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AMD announces Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X CPUs

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 packaging

AMD has launched two Ryzen 3000 CPUs: the Ryzen 9 3900 and the Ryzen 5 3500X. Following in the footsteps of the desktop family launched on July 7, 2019, these processors pack the latest 7nm Zen 2 architecture in all its glory. But there is a catch, these chips will only be available to OEMs and system integrators as AMD scales up its commercial efforts.

The AMD Ryzen 9 3900 features the exact same core count as its supercharge client sibling, the Ryzen 9 3900X, with 12 cores and 24 threads in total. Where these two chips differ is in clock speed, and there’s serious variance between the two. While the Ryzen 9 3900X manages 3.8GHz base and 4.6GHz boost (single-core), the new Ryzen 9 3900 manages just 3.1GHz base and 4.3GHz boost.

That likely helps OEMs meet thermal, power, and price solutions, and offers AMD a place to shift its lowest performing 7nm chiplets. The Ryzen 9 3900 features a 65W TDP, slightly less than its full-fat counterpart. Both the Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X are unlocked, however, meaning there should be some overhead for overclocking if your system is sturdy enough.

The Ryzen 5 3500X will be a little harder to track down for most of us, however. This six-core/six-thread chip will only be available in China, and is only a little shy of the specs of the Ryzen 5 3600 – our pick for the best gaming CPU.

Ryzen 9 3950X Ryzen 9 3900X Ryzen 9 3900 Ryzen 7 3800X Ryzen 7 3700X Ryzen 5 3600X Ryzen 5 3600 Ryzen 5 3500X
Cores/threads 16/32 12/24 12/24 8/16 8/16 6/12 6/12 6/6
Turbo clock 4.7GHz 4.6GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 4.4GHz 4.4GHz 4.2GHz 4.1GHz
Base clock 3.5GHz 3.8GHz 3.1GHz  3.9GHz  3.6GHz 3.8GHz 3.6GHz 3.6GHz
TDP 105W 105W 65W 105W 65W 95W 65W 65W
 Price $749 $499 $399 $329 $249 $199

So that could mean cheap, proficient systems for the Chinese market. But, as of today’s announcement, it seems unlikely this chip will ever see a release in the US/UK in OEM systems or as a standalone part.

Neither chip has an official price from AMD, but with the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 5 3600 coming in at $499 and $199 respectively, we estimate moderate savings for OEMs on both. How much of that saving the customer will see will ultimately remain up to OEMs and system integrators.

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