As expected, AMD will also offer a 16-core model for the Zen4-based AM4 socket: The Ryzen 9 3950X is expected to be available in September 2019, with six to twelve cores already starting in July. Intel’s Core i9-9900K is an Octacore.
AMD has announced what was already clear: With the Ryzen 9 3950X appears in September 2019 for the first time a processor for a midrange version, which has 16 cores. The CPU is intended for the socket AM4, is compatible to older 400/300 as well as coming 500-boards and follows on Matisse chips like the Ryzen 7 3800X with eight Cores and the Ryzen 9 3900X with twelve Cores; Both models will be available from 7th July.
AMD priced the Ryzen 9 3950X with $ 750 pre-tax $ 250 and $ 350 respectively over the Ryzen 9 3900X and the Ryzen 7 3800X. For comparison: The Intel Core i9-9900K costs 488 US dollars according to the list, in the trade there are almost 500 euros in this country. A Core i9-9820X with 10 cores is priced at $ 889 and the necessary X299 boards are expensive.
For the Ryzen 9 3950X AMD uses three so-called chipsets: Two of them are produced in the 7 nm process at TSMC and each have eight cores. They are linked via Infinity Fabric to the I / O-Die, which contains the dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory controller and interfaces such as PCIe Gen4, SATA and USB. The I / O chip is made by AMD in the mature and cheaper 12LP node at Globalfoundries, which makes the overall package attractively priced for AMD.
The 16-core not only has the most cores, but also the highest clock: AMD sorts out the CPU chipsets, in the jargon binning is called to reach a frequency of up to 4.7 GHz Boost. The base frequency is rather low 3.5 GHz – but just for all cores. However, the new Zen 2 architecture provides higher performance per clock compared to Zen +, as AMD improves the front and back end, doubled the 32-cache, and increased memory speed.
Also, the Ryzen 9 3950X is specified with a thermal power dissipation (TDP) of 105 watts, which is little more than half of the 180 watts set by AMD for the 2950X thread ripper, also with 16 cores. At $ 750, the 3950X costs $ 260 more than Intel’s Core i9-9900K, but is expected to be equal in games and over 40% faster in applications such as Adobe Premiere and Blender.