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

Ruben Fields
November 8, 2019

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen chipsets will go on sale from November 25. If you like a CPU with more cores than your can shake a stick, step this way.

"The efficiency gets better as we add more cores", Woligroski said.

It allows AMD to put 16 cores and 32 threads in a single processor. On paper both the 3960X and 3970X will top out at 4.5GHz while their base clock speeds are 3.8GHz and 3.7GHz, respectively.

What changes up the equation, however, is AMD's forthcoming Ryzen 9 3950X, a mainstream processor that sits above the now available Ryzen 9 3900X in terms of performance and price.

You might have noticed the 3950X was conspicuously absent from AMD's Threadripper announcement and that's because it's now the company's highest-end mainstream Ryzen chip. According to AMD's own figures, it's pretty much on par with the 3900X.

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AMD's performance preview gives us some comparisons against the Intel Core i9-9980XE. The chipset outperforms the Intel Core i9-9900K and the Intel Core i9-9920X on synthetic benchmarks like Cinebench R20 with up to 79 percent better performance. And although it's just a box shot.it is a box shot of the new Ryzen 3000 Threadripper series. Lastly, AMD recommends a liquid cooler for the best performance. But you can still find some killer deals on an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X - just saying.

Also today, AMD announced the AMD Ryzen 3960X and AMD Ryzen 3970X Threadripper processors.

Next, AMD pulled the sheet off its latest HEDT (high-end desktop) Threadripper processors, the 24-core, 48-thread 3.8GHz base/4.5GHz boost clock Threadripper 3960X and 32-core, 64-thread 3.7GHz base/4.5GHz boost clock Threadripper 3970X. Set to cost a massive $1399, it will have an identical 280W TDP as its even more expensive $1999 sibling, the TR 3970X.

Along with the third-gen Threadripper lineup and TRX40 motherboard lineup, AMD also introduced the flagship processor of mainstream Ryzen lineup.

The processor comes unlocked in an AM4 socket with a TSMC 7nm FinFET CMOS, PCIe 4.0 x16 support, as well as 105 watt power consumption (TDP). Plus, did you see those ludicrous prices? They're for super duper creative applications like proper professional video editing and CG animation. They are not for the likes of us, let me tell you.

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