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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  • Phynaz - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Leader: an organization or company that is the most advanced or successful in a particular area.

    Nope, that’s not AMD.
  • Cooe - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    What are you talking about? They are beating Intel in literally every major area there is here. Single-threaded performance? Better on Zen 2. Multi-threaded performance? Also better on Zen 2. Well how about power efficiency? WAAAAAAAAY better on Zen 2. And the price? Leagues cheaper. Even in their worst area, gaming, they are toe-to-toe matching the very best Intel has to offer. How the hell is all of that not "leadership" to you? Please do explain. Reply
  • Korguz - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    Cooe.. he has no idea what he is talking about.. so he CAN'T explain...hes just a blind arrogant nvidia fanboy.... he will happily pay intel for their 12 core cpu, that costs around 1k, vs a 16 core for 300 less... and will still be faster then intels $2500-ish 18 core...

    as for leader... AMD has done more then intel since zen was released... and ONLY cause of Zen, has intel gotten off their butt ...
  • Xajel - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    Leader could also means that other companies follows it. Now, Intel is following AMD, the jump in core numbers, finer process technology, higher performance. Intel is trying to keep up but they can't, their TDP is rising higher (as clocks comes high) to compensate, it was the same thing for AMD years ago with their Boldozer and pre Ryzen stuff I don't recall their names. Reply
  • PixyMisa - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    I was hoping it would be cheaper, but on the other hand I do want AMD to make money so they can bring us more shiny toys in the future. Reply
  • SaturnusDK - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Personally, I was hoping for $699 but would be fine with $799.

    Let's remind ourselves this is a CPU that beats the ~$2000 i9 9980XE in practically everything.
    I'm still wanting for the next generation Threadrippers to be announced to replace my 1950X.
  • Irata - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    +1 Reply
  • LegionR - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    Why is it ouch? It's cheap as fuck. Reply
  • mode_13h - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    I wonder if AMD will consolidate some/all of these chiplets, in the next tock. Once 7 nm gets cheap enough, you'd think it would be a win to offer at least the 8-core parts as a single-die. Reply
  • mode_13h - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    Especially with respect to power consumption, I might add. Reply

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