Today AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs hit the shelves. Forbes has posted a review showing what the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X has to offer. The Ryzen 9 3900X is a 12-core, 24-thread monster, while the Ryzen 7 3700X is a 8-core, 16-thread successor to the previous generation – Ryzen 7 2700X.
|Cores/Threads||Base/Boost Freq||Total Cache||TDP (Watts)||Included cooler||SEP (USD)||Availability|
|Ryzen 9 3950X||16/32||3.5GHz/4.7GHz||72MB||105W||Wraith Prism RGB||$749||September|
|Ryzen 9 3900X||12/24||3.8GHz/4.6GHz||70MB||105W||Wraith Prism RGB||$499||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 7 3800X||8/16||3.9GHz/4.5GHz||36MB||105W||Wraith Prism RGB||$399||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 7 3700X||8/16||3.6GHz/4.4GHz||36MB||65W||Wraith Prism RGB||$329||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 5 3600X||6/12||3.8GHz/4.4GHz||35MB||95W||Wraith Spire||$249||July 7, 2019|
|Ryzen 5 3600||6/12||3.6GHz/4.4GHz||35MB||65W||Wraith Stealth||$199||July 7, 2019|
The Ryzen 7 3700X, meanwhile, also punched well above its weight and offering similar performance to the Core i9-9900K in Adobe Premiere Pro, at least in my 4K video export, is rather damning for Intel given the price difference. Ultimately, what this all boils down to is for everything content creation/multi-threaded, AMD is now absolutely dominant except if you have piles of cash to spend on an Intel Core i9-9980XE and rendering/exporting time is money. In games AMD is mostly slightly better, equal to, or not that far behind Intel depending on the title, even in more CPU-bound setups. As such, for a multi-purpose PC, AMD is by far the best choice, however far your budget stretches. The Zen 2 architecture and AMD’s move to 7nm in one go is a huge leap forward in performance and value too and I think the best is yet to come with the Ryzen 9 3950X, which has even higher frequencies and core/thread counts.