AMD has announced its new flagship desktop processor, the Ryzen 9 3950X. This processor has the highest core count chip ever to be released on an AM4 platform. It’ll provide HEDT performance on a mainstream platform. The 16 core, 32 thread chip is competing directly against Intel’s Core i9-9960K processor and will sell for $749. It will be available in September.
It will feature the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture. The three chipsets on the Ryzen 9 interposer include two Zen 2 dies and a single I/O die based on the 14nm process. Such a core configuration has never been seen mainstream platforms and AMD is the first to bring, what used to be a HEDT exclusive, down to the mainstream users.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X runs at a base frequency of 3.5 GHz and boosts to 4.7 GHz, making it the highest for any Ryzen 3000 series processor. It contains a whopping 72 MB of total cache and a TDP of 105W. The chip is said to overclock to 5GHz quite easily, thanks to a soldered design which offers better thermals.
Performance numbers tweeted by VideoCardz-
The AMD Ryzen 3000 series will be backward compatible with the X470 and X370 boards, as well as going hand in hand with the company’s next-gen motherboard, the X570. This would be the first mainstream platform to support PCIe Gen 4. The CPU will be offering 24 PCIe Gen 4 lanes while the PCH will be contributing a total of 16 PCIe Gen 4 lanes.
Some of the features of the Ryzen 3000 series chipset won’t be available in the older versions of the motherboards. They will be fully functional though, keeping in mind consumers who don’t want to go through the painstaking process of revamping their entire motherboard.
AMD’s X570 platform and Ryzen 3000 CPUs will be launching on the 7th of July.