AMD introduced two new processor households right now, together with the subsequent generations of its Threadripper and Athlon processors, plus a launch date for the long-awaited third-gen Ryzen flagship, the Ryzen 9 3950X. Here’s what it is advisable know from the most important set of AMD CPU bulletins for the reason that first Zen 2 processors had been revealed earlier this 12 months.

First up: the Ryzen 3950X. As we discovered when it was introduced at E3 2019, this high-end Zen 2 processor has an unparalleled sixteen cores and thirty-two threads. It must also be a powerful processor for gaming, with AMD quoting a most single-core increase frequency of 4.7GHz, with 72MB of mixed L2 and L3 cache and a 105W TDP. Despite the modest TDP, AMD is recommending a 280mm or bigger all-in-one liquid cooler for the 3950X. AMD’s newest AGESA 1.0.0.Four microcode replace is required for the new processor.

Cores/Threads Base/Boost Clock TDP Price
Ryzen 5 3600 6/12 3.6GHz/4.2GHz 65W $199
Ryzen 5 3600X 6/12 3.8GHz/4.4GHz 95W $249
Ryzen 7 3700X 8/16 3.6GHz/4.4GHz 65W $329
Ryzen 7 3800X 8C/16 3.9GHz/4.5GHz 105W $399
Ryzen 9 3900X 12/24 3.8GHz/4.6GHz 105W $499
Ryzen 9 3950X 16/32 3.5GHz/4.7GHz 105W $749

We’ll carry out our standard batch of sport assessments and benchmarks as soon as the 3950X has reached us, however forward of that AMD has supplied some figures evaluating the 3950X with Intel’s shopper Core i9 9900Okay and skilled Core i9 9920X in a wide range of video games. Each title was run at 1080p and excessive settings on a system operating an RTX 2080 and 3600MHz of dual-channel G.Skill reminiscence.

The 3950X performs marginally higher than the 9900Okay in Fortnite, Hitman and Middle-Earth Shadow of War; about the identical in Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Apex Legends and Devil May Cry 5; and barely worse in GTA 5, Civilization VI and CS:GO. Annoyingly, the fps counts listed below are described as “up to” and no figures are supplied for the Intel processors, so past a normal sense of competence it is exhausting to glean an excessive amount of.


It’s an analogous story for content material creation workloads, the place AMD quote “up to” a 79 per cent benefit for the 3950X towards the 9900Okay in Cinebench R20, 42 per cent in Adobe Premiere and 46 per cent in DaVinci Resolve. In each check, there is a important hole between Intel’s processors and the 3950X.

The processor must also draw a lot much less energy than the 9920X and barely lower than the 9900Okay; AMD’s stats present round 173W from the wall for the 3950X, 205W for the 9900Okay and 304W for the 9920X.

AMD can be introducing an eco mode for the Ryzen 3600X and up, which reduces TDP with a corresponding drop in efficiency. For the 3950X, that ought to cut back temperatures by as much as 7C, cut back energy draw by as much as 44 per cent whereas retaining as much as 77 per cent of efficiency. There are an entire lot of “up to” qualifiers in these claims, so count on some real-world evaluation in our upcoming assessment.

So efficiency and energy is fascinating, however when is that this chip going to be obtainable and how a lot will it price? Well, the 3950X debuts on November 25th and prices $750 within the US; UK and EU pricing has but be revealed. By comparability, the 3900X retails at $500, the 3700X prices $330 and the 3600X retails for $250.


Next up is the Athlon 3000G, AMD’s newest APU which mixes processing and graphics right into a single, low-cost AM4 chip. AMD declare that “for about $50 US, you can get an unlocked two core, four thread CPU with enough graphics performance that you can actually play a game.” At 720p and low settings, this 3CU graphics answer is able to producing as much as 140fps in Rocket League, 63fps in Fortnite and 150fps in CS:GO – not dangerous.

Note that this can be a Zen+ reasonably than a Zen 2 half, so there will not be a large uptick in efficiency in comparison with the last-generation Athlon 200GE, however CPU clocks have risen 300MHz to three.5GHz whereas GPU clocks have been elevated 100MHz. More importantly, the 3000G is unlocked, permitting CPU and reminiscence overclocking. Furthermore, regardless of being a 35W chip it truly comes with a 65W cooler, so there’s thermal headroom there to mess around, with AMD together with a couple of figures from a 3.9GHz overclock. The 3000G releases on November 19th.


Third-gen Threadripper kinds the ultimate a part of AMD’s bulletins, and consists of two processors for now: the 24-core 3960X at $1399 and the 32-core 3970X at $1999. These chips embrace 5 dies, one I/O die and 4 processing dies. As a part of the transfer from 12nm Zen+ to 7nm Zen 2, AMD is reporting a generational efficiency elevate within the vary of 40 to 60 per cent due to improved IPC, sooner clock speeds and a bigger cache.

Both chips function between 3.7 and 4.5GHz and boast at the very least 140MB of mixed L2 and L3 cache; you may see the total specs within the desk under. As rumoured, these chips require a new platform, TRX40, and a new socket, sTRX4, however current 250W or larger Threadripper coolers work on the new processors.

2970WX 2990WX 3960X 3970X
Cores/Threads 24/48 32/64 24/48 32/64
Base Frequency 3.0GHz 3.0GHz 3.7GHz 3.8GHz
Turbo Frequency 4.2GHz 4.2GHz 4.5GHz 4.5GHz
Cache (L2+L3) 76MB 80MB 140MB 144MB
TDP 250W 250W 280W 280W
Process 12nm Zen+ 12nm Zen+ 7nm Zen 2 7nm Zen 2
Socket TR4 TR4 sTRX4 sTRX4
Lanes 60x PCIe 3.0 60x PCIe 3.0 72x PCIe 4.0 72x PCIe 4.0
Launch Price $1299 $1799 $1399 $1999

In phrases of efficiency figures, AMD has supplied comparisons to the Intel Core i9 9980XE, with the 3960X starting from 22 per cent to 54 per cent sooner in compilation, transcoding and different duties; the 3970X is 36 per cent to 90 per cent sooner than the 9980XE in the identical collection of workloads. As standard, take these manufacturer-provided efficiency figures with a grain of salt, however these are actually spectacular outcomes in the event that they precisely mirror to real-world efficiency.

We will not have too lengthy to attend both, because the new Threadripper chips and TRX40 motherboards debut on November 25th, the identical day because the 3950X. Second-gen Threadripper will stay on sale, probably at lower cost factors, to bridge the hole between the $749 Ryzen 9 3950X and the $1399 Threadripper 3970X.

So, there we now have it – a new flagship Ryzen processor, a new funds APU and two new Threadripper HEDT CPUs on a new TRX40 platform. It’s all thrilling stuff, and we look ahead to testing out these chips as soon as they’re obtainable.

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