Ryzen 9 3900 And Ryzen 5 3500X, Coming To Prebuilt Systems Soon
For OEM Only
Just as they did with the Ryzen 5 2500X and the Ryzen 3 2300X, AMD is releasing two chips solely to OEMs and not to the general market. The Ryzen 9 3900 is an interesting beast, it runs at a slightly lower frequency than the 3900X version with a base clock speed of 3.1GHz and boost of 4.3GHz across it’s 12 cores and 24 threads. It keeps the same amount of L2 and L3 cache however it consumes noticeably less power as it has a TDP of 65W, which would make it attractive for a SFF system … if one could get their hands on it.
The second chip is a little more odd, and even harder to get as it will only be released on the Chinese market. The Ryzen 5 3500X has six single threaded cores running between 3.6GHz to 4.1GHz with 3MB and 32MB of L2 and L3 cache respectively. It will also have a 65W TDP and will be aimed at those shopping for a system on a tight budget. We don’t expect to see them for sale individually which means you will have to pick up a Ryzen 7 3700X if you want to stay at 65W of TDP, otherwise you will have to opt for a Ryzen with higher thermals.
However, there's no indication that AMD will make a non-OEM version of the CPU, so AMD fans will either need to go for a higher TDP Ryzen or one that's less energy-hungry but has fewer cores.