Threadripper 3rd Generation is Here, Plus the Fastest Ryzen CPU Ever

Threadripper 3rd Generation is Here, Plus the Fastest Ryzen CPU Ever

While the AMD Ryzen 3960X features 24 CPU cores and 48 threads, with a base clock of 3.8GHz that can be boosted to up to 4.5GHz, the AMD Ryzen 3970X features 32 CPU cores and 64 threads, as well as a 3.7GHz base clock that can also be boosted at up to 4.5GHz.

Beyond the general performance improvements on the previous generation, the processors are built on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 architecture plus the new TRX40 platform and sTRX4 socket. This, though, provides support for 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes enabling more devices to be connected to the motherboard without causing bottlenecks.

AMD teased us a while back with the announcement that the Ryzen 9 3950X and 3rd Gen Threadripper processors would be launching this month. In fact, Threadripper chips nearly always perform worse in games than its Ryzen desktop chips like the new Ryzen 9 3950X. AMD has also announced today AMD Athlon 3000G, a new budget CPU selling at only $49 United States dollars, which will be available in stores starting November 19th.

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"With [Intel's] X-series announced pricing, certainly AMD does not feel like they have to undercut Intel anymore", Randy Copeland, CEO of Velocity Micro, a Richmond, Va. -based system builder that sells Intel- and AMD-based PCs, said.

For gaming, Intel's chips might still beat the Threadrippers, especially when overclocked. The base clock speed is 3.5GHz, and the boost clock speed is 4.7GHz, which is highest among the 3000s. Although the official launch of the processors likely won't arrive for another few weeks, we're expected to learn specs and some performance details tomorrow. The 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 3970X will cost $1,999 (approximately Rs. 1,41,565) and the 24-core Ryzen Threadripper 3960X will cost $1,399 (approximately Rs. 99,073).

The Ryzen 9 3950X also ships with an eco-mode that brings down the TDP 65W. Indeed, AMD reckon the 3950X will offer up to 79% better multi-core performance in the Cinebench R20 benchmark compared with the i9-9900K, and up to 42% more performance in Adobe Premiere. Compared to 2nd Gen Threadripper, you will get four times the bandwidth, giving you more options for high-speed NVMe SSDs, GPUs and other add-in cards that rely on PCIe lanes for peak performance. Those looking to buy may also want to invest a little extra in cooling though, with AMD recommending a 280mm or greater all-in-one liquid cooler.

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