We have already reported on the Ryzen Threadripper 3000. But last week, AMD finally unveiled the Ryzen Theadripper 3960X and the Ryzen Theadripper 3970X, along with their official specs. These HEDT CPUs feature 32 cores and 24 cores respectively and AMD’s Zen 2 architecture. Furthermore, we have good reason to believe that AMD will be releasing their flagship 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X in January.
In this article we will be discussing the specs and price of the Ryzen Threadripper 3000.
Let’s get going!
Ryzen Threadripper 3960X: 24 Cores 48 Threads
The Ryzen Threadripper 3960X is one of the two Threadripper CPUs coming out later this month. It is the starting Threadripper in this year’s lineup and is also the least expensive. But it is still a HEDT CPU, so the specs are staggering. Based on AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 architecture, the Threadripper 3960X features 24 cores and 48 threads, and a base clock speed of 3.8 GHz that can be overclocked to 4.5 GHz. It features 128 MG of L3 cache, 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes and a TDP of 280W. All Threadripper 3000x CPUs will go along with the xTRX4 socket featured in the TRX40 line of motherboards.
In order to prove their point, AMD compared the two upcoming Ryzen Threadripper 3000x processors with the competition, Intel’s 18-Core i9-9980XE. And the 3960X reportedly performs significantly better than it’s competition. It reportedly performs up to 31% better in Chromium Release 78 Compile, up to 31% better in Unreal Engine, up to 22% better in Adobe Premier, up to 24% better in V-Ray and up to 54% faster in Cinebench R20 nT.
Ryzen Threadripper 3960X Price & Release Date
AMD has set the price for the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X at $1399. The previous gen 24-core Threadripper 2970WX was priced a $100 cheaper at $1299. Also, it is worth noting that the Threadripper 2000x series had less expensive 16 Core & 12 Core CPUs in its lineup (the 2950X, priced $899 and 2920X, priced $649 respectively).
The Ryzen Threadripper 3960X will be releasing in the US on November 25 along with the 3970X and the much awaited desktop CPU from AMD, the Ryzen 9 3950X.
Ryzen Threadripper 3970X: 32 Cores 64 Threads
When it comes out later this month, the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X will be the most powerful HEDT processor of the year. Although the much more powerful flagship, the 3990X is coming out later in January, the 3970X will be crowned the most powerful high-end consumer desktop CPU of the year. It features 32 cores and 64 threads, and a base clock speed of 3.7 GHz which can be overclocked to 4.5 GHz. The 3970X also features 128MB of L3 cache, 88 Gen 4 PCIe lanes and a TDP of 280W. The Ryzen Threadripper 3970X will couple with the xTRX4 socket featured in AMD’s TRX40 line of motherboards.
AMD claims that the Threadripper 3970X performs significantly better than the competition, Intel’s 18-Core i9-9980XE. It reportedly performs up to 43% better in Chromium Release 78 Compile, up to 36% better in Unreal Engine, up to 47% better in Adobe Premier, up to 49% better in V-Ray and up to 90% faster in Cinebench R20 nT.
Ryzen Threadripper 3970X Price & Release Date
AMD has set the price for the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X at $1999. This is $200 more expensive than the previous generation 32-core Threadripper, the Threadripper 2990X. Of course, the 3970X features AMD’s new 7nm Zen 2 architecture which makes it much more powerful and efficient compared to its predecessor. And the 3970X isn’t even the flagship for the Threadripper 3000 series. The 2990X was last year’s flagship.
The Ryzen Threadripper 3970X will be releasing in the US on November 25 along with the 3960X and the much awaited desktop CPU from AMD, the Ryzen 9 3950X.
Ryzen Threadripper 3990X: 64 Cores 128 Threads
It was widely expected that AMD would tease their flagship Threadripper CPU for the year, the 3990X during last week’s event. But they didn’t, which had left a lot of fans worried. But MSI inadvertently ended up assuring followers of the 3990X’s existence.
MSI had posted an introductory video for the TRX40 Creator motherboard. During the video they tried to demonstrate the motherboard along with a Threadripper CPU handling intensive workloads. And to show this, they opened the task manager. The video has since been taken down, but hawkeyed followers were able to spot 8 vertical tiles and 16 horizontal tiles in the task manager. This totals to a 128 threads. Hence, it was the 3990X!
So, rest assured. The Threadripper 3990X is definitely coming. And we will keep you updated.
Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Price & Release Date
So far we have no official words on the pricing of the 3990X. But experts have speculated that the Threadripper 3990X could be priced at a staggering $2999. AMD claims that this 64 Core/128 Thread beast is the most powerful HEDT CPU in the market, and we have no reason to doubt that. But does that justify the massive price tag? We will have to wait and see.
The flagship Ryzen Threadripper 3990X will be released in January, 2020.
The Zen 2 Architecture
All third generation Ryzen processors, including the Threadripper 3960X, 3970X and 3980X are based on AMD’s Zen 2 architecture. The first generation of Ryzen processors were based on AMD’s Zen Architecture, the second generation processors were based on the Zen+ architecture.
Compared to the previous generation of Zen architectures, Zen and Zen+, AMD’s Zen 2 architecture takes on a completely different physical design paradigm. Zen 2 is based on a multi-chip module design. This means that the I/O components are laid out in a separate die (called a chiplet) from the CPU cores. As it turns out, this separation has huge benefits with regards to scalability and manufacturability. This is beacause physical interfaces do not scale efficiently with shrinks in process technology. If the interfaces are separated into a different die however, they can be manufactured using bigger and more mature process nodes than the ones working on the CPU dies.
All of AMD’s third generation Ryzen processors are based on the Zen 2 architecture. The CPU cores are fabricated using TSMC’s 7nm process whereas the I/O components are fabricated on GlobalFoundries’ 12nm process. These two are then held together by Infinity Fabric.
Thanks to the Zen 2 architecture, AMD processors are first the first time ever starting to outperform Intel CPUs of the same class.
For a long time AMD and Intel both had distinct positions in the CPU market. Intel produced better performing and more expensive processors, whereas AMD produced somewhat less performing and less expensive alternatives. But this is no longer the case in 2019. AMD is climbing to the top.
Ryzen 3000 processors have been performing much better than Intel CPUs of the same class. The Ryzen 9 3950X coming out along with the Threadripper 3000x CPUs later in November is AMD’s last mainstream desktop CPU for the year. And it is not looking to compete with Intel’s new Core i9-9900KS. The 3rd-gen Ryzen CPU is actually looking to compete with a high-end Intel CPU, the Core-i9-9980XE. And the most interesting factor in all of this is the price of these two CPUs. The 18-core CPU from Intel is currently priced at around $2000. It’s challenger, the 16-core AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X is coming out later this month for only $750.
Also, it is worth noting that the 3950X isn’t even a HEDT processor. The HEDTs from AMD are the third generation Ryzen Threadrippers, discussed in this article. So come January, for the same price as the 18-core Core-i9-9980XE, one could get their hands on a 64-core monster from AMD, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.
Everyone knows by now that AMD’s latest processors are much better than those from Intel. So Intel has had to resort to a marketing strategy that they haven’t had to implement before. They are actually planning on drastically cutting the prices of the new Cascade Lake-X CPUs that are also coming out later this month.
The Zen 2 architecture has been a real boon for AMD. We are now hearing about how AMD CPUs are outselling Intel CPUs for the first time ever in South Korea. Both Intel and AMD have new CPUs coming out later this month in the US. This could finally be the point where AMD takes the throne from Intel. Intel will have to compete with AMD on two fronts. First, in the mainstream desktop CPU domain, with the 3950X and then in the HEDT CPU domain, with the new Threadrippers.
This competition means good news for consumers though. We can of course expect prices to drop. But also, we are now finally living in a world where the two major CPU brands are actually in par with each other.