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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  • Metroid - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    yes is 43.6 it was a miscalculation.
  • peevee - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    And 3800x is not 95W, it is 105W according to anand.
  • oleyska - Friday, June 14, 2019 - link

    There is no Numa.
  • mode_13h - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - link

    No, but your cache gets bifurcated. Thread communication is worse between chiplets than within them, or within the same CCX.
  • ChubChub - Friday, June 14, 2019 - link

    The difference in power is performance based; a 95w part only "needs" a 95w cooler. Once you overclock, the limit becomes VRMs / cooler. This is partially why Intel doesn't include a cooler; the enormity of the stock cooler that is required to get the performance Intel claims would increase the chip cost dramatically (the 9900k is often in the 200-250w TDP range for the overclocks people boast about).

    AMD claiming the boost clocks/TDP/EDC/PPT limits can be overrridden (essentially, allowing your chip to perform under similar constraints as Intel would ... aka, largely without constraints). At that point, your boost clocks are basically on your cooler; glory.
  • peevee - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Wow, I even guessed the name right (not that it was hard).
    At 105W and with the same L3 it is quite useless over 3900X.
  • Cooe - Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - link

    Holy crap has hindsight not treated you well here...
  • Tkan215 - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    the only think it surprise me is Intel TDP is more like a marketing scheme. Hopefully, a real comparison coming soon
  • urbanman2004 - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    3700X FTW, nuff said 😉
  • Oxford Guy - Friday, June 14, 2019 - link

    If Intel's CPUs have hyperthreading disabled to mitigate the latest security problem then AMD is going to clean up in the server benchmarks, and others.

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