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The Ryzen 9 3950x

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950x is a fantastic CPU at a moderate price for the performance it can put out. This CPU may be considered a bit pricey for a budget build, but it will ensure future proofing for a school/company that has a decent initial investment budget. The Ryzen 9 3950x currently cost $759. This is a price that is most likely sure to shock any older faculty member who doesn’t understand that while resale value will degrade while over all performance will last many years to come.  I feel able to say this comfortably due to the specs of this CPU. This CPU has a base clock speed of 3.5 GHz and can be boosted to 4.7 GHz. This means that the Rate at witch this CPU can process information can be 4.7 BILLION times a second. To further this, it has 16 cores and 32 threads witch is more than enough for running most any game that is out now and is to come out in the near future. Not only is this a super fast consumer grade CPU it has plenty of cache(memory) to prevent any overbearing work loads from gaming. It has 8 MB L2 cache and 64 MB L3 cache this is more than enough now and for the foreseeable future. This CPU is also rated as the highest performance consumer grade CPU, at its current value by Passmark, a reputable hardware bench marking website. This CPU has a Passmark score of 35693 witch reins supreme above all other CPUs at this price.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950x is a fantastic CPU at a moderate price for the performance it can put out.

The AMD Ryzen 3950x has:

  • 16 cores and 32 threads
  • 8 MB L2 cache and 64 MB L3 cache
  • 3.5 GHz base speed with an boosted speed of 4.7 GHz
  • a Passmark score of 35688
  • a current price of $759 on New Egg.

Comparatively its Intel adversary (spec wise) would be the Intel core i9 9900.

The Intel core i9 9900 has:

  • 8 cores and 16 threads
  • 16 MB of L3 cache
  • 3.1 GHz base speed with a boosted speed of 5.0 GHz
  • a Passmark score of 18720
  • a current price of $781 on New Egg

The Intel core i9 has a little less for a little more with a much worse Passmark score. I believe that of Facts alone and at their respective price points that the Ryzen 9 3950x is one of, if not, the best CPU on the market. If you are going to dish out $700+ on a CPU alone any time soon I would say that spec and price wise this is the CPU for you.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

MSI X570-A PRO Extended ATX AMD Motherboard


The MSI X570-A PRO motherboard is a some what basic yet very well off motherboard for its price. 

This motherboard is outfitted mainly for use in a gaming pc.

The specs


The CPU’s compatible with the AM4 socket of this motherboard are the Ryzen series 2 and 3 processors.


It has one PCIe 16x 4.0 slot, one PCIe 16x 3.0 slot, and three PCIe 1x 3.0 slots.  


For the ram it has dual channel  DDR4  support with overclocked speeds up too 4400 MHz and a highest base speed of 2667 MHz and supports up too 128 Gb of memory.


This motherboard has 6 SATA 3 ports and 2 M.2 SATA 3 ports


I believe that at the price point of $159 this motherboard is well outfitted yet comes short it the storage department with both the M.2 slots being SATA 3 as apposed to nvme, though with 6 SATA 3 ports there is plenty of room for upgrade ability using an SSD. With RAM speeds of up too 4400 MHz overclocked and PCIe x16 slots that are able to be used with AMD crossfire. The AM4 slot with the latest Ryzen series support makes this a versatile motherboard while not being the absolute best for heavy load can yet be used as a mid range workstation on top of being a gaming forward motherboard. 

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.