Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
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AMD Announces Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X and Ryzen 9 3950X

AMD Announces Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X and Ryzen 9 3950X

AMD (AMD +2.5%) announces two third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors: the 24-core, 48-thread Threadripper 3960X and the 32-core, 64-thread Threadripper 3970X.

While it sucks to have to buy a new motherboard with any new generation of processors, AMD's new X570 chipset will at least introduce PCIe 4.0 support.

Now, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will be coming out alongside next-gen Threadripper processors on November 25 for $749 (about £580, AU$1,080). The new Ryzen Threadripper 3970X, for instance is $1,999 (about £1,560, AU$2,900), which is a huge ask, but last year's Threadripper 2970WX is already just $916 on Amazon in the U.S., down a whopping $383 from its price back when it launched in August 2018. The company also revealed the new budget-friendly Athlon 3000G processor, set to launch November 19 for $49.

For gaming, Intel's chips might still beat the Threadrippers, especially when overclocked.

Price-wise, the recommended pricing for Intel's Core i9-9980XE sits at $1,999, which is the same as the new Threadripper 3970X but comes with almost half as many cores and lower boost and base frequencies of 4.4GHz and 3GHz, respectively. This processor will have a enormous 32 cores and 64 threads, as well as a base and boost clock speed of 3.7GHz and 4.5GHz.

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So what exactly does the Ryzen 9 3950X do to justify such an extortionate price? Besides, it offers a total cache (L2+L3) of 72MB with a TDP of 105W.

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These high end desktop (HEDT) processors are much more expensive than mainstream processors when they're new. There is quite the price gap between the 16-core 3950X, the 24-core 3960X and the 32-core 3970X this time around, which will make competition against Intel's new Cascade Lake-X lineup even more interesting.

Woligroski, AMD's desktop processor technical marketing manager, said the Ryzen 9 3950X will serve as a bridge between AMD's mainstream Ryzen platform and its high-end desktop Threadripper line. Where the 3950X really shines, however, is content creation, according to AMD, with seven benchmarks showing a performance boost from 18 percent to 79 in comparison to Core i9-9900K.

Specifically, 31 per cent and 43 per cent better running Chromium 78; 31 per cent and 36 per cent compiling Unreal Engine 4.23 workloads; and by 54 per cent and 90 per cent on AMD's favourite benchmark, Cinebench R20.

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