AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Flagship 16 Core Mainstream, Liquid-Cooling Optimized CPU Announced For $749 – Performance Previewed, 25th November Launch

Hassan Mujtaba

In addition to the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper and TRX40 motherboard lineup, AMD has also announced its flagship mainstream processor, the 16 Core Ryzen 9 3950X would be arriving on shelves on 25th November for $749 US.

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Launching November 25th - 16 Cores, 32 Threads, Up To 4.7 GHz CPU With Liquid Cooling Requirement

So in order to make today's launch more exciting, AMD decided to announce the official availability of two more processors on the mainstream segment, the Ryzen 9 3950X and the Athlon 3000G. For all we know, nothing about the Ryzen 9 3950X has changed but AMD did unveil some new & official performance numbers for the chip. Before we talk about the performance, let's take one good look at the specifications.

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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16 Core CPU Specifications

In terms of specifications, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will feature the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture. There will 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 will be fully enabled, offering 16 cores and 32 threads. This core configuration has never been available on mainstream platforms such as AM4. Even the 12 core, 24 thread Ryzen 9 3900X configuration wasn't seen on mainstream platforms until AMD launched it, bringing 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 blisteringly 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 will 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 will feature a soldered design that should help deliver better thermals than TIM. AMD has clearly stated that the Ryzen 9 3950X operates best when coupled with a liquid cooler so if you're planning to buy one, make sure you either get one of the high-end AIO liquid coolers or do a custom loop setup yourself. The processor is scheduled for launch on the 25th of November for a price of $749 US.

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Lineup

CPU NameRyzen 5 3500Ryzen 5 3500XRyzen 5 3600Ryzen 5 3600XRyzen 7 3700XRyzen 7 3800XRyzen 9 3900XRyzen 9 3950X
Base Clock3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.6 GHz3.8 GHz3.6 GHz3.9 GHz3.8 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock4.1 GHz4.1 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHz4.4 GHz4.5 GHz4.6 GHz4.7 GHz
Cache (L2+L3)16 MB32 MB35 MB35 MB36 MB36 MB70 MB72 MB
PCIe Lanes (Gen 4 CPU+PCH)4040404040404040
Price$149 US$179 US$199 US$249 US$329 US$399 US$499 US$749 US

So coming to the performance numbers, first we have the creator application workloads where the AMD is comparing the Ryzen 9 3950X against the Intel Core i9-9900K and the Core i9-9920X. The i9 9900K is being compared since it was the flagship mainstream chip until a few days ago and even if AMD added the 9900KS, the performance difference won't be that huge. The other chip is the i9-9920X, a 12 core, and 24 thread part which for most of its shelve time retailed at around $1200 US until very recently when Intel decided to cut prices of their entire lineup to stay competitive against AMD.

Here, we can see that the Ryzen 9 3950X simply annihilates the Intel lineup, offering up to 79% better performance which is simply impressive.

But that's not all, with Ryzen 3000 series processors, AMD managed to get close to Intel's CPU in gaming performance but there was still room for optimization when it came to Ryzen's gaming performance. Well, the Ryzen 9 3950X is shown to offer performance on par or even better than the Core i9-9900K at 1080p in several titles which is another impressive feat for the upcoming mainstream flagship. Independent reviews would offer a detailed look at the gaming performance but those are expected to arrive on the 25th of November when the CPU hits retail shelves.

AMD is also hitting Intel back with their impressive power efficiency figures which in the case of Ryzen 9 3950X are looking superb, offering more than 2 times the performance per watt compared to Intel's Core i9-9900K in Cinebench R20. Also, AMD is introducing a brand new eco-mode feature on Ryzen 9 3950X which would not only offer lower power draw but also lower temperatures while offering up to  77% of the full performance of the chip.


AMD has also announced the Athlon 3000G, an unlocked 2 core, 4 thread processor for the AM4 platform. The Athlon 3000G comes with Radeon Vega 3 graphics so that's 192 stream processors that operate at 1100 MHz which is a 100 MHz boost over the Athlon 200GE. The chip has a max clock speed of 3.5 GHz which is also a 300 MHz boost over the Athlon 200GE. The chip has a TDP of just 35W.

AMD has stated that the Athlon 3000G would hit retail shelves on 19th November for a price of just $49 US. This makes it a very nice option for entry-level PCs. You can even couple it with a low-end RX 550 or GTX 1050 graphics card for gaming at 1080p in several eSports titles.

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