AMD today officially confirmed the existence of the Ryzen 5 3500, a six-core Zen 2 part (essentially a 3600 lacking SMT) with a listing of the product on the company website. However, there’s a caveat. The Ryzen 5 3500 is only available through OEMs in pre-built PCs and possibly gaming laptops. It is available as a DIY component separately in Asia-Pacific though.
We’ve already listed several gaming-builds in the 50-60K range that leverage the 3500, and we can confirm that the CPU squishes the more expensive Core i5-9400F.
We are offering the AMD Ryzen 5 3500 processor to OEM partners and channels in certain regions. This processor will enable our partners to take full advantage of AMD’s most advanced CPU platform, offering powerful gaming and high-speed productivity performance, with a support of industry leading PCIe 4.0, AMD’s Precision Boost Overdrive and Ryzen Master Utility.AMD Spokesperson
AMD Ryzen 5 3500 Specifications
|Max Boost Clock||4.1GHz|
Looking at the specs, the Ryzen 5 3500 features six 7nm Zen 2 cores running at a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost of up to 4.1GHz. It includes 3MB of L2 cache and 16MB of L3 cache which AMD also calls GameCache as it helps improve gaming performance. The TDP is the same as the 3600 and the 3700X at 65W.