Average Bench: 88.1% (43rd of 1276)

Based on 29,506 user benchmarks.  Device: 178BFBFF00870F10 Model: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16-Core Processor

The 3950X is the 16 core, 32 thread Ryzen 3 flagship. Although this CPU offers server levels of multi-core encoding performance, there are relatively few, if any, consumer use cases for the 3950X. Streamers are better off using dedicated hardware such as NVENC which encodes far more efficiently than any CPU. Gamers are better served by low latency gaming CPUs such as the 9600K for a fraction of the price. For example, comparing these two PCs shows that the 3950X build offers less than half the gaming performance. The only rational reason to put a 3950X in a gaming build is in exchange for sponsorship money. [Sep '20 GPUPro]

Very good average bench

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X averaged just 11.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 2,785Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 1,050Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is just 14.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Memory Latency 77.2Pts
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 529Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 29,506 samples)
Min Avg Max
66.7 Memory 77.2 88.2
119 1-Core 137 146
238 2-Core 272 291
89.9% 162 Pts
Min Avg Max
465 4-Core 529 565
912 8-Core 1,050 1,112
97.2% 790 Pts
Min Avg Max
2,429 64-Core 2,785 3,002
187% 2,785 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.7
1-Core 141
2-Core 282
97% 172 Pts
4-Core 547
8-Core 1,081
100% 814 Pts
64-Core 2,948
198% 2,948 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.9
1-Core 141
2-Core 281
94% 169 Pts
4-Core 546
8-Core 1,085
100% 815 Pts
64-Core 2,917
196% 2,917 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.6
1-Core 140
2-Core 278
92% 166 Pts
4-Core 551
8-Core 1084
101% 818 Pts
64-Core 2,904
195% 2,904 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.8
1-Core 134
2-Core 269
91% 162 Pts
4-Core 527
8-Core 1,078
98% 802 Pts
64-Core 2,762
185% 2,762 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 66.7
1-Core 141
2-Core 281
88% 163 Pts
4-Core 557
8-Core 1,069
101% 813 Pts
64-Core 2,868
192% 2,868 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $750 @ launch in Nov '19
BHPhotoUS $6906 months
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Typical Ryzen 9 3950X Builds (Compare 10,545 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 100%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 125%
UFO

Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTER - $360

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $1,600

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 Comments

3rd generation AMD Ryzen processor, built to perform, designed to win...

Added 14 months ago.

Excellent

2 months ago.

It's complete overkill for the gaming crowd who are better served with faster single-core clocks and a more reasonable number of cores. For those who have computers that do real work, the overkill is something you can now get used to. The ability to run so many CPU-intensive tasks at once is incredible - and you can play a game while-you-wait. On the downside, the heat the CPU produces at full load means that your cooling solution needs to be top-of-the-line.


Good

7 months ago.

Cheaper, more technological, more practical


Good

7 months ago.

16 Core 32 Thread of beast, can run many VM, After Effects, !!!


Good

16 days ago.

Best processor in the universe


Terrible

3 months ago.

This is best of the best on am4 platform, finally long awaited 16 core CPU from AMD.


Excellent

10 months ago.

Comment 

Let me get this straight, the 3950x is NOT a CPU a gamer or a streamer would want. The 3950x is made for video editing, running VMs, servers and even mining. It has the most powerful multi-core performance for a consumer processor. For streamers, the new NVENC encoder on the latest Turing GPUs is able to match CPU x264 quality so having a high core count CPU for streaming is no longer a requirement. With NVENC, you can stream smoothly even with the 6c/6t 9400F. Running two or three programs in the background while gaming is hardly demanding for multi-threaded, multi-core CPU these days. If most of your daily usage consist of gaming and streaming, look elsewhere, such as the 9900k or 9700k where they will give you more headroom for a faster GPU if you happen to upgrade in the future while also being much cheaper. The 3950x also makes lots of sense if you plan to edit and render videos all day long.—Jan '20


Excellent

3 months ago.

userbenchmark has the big gaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Good

3 months ago.


Excellent

14 months ago.

most powerful am4 processor 2019 year . 16 core


Excellent

11 months ago.

Offered pretty much what was previously regarded as HEDT grade (16 core 32 thread, huge amount of cache and high clock) at lower prices, is more accessible to high end market and can be slotted to mainstream socket.


Poor

7 months ago.

highest clocked ryzen cpu. do we really have to buy a 16 core cpu if we want to get the highest clocked ryzen cpu? :(


Excellent

11 months ago.

Beast! Doesn't need a crazy cooler, a mid-price one actually works.


Good

13 months ago.

Prices shot up fast unfortunately but the is the multitasking beast.


Excellent

2 months ago.

Baby threadripper


Excellent

14 months ago.

Honestly, this is lookin to be the best one by Ryzen yet


Excellent

8 months ago.

Like it or not, but this is the best CPU so far. It has perfect all-round performance and for those who want future proof...next 5 to 10 years the regular consumer or even prosumer will be just fine or better. 4 years ago 4 cores were super and 8 cores were "You don't need it, nothing will use their capabilities". Right now the same story, but 8 cores to 16 cores. Even Intel's flagship 10900K is 10 cores already. Hugely recommendation to everybody, who hasn't decided yet. Gaming is flawless with 2080 Super and on 4K res everything is silky smooth. It just works great with everything.


Excellent

8 months ago.

Image editing just jumped by leaps and bounds. With this much ability, I just might see about learning how to edit videos.


Excellent

4 months ago.

Excellen Performance. Excellent Thermals. All around excellent Processor that will run with the big boys for years on your gaming rig.


Excellent

2 months ago.

Very difficult to load over 50%. Even with CAD.


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