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Last month AMD announced their new Ryzen 3000 Processors, mostly showing off their Ryzen 9 and Ryzen 7 CPUs that were 12 and 8 cores respectively; today at E3 they dropped some more details, as well as their 16 core CPU, the 3950X.
The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors deliver leadership performance across gaming, productivity and content creation applications, offering more performance-critical on-die cache than ever before. Today, Dr. Su previewed the latest addition to the product family the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, the world’s first 16-core mainstream desktop processor.
“We’ve made significant technology bets to push the envelope on high-performance computing and give gamers the hardware they need to power the experiences they want,” said Dr. Su. “Our industry leading Ryzen 3000 Series desktop processors and Radeon RX 5700 Series graphics cards combine leadership design, performance, technology and efficiency to provide the ultimate gaming experiences. From super-fast frame rates, to new levels of visual realism and image quality, or the ability to easily create, capture and share gaming experiences, PCs featuring our new Ryzen processors and Radeon GPUs offer exceptional performance and features for every gamer at every price point.”
Lisa Su – CEO AMD
The flagship AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor. With 16 cores and 32 threads running up to 4.7GHz, the leadership CPU has already set multiple performance records. With the aid of liquid nitrogen, the AMD Ryzen Overclocking Team managed to push the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor to 5.375 GHz, achieving record-setting performance with a Cinebench R20 multi-thread score of 12,167. The Ryzen 9 3950X processor now holds the crown in two important dimensions: highest performance for any 16-core processor and highest performance in a mainstream CPU socket. A new and improved AMD Ryzen Master Software utility was also revealed, including a redesigned user interface and new enthusiast-first overclocking features, offering users an easy way to squeeze every drop of performance from their AMD Ryzen™ desktop processor powered system.
A similar story was shown with the Ryzen 5 3600X vs the Intel i5 9600K, trading blows at the same price point while still providing SMT (Simultaneous Multithreading) for better performance outside of gaming.
Niche Gamer’s Take: The Ryzen 3000 Processors are exciting even with pricing being higher than current 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs, with the 3000 series having quite a solid uptick in performance over their predecessors. Though, as always, take company benchmarks with a grain of salt, and wait for independent reviews.