AMD has unveiled the world’s first 16-core gaming processor – the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X – in good fate to win the market for gaming CPU against rival Intel. It’s an interesting moment for every gamer because the Santa Clara-based chip manufacturer has never in years put up such a fight; to release CPUs that could beat Intel.

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

“I don’t think there’s any reason people would buy an Intel processor after we do this,” AMD’s Travis Kirsch told TheVerge.

The entire AMD Ryzen 9 3950X specs have not been released yet by AMD. But from what we have so far, the CPU has 16 cores, 32 threads, a 3.5GHz base clock, and a 4.6GHz boost speed. The record-breaking features of the new AMD processor include massive 72MB of cache and an unheard-of 105W TDP. AMD’s efficiency target is not the new pace but the increased core counts and clock speeds of 3950X without bumping the power draw from the chip predecessor Ryzen 7. However, the Intel Core i9-9900K, which directly competes with Ryzen 9, still has faster clock speeds at a lower TDP of 95W

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is based on the redesigned 7nm Zen 2 architecture and represents the new entry in the Ryzen 3000 chips series. AMD claims to have delivered impressive performance gains in the new Zen 2 architecture for both creative and gaming applications. Ryzen 3950X’s 7nm design benefits from architectural advances such as faster clock speeds, increased L3 cache size, and Infinity Fabric of the 2nd-gen. And the new AMD processor is following up previously announced $499 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X.

Some of you ask if we are “waiting for our competitor to unveil something,” said AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, at the press event. “The answer is no. The truth is we had every intention from day one to release up to 16 cores because we are all about pushing the envelope.”

It’s actually strange that AMD did not call any of its Threadripper lineups – where it has produced chips with more cores (up to 32 cores and 64 threads) – a gaming processor. However, the chipmaker is serious; at least we have seen some reviews of Threadripper processors. The more multi-core processors lack good performance in games due to their low base and boost clock speeds compared to AMD Ryzen processors and Intel’s Core i7, i9 processors.

AMD’s new Ryzen 9 3950X has a significantly lower TDP and higher clock speeds compared to the Threadripper Zen+ processor. These two main features make the new processor more suitable for gaming, where high clock speed is crucial in maintaining smooth performance.

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X release date and price are yet to be announced but the chip is currently scheduled to ship in September.