AMD Prepares Ryzen 5 3500, A 6c/6t Mainstream CPU
Pre-launch briefings for AMD's 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs detailed the capabilities the four brand new SKUs debuting on the 3000-series launch, but at the time AMD didn't shy away from acknowledging that more 3000-series models would be on their way. They were primarily referring to the Ryzen 9 3950X and non-X versions of the 3700, 3800 and 3900 for OEMs, but some investigative work has uncovered a new as-yet unannounced SKU: the Ryzen 5 3500.
According to the typically reliable APISAK on Twitter the Ryzen 5 3500 will be a 6-core part that, unlike the rest of the series, doesn't support simultaneous multithreading (SMT) technology. As a result it only supports up to six simultaneous threads rather than the twelve of the similarly 6-core 3600/3600X, and two fewer than the 4c/8t Ryzen 5 3400G APU. That said, the meaty Zen 2 based CPU design should allow it to comfortably outpace the latter, if not quite reach the former's capabilities.
APISAK also reveals that the CPU is clocked at a very healthy 3.6GHz Base and 4.1GHz Boost. Other details such as the cache structure, TDP and Performance Boost support aren't divulged.
The Ryzen 5 3500 is clearly lined up to take on Intel's Core i5-9400F, itself a 6-core and 6-thread part (the -F suffix denoting it has no iGPU). The UK street price for that part is ~£145.99, so expect the Ryzen 5 3500 to be around the same ballpark. It could potentially be a very interesting release due to overclocking support, PCIe 4.0 and socket AM4 backwards compatibility with very affordable B450 motherboards.
SOURCE: @TUM_APISAK on Twitter