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It’s been an ambitious year for us in the processor biz at AMD, and our team sincerely hopes you’ve had a chance to enjoy one of the new high-performance chips we’ve introduced along the way. But as good as the year has been, today is extra special because some of our most interesting and powerful processors are available for sale starting right… now!


AMD Ryzen™ 9 3950X

The AMD Ryzen 3000 Series processors have been stand-out stars in 2019, and today marks the introduction of our final and fastest model: the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor. The 3950X is so profoundly swift that Legit Reviews described it as “the most impressive mainstream desktop processor launch of the decade.” With the decade rapidly drawing to a close, that’s high praise indeed.


But Legit Reviews is not alone. A chorus of the world’s foremost independent reviewers were practically unanimous in their view that the 3950X is a uniquely fast and special processor. Give their hard work a read if you get a chance, and we think you’ll be equally impressed.

Independent AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Reviews


As quick as the Ryzen 9 3950X is, the benchmarks just go up from there when you dig into the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. A pair of these unrivaled chips—the 24-core 3960X, and 32-core 3970X—also go on sale today with performance that seemed unimaginable just last year.


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Professional creators will especially want to take note, because the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X offer obscene time-savings for anyone whose life often waits for a progress bar. Code compiling, raytracing, video encoding, simulation, CAD, photogrammetry, and video mastering are only some of the tasks Threadripper just flies right through, leaving these talented folks with more time to experiment—or time to actually go home early. But you don’t have to take it from us, because the independent reviews agree!


Full Speed Ahead to 64 Cores

And we would be remiss if we did not give brief mention the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, debuting in 2020 for Hollywood creators with a whopping 64 cores and 128 threads. More details still to come, of course, but it’s not difficult to imagine how outrageously fast the 3990X will be for the highly scalable workloads of a VFX pro.


Independent AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X & 3970X Reviews


AMD Athlon™ 3000G

Finally, three cheers for the versatile AMD Athlon 3000G. It recently went on sale starting at just $49, offering DIYers a 2-core/4-thread processor with three quick and efficient Radeon™ Vega graphics cores.1 This handy little chip is a great option for budget builds, everyday computing needs, a basic home theater PC, and more. It can even get you into PC gaming at 720p, with highly playable performance in popular games like Rocket League™, Fortnite™ and CS:GO™.2 Gamers have to start somewhere, and the 3000G is an easy way to get into the wonderful world of PC gaming! On top of all that: the CPU and GPU cores are unlocked for overclocking, too. Pair it with an inexpensive AMD B450-based motherboard and you’re off!3

Reviewers like TechPowerUP gave the Athlon 3000G their Highly Recommended and Great Value awards, saying: “For $49 you get a capable CPU that can handle typical consumer tasks just fine—perfect for an entry-level system that doesn't break the bank.” That’s what we built it to do, and that’s what it does with gusto.

Independent AMD Athlon 3000G Coverage


As we said: it’s been an ambitious 2019 for us. But with the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, and Athlon 3000G now available, we are pretty delighted to say that we’ve wrapped up the 2019 roadmap with some historically fast and impressive processors.

But, above all, we wanted to take this little sliver of peace to reflect and give thanks. As November, the year, and the decade come to an end, we are deeply grateful for the support you—our loyal customers and fans—give us. Your passion, encouragement, love, belief, and enthusiasm absolutely helped bring AMD to where it is today: the top of the CPU game.


There’s more exciting stuff to come in 2020. You know it. We know it. See you soon, PC lovers.



[1] Price is suggested online retail price in US dollars as of 11/19/2019.

[2] Testing done by AMD performance labs on 9/15/2019.  Game performance as represented by the following games tested using Windows 10 at 720p and low settings:  Fortnite, Rocket League, Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Application performance as represented by the following applications tested using Windows 10:  Cinebench R20, PCMark 10, Lame MP3 encoder, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe Photoshop. Results may vary with configuration. Results may vary with configuration. All Intel Pentium G5000 series processors have locked multipliers, but the Athlon 3000G which competes in the same entry-level segment has an unlocked multiplier. ATG-11

[3] AMD’s product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. GD-26.

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This AMD PC build was commissioned for Gina Darling.  Working with AMD and some of the industry’s best hardware component manufacturers to deliver a purpose-built PC designed for an exceptional gaming experience with smooth streaming capabilities and tons of horsepower to produce premium content.  This build guide is great for anyone looking for a similar setup to Gina’s PC to play the latest games, live stream, and create epic content.


At the heart of our latest AMD gaming PC, we start with an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor with 12 cores and 24 threads, ready for elite performance in gaming, streaming, content creation, and intensive multitasking.


We chose to mount the Ryzen 9 3900X on the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard, powered by an AMD X570 chipset. This full ATX board is equipped with ASUS Aura RGB lighting, SupremeFX 8 channel audio, and rock-solid performance.


AMD went with G.SKILL 16GB Trident Z Royal high-speed memory, running at 3600 MHz and RGB lighting.


For storage, AMD chose the Corsair MP600 2TB NVME SSD for our primary drive.  The MP600 utilizes next-gen PCI Express 4.0, capable of up to 5GB/s read and 4GB/s write speeds.  For expanded storage, we utilize Seagate’s 4TB Barracuda hard drive to store loads of games and video content. 



AMD geared up our gaming PC with an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with 8GB of video memory.  Powered by the all-new RDNA architecture, the Radeon 5700 series delivers high-performance gaming with next-gen PCI Express 4.0 for 1440p Gamers.  RDNA architecture was engineered to greatly enhance features like Radeon Image Sharpening and FidelityFX.  The 5700 XT series dramatically reduced input lag with Radeon Anti-Lag and offered stutter-free, tear-free gaming with AMD Radeon FreeSync technology



To power this PC, we went with an ASUS ROG Thor power supply, rated at 850W, with a built-in OLED screen that shows just how much power you’re drawing and more RGB lighting. We dressed up our cables with custom sleeves from Mainframe Customs with any color and pattern to our liking. 



All this hardware was built inside the RAIJINTEK PAEAN case featuring an open-frame chassis and a tempered front glass panel. We mounted our graphics card with the RAIJINTEK PAXX-S vertical mount GPU Riser bracket.  Once we got it all in there, we fitted the CPU with EKWB’s AM4 Velocity water blockCoolstream radiatorEK-XRES 140 Revo D5 pumphardline tubing, and Cryofuel coolants with a range of colors to choose from.  



To complement Gina’s rig with the ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ.  This 32inch curved gaming display is running at 1440p, 144hz, and AMD FreeSync technology for a tear and stutter-free gaming experience.  



Be sure to check out Gina’s channel on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube



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When The Coalition’s Gears 5 was released back on September 10, it launched to roaring reception and received several callouts to its superb technical elements. For the PC version, AMD worked with The Coalition and Xbox to optimize Gears 5 for AMD hardware, adding several PC optimizations to make it a stellar experience:



Check out how you can get ~60 FPS* on AMD hardware using Gears 5’s highest settings and take advantage of the optimizations:


*Results may vary


Optimized with AMD FidelityFX


Gears 5’s latest update includes implementation of AMD’s key current-generation feature: AMD FidelityFX.


AMD FidelityFX is our open-source image quality toolkit, used by developers in games to deliver sharp, fantastic visuals. It combines the Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) algorithm with Luma Preserving Mapping (LPM), automatically collapsing multiple effects into fewer shader passes to reduce overhead. This, in return, frees up your graphics card to experience sharper visuals at virtually no performance loss.


Gears 5 looked gorgeous before, but AMD FidelityFX adds a touch of subtlety that will add to an overall fantastic experience.



Get Gears 5 with the AMD Bundle


With AMD FidelityFX, now is the perfect time to jump into Gears 5 if you haven’t yet.


Get Gears 5 with the Xbox Game Pass for PC in our current Raise the Game bundle with the purchase of a select Radeon graphics card* or Equipped to Win bundle with the purchase of a select Ryzen graphics card*.




Annie Lee is Sr. GTM Specialist for AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.


*Radeon FreeSync technology requires a monitor and AMD Radeon graphics, both with FreeSync support. See for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127


*Testing done by AMD performance labs 9/3/2019 on i9-9900K, 16GB DDR4 3200MHz, AMD Driver 19.9.1, and Windows 10. Using Gears 5 Ultra Settings DX12: At 1440p, Radeon VII scored 77.7 fps, Radeon RX 5700 XT scored 74.5 fps, Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 66.2 fps and Radeon RX 5700 scored 65.3 fps. At 1080p, Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 79.9 fps, Radeon RX 590 scored 65 fps and Radeon RX 580 scored 59.9 fps. Using Gears 5 High Settings DX12: At 1440p, Radeon RX Vega 56 scored 69.8 fps. At 1080p, Radeon RX 570 scored 71.3 fps. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary. RX-369


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