A major leak has confirmed the existence of a 16-core Ryzen 3000 series processor, the Ryzen 9 3950X. This top-end Zen 2 consumer part will be the world’s first 16C/32T gaming CPU with a boost clock of 4.7GHz and a TDP of 105W.

This is the highest core clock of any Zen 2 based chip and should help in keeping the gaming performance on par with the Intel parts. The 3950X is basically the same chip as the Ryzen 9 3900X, with all the cores on both the chiplets enabled, resulting in a core count of 16. It also has the same power draw of 105W and should run on any of the existing Ryzen 3000 motherboards.

This must be the mysterious CPU that was spotted multiple times on SiSoft and Geekbench by AdoredTV and TUM_APISAK. Considering that AMD’s E3 event is just a day away, it’s very likely that the flagship consumer CPU will be announced alongside the Navi GPUs. The Ryzen 9 3950X doesn’t have any direct competitor from Intel, as the i9-9900K is the highest-end Coffee Lake chip meant for gaming, but this 16-core monster should easily best it. We’ll have to wait another 24 hours or so for an official confirmation.

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