One of the questions that was left over from AMD’s Computex reveal of the new Ryzen 3000 family was why a 16-core version of the dual-chiplet Matisse design was not announced. Today, AMD is announcing its first 16 core CPU into the Ryzen 9 family. AMD stated that they’re not interested in the back and forth with its competition about slowly moving the leading edge in consumer computing – they want to launch the best they have to offer as soon as possible, and the 16-core is part of that strategy.

The new Ryzen 9 3950X will top the stack of new Zen 2 based AMD consumer processors, and is built for the AM4 socket along with the range of X570 motherboards. It will have 16 cores with simultaneous multi-threading, enabling 32 threads, with a base frequency of 3.5 GHz and a turbo frequency of 4.7 GHz. All of this will be provided in a 105W TDP.

AMD 'Matisse' Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs
AnandTech Cores
DDR4 TDP Price
Ryzen 9 3950X 16C 32T 3.5 4.7 8 MB 64 MB 16+4+4 ? 105W $749
Ryzen 9 3900X 12C 24T 3.8 4.6 6 MB 64 MB 16+4+4 ? 105W $499
Ryzen 7 3800X 8C 16T 3.9 4.5 4 MB 32 MB 16+4+4 ? 105W $399
Ryzen 7 3700X 8C 16T 3.6 4.4 4 MB 32 MB 16+4+4 ? 65W $329
Ryzen 5 3600X 6C 12T 3.8 4.4 3 MB 32 MB 16+4+4 ? 95W $249
Ryzen 5 3600 6C 12T 3.6 4.2 3 MB 32 MB 16+4+4 ? 65W $199

AMD has said that the processor will be coming in September 2019, about two months after the initial Ryzen 3rd Gen processors, due to extra validation requirements. The chip uses two of the Zen 2 eight-core chiplets, paired with an IO die that provides 24 total PCIe 4.0 lanes. By using the AM4 socket, AMD recommends pairing the Ryzen 9 3950X with one of the new X570 motherboards launched at Computex.

With regards to performance, AMD is promoting it as a clear single-thread and multi-thread improvement over other 16-core products in the market, particularly those from Intel (namely the 7960X).

There are several questions surrounding this new product, such as reasons for the delay between the initial Ryzen 3000 launch to the 3950X launch, the power distribution of the chiplets based on the frequency and how the clocks will respond to the 105W TDP, how the core-to-core communications will work going across chiplets, and how gaming performance might be affected by the latency differences going to the IO die and then moving off to main memory. All these questions are expected to be answered in due course.

Pricing is set to be announced by AMD at its event at E3 today. We’ll be updating this news post when we know the intended pricing.

Update: $749

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  • scineram - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Well, no. It Is far from 5 GIGAHURTZ, and over $200 away. Reply
  • SaturnusDK - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Is it? 4.7Ghz is 94% of 5GHz, so by any reasonable metrics you'd say that's awfully close. Reply
  • shabby - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    He was dead wrong, 8 cores for $180 and 16 for $450? Wishful thinking. Reply
  • FMinus - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Pricing gets finalized 5 minutes before they announce the products, you can't blame someone for getting that wrong. Reply
  • scineram - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    Prices don't double 5 minutes before launch. Reply
  • Arbie - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Dead wrong?? He got most of the lineup correct - six months in advance!

    AdoredTV explained then and repeatedly afterwards that what AMD *could* do (and how) and what they *would* do (and when) are two different things. He showed us the former. Even Lisa Su didn't know the latter back then. How hard is that to understand?

    I don't get people knocking AdoredTV when he worked hard to interpret the info he got, showing every step of his reasoning, and laying out what was leak, probable, speculation etc. I think most of the haters never even watched one of his videos for themselves, but are just parroting others. His charts *weren't* the whole story.
  • shabby - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    He got the core counts/chiplets right but that's it, the prices and speeds were bonkers. Reply
  • Irata - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    So he did get the important parts right ?

    (speeds, pricing and even names can be changed even shortly before launch depending on the market conditions, architecture not so much)
  • shabby - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - link

    No the important part was the price and speeds, not the chiplets, no one cares about how a cpu works as long as it works. Reply
  • EdgeOfDetroit - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    You mean this: ?

    Which turned out to not be even remotely true? All the cores for each model wrong, all the prices too low, all the clockspeeds too high?

    The hype surrounding the Ryzen 3000 series was based off of rumors that ended up being completely fake. Its an improvement on Ryzen 2000 but its no giant-slayer. Intel will still be best for gaming. Even the best for gaming for the price.

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