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AMD announces 64-core, 128-thread Ryzen Threadripper 3990X

by Tarinder Sandhu on 25 November 2019, 14:11

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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AMD today released the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X CPUs. You can read all about them over here. Though carrying the same core-and-thread count as the previous generation, much higher boost speeds and architecture improvements combine to offer supreme HEDT performance.

The 3970X sets new standards in this space, beating out last year's 2990WX by as much as 60 per cent in some multi-core applications. Such performance makes it almost twice as fast as Intel's premier Core i9-10980XE when the going gets tough.

Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is, quite easily, the fastest consumer chip ever fabricated, but it won't hold on to that crown for long. You see, AMD is unleashing a 64-core, 128-thread behemoth known as Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, ready for prime-time HEDT action in 2020.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper product range

Model
Cores / Threads
TDP
L3 Cache
Base Clock
Turbo Clock
Process
PCIe (usable)
DDR4
Package
Price
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Gen
Threadripper 3990X
64 / 128
280W
256MB
TBC
TBC
7nm
56, Gen 4
Quad 3200
TRX4
TBC
Threadripper 3970X
32 / 64
280W
128MB
3.7GHz
4.5GHz
7nm
56, Gen 4
Quad 3200
TRX4
$1999
Threadripper 3960X
24 / 48
280W
128MB
3.8GHz
4.5GHz
7nm
56, Gen 4
Quad 3200
TRX4
$1399
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Gen
Threadripper 2990WX
32 / 64
250W
64MB
3.0GHz
4.2GHz
12nm
60, Gen 3
Quad 2933
TR4
$1799
Threadripper 2970WX
24 / 48
250W
64MB
3.0GHz
4.2GHz
12nm
60, Gen 3
Quad 2933
TR4
$1299
Threadripper 2950X
16 / 32
180W
32MB
3.5GHz
4.4GHz
12nm
60, Gen 3
Quad 2933
TR4
$899
Threadripper 2920X
12 / 24
180W
32MB
3.5GHz
4.3GHz
12nm
60, Gen 3
Quad 2933
TR4
$649
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1st Gen
Threadripper 1950X
16 / 32
180W
32MB
3.4GHz
4.0GHz
14nm
60, Gen 3
Quad 2666
TR4
$999
Threadripper 1920X
12 / 24
180W
32MB
3.5GHz
4.05GHz
14nm
60, Gen 3
Quad 2666
TR4
$799
Threadripper 1900X
8 / 16
180W
16MB
3.8GHz
4.0GHz
14nm
60, Gen 3
Quad 2666
TR4
$229


64 cores. How?

Appreciating it is still some ways out, AMD is not divulging much other than its existence. It's actually straightforward for AMD to build such a chip, because it has a 64C128T server-optimised 2nd Gen Epyc already out in the wild. Said processor uses a nine-chip layout - eight 7nm CCDs, one IOD - all connected together via high-speed Infinity Fabric.

AMD will most likely model the 3990X on the Epyc 7H12 chip that also carries the same 280W TDP. That being the case, we ought to see all-core boost speeds of around 3.0GHz, making it around 60 per cent faster than the 3970X in true multi-threaded benchmarks - around 27,000 marks in Cinebench R20, according to my guesswork. Being Threadripper and not Epyc, the chip will have a quad-channel DDR4-3200 memory controller and 56 usable PCIe 4.0 lanes. And like the already-available duo, it will only work on the TRX40 chipset. Pricing is not confirmed, but I don't expect it to be less than $4,000.

AMD holds a commanding general-purpose performance and chipset features lead in the HEDT arena. Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is a statement processor from a company flexing its considerable muscles in the high-end space. Intel, over to you.



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Good luck Intel.
Hoonigan
Good luck Intel.

I've not seen a hammering like they've just had for a long long time
3dcandy
I've not seen a hammering like they've just had for a long long time

Agreed… AMD have Intel under pressure across desktop, HEDT and Server markets… and I'm really hoping it's not long before Zen 2 makes a solid appearance in the laptop/tablet space.

2020 could also be interesting in GPU land, with AMD set to launch higher-end, Ray Tracing capable chipsets. Intel launch their new family of discrete GPUs, whilst NVidia are rumoured to be pushing ahead quickly with next gen RTX cards as well.
Come on AMD, stop it…stop being competitive, give Intel a chance.

Actually, no, don't. Pay them back for 2004-2009.
Well who didn't see this coming at some point lol.

Bit sooner than I was expecting in all honesty though.

I'd still rather them bring the price of the 3960x down a little though if I'm being honest, but then I'd argue the 3950x might be a better overall buy the ram/pcie lanes.