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AMD Ryzen 5 3500X and Ryzen 5 3500 CPU Specifications Leak Out – 6 Cores & 6 Threads For Budget PCs, Tackles The Intel Core i5-9400F

Sep 19, 2019
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AMD will soon be introducing more budget options in their Ryzen 3000 CPU lineup with the arrival of Ryzen 5 3500X and Ryzen 5 3500. Both processors have their specifications and expected prices revealed by Thai media outlet, Extreme IT and look to be very competitive against Intel's sub $150 US 9th Gen processors.

AMD Ryzen 5 3500X and Ryzen 5 3500 6 Core Budget CPUs Detailed - Aiming The Sub-$150 US Market To Tackle The Core i5-9400F

For some time now, the Intel Core i5-9400F has become a very popular processor for budget PCs with its stellar pricing of $139.99 US. The processor offers 6 cores and a boost clock of up to 4.1 GHz. However, AMD would soon have their own answer to the Core i5-9400F in the form of the Ryzen 3500 series processors.

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AMD is preparing two variants for the sub-$150 US market, the Ryzen 5 3500X & the Ryzen 5 3500. Both processors feature 6 cores and 6 threads which means that there won't be multi-threading support on either chip, however, given their price point and the market they are aiming, a cut-down core configuration is expected. As such, these would be the first Ryzen 3000 parts with no multi-threading support.

Starting off with the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X, we are looking at a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.1 GHz. The processor features 32 MB of cache, a 65W TDP and a price close to $150 US. It is highly liked that AMD would choose a $149.99 US price for this specific chip.

In official slides posted by BullsLab, the chip comes with 24 PCIe Gen 4 lanes, support for 3200 MHz memory and we also get to take a look at some performance benchmarks where the chip is highly competitive versus the Core i5-9400F. The 32 MB Game Cache is also said to deliver much better latencies in a wide variety of esports titles so that is something to consider for gamers on a budget when having to select between an AM4 and the LGA 1151 platforms. The Ryzen 5 3500X is expected to hit retail outlets on 23rd September.

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The Ryzen 5 3500, on the other hand, has pretty much the same specifications and even the same clock speeds of 3.6 GHz base and 4.1 GHz boost. The difference is that it features 16 MB of cache versus 32 MB on the Ryzen 5 3600X. It would result in a small performance penalty but we are also looking at a lower price point. The chip is said to retail at an expected price point of 4190 Thai Bhat or around $140 US. Given the specs, it is likely that the final prices for the Ryzen 5 3500X would be $149.99 US while the Ryzen 5 3500X could retail for $129.99 US.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Lineup

CPU NameRyzen 5 3500Ryzen 5 3500XRyzen 5 3600Ryzen 5 3600XRyzen 7 3700Ryzen 7 3700XRyzen 7 3750XRyzen 7 3800XRyzen 9 3900Ryzen 9 3900XRyzen 9 3950X
Cores/Threads6/66/66/126/128/168/168/168/1612/2412/2416/32
Base Clock3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.8 GHzTBD3.6 GHzTBD3.9 GHz3.1 GHz3.8 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock4.1 GHz4.1 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHzTBD4.4 GHzTBD4.5 GHz4.3 GHz4.6 GHz4.7 GHz
Cache (L2+L3)16 MB32 MB35 MB35 MB36 MB36 MB36 MB36 MB70 MB70 MB72 MB
PCIe Lanes (Gen 4 CPU+PCH)4040404040404040404040
TDP65W65W65W95W65W65W105W105W65W105W105W
Price$129 US?$149 US?$199 US$249 US$279 US?$329 US$349 US?$399 US$449 US?$499 US$749 US

Chinese retailers have also listed the Ryzen 5 3500X for 1099 Yuan ($154 US). The Ryzen CPU obviously rocks a more modern 7nm architecture so it will be able to edge out the Intel-based parts with relative ease in most cases at a lower price point. With the launch of these CPUs, AMD would further increase their desktop market share as they aim the mainstream budget tier of the PC market.

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