In the past few years, AMD has been pushing core and thread counts higher with every release and willing to sell it to users with lower prices than Intel. AMD has also worked on efficiency and per-clock performance with every new version.
AMD has launched Ryzen 9 3900X CPU (64-bit, 12-core, and based on Zen 2 microarchitecture) for Enthusiast users in July 2019. You can buy it online or from the market at an affordable price of 499 USD (Approximate).
Ryzen 9 3900X Specification in comparison to Ryzen 7 3800X:
Notice that only parameters highlighted in Yellow have changed in Ryzen 9 3900X from its predecessor Ryzen 7 3800X.
Let’s take a look at Pros and Cons of this CPU –
- Increased L2 and L3 Support: Ryzen 9 3900X has increase L2 cache by 50% and doubled the L3 cache support from its rest of the 3000 series.
- Comparable Pricing with a competitor: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (12 Cores, 24 threads) is value for money if we make its price comparison with Intel’s i9-9900K (8 cores, 16 threads) which is available for 479 USD (and requires an external cooler of 30+ USD).
- Easy Upgrade: One of the advantages of Ryzen 9 3900X is its design on 7nm Zen 2 architecture and compatible with AMD’s AM4 socket. Hence, an upgrade of the CPU is easily possible without changing the existing motherboard.
- Multi-core workload handling: Ryzen 9 3900X dominates Intel’s i9 9900K in multi-core performance. Ryzen 9 3900X’s 50% core bump over the Core i9-9900K produces a nearly 50% increase in multi-core workload handling, so it was as per expectation.
- Excellent for productivity while doing video editing, encoding, and streaming.
- AMD’s weakness has always been single-core performance. The Ryzen 3900X is slightly behind Core i9-9900K in this, and the gap is nearly 5%.
- Slightly behind for gaming from Intel’s i9-9900K
- The stock cooler is not that bad, just a little noisy
- Hotter than Intel’s alternatives
- Small room to overclock
It’s a fantastic CPU. There is not much to think about when you consider the price. AMD Ryzen 9 3900X does not have any threat from Intel. The only real competitor is the AMD’s upcoming AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X, which will have 16 cores, 32 threads at price of 749 USD.