AMD has just unveiled two new processors for mainstream desktops, and two new processors for their HEDT Threadripper line up — Ryzen 9 3950X, Athlon 3000G, TR 3960X, and TR 3970X.
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Ryzen 9 3950X
The Ryzen 9 3950X will be AMD’s top-of-the-line mainstream desktop processor. It boasts 16 cores and 32 threads with a 3.5GHz base clock up to 4.7GHz, 72MB of L2 & L3 cache, and 105W TDP. AMD has stated that this processor will not come with a cooler and urges consumers to get a 280mm AIO or better.
AMD claims that the Ryzen 9 3950X will be 22% better in single-threaded workloads compared to the Ryzen 7 2700X, and will be able to trade blows with Intel’s Core i9-9900K in 1080p gaming. When it comes to productivity, AMD claims that the Ryzen 9 3950X is at least 18% faster than the Intel Core i9-9900K, depending on the program you use. It’s also more power-efficient, drawing only around 173W compared to the i9-9900K’s approximate 205W power draw. It also features AMD’s new eco-mode feature that allows the CPU to consume up to 44% less power, run 7 degrees cooler while maintaining 77% of the performance.
On the other side of mainstream desktop processors, AMD also unveiled the Athlon 3000G. The Athlon 3000G is a two-core, four-threaded processor that’s still on the Raven Ridge architecture. Out of the box, it operates with a speed of 3.5GHz, Vega 3 graphics, and a 35W TDP. It’s 300mhz faster on CPU and 100mhz faster on the Vega 3 graphics compared to its predecessor, the Athlon 200GE. It’s also unlocked for manual overclocking and comes with a 65W cooler out of the box. AMD stated that a 3.9GHz overclock should be achievable for most of the Athlon 3000Gs.
Lastly, AMD has announced two new Threadripper processors for their HEDT lineup. AMD has announced that they will be releasing the TR 3960X, and the TR 3970X. Both of these processors are built on the Zen 2 7nm architecture and will require the latest sTRX4 sockets to run.
The TR 3960X comes with 24 cores and 48 threads, with a 3.8GHz base clock up to 4.5GHz, and has 140MB of cache. The TR 3970X, on the other hand, comes with 32 cores and 64 threads, with a base speed of 3.7GHz up to 4.5 GHz and 144MB of cache.
AMD claims that the TR3960X is at least 22% faster than the Intel Core i9-9980XE, while the TR 3970X is said to be at least 36% faster. These new Threadripper processors will run on the TRX 40 platform with 72 PCIe Gen 4 lanes and 12 SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps Ports.
The prices and availability of AMD’s latest processors are as follows:
- Ryzen 9 3950X – USD 749, available starting November 25
- Athlon 300GE – USD 49, available starting November 19
- TR 3960X – USD 1,399, available starting November 25
- TR 3970X – USD 1,999, available starting November 25