It appears that alongside the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD is also working on another version of the Ryzen 9 3900X CPU. According to the leak, this model is the “AMD Ryzen 9 3900“, will feature 12 cores and will support 24 threads. It’s basically, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X without the “X”.
Furthermore, its base clock will be at 3.1Ghz and its Turbo Boost will be at 4.3Ghz. Its TDP will be at 65W and both its Cache and PCIe lanes will be similar to those of its big brother.
In other words, we’re basically looking at a slightly slower model of the 3900X. Since AMD had trouble hitting 3900X’s advertised 4.7Ghz, we’re pretty sure that the 3900 will be the best alternative option. That is of course if its price is noticeably lower than the one for the 3900X.
Regarding gaming, the 3900 will not be able to compete with the Intel i9 9900K, let alone the i9 9900KS. Most games these days favour Intel’s CPUs, mainly due to their better IPC. Moreover, we don’t expect games to be utilizing more than 8 or even 14 threads in the near future. By the time the games require more than 16 threads, there will be newer CPUs on the market from both camps.
Unfortunately, AMD has not officially revealed yet the AMD Ryzen 9 3900. As such, we don’t know whether the CPU will come out in November (alongside the Ryzen 9 3950X).
Lastly, I hope that AMD resolves its shortage issues. Right now, it’s still almost impossible to find an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU. Not only that, but most of these CPUs are currently overpriced. One of the benefits of AMD’s CPUs was their lower price. However, right now its actually cheaper to build an i9 9900K system. Let’s also not forget that the high prices for the new X570 motherboards.