Chinese Outlet Reviews the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X: Faster than the Intel Core i5-9400F

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We’ve got more information about the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X. The folks over at WCCFTech caught wind of a Chinese outlet that unboxed and benchmarked the processor well before any official announcement about the part. We’ve talked about the 3500X before but here’s a quick recap:

The Ryzen 5 3500X is broadly similar to the 3600 on tier up, except for the fact that it doesn’t feature SMT. This means that you’re getting 6 cores and 6 threads, instead of 6 cores and 12 threads. Apart from that, there aren’t many cutbacks. The 3500X features a high base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.1 GHz, 32 MB of L3 cache and a 65W TDP.

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The most interesting aspect of this processor, though is its price. At a likely pricepoint of around $150 it offers performance that’s better than Intel’s Core i5-9400F. The 9400F has been selling at around the $150 for a while. This means you’ll be getting better performance from the 3500X for the same price. The 3500X also, of course, features an unlocked multiplier. We’d be interested to see an overclocked 3500X stacks up to the stock 3600. The 3600 represents tremendous midrange value but I’ve always stopped just short of unreservedly recommending it because of the high price-point. The 3500X is basically a 3600 sans SMT. If, when overclocked, it can edge out the 3600, it’s likely to turn into the new price-performance king.

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We’ll keep you posted here as we learn more about this processor.

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