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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU Review


Ashes Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity Escalation is a well multi-threaded DX12 title that features a CPU-focused benchmark test. We use the game’s built-in benchmark with quality set to Crazy.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Despite its age, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided remains a demanding title even for modern hardware. We use the game’s built-in benchmark with quality set to Ultra, MSAA disabled, and DX12 mode.

Far Cry 5

We use the Far Cry 5 built-in benchmark with quality set to Ultra.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V remains an immensely popular game for PC gamers and as such retains its place in our test suite. The DX11-built game engine is capable of providing heavy stress to a number of system components, including the GPU, CPU, and Memory.

We run the built-in benchmark using a 1080p resolution and generally Maximum quality settings (including Advanced Graphics).

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It is clear to see that the Ryzen 9 3950X offers roughly the same performance as the Ryzen 9 3900X. There are instances where the 16-core’s higher maximum boost clocks give it an advantage, but we also analysed around 70,000 data points from our testing and found that there are also many occasions where the 12-core part actually spends more time at elevated clock speeds (which we defined as 4300MHz+) than the 3950X.

The most recent Windows update released earlier this week seemed to improve gaming boost clocks for the 3950X in our testing, bizarrely. If you buy the 3950X, make sure you install all the latest Windows 10 updates in order to get peak gaming performance.

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