it, the TweakTown Editor's Choice. The Ryzen 9 3950X is AMD's crown jewel.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line
The Ryzen 9 3950X not only performs better than the higher core count competitor in many regards, but also excels at gaming unlike any other AMD CPU.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [The CPU and Test Setup]
- Page 3 [CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 4 [Blender, Handbrake, ScienceMark, and SuperPI]
- Page 5 [UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 6 [Gaming]
- Page 7 [Overclocking and Power Consumption]
- Page 8 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]