AMD has been on a roll nowadays. Scorching off bulletins at Computex, the corporate has entered E3 with a stunning, sturdy announcement. The primary 16-core gaming processor, often called the Ryzen 9 3950X.
AMD hasn’t revealed all of the specifics, however right here’s what we do know. It has 16 cores, 32 threads, a four.6GHz increase velocity, and a three.5GHz base clock. Most importantly, it has 72MB of cache and solely attracts 105 watts of energy. Effectivity has all the time been AMD’s largest hurdle, however the 3950X will increase clock speeds and core counts with out growing energy draw from the 2nd-gen Ryzen 7. Nevertheless, Ryzen 9’s fundamental competitor, the Intel Core i9-9900Okay, nonetheless hits sooner clock speeds at a decrease 95-watt TDP.
The 3950X is the newest entry within the new sequence of Ryzen 3000 chips, primarily based on the redesigned 7nm Zen 2 structure. Throughout the brand new Zen 2 structure, AMD is boasting spectacular positive factors in efficiency, each in gaming and artistic purposes. From an elevated L3 cache dimension, to sooner clock velocity ramping inside Home windows 10, to the 2nd-gen Infinity Cloth, the 3950X advantages from architectural advances in its 7nm design. The 3950X is the follow-up to the beforehand introduced Ryzen 9 3900X, which is a $499 12-core chip.
“Are we ready for our competitors to unveil one thing? A few of you requested that query,” stated Dr. Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD at a press occasion forward of its E3 livestream. “The reply isn’t any. The reality is we had each intention from day one to launch as much as 16 cores as a result of we’re all about pushing the envelope.”
AMD has produced chips with extra cores within the Threadripper line, which supplied as much as 32 cores and 64 threads. That, nonetheless, was not what AMD would name a “gaming” processor. Which may appear a wierd line to attract, however AMD isn’t kidding, and we’ve witnessed the ends in our personal critiques of Threadripper processors. They don’t carry out in addition to you’d count on in video games as a consequence of their low base and increase clock speeds in comparison with Ryzen processors, in addition to Intel’s Core i7 and i9 traces.
In comparison with the Threadripper Zen+ processor, AMD’s new Ryzen 9 3950X has increased clock speeds and a considerably decrease TDP. These traits make it extra appropriate for gaming, the place a excessive clock velocity is commonly required to keep up clean efficiency.
The roll-out of Zen 2 appears to be occurring rapidly, which could possibly be an excellent signal for the yield on these new 7nm processors. In the meantime, Intel’s 10nm processors are restricted to cell merchandise for 2019, with desktop chips not anticipated to land till 2021.
AMD didn’t present an actual launch date for the 3950X, nevertheless it’s at the moment scheduled to launch someday in September. A value has not been introduced.