And the hits keep coming. Looking to cap off what’s already been a banner year for AMD, the company announced three new processors today that will add to its swelling lineup of consumer-facing CPUs.
Hot off the wildly successful introduction of the Ryzen 3000 Series processors, AMD is bolstering the top of its CPU lineup with the new Ryzen 9 3950X, a 16-core, 32-thread beast of a chip that is being marketed to gamers and content creators alike.
Featuring a 72MB L2+L3 cache and a TDP of just 105 watts, AMD says the Ryzen 9 3950X will offer up to 2.34x performance per watt over Intel’s Core i9-9920X, while also posting performance results up to 26 percent faster than the i9-9920X in creator software applications like Adobe Premiere. The 3950X will feature a base clock of 3.5GHz and a max boost clock of 4.7GHz.
Next, AMD pulled the sheet off its latest HEDT (high-end desktop) Threadripper processors, the 24-core, 48-thread 3.8GHz base/4.5GHz boost clock Threadripper 3960X and 32-core, 64-thread 3.7GHz base/4.5GHz boost clock Threadripper 3970X. Though it’s difficult to find a 1:1 comparison for AMD’s Threadripper processors (Intel doesn’t offer anything that matches the same insane core/thread count of these CPUs), that didn’t stop AMD from showing off how much faster both than 3960X and 3970X are than Intel’s closest counterpart, the 18-core, 36-thread Core i9-9980XE.
While both processors purport to offer gains of over 20 percent minimum compared to the i9-9980XE, the similarly priced Threadripper 3970X claims to be nearly 50 percent faster than the i9-9980XE in Adobe Premiere, and 36 percent faster in Unreal Engine.
Finally, AMD announced a new addition to its Athlon line of processors, the AMD Athlon 3000G. Unlike the Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3 line which are based on the new Zen 2 architecture, the two-core, four-thread Athlon 3000G is still based off the previous Zen+ architecture and will act as an upgrade for processors like the Athlon 200GE.
Featuring a 3.5GHz clock running at 35 watts and Radeon Vega 3 integrated graphics, the Athlon 3000G is a baseline processor made for budget PC builders, and at just $49 can act as a mini-workhorse for handling basic tasks, but not much more than that.
The AMD Athlon 3000G will hit shelves starting Nov. 19 for $49, while the $749 Ryzen 9 3950X is slated to go on sale starting on Nov. 25. No details on the release date of Threadripper 3 processors ($1,399 for the 3960X, $1,999 for the 3970X) have hit the wires yet, but stay tuned to PCMag for benchmarks and reviews of all four processors as they make their way into our labs over the next few months.