AMD just launched its 16 core Ryzen flagship, the 3950X a few days back and OEMs have already started cutting deals with team Lisa. Dell’s Alienware, one of Intel’s biggest partners and all the present Aurora gaming desktops are powered by Intel’s 9th Gen Coffee Lake chips. However, as per a Geekbench entry, the latest model of the Aurora lineup will pack the beastly Matisse flagship: the Ryzen 9 3950X.
As you can see, the above result mentions an Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition, and not just any Ryzen, the absolute highest-end 3rd Gen Ryzen part. The chip is paired with an X570 motherboard and 32GB of DDR4 memory. On the right, you’ve got the Intel Cascade Lake flagship, the Core i9-10980XE and seeing that the 3950X performs more or less on par with it (better in MT, slightly worse in ST), it’s not hard to figure out why Dell went with this arrangement.
Considering that this particular model is called Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition, I’ve got a feeling that it’ll launch with the entire 3rd Gen Ryzen lineup rather than just one chip. This will be similar to the present Aurora PCs that give you the option of choosing from Intel’s entire Coffee Lake-S CPU stack.
The Ryzen 9 3950X is the Matisse flagship, packing as many as 16 cores and 32 threads with a base and boost clock of 3.5GHz and 4.7GHz, respectively. The CPU comes with a total cache reserve of 72 MB, and a TDP limit of 105W. This is quite impressive considering that the 3950X manages to beat the 165W Core i9-10980XE (Cascade lake) in some benchmarks. The latest Ryzen will retail for $749, $250 more than the 12 core Ryzen 9 3900X.
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