Ryzen 5 3500 and 3500X are the upcoming desktop additions to AMD’s 3000 series CPU lineup. The processors have surfaced in various Chinese media outlets. A couple of listings from motherboard manufacturers and prebuilt PC vendors have all but confirmed the existence of these processors.

Judging by their specifications, the Ryzen 5 3500 and 3500X are aimed at budget buyers. Both the processors feature 6 cores but lack Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT). They will probably compete against Intel’s 9400F which is a six-core processor priced at around $150.

What has been spotted?

The Ryzen 5 3500X desktop processor is rumored to have a base clock of 3.6GHz and boost clock of 4.1GHz. It will come with 32MB of L3 cache and a TDP rating of 65W. The supported processor list of MSI’s MEG X570 Godlike motherboard on the company’s website further adds to the validity of these specifications.

Ryzen 5 3600X MSI Listing

The Ryzen 5 3500 differs from the Ryzen 5 3500X in two aspects. First, it is expected to have a lower base clock speed of 3.4GHz. The boost clock of the processor is not yet confirmed. Secondly, it may also have 16MB L3 cache as against the expected 32MB cache of the Ryzen 3500X. Another vendor listing for a prebuilt PC on Amazon provides some information about the base clock speed of the Ryzen 5 3500 CPU. The processors will come with the Wraith Stealth Cooler.

Some of the Chinese media outlets that got their hands on these processors have released a few benchmarks as well. The Ryzen 5 3500X manages to come slightly ahead of the Intel i5 9400F both in single-core and multi-core performance when testing with CPUz. It manages to give a decent performance in games as well.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X CPU
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X CPU

These processors are expected to pack excellent performance for a value-based offering. AMD will probably release these processors ahead of the upcoming holiday season probably in late October or early November.