Following-up on our previous quick look at AMD’s sixteen-core Ryzen 9 3950X processor, and having (mostly) finished catching up on benchmarking, we now have a much fuller look at overall performance from AMD’s newest wonder chip on-hand. Join us as we explore all of what this chip is made of across many rendering, encoding, and gaming workloads.
We’re not far off from the release of AMD’s new Ryzen Threadrippers or Intel’s new Core X-series chips, but we promised we’d get a full review up of the 3950X, and so, we’re doing it. Last week, we took a quick look at the chip in Windows, and followed-up with a more in-depth look at Linux performance. AMD then impeded this deluge of CPU launches with its Radeon Pro W5700 workstation graphics card, so to say we’ve been doing a lot of benchmarking around here would be an understatement.
We’ve already covered the 3950X to a good extent in the aforementioned articles, so we won’t bother repeating ourselves here. We do want to cover some basics, though, for anyone who’s stumbling on this chip for the first time (though it’d be hard to believe, given how hyped it’s been.)
We first learned of the 3950X at Computex in June, alongside the big unveil of Zen 2 itself. We remember AMD’s launch event well. You could almost see the hype floating throughout the auditorium, and even some of AMD’s partners found themselves gushing on-stage. Zen 2 was a big launch for AMD, and given what we’re seeing in the market right now, it was a seriously important one, too.
It was only a little over two years ago when AMD launched its eight-core Ryzen chips, at a time when Intel’s Core i7-7700K had only four cores. Fast-forward to now, and we’re seeing sixteen cores in a “mainstream” chip. We use quotes, because $749 certainly doesn’t feel mainstream, but when the AM4 platform lacks a quad-channel memory controller, this 16-core wonder isn’t going to be…