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.
“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.
AMD just broadcasted its new lineup of Ryzen 5000 series processors for desktops, which are also the first chips from the AMD company set to piece its next-gen Zen 3 architecture and signify the prime jump for AMD’s desktop chips yet.
AMD is also setting prospects high, promising that the new Ryzen 5900X is nothing short of “the world’s best gaming CPU.” The new chips will be obtainable starting at $299 for the entry-level Ryzen 5 5600X model on November 5th, 2020.
Like last year’s Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 desktop chips these novel models substitute, the new 5000 series processors are still using AMD’s 7nm process but offer a 19 percent upsurge in instructions per cycle, along with a wide-ranging redesign of the chip layout and an advanced max boost speed. (The new chipsets are hopping straight to Ryzen 5000 series branding to evade any misperception of the new Zen 3 chips with the Zen 2-based Ryzen 4000 desktop chips that AMD released over the summer for prebuilt systems.)
All together, AMD says that merely replacing a Zen 2 CPU with an analogous Zen 3 model —the new chips are attuned with older motherboards after a firmware update — will outcome in an average 26 percent enhancement for customers, all while guardianship TDP and core counts the same.
AMD is initial with four new Zen 3 CPUs. There’s a top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5950X model with 16 cores, 32 threads, and a max increase speed of 4.9GHz for $799; the $549 Ryzen 9 5900X, with 12 cores, 32 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.8GHz; the $449 Ryzen 7 5800X, with eight cores, 16 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.7GHz; and the $299 Ryzen 5 5600X, with six cores, 12 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.6GHz.
Remarkably, each of those chips has grown a $50 price rise compared to the original prices of the comparable Zen 2 CPUs from 2019. All four new CPUs will be accessible starting on November 5th, 2020.
AMD is captivating a direct shot at Intel with the new lineup, chiefly the company’s Core i9-10900K model, which Intel has formerly boasted is “the world’s fastest gaming processor.” While AMD’s chips don’t beat Intel 10th Gen chips on sheer clock speed — Intel’s top chip maxes out at a boosted 5.3GHz, while the Ryzen 5950X (AMD’s fastest new chip) tops out at 4.9GHz — AMD does proposal other advantages, like amended power competence and a higher core and thread count.
The company also points to benchmarks, appealing that the Ryzen 9 5900X manages to beat Intel’s i9-10900K in head-to-head performance for a wide range of titles, including League of Legends, Dota 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and more. (Intel’s chip still won out for Battlefield V, and we’ll have to wait and see how third-party benchmarks rank things before making any real judgments here.)
Of course, a new CPU needs a new GPU to go with it, and AMD also acquired the time to start teasing its upcoming Radeon RX 6000 “Big Navi” graphics cards built on its next-gen RDNA 2 architecture that the company will be entirely announcing on October 28th, 2020. The new cards are supposed to be AMD’s answer for Nvidia’s RTX 3000 GPUs, and the company is promising that it, too, will be clever to push high-level 4K gaming, teasing over 60fps benchmarks for Borderlands 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Gears 5 at ultra settings.
AMD won’t have too long to rest on its laurels, though: Intel is now gearing up for its response, already teasing its 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs for early 2021.
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