Ryzen 9 3950X review: AMD’s 16-core CPUs is an epic end-zone dance over Intel

    Conclusion: The 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X is solely the quickest client CPU on the town. Period. Full cease. Review over.

    While which will appear to be essentially the most unorthodox option to begin a assessment of AMD’s new 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X, anyone anticipating a unique consequence at this level was simply fooling themselves.

    Most rational individuals can admit that the sport was basically over as soon as AMD’s Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 chips hit the cabinets within the 6- to 12-core vary. Sure, Intel had a declare to gaming efficiency, however for many individuals it in all probability wasn’t sufficient of a justification.

    With the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD is basically operating down the sphere, spiking the ball, and doing what the NFL would probably fine for excessive end-zone celebrations these days. Yes, followers carrying blue jerseys could contemplate heading for the parking zone or just ready round so you may find yourself on the Jumbotron tearfully watching the clock run out.

    This is the second for pink jersey followers, although, and you’ll nonetheless be cheering hoarsely because the Commissioner clears the sphere for the awards ceremony. So stick round as we break down simply how insanely, stupidly quick the brand new Ryzen 9 3950X is.

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    True followers keep till the final second runs out, so you may cry as your workforce leaves the sphere within the agony of defeat.

    What is Ryzen 9 3950X?

    If you learn the news of the Zen 2 from last year or our review of the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X, you already know what it’s good to learn about AMD’s Ryzen 3000 CPUs. With the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD basically takes the cream of the crop of Zen 2 cores (what’s referred to as binning) and drops the perfect chips into the Ryzen 9 3950X. Obviously the CPU has 4 extra cores than the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X. Clocks additionally range, with the Ryzen 9 3950X boosting to 4.7GHz vs. the 4.6GHz of the Ryzen 9 3900X. Base clocks—basically worst-case-scenario clock speeds—are additionally decrease, at 3.5GHz within the 3950X vs 3.8GHz within the 3900X. That’s to be anticipated, as extra cores means extra warmth to dissipate.

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    Ryzen 9 and Core i9 At A Glance

    Little else modifications besides, nicely, the value, which some diehards contemplate too excessive (we disagree). and the efficiency, which is every thing you’ve come to anticipate of AMD’s Zen 2 cores.

    How we examined

    For our assessment, we used the identical MSI X570 Godlike motherboard we’d used with the Ryzen 9 3900X, with 16GB of DDR4/3600 CL16 in dual-channel mode, Windows 10 1903 and a Founders Edition GeForce RTX 2080 Ti card. As the AMD platform helps PCIe 4.0, we used a 2TB Corsair MP600 PCIe 4.0.

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