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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16 Core CPU Listed Online, Sales Allegedly Start on 30th September For The $749 Flagship

Sep 10, 2019
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The flagship AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is going to hit retail shelves this month, bringing 16 cores to the AM4 mainstream platform. The specific launch date for the processor was not announced yet but retail store Digitec which is based in Switzerland has listed the chip along with with the date when its sales commence.

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16 Core CPU Allegedly Hitting Retail Shelves on 30th September

The retailer has listed the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor and stated that sales start on 30th of September. They are not guaranteeing to deliver in September which is due to the fact that the sales start at the end of the month. The processor is listed for 999 Francs which may be a place holder for now since that equates to $1000 US which is much higher than the MSRP of $749 US. This is due to the fact that PC hardware is imposed with heavy taxation in the Swiss market.

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AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X flagship 16 core AM4 processor has been listed online at German retailer Digitec (via Planet3dNow)

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU Specifications

In terms of specifications, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X would feature the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture. There would be three Chiplets on the Ryzen 9 interposer which include two Zen 2 dies and a single I/O die which is based on a 14nm process node. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X would be fully enabled, offering 16 cores and 32 threads. The core configuration has never been available on mainstream platforms such as AM4, even the 12 core, 24 thread Ryzen 9 3900X configuration hasn’t been seen on mainstream platforms and AMD is the first to bring such high core counts that used to be HEDT exclusive, down to mainstream users.

In terms of clock speeds, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X runs at a base frequency of 3.5 GHz and boosts to a blistering fast 4.7 GHz which is the highest for AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series processor. The chip will feature 72 MB of total cache and just like the other Ryzen 9 parts, feature a TDP of 105W. The TDP is based on the base frequency numbers so it would actually be higher when the chip boosts or is manually overclocked by users. When it comes to overclocking, we also know that like all other Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 9 3950X would feature a soldered design which should help deliver better thermals than TIM.

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

We have seen multiple performance leaks including world record overclocks with the processor. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will be the grandest mainstream chip ever created, offering an impressive core/thread count and blistering fast multi-tasking performance which rivals their competitors and even their own HEDT chips. Some records that the Ryzen 9 3950X broke include:

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  • Cinebench R15: Ryzen 9 3950X @ 5434 points (Previous WR: Core i9-9960X @ 5320 points)
  • Cinebench R20: Ryzen 9 3950X @ 12167 points (Previous WR: Core i9-7960X @ 10895 points)
  • Geekbench 4: Ryzen 9 3950X @ 65499 points (Previous WR: Core i9-7960X @ 60991points)

There are many people who have been holding out their new rigs in anticipation of the Ryzen 9 3950X. Of course, those looking for even better performance would be eyeing the upcoming AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 processors which are expected to offer disruptive performance and I/O features on brand new platforms. We will keep you notified when the processor hits the market.

Will you be buying the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16 Core CPU for your PC?

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