Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD, gives a keynote address during the 2019 CES in Las Vegas
AMD announces today the AMD Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X, while these processors are very competitive in terms of specs and features, it might not be initially available on all retailers. (Photo: REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Photo)

For the past weeks, we have been hearing whispers about a couple of processors that will soon make their way to the market, and finally, they are officially announced today. AMD confirmed earlier today the official release of both AMD Ryzen 9 3900 and the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X. Both processors are directed at the company's OEM partners, but they will only be available in pre-built systems, so they might not be available on all retailers at least initially.

AMD released the Ryzen 3000 series, which has been critical to its massive success on all fronts. The series was followed by the Ryzen 5 3600 with six cores and 12 threads, and Ryzen 9 3900X, with 12 cores and 24 threads. The monster Ryzen 9 3900X is proven to be hard to get hold of while the Ryzen 3950X, with 16 core and 32 threads have met several release delays and was later scheduled for an October launch.

The new AMD Ryzen 9 3900 is a 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture-based processor with 12 cores and 24 threads configuration, similar to that of Ryzen 9 3900X. But, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900 only has 3.1 GHz and 4.3 GHz of base clock speed and boost clock speeds with 65 watts of TDP compared to the 3.8 GHz and 4.6 GHz with 105 watts TDP of AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.

In the case of AMD Ryzen 5 3500X, it is almost similar to the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 in terms of clock speeds with minimal difference. It has a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and a maximum boost clock speed of 4.1 GHz. While the two processor variants have almost the same clock speeds, they differ in terms of simultaneous multithreading (SMT).

The AMD Ryzen 5 3500X lacks SMT, which means that although it has six cores, it misses out on the ability to execute 12 threads. However, while these chips are sort of cut down compared to other similar AMD Ryzen 3000 processors, they both have the architectural advantages of Zen 2 and also come with support for PCIe 4.0.

In terms of availability, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900 will be available worldwide through OEM and partners of the company. The AMD Ryzen 5 3500X will only be available in the Chinese market. But, US tech enthusiasts who hope to get their hands on Ryzen 5 3500X should not lose hope.

There's still a chance that unsold chips will flood the market and that it will soon be available on online stores. But, let us hope it turns out that way or US residents who would like to try the AMD Ryxen 5 3500X, will only be left with wishful thinking.

The new AMD Ryzen 5 3500X is retailed at $199 while it's brother, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900 is available for only $499.