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.
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.
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.