AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Becomes the Fastest 16-Core CPU, Beating the $1,900 Intel Core i9-9960X


    AMD’s new 16-core CPU flagship, the Ryzen 9 3950X is the world’s first consumer processor with such a high thread count. It is set to redefine the high-end consumer market, blurring the lines between the HEDT and mainstream space. With a core clock of up to 4.7GHz, it is set to offer incredible single thread as well as multi-thread performance, shattering many records in the process.

    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

    The Ryzen 9 3950X is also optimized for overclocking, with a soldered design enabling better thermals compared to TIM. The chip has a massive cache memory of 72MB and a TDP of 105W when running at the base clock of 3.5GHz. The top-end Ryzen 3000 chip will probably be faster than most of the 2nd Gen Threadrippers, and I can only imagine what sort of performance will the Zen 2 based Threadrippers offer.

    Overclockers have already started pushing the limits with AMD’s new flagship. A group has managed to overclock all 16-cores to 5GHz using a voltage of 1.608V and LN2 cooling. The Ryzen 9 3950X was faster than the $1,900 Intel Core i9-9960X across all popular benchmarks (Geekbench 4 Multi, Cinebench R20 & Cinebench R15) while only costing a fraction of that price~$750.

    The processor was paired with an MSI MEG X570 motherboard and a pair of G.Skill Trident Z DIMMs clocked at 4533MHz.

    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

    However, keep in mind that these synthetic benchmarks can be somewhat misleading in case of processors with high core counts, but we’ve already seen what AMD’s Zen 2 CPUs can do, and even if the Ryzen 9 3950X turns out to be a little slower than the Intel Core i9-9960X in real-world scenarios, it’ll still be recommended over the latter due to its lower price-tag.

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