November 7, 2019 – Today, AMD announced their latest processors with the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, 3900X, Athlon 3000G and the two 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadrippers, the TR 3960X and the TR 3970X to bring the ultimate high-end performance AMD has to offer.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and 3900X
The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X features 16 cores 32 threads with a base frequency of 3.5 GHz and a boost frequency of 4.7 Ghz with a TDP of 105W while the 3900X features 12 cores 24 threads with a base frequency of 3.8 GHz and a boost frequency of 4.6 GHz with the same TDP of 105W.
As with any AMD Ryzen processors from the past, the 3rd generation Ryzen processors are significantly cheaper than their intel counterpart while still providing a competitive performance.
As per AMD, the latest AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is up to 22% more 1T performance in Cinebench R20 Single Threaded workload compared to the previous generation AMD Ryzen 7 2700X.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X as shown on the graph below is more than capable for 1080p gaming and I assume this would be at the maximum setting for each game with over 100 FPS on any of these titles.
One of the great things about AMD Ryzen processors in my opinion, is not only they are great for gaming but they are also good for content creators like us. And it looks like the new AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is more than sufficient for two of the most popular video editing programs right now, the Adobe Premiere Pro and Davinci Resolve. Though I would be interested on how AMD was able to come up with these numbers.
Another thing that’s worth mentioning with AMD Ryzen Processors is their relatively low power consumption given the horsepower they can offer compared to their Intel counterparts. 173W for a 16 core 32 thread processor with the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is very nice, especially if you consider the 304W with the Intel Core i9-9920X with only 12 cores and 24 threads.
Now, it goes without saying that proper cooling is indeed necessary for a top of the line processor like the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, especially considering the auto boost that relies on the thermal headroom. Having an AIO liquid cooler is highly recommended or perhaps a decent air cooler.
And lastly, below is a summary of what AMD Ryzen 9 3950X has to offer.
AMD X570 Chipset
AMD also introduced their latest X570 chipsets and reiterates its advantages compared to previous generation chipsets.
AMD Athlon 3000G
AMD also introduced their latest budget processor, the AMD Athlon 3000G with 2 cores 4 threads, frequency of 3.5 GHz with a Radeon Vega 3 Graphics and a TDP of only 35W.
The AMD Athlon 3000G is pitted against the much more expensive Intel Pentium G5400 performing higher in some benchmarks and significantly higher in some games as illustrated below.
Another good thing about the AMD Athlon 3000G is that unlike the Intel Pentium G5400, it is unlocked allowing users to overclock it ideally up to 3.9Ghz as seen below.
AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper
Aside from the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and the AMD Athlon 3000G, AMD also introduced the two new 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper with the TR 3960X and the TR 3970X.
The 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadrippers is of course based on the latest 7nm Zen 2 architecture and a new TRX40 Platform. The TR 3960X features 24 cores and 48 threads with a frequency of up to 3.8 GHz while the higher end TR 3970X features 32 cores and 64 threads with a frequency of up to 3.7 GHz. These two are a beast when it comes to pure content creation applications.
Based on the illustration below, the two 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadrippers are significantly better than the Intel Core i9-9980XE.
The new AMD TRX40 Platform has 72 available PCIE 4.0 lanes, 4X Bandwidth vs 2nd Gen and up to 12X Superspeed USB 10Gbps Ports.
At this point, we just have to wait for these processors to be available off the shelves and get on the hands of reviewers so that we can have an idea about their real world performance. Stay tuned!
Illustrations credits to AMD
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