2019 has been a great year for AMD. And the company is looking to start off 2020 on an even higher platform. AMD CPUs have always been the less proficient, more affordable alternative to Intel CPUs. That has definitely changed this year with the introduction of its third generation Ryzen processors. And now with Intel processors struggling to keep up, AMD is all set to dethrone Intel as the best CPU brand in the world.
AMD has already introduced a series of third generation Ryzen 9 processors this year. The company plans on releasing the flagship Ryzen 9 3950X in November. And it appears they will be releasing the highly anticipated Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series of CPUs around the same time.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000
The Ryzen Threadripper is a range of high-end 64-bit x86 desktop processors from AMD. AMD has confirmed that the next gen Threadripper will start with a whopping 24 cores. But other than that, the company itself has been very quiet about the Threadripper 3000. But hawk-eyed enthusiasts online have been able to follow the breadcrumbs, giving us a pretty good picture of what is to come.
The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) for instance recently gave away the names of the upcoming Threadripper 3000 CPUs. SATA-IO stated that the Threadripper 3000 will be named AMD Ryzen Threadripper 39x0X. The “x” here should represent a number greater than 6 since 3950x is the name for the upcoming 16-core Ryzen 9 processor. That leaves us with 3960X, 3970X, 3980X, or 3990X for the Zen-2 based Threadripper 3000.
And sources from videocardz.com have confirmed these names. They have also revealed the announcement dates for three Threadripper CPUs and a motherboard from AMD. Two Threadripper 3000 CPUs, the 24-core 3960X and the 32-core 3970X will reportedly be revealed along with full specs on November 5. They will hit the shelves on November 19. But AMD will reportedly wait till January 2020 to unveil and launch its flagship Threadripper 3000 CPU, the 3990X. The 3990X will reportedly feature a whopping 64 cores. So far, we don’t know if there will be a Ryzen Threadripper 3980X.
Zen 2 Architecture
Throughout 2019, third-generation Ryzen processors have been knocking the wind out of ninth-gen Intel Core-i processors in benchmark tests. All third-gen Ryzen processors, including the Threadripper 3000 CPUs are based on AMD’s Zen-2 architecture.
In terms of Lithography, all third-gen Ryzen processors are fabricated using TSMC’s innovative 7nm process (compared to the 14nm process that Intel uses on its processors). And the I/O in these processors are fabricated using GlobalFoundries’ 12nm process. The components are then glued together by Infinity Fabric. It is this technology that has finally turned the competition around for AMD, allowing them to finally beat Intel in benchmark tests.
The Big Reveal: November 05, 2019
Come November 05, we can finally set all the predictions and speculations aside. AMD will finally unveil the new Third-gen Ryzen Threadripper 3000 processors to the world along with a number of other things, like the Ryzen 9 3950X processor and the TRX40 chipset. The Ryzen 9 3950X was originally scheduled to be released in September, but delay in the manufacturing logistics caused the company to push the date a couple of months. Once the unveiling is done, we will finally be seeing some proper benchmark tests. So far, we haven’t had any official benchmarks. The Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X will hit the shelves on November 19, 2019.
Ryzen Threadripper: Third-gen vs Second-gen vs First-gen
Thanks to the Zen-2 architecture, Ryzen processors are now so much better than Intel Core-i processors in the same category, that it would be pointless to compare them. Also, we do not have sufficient data to do proper comparisons between the two.
So to get a clearer picture of what AMD is promising with the Threadripper 3000, let us look at how the new Threadripper 3000 would compare with the previous gen Threadrippers:
AMD 1st Gen Ryzen Threadripper
The first-gen Ryzen Threadrippers were based on AMD’s Zen 1 CPU architecture and were fabricated using a 14nm process. There were a maximum of only 16 CPU cores & 32 CPU threads (we have certainly come a long way in just 2 years). The 1st Gen Ryzen Threadrippers featured PCIe Gen 3.0 and had a maximum of 64 PCIe lanes. The first gen Threadrippers went with the X399 chipset with a TR4 socket.
AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 2000
The second-gen Ryzen Threadrippers were based on AMD’s Zen+ CPU architecture and were fabricated using a 14nm process. The maximum number of core in these CPUs were increased to 32 (with 64 CPU threads). And like the 1st gen Threadrippers, they featured PCIe Gen 3.0 support with a maximum of 64 lanes. Like the first gen Threadrippers, Ryzen Threadripper 2000 also went with the X399 chipset with a TR4 socket.
AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 3000
The third-gen Ryzen Threadrippers will be based on AMD’s innovative Zen-2 CPU architecture and will be fabricated using TSMC’s 7nm process. The flagship for this generation, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X (coming January 2020), is rumored to feature an impressive 64-cores (with 128 CPU threads). Also the PCIe support will be upgraded to PCIe Gen 4.0 which could reportedly feature 128 PCIe lanes. The third generation-Ryzen Threadrippers will not be backward compatible with the current X399 chipset. Instead, builders will have to choose between three new chipsets, the TRX40, TRX80 and the WRX80.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000: Performance Comparison
There is little we know about the Threadripper 3000 CPUs so far. But we do have some speculative and leaked data that helps us get a picture of what’s to come. We know for instance, that the flagship Ryzen Threadripper 3990X will see the introduction of a 280W TDP (up from the current 250W). So there will be a lot of room for overclocking in this processor. The other two versions, 3960X and the 3970X are expected to hold on to the 250W. The third-gen Threadripper is also expected to go along with a whole new range of chipsets from AMD. One of these, the TRX40 is being unveiled alongside the 3960X and the 3970X on November 5. This HEDT (High-End Desktop) platform will reportedly be able to support upto 1 TB of memory and 64 Gen-4 PCIe lanes.
Benchmarking comparisons between Intel processors and AMD processors should get more interesting with the unveiling of the Threadripper 3000 in November. But we have seen official comparisons between last year’s 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and Intel’s new HEDT CPU, the 18-core Cascade Lake-X Core i9-10980XE. Intel is planning to introduce the Cascade Lake-X series in response to the Ryzen Threadripper. The series will cost between US$590 and US$979, which makes it magnitudes cheaper compared to its predecessors. And while the Core i9-10980XE outperformed the Threadripper 2950X, it is worth noting that AMD yet to unveil its third-gen Threadripper CPUs.
Earlier this year, an unofficial benchmark test for one of the Ryzen Threadripper 3000 CPUs (most likely the 3970X) was leaked. The leak showed a base clock frequency of 3.6 GHz that could be over-clocked to 4.2 GHz. The single-core benchmark scores were identical to the current gen Ryzen Threadripper 2990X but the multi-core scores were out of this world. The score for this particular CPU was 23,015.
We will keep you posted on the official benchmark scores and specifications come November.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Price
AMD has been quiet about the third-gen Threadripper CPUs. So there is no definite way to tell what they exactly will cost. But there have been predictions from market experts. The 24-core Ryzen Threadripper 3960X is estimated to cost $999. The 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 3970X/WX is estimated to cost $1499. Finally, the 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X/WX is estimated to cost $2399. The 3960X and the 3970X will hit the shelves on November 19 while the 3990X will come out on January, 2020.
The Ryzen 9 3950X Processor
The star of the show on November 5 will still be the 16-core desktop processor, the Ryzen 9 3950x. This processor was originally scheduled for release in September. But huge demands caused AMD to move the release by a couple of months. An official statement from AMD assured that it would be coming out on November, also confirming the release of the third-gen Threadripper in the process:
“We are focusing on meeting the strong demand for our 3rd generation AMD Ryzen processors in the market and now plan to launch both the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and initial members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor family in volume this November. We are confident that when enthusiasts get their hands on the world’s first 16-core mainstream desktop processor and our next-generation of high-end desktop processors, the wait will be well worth it.”
Tech News Today will be of course be following the whole event, and its aftermath. We will keep you updated on everything, including all the inevitable drama between Intel and AMD.