02 October 2019
AMD has officially launched two new processors named Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X. Both of these are newest members of the AMD Ryzen 3000 series which now has a total of seven different processors. While both of these offer features that you would expect from the series, these are meant for pre-built systems and can not be purchased separately.
Starting with Ryzen 9 3900, it is very similar to Ryzen 9 3900X processor that was released earlier this year. It continues with the use of the same 12 cores and 24 threads but differs slightly in other aspects. It has a reduced TDP of only 65W as compared to 105W on the previous model. While this is a good thing, it also has a reduced 3.1 GHz base clock speed and 4.3 GHz boosted clock speed. In comparison, the 3900X offers a base clock speed of 3.8GHz and a boosted clock speed of 4.6GHz.
AMD has offered a total cache of 70MB (L3 + L3 Cache) along with PCIe Gen 4.0 complete support. These aspects are unchanged from the previous release. There are no words on the pricing yet but since 3900X costs about $499, you can expect the new model to be around $449.
The Ryzen 5 3500X is a 6-cores and 6-threads processor with a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz. It supports overclocking and can offer a boosted clock speed of 4.1 GHz. It has 35MB L3 + L3 Cache which is exactly half of what the Ryzen 9 3900 offers. This is because the processor is aimed at PC gamers on a tight budget. The exact pricing details are currently unknown but it should cost less than $200 for sure.
As we said in the beginning, both Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X are pre-built system processors. It means they will be made available only to OEMs. Moreover, the latter has been released exclusively for the Chinese market. It means if you are someone from outside China which you are most likely to be, Rzyen 9 3900 is the only processor that you are likely to get access to.