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E3 2019 | AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is a 16C/32T CPU for US$749 that can potentially take Intel to the cleaners

AMD launched the Ryzen 9 3950X 16C/32T CPU at E3 2019. (Source: AMD E3 2019 keynote)
AMD launched the Ryzen 9 3950X 16C/32T CPU at E3 2019. (Source: AMD E3 2019 keynote)
As expected, AMD introduced the 16-core 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X at E3 2019. The Ryzen 9 3950X offers HEDT-level performance for mainstream gamers and content creators with a boost clock of 4.7 GHz and a TDP of 105W. AMD also showed off some performance numbers for the 3950X that can give quite a complex for Intel's HEDT offerings.

We've been expecting this for a while now and it's finally here. At E3 2019, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su introduced what is the world's first 16-core mainstream gaming CPU, the Ryzen 9 3950X. The Ryzen 9 3950X is AMD's answer to Intel's much costlier Skylake-X CPU, the Core i9-9960X. 

With the Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD is bringing HEDT-class performance to mainstream gamers and content creators. Like the rest of the lineup, the 3950X is a 7nm part based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture. It runs at a base clock of 3.5 GHz with boosts up to 4.7 GHz and comes with a 72 MB of total cache. The most interesting aspect of it all is that all this power is delivered with a TDP envelope of just 105W. The number of PCIe lanes from the CPU remain unchanged at 24. 

Apropos to the announcement, AMD also showed off some benchmarking world records achieved by the Ryzen 9 3950X overclocked on liquid nitrogen that include the following —

  • Cinebench R15 16-core score - 5434
  • Cinebench R20 16-core score - 12167
  • Geekbench 4 Multithread 16-core score - 65499

Videocardz too tweeted about Ryzen 9 3950X performance in comparison with HWBOT world records and the CPU was shown to beat the Core i9-9960X by a fair margin. These numbers are certainly impressive and the CPU can be expected to find a lot of takers among gamers who game at 1440p or 4K Ultra and also stream at high-bit rates in 1080p simultaneously.

Even the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X should prove to be excellent for streamers as demonstrated by AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Robert Hallock on stage. Hallock showed off a demo of Tom Clancy's Division 2 running at 1440p High on a Ryzen 9 3900X. He also demonstrated how well the 12-core chip is able to smoothly stream a 1080p feed at 10,000 Kbps CBR bitrate using the 'Slow' quality preset in OBS without any major frame drops while the Intel Core i9-9900K put up a slideshow. 

The 16-core 32-thread AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is slated to be available from September for a price of US$749 — US$100 less than half the price of a Core i9-9960X (US$1,699). We can't wait to take this beast for a spin in our reviews so stay tuned for those.

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Intel Core i9-9900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 1080p streaming. (Source: AMD E3 2019 keynote)
Intel Core i9-9900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 1080p streaming. (Source: AMD E3 2019 keynote)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-06-11 (Update: 2019-06-11)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.