AMD just released two new processors you can’t buy
AMD has just released two new CPUs to fill in the gaps in the 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen lineup. Unfortunately, both of them you can’t buy. At least, not directly. The new AMD Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X are both OEM-only SKUs, with the latter only available in China.
AMD has been offering some peculiar offerings in China, with a cut-down Radeon RX 580 offered there previously too. It might serve as an affordable option for OEMs to deliver 6 cores to their customers, although the Ryzen 5 3500X is an odd 6C/6T part clocked at up to 4.1 GHz, with a 65W TDP.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900 would probably be a lot more of interest to us here in Malaysia. Not only because OEMs here can actually use it in their pre-built systems, but also because of its position between the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X.
It’s a 12-core, 24-thread processor with the same 70MB of cache as the Ryzen 9 3900X. However it does come with lower 65W TDP, as well as the accompanying lower base and boost clocks of 3.1 GHz and 4.3 GHz, respectively. We could probably expect slightly more affordable prices too, if it was available for end users to purchase off the shelf.
I would say that it would be quite an interesting option for users who might want to build a twelve core ITX build, as the lower TDP does mean that the Ryzen 9 3900 should be easier to cool than the Ryzen 9 3900X. Alas, that’s not to be. You will probably see it in one of the compact pre-built systems by OEMs though, if you are willing to pay the premium for them.
Pokdepinion: Why wouldn’t they just release the Ryzen 9 3900 for everyone…