AMD Announces the 16-Core Ryzen 9 3950X Processor: Maximum Zen
New CPU Boasts 16 Cores, 32 Threads, Clocks up to 4.7 GHz
AMD wasn’t content to leave their 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X as the flagship for the Zen 2 desktop lineup, and, after much speculation and questions about the potential for a full 16-core version using two 8-core chiplets, we have the answer. Yes, there will be a 16-core, 32-thread CPU, and it is the Ryzen 9 3950X.
With this part AMD not only has a core/thread count previously limited to Threadripper CPUs at 16/32, but the boost clock speeds are higher than anything else in the Zen 2 stack, with frequencies of up to 4.7 GHz, 100 MHz higher than the Ryzen 9 3900X but with a lower base clock at 3.5 GHz.
The Ryzen 9 3950X also has a total of 72MB of what AMD is now calling “GameCache” (which breaks down to 8MB of L2 and the same 64MB L3 as the Ryzen 9 3900X).
|AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Desktop Processors|
|Model||Cores / Threads||Base / Boost||Unlocked||GameCache||Memory||TDP||Price||Launch Date|
|Ryzen 9 3950X||16 / 32||3.5 Ghz / 4.7 GHz||Yes||72MB||DDR4 3200||105W||$749||September|
|Ryzen 9 3900X||12 / 24||3.8 Ghz / 4.6 GHz||Yes||70MB||DDR4 3200||105W||$499||7/7/2019|
|Ryzen 7 3800X||8 / 16||3.9 GHz / 4.5 GHz||Yes||36MB||DDR4 3200||105W||$399||7/7/2019|
|Ryzen 7 3700X||8 / 16||3.6 GHz / 4.4 GHz||Yes||36MB||DDR4 3200||65W||$329||7/7/2019|
|Ryzen 5 3600X||6 / 12||3.8 GHz / 4.4 GHz||Yes||36MB||DDR4 3200||95W||$249||7/7/2019|
|Ryzen 5 3600||6 / 12||3.6 GHz / 4.2 GHz||Yes||36MB||DDR4 3200||65W||$199||7/7/2019|
Power is another area where this new processor surprises, as even with the higher core count and higher clocks compared to the 3900X, the new Ryzen 9 3950X is still rated at 105W.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will be available in September with a list price of $749.