Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:33

AMD rules desktop world with 'world's most powerful 16-core consumer desktop processor'

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AMD specialises in delighting customers with cutting edge technology that pushes the boundaries, delivering what its competitors wouldn't in a timely manner, reigniting competition in the PC space, making PCs great again and giving ever more power back into the hands of the PC loving people.

Specialising in delighting customers is AMD, which also specialises in sending Intel MAD, and it is we the people, no matter which PC processors we use, who benefit from the resulting competition, as AMD strives to do better while Intel continues waking from its slumber.

AMD's latest microchip marvel is its AMD Ryzen 9 3950 X, billed as the "world’s most powerful 16-core Consumer desktop processor", which the company says "rounds out its 3rd-Gen Ryzen desktop processor series, arriving November 25", while it has also launched the new AMD Athlon 3000G processor to provide everyday users with unmatched performance per dollar, with a significant performance uplift from mainstream desktop users, coming November 19".

So, what's some more info on both processors?

Chris Kilburn, corporate VP and GM of AMD's client channel, said: “We are excited to bring the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X to market later this month, offering enthusiasts the most powerful 16-core desktop processor ever. We are focused on offering the best solutions at every level of the market, including the AMD Athlon 3000G for everyday PC users that delivers great performance at an incredible price point.”

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X: Fastest 16-core Consumer Desktop Processor

AMD says that its new processor "offers up to 22% performance increase over previous generations, with faster 1080p gaming in select titles and content creation than the competition. Built on the industry-leading “Zen 2” architecture, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X also excels in power efficiency with a TDP of 105W."

The company adds: "As the fastest 16-core consumer desktop processor available, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor offers incredible performance best experienced with a liquid cooling solution. AMD is recommending the use of an AIO solution with a minimum 280mm radiator. A list of AMD recommended coolers can be found here to ensure enthusiasts can maximise the potential of the Ryzen 9 3950X processor".

MODEL
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

CORES/THREADS
16/32

BOOST/BASE FREQUENCY (GHZ)
Up to 4.7/3.5

TOTAL CACHE (MB)
72

TDP (WATTS)
105W

PLATFORM
AM4

PCIe Gen 4.0 LANES (processor + AMD X570)
44 (36 useable)

SEP/PRICE (USD)
$749

GLOBAL AVAILABILITY
Nov 25, 2019

AMD Athlon 3000G: Versatile Everyday Processor, Unlocked

AMD also announced "a significant upgrade coming for mainstream desktop users with the new AMD Athlon 3000G processor, arriving November 19, 2019. The new AMD Athlon 3000G with Radeon Graphics brings reliable computing experiences to a wide range of users, from day-to-day needs to high-definition PC gaming, offering faster framerates when gaming and enhanced productivity performance over competition at an incredible price point.

"The Athlon 3000G is the first “Zen”-based Athlon processor that is unlocked for overclocking potential, delivering the only unlocked processor in its segment".

MODEL
AMD Athlon 3000G

CORES/THREADS
2/4

PROCESSOR FREQUENCY (GHZ)
3.5

GRAPHICS
Radeon Vega 3

TDP (WATTS)
35W

PLATFORM
AM4

SEP/PRICE (USD)
$49

GLOBAL AVAILABILITY
Nov. 19, 2019

AMD AM4 Platform Developments

To ensure the best experiences for all users, this month, AMD notes that it "released AGESA version 1004 to its motherboard ecosystem. Containing more than 150 updates, AGESA 1004 offers significant improvements for the AM4 platform focused primarily on stability.

"Key improvements include AMD X570 stability and compatibility with add-in devices, PCIe device support and stability, and interoperability of PCIe, USB, SATA, and device reset capabilities, alongside performance enhancements with fastest core utilisation and further boost frequency optimisations for the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.

More information on the specific updates for AGESA 1004 can be found here

More info on the new Ryzen 9 3950X can be found here

More info on the new Athlon range is here

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