Comparatively, AMD’s second most powerful processor, the Ryzen 9 3900X sports 12 cores and 24 threads, with a 4.6GHz boost clock and the same 105W TDP. So it’s impressive AMD was able to integrate four more CPU cores without needing any more power.
AMD already announced an impressive lineup of Ryzen 3rd Generation processors at Computex, but the 16 core processor is what we’ve all been waiting for. Until recently, 8 core processors was the most we could hope for from a mainstream part, but AMD has been able to double the core count by combining two eight core 7nm chiplets with a 14nm I/O die.
As with other Ryzen 3rd Generation processors, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will pair best with its latest X570 chipset that adds PCI Express 4.0 to the mix. This new generation of PCIe enables 69% faster graphics cards and 42% faster SSD performance—though only the latter has become partially true so far as we’re starting to see 5,000MB/s solid-state drives.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will be releasing later this year in September for $749.
Aside from the new 16 core processor, AMD also took some stage time to tell us just how much better its Ryzen 3000 series processors are over the previous generation.
One of the biggest improvements for Ryzen 3rd Generation actually comes from Windows 10 May 2019 optimizations. According to AMD, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system enables faster clock ramping with 20 times faster clock selection, or in other words Windows can more quickly determine what speed the processor needs to be to complete a task. Meanwhile, “topological awareness” will make the OS better at filling in core complexes—a set of of CPU cores—before tapping into the resources of another.
Outside of Windows, Ryzen 3rd Generation processors are improving performance by decreasing system memory (or RAM) latency. By doubling the L3 cache on all Zen 2 CPUs, AMD claims to have reduced memory latency by 33%, which in turn should drive up to 21% higher game performance.
In terms of overclocking, AMD has added a new OC menu to the BIOS screen that will be available to all motherboards with the X570 chipset.
Ryzen Master has also been improved with a new mode that combines both Precision Boost Overdrive and auto overclocking, so your processor automatically ramps up to extreme frequency ranges (XFR).
Additionally, full DRAM timings has been added to Ryzen Master to make overclocking memory easier. Just to prove how simple it is, AMD showed how an air-cooled Ryzen 3rd Gen system could achieve a 5,100MHz memory overclock.
AMD’s full lineup of Ryzen 3rd Generation processors will release on July 7th, excluding the newly announced Ryzen 9 3950X, which will be available in September, along with X570 motherboards to support it.
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