Today we have AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500X, a processor that AMD designed specifically for the Chinese OEM and system integrator (SI) market, in for testing to determine if it can compete with the best CPUs for gaming or best CPUs for desktop applications. With six cores and threads, the Ryzen 5 3500X stands out among AMD’s third-gen Ryzen stack as the only model without simultaneous multi-threading (SMT).
Like the Ryzen 9 3900 we took for a spin, this processor isn’t intended for retail. Most customers will encounter this chip in pre-built systems, but you won’t find these desktops competing against the best gaming PCs, because they are only available in China. However, various resellers offer the chip for stand-alone sales in Asia and India even though AMD lists it as China-only.
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