AMD has announced what’s going to be the world’s first ever 16-core gaming CPU at the ongoing E3 Expo. The Ryzen 9 3950X is now the top dog of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series, sitting above the previously announced Ryzen 9 3900X.
Leaving Intel’s 8-core gaming CPU far behind, AMD CEO Lisa Su said that the chip has “the highest boost frequency in our stack” that goes up to 4.7 GHz with a massive 72 MB of cache and a TDP (or thermal design point) of just 105W. Though the bad news is that it is also much more expensive, costing a whopping $749 as opposed to $499.
Of course, more cores don’t always translate into raw processing power, but still, it is going to be a challenge for Intel. The pressure is on for Intel, especially since after AMD introduced the 12-core Ryzen 3900X just last month, and now, we already have its 16-core sibling.
There’s still some time for us to stack up on cash as the chip is not going to be here until September this year.
For the sake of comparison, here’s how the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X ($499) fairs against Intel’s Core i9 9900K ($580) which is considered the best gaming CPU currently.
Note that this is not a comparison between the new 16-core AMD processor and Intel’s chip. We’ll have to wait until September for that.