AMD officially announced its Ryzen 9 3950X enthusiast-class processor last night, and it is the highest-performing chip to ever grace the AM4 socket. The Ryzen 9 3950X has a total of 16 cores (32 threads) with a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 4.7GHz.
But of course, enthusiasts are never content with "stock" clocks and are always looking to boost performance even further. At AMD's E3 event, the chip company decided to push the Ryzen 9 3950X to 5GHz using LN2. AMD was able to maintain these speeds across all 16 cores at 1.608V. The processor was mounted on a MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard which was loaded with G.Skill Trident Z Royal DDR4 modules running at 4533MHz.
While these are impressive numbers, we'd like to see what the Ryzen 9 3950X can do on air, as LN2 just isn't feasible for most mainstream customers -- even those that can afford to drop some serious coin on the processor and a top-of-the line X570 motherboard. We should also note that AMD showed its latest 16-core beast beating Intel's Core i9-9960X (16 cores, 32 threads) in a number of benchmarks like Cinebench and Geekbench. However, Intel has questioned AMD's motives here, and is challenging the company to put up or shut up with respect to gaming performance.
“If they want this crown come beat us in real world gaming, real world gaming should be the defining criteria that we use to assess the world’s best gaming CPU," said Intel VP Jon Carvill this week in Los Angeles. "I challenge you to challenge anyone that wants to compete for this crown to come meet us in real world gaming. That’s the measure that we’re going to stand by.”
Although AMD is promising that Ryzen 3000 performance will be the same whether you purchase a new X570 or use an older X370 or X470 motherboard, you'll want to use the former to take full advantage of new ultra-fast PCIe 4.0 SSDs and the new Radeon RX 5700 family of graphics cards. With that being said, AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X launches this September priced at $749.