Average Bench: 89.3% (139th of 1442)

Based on 50,170 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. [Feb '21 CPUPro]

Very good average bench

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X averaged just 10.6% 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 Speed 2,737Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 543Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is just 17.5%. 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. Octa Core Speed 1,074Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 50,170 samples)
Min Avg Max
65.9 Memory 77.2 88.2
121 1-Core 139 150
239 2-Core 276 297
88.6% 164 Pts
Min Avg Max
468 4-Core 543 580
911 8-Core 1,074 1,146
95.5% 809 Pts
Min Avg Max
2,179 64-Core 2,737 2,965
169% 2,737 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.8
1-Core 151
2-Core 297
97% 179 Pts
4-Core 584
8-Core 1151
102% 867 Pts
64-Core 2,946
182% 2,946 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 76.1
1-Core 142
2-Core 278
89% 165 Pts
4-Core 564
8-Core 1,115
99% 839 Pts
64-Core 2,841
176% 2,841 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 72.8
1-Core 146
2-Core 291
90% 170 Pts
4-Core 569
8-Core 1,099
99% 834 Pts
64-Core 2,872
178% 2,872 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 68.6
1-Core 147
2-Core 292
89% 169 Pts
4-Core 569
8-Core 1,132
100% 851 Pts
64-Core 2,883
178% 2,883 Pts
AM4, 1 CPU, 16 cores, 32 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 70.6
1-Core 139
2-Core 279
87% 163 Pts
4-Core 558
8-Core 1,094
98% 826 Pts
64-Core 2,801
173% 2,801 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $750 @ launch in Nov '19
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Typical Ryzen 9 3950X Builds (Compare 8,188 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 167%
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Desktop
Desktop 96%
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Workstation
Workstation 210%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX X570-E GAMING - $475

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $1,987

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 Comments

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

Added 4 years ago.

Excellent

2 years ago.

Cheaper, more technological, more practical


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Good

22 months ago.

Best processor in the universe


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

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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


Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

3 years ago.

userbenchmark has the big gaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Excellent

4 years 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.


Good

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years 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

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


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