Hello now the chip is officially launched or so they imply. AMD announced the Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X with not a lot of information and only for OEM and system integrator (SI) customers only. The 3900 is available globally, while the 3500X is only available in China.
Ryzen 9 3900 Specifications and Availability
AMD designed the Ryzen 9 3900 to offer most of the 12-core, 24-threaded horsepower of the impressive Ryzen 9 3900X, but with a much lower 65W TDP range then its bigger brother, which sucks down 105W.
The 3900’s reduced power is due to a lower 3.1 GHz base clock than the 3.8 GHz on the 3900X. AMD also lowered the boost clock to 4.3 GHz. Aside from those alterations, the Ryzen 9 3900 is identical to the 3900X, and both support overclocking.
That means the Ryzen 9 3900 could theoretically offer similar performance to the chronically-understocked Ryzen 9 3900X. AMD also recently announced the PRO variant of the 3900, which sports the same specifications.
It’s really a shame this processor isn’t going to be available in the retail market as it would mean a better value for budget builders, particularly for small form factor builds. However as it stands now, this chip will only come in pre-built systems.
3900X at $499 usd, 3900 at unknown price for now, Pro 3900 also unknown for now, Ryzen 7 3700X 8cores/16 threads at $329, Ryzen 5 3600 6/12 at $199, etc…
Here’s AMD’s announcement on the matter:
“The Ryzen 9 3900, now available globally, and Ryzen 5 3500X, available in China only, enjoy the features of current Ryzen 3000 series processors, letting OEM and SI partners take full advantage of AMD’s most advanced CPU platform. Both Ryzen processors offer powerful gaming and high-speed productivity performance, support industry leading PCIe 4.0, AMD’s Precision Boost Overdrive and Ryzen Master Utility, and, like all Ryzen 3000 processors, are fully unlocked for performance tuning.”
AMD isn’t sharing pricing for these chips. As OEM models, they are largely bought in volume purchases only. As such, we don’t expect the company to share pricing information any time soon. Both chips are available to OEMs now.