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William George (Product Development)

New CPU Announcement: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Written on November 14, 2019 by William George


AMD has launched the top-end model in their 3rd gen Ryzen processor family, a 16-core processor named Ryzen 9 3950X!

We've tested it across a wide range of real-world applications, and are very excited about being able to offer this CPU in our workstations after AMD releases it for sale November 25th, 2019.

AMD Ryzen 3950X 16 Core

Basic Specs

The 3950X is very similar to the other Ryzen 3rd gen chips that preceded it, just with more cores: 16, to be precise!

Here are some other important specs from AMD's product page:

  • Number of CPU cores/threads: 16 / 32
  • Base clock speed: 3.5GHz
  • Max boost clock speed: 4.7GHz
  • Total L1 / L2 / L3 cache: 1MB / 8MB / 64MB
  • Maximum supported RAM speed: DDR4-2666 to DDR4-3200 (depending on number and type of module)

Performance Articles

We've tested the Ryzen 9 3950X across several professional applications leading up to this launch. Here is a list of the topics we have covered, with links to each article:


Agisoft Metashape Pro | Pix4Dmapper | RealityCapture


Adobe Lightroom | Adobe Photoshop


Adobe After Effects | Adobe Premiere Pro | DaVinci Resolve


Chaos Group V-Ray Next | Maxon Cinema 4D

Scientific Computing

Linpack and NAMD


AMD is making the Ryzen 9 3950X available for sale starting November 25th, and we have already qualified it for use in our product line. The supply of brand-new hardware is often limited when it launches, but we fully intend to offer this CPU in our workstations as soon as we are able. Check back regularly for news of other upcoming product announcements and additional performance reviews.

Tags: AMD, Ryzen, Processor, CPU

Excelent, nice to see that AMD didn't forget to provide you a sample to be tested ahead of launch.

Posted on 2019-11-14 19:36:18

I actually have to give props to AMD on this point - they have been doing really well with getting us pre-launch samples lately! There has been some confusion over when we can publish articles vs when we can actually start offering CPUs for sale, but that seems to be a common thing with most hardware launches recently (different dates for reviews vs actual sales / pre-orders).

Posted on 2019-11-14 19:51:59
Ned Flanders

Impressive results! This might be the absolut best allrounder CPU, ideal for almost any usecase, on the market.

Posted on 2019-11-14 22:20:29

I think right now that is probably correct. It has really impressed me, personally, and while there are better CPUs in some specific situations I don't think any others can claim to have such good all-around performance :)

Posted on 2019-11-14 22:29:24
Richard Staller

Thanks for report and I like what I see in the numbers!

Posted on 2019-11-17 16:04:55

Me too :)

Posted on 2019-11-18 17:29:52
Richard Staller

Any inkling as to MSRP?

Posted on 2019-11-22 15:21:28

$749 I believe, though I'm surprised AMD's specs page doesn't list it :/

Posted on 2019-11-22 16:02:02

Why no Threadripper 3960 tests and 3970 to compare with 3950x?

Posted on 2019-11-18 18:18:46

Those CPUs have not launched yet. Check out the "Launch Date" at the bottom of this page: https://www.amd.com/en/prod...

Posted on 2019-11-18 18:23:21

Premiere Pro 14.6 has "Optimizations for AMD APUs provide up to four times faster rendering and smoother playback for 4K sequences thanks to improved memory usage". Is it now faster than Intel chipsets, or was it up to 4x SLOWER on AMD chips in the past? Both seem unlikely!

Posted on 2020-11-23 23:49:12

I believe that is for when you are using integrated graphics on the APU, not a discrete GPU. To be honest, performance without a discrete GPU isn't all that great in some situations, so that may be one of those cases where a 4x increase is really a relatively small amount in total. We don't usually do much with lower-end hardware like APUs, but that has us curious too, so we might get in a CPU to check it out.

Posted on 2020-11-24 00:54:49