AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X has been delayed due to "unsatisfactory clock speeds", says report [Update]

A few days back, AMD officially delayed the 16-core 32- thread Ryzen 9 3950X to November which was previously expected to be released this month. The announcement did come as a surprise since only a couple of days earlier, an image of the 3950X had made its way to Reddit. AMD stated rather vaguely that the company wanted to meet the huge demand of the first 16-core mainstream CPU without going into more detail.

A new report by Digitimes, however, claims that the Ryzen 9 3950X is facing boosting issues in its current state and the chip is exhibiting "unsatisfactory clock speeds". This could be accurate as the majority of the Ryzen 3000 series chips, at least initially, failed to ramp up to their advertised boost speeds. Famous overclocking guru "der8auer" conducted a survey which showed that a lot of the participants' chips weren't hitting the advertised boosts.

The problem was later acknowledged by AMD and the company released a firmware update dubbed AGESA 1003ABBA to fix the issue. Tests showed that the update seems to have fixed the clocking issue on the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X and other third-gen chips. However, it is possible that this BIOS fix may not be working on the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X forcing AMD to defer its launch by a couple of months.

Source: Digitimes via SeekingAlpha

Update: A previous version of the article incorrectly stated that AMD's Ryzen processors are quite notorious for running at lower speeds than advertised, this was removed since there is no proof for such a statement.

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