A Closer Look At AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen CPUs
AMD Ryzen 7 3700x
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700x is the replacement for the Ryzen 2700x from the last generation. The CPU is an 8 core 16 thread CPU with a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a boost clock of 4.4 GHz. This CPU retails for $329 and is designed to compete against Intel’s Core i7-9700K
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700x comes in with familiar packaging. On the front of the box, you can clearly see this CPU is the Ryzen 7 line and is 3rd GEN with the indication at the lower-left corner of the box. The CPU’s IHS is visible through the cut out on the right side of the box and a graphic of the included cooler is on the left.
The CPU is housed in a plastic blister pack which is enclosed within a small cardboard container. AMD also includes a Ryzen 7 sticker.
Externally, the CPU doesn’t look much different than the generation it replaces. You can see the IHS doesn’t look much different from before even though the CPU under the heat spreader has. This is still and AM4 CPU and still uses the Pin Grid Array underneath the CPU.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900x
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900x is a 12 core 24 thread CPU. The 3900x has a base clock of 3.8 GHz with a boost clock of 4.6. Since the 3900x contains dual CCDs the cache increases on both the L2 and L3 caches to 6 MB on L2 and 64 MB for the L3 cache. Price-wise, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900x is designed to compete with Intel’s Core i9-9900k in the $499 price bracket.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900x has a very Nvidia like package as in there is a top and a lower shell that separates from each other much like the Founder’s Edition cards do. On the front of the box, you’ll find AMD’s Ryzen logo in the center. Near the lower right corner, you’ll see this is a Ryzen 9 series CPU and on the lower left. The left side of the box shows a brief glimpse of the cooler housed inside. To get a peek at the CPU, you’ll only need to look at the top of the box.
Once you slide off the top “shell”, you’ll be presented with a blister back housed in a rigid foam insert that contains the CPU. Below the foam, is the box that contains the stock heatsink and fan.
As with the AMD Ryzen 3700x, the AMD Ryzen 3900x doesn’t look any different than the past generations of AMD Ryzen CPUs.
Wraith Prism Cooler
Each of the CPUs is packed with AMD’s Wraith Prism CPU cooler. As a matter of fact, every Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 CPU come packed with the Wraith Prism.
Athestitaccly, the cooler has a dual LED-lit ring with a transparent fan in the center with LED lights in the fan hub. There are two ways to control lighting. The lighting for the cooler is compatible with the control software from ASRock, Asus, BioStar, Gigabyte, and MSI all controlled by a 4-pin port on the fan shroud. There is also a 3-pin port that allows external control of the LEDs. Finally, there is a switch on the fan shroud that allows the user to set the fan at low, medium, or high settings. The cooler itself is based on a 4-Heatpipe design.
The base of the CPU cooler features a large copper base and in the center, features heatpipe direct touch for maximum thermal performance. Thermal paste is pre-applied at the factory so the cooler is ready to go right out of the box.