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3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors Released – Ryzen 9 3900X Leads the Pack

Computex 2019 started with a blast thanks to AMD’s announcement of their next-generation leadership products. This includes the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors based on the new Zen 2 core; new RDNA gaming architecture and upcoming AMD Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards based on NAVI; and finally the introduction of the X570 motherboard featuring PCIe 4.0 interface. There are 5 new 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs and the Ryzen 9 3900X CPU, which CEO Dr. Lisa Su announced at the very later part of the keynote, is the flagship processor. The Ryzen 9 3900X is a 12-core / 24-threads CPU with a base clock speed of 3.8GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.6GHz. This is a monster CPU and what’s really interesting is that AMD decided to price it at $499 only, just a tad higher than Intel’s Core i9-9900K 8–core 12-thread CPU. Check out the rest of the CPUs, their new features and specifications from the official news below.

UPDATE: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X now available on Amazon.com here
3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors Unleashed with AMD X570 Chipset

AMD today again made technology history with the announcement of high-performance 7nm-based computing and graphics products that are expected to deliver new levels of performance, features and experiences for PC gamers, enthusiasts and content creators. During the first-ever Computex opening keynote, AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su announced:

  • The new “Zen 2” core widely outperforms the historical generational performance improvement industry trend, up to 15% estimated instructions per clock (IPC) uplift over the predecessor “Zen” architecture. The “Zen 2” CPU core powering the next-generation AMD Ryzen and EPYC™ processors also includes significant design improvements including lager cache sizes and a redesigned floating point engine.
  • The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processor family, including the new 12-core Ryzen 9 processor, offers leadership performance.1
  • The AMD X570 chipset for socket AM4, the world’s first PCIe 4.0 supported chipset with more than 50 new motherboards at launch.
  • RDNA gaming architecture designed to drive the future of PC gaming, console, and cloud, anticipated to deliver incredible performance, power, and memory efficiency in a smaller package.
  • The 7nm AMD Radeon RX 5700-series gaming graphics card family featuring high-speed GDDR6 memory and support for the PCIe 4.0 interface.

AMD announced the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processor, the most advanced desktop processor in the world with ground-breaking performance across gaming, productivity, and content creation applications. Based on the new “Zen 2” core architecture with AMD chiplet design approach, 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors are expected to offer more performance-critical on-die cache than ever before to unleash elite gaming performance. Additionally, all 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processors are supported by the world’s first PCIe 4.0 PC readiness for the most advanced motherboards, graphics, and storage technologies available, setting a new standard of performance and providing the ultimate consumer experience.

With the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processor family, AMD introduced a new category of Ryzen 9 desktop processor with the flagship 12 core/24 thread Ryzen 9 3900X. Pushing the high-performance envelope for socket AM4 by offering leadership performance, the family is rounded out with 8 core Ryzen 7 models and 6 core Ryzen 5 models.

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X vs i7-9700K with real-time rendering: The Ryzen 7 3700X offered 1% more single-threaded, and 30% more in multi-threaded performance.
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800X vs i9-9900K with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gameplay: The Ryzen 7 3800X matched the performance of the i9-9900K.
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X vs i9-9920X with Blender Render: The Ryzen 9 3900X beat the Intel i9 9920X by more than 16%.

More benchmark charts below:



AMD also introduced a new X570 chipset for socket AM4, supporting the world’s first PCIe 4.0 readiness, which exhibited 42% faster storage performance than PCIe 3.09, enabling high-performance graphics card, networking devices, NVMe drives, and more. With PCIe 4.0 doubling the bandwidth for motherboards with the X570 chipset over PCIe 3.0, PC enthusiasts can gain more performance and flexibility when building custom systems. The X570 offers the broadest ecosystem readiness in AMD history, with over 50 new motherboard models anticipated from ASRock, Asus, Colorful, Gigabyte, MSI, as well as PCIe 4.0 storage solutions from partners including Galaxy, Gigabyte, and Phison.

AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen CPUs Specs, Price and Availability

ModelCores/ThreadsTDP (Watts)Boost/Base Freq. (GHz)Total Cache (MB)PCIe 4.0 Lanes (processor+AMD X570)SEP (USD)Expected Availability
Ryzen 9 3900X12/24105W4.6/3.87040$499July 7, 2019
Ryzen 7 3800X8/16105W4.5/3.93640$399July 7, 2019
Ryzen 7 3700X8/1665W4.4/3.63640$329July 7, 2019
Ryzen 5 3600X6/1295W4.4/3.83540$249July 7, 2019
Ryzen 5 36006/1265W4.2/3.63540$199July 7, 2019

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Peter Paul
I love computers since I was a kid. I’m always fascinated with new technology, especially in the PC world. Many years ago, I was curious if the reviews I read were true and real. So, why not test them myself and share my first-hand experience? And thus, here we are. Thanks for reading!

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