And boom. This is going to stir the pot pretty heavily...
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 since AMD's Ryzen processors are quite notorious for running at lower speeds than advertised. The clocking issue was especially pronounced in the new 3000 series Ryzen CPUs as the majority of these chips even failed to ramp up to their advertised boost speeds. Famous overclocking guru "der8auer" conducted a survey which showed that only 5.6% of all the participants' chips were 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