AMD has launched two Ryzen 3000 CPUs: the Ryzen 9 3900 and the Ryzen 5 3500X. Following in the footsteps of the desktop family launched on July 7, 2019, these processors pack the latest 7nm Zen 2 architecture in all its glory. But there is a catch, these chips will only be available to OEMs and system integrators as AMD scales up its commercial efforts.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900 features the exact same core count as its supercharge client sibling, the Ryzen 9 3900X, with 12 cores and 24 threads in total. Where these two chips differ is in clock speed, and there’s serious variance between the two. While the Ryzen 9 3900X manages 3.8GHz base and 4.6GHz boost (single-core), the new Ryzen 9 3900 manages just 3.1GHz base and 4.3GHz boost.
That likely helps OEMs meet thermal, power, and price solutions, and offers AMD a place to shift its lowest performing 7nm chiplets. The Ryzen 9 3900 features a 65W TDP, slightly less than its full-fat counterpart. Both the Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X are unlocked, however, meaning there should be some overhead for overclocking if your system is sturdy enough.